Principal's Message

  • Welcome to Downing Middle School! I am truly honored to be part of an exemplary school with a strong tradition of excellence.

    At Downing, we have purposefully designed a 21st-century learning organization that teaches students to think globally in the digital age. We aspire to engage every student every day to create and learn authentically. We understand that today’s digital natives cannot be taught utilizing only lectures, textbooks, chalkboards, and worksheets; rather, students must be challenged through the use of technology to think, plan, create, and collaborate.

    At DMS, we embrace and implement cutting edge brain-based research practices such as being named a LISD STEM Academy, creating an annual Campus Wide Project-Based-Learning activity, and offering a wide variety of exemplary and challenging courses. Through these initiatives, we have established ourselves as a true leader in the education community.

    We also believe our purpose is to help our students grow both academically and emotionally during their middle school years. We implement Second Steps, Restorative Practices, Kindness Week, Red Ribbon Week, and Career Week to provide students time to reflect on life choices and positive goals. The future of our students, our community, and even our country depends on our success. Together, we will find every child’s hidden talents and enable every student to be the best scholar, artist, and person they can be.

    We also know that education is a function of the home and community as well as the school. To partner with our parents, we have established multiple means of communication. We provide up to date information on our campus website calendar, utilize call blasts, e-mail blasts, Facebook, Twitter, and every teacher maintains a website. The combination of these resources provides all the information you need regarding activities at school.

    It is an honor to be able to serve your child as Principal of Downing Middle School. We are here to serve the students, families, and community we call home. We are very excited to continue our growth as we design a school that will enable our students to thrive in a future they create. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any reason. It is our pleasure to be part of the education of your child.


    Curtis Martin