• Programs & Events

    Opportunities to help!
  • 6th Grade Social

    Every year on the first Friday after-school we give the 6th graders an opportunity to unwind with their new classmates and have some fun!


  • 7th Grade Social

    Each winter the 7th graders get together for games, music, food and a crazy good time with their classmates.  It’s not a dance (awkward!) and the kids don’t dress up (bonus!). 


  • 8th Grade Social

    End-of-the-year celebration for our graduating 8th graders gives them the chance to get dressy (think high school homecoming) without the fuss of dates and prom-posals.  Come for an enchanting evening and hang out with your friends! 


  • Color Run (Fall Fundraiser)

     A school-wide run held on a half-day. Kids get lunch, a T-shirt, the opportunity to be active, and an explosion of color all over their hair and clothes. 


  • Hoop It Up (Spring Fundraiser)

    A school-wide basketball tournament (plus dunk + half-court shot contest). Kids create teams, wacky names, themes/costumes and take each other on in a two-hour, 4-on-4 basketball tournament. Students play, ref and cheer. The winners are challenged by the Downing Middle School Athletics staff in a battle to the finish! 


  • Recycling Event

    You clean out the garage, our volunteer helpers work hard to turn those items into cash for our PTA. It’s a win-win! Look for the event of eligible items (tons!). 


  • Reflections

    LISD fosters excellence in the arts – your student can pick their artistic approach to expand on the National PTA theme and wow our judges!

  • Binder Hospital

    This highly regarded program tackles a problem we can all relate to: the untameable middle school backpack. Teachers and parents nominate students for Binder Hospital – these students work with PTA volunteers to get their personal school materials organized and ready for success. Students continue with the program until they no longer need organizational help. This amazing program is beloved by teachers, parents and even the most reluctant middle schoolers. 


  • Legacy Garden

    Family-sponsored Legacy Garden stones commemorate students’ journeys at Downing Middle School for a walkable testament to the support of our community and a wonderful memory for your child.