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Dawson News Round-Up – Mid-June

Attacks at Dawson Elementary

Image: Ouch!

Harley Nussman’s dog Georgia has been attacked on multiple occasions by a female brown-and-white Boxer-mix at the informal dog park beside Dawson Elementary School. Georgia sustained a pretty nasty puncture wound, and Harley is afraid to use the dog park again. Neighbors are asked to keep a protective eye on their fur-babies when using this exercise area, and to politely let the unidentified owner of the offending dog know of our concerns.

“Secret” Creek Trail Closed

Image: Secret Trail

For 62 years, Charles Swenson has permitted neighbors to cut through his property along Bouldin Creek from El Paso (at the bridge) to Wilson Street. This trail is handy for schoolchildren and nature lovers looking for a brief adventure. Mr. Swenson has truly been a generous person for allowing access through his land for all this time!

Unfortunately, there is an advanced problem with erosion there, which is largely held back by the roots of a single tree situated on the corner. Sadly, someone has begun cutting branches from this tree. Mr. Swenson estimates 60% of it has been hacked away over several occasions. He is concerned about the erosion damage which will result if this tree is lost, so he has barricaded the trail entrance. His property line is on the other side of the water, so he owns this segment of Bouldin Creek.

Mr. Swenson is willing to re-open the trail if the vandalism stops. He would like to have concrete steps or a ramp built, and will allow the City or members of the community to volunteer their time and materials to do this. A group of neighbors are circling ’round to work on the trail project, and it will be discussed August 8th at the next neighborhood meeting. Send your ideas and contact info to, and we’ll pass it along to the rest of the group.

Good-bye 2701 Stacy Lane

Image: 2701 Stacy Ln

The light green 1-story cinder-block bungalo on the corner of Cumberland and Stacy has been completely demolished.  Sadly, the demolition included a mature mesquite tree at least 25″ in diameter and an assortment of trees planted by the Austin Community Tree program and/or Tree Folks. Neighbor David Haun has been unable to find a permit for cutting the larger trees and worries that this was done illegally. The house was built in 1953 and last purchased Feb 23, 2016. We will let the neighborhood know when we hear what is planned for the property.

St. Ed’s Holding STEM Day Camp for HS Students

Image: Go For Launch!

Does your kid love actual rocket science? “SEU is partnering with Higher Orbits to offer a really neat day camp from 11 – 13 July.  The camp is designed for high school students as well as college freshmen and sophomores.  Teams will compete to design an experiment to be conducted in space.  The winning project will have a chance to be built, flown to space, and conducted on the International Space Station!  Retired NASA Astronaut, Mike Foreman, will be in attendance throughout as a mentor to the student teams. You can find out more information at”

Register your kid by Friday, July 1st for $250 here.

Restaurant Inspections

Image: Local Restaurant

No restaurants in Dawson failed inspection in March, April or May! See which ones passed and failed here.

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San Juan Diego CHS Meeting April 10

The Catholic Dioceses of Austin is building a new high school for students in the Galindo – Dawson – Bouldin Creek area! This will be a modern, permanent construction which will replace existing portable buildings.

The President of San Juan Diego Catholic High School [websitefacebook] cordially invites parents and neighbors of Dawson Neighborhood to attend an informational meeting regarding the school’s proposed facilities.

The meeting is at San Juan Diego Catholic High School, 800 Herndon Lane, Portable bld 3A & 3B, Sunday, April 10, 2016 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Read the flyer and take a look at the site plan and landscape plan that illustrates the placement of the school building; parking and drive; and ball field on the property.

Please direct questions to:
Don Sansom, P.E.
Urban Design Group
3660 Stoneridge Road, Suite E101
Austin, Texas 78746
512-347-0040 x 111

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Dawson Elementary PreK and Kinder Registration 2016

Dawson Elementary PreK and Kinder info!!

Campus Tour too!

Hi neighbors!

PreK (for 3 year olds and 4 year olds) and Kinder Registration at Dawson begins THIS week for Fall 2016-2017!

Principal/Parent Coffee and a Campus Tour is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, @ 8:15 am (that’s tomorrow!)

Also…. this Saturday April 9 from 9:00 – 11:00 am is the Great Dawson PTA Playdate. Come out and join us on the Dawson Elementary Playground for some fun! Hope to see you there! Free coffee and donuts! Click to download the flyer.


Linzy Foster

Mollie Dawson Elementary
3001 South First Street
Austin, TX, 78704
(512) 414-2070

Located on South First Street, Mollie Dawson Elementary is an inner-city school of choice for many transfer students, as well as many local neighborhood children, serving a population of approximately 88% low-income families, many of whom are immigrants making a life for themselves in our community. Mollie Dawson Elementary is a school of inspirational excellence for ALL students!

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Dawson Elementary Closing Early March 11

President Barack Obama’s trip to Austin TX on the first day of SXSW is going to cause some traffic snarls! As happened last time he visited, expect closures on IH-35 and Ben White (290). He’s making appearances at several locations including the The Long Convention Center (watch the live video stream) and a fundraiser for Democratic National Committee, so some interior streets will be closed for public safety. This may include South Congress Ave and South 1st Street.

President Obama will be in town between 1 PM and 8 PM.

Many City of Austin employees have been invited to work from home that day, and will be sent home at lunchtime regardless.

In anticipation of the disruptions, AISD have announced the early closures of 17 Austin schools on Friday, March 11. [Full list here] Each will close at 12:30 PM, so please be prepared to pick up your children early, or arrange for someone to watch them if necessary. Classes and transportation at other schools will go on as usual. However, if you pick up your children early at campuses remaining open, their absence will be excused.

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