Mr. Svetek

I asked Mr. Svetek, our science teacher here at McDowell, nine questions. Here are his answers.

Q: What inspired you to become a teacher?

A: I had a high school geometry teacher that helped me become excited about school. I was never a very good math student, but he helped me get excited about math and showed me if I put my mind to it, I could do anything.

Q: Why did you want to teach science?

A: I wanted to teach science because of my curiosity of the things around me. Science gives us a way to understand why things are the way they are, or why something does what is does. Science helps us explain the unknown.

Q: What is your favorite project to do out of all of them?

A: My favorite project is the marble roller coaster project because of the excitement it brings out of my students.

Q: Why did you want to teach at McDowell?

A: I am a Logan Elm graduate so I have tremendous pride in our schools and in our community. McDowell is a wonderful place to call home.

Q: How long have you been teaching for and what year did you start?

A: I have been teaching for 15 years. I started teaching in the 2000/2001 school year here at McDowell.

Q:  What is your favorite and least favorite thing about this job?

A: My favorite thing about my job is helping students understand and learn something new and grasp a concept that maybe was hard for them before. The least favorite part about my job is seeing students waste their talents. We have many talented students here at McDowell and some of them for whatever reason don’t want to  work hard and use those talents.

Q: What do you do for fun?

A: For fun, I enjoy playing basketball, golf, and watching the Ohio State Buckeyes play football.

Q: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

A: I would travel around the United States with my family visiting all of the Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives Guy Fieri goes to in his show on Food Network.

Q: What is something you want everyone to know?

A: I want everyone to know I have enjoyed having them in my class this year and I hope they have learned something from my science class.

Now you know a little more about Mr. Svetek, the science teacher at McDowell.


Percy Jackson

If you need a new book to read and you like action then you should read the Percy Jackson series written by Rick Riordan. It’s is about demigods, the son or daughter of a Greek god, and the camp that they go to to be safe from the monsters that want to kill them. The main character in these books is Percy Jackson with other important characters such as Annabeth Chase, Grover Underwood, Mr. D, and Chiron.

While at the camp, there are quests that campers do once given a prophecy. The prophecies are given by the Oracle. Prophecies given by the Oracle are riddles about what’s going to happen to that group that’s on the quest. Also at the camp, there are games such as capture the flag, climbing a rock wall that spills lava and crushes you if you are too slow, and etc..

There are also spin-offs to the series as well such as the Heroes of Olympus. In the first book, the Lost Hero, Jason Grace lost his memory and arrives at this school where he meets Piper McLean and Leo Valdez. Jason remembers nothing at all and barely knows his name. When they arrive at camp, they meet Annabeth Chase and she said that they have lost a camp member, Percy Jackson.

Well that was a book review about the Percy Jackson series and one of the spin-offs. I would give these books 5 stars because they’re so great. I hope that you read these book because that would make me happy.


Christmas Recipe

My family always makes bacon wrapped water chestnuts for a quick yummy snack for Christmas. There are different ways to make these and it would still be good. So, I’m going to give you the recipe.


1 pound of bacon

4 cans of water chestnuts

¼ cup of soy sauce

½ cup of brown sugar



  1. Cut bacon in thirds.
  2. Wrap a strip of bacon around a water chestnut and poke a flat toothpick through the bacon and water chestnut.
  3. Continue wrapping water chestnuts with bacon until finished.
  4. Place each water chestnut that has been wrapped on broiler pan.
  5. Cook until bacon is crisp.
  6. Mix soy sauce and brown sugar together in bowl.
  7. Place each water chestnut with bacon in sauce.
  8. Serve hot.

Recipe from  here.


The Clown…

On Halloween night, Samantha Robbe was having her 10th birthday party.  Her mom, Cery Robbe, invited a clown to make balloon animals for all of the guests.  They had such a good time at the party until, the clown showed up.  When Cery invited the clown to the party, she didn’t know who the clown was or what his background was.  She knew nothing whatsoever.

The day before Samantha’s party, everything was going great.  When Cery was buying her daughter’s birthday present she saw the ad for the clown.  As she was looking at the ad, she saw that if she hired him, it would be free.  Cery thought “ What better than a free clown, right?”   She also thought “ Well, since the clown is free, I’ll buy her an extra present.” And so she did. Since Samantha was into ninjas at the time, Cery bought her a real ninja sword in a frame.  Good thing she bought that sword because it might come in handy later or become their worst nightmare.

Good thing all of Samantha’s and Cery’s family and friends live in town near them because Cery forgot to send out the invitations!  So, Cery and Samantha took a little trip to town and delivered the invitations themselves and not the “mailman”.  The “mailman” was the clown in disguise. He planned to deliver all of the mail to their family because if someone doesn’t come to the party then his whole plan is ruined.  If they didn’t come, then he would have their address and complete his plan.

When Samantha and Cery delivered the invitations, everybody said that they had nothing to do tomorrow and that they were coming. Easy for the clown now.  That night Samantha was having a nightmare of a clown coming to her birthday party and killing all of her family.  Cery heard her daughter scream and ran into her room.  Samantha asked her mom if she could sleep with her and her mom asked why.  Samantha retold the horrible story and her mom said that she could sleep with her just for tonight.  Cery was worried now because she knew nothing about the clown and that dream might mean something.  Nahh, it meant nothing.  But it did.

The day of the party came too soon but, not too soon for the clown.  The clown has been waiting for this day since he was a little kid.  His father wanted revenge on this family after Jones Robbe, Cery’s husband, married the Cery that he loved.  He cannot wait any longer than he has to.  He needs to get revenge for his father soon before his spirit haunts him forever.  It’s go time now for the clown since it is the start of the party.  This is where it will all go down.

Everyone was having a great time so far at the party.  Then the clown showed up.  The clown in had a balloon head in his hand and a ninja sword in the other.  Cery was confused because she bought Samantha a ninja sword just like that.  Then, when she put all of the clues together and said “ How could I be so stupid!”.  Everybody at the party was confused and then Cery started talking again “ The ad!  You put that up in the store right before I saw it!  And then, you took it down right after I saw it just so no one else would see it.  You were following me everywhere just to see what I was doing! Ughhh!”.  The clown nodded as if to say you’re right. Right after that was done, the clown started his plan, which everyone knew about now.

The clown was a killing machine and one of Samantha’s friends was the first one to go.  Cery grabbed her daughter, took her upstairs, and hid as well as they could.  All of the family members were fleeing to their cars and going to their non-safe houses.  Meanwhile, Samantha and Cery are trying not to breathe as the clown comes into the room of which they were hiding in.  The clown looks everywhere for them but can’t find them so he goes to a different room.  But, Samantha whispered “Yes!” and the clown heard her.  The clown knew they were in the room somewhere and then, he found them!

Cery was ready with the gun that she always kept in the closet in case of an emergency.  Jones had always insisted on it and he was right.  But before the clown could swing at them, she shot him.  She had no choice.  It was either them or the clown and Samantha knew that.  They yelled in together in victory “ He’s gone!  He is gone forever!”.  After that, they both ran down the stairs and saw Jones.  After they related the scariest birthday party ever, Samantha looked down at her friend and yelled “ Her leg was only sliced a little!  She’ll be fine!”.  And so, the family took Samantha’s friend to the ER and then called her parents to inform them about what happened.  Her parents arrived and everything went well after that day forward.