McDowell Media’s Skype Call to Australia

Between the months of August and December, McDowell Media participated in the Student Blogging Challenge.  The Student Blogging challenge led us to a lot of fun activities and awesome opportunities.  One of those awesome opportunities included a Skype call to Kathleen Morris!  If you didn’t know, Kathleen Morris is the leader of the Student Blogging Challenge.  Kathleen is also a tech coach in a new Australian school.  McDowell Media’s writers were given an opportunity to Skype with Kathleen and her 1st grade class in Australia.  During that Skype call, we asked questions back and forth.  We learned that Australian students, during our winter break, would be on their summer break.  We also learned that the government in Australia allows them to play educational Mine craft during the school day.  While we were learning new things about each other we were also having an amazing time.  McDowell Media would be delighted to have another opportunity like this one.

Down below are some pictures of McDowell Media during the Skype call.





Letter to Alex

This is my week 9 challenge for the Student Blogging Challenge. For week 9 we had 3 options. I chose to write a letter to Alex. Alex is a 17 year old who is also blind and can code! Below is my letter to Alex.

Hello Alex,
My name is Kensie and I’m a 7th grade student at McDowell middle school. At my school we learn about coding in a technology class. During one semester, half of the 7th graders have technology and the other half have art. Considering your situation, I think it is remarkably incredible that you know how to code! I, myself, don’t know how to code at all. I would like to learn though! If you have time, please reply back to me at http://mcdowellmedia.edublogs.org/




Christmas traditions

Christmas Celebrations

     At McDowell we get about 2 weeks off of school for Christmas.  During this break I spend time with my family and friends. At my house we have a lot of Christmas traditions.  These include going to see the Zoo Lights, driving around neighborhoods looking at the lights, decorating the house, making Christmas cookies, watching our favorite Christmas movies, playing in the snow, and opening presents with my whole family.
     In addition to all of these wonderful traditions all the kids in my family have a very sneaky and special tradition.  On Christmas morning my brother wakes all the kids up very early. Once he gets us woken up we run downstairs and look at all the presents we got.  After that, we wake up all of the adults and open up our presents together. What time do you wake up on Christmas morning?
      Another tradition we have involves ornaments for the Christmas tree.  Every year my mom lets my sister and I pick out (or make) a special ornament.  Last year during Christmas we made ornaments for my uncle and brother that have passed away.  The ornaments were a great addition to our tree and I hope that we never lose them. Do you have any special ornaments?
     As I said before every Christmas my family and I watch Christmas movies.  One of my family’s favorite movies is “A Christmas Story”. Another one of our favorites are all of the “Home Alone” movies.  Does your family have a favorite Christmas movie?
     Something else that we do around Christmas is go see the zoo lights.  The zoo lights go on for almost the whole month of December and end in the beginning of January.  Last year we were in an exhibit and I got lost.  My mom couldn’t find me and it was really scary.  After a few phone calls we found each other and continued with the zoo lights.
     These are some of the wonderful Christmas traditions that my family and I have.  These have been happening for a couple of years now and I hope that they can keep going.  What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?


Pumpkin Show Recap

At McDowell we do not have to attend school for 3 days. Why? We get off school because of the Circleville Pumpkin Show! The Circleville Pumpkin show started on October, 17th and ended on October, 20th. At the Pumpkin Show we have a  large variety of parades. Some of these include: the Little Miss Pumpkin Show Parade, Miss Pumpkin Show Parade, Baby Parade and the Pet Parade. The Pumpkin Show attracts over 400,000 people and these parades are one of the reasons.

Another reason we get 400,000 people is because of the amazing food. Since it’s the “Pumpkin Show” there are a lot of different “pumpkin” flavored foods. Some of these include: Pumpkin Burgers, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Blossoms, Pumpkin Ice Cream, Pumpkin Waffles and lots more. There’re also regular foods like shredded chicken, Wisconsin Cheese curds, Meatball Stromboli and more.

Regular pumpkin pies are sold everywhere, but at the Pumpkin Show we have the World’s Largest Pumpkin pie! The pie is 14 feet in diameter and is made with 360 pounds of sugar, 795 pounds of pumpkin, 60 lbs. of powdered milk, 60 dozen eggs, 75 gallons of water, 400 lbs. of flour, 15 people to mix, and 10 hours to bake. Every year a lot of people visit the World’s Largest Pumpkin Pie and that’s another reason for the very large turn out.

Along with the great food there’re amazing rides. The lines can be long sometimes but it’s worth the wait. Some of these rides include: the Ferris Wheel, Bumper cars, the Pirate ship and the Zipper. There are also rides that are more for younger children and families. The rides are open all four days and I’d recommend getting an all day pass to have more fun and to spend less money.

At the Pumpkin Show there are also a lot of games. These games range from throwing a ring onto a cane or popping a balloon with a dart. When you’re done with the games there is also live music, 400 food booths, games,  and craft vendors. The Pumpkin Show covers nine city blocks. We always have a large turnout and it gets larger every year.

This year made the 112th annual Pumpkin Show. The Pumpkin Show takes up nine city blocks! On a few of the nine city blocks there are beautiful murals with paintings of Pumpkin Show over the years. In these pictures you might be able to see a bunch of pumpkins scattered across tables. Those pumpkins get brought in by people who have spent a long time waiting for that big pumpkin to grow. Once we get the pumpkins in we have to weigh them. This year at the Pumpkin Show the largest pumpkin weighed 1,607 pounds!

To go along with all of the amazing things already at the Pumpkin Show, the Pumpkin Show is in the middle of adding a Pumpkin Show Park! The Pumpkin show park will include a Side Stage, a Porta Jon Structure, a Built In Bench, Tables with Seats (built in), Trash Receptacles, and a Bike Rack. All of these features together will cost $23,750 to build. The park will be a great addition to the Pumpkin Show itself and it will be open to everyone.

The Pumpkin Show will be a huge success, and it has been for 112 years! I think it will continue growing and draw more and more people every year. People from all over come to enjoy the Pumpkin Show. The new Pumpkin Show park will be a great new addition and it will definitely draw more people. I hope whoever is reading this will be able to come enjoy the Pumpkin Show one day as well.