Have you heard of the Paralympics?

As the Olympics came to an end about a week ago, the Paralympics will soon start. The Paralympics are just like the Olympics but are for people with disabilities. Most of the events are the same but some are altered due to their disabilities.

On July 29th of  1948, the day of the Opening Ceremony of the London 1948 Olympic Games, Dr. Guttmann organised the first competition for wheelchair athletes which he named the Stoke Mandeville Games, a milestone in Paralympics history. They involved 16 injured servicemen and women who took part in archery. These games later became the Paralympic Games which first took place in Rome, Italy in 1960 featuring 400 athletes from 23 countries. Since then they have taken place every four years. In 1976, the first Winter Games in Paralympics history were held in Sweden, and as with the Summer Games, have taken place every four years, and include a Paralympics Opening Ceremony and Paralympics Closing Ceremony. Sounds just like the Olympics right?

The word “Paralympic” derives from the Greek preposition “para” (beside or alongside) and the word “Olympic”. Its meaning is that Paralympics are the parallel games to the Olympics and illustrates how the two movements exist side-by-side. Some events are wheelchair rugby, boccia, wheelchair tennis, powerlifting, wheelchair fencing, goalball, and wheelchair basketball.  

Paralympics sound pretty cool right? The Paralympics were kind of like to let people with disabilities dream or let them do what they want to do. Jody Cundy, a cycler, has already been and competed in the Paralympics and wrote this ”It is just a bike race, but it is probably the most important bike race I have ever raced in. No one’s died, it just feels like they have.”  I normally don’t watch the Paralympics but I think I will this year.

Mark Your Calendar for the Upcoming Band/Choir Concert!

Extracurricular activities, such as Band and Choir, can be an important part of a student’s life.  Which is why at McDowell, these classes are offered and up for any student to join.  Both the Band and Choir have been working very hard for their upcoming concert at McDowell, on March 8th, which begins at 7 P.M.  Although the 7th and 8th Grade Band, and the 7th Grade Choir will be the main discussion, there will also be a performance from the 8th Grade Choir.  Up next, are the pieces that are going to be played by the 7th and 8th Grade Band, in the upcoming concert.

The pieces that are played, are what make every concert different from one another.  These pieces  are practiced over and over, in order to entertain the audience.  It takes bands months in order to perfect everything about a piece.  The pieces that the 7th and 8th Grade Band will be playing are Night Flight by Bill Calhoun, which is a piece that is fast-paced and very aggressive.  Above and Beyond by James Swearingen; this piece is exciting with a lot of dramatic melodies.  Ancient Echoes by Ed Huckeby, which is a combination of the two pieces Ahrirang and Simple Gifts.  This piece is very slow and soothing to the ear.  The final piece the 7th and 8th Grade Band will play is Mi Casa Es Su Casa, which is another piece by James Swearingen.  The title is Spanish for, “My home is your home.”  This piece has rhythmic energy, and is Percussion oriented with an array of instruments.  There is more than just the 7th and 8th Grade Band for the upcoming concert, there is also the 7th Grade Choir.  There will be more detail about the songs that the 7th Grade Choir will be singing next.

Along with pieces making every concert different, songs can make them different as well.  Which is why singing different songs at every concert is important in separating your performances.  The different songs that the 7th Grade Choir will be singing are All Star by Smash Mouth.  This song was originally featured in the movie Shrek.  Lean on Me by Bill Withers, is a song from the 1970’s.  The song is about hope and overcoming pain.  The final song that the 7th Grade Choir will be singing is Hallelujah.  Although the 7th Grade Choir will be performing less songs/pieces than the 7th and 8th Grade Band, their performance will be just as good.  That wraps up everything about the 7th Grade Choir, time to conclude about the entire concert.

All in all, make sure to mark your calendar for the upcoming concert at McDowell.  The 7th and 8th Grade Band, and the 7th and 8th Grade Choir have worked very hard and have been preparing for months.  From aggressive fast-paced pieces, to songs that were featured in a popular kids movie, this upcoming concert will be different from every other.  So, make sure to be at McDowell on March 8th, at 7 P.M. for the future concert.     

Accelerated Reader (AR) Goal Race

 

    In Language Arts class at McDowell Middle School we have a program called Accelerated Reader. This program is where you have to reach a certain amount of points or reach a goal by the end of the each nine weeks. Usually in 7th grade you have a pretty low goal the first nine weeks then it gets higher as you go throughout the year. So how this works is you get a book from anywhere and go to a website that tells you how many AR points it is worth. After you read the book you go to the same website and take a ten question multiple choice test. Depending how good you do on your test the better score you get. So for an example if you had a eight point book and got a 10/10 on your test you get the whole eight points!

    So far this year we have had most of the students complete their AR goal. Mrs. Caudill and Mrs. Binkley have a chalkboard that you write your name on after you are completed with your goal. At the end of the nine weeks they look at who all got their AR done and see what class has the highest percentage. This nine weeks fourth period won the race with a percentage of 96%!

    In conclusion, even though some kids don’t like AR it is always fun to see who comes out on top. Maybe my period will win this upcoming nine weeks!

New Chromebooks For The District!

At McDowell we have small computers that we used for class. The computers that we use are called Chromebooks. Chromebooks are super easy to use. To sign in you simply use your google account. If use don’t have a google account then you can make one. If you do not want to make a google account then you can just browse as a guest.

McDowell and the rest of the district have been using Chromebooks for about threes years now and has just bought new Chromebooks. I do not know the exact number of Chromebooks that were bought, but I did help unload them. There were five pallets and it took all morning to unload them.

The new Chromebooks are nicer than the original Chromebooks that we had. The screen has better quality and they load faster than the original Chromebooks too. The old Chromebooks were also getting old and worn down. The screens were scratch and on some the keys would not work very well.

Getting new Chromebooks is something I never expected to happen. I am even more surprised that we are getting Chromebooks for the whole district.

 

Let The Olympic Games Begin

Every 2 years country’s all around the world come together and play games called the Olympic Games. There are the Winter Olympic Games and the Summer Olympic Games. They both have different sports to play and have different people to play the games. The Olympic’s take place at a different country every time. The Olympic’s take place in Pyeongchang ,and that is in South Korea. There are 43 Summer Olympic Games and 15 Winter Olympic Games. There are always records being set and athletes being pushed to limits. The Olympic’s are fun and exciting to watch, there might be a huge crash or a really close race, but one thing is for sure, athletes will show their skills to the world. All the world will see what kind of athletes are all around the world.

Student Spotlight

Every few months teachers at McDowell will change out the Student Spotlight.  The Student Spotlight is a piece of black paper with two yellow spotlights on it, in each spotlight is a picture of a student and a paragraph or two about them and what they do.  The current students are Timothy (Tim) Miller and Tayla Tootle.   Tim is a wrestler for Logan Elm.  He won 2nd place in the Mid-State League Buckeye Division Wrestling Tournament.  Tim also plays soccer.  Tayla is a gymnast.  She has been in gymnastics for nine years now and is a level six gymnast.  She competes on vault, uneven bars, beam, and floor.  She has made it to nationals a few times before.  They were in Tampa Bay, Florida  and Savannah Georgia.  Tayla said that gymnastics has taught her many things, one of them being how to manage her time.  Now the question is, who will be the next Student Spotlight?

Track-Running

   

 At McDowell Exchange School, track is a sporting event you can do in the Spring. The events in track you can do are running (long distance, medium distance, short distance), shot put, hurdles, discus and pole vault. The event I’m writing about specifically is the running part of track which is just running. When you run for track you can run long distance or short distance.       

  There are 5 different distances you can run in track. The longest distance you can run is 1600 meters or 1 mile. The next shortest distance is 800 meters then, 400 meters then, 200 meters then, the shortest distance is 100 meters. 1600 meters and 800 meters are considered long distance. For medium distance it is 400 meters and short distance is 200 and 100 meters. You also run with 7th graders and 8th graders mixed together.                                                                            In track there is also something called relay races. How it works is there are 2 lines at each end of however many meters your running. Then the coach picks a few people out of the team to race with other teams. So someone will start out and run to one end them you hand like a stick to the next person then that person runs and you just keep going until you finish. The first team that finishes is the winner. There is a really race for each distance.                                      Track is one of the really fun sports the we have at Mcdowell Exchange School in the Spring. There are so many events you can do in track that make it more interesting. Track is also a sport you do outside which is another great thing about it since most sports are inside. If I could choose out of all the events in track I would choose running.

Ready Player One Book Review

READY PLAYER ONE

By: Jude. S

 

On March 29, 2018 the movie Ready Player One will be in theaters. It is based on a book written by Ernest Cline. The book takes place in Columbus, Ohio following a boy named Wade Watts who lives in the stacks (stacked up RV’s in a wood construction). He spends all his time in the OASIS which is a on

line VR world with endless possibilities: school, gaming, talking to friends, you name it. The creator of this world, James Halliday, has just passed away. He left a video recording that made the world go crazy. It said that he has hidden easter egg within the OASIS and whoever finds them owns the game and inherits his fortune. Wade Watts is an admirer of James and has read, watched, and played everything played in James’s almanac which is mostly from the 80’s. Wade’s quest is to find the easter eggs through mind puzzling riddles and challenges  before anybody else. The book is filled with action, secrecy, and the intensity for the hunt of the eggs.  When I read this book I could not put it down. Anybody who loves video games or love the 80’s should read it. When I read this book I think of the possibilities and the future yet to come.

Try Out McDowell Students!

Basketball season is nearing its end, along with baseball and softball season coming up here at McDowell. Many new girls and boys have showed interest to play either baseball or softball this year, some of the same girls and boys have come back to play this year, too. For those kids at McDowell who are looking for a schedule for tryouts and conditioning for this years softball and/or baseball, schedules have yet to be released. They however, should be released shortly,  so check back in soon!

 

STOP! You’ve Been Caught Being A Brave

The caught being a brave board is supposed to be a way to reward those who are caught being good and also to encourage people to be better so they can get their name on the board too.  Not to brag but our school is pretty good, just this time we took down the names and we had 66 people caught being a brave.  Now that may not sound like a lot but our school is small.  Now you may be thinking that it’s not gonna work on most people because what’s “in it” for you.  Well every month we take all the names down and put them in this big drawing and you win a really awesome prize.  The prize that the winners got this time is a gigantic party size bag full of Hershey chocolates.  So I don’t know about you but that’s definitely good enough for me.  If you’d like take this survey and tell us if you have anything like this at your school. 

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