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?

New Year Resolutions?

        A lot of people make new year resolution.  At McDowell all of the students made some.  We cut out and colored a piece of paper with 2018 written in bold on it.  In the number 2 it said, “Two things I will accomplish in 2018:”.  There was a wide variation in answers but some are “getting good grades”, “being able to do a back flip full twist”, and “Being a straight ‘A’ student”.  Inside the  0 said, ”If you could zero in on one thing to improve on this year, what would it be?  Why?” One person said, “…doing a handstand because I always fall” while other said, “ I hope to improve my trumpet playing so I will have more fun” or even “.  The number 1 was a hard one for some people, it said ”Write about one thing you want to learn this year.” I said “Spanish because Then it will be easier for high school.”  others said, “Ice skating”, “More about technology”, “How to draw” and many more. Finally we had to fill in the 8.  The question was “ What are eight things that you look forward to this year.”  Some people said “summer vacation”, “Spring sports” and a lot of other things.  The point of this was to to make goals for yourself that you WILL complete.  Everybody had different goals for themselves, as you can see.  No ones 2018 paper was the same.  This project also let us express our inner creativity.  I you had to make a New Year resolution what would it be?  Leave a comment to let us know.

 

Haven House Donations

 

At McDowell, we are collecting donations for a group called Haven House.  Haven House is a place for woman to go if they have been abused and need to leave.  They take their children and the clothes on their backs.  They need your typical everyday things such as toilet paper, tissues, cough drops, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, face wash, and chap-stick.  They also need hats and gloves for winter along with cleaning supplies.  

Haven House has moved their location.  They have some supplies but not enough for all the women that are their. They ran out of room at their old location which is why they have moved.  They need those supplies that I listed in my first paragraph.  McDowell cares about our community, that is why this Christmas season we are not forgetting the meaning of the season, which is to give.  To motivate us the teachers have decided that our lunch monitors will dress up as Santa and his helper.  The students here at the McDowell have to collect 500 different donations in order to have Santa and his elf show up to school.

As you can tell Haven House needs some donations.  Hopefully we can collect 500 donations to make Santa and his elf show up to school. We can give by donating an item on the list or by donating money.  Anything helps and Haven House will be grateful for everything.  Organize a donation for someone or someplace in your community to help out.  This Christmas make sure you give as much as you get.

Featured Staff Member: Mr. Barnes

          Mr. Barnes is a great technology teacher at McDowell, however there is a lot more to know about him.  I wanted to know what he used to do and what he was actually like.  I knew he got a huge grant last year to get everything has this year, but what did he do when he did not have VR headsets or a green screen or the makey makeys or even the 3-D printer.  Let’s find out!

 

Question – How did you get all of the technology you have?

Answer – A lot of it is from a class that I took to allow the school to get special funds from the state.

Question – What did you do before you had all the technology you have now?

Answer – We did work on the computer and learned a lot about google and practiced typing.

Question – How long have you been teaching?

Answer – This is going to be my twenty-ninth year.

Question – How many people are in your family?

Answer – Me and my wife live in my house with a dog and a cat.  However I have two daughters that are both teachers.

Question – How long have you been married?

Answer – I have been married for twenty-eight years to Beth Barnes

Question – Where did you go to college?

Answer – I went to Ohio University, and attended the Chillicothe and Lancaster campuses for most of college.

Question – Have you always wanted to be a teacher?

Answer – Yes, but while I was in college I worked many jobs such as: working in a shoe repair shop and a factory as well as laying carpet.

Question – If McDowell did not have technology would you still teach here?

Answer – Yes, I hope so.

Question – If you did still teach here what would you teach?

Answer – I would probably teach science again, since I taught science before technology.

Question – What all have you done at McDowell?

Answer – At McDowell I have taught science, technology and I have coached football and high school wrestling.

Question – What sports do you like to watch?

Answer – I like to watch football and baseball.

Question – What is your favorite sport to play?

Answer – I enjoyed football and wrestling when I was in high school.       

These are all of the questions that I asked Mr. Barnes and his answers. Hopefully you learned something about Mr. Barnes as I did.  If only every school could have the same technology that we did.  

Veterans Food Drive

     At McDowell we care about our veterans. November elventh is veterans day, this is a day for the men and women who have fought for our country.  Great right? Well, not really, there are over 100,000 veterans and their families here in Ohio that rely on food services.  The student council at McDowell decided that they wanted to do something about this.  So we did a food drive.  All the food goes directly to the veterans in Ohio. The food drive started on November third and went through November tenth.  We collected a lot of food for our local veterans and are continuing to bring in food.  I hope that even just the little we have done will help the veterans that need it.  

 

     On Thursday November ninth the McDowell Middle School is having a Veterans Day assembly.  We will be recognizing our veterans by having a guest speaker named Deb come.  Deb was in the military for six years.  She was a sergeant and very respected.  We really appreciate that Deb can come and tell us about her military  experience.  I think that Deb will make us think more of Veterans Day by the time she is done.  The food drive we are having here at McDowell is only one way that we can give back, there are many more ways to help the veterans that deserve more than the life they are living now. 

     On Veterans Day don’t forget about your veterans, thank them for what they have done.  Start a food drive at your school to help out your local veterans. Remember that every little thing counts.  Never forget what they did for us and how many sacrifices they have made for our country.  Don’t take for granted the freedom they have given us and how they have sacrificed their life for our country.  After all the sacrifices they have made they deserve to have a better life than this.  They risked their life for our country and yet they are living on food services.  There should not be 100.000 veterans in Ohio that don’t have food.  

Circleville Pumpkin Show

Related imageThe Circleville Pumpkin Show is right around the corner, it is only two days away.  The Circleville Pumpkin Show is known as the Greatest Show on Earth.  You will be learning about the history of the Pumpkin Show, which has been around since 1903.  There are many different things that you can do at the Pumpkin Show including riding rides, eating your favorite pumpkin food, visiting with friends, or just walking around.  There are many things to know about the Circleville Pumpkin Show.

First, how did the Pumpkin Show get started?  The  mayor of Circleville at that time, George Haswell, decided he wanted to get all the different people from the county and all the people of the city together.  So he invited the farmers to bring their best produce to town on certain dates and display them on the streets of Circleville.  The best produce won a prize.  The  Circleville Pumpkin Show has always been held on the downtown streets of Circleville, and probably always will be.

Secondly, there are many things that you can do at the Pumpkin Show.  You could ride rides like: the Ali Baba, the Carousel, the Viking Ship, the Musical Express, the Zipper, the Star, the Ferris Wheel, the dinosaur ride, Twister, the Rodeo, or even the Alien Abduction.  You could also do the fun house or games like:  fish for the duck with a star, roller bowler, ski ball, pop the balloon, ring the cane, bb gun shoot the star, and/or go fish.  My favorite thing to do is walk around and eat food.  Some of the special food you can purchase is: pumpkin log roll, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin waffles, pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread, pumpkin fries, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin dumplings, pumpkin burgers, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin fudge, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin latte, and pumpkin whoopie pies.  My favorite place to go at Pumpkin Show is the Bell Station Home Goods store at the corner of Watt Street and Pickaway Street.  I like it because they have one dollar drinks outside and inside they have nice jewelry that any woman would like.

To sum everything up I hope you enjoyed my blog post.  Hopefully, you learned something about how the Pumpkin Show got started, as well as something you can/could do when you visit it.  Here is a little pop quiz for you. What is the Pumpkin Show also known as?  You know it! It is The Greatest Free Show on Earth.  Again, hope you enjoyed  my blog post.

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