Power of the Pen State?!

Yep, you heard right!  Emily, Genevieve, and Kelsey are the three lucky students that are going to state for their amazing skills in writing and creative minds.  If you are wondering about Power of the Pen(POP) then I’d be happy to explain.  POP is a club where kids join to write short stories and let their creative mind wander far and have a chance to be awarded for it!   At competitions tons of teams show up for a chance at winning.  An interesting fact is that the 7th grade team placed 4th at District and then continued on to place 3rd at Regionals!   A run-off from that is that POP goes to three competitions, District, Regional, and State.  For state only a few kids are picked to go based on their writing skills and the competition will be held at the College of Wooster.  State will be held on Friday, May 26th.  This is to the McDowell kids, show some encouragement to your classmates by wishing them luck! Plus a huge thanks to our writing coaches Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Ross for being the best coaches we could ask for an always pushing us to work hard and really think about what we are going to write.   Another reason to why #mcdowellstudentsarethebest!

Hanukkah Origin and Facts

   Hanukkah is a holiday that the Jewish celebrate instead of Christmas.  The holiday started over 21 centuries ago when the ‘Holy Land’ was ruled over by Seleucids, also known as Syrian-Greeks.  These people forcefully hellenized the Israel people until a small group of Jews defeated one of the strongest armies on earth, they drove the Greeks away from the land and reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

   When the Jews wished to light the Temples menorah, while they searched they found a single cruse of olive oil that the Greeks had not destroyed.  It was only supposed to be a one-day supply, but the candle burned for eight days straight!  To celebrate the miracle, the sages created the festival of Hanukkah.

   At the center of the festival was the nightly menorah lighting.  The first night only a single flame was lit, then the next night they lit two flames until every night a flame was lit so that all eight flames burned bright.

   Here’s a fun fact: During Hanukkah the people only eat foods that have been fried in oil ex; potato pancakes, doughnuts.  They also have the traditional dreidel that the children play with. (Dreidel: a spinning top on which are inscribed the Hebrew letters nun, gimmel, hei and shin, an acronym for Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, “a great miracle happened there”).

   Hanukkah is also spelled as Chanukah which means ‘Dedication’ in Hebrew.  During this joyous celebration they sing many songs, play games, and have a bunch of traditional stuff that has been passed down through the many generations.  Some of the songs they listen to are

   Hanukkah is a holiday that the Jewish celebrate instead of Christmas.  The holiday started over 21 centuries ago when the ‘Holy Land’ was ruled over by Seleucids, also known as Syrian-Greeks.  These people forcefully hellenized the Israel people until a small group of Jews defeated one of the strongest armies on earth, they drove the Greeks away from the land and reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

   When the Jews wished to light the Temples menorah, while they searched they found a single cruse of olive oil that the Greeks had not destroyed.  It was only supposed to be a one-day supply, but the candle burned for eight days straight!  To celebrate the miracle, the sages created the festival of Hanukkah.

   At the center of the festival was the nightly menorah lighting.  The first night only a single flame was lit, then the next night they lit two flames until every night a flame was lit so that all eight flames burned bright.

   Here’s a fun fact: During Hanukkah the people only eat foods that have been fried in oil ex; potato pancakes, doughnuts.  They also have the traditional dreidel that the children play with. (Dreidel: a spinning top on which are inscribed the Hebrew letters nun, gimmel, hei and shin, an acronym for Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, “a great miracle happened there”).

   Hanukkah is also spelled as Chanukah which means ‘Dedication’ in Hebrew.  During this joyous celebration they sing many songs, play games, and have a bunch of traditional stuff that has been passed down through the many generations.  Some of the songs they listen to include Hanukkah blessings, Maoz Tzur, Judas Maccabaeus, Oh Chanukah, I Have a Little Dreidel, Sevivon, Al Hanisim, Mi Y’malel.

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Finish My Story!

My safe place.  My favorite run away spot.  My swing, I’ve gone here since I was just a little kid.  This is where I go to find some peace once in a while.  if you wanted to know, which not many people do, but my name is Scarlet.  Sometimes I even sneak out to just sit on this little swing to just, you known, think. screenshot-2016-10-25-at-12-42-58-pm Trying to think with three other people living in the house was just not working out, so I come out here to clear my head.  Today has been rough because my friend and I got in a huge fight about silly little things, but she still refuses to talk to me.  This swing was the last place my mom took me before “it” happened.  Only here is where I still feel like she isn’t gone, that she didn’t leave me.  It’s just something about that place that makes everything alright.  You probably wonder what happened to my mom, so I might as well tell you.  She…..

Please finish my story!  I need the ending to this story for it to be great.  Please do not use any short cuts to words.  Comment down below and invite others please!

5 of The Best Halloween Haunted House in America

Around this time of year many people are headed to the haunted houses around them for some fun!  Sometimes though you just can’t find any place scary enough so this post might be what you’ve been looking for.  I wanted to blog about this because many peoples favorite holiday is Halloween.  Here are some of the best haunted houses here in America.  Get ready for a fright!  Warning: this post may be too much for some viewers!

  So we begin with the Basement of the Dead, even the name creeps me out, but wait till you read what comes next!  The Basement of the Dead is one of the best rated haunted houses in America, it is located in Chicago, Illinois.  This haunted house is possibly the best and scariest in America.  It’s said that a clown named Shattered, they say that his famous sledgehammer trick had gone wrong which caused his wife and partner to be killed.  He believed that it was the crowds fault for making him do one more trick.  The pain and anger from the accident ate at his soul leaving him with only evil left inside.  He finally broke and rampaged through the crowd with a swinging hammer.  After the horror was over, Shattered had killed 30 of the crowd members and 15 of his workers.  That was the very last time anyone had seen Shattered as he disappeared into the basement where rumors started that he took up praying to demons and practicing to spread his evil across the dimensions.  It’s also said that the many souls he took that night, followed him down into the dark depths. headerimage-md-bb8bd5Image found at

Next up we have Fear Factory, this place is found in Salt Lake City, Utah.  It wasn’t anything huge or important because it was just a old cement factory, but one day that changed when one of the workers stayed later for work, to oil the crusher.  His long sleeve shirt had gotten caught in the gears and he was pulled into the machiimagesne to be crushed and killed.  Many more deaths happened after this and the civilians and workers believed that the cement factory was determined to keep its gears oiled in blood.  Later on the factory claimed one more life before going silent, the man was found in a kneeling position only a few feet from the factory doors with his head missing.  The haunted house is widely known among the Utah area because of its cruel history to becoming a haunted house.  Some believe the lost souls still wander the area.

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Now we move on to the Hall of Horrors, which is located at Palmerton, Pennsylvania.  This place is extremely hardcore, this is one of the places where the actors are allowed to touch you and there’s a thing called The Blood Experience, where fake blood will splash you.  The Hall of Horrors is not the best place for easily scared people.  The actors drag themselves across floors and grab ankles! Cree037cb9f250017e918f80c5eb08a073e8py right?  Sadly, unlike the other houses, this one does not have a back story or why they started this amazingly, terrifying place.  You are guaranteed to scream your head off.

 

 

 

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Then we have the Nightmare New England, it is located in Litchfield, New Hampshire.  This place was first opened in 1991, soon later it was named the most terrifying horror scream park in the U.S.

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They joined up with many other haunted houses and created the most terrifying park you could imagine.  They have a haunted walk, where you walk through the house then into the woods, then you hop onto the haunted hayride.  It may not seem very interesting, but I assure you, this is the worth the trip!  Unlike the one above, these actors are not allowed to touch you because their haunted house is terrifying enough without you being touched.

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Lastly we have Terror Behind Walls, this is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  This is my personal favorite!  In here you have to pick before you enter the cellblock: no touch or touch?  They send you into the prison and you have to find your way to freedom.   terror-behind-the-wallsIf you chose the interactive passage then beware because some of the actors will pry the chosen one from the group and force them down passages leading to nowhere!  They may be a little rough, but it was your choice if they touched you or not.  Sometimes you may have to claw your way to freedom.  On certain nights they have a “Break Out” where ‘prisoners’ are let lose in the building and they will do anything it takes to get free.

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About Me ABC’s

 

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  1. I’m the Athlete in the family and the Artist
  2. Apparently I’ve got the Brains to be in advanced classes
  3. Most people call me by the nickname my friend gave me, Coleslaw
  4. I have four Dogs, two in the house and two outside
  5. This will be my first post on Edublogs
  6. I live on a Farm
  7. I hit Grand-slams in softball
  8. I have two mini-Horses named Shawnee and Juliet
  9. I get Irritated easily
  10. I’m not a fan of Jelly-beans
  11. My name is Kelsey
  12. My friends say I’m too Loud
  13. I have too Many books
  14. We’re trying to visit every National Park in the USA
  15. At the Atlantic Ocean I held an Octopus
  16. There’s many sports I Play at once
  17. Sometimes I’m Quiet or extremely loud
  18. Reading is one of my hobbies
  19. In Softball I’m the catcher
  20. Traveling is my thing
  21. I’m an Unpredictable person
  22. Going to Goblin Valley is a yearly trip, so is the Grand canyon
  23. Walked 14 miles in Ding and Dang (yes it’s a real place in Utah)
  24. I’ve had three X-rays
  25. I am 12 Years-old
  26. I’ve been to Zalinsky National Park