Softball for Gym

Gym is always fun at Mcdowell, but today it was especially nice. The eighth grade here at McDowell got the chance to play softball and had a really good time. It was a lovely day outside and the kids had lots of fun. Unfortunately, the seventh graders are stuck inside until next year. Too bad!

Featured Staff Member: Mrs.Borland

borland-photo          Hello! It’s Rain and I have a new blog post to share with you. For my post I chose to interview one of the staff members at McDowell middle school. The staff member I chose to interview was Mrs. Borland.  Mrs. Borland is the librarian here at McDowell. In the interview I asked Mrs. Borland these questions:

 1) How long have you been working at McDowell?

Mrs. Borland’s answer: “I have been working at McDowell for twenty years.”

2) What is your favorite book?

Mrs. Borland’s answer: ” Out of all books I have read, I would say the Bible is my favorite.”

3) What is your favorite part of working here at McDowell?

Mrs. Borland’s answer:  ” I really enjoy motivating students to read.”

4) Have you ever worked at a different school; if so for how long?

Mrs. Borland’s answer: “I was a substitute for four years. I have been to Circleville, Zane Trace, Teays Valley, and Westfall.”

5) What is the most challenging part about being a librarian?

Mrs. Borland’s answer: “The most challenging part would be having enough money to buy the books for the library.”

6) What was your dream job when you were a child?

Mrs. Borland’s answer: ” To be a naturalist at a nature park.”

 7) How many children do you have?

Mrs. Borland’s answer: ” I have a son and a daughter. I also have three grandchildren.”

8) Where is your hometown?

Mrs. Borland’s answer: “My hometown is Chillicothe.”

9) Do you have any pets?

Mrs. Borland’s answer: “Sadly, I don’t have any pets. I did have a Cocker Spaniel named Wrinkles.”

                           It was a lot of fun interviewing Mrs. Borland. I really liked talking to her. Thank you  for reading my blog!

Blogging Challenge Activity #9

downloadHello! This is my post for week three of the blogging challenge. I choose to do the Zoom Out activity for this week. I invite my readers to “zoom out” from this image and comment what you think is happening outside the photo. Maybe you think the man is scared of a giant slug! You can also look at previous comments in order to keep the story going. It’s your choice! So please, let the commenting begin!

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Sumatran Rhinos, The Smallest and Fuzziest of The Rhinoceros species

rhino   Have you ever wondered how old a certain species was?  How long it has been around?  Today I will tell you about you about a certain mammal species that  has been around for fifty million years.  It is called the Sumatran Rhinoceros. The Sumatran Rhinoceros is the smallest species of rhinoceros. It weighs five hundred to one thousand kilograms.  The rhino stands one hundred and twelve to one hundred and forty five centimeters at it’s shoulder.  It has reddish brown hair covering its body.  Sumatran rhinos have coarse skin and small eyes.

The Sumatran rhino’s lifespan is thirty to forty five years.  Like other rhinos, they have a sharp sense of hearing and a keen sense of smell.  The Sumatran Rhino also has two horns; it has one nasal horn and one smaller horn behind it.  The Sumatran Rhino is critically endangered and lives in forests in Malaysia and Indonesia.  Some say they were spotted in different places but it is not proven.  Sumatran rhinos also like to live in hilly areas near water.

The Sumatran rhino is a solitary creature except for when it is ready to mate.  Sometimes when they are in a group, they communicate with each other through making marks in the ground with their feet.  They are also a very vocal species.  Once the mating season is over and a Sumatran rhino is pregnant, the female carries the baby for fifteen to sixteen months.  Once the baby is born, it will stay with its mother until it reaches sixteen to seventeen months of age.  Sumatran rhinos are herbivores which means that they eat only plants.  Their diet includes young saplings, leaves, fruits, twigs,and shoots.  The Sumatran rhino likes to eat before nightfall and in the morning when it is cool.  They can consume one hundred and ten pounds (fifty kilograms) in a day.

The Sumatran Rhino isn’t only a very rare species, it is also one of the oldest still living mammals.  The rare rhino species was listed as critically endangered by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) since 1996.  Its evolution dates back fifty million years!  Fifty million years ago, scientists suggest that Sumatran rhinos and other rhino species evolved or split from a different species; the Equidae (from the horse family) turning the Sumatran rhino and the other rhinos into their own species.  Because of certain similarities between the Sumatran rhino and the extinct Woolly rhino, it is believed that they are closely related to each other.

The Sumatran rhino is a very interesting species. If you want to learn more about the Sumatran rhino, click  here.

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All About me Rain


  This is a picture of my dog, Omar. He is one of our eleven dogs.


   1 Name: Rain 

   2 Nicknames: Ray Ray, Rainy Day,  Shorty, and Lapa

  3 Age: Twelve

  4 Grade: Seventh

5  Race: Welsh , German

  6 First Pet: My family has had many pets but my very first dog that was mine only is a Rat Terrier mix

  7  Pets: I have eleven dogs, three cats, four birds ( Cockatiels ), five Guinea Pigs, and two goats

 8 Siblings: I have one younger sister which means I’m her elder by two years

  9 Favorite Shows: Family Guy, Cleveland Show, American Dad, and Bob’s Burgers

10  Favorite Animal: Dogs! Why would I have eleven of them if I didn’t like them?

  11 Favorite Dog Breed: My favorite dog breed has got to be Dachshund . They are so cute and sweet ( I know this because I have one) and they are super playful. They also look like a hot dog!

  12 Best Friends: Kelsey, Emily, Maddie, Jerica, and Shannon

  13 Favorite Sport: Soccer (I can play goalie, midfielder, and striker)

  14 Favorite Movie: I have more favorites than I can list! (One of my favorites is The Boy)

  15 Favorite Singers: Fetty Wap, Drake, Meghan Trainor, and Soulja Boy

  16 Favorite Song: Wake Up by Fetty Wap

 17  Favorite Video Game: Minecraft because I love being able to design my own buildings

 18 Favorite School Subject: Language arts because I love to read and write

  19 Favorite Food: Pizza. Who doesn’t love a super cheesy slice?

  20 Biggest Fear: Drowning (creepy right?)

  21 Dream Vacation: Going to Alaska and skiing all winter

  22 Hobbies: Playing soccer, skiing (can’t do too much of that in Ohio!), drawing, hanging out with my friends, riding horses, and I used to do competitive cheer and I went to competitions across the midwest

 23  Dream Job: I am undecided with what I want to be but I do know I might want to be a real estate agent

24 Favorite City: I have never been but I would love to go to Paris, France because it seems like an amazing city with many places to explore

25 Favorite Type of Music: Hip Hop and Contemporary