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.

A Whole New World?

In technology at McDowell, we are going through different stations of fun things to do with technology in Mr. Barne’s class. Each week you will go to a new station. One of the stations is virtual reality, also known as VR. We are lucky to have smartphones and virtual reality headsets here at McDowell for students to use. Anyways, if you didn’t know what virtual reality is, virtual reality is a 3D image/environment that can give you a realistic experience, but what do we use VR for here at McDowell?

The main reason we use VR is to “travel” to different places and use it to educate students. We use an app called “Google Expeditions” for our VR. In the Expeditions app, there are hundreds of different subjects/places you can “travel” to. With each expedition, there are descriptions about what is going on and it gives facts about what you’re seeing. In science class, we have used VR multiple times to help students learn. The first time we used virtual reality was to travel to different biomes, since in science we were working on biome projects. Then we used it to dive into the ocean, and we learned about how global warming causes coral bleaching. Finally, we also have used VR to travel up into the stratosphere. It helped students better understand what goes on in our atmosphere. You can also travel to many other famous landmarks or ancient places. It is a good way to learn visually and many students enjoy using virtual reality here at McDowell! What do you think about using virtual reality to learn?

Boy Basketball Rivalry Game

Last night was the most important game for the Logan Elm Braves. It was not only important to get the win but it was important because it was the rivalry game against the Circleville Tiger. This rivalry has been going on for centuries now. It is the game to determine who is the best school in Pickaway County.

The 7th grade had an outstanding game, they got the win with a score of 44 to 22. With that score there must be a lot of scorers. The top scorer of the game was #5 Braylen B. Braylen hit 2 threes and made 2 free throws for 14 points. The other top scores were #1 Quinten H. and #13 Drew T. Quinten and Drew combine for a total of 14 points. Then the lead defender was #31 with 2 number of steals.

The 8th grade also had a great game, the score of that game was 47 to 17. The leading scores of that game were Tristan E. with 13 points. Konnor S. with 9 points. Finally Konnor T. with 6 points at the end of the game. They all play a great defensive game only letting up about 6 points in the second half.

Last night was a very good night for the Logan Elm Braves. Not only beating there rival but show that they are they best team in Pickaway County.

Lady Braves started out good…

         On Monday, January 22 at 5:00 the 7th grade Logan Elm Lady Braves basketball team played against Fairfield Union at the Logan Elm High School . The Braves came out with a great start with the score of  2 to 1 in the first quarter and stayed that way most of the second quarter. Towards the end of the game is when Logan Elm started to fall apart with the final score of 7 to 35.  Many people on Logan Elm had more fouls than usual just by the first half of the game. If we made better passes and had less turnovers I think that we could have won the game because our team played good defense and we ran our plays right other than the passes. If we didn’t make all of the simple mistakes that we did then I think we could have won the game.

        The person with the most fouls was number 22 with 4 fouls only in the first half but didn’t get anymore for the rest of the game. Our top shooter was  number 14 With a total of 4 points and the rest were foul shots made. Although our plays worked the first couple of times, the other team caught on to us which is why we got so many turnovers after so long. The other team was the best at stealing the ball and making a lay-up. They weren’t very good at defense other than stealing the ball when we passed it. Another thing they were good at is shooting 3’s.  That is what made their score go up faster. Now that we are a little more than halfway through the season, we know what can make us better and win a game.

Ohio State vs Michigan

The Ohio State versus Michigan game has been played since 1918 (99 years ago).  This rivalry game is a college football (American football) game.  Both sides are very passionate about their team.  It has been an very long grueling time of mean, words, gestures, and looks.  But in the end it’s the beautiful sport of football that brings us together. 

Time for an poll.  You will be asked to pick Ohio State or Michigan, and you could pick either one.  If you don’t know much about this than you don’t have to pick anything or you could pick the third answer, “I have absolutely no clue”.  The game is today at 10:30 AM (if you are interested in watching it).  And I know who I’m rooting for… GO OHIO!     

Take survey here.

Dogs VS Cats

     Hello! Today my blog post is going to be about the difference between dogs and cats and review the pros and cons of each of them.  I personally Prefer dogs over cats so I apologize if I favor dogs and choose sides in this post.

     Some of the pros pros cats is that it is SUPER easy to take care of them, I understand that you don’t want to be that crazy cat lady from the Simpsons but you could easily have a lot of cats with little work to take care of them.  One of the other pros but some people would consider a con is that if you have mice,moles, etc cats will take care of that.  Some of the cons with cats is that they are not nearly as affectionate or loyal as dogs. Another con with cats is that they will sometimes bring dead animal to your house and if you’re not looking you could step right on the corpse.  One more con for the cats, a lot of them aren’t very social

     Now some of the pros for dogs is that they always crave your attention and want you to be happy all the time, they are like little siblings.  Another pro for dogs is that there are different types to fit your preference.  One more pro for the dogs is that you can teach them tricks.  Some of the cons for dogs are, They are harder to take care of, for example you have to potty train them to use the bathroom outside.  Another con for dogs is that they are a lot louder, and the different breed you have the more or less it will bark, for example I have two guard dogs and they bark much more than  most other breeds, but a guard dog is also a pro because they protect your home.

     So there it is, Dogs VS Cats. I hope you enjoyed!

 

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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.  

My Dream School

 

My dream school would be an fun, but strict place.  There would be certain days every month where the kids would learn, but do it in a more fun way.  Such as play learning games, and do word bingo, etc.  I would have positive quotes posted all up and down the halls, and make it clear to always ask questions. I would also have anti-bullying propaganda everywhere.  Their would be security cams and security guards everywhere just to bring down on the threats and issues.  I would up the ante on security also because it would make the students feel more safe.  I would have bright colors everywhere.  I would have programs for students with special needs or are more prone to bullying, to be paired up with upperclassmen (older kid’s) to prevent bullying. I would have  an student designed menu (to an extent) and some days we would have something special.  We will also give out a treat to the kid’s that have been good during lunch.

Now we are to the strict part.  I would not make a lot of rules but for the few rules, if they are to be broken their will be very strict punishments.  Such as if you were to be caught bullying you will be either miss out on fun days and not get the treat at lunch for a certain amount of time, to being suspended or even expelled.  If a student/teacher is caught drinking or smoking on school property they will be expelled, and if they are a teacher they will be fired immediately.  If a student is rude or talks back to an teacher he or she will be issued detention.  This school will love and teach discipline so much that it will even have an ROTC ( Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) for fifth grade and up.   

This is my ideal school because it is a fun welcoming place but strict at the same time, and that is my kind of school.

Now for the poll question.  Would you rather keep you school that you have or have a completely different school of your design? Answer the survey here.