Decades Day

At Mcdowell this week,we are doing Spirit Week.  Today, Thursday, just happened to be Decades Day, where you could dress up from any decade that you want.  Some students around the school dressed up in different times like the 60’s,70’s,and 80’s, while the art teacher Mrs. Helsel went above and beyond, and pictured also (left to right) are Maris, Jerica, and Andrew “Harambe”.

Hat Day!

This week at McDowell is spirit week. We are celebrating the last week of school filled with fun creative ways to show our spirit. This Tuesday was “Hat day” and students got to show their personalities with their creative hats. It was a very fun way to show the students to be creative with their style and to try something new. I think this is a great way to end the school year.

Mrs. Ross’s Science project

                In Ross’s class yesterday we did a project where you build a ramp and find the speed and time of a toy car going down that ramp. Today, we got the choice to increase the height of the ramp or the mass of the car. You may be able to tell that my group chose to change the height. Once we got our data table filled out we decided to take some videos of some races and some cool slow motion videos of the cars going down the ramp.


Awe-Inspiring Art!

Students at McDowell and Logan Elm high school are very talented in their art work!  These students have created unique and creative works of art.  The walls all throughout the Middle school are covered with many works of art.  They will be getting ready for an art show that will be coming up shortly. Congratulations to the students whose art was displayed on the walls of McDowell!

A Little Throw Back Thursday

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Wow.  I was searching for an old PEMDAS video that I used to show my 5th grade Math students and I came across this little gem.  These students are JUNIORS now.  I wonder if they remember coming to school at 7:00 am and staying until 8:00 pm for TWO DAYS and competing in this challenge?

Oh.  And did I mention that they answered a total of 253,881 Math problems in just TWO DAYS?!





Valentine’s Day!


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Valentine’s Day is today.  When I was younger I loved Valentine’s Day, the candy, the cards,  and those cheap little Valentine’s Day toys. Valentine’s Day was my favorite holiday!  Even though Valentine’s day is not my favorite holiday anymore, I still enjoy the holiday. So this post will contain the history of Valentine’s Day and a fun little Valentine’s Day craft! Enjoy reading!

Here is a little history about Valentine’s Day. This is one of many versions about how Valentine’s Day came to be.  St. Valentine was a priest who served during third century Rome. During this time, there was an Emperor who ruled Rome named Claudius II. Emperor Claudius II thought that single men made better soldiers than those that were married and banned marriage for all young men serving in his army. Supposedly, Valentine, decided this law wasn’t fair and decided to marry young couples secretly. When Emperor Claudius II found out about Valentine’s actions he had him imprisoned, and later put to death. Some stories say that the couples, who Valentine had married, gave flowers and letters to Valentine when they visited him in the prison. Again this is just one of the many different versions of the history of Valentine’s Day.

Now that you know a little history about Valentine’s Day, how about we learn a little Valentine’s Day craft. This is how to make a Crepe Paper Rose Bouquet.

So go to the movies or stay at home, eat all that amazing chocolate, make all those hand made cards to send out to your friends, and maybe if your lucky you’ll get a huge stuffed animal! What would your perfect Valentine’s Day be like? Comment your thoughts down below! Like I said before  enjoy your Valentine’s day! Thank you for reading!






Friday the 13th!

Hello everyone, notice anything spooky about today? No I’m not talking about how close we are to the Presidential Inauguration. I’m talking about Friday the 13th! Many believe this day is cursed, for instance, in British tradition, Friday was the conventional day for public hangings, and there were supposedly 13 steps leading up to the noose! Also, did you know there is actually a word for the fear of Friday the 13th? It’s called paraskevidekatriaphobia, from Παρασκευή Paraskevi, Greek for Friday! Anyway, today I am going to tell you about some freaky movies that are actually based on true events!

1. The Exorcist (1973)
The exorcist is actually based on a book that is based on the real life events of a boy named Ronald Doe who was possessed by demons in 1949. The exorcism was so horrifying that books were written about people who just witnessed it!

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2. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
The makers of A Nightmare on Elm Street were inspired by Laotian refugees who died in throes of a nightmare. The medical report say there was nothing physically wrong with them, spooky!

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3. Child’s Play (1988)
The script of Child’s play was based on a nurse who put a voodoo curse on author Robert Eugene Otto which transformed one of his childhood dolls into a nighttime menace! We’ve all seen scary movies based on dolls, but knowing this one existed is extra creepy (As I’m writing this in my bedroom I am looking over my shoulder because I feel someone is watching me, yikes!)

This is the actual doll Chucky is based off of!

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4. Amityville Horror (2005)
Amityville Horror is based on the real life events of the Lutz family in Amityville who moved into a house where a mass murder had been committed the year before. If you haven’t watched the movie I recommend it to you, it’s pretty scary but a good movie!

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