Rick Riordan Biography

My favorite author without a doubt is Rick Riordan ( his full name is Richard Russell Riordan Jr.) . He wrote the Percy Jackson And The Olympians series, The Heroes Of Olympus  series ( my personal favorite), The Kane Chronicles and many more. He is currently writing the Trials Of Apollo series and the Magnus Chase series. He was born on June 5, 1964 in San Antonio, Texas. He has two sons, a wife and a Basenji terrier mix named Speedy. Out of all his books his favorite characters are Grover, Bes and Tyson.


Rick Riordan inspired me to want to be a writer. He inspires me because he takes things that not very many people know about and makes it into an adventure(The first time I read his work I was in fourth grade and I was so excited to find out that he had so many series that I could read). He makes it something no one can call boring. He also includes sarcasm and humor into his books to make them funny.


One of his series, Percy Jackson and Olympians, is about Greek mythology. The main characters names are Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, Grover ( he doesn’t have a last name because he is a satyr who lives at Camp) and others. Camp Half-Blood is a safe haven for demigods ( or half bloods), which are offspring of a godly parent and a mortal parent. Percy and Annabeth are both demigods. Percy’s dad is the god Poseidon and Annabeth’s mother is the goddess Athena.


Rick Riordan came up with the idea to write the Percy Jackson And The Olympians series ( or PJO for short) when his oldest son was diagnosed with ADHD. According to Rick   “making Percy ADHD/Dyslexic was my way of honoring the potential of all the kids I’ve known who have those conditions. It’s not a bad thing to be different. Sometimes it’s the mark of being very, very talented. That’s what Percy discovers about himself in The Lightning Thief.” ( The Lightning Thief is the first book in the series) Rick’s son was always interested in Greek mythology and always asked his dad to tell him Greek myths, but Rick had ran out of stories to tell him. So one day when he was tucking his son into bed, he told him a story about a ADHD demigod with amazing water powers, this demigod was Percy Jackson. Then every night his son would ask to hear more about Percy and his adventures and Rick would make up more stories about Percy. One fateful day Rick decided to turn these stories into a book about Percy and it later turned into a series. The series is continued later and introduces Roman mythology in the Heroes of Olympus series ( or H.O.O for short).


Thank you all for reading! This is my second post for McDowell Media and I hope you read my first post called All About Me- Gracelyn!! I hope I get to meet Rick one day. He is the one who inspired me to love reading and to want to be an author. I enjoyed writing about him. For more information about Rick Riordan and his books you can visit this site htt://rickriordan.com/

Spirit Week at McDowell

Hi, everyone! Rachel again. This is my second post for McDowell Media, and I am very excited. So, how about we get started!

Every so often here at McDowell, we have a “Spirit Week.” This is when the student council comes up with fun clothing ideas for students to wear. For example, Monday this Spirit Week was “Pajama Day.” The other days were “Twin Day,” “Wacky Wednesday,” and “Neon Day.” The final day on Friday was “Show Your Braves Spirit Day.”

My point is, this Spirit Week was a big success! Though few did not participate, the majority did, and it brought out school spirit through all of McDowell! As I looked around, probably most people took part in Friday’s theme, “Show Your Braves Spirit Day.” That day, many people wore school colors or a shirt with our mascot on it.

For those who took part in all five days (which were quite a few), their names were put into a prize drawing. Three names were chosen to win McDonalds, Amazon, or Walmart gift cards.

During each lunch period throughout Spirit Week, Student Council took pictures of everyone who was wearing the theme for that day. Kinley was the one taking the pictures for my lunch period. Since I sit beside her, I got to see the pictures taken. I liked looking at them because a lot of people were acting goofy, and I enjoyed seeing them having a good time.

Not only the students were participating in Spirit Week. Some of the teachers and staff were too! It was fun seeing my teachers dress up silly during school. Probably the least amount of staff dressed up for either “Pajama Day” or “Wacky Wednesday.” The majority of them, like the students, wore school colors for “Show Your Braves Spirit Day.” So, as you can tell, everyone in the school had a fantastic Spirit Week from everyone spreading their Braves spirit throughout the school!

This was my post about Spirit Week at McDowell Middle School. Did you enjoy it? Leave me a comment down below, so you can tell me what you think. Until next time!

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?!