Mark Your Calendar for the Upcoming Band/Choir Concert!

Extracurricular activities, such as Band and Choir, can be an important part of a student’s life.  Which is why at McDowell, these classes are offered and up for any student to join.  Both the Band and Choir have been working very hard for their upcoming concert at McDowell, on March 8th, which begins at 7 P.M.  Although the 7th and 8th Grade Band, and the 7th Grade Choir will be the main discussion, there will also be a performance from the 8th Grade Choir.  Up next, are the pieces that are going to be played by the 7th and 8th Grade Band, in the upcoming concert.

The pieces that are played, are what make every concert different from one another.  These pieces  are practiced over and over, in order to entertain the audience.  It takes bands months in order to perfect everything about a piece.  The pieces that the 7th and 8th Grade Band will be playing are Night Flight by Bill Calhoun, which is a piece that is fast-paced and very aggressive.  Above and Beyond by James Swearingen; this piece is exciting with a lot of dramatic melodies.  Ancient Echoes by Ed Huckeby, which is a combination of the two pieces Ahrirang and Simple Gifts.  This piece is very slow and soothing to the ear.  The final piece the 7th and 8th Grade Band will play is Mi Casa Es Su Casa, which is another piece by James Swearingen.  The title is Spanish for, “My home is your home.”  This piece has rhythmic energy, and is Percussion oriented with an array of instruments.  There is more than just the 7th and 8th Grade Band for the upcoming concert, there is also the 7th Grade Choir.  There will be more detail about the songs that the 7th Grade Choir will be singing next.

Along with pieces making every concert different, songs can make them different as well.  Which is why singing different songs at every concert is important in separating your performances.  The different songs that the 7th Grade Choir will be singing are All Star by Smash Mouth.  This song was originally featured in the movie Shrek.  Lean on Me by Bill Withers, is a song from the 1970’s.  The song is about hope and overcoming pain.  The final song that the 7th Grade Choir will be singing is Hallelujah.  Although the 7th Grade Choir will be performing less songs/pieces than the 7th and 8th Grade Band, their performance will be just as good.  That wraps up everything about the 7th Grade Choir, time to conclude about the entire concert.

All in all, make sure to mark your calendar for the upcoming concert at McDowell.  The 7th and 8th Grade Band, and the 7th and 8th Grade Choir have worked very hard and have been preparing for months.  From aggressive fast-paced pieces, to songs that were featured in a popular kids movie, this upcoming concert will be different from every other.  So, make sure to be at McDowell on March 8th, at 7 P.M. for the future concert.     

Accelerated Reader (AR) Goal Race


    In Language Arts class at McDowell Middle School we have a program called Accelerated Reader. This program is where you have to reach a certain amount of points or reach a goal by the end of the each nine weeks. Usually in 7th grade you have a pretty low goal the first nine weeks then it gets higher as you go throughout the year. So how this works is you get a book from anywhere and go to a website that tells you how many AR points it is worth. After you read the book you go to the same website and take a ten question multiple choice test. Depending how good you do on your test the better score you get. So for an example if you had a eight point book and got a 10/10 on your test you get the whole eight points!

    So far this year we have had most of the students complete their AR goal. Mrs. Caudill and Mrs. Binkley have a chalkboard that you write your name on after you are completed with your goal. At the end of the nine weeks they look at who all got their AR done and see what class has the highest percentage. This nine weeks fourth period won the race with a percentage of 96%!

    In conclusion, even though some kids don’t like AR it is always fun to see who comes out on top. Maybe my period will win this upcoming nine weeks!

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?



 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.

New Grade Scale

The Grade Scale

By: Owen E

In this past year there has been a change in the grade scale, and people have mixed feelings on it.  Depending on their personal grades, their opinion may differ.

The new grade scale is a normal ten percent difference, the old one used to be a 7 percent difference. The ten percent grade scale makes it to where you can have a grade within a ten percent range for a specific grade (A is 90%-100%, B is 80%-89%, C is 70%-79%, D is 60%-69%, and an F would be a 0%-59%). The old grade scale was a 7 point scale (A was 93%-100%, B was 85%-92%, C was 76%-84%, D was 75%-70% and an was 0%-69%).

Some people like Bradyn Allen love the new grade scale. He says, “It has saved his grades like three times now to make the honor roll”. I agree with Bradyn. I personally love the new grade scale because it makes it a lot easier to make the honor roll.

While there are some people who do not like the scale, I personally know some people in my family who say, “It does not prepare us as much for college”.  Which even if you do support the new scale you probably agree, the old scale was much more challenging which could help prepare the students. However, it could also be a lot more stressful.

I feel the new grade scale is beneficial because it not only will give a better name to our school by giving us better grades, it will also boost the students confidence and work ethic by making them feel more self gratitude and appreciation.  Even though a three percent difference in a grade scale does not seem like much it changes the game by a landslide.  A ten point quiz is very common and with the old grade scale if you got a 9/10 that would be a B grade and now it would be an A, which helps a lot.

In conclusion there are a lot of mixed feelings in the grade scale but the majority of students enjoy the new one.  I hope other students find more self confidence in their grades with the new grade scale.

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.

Inspired To Be Creative



    At McDowell Middle School, each semester students in seventh grade have impact classes, technology or art.  The first half of the year I took technology and now I’ve started in art class.  Here is some information about art class.


      Art class is just not about drawing and painting, you also learn history and vocabulary. So far this semester we have learned about cavemen and cave art. We have talked about how the cavemen created these types of art. For example, we have learned about Room Of Bison, dated between 15,000-10,000B.C. The style was primitive cave art and it was found in the Altamira Grotto in Northern Spain.

     We have also learned how to do a blind contour drawing and a partial look contour drawing. A blind contour drawing is where you look at a picture and do not look at your page while drawing (You can’t even peek!).  A partial look contour drawing is a where you can partially look at your drawing but most of the time your eyes are looking at the object.

     For vocabulary we usually have three to four words each week. We learn the definition and look at examples on the board while our teacher, Mrs. Helsel explains it to us. Some of the words we have had are hue, intensity and color scheme. One other thing that we do in art class is a thumbnail sketch. Now a thumbnail sketch is not a picture of a nail, it is a little drawing of the picture you are learning about.

    Although we are doing a lot in art already, here is something I want to learn in class in these upcoming weeks. I want to improve my drawing skills. I’m sure I will improve with techniques with lots of practice.

    McDowell has a great art program.  It’s fun having an interactive class where each student can use their own imagination while learning specific techniques. I’m sure this will be a great class where I’ll learn while expressing my creative side!


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.

McDowell Winter Sports Pep-Rally!

Recently here at McDowell, there was  a very interesting and fun winter sports pep-rally! At this pep-rally, the winter sport teams and all of the players were announced, and then there were a few different competitions which included prizes. Firstly, the teams were announced. When the teams and players were getting announced, the teams would go on the middle of the floor in the gymnasium and then wave to everyone when their names were announced. The winter sport teams that were announced at the pep-rally were boys basketball, girls basketball, cheerleading, and wrestling.

Then at the pep-rally we had competitions. The first competition was to build a human snowman. A few players were randomly chosen from each of the sports team to build the human snowman. So there was a team with people from girls basketball, and team with the boys basketball players, a team with cheerleaders, and a team with the wrestlers. One person from each team would be the “snowman” and the rest of the people would help build them. The materials they had to build a human snowman from where toilet paper, paper buttons and a paper nose, a few pieces of tape, and a hat with a matching scarf. All of the teams wrapped toilet paper around the person who was supposed to be their “snowman”, which made a lot of people laugh. After everyone finished their snowman, people would cheer for the snowman they liked best, and the team who had the most cheers would win. At the end, the girls basketball team had the best snowman, but the boys basketball team, the cheerleaders, and the wrestlers all had good snowmans to. Since the girls basketball team won, they got Logan Elm t-shirts!

The final competition that was held at the McDowell winter sports pep-rally was a 3-point shooting contest. To start the competition, the people that wanted to participate lined up on the court (winter athletes could not participate, though) and the first six people to make a 3-pointer would win and get a prize. It got intense when the first five people made it, and there would only be one more winner. After the sixth person made the shot, they all got Logan Elm t-shirts as their prize! So, that was the McDowell winter sports pep-rally!

Watch the video below with all of the photos and videos from the pep-rally!