Friday The 13th

   Paraskevidekatriaphobia or also known as Friggatriskaidekaphobia is the phobia of Friday the thirteenth. Roughly eight percent of America’s population experiences this phobia. Some people won’t even leave their beds. Paraskevidekatriaphobia has many symptoms. The symptoms vary from sweating and paranoia to rapid or irregular heartbeat.

Image result for friday the 13th   Friggatriskaidekaphobia or Paraskevidekatriaphobia originated from Christian theology. It is a mixture of two words  Triskaidekaphobia and Frigga (which is the word that friday comes from). The name Frigga is the goddess of love in Norse mythology. Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the more popular name for the phobia. The common belief is that terrible events in the Bible, like Jesus’ crucifixion, Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit, and the Flood supposedly  happened on Fridays. That is why some people are scared of Friday’s. The fear of the number thirteen (Triskaidekaphobia) came to be, because there were 13 people eating at the last supper. The people that were there were Jesus and his Twelve Apostles. The reason it is feared is Judas (the Disciple that betrayed Jesus) is theorised as the thirteenth Apostle. To make it worse on a Friday the thirteenth in 1306, King Philip the third of France burned all of the knights of templar to mark this day as evil.

   Sailors never shipped any cargo on a Friday, because of the Flood’s theoretical occurrence on a Friday. Once British Navy officials had the idea to try and abolish this fear. The Navy selected the crew on a Friday, Found the captain on a Friday (the funny this was his name was James Friday), The boat they were being shipped on was called the H.M.S Friday, and They released them on a Friday. The Navy officials thought they would come back fine, but what they got was they completely vanished.

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And so it begins…

We are off to a new school year!  Logan Elm School District started a new school year on August 21, so we have actually been in session for a couple of weeks now.  Seventh graders have tackled that daunting task of memorizing a new schedule and figuring out their way around a new building.   And as always, it’s been exciting for me to get to know a new group of students.

The Advanced Language Arts class will soon be updating McDowell Media.  Stay tuned!

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Power of the Pen State?!

Yep, you heard right!  Emily, Genevieve, and Kelsey are the three lucky students that are going to state for their amazing skills in writing and creative minds.  If you are wondering about Power of the Pen(POP) then I’d be happy to explain.  POP is a club where kids join to write short stories and let their creative mind wander far and have a chance to be awarded for it!   At competitions tons of teams show up for a chance at winning.  An interesting fact is that the 7th grade team placed 4th at District and then continued on to place 3rd at Regionals!   A run-off from that is that POP goes to three competitions, District, Regional, and State.  For state only a few kids are picked to go based on their writing skills and the competition will be held at the College of Wooster.  State will be held on Friday, May 26th.  This is to the McDowell kids, show some encouragement to your classmates by wishing them luck! Plus a huge thanks to our writing coaches Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Ross for being the best coaches we could ask for an always pushing us to work hard and really think about what we are going to write.   Another reason to why #mcdowellstudentsarethebest!

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!

McDowell art

 McDowell is having an art show featuring student’s artwork. Some of the artwork is pencil drawn, watercolor, or marker. All of the art is detailed, creative and just fun to look at. So as you can tell there is a lot of artistic talent at McDowell!


Hello everyone. I just wanted to make a post about well, Christmas! Christmas is a great time of  year that everyone loves. I don’t need to tell you how it works because we all just opened our presents and enjoyed it. I myself got a Nerf gun, scouting gadgets, clothes, books. Us kids like to get more than we give!

Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ (approx 2017 years ago). Jesus was born in a manger, in Bethlehem. King Herod, hearing that Christ was born, sent three wise men with gifts which was Gold, Frankincense, and myrrh. When they found Jesus, they helped him get away from King Herod. The gospel has many stories in it, I encourage you to check it out.

During the 4 weeks of advent, Christians are humble and kind, faithful and thankful. I try to be nice to my peers and parents.  During our family’s New Year resolutions, we try to give up something that could harm others and make us a better versions of ourselves (smoking, alcohol, swearing, etc). During the night of Christmas Eve, many people go to the Mass. During  mass I almost always fall asleep, but the musicians play Christmas songs and read from the Bible. I find this fascinating.

Since Christmas is about giving, I will be donating some toys/ clothes to the Salvation Army. I am doing this just because I love the feeling of giving to others. Well, I am now sad because Christmas is over, but school is still out so I can go enjoy some beautiful and amazing gifts that I managed to get. I am going to sign off here, but why don’t y’all go check out our beautiful blog over at Well I am going to play some games with some friends. See you guys next year!