The Pen Was Powerful Last Saturday.

                                 Logan Elm Writing Competition

By: Nathan

     This past Saturday, our school hosted our first ever writing competition.  Members of McDowell’s Power of the Pen group could attend, as well as students from Salt Creek, where fifth and sixth grade students go, and students from the high school.  The competition lasted from about nine in the morning to one-thirty in the afternoon.

     The way that the competition worked is students were given a writing prompt, and were given 40 minutes to create a story out of it.  Overall, there were two different prompts, and each grade was given the same prompt.  The first prompt was called “The Wish”, and we had to center our story around some sort of, well, wish.  

     The second prompt was centered around bugs.  We had to tell as story from a bug’s perspective, and had to tell how bugs felt about humans.  What I thought was cool was that instead of calling us by our names, we were referred to as an author’s last name, and a number after it.  For example, I was given the name “Lowry 2”, which is named after the author Lois Lowry.  Once we were finished with those two prompts, we had lunch, and were given an hour of free time before the awards ceremony.

     There were fifteen awards handed out altogether.  Each of the three schools had a runner up, and a first place winner for each of the two rounds.  At the end, awards were handed out for the most striking stories from each school.  These awards were given to the people whose stories stood out the most to the judges.  I happened to win this award for my grade.

     Overall, this competition was very fun and well thought out.  It challenged the writers, and really made us think about how we could make our stories the best they could be.  There will be two more competitions this year, but they will be against other schools.  For a competition that is brand new to our school, it went very smoothly and I hope that it will continue for years to come.

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?

New Year Resolutions?

        A lot of people make new year resolution.  At McDowell all of the students made some.  We cut out and colored a piece of paper with 2018 written in bold on it.  In the number 2 it said, “Two things I will accomplish in 2018:”.  There was a wide variation in answers but some are “getting good grades”, “being able to do a back flip full twist”, and “Being a straight ‘A’ student”.  Inside the  0 said, ”If you could zero in on one thing to improve on this year, what would it be?  Why?” One person said, “…doing a handstand because I always fall” while other said, “ I hope to improve my trumpet playing so I will have more fun” or even “.  The number 1 was a hard one for some people, it said ”Write about one thing you want to learn this year.” I said “Spanish because Then it will be easier for high school.”  others said, “Ice skating”, “More about technology”, “How to draw” and many more. Finally we had to fill in the 8.  The question was “ What are eight things that you look forward to this year.”  Some people said “summer vacation”, “Spring sports” and a lot of other things.  The point of this was to to make goals for yourself that you WILL complete.  Everybody had different goals for themselves, as you can see.  No ones 2018 paper was the same.  This project also let us express our inner creativity.  I you had to make a New Year resolution what would it be?  Leave a comment to let us know.


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.

Tech In Technology


In the second semester of the school year 7th graders will either have Art or Technology. For the students in Technology this semester they will be looking forward to using Green Screens, Virtual Reality, Coding, Sphero, and 3-D printing.


When you are using the green screen, you take an image off of the internet and make it as you background over the green screen hanging on the wall. After that you can make a news report, or take a cool picture.


When using the virtual reality you download an app, and when you open the app and put your phone inside of the goggles it will take you to anywhere so that you can look around and see lots of exotic places.


Coding can be very difficult if you have never done it before, you have to measure things very carefully. Say that you have a robot and you need to get the robot to go down a hallway, turn right, and turn left into a room. The first thing that you will have to do is count how long it would take it to go down the hallway, once you know that you test it to make sure the timing is right. You will have to do that with all the steps or you can make a hypothesis instead.


Another thing that you can do in technology is called Sphero. Sphero is a ball shaped robot that you can code and tell it what to do. If you don’t want to code Sphero you can simply tell it where you are at in the classroom and then you can use a joystick on your phone to move it around.


One other thing that you can do is 3-D printing. It is a machine that will print things that are actual shapes and you can put your hand around it. When you are trying to make an object, you will have to design what you

Cinnamon Rolls for Good Grades…Yum!

It is always nice to get a reward for hard work, right? On January 19th, students who made the honor roll were rewarded with a special breakfast.  The honor roll breakfast is given to anyone who got only A’s or B’s on their report cards. The breakfast served was a cinnamon roll with chocolate or white milk and orange juice. 132 students attended the breakfast during our first or second class of the day. The students on the honor roll also get a star with their name on it presented on the wall next to the entrance of the school so everyone could see their achievement. McDowell hosts this breakfast once every quarter and there always seems to be even more students than last time. It helps to give students something to earn for their grades, because who doesn’t want to take a break from school to have fun with friends?

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.

Boy’s Basketball Teams Win Again!

Boy’s Basketball

The boy’s basketball teams have made it halfway through the basketball season. The 7th grade basketball teams record is 9-1. The 7th grade team is currently in 1st  place. The 8th grade teams record is 7-3, and they are in 4th place. They next games are January 25th, January 27th, and January 29th. All of those games are home, and will be played in the high school gym. The schedule for the rest of the games is on the Mcdowell website. Click here to go to the website.

Last night the boy’s teams played Fairfield Union. Both teams won their games. The 7th grade team won in overtime 28-30. The 8th grade team won 46-27 . The next team the boy’s play is Amanda. Come out and support the boy’s basketball teams! The 7th grade team starts at 5 and 8th grade game follows.

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!


Haven House Donations


At McDowell, we are collecting donations for a group called Haven House.  Haven House is a place for woman to go if they have been abused and need to leave.  They take their children and the clothes on their backs.  They need your typical everyday things such as toilet paper, tissues, cough drops, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, face wash, and chap-stick.  They also need hats and gloves for winter along with cleaning supplies.  

Haven House has moved their location.  They have some supplies but not enough for all the women that are their. They ran out of room at their old location which is why they have moved.  They need those supplies that I listed in my first paragraph.  McDowell cares about our community, that is why this Christmas season we are not forgetting the meaning of the season, which is to give.  To motivate us the teachers have decided that our lunch monitors will dress up as Santa and his helper.  The students here at the McDowell have to collect 500 different donations in order to have Santa and his elf show up to school.

As you can tell Haven House needs some donations.  Hopefully we can collect 500 donations to make Santa and his elf show up to school. We can give by donating an item on the list or by donating money.  Anything helps and Haven House will be grateful for everything.  Organize a donation for someone or someplace in your community to help out.  This Christmas make sure you give as much as you get.