Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day so I’m going to base this post on this honoring day. Veteran’s Day is a day in America to honor people that had been through war, to honor the deceased and living Americans who sacrificed their lives for the citizens and children. To give us the rights we have and to protect us from harm. Anyone could be a veteran, most likely grandparents. But, from the research I dug up, every year, more than 180,000 people join the Army.
180,000 American citizens fighting alongside our allies for the U.S.A. But only one day a year is dedicated to veterans all over America.
That’s where this idea popped into my head. Appreciation of Local Heroes! A weekly contest where students can gain a ‘Tomahawk Ticket.’ A red slip of paper with our Logan Elm mascot on the side. With places to put the date, name of student, and what they did to earn this opportunity to get some appreciation. Each Friday, we will have a drawing over the speakers in WIN period, if the student’s name is called, the student can choose a piece of Logan Elm merchandise. If they don’t want merchandise they can choose some candy(or something else permitted by the school.) Logan Elm is a school of kindness and smarts. Every single student in the Logan Elm district has a chance to be called out for being a good person. Tomahawk Tickets aren’t supposed to be popularity statuses, they’re to show that everyone can be good for their community.
Like soldiers, they’re GREAT for our community. Soldiers don’t just have to be in the army, anyone can be a hero. Your mom, dad, sister or brother, aunt and uncle, anyone! Your mother can be a hero by helping you with work. Your hero can be anyone, my hero is my dad because he gets rid of the spiders in the house. Heroes are everywhere. Veterans, parents, even other students. That’s why I want to introduce this idea. To expand acts of kindness through McDowell and all through the states. In conclusion, Tomahawk Tickets are a way to present students and Veterans alike. This author is signing off! Bye!
Logan Elm Mascot
There are many subjects with different bell times at George McDowell Exchange School. This is my bell schedule. There is first period, which every class has a different first period. Then there is second period, where classes branch off. It branches off three ways: you can go to band if you are in band, you go to choir if you are in choir, and if you are not in those two, you have guided study. Next is third period, being followed by another fork. If you have Lunch A, you go straight to lunch, then fourth period. If you have Lunch B, then you go to lunch when the bell in fourth period goes off during fourth period, then head back to fourth period. If you have Lunch C, then you stay in fourth period all the way, with an added ten minutes, until the bell rings. After lunch is fifth period. Yet again the classes branch off into art and technology. If you have art for first semester, then you have technology for second semester. Same goes for the other way around: if you have technology for first semester, then you have art for second semester. Afterwards is sixth period. Personally, this is my second favorite period, as it is the last period of endless onslaught of pain (I mean, yeah, knowledge is great, but it’s too much for me each day!). Then there is WIN period. WIN stands for What I Need, as it is sort of like a second guided study. It is my favorite period, as we leave as soon as the bell rings, signaling the end of the school day.
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Here at McDowell Exchange School, second period is an interesting one. This is because we have a choice of what class to take during that period. We can choose from band, choir, or just guided study. All of these classes are a great thing to do, but today we are just going to talk about one particular class: Band.
The junior high band is, in my opinion (I might be a tad bit biased), is a great class to take and a fun and rewarding one as well. We are given songs which we practice everyday on our instruments, and all of that practice leads up to a big concert or parade. Band is also a great place to make friends that we wouldn’t of made if we had not taken the class. The band, like all school bands, is divided into three groups of instruments: The woodwind, percussion, and brass.
The brass family includes some notable instruments like the trumpet, trombone, and tuba. I play the trumpet. The woodwind family includes instruments like the flute, clarinet, and the saxophone. Finally, we have the percussion family: The backbone of the band. This family of instruments provide the beat of the song. Some instruments in this family include the snare drum, bass drum, tenor drums (only in marching band), cymbals, xylophones, triangles, and… woodblocks? Yeah… Anyway, in the end, it all comes down to how we sound as a group, rather than how we sound individually.
The McDowell band is actually two bands. One for eighth grade, and one for seventh grade. We practice separately, but perform together. Our seventh grade band consists of fourteen kids. Five trumpets, one flute, one clarinet, one tuba, four drums, and two xylophones. For concerts, we rely on the eighth grade band for trombones and saxophones, since the seventh grade band doesn’t have anyone who plays those instruments. We have a winter and spring concert, and we marched in some parades at the local Pumpkin Show just recently.
So, there you have it. The McDowell band is a great class that this school offers and there are many benefits that you people gain from this class. Anyways, thank you for reading my blog. Comment if any of you are in band and what instrument you play. Bye!
Some of the teachers here at McDowell.
Education and going to school is a very important thing for students. The things that you learn in school now can affect you for all of your life. Education will help you graduate high school, then go to college, then after that you get a job to help support your family. So that comes back to my point, which is students education is important. But what exactly do students learn and what subjects do students take here at McDowell Exchange Jr. High School?
At McDowell every student has Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Technology or Art, and WIN. Each class is about 50 minutes long and each student has 3 minutes in between classes to get the items they need for the next class. During Language Arts class, students would probably be reading, working on vocab, or working on a writing assignment. In Math, you’ll find students working on a new math lesson, taking a quiz, working on IXL, or doing homework. Next is Social Studies. In Social Studies, students are learning about Ancient Greece and Rome. In Science, we have been learning a lot about animals, food chains, ecosystems, adaptations, and so on. The next subject is Technology or Art. Students will either have Technology for the first semester of the year and Art for the second semester, or they will have Art first and then technology. So, you will not have either of these classes for the whole school year. In Art, we are currently making walking sticks. In Technology, I don’t know what students are doing since I have Technology for the second semester, not the first. Finally the last class is WIN. WIN is a class that every student has at the end of the day. During WIN period, students can work on homework or any assignments, read, or ask teachers for help.
Every students takes the subjects I just mentioned, but there are subjects that students get to chose if they want to take them or not. The classes that you get to chose from are Guided Study, Choir, Band, or both Choir+Band. In Guided Study, you get extra time to work on homework/assignments and study for tests. In Choir, you sing. In band, you get to pick an instrument that you want to play and then you practice playing songs and getting ready for parades. If you take Choir and Band, you will switch from singing to playing an instrument. These are all of the classes that McDowell offers to each student. McDowell is a great place for students to learn everything they need to know to succeed.