Local Heroes of McDowell!

Local Heroes! 

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

Bell Schedule






     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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The McDowell Band

     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!



Subjects At McDowell!



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.


Veterans Food Drive

     At McDowell we care about our veterans. November elventh is veterans day, this is a day for the men and women who have fought for our country.  Great right? Well, not really, there are over 100,000 veterans and their families here in Ohio that rely on food services.  The student council at McDowell decided that they wanted to do something about this.  So we did a food drive.  All the food goes directly to the veterans in Ohio. The food drive started on November third and went through November tenth.  We collected a lot of food for our local veterans and are continuing to bring in food.  I hope that even just the little we have done will help the veterans that need it.  


     On Thursday November ninth the McDowell Middle School is having a Veterans Day assembly.  We will be recognizing our veterans by having a guest speaker named Deb come.  Deb was in the military for six years.  She was a sergeant and very respected.  We really appreciate that Deb can come and tell us about her military  experience.  I think that Deb will make us think more of Veterans Day by the time she is done.  The food drive we are having here at McDowell is only one way that we can give back, there are many more ways to help the veterans that deserve more than the life they are living now. 

     On Veterans Day don’t forget about your veterans, thank them for what they have done.  Start a food drive at your school to help out your local veterans. Remember that every little thing counts.  Never forget what they did for us and how many sacrifices they have made for our country.  Don’t take for granted the freedom they have given us and how they have sacrificed their life for our country.  After all the sacrifices they have made they deserve to have a better life than this.  They risked their life for our country and yet they are living on food services.  There should not be 100.000 veterans in Ohio that don’t have food.  

Winter Sports At McDowell

There are a lot of sports that McDowell has to offer, but one that lots of the students really like is in the winter. That winter sport is basketball, basketball is very competitive and fun. Another fun sport that McDowell offers is wrestling. Wrestling is a sport that if your goal is to stay in shape, then you went to the right place.

When playing these two sports, you will have to overcome many obstacles. In wrestling your main goal is to pin the person that you are facing, but that can be very difficult. To pin another person you have to get them on their back and make it so that both of their shoulders or shoulder blades are touching the ground at the same time. Another way that you could win is if you have more points than them. You can get points many ways, if you are on the ground and they are really close to pinning you, and you somehow get out of that position that they put you in, and maybe you get them on the ground, that is considered a turn over. You will get a couple points for doing that. There are many other ways to get points but that is the one that will do the best for you.

When playing basketball the main goal is to get the ball into the basket. Honestly I bet that most of the people in the world know the gist of how to play basketball. At McDowell Basketball has to be one of the most legit sports. It is a sport that if you aren’t sure that you want to tryout for the team, then you should not even come to the tryouts. Now to get off of that serious sentence let’s talk about if you do make the team. If you do make the team you will have practices every day, sometimes you might scrimmage a lot, some other times you might run and do lots of drills.

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Student Athlete’s Class Expectations

Here at McDowell the athletes have higher expectations than the other students. If the athletes want to play they must keep their grades up. All athletes can only have one F. If they have two F’s then they can not play in the next game or they might even get kicked off the team. In my opinion I don’t find it hard to keep my grades up, so I am not worried about it. Other student athletes have different opinions.

Owen is going to play basketball and says that the grading requirements should be lower. He thinks that it isn’t fair. I agree with him but at the same time I don’t. There are some really good athletes that could have been in pro leagues but their grades weren’t good enough. If they don’t get good grades and want to go to college they won’t be able to. Gavin played football says he has no problem with the grading expectations, and thinks they should stay the same.

At McDowell we have lunch detentions and getting suspended. If an athlete got lunch detention or got suspended they most likely won’t we aloud to play the next game or might even get kicked off the team. My opinion on these behavioral expectations is that if an athlete gets lunch detention they should be given one more chance, if they fail to behave then they get kicked off the team. Athletes are also expected to go to every practice unless they have a reason for not being able to go. For example they might have a doctor’s appointment, or a family member might have died.

The athletes at McDowell have high expectations. If the expectations are not met the there will be consequences. So it is important that the athletes follow the expectations that the schools and coaches set for them. Tell me what your grading expectations are by taking this survey!

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Major McDowell Modifications


 Every school has different   characteristics that make it unique.  For example, a school may have a   dress code that is very strict and conservative, while another school might allow clothes like tank tops to be worn by students.  Some students vary on what they think is amazing and bad about their school.  So, what things would be great changes/improvements for McDowell Exchange School? 

Well, there are multiple improvements that could be made at McDowell, one of them being to change the school lunch menu completely.  The school lunch at McDowell lacks the quality and flavor of even a mediocre meal.  This results in a lot of students packing their lunch, which provides the school with receiving less “income” from lunch.  One thing that the school could do to increase lunch income, is to buy fresh ingredients or even grow their own food from a garden (Instead of food that is in the freezer and/or expired).  This way, the school would receive more income, and in return the students would be getting an excellent meal.

Secondly, McDowell could improve by creating a better class selection.  At McDowell, there is a small and limited amount of classes that a student can take.  There are other middle schools that offer far more classes to their students than what McDowell does.  If McDowell had more classes for students to take, maybe students would find school more enjoyable and fun.  McDowell should also allow for students to choose more electives, rather than just band, choir, and guided study.  With the responsibility of a student choosing their own classes, a student could also put themselves in classes suited for their needs. These changes, could allow for students at McDowell to have a better overall school experience.

Finally, McDowell could raise their band fund, to make school better.  The band at McDowell, only has a small and limited amount of money that they receive.  As a result, the band is not capable of achieving more.  For example, if the band fund was increased, the band could buy better and more equipment for their students.  This would make the band sound and look better.  Also, if the band fund was increased, the band would be able to go more places and get more experience.  If the band had more money to travel, the students would be able to compete with the result of learning that new knowledge that would help them in high school.  With a bigger band fund, McDowell students would have more fun and learn that necessary knowledge that they would need for a later date.

All in all, McDowell Exchange School would be better with a few changes.  These changes could make school fun for students who do not find school enjoyable.  That would need to: change their lunch menu, have a better class selection, and add more money to the band fund.  As a result, McDowell would be a better school overall if they made these improvements.  So, what improvements would make your school better?   

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What happens to students after school?

Many different students have a wide range of what they do after school.  I will first tell you what I do after school.  I ride my bus to my house, which will take about 7 minutes.  Once I get off my bus, I usually play with my cousins for about 10 minutes, because they get off the bus with us.  Then, I typically get a snack.  I will then either sit, and read and do homework or jump on the trampoline, depending on how much homework I have. Then, my brother comes, and we usually play for a bit.  Then,  my mom checks my homework and we work out the problems I got wrong.  Then I will eat dinner and head to basketball tryouts.  About two hours later, I get home and put in their coop thirteen chickens and 2 turkeys, then I feed 3 cats. I am usually pretty pooped after basketball, so I then come inside and get ice cream and watch HULU for about half an hour, then I go to bed.

Now I’m going to interview someone who has a very different life after school. He isn’t doing basketball like me, and he has a much longer bus ride.  I chose him because he is easy to talk to so he will be easy to interview.  He is the one on the left in the picture in the under armor, and I’m the one on the right with the notebook.

I will be interviewing Caleb V.  First, he rides the bus home from McDowell, which takes about an hour.  Once he gets home, he is greeted by his brother and mother.  Then,  he does his homework, which will take 20 minutes give or take.  Then he will take a break for a while, and read for a bit, before playing on his phone.  Then he will eat dinner, which is usually delicious home cooked meals.  After supper, he does the dishes by himself.  Then, he has some family time, and they usually watch a movie together.  Their favorite genre is comedy.  Then they have some time on their hands, so him and his brother usually watch videos together on his brother’s laptop.  Then it is bedtime and it’s about 9:00.


Clubs and Classes Offered at McDowell

Here at McDowell Exchange School (Middle School), we offer a variety of clubs and some classes. We have a six periods each day, not including lunch. We all must take Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, WIN (What I Need; where you get homework or reading done in class), and Art/Technology. Art and Technology are once a semester for each student. For example, some students have Tech first semester, while others have Art, and vice-versa.

The other period is the elective classes, one of which you must take. These are Guided Study, Choir, or Band. These take place second period. In case you don’t know, Guided Study is a lot like WIN. Since it is so early in the day, you are either getting done homework from first period or from the day before. These are the required classes, but the extra-curricular ones are my favorites!

Extra-curricular and sport-related clubs in McDowell result in a wide variety of choices. There are ones that involve exercise, and those that involve responsibility and doing well for you school. The sport-involved clubs include Cheer Leading, Cross-Country, Track, Football, Volleyball, Wrestling, Basketball, Softball, Baseball, and Flag Corps (the Flag Corps marches with the band during parades). The extra-curricular clubs include Student Council, BAD (Braves Against Drugs), Enrichment Art, CBIP (Career-Based Intervention Program), Library Helpers, Brave Builders (students who help others around the school by posting positive notes on posters throughout the halls), and Power of the Pen (writing short-stories from story prompts using pens only). As you can tell, there are many fun things to do in McDowell, and they all peak each student’s interests!