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!

Bring It Back

  From 2nd to 6th grade I had PE (Physical Education). It was a fun class where we got exercise and learned new games. Now that I’m in 7th grade, I don’t have PE anymore, but McDowell 7th graders used to have it  Physical education should be brought back to give 7th grade students exercise, to have fun, and teach us to be a good sport.                                               

PE really helps us burn fat when we are sitting all day in class and at home. When people sit they are slowly decreasing their amount of LPL (lipoprotein lipase) that helps burn fat. Being active burns more fat and helps maintain a higher amount LPL. PE keeps kids in shape. In this era, there is an obesity epidemic, not many kids are getting exercise and isn’t getting up and moving around. That is a reason why I would want PE in 7th grade.                                             

PE is really fun. Most of the time when I was in PE, we played dodge ball or kickball sometimes.  No matter how many times somebody got out or tagged they always looked like they were having a good time during the game. It’s good to have a good time playing fun games so we can appreciate life and our friends because we couldn’t play the game without that, right? It would be very sad if you played dodge ball by yourself. Fun is actually good for the body. It gives you more energy and really decreases your stress levels. This is, of course, another reason why I would bring PE into 7th grade.                                                                             

Being a sore loser is no fun, it embarrasses you and makes your friends not want to play with you anymore and it’s the same when you are a gloating winner. I want PE because it teaches kids not to be a sore loser or a smug winner.  Kids will lose or win a game almost every day so you get used to it so you don’t get mad or smug about it. Even if they are still sore or smug, I’m sure someone will call it out.  That is my last reason why I want PE in my 7th grade.                 

Physical education needs to be in 7th grade at McDowell. 7th graders need this so kids can get exercise and live longer. This is what 7th grade needs.

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7th and 8th Grade Football

At the Logan Elm Middle School there is a 7th and a 8th grade football team. Both teams had a good season, and both teams had 15 players. Having 15 players is pretty good at our school, because we usually don’t have very many people that play football. If there weren’t enough people to play on the 7th grade team they would just move them up to play with the 8th graders. It is the same way if there wasn’t enough people to play for 8th grade.

The 7th grade coaches are coach Holbert and and coach Hart. On Monday 7th grade played the championship game against Bloom Carroll. Sence Logan Elm won there is a three way tie between, Hamilton, Bloom Carroll and Logan Elm. The score was 34-6. The 7th grades record for the season was 5-1, they lost to Hamilton. Logan Elm’s QB Tanner scored 3 touchdowns, and the tailback Blayton had 23. Their fullback Gavin had 1 touchdown, and their tight end Zack scored 1.

8th grade did not make it to the championship. There season record was 3-4. It’s not the best record but they beat Circleville 40-0. (Logan Elm does not like Circleville.) Their quarterback is Garret, their tail back is Matthew had about 4 touchdowns, and their fullback is Tristan. The 8th grade coaches were coach Barnes and coach Shepard.

Overall both teams had a good season. I had a fun time playing for the 7th grade team, and Practicing with the 8th graders. I am looking forward to playing next year. I am also looking forward to practicing with the 7th graders next year. The 8th graders will be freshman and play for high school if they decide to play next year. That is a recap on the 8th and 7th grade football seasons.

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Spirit Week at McDowell

Hi, everyone! Rachel again. This is my second post for McDowell Media, and I am very excited. So, how about we get started!

Every so often here at McDowell, we have a “Spirit Week.” This is when the student council comes up with fun clothing ideas for students to wear. For example, Monday this Spirit Week was “Pajama Day.” The other days were “Twin Day,” “Wacky Wednesday,” and “Neon Day.” The final day on Friday was “Show Your Braves Spirit Day.”

My point is, this Spirit Week was a big success! Though few did not participate, the majority did, and it brought out school spirit through all of McDowell! As I looked around, probably most people took part in Friday’s theme, “Show Your Braves Spirit Day.” That day, many people wore school colors or a shirt with our mascot on it.

For those who took part in all five days (which were quite a few), their names were put into a prize drawing. Three names were chosen to win McDonalds, Amazon, or Walmart gift cards.

During each lunch period throughout Spirit Week, Student Council took pictures of everyone who was wearing the theme for that day. Kinley was the one taking the pictures for my lunch period. Since I sit beside her, I got to see the pictures taken. I liked looking at them because a lot of people were acting goofy, and I enjoyed seeing them having a good time.

Not only the students were participating in Spirit Week. Some of the teachers and staff were too! It was fun seeing my teachers dress up silly during school. Probably the least amount of staff dressed up for either “Pajama Day” or “Wacky Wednesday.” The majority of them, like the students, wore school colors for “Show Your Braves Spirit Day.” So, as you can tell, everyone in the school had a fantastic Spirit Week from everyone spreading their Braves spirit throughout the school!

This was my post about Spirit Week at McDowell Middle School. Did you enjoy it? Leave me a comment down below, so you can tell me what you think. Until next time!