A Little Throw Back Thursday

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Wow.  I was searching for an old PEMDAS video that I used to show my 5th grade Math students and I came across this little gem.  These students are JUNIORS now.  I wonder if they remember coming to school at 7:00 am and staying until 8:00 pm for TWO DAYS and competing in this challenge?

Oh.  And did I mention that they answered a total of 253,881 Math problems in just TWO DAYS?!





Things I like About Tech and Art.

Half way through the school year the students in technology go to art and vice versa. The reason we change is because are school day is not long enough to do both. I have things like about both.  So in this article I’m going to tell you what I miss about technology and what I like about art so far. I will also show you what other people thought about art and tech.

First I will tell you about technology because I have had that class longer than art. I enjoyed a lot of things about technology but some of my favorite things were the stations and the teacher. There were different stations like virtual reality and green screen and other stations that I enjoyed but I really liked that every week we would switch stations. This made it so you never got bored with what you were doing. I also liked my teacher (Mr.Barnes is his name.) because he was not mean and didn’t yell at people. Those are the reasons I like technology.

I am in art now and I enjoy it so far. I will not be able to tell you as many reasons why I like art as technology because I have only been in that class for a few days. I like my art teacher and I like to draw so I think I will enjoy that class a lot but right now I don’t know too much about it so I can’t really tell you for certain.

Now you get to see what other people think about these classes besides me. One person I asked said that their favorite thing about art was that it allowed you to be creative and draw anything you wanted. I asked someone else about technology and they said they liked how you got to do so many different things and got to use new technology.

So now you you know why we change classes and why me and other people enjoy art and technology. Why do you like art or technology. Leave your answer in the comments. I hoped you enjoyed my article.

Toys For Tots Foundation

This year, Logan Elm participated in the Toys For Tots Toy Drive.  Seventh and eighth graders collectively raised 1,176 dollars and over 100 toys. Circleville school also participated with their own fundraiser and raised over 1,200 dollars.  After all of the money was spent on toys for the drive, there were over 2,400 toys.

The Logan Elm seventh and eighth graders competed to see which W.I.N. period could collect the most money and toys.  The winning class was in seventh grade.  They saved 261 dollars and 11 toys.  The class won a pizza party for all their effort.  

You can donate to Toys For Tots any time of the year, but the most toys are wanted and donated around Christmas time.  If you watch the news, NBC 4, you will see that they have a huge fundraiser to collect toys for Christmas. This program is run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve.  It was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks.  Some big celebrity endorsements include:  Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope, and even the First Lady. All three of them helped boost the confidence of the organization.  Toys For Tots have many helpful sponsors as well, including Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Hasbro, Build-A-Bear, Hallmark, Hess, Disney, Macy’s, J. Walter Thompson Atlanta, and The UPS Store.    

There are many ways you can donate to the Toys For Tots program.  You can donate in honor of a certain individual, by mail, through eBay, by starting your own fundraising team, or you can even donate your car or truck.  Some stores have a large drop off box for toys and many schools, like Logan Elm, have Toys For Tots fundraisers every December.

Over the lifespan of the organization, the Marine Toys for Tots Program has distributed over 512 million toys to over 237 million less fortunate children. You should go donate a toy and encourage your school or work to have a Toys For Tots fundraiser to help brighten Christmas, just as Logan Elm students have done this year!

Mannequin Challenge

mannequinThe Mannequin Challenge.  This latest craze is sweeping across America with lightning speed.  Kids, adults, actors, athletes, performers, PETS, even the First Lady of the United States-have had their “pose” captured  with the Black Beatles (by Rae Sremmurd) playing in the background.

If you haven’t heard of this in the US, then you haven’t watched ANY news lately nor have you been on any social media.  After watching many versions of this challenge,  we decided that we just had to get in on the fun!  

So here are the McDowell versions of the Mannequin Challenge!

(If you’re outside of the United States, have you heard of this challenge?  If you have, we’d love to see your version!)


All About The McDowell Band!

img_2468The McDowell band marched in the Circleville Pumpkin Show a few weeks ago! The Pumpkin Show is a festival in Circleville, Ohio. There’s a ton of things to do, fun rides, delicious pumpkin flavored foods, carnival games, and, of course, the humongous pumpkins people grow!
I interviewed two of my friends at school in the band named Hallie and Annabelle. In the Pumpkin Show, the McDowell band played a song called Land Of A Thousand Dances. The song is around three minutes long, and when Annabelle listens to it, she thinks of it as a traditional song.
Annabelle plays the snare drum in the school band. She plays the drums to express herself, as she told me. She wants to play band in high school so she can go places like band contests, and she like to go to band camp. Despite Annabelle’s sarcastic sense of humor, (which is good, of course,) Annabelle seems to really enjoy doing band. Hallie plays the trumpet. Hallie finds it hard to hit the high notes on her trumpet. “It makes a weird noise when I try to make the high notes,” Hallie says. “I keep practicing to make it sound right, though.” She told me that she got her foot stuck in a pothole on the ground and almost fell over while marching once, typical Hallie.
Not only did our band march in The Pumpkin Show, the high school band is also going to a national band competition! They are all really looking forward to it, and we’re all really hoping they do well. I know a lot of people in band, choir, and flag twirling. Everyone is really happy for the band for making it so far in the competition! I like to watch all of the band march outside and play their instruments and twirl the flags after school. I can’t wait to hear how they did.

In School Ministries


davidsHi! My name is David Williamson and I have now started my own youth group here at McDowell Middle school called In School Ministries. 

This summer me and my friends were working hard to pull this all together. I would work out a lot of the details as I live the closest to a library and we all made the group decisions whenever we could all be in the same place. Then once I got to school, we worked the final details out. We started a little over five weeks ago. So that’s how this whole thing got started.

Every Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. we meet in Mr. Svetek’s room. Our adult supervisor is Mr. Forte from the high school, who also happens to be the FCA adviser for the high school. We like to start out and end with prayer. For our lessons, we are using a Francis Chan youth series on Right Now Media followed by a discussion on what we learned. My friend Logan Seymour and I lead the discussion, but anyone can add their own thoughts into the conversation.

Our lesson plan at the moment is the eternity series for another 1-2 meetings, then we are moving on to prayer. What comes next is still to be decided. Our main goal is to get as many people to find God and find their salvation through Him. There is no rule on who can come and who can’t and you do NOT have to be Christian to come, either. When we get asked questions by someone in or outside of the group we always answer them to the best of our ability. Sometimes, if we have extra time, we watch Christian comedy videos. Hopefully soon we will get into singing worship songs.

Well, that’s a quick overview of what it’s like at In School Ministries. If you have any questions contact David Williamson, Logan Seymour, Brayden Smith, Joey Vaginer, or Ewan Seymour.

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Diabetes Spirit Week


Did you know that as many as three million Americans have type 1 diabetes and about 15,000 children and 15,000 adults are diagnosed each year with type 1 diabetes?

JDRF is an organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and Student Council would like for McDowell School to raise money to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes.  

Next week from Monday to Thursday, the Student Council will be selling JDRF paper sneakers for a donation of $3 during lunch.  Those students who purchase a sneaker will be able to participate in a JDRF awareness walk on Friday, October 7th during WIN period.

To “kick off” our fundraiser, we will be having Spirit Week next week:

Monday: True Blue Day (wear blue, the official color of JDRF)

Tuesday: Twin Tuesday

Wednesday:  Wacky Sock Wednesday

Thursday:  Decade Day (dress from your favorite decade)

Friday:  Brave Spirit Day (wear your Braves’ colors)

We hope all of you will participate!

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