2015-2016 McDowell Middle School Basketball Seasons

This basketball season all the middle school teams have done well, the 7th grade boys had 16 wins and 0 losses.  The 7th grade girls finished with  7 wins and 9 losses.  The 8th grade girls ended their season with 11 wins 5 losses.  Finally the 8th grade boys completed their season with 3 wins and 13 losses  

Now that the regular season is over all the teams went to play for rankings.  McDowells 7th and 8th grade girls had the MSL play in game on the 28th of January, their MSL tournaments were on the 30th of January.  The 8th graders tournaments were at Logan Elm, 7th grade girls tournaments were at Liberty Union.   The 7th and 8th grade boys play in game was on the 4th of February, their MSL tournaments were on the 6th of February, 7th grade boys were at Teays Valley East, 8th grade boys were at Teays Valley West.

The 7th grade girls lost their first game in tournaments to Bloom Carroll.  The 8th grade girls defeated Teays Valley West in their first tournament game but lost to Bloom Carroll in their second game.  The 8th grade boys lost after they won their play in game.  The seventh grade boys won their mid state league tournaments.  Congratulations to all the teams and good luck next year.

McDowell Snow Days

     Here at the Logan Elm schools, we have recently experienced a large number of snow days in a row. Now, some of you may wonder what a snow day even is; a snow day is when it snows so much on your roads, around the school area, and basically the whole general area that you live in, to where it is not safe to travel and school is cancelled. Due to lots of recent snow, Logan Elm schools received a total of eight consecutive days off of school!

The schools were already scheduled to have a four day weekend (school wasn’t to be held on Monday or Friday, plus the regular weekend days), but on Tuesday, February 9th, we had our first snow day of this month. Many students and families were expecting for us Junior High and High School attendees to be back in school Tuesday this week, but guess what? We had more snow!

     Lots of people rejoiced at the eight day ‘weekend’, but there were also cons to this. Because we had previously had a couple of singular snow days, we have gotten closer to having to receive ‘Blizzard Bags’, which are basically school assignments assigned to you at your home. You only get Blizzard Bags after a certain number of snow days. These extra four days brought us closer to the maximum deadline of acquiring the Blizzard Bags, which many students appear to dislike. Anyhow, the majority of us students (and teachers, most likely) still look forward to these days where we get to enjoy some time off from school and spend more time outside.

Featured image from; https://goo.gl/OFp8Ez


Fox 28 News Visits McDowell!

McDowell got an amazing opportunity to have Fox 28 News come and present at their school. Fox 28 News came on Friday, February 5th and talked about meteorology. Mrs. Wilson, our 7th and 8th grade math teacher, put together this assembly. A permission slip went out for students, that allowed students to be filmed for Fox 28 News!

Erin Carroll, a meteorologist at Fox 28 News, came and talked to us about meteorology. Erin taught McDowell what a hot and cold front is. She also explained how she became a meteorologist. Erin also showed us a picture of the News Team’s green screen and told us what a green screen is and does.

McDowell students were filmed during this assembly and even got to say, “ABC 6 is on your side!” Which was a lot of fun! Students and teachers can see themselves on the February 5th News at 5 P.M. The assembly was so interesting and fun to see! McDowell thanks, Erin Carroll and the news crew that came to McDowell on February 5th!

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Power of the Pen

Most of you have heard of Power of the Pen but don’t really know what it is.  So read on and your curiosity will be satisfied.

Power of the Pen is a competitive writing group.  The way it works is: You go to a tournament and get a writing prompt.  You have 40 minutes to write a short story(don’t want to get writer’s block then!).  The judges will judge based upon the Power of the Pen rubric.  Giving you point s based on “creativity, voice/unity, structure/ideas, figurative/descriptive language, paragraph/sentence structure, and mechanics/spelling.”As the rubric says.You get a certain amount of points and depending on your score you move onto the next tournament.  An example of a prompt would be, “A smile can hide something horrible, write about one of these things.”

McDowell’s team consisted of:8th grade, Josalyn Pierce, Jared Payne, Caroline Higgins, Sydney Washington, Tatum Tatman and Eric Miller.  7th grade  Grace Engel, Jensen Fissel, Kaylin Artrip, Genevieve Carstensen (me) and Rachel Townsend.The team is coached by Miss Smith, the 8th grade language arts teacher.

Our team meets up to practice every Monday and every other Friday last period to practice writing. The District tournament is at Zane Trace Middle School on February 20th. The Regional tournament is at Chillicothe Middle School on March 19th.

The official Power of the Pen site is here

pictures from: http://indiereader.com/2013/03/power-to-the-pen/

and http://www.hpl.ca/news/power-pen-2015-call-out-entries

Interview with Mrs. Borland

borlandMrs. Borland is McDowell’s librarian. She has helped nearly all of the students at McDowell whether it was help finding a book, or taking an AR Test, so I figured that she definitely deserves to have a post written about her here on McDowell Media. I have sat down with Mrs. Borland and asked her a few questions. Here are her answers:

 Q-How long have you been at McDowell?

A- 19 years

Q- What other jobs have you had other than being a librarian?

A- I have worked as a substitute and and at the National Parks Service.

Q- Have you ever worked at other schools ?

A- Just as a substitute teacher

Q- What is your favorite thing about your job here?

A- Working with the kids. There is always something new and exciting with them. They always have insightful and stimulating ideas and thoughts on things.

Q- What is probably your least favorite thing about this job?

A- Waking up at 5 o’clock AM almost every morning

Q- If you could go back in time, when would you go and why?

A- I would go back to my childhood. I had great times with my grandparents.

Q- What is your favorite color?

A- Blue

Q- What is your favorite book or book series?

A- The Bible

Q- What genre of book is your favorite?

A- Either historical fiction, biographies or autobiographies.

Q- What about your family?

A- I have been married 41 years to my husband. I have a daughter who is a nurse for labor and delivery, and she is married to a Logan Elm graduate. She is also a Logan Elm graduate as well, and her husband is a Civil Engineer. They have three children together. Also, my daughter’s mother-in-law taught at Salt Creek. Also, I have a son who works at Pickerington, and is married and his wife works as a nurse.

Sweet T’s Fundraiser

McDowell is partnering with Sweet T’s to have a fundraiser!  To help raise money, they are selling Logan Elm spirit wear!  On Tuesday, you received a packet with t-shirts, hoodies, jerseys and socks for sale.  You can add a name or number on the back for an additional $5.00.  Adult sizes come in: S, M, L, XL, and 2XL; children sizes come in: YS, YM, YL, and YXL in t-shirts, hoodies and jerseys.  Socks come in adult sizes 6-13.

To get an item, first, choose your item, then a logo and a size.  Then, fill out a line on the order form, once again, you can add designs on the back.  Make checks payable to “Sweet T’s.”  Return your order form by November 16th in the office.  These items will come in early December.  If you would like to order items as a gift, check the box as indicated at the top of the order form.  Sweet T’s will donate a portion of the proceeds from this sale to the McDowell Principal’s Fund.

Please support our school by participating in this fundraiser.  All of this information can also be found on the packet about the fundraiser.  The orders are due no later than Monday, November 16th.  Get to ordering!

“Pink” Cancer Awareness Volleyball Game

The 7th and 8th volleyball team does an annual “Pink” Cancer Awareness Game for their last home game. At McDowell, students wear pink to raise awareness. The pink-out this year was very successful. The teams decorated the gym with signs, ribbon and balloons. At the end of the 7th grade game players lined up to announce family members that are/have battled cancer.

The 7th graders battled hard through the game. In the first game they got beat by Teays Valley West. In the second game they battled through the game very hard but lost to a close score of 22 to 25. Players worked hard and strong through the game, barely losing.

The 8th graders battled very hard, too! The first game they lost also, but came back in the second game. The second game was a battle between the two teams. But after many plays Logan Elm was victorious, ending the second game 28-26. In the third game, both teams were hustling, spiking and passing super hard. But Logan Elm was defeated. Both the 7th and the 8th grade teams worked very hard and raised awareness for Cancer!

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Fire/ Tornado/ Intruder Drills

Fire Drill; In the event of a fire, you should try your best to stay calm and follow directions. Stay with your class and your teacher. Depending on where the fire is, you will be going to the nearest exit of the building. If you are by yourself in the event of a fire, go to the nearest exit and notify a teacher about which class you were in and wait for further instructions from said teacher. The best thing to do is to stay calm, and keep safe.

Tornado Drill; If a tornado is in the area of McDowell or the high school, you will need to go to the the locker rooms, located at the gymnasium. If you are unsure of where the gym is, then the gym is at the far side of the cafeteria, and if you follow the wall then you should be able to find the gymnasium fairly easy. If you are with your class in the event of a tornado, then stay with your class and follow instructions from your teacher. If you are by yourself in the event of a tornado then try to find the best route to the gym and if you can, then try to find your class. If unable to do so, then notify the nearest teacher and tell them which class you are in.

Intruder Drill; Although in is unlikely, in a scenario where an intruder were to come into McDowell, then it will come down to something known as “fight or flight”. Depending on where the intruder is, you will need to go to the nearest exit located away from the intruder (this is know as the “flight” portion). Try to evacuate as quickly as possible. Your teacher should tell you where to go. If the intruder were to come into your class then you would go for the “fight” portion, and basically distract the intruder by throw anything and everything at them.

Football Friday Night!

Homecoming is always a big deal for high school students at Logan Elm High School. Students get to vote for their class representative, get to be involved in decorating for the dance, and most important get to go to the Homecoming dance! The Homecoming dance was on Saturday September 26th. And the Homecoming football game was on Friday September, 25th.

The Homecoming game is a very popular game students and parents go to. At half-time class representatives were escorted out to the field and the Homecoming Queen and King were announced. The King representatives were Jeff Clydesdale, Drew Stong, Stephen Saxton and Tanner Wilson. The Queen representatives were Rylee Steverson, Mikayla Amspaugh and Karly Hart.

The winner for homecoming king and queen were Mikayla Amspaugh and Tanner Wilson. At the game we defeated Bloom Carroll! The final score was 52 to 7! The dance was very enjoyable also! Lots of high school students were very excited and got to spend the night enjoying some fun dancing and having fun with friends. Homecoming is always an exciting and fun time for everybody!

Image from https://www.gamefaces.com

Student Council

The student council elections were Wednesday, September 23rd for 7th grade.  Four were chosen to represent student council by the students of McDowell exchange school.  The members chosen were Emma Mckibben an intelligent cat lover, Ian Shaffer quirky but confident, Trace Smith an athletic football player, and Peri White bright and friendly.  They will have meetings and will come up with events like last year’s hat day.  Some of the members were interviewed and asked why they think they were voted for and how they will make the school better, this information will be in the following.

Emma Mckibben is a volleyball,and softball player.  She has one cat and two dogs as pets.  Emma say that “she thinks people voted for her because she is kind, respectful and takes everyone’s opinion into consideration.  As student council she will use students opinions to make the school better for them.”  Ian is a funny, likeable person. He thinks that people voted for him because they think he will do a good job of representing the school and he has experience from last year, he will make the school better by teaching responsibility to his class mates.  Peri White is a softball player and has a pet dog and does 4-H.  She says that she thinks people voted for her because “ I asked and was nice to everyone.” To make the school better Peri declared that “I want to have pep rallies, pizza parties and spirit week.

After reading this article you should know a little more about some of the student council members.   Hopefully you think you made the right elections and you will be confident that this year will be full of exciting things.  Student council members would like to thank all the students who voted and hope they will make the year the best they can.