Decades Day

At Mcdowell this week,we are doing Spirit Week.  Today, Thursday, just happened to be Decades Day, where you could dress up from any decade that you want.  Some students around the school dressed up in different times like the 60’s,70’s,and 80’s, while the art teacher Mrs. Helsel went above and beyond, and pictured also (left to right) are Maris, Jerica, and Andrew “Harambe”.


ISM was a group started this year by David Williamson and Logan Seymour. Every Wednesday we meet in Mr. Sveteks room and Mr. Forte is our adult supervisor. AIn this after school group we learn about God and his word through reading the Bible, watching videos and playing on quizizz.

Hat Day!

This week at McDowell is spirit week. We are celebrating the last week of school filled with fun creative ways to show our spirit. This Tuesday was “Hat day” and students got to show their personalities with their creative hats. It was a very fun way to show the students to be creative with their style and to try something new. I think this is a great way to end the school year.

Mid State League Track Meet!

For the McDowell track team, all of our hard work builds up for the biggest meet of the year, which is Mid State League or MSL for short.  MSL is when all 9 teams in the area come together and compete for the title of MSL champion. This was the last meet of the year, so the team put forth their best effort last night and it all payed off.  The McDowell girls team placed 4th out of 9 teams and the boys places 9th.  A couple of highlights from MSL included some phenomenal performances including 8th grader Allyson Cotton placing 1st in ALL of her events and tieing the school record in the pole vault, 8th grader Emma Conley coming back from an injury and throwing the shot put and discus and she placed high in both events even after being hurt for a while, 8th grader Riley Shultz placing 1st in the high jump and 3rd in the 400 meter dash, myself, 7th grader Annie Karshner placed 1st in both of my events which is the shot put and discus and was only 5 inches away from breaking the school record in the shot put, and our 4×400 relay teams running their hearts out in the pouring rain last night.  We ended the season with a lot to be proud of! Go Braves!

For full results to the MSL track meet, visit

Friday the 13th!

Hello everyone, notice anything spooky about today? No I’m not talking about how close we are to the Presidential Inauguration. I’m talking about Friday the 13th! Many believe this day is cursed, for instance, in British tradition, Friday was the conventional day for public hangings, and there were supposedly 13 steps leading up to the noose! Also, did you know there is actually a word for the fear of Friday the 13th? It’s called paraskevidekatriaphobia, from Παρασκευή Paraskevi, Greek for Friday! Anyway, today I am going to tell you about some freaky movies that are actually based on true events!

1. The Exorcist (1973)
The exorcist is actually based on a book that is based on the real life events of a boy named Ronald Doe who was possessed by demons in 1949. The exorcism was so horrifying that books were written about people who just witnessed it!

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2. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
The makers of A Nightmare on Elm Street were inspired by Laotian refugees who died in throes of a nightmare. The medical report say there was nothing physically wrong with them, spooky!

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3. Child’s Play (1988)
The script of Child’s play was based on a nurse who put a voodoo curse on author Robert Eugene Otto which transformed one of his childhood dolls into a nighttime menace! We’ve all seen scary movies based on dolls, but knowing this one existed is extra creepy (As I’m writing this in my bedroom I am looking over my shoulder because I feel someone is watching me, yikes!)

This is the actual doll Chucky is based off of!

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4. Amityville Horror (2005)
Amityville Horror is based on the real life events of the Lutz family in Amityville who moved into a house where a mass murder had been committed the year before. If you haven’t watched the movie I recommend it to you, it’s pretty scary but a good movie!

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Featured Staff Member: Mrs.Borland

borland-photo          Hello! It’s Rain and I have a new blog post to share with you. For my post I chose to interview one of the staff members at McDowell middle school. The staff member I chose to interview was Mrs. Borland.  Mrs. Borland is the librarian here at McDowell. In the interview I asked Mrs. Borland these questions:

 1) How long have you been working at McDowell?

Mrs. Borland’s answer: “I have been working at McDowell for twenty years.”

2) What is your favorite book?

Mrs. Borland’s answer: ” Out of all books I have read, I would say the Bible is my favorite.”

3) What is your favorite part of working here at McDowell?

Mrs. Borland’s answer:  ” I really enjoy motivating students to read.”

4) Have you ever worked at a different school; if so for how long?

Mrs. Borland’s answer: “I was a substitute for four years. I have been to Circleville, Zane Trace, Teays Valley, and Westfall.”

5) What is the most challenging part about being a librarian?

Mrs. Borland’s answer: “The most challenging part would be having enough money to buy the books for the library.”

6) What was your dream job when you were a child?

Mrs. Borland’s answer: ” To be a naturalist at a nature park.”

 7) How many children do you have?

Mrs. Borland’s answer: ” I have a son and a daughter. I also have three grandchildren.”

8) Where is your hometown?

Mrs. Borland’s answer: “My hometown is Chillicothe.”

9) Do you have any pets?

Mrs. Borland’s answer: “Sadly, I don’t have any pets. I did have a Cocker Spaniel named Wrinkles.”

                           It was a lot of fun interviewing Mrs. Borland. I really liked talking to her. Thank you  for reading my blog!

Week 3- Activity 8

word-cloud-1Fall is here! That means you should get ready for Halloween, Thanksgiving, pumpkins and anything else fall related! Get ready for the Jack-O-Lanterns illuminating your front porch, and make sure you have your Trick-Or-Treat costume ready. Spooky skeletons, spiders, and bats are about, don’t forget to be hanging up the decorations all about your house. The fall clothes are in, beanies, flannels, boots and scarves. The trees are changing too, the once lime green leaves are now shades of pumpkin orange and lemon yellow, with even a few apple red colors. Months of October and November are my absolute favorite, the crisp air is so refreshing. It’s time for autumn!