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Upcoming Choir Concerts at McDowell


This years McDowell’s choir concert is coming up fast! We will be holding a holiday concert on December 12th. The songs we are doing for the holiday concert are: Christmas Time is Here by Lee Mendelson, Winter Wonderland by Michael Buble, My Favorite Things by Oscar Hammerstein III, Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms and Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burnsto to end the concert. My favorite song that we are singing for the Holiday concert is Jingle Bell Rock. What is your favorite Christmas song?
The 2nd concert we are doing is in February for our Winter concert. We haven’t decided all the songs for the Winter concert, but we do know we are singing Wade in da Water by Ramsey Lewis and Sam Cooke and J. W. Alexander. Both of these songs have a smooth flow. Right after the Winter concert is in the Spring. It is our end of the year concert. We don’t know any songs we are doing for the Spring concert, but we have decided it will contain some fun pop music to wrap up the wonderful year!
As I said before, It’s Mcdowell’s choir concert, so that means 7th and 8th grade choir students are both doing the concert together. Both grades learned the same song, but 7th grades way of singing it may not be exactly the same as the 8th grades way of singing the songs. We do this so it sounds more complicated and it twists things up to make it sound graceful at the same time. Ms. Barbieri, our talented choir teacher has also given the students with lower voices the option to sing the harmony and students with higher voices the choice to sing with the melody. I usually sing with the harmony. Tell me in the comments if you sing with the harmony or the melody!
Also, a special thanks to Ms. Barbieri for teaching us so much. She has been so helpful and patient with our class. She has made class educational, but keeps it fun. Plus to all the choir students that make the songs sound so beautiful and committing to the class. I am so excited for the upcoming concerts here at McDowell!

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Student Spotlight

Every few months teachers at McDowell will change out the Student Spotlight.  The Student Spotlight is a piece of black paper with two yellow spotlights on it, in each spotlight is a picture of a student and a paragraph or two about them and what they do.  The current students are Timothy (Tim) Miller and Tayla Tootle.   Tim is a wrestler for Logan Elm.  He won 2nd place in the Mid-State League Buckeye Division Wrestling Tournament.  Tim also plays soccer.  Tayla is a gymnast.  She has been in gymnastics for nine years now and is a level six gymnast.  She competes on vault, uneven bars, beam, and floor.  She has made it to nationals a few times before.  They were in Tampa Bay, Florida  and Savannah Georgia.  Tayla said that gymnastics has taught her many things, one of them being how to manage her time.  Now the question is, who will be the next Student Spotlight?

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And so it begins…

We are off to a new school year!  Logan Elm School District started a new school year on August 21, so we have actually been in session for a couple of weeks now.  Seventh graders have tackled that daunting task of memorizing a new schedule and figuring out their way around a new building.   And as always, it’s been exciting for me to get to know a new group of students.

The Advanced Language Arts class will soon be updating McDowell Media.  Stay tuned!

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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!

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The Logan Elm Volleyball Team Makes History!

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In the past few months, the Logan Elm volleyball team has proved that hard work really pays off.  For the just the second time in Logan Elm history, the volleyball team made it all the way to the Division Two State Final Four, and Logan Elm couldn’t be prouder.

Before the season started, the team got a new coach.  His name is Kris Kern, and he is an extremely impressive coach.  He is one of the best coaches in Ohio history and Logan Elm was so excited to welcome him to our school. The team improved tremendously with Coach Kern’s guidance.  They could jump higher, hit harder and they looked extremely good.  The team looked better than ever, so they went to the Maumee Bay Summer Spiketacular near Toledo. They won the tournament, which was huge.  They continued improving and later won the Circleville Summer Tournament.

The regular season started up, and the team looked awesome.  They won every game and continued to get better and better throughout the year.  By the end of the regular season, they were undefeated. Their undefeated season earned them the Mid State League Championship title.

Once the season ended, the tournament began.  Logan Elm High School is a division two school, so for tournaments we would only compete against other division two schools in Ohio in the tournament.  The first game, we played Fairfield Union and played very well and won the game.  We would advance to the sectional championship where we would play our school rival, Circleville High School.  We won the sectional championship which was exciting because we would advance to district semifinals and we beat Circleville!  For district semifinals, we would play Athens High School.  Athens is a very good team.  But Logan Elm was on their A game and we beat Athens and would advance to the district championship where we played Gallia Academy.  Gallia Academy was also an undefeated team just like us, and they were very good.  We played with Gallia very well, and beat them and won districts.  The team set sail for regionals where we would play Cincinnati Wyoming.  It was a very exciting game! We lost a set, but came back and won the game.  We would advance to the regional championship where we played Bishop Fenwick.  Bishop Fenwick was without a doubt a tough team to play, but we played well and won the regional championship.  For the second time in Logan Elm history, we advanced to the state final four where we played Columbus Bishop Hartley.  They were a very good team.  Unfortunately, we lost to Columbus Bishop Hartley in the state semifinals which was the ONLY loss the team had the whole year.

Logan Elm is unbelievably proud of the volleyball team. They ended the season 28-1 making the best team to ever play volleyball at Logan Elm.  We hope for the same success next year as well.  Go Braves!

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Logan Elm Volleyball

logan-elm-volleyballThe Logan Elm volleyball program has five teams.  They are the seventh grade, eighth grade, freshmen, junior varsity, and varsity teams.  The volleyball program is very fortunate to gain a new head coach, Kris Kern, this year.  Here is a look into Logan Elm volleyball 2016.

The seventh grade team is coached by Michelle Fraley and ended the season with a record of 7-9.  The eighth grade team is coached by Kim Glick and has finished with a record of 1-15.  There are fifteen girls on the seventh grade team and twelve girls on the eighth grade team.

Currently, the high school teams are still playing their season. The freshman are coached by Kris Kern with a record of 10-2.  Katie Hammel coaches the junior varsity with a record of 12-6.  The varsity team is also coached by Kris Kern and they have an outstanding record of 20-0.  The varsity team is the most successful of Logan Elm’s volleyball teams this year.  The high school players can play on multiple teams or on just one, depending on their skill, but they can only play up, not down.  For example, a freshman can play for varsity, but a senior cannot play in a freshman game.  There are seven girls on the freshman roster, twelve on the junior varsity roster, and thirteen girls on the varsity roster.  Most of the girls will be coming back next year to play volleyball for Logan Elm, except for the five seniors:  Tabi Pontious, Rhianna Lucas, Baylee Hartman, Savanna Cheadle, and Erika Hayes.

So far, the varsity team is guaranteed co-champions of the Mid-State League Buckeye Division with a very good chance of being sole champs.  They are currently ranked number four in the state in Division 2.  They are the highest ranked public school in our division.  No one can doubt the success is shared by the players and their new coach, Kris Kern.  He is the winningest high school volleyball coach in the state of Ohio with a coaching career record of 753 wins and only 81 losses.

In conclusion, it is safe to say Logan Elm volleyball has been exciting to watch at every level, especially the varsity.  All the fans are wishing the high school teams good luck this week as they finish out their regular season and looking forward to watching them play in the tournaments.  A big “thank you” to all the coaches for their time and dedication to Logan Elm volleyball.  See you at the game!

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All About Landon

dirt-bikeToday I will tell you more about me. First off my name is Landon. I would like to tell you about things I like to do in my free time.  There are lots of things I like to do in my free time like riding dirt bike, playing sports, hanging around with my family and lots more. Riding dirt bikes is probably my favorite thing to do because it gets me outside and away from school and everything else, it’s kinda like my happy place. I love to play sports also. My favorite sport is basketball and it kinda relieves me from school and stress just like riding dirt bikes.

Next thing I’m going to talk about is me as a student. I am a very hard worker and my favorite subject is math. Reading is not my favorite but I can stand it. I think I get my math skills from my dad my dad has always worked with math. He is now working as a project engineer for MS consultancy.  This year I’m in both advanced classes and I like both.

Now I’m going to talk about me as a person.  In my life I think I have always been successful in everything I do whether it’s sports, and school or anything. Me being successful kinda goes along with me always working hard too. I always try to work my hardest on anything and everything I do. There is one saying that I really like and it is : “If you’re doing nothing someone is getting better.” I always want to be the best I can be cause I’m very competitive in things I do.

Finally I’m going to talk about my goals for this year. I have always gotten good grades because I’m always responsible for all my work and I get it done on time plus work hard on it. So this year I’m going to do just that and try to get straight A’s and make sure I can do that because of sports.