McDowell Winter Sports Pep-Rally!

Recently here at McDowell, there was  a very interesting and fun winter sports pep-rally! At this pep-rally, the winter sport teams and all of the players were announced, and then there were a few different competitions which included prizes. Firstly, the teams were announced. When the teams and players were getting announced, the teams would go on the middle of the floor in the gymnasium and then wave to everyone when their names were announced. The winter sport teams that were announced at the pep-rally were boys basketball, girls basketball, cheerleading, and wrestling.

Then at the pep-rally we had competitions. The first competition was to build a human snowman. A few players were randomly chosen from each of the sports team to build the human snowman. So there was a team with people from girls basketball, and team with the boys basketball players, a team with cheerleaders, and a team with the wrestlers. One person from each team would be the “snowman” and the rest of the people would help build them. The materials they had to build a human snowman from where toilet paper, paper buttons and a paper nose, a few pieces of tape, and a hat with a matching scarf. All of the teams wrapped toilet paper around the person who was supposed to be their “snowman”, which made a lot of people laugh. After everyone finished their snowman, people would cheer for the snowman they liked best, and the team who had the most cheers would win. At the end, the girls basketball team had the best snowman, but the boys basketball team, the cheerleaders, and the wrestlers all had good snowmans to. Since the girls basketball team won, they got Logan Elm t-shirts!

The final competition that was held at the McDowell winter sports pep-rally was a 3-point shooting contest. To start the competition, the people that wanted to participate lined up on the court (winter athletes could not participate, though) and the first six people to make a 3-pointer would win and get a prize. It got intense when the first five people made it, and there would only be one more winner. After the sixth person made the shot, they all got Logan Elm t-shirts as their prize! So, that was the McDowell winter sports pep-rally!

Watch the video below with all of the photos and videos from the pep-rally!

 

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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A Night on the Town

Tonight at McDowell Middle School, Logan Elm’s junior/senior prom was held.  They created a runway with a lit up arch to lead them through a walk in the city, warming the hearts of those who pass through.  Tonight was a special night for Logan Elm’s juniors and seniors. The theme of the night was very fitting towards everyone’s feelings: A Night on the Town.  The junior prom committee has been working hard the past few days to transform the gym into a magical night of celebration.

Below is the creation of the beautiful scene of Logan Elm’s junior/senior prom.

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!

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!

Image from http://www.circlevilleherald.com/sports/outright-champs/article_ed946358-d986-589d-8692-6145e5bbede1.html

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!

Image From: Logan Elm High School

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.

 

McDowell’s Super Staff Member – Mrs. Fox-Bowers

 

For my blog assignment, I decided to interview Mrs. Fox-Bowers.  She helps the students who are struggling catch up and she helps them understand tough lessons.  I think Mrs. Fox-Bowers is one of the most important of the faculty/staff.  Without her, a lot of students would fall behind in classes and grades.  Here are a list of questions that I asked her and her answers.

Q: What is your full job title?

Education Specialist for 7th and 8th grade Science

Q: What do you do as your job?

I go into the classroom and help certain students and I also pull students out and take them to the resource room for extra help.

Q: What do you like to do when you are not at work?

I have horses and cattle that I take care of on my farm.  I also like to garden and do other outdoor activity’s.

Q: Why did you decide to become a teacher?

When my son was 3 I realized how much I like being around kids.

Q: How long have you been teaching?

16 Years.

Q: Do you enjoy teaching?

Very much!

Q: What is your favorite part about teaching?

Seeing the students and watching them grow.

Q: Would you rather have your current job or do another job in the school?

My current job.

 

Q: What is your least favorite part about this job?

Dealing with students who do not do their homework.  I also hate having to discipline a child.

I hope that you learned something from this interview and if you are struggling with science, go talk to Mrs. Fox-Bowers, i’m sure that she will be happy to help.

Ohio’s Land Formations!

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Millions of years ago, Ohio got run over by a glacier.  The glacier acted like a giant, slow moving bulldozer.  The glacier flattened out close to two thirds of Ohio.  Because Ohio is so flat, many people have decided to become farmers.  Flat farmland is one of Ohio’s natural land formations.

Where the glaciers stopped, there were hills everywhere.  This area is now called The Hocking Hills.  My classmate B.J. wrote a post about the Hocking Hills.  The Hocking Hills has waterfalls, caves and lakes.  The Hocking Hills is one of Ohio’s many natural land formations.

Photo Credits to:

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/photos/lower-falls-plunge/

http://lifewallpaperz.com/cat/19/glacier-01.html

The Incredible Trimmer Arch

Trimmer Arch is located in the Paint Creek Wildlife Area, Ross County, Ohio.  It has a 14 foot span with a 8.6 foot clearance.  The Trimmer Arch is made up of Greenfield Dolomite and is water eroded.  Greenfield Dolomite is a sedimentary rock and forms horizontal bedding planes on top of each other.  The Trimmer Arch does not have a trail leading up to it.  When my family went to go see it, we had a guide to lead us to the Trimmer Arch and another cave nearby.  When we went on the hike, my mom took pictures.  These are some of the pictures she took:

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When our family went to Trimmer Arch, it was not that long of a hike.  We were camping at Paint Creek State Park and they had someone take us there.  The “tour guide” knows someone that is close to the Trimmer Arch so, we could park on his property and have a shorter distance to walk.  If we didn’t park at the guys house, then we would have to walk over a mile to get to the Trimmer Arch.  The hike was a little hilly but it was worth it once we saw the Trimmer Arch and the cave.

We also saw a rare plant called the Walking Fern while walking to the Trimmer Arch.  The Walking Fern got its name by how it grows.  The Walking Fern is a long and skinny leaf/ fern and when the tip touches the ground, and or rock, it starts growing another one just like it.  It will most likely keep growing like so.  I thought it was a really interesting plant to see and learn about.  Overall, the trip to Trimmer Arch was very interesting and full of excitement and fun facts.  Here is a picture of the Walking Fern:

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You can find more information on the Trimmer Arch here and here.

The Walking Fern picture is from here.