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 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 Student Council

student-council-(web)We are off to a GREAT start this year at McDowell and we are looking for a few good leaders for McDowell Student Council!

The goal of the McDowell Student Council is to represent the student body at McDowell and be leaders and role models throughout our school and community.  Student Council members work to promote school spirit at McDowell and assist with various events throughout the school year.

Student Council will meet 1-2 times a month BEFORE school at 7:30.

Any student interested in running for McDowell Student Council can pick up an application in the office.

Applications are due in the office by next Friday, August 26th.  No late applications will be accepted.


Are you ready?

agendaA new school year is about to begin!  Logan Elm’s first day of school is Wednesday, August 17th and McDowell’s Back to School Night is TONIGHT, August 11th from 5:30- 7:30pm. Students will report to the cafeteria area to get the name of their FIRST period teacher.  They will go to their first period classroom and receive their full schedule, agenda book, and lock for their locker.  THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM PREVIOUS YEARS!

The staff of McDowell is ready and eager to meet our new students tonight!

Eighth Grade Interview

In this post, I will be interviewing the eighth graders Emma Lands, Natasha Phillips, Carrie Love, Abby McDonald, Tatum Tatman, and a partial interview with Gracieanne Gray about their thoughts and feelings on going into high school next school year.

What are you looking forward to in high school?

Natasha: Meeting new people and having fun

Carrie: All of the electives

Abby: College Credit Plus

Tatum: The clubs

Emma: The classes

Gracieanne: The new experiences. Also getting to make new friends, and possibly watching the football games.  

What are your feeling on going into highschool?

Natasha: Kind of scared, nervous, and a little excited

Carrie: Excited for new experiences, and kind of nervous

Abby: Nervous, but happy about the new classes, teachers, and people

Tatum: Scared, but I’m not totally sure

Emma: Excited, I can’t wait!

Gracieanne: Really nervous, but also excited. I guess you could call it ‘nervcited’, as my sister would call it

Any particular classes/teachers you’re looking foward to?

Natasha: Music History, especially since I love music!

Carrie: Advanced choir, and foundations

Abby: Web and introduction to photoshop

Tatum: English (which I really like), and Drama Club

Emma: Mr. Beavers, because I’ve heard good things about him. Also my siblings have had him and they say good things about him as well.

Gracieanne: Not exactly classes, but I’m excited for this one Social Studies teacher… I can’t exactly remember their name though

Do you have any older siblings, and if so, what are their perspectives/comments on high school?

Natasha: (no older siblings)

Carrie: (no older siblings)

Abby: I have two older brothers, and I’ve heard from them that the first year you should just go with the flow and don’t be too uptight. Also, take things seriously

Tatum: (no older siblings)

Emma: I have an older brother and sister. When my brother was in high school he, uh, hated it. But my older sister is in it now and she pretty much likes it.

How do you feel about leaving McDowell? Is there anything you’ll miss?

Natasha: I’m scared to leave, but also excited. I’ll miss Mrs. Ross, since she is a great science teacher, and also Mrs. Shaw’s room full of books!

Carrie: There’s not anything in particular

Abby: I have has good and bad memories here. I’ll miss the teachers and the environment. Mrs. Schaal, Mrs. Helsel, and Mrs. McGuire have helped me a lot.

Tatum: I’ll miss creative writing since there is none at the high school. I don’t really want to leave McDowell.

Emma: There is nothing I think I’ll miss, and I’m actually glad to leave. McDowell is better than intermediate school, but I can’t wait for high school.

What do you think about your upcoming years being your last years of school (except for possibly college)?

Natasha: It’s kind of sad, because I probably won’t see my friends nearly as much. They have become part of my life.

Carrie: It’s exciting, getting prepared for the “outside life”. My endgoal is to be a teacher or counselor  

Abby: I’m going to miss all of this, but it is also exciting. I’m excited to move away from all of these cornfields

Tatum: It’s sad, because when you think about it, it’s just like Wait, there are only four more years?!

Emma: It’s upsetting, because I don’t really want to go out on my own. It’s kind of crazy because I’m pretty young, but in four years I’ll be off to college!

Is this transition a milestone, or just another school year for you?

Natasha: A little in the middle

Carrie: It’s a milestone. Things are starting to get more serious

Abby: A milestone. We’re leaving the smaller things behind

Tatum: Pretty much in between

Emma: Definitely a milestone

Any advice for the seventh graders going into eighth grade?

Natasha: Always have your homework ready, and put effort into everything. It’ll pay off

Carrie: Be nice to your teachers

Abby: Don’t procrastinate things, make sure to do your homework, and study for your tests. Keep your close friends with you

Tatum: Not really, just make sure to do your work and you’ll get better grades

Emma: Eighth grade is a lot better, for me at least
Thank you so much, eighth graders, for putting forth your effort to make it this far and be successful in school. The people of McDowell will miss you guys, and we wish you the best of luck in high school!

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Logan Elm softball for the 7th grade has been going great so far. The have won 3 games and have lost none . The team consists of 12 girls. All of the girls love the game and are very passionate about it.

I interviewed Callena Wiget, a player on the team:

How is this year going?

Callena said, it’s going pretty good.

What position do you play?

She said third

What do you want to see your team do more in the season?

Callena said, win and work better as a team.

Do you a have a lucky number?

She said, 17

What’s your favorite part about playing softball?

Callena said, being apart of the team.

The girls on the team are determined to win games and are trying their hardest. All 12 girls are very hard working and love the sport! Good luck to the 7th grade softball team this year!

You can go to to see their schedule.

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McDowell Baseball

The McDowell baseball season is now underway and the team is off to a nice start. They beat the Rangers of Hamilton Township and now have a battle with the Circleville Tigers. The Braves beat up on Hamilton 13-3. Trace S. started the game and pitched three innings while Isaac W. and David H. both had an inning a piece. The Braves run ruled Hamilton Township in the fifth inning. The Logan Elm bats were really on display as they put up 13 runs on a pretty good Hamilton defence.

The Braves travel to Circleville to do battle with the Tigers. The Braves hope to play a solid game and come out with another “W”. The game starts at 11:00am.

The 8th grade had a close game with Hamilton Township, and it just got away from them at the end. The 8th grade Braves play at Crossroads Church at 11:00am against Circleville.

Good luck to all spring sports this season.

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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.