Subjects At McDowell!



Some of the teachers here at McDowell.


     Education and going to school is a very important thing for students. The things that you learn in school now can affect you for all of your life. Education will help you graduate high school, then go to college, then after that you get a job to help support your family. So that comes back to my point, which is students education is important. But  what exactly do students learn and what subjects do students take here at McDowell Exchange Jr. High School?

     At McDowell every student has Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Technology or Art, and WIN. Each class is about 50 minutes long and each student has 3 minutes in between classes to get the items they need for the next class. During Language Arts class, students would probably be reading, working on vocab, or working on a writing assignment. In Math, you’ll find students working on a new math lesson, taking a quiz, working on IXL, or doing homework. Next is Social Studies. In Social Studies, students are learning about Ancient Greece and Rome. In Science, we have been learning a lot about animals, food chains, ecosystems, adaptations, and so on. The next subject is Technology or Art. Students will either have Technology for the first semester of the year and Art for the second semester, or they will have Art first and then technology. So, you will not have either of these classes for the whole school year. In Art, we are currently making walking sticks. In Technology, I don’t know what students are doing since I have Technology for the second semester, not the first. Finally the last class is WIN. WIN is a class that every student has at the end of the day. During WIN period, students can work on homework or any assignments, read, or ask teachers for help.

     Every students takes the subjects I just mentioned, but there are subjects that students get to chose if they want to take them or not. The classes that you get to chose from are Guided Study, Choir, Band, or both Choir+Band. In Guided Study, you get extra time to work on homework/assignments and study for tests. In Choir, you sing. In band, you get to pick an instrument that you want to play and then you practice playing songs and getting ready for parades. If you take Choir and Band, you will switch from singing to playing an instrument. These are all of the classes that McDowell offers to each student. McDowell is a great place for students to learn everything they need to know to succeed.


The Awesome Eighth Grade Egg Drop

20160926-075846.jpgFor the first few weeks of school the eighth graders McDowell Middle School did a science experiment. During the project they had a set of items they were allowed to use, and only allowed to use a certain amount of those items. The items were 50 straws, 20 popsicle sticks, 5 sheets of paper, 10 paper clips, 300 centimeters of string, 20 rubber bands, 50 centimeters of tape, 1 pair of scissors and 1 raw egg per group. So they came up with shells, wraps, parachutes, and on and on. They dropped their eggs from the top of the high school football stadiums bleachers. This is called an egg drop.

The science teacher Mrs. Ross, winners were Shelby Black, Elysia Campbell, Mikaela Fridley, Tara Trachsel, Emma Conley and Ceara Azbell. Some of these people are not here because of absences.  Two people from Mrs. McGuire, Jeremy Weitleman and Caiden Mack.

Here are some questions I asked Emma and Mrs. Ross about the project.

Q: Was this project fun or boring, what was fun or boring about it?

Mrs. Ross: She thought the project was fun because she likes to see the designs and fails “It’s really funny when there’s epic fails.”

Emma: “It was fun, because you got to work with and use mental thinking to make it work.”

Q: What made your project different than the others?

Emma: “We wrapped our egg in a whole bunch of straws.”

Q: Did you work as a group well, if not what made it hard? This question was different for Mrs. Ross, I asked her if she would have changed anything about the format of the project.

Mrs. Ross: “Nope, if it’s not broke don’t fix it.”

Emma: “We did work well together, it wouldn’t have worked if we didn’t.”

Q: If you did it again would you do anything differently?

Emma: “I would have used more tape and used it smarter to hold the structure in place.”

Q: As a bonus question I asked what condition was it in when you were done?

Emma: “The shape was pristine when we were done.”

I would like to give a huge thanks to the eighth graders that came to get their pictures and Emma for answering my questions. But the biggest thanks goes to Mrs. Ross who provided me with all the information I needed to complete this post about the Awesome Eighth Grade Egg Drop!

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.