The Great King

If you were a leader or a normal person in your time, would you like to have ‘‘the great’’ in your name? Me too. Alexander the Great did some pretty great things while he was a leader, he came upon many challenges like his fathers death and the Persian army. He also created a legacy after his death as we study it today. We are actually studying it in Social Studies. We just started learning about him last week and this is one of the projects we did (to the right).

In 359 B.C., Alexander’s father, Philip II became the king of Macedonia. When he became king one of his biggest goals was to defeat the Persian Empire. Many of you reading this probably has goals for this year like Philip and steps to accomplish them. He first had to unite the Greek city-states and put them under his rule and then he could take his strong army to fight as one against Persia. Philip took control of the city-states one-by-one by defeating/bribing them and others joined on their own will. An Athenian lawyer, Demosthenes, warned the Greeks that Philip threatened the freedom of them. Philip controlled most of Greece before Demosthenes could get followers.

Before Alexander’s father could conquer the Persian Empire, he was killed. Alexander took over at 20 years old ready to accomplish his father’s goal, conquer Persia. His father had put him in the Macedonian army when he was very young so he was in many battles and by the age of 16, he was serving as a commander. Anyways, in 334 B.C. Alexander invaded Asia Minor with 40,000 soldiers and calvary (the strongest and the ones on horseback). His calvary crushed the Persian army at the battle of Granicus. In 333 B.C. he defeated the Persians at Issus which then forced the Persian king, Darius Ⅲ, to run away. Then in 331 B.C. Alexander conquered Egypt and built the city of Alexandria (after himself) there becoming one of the most important cities of the ancient world. Later that year, Alexander defeated Darius’s forces at Gaugamela and then took over the rest of the Persian Empire.

Alexander wasn’t named “the great” for any reason. He created many legacys while being a great leader to his army. In 327 B.C. he and his army marched to India until his soldiers got tired and Alexander decided to lead them home. On their way, the army crossed a desert and there wasn’t very much water. When his soldier’s found some water they put it in a helmet and gave it to Alexander, but he was willing to suffer the same thirst his soldiers were by pouring it on the ground. His health was a wreck when they returned home and then died at age 32. Alexander was a great and brave military leader that would lead his army anywhere and they would follow. One reason we can call him Alexander the Great is that when he died, Alexander was the most powerful ruler in the ancient world. Also, his legacy was a world that knew about Greek culture. Wherever Alexander’s army went, they spread the Greek language, ideas, and art. That is another reason why we call him Alexander the Great.

Alexander definitely lived up to his name. He had a long journey that created an even longer story. From accomplishing his father’s biggest goal to leading his army back home. His legacy changed Greek culture and other places Alexander and his army traveled through. Alexander the Great believed he could conquer his father’s goal and lead his army with him while spreading ideas/language.

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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.


Mrs. Griffey: Featured Staff Member

As you can tell by the title, this article is about the Featured Staff Member. The staff member I chose was Mrs. Griffey, one of the 7th grade social studies teachers.She is one of my favorite teachers and I was honestly really excited to do this article.

This first question I asked was: Where did you go to college to become a teacher?

She replied, “I went to Bowling Green State University.”

Secondly, I asked her: “Did you always want to be a teacher? If not, how old were you when you decided to be one?” She replied, “I decided I wanted to be a teacher when I was 9 or 10 years old.”

I then asked, “What made you decide that you wanted to be a teacher?” She said, “My Mom, Grandma, and Uncle were all teachers and my sister is an instructor, so it’s kind of a family tradition.”

Fourthly, I asked, “Can you see either of your boys becoming teachers?”

She answered, “Yes, I can see both Gavin (5th grade) and Garrett (9th grade) becoming teachers. But Garrett most of all. They both like to work with kids. “

For those out there that want to be teacher, this part’s for you. I asked Mrs. Griffey, “How many years did you have to go to school to become a teacher?”

She replied quickly, “Five and a half years. I was double majored. I can teach pre-kindergarten through 8th grade, any subject, but social studies is my favorite. This is my dream job.”

    Now, you can probably see why I chose Mrs. Griffey as the Featured Staff Member. She is funny, friendly and one of the best social studies teachers that I’ve ever had.