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Help Make a Difference for Our School!

March3

PHOTO-153547-74721360PWould you like to help make a difference for our school?  Would you like to help the students at McDowell Exchange School have access to 30 Kindles?  Would you just like to know that you have done a good deed for the day?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then PLEASE vote for McDowell Kindles in the NBC 4 Make A Difference grant contest.  All you will need to do is register using an email address, confirm that registration, and then vote for McDowell!  And remember, you can vote EVERY DAY!  We would appreciate votes from ALL around the WORLD!

Here is a detailed description of McDowell’s proposal:

Program Description: As the 21st century progresses with increased technology usage, the McDowell Middle School staff and students are committed to implementing various technology tools to support and enhance growth in education. Our current technology integration includes document cameras, interactive whiteboards, netbooks, Chromebooks, and several educational-based software programs. In furthering our goal of pursuing technology implementation, McDowell Middle School is submitting a nomination to the “Make a Difference” school grant. Our entry for the “Connect” category requests funding for a 30 piece Kindle lab. The Kindle lab would consist of 30 paperwhite Kindles, protective cases, charging cart, and remaining funds would be allotted for Amazon gift cards to purchase Kindle ebooks.
Impact Of Grant: With the funds from “Make a Difference” grant, McDowell Middle School would be afforded limitless possibilities in utilizing Kindles in the library and classrooms. These grant dollars would allow our student to access numerous ebooks that are offered at a lower cost than physical books. With limited funding for our library, lower priced ebooks added to our collection via Kindles would offer students a greater selection to satisfy their reading needs. Several Kindle features will benefit our students, but especially those students with special needs. With 19.5% of our students qualifying for special education services, taking advantage of changing font size for individual preferences, accessing built-in dictionary, and utilizing text to speech features will prove very invaluable to these students. A set of Kindles presents our student population with digital experience that will aid us in reaching one of our district goals-“The vision of Logan Elm Schools is to be a leader in providing a superior education and the necessary technology skills that improve the quality of life for the school community.” Because 48.7% of our students are economically disadvantaged, providing reading materials on Kindles gives our students the opportunity to further pursue familiarity with 21st century technology and aid our our fulfillment of the Logan Elm District technology vision.

Student Spotlight Post-A Priceless Gift

January14

Need an idea for giving someone a truly meaningful gift?  I was browsing through Tatum’s blog and I found her post “A Family Gift“.  I thought Tatum’s gift idea was priceless!  I enjoyed watching and I can imagine that her family members enjoyed it even more.  Give  this a try.  I know Christmas is past, but there may be a birthday or anniversary coming up (not to mention Valentine’s Day!)   ;)

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Student Spotlight Post

December11

Have you ever wondered what other students see when they look out of their classroom window?  Students are blogging all over the world and those views are quite different depending on where they live.  Jessica has written a nice post describing here view from her classroom window.

Here is the beginning of her post titled “What Is The View Outside Your Classroom Window??”

What is your view outside your classroom window? I live in the country so my view is different from those who live in the city. When I look outside my classroom window, I see…

To find out exactly what Jessica sees, check out her blog.  Also, her blog has been nominated for the best student blog in the Student Blogging Challenge.  If you like what you see, be sure to vote for Jessica’s blog!

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Thank you, veterans!

November11

Happy Veterans Day!  These are pictures of MY favorite veteran, retired Staff Sergeant Kenneth H. Faerber, US Air Force.  My dad spent 20 years in the service, serving in the Korean Conflict and serving two tours during the Vietnam War.  Later he volunteered many hours for AMVETS, serving in the Honor Guard and volunteered his time to help veterans in many other aspects, as well.  He taught me to love my country, to respect the flag, and to appreciate all veterans and soldiers for their service.

This was always a special day for him, so today I honor all veterans, but especially him. <3young soldierIMG_2624021 (2)

grampy veterans day

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Hhhmmm….. want to check your IQ?

October26

IQ TestMy daughter found this online IQ test tonight and proudly announced her score.  I decided I had nothing better to do (other than lesson plans) so I thought I’d give it a whirl.  The questions are difficult, but I’m proud to say that I did score higher than my daughter! :)

Interested to see how YOU would score?  Take the test and find out.  Comment your score!

IQ Test

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“Digging” Pink!

October13

IMG_5015 (1)Last week, our 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams at McDowell sponsored a PINK day in order to raise breast cancer awareness.  They asked that all students wear pink to show their support for breast cancer victims and donate money for breast cancer research. I’m proud of all my students for sporting their pink!  The volleyball teams collected over $500 to donate to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I’m thankful for our volleyball girls for helping raise this awareness in our school.  Latest studies show that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer.  Let’s hope that with continued research a cure will be found!

Blogging Challenge

September28

My Advanced Language Arts students are participating in the 2014 Student Blogging Challenge.  Some students are experienced bloggers while others are giving it a try for the very first time.  It’s going to be fun and exciting watching these students develop their blogs and their writing skills!  I welcome you to check out their blogs, read their posts, leave comments, and revisit often throughout the year!

Alexis’ Amazing Site

Alexis’ Blog

Avery’s ABC’s of 7th Grade

Blaze’s Blog

Bryce’s Beast Blog

Carrie’s Creative Script

Cassie’s Creative Writing

Charles’ Cove

Erica’s Blog

Evan’s Sideline Pass

Gavin’s Dugout

Isabelle’s Interests

Jessica’s Jammin’ Journal

Jonah’s Out of this World Blog

Natasha’s Nifty News

Paige’s Page Turners

Syd’s Sayings

Tatum’s Terrific Ideas

Wild Wyatt’s Website

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Is Time More Valuable Than Money?

September22

time-vs-money-when-to-trade-down-i-will-teach-you-to-be-rich-300x225If you ask my 7th graders that question, you will more than likely get the reply, “YES”!

Last week I gave my students a writing assignment.  It was one of those “Would you rather…” topics that I enjoy giving because I love to read how each student responds.  Last week’s topic was “Would you rather have parents who are rich and buy you everything you want, but don’t spend much time with you OR have parents who don’t have much money to buy you things, but spend a lot of time with you?”  The response?  Of the 70 students who responded to my poll question, 70% said that they would rather have TIME spent with their parents than the material things that money can buy!

Here are some comments from their responses that I thought were noteworthy:

“I also think that if my parents spent a lot of time with me, I would not really have much time to think about what I don’t have, and I would rather have an experience than a tangible item.”

“It doesn’t matter if your parents are rich or not. It matters how much time your parents are willing to give up for you.”

“I mean having parents that can spend time with you is a lot better than having parents that don’t spend a lot of time with you.”

“Having a lot of money would be nice, but money can’t love me, or spend time with me.”

“One reason I feel this way is I want to have good memories with my family by spending time together and having fun.”

“Bottom line. I don’t need 50 million dollars, tons of toys or a mansion. I NEED MY MOM. (Sorry Dad).”

Of course, not all students agreed.  There were some students (30%) who felt that they would rather have rich parents and they gave some very practical points in supporting their opinion:

“My parents always complain about how they want to win the lottery, so if we were rich they would not complain.”

“Another reason is you could have a maid and you would never have to clean anything up again.”

“I would rather have rich parents because I would not get grounded as much because they would not be around to ground me as much.”

As a parent, I find their responses eye-opening.  Even when it seems like our children are always asking for something, it doesn’t seem to be what is really important to them.  We really don’t need to buy our kids much—just spend some quality time with them.  They really just want US. Not sure what to do?  Click on this link to give you some ideas!

What do you think?  Do you agree with the 70% of my students who want to spend time with their parents?  Feel free to comment and share your opinion!

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A Foggy Start

September3

foggy morningLogan Elm Schools were on a two-hour delay this morning due to foggy conditions in our area.  The announcement came to me via a text message on my phone at 6:00am.  Fortunately, this announcement gave my daughters some extra sleep time, which they desperately needed.  Unfortunately, I had already been in our basement and had just completed 30 minutes of exercise on the elliptical.  No going back to sleep for me!

Also, unfortunately, the One Call Now system that our school district uses to notify parents and students of such delays did NOT work this morning.  Many students were not aware that we were operating on a delay.  It was announced on local TV news channels, but if you don’t make a habit of turning on the news as soon as you get up in the morning, you missed the announcement (and some extra minutes of sleep)!

If this happened to YOU, I encourage you to sign up for a text alert through one of our local news channels.  I receive mine from the local ABC station, WSYX Channel 6.  I receive my text alert often 30-40 minutes before I receive my phone call through the One Call Now system.  It’s easy to sign up to receive these text alerts, just click here.  I also receive daily weather alerts, which is another option.

Another way to stay informed of important announcements from Logan Elm Schools is to follow them on twitter @loganelmschools.

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The start of something GREAT….

August19

We're Back - RTG!Today marks the start of a GREAT school year!  And I do mean GREAT!  I have been so excited to get back to school this year because I know that means there are GREAT things in store for all of us!  I know that my students are going to become better readers and writers throughout the school year and that gets me excited! :)

But first, I’d like to give a shout out to my students from last year!I am extremely proud of them.  When I received their OAA scores, I just wanted to give them all a “high 5″.  To be honest, I really just wanted to hug them and give them a great big pat on the back and a “Great job! I’m so proud of you!”.  They really put forth a tremendous effort on their OAA tests (I couldn’t have asked for more), and their results reflected that effort.   Most importantly (at least in MY eyes, if not the State of Ohio’s), I am extremely proud of the personal growth that they showed, especially during the last two months of the school year.  There were days at the end of the year when I had to do a double take and ask myself “Are these really the same kids that walked into my room last August!?”  Wow.  I know their 8th grade teachers will enjoy them this year!

And now for today, the first day of another school year.   After meeting each of my students today, I am even MORE excited!  There are a lot of changes and challenges in our curriculum and testing this year, but I am as excited as ever to prepare my students for those challenges!

I hope that all the teachers and students who are starting another school year feel as excited as I do.  IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR!! :)

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