March 31

Home Learning: Making it work

As we continue with our Home Learning due to the international COVID-19 pandemic, I want to emphasize that learning can and will still take place for my students.  The location of that learning has changed, as will the schedule of that learning, but it will continue to happen. The biggest shift is that now you, the student, will need your own motivation to continue to learn.  The habits that you establish during this time will help set you up for future success as a learner!

For my students, I will continue to use Google Classroom as my primary digital platform for communicating with you.  I will also be using other apps and platforms that we have used throughout the school year, such as Flipgrid, Padlet, Edublogs (for my Advanced LA class), as well as the G Suite tools (doc, slides, and forms).  Zoom is the new platform that we will be using for video conferencing and lessons and I have added an option to use Google Hangouts.

And of course, all can follow me on Instagram @le.rdcaudill










Unfortunately, all do not have online access during this time, and paper versions of each assignment will be made available for those who need them.

March 18

Let the Home Learning Begin! (aka School Closure)

On Friday, March 13, Logan Elm Schools began an extended school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  A “state of emergency” has been declared in our state (Ohio) and all schools have been ordered to close.  Since the closure of schools, restaurants, movie theaters, bowling alleys, gyms, and many others have been forced to close their doors in order to reduce the spreading of the coronavirus.

In less than a week’s time, our lives have completely changed.  Schools and teachers are preparing for an extended closure, preparing virtual learning lessons and also determining how to meet the many other needs of our students.

There are so many questions that we all have.  And there are no answers at this point, as things seem to be changing on a daily basis.  One thing that I DO know…we will get through this!  As a community, we will rally together to help each other.  We will be there for each other in any way we can.  How do I know this?  Because I know that #McDowellStudentsarethebest  and we are all part of #BraveNation.

I’ve been so encouraged by the work that my students are already doing on their own.  Now, more than ever, is a time for students to take charge of their learning beyond classroom walls.  I just miss their faces tremendously, so I’m extremely grateful for the technology that we have that allows us to stay connected through these unprecedented events.

February 24

Baseball Tryouts

At our school Logan Elm we have baseball tryouts. During baseball tryouts you tryout to make the team like in any sport. Whenever you tryout you normally go to the position that you are best at, so then the coach will see how good you are and pick you. Our 7th grade baseball coach is keeping 12 people on the team. The years before you played for your elementary school team. Logan elm has three elementary schools. Laurelville, Pickaway, and Washington. Whenever you still play for the elementary team there are different levels. The first level would be K-2, the next would be 1-2 , then it would be 3-4, and last but not least 5-6. Therefore those are some of the things about Logan elm.

The last two years for the elementary schools the 5-6 grade Laurelville team has won the championships, but now this year we combine all of the elementary school teams and that’s why the school only keeps 12 so everybody can have playing time. Also the biggest thing about 7th grade is now scouts for college watch to see how good you are. Most of the time people keep stats. My parents this year if I make the team are going to keep stats for me so I can study and see what I need to work on.  Another big thing is you might not make the team for the next year even though you made the team from the previous year. So that is why I recommend taking lessons for whatever sport you play. Like I do for baseball. It doesn’t have to be baseball, it can be basketball, football, soccer or whatever you play. Therefore that is a little about Logan Elm baseball and tryouts. 

January 31

Julia-Techy chapter 1

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This is a original chapter that I made for a book series that I am working on called Techy. Techy is a book series about a 19 year old who works at a cafe. The 19 year olds name is Roco. Roco really hates his job But he cant quit his job because he does not have a lot of money and he lives on his won. Roco really wants to go to college but he cant at the slow rate hes making money. But then one miserable day Roco gets the opportunity of a life time.

Have you ever watched a “HALLMARK” movie? You know one of the ones at Christmas time where there’s a nice calm little town. The little town has a nice bakery or something like that. That cute little bakery is never packed and it’s always so calm and quiet!


“Please calm down!” I said “You will get your drink soon, I promise!” This is the reality of my small towns “nice” cafe. Since there’s no other cafe/bakery’s our place is always busy. A ton of customers were yelling at me at the same time for their drink.“Hey!” I yelled at our baristas whatever that means. “Does someone want to work the register? All these Karen’s are going to LITERALLY kill me!” “NO!” All the baristas yelled at the same time.


“ I don’t see what you think is so special about that curly haired kid.” Said my assistant. “He’s special, you’ll see” I said. I closed my laptop and stood up. I took one last glance at the curly haired kid. “We really need him you’ll see.” I said quietly. 


Man being a barista is so hard! My best friend really has it easy! All he has to do its work the register and take orders. Well at least my shift is FINALLY over. I am exhausted. I went into the break room to grab my keys from my locker. 

But then I saw something on the floor. Oh no what is it? A crocodile, alligator, a HUGE spider? Oh no I hate spiders! They are so creepy with all of their legs and their eyes! What should I do? Should I turn on the light? Do I really want to see what it is?

After much hesitation, I turned on the light! I screamed in terror at what I saw. 


I was lying on the floor when I heard a scream. Oh no there’s probably a spider and it scared Thomas. “DUDE OH NO! PLEASE TELL ME YOU’RE NOT DEAD!” Thomas screamed in terror. Thomas rolled me onto my back. 

“Calm down” I said quietly, ” I’m just taking a nap.” I rolled my eyes. “I’m tired I don’t have time for this Thomas. Working the cash register is the WORST,” I said with an annoyed tone. “Sorry you just looked so… know …dead!” He said. I jumped up on my feet. “I really need and want to go home. Bye Thomas.” “Bye?” He said questionably. My job can be really weird sometimes. I just wanted to take a nap. 


I heard the keys jingling in the door.”You ready?” I whispered to my assistant. My assistant gave me a big smile. “Yup I hope this “Roco” is ready” he said. 






November 26

Featured Student Blogs

We recently completed Week 7 of the Student Blogging Challenge and my students wrote about a favorite holiday or the holidays that they celebrate throughout the year.  These students did an exceptional job on their post:

Lindsay’s Lounge

Abigail’s Questionable Statements

Brett’s Breathtaking Blog

Ella’s Site

Maggie’ s Spectacular Site

I encourage you to check out their Week 7 posts and leave a comment for them.

November 22

Our Holidays and Celebrations

For the Week 7 Blogging Challenge, I asked my students to complete Task #1, to describe a favorite family holiday or celebration.   Since we live in the United States (Ohio), we realize that there may be some things that we celebrate with our families that are not celebrated in other areas of the world, or others may celebrate the same holiday, but in a different manner.  To help our visitors to understand how they celebrate with their families, I asked my students to share their favorite on a Flipgrid video.

We would love to hear about YOUR favorite holiday and how you celebrate with your family. You can leave a note in the comments, or if you’d like, you can create a short video on the Flipgrid.

November 4

Rock, Paper, Scissors Fun!

On Friday, Nov. 1st, McDowell Student Council held our very first Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament!  The tournament was held in order to raise money to donate for our local veterans in need.  Students paid $1 to enter the tournament and could pay an additional $1 to get a “2nd chance” to stay in the tournament.  We had 82 students participating in the event and the other 7th and 8th graders were cheering them on!

We have collected $160 so far to donate to veterans and will be continuing to collect donations throughout the week.

The winners, Lance and Delsin, received gift cards, shirts and candy.

November 1

Student Blog Showcase

We just finished Week 4 of the Student Blogging Challenge.  This week was a Free Choice week and students were able to create a blog post on a topic of their choice.  For my Free Choice, I decided to feature some of the great work my students have been doing on their blogs.  I asked my students to suggest a few of their classmates’ blog posts to showcase, and here are their suggestions:

Gena has written a nice post suggesting things to do in New York City.  Blaine had fun with creating a snowman image for the Week 3 Challenge.  Evey argues why Minecraft and Fortnite should not be compared.  Maddox tells about his favorite sport and Ella offers some great book suggestions.

Visit their blogs and leave them a comment!