January 29

Clubs – Scotty

Here at McDowell middle school we have many clubs. Any student from McDowell has to join a club of their choice and participate in them every month. There is a large variety of clubs to choose from all fitting in different categories.

The list of the clubs we have and what they are is here:

  • Agriculture, a club dedicated towards farming and the science of farming.
  • Art, a club dedicated to drawing, painting, and sculpting, this may include information on said subjects.
  • Board games, a club for playing all types of board games and having a good time. Book club, a club aimed toward reading books and sharing your book with other members.
  • Community service, a club dedicated to helping the community they can have many tasks to complete and they all go to a good cause.
  • Creative writing, in this club you would write a series literative writings and share with each other. Dance/music/singing club, this is all about fun, whether that would be dancing, singing, or listening to music.
  • Debate cub, in this club you will research and learn about controversial topics then argue your point about them.
  • Design/engineering club, if you were in this club you would learn and create new ideas about engineering. Home ec, in this club you will learn about multiple household tasks such as sewing, knitting, and many other tasks.
  • Improv/drama, here you learn about and do plays this is a club where everyone will have a part. Intramural sports, to join this club you cannot be playing a current sport such as basketball, wrestling, etc. This club is about multiple sports that you will learn how to play with each other.
  • Junior naturalists, this club is focused mainly on nature and exploring and learning about local or faraway wildlife.
  • Kindness club, this club is all about being nice to others and helping each other out, this can be toward a large series of students that need to be helped.
  • Personal fitness, this club is all about keeping yourself in shape, here you will do many physical activities such as jogging.
  • Relaxation club, this club is the opposite of personal fitness club, here you can lie down, relax, and have a good time.
  • Spanish club, here you will learn about the Spanish language, this can help prepare you for future Spanish classes in highschool, and maybe college.
  • Technology club, in this club you will be learning about the wonders of technology, whether it would be learning code such as Javascript, C, or Python, you will be shown how modern day items work like TVs or PCs.
  • Last but not least, yearbook club, in this club you will collect information and achievements from students and staff at McDowell, and make this year’s yearbook.

Those were the many clubs of McDowell, us students here would be glad to infrom you more about our clubs so if you have a question about our clubs, ask one of our students! I hope you learned something about McDowell and have a great day!

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.

October 7

Who has the best students?

Just in case you haven’t heard, WE DO!

McDowell Exchange School received some very good news last Friday.  Ohio’s Growth Measure Reports were released for Ohio’s Spring 2019 AIR tests. There were 1079 schools in Ohio who gave 7th and 8th grade tests.

Guess what?  Out of those 1079 schools, our students had the 3rd highest Average Growth Index!  Our 7th and 8th grade students put forth 110% effort on those tests and these results are a direct reflection of those efforts.  Not bad for our small, rural school in the cornfield!

I am so incredibly proud of our students and staff for such an accomplishment.  I’m always saying #McDowellstudentsarethebest and once again, I have the proof to back that statement up.

I love these kids, my colleagues, and I love being a BRAVE!

September 24

And…we are BACK!

A new school year.  A new group of students.  An opportunity to reflect on things of the past and prepare for the future.  I love this time of year!

In my classroom,  we spend the first few weeks of school getting to know each other and establishing expectations and routines that will carry us through the year.  It doesn’t take long for 7th graders to realize how much they like being a student at our school and we have a discussion comparing life as a 7th grader to life of a 6th grader.

What makes 7th grade at McDowell so great?  Read the Padlet below to see what my Advanced Language Arts class had to say.  They’ve done a nice job explaining their thoughts.

Made with Padlet

I will have to add that these are just SOME of the things that are great about McDowell Exchange School.  There are many more, and the best thing about our school, in MY opinion, is that we have the best students.  #McDowellstudentsarethebest

March 3

Help Make a Difference for Our School!

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.
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August 19

The start of something GREAT….

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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