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Spring Choir Concert ***** UPDATED *****

Choir Concert on 4-22 is now inside at McDowell in the auditorium.
7th grade - 6:00
8th grade - 6:30
HS Concert Choir - 7:00
HS A Capella - 7:30
Families please do not enter until your designated time.
4 family member/student only. 
Families please sit together in designated pods, socially distanced from other families.

LOCATION: Amphitheatre - Pickaway County Fairgrounds

415 Lancaster Pike, Circleville, OH 43113

One Call Message 4-9-21

State AIR Testing will be held on April 13, 14, 20 and 21 for 7th and 8th grade. Additionally, 8th grade will having testing on April 27 and 28.
Please make sure students are in attendance and have their chrome books with them, fully charged. 
This testing is for ACE students as well. They will need to be dropped off at McDowell at 8:00am and picked up at 10:30am. This information has been posted on their Goggle Classroom for a couple of weeks now. 

On TUESDAY, April 13th, there will be a scheduling parent/student meeting for 8th grade students (incoming freshman). This meeting will be held in the high school gymnasium at 6:30pm.

Spring Sports Information

For all sports:
Students must have a physical and completed Final Forms prior to tryouts and official practices.
Click here for Final Forms information. There is an OHSAA Physical Form that must be printed and filled out to take with you when you get your physical. Fill out your Final Forms first online and then print the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Form.
Athletes must provide their own water. parents are not permitted in the building or at practice. They should stay in their cars. 
Open gyms (optional): Tuesday, March 2nd and Thursday, March 4th from 7:30 - 8:45pm
Tryouts (mandatory): UPDATED
3-8-21: 7th and 8th Grade 2:45 - 4:15pm
3-9-21: 7th and 8th grade 2:45 - 4:15pm

Open gyms (optional): Monday, March 1st and Wednesday, March 3rd from 7:30 - 8:45pm
Tryouts (mandatory): 
Monday, March 8th; Tuesday, March 9th; Wednesday, March 10th
8th Grade will be from 4:00 - 5:30
7th Grade will be from 5:00 - 6:30
Tryouts will be held at Cross Roads Field - 5679 Tarlton Rd. Circleville, OH 43113

Practices will begin Tuesday, March 2nd from 2:45 - 4:00 pm.
Meet in the cafeteria. Dress appropriately for inside or outside practice.
 General Protocol  
  • Social Distancing will be followed.  Six foot spacing will be maintained at all times.

  • All individuals must avoid physical contact with others. (high fives, huddles, or other close contact before, during and after skills training.)

  • If you touch your face, cough, sneeze, blow your nose, use your sweat towel - WASH YOUR HANDS!!!

  • No spitting!

  • Equipment and items related to the activity, including balls, must be sanitized before, during and after every event.  

  • Parents/guardians remaining at the facility should remain in their cars.  No spectators are permitted.

  • There will be no congregating in groups before, during or after workouts.  Athletes must leave the school as soon as their workout is over.  


  • All coaches and athletes should be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to leaving your home. (Fever of 100.4 or Higher, Cough, Shortness of Breath, Sore Throat, Exposure to Covid-19)

  • Vulnerable individuals should not attend workouts during the first phase of workouts.  “Vulnerable Individuals” are defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as people age 65 and older and others with serious underlying health conditions. These conditions include, but are not limited to: high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune systems that are compromised by chemotherapy for cancer, and other conditions requiring such therapy. 

  • Any person with any of the above symptoms MUST stay home and should contact their medical provider.

  • Anyone with a fever of 100.4 or higher cannot return to workouts until they have been fever free without medication for 72 hours.    

  • All coaches and athletes MUST arrive with clean hands, dressed for a workout, with their own water bottle clearly marked with name, and their own clean towel (not to be shared) if needed.

  • All Coaches MUST wear masks at all times when athletes are present.   

  • Upon arrival, coaches and athletes will have a temperature screening.  Results will be recorded in the chart provided.

Awards Assembly Live Link

This date has been updated.
The Winter Sports and 2nd 9-week Academic Awards Assembly will be broadcast live Friday, March 12th. It will also be available afterwards to view.
7th grade will start at 1:00 pm and 8th grade will start at approximately 1:45 pm.

Yearbook Cover Design Contest

We are accepting cover designs for the 2020-2021 McDowell yearbook.
This is open to all McDowell students.
Guidelines for the design:
- Color Preferred
- Must incorporate McDowell Middle School and 2020-2021 somewhere in the design
- Yearbook cover is 8 inches wide and 10 inches tall. follow these dimensions.
You can do a digital design and submit to [email protected]
You can complete a hand drawn design and turn into the office.
Designs are due no later than Monday, January 18, 2021.

Middle School Basketball Update and Broadcast Channel

All Middle School home games will be played in the gym at the High School. There will still ONLY be 2 tickets per athlete. Tickets are available on left by clicking 'Event Tickets'. Tickets will go on sale at 7:00am the day prior to each game.
HOME games ONLY will be live-streamed on the channel linked below. 

How to use Google Drive in "offline" mode

The link below will give you instructions for how to use Google Drive in "offline" mode. I understand that many of you already know how to do this, but I wanted to level the playing field and make sure everyone has the same information. If you have "spotty" or unreliable internet, if you have a lot of people sharing a connection, or if you are concerned about data caps and overage charges, this can be a big help and good tool. Basically, it allows you to access and work on files without being online. Then you can share the files later when you're back online. Follow the directions below to make files available offline and how to make your offline work available online again. 

Logan Elm Transitioning to Remote learning December 11-18.

All extra-curricular activities, games and practices, are paused until December 27th, at which time their status will be re-evaluated.

Email sent to students 11/19/20

The classwork and assignments being posted/assigned during remote learning is required and will be graded. You need to be turning them in as you get them finished. If you have any paper copies, you need to turn them in when we return to school.
All assignments are officially due on December 2nd, when grades will be finalized.
If you have questions, reach out to your teachers. They are available during school hours to answer questions through email, Google Classroom, etc.

You cannot return on December 1st and say that you didn't understand so you didn't do the work.

There is no need to request paper copies if you have internet access. You have a school-issued chromebook to complete your work with.

Remember, we have Blocksi, we can see what you are on. Being able to watch youtube on your Chromebook and then trying to say you can't do the school work is not acceptable.
Playing online video games and being all over Social Media and then trying to say you can't do the school work is also not acceptable.

Just do your school work. Don't procrastinate. Many of you have grades that are suffering because you do not do the work when you are home.

Nov. 17th - Nov. 24th Virtual Learning

Students need to check Google Classroom daily for assignments during virtual learning. All assignments are required and graded.
Some teachers have posted all assignments for the time period and some will be breaking them up. All work is officially due on Dec. 2nd. However, DO NOT wait until the end to try and catch up on everything. Students can reach their teachers with questions through email and Google Classroom throughout the school day.
If teachers hold live check-ins they will be following the 2-hr delay schedule to meet with their classes. That schedule can be found under student and/or parent resources. 
Students can request paper copies IF they do not have internet. Those can be picked up at the school between 8:00-2:00 this week.
If you have internet, you should NOT be requesting paper copies. All students have a school-issued Chromebook that they can do their work on. For example... if they can play video games on-line and be all over social media, they can do their school work on-line!

One Call Message 11-16-2020

We are virtual Nov. 17th - 24th. Students need to check Google Classroom for assignments. These assignments are required and will be graded. All work will be due on December 2nd. Students without internet access may pick up copies at the McDowell office between 8:00-2:00. Teachers can be reached by email or Google Classroom during the school day. We will have food pick-up for breakfast and lunch items on Wednesday from 11:00 - 1:30 pm at Laurelville Elementary and at McDowell along the side of the building by the gym. We will be providing meals for 5-7 days. 

Veterans Day Recognition

Athletic Event Protocol REMINDERS

It is a PRIVILEGE to play sports and it is a PRIVILEGE to watch our kids play sports. The student-athletes are doing what they need to do to make these seasons happen. Parents MUST to do the same. It is VITAL when you attend events to WEAR YOUR MASK and keep yourself and your family socially distanced from others in the stands. It will only cause problems for our student-athletes if the adults can not do what they need to. Please be considerate and courteous to everyone. This is the same protocol for both home events and away events. If you are not wearing a mask, you will be asked to leave. If we cannot handle this, we will be forced to restrict fans from being in attendance. It does not matter what you think about the policy. It is the policy that we have been given and must enforce. If you want to watch your kids play it is very simple... WEAR YOUR MASK AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING.

The Start to School

It has been a great start to school. It is wonderful seeing the students again and settling into a "somewhat normal" routine. First and foremost, I want to say how proud I have been of the students at school. They have done a great job wearing their face masks while at school. They have adjusted quite well and are doing what they need to in order to be at school. Obviously there have been some other adjustments and a little bit of a learning curve for everyone with the blended model. Students are learning to be responsible on those days when they are at home. Please encourage them at home to get accomplished what they need to for each class. Those days at home are days of school in which they need to work. 
The sports seasons are in full swing now. Just a few reminders with this. it is a privilege to play sports and it is a privilege to watch our kids play sports. The students are doing what they need to do to make these seasons happen. Parents need to do the same. It is vital when you attend events to wear your mask and keep yourself and your family socially distanced from others in the stands. It will only cause problems for our student-athletes if the adults do not do what they need to. Please be considerate and courteous to everyone.

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Infinite Campus Parent/Guardian Portal

To set up your parent/guardian Infinite Campus account:

Email [email protected] - I will reply with your activiation key.

After you get your activation key:

Go to loganelm.org

Click on the IC Portal link at the top

Select 'Campus Parent'

Select 'New User'

Paste the activation key and hit submit.

You will then be able to choose your username and password to complete the setup for your account.
McDowell Middle School
Bret King, Principal
Cheryl Arnett, Admin. Assistant
Nate Dropsey, Athletic Director 
9579 Tarlton Rd. 
Circleville, OH 43113
(740) 474-7538
(740) 474-8539 (fax)
School Hours: 7:55 - 2:33

Upcoming Events


Boys 7th Baseball vs Teays Valley East Middle School

Sport: Baseball Level: Boys 7th Team: G.D. McDowell Exchange Jr High Site: McDowell Middle School Subsite: Crossroads Church

Boys 8th Baseball @ Teays Valley East Middle School

Sport: Baseball Level: Boys 8th Team: G.D. McDowell Exchange Jr High Site: Teays Valley East Middle School Subsite: Viking Fields #7

Girls 7th Softball vs Teays Valley East Middle School

Sport: Softball Level: Girls 7th Team: G.D. McDowell Exchange Jr High Site: McDowell Middle School Subsite: Logan Elm

Coed 7/8th Track - Outdoor @ Teays Valley East Middle School

Sport: Track - Outdoor Level: Coed 7/8th Team: G.D. McDowell Exchange Jr High Site: Teays Valley East Middle School Subsite: TV East Stadium

Girls 8th Softball @ Teays Valley East Middle School

Sport: Softball Level: Girls 8th Team: G.D. McDowell Exchange Jr High Site: Teays Valley East Middle School Subsite: Viking Fields #2


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