McMaster Middle School

Tom Strong

Mary Brandon

The McMaster Middle School is located on the Toledo Campus for levels 7 and 8. Mary Brandon and Tom Strong are the classroom’s co-teachers.

Congratulations to our 6 middle school students who qualified for regionals! 

7th grade: Sarah Whitacre and Donovan Hipp-Elder

8th grade: Emma Morgenstern, Rebecca Martin, Alex Desser, and Henry Thomas


We received exciting news!

Sarah Whitacre was awarded 2 Best of Round  awards for the stories she wrote in rounds 1 and 2.


Henry Thomas was awarded a Best of Round award for the story he wrote for round 2.

Students will compete at Lourdes University in Sylvania on Wednesday, March 2.

Good Luck Writers!

Every year we compete in the Toledo Museum of Art Ekphrastic Writing Contest.

Recently we attended a docent led tour at TMA. We were able to view and discuss many works of art and then choose any artwork in the museum which inspired us. Our assignment was to choose a work of art and then complete a journal on site. We journaled for about 30 minutes – every student picked a unique work of art. Now we are working on creating our own masterpieces by turning our journaling into poetry.

We are including a link to previous winners. Many West Side middle school students and graduates are past winners. If we work hard and our muse speaks loudly enough, perhaps we too will be included in the list of poems published!

2015 Winners:

2014 Winners:

2013 Winners:

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POP District Update

Last weekend, we attended Power of the Pen, a creative writing competition, at Tiffin Middle School. There were three rounds of writing, each forty minutes long. We were given a different writing prompt for each round. Writing stories was a lot of fun and so was spending time together.

We are proud of our writing teams! Congratulations!

Sarah Whitacre placed 2nd for 7th grade!  

Emma Morgenstern placed 3rd & Rebecca Martin placed 5th in the 8th grade division.

Alex Desser, an 8th grader, received an honorable mention for his humorous third round story, nearly clinching the coveted Best of Round spot.

Our 8th grade team placed 2nd overall!

Kudos to Eric Slotterbeck for designing our mind blown t-shirt!

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1/30 Math Counts at UT (9am – 3pm)



2/11 UT field study for Law Day lesson with professor 10:30 – 1:30

$ lunch at UT (or pack)


2/29 Valentine Theater – Midsummer Night’s Dream w/workshop following 10:00 – 1:00   students bring a packed lunch



3/2 Power of the Pen Regionals (9am – 3pm) @ Lourdes University




3/23 – Middle School Play night performance (7:00pm)

students will remain at school to prepare – we will feed them



4/4 – 4/8 8th level internships (5days)


4/8 Holocaust Speaker at Main Library 9:30 – Noon (7th grade)


4/11 – 4/15  7th level internships (5days)


4/11-4/14 DC 8th level (4days)


4/20 Authors’ Night 6:00pm – 7:30pm


4/22 Johnson’s Island 8:00 – 3:00



5/9 & 5/10 Research Paper Presentations


5/16- 5/20 Cedar Point physics day TBA


5/26 & 5/27 Power of the Pen State Competition



7th & 8th grade parents & families invited


Power of the Pen District Competition

Date: Saturday, January 23

Time: 9am – 3pm

Location: Tiffin Middle School 103 Shepherd Dr, Tiffin, OH 44883

Volunteers Needed: drivers, chaperones, and one judge

We will leave around 7am and should be home by 5pm

Students may pack a lunch or go out to lunch if there are enough drivers and chaperones

Please use the online sign up form to volunteer – thank you!