The beloved bell system which alerts us that classes have ended or that it is time to go to lunch has stopped working, without leaving a clue as to when it will be in working order again. In the meantime, while CCS transitions to the Swedish "Nobel System" of schooling, several teachers in the CCS community have taken it upon themselves to select a song or a recording that will end their class in lieu of a traditional bell. Here are a handful of their reported selections:
1. Mrs. Galindez has chosen to stick to her guns and simply play a recording of herself saying, "This video is for my Pre-Calculus class."
2. Mr. Sneller will play "Whatcha Say" by Jason Derulo, as it is a phrase his students often hear him say.
3. Mrs. Schimpf will end classes with an alarm set to "Something's Coming" from West Side Story, which she says has recently taken on new significance for her.
4. Mr. Meador selected something close to his heart by choosing "Up in Flames" by Andrew Michael Meador (available for streaming on Spotify)
5. Ms. Delamater did not need to select a replacement for the bell, as most of her students have already left the room before class is ended.
6. Mr. Jipping refused to comment, but students have reported hearing the Contact soundtrack at the end of his classes.
7. Mr. Davidson will not be using a replacement recording for the bell, as he believes that bells oppress the human mind by constructing a false sense of ephemerality.
8. Mrs. Hughes has no need for a bell, as she says she will instead simply continue telling her students to "LEAVE, GET OUT," at the end of class.
9. Mr. Faulkner has chosen to end his classes with a professional recording of the first movement of Rutter's "Gloria," if for no other reason than to give himself a break from hearing his students sing it.
10. Mr. Van Dyke plans to find a version of the Star-Spangled Banner played on hand bells. He has had no success in this venture thus far.
11. Chaplain Hutchinson, as a man of deep faith, will replace the missing bells with "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi, his favorite Christian artist.
12. Sra. Dyer will continue the language education by ending of class with "Me Voy" by Julieta Venegas.
13. Mrs. Love, in an attempt to assert her value to the CCS community, will employ "All You Need is Love" by The Beatles.
14. Mr. Bacon will remind his math students that he wasn't always a teacher by playing "The Marine's Anthem" once he is finished proving the Pythagorean Theorem.
15. And finally, Mrs. Lowe, always the humorist, plans to play "Low" by Flo Rida and T-Pain to give her students (many of whom were born in the same year the song was released) a fuller sense of their own history.