Halloween in a high school can be...distracting. Knowing we accomplish less when everyone is dressed up as Pac Man or the scientist from Back to the Future or Buffy the Vampire Slayer (hey, who was that?), I planned lessons where I knew I could accomplish everything planned in the time allowed. Which was good, because we had a fire.
Yep, I said that right. The costumes were NOT the most distracting thing.
We never have fire alarms 4th hour because of lunch, so when it went off 4th hour, my students and I were startled. I told them, "You know what to do!" so they dutifully went outside. We went back inside, then 10 minutes later were dismissed to lunch.
On the way to lunch we encountered a horrible smell in the hall. As soon as I started dishing up some food in the teacher's lunchroom (we had a potluck today), the alarm went off again. We went outside with our chili (it was actually chilly too--hard frost last night) and waited until we were allowed to come back in.
Turns out the money counter in the vault (I had no idea we had either) had started smoking, which started the first alarm. Then (and this is the funny part) when the fire department tried to blow the smoke out of the building, they set something on fire, which caused the second alarm.
No one was hurt, our evacuations went well, and we are left with great stories. To quote a kid in my 5th hour, "This was the best day ever."
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