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One day, several years ago, our school received numerous telephone complaints from our England Run neighbors. The nuisance complaints involved noisy and disorderly teenagers hiding in the shrubbery on the perimeter of our school, and alleged that kids were smashing cymbals together in the trees! Armed with walkie-talkies, school administrators immediately ran outside to find the perps. Mullen was outside with a class of eighth-graders at the far end of our parking lot; many had stopwatches. They were staring toward the trees, focusing ahead. Several students were raising havoc using cymbals in an experiment on the speed of sound. Neighbors were contacted; we enjoyed the levity.
Last year, we had a young substitute teacher covering one of the ground-floor sixth-grade classes. She came to me with a concern about a mysterious gray vehicle that was periodically driving by her window at varying speeds; the driver looked suspicious and was beeping his horn. She asked me to call the police. She and
Soon enough, I received another phone call from her. She had all the blinds closed, lights off, and the kids lying in fetal position on the floor. I ran outside, saw the vehicle whizzing by in the direction of 25 or so students, horn blaring. "Get out of the way!" I yelled. Turns out, it was Mullen, who was demonstrating the Doppler effect of sound to his students.
Hats off to Mullen and our cadre of creative teachers. You make learning fun, hands-on, and memorable!
Mr. Scheff is assistant principal of Gayle Middle School.