We at Virtual High School are excited to welcome our new bell to its final, permanent location at our office. Since 2014, our bell has patiently resided in various places around our office, waiting for a permanent place of honor. Our bell proved to be a great conversation piece with visitors who were interested in this heavy, large object sitting abjectly in a corner of the meeting room. The bell is approximately the same size as traditional school bells which would be rung to announce the beginning and end of each school day. The bell is made of brass and was crafted in a local Mennonite forge using traditional casting methods.
As a virtual, asynchronous school, VHS doesn’t use the bell in traditional ways. We are not tied to timelines, class times, or schedules that necessitate our use of a bell. Rather, for VHS, the bell is one way that we can acknowledge education in earlier times while we continue to take the lead in providing quality online education today. The VHS logo – the red apple – is another way that we recognize traditional educational symbols.
The Virtual High School office was built using timber from a local Mennonite sawmill. The white pine colonnade that you see in the adjacent picture was milled not far from the school, and virtually all of the work in constructing the school was done by local tradespeople. The colonnade affords a bright, open space for developers and the administration on our two floors. The VHS office, as you may or may not know, is a landmark, one with its own important history. Learn more about it here.
Help us name our bell
Our new bell needs a name! We want to ask for your assistance in choosing its name. Please comment on this blog post with your creative ideas. Virtual High School staff will then vote and the result will be posted here.
UPDATE (February 12th, 2016): The votes from the VHS staff have just been tallied . . . and the winning name is . . . DING CROSBY!