August 21, 2017


We had a good eclipse day at Lincoln Lutheran. I had my tech crew kids make some really big pin-hole cameras (or, as we like to call them, camerae obscura) over the past few days. We had some boxes that were 2 x 2 x 6, so you could fit two people’s heads into them (or one person with two heads, I guess). About 50 people got to use the boxes.

We didn’t spend a lot of time outside. Maybe 40 minutes total. It was a little cloudy, but you could still see what was going on, and totality was awesome. Lots of parents showed up. We had blankets, folding chairs, an outdoor speaker system with music, and at least one welding helmet.


We got the welding helmet about 22 years ago at a surplus store in Maryland. It has seen use on at least two occasions for Hat Day at school, but other than that, it has been quietly biding its time in the basement, storing up spiders and waiting for an eclipse. Well done, welding helmet. Well done.


Oh, and I changed our bell tone for between classes to 15 seconds of Total Eclipse of the Heart. I don’t know if any of the students knew the song, but all of the teachers groaned.

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Lloyd Sommerer is a middle/high school teacher who likes to build websites, read books, grow beards, make fun of Lauren’s prototypes and eat the sauce of the picante.

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3 Responses to “Eclipsed”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Ha! The bell change was inspired! On the Concordia event live stream, I heard “Steal my Sunshine”. I pointed it out to my students, but they didn’t know what I was talking about.

    Awesome welding helmet.


  2. Kristi Said on:

    At totality, the sound system in Hampton’s ball park played “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” One off the earlier songs was “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone.” Fun stuff.

    By the way, that welding helmet was MADE for Lloyd. Nobody can wear it like he does.


  3. Jill Said on:

    No one can pull off a welding helmet like you, Lloyd. Well done.


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