“All is not BenNot Lost” by OK No

By Christa Reed

A few years ago, NPR’s The Tiny Desk moved from their old headquarters to a new facility. They wanted to go out with a bang and arrive at their new space in style. They got help from the catchy pop band OK Go, whose unforgettable videos have been viewed tens of millions of times on YouTube.

In 2016, we moved our oldest students into our newly renovated 35k sq ft campus at 955 W. Grand (previously a settlement house built in 1901). This past summer, we started construction on Phase II of our campus which adds 15k square feet for the 2019-20 school year. This will help us to welcome our newest 9th- and 10th-grade students. Our old smaller Fulton campus served as a very special place for our youngest learners, their families (30 early childhood classes over the years), and our faculty.  But we wanted our entire school community under one roof this past fall, and we accelerated the build-out of our larger campus. Our community is growing incredibly quickly and we are so proud to be a part of the West Town and West Loop neighborhoods.

We thank our families, faculty, friends, neighbors, developers, movers, shakers, candlestick makers (just kidding, we don’t know any of them) and construction crews. Our faculty band, OK No dedicates this music video to you.

Number of video takes: 60

Percent used in final version: 75

Number of cameras: 1

Number of seconds CEO, Cameron Smith spent in the elevator with OK No: 98

Number of times Ms. Bartolozzi hit the responsive classroom chime: 5

Number of times Ms. Bartolozzi accidentally hit her finger instead of the chime: 1 

Number of feet to walk from Fulton to Grand campus: 3,168 

Number of boxes it took to move: 242

Number of drum machines Ms. Villafuerte took home: 1

Number of teachers harmed during filming: 0

OK Go played “All Is Not Lost” from Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, with words tweaked by the All Songs Considered team. OK No played “All is BenNot Lost” from Of the Blue Colour of the Wall, with words tweaked by our own music teacher, Peter Granquist.

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