The get-acquainted scavenger hunt yesterday by Broadneck Senior High School teachers in their new temporary home was relatively painless.
Well, one teacher was taken from Severn River Junior High School in a wheelchair.
But even music teacher Jane Daugherty managed to chuckle through her tears as her right ankle swelled and turned a blotchy purple.
"I'm never going to live this down," she said before paramedics wheeled her to an ambulance for a trip to Anne Arundel Medical Center.
Daugherty took a spill from a desktop when, swept up in the competitive spirit, she and other members of her team tried to remove a scavenger item -- a fake leg and arm hanging from a classroom ceiling -- to foil other teachers.
The classroom with the appendages was one of 15 sites and items the Broadneck teachers had to find in a search designed to familiarize them with the school building.
Broadneck High will be housed at Severn River this year while the Broadneck building is renovated and expanded.
That means Broadneck students, who attended Severn River in eighth and ninth grades, are expected to know their way around the building, while teachers are relative strangers to the hallways and the cave-like classroom clusters.
"It's a maze," said English teacher Carol Kenny as her scavenger group searched the second floor futilely for the room with the arm and the leg. "Broadneck was just a simple 'H.' "
A simple tour would not suffice, said Principal Linda Blackman.
"Our students know this building a lot better than we do," she told the 60 or so teachers assembled in the cafeteria before the hunt. "I don't actually learn something until I have to go and do it and use it and find something."
So off they went in groups of six to count the number of shower nozzles in the boys' locker room (25, including the one in the physical education teacher's office) and to note the color of cabinets in Room 232 (no such room).
In a scene out of any student's first-day-of-school nightmare, Maryann Orme searched row after row of slim orange lockers in front of the main office, looking for A162.
"This locker has got to be here," she said, marching up one row. "It's got to be right in here," she said, returning to where she started at A163.
Teammate Bruce Villwock, a health and physical education teacher, finally found A162 on the corner of the back row, an empty soda can decorating the bottom.
For special education teacher Anne Davis, the scavenger hunt was one more chance to brush up on her knowledge of the building.
"I think this is helpful, though I did come in a few times in the summer to check things out," Davis said. "I have a son who's here, and he knows it all, and I don't want to be at a disadvantage."
But the 1,093 students expected back next week will not rule the school simply because they can give teachers directions.
"It's been more of a fun way for kids to tease us," Blackman said. "We'll know our way around by the time the students come."
The teachers ended the morning's activities with a derriere-shaking lesson in the Macarena, the latest line-dance craze.
"It's been these kinds of upbeat things that get us all laughing," said algebra teacher Nancy Chell. "And it's all the laughing that pulls you through a really tough transition like this."
Pub Date: 8/22/96