The school’s Christmas assembly is going to be on Friday, December 15th in the auditorium. Students will be able to see some of the performing art programs entertain with some holiday dances, songs and instrumental Music. “This has been a tradition at MVHS, for as long as I can remember” said Mr. Bowman, the orchestra and band director. The band and orchestra are performing “Sleigh Ride,” “Polar Express” and more. Orchesis is going to perform two dances called “Deneig,” which means snowflake and another dance called “Angels among us.” There will be more dances performed by the other dance companies as well. Chamber Choir is singing their traditional “Fruit Cake” song. Mr. Taylor said that he “hates this song, it’s atrocious ... and they know how I feel, but they still do it anyways.” A capella is also singing some Christmas songs.
Mountain View Clubs and students are planning and contributing to charities this holiday season in an effort to give back. FCCLA contributes to the Festival of Trees every year. All of the proceeds go to Primary Children’s Hospital. This year, FCCLA made decorated jars full of treats and peppermint bark to add to the sales at The Festival of Trees. HOSA then accompanied them on a field trip to the festival on December 1st. “I love that we’ve been able to do this,” said Chloe Harmon, FCCLA president. “It’s always such a fun field trip, and it feels really good doing something for charity.” The jars of treats seemed to be a big hit at the festival. One of the FCCLA members said that they saw a woman buy about five of the small containers. The AEA (Alpine Education Association) also decorated a tree for the Festival of Trees this year, which is something they have done for the past two years. In addition to the work of these clubs and teachers, HOSA also contributed to charity by selling candles this holiday season. “It’s awesome to be able to help people in need,” said Hailey Johnson, HOSA president. Sub-for Santa is also an ongoing fundraiser being held at Mountain View High School. It is led by Bruin Crew. “The money goes to children in our community who aren’t going to get a Christmas,” said Savanna Dee, a member of Bruin Crew. In order to raise money, Bruin Crew held on auction. Students were allowed to bid on their fellow peers to get a date held and organized by Bruin Crew. Sub-for Santa also allows people to donate all the way through the 15th of December. Latinos in Action is also participating in its traditional yearly service project by once again doing the Teddy Bear Drive. Students and faculty can donate teddy bears by bringing them to school and placing them in the labeled yellow boxes near the front office. Mountain View students can also make individual efforts to aid those in need by donating old toys, baking treats for the less fortunate or shoveling snow off a neighbor’s driveway, among many other service activities. Junior Nicole Meyer said, “The holiday season is about giving back. Look to the person next to you, and think about what you can do for them.”
All six of Mountain View High School’s award-winning choirs are going to be going on a trip to Salt Lake City to go sing at various places around Temple Square. “Temple Square does performances all throughout December...in six or seven different locations... so we just sign up for those slots,” explained the choir teacher, Mr. Taylor. Going to downtown Salt Lake enables the choirs to perform more and celebrate Christmas in a unique way. “The students really like it, because they get a lot of down time. There will be three performances, and in between each, they can kind of cruise around City Creek Mall and downtown Salt Lake,” says Taylor. Most choir students are super excited to go because they know it’s going to be a blast. “There is more music written for Christmas than any other time, season, or holiday ever! I mean, so much more. Musically speaking, it is the best time of the year,” exclaimed Taylor. It is a great time for choirs to go out and perform all of these amazing songs. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and singing is one of the best ways to celebrate it!