With a continued rise in COVID-19 cases in Teton County and a strong desire to keep students learning in school, many school districts have made major changes to annual Christmas concerts.
Choteau Elementary School will not hold a Christmas program this year. The elementary students will make Christmas cards and art to be distributed throughout the community. Choteau music teacher Rose Carlson will share Christmas music with the students as they work on their cards and artwork this holiday season.
The Power School District music department will present Christmas programs this year, but the concerts will be different in delivery. To limit crowd size, the school district is asking only two parents from each family attend the concert.
The two concerts will be in the Power school gym starting at 6 p.m. The preschool through sixth grade concert will be held on Dec. 15 and the seventh grade through senior concert on Dec. 16.
The two concerts will also be live-streamed on nfhsnetwork.com. School officials said they are working to provide better sound quality for the concerts.
Dutton/Brady music teacher Luke Juras will be producing a holiday video concert to share with families and community members. Students will perform during school hours without a live audience from the public. The video will be ready to watch on Friday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend the virtual watch party on Google Meet by going to https://meet.google.om/kvd-jvx-kit on a smart phone, computer or tablet. The performance will also be hosted on YouTube as an unlisted video. Those wishing to access this way will need a private link. The link will be available after the watch party. It will be sent to those on the school district’s mailing list. It can also be obtained by contacting the school office.
Greenfield Elementary School is planning an evening of outdoor music in Fairfield on Dec. 17 starting at 6:30 p.m. The students will be divided in groups and will be caroling around the town. If weather does not allow the school to present their holiday “concert” that evening, they have set alternative dates of Dec. 17 or 21.
Fairfield High School and junior high students have filmed most of their pieces and will be releasing their compilation, they hope before Christmas break, said Fairfield Principal Courtney Bake. The elementary school’s production will be filmed and released after Christmas. The school district has released videos through its Facebook page and the school website.