Miami Public Schools will celebrate Christmas differently this year. Two Miami Elementary Schools will have a Christmas program and the other two schools will have a spring concert.
The new music teacher for all four Miami Elementary Schools, Jessica Utz, moved from Fort Smith, Arkansas, to begin her first year at MPS. She has been spending two days a week at one elementary school for each nine weeks.
Rockdale and Wilson Elementary Schools will have their Christmas program Tuesday evening at the Coleman Theatre.
“It will be a free show, so no money needs to be paid,” Utz said. “The shows will be at different times. The songs that the kids are singing are not your usual Christmas carols. They will be singing songs that I found that will have Christmas elements, but it will be songs you wouldn’t normally hear at Christmas time. It should be a good show.”
Roosevelt and Washington Elementary Schools will not have a Christmas program this year, but will have a spring concert instead.
“The principals and I agreed that we will do a Christmas program for Rockdale and Wilson Elementary, the same night at different times,” Utz said. “The other two schools, Roosevelt and Washington Elementary will have a spring concert towards the end of the year.”
Area schools with upcoming Christmas programs and the dates of Christmas break include:
Miami Public Schools
Miami Public School students will be on Christmas break Dec. 21 through Jan. 4.
Students will visit the Coleman Theatre Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. for its Christmas program. Students will sing unique songs relating to Christmas. The Coleman Theatre is located at 103 North Main Street in Miami.
The students will participate in a Christmas sing-a-long at 9 a.m. Friday in the school’s commons area.
Students will visit Santa Claus at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Security Bank. They will have the opportunity to take photos with Santa and receive a treat bag.
Friday, students will leave at 8:30 a.m. to see the movie “Alvin and the Chipmunks” at the Miami Cineplex as a Christmas present from the school. There will also be a Christmas party at the school at 2 p.m. Friday.
Wilson students will visit the Coleman Theatre for their Christmas program Tuesday at 7 p.m. Students will sing unique songs relating to Christmas.
Commerce Public Schools
Commerce Public School students will be on Christmas break Dec. 21 through Jan. 4.
Tuesday, students will have the opportunity to take photos with Santa. The school will be selling 5-inch by 7-inch portraits with Santa for $3. The students will also get to watch the movie “Polar Express” on Dec. 17.
Commerce Middle and High School
The 2015 high school and middle school Christmas concert will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Northeastern A&M Fine Arts Auditorium. Songs being performed include “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Up on the Housetop.” An original play called, “What Christmas Means To Me” by Jason S. Dunn will be also be performed. The school’s art show will start before the concert at 6:30 p.m.
Commerce High School
Friday, the high school will participate in Miss Merry Christmas at 1 p.m. in the high school gymnasium sponsored by the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). The student body will elect a student to receive the Miss Merry Christmas crown.
Elementary students will performing songs in a Christmas program called, “A Veggie Tales Christmas” at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the high school gymnasium.
Quapaw Elementary School students will be on Christmas break Dec. 21 through Jan. 4.
The school will have its regular monthly assembly at 8:10 a.m. Friday followed by a gift exchange. Each day that the students do not get in trouble from Thanksgiving to December, they will receive a ticket for chances to receive a new toy at the gift exchange.
Fairland Elementary students will be on Christmas break Dec. 21 through Jan. 4.