On December 11, 2015, the school had a holiday party! We celebrated the holiday season by opening our Secret Santa presents. Every year we choose Santa’s Deputy and two elves. These acts are usually played by the 8th and 7th graders. This year Mia was Santa’s Deputy and Natasha and Caroline were the two elves. After everyone received their gifts, each class returned to their classrooms and prepared for the talent show.
The families of the students started to arrive and the talent show began. Everyone in the school participated in The Grinch Play, partly written by our music teacher, Mrs. Schmitt. We called it “The Grinch Who Stole the Hillwood Show.”
The cast included Finn as the Grinch, Grace and Savannah were the narrators, Leo was the Grinch’s dog, and Mia was the MC. During the play, Hillwood students performed songs, mini plays, and dances. It was a night to remember, but not for the Grinch. The Grinch stayed grumpy as ever just as the dialogue was written in the original play. Eventually, the Grinch enjoyed the play after seeing the parents and kids still having a blast.
After the show, the families went up to the Grantzs’ living room for food, beverages, and to enjoy themselves and interact with the parents. The upper graders went out for Starbucks, and the younger kids had an option of playing outside or watching a movie. After about 30 minutes, all the students went upstairs and got food. After the older kids ate, they were allowed on electronics. At around five, people started to leave.
Overall, the talent show and holiday party was successful and fun. Everyone enjoyed the change in the talent show. Mrs. Grantz said, “I thought that it was fantastic this year. I thought that it was a great idea. The parents loved it."