Veteran teacher always provides fun, entertaining music program

Each year for the holidays, teacher Synneva Meldahl at West Side Elementary School puts together a new, fun and adorable Christmas program.

This year’s program was called “A Christmas Showcase” and featured some of the classic songs such as “Silent Night,” “This Little Light of Mine,” “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and many more.

First-grade teacher Tammy Beyer said, “Mrs. Meldahl does an amazing job with the kids. She makes it fun and is excited about music, that really carries through to the kids and the music.”

Throughout the program you could see the excitement on the student’s faces as they sang through the favorite tunes. There were several parts where students told a Christmas themed joke before returning to the stage to continue on with the next song. 

“I thought it was fabulous! The added jokes were a nice little touch,” West Side teacher Kayla Vine said with a smile.

The program also featured songs “Christmas Day,” “Small Packages,” “O Tannenbaum” and “Winter Fantasy.” 

Cathy Wieferich, first-grade teacher at West Side, said, “Oh my gosh, she’s [Meldahl] amazing. She goes over and above and plans this months in advance. She always tries to make it as special as she can and she loves her job for sure!”

Wieferich’s class was featured in the program during their “Call Rudolph” mini skit. Students were even wearing cute little reindeer antlers and had the crowd smiling. Vine’s class also took part in a skit called “Three Little Christmas Trees” and featured students as trees and even an ax bearer.

Teacher Evonne Fulham said, “Mrs. Meldahl did an awesome job. She started practicing with the kids back in September. They’re all so talented, I really enjoyed it.” 

She added the students hadn’t practiced together as a whole until the day before the performance.

First-grade teacher Tanya Lauckner said, “It was quite amazing and she [Meldahl] was great organizing. The decorations were all so great!”

Meldahl said,  ”They did such an amazing job. I’ve been working with them for six weeks, every other day. I just want them to keep up the good work.”


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