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    April 29, 2020
    Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach  communications@mvla.net / mobile: (760) 705-6919
    Every voice counts!

    Mountain View High School choir still singing together in virtual environment
    WHAT:  The closures of Bay Area schools have meant a move to distance learning and for teachers and students to exercise creativity and flexibility when it comes to collaborating together in all areas, but perhaps especially in the performing arts.
    Mountain View High School student vocalists are determined to make every voice count and to continue close collaboration, with the help of choir teacher Jill Denny.
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    Dream a Little Dream of Me” is a 1931 song with music by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt and lyrics by Gus Kahn. It was first recorded in February 1931 by Ozzie Nelson. Since then, it has seen more than 60 other versions recorded.
    Denny says the process is fairly involved – but worth it.
    “The most important thing that has little to do with the process but everything to do with the why.... every voice counts,” said Denny. “This is what brings the kids to the table. That’s what motivates them. Collaboration and commitment to each other.”
      “We still are working to create something beautiful together even though we are apart.  We are all better together, as an ensemble, as a choir, and we will continue to find ways to strengthen our community even while stay apart,” she added. “A lot of teachers are doing these types of videos but what I think makes our students really unique is how motivated the kids are to continue striving for excellence and to be part of a collaborative project.”
    Jill Denny, Choir Teacher, MVHS
    Cell: 408-515-2985
    ABOUT MOUNTAIN VIEW HIGH SCHOOL:  Mountain View High School is one of two comprehensive public high schools that serve the families of the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District. Mountain View High School serves a diverse student body of over 2,000 students. It has been recognized by the California Department of Education as a California Gold Ribbon School, citing its “Equal Opportunities Schools” program that identifies and supports first generation students taking rigorous academic courses. It has been consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top high schools by Newsweek. More than 95% of the Class of 2019 advanced to post-secondary schools.
    About the Mountain View Los Altos High School District
    The Mountain View Los Altos High School District (MVLA) reflects the diversity, ambitions and spirit of innovation of the Silicon Valley. We are proud to serve approximately 4,400 students from the communities of Mountain View, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills. MVLA is comprised of two comprehensive high schools, an alternative high school, an adult education center, the Freestyle Academy for Arts & Technology, and Middle College. Our comprehensive schools, Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School, are consistently ranked in the top 500 high schools nationally.
    The MVLA High School District is  located approximately 15 miles north of San Jose and 40 miles south of San Francisco. Our communities are home to a variety of high-tech firms including Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Intuit and Synopsys, as well as NASA-Ames. Learn more at www.mvla.net.
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