The physical education program at Folly Quarter Middle School is designed to engage students in activities that they can continue for a lifetime.

In spring 2012, Folly Quarter introduced a number of students to Learn2Tri, a triathlon unit with support from the Columbia Triathlon Association.

This school year, all students participated in Learn2Tri after their return from spring break. For students, an active lifestyle is one of the most important factors in eliminating the epidemic of childhood obesity. Folly Quarter looks forward to introducing triathlons as a lifelong activity for students.

In celebration of Folly Quarter's 10th anniversary, the school is planning a 10k Duathlon to give students an opportunity to experience what it is like to compete in a race.


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The duathlon will consist of a run/bike/run, and is open to Folly Quarter students and parents. Each portion of the two runs will be about one to 1.25 miles in length, while the bike portion will be a four-mile ride (out and back to Dayton Oaks Elementary School).

Folly Quarter is extending an opportunity to local businesses to sponsor the event.

Sponsorships of $75 (silver level) or $150 (gold level) are offered. Sponsors will have their company logo displayed on the back of the duathlon shirt along with an invitation to join the event on May 25. To learn more or to become a sponsor, contact John Eckstrom at jeckstrom@hcpss.org.

On May 18, the Glenelg High School Jazz Ensemble will hold its annual Jazz Under the Stars picnic dinner and concert at the beautiful Chapel View Farm in Woodbine. This year Deanna Bogart will be the special guest artist.

Enjoy a wonderful catered picnic dinner, and settle down on the beautiful country hillside for a concert by the outstanding Glenelg Jazz Ensemble.

The picnic will begin at 5 p.m., followed by an entertaining night of music under the stars. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets, and get ready to swing.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Check http://www.glenelgbands.com for more information.

Tickets — Adults, $30; Children under 12, $17; under 5, free — pay for dinner and the concert. For more information on tickets, see any marching unit member or go to http://www.glenelgbands.com/JazzUnder.html. No ticket sales at the gate, so don't delay!

All proceeds benefit the Glenelg Marching Unit Boosters.

On April 13, community members gathered on the Howard County side of the Triadelphia Lake watershed area for a spring cleanup. There were 25 large bags of debris collected — clearly demonstrating the need for this kind of community cleanup effort.

Assisting with the cleanup were Kathy Bird; John, Christean, Kai and Becket Christensen; Leslie Englehart; Matt and Peter Heimlicher; Randal Koster; Jeffery Marquart; Ann and George Mech; Jim Monsees; Bob Sturm; and Susan Wilensky.

Sandy August, community outreach coordinator for Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, expressed her appreciation to Ann and George Mech, for organizing the cleanup and for their "faithful stewardship of the watershed property."

If you have an eighth-grader who is interested in dance and will attend Glenelg High School in the fall, the 2013-2014 Glenelg Dance Team is looking for you (as well as current ninth-, 10th- and 11th-graders interested in dance).

The Dance Team performs at football and basketball games, and also joins the band on their spring trip. In addition, the team also competes in local, regional and national level dance competitions and events. To date, the team has won 26 state championship titles and nine national titles.

Audition clinics are 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the following dates in the school dance room: Monday, May 6, Tuesday, May 7, and Wednesday, May 8. Formal auditions (by invitation only) are May 9, starting at 4:30 p.m. Interested students should come dressed to dance (loose, comfortable clothing, aerobic or dance shoes) and bring plenty of water.

For additional information regarding the tryouts, call Terry Lee Newsome, Dance Team director, at 410-313-7621 or email tnewsome@hcpss.org.