Amy Bejm Syversen, director of bands at Dayton Oaks Elementary School, recently sent me an update about the continued hard work by all of her band students.

As we near the end of the school year, several band students have attained the status of Super Scale Stars — each of the following students have memorized all of their scales up to four sharps and four flats — that is a total of 10 scales, all by memory. Congratulations to fifth graders Jenni Cook (Flute), Wenxi Ye (Clarinet) and Jeffrey Du (Alto Sax), as well as fourth grader Gregory Morris (Alto Sax), for attaining this great accomplishment.

In addition, the following Dayton Oaks Elementary School students have been named as Band Musicians for the Month of May: Christopher Howze (Trumpet), Gracen Alsheimer (Tenor Sax), Sean Krein (Trombone), Sam Lerner (Trumpet), David Ridenour (Trombone), Mia Ehrlich (Trumpet), Jake Grimm (Trumpet) and Ashton Stroud (Trumpet).

Each of these students have worked hard through the school year, practicing with their band instruments and exhibiting positive attitudes. Keep up the great work.

The Glenelg United Methodist Church Community Concert Series is proud to offer a free program entitled "Java & Jazz" on Saturday, June 8, beginning at 6:30pm.

This unique program will feature the Kenny Rittenhouse Jazz Quartet. Kenny Rittenhouse has led his own jazz quartet for the past 15 years, performing in and around the Washington area. He has performed with many great jazz artists including Larry Willis, Ralph Peterson, Don Braden, Buck Hill, and Steve Wilson.

So, make plans to visit the fellowship hall, as it is transformed into a trendy coffee house.

The River Hill High School Theatre Arts Department announces auditions for the November 2013 production of "Peter Pan — The Musical." All auditions will take place June 5-7 at River Hill High School, according to the following schedule: Wednesday, June 5, for all River Hill Students (including rising freshmen) from 2:30 to 5:30. Thursday, June 6, will be for all other Howard County elementary and middle school students from 4:30 to 7:30. Contact Pam Land (pland@hcpss.org) to request a detailed audition information packet.

The school year is slowly starting to wind down, and students at Glenwood Middle School have a lot to be proud of as they reflect on the year.

They focused time and energy raising funds for many organizations. At the beginning of the school year, last fall, the school held a Football Frenzy, where students raised $2,889. In early winter, the eighth grade participated in a Bowl-A-Thon, where $4,650 was collected. The funds raised from both of these events, provided a nice donation ($7,540 to be exact) to the Children's Cancer Foundation.

The fundraising theme continued during the school's annual Midnight Madness event. This great tradition allows Glenwood Middle School students to play basketball games during their related arts classes and after school until midnight. Next to Outdoor Education, Midnight Madness is one of the most popular Glenwood Middle School events, and usually one of the best memories for former Glenwood Middle School students. For the past few years, Glenwood Middle School has used Midnight Madness as a way to support different needs in the community and other organizations worldwide, by raising funds for groups such as the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, and Disaster Releif.

This year, students continued their fundraising efforts, raising $9,200. The theme of this year's Midnight Madness was Stand Up, Don't Stand By, which reflects one of the places where money was donated. In addition, funds were also donated to four scholarships for Glenelg High School seniors, as well as Sam Forman's Relay for Life team, and to different anti-bullying organizations.

In addition, LEO Club members collected several hundred rolls of paper towels and toilet paper, and other paper products, all of which were donated to the food bank.

As I conclude this column, I must share that it will be my last column. It is somewhat bittersweet, as I reflect on the many years I have spent sharing community news. I have seen changes, not only within my own household, but also within the community.

When I began writing this column, my oldest (and at the time only child), had just turned 1. Today, 20 years later, she has just completed her junior year of college . In that 20 years, I also gave birth to two other children — one who graduated from Glenelg High School this year, and another who is just completing her sophomore year at Glenelg. Not only have I had the joy of watching my own children grow, but I have enjoyed the opportunity to share news from other proud parents as their children have grown up too.

I want to thank the many who have been kind enough to share community news with me through the years. I hope that you have enjoyed reading these columns as much as I have enjoyed writing them. The community news section of the Howard County Times has long been a favorite of mine (long before I had the opportunity to write one), and I will continue to look forward to reading this section of the paper each week.

Editor's note: Any person interested in writing this weekly column should contact David Sturm at 410-332-6526 or dsturm@tribune.com.