Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton: Middle schoolers get firsthand account of World War II from a WASP

Folly Quarter Middle School was pleased to welcome a guest speaker just prior to Thanksgiving. Elaine Harmon, a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII, spent time sharing with students and their families her World War II experiences.

Elaine was a member of a special group of about 1,100 women named Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, who were some of the first women in history trained to fly American military aircraft. Elaine received her pilot's license at the College Park airport and received her college degree from the University of Maryland in 1938.

As a WASP, Elaine, and other women, risked their lives in the new field of flight, training glider pilots and ferrying military equipment (and breaking gender barriers in the process). It was a great treat for students to hear Elaine's story, and learn about World War II from someone who experienced it firsthand.

Glenelg High School will present its fall drama production, the musical comedy, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Thursday and Friday, Dec. 1-3.

Directed by Drama teacher Sue Miller, the show, which has been edited to a family friendly version (the Broadway version was a bit more racy), will be presented with the audience onstage.

Because of this unique seating arrangement, only 100 tickets will be sold for each of the performances. At each performance, four audience members will be selected to participate in the show, along with the 12 student cast members.

Show times are Dec. 1 and 2, 7 p.m.; and Dec. 3, 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold in the school office for $10 apiece. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door prior to each performance.

The Howard County Police Department will be conducting its Collision Avoidance Training class Dec. 9-10. The C.A.T. program is an advance defensive driving and vehicle control program for drivers ages 16-20. The two day program (12 hours) is designed to provide young drivers with the knowledge and understanding of vehicle dynamics.

The first day of the program is classroom instruction (four hours). The classroom portion of the program gives students a better understanding of why the vehicle responds the way it does and prepares them for the behind-the-wheel exercise on the driving course. The second day is the behind-the-wheel training course (eight hours).

This course provides practical exercises that demonstrate how the vehicle responds in a given situation or how to regain control of the vehicle once it is out of control. The driving skills addressed in the program are: evasive maneuvers, threshold/emergency braking, forward serpentine, cornering, backing, reverse serpentine, and skid and off-road recovery.

During the behind-the-wheel training, students operate their own vehicles. Prior to the start of the training, each vehicle is inspected by an instructor to ensure that the vehicle is in good operational condition. Then each student, accompanied by a Howard County Police officer, begins practicing the different driving skills/maneuvers.

Each student must successfully complete each driving skill/maneuver in order to receive a certificate of completion. If the student does not satisfactory complete the course, they are given the option of coming to another session in order to complete the course. This second session would be at no cost to the student.

The Howard County Police Department prides itself on making a difference and providing quality services to the citizens of this county. One of the goals of the Police Department is to continue to promote traffic safety within the County.

The cost for the two-day class is $95. For additional information regarding this training, call Carolyn Bennett at 410-313-3758.

At the beginning of the school year, I shared the names of the first Band Scale Stars of the year from Dayton Oaks Elementary School. Now that students have been back to school for several months, they have been working hard practicing their instruments for band, and trying to master the various musical scales.

Congratulations to the following students who have earned 100 Coda Bucks for each scale played by memory. The real challenge and reward comes when a student can memorize all scales on their scale sheet – while this has not yet been accomplished this year, you can bet there will be several who complete this challenge before the end of the school year.

In the meantime a pat on the back and a 'keep up the great work!' goes out to the following students for mastering their scales: Chromatic Scale, fourth-graders Amy Waddington (trumpet), Gabriel Brennan (bells), and Brendan Lutz (bells) and fifth-graders Kayleigh Geibel (bells) and Ryan Van Gieson (trumpet).

Mastering the C Major Scale are third-graders Gregory Morris (flute) and Gracen Alsheimer (alto sax), fourth-graders Lavila Jackson (bells), Bronwyn Gallagher (bells), Gabriel Brennan (bells), Pace Ockerman (oboe), Claire Waddington (French horn), Fionn Maguire (French horn), Amy Waddington (trumpet), Jeffrey Du (alto sax), and Liam Slade (alto sax) and fifth-graders Ryan Van Gieson (trumpet) and Kayleigh Geibel (bells). Learning the F Major Scale are third-grader Gregory Morris (flute), fourth-grader Amy Waddtington (trumpet) and fifth- grader Ryan Van Gieson (trumpet).

The following students have mastered the B Flat Major Scale: third grader Gregory Morris (flute), fourth-graders Amy Waddington (trumpet), Claire Waddington (French horn), and Fionn Maguire (French horn), and fifth-graders Matthew Messer (tuba) and Kayleigh Geibel (bells).

Earning Coda Bucks for learning the A Flat Major Scale are third-grader Gregory Morris (flute) and fourth-grader Claire Waddington (French horn).

Students who have learned the G Major Scale include third-grader Gracen Alsheimer (alto sax), as well as fourth-graders Jeffrey Du (alto sax), Amy Waddington (trumpet), Liam Slade (alto sax), Claire Waddington (French horn), Bronwyn Gallagher (bells), Lavila Jackson (bells), and Gabriel Brennan (bells).

Band students that have mastered the D Major Scale include Jeffrey Du (alto sax), Amy Waddington (trumpet), Lavila Jackson (bells), James Murbach (alto sax), and Pace Ockerman (oboe) and fifth-grader Ryan Van Gieson (trumpet). Fourth-grader Gabriel Brennan (bells) has also learned the A Major Scale.

Don't forget, the Glenwood Lions Club will be sponsoring a community blood drive Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Glenwood. The American Red Cross will be on hand to accept blood donations.

To schedule a donation appointment, please contact Betty Frey at 443-629-2360 or e-mail You can also contact the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-27677) to find out about other donation locations.

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