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Glenwood: Maryland Shakespeare Festival helps students at Glenwood Middle School get acquainted with the Bard

The eighth grade English students at Glenwood Middle School have spent the past few weeks studying Shakespeare, along with the help of four teachers/actors from the Maryland Shakespeare Festival.

Through the efforts of the school's English department, the PTSA and a grant from the Howard County Arts Council, the students had the opportunity to experience what it is like to prepare for and perform scenes from Romeo and Juliet.

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The Maryland Shakespeare Festival actors led the students in a variety of acting activities ranging from stage fighting to blocking.

In addition, the actors guided the students in how to effectively memorize and bring life to scenes. The residency concluded with a student performance, where they demonstrated their newly learned skills.

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A favorite summer activity for my son is fishing. This was a pastime that I also enjoyed when I was younger. It is a great activity to get youth outside and enjoy some fresh air.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be hosting some Hooked on Fishing Summer Clinics this summer for youth ages 8-15. This introductory fishing program will take place at the Patapsco Valley State Park, Avalon Area. Week-long clinics will begin on July 2 and end Aug. 3, with two sessions each day, 8-11 a.m. or noon-3 p.m.

DNR will supply all fishing gear, and the cost for these clinics are $15. For additional information, or to download a registration form, go to http://www.maryland.gov/education/hofnod.html or call Martha Shaum at 410-260-8721.

Plans are currently underway for the Howard High School Class of 1972 40-year reunion. The event will take place Oct. 13, from 7 p.m to midnight at Jilly's Bar and Grill in Ellicott City.

The reunion has been scheduled for the same day Howard's Homecoming. Make it a full day celebration by attending the game first and then meeting at Jilly's in the evening for light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

The cost is $12 per person. If you plan to attend and RSVP in advance (with payment), the cost is $10 per person.

For additional information, email howardclassof72@gmail.com.

As the school year winds down,those at Dayton Oaks Elementary School are very proud of their band students and the many who worked hard this past school year to memorize the various scales on their scale sheets.

Recognition goes to the many who have been named Scale Stars this school year.

The following students memorized the chromatic scale this year —Amy Waddington, Brayden Kloser and Eric Robinson, trumpet; Gabriel Brennan, Kayleigh Geibel and Brendan Lutz, bells; Matthew Messer, tuba; Gracen Alsheimer, and Aidan Seyala, alto sax; Nicholas Cho, clarinet; Zachary Chiacchierini, tenor sax; and Gregory Morris, flute.

Mastering the C Major Scale are Gregory Morris, flute; Lavila Jackson, Bronwyn Gallagher, Kayleigh Geibel, and Gabriel Brennan, bells; Pace Ockerman, oboe; Claire Waddington and Fionn Maguire, french horn; Gracen Alsheimer, Liam Slade and Aidan Seyala, alto sax; Amy Waddington, Colby Higgins, and Eric Robinson, trumpet; Nicholas Cho and Wenxi Ye, Clarinet; and Matthew Messer, tuba.

Learning the F Major Scale are Gregory Morris, flute; Amy Waddington, trumpet; Matthew Messer, tuba; James Murbach, Gracen Alsheimer, Liam Slade, and Aidan Seyala, alto sax; Nicholas Cho and Patrick McDermott, clarinet; Claire Waddington, french horn; and Pace Ockerman, oboe.

Memorizing the B Flat Major Scale are Gregory Morris, Emily Quisenberry, Jenni Cook, Asher Anand, Sarah Brewer and Jasmine Yoltay, flute; Matthew Messer, tuba; Kayleigh Geibel, bells; Claire Waddington and Fionn Maguire, french horn; Amy Waddington, Brayden Kloser, Jackson Stepherson, Janis Niv, and Colby Higgins, trumpet; Aidan Seyala, alto sax; Sean Krein and Teddy Cooke, trombone; Pace Ockerman, oboe; and Wenxi Ye, clarinet.

Mastering the E Flat Major Scale is Matthew Messer, tuba.

Memorizing the A Flat Major Scale are Gregory Morris, flute; Claire Waddington, french horn; Colby Higgins and Amy Waddington, trumpet.

Learning the G Major Scale were Gracen Alsheimer, Aidan Seyala, and Liam Slade, alto sax; Claire Waddington, french horn; Bronwyn Gallagher, Lavila Jackson, and Gabriel Brennan, bells; Gregory Morris, flute; Pace Ockerman, oboe; Colby Higgins and Amy Waddington, trumpet; and Nicholas Cho, clarinet.

Learning the D Major Scale are Pace Ockerman, oboe; Lavila Jackson, bells; Amy Waddington, trumpet; James Murbach, Liam Slade, Aidan Seyala and Gracen Alsheimer, alto sax; Claire Waddington, french horn; and Jennifer Cook, flute.

Learning the A Major Scale are Gabriel Brennan, Bells; Claire Waddington, french horn; James Murbach and Aidan Seyala, alto sax; and Nicholas Cho, clarinet.

Mastering the E Major Scale is James Murbach, alto sax.

Earning the title of Super Scale Stars — for learning all nine major scales to four sharps and ffour flats, as well as the chromatic scale — are fourth grader Jeffrey Du, alto sax, and fifth grader Ryan Van Gieson, trumpet. Congratulations to both boys for such an outstanding job and for their hard work and determination.

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