Raider Nation News

Week of April 27, 2020

Our New Norm

Dear Atholton Families,

We have now fully entered into our Continuity of Learning Plan. This past week marked the end of the third quarter and tomorrow is the start of the fourth and final quarter of the year. HCPSS clarified expectations for student attendance making it mandatory that students attend their designated period check-in and submit their weekly assignments. Please familiarize yourself with the high school schedule. Please make sure that students are attending their classes! An explanation of how a student’s attendance will be calculated can be found here. Feel free to reach out to our attendance secretary, Ms. Weinberg at should you have any questions. Our attendance policy officially starts tomorrow, April 27, 2020.

As we enter the last marking period of the school year, our attention turns to our seniors -- the Class of 2020. Slowly, and I am sure not fast enough for everyone, decisions are being made centrally regarding the end of year activities for our seniors. Hopefully, you should be aware of the first decision made -- the last day for seniors will be May 20, 2020. High schools are in the process of discussing ways to honor our seniors. One way we have decided to do so is through yard signs. Perhaps you have seen on social media the various pictures of senior yard signs. Don’t worry, our PTSA is in the process of preparing Atholton's signs for delivery! Don’t be surprised if one shows up on your lawn this week! HCPSS has created a website for the Class of 2020. You can find updates and information here as it becomes available. We are also in the process of preparing a virtual Senior Awards slideshow and we will continue our senior tradition of “Senior Stars” allowing our seniors to decorate their “google slide” for display on our webpage. Lastly, Mr. Senisi is working on Twitter feeds that will highlight our seniors from spring sports. Stay tuned for more information on all of these developments. We are doing our best to try and make this a memorable year for our seniors.

We want you to be aware of the several services offered to you and to students. We have virtual hours for our Media Center, virtual Front Office hours, and office hours for Students Services. Please make note of the following:

Front Office Hours (for GENERAL questions)

Mon - Fri 8:30am - 2:30pm at 240-342-6620 or at

Student Services / Counselor Hours

Counselor Office Hours: Mon - Fri 9:30am - 11:30 am and 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (email or phone)

Transcripts / Official Documents: Registrars: or

Advanced Placement (AP) Info:

Media Center Hours for Students

T, W, Th 11:30-1:30

Academic Support, Locating and Using Resources, Navigating Digital Tools, features, Technology access and troubleshooting, etc." but we are also available via email and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Additionally, we have prepared a simple “How To” for logging onto several HCPSS sites and resources. See the attachment below.

Finally, a PTSA long-standing tradition has been the recognition of our staff members that go above and beyond the call of duty. Please see below information on how to nominate a staff member for a PTSA Above and Beyond Award.

Wishing you all a fantastic week. Stay healthy and safe!


Robert A. Motley


Schedule for Distance Learning

By 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, teachers will have posted assignments in Canvas. Students will submit work through Canvas by 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020. Regular class check-ins will follow the schedule below. Teachers will share the meeting time with students via Canvas notification


  • Log on for weekly assignments (9:00 a.m.)

  • Period 4A Google Meet Check-In: 1:00-1:45 p.m. OR 2:00-2:45 p.m.


  • Period 1 Google Meet Check-in: 8:00-8:45 a.m. OR 9:00-9:45 a.m.

  • Period 4B Google Meet Check-in: 1:00-1:45 p.m. OR 2:00-2:45 p.m.


  • Period 2 Google Meet Check-in: 8:00-8:45 a.m. OR 9:00-9:45 a.m.

  • Period 5 Google Meet Check-in: 1:00-1:45 p.m. OR 2:00-2:45 p.m.


  • Period 3 Google Meet Check-in: 8:00-8:45 a.m. OR 9:00-9:45 a.m.

  • Period 6 Google Meet Check-in: 1:00-1:45 p.m. OR 2:00-2:45 p.m.


  • Submit assignments by 10:00 a.m.

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Important Information

AP Exam Important Information

The AP exam schedule is posted on the CollegeBoard COVID-19 page. CollegeBoard will be running two at home testing windows, May 11-22 and June 1-5. Please check the site for specific content exam dates. The June window is in place to provide options for students who experience technical difficulties or have scheduling conflicts. Students should prepare to sit for the May exam.

PTSA Above and Beyond Awards

Nominate Faculty & Staff Members for Above and Beyond Awards: Parents & Students, although we are not in the school building, the PTSA would still like to recognize faculty & staff members who have made a real difference and have gone “Above and Beyond” the normal call of duty this school year. Every year the PTSA presents “Above and Beyond Awards” to staff/faculty members who go out of their way and make the extra effort to support students. Staff members are recognized in three categories: Academic, Extracurricular, and Student Services/Support (e.g., office staff, Student Services, custodians). You can nominate one staff member in each category.

To submit your nomination(s):

Send an email to Michelle Maslan ( indicating:

Name of staff member you are nominating

The category for the nomination (Academic, Extracurricular or Student Services/Support), and

A few sentences explaining/supporting the nomination

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, May 15, 2020 and the winners will be announced at the staff meeting on Monday, June 8, 2020.

Mark Your Calendar

Distance Learning Schedule

  • Monday, 4/27 -- Log on to check for assignments
  • Tuesday - Thursday, 4/28 - 5/1 -- Period by Period Check Ins (see schedule)
  • Friday, 5/1 -- Assignments DUE by 10:00 a.m.

Last Day for Seniors -- May 20, 2020