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Back To School Edition

Welcome Back to School!

In just one week, we will officially begin the 2018 – 2019 school year. I am excited for the first day, and as much as I hate to see the less structured days of summer end, I cannot wait for the opportunity to meet students. We are in for a great year! I know the faculty and staff are just as eager as I am to get going, and of the few students I have already met, they are ready to be “back” as well.

I am deeply impressed and inspired by our teacher’s commitment to provide our students the best possible education, while giving them the experiences and encouragement to build confidence and thrive as they prepare for the next stage of their lives. Over this past week during faculty meetings, we focused on ways to make that even more powerful this year, concentrating on improving the student experience for ALL as we seek to define what it means to be a part of the Atholton community.

As we look ahead to this school year, there will be a some changes. I’ll share a few things now:

  • In order to reduce distractions and keep our students focused on being present in the moment, we are asking all headgear to be removed upon entering the building. This includes:

o Hats and hoods (hoodies)

o Earbuds

o Over the ear headphones (Beats, etc.)

o Students may use their earbuds and headphones during their lunch period

  • We ask that all students arrive to school ON TIME (by 7:25 am)
  • Food and drink (except for water) will be consumed only in the cafeteria.

We are asking for your support as we seek to create a highly effective learning environment.

Let me assure you, this is going to be a banner year for Atholton. We are in the process of preparing for a special Senior Kickoff-- more information to follow.

In closing, I am thrilled to return to this amazing community and I thank you all for entrusting Atholton with your most precious gems – your children.


Robert A. Motley


Important Information

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New Student Orientation

Please join us on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 8:45am - 11:30am for New Student Orientation. This is a great opportunity for students to meet their peers, teachers, visit each class and learn a few tips from Upperclassmen. We also have a session planned for parents. All are welcome and encouraged to come.

Students please bring your schedules!

Questions can be directed to Adrienne Nasir ( or 410-313-7065.

Schedule Changes

By now, all students should have received their schedules for this school year. Please be advised that after August 30th, schedule changes will only be made for the following reasons:

  • student is missing a class
  • student passed a summer school course and needs to update their schedule
  • student is taking a class at HCC and needs to update their schedule (prior approval is required)
  • student needs a course to graduate and it is not included in their schedule.

Senior College Information Night

Atholton High School Student Services will be hosting a Senior College Information Night on Wednesday, September 12th at 6:30pm in the auditorium.

You may attend with your high school senior or attend on your own. The event will include a presentation on the HCPSS college application process, a presentation on getting started with the financial aid process, and a Q&A panel with local college representatives from University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Towson, Salisbury, Johns Hopkins, McDaniel, and Howard Community College.

Mark Your Calendar

August 30 -- New Student Orientation (8:45am - 11:30am)

September 4 -- First Day of School

September 6 -- Back To School Night (6:30 pm)

September 10 -- School Closed

September 12 -- Senior Parent Information Night

September 19 -- School Closed