Raider Nation News

Week of June 10, 2019

Weclome Class of 2023!

Dear Atholton Families,

My apologies for the lack of a newsletter last week. I injured myself last weekend which forced me to recuperate for a few days (even into the early week!). I am much better now and ready to resume the Sunday routine :-) .

There are only two weeks of school left. HCPSS has released the final exam schedule (see below). Please remember that no teacher is allowed to administer exams BEFORE the county-wide designated date. For those students with excused absences, exams may be taken in the summer once this has been arranged with the teacher.

As I have mentioned in previous newsletters, our current PTSA President, Kim Lowe and the majority of the Executive Board will be leaving (graduated seniors). Congratulations! I want to publicly acknowledge all of the hard work and effort this year of Ms. Lowe and her team as they worked so tirelessly to provide quality programs, opportunities, and recognition for our students and staff. Sometimes there is a tendency to take things for granted and not realize all of the hard work behind the scenes that went into making a fundraiser, an event, and even an entire year a success. Thank you again!

I want to thank the Atholton community for answering our calls for volunteers to step up and replace our outgoing PTSA Executive Board. At the last meeting, held on May 28, I am thrilled to report that a full slate of volunteers was nominated for the 2019 – 2020 school year. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Monica Lewis as our new PTSA President. Having served as the Corresponding Secretary this past year, Ms. Lewis is poised to assume the leadership of our parent, teacher, and student organization with the help of her new board (below). I am excited to work with everyone and looking forward to getting our teachers and students more involved this coming year.

President: Monica Lewis
1st Vice President: Dede Matrangola
2nd Vice President: Laurie Mowrey
Recording Secretary: Kristin Smoot
Corresponding Secretary: Sue Clemens
Treasurer: Hongfei Zhou

PTCHC Representatives: Lisa Rhodes and Tonya Davis

Two weeks ago we bid a fond farewell to the Class of 2019. This week, we welcomed (for a two hour visit) the Class of 2023 -- 8th graders from Clarksville, Hammond, Murray Hill, and Wilde Lake Middle Schools. The wide-eyed middle schoolers had a tour of the building, heard from a panel students, and attended an activity fair in the gymnasium where clubs and sports teams could ‘recruit’ from the incoming class. Overall, it was a successful day with our future Raiders excited about their transition to Atholton.

On a similar note – transitioning to high school, you may have heard that next year will bring some changes in our Student Services department. We will have a dedicated 9th grade counselor, which will require the caseloads of all our counselors to shift. Research has shown that a dedicated 9th grade team (administrator, counselor, teaching team) significantly increases the success of students making the transition from middle to high school. We all know the importance of this transition! Below are the tentative counselor assignments for the 2019 – 2020 school year:






The counselors of our rising seniors will still complete all the necessary information for college applications and the world of work. This includes any recommendations or forms that need to be completed. We recognize that there is never an ideal time to make this kind of change. However, if your rising senior has built a significant relationship with a counselor, please know that he or she may still seek the counselor’s advice.

Finally, you may have heard that Board of Education will be conducting a boundary review for the school system. Below is more information on this process. There will be a meeting at Atholton this summer on July 16. Please mark your calendars.

Have a fantastic week!


Robert A. Motley


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Tuesday, June 18 (Full day of school; B Day)

  • Period 1 Exam, 7:25-9:05 a.m.
  • Period 2 Class, 9:10-9:50 a.m.
  • Period 3 Class, 9:55-10:35 a.m.
  • Period 4B Class and lunch, 10:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
  • Period 5 Class, 12:45-1:25 p.m.
  • Period 6 Class, 1:30-2:10 p.m.

Wednesday, June 19 (Schools Dismiss Three Hours Early)

  • Period 2 Exam, 7:25-9:05 a.m.
  • Brunch, 9:05-9:25 a.m.
  • Period 3 Exam, 9:30-11:10 a.m.

Thursday, June 20 (Schools Dismiss Three Hours Early)

  • Period 4A Exam, 7:25-9:05 a.m.
  • Brunch, 9:05-9:25 a.m.
  • Period 4B Exam, 9:30-11:10 a.m.

Friday, June 21 (Schools Dismiss Three Hours Early; Last Day of School)

  • Period 5 Exam, 7:25-9:05 a.m.
  • Brunch, 9:05-9:25 a.m.
  • Period 6 Exam, 9:30-11:10 a.m.

HCPSS Boundary Review Process

This past January, the Board of Education directed that HCPSS initiate a systemwide school boundary review, which could potentially impact any or all of the 74 comprehensive schools in our county beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. This review will begin on June 13 with the presentation of the 2019 Feasibility Study and is critical due to population growth that has resulted in crowding at many schools while schools in other areas are underutilized.

Families are encouraged to remain informed and engaged throughout the process and there will be multiple opportunities for you to participate. As Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano said earlier this week, a successful outcome for this process depends directly on the level of respect, empathy and careful listening that we as adults model for our children. We must remember that they will follow our lead in responding positively to the challenges and changes that are inevitable throughout life. I ask our community to practice civility during what can be an emotional process.

Please be sure to visit the boundary review page on the HCPSS website for more information, resources, a timeline, and ways to participate. Additionally, HCPSS staff would like your questions related specifically to the way the boundary review process is being conducted and communication and engagement efforts.

Mark Your Calendar

June 19 -- School Closes 3 hours Early (Final Exams)

June 20 -- School Closes 3 hours Early (Final Exams)

June 21 -- School Closes 3 hours Early (Final Exams) -- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL