Raider Nation Newsletter

Week of February 28, 2022

Masks are OPTIONAL

Dear Atholton Families,

Before I delve into the obvious topic of masks, I would like to celebrate the outstanding Black History Month Assembly this past week at school. The AHS Black Student Union is to be commended for their Black History Month school-wide assembly last Thursday and their Wednesday evening performance. The students took us on a journey through the decades of key African American historical events – highlighting the Tulsa Race Massacre, the election of Barack Obama, the hip hop culture, the Black Panther movement, and culminating in the fight against police brutality. Our entire student body did an outstanding job of recognizing the hard work of their peers and cheered and applauded their performance. Mr. Thompson, the BSU sponsor, truly did an outstanding job of guiding our students and helping to produce such a great production.

At its meeting on Feb. 24, 2022, the Howard County Board of Education voted to make face coverings optional, effective March 1, based on the Maryland State Department of Education’s off-ramp option one for school districts to lift mask requirements. Effective Tuesday, March 1, the universal indoor masking in HCPSS buildings is no longer required. Any student, staff or visitor may choose to wear a mask, and should feel comfortable doing so. Schools and offices will continue to have additional masks available as needed. The federal requirement for masks on public transportation remains unchanged so anyone on a school bus will still be required to wear a mask.

There are still instances where masks ARE REQUIRED:

Lastly, a reminder that spring sports tryouts begin this week. Participants are expected to be at ALL tryouts beginning March 1st. Practices will begin immediately after teams are selected. Participants will not be allowed to try out if paperwork is missing or incomplete. Just because paperwork has been submitted, it must be cleared by Mr. Senisi. Please confer with coaches that all of your paperwork has been accepted. Spring tryouts will begin on Tuesday, March 1st. Click here for the tryout schedule.

Warmest regards,

Robert A. Motley


School Counselor Assignments

Ms. Wade -- 9th Grade ONLY (

Mr. Cohen -- Last Name A - E / Grades 10 - 12 (

Ms. Meledick -- Last Name F - Kj / Grades 10 - 12 (

Ms. Clearfield -- Last Name Kk - P / Grades 10 - 12 (

Ms. Wright -- Last Name Q - Z / Grades 10 - 12 (

Big picture

Black History Month Assembly Photos

Big picture

Source: 1. History of Blacks in Howard County Maryland Oral History, Schooling and Contemporary Issues

By Alice Cornelison, Silas E. Craft, Sr. and Lille Price

p. 273

2. Maryland Historical Trust Archives

College Information Night for JUNIORS

Monday, March 7th, 2022 @ 6:30 pm in the Atholton High School Auditorium

The night will begin with counselors presenting detailed information on the following topics:

• the role of AHS Student Services in the college application process

• letters of recommendation

• requesting transcripts for colleges

• college search tips

• important deadlines

The second part of the evening will be a panel discussion with local colleges and universities.

They will discuss topics such as:

• the college application process

• school-specific information

• college prep tips

• FAQs

Mark Your Calendar

March 16 -- 3-hour Early Dismissal

April 1 -- 3-hour Early Dismissal

April 11 - 18 -- School Closed (Spring Break)

April 27 -- 3-hour Early Dismissal