Raider Nation News

Week of October 7, 2019


Dear Atholton Families,

Homecoming Week is here! Students spent their Sunday morning and afternoon decorating their respective hallways for the impending judging tomorrow morning. I cannot wait to see the creativity of each class. Please be sure to check our twitter page as we will surely tweet out pictures.

On a more serious note, as we celebrate this homecoming week, I want to remind our community of the perils of teen consumption of alcohol and other substances. In light of the events that took place at another county high school homecoming dance where several students ended up in the emergency room, I am asking parents to have a serious conversation with your children about the dangers of binge drinking. Alcohol poisoning is the most life-threatening consequence of binge drinking. The reality is that in addition to the obvious health-related consequences, there are academic consequences as well. Students have been known to lose scholarships, jeopardize early admission decisions and impact their academic goals with a suspension from school. It simply is not worth it! Therefore parents, I implore you to have a conversation this week about the dangers of drinking and the consequences not only on their academic goals but most importantly on their health. We will be diligent in our efforts to make sure our festivities this week remain safe for everyone.

Congratulations to the varsity football team in their win over North Hagerstown this past Friday. We wish them all the best in our homecoming game this coming Saturday against Mt. Hebron. On another note, I want to draw attention to the JV football program. This team has amassed an impressive record of 5-0 crushing their opponents by an average of almost 14 points! These underclassmen demonstrate discipline, courage, and heart on the field and it shows in the results. I am excited and cannot wait for these young players to make their transition to the varsity team. Congratulations to the JV team and I look forward to following their march to an undefeated season!

This week, members of our golf team will represent Raider Nation at the District V Tournament. Best of luck to Cam Campbell, Nolan Chong, Luke Chory, and Brandon Nguyen.

Lastly, as a reminder, the deadline to purchase homecoming tickets is fast approaching. Remember that your Family File information must be updated to purchase tickets. If your child plans to bring a guest to the dance, a form must be completed (found below). We are adhering firmly to these deadlines. Please contact the school if you have any questions or if you have an extenuating circumstance.

Have a fantastic week!

Warmest Regards,

Robert Motley, Principal

Important Information

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Homecoming Dance Information & Tickets

All Family File contact information MUST be updated before tickets may be purchased.

Homecoming tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $15 and cover admission to the amazing event, including admission to the Raider Arcade, featuring skee ball, arcade basketball, foosball, air hockey, and a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament.

Online ticket sales will run from now through October 9th – you can go through our website ( or through We will be selling in-person, with lunch-time sales in the lobby from 10/3 - 10/10 and after-school sales available in the Media Center from 10/1 - 10/8. Tickets can be purchased in-person with cash or check.

Guests from other schools must have an official guest form signed and approved by Atholton Administration by 10/8. (form below). If a student is bringing a guest from another school, they must submit the guest form before purchasing their own ticket! No guests from other schools will be admitted without their sponsoring student.

Homecoming Day Schedule -- Saturday, Oct. 12

8:00am – Pancake Breakfast

10:00am – Parade down Freetown Road (from the Village Center to AHS)

11:00am – Powderpuff Football Game

1:00pm – Varsity Football vs. Mt. Hebron

7:30pm - 10:30pm – Homecoming Dance

Homecoming Theme

This year’s Homecoming will be Disney-themed (movies), and the Student Governments for each grade have selected themes for their hallway and float decorations.

Seniors – Toy Story

Juniors – Cars

Sophomores – Alice in Wonderland

Freshmen – Inside Out

Class boards will be meeting after school to plan and prepare, and the school will be open on Sunday, October 6th for Hallway Decorations. All are welcome.

Spirit Week

Spirit Week will begin on Friday, October 4th and run through Friday, October 11th.

Friday the 4th – Jersey Day (Wear a jersey to represent your AHS team or your favorite pros)

Monday the 7th – Character Day (Dress in costume to match your grade’s theme, show off a favorite character, or work with a group of your friends)

Tuesday the 8th – Maryland Day (Dress in Red, Yellow, Black, and White to show your pride for the Old Line State)

Thursday the 10th – Wacky Tacky Day (Let the colors, patterns, and styles clash!)

Friday the 11th – Color Day (Wear your class colors for the Pep Rally -- see below)

Seniors wear black

Juniors wear white

Sophomores wear green

Freshmen wear gray

Mark Your Calendar

September 15 - October 15 -- Hispanic Heritage Month

October 4 - 11 -- Spirit Week

October 9 -- School Closed

October 12 -- HOMECOMING

October 18 -- School Closed for Students