Raider Nation News

Week of November 5, 2018

End of the First Quarter

Dear Atholton Families,

This week is a short week with school closed on Tuesday for Election Day and Wednesday for teachers to close out the quarter. It is hard to believe that we have reached the end of the first quarter! It only seems like yesterday I was writing a letter introducing myself to the Atholton community. What a great start we have had thus far. I am continually impressed by the amazing students, parents, and staff here at Atholton High School.

As the first quarter is ending and report cards are to be distributed, the faculty and staff have a sense that this first quarter has been a fine beginning of what should be a productive school year. Our students have been most cooperative! There are several items I’d like to bring to your attention – parent conferences and American Education Week are just around the corner.

Parent conferences are scheduled to be held November 19-21, 2015. Just as in the past, a majority of teachers will offer evening conferences for parents to attend. Below is the schedule for optional evening conferences. Please note that if a teacher elects to hold evening conferences, they are being released from having any conferences on Wednesday, November 21. The link to register for parent conferences will open on November 8. Information on this can be found here. Please feel free to contact the front office if you have any questions with the registration process.

Evening Conferences for Atholton High School:

    • Monday, 11/19 — 4:30pm until 7:30pm
    • Tuesday, 11/20 — Noon until 2:30pm AND 4:30pm until 7:30pm

Teachers electing not to participate in evening conferences will hold conferences on:

    • Wednesday, 11/21 — 7:30am until 10:30am AND/OR 11:30am until 2:30pm

This year, American Education Week will be from November 12 – 16, 2018. The faculty and I invite you to accompany your daughter or son to classes during a regular school day as your way of celebrating this week. We are hopeful that a day in school will further your appreciation of our high school program of studies and provide encouragement for the work being done by students and teachers. Even if you cannot spend a full day with us, we believe that any part of the day you are here will be interesting for you and supportive of your daughter or son. We look forward to seeing you – mark your calendars!

Lastly, a reminder that this weekend we “fell back” as daylight savings time ended. As the holiday season approaches, just a quick reminder that each student is entitled to THREE discretionary absence days. These days may be used for various reasons and allow students to make up the work missed. If you plan to use any of these allocated days, please submit your request to our Attendance Clerk ASAP. Also, parents please remember to send in a note with your child if they are absent. If we do not receive notes, those absences then become unexcused absences and can have a negative impact on grades and attendance. Therefore, we encourage you to always send a note in when returning to school.

Additionally, we have noticed a significant amount of late arrivals to school. Our school day begins at 7:25am. Students should be in the building, in their classroom at the sound of this bell. They should not be walking into the building nor just being dropped off at this time. Leaving 5-10 minutes earlier will reduce the stress of rushing into the building in the morning, and prevent any consequences being assigned for chronic lateness. Your assistance in getting your student(s) to school on time or having a conversation with your student driver will be greatly appreciated.

I wish you all a fantastic week and thank you again for all of your support. I am so thrilled to be working in such a dynamic, committed, and supportive community.


Robert A. Motley


Important Information

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Atholton High School Climate Survey

On Monday, November 5, and Thursday, November 8, all students in grades 9, 10, and 11 will participate in the pilot of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Climate Survey. The Climate Survey is a tool used under the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA) to measure the Environment, Engagement, Relationships, and Safety of every school as it is perceived by students and staff.

Students will participate in the pilot during social studies classes on either Monday or Thursday. In the Spring, MSDE will open the window for the Climate Survey that will heavily contribute to the score received by our school on our annual report card. This past Friday, Mrs. Veslany visited participating social studies classes to share information about the importance of the students' responses and student voice.

Athletic Booster Wreath Sale


Please support the Athletic Boosters in our new venture of selling holiday wreaths and other greenery in lieu of trees this year.

You can order several different ways:

1) If you live in the HoCo area, and can pick up your greenery at Atholton, order online using the "Local Delivery Option" and pay using check (upon pick up) or PayPal/credit card. Items will be available for pick up the week AFTER Thanksgiving break - Specific date TBD.

2) If you want to send a gift to someone out of town, or have it delivered to your home, use the "Direct Delivery" option – you MUST use the Paypal/credit card option to purchase direct delivery items.

Orders are due November 15th, but we will most likely have additional items available during the pick up days at school. Don’t delay, order NOW! Please send to the link to friends, family and co-workers in support of ALL of our athletic teams.

Raider Nation Sports

For a complete look at the fall sports schedule, please visit the Atholton HS County Sports Zone page. Click here to access page AHS ATHLETICS CSZ

Come out and support our student athletes!

Mark Your Calendar

November 6 & 7 -- School Closed

November 12 - 16 -- American Education Week

November 20 & 21 -- Parent Conferences

November 22 & 23 -- School Closed --THANKSGIVING