Raider Nation News

Week of June 17, 2019

Last Week of School

Dear Atholton Families,

Happy Father's Day!!

It is hard to believe that we have reached the last Sunday newsletter of the 2018 – 2019 school year. It seems only yesterday that I was writing the summer newsletter introducing myself to Raider Nation. The end of a school year always brings change. Whether moving to another state or retiring, it is a time to say goodbye to some members of our family:

Retirements – Ms. Jacqueline Lopata, Latin and Ms. Nancy Shea, Physical Education

Promotions – Mr. Jonathan Dupski, Leadership Intern, Mt. Hebron High School

Transfers and Moves – Mr. Anton Evans, Security Officer to Wilde Lake HS, Ms. Katherine Kern, Art to Montgomery County Public Schools, Ms. Ann Stenoien, Social Studies to Centennial HS.

We wish everyone a successful transition to their new stations in life and thank them for their service to the Atholton community.

You may have heard that the Board of Education adopted a new dress code policy beginning next school year. I have included a copy of this policy below. A few highlights include allowing students to wear hats and hoodies (provided they do not cover the face) and wearable technology (namely earbuds and headphones). Upon returning in September, we will work with students on navigating these changes and the implications in the classroom.

In the final mailing with report cards will be a list of courses for which your student is registered for next year. This is NOT a schedule but simply an alphabetical list of the courses they are registered for 2019-2020. Please verify that the courses are correct. If there is an issue, please contact Student Services.

Lastly, I wish everyone a relaxing and productive summer. I am excited to begin next school year with our new Atholton community values and begin shaping our school’s vision and mission. Remember to check our website for important information regarding sports and tryouts as the time draws near.

Have a wonderful summer and see you in September!


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 New Dress Code Policy

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.

Community Summer Resources

Mark Your Calendar

June 18 -- Student Locker Cleanout

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