Raider Nation News

Week of March 11, 2019

Spring Forward!

Dear Atholton Families,

I hope everyone was able to recapture the hour lost as we spring forward for daylight savings time. Enjoy the added daylight!

I had the pleasure to spend a large of this past weekend watching our students perform in two distinctly different arenas. Friday afternoon, I attended the Howard County Band Assessment (Adjudication). The talent of both the AHS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble was truly outstanding. In fact, the Wind Ensemble’s rendition of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture brought the audience to its feet. Congratulations to both bands for their outstanding performance. Thank you to Mr. Posner for his guidance and leadership as band director. See pics below.

On Saturday, I joined our Robotics team at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda for the FIRST Robotics Competition. I had a tour of the “pit” where Team 2537 our Space RAIDers prepared for the two-day competition. As the team troubleshooted through difficulties, their ability to adjust their game plan landed them in the finals. Congratulations to the team and for making me feel so welcome at the competition. A special thank you to Mr. Lidard and all of the parents and volunteers that support our team. See pics below.

Finally, as we re-enter the age of accountability and school report cards, students will now engage in a school climate survey. The purpose of the survey is to gain valuable information about the quality and character of each school’s learning environment so that schools can promote a climate that supports student learning. Students in grades 9 – 11 will take the survey during regular school hours in English classes during the week of March 18. The survey will ask students about topics such as student engagement, interactions with adults and with other students in the school, the school environment, bullying, and safety. The survey will not ask about a student’s personal experiences, and students will not be asked to provide any information that might violate his or her privacy. The survey is confidential and school personnel will not have access to the responses of specific students. The responses your child provides will be combined with the responses from other students in the school, and results will be reported for each school and district. We are eager to receive this very important information about your student’s school and about schools across the state. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Mrs. Lisa Veslany, Assistant Principal, at (410) 313 – 7065, or email

Have a fantastic week!


Robert A. Motley


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College Information Night

AHS Student Services presents.....

College Information Night for Juniors

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 (new date) @ 6:30 pm in the

Atholton High School Auditorium

The college search process is upon us.

The night will begin with counselors presenting detailed information on the following topics:
  • the AHS college application process
  • securing 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

We hope to see you there!!!!!

Strutting with the Staff!

Strutting with the Staff is back and Atholton will be on stage! Bright Minds Foundation is hosting another wonderful fundraising event to raise money that goes directly back into the schools. Our very own Raider Nation staff will begin rehearsals this week and will be bringing you back to the 80s with their fancy footwork and out of this world costumes. Although I am not a dancer, I will do my best to represent Atholton well. It should definitely be worth the price of admission.

Please help Atholton! How can you help us win??

1) Click on this link and donate - which will add votes for Atholton!

2) Share the link far and wide!

3) Come to the event and help decide the best dance (AHS of course!)

4) Share the link far and wide!

5) In school donations will be an option soon as well - will keep you posted!

6) Share the link far and wide!

Strutting with the Staff

@ Wilde Lake High School

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

7:00 PM $5.00

PTSA Presents...Opioid Information Presentation

Tuesday, March 26th, 7pm

AHS Media Center

Knowledge is the first step in prevention.

The U.S. Public Health Service will be giving a presentation on opioid abuse and addiction which has touched our community.

Learn the power of addiction, dependence, as well as prevention.

Mark Your Calendar

March 20 -- Junior Interview Day

March 26 -- PTSA-sponsored Opioid Presentation

March 27 -- Strutting with the Staff @ WLHS