Raider Nation News

Week of September 30, 2019


Dear Atholton Families,

The excitement is building as we approach Homecoming 2019! Students are diligently meeting to plan their hall decorations for next week. Below you will find all the pertinent information you will need regarding our upcoming Homecoming activities. We will begin our spirit week this Friday with Jersey Day. Students and staff are encouraged to wear the jersey of their favorite team/athlete. I’ll be curious to see how many Ravens fans we have :-).

A persistent issue for both parents and students has been getting information from our morning and afternoon announcements. Parents are unaware of the announcements being made in school and often students miss the information shared in the short time frame in the morning and afternoon. I am happy to report that we now have our announcements on our school website. Now parents and students are able to review announcements and not worry about what you missed or didn't know! Moreover, this new online system will allow us to significantly reduce the number of announcements via our PA system. If a group would like to have announcements added on our website, please send an email to Ms. Nasir at

I am currently in Washington D.C. at a board meeting for the National Association of Secondary School Principals. October is National Principals Month and I will spend a day on Capitol Hill meeting with representatives of Senators Cardin and Van Hollen and Representative Cummings. Additionally, I will take part in a Capitol Hill briefing on October 17 that discusses the challenges of the principalship.

Lastly, for those celebrating Rosh Hashanah – Happy New Year!

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