Raider Nation News

Week of September 23, 2019

Fall is Here!

Dear Atholton Families,

I hope your weekend is going well and you are enjoying the last (very warm) days of summer! It is hard to believe that tomorrow is the first day of autumn. With school now in full gear, football on Sunday afternoon (tough Ravens loss today ☹), it is only a matter of time before the holiday season is upon us (next week is Rosh Hashanah). The arrival of autumn also signifies the arrival of Homecoming! This year, Homecoming will be Saturday, October 12. Please see below for more information.

This past Friday, you may have heard in media reports the call to action of young people (and others) around the globe to address the climate crisis. Several students approached me to discuss how they could take part in and organize a walk-out to support this global call to action. Over 750 students peacefully exited the building to meet in the stadium to show their solidarity with youth around the world concerned about the climate crisis. Students were able to sign their name to a parachute created by the organizers. Whatever your opinion may be on this issue, it is nice to see students supporting a cause and making their voices heard. I want to applaud senior Victoria Adler for her efforts in making this happen at Atholton. Students are responsible for making up any worked they may have missed while participating in this event.

There are two very important messages regarding state testing and the upcoming PSAT day. First, score reports for students who took the English and/or Algebra PARCC (now called MCAP) have been received at the school. Students received their reports in English classes to bring home last week. The spring results of the MISA (science) should soon follow. Please consult your student's School Counselor if you have any questions about MSDE testing requirements for graduation. The PSAT will be administered to all 9, 10, and 11th grade students on Wednesday October 16. Please mark your calendars! Students in grade 9 will take the PSAT 8/9. Students in grades 10/11 received PSAT practice booklets in English classes this week to prepare for the PSAT/ NMSQT. PSAT scores for students in grade 11 will be used to determine National Merit Scholarships by the College Board. Let’s hope to surpass the nine we have this year! Traditionally, this PSAT day is a day most seniors elect to use one of three discretionary days allotted by HCPSS. Seniors engage in such activities as visiting colleges or completing applications and/or essays or other preparations for post-secondary plans. Please feel free to reach out to our attendance clerk, Ms. Weinberg, if you have any questions regarding an excused absence for this day.

Last week I had the pleasure of supporting our volleyball and field hockey teams. Varsity volleyball had an exciting come from behind win against Broadneck in FIVE sets. Although we lost later in the week to Reservoir, the girls fought hard and never gave up. I look forward to many more games this season. Last Monday, girls field hockey beat Wilde Lake 3-1. Our girls played extremely well and had an awesome second half. You can read more about the game here. Friday night lights this week was not your typical football game at Atholton High School. We had field hockey under the lights! Hosting the Centennial Eagles, our girls played hard and fought until the end but fell short losing 0-2. Nevertheless, having field hockey under the lights is an awesome way to show our support for our Lady Raiders!

Please be sure to check out the Homecoming information below. Wishing everyone 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 26 -- HBCU College Night @6:30pm

September 30 -- School Closed

October 4 - 11 -- Spirit Week

October 9 -- School Closed

October 12 -- HOMECOMING