Raider Nation News

Week of May 13, 2019

Thank You!

Dear Atholton Families,

Happy Mother’s Day! I hope everyone has taken the opportunity to express their gratitude to all our mothers and the work they do day in and day out to support their families. I truly appreciate all our mothers do to support our school. THANK YOU! I hope your day has been a special one. In fact, my message this week will be short as I am honoring my wife and mother on this special day.

This past week was Teacher Appreciation Week. Even though teacher appreciation week fell on a week after our prom and the post-prom, our parents still came together to show their support and appreciation of our staff at Atholton. Thank you to everyone for the breakfast, the taco bar, and the desserts. The staff truly appreciated everything!

On Thursday, Student Government Co-Presidents, Rahel Petros and Jessica Zinderman, spoke at the Board of Education meeting about all things taking place at Atholton. They did an outstanding job. Here is the link to their presentation (click on Student Representative's Report --Atholton HS).

There are a few deadlines approaching for seniors. Please be sure to review the new information in the senior section below.

Finally, as the 2018-2019 school year comes to an end, it is time to begin thinking about new leadership of our PTSA. Our current president, Kim Lowe, has done an outstanding job leading this year, but as the parent of a senior, we need to find someone to take her place. We have several senior parents and need others to take over for next year! Please contact our PTSA if you are interested or know someone interested.

Have a fantastic week!


Robert A. Motley


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Graduation Packets. The packet distributed at that meeting, which includes the full senior schedule for their last week of school, can be found here:, along with answers to frequently asked questions. The packet and webpage will be updated as changes or additional details, e.g. event times, are confirmed.

A few important items to highlight are as follows:

Tassels for those students who are wearing an older sibling’s or friend’s cap/gown have arrived at Atholton and can be purchased for $9. Exact cash is strongly preferred. Please see Ms. Bonomo-Thomas in room C154.

The school system will be livestreaming each graduation ceremony online via, and each will be available on demand within minutes of each ceremony’s end. HCPSS also will broadcast the ceremonies within 24 hours on HCPSS TV, cable channels 42 (Verizon) and 95 (Comcast) in Howard County. HCPSS will not offer DVD services for the 2019 commencements.


  1. The deadline to submit a written request to Mrs. Adkins in the front office for additional graduation tickets, beyond the standard allotment of 10, is Thursday, May 16.
  2. The deadline to pay student obligations, in order to receive graduation tickets, is Friday, May 17. Debts should be paid in cash (no personal checks) to Mrs. McIntyre in the Front Office.
  3. Participation in the graduation ceremony is not required to receive a diploma. If a student will not participate in the ceremony, the student’s parent must submit a written request for non-participation to Mr. Motley by Friday, May 17, 2019.

With questions about commencement, please email Ms. Bonomo-Thomas, Commencement Coordinator, With questions about other senior events, please contact the appropriate sponsor. With questions about caps/gowns/announcements/etc., please call 410-321-4433 (This is an updated, direct line number).

Mark Your Calendar

May 17 -- School Closes 3hrs Early

May 24 -- School Closes at 9:45am for ALL students

May 24 -- GRADUATION @ 12 noon

May 27 -- School Closed -- Memorial Day