April 16, 2014

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Welcome to the Official Home of the Atholton High School PTSA!

Here you will find important and useful information about the programs and services the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) provides for the wonderful Atholton High School community. Find out a little bit more about the PTSA. Not sure where to get an answer? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

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RP3 Permission Forms created: April 11, 2014

All students interested in attending RP3 (After Prom Party) must fill out the proper permission forms.  Permission forms for RP3 and the Rock Climbing Wall that will be at RP3 are located on the forms library page. Click on the link for each form to get the full document for easy printing.

posted by: Curt Bathras expires on: May 10, 2014

RP3 - Raider Post Prom Party SignUp Genius created: April 10, 2014

A SignUp Genius page has been set up for volunteering at RP3 - the Raider Post Prom Party on May 10-11.  To sign up, please go to:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090D4BA9A8283-rp32014/693931.

posted by: Curt Bathras expires on: May 10, 2014

Win a $100 Gift Card from HC DrugFree created: April 2, 2014

Parents, enter HC DrugFree's Annual Parent Drawing for a $100 Gift Card. If your child will attend a Howard County PTSA sponsored After Prom, go to www.hcdrugfree.org by noon on Saturday, May 31st and enter to win.
HC DrugFree thanks parents for keeping our children safe throughout the year and not holding parties where alcohol might be served. HC DrugFree is proud partners with Howard County Public School System, the PTA Council of Howard County, Howard County Police Department, the Department of Fire and Rescue Services and the Howard County Library System and provides substance abuse prevention services on behalf of the Howard County Health Department.

posted by: Curt Bathras expires on: May 31, 2014

RP3 - Raider Post Prom Party created: April 16, 2013

Starting at 11:30 p.m. on May 10, immediately following the Prom, the AHS PTSA will host our annual After Prom Party, which we have renamed “RP3” for Raider Post Prom Party. This year’s party is being held at the brand new Roger Carter Community Center in Ellicott City, which is just down the road from Turf Valley where the Prom is being held. Atholton’s RP3 allows students to continue their Prom night fun in a supervised environment, on a night when statistics show that high school students often make dangerous choices. Last year, over 250 students chose to attend our After Prom Party rather than hosting or attending private parties that may have involved alcohol or drug use. We are hoping for an even stronger turnout this year, and we need your help.

Each high school in the county holds an After Prom Party, and we want Atholton’s to be the best! We are asking for your financial support so that we can make our RP3 enticing and affordable for our students. This is truly a community event and we need the support of our families and local businesses. The cost to put on an event similar to last year’s will be over $20,000.  We have a new planning committee this year, which includes students, and have many surprises in the works, including: fabulous food, a variety of new entertainment, many interactive activities, as well as an array of fun and valuable prizes!    

We hope that each Atholton family will be able to contribute to this wonderful event. The suggested donation is $50 for families with juniors or seniors and $25 for families with freshmen or sophomores.  However, any donation will be appreciated.  Families who support this event will be recognized in AHS email updates, the PTSA online newsletter, and on the Raider Raves bulletin board in the school lobby. We would love to include your name on our list!

You can choose how to donate: 

  1. By credit card – Access the Atholton PTSA website: https://www.atholtonptsa.org/donate/
  2. By check – Checks, made payable to AHS PTSA, can be dropped off in the front office or mailed to:


Atholton High School PTSA, After Prom Donation, 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia MD 21044.

If you would like to be involved in this exciting night in any way (planning, pick up and delivery of items on that night, chaperoning, etc.) please sign up on the PTSA’s website under “Volunteer”, and you will be contacted with more information! There is a way that everyone can help!

We are also requesting your support of our common goal of a safe Prom season.  We hope that you will discuss with your teen the importance of attending the After Prom Party.  We also ask that parents help keep our students safe by not hosting after prom parties in their homes.  This is a unique event they will not want to miss!  Thank you for your support.

posted by: Curt Bathras expires on: May 11, 2014

Nominate Staff Members for Above and Beyond Awards created: March 31, 2014

Parents, this is your chance to recognize staff members who have made a real difference to your student. Every year the PTSA presents “Above and Beyond Awards” to staff members who make an extra effort to support students.  We recognize staff members in three categories:  Academic, Extracurricular, and Student Services/Support (office staff, Student Services, custodians, etc.). You can nominate one staff member in each category. To submit your nomination(s), send an e-mail to Amy Bagley (afbagley@verizon.net) indicating the staff member you are nominating, the category for the nomination, and at least one sentence explaining/supporting the nomination. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, May 30, and the winners will be announced at the staff luncheon which will be held the last week of school.

posted by: Amy Bagley expires on: May 30, 2014

New Principal's Newsletter Posted created: March 31, 2014

The latest Principal's Newsletter has been posted to the website. You can find the complete newsletter here:  Principal's Newsletter - April/May 2014

posted by: Curt Bathras expires on: April 21, 2014

The AHS PTSA Needs You! created: March 6, 2014

Contribute your time and talent to help the PTSA continue to provide wonderful programs and services -- such as After Prom, Snack Shop, SAT/ACT Preparation, Driver's Education, and Scholarships for seniors -- to the AHS community. The Nominating Committee is looking for volunteers to fill the following officer positions on the PTSA Executive Board: 1st Vice President, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, and PTA Council Representative. We also have many rewarding committees you could participate on or chair. Want to learn more? Please contact Amy Bagley (afbagley@verizon.net, 301-596-9201) or come to our next meeting on Tuesday, April 22, at 7:00.

posted by: Amy Bagley expires on: April 23, 2014

List of Events Sponsored by HC DrugFree created: Feb. 4, 2014

Teen Advisory Council Meeting - Monday, March 3, 2014 , The Barn, Oakland Mills Village Center, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City - Thursday, March 13, 2014, Atholton High School, 7:00 p.m., HC DrugFree and Atholton High School PTSA are partnering to invite teens and their parents to attend "Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City". Many Howard County high school seniors participate in the Maryland tradition of going to the shore for "Senior Week". Having so many unsupervised teens in one place can lead to dangerous situations, risky behavior, and trouble with the law. Before deciding whether or not to permit your child to go to Ocean City for Senior Week, find out the facts from Ocean City Beach Patrol Sergeant (and Mayfield Woods Middle School teacher) James H. McVey IV and Ocean City Police Corporal Howard Caplan as they offer advice to keep teens safe. Parents are encouraged to bring their high school senior to this informative program.

Parent 2 Parent - Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Howard High School, Cafeteria, 7:00 p.m. 

Kick Butts Day - Wednesday, March 19, 2014, A national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against tobacco use. 

Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City (Last Chance! Final OC 2014 Program) - Thursday, March 20, 2014, River Hill High School, 7:00 p.m., HC DrugFree and River Hill High School PTSA are partnering to invite teens and their parents to attend "Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City". See above for details.

March 21 - HoCo FilmFest - 7:00 p.m. Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd., Laurel, MD. Come celebrate as the winning films are shown, including the HC DrugFree category winner.

RHHStival - Friday, March 28, 2014, River Hill High School, 7:00 p.m., HC DrugFree and River Hill High School Bands are partnering to bring you RHHStival, a county-wide youth music competition. Featuring the music and inspiration of singer/songwriter, Dave Tieff. Event information can be found at: Click Here for RHHStival Program Information 

April 3 - What You Need to Know About Teen Partying - 7:00 p.m. Glenelg High School, 14025 Burntwoods Rd., Glenelg, MD. A panel of speakers will discuss the reality of what goes on at teen parties.

Teen Advisory Council Meeting - Monday, April 7, 2014, The Barn, Oakland Mills Village Center, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

National Drug Take Back Day - Saturday, April 26, 2014 , Locations to be announced, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Start collecting your unwanted and expired prescription or over-the-counter medications for proper disposal. Help keep these medications out of our water system and out of the hands of youth. 

April 26 - Needle, Syringe, EpiPen Collection - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. HC DrugFree's office, Wilde Lake Village Center 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia, MD. Stuck with hypodermic needles, syringes or EpiPens and don't know what to do with them? Bring them to HC DrugFree's Office, which serves as the ONLY collection site for proper disposal of such items, on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

If you have any questions please contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree Executive Director, at joan@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040. Additional information can be found at www.hcdrugfree.org

posted by: Curt Bathras expires on: April 26, 2014