Class of 2021 News

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 11:21am

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Seniors and Families of Soon-to-be Graduates: 

On Tuesday, January 26, we will have a second senior class meeting during Raider Time (11:00) using meet code: ahs-graduation-2021. The primary purpose of this meeting is to share information about opportunities and responsibilities related to graduation. We are excited to start the important graduation journey with your families! 

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As I receive emails that have broad questions that may help all seniors and their families, I will copy and paste them here. Please check here first. If the answer if not here or you have a questions specific to you/ your student, I will be happy help you find the answer!  

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Seniors and Families of Soon-to-be Graduates:

It was a pleasure discussing all the details that make commencement such a memorable experience. Below, you will find links to important information such as cap and gown orders, outstanding teacher nominations, and more. If you have any specific questions, please see the graduation resources under Class of 2021 News on the Atholton Website or email Mrs. Krista Bopst, krista_bopst@hcpss.org

Cap and Gowns as well as other graduation memorabilia can be ordered directly through Balfour. You can view their brochure or order directly online. Balfour will be at Atholton on Tuesday, February 2 from 2pm to 4pm to collect in person orders if needed. The deadline for ordering is Saturday, May 1 Please take care of placing orders as soon as possible after the meeting, as the price of the cap/gown/tassel package will increase by $10 on April 1. 

Students should visit the voter registration website for the state of Maryland. If a student is not eligible to vote at this time, there will still be valuable information about registration in the future. In order to register, eligible students will need a driver’s license number, learner’s permit number, or social security number (last four digits only). Students should also be prepared to make a choice of affiliation at the time they register. 

Graduation performance auditions will be completed by submitting an online application through google forms. Performances are not limited to speeches. We encourage not only speeches but musical performances, dance, or any other creative performance highlighting students' time at Atholton. The due date for all submissions is Tuesday, February 16 by 8am. Submissions will then be evaluated by a panel of staff judges. Students who have been selected will be notified in early March.

Every year, seniors have an opportunity to nominate an educator who has impacted their education/lives in a positive way. This is your opportunity to recognize a past or present educator who has inspired you. All nominations will be reviewed, and if necessary a committee of students will select the Outstanding Educator for the Class of 2021. Please make sure that you spell the teacher’s name correctly, provide reasons, and sign the form. The due date for your Outstanding Teacher Nomination is Monday, February 1 at 8am.

Finally, there is a form to complete for parents who are permanent, Howard County Public School System employees. Each employee is offered the opportunity to present the diploma to his/her senior on stage at the commencement ceremony (if both the parent and student agree to this). If you are an HCPSS employee and interested in this opportunity, please complete the form no later than Monday, March 29, 2021.

Information regarding senior activities will be updated during the year, so please check out Class of 2021 News on the Atholton website [ahs.hcpss.org].