Argyle Weekly Newsletter

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 30th

VIRTUAL STUDENT LEARNING SCHEDULE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 30th - DECEMBER 4TH

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Wednesday Office Hours

As a reminder, this week we will host Wednesday Office Hours. Parents continue to support by encouraging students to take advantage of this opportunity to improve their grades and enhance their learning on Wednesdays. Teachers will continue to send email invitations to students who need to make up or retake assignments.

AS A REMINDER REPORT CARDS WERE POSTED ON PARENTVUE ON NOVEMBER 24th

Parents have access to their student’s Reports cards by doing as follow:


  • Accessing their ParentVUE Account
  • Selecting the Report Card Tab
  • Selecting Report Card in the drop down next to “Student Grades”

Parents who have not activated their ParentVUE should have received Report Cards by mail.

Please feel free to contact Argyle’s main office (240) 740 - 6370 if you have any questions.

Honor Roll - December 2nd

Hello Argyle Families,

Please come and join us on Wednesday, December 2nd at 11:25 AM for a celebration of students who earned Honor Roll and Principal's List (all As) for Marking Period 1.


6th Grade Honor Roll Zoom Information:

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 817 5296 2362

Passcode: eagle


7th Grade Honor Roll Zoom Information: (updated)

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 898 0110 7401

Passcode: eagle



8th Grade Honor Roll Zoom Information:

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 869 4932 7465

Passcode: eagle

Principal Internship Practicum

From December 14, 2020 to January 28, 2021, Ms. Lisa Shorts will begin her Principal Internship Practicum at Argyle Middle School. Over the last few months, we have been working side by side co-leading activities and ensuring that our students receive a quality education every day. On the 14th, you will begin to see Argyle weekly messages and principal emails from Ms. Shorts. In order to make this experience more authentic and beneficial, Mr. Allrich ask that parents, students and staff direct all school-related communications to Ms. Shorts during that time.


In this virtual school setting, Mr. Allrich will be preparing and planning for our student’s potential return to the school building. During the intern practicum, Mr. Allrich will also support the principal intern not only during times of reflection, but also when the principal intern may need a sounding board to address a specific situation in the school. As a principal developer, Mr. Allrich is committed to ensuring Ms. Lisa Shorts an opportunity to develop into a highly effective school leader.

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Second Semester Return to School Survey - Due December 3rd

Starting today, Nov. 11, parents will be asked to complete this short survey to indicate whether their child(ren) will remain exclusively in a virtual learning environment or engage in a combination of in-person and virtual instruction during the second semester. Both options would allow students to participate in in-person athletics and extracurricular activities. Parents will also be asked to indicate if their child needs MCPS-provided transportation. We want to reiterate that families do have the choice to remain in a fully virtual model if they are uncomfortable with sending their child(ren) back to a school building. Please note that once you’ve made your selection, changes may be made only under unique circumstances. Additionally, any family that does not make a selection will automatically default to the virtual-only experience in order to ensure we consider and plan for maximum staffing and space use. The survey closes on Dec. 3. Families will receive details on next steps and school-specific information in January.



MCPS hosted a virtual conversation on Thursday, November 12 on the plan for students to return to in-person learning beginning January 2021. If you missed the conversation, you can watch it here. MCPS leaders answered questions about the plan and the parent preference survey.

The Parent Preference Survey launched Wednesday, November 11 and the responses will play a critical part in our planning for the return of students


For more information please visit the MCPS Website

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Zoom Lunches in the Virtual Media Center

Join us in the Virtual Media Center on your lunch break! Play Kahoots, Minecraft, Pictionary or other games, give us your book recommendations, or ask for suggestions.

This week's Media Center Zooms are open for all grades from 11:30 - 12 noon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 946 0269 9139

Passcode: ams



BOOK WARS:


There will be Book Wars meetings at 2:45 PM on Wednesday and 11:30 on Thursday. Choose the time that works best for you.

New members welcome! This year, we can have an unlimited number of teams because the competition will be virtual in the spring.

The meetings use the Media Center Zoom link:


Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 946 0269 9139

Passcode: ams

NEW BOOK READ-ALOUD STARTS NEXT WEEK on December 9: PATIENT ZERO

Beginning next week on Wednesday, December 9, and during all upcoming Wednesday lunches, Mrs. Suzich will be reading aloud the book "Patient Zero" by Marilee Peters from 11:30 - 12 noon.


If you would like the read along or read it on your own, the e-book is available free through the Hoopla app and website with a public library card from Montgomery County Public Libraries, or through Sora as a book that Mrs. Suzich can assign to students. If you would like a copy of the ebook added to your Sora account, or if you have any questions, please email Mrs. Suzich at jacqueline_h_suzich@mcpsmd.org.


The read-aloud will take place on the Virtual Media Center Zoom link:


Meeting ID: 946 0269 9139

Passcode: ams


Here is a description of the book:

Engrossing true stories of the pioneers of epidemiology who risked their lives to find the source of deadly diseases. Throughout history, more people have died in disease epidemics than in wars or other disasters. The courageous, trail-blazing defenders against these diseases faced a terrifying personal gamble. Often they were ignored, laughed at, or even fired from their jobs. But they kept hunting for answers, putting the pieces of the epidemic puzzle together. As they looked for clues to the origin of a disease, scientists searched for the unknown “patient zero”—the first person to have contracted it. Patient Zero brilliantly brings to life the main characters and events to tell the gripping tale of how each of seven diseases spread. The result is spine-chilling as Peters follows the scientists who solved the intricate mystery of the killer epidemics. Patient Zero reminds us that millions of people owe their lives to the work of these pioneer epidemiologists, work that continues to this day.

VIRTUAL ATHLETICS

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The middle school interscholastic athletics program is available for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade and consists of three virtual sport seasons, including fall (cross country and softball), winter (basketball), and spring (soccer). The middle school virtual athletic seasons consists of two student-athlete and coach engagement sessions per week, for a total of six engagement sessions over the course of three to four weeks. The spring virtual season is scheduled to occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays after-school, beginning on Tuesday, December 1, and finishing on Thursday, December 17, 2020.


All students participating in the spring virtual season, as part of the MCPS interscholastic athletics program, must complete the online registration process. Registration is done electronically through the Argyle Athletics Registration: form Spring Registration (English) and Registro de primavea (Spanish) which is also posted on the school’s website. Students and parents/guardians who have difficulty with registration should contact Eric Franklin at Eric_S_Franklin@mcpsmd.org.


We are excited to provide your student with the greatest education-based virtual athletics season during such unprecedented times.

We Can, We Will, We R.A.I.S.E.

Sora - the Reading App and website for students

All students can access thousands of ebooks and audiobooks for free using the Sora app on their iPads, or the website: soraapp.com.


Students login with their 6 digit mcps ID@mcpsmd.ORG (not .NET) - example: 123456@mcpsmd.org. They use their MCPS password, not their Google password.

They should add the Montgomery County Public Libraries to their account to access even more books, they don't need a public library card to do so.


Argyle Middle School is currently #1 in MCPS for the number of students using Sora! We'd like to see all students check out at least 1 book of their choice before winter break. Mrs. Suzich and Mrs. Paull, our media specialist and media assistant, have been adding hundreds of books that students have requested including many graphic novels and popular series such as My Hero Academia, Dog Man, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Odd 1's Out, Stranger Things graphic novels, Big Nate, Baby-Sitter Club series, Cleopatra in Space, books about sports figures such as Lionel Messi and Kobe Bryant, and lots, lots more.


If your student says they can't find a book they like, please contact Mrs. Suzich at jacqueline_h_suzich@mcpsmd.org or have them join one of the media center lunch Zooms for personalized book recommendations based on their interests, or to have us add their book requests. We are happy to add the books that Argyle students want to read! We also have a Padlet and a Google form for book requests on the Virtual Media Center page. (Link to Google form)


There are instructions on the use of Sora as well as other resources, including videos, on both the Virtual Media Center Page in the Argyle MS myMCPS Classroom - Link

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Tutoring with JFK National Honor Society

Due to Montgomery County’s change to distance learning, we realize that not every student is going to get the one on one attention and help they may have previously received. In order to support students during this challenging time and offer supplemental help, John F. Kennedy High School's National Honors Society is offering FREE tutoring to all of our feeder elementary and middle school students.


Tutoring Form for Students


After students fill out this form, members of our NHS will reach out to students and their families via phone/email for more details.

Equity Hubs Open to MCPS Students

The Children’s Opportunity Fund and the Black and Brown Coalition for Educational Equity and Excellence are coordinating low-cost child care and distance learning support for MCPS students at facilities across the county. Priority is given to low-income, kindergarten through Grade 5 students, and students needing additional assistance with virtual learning. Learn more at EquityHubs.org or by telephone at 240-200-4999.

low-cost internet access

DID YOU KNOW LOW-INCOME FAMILIES AND OLDER ADULTS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY CAN GET HOME INTERNET ACCESS FOR A LITTLE AS $9.95 PER MONTH?


Please visit Montgomery County - Low-Cost Internet for more information!

Gift Card Campaign to Help Families in Need

The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted many families in Montgomery County. The MCPS Educational Foundation, Inc.; the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Association, Inc.’s volunteer network; and MCPS are asking the community to support the Families Helping Families campaign. Grocery gift cards will be purchased with funds donated to the MCPS Educational Foundation, Inc.’s Crisis Relief Fund—COVID-19.


Learn more about how to donate here.

P-EBT Cards

For P-EBT assistance please contact the Maryland Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Hotline at 1-833-330-7328.


Please click the link below for more information:


Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program

Argyle Is a Food Distribution Site!

Additional Bus Stop Locations Added to Meal Service Program


MCPS is expanding the number of meal service sites for the community. In addition to the 74 school sites, students and families can pick up meals on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at several bus stop locations throughout the county from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More information is available at the MEALS SERVICE PROGRAMS LINK

Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form

Parents or guardians should use the live virtual lesson absence form to document excused absences from live virtual lessons. The form must be completed for each day of absence from a live virtual lesson. Please check your email to access the form.


Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form


If you have any questions or need to send the school a doctor's note please email Argyle's attendance secretary at Marisol_Ferreras@mcpsmd.org

PTSA What's App Discussion Boards

Join by clicking below ...

English (ArgylePTSA.en) - What's App Link

Spanish (ArgylePTSA.sp) - What's App Link

Vietnamese (ArgylePTSA.vi) - What's App Link

Portuguese (ArgylePTSA.pt) - What's App Link

COUNSELOR VIRTUAL OFFICE HOUR

Counselors are available to meet with students during their virtual office hours. Just click on the zoom during office hours and they'll be there to chat. If you can't make it to their office hour, but need help you can always email them.


All Counselors are available:

Monday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Friday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


ESOL: Ms. Green

Email: Chelsea_R_Green@mcpsmd.org

Virtual Link: Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 876 7442 3083

Password: ams


6th Grade Counselor: Ms. Hardy

Email: Nichole_Hardy@mcpsmd.org

Virtual Link: Zoom Link Meeting ID: 98859484418 Password: ams (case sensitive)


7th Grade Counselor: Mr. Lilja

Email: Matthew_J_Lilja@mcpsmd.org

Virtual Link: Zoom Link Meeting ID: 3109498714 Password: ams (case sensitive)


8th Grade Counselor: Ms. Tran

Email: Lisa_L_Tran@mcpsmd.org

Virtual Link: Zoom Link Meeting ID: 94470598938 Password: ams (case sensitive)

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, December 2nd - Student Honor roll
  • Wednesday, December 2nd - SGA Meeting for Students
  • Thursday, December 3rd - Second Semester Return to School Survey
  • Monday, December 7th - Friday, December 11th - Virtual Spirit Week
  • Wednesday, December 16th - SGA Meeting for Students
  • Friday, December 18th - SGA Movie Night
  • Thursday, December 24 - Thursday, January 1 - Winter Break
  • Monday, January 18th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - School and Offices Closed

WE ARE STILL HERE TO HELP YOU!

Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Below are emails and phone numbers for the following departments:


Administration (240) 740-6370


School Principal - Mr. Allrich: James_K_Allrich@mcpsmd.org

Principal Intern / 8th Grade Administrator - Ms. Shorts: lisa_n_shorts@mcpsmd.org

7th Grade Administrator - Ms. Sandall: elizabeth_a_sandall@mcpsmd.org

Magnet Coordinator /6th Grade Administrator - Mr. Hwang: jae_hwang@mcpsmd.org



Main Office (240) 740-6370


Attendance Secretary - Ms. Ferreras: Marisol_Ferreras@mcpsmd.org

Front Office Secretary - Ms. Jones: Ashanti_Jones@mcpsmd.org

School Financial Specialist - Mr. Magruder: Timothy_W_Magruder@mcpsmd.org

Administrative Secretary - Ms. Majano: Jennifer_L_Majano@mcpsmd.org


Counseling Office (240) 740-6380


Counseling Secretary/Registrar - Ms. Pineda: Marlene_C_Pineda@mcpsmd.org


For academic support please check the link below:


Who’s Who At ARGYLE MS

Change of Telephone Number for AMS - (240) 740-6370

Starting November 9th, Argyle will have new phone numbers. Any calls made to our previous numbers will be transferred to the new phones for the next 2 months.


  • Main Office/Administration - (240) 740-6370
  • Counseling Office - (240) 740-6380

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