Argyle Weekly Newsletter

THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 19

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IMPORTANT DATES:

  • MAP M & R Testing in Advisory: Monday, September 19 & Tuesday, September 20
  • Wellness Wednesday (Special Schedule): Wednesday, September 21, 2022
  • No School for Students and Teachers: Monday, September 26, 2022
  • Hearing and Vision at Argyle MS - September 27, 28, and 29.
  • Early Release Day for Students: Friday. September 30, 2022
  • No School for Students and Teachers: Wednesday, October 5, 2022
  • Crash the Class: Monday, October 10, 2022
  • Picture Day (During PE & Health Classes): Thursday, October 13 & Friday, October 14
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Traffic Control at Arrival and Dismissal

Help support our effort to increase student and staff safety during arrival and dismissal. Add your support to our request to the county to change traffic patterns on Bel Pre Road so staff do not need to direct traffic into and out of the school. Email or call MCDot at TrafficOps@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-2190, reference log number 79219, and say you support a safer traffic pattern at Argyle Middle School.

SSL Hours

Please have students submit their SSL hours from this summer. Any SSL hours earned after June 1st, 2022, should be turned into the counseling office. We encourage families to submit SSL paperwork on a rolling basis of September 23rd, 1/6/23, and 6/2/23. For more SSL information, parents can view the counseling website, Linked Here.

MAP M & R Testing in Advisory on Monday & Tuesday

On Monday, students will complete a math diagnostic test in advisory and a reading diagnostic test on Tuesday. We will follow a two-hour-delay schedule so that students have time to complete the assessment in the morning.

Students received the following information in their advisory class last week about the assessments: SY23 MAP Administration: Student Slides


Parents, please be sure to help your students prepare to do their best by:

  • Getting them to sleep on time and talking to them about doing their best during the test.
  • Remind them to bring their headphones if they have them (Bluetooth earphones are not allowed).
  • Be sure their devices are FULLY charged.
  • Remind students to bring their iPad or Chromebooks.


    Thank you for partnering with us to ensure our students' success!

    Tryouts for Cross Country and Softball

    Cross Country and Softball will begin tryouts on Tuesday, 9/20 for 7th and 8th graders only. Cross Country will meet next Tuesday on the far soccer field at 3:15. Contact Mariama_A_Ndure@mcpsmd.org with any questions. Softball will meet in the gym at 3:15. Contact John_M_Wilkerson@mcpsmd.org with any questions. A school bus will be provided at 4:30 for students who normally take a bus home.


    If your student would like to participate, please register them on ParentVUE. Contact the main office for help with ParentVUE: 240 740 6370.

    Attendees of any MCPS Athletic Event

    All spectators for any MCPS Athletic event are reminded of the expectation to ACT RESPECTFULLY.


    Every one of us represents our school and all of Montgomery County Public Schools and we ask that you reflect on the following statement.

    The core values of the MCPS athletics program teach and reinforce respect and sportsmanship, academic excellence, integrity and character, spirited and safe competition, and equity and access. It is vital that spectators support these values by showing appropriate behavior at athletic events by following these simple guidelines.

    • Applaud all student-athletes for their efforts.

    • Accept the decisions of officials and coaches.

    • Appreciate all participants for their commitment.

    • Support school personnel in conducting a spirited and safe contest.

    • Maintain composure when something seems to go against your team.

    • Respect the rights of other spectators.

    • Reward sportsmanlike behavior through cheering.

    • Focus attention on the positive aspects of competition.

    • Encourage student-athletes by showing enthusiasm and positive recognition. and…

    • Demonstrate concern for the safety and welfare of student-athletes and each other


    We all are winners when we demonstrate respect for ourselves and our school.

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    Pre - Screening Hearing and Vision

    In accordance with Maryland State Law students in Montgomery County, Public Schools are screened for possible vision and hearing problems. Trained hearing and vision screeners will screen students new to MCPS, students in Grade (s) 8, and students referred by teachers because of possible signs of hearing or vision problems. The screeners will be at Argyle Middle School on September 27, 28, and 29.


    Children who do not see clearly or are unable to hear what their teachers and classmates are saying have a harder time learning at school.


    You will receive a referral form, via US mail, to take to your child’s doctor if your child fails the screening. If your child is already under care for a hearing or vision problem, or you do not wish your child to be screened at school because of conflicts with your religious beliefs, please notify the school nurse in writing.


    If your child wears glasses or contacts they should wear them daily and bring them to the screening.

    School-based vision screenings may not detect every vision problem. To learn more about possible vision problems and symptoms or health conditions that may require additional evaluation go to Montgomery County Government’s website: Click Here


    If you have questions about your child’s screening, please contact Argyle's health room with telephone number 240-740-6372

    Required Immunizations Due September 16

    Students who are out of compliance for required immunizations (Tdap and MCV) will need to bring proof of immunization to school no later than Friday, September 16 to be eligible to return to school on Monday, September 19. Any student without record of immunization after Monday, September 19 will not be permitted back at school until the record is submitted.

    MCPS is offering many vaccination clinics, including one at Argyle Middle School on Tuesday, September 13 from 3:30-6:30. Several other vaccination clinics are available; see the attached flyers below.


    Should you have any questions regarding the required immunizations, please contact the school at 240-740-6370 or visit the MCPS website for more information.

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    FAMILY RESOURCES

    Student Attendance

    Parents or guardians should handwrite or email student excuse notes to Ms. Patricia Hernandez, Argyle's attendance secretary. Phone calls will not excuse any absences until a note has been turned in to the main office.


    If you have any questions or need to email an excuse note, please contact Argyle's attendance secretary Ms. Patricia Hernandez at patricia_v_hernandez@mcpsmd.org

    COVID-19 Vaccination

    Weekend school-based vaccination clinics focusing on COVID-19 vaccine for infants and younger children now include COVID-19 vaccines for other age groups. Afterschool on-site vaccine clinics will resume the week of September 5th with a focus on Title One schools.


    The school will also offer at-home Rapid tests for both students and staff.

    Lunch Menu

    Please click here to access September's lunch menu.

    ONLINE FARMS APPS ARE AVAILABLE NOW!

    www.MySchoolApps.com is NOW OPEN for parents to complete and submit the 2022–2023 Online Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals!

    FAMILIES CAN APPLY NOW & AVOID LONGER PROCESSING TIMES IN THE FALL!


    REMINDERS FOR SCHOOLS:

    • Please immediately discard all application forms from previous years. As federal government information on the application changes every year, only the 2022–2023 applications may be used.
    • The online application should be encouraged as the primary method to apply for FARMS. Households that complete an online application DO NOT need to submit a paper application. A small supply of 2022–2023 paper application forms in English and Spanish will be distributed to all MCPS Schools close to the first day of school. Paper applications should only be distributed to parents/guardians who request a paper application.
    • Translations in other languages are available through the online application.
    • How-to videos for the online FARMS application in English and Spanish are below and may be shared with families who need assistance


    Spanish Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsdCrtCIFJc&t=4s
    English Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJUapGLarBo

    SchoolCash Online

    Dear Parent/Guardian,


    Montgomery County Public Schools has transitioned to a new online payment system called SchoolCash Online as its preferred method of payment for all school-related fees.

    SchoolCash Online helps parents/guardians and community members pay school-related fees safely, quickly, and easily. SchoolCash Online will help increase efficiency and security at schools by making payments directly into schools’ bank accounts and eliminating the need for teachers to handle money. In addition, once registered, you will be immediately informed about school activities!


    Powered by KEV Group, SchoolCash Online is the industry leader in the management of school fees. The new system puts all of the school-related fees online for purchase so users can make purchases online using a credit card or e-check. A processing fee will be included on all items available for purchase, regardless of the type of payment used on SchoolCash Online or at the school.


    Parents/guardians can register now at - Click here

    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!

    Parent Teacher Student Association

    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

    Student Handbook

    SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION

    WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

    Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 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

    6th Grade Administrator - Ms. Sandall: Elizabeth_A_Sandall@mcpsmd.org

    Magnet Coordinator /7th Grade Administrator - Ms. Chao: Cortney_E_Chao@mcpsmd.org

    8th Grade Administrator - Ms. Turner: Hannah_D_Turner@mcpsmd.org


    Main Office (240) 740-6370

    Attendance Secretary - Ms. Hernandez: Patricia_V_Hernandez@mcpsmd.org

    Front Office Secretary - Ms. Chavarria: Johana_M_Chavarria@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 | Email: Marlene_C_Pineda@mcpsmd.org

    8th Grade Counselor - Ms. Daniels | Email: Nicole_A_Daniels@mcpsmd.org

    6th Grade Counselor - Mr. Kim | Email: Kenneth_L_Kim@mcpsmd.org

    7th Grade Counselor - Ms. Standford | Email: Pamela_J_Stanford@mcpsmd.org

    Resource Counselor/ SSL Coordinator - Mr. Lilja | Email: Matthew_J_Lilja@mcpsmd.org

    Argyle Magnet Middle School

    Magnet Program for Digital Design and Development