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JANUARY 7 | 2021
January Marks School Board Appreciation Month!
Argyle ISD is joining districts across the state during January to celebrate School Board Appreciation Month.
The district is excited to honor its seven Trustees with the state-wide theme of "Navigating to Success." During the coming weeks, Argyle ISD will honor each Trustee with posts on social media. Please join us on these platforms and share your thanks for their service and dedication to the students, teachers and staff of Argyle ISD!
Argyle ISD will honor the Trustees at the Tuesday, Jan. 19 Regular Board Meeting. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. at the AISD administration building, located at 800 Eagle Drive.
The School Board includes: President Sam Slaton, Vice President Dr. John Bitter, Secretary Craig Hawkesworth, Dr. Leona McDade and Trustees Jeff Williams, Brad Lowry and Ritchie Deffenbaugh.
Click here to read more about the Argyle ISD Trustees.
Four Virtual Days Approved for Second Semester
Before the winter break, the Argyle ISD Board of Trustees approved a waiver for the district to convert four days in the second semester to virtual learning. On these specific days, all Argyle ISD students will transition to virtual learning. This will also afford teachers additional planning and professional development time along with student engagement opportunities.
The waiver was presented and approved by the School Board during the December regular meeting. Teachers will communicate with students and parents regarding the expectations on these assigned "virtual days" as they draw closer.
DISTRICT-WIDE VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION DAYS
Friday, Jan. 29
Monday, Feb. 22
Friday, March 5
Friday, April 16
New COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines Implemented
Argyle ISD implemented new quarantine guidelines beginning Jan. 4, 2021. The CDC, Texas Education Agency, and the University Interscholastic League have all provided amended guidelines regarding quarantine periods for individuals who have had direct exposure to a positive individual but are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Based on current CDC guidance, the stay-at-home period can end for individuals with direct contact but not experiencing symptoms:
(CDC and the Department of State Health Services continue to recommend the 14-day quarantine period for direct exposure to a positive confirmed case)
- On Day 10 after close contact exposure without testing,
- On Day 7 after close contact exposure and after receiving a negative test result (which must be a PCR test only and taken on Day 5 of the quarantine in this scenario)
Please note the quarantine time period will start with Day 0 being the day of the test. Day 1 starts the quarantine time period the day after the test has been administered. Argyle ISD nurses also must receive a document of the confirmed direct exposure.
Need COVID-19 Assistance? Contact Your Campus Nurse
Eagle families, if you need assistance regarding COVID-19 information, quarantines, testing, contact tracing or Argyle ISD protocols, please contact your child's campus nurse. They can assist you and provide you with helpful information regarding contact tracing and quarantine timelines. We are so grateful for these outstanding nurses during this pandemic. They are doing amazing work every day helping keep our students and staff safe!
NURSE CONTACT INFORMATION
Argyle High School - Sherrie Thompson
Argyle Middle School - Traca Maestas
Argyle Intermediate School - Kris Wildeveld
Argyle West Elementary - Kat Fortino
Hilltop Elementary - Emily Mericle
COVID-19 Cases Updated Dashboard & Case Communication During Second Semester
- Argyle ISD has provided an updated dashboard for families following the winter break. The campus nurses have compiled the reported cases since Argyle ISD was closed for the break on Dec. 17. The updated numbers reflect all active and recovered cases following the break.
- Starting this week, Argyle ISD communications will send email notifications regarding new cases to only the campuses impacted that specific day. All other campuses can continue to monitor the cases dashboard which will be updated daily and shared periodically on Argyle ISD's social media accounts. This is an effort to reduce the volume of messages our parents are receiving at campuses that do not have a reported case on that specific day.
AISD Earns Superior Financial Rating for 18th Consecutive Year
Argyle ISD earned an "A" rating for "Superior Achievement" under Texas' School FIRST - Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. This rating is the state's highest, demonstrating the quality of Argyle ISD's financial management and reporting systems.
The district has achieved this highest honor for 18 consecutive years and received a perfect score of 100. A score of 60 must be received to pass and 100 is the maximum score that can be earned. The 2019-2020 School FIRST rating is based upon an analysis of staff and student data reported for the 2018-2019 school year and audited budgetary and actual financial data for the 2019 fiscal year ending Aug. 31. 2019.
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Have You Seen the Latest Insights Magazine?!
It's Here! The latest issue of Insights Magazine!
Be sure to check out the Insights Magazine Winter Issue which is available now online! It is also available in the front offices at all campuses.
This issue includes...
- Spotlight on Nurses by Dr. Wright
- Feature on Eagle Partner - McDowell Family
- Argyle ISD Police Department Wins Award!
- Cross Country Races To State
- Tons of photos from across all the campuses!
Now Hiring New Eagles!
School Board Election 2021 Information
The first day Board filing application packets will be available is Friday, Jan. 8. They can be picked up at the front office of the Argyle ISD administration building, located at 800 Eagle Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The first day to submit an application packet is Wednesday, Jan. 13. They must be submitted at the administration building.
The last day to file for election is Friday, Feb. 12. If you have any questions please email Yvolene McGarvey at email@example.com.
Two places are up for election - Place 4-Ritchie Deffenbaugh and Place 5-Dr. Leona McDade. Trustees serve three-year terms.
Eagle Reminder: MASK UP on the Bus!
All Argyle ISD bus riders are required to wear face coverings at all times. Please remember to MASK UP before boarding the bus by wearing a mask, face shield or gaiter.
For more information on COVID-19 Bus Transportation rules visit http://bit.ly/33KlOs3
Remedy A Cappella Releases New Music Video!
Click here to visit Remedy's Facebook page.
Eagle Basketball Team Hosts WF Hirschi Friday
The Argyle Eagles will host a non-district game Friday night at Eagle gym vs. Wichita Falls Hirschi. Fans must purchase tickets online using the GoFan website or app. Click here to visit the Argyle HS GoFan website. Tipoff time is 6:30 p.m. The Eagles defeated Castleberry 94-24 on Tuesday in district action.
The Lady Eagles have a bye on Friday night and are coming off an 83-10 district victory vs. Castleberry on Tuesday. They return to action Friday on the road against Bridgeport.
Photo credit: The Talon News
Eagle Cross Country Runner Earns All-State Honor
Photo credit: Rebecca O'Neal, The Talon News
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Eagles Earn Academic All-State Recognition
Photo credit: Argyle Football Twitter account @argylegridiron
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Argyle Independent School District
Argyle ISD is a fast-growth public school district in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with more than 3,700 students and 400 employees. The District includes five campuses. Argyle ISD is a 10-time UIL Lone Star Cup Champion. The Eagle Extra! Newsletter is produced by the Argyle ISD Communications & Marketing Department.