Argyle Weekly Newsletter

THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 8

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IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Book Fair in the Media Center - Monday, November 8 to Friday, November 12

  • Parent Conferences (Virtual) - November 22 & November 23

  • Early Release Day for Students - November 22, November 23, & November 24

  • Thanksgiving Break - Thursday, November 25, 2021 & Friday, November 26, 2021

The End of Marking Period 1

Parents,


Please remember that grades will be available on Friday, November 12th through ParentVUE. Please review the video on How to Check your Student's Grades to guide you through the steps.

Book Fair Volunteers

Argyle is searching for parent volunteers to assist during our book fair from Monday, November 8 to Friday, November 12. If interested, please follow the MCPS Volunteer Process below:


Please click here to see the process on becoming a volunteer

Online Book Fair

Hello,


Students are now able to purchase books by clicking the link below:

Argyle MS - Book Fair

NAACP branch and Parents' Council input to MCPS Superintendent Search

The Montgomery County Board of Education has initiated its search for a new superintendent of schools. We have retained the services of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA), a consulting firm that specializes in assisting Boards with recruiting superintendent candidates.


A key step in this process is to identify the characteristics we will be seeking in our next superintendent of schools. We are delighted to invite you to participate in virtual public forums that will be held on the following date.


Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

(Interpretation available for Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, and American Sign Language)

Zoom Link


We also encourage you to complete the online survey at—

the Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Search Survey 2021

STUDENT ENRICHMENT

Athletic Registration

Dear Parents/Guardians,


Welcome to the Argyle Fall Athletic Seasons! The fall season is scheduled to occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays after-school at 3:10, beginning on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, and finishing on Thursday, February 17, 2022. The middle school interscholastic athletics program is available for students in seventh, and eighth grade and consists of the following activities:

Boys' Basketball

Girls' Basketball


Students must submit a Pre-participation Physical Examination certifying that they are physically fit to participate in the Argyle Middle School athletics program.

*An Activity Bus will be provided for student departure.

Registration is done electronically through the

Argyle Athletics Registration, which is also posted on the school’s website. Students and parents/guardians who have any difficulty with registration should contact Eric Franklin at Eric_S_Franklin@mcpsmd.org. We are excited to return to play and provide your student with the greatest education-based athletics.

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

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Argyle's Minority Scholars Program

The Argyle Scholars Program is Argyle’s chapter of the Minority Scholars Program!


This is an opportunity for student leaders to name, face, and take steps to make a difference at Argyle and close the Opportunity Gap. It is a student-led program that builds community and connects students at various grade levels. Students choose to be a general member or a part of the planning core, which plans the events of each Tuesday session. In facilitating the workshops, students are given ownership of their school community, build confidence, and become leaders in their own way. Further information on the county-wide impact can be found at: https://www.minorityscholars.org


General meetings occur every Tuesday from 3:30 pm until 4:30 pm in Room 124.

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COVID 19 PROCEDURES & UPDATES

COVID - 19 Procedures for Students & Families

As we return to school, we continue to rely on our families and each individual to screen themselves daily for symptoms. To help us avoid quarantine, we are asking that you please continue to screen your children at home and if they have even one symptom of COVID-19, or are awaiting COVID test results, please do not send them to school.


This is particularly important if your child has any of the following single symptoms they will be sent home and not be able to return to school until they have a negative test, alternate diagnosis, or complete a full 10-day quarantine. During that period of time, all other students who have been in close contact will have to be in a temporary quarantine while the other families wait on the outcome of that testing for your child. This could be potentially disruptive to your children and families moving in and out of quarantine and to avoid it takes all of us working together. It is a collective responsibility that we exercise extreme caution and be conservative in our approach.


The single symptoms that the health room staff screen for and will result in quarantine are cough, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, fever ≥100.4°, sore throat, severe Headache, diarrhea or vomiting. Please do not send your children to school with any of these symptoms. This is essential for us to continue to remain in school without quarantine.

Quarantine Instructional Support

When a student needs to quarantine as a result of COVID-like symptoms or due to testing positive for COVID, Argyle has arranged limited live access to staff to provide instructional support. As a result, the grade level counselor will support the student in identifying times and zoom links for that teacher’s availability. The quarantine schedule is to be used only for students who are in a Health Department determined quarantine and not expected to be used for other student illnesses or absences.

FAMILY RESOURCES

Tik Tok Challenges and It's impact at Argyle

There are a couple of trends on Tik Tok called "Devious Lick" and the "Hottest Chip" challenges that are affecting our Argyle community. We wanted to bring awareness to these challenges so you can learn about them and communicate with your kids about the importance of keeping our community safe. Students in middle school are at an age that is easily influenced by social media, and as parents/guardians and educators, we can work together to support our students in making choices that align with the values of our community.


The "Devious Lick" challenge involves destroying or stealing school property. The bathroom soap dispensers in the boy's bathrooms have been pulled out by students attempting to emulate this challenge . These acts of vandalism affect the entire Argyle community, especially since we are still in a pandemic.


The "Hottest Chip" challenge involves eating a chip called "Paqui" which is labeled as the world's hottest chip. People react differently when trying this chip and some people have reacted with health concerns.


When having these conversations with your children, here are some points to focus on

  • Be an ally and advocate for the school and their personal safety.
  • Share information with adults. if your kid sees or knows something is going on, informing a trusting adult can help us keep everyone safe.
  • Take care of school/teacher property. The entire Argyle staff has worked hard to make Argyle a welcoming and safe place for everyone.
  • Identify and avoid social media challenges that are dangerous.

We will be discussing this further at our next parent meeting.

Montgomery County Cares Clinics

Shortage of Meal Supplies

Parent,


Please keep in mind that due to a shortage of food supplies in the country, students will receive different meals that are not on the MCPS menu.

FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEALS

Students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on household size and income. They may also qualify if they are receiving Food Supplement Program (FSP) or Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) benefits. Families may apply for meal benefits by completing an Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for the current school year.


Apply online NOW at MySchoolApps.com (Translations available)

Click here for English video tutorial. Click here for Spanish video tutorial.


Federal eligibility guidelines change each school year; therefore a new application must be submitted each school year. All students in the family should be listed on one household application. A notice will be mailed home for each student if you are approved for meal benefits or do not qualify for meal benefits. Please keep this important document for your records and use throughout the school year. Families may apply for meal benefits at any time during the school year.


Households that are unable to apply online should contact their school or the Division of Food and Nutrition Services at 301-284-4900.


Please click here to apply online.

Lunch Safety Protocol Update

As a result, of additional support provided through the hiring of an monitor, we are able to provide additional support during lunch in the form of limited seating (40 students) outside. This increased safety protocol along with other measures below will continue to reduce the number of students eating and unmasked at the same time

  • Four lunches will continue to reduce the number of students in the cafeteria

  • Additional spaces for lunch provided in the bus loop, media center and as well as 40 seats outside

  • Staggered release of students to lunch lines

  • Recess options after eating

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 WELCOME LETTER

Hello Argyle Family,


Please take a moment to review the welcome letter from Argyle's PTSA President below:

PTSA Welcome Letter

Participate in Argyle's PTSA!

We want to make sure you know about all the great things going on at Argyle!


To join, please complete the forms linked below:


Whatsapp Responsibilities

Your responsibilities by joining the Whatsapp group:


  1. Messaging rights may be limited if we encounter additional issues.
  2. Although Whatsapp is very user family-friendly, we cannot prevent anyone from joining. We can remove a person, however, we cannot remove messages or content.
  3. People will be removed (or block) who post inappropriate messages or content and we will not allow that individual(s) from joining.
  4. If this happens again, please remove the content from your view by selecting the content and select the trash icon.

PTSA What's App Discussion Board

Join PTSA What's App Discussion Boards by clicking below ...


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

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

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

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

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

8th Grade Administrator - Ms. Sandall: elizabeth_a_sandall@mcpsmd.org

7th Grade Administrator - Ms. Shorts: lisa_n_shorts@mcpsmd.org

Magnet Coordinator /6th Grade Administrator - Ms. Chao: Cortney_E_Chao@mcpsmd.org


Main Office (240) 740-6370

Attendance Secretary - Ms. Chavarria: Johana_M_Chavarria@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

6th Grade Counselor: Ms. Tran | Email: Lisa_L_Tran@mcpsmd.org

7th Grade Counselor: Mr. Rowan | Email: Matthew_J_Lilja@mcpsmd.org

8th Grade Counselor: Ms. Green | Email: Chelsea_R_Green@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