Argyle Weekly Newsletter
WEEK OF JANUARY 4TH
Four More Weeks of Quarter 2!
Families remember the last day of classes this quarter is January 28th. Teachers will process second quarter grades on January 29th. NOW is the time to complete all assignments on time, make up missed assignments, ask questions during classes and visit teachers' office hours on Wednesday. Don't wait until the end of the quarter. To meet your academic goals, start now!
VIRTUAL STUDENT LEARNING SCHEDULE WEEK OF JANUARY 4TH - JANUARY 8TH
Argyle's 6th Grade Virtual Outdoor Education Begins Jan. 4th
ADVISORY PERIOD- Why It Is Important
Advisory is a REQUIRED class for ALL students and it runs from 2:50 to 3:15 Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri on weeks with a normal schedule. Check the weekly newsletter for information on schedule changes. Important information and announcements (ex: re-opening of schools, testing information) are given in Advisory as well as lessons for the well being of students (ex: mental health check-in, how to manage stress). You do not want to miss out!
Attendance is taken in Advisory, students who do not attend are marked ABSENT.
See you in Advisory!
Wednesday Office Hours
Parents continue to encourage 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.
Culture of Respect
All students at Argyle Middle School were introduced to the Culture of Respect Module in their Advisory classes. This module, created by MCPS, was designed to take an active role in ensuring our students are informed and able to recognize signs of bullying / cyberbullying, harassment (including sexual harassment), hate-bias incidents, hazing, intimidation, and student gender norms. The module is also designed to educate our students on the various ways to report alleged/concerning incidents, as well as provide school leaders with valuable student voice data in order to assess the current culture and climate of respect at their schools and plan for improvements. All students are required to complete their modules. Please ask your students about the content and learning in the modules. Also, please encourage your students to complete and unfinished portions.
S.O.S. Parent Training Materials
Good evening parents and Happy New Year. The counseling department will be presenting a county-wide lesson to students on the signs of suicide (S.O.S.). The lessons are created to educate students on identifying signs and to provide resources that they can access. We have provided parent letters and a training video on our website. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your student's grade level counselor.
Parent training recordings links
COUNSELOR VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS
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 hours, 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
Virtual Link: Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 876 7442 3083 | Password: ams
6th Grade Counselor: Ms. Hardy
Virtual Link: Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 98859484418 | Password: ams (case sensitive)
7th Grade Counselor: Mr. Lilja
Virtual Link: Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 3109498714 | Password: ams (case sensitive)
8th Grade Counselor: Ms. Tran
Virtual Link: Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 832 0065 4201 | Password: ams (case sensitive)
Zoom Lunches in the Virtual Media Center
During the lunches, if you want to have a breakout room to chat with friends or in a different language or play games, just ask! We can play Kahoots! or Pictionary any time if participants want, just ask! You can ask questions about school, books, classwork, technology, anything. Give us your book suggestions! Want Mrs. Suzich to read a book? Just ask! This is your virtual space. We welcome your ideas and suggestions.
Meeting ID: 946 0269 9139
Zoom lunch schedule for the week of January 4-8:
- Monday, 1/4- Open for all students
- Tuesday, 1/5 - Open for all students
- Wednesday, 1/6 - there will be a special schoolwide event this day, so no Media Center lunch Zoom
- Thursday, 1/7 - Open for all students - Mrs. Suzich will have a Book Wars meeting in a breakout room
- Friday, 1/8 - Open for all students but especially for NEW KIDS - New Students may join others to get to know each other in breakout rooms.
We will meet on Wednesday, January 6 at 2:45 PM, and Thursday, January 7 at 11:30 AM.
WEDNESDAY READ-ALOUDS and UPCOMING AUTHOR VISIT FOR WORLD READ-ALOUD DAY FEB. 3
We will resume our Read Alouds next week on Wednesday, January 13 at 11:30 AM with the book "All the Impossible Things," by Lindsay Lackey. This is one of this year's Black-Eyed Susan nominees, as well as one of this year's Book Wars books. The audiobook is always available through Hoopla with a public library card, and the book and audiobook are available through Sora from MCPS and MCPL, the public library. We will be reading this book for the month of January, because we will have the awesome experience on Wednesday, February 3 to have a virtual visit with the author, Lindsay Lackey at 12 noon! Readers and listeners will have a chance to read or listen to the book before we get to meet Ms. Lackey live. Mrs. Suzich will provide a Padlet for you to submit questions for Ms. Lackey in January.
If you received a call, please make sure to check your ParentVUE account under attendance to verify which period the student has been marked absent. If you believe your child's attendance was a mistake, please make sure to contact the student's teacher.
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.
Please click the link below for more information:
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
low-cost internet access
Please visit Montgomery County - Low-Cost Internet for more information!
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.
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
Tech Office Hours
- Monday, January 18th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - School and Offices Closed
- Thursday, January 29th - End of Marking Period
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: email@example.com
7th Grade Administrator - Ms. Sandall: firstname.lastname@example.org
Magnet Coordinator /6th Grade Administrator - Mr. Hwang: email@example.com
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:
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