Argyle Weekly Newsletter

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 16th

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

VIRTUAL STUDENT LEARNING SCHEDULE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 16th - NOVEMBER 20th

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Welcome to the 2nd Quarter families!

This week we will have our first Wednesday Office Hours. Parents, we need your support in encouraging students to take advantage of this opportunity to improve their grades and enhance their learning on Wednesdays. The opportunity will be highlighted with students in advisory and teachers will send email invitations to students who need to make up or retake assignments

Parent Meeting on Tuesday - English @ 6 pm and Spanish @ 7 pm

On Tuesday, November 17, we will host a parent meeting to review and answer questions on the MCPS return to school form, discuss Parent Teacher Conferences format and hear your reflection on Quarter 1. The meeting for our English speaking families will be at 6 pm. The meeting for our Spanish speaking families will be at 7 pm.


Join Zoom Meeting

https://mcpsmd.zoom.us/j/92884491086?pwd=MHRUNmZQM2hyeFZpVHU1OWZPU3U0dz09


Meeting ID: 928 8449 1086

Passcode: ams

Activate Your ParentVue Account Today!

In the coming weeks, MCPS will be reissuing ParentVue activation letters via e-mail and U.S. mail to families that have not yet set up their accounts. ParentVue is the new learning management system where you can get all of the information you need on how your child is doing in school.


When you are logged into ParentVUE you can:

● See your child’s schedule;

● Check your child’s grades (and report card);

● Check your child’s assignments;

● Send a message to your child’s teacher; and

● Update your contact information.


And there is so much more. Soon you will be able to see a report on Student Service Learning Hours (SSL).


Don’t wait, activate your account today! Watch your e-mail or your U.S. mail for an activation letter. Support resources to help navigate the platform are also available in multiple languages online.
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SGA Food Drive & Thanksgiving Drawing Contest

SGA Food Drive:

The SGA is collecting food donations to be given to the MANNA FoodBank. Food items can be dropped off in the box outside of Argyle's front doors from November 16th-24th between 9 am to 2 pm. Please give what you can.


SGA Thanksgiving Drawing Contest:

The SGA is asking students to create a drawing/picture around the theme of THANKFULNESS and what it visually means to them. Pictures are to be submitted in Advisory on Friday, November 20th. Drawings will be voted on and prizes given for the BEST representation of the theme, THANKFULNESS!

Zoom Lunches in the Virtual Media Center

Join us in the Virtual Media Center on your lunch break! Play games, socialize, tell us your book requests, get help with schoolwork, or ask questions about anything you saw during last week's Advisory lesson on Wednesday 11/11/2020. If you missed that lesson, or want to go back to it, it's in the Modules section in your Advisory class and it's linked at the top of the Virtual Media Center page, it has a LOT of useful information.

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 - new participants welcome


Choose 1 meeting time, or you may attend both:

We will meet at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, November 18 AND Thursday, November 19 at 11:30 am.


On Thursday, we will have a separate breakout room for Book Wars during the lunch Zoom. The meetings will all use the Virtual Media Center Zoom link.

Not sure what Book Wars is? See the information on the Virtual Media Center page, or join a meeting to find out. No obligation!

Link to Virtual Media Center Page


Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 946 0269 9139

Passcode: ams

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 sports seasons, including, 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 approximately three to four weeks. The fall virtual season is scheduled to occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays after-school, beginning on Tuesday, October 26, 2020, and finishing on Thursday, November 20, 2020.

All students participating in the winter 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 Argyle Magnet Middle School Athletics in English or 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.

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.


For more information please visit the MCPS Website

Parent-Teacher Conferences - November 23rd

Parent-Teacher Conferences at Argyle Middle School will be held on November 23rd from 11:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. A communication will be coming on Tuesday of this week to let you know how to sign up for your conferences. All of these conferences will be held virtually on ZOOM. Parents will be able to sign up through their Synergy Account. If you have not activated your ParentVUE, please do so now. ParentVUE Directions are linked HERE.


If you need an activation code or help, feel free to call the main office at Argyle MS - (240) 740-6370

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.

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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!

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

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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
Tuesday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Friday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


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

  • Monday, November 23 - Half Days & Parent Conference
  • Tuesday, November 24 - Report cards are posted to ParentVUE and report cards mailed to any student who has not activated their parent portal
  • Tuesday, November 24 & Wednesday, November 25 - Half Days for Students
  • Thursday, November 26 - Friday, November 27 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Thursday, December 24 - Thursday, January 1 - Winter Break

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


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