Argyle Weekly Newsletter
VIRTUAL STUDENT LEARNING SCHEDULE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 28th - October 2nd
Advisory is REQUIRED
This is a reminder to students and families that Advisory is a required course. Advisory takes place during the last period of each day from 2:50 pm to 3:15 pm. Attendance is taken in advisory. It is of utmost importance that students attend in order to nourish their socio-emotional wellness, create consistency & community with an advisor and classmates. Attending ensures students receive important school-wide information and life-skill training. If you have further questions please reach out to your grade level counselor.
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
The Board of Education has proclaimed Tuesday, September 15 to Thursday, October 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. Throughout the month, MCPS schools will be celebrating the unique culture and traditions of students, teachers, staff, and community members who trace their roots to Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries in North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
Hispanics are the fastest growing ethnic group in MCPS, with 32 percent of the student population, representing 21 Spanish-speaking countries. We want all MCPS students, parents/guardians, and staff to celebrate with us! Share a picture that represents your Hispanic heritage and MCPS may feature it in a virtual gallery. E-mail pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch this video for more information.
Make-up testing will be held for students who missed MAP-R testing or who did not complete testing. The testing will be held on Tuesday, September 29 (11:45-2:30) and Wednesday, September 30 (9:00-11:40). If your student needs to engage in make-up testing, your child will get an email with all of the information including the Zoom link for testing.
We appreciate all you have done to help students understand the importance of being present and engaging in this diagnostic opportunity.
The Argyle Virtual Media Center is open for Zoom lunch!
- Tuesday, September 29 from 11:30-12:00 for ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF BRING YOUR PET DAY! Bring your pet to the Zoom, or just see everyone else's.
- Wednesday, September 30, from 11:30-12:00 for All Students "Beat the Librarian at Kahoot! Day"
- Thursday, October 1, from 11:30-12:00 for 6th grade students
The Zoom link is the same for all lunches: Click here
The meeting ID: 946 0269 9139
The passcode: ams
The Zoom lunch information is always at the top of the Virtual Media Center page in the Argyle MS myMCPS course. Click here to go to the Virtual Media Center page.
The Zoom lunches are a time to socialize, and also provide an opportunity for students to ask questions about online resources, ebooks, audiobooks, Destiny, and Sora and get individual help if needed, and they can request to play Kahoot! or other games. Students may request breakout rooms to talk with their friends or speak in Spanish, Portuguese, or French with other students or staff members.
Mrs. Suzich, the media specialist, is fluent in French, and Mrs. Paull, the media assistant, is fluent in Spanish. One of Argyle's new teachers, Mr. Neto, is fluent in Portuguese and will occasionally join our lunches.
Fall 2020 Survey
MCPS is soliciting feedback from parents/guardians, students, and staff as part of ongoing efforts to ensure students, staff, and families have the resources and support needed to successfully engage in virtual learning. The survey can be completed here.
Parent Academy Launches To-Go Virtual Webinars
Families and students can stay engaged throughout the school year with Parent Academy TO GO. Parent Academy TO GO is a series of virtual webinars for families to watch at home.
September and October webinars are listed on the Parent Academy website.
Argyle Is a Food Distribution Site!
MCPS is increasing to a triple meal service on Fridays to help address food insecurity for MCPS students over the weekend. The district will also continue to partner with local nonprofits, faith-based organizations, County Government agencies, and others to provide food and other critical resources to the community. More information is available at
Be Well 365 Recovery Plan: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Lessons
In compliance with the Maryland State Department of Education Guidance for Phase II fall reopening, MCPS is coordinating concrete steps to address the physical, social, and psychological needs of our students, families, and staff. The goals of the MCPS Be Well 365 Recovery plan are to:
Communicate to students, staff members, families, and the community that “MCPS Cares”
Reassure students, staff members, families, and the community that each and every person is valued and heard
Recognize that many of us have experienced trauma during the COVID-19 school closures; however, within that trauma, we may have experienced it at different levels and to different degrees
Support students, staff members, and families in a culturally responsive manner that focuses on equity and anti-racism.
PTSA What's App Discussion Boards
Join by clicking below ...
English (ArgylePTSA.en) - https://chat.whatsapp.com/GKxLzQJTsRlDFcQJucjHRR
Spanish (ArgylePTSA.sp) - https://chat.whatsapp.com/L09ZMqTqU7QB40yvOauSBl
Vietnamese (ArgylePTSA.vi) - https://chat.whatsapp.com/CrhAwrYGRx81FOVnS0uno7
Portuguese (ArgylePTSA.pt) - https://chat.whatsapp.com/DELA314K2hC0e5wFOSIQrr
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
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
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: 94470598938 Password: ams (case sensitive)
ELL/ESOL Counselor: Ms. Judd
Virtual Link: Zoom Link Meeting ID: 93054529038 Password: ams (case sensitive)
- Monday, September, 28 - No school for students and teachers
- Friday, October 2 - Early release day for students
- Wednesday, October 7 - MAP Test (MAP-R & MAP-M) - 9:00 am
- Tuesday, November 3 - Election Day - Schools and Offices Closed
- Monday, November 9 - Professional Day for Teachers; No School for Student.
- Monday, November 9 - End of Quarter
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 (301) 460-2400
School Principal - Mr. Allrich: James_K_Allrich@mcpsmd.org
6th Grade Administrator - Mr. Hwang: email@example.com
7th Grade Administrator - Ms. Sandall: firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Grade Administrator - Ms. Shorts: email@example.com
Main Office (301) 460-2400
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 (301) 460-2410
Counseling Secretary/Registrar - Ms. Pineda: Marlene_C_Pineda@mcpsmd.org
For academic support please check the link below: