Argyle Weekly Newsletter

September 28th

VIRTUAL STUDENT LEARNING SCHEDULE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 28th - October 2nd

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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 pio@mcpsmd.org. Watch this video for more information.

MCPS is Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

MAP-R Make-Up

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.

Attention Argyle Magnet Students!

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


Register to participate in the Fall Virtual Athletic Season (Cross Country, Boys’ and Girls’ Softball) at this link Argyle Athletics.

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

www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/reopening/meals/.

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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.

All MCPS schools are implementing a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) psycho-educational lesson during September to affirm students’ competence, sense of self-worth, and feelings of safety. The lesson addresses the challenges students face living through the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic and structural racism. For the next three weeks, during advisory classes teachers will deliver these SEL lessons. By the end of this lesson students will be able to recognize 2-3 common reactions to crisis, identify resources for support, perform a deep breathing exercise for relaxation purposes, and identify and use 2-3 coping strategies. If you have any questions regarding the SEL lessons, please contact the resource counselor Nicole_R_Judd@mcpsmd.org, our Restorative Justice Coordinator Ana_lopez@mcpsmd.org or the principal, James Allrich James_K_Allrich@mcpsmd.org

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.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfI682JHZy_aI1i9t1CigBdDsj6K48bIjxzMeuJ-QTu-Qw-WA/viewform?entry.255371218=Argyle+MS


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

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)


ELL/ESOL Counselor: Ms. Judd

Email: Nicole_R_Judd@mcpsmd.org

Virtual Link: Zoom Link Meeting ID: 93054529038 Password: ams (case sensitive)

Important Dates

  • 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: jae_hwang@mcpsmd.org

7th Grade Administrator - Ms. Sandall: elizabeth_a_sandall@mcpsmd.org

8th Grade Administrator - Ms. Shorts: lisa_n_shorts@mcpsmd.org


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


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