Argyle Weekly Newsletter

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 22nd

VIRTUAL STUDENT LEARNING SCHEDULE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 22ND - FEBRUARY 26TH

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Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, February 24th - Honor Roll Recognition @ 11:30 am Zoom: TBA
  • Thursday, February 25th - PTSA Meeting
  • Friday, March 26th - Movie Night
  • Monday, March 29th - Monday, April 6th - Spring Break

PTSA MEETING ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH

On Thursday, February 25th at 6:30 p.m., we will host a PTSA meeting where we will discuss PTSA open board positions and the return to in-person partial updates.


Zoom Link (English and Spanish)

Meeting ID: 928 8449 1086

Passcode: ams


Families who missed the last PTSA meeting held on February 9th, please review the slides linked below:

Virtual Learning and Preparing to ReOpen

CLASSROOM MONITOR HIRING SUPPORT

As MCPS Prepares for our return to an in-person learning experience, we have a need for adults to support the supervision of students. If you know any adults with the minimal qualification of high school diploma/GED who would be interested in monitoring students at $15.72 per hour, please encourage them to apply to be considered for the position of classroom monitor. Duties include monitoring classrooms for teachers who are providing virtual instruction to students in the building and supporting in-person teachers. Interested individuals need to apply on https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/careers/ We do anticipate the need for classroom monitors at our school however, we cannot guarantee our site would be the location all interested individuals would be assigned to work.
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VIRTUAL TALENT SHOW

Do you have a talent? Do you want to show it off?

Argyle will have its 1st Virtual talent show, please complete the sign-up form by February 15th. After completing the google form, please send an audition video to Ms. Marino (Samantha_L_Marino@mcpsmd.org) before March 1st.


Virtual Talent Show Sign-Up Form

6th Grade Students of the Month

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E N R I C H M E N T:

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SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION:

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

Email: Chelsea_R_Green@mcpsmd.org

Virtual Link: Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 876 7442 3083 | Password: ams


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: 832 0065 4201 | Password: ams (case sensitive)

A T T E N D A N C E :

Attendance Calls

We send out daily calls for attendance, parents will receive phone calls for any missed classes including advisory.

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.

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 click on the link below 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

F a m i l y R E S O U R C E S

VIRTUAL CHAT: CommUNITY Chat

MCPS cares! You and your child’s well-being are important to us and we value your perspective! Please join us to share your experience with remote learning, accessing technology, community resources, and connecting with MCPS staff throughout the pandemic. Presented by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.


Note: This virtual chat has a separate registration form. Please use the link below to register for this workshop:

2021 MCPS Recovery Guide

The MCPS Spring 2021 Recovery Guide provides an overview of the district’s plans for virtual and in-person learning experiences; extracurricular activities and athletics; operations, safety and logistics; and more. The guide can be viewed here.

Choose Respect Video PSA Contest Accepting Entries

The 12th Annual Choose Respect Montgomery video PSA contest is now accepting entries. This contest challenges middle and high school students to create an original 60-second public service announcement (PSA) video to promote awareness of dating abuse and domestic violence among teens. Students will earn 10 SSL hours for the successful completion and quality submission of a PSA video. The top five videos, selected by students in secondary schools, will be awarded with prizes and viewed on the MCPS and Choose Respect Montgomery webpages.

More information is available here.

NEW OPTIONS for Schedules: Abbreviated Schedules Available- Credit/No Credit Available

In response to feedback to MCPS about virtual learning adjustments have been made to improve the student/teacher experience in virtual learning, promote student well-being, and provide flexible options for student schedules.

Schedule adjustments are now available for the second semester to:

  • Abbreviated Schedule: Request an abbreviated schedule to lighten course load and take a course over the summer or in future semesters instead.
  • Credit/No Credit: Take up to two courses Credit/No Credit (also known as Pass/Fail) (instead of a letter grade, in courses not specifically required for graduation. Students/parents/guardians will have until the beginning of the fourth marking period to make the decision about Credit/No Credit or withdraw from a course, without notation on the transcript, extended from the 25th day of the semester).
  • 1st Semester Credit/No Credit: Students/parents/guardians will be permitted to retroactively apply the Credit/No Credit option to courses taken during the first semester of the 2020-21 school year. (While systems and processes are in development, students/parents are being advised to wait to make any requests until at least February 16, 2021 after report cards are received.)

County Launches Food Access Survey

The Montgomery County Food Council launched a short 8-question COVID-19 Community Food Access survey seeking input from residents to guide Montgomery County food security initiatives in 2021. Residents’ feedback on how the County can best serve our communities and improve food access during and after the COVID-19 pandemic is essential to informing program implementation, policy development, and future funding priorities.


The deadline for survey responses is Wednesday, March 17, 2021. The survey is available here: County Launches Food Access Survey

Bulk Meal Boxes Available for MCPS Families

The Division of Food and Nutrition Services is providing bulk box meals to help accommodate the schedules of working parents and meet the needs of MCPS students. DFNS will distribute boxes on Tuesdays (3 Day Meal Box) & Fridays (4 Day Meal Box) at two designated locations. More information can be found here.

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

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

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!

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

WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Argyle Tech office will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 - 3 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

For academic support please check the link below:

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