Argyle Weekly Newsletter

THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 11

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IMPORTANT DATES:

  • MCAP Testing (Math) - Tuesday, October 12, 2021
  • MCAP Testing (ELA) - Wednesday, October 13, 2021
  • Interims Distributed - Thursday, October 14, 2021

  • Professional Day for Teachers (No School for Students) - Thursday, November 4, 2021

  • Early Release Day for Students - November 22, November 23, & November 24

  • Thanksgiving Break - Thursday, November 25, 2021 & Friday, November 26, 2021

MCAP TESTING DURING ADVISORY

Families remember that on Tuesday and Wednesday we will be administering the MCAP assessments for math and ELA. Please be sure to help your student prepare to do their best by:


  • Getting them to sleep on time and talking to them about doing their best during the test.
  • Remind them to bring their headphones if they have them (Bluetooth earphones are not allowed).
  • Be sure their devices are FULLY charged.
  • Remind students to bring their iPad or Chromebooks.

    Thank you for partnering with us to ensure our students' success!

    Interims Grades

    Parents,


    Please remember that teachers will update grades for interims on Friday, October 8; interims will be distributed on October 14. Please remind students to check their grades and submit make-up work. You can share this video on How to Check for Missing Assignments to guide students through the steps for checking their grades in StudentVUE.

    Tik Tok Challenges and It's impact at Argyle

    There are a couple of trends on Tik Tok called "Devious Lick" and the "Hottest Chip" challenges that are affecting our Argyle community. We wanted to bring awareness to these challenges so you can learn about them and communicate with your kids about the importance of keeping our community safe. Students in middle school are at an age that is easily influenced by social media, and as parents/guardians and educators, we can work together to support our students in making choices that align with the values of our community.


    The "Devious Lick" challenge involves destroying or stealing school property. The bathroom soap dispensers in the boy's bathrooms have been pulled out by students attempting to emulate this challenge . These acts of vandalism affect the entire Argyle community, especially since we are still in a pandemic.


    The "Hottest Chip" challenge involves eating a chip called "Paqui" which is labeled as the world's hottest chip. People react differently when trying this chip and some people have reacted with health concerns.


    When having these conversations with your children, here are some points to focus on

    • Be an ally and advocate for the school and their personal safety.
    • Share information with adults. if your kid sees or knows something is going on, informing a trusting adult can help us keep everyone safe.
    • Take care of school/teacher property. The entire Argyle staff has worked hard to make Argyle a welcoming and safe place for everyone.
    • Identify and avoid social media challenges that are dangerous.

    We will be discussing this further at our next parent meeting.

    STUDENT ENRICHMENT

    Argyle Athletics Registration

    Dear Parents/Guardians,


    Welcome to the Argyle Fall Athletic Seasons! The fall season is scheduled to occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays after-school at 3:30,​ beginning on Tuesday, September 14, and finishing on Thursday, November 4, 2021. The middle school interscholastic athletics program is available for students in seventh, and eighth grade and consists of the following activities:


    • Co-Ed Cross Country
    • Boys' Softball
    • Girls' Softball



    Students must submit a Pre-participation Physical Examination certifying that they are physically fit to participate in the Argyle Middle School athletics program.

    *An Activity Bus will be provided for student departure.


    Registration is done electronically through the Argyle Athletics Registration, 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 return to play and provide your student with the greatest education-based athletics.


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

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    COVID 19 PROCEDURES & UPDATES

    COVID - 19 Procedures for Students & Families

    As we return to school, we continue to rely on our families and each individual to screen themselves daily for symptoms. To help us avoid quarantine, we are asking that you please continue to screen your children at home and if they have even one symptom of COVID-19, or are awaiting COVID test results, please do not send them to school.


    This is particularly important if your child has any of the following single symptoms they will be sent home and not be able to return to school until they have a negative test, alternate diagnosis, or complete a full 10-day quarantine. During that period of time, all other students who have been in close contact will have to be in a temporary quarantine while the other families wait on the outcome of that testing for your child. This could be potentially disruptive to your children and families moving in and out of quarantine and to avoid it takes all of us working together. It is a collective responsibility that we exercise extreme caution and be conservative in our approach.


    The single symptoms that the health room staff screen for and will result in quarantine are cough, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, fever ≥100.4°, sore throat, severe Headache, diarrhea or vomiting. Please do not send your children to school with any of these symptoms. This is essential for us to continue to remain in school without quarantine.

    Quarantine Instructional Support

    When a student needs to quarantine as a result of COVID-like symptoms or due to testing positive for COVID, Argyle has arranged limited live access to staff to provide instructional support. As a result, the grade level counselor will support the student in identifying times and zoom links for that teacher’s availability. The quarantine schedule is to be used only for students who are in a Health Department determined quarantine and not expected to be used for other student illnesses or absences.

    FAMILY RESOURCES

    Amharic Community Meeting Announcement

    Good evening Down-County Consortium Parents/Guardians/Caregivers:


    Northwood High School, in partnership with the MCPS Office of Curriculum and Instruction, will be holding a Zoom webinar community meeting on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 7pm regarding a proposal for an Amharic language pilot course at Northwood High School.

    All interested community members can join the meeting via the Zoom information below. We will discuss why this course is critical for our community, hear from our students and community members, how you can support the course and approval process, and answer any questions you may have. Amharic translation will be available.

    If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Garrick, principal of Northwood High School, at Jonathan_L_Garrick@mcpsmd.org

    Zoom Link

    Webinar ID: 812 6853 6409

    Passcode: 862291

    One tap mobile : US: +13017158592,,81268536409#

    Or Telephone: +1 301 715 8592

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    እንደምን አመሻችሁ የዳውን-ካውንቲ ኮንሶርሺየም ወላጆች/አሳዳጊዎች/ተንከባካቢዎች፦


    የኖርዝውድ ሁለተኛ ደረጃ ት/ቤት ከሥርዓተ ትምህርት እና ትምህርት ቢሮ ጋር በመተባበር፣ በኖርዝዉድ ሁለተኛ ደረጃ ትምህርት ቤት የአማርኛ ቋንቋ የሙከራ ኮርስ ሀሳብን በተመለከተ ረቡዕ ኦክቶበር 20/2021 በ 7pm ላይ የዙም ዌቢናር የማኅበረሰብ ስብሰባ ያደርጋል። ፍላጎት ያላቸው ሁሉም የማህበረሰብ አባላት ከዚህ በታች ባለው የዙም መረጃ አማካይነት ስብሰባውን መቀላቀል ይችላሉ። ይህ ኮርስ ለማህበረሰባችን ለምን ወሳኝ እንደሆነ እንወያያለን፣ ከተማሪዎቻችን እና ከማህበረሰቡ አባላት፣ ትምህርቱን እና የማፅደቅ ሂደቱን እንዴት እንደሚደግፉ እንሰማለን፣ እናም ሊኖሩዎት ለሚችሉ ጥያቄዎች ሁሉ መልስ እንሰጣለን። ማንኛውም አይነት ጥያቄ ካለዎት እባክዎን የኖርዝውድ ሁለተኛ ደረጃ ትምህርት ቤት ርዕሰ መምህር ዶክተር ጋሪክን በ Jonathan_L_Garrick@mcpsmd.org ይገናኙ።


    https://mcpsmd.zoom.us/j/81268536409?pwd=RjFxUEVLcDZ6L2VSYzRWSXcvbW9pZz09

    የዌብናር መለያ/Webinar ID: 812 6853 6409

    ፓስኮድ (Passcode)፦ 862291

    በሞባይል አንዴ በመጫን/One tap mobile ፦ US: +13017158592,,81268536409#

    ወይም በስልክ ፦ +1 301 715 8592

    Montgomery County Cares Clinics

    FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEALS

    Students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on household size and income. They may also qualify if they are receiving Food Supplement Program (FSP) or Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) benefits. Families may apply for meal benefits by completing an Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for the current school year.


    Apply online NOW at MySchoolApps.com (Translations available)

    Click here for English video tutorial. Click here for Spanish video tutorial.


    Federal eligibility guidelines change each school year; therefore a new application must be submitted each school year. All students in the family should be listed on one household application. A notice will be mailed home for each student if you are approved for meal benefits or do not qualify for meal benefits. Please keep this important document for your records and use throughout the school year. Families may apply for meal benefits at any time during the school year.


    Households that are unable to apply online should contact their school or the Division of Food and Nutrition Services at 301-284-4900.


    Please click here to apply online.

    Lunch Safety Protocol Update

    As a result, of additional support provided through the hiring of an monitor, we are able to provide additional support during lunch in the form of limited seating (40 students) outside. This increased safety protocol along with other measures below will continue to reduce the number of students eating and unmasked at the same time

    • Four lunches will continue to reduce the number of students in the cafeteria

    • Additional spaces for lunch provided in the bus loop, media center and as well as 40 seats outside

    • Staggered release of students to lunch lines

    • Recess options after eating

    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!

    Parent Teacher Student Association

    PTSA WELCOME LETTER

    Hello Argyle Family,


    Please take a moment to review the welcome letter from Argyle's PTSA President below:

    PTSA Welcome Letter

    Participate in Argyle's PTSA!

    We want to make sure you know about all the great things going on at Argyle!


    To join, please complete the forms linked below:


    PTSA What's App Discussion Board

    Join PTSA What's App Discussion Boards 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

    SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION

    WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

    Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 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

    8th Grade Administrator - Ms. Sandall: elizabeth_a_sandall@mcpsmd.org

    7th Grade Administrator - Ms. Shorts: lisa_n_shorts@mcpsmd.org

    Magnet Coordinator /6th Grade Administrator - Ms. Chao: Cortney_E_Chao@mcpsmd.org


    Main Office (240) 740-6370

    Attendance Secretary - Ms. Chavarria: Johana_M_Chavarria@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

    6th Grade Counselor: Ms. Tran | Email: Lisa_L_Tran@mcpsmd.org

    7th Grade Counselor: Mr. Rowan | Email: Matthew_J_Lilja@mcpsmd.org

    8th Grade Counselor: Ms. Green | Email: Chelsea_R_Green@mcpsmd.org

    Resource Counselor/ SSL Coordinator: Mr. Lilja | Email: Matthew_J_Lilja@mcpsmd.org

    Argyle Magnet Middle School

    Magnet Program for Digital Design and Development