Argyle Weekly Newsletter
wEEK OF October 12th
VIRTUAL STUDENT LEARNING SCHEDULE WEEK OF October 12th - October 16th
Dear parents & guardians,
It is an MCPS tradition to welcome parents and guardians to shadow students on October 12 to learn more about their daily experiences in school. At Argyle Magnet Middle School, we call this experience, “Crash the Class.”
The virtual experience this year has allowed us to re-invent this opportunity for our families. This year, in addition to joining your child in their regularly scheduled classes, we are inviting you to attend several sessions being held virtually throughout the day by a variety of Argyle staff members. You will find a chart below listing many of the topics that will be discussed. The full selection of sessions, the times and meeting links will be posted on the front page of our website, argylems.org. Please also find the Virtual Classroom Etiquette (Dos & Don'ts) at the bottom of this document. This final information is intended to support the regular classroom environment on the day of visits and allow parents to attend as an observer during this experience.
The day begins at 8:15 am with the principal's address.
Meeting ID: 837 2804 7302 | Passcode: ams
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, 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.
BOOK WARS INFO MEETING: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 AT 2:45 PM
There will be another Book Wars information meeting on Wednesday afternoon. Please join the Zoom if you would like to learn more. There is no obligation to participate by just attending the meeting. There is more information about Book Wars on the Virtual Media Center page, including a video, the list of books, and an information/application sheet. It's a team competition for middle schoolers in Montgomery County where students from middle schools all read the same books, then are quizzed as a team on their knowledge of the books. The competition will be in March or April 2021.
For more information: Click here to go to the Virtual Media Center.
ZOOM LUNCH BUNCHES IN THE VIRTUAL MEDIA CENTER
All students are welcome to join, you do not need to be invited. You can request a breakout room to talk to your friends, we can play Kahoots, Pictionary, or other games, you can ask questions, request books, just chat, it's up to the participants.
- Monday, October 12 and Tuesday, October 13: Are open lunches for all grades from 11:30 - 12 noon.
- Thursday, October 15: is 6th grade lunch bunch from 11:30 - 12
- Friday, October 16: is open for all grades from 11:30 - 12
Zoom link for Zoom Lunches and Book Wars click here
Meeting ID: 946 0269 9139
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.
Student Engagement Website Features Information on Leadership, Service, and Extracurricular Activities
MCPS students can engage and access several different experiences through leadership, service, and extracurricular activities. Students are encouraged to participate at the school level. The new student engagement website includes information for additional learning experiences and information, which often are student-led. Be sure to check
www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/student-engagement/ frequently as content and information will be updated throughout the school year.
Parent Academy Holding To-Go Virtual Webinars, Chats, and Workshops
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. In addition, there are several virtual chats and workshops coming up that may be helpful for families. Visit this link for additional information on the Parent Academy TO GO
Please click the link below for more information:
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 www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/reopening/meals/.
Student Service Learning Opportunities
Student Service Learning (SSL) hours remain a state graduation requirement for the 2020-2021 school year. MCPS students must earn 75 SSL hours to graduate. Students may continue to engage in MCPS SSL opportunities, including traditional in-person opportunities and select virtual/remote opportunities that follow the temporarily amended guidelines posted on the MCPS SSL webpage (www.mcps-ssl.org). All nonprofit-hosted SSL opportunities can be found on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC) website (www.montgomeryserves.org); these opportunities will be tagged with the blue MCPS SSL banner and graduation cap icon. Students may also directly access nonprofit-hosted MCPS SSL opportunities at bit.ly/SSLOpportunities and bit.ly/VirtualSSL2020.
Black and Brown Coalition to Host Virtual Conversation
The Black and Brown Coalition for Education Equity and Excellence is hosting a virtual forum at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15.
The forum, Seeking Accountability on Promises Made to Black and Brown Children, will discuss what progress has been made on the pledge to achieve educational and racial equity for Black and Brown students. The event will also address the impact of virtual learning and challenges regarding the recovery of learning loss.
You can register for the free event here.
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)
- Monday, October 12 - Crash the Class
- Tuesday, October 27- Magnet Open House - 6:30
- 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: