Argyle Weekly Newsletter

THE WEEK OF MAY 3RD

VIRTUAL STUDENT LEARNING SCHEDULE WEEK OF MAY 3 - MAY 7 IS A TEAL WEEK

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IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Thursday, May 13th - Teacher Professional Day - No School for Students
  • Wednesday, May 19 - MAP Testing (online)
  • Wednesday, Mat 26 - MAP Testing (online)
  • Friday, May 14th - Drama Club Radio Play: The Ghost of Canterville Chase
  • Monday, May 31st - Memorial Day - Schools & Offices Closed

Staff Appreciation Week

In support of our teachers and staff, Argyle is looking for gift card donations to be raffled off for staff. If interested in donating, please contact Ms. Majano via email at Jennifer_L_Majano@mcpsmd.org or by calling 240-740-6370.
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Summer School Application will be available on the week of May 10th

Summer School will be held in-person this summer at Argyle from July 6th - July 23rd at 8 am until 12:30 pm. This will include math, English and tech elective. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Sign-up application will be available starting next week May 10th.


MCPS will also be hosting a Centrally Virtual summer school. Students can register through ParentVue.

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IN-PERSON WAITLIST HAS BEEN CLOSED

Parents, please keep in mind, with only a few weeks left in school, that we are no longer accepting students for in-person learning! After the original return list, we have made over 200 changes to support students in returning to in-person learning. We strongly encourage students who want to switch from virtual to in-person to sign up for summer school. Please see in the information above.

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Families who missed the Parent meetings held on February 25th, March 11th, March 25th, and April 15th, please review the slides linked below and additional resources:


Interest Survey for Virtual School or In Person School - SCHOOL YEAR 21 - 22

As you know, MCPS recently sent an Interest Survey to help identify how many students would choose to be fully enrolled in a regular, traditional school setting in the 21-22 school year or who would prefer being enrolled in the newly emerging Virtual Learning Academy either as a full-time or part-time student.


Please respond to the survey to help MCPS determine next best steps in its consideration of starting a Virtual Learning Academy. Families can learn more and complete the interest survey here: https://bit.ly/3gxFVjD

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2nd Semester Athletic Season

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the Argyle Winter/Spring Semester Athletic Seasons! The winter/fall seasons are scheduled to occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays after-school at 3:30,​ beginning on Tuesday, May 11, and finishing on Thursday, May 27, 2021. The middle school interscholastic athletics program is available for students in seventh, and eighth grade and consists of the following activities:


*Boys' Basketball

*Boys' Soccer

*Girls' Basketball

*Girls' Soccer


The winter/spring session includes two in-person student-athlete and coach engagement sessions and one virtual engagement session per week, for a total of nine engagements sessions over the course of three weeks. The in-person engagement sessions are scheduled to occur on Tuesdays and Thursday’s, and the virtual engagement session is scheduled to occur on Wednesday’s. 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.

Media Center News

Check the Virtual Media Center page in the Argyle MS MyMCPS course for this week's Media Center Zoom lunch schedule and link, and details on programs including Blind Date with a Book and upcoming virtual author visits.


Virtual Media Center Page

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E N R I C H M E N T:

Gaithersburg Book Festival - Virtual for the month of May

The Gaithersburg Book Festival started on May 1 and will feature events for children, teens, and adults for the entire month of May. There are many children's and teens' authors scheduled for presentations and virtual visits, including many well-known authors such as Jerry Craft, Gordon Korman, Dave Roman, Alan Gratz, Hena Khan, Ellen Oh, Tom Angelberger, and more.


Here is the link to the festival: https://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/

Several Workshops for Teens and Adults are also available and can be found on the Festival website. All workshops are free and will take place via Zoom. Spaces are limited, so register soon.

Howard University Summer Virtual Program Opportunity!

This is an invitation to participate in the Howard University Summer Program called PPACE (Pre-college Program: Access to Careers in Engineering) funded by the US Department of Education and Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program June 14, 2021 to July 2, 2021.


This program is open to all students who will be taking Algebra during fall semester 2020.

Please contact Ms. Tonia Valmore at tonia.valmore@howard.edu for more information!

Montgomery County Recreation Activities

Montgomery County Recreation has opened many of our community centers and is currently offering limited indoor free and low-cost fitness classes to promote active and healthy lifestyles.


While we have missed having you as part of the Excel Beyond the Bell programs, we hope to see you at a Recreation center near you. Here are some classes being held at Praisner Community Center that might interest you:


To view the full listing of available programs for all ages, visit bit.ly/3p2AcmB


For questions please contact the Customer Service team at 240-777-6840 or via email at recreation.customerservice@montgomerycountymd.gov.

For the most up-to-date information on Montgomery County Recreation, please follow @MoCoRec on Twitter or on Facebook at @montgomerycountyrecreation.

See you there!

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

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Health Insurance

MEDICAID

Parents are able to apply for Medicaid directly through the MD health connection website or by calling customer service at 1-855-642-8572 or visiting Maryland Health Connection.


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When ready to complete an application on Maryland Health Connection, please call 240-777-1815 and a Montgomery County worker will assist in MHC to complete the application and submit documents. Medical Care for Uninsured Children (Care for Kids)

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.

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.)

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.

Lunch Menus for the Week of May 3

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

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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

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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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