Argyle Weekly Newsletter
THE WEEK OF JUNE 7TH
VIRTUAL STUDENT LEARNING SCHEDULE WEEK OF JUNE 7 - JUNE 11 IS A PURPLE WEEK
- Tuesday, June 8th - Last PTSA Meeting @ 6:30 pm
- Wednesday, June 9th - 2nd Dose Vaccines for families that received their 1st vaccine at Argyle
- Friday, June 11th - 8th Grade Promotion (Virtual) - During 2nd Period
- Friday, June 11th & Monday, June 14th - End of Year celebration for 6th and 7th grade Advisory Time (In-Person)
- Monday, June 14th & Tuesday, June 15th - 8th Grade Device Return/Yearbook Pick up
- Wednesday, June 16th - Last Day of School & Early Release day for Students
Last PTSA meeting of the Year - June 8
On Tuesday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m., we will host a PTSA meeting where we will discuss the PTSA executive board for next year, summer school and the fall return. This is the last meeting of the school year.
Zoom Link (English and Spanish)
Meeting ID: 928 8449 1086
The 8th Grade Promotion and Awards Ceremony
When: Friday, June 11th, 2021 at 9:15 a.m.
Where: Virtual Link: promotion.argylems.org
To help make this year’s class of 2021 promotion special, Argyle will host the following events:
Monday, June 7 -Thursday, June 10: 8th Grade Spirit Week
Monday, June 14 & Tuesday, June 15: In-Person Celebrations at Argyle MS
Please encourage students to attend our Argyle In-Person Celebration. There will be games and music for students to enjoy during the event! This is a time for 8th graders to celebrate, say goodbye to friends and to their favorite Argyle staff members before they transition to high school. For this event, students will be assigned to one of the following groups either in the morning or afternoon: June 14th a.m, June 14th p.m, June 15th a.m or June 15th p.m. The event will last for no more than 2 hours.
For more information please our 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony Parent Letter
8th Grade Celebration Groups
Hello Argyle Magnet families,
This is an important clarification for the parents and guardians of 8th graders about 2 upcoming 8th-grade events. The VIRTUAL promotion (to be held on June 11th) is separate from the In-Person 8th Grade Celebrations (for students only) to be held on June 14th & 15th.
The assigned groups shared below are for the In-Person 8th Grade End of Year Celebrations (which is not the same as the 8th grade VIRTUAL promotion on June 11th).
Please see the slide below for student assignments for the 8th Grade End of Year Celebrations. Students only will attend one celebration at their assigned date and time. Activities include dancing, card games, limbo, basketball, soccer, yearbook signing, middle school goodbyes and so much more! Details on 8th-grade events will also be covered at our upcoming PTSA meeting on June 8th; there will be an opportunity to answer any of your questions at that time. We look forward to celebrating with you soon.
Summer School Applications are now available!
MCPS will also be hosting a Centrally Virtual summer school. Students can register through ParentVue.
Student of the Month
Montgomery County DHHS COVID-19 Vaccine Video Contest
The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is seeking middle and high school students interested in creating a 30-45 second video PSA to spread awareness about the COVID-19 vaccine. Students may earn 5 SSL hours for quality video submissions and may create a video as a team with up to five students or on their own. All contest entries are due by Friday, June 4, at 5 p.m. Interested students may find additional details and directions for this contest at the following link and on the flyer (English/Spanish).
Blair Summer Programs
Blair is offering a wide range of original credit, credit recovery, credit extension, and enrichment programs that your 8th graders may be interested in taking advantage of!
Registration is open now and the deadline to register is June 4th.
The registration and information for all programs can be found in the links below:
We also made a video to share with our students that might be helpful.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
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.
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:
- Sports Fit- Youth - Sport Fit (activecommunities.com)
- Sport Fit- Youth - Sport Fit (activecommunities.com)
- Family Fit Games - Family Fit Games (activecommunities.com)
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 email@example.com.
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
Virtual Link: Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 876 7442 3083 | Password: ams
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: 832 0065 4201 | Password: ams (case sensitive)
A T T E N D A N C E :
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:
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
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.
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 Menu for the Week of May 31
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
low-cost internet access
Please visit Montgomery County - Low-Cost Internet for more information!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
7th Grade Administrator - Ms. Sandall: email@example.com
Magnet Coordinator /6th Grade Administrator - Mr. Hwang: firstname.lastname@example.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:
Students, sign-up to share your joy of books by reading to elementry students.