Argyle Weekly Newsletter
WEEK OF DECEMBER 14TH
VIRTUAL STUDENT LEARNING SCHEDULE WEEK OF DECEMBER 14TH - DECEMBER 18TH
Interims December 16th
Please remember that teachers will update grades for interims next Wednesday, December 16; interims will be distributed on December 21. 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.
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.
Wednesday Office Hours
As a reminder, this week we will host Wednesday Office Hours. Parents continue to support by encouraging students to take advantage of this opportunity to improve their grades and enhance their learning on Wednesdays. Teachers will continue to send email invitations to students who need to make up or retake assignments.
Zoom Lunches in the Virtual Media Center
Zoom lunch in the Virtual Media Center schedule for the week of December 14 -18 all from 11:30 - 12 noon
- Monday, Tuesday - open for all grades
- Wednesday - READ ALOUD of Patient Zero by Marilee Peters, open to all students, you don't need to attend every session. We're reading Chapter 5 about the Spanish Flu epidemic 100 years ago.. Ask Mrs. Suzich if you would like a copy of the ebook in Sora. It's also available for free through Hoopla.
- Thursday - Open for all grades with Mrs. Paull; Book Wars Breakout room meeting with Mrs. Suzich
- Friday - NEW KIDS - if you are new to Argyle this year and want to meet other new students, or if you are friendly and like to meet new people, join this Zoom. We can put you in breakout rooms based on your interests or grade so you can get to know each other.
All Zoom lunches are at this link:
Meeting ID: 946 0269 9139
We will meet again 2:45 PM on Wednesday, December 16 AND Thursday, December 17 at 11:30 am - choose one meeting.
PATIENT ZERO READ-ALOUD CONTINUES THIS WEEK on Wednesday, December 16 AT 11:30 AM: PATIENT ZERO
During upcoming Wednesday lunches, Mrs. Suzich will be reading aloud the book "Patient Zero" by Marilee Peters from 11:30 - 12 noon.
If you would like to read along or read it on your own, the e-book is available free through the Hoopla app and website with a public library card from Montgomery County Public Libraries, or through Sora as a book that Mrs. Suzich can assign to students. If you would like a copy of the ebook added to your Sora account, or if you have any questions, please email Mrs. Suzich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The read-aloud will take place on the Virtual Media Center Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 946 0269 9139
Here is a description of the book:
Engrossing true stories of the pioneers of epidemiology who risked their lives to find the source of deadly diseases. Throughout history, more people have died in disease epidemics than in wars or other disasters. The courageous, trail-blazing defenders against these diseases faced a terrifying personal gamble. Often they were ignored, laughed at, or even fired from their jobs. But they kept hunting for answers, putting the pieces of the epidemic puzzle together. As they looked for clues to the origin of a disease, scientists searched for the unknown “patient zero”—the first person to have contracted it. Patient Zero brilliantly brings to life the main characters and events to tell the gripping tale of how each of the seven diseases spread. The result is spine-chilling as Peters follows the scientists who solved the intricate mystery of the killer epidemics. Patient Zero reminds us that millions of people owe their lives to the work of these pioneer epidemiologists, work that continues to this day.
The middle school interscholastic athletics program is available for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade and consists of three virtual sport seasons, including fall (cross country and softball), 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 three to four weeks. The spring virtual season is scheduled to occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays after-school, beginning on Tuesday, December 1, and finishing on Thursday, December 17, 2020.
All students participating in the spring 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 Spring Registration (English) and Registro de primavea (Spanish) 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.
Are you a NEW KID at Argyle?
Join us this Friday, December 18th for a lunch zoom for kids new to Argyle and meet some other new kids! 11:30 - 12 noon.
There are some students looking for others to play games like Minecraft. You can play games in breakout sessions that are approved for use on MCPS devices in breakout sessions.
Meeting ID: 946 0269 9139
Principal Internship Practicum
From December 14, 2020 to January 28, 2021, Ms. Lisa Shorts will begin her Principal Internship Practicum at Argyle Middle School. Over the last few months, we have been working side by side co-leading activities and ensuring that our students receive a quality education every day. On the 14th, you will begin to see Argyle weekly messages and principal emails from Ms. Shorts. In order to make this experience more authentic and beneficial, Mr. Allrich ask that parents, students and staff direct all school-related communications to Ms. Shorts during that time.
In this virtual school setting, Mr. Allrich will be preparing and planning for our student’s potential return to the school building. During the intern practicum, Mr. Allrich will also support the principal intern not only during times of reflection, but also when the principal intern may need a sounding board to address a specific situation in the school. As a principal developer, Mr. Allrich is committed to ensuring Ms. Lisa Shorts an opportunity to develop into a highly effective school leader.
Happy Holidays Argyle Families!
Happy Holidays Argyle Families!
This holiday season, the PTSA is partnering with the school to support families in the Argyle Community. Four families have been identified to receive support in the form of clothes, shoes, coats, gift cards, toys, etc. If you are interested in sponsoring a family or contributing any items, please contact Deatrice Williams or Robyn Ivyat email@example.com or 240-678-2578. Responses are appreciated by Wednesday, December 16th.
Food Boxes Available for Students during Winter Break
The Department of Food & Nutrition Services (DFNS) is excited to announce pre-ordering for New Year's food boxes for children ages 18 and under. MCPS and the Division of Food & Nutrition Services will be providing New Year's boxed meals to meet the needs of children over the extended winter break. DFNS will distribute boxes on December 29, 2020 at ten designated locations. You must pre-order your box(es) by December 18th. The location selected will be the assigned location to pick your pre-ordered boxed meals. Boxed meals will be provided to children 18 years of age and younger at the designated locations ONLY. Your box(es) must be picked up from the selected location in the pre-order form. The boxed meals are for children 18 years of age and younger only; each box will include breakfasts and lunches for one child for five days. Your box(es) must be pre-ordered by December 18th to pick up a box(es) on December 29th.
Please click HERE to pre-order your food box(es).
Please note locations & service times:
- Damascus High School (Damascus: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
- Division of Food & Nutrition Services (8401 Turkey Thicket Drive, Gaithersburg: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm)
- Harmony Hills Elementary School (Aspen Hill: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
- Montgomery Blair High School (Silver Spring: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
- Northwest High School (Germantown: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
- Olney Elementary School (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
- Paint Branch High School (Burtonsville: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
- Poolesville Elementary School (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
- Sargent Shriver Elementary School (Aspen Hill: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
- Earl B. Wood Middle School (Aspen Hill: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
Thank you and Happy Holidays from the Division of Food & Nutrition Services. Please click HERE to pre-order your food box(es).
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 the MEALS SERVICE PROGRAMS LINK
low-cost internet access
Please visit Montgomery County - Low-Cost Internet for more information!
Equity Hubs Open to MCPS Students
The Children’s Opportunity Fund and the Black and Brown Coalition for Educational Equity and Excellence are coordinating low-cost child care and distance learning support for MCPS students at facilities across the county. Priority is given to low-income, kindergarten through Grade 5 students, and students needing additional assistance with virtual learning. Learn more at EquityHubs.org or by telephone at 240-200-4999.
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
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
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)
New Tech Office Hours
- Wednesday, December 16th - Interims
- Wednesday, December 16th - SGA Meeting for Students
- Friday, December 18th - SGA Movie Night
- Thursday, December 24 - Thursday, January 1 - Winter Break
- Monday, January 18th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - School and Offices Closed
- Thursday, January 29th - End of Marking Period
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 (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:
Change of Telephone Number for AMS - (240) 740-6370
Starting November 9th, Argyle will have new phone numbers. Any calls made to our previous numbers will be transferred to the new phones for the next 2 months.
- Main Office/Administration - (240) 740-6370
- Counseling Office - (240) 740-6380