Argyle Weekly Newsletter

THE WEEK OF JUNE 13

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IMPORTANT DATES:

  • 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony (Kennedy HS): Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 10:00 am
  • 8th Grade Cruise: Departure: Kennedy @ 1 pm | Return: Argyle @ 6:30 pm
  • Last Day of School | Early Release Day: Friday, June 17, 2022
  • Report Card Available in Synergy: Thursday, June 23, 2022

Upcoming Events & Student Information

Hello,


This is a reminder of our final PTSA meeting on Tuesday, June 14th at 6:30 pm.


Please find the details for the meeting below:

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 849 2299 6504

Passcode: 516723

One tap mobile

+13017158592,,84922996504#,,,,*516723# US (Washington DC) +13126266799,,84922996504#,,,,*516723# US (Chicago)


Linked below is another copy of the proposed bylaws and the duties of the officers. For officers, we will accept nominations from the floor as we still have not received any volunteers coming forward. Please consider serving your students, staff, and school.

BYLAWS

DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS


Remember, voting on the budget is so that events and activities can be planned for the beginning of the year; changes can always be made and voted on, but we technically can not have any back-to-school activities and spend money on them if there hasn't been a budget for the year adopted.


We look forward to seeing you all on the 14th!

8th Grade Promotion

8th Grade Promotion will take place at Kennedy High School on Thursday, June 16th at 10 am. Students are expected to arrive at Kennedy at 9:30 am. Doors will open for families to enter the auditorium at 9:30 am. Attendees must have a Promotion Ticket to enter the auditorium. The ceremony will be streamed live.


You can visit promotion.argylems.org to watch from any location.

End of the Year School-Issued Devices

Greetings Argyle families,


As we prepare for the end of the school year, we would like to share this important information regarding school-issued devices.


All 8th-grade students are required to turn in their school-issued iPads and Chromebooks and chargers prior to the last day of school. The collection began on Friday, June 10, and all students who turned in their devices were issued their promotion tickets. Students who still need to turn in their devices may do so next week leading up to promotion on Thursday, June 16. For students who have lost their devices, a financial obligation may be issued.

All 6th and 7th-grade students who are returning to Argyle next school year may keep their devices over the summer. Please check to be sure that your child has their device and charger. Any missing or broken devices should be reported to the tech team prior to the end of the school year using this form:

ipadhelp.argylems.org


Broken devices will be collected for repair over the summer.


Finally, any student who will not be returning to Argyle next school year must turn in their device next week. Students should return any and all devices and chargers that were assigned to them during the school year. Failure to turn in a school-issued device may result in a financial obligation to cover the loss.

MD State Scholastic Championship Tournament Winner

Congratulations Rohan Potluri (6th grader Argyle Middle School) won 2nd place in MD State Scholastic Championship Tournament in the Middle school U1000 category which was held at Damascus High school on May 21, 2022.

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Summer School Programs

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FAMILY RESOURCES

BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTES TO MAKE MASKS OPTIONAL IN MCPS

During its March 8 business meeting, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted to make masks optional in all MCPS schools and facilities. This new guidance goes into effect immediately.


This action follows the state of Maryland’s decision to end its statewide mask mandate in schools and aligns with revised Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines that no longer recommend universal mask-wearing in schools.


To maintain the safety of our staff and students, other COVID-19 mitigation strategies will continue, including in-school rapid and random testing, distribution of take-home test kits, improved HVAC systems, and vaccination availability. Mask-wearing in MCPS will become optional indoors, outside, and on school buses. Anyone who chooses to wear a mask may continue to do so, and your child may request a mask from their school if they want one.


For more information please click here

Tutoring with External Tutoring Providers

MCPS has contracted with two external tutoring companies to provide direct tutoring services to students. This will ensure a robust tutoring program in all schools so that every student in need of support is able to receive it through various modalities and resources.

For students in need of ongoing high dosage tutoring aligned to the curriculum, please refer students to Tutor Me Education or FEV Tutor using the resources in the Tutoring Resources folder.

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. It is a collective responsibility that we exercise extreme caution and be conservative in our approach.


Please do not send your children to school with any of COVID-like 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.

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

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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:


Whatsapp Responsibilities

Your responsibilities by joining the Whatsapp group:


  1. Messaging rights may be limited if we encounter additional issues.
  2. Although Whatsapp is very user family-friendly, we cannot prevent anyone from joining. We can remove a person, however, we cannot remove messages or content.
  3. People will be removed (or block) who post inappropriate messages or content and we will not allow that individual(s) from joining.
  4. If this happens again, please remove the content from your view by selecting the content and select the trash icon.

PTSA What's App Discussion Board

Join PTSA What's App Discussion Boards by clicking below ...


English (ArgylePTSA.en) - What's App Link - New 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. Turner: Hannah_D_Turner@mcpsmd.org

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


Main Office (240) 740-6370

Attendance Secretary - Ms. Hernandez: Patricia_V_Hernandez@mcpsmd.org

Front Office Secretary - Ms. Chavarria: Johana_M_Chavarria@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

Continue to Report Positive Cases

Parents, please help us maintain a safe environment for our students by reporting positive results for COVID-19. If your child does test positive for COVID-19, please report that to MCPS. The way to do that is by using this electronic form.


If your student is experiencing COVID symptoms, please be sure to keep them at home and contact Argyle's main office to inform us of the student's absence.

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