Argyle Weekly Newsletter



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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.

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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.

Second Semester Return to School Survey - Extended Due Date: December 7th

Starting today, Nov. 11, parents will be asked to complete this short survey to indicate whether their child(ren) will remain exclusively in a virtual learning environment or engage in a combination of in-person and virtual instruction during the second semester. Both options would allow students to participate in in-person athletics and extracurricular activities. Parents will also be asked to indicate if their child needs MCPS-provided transportation. We want to reiterate that families do have the choice to remain in a fully virtual model if they are uncomfortable with sending their child(ren) back to a school building. Please note that once you’ve made your selection, changes may be made only under unique circumstances. Additionally, any family that does not make a selection will automatically default to the virtual-only experience in order to ensure we consider and plan for maximum staffing and space use. The survey has been extended until Dec. 7. Families will receive details on the next steps and school-specific information in January.

MCPS hosted a virtual conversation on Thursday, November 12 on the plan for students to return to in-person learning beginning January 2021. If you missed the conversation, you can watch it here. MCPS leaders answered questions about the plan and the parent preference survey.

The Parent Preference Survey launched Wednesday, November 11 and the responses will play a critical part in our planning for the return of students

For more information please visit the MCPS Website


Please join us on Tuesday, December 8th for a PTSA meeting where we will discuss supporting Argyle families during the holidays, how to understand student MAP Results, and much more!

Spanish 6 PM (updated time) and English 7:30 PM

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 928 8449 1086

Passcode: ams

Zoom Lunches in the Virtual Media Center

Zoom lunch in the Virtual Media Center schedule for the week of December 7-11 - 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 - more info below. Ask Mrs. Suzich if you want 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:

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 946 0269 9139

Passcode: ams

BOOK WARS - New participants are welcome!

Choose 1 meeting time, or attend both, your choice.

We will meet again 2:45 PM on Wednesday, December 9 AND Thursday, December 10 at 11:30 am - choose one meeting. We will divide up into teams this week.


Beginning next week on Wednesday, December 9, and during all 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 the 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

The read-aloud will take place on the Virtual Media Center Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 946 0269 9139

Passcode: ams

Do you feel like...

Join this Friday's lunch zoom for kids new to Argyle and meet some other new kids! 11:30 - 12 noon.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 946 0269 9139

Passcode: ams


Nearly 4,000 COVID-19 kits, packed with personal protective equipment (PPE) to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus, will be passed out in some sections of Montgomery County hardest hit by the virus. The affected zip codes are 20902, 20904 and 20906. Public Health staff packed the PPE kits, which contain hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes, gloves, tissues, masks, non-contact infrared thermometers, and batteries.

The kits will be shared at the following food distribution sites:

  • Hughes United Methodist (10700 Georgia Ave. in Wheaton), Tuesday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Oak Chapel United Methodist Church (14500 Layhill Rd. in Silver Spring), Thursday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • East County HUB at East County Community Recreation Center (3310 Gateshead Manor Way in Silver Spring), Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

These kit distribution events follow a similar one in Wheaton in November in which an additional 1,000 kits were passed out at testing sites in Wheaton. The items were paid for through funding Montgomery County Government secured through the Office of Minority Health at the Maryland Department of Health.

For the latest COVID-19 updates, visit the County’s COVID-19 website as well as the County’s data dashboard or follow Montgomery County on Facebook @MontgomeryCountyInfo and Twitter @MontgomeryCountyMD.

El Gobierno del Condado de Montgomery distribuirá miles de kits COVID en vecindarios afectados desproporcionadamente

El Condado de Montgomery repartirá cerca de 4.000 kits COVID-19, los cuales contienen equipo de protección personal (EPP), para tratar de prevenir la propagación del coronavirus. Los kits serán repartidos en algunas zonas del Condado que han sido más afectadas por el virus. Las áreas más afectadas están en los códigos postales 20902, 20904 y 20906. El personal de salud pública empacó los kits, los cuales contienen desinfectante de manos, toallitas de alcohol, guantes, pañuelos desechables, máscaras, termómetros infrarrojos sin contacto y baterías.

Los kits se repartirán en los siguientes centros de distribución de alimentos:

  • Hughes United Methodist (10700 Georgia Avenue en Wheaton), martes 8 de diciembre, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Oak Chapel United Methodist Church (14500 Layhill Road en Silver Spring), jueves, 10 de diciembre, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • East County HUB en el Centro Comunitario de Recreación de la Zona Este del Condado (3310 Gateshead Manor Way en Silver Spring), sábado, 12 de diciembre, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Estos eventos de distribución de kits son similares al que se llevó a cabo en Wheaton en noviembre donde se repartieron 1.000 kits en los centros de pruebas de Wheaton. Los artículos fueron sufragados a través de fondos que el Gobierno del Condado de Montgomery adquirió de la Oficina para la Salud de Minorías del Departamento de Salud de Maryland.

Obtenga las actualizaciones más vigentes sobre COVID-19 visitando el sitio web del condado. Para los datos y estadísticas de casos en el Condado de Montgomery haga clic aquí data dashboard y también síganos en las redes sociales, en Facebook @MontgomeryCountyInfo y en Twitter @MontgomeryCountyMD.

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

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

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.

Tutoring with JFK National Honor Society

Due to Montgomery County’s change to distance learning, we realize that not every student is going to get the one on one attention and help they may have previously received. In order to support students during this challenging time and offer supplemental help, John F. Kennedy High School's National Honors Society is offering FREE tutoring to all of our feeder elementary and middle school students.

Tutoring Form for Students

After students fill out this form, members of our NHS will reach out to students and their families via phone/email for more details.

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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 or by telephone at 240-200-4999.

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Please visit Montgomery County - Low-Cost Internet for more information!

Gift Card Campaign to Help Families in Need

The MCPS Educational Foundation, Inc.; the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations’ volunteer network; and MCPS still are seeking support for the Families Helping Families campaign. Grocery gift cards will be purchased with funds donated to the MCPS Educational Foundation, Inc.’s Crisis Relief Fund—COVID-19. Learn more about how to donate here.

P-EBT Cards

For P-EBT assistance please contact the Maryland Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Hotline at 1-833-330-7328.

Please click the link below for more information:

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program

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

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.

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

PTSA What's App Discussion Boards

Join by clicking below ...

English (ArgylePTSA.en) - What's App Link

Spanish (ArgylePTSA.sp) - What's App Link

Vietnamese ( - What's App Link

Portuguese ( - What's App Link


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

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: 94470598938 Password: ams (case sensitive)

Important Dates

  • Monday, December 7th - Friday, December 11th - Virtual Spirit Week
  • Friday, December 11th - Virtual Dance
  • Tuesday, December 15th - 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


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:

Principal Intern / 8th Grade Administrator - Ms. Shorts:

7th Grade Administrator - Ms. Sandall:

Magnet Coordinator /6th Grade Administrator - Mr. Hwang:

Main Office (240) 740-6370

Attendance Secretary - Ms. Ferreras:

Front Office Secretary - Ms. Jones:

School Financial Specialist - Mr. Magruder:

Administrative Secretary - Ms. Majano:

Counseling Office (240) 740-6380

Counseling Secretary/Registrar - Ms. Pineda:

For academic support please check the link below:

Who’s Who At ARGYLE MS

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

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