Argyle ISD Insights WINTER 2020

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ARGYLE HIGH SCHOOL

Fall Signing Day F

ive Argyle High School Eagle studentathletes from four sports signed scholarships Wednesday, Nov. 11 on the fall National Letter of Intent Signing Day. This event is traditionally held indoors, but due do COVID-19 restrictions on the campuses, it was held outside the AHS fieldhouse this year. Family, friends, coaches, and teammates attended the event. Each athlete had a decorated table that represented their future college.

fall signees included.... Baseball Tyler Abrego – Incarnate Word Girls’ Basketball Sydney Standifer – Clemson University Track & Field - Pole Vault Caleb Murdock – Texas A&M University Regan Ruffner – Texas A&M University Lacrosse MacKenzie McCormick - Furman

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ARGYLE

BOARD OF

TRUSTEES

GET TO

KNOW ARGYLE ISD

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he Argyle Board meetings are scheduled for the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the AISD Administration Building, 800 Eagle Drive, Argyle, Texas 76226. Time is allotted each month for public comments. For additional information and the next scheduled meeting, contact the Superintendent’s office at 940.464.7241.

Craig Hawkesworth Secretary

Jeff Williams Trustee

Deana Steeber Assistant Superintendent

Renee Funderburg Argyle West Elementary Principal

Dr. Dawn Jordan Argyle Intermediate School Principal

Scott Gibson Argyle Middle School Principal

John King Argyle High School Principal

Todd Rodgers Athletic Director & Head Football Coach

Chance Westmoreland Girls Athletic Coordinator

Jason Bird AISD Band Director

Rick Herrin Communications Director

Pamela Arrington Marketing Director

Greg Royar Technology Director

Dr. John Bitter Vice President

Brad Lowry Trustee

Dr. Leona McDade Trustee

Ritchie Deffenbaugh Trustee

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Chris Daniel Deputy Superintendent

Dona Lumsden Hilltop Elementary Principal

Elizabeth Stewart Chief Financial Officer

Sam Slaton Board President

Dr. Telena Wright Superintendent

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Albert Rutledge Transportation Director

Tommy Ledford Maintenance Director

Amy Bresnahan Student Nutrition Director

Chief Cairney AISD Police Chief


TABLE OF PUBLISHERS Scott & Kelly Murray EDITORS Jana Melton Bobbi Byrne Rick Herrin CONTRIBUTORS Argyle ISD Steve Gamel Brooke Ezzo ADVERTISING Kelly Murray kelly@murray-media.com PRODUCTION

McDowells’ Argyle Pride Read More on Page 08

Argyle ISD News

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A Message From Dr. Wright

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Argyle ISD Police Department Earns Award

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Argyle ISD Partners with Town of Argyle & Denton County in Land For Sale

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Argyle High School Cross Country

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Eagle Partners

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The Argyle West Elementary Principal

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Band Updates

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Argyle ISD Enrollment Impact of Projected Furst Ranch Development

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Inclement Weather Procedures & Notifications

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Argyle Intermediate School Principal

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Coach Rodgers Earns 200th Career Win

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Argyle High School Choir

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Argyle Education Foundation Honors Teachers & Makes Donation

Argyle Angel Tree

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Eagle Basketball Team Receives State Rings

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Hilltop Elementary Principal Dona Lumsden

Remedy A Cappella

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Veterans Day Honoring Their Service Remembering Their Sacrifice

Brush Up On Your Mobile Manners

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AHS Students Earn Commended Recognition

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Message From AMS Principal Gibson

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Eagle/Lady Eagle Basketball Schedules

39 Back to Sports Safety with COVID-19

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BPS Technology

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Learning and Technology

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7 Tips To Keep Kids Safer

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AHS Principal Update John King

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Eagle/Lady Eagle Soccer Schedules

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AISD 2020-2021 School Calendar

Photo Pages

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Argyle High School Fall Signing Day

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Breast Cancer Awareness Walk For A Cure

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Hilltop & Argyle Intermediate Grandparents Parade

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Thanksgiving Food Drive

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Argyle ISD Campus Safety Signage

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Treat Tour Shows Appreciation For Staff

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2020 Homecoming

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A Message From

DR. Wright Argyle ISD Superintendent

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arents and administrators across the country have long realized the importance of school nurses and the role of the school nurses on our campuses. In recent months, the role of these nurses has become even more valuable to communities, parents, and school personnel. School nurses are adjusting to the new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re still managing everything from skinned knees and allergic reactions to chronic disease care and mental health issues. But now they’re also on the front lines of trying to stop the spread of the new coronavirus in schools. They’re contact-tracing, enforcing mask-wearing, screening for symptoms, conducting disease surveillance, and educating teachers and staff about how and when to use personal protective equipment. High school principal, John King, praised Nurse Sherrie Thompson for her work. “Sherrie Thompson has been an invaluable asset on our campus, working daily to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We cannot thank her enough for all she has done and will continue to do.” Scott Gibson, AMS Principal, said, “Nurse Maestas has done an absolutely tremendous job taking care of our students. She puts all of her energy into providing the best care. She also

Kat Fortino

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works tirelessly to communicate with administrators on cases regarding how to proceed using district guidelines. I wouldn’t trade her for anything right now.” West Principal Renee Funderburg has Kat Fortino on her campus and said, “Nurse Kat has been the calm in the craziness of this year. There are many days she goes without eating lunch to make sure students are taken care of, that her parents understand procedures regarding COVID, and that teachers are safe and healthy. She is a rockstar!” Kris Wildeveld serves as the nurse at AIS and as the nurse coordinator for the district. At Argyle Intermediate, Principal Dr. Dawn Jordan said, “Nurse Kris and all the district nurses have been working tirelessly to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. Nurse Kris has never lost her smile and sweet demeanor through it all! I am so thankful for her wealth of knowledge, her patience during tough times, and her heart as a servant.”

Traca Maestas

Emily Mericle

At Hilltop, Principal Dona Lumsden works with Nurse Emily Mericle and said, “The school nurse this year is working around the clock managing who should or should not come to school, who needs to test, contact-tracing, and many other after-hours needs. Even while doing all of that, she greets students with a smile for bandages, ice packs, medications, and upset tummies during the day. She is key to some of the most important decisions we are making this year.” The role of the nurse in our schools this year has been vital, and I appreciate each one of them so very much as I know that you as parents and community members do also.

Sherrie Thompson

Dr. Telena Wright Argyle ISD Superintendent

Kris Wildeveld


Argyle ISD Police Department

EARNS

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he Argyle ISD Police Department has been protecting Eagle students, staff, and the community since 2013. With safety as the district’s highest priority, the Argyle ISD Police Department does a tremendous job providing a strong presence on our campuses and a safe learning environment for our Eagles. The work of the Argyle ISD Police Department has also been recognized nationally. The Argyle ISD Police Department received a distinguished national recognition recently. The department was chosen as the National Association of School Resource Officers Model Agency for 2020. The department was recognized through the application of the Triad Concept of school-based policing and fulfills the NASRO mission of creating safer schools and safer students through innovative and resourceful service and strategies. “We are very proud of this award,

and we hope that the Argyle ISD Police Department can truly be a model for the rest of the country for school-based law enforcement,” Argyle ISD Police Chief Paul Cairney said. “Our goal is not only the safety and security of our Eagles but helping students grow in the right direction through this time of life.” The Argyle ISD PD was honored during the Opening Ceremonies at the virtual 30th Annual NASRO School Safety Conference in August. The department will also be honored at the 2021 School Safety Conference. Earlier in the school year, Chief Cairney was recognized by the Argyle ISD School Board for earning this award. The Argyle ISD Police Department was first established following approval by the Board of Trustees in 2013. The department is led by Chief Cairney. The department also has a K-9 unit with dog Kiero that first started in 2017. Argyle ISD Officer Bob Mastropiero is the trained handler of Kiero. This has been a great addition to the department, and

Kiero works well with children. Kiero is a great icebreaker for Officer Mastropiero when he visits the campuses to talk to students about narcotics. Argyle ISD is grateful for the service our officers in helping protect our students, staff, and community!

“We are very proud of this award, and we hope that the Argyle ISD Police Department can truly be a model for the rest of the country for school-based law enforcement.” Winter 2020 • Argyle Insights •

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Argyle McDowells’

PRIDE

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rgyle ISD is thankful to have families like the McDowells supporting their students, staff, and teachers. Through their

Eagle Partnership, the McDowell Family has been supporting needs within the schools in Argyle ISD for the past two years. Rich and Rachel McDowell along with their two children, Rhett and Reese, moved to Argyle in 2017 from Coppell. Since then, you can find the family involved in many different activities within the district and in the community. When asked why their family wanted to become Eagle Partners, Rich McDowell was quick to respond. “We know how important a good foundation is, and we want to do everything we can to not only support our children but to support all of the children and educators in Argyle ISD.” When the McDowell family was looking for a place to raise their children and find a place to call home, they were very impressed with everything Argyle had to offer. They were overjoyed at the opportunity to get involved with the Argyle First United Methodist Church, having previously been members at the First United Methodist Church in Coppell. Rich and Rachel were also looking for a growing school district that had a lot of offer academically, athletically, and in the Arts. Both Rich and Rachel felt that they had found the balance and the ultimate community in Argyle. Rich and Rachel have been married for 16 years. They both love to play golf and get away to the beach when possible. They enjoy college football season and have fun wearing opposing colors of Burnt Orange and Purple. They enjoy going out for Mexican food but also love a good backyard BBQ. Family is extremely important to them. Rachel lost her father to cancer this year, and the family is still grieving through the loss together. Her

SON RHETT MCDOWELL 7th Grade at Argyle Middle School for 42 years. Rich’s parents are also educators. His father teaches History at Commerce High School, and his mother has taught many years in church and through in home day care. Rachel is a Masters prepared Clinical Nurse Leader and works full time for Texas Health Resources. Their son, Rhett, is in the 7th grade at Argyle Middle School and has been involved in AYSA football. His team had the opportunity to play in the Superbowl at SMU Stadium in each of the previous two years, and his team won the championship last year. Rhett played 7th grade Middle School football this year. He played the offensive and defensive line, and they just finished

father was very devoted to his family and his community, as well.

with a perfect season. Rhett had been

Rachel’s mom is a retired Special Education teacher who taught

active in choir and band, as well, and is now growing in his involvement and relationship with his church and youth group. Rhett is currently learning and studying through the United Methodist Church’s confirmation process. Their daughter, Reese, is in 3rd grade at Argyle West Elementary School. She has enjoyed a variety of activities including softball, soccer, cheerleading, and the children’s choir at church. Reese just finished up this season of cheerleading and volleyball through AYSA. Rich became a loan officer in the Fall of 2000 and stayed in the industry until the

RICH AND RACHEL MCDOWELL

collapse in 2008. “When I left, which

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refinance, Rich said, “The best advice I can give is to trust the process. Ask questions. Please remember, it’s not always about the best rate. There are always options with any movement of money, and I can help you figure out what works best for your situation and your needs. Also, if you ever need a second set of eyes to look at your loan to get confirmation that you have the best deal for your family, I would be more than happy to help with that as well. After all, it is my passion to help families achieve the American Dream.” If you need help DAUGHTER REESE MCDOWELL 3rd Grade at Argyle West Elementary Shcool

with a mortgage or have any questions, please contact Rich McDowell. The easiest way to contact him is via cell or text at 214-228-4114 or by email at rmcdowell@

was a very hard decision. We were about to have our first child, and we needed something more stable. During that time, I had the opportunity to guide a small start-up company, as their director of sales. Although I yearned to be back in the mortgage business, because that is such a passion of mine.” After the financial reform laws that took place in 2012/2013 Rich got re-licensed and was back in the business he loves. Rich also served as an Infantryman in the United States Army. When asked what sets his mortgage business apart from others, Rich said, “I know from personal experience that buying a home can feel so foreign, even when you have experience in the business. I am dedicated to walking my clients through every step of the process so that they are informed, have options, and have confidence in the decisions they are making for their family and their future. I have made it my goal to handle every opportunity as if it were my own.” Rich can do all types of mortgage loans, including purchases and refinances in Texas and in many other states. When asked what advice he would give to someone looking into a mortgage or

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s1l.com. He can also be reached on his website at: https://richmcdowell.s1l.com/ [richmcdowell.s1l.com] The McDowell family takes pride in supporting Argyle ISD and is looking forward to what their partnership will hold in the future. The McDowells are members of and involved in the Argyle United Methodist Church. They also support the Argyle Education Foundation each year by participating in and donating to its yearly fundraisers. They both volunteered at “Argyle Nights” to support the growth in

MCDOWELLS SUPPORTING THEIR STUDENTS, STAFF, AND TEACHERS social development of the Argyle youth. They have both volunteered as coaches in the Argyle Youth Sports Association for baseball, softball, soccer, and cheerleading. “We find value and reward in mentoring the children in our community to help instill the values of sportsmanship & competition.” The McDowells donate to and participate in the local Young Life events to help support a positive school and community environment for Argyle Youth. Argyle ISD would like to Thank the McDowell Family for their support of the New Eagle Academy each year, for adopting Argyle West Elementary, and for all of their support as Eagle Partners.


Breast Cancer Awareness

WA L K F O R A C U R E T

he Argyle ISD Administration Building participated in their own “WALK FOR A CURE” as they socially distanced and walked around Unity Park. Administrators and staff members masked up, dressed in pink, and put on their walking shoes for a great cause!

ARGYLE ISD

PA R T N E R S W I T H TO W N O F A R G Y L E & D E N TO N C O U N T Y I N L A N D F O R S A L E

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n a commitment to the partnership with the Town of Argyle and Denton County in expediting the Crawford Road Reconstruction Project, the Argyle ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved accepting a below market value for district-owned land during a Special Board Meeting during the fall. The two properties of land sold by Argyle ISD included a 1.236-acre tract at John Paine Road and Crawford Road for a future roundabout, and land for a permanent right of way at Unity Park. “We are grateful for our continued partnership with the Town of Argyle and Denton County,” said Sam Slaton, Argyle ISD School Board President. “This project will have a great and lasting impact on providing safety and traffic improvements that will be very beneficial to our Eagle families and community.” Argyle ISD previously partnered with the Town of Argyle by making land available for Unity Park through a no-cost, 25-year lease.

The Crawford Road Reconstruction Project includes improving safety along the roadway by installing a left-turn lane into Unity Park. This lane is expected to improve traffic flow on Crawford, especially for Argyle ISD buses that use this entry for dropoff/pickup of Argyle Intermediate students. The project also includes improving road drainage and construction of pedestrian sidewalks and the installation of roadway crossing flashers near Unity Park. The Town of Argyle will permanently manage the maintenance of these properties.

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Argyle CROSS COUNTRY photo courtesy of Rebecca O’Neal/The Talon News

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hat an outstanding year it was for Argyle High School cross country. The Lady Eagles and Eagles both produced memorable seasons. The Lady Eagles earned a berth to the University Interscholastic League Class 4A state meet in Round Rock in late November after a fantastic finish at the Region I meet. The Lady Eagles, who won the District 7-A championship, finished third at the region meet in Lubbock to qualify for state in back-to-back seasons. The Lady Eagles were led at the Region I meet by senior Alli Johnson, who placed fifth overall. Junior Amaris McCasland, freshman Maura Journagan, sophomore Priscilla Husby, and sophomore Avery Doyle all earned top-30 finishes. Sophomore Avery Junk and freshman Sophia Sanchez also joined the team in Round Rock to compete for a medal position. The Lady Eagles are led by coach Greg Martin. It was also a very successful season for the Eagles. They also earned a District 7-4A championship and knocked off two-time defending state champion Decatur in the process. The district title marked the first for the boys’ program since 2012. At the Region I meet, the Eagles qualified two individual runners for the Class 4A state meet. Junior Mason White and freshman Tyler Westrom led the Eagles to a fourth-place team finish, and both qualified and represented Argyle individually at the state meet. The Eagles finished two points shy of a state berth. The Eagles are led by coach Lance Sutton.

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EAGLE

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The Argyle West ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL

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ow! We have much to be thankful for this year during the holiday season. We are blessed to be able to provide instruction in-person and virtual to meet everyone’s needs. We have stayed relatively healthy with minimal COVID-19 cases, especially with the number of students and staff we have in the building. This is a testament to the diligent cleaning, social distancing, and other precautionary measures to make sure we all stay safe. We also want to thank all of our parents for the support, encouragement, and patience as we’ve had to change many of our procedures this year. We know how difficult it is to drop your child at school without being able to see their classroom, their teacher, or attend family events that build those relationships between school and home. However, I’ve heard more positive comments from parents about our staff and the wonderful

things they are doing to try to build those connections even in the midst of a pandemic. I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize our fabulous school nurse, Kat Fortino. She has worked tirelessly these past 13 weeks to make sure students are well at school, keeping up with COVID-19 cases, contact tracing, and quarantining of students or staff. This is a daunting task and she has persevered with grace and patience. I also want to recognize the vast efforts of all our teachers and staff. Teaching is a hard job, but it is so much harder this year with virtual and in-person instruction. It gets more complicated with all the safety protocols in place and having to be

We also want to thank all of our parents for the support, encouragement, and patience as we’ve had to change many of our procedures this year.

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ready at a moment’s notice to go virtual if needed. These teachers and staff have dedicated their time to make lessons meaningful and engaging even online. They are my heroes and I am blessed to have them on my team. Please know that you are always welcome to call or email if you have a question or concern. I want to wish everyone a safe, fun, and enjoyable holiday season. I hope all of us take a moment to reflect on our many blessings. I know that I have definitely been blessed to be a part of a wonderful school community. I look forward to wrapping up 2020 and starting the New Year together! With many thanks, Mrs. Funderburg Argyle West Principal


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GREETINGS FROM THE BAND HALL! HIGH SCHOOL BAND The Argyle Eagle Marching Band has been hard at work gearing up for its State Championship run by preparing and perfecting their competition show, “All Things Bright and Beautiful.” At the time we wrote this article, they have been crowned Grand Champion at the Ponder Marching Contest and the Sounds of Springtown Marching Showcase – sweeping all captions at the contests. This includes Outstanding Visual, Music, Percussion, Color Guard, and Drum Majors.

On Nov. 18, the Argyle High School Band competed at its UIL competitions beginning with the UIL Region 2 Marching Contest. Upon qualification, the band will compete at the UIL Area Marching Contest on Dec. 8 to qualify for the State Marching Contest on Dec. 14 in San Antonio. Good Luck Argyle Eagle Marching Band. In addition to competing for a State Championship, 64 students in the high school band are competing for a spot in the All-Region Band. Virtual auditions were held on and announced in November following the print date for this publication. The results were released through Argyle ISD communications.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND Congratulations to the Argyle Middle School Band on its incredible virtual fall concert!! Students in grades 6-8 prepared and recorded music to showcase their talents to their friends and family. Seventh- and eighth-grade students from both Honor Winds and Symphonic Band competed for spots in the 2020 Region 2 TMEA All-Region Band. With hundreds of students from Denton ISD, Lewisville ISD, and Northwest ISD, 33 of the Argyle students were named to the All-Region Band. Argyle had the second most students from any school that competed. Congratulations to all of you!

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ARGYLE ISD

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his is an informational update from Argyle ISD regarding enrollment projections of the proposed Furst Ranch development in southern Argyle. Furst Ranch is a master-planned community development that includes more than 2,000 acres at the intersection of FM 1171 and State Highway 377. The entire property is all within the Argyle ISD boundaries and is land owned by former Argyle ISD parent Jack Furst. The development is still in the planning stages and includes the municipalities for Argyle, Bartonville and Flower Mound.

“While the Furst Ranch development is still in the planning phases, we are having on-going discussions of its potential impact on our district and community by assessing the projected enrollment impact for long-range planning purposes,” said Dr. Telena Wright, Argyle ISD Superintendent.” The impact of Furst Ranch on Argyle ISD includes the potential addition of more than 3,000 students. These enrollment projections were determined by the

is projected to include 2,800-3,000 singlefamily homes, 500-600 townhomes,

Argyle ISD will keep its Eagle families and community informed regarding any additional news as it relates to the progress of the Furst Ranch development.

750-800 condominiums and 4,000 multi-family units. Furst Ranch is a long-range development, estimated to be built out over the course of 20 years. The enrollment impact of these new residences would include an additional 2,6003,100 total students over the history of the development. The demographers project the majority of these

district’s demographers -

students to come

Templeton Demographics

from the single-family

- which consistently provides student

homes at a potential yield rate range

projections within three percent of the

of approximately .60 to .80 students

ultimate figures.

per home. The majority of students are

Per the latest Argyle ISD demographers

also expected to be elementary age

report specific to this project, Furst Ranch

(pre-kindergarten to 5th grade), and

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considerations would include 2-3 new elementary campuses in the development to serve these students. The planned townhomes, condominiums, and multi-family units are expected to draw a much lower student yield rate of approximately .15 or lower. The plan for the first year of the development includes 180 new singlefamily homes as the only residences. The overall estimated enrollment figure of 3,100 includes a projected 1,5001,700 elementary students, 500-600 middle school students, and 600-800 high school students. The significance of the high school projection also factors in Argyle ISD’s high-achieving academic and extracurricular success and its status as a destination district. Argyle ISD has been in open communication with Furst Ranch and representatives with the Hines development firm for several months. In addition, a detailed presentation of the Furst Ranch plans were presented at the Argyle ISD Regular School Board meeting on Sept. 21, 2020. Argyle ISD will keep its Eagle families and community informed regarding any additional news as it relates to the progress of the Furst Ranch development. Be sure to follow Argyle ISD’s social media accounts and district website argyleisd.com - to get all the latest Eagle news.


INCLEMENT WEATHER

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s the winter weather arrives, we would like to remind our Eagle parents and community of Argyle ISD’s Inclement Weather Procedures & Notifications. This is a great time to make sure you are following all of Argyle ISD’s social media accounts - Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - for potential weather alerts. These communication tools are utilized along with Argyleisd.com and email notifications regarding weather alerts/school closures and delays.

The safety and security of the Argyle ISD students and staff is the district’s No. 1 priority, and we will always respond first to the immediate emergency. After ensuring the safety of our Eagles, our next priority will be communicating with parents and guardians. Inclement Weather Procedures Argyle ISD monitors the National Weather Service and local meteorologist forecasts before making decisions to close or delay school. Officials attempt to provide details about school closings to staff, students, and parents before 5:30 a.m. Factors considered before making a weather-related decision about school include: • Road conditions and temperatures • The presence of snow, ice and sleet • Teen driver safety • Sidewalk and parking lot conditions • The ability for staff who live outside the district to get to work • Whether or not HVAC systems are operating correctly • Whether or not neighboring school districts are having school.

Severe Weather Procedures Argyle ISD officials and campuses regularly monitor storms in the area, the National Weather Service, and local TV and radio stations for any potential alerts or risks. Argyle ISD officials receive regular updates and alerts from the Denton County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the National Weather Service. In the event severe weather is approaching during the school day, the district will account for students and staff in secure locations and then communicate updates to parents. The district requests parents to not come to school buildings in the middle of a storm to pick up their children. Please let school officials effectively respond during a weather emergency and follow Argyle ISD’s communication outlets for updates and announcements (Facebook, Twitter, and School Messenger). Notifications Argyle ISD will send alerts and updates via multiple communications tools. The district will post to Facebook, Twitter, School Messenger, and the district website

to keep parents, students, and staff informed of weather-related alerts. Social Media Reminder: False reports of school closings, accidents, or injuries by students will not be tolerated, nor will inappropriate language or references that violate the Student Code of Conduct. Radio & Television Announcements: Official announcements during inclement weather will be announced on DFW radio and television stations, including WBAP News Talk 820 AM, KRLD 1080-AM, and on NBC Ch. 5, Fox 4, KTVT Ch. 11 and WFAA Ch. 8.

ARGYLE ISD OFFICIALS AND C A M P U S E S R E G U L A R LY MONITOR STORMS IN THE AREA, THE N AT I O N A L W E AT H E R SERVICE, AND LOCAL TV AND RADIO S TAT I O N S F O R A N Y

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ARGYLE INTERMEDIATE

School Principal “ O U R G OA L I S TO F O S T E R I N C LU S I V E N E S S A N D A L S O TO E N CO U R AG E ACC E P TA N C E . B U I L D I N G A F O U N DAT I O N O F R E S P EC T F O R A L L P EO P L E W I L L B E T T E R P R E PA R E O U R S T U D E N T S F O R S U C C E S S I N A D I V E R S E W O R L D .”

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e are always busy learning and having fun at AIS! And we haven’t let COVID-19 slow us down! We have our Houses up and running. The House system provides students with a culture of belonging. All students and staff members belong to a House. They earn points for their House through good deeds and actions. They stay in the same House throughout their time at Hilltop Elementary and AIS. At AIS, good behavior and academic

been learning a lot about various cultures

success are revered because it earns you

through art, music, and stories. Mrs.

House points and prizes! The Blue House

Downe has taught units on Mexico

(Reveur) was the leader for the first nine

and Asia in art class. The students have

weeks. They earned a free trip to the

enjoyed this so much that they come

snack and prize cart. The Green House

to school early just to keep working

(Isibindi) was the leader at mid-term of

on their projects! Their creativity is

the second nine weeks. Our next winning

producing beautiful décor up and down

House will be announced on Dec. 11.

the halls. We are also reading stories to

In September, each class voted

our students about various cultures. And

on a student leader based on the

not just limited to world cultures but also

characteristics of integrity, leadership, and

stories about people with struggles such

kindness. These 16 students participated

as poverty or disabilities. Our goal is to

in a virtual leadership conference held

foster inclusiveness and also to encourage

by TEPSA in November. Argyle was

acceptance. Building a foundation of

one of many schools across Texas that

respect for all people will better prepare

participated, and our students represented

our students for success in a diverse

very well. They learned more about what

world. We are very proud of our students’

it takes to be a good leader and ways to

ability to empathize and their willingness

improve our school culture. It was time

to grow and learn.

well spent on our future school and community leaders. One of our focus areas this year is cultural awareness. Our students have 18

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Oh I Love America, and students made a video message for veterans to show their appreciation for the service of the brave men and women of our country. Our next event is the PTA-sponsored Jingle Run in December. Our P.E. coaches have been working hard to build endurance in our students to prepare them for this fundraiser, and our students have been working hard, too! We look forward to this fun event in a few weeks. Be listening for the jingle on Dec. 4.

Our students celebrated Veterans Day in November with handmade cards for

Dr. Dawn Jordan

Veterans and a special video. Mrs. Dunn’s

Principal

fifth-grade class performed the song,

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H I L LTO P & A RGY L E I N T E R M E D I AT E

Grandparents Parade T

his year, Hilltop Elementary School and Argyle Intermediate School got creative in their celebration of Eagle grandparents. With Argyle ISD campuses not open to visitors due to COVID-19 restrictions, the schools took the celebration outside and hosted car parades for grandparents at both schools. The campuses, which typically host lunches for grandparents, remained committed to honoring these special family members this year - and it was a huge success! The families lined the drive-through lines at both campuses during the morning event at both campuses. Cars and trucks were decorated, and students made signs to honor their grandparents. Eagle grandparents turned out in big numbers and packed the drive-through line, and it was a blast for all!

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200th COACH RODGERS

RECEIVED

C A R E E R

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n 2003, Todd and Carrie Rodgers along with their three children Emily, Cooper, and Lanie all took a chance on a new small-town school which had just finished 1-9 in its first season. Eighteen years later and now more than 200 wins later, a Texas football dynasty has been built in Argyle. Since 2003, Coach Rodgers has

UIL Lone Star Cups. Coach Rodgers

a record of 204 wins (at the time of

would be the first to tell you none of

publication) and just 37 losses, which

this would be possible without the

includes 12 consecutive district

unwavering support, encouragement,

championships, 18 consecutive

and immeasurable sacrifice made by

playoff appearances, five state

his wife Carrie Rodgers, who is as

championship games, and the 2013

much a reason for the 200 wins

Class 3A state title. He earned his

as anyone.

200th career victory at Anna on Oct. 9.

Coach Rodgers is a tireless mentor

As also serving as the Athletic Director

and a shaper of an entire generation

of Argyle ISD, Coach Rodgers has helped

of Argyle’s finest young men, who as

lead Argyle High School to a state-

a result, leave Argyle High School well

record eight consecutive

equipped to be difference-making students,

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teammates, brothers, leaders, workers, husbands, and fathers. This season, Coach Rodgers was also awarded Dallas Cowboys/Whataburger Coach of the Week. The Argyle High School football program received a $2,000 grant courtesy of the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation and Whataburger. Coach Rodgers led the No. 1 stateranked Eagles to a 10-0 regular season in a challenging year that included COVID-19 procedures for the players, coaches, and fans. He guides a program that sustains success and continues its commitment to excellence with each new season. Congratulations Coach Rodgers on this outstanding career milestone!


ARGYLE HIGH SCHOOL

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Choir

he Argyle High School Choir program is off to an amazing start this year. Even though COVID-19 has presented us with unprecedented challenges, our students have stepped up and embraced the changes we have made so that Choir can continue to happen in the safest way possible. By wearing masks, social distancing in class, and singing with hospital-grade air filters, we are able to sing inside of our classroom. We are truly thankful to the Argyle ISD administration for helping us make the necessary financial purchases to accommodate these changes to our classroom routines. Argyle High School Choir enrolls 90

Page Austin, who made it possible for us

students this year who are participating

to put on our first outdoor Fall Concert

in six different performing ensembles, our

in history! It was a memorable night,

largest enrollment since the beginning

and all of our students performed with

All-State process! These students have

prepared audition music since July, and for the third year in a row, our program has set a school record for the most number of students advancing to the 2nd Round of the All-State process. Not only were we fortunate enough to have students in every single graduating class selected, we also had the most students of any school in our Region. This is something we have achieved for the second year in a row. This is truly an amazing accomplishment

of our program

such passion

in 2016. This

and excellence.

year, we have

We are looking

added three

forward to

new ensembles,

our upcoming

including Men’s

Winter Concert

Chorale, Women’s

currently

Chorale, and our

scheduled for

newest A Cappella

Thursday, Dec.

group, Flight. All

10. You can find

of our students

out more details

have worked

online at our

Winter Choir Concert, where all of our

incredibly hard,

website www.

performing ensembles will share some

and that work

argylechoir.com.

of your holiday favorites, including Bruce

We are also

Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Coming to

paid off at our first

for our Choir program, and these students deserve all of the credit. Thank you to all of the Argyle Choir parents and the Argyle Choir Booster Club who selflessly devote so much time to helping our program be successful. We also want to thank our 2020-2021 corporate sponsors, 407 BBQ, Giovanni’s Pizza, and Northlake Dental. We hope to see you at our upcoming

concert of the year in October. Our Fall

very excited to announce that 20 students

Town,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Underneath the

Concert was a huge success, and we are

from our program were selected for the

Tree,” “Carol of the Bells,” and the timeless

grateful for the Harvest Community and

first round of the TMEA Small School

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A R G Y L E E D U C AT I O N F O U N D ATO N

HONORS T E A C H E R S & M A K E S D O N AT I O N

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rgyle ISD is so thankful for its tremendous partnership with the Argyle Education Foundation and all the great events and support they provide to our Eagles!

The vision of AEF is ​to provide an enhanced learning environment through a community united and committed to the public education of AISD students. During an Argyle ISD Board meeting this fall, the Argyle Education Foundation honored the teachers of the year and presented a check for $89,000 to the district.

AEF presented the Golden Eagle & Teacher of the Year awards for 2019-2020 to Lisa West of Hilltop Elementary, Sarah Slaton of Argyle Intermediate, Victoria Netzelman of Argyle West/Primary Teacher of the Year, Jessica Day of Argyle Middle, and Deserae Good of Argyle High/Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Angel ARGYLE

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et ready to go Christmas shopping! The Argyle Angel Tree is excited to announce that there will be trees located at each Argyle ISD campus this year with Angels available for adoption. Please plan to stop by a campus and adopt an Argyle Angel. All of the children on the Angel Tree list are students in Argyle ISD. Each Angel receives a pair of shoes, coat, pair of pants, shirt, and two toys or two gift cards. The Argyle Angel Tree is organized by Argyle ISD employees. This year, there is a committee of 12 Argyle

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ISD employees that will be organizing and coordinating the event. Student volunteers are also essential in making this event happen. For more information, please email parrington@argyleisd.com or cking@argyleisd.com.


Drive

T H A N K S G I V I N G

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E A G L E

B A S K E T B A L L

T E A M

Receives State Rings

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heck out the new rings! The Argyle Eagle basketball team enjoyed a special small ceremony during the fall on a Friday night before a football game. This gathering of Eagle basketball players, coaches, and families outside next to the gym was a final chapter to a season that was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. The occasion was to unveil the new bling! The Eagles received their state championship rings and enjoyed a celebration with current players from the

team and players who have graduated and returned to join their former teammates one more time. Last season was an exceptional one for the Eagles, and the energy of another state appearance had the community excited for a great run in San Antonio. But the team was forced to return home without playing as the state tournament was canceled due to the pandemic. But that did not stop the UIL and the Eagles from celebrating a special season and memorable playoff run. During the summer, the UIL honored all the state qualifying teams with state championship trophies and held a public video recognition that included all the state qualifying teams. The Eagle gym also includes a commemorative banner hanging to honor last year’s team. Congratulations to Coach Perkins and his Eagles on a great run during the 2019-2020 season, as the team finished

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33-4 and earned their fourth trip to the UIL state tournament. Best wishes to Eagles coaches and players on a great season in 2020-2021!


Hilltop ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL

Dona Lumsden H

ere we are almost to the mid-year mark. The year is literally flying right by. I want to thank you all for the support you have given our teachers and staff this year. The acts of kindness have been so appreciated, and the words of encouragement you give us daily mean so much to all of us. Even the little things like a thank you during morning drop off go a long way. I wanted to take some time in this letter to show some appreciation to someone who I see as the glue for Hilltop Elementary. She is very important to staff, PTA, teachers, parents, and students. I’m sure everyone reading this will agree that Mrs. Adrienne Austin is definitely a shining bright spot on our campus. I asked Mrs. Austin what her favorite part of her job was, and she said, “Really everything, I get to help parents, teachers and students. That’s my love language. The kids make me happy.“ She is always willing to help. She is a solution finder. She is a smiling face no matter what is going on. Here’s a Top 10 list of why students, staff, and parents all love Mrs. Austin.

TOP 10 REASONS WHY

A WELCOME

We Love Mrs. Austin 1. Is there any question she doesn’t have an answer to? None that I’ve found. 2. Solves all problems from student pick up, bus tags to car line numbers 3. “Yes” is her first answer when help is needed 4. Hilltop Happenings newsletter - she gives families a glimpse into our week. 5. Walks in every morning to a soundtrack, which makes me smile. 6. Always there to finish up details. 7. Creates an energetic atmosphere. From dress-up days, to keeping the office decorated seasonally, to helping with teacher appreciations. 8. If teachers or PTA need something she always comes up with a plan. 9. So kind and welcoming to visitors when they enter, including students sent on trips to the office. 10. All of the above is done with a smile - always.

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Remedy A

CAPPELLA R

emedy’s second studio album “Waves” was released on Friday, Sept. 18, and in one month had over 2,500 streams online! Thank you to all of our friends, family, and fans for listening and sharing our album on your social media pages. We are so grateful for your support of music education! There are many exciting things coming up for Remedy, including the release of our music video for “Hurt Me” which features senior Choir Secretary Peyton Deffenbaugh on the solo. This video will debut on YouTube, and we will post links to it on our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We hope our Eagle community will share it with all your friends and family! Remedy helped ring in the holiday spirit with an exciting performance at

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Argyle United Methodist Church and their annual event “Breakfast in Bethlehem'' on Saturday, Dec. 5. We are grateful for their partnership and always appreciate their invitation to perform. Remedy will also be performing at the upcoming Argyle Winter Choir Concert on Thursday, Dec. 10, where all of the tremendous Argyle High School Choir students will be sharing holiday favorites from around the world. We are also looking forward to competing in the 2020-2021 International Competition for High School A Cappella this spring. Remedy will be working on an arrangement recording and music video that will debut in February as part of the competition. While the pandemic has prevented certain live competitions from

taking place, we will still be giving our all in this virtual format and can’t wait to share the results with you this spring! Finally, Remedy and our newest A Cappella group, Flight, will both be headed back into the recording studio this January. We are thrilled that the Argyle Choir Booster Club continues to support these creative efforts. Remedy’s third studio album and Flight’s debut single will release sometime in the Spring/Summer of 2021! The world of A Cappella is exciting, even in the midst of COVID-19, and these students are making the most of it. Thank you for riding the waves with us!


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grew up in a military family and served on active duty in the US Air Force for 21 years. So when I finally retired in 2013 and moved to Argyle, for the first time since I was in the second grade in upstate New York, I was not living in the immediate vicinity of a military base. For the first time in about four decades, I wasn’t seeing people in uniform wherever I went. I wasn’t seeing fighter jets flying overhead, and I didn’t hear the National Anthem play over loudspeakers at 4:30 p.m. as the duty day came to an end. For me, it was almost like being on foreign soil – I didn’t quite know what to expect from a community so isolated from the military culture. If I was on foreign soil, figuratively speaking, it wasn’t long before I realized I was not by any means unwelcome. Especially when I began working at Argyle ISD in 2014, I began to see just how appreciative this community and the Eagle family really are. Up until this year, with COVID-19 radically changing everything we do, our Veterans Day activities were always something to look forward to. Hilltop Elementary School would display uniforms worn by me and other local veterans, Argyle

Intermediate School would host a breakfast for us, and Argyle Middle School would have an assembly with veterans and their families as special guests. Argyle High School was truly special – after a welcoming breakfast, many of our local veterans would head to the auditorium to join panel discussions with history classes throughout the day. This was always a treat. Since my first time participating in 2015, our panel has included parents of Argyle ISD students, a student’s great-grandfather who was a World War II pilot, as well as Argyle resident Lieutenant General (Retired) Charles Hamm who, coincidentally enough, was the Superintendent of the US Air Force Academy in the late 1980s when I was a cadet there! Last year, my father was visiting during Veterans Day and, as a retired Colonel who served 27 years in the US Air Force, joined us on stage for the day. It was a true pleasure to share the spotlight with my Dad!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

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Last year, Argyle ISD did something new which also resonated with Argyle ISD students and families. At the last home football game, around two dozen veterans from the Argyle community gathered in the end zone prior to the start of the game, formed up, and saluted the colors when the AHS band played the National Anthem. People in the stands probably couldn’t tell, but there were tears in our eyes as us “old guys” were able to honor our nation together. Sadly, COVID-19 has not allowed us to continue these amazing traditions. But that does not mean the appreciation has been any less noticeable. The school choirs posted excellent renditions of our service songs and the National Anthem, and the “thank yous” are clearly heartfelt. Tribute videos were created by all the campuses and are available on the district and campus websites and social media. These were incredible celebrations by our Eagles! All of our veterans signed up for various reasons, but it was never for the applause. Still, what we experience here in Argyle ISD shows us what we and our families endured and sacrificed still resonates with the community and our young people here. For this, we are grateful in return.

Paul D. Cairney, Lt Col, USAF (Ret)


Brush

MOBILE Manners

UP ON

YOUR

by Kelly Murray

RESPECT FOR WAITSTAFF: If anybody is waiting on you, whether it be the barista at Starbucks or the waitress waiting to take your order, do them (and anybody around you waiting for service) a courtesy and pay attention. Should there be a call or text you have to respond to, step out of line or have a buddy hold your place or get your food for you.

In addition to these general rules for good mobile manners, remember to watch your language. If you're at a place where you wouldn't be spouting out curse words, don't do it on your phone – especially if there are children around. If you know a conversation is going to get heated, either save it for later or find a more remote location. As for distance, the general rule is to maintain at least ten feet between yourself and others around you. For all other situations, exercise good judgment - and never text or talk while driving.

UNIVERSAL QUIET ZONES: There are some places where it's never appropriate to take calls and send texts under any circumstances. Some of these universal quiet zones include theaters (unless you want to be pelted with popcorn), churches, funerals, weddings (maybe at the reception, but never during the ceremony), at plays (or anything having to do with the theater), at hospitals (except for the waiting room) and in the library.

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early everyone has a cellphone, so it's as good a time as any for a refresher course on appropriate cellphone manners. Not only will having a grasp of mobile manners make a good impression on others, but it could also save you some unwanted hostility from strangers at the bus stop to servers, fellow diners, and dates.

DATES: Ideally, the focus of a date should be on the person you're with at the moment, not on who may be suddenly texting or calling you. If you don't have enough willpower to let calls go to voicemail or ignore texts, put your phone in your pocket or purse and ignore. Placing it on the table is never wise, especially if you have it on vibrate or have a crazy ringtone that's likely to have everyone in the place looking to see who's playing "Super Freak."

CALL VOLUME: Even though cellphones are getting smaller and smaller, the speakers on newer phones are perfectly capable of picking up your voice – so there's no need to yell. Be mindful of who's around you and adjust your vocal tone accordingly. If your call suddenly gets heated, try to find a place with a little more privacy where you can have such a conversation without bothering everyone around you.

FACE-TO-FACE INTERACTIONS: If someone is taking the time to have lunch with you or meet with you for business reasons, suddenly taking a call or texting is just plain rude. Such behavior can be disastrous if you're meeting with a client or going through a job interview. If you know you can't resist the urge, either turn your cellphone off completely or leave it in the car.

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Earn AHS

STUDENTS

COMMENDED RECOGNITION

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our Argyle High School students have received special recognition for their outstanding academic performances. Seniors Archisha Biswas, Isabelle Gilbert, Peyton Deffenbaugh, and Billy Mykel have been named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program. These students are being honored for their exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their performance on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. “On behalf of everyone at Argyle High School, we want to extend our most sincere congratulations to each of these commended students on this accomplishment,” Argyle High School

Principal John King said. “These students have worked diligently to reach this plateau in their academic careers, and we are so proud of each of them.” These Eagles placed among the top 50,000 scorers of the 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2019 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Over 1.5 million students took the test last

October and entered the National Merit Scholarship Program. Biswas plans to attend Texas A&M and major in engineering, and Gilbert will attend the University of Texas and focus on biomedical engineering. Deffenbaugh is headed to Abilene Christian University to study psychology and Mykel will focus on studying history at the University of Dallas. Congratulations to these Eagles on this impressive academic achievement. Pictured left to right: Isabelle Gilbert, Billy Mykel, Archisha Biswas and Peyton Deffenbaugh.

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A MESSAGE FROM A M S P R I N C I PA L

Mr. Gibson IF THERE IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE I COULD GIVE TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, IT WOULD BE TO NOT OVERLOOK SOME OF THESE V I TA L S K I L L S L I K E L E A R N I N G A N E W L A N G U A G E T H AT C O U L D B E HELPFUL IN THE WORKPLACE OR JUST IN THEIR PERSONAL LIFE.

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oulda, shoulda, woulda. We all have had regrets from time to time. Sometimes we wish we could go back in time and take our older, wiser self to an important time in our lives and push the redo button. Adults will take this wisdom and do their best to share their findings with their children, or if in education, their students. One of my biggest regrets as an

heavily on Wendy McCue to communicate

educator is having taken a foreign

with our Spanish-speaking parents and

language class in both high school and

students. I am learning that not only does

college but failing to learn to understand,

she represent the face of our school, but

speak, or write in that language. For me,

she is most notably the voice and the

it was Spanish. The number of times over

ears of our school in helping to serve or

my 24-year educational career that I have

Spanish-speaking students and parents.

said, “Man, I sure wish I’d learned Spanish

Ms. McCue becomes the primary contact

back in the day” is not able to be counted.

to help assist parents with communication.

On a regular basis, I find myself being

She will give her cell phone number out to

disadvantaged by not having this ability.

new parents who might have questions.

In our middle school office, we rely

The communication she does for our

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school with our Spanish-speaking families is difficult to calculate. Ms. McCue translates during parent meetings, in the enrolling process, in answering arising questions, and even in times of joy and in times of crisis. I have seen her in each one of these situations and am reminded that we need to make our students aware that this is a skill that could provide dividends socially and financially in the future. If there is one piece of advice I could give to our young people, it would be to not overlook some of these vital skills like learning a new language that could be helpful in the workplace or just in their personal life.

Scott Gibson Principal Argyle Middle School 940.246.2126 Ext. 3002


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TREAT TOUR SHOWS

Appreciation FOR STAFF

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ith Argyle ISD teachers and staff working tremendously hard amid the pandemic, district leaders took time to recognize them one week in October. Argyle ISD Superintendent Dr. Telena Wright and district leadership led the “Eagle Treat Tour” as it traveled across the district stopping at all five campuses and district facilities to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication by staff. Due to so many new circumstances as part of daily instruction, Argyle ISD's staff continues to do an amazing job serving our students and families. This was a special time to honor them! A big part of this celebration was made possible by the Eagle Partners, who donated gifts and special giveaway items for teachers and staff. The tour stopped at one campus each day, and the treat trolley made its way through the school providing cookies, candy, and giveaways to teachers and staff along the way. Since the event was held before Halloween, the fun festivities included costumes worn by district leadership! Watch more treat tours coming the rest of the year!

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A H S

BASKETBALL 2020 - 2021

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL remaining schedule

Dec 15

Decatur

Away: JV White 7:30, JV Red 5, V 6:15

Jan 12

Springtown

Away: JV White 7:30, JV Red 5, V 6:15

Dec 18

Lake Worth

Home: JV White 5, JV Red 5, V 6:15

Jan 15

Decatur

Home: JV White 7:30, JV Red 5, V 6:15

Dec 22

Brideport

Away: JV Wite 11, JV Red 11, V 12:15

Jan 19

Lake Worth

Away: JV White 7:30, JV Red 5, V 6:15

Dec 30

FW Eastern Hills

Home: JV Red 4, V 5:15

Jan 22

Bridgeport

Home: JV White 7:30, JV Red 5, V 6:15

Dec 31

Southlake Carroll

Away: V 12

Jan 26

Krum

Away: JV White 7:30, JV Red 5, V 6:15

Jan 2

Krum

Home: JV White 4:45, JV Red 2, V 3:15

Jan 29

Castleberry

Away: JV White 7:30, JV Red 5, V 6:15

Jan 5

Castleberry

Home: JV White 7:30, JV Red 5, V 6:15

Feb 2

BYE

Jan 8

BYE

Feb 5

Springtown

Home: JV White 7:30, JV Red 5, V 6:15

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Dec 15

Celina

Dec 18

Jan 29

Castleberry

Midlothian Heritage Away: 9th 5, JV 5, V 6:30

Feb 2

OPEN

Dec 21

Hebron

Away: 9th 3, JV 4:30, V 6

Feb 5

Springtown

Home: 9th 6:30, JV 5, V 8

Dec 29

Bridgeport

Away: 9th 2, JV 2, V 3:30

Feb 9

Decatur

Away: 9th 6:30, JV 5, V 8

Jan 2

Krum

Home: 9th 3:15, JV 2, V 4:45

Feb 12

Lake Woth

Home: 9th 6:30, JV 5, V 8

Jan 5

Castleberry

Home: 9th 6:30, JV 5, V 8

Feb 15-16

District Playoff

Jan 8

WF Hirschi

Home: 9th 5, JV 5, V 6:30

Feb 18-20

Bi-District Playoff

Jan 12

Springtown

Away: 9th 6:30, JV 5, V 8

Feb 22-23

Area Playoff

Jan 15

Decatur

Home: 9th 6:30, JV 5, V 8

Feb 25-27

Regional Quarter-Finals

Jan 19

Lake Worth

Away: 9th 6:30, JV 5, V 8

Mar 1-2

Regional Semifinals

Jan 22

Bridgeport

Away: 9th 6:30, JV 5, V 8

Mar 4-6

Reginal Finals

Jan 26

Krum

Away: 9th 6:30, JV 5, V 8

Mar 11-13

State Tournament (Alamodome)

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Away: 9th 5, JV 6:15, V 7:30

Away: 9th 6:30, JV 5, V 8


Ba c k to Sports

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by Christine E. Conerly, MSN ARNP FNP-BC, NP-C

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e are now about nine months into this pandemic. Most kids have been able to return to sports to some degree or another at this point, and we are seeing spread amongst kids who are on the same team. We are also now learning that the coronavirus can attack the heart, like many other viruses, and kids can develop myocarditis which is inflammation or swelling of the heart. In light of these new developments with COVID-19, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended guidelines for kids to safely return to sports and activities. AAP COVID-19 RETURN TO SPORTS GUIDELINES • Rest for a minimum of 14 days, regardless of symptoms. • Mildly symptomatic kids (fever, cough, runny nose for less than 3 days) should rest for at least 14 days AFTER illness • EKG should be performed on those children with moderate symptoms

(longer than 3 days). • Wait for 14 days after symptoms to be cleared by pediatrician or cardiologist. • For those with severe symptoms (such as multi-system inflammatory syndrome MIS-C), restriction from activity is recommended for 3-6 months While these guidelines may sound serious and extreme, it is important to note that we shouldn’t be afraid to let kids exercise. Exercise and physical activity is so important at this time. It can help with anxiety and depression and combat the isolation we all may be experiencing. While rushing back to sports is important to most kids, it is overall a collaborative decision with the family and the pediatrician as there are new factors to consider. Some general health guidelines are listed below. HOW TO KEEP CHILDREN HEALTHY • Teach and reinforce everyday preventive actions such as hand washing.

• Wear a mask whenever possible. • Remind kids to wash their hands before eating food, after using the toilet, and after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing. • Use hand sanitizer when hand washing isn’t possible. • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Teach your child to cough or sneeze into a tissue — then toss it. If it isn't possible to reach a tissue in time, remind your child to cough or sneeze into the crook of his or her arm. • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. • If your child is sick, keep them home from school and out of sports or activities. • Stay up to date with well child examinations and immunizations. • Get your annual flu shot. When in doubt about any health concerns, please contact your pediatrician. We are here to help make sure your kids have an enjoyable, but safe, return to sports experience.

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Students in Argyle ISD will have an opportunity to learn about horticulture in a hands-on environment. “The future of farming depends largely on people and technology. Since Argyle is our home, we thought that donating this greenhouse would be a great way to engage and educate students and make a meaningful impact locally,” said John Appel, President of Verano365, part of the BPS Technology family of companies. “In addition, the space allows us to assess product performance on various plant species, ensuring continuous innovation in agriculture for years to come.” BPS Technology made the finalist list for Dallas Innovates & D CEO Magazine’s Innovation Awards 2021. They are in the TOP 4 contenders in the Innovation in Manufacturing and Consumer Goods category. The program honors companies, CEOs, CIOS, CTOs, entrepreneurs, and other leaders who are helping to make Dallas-Fort Worth a hub for innovation.


Learning AND

T E C H N O LO G Y

T

he role of educational technology during the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the great unsung stories of 2020. When the lockdown went into effect midway through the 2019-2020 spring school semester, the traditional classroom dynamic changed overnight. Technology transformed from a sometimes peripheral teaching supplement to an absolute necessity for classrooms in Argyle and across the nation. With over nine months of experience with the “new normal” of remote education, many teachers are looking back on the lockdown and restart of school as a time of transition, with many new adjustments. For middle school instructor and campus technology liaison Coby Pelt, virtual instruction has changed his relationship with classroom technology in unexpected ways. “The biggest lesson I’ve learned from virtual instruction is that keeping it simple is key,” Pelt said. “Normally, I like to try all sorts of new websites and technology, and while virtual instruction seems like the perfect scenario for implementing these, it can actually cause a whole lot of chaos. It is easy to troubleshoot technology issues quickly in person, but virtual instruction has added a whole new layer to working with students.” Erika Malcom, a STEM Instructor at Hilltop Elementary, has observed both students and teachers rising to a new set of circumstances. In the case of her students, she wasn’t surprised at all. “I think the most valuable lesson learned to me is that people are adaptable,” Malcom said. “If they weren’t before this all happened, they are now! Kids are resilient and adapt to most situations, and I feel like they handle anything we ask them to do very well.” That adaptability is critical. While new classroom technologies and agile administrative policy will play their role in navigating these times, it is instructors who must make them work for students. “Most educators are willing to put themselves out there and try something different to reach the students,” Malcom said. “I believe this is because we all want what is best for the kids, and learning effective educational technology and how to virtually effectively teach is what is best for kids.” There is no question that the students and instructors will continue to rise to the challenge. Winter 2020 • Argyle Insights •

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rgyle High School’s Homecoming 2020 was much different from years past, but the celebration was just as exciting. During homecoming week, a pep rally was held at Eagle Stadium to announce the homecoming court and the winners were announced at halftime of the Melissa game on October 2. Special credit to The Talon News photography team for the outstanding photos from the homecoming game. This year’s Homecoming Queen was Sydney Standifer and the Homecoming King was Gunner St. Romain.

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HOMECOMING COURT Queen: Emma Aylesworth, Sarah Crowder, Steelee Harper, Mia Irwin, Alli Johnson, and Sydney Standifer King: Logan May, Reece McCue, Skylar McCurry, Billy Mykel, Reid Palmer, and Gunner St. Romain Junior: Knox Scoggins and Faith Mack Sophomore: Burke Rudolph and Ellie Snakenberg Freshmen: Luke Spies and Daphne Sessions


7SAFER

T ips To K e e p K i d s by Steve Gamel

A

s parents, we want nothing more than to keep our kids safe and healthy. But these days, it feels like our eyes and ears are on the lookout for too many threats than we can keep track of, whether it be online predators, safety concerns at school,

the authority figures they put their trust into, and even who they are hanging out with when we aren’t around. Those concerns are overwhelming because it’s a lot to keep track of, and we didn’t have to worry about the same concerns growing

up. The biggest piece of advice our parents gave us was Stranger Danger, which may have worked like a charm 30 years ago but sadly falls way short in today’s world.

We’re not going to lie; keeping our kids safer takes hard work and diligence. But here are 7 tips to get you started.

MONITOR SOCIAL MEDIA AND WHO

at the dinner table. Go to baseball or

THEY ARE TEXTING

cheerleading practice, volunteer at school

Nothing is off limits when it comes to

in Watchdog programs, the PTA, etc.,

REALIZE THAT STRANGER DANGER

your child’s privacy and safety online. Social

ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH ANYMORE

attend other school functions, or follow up

media, and the Internet in general, can be

with teachers and babysitters. Predators

Your children must realize danger

a dangerous place, and your child needs to

can come in many forms. While they

be aware of that. Parents should set house

should be mindful of strangers, not

rules and have access to any passwords their

all strangers are bad people. In fact,

child has for online accounts or cell phones.

many predators these days are people

You should also consider having a list of sites

they know and would normally feel

your child visits regularly. Limit your child’s

comfortable with. To keep them safe,

time online and what sites they are allowed

teach them what is and is not safe

to visit, and install content blockers on all

behavior. If something doesn’t feel right,

PCs. Maintain an open line

they should trust their gut.

OF COMMUNICATION

KEEP THEM EDUCATED Not only should your children know

Your child needs should feel like they can talk to their parents about anything,

their name, your contact information,

even the most sensitive of subjects,

important phone numbers, addresses,

without fear of getting in trouble or not

etc., but they should be educated on

being taken seriously. Talk openly and

the law, what is acceptable behavior

often, and consider using role play to go

versus what is over the line, how to

over various scenarios they could face.

protect their privacy online, how to be

GET INVOLVED

more aware of their surroundings, and

You should always be aware of what

can’t attack if parents are involved. EDUCATE YOURSELF There are plenty of resources online to help parents become more educated on the dangers their children will likely experience on a daily basis and how to spot predators. Knowing what questions you should ask and how to anticipate potential dangers will go a long way in protecting your child. TEACH THEM TO TRAVEL IN GROUPS Whether they are walking home from school, going to the mall, or even to a friend’s house, your children should always travel with at least one or two other friends. If they are stuck in a position where they must walk alone, ensure they have a cell phone and that they are talking

yes … what sex is and how to properly

is going on in your child’s life, beyond

or staying in contact with you until they

understand their bodies.

just asking questions about their day

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AHS PRINCIPAL UPDATE

MR. JOHN KING O I

ur fall semester for the 2020-2021 school year is quickly coming to an end, and what an adventure this year has been. want to take a minute to thank a great number of people who have united to make this year better than I could ever have expected it to be. Let me start off by thanking our students. You have faced unprecedented challenges in 2020. I am proud of you and the way you have responded to the adversities that a COVID-19 year has brought. Please keep up the great work you

currently ranked #1 in the state in Class

have started. Next, let me extend an extra

4A. The playoffs have now begun, and

special thank you to our teachers, staff,

we look forward to watching the team

counselors, and nurses. In my opinion,

compete for another state championship

you are truly heroes. You have sacrificed

very soon.

so much for the students you work with

Our girls’ cross country team is having

every day. I cannot thank you enough for

unprecedented success as they have

what you have done and continue to do

advanced as a team to the Class 4A

day in and day out. Finally, please allow

state meet in Round Rock for the second

me to thank our bus drivers, custodians,

straight year. The boys’ cross country

cafeteria staff, and maintenance workers.

team won the district championship and

Your devotion to your work and to our

finished fourth in the region. Our volleyball

students is second to none. THANK YOU

team had another stellar season, and both

to all.

our boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are

Final exams are just around the corner. Students – let me encourage you to finish out this semester strong. I have always

ranked in the top five in the state in the pre-season polls. Our tennis team had another great year

followed the advice of the author who said

winning the district championship. We

– “Don’t waste a lot of hard work by failing

are very proud of all of our sports teams

to do just a little bit more hard work.” An

and their amazing coaches. On the fine

investment of time now can certainly pay

arts side, our outstanding band begins

huge dividends in the near future.

their run soon toward another state

Our extracurricular activities and events

a record number of students to qualify for the all-region choir this year. On our academic front, our UIL teams have already begun competitions and look as strong as ever. Good luck to all of our teams and coaches as playoffs begin and new seasons start. We are proud of all of you and your outstanding accomplishments! As we near the holiday season, I wish a happy and restful time to everyone. Enjoy a little downtime as we prepare for a very busy and exciting spring semester. As always, I want you to know that my door is open to the entire community at any time that I can be of assistance. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of students, faculty, and staff. Go Eagles!

championship this year with a show that is

are having great success this year. Our

absolutely stunning. Our choir program is

Mr. John King -Principal

football team is still undefeated and

soaring to new heights as well, as they had

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A H S

SOCCER GIRLS’ SOCCER Dec 15

Azle HS #

Home: V 7:30 JV 6

Feb 5

Paris HS

Home: V 7:15 JV 5:30

Dec 22

Northwest HS #

Home: V 5:30 JV 4

Feb 12

Lake Worth HS (District 7-4A)

Away: V 5:30 JV 4

Dec 29

Alvarado HS #

Home: V 1

Feb 16

Castleberry HS (District 7-4A)

Home: V 5:30 JV 4

Dec 31

Anna HS

Away: V 12:30 JV 11

Feb 20

Ranchview HS (District 7-4A)

Home: V 5:30 JV 4

Jan 7-9

Richand Tournament

Away: V TBA

Feb 26

Springtown HS (District 7-4A)

Away: V 5:30 JV 4

Jan 7-9

Timber Creek Tournament

Away: JV TBA

Mar 19

Salado

Home: V 5

Jan 14-16

Midlothian Heritage Tournament Away: V TBA JV TBA

Mar 25-27

Bi District (Playoffs)

Jan 21-23

Highway 5 Tournament

Away: V TBA

Mar 29-30

Area (Playoffs)

Jan 21-23

Castleberry Tournament

Away: JV TBA

Apr 1-3

Regional Quarterfinals (Playoffs)

Jan 26

Liberty Christian HS

Home: V 5:30

Apr 5-6

Regional Semifinals (Playoffs)

Jan 29

Gainesville HS

Away: V 5:30 JV 4

Apr 8-10

Regional Final (Playoffs)

Feb 2

Stephenville HS

Home: V 5:30 JV 4

Apr 14-17

State Tournament (Playoffs)

BOYS’ SOCCER Dec 30

Alvarado Quad Scrimmage

Away

Feb 26

Springtown (District 6-4A)

Home: 7:30

Jan 2

Stephenville

Home: 1

Mar 2

Lake Worth (District 6-4A)

Home: 7:30

Jan 7-9

Princeton Tournament

Away

Mar 5

Castleberry (District 6-4A)

Away: 7:30

Jan 14-16

Alvarado Tournament

Away

Mar 8

Ranchview (District 6-4A)

Home: 7:30

Jan 21-23

Kaufman Tournament

Away

Mar 12

BYE (District 6-4A)

BYE: 7:30

Jan 26

Decatur

Away: 7:30

Mar 16

Springtown (District 6-4A)

Away: 7:30

Jan 29

Gainesville

Away: 7

Mar 25-27

Bi-District (Playoffs)

Feb 9

Bridgport

Home: 7:30

Mar 29-30

Area (Playoffs)

Feb 12

Lake Worth (District 6-4A)

Away: 7:30

Apr 1-3

Regional Quarterfinals (Playoffs)

Feb 16

Castleberry (District 6-4A)

Home: 7:30

Apr 5-6

Regional Semifinals (Playoffs)

Feb 20

Ranchview (District 6-4A)

Away: 7:30

Apr 8-10

Reginal Finals (Playoffs)

Feb 23

BYE (District 6-4A)

BYE: 7:30

Apr 14-17

State Tournament (Playoffs)

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