Welcome to Argyle Middle School An Information Technology Magnet Tonight’s Agenda General Magnet and Choice Information Argyle Overview Classroom Visits Magnet Vocabulary In consortium You live within the geographical boundaries of Argyle, Parkland, or Loiederman Out of consortium You live outside the geographical boundaries of Argyle, Parkland, or Loiederman Feeder Schools In Consortium Out of Consortium Georgian Forest Drew Strathmore Barnsley Sargeant Shriver Burtonsville Weller Road Stonegate Harmony Hills Schools Private Brookhaven And More…. Wheaton Woods Viers Mills Magnet Basics Enrollment is by a Lottery System Whole School Magnet Every student has access to all courses and activities MCPS Core Academics Focus is Information Technology Students Choose Argyle The Most Common Question… Transportation In Consortium – MCPS Bus Routes Out of Consortium – Central Stops in Rockville All others must provide their own transportation Carpooling Cosmic Teens After School Program The Choice Process Every student must participate in the choice process in order to attend Argyle For more information about the choice process visit the table in the cafeteria labeled SCHOOL CHOICE or meet representatives from the Office of School Choice in the Media Center Choice Application Deadline December 8, 2006 Stop and Jot…. The Argyle Difference We’ve Got IT Goin’ On Argyle is focused on the academic success of every student Work to improve teaching and learning every day Technology is the way we do business Argyle By the Numbers Number of Students Technology Grade 6 – 265 7 Computer Labs Grade 7 – 273 50 wireless laptops Grade 8 – 198 33 LCD projectors Total – 736 26 SMARTboards 16 Wireless Tablets Demographics 9 Student Response Systems African American – 45% Flex Cameras American Indian - .27% Graphing Calculators Asian – 15% 24 Digital Cameras Hispanic – 29% 22 Digital Camcorders White – 11% Printers Scanners Argyle By the Clock School Starts at 7:55AM School Ends at 2:40PM Each class is approximately 90 minutes 4 minutes between classes Student Schedule – Grade 6 Sample ODD DAY EVEN DAY 1 - MATH 2 - ENGLISH 3 - SCIENCE 4 - READING or FL 5 - TECHNOLOGY 6 – SOCIAL STUDIES 7 - PE 8 – ELECTIVE Academics Math, English, and Reading Different levels based on student ability High School credit courses Algebra,Geometry, Algebra 2 GT English 8 Courses follow MCPS curriculum All integrated with technology Academics Social Studies and Science Courses are scheduled using cluster grouping approach Follow MCPS curriculum Technology integrated into all courses Academics Technology All sixth and seventh grade students are required to take a technology course Grade 6 – Innovative Technology Solutions Grade 7 – Software Applications Focus on improving fundamental skills and knowledge Curriculum is based on National Technology Standards Academics - IC3 Exams Exam Prep is integrated in core technology courses Internet Core Computing Certification www.certiport.com/ic3 Series of 3 tests Computer Fundamentals Online Living Key Applications No charge to students for test Use a software simulation to prepare Academics - Foreign Language Courses are high school credit bearing Currently Offer Spanish and French 6th grade students MUST take Reading or Foreign Language Reading is Recommended Foreign Language in grade 6 is available only to those students who score advanced on the reading MSA and who are recommended for GT level reading by 5th grade teacher Academics – How Are Students Enrolled in Classes Teacher Recommendation Parent Request Ongoing Performance Review Physical Education/Health All students take PE/Health each year 3 quarters of PE 1 quarter of Health Classes are grouped by grade level Technology Electives – Three Year Program Grade 6 EXPLORE! Semester-long electives Grade 7 EXPERIENCE! Year-long electives Grade 8 ADVANCE! Year-long electives that build on grade 7 work Technology Electives Four Strands Digital Media Computer Art and Multimedia Programming QBasic, MicroWorlds, Visual Basic.net Web Design HTML, Dreamweaver, Flash Technology Systems Building a system from scratch Lunch Students are grouped by grade level for lunch 35 minutes to eat lunch This year lunch runs from 11am – 1:10pm Recess MCPS Middle Schools do not have recess Stop and Jot…. Classroom Visits Schedules Provided Tour is Optional ASK ME ABOUT ARGYLE Classroom Visit Schedule A-C D-G 221 • Music 7:50-7:56 209 • English and Reading 124 • Foreign Language 8:00 – 8:06 232 • Math 209 • English and Reading 102 • Social Studies 8:1 0– 8:16 232 • Math 235 • Science 102 • Social Studies 8:20 – 8:26 131 • Required Technology 235 • Science Technology Electives 8:30-8:36 206 • Web Design and Programming 131 • Required Technology 124 • Multimedia and Computer Art Technology Electives Faculty Dining Room • Argyle Parents, Students, and 8:40 – 8:46 206 • Web Design and Programming Counselors 124 • Multimedia and Computer Art 221 • Music Faculty Dining Room • Argyle Parents, Students, 8:50-8:56 124 • Foreign Language and Counselors Questions? Magnet Coordinator CaseyCrouse 301-460-2428 Casey_B_Crouse@mcpsmd.org Thank you for coming!