Argyle’s New Middle School Opens in August
by Susan Neuhalfen
It was only a matter of time before a new school would be built to accommodate the enormous growth in Argyle. This August, Argyle’s Middle School will be opening to 600 6th, 7th and 8th graders as well as new mix of teachers and staff in its new Canyon Falls location.
The school, which will later become the new high school, is an impressive structure built around a stone courtyard which the students may use for studying, eating or just enjoying. The building is eco-friendly and energy efficient with a simple but beautiful modern design. While it contains certain nuances that are common to new schools being built, it isn’t strewn with built-ins and extras.
“We’re keeping the building as simple as possible,” said principal Scott Gibson. “We want to make sure the transition to turn it into the high school is an easy process.”
One noticeable change is that the new middle school will not have school lockers. Sports lockers will exist but with the addition of Google Chromebooks, there isn’t as much need for books and other bulky items. One of the things that excites Gibson is the idea of everything being new. New gyms, new classrooms, and yes, even the Google Chromebooks for the 2016-2017 school year will be new.
Another new aspect will be the staff. Although many are coming from the high school, middle school and intermediate school, almost one half of the staff has never worked under Gibson or with each other in the same school. After school ended on June 3, the new staff was brought to the new middle school for a tour which is the first time some of them had met. Gibson says they are planning some team building exercises in August.
“This is going to be really fun to watch them all gel together,” he said. “With the addition of the sixth grade and the growth of the 7th and 8th grade we’re really putting together a
whole new team.”
There are several aspects of the campus that are perfect for a middle school, but are ready to be expanded once the school transitions to a high school. For example, the cafeteria has a stage for productions, but once the high school is built, an entire fine arts wing will be built. It will be adjacent to the band room (which is already impressive) with a new auditorium, black box, band and percussion halls. Classrooms and science labs will be upgraded and then there are all the athletic upgrades including additional seating at the football stadium, more tennis courts and an indoor activity center just to mention a few.
For those who can’t wait to see the new building, the PTO will be having a back to school bash on Saturday, August 20 from 6-9pm for incoming 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and their families.
This is Gibson’s first transition as a principal to a new school and he says the whole process has been a really great learning experience.
“I have a binder where I keep all of the information because it’s hard to keep everything straight,” he laughs. “From start to finish it’s been a challenge, but it’s been so much fun.”
The opening day for Argyle Middle School (as well as all schools in Argyle ISD) will be August 22.
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