Circus Day at Hilltop

By: Fabianna Blanco

Circus Day

                Circus Day Performance

On Tuesday, Argyle ISD Hilltop Elementary children and teachers had a blast on Circus Day. The main ingredients of this program were creativity, teamwork and fun. The students were encouraged to be creative and come up with their own ideas on using traditional circus props. Argyle students played a crucial role in creating and choreographing their performances on this day.

Argyle Students having fun on Circus Day

Argyle Students having fun on Circus Day

Students were able to collaborate on this day with other students who are not their regular classmates, and with teachers other than their regular ones. Also, teachers were able to interact with their students on a different and interactive way. New friends were made and the school community benefited from creating something fun together for the children.

Circus Day Performance

                 Circus Day Performance

For more information about Hilltop Elementary and Argyle ISD visit http://www.argyleisd.com/

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Isaiah Stanback Visits AISD High School

By: Fabianna Blanco

Isaiah Stanback Speaking at AISD HS

    Isaiah Stanback Speaking at AISD HS

On April 28, former Dallas Cowboys player, Isaiah Stanback went to Argyle ISD High School and gave a motivational speech to the students.

Stanback was raised in a single parent household located in a less than favorable neighborhood. He was always very athletic as a child, but became interested in football at the age of 13.

When he finished high school, Stanback accepted a full scholarship from the University of Washington where he participated in Baseball, Track and Football. He entered the 2007 draft and was picked up in the 4th round by the Dallas Cowboys. While playing for the Dallas cowboys he suffered 3 injuries and underwent 3 surgeries, and was able to recover from these completely.

He has had an amazing career in football throughout the years, but apart from that, he is a MBA graduate of the George Washington University School of Business.

Students were grateful Stanback was able to share his motivational story with them and inspired them to never give up and always try to improve.

Claire Betzhold talking about Shoot For The Stars event

Claire Betzhold talking about Shoot For The Stars event

Argyle high school student, Claire Betzhold, talked to the student body before Stanback took the stage about the Shoot For The Stars Event this Saturday, May 9th. She encouraged students to attend this event to honor her brother’s, Alex Betzhold, memory, who passed unexpectedly in his sleep in 2012.

For more information about the high school and AISD visit http://www.argyleisd.com/ 

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Argyle Boys Golf Team Makes School History

By: Fabianna Blanco

Eagles Boys Golf Team- STATE CHAMPIONS

Eagles Boys Golf Team- STATE CHAMPIONS

On April 28th, the Argyle Boys Golf Team made school history by becoming the first team to win state.

It was a difficult day to compete. On the second day of the competition,the temperatures changed drastically from a sunny high 80s-degree weather, to a humid and windy 60-degree weather. The forecast that day said the winds were going to be about 25 miles an hour.

But that did not stop the Argyle Boys Golf Team; when the first day ended, the team was in 1st place by 6 shots over Fredericksburg. The second round was led by senior Matt Garnett (77). The boys won this second round with 312 shots, and won the tournament with a total of 612.

                      Photo by The Talon News

Even though the weather conditions did not let the team play at their best, they were still able to bring home the gold. This year, the girls’ team made their first show at the state tournament as well, and they cannot wait until someday they are able to bring home the gold too.

Congratulation Eagles!

For more information about Argyle ISD visit http://www.argyleisd.com/

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Family Math Night

By: Fabianna Blanco

Argyle ISD Family playing on Math Night

Argyle ISD Family playing on Math Night

Last Thursday, April 16th, several Argyle ISD families gathered at the Hilltop Cafeteria & Gym to play games and practice mathematics at the same time.

Hilltop Elementary Math Specialist, Kendra Swalls, was the person who organized this event so families could have time to bond and help their children to practice math while playing different games.

Argyle Family trying out the "guessing" game

Argyle Family trying out the “guessing” game

Some of the games included playing with Lego blocks, coins and marbles.

One popular game was called “Make A Clock,” where the families had to first put the cups they were given in number order (1-12) like a clock’s face, then add the arrows they were given to the clock, and finally, the parents would ask their children to point the arrows at different numbers.

Lego fraction game instructions

Lego fraction game instructions

To learn more about Hilltop Elementary and Argyle ISD visit http://www.argyleisd.com/

Middle School TMSCA State Meet in San Antonio

By: Fabianna Blanco

Ben Poland -- State Champion in 8th grade Number Sense

Ben Poland — State Champion in 8th grade Number Sense

On April 11th, 18 Argyle ISD middle school students went on their trip to San Antonio to represent the school in the TMSCA State Meet.

Argyle students stood out for their amazing performances. One eight-grade student, Ben Poland, came out 1st as the State Champion of the competition in Number Sense. He also got 2nd place on Mathematics.

Here are the results for the Argyle students:

TMSCA MIDDLE SCHOOL STATE MEET RESULTS

SWEEPSTAKES (out of 19 teams):  1st: Abilene Wylie        2nd: ARGYLE

NUMBER SENSE:  TEAM 2ND                                  CALCULATOR: TEAM 3RD

8TH GRADE:                                                              8TH GRADE:

1ST (State Champion) Ben Poland                            5th  Jake Liles

8th  Jacob Bitter                                                         6th  Jack Young

9th  Brandon White                                                     9th  Brandon White

18th  Frank Russell                                                     13th John Krysziak

18th  Frank Russell

23rd  Jacob Bitter

7TH GRADE                                                               7TH GRADE

5th John Robertson                                                    5th  Megan Russell

10th Ryan Ross                                                          7th  Brooke Carl

13th Carter McNulty                                                    14th  Lucas Bitter

17th  John Robertson

MATHEMATICS:  TEAM 2ND                                    SCIENCE:  TEAM 4TH

8TH GRADE:                                                              8TH GRADE

2nd  Ben Poland                                                         9th  Audrey Livingston

9th  Audrey Livingston                                                17th  Jacob Bitter

15th Brandon White                                                    18th  John Scheremerhorn

18th Frank Russell                                                      19th  Keith Yorke

21st  Keith Yorke                                                        20th  AJ. Pabst

23rd  Jacob Bitter

7TH GRADE                                                               7TH GRADE

15th  Ryan Ross                                                         4th  Dylan Hargroves

17th  John Robertson                                                 13th  John Robertson

26th  Megan Russell                                                   31st  Ryan Ross

Congratulations to all of the students who participated. Go Eagles!

For more information about the middle school and Argyle ISD visit http://www.argyleisd.com/

Argyle Students get Crafty on Art Night

By: Fabianna Blanco

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Argyle Students Being Crafty on Art Night

This last Friday, April 10th, Argyle ISD celebrated Art Night, where students experienced six different art-making adventures they got to take home.

Art Night’s event coordinator, Cory Hederich, believes Art Night is an opportunity to celebrate art through experimenting with different types of art-making materials.

During Art Night, students can try many types of art media like watercolor painting, collage, printmaking, jewelry making, chalk art, and faux stained glass using permanent markers and plastic sheets.

Argyle Student experimenting with chalk

Argyle Student experimenting with chalk

“It is a time for the National Junior Art Honor Society and The National Art Honor Society to experience leadership by sharing their love of art with the community by leading art activities” Hederich said.

The first Art Night was in 2010, and the National Junior Art Honor Society and The National Art Honor Society are having students that at one time came to experience art, but are now leading the art activities.

Hederich thinks Art Night has become an Argyle tradition that many students look forward to.

Argyle Students having fun at Art Night at the HS and MS cafeteria

Argyle Students having fun at Art Night at the HS and MS cafeteria

“My favorite thing about art night is seeing the smiling face painted little artist walking out feeling proud with a handful of art they created” Hederich said.

For more information about Argyle ISD visit http://www.argyleisd.com/

Painting the School Purple

By: Fabianna Blanco

Students eating at Wear Purple Lunch

Students eating at Wear Purple Lunch

Today is Wear Purple day at Hilltop Elementary. Students were asked to wear purple color shirts representing general cancer awareness.

Cafeteria kitchen manager and cancer survivor, Katie Swift, was the one who organized this lunch for Hilltop.

Hilltop student on stage telling jokes and speaking to other classmates

Hilltop student on stage telling jokes and speaking to other classmates

Wearing Purple: Painting the School Purple day is an observance that helps raise student’s and teacher’s awareness of cancer.

Students were able to listen and watch other classmates get on stage to speak and tell jokes while they were eating delicious food.

A special thank you to Katie Swift for organizing this event.

For more information about Hilltop Elementary and Argyle ISD visit http://www.argyleisd.com/