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New Argyle Middle School opening in Canyon Falls in August


Opening in August, the new Argyle Middle School for grades 6-8 is one of two exciting new additions to Canyon Falls in 2016. (The other, the action-packed Canyon Falls Club (link to other new blog), will open later this fall.)

Canyon Falls residents are invited to preview this gleaming new school with a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony hosted by the PTO on Saturday, August 20, at 6:00 p.m.

Following the ceremony, students who will be attending the school and their families are invited to an open house event that will last until 9:00 p.m. Classes will start on August 22.

Students and their families will discover a state-of-the-art, 152,000-square-foot campus that can accommodate up to 950 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. The eco-friendly school is built around a courtyard where students can gather to study, eat lunch and socialize.

Canyon Falls residents will also meet the staff, led by Principal Scott Gibson, who is beginning his eighth year as principal of Argyle Middle School, and his 11th year in the highly regarded Argyle Independent School District. Gibson said that about half of the staff is coming from Argyle’s intermediate, middle and high school campuses, while the other half is new to the district.

If the large school site located along Canyon Falls Drive looks a little roomy for the new middle school, that’s all part of a master plan to provide Argyle students with spacious, new and renovated state-of-the-art schools over the next few years.

Gibson said that the new Argyle Middle School in Canyon Falls was designed from the start to be converted into the district’s new high school in the near future.

A two-story classroom building, identical to the new building opening in August, will be built for the future high school, and a central corridor will connect the two wings. A new high school auditorium, band hall and other facilities for the high school will be built on the land that is currently an open field in front of the middle school.

Gibson said that Argyle ISD could hold a bond election to fund the new high school transition in the fall of 2017, or the spring of 2018. He added that the bond election could also possibly include funding to build a new elementary school on the school site that is currently dedicated in Canyon Falls.

When the new Argyle Middle School in Canyon Falls becomes Argyle High School, the middle school will relocate back to its previous location. It will occupy the entire building, instead of sharing it with the high school as it has done in recent years.

“We call it the flip,” said Gibson. “It can sound a little confusing, but don’t worry – there’s no test on it. The bottom line is that, starting with the opening of the new Argyle Middle School this August in Canyon Falls, new state-of-the-art campuses will inspire our students in all grade levels to reach even higher levels of achievement.”

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