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Lynn Sheffield Simmons / The Place is Argyle

Argyle ISD to celebrate Constitution Week with activities

Constitution Week begins Tuesday, and the Argyle Independent School District will be celebrating the occasion with many activities.

First-grade students will be discussing the three branches of government, people and their rights and who signed the Constitution.

Second-graders will have Brain Pop, Schoolhouse Rock songs and video and discuss “We the Kids.”

Third-grade students will have an in-depth two-week study on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. After discussing the Constitution, the third grade will write a class constitution that includes classroom and school rules beginning with ... “We the students.”

Fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh grades will study Connect 2 Texas: The Constitution as a Guide for President Washington.

The students will learn about George Washington’s book, Acts of Congress, that was recently on display at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The book describes Washington’s crucial role of putting into practice along with his understanding of the Constitution and the establishment of the American government.

Eighth-graders will review the first 10 Amendments, two a day, for the first 15 minutes of class.

Kathi Olson will have a 15-question activity about the Constitution for her class.

Stephen Chancelor’s AP (Advanced Placement) World History class will be breaking down the Declaration of Independence and how it is connected to the present freedoms of the Bill of Rights.

Clark Oberle’s Argyle High School students will rewrite the Preamble of the Constitution using today’s language and discuss how well society has done in achieving its goals.

Sharon Romero’s AP/dual credit U.S. history class will have Constitutional debates.

Scott Styron and Daniel Lundy’s class will have a research assignment on the Bill of Rights and use the tablet computer.

Bryan Beene’s students will have a Constitution and Bill of Rights review.


Reading of the Constitution reminder

The Benjamin Lyon chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution invites everyone to attend the Constitution Day reading of the Constitution in the Commissioners Courtroom at the Courthouse on the Square at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

At 3 p.m., all DAR members, guests and those participating in the event will stand on the courthouse steps and ring a bell.


Community pride shines with pole banners

To show Argyle’s pride for its community, banners are being attached to utility poles along U.S. Highway 377. The town of Argyle purchased 20 banners featuring a large tree with the town of Argyle logo above it.

Funds to purchase the banners came from the community services fund, an account used for various community projects, and the plan is to eventually have banners for various holidays and seasonal occasions.

“Due to the speed of traffic along Highway 377, it has been discussed that future banners be larger and feature more of the town logo and to relocate the current banners on the utility poles in various neighborhoods around Argyle. At this time this is still a work in progress,” said Charles West, Argyle town manager.

Previously, Argyle had holiday banners attached to utility poles, but after the banners disappeared, they were never replaced.


Argyle Community Civic League 2013 Tour of Homes

The Argyle Community Civic League 2013 Tour of Homes will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.

The funds received from the home tour will be used to support the Argyle Community Civic League Back-to-School Program that provides new school clothes for underprivileged children in the Argyle Independent School District and the Argyle Angel Tree Program that provides Christmas presents for disadvantaged children and low-income seniors.

Tickets are $10 for those age 18 and older. E-mail for tickets and home tour information.


Argyle Lions Club to meet

Board members of the Argyle Lions Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St., before the regular club meeting at 6:30 p.m.


Argyle Senior Center sets potluck luncheon

The Argyle Senior Center will have a potluck luncheon at noon Friday.

The Argyle Police Department will furnish the meat and the seniors attending are to bring a covered side dish. Police Chief Tom Tackett will give tips on safety, and bingo will follow the luncheon.

The Argyle Senior Center offers activities each Wednesday and Friday at the Argyle Town Hall community room. An exercise class begins at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m.

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of nine children’s books on Argyle. She can be reached at or 940-464-3368.