We hope you have had a wonderful summer full of relaxation, reflection, and time with your loved ones. And we hope you are as excited as we are to embrace the 41st academic year of A.G.B.U. Manoogian-Demirdjian School!
This summer we have worked hard to examine our own institutional strengths and weaknesses, applying ourselves to the ongoing work of improving our programming to meet students’ diverse needs. As an Armenian college-preparatory academic institution in Southern California, our school aspires to cultivate students who are academically capable, skilled learners, independent thinkers, socially responsible and productive citizens, and individuals aware of their Armenian cultural heritage. These core values constitute our Expected Student Learning Results (ESLRs), and we regularly use them as our academic, cultural, and ethical compass. We invite you to learn more about the ESLRs on our website.
The summer has brought with it a series of milestones. First, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) approved our Mid-Cycle Progress Report detailing progress over the past three years and articulating future goals. Next, we renewed ties with our sister school in Buenos Aires, Argentina during a three-week trip which I was honored to participate in and observe our students conduct themselves with the utmost sensitivity and respect towards their hosts and a new culture. On the other side of the globe, a group of rising juniors continued our tradition of an annual trip to Armenia where they witnessed first-hand the people, places, and ideas that can seem so distant from our Canoga Park classrooms. Most importantly, it gave each student an opportunity to develop unique, individualized relationships with Armenia. A special thanks to the faculty and community chaperones for their countless sacrifices to make these trips so successful.
The 2016-2017 school year marks a moment when we gaze into new horizons. This year, we are launching a more formalized chess program that creates an opportunity for students to deepen connections with their Armenian roots -- Armenia is home to many world chess champions -- while developing skills in critical thinking, attention to detail, collaboration, and logic. In an effort to accommodate the expansiveness of the Armenian language and a student body reflecting the rich diversity of the Armenian diaspora, we will also introduce the Eastern Armenian dialect into our curriculum. Our Visual & Performing Arts Department will widen its offerings to enrich our entire student body with the magic of creativity. And we give thanks to Mr. Sinan Sinanian for a remarkable twenty-five year tenure as board chairman, and are excited to welcome to the chairmanship Mr. Diron Ohanian, Esq., a devoted and skilled leader.
The 2016-2017 school year also marks a moment when we preserve many of our proudest traditions. First among those is the excellence of our faculty and staff. They are an impossibly talented, brilliant, and diligent group of individuals dedicated to the honorable work of preparing our society’s next generation. And right alongside them are our selfless volunteers -- from families to PTO to Hye Vokee to alumni to members of the A.G.B.U. family near and far -- who never cease to inspire or amaze with their creativity and love for our school. We are proud to welcome back so many wonderful community members, old and new, and to carry on our numerous year-round activities including class trips, formals, games, academic decathlons, and much more.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to stop by the Main Office.
Together let us write the next chapter in the story of A.G.B.U. Manoogian-Demirdjian School.