Dear Titans and Parents,
We are blessed to return to campus and commence the 43rd academic year of AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School. On behalf of our faculty, staff, administration, and wider community, I am honored to welcome you back to school! This summer we’ve worked hard to make the most of our time in the present and in preparation for the new school year. Summer programming on campus has included opportunities for youth to grow through dance, sports, reading, and multimedia storytelling. We’ve updated our DHS Computer Lab, installed energy efficient LED lighting around campus to help reduce our environmental impact, and have worked around the clock to upgrade our facilities ahead of the 2018-2019 school year.
Our annual summer excursion to Armenia this year was exceptional. In the aftermath of the historic Velvet Revolution, Titans representing our community met with the republic’s fourth president Armen Sarkissian, young orphans, and soaked in the ancient sites of a historic and vibrant nation that is fundamentally tied to the foundation of our school. When we first opened our doors in 1976, Armenia was a hard knock Soviet outpost. Today, it is a beacon of democratic, peaceful social transformation. Through it all, the global AGBU family has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Armenia and the values that have animated its intellectual, spiritual, and cultural evolution. AGBU continues to deepen its engagement and leadership in the “new Armenia” and across the diaspora. We encourage all of our community members to learn more about AGBU’s robust portfolio of programs, including internship opportunities around the world.
As we settle into the new school year, please be mindful of a variety of resources. Our website is a hub for academic, extracurricular, and community information along with links to our various social media platforms. Please explore (hint: one good place to start is our 2018-2019 academic calendar)! Next, in the name of improved safety best practices, we will expand and update our emergency drills (earthquake, fire, lockdown) to create opportunities for staff and students on campus to have more confidence in their preparedness and responses. A summary can be seen on our website’s Safety & Security page. Further, we’re excited to continue our Coffee with the Principal forums to discuss and brainstorm on academic, extracurricular, and other matters. We encourage all parents to attend their respective grade-level meeting, as they are a great way for us to continue working together and maintain a positive, healthy relationship. Notices with dates and times for these gatherings will be emailed to you and posted to our website. What’s more, professional development remains a critical priority for supporting our talented and gifted faculty in refining and growing their skills during the summer and throughout the school year. In addition, we’re entering the sixth and final year of our accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a pillar of quality assurance and evaluation in the educational sector. Currently we’re preparing our self-study report to renew our accreditation for another 6-year cycle, and you will hear more from us soon in this regard.
Please remember to check your email inboxes and our website for academic, event, and extracurricular announcements. And if you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me in our Main Office by telephone at 818-883-2428 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May the next chapter in the story of AGBU MDS we collectively scribe be rich with imagination, innovation, and excellence.
Welcome back, and welcome home!