GLENDALE—Monday, August, 20 marked the first day of Chamlian Armenian School’s 38th year. The administration, faculty and staff welcomed the students and their parents with a traditional opening ceremony.
Saro Nazarian, Chamlian’s Eastern Armenian Department Chair, began the ceremony with his opening remarks. Soon after, he welcomed this year’s incoming first graders as they were escorted down the steps by this year’s 8th grade graduating class – a traditional entrance symbolizing the school’s commitment to educating our youth, from one generation to the next.
Very Reverend Father Vazken Atmajian followed the procession with a prayer, after which Mrs. Garine Joukadarian and Mrs. Arus Boggs led the students in the Armenian and American Pledges of Allegiance.
Chamlian’s Vice Principal, Rita Kaprielian, wished the students a successful academic year in her welcoming remarks. She also proudly acknowledged 14 new families whose parents are Chamlian alumni. Board of Regents representative, Azita Yacoubian, was also present to greet the students and to congratulate Chamlian on its many achievements.
Reverend Father Vazken Atmajian read Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian’s message to Chamlian Armenian School’s students, in which He wishes them a successful year, reiterating the importance of Armenian schools and their mission.
Finally, Principal Vazken Madenlian shared his remarks, thanking all the parents for their active involvement and continued support of the school. While acknowledging that this was a happy occasion, he also reminded parents of the hardships faced by the Armenian community in Syria today, with a heartfelt appeal to them to show their support in the coming days.
Addition of Several SMART Boards and Document Cameras
Chamlian Armenian School kicked off the new school year with the acquisition of several new SMART Boards and SMART Document Cameras, as it continues to improve its educational programs through the effective use of technology. The newly purchased SMART Boards and Document Cameras will be used by several teachers in the Armenian Department, as well as several Homeroom teachers in the elementary grades.
With an interactive white board, a computer interface and a touch screen, the SMART Board is an excellent tool for teachers to further engage students in the learning process. The Document Camera is also an essential instructional tool, as it is used to magnify and project images and objects for a large audience.
“It is very important to integrate technology in education,” stated Principal Vazken Madenlian. “We must always remember that technology is just a tool and not a final goal, as nothing can replace a good instructor.”
Vahan and Anoush Chamlian Armenian School opened its school in 1975, serving students in Glendale and the surrounding communities. Chamlian is one of eight Armenian schools throughout Southern California governed by the Board of Regents of the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The school has been fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1983.