TCA Arshag Dickranian School Starts 2014-2015 Academic Year

LOS ANGELES — With the pomp and circumstance of its traditional Opening Ceremony, Tekeyan Cultural Association’s (TCA) Arshag Dickranian School (ADS) re-opened its doors for its 34th consecutive scholastic year to its students on Monday, August 25.

The guests of the event included Archpriest Manoug Markarian, pastor of St. John Church, school benefactor Hmayak Baltayan, TCA LA Chapter Member and former ADS teacher Vatche Semerdjian and TCA Beshguetourian Center Chairman Kevork Keushkerian. Among the Board Members attending were Chairman George K. Mandossian, Vice Chair Parsegh Kartalian, Treasurer Angine Garibyan, PTO Liaison Shirley Kandralyan and Alumni Liaison Dr. Lisa Meneshian.

The Opening Ceremony took place at the school courtyard, where students ranging from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade gathered under the supervision of their teachers, along with the presence of dedicated parents.

Meneshian, who was the MC of the event, welcomed everyone to the program. She then invited Markarian to the podium, who conveyed the blessings of Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese, and then started the ceremony with his prayers, blessing the attendants and the new scholastic year. Next, Meneshian, who was the first student to register at TCA Arshag Dickranian School when it was founded in 1981, shared the memory of her registration at the school, where she first met Mandossian, and had a picture taken with him. She proceeded by inviting Mandossian to deliver his message on behalf of the Board.

Mandossian greeted the students, parents, teachers and guests, and noted the developments that had taken place at the school during the summer vacation, such as the installation of a security surveillance system throughout the campus to ensure efficient safety measures and upgrading teachers’ kitchen to a brand new one, which was a donation from parent Gagik Kniazian and the labor Andy Asatryan of Apple Home Developer Inc. Another highlight of Mandossian’s speech was thanking high school art history teacher, Polet Zargarian, and middle and elementary school art teacher, Ani Vardanyan, for adding a mural to the walls of the courtyard with the help of students from 5th through 9th grades. He invited to the podium students who had dedicated their time to painting the mural. Mandossian concluded his speech by wishing everyone a productive year.

Next, Principal Dr. Manoug Seraydarian greeted the attendants and welcomed the students to the new academic year and reminded all of the importance of the roles knowledge, education and discipline play in our lives. He introduced the new teachers, the new addition of a dean of students and the shift the school has made in the textbooks to be used this academic year, in compliance with new standards of education. Following Dr. Seraydarian’s speech, tenth grade students Lily and Ani Sarafian recited the poems “Hayots Lezoun” and “Keechenk Payts Hayenk” by Barooyr Sevag. The first grade students then released balloons with the colors of the Armenian flag and sounded the first bell of the school day.

In conclusion of the program, Meneshian wished everyone a fruitful new scholastic year and asked parents and guests to enjoy the refreshments and the assortment of cookies served by the PTO, while students headed to their classrooms to attend their first lesson of

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