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Posted 30 May 2014 - 11:03 AM

Congratulations dear Armine, wish you the best of luck :ap:

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, May 29th, 2014

 

Dr. Armine Movsisyan Appointed AGBU Manoukian Principal

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Dr. Armine Movsisyan

PASADENA—The AGBU Vatche and Tamar Manoukian High School Board of Trustees on May 23 announced the appointment of Dr. Armine Movsisyan as the new Principal, effective July 14.

“We are very proud of her accomplishments and are confident in her abilities to successfully lead our school,” said Sinan Sinanian, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Movsisyan has earned her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Educational Leadership with a focus in Teacher Education from the University of Southern California. Prior to her doctorate, she earned both her Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) degrees in History from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Movsisyan is also a graduate of the Rose & Alex Pilibos Armenian School.

Over the past 8 years, Dr. Movsisyan has been an integral part of the AGBU VTM school community.

She began her career as a history and social science teacher and with each passing year took on more leadership responsibilities. She has worked closely with outgoing principal Dr. Kargodorian, fellow teachers, parents, staff and students to promote academic excellence, innovation and teamwork within the school family.

Founding Principal Hagop Hagopian, currently principal of AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School, will be assuming the role of Principal Advisor and will be working closely with Dr. Movsisyan.

“It is with immense pride that we promote Dr. Movsisyan to the position of Principal,” said Sinanian. “She not only has the rigorous educational qualifications that we require for such a position of responsibility, but knows and understands our AGBU mission, school culture and values, and has proven her unwavering commitment and dedication to our students and their families. We look forward to a smooth and seamless transition,” concluded Sinanian.

The AGBU VTM Board of Trustees congratulates Dr. Movsisyan on her appointment and has great confidence that she will advance the school’s mission for the benefit of its students and community.

 

 

 


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Posted 30 May 2014 - 11:14 AM

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 07:20 PM

Movses, Is this Armine your sister?
Who, at times would correct your grammer and orthography?

Edited by Arpa, 30 May 2014 - 07:23 PM.


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Posted 28 February 2020 - 11:49 AM

Hundreds Jam PUSD School Board Meeting For Hearing on Proposed Armenian Charter High School

 

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More than 200 people jammed the meeting room and spilled into the adjacent hallway at Thursday’s Pasadena Unified School District board meeting to support a proposed new bilingual Armenian charter high school in the city. If approved, the school would be known as Melkonian High and be the first of its kind in the western United States.

It was the first public hearing about the school and just an informational forum, with no decision on the proposal’s fate on the agenda.

The next step will be for PUSD staff to evaluate the charter petition of Melkonian’s founders and prepare a recommendation on whether the board should approve or deny that petition.

Another public hearing would then be held.

 

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Petitioners are hoping to open the charter this coming Aug. 17, with 250 students in grades nine through 12, drawn from all over the region. They are also hoping the school board will make a decision by its next meeting, on March 26 – though that’s a time frame that school-board Vice President Scott Phelps indicated could be particularly problematic from among the proposal’s many challenges.

In all, 16 speakers made public comments on the Melkonian proposal Thursday night, with 13 speaking in favor, most to rousing applause when they concluded their two minutes at the microphone.

Board members, too, generally expressed support for the concept of the proposed school – but acknowledged that making Melkonian a reality is a whole other matter, against a backdrop of the PUSD’s recent closure of five schools amid falling enrollment and financial struggles.

“That’s the big cloud hanging over this,” said board member Lawrence Torres.

Board member Michelle Richardson Bailey made similar comments, saying that opening a new charter school so soon after closures could “lack empathy for the families” of students from the closed schools.

“I do want to support you,” Bailey said, gesturing toward the crowd, “but there’s just so much that is challenging.”

While not taking a definitive stand on the charter proposal, Bailey also said that if the Armenian program were “absorbed into our existing high schools, I would embrace it.”

Board member Roy Boulghourian, himself of Armenian descent, indicated his general support for the proposal’s concept – saying that, beyond the cultural benefits and prestige of bringing an Armenian school to the city, it would also help reverse the PUSD’s falling enrollment and “bring more money in.”

Phelps, meanwhile, called the proposed school “a historic opportunity” for Pasadena schools. But beyond the possibly bad optics of opening a new school following the recent closures, Phelps indicated he feels some “concerns” and “discomfort” with the issue of charters, generally.

“There are a number of issues that would have to be resolved,” he said. “We do have a unique opportunity, but there are so many issues. In good faith, you have to see if those issues can be worked out.’’

Among those issues, he said, “The unions are going to have to be at the table.”

Arsine Shirvanian, one of the founders of the Melkonian plan and one of the speakers at Thursday’s meeting, gave Pasadena Now some details of the proposal – which she described as “a bilingual Armenian high school as well as a school that will teach other global languages and have an approach of global studies of culture and heritage.’’

Shirvanian stressed that the proposed school would be a “dependent” charter, rather than a so-called independent – “meaning that we’re under the umbrella of PUSD, they stand to benefit from us financially.’’

“They get a portion of our ADA (Average Daily Attendance money) in their general fund and they also get a special education fund for each student that registers in our school,’’ Shirvanian said.

She also stressed that Melkonian would be a big step toward reversing enrollment declines – saying 200 students, many from private schools outside of Pasadena, have already pre-registered.

Shirvanian told Pasadena Now that’s she’s received a generally “very positive” reception from school board members, but acknowledged she is aware of the challenges the board faces.

“They are little hesitant because they’re closing schools currently and they’re saying, well, how is that going to come across?’’ Shirvanian said.

“But what we addressed to them is that, first of all, we are a high school. Number two, we are bringing students from outside PUSD from private schools that would never come to PUSD. Number three, we are doing dependent, so that we could financially contribute to the challenges that we have. So it’s a win-win situation for everyone if politics is put aside.’’

Regarding staffing and teacher-union issues, Shirvanian said, “We would collaborate with the administration, the HR of the PUSD, to come together to a mutual understanding where we would benefit from the collaboration and would get the right teachers in.’’

“They’re right now struggling with many layoffs and they have many teachers with the highest payroll and benefits, and as a new charter school, we can’t carry that kind of a weight,’’ Shirvanian said. “So we want the teachers union and PUSD to be sort of understanding of that and help us to kind of find our wings and fly.’’

The location of the proposed school would also have to be figured out.

“Wherever they allow us to make MHS home,’’ Shirvanian said. “There are many sites (around PUSD). We’d leave it up to them. … We want to collaborate with them and find the most effective solution to co-exist.’’

School board President Patrick Cahalan pointed out the process is still in its early stages – and, like Phelps, thought an August launch of the proposed school might be a bit optimistic.

“The real conversation will occur when we have the staff recommendation and the board discusses the ramifications and impacts on the district,’’ he said.



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Posted 28 February 2020 - 12:05 PM

Dr. Armine Movsisyan 
 

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I entered the world of education with the aim of preparing the next generation for the road to come. I wanted them to question the world around them, be curious, get the tools they needed to navigate their future as they discovered their elements and what made them come alive.

I wanted to rise and raise, create a climate of opportunity and provide the space for students to figure who they want to become as they were exposed to more and more experiences. It was clear that the historical dates and events would become blurry and what was important to take away with them was their ability to know that there is much more to know and that it was about the question, and not the answer.

I wanted them to unlock their dreams as they cultivated their character, knowing that no matter what they would have my unconditional support.

My hope was that through their journey they would find ways to serve their community, give back and lead the next generation.

I dreamed of the day that we would stand side by side to bring our shared visions alive. Time to time these moments are now realized. Today was one of those days. Not knowing where the journey may lead, I know I am blessed to be standing beside my comrades. #students #thenextgeneration #teacher #education


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