LITTLE ARMENIA—A wave of anticipation shimmered through the students, faculty, administration, parents, and guests as Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School officially opened the 2011-2012 school year on Monday, August 22, 2011. Members of the Prelacy Board of Regents, the Pilibos School Board, and many alumni were present to mark the opening of the new academic year.
Students and teachers from grades 1-12 lined up on the outdoor basketball court to greet each other and begin the new school year. Parents from our active Parent-Teacher Organization supplied refreshments for parents and special guests.
Archpriest Vicken Vassilian opened the ceremonies with a prayer and blessing for the upcoming academic year. Assistant Principal Mr. Charles Loussararian welcomed new and returning students and wished everyone a successful year. Student Council President Kristina Safarian reminded everyone that the Student Council has an exciting and event-packed year planned and ready to go. The Student Council did a great job of decorating the campus with banners and balloons in the school colors.
Dr. Alina Dorian, the new principal of Rose and Alex Pilibos, then stepped to the microphone and invited everyone to join the Pilibos family for an “amazing, exciting, and challenging year.” She then reminded everyone that Pilibos has a strong, proud history, but we must always work hard to remain the best. Each student has unique abilities, and our school will do its best to help each student realize his abilities and achieve his goals. Dr. Dorian reminded all of the students that “for each and every one of you, this is your year to shine!”
Pilibos students will have many chances to shine in several new classes which have been added to the curriculum this year under Dr. Dorian’s leadership. The sixth and ninth graders will have the chance to study drama; the eighth graders will learn the basics of public speaking; the seventh graders will have fun pursuing creative writing; and the fifth graders will study Armenian dance. Digital Media, the Psychology of Media, and Music Theory have been added as electives to help our students explore technology and its uses. New writing classes, Research Writing for the 11th graders and Writing for College for the 10th graders will help prepare students for the term papers, projects, and reports they will be writing throughout high school and college.
Dr. Dorian completed her inspirational message by inviting the seniors, the class of 2012, to escort the first graders, the class of 2023, to their classrooms. The entire audience applauded as each small hand was clasped in a larger hand, and together the twelfth graders and the first graders walked into the new school year, where each student will have the opportunity to achieve his potential and Soar to New Heights.