GLENDALE—On March 18, Chamlian students who had spent months preparing for the annual Science Fair were up for a final judging. Chamlian holds a proud track record at the LA County level as well as the state level competitions, where students have received awards and honorable mentions for many years.
A panel consisting of five judges is chosen every year to critique each entry and make a decision on which projects will move on to the Los Angeles County competition. This year, Chamlian was pleased to welcome representatives from the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry as part of the panel of judges for the competition. Vergine Madelian Ph.D. and Karoline Rostomian Ph.D., from the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry were joined by Richard Moyer, Ph.D., Scientist at Northrop Grumman Space Technology, Hagop Injeyan, Ph.D., Retired Scientist from Northrop Grumman Space Technology and Jonathan W. Arenberg, Scientist at Northrop Grumman Space Technology came to lend their expertise in reviewing the projects.
The science fair submissions this year fulfilled the legacy of excellence that Chamlian has come to expect. After careful deliberation, the judges chose thirteen projects among the twenty four finalists to send to the competition at the county level. Congratulations to the finalists. We wish them the best at the next level.
On Friday, March 04, the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at Chamlian Armenian School attended a presentation by Detective Gaxiola of the Glendale Police Department called “The Bully.” The Detective explained who the bully could be, the importance of reporting the situation, the consequences, and the different types of bullying.
Bullying is usually attempted by a person that one has already had contact with. It can be a classmate, a friend, and even a sibling. If a bully is trying to get someone to do something they are not comfortable with, that person should listen to the voice inside their head that tells them it is a bad idea.
The fact that bullying should always be addressed was repeatedly stressed by Detective Gaxiola. Bullying can be avoided by ignoring the bully, having a polite come back, or “killing them with kindness”.
The different types of bullying include verbal, emotional, and physical. A bully should receive consequences for any or all of the different types of bullying. He explained to the students that everything one does and has done in the past is judged when applying for college and university, including bullying.
Detective Gaxiola continued with educating the students on the three different bullying methods. These include cyber bullying, school bullying, and hazing or sports bullying. He mentioned the importance of realizing that the choices one makes outside of school can still affect students in school. Therefore, it is important to be kind outside of school grounds as well as inside.
Detective Gaxiola made it a point that if a student witnesses a bully harassing someone else, it is important to report the situation to an adult. He wanted students to remember that they never get faulted for trying to do the RIGHT thing.
Japan Tragedy Assembly
On Thursday, March 24th, 2011, Chamlian Armenian School held a ceremony for all 4th– 8th grade students in the school auditorium, dedicated to the disaster in Japan.
Rita Kaprielian, Vice Principal, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies, and addressed the students about their moral duties to help the Japanese people. School Counselor, Mrs. Seda Batmanian, followed the opening remarks with an educational PowerPoint presentation covering details of the country’s disaster, amazing stories of survival, and things we can do to help. The presentation ended with an inspiring quote: “There is always hope when people come together to help each other.”
During the ceremony, the administration encouraged students to help by placing their donations in the collection box next to the school office. All donations will be sent to Japan through the Armenian Relief Society, as well as other countries affected by natural disasters.
A Regional Committee member from the ARS, Christine Keshishian, was on hand to share a few words with the students about their efforts, and to encourage students to support the ARS.
Julian Ely, advisor at the Information and Culture Center at the Japanese Consulate, expressed his apologies for not being able to attend the ceremony. He expressed his sincere appreciation, “Thank you for thinking of us. We very much appreciate the concern for Japan from everyone at Chamlian Armenian School.”
The Principal, Vazken Madenlian, took the stand and reminded all students that “as Armenians, we remember Japan as one of the first countries to help Armenia rebuild after the devastating Spitak earthquake in 1988.” He added, “It is therefore our duty to help them today, during their darkest moments.”
Rev. Vazken Atmajian ended the ceremony with a few solemn words and a group prayer for the victims of the tragic disaster.
With its efforts, the administration hopes that this fundraising drive will not only help those in dire need, but it will also provide a valuable lesson for our students about the importance of charity.