Recently, two former Hovnanian School students, Laurie Temiz, ‘08, and Shant Temiz gifted the school with a generous donation for the technology program.  The Temiz’s gift has funded the inception costs of Hovnanian School’s new portal system and facilitated and improved how the school community communicates, teaches, and learns.  The generous donation will also enable students to collaborate online in Armenian, English and French.  Parents will be able to track their child’s progress electronically, alumni will be able to network with others in their chosen field and lastly, the community will have the capability to access a portal through which it can receive the latest news about the School.  Shant Temiz said “Hovnanian School was and forever will be my second home.  Attending this school is both an honor and privilege that every Armenian should cherish.” 

With that same enthusiasm, 3 board members matched the Temiz donation.  That added gift, allowed for students in grades 7 and 8 to receive brand new laptops.  Additionally, all students will have access to updated computers and printers in the computer lab and teachers will have access to technology that will allow them to enhance their curricula.  Our 7th and 8th graders have already begun using their touch-screen, foldable, adjustable laptops in class.  The feedback has been positive: students have expressed that “it’s so cool to have online textbooks and to take notes on the computer instead on a regular notebook.”  Another student said: “Now we can email our assignments to our teacher.”

This advancement of technology at the Armenian School in New Milford is the culmination of over a year of careful planning by a Technology Committee consisting of teachers, staff, a parent, and alumni. Hovnanian School owes its existence to the generosity of the community.  The alumni represent the ideal outcome of a Hovnanian School education.  Laurie Temiz said “now it is our responsibility to carry the torch and give back to an irreplaceable institution.”