Junior Forum 2018: Should Celebrities Speak Out?

Posted on December 14th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Should celebrities speak out on political issues?

Jessica Sherin (as Barbra Streisand), Gifford Campbell (as Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones), Matt Duver (as Penguins coach Mike Sullivan), and Riley Leibeck (as Fox News’ Laura Ingraham) discussed the topic at AC Junior Forum Thursday, December 13th, with moderator Evelyn Van Arsdale.

They addressed whether athletes should be allowed to kneel during the national anthem, First Amendment freedom of speech rights, who is really “qualified” to state political opinions, and more in a riveting discussion.

Forums are conducted in each of the four Upper School grades. The seniors went first discussing whether civil discourse was possible in today’s democracy.

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Four Tips for Developing an App at 18

Posted on December 11th, 2018 by cnickels

When life gives you challenges, some people build an app! Noah Levine, a senior at Allendale Columbia School, knows that life on the autism spectrum can be overwhelming at times. He was born and diagnosed with autism and has worked hard at self regulation. He was inspired by the therapeutic content that he found helpful and started building an app that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help kids on the spectrum self-regulate when they are overwhelmed. It also gives health providers valuable data about what content works for kids so they can adjust their care accordingly.

On National App Day, December 11th, we celebrate apps that people couldn’t imagine living their lives without. One day soon, Noah’s app will be one of those.

If you are thinking about creating an app, here are 4 things Noah recommends you consider:

  1. Have a clear idea.

    Noah saw the need for a tool that would help kids living with autism to self-regulate. He knew that therapeutic videos and content worked for him, but some kids can’t ever access this content in the first place, much less tell their doctors about what’s working. He knew he wanted to make it easier for more kids to access the therapeutic content and for doctors to see what’s been working for each person. When creating your own app, figure out a clear vision for what you want to accomplish before you get started building it.

  2. Network. Network. Network.

    Noah found helpful people through LinkedIn, family connections, and his Allendale Columbia community. His idea first got started with help from teachers during May Term, a three-week independent study opportunity for all AC Middle and Upper Schoolers. Telling people about his idea was the first step to making it a reality.

  3. Always ask questions.

    Like anything new, it’s natural to not have all the answers. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions,” said Noah. When developing his app, Noah reached out to experts from Duke and University of Rochester to help him resolve issues that came up.

  4. Make the most of your opportunities.

    What started during May Term has become an everyday project for Noah. Through the help of the AC Center for Entrepreneurship, Noah was able to continue working on his idea while getting critical feedback and mentorship from teachers on business, technology, and so much more.

Noah will graduate from Allendale Columbia in 2019. His app, called Horizon Autism, is still in development but he hopes to launch it soon. To connect with Noah (Network. Network. Network!) or to stay updated on his app, you can visit Noah on LinkedIn.

 

About the AC Center for Entrepreneurship
We believe our students must identify and solve problems creatively. The AC Center for Entrepreneurship will create opportunities for our students/participants to make an impact on the world by learning to adapt to a constantly evolving world, connecting globally, and carving their own path. Learn more about the AC Center for Entrepreneurship.

 

 

 

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Posted in: Eleventh Grade, Entrepreneurship, Highlights, Ninth Grade, Tenth Grade, Twelfth Grade, Upper School

Improvisation Leads to Learning in Elementary Music (and Life)

Posted on December 7th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

By Lynn Grossman

Many folks associate the word improvisation with one thing: jazz music.

But creativity and improvisation are crucial aspects of comprehensive music learning. Improvisation is recognized as one of the four components of the National Core Arts Anchor Standards in music (Creating, Performing, Responding, and Connecting). What’s more, improvisation is a learned skill, and perfect for learners of all ages.

Improvisation in Elementary Music EducationI have made creativity and improvisation a central part of my curriculum within Allendale Columbia’s elementary general and instrumental music classes. As a result, I was invited to present two sessions relating to my work at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Conference in Dallas, TX (Nov. 11th-14th). (more…)

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Posted in: Authentic Learning, Fifth Grade, First Grade, Fourth Grade, Highlights, Kindergarten, Lower School, Second Grade, Third Grade

Fearless Friday: Atu Foo Fah (Soybean Pudding)

Posted on December 7th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

This week’s Fearless Friday treat is a little different — it’s often eaten as a dessert! Super Chef Yessy Roman used to make this for her son, who had digestive difficulties as a child. Food Service Director Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch thinks Super Chef was infringing on her dessert territory, and she felt a little fearful going in, but she and four intrepid students gave it a try. Watch the video to see their reactions! (more…)

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Fearless Friday: Homemade Fire Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Posted on November 30th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

On November 30th, Super Chef Yessy Roman whipped up a batch of Homemade Fire Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, which was offered with pita bread, but can also be served with vegetables or chips. Food Service Director Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch and our student tasters all liked it! Try this one on your holiday appetizer tray! (more…)

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Building Connections with Grandparents and Special Friends

Posted on November 30th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Hearts filled fast at Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day. Allendale Columbia’s Lower School children welcomed their special guests for a glimpse of their school day, collaborative activities, a family-style lunch, and a special story from AC’s mascot, Wolfie.

Click on the collage to see the entire Google Photos album of Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day!

Click on the collage to see the entire Google Photos album of Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day!

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It’s About Mental Health, Charlie Brown!

Posted on November 16th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Stressing over homework. Feeling inadequate. Teased by peers. Anxious about a special someone.

Poor Charlie Brown.

Anxiousness, uncertainty, and sadness are just a few emotions that all of us have or will experience at one time or another. In You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, based on characters in Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comics and on stage this weekend at Allendale Columbia School, we see the characters express those feelings and more. (more…)

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AC Alum Recognized as 2018 CNN Hero

Posted on November 9th, 2018 by cnickels

Veterans Day celebrates our soldiers and marines who served this country or, in some cases, made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. But what about all those people who help our troops? The people who live in the country that is being torn apart by war. The people who risk their lives to help our soldiers communicate, navigate, and survive. What about them?

Matt Zeller, an AC Class of 2000 alum, left our campus with ideas of being a lawyer or a politician and went on to earn degrees from Hamilton College and Syracuse University before joining the U.S. Army.

In 2008 his life, and his future, changed forever. (more…)

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