Thank You for a Wonderful Homecoming!

Posted on October 13th, 2016 by klapa

The weather could not dampen the spirits of the hundreds of people who came to Homecoming at AC this year! Despite the rain we enjoyed a day of family fun with:

  • Athletic events
  • Two food trucks serving warm food on a cold day
  • More than 130 delicious baked items donated by AC families for our Bake Sale
  • Popular lawn games such as Candyland, Balloon Pop, and Bean toss
  • Two bounce houses and a new Euro-bungee game
  • A raffle with many great prizes donated by local businesses

Our families could not have enjoyed a day of fun if it weren’t for the more than 100 parent and family volunteers who gave their time and effort with smiles. We thank each and every one of you. Our thanks also to Dawn Williams-Fuller (PACK President, 2015-2016) and the amazing AC team of Ray Istas, Shanon Baudo, Courtney Dixon, Emily Gillette, and Mark Miller for making this a memorable day of family fun!

We hope you will all join us again next year for another fun Homecoming!

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AC 7th Graders Travel to Pathfinder

Posted on September 28th, 2016 by klapa

Allendale Columbia School 7th graders are enjoying their annual trip to Pathfinder. This group of 7th graders is “100% all in” and they have met each challenge with eagerness and excitement. They have been canoeing, experiencing the ropes course, bike riding, and some brave souls even found time for some “polar bear swimming” in Source Lake. This is the 16th year AC students have taken this trip; enjoy these photos of some of the many different experiences students have had already this year!

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Opening Day 2016!

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by kvella

The 2016-2017 school year is off to a great start! Students and faculty enthusiastically returned for the new school year, and were welcomed by the Class of 2017 who cheered for everyone coming to campus on the first day of school. Check out these photos from the first day of AC’s 126th year!

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Posted in: Eighth Grade, Eleventh Grade, Fifth Grade, First Grade, Fourth Grade, Highlights, Kindergarten, Lower School, Middle School, Ninth Grade, Nursery, Pre-Primary School, PreKindergarten, Second Grade, Seventh Grade, Sixth Grade, Tenth Grade, Third Grade, Twelfth Grade, Upper School

Global Perspectives – A Traveling Photo Exhibit

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by kvella

AC students are traveling the world – and so are their photos! Last school year, AC Middle and Upper School students traveled to places like Madagascar and Senegal. The photos they took during those trips are now part of a traveling photo exhibit – check out the photos in this album to get an idea of the sights they saw during their travels!

  

 

             

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Posted in: Eighth Grade, Eleventh Grade, Highlights, Middle School, Ninth Grade, Seventh Grade, Sixth Grade, Tenth Grade, Twelfth Grade, Upper School

AC in the News for July and August 2016

Posted on September 1st, 2016 by klapa

Allendale Columbia School has recently been featured in a number of news outlets, providing an opportunity to showcase our position as a cure for the Common Core in front of a wide range of audiences! Highlights are included below; we hope you enjoy reading about some of the great things happening at AC! Please note that the clips below will display best on desktop or laptop computers as opposed to mobile devices.


Back to School: Healthy, Innovative Lunches
August 22nd, 2016

News reporter Jennifer Johnson spent a morning at Allendale Columbia School covering our food program and interviewing Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch, Food Service Director; Dr. Elizabeth Murray, AC parent and pediatrician; Lindsey Brown, AC faculty member and Director of AC’s Summer LEAP Program; and students Indiia Maring and Juliana Bruno. Click here to see!


AC’s Make Your Mark Gala Featured in “Seen” Section
August 5th, 2016

More than 450 people joined honorary chairs the Judson family and co-chairs Duffy Palmer and Mark Siwiec at Oak Hill Country Club for AC’s Make Your Mark Gala. The event celebrated AC’s rich 125- year history and raised $265,000 for the school. Click here to see!


Local Schools Work to Prevent Learning Loss
August 4th, 2016

Allendale Columbia School’s Summer LEAP program was featured in this Fairport-East Rochester Post article. LEAP works to combat summer learning loss as students participate in a variety of academic experiences and field trips. The article includes a photo of students involved in a S.T.E.M. experiment in AC’s Design & Innovation Lab, which opened last fall. Click here to see the story online and here to see the story in print!


Rochester Magazine
Allendale Columbia School’s Make Your Mark Gala
Summer 2016

This full-page feature includes photos from Allendale Columbia School’s Make Your Mark Gala, stating that the very well attended event provided a chance to celebrate the school’s 125-year history and reflect on the accomplishments of current and former students. Click here to see!


Ten Lucky Students Headed to Earthworks Camp
August 3rd, 2016

This news story featured a partnership between AC, The Earthworks Institute, Senator Funke, Senator Robach, Assembly Majority Leader Morelle, Summer LEAP, and The Center for Youth. Funded by a state grant Earthworks received and hosted at AC, students from The Center for Youth and Summer LEAP have been given the opportunity to participate in a week-long outdoor camp experience called Runnin’ Wild. Please click here to see!


$25,000 Grant Helps Non-Profit Teach STEM Over Summer
August 3rd, 2016

Thanks to a $25,000 New York State grant, a local non-profit known as Earthworks is able to give up to ten children a five-day summer camp experience. The organization works in partnership with AC’s Summer LEAP program to help Rochester City School District students who want to attend the Center for Youth’s camp. Click here to see!


Bright Spot: Summer LEAP Program at Allendale Columbia
July 12th, 2016

Channel 13 did a Bright Spot featuring AC’s Summer LEAP program. This initiative fights summer learning loss by providing free summer programming as students from Rochester City School No. 17 attend classes for six weeks, receive meals and work on reading, math, health, character development, art and music. Click here to see!


Rochester In Focus: AC’s Madagascar Experience
July 10th, 2016

This Rochester in Focus feature that appeared on Channel 10 highlights AC’s Madagascar trip and includes interviews with AC faculty member Beth Guzzetta and student Adelaide Flood. Please click here to see the coverage, which has been uploaded to Vimeo!


We’re doing so many exciting and interesting things here at AC and look forward to sharing more media coverage with you in the future!

AC Communications

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Posted in: AC in the News, Alumni News, Highlights, Lower School, Middle School, Pre-Primary School, Upper School

AC in the News for May and June 2016

Posted on June 17th, 2016 by klapa

Allendale Columbia School has recently been featured in a number of news outlets, providing an opportunity to showcase our position as a cure for the Common Core in front of a wide range of audiences! Highlights are included below; we hope you enjoy reading about some of the great things happening at AC! Please note that the clips below will display best on desktop or laptop computers as opposed to mobile devices.


Allendale Columbia Rejoices in its 125th Anniversary
June 7th, 2016

As we near the end of our 125th year, Allendale Columbia School graced the front page of the Democrat and Chronicle in an article highlighting some of our history, faculty designing their own curriculum, the Great Penny RACE in Lower School, the DuPont Challenge, our food program, the recent trips to Madagascar and Senegal, and our Summer LEAP program. Click here to view the story online!


Brighton Memorial Library Honors Literary Awards Contest Winners
June 7th, 2016

This Brighton-Pittsford Post article features Brighton Memorial Library’s 44th annual Literary Awards Contest winners. Two AC students received honorable mentions in their division – Liza Cotter for her piece titled “Where the Boy Rides His Bike” and Evelyn Van Arsdale for her piece titled “The Message”. Click here to see!


Neurodiversity Advocate Calls for Kindness
June 3rd, 2016

This Greece Post piece was written by Kate Bjorklund, a member of AC’s Class of 2016, about one of the TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchool speakers (and soon-to-be AC student) Dylan Dailor. Dylan has been active in his role as a neurodiversity advocate for years, and even authored his own book. Click here to read the online version, or pick up the June 16th edition to see it in print!


ROC Youth HackFest Challenges Youth to Use Technology
for Social Good
June 2nd, 2016

Fourteen students from Brighton and Pittsford won their divisions and took home awards for their social innovation at the first youth hackathon in the Greater Rochester region. Included among the winners were AC’s Adam Awad, Liza Cotter, and Brendan Keller. The event was a collaboration between iCanCode, Digital Rochester and AT&T, and was born out of a desire to expand coding opportunities for Rochester-area youth. To see the full article, click here!


Photos from Local Student’s One Cubic Foot Madagascar Trip
June 2nd, 2016

In this story, WHEC shares some of the photos taken by participants of AC’s recent trip to Madagascar. The trip is a collaboration including members of the Seneca Park Zoo’s One Cubic Foot project and Allendale Columbia School. Click here to see!


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Tough Tech Choices: Laptops, Tablets, Chromebooks, BYOD?
May 24th, 2016

In this article, former AC employee Jeff Mao provides insights for schools as they determine what technological devices to provide their students. He states that he learned from AC’s mission statement that “structure should liberate, not confine.” As a result, he suggests that schools should “seek a solution that solves for [their] educational goals, not the other way around.” Click here to read more!


Bright Spot on Awak Thongjang, Thomas Riveros, and Nolan Redhead
May 23rd, 2016 

Three AC students – Awak Thongjang, Thomas Riveros, and Nolan Redhead – were highlighted in a 13WHAM segment recently, after having a combined birthday party and collecting money and toys to donate in lieu of gifts. Click here to see!


Honor Flight
May 22nd, 2016

AC students recently went to the airport to welcome Honor Flight participants, and although his name and school weren’t added to the screen, AC student Henry Nicosia speaks about this experience at the 16:39 mark of this clip from WHEC!


Local Rochester Students Will Travel to Madagascar
May 17th, 2016

This WHEC story features the group from Allendale Columbia School and the Seneca Park Zoo as they prepared to leave for their trip to Madagascar. AC’s Kate Bjorklund and Luke Nicosia were interviewed as part of the story; click here to see!


Allendale Columbia Students About to Leave for Madagascar
May 13th, 2016

This Time Warner Cable News story shows AC students gearing up for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Madagascar, to study the biodiversity of the African island. The trip was part of a partnership between the Seneca Park Zoo, Smithsonian Institution, and California-based photographer and environmentalist David Liittschwager. The story features comments from AC students Kate Bjorklund and Emily Atieh; click here to watch!


Rochester in Focus
May 8th, 2016

This edition of Rochester in Focus features AC faculty members Ariane Baer-Harper and Beth Guzzetta as they discuss their plans to bring groups of AC students to Senegal and Madagascar, respectively. Their interviews begin at the one minute mark found here.


High School Musicals Honored at Stars of Tomorrow
May 5th, 2016

As this article outlines, AC’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” was recognized at the recent Stars of Tomorrow Gala for Outstanding Acting Ensemble, Outstanding Pit Orchestra, and Alex Carioty was recognized as Outstanding Supporting Actor for his portrayal of “Orin.” In addition, Conner Shumway was recognized for his set design, and Phelan Conheady and Fateemah Saleem were recognized for incorporating sign into the show. More than 30 schools from the Greater Rochester Area performed musical numbers throughout the event, including our students who reprised “Skid Row” and Alyssa Lewis who brought the house down with her opening solo! See all the award winners here.


Earth Day Fun at Allendale Columbia
April 22nd, 2016

Channel 13 highlights AC’s Earth Day activities in this story, including the presentations by our first graders and Headwater Food Hub, as well as our electronics recycling center. See the story here.


Food-About-Town

Christin Ortiz and Headwater Food
April 19th, 2016

The marketing manager of the Headwater Food Hub discusses AC’s sustainability efforts in terms of its food service program at the 41:40 mark of this podcast. While AC’s current efforts are somewhat different from those described, AC does occasionally weigh the garbage and have contests between divisions to see who can create the least waste during a lunch period, and we have a substantial farm to table program. Click here to listen!


New Local Meat Facility Planned for 2017
April 18th, 2016

AC Food Service Team Member Yesenia Roman is included in this story’s photo and video, which discusses a new United States Department of Agriculture-inspected butchering facility being planned by Headwater Food Hub and McCann’s Local Meats. Click here to see!


We’re doing so many exciting and interesting things here at AC and look forward to sharing more media coverage with you in the future!

AC Communications

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