AC in the News – 2018

Posted on July 1st, 2019 by acsrochester

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May 8th, 2019

WROC’s Honor Roll Recognizes AC Artists Exhibiting at First Friday

WROC’s spotlight shines on twelve Allendale Columbia school art students who recently displayed their work at a local studio. They showed off paintings, pottery, pictures, and prints in a real-world art setting to cap off their semester class. This was at the Richard Margolis Art and Photography Studio during Rochester’s “First Friday” event.

May 2nd, 2019

Allendale Columbia students celebrated Decision Day

Allendale Columbia School’s Class of 2019 celebrated Decision Day on May 1 by wearing apparel from their future colleges to school. Students plan to attend colleges nationwide, including the University of Southern California, the University of Texas at Austin, Middlebury College, Berklee College of Music and 15 different colleges and universities in New York state. Students who plan to take a gap year also joined they fun by wearing GAP T-shirts and sweatshirts. Over the past four years, Allendale graduates have been awarded more than $16 million in academic scholarships.


April 30th, 2019

Harley and Allendale Columbia Pursuing Formal Affiliation Agreement

Boards of Trustees aim to create preeminent, unified school positioned to excel into the next century.

Harley and Allendale Columbia, Rochester’s preeminent independent schools, have shared common programs and activities for much of their histories. They have operated joint athletic programs for nearly 50 years, hold combined proms, celebrate homecoming together, have a unified Middle School MathCounts team, and conduct other joint social activities each year.

April 22nd, 2019

Students Mark Earth Day by Releasing Trout into Irondequoit Creek

This Earth Day, seventh grade students released more than 160 brown trout into the Irondequoit Creek. Students have been raising the fish since the beginning of the school year. They received eggs back in the fall and have watched them grow up in a school aquarium. Seventh grade math and science teacher Beth Guzzetta said experiences such as this one provide an important opportunity for students. “It’s so important to get the kids out and doing real world science, so they can connect more with their environment,” she said.

For More Coverage of AC’s Earth Day Trout Project see the WROC online story: Allendale Columbia students plan to release trout raised in class.


April 2nd, 2019

Allendale Columbia to host college advising workshop

Allendale Columbia is hosting a college advising and consulting workshop on Saturday, April 6 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon for $50 per student. This workshop is open to the public as it aims to help Rochester-area students create an authentic, well-rounded application that will stand out from the crowd during the admissions process.

March 29th, 2019

Connections: Discussing screen time for kids at school

AC’s digital literacy faculty member, Tony Tepedino, and PACK President, Kristin Rorapaugh, spoke with Evan Dawson on WXXI’s Connections about screen time for kids at school.

Scroll down to the March 29th episode to listen online.


March 15th, 2019

Allendale Columbia’s day focuses on innovation

Allendale Columbia School hosted a day of innovative teaching and learning. Students participated in workshops, a science fair, and a business pitch competition. Eight students presented their business proposals to a panel of judges including other students who are already entrepreneurs.

“It’s an amazing opportunity I think, for our students to teach other students,” said Amy Oliver, director for the Center of Entrepreneurship. “Teaching is the best way to learn so they get to actually teach some of their peers what they learned this semester this year.”


March 15th, 2019

CFO committed to educational mission at Allendale Columbia


“I work a lot with our admissions team and our development team to help raise those funds,” Lacagnina explains. “AC as it is today is not a school of affluence; we’re more of a school of inclusion, and in order to sustain that commitment we have to try and figure out how we can do that long-term.” Although AC charges tuition, Lacagnina explains that the institution supports 62 percent of the student body through $3 million in financial aid offered as part of its dedication to being a socioeconomically diverse campus.



March 14th, 2019

Local school takes proactive approach to increased e-cigs, vape products

Allendale Columbia School has an ongoing educational program for parents; tackling tough topics ranging from online awareness to environmental issues. The latest program will focus on vaping; with the Monroe County Youth Risk Behavior Survey showing an increase in vaping use by middle and high school students. “We’re not doing this because we have a particular concern with our kids or our campus, it is just a societal thing that is relatively new. Use is increasing rapidly among teens and the devices don’t look like cigarettes,” explained Head of School Mick Gee.

March 1st, 2019

AC Blues Prep for Science Bowl

Channel 8’s Honor Roll recognized AC’s 5-student Science Bowl team preparing for the Western New York Regional Middle School Science Bowl this weekend. Last year the team came in third place. Team member Jack Erdle told Channel 8, “Instead of having to drill and kill and read text books over and over and over again, we just get immersed into this school and its curriculum so we might have an edge.”

February 8th, 2019

Allendale Columbia School hosts 7th TEDx event

The independently organized event, exclusively run by students and licensed by TED, focused around the theme of Human Simplexity and how, as human beings, all are simple, yet complex. This year, six speakers took the stage, including Maria Engels, of Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence; Daphne Pariser, of Humans for Education; students; and community members.




January 16th, 2019

Local school raises money for Uganda water project

Middle school students at Allendale-Columbia put on an empty bowl auction, which raised over $700 for the project. The money will help provide clean water and hygiene resources to communities in Uganda.




December 14th, 2018

Allendale Columbia students get out of the classroom

Seeing the world and how science is applied among school’s specialties.

“The kids are being the real thing. They’re being real scientists and real engineers and not just learning about what science is or what engineering is.” – Mick Gee

“These programs are really neat and special to students because we’re growing as people and getting a sense of what it’s like in the ‘real world.’” – Mikayla Gross ’19

October 19th, 2018

Diversity important preparation for the working world

As the most socio-economically diverse school in Rochester, Allendale Columbia is interviewed about diversity in its student body and faculty. Unique practices, like having students sit in on hiring committees for new faculty, were recognized by the Rochester Business Journal article.

October 17th, 2018

NASA researcher encourages students to stay curious

Sure, you need to be smart and know some science and technology. But to succeed in landing on the moon, sending humans to Mars and back, or just about any goal, it takes a lot of curiosity, collaboration, communication, and the relentless pursuit of a dream. At least, that’s the message Clayton Turner conveyed to Allendale Columbia students from his 28 years of experience at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia, where he is Deputy Director.



October 4th, 2018

Camping trip gives seventh graders at Allendale Columbia chance to bond

Allendale Columbia’s seventh grade recently spent a week hiking, biking, and canoeing in the Canadian wilderness at Camp Pathfinder, a camp for boys owned and operated by AC alumnus Mike Sladden ’76. It’s located on Pathfinder Island on Source Lake in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park. Students spent five days working together and learning a variety of outdoor skills, including fire building and shelter construction.


September 2nd, 2018

Chromebooks added to AC’s technology lineup

AC has been a leader in classroom technology and we continue to set the bar high. This year we added Chromebooks because of their flexibility and value as both a web-browsing and word-processing tool. iPads are still being used by 7th and 8th grade, and our Upper Schoolers use MacBooks, all based on the classroom needs and functionality in each device. Hear our IT Director, Rob Doran, tell Spectrum News all about this addition.



February 28th, 2018

Active Threat Drill at Allendale Columbia

Allendale Columbia held an Active Threat training for all faculty and staff on Wednesday, February 28th (rescheduled from February 7th), with Monroe County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Mike Wicks. See coverage by Spectrum News, News 8 WROC, and 13 WHAM/FOX 31.

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