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.


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!

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