Optics Program Launch: Lower School S.T.E.M.

Posted on June 14th, 2017 by ssorrentino

In collaboration with several of their corporate and collegiate partners, the Lower School S.T.E.M. teachers have developed and launched a comprehensive, Elementary Optics Program. Integrating the use of high-end components, students complete real-world optics labs, program digital and analog LEDs on microcontrollers, and so much more!

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted in: Fifth Grade, First Grade, Fourth Grade, Highlights, Kid Kudos, Kindergarten, Lower School, Second Grade, Third Grade

Check Out A Podcast by AC’s Second Graders

Posted on June 6th, 2017 by klapa
AC’s second graders have been busy this year, becoming “Wild Warriors” and doing their part to save endangered species!
One of the ways they have been working to help animals is through a series of podcasts they’ve directed and recorded themselves to educate the public about topics related to this important issue.
You can listen to the two podcasts they’ve created so far by clicking here. Great job, students!
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Posted in: Highlights, Kid Kudos, Lower School, Second Grade

Congratulations to the Class of 2017

Posted on June 1st, 2017 by klapa

We are delighted to share that the 32 members of the Class of 2017 will attend colleges and universities in 10 different states, the District of Columbia, Scotland, and England! Our seniors’ academic and artistic achievements were recognized with over $2.4 million in merit-based scholarships and invitations into honors and special programs. Click here to see a list of their plans for next year.

Please join us in congratulating the Class of 2017 and wishing them well in their future endeavors!

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Posted in: Alumni News, College Advising News, Highlights, Kid Kudos, Twelfth Grade, Upper School

Reflecting on a Year of Music Making at AC

Posted on May 19th, 2017 by klapa

Allendale Columbia’s music students have been active throughout the school year in many different county events. The students who participated in these events rehearsed on their own time to prepare their music, had extra lessons with music faculty, and gave up their weekend time to participate in an ensemble. Their participation shows a high level of commitment to their musical learning, and they all did a great job representing AC!

We began the year with the All State Festival. Catherine Kennedy was chosen to participate in the Jazz Chorus, a select group of 24 students from across the state. They performed in December in Eastman Theater to a packed house. Catherine was featured with a scat-solo in one of the pieces. Catherine was later selected to participate in the All-Eastern Music Festival, which features the best singers from the East Coast. This is the first time an AC student has been selected for this ensemble. She traveled to Atlantic City in April to join a choir of 350 singers for four days of music making.

The month of March was full of Monroe County Festivals. Rebecca McQuilken was selected based on her high Solo Festival score to be in the Monroe County School Music Association (MCSMA) All County Jazz Chorus, an honor she also received last year. Though the festival was cancelled because of the wind storm, Becky is hoping to teach one of the pieces to AC’s Select Chorus next year.

The Middle School MCSMA All County Festival was full of AC students; six students represented AC in the choir and one AC flutist was in the band. The chorus students (Cynara Nelson, Michelina Nicodemous, Brynn Peters, Jonathan Ragan, Gunnar Rorapaugh, and Grace Rundberg) joined 113 other students to fill out the choir. Grace was also chosen to sing a solo in the beginning of the piece, “Coming Home.” Middy Vella participated in the Junior High All County Band’s flute section, an honor she earned through her performance of a challenging level-V solo at the January MCSMA solo festival.

Elementary All County followed shortly after Middle School. Lilah Costanzo was selected as the first-chair French Horn player in the band, making this her second year to earn this position. Nathan Roof and Andy Clinton were selected to participate in the chorus and spent two days with over 150 other students in the chorus.

The year concluded with the PEAK (Parents, Educators, and Kids) General Music Festival at Spencerport High School. Adrianna Williams and Ethan Truong both participated in the festival along with 124 other fourth-grade students from across the county. They enjoyed a full day of music making and performed a short concert at the end of the day.

This year was was full of music making both on and off campus. Congratulations to our talented students on all they’ve accomplished!

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Posted in: Eighth Grade, Eleventh Grade, Fifth Grade, First Grade, Fourth Grade, Highlights, Kid Kudos, Kindergarten, Lower School, Middle School, Ninth Grade, Second Grade, Seventh Grade, Sixth Grade, Tenth Grade, Third Grade, Twelfth Grade, Upper School

AC Students Collaborate with Dixon Schwabl to Create Video for National Contest

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 by klapa

AC eighth graders Chase Franz and Garrett Wilson recently visited Dixon Schwabl to collaborate on a special project. The students wanted to create a video to represent AC’s Summer LEAP Program for entry into the national A Community Thrives contest, organized by the USA Today Network. Here are the students’ reflections:

“We went to the Dixon Schwabl ad agency to work with one of the professional videographers on a project and see how they work. We worked with a man named Pete, and he walked us through his work process, taught us how to better edit video, and interview people. We then received a tour of the recording studio in the basement. They explained all the different gear, and what they use it for. They also talked about their process for audio and video recording. It was really amazing to see all that they do there, and I learned a ton.” – Garrett Wilson ’21

“After my visit to Dixon Schwabl I feel a newfound energy in photography and videography. My personal favorite was going inside the editing suites and having a professional critique our work. I enjoyed Pete’s extensive knowledge in the subject and loved his minimalist camera setup. I also enjoyed watching people going about their day in the professional environment. The building’s architecture was phenomenal and I believe that it helps inspire the workers to become more creative. When I entered the studio I saw the equipment and I was amazed. From the Cineslider being able to slide, tilt and zoom to the Panasonic camera. This was an experience of a lifetime and something I will never forget.” – Chase Franz ’21

While voting for this contest has closed, we’d like to thank everyone for your support of this exciting initiative!!

Posted in: Eighth Grade, Highlights, Kid Kudos, Middle School

Crazy Year For Maple Sugaring

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by bguzzetta

It sure has been a crazy start to the maple sugaring year! The weather was up and down, but never up or down long enough to get the sap moving, so we put off tapping but the students were getting antsy. They finally convinced Mrs. Guzzetta to tap one tree to monitor the week before February break.

Needless to say, we barely collected any sap that week, but the weather forecast for break was drastically different and we knew that we were in for a good week so we tapped a few more. Once the vacation week began, the weather got balmy, and the sap started flowing fast and furious. Two eighth grade club leaders came in one day to help tap more trees for a total of about thirty taps. A third club leader, a veteran of three years, was a big help as he came in twice, once with his cousins, to collect the sap that was flowing.

Even with their help, Mrs. Guzzetta was kept busy collecting once or twice a day in order to stay on top of the flow as it appeared that the season was going to be short. By the end of the week we had about 80 gallons in storage and another 15 or so lost to accidental spills or ants.

When the students came back from break, their collecting started back up on a more regular basis. A couple of students were able to help out during their Citizen Science project time as their project pertained to our maple sugaring project, and others stopped in to collect when they could. One of Mrs. Guzzetta’s sixth grade advisees organized the other advisees and collected during advocacy. During this time, the students had their first encounter with a sugar hungry chipmunk who was found patiently sitting in a bucket of sap waiting for the students to rescue him.

Mike Wheeler, whose son is a leader in the maple sugaring club, coordinated with Mrs. Guzzetta and happily volunteered his time, resources, and knowledge to work with some of the club members to build a sugar shack. He oversaw the club members as they sawed, drilled, hammered, and constructed their very first sugar shack that they will reconstruct each year during the sugaring season. This is a huge upgrade from their pop up shelter with no walls that provided minimal protection from the elements. More on this exciting project coming soon.

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