“Music for All” Plays Allendale Columbia

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by klapa
On Wednesday, March 22nd and Thursday, March 23rd, Lower School students had the opportunity to hear one of the three chamber music ensembles who visited as part of “Music for All,” an Eastman School of Music program that places outstanding student musicians in various venues throughout the local community for free performances. The musicians were both entertaining and informative, taking questions from our young audiences, explaining what was happening in the music, and igniting students’ imagination with the music they played.

On Wednesday morning, fourth and fifth graders heard a program of French impressionist music by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, performed by two pianists. On Thursday afternoon, the second grade attended a performance by a piano trio (violin, cello, and piano) that featured two movements of a piece by Clara Schumann. Also on Thursday afternoon, the kindergarten and first grade enjoyed a performance of music by J. S. Bach, Antonin Dvorak, Reinhold Gliere, and John Philip Sousa, performed by a tuba quartet (that’s right, FOUR TUBAS!).

All of these performances were amazing. We were very fortunate for the cultural enrichment and listening pleasure that the students from the Eastman School of Music shared with our young students through the “Music for All” program.

Here are a few links of video excerpts from the performances:
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Posted in: Fifth Grade, First Grade, Fourth Grade, Highlights, Kindergarten, Lower School, Second Grade, Third Grade

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!

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

Programming Drone Aerial Navigation: Elementary S.T.E.M. Project-Based Learning Unit

Posted on May 16th, 2016 by ssorrentino

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In a culminating event, young Allendale Columbia School students “stretched their wings” with programming drone aerial navigation as part of an Elementary S.T.E.M. PBL Unit. Project-Based Learning (PBL) entails a collaborative learning experience as students work in teams on long-term, multidisciplinary projects that are structured around real-world, relevant, and probing questions. Collaboratively facilitated by their S.T.E.M. and homeroom teachers, fourth and fifth grade students at Allendale Columbia School have been participating in this joint PBL Unit since the beginning of the school year.

This was an amazing teaching and learning experience for everyone, and we invite you to peruse the steps along our PBL journey as portrayed in the images below…

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Posted in: Fifth Grade, Fourth Grade, Highlights, Lower School

REVTOS Renewable Energy Training System

Posted on December 18th, 2015 by ssorrentino

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In partnership with Alfred State College, REVTOS (a renewable energy training system) has been placed on the Allendale Columbia School campus through the months of November and December. The REVTOS System is comprised of a 30′ x 5′ solar panel and a 30′ high wind turbine. The remote monitoring and data logging box has been housed in the Lower School S.T.E.M. classrooms. S.T.E.M. students, grades K through 5, have been taking advantage of this system being on our campus by completing a variety of solar and wind power experiments and data collection.

Our kindergarten students have been learning how the solar panels and the wind turbine are being used to create energy, and have also participated in wind power labs for understanding the various characteristics of an object that make it more or less susceptible to moving via the wind. Through experimentation and testing, the students have determined that weight, height, and shape are factors that decide how far an object can move in the wind.

First graders have been learning about solar energy by participating in labs to help them understand the difference between the heat from the sun and energy from the sun.

To help further their learning, second grade students constructed anemometers, and by counting how many times their reference spun around in one minute, the students were able to calculate the wind speed in feet per second.

Third and fourth graders have been studying about renewable and nonrenewable energy throughout their experimental labs demonstrating the different properties of reflection and absorption.

Along with participating in similar labs, fifth grade students created functional solar ovens made from pizza boxes.  In addition, students designed and constructed their own windmills which were tested for various loads with determining their effectiveness.

Data collected from the REVTOS System will also provide the specific information needed for ongoing research projects in our Lower School S.T.E.M. labs. This continues to be a wonderful learning opportunity for all of our S.T.E.M. students and we would like to thank Alfred State College for providing our students access to this authentic, renewable energy training system!

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

A Banner Year for AC125 Homecoming 2015!

Posted on October 28th, 2015 by kvella

Hundreds of people gathered on campus on a beautiful fall day in October, many representing generations of AC families.  In honor of our year-long AC125 celebration, we expanded Homecoming festivities to the include the upper field and…

  • We invited the Daily Refresher Food Truck and set up a large dining tent near the very popular Alumni Tent where there was cider and donuts!
  • We set up an additional bounce house, lawn games, and even a new Middle School game!
  • New favorite features included our zip line and a petting zoo as part of our partnership with the Seneca Park Zoo!
  • Best of all, the Varsity Boys Soccer won their game easily vs. Honeoye 4-0!

AC Homecoming is becoming a weekend not to miss.  Hope to see you at this event next year!

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5th Grade Students Win Award for Handmade 19th Century Style Books

Posted on October 22nd, 2015 by lfields
Handmade Books

5th grade handmade books

To kick off their year-long learning about books, Allendale Columbia’s 5th graders made 19th century style copy and receipt (recipe) books. Students ruled the paper, stitched and bound the books, marbled paper for the covers and covered the spines with leather. They were also encouraged to show their best writing and art in their newly made folios.

On October 3rd, the students’ books were entered in the Genesee Agricultural Society Fair at the Genesee Country Village and Museum and six students were awarded ribbons for their handmade books!

19th Century Copy Book

19th Century Copy Book winners: 1st Place Brendan Keller (blue ribbon), 2nd Place Lilah Constanzo (red ribbon) and 3rd Place Olivia Strader (white ribbon)

19th Century Book of Receipts

19th Century Book of Receipts (recipes) winners: 1st Place Max Doud (blue ribbon), 2nd Place Kai Polozie (red ribbon) and 3rd Place Salvatore Timpani (white ribbon)

For the Example of 19th Century Copy Book category in the Youth Division, Brendan Keller received 1st Place, Lilah Constanzo received 2nd Place and Olivia Strader received 3rd Place.

For the Example of 19th Century Book of Receipts (recipes) category in the Youth Division, Max Doud received 1st Place, Kai Polozie received 2nd Place and Salvatore Timpani received 3rd Place.

Our students’ books received quite the attention, especially the beautiful marbled covers which were accomplished in our new Design & Innovation Lab.

We are proud of our 5th grade students!

Posted in: Fifth Grade, Highlights, Lower School