“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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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

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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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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Kindergarten S.T.E.M. Students Learn and Apply Programming Concepts

Posted on April 30th, 2015 by ssorrentino

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Our kindergarten S.T.E.M. students continue to amaze us with their aptitude for easily learning programming concepts. Prior to moving on to programming floor robots, our young students first learned to play the ROBOT Turtles Board Game with the wonderful assistance of parents and grandparents who volunteered their time in our S.T.E.M. classrooms. In addition, students were also highly engaged in learning to program using the iPad app KODABLE – a great way to gain a further understanding of programming concepts and build problem-solving skills. Most exciting of all, our young students actually learned to program Loops/Repeat Commands beginning in their kindergarten year!

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Next, our young students moved on to programming Bee-Bot Floor Robots, learning and using navigational Logo programming commands such as forward, back, left, and right. This year, our kindergarteners designed their own navigational programming challenges for their classmates to solve. After designing, documenting, and successfully testing their programming, each team of students progressed on to solving the programming challenges of their peer teams.

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Our young students continue to be highly engaged as they successfully progress through our systematic and interdisciplinary approach to developing S.T.E.M. fluency, building on a culture of curiosity starting in kindergarten!

 

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Lower School PE “Walks” Across New York State!

Posted on April 28th, 2015 by econway

Our Lower School students have been busy in Physical Education, walking across New York State! The students wore pedometers in class and recorded individual steps trying to walk far enough to make it across New York State. Through our “trip” across the state, we stopped at various attractions, learned exciting facts, and sampled some activities that happen in those cities.

Our trip started off in Rochester where we played hockey, and then we traveled the 61 miles (122,000 steps) to the Finger Lakes. Here we learned the names of all the Finger Lakes and how they were formed. From there we walked 254 miles (508,000 steps) to the Big Apple! The kids enjoyed learning all about the Brooklyn Bridge and were excited to travel to our state capital next. In Albany, we played an exciting game of Tower of Power and the kids were excited to build their cup tower as high as our capital building. From Albany, we made the 140 mile trek to the Adirondacks, and we enjoyed taking our pedometers outside and playing in the snow! Next we went to Cooperstown and enjoyed a baseball unit, while learning all about the Baseball Hall of Fame. We then traveled 93 miles (186,000 steps) to Syracuse and enjoyed learning some basic basketball skills. We finished our journey by traveling to Buffalo and the students loved going through a variety of football stations and practicing their field goal kicks, passing, and diving catches.

As a group we traveled a total of 1,926,317 steps, which is equivalent to 963 miles. We are thankful we had the opportunity to collaborate with Mrs. Gregor and the Lower School art classes to design and develop our New York State maps that were displayed in the PE hallway.

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