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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Check Out the Spring 2017 Beyond the Birches

Posted on May 8th, 2017 by klapa

We are delighted to share the Spring 2017 edition of Beyond the Birches with you! As our Allendale Columbia School magazine, we hope you will enjoy the variety of stories included, featuring what’s happening right now at the school, what some of our alumni are up to, plans for the future, and more! Click here to access the full edition, or click on the links below to access individual articles!

Grandparents and Special Friends Day
It’s A Long Story: Featuring AC Faculty Member Randy Northrup
Creating Opportunity for Determined Students
Why Accessibility Matters: Reflections from Phelan Conheady ’17
Innovative Ways to Teach. Innovative Ways to Learn.
From Idea to Reality: AC Students Make an Impact on School #25
From Allens Creek to Broadway: Alumna Profile of Victoria Paterson ’89
AC in the News
Recap of Alumni Events
The Grosso Family: Planning Together
The Legacy Leadership Circle
Explore Summer LEAP and AC’s Summer Program

Posted in: Alumni News, 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

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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AC in the News – Winter 2017

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by klapa


Check out AC’s recent media coverage below!

Please note that the clips below will display best on desktop or laptop computers as opposed to mobile devices.


LLE Research Lands Local Teens in Semifinals
for National Science Competition
January 23rd, 2017

Two local teens have earned recognition in the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search (formerly the Intel Science Talent Search) for research projects they carried out last summer at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE). AC senior Nathan Morse is among the 300 semifinalists nationwide chosen from more than 1,700 who entered the competition. Click here to read more!


TEDx Rochester Returns to Illuminate
January 12th, 2017

TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchool is mentioned as one of the TEDx events taking place in the Rochester area in this Democrat and Chronicle article about the return of TEDxRochester. Click here to read the full story!


Victor Resident Joins Allendale Columbia School
January 12th, 2017

This article announces John Palomaki’s appointment as Allendale Columbia School’s development and communications associate. In this role, John is responsible for managing the donor database, gift processing, research, reports, and the development and implementation of a social media plan to extend AC’s reach and engagement online. Click here to read more!


Allendale Columbia Robotics Team Competes in Tournament
December 27th, 2016

AC’s Robotics Team, the Chrononauts, competed in the Finger Lakes FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament at St. John Fisher College. The team placed 15th overall and was awarded the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award, advancing them to the Excelsior NY Regional Championship in February. The Rockwell Collins Innovate Award is given to one team per tournament that thinks outside the box and has the most innovative and creative robot design. Click here to see the full article!


No Bologna: Lunch Ladies and a Meal Man
Share their Favorite Holiday Recipes
Winter 2017

This article is a reprint of the feature story that appeared in 585 Magazine and highlights Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch, AC’s Food Service Director. In the article, Laura shares her recipe for AC Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, a favorite among AC faculty, staff, and students. Click here to see!


High School Athlete of the Week – Addy Flood
December 1st, 2016

This High School Athlete of the Week article and video feature AC junior Adelaide “Addy” Flood. She states that, “This year as a captain, I hope to encourage my team like the seniors last year and the year before encouraged me.” Click here to see!




Local Teen Performs in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 24th, 2016

Several news outlets featured AC tenth grader John Phillips as he performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Click the following links to see the coverage from 13WHAM, Time Warner Cable News, and CNYCentral.com.


Allendale Columbia School’s Production of “Cinderella”
November 15th, 2016

AC students Phelan Conheady and Catherine Kennedy, and ASL Interpreter Steph Regan, appeared on Good Day Rochester to talk about AC’s production of “Cinderella” and the use of sign language during the show. Click here to see the interview!


Allendale Columbia School to Host Book Event Series
November 11th, 2016

This Brighton-Pittsford Post article highlights AC’s Book Event Series. Throughout the year, AC will host events so that members of the community can discuss the best-selling book about transforming education, Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era, by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith. Click here to learn more!


New Hires
November 11th, 2016

This Rochester Business Journal article announces three individuals who joined the AC team this year: Margarita Chaves as a World Language Teacher, John Curatalo as a Physical Education Teacher, and Angie Burch as an Accounting Specialist. Click here to see!


Author Charles Benoit Visits Allendale Columbia School
November 2nd, 2016

The Brighton-Pittsford Post highlighted AC’s recent author visit by publishing a photo of AC ninth grader Roxana “Roxy” Reisch introducing Greece author Charles Benoit before he presented a talk called “Stuck in High School: Why I Write Young Adult Fiction (and Why You Should Read It)”. Click here to see!


Allendale Columbia School to Host Open House
November 2nd, 2016

The Brighton-Pittsford Post highlighted AC’s fall open house, at which attendees had the opportunity to meet teachers, students, and administrators and tour the campus. Click here to see!


Local High Schooler to Perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
October 30th, 2016

This television news story highlights AC tenth grader John Phillips as he prepared to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. As part of this experience, his trumpet skills were seen by an estimated 53 million people. Click here to see the story!


What You Need to Know About the Current State of Rochester’s Kids, Teaching Election 2016 and More
October 27th, 2016

AC’s Summer LEAP Program is mentioned at the 10:43 mark of this television show, which discusses the ongoing effort to improve outcomes for Rochester-area children. 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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AC in the News for September and October 2016

Posted on November 2nd, 2016 by klapa


Check out AC’s recent media coverage below!

Please note that the clips below will display best on desktop or laptop computers
as opposed to mobile devices.


 

No Bologna: Lunch Ladies and a Meal Man
Share their Favorite Holiday Recipes
November/December 2016

Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch, AC’s Food Service Director, is featured in this article highlighting local school lunch programs. In the article, Laura shares one of her favorite recipes: AC Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. Click here to see!


 

Allendale Columbia School Announces 3 New Hires
October 26th, 2016

In this article, the Brighton-Pittsford Post shares details about three of AC’s most recent hires: Angie Burch, Accounting Specialist; Margarita Chaves, Lower School World Language Teacher; and John Curatalo, Physical Education Teacher. Click here to read about these three, and stay tuned for announcements about other faculty and staff members who joined AC this year!


 

Fairport Resident Joins Allendale Columbia School
October 26th, 2016

The Fairport-East Rochester Post recently announced the appointment of Margarita Chaves as Lower School World Language Teacher. Click here to see, and check back for announcements about other faculty and staff appointments!


 

Educator Spotlight: Lessons from the Field
October 25th, 2016

AC faculty member Beth Guzzetta has been featured as Educator of the Week on the National Geographic Education Blog. The interview highlights Beth’s work as a Middle School math and science teacher and an international research educator who organizes programs that emphasize field research as well as respect for other cultures and environments. Click here to see!


Local HS Trumpet Player to March in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
October 23rd, 2016

John Phillips, a 10th grader at AC, will be playing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade this November. John is the first musician from Monroe County to play in the Great American High School Marching Band as part of the parade, and just four high school students were selected from New York to march in the parade as part of the band, which has been marching for the last ten years. Click the following links to see 13WHAM’s online video coverage, 5 a.m. show coverage (clip begins at the 6:26 mark), and online story. You can also click the following links to see FOX Rochester’s online video coverage,morning show coverage (at the 15:14 mark), and online story. Finally, visit this link to see WROC’s television coverage (at the 45:23 mark).


Family Court Candidates Agree on Value of “Tough Love”
October 21st, 2016

AC alum Stacey Romeo ’87 is featured in this Democrat and Chronicle article. As highlighted by the article, she was part of a mock trial team that won a national championship in San Francisco while she was a senior at Allendale Columbia School in 1987. After receiving an undergraduate and master’s degree, she decided to pursue a career in law. Click here to see the story online!


Best Way to Fill Out A College Application
October 5th, 2016

Mick Gee, Head of School, and Kristin Merriman, College Advisor, recently appeared on Good Day Rochester to share tips for students as they apply to college. They suggest that it’s important for students to own the process and start early. Click here to see!


RBJ Fast Start: Telling the Story of Allendale Columbia
September 30th, 2016

This Rochester Business Journal Fast Start article features Courtney Dixon, AC’s Director of Marketing and Communications. In addition to her efforts to tell AC’s story to both internal and external audiences, Courtney also worked with AC’s advancement and development personnel to launch the highly successful Make Your Mark Gala, and serves as an adjunct professor at Roberts Wesleyan College. Please click here to see!


Demographic Data Show an Increase in Diversity
September 23rd, 2016

Shannon Baudo, AC’s Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid, is highlighted in this Rochester Business Journal article discussing enrollment trends at some local schools. In the article, Shannon shares that AC opened 2016-2017 with its highest enrollment in several years. Click here to read more!


Gee Leads School to Expand, Improve
September 9th, 2016

This Rochester Business Journal article highlights Mick Gee, Head of School. As stated in the article, since 2012 enrollment is up 26 percent, the annual fund has more than doubled, and the campus has expanded with the opening of a $250,000 Design & Innovation Lab. Please click here to read the full article!


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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