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
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!
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!
We would like to thank everyone who attended this year’s Evening of the Arts event. As you may know, we had two special guests at this year’s event: Mr. Ronald Netsky, parent of three AC alums and Chair of the Art Department and Professor of Art at Nazareth College, and Ms. Sydney Greaves, the Estelle B. Goldman Assistant Curator of Education at the Memorial Art Gallery. Both graciously agreed to be guest bloggers for our twelfth annual Evening of the Arts.
You can read Mr. Netsky’s blog post about this year’s exhibition by clicking here. Please read on for perspectives from Ms. Greaves:
I was pleased at the invitation to attend Allendale Columbia School’s annual Evening of the Arts exhibition on March 27th. We at the Memorial Art Gallery work often with Ms. Oliveri, Mrs. Gregor, and Ms. Wun, and are very aware of the quality arts programs available to AC students.
Speaking to the students and their families: I hope you all are fully aware of just how lucky you are; you are given such a rich variety of materials and experiences, exposure to artists and their working methods, and encouragement to explore and experiment. This is what really stood out to me as I strolled the AC “galleries” that night. So many of the student artworks demonstrate a real willingness to take a chance and try something new and risky.
For example, the Grade 5 blind contour drawings; having been an art student myself for many years, I know how scary the process of drawing can be, at any age. And a blind contour, a single line drawn without looking? Talk about taking risks! But these drawings were so bold and fearless, made more so by displaying the original drawing next to the finished work. It takes courage to show unfinished or in-process work, sometimes more than the finished piece!
I saw this same risk-taking and courage in many artworks on display, including the Grade 7 scientific illustrations of protists, the Pre K paper sculptures a la Chihuly glass confections, the Grade 6 digital panoramic photographs morphed into “tiny planets,” and the Grade 1 silly mugs (we all know how unpredictable and stubborn clay can be!). And Kindergartners re-enacting Pollack with squeezy bottles of paint, clear plexi sheets, and video cameras? This kind of bold experimentation with using materials and making connections to the world leads to the broad, out-of-the-box thinking required to succeed in many aspects of later life. I believe the seemingly simple photography project taken on by the HS group shows this kind of creative thinking. These students found stunningly unique ways to illustrate or demonstrate the basic elements of art — Point of View, Texture, Proportion, Symmetry, Line, Color, and Shape — that I never would have imagined.
Although I am more of a specialist in visual arts, I cannot ignore the amazing musical performances that I could hear and enjoy from almost everywhere in the building. That takes courage too, to stand up in front of people and demonstrate an ability, whether newly learned or the product of years of practice and learning.
I came away from this show feeling greatly inspired and optimistic about the real difference that arts can make in the world. They teach persistence and patience, they inspire and incite emotions, they encourage novelty and invention, and they give all of us a new and different way of seeing and experiencing the world. Congratulations to all the AC students, thank you for sharing your visions and talents, and look forward to seeing you at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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Allendale Columbia School is Making Headlines!
We are excited to let you know that in the last few weeks Allendale Columbia has been featured in a number of local news outlets, providing an opportunity to highlight AC in the community and our position as a cure for the Common Core with a wide range of audiences. Highlights are included below; we hope you enjoy reading about some of the great things happening at AC!
Private School Gives its Take on the Common Core
AC was the spotlight of WXXI’s “Need to Know Rochester” TV segment. Head of School Mick Gee sat down with Reporter Helene Biandudi Hofer to talk about why AC is saying “no thanks” to the Common Core standards and what this means for students and faculty. Click here to see the interview, or here to watch the show in its entirety.
AC Students Perform in RBTL’s Stars of Tomorrow
As part of Stars of Tomorrow, a program that recognizes musical productions from local high schools, students from more than 20 area schools gathered to learn and perform a routine live on channel 13. AC’s Martijn Appelo music directed the students and Abi Long and Angel Zayas were among those who performed. Click here to see the students introduce themselves, here to see AC’s Angel Zayas comment on the program, and here to see the students perform!
Local Students Memorize Pi
AC fourth grader Mary Cotter and sixth grader Liza Cotter visited with Jennifer Johnson and Alexis Arnold on Fox’s “Good Day Rochester” show on March 14, known by many as “Pi Day.” These students memorized 80 digits of pi and demonstrated their skills during the interview. Click here to see!
Rochester Business Journal Announces Head of Middle School
In this article, the RBJ highlighted the hiring of Ryan Burke as AC’s new Head of Middle School, informing readers that he will oversee the program, curriculum, and faculty for grades six through eight. Click here to see the announcement.
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!
Posted in: AC in the News, Eighth Grade, Fifth Grade, First Grade, Fourth Grade, Highlights, Kid Kudos, Kindergarten, Lower School, Middle School, Nursery, Pre-Primary School, PreKindergarten, Second Grade, Seventh Grade, Sixth Grade, Third Grade
On Tuesday, April 8th, our Lower School students had an opportunity to participate in Brain Awareness Week, organized by the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Rochester. Graduate students from the U of R spent the day on campus to teach AC students about the brain and how it works.
The day was composed of fun and interactive activities. Students were able to visit three different stations that focused on the five senses. At the Sight Station, two teams were put together – one team wore normal goggles and one team wore prism glasses – to show how it’s not easy to operate when your visual field shifts. The Smell and Taste Station educated students on how their nose actually helps them to taste by participating in a juice tasting experiment. The children discovered it was much easier to tell what kind of juice they were tasting when they didn’t plug their noses. The third station, Touch, Temperature and Balance, featured an experiment that taught kids how our receptors sense changes in temperature.
Students had a great time participating in the Brain Awareness Week program the U of R put on and learning about how the brain affects their five senses!