6th Graders Make Fractions Edible

Posted on February 16th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

How do you help students understand multiplication and division of fractions? Eat them! (The fractions, not the students.)

Beth Guzzetta’s fun approach involved having each of her sixth grade math students bring in a family recipe or researched recipe, nut-free, of course, with several students using recipes with other allergy-friendly foods. She then had them calculate the quantities of the ingredients needed to make 23 servings, the number of students in the class, using multiplication and division to reach the appropriate ratios. Then, after that in-class exercise, the students made their recipes at home and shared them at school. (In a concession to practicality, they could round up the quantities for actual baking, since it’s somewhat difficult to accurately divide some ingredients, like eggs, into twenty-thirds.)

We didn’t interview the teachers of the classes that came after math, but we’re pretty sure the students bounced in from Ms. Guzzetta’s class with a new appreciation for fractions (though some were discovering the potential benefits of moderation).

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Center for Entrepreneurship Featured at PACK Coffee Connection

Posted on February 16th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

At this week’s PACK (Parents of Allendale Columbia Kids) Coffee Connection, Amy Oliveri, Director of the new AC Center for Entrepreneurship, discussed her vision for the Center. Though she was only hired for the position at the beginning of this school year, she’s making good progress in helping students not only learn about entrepreneurism but actually become entrepreneurs.

The vision for the new Center is for it to be “a hub for entrepreneurship that will create opportunities for our students/participants to make an impact on the world at an unprecedented level by learning to adapt to a constantly evolving world, connecting globally, and carving their own path. This authentic way of thinking and working develops a universally applicable and transferable mindset and skill set.”

One of the visible changes she’s brought forward is having students run the AC school store, the Wolf Den. Students manage inventory, do marketing, and work as clerks, having learned the Square point-of-sale system that they use in the store and in the new online store at wolfden.allendalecolumbia.org.

Another effort is engaging with the AC Center for Global Engagement on such things as the Senegal trip that has students partnering with an organization to solve real-world problems in Senegal, and with the AC Invent Center on things like TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchool. There are also connections to local businesses, such as the Mindset to Skillset program where students pitch ideas to local entrepreneur judges.

Of course, there are many curricular impacts. Lower School offers Junior Achievement and Innovation Day. Middle School students can take such classes as Business and the Entrepreneurial Mind; Entrepreneurship: Makers and Problem Solving; Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation, and B Corps; and Modes of Persuasion. And Upper School has a huge range of opportunities, including courses in Behavioral Science, Social Innovation, and the Act of Solving Problems and Having Influence; Innovation and Design; Professional Writing; Financial Literacy: Personal and Business Finance; and Digital Design and Illustration.

If you missed the talk, you can take a look at the slides by clicking on the image, and contact Amy Oliveri with any questions, comments, or opportunities.

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Fearless Friday: Sweet Potato Throwdown

Posted on February 16th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Super Chef Yessie Roman and Chief Chef Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch faced off on Fearless Friday in a Sweet Potato Throwdown! Usually on Fearless Friday at Lower School lunch, Super Chef makes a vegetable dish for Chef Laura (who doesn’t typically like vegetables) and some student volunteers to try.

This time, the two chefs did a throwdown using sweet potatoes as the main vegetable ingredient. Super Chef made Sweet Potato Fries (no recipe, just sweet potatoes, olive oil, and seasoning), and Chef Laura made a Vegan Sweet Potato Bread. Students were the judges in the taste test, and the winner was…Chef Laura’s Sweet Potato Bread! (It’s difficult to compete with sugar.)

Recipe: Vegan Sweet Potato Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 mashed, ripe bananas
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potatoes (or canned sweet potatoes)

Directions

  1. Combine sugar and oil; beat well. Add eggs and sweet potatoes and beat. In a
    separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir flour
    mixture into egg mixture with the water.
  2. Pour batter into greased 9×5 inch loaf pan (or 2 small loaf pans). Bake at 350
    degrees for about one hour.
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LS Students Wake Audience with “I’m Not Sleepy…Yet!”

Posted on February 16th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Lower School students in Grades 1-5 should rest well now, having thrilled audiences with their musical, “I’m Not Sleepy…Yet!” Last performed when this year’s seniors were in 5th grade, this home-grown story mixes popular lullabies and a theme song written by an alumnus with the background of a sleepover at school and students’ playful attempts to resist the teachers’ plans to have them get to sleep.

Students acted, sang, played instruments, and even became puppeteers for memorable songs like “Puff the Magic Dragon” and a spectacular black-light rendition of “All the Pretty Little Horses”. And what’s a sleepover without a pillow fight?

Click to open 2018 Lower School Musical Program“Sleepy” was written and directed by 5th grade teacher and Artistic Director Randy Northrup, with musical direction from music teachers Lynn Grossman and Rachael Sanguinetti and assistance from all of the Lower School faculty. The main song was composed by AC alumnus Carson Cooman ’00! A professional composer now, he is a graduate of Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University and currently serves as the Composer in Residence at the Memorial Church at Harvard.

Students also conducted a pajama drive, collecting 100 pairs of PJs that will be delivered to the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN)!

Click here for a Google Photos album with song videos and more pictures.

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Fearless Friday: Caramelized Turnips

Posted on February 9th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Today’s Fearless Friday vegetable preparation in Lower School is Caramelized Turnips. AC Lunch Lady Patty Babcock did the honors with Super Chef Yessie Roman. Did everyone like it? Watch the video, then try the recipe for yourself!

Recipe: Caramelized Turnips

Ingredients:

3 cups small diced peeled turnips
1/4 cup of water
1 cup of veggie broth
1 Tbs butter, or more as needed
 1 Tbs Extra Virgin olive oil
2 Tbs sugar

Preparation:

  1. Place Turnips into skillet with water and broth over medium heat, and simmer until the water evaporated and turnips are tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in the oil, and sprinkle on the sugar.
  3. Gently cook the turnips they are a little brown and sticky coating on the turnips, about 10 minutes.
  4. Serve hot. Enjoy.
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“White Out” for Basketball, Sectionals

Posted on February 9th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School
HAC Athletics is having a “White Out” on February 14th for the Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Senior Night!  Please make sure to wear white to help support our Wolves Varsity basketball teams! Also, Addy Flood currently has 99 career three-pointers! Come out and support her this Friday evening, February 9th, as she looks to break 100!
 
Friday, 2/9 
  • Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Dundee – 6:00pm (Addy Flood looks to break 100 three pointers!) 🏀
Saturday, 2/10 
  • Varsity Diving Sectional Championships (Good luck to Kasi and Elina Natarajan!) – @ Bath  – 3:40pm 🏊
Tuesday, 2/13 
  • Varsity Swimming Sectionals (Prelims) – 5:00pm 🏊
 
Wednesday, 2/14
  • UPPER SCHOOL PEP RALLY! (Sponsored by the Varsity Club)📢
  • Varsity Boys Basketball Senior Night – 5:00pm @ AC 🏀
  • (Boys and Girls Seniors will be honored immediately following the boys varsity game around 6:00pm📢
  • Varsity Girls Basketball Senior Night – 6:30pm @ AC🏀
 
Thursday, 2/15 
  • Varsity Swimming Sectionals (Finals) @ Gates Chili – 5:00pm 🏊
 
Tuesday, 2/20
  • Varsity Girls Basketball Sectionals – TBA 🏀
 
Wednesday, 2/21
  • Varsity Boys Basketball Sectionals @ AC – 6:00pm (Opponent is TBA) 🏀


 
There are many other athletic events that will be taking place on and off campus.  Please see www.HACAthletics.org for a more in-depth look at our athletic events throughout the season!  Spring JV/Varsity sports begin on March 5th and Modified begins on March 19th.
 
Please come out and show your support!
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