Gay Pepper ’60 Honored with 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 by Allendale Columbia School

Allendale Columbia School is pleased to announce Gay Pepper ’60 as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2018.

Established in 2009 to honor alumni for their outstanding achievements and contributions to both Allendale Columbia School and their local community, the AC Alumni Board is proud to recognize Gay as an alumna who has made a regional, national, and international impact while also serving as a role model for young people around the world.  (more…)

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Nancy Northup ’77 Honored with 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 by Allendale Columbia School

Nancy Northup '77Allendale Columbia School is pleased to announce Nancy Northup ’77 as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2017.

Established in 2009 to honor alumni for their outstanding achievements and contributions to both Allendale Columbia School and their local community, the AC Alumni Board is proud to recognize Nancy as an alumna who has made a regional, national, and international impact while also serving as a role model for young people around the world. As one nomination letter stated, “Nancy is a credit to AC, but, more importantly, she is someone who young people can look up to and see that one person can indeed make a difference in people’s lives.” (more…)

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AC’s Liza Cotter Named as a 2015 Broadcom MASTERS® Semifinalist

Posted on August 24th, 2015 by klapa

Please join us in congratulating AC 8th grader Liza Cotter on her recognition as a semifinalist in the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS®, a program of Society for Science & the Public. This honor places Liza among the top 300 middle school science and engineering projects in the United States from over 6,000 nominees.

The next step in the Broadcom MASTERS takes place on September 2nd, 2015 when 30 finalists will be selected from the 300 semifinalists. Finalists and one parent or guardian will receive an all-expense paid trip to Silicon Valley, California to attend the Broadcom MASTERS Finals Week competition from October 1st-7th.  Finalists will present their research and compete in hands-on challenges for top prizes, including funds to attend a S.T.E.M. summer camp, iPads, and the Samueli Prize of $25,000.

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International S.T.E.M. Camp Builds Student Collaborations and Global Friendships

Posted on August 21st, 2015 by ssorrentino


Our International Summer S.T.E.M. Camp brought American and Chinese students together again for another great summer immersion program for middle and high school students. American and Chinese students were teamed together, one-to-one, to experience a culture different from their own. Throughout their very full week, the student teams were provided opportunities to design, innovate, build, and tinker within collaborative learning spaces. During the morning hours, authentic learning experiences were offered in Allendale Columbia’s S.T.R.E.A.M. Program (science, technology, research, engineering, arts, and mathematics). Throughout the afternoon hours, students were immersed in the internationally recognized Vista Teach Summer S.T.E.M. Programs in Robotics and Engineering Education. This hands-on, unscripted week of innovation and design offered a rare opportunity for students to build collaborative skills across cultural differences while also developing global friendships.

This unique venue continues to offer many enriching benefits not only for our participating students but also for our team of S.T.E.M. educators and, each summer, we always look forward to another amazing week teaching Robotics and Engineering Education to our collaborative teams of Chinese and American students!

Click here to view a video all about this exciting program!




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Current Students and AC Alums Contribute to AC Summer LEAP

Posted on January 9th, 2015 by lbrown


Current students and recent graduates of Allendale Columbia School contributed to the success of this year’s Summer LEAP program. When the Stop the Violence Dance Alliance, (SVDA) a community partnership between Garth Fagan Dance and the Rochester City School District, visited the Allendale Columbia Summer LEAP Program, sixth graders Sarah Ash and Chinara Dorancy performed and assisted with the master class. Natalie Rogers-Cropper, Garth Fagan Dance School Director and Assistant Rehearsal Director, led students in a series of movements modeled by graduates of SVDA. Both Sarah and Chinara attended Garth Fagan’s Summer Movement Institute this summer.


Recent AC graduates Justin Kennedy (Class of 2011) and Omar Franceschi (Class of 2013) were also on campus working with the students. Justin assisted second grade classroom teachers Stephanie DePaul-Pragel and Melissa Bohrer, providing support and individualized attention to students in the program. Omar photographed all of the program events as well as the day-to-day activities of the students. He also helped raise awareness of the program by contributing to the weekly newsletter and Summer LEAP Facebook and Twitter pages.



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AC’s First LEGO League Teams Find Success at Recent Competitions

Posted on December 18th, 2014 by klapa

Two Allendale Columbia School teams participated in the Finger Lakes Region First LEGO League robotics season. In November, both teams competed at the Penfield High School Qualifying tournament. Eighteen teams from across the Rochester area competed, with only four advancing on to the Regional Championship event.

AC’s first team – AC – America’s Coolest – did a great job with their robot and project focused on educating the public about Ebola. Students Chinara Dorancy, Kasi Natarajan, Ben Smoker, Alicia Strader, Dylan Reece, Garrett Wilson, and Adrian Fuller were coached by Keith Wilson and Hugh Fuller.

AC’s second team – AC Aces – were named 2nd Place Champions which advances them to the Regional Championships. Coached by Jim Cotter and Andrew Perry, team members Liza Cotter, Caden Kacprzynski, Cameron Perry, Sarah Ash, Mary Cotter, Luke Dioguardi, and Matt Duver worked together to focus on how to improve how students study S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects. Their solution was to re-energize the Rochester Science Fair after it was cancelled last year. Learn more about their project at

The Finger Lakes Regional Championships were held at the University of Rochester on Sunday, December 7th where the 36 teams that advanced from qualifiers met to compete. The AC Aces worked together well and were rewarded with a coveted yellow LEGO trophy for the Presentation Award!

Congratulations to all of our FLL students!

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AC Students’ Projects Represented at the Rochester Mini Maker Faire

Posted on November 18th, 2014 by Tony Tepedino

Rochester_MMF_logos_GooglePlusI am excited to be a part of the upcoming Rochester Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, November 22nd at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. I will be showing off some Allendale Columbia student projects from the Makey Makey May Term class from last school year.  AC students will also be on-site to demonstrate how Makey Makey works. This is going to be a great event! Read below to find out more!

“Ever wonder what you could make with a 3D printer, how to build your own robot at home, or design your own game? Rochester is hosting it’s first Mini Maker Faire. Mini Maker Faires celebrate everyone who loves to make, create, craft, build, and anything DIY. The inaugural Rochester event takes place on Saturday November 22nd, from 10am to 4pm at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The day will be filled with exciting exhibitions, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for all ages. In addition, there will be interesting presentations, speakers, live music, and visual and performing arts.”
-The text above is from The Rochester Mini Maker Faire press release.

For more information check out the links below:
Rochester Mini Maker Faire –
List of Makers:
Twitter: @ROCHMakerFaire

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1st Grade S.T.E.M. Students Successfully Program Robot Missions

Posted on September 15th, 2014 by ssorrentino

During their first full week back to school, our 1st grade S.T.E.M. students were asked to solve a variety of mission challenges. As part of this task, students needed to program their Bee-Bot Robots to successfully navigate a tournament field mat, complete with numerous obstacles and constraints.

The students’ S.T.E.M. teachers decided their first graders were up for the challenge of using an official robotics tournament mat and collaboratively choosing specific missions to complete in their teams of two. PBL tasks included strategizing, testing, re-testing, and documenting their programming.  To check out of each mission, students were required to submit their programming documentation for the S.T.E.M. teachers to specifically program and test-run on their own Bee-Bot robots.

These young engineers were definitely up for our new programming challenges and successfully completed their chosen missions!

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