Posted in: Fifth Grade, First Grade, Fourth Grade, Highlights, Kindergarten, Lower School, Second Grade, Third Grade
seventh annual “Through the Student Lens” exhibition. Fourteen area high schools are participating in the show, having submitted a portfolio of ten photographs each. Alena Ragan, Brandon Medina, Caroline Mealey, Misha Zain, Laurie King, Caleb du Plessis, Alivia Martin, Zitong Jin, Alyssa Broberg, and Phelan Conheady’s prints will be displayed in the gallery through April 17th.
Posted in: Highlights, Kid Kudos
Congratulations to all of the student staff, writers, and artists who participated in the creation of the 2014 edition of Allendale Columbia School’s literary magazine, MUSE. The American Scholastic Press Association just awarded the publication a first place national recognition for school magazines, marking the 33rd year in a row our publication has earned this distinction. We are very proud that AC was also named the “Most Outstanding Private School Literary/Art Magazine” in the nation for 2014. Student editors of this edition of MUSE were Aamir Zain and Martijn Appelo. Cover art shown at right by Laurie King, Class of 2016.
Here is an excerpt from this year’s publication:
The bite of teeth through a cloud of the mouth.
The arrow of the ripple through a legion of the waves.
The fog of a murmur through the roar of the crowd.
Gold blows a blue world.
Green flanks a brilliant bone.
A golden bone.
A bone that roars and murmurs and cuts and bridges and pushes
and pulls and carries and shines.
by Nate Morse, Class of 2017
Posted in: Eighth Grade, Eleventh Grade, Fifth Grade, First Grade, Fourth Grade, Highlights, Kindergarten, Lower School, Middle School, Ninth Grade, Second Grade, Seventh Grade, Sixth Grade, Tenth Grade, Third Grade, Twelfth Grade, Upper School
This week, our fifth graders completed their individual, design-oriented projects that they created with their eleventh grade partners. Fifth graders were allowed to choose any material and format to create a winter decoration or object. They began the process by brainstorming with their eleventh grade partners, drawing ideas and making lists.
Through the process, the students learned how electrical circuits worked by including batteries, conductive thread, and colored LEDs to allow their pieces to light up. The project required design, science, technology, engineering, and math skills.
A large group of AC educators were involved in helping the fifth graders realize their respective visions, including the Upper School S.T.R.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) collaborative group leaders Lori Kimbrough Wun, Jeff Lawlis, Artie Cruz, Kelsey Lisi, and Brent Neeley. Also advising students were fifth grade teachers Randy Northrup and Stephanie DePaul-Pragel, Lower School S.T.E.M. teachers Donna Chabak and Sue Sorrentino, and art teachers Mallory Gregor and Amy Oliveri. Design tools that the students employed for their projects included design applications and 3D printing, a Cameo Silhouette printer, hand-constructed patterns and fabric, and sculpture.
Posted in: Eleventh Grade, Fifth Grade, Highlights, Lower School, Upper School
Mark your calendars to see AC alum Gabby Perez ’10 in the Rochester Broadway Theatre League’s performance of “Anything Goes” at the Auditorium Theatre from April 14th – 19th, 2015. Gabby is part of the ensemble cast and will hit the road with the group, predominantly playing the role of Purity. Cities include Baton Rouge, LA; Palm Desert, CA; Austin, TX; Sioux Falls, SD; Columbus, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Key West, FL; Scranton, PA; and Orlando, FL.
For a full listing of tour dates and to purchase tickets please visit: http://www.anythinggoesontour.com/
Gabby graduated from Allendale Columbia in 2010 and also attended Eastman School of Music. She went on to graduate from New York University in 2014, receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree specializing in Drama, Acting, and Voice.
Posted in: Alumni News, Highlights
There have always been a cappella groups (ensembles that perform entirely without musical instruments) on college campuses. Recently, however, there has been a shift to using voices to emulate instruments found in popular music. This style requires more emphasis on re-creating instrumental textures vocally, especially percussion (commonly known as beat boxing).
Since 2012, the University of Rochester’s all female a cappella group, Vocal Point, has provided workshops and concerts for Allendale Columbia Upper School students in a cappella technique and beat boxing, providing a fantastic and unique learning opportunity.
The success of these workshops has lead to the commission of arrangements by Vocal Point for AC’s Girls Ensemble. In the future, members of Vocal Point will also work with our students to teach the specifics of a cappella arranging. In addition, AC’s international students will attend the Vocal Point Fall Show at the University of Rochester on November 7th, providing a great opportunity for our students to have a glimpse of college life outside the academic classroom!
After graduation, many AC students continue to participate in a cappella groups in college, providing a fantastic social and creative outlet for students pursuing other academic fields. Some of the groups AC students have participated in include: the University of Rochester’s Vocal Point and After Hours; Oberlin’s Nothing But Treble; Yale’s Red, Hot and Blue; Princeton’s Roaring 20’s; and Johns Hopkins’ Octopodes.
Click here to see a video in which Vocal Point teaches AC’s Girls Ensemble the song “Everybody Talks.”
Posted in: Eleventh Grade, Highlights, Ninth Grade, Tenth Grade, Twelfth Grade, Upper School