The festive opening reception for Allendale Columbia School’s Evening of the Arts Biennial will take place Friday, March 23rd, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The exhibition features hundreds of works of art from students in grades N – 12 displayed throughout the school. This year’s theme is “Art Around the World”.
Highlights of the event will include a group of 5th graders demonstrating their “crankie” from the LS musical, “I’m Not Sleepy…Yet!”, and the Honors and Portfolio Seminar Art students will be working in studio locations on campus as a preview for their upcoming spring thesis exhibition in April.
Refreshments will be served. Everyone from the AC community is invited! It is a great chance to socialize with other families and friends while taking in the talent and creativity of our AC students.
Parent volunteers are also needed for the Wolf Den, welcome table, and helping to direct people through the exhibits. Sign up here.
Return later to this post for some preview images of the art to be displayed!
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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.”
Posted in: Centers for Impact, Entrepreneurship, Global Engagement, Highlights, Invent, Lower School, LS Birches, Middle School, MS Birches, The Birches, Upper School, US Birches
by Tina Duver
Adolescence is a time where teenagers can struggle with the navigation through the rough waters of social interactions, academics, independence, and self-doubt. Here at Allendale Columbia, we are a responsive community who constantly engages our students in dialogue around topics of community and inclusivity. That dialogue in middle school has led to our participation in the KIND Schools Challenge.
Posted in: Eighth Grade, Highlights, LS Birches, Middle School, MS Birches, Seventh Grade, Sixth Grade, The Birches, US Birches
by Matt Duver ’20
The Upper School Robotics team’s season came to a very successful finish this past weekend with the Excelsior Region FIRST Tech Challenge Championships at SUNY Polytechnic in Utica. There were 24 teams from all over Western, Southwestern, and Central New York, and our team, the AC Aces, earned the right to compete by being the alliance winners from the Finger Lakes Regional FIRST Tech Challenge competition at St. John Fisher this past December.
In Utica, the AC Aces exceeded expectations and made it to the final match in an alliance with two other schools. Even though we did not win, we received two recognitions – the Finalist Team Alliance trophy, and a finalist for the Promote Video Award, where we made a 60-minute PSA to share with the world what we wanted people to know about FIRST Robotics Competitions. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”, and this is the second year that Allendale Columbia has had an FTC Team. After this past championship performance, the AC Aces ranked 368th out of 4,600 team performances on ftcstats.org. This is quite an accomplishment for a second year team, and we are all proud and grateful to our coaches (Dr. Jeff Lawlis, Mr. Andrew Perry, Mr. James Cotter, Ms. Maya Crosby, and Mr. Artie Cruz), sponsors (Sikorsky – A Lockheed Martin Company, Arconic, and ASP & Associates, Inc.), and Allendale Columbia School for helping us along the way. (more…)
Posted in: Centers for Impact, Eleventh Grade, Highlights, Invent, Ninth Grade, Tenth Grade, The Birches, Twelfth Grade, Upper School, US Birches
As a science teacher, builder, designer, tinkerer and innovator at heart, I make several stops down to the Design & Innovation Lab every day, not because I need to, but because what I have seen go on in this room makes me excited to be an educator here.
I’ve seen chairs and tables pushed aside, marshmallows, spaghetti and 2nd graders strewn all over the floor designing arches; drones flying in and outside the large glass doors, the buzz not coming only from motors, but from the 3D printers with work from the Student Rapid Prototyping Club; students feverishly coding an app to solve a real, local problem as they work through the joys and challenges of the collaboration process; dry erase markers on the glass, mapping out ideas, concepts and strategies.
Design and Innovation doesn’t discriminate. It can happen at any age, any time and takes many shapes and forms. It looks different from day to day here at Allendale Columbia, and although this room may appear to be a tangible four walls, it has broken down the walls of mindsets about what it is to be innovative and forward thinking.
There’s a very powerful thing that happens in a space like this from a teacher’s perspective, and that’s student ownership. Students who can dig in, roll up their sleeves and do real work to actually build, create and design are able to grab hold of concepts and skills more deeply and differently than in a traditional classroom setting.
Sometimes the learning is subtle with students seeing something through to completion because it’s their project or design and they have a vested interest in it. It becomes a journey not an end. Their experience is much more meaningful when the learning comes from struggle and failure, whether it be through a design and build or through differences of opinions and ideas.
Parents have told me that their students used to come home saying, “Guess what I learned today”, now say, “Guess what I want to try to do now!” That’s a powerful difference, and for our students here at Allendale Columbia, this new space, has provided a place that defines innovation but doesn’t confine it.
Written by Tina Duver, Assistant Head of Middle School and Science Teacher
Posted in: Highlights
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!
Posted in: Highlights