Capstone Exhibition Shows Grade 8 Interdisciplinary Learning

Posted on May 17th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

8th-grade students showcased their learning at the 2019 8th Grade Exhibition Day. This was the fourth year that 8th-graders have spent their second semester immersed in an interdisciplinary capstone experience related to World War II that combined concepts from their history, English, and science courses.

The capstone experience began after reading Most Likely to Succeed by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith, furthering the emphasis on 21st century skills such as research, collaboration, and communication versus traditional classroom learning as students prepare to transition to Upper School and the world beyond. (more…)

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Posted in: Eighth Grade, Highlights, Middle School

Students in Children’s Drama Class Embrace their Inner Eggheads

Posted on April 5th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

by Deanna Interlicchea, English Teacher

Gwyneth is a little girl with a great big secret, and her reputation hinges on nobody finding out the truth. She can tell absolutely no one—except for maybe just one friend. In no time flat, the entire class is talking about Gwyneth and her terrible truth. What will Gwyneth do once everybody knows that she no ordinary fourth grader, but a genius bound for the seventh grade?

When I purchased Jimmy Brunelle’s children’s play, Eggheads, to read in my Children’s Drama class, I had no idea what it would become. I intended it to merely be a 20-minute in-class reading to serve as a model for their own one-act plays. At the end of the play, though, I heard an energetic chorus of, “we should perform this.” Before I knew it, we had a student director, a costumer, a tech designer, a set manager, a marketing crew, a full cast, and two weeks to pull it all together. (more…)

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Posted in: Authentic Learning, Eleventh Grade, Highlights, Ninth Grade, Tenth Grade, Twelfth Grade, Upper School

I am from…

Posted on May 13th, 2013 by Tony Tepedino
After visiting the Rochester museum exhibit on Race and attending a school assembly on Race, freshmen English students in Ms. Hutton’s class composed poems that celebrated their own backgrounds and families. All of the poems begin, “I am from…” and capture the memorable images, sights, and sounds of their childhoods and families.
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Poetry Reading in Mrs. Hutton's Creative Writing Class

Posted on March 13th, 2013 by Tony Tepedino

Allendale Columbia students in Ms. Hutton’s Creative Writing class read their favorite poems aloud during a poetry reading of their own work.

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“I accidentally finished my book…” | BookGerms

Posted on February 16th, 2013 by Tony Tepedino

Screen Shot 2013-02-16 at 9.14.55 AMCheck out the new blog post by Allendale Columbia School librarian, Judy VanAlstyne and Upper School English teacher Dr. Vince Bissonette. Thanks Judy and Vince!

“I accidentally finished my book…” | BookGerms.

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Posted in: Upper School

Vocabulary Videos

Posted on January 7th, 2013 by Tony Tepedino
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Posted in: Upper School