AC Seniors Selected for “Start Here” Exhibition at RIT

Posted on January 31st, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

Allendale Columbia seniors Misha Zain and Tsioianiio Galban were selected to exhibit their artwork in the invitational “Start Here” exhibition at RIT, which runs through Saturday, February 2nd. At the exhibition Misha was presented with the Advertising Award for Excellence and Creativity from RIT’s faculty for her untitled portrait photograph. (more…)

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AC Students Exhibit at RIT Gallery

Posted on January 25th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School
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Four Allendale Columbia School students have been selected to display their art at START HERE, an invitational exhibition from students in the Middle School and High School art programs of the Rochester and Finger Lakes region at RIT’s Bevier Gallery.

Desk by Madison DeCory ’18, Andrew by Yiming Tang ’20, Envy by Marlin Bassett ’21, and Dark Portrait by Adrian Fuller ’21 were chosen for the exhibit by art teachers Amy Oliveri and Lori Wun. Middle and High School teachers from the region were allowed to each select and submit a piece from two students for the show.

The exhibit opens with a reception on Friday, January 26th, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Awards will be presented to selected students at 5:30 p.m. in the Webb Auditorium. The exhibit runs through February 10th. (Click for directions.)

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Two AC Students Receive Recognition at RIT Rochester-Finger Lakes Middle School High School Art Exhibition

Posted on January 29th, 2015 by klapa

Congratulations to two Allendale Columbia School students who received juried honors in this year’s RIT Rochester-Finger Lakes Middle School High School Art Exhibition.

Seventh grader Matt Duver was awarded the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences Young Artist Award for Excellence and Creativity for his photograph, “Jake as Albert.” Senior Abby Lindsey received the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences Photojournalism Award for Excellence and Creativity for her image “Palio Kiss.”

Abby and Matt will be presented with their awards from RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at a ceremony at the Webb Auditorium on Friday, January 30th.

The winning images are pictured below.

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“Jake as Albert” by Matt Duver and “Palio Kiss” by Abby Lindsey

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4th Grade S.T.E.M. Students “Play-Test” for RIT

Posted on December 23rd, 2014 by ssorrentino

Over the last couple of months, our 4th grade S.T.E.M. students at Allendale Columbia School have been actively engaging with authentic and innovative technologies in their role as “play-testers” for the final programming projects developed by the those in theRochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Educational Gaming and Animation college course.


RIT’s MAGIC affiliate, the FOSS@MAGIC Initiative(Free and Open Source Software and Free Culture), grew out of the Department of Interactive Games and Media’s course in Educational Game Development and is a unique, multi-disciplinary collaboration spanning colleges, curricula, and research throughout the campus. As they continue to do each semester, the RIT students present their final course projects for our young S.T.E.M. students to “play-test” and provide immediate and valuable feedback. Most exciting of all, this learning opportunity has provided for an authentic experience for our young students, as well as the college students, with both groups of students fully engaged and appreciative of the opportunity to learn from one another!





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Upper School Students Advancing to National Science Bowl as Middle School Teams Prepare for Competition

Posted on February 20th, 2014 by cdixon

After winning the regional competition at RIT, a team of Allendale Columbia Upper School students earned a spot at the National Science Bowl. This is the first time Upper School students have competed in the Science Bowl on behalf of AC. Coached by Dr. Jeff Lawlis, the team will compete against students from across the country at the National Science Bowl taking place in Washington, D.C. in April. The Democrat and Chronicle recently highlighted the success of this team; click here to view the article!

AC will send three teams to compete in the Regional Middle School Science Bowl taking place on March 8. Coached by Tina Duver, the teams hope to build on our students’ success at last year’s competition, as AC Middle School students earned a spot at Nationals and finished in the top six for the Engineering Design Document competition.

The Department of Energy (DOE) created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. More than 225,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its more than 20 year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions.


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Middle School students learn about Dr. King’s legacy

Posted on February 9th, 2014 by Tony Tepedino

Post written by Spanish teacher Lindsey Brown

Members of the Middle School Student Awareness Group and Middle School Student Council attended the Expressions of King’s Legacy keynote speech delivered by media personality Tavis Smiley at the  Rochester Institute of Technology.  Smiley talked in detail about the last year of Martin Luther King’s life, but his larger message was about leadership. “You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people,” he said.  “And you can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people.” Sixth grader Matthew Duver appreciated Smiley’s “humorous yet serious” speech.

The celebration included a performance by spoken word artist and noted singer Whitney Morrison. Students were particularly moved when eleven-year-old Curtis Barber, winner of the 2013 Gardere Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition, spoke. Barber, whose mother is deaf, delivered his speech simultaneously in American Sign Language. Barber’s speech inspired seventh grader Mikayla Gross to “try my best to do my best.”

That evening, eighth graders and upper school students attended a panel discussion entitled “The State of Race in Rochester” moderated by Smiley. The panel consisted of community and student leaders including our new mayor Lovely Warren and Sophie Gallivan, high school senior and president of the Rochester City School District’s Student Leadership Congress. Allendale Columbia attendees were engrossed for two full hours and even stayed after to take pictures.

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AC and RIT Students Collaborate to Explore Mobile User Experiences

Posted on January 12th, 2014 by Tony Tepedino

Allendale Columbia School 5th and 8th grade students were given the unique opportunity to work with RIT graduate students on a relevant and collaborative project as part of a grant that was funded by NYS Council on the Arts, Genesee Country Village and Museum, and RIT.

To learn more about this great experience check out our previous post:
Mobile Interactions Workshop with RIT

RIT Blended Interactions Studio students recently shared their perspective on the experience of working with our students. Click here to read what they had to say:
Allendale Columbia School | BLENDED INTERACTIONS.

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Posted in: Eighth Grade, Fifth Grade, Highlights, Lower School, Middle School, Uncategorized

Fifth Grade Trip To Genesee Country Village Museum

Posted on December 12th, 2013 by mbjorklund

On Thursday, December 5, Mrs. Bjorklund, AC’s Enrichment Specialist, joined the fifth grade students from Mr. Northrup’s class and went on a field trip to the Genesee Country Village and Museum.

They attended the “Home for the Holidays” program. This is a unique, hands-on tour that traces the history of winter holiday celebrations in America. They met an 1840s Santa and joined in a reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.” They also learned about the history of the Christmas tree and had a chance to kick up their heels with some 19th century dancing. In addition, they joined in singing 19th century Christmas carols and discovered what gift giving was like in the 1800s.

The fifth grade students also had an opportunity to work with Dr. O’Keefe from RIT and his graduate students as part of the Mobile Experiences for Tourism Project. Allendale Columbia students and faculty are collaborating with RIT as part of a grant from the New York State Council on The Arts. Our fifth grade students tested out the mobile devices by following the digital stories on a self guided tour. Then they filled out an exit survey to give constructive feedback to the research team. The students will eventually be writing the stories for the mobile devices. It was important for them to explore the building on the museum grounds and get familiar with the devices themselves.

It was a wonderful day for all, and we look forward to future visits to the museum. It is exciting to think that our students are designing and contributing in such a big way to a meaningful project.

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Posted in: Fifth Grade, Lower School