AC Student-run TEDx Brings Ideas, Learning

Posted on February 16th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Learning occurred on multiple levels at TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchool on February 3rd. You may already be familiar with TED talks, and TEDx events are local versions of those talks. What makes this TEDx event different from most is that it was planned and produced from start to finish by AC students.

TED events are all about sharing ideas, and, as one would expect, the sold-out audience gained a lot of insights from a stellar selection of presenters:

  • Sam Thomson, Student, Boston University, and CEO, Bluum
  • 17 School 17 Student Council
  • Alan Raskin, Student, Calkins Road Middle School
  • Anderson Allen, Assistant Educational Coordinator, Boys, and Girls Club of Rochester
  • Natalie Northrup, Student, Honeoye Falls-Lima High School
  • Andrew Brady, President & Chief Evolutionary Officer, The XLR8 Team, Inc. and Conscious Capitalism ROC
  • Emily Atieh, Senior, Allendale Columbia School
  • Brian Roets, Practice Lead: Infrastructure and End-User Computing, SMP Corp
  • Carmen Gumina, Superintendent, Webster School District

But the learning behind the scenes by students in the TEDx class and club that produced the event will probably have the biggest, longest impacts, according to faculty advisors Amy Oliveri and Tony Tepedino. We posed some questions to three of the students who led the effort, Rachel Sherin ’19, Marissa Frenett ’19, and Fiona Lutz ’20.

Q: What were some of your objectives for this year’s TEDx event? Did you meet those objectives?
Rachel:  For this year’s TEDx event, we wanted it more geared towards kids. In the past, more of the older community was present at the event. This year we had one speaker from Allendale and two other students from different schools present at the event. We also had a good turnout of student attendees and volunteers.
Marissa: One of our very most important objectives was to get many sponsors from local people. We tried to get all dinner items from local restaurants. With plenty of work, we successfully got a salad from Headwater Food Hub, pizza from Salvatore’s, and mac and cheese from Macarollin!

Q: TEDx is about ideas worth spreading. Does that stop with the event, or how do you plan to continue spreading the ideas presented going forward?
Fiona: Because our event brings in a lot of members from outside the Allendale community, the goal for our TEDx is to leave people thinking about new ideas they might not have considering before and to share them with their peers. Especially with this year’s theme about restarting, we hope that people can apply the topics presented to their everyday life. Not only do we hope that our event’s talks and topics will inspire others in the community, but these talks are also shared online as well which can then be seen by virtually anyone.

Q: How has your experience with TEDx impacted you, either with the ideas presented or in the production of the event?
Marissa: TEDx has impacted me a lot. I think specifically the last speaker was very inspiring. He helped me realize that finding a good combination between academics and happiness is very important and should be done. That talk sort of changed the way I approach things now.
Fiona: Before becoming a part of the TEDx class, I attended the event for several years prior, but this year when I joined the class and actually got to work hands on with something I was genuinely interested in, it was very rewarding. As a part of the class, I was able to be a speaker coach for Samuel Thompson, who spoke about striving for progress over perfection. Seeing Sam’s talk come together over the few months I worked with him and then actually being able to see his talk live on the TEDx stage was great because not only had we both worked so hard on preparing him for the event, but Sam’s talk was personally relatable to me, since even during the semester, I struggled on working towards my goals and often times wanted perfection so badly, but was disappointed when things didn’t work as planned. His talk gave me a different perspective.

Q: What one thing do you want to carry forward from the event?
Rachel: Everyone worked so hard together to put the event together. I would like to carry that passion and positive energy throughout life.
Marissa: I thought that teamwork played a huge role in the success of this event. We all had to find speakers, sponsors, and a bunch of other stuff. That is what made our event as great as it was. I want to carry that, being open to work with people I wouldn’t usually.

You can see more photos from TEDx on Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr.

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Posted in: Centers for Impact, Eleventh Grade, Entrepreneurship, Global Engagement, Highlights, Invent, Ninth Grade, Partnerships, Tenth Grade, The Birches, Twelfth Grade, Upper School, US Birches

Wall to Wall Walls

Posted on January 12th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Walls from history to the present day and walls from around town and around the world stretched wall-to-wall in 4th grade on Friday, as students presented their learning to parents and peers. The Great Wall of China, Walls of Troy, the Berlin Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, and even Seattle’s Bubble Gum Wall made impressions on students as they did their research, built their projects, and discussed their findings. Fourth graders also learned about Wall Therapy, distilling the meanings from many wall art projects they visited in the City of Rochester, and exploring how wall art often relates to social justice.

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Posted in: Fourth Grade, Lower School, MS Birches, The Birches

Alum Greg Byers ’04 in Rochester Fringe Fest

Posted on September 14th, 2017 by Allendale Columbia School

Rochester Fringe FestivalAllendale Columbia alumnus Greg Byers ’04 will be performing two shows in the Rochester Fringe Festival. Both shows, on Thursday, September 21st, at 9:00 p.m. and Friday, September 22nd, at 8:30 p.m., will be presented at the Geva Theater Center’s Fielding Stage. The following information is from the Rochester Fringe Festival website, where you can get more information and buy tickets for Greg’s and other shows, at http://rochesterfringe.com/tickets-and-shows/memento-anima.

Greg Byers '04 at Rochester Fringe FestivalGreg Byers (cello, composition) and Hannah Nemer (film) have collaborated to create MEMENTO ANIMA, a sensitive exploration of movement, entropy, and the soul’s journey. Latin for “remember life,” MEMENTO ANIMA focuses on lost moments spent traveling, so that we might see their inherent beauty. This innovative suite for cello with effects is performed live alongside immersive visual accompaniment. Byers is a native of nearby Honeoye Falls, while Nemer draws inspiration from her time in Rochester documenting Civil War reenactments.

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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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Crazy Year For Maple Sugaring

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by bguzzetta

It sure has been a crazy start to the maple sugaring year! The weather was up and down, but never up or down long enough to get the sap moving, so we put off tapping but the students were getting antsy. They finally convinced Mrs. Guzzetta to tap one tree to monitor the week before February break.

Needless to say, we barely collected any sap that week, but the weather forecast for break was drastically different and we knew that we were in for a good week so we tapped a few more. Once the vacation week began, the weather got balmy, and the sap started flowing fast and furious. Two eighth grade club leaders came in one day to help tap more trees for a total of about thirty taps. A third club leader, a veteran of three years, was a big help as he came in twice, once with his cousins, to collect the sap that was flowing.

Even with their help, Mrs. Guzzetta was kept busy collecting once or twice a day in order to stay on top of the flow as it appeared that the season was going to be short. By the end of the week we had about 80 gallons in storage and another 15 or so lost to accidental spills or ants.

When the students came back from break, their collecting started back up on a more regular basis. A couple of students were able to help out during their Citizen Science project time as their project pertained to our maple sugaring project, and others stopped in to collect when they could. One of Mrs. Guzzetta’s sixth grade advisees organized the other advisees and collected during advocacy. During this time, the students had their first encounter with a sugar hungry chipmunk who was found patiently sitting in a bucket of sap waiting for the students to rescue him.

Mike Wheeler, whose son is a leader in the maple sugaring club, coordinated with Mrs. Guzzetta and happily volunteered his time, resources, and knowledge to work with some of the club members to build a sugar shack. He oversaw the club members as they sawed, drilled, hammered, and constructed their very first sugar shack that they will reconstruct each year during the sugaring season. This is a huge upgrade from their pop up shelter with no walls that provided minimal protection from the elements. More on this exciting project coming soon.

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AC Teams Find Success at FIRST LEGO League Championships!

Posted on December 29th, 2015 by klapa

On December 6th, two teams of AC Middle School students competed at the Finger Lakes region FIRST LEGO League Championships, held in the Goergen Field House at the University of Rochester.

Teams that had advanced from qualifying competitions throughout Western NY and Northern PA competed by explaining their robot design, presenting their “Trash Trek”-themed project, and running their robot in a series of timed games.
After a long day of competition, both AC teams were awarded coveted yellow trophies.  The “Winged Incinerators” received the Presentation Award and the “trash hACkers” received the Second Place Champions Award. Please join us in congratulating both teams!
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Posted in: Eighth Grade, Highlights, Middle School, Seventh Grade, Sixth Grade