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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AC in the News: Summer Edition

Posted on July 7th, 2015 by klapa

Allendale Columbia School is Making Headlines!

Allendale Columbia School has recently been featured in a number of news outlets, providing an opportunity to showcase our position as a cure for the Common Core in front of a wide range of audiences! Highlights are included below; we hope you enjoy reading about some of the great things happening at AC! Please note that the clips below will display best on desktop or laptop computers as opposed to mobile devices.


Allendale Columbia’s May Term Fair
June 26th, 2015

The Brighton-Pittsford Post featured three photos of students participating in AC’s recent May Term Fair. At the event, students showcased their work on a variety of innovative projects they completed during the last three weeks of the school year as part of AC’s May Term. Click here to see!


Vista Teach Team Passionate about Robotics
June 17th, 2015

This Democrat and Chronicle article featured the Vista Teach team of teachers, highlighting their work consulting with and training educators around the country as well as their in-school and summer S.T.E.M. Education Programs at AC. These teachers were recently awarded the K-12 Corporate S.T.E.M. Innovation Award from the International Association for S.T.E.M. Leaders at their invitation-only S.T.E.M. Forum in Washington, D.C. Click here to read the full article!


May Term at Allendale Columbia School
June 12th, 2015

AC students examine a yearbook as part of the May Term project to archive the school’s 124-year history in this photo which was included in a recent issue of the Democrat and Chronicle. Click here to see!


Kite Day
May 22nd, 2015

The Democrat and Chronicle featured a photo from AC’s Kite Day event at which more than 140 AC students welcomed spring by flying colorful kites. This event has been a tradition at the school for more than 40 years, coupling an afternoon outdoors with a hands-on lesson in air resistance and climate changes. Click here to see!


Brennan Wins National Championship in Heptathlon
May 22nd, 2015

After three years and six trips to the national meet, Aedin Brennan, who graduated as part of AC’s Class of 2012 and is currently studying at Denison University, earned the right to stand atop the NCAA podium as the Division III National Champion in the heptathlon. Click here to read more and join us in congratulating Aedin!


Young Women of Distinction Recipients Announced
May 19th, 2015

Emily Paszko, who graduated with AC’s Class of 2015, was featured in this article highlighting the recipients of the 16th annual Young Women of Distinction Awards. Modeled after the ATHENA Award, the Young Women of Distinction program is designed to recognize high school seniors who have displayed outstanding leadership, academic excellence, and involvement in the Rochester region. 2015 ATHENA Award recipient, former AC Trustee, and past AC parent, Amy Tait, delivered the keynote address at the awards ceremony. Click here to read more!


US Open Local Qualifying Notables
May 18th, 2015

AC alum Matt van Niekerk ’13 is included in this article recapping US Open local qualifying notables. Matt had birdies on both the par-5 10th and 16th, finishing with a 74. Click here to see the full story!


Semifinalists Named in Young Entrepreneurs Contest
May 8th, 2015

AC Upper School student James Bourtis pitched his idea for Sprouting Paper origami flower bouquets, a business he created, as part of the northeast regional Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) competition. Founded and headquartered in Rochester, YEA! offers programs in 115 communities in 38 states. Click here to read the full article!


Area Students to Pitch Business Plans in YEA! Contest
May 6th, 2015

The Democrat and Chronicle highlighted the northeast regional competition hosted by the Young Entrepreneurs Academy at which AC student James Bourtis pitched a plan for Sprouting Paper origami flower bouquets. Two students from the regional competition will be flown to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national finals during America’s Small Business Summit, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where they will compete for college scholarships and a variety of business startup packages. Click here to see the article!


We’re doing so many exciting and interesting things here at AC and look forward to sharing more media coverage with you in the future!

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AC’s Production of “The Addams Family” Recognized by the Rochester Broadway Theatre League

Posted on May 28th, 2015 by klapa

Recently, the Rochester Broadway Theatre League concluded the High School musical theatre season with its annual Stars of Tomorrow gala at the Auditorium Theatre. We are thrilled to share that AC’s fall Upper School production of “The Addams Family” received the following recognitions:

Outstanding Singing Ensemble
Outstanding Orchestra
Outstanding Leading Actress: Sage Melcher
Overall Outstanding Musical Production

We also received the following special recognitions from the judges:

Ricky Yates for Stage Management
Maria Rogers for her role as Pugsley
Olivia Bono for her role as the Flapper Girl
Noah Meyers and Danielle Fuller for their clarinet playing

Additionally, Sage Melcher will be representing Allendale Columbia at the Stars of Tomorrow NYC bound event. The 32 leading male and female role award recipients from the Stars of Tomorrow Recognition Ceremony are eligible to participate in this additional competition at the Auditorium Theatre. In “American Idol” fashion, the participants are narrowed down by appointed judges until one Leading Male and one Leading Female are selected to represent Rochester, NY in a national competition in New York City; the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA).

Please join us in congratulating everyone who participated in the show!

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Rick Garrett ’70 being honored with 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award

Posted on May 26th, 2015 by egillette

Richard J. Garrett, Jr. from the class of 1970 will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. The award, first presented in 2009, was established to honor alumni of Allendale Columbia School for their outstanding achievements and contributions to society following graduation. Recipients reflect strong role models for current students of Allendale Columbia School. This award is presented annually at the June luncheon, this year to be held at the Country Club of Rochester on Friday, June 12, 2015.

Past recipients include Richard H. Eisenhart Sr. ’33 (2009), Robert C. Silver ’42 (2010), Elisabeth W. Judson ’64 (2011), Edward P. Curtis Jr. ’47 (2012), Anne F. Foulkes ’52 (2013), and Tracy R. Gleason ’80 (2014).

Rick Garrett ’70 is being honored for his commitment to Allendale Columbia both as a student, and now as a beloved neighbor, alumnus, parent of alumni, donor, former board member, and friend. Rick’s countless hours spent volunteering on various projects and supporting the school must not go unnoticed. The Allendale Columbia Alumni Association Board is proud to award the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award to Rick.

If you are interested in attending the event, seats are still available. Please register online by clicking here or call (585) 641-5226 and speak to Emily Gillette, Director of Alumni Relations. Luncheon tickets are $25 per person.

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AC in the News for April and May 2015

Posted on May 12th, 2015 by klapa

Allendale Columbia School has recently been featured in a number of news outlets, providing an opportunity to showcase our position as a cure for the Common Core in front of a wide range of audiences! Highlights are included below; we hope you enjoy reading about some of the great things happening at AC! Please note that the clips below will display best on desktop or laptop computers as opposed to mobile devices.


Allendale Columbia School Holds a Red Cross Blood Drive
May 1st, 2015

This television news story highlights how AC students recently gave back to the community by being among the first to participate in the Pint Size Hero Program, designed to teach young people the importance of blood donations. Click here to view the full story, which begins at the 12:05 mark.


Student Trade Fair at Allendale Columbia
April 30th, 2015

This story showcases the recent Entrepreneur Day Fair held by AC third, fourth, and fifth graders. As part of this annual project, students created business plans and products which they sold at table top shops to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital, which was chosen by the students. Click here to see the full story, which includes comments from AC student Lilah Costanzo.


Local Lunches at Allendale Columbia a Tasty Change
April 27th, 2015

Reporter Sarah Taddeo discusses AC’s efforts to provide more healthy, sustainable, and locally-sourced meals in this Democrat and Chronicle article. The result is a leading-edge food service program that puts AC ahead of the curve. The article includes comments from AC’s Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch as well as our partner from Headwater Food Hub, which collects and distributes items from 30 to 40 local farms year-round. Click here to see the full story and photos!


Scholastic Arts Spotlight: Abigail Lindsey
April 27th, 2015

AC senior Abigail Lindsey is featured in this Scholastic Arts Spotlight from WROC Channel 8. An accomplished photographer and musician, Abigail will head to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland next year. Click here to see the full story!


Rochester Music Hall of Fame Inducts Five
April 26th, 2015

This Democrat and Chronicle article provides a recap of the recent Rochester Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony. At the event, the first Douglas Lowry Music Award, named for the late director of the Eastman School of Music, was presented to AC senior Sage Melcher. Click here to read!





Earth Day at Allendale Columbia School
April 22nd, 2015

Several news stations joined us for our recent Earth Day Fair, during which AC students delivered presentations about a variety of topics, local food vendors provided food samples, each division competed to see which could make the least amount of garbage at lunchtime, students worked to think of ways to conserve our natural resources, and AC collected electronics from the community for recycling. Click here to see 13 WHAM’s coverage (story begins at the 21:58 mark), here to see Time Warner’s coverage (story begins at the 5:34 mark), here to see WROC 8’s coverage (story begins at the 14:14 mark), here to see the coverage from Good Day Rochester (story begins at the 8:40 mark), and here to see a photo printed in the Brighton-Pittsford Post.


Origami Bouquets Win Young Entrepreneurs Contest
April 9th, 2015

Another Young Entrepreneurs Academy business has been selected as a semifinalist to compete at the regional level. AC freshman James Bourtis, was chosen for his idea for Sprouting Paper, a business that specializes in origami bouquets. Each blossom is hand-folded and each bouquet is created entirely out of paper. Click here to read the Democrat and Chronicle article!


“Anything Goes” Musical Opens April 14th
April 9th, 2015

Gabriella Perez, a 2010 AC graduate, is currently making her national Broadway tour debut, playing the role of Purity in “Anything Goes.” Perez, 23, fell in love with theatre growing up in Rochester, where she performed locally at AC, Geva Theatre Center, Webster Theatre Guild, and the Rochester Association of Performing Arts before earning a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from New York University. Click here to see the full article!


After Months Of Campaigning, 7th Graders Save Rochester Science Congress
April 1st, 2015

After only three students signed up for the 2014 Science Congress and the event was canceled, AC students Liza Cotter and Matthew Duver took action, working to promote this year’s event so that the competition would not be canceled indefinitely. This Time Warner Cable News story details that not only did the students save the science fair, but Liza also won the junior division! Click here to watch!


McQuaid Jesuit, Allendale Columbia Students Score at FLCC Engineering Competition
April 1st, 2015

AC Upper School students won the 9th and 10th grade category of an engineering competition held at the Finger Lakes Community College Victor Campus Center. The event was called TEAMS, which stands for Tests of Engineering Aptitude Mathematics and Science, and it pitted six teams from five schools in a competition to come up with a solution to an engineering problem. Click here to see the Brighton-Pittsford Post article about this competition!

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