Nancy Northup ’77 Honored with 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 by jpalomaki

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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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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