The Ooky Spooky race is just around the corner! Saturday, October 24th come join us at 9 am (registration begins at 8am) for a spooktacular run! Each year, we host this fun, costumed, 5k race to benefit COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter). Families and children of all ages are welcome! There is also a "fun walk," for people interested in exploring the Rock Point property and watching the race. As usual, prizes will be given for best costumes, as well as those with the best time in each category. The course is an all-terrain adventure on trails, the bikepath, and the beach.
News & Events
This year we are welcoming several new staff members! At the end of last year, we said goodbye to some truly excellent Residential Educators. Courtney, Selina, and Joe have gone on to graduate programs around the country and all are continuing their work in Human Services. Kate, our head of dorm, and Collin got married and are persuing their love of adventrure, teaching school in Mexico. We will miss them, but we have been lucky to find new educators who bring their own gifts to Rock Point. Let us introduce them!
Lonnie and CJ made a trip down to Randolph, VT to the Chandler Center for the Arts to see Jo Dee Messina, a Rock Point alumn! Jo Dee attended RPS in the 80's and has since become one of Country Music's biggest stars. Messina has had nine #1 songs including “I’m Alright,” “Bring On The Rain” (a duet with Tim McGraw), and “My Give A Damn’s Busted.” She has won countless awards including the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Artist of the Year and CMA’s prestigious Horizon Award, receiving critical acclaim for her explosive singing style and electrifying performances. She's also recently published a book, "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom," a collection of stories on all the many aspects of motherhood! Lonnie has been a huge fan of Messina for years and was so excited to connect with her before the show!
Our 2015 Reunion was a blast! Former students and staff came from far and wide, and from classes as far back as 1952, to join us for a beautiful weekend. We loved seeing alumni returning with their families! It was wonderful to meet children and partners of our former students, as well as to see some parents of our alums. Headmasters CJ Spirito, John Rouleau, and Russell Ellis entertained us with stories of Rock Point going back 40 years.
Check out photos from the photo booth here.
Check out more photos from the weekend here.
The Head of Rock Point School, C.J. Spirito, quoted this wonderful line that Kurt Vonnegut often used in his commencement speeches: "If this isn't wonderful, what is?" C.J. was inviting us all––graduates, fellow students, staff, parents and relatives, Trustees and friends of the school––to pause and take in the accomplishment of graduation, the community, and being together. It was a beautiful graduation ceremony, with families, fellow students, and staff speaking movingly to the graduates, as well as graduates speaking to their families and the community. It was wonderful to see alumni who came to graduation and to hear updates on their lives, which included making weather forecast videos in a meteorology college program, consulting to help start-up businesses, and finishing up a great freshman year of college. We are proud of our graduates' college acceptances, as well as the significant merit scholarships they received based on their academics and the opportunities they took advantage of at Rock Point. Jewelry Design & Repair, Psychology, and pre-Veterinary studies are some of the things that the class of 2015 is heading off to study. We will miss them and hope to see them soon!
Friends from the classes of 2013 and 2014
Rock Point School just hosted its annual Mud Olympics to celebrate the end of classes. Ryan and her team worked hard on the venue, and we're happy to report that the infrastructure of the slimy, foot-deep mud- pit supported the athletes well, while the spectators and photographers found themselves able to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the Rock Point property. From the egg toss to the bucket balance, the judges declared all participants a righteous mess! As participants and spectators alike sang in the opening ceremony: mud, glorious mud! To the old saying, "Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty," we add, "and everything else, too!"