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The Road Less Traveled: 15th Annual ART SHOW!

Visitors walk near paintings by Lucian Freud in a gallery room at the Centre Pompidou Contemporary Art Museum in Paris

Image created by Seniors Sam and Leah!

Rock Point School’s 15th Annual Student Art Exhibit will be held at the Rose Street Artists’ Cooperative and Gallery in Burlington. The opening on Friday, May 1st at 5:30 to 7:30, is a potluck event, so please feel free to bring your favorite finger food or dessert! Students will also be playing music and making some food for the event!

The show features student and alumni art and is the culmination of all the work made in the 2014-15 school year.  All students at Rock Point School take an art class as part of the core curriculum. Students are excited to show off their hard work, and will be offering pieces for sale at the gallery. With some guidance from Jeannie (the art teacher), the senior class is in charge of organizing the event, from hanging the work, to helping fellow students create an “artist statement,” to making snacks for the event. It’s a great chance for them to practice their real world skills.

We hope to see many people at the show!

A Spring(ish) Hike!

16458913634_49086462a0_oOver the weekend two dorm staff, and six adventurous students embarked on a four mile hike to Carter Notch Hut at Wildcat Mountain in New Hampshire. They stared down the elements; wind, snow and cold weather did not deter them. After passing breathtaking views, and a few rather steep drops, they were greeted with a fire and hot chocolate at the cozy hut, tucked away in the notch. The hut was built in 1914 and is part of the Appalachian Mountain Club system. The rest of the time in the hut was spent playing games with each other, cooking and staying warm in their sleeping bags as the temperature dropped!

Exploring Human Origins

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Photo from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Rock Point is excited to announce that we will be participating in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History exhibition Exploring Human Origins – Promoting a national conversation on human evolution as it travels to Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library. The exhibit is traveling to 19 different public libraries across the country in an effort to engage the public in the question “What does it mean to be human?” and the science of human origins. Rock Point supported the Fletcher Free Library’s application to host this exhibit and we are looking forward to being involved in the in the many educational opportunities connected to it!

For more information, check out the link to the exhibition below:

http://humanorigins.si.edu/exhibit

Upcoming Consultant Tour of New England Schools May 17-22

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We are excited to announce we will be collaborating to host a tour for Educational Consultants of Northern New England Schools and Programs with some great partners: Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center, Mansfield Hall, Mountain Valley Treatment Center, The Oliverian School, True North Wilderness Program, Shortridge Academy, Summit Achievement and Wediko Children’s Services.

 Sunday, May 17 to Friday, May 22 Schedule

May 17 – Consultants fly into Manchester, NH. Dinner and lodging in Concord, NH

May 18 – Visits to Wediko and Shortridge. Dinner and lodging in Wolfeboro, NH

May 19 – Visits to Lakeview and Summit. Dinner and lodging in Plymouth, NH

May 20 – Visits to Mountain Valley, Oliverian and True North. Dinner and lodging in Burlington, VT

May 21 – Visits to Mansfield Hall and Rock Point School. Optional dinner and lodging in Burlington, VT

May 22 – Consultants fly out of Burlington, VT

RSVPs, questions and/or requests for further details can be sent to Caroline Lovejoy at cwlovejoy@mountainvalleytreatment.org.  RSVPs by May 11, would be appreciated.

 

Tomatoes, Quinoa, and Kale … Oh my!

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For the fifth year in a row, Rock Point School sent a team to the state-wide Junior Iron Chef Competition at the Champlain Valley Exposition. Junior Iron Chef, in its eighth year, is a cooking showcase and competition organized by Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day) and Burlington School Food Project. Student teams create healthy recipes, focusing on local ingredients, that could possibly be served in their schools. With over 260 students from 61 schools across the state, competition can be tough! Our team, consisting of three students, worked over the past several months to develop a recipe for tomatoes stuffed with quinoa and kale. Throughout this time, students had to focus on teamwork, communication, and time management. While they did not win, we are proud of all the work they put into the competition and are so glad to taste the delicious product!16859103066_54d09d0a51_k

Sweet Success!

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Thank you to everyone who came to the Maple Run and Brunch! This years’ event was a huge success and we were so grateful for the milder weather. Fifty-eight runners came out and even more people came to enjoy brunch. Our first place finisher, Nolan Condron, had a time of 20:14, while Kevin McGrath won our Pi prize for finishing closest to the digits in Pi (26:53). Several other people won prizes from water bottles to gift cards through a random bib drawing.

We were also excited to see Hannah McDonald from WPTZ who did a story on our event! Here is the link if you’d like to see the video:

WPTZ Maple Story

Below, please see the final results for the race!

Maple Run 2015 Results

If you’d like to see more photos from the race, please check out our Flickr album:

Maple Run and Brunch Photos

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Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction April 11th

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Saturday April 11, 2015

6:00-8:30 pm at Rock Point School

Tickets $30

Join us for a buffet dinner from 6:00-7:30, followed by a silent auction! Throughout the night enjoy music, art, and tours provided by students and staff members. Auction items include: art, massage certificates, gift certificates from local businesses, a professional portrait sitting, overnight stays at The Basin Harbor Club and a vacation cabin, and MORE! Last years’ event was a huge hit and this year we are excited to add more fun with a performance by local band, Dirt Road, from 8:30-10:00!

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Sliding scale purchases of tickets welcomed. For those who would like to donate more, gifts can range from $30 to as large as you like.

Maple Tiers of Giving:

Very dark with strong taste – $50

Dark with robust taste – $75

Amber color with rich taste – $100

Golden color with delicate taste – $200

Beyond Golden more than $200

For details and to confirm, please contact: CJ Spirito, Head of School, at cspirito@rockpoint.org or call 802-863-1104 ext. 16! Please make ticket and donation checks payable to Rock Point School, with “Benefit Dinner” in the memo.

Solar Celebration April 11!

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The Rock Point solar panels have been providing power for almost three years! We think it’s time to celebrate this successful partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont to create sustainable power for our property. Please come join us on April 11th from 2-4pm for games, snacks, and educational materials about our solar project! We will also have a performance by “The Irregulars,” a folk music group of young musicians.

March is the Sweetest Month!

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Since our return from February break last week, students and staff have been working hard on various Maple Sugaring projects. In March, our history classes focus on the science, economics, and history of Maple Sugaring in Vermont. Additionally, Gus, our fearless history teacher, and Chuck, our property caretaker, lead students to chop wood, collect sap, and boil syrup. One of the best parts of this program is the sugaring tours our students give to local preschool and elementary school visitors. Our students teach the little ones all about sugaring: from how sap flows in the tree, to chopping wood, to eating maple syrup! This year we have tours scheduled for two weeks and are grateful for the warmer weather (last year it did not rise above freezing during the tours). Finally, students and staff have been preparing food for our Maple Run and Brunch on Saturday! We have made hundreds of waffles, some crunchy maple granola, and so much more. Currently, we have more people pre-registered for the event than attended last year, so we are getting ready to serve a big crowd. Hope to see you there!

Check out this awesome video about our sugaring program made by “Stuck in Vermont” last year:

All the World’s a Stage!

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This year’s Drama Club performance happened during Parent Conferences on February 19th. Students began writing the plays during the Vermont Playwright Workshop with professional playwright, Seth Jarvis, and began rehearsals in January. The first play, “Listen to Me” by Gaby (11th grade), externalized a teenage girl’s thought process as she goes through a break-up. Next, “Ghost Play” by Sam (12th grade), explored Purgatory and the idea that maybe Hell is more fun than Heaven. Finally, “Breaking Strings” by Julia (12th grade) was set in Communist Russia during the Cold War. We are very proud of our student playwrights, actors, and stage crew! What an awesome performance!

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