News & Events
What: Reunion for all former students, staff, and families!
When: June 12-14, 2015
- Friday, June 12, arrival and check-in starting at 4pm
- Friday evening, Alumni art show at school
- Saturday, June 13, Continental breakfast and tours at school
- Saturday afternoon BBQ and slideshow
- Saturday all day, photos and memorabilia around the building
- Saturday evening, Parent event (TBA)
- Sunday, June 14, Breakfast at school followed by a service and memorial lead by Russ Ellis
Why: Connect with old friends, see what is going on at Rock Point now, meet current staff and alumni of all ages!
If you are interested in coming to the reunion this year, please email Lonnie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at (802)863-1104. We have first-come-first-serve rooms available at school, so contact us early if you want to stay in your old room! There are a few rooms available at the Conference Center on the Rock Point property. Contact Tony at email@example.com or (802)658-6233 if you would like to stay at the Conference Center. If you are interested in other accommodations, here are some links for local hotels. We suggest you make arrangements ASAP because it is a busy (and expensive) time of year for Burlington’s tourist industry!
Near to school, gorgeous location:
Hotel Vermont (boutique hotel, Vermont sourced food, materials, etc.)
Near to school B&B:
Slightly further from school:
On Sunday, students and staff headed to Boston for a whirlwind, one-day, tour! While they were there, they went to the Boston Aquarium, checking out exhibits such as the Giant Ocean tank and the Marine Mammal Center. Highlights included seeing all varieties of penguins, the shark and ray touch tank, and the luminous jellyfish! After exploring the aquarium, they attended an iMax movie “Great White Shark.” The group then headed to Faneuil Hall to see the historic area of Boston, do some shopping, and eat some dinner.
Our science teacher, Mari, took five students to the Vermont Youth Climate Summit today at UVM. The summit is, “A gathering of Vermont students to inspire action, share ideas, craft plans, & ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our schools and communities” lead by UVM undergraduates studying ecologcial economics. Over 150 high school students from 26 high schools all over the state are in attendance. Senator Bernie Sanders gave a keynote speech this morning and is partnering with the University to sponsor the event. The hope is that students will return to their high schools with ideas that can be implemented in each community. We are so excited to be part of this awesome event!
Last night was our annual Thanksgiving celebration! Each year, one week before the holiday, we celebrate Thanksgiving with our community. Parents, staff and their families, alumni, friends, and students gather together for a service followed by a feast! Students lead the service, playing music, reading poetry, and performing a thematic play. Students also contribute to the Thanksgiving meal by preparing food from our Farm to School program. This year, Gus Buchanan, history teacher, and his wife, Kara, guided the action in the kitchen and helped students prepare Creamy Succotash and Roasted Delicata Squash. We were also so glad to welcome back so many of our alumni, including three Champlain College students! We wish everyone a restful and happy vacation!
Hillary Kramer, our Director of Admissions, is off at the annual Independent Educational Consultant Association Conference in Orlando, Florida this week! The goal of the conference is for schools and programs to connect with Educational Consultants and each other. There are seminars, workshops, and speeches aimed to help both consultants and representatives from schools and programs improve. Hillary is having a great time connecting with consultants she’s known for years, meeting new consultants, and learning about other school programs! She especially enjoyed the keynote speaker at this year’s conference, 17 year old Justin Bachman, who shared his struggles and his resilience as someone with Tourette’s. Justin challenges everyone to “Be an upstander, not a bystander.” His speech was relevant to so many of our students and was very inspiring! Here’s a video of Justin introducing his methods and ideas:
The 2014 Ooky Spooky race was a smashing success! Despite cool, rainy weather, 88 brave runners came to participate, along with family members, students, volunteers, and kids! This year, there was also a short kids’ race around the lower field, with some very enthusiastic participants. Thanks to all our supporters, the race raised $1020.00 for the Committee on Temporary Housing (COTS) to help homeless Vermonters. This is 40% more than we raised last year! Thanks to all the goblins, ghosts, witches, gnomes, and princesses who came out to run and to raise money for this worthy cause! See the document below for the official race results.
For years, our art teacher, Jeannie Waltz, has been doing Andy Goldsworthy inspired projects with our students. Goldsworthy, a British photographer, sculptor, and environmentalist, produces site-specific sculpture and land art in natural and urban settings. Previous year’s projects have involved building a giant bird’s nest in the front lawn and creating wreaths from vines and hanging them in the sumac trees, just to name a couple. This year, students in the Core 1 class were ispired to use our fresh asphalt on the basketball court as a background to showcase the bright fall foliage. The combination of an urban feature (asphalt) and the natural beauty of the maple leaves created a striking end result. The students were so inspired by their first effort, they decided to make a second project, involving the entire community and using sumac leaves. Check out the time-lapse video below, created by a member of the class!
Today we attended another fantastic, thought-provoking Burlington event! We got to hear filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom (writer and director of the Sundance documentary “Miss Representation”) speak at the inaugural event of the Executive Leadership Series, put on by the Vermont Business Roundtable. To prepare for the discussion, we all watch the documentary and engaged in a pre-event discussion. At the event, there was a great panel discussion aimed at college and high school students titled “Becoming Women of Influence” following the speech, with panelists former Governor Madeleine Kunin, Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell, and Commando founder and CEO Kerry O’Brien, all joining Jennifer Siebel Newsom. The speech and panel discussions focused on women in the workplace and how the media exerts tremendous cultural influence on men and women alike. We continued conversation on these topics back at school, and will likely be continuing it well into the future. Thanks to Gus Buchanan, our history teacher, for getting us invited to this amazing event. You can read more about the event here.
One of the great things about being in Burlington is that there are tons of cultural and artistic events we can go to! We have had a relationship with the Flynn Center for Performing Arts for years and this year we are attending the Lane Series at UVM. From the Lane Series Website:
“The University of Vermont Lane Series features a diverse season of performing arts events including classical music, early music, film, theatre, jazz, and folk music. Each year brings a variety of artists — from established international favorites to promising new talent. We enjoy an international reputation as a presenter of chamber and classical music. The Lane Series was established in 1955 with a generous gift from the Lane family.”
We are really looking forward to checking out the awesome shows in the next few months and we are so grateful to our generous board members who made it happen!
For the past several years, Rock Point has participated in Farm to School projects. The goal of these activities is to connect students to local farms and involve them in preparing the food they eat so that they can learn about agriculture and nutrition. In our version of the program, led by Gus Buchanan (history teacher), students are involved in harvesting and gleaning through the fall. This year we are working with the Intervale Community Farm and have already done some potato harvesting! In the past, we have gleaned carrots, picked arugula, cut milky oats, and picked purple beans. With each harvest, we make recipes highlighting the local, seasonal ingredients. Students have baked apple pies, pickled beets, and made succotash, just to name a few delicious dishes. Finally, we invite the farmers to come join us for a meal at the school.
In the past two years, we have also developed our own gardens at Rock Point. Some students planted raised beds in the spring and summer session students weeded and harvested through the hotter months. This fall we have had a record harvest with our own gardens and have been enjoying fresh salad greens every day! Kevin Douglas, our chef, has come up with creative ways to incorporate all the produce into our daily meals. In fact, today, we are having a “Garden Lunch” consisting of all Rock Point veggies! The class of 2013 raised funds to build a hoop house and, since the zoning has now gone through, we hope to have it up this year so that we can grow food later into the fall and winter.
This program has become an integral part of what we do at Rock Point. It enhances our science curriculum, helps students connect to the culture and history of Vermont, improves student and staff wellness, and teaches students life skills. Not to mention, it’s a lot of fun!