News & Events

Los Cachorros

Don-Felipe-y-sus-CachorrosPlease join us at Rock Point School for an evening of music from Nicaragua!

Concert is this Wednesday 4/16 from 8-9 pm by donation.

The trio:

Don Felipe Urrutia, born in Nicaragua on February 5, 1918, began playing the guitar when he was twelve years old, not by taking any classes, but rather by listening and then playing by ear the music he heard from local musicians.   The music of Don Felipe is known as Folkloric Traditional Nicaraguan Music that is comprised of polkas, waltzes, mazurkas, and zapateados.  As his sons come of age, Don Felipe forms a music group together with them and later adds his grandsons.  The group is named Don Felipe Urrutia and his Cachorros (little puppies).  Concerned about losing the traditional songs he learned as a child, Don Felipe begins to compile and record the songs from memory in order to save the artistic and cultural pieces that represent Nicaraguan history.  Now 96 years old and retired, Don Felipe leaves the future in the hands of his grandsons who carry on the tradition of playing the music their grandfather so carefully recorded in order to preserve and not forget the cultural heritage which is uniquely theirs.

Questions?  Please contact C.J. Spirito at 863-1104 or cspirito@rockpointschool.org

14th Annual Art Show: “The Road Less Traveled”

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The students of Rock Point School are incredibly pleased to announce their 14 annual art show.

Our art show, “The Road Less Traveled” features a large body of work from the freshmen through senior classes.

Rock Point School will be exhibiting their work at the Rose Street Gallery located at 78 Rose St. in Burlington. We will be holding an opening reception on Friday, May 2nd from 5:30-7:30. You will see the fantastic art work and meet the artists. There will be delicious refreshments.

Exhibited through May. For more information contact Jeannie Waltz at (802) 863-1104 or jwaltz@rockpoint.org.

Had a Blast at Scholarship Dinner & Silent Auction 2014

Thanks to all our guests who helped us raise money for the scholarship fund while having a great time and celebrating the mission of Rock Point School. Over fifty guests came to learn more about Rock Point, listen to music played by students and friends, eat delicious food prepared by our chef, and to bid on some choice items donated by local artists and businesses. Items included an Easter Basket from Lake Champlain Chocolates, a massage, a week at a vacation home in Maine, 2 nights at the Basin Harbor Club, and many more enticing options!

We had a blast seeing friends old and new, bidding on some awesome items, and enjoying fabulous food.

Can’t wait for next year!

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Staring at the Sun!

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The weather has finally turned springy! Students and staff are holding off on jumping in the lake, but we were able to do a solar observation through a telescope  fitted with a solar filter on Monday. We got to check out features such as sun spots and the outer corona atmosphere! We can’t wait to do more observations of the sky (both day and night) as the weather continues to get warmer.

 

Rock Point School Goes to Fenway

Boston_Red_SoxDozens of Rock Point students, staff, and friends are getting together today to watch the Sox play the Brewers in the shadow of the Green Monster.

We are proud to include many ardent Sox fans among our staff and students (crazy though they may be :-) and this trip is a great chance to return to the homeland.

After enjoying the game, we are all getting together for lunch in Newton.

Go Sox!

Magic the Gathering Tournament

charmschoolWe are holding an in-school tournament of the card game Magic the Gathering today!

The tournament will be directed by our own Kyler Star, the 2013 all-Vermont champion for this card game.

Here’s wishing everyone plenty of mana and lots of fun!

RPS Sugaring Program Featured in Kids VT

gus-and-fireboxThanks to Mary Ann Lickteig of our local magazine Kids VT for writing a great article about our sugaring program.

Check it out here!

Core 3 Visits McNeil Generating Plant

mcneil-generatorToday the Core 3 Physics students are taking a field trip to the Joseph C McNeil Generating Station, our local municipal wood-fired electricity generation plant.

It is a remarkable facility that converts leftover wood and other biomass to carbon-free electricity for the city. They give a great tour, including the amazing fire at the core of the plant, and the “permanent rainstorm” that recycles the water used to turn the turbine.

Thanks to the employees of the plant for providing the tour!

RPS Sugaring Program Featured in “Stuck in Vermont”

RPS-stuck-in-VT-video-stillThanks to Eva Sollberger of Seven Days Vermont for creating a wonderful video and article about our sugaring program as part of her Stuck In Vermont series.

Check it out here!

2014 Maple Brunch and Run a Sweet Success

cj_maple_runMother Nature may not be making the sap flow, but we didn’t let that stop us. We had a blast hosting a five-km fun run and then a huge community brunch to follow!

Check out the pictures here to see just how much fun we had. And check out the race results listed below!

Not only that, but this year’s event set a new record for fundraising to support the school’s maple sugaring program. Not only do our students benefit from this excellent place-based educational resource, but the local community benefits as well through the pre-school tours we host each year.

Thanks so much to everyone who helped make this event such a success!

 

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Maple 5K Overall Results 2014