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Vermont Young Playwrights’ Festival 2015!

photo (20)Since 1995, the Vermont Young Playwrights’ Project has been pairing professional actors and writers with groups of students to produce original 10-minute plays! Rock Point School has been participating in the project for almost as long and we love seeing what our students come up with! This year, our students worked with professional actor and playwright, Seth Jarvis, to write their plays. We did an in-school performance of several of the student plays in February and submitted them to the Festival in April. At this year’s Festival at the Flynn Theater in Burlington, students from schools all over the state gathered to attend workshops on playwriting, acting, improv, and even stage combat! Sam McArthur (’15), our featured playwright for the second year in a row, had his play “Ghost Play” performed by professional actors, while Julia Eastham’s (’15) play “Breaking Strings” was given a staged reading. The photo above is Julia discussing her play with the audience. Check out videos of the plays below!

 

Midnight in the Garden of … Prom

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A Southern Gothic Prom? That’s right! This year’s party took on a decidedly Southern flair with garden decorations and Southern cooking, but with a Gothic twist. “Think Gone with the Wind meets Frankenstein,” said Prom Committee Princess Selina (also a dorm staff and creator of those delicious looking prom treats). Instead of our traditional “lame-o” rides, this year we rented a 1950’s black Limo (reportedly owned by the Rockefellers) from Classic Limos! It was a fabulous night and just the beginning of our End of the Year traditions!

For more prom photos, check out our album on Flickr!

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The Hives Are Humming

Beehives 2015We just set up six honeybee hives at Rock Point School, part of the school’s beekeeping work that takes place down in the sugar shack and apiary. Each year, we collect honey, make products from the beeswax, and learn more about the importance of the honeybee as a crucial pollinator of fruits and vegetables.  Honeybees are amazing creatures, and to get to watch them organize themselves and work is a spectacular thing to see up close.  It motivates some of us to learn more about farming and others of us to get involved in the politics of regulating pesticides harmful to honeybees.  For a good overview of the honeybee and its role in nature, click here.

The Traveled Road!

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Our 15th Annual Art Show was so much fun! Thanks to all the friends and family who came out to support our student artists. We are excited to announce that 28 pieces (about a third) of the show sold that night! Most of the proceeds go to the artists, with a small percentage going to the gallery and the school. The show will be on display at the Rose Street Gallery for two more weeks, so feel free to stop by and check out the art!

To see more images from the event, see our Flickr page.

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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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