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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!

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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Fermenting the Field

This month’s Farm to School project is making sauerkraut! Students chopped, prepped, and started the fermentation process this week. Currently we have three different kinds of “kraut” brewing in the library closet (a nice warm spot for fermentation)! Through this process students discussed the science of fermentation, as well as the potential health benefits of fermented foods. We can’t wait to try the sauerkraut at our “Reuben Lunch” in a couple weeks! Check out the video about the proecess, created by history teacher Gus and several students

Ski and Ride 2015

skiandboardStaying active in the winter is much easier when you have the Green Mountains just down the road. This year, Rock Point is participating in several skiing and riding programs to encourage students to get out and enjoy the snow. Burton Chill, a learn to snowboard program, has been a partner with us for years and this year several lucky students are learning to ride with Burton. This includes free equipment, free lessons, and a weekly lift ticket to Bolton on Friday nights. Other students are participating in the Catamount Ski Cubs program at Bolton, learning how to Nordic ski on Saturday mornings. Nordic skiing is a great workout and a fabulous way to enjoy the quiet of the woods. Finally, our weekly trips to Smuggler’s Notch have been a huge hit this year, with half of the student body getting up early on Sunday to hit the slopes! Students who need lessons or rentals get to take advantage of a great discount, and those who already know how to ski or snowboard can set off on their own. We are so grateful to our partners CHILL, Bolton, and Smuggs for giving our students such awesome opportunities to get outside and be active!

4th Annual Maple Run & Brunch March 14!

13176403953_2fe564cbdd_oCome join Rock Point School for our Maple Run and Brunch! Kick off the spring season by running a 5k and then enjoying some pancakes, waffles, granola, and other goodies made with Rock Point-made maple syrup. Tours of our sugaring operation are available as well! Don’t worry, you don’t have to run to qualify for brunch. All proceeds benefit the Rock Point School sugaring program.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

8:00 – 8:45 A.M. Maple 5k Registration

9:00 A.M. Maple 5k

  • The course is mostly flat with a couple of repetitive loops. Runners will pass by our school’s many sugarbushes and other picturesque sights the Rock Point property has to offer.
  • Prizes to be awarded to runners through a random bib raffle!

9:00 – 10:00 A.M. RPS Sugarhouse Tour

  • Come join one of our RPS students or staff on a tour of our Sugarhouse and see the process of collecting sap and boiling the sap on our property so we can put delicious syrup on your plate!

10:00 A.M. Brunch

  • Brunch is an all-you-can-eat affair which consists of pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage, fruit, and other maple-themed snacks/desserts.

Costs

  • For the Maple 5k (If Pre-Registered)
    • $10 per person / Family discount available (+4 people)
  •  For the Maple Brunch (If Pre-Registered)
    • $10 per person / Family discount available (+4 people)

Online Registration

Questions?

Please contact Joe Ainsworth at jainsworth@rockpoint.org or call the school at 802-863-1104.

Maps of the Course

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