News & Events

Planting for Pollinators

pollinator gardenThis Spring, the biology students worked to grow native pollinator plants from seed with some success for Rock Points Solar Pollinator Meadow Project!  Kara Schott Buchanan, garden educator, joined Science Teacher Mari Dalton’s class weekly throughout the spring to start early seedlings. First, students fostered them under grow lights and then moved them into the school’s hoop house for hardening off before planting in new raised beds built in the schools garden.  The successful starts include quantities of Black-eyed Susan’s, Purple Coneflower and Mountain Mint among others. These perennial species will eventually be planted in the new pollinator meadow and the demonstration garden for visitors to be built next spring. RPS looks forward to continued contribution to the project with seed starting throughout the four year process and the very relevant educational collaboration this offers the students through this mission.

Wiffle Fest 2018: June 29 and 30

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Our annual Wiffle ball tournament is right around the corner! Join us for two fun days of activities and a chance to reunite with Rock Point staff, former staff, alumni, and friends.

June 29th - Pre-Parties!

Join us for a 5k, a Wiffle Skills competition, including a home-run derby, and home-made pizza from our wood-fired clay oven.

  • 5:30 Wiffle Fest 5k 
  • 6:00 Pizza at the outdoor oven 
  • 6:30 Wiffle Skills events - Home run derby & pitching contest 

 

June 30th - Wiffle Fest

The first games begin at 9 a.m. and go through the day. The World Series will commence around 4 p.m. Come play, watch, listen to music, make your own t-shirt, purchase Wiffle swag, make your own smoothie from the smoothie bike, enjoy kid story readings,  and a pot luck lunch.

If you're interested in entering a team (2 person minimum), please email C.J. Spirito, our head of school, at cspirito@rockpoint.org!

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The Most Beautiful School in Vermont!

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We were surprised and thrilled to see that Rock Point School was selected by Business Insider as "The Most Beautiful School in Vermont." The selection was made using the following criteria:

"To find the most scenic schools in the US, INSIDER consulted Architectural Digest's lists of the most beautiful public and private schools as well as regional lists, such as Southern Living's guide to the South's most beautiful high schools. We also looked at schools with award-winning designs or stunning natural environs."

To see the full article and the information about Rock Point, click here.

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Art and Leadership at the Art Show

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Our 18th annual art show went off without a hitch! The art on display was beautiful and demonstrated the breadth of student talent. Stained glass, mixed media pieces, photography, block prints, paintings, and doodles decorated the walls of the Rose Street Gallery to much acclaim.

As usual, students planned and organized the show with guidance from Jean Waltz, our art teacher. In addition to hanging the show, selling art, and playing music, students also prepared a delicious array of snacks.

The evening was especially wonderful because it was C.J.'s, our Head of School's, birthday! We celebrated with cake and the traditional Rock Point School birthday song. We are so grateful to everyone who was able to come to the show and we were particularly happy to see so many alumni! 

If you'd like to see all the photos from the event, click here to see the Flickr album.

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COTS Walk 2018

cotswalk2018For the past several years, students have participated in the COTS Walk and raised money to help homeless people in our community. This year, students were particularly inspired by visitors to the school who spoke about the mission of COTS and the high need for temporary housing in the Burlington area. Last year, students raised $1,750 for the walk, but this year they wanted to beat their fundraising record from 2017. Over the past few weeks, students worked hard asking staff, family, and friends to contribute to COTS and they were able to raise $1,905 for this year's team! Sunday, the day of the walk, was beautiful and so much fun. Thank you to everyone who donated to COTS in the name of our team. Our students are grateful for your support!

The Road Less Traveled: 2018 Art Show

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You're invited to the annual Rock Point Art Show on May 4th from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at the Rose Street Artists' Co-op and Gallery (78 Rose St. in Burlington). This is a culmination of a year filled with creativity and will be a lot of fun for all ages!

Students will display art work created throughout the year, from photography to stained glass to mixed media pieces. We will have student musicians performing and student produced snacks to share. 

Students will have pieces for sale at the show. We would like to invite any alumni or community members who have works they would like to donate to the show to get in touch with C..J. (csprito@rockpoint.org) or Jeannie (jwaltz@rockpoint.org). We would love to share your art with our students and the Burlington community.

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One Sweet Day: Maple bRUNch 2018

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Thanks so much to all the people who came out for Maple bRUNch! Despite the snow and cold weather, the sun was shining on our brave racers. Click below for the full results of the 5k.

Maple bRUNch 2018 Run Results

We raised over $600 to support our maple sugaring education efforts. This will go a long way to help us keep our equipment up-to-date! To see the full photo album of the event, click here.

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Presentation by David Altshuler April 12th

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Get Your Kid into the Right College and the Right College into Your Kid

As an Educational Consultant, David Altshuler helps students and their families choose and apply to colleges, universities and boarding schools. On April 12th at 6 p.m. he will join us in the Rock Point School library to present on his book Get Your Kid into the Right College and the Right College into Your Kid. In his presentation, David will discuss the importance of fit over prestige when looking at schools and try to debunk some myths about college admissions.

For more information about David or to check out his excellent blog, visit his website. 

Please join us on April 12th from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the Rock Point School Library for this presentation!

Nicaragua Trip 2018

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Students and staff traveled to Nicaragua over February break. For several years we have been traveling with Compas de Nicaragua (Friends of Nicaragua), a non-profit organization that supports “Women in Action”, a group of 40 women who organize health and education projects in the impoverished settlement of La Primavera in Managua. Compas de Nicaragua also supports aa farmers co-op in La Paz, Carazo who carry out sustainable living projects. Compas organizes several service learning trips to Nicaragua each year. Their mission is to promote cultural exchange and improve lives through service learning trips and sustainable community development.

The main goal of our service trips is to build friendships and promote cultural exchange while working together on community projects lead by our Nicaraguan friends.  Our students lived with host families and worked side by side Nicaraguans on farming projects. During our trip, students repaired a biogas unit, made gourd art, and helped build a solar powered food dehydrator. Participants also got the chance to splash in the Pacific Ocean, shop at a local market, and ride horses!

Rock Point students had the unique opportunity to meet local ceramic artist, German Alguirre, toured his gallery and also visited the cultural museum in La Paz to learn more about the area. Other highlights of this year's trip included making chocolate, swimming in a volcanic lake, and boating in Granada to an island with bananas and monkeys. The most significant part of the trip was the relationship students and staff built with the communities and families who welcomed them.

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Maple bRUNch April 7th!

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For the seventh year in a row, we will be hosting a Maple Brunch and 5k Race! Come taste the maple syrup we make here at Rock Point and drizzle it on everything from pancakes to bacon to yogurt! If you'd like to work up your appetite before brunch, we will have a fun 5k race through our beautiful lakeside property. You definitely don't have to run the race to get brunch! 

Tours of our sugaring operation and sugar house will be available throughout the morning. See the schedule of events below. We hope you can join us! 

8:00 am - Registration for the Race

9:00 am - Race begins

The 5K race will go through our sugar bush and trails. The entry fee for the race is $10/person INCLUDING BRUNCH and proceeds from the race benefit the sugaring program at Rock Point. PRIZES for best time in each category (Male, Female, and under 12).

9:00 am-11:00 am - Brunch

Enjoy a delicious maple themed brunch including pancakes, waffles, bacon, homemade maple granola, baked goods and more! Brunch is $10 for an adult and $5 for children under 12 years old. FREE FOR RUNNERS!

Tours of the sugaring operation available through the morning!