News & Events

Unity Project 2016


If you watch the news at all, it seems like our country is more divided than ever. As a school, we decided to combat the divisions in our culture by joining the UNITY project. This is a public art project designed to raise awareness about the labels we put on ourselves and others and explore how those labels both support and limit communities. This giant yarn structure demonstrates visually how we are all connected, while also acknowledging what makes each of us unique.

Each post in the circle contains a different identifier such as "I am a student; I am a Democrat; I am a Republican; I am straight; My family origin is South American; I am LGBTQ; I am a parent; etc." Each member of the community took a different color of yarn and picked identifiers that resonated with them. They then tied the poles of the those identifiers together. The result is an interconnected web, full of beautiful colors.

For more information about this project, see the UNITY website.

Rain or Shine, we Run: Ooky Spooky 2016


The morning of the Ooky Spooky was full of energy ... and lots of rain! Despite the cold temperatures and unrelenting precipitation, brave runners took to the course at 9am. Superheroes, supervillains, and one very appropriately dressed snorkeler ran the 5K, while a few younger runners did a lap. 

As always, we had a blast and want to thank everyone who came and helped us to raise money for such a good cause! If you missed the run due to the weather, please check out how you can contribute to COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter).

If you'd like to see more photos from the (very wet) event, see our Flickr album!

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Fall Family Weekend 2016


Our Fall Family Weekend is coming October 20th-23rd and we are thrilled to welcome our students' families back to Rock Point. For many of our families, it will be the first time they have seen each other in six weeks! We look forward to sharing what we have been up to and having families see the growth students have experienced already. The weekend kicks off with a parent gathering at CJ's, our Head of School's, home on Thursday evening, followed by teacher conferences and a school wide meeting on Friday. Saturday morning brings our Ooky Spooky 5k and we hope families will bring costumes to join the race! 

This is one of our favorite weekends of the year! Our Rock Point families are amazing and we would not be able to do our work without their support. 

Ooky Spooky 5k 2016: To Benefit COTS


The Ooky Spooky race is just around the corner! Saturday, October 22nd come join us at 9 am (registration begins at 8am) for a spooktacular run! Each year, we host this fun, costumed, 5k race to benefit COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter).

Families and children of all ages are welcome! There is also a "fun walk," for people interested in exploring the Rock Point property and watching the race. As usual, prizes will be given for best costumes, as well as those with the best time in each category. The course is an all-terrain adventure on trails, the bikepath, and the beach. 

We encourage interested runners to register early. Payment and release forms will be collected the morning of the race. If you have any questions, please call the school at (802) 863-1104 or email Kelsey (

Register for the Ooky Spooky 5k Run

Update: Adoption and Adolescents Presentation on Oct. 5th

teenager-adoption.jpgBenjamin Houchen (MA, LCMHC) will now be giving our presentation on Adoption and Adolescents. Adam Pertman was originally scheduled for this presentation, but is unable to attend at this time. We are excited to have Benjamin here to speak in his stead!

Date: October 5, 2016

Time: 6:00 - 7:30

Location: Rock Point School Library

Benjamin has been working with adoptive children and families since moving to Vermont in 2009. He has worked with children in a residential facility, foster homes, adoptive homes, and with “forever families.” His training and perspective approaches attachment, trauma, family dynamics, and internal development through a lens of acceptance and empathy.

Register for Presentation

Hey Honey ... It's Bee Week 2016

BeeWeek2016.jpgThis week we held our 2nd Annual Bee Week! The week consisted of cross-curricular bee-focused activities. In science, students studied the anatomy of bees, the chemistry of honey, and the physics of bee flight. In English, students read articles from American Bee Journal and Bee Culture, learning about pollinators and the challenges of contemporary bee keeping. Students also operated the smoker, inserted a "bee escape" to our hives, and extracted honey. In Math, students focused on hexagons, and various problem solving activities using hive shapes. Finally, in art class, students designed and created a bee-themed cake. Alternating yellow cake and chocolate cake layers, topped with flowers and marzipan bees, the cake was a delicious piece of art! Students also made honey ice cream and some beeswax crafts.

All activities were inspired by our resident bee-keeper and History teacher, Gus Buchanan. He shared his knowledge of the Langstroth hive, which was created by Lorenzo Langstroth who discovered Bee Space, which allowed for the optimum number and spacing of frames and supers to be set for hives. Students learned about the various types of honey bees (Italian, Russian, and African) and some of their qualities.  

This place-based, hands-on learning week was a great way to start classes!

Beginning of the Year Camping Trips 2016

FallCampingtrip2016.jpgEach year, students go camping on their first weekend at Rock Point. The students who live on the 3rd floor traveled to Grand Isle State Park on Lake Champlain, where they enjoyed a gorgeous sunset Friday night. Saturday, they picked apples, visited a dairy farm, and took in a Farmers' Market. The students who live on the 2nd floor, traveled to Button Bay State Park Friday and then took the annual trek to the Tunbridge World's Fair where they enjoyed all the fried dough, rides, and games they could take!

This first camping trip is a great way for students to get to know the people they will be living with for the next eight months! If you want to see more photos from the camping trip, visit our Flickr album.

It's a Hit: 19th Annual Wifflefest was a Big Win!


Our 19th annual Wifflefest was the best tournament to date! Reports of stormy weather were highly exaggerated. Luckily, there was no lightning, which would have stopped play. Instead, there was a warm rain in the morning, which couldn't dampen our spirits. 

There were teams of all ages, ranging from our elder statesmen running for the world series trophy to mixed teams of parents and kids, initiating the next generation of wifflers. Balls curved and dipped. Soggy and happy fielders snagged some hits, while other shots sailed far into the bleachers.
The sun came out for our pot luck lunch and the post season games as we ended the day with two champion teams. First, "The Young Guns" won the Major League world series yet again, and then a new winner, the "Giants," took the Minor League title in an upset over perennial powerhouse, the "Beaneaters", who have played in all 19 Wifflefest tournaments!
This event is such an awesome way to close out the summer! We love playing and having fun with our extended Wiffle "family." Thanks to everyone who contributed to this event and raised $2,900.00 to benefit Rock Point School.
For more pictures from the event, visit our Flickr album. Thanks to Fritz Senftleber for taking photos!

Reading Our History


Guest post by Cultivations instructor, Alex Gemme:

As part of our Cultivations class, we are exploring the history of Rock Point and learning about how the land has been used through the years. This week, we met the research specialist, Prudence, in the special collections section of the UVM Bailey Howe Library. We felt like we were entering the 'restricted' section of the library at Hogwarts, but more heavily guarded.  

Once inside, we all sat down around a table as Prudence pulled out endless maps, pictures and documents about Rock Point (or should we say Sharp Shin Point!) dating back to the 1830's!  We learned about the Episcopal Institute, the origins of Bishop Hopkins Hall, the 'playground' and much much more!  We spent an 1 1/2 hours passing photos around and digging into the history of this magical place.  Time flew and by the time we had to leave we really had only scratched the surface of all that has happened here on this land.  With invitations from Prudence, we have hopes to return and dig deeper, whether on our own or as a group!
The next morning we took a walk through the property, comparing photos from the collection to what we see on the land now.

Marylen Grigas Book Launch Party Aug. 13

13690729_609114662600176_4939380535690236772_n-1.jpgOur beloved former English teacher, Marylen Grigas, has published a new book of poems called SHIFT. To celebrate her new book, there will be a poetry reading, book signing, drinks and light fare in the library on Saturday, August 13 from 5:30-7:30.

Marylen's poetry has been published in the New Yorker and Poetry East. Kerrin McCadden, winner of the Vermont Book Award, said of this book:
"Marylen Grigas’s formally rich poems cast a wide gaze — sea squirts, the body, planets, graffiti, fate, Clytemnestra, the neighborhood. Grounded in specificity, Grigas' imagination dances throughout to find order. In this shrewd and lovely collection, Grigas offers an uncluttered wish that 'regrets become egrets.' These are poems to live by, even as they face death — finding grace, calling the wind the 'breath of some large creature who loves us.'" 

To get a sense of her work, here is a video of Marylen reading her poem "About Muscle" at the Fletcher Free Library.

Please join us to celebrate Marylen!