News & Events

A Night at Fenway

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C.J., our Head of School, headed to Boston on Thursday for a Red Sox game and met up with some alumni, former staff, trustees and friends for the game. The Red Sox were victorious over the Blue Jays in a 6-4 game, which made C.J., a longtime Red Sox fan, pretty happy!

We are hoping to make this a yearly event and we would love for more people in our community to join us! 

On the Road Again

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First week of Summer Session 2018

For our first week of Summer Session we took a five day trip to Maine, visiting Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park! We stayed at the College of the Atlantic was a great opportunity to check out the campus and get a taste of college life. 

On the 4th of July we were able to enjoy the festivities in downtown Bar Harbor, including a parade, swimming, lobster, and fireworks! Bar Harbor is a fun New England town and students enjoyed hanging out there all week, getting ice cream, going to the movies, and shopping.

In Acadia National Park students woke to see the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain, hiked the Bee Hive trail, checked out the beach, and biked the Carriage Trail. We loved seeing all the natural beauty in the park and exploring the sea life on the coast.

It was a wonderful way to begin summer session and students are happy to be back on Rock Point campus this week!

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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!