News & Events

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. 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!

Drama, drama, drama: School Play Feb. 22

IMG_2844.jpgOur students are hard at work getting ready for our drama performance on February 22 at 6 p.m. Earlier this winter, students began writing plays in workshops with the Vermont Young Playwrights' Project. Some students continued editing and developing their plays so that they could be performed this month.
 
Each student at Rock Point is involved in the production in some way, either as a writer, director, performer, set builder, costume designer, or crew member. Some enthusiastic students are taking part in multiple aspects of the production! The one-act plays range from the fantastical to the funny to the serious, and we can't wait to see the finished products.
 
All plays are around 10 minutes and here are the selections:
  • "Cat Play" by Cory grade 12 -- A cat escapes from her owner, after becoming tired of living her boring life as a domestic suburban house cat. 
  • "Gay Disease" by Lily grade 10 -- A high school boy deals with having a crush on another boy; he faces the hurdles of being bullied, but is ultimately supported by caring friends.
  • "Unknown" by Josh grade 11 -- A man wakes up in an abyss, unsure of whether he is alive or dead, hearing only a voice that forces him to examine his life's choices.
  • "Sure Thing" by David Ives (not an RPS student) -- A professionally written comedic play about the perils and joys of dating.

Please join us on February 22nd for a night of drama, creativity, and laughter!

2018 Champlain Valley Photo Slam!

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This winter our Digital Photography class participated in the 2018 Champlain Valley Photo Slam presented by Darkroom Gallery in Essex, Vermont. This was a great opportunity for students to display their work with other artists from around the state. Our photography teacher and former board member, Gerry Davis, helped students edit and select their pieces for submission and four students had pieces accepted to the exhibit. On January 12th, students attended the opening reception at Darkroom Gallery, where Mitchell Ruckert was presented with a People's Choice award for his photo "Texas Falls."

You can see the photos in the exhibit, including photos by students Anna Nigolian, Mason Matricardi, Mitchell Ruckert, and Jasmine McMorran here.  If you want to see the photos in person, the exhibit is up until January 28th! 

What are you doing for others?

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"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

While many schools and offices had Monday off to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rock Point School took the day to examine the inequities in our society and serve others through volunteering.  In the morning, students watched pieces of two PBS documentaries "The Talk" and "Black America Since MLK: And I Still Rise." These films sparked conversations about racial profiling, police brutality, civil disobedience, the criminal justice system, and much more. 

In the afternoon, students set out to volunteer for various organizations. Many students worked with the City of Winooski to paint and update the Winooski Food Shelf, others made supply bags for COTS to help homeless Vermonters, and another group participated in a panel discussion at ECHO on Immigration, Identity, and Culture.

While it is always important to our school and community to set aside a day to honor Dr. King, we know that conversations about race, justice, and equality are not limited to one day, nor does our obligation to serve others end with one day of service. Martin Luther King's legacy is bigger than one day and we hope that he will continue to inspire all the members of our community to work for justice and peace throughout their lives.

Express Yourself: Visiting Poet Series

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After the "Share Your Heart, Share Your World" poetry workshop run by Sundog Poetry this fall, our English teacher, Abbey Baker was inspired to incorporate more poetry writing into the school year. The idea of having professional poets come to the school for workshops was appealing to the students as well. So far, two poets, Lizzy Fox (left) and Ellen Bethea (right, with RPS student), have given workshops and we are hoping to host two more before the end of the school year.

Ellen Bethea, who visited in October, helped students envision themselves as artists and encouraged them to dive into the creative process. Lizzy Fox, who visited this week, had the students experiment writing a poem as a group. Both workshops culminated with a reading in the chapel where students as well as the presenters shared their work. Senior, Kelly, expressed his enthusiasm for the workshops, "Every time I go to a workshop like this it launches me into writing more poetry. I love it." 

Our students arrived at Rock Point with varying levels of experience writing poetry, but for all of them, these workshops offer an opportunity to develop and share their writing voice. We are so grateful to the visiting poets for sharing their talents with us!

Vermont Youth Climate Summit 2017

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On December 1, Rock Point students joined over 150 students from around the state at the Vermont Youth Climate Summit. Students gathered at UVM to discuss the changes in the climate they are likely to see in the coming years. The summit opened with a video message from Senator Bernie Sanders, encouraging students to keep moving our state toward energy efficiency and creating sustainable energy.

The goal of the Vermont Youth Climate Summit is to teach high school students the impacts of climate change through peer-to-peer learning. Encouraging students to take action is a key mission of the Summit and, during the summit, students worked to create climate action plans for their high schools that are designed to reduce their carbon footprint. Rock Point students presented their plan to audit our heating system and make it more efficient - something we have been working on over the past few years! Our students connected with many peers from around the state and are excited to become climate leaders in our community and beyond.