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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.

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

Adoption & Adolescents: Presentation by Adam Pertman Oct. 5

teenager-adoption.jpgAdam Pertman, President of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency, will give a presentation and answer questions at Rock Point School.

Date: October 5, 2016

Time: 6:00 - 7:30

Location: Rock Point School Library

Pertman was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his series on adoption in the Boston Globe. Since then, he has been an advocate, writer, educator, and speaker on topics relating to adoption and families. We are so excited to have him at Rock Point and hope members of our community will join us!

Register for Presentation

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!

Inch by Inch: Summer Session Week 2


In week two of summer session, we have spent a lot of time in the garden! Kara Buchanan, our resident herbalist, helped students learn about the various herbs and plants in and around our garden. Students tried various herbs, learning about their properties and some plant biology. Students made a healing salve by mixing olive oil infused with comfrey, plantain, St. John's wort and calendula with beeswax and essential oils. The salve can be used to soothe bug bites, burns, and dry skin.

Our field trips this week took us to the McNeil Generating Plant in Burlington, as well as Winooski Hydro One. Students learned about these two different energy plants and discussed the benefits and costs of each one. On Wednesday, students traveled to Middlebury, where they went to the Middlebury College Art Museum and toured an exhibit on Japanese tattoos and took in some historic sites around town. Students also enjoyed the free concert in Battery Park in Burlington on Thursday night.

Last weekend's trip to Lake George was a blast, despite rainy weather. While students didn't get to do much swimming, they spent some time perfecting their air hockey and skee-ball skills at the arcade. This weekend, students and staff are traveling to New Hampshire where they will get to take in some gorgeous sites, including some good swimming spots!


School's IN for Summer


We are wrapping up our first week of Summer Session 2016 and it has been a full one! Students have spent time getting to know one another, playing, and learning together. On the first morning of Cultivations Class, students took a "fox walk" around the property. Fox walking is a mindfulness practice that helps you tune into the sounds of the woods and be present in the moment. We've also been working on our carving skills in Cultivations, making eating utensils from sumac wood.

On Wednesdays during Summer Session, Gus (history teacher), will be taking students on field trips around the state to learn about history, culture, agriculture, and geography. This week, students toured the Burlington area, exploring various architectural styles from Victorian houses to Greek columns.

This weekend, students are taking off to Lake George and to Six Flags. It should be a fun weekend of swimming and roller coasters!


All Star Ultimate Documentary Screening August 1st


Join us for a free screening of All-Star Ultimate Tour, a documentary about a team of frisbee players on a mission to promote women in ultimate.

When: 7:30 pm, August 1st

Where: Rock Point School Library

The movie will make you laugh, cry, and think more critically about gender in sports. Following the film we will have a casual discussion. For more about the film, go here.

Questions? Please contact: Kate or C.J.

Kate Desrochers - or

C.J. Spirito –