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Oaxaca, Mexico Trip 2019

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Over April vacation, five students and two staff members from Rock Point School traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico. The trip was in coordination with SURCO, a non-profit grassroots organization combining consulting, academic programs and local activism. While they were in Oaxaca, students did a homestay with local families, visited historical and cultural sites, and connected with local artists and educators.

Other highlights of the trip included a trip to the mountains to visit a local environmental restoration project where the community has spent years resurfacing the hillside and regrowing vegetation. They also visited a historical textile mill, which has since been turned into an art exhibit; and they traveled to see the geological wonder of Heirve el Agua, petrified waterfalls, outside Oaxaca. Finally, they visited a small village called Teotitlán where they worked with a Women’s cooperative and learned more about rural living in Mexico.

Working with SURCO and visiting Mexico was an illuminating and formative experience for our students and we are excited to see how they have been inspired by the people they met there and the work they witnessed.

Vermont Young Playwrights' Festival 2019

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On May 3rd a group of Rock Point School students headed to the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts for a day of theater workshops and performances! Our students have participated in the Vermont Young Playwrights' Project for almost twenty years and we were honored to be part of the festival again this spring. In the fall, students began working on writing original ten-minute plays inspired by workshops with a professional playwright. They continued to edit their plays before submitting them to the festival for selection.

The Vermont Playwright Project invites students from schools all over the state to participate. Selected plays from each school are performed by professional actors at the festival. Sophomore, Jeff Morley, had his play "Air Port" selected for a cold reading and senior, Jesse Ruigomez's play "My Side of the Water Cooler" was selected for a staged reading. Both plays elicited many laughs from the crowd. We are so proud of Jeff and Jesse for creating these excellent plays and sharing them with a wide audience!

Annual Art Show on May 3rd

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Join us for our annual Art Show at the Rose Street Artists Cooperative and Gallery on May 3rd from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Students will display art they have created through the school year, including: photography, paintings, mixed media pieces, and stained glass. Enjoy snacks and music while you peruse the beautiful art! 

What: Annual Student Art Show

When: May 3, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Where: Rose Street Artists Cooperative and Gallery, 78 Rose St. Burlington, VT

Art will be available for purchase with proceeds split between the gallery, the artist, and the school art program. 

 

We Love Drama: One-Act Plays 2019

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On February 20th and 21st Rock Point School students performed the plays they have been working on for the past few months. The process began with playwriting workshops run by a professional playwright with the Vermont Young Playwright's Project. Four students, Yukiko (10th grade), Val (10th grande), Jeff (10th grade), and Jesse (12th grade), continued to edit and develop their plays for production. 

The plays ranged from funny to tragic to searing political commentary. 

  • "823" by Val (grade 10) - A father and daughter struggle to find a way to get closure as their wife and mother dies.
  • "Alice in Cafe Poirot" by Yukiko (grade 9) - Alice wants to tell William that she loves him, but keeps getting interrupted by a series of mishaps in a busy cafe.
  • "Airport" by Jeff (grade 10) - A bumbling duo attempt to board a plane for their mother's wedding, but are held up by the head of TSA, who has a personal bone to pick with them.
  • "Brett is the Best" by Jesse (grade 12) - A satirical look at a corrupt lawyer who has a backwards idea to get his client out of a jam, involving inventing, and then getting him out of, a juicy scandal.
We are incredibly proud of the playwrights (who also acted), actors, and crew who brought these plays to life.

Maple bRUNch April 6

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The 8th Annual Maple bRUNch is on April 6th! 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. Don't worry, you 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

The 5K race will go through our sugarbush and property. The entry fee for the race is $10/person INCLUDING BRUNCH. PRIZES for best time in each category (Male, Female, and under 12).

9:00 am - Race begins

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!

All proceeds from the event go to our maple sugaring program, which includes giving tours to other schools in our community.

Click the button below to register for the run!

Register for the Maple 5k

Valentine's Day Poem 2019

1G4A1441Twenty years ago former Head of School, John Rouleau, started a tradition of writing a Valentine poem for the school with a rhyming couplet for each student. After John's retirement, C.J. has continued the tradition with help from Emily Skoler (guidance counselor) and Abbey Baker (English teacher). On Valentine's Day, they perform the poem wearing appropriately silly Valentine garb. This year's poem included rhymes about chess, coding, and baking! Read introductory lines below, or click here for the full poem.

Happy Valentine's Day, Rock Point School!

It’s that time again when we gather near

To express affection for those we hold dear

 

We pound our hearts; we swear our troth

We serve up lattes full of red, foamy froth

 

It’s a day when old foes set aside all previous animus

And behave with actions completely magnanimous

 

Those who love PCs and those who love Macs

Join forces in love to work on their hacks

 

Even the great rivals Moriarty and Holmes

Can be spotted in yoga class chanting synchronous Oms

 

So it’s time at Rock Point School to put another cheesy poem in motion

That we may recite to you our Valentine’s day devotion

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School Plays on February 20th and 21st

40396534432_7f1240f82b_o (1)Each year, Rock Point School students participate in the Vermont Young Playwrights’ Project, working with professional playwrights, directors, and actors to learn about the craft of playwriting. Students write original 10-minute plays to submit to the Vermont Young Playwrights’ Festival in the spring, along with other students from schools around the state.

Our students also produce the plays they have written for performance: acting, directing, building sets, making costumes, and running lights. This year, the students will perform four of these original One-Act Plays!

When: February 20th and 21st from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Rock Point School Library.

What: Four 10-minute plays

  • "823" by Val (grade 10) - A father and daughter struggle to find a way to get closure during a family tragedy.
  • "Alice in Cafe Poirot" by Yukiko (grade 9) - Alice wants to tell William that she loves him, but keeps getting interrupted by a series of mishaps in a busy cafe.
  • "Airport" by Jeff (grade 10) - A bumbling duo attempt to board a plane for their mother's wedding, but are held up by the head of TSA, who has a personal bone to pick with them.
  • "Brett is the Best" by Jesse (grade 12) - A lawyer has a backwards idea to get his client out of a jam, involving inventing, and then getting him out of, a juicy scandal. 

Join us for a fun night of original entertainment! 

*Photo from the 2018 School Play

Alum Creates Telecommunications Company with a Personal Touch

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Photo of James Graham in his offices at Community Phone by ARAM BOGHOSIAN for the Boston Globe

James Graham (class of 2014) is the founder and CEO of Community Phone, a small cell carrier based in Boston. Founded on the idea that telecommunications should be about personal connection, the company creates affordable cellphone plans with unlimited, personalized customer support. With support available by phone or in person at the two hubs in Boston and Milwaukee, customers feel comfortable coming in to get help with everything from understanding their bill to learning how to use their smart phones. James and his company were recently featured in the Boston Globe.

James and his co-founder, John LeGue (a childhood friend) wanted to create a telecommunications company that puts its customer first and helps create a positive community of users, something that is revolutionary in a business that often leads customers to feel at best confused and at worst cheated. Community Phone doesn't sell users' data to advertisers; they have a money back guarantee; and they partner with organizations in their community. As James says, “People have to feel this is fully for them. I don’t know a way to do that, other than it actually is.” 

For those of us who were lucky enough to know James at Rock Point School, it is no surprise that his company is on the cutting edge of the business, while still valuing the human connection that is at the heart of communication. In his time at RPS, James formed strong relationships with staff and students, ran in the Burlington City Marathon, played piano, worked as a technology consultant for Sugar Snap Catering, and created cellphone apps in his dorm room. He was an integral part of the community in and out of the classroom. We can't wait to see where James and Community Phone go next.                                                                                        

Visiting Artist Teaches Students Cartooning

DSC_6691DSC_6691As part of our ongoing visiting writer series at Rock Point School, we invited Rachel Lindsay, local artist, writer, and cartoonist, to share her expertise with our students. Lindsay is the author of RX: A Graphic Memoir about her experience working in the pharmaceutical industry and coping with mental illness. She also writes a weekly comic strip called Rachel Lives Here Now in Seven Days and was named an "Artist to Watch" by the Comic Report!

Lindsay was a great presenter and had all the students buzzing with ideas by the end of the day. During the workshop, students were introduced to different elements of cartooning, creating characters, and how to develop a strip. They were given "panel prompts" and had time to experiment with different styles and ideas. In the second half of the day, Lindsay shared her personal journey from working in marketing to becoming a graphic artist on her own terms. We are so grateful to Rachel Lindsay for inspiring our students and sharing her time with us.

C.J. Spirito Interviewed on Channel 17 TV

CJ LCRCC interview screenshot - croppedHead of School C.J. Spirito was interviewed by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce President Tom Torti on Channel 17 public access TV to discuss the impact of Rock Point School in our Burlington community and the academic options for youth who “walk to the beat of a different drummer". Or, as C.J. states, are "kind of underdogs”.

Tom Torti referred to the School as "an asset to our community" and highlighted the beautiful Rock Point lakeside campus in his introduction. C.J. shared the culture, and education program of Rock Point School and the types of students who thrive there. He also discusses some of the history and impact of Rock Point School within the community, from when it was first opened as an all-girls school in 1928, to today, a unique boarding school where all young people can find a place where they are valued, understood and belong. 

Enjoy these two short excerpts from the interview below!

You can watch the full 30-minute interview here on Channel 17's website.

C.J. speaks to Tom Torti about the students who enroll at Rock Point School

 

C.J. touches on why the teachers and staff are drawn to Rock Point School