News & Events

Eagle Scout Project at Rock Point

Rock Point School appreciatively recognizes and thanks, Teagan Hart of Troop 658, for selecting our school for his Eagle Scout Project. Teagan designed and built a 6-foot tall, 180-foot garden fence around the school gardens.
He was detail oriented and methodical over an 18-month period to get this job done from inception to completion.  He worked with troop leaders, staff from the school and on the Rock Point Property, various business owners, and many volunteers. Teagan's spirit was unrelenting and he was hungry to learn and work hard.
We had a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the garden on September 20th to acknowledge and thank him for the process he went through and his accomplishments. Teagan spoke to about 50 people on a hot, summery afternoon, sharing about his impressive experience.
Feel free to come by the school and check out his work some time.
Thank you, Teagan!

A Night of Poetry with David Huddle and Rock Point Students


What: Rock Point School students are giving a poetry reading with Vermont writer, David Huddle
When: October 19th at 7:30 pm
Where: Phoenix Books, 191 Bank St. in Downtown Burlington

The students will share recent poems they have been working on after the "Share Your Heart, Share the World" workshop run by Sundog Poetry. David Huddle will join them to read his poetry and discuss writing in the lives of young people.

David Huddle writes poetry, essays, and fiction and has written more than nineteen books to date. His work has appeared in The American Scholar, Esquire, The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Georgia Review. His novel, The Story of a Million Years (Houghton Mifflin, 1999) was named a Distinguished Book of the Year by Esquire and a Best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times Book Review. His novel, Nothing Can Make Me Do This, won the 2012 Library of Virginia Award for Fiction and his poetry collection, Black Snake at the Family Reunion, was a finalist for the 2013 Library of Virginia Award for Poetry and won the 2013 Pen New England Award for Poetry.

Huddle is originally from Ivanhoe, Virginia, but he moved to Vermont to teach at UVM after finishing a graduate program at Columbia University. He taught for 38 years at the University of Vermont and still lives in Burlington with his wife, Lindsey, who has served on the Rock Point School Board of Trustees. Huddle's daughter, Molly, taught English at Rock Point School for 8 years and currently works at the school as the marketing manager. David Huddle continues to teach at the Bread Loaf School of English in Ripton, Vermont, and the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington.

Phoenix has generously offered to donate 20% of sales to RPS October 16 through 22 if you identify yourself as a "friend of Rock Point School." You can also purchase books online during these dates and use the "notes" section to indicate your participation in the fundraiser. 

Ooky Spooky 5k to Benefit COTS Oct. 21


The Ooky Spooky race is just one month away! Saturday, October 21st come to Rock Point School 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 C.J. at ( For more information and to register, click the link below.

Register for the 2017 Ooky Spooky 5k

Rock Point Partners and Friends Celebration Oct. 7

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The Rock Point Partners is a collaboration of the different groups based on the Rock Point Property. The goal of the partnership is to be stewards of the beautiful Rock Point land and make it a welcoming place for people to explore. Join us to learn about what's happening at Rock Point, enjoy the beautiful setting, and participate in some free activities!

WHEN: OCTOBER 7, 2017 FROM 1:00 TO 4:30

Schedule of Events

1:00 Gather at the Rock Point School Library: nametags, maps, orientation

Check out all the great things happening on the Rock Point Property and see how you can get involved!

1:30 First set of activities

  1. Nature Walk
  2. Cider-making
  3. Tai Chi
  4. Champlain Thrust Fault Walk
  5. Some Rock Point History
  6. Pollinator Meadow Workshop

           For Children: during the whole afternoon, activities will take place on the Rock Point School, ranging from games to hair wraps, face-painting, and jewelry and button-making.

           Also, Pizza-making at outdoor oven with ingredients from garden will take place throughout the afternoon.

3:00 Second set of activities

  1. Nature Walk
  2. Tai Chi
  3. Pilgrimage walk to some special places on Rock Point
  4. Rock Point History
  5. A Poetry workshop

Please register to help us in our planning. Please come whether or not you register.

Click here to register!

Join in the activities or wander, explore and relax as you wish.

For more information:

Opening Day 2017


We are so excited to have our students back on campus! Everyone has now arrived, despite threatening weather in the south. Opening Day included our traditional Convocation in the chapel, where C.J. lead us with a great sports analogy, getting everyone in "ready position." Family members, students, and staff shared their hopes for the year. One parent shared, "This is a fearful time in our world, but I hope we will not let our fear make us smaller, make us shrink into ourselves. I hope we will reach beyond our fear and connect with others." The sentiment is one we will carry with us through the year.

Families left on Sunday afternoon, while students began the process of getting to know one another and settling into their new school/home. This morning, our returning students took off on a hike, and our new students are learning the ins and outs of Rock Point life at the school. 

Things are off to a fabulous start!

Check out the photo album from Opening Day here.


Hello, New Staff!


We are thrilled to introduce our new staff! While Mo, our new office administrator, joined us for training starting in June, our three newest staff members began training in mid-August. It is wonderful to have their energy and enthusiasm on our team and we can't wait for them to dive into the school year with our students. 

Solenne Abaziou (left) is our new Math teacher. Solenne recently moved back to Vermont after a brief time living in Florida. She is originally from France, but attended college and graduate school at McGill in Montreal where she became more familiar with Vermont. Solenne has over 15 years of teaching experience in various settings and enjoys helping students of all abilities learn to appreciate math. 

David Chodakewitz (center) is a new Residential Staff, living in the dorm. After graduating from Brown University in 2015, David worked with young people in a wide range of settings, at both outdoor and indoor education organizations throughout New England. David is excited to share his love of hiking with students this fall.

Lydia Schuldt (right) came to Rock Point after leading a service trip for teenagers in Vietnam. After graduating from the University of Connecticut, she worked in Wilderness Therapy programs in Utah and Oregon and is excited to be back on the East Coast. Lydia will be living in the dorm and can't wait to get to know our students and take them skiing.

Our students arrive on Sunday and we are excited for them to meet these fabulous new staff members!

Goodbye Lonnie!

IMG_7489-386822-edited.jpgToday was Lonnie's last day as our Office Administrator! We celebrated Lonnie in staff meetings, with a classic Rock Point kazoo choir playing the graduation song. In typical Lonnie style, she did not want a big flashy gift (even though she deserves one!), but we will honor her with a garden in front of the school. A.J. (class of 2017) painted a rock to decorate the garden with Lonnie's name. Additionally, we put together a scrapbook with letters from students and families through the year. 

Lonnie has been the heart of our school for 42 years and we know we will miss seeing her everyday! If you would like to send Lonnie a note to put in her scrapbook, please send it to C.J. 

Meet Mo!

IMG_1052.jpgMeet Mo Reilly, our new Office Administrator! She has been training with Lonnie all summer and is ready to take on the challenge of the new school year. 

Mo has recently returned to Burlington after five years working in nonprofit organizations in Boston. She holds a MPA in Public Administration from UVM, and in her most recent job she managed the biggest volunteer program in Massachusetts at Cradles to Crayons. Her professional experiences have all had at their core a desire to improve organizations, build community, and help people achieve their goals. She is excited to bring her skills and passions to Rock Point School. When she is not managing the office at RPS, Mo can be found cooking, gardening, hiking, and exploring Vermont with her dog Maggie. 


August and Everything After: End of Summer Session

Lastweeksofsummer2017.jpgSummer Session has gone by in a blur of road trips, night swimming, and ice cream cones. Students are packing up and preparing to head home for a few weeks before the school year begins. For our last week of summer session, students experimented with the 3-D printer, becoming more familiar with the technology as well as practicing some math skills. We also visited the Lake Champlain Maritime museum and had the opportunity to row across the lake to New York in some antique boats.

Other highlights of the last couple weeks of summer session included:

  • Traveling to Maine to go deep sea fishing and hang out on the beach with the Head of School, C.J. Spirito and his wife, Kathy Butts.
  • Exploring the Rock of Ages Quarry to learn about geology
  • Visiting the Middlebury College Art Museum and the Morgan Horse Farm
  • Spending a relaxing weekend at a camp in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, swimming, boating, and fishing, with no cell service!
  • Learning about our lake shore ecosystem & butterflies at the Echo Center
  • Traveling to Hampton Beach in New Hampshire to soak up some sun and surf.
  • Harvesting berries, greens, and garlic from the gardens.

We are sad to say goodbye to a fabulous Summer Session group. The positivity and enthusiasm they exhibited for everything from creemees to road trips to kitchen work crew was amazing! 


Summertime and the livin' is ... BUSY!


We've finished Week 2 of Summer Session and it was a full one! Students learned a new skill (for some) with a sewing elective in the morning. In the garden, we harvested radishes and lettuce; planted kale, chard, and lettuce; and weeded everything. 

Vermont Exposures traveled to Montpelier on Tuesday to tour the State House. Students had the opportunity to meet the Honorable Justice Harold E. Eaton, Jr. who spoke with them about the Vermont Supreme Court. After touring Montpelier, we drove to Bingham Falls in Stowe, followed by a tour of the Ben and Jerry's Factory in Waterbury! For Thursday's adventure, we stayed closer to home to learn about two approaches to producing electricity at Winooski Hydro One and the McNeill Power Plant.

For the weekend road trip, we traveled to Meredith, New Hampshire where we enjoyed the hospitality of the Ainsworth family (Grace and Steve are parents of two awesome former dorm staff, Joe and Kelly!). Students went hiking and swimming and explored the world's largest arcade (the Funspot). Sunday brought a visit to the Squam Lake Science Center to learn about the wildlife in the area. Another highlight of the trip was a chance meeting with Ben and Jerry, founders of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream! 

Phew, what a week!