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Living History

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While students are engaged in distance learning, as part of our history classes, they are being asked to keep journals in order to create primary sources for future generations. These journals include documenting their own experiences (through writing, art, and music), documenting the experiences of the people they live with, and documenting (through remote Question & Answer) the weekly experiences of two people with whom they do not live. Students also will record a "news item of the day" and a photo of the day. We hope this assignment will help students reflect on their own experiences during the pandemic and see how their own experiences fit in with the larger trends in society at this time.

This assignment aligns with our history curriculum in many ways. One of our main goals is to teach students how to think critically about the nature and biases of all sources (primary and secondary).  This means helping them identify the biases in everything from secondary sources on the Civil War to being able to recognize reliable news sources from unreliable or undocumented sources on social media.

Distance Learning Starts Today!

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Rock Point School teachers and staff have been working hard to shift learning online while we all stay home and stay healthy during this crisis. Teachers are meeting with each of their classes for 30 minutes a day via Google Hangout and will continue to receive work and give feedback in Google Drive. While things like Chemistry lab will have to be changed pretty dramatically, we are confident that our students and staff will rise to the challenge and continue learning as best we can during this time. As C.J. likes to say, "We will not let the perfect get in the way of the good!"

While we know academics are important, we also want to make sure our students and staff stay connected socially as well! Advisors will continue to "meet" with their advisees once a week, chatting about how the week is going. Additionally, our Residential Educators will be meeting with students in Google Hangouts three times a week, playing games, doing group activities, and generally keeping up morale and catching up. While we need to be physically distant, we need to be connected to each other more than ever.

C.J. continues to send daily updates to staff, students, and families, sharing what's happening at the school as well as some lovely poems, relevant articles, and more. Here's a recent piece from the New York Times that might help us all as we go into the second week of social distancing, "Take Steps to Counter the Loneliness of Social Distancing."

 

What to do While You're Staying Home

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We are so encouraged by everyone doing their part to stay home, self-distance, wash their hands, and avoid public places. It's a service we can all do to help the hospitals from getting overwhelmed with patients and to protect the vulnerable members of our community. As we are all staying home more, we thought we could share some ideas of things you can do to keep your mind, body, spirit, and heart active and content.

1. Make a schedule
This one is key! Try to get up at a reasonable time in the morning and generally outline what you want to do during the day. For example, many people find that if they work out or do yoga in the morning it helps them feel energized for the day. If you know you get sleepy after lunch, don't wait until then to do your work! 

2. Stay Physically Active
There are tons of exercise videos available on YouTube for free. Yoga With Adriene is a quirky one, often featuring a dog. Adam Rosante has great quick workouts that don't require equipment and are hard! If you are able to go out for a walk, jog, skateboard, or bike ride, this is a great time to get outside. 

3. Keep Your Mind Active
Reading is the best and easiest way to do this! We have a couple book recommendations if you're stuck:
If you like non-fiction ... The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
If you like fantasy set at boarding school ... Magic for Liars
If you like funny memoir ... We are Never Meeting in Real Life
If you prefer a sad memoir ... H is for Hawk
You can also do a remote book club with a friend or two and discuss your reading in a Google Chat Room! 

There are also a ton of documentaries that you can stream. Here are a few favorites:
Knock Down the House is great if you want to feel inspired about American Politics.
Salt Fat Acid Heat if you want to learn about the science of cooking.
Catwalk if you've always wondered what happens at a cat show.

4. Stay connected to your people
There are so many ways to stay connected with friends during this time without meeting up in person. FaceTime or Google Chat Rooms are an awesome option to "hang out" without being in the same place. Netflix Party is a browser extension on Chrome that allows you to watch movies with friends, while being able to chat and keep the movie synced. 

This is also the perfect time for snail mail! Get postcards and stamps and send them to your friends (just text them and ask for their mailing addresses). It's also a great time to send mail to elderly people in your life who might be isolated right now. Reach out to local nursing homes and see if they would appreciate getting some mail for their residents!

5. Be moderate about news consumption
It can be difficult to tear yourself away from the constant stream of news about COVID-19, the election, and all the other current events. It can start to feel like an avalanche if you can't get some space from it. While it is important to stay informed at times like these, there is no reason we have to have our faces glued to our phones at all times to keep up.

Pick one or two times a day that you will check in with the news and, otherwise, focus on other things! We recommend picking a reliable daily news podcast, such as The Daily or Up First, as a way to keep up without getting overwhelmed. It's also important to check in with your local Health Department and the CDC to make sure you know what the latest recommendations are regarding COVID-19. Just make sure you are getting your information from reliable sources and not only your Uncle's Facebook posts.

Whatever you do, stay home as much as you can, stay healthy, and don't hesitate to reach out if you need support. We are here to help!

You're Invited to Reunion 2020!

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We are excited to share more details about the Rock Point School 2020 reunion on June 12-14th! We are looking forward to a weekend filled with sharing memories, enjoying the beauty of campus, and catching up with old friends. As always, any former students, staff, and families are invited!

The weekend begins with check in on Friday, June 12. Friday night people are welcome to visit in the school building or go out and enjoy Burlington.

Saturday we are offering tours of the school, a fun run/walk around campus, and a chance to check out memorabilia from RPS history. The big event on Saturday will be the BBQ from 12-1:30 p.m., followed by our Community Meeting. In the afternoon, we will have some field games and art activities. 

Saturday evening, Head of School, C.J. Spirito, will be hosting a Donors Reception for those who have donated to the school or people interested in donating to the school. You can donate today!

If you would like to stay in the school building over the weekend, we are asking for a donation of $30/ night. Please reserve your spot in the building ASAP because space will be limited. Use the button below to reserve your room.

For a detailed schedule and to RSVP use the button below! 

RSVP to Reunion 2020

 

Town Meeting Day 2020

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Each year, Rock Point School makes an effort to participate in the grand tradition of Vermont Town Meeting day. The overall vision for Town Meeting Day is to explore how we live and participate in community. 

Students learned about the purpose, history, and procedure of Town Meeting Day during conversations on Monday. On Tuesday, we visited a town meeting in Jericho to see first-hand how this experience works for people in Vermont. We observed how the meeting is framed and introduced, then we saw how the people in this town addressed their first issue of the day.

When students returned to school, we continued with the theme of considering how to participate in community by discussing Change the Story, an organization dedicated to aligning philanthropy, policy and program to fast-track women’s economic well-being in Vermont. Additionally, we discussed the Equal Pay initiative started by the BHS girls' soccer team last year.

Finally, students broke into groups and brainstormed what issues are important to them and how they want to get involved in making change in the larger community around those issues.

We capped off the night with some student attending Bernie Sanders' rally in Essex to watch the Super Tuesday results roll in. It was exciting to witness first hand what a presidential primary campaign looks like on election night!

Maple 5k and Brunch April 4, 2020

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The 9th Annual Maple bRUNch is on April 4th! 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. (best time overall, best time for runners over 50, best time for runners under 13, a mystery time prize, and a raffle entry for all runners!).

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

A Night of Theater!

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We are so incredibly proud of our students for all the hard work and creativity that went into the school plays this year. The performance on February 22nd showcased two student written plays, a Shakespearean monologue, and a one-act written by Christopher Durang. Students lead every part of the production from costumes to sets to lights and more. Our two student writers, Jeff and Amaris, also directed their plays, helping bring their visions to life on stage.

"The Toucan"
by Amaris (grade 11)
An overly confident British explorer comes face-to-face with a vicious (yet hilarious) toucan, who causes him to question his life's choices and ultimately go mad.

"1492"
by Jeff (grade 11)
A glimpse into how things might have gone in the first day Christopher Columbus and his men landed on what they thought was India.

"DMV Tyrant"
by Christopher Durang
A weary customer at the DMV finally has his number called; now, if only the woman at Window 7 would put down her book and hear about his troubles.

Congratulations to all of our students for an amazing performance and thank you to all the families and community members who came out for the show!

You can see "The Toucan" here:

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Click here to see a photo album and more videos of the performances.

Valentine's Day Poem 2020

valentine 2020Each year our Head of School and his team of writers, including college counselor Emily Skoler and English Teacher Abbey Baker, compose a Valentine poem for the school. The tradition began twenty years ago with former Head of School, John Rouleau, writing a Valentine poem for the school with a rhyming couplet for each student. After John's retirement, C.J. kept the tradition alive. On Valentine's Day, C.J., Emily, Ryan, and Abbey performed the poem wearing appropriately silly Valentine garb. This tradition is a sweet way for us to share appreciations for our students and this year we followed it with sweet treats! You can read the introductory lines below or click here to read the full poem!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, ROCK POINT SCHOOL

It’s that time again when we gather round,
And with our love for you make a poetic sound

We moon and swoon and get all rhymey
We get down on our knees until they’re grimey

We look into our hearts at the affection there dwelling
Which is often the source of all our kvelling

About RPS students and parents and babies and dogs.
If we listed all that we loved about you, t’would burst the catalogues

This is the day when Cupid’s arrows take aim
Inspiring even old enemies to set down their blame

Macs and PCs will walk down the aisle
Prosecutors and defense attorneys will hug after the trial

Coke vs. Pepsi: long gone are their rivalry tales
Instead, they’re taking out ads wishing each other high sales

One-Act Plays 2020

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After two playwriting workshops with local playwright Mary Beth McNulty, two students continued to edit and polish their plays for performance. We are thrilled to announce our One-Act play performance will take place on February 20th at 6:30 pm in our school library. 

Join us for a fun night of theater! Students will perform two original student written 10-minute plays and one by a professional playwright.

"The Toucan"
by Amaris (grade 11)
An overly confident British explorer comes face-to-face with a vicious (yet hilarious) toucan, who causes him to question his life's choices and ultimately go mad.

"1492"
by Jeff (grade 11)
A glimpse into how things might have gone in the first day Christopher Columbus and his men landed on what they thought was India.

"DMV Tyrant"
by Christopher Durang
A weary customer at the DMV finally has his number called; now, if only the woman at Window 7 would put down her book and hear about his troubles.

Photos above are from the 2019 performances

Celebrating The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Last week we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding three days of theatrical performances, discussions, readings, and more. On Wednesday, January 23rd, we went to see "We Shall Overcome" as part of the Flynn Theatre student matinee series. Students witness the powerful music of Damien Sneed and co., who sang traditional civil rights era spirituals, combined with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Thursday, we spent the day reading King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail," discussing desegregation in Little Rock, and encountering current issues of race and civil rights through the lens of Ta-Nehisi Coates's "The Case for Reparations." Students took part in a school-wide discussion about our history with race, and what we can do in the present day to move things forward.

Finally, on Friday, we saw the play "Warriors Don't Cry," an original, one-woman play dramatizing Melba Patillo Beals’ searing memoir about the battle to integrate Little Rock’s central high school. Our students demonstrated their thoughtfulness, empathy, and motivation to make change throughout these discussions and events. Dismantling racism in our culture is more than just a one day or one week event and our students are already seeking ways to use their critical thinking skills and privilege to move their communities forward.

Photos from left to right: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Martin Luther King, Jr., Melba Patillo Beals