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Spot the Robot visits RPS

on January 16, 2024 By Molly Huddle Coffey | academics
Before December break, we had a very special visitor at Rock Point! Spot the Robot came to show us some of what is possible in the field of robotics. Rob Collier, parent of a Rock Point Student and a manager at Boston Dynamics, volunteered to bring Spot to school to introduce students to robotics. We were thrilled to learn more about this expanding discipline!
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Model U.N. at Rock Point School

on December 15, 2023 By Molly Huddle Coffey | academics
Before the December Vacation, we held a Model U.N. at Rock Point School! In all cores, students spent one or two social studies classes a week since Thanksgiving break preparing for this conference by researching their country and its views over time to form an opinion and speak knowledgeably about a given topic. It was a big ask in a short time, and students truly rose to the occasion.
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2023 Summer Session Week 1

on July 20, 2023 By Molly Huddle Coffey | summer academics
We were thrilled to welcome students onto campus for Summer Session on July 9th. With a great mix of new and returning students, it is wonderful to see the group start to make connections with one another as they dive into their activities and learning.
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Vermont Young Playwrights' Festival 2023

Senior Charlie D. with the cast of professional actors who performed his play at the Vermont Young Playwrights Festival on May 17, 2023
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Experiencing History: A Trip to the Heart of the Civil Rights Movement

This spring, Rock Point School staff and students joined forces with other community leaders and planned a pilgrimage to the heart of our country's civil rights movement. On May 12th, our group of travelers set off at 3:30 am to catch their flight to Atlanta and then drive to Selma, Alabama. In Selma, students and staff met with activists who participated in the Selma to Montgomery March of 1965 and visited the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge, where civil rights activists marched for voting rights and were attacked on “Bloody Sunday.” This is just one of the many historical landmarks of the Civil Rights Movement students will visit in Selma, Montgomery, and Atlanta. They will also visit several churches that were significant in the battle for civil rights as well as museums and memorials dedicated to preserving our history.
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The Congress of Change

on April 24, 2023 By Mary Hamilton | academics
What would Eminem, Louis Bresson (famed French photographer), Jean-Michel Basquiat, Prince Harry, Kwame Ture (formerly Stokely Carmichael), Bob Dylan, and Tommie Smith have to say about gun control in the United States?
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Seniors Study Banned Books

on March 16, 2023 By Abbey Baker | Open & Inclusive academics
This year’s senior English class recently embarked on a project to investigate book banning – why and how are books banned, and what are the cultural implications of banning books? As a group, they read several articles about banned books, including Banned in the USA: The Growing Movement to Censor Books in Schools, and discussed their opinions on what it means to have materials censored in a school or community. They discussed both the historical context of books that have been banned in the past, as well as current examples of books that are banned or censored.
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Playwriting 2021

on December 1, 2021 By Abbey Baker | academics
Nine RPS students elected to take part in the Vermont Young Playwrights' workshop on Tuesday, November 16. Among them were students with lots of experience writing plays, students who have been involved in theatre but never tried their hand at writing their own play, and students who are trying out drama for the first time. With the guidance of professional playwright Jordan Gullikson, they spent the day playing improv games, learning the basic tenets of writing plays, and then beginning their own plays.
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Designer and Engineer Sam Holland Visits RPS

on October 7, 2021 By Molly Huddle Coffey | high school academics
Sam Holland works to make the imagined real. As a former engineering student of our math tutor, Michael Coleman, Sam took his curiosity about how things were made and became a mechanical engineer. He has worked at places like MakerBot and Vimeo, and now, he owns his own business called, where he helps companies of all sizes create hardware. We are thrilled that he decided to visit Rock Point School and work on 3-D design and printing projects with our students.
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Research Projects: Pandemics and Virology

on February 19, 2021 By Abbey Baker | high school academics
This winter, our English and Science teachers teamed up to guide students through a research and writing unit about the nature of viruses and pandemics. Our students have learned so much first-hand this year about pandemics; we decided to present them with the scientific and historical context and have it culminate in a project of their own creation. In Science classes, students learned the basic science behind how viruses work and some information about historical viruses that have caused pandemics. We studied several types of writing and communication in English class, including narratives, infographics, and persuasive writing. Students then chose a specific topic within virology and pandemics, and dove into a research project.
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