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Open House Thursday January, 23rd

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You're invited to the Rock Point School Open House on Thursday January 23rd, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Learn about our rich art program, dorm adventures, and our nurturing approach to academics. During this event you can:

  • Tour our school 
  • Meet teachers, residential staff, and students
  • Participate in hands-on activities in our classrooms
  • Discover how you can fit in and stand out at Rock Point School
  • Eat snacks!

Rock Point School is located on a 130-acre campus on Lake Champlain with hiking trails, beaches, a maple sugaring program, gardens, and an apiary. 

Contact Hillary Kramer, Director of Admissions, hkramer@rockpoint.org with any questions or call the school at 802-863-1104. 

RSVP to our Open House

The Chill Foundation Features RPS in Burton Film

Since its inception in 1995 by Jake Burton Carpenter, The Chill Foundation has worked with over 25,000 young people to help them overcome challenges through boardsports. Rock Point School has been participating in Chill, almost since the beginning. This past year, the program selected four of our students to participate in a leadership program and be featured in a film, "Built on Boards." 

Here, Charlie shares what snowboarding and Rock Point School have meant to him. As Charlie says, "Why wouldn't you take the opportunity to improve your life while also having a blast?" Check out the video and see if you can spot some familiar faces and places!

 

Share Your Heart Poetry Day 2019

Share Your Heart  2019 2On October 15, our whole student body went to the Rock Point Center for our fourth annual participation in Sundog Poetry Center's "Share Your Heart, Share the World" poetry day. We were joined by three other Vermont schools in a day of poetry workshops, writing time, a presentation by local poet and artist Tina Escaja, and a reading of student work.

Students had the chance to work with professional poets and focus on topics like natural imagery, storytelling through poetry, and poetry as a means for social justice. We appreciated being involved, and left the day full of poems and inspiration. 

March Book One and Living History

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This year our students started the year reading the graphic novel March: Book One by civil rights leader and congressman, John Lewis, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and award-winning graphic artist Nate Powell. Teachers selected this book, not only because it is an inspiring and compelling historical narrative, but also because it was the Vermont Reads selection for 2019. Vermont Reads invites people across the state to read the same book and participate in a wide variety of community activities related to the book’s themes.

Book One tells of Lewis’s childhood in rural Alabama, his youthful ambition to be a preacher, his inspiring interactions with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the nonviolent sit-ins he joined at lunch counters in Nashville to protest segregation. As one of our students, Sonja, said of the graphic novel, "The book addresses issues still deeply seated within the American world, and brings the civil rights movement back into today’s spotlight, something that is often considered to be a very long time ago. The illustrations and visuals only serve to make it more powerful."

john-lewis-andrew-aydin-flynn-march-humanities-council-20191009On October 8th, students and staff were lucky enough to be able to hear Congressman John Lewis and his coauthor, Andrew Aydin, discuss Book One at the Flynn Theater in Burlington. Lewis and Aydin talked about how Lewis’ memories of the civil rights movement can bring urgent new life to vital discussions about diversity, society, and active engagement in one's community, in ways that are not just historical, but directly relevant to today's world. Isaac, a sophomore at Rock Point, wrote about seeing Congressman Lewis at the Flynn:

"The power Lewis carried with his voice could be felt around the room, and it made me realize a bit how these events actually happened and it wasn't just a page in a textbook. It also helped to have a more personally relatable experience, and to feel like he is not just an overpowering historical figure ... Overall it was a wonderful and enlightening experience about the closeness and power of the past, and also gave me more hope to what's to come."

Participating in Vermont Reads and getting the opportunity to hear Congressman Lewis speak about his experiences was extremely meaningful for all of us Rock Point School.

Top Image: From the Cover of March: Book One
Bottom Image: Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin speaking at the Flynn Theater, image from Vermont Humanities Council

 

 

CSI: Rock Point School

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Most science classes include instruction in scientific methodology and discussion of the advantages this system of problem solving presents. However, it can be a challenge to keep this topic fresh and relevant. In Chemistry, our class has tackled scientific methodology from the ghoulish and fascinating perspective of toxicology.

We began this unit by learning about the history of forensic toxicology in New York City. Through the excellent PBS documentary, The Poisoner’s Handbook, we heard the story of the rise of chemical use in everyday society in the early 1900’s, and the explosion of accidental and intentional poisoning deaths. The heroes of this story are an incorruptible medical examiner and a scientifically trained chemical toxicologist. Their scientific methods led the way for forensic science.

In our lab, we endeavored to replicate these pioneered methods and the spirit of scientific investigation . Students tried their hand at testing for cyanide in autopsy tissue, analyzing blood samples for carbon monoxide poisoning, and identifying unknown powder samples collected from suspects. This unit on poisons allowed the Chemistry class to execute correct laboratory safety, exercise their scientific observation skills, and practice scientific methodology. While our analyses didn’t use real hazardous materials, the skills students practiced were true to scientific laboratories!

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

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On June 8th, we held graduation for the class of 2019. These exceptional students inspired so many people to speak on their behalf during the ceremony, with moving stories of their growth, strength, and talents. We are forever grateful to their families for sharing these wonderful students with us.

Introducing the Class of 2019 (from left to right):

Sasha K. - In his two years at Rock Point, Sasha wanted to share his love of chess with as many people as possible and make genuine connections with peers and adults. This year he won the Vermont high school chess championship and will compete in the national tournament this summer! Sasha was an awesome member of our Maple Ambassadors crew, giving tours of our sugaring operation to elementary school children. We are glad he will be staying nearby as he continues his career in chess!

Josh D. - Josh came to Rock Point for his senior year and spent his time honing his academic skills, as well as his skills in the kitchen. Josh managed the menu and cooking for the art show and prom, demonstrating his excellent organizational abilities. Josh was a steady presence and a good friend to many at Rock Point. In the fall, Josh will be attending Flagler College in Florida.

Ian C. - Ian joined us for his senior year. Although he was only here for a year, he made a huge impact on the community: organizing school-wide reflections, teaching preschoolers about maple sugaring, and being a leader in the scuba and photography clubs. Next year, Ian is seeking adventure at the University of Jakarta in Indonesia.

Alex M. - Alex spent his last year and a half of high school at Rock Point. In his time, he created many works of art, from digital images to hand sewn jackets. He played guitar at nearly every event and stayed active skateboarding, snowboarding, and joining in on any activity. We are proud of Alex for his acceptance to Columbia College of Art and look forward to seeing what he will create next!

Jesse R. - Jesse came to Rock Point School as a sophomore and has grown several inches since then! He has participated in many school activities including writing two plays honored at the Vermont Young Playwright Festivals in 2018 and 2019, acting in plays, running the Vermont City Marathon, Scuba Club, and photography club. In the fall, Jesse will attend Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Rebecca P. - Rebecca joined Rock Point in the spring of 2018 and has contributed so much to our community, including participating in school plays and the trip to Mexico. Her passion for literature, her cheerful work in the kitchen, her sense of adventure, and her playful spirit will be missed. Rebecca has chosen to attend Lawrence University in the fall.

Calvin M. - For the past two years, you could hear Calvin playing music throughout the school. His kindness and steady friendship were a boon to students and staff. Calvin was a leader in the sugaring program as well as in the Burton Chill program. Next year, Calvin will be pursuing a career working with animals and exploring Vet Tech programs.

Allison Z. - Allison’s artwork decorates many rooms at Rock Point. In her three years at the school, Allison poured her creativity into crafts and art projects from painting to sewing. Allison was always willing to volunteer to help at any school event, and even took on a volunteer internship at Burlington City Arts this year. We will miss her greatly next year!

Ana S. - In her two and a half years at Rock Point, Ana explored the arts in stained glass, poetry, and black and white photography. She was dedicated to her academics, earning top academic awards each year and pursuing her academic interests beyond what was presented in class. Next year, Ana will be staying nearby and attending SUNY Plattsburgh!

Josh S. - Josh joined us in 2016 as a sophomore and  was a leader in the community. He participated in tending the Rock Point garden, open mic nights, Maple Sugaring, skiing and snowboarding, last year’s service-learning trip to Nicaragua, helping with admissions, and the Ultimate Frisbee team to name a few. Josh’s academic excellence also earned him a place at SUNY Plattsburgh next year!

Charlotte J. (not pictured) - Charlotte spent her last two years of high school at Rock Point, sharing her love of creative writing and poetry with us. She created zines and even inspired a zine making class! In addition to art and writing, Charlotte had a passion for social justice, which she shared with the school and with her internship at the Peace and Justice center. Next year, Charlotte is planning to attend Lesley University.

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.

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.

Share your Heart, Share the World 2018

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For the second year, students participated in a day of poetry called "Share Your Heart, Share the World" with the Sundog Poetry Center. This year, the event featured Vermont Poet Laureate, Chard deNiord. Currently, deNiord is a professor at Providence College and lives in Westminster, VT. He is the recipient of the Pushcart Prize (1998) and was included in Best American Poetry (1999).

Our students attended workshops and readings with other high school students and professional poets from around the state. We were particularly happy to see poets LN Bethea, Rajnii Eddins, and Lizzy Fox who participated in our visiting poet series last year.

Thanks to Sundog Poetry Center for hosting this inspiring event!

Presentation by David Altshuler April 12th

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Get Your Kid into the Right College and the Right College into Your Kid

As an Educational Consultant, David Altshuler helps students and their families choose and apply to colleges, universities and boarding schools. On April 12th at 6 p.m. he will join us in the Rock Point School library to present on his book Get Your Kid into the Right College and the Right College into Your Kid. In his presentation, David will discuss the importance of fit over prestige when looking at schools and try to debunk some myths about college admissions.

For more information about David or to check out his excellent blog, visit his website. 

Please join us on April 12th from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the Rock Point School Library for this presentation!