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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. 

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Giving Tuesday Results Are In

49104519113_38daac9630_hWe are so grateful to everyone who donated to the Tomorrow Fund for Giving Tuesday! Together, you contributed over $10,000 to the Tomorrow Fund and unlocked matching funds to raise a total of over $20,000 in one day. An additional $3,250 was raised during the week of Thanksgiving, which will also be matched by a generous donor, making the grand total for our Thanksgiving/ Giving Tuesday donations over $26,500. This incredible gift will help us continue our mission of providing a small, supportive, educational community for young people, where they can become their best selves. Thank you so much for being a part of this mission and helping young people transform their lives.

If you have not yet given to the Tomorrow Fund, there is still time to donate before the end of the year. Our generous donor will double match any donations above last year's giving! This is a great opportunity to make the most of your gift to Rock Point School.

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Enjoy this video of a couple students talking about what they appreciate about Rock Point School:

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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!

 

Thanksgiving Celebration 2019

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Each year, we gather before everyone heads off for November vacation to celebrate, express gratitude, and enjoy a feast. The Thanksgiving service is designed by students with help from staff members. This year, students read poems they selected, shared traditions, and thanksgivings. One student brought in Christmas crackers, his own family tradition, which meant we ended the service with everyone wearing paper crowns! 

When students were asked what they were thankful for this year, they shared the following:

  • All of my friends at Rock Point
  • My opportunity here
  • Bodie and all the dogs
  • 5 Guys Burgers and Fries
  • The opportunity to better myself
  • Second chances
  • Animals
  • My brothers
  • My family
  • My friends
  • Rock Point's Teachers supporting me so I can thrive in school
  • My room
  • Kevin's great food
  • Rock Point and its community
  • The care I receive from my friends
  • All of the staff and students being nice and inclusive
  • My efforts become a better person

Our students are always reflecting on what is important to them and this list shows what they value in their lives. It also serves as a reminder, going into the holiday season, that the most significant things in our lives are not things. They are the people, places, and animals that we love and the communities that embrace us. 

We were so happy to see so many alumni, former staff, friends, and family at our Thanksgiving celebration. Our community has a rich history and we love seeing former students and staff return to share their stories! The service ended with one of our students performing an original song she wrote on her cello. You can watch her performance below:

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Giving Tuesday Matching Funds!

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On December 3, Rock Point School is excited to participate in Giving Tuesday. This global day of giving invites individuals to celebrate the holiday season by giving back and creating change in their communities and their world.

At Rock Point School, students change their lives. A parent of an alumni, says this about her son's experience:

I chose to enroll my son at Rock Point because he had tried everything that was available at public school. This place was a miracle for my son. I saw him smile for the first time in years after he had been here just a few weeks.

At Rock Point, my son was better able to handle his social anxiety, he was better able to advocate for himself. He could tackle educational things that were anxiety provoking for him. He did that by partnering with teachers and taking it step by step. They challenged him just enough to keep him moving forward and not so much that he would retreat back to his room. He made friends here and he still has those friends after graduation, which is a big deal.

I spent years pushing for services for him [in public school]. Nothing worked, until Rock Point. It was a miracle; I got my son back."

Your donation helps our students transform their lives. They learn skills that can be used long after they graduate and they make friendships that nourish them beyond high school.

Any donation you give to Rock Point School between now and December 4th will be matched by a generous donor in honor of Giving Tuesday! Thank you for considering us in your holiday giving.

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Matching Funds Announced for Tomorrow Fund Campaign

tomorrowfundThis year a generous donor has offered to double match any new donations or donations above last year's contributions to the Tomorrow Fund! This means if you donated $50 last year and donate $100 this year, your donation will be matched with an additional $100, making the value of your contribution to Rock Point School $200. If you did not donate last year, any amount you donate this year will be doubled! 

This is the perfect time to donate and make the most out of your contribution to Rock Point School. We are a lifeline for our students and need your financial partnership in extending it.

The Trustees have already risen to our benefactor’s challenge and 100% of them are increasing their support. Every member of our staff has given to this year’s Tomorrow Fund. Now we ask you: meet the match with your own gift!

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Artist in Residence: Vermont Meets the Desert

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Artist in Residence, Kate Long Hodges, came to Rock Point School to collaborate with students on a textile art project. Kate grew up in Vermont and now lives in the Sonoran Desert where she has been learning textile art with members of the Tohono O'odham tribe. Rock Point Students studied plant dyes from the Sonoran Desert and used prickly pear cactus, agave thorns, and earth pigments to create their piece.

Students used the dye on recycled clothing made from cotton, silk, and linen. They also added materials they gathered from the Rock Point property. The class enjoyed a mini archaeological dig and found old bottles, pieces of china, metal and even pieces of a leather boot in the places where Rock Point discarded trash years ago.

The collaborative piece students created with Kate is now displayed above the fireplace in Hayden Lounge! 

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. 

Thanks for Getting Spooked With Us!

2019 Ooky Spooky 5k Results

ookyspooky2019resultsThe 16th annual Ooky Spooky opened on a crisp fall morning. We were thrilled to see so many familiar faces - alumni, former staff, and parents - wearing costumes and ready to run! Students and staff volunteered to register runners, guide runners on the course, keep time, and take photos. We were thrilled to raise money to support COTS (The Committee on Temporary Shelter Serving Vermont), an awesome organization that helps people who experience homelessness in our community. 

This year we had more than 30 runners complete the race. The winner finished with a time of 24:42 - under 8 minute miles. The youngest racers to finish the entire race were two seven year old Harry Potters. One of our favorite racers was dressed as Superwoman and completed the 5k while pushing two toddlers in a stroller. Superwoman indeed!

If you want to see more photos from the event, check out our Flickr album.

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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