It was 7:30 AM last Monday, when CEI staff convened outside of the Devos Bicycle Center. Instead of conducting research and running the Institute, this group would spend the week biking to teach across the island. Our research and sustainability initiatives are only as powerful as the communities they reach. CEI staff wanted to get the word out about the work we do on the Cape. Continue reading →
Today was the exciting day that swim track swam their 4 mile swim! Everyone, including run track, woke up and were excited for the race. All the swimmers loaded up in the vans to depart for the start, while all the runners, still soar from yesterday, got ready in their support spots. Even though the runners were tired and tight from the long run the day before, they found the energy to cheer for swim track all the way to the finish. The swimmers started their Super Swim strong and ready. Each stroke they took they had kayakers or boaters alongside cheering their names. The swimmers cruised through the water and almost all of them saw sharks while they swam. Each swimmer finished the race strong with lots of support at the finish. Weather it was a breeze or the hardest thing they had ever done, everyone finished feeling accomplished with smiles on their face.
For me (Chris Pibl), the first stretch to the turn around point was gruesome. Continue reading →
Two and a half months in the making. Training each morning; before, during, and after sunrise. After months spent in anticipation, all run-trackers triumphantly finished the Half Marathon this Saturday. We like to say around here that “sweat is the cologne of accomplishment.” Check out these photos of our community: glistening and drenched in accomplishment.
From the Perspective of Cacique Will Overman:
At 4:45 I woke up. I then started to run a half marathon. A couple of hours later I finished. Then I cheered others to the end. Afterwards I ate a gigantic breakfast of french toast and granola. After I was recharged, I, with a bunch of buds, went out exploring. To finish off, haha, pun, Louise and I put together the best casino night like The Island School has ever seen. It was fantastic, with Frank Sinatra playing, Texas Hold ‘em at its finest, and ice cold water for everyone. It was a fabulous Saturday night.
Today started with a relaxing morning exercise in preparation for the big events of the weekend. Everybody was anxious to find out if the Super Swim or the Half Marathon would be on Saturday. Even though we had a normal morning with three classes (art, math, and literature) everybody’s nerves were elsewhere.
The afternoon took our minds off of the weekend as we focused on our research posters for the science symposium. Lemon sharks had their last day in the field. Three lemon sharks were caught today, and were added to our vast amount of data! This made the day a little bit more relaxing and we were excited to go back to the classroom and finish our poster. We were sad to have our last day in the field, yet we knew that the symposium was still to come and we would stun the audience with our presentations. Continue reading →
This morning we woke up excited because it is thanksgiving! During morning exercise we had easy run and swim track practices because the Half Marathon and Super Swim are just around the corner and we are resting our bodies. All morning we worked on our Human Ecology final products. Many of the projects are starting to get important things done. For example today the chicken team finally got chickens and the glycerin soap team finally made soap. In the afternoon Continue reading →
At The Island School we raise pigs on the farm that we use for food throughout the semester. The community takes care of them by feeding them food scraps and making sure they are well. Each year, the day before Thanksgiving we slaughter one pig that we use for our main course on Thanksgiving. This morning the community had an option to sleep in or watch the pig slaughter. Many students were debating weather or not to go but as we circled up many chose to watch it. We had a quick circle with a briefing and then we all made our way to the pig pen in the farm. Joseph and Spencer took us in like we were professionals and had us help them prepare the pig. We took rocks to clean the body and poured boiling water on the pig to loosen the hair so we could skin the pig. At this point of the semester it was great seeing everyone taking a risk as we scrubbed and cleaned off what we are going to be eating the following day. Continue reading →
We gathered in the boathouse all anxiously awaiting our second to last community meeting. With the conversations lately focused around the future and leaving, our first instinct was to find a way to stay in the here and now. With a one-word whip around of animal noises describing how we felt the mood was lightened. Coupled with the skits we made about things to do for the next two weeks the boathouse was filled with laughs and smiles. Appreciations, a part of community meeting when individuals stand up and speak thanks to members of our community, were more important with time winding down to tell each other the good things we see. During these next two weeks it is going to be important for us to be the strongest community we can be. All our hard work is all going to pay off in such a short time.
And watch the following clip for more on today’s Island School events…
Monday the 22nd Deep Creek Middle School hosted its annual Basketball Jamboree. Island School and DCMS students celebrated a semester of Community Outreach and buddy friendships with a basketball tournament, volleyball, conch fritters, music, and fun. Games starred players of different age groups and schools, and culminated with a faculty vs. student show-down. And although the faculty dominated the final game, students were still in good spirits as our community bonded over some healthy competition.
Welcome to The Island School daily news update. Our hosts are Perry Leavitt and C.J. Easton. Today’s video clips will be discussing the events of November 22, 2010. Perry will be interviewed about her sleep-in, while C.J. will be interviewed about the Deep Creek Basketball Jamboree. We hope that you enjoy the first Island School Fall 2010 video blog.
A note to our loyal readership: Our apologies for the cacique update being so past-date. Busy with the family festivities, Caciques just could not find time to blog. So, here is the scoop on Friday, and tomorrow we will resume daily updates as usual. Keep reading and we will keep you posted on the glorious, challenging, and ultimately inspirational moments that happen here each day… and don’t forget about the Super Swim and Half Marathon this weekend! Stay tuned…
“Parents Weekend Mania”
by Caciques Nate Smith-Ide and Hunter Foote
Much anticipation surrounded the morning of the second day of Parents’ Weekend. The pressure was on. Today was the day that we would be presenting our research presentations to our parents. As we waited to present our work, the students were scattered about the classrooms trying to calm their nerves and memorize those hard to remember facts. After the presentations, the feeling was gratifying. Following, there was a mass exodus out of the presentation room towards the flagpole. All the students and faculty corralled their families into one massive group for a photo.