Cacique Update October 22, 2011

by Caciques Helen and Harry

With K3 and K4’s academic weeks coming to a close, we are also passing off our Human Ecology Projects to our friends in K1 andK2, who will be picking it up when they’re done with their Kayak and Down Island expeditions. For the last few days, we have been hard at work, studying osprey, agriculture, mangroves, and bees. My group, the remaining half of Coconut Palm, was hard at work trying to get bees back to The Island School campus, both for the pollination of our orchard and so we can get fresh honey into our kitchens. After doing some research, the team, including Claire, Brian, Frankie, Erik and I, realized that in order to successfully start a hive we’d need to a get a queen honeybee to make The Island School its home. And as simple as that sounds, its really not. Groups had done it in the past, but the hive never stayed for more than a few months. We decided that we would be the group to change the future of The Island School bee issue. Continue reading

Empty Campus

For the next few days the campus will be quiet. No screams and giggles from dorms. No thudding and scurrying of feet along the conch lined walk ways. No classes. No morning exercise. All students are off on expedition! K1 and K4 are both on Down Island Trips, an educational road-trip across the island run by the Histories department. K2 and K3 are on opposite ends of their 8-Day Kayak trips. What that means for you, our readership, is that there are no Caciques on campus, and thus: no Cacique Updates. Luckily, this last week student Caciques have been busy busy busy and reluctant to get their updates turned in on time. So, I have a bit of a back-log of Updates to offer you in the next few days. Standby for Cacique thoughts on Island School  life from October 22nd, 24th, and 25th. But for now… enjoy these short hellos and goodbyes from K1, K3, and K4 and expect to hear more from K2 very soon.

Cacique Update October 18, 2011

by Caciques Tori Suslovitch and Brendan McDonnell

Today was the first full day that all of us were split up into two groups; half of us are out on 8-day kayak trips and trips “DownIsland.” In the next few days, kayakers will be camping out and the students going down island will get the chance to see the North side of Eleuthera. The other half of us are staying on campus for an academic week: classes today included a Research Statistics class, Marine Ecology, and Math.

During exploration time today, we rode our bikes to theMarina, enjoyed candy bars and cold sodas at the Marina Store, and floated down the current cut – a place where the tidal currents create a “lazy river” through the narrow channel. Swimming in the current cut is a little bit like life at The Island School: similar to the variety of marine life that coexists in the cut – butterflyfish, angelfish, grouper, stingrays, and countless others -  the Island Schools brings students from a variety of different places and backgrounds together. Continue reading

Cacique Update October 23, 2011

by Caciques Tori O and Erik

Due to the crazy schedule of kayak rotations, this Sunday was not our day off but rather a regular day filled with academic classes.  After sleep in till 8:00and breakfast, the morning began with Literature Class in which we discussed the importance of a hero’s journey both within the text of Omeros, as well as in our own lives.  We talked about famous heros we have read about and watched in movies and compared those to the personal heroes that play important roles in shaping who we are as individuals.  After Literature we had a long block of art which focused on the special objects we collected during our beach sweep the previous day.  We explored why these objects became personal as well as began water colors which displayed our objects in a unique way.

Following lunch we split into our Human Ecology classes and continued working on our projectitos.  The four groups, Mangroves, Osprays, Bees, and Agriculture continued to work in the field as well as on their presentations for the following day.  Our hard work went up till dinner which was then followed by regular study hours.

Greetings from the Oldest Student on Campus

Good day, Island School Blog readers!  This is Katie McDougall, the Fall 2011 “Master Teacher in Residence.”  By way of introduction, I hail from Nashville, TN where I’ve been teaching English at Ensworth High School.  Before that, I taught for a decade in Colorado Springs at The Colorado Springs School and at Cheyenne Mountain High School.  The Master Teacher position at The Island School was created so that a more experienced teacher can have a presence on campus and serve as a mentor to the many young teachers.  I came into this role quite serendipitously and have found myself amazed on a daily basis at this grand and sublime adventure.  (Right now as I type, the deep orange sun is rising over the ocean outside my front porch, confirming the accuracy of the word, sublime.)

As Master Teacher, one of my charges, in addition to team-teaching with the dynamic and fabulous Lit Department, is to regularly observe classes in subjects outside my discipline, and as a byproduct, I have become a student again.  I’ve been learning more broadly than I have for many years, and in doing so, I have had the unique opportunity to experience the full range of the students’ academic adventure (minus the homework.)  Continue reading

Cacique Update October 19, 2011

by Cacique Claire

We worked under the hot Bahamian sun shoveling seaweed to build our little mound of nutrients. All the while we talked about what it meant to be at The Island School and how after everyone has gone home, every student here leaves a legacy. Which is exactly what we did today! Today was legacy day here at The Island School which meant we all split up into groups and worked on certain projects to beautify and improve the campus. The mission of our group was to help to give shade and protection to the aquaponics wet lab, by planting trees and bushes in front of it. To do this we laid out logs then put down tree branches and on top of that we layered seaweed and sand to give our plants nutrients to grow. While we were hauling the logs and shoveling the seaweed we all began to talk about what we were doing. I imagined returning to The Island School years from now, and looking over to the wet lab and seeing the tall trees, that were the babies we planted today. We all began talking about what it’s like here at The Island School, and what our wanted our own personal legacies to look like. Continue reading

Cacique Update October 20, 2011

by Caciques Ihna and James

Yesterday, we visited a cruise ship port inSouth Eleutheracalled Princess Cays. Through our interactions with tourists, local Bahamians and cruise ship employees, we were able to get different perspectives on how the industry affects the individual lives of local Bahamians, and their economy as a whole. For most, this trip was an eye-opener. We started to realize how muchIslandSchoolis really changing us, how it has affected the way we act and think.

Ihna:  During our tour of the facilities, we often asked questions that related to how sustainable the area is. They were atypical questions, like “How do you get rid of your waste (both human and garbage)?” and “Do you use chemicals to get rid of the mosquitoes?”

All in all, it was a very interesting experience. It was really our first time being around non-locals and in fact, for me, I felt more comfortable approaching the Bahamian workers than the tourists. Continue reading

Cacique Update October 21, 2011

by Caciques Hallie and John

Today started out like so many before, gusting wind and a drizzle of rain. Not the kind of whether you’d expect from The Bahamas, but then again this whole experience has been a rollercoaster, fun but a little strange at points.  We had our run/swim tracks, with the runners sprinting around the Marina, and the swimmers swimming sprints through triangle cut. We then went to breakfast and prepared for the art field trip planned for the morning. We met at the vans at9:15for the drive to a beach in Rock Sound where we started off our time there with a 20-minute individual sketch session on the beach. The ocean was filled with white caps and the wind was whipping as we drew in our sketchbooks. Continue reading

Cacique Update October 17, 2011

by Caciques Connor Sullivan and Simon Mauck

Today was a day of mixed emotions. It was the beginning of our three week long rotation of Down Island Trips (DIT) and kayak adventures. For the DIT’s, we stay in our same groups from our kayak trips and car camp while we take an educational road trip down the island, going north. They are called “down island” trips due to the current that flows along Eleuthera that runs south to north. We (Connor and Simon) are in kayak group three, which means we will be having academic class time for the first week and a half. For the other half of the students, they spent the morning preparing and packing for either their eight-day kayak trip, or DIT. After goodbyes to fellow friends leaving for their adventures, we started our academic classes.

Despite rearranged schedules and new class groupings, we still have our weekly Community Outreach class with Deep Creek Middle School. As being a part of the grade 8 class, my buddy Cam and I (Connor) worked on Continue reading

Island School on the Road!

During the fall, The Island School goes on the road to visit alumni and host admissions receptions for prospective students. Here are some pictures from our travels:
Spring 2011 and Fall 2010 alumni at Hannah Twombly’s house in Falmouth, ME for an Island School admissions reception last Tuesday! From Left: Aldis Gamble, Izza Drury, Eliza Hazen, Mia Thomas, Sarah Becker, Hannah Twombly, Adam Wriggins, Ellen Doughty, and Hannah Leeman. Thanks for coming out! Continue reading