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The Lab School:  Celebrating in-person instruction at Deep Creek Primary School 

Imagine the pure zeal of the first day of school for every child after nearly two years of online learning! This visualization captures the energy of the students at Deep Creek Primary School the week of January 24, 2022, when schools in The Bahamas were permitted to resume face to face instruction. Despite the many global challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic including learning, the Deep Creek Primary School and The Island School partnership feels stronger than ever, and it is slated to be a strong finish to the academic year with all hands and resources on deck.

9 Ideas for Simple & Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions

Jan 20, 2022

As we enter the New Year many of us are looking for easy eco-friendly habits to work into everyday life. These nine simple resolutions can go hand in hand with other goals like saving money, prioritizing health and wellness, and being a responsible community member. Making a few easy adjustments to our typical routines can have a big impact on our communities, environment and the world around us.

Coral Restoration for Younger Generations from South Eleuthera

Through our restoration projects, our team promotes a connection between people and the environment in The Bahamas. As part of this effort, Coral Researcher & PADI IDC Staff Instructor Natalia Hurtado taught the PADI open water course to 5 participants of an extracurricular mentorship program at The Island School called the Young Men’s Leadership Program (YMLP). One of the participants said after the course “What I liked most about the open water course was being given the opportunity to explore the ocean.”

Remembering Nehemiah: Dear Friend and Local Legend

Jan 4, 2022

The Island School community will sincerely miss Nehemiah Taylor as our local legendary fisherman. He was a good friend to many and shared his kindness, insight and passion with our students and staff over the years. Miah, as everyone called him, grew up in Little Creek, Andros, spent time in Nassau, but called Eleuthera home. He loved the sea and grew up from a young age fishing. Over the years he would come to campus and share his knowledge and enthusiasm with our students taking them out on the banks and teaching them how to dive up conch. He offered his insight into the steady and tragic decline of the conch fishery and other important fisheries. He enjoyed sharing his skills as a fisherman as well as his life stories and his culture.

Biodiversity in the Boneyard

At first glance, this coastal area appears to be nothing more than a mismanaged dumpsite that has been taken over by an invasive species known as Australian Pine (Casuarina equisetifolia). However, one of our interns has been conducting research in the area and found that there is more native diversity here than initially meets the eye. By understanding what plant species are persisting in this stressful environment, we can prioritize our restoration efforts to facilitate the growth of native coastal vegetation that protects our coastlines. The restoration of native plant biodiversity can be a tool to increase coastal resilience and protect coastal communities like ours, to adapt to a changing climate.

Crab Fest 2021

“We all have something to learn from each other. While learning more about the ecology of these animals is crucial for their conservation, really understanding the importance of the fishery in the community context is equally as important. Events like Crab Fest are a great way to better grasp the significance of these animals from the stakeholder perspective.”

CEI Recovers Sea Glider from Atlantic

Research scientists from the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) at The Island School recovered an underwater sea glider from the Atlantic Ocean. The sea glider is a torpedo-shaped autonomous drone that measures upper ocean characteristics, such as temperature and salinity levels. This data is to improve forecasting for tropical storms and hurricanes in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Clean Beaches Building Strong Communities

A spirit of camaraderie permeated the Cotton Bay Beach clean up as The Island School community including Deep Creek Middle School and Early Learning Center students and staff, research staff from the Cape Eleuthera Institute and Ben Dougherty, CEO and Head of Schools worked side by side to keep our beautiful beaches clean. Clean Beaches Eleuthera reported that as a result of our combined efforts, in just two hours, we removed 395 pounds of trash from Cotton Bay Beach.

Upcycling: Cardboard into Mushrooms

In urbanized areas and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) like The Bahamas, our communities are vulnerable to low or declining agriculture due to soil fertility and management practices, access to capital, and climate change. These factors contribute to local food insecurity and systems of food deserts. Nevertheless, mushroom cultivation provides a direct solution as they can be cultivated on readily available organic waste substrates such as cardboard and paper, spent coffee grounds, and wood chips.

Upcycling: Cardboard into Mushrooms

Nov 11, 2021

Within the Caribbean region, cardboard accounts for about 20-30% of our municipal solid waste, and puts a strain on our landfill and dumpsite management due to its volume and lack…

CEI and NOAA Collaborate in Sea Glider Launch

The ultimate goal of this project is to take observational data of the upper ocean to improve hurricane forecasting in the North Atlantic Ocean. There are many partners throughout the Caribbean and North America working in collaboration with NOAA and the University of Miami on this regional project. The glider deployment with CEI is the first done in The Bahamas. This is really important work because The Bahamas is one of the most hurricane prone countries in the North Atlantic due to its location and proximity to Florida. This nation has historically been affected by the four different hurricane types, which develop in different areas in the North Atlantic basin.

Climate Change in Eleuthera

We know it’s happening, but why so much conversation about climate change, and what does it mean for Eleuthera? You’ve probably noticed that the North Atlantic hurricane season has gotten considerably more intense since 2016. After Hurricane Matthew, there has been at least one Major Hurricane (categories 3 – 5) almost every year in The Bahamas. The proportion of Major Hurricanes in the Atlantic Hurricane Season will continue to increase because of climate change, a new area of research for the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) at The Island School.

Keeping the Crawfish Fishery Sustainable

A new crawfishing season has arrived, marking an important time in the life of our island. The Bahamas crawfish industry was certified as a sustainable fishery in 2018 by the Marine Stewardship Council, the only lobster fishery in the region to have this seal of approval. We should be proud of this achievement that came from years of hard work by government officials, the fisheries sector and non-profit organizations all working together.

Fish Aggregation Devices

CEI scientist Eric Schneider published a recent paper about fish aggregation devices. Schneider explains that many different species of fish that live in the open ocean spend a lot of their time close to floating objects. Because structure in the open ocean is very uncommon, floating objects like logs, seaweed patches, or lost buoys provide a combination of benefits to fish in this habitat. Floating debris can act as shelter for small fish, a meeting point for fish to reform schools that have been separated, or also as a navigational aid.

Summer Apprentices: Opportunities & Collaboration with Young Leaders

Aug 13, 2021

We were thrilled to welcome six apprentices into our community for our annual Summer Apprentice Program.
Not only do our apprentices receive training in a specific trade, they also participate in weekly seminar classes that provide background and essential information on career development including financial management, resume writing, and communication skills. In addition, through support from generous donors, apprentices also receive a stipend for their five-week work program. This year’s apprentices are working alongside our research staff, dining services, alumni and administrative teams, facilities, and research technicians.

Alannah Vellacott receives 2021 Founders Alumni Award

Aug 2, 2021

We are proud to celebrate Alannah Vellacott F’08 as this year’s Founders Alumni Award recipient for the Cape Eleuthera Island School. Alannah is a Fall 2008 Semester Alumna, and a former Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholar. Alannah grew up in Grand Bahama, and arrived at Cape Eleuthera fully ready to take care of her ocean; she helped inspire our community and her peers as a student, and she continues to work with our research team as she pursues a career as a marine biologist.

Students Dive into Coral Restoration

Students at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) are diving head first into coral restoration!

The Perry Institute and CEI collaborate on ‘The Bahamas Coral Innovation Hub Project (BCIH)’, an initiative that aims to help reverse the decline of Bahamian reefs, with a focus on South Eleuthera. Island School Semester and Summer Term and Deep Creek Middle School students gained valuable hands-on coral restoration experience in an underwater classroom, working with PIMS researchers Natalia Hurtado and Casey Harris on various projects.

Coral Spawning is Upon Us!

Love is in the water!

Why?

Because many corals and marine invertebrates spawn between May and October. And when the water is warmest in July, August and September, we can observe massive spawning in many corals, like star, brain and Acroporid species.

DCMS Recycling Garden

Jun 8, 2021

In celebration of Earth Month and as part of an ongoing project, the Deep Creek Middle School Eco Club worked with staff from The Island School’s Cape Eleuthera Institute to organize a community roadside cleanup. This was in an effort not only to improve the aesthetic of the area but also to both engender support for community recycling and waste management as well as to assess the key waste streams in the community.

Semester 21 Celebrates Success

Jun 1, 2021

After a brief pause in programming, we were thrilled to wrap up a successful Island School semester in May 2021. Fifty-two students completed the Spring 2021 Semester and joined a strong cohort of over 2,000 alumni prepared to become leaders effecting change. Semester Director Sam Kosoff shared some final remarks at graduation, and we were delighted to recognize three students for their notable contributions to the semester, within an impressive group of peers.

Creative Conservation: A Close Look at Cardboard

May 21, 2021

Globally, cardboard is viewed as a problematic waste stream as 80% of all products in The USA and Europe are packaged in cardboard. Within the Caribbean region cardboard accounts for 10-20% of our solid waste, and puts a strain on our landfill and dumpsite management due to its volume and lack of recycling facilities. This semester at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI), our sustainable materials team conducted research with plant-based fibers to design consumer products and biodegradable packaging solutions.

Celebrating the Searle Legacy and The Island School Matriarch

May 21, 2021

Founder Chris Maxey reflects on the passing of Sally Searle, whom he refers to as The Island School’s matriarch. Dear friends of the Maxeys and the organization, Sally and her late husband Bill’s generosity, steady council, and shared vision are intimately woven in our history and have helped create The Island School as it stands today.

On Sunday evening May 2nd, Sally Searle passed away peacefully in her magical home on the ridge in Cotton Bay, Eleuthera. She had been clear with many that this is the way she wanted to die, to be in Eleuthera, fishing on the sea and watching the osprey soar above her home across the vast Atlantic horizon. Yellow Bird, her home in Cotton Bay, was her querencia, and she loved the beauty of nature all around.

Creative Conservation: A Close Look at Cardboard

Globally, cardboard is viewed as a problematic waste stream as 80% of all products in The USA and Europe are packaged in cardboard. Within the Caribbean region cardboard accounts for 10-20% of our solid waste, and puts a strain on our landfill and dumpsite management due to its volume and lack of recycling facilities. This semester at The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI), our sustainable materials team conducted research with plant-based fibers to design consumer products and biodegradable packaging solutions.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Update Spring 2021

May 3, 2021

As we begin the first of two Summer Terms and look forward to the next year, I write to share with you our plans for continual improvement in the area of equity and belonging for all of our community members.

With our mission and core principles ever in mind, we continue to pursue our central question “How do we live well in a place?” and our goal to “Create an intentional community in which members are cognizant of their abilities, limitations, and effect on others.” Thank you to all those in our extended community who have shared valuable insight and feedback in this process.

Island School Outreach; Adapting and Inspiring

Apr 20, 2021

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020, Island School Outreach shifted programming as originally designed to respond to the needs of the community, particularly the students we serve. As schools went remote, we committed to providing remote tutoring and learning support for our program participants to encourage students to stay engaged with their academics.

Determining a Fish’s Last Meal

Marine scientists have a hard time figuring out who eats who. On land, you can directly observe predation or study the scat that animals leave behind. In the ocean, it isn’t so simple. Fish poop immediately mixes with seawater and is difficult to collect, and fish often feed out of sight. Historically, scientists have turned to lethal methods like dissection and gut content analysis, or, for a non-lethal alternative, stomach lavage (essentially a stomach pump) to study fish diet. Over time, less invasive techniques have been developed.

Finlayson brings Atmospheric Science to CEI

When I was younger, hurricanes frequently struck our homes and destroyed so much. Growing up in Nassau, I witnessed the wreckage from Hurricane Michelle and Andrew as a little girl. When I went to college, Hurricane Irene followed me up to Connecticut and delayed my arrival. The following year, Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy ploughed over the US East Coast. I went from a childhood where I thought I understood how hurricanes behave to not understanding how they travelled so far up the US coast. These events pushed me to study how tropical cyclones function and develop, especially concerning the changing climate.

School Without Walls 2021

Last month, we held our third and final session of Schools Without Walls for the academic year. This week of experiential learning sees our Deep Creek Middle School students immerse themselves into other branches of the organization, which includes helping with research projects, working on our campus’s sustainability initiatives, and exploring iconic cultural and natural history sites across Eleuthera.

Innovative Coral Rearing Techniques

We’re thrilled to report some good news from our Coral Research team! It is always rewarding to see evidence of our research and strategies paying off to the benefit of the coral reefs we care about so deeply, as well as the long term health of our oceans. Coral reef decline has negatively impacted the ability of corals to produce viable offspring during reproductive spawning events.

ISLAND SCHOOL JOINS IN CELEBRATING OLIVIA WIGON SP’14

Jun 1, 2020

In 2019, The Island School community lost one of its own, Olivia Wigon, a Spring 2014 alumna, who lost her battle with mental illness and depression by way of suicide…

Spring 2020 Students Dive Into Experiential Learning

Mar 6, 2020

As the world finds itself noisier, busier and more technological than ever, an intimate reconnection with nature and each other is of significant value. At The Island School, students participate…

Celebrating Lighthouse Point

Mar 5, 2020

Lighthouse Point, the Southwestern tip of Eleuthera, is a sacred place for The Island School.  It is described by many as perhaps the most beautiful seascape in the world. In…

Marine Ecology Week

Oct 31, 2019

“We want the kids to understand and critically think about why the research is important” – Jack Bliss, Gap Year Program Coordinator. Students in our Gap Year program are able…

STUDENTS COMPLETE CORAL REEF ECOLOGY INTERNSHIP WITH CEI’S THE BAHAMAS CORAL INNOVATION HUB

Photo of the group collecting gamete bundles from the groove brain coral. Besides the coral team from CEI, Perry Institute for Marine Science, and Secore International we were joined by…

SEARCHING FOR THE KRAKEN- CAPTURING A LIVE GIANT SQUID ON CAMERA FOR FIRST TIME IN U.S. WATERS

On June 18, the Cape Eleuthera Institute was part of a great moment in the history of deep sea exploration!  Dr. Nathan Robinson, CEI Director, and Dr. Edie Widder, Co-Founder…

NEW RESEARCH MISSION IN THE BAHAMAS WILL FILL CRITICAL GAPS IN SHARK CONSERVATION DATA

Eleuthera, The Bahamas — Beginning June 25, OceanX, the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI), Florida International University (FIU), Microwave Telemetry and the Haiti Ocean Project (HOP) launched a new research and…

BAHAMAS CORAL INNOVATION HUB

This fall marks the beginning of the Bahamas Coral Innovation Hub! Based out of Cape Eleuthera, the hub aims to upscale coral reef restoration in the Bahamas, develop new technologies,…

USING ANIMAL-BORNE CAMERAS TO GET A TURTLE’S EYE VIEW OF THE BAHAMAS

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to swim through the ocean like a sea turtle? We certainly have, and the idea of seeing the world through the…

How to Help in the Aftermath of Hurricane Dorian

Sep 18, 2019

Following the recent destruction of Hurricane Dorian to the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, The Island School has received numerous inquiries as to what can be done and if…

Island School Alumni Complete Shark Explorers Internship

Aug 27, 2019

White wash, marvelous mountains, exquisite flora and fauna. Six individuals, twenty-two days, countless unforgettable experiences.  Five months ago, the six of us were connected through an email thread…succinct and slightly…

Island School Alumni Join Shark Explorers

Aug 12, 2019

Six Island School alumni just finished their first week with Shark Explorers in South Africa. Here’s what their experience has been like so far, in their own words. Off the…

Mycoremediation: An Edible Solution of Waste to Fuel to Food

Coffee grounds, an invasive tree called Casuarina, biodiesel byproducts, and gourmet mushrooms — How are these four, seemingly disparate items related? As part of the Center for Sustainable Development’s 2019…

Inaugural “Introduction To Solar-Electric Theory, Design, and Construction” Course Completed

Sep 14, 2018

Michael, one of our general systems interns and two participants work to install the solar modules along the roof. Earlier this month we announced that CEIS was granted an annual…

First in The Commonwealth… Again

Aug 22, 2018

The year 2018 has been a year of firsts on the Cape Eleuthera Island School campus. With all the accolades that have come the school’s way for its marine science…

Turning Trash Into Treasure

Aug 13, 2018

CSD pursues new project to convert glycerol waste. Two small, unassuming boxes sit under the window in the small kitchen at the back of the Center for Sustainable Development. Small…

Celebrating Merlene (Mooch) Munnings and Sheryl Deveaux

Jun 21, 2018

Since the inception of our ever-growing organization, Mooch and Sheryl have been the ladies behind the scenes that have fed the droves of people who make there way through our…

A Generous Gift from the Dalio Foundation Allows Our Institute’s Research to Dive Deeper…

This spring, the Dalio Foundation allowed for our Cape Eleuthera Institute Research Team to be a part of something never before done on the Cape. One of the Dalio family’s philanthropic…

Permaculture: A Farewell from the Permacults!

Jun 12, 2018

The Permaculture Team’s Parents Weekend meal was a huge success! To recap, the menu included appetizers such as tilapia and coconut meat. For the main meal, the parents were served…

CSD Plastic-to-Fuel Project Receives National Energy Globe Award

Jun 7, 2018

The Center for Sustainable Development is excited to announce that it has recently received some global recognition! The Plastic-to-Fuel via Pyrolysis Project has been awarded the 2018 National Energy Globe…

Permaculture Research Team: A Week of Harvesting

May 22, 2018

After three weeks of expeditions, the Permaculture Research Team is finally all back together and busy preparing for Parents Weekend, which begins this week. As a part of the Permaculture…

Bringing The Island School ethos to Harlem: why Nick Lanza, SP’10 wants to level the education playing field.

May 18, 2018

Nick Lanza, Spring 2010 Island School Alumnus and Faculty Member 2012 – 2016 Nick Lanza has The Island School pumping through his veins. Eleuthera and his time on the Cape…

Mary Assini, SP’00 returns as Executive Director of the Cape Eleuthera Foundation

May 17, 2018

Mary Assini is a proud Spring 2000 alumna, a nine-year Cape Eleuthera Island School team member, and a passionate champion for experiential education and taking a less traveled path. After…

Island Schoolers Run (Swim) the Boston Marathon

May 17, 2018

Hanna Atwood at the 13.1 mile mark with three of her Fall 2017 students (Zander Gomez, Annabelle Dewing, and Cece Pilgrim).  This year the Boston Marathon was the first annual…

Permaculture Research Team: Farm-to-Table

May 11, 2018

The Permaculture Research Team has been busy over the past academic week in its progress towards Parents Weekend! The team has continued collecting and comprehending data, visited a local farm…

How to Help the Bee Population in Your Own Garden

May 10, 2018

One of the newest projects at the Center for Sustainable Development, or CSD, is bee keeping! Over the past year we started saving bee colonies that would otherwise be exterminated…

Alumni Spotlight: John Wall, NBA all-star, hires Horatio Smith (Fall ’02) as his personal chef.

May 7, 2018

Horatio Smith, Fall 2002. John Wall, the Washington Wizard’s five-time NBA all-star, hired an Island School alumnus as his personal chef. Last month, the Washington Post published an article about…

Boathouse Expansion Project Well Underway

May 1, 2018

April 1, 2018 Opened in 2008, the Sydney C. DeVos Dive Center is one of the most frequently utilized buildings on The Cape Eleuthera Island School (CEIS) campus, providing services…

Celebrating Earth Day in South Eleuthera

Apr 26, 2018

Over the weekend, Cape Eleuthera Island School (CEIS) celebrated the 7th annual Earth Day Fest hosted by One Eleuthera at the Center for Training and Innovation (CTI) in Rock Sound.…

Permaculture Research Team: Plant Science and Botany

Apr 13, 2018

During academic week three, the Permaculture Research team focused their sights on plant science and botany. Our primary projects this week included: pruning the CSD orchard, making our own moringa…

How to Make Organic Biochar at Home

Apr 12, 2018

At the Center for Sustainable Development we use organic biochar to help our soil produce the best vegetation possible. Biochar is a stable carbon-rich product of pyrolysis (the thermal decomposition…

Permaculture Research Team: Soil Amendments

Apr 9, 2018

Last week, the Permaculture research group began to explain their research and findings in and out of the classroom. To recap, this semester we are on a quest to understand…

The Importance of Using Multiple Types of Solar Panels

Mar 30, 2018

Solar energy has been a leading project of the Center for Sustainable Development since the organization was founded in 2014. We felt it necessary to explore alternative energy sources in…

Permaculture Research Team: How do we feed ourselves?

Mar 28, 2018

This spring semester, there’s a lot growing on at the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD). One of the four CSD-based Applied Scientific Research classes through The Island School semester program…

How To Fillet a Tilapia

Mar 15, 2018

In our last blog we talked all about why we raise and harvest tilapia here at the Center for Sustainable Development. This week we are giving you the steps on…

WILD BAHAMAS An Illustrated Ecology of The Bahamas: Sun, Sand, and Sea from A-Z

Mar 15, 2018

Wild Bahamas An Illustrated Ecology of The Bahamas: Sun, Sand, and Sea from A-Z Over the past two years, Leigh and Lisa Schmitt have been working dutifully behind the scenes.…

Ride For Hope Saw Many Members of The Island School Family

Mar 13, 2018

Maxey and his old rusty bike participated in the Ride for Hope this past weekend, completing over 50 miles from Governor’s Harbour to the Glass Window Bridge. The event, now in its…

A Weekend Retreat for our Young Men’s Leadership Program

Mar 9, 2018

Over the mid-term break Island School hosted an overnight leadership development retreat on our campus for the Young Men’s Leadership Program (YMLP). The first session started as soon as the…

Why We Raise and Harvest Tilapia

Mar 2, 2018

Our aquaponics system is a huge part of the many things we do around here at the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD). Aquaponics helps us produce our own food quickly…

Tissue Samples to be Tested for Plastic Presence and Toxicity

Stomach, liver and white muscle tissue samples collected by CEI’s Sustainable Fisheries research team were successfully received by the University of North Carolina Wilmington last week. This is part of…

DCMS Becomes first World Citizen Peace Site in The Bahamas

World Citizen, a non-profit organization launched in 1982, maintains its mission to “support peace education and the concept of world citizenship,” focusing its activities and efforts specifically on children and…

How To Make Your Own Natural And Effective Fertilizer

Feb 15, 2018

Here at the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), we have been working hard to find the best formula for natural, nutritious fertilizer that we can make ourselves. We have a…

Celebrating Dave Singer and Diana Kapp (Dave and Di)

Feb 12, 2018

Dave and Di receive Robert Bateman Osprey print a symbol of their ongoing commitment to Island School students Chris and Pam Maxey along with the Board of Directors were able to…

The Honorable Hank Johnson joins the Young Men’s Leadership Program for a day

Feb 8, 2018

The Young Men’s Leadership Program with The Honorable Hank Johnson on The Island School campus. (From left to right: Stan Burnside, Shicardo Knowles, Ethan Forbes, Theondre Ferguson, Kiyano Butler, Alex…

The 2018 Cacique Maxey Award Goes To…

Feb 7, 2018

…Mike Cortina! Mike Cortina works on a new solar array at the Cape Eleuthera Marina  –  Photo by Ben Kaufman At a recent alumni gathering in San Francisco at the…

Summer Camp 2018!

Thank you to the following camps and academic institutions for your generous scholarship support. With your partnerships, we are able to offer twenty summer opportunities to our middle school students- sixteen of…

Island School Alumni Work Together on UVM Rescue Team

Feb 1, 2018

Libby Schwab, F’14, and Kyle Titsworth, S’12, on duty together for UVM Rescue.  Libby and Kyle, Island School Alumni and University of Vermont students, have ended up working on the same…

Project 110: A Transference Service Project

Feb 1, 2018

The Island School Seminar course serves as a capstone experience, where students are guided through projects and reflections that stem from the guiding question, How can we live better in…

IS Alumna, Kyra Hall, Speaks at Conference About the Future of Education

Jan 30, 2018

Kyra Hall, F’16, and another keynote speaker at IgniteSTEM. Our own Kyra Hall, F’16, presented her Island School research as a keynote speaker at a conference at Princeton University called…

Abaco Science Alliance Conference

Jan 19, 2018

Candice Brittain talking about the importance of parrotfish conservation in The Bahamas. Last week, Candice Brittain (Director of Outreach and Partnerships), Meagan Gary (CEI Scientist) and Eric Schneider (CEI Scientist)…

CEI Attends Abaco Science Alliance Conference

Candice Brittain presenting the parrotfish research, and showing an image of Deep Creek Middle School students preparing a skit to perform in their communities conveying the importance of parrotfish to…

Site-Specific Art with World-Renowned Earthscape Artist: Andres Amador

Jan 9, 2018

The power of geometry to focus the mind and create perfection on a large-scale monumental sculpture is introspective and grounding. The process is much like a walking prayer. Island School…

Understanding Bonefish Spawning

Not much is known about bonefish spawning or their juvenile stages. As a $141 million-dollar industry in The Bahamas alone, understanding these crucial phases of the bonefish lifecycle is important…

CEI research teams present at Fall 2017 Parents Weekend

Collaborating with Island School students is always a rewarding experience for CEI researchers, and it was no different for the class of Fall ‘17. This semester, CEI research classes both…

Sue Bear, Playwright, Visits DCMS

Art is a powerful for communicating messages. Photographs give an important visual reference. Paintings and sculptures offer the opportunity to dig more deeply into the feelings of the message. Theater,…

Sue Bear, Playwright, Visits Campus

Nov 15, 2017

Art is a powerful tool for communicating messages. Photographs give an important visual reference. Paintings and sculptures offer the opportunity to dig more deeply into the feelings of the message.…

Reflections from the Advisory of Lydia Felty

Nov 3, 2017

Many Thursday afternoons are spent with advisories, small groups of one faculty member and four or five students. Those groups also include an extended advisory, a larger group of Cape…

Biochar and Biofertilzer: A New CSD Experimental Research Project

Nov 2, 2017

Sustainable agriculture is a new and exciting area of research being conducted at The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD). The experimental research is being lead by two of our Biologists,…

Small Island Sustainability Retrofit: A Case Study at The Deep Creek Middle School

Oct 17, 2017

With an eye towards continued improvement of our campuses and facilities, this fall, an Island School Research Team has engaged with The Deep Creek Middle School (DCMS) in a energy…

Reflections from the Advisory of Olivia Lord

Oct 17, 2017

Clea Guerrand-Hermes I usually go to this place at sunset and in the night. This is my place to reflect and have appreciation for the beauty of the ocean. The…

A Community Honoring of Loved Ones

Oct 9, 2017

This morning, students, faculty and staff of The Island School family waded out into the water on Boys’ Dorm Beach to place a flower in honor of their loved ones. This…

Reflections from the Advisories of Lizzy Reed and Hanna Atwood

Oct 6, 2017

These two advisories teamed up to create a video to teach our friends and families back home about the part of our campus where we spend the most time: The…

Reflections from the Advisory of Ella Kim

Sep 27, 2017

For this week’s student-led contribution to the blog, Ella’s advisory took inspiration from their Literature and Writing class and wrote a short poem that they feel encapsulates their experience thus…

The Island School Welcomes Distinguished Guest to Campus: Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Dr. Hubert Minnis

Sep 25, 2017

Maxey describes our biodiesel facility to Prime Minister Minnis and his colleagues  This past weekend, friends and family of The Island School had the distinct pleasure of welcoming Prime Minister…

Reflections from the Advisory of Caleb Florence

Sep 19, 2017

The Island School has opened my eyes to countless experiences that have changed my life. From kayak trips to free diving opportunities at 6:30 in the morning, I have been…

A Four Year Legacy: Dr. Owen O’Shea

As summer draws to a close, and and we welcome hurricane season slightly earlier than we did last year, we also say goodbye to a staple member of our community…

Bahamas Charitable Giving Foundation Makes Leadership Gift to Support Bahamian Scholarships

Sep 13, 2017

On behalf of the Bahamas Charitable Giving Foundation (BCGF), Gary Larson, Council Member, presents Chris Maxey with a gift that will help launch a new generation of Bahamian leaders. This…

Summer Bridge 2017

We are excited to welcome 18 new students to the DCMS family. A successful six day Summer Bridge program has just finished that introduced new students to the routines, faculty,…

Remembering Sandy Mactaggart

Aug 24, 2017

Sandy receiving an Island School pin during the Fall 2012 Research Symposium. March 11, 1928 – July 3, 2017 The Island School will miss Sandy Mactaggart. Sandy was a rare Scottish…

Island School Alum, Colleen McGuinness, Reflects on the Wider IS Community

Aug 15, 2017

From left: Taylor Hoffman, Colleen McGuinness, Maggie Nichols, Glenn Hartman-Mattson, Alex Cates “My name is Colleen McGuinness, and I am a Spring 2015 Alumna working as an intern in the…

“We Never Left Eden. We Just Forgot It.” Hayden Stebbins’ journey to a more sustainable food culture.

Aug 10, 2017

Morals harvested during a Forage and Feast event.  Hayden Stebbins, SP’06 alumnus, and S’12 Faculty has found his passion for plants and put it into action. Since Hayden’s semester eleven years…

CEI Hosts Youth “Explorer Camps”

Last week, 29 young explorers joined our campus community for a week of hands-on learning, new experiences, and fun in the sun! They were divided into the Teen Explorer Camp…

A Glimpse into the “Down Island Trip”

Jul 19, 2017

Every semester, Island School students have the opportunity to learn more from the people and natural environment that are part of the island of Eleuthera by venturing off the Cape…

Young Alumni Come Together for a Summer Cookout

Jun 30, 2017

On Wednesday, June 28th recent Island School alumni came together in Wellesley for a BBQ. The evening was complete with burgers, hot dogs, and some pool time. Thank you to…

BTC helps sponsor international travel for DCMS students

BTC recently helped to make the international travel dreams of twenty seven young students a reality as a Gold Sponsor to the Deep Creek Middle School’s (DCMS) Starlight Affair Fundraiser.…

Island School Alumni Take Ocean Pollution Into Their Own Hands: The Plastic Pick-Up

Jun 16, 2017

Two of The Island School’s most recent alumni, Jack Johnston and Alex Weber (Spring 2017), began this project long before they set foot on our campus. In May 2016, the…

Weekly Peek: Morning Exercise!

Jun 9, 2017

In a sense, the development of compassion and the ability to nurture is a large part of the journey that Island School students go through over the course of a…

Weekly Peek: Literature and Writing Class!

Jun 2, 2017

As we wrap up the Spring ’17 semester here on Eleuthera, students are partaking in a variety of reflective activities and final projects around campus. On Wednesday, students presented what…

Reflections from the Advisory of Nick Archibald

May 31, 2017

From left: Nick Archibald, Will Enterline, Margot Solvay and Sawyer Gouldman. Moments. Will Enterline At the Island School, there are so many moments that happen daily they are hard to…

Showing art and sharing knowledge

Earlier this month, representatives from the Cape Eleuthera Institute headed to Rock Sound to provide the science background behind an art show showcasing a local hidden treasure: the parrotfish. The…

Reflections from the Advisory of Caleb Florence

May 26, 2017

From left: Brad Stanton, Caroline Woodard, Oliver Parizeau, Katherine Kosoff and Tripp Markuson. Oliver Parizeau Morning workouts at The Island School are like a box of chocolates; you never really…

It’s Gap Year Decision Day!

To celebrate Gap Year Decision Day, here is a few diary entries from CEI gap year alumni describing their time on our campus. Eidan Willis In late August, I began…

Antonius Roberts Artist-In-Residence: Marielle Barrow, Spring 2017

May 25, 2017

Because our mission at The Island School is to guide future leaders, we have always encouraged the use of different languages and methods to help students practice exploring with new…

A New Coral Nursery Initiative: A Collaboration Between the Center for Sustainable Development and the Cape Eleuthera Institute

May 22, 2017

After the recent addition of a newly established Acropora cervicornis (staghorn coral) nursery, the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) Reef Ecology and Conservation Team has embarked on yet another coral propagation…

Tagging sharks in Cat Island

Over the course of the last two weeks, members from the Shark Research and Conservation Program traveled to Cat Island, The Bahamas, for the 7th annual oceanic whitetip shark tagging…

The Buddy Program with The Island School

Summer Smith (Grade 7) with her IS buddy, Abby Wright. Yesterday, the students of Deep Creek Middle School (DCMS) jumped into vans and joined the Island School community for an afternoon…

Former Island School parent, Amy Sackman, commemorates her son’s experience

May 15, 2017

As Spring 2017 Parents’ Weekend gets underway, we wanted to share former Island School parent Amy Sackman’s perspective on her experience that many families – past and present – can…

Weekly Peek: The Buddy Program

May 12, 2017

Abby Wright with her DCMS buddy from Grade 7. Yesterday, the students of Deep Creek Middle School (DCMS) jumped into vans and joined the Island School community for an afternoon…

Sea Turtle Research at CEI awarded Disney Conservation Foundation grant

We are excited to announce that Cape Eleuthera Institute has been awarded a grant from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) as a part of the Fund’s focus on reversing the…

Reflections from the Advisory of Max Maloberti

May 11, 2017

Andrew Treat, Natalie Edman, Jarrett Young, Maggie Kearney, and Henry Howe Henry Howe The 50 days leading up to our expedition rotation were remarkable and have made my Island School…

2017 Maxey Cacique Award – Mackey Violich (F ’06)

Every year, The Island School is proud to present the Maxey Cacique Alumni Award to honor one alumnus who has lived our mission to make a difference in the world.  Our…

Thanking Alumni Board Members: Johann Scheidt, Meg Bunn and Nick Del Vecchio

May 8, 2017

Here at The Island School, it is common for alumni to return to the school in any one of a number of positions: as interns, as members of the faculty,…

Shark research with our Bahamian colleagues

The Cape Eleuthera Institute, Island School and Center for Sustainable Development are like one big family and we all appreciate each other’s roles in making our campus so special. This…

Weekly Peek: Histories Class!

May 5, 2017

The Governor’s Harbour Library.  Today marks the end of Spring 2017 Expeditions. By tomorrow evening, all 53 students will be back on campus, with stories ripe for the sharing. Half…

The adventures of Crabman and Dr. Van Leeuwen

Cape Eleuthera Institute is excited to introduce a new project led by CEI Research Associate Dr. Travis Van Leeuwen and visiting scientist Dr. Iain “Crabman” McGaw from Memorial University, Canada.…

2017 Maxey Cacique Award – Mackey Violich (F ’06)

May 4, 2017

Every year, The Island School is proud to present the Maxey Cacique Alumni Award to honor one alumnus who has lived our mission to make a difference in the world.  Our…

Reflections from the Advisory of Jenna Gersie

May 3, 2017

Michael Freeman Over the course of the five-day Down Island Trip, we were given lots of time to explore various sites around the island of Eleuthera. Each settlement or natural…

Earth Day antics

On Saturday 22nd April, CEI was presented with the opportunity to participate in the annual Earth Day event hosted by One Eleuthera at Center for Training and Innovation in Rock…

Weekly Peek: Seminar Class!

Apr 28, 2017

The Island School Seminar class began in the Fall semester of 2016. It was the brainchild of Chris Maxey, Ashley Waldorf, and Peter Zdrojeuski, and now serves as a capstone…

Dr. Kathrin Lampert visits CEI

This week Dr. Kathrin Lampert from Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany is visiting the CEI campus. Dr. Lampert is co-supervising a project in collaboration with Dr. Owen O’Shea and the Stingray…

Reflections from the Advisory of Jason Kincaid

Apr 26, 2017

Abby Wright Every day at the Island School is full of opportunities and challenges. From swim track to research class, Monday through Saturday is packed with events. Sunday is the…

Boarding School Congratulations!

DCMS Students will attend Brewster Academy, The Bement School, Lawrenceville School, and The Pennington School this Fall! Congratulations to Tiia, Forrest, Jade and Tiara! Jade Knowles will attend Brewster Academy…

CEI Presents at the 37th International Sea Turtle Symposium

Annabelle Brooks and Meagan Gary at the 37th International Sea Turtle Symposium Last week the International Sea Turtle Society hosted their 37th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and conservation…

Antarctica to Eleuthera

After a recent expedition to Antarctica, Amy Reed visited DCMS. Ms. Reed is a Geology Professor at Colgate University and teaches Oceanography. She has been visiting Antarctica for several decades.…

Weekly Peek: Expeditions and Down-Island Trips!

Apr 21, 2017

Twice each semester, Island School students embark on expeditions: days-long trips around the island of Eleuthera that help one to develop a more intimate sense of place. First, we get…

A new coral nursery site on Cape Eleuthera

During the last week of March, which was blessed with calm winds and clear skies, the reef team had the honor to collaborate with Stephanie Schopmeyer, a returning visiting coral…

Reflections from the Advisory of Flora Weeks

Apr 19, 2017

Students spend the week before departing on expeditions working through “midterms.” But at The Island School, midterms don’t include exams. Though there are preliminary grades recorded and sent home, the…

Purposing Our Boys With a Brighter Future – Local and International Leaders Gather at The Island School

Apr 18, 2017

Students from local high schools and junior high schools were invited to attend the conference. The Young Men’s Leadership Retreat is a part of the Young Men’s Leadership Program (YMLP),…

Weekly Peek: Dorm Life!

Apr 15, 2017

Each semester, the Island School hosts about fifty students. Housing for these students consists of two dorm buildings, each with a common room and two wings. Within each wing is…

Dr. Owen O’Shea visits Bimini Biological Field Station

This past week saw Dr. Owen O’Shea of the CEI Shark Research and Conservation Program travel to Bimini to begin discussions about a new and very exciting collaboration with the…

Reflections from the Advisory of Alex Cook

Apr 12, 2017

Keenan McMorrow – Advisory is one of the most fun times of the week when you get together with your advisory and plan a fun afternoon. Claire de Cordova – Advisory…

Weekly Peek: Applied Mathematics!

Apr 7, 2017

How do we see the world around us? As individuals, we each perceive reality through many different frameworks. A framework is comprised of a set of concepts that define the…

Exploring the Exumas

Last week the CEI Elasmobranch Research Team took a trip to the beautiful islands of the Exumas in search of southern stingrays (Hypanus Americanus). This chain of hundreds of small…

Reflections from the Advisory of Liz Slingsby

Apr 5, 2017

Alex Weber, Ellie Felderman, LIZ, Sibley Dickinson, Troy Dillon, and Luke Weinstein From the beginning, advisory was the foundation of our Island School experience. It give us a group of…

Commemorating Derek Walcott

Apr 4, 2017

Written by Jenna Gersie, a current Island School Literature Teacher Early in the morning on March 17, Derek Walcott passed away at the age of 87 in his home near…

Weekly Peek: Marine Ecology Class!

Mar 31, 2017

It might seem obvious at first that a school on a Caribbean island would offer a Marine Ecology class. It’s the perfect place to get to know an amazing variety…

Fishing for science: understanding predator-prey interactions at a bonefish spawning aggregation

This winter, the Flats team along with CEI’s research assistant and graduate student at Michigan State University, Georgie Burruss, wrapped up field work for year two of a three-year study…

Reflections from the Advisory of Rikka Wommack

Mar 29, 2017

From left to right: Addy Brown, Nevin Ketchum, Laela Lunt, Sam Peck Laela Lunt     Mondays: Research Days One aspect of the Island School that is so special and…

STOP! Hammer time.

Thursday last week saw a rare break from the northeast winds that have been relentlessly blowing across campus. The Shark Research and Conservation Team took this opportunity to set longlines…

POPS YOUTH SUMMIT: CALIFORNIA

This February, DCMS students traveled across the continent for our fourth consecutive attendance at POPS: Plastic Ocean Pollution Solutions Algalita Youth Summit at Dana Point, California. Along with Ms. Elliott,…

SCHOOL WITHOUT WALLS: NOVEMBER

G7: Snorkeling, exploring, adventuring! Turtles, rays, mangroves! Our Seven’s were on the go as they eagerly explored marine ecosystems of South Eleuthera. During this time, they were all scientists, exploring,…

Weekly Peek: Living Sustainably at The Island School – The Students’ Perspective

Mar 24, 2017

Here at The Island School, the campus is the classroom. A series of systems and design principles allow our students and our community members to actually live what they learn.…

Reflections from the Advisories of Pat Lamontagne and Cam Raguse

Mar 22, 2017

Olive Cowan Just 18 days into the semester and I feel like I’ve been here for years, the fastest, most compact and dense years of my life. Coming in everyone…

Tales of the turtle team

As we wave goodbye to our recent visitors, the CEI turtle team would like to extend a huge thank you to the two fabulous Earthwatch teams who shared our enthusiasm…

Weekly Peek: Land and Environmental Art!

Mar 17, 2017

The Land and Environmental Art class at the Island School is different from most other art classes. It provides a unique and wholly necessary means by which our students forge…

Alumni Following in Maxey’s Footsteps: The Power of Experiential Education

Mar 17, 2017

Molly George in one of her classrooms. Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park, Utah.  Molly George attended IS in the FA’07. After graduation from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, she taught…

Fishing for knowledge in The Bahamas

The CEI reef team are working in partnership with the Institute for Social Ecological Research (ISER) Caribe on an interdisciplinary research project to understand the ecology and social perceptions of…

Weekly Peek: SCUBA!

Mar 10, 2017

SCUBA is a powerful part of the Island School experience. It allows the connection between the members of our community and the underwater world to grow deeper – pun intended…

The Island School: A Model for Educational Revolution

Mar 9, 2017

The world of education is changing, and The Island School is leading the charge. The classroom structure that was designed to educate masses of young people with skills to be…

Catching Crabs By Moonlight

Over the past few weeks, the CEI reef team has gone on three night dives in search of the nocturnal West Indian spider crab (Mithrax spinosissimus).  At the start of…

Caught By Surprise

Every day on a shark research boat is exciting, but hauling in a huge tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) is definitely a once in a lifetime experience. At the start of…

Pioneer Island School teacher Sarah Karlo returns & remembers how things have changed

Feb 24, 2017

Editor’s note: Sarah Karlo taught the very first Island School English literature class – which featured the Homeric epic poem Omeros by Nobel laureate Derek Walcott – to 22 pioneer…

Rapid Reef Assessments in South Eleuthera

On January 29th, visitors Lindy Knowles of the Bahamas National Trust and Hayley Jo Carr of Stuart Cove’s arrived in Eleuthera from Nassau to assist in the surveying of reefs…

Ellie Corbett, SP’15, Interns with Dr. Edith Widder

Ellie Corbett’s last jump off High Rock during Spring 2015. Growing up on the coast, Ellie, SP ’15, knew she loved the ocean long before going to The Island School.…

Island School alum, CEI Grad Student featured on Cal Bears site

Mackey Violich, a former student from fall 2006, and now a graduate student at the Cape Eleuthera Institute through Florida State University, has been featured on the Cal Bear website. At…

This Holiday Season, Think Tiny

Dec 26, 2016

Santa Clara’s rEvolve House.  George Giannos, Fall 2010 Alumnus, took what he learned at The Island School and built on it. This fall, with a team of engineering students at…

Dr Owen O’Shea visits the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The ongoing collaboration between the Cape Eleuthera Institute and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWWCC) was recently further endorsed with a visit by Research Associate Dr Owen O’Shea…

Coral and Hurricane Matthew

As Hurricane Matthew made contact with the Bahamas in early October, it brought with it many threats of damage and devastation. The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) was extremely fortunate in…

The return of old friends

It’s been an exciting time for the shark team at the Cape Eleuthera Institute with 2 tagged sharks recaptured over the past few weeks. The team has been conducting frequent…

School Without Walls

Over the past two weeks the CEI Sea Turtle Research and Conservation team has had the opportunity to join forces with the grade 7 and 8 classes of Deep Creek…

New England Road Trip: The Island School Admissions Team is in Full Swing of Travel Season

Last week our admissions team, Taylor Hoffman (SP‘06), Maggie Nichols (F‘09), and Glenn Hartman-Mattson (Faculty‘14-15), visited high schools and colleges throughout New England! We spoke with prospective students and caught…

European Elasmobranch Association meets in Bristol

Over the weekend of the 28-30th October the European Elasmobranch Association met for its annual conference hosted by The Shark Trust in Bristol, England. Daniel Montgomery, a graduate student with…

HIOBS group prepares to head out

Today marks the start of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound Maine to Bahamas sailing expedition to the Exuma Cays! After 10 days on campus learning about sustainability, the marine environment,…

Fore the Ocean: Future Island School students clean up Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay is full of golf balls, Alex and Jack are the “somebodies” to do something about it. Alex Weber and Jack Johnston will be students attending The Island School…

DMCS Joins Fourth Annual International Coastal Cleanup

DCMS recently joined forces with Preston H. Albury High School, Harbour Island All Age School, and The Island School for the fourth annual International Coastal Cleanup Day. The cleanup took place…

Maxey in New England

Chris Maxey and Cape Eleuthera Foundation Chairman, Ernie Parizeau, traveled to Hanover, New Hampshire and Middlebury, Vermont earlier this week. Alumni and families gathered to share stories and reminisce about…

Alumni Spotlight: Carter Brown (Sp ’09)

Our bus came up a short hill, rounded the last corner and before us was a sign marking the entrance. The Island School! As we crunched and bounced down the…

MAX AMOS: A Tale of Two Paradises

We had a unique opportunity to enrich our current Grade 8 Arts topic of portraits and painting. The NAGB (National Art Gallery of The Bahamas) came to Eleuthera from Nassau…

CEI shark team pulls in rare catch!

On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, the CEI Shark Research and Conservation Team caught and sampled a huge 258 cm male lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris). This thrilling capture was made while…

CEI and SECORE document critically endangered coral spawning

SECORE (SExual COral REproduction) International arrived at the Cape Eleuthera Institute last month for a week of research focused on coral spawning. SECORE is a non-profit organization dedicated to the…

Coral reef survey techniques workshop help at CEI

On August 20th, Dr. Craig Dahlgren from The Perry Institute for Marine Science Laboratory arrived at CEI along with more than 20 scientists and conservationists from around the Bahamas and…

Alumni Spotlight: Devin Gilmartin (F’14) and Tegan Maxey

If you have been following this blog for a while, you may remember back in May when we published a piece about Fall 2014 alum Devin Gilmartin and his 2020…

CEI team visits with Space 2 Create summer camp

Last week, four members of staff from Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) visited Harbour Island as part of an outreach event working with the summer camp Space 2 Create. Space 2…

Studying the knowledge and consumption of lionfish on Eleuthera

Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans) is a venomous species that has been invasive to The Bahamas for over a decade (since 2004). It was first observed around Eleuthera in 2005 and…

Operation Wallacea student investigates growth rates at the CEI coral nursery

Over the course of six weeks, Natasha Webbe of the University of Leeds, a student representing Operation Wallacea, has been working with the Cape Eleuthera Institute to study the success…

Operation Wallacea students participate in sea turtle research

Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) are one of only seven remaining sea turtle species. These reptiles were classified as an endangered species on the IUCN Red list, following the abrupt…

Simeon Bethel Heading to Deerfield Academy!

Island School faculty Leigh Schmitt (Deerfield Academy class of 1990) and Simeon, (class of 2020) Simeon Bethel has been accepted and enrolled at Deerfield Academy, an independent private school in…

Summer research focusing on critically endangered coral reef species

Elkhorn (Acropora palmata) and staghorn (Acropora cervicornis) corals are major reef-building corals found off the shores of Florida and throughout the Caribbean. In recent decades there has been a widespread…

Sea Turtle team supports the Bahamas National Trust summer camp

On Thursday, July 28th representatives from the sea turtle research team at CEI went to the Leon Levy Preserve in Governor’s Harbour to share their knowledge about sea turtles with…

The Young Men’s Leadership Retreat: A Year-Long Pioneering Program a Year in the Making

This July, we welcomed a group of 15 young men (aged 10-18) to become future leaders and change makers. This 8 day program, lead by Chris Maxey (Island School Founder),…

American Elasmobranch Society meets in New Orleans

The American Elasmobranch Society recently met in New Orleans for their annual meeting, attended by an international collective of shark and ray scientists to discuss current and ongoing work in…

Operation Wallacea

During the course of a six-week program, three students representing Operation Wallacea (Marcus Griffiths of the University of Nottingham, Rob McCalman of the University of Portsmouth and Lucy Arrowsmith of…

CEI scientists present research at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium

written by Dr. Jocelyn Curtis-QuickThe International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) is the olympics of marine biology and is only held every four years. It is the primary international meeting focused…

Alumni Spotlight: Maddie Hawk (SP ’10)

Maddie Hawk from the Spring 2010 Island School recently graduated from DePauw University with a double major in English (literature) and film studies. She was a member of Phi Beta…

Chris and Pam visit the African Leadership Academy in South Africa

Jun 27, 2016

Last week, Chris and Pam Maxey visited the African Leadership Academy (ALA) in South Africa. They met with founder Chris Bradford and faculty leaders to share ideas for how The…

The Bahamas National Trust Co-hosts Caribbean Shark Conservation Symposium

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) joined the Government of St. Maarten, St. Maarten Nature Foundation, and The Pew Charitable Trusts as hosts of the Caribbean Shark Conservation Symposium, which took…

Stingrays: Whiptail Genetics

Recently, the Cape Eleuthera Institute’s Stingray Research Group mounted its final expedition to remote cays in the Exumas Islands, to finalize the collection of genetic information from the rare, elusive…

CEI Collaborator Nigel Hussey in the Arctic

Jun 13, 2016

Friend of CEI and research collaborator Nigel Hussey made a recent trip to the arctic and snapped this photo: Those ice sheets almost look like waves off our Eleutheran shores…might…

Simeon Bethel (DCMS ’16) at Sea Youth Rise Up Campaign!

Jun 8, 2016

DCMS ninth grader, Simeon Bethel, represented The Bahamas today at the Sea Youth Rise Up campaign. This campaign brought seven youth leaders to New York City and Washington, D.C. to…

Lionfish Day and Jewelry Workshop with The Blue Seahorse

On Saturday, May 7th, the Reef Ecology and Restoration team at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) partnered with The Blue Seahorse gift shop in Rock Sound for a day of…

Sea turtle adventures in Savannah Sound with Fishbone tours

Last week the CEI Sea Turtle Research Team had the opportunity to collaborate for the third time with Julius Rankine, who operates Fishbone Tours in Savannah Sound. Julius offers interactive…

Positive Psychology at Forest Hills Central

May 24, 2016

This spring, Island School alumna Paityn Wedder (F’15) produced a video project for her high school’s Diversity Week. It focuses on tenants of Positive Psychology, gratitude and its impact on…

Global Fin Print: Southern Bahamas

On May 6th, Associate Research scientist Dr. Owen O’Shea and Shark Research and Conservation Program (SRCP) intern Nicole Firing from The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) headed to San Salvador Island…

Ecosystem Based Management Tools Training

In April, Candice attended the Coastal-Marine Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) Tools Training in San Juan, Puerto Rico facilitated by Nature Serve. Thank you to Kinship Conservation Fellows for supporting Candice’s…

Tides – Spring 2016

May 20, 2016

The Literature Department is proud to announce the latest edition of TIDES, The Island School’s online literary and art magazine with submissions from members from every corner of our community.…

Shark Research and Conservation Program facilitates another successful year of Oceanic Whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus) tagging at Cat Island

April saw the sixth successful annual research cruise to study oceanic whitetip sharks at Cat Island. Since 2011, the Shark Research and Conservation Program, along with long-term collaborators Microwave Telemetry…

Alumni Spotlight: Ginny Laurita (F’15)

May 19, 2016

As an alum from the most recently completed Island School semester, Fall 2015, Ginny Laurita has already begun to make her mark in the wider world through service. For Ginny…

Stingray team reaches important milestone

The stingray team has been hard at work over the last month and has recently broken an important milestone passing n=300 capture events. We now have 347 captures with 195…

Campus Tour Video

May 13, 2016

During eight-day expedition rotations this spring, students Emily Bhatt, Annika Goldman and Josie Cummings put together this whimsical tour of campus. Enjoy!  

Alumni Spotlight: Max Porter (F’14)

May 13, 2016

Max Porter of the Fall 2014 semester has been busy since returning home. He has joined a well-known and successful robotics team as the all-important operator of the robot and…

Rob’s Rocks – Spring 2016

May 11, 2016

Spring 2016 students Rob Titsworth and Ian Connelly produced this amazing time-lapse film of Rob’s rock sculpture on Boys Dorm Beach the other morning. Check it out!  

Remembering the 2015 UN Shark Coalition Visit to CEI

May 9, 2016

Last year, the Cape Eleuthera Institute welcomed United Nations ambassadors from ten countries to the Cape to learn more from research scientists about the latest discoveries in shark ecology and…

It’s Earth Day in Eleuthera!

Last Saturday (April 23rd) the new Center for Innovation and Training hosted an Earth Day festival in Rock Sound at which the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) and Center for Sustainable…

Congratulations Cristin McDermott!

May 7, 2016

  Cristin McDermott of the Spring 2002 Island School semester completed the Pittsburgh half marathon Sunday, May 1st alongside Ed, her father! Cristin credits The Island School for sparking her…

Summer Expeditionary Program ready to set sail!

We at the Island School are pleased to announce, in partnership with Hurricane Island Outward Bound, the first Expeditionary Summer Term. The program takes the form of a 19-day sailing…

We did it!

Apr 29, 2016

We did it! The results for yesterday’s 1 for 100 giving day are in, and we want to thank everybody who took the leap to donate. We far exceeded our…

Alumni Spotlight: Nick Pibl & Caroline McClatchy (Su’14)

Apr 28, 2016

Neither Nick Pibl nor Caroline McClatchy were part of the Aquaponics research group during their Summer 2014 semester, but both had an interest in sustainable technology. When they returned home,…

Explo by Will Jackowitz

Apr 27, 2016

Every week at The Island School we get around 5 hours of exploration time to explore the area around the school. While many students just go to the marina store…

Congratulations Nat Davenport! (Sp’15)

Apr 25, 2016

Nathaniel (Nat) Davenport from the Spring 2015 semester has been having a killer swimming season. Earlier this month Nat won two Division 2 state titles and was on a relay…

The Olympics by Lily Kaye

Apr 25, 2016

As the we eagerly set up stations in the dining hall, the sounds emanating from the 44 other students stationed around the flag increased. About an hour earlier, the 4…

Half Way There by Lizzy Feldmann-DeMello

Apr 23, 2016

Hey guys! We’re almost half way there. So many things are happening this week and in the weeks to come. Thursday of this week we had our midterm demonstration of…

Alumni Spotlight: Noelle Anderson (Sp’13)

Apr 22, 2016

“When a piece of art has to be more than interesting, has to be more than beautiful, the challenge really increases. When art has to stand for something, aiming to…

New study assessing seagrass productivity across South Eleuthera

This semester, the Sea Turtle Research and Conservation team has been collecting seagrass samples from various study sites around South Eleuthera where green sea turtles have been sighted since the…

2016 Maxey Cacique Alumni Award

Apr 17, 2016

Every year, The Island School is proud to present the Maxey Cacique Alumni Award to honor one alum who has lived our mission to make a difference in the world. …

“What Do You Do Everyday at The Island School?” By Ellie Fredrickson

Apr 15, 2016

A question I am asked constantly. There are so many different things we do everyday it’s hard to believe that some things that happened 12 hours apart were even in…

Aaron Bogin’s First 25 Days at The Island School: Video

Apr 13, 2016

Check out some of the fun Aaron’s had during his free time over the last 25 days!

Alumni Spotlight: Christopher Teufel (F’13)

Apr 12, 2016

What do aquaponics and type-2 diabetes research have in common? Curiously enough it turns out that The Island School is the common link! Christopher Teufel attended The Island School in…

Mornings throughout the Week by Quentin Andersen

Apr 12, 2016

6:10 – Wake up time! North side alarm goes off. 6:15 – I get up out of bed to turn on the lights. 6:21 – The rest of the dorm starts to get…

RUN / SWIM! by Ellie Storey

Apr 11, 2016

It is 6:30 in the morning, and the Spring 2016 students are already up and ready for morning exercise. We had dragged ourselves out of bed and threw our exercise…

You can go as far on a trike as you can on a bike by Azam Janmohamed

Apr 10, 2016

My first full day as an Island School student was a whirlwind, and to begin it all was the introduction to my bike. Touted as the “key to your Island…

Alumni Spotlight: Andrieka Burrows (F’15)

Andrieka Burrows is the very first Island School student to present at the annual Bahamas Natural History Conference (BNHC) CEI and The Island School were well-represented at the regional 2016…

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: EMILY JENKINS & MEREDITH HOWE (Su’14)

Apr 6, 2016

Meredith Howe and Emily Jenkins from the Summer 2014 semester returned home to their sending schools with a goal to reduce the daily amount of plastic that they consumed. This…

Wednesday Morning Freedives by Meg Manning

Apr 5, 2016

When was the last time you free dived? Never? Me either. Until coming to The Island School, I never thought I could hold my breath for more than 10 seconds…

Confronting Challenges by Ruby Spitz, Sp’16

Apr 4, 2016

It’s seven in the morning and I’m laying in a hammock on the deck of girls dorm writing this blog and listening to Jack Johnson. I’m not wearing my glasses…

SCUBA Diving by Aaron Bogin, Sp’16

Apr 2, 2016

Everyone who I met when I told them that I would be going SCUBA diving at The Island School said that each dive would be an incredible experience and that…

Cross-curricular Work: Art & Human Ecology

Apr 1, 2016

Check out some work Spring ’16 students produced for an Art / Human Ecology project! Their assignment was to take photographs that tell the visual story of some aspect of the…

Patch reef survey time!

Last week the Reef Ecology and Restoration team completed the March monitoring surveys of the 5 year reef study around the patches of Eleuthera. The March surveys usually call for thick…

Alumni Spotlight: Catherine Argyrople (Sp’14)

Mar 30, 2016

Catherine Argyrople from the Spring 2014 semester has recently exceeded all of her expectations when it comes to creating a business from scratch. We caught up with her to learn…

Remembering Fred Danforth

The Island School lost a great friend and mentor when Fred Danforth died last week after a valiant battle with cancer.  Fred’s son Trygg Larsson-Danforth is an Island School graduate…

Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto visits the Island School

Mar 29, 2016

The Island School community was honored to welcome Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto to our campus last week.  She gave a presentation to our staff and students in Hallig House where people…

Research to protect Eleuthera seahorses

Dr. Jocelyn Curtis-Quick and her team have been assisting Dr. Heather Masonjones with her ongoing seahorse research in Sweetings Pond. Sweetings Pond on the island of Eleuthera contains a diverse…

Alumni Spotlight: Anna Carrol (Sp’09)

Mar 22, 2016

The Island School recently had a chance to catch up with Anna Carrol from the Spring 2009 semester. She has moved out west to join a Military Veterans rehabilitation program…

Professor Wicksten visits CEI

The Reef Ecology and Restoration team welcomed Prof. Mary Wicksten to CEI last week. Prof. Wicksten is a professor at Texas A&M University, College Station, where she works on the…

Alumni Spotlight: Greg Henkes (Sp’03)

Mar 14, 2016

From left to right: David Green, Greg Henkes and Chris Maxey at a Board meeting in the Hamill residence We recently had a chance to catch up with Greg Henkes,…

Queen conch “graveyard” study taking place at CEI

High on top of the Bahamian crest is a queen conch—an iconic representation of how truly integrated marine ecosystems are to Caribbean culture. Queen conch (Strombus gigas) is a large…

Local marina and tournament anglers contribute to research at CEI

This February, the Cape Eleuthera Institute partnered with Davis Harbor Marina and the Cotton Bay Club for the inaugural Davis Harbour Wahoo Rally. The two day fishing tournament allowed Davis…

Alumni Spotlight: Francesca Forrestal (F’99)

Mar 5, 2016

Recently, Francesca Forrestal of the F’99 semester became part of a very select group of Island School Alumni because she graduated from the University of Miami with a Ph.D. from…

Graduate student Dan Montgomery working on stingray research at CEI

In the past week, members of the Stingray Research Team from the Shark Research and Conservation Program (SRCP) have begun work on a new project investigating the thermal ecology of…

HUMMINGBIRD CAY STINGRAY EXPEDITION

Four members of the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) community, including members of the Shark Research and Conservation Program (SRCP) and the reef ecology team, ventured down to Hummingbird Cay in…

Alumni Spotlight: Nicole McCallum (F’12)

Feb 22, 2016

Nicole McCallum (back row, second from the right) is from the Fall 2012 semester at The Island School and she has recently returned from a service trip to Tamale, Ghana.…

IS students represent CEI ponds research at regional conferences

Christian McIntosh, a BESS scholar and a Fall 15 Inland Ponds Research Class student, recently presented the group’s work at the Abaco Science Alliance Conference.  This conference is a biannual…

Kristin Paterakis (F ’04) continues policy work with Sea Save Foundation

Feb 18, 2016

I had bid goodbye to one of the most exciting chapters of my life, my experience at Island school, just two years prior. I was dying to get back to…

Seining success for sea turtle team

Recently, St. Thomas Aquinas High School from Dover, New Hampshire helped conduct research with the CEI sea turtle research team in Winding Bay. Although the weather was uncooperative on Friday…

IS BESS students talk ponds at conferences

Christian McIntosh, a BESS scholar and a Fall 15 Inland Ponds Research Class student, recently presented the group’s work at the Abaco Science Alliance Conference.  This conference is a biannual event hosted by…

Alumni Spotlight: Spencer Elliot (Sp’09)

Feb 15, 2016

Spencer Elliot (pictured right) has been busy since he attended the Spring 2009 semester of The Island School. Spencer enrolled at Michigan State University and played football there through the…

Another outreach event with the Stingray Team!

Members of the Stingray Research Group from the Cape Eleuthera Institute’s Shark Research and Conservation Program have recently completed two days of outreach on Great Exuma. Following on from the…

Shark team tags and releases great hammerhead

On Wednesday, 3rd February, the Shark Research and Conservation Team captured and sampled only the fourth ever Great Hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) caught off of Eleuthera in the entirety of the…

Cool new video of bonefish spawning aggregation in South Eleuthera!

A spawning aggregation of thousands of bonefish (Albula vulpes) was recently filmed in South Eleuthera. Bonefish make monthly migrations of up to 80 km (50 miles) to form spawning aggregations!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikVNxeY2KRs&feature=youtu.be…

Alumni Spotlight Gap Year Edition: Phoebe Colvin-Oehmig (F’15)

Feb 8, 2016

A first for the Alumni Spotlight column, Phoebe Colvin-Oehmig recently returned home after attending the Fall 2015 Gap Year program at The Island School. She graduated from Waynflete in Portland,…

Krissy Truesdale is still at it!

Krissy Truesdale (F’13) continues to do important work in her community.  In this blog piece written by her, she talks about the importance of education and personal drive for inspiring…

Global Finprint Project: Nassau Expedition

Last week, four members of the Shark Research and Conservation Program (SRCP) travelled to Nassau, New Providence to participate in a global effort to assess the abundance and diversity of…

Flats team takes Deep Creek Middle School students out for mangrove lessons

Last Friday, Deep Creek Middle School’s Grade 7 joined Georgie Burruss, CEI Research Assistant, for a snorkel through Page Creek as part of the School Without Walls program. The focus of…

Local Students partner with Island School kitchen staff

The kitchen staff at the Island School recently hosted two classes of high school students from Preston H Albury High School.  During their time here, the students worked with Sophia…

New citizen scientist page set up by CEI plastics researcher

Have you ever come across an animal – whether fish, bird, mammal, or even coral – that was impacted by plastic? Share your observation and details with the “Plastic Pollution:…

Fighting Coral Disease

Jan 18, 2016

This month, The Island School welcomed Brad Weiler and Sarah Richardson who are undergraduate students at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Brad and Sarah have spent two weeks with us working…

Lionfish: Island School’s favorite dish!

The invasion of lionfish on reefs of the West Atlantic has become an issue of critical concern.  With eradication not possible, the silver lining is that lionfish are delicious. The…

Alumni Spotlight: Krissy Truesdale (F’13)

Dec 30, 2015

Island School Alumna Krissy Truesdale (pictured right) from the F’13 Island School semester has been working tirelessly to bring solar power to the East Coast since before her time on…

Leading Ocean Transport Co. Presents Check for Local Scholarships

Dec 24, 2015

Doug Cowper, Bahamas Trade Manager for Tropical Shipping, recently traveled to South Eleuthera with a giant check (and we do mean giant) that will support Bahamian scholarships at Deep Creek Middle…

Alumni Spotlight Drew Ginsberg (Su’15)

Dec 22, 2015

Island School alum Drew Ginsberg (pictured left) of the recently graduated Summer 2015 semester has been working to make a difference in extraordinary ways in his community. Through his family’s…

Oh Happy Day!

The Sea Turtle Research team held an in-reach for local staff on Tuesday, December 1. Local staff members who had never gone “turtling” before, and many who had never seen…

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: MARGAUX BURNHAM (F’10)

Dec 14, 2015

Margaux Burnham, an alumna from the Fall 2010 semester is currently a junior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has recently completed a semester abroad with the SEA Semester…

Final Earthwatch team of 2015!

The Cape Eleuthera Institute Sea Turtle Research and Conservation team finished off an awesome year of Earthwatch trips with the 8th and final Earthwatch team of 2015. Participants from the…

Would you like to own a piece of deep sea history?

There is a unique opportunity to own a piece of deep sea history!The MEDUSA is an autonomous camera platform used in deep sea research. It was responsible for capturing the first ever…

Girls Dorm by Katelyn Schwartz

Dec 2, 2015

Have you ever been to a place where you have 28 sisters? At home, I am the eldest child and I have a younger brother who is five years younger…

Chris Maxey reflects on the super swim

Dec 1, 2015

The dinning hall was empty. Andrieka, Aissatu and Rikki and I are in the photo. We just finished a sandwich and we are happy and tired. We successfully completed the…

Cold by Hannah Wakeman

Nov 30, 2015

When I was told I got to write a blog, I was excited to share some of the many amazing experiences I have had here at The Island School. Unfortunately…

Swimming with Sharks by Helen Roosevelt

Nov 27, 2015

How many teenagers get to conduct research projects? This past week during Parents Weekend every Island School student did. In total there were 9 research projects which the 50 students…

The Final Stretch by Lily Nystrom

Nov 25, 2015

At the Island school, there are three main pillars, community, sense of place and sustainability. Everyday in class, with friends, and with the challenges we take, we are working to…

A busy week with The Island School Research Symposium and Parent’s Week

Last Thursday was The Island School Research Symposium! It is a highlight of Parent’s Week, and a time for parents to hear about the good work being done by their…

Southern Pride by Rikki Borkowski

Nov 21, 2015

“South side, southern pride!” is the cheer you will hear around 10pm on almost any night. After living at The Island School for about 80 days I am no longer…

Digging Deep by Robert Zintl

Nov 19, 2015

I take a deep breath in and invert, diving down into the water. The sounds of voices and waves gently lapping vanish. My sense of touch becomes universal, my body…

The Island School “Hunger Games” by Nick L’Archevesque

Nov 17, 2015

Who knew such a strong community would turn against each other? Last Friday for our morning exercise we played an Island School version of The Hunger Games, students were excited…

Assessing Queen Conch Population Abundances and Distributions in South Eleuthera

Throughout the fall semester, The Sustainable Fisheries team, with help from the conch Island School research class, has been assessing the abundance and distribution of juvenile queen conch in South Eleuthera.…

Lionfish, and conch, and sea turtles, and aquaponics, oh my!

Last weekend, programs from the Cape Eleuthera Institute, including the Reef Ecology and Restoration Team, Sustainable Fisheries Team, Sea Turtle Team, and Aquaponics Program travelled to Governor’s Harbour Homecoming to spread…

Deep-Sea Sharks by Tessa Vetter

Nov 13, 2015

Quick! On the count of three, name every shark you can think of. Okay… one, two, three, go! If you had the shark knowledge that I had three months ago,…

So Close Yet So Far by Anneke Sherry

Nov 11, 2015

“EVERYBODY WAKE UP!!” It’s 3 AM. I have to pull myself up, like I’m stuck between a 10 pound magnet and a fridge. I am on a rocky boat anchored…

Photo Series by Charlie Gleberman

Nov 9, 2015

Charlie Gleberman F’15 is photographer from New York City. Check out more of his work at www.charlesglebermanphoto.com.

CEI Stingray Research Group takes Bahamian Staff out for a day of ‘Inreach’

Last week, the Stingray Research Group, headed by Dr. Owen O’Shea, took 15 of our Bahamian staff members out to The Schooner Cays– a location the majority of staff have never…

Exploration Time by Cole Gould

Nov 6, 2015

Thus far, my experience at the Island School has been nothing short of amazing. From SCUBA diving to exploring acres upon acres of untouched jungle, I couldn’t ask for much…

Halloween Spooktacular- Lionfish Treats

On the night of Halloween, the CEI team put on their lionfish costumes and travelled to the Spooktacular event at the Leon Levy Native Plant Reserve in Governor’s Harbour. The…

CEI Shark team working on Oceanic Whitetip Project

Please click HERE to learn more about the oceanic whitetip project that has been going on in The Bahamas in collaboration with the Save Our Seas Foundation and Stony Brook…

Fifty Best Friends are Better than One by Paityn Wedder

Oct 28, 2015

After a stressful day of traveling on August 25th, you make your way off your last Pineapple Air flight and feel the unfamiliar Bahamian sunshine against your skin. Everything around…

Last Coral Reef Earthwatch Expedition Complete!

At the end of August, the final “Investigating Reefs and Marine Wildlife in The Bahamas” Earthwatch team arrived at the Cape Eleuthera Institute to conduct fish surveys on the patch…

Gotcha by Vanessa Pinney

Oct 26, 2015

Last week I organized a game of “Gotcha” with another student, Rob Zintl. The rules of the game are fairly simple: everybody playing receives a target that they will then…

Lionfish outreach at Wemyss Bight Homecoming

On October 10,  the CEI team headed to Wemyss Bight Homecoming to spread the word about the lionfish invasion. The team was armed with a large batch of lionfish fritters…

Evan Wood (Sp’11) – the Face of the 2015 NYC Marathon

Oct 19, 2015

After his first half marathon at The Island School, alumnus Evan Wood (Sp’11) went on to triumph in many more long running competitions. Here is Evan’s story about battling disease and overcoming…

Oregon State University’s final field season at CEI

Dr. Mark Hixon’s PhD students from Oregon State University returned to CEI for a fourth summer of invasive lionfish research.   As part of a long-term project, PhD student Alex…

Purple Ferns by Owen Ryerson

Oct 17, 2015

Once a week for Marine Ecology class we go SCUBA diving at Tunnel Rock. At the beginning of the semester each student was assigned a part of the larger reef…

Shark Research and Conservation Program Begins Novel Deep-Water Shark Telemetry Project

Deep-water sharks are slow growing, slow to mature, and have a relatively small number of young, and as a result are extremely vulnerable to human-based disturbances. This, coupled with the…

Fishing in Exuma Sound for Plastics Research by Hannah Van Alstine

Oct 15, 2015

The sun beats down on the decks of the “Dave and Di” as the plastics research team pulls out of Boathouse Cut. The first stop is the marina store, not…

Students from Simon Fraser University continue their research on the invasive lionfish in Eleuthera

Three months ago, the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) welcomed back Simon Fraser University (SFU), and their 2015 field team of seven researchers.  Based in British Columbia on the west coast…

CEI Director Aaron Shultz successfully defends his doctoral dissertation

Congratulations to CEI Director Aaron Shultz! He successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on “Responses of Subtropical Nearshore Fishes to Climate Change” at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with Dr. Cory…

Shark Explorers Internship in South Africa by Chris Teufel, F’13

Oct 8, 2015

This past August, Scott Voigt (S’14), Danaldo ‘stayin motivated’ Pinder (S’15) and myself, Chris Teufel (F’13) had the incredible opportunity of joining Brocq Maxey and the Shark Explorers team at…

Record sized lionfish captured in Eleuthera

The Slayer Campaign has been a huge success at the Cape Eleuthera Institute this year, and we’re well on our way to setting a new record for the total catch…

Can I Borrow That? By Lizzy Soranno

Oct 6, 2015

When you hear about college life, you may think about the food, or how hard you have to study, the freedom you have, or even the memories you’ll make. But…

Lightning Position by Olivia Gomez

Sep 30, 2015

“K3, place to be!” was the slogan of our group’s three-day kayak trip. I could not have asked for a more comical group of students to kayak and camp with…

The Invisible by Anneke Sherry

Sep 28, 2015

A reflection piece for Histories class: Rock Sound, a settlement in South Eleuthera, is grounded by the history of generations living there. During settlement day 1, my group wandered around…

CEI visits Students of Spanish Wells to talk rays and sharks!

On Friday 18th September, Dr. Owen O’Shea of the Shark Research and Conservation Program along with Shark Program intern Amanda Billotti and Educational Program leaders, Anna Zuke and Lydia Geschiere…

Rays and Lightning by Belle Buroker

Sep 25, 2015

At home, thunder and lightning doesn’t bother me. In fact, I kind of like it. It’s cool to watch and experience from the safety of my home or another solid…

Goggles or Sneakers? It’s Track Time by Christian McIntosh

When people think of Island School they usually think of the sustainability, kayak trips and maybe even lightning position, but rarely do we think of the run and swim tracks…

Abby Gordon S’14 Returns as a Communications Intern

Sep 17, 2015

Looking back on my time as an Island School student, the question everyone asked was “will it be hard to leave this place and go back home?”  Although I met…

Meet the Sustainable fisheries Team!

As a new semester is upon us, Cape Eleuthera Institute community welcomes four new interns to The Sustainable Fisheries Team. Since starting their internship two weeks ago, Helen Conlon, Rob…

Summer recap: Candice Brittain spent a month with the Kinship Conservation Fellows Program

Kinship Conservation Fellows is an environmental leadership program that emphasizes market-based solutions to environmental problems. Applied Scientific Research Department Head, Candice Brittain, was awarded a place on the prestigious program…

Educational Programs Team hosts Akhepran International Academy

While all visiting groups are special to us here at CEI, certain ones touch our hearts in unique and unexpected ways. Akhepran International Academy, visiting us for the first time…

Professor Duncan Irschick of University of Massachusetts visits CEI!

Professor Duncan Irschick, integrative biologist and innovator at the University of Massachusettes, recently visited Cape Eleuthera Institute for an exciting week of field work with the Sea Turtle Research and…

Fall 2015 Gap students tell us about their first week!

At 6:15 am the alarm goes off every morning, waking us for a day filled with the fresh possibilities of discovery. Here, at the Island School, we partake in a…

The new multinational Sea Turtle Team ready to go for the Fall!

The Sea Turtle Research and Conservation team here at CEI welcomes three new members to the team for the fall semester! They arrived last Saturday and, after a few days…

One Month Until the On-Island Alumni Reunion!

Aug 27, 2015

Less than one month until the alumni reunion on-island, September 25-27. Come back to the sea to visit your querencia, hug all your favorite kitchen ladies, snorkel at 4th hole…

Maxeys and Peter Scholle (S’07) in San Diego

Aug 24, 2015

Chris and Pam Maxey were out in San Diego reuniting with friends as Chris celebrated his 30 year reunion since graduation from Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL (BUDS) training with class…

CEI represented at American Elasmobranch Society Meeting!

In the month of July, Alp Gokgoz, past CEI Research Technician, attended the 31st annual American Elasmobranch Society meeting in Reno, NV, with support from CEI’s professional development fund. Florida…

Summer interns witness the annual spawning event for the Brown Encrusting Octopus sponge!

On August 7th at three o’clock in the afternoon, while conducting benthic surveys on Ike’s reef, some of our summer interns came across the annual spawning event for the Brown…

Flyfishing, snorkeling and exploring South Eleuthera with Flats Week!

This past week, Flats Ecology and Conservation Program of the Cape Eleuthera Institute welcomed four students to our campus for Flats Week. Lead by Aaron Shultz, CEI director, and Georgie…

Island School Teacher Conference 2015

Aug 10, 2015

Would your teachers at home thrive at The Island School? We tested the idea again for the 18th time this summer when a group of 24 teachers came together at…

Anderson Cabot Family Leadership Gift takes Sharing Solutions Campaign to the Crest of the Wave

Ed Anderson and Linda Cabot step up to the top of our giving pyramid with a $2 MM total pledge. In addition to helping us build the new Anderson Cabot Graduate…

Anderson Cabot Family Leadership Gift takes Sharing Solutions Campaign to the Crest of the Wave

Ed Anderson and Linda Cabot step up to the top of our giving pyramid with a $2 MM total pledge. In addition to helping us build the new Anderson Cabot…

Mackey recounts her deep-sea adventures with Dr. Edith Widder in the Gulf of Mexico

My journey started as an Island School student back in Fall 2006, before Cape Eleuthera Institute even existed. The bridge across the mangroves was just being built. After my semester…

Flats Ecology and Conservation team removes fishing line from black grouper at 90 feet!

Sometimes all it takes is a few minutes with a trusting grouper to realize our impact on the ocean and how we can make a difference. This week, the Flats…

Bonefish Research Trip to the Northern Exuma Islands

Forest Thomas, Regional collaborator from Hummingbird Cay, Exuma, shares his experience as he teams up with CEI for a Bonefish Research Adventure The trip to the Northern Exuma Islands started…

Students conducting dissertation projects at CEI this summer

This is the 4th year that CEI has been collaborating with Newcastle University, United Kingdom, in offering research placements for their marine biology undergraduate students. Over the years student numbers…

Summer Term: See You All Soon!

Jul 24, 2015

Howdy everyone, As we near parents weekend, life at The Island School continues to be jam-packed. This morning, students ran for 40 minutes as they prepared for the monster run…

Josh Lach Brings The Spirit of The Island School Home With Him

Jul 23, 2015

Island School alumnus, Josh Lachs, brought the sustainable spirit of The Island School home with him by opening his new composting business, The Compost Kid, in Weston, Connecticut. Check it…

CEI Research Assistant works with sea turtle hatchlings in Costa Rica

For two weeks in early July, Rachel Miller, Research Assistant for the Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Program, headed to Costa Rica to lead a marine biology summer camp. This…

IS Alumni Back on the Cape this Summer

We want to welcome back all of The Island School alumni who have returned to Cape Eleuthera and giving back this summer!   This summer, Griffin Hunt (F’11) is working…

Summer Term: Back After A Day Off

Jul 21, 2015

Good Morning from Eleuthera, After a relaxing day-off we were so pumped to start off the day with another amazing run-swim! But before we began we took a moment to…

Summer Term: Jaws

Jul 20, 2015

Hello All! Our days are going by faster and faster as we continue on our Island School journey. After yesterday’s challenging exercise, we had the choice between a fun game…

Summer Term: What A Treat!

Jul 20, 2015

Twenty minutes there and twenty minutes back. This morning all of us rose to our most challenging exercise yet. Together, we pushed our boundaries farther and farther back all the…

Summer Term: Sustainable Systems

Jul 17, 2015

Hello from Eleuthera! Today was just another day in paradise down in the Islands. It’s crazy to think that in less then 10 days are parents will be down here…

Summer Term: Long Days & Short Weeks

Jul 16, 2015

Greeting from Eleuthera! As we woke to the sunrise, with smiles on our faces, but no shoes on our feet we kicked off our day with our fifth run swim.…

Summer Term: In the Field

Jul 15, 2015

Hey everyone! Today was our first day of our second academic week, so we got to begin a new adventure in Tourism and Development, while the other two groups dove…

Summer Term: The Coffeehouse

Jul 14, 2015

Hello from Eleuthera! What a week it has been! Our first academic rotation comes to an end, and we are all amazed at the amount of knowledge we received from…

Sea Turtle Earthwatch Team visits CEI

The Sea Turtle Research Team recently said goodbye to their first Earthwatch team of the summer, and we are sad to see them go. The group of 7 students and…

Summer Term: Halfway Point

Jul 13, 2015

Hi from Cape Eleuthera! Its funny how time works here in Eleuthera. Everyday is packed with so many adventures that it feels like a month, but when you take a…

Summer Term: Continuing to Grow

Jul 12, 2015

Greetings From Eleuthera! As the first academic rotation comes to a near close, we are amazed at the knowledge we have learned. Whether we have been wiring an off-grid system…

Summer Term: Getting A Deeper Understanding

Jul 10, 2015

Hello Island School Blog Readers! Here at the Island School we are given the opportunity to learn through hands on experiences. We often learn about a topic in the classroom…

Summer Term: Classes

Jul 10, 2015

Hello everyone!! After our early morning exercise (a psycho), we began our first day of classes; split up into three groups: Marine Ecology, Sustainable Systems and Tourism and Development. I…

Come Back to The Sea September 25-27

Jul 10, 2015

Come back to the sea and join us for The Island School alumni reunion September 25-27, 2015 on Cape Eleuthera. Visit our website for more information or email cameronpowel@islandschool.org for…

Summer Term: Psycho

Jul 8, 2015

Good Morning Everyone, Here at the Island School, we are constantly pushed physically and mentally.  Every activity we do is meant to stretch our abilities and broaden our horizons.  We…

Summer Term: Day Off

Jul 8, 2015

Good evening, Today was the first—and well-earned—full day of rest for Island School Summer Term students. After almost 10 days of running, swimming, run-swimming, SCUBA diving, free diving, local exploration,…

Summer Term: High Rock

Jul 6, 2015

Good evening Island School blog readers, Tradition. All of us got to experience how we welcome new members to our community, High Rock. High Rock is a 15 foot cliff…

CEI Research Manager attends Coral Reef Strategic Planning Workshop

The Bahamas National Trust invited the Cape Eleuthera Institute to participate in a Strategic Planning Workshop  intended to develop a national strategy for improving the health of coral reef ecosystems and…

Summer Term: Free Diving

Jul 5, 2015

Good afternoon from Eleuthera! As we come to a close of our 8th day here, we keep hearing people say that the days feel like months. This action packed week…

Summer Term: Exploring New Worlds

Jul 5, 2015

In these past few days, all of us here at the Island School have been working on developing an intimate connection with the land and sea around us. Team Fritter…

Summer Term: SCUBA

Jul 5, 2015

In these past few days, all of us here at the Island School have been working on developing an intimate connection with the land and sea around us. Team Fritter…

Summer Term: SCUBA week

Jul 3, 2015

Good afternoon! Since day one we have been in motion—everything from exploring the island to meeting all the amazing people here. We have been learning the ins-and-outs of scuba diving…

Summer Term: Our First Run/Swim

Jul 3, 2015

Ready, set, go! Over the course of the past few days, we have continuously heard the word ‘run-swim,’ yet we had no idea what this actually entailed. Half of us…

Lionfish June Patch Reef Surveys

The lionfish team recently completed their quarterly surveys of lionfish and other reef fish in the patch reef system of South Eleuthera, part of a longterm study. This time around…

Summer Term: BANANAS about the swim test

As we headed into the first few days of Summer Term many of us weren’t sure what to expect. However, now that we have spent a bit of time here…

The Island School Partners With Hurricane Island Outward Bound to Offer Sailing Expeditions

Hurricane Island Outward Bound School (HIOBS) is partnering with The Island School to launch an expeditionary sailing program to be operated out of The Island School’s campus in Cape Eleuthera,…

“How a Gap Year Changed My Best Friend”

The best friend of one of our Cape Eleuthera Institute Gap Year alumni wrote this great article about how a gap year changed her friend’s life. It’s definitely worth a read,…

A Glimpse Into Life at DCMS

Check out our new video that gives you a glimpse into the life of the Deep Creek Middle School. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmmHb7Ibj0Q

The Island School Hosts an International Youth Summit with Musician Jack Johnson and 5 Gyres

Two weekends ago, The Island School hosted the SEA Change Youth Summit with musician, Jack Johnson and 5 Gyres to raise awareness about the impacts of plastic pollution in the ocean and to…

CEI/ Island School Research Expo a big success

On Saturday, June 6, Spring 2015 Island School students participated in the Research Expo, their final Research Class assignment, which coincided with the Youth Action Island Summit hosted at the…

CEI’s Anderson-Cabot Hall for Graduate Studies Opens to Create More Opportunities for Bahamians in Research

On Friday June 5th, Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) hosted a ribbon cutting on their newest building, Anderson-Cabot Hall for Graduate Studies.  The grand opening was held during the SEA Change…

NEW VIDEO- CAPE ELEUTHERA INSTITUTE STINGRAY RESEARCH & EDUCATION

The Cape Eleuthera Institute‘s Shark Research and Conservation Program recently initiated a novel project that aims to assess the spatial ecology and genetic diversity of three species of stingray in the…

Cape Eleuthera Institute Stingray Research & Education

The Cape Eleuthera Institute‘s Shark Research and Conservation Program recently initiated a novel project that aims to assess the spatial ecology and genetic diversity of three species of stingray in…

Sustainable Fisheries team represents at 2015 Conch Fest!

Last weekend, Deep Creek hosted its annual Conch Fest.  Unlike past years, Conch Fest was new and improved, focused on keeping Deep Creek green, clean, and pristine. Instead of using plastic…

Island School Hosts an International Youth Summit with Musician, Jack Johnson and 5 Gyres

This past weekend The Island School hosted the SEA Change Youth Summit with musician, Jack Johnson and 5 Gyres to raise awareness about the impacts of plastic pollution in the ocean and…

Alumni Spotlight: Katie Romanov (F’05) and Emma Payne (S’10)

Jun 11, 2015

Island School connections are everywhere! We recently heard from Fall 2005 IS alumna Katie Romanov and Spring 2010 alumna Emma Payne who are working together on an incredible project–to bring a…

CEI research highlighted in University of Illinois Report

Aaron Shultz, Director of the Cape Eleuthera Institute, has had his graduate work, under the direction of Dr. Cory Suski, highlighted in a report for the University of Illinois. Aaron…

Tandem Friends School visits CEI

Earlier this May, we welcomed the very FIRST group of female students to ever visit CEI from Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville, Virginia.  This trip was planned as part of…

Staff Spotlight: Peter Zdrojewski

Name: Peter Zdrojewski Where are you from?: The Paris of the Midwest, also known as Cleveland, Ohio Where were you before this?: Teaching marine ecology to high school students in…

IS and CEI Hosting 2015 Youth Action Island Summit June 5-7

The Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute, in partnership with 5Gyres, musician Jack Johnson and All At Once, are excited to host the Youth Action Island Summit on our Cape Eleuthera campus…

Second Deep Creek Cleanup a big success!

Last week, over 30 members of the Deep Creek community gathered to conduct a second trash clean up. Led by Brittney Maxey, Educational Programs and Youth Action Island Summit Volunteer, and…

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: OLIVIA GELL

Name: Olivia Gell Where are you from? New York Where were you before this? I was studying at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania What brought you to The…

IS Students shine in SP 15 Parents’ Week presentations

Last week The Island School hosted Parents’ Week. The week included an opportunity for parents to tour our campus, view a student art exhibit, parent-teacher meetings, and a day for…

Boys Hope Girls Hope Recognizes Island School’s Chris Maxey with Distinguished Global Service Award

May 27, 2015

On May 7th, 2015, over a record breaking crowd of 875 people gathered at Cipriani Wall Street for Boys Hope Girls Hope New York’s (BHGHNY) annual Vision of Hope Awards Dinner. Introduced…

You are what you eat… and what your dinner eats, too!

As any angler will tell you, fresh fish is the best fish (Fig. 1)! Even non-anglers would insist that grilled wahoo, dockside yellowfin sashimi, or fried dolphinfish fingers are best…

Staff Spotlight: Mik Cooper

Name: Mik Cooper Where are you from? New York City Where were you before this? Directly before arriving on Eleuthera I was in New York City but before that I…

Prominent sea turtle researchers visit CEI

During the first week of May, Cape Eleuthera Institute and the Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Program were honored to welcom Dr. Karen Bjorndal and Dr. Alan Bolten to our…

CEI’s Dr. Edd Brooks Featured in CNN Series

Cape Eleuthera Institute’s Dr. Edd Brooks, is featured on CNN’s series on new adventurers. Click here to watch the video and learn more about Edd’s amazing deep water discoveries happening right…

Island School Research Class Helps Assess the Local Reef Invertebrate Populations

Read about some of the amazing real-world work Island School students are doing in their research class taught by researchers at the Cape Eleuthera Institute! http://blog.ceibahamas.org/2015/05/13/island-school-research-class-helps-assess-the-local-reef-invertebrate-populations/

Island School Research Class helps assess the local reef invertebrate populations

In the Bahamas, the fishing industry is crucial for the economy of the country, worth about $100  million annually. This mainly comes from the three main fisheries of The Bahamas, spiny…

Meet your Caciques of the week!

Name: Gus Where are you from?: Bloomington, IN How did you find out about The Island School?: My brother went– SP12 Name one thing not many people know about you:…

Congratulations Candice Springs Hipp (S’04)!

May 12, 2015

Island School Spring 2004 alumna Candice Springs got married earlier this month on May 2nd in South Carolina to her now husband Will Hipp. Candice wanted her favorite place, Eleuthera,…

CEI Research Manager attends international sea turtle conference

Annabelle Brooks, CEI Research Manager, just attended the 35th annual symposium on sea turtle biology and conservation, hosted by International Sea Turtle Society, in Dalaman, Turkey. The symposium draws participants from…

Blackbeard, the Manatee, in Boathouse Cut!

This morning we were visited by a large manatee in the Boathouse Cut! Educational Programs Lead Educator, Tiffany Gray, shared photos and information on the sighting with Bahamas Marine Mammal Research…

Earthwatch group works with CEI Sea Turtle Research Team

A group of 18 students from Skyline school in Seattle joined the turtle team at the start of April on an action packed 9-day Earthwatch expedition. Days were filled with…

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: EMMA ALEXANDER

Name: Emma Alexander Histories Teacher, Dean of Students Where are you from? Cambridge, MA Where were you before this? Cape Town, South Africa What brought you to Eleuthera? I was…

MEET YOUR CACIQUES OF THE WEEK!!!

May 4, 2015

Name: Raynooka Where are you from?: Chicago, IL How did you find out about The Island School?: I go to L’ville. They have posters up in every building! Name one…

Lyford Cay International School visits the Cape Eleuthera Institute

Lyford Cay International School in New Providence brought 25 bubbly 5th graders down for a 3 day sustainability program at the Cape Eleuthera Institute. Besides learning about topics such as Bahamian ooidic…

Internship Opportunity for IS Alumni

Apr 29, 2015

Chris Maxey’s son, Brocq Maxey works for a company in Cape Town, South Africa called Shark Explorers (http://www.sharkexplorers.com/), which offers unique shark diving and view expeditions. Their philosophy is to change peoples’ perspectives of…

We Did It!

WE DID IT! The results for yesterdays giving day 1 for 100 are in and we are jumping for joy! Thanks to our amazing alumni and parent supporters, we far…

1 Day, 1 Gift, 100 Life-Changing Days

Today is The Island School’s Giving Day, 1 for 100: On 1 day, 1 gift can change 100 days for an Island School student. Our goal is to get 100…

An excerpt from Link School’s visit to CEI

Here is an excerpt of her Island School experience, by Link School student Medina Purefoy-Craig: I can now safely say that I can jump into water and actually not drown. Early…

Meet your Caciques of the week!

With only half the students on campus, this week’s Caciques have done a great job of setting the tone and bringing energy to campus. Name: Olivia  Where are you from?:…

Alumni Spotlight: Carter Brown (S’09)!

Apr 22, 2015

Congratulations to Spring 2009 alumnus Carter Brown on his impressive finish at The Seneca7 Relay Race this past weekend in Geneva, NY. He and his other 6 teammates, team “Fish…

Joining forces to make Deep Creek Clean, Green, and Pristine!

Last Saturday morning, members from the Deep Creek Homecoming Committee and community partnered up with Deep Creek residents from Cape Eleuthera Institute and students and faculty from The Deep Creek Middle School…

Meet your Caciques of the week!

This week’s Caciques helped guide the student body through a rigorous academic week and kept things light with a campus-wide game of assassin (the winner has yet to be crowned).…

OAK Leadership visits CEI Campus

OAK Leadership Institute from Cleveland, Ohio joined us the first week of April for an action packed week. The five students and two teachers had the time of their lives exploring…

Meet Your Caciques of the Week!

This week’s Caciques finished off another great week. Here’s a little bit about them. Name: Jessa Where are you from?: Grand Rapids, MI How did you find out about The…

Sustainable Fisheries team represents at Rock Sound Homecoming

This past Saturday, the Sustainable Fisheries team travelled to Rock Sound for the annual Homecoming to represent The Cape Eleuthera Institute. The booth, decorated with educational materials pertaining to invasive…

Alumni Spotlight: Hunter Foote (F’10)!

Apr 8, 2015

Fall 2010 Island School alumna, Hunter Foote, is launching her own media company called Laurel and wanted the opportunity to share her endeavor with The Island School alumni community. Laurel was…

CEI Supports Youth Environmental Leadership Summit

Recently, the Cape Eleuthera Institute supported the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) for their first ever BREEF Eco-Schools Youth Environmental Leadership Summit in Nassau. The Cape Eleuthera Island School…

Researchers travel to Great Exuma to present at the Bahamas Conservation Symposium

In March, Florida State University Master’s students Brendan Talwar and Mackellar Violich, and Flats Ecology and Conservation intern Georgie Burruss traveled to Great Exuma to present at the Bahamas Conservation…

Meet your Caciques of the week!

Apr 4, 2015

This week’s Caciques topped off a busy week by organizing a fun Saturday evening bonfire for everyone to enjoy. Here’s a little more about them. Arielle Leeman Where are you…

Staff Spotlight: Flora Weeks

Flora Weeks joined The Island School as a math teacher this past fall after spending a year working in Maine at Chewonki. When not teaching math, Flora can be found leading…

Meet your Caciques of the week!

This week’s Caciques have been hard at work running daily circles, finding ways to make meal times more exciting, and acting as student leaders. A highlight of their week was…

Alumni Invasion!

Mar 25, 2015

The Island School has been lucky enough to welcome back so many of our amazing alumni over these past few weeks–it’s been an alumni invasion! In February, Willie Drury (S’10)…

Collaborative research on Exuma will have conservation implications for important nearshore species

In collaboration with the Fisheries Conservation Foundation (FCF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) sent researchers to the Exuma Cays in February…

The CSD represents at the annual Agribusiness Expo

  During the 5th to the 7th of March, Zakita and Micheal represented the Centre of Sustainable Development (CSD) and the wider Island School/CEI community at the annual Agribusiness Expo…

Staff Spotlight: Alex Cook

The Island School is thrilled to welcome our newest faculty member Alex Cook this spring. When not advising and leading kayak trips, Alex can be found hard at work in the…

Meet Your Caciques of the Week!

Mar 20, 2015

Cacique means leader in Lucayan. Here at The Island School five students are selected each week to take on the role of “cacique” and serve as the face of the community . These student leaders,…

Island School Kitchen’s Tiffany McKinney Welcomes A Baby Boy!

Mar 17, 2015

Long-time member of The Island School’s kitchen staff, and perhaps one of the most recognizable faces on campus, Tiffany McKinney welcomed her new baby boy, Thomas Benjamin Pinder earlier this…

DCMS Eco-Club Attends Plastic Ocean Pollution Solution (POPS) Conference in California

Hi! My name is Simeon Bethel and I am a 13-year-old youth activist that attends the Deep Creek Middle School and I am passionate about the problem of plastic pollution…

Island School Student & Faculty Alumni Reunite at Colorado College

Mar 16, 2015

Last week, we heard from former Island School art teaching fellow Michael Arnsteen. He was asked to be a Visiting Artist at Colorado College for the first week of the…

Alumni Spotlight: Margot Werner (Su’13)!

Mar 13, 2015

Earlier this week, Chicago Blackhawk players, staff and members of the greater Illinois hockey community gathered together at the 28th Annual High School Scholarship Awards Luncheon to honor the three high…

Pufferfish shine in video contest

What happens to the research done at CEI after the excitement of the field season and the hours in the lab are over? Researchers need to find interesting and accessible ways…

Island School Morning Exercise in Boston

Mar 9, 2015

Morning exercise is the only way to start your day. Just ask Cape Eleuthera Foundation employees Mary Assini and Cam Powel and Island School parents Ernie & Kim Parizeau (Kate…

Rachel Miller Attends Sea Turtle Conference in GA

Earlier in February, Rachel Miller, the Research Assistant for the Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Program at CEI, attended the Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Meeting in Jekyll Island, GA. The…

Winter 2015 Alumni Newsletter

Feb 23, 2015

We sent out the winter edition of our bi-annual alumni newsletter today. Click on the image below to read about the impressive accomplishments of some of our alumni and get excited…

DCMS & PHA Eco-Clubs Trip to the Levy Preserve

Last week, 15 students from Deep Creek Middle School and 34 students from Preston H. Albury High School attend a joint Eco-Club event last night at the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve…

Sea Turtle Team Takes DCMS Students in the Field

On Friday, January 23, the Sea Turtle Research Team was joined by the Grade 7 students from Deep Creek Middle School. The day was started by reviewing the biology of different species of sea turtles and talking…

DCMS & PH Albury High School Eco-Clubs Team Up

This past Saturday, the Deep Creek Middle School Early Act and Eco Club teamed up with Preston Albury High School’s newly formed Eco-club to sort plastics 1, 2, and 5. It wasn’t…

The Lillian and Betty Ratner School Learns All About Lionfish

This past week, visiting students from Ohio’s Lillian and Betty Ratner School spent a week at The Island School stretching their comfort zones and exploring what it means to live…

PH Albury & DCMS Eco Clubs Team Up for SEEP Recycling

This past Saturday, the Deep Creek Middle School Early Act and Eco Club teamed up with Preston H. Albury High School’s newly formed Eco Club to sort plastics 1, 2,…

Alumnus James Murray (F’11) Returns to the Cape as an Intern

Feb 2, 2015

“Just over three years ago I was rumbling along in a van on my way from Rock Sound to The Island School, clutching my backpack tightly and wondering what I had…

Brittney Parker and James Murray are the newest additions to the Sea Turtle Research Team

Here is a brief introduction to the new Sea Turtle interns, written by James Murray (IS FA’11):We are really excited to be here at CEI, studying and assisting in the…

DCMS Makes Waves at Junkanoo with “Save Our Seas” Theme

This year, Deep Creek Middle School students chose to tackle a bigger issue when planning their Junkanoo theme. Graduating students in grade 9 brainstormed a number of creative and colourful…

Williams College visits Eleuthera and works on sustainable food systems

Eleuthera was recently visited by a group of students from Williams College (Massachusetts). Their trip focused on Eleuthera’s food systems, with a focus on sustainable production. Over the past two…

Alumni Spotlight: Francis Joyce (F’07)

Jan 21, 2015

Francis Joyce attended The Island School in Fall 2007 and went on to continue his studies at Bowdoin College, graduating in May 2013. Since then, he has been working in…

Spring 2008’s Winter Reunion

Jan 16, 2015

Spring 2008 started the New Year off right by getting together for a reunion in New York City last weekend. Although almost 7 years out from their semester, S’08ers drove in from all…

Tides

Jan 16, 2015

Check out The Island School’s first e-publication, Tides, featuring photography, poetry, stories, drawings, and creative outpourings from individuals throughout The Cape Eleuthera Island School. Tides aims to capture the spirit…

Deep Creek Primary Communal Garden

Deep Creek Primary School, with the assistance of The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI), has started a new initiative to build a school community garden with the aim to provide students…

The lionfish team completes year 5 of reef surveys

The lionfish team zipped up their 5mm wetsuits, donned their hoods, and braved the dropping water temperatures to conduct the 5th year of reef monitoring. It is well known that…

Paterakis Family Carries Out IS Mission Through Bakery Family Business

Jan 5, 2015

The Paterakis Family (Chuck, Olga, and daughter Kristin, F’04) recently celebrated a big milestone in the history of their family’s bakery, as well as in the history of Baltimore, MD.…

Deep Creek Primary School Community Garden: Jump starting healthy meals for the community

Deep Creek Primary School, with the assistance of The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI), has started a new initiative to build a school community garden with the aim to provide students…

Successful lionfish jewelry workshop in Deep Creek

As invasive lionfish decimate Caribbean coral reef systems, consumptive fishery demand is promoted as one of the best ways to control their populations.  Recently, though, there is a new reason…

Cape Eleuthera Foundation Annual Report

Dec 22, 2014

We recently issued our Annual Report for fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014). Please click on the image below to read and/or download a copy of the report.

Earthwatch Sea Turtle Programs have a successful year in 2014!

9 expeditions, 92 volunteers, 115 turtles, and 145 Baited Remote Underwater Video Surveys  – just a taste of the successful year the Earthwatch-funded sea turtle research program had in 2014! This…

Happy Holidays from Eleuthera!

Dec 18, 2014

Happy holidays from all of us at The Island School! Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1P0qAKs4zM&feature=youtu.be

Palm Beach Day Academy visits the Cape Eleuthera Institute

Seven students from The Palm Beach Day Academy, in Palm Beach, Florida, kicked off a busy December at the Cape Eleuthera Institute with a five day program focused on marine…

What is The Island School?

Dec 10, 2014

How do you explain The Island School experience? Take a glimpse into some of the daily sights students encounter at The Island School. Share our newest video with an interested…

CEI’s Flats Ecology and Conservation Program Attends the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust Symposium

CEI Director Aaron Shultz and Flats Ecology and Conservation Program Manager Zach Zuckerman attended the 5th International Bonefish and Tarpon Trust (BTT) Symposium on Nov. 7th – 8th at the…

Fall 2014 IS/CEI Symposium Focuses on Outreach

The Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute Research Symposium was held last Saturday, November 29. As with previous years, The Island School students prepared scientific posters about their Applied Research…

CEI Researchers attend GCFI Conference in Barbados

CEI researchers Claire Thomas and Zach Zuckermen attended the 67th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute in Barbados the first week of November. This conference focused on small islands and developing…

Slayer Campaign Launches Year-Round

After its initial trial launch in April of this year and a successful 4-month run, the CEI Lionfish Research and Education Program’s “You Slay, We Pay” campaign has now been…

Lyford Cay ‘Take Action’ Projects Get Inspiration from CEI Visit

Last week, a group of grade 8 students from the Lyford Cay International School flew over from Nassau to visit the Cape Eleuthera Island School. These sixteen students made it…

Boarding School Officers Visit DCMS

Nov 25, 2014

Each November, admissions officers and school leaders from around the United States come to Eleuthera to get more familiar with The Deep Creek Middle School, The Island School and Cape…

Visiting Colleges? Let Us Link You Up With Other Island School Alumni!

Nov 24, 2014

We have Island School alumni at colleges and universities all across the United States. As you plan your college visits, keep The Island School in mind. We can connect you…

Write An Article for Your Local Paper

Nov 21, 2014

One of the best ways for alumni to help us spread the word about The Island School during their transition back home is to write an article on their experience and submit…

On-track Anderson-Cabot Hall Construction Project Demonstrates Sustainable Building Practices

The Anderson-Cabot Hall broke ground in January, 2014 and is currently halfway through construction.  Once completed, this structure will accommodate up to 44 interns, teaching fellows, and graduate students who…

Island School on CNN’s “Wish You Were Here”

Nov 18, 2014

CNN is doing a series of videos called “Wish You Were Here” and has chosen to include The Island School! CNN asked adventurous people all over the world to send…

F’14 Parents Weekend Arrivals

Nov 17, 2014

Lyford Cay Students Explore Sustainability

In the last week of October, CEI welcomed Lyford Cay International School’s two classes for their annual visit. Denise Mizell, a science teacher at Lyford Cay, brought grade 10 to…

Award for Excellence in Research

Each year, CEI offers two in-house studentships to graduate students conducting research at CEI and teaching research class though The Island School. Applicants of the Award for Excellence in Research…

Friends and Family Discount Extended at Cape Eleuthera Marina & Resort

Nov 5, 2014

Ever think of coming back to Eleuthera and doing some exploring? Well, we are making it easy for you with this Do It Yourself Down Island Trip (DIY-DIT) guide. Check out…

DCMS Students’ Book Reviews Published Online!

As part of the National Day on Writing celebrations, Deep Creek Middle School students wrote reviews of their favorite books. Seventh graders Khiara Knowles and Alicia Albury had their reviews published by…

Bull Shark Tags Provide Clues to Migratory Movements

The Cape Eleuthera Institute’s Shark Research and Conservation Program has just started to receive data back from the satellite tags deployed last winter onto five female bull sharks. These transient sharks…

First-Ever Bahamian Lionfish Jewelry Making and Awareness Workshop a Huge Success

The lionfish, an invasive predator from the Indo Pacific currently wreaking havoc on Caribbean and South American coral reef fish populations, was first introduced to the region through the exotic…

First-Ever Bahamian Lionfish Jewelry Making and Awareness Workshop a Huge Success

The lionfish, an invasive predator from the Indo Pacific currently wreaking havoc on Caribbean and South American coral reef fish populations, was first introduced to the region through the exotic…

Meet our Fall 2014 BESS Scholars

Oct 29, 2014

The Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars (BESS) program is a unique opportunity for graduating students in The Bahamas ages 15-18 who have a keen interest in the environment and want to…

Island School in Hanover, NH

Oct 29, 2014

On Monday, The Island School travelled to Hanover, New Hampshire to visit with alumni and interested families. The Lubrano family (Amelia, Summer 2014) hosted a wonderful evening for alumni and…

South Eleuthera Primary Schools Explore Marine Invertebrates & Sustainable Systems

Green Castle Primary School’s teacher, Ms. Mary Thompson, brought her class of students in grades 5 & 6 for a marine invertebrate and snorkel trip at the Cape Eleuthera Institute last…

Next Generation of Island School Students

Oct 28, 2014

Fall 1999 Island School alumna, Elizabeth Besser Novak sent us a photo of her son, Brigham, dressed up in his Halloween costume–a scuba diver! Only about 15 more years until he can apply…

IS Faculty Do Their 2,014 Pushups

Oct 27, 2014

The Fall 2014 students posed the week-long CONCHtribution Push Up Challenge to the alumni during the week of October 12. If 70 alumni made a donation to CONCHtribution, the annual…

Alumni Spotlight: Will Cembalest (S’14)!

Oct 27, 2014

It is a difficult decision to choose to stray from the typical high school path and attend The Island School for a semester. It is especially difficult when you are a top-performing…

Third Annual Have One On Us Night!

Oct 24, 2014

We held our third annual Have One One Us Night for alumni last night in three cities across the U.S.: Boston, Denver, and New York City. It was a great…

The Lionfish Team Breaks from Lab Work to Conduct Patch Reef Surveys

  For the past three seasons the Lionfish Research and Education Program, managed by Dr. Jocelyn Curtis-Quick, has been conducting an array of lab-based behavioral studies.  Projects have assessed everything…

Students at The Island School Introduce Their Research Projects

Last week students in the Fall 2014 semester of The Island School gathered with their peers, teachers, faculty, and visitors to present introductions to their Research Class projects.  Presentations contextualized…

Alumni Spotlight: Krissy Taft (S’09)!

Oct 22, 2014

Krissy Taft, a Spring 2009 Island School alumna, is in her final semester at Middlebury College and has been very focused on senior thesis, which concerns the efficient use of…

DCMS Participates in National Day on Writing

For the past five years, the National Council of Teachers of English has declared October 20th the National Day on Writing. This holiday celebrates the importance of writing in our…

Taking the Princeton, NJ Admissions Reception Outdoors!

Oct 21, 2014

On Sunday night, nearly 50 interested students and families gathered at the home of Pat Wynne and Lou Valente (Jake S’10 and Cole S’14) in Princeton, New Jersey. Although our…

The Sustainable Fisheries Team Searches for Stone Crabs

Stone crabs have been a popular and principal commercial fishery in Florida for many years, and have comprised a portion of the local fishing take here in The Bahamas for…

Deep Creek Middle School Boarding School Trip 2014

Since 2001, Deep Creek Middle School has supported its students in applying for scholarships to U.S. boarding schools as an alternative option to continuing with their high school education on…

Have One On Us Night 2014!

Oct 13, 2014

We hope all our 21+ alumni in NYC, Denver and Boston can join us for the 3rd annual Have One On Us Night on Thursday, October 23. RSVP to alumni@islandschool.org.

Alumni Share Experiences at Connecticut Admissions Reception

Oct 9, 2014

The Island School would like to extend a huge thank you to the Davis family in New Canaan, CT for hosting nearly 40 people in their home on Tuesday night for…

Admissions Reception in Concord, MA

Oct 8, 2014

Last night over 70 prospective students and their families, recent alumni, and even a few incoming Spring 2015 students gathered at Nicole & Kevin Kelly’s beautiful home (Madeleine S’13, Margaret…

Ben & Sarah Snyder Visit IS During Their Sabbatical

Oct 6, 2014

Ben and Sarah Snyder (parents of Abby, Spring 2006) have been long-time friends and supporters of The Island School. In fact, Ben is a member of our Cape Eleuthera Island School Board.…

Congratulations CEI Staff Alumna Emma Loosigian!

Last weekend, CEI staff alumna (2010-11), Emma Loosigian married Michael Laham on her family’s apple orchard, Apple Annie, in Brentwood, New Hampshire. Among those in attendance celebrating the newlyweds were…

CONCHtribution 2014 Begins TODAY!

Oct 1, 2014

CONCHtribution, the annual alumni giving campaign, begins TODAY! This year it is running from October 1-October 31, so be sure to make your gift before the end of the month.…

Alumni Spotlight: Danny Goldman (S’13)

Oct 1, 2014

About a year ago, The Lawrenceville Island School Club set out to fundraise enough money to purchase a solar suitcase from We Care Solar. We Care Solar is a nonprofit…

Third BREEF Sea Camp, Governor’s Harbour, August 2014

Dr. Owen O’Shea, Associate Researcher with the Shark Research and Conservation Program at The Cape Eleuthera Institute, recently visited the Haynes Library in Governor’s Harbour to deliver a talk on…

Deep Creek Middle School Students Travel to Maine

Every year, the 8th grade students at Deep Creek Middle School do a school exchange with a partner in The United States. This year, thirteen DCMS students spent a week in Camden, Maine…

World Cup Fall 2014

Sep 23, 2014

Last Thursday students kicked off the 5th Biannual Island School World Cup soccer tournament.  The World Cup is an Island School tradition, bringing extended advisories together since Fall 2012. This…

Simon Fraser University’s Gotta Catch ‘Em All

Summer 2014 was a fun but busy field season for the research team from Simon Fraser University. This was the first field season at Cape Eleuthera Institute for Fiona Francis,…

Summer Research at CEI and Abroad – Check out our eNews!

The summer season at Cape Eleuthera Institute always sees a tremendous amount of activity.  Visiting scientists fly in, new interns and undergraduates arrive, and every now and then our own…

Alumni Spotlight: Scott Voigt (S’14)

Sep 19, 2014

Alumnus Scott Voigt was so inspired by the active lifestyle he led during his Spring 2014 semester at The Island School that he signed up to participate in a Half…

Gap Year Students in the Field with the Lionfish and Sustainable Fisheries Teams

Gap Year students spent an afternoon with the sustainable fisheries program, dissecting lionfish and engaging in discussion about the invasive species. During the dissection students poked at lionfish visceral fat…

Apply Now to The Island School!

Sep 16, 2014

The Island School application for the Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016 semesters is now live. Click here to access the application and be sure to spread the word…

Brookwood School Visits CEI

Brookwood School students and teachers recently headed back to Massachusetts after their school’s first visit to Cape Eleuthera Institute. During their 6-day adventure the group was able to learn more about…

American Elasmobranch Society 2014 – Chattanooga, Tennessee

Shark Research and Conservation Associate Researcher Dr. Owen O’Shea recently attended the 30th annual meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Dr. O’Shea presented his paper ‘novel observations…

Remembering Pioneer Faculty Member George Miller

Sep 12, 2014

  We are sad for the loss of the great George Miller who served The Island School as our first literature teacher 1999-2000. George, who had come out of retirement…

Local High School Teachers Consider Sustainability as a Part of Curriculum

Teachers and Vice Principal, Ms. Knowles, from Preston H. Albury High School came to visit during teacher’s planning week in late August. This visit served as the start to a…

Summer Term 2014 Reunion!

Sep 5, 2014

Just 1 month after they left Eleuthera, the Summer Term 2014 semester got together for a reunion in the Boston area over Labor Day weekend. Over twenty Su’14 alumni made the trek…

IS Alumna Looking for Part Time Intern

Sep 5, 2014

Fall 2013 alumna, Krissy Truesdale, has been working hard to get her non-profit, Solar for Our Superheroes off the ground. She is now at the point where she is looking…

Teachers Conference Reflection at Morning Circle

Every summer, The Island School welcomes a group of talented and motivated educators to their annual Teachers Conference. One of our attendees from this past summer, Mark Dewart, a science teacher…

Oceanside and Camden Hills- visiting programs at CEI

 Earlier this month was the return of Camden Hills Regional High School for their sixth visit to CEI, and Oceanside High School’s second trip alongside Camden. It was another stellar…

Introducing our Summer 2014 City Bridge Scholars

Jul 30, 2014

City Bridge partnerships connect inner city students to The Island School. We find that providing transformative growth opportunities to these deserving students, we expand their worlds while immeasurably enriching our…

Alumni Give Back Working at IS and CEI This Summer

Jul 29, 2014

The Island School stays busy all year round–especially during the summer. This summer we were excited to welcome back a number of Island School alumni who are working with The…

Successful Second Annual Nantucket Run-Swim!

Jul 28, 2014

We did it again and came back for round two–the Second Annual Nantucket Run-Swim! On July 12, 2014 The Island School with hosts, The Parizeau Family, rolled out a modified…

You Can Do It!

Jul 25, 2014

We began the day with morning circle at 6:30am. The sun was shining brightly and the wind was blowing strong. When all 33 of us who weren’t on the tourism…

Spring ’12, ’13 and ’14!

Jul 24, 2014

Spring 2012 alumna, Shelby Ambargis sent us this photo after she found herself with two other Island School alumni from the spring semesters that came after her. We love hearing…

Don’t Count the Time, Make the Time Count

Jul 22, 2014

Yesterday marked our last day off before our parents arrive and our final academic rotation begins. For all of us still here on campus, we slept in as late as…

Push It to the Limit

Jul 22, 2014

As the sun rose yesterday morning, anxious kids climbed out of their beds and feared the morning ahead. What kids would be doing in twenty minutes time would be the…

Coral of Duty: Polyp Revenge

Jul 22, 2014

Waking to another gorgeous Bahamian sunrise, we gathered at the flagpole to prepare for… The pole swim. After tightening our goggles and stretching to loosen our muscles, we dove off…

Sunrise Freedive

Jul 22, 2014

As the sun began to rise above the boathouse, we boarded Red Rising and set out for a free diving excursion at Tunnel Rock. Swimming down 40 feet beneath the…

Island School Students Invade CEI

For the Island School summer term, six students had the opportunity to work with Dr. Jocelyn Curtis-Quick researching invasive lionfish. In one day, the students became professionals at cast netting,…

Leading Environmentalist, Philanthropist & Supporter of CEI Peter Wege Dies at 94

Jul 17, 2014

Peter Wege, former Chairman of Steelcase Furniture from West Michigan, was pushing the world to go green long before ideas about sustainability had gone mainstream. Peter believed strongly that economic…

IS students help with deep sea trapping research project

The Island school summer term went out with the deep-water research group, led by Mackellar Violich to pull up traps from 1200 meters deep. The baited traps are set off…

The Flying Gunnards Fly Solo

Jul 16, 2014

After almost a week long without everyone at the Island School, the Flying Gurnards group was finally able to join the rest of the school and enjoy the much needed…

Bonfires and Bioluminescence

Jul 15, 2014

Yesterday we woke up to a special occasion, swim class and campus sprints! As the days go by and we continue to get stronger, the morning work-outs continue to get…

Daily Happenings and Cool presentations

Jul 15, 2014

At the start of the second day during our first academic week, the students ran to a beach location called The Saddle. From there, they swam parallel to the shoreline…

Deep Sea Research and Final Marine Eco Dives

Jul 15, 2014

Yesterday we woke up early to the rising sun and a 6:30 breakfast. We had to push off early for deep sea research, which was about a 35 minute boat…

Free diving fun!

Jul 15, 2014

Splash! The water felt warm, as it does everyday, when we jumped off the boat at 6:30 this morning. A small group of us had chosen to embark on an…

Academic Rotations Begin!

Jul 11, 2014

Yesterday marked the first day of the academic rotation. Campus said au revoir to the Tourism and Development group as they embarked on their four-day trip down island, then again…

Orientation Comes to an Exciting Close

Jul 10, 2014

July 7, 2014: Day 8 Donning running shoes, water bottles, and optimistic outlooks, students and faculty rose at 6:30 am for our first 4-mile run to High Rock and back.…

Shout it Out!

Jul 10, 2014

As orientation week came to a close, we enjoyed a much needed day off to celebrate our accomplishments of the week! It was a quiet day on campus as most…

Eleutheran Explorers Camp is a Huge Success!

 Eleutheran Explorers Camp is a Huge Success Last week CEI was graced with 13 kiddos here for our annual Eleuthera Explorers Summer Camp! It was a jam packed week full…

Summer Term 2014 Has Begun!

Jul 3, 2014

Get a glimpse of the first 24 hours of Summer Term 2014! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW3bL85MrDA

Opportunities on Cape Eleuthera

The Island School, Cape Eleuthera Institute, and Center for Sustainable Development have a number of internship and work opportunities still available for the 2014-15 academic year. You can learn more…

Summer Term 2014: No Ceilings

Jul 2, 2014

From Tanzania to San Francisco, our community is a diverse one, but it can agree on one thing: we are all excited for the month to come! Although a few…

CEI hands out free lionfish at Deep Creek’s Conch Fest

This year, CEI had a booth at Deep Creek’s Homecoming, called Conch Fest, that was geared towards promoting sustainable fisheries. The team was frying up lionfish samples, so local community…

Introducing Summer 2014 Bahamian Apprentices

Every summer, The Cape Eleuthera Island School welcomes a number of talented and driven young Bahamians to campus, offering them an opportunity to work closely with The Island School and the…

Finding Querencias Away from Island School

Jun 23, 2014

Spring 2007 alumna, Hilary Waleka, recently sent us a link to a post on her blog. In this post, she wrote about querencias. Ever since attending Island School and learning…

Alumni Spotlight: Krissy Truesdale (F’13)!

Jun 19, 2014

Fall 2013 alumna Krissy Truesdale had an impressive resume even before she attended The Island School this year, having started her own charity, Solar for Our Superheroes. Since returning home…

CEI and Island School Research Symposium a big success

Congratulations to all of the Spring 2014 Island School students who gave oral and poster presentations at the Research Symposium. This event is a culmination a semester-long research class, where…

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) This August!

Have you ever been curious about permaculture? Are you itching grow your own food? Do you dream of transforming your yard into an edible oasis? If any of that sounds…

DIY Down Island Trip!

Jun 10, 2014

Ever think of coming back to Eleuthera and doing some exploring? Well, we are making it easy for you with this Do It Yourself Down Island Trip (DIY-DIT) guide. Check out…

Early Learning Center students get to investigate real deep sea creatures!

The Island School’s youngest students have been able to get up close and personal with some deep sea creatures over the past couple of weeks without even setting foot in…

I’ve Always Wanted to be a Scientist

May 30, 2014

A core part of the Island School curriculum is research class, which is taught by CEI (Cape Eleuthera Institute) researchers. Research class is a crucial part of the semester because…

Island School students present their research at Parent’s Weekend

Last week, the Island School campus was inundated with the parents of the Spring 2014 students. Aside from campus tours and a breathtaking art gallery, parents also got to witness…

CEI participates in local Earth Day event

To celebrate Earth Day and coastal awareness month, One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF) held an environmentally-themed festival. “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle- Respect Mother Earth” was the theme for this day of celebration.…

Center for Sustainable Development

May 23, 2014

We are excited to announce the introduction of the Center for Sustainable Development and Tingum Recycling Center! Check out the new website to learn more about this new building on…

Deep Creek Middle School students host town hall meeting on Sustainable Fisheries

A town hall meeting was held on May 15 at the South Eleuthera Mission. This meeting was organized by Deep Creek Middle School students who formed a Sustainable Fisheries team:…

HMI Founders Visit The Island School

May 20, 2014

Christopher and Molly Barnes, founders of the High Mountain Institute, a semester school in Leadville, CO, sailed their boat into Triangle Cut right next to our Island School campus last…

CEI Researcher Dr. Jocelyn Curtis-Quick presents at Tedx Nassau

On Saturday, May 3rd, the first TEDx event in The Bahamas, TEDx Nassau 2014, took place.  The event aimed to facilitate nationwide conversations about pressing issues in The Bahamas today,…

West Chester University Students Complete Their Student Teaching at DCMS

Deep Creek Middle School recently said goodbye to two more of its student teachers this spring, Jonathan Jasper and Nancy Stehman from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. The candidates, seen…

Follow Up on Alumni Spotlight: Jenny Sherman (F’08)!

May 12, 2014

A few weeks ago, we shared with you the story of a Fall 2008 alumna, Jenny Sherman, who was chosen from countless entries to speak at Duke University’s Commencement Ceremony.…

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 12, 2014

We hope that all of The Island School mothers had a wonderful day! We miss them and can’t wait for our families to visit in 9 days!!!!

DCMS’s Zachary Carey Accepted to Perkiomen School

DCMS and The Island School would like to congratulate DCMS grade 9 student Zachary Carey of Tarpum Bay on his recent acceptance to Perkiomen School in Pennsylvania. Zach will attend…

Spring 2014 Kayak Trips

May 8, 2014

This weekend, the entire Spring 2014 semester will be reunited back on campus for the first time since beginning their 3-week block of academic, kayak, and down island trip rotations.…

College of DuPage: From Illinois to Eleuthera

The Cape Eleuthera Institute welcomed College of DuPage last week, our first visiting college program of the spring season!  Led by Dr. Jim Ludden, of College of DuPage, as well…

Faculty Alumni Spotlight: Nathan Weathington!

May 8, 2014

Many of our Island School alumni had the privilege of being taught by former faculty member Nathan Weathington (Fall 2001-Spring 2005). Nathan taught math class, but I’m sure many of…

DCMS Students Tour U.S. Boarding Schools

In April, five DCMS grade eight students spent a few days of their Easter vacation touring boarding schools in the Mid-Atlantic region. DCMS supports its students in applying for scholarships…

Forget the Tank, Remember to Breathe

May 7, 2014

It’s a quiet 6:10 AM wakeup call in boys dorm. It still looks like night outside, but a few pull themselves out of bed to go free-diving, careful not to…

CEI Researcher Zach Zuckerman discusses mangrove conservation in Abaco!

Flats Research Manager Zach Zuckerman was invited to perform an ecological assessment of Sand Banks Creek near Treasure Cay, Abaco. Together with Olivia Patterson of Friends of the Environment, representatives…

DCMS Alumni Compete in Track Relays at Penn

Deep Creek Middle School Alumni were out in full force at last weekend’s Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Four students at US prep schools participated in events. Anna McCartney and Treshae…

Visiting Program from Muncton gets involved with all aspects of CEI!

Things are heating up here at CEI!  Students are on campus, summer is on the way, and the adventures are everywhere.  The Educational Programs team wrapped up the month of…

Lionfish invade Rock Sound Homecoming!

CEI Lionfish team visited Rock Sound’s homecoming celebration.  Amid stands selling fritters, grouper, and curry chicken the crew erected a booth dishing out free samples of lionfish ceviche, passing out…

Advisory Time!

Apr 24, 2014

It’s been about 6 weeks since all 48 of us arrived here at The Island School and we’re already completely immersed into the academic structure. One thing that I look…

Effect of Thermal Stressors on Great Barracuda and Schoolmaster Snapper

Over the next 100 years, factors causing climate change have the potential to increase sea surface temperatures by up to 5 degrees Celsius.  However, even a small increase could have drastic effects on tropical areas due to the historical thermal stability of places such as the Caribbean.  Recently, the Cape Eleuthera Institute has been focusing efforts on investigating how climate change may affect tropical fish species and the marine communities with which they interact.  One specific project is using a swim tunnel to measure the aerobic scope of Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) and Schoolmaster Snapper (Lutjanus apodus).  A swim tunnel is a cylindrical tank in which a fish swims against a current and its oxygen consumption can be measured.  Data obtained from the swim tunnel such as swimming velocity and respiration rate can then be used to calculate the fish’s aerobic scope.  Aerobic scope, or the capacity for oxygen­driven metabolism, is a good overall indicator for performance and can estimate how much energy a fish has to devote to essential behaviors such as foraging, predator evasion and reproduction. The water that flows through the swim tunnel can be slightly warmed to simulate future ocean conditions, and the fish’s response can be quantified.  Through this study, CEI and the Flats Ecology and Conservation Program hope to gain insight on how different coral reef and mangrove…

Alumni Spotlight: Jenny Sherman (F’08)

Apr 22, 2014

Fall 2008 alumna, Jenny Sherman, has been selected to deliver the student speech at Duke University’s commencement ceremony next month. She was chosen from 30 graduate and undergraduate students who…

Getting Comfortable Doing the Wobble

Apr 18, 2014

Each Island School student has a Deep Creek Middle School buddy during community outreach where we help them achieve a goal to better their society. Last week Island School students…

Dr. Joanna Paul’s Trip to South Africa with EdVillage

Apr 17, 2014

This past March, Dr. Joanna Paul (Director of Education) travelled to South Africa with EdVillage and a team of international educators to conduct some teacher training workshops and school reviews.…

NSF site visit to CEI

A group of biologists from Universities throughout the United States gathered to discuss the improvement of the research facilities at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI).  This meeting was funded by…

The Bahamas Bull Shark Project

The bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) is one of the most infamous sharks in the world’s oceans.  They have evolved to hunt large prey in shallow coastal waters and, as a…

You Slay, We Pay!

The ‘You Slay, We Pay’ campaign is underway. Lionfish are invasive and devastating reefs; fortunately for us, they are delicious! However, these fish are still an untapped sustainable marine resource.…

Nigel Barker Tours The Island School Campus

Professional fashion and beauty photographer, host of TV’s The Face, and judge on America’s Next Top Model recently toured the campus’ of The Island School and The Cape Eleuthera Institute while vacationing with his…

Spring 2014 Gap Year Conclusion

The Spring Gap Year program concluded this past week after an intense past nine weeks here at the Cape Eleuthera Institute. The students have been involved all over the organization…

CEI is now on Google Street View!

The Cape Eleuthera Insitute is excited to announce the launch of CEI Street View!  You can now take virtual tours of The Island School, Cape Eleuthera Insitute, and Center for Sustainable…

The Island School is on Google Maps Street View!

The Island School is excited to announce the launch of Island School Street View!  You can now take virtual tours of The Island School, Cape Eleuthera Insitute, and Center for Sustainable…

A Time to Reflect

Mar 26, 2014

As defined in our first Literature reading assignment of the semester, The Rediscovery of North America by Barry Lopez, querencia “refers to a place on the ground where one feels…

Exploring the Depths with DCMS & CEI Shark Team

The importance of scientific outreach is empirical to the goals and objectives of the Cape Eleuthera Foundation, aiming to educate and inspire the next generation of young scientists. Friday 14th…

Inaugural Island School Teacher Visits Campus

Mar 25, 2014

Alejandro “Dro” Marti, an inaugural Island School teacher, recently visited our Cape Eleuthera campus. Dro was the first and only Spanish teacher in The Island School’s history! It was a…

Spring Thaw Alumni Event in Boston and NYC

Mar 25, 2014

A Look at Animals and Habitats with Tarpum Bay Primary

Fourteen students from Ms. Carey’s first grade class came to CEI to study animals & their different habitats.  During their field trip they explored the farm and investigated some of…

15 Year T-Shirts on Sale Now!

Mar 19, 2014

The Island School is celebrating its 15 year anniversary this year and a few weeks ago, we asked for your help in choosing the design for our commemorative 15 year…

Sunscreen and Handling Experiments

An estimated 4,000 to 6,000 metric tons of sunscreen washes off swimmers annually. This can affect the ocean in many different ways. This semester the Flats Research Program at CEI…

Mitigating the Threats of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular Caribbean (MTIASIC) Project video competition

Check out this video that Island School communications assistant and IS alumnus Will Strathmann (F’07) created on lionfish for the Mitigating the Threats of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular…

Cape Eleuthera Institute Welcomes Eleuthera Principals

In December 2013, the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) and Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) launched The Local Schools Program which has several education programs that reach young Bahamians.  Our Local…

CEI Researchers present at the 2nd Bahamas National Natural History Conference in Nassau

CEI researchers were busy in Nassau over the past week.  On March 4th, Aaron Shultz and Kate Kincaid attended an IUCN Red List Workshop, held at The Bahamas National Trust.…

Alumni Spotlight: Charlotte Rand (F’01)!

Mar 11, 2014

Although it has been over 12 years since Charlotte Rand’s semester at The Island School, the Fall 2001 alumna’s current career path remains directly related to her experience on the…

Mitigating the Threats of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular Caribbean (MTIASIC) Project video competition

Mar 10, 2014

Island School communications assistant and IS alumnus Will Strathmann (F’08) created this video on the invasive species of lionfish for the Mitigating the Threats of Invasive Alien Species in the…

First Earthwatch team assists in Sea turtle research at CEI

The first of 8 teams for 2014 were at CEI last week assisting with sea turtle research. 9 volunteers, from across America and Canada, spent 9 days collecting data from…

Urban School Leaders Visit Island School

Mar 6, 2014

Earlier this week, a number of urban school leaders visited The Island School to get to know our campus, as well as brainstorm ways to provide this type of transformative…

CEI Winter Newsletter

The Cape Eleuthera Institute Winter Newsletter went out earlier this week. Take a peek to see all the amazing things going on over at the institute! Also be sure to…

Weilenmann Students Discover the Wonderful World of CEI

Winter break at the Weilenmann School of Discovery in Park City, Utah, is usually synonymous with snow pants, ski lifts, and hot cocoa.  However, for 16 students and 5 chaperones,…

Alumni Newsletter

Feb 28, 2014

Every year we send out a newsletter to our Island School alumni, highlighting things happening on campus and alumni spotlights sent to us by our amazing Island School graduates. We…

DCMS Presentations of Learning a Success!

DCMS students showed off their final School without Walls (SWW) projects last Thursday evening during Presentations of Learning (POL) at the DCMS campus, marking the end of a seven-week experiential learning unit.…

TK Foundation Visits Campus

On Wednesday, February 19, we were pleased to host Mr. Arthur Croady and Mrs. Esther Blair from the TK Foundation on campus. The TK Foundation is our largest Bahamian supporter and…

RSMAS help with the lionfish invasion

This week, the RSMAS group had a class on invasive species.  As part of the class, team RSMAS got to go out with the lionfish researchers and help with spearing,…

University of Illinois’ Inaugural Visit!

CEI launched into 2014 with a busy EP season.  Amidst the many veteran programs was the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with 8 students visiting for their inaugural trip to Eleuthera!…

Putting Puffers in the Lounge Chair – Personality, Stress, and the Checkered Puffer

Do animals have personality? If so, how do we define and measure it? How would personality types affect an animal’s fitness?Researchers define “animal personality” as structured differences in the behavior…

New York Harbor School Visits The Island School

Last week the New York Harbor School, located in the heart of New York Habor, visited The Island School for their 6th consecutive year.  Each year NYHS sends a group…

Exeter field course visits CEI

Visiting CEI for the first time, 26 students and 4 professors from the University of Exeter, UK, completed a 12 day program during 6th- 17th January. As part of a field…

MSSM presents on the effects of longline capture stress

The Maine School of Science & Mathematics blessed us with their presence for the 4th year in a row here at the Cape Eleuthera Institute! Dr. Debbie Eustis-Grandy and Dr.…

Spring Gap students are here!

The Spring Gappers are on campus! Our first week was busy getting oriented to all the exciting opportunities that are waiting for us in the next two months. While we’ve…

Plastics outreach with Preston H Albury school

This past fall, CEI’s resident plastic researcher, Kristal Ambrose teamed up with local high school teacher Joanna Parker’s geography class to conduct two consecutive beach plastic surveys for their BGCSE course work,…

DCMS and ELC Students Compete in Jr. Junkanoo

Hours of practice and hard work paid off for Deep Creek Middle School students last Saturday night at The 2014 Eleuthera Jr. Junkanoo held in Governors Harbour.  Accompanying DCMS for…

Lionfish study focused on South Eleuthera’s patch reefs is accepted for publication!

Good news for the continuing battle against invasive lionfish – a study conducted at CEI in collaboration with Simon Fraser University and Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), and headed by…

Fall 2009 Alumnae Reconnect in South Africa!

Jan 23, 2014

Despite living only 2 hours away from each other back home in Massachusetts, it took Liza Morse (F’09) and Maggie Schneider (F’09) four years and thousands of miles away from…

The Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Connection

Jan 23, 2014

The Island School has many connections with Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, MA. One of their graduates, Emma Alexander, now is in her second year of teaching histories…

CEI attends Abaco Science Alliance Conference 2014

FRIENDS of the Environment hosted the 6th Biennial Abaco Science Alliance Conference (ASAC). The conference goals were to provide a forum for networking and information sharing for Abaco and Bahamas-based…

Interesting research on weather balloons by CEI researcher Dr. Owen O’Shea

Dr. Owen O’Shea, research associate for the Shark Program at CEI, recently had research published looking at the negative effects of weather balloons, after thousands were recorded from community beach…

Monmouth University students continue ongoing research projects at CEI

January at the Cape Eleuthera Institute is an exciting time:  a new year, new interns, and a heap of new students visiting during their university’s January term!Monmouth University joined CEI…

Vote for a 15 Year T-Shirt Design

Jan 20, 2014

We are selling t-shirts to commemorate The Island School’s 15th anniversary. But we need your help to choose a t-shirt design! Visit our website to vote for your favorite design…

Outreach in Spanish Wells

In November, Kristal Ambrose, working for the Center for Sustainable Development, and CEI’s outdoor educator Tiffany Gray, made the trip down island to visit Ms. Thompson’s grade 12 geography class at…

Visiting program from Exeter University visits Schooner Cays for juvenile conch surveys

This weekend saw visiting Exeter students and professors heading to the Schooner Cays with the CEI Queen Conch team.  A 30-minute ride and short swim allowed us to conduct shallow…

IS Featured on Green Schools Alliance!

Jan 15, 2014

The Island School is the feature school this month on Green Schools Alliance’s website! Be sure to check it out: http://www.greenschoolsalliance.org/featuredschoolpage/island-school

Tyrin Culmer of DCMS Gets Story Published Online

DCMS eighth grader, Tyrin Culmer, has been published in Anansesem, a Caribbean E-zine for Children. Her piece, “Paint,” was written for her seventh grade English class last year. Click on…

CEI’s Kristal Ambrose teaches the kids at the Early Learning Center about plastic pollution

Last month,CEI Research Associate Kristal Ambrose had the opportunity to work with the “mini scientists” at the Early Learning Center (ELC) on campus, giving a presentation on plastic pollution. Kristal…

A 15 Year Celebration to Remember!

Jan 7, 2014

Thank you to all our friends, families, alumni, and supporters who joined us this past weekend to celebration 15 years of The Island School at the New England Aquarium in…

DCMS Eco-Club Chosen to Attend 2014 POPS Youth Summit

Deep Creek Middle School students have been chosen to attend the 2014 Plastic Ocean Pollution Solutions (POPS) International Youth Summit to be held March 22-23, 2014 at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point,…

The Shark Research team posts footage of their deepwater research with the Medusa!

The Cape Eleuthera Institute and The Island School have recently begun their deepwater exploration of The Exuma Sound with almost 100 hours of footage from the deep ocean. This study…

Wemyss Bight Primary visits CEI again

Recently, twelve smiling faces from Mrs. Sweeting’s 6th grade class at Wemyss Bight Primary came to visit Cape Eleuthera Institute to supplement their pollution unit. The afternoon started off with…

Lionfish team completes December surveys

Wetsuits were in order as the lionfish team took to the seas for their December surveys of the patch reefs.  A three-day blitz with eighteen dives brought us to sixteen…

Wrapping up a successful bonefish tagging trip in Andros South

Interns from the Flats Ecology and Conservation Program and Shark Research and Education Program at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (Stacey Dorman and Carl Treyz) and Zack Jud from the Bonefish and…

RSVP for the 15 Year Celebration Today!

Dec 16, 2013

Today is the final day to RSVP for The Island School’s 15 Year Celebration in Boston on January 4. Space is limited and due to an unprecedented number of RSVPs,…

New acoustic tracking study on bonefish in Grand Bahama

Throughout the islands of The Bahamas, bonefishing is not only popular sport, but also an important component of the tourism industry that contributes greatly to the economic health of many…

Check out our Fall 2013 eNews!

See what CEI researchers and environmental educators have been up to this fall! Follow the link to read our Fall eNews:http://www.ceibahamas.org/ENews/CEI/2013_Fall2/2013_FALL2_CEI.html

Tilapia harvest at CEI

Last month, CEI conducted its first tilapia harvest since March 2013.  This exciting process began on Sunday morning when 160 tilapia were selected for harvest for an Island School parent’s weekend meal and a…

Beach Plastic Christmas Ornament Workshop in Tarpum Bay

Two weeks ago, several CEI team members went up to the Eleuthera Arts and Cultural Center in Tarpum Bay to participate in a beach plastic Christmas ornament workshop, hosted by artist Barbra…

One Month Until the Jan. 4th 15 Year Celebration in Boston!

Dec 4, 2013

Get your “bungy” to Boston! Visit our website for more information. RSVP to cameronpowel@islandschool.org https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM9Zd7du6Fs

Alumni Spotlight: Hanna Koch (F’06)

Dec 4, 2013

Fall 2006 alumna, Hanna Koch recently launched a new business venture called Philanshopit, an online storefront committed to selling products from partners who “have a clear social impact statement in their…

Nassau Grouper fishing season is CLOSED!

A message from the Department of Marine Resourcers:The Nassau Grouper fishing season is closed from Dec 1 2013 to Feb 28 2014. This closure is designed to help ensure a…

Boarding School Admissions Officers Visit the Cape

Each November, admissions officers and school leaders from around the United States come to Eleuthera to get more familiar with The Deep Creek Middle School, The Island School and Cape…

Call for abstracts- Bahamas National Natural History Conference 2014

Call for Abstracts for the Bahamas Natural History Conference 2014 also known as BNHC is NOW OPEN.All abstracts are to be submitted electronically via our website http://www.bnt.bs/_m1866/BNH-Conference. Follow this link for more information: BNHC…

CEI Researchers attend the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Conference

CEI’s Dr Jocelyn Curtis-Quick and Skylar Millar attended the 66th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute conference in Corpus Christi Texas last week. Jocelyn presented the research that her team and…

Intern Bio: Kylie Bloodsworth

Kylie grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received in a Bachelor’s of Arts in French Language Studies and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of St. Thomas…

Outreach at local Wemyss Bight Primary School

Tiffany Gray, the Lead Outdoor Educator at CEI and Franchesca Bethell, a lionfish intern at CEI and a former BESS Island School alumni, recently had the opportunity to teach the…

Great Turnout at Admissions Reception in CT!

Nov 11, 2013

The Island School held the final admissions reception of the fall at the Ball’s home (Kaitlin F’12) in Darien, CT. There was an impressive turn out of both alumni and…

Maxey With Alumni at GFA

Nov 8, 2013

Chris Maxey visited Greens Farms Academy this morning and met up with the 5 Island School alumni who attend the Westport, CT school. During his visit, Maxey challenged the IS…

Call for abstracts- Mangroves Symposium in Mexico

  Mazatlan, Mexico April 7 – 12, 2014 ABSTRACT SUBMISSION IS NOW OPEN! For online abstract submission and registration information, go to:www.wdmeeting2014.wordpress.com/abstracts/ For general information on the symposium, go to: www.fishconserve.org…

Bonefish Tagging in Andros South

Bonefish tagging has been taking place on a large scale in the south of Andros this week. Zack Jud from the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust and Stacey Dorman and Carl…

Congratulations Preston (F’07)!

Nov 6, 2013

Congratulations to Fall 2007 alumnus, Preston Wright on his recent engagement to Amy Stoll! The Island School wishes you all the best! If you know of any Island School engagements…

CONCHtribution Dish Crew Challenge!

Nov 4, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Snh7qhzfnfw&feature=youtu.be Hey Alumni! For the week of November 3rd-9th the Fall 2013 Island School students have a challenge for you! If 48 alumni or more donate to the CONCHtribution campaign…

Island School-Inspired Halloween Costume!

Nov 1, 2013

Shout out to Noelle Anderson (S’13) for her incredibly creative Halloween costume. She’s a conch shell! Thanks for sharing, Noelle! Did you wear an Island School-inspired Halloween costume this year?…

DCMS New England Boarding School Tour

Each year, qualified students from Deep Creek Middle School visit New England Boarding schools in the hopes of earning a scholarship to continue their study abroad. This year, Zachary Carey…

Don’t Forget to RSVP to the 15 Year Celebration!

Oct 28, 2013

2013 October Road Trip Wrap-Up

Oct 28, 2013

What a whirlwind week it has been! On Tuesday morning, we left Burlington, VT and headed to Middlebury, VT. We met with prospective students at Middlebury Union High School in…

New York Sun Works at PS 333

Oct 22, 2013

Yesterday, Maxey visited PS 333, a Manhattan public school that brings green thinking and green food to its students. The most notable feature of the school is this magical rooftop…

2013 New England Road Trip Kicks Off!

Oct 22, 2013

The Island School admissions and alumni teams are on the road again! Sharon Jarboe, Cam Powel, and Taylor Hoffman are hitting the pavement this week, traveling throughout New England visiting…

CEI Research Team conducts beach plastic surveys

With every researcher at CEI always on the go, managing their own research projects, they hardly have time to get a feel for other projects going on at the institute.…

Round Square Students Join DCMS Eco Club for Plastics Seminar

A group of 17 high school student visited DCMS for the first ever DCMS-Round Square Plastics Seminar in early October. Round Square is a world-wide association of schools that works to…

IS Alumnus Releases Debut Album

Oct 17, 2013

Fall 2010 alumnus, Will Overman, recently released his debut album, “Son”, available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/son/id725616876?ign-mpt=uo%3D4) and cdbaby. Will has an impressive resume both within the music world, having opened for the…

CEI Outreach at schools in North Eleuthera

Miss Kristal Ambrose, CEI’s Marine Plastic Pollution Specialist, and Tiffany Gray, CEI’s Lead Outdoor Educator, made a visit to 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students at North Eleuthera Primary to talk…

Gap Year Students Perform Shallow Water Conch Surveys

This fall the gap year team has undertaken the task of completing Fall 2013 shallow water conch surveys. Once complete this data will be a part of a larger effort…

Celebrating Veteran IS Educators

Oct 8, 2013

It’s always good to give thanks to those who helped The Island School get off the ground! Last week a number of veteran educators who helped plan the original curriculum…

CEI Flats Ecology team collaborates with DCMS to learn about mangroves

On Friday, September 27, students from Deep Creek Middle School (DCMS) met with staff from the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) at Paige Creek to discuss mangrove ecosystems. Tiffany Gray, lead…

Island School Application Has Gone Live!

Oct 2, 2013

The application to apply for Summer Term 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015 has gone live! Apply today or send this link (http://www.islandschool.org/admissions/applynow/) to an interested friend. Alumni, no one…

DCMS Beach Clean Up

September 21st marked the 28th anniversary of International Costal Cleanup Day—a day spearheaded by the Ocean Conservancy where groups from across the world are empowered to take action in their local communities…

Fall 2013 Alumni Advisory Board Meeting on Eleuthera

Oct 1, 2013

This past weekend 7 members of the Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) came down to The Island School for their annual on-island board meeting. These alumni are part of a volunteer…

DCMS Early Act Club Day of Service

Sep 26, 2013

On Saturday, September 21, students in the Early Act group of Deep Creek Middle School joined for ES with parent organization Rotary and Rotaract for a day of service at…

CEI Spring 2014 Internships- Apply NOW!

Interested in an internship at the Cape Eleuthera Institute? CEI is currently hiring interns for Spring 2014. The deadline to submit applications is October 1st. Please follow this link to…

New graduate housing facility

The Island School along with Cape Eleuthera Institute and the new Center for Sustainable Development are attracting young professionals from around the world looking for post graduate level experience in…

Sea Saba Dive Center Office Intern

Sep 24, 2013

Sea Saba Dive Center is looking for the right dynamic personality to fill a multifaceted office position with eventual dive leadership responsibilities. Sea Saba Dive Center is located on the famous…

CONCHtribution 2013 Has Begun!

Sep 23, 2013

Today marks the start of the 2013 CONCHtribution campaign, the annual alumni giving campaign that runs from September 23-November 30 and raises money for the Cape Eleuthera Foundation Annual Fund.…

Meet our Fall Gap Year Students

Here are short bios from our three Gap Year students:Eryn Dioli: My name is Eryn Dioli and I just graduated from high school in June of 2013. I’m taking a gap…

Smith Marks (F’06) Visits IS While Working in the Exumas

Sep 13, 2013

Last week, Fall 2006 alumnus, Smith Marks, graced The Island School campus with his presence. Smith, who graduated from University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, is now studying architectural technology…

CEI’s Sea Turtle Researchers visit Fishbone Tours in Savannah Sound, Eleuthera

Annabelle Brooks and Meagan Gary, researchers with the CEI Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Program, recently spent a day in Savannah Sound, Central Eleuthera, with Fishbone Tours (http://www.fishbonetours.com/). Established by…

Celebrate 15 Years of The Island School January 4, 2014!

Sep 11, 2013

Highlighting 3 Fall Interns with the Lionfish/Conch Programs

This Fall semester, The Lionfish and Conch Programs decided to do something new. They instituted a dual internship, which would focus on sustainable fisheries and marine conservation; interns would work…

Alumni Spotlight: Marcus Spallek (S’99)

Sep 9, 2013

Marcus Spallek met Chris Maxey as a student at The Lawrenceville School when Marcus joined the wrestling team as a sophomore in 1997. Marcus was one of the 21 pioneer…

Lionfish Research Manager Dr. Jocelyn Curtis-Quick expands the program over the past year

This September marks the one year anniversary of the arrival of the current Lionfish Research and Education Program (LREP) manager, Dr. Jocelyn Curtis-Quick.  Jocelyn is a marine ecologist with over…

A Spotlight on CEI’s new Research Assistants

Here are brief bios from CEI’s three fall research assistants:Ian Bouyoucos graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology. This research assistant position is…

Shark team recovers satellite tags as part of ongoing project

Last Thursday our shark team, captained by Dr. Edward Brooks, embarked on another exciting satellite tag recovery to the Exumas – a small group of cays situated due west of…

South Eleuthera Kids Camp

Cape Eleuthera Institute and The Island School welcomed 18 South Eleutheran kids to campus this summer. Students participated in and were exposed to some of Cape Eleuthera Institute’s various research…

Rapid Ecological Assessment in Abaco, aided by CEI staff

Last weekend, Bahamas National Trust (BNT) made headway in their Rapid Ecological Assessment of Cross Harbour, Abaco. This REA will gather important ecological data to help establish a baseline for long-term…

Early Learning Center

Aug 28, 2013

We are excited to announce the opening of our newest educational program, The Island School Early Learning Center.  This program serves children ages 2-6 from the greater Island School community…

Abaco Flats Program – a joint effort between CEI and Friends of the Environment

Last week Justin Lewis, from Grand Bahama, Zack Jud, from Florida International University and Tiffany Gray, from Cape Eleuthera Institute, worked with Cassandra Abraham at Friends of the Environment in…

Camden Hills returns for their fourth year joined by Oceanside and Medomak

This blog was written by the 18 incredible students visiting us from Maine.Campus Life The Island School/CEI is located in Cape Eleuthera. The campus faces the water with exotic beaches…

Teacher Conference 2013

Earlier this month The Island School was proud to host our 15th annual Teacher’s Conference! Each year, this conference attracts teachers who are interested in collaboratively exploring best practices in…

Abaco Flat Program – Friends of the Environment

Last week Justin Lewis, from Grand Bahama, Zack Jud, from Florida International University and Tiffany Gray, from Cape Eleuthera Institute, worked with Cassandra Abraham at Friends of the Environment in…

Second Deep Creek Camp of the summer at CEI

CEI just completed the second Eleuthera Explorer’s Camp this summer! Camp culminated with presentations for parents at Island School. This gave campers a chance to share what experiences got them…

Lanti Von Der Schulenberg (F’12) Masters the Conch Horn!

Aug 15, 2013

Chris and Pam are back on their sailboat, Kokomo! This time they stayed a little closer to home and sailed to Bell Island in the Exumas. There, they met up…

Space 2 Explore Camp teaches Eleutheran youth about marine conservation

Space 2 Create, a non profit summer day camp for the youth of Harbour Island, Eleuthera, joined forces with The Cape Eleuthera Institute to initiate Space 2 Explore, a program…

Shallow water conch surveys used to evaluate the local juvenile population

Due to overfishing for food and export, The Bahamas are one of the only countries with a large population of queen conch left, and we are very keen to try…

Space to Create and Space 2 Explore

Aug 12, 2013

Starting in 2007, DCMS teacher Will Simmons has held a summer camp for kids from North Eleuthera in his native Harbour Island. The camp, called Space to Create, is a…

IS at the Bridge of Flowers Race

Aug 12, 2013

This past weekend, Island School was well represented at the Bridge of Flowers Race in Shelburne, MA. IS alumna Hannah Lessels (F’13) reconnected with IS faculty member Rachel Shapiro and…

Save the Date to Celebrate 15 Years of The Island School!

Aug 6, 2013

CEI represented at the American Elasmobranch Society Conference

The 2013 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists was held July 10 -15 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The American Elasmobranch Society participated by hosting 5 days of shark and ray research presentations, and…

Seatrek Fathoms sail into CEI for a 10 day trip

This week we said ‘bon voyage’ to an amazing group of students, staff and crew from Seatrek Fathoms. They graced us with their presence for 10 days of science, fun,…

Newcastle University from the UK sends undergraduates to collect data at CEI

Seven undergraduate students from Newcastle University have been on campus since July 1, assimilating with various research groups at CEI. Each student is working on an individual project for their…

SeaTrek’s Time at CEI

Cape Eleuthera Institute said goodbye this week to SeaTrek, a group of students aboard a sailing, scuba, and marine biology expedition. They kept a very detailed blog during their time…

First Annual Nantucket & Cape Cod Run-Swims

Jul 30, 2013

This past weekend marked The Island School’s first annual summer run-swim tour. First stop: Nantucket! 22 brave run-swim participants gathered around the flag pole at the Parizeau’s home on Saturday…

Three DCMS Students Earn Scholarships to US Boarding Schools

Every year, a number of Deep Creek Middle School students get the opportunity to apply to boarding schools in the US through our Boarding School Placement Program. This program continues…

IS Alumni Working at Camp Aloha & Lanakila

Jul 30, 2013

Alexis Sommerfield (F’09), sent The Island School this photo over the weekend. She is currently working at Camp Aloha in Fairlee, Vermont alongside a number of other Island School alumni!…

South Eleuthera Explorers Camp at CEI

Last week the Cape Eleuthera Institute and the Island School welcomed 18 South Eleutheran children to campus for a sleep away camp focusing on the world we live in and…

Lionfish team completes July patch reef surveys

The lionfish team has recently finished their fish abundance surveys, which are undertaken every three months. They visited sixteen reef patches in the Exuma Sound over three days. There are…

DCMS End of Year Student Awards 2013

The faculty, staff and families of DCMS would like to congratulate the following students for exceptional performance during their second semester. These students are examples amongst their peers. They have exhibit true…

New staff bio for Dr. Owen R. O’Shea

Here is a brief background on our new Shark Research Associate, Dr. Owen R. O’Shea:I am a marine ecologist with a background in coral reef ecology and elasmobranch biology. I…

BREEF Seacamp at CEI

After leading the Deep Creek Natural History Camp, two of our Educational Programs staff helped out with the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) week-long SeaCamp. They met up with…

Stress and the Incredible Checkered Puffer

How do fish handle stress? With the rise of human and climate related stressors, researchers are actively exploring how fish react to these conditions. Naomi Pleizier, a MSc. student from…

Thank You Donors!

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Summer Reunions!

Jul 9, 2013

It’s summertime which means Island School alumni are on the move, reuniting with each other all over the country. Are you hanging out with your IS friends? Let us know…

Deep Creek Kids Discover the Life in the Creeks

Last week our Educational team led a three day natural history camp for nine kids from Deep Creek and the surrounding settlements. In addition to camp songs, rounds of the…

Eleutheran Explorers have adventures at CEI

The Eleutheran Explorers Camp is quickly approaching day 4. It’s true what they say about how time flies when you’re having fun! The last few days have been filled with…

SFU Researcher is studying yellow stingrays at CEI

In order to better understand the ecological role of the Yellow Stingray, Urobatis jamaicensis, team SFU has been performing some baseline stingray surveys each Saturday. What happens on Stingray Saturdays? There are sixteen survey sites (patch reefs)…

Pacific Ridge School experiences the Atlantic 2013

The past 12 days have been a whirlwind for a group of 15 students from Carlsbad, Northern San Diego, California. The first week of the program, the students embarked in…

Fall 2013 Communications Internship

Jun 28, 2013

The Cape Eleuthera Island School seeks an enthusiastic, motivated and driven individual to join its communications and marketing team in a volunteer role as Communications Intern. The ideal candidate will…

Lionfish Researcher Invasion

Currently CEI is overrun with lionfish researchers; it’s an invasion!The Oregon State University has a team of 6 here. The renowned lionfish researcher Dr. Mark Hixon was also on site for…

Senior Students (Re) Visit CEI!

The week of May 20th we had four senior students Ian, Kyle, Annie & Cyrus, join us at CEI to work on their senior projects. Three of the four students…

Pam & Chris Sail Through St. Lucia

Jun 25, 2013

Pam and Chris are sailing north from Grenada and stopped in St. Lucia, home of Derek Walcott, author of every Island Schooler’s favorite book, Omeros.

Quest for Excellence NYC Award

Jun 25, 2013

The Island School is proud to announce that Kevin He is the recipient of our first Quest for Excellence NYC Award! Kevin distinguished himself as a straight A student who…

REU group has 2 week stay at CEI

The Research Experience for Undergrads- Bahamas group just completed a two week stay in Eleuthera. While down here, they participated in some archaeological research, and blogged about it! Check out…

Wemyss Bight Primary School Meets live animals at The Island School and CEI May 28, 2013 & June 6, 2013

The Grade twos and threes from Wemyss Bight Primary School have each come to visit The Island School campus and learn all about how animals get their food, water and…

Chris Maxey’s Camden Hills Graduation Speech

Jun 13, 2013

If you are interested in reading the speech Chris Maxey delivered at Camden Hills Regional High School’s graduation last weekend, you can read his entire speech here: Camden Grad Speech.…

Conch Fest 2013

This past weekend, CEI participated in Conch Fest, the Homecoming celebration for the settlement of Deep Creek, where several CEI staff call home. The focus of this year’s booth was…

Maxey’s Trip to Maine

Jun 10, 2013

This past weekend, Chris Maxey was invited to be the graduation speaker at Camden Hill Regional High School in Camden Hills, Maine. CHRHS has been sending groups of students down…

Spring 2013 CEI/IS Research Symposium was a success!

This past Saturday, CEI and IS hosted their Spring 2013 Research Symposium. The event consisted of research presentations and poster sessions, where Island School students got the chance to present…

Boston Tough Mudder

Jun 6, 2013

While students and faculty on Eleuthera were running the half marathon and swimming the Super Swim this past weekend, members of The Island School staff, alumni community, Cape Eleuthera Foundation…

Alumni Spotlight: Tessa Tracy (F’11)!

Jun 6, 2013

Fall 2011 alumna, Tessa Tracy, returned to her high school, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, after her semester and needed a way to channel her Island School energy before she…

CEI Symposium, a chance to highlight work done this spring

Last week, our second CEI Symposium kicked off with the first night of presentations by Liz Underwood on lionfish reproduction sites, Skylar Miller discussing larval lionfish recruitment, Maddy Young on…

Traveling Without Using Plastic

Jun 3, 2013

Last week, Chris Maxey challenged himself to try not to use plastic the whole time he traveled from The Island School to New Jersey. Based on this photo he took…

IS Alumni Parents Host DCMS Alumna Attending US Boarding School

                DCMS appreciates the help of our Island School alumni families who look out for our students when they are stateside attending boarding…

SEEP Opens 2nd Emergency Operation Center in South Eleuthera

May 29, 2013

Last week, members of The Island School were present at the opening of SEEP’s (South Eleuthera Emergency Partners) second Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in South Eleuthera. SEEP is a “community-led…