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Beekeeping 101

Jun 17, 2022

The start of summer is an exciting time for bees. During this time, hives with surplus populations begin swarming. This is when large groups of bees leave their home hive…

Partnering with Bahamian Agricultural Stakeholders

Jun 17, 2022

With challenges in the global supply chain, local food sovereignty and security has been at the fore of national conversation in The Bahamas. This month, members from Cape Eleuthera Institute…

Celebrating our Youngest Learners

For the second year in a row, we saw one of our ELC students matriculate to the Deep Creek Middle School. It’s exciting to see the learning progression offered at The Island School extending into the elementary years and shaping the way in which we can engage with the environment, develop lifelong skills and tackle real world problems at all stages of the journey.

Fast Fashion and Climate Change

Apr 4, 2022

What is Fast Fashion? Every year, we as a global society produce 92 million tons of clothing-related waste. This is enough discarded clothing to fill one garbage truck every second. …

A Bold New Look for Our Shared Identity

Mar 23, 2022

The work at The Island School stretches far and wide, and we’re thrilled to celebrate the depth and the breath of our organization with some new and refreshed visuals. An…

DCMS Celebrates 20-Years

We are thrilled by the growth–and more importantly the outcomes–we’ve seen in our Deep Creek Middle School students since its inception, and eager to celebrate this impressive 20-year milestone with our many alumni, friends, and supporters over the years.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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

Sep 11, 2013

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…

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…

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 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

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…

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!…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Outside the Box – A Reflection on Teaching at The Island School

May 29, 2013

by Brady Wheatley, Dean of Students and Histories Department Head The boxes on the student schedule are deceiving. The schedule looks neat and ordinary, but most of what we do here…

Sustainable Parents Weekend

May 20, 2013

Dear Families, With Parent’s Weekend coming up, we are so excited for you to join our Island School community! As you probably know, one of the cornerstones of the Island…

Summer Employment Opportunity with Science under Sail

May 17, 2013

Science under Sail (SUS) pioneers innovative marine-scientific research with a unique modern mentorship program to empower a future generation of SEAFARERS by engaging small collaborative teams of students and experts…

Former Island School Literature Fellow Continues to Use the Harkness Table

May 13, 2013

As all Island School alumni can attest, discussions around the Harkness table played a major role in their education during their semester. A former Island School Literature Teaching Fellow, Ellie…

Symposium on Tourism & Coastal Development

May 8, 2013

On April 18, we brought together educators, scientists, government officials, developers, resort operators, and stakeholders on Eleuthera to learn from past experiences and chart new territory for tourism products and sustainable…

Get on the Bus!

Apr 25, 2013

On Friday April 5th, Fall 2012 alumna Cate Ellison participated in “Get on the Bus”, an event organized by Amnesty International. She travelled from Boston to New York City to…

Summer Opportunities for Alumni

Apr 8, 2013

Our friend from Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA), Edie Widder, sent us these two summer opportunities that would be perfect for some of our alumni! One opportunity runs from…

Eleutheros

Apr 7, 2013

The Ecology, Histories, and Literature Departments have collaborated on a series ongoing personal reflective essays called Eleutheros. Each week students are asked to write a reflective essay that demonstrates their understanding of…

Fall in Love with Marine Ecology

Apr 6, 2013

In order to demonstrate their newly discovered knowledge of marine species (the good, the bad, and the attractive…) Marine Ecology students have been creating original “Match.com” profiles for local marine…

Congratulations Future Island School Students!

Apr 5, 2013

We wanted to congratulate the future students of The Island School on their recent acceptances. We can’t wait to see you in the 2013-14 academic year! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr55SI2tpdg

Introducing The Island School Boston Office Interns!

Apr 4, 2013

Don’t let school get in the way of your education. Any alumni of Island School surely knows this quote by Mark Twain, as it is one of Maxey’s favorite and attests…

Alumni in Breckenridge!

Apr 1, 2013

We always love hearing about alumni get togethers, especially when the alumni are from different semesters! Some of the strongest Island School friendships are found not within the same semester,…

Maxeys Visit Campfire Safari Academy

Mar 29, 2013

If you are looking for a great GAP year challenge, follow other alumni who have spent some time exploring and learning all about African wildlife and conservation. Recently the Maxeys…

Swimming Point to Pointe!

Mar 29, 2013

Congratulations to Dave Barra on completing his marathon swim from Lighthouse Point all the way to Powell Pointe yesterday, a feat Chris Maxey contends is a first for any human. Dave…

Opportunities with Ocean Exchange

Mar 28, 2013

Thank you to alumni parent, Linn Spalding (mother of Robby Spalding F’07), for sending The Island School this internship opportunity at Ocean Exchange, as well as information on joining Ocean…

Eleutheros

Mar 24, 2013

The Ecology, Histories, and Literature Departments have collaborated on a series ongoing personal reflective essays called Eleutheros. Each week students are asked to write a reflective essay that demonstrates their understanding of…

CEI/Island School Bridge to Shark Research in South Africa

Mar 21, 2013

On the Maxey’s recent trip to South Africa, Chris Maxey had the opportunity to visit the Save our Seas Shark Research Centre and met with Michael C. Scholl, CEO of Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF). Michael is interested…

Boys Dorm Barbecue

Mar 21, 2013

We create community in many way here at The Island School. Tuesday, the Boys Dorm put together an afternoon of bonding and fun during their free Exploration Time. On their…

The Island School on LinkedIn

Mar 20, 2013

The Island School’s alumni department is always trying to find the best way to keep up with our alumni–and for our alumni to keep up with us! In addition to…

Maxeys Visit Kliptown Youth Program

Mar 18, 2013

Through introductions from our friends at Nobles, we had the opportunity to visit an inspiring educational program. Kliptown Youth Program in South Africa is bringing hope to the next generation of young…

Island School at Wellesley High School’s Seminar Day

Mar 7, 2013

          Fall 2012 alumna, Korinna Garfield, invited The Island School to come speak at a session during Wellesley High School’s Student Congress Seminar Day. Korinna is…

Maxeys Visit African Leadership Academy

Mar 5, 2013

The Island School is building a bridge to Africa through a partnership with African Leadership Academy (ALA). The Academy, located outside of Johannesburg South Africa, is a world-class, pan-African secondary institution that…

Island School Parent Reception

Mar 4, 2013

On Friday, March 1, Ernie and Kim Parizeau (parents of F’03, S’06, and S’10) opened up their home in Wellesley, MA to host an Island School Parent Reception. The reception…

Alumni Spotlight: Justin Drazin (F’05)!

Mar 1, 2013

Island School alumnus of Fall 2005, Justin Drazin, recently published his first children’s book called “Albert and the Amazing Pillow Monsters”. On why he wanted to begin writing children’s books,…

Maxey Freedives with William & Brittany Trubridge

Feb 26, 2013

Chris Maxey had the opportunity to join a freediving course at Dean’s Blue Hole on Long Island, The Bahamas taught by the world record holder William Trubridge. The Island School…

Winter Alumni Newsletter

Feb 21, 2013

The Island School recently released its Winter Alumni eNewsletter. We want to keep our alumni in the loop with everything that’s happening on the Cape, as well as share with…

Congratulations Josh & Stephanie Hahn!

Feb 20, 2013

We happily congratulate Josh and Stephanie Hahn on the newest addition to their family! On Friday, February 15th, Samuel Francis Hahn was born at 6 lbs and 20 inches. Josh…

Now Hiring: Communications Associate

Feb 14, 2013

The Cape Eleuthera Foundation seeks an enthusiastic, motivated and driven individual to join its communications and marketing team. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience building communications and marketing materials…

Ocean Awareness Essay Contest

Feb 8, 2013

The film, From the Bow Seat (written and directed by alumni parent Linda Cabot), holds an ocean awareness essay contest every year that challenges high school students to think critically…

The Island School Hosts New York Harbor School SCUBA Divers

Feb 5, 2013

Last week The Island School hosted 12 SCUBA divers from the New York Harbor School. Accompanying the divers were dive instructors Liv Dillon and Joe Gessert and board member Eli…

Alumni Spotlight: Mina Bartovics (S’01)!

Jan 31, 2013

Island School alumna, Mina Bartovics (S’01) recently began a 6-month adventure in India! As she travels around, she will be teaching science to women and children, as well as working…

Dartmouth Island School Alumni Group Gathering!

Jan 31, 2013

Last night, the Island School alumni college group at Dartmouth got together to have dinner and reminisce about their days on Eleuthera, sharing stories from their different semesters. They are…

Four Weeks Left to Apply to The Island School!

Jan 18, 2013

There are only 4 weeks left to apply to The Island School’s 2013-14 academic year! Share this new Island School trailer with someone you think would be a great Island…

Final Admissions Reception of the Season!

Jan 9, 2013

Last night The Island School hosted their final Admissions Reception of the season. It is hard to believe that we first kicked off the receptions way back on September 27 in Boston! Last…

Teaching Fellowship Positions Open for 2013-14 Academic Year

Jan 8, 2013

The Island School’s Teaching Fellowship Program is an opportunity for recent college graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in education. It is an ideal way for future teachers…

Spring 2005 Alumni in Southeast Asia!

Jan 4, 2013

This story and photo sent to us by Peter Meijer (S’05) is proof that our Island School alumni truly are located all over the world! Peter was traveling around southeast…

Opportunities with Ocean Exploration Trust

Jan 3, 2013

The Ocean Exploration Trust is offering a number of internship and job opportunities that may be of interest to Island School alumni or other friends of The Island School, Cape…

Alumni Spotlight: Will Overman (F’10)!

Jan 2, 2013

Fall 2010 alum Will Overman recently conquered a huge feat. He hiked the entire, 2,200-mile Appalachian Trial, which runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. Will…

Great Event at Rid-All in Cleveland, OH!

Jan 2, 2013

As a native Clevelander, I take great pride in anything Ohio so I was over the moon when I first heard about Rid-All Green Partnership Farm. Rid-All is an exceptional…

Reminder: Tour of Rid-All Urban Farm & Garden in Cleveland Tomorrow!

Dec 21, 2012

January 5th Reunion in Boston: Don’t Forget to RSVP!

Dec 20, 2012

The January 5th Island School reunion in Boston is coming up fast! We hope you can join us for this all-semester alumni and families gathering, which includes morning exercise, a…

Alumni Spotlight: Dominique Keefe (S’07)!

Dec 19, 2012

We love hearing from our alumni, especially when they fill us in on all the interesting things they are doing in their lives post-Island School! Dominique Keefe, alumna of Spring…

Fall 2012 Lunch in Boston!

Dec 17, 2012

Although it has been just over a week since the Fall 2012 students returned home from their semester The Island School, that did not stop a group of them from…

Sending Strength to Newtown, CT

Dec 16, 2012

We have been flying our flag at half-staff at The Island School to honor the families in Newtown, Connecticut who have lost loved ones.

First Bio-Gas Stove in The Bahamas Installed at The Island School!

Check out the press release in The Eleutheran about the first bio-gas stove in The Bahamas installed at The Island School! The Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) are eager…

Congrats Faculty Alum Tim Kelly and Wife, Lelah!

Dec 13, 2012

Tim Kelly, Art and History Teacher from 1999-2000, the early years of Island School’s history, recently celebrated the arrival of his son Kiyan Delphous Kelly. Kiyan was born on December…

Holiday Hello from Hill School IS Alumni!

Dec 12, 2012

The Island School also visited The Hill School this week to present to prospective students. A number of  interested students gathered together with Teacher’s Conference alum, Patrick Hagarman, IS alumni…

Happy Holidays!

Dec 12, 2012

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Support New York Sun Work’s Newest Rooftop Hydroponic Greenhouse Classroom!

Dec 12, 2012

New York Sun Works, friend of both Chris Maxey and The Island School, is having a fundraiser for Williamsburg’s PS 84 Rooftop Hydroponic Greenhouse Classroom and they need our support! The…

Tour Rid-All With Other Cleveland-Area Island School Friends!

Dec 11, 2012

Island School Visits Nightingale-Bamford

Dec 11, 2012

Director of Admissions, Sharon Jarboe visited Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City this week to present to prospective Island School applicants and also had the opportunity to meet up with…

The Island School and CEI on Local TV Station; Minister Supports Renewable Energy

Dec 7, 2012

During his visit to The Island School last weekend at the Research Symposium, the minister of the environment showed his support for our commitment to renewable energy and the environment!…

Eleutheros

Dec 6, 2012

The Human Ecology, Histories, and Literature Departments have collaborated on a series ongoing personal reflective essays called Eleutheros. Each week students are asked to write a reflective essay that demonstrates their understanding…

Their Heroic Journeys

Dec 4, 2012

Last week, students were asked to undertake another in a series of epic challenges at The Island School. The Literature Department assigned students to write a story of their Island…

Eleutheros

Dec 2, 2012

The Human Ecology, Histories, and Literature Departments have collaborated on a series ongoing personal reflective essays called Eleutheros. Each week students are asked to write a reflective essay that demonstrates their understanding…

NYC Admissions Reception

Nov 29, 2012

We had yet another successful admissions reception last night, this time in New York City at the home of Tommy Robertshaw (Su’12) and his family. It was an incredibly impressive…

New York Harbor School in the News

Nov 28, 2012

At the Island School we are always excited to see students working to solve real world problems. We are especially proud of our friends at  the New York Harbor School…

Grateful Gobbles

Nov 22, 2012

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Alumni in NYC Give Back After Hurricane Sandy

Nov 12, 2012

This past weekend, Island School alumni in the New York City area Kate Gibson (F’04) and Molly Lawson (F’00) gathered a group of their friends to volunteer with the Sandy…

Biodigestion in Action

Nov 8, 2012

Over the course of the last several weeks, Island School students spent time kayaking, experienced a hurricane, explored the majority of the island, and additionally, were able to gain intimate…

Zombie Morning Exercise!

Nov 6, 2012

The students were in for quite a surprise during morning exercise the day after Halloween. Instead of a normal run-swim, they were greeted by ZOMBIES all along the way… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AePUCC1Swg&feature=youtu.be

Rob Neely (SP’99) Visits Campus

Nov 6, 2012

Rob Neely, a student during the pioneer semester of The Island School, as well as a faculty member Fall 2003-Spring 2004 visited campus last week with his fiancé, Shanti Nulu.…

CONCHtribution Challenge for Alumni from Fall 2012 Students!

Nov 5, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2nL5sCDcjw&feature=youtu.be We need 45 alumni to donate before November 10 in order to relieve the Fall 2012 students from dish crew for the day!! Look Back, Give Back today!

Westport, CT Admissions Reception Postponed!

Nov 1, 2012

Due to the lasting effects of Hurricane Sandy, The Island School reception in Westport, CT has also been postponed. We want to make sure that everyone in the area remains…

Alumni Spotlight: Jake Koetsier (F’08) & Liz Marinaro (F’06)!

Oct 30, 2012

Alumni Jake Koetsier (F’08) and Liz Marinaro (F’06) both attend Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. Last Saturday, they ran a booth for Eckerd’s natural science collegium at the St. Petersburg FL…

NYC Admissions Reception Postponed!

Oct 29, 2012

Due to the severe weather hitting the northeast this week, The Island School Reception in New York City on 10/30/12 has been POSTPONED. While we are sorry to have to…

Weathering the Storm

Oct 28, 2012

The worst of the Hurricane Sunday passed between dinner time Thursday morning and very early Friday morning, but you would not have known it by the beaming faces of students…

Another Successful Admissions Reception & Day on the Road!

Oct 25, 2012

Sadly, our week-long New England road trip is nearing its end. We have been having a blast linking up with our alumni and establishing connections at our sending schools. Today,…

Giving Sandy a Warm Welcome!

Oct 25, 2012

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Day 3 On The Road!

Oct 24, 2012

[slideshow] We woke up to yet another gorgeous fall morning in Vermont, ready to take on day three of our week-long New England tour. The Fargo family (Taylor Fargo, F’04)…

Down Island Magic

Oct 23, 2012

I tend to be sentimental, but I would not consider myself overly-fantastic or dreamy. I am a reasonable thinker, I think. So, I do not usually find myself using terms…

Fall in Love with Marine Ecology

Oct 15, 2012

In order to demonstrate their newly discovered knowledge of marine species (the good, the bad, and the attractive…) Marine Ecology students have been creating original “Match.com” profiles for local marine…

Pam & Chris Meet Ross Perot

Oct 11, 2012

During their Island School Admissions Receptions tour across the state of Texas, Island School founders Pam and Chris Maxey had the opportunity to meet with Ross Perot in Dallas and…

Learning About The Island School Cisterns in Math Class

Oct 9, 2012

By Cate Ellison In our math classes this past week, we have been learning about the cisterns around campus that store our water. We learned about the five cisterns underneath…

Alumni Spotlight: Liza Morse (F’09)

Oct 5, 2012

Fall 2009 alumna and Grinnell College sophomore, Liza Morse, has been a leader affecting change both in classes as a biology and Spanish major, and in her extra-curricular activities. As…

Love is in the Air!

Oct 3, 2012

This past weekend, two couples near and dear to The Island School’s heart tied the knot! Francesca Forrestal, a Fall 1999 alumna and member of the Cape Eleuthera Foundation Board,…

Island School Application Online Now!

Oct 1, 2012

The application for the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters is now online! Help us by spread the word to any prospective Island School students you know!

Successful Admissions Reception in Needham!

Sep 28, 2012

We had close to 60 guests attend the Admissions Reception at the Piersiak’s Home in Needham, Massachusetts last night, including many interested families, prospective students, and of course plenty of…

Building the Resource Center: A Time-lapse

Sep 28, 2012

Construction of the Brown Recycling Center is ongoing and moving along quite quickly. Last week we poured concrete for the belt course for the first floor, which tied all of…

1,000th Blog Post!

Sep 28, 2012

Hello friends, family, alumni, scientists and everyone else who has been clicking, reading, commenting and following on this blog. This is our 1,000th blog post! Without you all out there,…

Underwater Essays

Sep 28, 2012

In a recent Marine Ecology class, students were asked to stay still, underwater, on SCUBA, for half an hour, focusing their observations on one specific area of reef. They then…

And Now A Word From the Students…

Sep 27, 2012

In an effort to bring you more videos about The Island School student experience, today we have a video of a few Fall 2012 students talking about their Island School…

Introducing New Director of Admissions, Sharon Jarboe!

Sep 26, 2012

The Island School is pleased to announce that a new director of admission, Sharon Jarboe, has joined the leadership team. Co-founder and former Director of Admission Pam Maxey is excited…

First Ever Monster Run-Swim!

Sep 26, 2012

[slideshow] This weekend marked the first-ever Monster Run-Swim event at The Island School. The event took place on two courses: the normal Island School run-swim course, a sprint run-swim course…

CONCHtribution Has Begun!

Sep 25, 2012

CONCHtribution, the annual alumni giving campaign that raises money for the Cape Eleuthera Foundation’s Annual Fund, has officially begun! This year, the theme is Look Back, Give Back. While reflecting upon your experience…

SP’12 Human Ecology Project on CEI’s Aquaculture Program

Sep 25, 2012

At the conclusion of every semester, Island School students break into small groups to focus on a single final Human Ecology project based on an particular interested that has developed…

Alumni Spotlight: Eliott Wellenbach (F’11)

[slideshow] We are always encouraging alumni to give back to The Island School, Cape Eleuthera Institute, and Deep Creek Middle School in any way that they can. Fall 2011 alum…

Fall 2012 Gets Scuba Certified!

Sep 12, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-LaIxuRO04&feature=youtu.be

Alumni Spotlight: Jan Shi (F’09)

Sep 10, 2012

Fall 2009 alum, Jan Shi graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy this past spring and instead of going straight to college this fall like most high school graduates, Jan deferred his acceptance to the…

Meaningful Moments from Student Orientation

Sep 6, 2012

For Kayak groups 1 and 2, now on campus and working on their SCUBA certification, we challenged them with a different prompt from Orientation, asking them to consider which moments…

And They’re Off!

Sep 5, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyInLwkjpoA&feature=youtu.be  K1 and K2 returned from their 3-day expeditions yesterday afternoon and now it is time for K3 and K4 to head out to sea! Meanwhile, back on campus, K1 and…

More Student Reflections from Orientation Week

Sep 5, 2012

Lilly Ganske Acclimating to a new culture thousands of miles away from my hometown could not possibly be an easy feat. Therefore, I have experienced the rigorous transformation of being…

Fall 2012 Kayak & Scuba Rotations

Sep 4, 2012

Orientation for Fall 2012 has ended and now the 47 students are diving right into kayak and scuba rotations. Check out this great panoramic photo taken from the Boathouse that…

Last Chance to Submit a Photo!

Aug 31, 2012

Today is the final day of The 2012 Island School Photo Contest on both The Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute Facebook pages. So start digging through those photos and…

Horatio Smith’s (F’02) Nassau Restaurat, Nelly’s Deli!

Aug 30, 2012

Horatio Smith (F’02) has been helping out The Island School’s amazing kitchen staff for the past few months, sharing his knowledge of cooking, catering, and the restaurant business. Two years…

AML Foods Presents Check to BESS Program

Aug 28, 2012

[slideshow] To mark their continued relationship of support, AML Foods, through their Solomon’s Fresh Market Brand presented the Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholar program (BESS) with a $5,000 donation. Renea Knowles,…

The Fall 2012 Semester Has Officially Begun!

Aug 28, 2012

Yesterday, 47 students of the Fall 2012 semester traveled from far and wide to begin their journey at The Island School. Here they are at their very first dinner circle.…

Welcoming Chris Brown and the Golden Knights Back to The Bahamas!

Aug 24, 2012

[slideshow] This past Wednesday South Eleuthera hosted a homecoming for local hero, and Olympic Gold medalist Chris Brown, and his three teammates, Demetrius Pinder, Michael Mathieu and Ramon Miller. The…

Alumni Spotlight: Francesca Forrestal (F’99)!

Aug 24, 2012

Fall 1999 alumna, Francesca Forrestal is a research assistant with ISSF and a PhD student at the Rosensteil School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at University of Miami in the…

Sterling Wright (SP’12) Wins Bike Race in Nevada

Aug 17, 2012

Last weekend, Spring 2012 alumnus Sterling Wright participated in the 7th annual Lamoille Hill Climb in Lamoille Canyon, Nevada. It is a grueling race that climbs 3,000 feet over the…

Peter Meijer (SP’05) Representing IS Abroad!

Aug 8, 2012

During a recent trip to the Caribbean, Peter Meijer (SP’05) made friends with a very curious iguana who seemed to want to know more about The Island School–or thought Peter’s…

Cancer Society of The Bahamas Annual Race 4 The Cure in Tarpum Bay

Aug 7, 2012

On Saturday August 4th, the Cancer Society of The Bahamas held it’s annual Race for A Cure in Tarpum Bay. The purpose of the event is to raise funds to…

IS Alumni & New York Harbor School Students Complete Governor’s Island Swim!

Jul 30, 2012

This past Saturday, a group of New York Harbor School students, including three Island School alumni, Chris Lorient (F’10), Gabe Taliaferrow (SP’12), and Arben Ukperaj (SP’11), completed the Governor’s Island…

The 2012 Island School Photo Contest!

Jul 26, 2012

Got some great photos from your semester or visit to The Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute? Then submit them to The 2012 Island School Photo Contest! The Photo Contest…

Alumni Get-Together in Bay Head, NJ

Jul 23, 2012

A group of alumni and their parents got together while Chris Maxey was visiting Bay Head, NJ last week. Rick and Kay Tell (parents of Elizabeth Tell, SP’11) took the…

Summer Term Week 3 Food Group Presentation

Jul 20, 2012

Believe it or not, the third and final academic rotation is nearly complete. Just like the weeks before them, the final food group spent the afternoon on Thursday in the…

Summer Apprentice Blog: Whitney Knowles

Jul 20, 2012

Whitney Knowles joins Cape Eleuthera Institute as the Small Island Sustainability Aquaculture apprentice from the College of the Bahamas and the UBS scholarship award recipient.  Though she resides in Nassau…

A Day in the Life of Fritter

Jul 17, 2012

There are very few people (or animals) who have been at The Island School as long as its founders, Chris and Pam Maxey, and Fritter is one of them. Love…

Summer Term Week 1 Food Group Presentation

Jul 17, 2012

As the culminating event of the Food theme week, each group of students spends the afternoon in the kitchen cooking an entirely local meal. Just before dinner is served, the…

Knock, Knock…

Jul 16, 2012

…Who’s there? It’s Chris Maxey! Last week, Maxey surprised alum Carter Brown (SP’09) with an early morning visit and dragged him out of bed to do a run-swim in Bay…

Alumni Spotlight: Maggie Cissel (SP’06)

Jul 12, 2012

Since leaving the island 6 years ago Maggie Cissel (SP’06) has been in search of a way to give back what The Island School gave her and an avenue to…

Summer Term “This I Believe…”

Jul 12, 2012

As part of the Tourism and Development final assessment, students were asked to create a visual representation of their reflection on the past week. Students in this theme group traveled…

Summer Term Journal Highlights

Jul 11, 2012

Greetings! Summer Term is rolling along and our students have now shifted into a new theme group for the week (Ecology, Food, or Tourism and Development). As the culminating reflection…

Fall 2011 Summer Reunion!

Jul 7, 2012

It’s reunion season! Summer is the best time of year to plan reunions and gatherings to bring together your Island School semester. Over the 4th of July holiday, 31 out…

Happy 4th of July!

Jul 4, 2012

…from Summer Term 2012! We hope you enjoy the music talents of the students and the photo slideshow of changing from a Bahamian flag to an American flag! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bueThmiLXoU&feature=youtu.be  …

Orvis’s Perk Perkins Visits The Island School and CEI

This week, the CEO of Orvis, Perk Perkins, cruised through Cape Eleuthera. Perk is on a sabbatical from Orvis and is spending his time sailing throughout the Caribbean. He stopped…

Congratulations Corey and Odette!

Jun 13, 2012

After a long day and night, we are excited to announce the birth of “Bean” Broderick who was born on the evening of June 12, 9.5 pounds and 23 inches…

Tegan Maxey Aboard Ocean Classroom’s Harvey Gamage Stops at Island School This Spring

Jun 12, 2012

by Tegan Maxey I spent the past four months sailing the schooner Harvey Gamage through the Caribbean and up the east coast of the US, and I finally understood how…

Kalin Griffin Attends Rotaract District 7020 Conference

Jun 5, 2012

The Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute’s Chief of Staff, Kalin Griffin, attended Rotaract District 7020 Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica last week from May 31-June 4. She represented the…

Jack Burnham (F08) Receives Grant to Write About Asteroid Mining

May 27, 2012

IS alumnus, Jack Burnham (F08) was recently featured on 60 Minutes for the interesting work he has been doing throughout this past year. Right after completing his senior year at…

Alumni in Action: Horatio Smith (F02) Gives Back–to the IS Kitchen!

May 23, 2012

Island School alumnus and Alumni Advisory Board member, Horatio Smith (F02) has returned to The Island School on a number of occasions. Currently, Horatio is providing professional development to the…

Congratulations Ben and Laura Dougherty!

May 22, 2012

We are happy to announce the arrival of Mia Grace Dougherty last night at 10:42pm. Her parents, Ben and Laura Dougherty, taught at IS from F’06-S’09 and this is their…

Thanks for a Great Parents Weekend, Spring 2012 Families!

May 22, 2012

IS Alumna in Ohio Headed to College

May 17, 2012

Hathaway Brown School seniors and Island School alumna, Louise Shiverick (F’10), Gaby Glicksman-Graham (S’10), and Sarah Young (F’09) took this photo on college t-shirt day where seniors wear an article…

See You Soon, Spring 2012 Parents!

May 14, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrWcMvAuufs&feature=youtu.be

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 13, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u87030OgNZ0

BESS Students’ Turtle Tagging Adventures

May 10, 2012

This fall, 2 BESS (Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars) students, Brian Higgs (F’11) and William Sturrup (F’11), attended The Island School. Now, this semester, as part of their full year BESS…

Eleutheros

May 8, 2012

The Human Ecology, Histories, and Literature Departments have collaborated on a series ongoing personal reflective essays called Eleutheros. Each week students are asked to write a reflective essay that demonstrates their understanding…

Alumni Advisory Board Annual On-Island Meeting

May 1, 2012

This past weekend, 6 members from The Island School’s Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) made the trek to South Eleuthera for their annual on-island board meeting. During their few days at…

K4 Heads Out to Sea

Apr 28, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CWPs80OxE0&feature=youtu.be

Eleutheros

Apr 20, 2012

The Human Ecology, Histories, and Literature Departments have collaborated on a series ongoing personal reflective essays called Eleutheros. Each week students are asked to write a reflective essay that demonstrates their understanding…

Island School Supports Ride for Hope

Apr 19, 2012

Saturday April 14, 2012 The Cape Eleuthera Island School supported Eleuthera’s annual Ride for Hope, which raises money for cancer caring centers and cancer treatment programs. The Cape Eleuthera Island…

Godspeed K1!

Apr 18, 2012

K1 headed out for their 8-day kayak expedition on Monday. Here they are, just moments before their departure… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cH_XkaRxzc&feature=youtu.be

Cacique Council Video: Week 7

Apr 16, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAZYU5LU0qQ&feature=youtu.be

What’s Your Favorite Thing About Easter?

Apr 12, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjsq5qVGKMQ&feature=youtu.be

Easter at Island School

Apr 10, 2012

Last Friday during Exploration Time, some students and faculty gathered together in the art studio to prepare home made Easter decorations. Sunday, students were given the opportunity to participate in…

Eleutheros

Apr 3, 2012

The Human Ecology, Histories, and Literature Departments have collaborated on a series ongoing personal reflective essays called Eleutheros. Each week students are asked to write a reflective essay that demonstrates their understanding…

The Maxeys Finally Make it Out West

Mar 30, 2012

Pam and Chris made their first trip out to California this week and had the opportunity to reconnect with old friends, as well as meet  some prospective Island School students.…

Eleutheros

Mar 29, 2012

The Human Ecology, Histories, and Literature Departments have collaborated on a series ongoing personal reflective essays called Eleutheros. Each week students are asked to write a reflective essay that demonstrates their…

Alumni Spotlight: Lee Taylor (F’99)

Mar 28, 2012

Lee Taylor (F’99), a student at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, is the captain of a Dartmouth team that won the regional finals in Boston for the energy track of…

Lucky’s First 8-day Kayak Trip

Mar 26, 2012

[slideshow] It all started on a stormy morning in September 2010.  As the students of K3 and I busily made our final preparations on Girls Dorm Beach, Lucky collapsed into…

Congratulations Seniors!

Mar 23, 2012

We are thinking of you seniors as you begin to hear back from colleges for next year. If you haven’t told us your plans for next year, please keep us…

Congratulations America’s Next Eco-Star, Katie Romanov!

Mar 19, 2012

We are excited to announce that our very own Katie Romanov (F05) has been declared the winner of America’s Next Eco-Star Competition through SmartPower! After a long process of voting…

Prince Harry’s Visit to The Bahamas!

Mar 16, 2012

Prince Harry, during his recent visit to The Bahamas in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, held a Youth Leaders Luncheon for a select group of outstanding…

Water Polo Wednesday

Mar 16, 2012

This Wednesday, during exploration time, eager Island School students arranged a water polo match and invited members from throughout the foundation. Featuring the newly constructed goals installed in Water Polo Cut,…

Donnavventura at Cape Eleuthera

Mar 15, 2012

This fall, two world travelers from Italy from an Italian program called Donnavventura made their way to our home on Cape Eleuthera. During their tour of The Bahamas, they came…

Sustainability in Exile

Mar 12, 2012

Island School Marine Ecology teacher, Peter Zdrojewski, has been spreading the news of his friend and grad school advisor – Dr. Jonathan Scherch – who has recently put together a…

A View of South Eleuthera from Space!

Mar 10, 2012

The Huffington Post released a number of amazing photos taken by the International Space Station (ISS). One of the photos they released is of our home in South Eleuthera! Scroll…

More from Week Two

Mar 10, 2012

By: Natalie, Annie, Tai, Kyle T, Lucy, Ann-Marie, Sterling, Greg: It may seem rough to leave behind cell-phones, telephone, and Internet, but we have happily replaced these “tings” with place-based…

Perspectives from Week Two

Mar 9, 2012

Sometimes at Island School, things don’t always go as planned. So, when the weather isn’t right for SCUBA week, find other worthwhile ways for students to spend their time, like…

Women Working for Oceans

Mar 7, 2012

Kirsten Dawson (IS Parent F04, F06, F08), is part of a newly formed organization, Women Working for Oceans or W20. The organization was started by a group of women near…

Shout Out to the Bateman Clan!

Mar 5, 2012

We are excited to share this recently received photo of former faculty members, Chris & Jenn Bateman, from when they were in Sayulita, Mexico this past spring with their young…

More Reflections from The First Days

Mar 3, 2012

Lauren Maida: After an anticipated intro to sign-out and bike sing-out, Sp ’12 lead the way to our first exploration of the vast and beautiful surroundings of the Island School…

The First Days

Mar 2, 2012

Over the next couple of days we will be featuring short narratives written by each of our forty-nine new students in the spring 2012 class. Enjoy these personal, inspirational, exciting,…

Remembering Walter Lovejoy

Mar 1, 2012

It is with our deepest sorrow that we recognize the passing of long-time friend and supporter of The Island School, Walter Lovejoy. He passed away this December after an amazing…

Spring 2012 Has Arrived Safe and Sound!

Feb 27, 2012

The Spring 2012 Island School semester has officially begun! Here is a photo of the group at the Welcoming Ceremony in the Boathouse. It’s going to be a great semester!

Helen Bourdeaux (S’10) and Family Revisit The Island School

Feb 27, 2012

Exactly two years ago, Helen Bourdeaux (S’10), was just beginning her Island School journey as a student. Last week, Helen, now an alumna, stopped by the Cape with her family…

Island School Parent’s Inspiring TED Talk

Feb 20, 2012

Ernie Parizeau, parent of IS alumni Kate (F’03), Doug (S’06), and Molly (S’10), gave a great TED talk at Middlebury College this fall titled “Fortune Favors the Bold”. Check it…

Putting Schools To Work

Feb 17, 2012

The Island School is proud to announce the launch of the Putting Schools to Work website. This consortium of like-minded institutions that focus on teaching leadership by allowing students to…

Make An Island School Presentation at Your School!

Feb 16, 2012

We are always encouraging students to make presentations about The Island School when they return to their sending schools after their semester. Not only does it help make their transference…

Job and Internship Opportunities with the Cape Eleuthera Island School

Feb 13, 2012

We are currently accepting applications for a number of positions with The Island School, Cape Eleuthera Institute, and Deep Creek Middle School. Please see below for each position for more…

Personal Statement from a NYHS Student’s Trip to Island School

Feb 10, 2012

[slideshow] The New York Harbor School (NYHS) is a public high school located on Governors Island off the southern tip of Manhattan.  Founder, Murray Fisher, connected with The Island School…

Alumni Spotlight: Katie Romanov F05!

Feb 8, 2012

After leading Middlebury’s Solar Decathalon team to an impressive fourth place finish in 2011, Katie Romanov (F05) is now in the running to be America’s Next Eco-Star, a contest sponsored…

Alumni Mentor Position for Summer Term 2012

Feb 6, 2012

Hey all you alums out there! We are still accepting applications for Summer Term 2012 Alumni Mentors. Island School is looking alumni who want to come back to the Cape,…

Another Successful IS Admissions Reception–Easton, MD

Feb 3, 2012

We had yet another great Winter Reception held in Easton, Maryland at the Koch’s home on January 31. There was a great turn out from many interested families and a…

IS Alumni Hit the Slopes in Beaver Creek

Feb 2, 2012

[slideshow] Island School Fall 2005 alumni, Drew Fink, Dave Seamans, Jaclyn Battjes, Colton Coughlin and Lucas Cherrington, managed to find some snow during this mild winter we’re having in the…

2012 Off to a Strong Start

Jan 30, 2012

As The Island School emerges in its 14th year, we feel stronger than ever as an organization having two lead donors ensure the longevity of the school and its supporting…

Williams College Spends Another January Term at The Island School

Jan 27, 2012

For the eighth year, Sarah Gardner of Williams College brought a January term class to stay at The Island School and research different topics. Last year, this class studied how…

NYC Admissions Reception a Great Success!

Jan 26, 2012

We had over 50 guests attend the Admissions Reception at the Florio’s Home in New York City last night, including many interested families, prospective students, and of course plenty of…

Join Us for the Spring 2012 Fiction Writing Workshop with Richard Bausch April 8-15

Jan 25, 2012

The week-long workshop sponsored by the Cape Eleuthera Writers & Artist Workshop series will bring together a small group of adults interested in fiction writing to the Cape Eleuthera campus…

Reflections from The Maine School of Science and Mathematics

Jan 18, 2012

[slideshow] Students from The Maine School of Science and Mathematics departed this morning, having completed two weeks of research and experiential learning here at The Island School and Cape Eleuthera…

Final Thoughts from The Canterbury School

Jan 17, 2012

Students from The Canterbury School of St. Petersburg, Florida have had a week to unwind since their time on Eleuthera, and it is without doubt that they have continued to…

And The Winner of CONCHtribution 2011 Is…

Jan 16, 2012

…click here to find out! As a collective alumni community, we reached 33% participation and raised over $110,000! Way to go! While we did not meet our goal of 45%…

Winter Admissions Receptions

Jan 13, 2012

Looking for something outside the classroom? Join us for our Winter Admissions Receptions! Tuesday, January 17, 2012 6-8pm The Maroni Home 220 Clyde Street Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 Wednesday, January…

The Island That Never Sleeps

Jan 10, 2012

There is no rest for the weary on Cape Eleuthera as Island School and CEI staff geared up for the arrival of visiting high school and college programs on the…

Alums Who “Donate Once and Give Back Twice”

Jan 3, 2012

As CONCHtribution 2011 comes to a close, we’d like to highlight a few alums who have not only donated to the Cape Eleuthera Foundation Annual Fund, but took that act…

Welcome New Head of Island School, John Schatz!

Dec 16, 2011

The Island School is proud to announce a new head of school starting in the 2012-13 school year! After an extensive 18-month search, John Schatz has been hired to be…

Farming for the Future

Dec 13, 2011

On a beautiful Eleuthera afternoon there was a small gathering in the fields of corn at Apple Hole Farm to celebrate a big partnership between Edrin Symonette and Cape Eleuthera…

Don’t Know What to Get Your Island Schooler This Holiday?

Dec 6, 2011

Then look no further than The Island School’s brand new online gear store! Here we sell bags, hats, mugs, water bottles, and more! The Island School also sells items from…

The Island School Finishes Top 5 in Cans for Kids Project

Dec 5, 2011

Over 50% of the aluminum cans in the world are recycled but the statistics are much lower in The Bahamas. Cans for Kids has realized that the country has come…

Kelly Duggan (S11) Reflects on IS and “Giving Back Twice”

Dec 2, 2011

Island School has given me leadership skills and confidence I need to take control of my own education. These skills are useful in the classroom, in the field, or during…

F’11 Parent and Educator Gives Thanks

Nov 29, 2011

Steve Murray, Headmaster at University School in Hunting Valley, OH, recently returned from a trip to The Island School where he was visiting his son James (F11) during Parents Weekend.…

Successful Weekend of Big Events!

Nov 27, 2011

This weekend, the Fall 2011 students and faculty participated in either the Half Marathon on Saturday or the Super Swim today. Congratulations to all for their successful finishes! [slideshow]

Growing Solutions

Nov 15, 2011

by Human Ecology Fellow –  Alicia Barlow Grafting, budding, scion, rootstalk and upside down T graft are all words and phrases that are now part of the vocabulary of six…

Bates Bobcats Donate Once and Give Back Twice

Nov 10, 2011

Bates College has one of our strongest alumni networks, not only in the number of alums that are students there, but also in their presence in the greater community. Last…

Kate Gibson (F04) Donates Once and Gives Back Twice!

Nov 6, 2011

The theme for this year’s CONCHtribution is Donate Once and Give Back Twice. We are asking alums what they are doing to make an impact in their community once they…

CONCHtribution 2011 Begins TODAY!

Nov 1, 2011

That’s right, CONCHtribution 2011 has officially begun! This year’s theme is Donate Once and Give Back Twice. Read more about the theme and about this annual alumni giving campaign here.…

A Scary Idea

Oct 31, 2011

Zooming out over the open ocean on the Bay Scout this morning with Chris Maxey, in the still brightening darkness just before sun up, haunted by hints of the Halloween…

Happy Halloween from the Lawrenceville Team!

Oct 31, 2011

Even though the northeast experienced a snowstorm this past weekend, that did not keep the Lawrenceville team from indulging in classic Halloween festivities! Scotty and Hannah visited a pumpkin patch,…

Eleutheros

Oct 29, 2011

This year, the Human Ecology, Histories, and Literature Departments have collaborated on a series ongoing assignments. Each week students are asked to write a reflective essay that demonstrates their understanding of…

Alumni Spotlight: Ami Adams S11!

Oct 28, 2011

Congratulations to Spring 2011 alumna, Ami Adams who was named Agriscience Student of the Year Runner Up at the 84th National FFA Convention! She was awarded this honor based on…

Greetings from the Oldest Student on Campus

Oct 24, 2011

Good day, Island School Blog readers!  This is Katie McDougall, the Fall 2011 “Master Teacher in Residence.”  By way of introduction, I hail from Nashville, TN where I’ve been teaching…

First On-Island Alumni Reunion Weekend

Oct 18, 2011

The weekend of October 7-9 should have been the first official on-island reunion for Island School alumni. However, due to damages and unforeseen obstacles caused by Hurricane Irene in late…

Island School Math Class Takes on Water Issues

Oct 14, 2011

Back at home, it’s easy to think that when you turn on a tap, water will come out. Here at The Island School, however, we have learned that water is…

Eleutheros

Oct 12, 2011

This year, the Human Ecology, Histories, and Literature Departments have collaborated on a series ongoing assignments. Each week students are asked to write a reflective essay that demonstrates their understanding of…

Alumni Giving Back

Oct 7, 2011

Dynamic duo Julia Rew and Dorothy Long (both F’10 students) gave a great presentation about their Island School semester to classmates at Princeton High School this week. It was a…

50 Years Young…

Oct 6, 2011

Happy 50th Birthday, Maxey! Here’s to another 50–may they be just as great as the first 50. [slideshow]  

Thinking About Design

Oct 6, 2011

Backwards design. It’s something that we think about a lot here, as teachers. Start with the results. What kinds of behaviors and ideas do we want to see in our…

Lville Office Takes Point Pleasant By Storm

Oct 5, 2011

[slideshow] Congratulations to Mary Assini (S00), Hannah Mauck (F04) and Scotty Aland (S05) for their efforts in the Treasure Island Sprint Triathlon this past Sunday, October 2.  All first-timers, the…

Middlebury Solar Decathalon Team Finishes Fourth!

Oct 4, 2011

Congratulations to Katie Romanov (F’05) and the rest of Team Middlebury College for their impressive finish in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathalon 2011! [slideshow] Solar Decathlon is…

Salutations to the Sunday

Oct 3, 2011

My alarm sounded. Confused, I turned it off and rolled over. Today is Sunday, the one day at The Island School when students and faculty alike take advantage of sleeping in.…

Introduction to the F’11 Biodigestion Research Project

Oct 1, 2011

By Tyler Courville and Ihna Mangundayao [slideshow] Did you know that 5.2 million people die every year from waste related diseases? Now you do! This is a result of irresponsible…

Stories Beneath the Waves

Sep 29, 2011

In the beginning, there was artwork. From the artwork, came stories. Yes…yes, we are indeed talking about marine ecology. No joke.  Marine ecology is NOT just about diving and pretty…

Eleutheros – An Inter-Disciplinary Reflection

Sep 28, 2011

This year, the Human Ecology, Histories, and Literature Departments have collaborated on a series ongoing assignments. Each week students are asked to write a reflective essay that demonstrates their understanding of…

Motorcycle Diaries Part Two

Sep 22, 2011

IS alum from Fall 2002, Nick Del Vecchio is riding his motorcycle across the country as he moves from his home in Boston, MA to his new home in Boulder,…

Congrats Scotty and Mary!

Sep 19, 2011

Congrats to Scott Aland (S05) and Mary Assini (S00) for running in the Philadelphia Rock n Roll Half Marathon!  The two IS alums ran hard and finished strong with times…

Lville Office Going for Gold!

Sep 16, 2011

Hello Hello! As many of you know, there is an Island School gem located in NJ called The Island School Lawrenceville Office (aka “The Lville Office”).  It’s a small but…

Use GoodSearch.com to Support The Cape Eleuthera Foundation!

Sep 16, 2011

Want to make a big difference in small way? It’s easy, especially with GoodSearch.com! Instead of using Google or other search engines, you can use GoodSearch and with each search,…

350.org Event and T-Shirt Design

Sep 15, 2011

On September 24, The Cape Eleuthera Foundation will be participating in 350.org‘s Moving Planet Day event to think of ways we can move beyond fossil fuels. 350ppm is the safe…

Timed Run-Swim Time!

Sep 14, 2011

Check out these moments from our very first round of an Island School tradition: the timed run-swim… [slideshow]

A Little Elbow Grease to Start Off the Morning!

Sep 14, 2011

[slideshow] Although this morning was a sleep-in, and therefore a break from morning exercise for The Island School, a few students still participated in a form of morning exercise! Grace,…

IS Alumna Lucy Emerson-Bell (S02) in Huffington Post!

Sep 13, 2011

Lucy Emerson-Bell, Spring 2002, had an Op-Ed article published in the Huffington Post this week. Addressed to President Obama, Lucy discusses current environmental issues, like Keystone XL pipeline, and how…

Remembering September 11th

Sep 12, 2011

Our Caciques, Zeke and Lincoln gathered the community for a mid- day circle and instead of raising the Bahamian flag as we normally do, they raised the American flag to…

Spot the Alumna!

Sep 11, 2011

Down here on Cape Eleuthera, we don’t get too many TV commercials, but we did come across this on Youtube.  Can you spot the IS alum in this Febreze commercial?…

Alumni Spotlight: Dustin Kloempken F04!

Sep 9, 2011

After six straight years of perseverance, Fall 2004 alum, Dustin Kloempken has finally succeeded in getting six small solar panels installed at his high school!  Ever since Dustin returned from…

Images from SCUBA – 3 Day Kayak Week

Sep 9, 2011

With the last of the Kayak groups (K4) returning this afternoon, we collectively mark the passage of SCUBA – 3 Day Kayak Week, and… more importantly… the passing of the…

DCMS Student Keniesha Pinder’s Ten Favorite Things from Camp Wavus

Sep 9, 2011

This past summer, five students from Deep Creek Middle School earned scholarships to camp in the U.S.  Keniesha Pinder, grade 8, shares her favorite things from Camp Wavus in Maine:…

Having Trouble Finding Flights for the Reunion?

Sep 7, 2011

Unlike the old days, there are now a TON of ways to get over to Eleuthera for the reunion October 7-9.  Alternative options are available through Nassau to Rock Sound…

Hurricane Irene Clean Up on Eleuthera

Sep 5, 2011

Ten days after Irene tore through Eleuthera there was still much to clean up in the North.  Communities like Governor’s Harbour, Hatchet Bay, Gregory Town, and James Cistern still face…

The Dawn of Something Special

Sep 4, 2011

Almost every morning we circle around our flagpole at 6:30am and sing the Bahamian National Anthem:  “Lift up your head, to the rising sun Bahamaland. . .” Going into my 7th…

Job Opportunity with South Carolina Coastal Conservation League

Sep 4, 2011

We love hearing from our alumni, especially when they’re coming to us with job opportunities for other IS alumni!  Kate Parks, FA’03, works for a non-profit in South Carolina called…

Orientation Week Reflections

Sep 2, 2011

“Breathtaking Oceans, Cramped Dorms and Incredible Heat” by Griffin Hunt, Ihna Mangundayao, Jamie Perritt, Benjamin Beardsley, Katie Tapper Over the past two days, 31 students have arrived from all over…

Shorebird Migrates Through Hurricane Irene

Aug 30, 2011

Check out this miraculous story about a shorebird that had been tagged and found on the island of Eleuthera.  What’s even more interesting is that the tag on this bird…

October 2011 On-Island Reunion Is Approaching!

Aug 30, 2011

Although October 7-9 seems far away at this point, it’s never too early to make your plans to come down to The Island School for the on-island reunion!  All alumni,…

An Island School Teacher’s First Hurricane – A Reflection

Aug 29, 2011

On the west coast we don’t get hurricanes. I grew up in Oregonwhere the weather is so predictable that it is almost boring. It rains. The rain begins in September…

The first Cacique post by Camden Hills, visiting Educational Program

Aug 19, 2011

Hello Parents, Teachers, and Friends! This is our second full day in the Bahamas, and I think I speak for everyone when I say that we are having one of…

Scholarship at COA for Island School Alumni

Aug 17, 2011

College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island, Maine is proud to offer scholarships to alumni of The Island School.  Any incoming student who has attended The…

Geoff Walton in the News!

Aug 17, 2011

Geoff Walton, Director of Facilities and Systems at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, received some press on the website www.workboat.com.  The article highlights the process and hard work Geoff went through…

CEI Internships

Aug 15, 2011

CEI has a vibrant intern program designed to award individuals the opportunity to learn and contribute to all aspects of operating a remote research and education facility.   We provide…

The End of an Era

Aug 12, 2011

Yesterday marked an end of an era at The Island School with the departure of the one and only David Miller.  David came to The Island School three years ago…

South Eleuthera Kids Camp

Aug 12, 2011

A few weeks ago the Educational Programs team had the pleasure of running our longest standing camp, The South Eleuthera Kids Camp (SEKC) for a five day event filled with…

Apprentice Profile: Troy Williams

Aug 11, 2011

Troy Williams or Rock Sound is part of the Bahamian Apprentice Programme and works with Spencer and Sam. He shares some of his experience below: My name is Troy Williams…

Alumni Spotlight: Evan Lutvak S10!

Aug 10, 2011

Last we heard from Evan in this fall, he was well on his way to developing an efficient way to create his very own biodiesel.  More recently, he has made…

Human Ecology Project: Phoenix Box

Aug 2, 2011

The following is a project summary from the Phoenix Box group.  Human Ecology projects during Summer Term explored systems and proposed ways to effect a positive change by finding a…

Alumni on Campus: Mikala Cooper

Aug 1, 2011

Another of the many alums currently on campus, Mikala (Mik) Cooper (F07) joins team CEI for the summer frmo Bowdoin College in Maine. Though her major is undecided at the…

Alumni Spotlight: Carter Brown

Jul 25, 2011

Carter Houston Brown returned to Cape Eleuthera this summer to work as an intern in CEI’s flats program after graduating high school. He attended The Island School in Spring of…

Aquaculture Research Class

[slideshow]Digging my fingers into the dog food like fish meal, I grabbed a handful and tossed it into the large tank filled with ravenous cobia. This is one moment that…

Apprentice Profile: Serrano Gibson

Serrano Gibson of Wemyss Bight joins us at on campus as part of the  apprentice programme this summer, working under Marco. Below are some of his thoughts on working here:…

Future Island Schooler Joins the Ranks!

Jul 21, 2011

One of our pioneer, pre-semester students, Cameron McDowell, is the proud father of a beautiful baby boy name Finn Williams McDowell.  Finn was born on July 12, weighing 7lbs 14…

Alumni On Campus: Hannah Druckenmiller

Hannah Druckenmiller (F07) is back on Eleuthera, this time as an intern at CEI. She joins the aquaculture team this summer in between semesters at The Leland Stanford Junior University,…

Bahamian Apprentice Programme Expands at Cape Eleuthera Island School

[slideshow] On the tip of Eleuthera, the Cape Eleuthera Island School is continuing to expand its Bahamian Apprentice programme. This summer, six Bahamians are joining teachers, researchers, mechanics and farmers…

Summer Term Expeditions Depart! (Again!)

Jul 14, 2011

After one night back on campus to swap stories and modes of transportation, Summer Term headed back out into the field to explore Eleuthera by kayak and van. [slideshow]

Bahamian Apprentice Spotlight: Perry Forbes

Perry Forbes is from Wemyss Bight and is a student at St. John’s University in Minnesota. His major is environmental management, and he is back at CEI this year to…

Can You Spot the Mutton Snapper?

Jul 13, 2011

[slideshow]Here’s another installment of “spot the mutton” sent to us by an IS Alum: Brandon Gell (Island School Fall 2010) recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, with his sister and father.…

Lionfish, Lionfish, Ra-ra-ra!…Lionfish, Lionfish, Ha-ha-ha!

Jul 12, 2011

Have you ever been face to face with one of the ocean’s top predators? They lie in wait, camouflaged spines from head to tail, eyeing  any oblivious fish that swims…

Godspeed K1!

Jul 12, 2011

[slideshow]Kayak and Down Island Trip rotations are in full-swing this week at The Island School. On Monday morning the first group of kayakers left Cow Pointe on their three-day paddling…

Introducing: Summer Term Alumni Mentors!

Jul 6, 2011

[slideshow] Greetings from Eleuthera! For the Summer Term 2011, we have seven Alumni Mentors on staff!  Alumni mentors are Island School alumni who want to come back to the Cape,…

Can You Spot the IS Logo?

Jul 1, 2011

It is a well known fact that Island Schoolers are world travelers! We have heard many a story about how an alum was traveling in a foreign country wearing an IS…

Eleuthera Explorers Camp – Wow!

Jun 30, 2011

[slideshow] Eleuthera Explorers camp is in full swing with 17 youthful Explorers from various islands in the Bahamas and states in the USA. We have been keeping busy with morning…

Aleice Goodman Wins DCMS Sand Dollar Award

Jun 20, 2011

At DCMS’s graduation, valedictorian Aleice Goodman spoke to her classmates: “Three years ago, I embarked on a journey that would prove to be one of the most exhilarating experiences of…

Flats Ecology Begins New Summer Research

Jun 17, 2011

The Flats Ecology team is wrapping up an amazing spring semester and preparing for an exciting summer session.  This semester the flats team worked with The Island School students to…

Annabelle and Edd Tie the Knot!

Jun 15, 2011

On June 10th, CEI researchers Annabelle Oronti and Edd Brooks tied the knot in England with potcakes Friendly and Biscuit as their witnesses.  The ceremony took place at a church…

Pacific Ridge High School Educational Programs Visit

Jun 14, 2011

Once again Educational Programs has been out having a blast, all the while teaching and learning in the field. This time, four high school boys and their chaperone teacher Melissa…

Introducing Cameron Powel!

Jun 13, 2011

Please join us in welcoming Cameron Powel (F04) to The Island School staff.  Cameron will return to the island this July as the Alumni Relations and Communications Associate.  This won’t…

“It’s Not About You”

Jun 9, 2011

Check out this article from the New York Times – a great reminder of how our vision of “Leadership Effecting Change” applies to life outside The Island School. “Most people…

We Started the Fire!

Jun 8, 2011

We Started the Fire- with Biodigestion At several points during our Island School journey, we experience many firsts. Only minutes ago, our biodigestion team went down in Bahamian history by…

What is The Island School?

Jun 7, 2011

As part of the Spring 2011 Human Ecology Course at The Island School, a creative group of students made this movie to help explain the journey students experience on Cape…

Small Feet – Human Ecology Measured

Jun 7, 2011

by Anne, Adam, Annie, and Nick The Island School prides itself on being an environmentally conscious institution; yet how kind is the school to the earth? Yes, we make our…

Legs to Lights – The Power of Human Ecology

Jun 5, 2011

by Jon Vredenburg The purpose of our project was to raise awareness about energy consumption. At The Island School, we have spent many community meetings talking about water conservation. Yet…

Remembering why…

Jun 4, 2011

As you all know, students are greeted with quite a demanding schedule upon arrival.  Still, we stress the importance of finding time and space to reflect on their experience, to…

The Last Tingum

Jun 3, 2011

by Emma – The Blog Chore Master The days are slowly counting down here at the Island School.  Students are starting to complete their “lasts”—we are on our last chore rotation,…

William and Brittany Trubridge Visit Campus

Jun 1, 2011

The Island School was honored to welcome William and Brittany Trubridge to Cape Eleuthera. William is the current world record holder for unassisted freedive to 100 meters or 328 feet.…

Sunday Submarine Worship at Cathedral

May 31, 2011

“The most important thing to remember is to relax” – as Chris Maxey says. “Don’t be flipping your fins like crazy to go down and up –slow mellow movements. Before…

Caribbean reef shark physiology

May 30, 2011

Recently published in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology: The physiological response of the Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) to longline capture. By Edd Brooks, et al. Read the article here. Congratulations to Edd…

Parents’ Weekend Wrap Up

May 30, 2011

by Biodigestion Research Crew Parents’ Weekend was a rush of excitement and confusion as the size of the campus expanded by nearly four times what it usually is. Parents, siblings,…

BESS student featured in Southern Boating

May 26, 2011

Trueranda Cox, current Island School student, was recently featured in an article in Southern Boating for her internship work with Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation last fall. Trueranda completed an…

Researchers Tag Oceanic White Tip Sharks Off Cat Island

May 25, 2011

The oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) was once considered to be one of the most numerous large vertebrates on the planet. Yet ongoing exploitation of this species for it fins,…

Spring 2011 Parents Weekend Recap

May 23, 2011

As the parents of our spring 2011 students settle back into homes and offices today, we wanted to share these videos once again to hopefully put a smile on your…

A Day in the Field with the Lemon Shark Research Team

May 19, 2011

At The Island School, a large component of student research classes take place in the field. Field time is spent running experiments and collecting data, which are critical to the…

“Call to Plungers” The Inspirational Speeches of a Boy’s Dorm Head

May 17, 2011

Enjoy these two speeches written and performed (quite powerfully) by Boy’s Dorm Head Aldis Gamble.  Thanks to his powerful evocations, boys dorm has achieved unparalleled levels of cleanliness and order.  Only…

Second Nature

May 17, 2011

[slideshow] With the rest of the patch team on kayak and down island rotations, Aidan and I were the only two in research class last week. Although it was only…

The Space to Lead

May 13, 2011

This morning I am thinking about space.  I am thinking about space and proximity and power.  Last week I returned from a Down Island Trip, a three day road trip…

Introducing: Jon on Blog Chores

May 12, 2011

by Jon Vredenburg The feel on campus is completely different now. The eight days spent on the sapphire waters, three days of venturing down island, and eight days of rigorous work…

Welcome Home Baby Slarzben and Hicvan!

May 11, 2011

Welcome home baby Slarzben and Hicvan! The Biodigestion Team is thrilled to announce: Haldrew, Taylor, Dave, Jake and Sam are excited to have two new siblings! Please welcome the two…

Deep Creek Middle School

May 10, 2011

The Deep Creek Middle School (DCMS) is an independent school for Bahamian students in grades seven through nine located on the southern end of the island of Eleuthera. DCMS, a…

Inoculation of the Digesters: Third Time’s the Charm…We Hope

May 9, 2011

[slideshow] On May 3, 2011 the inoculation of the manure/glycerine mixture happened for all of our digesters. Our original four digesters, Sam, Jake, Dave and Taylor, have now been replenished…

Alumni Spotlight: George Giannos F10!

May 7, 2011

[slideshow] George Giannos (F10) returned to his sending school, The Lawrenceville School, and realized they were missing a big opportunity to grow food on campus.  After his experience in the…

Girl’s Empowerment Project Looking for Your Involvement

May 6, 2011

Jayneka Brown, a ninth grade student at the Deep Creek Middle School has witnessed first hand the effects of teenage pregnancy. She believes that this is a problem, preventable by…

First Seining Experience with the Flats team

May 6, 2011

[slideshow] As we walked past the death rock, Dave Philipp (advisory board member) spotted a school of bonefish. We quickly ran back to the boat with much excitement, our hearts…

October 2011 Reunion Details

May 3, 2011

We hope you are gettting excited to join us October 7th-9th, 2011 for the first official on-island reunion.  This reunion is for alumni, parents, and former faculty. Check out the…

Shark Research Program Ventures to Half Moon Cay

May 2, 2011

[slideshow] On Wednesday, April 20th the Shark Team started a long day a reconnaissance fieldwork by boarding a 5:00 am ferry from Davis Harbor, Eleuthera, heading to Half Moon Cay. …

May Day at Island School

May 2, 2011

Yesterday May 1st, Island School students and faculty staged the very first (as far as we know…) maypole dance in celebration of May Day. Our daily evening circle was energized…

3 Down Island Moments with K1

Apr 30, 2011

Down Island Trips are not only an important Island School tradition, but they are one of the most engaging and exciting place-based educational opportunities available to our students.  As a…

Step Aside Joe, Evan the Plumber is Here!

Apr 29, 2011

Throughout my Island School experience, I’ve had a lot of firsts. My first night-time scuba dive, my first short haircut… but perhaps one of the firsts that I honestly never…

Measuring Lettuce and Bustin’ Rhymes

Apr 28, 2011

The Spring 2011 Aquaponics Research Crew spends our days watching lettuce grow. When we’re not bent over lettuce beds, measuring plant height and counting lettuce leaves (last week we estimate that…

A fish filled poem…

Apr 27, 2011

By:  the aquaculture research class; Aldis, Emma, Izza, Marco, Bronte and Elizabeth This semester’s research is focusing on lowering the percentage of fishmeal that is included in aquaculture fish food.…

BREEF Hosts Teacher Workshop

Apr 26, 2011

Experiential education is catching on here in Eleuthera. Last week BREEF (Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation) held a teachers workshop in Savannah Sound. Local teachers came from far and wide to take…

The Island School Wins Three-Minute Shower Challenge!

Apr 26, 2011

We are proud to announce that we have won the Three-Minute Shower Challenge put forth by The Body Shop and HerCampus.com!  Thank you to all that watched our video.  We’re…

Lionfish dissection day

Apr 26, 2011

[slideshow] Recently in patch reef we learned about the internal and external anatomy of red lionfish. We had an example lionfish dissected for us and we learned about how the…

Adios Poo-Poo Garden, Hello Biodigestion!

Apr 25, 2011

One topic we think about a lot here at the Island School is how to live as sustainably as possible. Dealing with human waste is an issue that we’ve tried…

Lionfish Ninjas Swim With Cinderblocks (read with intensity!!)

Apr 25, 2011

Ninja Black Fingers (Jessica) and Ninja Skye started our lionfish research class by running in dressed in black and carrying palm frond ninja sticks, like true lionfish ninjas do. We…

Start of the Fourth Season of Caribbean Reef Shark Study

Apr 22, 2011

[slideshow] April 4, 2011 marked the start of the fourth season of the Caribbean reef shark offshore research project at the Cape Eleuthera Institute. The day began at 6:45 am,…

Leaving their mark

Apr 22, 2011

Spring 2011 will celebrate two legacy days this spring, where they spend the entire day working on the campus and leaving their mark.  In the past, legacy projects have included…

Royal DSM N.V. Donates $70,000 to Cape Eleuthera Institute’s Sustainable Aquaculture Program

Apr 21, 2011

Royal DSM N.V. presented The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) with a cheque for $70,000 to further research for offshore aquaculture. DSM and CEI are collaborating to demonstrate that raising fish in an offshore…

Fall in Love with Marine Ecology

Apr 19, 2011

In order to demonstrate their newly discovered knowledge of marine species (the good, the bad, and the attractive…) Marine Ecology students have been creating original “Match.com” profiles for local marine…

Eleutheros – Human Ecology Inspired

Apr 19, 2011

by Jon V. Deep in an ancient jungle, where yellow fever and malaria ran rampant, there once existed a primordial species of man. A creature that’s communication relied heavily on…

Haul on the Bowline

Apr 19, 2011

[slideshow] This week in patch reefs research we began our long research block with a pirate march to one of Matt’s pirate ballads named “Haul on the Bowline.” Although we…

Watching Lettuce Grow – Aquaponics Research

Apr 18, 2011

Lactuca Sativa [April 1, 2011 – April 4, 2011], known to his friends and family as Green Grand Rapids Tropicana Lettuce passed away last Monday as a result of faulty…

Cisterns Go Hollywood!!

Apr 18, 2011

Chores aren’t always a chore. This week the folks over at cistern chores have been hard at work keeping tabs on water consumption, as well as making efforts to get…

Eleutheros – Human Ecology Inspired

Apr 17, 2011

“Fish: Friends or food?”  by Sarah Becker The tilapia struggled on the cutting board, gasping for breath as the shimmering knife blade approached. The blade grew closer, touching its scintillating scales.…

Published articles by CEI researchers

Apr 16, 2011

Congratulations to Aaron, Edd, and the many students who participated in the research that contributed to these papers! _______________ From Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology Impacts of dissolved…

The Funny Thing About Island School

Apr 12, 2011

“Hey Ashley, you wanna hear the funny thing that Island School has done to me?” Alec asked me with his slow sarcastic Midwestern monotone.  “…I am excited for three continuous…

Earthwatch Institute at CEI

Apr 11, 2011

Dr. Alistair Harborne, a researcher from the University of Exeter (UK), will lead a volunteer research expedition this summer at the Cape Eleuthera Institute. The expedition will focus on Mangroves…

Lionfish Don’t Wear Wetsuits

Apr 11, 2011

[slideshow] “Lionfish don’t wear wetsuits. We are lionfish. Therefore, we don’t wear wetsuits,” the team established while preparing tanks for an underwater lionfish counting excursion. Nobody wore the binding suits…

Cave Divers Present to IS and CEI

In the last week of March, The Island School campus had the honor of hosting cave diver, Brian Kakuk and his team at The Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute.…

Reel Fishy Jobs: Starring our CEI Staff!

Apr 7, 2011

Reel Fishy Jobs visited CEI to film an episode last fall– check out the video here!

Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve

Apr 7, 2011

[slideshow] Congratulations to the Bahamas National Trust and Shelby White in the opening of the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, a 25 acre national park in Governor’s Harbour. Members from…

New Cacique Blog Editor

Apr 6, 2011

Note from the Editor Nick Manning: Hello to all you readers of the Island School blog. My name is Nick Manning, and as I sit here on my porch, looking out…

First day on patch reefs

Apr 5, 2011

[slideshow] This week in patch reef research we had our first field day on the patch reefs. With visitors from Williams College and the New York Harbor School, we loaded…

First week in patch reef research

Apr 4, 2011

Our first week in patch reef research was a new experience for almost all of us. The first class consisted of an introduction to the research we will be conducting…

Yoga on the sandbar

Mar 31, 2011

[slideshow] “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have…

Leadership in Education Conference Hosts Middlebury, Williams, and Seven IS Alumni

Mar 31, 2011

On March 25th and 26th, 70 individuals gathered at The Island School to celebrate students and schools that have been going to work to solve real-world problems, proving that authentic…

The Run-Swim

Mar 29, 2011

When there is land: run.  When you hit water: swim.  It’s that simple.  It’s the Run/Swim. A staple of the Island School experience, the Run/Swim is an exercise that challenges…

Beautiful and Venomous

Mar 29, 2011

Beautiful and venomous… a combination which will inevitably garner some interest and excitement.  Still, one must never judge a book by its cover.  This has never rung truer than in…

Aquaponics Research Field Day

Mar 26, 2011

[slideshow] by Apon Research Students Slimy fish squirmed between our fingers as we tried to avoid their spikes while getting accurate data for our Aquaponics research project. Today was our…

Alumni Spotlight: Maddie Hawk S10!

Mar 22, 2011

Maddie Hawk, an alumna of Spring 2010, will be running a marathon and swimming a 10K during her spring break to raise awareness of global water issues.  Check out this…

Foundation Wisdom

Mar 21, 2011

Everyday we tell ourselves things: words to live by, bits of wisdom we’ve heard before, the things our parents told us—still tell us today.  We tell ourselves what we need…

Lin-Wood School Visits and Learns with Cape Eleuthera Institute

Mar 15, 2011

Ten students and three chaperones from Lin-wood High in New Hampshire recently visited the Cape Eleuthera Institute for one week of exploration and education with the Educational Program’s team. The…

1,500 cobia

Mar 7, 2011

The aquaculture team is gearing up for this semesters research and that means setting up a new study design.  The 1,500 cobia that we have in the lab were randomly…

Students Step In and Step Up

Mar 7, 2011

With people coming in and out of The Island School and CEI so frequently, the sharing and transferring of responsibilities is an integral part of ensuring that the good work…

Fly Fishing with the Flats Team

Mar 4, 2011

This semester the Island School students on the Flats Ecology research team will be learning different techniques for catching, measuring, and tagging bonefish.  This valuable information will be a great…

CEI Intern Book Club 2011

Mar 4, 2011

Sunscreen Causes Coral Bleaching The Cape Eleuthera Institute intern book club is where the interns, fellow CEI researchers and IS community come together every Thursday evening to review scientific literature.…

Alexandra Cousteau at The Island School

Mar 3, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yifac6KFhxM Last fall, Alexandra Cousteau visited The Island School to film this segment for Revo sunglasses.  You’ll recognize a lot of the scenes in the clip!  It was great having…

Goby Egg Laying and Fertilization

Mar 2, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-wwKBDpYeY The aquaculture team has been hard at work this past week collecting sharknose gobies.  The fish are placed in pairing tanks and observed for pairing behavior.  In about 3…

Local Bonefish Guide Supports CEI Shark Research and Flats Ecology Programs

Mar 2, 2011

Early in the morning on Monday February 22nd the shark team in collaboration with the flats program packed up a van full of gear for a days worth of research…

Snorkeling with REEF!

Mar 1, 2011

On Sunday, we had the opportunity to train new REEF.org surveyors! REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation) is a marine conservation organization which motivates SCUBA divers and snorkelers to record the…

Reef Cleanup

Mar 1, 2011

Our first ever Lionfish Reef Cleanup was quite a success resulting in over 40 lionfish captured. Prizes went out to the team with the most caught, the largest caught, and…

The Island School Parents Network

Feb 28, 2011

We recently received a suggestion from a parent of an alum to create a way for alumni parents and parents of current and prospective students to be able to share…

Lionfish Cook-off

Feb 28, 2011

With the 15 pounds of fillets that were a result of the first ever Lionfish Reef Cleanup, the Lionfish Team hosted a Lionfish Cook-off at the DCMS 10 Year Anniversary…

The Miracle of Goby Life

Feb 24, 2011

The aquaculture team isolated this egg from our third brood of the month from the same pair of sharknose gobies.  The two black lumps are the eyes, and the dark…

Bahamas Waste Makes Promise to BESS Program and DCMS

Feb 23, 2011

[slideshow] In 2002, Island School students pioneered a program for their research project creating biodiesel out of waste cooking oil.  Since then, our on campus plant has grown to not…

Geoffrey Canada Visits The Bahamas

Feb 22, 2011

CEF board member Stephen Holowesko and CEI’s Kalin Griffin meet Geoffrey Canada at a US embassy event in Nassau This past weekend Kalin Griffin, Cape Eleuthera Institute’s Human Resources Manager,…

Jujube Jammin’

Feb 16, 2011

With hundreds of ripe red fruits decorating the jujube trees and the orchard floor below, the Permaculture team has embarked on a mission to produce a year’s supply of jujube…

Island School welcomes new Faculty and Fellows!

Feb 10, 2011

Island School was pleased to welcome several new faculty members over the past week.  Read faculty bios here and make sure to visit the blog regularly to catch new episodes of…

Duck and Cover!

Feb 9, 2011

Not wanting to be overshadowed by the goats and gobies, The Island School’s resident ducks have added a dozen new faces to the farm this morning. The ducklings are enjoying…

Alumni Survey– Please complete!

Feb 8, 2011

Hey Alums!  We are looking for education and professional information about our alumni. A lot of the information we have is out of date or inaccurate, so if you are…

Smooth sailing with Educational Programs

Feb 7, 2011

Since the beginning of the year, the Educational Programs team at Cape Eleuthera Institute has had the pleasure of hosting several fantastic college groups, including Carlton University, Williams College and…

Babies in the wetlab.

Feb 5, 2011

By: Marie Tarnowski The aquaculture team at CEI has been trying to successfully breed sharknose gobies for over a year.  On January 31st, we had our first clutch of eggs…

So much snow.

Feb 2, 2011

[slideshow] This has been a crazy winter in the US with (too much) snow and freezing temperatures.  Unfortunately these storms forced us to cancel our Connecticut reception and reschedule our…

Reminder: Winter Receptions

Jan 23, 2011

We hope that many of you will be able to join us at our winter receptions this week in New York City (24th), Connecticut (26th), and Lawrenceville (27th).  Find more…

SPOTTED!

Jan 21, 2011

Our paparazzi caught a rare thing on camera… Maxey showing affection to purse dog! BUSTED!

DCMS Eco-Club to Participate in Plastics Conference

Jan 14, 2011

Deep Creek Middle School was chosen from 74 applicants to be one of 30 schools to send delegates to the Plastics are Forever International Youth Summit in Los Angeles, CA in…

Alumni Spotlight–Charley Friedman (S04)!

Jan 13, 2011

Charley, a Spring 2004 alum, left The Island School inspired by the sustainable life style he lived during his 14-week semester on Cape Eleuthera.  He spent his summers during high…

Alumni Gather in DC for All-Semester Reunion

Jan 12, 2011

More than 50 alumni gathered in Washington, DC on Saturday for our annual All-Semester reunion.  Eight brave souls came out for morning exercise as the snow fell on the US…

Island School Alumni Set Records in 2010 CONCHtribution Campaign

Jan 1, 2011

Island School Alumni Set Record Participation Levels in 2010 CONCHtribution Campaign Island School alumni raise $102,855 as part of annual CONCHtribution Campaign; Spring 2007 class wins competition with 76% participation…

Reunion Events Schedule and Details

Dec 31, 2010

Hope you’ll be joining us next week at the Annual All-Semester Reunion in Washington, DC on January 8th!  The final schedule with details is below.  Don’t forget to let us…

Four more days of CONCHtribution!

Dec 28, 2010

With four more days left of CONCHtribution, we are thrilled with the participation of our alumni so far.  We can’t wait to release the final numbers on January 1st! Congratulations…

Dan Rather Reports from the Cape

Dan Rather along with a film crew and a team of producers visited Cape Eleuthera last week to film a piece about lionfish. The piece is for his show on…

Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars program

Dec 21, 2010

Check out this video of our 2010 Bahamas Envrironmental Steward Scholars talking about the BESS program and who should consider applying http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEs7t1MX3F8

Spring 07 to receive FREE alumni t-shirts

Dec 20, 2010

Congratulations to the Spring 2007 class, which recently hit the 60% participation mark for CONCHtribution.  In meeting that milestone, the donors from the S07 class will all receive FREE Island…

The Island School of Misfit Toys

Dec 16, 2010

Click the video above to see bloopers from our annual fund video

Alumni Spotlight–Laura Nelson F04!

Dec 16, 2010

Congratulations to alumna Laura Nelson (F04) who was recently named a Rhodes Scholar!  Read more about Laura’s accomplishments and future plans here.

Three weeks left of CONCHtribution!

Dec 13, 2010

With three weeks left in CONCHtribution, the competition continues to escalate.  Class participations are climbing higher, and many classes are within reach of the 60% participation mark.  Don’t forget that…

You Are Blessed

Dec 9, 2010

I wrote this piece and read it to the F10 students at their Island School graduation this last Tuesday December 7th. I post this so that they may remember my…

Race to Nowhere

Dec 7, 2010

As The Fall 2010 semester comes to a close, we are reminded about the pressures our students face on returning from Island School. The new documentary “Race to Nowhere” describes…

Cape Eleuthera Foundation Fall E-news Available Now!

Dec 3, 2010

Read articles about the Cape Eleuthera Foundation’s grantees and activities in the Fall edition of the CEF E-news.

A Poem by DCMS Student Joniquer Munnings

Dec 1, 2010

Sports by Joniquer Munnings, Grade 9 I was raised by softball strike one Make you wanna throw the bat down strike two Tell the 3rd ball to come out of…

First Ever CEI Bike to Teach Tour

Nov 30, 2010

[slideshow] By Lissa Eidelman and the Bike to Teach Tour Team It was 7:30 AM last Monday, when CEI staff convened outside of the Devos Bicycle Center.  Instead of conducting…

Deep Creek Basketball Jamboree

Nov 23, 2010

Monday the 22nd Deep Creek Middle School  hosted its annual Basketball Jamboree. Island School and DCMS students celebrated a semester of Community Outreach and buddy friendships with a basketball tournament, volleyball,…

Staff Spotlight–Meet Sean!

Nov 17, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctzyW7PLu7w  

A Place of Meaning

Nov 17, 2010

This last week the literature department assigned students to write and perform their second round of punctuated personal reflective speeches.  This week’s topic: a 60-second speeches using a location on…

Eight Days, Down Island, Six-Words.

Nov 13, 2010

As our collective community jumped back into the academic swing of things this last monday, I had my literature classes write 6-word memoirs reflecting on their experiences during the last…

Parents Weekend Top Tips

Nov 12, 2010

Hey parents, not sure what to pack? Don’t want the locals to think you’re a rube? Just want to see your kid’s face and can’t wait until next weekend? Well…

K3 Down Island Trip

Nov 11, 2010

There is no more wonderful way to start the day than cliff jumping into a blue hole in the Bahamian jungle. Each DIT was able to experience this daybreak glory,…

Faculty Spotlight–Meet Kristen Key!

Nov 10, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX42o_OfSKU Kristen grew up on the shores of sunny Florida. She received her B.S. in Science Education from Florida State University after completing her student teaching at Maritime and Science…

Alumni Spotlight–Matt (S08) and Will (S06) McCalpin

Nov 10, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p32wsTK1vm8&feature=player_embedded Check out alumni brothers Matt and Will McCalpin, members of Princeton’s elite all-male a cappella group the Tigertones, singing the national anthem at the San Diego Chargers home game…

Alumni Spotlight–Katie Romanov F05!

Nov 8, 2010

During a visit up to Middlebury last month, we were thrilled to meet up with alumna Katie Romanov (F05) and to hear about her experience working on Middlebury’s Solar Decathlon…

Looking for more pictures?

Nov 5, 2010

We’re working hard to find a more efficient way to share pictures with you through our Flickr page.  Living on a remote island makes uploading photos difficult at times; but…

Staff Spotlight–Meet Sheryl!

Nov 3, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjqOvSXoEUc A native of Deep Creek, Eleuthera, Sheryl has been working at The Island School since its first year. Her family owns and runs Sharil’s Inn and Restaurant in Deep…

How to Love Your Dirt

Nov 1, 2010

At the Island School we have a saying: “there’s no such thing as trash, just resources in the wrong place.” This mantra is the guiding force behind our efforts to…

Alumni CONCHtribution Campaign 2010 Starts Today!

Nov 1, 2010

It’s my favorite time of year again; pumpkins, fall foliage, warm sweaters and…..CONCHtribution! Today is the first day of the 2010 Alumni CONCHtribution Campaign, an annual giving campaign for Island…

Haunted Campus

Oct 31, 2010

[slideshow] Island School students brought the fears and thrills of Halloween to Deep Creek Middle School students. IS students creeped out their campus for this annual scare-athon. With zombies on the…

Godspeed K3!

Oct 28, 2010

Halfway through the eight day kayak trip and down island trip rotation, the K3 kayak group departed this morning from Cow Point, Eleuthera. They will be spending four days on…

Satellite tag pops off!

Oct 27, 2010

      The deep water shark team is excited to announce that the first of 3 satellite tags has popped off a Bluntnose sixgill shark! The shark was tagged…

Faculty Spotlight–Meet Odette!

Oct 26, 2010

Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, Odette (or Ms. Pretty, as DCMS students call her) is thrilled to now call Eleuthera home. Ms. Pretty completed her Bachelors of Arts at Concordia University…

5 Gyres to Host Youth Summit

Oct 26, 2010

At Middlebury’s TEDx conference a few weeks ago, we had the good fortune of meeting Anna Cummins from 5 Gyres, an organization whose vision is to rid the oceans of…

Research? In the middle of the night?!

Oct 26, 2010

This week has been an eventful week for the Deep Water Sharks team. We said goodbye to three members of our team while they went off on their kayak trip.…

Swimming with Dolphins – K2’s Down Island Trip

Oct 25, 2010

Two fins emerged from the water swimming straight for us. We had just finished a light swim on a beautiful pink sand beach and were getting ready to head back…

Patchin’ it Up – Wet Suit Style

Oct 25, 2010

[slideshow] As the water dropped to a frigid 25° Celsius (77° Farhenheit), we ripped the wet suits out of the closets.  No more monkey business, it’s gettin’ cold.  Feel warm…

Run Track Reflection

Oct 22, 2010

“Run Track Just Like That!” by Hunter Foote Through reflection and just everyday life here, I’m learning so many valuable things about myself. I’m a “spontaneous motivator.” I work well…

My Own Astonishment

Oct 20, 2010

When I am reading for enjoyment, not for study, I have precarious and inefficient shorthand for my experience as a reader.  I draw smiley faces next to things that make…

Human Ecology Journal

Oct 17, 2010

By Lea L. Ever since I was little, grocery shopping has been one of my favorite activities. Once a week, for just a few hours my dad and I would…

WATER

Oct 17, 2010

Justin Wedes – Teacher – The Island School To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to…

WATER

Oct 15, 2010

Moesha Leary – Student – Deep Creek Middle School I think water is a powerful substance.  It can relax a mind, help a thirst, and it helps things grow.  Living…

Calling all our WFR/WFA Certified Friends!

Oct 15, 2010

The Bronx Lab School is looking for some short-term help…POSITION: WFR/WFA Trip Assistants, Bronx Lab School, Bronx, NY EMPLOYER:  Bronx Lab SchoolBronx Lab School is a small public high school…

Blog Action Day 2010

Oct 14, 2010

WATER: We are surrounded by it.  We all are.  We need it.  Join us as we address the global issue of WATER.  Tomorrow is Blog Action Day 2010 and our…

Staff Spotlight–Meet Skylar!

Oct 13, 2010

Skylar Miller came to CEI this Fall, to work with the Flats Ecology team and to lead the Patch Reef/ Lionfish IS research project.  As a spring 2003 Island School alumna,…

Who eats Lionfish?? … We do!

Oct 13, 2010

[slideshow] By Chris Pibl and Jackson Rafter The Red Lionfish is an invasive species in the Southern Atlantic, originally from the Indo-Pacific waters, and was first sighted in the Bahamas…

350 on Eleuthera: Clean, Green and Pristine

Oct 11, 2010

[slideshow] On 10/10/10, people around the world organized Global Work Parties to help recognize climate challenges and solutions in their community. It’s called 350; 350 parts per million is what many…

A Fishing Story

Oct 9, 2010

By Tucker B The early morning sun beat down on Emmanuel’s back as he struggled to start the outboard motor on his small fishing boat. The weathered Boston Whaler was older…

Semester Schools Website Launched

Oct 8, 2010

While parents and alumni can attest to the power of the experience and transformation that being away from home for 3 months can have, sometimes it still seems like a…

Adventures in Human Ecology

Oct 8, 2010

In the reading of The Omnivores Dilemma, I learned things about the food I eat that I never would have thought of. I’ve never sat down at Applebee’s, looking at…

Homestay Dinner at Island School

Oct 7, 2010

[slideshow] Students, upon returning  to Island School campus last Sunday after  a weekend spent living with local Bahamian families, hosted their homestay families for a delicious dinner and community celebration.

Faculty Spotlight–Meet Remo!

Oct 6, 2010

Remo is dedicated to education for sustainable development. He designed the Human Ecology course offered at The Island School based on educational theories related to critical pedagogy and experiential learning. …

Acult Team Goby Force

Oct 6, 2010

by: Team Acult Research: Lea Luniewicz, Nate Smith-Ide, Gian Paul Graziosi, Catharine Pirie and Augi Cummings Yet another gripping scuba dive, but this time it took us into uncharted waters.…

Turn Concerns into Action

Oct 6, 2010

I was complaining again to Pam about how airlines do not recycle anything and she said — why don’t you do something about it. I am asking everyone to think…

Chris Maxey speaks at TEDxMiddlebury

Oct 4, 2010

[slideshow] This weekend Chris Maxey traveled to Middlebury, VT to speak at a student organized TEDx conference, themed “How We Started:From Idea to Impact.”  Chris spoke about how he came…

A Bonefish Expedition

Oct 4, 2010

[slideshow] By C.J., Noah, Hannah, Ellen, Heather, and Chris D. The Flats Research team recently traveled by boat to Kemp’s Creek to catch bonefish. Our research group is studying bonefish,…

Adventures in Human Ecology

Oct 4, 2010

By Heather Seeley During this week’s exploration in Human Ecology class, we were able to experience the process that sustains the livelihoods of countless Bahamians: fishing. We were lucky enough…

The Perfect Change of Plans

Sep 30, 2010

by Meaghan & Marianne High winds and a strong current did not stop our patch reef research group from collecting data this past Friday. A shift in plans from going…

Lionfish

Sep 30, 2010

[slideshow] “Lionfish!” The mixture of emotions that this one word evoked was evident: anticipation, excitement, respect. This exotic-looking fish was unintentionally introduced to The Bahamas as a result of hurricane…

Staff Spotlight–Meet Joseph!

Sep 29, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4Q0Yr-otoA Originally from Port-de-Paix, Haiti, Joseph is a skilled stone mason, farmer, and landscaper. Joseph was introduced to the school as a stone mason contracted to build artisan walls from…

Scuba duba doo, where are you…GOBIES

Sep 29, 2010

by: Team Acult Research: Lea Luniewicz, Nate Smith-Ide, Gian Paul Graziosi, Catharine Pirie and Augi Cummings This was serious. This was by no means meant to be a fun dive.…

Flats Research Fall 2010

Sep 25, 2010

By Ellen, Heather, Chris D., Noah, Hannah, CJ This semester the Flats Ecology research team will be exploring the impacts of climate change on the tropical flats near by our…

CEI Shark team initiates new study

Sep 24, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZnwI9rHo6k Read all about CEI’s Shark Research and Conservation team and their new study on deep-water sharks here!

Human Ecology Journal – Perry Leavitt

Sep 22, 2010

As an urbanite, I was apprehensive about my journey into the bush of The Bahamas. The class started off with a video of the old resort on Eleuthera.  The commercial…

Cobia and Gobies

Sep 22, 2010

by: Team Acult: Lea Luniewicz, Nate Smith-Ide, Gian Paul Graziosi, Catharine Pirie and Augi Cummings Aquaculture is a research program involving the rearing and farming of fish. This semester we…

Alumni Spotlight: Carter Brown S09!

Sep 20, 2010

[slideshow] Congratulations to IS alumnus Carter Brown (S09) for completing the Philadelphia half marathon this weekend!  Carter, who placed first in the S09 Super Swim, returned to the States last…

Diving In

Sep 17, 2010

If you distill all the rules and protocols of scuba diving, there is one fundamental principle: breathe. Perhaps this seems redundant. On land, the physiological process of taking air into…

Faculty Alum Spotlight: Jack Kenworthy!

Sep 16, 2010

Check out this article from Energy Today about Eolian Energy, featuring Co-founder/CEO (and former IS faculty member) Jack Kenworthy!

Approaching the Sublime

Sep 16, 2010

Eyes gently shut, ears dipped beneath the surface to drown out the non-aqueous world. . . . . .a series of long, deep breaths. . . relax.  One final breath…

End of Orientation

Sep 15, 2010

This past Saturday was the last day of orientation and, in my mind, the first day of the semester.  Of course we have been busy learning and doing for the…

Run-swim? What’s that. . .

Sep 15, 2010

Some of you may hear about the timed run-swim we did yesterday and Monday when your son or daughter next phones home.  Given the limited amount of time you have…

Kayak and SCUBA Week Redux

Sep 14, 2010

Thanks to Christian Henry for putting this together!

Rosh Hashanah at The Island School

Sep 14, 2010

Celebrating the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and Shabbat at The Island School

A Simple Question

Sep 10, 2010

“Why do things that are hard?” A simple question. Chris Maxey posed this question to our visiting guest, Chris Irwin, tonight.  Chris was invited to speak to our young leaders…

New York Harbor School officially opens on Governors Island!

Sep 10, 2010

Yesterday was the first day of school for students at the New York Harbor School, which recently relocated from Bushwick, Brooklyn to Governors Island, just short a ferry ride from…

Kayak 1 & 2 return home

Sep 9, 2010

Just a few pics of K1 and K2 returning to campus after their three-day kayak excursion…

Alumni Spotlight!– Connor Ventling

Sep 2, 2010

Connor Ventling (S09) has had a busy summer!  He recently completed two sprint triathlons, the Nantucket Triathlon and the Marlborough Triathlon, where he set a personal record. Connor finished second…

F10 Advisory groups give you an intro to life on the island…

Sep 2, 2010

The Fall 2010 class will be blogging about their Island School experience over the next 14 weeks.  A couple nights ago, they had an Intro to Blogging workshop– check out…

Octopus surprises Maxey and Fall 2010 on first morning exercise

Sep 1, 2010

[slideshow] While I was holding up an old conch shell telling the story of how the conch fishery is in trouble all over the tropical Atlantic a friendly octopus reached…

Chris and Pam Tie the Knot!

Aug 24, 2010

As the sun set over the Exuma Sound on Friday, August 20th, family and friends gathered on Sunset Beach at Cape Eleuthera to witness Chris and Pam Maxey exchange vows. …

A Star-Studded Welcome

Aug 24, 2010

At sunrise exercise this morning I had dipped my head down into the bright underwater sky.  Little Jellyfish everywhere.  New to the island, I perked my head up, alarmed.  Treading…

Island School Visits the Big Apple

Aug 17, 2010

On Saturday The Island School’s Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) took a tour of the New York Harbor School (NYHS), a maritime themed public school located on Governor’s Island near Manhattan.…

Mark Your Calendars- 2011 all-semester reunion!

Aug 11, 2010

The Island School will be hosting its annual all-semester reunion on Saturday, January 8th, 2011 in Washington, DC!  We’re excited to catch up with old friends and hope you’ll be…

January 2011- All-Semester Reunion!

Aug 9, 2010

We need your help in deciding where to host the 2011 All-Semester reunion, scheduled for the 2nd weekend of January 2011.  Vote below! [polldaddy poll=3596550]

Alumni Spotlight– Liza Morse F09!

Aug 3, 2010

This summer Liza Morse (F09) headed to Appalachia to work with the Appalachia Service Project.  Liza sent out letters in the spring asking for support for her trip; Liza’s group needed…

CEF’s Boston office officially opens!

Jul 22, 2010

Monday night about 40 people gathered at the Nonprofit Center in Boston to commemorate the opening of Cape Eleuthera Foundation’s  Boston office.  Guests included former Island School staff Tony Hawgood,…

Island School Celebrates Summer on Cape Cod!

Jul 21, 2010

[slideshow] This past weekend, Island School alumni, friends, and family gathered in Cape Cod to celebrate summer.  On Sunday morning, Maxey roused the troops and got a group of Island…

Don’t forget to join us this Sunday and Monday in the Boston area!

Jul 16, 2010

Calling all Island School friends and family!  Join us this weekend at Woods Hole, Cape Cod to tour the Marine Biological Laboratory, followed by a cocktail party hosted by the…

Spring ’09 Class Reunites!

Jul 13, 2010

The Island School’s Spring 2009 class reunited this past weekend on Cape Cod, bringing together 35 of their 48 students.  The Vetters kindly hosted this massive group, and a good…

Some pictures to tide you over

Jul 12, 2010

We know it’s been a while since the last blog post…but the Summer Term kids have been out having a blast exploring the island on their Down Island Trip!  Here…

Exciting new additions to the farm

Jul 3, 2010

The much anticipated birth of 9 bouncing baby piglets happened this past Monday.  The event created quite a stir, as folks around campus organized a pool that included date of…

Alumni Spotlight!-Trygg Larsson-Danforth

Jun 29, 2010

The Island School is pleased to congratulate IS Alum Trygg Larsson-Danforth (F03) on being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 49th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball…

Alumni Gather to Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston!

Jun 24, 2010

Last Saturday, alums from several semesters gathered in Boston to walk the Freedom Trail, a trail that follows historical sites through Boston.  Organized by Derek Shooster (S06), the group visited…

Alumni Spotlight!–Jephta Sullivan

Jun 14, 2010

Check out this story about New York Harbor School’s oyster project on NY1 news, featuring IS Alum Jephta Sullivan (F07)!

Alumni Board Weekend

Jun 11, 2010

Back in Washington, DC after a week at The Island School is quite a contrast. It made me really realize how special Eleuthera is to me. All in all, it…

The IS Band Rocks Deep Creek Conch Fest

Jun 8, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwILkJS7kNg The Island School’s Spring 2010 band, under the pseudonym The Project IS, played a 40 minute set for Deep Creek’s Homecoming celebration this past Saturday night.  Despite only an…

Free-diving with a Loggerhead

Jun 2, 2010

I wrote this when we got back from an early morning free-dive last Wednesday. A rare pleasure. “This morning I dived with a loggerhead. The turtle was missing a chunk…

Parents Weekend Slideshow!

May 25, 2010

We hope you all had a wonderful weekend here at The Island School!

Harvesting Cobia with the Aquaculture Research Team

Apr 23, 2010

Today we strayed from our usual “water parameter, goby feeding” routine and went diving into the offshore cage. We loaded nets, bags, and scuba gear into Red Rising. Sitting on…

And they’re off!

Apr 13, 2010

[flickr video=http://www.flickr.com/photos/islandschool/4518255064/ show_info=no] Students at the start line for their 2nd timed run-swim assessment

Making Our Own Energy

Greetings from the Energy Research team! In the past few weeks we have been learning background information on the renewable energy systems on our campus and ways to conserve energy.…

Shark Team Catches Its First Lemon Shark!

Apr 7, 2010

After four consecutive research classes with no sharks on the line, the shark team finally caught their first lemon shark. Then, as if to make up for lost time, they…

Easter Ducks

Apr 7, 2010

“Rise up this mornin’; smiled with the risin’ sun.Seventeen little birds pitch by my doorstep. . .” -Bob Marley- [slideshow] As the song lyrics suggest, we had quite a beautiful…

The value of our research program

So I composed some of my thoughts today for an article my college is writing about David Philipp and me. (We’re both Lafayette College alum and are now the Chief…

What is Education for?

Mar 11, 2010

“The truth is that many things on which our future health and prosperity depend are in dire jeapordy: climate stability, the resilience and productivity of natural sustems, the beauty of…

Learning Underwater…

Mar 10, 2010

[flickr video=http://www.flickr.com/photos/islandschool/4422636672/ show_info=no] Students breathing bubbles at Tunnel Rock

Building a Living Roof

Mar 6, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, students assisted faculty and our facilities crew in getting the living roof on the Ryan E. Devos Bike Center. Though it was their exploration time, several students stopped…