The Island School on LinkedIn

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 this blog, our Facebook page, YouTube channel, and Twitter account, we have a group on LinkedIn just for Island School alumni. If you are not already a member, you can join here! We also recently launched an Island School Alumni & Parents Network on LinkedIn. This group is meant to connect alumni and alumni parents professionally, whether it is a parent posting a job opening, or an alumnus reaching out to a parent who works in a field they are interested in. It is a mutually beneficial group for both alumni and parents. Please join here!

Student Update March 18, 2013

Student Update March 18, 2013

This was a fun and exciting weekend for students. It was our first “regular” Sunday spent here at Island School. We were able to sleep-in and join in some of the morning activities before our delicious Sunday brunch. Sundays are free days at Island School, and the students are able to sign out and go to different locations around the cape. A big group students decided to go to Fourth Hole. Fourth Hole was given its name because Cape Eleuthera hosted a big resort with a golf course forty years ago and this was where the “fourth hole” was located. After the resort closed down, the area became grown over by bush and now it lays adjacent to The Island School for us to explore. At Fourth Hole, we did plenty of sunbathing (don’t worry, faculty demanded we put on sunscreen before we left campus!), listened to some music, talked, and just had fun. There was even a small pickup soccer game that was going on near Sunset Beach. It was just a day of relaxing from our first few days of our academic week.

On Saturday, Island School students also had their first Saturday night activity. We all hopped onto our big yellow bus and traveled about 50 minutes north and arrived in Tarpum Bay for the Arts and Cultural Festival. We definitely had plenty of good food, like Johnny Cake, Coconut Tarts, and Conch Fritters. The DCMS students were also performing throughout the time we were there. We were able to experience Junkanoo, which involved people of all ages dressing up in beautiful costumes and dancing alongside drumming, cowbells, and other music. It was a really neat experience. It was a fun time with festivities, friends, and food.

Final Gap Year Update

The sun is shining, the water is glistening, and the gappers are getting antsy because we just finished our last full week here at CEI. This week saw the culmination of our intensive programs, and we all worked hard to finish out our independent work strongly. While a few of us spent time in the wet lab finishing up experiments or dissections, others worked hard to make their marks on campus through various projects. We also spent time working on our final human ecology papers, in which we all chose an environmental issue to research and discuss. Along with our papers, we began to plan our Demonstrations of Learning (DoLs), which we will be presenting to the greater community in a few days. It means a lot that we will get to explain what we’ve taken away from this island to those who are also lucky to call it home  Although our time on Eleuthera is coming to an end and we’re preparing to go our separate ways, we will carry the knowledge that we have acquired in the past super-awesome-cool eight weeks with us wherever we may end up.

Gapz forever.

Liza Wright-Fairbanks

Maxeys Visit Kliptown Youth Program

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 people growing up in one of the most poor Soweto neighborhoods in the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Student Update March 16, 2013

Yesterday at The Island School, we students were able to start our academic classes. We all went into our Research groups first this morning and they seemed fun, but are going to be intense! I am in the lionfish vs lobster research group with Jocelyn, Rachel, and Liz as our CEI Research Advisors. We were able to discuss what we already knew about lionfish and how they are harmful to their invaded environments since they are invasive. We also watched a video about the relationship between lobster and lionfish and if they might feed on each other. It seems like it is going to be a lot of work, but it is going to be so rewarding in the end. My Marine Ecology and Human Ecology class that I had in the afternoon seems like it is going to be a lot of fun. Peter and Becky teach Marine Ecology and since I plan on being a marine biologist when I get older, this class is going to be really beneficial to me. Our small group of twelve students also had to opportunity to capture an upside-down jellyfish called Cassiopia. Becky spoke to us about how they produce their own food as well as capturing it, which is fascinating. What a great start to our academic week.