What is a Cacique at DCMS?

Every two weeks two students are selected to serve the role of Cacique. To be chosen for Cacique, faculty meets to discuss who is growing toward achieving DCMS’ core values and demonstrating the expectations of our nurturing community: honesty, perseverance, self-control, kindness, responsibility, and respect.

Where does the term ‘Cacique’ come from?

Cacique is an Arawak term, meaning that many indigenous peoples of northern South America and the Caribbean have used it. The Lucayans, the first Bahamians, established settlements in which land and resources were largely shared. The leader of these settlements was called the Cacique; thus, he was the chief mediator of disputes and settlement-wide decisions.

What does a Cacique do at DCMS?

As Cacique, students lead Monday morning circle (national anthem, pledge, Lord’s prayer, announcements, and supply an inspirational quote) and are the guides to our shared spaces for visitors. The combined responsibility of our community’s spiritual and social development, plus the communal ownership of our space that we ask students to take part in, is our connection to Lucayan culture and the cacique tradition.

 


 Current Caciques

 
 
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Christina Platt

Grade 7

I am originally from Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas.

Why do you think you were chosen for Cacique at Deep Creek Middle School?

I think I was chosen for Cacique because I show leadership. Also, because I show responsibility. Last but not least, I show kindness and I self advocate.

What do you appreciate most about Deep Creek Middle School?

I appreciate the teachers and the way they encourage us to persevere. I also appreciate that Deep Creek Middle School has School Without Walls to help me with swimming and getting used to the water.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?

My hopes and dream for the future is to become a special education teacher. Another hope and dream I have is to own a bakery. Last but not least, I want to help Summer reach her goals in life.
Where in the world would you like to get lost?

I would like to get lost in Canada.

 

You may fail if you try, but don’t fail to try.
— Author Unknown
 
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Khiara Knowles

Grade 9

I am originally from Rock Sound, Eleuthera, The Bahamas.

Why do you think you were chosen for Cacique at Deep Creek Middle School?

I believe I was chosen to be Cacique because of my quiet leadership. I don't usually step into the spotlight but instead give help and demonstrate the values of the school when no one is watching. This is why becoming Cacique took long, because I was flying under the radar.

What do you appreciate most about Deep Creek Middle School?

I appreciate the people at Deep Creek Middle School the most. They make me feel welcomed, and over the years have become my family. I can't imagine another group of people like the ones we have here.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?

My dream for the future is to become a successful doctor. I hope that one day I will be able to help everyone in need. That way, there won’t be a need to thinly stretch the short supply of caretakers on the family islands.

What advice would you give to younger DCMS students?

My advice to the younger students at DCMS is to not be afraid to ask for help. Not only can they ask the teachers for assistance, but also the older students. They should never hesitate to ask for help. Everyone at school will gladly lend a hand, so don't be shy.

 

Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence.
— Colin Powell