This February, DCMS students traveled across the continent for our fourth consecutive attendance at POPS: Plastic Ocean Pollution Solutions Algalita Youth Summit at Dana Point, California. Along with Ms. Elliott, DCMS students Katrina, Alisha, Toriano, Jade, traveled to the summit. Students participated from around the world, including Alex and Jack who will join The Island School SP17 semester!
Jade writes: "My POPS experience was inspiring. I came to Algalita a little nervous of what was to come. I didn't know what to expect. What I met was a group of young and older activists coming together with each person having a burning passion for saving our planet. What a group! I was educated and my spirits uplifted. I was given hope that with us standing together we can make a change, no doubt about it. I was connected with other individuals through social media so that no matter what, we can stay in touch. It was life changing. If given the opportunity, I would surely attend the Plastic Ocean Pollution Solution Youth Summit again.”
Toriano would also like to return again: “To me, POPS was definitely a great experience because I got the chance to see how plastic is negatively affecting different parts of the world. During POPS groups from all over the world presented on how they are trying to reduce plastic in their school or community. Overall POPS was a wonderful event I got the chance to attend. If I had a chance to attend POPS again I would.”
Grade 9 students applying to boarding schools in the U.S. had the opportunity to tour and interview at several schools this January on two separate trips. This fall students took the SSAT and completed applications before traveling north to New England and Mid-Atlantic states.
The New England trip was led by Mrs. Schmitt and included a tour of six schools. Forrest Schmitt and Jade Knowles visited Brewster Academy (NH), Lawrence Academy (MA), The Bement School (MA), Kimball Union Academy (NH), The Groton School (MA) and Vermont Academy. The cold and blustery trip did not dampen the mood as students’ excitement kept spirits high. DCMS alumni sightings (Sim and Sidhira) were a highlight of the trip!
Simeon Bethel, now a freshman at Deerfield Academy in MA, joined the group for dinner while they were in Deerfield. He shared stories of rowing for the crew team, evening study hall sessions, dorm life, and upcoming plans to join the basketball team. Simeon’s studies are paying off as he earned high honors for the fall term! Sidhira Johnson, sophomore at Brewster Academy, was a surprise host as the tour guide for the Brewster campus. Sidhira is enjoying boarding school immensely and was a good sport leading the students through an ice-storm.
The Mid-Atlantic trip was led by Ms. Peace. Tiia and Tiara McKinney visited The Lawrenceville School (NJ), The Pennington School (NJ), Mercersburg Academy (PA), Saint Andrew’s (DE), and Blair Academy (NJ). Tiia and Tiara were particularly impressed with the variety of classes and extra-curricular opportunities. While visiting Lawrenceville, the group reunited with Island School alumni!
For the girls, this was the first time seeing snow! It was also especially exciting for these two budding authors to visit the nearby bookstore. Thank you to the Maxey’s for hosting the students!
We wish these students the best as they wait for their admission decisions.
G7: Snorkeling, exploring, adventuring! Turtles, rays, mangroves! Our Seven’s were on the go as they eagerly explored marine ecosystems of South Eleuthera. During this time, they were all scientists, exploring, researching, observing and becoming passionate about the marine ecosystems of The Bahamas. We caught sharks and stingrays, snorkeled coral reefs, tagged turtles, and learned about local fisheries, lionfish and mangroves. The week was packed with amazing adventure and tons of fun. We all left exhausted, but fulfilled. Our intent is to have students create a marine advocacy project to “Save Our Seas”.
G8: The Grade 8s triumphed in new experiences during SWW- new situations (overnight camping), new ecosystems (from seagrass beds to crawfish fisheries), and new locations. Students took a guided swimming tour through mangroves, snorkeled a reef off the Cape, traveled to Spanish Wells to interview crawfish fishermen, stayed the night at Preacher’s Cave, and saw the Sapphire Hole in north Eleuthera.
G9: After completing all PADI book learning, students used the full-day SWW week to work toward SCUBA certification. Students met at the Island School Boat House, put together their dive kits, and went underwater twice a day. A highlight was meeting so many fantastic dive masters and instructors from CEI and IS. We send out most heartfelt thanks to all who helped us reach our goal! Led by Captain Ron Knight and assisted by Ms. Hoban and Ms. Schmitt, students showed us that they are competent and comfortable scuba divers. We are so proud of the whole group!
DCMS recently joined forces with Preston H. Albury High School, Harbour Island All Age School, and The Island School for the fourth annual International Coastal Cleanup Day. The cleanup took place at Northside Beach, Rock Sound, where 1,080 pounds of litter were collected in less than a mile.
Read about it on the Eleutheran website
We had a unique opportunity to enrich our current Grade 8 Arts topic of portraits and painting. The NAGB (National Art Gallery of The Bahamas) came to Eleuthera from Nassau with works by Amos Ferguson and Max Taylor. The Grade 8 class traveled to Haynes Library in Governor's Harbour on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH to attend a workshop led by Abby Smith, art educator from the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. NAGB representatives, Abby Smith and Richardo Barrett, then brought the artwork to DCMS for all the student to see in person. We extend an enormous thanks to NAGB for this amazing experience!
Simeon Bethel has been accepted and enrolled at Deerfield Academy, an independent private school in Western Massachusetts!
David Miller, former IS faculty, and current Director of Global Studies at Deerfield, met Simeon during the Grade 9 trip to the US to visit boarding schools. Simeon is excited to know that there will be an amazing contact at DA who shares a love of Eleuthera and the middle school. Jeff Armes, Dean of Admissions at Deerfield Academy, first met Simeon last November during the Nassau Boarding School Fair. He writes that, “we are so excited that Simeon will be with us in the fall and wearing the green and white. Welcome Simeon and Deep Creek Middle School to the Deerfield Family! Go Big Green 2020!”