Cliff School Times

My Dad’s Award

posted Oct 3, 2013, 6:25 AM by josh holloway   [ updated Oct 3, 2013, 6:55 AM ]


                                               By Eliza Crowley

Monday my dad got an award for saving his firefighter buddy’s life. His firefighter friend had a heart attack. My dad walked in the office and he saw him on the desk dead, he started CPR right away. The other firefighter that my dad was working with helped him with CPR. The guy that my dad saved was Steve Henderson. Steve is alive and he was at the ceremony  were my dad and the guy that helped my dad  got an award. They gave my dad ( David Crowley) and his CPR helper (Garry Anderson) an award at city hall. After the awards they took family pictures of the Henderson family and my family, and in one of the pictures they got was Steve, Garry, and my dad sitting in front of all the other firefighters and EMTs that helped get Steve to the hospital. That night was an amazing and happy night. I am so proud of my dad.

Isle Au Haut

posted Oct 3, 2013, 6:20 AM by josh holloway


By Eliza Jean Crowley

We went to Isle Au Haut on Wednesday, September 25th for the interisland event. When we were there we hiked Mount Champlain. My favorite parts were playing capture the flag, and when the steel drums band came. Jessie also hosted a lot of fun games like Captain Carl and Eggolution.

The epic game of capture the flag ended in a tie. At capture the flag there were two teams the green, blue, and white team, and the black team. I was on the green, blue, and white team. No one won the game because we didn’t have enough time.

We actually learned some songs on the steel drums. After supper we performed a concert with the steel drums. The drummers did some songs after we were done performing, and the TLC did a conga line dance.

     Isle Au Haut was super fun! Before we left my mom ran up to the Black Dinah Chocolate Factory and got chocolates and a t-shirt. That was the best chocolate ever!

Every meal was delicious, and every event was so fun! Thank you so much Isle Au Haut.

Video From our Trip

YouTube Video

Early Explorers

posted Apr 4, 2012, 11:03 AM by josh holloway   [ updated Apr 4, 2012, 11:06 AM ]

The Interisland TLC group studied the early explorers during the 2nd trimester. We each got to pick an early explorer to study. I picked Jame's Cook. I picked Jame's Cook because he lead 3 voyages that took Endeavour (Cook's ship) all over the world!

This is what the map of the earth looked like in 1780, after Cook's voyages. Notice that there is still no Antarctica.

Space Studies

posted Jan 23, 2012, 11:48 AM by josh holloway

We have a Space Studies wiki. It is a website where students from Isle Au Haut, Monhegan, Matinicus, Islesford, and Cliff can post their work for different projects. I have made models of the earth; done a travel video for Saturn; created our solar system using preschoolers; made a book about the life cycle of our sun; and for anyone that does not know the difference between a meteor, asteroid, and comet, there is an identification sheet below. Click on the breaking news at the bottom to learn about BLACK HOLES!!! OOhhhh...

YouTube Video

Our Trip to Matinicus

posted Jan 18, 2012, 11:33 AM by josh holloway

by Eliza and Kai
We went to Matinicus with our TLC group. It is called an interisland field trip. We got there by lobster boat. It is 22 miles to get there. Our friends from Monhegan rode with us too. The boat ride was rough and some people got seasick. When we got to Matinicus we walked to their school. Their roads are sand and they have way bigger potholes than ours. We set up our tents on the school playground. Our friends from Islesford, Frenchboro, Isle Au Haut, and Island Institute were already there. We played a lot of games. Some of our favorite parts were the BIG slide, sand castle making, paining a big mural, and capture the flag. That night we had a potluck and talent show. It was so great to see all our island friends!

YouTube Video

Cliff Island Memorial Fund

posted Jan 18, 2012, 10:57 AM by josh holloway   [ updated Jan 18, 2012, 11:21 AM ]

Thank you Cliff Island Memorial Fund for your generous support of the TLC (Teacher Learner Collaborative) group! Anne Bardaglio is the Island Institute fellow that organizes the many projects that the TLC schools are working on. We just finished a unit on space for Science, we did an explorer wiki for Social Studies, we have an outerisland book group, and we took a field trip to Matinicus and to Augusta where we visited the Challenger Space Center. My favorite thing that we did was the space unit, because we would get to take videos and make books and all that fun stuff.

TLC Islands Book Group

posted Jan 17, 2012, 11:42 AM by josh holloway

There is a TLC (Teacher Learning Collaborative) island book group going on. There are students working with adults from all the TLC schools. These are the islands that are in it: Isle au Haut, Islesford, Monhegan, Matinicus, and Cliff Island School. We share the chapters of the book we have read on Skype. There are different books for each age/grade level. We post projects on the wiki to share our work with our group. My favorite part of doing the wiki is how we show our work, like a picture of one of the characters in the book.This is one of the characters in the book that I drew.     

by Eliza

1st Day Of School!

posted Jan 17, 2012, 9:48 AM by josh holloway

Today was the first day of school. I built the aquaponics system and painted a mural on the wall. It was the most fun day of school. I can not wait until the mural and aquaponics tank are all finished. Oh yeah, and I have a lot of jobs in the morning because I am now the oldest student!


posted Jun 8, 2011, 8:01 AM by josh holloway

By Olivia C.

The Cliff Island School students teamed up to write a successful grant for an aquaponics system. I bet you are wondering what aquaponics is? Aquaponics is a smart and efficient way to plant, combining hydroponics (growing plants in water without soil) with aquaculture (fish farming). The system contains a fish tank with fish like tilapia, and a grow bed for plants like spinach.  The water gets pumped up to where you put the plants, bringing fish waste up and that is what feeds the plants. The plants remove the waste and the water becomes aerated. We feed the fish (tilapia) worms from our vermicomposter, scum from the side of the tank, and plant waste from the greenhouse. We feed the worms some of the leftover plant parts and newspaper.

    We will be keeping the aquaponics system in the classroom. The Cliff Island School  will have it operating all next school year, so come and check it out!

Invasive Species on Cliff

posted Jun 8, 2011, 7:53 AM by josh holloway   [ updated Jun 8, 2011, 12:23 PM ]

                                                                  By Julian

This year the Cliff Island School did projects involving the invasive species of plants on Cliff Island.  We took the coordinates of invasives around the island from a list  logged on an iPad by ACE. Then we entered them into Google Earth so that ACE will have an online map of “hot spots.” We also made a paper version by taping pictures of the invasive species onto a huge map we put together like a puzzle from a pdf (portable document format) of the island we printed out. 

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