For this experientially-based middle school, the first weeks include building community, delving into thematic study (this year’s theme Ancient to Modern Civilizations), and of course exploration and field experiences.   The learning from the get-go abounds with rich opportunity for growth and discovery.

Pictured below are some of September’s learning adventures at CELC thus far. These include a meeting with local newspaper journalist Pam Johnson from Shore Publishing; Spanish class with native speaker Señora Castillo from Columbia; teambuilding and hike at Common Ground Nature Center with environmental educator Tricia Mangold Heiser; farm chores and gardening at Trap Rock Ridge Camp for Outdoor Education class; spontaneous and impromptu visit with Mae Gibson Brown, who shared her story of growing up in the segregated South during the 1930s and 40s.

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In addition, students were also immersed in a study of the 4.6 billion years of Earth’s history through geologic time, Kingian Nonviolence class with a discussion about conflict and how to identify different types and levels, Play Ball! with our homeschooled friends, CT History and U.S. History classes, and understanding place value through investigation of ancient number systems.

For the final week of this month, along with our academic classes and even more outdoor adventures – all part of each week’s learning experiences – CELCers will travel to the University of Southern New Hampshire to participate in the day-long Stand Up, Speak Out! Student Leadership Conference, hosted by the New England League of Middle Schools. Of course, that’s not all! Students will bring all packed gear this Wednesday in preparation for a week at Chewonki’s outdoor classroom in Wiscasset, Maine, where “compassion for one another, building self-confidence, and stewardship for the natural world are the core goals of this program. Chewonki’s unique environmental education programs offer students and teachers the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature, ecology, teambuilding and challenge, while also having fun and learning. Programs are designed to enhance classroom curriculum and meet the specific needs of each group.” CELC travels each year for a beginning-of-the-year adventure.

Evidence of why CELC middle school students feel empowered and love to come to school! Another CELC year is certainly underway – Rock ON!

Interested in finding out more about CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) for Middle School? Please join us Saturday, 15 October 2016 for an Open House and Activity Day 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Come meet teachers and students, stay for the art and music activities, and enjoy some refreshments! Contact [email protected] or call 203.433.4658 to RSVP and for more information.