With all of the “regular” components of a middle school education, CELC offers a structured and comprehensive curriculum, including all the subject areas found in a 5th through 8th-grade program, plus more. Math, literature circle, history, science, grammar, writing workshop, et cetera, a typical week includes learning in the classroom, combined with work in the field and real-world experiences.
Preparing for their video shoot at Guilford Community Television (GCTV), students gathered together to finalize their script, organize the graphics and credits, and rehearse lines. Shannon Gale, producer at GCTV, taught students how to move from idea to script writing to the filming of their own community access TV show, guiding them through the live production.
The show titled “21st Century Kids: the Realities of Modern Fun” will air this spring on GCTV. Stay tuned for show times!
An art class at the Yale Center for British Art focused on paintings that related to our yearlong theme of Exploration and Discovery. The museum houses the largest collection of British art outside the Untied Kingdom. Students were given a tour by museum staff and also spent time observing closely some of the works and trying their hand at drawing in the same style.
Imagine 1635 when “sixteen men, their wives, children, and horses, cows and swine arrived in Hartford in October seeking a new home”; the CT History class appreciated our visit to the Old State House in Hartford. As original meetinghouse, state government, and courthouse, this building held many debates and trials, such as the trial of the Amistad and the famous Charter Oak incident, and much more. Students also enjoyed the interactive exhibits that span the state’s history from the 1600s to the present.