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8 12, 2020

Oddfellows Playhouse and CELC Middle School Student Performance of Theater Through The Ages

2021-01-15T14:36:14-04:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Music and The Arts|

Beginning in October CELC students have worked (in-person) with drama instructor Nicki LaPorte at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown, Connecticut.  This endeavor brought together aspects of theater from past to present as part of CELC’s thematic study for this year, Ancient to Modern Civilizations. We are so thrilled to be able to present this play to [...]

5 11, 2020

Experience Matters at CELC Middle School

2021-04-14T15:55:08-04:00November 5th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

CELC Middle School’s weekly Outdoor Education class brings them to Guilford’s Jared Eliot Preserve with Eco Artist / Activist Professor Carolyn Monastra, whose research includes the effects of climate change on birds’ population.  Students observe and identify local birds as they explore aspects of bird behavior. ~ Click on any image for a scrollable gallery. [...]

27 09, 2020

On Frye Island …

2020-12-08T12:22:58-04:00September 27th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Travel and Field Experiences|

Since its 2009 founding year, CELC Middle School continues to provide a beginning-of-the-year adventure for students as a way to launch the year, to build and strengthen the newly formed group. By traveling away from home turf, bringing students to places where they can discover their own abilities while experiencing some independence from parents, they [...]

13 08, 2020

Thoughts on Questions Parents Wonder About Regarding CELC’s Program …

2021-03-03T13:04:54-04:00August 13th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

 From our Open House sessions, we receive certain frequently asked questions from prospective parents. More detailed information exists on the FAQ page of CELC’s website. I have tried here to summarize in response to a few of the recently asked questions: What is the focus of the CELC curriculum? Information is “Google-able”.  The CELC curriculum [...]

24 07, 2020

CELC Students Sail!

2020-09-27T12:18:03-04:00July 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Travel and Field Experiences|Tags: , |

All aboard the 46’ ketch Boundless with Different Drum Sailing Adventures, a small group of CELC Middle School students enjoyed 7 days of sailing Casco Bay, Maine.  CELC supports Captain Jeff’s philosophy of giving students experiences and modeling that life does not have to come to a halt, even within such challenging times. After all participants [...]

29 06, 2020

Final Exhibition 2020: Explainer Videos and an eBook!

2020-11-05T14:35:01-04:00June 29th, 2020|Categories: Academics, Blog, Thematic Studies|

One of the most outstanding aspects of CELC’s experientially-based curriculum is something known as “theme”.  CELC has four themes that rotate during the four years between 5th and 8th grade.  The theme for this 2019-20 academic year: Exploration and Discovery. Students began by exploring and then sharing their personal passions. We believe that “exploration and [...]

28 04, 2020

CELC Students take on Creative Challenge!

2020-08-13T06:31:18-04:00April 28th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Music and The Arts|

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles offers an interesting new approach to exploring art by asking people to recreate favorite (famous) works of art using household objects.  Thanks also go to CELC student Emma, who led this activity for her peers. The following choices of artwork were suggested for each of her classmates to ‘create [...]

20 04, 2020

Despite their being in separate houses, this month’s “Why Cook?” class at CELC Middle School went on!

2020-06-29T12:28:28-04:00April 20th, 2020|Categories: Academics, Blog, Why Cook?|

Maria pre-planned with each family to obtain the necessary ingredients in time for the Friday morning start that brought us toward making lemon meringue pie with homemade pastry crust!      The class assembled in CELC’s regular Zoom meeting room, each from his or her own kitchen! Unexpected elements of this first-time experience were certainly discovered.  [...]

14 04, 2020

Entering the fourth week of online classes, CELC Middle School maintains community, cooperation, and experiential learning!

2020-06-29T12:29:41-04:00April 14th, 2020|Categories: Academics, Blog|

Starting at 7:45 a.m Monday – Friday students gather, joining our Zoom meeting to answer the “FunCash question” of the day.  Something we had done in-person and continue now as a familiar start to our online meetings, this “question” varies each day, from telling a good joke to finding an answer based on academic research [...]

2 04, 2020

CELC Middle School Students All Named as Finalists and Special Award Winners at the 2020 CT Science and Engineering Fair!

2020-07-24T12:02:22-04:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Science|

Six hundred students from 120 different middle and high schools throughout Connecticut participated in the 2020 CT Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF), this year held completely online, during the week of 9 - 14 March 2020.  All six of the CELC middle school students who entered projects were among this year’s Finalists and Special Award [...]

13 02, 2020

The Beat Goes On at CELC Middle School!

2020-04-02T16:31:38-04:00February 13th, 2020|Categories: Academics, Blog|

This 2019-20 academic year continues CELC’s in-depth learning and engagement through experience.  Classes are held both in and outside the classroom.  Whether they are in the classroom digging into a Grammar lesson or in the field investigating Spider Food Webs, students are asked to try new things. Enjoy a sampling of these last couple of [...]

20 12, 2019

CELC Middle School Students Bring Learning Through Experience to Younger Students! 

2020-04-14T16:35:46-04:00December 20th, 2019|Categories: Community Service, Events|

Trees were the theme during CELC’s visit to Sunnyside Up Early Learning Center of North Haven, CT.   CELC students planned and delivered activities around this theme to engage with younger students in a hands-on and interactive way.  The group explored tree-related vocabulary, science concepts, and art as they created a “tree factory” and then designed [...]

12 12, 2019

CELC Middle School Holds Science Classes at the Yale Canine Cognition Center (CCC)

2020-04-20T17:31:58-04:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Academics, Science|

Students experience the scientific method firsthand as they meet with Yale University graduate students to discuss how the work at the CCC includes testing hypotheses, setting up controlled experiments, and collecting data. CELC’s very own school dog Santana is the study subject for a variety of interactive tests, as part of a broader study focused [...]

12 12, 2019

CELC Hosts National Geographic Society’s Geography Bee

2020-02-13T14:53:53-04:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Academics, Geography|

For the 32nd year, the National Geographic Society is holding the National Geographic Bee for students in the fourth through eighth grades in thousands of schools across the United States and in the five U.S. territories, as well as in Department of Defense Dependents Schools around the world. The champion of the local Bee will [...]

12 12, 2019

Student-created Play at Long Wharf Theatre – Public Invited to Attend this World Premiere!

2019-12-20T22:58:47-04:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Music and The Arts|

CELC Middle School students flex their creative muscles at Long Wharf Theatre in order to devise their own play to share!   Students work diligently to develop and write their very own show to be performed Friday, 20 December at Long Wharf Theatre’s Stage II Classroom.  Between A Coconut and Some Hard Places, created by CELC Middle [...]

4 10, 2019

Greta Thunberg and Climate Science at CELC Middle School

2019-12-12T11:27:35-04:00October 4th, 2019|Categories: Academics, Science, Thematic Studies, This Week at CELC|

CELC students this week were introduced to and became inspired by Greta Thunberg, a young activist working to bring together people around the science of climate change and now toward finding ways to take action affecting change and solving the problems of climate change.  CELCers also participated in The International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC), [...]

4 10, 2019

CELC Middle School Energizing Start

2019-12-12T12:05:32-04:00October 4th, 2019|Categories: Academics, Thematic Studies, This Week at CELC|

Beginning a year at CELC involves building community.  We devote the first weeks of the year getting to know one another, learning about individual strengths, challenges, hopes and dreams.  As well, collaborative and teambuilding activities actively engage students in working together toward a common goal.   A bridge-building challenge includes learning about civil engineering, bridge [...]

20 08, 2019

Reflection from an Alumna about Transitioning from CELC

2019-12-12T11:17:01-04:00August 20th, 2019|Categories: Alumni News, Blog|

My name is Hannah Snow; I graduated from the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center in 2010. I then went on to Branford High School where I graduated with high honors in 2014. I am now a full-time student at Quinnipiac University majoring in Criminal Justice. While I am not in class or studying, I am also [...]

19 08, 2019

Experience Theatre through Exploration & Discovery

2019-12-04T10:41:54-04:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Calling all actors and those who just love theatre!   Long Wharf Theatre is proud to offer an exciting theatre class open to ages 10 – 14 When: Fridays, prompt 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., 11, 18, 25 OCT 2019; 1, 8, 15, 22 NOV 2019; 6, 13, 20 DEC 2019 Location: Long Wharf Theatre, Stage II, New Haven, [...]

27 07, 2019

CELC Community Gathering and Honoring Ceremony

2019-10-04T13:20:53-04:00July 27th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Events, This Week at CELC|

CELC’s Honoring Ceremony is a special time when students are recognized for their achievements and their year of learning and growth. This year’s celebration took place at Cedar Island Marina, thanks to the family of graduate Nick, now moving on to The Sound School, where he will begin as a freshman Fall 2019.  It was [...]

27 07, 2019

Fine Start to CELC’s Tenth Year

2019-07-27T12:27:37-04:00July 27th, 2019|Categories: Academics, Blog, Travel and Field Experiences|

Building community always starts our year together.  The group first assembles.  Excitement is evident.  We provide opportunities that invite students to learn about one another.  They focus on the important strengths they each contribute to the whole group.  Individual hopes and dreams, goals, and actions steps, begin ...  The group creates a “hand circle” on [...]

21 07, 2019

CELC – More Than a Middle School – Celebrating Ten Years! 

2019-10-04T13:21:31-04:00July 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog, This Week at CELC, Travel and Field Experiences|

Getting ready for a new academic year at CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) is a magical time.   In addition to planning for academic classes, where students will take on challenges in different subject areas, we schedule field experiences, guest artists, and student travel.  These set the tone, energy, and nuance that shape the year’s [...]

19 07, 2019

News and Reflections from CELC Alumna

2019-08-20T14:21:24-04:00July 19th, 2019|Categories: Alumni News|

Currently I am a junior at Simmons University, studying Business Management with minors in Sustainability and Finance. Since last spring I also have been an intern at Fidelity Investments, in the Environmental Sustainability Office. I have tried on a number of hats in my life so far, and CELC was a big starting point in that [...]

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