7 12, 2021

Life and Learning at CELC Middle School of Branford

2021-12-07T17:08:37-04:00December 7th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Home Page Announcements|Tags: , |

CELC Middle School (pronounced /selk/) offers experientially-based teaching as a way for students to involve themselves in learning beyond the walls of a traditional classroom. Learners are invited to participate in a strategically-designed format which integrates the student’s academic study with field experiences. Students explore the essential questions that unite broad areas of knowledge, relate [...]

21 10, 2021

Middle School Starts with an Expedition!

2021-10-21T22:58:26-04:00October 21st, 2021|Categories: Home Page Announcements, Travel and Field Experiences|

Traveling is an integral part of CELC Middle School’s curriculum, having no fewer than two extended travel components during each academic year.  This year for CELC’s beginning-of-the-year adventure students spend a week at Kroka Expeditions in Marlow, New Hampshire.             The idea that “life happens outside of one’s comfort zone” matches CELC’s experience-based program, as [...]

23 09, 2021

When Middle School Works – Impressions from a Middle School Specialist

2021-09-23T17:56:14-04:00September 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Home Page Announcements|

So often the middle school years are considered awful.  Reasons for this can vary, but most adults associate that time in their lives with a sense of precariousness, and for some, even extreme anxiety.  When stating during conversation that I am a middle school teacher, it often is met with ‘oh, you must be a [...]

31 08, 2021

Middle School Specialist Report: What “Middle School” Education Includes

2021-09-23T17:55:40-04:00August 31st, 2021|Categories: Blog|

There is a curriculum containing general subject areas such as Math, Language Arts, Science - you know the drill.  Completing regular homework, learning time management during these middle school years is when to home in on all of this.   All the above is delivered to an ever-changing adolescent brain and body, one in the midst [...]

26 07, 2021

CELC Students Sail Connecticut to Maine Aboard 46-foot Ketch, Boundless!

2021-10-21T22:59:25-04:00July 26th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Monday, 28 June five CELC Middle School students along with CELC Co-founder/Educator Melinda Alcosser arrive in Stony Creek Harbor to begin their adventure and set sail from Branford, Connecticut to Portland, Maine!  First, a short dinghy ride to get aboard the Morgan 46-foot Ketch sailboat Boundless! with Captain Jeff and his wife Liz who run [...]

16 06, 2021

Highlights From CELC’s 2021 Honoring Ceremony

2021-07-26T10:14:39-04:00June 16th, 2021|Categories: Academics, Blog, Spanish|

Each year we at CELC hold an Honoring Ceremony in celebration of our academic year of learning and growth.  We recognize, honor, and reflect upon the time spent together and also give send-off to those moving on to high school and the next parts of their lives. Click on this link to view and listen [...]

14 06, 2021

2021 Ancient to Modern Civilizations Theme Explainer Video Projects

2021-08-23T11:46:18-04:00June 14th, 2021|Categories: Academics, Blog|

Kudos and a big thank you goes to  Professor Michael Hernandez for his work with CELC students during this year to learn the process of creating their own videos, from the idea stage to the use of Keynote and other digital media platforms.

5 06, 2021

Make the Most of Summer with CELC Middle School Explorers’ Summer Program ages 9 -12

2021-07-30T11:54:38-04:00June 5th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Restore learning from a “lost” academic year in a fun and meaningful way!   CELC Middle School teams up with Mathnasium of Guilford for The Arithmetic of Architecture! and Debunking Billiard Math!   Work with Colombian-born Instructor for Tell Your Story in Spanish to discover the world of native characters by learning about their countries [...]

23 05, 2021

Transformative Middle School Education at CELC – Open House Saturday, 12 June 2021

2021-06-14T11:59:50-04:00May 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

With many parents who feel their children may have "lost" another part of a school year by being remote or hybrid, CELC has much to offer - a place where students receive personalized attention to rebuild engagement and have solid and joyful middle school experiences that offer growth of the person, academically/socially/emotionally, towards preparedness for [...]

14 04, 2021

In the Shadows – A CELC-student publication

2021-05-24T11:42:40-04:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Music and The Arts, Students Write|

About this book - a note from CELC: The creation of this book takes place during a multi-week Digital Storytelling class that is designed to provide digital literacy skills and empower students to create positive change in their communities.  Students learn the fundamentals of digital photography, including composition and lightning, digital image editing, and making [...]

3 03, 2021

CELC Middle School Faculty Receives Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship with Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society

2021-06-16T12:29:54-04:00March 3rd, 2021|Categories: Academics, Blog, Geography, Language Arts|Tags: , |

As one of only 50 educators selected from across the U.S. and Canada, CELC’s Digital Storytelling teacher Michael Hernandez was chosen for an exciting professional development opportunity that will allow him to bring geographic awareness to students at CELC Middle School of Branford, CT.

15 01, 2021

Digital Storytelling for ages 10 – 14 with award-winning cinematography and journalism Professor Michael Hernandez

2021-01-15T14:48:12-04:00January 15th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Special Events and Homeschool Classes|

This multi-week Digital Storytelling class takes place on Zoom and is designed to provide digital literacy skills, empowering students to create positive change in their communities. Thursdays: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern time) 7, 14, 21, 28 January 2021 4,11,18, 25 February 2021 4, 11 March 2021 Spaces are limited – register now!  Digital Photography [...]

15 01, 2021

A Community of Learners Create Connection

2021-02-16T16:49:45-04:00January 15th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Establishment of community values, inscribed into an artistically done “hand circle” begins a CELC year.  This symbolic circle of words then can be utilized throughout the year as a guide.  Students are asked to think about the type of community they want to create, to be a part of, and then determine what we all [...]

8 12, 2020

Winter Clothing Drive for Parkville Community School Happening Now at CELC Middle School in Branford!

2020-12-08T12:27:00-04:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Do you have gently used winter clothing to offer to keep warm the students at Parkville Community School this winter? If so, contributions including jackets, hats, and gloves in children’s sizes can be delivered to the bins that are located in the front lobby at 28 School Street, Branford, between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., [...]

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.  [...]

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