Students Respond Well to Learner-Centered Approach
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
CELC Middle School Faculty Receives Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship with Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Despite their being in separate houses, this month’s “Why Cook?” class at CELC Middle School went on!
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. [...]
Entering the fourth week of online classes, CELC Middle School maintains community, cooperation, and experiential learning!
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 [...]
CELC Middle School Students All Named as Finalists and Special Award Winners at the 2020 CT Science and Engineering Fair!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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), [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Have a tortilla while learning about a Mexican “coyote”. CELC’s “Living History” Extravaganza was a huge success! Students brought research to a new level as they worked toward CELC Middle School's “Living History” Student Exhibition. Friday, 7 June 2019 students filled the Soundview Family YMCA with displays representing countries from around the world where large [...]
This year’s theme at CELC is entitled “Heritage, Ethnicity, and Quest for Freedom”. Students have completed a study of their own family histories, elaborating on aspects in seven different areas: food, language, clothing, family tree, religion, and geography. The research was compiled into artistically created and illustrated family history scrapbooks, which in addition to photographs, [...]
During CELC’s study of cellular biology, students create “edible cells”, models of animal and plant cells using only edible ingredients to represent all the cell parts, labeling each with description of its function. ~ click on any image to view a scrollable gallery
CELC Middle School students flex their creative muscles at the Long Wharf Theatre in order to devise their own play to share! Students are working diligently to write, develop, and perform their very own show. Bermuda Triangle’s Thief A new island has been discovered, and its potential for freedom and prosperity is unknown! A boat [...]
Billy Ochoa teaches Spanish at CELC Middle School, via Skype from Guatemala. In Guatemala, he works directly with an organization called EducArte, supporting youth who cannot afford to attend school. EducArte brings education and many health and community servcies to youth and their families. This fundraiser is designed to help Billy and EducArte raise the $350.00 [...]
And it's only Week One at CELC - already we've done much, including: math challenge games, Why Cook? class; Project Water field study; team building at Bushy Hill Nature Center; migratory bird study and field experience; Spanish class Skype into Guatemala; creative exploration of individual and group "hopes and dreams" for the year; and getting started on [...]
Long Wharf Theatre hosts its annual drama class for CELC Middle School and homeschooled students ages 9 – 14 Long Wharf Theatre and the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center Middle School invite you to join the 8th year of our collaboration! Each year combines theatre with a theme. Students learn acting techniques, make new friends, and devise [...]