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.

27 04, 2017

National Poetry Month Contest Winner

2019-08-31T04:30:53-04:00April 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Language Arts, This Week at CELC|

The Acton Public Library held Poetry Night Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. concluded its 23rd Annual Poetry Competition.  Winning poets read their compositions and received their awards. The evening, celebrating National Poetry Month and the poets’ prizes, was sponsored by the Friends of Acton Library. All submitted poems are on display in the library through May 2017. [...]

13 01, 2016

CELC Students Meet Pen Pals and Attend Maker Lab at Blackstone Library

2019-08-31T09:51:10-04:00January 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Language Arts, This Week at CELC|

The small schools movement is building momentum throughout the country. Students receive a personalized education and take advantage of a variety of unique opportunities. James Blackstone Memorial Library made available its Maker Lab for just such an opportunity. Two small schools, CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School of Branford and FlexSchool of Fanwood, New Jersey, [...]

26 12, 2014

Evan DeCarlo Book Signing Event!

2019-09-01T11:47:47-04:00December 26th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Events, Language Arts|

Mark your calendars!  Evan DeCarlo reads from his second novel – Join Us! Saturday, 10 January All ages welcome – books will be available! Evan DeCarlo, (former student of M & M), 20, native of Branford and screenwriting major in NYC, announces that his second novel, The City of The Star Gods is published and [...]

1 10, 2014

Grammar Class Commences!

2019-09-01T17:57:27-04:00October 1st, 2014|Categories: Academics, Blog, Language Arts|

Who gets excited about grammar ?  We do! With today's appearance of our beloved and very own Super Hero The Gramminator, CELC students are off and running with their learning of all things linguistic.  Split infinitives, linking verbs, adverb placement, proper nouns, punctuation - there is no stopping these students. Let this be the first [...]

20 09, 2014

Storytelling, Listening, Asking Questions

2019-09-01T17:59:30-04:00September 20th, 2014|Categories: Academics, Blog, Language Arts|

Antonio Rocha, storyteller and mime, will work with CELC students throughout the year in conjunction with our theme of Heritage, Ethnicity and Quest for Freedom in America.  The study will include using oral tradition of storytelling to ultimately write, perform, and document family histories.     Pictured here, Antonio demonstrates mime technique of pulling a [...]

29 04, 2014

Writing and Research Abound

2019-09-03T05:06:22-04:00April 29th, 2014|Categories: Academics, Blog, Language Arts|

    Alumna Maddie teaches a lesson to current CELC students about the finer points of writing introductions and conclusions for their research papers.  

11 12, 2013

Snow is Upon Us!

2019-09-03T05:20:36-04:00December 11th, 2013|Categories: Academics, Blog, Language Arts|

Often Connecticut Experiential Learning Center is the only open school in the area (sometimes the state) when snow is upon us!  Today, while we may depart early in consideration of travel conditions, the CELC students are currently actively engaged in a writing class.  Our intern Maddie reads aloud a story appropriate for the day.  As [...]

9 12, 2013

Children of The Noah: The Barren Earth

2019-09-03T05:21:30-04:00December 9th, 2013|Categories: Academics, Blog, Language Arts|

“There is never a good time to write a book and if you are waiting around for the right time, don’t!  Just start.”                                  –  Evan DeCarlo Even as a three-year old at Wightwood School, Evan DeCarlo’s curiosity and creativity [...]

15 03, 2013

Appositives, One Student’s Best Friend, and Writing Workshop Class at CELC

2019-09-03T05:59:00-04:00March 15th, 2013|Categories: Academics, Blog, Language Arts|

  A student shares a writing piece; the rest of the group listens, as writers, offering appreciations, suggestions, and feedback to help the author create a meaningful and worthy piece. The discussion can go far and wide and often does.  Students consider the lead sentence, use of detail and description, show versus tell, the main [...]

23 02, 2012

Patch.com of Branford Visits CELC

2019-09-03T06:51:25-04:00February 23rd, 2012|Categories: Blog, Language Arts|

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) students have a class entitled “CELC Blogging”.  Each week a student is assigned to be the class reporter, to cover a story about some aspect of our time at CELC. Students bring in  first draft to be “workshopped” with the group, and then after getting feedback from other students as [...]

17 04, 2011

Carlos Eire Meets With Middle School Students

2019-09-03T07:42:10-04:00April 17th, 2011|Categories: Academics, Blog, Events, Language Arts|

Thursday, 12 May at 11 a.m. CT Experiential Learning Center hosts author Carlos Eire at the James Blackstone Memorial Library. Born in Havana in 1950, Carlos Eire left his homeland in 1962, one of 14,000 unaccompanied children airlifted out of Cuba by Operation Pedro Pan. He is currently T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and [...]

18 04, 2010

Renga Poetry Workshop

2019-09-03T08:10:23-04:00April 18th, 2010|Categories: Academics, Blog, Language Arts|

A renga is a very old form of poetry that originated in Japan as a party game. They are image-filled and written in alternating stanzas of three and two lines. They have been written by anywhere from two to two hundred authors with up to 1,000 stanzas. How ambitious! Often rengas begin with a stanza about the natural [...]

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