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 [...]

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 [...]

16 05, 2019

“Living History” Student Exhibition

2019-07-27T12:36:24-04:00May 16th, 2019|Categories: Academics, Blog, Events, Thematic Studies, Travel and Field Experiences|

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, [...]

27 06, 2018

CELC Middle School Features Ecology and Sustainability 

2019-08-31T04:05:02-04:00June 27th, 2018|Categories: Academics, Blog, Events, Thematic Studies|

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Ecology and Sustainability Exposition was a great success!  Held at the Willoughgby Wallace Memorial Library in Branford, students set up elaborate interactive displays and shared with the public, family, and friends who attended the event. 

25 05, 2018

CELC Middle School Travels to The Ecology School in Saco, Maine

2019-08-31T04:06:02-04:00May 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Thematic Studies, Travel and Field Experiences|

Once again, CELC traveled for an end-of-year adventure, this time to The Ecology School in Saco, Maine.  CELC incorporates student travel into its curriculum purposely – to bring young people outside their comfort zones and to open up to discovery of new elements in themselves, the world, and each other. Educator Brody from The Ecology School worked [...]

14 05, 2018

CELC Middle School Ecology and Sustainability Expo Comes to Branford 

2019-08-31T04:07:31-04:00May 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Events, Students' Endeavors, Thematic Studies|

Each year CELC Middle School of Branford has a theme of study - this year’s theme: Ecology and Sustainability. After months of study, research and preparation, students not only write a formal research paper about a specific energy source, but also apply their learning by creating and constructing interactive displays related to renewable and nonrenewable [...]

11 06, 2017

History Comes Alive at CELC – Successful Student Exhibition!

2019-08-31T04:29:55-04:00June 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Students Write, Thematic Studies, This Week at CELC|

Each year CELC has a theme that takes on a life of its own throughout the year, culminating with the writing of formal research papers and creating elaborate displays that showcase the work and learning of each student.  This year’s theme “Ancient to Modern Civilizations” includes research about ancient Japan, San Bushmen of the Kalahari, [...]

4 06, 2017

“Living History Museum” Student Exhibition

2019-08-31T04:25:55-04:00June 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Events, Students' Endeavors, Thematic Studies|

FREE EVENT FOR FAMILIES: "Living History Museum" Exhibition at Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main Street, Branford, Friday, 9 June 2017, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.  CELC Middle School students present interactive "living history" museum featuring study of ancient civilizations! Students share elaborate handmade life-sized displays and are in character of an invented “persona”, representing someone who [...]

11 01, 2017

Experiential Learning with CELC Middle School at Yale

2019-08-31T05:12:08-04:00January 11th, 2017|Categories: Academics, Blog, Thematic Studies|

As part of a thematic study comparing ancient to modern civilizations, CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School students expand their learning by working with educators at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Yale University Art Gallery. ~Click on any image to view a scrollable gallery.

19 12, 2016

Wee Faerie Village and Civilizations Study at CELC

2019-08-31T05:15:43-04:00December 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Events, Music and The Arts, Students Write, Thematic Studies|

Faerie Village at CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School Please enjoy our artistically-designed “village”, representing a study of places around the world, ancient civilizations, and wee folk lore!  Thank you for your support! Cade, Galina, Gray. Izzy, Sophie Hono (Turtle) Village Maui, Hawaii 2016 Aloha! Welcome to the Maui Spa and Resort, the hottest vaca [...]

23 06, 2016

CELC Student Share Day 2016

2019-08-31T09:24:33-04:00June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Events, Thematic Studies|

Friday, 10 June the auditorium at the James Blackstone Memorial Library in Branford transformed into a “living museum”. Middle school students from CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) shared work in an interactive way, based on months of research and study. Under the broad theme of Exploration and Discovery, students were asked to choose someone who has [...]

9 06, 2016

Famous Folks at the Blackstone in Branford … Student Share Day!

2019-08-31T09:27:47-04:00June 9th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Events, Thematic Studies|

Friday, 10 June 2016 Visit a “living museum”, where students of the CT Experiential Learning Center will present and share interactive displays illustrating the life and work of people who have made a significant impact in the world. The public is invited to meet and speak with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Jane Goodall, [...]

29 06, 2015

Theme Season Is a Busy Time at CELC Middle School

2019-08-31T11:17:32-04:00June 29th, 2015|Categories: Academics, Blog, Students Write, Thematic Studies|

by Sue H., CELC student  It’s almost summer, and for many schools that means winding down the school year and focusing less on academics. This couldn’t be less true for CT Experiential Learning Center. The CT Experiential Learning Center, or CELC, is based in Stony Creek, and their philosophy is “you’re never not doing something!” [...]

26 05, 2015

It’s Today! Living History Museum and Student Presentations

2019-08-31T11:20:55-04:00May 26th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Events, Thematic Studies|

Living History Museum celebrates “Heritage, Ethnicity, and Quest for Freedom in America”, presented by students from the CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School. Students Share Living History - Hope You Can Join Us! TODAY BRANFORD: Friday, 5 June at Branford's Blackstone Memorial Library auditorium, from 12:30 to 4:30 CT Experiential Learning Center Middle School students present their Living History [...]

3 05, 2015

Noshing in New York

2019-09-01T11:32:33-04:00May 3rd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Thematic Studies, Travel and Field Experiences|

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School spent two days visiting New York City as part of study of Heritage, Ethnicity, and Quest for Freedom in America. Stops included the Big Onion “Nosh” Tour of New York’s Lower East Side, the Tenement Museum, Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, and an overnight at Hostelling International American [...]

8 11, 2014

Immigration Study and Visit to The Mill Museum in Windham, CT

2019-09-01T17:51:15-04:00November 8th, 2014|Categories: Academics, Blog, Thematic Studies, Travel and Field Experiences|

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) middle school students spent the day at the Windham Textile and History Museum as part of a thematic study of Heritage, Ethnicity, and Quest for Freedom in America. Working with educator Bev York, the students gained an understanding of the American Thread Company’s mill operation from its start in the [...]

18 06, 2014

Energy, Resources, and Sustainability at CELC

2019-09-01T18:13:42-04:00June 18th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Events, Thematic Studies|

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Sustainability Fair and Share Day was a great success!  Held at the Blackstone Library in Branford, students set up elaborate interactive displays and shared with the public, family, and friends who attended the event.  Topics related to different renewable and nonrenewable energy sources and included geothermal, biomass, solar, wind, oil, [...]

26 05, 2014

CELC Sustainability Fair and Share Day ~ Save the Date!

2019-09-03T05:03:24-04:00May 26th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Events, Thematic Studies|

SUSTAINABILITY FAIR and SHARE DAY at the Blackstone Library in Branford! Join us - FRIDAY!   What: Students and other organizations will share information in an interactive way about energy and the environment. When: Friday, 6 June, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Please join us - visit for any part of this time! [...]

29 09, 2013

Taken for Granted?

2019-09-03T05:28:52-04:00September 29th, 2013|Categories: Blog, Thematic Studies, This Week at CELC|

Even after just the few first weeks of this new academic year, there is a noticeable level of variety and spice to life at CELC.  Within any given week, students are actively engaged in many ways both within and beyond classroom walls.  From math class to organic gardening, from grammar class to clamming, from drawing still-life [...]

21 05, 2013

Classroom Becomes “Living Museum” Construction Site

2019-09-03T05:48:52-04:00May 21st, 2013|Categories: Academics, Blog, Thematic Studies|

Sitting in the Lucy Hammer Room at the James Blackstone Library in Branford, CELC students learn about how to write effective introductions and conclusions for their research papers. This is only one aspect of the larger world that is part of our year-long thematic study of Ancient to Modern Civilizations. Each year at CELC we [...]

20 05, 2013

Please visit CELC’s Theme Share Day!

2019-09-03T05:49:46-04:00May 20th, 2013|Categories: Blog, Events, Thematic Studies|

The auditorium at the Blackstone Memorial Library will become transformed into a “living museum” of ancient civilizations, representing months of research and study by students of the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC). The public is most welcome to attend this interactive “living museum” event Friday, 31 May 2013 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Each [...]

27 04, 2013

Ancient Cultural Wisdom for Modern Times

2019-09-03T05:54:24-04:00April 27th, 2013|Categories: Academics, Blog, Thematic Studies|

Ancient cultures around the world are all very different, but the threads at the heart all weave the same story, the same messages and same wisdom. The times we live in are of great transformation. This workshop explores these shared threads of story and wisdom of several ancient cultures and how they can be of [...]

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