19 02, 2019

A Valentine’s Day Tradition at CELC Middle School

2019-02-19T15:22:37-04:00February 19th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Each year, CELC parents receive a "secret" envelope containing a blank red heart with the following instructions: This Envelope is ONLY for Parents!! A SECRET Valentine's Day Activity for CELC Parents Please do not tell your student about this so that s/he can have a grand surprise on 14 FEB ! The heart in this [...]

17 02, 2019

CELC Middle School Highlights Experiential Learning

2019-02-17T11:00:54-04:00February 17th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Academic year 2019-20, the learning and growth continues ... following are some highlights: CELC Middle School students tour Ellis Island with the Save Ellis Island Foundation as part of CELC’s yearlong thematic study of Heritage, Ethnicity, and Quest for Freedom in America. The tour highlighted areas not open to the general public, including Ellis Island’s [...]

11 02, 2019

Volunteerism in The News at CELC

2019-02-11T13:11:42-04:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Home Page Announcements|

Community Service is included in CELC Middle School’s curriculum.   For students, it allows for the realization that it is possible to make a difference in the lives of others.  The energy and enthusiasm is evident as students step outside of themselves to focus on helping others. This year CELC volunteers twice per month to [...]

11 02, 2019

 Middle School Takes Learning Outside The Classroom 

2019-02-11T17:45:52-04:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

- written by CELC students Emma, Harper, Matt For this extraordinary middle school, field trips are a common thing.  Every Tuesday and Thursday CELC (Connecticut Experiential Learning Center) has “outdoor ed”, which often consists of hiking, working at a farm and similar outdoor activities. But today for “outdoor education”, CELC helped serve food for the [...]

11 02, 2019

CELC In Action (Community Dining Room Edition)

2019-02-11T17:53:00-04:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

- written by CELC students Natalia and Spencer  On January 17, 2019, students from Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School were lucky enough to volunteer at the Community Dining Room in Branford. CELC regularly invites the students to experience different things as part of the experientially- based curriculum; this time it was to volunteer at [...]

20 12, 2018

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

2019-02-11T13:15:21-04:00December 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

25 11, 2018

Help EducArte Empower Youth!

2018-12-20T08:16:08-04:00November 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

25 11, 2018

CELC Middle School Celebrates 10 Years!

2019-03-02T11:55:47-04:00November 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Home Page Announcements|

Come to an Open House/Activity Day Saturday, 16 March 2019 to find out about Connecticut's own Experientially-based Middle School, offering real-life learning for 5th to 8th grades. Come meet teachers and students, stay for the art, music, and science activities, and enjoy some refreshments!  28 School Street, Branford. 11:00 - 1:00 p.m. RSVP mandm@CTExperiential.org, 203.433.4658. [...]

8 10, 2018

Alumni News “Best School For My Son”

2018-10-08T20:51:14-04:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Home Page Announcements|Tags: , |

CELC made all the difference for this kid!!!  He is loving Penn State!  Thank you Melinda and Maria❤️ CELC was the best school for my son for so many reasons. It was also an answer to a prayer. As they say, it takes one person to make a difference. Well, in this school you have two [...]

22 09, 2018

Help CELC Middle School Support Mother’s Against Drunk Driving 

2018-11-25T12:58:37-04:00September 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Branford Walk Like MADD 2018 with Team CELCstars  CELC Middle School is participating in Walk Like MADD Saturday, 13 October 2018 to raise critical funds for Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) and help put an end to the 100 % preventable crime of drunk driving.  Walk alongside us and take steps to stopping this violent crime. [...]

14 09, 2018

Amazing Times at CELC Middle School, Year 10!

2018-09-14T19:27:22-04:00September 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

7 09, 2018

Calling all actors and those who just love theater!

2018-11-25T13:11:00-04:00September 7th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

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 [...]

28 07, 2018

A Guatemala Story, Lives on Film with Digital Storytelling

2018-09-07T10:54:22-04:00July 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

by Melinda Alcosser As a recipient of a scholarship from the Friendship Fund, I was recently fortunate to travel to Guatemala with a group of educators on a Digital Storytelling program run by Peaceworks Travel.  This organization was founded by a history teacher just after 9/11, who felt it vital to find a way to [...]

27 06, 2018

CELC Middle School Features Ecology and Sustainability 

2018-09-22T07:15:14-04:00June 27th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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

2018-07-28T08:33:30-04:00May 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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 

2018-06-27T12:53:41-04:00May 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

14 05, 2018

Yale Neurologist Teaches about the Brain at CELC Middle School of Branford

2018-07-28T08:34:50-04:00May 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Assistant Professor of Neurology at Yale University Chris Gottschalk, MD, FAHS visits CELC Middle School to teach about the brain and nervous system as part of CELC’s study of the human body.  Dr. Gottschalk answered student questions on topics ranging from the parts and function of the brain to new research on causes of migraines.  Students [...]

2 05, 2018

Yale SOM and Looking Closely at CELC Middle School

2018-09-07T09:32:14-04:00May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Blog|

A buzz of conversation and activity and the sharing of ideas when graduate students from Yale University’s School of Management (SOM) visited CELC Middle School as part of the SOM Day of Service.  Middle school students were engaged in a Shark Tank Simulation experience, led by the Yale students.  The focus was identifying and developing unique [...]

11 04, 2018

Gratitude for The Abbey of Regina Laudis

2018-05-14T06:55:26-04:00April 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Visiting the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, CT is a significant part of every CELC year. CELC is fortunate to have established the relationship with this cloistered Benedictine community when one of our colleagues and farmer, years ago discovered the rare breed cattle that exist at the Abbey - Dutch Belted dairy cattle, all black [...]

6 03, 2018

24 September 2018 Free Parent Panel Discussion: Finding the Right School When Mainstream Does Not Fit

2018-10-08T20:39:12-04:00March 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

If you are a parent who is not sure whether your child is at the right school, come hear from parents who have sought local independent and magnet schools for their children, are happy with their choice, and can describe why they are happy. Discussion will include how to decide whether to stay or go, [...]

2 03, 2018

Be Inspired with CELC Middle School!

2018-05-14T06:55:55-04:00March 2nd, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Friday at Connecticut Experiential Learning Center:  Thank you, Evan DeCarlo, for working with our student writers. Thank you, Daniela Balzano, for your creative energy in bringing art to our CELC world! Gentle mindfulness and 108 Monkeys Yoga at CELC inspires students to breathe and be! CELC students visit Dinosaur State Park to learn about Connecticut’s landscape and how it was [...]