11 04, 2017

Most Likely To Succeed – FREE film screening at CELC

2018-03-06T22:44:42-04:00April 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Events|

On 19 October 2017 CELC Middle School and Guilford Free Library will take part in Most Likely to Succeed’s worldwide campaign to re-imagine education.  Most Likely to Succeed (MLTS) offers an inspiring look at what students and teachers are capable of — if we have the vision and courage to transform our schools. Directed by [...]

19 02, 2017

Attention Parents of Teens and Tweens:

2017-03-28T09:02:51-04:00February 19th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Events|

Parenting Teenagers: Challenges and Opportunities “Lunch and Learn” at CELC with Alan E. Kazdin, Ph.D., director of the Yale Parenting Center   Tuesday, 28 March 2017 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. 28 School Street, Branford  […]

19 12, 2016

Wee Faerie Village and Civilizations Study at CELC

2017-02-15T14:43:33-04:00December 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Events|

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 [...]

21 11, 2016

A Small Middle School Doing GREAT Things!

2017-02-15T14:43:33-04:00November 21st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Events|

Each week CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School offers rich and exciting learning experiences, including both indoor and outdoor classrooms! Week of 24 – 28 October included data collection and analysis of water quality along the Mill River with Whitney Water Center’s Project Water. This was the culminating field experience that followed an introductory [...]

26 09, 2016

It’s already the final week of September! Another CELC year commences – students are involved, excited, ready for action!

2017-02-15T14:43:34-04:00September 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Events|

For this experientially-based middle school, the first weeks include building community, delving into thematic study (this year’s theme Ancient to Modern Civilizations), and of course exploration and field experiences.   The learning from the get-go abounds with rich opportunity for growth and discovery. Pictured below are some of September’s learning adventures at CELC thus far. These [...]

24 08, 2016

MADD’s Power of Parents® and Power of You(th) comes to CT Experiential Learning Center
 September 2016

2017-02-15T14:43:34-04:00August 24th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Events|

Research Shows Parents Should Talk Early, Talk Often With Children About Underage Drinking Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Connecticut and Connecticut Experiential Learning Center will be holding a Power of Parents Workshop on September 21, 2016 to provide parents with tips, tools and techniques for having conversations with their teens about the dangers of underage [...]

12 08, 2016

Sample CELC Saturday!

2017-02-15T14:43:34-04:00August 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Events|

Give your child a powerful and positive middle school experience! Find out about CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School CELC is an experientially-based middle school with a personalized approach to learning, where young people thrive during these important and impactful 5th - 8th grade years. Sample CELC Day Let us know you will join [...]

25 07, 2016

Sample CELC Day and Open House!

2017-02-15T14:43:34-04:00July 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Events|

20 August 2016 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Join CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) to find out more about what an experience-based middle school education is all about. Choose from among the activities available - play Brazilian Samba (using authentic instruments), try a hands-on science experiment, and/or construct a dream catcher. Meet the teachers, view a [...]

23 06, 2016

CELC Student Share Day 2016

2017-02-15T14:43:34-04:00June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Events|

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 [...]

21 06, 2016

Edible Cell Project at CELC!  

2017-02-15T14:43:34-04:00June 21st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Events|

Students are challenged to make a model of a plant or animal cell using only edible ingredients to represent major organelles, such as mitochondria, nucleolus, and cell membrane.  Projects varied from frosted cakes to cross-sections of watermelons.  All parts were labeled to include cell function. ~Click on any image to view a scrollable gallery.

9 06, 2016

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

2017-02-15T14:43:34-04:00June 9th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Events|

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, [...]

21 03, 2016

CT Experiential Learning Center Middle School (CELC) represents Branford as Science Fair Finalist Award Winners

2017-02-15T14:43:35-04:00March 21st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Events|

Over 600 students from 130 different middle and high schools throughout Connecticut participated in the 2016 CT Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF) held at Quinnipiac University March 15 – 19 2016. Four of the six CELC students who entered the Fair were among this year’s Finalists and Special Award winners. Cade Morris won the Talcott [...]

19 02, 2016

CELC Science Share Day!

2017-02-15T14:43:35-04:00February 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Events|

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School Science Share Day Monday, 14 March 2016 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 28 School Street, Branford, CT. FREE and Open to the Public! Come support our student scientists as they share their work. Projects include: Bovine Methane Collector, BullyCheck Software, Fastest Running Shoe, and more …! For more [...]

26 01, 2016

Highlights from CELC’s Vermont Adventure 2016!

2017-02-15T14:43:35-04:00January 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Events|

 A week in Vermont with CELC!   Highlights include:  skiing Okemo Mountain in Ludlow; visit to King Arthur Flour Company and  Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich; tour and sleigh ride atTaylor Farm in Londonderry.    ~Click on any image to view a scrollable gallery.

11 01, 2016

Geography is Alive and Well at CELC!

2017-02-15T14:43:35-04:00January 11th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Events|

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School hosts the 2016 National Geographic Society's National Geography Bee.   Friday, 22 January 2016, 1:00 p.m. Blackstone Memorial Library 758 Main Street, Branford Free and Open to the Public The winner of CELC's Bee will advance to the next level of competition, a written examination to determine state competitors. [...]

23 12, 2015

The Tri-annual CELC Auction

2017-02-15T14:43:35-04:00December 23rd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Events|

It’s finally here! The big day - the one we’ve all been waiting for! Today is the First Tri-annual CELC Auction! The CELC students are all seated in the meeting area, fun cash in hand, waiting on baited breath for the first item to be shown. Bruce and Rob, former Wightwood teachers and current CELC [...]

16 11, 2015

Here’s How CELC is Helping

2017-02-15T14:43:36-04:00November 16th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Events|

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School students have a number of community service projects underway. We ask that you please contribute to any of the following efforts: Students are collecting items for Branford’s Community Dining Room. Items needed include canned fruit, canned soup, canned broth, canned stew, canned tuna, canned beans.  All donations may [...]

2 11, 2015

This Holiday Season Give a Gift that Matters!

2017-02-15T14:43:36-04:00November 2nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Events|

What do you buy the person who has everything?   How about a goat, some chickens or rabbits?   CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School students will host a Living Gift Market Thursday, 10 December 2015 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at 28 School Street (2nd floor) in Branford. All are welcome to join this celebration where [...]

19 10, 2015

The Mountain’s Call – CELC visit to KEEC

2017-02-15T14:43:36-04:00October 19th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Events|

Each fall, for the start of our academic year, CELC students travel together.  The week away provides the group a fresh beginning, a time to bond and connect with one another and with oneself. This year brought us to the Keewaydin Environmental Education Center (KEEC).  A place that serves middle school students throughout the year, [...]

8 09, 2015

MADD’s Power of You(th)TM and Power of Parents® comes to Connecticut Experiential Learning Center
 September 2015

2017-02-15T14:43:37-04:00September 8th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Events|

Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. Did You Know? Ÿ Teen alcohol use kills about 4,700 people each year, more than all other illegal drugs combined Ÿ One in three eighth [...]

27 07, 2015

Bountiful Boundless!

2017-02-15T14:43:37-04:00July 27th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Events|

The Different Drum sailing trip was an exceptional experience for me and my friends.  I learned so many things,  did many things, and had fun.  I am still on the boat,  but in a couple of days I won’t be.  Captain Jeff and his daughter Jenny taught me everything I needed to know about sailing [...]

29 06, 2015

Theme Season Is a Busy Time at CELC Middle School

2017-02-15T14:43:37-04:00June 29th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Events|

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!” [...]

22 05, 2015

CELC Visit with Mayan Community at San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala

2017-02-15T14:43:37-04:00May 22nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Events|

Dear friend, Today was a wet adventure! You name it, we had it : panic attack, check; people getting eaten by dogs; broken wrist, check and check! Life will never be the same. Earlier we had gotten on the back of a pick-up truck in a rainstorm. The ride was a wet one. Life shall [...]

17 05, 2015

CELC Travels In Guatemala with Ceiba and EducArte

2017-02-15T14:43:37-04:00May 17th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Events|

Church bells ring through my slumber, like a knife through warm cheese. I hear a rooster crow, followed by the sound of hens agreeing with his decision. I slowly find my way out of the dimly lighted room to find the volcano smoking, the bells ringing again, signaling the release of Mass. As the sounds [...]