2 07, 2017

Nothing Teaches Like Experience

2018-03-06T22:43:20+00:00July 2nd, 2017|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

Working with local environmental educator and ornithologist Dr. Celia Lewis, CELC Middle School students utilize the outdoors as their classroom! Pictured here, students are analyzing data from yearlong investigation of shore birds within the Farm River Watershed.   CELC Middle School believes in the power of learning through experience. One of the requirements [...]

11 06, 2017

History Comes Alive at CELC – Successful Student Exhibition!

2017-06-11T20:42:08+00:00June 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

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, [...]

27 04, 2017

National Poetry Month Contest Winner

2017-04-27T10:03:34+00:00April 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

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. [...]

2 04, 2017

For The Love of Math at CELC Middle School

2017-04-02T14:10:59+00:00April 2nd, 2017|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

Often middle school-aged students arrive at CELC having being taught division but lack solid understanding of division. All too often, students are asked to memorize algorithms without grasping how the steps relate to the concept at hand. When students work with math manipulatives, such as base ten blocks, Cuisenaire rods, fraction strips, etc., or draw [...]

25 07, 2016

Middle School Girls Set Out to Inspire Kindness

2017-03-10T12:55:19+00:00July 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, over 28% of boys and 40% of adolescent girls report being victims of cyberbullying.   What would you do if you knew someone being cyberbullied?  You might see it affecting whole life, happiness, and wellbeing. Two girls from CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School in Branford, CT decided to [...]

1 06, 2016

Why Travel with Students?

2017-02-15T14:43:34+00:00June 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) is designed to bring students outside their comfort zones! Seeing and doing brand new things and then having the once “new” become “the familiar” allows for real transformation and growth. We see it over and over again. It is always incredible to witness students broadening their perspectives and becoming more [...]

9 05, 2016

Cooking, Writing, Steel Pan Music, Art, Woodworking … a Friday at CELC!

2017-02-15T14:43:34+00:00May 9th, 2016|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

Students arrive to the recipe they would delve into in for Why Cook? class; this week it is Chicken Pot Pie. Using raw ingredients and cooking from “scratch”, the morning includes making pastry crust, roux, and all the chopping of vegetables they were able to manage! The room soon fills with home cooked aroma! After [...]

3 05, 2016

A Home-Cooked Meal In A Pie

2017-02-15T14:43:35+00:00May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

A CELC student collaborative piece Have you ever wondered how to make the perfect chicken pot pie? We have and in our quest for the best pie possible, we learned some things that we think could help you on your journey to perfect pie-dom. The first thing to know about the crust is this. When [...]

12 04, 2016

Student Art Show Success!

2017-02-15T14:43:35+00:00April 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

Thank you to Ken Mackenzie of Frogurt Time Guilford for hosting a student-curated Art Show with the students of CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School of Branford in collaboration with EducArte, a school in Antigua, Guatemala. All proceeds from the sale of student artwork are in support of EducArte, an organization that provides education [...]

11 03, 2016

CELC Student Art Show in Collaboration with EducArte of Guatemala

2017-02-15T14:43:35+00:00March 11th, 2016|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

Art, as expression and experience. Middle school students from CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School work with local artist Daniela Balzano to foster an appreciation of public art as a means of expression and collaboration. “Public art is free. Spectators don’t need to dress in their best or buy tickets. It’s available to everyone, [...]

3 02, 2016

CELC STUDENT WINS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE

2017-02-15T14:43:35+00:00February 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

Moves One Step Closer to $50,000 College Scholarship Branford, CT, 22 January 2016—Julian D., a first-year student at CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee Friday, 22 January and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, [...]

13 01, 2016

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

2017-02-15T14:43:35+00:00January 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

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, [...]

29 12, 2015

Gift-Giving at CELC!

2017-02-15T14:43:35+00:00December 29th, 2015|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

The experiences at CT Experiential Learning Center Middle School (CELC) combine rich academics with field studies. CELC provides an educational environment that inspires learning in a personalized and meaningful way for young adolescents. Your gift can be applied in a variety of ways. In addition to the general fund, which helps with all of the [...]

13 12, 2015

Experience CELC

2017-02-15T14:43:36+00:00December 13th, 2015|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

The experiences at CT Experiential Learning Center Middle School (CELC) combine rich academics with field studies. CELC provides an educational environment that inspires learning in a personalized and meaningful way for young adolescents. Following are some highlights from the week of  7 DEC – 11 DEC:     ~Click on any image to view a scrollable gallery. [...]

8 12, 2015

Experience Middle School

2017-02-15T14:43:36+00:00December 8th, 2015|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

The experiences at CT Experiential Learning Center Middle School (CELC) combine rich academics with field studies. CELC provides an educational environment that inspires learning in a personalized and meaningful way for young adolescents. Following are some highlights from the week of 30 NOV – 4 DEC:     ~Click on any image to view a [...]

25 11, 2015

A Normal Week at CELC

2017-02-15T14:43:36+00:00November 25th, 2015|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

by Christopher M., On-the-Spot Reporter and 2nd-year CELC student   Let’s start at around 1:00 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon. We were just getting into a Literature class, and Sue, Ronnie, and Galina were preparing to present their roles. Sadly Julian wasn’t in school that day, so he needed to hand in his role the next [...]

16 11, 2015

Where in The World is CELC?

2017-02-15T14:43:36+00:00November 16th, 2015|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

As it goes at CELC, each week brings unique experiences. Some of the highlights from the last five days: Dr. William Wernau from Heifer International, an organization whose mission is to care for the Earth and end poverty, speaks with CELC students about global issues. Students visit Meigs Point Nature Center  at Hammonasset [...]

7 11, 2015

The Succotash Sploosh

2017-02-15T14:43:36+00:00November 7th, 2015|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

CELC’s Why Cook? class not only has students thinking about culinary arts, but also has them considering how to express their experiences through creative writing. The Why Cook? blog below was written by 3rd-year CELC student, Sue H. The pieces of cubed pepper tumbled over one another in their race to get into the pot first. They knocked against each [...]

29 10, 2015

An onion, you say?

2017-02-15T14:43:36+00:00October 29th, 2015|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

CELC’s Why Cook? class not only has students thinking about culinary arts, but also has them considering how to express their experiences through creative writing. The Why Cook? blog below tells the tale of an onion’s journey from soil to soup,  as written by 3rd-year CELC student, Cade M.   I:  “I was once one. Now [...]

28 09, 2015

Through The Doors … of CELC!

2017-02-15T14:43:36+00:00September 28th, 2015|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

by Cade – CELC Student, Reporter on Assignment   As September ninth rolled around, the students of the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center began the new school year. One by one they climbed the steps to the classroom – what would this new year hold? What new mysteries and opportunities would be unlocked? Where would they [...]

18 09, 2015

CELC is Proud to Announce a New Spanish Instructor!

2017-02-15T14:43:36+00:00September 18th, 2015|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

Gloria Ruiz de Rabin, a native of Paraguay, holds a BA in Education from the National University of Paraguay and offers over seven years of professional Spanish language teaching experience. Before moving to Connecticut, she was Head Language Teacher of the Spanish Language Institute IDIPAR in Asunción for seven years and Owner / Director for [...]

16 09, 2015

Hearts’ Desire

2017-02-15T14:43:36+00:00September 16th, 2015|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

We’re giddy with excitement…the CELC gang is here! This feeling overcomes us whenever they appear. …Proceeding up the driveway to One Eleven, Laurel St…..Rear. The chores they came to conquer are waiting on a list previously made out by the farmer who they’ve assembled to assist. He stands at the ready to delegate to the [...]

18 05, 2015

Reflections in Guatemala with CELC Middle School Students

2017-02-15T14:43:37+00:00May 18th, 2015|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

Basking in the rising sun, assessing the damage of midnight flood, Walking through the soaking walk listening to my cohorts talk, Sue and Sophie deep in slumber despite last night’s rolling thunder. The smell of beans and peppered eggs, seem to call to Philip’s legs, Rolling in with his son, he eats his food until [...]

8 05, 2015

CANstruction Brings Students and Architects Together for the CT Food Bank

2017-02-15T14:43:37+00:00May 8th, 2015|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

CELC’s CANstruction project helps to generate 20,000 meals for families in Connecticut. Sponsored by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, CANstruction 2015 was a great success! Tuesday, 5 May 2015 six participating schools, along with teams of architects from around the state, created enormous CANstructures made out of about 15,000 total cans [...]

13 04, 2015

CANstruction for the CT Food Bank

2017-02-15T14:43:37+00:00April 13th, 2015|Categories: Blog, News of the Week|

CELC’s CANstruction project gains momentum as students meet with architect Kyle Bradley of HH Purdy Architects. Decisions are made related to the types of cans that should be included as part of their colossal structure, which they will enter into the 2015 statewide CANstruction competition, sponsored by American Institute of Architects (AIA) in support of the [...]