14 04, 2021

In the Shadows – A CELC-student publication

2021-05-24T11:42:40-04:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Music and The Arts, Students Write|

About this book - a note from CELC: The creation of this book takes place during a multi-week Digital Storytelling class that is designed to provide digital literacy skills and empower students to create positive change in their communities.  Students learn the fundamentals of digital photography, including composition and lightning, digital image editing, and making [...]

11 02, 2019

 Middle School Takes Learning Outside The Classroom 

2019-07-16T07:30:06-04:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Students Write, Travel and Field Experiences|

- 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)

2019-07-27T12:21:12-04:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Community Service, Students Write|

- 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 [...]

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, [...]

31 03, 2017

Bahamian Beauty

2019-08-31T04:44:35-04:00March 31st, 2017|Categories: Blog, Students Write|

When I first got to the Bahamas I noticed the beautiful, blue and clear water. When I stepped off the plane I immediately felt the warm sunshine. The cars drove on the left side of the road!  It was a very small island, even though it was the largest of all the seven hundred islands. [...]

16 03, 2017

D.C. and I

2019-08-31T05:06:27-04:00March 16th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Students Write|

--  written by CELC student Cole It was the first morning waking up in Washington D.C. with my classmates from our school, the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center. We call it CELC. I opened my very blurry eyes and took the sheets off my head. I looked to my left. Huh? An odd face, which turned [...]

20 02, 2017

Careful Reflection

2019-08-31T05:08:23-04:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Students Write|

-- written by CELC student Anton Reflection :  As the year has gone by, honoring the teachers, Maria and Melinda, seems most important – for their hard working selves and unstoppable minds. They work hard not only with their family tasks, but also their school tasks in order to allow us to have a good [...]

20 02, 2017

Reflections Inform

2019-08-31T05:04:37-04:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Students Write|

-- written by CELC student Jakob Reflection : I am glad that the 1st Years did not give up with all the prolix work that could cause some people to throw in the towel. Theme was harder last year because I was not used to that extent. I was thinking that someone was going to [...]

20 02, 2017

Reflections Continue

2019-08-31T05:01:19-04:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Students Write|

--  written by CELC student Liam Reflection:  Maria and Melinda have really helped me through the year. Because I came in the middle of this year, I was in a blur of assignments – mostly the ones that I did not know how to do.  Maria and Melinda helped me with my theme paper and [...]

20 02, 2017

Reflection Series

2019-08-31T04:58:44-04:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Students Write|

-- written by CELC student Nolan Reflection : Washington, D.C. meant a lot to me. It changed me because of all that I learned from the museums there. I learned the order in which the construction of the White House took place. I also found out that the White House’s last addition took place only [...]

20 02, 2017


2019-08-31T04:56:02-04:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Students Write|

-- written by CELC student Cole Reflection : I am grateful for having a program that offers me so much, from one-to-one learning to trips to Vermont. It is a school where the teachers and the students see you as part of a congregational team. CELC is important to me because I am given the [...]

20 02, 2017

Reflection :

2019-08-31T04:56:59-04:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Students Write|

-- written by CELC student  Julia At CELC it feels like every day I am going in to see my family. It’s my home away from home. I feel like we all give each other lots of support. When someone is not feeling well or is stressed, we all do our best to try and [...]

15 02, 2017

Morning Spark

2019-08-31T04:48:54-04:00February 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Students Write|

-- written by CELC student Anton Every morning and afternoon on my way to CELC and returning home I ride over a New Haven bridge called Tomlinson Bridge. There on the right or left, depending whether I am driving to school or back, are layers of oil tanks that look like oversized marshmallows, some even [...]

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 [...]

7 11, 2015

The Succotash Sploosh

2019-08-31T10:00:29-04:00November 7th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Students Write, Why Cook?|

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?

2019-08-31T10:59:41-04:00October 29th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Students Write, Why Cook?|

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 [...]

29 10, 2015

Halloween Preparation

2019-08-31T11:00:52-04:00October 29th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Students Write|

By 3rd-year CELC student, Sue H. The newspaper drips with the goopey substance as Sophie runs her second finger over it, cleaning the strip of the goop. It’s Friday and CELC is getting into the Halloween spirit. We’re making papier-mache masks. For those who may not know, papier-mache is a way of sticking together strips [...]

27 07, 2015

Bountiful Boundless!

2019-08-31T11:14:09-04:00July 27th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Students Write, Travel and Field Experiences|

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

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!” [...]

18 05, 2015

Reflections in Guatemala with CELC Middle School Students

2019-09-01T11:33:41-04:00May 18th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Students Write, This Week at CELC, Travel and Field Experiences|

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 [...]

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