Traveling is an integral part of CELC Middle School’s curriculum, having no fewer than two extended travel components during each academic year. This year for CELC’s beginning-of-the-year adventure students spend a week at Kroka Expeditions in Marlow, New Hampshire. The idea that “life happens outside of one’s comfort zone” matches CELC’s experience-based program, as [...]
Since its 2009 founding year, CELC Middle School continues to provide a beginning-of-the-year adventure for students as a way to launch the year, to build and strengthen the newly formed group. By traveling away from home turf, bringing students to places where they can discover their own abilities while experiencing some independence from parents, they [...]
All aboard the 46’ ketch Boundless with Different Drum Sailing Adventures, a small group of CELC Middle School students enjoyed 7 days of sailing Casco Bay, Maine. CELC supports Captain Jeff’s philosophy of giving students experiences and modeling that life does not have to come to a halt, even within such challenging times. After all participants [...]
Building community always starts our year together. The group first assembles. Excitement is evident. We provide opportunities that invite students to learn about one another. They focus on the important strengths they each contribute to the whole group. Individual hopes and dreams, goals, and actions steps, begin ... The group creates a “hand circle” on [...]
Getting ready for a new academic year at CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) is a magical time. In addition to planning for academic classes, where students will take on challenges in different subject areas, we schedule field experiences, guest artists, and student travel. These set the tone, energy, and nuance that shape the year’s [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
- 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
CELCers tour Washington, D.C. as part of our study of ancient to modern civilizations. Pictured below in a group jump! ~Click on any image to view a scrollable gallery. Stay tuned for students blogs ...
CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School visits Yale Medical Library and the Cushing Center. Students pictured here alongside Dr. Harvey Cushing (model), known as the “Father of Neurosurgery”, at the Yale Medical Library, along with Terry Dagradi, Cushing Center Coordinator. ~Click on any image to view a scrollable gallery.
CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School enjoyed a fabulous week in Wiscasset, Maine at Chewonki's Outdoor Classroom. More details to follow ...!
Reading about something in a book is one way to learn. That coupled with active engagement allows the whole person to interact with the subject matter. A math teacher once said, “Math is like swimming – you cannot learn it by reading it in a book. You have to jump into the pool.” Within the [...]
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.
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, [...]
Stay tuned for student reflections and journal entries ... for now, enjoy our photos! ~Click on any image to view a scrollable gallery.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Dear friend, Today was one of the harder days to be in. We got to see some of the EducArte kids’ homes. It was difficult because one of the two houses we saw was just made of tin, just one room for everyone and everything. The kitchen and bedroom were next to each other. When [...]
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 [...]