21 10, 2021

Middle School Starts with an Expedition!

2021-10-21T22:58:26-04:00October 21st, 2021|Categories: Home Page Announcements, Travel and Field Experiences|

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 [...]

27 09, 2020

On Frye Island …

2020-12-08T12:22:58-04:00September 27th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Travel and Field Experiences|

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 [...]

24 07, 2020

CELC Students Sail!

2020-09-27T12:18:03-04:00July 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Travel and Field Experiences|Tags: , |

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 [...]

27 07, 2019

Fine Start to CELC’s Tenth Year

2019-07-27T12:27:37-04:00July 27th, 2019|Categories: Academics, Blog, Travel and Field Experiences|

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 [...]

21 07, 2019

CELC – More Than a Middle School – Celebrating Ten Years! 

2019-10-04T13:21:31-04:00July 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog, This Week at CELC, Travel and Field Experiences|

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 [...]

16 05, 2019

“Living History” Student Exhibition

2019-07-27T12:36:24-04:00May 16th, 2019|Categories: Academics, Blog, Events, Thematic Studies, Travel and Field Experiences|

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, [...]

17 02, 2019

CELC Middle School Highlights Experiential Learning

2019-07-27T13:24:09-04:00February 17th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Travel and Field Experiences|

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

 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 [...]

14 09, 2018

Amazing Times at CELC Middle School, Year 10!

2019-08-31T04:00:32-04:00September 14th, 2018|Categories: Academics, Blog, This Week at CELC, Travel and Field Experiences|

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 [...]

28 07, 2018

A Guatemala Story, Lives on Film with Digital Storytelling

2019-08-31T04:03:48-04:00July 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community Service, Travel and Field Experiences|

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 [...]

25 05, 2018

CELC Middle School Travels to The Ecology School in Saco, Maine

2019-08-31T04:06:02-04:00May 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Thematic Studies, Travel and Field Experiences|

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 [...]

11 04, 2018

Gratitude for The Abbey of Regina Laudis

2019-08-31T04:10:37-04:00April 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community Service, Travel and Field Experiences|

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 [...]

23 12, 2016

CELC Inspired by Father of Neurosurgery at Yale

2019-08-31T05:13:17-04:00December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Academics, Blog, Science, Travel and Field Experiences|Tags: , |

    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.  

24 08, 2016

Experiential Learning Means Learning by Doing

2019-08-31T05:23:21-04:00August 24th, 2016|Categories: Academics, Blog, Travel and Field Experiences|

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 [...]

19 10, 2015

The Mountain’s Call – CELC visit to KEEC

2019-08-31T11:02:20-04:00October 19th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Travel and Field Experiences|

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, [...]

16 09, 2015

Hearts’ Desire

2019-08-31T11:10:34-04:00September 16th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Travel and Field Experiences|

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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