Beginning a year at CELC involves building community.  We devote the first weeks of the year getting to know one another, learning about individual strengths, challenges, hopes and dreams.  As well, collaborative and teambuilding activities actively engage students in working together toward a common goal.  

A bridge-building challenge includes learning about civil engineering, bridge design, some basic physics, all culminating in a contest to build a particular type of bridge out of popsicle sticks and able to withhold twenty pounds. CELC’s 2019-2020 yearlong theme of Exploration and Discovery then expands this “bridges” idea to a student writing exploration, focused on setting intention, clarifying goals for the year, noticing challenges and considering what is in place to provide support along the journey.  

Below are examples of students’ thoughts relative to personal goals and “where I see myself in June”. 

As a student I hope to gain an ability to integrate myself within a learning community and draw from this as much understanding and experience as I can.                          – E.R., second-year CELC student

As a student I would like to expand my Spanish vocabulary and learn more math and science skills.  I would like to be kind to others, even when I’m having a bad day.     – N.B., second-year CELC student

On September 4, 2019 my plane took off. On the ascent I upgraded to business class in the beginning of October, and with the help of the two pilots and seven flight attendants by mid-October I was in first class.  

We finally reached our cruising altitude of 39,000 feet in November, and by that time I had made the huge step from first class to flight attendant. I was learning so much and having so much fun. Everyday I learned something new and had a different adventure. We stayed in cruising altitude for a long time, but it felt so short because I was having such a good time. We started our descent on June 5th and landed on June 10th. When I got off the plane, I thought and acted differently from when I had gotten on the plane. I was smarted, more mature, happier, nicer, and I was a CELC student for life! 

                                                                                                                         – L.K., first-year CELC student

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