Dinosaur State ParLast week our outdoor education component of life included a visit to the Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, CT.  Observing tracks of dinosaurs that roamed in Connecticut during the Jurassic Period, from about 200,000,000 years ago, and seeing a movie about fossils with Bill Nye, the Science Guy was a great way to spend a Tuesday afternoon.  Thursday students continued with our study of migratory birds when we visited the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge in Westbrook, CT.  Ranger Shaun Roche conducted a variety of activities focusing on the birds of the area, including red-winged blackbird, American kestrel, egret, and terns.

Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge workshop Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge workshopBluebirds, once prolific in this area, have had trouble in recent years as they nest in cavities – found in dead trees or wooden fences – which have been removed often due to land use and development.  Also playing a role in their decline are competing species of birds that are not native to this area. Building bluebird houses topped off a fine workshop and gave students a better understanding of the history and important role that wildlife refuges play in our natural environment.

From building bluebird houses at the Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge to meeting Dr. Bernard Lafayette, these middle school students lead a full life at CELC as we work, learn, and grow.  We will keep you updated as we move about the world. Keep in touch with our blog, entitled “Journey with CELC” to find out about all we do!

Journey with CELC and find out what’s on the horizon for the week of 14 February …

We have much going on during our regular classes. Math allows for students to stretch their thinking.  From lining up the decimal points and studying number systems and place value to dimensional analysis and linear functions, we do a lot of math each day.  Comparing and contrasting our lives with the ways of the Puritans during the mid to late 1800s adds another element to Connecticut history class, as we continue with our reading of the novel The Witch of Blackbird Pond. This is the story of a girl who moves from Barbados to Wethersfield to live with her aunt and family and how she finds a way to make a life for herself when she doesn’t easily “fit in”.

Science class will begin a study of atoms and learn through lots of experiments and explorations about the matter that makes up everything.

And some other highlights:

Tuesday, 15 February – For outdoor education we go indoors for a yoga class with Dorothy.

Mt Southington ski day Mt. Southington ski day

Thursday, 17 February – Skiing at Mt. Southington.  Students will take to the slopes, some who have never skied before and others who will build upon their skills. A lesson followed by some time trying their technique, this is an adventure that ensures confidence building and teamwork as we encourage and support each other and all of our efforts.

Friday, 18 February – Spelling test and sharing of the new words we gathered this week, then onto the James Blackstone Memorial Library to begin our theme research study, to be followed by a fine pizza lunch, all culminating with a 2-hour drama class at the Long Wharf Theater.Research at the James Blackstone Memorial Library

Next week we continue on with more!  Highlights include:

Wednesday, 23 February – Students will attend a performance of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the CT Center for Nonviolence, presenting a Lincoln Foundation Discovery Concert entitled : A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.