Find out about CELC, Connecticut’s only experientially-based middle school!
Open House and Activity Day
Come meet teachers and students, stay for the art, music, science activities, and enjoy some refreshments!
Let us know you will join us!
Sunday, 27 August 2017
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
28 School Street, Branford, CT
RSVP mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203.433.4658.
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Imagine the middle school years as joyful, exciting, boundless ..!
Working with local environmental educator and ornithologist Dr. Celia Lewis, CELC Middle School students utilize the outdoors as their classroom! Pictured here, students are analyzing data from yearlong investigation of shore birds within the Farm River Watershed.
CELC Middle School believes in the power of learning through experience. One of the requirements for students moving into high school is to choose a field of study of interest and take on an internship in that field. Internships have included working at Mosaic Marketing to learn more about graphic design, working with children at Pine Orchard Nursery School, and learning about business alongside a jewelry buyer for Sylvie Collection. Pictured here, student Cade Morris begins his internship volunteering at Evergreen Woods Retirement Community in Branford.
Imagine the middle school years as joyful, exciting, boundless …
CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) is MORE than a Middle School!
A real success story, CELC builds resilient and competent students who are ready and eager to take on challenges of high school and beyond, as inquisitive learners and compassionate citizens of the world.
CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School is designed to empower youth during a time of life that is often regarded as a time to just get through, and fast! With physical changes, hormones becoming fully engaged, it is an intense transitional period, leaving childhood and moving toward the adult self. These early stages of this life change, during the middle school years, can be confounding for young people who contend with trying to “fit in” during a time that is, by nature, vulnerable and unsettled. This time is powerful. It can be joyful and exhilarating, filled with passion and new ideas about oneself and the world.
CELC’s education supports students and offers energizing opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Education and learning is not meant to happen in a vacuum. Presenting young people the chance to interact and engage in authentic experience brings meaning, serving as an introduction to the many facets of the self, on the path to becoming. [Read more…]
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, the Maya, the Vikings, ancient Greece, and ancient-to-modern Hebrew people. Students create a persona, dress in costume, and become someone who might have lived within the time period of these civilizations.
The following blogs, written by 4th-year CELC student “on-the-spot” reporters, describe some of this theme experience:
Another Round of Theme
written by S.B., 4th-year CELCer
Welcome to a world of many! Vikings, Mayans, Jews, and more gather here today, together all decked out as replicas of their life! This day, June 8th, marks four straight weeks of hard work and focus.
The first-years, bubbling with mixed feelings of excitement and nervousness come close to the end of their building time, while the graduates bundle everything up for their last theme. With graduation right on their tail, the students have put forth an extreme amount of work in these last few [Read more…]
FREE EVENT FOR FAMILIES: “Living History Museum” Exhibition
at Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main Street, Branford,
Friday, 9 June 2017, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
CELC Middle School students present interactive “living history” museum featuring study of ancient civilizations! Students share elaborate handmade life-sized displays and are in character of an invented “persona”, representing someone who could have lived during a specific time period.
This event is FREE and open to the public – visitors may come any time between 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Please invite family and friends!
RSVP mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203.433.4658
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Yale School Of Management’s Day of Service brought Yale graduate students Melissa Auth, Ryan Mutalib, Shivani Chatterjee, and team captain Alex Haskell to CELC Middle School for an exciting 2-hour event entitled Innovation SHARK TANK, where students had a chance to brainstorm innovative business or product ideas, work to develop these ideas into business plans, and ultimately pitch to a panel of judges for the grand prize!
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The Acton Public Library held Poetry Night Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. concluded its 23rd Annual Poetry Competition. Winning poets read their compositions and received their awards. The evening, celebrating National Poetry Month and the poets’ prizes, was sponsored by the Friends of Acton Library. All submitted poems are on display in the library through May 2017.
CELC student Sophie B. won third prize for her poem entitled Seeds.
There was once a girl,
Who used to carry around seeds,
In her back pockets,
For when life gets her down,
For when those boys at school push her down,
And for when she hears her parents fighting downstairs,
For when she sees the blue and red lights from her bedroom window,
Here to take her big brother away,
For when life pushes her down so hard she cant catch her breath,
And for when the doctors told her it was because she has asthma,
But she keeps the seeds in her pocket safe,
For when life pushes her too hard,
Where she falls to the ground,
Too tired and scared to stand back up,
The seeds fall out and grow into something beautiful,
From something ugly.