Even after just the few first weeks of this new academic year, there is a noticeable level of variety and spice to life at CELC.  Within any given week, students are actively engaged in many ways both within and beyond classroom walls.  From math class to organic gardening, from grammar class to clamming, from drawing still-life to learning about watersheds out in the field, the diversity too easily becomes commonplace.  CELC day-to-day and week-to-week is rich and full.

As part of our theme study of Ecology and Sustainability, this coming week we will be in Vermont, at the Keewaydin Environmental Education Center (KEEC). We will have workshops and classes, meet new people, live away from home together, and take on responsibilities within this learning community.

Appreciations are something we say aloud regularly, to notice and thank one another for kind deeds and as a way to keep in mind the uniqueness of this middle school education. It certainly is the intention to post a weekly blog update and to keep up with the sharing of all of our CELC happenings. For now though, I offer below a sampling of photos with captions – enjoy!

Children of The Noah

Literature Circle books get handed out. Students will read Children of The Noah, by Evan DeCarlo.

Preparing the clams to make clam chowder.

Preparing the clams to make clam chowder.

 

 

clamming

 

 

 

 

Why Cook? class - making clam chowder with the 126 clams we harvested!

Why Cook? class – making clam chowder with the 126 clams we harvested!

Chicken coop cleaning smiles!

Chicken coop cleaning smiles!

 

Squash vines

Squash vines

Making Compost

Making Compost

 

 

 

The garden mule gang!

The garden mule gang!