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Silas Deane Middle School 


551 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109
(860) 563-3490
(860) 563-0563  fax 

Mr. Steven J. Cook, Principal
Ms. Cynthia Fries, Assistant Principal      

Silas Deane Middle School educates approximately 620 seventh and eighth graders and serves students from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds. We are a state-of-the-art facility consisting of ceiling mounted projection systems in each classroom, and teacher stations consisting of DVD/DVR/CD players. In addition, the school has a television studio, 26 interactive smart boards and 4 computer labs.

SDMS is organized into student-teacher teams offering classes in language arts, math, social studies, and science, world language (Spanish, French, and Italian) and/or learning strategies. In addition to the team subjects, students take classes in art, technology education, family and consumer science, physical education and music. Students rotate through unified arts classes each trimester in their teams. A trimester schedule allows for interdisciplinary unit development and implementation.

At Silas Deane Middle School we prepare students for life and life’s experiences. We believe the aim of education is a process of personal development and service that can bring fulfillment to oneself and to others. We believe that each student is unique and has a varying capacity to relate to the world of people, things, and ideas. We encourage each student to develop competency, a positive self-image, independence, a sense of responsible freedom, and a desire to express and understand feelings. 

Our developmental process designs programs based on a student’s past, present and future education. We hold that this process includes equal program opportunities for each student in terms of funding, community resources, administrative, and staff-student concern in the pursuit of academic excellence. 

All learning activities will focus on skills related to academic subject areas, vocational education, decision-making, interpersonal relationships, creative expression, and participation in the democratic process. We approve of and support programs that give each student an understanding of peoples, cultures, and communities. We believe each and every student can make a positive contribution to our society. 


Posted 04/16/2014 11:53AM
The Wethersfield Public Schools will be holding their annual District Wide Spring Art Show at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield, during the month of May, May 1-28.
Posted 04/11/2014 09:38AM
Join the Wethersfield Early Childhood Collaborative (WECC) for an evening with your preschooler aged 2-5! Discover easy ways to help get your child ready to read! D iscuss literacy development with professionals! Visit Activity Centers to collect materials and fun ideas to use at home! Click on the title for the details.
Posted 04/05/2014 04:35PM
There will be a MANDATORY SPRING SPORT MEETING for ATHLETES, COACHES, AND PARENTS on MONDAY, APRIL 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the SDMS Auditorium. Athletes, along with their parents, who did NOT participate in a fall or winter sport are required to attend this meeting. Click on the title for more information.
Posted 04/04/2014 01:15PM
At the April 3rd Special Board of Education Meeting, Mr. John Bean was selected as the next Principal of Highcrest Elementary School. Mr. Bean comes to Wethersfield from the Tolland Public Schools where he has served as Assistant Principal of Tolland Intermediate School. In his administrative role, Mr. Bean is familiar with the implementation of common core state standards. He served as the school's SBAC coordinator. Please click on the title for more information about Highcrest's new principal.

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SDMS Events

  • April, 2014
    • WedApr23 SDMS DANCE TEAM 2:30 PM to 3:30 PMSDMS CAFE
    • WedApr23 SDMS JAZZ BAND 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • WedApr23 Policy and Planning Committee Meeting CANCELLED 6:30 PMSuperintendent's Conference Room
    • MonApr28 SBAC Testing - All Elementary Schools
    • MonApr28 SDMS JAZZ BAND 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • MonApr28 SDMS STEP/DANCE TEAM 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
    • TueApr29 SBAC Testing - All Elementary Schools
    • TueApr29 SDMS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • WedApr30 SBAC Testing - All Elementary Schools
    • WedApr30 SDMS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • WedApr30 SDMS DANCE TEAM 2:30 PM to 3:30 PMSDMS CAFE
    • WedApr30 WPS District Wide Art Show Opening 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMKeeney Memorial Cultural Center
  • May, 2014
    • ThuMay01 SBAC Testing - All Elementary Schools
    • ThuMay01 NUTMEG VOTING AND LUNCHEON CHANGED: This event has been changed. 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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