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Silas Deane Middle School 

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

Mr. Don Sierakowski, Interim 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. 

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Posted 10/10/2014 03:52PM
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Posted 10/09/2014 08:23PM
October is National Farm to School Month. Wethersfield Public Schools Foods and Nutrition Department hosted a live "farmer's market" at Silas Deane Middle School on October 9. Students and faculty were encouraged to sample a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Please click the title for more.
Posted 10/07/2014 12:42PM
The new USDA breakfast and lunch regulations have required an increase in the variety and types of nutritious foods offered to students. There has also been a national push to increase breakfast consumption in children, such as through programs like breakfast in the classroom. Wethersfield Public Schools Foods and Nutrition Services Department is interested in studying what we can do to improve student school meal participation and increase student consumption of the healthy foods being offered to them. To accomplish this, we have partnered with the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (the B.E.N. Center) in their initiative called the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement. Please click the title for more.
Posted 10/03/2014 12:05PM
Dear Parents: As you may be aware, enterovirus D68 has been confirmed in the state. At this time, we know of no confirmed cases within our district. Nonetheless, we are continuing to monitor attendance and promote universal precautions as means of prevention. Please click the title for more.

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SDMS Events

  • October, 2014
    • TueOct21 Early Release Day 12:33 PM
    • TueOct21 BOE - Student Programs and Services Committee Meeting 6:30 PMStillman Building, Lower Level Conference Room
    • WedOct22 Early Release Day 12:33 PM
    • WedOct22 BOE - Facilities & Maintenance Committee Meeting 6:00 PMStillman Building, Superintendent's Conference Room
    • ThuOct23 PICTURE RETAKES 9:00 AM to 10:00 AMSDMS AUDITORIUM
    • ThuOct23 SDMS DRAMA CLUB WORKSHOP 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • ThuOct23 SDMS RUNNING CLUB 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • FriOct24 SDMS PAC DANCE 7:00 PM to 9:00 PMSDMS GYMNASIUM
    • MonOct27 SDMS INDIGO TEAM FIELD TRIP 9:00 AM to 1:15 PMOLD WETHERSFIELD
    • MonOct27 SDMS CHORALE 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • MonOct27 SDMS JAZZ BAND 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • MonOct27 SDMS RUNNING CLUB 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • TueOct28 SDMS TURQUOISE TEAM FIELD TRIP 9:00 AM to 1:15 PMOLD WETHERSFIELD
    • TueOct28 SDMS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • TueOct28 Wethersfield Board of Education Regular Meeting 7:00 PMTown Hall
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