Silas Deane Middle School 


551 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109
(860) 571-8300
(860) 563-0563  fax  

Mrs. Susan Czapla, Principal
Ms. Cynthia Fries, Assistant Principal      

Helen Palazzo, Administrative Assistant
(860) 571-8300  Ext. 2602

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Ryan's Story

Seventh and eighth grade students attended a very powerful assembly on Tuesday, October 27, Ryan’s Story.  Mr. John Halligan discussed with our students the sensitive subjects of bullying, depression, cyber bullying and suicide. John shared the story of his son Ryan's life and challenges he faced as a young teen.  Ryan, died by suicide on October 7, 2003 after being bullied by classmates at school and online.  Ryan was only 13 years old. Halligan’s presentation covered the lessons learned too late for his family regarding how to deal with bullying, cyberbullying, and teen depression.  A presentation was also held for the community on Tuesday night to empower parents with strategies to take preventative actions with their own children. There were 64 families in attendance learning from Mr. Halligan's presentation, "If I could have a do-over." A link to Mr. Halligan’s powerpoint has been put up on the SDMS website for community viewing as well as links to additional resources.

We are thankful to have had to opportunity to offer this to our students and families. Please take a moment to visit his website, www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org for additional information and resources.



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Silas Deane Middle School News

Posted 04/27/2016 09:32AM
Wethersfield Public Schools is hosting our 2016 Art Show at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center from April 28th to May 18th, 2016. Please Click for more.
Posted 03/04/2016 11:57AM
Award-winning author Lynda Mullaly Hunt visited Silas Deane Middle School yesterday, Wednesday, March 2, as part of the school's Read Across America Day celebration. The visit was organized by the SDMS Library Media Staff, Ms. Leslie Poulos and Ms. Emily Ziemba, and paid for through the generosity of SDMS PAC. Please click the title for more.

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Silas Deane Middle School

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. 


  • May 2016
    • WedMay04 SDMS JAZZ BAND & CHORALE 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • ThuMay05 SDMS GR. 6 VISITS - HIGHCREST, HANMER & WEBB 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
    • ThuMay05 SDMS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • FriMay06 SDMS PAC DANCE 7:00 PM to 9:00 PMGYMNASIUM
    • MonMay09 SDMS JAZZ BAND & CHORALE 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • TueMay10 SDMS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • TueMay10 Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PMTown Hall
    • WedMay11 SDMS NUTMEG LUNCHEON - GR. 7 11:00 AM
    • WedMay11 SDMS JAZZ BAND & CHORALE 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • ThuMay12 SDMS GR. 6 VISITS - CHARLES WRIGHT & EMERSON-WILLIAMS 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Around the District view all news
Wethersfield Public Schools is hosting our 2016 Art Show at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center from April 28th to May 18th, 2016. Please Click for more.
The Connecticut Association of Schools announced that Mr. Thomas R. Moore, Principal of Wethersfield High School will be honored for service to CAS-CIAC on the occasion of the Sixty-Fourth Annual Membership Reception, which will be held on Tuesday, May 10th, at the CAS Central Office in Cheshire. Principal Moore will be receiving a CAS Citation, the association's highest honor. Please click the title for more.
Photos from March 28th through April 15th.
You are cordially invited to visit Wethersfield High School's newly renovated auditorium for an encore performance of the spring musical "WORKING", Friday April 22, at 7:30 pm. Click the title to read more.
Photos from March 18th through March 25th.

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