Silas Deane Middle School
551 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109
(860) 563-0563 fax
Mrs. Susan Czapla, Principal
Ms. Cynthia Fries, Assistant Principal
Helen Palazzo, Administrative Assistant
(860) 563-3490 Ext. 402
We hope that everyone had an enjoyable and restful March break. We at SDMS are very busy. On April 7, we will begin our Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) in both grades 7 and 8. Please encourage your child to put forth their best effort as they take these assessments. Our hope is that we will be able to use the data from these tests to look at our curriculum and continue to improve instruction.
In March, we celebrated a number of special events:
We held two Student of the Trimester Breakfasts, one for our seventh grade students and another for eighth grade students. This is a wonderful event that occurs three times a year, where each teacher celebrates a student for their dedication and commitment to the SDMS community. These students are recognized as role models and leaders to their peers at a special breakfast sponsored by our PAC parents. A special congratulations to each of our students for their outstanding work and exceptional qualities.
The weekend of March 20-23 we were entertained by the SDMS Drama Club as they performed three shows of Honk! Jr. Prior to their official debut, the cast provided special performances for 6th graders in district, as well as senior citizens and several local Girl Scout troops. Our cast and technical crew consisted of over 88 students all working under the direction of Matt Berloe. Students worked very hard and should be proud of their performances. Congratulations to the entire Drama Club and their families for all of their hard work and dedication to the overall production. They are an extremely talented group of students!
We recently conducted our district-wide Panorama survey. I want to thank all of the families that shared their thoughts and ideas about their experience at SDMS. The survey site will be open until April 3, 2015, if parents still wish to complete a survey.
Do your children have any plans on Monday or Wednesday after school? Why not encourage them to try our very own “Spring Sampler of Intramural Sports” offered at SDMS in collaboration with Wethersfield Parks and Recreation. Beginning April 27 and running through June 10, 2015, students can register to join their friends in the gym for a variety of intramural activities. We will be emailing information soon about registration, or visit the Wethersfield Parks and Recreation website: www.wethersfieldct.com/recreation. Please note, students can only sign up for one day, and we are limiting enrollment to 40 students per day. Be sure to register them right away.
As we jump from winter into spring, continue to follow your child’s progress on PowerSchool. Spring can be a time where grades or homework may slip. Be vigilant and remind your child of your expectations. Reach out to teachers, school counselors and administration if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to support you during your time at SDMS.
Principal Silas Deane Middle School
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.