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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      

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Posted 01/15/2015 11:48AM
Silas Deane Middle School is pleased to announce that Tea Hima, a student on the Indigo Team, was selected as a reader for the 2017 Teen Nutmeg Selection Committee. Students in grades eight and nine from all over Connecticut apply for one of two spots as student readers on this committee. Once selected as student readers, they are required to meet every other month with the rest of the committee, comprised of eight school or public librarians, to discuss the books assigned for reading. The committee members will read more than 100 middle level books over the course of a year, ultimately deciding which books will make the final list of ten books designated as the 2017 Teen Nutmeg Nominees. It is impressive that Tea was selected from such a distinguished pool of applicants and for such a prestigious honor! Please click the title for more.
Posted 12/19/2014 08:30AM
On December 11th, the Silas Deane Middle School Library Media Center transformed itself into the Hot Cocoa Cafe for a fun Drop Everything and Read event. More than forty students brought a book, read, sipped on hot chocolate and enjoyed the sounds of a virtual crackling fireplace with snow falling in the background. Many SDMS staff members, as well as two members of the Wethersfield Public Library staff, joined students in reading as well. Please click the title for more.
Posted 12/19/2014 07:45AM
On Monday, December 15th, a small group of SDMS parents gathered in the Library Media Center from 7:15 to 8:00 a.m. to discuss digital responsibility and safety with Assistant Principal Cyndi Fries, School Resource Officer Bridget Camara, and Library Media Specialist Leslie Poulos. Topics discussed included the importance of understanding digital footprints, managing cell phone and wireless use on mobile devices, and understanding the "pros and cons" of common apps. Parents received a packet of relevant articles to take home with them. Please click the title for more.
Posted 11/26/2014 07:30AM
Last Thursday, November 20, in anticipation of the movie's premiere, more than 50 students and staff gathered in the SDMS Library Media Center for a fun and highly competitive Mockingjay Trivia Contest. Students from seventh and eighth grades volunteered as "tributes" to represent their teams and to see whose knowledge of Mockingjay would reign supreme. Please click the title for more.

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. 

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SDMS Events

  • January, 2015
    • MonJan26 SDMS CHORALE 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • MonJan26 SDMS JAZZ BAND 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • MonJan26 Grades 5 and 6 Parent Program for Growth and Development Unit 7:00 PM to 8:00 PMSilas Deane Middle School Auditorium
    • TueJan27 SDMS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • TueJan27 Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PMTown Hall
    • WedJan28 SDMS CHORALE 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • WedJan28 SDMS JAZZ BAND 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • ThuJan29 SDMS DRAMA CLUB 2:30 PM
    • ThuJan29 Shared Services Committee Meeting 6:15 PMTown Hall - Town Manager's Conference Room
    • FriJan30 SDMS PAC DANCE 7:00 PM to 9:00 PMSDMS GYMNASIUM
    • SatJan31 Budget Workshop 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMStillman - Lower Level Mtg. Room
  • February, 2015
    • TueFeb03 SDMS PAC MEETING 7:00 PM to 8:00 PMSDMS MEDIA CENTER
    • WedFeb04 SDMS STUDENT COUNCIL 2:30 PM to 3:15 PMROOM 119
    • ThuFeb05 SDMS BATTLE OF THE BOOKS 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • WedFeb18 SDMS STUDENT COUNCIL 2:30 PM to 3:15 PMROOM 119
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