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, for additional information and resources.



Silas Deane Middle School News

Posted 12/18/2015 08:03AM
On December 17th, SDMS students were treated to an interactive food demonstration during lunch time.
Posted 12/11/2015 08:45AM
Thursday December 10th 2015 the family and consumer science room was filled with music, laughter and students. The SDMS Circle of Friends hosted their annual Gingerbread House Activity. The architectural styles ranged from classical to modern. Both students and staff created masterpieces out of humble graham crackers, frosting and assorted candy. A wonderful time was had by all.
Posted 12/08/2015 04:08PM
The Hour of Code Is Coming! December 14-18, 2015 from 2:30 - 3:30. Join us again for our 2nd annual Hour of Code!
Posted 12/08/2015 08:54AM
Eighth grade students participating in an interview lesson for a new social studies teacher at SDMS. The lesson introduced their next unit of study on the French and Indian War.



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. 

  • February 2016
    • FriFeb05 SDMS DRAMA CLUB (LEADS) 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
    • SatFeb06 Special Board of Education Meeting 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMStillman Building, Lower Level Meeting Room
    • MonFeb08 SDMS JAZZ BAND & CHORALE 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • TueFeb09 Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PMTown Hall
    • WedFeb10 SDMS CHORALE & CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • WedFeb10 SDMS STUDENT COUNCIL 2:30 PM to 3:15 PMROOM 017
    • ThuFeb11 SDMS DRAMA CLUB (ALL CAST) 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
    • FriFeb12 Teacher Professional Development Wethersfield Public Schools
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Photos from January 25th through January 30th.
Busy Buddies Playschool at Wethersfield High School still has openings for the 2015-2016 school year.This early learning opportunity is available for free to Wethersfield residents that are 3 and 4 years old.For more information and application materials, please contact Mrs. Judy Bridges at the high school.Her email address is:
Photos from December 16th through December 30th.
Photos from December 10th through December 15th.
Photos from November 20th through December 9th.

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