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
Spring is here! Even though it might be tempting to succumb to “spring fever,” we have not slowed down our efforts to highlight student achievement, to engage students and families in improving our school, and to offer academic and social opportunities that will keep our students motivated through the end of the school year.
To that end, we have been doing some “spring cleaning” to spruce up the main office, and we recently began an SDMS Wall of Fame to showcase student achievement. This wall is a place for our boastable, refrigerator-worthy student work. Students who have their work posted receive a Wall of Fame certificate. They are then invited to share and celebrate their work with administration and staff in the main office. We would like to invite parents to come in for some Coffee and Conversation and to see of our Wall of Fame. Please stop by on Thursday, April 30, from 7 to 8 a.m.
SDMS administration, SDMS PAC, and Wethersfield Parks and Recreation will be sponsoring our first Spring Sampler of Intramural Sports. This program will begin on April 27th on Mondays and Wednesdays. For further information, please visit the website www.wethersfieldct.com/recreation. Students will need to enroll in advance and participation is limited to 40 students per day.
A Principal’s Advisory Committee has been formed to get student feedback on improvements to our school. The first meeting was held on April 15, 2015. Students representing each team applied for these positions through their social studies classes. They were excited to share their ideas and feedback with administration to help make SDMS the best possible place. One of the first suggestions from the Principal’s Advisory Committee was to offer a Thursday Hangout for students. The plan is to create an opportunity for students to socialize on Thursdays after school in the SDMS Courtyard. This program will allow students to visit with friends, use technology, and enjoy the beautiful weather. It will be supervised by a staff member and limited to 20 students. To allow families to plan in advance, there will be a weekly sign-up sheet in the office on Wednesdays.
As the end of the year approaches, we are preparing a number of special field trips and activities. These include our seventh grade field trips to Meigs Point and the Wethersfield Public Library as well as the eighth grade field trips to Pine Lake Challenge Course and to High Meadows. For eighth graders, we will also hold our annual promotion ceremonies and breakfasts, tours of Wethersfield High School, yearbook distribution, and an end-of-the-year picnic. These are all part of what make this time of year so exciting!
As a reminder, the week of May 4th is Teacher Appreciation Week. I encourage you to send an email or card to your child’s teacher(s) thanking them for their hard work. We are so fortunate to have an outstanding staff at Silas Deane Middle School. Take the time during May to tell them.
In addition, we will be holding our annual Buy One, Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair in the Library Media Center. This is a great time to stock up on summer reading titles at affordable prices. The Book Fair will be open during school hours from 7:45 - 3:30 p.m. as well as for extended hours on Tuesday, May 5th from 2:30 - 7:00 p.m. You can shop before the PAC meeting which begins at 7:00 p.m. that evening.
Enjoy the nice weather and please continue to contact us with any compliments, comments, or concerns.
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.