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 05/24/2016 11:15AM
On May 19, SDMS students Skyped with author Kwame Alexander after school in the SDMS Library Media Center. Students had an opportunity to ask Kwame questions about his book The Crossover, his latest release Booked, his writing process, and his work with LEAP for Ghana, an organization that he founded that has "provided literacy training for teachers, facilitated girls' empowerment workshops" and established a library that went from to 1 to 5,000 books! He also told students about his most influential college professor, poet Nikki Giovanni, dropped some hints about the prequel he's writing to The Crossover, and described the excitement and glamour of attending the Newbery Medal Award ceremony--the "Oscars" for writers! Please click the title for more.
Posted 05/19/2016 11:07AM
Twenty students gathered in the SDMS Library after school on Wednesday, May 18 to talk with and ask questions of former Atlanta Falcon football player turned sports writer Tim Green. Tim spoke about his educational journey as an English major at Syracuse University, his life in the NFL, the importance of education, and his career as a writer. He also fielded questions from aspiring SDMS authors about the process of getting published, finding an agent, and the book he's most proud of--Unstoppable. On May 19, students will have the opportunity to Skype with author Kwame Alexander, award-winning poet and novelist. The author Skypes were funded through the generosity of SDMS PAC.

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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
    • MonMay30 Memorial Day - No School Wethersfield Public Schools
    • TueMay31 SDMS CRIMSON TEAM FIELD TRIP 9:00 AM to 1:45 PMWINDING TRAILS
    • TueMay31 Special Board of Education Meeting 5:30 PMStillman Building, Lower Level Meeting Room
    • TueMay31 SDMS 7TH GRADE INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT 6:30 PM to 7:30 PMAUDITORIUM
    • TueMay31 SDMS 7TH GRADE CHORAL CONCERT 8:00 PM to 9:00 PMAUDITORIUM
  • June 2016
    • WedJun01 SDMS GREEN TEAM FIELD TRIP 9:00 AM to 1:45 PMWINDING TRAILS
    • WedJun01 SDMS 8TH GR. INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT 6:30 PM to 7:30 PMAUDITORIUM
    • WedJun01 SDMS 8TH GRADE CHORAL CONCERT 8:00 PM to 9:00 PMAUDITORIUM
    • FriJun03 SDMS GR. 8 DANCE
    • FriJun03 SDMS 8TH GR. FRENCH FIELD TRIP 8:30 AM to 1:15 PMHILLSTEAD MUSEUM
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The Safe Routes Program, is a National program that is focused on improving children's safety while walking and bicycling to and from school with program benefits that stretch beyond the school day. Participating in a SRTS program can improve the health of our children & community. The common goal of a safe trip to school brings families, neighbors, school officials & community leaders together. Every child - and community - deserves a safe route to school. Please click the title for more.
Photos from April 18th through May 10th.
Ingela Shannahan, President of the Wethersfield High School Young Democrats, joined her teacher and club advisor, Mr. John Gallivan, at the Connecticut State Convention. Ingela, at age 17, was the youngest delegate in the State of Connecticut. Ingela voted to endorse Senator Richard Blumenthal for the U.S. Senate. She was also able to meet and talk with Emerson-Williams and Wethersfield High School alumnus, U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy. Ingela, a senior at Wethersfield High School, said: "It was really exciting to be a delegate to the State Convention. I have been President of the Young Democrats for two years and it was really cool seeing Chris Murphy and how far he has come since being in the Young Dems at WHS." Please click the title for more.
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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.

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