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Silas Deane Middle School 

551 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109
(860) 563-3490
(860) 563-0563  fax 

Mrs. Susan Czapla, Principal
Ms. Cynthia Fries, Assistant Principal      

Helen Palazzo, Administrative Assistant
(860) 563-3490  Ext. 402


Dear Parents,

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.

Happy Spring!!

Susan Czapla
Principal Silas Deane Middle School


Posted 04/23/2015 12:39PM
Wethersfield Public Schools are looking for gently used musical instruments! Our instrument drive will take place during the month of MAY although we will continue to accept donations on an ongoing basis! Please click the title for more.
Posted 03/24/2015 12:10PM
Seventeen seventh and eighth grade Silas Deane Middle School students attended an Insurgent Party after school on Thursday, March 19 at the Wethersfield Public Library in anticipation of the movie's premiere. The Divergent trilogy, by Veronica Roth, is a popular teen series; Insurgent is the second book and second movie in the trilogy. Please click the title for more.
Posted 02/24/2015 09:25PM
Magenta Team students at SDMS did a phenomenal job with their team's community service project. Students received a presentation about the issue of homelessness by State Representative Russ Morin and Brian Baker, Assistant Director of the South Park Inn shelter in Hartford. Students then made 701 bagged lunches and collected numerous boxes of hygiene and health supplies for the shelter. South Park Inn is a non-profit organization that assists homeless people in the greater Hartford area with housing, food, and supportive services.
Posted 02/24/2015 02:19PM
On Thursday, February 5, 2015, seven teams of very well-prepared seventh and eighth graders gathered in the library media center after school for the 2015 SDMS Battle of the Teen Nutmeg Books. The event was sponsored by the SDMS Literacy Committee and the Library Media Center. Students formed teams and answered fifty challenging questions on ten different 2015 Teen Nutmeg Nominees. At the end of the tenth round, there was a tie between two teams so a final tie-breaking question ended the competition with a group of students from the Orange and Indigo Teams emerging victorious. Congratulations to Clarissa Nock, Sydney Bowers, Olivia Washington, and Eden Fritz Aguiar, members of the winning team! Second place winners were Sarah Gordon and Mei Qiong Xue of the Turquoise Team. 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

  • April 2015
    • TueApr28 Committee Meeting - Human Resources and Personnel 5:30 PMTown Hall - Lower Level Conf. Rm #1
    • TueApr28 BOE Regular Meeting 7:00 PMTown Hall
    • WedApr29 STUDENT COUNCIL MEETING 2:30 PM to 3:15 PMROOM 119
    • WedApr29 Committee Meeting - Policy & Planning 6:30 PMStillman Building - Supt. Conf. Room
  • May 2015
    • FriMay08 SDMS PAC DANCE 7:00 PM to 9:00 PMSDMS GYMNASIUM
    • MonMay11 Wethersfield Early Childhood Collaborative 4:30 PMWethersfield Library (Lower Level)
    • TueMay12 Committee Meeting - Finance & Information MGMT. 5:30 PMTown Hall - Lower Level Conf. Rm #1
    • TueMay12 BOE Regular Meeting 7:00 PMTown Hall
    • WedMay13 LIMO LUNCH 11:00 AM
    • WedMay13 STUDENT COUNCIL MEETING 2:30 PM to 3:15 PMROOM 119
    • TueMay19 Committee Meeting - Student Programs & Services 6:30 PMStillman Building - Lower Level Mtg. Room
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