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Posted Monday, Apr 21, 2014 

Ryan Peterson was honored on April 17, 2014 by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association for being named to the Class L All-State Team in Boys Basketball for the 2013-14 season.  Ryan, a senior at Wethersfield High School, is pictured with head coach Brian Fanelli.

Posted Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 

The Wethersfield Public Schools will be holding their annual District Wide Spring Art Show at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield, during the month of May, May 1-28.  Opening reception on Wednesday, April 30, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The art show features a collection of art work from a number of students ranging from elementary, middle and high school. 

Posted Monday, Apr 14, 2014 
Please plan to attend the 2014 Grade Six Step-Up Ceremony on Monday, June 23 as we say farewell to our grade 6 students who will be moving up to Silas Deane Middle School in the fall.  
Emerson-Williams Elementary School
Grade Six Step-Up Ceremony
Date:  Monday, June 23, 2014
Time:  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:  Emerson-Williams Gymnasium
Posted Friday, Apr 11, 2014 
Join the Wethersfield Early Childhood Collaborative (WECC) for an evening with your preschooler aged 2-5! Discover easy ways to help get your child ready to read!  Discuss literacy development with professionals! Visit Activity Centers to collect materials and fun ideas to use at home!  

A light dinner will be served. For more information please contact wethersfieldchildhood@gmail.org

This event will be held on Thursday May 1, 2014 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Posted Monday, Apr 7, 2014 

A limited number of signs are available!  Pick up and purchase will be on May 22nd between the hours of 5- 7pm at SDMS front loop (Silas Deane Hwy).  

Please contact Melissa Roberts, roberts15@sbcglobal.net or (860)563-7848.

Signs will be available for pick up and purchase on these dates as supplies last:

Choral Concert   May 20th
Dollars for Scholars  May 28th
Senior Banquet  June 2nd

Each sign is $15

Thank you very much!

Posted Saturday, Apr 5, 2014 


Athletes, along with their parents, who did NOT participate in a fall or winter sport are required to attend this meeting. 

This informational meeting will address many very important athletic –related issues and revisions made to the Student Athlete Handbook.

Any athlete not in attendance with one parent/legal guardian will be withheld from competition for the first game of the season.  Coaches will be taking attendance. 



Posted Friday, Apr 4, 2014 

Activities for next week, April 7, 2014 will include:

Here are some of the activities planned for next week.

New Gym:

Mason: Installing main perimeter CMU walls. Complete this week.

Site Contractor: Begin to grade for concrete floor slab.

Electrical: Under slab electrical conduits.

New Locker Rooms:

Plumber: Under slab Plumbing.

Electrical: Misc. Demo.

HVAC: Demo.

Mason: Misc. Infill’s.


Band/Choral & Media Center

Plumber: Under slab Plumbing.

Electrical: Demo and CMU in wall rough in.

HVAC :.Demo.

Fire Protection: Safe off and demo (2nd shift)


Site work: Site Improvements West, Slab Prep in Gym.


Looking ahead:

New Gym Floor Slab Concrete: week of 4/21.

Metal Framing (Higher Elevations Gym) & Band/Media Additions.

Gym, A: Remove bleachers, and gym divider during the spring holiday.

Posted Friday, Apr 4, 2014 

At the April 3rd Special Board of Education Meeting, Mr. John Bean was selected as the next Principal of Highcrest Elementary School.

Mr. Bean comes to Wethersfield from the Tolland Public Schools where he has served as Assistant Principal of Tolland Intermediate School.  In his administrative role, Mr. Bean is familiar with the implementation of common core state standards.  He served as the school’s SBAC coordinator.  

Mr. Bean’s responsibilities also included supporting a positive school climate and promoting an inclusive environment for all students.  Mr. Bean’s experience also includes teaching positions within the South Windsor Public Schools in the areas of social studies as well as special education.  Mr. Bean was South Windsor’s 2004 Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Bean received his Bachelors degree in history from the University of Connecticut.  He earned a Masters in special education from St. Joseph College.  He returned to the University of Connecticut to complete his 6th Year degree in administration.

Mr. Bean resides in West Hartford with his wife and three daughters.

Mr. Bean’s experience and demonstrated leadership skills make him an excellent addition to the Wethersfield Public Schools.

Posted Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 

Webb Elementary School kicked off Autism Awareness month by participating in the national initiative – LIGHT IT UP BLUE.  Students & staff wore blue and purchased blue ribbons to show their support and increase awareness for Autism.

All proceeds will be donated to Autism Families CONNECTicut.  The founder of this foundation is a former Wethersfield resident.  For more information on this foundation please visit their website.
Posted Monday, Mar 31, 2014 

Increase your SAT scores with the Kaplan Complete SAT Prep Course offered in conjunction with Wethersfield Adult Education. This program includes six comprehensive, three-hour class sessions and four full-length SAT Practice Tests which are proctored just like the actual test day. Each classroom session includes direct instruction, guided group work, independent practice and fun activities to keep students engaged.   

Please click on the icon to access the registration form.

Posted Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 

SDMS Proudly Presents



in the SDMS Auditorium

April 4th  


   April 5th    


April 6th


Come join SDMS and its adventures “Over the Rainbow” with the timeless characters Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion, The Wizard, The Wicked Witch of the West, Munchkins and more!

Tickets will be available for sale on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday before school, during lunch, and at the door one hour before each performance.  Tickets are for reserved seats, not open seating, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Posted Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 

We have posted some current photographs of the Wethersfield High School Renovation project on the website.  If you would like to view these photos, please go to:

http://www.wethersfield.k12.ct.us/page.cfm?p=2416  and click on the tab "Images of Renovation" at the bottom of the page.  

Posted Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 

John Mark Woodworth, age 17, a resident of Wethersfield headed for Westminster Kennel Club to show on February 10, 2014.  He showed in the Pharoah Hound Breed Ring. Respected Judge Dr. Richard Meen, awarded him and his dog “Uber” the Award of Merit. John Mark is a Junior who attends Glastonbury High School Vocational AgriScience Program with his major interest in animal science. In addition, John Mark is also a member of Glastonbury FFA and has served as an Officer from 2012 to present. John Mark holds the National FFA Greenhand Degree and is a Junior Member of the Great Dane Club of America as well as the Great Dane Club of Oxford.   John Mark writes articles for Dane Review under "Juniors with John Mark" in which he posts interviews of Junior Judges, past and present Junior Handlers and Handlers. Kudos to John Mark Woodworth for his accomplishment at Westminster! 

Posted Monday, Mar 24, 2014 
The 9th Annual "Taste of Wethersfield" Benefit will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 7-9:30pm at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street.  Pre-sale tickets are $30 per person (tickets are $35 at the door).  The "Taste" benefits the Wethersfield Historical Society's year-round educational and cultural programming, as well as local organizations like our PTSA.
For every $30 ticket that WHS PTSA sells, the Wethersfield Historical Society agrees to pay the PTSA $5 per ticket.  While the PTSA does not typically do fundraising, membership donations were lower than average this year.  So if you are planning to attend the "Taste of Wethersfield", please consider ordering your tickets through the PTSA so that we can fully fund our yearly donations to Safe Graduation, Dollars for Scholars as well as hosting the Welcome Back Luncheon for staff.
To order your tickets, please print out the attached order form and deliver to the WHS Main Office in an envelope marked:  WHS PTSA, Taste of Wethersfield.  Ordering deadline is Wednesday, April 9th.
Posted Friday, Mar 21, 2014 
WHS spring sports will start Monday, March 24th after school.  Due to the poor weather, some normal locations for tryouts have been changed.  All times and locations can be found on the Wethersfield High School Athletic Department website at www.wethersfield.k12.ct.us.  Boys and Girls Outdoor Track will practice at WHS.  Boys and Girls Golf, Boys Volleyball, and Softball will be at SDMS.  Shuttles will be provided for baseball which will go to Baseball City and for Boys and Girls Tennis which will tryout at Newington Tennis Center.  For more information please email the head coach of each specific sport.  Email addresses can also be found on the Athletic Department Website.  Thank you and Go Eagles!
Posted Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 

SDMS celebrated Read Across America Day on March 3rd, 2014! Read Across America Day celebrates Dr. Seuss's birthday and reminds students to keep reading a part of their lives. There were numerous activities around the school in all subject areas to remind students of the importance of reading and the impact Dr. Seuss had on children’s literature.

Mr. Cook started the day off with a morning announcement that included a brief biography of Dr. Seuss and his many accomplishments. The Cat in the Hat, otherwise known as Assistant Principal Mrs. Fries, made an appearance in many classrooms, surprising students and staff.

In world language classes, Ms. Pinette, Mrs. Calafiore, Mrs. Delgado and Mrs. Riloff’s students listened to a reading of Green Eggs and Ham in French, Italian or Spanish. They used the story to learn vocabulary and translate the places where the character would NOT eat green eggs and ham.  Eighth grade French students read “30 Dr. Seuss Quotes that will Change your Life.” They then matched the French quotes to the English translations to increase their vocabulary and consider what the quotes meant to them.

Mrs. Solony’s class read a selection of Dr. Seuss books. For snack time, they used red Jell-O and cool whip to replicate the cat’s hat. Mrs. Conroy’s reading class looked at the deeper meaning and hidden messages of Dr. Seuss’s books. They used close reading and inference skills to identify which books contained these references.

Science, Social Studies, and Math teachers were also able to connect Dr. Seuss to their classes. Mrs. Maddock’s science class read Oh Say Can You Seed, a Cat in the Hat Learning Library book about flowering plants. Mrs. Anzidei, a seventh grade social studies teacher, even laid out blankets and pillows for a Dr. Seuss story time while the book The Long Wait, by Annie Cook, helped students in Mrs. Mandeville’s math class learn the concept of estimation.

Dr. Seuss’s creative spirit was highlighted and embraced in Unified Arts classes as well. Students in Mrs. Rodriguez’s art classes viewed the “Secret Artworks” of Dr. Seuss and created original “doodle” characters with crazy names. Mr. Berloe’s band and orchestra classes had fun reading stories and acting out the characters and actions of The Cat and the Hat and Yertle the Turtle. In health, students appreciated Mrs. Moore’s fashionable Cat in the Hat outfit while they researched, read articles and created presentations in the library on tobacco topics.

Students were encouraged to bring an independent reading book for silent reading times throughout the day. Other activities and readings were done in classrooms across all disciplines.


Posted Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 
The Wethersfield Early Childhood Collaborative (WECC) is hosting a Free Family Fun Night, April 11, 2014 5 - 8 p.m. at the Wethersfield Community Center, 31 Greenfield Street.  The evening will highlight resources for families of children birth to age 8. Older siblings are welcome to attend.  Stations will include Kindergarten Registration, Summer Camp Registration, Lego Building Contest, Arts & Crafts, Games and more!  Activities sponsored by local businesses, service agencies, childcare providers & preschools.  Please contact wethersfieldchildhood@gmail.com for more information.
Posted Monday, Mar 17, 2014 

SPRING CLEANING???  Any Winter clothing that you didn’t wear?  Do you have out-grown clothes?  Maybe, it’s time to clean out the clutter in your closets, attics, kids’ rooms and the play area?  Want to get rid of it all?  Tell your friends and relatives too.  Bring all your items to:


Saturday, April 5, 2014


(front driveway on Silas Deane Hwy)

Drop off:  10am-2pm


Drop off items with Sheryl Matarazzo By April 1st

Items Accepted:  All items must be in Garbage bags.    CLEAN men’s/women’s/children’s Clothing, Shoes,  Belts, Ties, Hats, Handbags, Bedding, Towels, Curtains, Blankets, Linens, Stuffed Animals, Hard Plastic Toys (children’s play desk and toy boxes)

We get paid by the pound, so bring it all!

Questions?  Contact Sheryl Matarazzo at (860) 257-3188 or ssmatarazzo@sbcglobal.net


Posted Monday, Mar 17, 2014 

Wethersfield Public Schools will again be opening the annual staff and parent surveys this week. You will be receiving an email on Tuesday or Wednesday from Mr. Emmett with a web link and a unique access code to the survey. 

Please click here for the complete letter and information from Mr. Michael Emmett, Superintendent of Schools.

Posted Friday, Mar 14, 2014 

Smarter Balanced has delayed the start of the SBAC Field Test from March 18th to March 25th. 

The testing window will now be open from March 25th through April 10th.  This change will only effect Silas Deane Middle School and Wethersfield High School. 

Posted Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 

Cornelius Minor, staff developer from Teachers College Reading & Writing Project at Columbia University, spent March 6th and 7th at Silas Deane Middle School collaborating with students and teachers.

This was Cornelius’s second visit to SMDS this year.  During his visit, he spent time in language arts, science and social studies classrooms focusing on conferencing, close reading, finding evidence to support ideas and encouraging “long” student accountable talk.  His expertise and research-based practices inspired both students and teachers alike.  We can’t wait for his last visit in June.



Posted Monday, Mar 10, 2014 

Farmington Bank in Wethersfield proudly supported Webb Elementary School to collect the money raised for our Penny War Fundraiser. 
Thank you Farmington Bank!
Posted Monday, Mar 10, 2014 

The Wethersfield Schools Parent Council Presents…


Monday, March 10, 2014

7:00-8:30 pm

Silas Deane Middle School Auditorium

The Wethersfield Schools Parent Council is pleased to present a Community Forum on the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Testing that is replacing the CMT/CAPT given to students in grades 3-8, and 11 in the spring.  Sally Dastoli, Wethersfield’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Pauline Greer, Curriculum Specialist, will be guiding parents through a presentation which will include:

  • Why the “new” CMT/CAPT assessment is now called the SBAC?
  • What does the new SBAC assessment look like? How is it different from the CMT and CAPT?
  • An opportunity to view sample SBAC questions and see how district curriculum and technology tools must align with the new SBAC assessment

A question and answer period will follow the presentation. 

No reservations required. Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Questions? Please contact WSPC Chair Martha Conneely at conneelymartha@sbcglobal.net.

For more information, visit the WSPC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WethersfieldSchoolsParentCouncil


Smarter Balanced    http://www.smarterbalanced.org/ 
Sample Items and Performance Tasks:
Click on this link to view the PowerPoint presentation:  SBAC Overview PowerPoint Presentation

Posted Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 

Webb students took part in their annual Penny War to help raise money for the PTO.  Each grade competed to collect the most pennies (each worth 1 point). Opposing grades added nickels, dimes, quarters, and even $1, $5, $10, and $20 bills to deduct from the penny points!  It was a fierce competition.  The winner and total amount raised will soon be announced.

Posted Monday, Mar 3, 2014 
Geoff Skowronek, a senior at Wethersfield High School, has signed a national letter of intent to play football at Assumption College in Worcester, MA.  Geoff has been with the football program at WHS for four years and is a  two-year letter winner, earning all-conference honors as a senior.  Geoff also served a a captain during the 2013 season and was named to the CCC All-Academic team during his junior and senior years.  Geoff has earned high honor roll status throughout his years at WHS and is a proud member of the WHS DEKA Marketing team.  He will represent his school for the second time at the international competition this spring.  Geoff plans to major in Business Marketing while at Assumption College.  
Posted Monday, Mar 3, 2014 

On Thursday, February 6, 2014, four teams of very well-prepared eighth graders gathered in the library media center after school for the 2014 Battle of the Teen Nutmeg Books. Students answered fifty challenging questions on ten different 2014 Teen Nutmeg Nominees. Ultimately, a group of students from the Turquoise Team, coached by language arts teacher Mrs. Perez, emerged victorious. Congratulations to Tommy Dowd, Matt Bielenda, Lily Gaunt, and Kendall Cathcart, members of the winning team! They received gift certificates to Cherry Berry. The event was sponsored by the SDMS Literacy Committee, a group of SDMS staff who love reading, writing and books!


Posted Monday, Mar 3, 2014 

Open House Slideshow (Video) from the Wethersfield Transition Academy – 2014

Wethersfield Transition Academy 2014

Posted Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 

THEY WON!!! WHS Jets Team has placed first in the national AbilityOne Design Challenge in Virginia! Press release follows:

High School Students Win National Assistive Technology Design Challenge: CT Team Wins Best Overall Design with The Path

Vienna, VA, February 28, 2014 — Wethersfield High School of Wethersfield, CT, placed first in the national AbilityOne® Design Challenge, winning Best Overall Design for their device called The Path (Preview) . This assistive technology was created to allow employees with limited dexterity or no use of their hands to package metal chains used for military ID tags in small envelopes.

The annual AbilityOne Design Challenge competition encourages students to develop technologies that empower people with disabilities to break through barriers to employment. SourceAmerica, a national nonprofit that provides employment opportunities for nearly 125,000 people with significant disabilities, sponsors the competition. 

The Wethersfield High School students worked directly with individuals who have intellectual disabilities and acquired brain injuries and who are employed at CW Resources, a nonprofit organization in New Britain, CT, which employs and provides services to people with disabilities. "We are proud of the team," said Wethersfield co-advisor Sue Fennelly. "This is the best of the STEM challenges because it couples the innovation and people with disabilities.”

“The motivation of the team was impressive. They spent hours of after-school time, even vacations, to achieve this,” said Joseph Kess, Wethersfield’s other co-advisor.

“We are very proud of the inventiveness and originality of all of our finalists,” said SourceAmerica President and CEO Bob Chamberlin. “Their creative thinking and talents, as well as the remarkable efforts of all the entrants, led to real-world contributions that empower individuals with disabilities in workplaces around the country.” The five finalist teams were presented trophies, and the teams, coaches, and schools were awarded cash prizes.

Video on YouTube:

This year’s other high school finalists include:

Second Place Winners

Best Engineering Design recipient: Poolesville High School, Poolesville, Md., The Nexus (Preview) 

Best Use of Assistive Technology recipient: Poolesville High School, Die Cast Guide (Preview) 

Runners Up

Poolesville High School, Multipurpose Sealing Device (Preview) 

Concord High School, Wilmington, Del., Magnet Assembly

The AbilityOne Design Challenge is a competitive process that requires students to build a functioning prototype of their assistive technology device in order to be considered for contention. Submissions for the Design Challenge must create greater access to employment for people with disabilities in one of the following areas: Computer Access, Environmental Accommodations, Functional Control and Access, Transportation/Mobility, Communication Assistance, Cognitive Accessories; or any device or system that gives access or improved earnings to people with disabilities. To ensure that these devices meet the workforce needs of people with disabilities they must be developed in collaboration with a person with a disability.

By applying their talents, knowledge, innovation and technology to workplace barriers, students demonstrate their dedication to increasing employment opportunities, productivity and earnings for people with disabilities. Previous award-winning devices reflect exemplary application of engineering and design to a workplace challenge, as well as consideration of additional factors encountered by people with disabilities in today’s society—economics, ease of use, safety, universality and availability of technology. 

To learn more about the AbilityOne Design Challenge presented by SourceAmerica, please visit: www.a1designchallenge.org.

Posted Friday, Feb 28, 2014 
Parents of Seniors: The deadline for handing in the public display of affection parent recognition advertisement (also known as Baby Ads) has been extended to Friday March 14, 2014.  If you have any questions please call Christine Falana at 860 571-8259.
Posted Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 

Wethersfield High School Drama Presents:

Into The Woods

In the auditorium at the Samuel B. Webb Elementary School in Wethersfield, Connecticut

Please see poster and website below for showtimes.

Tickets are for reserved seating and are available for purchase online at showtix4u.com, or at the door

Student tickets $8 online or $10 at the door
Adult tickets $12 online or $15 at the door

Into the Woods by Wethersfield High School
Tickets are for reserved seating and are available for purchase online at showtix4u.com, or at the door

Wethersfield Public Schools  ~  127 Hartford Avenue  ~  Wethersfield, CT  06109  ~  860-571-8100

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