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Posted Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 

Grade 7 Students and Parents!

Come tour S.D.M.S. on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at the following times:

Green Team  9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
(Tour begins promptly at 9 a.m.) 

Crimson Team  10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
(Tour begins promptly at 10 a.m.)

Orange Team 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
(Tour begins promptly at 11 a.m.)

Staff members will be available to take you on a tour.

Grade 7 Tours

Posted Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 

WHS Renovation Presentation to the Building Committee on Monday July 14.  Please click the link below to launch the presentation (PDF):  


Posted Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 

Construction Activities for this week include:

Site work
1. Sidewalks at Cottone.
2. Site wall at Cottone.
3. Concrete piers for main gate at Cottone.
4. Concrete steps at west side of the new gym.
5. Site wall at south west corner of new gym.
6. Parent drop off gravel base.
7. Place sidewalks at drops off lot area.
8. Completing overflow parking lot.
9. New fire main installation.
10. Excavate for new mechanical room door north west corner.
11. Site light base installation and conduit install.
12. Site utility installation.
13. Student entrance canopy foundation.

New gym area and toilet rooms
1. CMU Walls going in.
2. Roof frames for roof top fans and equipment.
3. Install remaining portion of roof.
4. MEP rough.
5. Misc. demo.

Locker rooms, wrestling and weight room
1. MEP rough.
2. CMU walls
3. Misc. demo.
4. Roofing

Band, choral and media
1. MEP rough
2. Misc demo in corridor
3. Roofing

Elevator addition
1. Steel erection

Administration, guidance, science, culinary, health, English, chemistry areas are under abatement and will undergo complete demolition. Completion of abatement and demo middle of August.

Posted Monday, Jul 14, 2014 
Forty-five teachers, tutors, and administrators from our district volunteered their time to grow their skills in reading instruction by participating in a 5 day summer Reading Homegrown Institute with Teachers College.  This institute provided teachers with a variety of new instructional methods as well as a new twist on familiar ones.  Teachers collaborated and practiced together as they engaged in exciting new learning experiences each day.
The week as described by our teachers: "WOW! AWESOME;" "This has been an extremely positive experience full of great information;" "I learned things I didn't know and am excited to try in my classroom!"
Posted Monday, Jun 30, 2014 

Summer Reading Begins Today!

Summer Reading 2014

Keep those brains fit! Just like exercise keeps the body fit, reading keeps the brain fit. It's important for students to read as much as possible over the summer to keep their brains in optimal condition! Students in the Wethersfield Schools are encouraged to find some great books they are interested in reading and to begin logging their summer reading titles once they've finished them in the Wethersfield Public Library Online Summer Reading Programs beginning today, June 30th.

Most students had the opportunity to register for the appropriate Wethersfield Public Library program before school ended. Students should be keeping track of all of the books they read this summer preferably through the WPL site (or through a paper reading log). For more information on the summer reading program, go to the WPL Summer Reading Links at: http://www.wethersfieldlibrary.org. Students can earn prizes for participation and also get ideas of books to read by looking at other students' book reviews.

In addition, one can find specific grade level reading requirements and suggested reading lists at the Wethersfield Public Schools summer reading and math webpage: http://www.wethersfield.k12.ct.us/page.cfm?p=2475

Don't forget students can take advantage of free eBooks and audiobooks through Overdrive Media Collections. Both the Wethersfield Public Schools (http://wps.lib.overdrive.com) and the Wethersfield Public Library (http://www.wethersfieldlibrary.org/booksmore/ebooks-more.html) have downloadable eBooks and downloadable audiobooks through this service. If you need help setting up Overdrive on your device, you can watch the help videos at Overdrive's website (http://omc.overdrive.com) or visit the public library for assistance.

Information on the summer reading programs and how to log in to the online sites was sent home with student report cards.

Happy reading!

Posted Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 


1. Install new bleachers at Cottone Field. Home side. (Visitors Complete)

2. Place remaining bleacher slab at the Home Side of Cottone Field.

3. Excavation for concrete footing, walls and steps at the west elevation and start same.

4. Crack sealing at old track and prepare for re-surfacing.

5. Completing visitors lot retaining wall and install gravel base.

6. Starting south overflow parking lot. (Including Drainage)

7. Screening topsoil.

8. Cottone site electrical.

9. Fencing reconfiguration & begin drop off lot.


New Gym:

1. Roof drain plumbing.

2. Layout and install steel frames for RTU's at low roof of the gym.

3. Misc. air and vapor barrier detailing on the roof parapet areas of high roof.

4. CMU at pool basement material hoist.

5. Install roof at low area that surrounds the new gym.

6. HVAC coordination.

7. Electrical raceway.

8. Insulation and wall closure of high framing in the gym.


New Locker Room and Toilet Rooms:

1. Slab In-fills from plumbing and install footings for high CMU walls.

2. Prepare and start install of CMU walls throughout this area.

3. HVAC coordination.

4. Steel frames for new roof drains and RTUs.

5. HVAC coordination.

6. Abatement and demo resumes at the boys locker room. 6/24/14 @ 3:00 PM. School is closed.


Media, Choral and Band:

1. Misc. CMU rework and new door and window opening.

2. Brick Veneer. Completing.

3. Interior partition layout and begin framing. Ongoing and nearing completion.

5. Steel frames for new roof drains and RTUs.

6. HVAC coordination.

7. Under slab plumbing.

8. Roof drain piping.


Elevator Addition:

1. Concrete foundations.

2. Backfilling and set bearing plates. Prepare for steel.


Temp. Classrooms (Gym A):

1. Demo ductwork & existing AHU’s.

2. Roof Drain Piping.


Temp. Administration:

1. Miscellaneous architectural, electrical and security items. 6/24/14 @ 3:00 PM. School is closed.



1. Abatement and Demo. 6/24/14 @ 3:00 PM. School is closed.



1. Abatement and Demo. 6/24/14 @ 3:00 PM. School is closed.


Area E (Old Lecture Hall/Media:

1. Abatement and Demo. 6/24/14 @ 3:00 PM. School is closed.


"Look ahead"

1. Piping in and placing slabs for new gas service, emergency generator and cooling tower. ( near auto shop)

2. Concession building remodeling includes bathrooms at Cottone Field.

3. End of school year and campus closure to the public.
Posted Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 

The Wethersfield High School graduation will air LIVE tonight (June 24th) at 6:00pm on WCTV 14 and on the Internet at the following link:



Posted Friday, Jun 20, 2014 

The Wethersfield High School graduation will be held at Welte Auditorium on the campus of Central Connecticut State University on Tuesday June 24th at 6:00pm. Doors will open at 5:30pm and it is open seating other than graduates and auction winners. Each student is receiving 5 tickets for the ceremony. All students who requested extra tickets will receive them, however, the majority of the extra tickets are for the simulcast area in the student center. There were about 50 extra tickets available for Welte Auditorium and the names were selected at random for those seats. Tickets will be distributed to the students at the first graduation rehearsal at the WHS Auditorium on Monday, June 23rd.

Please check the WHS website under safe grad 2013-2014 for important parent information about the safe grad party scheduled for the evening of June 24th.

Some graduates have indicated that they would like to participate in a motorcade prior to the graduation ceremony. The motorcade will start at WHS and end at Cove Park. One-way bus transportation will be available from Cove Park to CCSU. All students, even only passengers, who would like to participate in the motorcade must sign up in the main office by Friday, June 20th so we can reserve the appropriate number of buses for transport.

The WHS Graduation is a tradition-filled and dignified event. The attire for the event should reflect upon all positively. Males should wear a shirt, tie, dress pants and dress shoes. Females should wear a dress or a similar "dressy" outfit. Females should be careful of their shoe selection as to not trip on stage. Caps and gowns should not have any decoration on them. Students should not bring any airhorns, beachballs, silly string or other similar types of items. We are the guests at CCSU and should respect their property.

We are excited for the graduation and are hoping for a great celebration of our children's accomplishments.

Posted Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 

On Sunday, May 18th, Wethersfield High School senior Michael Gingrave was honored at the Aqua Turf in Southington by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame for his success in the classroom, commitment to his team, and leadership abilities.  Here Michael is pictured with WHS head coach John Campanello and a member of the National Football Foundation.

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Posted Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 

Two SDMS Students were honored on Sunday June 8th as the recipients of the CAS Scholar Leader award which supports both education and leadership.  The two students, Julia Feliciano and Alex Kanya were recommended by the staff and administration at SDMS.


Posted Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 
Wethersfield High School Varsity Baseball 2014
Wethersfield High School Varsity Baseball 2014
Wethersfield High School Varsity Baseball 2014

WHS Boys Baseball vs. South Windsor - May 29, 2014

Posted Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 

On Friday evening, May 30th, Webb rolled out the red carpet to twenty-four talented Webb students for a star-studded event.  The show was emceed by Christian Bonvisuto, Anna Griffin and Matthew Lipka.  It consisted of singers, dancers, guitar, piano, saxophone and clarinet players.  Mr. James Slattery (Webb Principal from 2012-2013) and Jared Kauffman (Webb Alumni) were our special guests.  All the performers gathered for the finale singing songs from the tunes of the Frozen soundtrack.  It was a fun night and so enjoyable to watch all the students come together, showcase their talent and entertain the audience.

Webb Talent Show 2014

Webb Talent Show 2014

Webb Talent Show 2014

Webb Talent Show 2014

Posted Thursday, May 29, 2014 

Highcrest Elementary School's Kevin Kobelski has been selected as the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year for the Wethersfield Public Schools.

Mr. Kobelski (Physical Education) was officially nominated by Deb Fidiam and 67 enthusiastic teachers and parents.  

An excerpt from Kevin's nomination...

"Kevin goes above and beyond not just once in a while, but consistently and year after year.  He strives to improve the fitness of our students and to make them better people through his tireless efforts to promote sportsmanship and character building.  He is positive and encouraging and he is always looking out for those students who feel disenfranchised.  He knows that sports and activities may be the one facet of school that helps them to feel good about coming to school each day.  Kevin is an outstanding educator and should receive the Teacher of the Year award this year."

Kevin Kobelski - 2014 Teacher of the Year - Wethersfield - Highcrest Elementary School


Posted Friday, May 23, 2014 

There will be a Family Friendly Bicycle Show / Swap Meet hosted by the WHS Bicycle Club on Saturday, June 7th from 8am-12:30pm at Hanmer Elementary School.

Do you like cool bicycles? Want to learn to change a flat? Looking to buy or sell parts or bicycles? Interested in Safety and Racing?

We will have all of this and more…

For sellers it is $25 per space, but general admission is free!

Contact the club advisor Tom Brown at tbrown@wethersfield.me for more details.  See you there!

Posted Friday, May 23, 2014 
It is time to start scheduling your appointments for your senior portraits with Art Rich Photography.
Art Rich Photography will be at the high school on:
Friday, June 6, Tuesday, July 8Monday, August 18 and Friday, September 26.

Please call 860 621-6711 to schedule your appointment!

Juniors will be given an information and session guide in their homeroom next week.
If you have any questions please call Art Rich at 860 621-6711 or Christine Falana at 860 571-8259.
Posted Wednesday, May 21, 2014 

The weather was perfect on May 20, as students from Silas Deane Middle School and Stafford Middle School (SMS) tested their custom made solar cars. Thirty two students in seventh and eighth grade worked in teams to design and build the fastest solar powered cars. This was the second meeting for the schools, as they met previously on April 22 to plan out their designs. Students learned how solar panels work, how solar cars are made at the collegiate level and how the right gear ratio could improve their vehicles.

On race day the competition was strong as students completed in two heats. Students were then ranked and raced for the championship. The championship car was built by Michael Melluzzo (from SDMS) and Adam C. (SMS) as their car traveled the fastest. The second fastest car was built by Markus Rosado (from SDMS) and Zack B. (SMS). All of the cars were creative and unique.

 Students from the SDMS Technology Club that participated in the event were: Joe DiCioccio, Eric Torres, Mike Melluzo, Richard Sze, Markus Rosado, Veronica Frazeur, Shawn Bertuccio, Joe Scheuermann, Kavi Khadan, Christopher Shekar, Anthony Guerera, Danielle Colbath, Cameron Elliott, Lucyne Grigorian, Nathan Labbie, Sam Veilleux, and Tai Huynh. The Technology club is facilitated by Technology Education Teacher Behn Sikora.

This activity was made possible through a grant from EASTCONN and a partnership between Silas Deane Middle School and Stafford Middle School. 

Posted Wednesday, May 21, 2014 

Students at Silas Deane Middle School (SDMS) have been very busy reading and voting for the 2014 Teen Nutmeg Nominees! At SDMS, 346 students read at least one Teen Nutmeg Nominee and voted for their favorite title. In the end, it was a landslide victory for the book Divergent. Fifty-five percent of the student voters chose Divergent, by Veronica Roth, as their favorite title from the list of the ten 2014 book nominees. SDMS students chose Michael Vey: the Prisoner of Cell 25 as the second place winner and Now is the Time for Running for third place favorite.

Statewide, the Nutmeg Committee reported that 7,881 Connecticut teens voted this year and 4,230 agreed with SDMS’s first and second place choices. Divergent received 4,230 votes statewide while Michael Vey received second place with 982 votes.

Sixty SDMS students read five or more Nutmeg Nominees and were invited to a Nutmeg Luncheon sponsored by Principal Cook and the SDMS Literacy Committee to celebrate their reading successes. In addition to enjoying lunch together, the participants were the first students to find out the new titles of the 2015 Teen Nutmeg Nominees.  Mrs. Poulos, SDMS’s Library Media Specialist, gave book talks and showed video trailers highlighting the new books, which were available for checkout from the school library media center. Multiple copies are available for checkout at the Wethersfield Public Library as well.

According to the Nutmeg website, “The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles.  Jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association (CLA) and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians (CASL), the Nutmeg Committee is comprised of teen readers, children's librarians and school librarians who are members of our sponsoring organizations.”  The Nutmeg Award Committee has expanded the number of levels in the last few years. There are now four categories of nominees: Elementary (grades 2-4), Intermediate (grades 4-6), Teen (grades 7-8) and High School (grades 9-12). The High School level was added for the first time in 2014 and for the 2015 award, there is the addition of the Elementary Award with a selection of 15 nominees for students in grades 2-4.


Posted Wednesday, May 21, 2014 
WHS Athletes Will DelMastro and Jack Murphy won the Connecticut 2-Man Invitational Golf Tournament at Blackledge Golf Club in Hebron on May 20, 2014 where 40 teams from across the state participated.  Wethersfield's Sam Baldwin and Ben Goldman placed fifth at the event.  Congratulations Eagles!!
Posted Wednesday, May 21, 2014 
The Wethersfield Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame will be presenting three scholarships this year to graduating seniors.  Athletes are encouraged to apply and information can be obtained in the WHS Athletic Office.  Forms need to be completed by June 6, 2014.
Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2014 

Wethersfield High School's Pieces Literary Magazine - Winter 2014 Edition - created by our students at Wethersfield High School with Club Leaders Tracy Riordan & Ruth George.

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Posted Friday, May 16, 2014 

The WSPC Volunteer Recognition Awards Ceremony was held on Tuesday May 13th to honor the following winners:

Mike Stefano - Silas Deane Middle School
Lisa Stefano - Wethersfield High School
Lisa Orchen - Charles Wright School
Barbara Bellas - Community
Staci Lynch - Samuel B. Webb School
Lisa Puglielli - Highcrest School
Kim Wolf - Alfred B. Hanmer School
Paul LaPerriere - Emerson-Williams School

WSPC Volunteers of the Year - 2014
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From left to right:
Mike Stefano (SDMS), Lisa Stefano (WHS), Lisa Orchen (CW), Barbara Bellas (Community), Staci Lynch (Webb), Lisa Puglielli (HC), Kim Wolf (HAN), Paul LaPerriere (EW)


Posted Thursday, May 15, 2014 

Recently, Silas Deane Middle School students welcomed award-winning author, photographer and poet Charles R. Smith, Jr. This event was sponsored by the Parent Action Committee (PAC) and organized by the SDMS Literacy Committee and Library Media Center.

The week prior to Mr. Smith’s visit, teachers in all subject areas shared his poems with students in their classes, and language arts teachers shared information about his life and work. His books were available for sale and for borrowing from the library media center and the Wethersfield Public Library.

On the day of his visit, Charles R. Smith Jr. described his experience as a sports photographer and writer, performed some of his poetry, and inspired students to write!  In addition to the two assemblies, Mr. Smith answered student questions at a “meet the author” luncheon, signed books, and led a poetry writing workshop for thirty aspiring writers/poets. Students and staff gave him rave reviews!

The SDMS staff and students are grateful to PAC for continuing to sponsor author visits at Silas Deane Middle School. PAC has sponsored a number of author visits in the past, including visits with Nora Raleigh BaskinWill Hobbs, and Flocabulary.



Posted Thursday, May 15, 2014 

CABE Award Winners Honored at Wethersfield Board of Education Meeting - May 13, 2014

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CABE Award Winners 2014

CABE Award Winners 2014

Posted Wednesday, May 14, 2014 

Mr. Sikora and the SDMS staff are very excited to receive a new 3D printer and incorporate its use into the Technology and Engineering education classes at Silas Deane Middle School.

Students in eighth grade have been designing and printing their own creations. Students designed their own pencil topper using 3D modeling software. The toppers have to fit on or through the top of the pencil so they have to be careful to use the correct measurements. Once their design is complete they print their project on the printer using the color of their choice. After printing, the students test fit their pencil toppers. Sometimes the measurements are a bit off, so they go back to their design and make some changes for the next print. The students proudly display their pencil toppers on their pencil as they go from class to class.

To support literacy in the classrooms, students have been reading about 3D printing technology in a variety of classes this year.  They've read about the potential for this technology to change lives for the better. When they come to class and see how a 3D printer actually works, they are amazed at what the technology can do. Students are eager to use it and eager to ask questions about how it works. It has been exciting to de-mystify the complexity of 3D printing. It has been an exciting experience bringing this new technology to the classroom.

The Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer was donated at no cost to the school through donorschoose.org and the generosity of Makerbot and Mr. Stefano of Horace Mann Insurance. Makerbot partnered with donorschoose.org to place 3D printers in classrooms across the United States. 

Posted Tuesday, May 13, 2014 

Geoff Skowronek, a senior at Wethersfield High School, has been selected to play in the 2014 Connecticut High School All Star Football Game.  Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, June 28 at 4:30 pm at Rentschler Field.  Tickets are $8.00 per person and includes free parking.  Those interested in purchasing a ticket to the game to support Geoff can contact the Athletic Department at 860-571-8282.

Posted Tuesday, May 13, 2014 

Kelly Educational Staffing Substitute Teacher Jonathan Abarca was recognized at SDMS on May 9, 2014.  Jonathan’s commitment to every assignment he works exemplifies the high standards Kelly Services, in partnership with the Wethersfield District, hold of the substitute teachers working in the District, as well as the important role substitute teachers play in the absence of the regular teacher.

The positive feedback and personal requests for Jonathan to cover classes reinforces that Jonathan is exceeding Kelly’s, The District’s and the teachers’ objectives to create a positive learning experience which nurtures and fulfills the potential of all students. 

On behalf of Kelly Educational Staffing and Wethersfield Public Schools – Thank you, Jonathan!

In photo from left to right:  Cynthia Fries, Assistant Principal; Jonathan Abarca, Kelly's Substitute of the Year; Anita M. Morrell, Sr. Branch Manager, Kelly Educational Staffing; Steven Cook, Principal

Posted Tuesday, May 13, 2014 

Each year, the athletic department has hosted a Sports Awards Program after the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons to honor and recognize our athletes and coaches in front of their peers and colleagues.  Unfortunately, the renovation project has caused some scheduling conflicts in the auditorium for such programs this year.  Therefore, I have asked all individual teams to recognize the accomplishments of their athletes at a sport-specific banquet, ceremony, or gathering.  Athletes would receive Varsity Letters, pins, bars, and certificates for participating in a high school sport at the ceremony.  Click for more information. 

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