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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

December - SDMS “Artist of the Month”

Congratulations to Megan Doshi!
December's "Artist of the Month".
Pieces of Megan's artwork are one display in front of the art rooms at SDMS!

If you are interested in becoming January's artist of the month, please
Mrs. Rodriguez or Mrs. Jandreau for details.

Friday, December 2, 2016

SDMS Fundraises for the 6th Annual PJ Day for the Kids

On Friday, December 9th, 2016, Silas Deane Middle School will be celebrating the 6th Annual PJ Day: A Day of Fundraising and Awareness for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

During the week of December 5th - 9th,
students can donate $1
for the privilege of wearing PJ’s
on Friday, December 9th.

The Principal’s Advisory Committee will be collecting money outside of the cafeteria Monday - Friday before school and during lunch. If students need to pay during other times, they can visit the SDMS Library Media Center.

School and organizations gather throughout Connecticut each year to raise money for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Now in its 6th year, more than $84,000 has been raised. It’s a great way to get cozy and raise money for a wonderful cause!

PJ’s to Wear
  • slipper shoes (slippers with SOLES like shoes)
  • flannel pants or sweat pants
  • t-shirts or sweatshirts
  • loose fitting onesies (must wear shoes or slippers!)

PJ’s That Must Stay Home
  • pajama shorts
  • slippers without a sole (cloth bottoms or grippy bottoms are NOT safe!)
  • Nightgowns
  • fuzzy socks

When in doubt, follow the dress code!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! Students Wow'ed Again!

The SDMS Staff and Administrators wish 
all students and families a very 
Happy Thanksgiving!

SDMS Students "Wow'ed" Again with Fun Learning Activities

SDMS Staff put together a number of engaging learning activities around the theme of problem-solving and team work today to send students off for Thanksgiving break appropriately "wow'ed" by how fun learning can be. A snapshot of some, but certainly not all, of the WOW activities in classrooms today included: math problem-solving stations in eighth grade math classes; analyzing evidence and using clues to solve a crime in eighth grade social studies classes; investigating motion by constructing paper ramps and keeping a ping pong ball moving along a track for as long as possible before bouncing into a solo cup in  eighth grade science classes; and solving a historical mystery about John Astor's jewels on the Titanic in eighth grade language arts. Seventh grade math and science students competed in a mini metric olympics where they measured distances of throws with straw javelins, paper plate discus, cotton ball shot put, right handed marble grabs and left handed sponge squeezes. Seventh grade students also participated in spelling games and Jeopardy in some of the language arts classes; brain teasers in math; and Scattergories based around world cultures. In world language classes, French students created collaborative books, and Spanish teachers planned a Mexican luncheon replete with Mariachi music from Puerto Vallerta Restaurant! The three music teachers combined classes and created an "Escape Room" game where students had to use elements in the room to solve a series of musical puzzles in order to rescue the world's nursery rhymes.

SDMS Wow Days stem from ideas presented in Stephen G. Barkley's book Wow! Adding Pizzazz to Teaching and Learning.

Ask students what "Wow'ed" them today!

 Eighth Grade Science Students Work on Ball Roll and Ramp Activity

Seventh Grade Science Students Work on Metric Olympics

Mariachi Musicians from Puerto Vallerta Entertain Students at Luncheon