Suffield Public Schools

Suffield Middle School

March 2014


350 Mountain Road | Suffield, CT 06078 | 860-668-3820 |


Upcoming Events:

The Little Mermaid

Friday, February 28th at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 1st at 6:30 p.m.
SMS Auditorium


March 3rd


March 4th - 7th

BOE Meeting

Tuesday, March 4th
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
SMS Media Center


March 7th

Northern Region Middle School Music Festival Performance

Friday, March 7th &
Saturday, March 8th
Central Connecticut State University


Tuesday, March 11th
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
MIS Portable 4


March 14th

PTAC Student / Faculty Basketball Game

Friday, March 14th
6:30 p.m.
Suffield High School Gymnasium

BOE Meeting

Tuesday, March 18th
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
SMS Auditorium


March 21st


March 27th

No School

Friday, March 28th
Professional Development


Virtual Backpack:

2013-2014 School Calendar

 School Lunch Menu

Bring your own Technology


School Closing, Delayed Opening, and Early Release Protocol Letter - PDF




January Curriculum Newsletter

SMS Student Faculty Basketball Game Night - Postponed to Friday, March 14th at Suffield High School

Summer Camps and Recreational Activities for Children with Special Needs



Middle School Concert Choir

Thirty middle school students gather every Wednesday afternoon to practice as the Middle School Concert Choir. The group of dedicated 7th and 8th graders are exposed to a variety of musical repertoire often requiring three and four part harmony. They have performed as a group in our winter concert and as part of the “Around Town Singer” performances last December. They will again perform in May at our spring concert, the Around Town Singer performance, and at the Suffield House for its senior residents. Most recently, our Concert Choir has been invited to sing the National Anthem at the Springfield Falcon’s Hockey game on the Wednesday evening of March 26th. Congratulations to our talented singers and music staff.

Northern Region Middle School Music Festival (NRMSMF):

At the beginning of January, a group of nine students (from all three grades) traveled to King Philip Middle School in West Hartford to audition for the Northern Region Middle School Music Festival (NRMSMF).   The students were adjudicated and given a score on their prepared materials and sight-reading skills, in singing or on an instrument.  Four students were accepted into the festival to perform with the other students that scored high enough to get into their respective performing groups.  Mianna Messenger (Grade  8), Kristen McCarthy (Grade 7), and Dailend Willingham (Grade 6) were accepted into the Treble Choir.  Lauren Klesczewski (Grade 7) was accepted as a Flute player in the Concert Band.  The NRMSMF will take place on Friday, March 7th, and Saturday, March 8th, at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.  The snow date is Saturday, March 15th.  We are extremely proud of all students that auditioned, and are eager for those accepted into the festival to learn and grow as musicians over the course of their weekend experience.

Women in Engineering Field Trip Opportunity

On April 10, nineteen 8th grade girls, selected by their science teachers, will be traveling to UCONN Storrs to participate in the 17th annual Multiple Your Options (MYO) conference. The purpose of the annual conference is to expose young women to careers in science and encourage them to pursue science at the college level. It is hosted by the UCONN School of Engineering. MYO is a one-day conference consisting of two sessions. The first involves morning hand-on workshops or problem solving activities conducted by female facilitators with science, mathematics, engineering and technology focused careers. The facilitators have a built in message; " if I can, you can!” The afternoon session consists of an interactive panel activity called "tool clues". During a tool clues panel session, female role models are asked to bring from work objects or "tools" that give "clues" about their profession. It’s up to the girls in small groups to determine what each woman does for a living.

Greetings from the SMS Guidance Department!

We continue to implement the developmental guidance initiatives in the three domains: academic, personal/social and career.  All students have created and/or edited their individualized SSPs (Student Success Plans) which can be accessed by all students and families via the SMS home page.

The guidance section of the SMS web page has been updated and specific information with regard to 8th – 9th grade course planning has been posted. By accessing the Suffield Middle School homepage, parents and students can reference the timeline for upcoming important dates.

On January 30th, the SHS counselors, accompanied by SHS students, visited all 8th grade students at SMS and went over the course planning process. An explanation of credits and program of studies across all four years in high school was discussed. This was an important meeting and it enabled the high school counselors and our current 8th graders to ask and answer relevant questions pertaining to their future high school experience.

On Thursday, February 6th, an important high school orientation program was conducted at SHS for parents and their 8th grade student. This program provided a tour of the building as well as a video presentation featuring a day in the life at SHS.

On Monday, February 10th, all 8th grade students completed their course selections for grade 9.  Please feel free to contact the guidance department if you have any questions relating to your child’s schedule for grade 9.

We continue to work with the advisory classes in order to discuss the importance of positive relationships and friendships.  This continued initiative directly relates to the districts emphasis on school climate while fostering and promoting a positive school environment for all of our students and their families. As always, our door is always open and we welcome any questions, comments or feedback you may have.

Best regards,
Tom Kadamus & Tracy Scatolini




Library Media Center to Learning Commons


Dominated by a massive skylight allowing light to filter in all day, the Library Media Center is an enjoyable atmosphere for students.  Debra Marinone and I (Angela Vincent) have welcomed students to this Library Media Center since we moved into the building in 2003.

While I describe some of the ways we have grown digitally, keep in mind keep in mind that schools are social places and libraries are at the heart of it.  As we move further into the 21st century, it is important to provide real places where students can interact and learn together.  Whether it is in common spaces or in our classrooms, it matters more than ever before how we design learning environments as center stage for the emerging digital world.

This quarter, a Quest group of eighth grade students are reimagining the Library Media Center into a Learning Commons using Google Sketch-up, a computer software program.  Students will explore creative ways to better use our space.  I am hoping to share some of these ideas on our new page on the school web site.  Parents can visit digitally or email me, but I also welcome visits to simply see the Library Media Center.  If you wish to visit, please check in at the main office first.  Also this year, our steadfast parent volunteer, Kellie Molander, could use some help.

The Library Media Center maintains two web sites from which students, faculty, and parents can access frequently used resources.   Our catalog went digital in 1998 and moved online in 2010 with the Destiny platform from the Follett software company.  Point your browser to this address:    On the opening page of the catalog, you will find links to a growing digital reference collection including World Book, Britannica, Grolier/Scholastic Encyclopedias, World Almanac, and Proquest databases.  Linked here as well are brief screencasts describing how to use some to the features mentioned in this article.

The middle school is part of a district- wide public catalog that be accessed from any device.  From their school account, students can log in to create their own lists, post reviews, and check their account status, including any materials that are checked out to them.   The catalog has now gone truly mobile with the free app that is being offered by Follett:

When I arrived in Suffield in 1998, I had in mind a web site for a library portal. The idea is simple: provide a non-commercial launch pad integrating our subscription services, local resources, and useful web sites.  While we filter out the less desirable in cyberspace we seek extra helpings of the outstanding, quality stuff that really works.   The page,, is used within our grade six Tech Class to help introduce students to our digital landscape.  The redesigned page was recognized by the Connecticut Associations of School Libraries (CASL) as Site of the Month in 2006,

What is our next evolution?  A virtual learning commons?  Stay tuned. 



Let’s get ready to tumble!!


Girls and Boys Gymnastics Intramurals started Thursday, February 20th. Practices are held after school in the SMS gymnasium - no experience necessary. The program runs from February 20th - April 10th. Students put in hours of practice to create routines and learn new skills. Their hard work and dedication culminates in a Gymnastics exhibition for the community on Wednesday, April 9th at 6 p.m. The exhibition is free of charge. Our Suffield Middle School community will also get to enjoy the talents of their peers in a school wide exhibition to be held on Thursday April 10th. Any questions can be directed to Mrs. Heather Casinghino, Intramural Coordinator.






MARCH 4th - 7th











Bring in a non-perishable food or health & beauty item to first period.


Coins add points to your score … paper bills deduct points!

Nickel = adds 5 points

$1.00 = subtracts 100 points


  School Color Day

Show your spirit by dressing in Blue and White

Your outfit must show that you tried to dress totally in blue and white.


MARCH 14th


MARCH 21st


MARCH 27th








Show your spirit by dressing in 70's/Disco Attire
Your outfit must show that you tried to dress totally 70's/Disco themed.
(Bell-Bottom Jeans, Flared Pants, Tie-Dye, Disco Wear, Hair in Braids, etc.)


Fashion Disaster

Show your spirit by dressing in WACKY & MISMATCHING CLOTHES
Your outfit must show that you tried to dress like a Fashion Disaster.


Show your spirit by dressing the same as a friend IN YOUR FIRST PERIOD CLASS! (You can have more than one twin.) Your outfit must show that you tried to dress EXACTLY like your twin.

Spirit Twins




First period teachers will tally the # in class and the # participating, the percentage participating in each grade will be calculated and results will be posted in the cafe by lunchtime.
Try your best to join in each week!!!

The Overall Winning Grade Earns a Movie and Make Your Own Sundae Party During School.




We are excited to bring the Future Chefs event to our elementary schools again this year! This year we are offering the competition to students in grades 3-6 and will be featuring recipes for healthy sandwiches. Six (6) lucky winners will be chosen as finalists to compete in our contest at Suffield High School on March 27th, 2014.

The idea behind this event is to help educate the kids in HEALTHY EATING HABITS.  Too often we hear about childhood obesity and kids not making the right choices in terms of their eating habits. That’s why we want kids to submit recipes for their favorite Healthy Sandwich! 

Judging will be based on:

  • Originality
  • Kid Friendly
  • Ease of Preparation
  • Best Use of Featured Ingredients
  • Healthy Attributes
  • Plate Presentation

As an added bonus, ours is just one of many local competitions that Sodexo will be orchestrating across the country in February and March.  The winning recipe from each event will be entered to win a national competition in March. More details will follow, but we’re lining up some great prizes for those that are chosen to receive national recognition! We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions you can contact Katie Brown at (860) 668-3825 or


Suffield Middle School PTAC


PTAC is hosting a Student/Faculty Basketball Game Night.  Come join the fun on Friday, March 14 starting at 6:30 PM at Suffield High School.  Game 1 is the SMS Girls and Boys Basketball Team vs. SMS Faculty / Administration and Game 2 is the Blue vs. White team.  There will be raffle sales, door prizes, contests and food.  The SMS Pep Band and Quest DJ team will provide music and entertainment. Advance ticket purchases are highly encouraged.  Please visit the SMS website for ticket order forms.  Tickets in advance are $10 per person or $30 per immediate family.  Tickets are $12 per person at the door. 

Please register your Stop & Shop, Big Y, Shaw’s, Price Chopper and Target Red Card for their education programs and remember to designate Suffield Middle School as your school. You must register annually for us to receive donations from these organizations.

   Visit the PTAC Website for additional information.  

Suffield Public Schools
350 Mountain Road, Suffield, CT 06078
Phone: 860-668-3800


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