Suffield Public Schools

Suffield Middle School

February 2016

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

Upcoming Events:

Monday, Feb. 1

Suffield BOE Meeting
6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

8th to 9th Grade Orientation
6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Suffield High School Auditorium
(Feb. 4 - Snow Date)

Tuesday, Feb. 9

NCCC Support Groups
5:30 p.m.
SHS Room 221, Pampered Palace, LMC

Wednesday, Feb. 10

7:00 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 15

No School & All Offices Closed - Feb. Vacation

Tuesday, Feb. 16

No School [All Offices Open] - Feb. Vacation

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Suffield BOE Meeting
6:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 19

Lion King Performance
7:00 p.m.
Suffield Middle School Auditorium
[6:00 p.m. Cast Members Arrive]
(Feb. 26 Snow Date)

Saturday, Feb. 20

Lion King Performance
6:30 p.m.
Suffield Middle School Auditorium
[5:30 p.m. Cast Members Arrive]
(Feb. 27 Snow Date)

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Budget Information Sessions for Parents/Community
6:30 p.m.
(Snow date - 2/25)

Virtual Backpack:

2015 - 2016 District Calendar

Middle School Menus

Parent Student Handbook


Principal's Message

As you already know all families have recently received a communication from the Superintendent of Schools relative to school attendance and truancy.  I wanted to take this opportunity to reiterate and share the importance of regular school attendance, especially as we start the beginning of the third marking period.  Please remember there is no replacement for classroom instruction, direct dialogue with students, and immediate feedback from a teacher that all comes from being present in school.  As the communication from the Superintendent detailed, the state requires schools to monitor and provide notice regarding two separate indicators: chronic absenteeism and truancy.  My hope is to clarify the differences between the two in this issue of the newsletter.

Chronic absenteeism is based solely on the total number of absences, whether excused or unexcused.  Students are considered chronically absent when they have missed 10% of the total number of school days.  As an example, a student who has missed six (6) days in the first 60 days of school is considered chronically absent from school per state guidelines.  Suffield students are scheduled for 183 school days, meaning the threshold for a year is 18 school days, or almost a full month of instruction.  You can imagine how being chronically absent can negatively impact our students over the course of a school year.  A letter will be sent home if you child is considered chronically absent. 

Truancy is based on the number of unexcused absences with four (4) being the threshold allowed in a month and ten (10) being the threshold for a school year.  An important factor when looking at truancy is documentation.  Per state guidelines, the first nine (9) absences are excused as long as parents have notified the school either by phone or in writing of the absences.  Each absence after nine (9) requires written documentation and must fall within the guidelines set forth by state.  Please refer to the Superintendent’s communication regarding those criteria.  Should the school receive the appropriate documentation and the absence meets the state guidelines, the absence is considered excused.  We urge you to communicate with us if your child should need to be absent as truancy can be avoided.  Letters notifying parents will be periodically sent if thresholds are met.  It is important to note that while a student may not be truant, they may still be considered chronically absent as the two distinctions follow separate indicators.
Attendance is key factor to student success.  Everyone at Suffield Middle School wants only the best for all students and we look forward to continuing our partnership for a successful school experience.

SMS Drama Club by Felix Antwi-Mensah

My name is Felix Antwi-Mensah. This is my first year in the SMS Drama Club and I think that it’s great. In the production, The Lion King, I am the main antagonist, Scar, and I actually like it. So far, we have been practicing lines with Mr. Tyler Wolfson, the English Teacher turned Director, and the Ensemble, the people who aren’t specific characters but can be background singers due to their good voices, have either been practicing the songs with Zulu words to get perfection. Most of it is just learning and memorizing your lines and adding some emotions to the words and honestly it isn’t as intimidating as it sounds. All in all, Drama Club is  great and from what I see every rehearsal the show is going to be great. Come Enjoy!

The SMS Drama Club’s production of the Lion King will be Friday, February 19th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, February 20th at 6:30 pm in the SMS Auditorium.  We hope to see you there!


SMS Boys Basketball by Evan Craig

The Suffield Middle School boys basketball program has thrived this year. Coached by Matthew Dobi the team has started off well winning  four of their first five games this season. The boys have played well and really make the team come together as a whole. Mr. Dobi thoughtfully picked his team and it has shown in games. Led by team captains Matthew Emma, Dylan Kaselouskas and Bodie Nadeau the team is focused and works hard on the court and academically. This year Coach Dobi has taken some younger talent with two sixth graders and one seventh grader as he hopes to develop them for the years to come. The boys hope for a successful season and to win many more games. We hope you will come out and support the SMS Wildcats!

2015-2016 Roster

Matthew Emma
Dylan Kaselouskas
Bodie Nadeau
Evan Craig
Gabe Cosme
Keyer Kerr
Elijah Dawson
Ryan Gaffney
Josh Mudano
Owen Liss
Ryan Levis
Jack Pixton

SMS Girls Basketball by Maddie Dunnigan

The SMS Girls basketball team has been doing very well. We have won two of our four games against Tolland and Granby. The girls team consists of many 8th graders as well as 7th and 6th graders. The 8th graders are Erin Carucci, Molly Stone, Paige Anderson, Riley Moores, an Anna Blakeley. The 7th graders are Alexis Ford, Hailee Mailloux, Lizzy Lovoi, and Carly Matthews. And the 6th graders are, Cassie Bosco and Jordan Dion. Our team has the advantage of having a wonderful and fun coach, Mr.Drago he has really helped us work together as a team and he has made us into better players. He supports us on and off the court and is a wonderful coach. We are very lucky to have him this year. Please come to our games and support us!




Suffield Public Schools
350 Mountain Road, Suffield, CT 06078
Phone: 860-668-3800 (Central Office)


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