May Edition of the DMS Newsflash!


Upcoming Events

May 3       PTO Meeting 6:30 PM (AT SHS)

May 3     Community Meeting: Building Project Meeting

May 10 - 22 SBA Testing Grades 3 & 4 

May 10      Elementary Unified Celebration (4:00 - 5:30 )

May 12      Board of Education Meeting @ SHS - 7PM

May 24     Incoming 5th Grade Parent Night at MMS

May 26          Science and Technology Day

May 30         Memorial Day - No School

June 1 & 2     Field Days

June 2      SPS Unified Banquet, SHS Commons

June 6      DMS Flag Day (Rain Date: June 7th)

June 7      PTO Meeting, DMS Library 

June 10      4th Grade Party

June 13 Last Day of School-Early Dismissal 1:10 pm

Dear Parents & Guardians,

In an effort to ensure our students are achieving academic success, we will be conducting Smarter Balanced Assessment testing for all students in Grades 3 and 4 from May 10th through May 20th.  The Smarter Balanced Assessment is aligned to the Connecticut Core Standards and is designed to assess student progress toward college and career readiness in mathematics, reading, and writing.  Administered online, these assessments will adapt to each student’s ability, giving teachers and parents/guardians information to help students succeed.  

Deans Mill Students will participate in the following tests:

Math Session 1 (90 min)

Math Session 2 - Performance Test (60 min session)

ELA (90 min session)

As required by Connecticut General Statute 10-14n, all students are required to take a mastery examination in Grades 3 – 8 for mathematics, reading, and writing.

Key Features of the Smarter Balanced Assessment

  • Measures critical thinking with questions that ask students to demonstrate their research, writing, and problem solving skills

  • All testing is administered using a secure online assessment system that includes a variety of tools and technology-enhanced test questions that will improve the assessment experience for our students

  • Accessibility tools for all students and accommodations – such as text-to-speech, key word translation glossaries, American Sign Language translation, and Braille – for those who need them

  • Assessments are untimed and students can take breaks so that they can do their best

To provide an ideal testing environment for your child, please do your best to ensure they get adequate rest, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive on time for school during the testing window.

To learn more about the assessments, explore the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests ( with your child.  For more information about the Smarter Balanced Assessments in our district, please visit Stonington Public Schools District Assessment webpage. Visit the Connecticut Smarter Balanced website ( to find additional information for parents.

Based on 2014-15 testing results, Deans Mill School was recognized by the Connecticut State Department of Education as a School of Distinction.  Overall, there were 84 Schools of Distinction within the State of Connecticut.  Deans Mill School was recognized as s School of Distinction for Highest Performing Overall and Highest Performing Subgroup. These are schools in the top 10% with respect to the Accountability Index.  We are very proud of our students and staff for this achievement and look forward to continuously increasing academic growth.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


Jennifer McCurdy

Thomas Bousquet

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