The Cider Mill School is for Wilton’s 3rd through 5th grade students.
Principal: Dr. Jennifer Mitchell
Assistant Principals: Catherine O’Keefe + Ellen Tuckner
240 School Road
Wilton, CT 06897
PTA InfoLine: 203.454.6263
Regular schedule: 7:40 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
Shortened Day schedule: 7:40 a.m.-11:55 a.m.
Early Dismissal: Occurs at 11:30 a.m.
Cider Mill School incorporates Wilton’s rich history into everyday education. Cider Mill is partitioned into four areas for learning named for historical schoolhouses once found in Wilton — Nod Hill, Cannondale, Belden Hill and Kent. Each student progresses through a designated house from the third to fifth grades, insuring continuity and educational stability. This child centered approach creates a neighborhood where students are encouraged to explore, create and learn, building the skills necessary to reach their fullest potential now and in the future.
Accolades and Achievements
- Class of 2018: Grade 5 CMT Performance at Mastery Level (Math 94%; Reading 89%; Writing 84%; Science 90%)
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the hours of the school day?
The school day for children begins at 7:40 am and ends at 2:10. The shortened day schedule begins at 7:40 and ends at 11:55. Emergency Dismissal occurs at 11:30am.
Where can I find out about snow cancellations and emergency dismissals?
An automated communication system called ALERT NOW is used to reach families for emergency early dismissals and closings. Local TV and radio stations also have closing information. The Wilton School District Website also has links to CT Weather closings. Emergency dismissal occurs at 11:30 am.
What bus should my child take?
Bus routes are available on-line at Wilton Transportation
What should I do if my child will be absent?
Please call the attendance hotline at 834-4950 before 8:00 am to report an absence. If you prefer, you may e-mail the office staff. Please include your name, your child’s name, your child’s teacher, and the reason for the absence. You must also write a note to your child’s teacher upon your child’s return.
What should I do if I need my child to leave school early?
Send a note to your child’s teacher on the day your child will leave early. You should also send a note to school if your child will be taking a different bus home or has other changes in his or her pick up routine.
Where do I drop off or pick up my child?
All children in Nod Hill and Cannondale use the North entrance by the playground. All children in Belden Hill and Kent use the South entrance playground area. We ask all parents who visit the school to use the North main entrance and sign in at the main office.
What are the school hours for Cider Mill and how can I contact the school or my child’s teacher after hours?
The office is open between 7:15 am and 3:30 pm. Call 762-3351 to reach the office or, after hours, our voice mail system. You can also contact any member of the staff via e-mail.
What kind of special events take place at Cider Mill?
The PTA sponsors many programs and events throughout the school year. These include River Study, Turkey Trot, Fun Nights and Field Days. Timely information about these events can be found in the Thursday folders or in the Virtual Backpack.
What extended day activities are offered?
Cider Mill offers some extended day activities. Request forms go out early in the school year. Clubs meet weekly, on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:30pm. Activities include: Cider Mill Singers, Student Activity Group, and Advanced Strings.
What is Student Activity Group?
S.A.G. is made up of two representatives elected from each class in September and January. Members gather suggestions from their classmates and work on service projects, spirit days, and other fun activities.
What intramural sports are offered?
Intramurals are held in the mornings from 7:00 to 7:35 am. The schedules of days and programs are decided by the P.E. teachers. The programs include: Flag Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Basketball, Floor Hockey and Track and Field.
How are teaching teams organized?
Teaching teams are organized by house with three to four classes each of third, fourth and fifth grades. Within each house, teachers work most closely with the other teachers in their grade.
What is my child’s typical day like?
Teachers’ days are structured differently depending on the grade and house. Please see your child’s teacher for your child’s schedule. A typical day might be: 7:40 Morning Work, 8:00 Math, 9:10 Special (music, gym, art, library), 9:55 Reading/Language Arts, 11:35 Lunch, 11:55 Recess, 12:15 Writers’ Workshop, 1:00 Social Studies or Science.
For how long may library books be checked out?
Books can be checked out for two weeks. Books on tape may be checked out for one week. Videos may be checked out for one night and require a special permission slip. Reference books such as encyclopedias may only be used in school so that all children have access to them. Visit our online library/media site for more information.
What is the lunch hour for my child?
Lunch periods run from 11:00-1:10 depending on your child’s grade and class.
What musical instruments and programs are offered?
Regular music classes include “Orff” and international instruments. In addition, fourth grade chorus is offered and meets during the day. Orchestra and strings instruction is available beginning in 3rd grade. A child may join in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade. Band is available starting in 5th grade. Rehearsals for both band and orchestra occur at 7:00 am. Lessons occur during the school day. Advanced band and strings are extended day activities.