Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

October 14, 2022

One Chip Challenge, Spicy Peppers, and Other Spicy Foods

Like many schools today, we have a few students who have participated in the viral “One Chip Challenge” or have eaten other spicy foods on purpose here at school. The challenge is to eat a particularly hot/spicy chip or pepper. In our building, this has caused several students to need to go to the heath office for burning eyes, burning tongue, and upset stomachs. We do not want these extraordinary spicy chips, powders, or peppers in our building as it causes a disruption to our academic day. Please talk about this as a family, and join us as we remind students that it is not a good idea to accept food from a classmate that has an unknown origin. We also encourage you to talk about social media and these types of viral challenges in general. In our work as an Edgewood community, we will continue to work with students on being perceptive and using critical thinking skills when it comes to social media and peer influence.

Halloween Costumes

In partnership with the elementary schools, Halloween costumes WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to be worn to school on Halloween, Monday, October 31.

Student Picture Orders

Once the Jostens school photos from our retake day on October 13 are uploaded into their system, you will be able to order online here using the Event code FE198922. Photos from our September picture day are currently uploaded on the website. For more information on how to order pictures, please see their flyer here.

Reminder - FREE Coat Drive Tomorrow!

Coats and other winter clothing will be available free of charge for those in need at an upcoming coat drive. The drive will take place at Christ the King Lutheran Church (1900 7th St. NW, New Brighton) on Saturday, October 15, from 10 am - 2 pm The flyer can be found here.

Important Dates

Wednesday, October 19 - PreACT Test Make-up Day/Community Day

Thursday, October 20-Friday, October 21 - No School (MEA)

Thursday, October 27 - Mid-semester Check-in/Parent Communication Night

Friday, November 4 - No School

Thursday, November 10-Saturday, November 12 - Annie, Jr. Fall Musical

Tuesday, November 15 - Parent Communication Night

Thursday, November 17 - 7th & 8th Grade/Jazz Band Concert

Monday, November 21-Friday, November 25 - Fall Break

No School Next Thursday & Friday

Please note that there is no school on Thursday, October 20, and Friday, October 21, for MEA. The main office will be closed on both days.

Eighth Grade Pre-ACT Make-up Day

Wednesday, October 19, will be the Pre-ACT make-up day for any eighth graders who are absent for today's Pre-ACT test. For more information regarding the Pre-ACT, please see the letter that went out on October 5.

Parent Communication Night

We look forward to welcoming you for our parent communication night (parent-teacher conferences) on Thursday, October 27, from 4:00-7:30 pm. Communication night offers an in-person option or a virtual option. Sign-ups will be shared with families by Monday, October 24.

EPAT MEETING (Edgewood Parents and Teachers Group)

Join us for our next meeting of the school year on Monday, November 14, at 6:30 pm at Edgewood.

We are seeking a group of diverse parents to join the EPAT committee meetings. It is a very small time commitment to be on the committee, only 5-6 hours a year, but can be more if you take on additional coordination duties. We need to have a quorum to approve any budget items. The meetings are to discuss/coordinate specific EPAT Sponsored activities, approve annual teacher grant requests, fundraise and manage the EPAT budget. The committee meetings are held in October, November, February, April and July. These meetings are typically in-person at Edgewood.

Please reach out to the following contacts if interested in joining the committee:

Margaret Meyer (Margaret.Meyer@moundsviewschools.org) or

Kimberly Lockwood (lockwood.kimberly@gmail.com)


Weekly Student Activity Bulletin

MONDAY, October 17 (A Day)

  • Breakfast Served – Cafeteria 7:15–7:40 AM

  • Boys Soccer Match @ Edgewood Middle School 3:00-5:00

  • Fall Musical Cast/Ensemble Rehearsal - Stage 2:30-3:30

  • Girls Tennis Match @ Edgewood Middle School 3:00-5:00

  • Math Team - Room 121 2:30-3:30

  • Run Club (Coed) - Outside Door 21 (Bus Loop) 2:30-3:40

  • Science Zone - Room 003 2:30-3:30

  • Spanish Zone - Room 106 2:30-3:30

  • Strategy Game Club - Cafeteria 2:30-3:45

  • United for Success - Room 122 2:30-3:30

TUESDAY, October 18 (B Day)

  • Breakfast Served – Cafeteria 7:15–7:40 AM

  • Boys Tennis Match @ Edgewood Middle School 3:00-5:00

  • Fall Musical Cast/Ensemble Rehearsal - Stage 2:30-3:30

  • Girls Soccer Match @ Edgewood Middle School 3:00-5:00

  • Jazz Band - Band Room 2:30-3:30

  • Math Zone (MSM1 & MSM2) - Room 014 2:30-3:30

  • Social Studies Zone - Room 006 2:30-3:30

  • Ultimate Frisbee Match @ Highview Middle School 3:00-5:00

  • Unified Club - Room 232 2:30-3:30

WEDNESDAY, October 19 (A Day)

  • Breakfast Served – Cafeteria 7:15–7:40 AM

  • Boys Soccer Practice - Upper Field 2:30-3:40 PM

  • Chamber Orchestra - Orchestra Room 2:25-3:30

  • Fall Musical Cast/Ensemble Rehearsal - Stage 2:30-3:30

  • Girls Tennis Practice - Tennis Court 2:30-3:40

  • Math Zone (Int. Algebra, MSA, & Geometry) - Room 116 2:30-3:30

  • Reading Zone - Room 001 2:30-3:30

  • Run Club (Coed) - Outside Door 21 (Bus Loop) 2:30-3:40

THURSDAY, October 20


FRIDAY, October 21


*Activities are subject to change, please listen for daily announcements.

After-school Activity Buses

After-school activity buses will be availalbe Mondays through Thursdays beginning the week of September 19. For any after-school actiities before September 19th and on Fridays, students will either need to be picked up or walk home after the activitiy. After-school activity bus routes can be found here.

Join Quiz Bowl!

Quiz Bowl is a competitive trivia activity. Teams of four students go head-to-head to buzz in and answer trvia questions. Think Jeopardy but with teamwork!

There are four meets throughout the school year at a variety of schools. Meets will take place Saturday mornings. For the past six years, the Edgewood team has qualified for Nationals and traveled to Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas.

Practices will run Mondays and Thursdays beginning on Monday, October 24, from 2:25-3:25pm in Room 021. Students can attend either one or both practices, no try-outs required. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perucco at daniel.perucco@mvpschools.org or Ms. Kourajian at zoe.kourajian@mvpschools.org.

After-School Sports Coaches Needed!

Attention Parents - Edgewood's Community Ed After-School Sports are in need of coaches! After-school sports cannot happen without coaches. Below is a list of each sport where help is needed this season, and we would welcome help in ANY capacity - YOU WILL BE COMPENSATED. If you are available everyday, great!, But even if it is only one of the days a week or just being available as someone we can connect with for subbing please let us know. All non-staff confirmed coaches must pass a background check)*

The commitment this year is generally 2 days a week 2:30-3:45pm (Also for competitive sports only - 2 game nights a season against other District middle schools that run until about 5:30pm). Seasons run 1-2 months.

Late Fall:

  • Volleyball *Coed*

  • Gym Games


  • Boys Basketball

  • Girls Basketball

  • Floor Hockey *Coed*

  • Swimming 1 (Skill Building)

  • Swimming 2 (Competitions)

  • Fitness Training (Weight Lifting)

  • Ski & Snowboard Club


  • Track

  • Flag Football

  • Coed Tennis

  • Quidditch

We sincerely appreciate your consideration! If you are interested in helping out or have any questions, please contact Mr. VanHouse at christian.vanhouse@mvpschools.org.


High School Events: Know Before You Go!

Irondale High School and Mounds View High School welcome middle school families and students to their after-school and evening events. Before you go to a football game this fall, here are some things to keep in mind to ensure a positive experience for everyone.

● Students should always carry a student ID or other identification when attending high school games.

○ Only students attending the home school and the opposing team school will be allowed to attend athletic events.

○ Students not enrolled at either school must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

■ Guardians should supervise minors they accompany at all times.

■ Guardians over 18 will be held liable for the behavior of minors they accompany.

● Bags are prohibited past the entrance gate to our stadiums. This includes backpacks, purses, tote bags, cross-body bags, etc.

● There is no re-entry if a spectator leaves.

● At any given time, students and guests may be asked to vacate the premises without a refund.

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership in our efforts to provide a safe and joyful experience for our students and guests.

Go Knights! Go Mustangs!

Irondale Dance Team Tryouts

Attention seventh & eighth grade students! Join the Irondale Dance Team for tryouts on Monday, October 24, through Wednesday, October 26, at Irondale at 3:30 pm. Please email 2027HerK53@moundsviewschools.org for a registration form or if you have any questions.

Alpine Ski Team

Do you love slalom ski racing or alpine skiing and are competitive and curious? The alpine ski racing season is quickly approaching so it's time to start thinking about tuning your skis and hitting the slopes. If you are a 7th or 8th grader, you are eligible to join the Mounds View/Irondale Alpine Ski Team. Join us for our season kick off meeting on Tuesday, October 25, at 7:00pm, in The Forum at Mounds View High School to learn more about our upcoming season. Skiers and one parent/guarding must attend. IRONDALE ALPINE SKI TEAM (google.com) Questions? Email coach Erik Saari at driven_esaari@yahoo.com.

Irondale Nordic Ski Information

The Irondale nordic ski team is looking for new members! Seventh and eighth graders that are interested in joining the high school team should attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 (6-7pm)! The meeting will be in the new building in the back of Irondale- please park in the new North lot by the tennis courts.

Coach Torvi will be there to answer questions and go over team information.

The season starts Nov 14-Feb 16.

Lots of Information on the Team Website!

Coach Torvi contact information - chris.torvi@moundsviewschools.org

Middle School Consent Form for High School Activities

Seventh & eighth grade athletes that wish to participate on a high school team will also register online. Before you begin your online registration, approval must be obtained from the middle school principal or dean, the high school activities director and coach. In addition, signatures from both student & parent/guardian are also required. Please complete this Middle School consent form and deliver to the high school activities office before you begin the online registration.


Upcoming Community Ed Activities

Mounds View Schools Community Education offers a variety of opportunities for youth, families and adults to pursue interests, expand abilities and improve social skills in an informal, friendly atmosphere. Programming is offered before school, after school, non-school days and weekends. Click here to see all Community Education offerings!

Community Programs

In addition to the youth programs and enrichment opportunities available through the District's Community Ed Department, a number of activities, camps and youth programs are hosted by area cities, local businesses, community organizations and school PTA groups. Please see offerings available in the district attendance area here.


2022-23 General Information

The 2022-23 General Information Packet can be found here.

The daily schedule can be found here.

The 2022-23 school calendar can be found here.

The 2022-23 A/B school calendar (6th grade only) can be found here.

The lunch menu can be found here.

If your student is going to be out for an extended amount of time, please fill out the extended absence form and have them drop it off in the front office.

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Lost Phones and Airpods

Parents, we are seeing an uptick of lost or misplaced personal devices such as cell phones and wireless earbuds. We understand these are expensive items and are of value. Please share with your child that it is best to keep such items in their lockers, backpacks, or kept at home as the goal is to not lose these items and ultimately remain engaged in their learning.

Educational Benefits

Parents, you should have received an email if you had yet to complete your educational benefits form. This form's completion includes the benefits of free or reduced; home internet, school activities, academic test, transportation, breakfast and lunch, and college applications. More information can be found here. The application can be found here.

2022-23 Edgewood Handbook

The 2022-23 Edgewood Handbook can be found here.
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