Edison Middle School

Our Vision and Mission: To educate and prepare each student to succeed in a changing world

Office: 605-367-7643

Website: https://www.sf.k12.sd.us/edison/home

Email: SFSDEdisonOffice@k12.sd.us

Counseling Center: 605-367-8331

Fax: 605-367-8457

Edison is now on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Facebook: @WeAreTheCats

Twitter: @EdisonCats

Instagram: @sfsdedisoncats

Newsletter Date:

March 2nd, 2022

Volume 2, Issue 8

Dates to Remember...

March 18
  • No School, Compensatory Day

March 23

  • End of 3rd Quarter

April 1

  • Early Dismissal, 2pm
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Tips From the Office...

Attendance Matters

One of the most important things students can do to achieve success is also one of the most basic: attend school every day and on time! Students who attend school regularly achieve at higher levels than students who do not have
regular attendance

Please remember to call or email the office if your student will be absent for any reason. If your student needs to leave early for an appointment, let the office know before the school day if possible. The office will provide students with a pass before school begins to avoid classroom interruptions. You can email the Edison Attendance Office at SFSDEdisonAttendance@k12.sd.us

District Parent Calendar

Click to view the Sioux Falls School District Parent Calendar

Principal's Corner

Hello Edison Families,

March came in like a lamb and we are very much enjoying this beautiful weather, even if it is just for a short time! It is hard to believe that we are only a few weeks away from the end of 3rd quarter. This school year has gone by so quickly!! I wanted to highlight a few things happening at Edison in the upcoming weeks, as well as provide some focus as we continue strong through the remainder of our school year.

In March and April, we will begin planning for the 22-23 school year. Students will register for classes or visit new schools if they are transitioning to High School next year! Counselors will visit our 6th and 7th grade classrooms at the end of this month and discuss classes for next year. We will send that information home with your student, as well as via email. Please look for those emails and let us know if you have any questions! If you have an incoming 6th grader, the April Edison ECHO will have transition information and dates for the Spring/Summer.

This month, we kicked off a community-wide reading initiative called “Everybody Reads.” Throughout this month students will be encouraged across the community to read, and for each book completed, students will receive a leaf to place on our “Everybody Reads” tree in the library. We look forward to covering that tree with leaves this month as we celebrate reading!

Although we are approaching the last stretch of the school year, this stretch is incredibly important! In a little over a month, we will be participating in the SD Assessment. This data is essential to our work with our students, even more important post COVID closures, as we examine student needs and work to support those needs in our classrooms. If your students need extra support or practice, our Edison EXTRA sessions are great opportunities for students to get extra help. The dates and times are located in the newsletter below.

Thank you so much for sharing your students with us! We have had an amazing school year and look forward to continuing strong into the Spring!


Amber Blume, Principal

Edison Extra

We have started our Edison EXTRA sessions. These sessions are designed to give students extra support and practice with concepts they may be struggling with at school. A couple notes regarding these sessions...

  • Sessions will take place on FULL weeks only (M-F) throughout the year
  • Sessions begin at 8am- please be on time.
  • Schedule: Mon- Science. Tues- ELA. Thurs- Math. Fri- Social Studies
  • Sessions will have a mini-lesson and planned practice. Students can also get assistance with homework or classroom practice.
  • Sessions are designed for students that are struggling and need reteaching opportunities.
  • Students do not have to sign up, they just come in through the front door/office and we will direct them to their session room.
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Superintendent Column

Click to read the latest information from our Superintendent, Dr. Jane Stavem

Edison's PTO

THANK YOU to all the family members who provided for the conference meals for our teachers and staff! Every staff member and teacher we ran into voiced great appreciation for the meals. Thank you for taking the time to support our Edison community in this way!

THANK YOU for visiting the Book Fair and Spiritwear booths during conferences! There were a good number of sales which directly benefit our students and teachers. Over $1400 in books were sold at the Book Fair which provides Edison with over $400 in Scholastic book money. We also sold over $500 in Spiritwear. Once again, thank you for supporting Edison!

PTO Board nominees have been selected for the 2022-2023 school year. Thankfully, we have a number of board members who are able to serve another year. Below are the nominees. We will be voting on this slate of nominees at our next PTO meeting, March 16th, at 12:00pm via Zoom. If you have any questions about the nominees or voting process please send an email to edisonsiouxfalls@gmail.com.

Co-president: LeAnn Minister

Co-president: Margaret Preston

Treasurer: Kristina Sipma

Secretary: Shannon Huber

We hope you will join us for our next PTO meeting. In addition to voting on 2022-2023 PTO Board Officers, we will also discuss spring events and hear an update from Principal Blume. The meeting is March 16th at 12:00pm via Zoom and can be accessed by the link below.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 881 4487 0067
Passcode: 907743

Go Cats!

LeAnn Minister and Nikki Schmaltz

2021-22 PTO Co-Presidents

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Student of the Month

Music Notes

March Music Notes


Mar. 31 EMS Orchestra Concerts in Gym 6:00-6th gr., 6:45-7th gr., 7:30-8th gr.

Apr. 21 EMS Band Concerts in Gym 6th grade–6:30 p.m. & 7th/8th grade–7:30 p.m.

May 3 EMS Chorus Concerts in Gym 6th grade – 6:30 p.m. & 7th/8th grade – 7:45 p.m.


Mar. 12 Band Solo/Ensemble Contest at BRMS (Ben Reifel MS) 8:00 am–1:00 p.m.

Mar. 24 Brio Concert with 5th Grade Orchestra Festival Concert 7:00 p.m.

Apr. 8 Brio/Inventions/Jazz Band Tour Day All Day

Apr. 11 5th Grade Area Band Festival with Jazz Band 7:00 p.m.

April 23 Orchestra Contest at Susan B Anthony Elementary All Day

May 6 (*new date*) Inventions Friends and Family Performance in auditorium 7:00 p.m.


Each month the band, orchestra, and chorus areas will each recognize a 6th, 7th, and 8th grader that shows exceptional dedication, responsibility, and character each and every day.

Musicians of the month for FEBRUARY are:

Band: Victoria Deng (8) Marlo Gerling (7) Gabriela Martinez (6)

Chorus: Emily Mertes (8) Julia Lunic (7) Taysia Blom (6)

Orchestra: Nevaeh Woldt (8) Juliet Meyers/Muriel Jensen (7) Ainsley Niederauer (6)


Be on the lookout for information coming soon about Marching Band opportunities at your student’s future high school. Parent meetings, schedules/information and sign-ups are often done during the month of March. We encourage all of our 8th graders to give Marching Band a try next year. Color guard (flags, rifles, etc.) is a fun option in Marching Band too, and is open to band students as well as your friends who do not play an instrument.


Your student will have the option of performing in a small group contest where they play in front of a judge and get a rating on how well they perform. Contest is not until April 23, however, we will choose music soon to start working on. We will help students choose music during orchestra class.


Jazz Band meets on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:45 – 8:45 a.m.

Brio meets on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:10 – 8:45 a.m.

Inventions meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:45 - 8:45 a.m.


Now is a great time of year to consider starting private lessons on your instrument/voice. Individual lessons with a skilled teacher are a great way to learn, grow, and excel as a musician. The private lesson list can be found on the Edison Music Dept. website at http://emsmusicdept.weebly.com/private-instructors-list.html


Please notify your child’s director if you need a sign language interpreter for the spring concert. Notify the director at least ONE MONTH before the concert date. (Concert dates and director emails are included in this ECHO.)


The Edison Music Department has a website! Refer to this website for information and dates.


“Like” us on Facebook!~

Edison Music Department has a Facebook page! This page will be used for informational purposes only. You can check concert dates, rehearsal dates, practicing tips, etc. on our page. We will NOT have any pictures of students posted, it will strictly be used for getting information out to you!

The page is: www.facebook.com/EMSMusicDept

There are other Edison schools out there so check before you “like” our site!

“I would rather write 10,000 notes than a single letter of the alphabet.” - Ludwig van Beethoven

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Library News

The Sioux Falls School Libraries together with the Siouxland Public Libraries are excited to announce...


For the month of March, the library is asking students to keep track of how many books are they finish. When students finish a book, they come to the library to write their name on a leaf. One leaf will be added to our tree in the library for each book completed. So come to the library and find a good book (or 2) and get ready to read!

Thanks for your help and support with this!

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News from the Counseling Office

7th grade registration will be in the beginning of March during science classes and 6th grade registration will be at the end of March during science classes. A form will be sent home with your child and a signature requested.

Attention 8th grade Families: Connections Classes available this summer.

Why should freshmen attend Connections?

Connections students start high school right and earn a half credit toward graduation. The program is packed with ideas, strategies, people, and new experiences that will help prepare students for a great first day and a successful first year of high school. Connections students review important reading, math, and study strategies. They also learn problem-solving techniques and organizational ideas that make the transition to high school less stressful. Connections students also participate in activities that increase confidence, create relationships, and familiarize them with how high school works so that they are ready for high school. After Connections they will be able to assist other freshmen in the transition to high school as well.

Contact your middle school counselor or future high school for more information on times and cost. Each High School has their own unique dates and schedules. Limited space.

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Athletic Information

Edison Families,

Our boys’ basketball season will be finishing up the week of March7- 10th. It has been great to see the teams improve over the course of the season. I would like to thank the coaches for their hard work and dedication to Edison Athletics. The coaches are for 8th grade: Mr. Frank and Mr. Randall, and the 7th grade coaches are Mr. Punt and Mr. Beacom. Additionally, a thank you goes out for those staff members who help keep score, supervise, or time the games. Mrs. Blades, Ms. DeLange, Mr. Merrigan, Mrs. Fawcett, Mrs. Bickley, Mrs. Parks and Mrs. VanVleet and Mr. Harner. I really appreciate your willingness to help in Athletics.

Track and Field

7-8 Boys and Girls track sign-up will begin March 7th. There will be a link on the Edison athletic website for students to sign-up. The first practice is March 21, 2022. All student athletes are required to have a sports physical and complete a parent permission packet. If your son or daughter has already participated in a school sport, they are ready to go. Track is not only for the runner. There are field events such as shot put, discuss, long jump, and high jump.

Athletic information Night

For current 6th and 7th graders

Informational meeting about athletics for the 2022-23 school year will be held on Tuesday, May 17th at 7PM in the gymnasium.

Edison Athletic Events

Code of Conduct

The following criteria has been established to ensure that all athletes, officials, event workers, and visitors will have a positive experience attending an athletic event at Edison.

Attending events:

1. Gym opens at 3:55PM—please wait for gym to be prepared for the event.

2. Student must be in the gym by 4PM unless have a pass from a teacher due to academics.

3. Students may leave once, 1person at a time to use the restroom in the hallway by cafeteria.

4. The second time a student must leave the gym for any reason they are not allowed back into the event.

Edison encourages:

  • Enthusiastic support of your team
  • Good sportsmanship
  • Family friendly atmosphere
  • Commitment to safety
  • Welcoming attitude to all fans and visitors

Unacceptable behaviors:

  • All school rules apply towards dress code
  • No hats, bandanas, etc.
  • Disruptive or unruly behavior
  • Foul or obscene language
  • Rudeness to fellow fans or Edison staff.

The Athletic Coordinator retains the right to remove you from the event and must leave the building or football field if you are in violation of any of these conditions. Failure to comply will result in suspension of your privilege to attend future events.

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Future Lincoln Patriots!

Sioux Falls Lincoln 2022-2023 All Activities Night

Lincoln High School will be hosting a “LHS All Activities Information Night” for ALL incoming 9th-12th grade students at LHS for the 2022-2023 school year. This will take place on March 22, 2022:

6pm-6:30pm All Activities (main gym)

Coaches and Advisors will be available after to focus on fall activities and provide information for other activities along with information on supporting the Red White and Blue Booster Club.

Any questions, please contact the LHS Activities Office at 605-367-7990 or e-mail: kristin.brown@k12.sd.us

Future Rough Riders!

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SFSD Child Nutrition Newsletter

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***Students will still receive free breakfast and lunch for 2021-2022 school year

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Box Tops!


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