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:

December 8, 2021

Volume 2, Issue 5

Dates to Remember...

December 13-14

  • Map Testing

December 22-31

  • No School, Holiday Break

January 3

  • Classes Resume

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

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is already full of items! We have all of the items out on tables in the lunch room. Please have your student check and claim what is theirs. All items will be donated over break!

District Parent Calendar

Click to view the Sioux Falls School District Parent Calendar

Principal's Corner

Hello Edison Families,

It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of 2021. The first half of the school year has gone incredibly fast! This is a hectic time of year, and a lot of things are happening at Edison! Here are some highlights…

· Music Concerts- Concert season is upon us! We are fortunate to have many talented musicians at Edison and watching them perform is a treat! Thanks to our music directors Ms. Sundvold, Ms. Weflen, Mr. Jensen, Ms. Deinken, Ms. Sip and Ms. Abels for all their work with our musicians to prepare them for these concerts!

· Edison Variety Show- We have some extremely talented students at Edison and this week we will see them show off those talents. This is one of our favorite shows of the year!

· Student Council Blanket Making- Our Edison Student Council has been working on giving back. Their December focus is planning a blanket making event to make blankets for Project Warmup, which donates blankets to families in need. We are thankful for the donations of fleece to make this event happen at our school!

· MAP Testing- Next week on Monday and Tuesday we will be MAP testing. This will be our mid-year check to see the progress we have made from September to December. We have been working hard and are excited to see our students’ progress!

· PBIS Tardy Focus- Throughout the month of December, we have a school-wide focus of being to class on time! Our students have three minutes to pass in between periods, so there is no time to waste! This time of year, we tend to stray from the good habits we worked to build at the beginning of the year. A school-wide focus on being to class on time has refocused our student body on the importance of timeliness, which is a lifelong skill!

Although December has a lot of things happening, what is first and foremost in our minds is student achievement! We have approximately a month and a half left in this semester, and we want to finish strong! Remember you can see your student’s progress on Infinite Campus. If you need help accessing that portal, please contact the Edison office. If your student needs extra help, teachers are available to work with them during Directed Studies, as well as during our Edison EXTRA sessions.

We are reminded during the holiday season how fortunate we are to have such amazing staff, students, and families at Edison Middle School. Thanks for all you do to support our students. We wish you a very happy holiday season!


Amber Blume, Principal

Superintendent Column

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

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.

News from the Counseling Office

8th Graders Thinking About High School Already?

8th grade students will be working on high school transition activities during pro! They will take an interest inventory assessment on SDMyLife.com. They will use the Welcome to High School handbook to answer questions about high school and help prepare them. Here are a few dates you should know about coming up:


December 1st– 1st day to submit open enrollment forms for 2022-2023

All done on-line. http://www.sf.k12.sd.us/parents/school-registration-enrollment/open-enrollment-procedures-application

Kiosks available at IPC( 201 E 38th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105) for those that do not have computer access.


High School Parent Days – It is very important to attend a parent day/night at your prospective high school

1/7/2021, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

1/8/2021, 9:30 - 11:00 am


1/20/2021, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

1/22/2021, 9:30 - 11:00 am


1/8/2021, 9:00 - 10:00 am

1/10/2021, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

January 10th – HS counselors visit from 3-3:45 am to discuss High School Registration and classes.

HS registration!!

January 26th – 8th graders will register with their high school counselors during 8th period. High School registration sheets due no later than January 24th to their PRO teacher.

Counselors at Edison follow their students throughout middle school.

Mrs. Murphy – ALL 6th grade (pictured left)

Mr. Biteler – ALL 7th grade (pictured middle)

Mrs. Plaine – ALL 8th grade (pictured right)

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Edison's PTO

Happy holidays from the Edison PTO!

Catalog Orders

If you ordered items from the catalog fundraiser to be shipped to the school, they will arrive and need to be picked up on December 14th. More details will be sent out by email soon. Also, you can continue to place online orders until May and still earn money for Edison. The items must be shipped to your home. So, if you love the cookies, pizza, popcorn, etc - you can order more any time!

Spirit Wear

If you recently ordered from the online spirit wear store, the orders should arrive at the school around December 20th. The items will be sent home with your student.

If you still want to give Edison spirit wear as a holiday gift, you can place an order from our current inventory at the website below. If you have questions regarding Spirit Wear feel free to email edisonms.spiritwear@gmail.com


Other ways to support the PTO

  • As you do your online holiday shopping, don't forget about AmazonSmile! Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your purchase to the charitable organization of your choice. Just start your shopping at Amazon Smile and choose Edison Middle School of Sioux Falls.


  • Make a donation! Funds raised help enrich our student’s learning experiences, including continued library updates, as well as counselor, student, and classroom needs. If you would like to send money to support the PTO, you can send cash in an envelope marked “PTO” or send a check made out to “Edison PTO” and leave it with the office staff. Or make an online donation at https://general-donations-to-the-pto.cheddarup.com

  • Join us at our next PTO meeting on Wednesday, December 15th at noon via zoom. Look for an email with the zoom link, or you can find it on our website www.edisonsf.org.

  • Be a part of the PTO board next year. The Edison PTO will have board position(s) and committee opening for the 2022-23 school year. If you would like to get more involved with the school, would like to meet interesting people, and want to make a difference, please think about being a part of our board or on a committee. It’s not as much work as you think...and it's wonderfully rewarding! Contact us at edisonsiouxfalls@gmail.com to learn more!

January PTO meeting date/time change

The January meeting will be held via zoom on Monday, January 24th at 6pm. Please note that the December meeting is still being held on the normal date and time, Wednesday, December 17 at noon.

Go Cats!

LeAnn Minister and Nikki Schmaltz

2021-22 PTO Co-Presidents

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Student Council

The Edison Student Council, along with the Edison student body continue to find ways to give back to our community. Through the Edison STUCO STORE, held two times per month, we continue to raise funds to donate to organizations within our community. The funds raised during our November/December sales will be used to provide gifts to those currently living at the Heartland House. Along with this, the student council will be hosting a morning blanket making party to tie blankets to donate to project warm up. We are currently looking for donations of fleece to allow us to make as many blankets as possible. If your family is able to donate fleece, please send it with your child and have them drop it off in the office or with his/her PRO teacher by December 6th. As always, thank you for your continued support! Together, we are making a difference. Together we are better!

Student of the Month

Music Notes

December Music Notes

Important Dates for First Semester~

Make sure your child’s concert dates are on your calendar. High school concert information will be communicated with your child if they are an 8th grader in band.


Dec. 7 Edison BAND Concerts 6th grade/Jazz Band–6:30 p.m., 7th & 8th grade–7:30 p.m.

Dec. 14 Edison CHORUS Concerts 6th grade – 6:30 p.m. & 7th/8th grade – 7:45 p.m.


Dec. 9 & 10 Variety show performance in auditorium 7:00 p.m.

Dec. 16 RHS Band Concert w/8th graders (7:30 am rehearsal) 7:00 p.m. @ RHS

Musician of the Month~

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 November are:

Band: Matthew Hartmann (8) Matthew Luke (7) Danica Bukovich (6)

Chorus: Woody Face (8) Lauren Huber (7) Tyson Blom (6)

Orchestra: Sky Wescott (8) Jeremiah Borgum (7) Johanna Neiderhiser (6)

Ensemble Schedule~

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.

Variety Show Performances!~

Plan to attend the Edison Variety Show at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9 or 10, 2021. All seats are $3. Tickets will only be sold at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

There will be a student show on Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. for Edison students and staff. Admission for the student show is $1.

High School Band Auditions~

Students are not required to audition for band classes and marching band at the Sioux Falls public high schools. However, students may choose to audition for an upper level band class instead of the normal Freshman Band. Audition music will be available for LHS in mid-December and for RHS after Winter Break. Students are encouraged to get help on their music in private lessons or from Mr. Jensen/Miss Deinken.

Edison Music Department Website~

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!

With the right music, you either forget everything or you remember everything.– Unknown

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Library News

The season of food and travel is upon us. As you celebrate the upcoming holidays, please keep an eye on the Edison library books and other materials your child has checked out. If the books travel with you, please make sure they return. And as your child indulges in all the holiday goodies, please make sure their library books aren’t near the food or drink. Your help will make the library’s holiday season brighter!


Looking for a great gift? How about a book? Here are some suggestions.

6th grade and up

Scar Island by Gemeinhardt

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot by Kinney

Unplugged by Korman

New Kid by Craft

Refugee by Gratz

Blended by Draper

7th grade and up

Not if I Save You First by Carter

Girl in the White Van by Henry

Warcross by Lu

Darkest Minds by Bracken

Compound by Bodeen

The Brave by Bird

8th grade and up

Wild Bird by Van Draanen

Dry by Shusterman

One of Us Is Lying by McManus

Cruel Prince by Black

Enigma Game by Wein

Hollow Inside by Davis

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Athletic Information

Edison Families,

Our winter sports seasons are underway with Girls’ basketball at Edison, while gymnastics and wrestling are taking place at the high schools. Boys’ basketball sign-up will begin on December 13th and the first practice is slated for January 18th, 2022. The girls’ basketball teams have played a couple of games thus far and are showing improvement each game. This demonstrates that hard work and dedication will pay off. Just a reminder for those attending the games. Please be mindful when entering or leaving the gym during a game. Please wait for a stoppage of play before walking by the basketball court. The student athletes as well as your safety is most important. I look forward to seeing you at our games cheering on our student athletes at Edison. A big thank you goes out to our girls’ basketball coaches.

Coaches are as follows:

8th grade: Mr. Beacom and Mr. Randall

7th grade: Mr. Frank and Mr. James

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

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Box Tops!


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