Edison Middle School
Counseling Center: 605-367-8331
October 1, 2019
Volume 1, Issue 3
Dates to Remember
OCT 1,7 AND 10
- Parent/Student Conferences
- Picture Retakes
- No School (Teacher Inservice)
- End of First Quarter
- 2 hour late start
Parents and guardians, please note that we still have two Parent Teacher Student Conferences on October 7th and 10th. Conferences on October 7th will be an afternoon conference and the 10th will be an evening conference. The conference format is “student-led conferences,” which means that it is important to have your student attend your scheduled conference session. Conferences are a great time to have your student share with you what they are doing in school, share some of their strengths with you, and possibly areas they might need to improve on. Whether it is for extra help in a particular subject area, perhaps a concern they are having in school, or a time to share personal goals and expectations for the upcoming year, students are encouraged to share those with their teachers and parents. Please note that the first 15 minutes of each hour is set aside for “drop-in sessions.” Your student, along with input from their PRO-Time teacher, will lead the student-led conference. The “drop-in session” time is set aside for you to visit any other teacher that you may have questions for regarding your student’s academic areas.
Please know that we are all working together to ensure that all of our students are safe, supported, and are learning in a highly motivated environment in which to succeed. If you have concerns or questions regarding your student’s social, academic, or emotional needs, please feel free to contact a teacher, counselor, or administrator to get your concerns and/or questions addressed.
Please continue to support your student’s teachers in their effort to provide the best learning environment possible. I know with teamwork between the home and school, we can ensure that all students will succeed. Our staff is committed to ensure that through teamwork, hard work, and dedication, as well as our love for children as our compass, we can meet the needs of all our students, and we will have a successful year.
Vaping/juuling continues to be a concerning topic and national epidemic among young adolescents and young adults. As we learn more about the impact of e-cigarettes and the impact on young people, we need to unite as a TEAM to fight this epidemic. This past month, two young people from SD were diagnosed with lung disease related to vaping, and nationwide, six people have died. This trend is very concerning, and we want to ensure we continue to educate our students, parents, and staff.
As a parent, there are several things that you can do to help fight this epidemic. First, please know the facts about e-cigarettes and the impact they have on our children. Having knowledge is the most powerful weapon to fight the misinformation that is out there. Please find additional information about e-cigarettes and the impacts on our children at E-cigarettes.SurgeonGeneral.gov. There are also additional resources within this newsletter. Secondly, have the conversation with your student. Being proactive is much easier than being reactive; however, if there is a need to react, then there is no better time than the present to respond to the situation. Ultimately, they are looking to you for guidance, role modeling, and boundaries. Lastly, keep the conversation going. Continue to have an open dialogue with your child about new information, trends that both of you are hearing about, what they are seeing in school, what they are learning about in their health classes, etc. Connect with the school, other parents, the medical field, etc. to give you and your child the support they need. The open lines of communication and continued conversation is the key.
We are all one TEAM, and we all have the same DREAM. That dream is to educate and prepare each student to succeed in a changing world. Our primary role as educators is focused on academics; however, we are also here to help our children and families have the information so they can make safe and healthy choices, so that all their dreams come true. We help our children achieve their dreams by working together to ensure that our students are successful and healthy each day and throughout their lives.
News from the Counseling Office
All 6th (Honors excluded)
7th A-L (Honors excluded)
7th M-Z (Honors excluded)
All 8th (Honors excluded)
ALL Honors Program students
Over 80 students at Edison have been matched with an adult mentor who meets with the student once each week for 30-40 minutes. However, many of our students would still like a mentor. If you are willing to volunteer at Edison for 30-40 minutes each week, please connect with one of the counselors or call the School-Based Mentor Program at 221-2346.
Coming this fall, the 8th graders will begin building their portfolios for SD MyLife. This will help them understand their interests and begin looking at career possibilities based on these interests that would be the best match for them. The program consists of an interest inventory which lines up with 16 career groups, called career clusters. Inside each of those clusters, there are several jobs listed which would be possible matches for the student. Information about these careers from income and education requirements to working conditions would be then available.
This will be saved for them and they can build on it throughout high school. Along with the careers, the program can show them classes that are needed to prepare them for their career match in both high school and college. It will also give them information on where colleges or technical schools are located that have majors available for your career match and contact information for these schools.
Once in high school, students will revisit this program to build resumes, post their information, and reassess their career course they are taking towards getting a job that will best fit them. Knowing that this program is beginning in 8th grade and their work life is in the distant future, there will be many opportunities for them to make changes and updates as they grow and change. It does get them to begin to think about the whole purpose of school and that is to prepare them for the future!
8th grade students:
If you are interested in or planning to attend New Technology High School next year, you and a parent are required to attend a visitation session on either Tuesday, Oct. 29 or Thursday, Nov. 7. The sessions are at New Technology High School from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. We are looking forward to seeing lots of you!
As many of you may be familiar with “JA in a Day,” there is now a new transformation of this program at the 8th grade level. Rather than having community members come in and work with students in the schools, students are completing their SD MyLife inventories and, based on those results, take a tour of several business opportunities at the convention center. 8th grade students will be involved in 90 minutes of career activities with roughly 100 business partners from the community at this location. There will be preparatory work done at school by staff in October and early November with the trip to the convention center happening the morning of November 21st.
Our 6th and 7th grade students will still have a school-based JA experience, but that will also be modified. Rather than a whole day, these grade levels will have a morning of activities. We are excited to see how these opportunities “inspire” our students for their career related futures.
We will continue the push to keep Edison a safe, productive place. Olweus anti-bullying classroom meetings will be held monthly in PRO-Time with extended classes to ensure enough time for discussion and understanding. Each grade level will have their own lessons but will follow a school-wide theme for the month.
Mix It Up Day @ Lunch
October 22nd 6th graders will mix it up at lunch with 8th grade WEB Leaders! Mix It Up @ Lunch is a national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance. It encourages students to identify, question, and cross social boundaries by participating in a simple activity with a WEB Leader.
Every year we have students that are unable to purchase binders and try to unsuccessfully organize themselves in other ways. We try to help provide students with binders that cannot afford binders and need one.
We can always use more zipper binders to help our students in being more successful. If you would feel the urge to help some of our less fortunate students out, we would appreciate donations of binders to the Counseling Center. OTHER school supplies are also accepted including pens, pencils, folders, pencil pouches, notebooks, composition books, etc.
Parent Teacher Organization
PTO meetings happen at noon on the third Wednesday of every month. The first PTO meeting was well attended. Check out the minutes at www.edisonsf.org.
Great Opportunities: The Edison PTO is looking for a Vice President and a Co-Treasurer. 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 taking one of these roles. It’s not as much work as you think it is...and it's wonderfully rewarding! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
At press time, we are eagerly awaiting the Color-A-Thon on Friday, October 4. Proceeds are going to renovate the Edison library. Participation is looking great. You can still sign up to volunteer at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054aaeac29a0fe3-edison4 You’ll have a blast...literally!
Fall Conference Meals
Fall Conferences are fast approaching. Please help us provide a hot meal for our teachers and staff on these long days. Check out the sign up for lots of opportunities.
Allison Pay Crawford and Shannon Van Buskirk
2019-20 PTO Co-Presidents
Co-President: Allison Pay Crawford
Co-President: Shannon Van Buskirk
Treasurer: Emilie Yu
Secretary: Karen Walters
For the latest info, past minutes of meetings and
budget information, visit our website at edisonsf.org.
8th Grade Party!
Wednesday, May 20th 2020 at 1-3:45pm
2101 South West Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD
SAVE THE DATE!
Edison 8th Graders will be celebrating their middle school success on the last day of school! Parents will have the chance to help in many ways.
Please consider signing up to head up a committee!
Many hands make for light work!
Have you purchased your Spirit Wear?
For those of you who have not had a chance to stop by the Spirit Wear table to grab a slip with the online web address, here's the link:
The store closes this Saturday (Oct. 12th) at midnight. Items will be delivered to the school around the beginning of November.
Friday, Oct. 4th, 4pm
2101 South West Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD
This is the most AWESOME event of the fall and you won’t want to miss it. This is a 2 mile fun run/walk for Edison students and families that will raise funds for enhanced educational experiences for all students as well as operating expenses of the PTO.
Forms will be handed out September 6th after the assembly at school. Check your kid’s backpack! Packets are due back on September 20th.
Please use the Sign Up Genius to sign up if you are able to help! It is lots of FUN!
Welcome to Edison Middle School. The Student Council would like to invite all students and families to get involved serving our school and community. Student Council members should be students of good character and be willing to lead their PRO-Times in various community service activities.
To be a Student Council member, you will need to apply for the job with your PRO-Time teacher. Applications will be due on September 25th and should be turned in to your PRO-Time teacher. Successful job applicants will attend meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Student Council Representatives will then report back to their PRO-Times and lead their PRO-Times in various service activities.
The first meeting will be October 22 at 8:15am.
Some of our previous Student Council activities include:
Coats for Kids
Student Hunger Drive
Pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House
Easter egg drive
Popcorn at athletic events
Operation Wish Book
Sponsoring zoo animals
Pop can recycling
Humane society donations
Adopting needy families
Feeding the homeless at Thanksgiving
Setting up homeless families in apartments
Helping with multi-cultural fairs
Adopting needy families for Christmas
Care packages for soldiers
Coin drive for hurricane survivors
Activity bags for patients
Student of the Month
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 September are:
Band: Sam Newitt (8) Savannah Woods (7) Bethel Woche (6)
Chorus: Clara Carlson/Molly Riffle(8) Aiden Scott/Laila Sumic(7) Josalyn Hiebert/Juan Bohorquez Renteria(6)
Orchestra: Sonnet Gripkey (8) Jackson Glanville (7) Malachi Oren (6)
Jazz Band will be meeting Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:45 – 8:45 a.m.
Wind Ensemble will meet Thursday mornings from 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
Students who audition and are selected for the string ensemble, Brio, will meet Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:10 – 8:45 a.m. Audition dates are above.
Inventions meets Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:40 – 8:45 a.m.
Illuminations meets Monday mornings from 7:40 – 8:45 a.m.
Got a talent or unique skill you'd like to perform on stage?? Auditions for the Edison variety show will be on December 3, 4, & 5 after school in the auditorium from 4:00- 6:00 p.m. Sign-up sheets will be posted sometime in November by the chorus room. Any Edison student can audition for the variety show. The show will be performed on February 27 & 28, 2020.
Cleaning Your Closets?
The Sioux Falls School District is always on the lookout for donations of gently-used band and orchestra instruments. Given our funding challenges, this is a great way to increase our instrument supply and allow more students to play in band and orchestra. Please contact Mrs. Sip or Mr. Rygg for more information.
The South Dakota Middle School All-State Band is a special event designed to inspire and encourage top band students from across the state. Tryouts are held in December, but interested students need to start practicing the required music now. For more information, please contact Mr. Rygg and/or Mr. Eckart or visit http://sdmea.net/ and look under the Events list and MSASB (Middle School All-State Band). We encourage you to give it a try!
The South Dakota Middle School All-State Orchestra is a new event (this is the third year) to encourage top orchestra students to play together in an ensemble from across the state. Tryouts are held in November, but interested students need to be practicing the music now. For more information please contact Mrs. Sip or visit sdmea.net. Mrs. Sip and Miss Abels have already given out the all state audition music to all interested students. It would be pretty awesome to be one of the best orchestra students in the State!
Sign Language Interpreter~
Please notify your child’s director if you need a sign language interpreter for either the winter or spring concert. Notify the director at least ONE MONTH before the concert date. (Concert dates and director e mails are included in this ECHO.)
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!
“Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” - George Eliot
Make sure your child’s concert dates are on your calendar. High school concerts are in the high school auditoriums.
5th Annual Dodgeball Tournament and Bake Sale
Monday, Nov. 11th, 10-11:30am
2101 South West Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD
Edison Team 7-3 will be sponsoring the 5th Annual Dodgeball Tournament and Bake Sale. This will be a double-elimination tournament in the main gym and is open to ALL Edison students in grades 6 through 8. The cost is $12 per 6-person team, or $2 per individual to be placed on a team. Sign up your team BEFORE the tournament in room 205, across from the counseling office by November 7th (space is limited).
Would you be willing to donate a pan of bars, plate of cookies, pizza, 12 pack of pop, or something else to be sold at the bake sale? If you can help, please sign up at this link https://goo.gl/9tR9Fi or email Shaun Groen at Shaun.Groen@k12.sd.us with any questions. Thank you for considering! All money raised will buy Christmas gifts for the families at the Heartland House of Sioux Falls.
Jackson Glanville! He was the winner of the $50 grand prize in the Edison Summer Reading Bingo!
Congratulations to the following students that completed the Edison Summer Reading Bingo Challenge! These students were invited to a celebration over their lunch hour. I am so proud of their efforts. Names with an asterisk (*) completed a blackout which means they read so much that they filled in every square! Thank you to all who participated!
Students were excited to learn and study with an archaeologist in September. Dr KC Carlson from Augustana University visited the social studies classes on team 6-2 and helped them identify and find the purpose for artifacts she brought to school.
All Edison Athletic information can be found on the Edison Athletic Website.
Click on "THE CAT'S INFORMATION" - which is located above the Edison Logo....this link will be your "GO TO SITE" for information throughout the year.
This site includes:
Seasonal Sign Up Dates along with the Links to sign up for a particular sport.
Athletic Picture Dates
As well as the following:
Click on your student’s sport link...under one of the following:
FALL SPORTS, WINTER SPORTS, SPRING SPORTS.
You should see a Coach's Parent Letter, Season Calendars, Cross Country & Track Meet Results, as well as other important information.
Any questions: contact Mr. Brown (Coordinator of Athletics) or one of the coaches.
New Technology High
Interested in a future at New Tech High?
More information on attached flyer
Substitute Teachers Needed
Help your Sioux Falls School District out today by becoming a substitute teacher in the district!
Stand up for school safety!