Edison Middle School

Mission: To Prepare students to succeed academically, responsibly, and socially in an ever-changing world.

Office: 605-367-7643

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 1, 2021

Volume 1, Issue 8

Dates to Remember...

March 12
  • No School (Compensatory Day)

March 17

  • PTO Meeting

March 19

  • Early Dismissal- 2 pm

March 24

  • End of 3rd Quarter

April 2-5

  • No School (Spring Break)
District Parent Calendar

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Principal's Corner

Hello Edison Families,

The weather certainly has us feeling excited for Spring! Spring also brings excitement as we look forward to the next school year. Our students at Edison will begin registration for next year in the next two weeks. This school year brings a new challenge to registration, as Sioux Falls School District boundaries have shifted to add a new Middle School and High School. We are ready for that challenge and excited to welcome new Edison CATS into our family. The counseling staff at the Middle School level have created a plan to assist our students transitioning to new schools next year. We will support registration happening for students currently at Edison and attending a new school next year. I feel confident by August of 2021 all students attending Sioux Falls School District Middle Schools will feel ready and excited for their new journeys.

In the meantime, we are planning to finish the year strong at EMS! Please continue to encourage your child to follow our safety protocols related to the COVID 19 virus. We are so fortunate we have continued in person this school year! Please feel free to reach out if there is anything we can do to support your student as we finish the year. Thanks so much for sharing your children with us every day!

-Amber Blume, Principal

Superintendent Message

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February Student of the Month

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

News from the Counseling Office

7th grade registration will be mid 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!

PARENT INFORMATION: will be virtual this year due to COVID-19. Please check with your student’s high school for more information. The high school webpages will continue to update you with information regarding your future freshman so it is important to refer to this website:

Jefferson High School – https://www.sf.k12.sd.us/jefferson/home

Lincoln High School - https://www.lhscounseling.com/

Roosevelt High School – https://sites.google.com/k12.sd.us/sfroosevelt/home

Washington High School – http://www.whscounseling.com/

New Tech High School - https://www.sf.k12.sd.us/new-technology/home

HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER SCHOOL - https://www.sf.k12.sd.us/schools/summer-school-high-school

CTE Academy Information

For more information about CTE Academy please check out the website! There are several courses available to freshman second semester.


Edison Student Council

The goals of Edison’s Student Council are to build school spirit and pride, to assume responsibility as citizens in our school and community, and to promote a safe, caring environment.

Secret Valentines –

We sold over 800 Secret Valentines this year. We will be giving the Children’s Home Society $837.57. Thank you to everyone who supported this project.

Let’s Go Green Day - On Wednesday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day), encourage your PRO’s and friends to wear green. We will collect donations for a local environmental group that day in PRO. We are still looking for ideas for an environmental group. If you know a good local environmental group, please let Mrs. Carlson or Mrs. Sherard know.

Bingo – We are looking for prizes for a school wide bingo party. If you know a local business that would be willing to donate or if you are willing to donate, please let Mrs. Sherard or Mrs. Carlson know.

Teacher Appreciation - We are also looking for a connection to a local greenhouse for this project. Can you help us out?

Pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald house. Please collect pop tabs and deliver them to room 144. These pop tabs are recycled and help support the Ronald McDonald house which provides a temporary home for families who have seriously ill children.

Next meeting date: March 9

Edison's PTO

A HUGE thank you to everyone who donated and helped with meals for Parent Teacher conferences: Jennifer Adler, Shawn Barnett, Terra Brost, Sarah DuBois, Cari Eastman, Shelly Haan, Jackie Heinssen, Lori Helland, Becca Hohn, Amy Horsted, Shannon Huber, Sheri Jans, Valarie Kauffman, Natalie Stamp, Desiree Langel, Therese Marlette, Jean Melton, Nicole Osmundson, Julie Parker, Stephanie Priesz Krenik, Leslie Raveling, Neila Aubuchon, Kristina Sipma, Allison Crawford, Nikki Schmaltz, and Carly King and Jodi Nelson in the office. With your generosity, we were able to provide a meal with delicious soups, breads, and desserts the fist night and to fund Jimmy Johns meals and desserts for the second night. Thanks also to Karla & Dale Derynck for the generous discount on the Jimmy Johns meals.

Monthly Meetings

Held at noon on the third Wednesday of every month over zoom. New faces are always welcome!

Join us at our next PTO meeting: Wednesday, March 17th at noon

Zoom Meeting Link: click here
The Meeting ID is: 766 2166 3468
The Passcode is: 679743

If you cannot attend the meeting, minutes will be posted, and we hope to have them recorded through Zoom. Go to Edisonsf.org for more information.

Open Board Positions for Next Year

The PTO is excited to welcome new members Shannon Huber (secretary) and Samantha Wescott (bookfair coordinator) to the PTO Board for next year!

We are still looking for someone to fill the role of Co-President for next 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 taking one of these roles. It’s not as much work as you think it is...and it's wonderfully rewarding! Contact us at edisonsiouxfalls@gmail.com to learn more!

Teacher appreciation

Teacher/Staff appreciation week is May 3-7th. Do you have any ideas for how we can show our Edison teachers/staff how thankful we are for all their hard work? Send your ideas to edisonsiouxfalls@gmail.com!

Make a donation

We have a PayPal Account!

As a PTO, we function solely from donations and fundraising as we have no membership dues. Funds raised will help enrich our student’s learning experiences, including continued library updates, as well as counselor, student, and classroom needs.

You can also send cash in an envelope marked “PTO” or a check made out to “Edison PTO” and leave it with the office staff.

Donate Now!

Thank you!

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Choose “Edison Middle School Parent Teacher Organization” in Sioux Falls as your charity.


Co-Presidents: Nikki Schmaltz and Allison Pay Crawford

Treasurer: Kristina Sipma

Secretary: Katie Sumey

Book Fair: Karen Walters

Spiritwear: Mary Grandi-Koball

Go Cats!

Allison Pay Crawford and Nikki Schmaltz

2020-21 PTO Co-Presidents

Contact us

Edison Middle School on Facebook

For the latest info, past minutes of meetings and

budget information, visit our website at edisonsf.org.

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Music Notes

**Important Concert Announcement -


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 FEBRUARY are:

Band: Aidan Thill (8) Hudson Schumacher (7) Matthew Luke (6)

Chorus: Aurora deRiso (8) Scout Rohwedder/Meredith Johnson (7) Dena Tarrell/Molly Wilcox(6)

Orchestra: Sadie Grau (8) Emely Callejas-Cruz (7) Jackson Drotzman (6)

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. Auditions for the most part are now finished for LHS, so if there is a problem, please contact Mr. Rygg. Audition music for Roosevelt will be made available to us very soon, so interested students should obtain that music as soon as possible. Students are encouraged to get help on their music in private lessons or from Mr. Rygg/Mrs. Gage.

Brio Events~

Brio will be performing for the virtual variety show. We will be recording for the variety show during Brio sometime in March.

Private Lessons~

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

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.

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!

Band directors-

Chorus directors-

Orchestra directors-

“Music is the soundtrack of your life.” - Dick Clark

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Library News

The library will once again be doing Food for Fines in honor of National Library Week, April 4-10. Students that owe money for lost or damaged books can reduce or erase their fines by bringing nonperishable food items to the library anytime between April 4 and the 10th. One food item equals one dollar off a fine. This is a limited time offer. No food will be accepted after Friday April 10.

In addition to Food for Fines, students will have an opportunity to participate in several activities throughout the week.

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Gifted Education

Edison Middle School had 3 students qualify to advance in the chapter competition of Mathcounts. Mr. Gerszewski would like to congratulate Topher Post, Elijah Sumey and Brady Wheeler and wish them continued success in the next round. In addition, thank you to all of the participants who got up early to challenge themselves, and the parents who encouraged their child to attend our Mathcounts meetings.

National History Day Competition

Congratulations to the following 6th and 8th grade Honors students. Their National History Day (NHD) projects were chosen to advance to the NHD Regional Competition. This year’s theme was Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. Best of luck to these students!


* "Revolution" by the Beatles - Kenlyn Hart and Lydia Maldonado

* “Compton's Cafeteria And The Development Of Trans Rights” - Jenna Cwach, Kaylee Ford, Ava Johnson, and Elizabeth Spencer


* “The Rite of Spring: A Paragon of Today's Music” - Xaria Gurath

*“43°51’58”N 103°31’54”W: Communications from Prejudice to

Equality” - Sarah Ulin


* “Navajo Code Talkers: Communication to Win the War” - Bethany Jespersen, Ruby Hennies, Dena Tarrell, and Sophia Jacobson

* “Warsaw Uprising: A Fight for the Future” - Makayla Hamm, Lily Osmundson, and Amare Williams

* “Rosie the Riveter” - Annika Kvale and Vanessa Ung


* “The Code Breakers in the Battle of Midway” - Hayes Petersen, Quinton Hollan, and Liam Nielson

* “Project Nim: How Two Species Redefined Communication” - Sara Newitt

* “Sojourner Truth” - Jackson Klawonn, Harmony Hutchinson, Laila Sumic, and Savannah Woods

* “1968 Fair Housing Act: How a Miscommunication Failed to Desegregate America” - Hannah Basel, Marjorie Carazo Ruiz, Jacob Pagone, and Katya Surendran


* “White Rose Resistance Group that Defied Hitler” - Joslynn Herrera, Kacie Adler, Sage Gripkey, and Saphera Reid

* “Amazing Grace Hopper” - Natalie Ulin and Jessica Ung

* “You Play Ball Like a Girl” - Sam Barnett and Brekken Biteler

*“Matthew Shepard”- by Natalie Dillon, Isabelle Knutson, and Isabella Soukup

* “Singing to Freedom”- Leah Mannes, Olivia Raveling, and Scarlett Petesrson

Black History Month

Mr. Pesicka’s 7th grade Social Studies class participated in activities for Black History month.

Pictured (from left to right): Lily Tadlock, Bethel Woche, Lola Brasel, Ella Thompson

Athletic Information


With Boys Basketball being very close to ending, we can start thinking SPRING!. With Spring comes Track & Field. We are looking forward to a fun season!. This Track & Field season will be different……………. Why you ask??? Last spring, we did NOT have a Track & Field because of COVID. Therefore, all participants (both 7th & 8th) have NOT experienced a middle school track & field season.

To bring a few VERY IMPORTANT points of interest to your attention, please read the following very carefully:

1) Participants needs to have their two sets of paperwork completed prior to beginning practices on March 22nd. If you have participated in a school sport, previously, this school year; you should be good to go.

2) Based on the number of participants that we have had previously, participants NEED TO BE EXTREMELY GOOD LISTENERS. There are several safety and event regulations that MUST be always adhered to.

3) Parents and Participants, please read the Track & Field Parent Letter that can be found on the Edison Athletic Website.

4) Practice and Meet Schedules are located on the Edison Athletic Website.

5) COVID Guidelines will be adhered to. Each participant will receive two spectator wristbands. Anyone who attends the meets must have one of the wristbands…one of which must be a parent/guardian. Any siblings must have a wristband and they must sit/stand with their parent/guardian.

COVID and Winter Sport Guidelines

We will continue to follow the COVID Guidelines set forth by the Sioux Falls School District. Your son/daughter will be screened prior to all practices and meets. We, also, ask that parents/guardians be diligent in monitoring yourchild’s health. It is our desire to have a successful track & field season and a continued successful school year. Thank you for doing your part. Much appreciated.

Here is the District Policy for attending middle school basketball games:

Adult Spectators - Home and Visiting Team Spectators:

Limited to 2 passes per rostered participant. Each rostered participant will receive 2 spectator wristbands prior to their first competition. These wristbands will allow bearer to attend that specific sport event (example pass will only allow bearer admittance into a 7th grade boys’ basketball contest and will not allow admittance into an 8th boys’ basketball game) in the SFSD. No replacement passes will be issued.

Elementary, Middle and High School Student Spectators

Elementary, Middle and High School aged students may only attend if they are included in the two spectator passes. If these students attend, they will need to sit with their parent/guardian.

0 to Kindergarten Aged Children Spectators

0 to Kindergarten aged children may only attend if they are included in the two spectator passes. If these children attend, they will need to sit with their parent/guardian.

Middle School Athletics Website

When you log into the following website, you will find various points of information by clicking on the tabs at the top of this page. By going to the tab entitled “School Athletic Web Sites”, then clicking on the “Edison” tab; you will find information specifically for Edison Middle School.


By scrolling through this website, you will find the message board, practice and meet schedules, information and forms on transportation, along with many other sources of information.

We look forward to continuing a successful 2020-2021 middle school athletic program.

“GO CATS!!!!”

Lincoln High School Golf

Girls living in Lincoln High boundaries for 21-22 school year and interested in participating in Girl’s Golf can use the following link to sign up.


Dr. John W. Harris 2021 Teacher of the Year Finalist

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Breakfast/Lunch Menus

*EDIT: Jan. 7th: This day says WG Dinner Roll, it will actually be WG Rice.

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***Students will still receive free breakfast and lunch for the remainder of the school year. Ala Carte items will be at an additional charge***

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Box Tops!


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