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:

May 5th, 2022

Volume 2, Issue 10

Dates to Remember...

May 9-10

  • MAP Testing

The last day of school is now Wednesday, May 25th

Tips From the Office...

Please encourage your student to check out the lost and found located by the south side bus doors. All items not claimed by the last day of school will be donated!

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

It is now time to complete your Annual Update through Parent Portal! Please see the image below for more information.

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District Parent Calendar

Click to view the Sioux Falls School District Parent Calendar

Principal's Corner

Hello Edison Families,

It is hard to believe it is May! We have only a handful of days left. The year has gone by so quickly. We were incredibly fortunate to bring back so many things that we had to stop during COVID. We have appreciated being mostly back to normal and enjoying events together again. One of those events being our School Dance, which was a hit! Thanks to our Student Council and PTO for putting that event on for our students!

Although there are only a handful of days left, we have A LOT to do in those days! Here are just some of the things coming up in the last few days at Edison.

  • May 6-Testing Tech Party- In celebration of the hard work our students did on their South Dakota Assessment exams we are going to celebrate with a tech party. Students will get some down time at the very end of the day on Friday, May 6 to hang with friends and be on whatever tech they choose. We know testing is tough and we appreciate our student’s hard work throughout last week!
  • May 9 & 10- MAP Testing- We will complete our final MAP assessment! We are excited to see the progress of our students!
  • Week of May 9- Emergency Drill Practice- We will have our spring semester emergency drill practice throughout this week. We will practice a Tornado, Fire, and Lockdown drill.
  • May 11- 8th Grade Poetry Slam- 8th graders from the Sioux Falls School District will participate in a poetry slam at the Washington Pavilion.
  • May 12- Student of the Month Breakfast- 2nd Semester- 8am- invitation only
  • May 17- Our incoming 6th grade students will visit Edison, tour the building, and learn more about what to expect in middle school.
  • May 17- Athletic Information Night- 7pm- Learn more about participating in athletics in the 22-23 school year by attending this informational night.
  • May 19- Student of the Month Breakfast- 1st Semester- 8am- invitation only
  • May 25- Last Day of School/8th Grade Party

This week is Teacher Appreciate Week at Edison, and we thank our PTO and Student Council for providing treats and thank you notes to our wonderful teachers! We are grateful for all they do for our students at Edison!

As we conclude our school year, please know how much we have enjoyed your student! If they are leaving us, we wish them the very best in their future! If they are returning to Edison next year, we will see them in August for another great school year!


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

As we wrap up the school year, Edison PTO wants to welcome everyone who will be joining the Edison family next year - all of our future 6th grade families and any new 7th/8th grade families. We also have to say “good-bye” to the 8th grade students and families. Eighth graders, we wish you all the best as you begin your high school adventure. And to the many eighth grade families who have given your time volunteering at events, helped provide and set up meals for conferences, donated money, and participated and supported our fundraisers during your time at Edison…we are truly grateful for the contributions you’ve made to our PTO and school community! A special thank you and farewell to our out-going book fair coordinator, Samantha Wescott. Thank you, Sam, for all your time and hard work!

Staff Appreciation Week (May 2-6):

Edison has an amazing group of teachers, administrators, and staff who work incredibly hard for the Edison students every day. PTO, along with the Edison Student Council, are excited to be able to show our gratitude during Staff Appreciation week. We will be treating the staff with May Day baskets, Bagel Boy Bagels, Poppy’s Popcorn, Star Wars themed treats (on May the 4th), and Culver’s meal certificates for each staff member.

8th Grade Party - Save the Date!

Parents of 8th graders, mark your calendars for the 8th Grade Party: May 25th, 2:00-3:45pm. Dr. Eggers is planning a really fun event for our graduating students and can use our support. In the next week we will be emailing you a sign-up to help with activities, supplies, and set-up/tear-down. Hope you can join in on the fun!

May Meeting

Please join us for our last PTO zoom meeting of the year on Wednesday, May 18th at noon. We will be discussing some ideas for fundraising for next year. We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

Zoom Meeting Link:


Meeting ID: 881 4487 0067

Passcode: 907743

Thanks from the PTO for all your support!

Have a great summer! Go Cats!

Go Cats!

LeAnn Minister and Nikki Schmaltz

2021-22 PTO Co-Presidents

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Student of the Month

Music Notes

May Music Notes

Middle school singers and instrumentalists, the Edison music department wants to THANK YOU for spending your year with us in band, chorus and/or orchestra! We are SO glad you chose to be a part of our groups! 8th graders, we wish you well in high school. 6th and 7th graders, we look forward to working with you again next year! Enjoy your summer!


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


May 6 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 APRIL are:

Band: Adam Swenson (8) Maritta Sander (7) Natalie Lease (6)

Chorus: Jenett Sprouse (8) Angelina Fuentes (7) Eva Hernandez (6)

Orchestra: Robert Parker (8) Ivy Kiesow (7) Mae VanBeek (6)


We hope many of you 5th graders are considering signing up for BAND, CHORUS, and ORCHESTRA at Edison! These performance groups meet for one period every other day, during the school day. 5th graders can sign up for two of these groups in any combination: band/chorus, band/orchestra, or chorus/orchestra. We hope you decide to participate in one or two of our music groups! Please contact any of the directors with questions. (Directors and their emails are listed below.)


On Friday, May 6, the Edison Inventions ensemble will perform the show they have been working on all year. The performance will be in the auditorium at 7 p.m. and singers should arrive by 6:25 p.m. Free admission.

**Any Edison Inventions or Illuminations alumni are invited to join us on stage for the annual tradition of singing “I’ll Remember You” at the Inventions performance. Rehearsal for alumni with Inventions is in the chorus room at 6:30 p.m. on May 6.


Included in this ECHO is information that I have about any of the show choir camps offered at the high schools this summer. You register through the high school.

Find information and registration for Jefferson, Roosevelt and Washington Show Choir Camps below.


All State Band 2023

We are already looking forward to next year’s Middle School All State Band. This special event features the best band students from all across the state. Students are selected by competitive auditions, and the music for next year’s auditions will be posted very soon at sdmea.net. We will be promoting this in 6th and 7th grade classes this spring so that students can get an early start on the music. We encourage students to give it a try! See Mr Jensen or Miss Deinken for more information.


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


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



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!

“Music can change the world because it can change people.” - Bono

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Library News


During the month of March, all public and school libraries participated in Everybody Reads!, an initiative designed to get people reading. We kept track of the number of books read by students and staff by adding a leaf everytime a book was finished. Our final total for the month was 431 leaves! Way to go, Edison!


All library books, audiobooks, electronic devices and any library fines are due Friday May 13!

Students who have overdue books and/or outstanding fines may miss out on fun final day activities! Please return all items and pay any fines by May 13.


Please encourage your child to read regularly over the summer and visit the Siouxland libraries often. They offer several free classes in addition to all the items they have available for check out. To find out more, go to www.siouxlandlib.org. Also, please remember that free digital books are available for downloading at any time from the Edison Library Home Page. Have your student log into Class Link and choose either SORA or MackinVia. They should already be logged into both sites, but if they are not, the login information for both can be found below.

If your child is entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the fall:

All Sioux Falls middle school libraries are doing A BINGO SUMMER READING PROGRAM. Prizes for participation in the summer BINGO challenge will be awarded next fall. Students will receive the BINGO cards at the end of the school year but may not begin marking the BINGO card until Thursday May 26.

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News from the Counseling Office

Registration is now open for High School Summer School – check the link for classes and registration https://www.sf.k12.sd.us/page/summer-school

Current 8th graders should strongly consider taking High School CONNECTIONS class! It is designed to assist students in making a smooth transition to high school by providing connections with math, reading, and writing skills. The class incorporates a variety of activities which provide students with an opportunity to improve their academic skills, as well as to familiarize them with their new high school, expectations, procedures, opportunities available, and organizations/clubs/activities. This is an excellent opportunity for students to get a head start as they enter high school.

Students who successfully complete the class will earn .50 elective credit toward their total high school credits.

The course will include math and language arts units which will help prepare students for high school. See the counseling department for more information.

CTE Academy Information

For more information about CTE Academy please check out the website! There are several courses available to freshman second semester. https://www.sf.k12.sd.us/o/ctea

REGISTRATION is complete!

We have completed registering students for next year! All Edison students have registered for 7th, 8th or 9th grade! If you have questions regarding registration please contact your child’s school counselor.


The 7th grade teachers and WEB advisors will be in the process of selecting 7th grade students who would make great WEB leaders next year. WEB Leaders are positive role models who help make 6th graders more comfortable in middle school. They participate in various leadership activities throughout the year and must attend mandatory training next August. WEB Coordinators will be talking to 7th grade pro-times on Tuesday, April 6th during pro-time. Students can apply online on the library home page, under Counseling Links by April 15th!

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Running Start Information

Attention Incoming 6th Graders! Below is the information and link for Running Start and website to sign up


Scholarships are available. Please contact the Edison Counseling Office for more information at 605-367-8331 or email sfsdedisoncounseling@k12.sd.us

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Lincoln High School Connections

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Athletic Information

Edison Families-

Our track and field season is coming to close with the Metro Conference meets the week of May 9-12. The weather has not always cooperated this spring for outdoor events, but our nearly 200 athletes have worked hard to be the best they can be in their events. Good luck at the Metro Conference track and field meet.

Breaking News:

Middle school athletics is adding activities for the 2022-23 school year. Next year the Sioux Falls Public Schools approved adding a 7-8 boys and girls performance dance season in the fall, 7-8 boys wrestling in November and December, 7-8 girls wrestling in January and February, and 8th boys and girls soccer in the spring. The 7th grade is not involved at this point, but hopefully will be added in the near future. The addition of these activities will help us to reach our goal of all students participating in school sponsored activities.

Save the Date:

All current 6th and 7th grade families

Parent Night for Edison Athletics

Edison Gymnasium

Tuesday May 17, 2022 at 7PM

Summer 2022

I encourage you to contact your child's future high school to see about summer sports camps and training opportunities.

Have a great summer and I look forward to seeing you in the 2022-23 school year!

Dave Christian

Athletic Coordinator

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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