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

Newsletter Date:

February 1, 2020

Volume 1, Issue 7

Dates to Remember

FEB 3 & 6

  • Conferences


  • No School


  • 8th graders registering for HS during 7th pd.

FEB 11

  • Chill on the Hill at Great Bear

FEB 17-18

  • No School (President's Day Break)

FEB 19

  • PTO Meeting

FEB 27-28

  • Variety Show

Tips from the Office...

Valentine’s Day

...Please do not have flowers, balloons, candy, and/or other gifts delivered to the school.

No Outside Food Permitted

...No fast food, drinks, food from restaurants, etc. are allowed in the school. Reminder that multiple/groups of students are not allowed to leave for lunch with one parent. Each student needs to have their parent pick them up if leaving for lunch. Please contact the office at 367-7643 if you have any questions.

District Parent Calendar's

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Principal's Corner

Parents and Guardians –

As you are reading this message, we more than likely have had one or two sessions of conferences. We schedule conferences earlier in the spring to ensure concerns and/or questions regarding academics are addressed in a timely manner. Please take this opportunity to visit with your student’s team of teachers. If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled conference sessions in person, please be sure to contact your student’s PRO-Time teacher or Team Leader to schedule another time to meet.

We believe a strong relationship between home and school is an essential component of academic, social, and emotional success for all students. It is crucial that all adults involved in a child’s life have a growth mindset towards education to facilitate learning. When students have adults in their lives with such a mindset, they have an opportunity to receive a great education. Research has found that adult support is the single most important influence on how children succeed in school and life. Jean Piaget said it best, “The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge, but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create people who are capable of doing new things.” When there is a strong bond between school and home, and both groups are inspired to facilitate learning, our students are the winners.

One way to be involved in your student’s learning is through open lines of communication daily. Many parents do this by asking their student, “What did you do in school today?”, only to be met with the response of, “Nothing.” One way to move past that response is to rephrase the question. Try using the following questions to prompt a more in-depth response.

  • “What did you learn today?”

  • “How do you know you learned it?”

  • “Tell me about an activity that made you excited about learning more about the subject/topic.”

  • “Tell me about one example of something your teacher(s) said that helped you learn more about the subject/topic.”

  • “Tell me what the Learning Goal (Student Objective) was for math, science, ELA, social studies, and one of your encore classes.”

  • “How proficient are you with the learning goal?” (Thumbs up, Thumbs down, Thumbs sideways)

  • “What about the Learning Goal are you still unsure of?”

  • “What can you do to become proficient/more comfortable with the Learning Goal?”

It may take some practice to answer these kinds of questions with substance, but be persistent with asking them the questions. The questions also encourage your student to be self-reflective. Self-assessment is critical to their learning, success, and growth.

The Edison staff continues to pledge our commitment to make your student’s time at Edison the best educational experience possible. The teachers are committed to adjusting their instruction and, in some cases, classes, to ensure that your student’s educational needs are met. Please feel free to contact your student’s teachers, counselor, or administration if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s educational, social, or emotional needs.

Superintendent Message

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News from the Counseling Office

Heart & Soul is coming to Edison this spring!

Heart and Sole is a transformational physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 6th to 8th grades. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K run. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

Registration opens January 6th! - https://www.embe.org/program/heart-sole/

CTE Academy Information

We have one additional day available that students can come to visit the CTE Academy. All middle school students and parents are welcome to attend on February 11th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Parent/Teacher Conferences/Career Fair)

HS registration!!

February 7th – 8th graders will register with their high school counselors during 7th period

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.

High School Summer School

Registration is now open for High School Summer School.

-CONNECTIONS 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.

Online Summer School will run at CTE! Please check the link for more information and registration.


Questions? Please contact 8th grade school counselors, Phil Biteler or Sonja Smith

Binders Needed…

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.

Edison's PTO

It’s hard to believe we are already halfway through the school year! Thank you so much for all your help with fall fundraising. The Edison PTO is pleased to see the benefits of all the hard work of students and families in support of our school, especially supporting the major changes to the library this year.

We always welcome new families to join us at our monthly meetings. Our next meeting is Wednesday, Feb 19th.

National School Counseling Week

Celebrate National School Counseling Week from Feb 3rd to 7th. Thank you to Edison Counselors Mrs. Dravland, Ms.Smith, and Mr. Biteler for all your hard work and dedication. You do so much for our school and the students.

Spring Conference Meals--Volunteers Needed

Conferences are fast approaching

· Thursday 4:15pm - 8pm, January 30

· Monday 12:15pm - 4pm, February 3

· Thursday 4:15pm - 8pm, February 6

Thank you so much to Zoup!, located at Louise and 41st! They have generously donated soup and salad for teachers on Monday, February 3rd.

Please help provide delicious meals for staff during these busy nights. Click on the SignUpGenius link for more details and opportunities.

Conference Meal Signup:


Scholastic Bookfair and Edison Spirit Wear Sales--Volunteers Needed

The Scholastic Bookfair and Spirit Wear sales will be located in the Scholastic bookfair kiosk in the gym during conferences. We are looking for volunteers to run the cash registers and sell Spirit Wear.

The online Edison Spirit Wear store will also be open from January 30th to February 7th at: https://edisoncats2020.itemorder.com/

Book Fair/Spirit Wear Volunteer Signup:


Fall Fundraiser Pro-Time Pizza Party winners:

Congratulations and thank you! The following teacher PRO-Times had the top three number of participants in the Fall PTO fundraiser. They each win a pizza party.

6th Grade. Mr. Furness

7th Grade. Mr. Iversen

8th Grade. Mrs. Ingalls

Chill on the Hill

February 11

Tubing @ Great Bear for Edison Students

The bus leaves Edison at 4pm and drops back off at 7 pm

More information to follow. If interested in chaperoning, be in touch with one of us members of the PTO through our gmail.

Chill on the Hill form:


Please join us at our next PTO meeting: Wednesday, February 19th at noon in the conference room! Learn firsthand about what is going on at Edison. We’d love to see you!

Go Cats!

Allison Pay Crawford and Shannon Van Buskirk

2019-20 PTO Co-Presidents

PTO Officers:

Co-President: Allison Pay Crawford

Co-President: Shannon Van Buskirk

Treasurer: Emilie Ng
Secretary: Karen Walters

Contact us

Edison Middle School on Facebook

We are excited to have Edison Middle School take part in the Amazon
Smile program, please consider participating in this to benefit Edison

For the latest info, past minutes of meetings and

budget information, visit our website at edisonsf.org.

8th Grade Party!

Thursday, May 21st, 1-3:30pm

2101 South West Avenue

Sioux Falls, SD


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!


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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.

Student Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Students are actively involved in several projects this fall. Parents, families, and friends are encouraged to participate and become involved in these projects. The current projects are:

Secret Valentines – Secret Valentines will be sold during conferences for $2. Valentines will also be sold before school and after school in the cafeteria on February 4-7 (or until supplies run out.) The Valentine choices are a stuffed monkey or candy. Valentines will be delivered to PRO-Times on February 13. Money raised will be donated to a local charity.

Student Hunger Drive – We will be collecting food and money for Feeding SD’s BackPack program from February 11 through February 28. The PRO-Time who collects the most will receive free tickets to the school dance on March 13.

All School Dance – The school dance will be on March 13 from 4:00- 5:30. Students must buy advanced tickets before or after school on March 5, 6, 9, and 10. No tickets will be sold the day of the dance to ensure that we have enough chaperones and available concessions.

Chaperones are needed. Please contact Mrs. Carlson or Mrs. Sherard if you can help.

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: February 25 at 8:15.

Student of the Month

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

Music Notes

Concert Dates~

Make sure your child’s concert dates are on your calendar.

Feb. 25 Band Recital Night in chorus/band rooms 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Feb. 27 & 28 Variety Show in the auditorium 7:00 p.m.

Mar. 14 Band Solo/Ensemble Contest at PHMS 8:00 am–1:00 p.m.

Mar. 24 Brio Concert with 5th grade festival concert 7:00 p.m.

Apr. 3 Brio/Inventions/Jazz Band Tour Day All Day

Apr. 16 EMS Orchestra Concerts in Gym 6:00-6th gr., 6:45-7th gr., 7:30-8th gr.

Apr. 23 EMS Band Concerts in Gym 6:00-6th gr., 6:45-7th gr., 7:30-8th gr.

April 25 Orchestra Contest at Susan B Anthony elementary All Day

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

May 8 Illuminations Final Concert in auditorium 6:00 p.m.

May 8 Inventions Final Concert in auditorium 7:15 p.m.

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 JANUARY are:

Band: Julia Crotty(8) Sarah Ulin(7) Naomi Jespersen(6)

Chorus: Jacklyn Mollison/Sonnet Gripkey(8) Addyson Herman/Jenna Cwach(7)

Chloe Pliska/Summer Schmaltz(6)

Orchestra: Peter Jal(8) Autumn Lacher(7) Grant Wiessner(6)

Congratulations Band Students!~

Congratulations to Laura Ge, Kyan Carlson, Nadia Roux, Zachary Kemnitz, Clark Egland, Connor Sergeant, Meena Broveleit, Jacob Pagone, Hudson Weber and Sarah Ulin for being selected to represent Edison at the South Dakota Middle School All-State Band! They were chosen through state-wide competitive tryouts and will be performing a concert in Mitchell on March 6-7. We are so proud of all the students who tried out. Thanks for your hard work and dedication! Music for next year’s tryouts will be posted at sdmea.net on or around May 1st.

Also Congratulations to Zach Kemnitz and Meena Broveleit for being selected to represent Edison at the South Dakota Middle School All-State Jazz Band! They were chosen through state-wide competitive tryouts and will be performing a concert in Mitchell on February 7-8. Way to go Zach & Meena!

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 is available for LHS. Students are encouraged to get help on their music in private lessons or from Mr. Rygg/Mr. Eckart.

7/8th Bands Recital Night February 25th~

This features all 7/8th grade band students performing small group music that we learn in class in January and February. Students will be assigned into groups, but may also play solos or form their own small groups. Each will be assigned a ten-minute time slot to perform and receive a constructive critique. Time slots will be assigned in late January. This is a required performance for all 7th and 8th grade band students. We encourage families and friends to come hear us and join the fun!

7/8th Grade Band Solo/Ensemble Day~

We are looking for 7th and 8th grade band students who would like to have fun playing and earn extra credit! Your student has the option of playing at Solo/Ensemble Day on Saturday, March 14 at Patrick Henry Middle School. They perform solos and/or small group music in public and receive a rating and constructive comments/critique. The time commitment is only about a half-hour on that morning. There is a small fee for each event ($3 per solo, $2 per person in an ensemble) to help defray costs of judging, etc. Join the fun, play with friends if you wish, and earn extra credit for band!

Variety Show Performances!~

Plan to attend the Edison Variety Show at 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 27 or 28, 2020. All seats are $4. Tickets will only be sold at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

There will be a student show on February 28 at 4:00 p.m. for Edison students and staff. Admission for the student show is $1.

Congratulations Orchestra Students!

Congratulations to Clara Carlson, Sonnet Gripkey, Jacob Pagone, Jackson Klawonn, Meena Broveleit, Nadia Roux, Josephine Moneke, Sarah Ulin, and Hannah Basel for making the All State Orchestra! This is the fourth year that All State Middle School orchestra is taking place and these amazing students were chosen through state-wide competitive tryouts and will be performing a concert in Rapid City in February. They are some of the best orchestra students in the state of South Dakota! Way to go!

Brio Events~

*All Brio students have a list of the Brio events for the rest of the year. PLEASE ask your student about it and get the events on your calendar. Thank you!*

Orchestra Contest~

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 25, however, we will choose music soon to start working on. We will help students choose music during orchestra class.

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.

Sign Language Interpreter~

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.)

Ensemble Schedule~

Jazz Band meets Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:40 – 8:40 a.m.

Wind Ensemble meets Thursday mornings from 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

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

Inventions meets Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:40 – 8:45 a.m.

Illuminations meets Monday mornings from 7:40 – 8:45 a.m.

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 what feelings sound like.” ― Georgia Cates

Book Fair

During Parent Teacher Conference

Gym "stage" area

Thursday, January 30 4:15 to 8:00

Monday, February 3 12:00 to 4:00

Thursday, February 6 4:15 to 8:00

All Things Library

Did you know that your student can check their library account from home? All it takes is computer (or even phone) and an internet connection. When your child logs into their account, they can do the following:

  • See how many books they have checked out and when they are due
  • See if they have any books overdue or have fines (including the amount of the fine)
  • Renew a book
  • Put a book on hold

Videos with directions for logging into library accounts as well as how to videos regarding the list above can be found at http://www.catsread.com/how-do-i.html.


Mathcounts began testing for school representatives on January 23. Students have had the opportunity to participate in 12 meetings to help them prepare for the school competition. Edison will sponsor 8 students at the regional competition to be held in Sioux Falls on February 20. The 4 top scorers from our school testing will represent Edison as a team. The next top 4 scorers will be invited to participate as individuals. Top teams and performers at the regional competition will then be invited to participate in the state competition to be held in Pierre later this spring. The school testing will conclude January 30 with students notified at our February 7 meeting of the results. Thanks once more to parents for encouraging your son/daughter to participate in the Mathcounts competition this year. Please contact Mr. Gerszewski at michael.gerszewski@k12.sd.us if you have any questions re: the Mathcounts competition.

Geography Bee

Congratulations to all who participated in the Edison Geography Bee! Below are the top finalists who advanced to the School Bee on Monday, January 20th. Sean Hodges is our school champion. Falco Gerling took 2nd place and Jacob Pagone took 3rd place. A big congratulations to them! Sean will now take a qualifying test to determine if he advances to the State Bee in March. Good luck, Sean!

Sean Hodges

Jonah Foutz

Lucas Simonsen

Isaac Mazariegos

Connor Hutchinson

Joshua Daiker

Falco Gerling

Callaway Weeks

Sam Newitt

Jacob Pagone

James Plorde

Arthur Tao

Leni Olson

Hannah Basel

Pictured below:

Left to right: Falco Gerling (2nd Place), Sean Hodges (Champion), and Jacob Pagone (3rd Place)

Left to right:  Falco Gerling (2nd Place), Sean Hodges (Champion), and Jacob Pagone (3rd Place)

Athletic Information

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:

Message Board

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:


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.

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