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:

January 1, 2020

Volume 1, Issue 6

Dates to Remember


  • End of Quarter/Semester

JAN 10

  • No School

JAN 15

  • PTO Meeting

JAN 16

  • 1st Semester SOM Breakfast

JAN 30, Feb 3, Feb 6

  • Conferences


  • No School

FEB 11 & 13

  • Chill on the Hill at Great Bear
District Parent Calendar's

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Principal's Corner

Happy New Year Edison families! I hope this newsletter finds you enjoying the New Year and you are well on your way to fulfilling all your resolutions. One of the many wonderful things about the world of education is the new beginnings experienced throughout the school year: the beginning of school, returning from a long break, a new quarter, or a new semester. Each time we have a new beginning, we can start with a clean slate. New beginnings also allow for reflection and evaluation of where we have been and where we want to go.

As we bring an end to the first semester, we have time to reflect on the first half of the school year, what we have accomplished, and reevaluate the goals we have set. Our students continue to make substantial improvements in their achievement and work tirelessly towards their goals. The students established “growth goals” and “stretch goals” for their MAP growth and many of them met those goals. The December MAP scores showed wonderful growth for many of our students. Please ask your student about their “growth goals” and “stretch goals” and encourage them to reach for the stars.

We also want to recognize all the hard work and dedication that parents/guardians have put into their student’s education. We continue to value the relationship between home and school to ensure all students grow and succeed. Please continue to encourage your students down the path of success through regular attendance, a commitment to excellence, and a relentless effort to be a life-long learner. We will once again be conducting student-led conferences this spring on January 30th, February 3rd, and February 6th. Conferences provide your student the opportunity to show you the progress he/she has made in their classes and MAP Assessment. It is also a great time to collaborate with your student’s teachers and strengthen the relationship between home and school to ensure the success of your student.

We look forward to the second semester filled with excitement, learning, and continued growth. We have many things left to accomplish this school year and goals to achieve; however, with the Edison staff, student dedication, and the ongoing support we receive from the parents/guardians and PTO, we can achieve anything.

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 do have an additional day available that students can come to visit the CTE Academy. All middle school students and parents are welcome to attend on the following day.

February 11th - 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (Parent/Teacher Conferences/Career Fair)

8th Graders Thinking About High School Already?

8th grade students will be working on high school transition activities during PRO-Time! They will take an interest inventory assessment on SDMyLife.com. They will use the SDMyLife Magazine and 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:

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! High School Parent Nights – It is very important to attend a parent night at your prospective high school


1/31/2020, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

2/01/2020, 9:00 - 11:00 am


1/23/2020, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

1/25/2020, 9:30 - 11:00 am


1/04/2020, 9:00 - 11:00 am

1/07/2020, 7:00 - 9:00 pm


1/23/2019, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

January 24th – HS counselors visit from 9-10 am to discuss High School Registration and classes

HS registration!!

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

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


2020 is going to be another outstanding year at Edison! We have successfully completed our major fundraising for the school year. We invite you to attend our next meeting on January 15th to discuss how we can continue to improve our school.

We encourage you to join us throughout the year at our monthly meetings. They are a great opportunity to ask questions of our administration, as well as network with other parents to address the needs of Edison. PTO meetings happen at noon on the third Wednesday of every month.

Looking for a great New Year’s resolution? Why don’t you become active in the PTO? It’s a great way to be involved in your student's education, be informed about Edison and the district, and meet other parents. Everyone is welcome and the level of commitment is up to you!

The Edison PTO is looking for a Vice President and a Treasurer. 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!

As a PTO, we function solely off of donations and fundraising as we have no membership dues. Everyone is a member! Fundraising is optional and donations are welcomed. Both are very, very much appreciated. If you have further questions about our fundraising efforts, read our monthly meeting minutes or contact via email.

Our Big Fundraiser winner and owner of a new ECHO Dot is...

Melanie Marsh, so congratulations! Along with the ECHO Dot, she also gets a pass to Air Madness and so do 6 others who were our top sellers.

Those students are as follows:

  • Adrianna Baumgartner

  • Noah Hohn

  • Hunter Sieler

  • Alyvia Hutchinson

  • Vivian Lucas

  • Ava Johnson

  • Alex Staebell

Chill on the Hill

February 11 or 13

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, January 15th at noon in the conference room. New faces are always welcome.

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!

Wednesday, May 20th, 1-3:45pm

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:

Heartland House Christmas – This year we adopted 188 children whose families are part of the Heartland House program. A variety of fund raisers have taken place from bake sales to carnivals. Each child is receiving a gift and a fleece blanket. The 94 mothers of these children also received a fleece blanket. All the gifts were delivered courtesy of Two Men and a Truck. Thank you to everyone for their help and support.

Santa Letters for Make-A-Wish- Make-A-Wish is an agency that grants wishes to seriously ill children. Each year Macy’s donates $2 for each letter written to Santa to Make-A-Wish. Schools across the state participate in a contest to see which school can write the most letters. This year, Edison students wrote 9,000 letters, which means an $18,000 donation to Make-A- Wish. Stay tuned to see if Edison wins the statewide contest! Great work everyone.

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: January 14 at 8:15.

Student of the Month

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

Music Notes

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 December are:

Band: Kyan Carlson (8) Griffin Etrheim (7) Reeghan Osthus (6)

Chorus: Kaylee Frodermann/Lily Ralston-Perreault (8) Annika Kvale/Tessa Blom (7)

Naomi Jespersen/Dalton Lindemann (6)

Orchestra: Kevlyn Kennedy (8) Vanessa Ung (7) Lily Sheets (6)

8th Graders Heading to High School~

The high schools will be bringing some of their vocal and instrumental ensembles to perform for our 8th grade band, chorus and orchestra students in December/January to encourage them to stay involved in these performance groups when they go to high school!

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 and WHS after Winter Break. Students are encouraged to get help on their music in private lessons or from Mr. Rygg/Mr. Eckart.

Variety Show Performances!~

Plan to attend the Edison Variety Show at 7 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 p.m. for Edison students and staff. Admission for the student show is $1.

7/8th Bands Recital Night February 25~

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!

Brio Events:

*All Brio students will be given 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

Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen

Concert Dates~

Make sure your child’s concert dates are on your calendar. High school concerts are in the high school auditoriums.

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Human Rights Essay Contest

Three Edison students were honored on Human Rights Day (December 10th) at the Multicultural Center for their essays on world-wide nutrition. The students were given an award and a cash prize for their excellence.

Nathan Thompson - 7th Grader - 1st Place

Ava Johnson - 7th Grader - Runner Up

Audrey Akkerman - 8th Grader - Runner Up

Congratulations to these students for their hard work!


Mr. Gerszewski would like to thank all of the parents who have encouraged their son or daughter to participate in the Mathcounts meetings. They have been filled with some challenging new problems for kids to solve, as well as some amazing moments of kids sharing strategies with one another. We will hold our next meeting on Thursday, January 9 at 7:30am. Testing for the 4-person team as well as the 4 alternates will begin the following week. The regional competition is scheduled in Sioux Falls the afternoon of February 20. More details to come.

Stock Market Game:

The 6th grade Gifted Ed students have been participating in The Stock Market Game. This is a simulation game where students become investors while learning about business, math, economics, personal finance, and the importance of saving and investing for the long term. Each team receives a hypothetical $100,000 to perform online investing in real-time stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. We had two winning teams this semester out of 31 total teams competing across South Dakota. Our 6th grade team of River McKenzie, Liam Travers, and Grady Southwick placed 1St. Their final portfolio value was $117,747.74. Our 6th grade team of Callaway Weeks, Rayan Barakat, Lex Kaufhold, and Brady Wheeler placed 2nd. Their final portfolio value was $115,046.24. Congratulations for your smart investing!

Spelling Bee Finalists

Edison School Spelling Bee:

Our School Bee was held on Monday, December 9th. Congratulations to our school winners!

Champion - Hannah Basel

2nd place - Jamie Nguyen

3rd place - Marlena Olson

Alternate - Kera Olson

The top 3 students will now advance to the Sioux Falls Regional Spelling Bee in February. Good luck to them in the next round of competition!

Left to right:

Hannah Basel

Jamie Nguyen

Marlena Olson

Kera Olson

Edison School Geography Bee

Thank you to all the students who participated in the Geography Bee Pretest! Congratulations to the following students with the top scores who will advance as finalists to the school Geography Bee, which will be held on Monday, January 20. Good luck in the next round of the competition!

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

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.

7th & 8th Grade Boys Basketball - Signup

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.

Approximately halfway down on the right side, you should see:

"SPORTS SIGN-UPS – 2019-2020"

Boys Basketball Sign-Up begins on December 16th.

Practice begins on Monday, January 13th.

To find important information go to:


Then click on Boys Basketball. You should see a Parent Letter, Coach's Informational Letter, Calendars, etc.


There are two requirements that need to be completed before participation can be permitted.

1) Activity Participation Packet – on-line through the Parent Portal of Infinite Campus

2) Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Form – a two-page paper document

If your son participated in a Fall sport, these should already be completed. If he did not, you may have still completed them ahead of time.

You will find information on Required Forms on the Edison Athletic Website as well.


Below the “Edison Logo,” click on:

“List of Required Forms.”

Any questions, please contact Mr. Brown, Coordinator of Athletics, Edison Middle School

(605) 367-7643 or Darwin.Brown@k12.sd.us

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