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:

September 30th, 2022

Volume 2, Issue 14

Dates to Remember...

October 7

  • Picture Re-Takes

October 10

  • No School, Native American Day

October 11

  • No School, Inservice

October 13

  • Student Flu Vaccine Clinic-see flyer below

November 11

  • No School, Veterans Day Observance

November 23-25

  • No School, Thanksgiving Break

Tips From the Office...

Please let the office know as soon as possible if your child is going to be tardy or absent from school. You can call the office or email sfsdedisonattendance@k12.sd.us. If your child is leaving early from school for any reason, please try and let the office know before school starts to avoid classroom disruption.

Student Check In/Out Procedure- You do NOT need to walk your student in to school to check them in if they are late or returning from an appointment. When a student is checking OUT we do need to see the adult that is picking them up in the office. If you are unable to come inside, call the office and we will have a staff member walk your student out to their ride to verify who is picking them up.

Please call or email the office if you have any questions.



Picture Retake Code:


Yearbook Order: Yearbooks can be pre-ordered using the link below. Orders must be placed by November 1st. We will have a very limited amount of extra yearbooks this year


District Parent Calendar

Click to view the Sioux Falls School District Parent Calendar

Principal's Corner

Dear Edison Families,

October is a busy month at Edison! We have a lot happening including…

Parent/Teacher Conferences Oct 4 & 6

Picture Retakes Oct 7

No School Oct 10 & 11

PTO Color Run Oct 14

End of 1st Quarter Oct 27

Recognizing National Depression Education and Awareness Month- dress ups day listed below in the counseling center section

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, October 4 (virtual) and Thursday, October 6 (in person). We are looking forward to meeting with you and visiting about your student’s progress. It has been a great start to the school year, and we are excited about what is to come for the 22-23 year!

MAP Assessment results are coming home with your student next week. Please use the below link for additional information regarding MAP assessment data:


The PTO has planned a Color Run fundraiser Friday, October 14 beginning at 4pm. This fundraiser will kickoff next week on Monday, October 3. Please consider signing your student up to participate. This is a great way to raise money for Edison, as well as the students have a ton of fun! Throughout October 3-14 different prizes and drawings will take place as students raise money for our school! Thanks to the PTO for planning and organizing this fun event for our students!

Thanks for partnering with us in your child’s education. We look forward to a great school year ahead of us!


Amber Blume, Principal

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Superintendent Column

Click to read the latest information from our Superintendent, Dr. Jane Stavem

Student of the Month

7th Grade Social Studies with Mr. Pesicka

Students are pictured below in Mr. Pesicka’s Social Studies class working on a 5 Themes of Geography project where students incorporate and represent concepts of location, place, human-environment interaction, region and movement. Students collaborated together to make visual displays of each theme to represent to the class. Life skills such as collaboration, public speaking and creativity were utilized on this assignment.

Edison's PTO


Parent/Teacher conferences are around the corner! Even though conferences will be both virtual and in person, our teachers and staff are going to be in the building and are going to need dinner. They are so grateful to have these meals provided. Thank you for all your help in making this feasible. We have two options to help with the meals:

1. Donate food toward the "Soup/Chili/Dessert" night. Check out our sign-up sheet here: Edison PTO : Fall 2022- Teacher Conference Meals (signupgenius.com)

2. Donate funds toward the "Order in Individual Meals" night from a local restaurant. Make a donation here: Conference Meals (cheddarup.com) You can also drop off cash/check made out to "Edison PTO" in the main office.


The Scholastic Book Fair will be open during parent-teacher conferences on October 6. Not only does the Book Fair benefit your students at home, but it benefits your students at school! For every item purchased Edison earns a percentage of Scholastic dollars to go toward buying more books for their classrooms and library. If you're not able to visit the Book Fair in person you can shop for books online between September 30 and October 6. Click here to shop the online Book Fair: Book Fair Homepage (scholastic.com)


The Spirit Wear booth will be open during Parent Teacher Conferences on October 6. Drop by to check out all the Edison Cats apparel! If you have questions about Spirit Wear you can email our Spirit Wear Coordinator, Angela Gosch, at edisonms.spiritwear@gmail.com

We are looking for volunteers to help at both the Spirit Wear table and the Book Fair during conferences. If you are able to help please sign up on our conference volunteer sign-up: Edison PTO : Fall 2022- Teacher Conference Meals (signupgenius.com)

COLOR RUN - October 14
We are eagerly awaiting the Color Run on Friday, October 14. Details about this fundraising event will be given to students October 3, but registration is open now!! Prizes will be given to students based on donations they gather. In addition to that, we will have sweepstakes drawings between October 3 and 14. Some of the sweepstakes prizes include $50 and $100 Amazon gift cards, a portable phone charger, Oculus VR or Airpod Max headphones, and more! The first sweepstakes drawing is October 3 and the lucky winner will win a $100 Amazon gift card, so get your student registered today! No donation is required to register.

MyBooster - Join your fundraiser today!

We need volunteers to help the event be a blast for our students! Whether you help set up, throw color on the students, or clean up you will have a fantastic time! Click here to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C054AAEAC29A0FE3-edison1

PTO MEETING - October 19

PTO meetings occur online on the third Wednesday of each month at noon. If you were not able to make our first meeting you can check out the minutes at www.edisonsf.org. We hope to see you at our next meeting on October 19.

Edison PTO
Co-Presidents: LeAnn Minister & Peg Preston
Treasurer: Kristina Sipma

Secretary: Shannon Huber

Spirit Wear: Angela Gosch

Book Fair: Chelsey McClenahan



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Music Notes

Important Dates for First Semester~

Make sure your child’s concert dates are on your calendar. High school concert information will be communicated with your child if they are an 8th grader in band or chorus.


Nov. 8 Edison Orchestra-City Wide 6-12 Orchestra Festival SF Arena Time TBA

Dec. 6 Edison Band Concerts 6th grade–6:30 p.m., 7th & 8th grade–7:30 p.m.

Dec. 13 Edison Chorus Concerts 6th grade – 6:30 p.m. & 7th/8th grade – 7:45 p.m.


Oct. 17 JHS & WHS Fall Choir Concert w/8th grade chorus students (rehearsal 6 pm) 7:00 p.m. @ WHS

Oct. 18, 19, 20 Brio Auditions in the Orchestra Room 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Oct. 21 LHS Fall Choir Concert w/8th grade chorus students (rehearsal 6 pm)7:00 p.m. @ LHS

Nov. 7 RHS Fall Choir Concert w/8th grade chorus students (rehearsal 6 pm)7:00 p.m. @ RHS

Nov. 21 LHS Band Concert w/8th graders (rehearsal on 11/18 at 7:30 a.m.) 7:00 p.m. @ LHS

Nov. 29, 30, & Dec. 1 Cinderella Musical Auditions in the Auditorium 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Dec. 8 RHS Band Concert w/8th graders (7:30 am rehearsal) 7:00 p.m. @ RHS

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: Adrian MadrigalLinares (8) Johanna Neiderhiser (7) Eli Tayamen (6)

Chorus: Harper Gustin (8) Ryder DeSchepper (7) Caroline Huber (6)

Orchestra: Marlee Jacomet (8) Isaac Tolly (7) Alice Herbst (6)

The Edison music department wishes to thank Lewis Drug for supporting our Musician of the Month program!

Ensemble Schedule~

Jazz Band will meet on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:45 – 8:45 a.m. Our first rehearsal is Wednesday, September 29.

Wind Ensemble will meet on Thursday mornings from 7:45 - 8:45 a.m starting on October 27. Open to all 7th & 8th graders in band.

Brio - Students who audition and are selected for the string ensemble, Brio, will meet on Wednesday and Friday morning from 8:10 – 8:45 a.m. Audition dates are 10/18, 10/19, & 10/20 from 4:00-4:30 pm in the orchestra room.

Inventions meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:45 - 8:45 a.m.

All-State Orchestra~

The top orchestra students in the state of South Dakota come together to perform for this special event. Auditions are held in October, but interested students need to start practicing the required music now. The students all have access to the audition information and music in their schoology/orchestra class. For more information please contact Mrs. Sip or visit http://sdmea.net/ and look under the Events list for: Middle School All-State Orchestra. All the information you need and the audition music is there for you!

Cinderella Musical Auditions~

We will hold auditions for this year’s musical, CINDERELLA, on November 29, 30, and December 1. Auditions will be after school in the auditorium. Sign ups for musical auditions will be posted outside the chorus room in early November. All chorus students will be given details and there will be some all school announcements for those that are not in chorus but interested in auditioning. The performances will be on March 16 and 17, 2023.

All-State Band~

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 should be practicing the required music now. For more information, please contact Mr. Jensen 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!

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. (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!

“The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.” - Roy Ayers

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Library News

Congratulations to the following students that completed at least one BINGO on the Edison Library Summer Reading Challenge! Those students in bold completed a Blackout which is the equivalent of 12 BINGOS! We are so proud of the efforts of ALL the students listed. And a special congratulations to our grand prize winner Brielle Jenkins!

6th Grade

Aniya Brost

Breanna Downham

Sam Gusso

Sophia Honkomp

Kara Johns

Sam Murray

Madison Winrow

7th Grade

Gretchen Glover

Grace Hohn

Briele Jenkins*

Caroline Huber

Edwin Konz

Frances Lundberg

Holland Meyerink

Andrew Miller

Johanna Neiderhiser

Macie Olson

Max VanBeek

Ariah Wiebe

8th Grade

Ben Foutz

McKinley Glanville

Lauren Huber

Emmeline Murray

News from the Counseling Office

October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month! Edison Middle School wants to help bring awareness to the fairly common and also highly preventable and curable mental health issue. Depression affects approximately 7-8% of the U.S. Did you know that there are many lifestyle factors and daily habits we choose that can either prevent depression or contribute to depression? The month of October we will dive a little deeper into ways people young and old can help prevent depression. To help educate students we will be celebrating National Depression Education and Awareness Month with dress up days the week of October 17th-21st. Each day of the week is linked to a strategy to live a healthy lifestyle, support good mental health, and prevent depression.

Monday Oct. 17th- Wear Bright Colors/neon- spending at least 30 minutes a day outdoors helps the body absorb vitamin D. Low levels of Vitamin D are directly linked to depression.

Tuesday Oct. 18th- Twin Day- Having 3 or more very close, trusting, loving personal relationships boosts serotonin levels in the brain and helps prevent depression.

Wednesday Oct. 19th- Sports/Fitness Day- 30 minutes of moderate exercise 4 or more days per week boosts dopamine levels in the brain and can prevent depression.

Thursday Oct. 20th- Pajama Day- getting 8-10 hours of sleep a night and following a routine "bedtime" and "waking time" helps restore brain function and balance neurotransmitters in brain, helping to prevent depression.

Friday Oct. 21st- School Spirit Day- Having multiple healthy and productive hobbies or passions boosts serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, preventing depression symptoms.

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Mrs. Murpy (left) Mr. Biteler (center) Mrs. Nelson (right)

Mrs. Murphy, 7th Grade (left) Mr. Biteler, 8th Grade (center) Mrs. Nelsen, 6th Grade (right)

Edison Athletic Information

The 2022-23 fall sports are about halfway through their seasons. I have witnessed some excellent performances in all of our teams. Our bleachers and sidelines have been full of sports fan cheering on our athletes, which is great to see. Keep in mind up sportsmanship is not only for the athletes, spectators to need to respect the officials and coaches as they do the best job they can. Keep up the great work!

Looking ahead to our Winter sports season.

7th - 8th Girls’ basketball sign-ups start on October 17. First practice November 7th.

7-8 boys’ basketball sign-ups will be in early January for a January 16th start date.

Middle school wrestling for boys and girls is a new addition to the middle school. More information to follow on the start date and sign -ups.

If you are interested in gymnastics please contact the high in which you will be attending for more information.

All our athletic information can be found here


Athletic Events Code of Conduct

For those who come to cheer on Edison athletics. There are a few basic guidelines that must be followed for a positive experience for all.

The following criteria has been established to ensure that all athletes, officials, event workers, and visitors will have a positive experience attending an athletic event at Edison.

Attending events:

1. Gym opens at 3:55PM—please wait for gym to be prepared for the event.

2. Student must be in the gym by 4PM unless have a pass from a teacher due to academics.

3. Students may leave once, 1person at a time to use the restroom in the hallway by cafeteria.

4. The second time a student must leave the gym for any reason they are not allowed back into the event.

Edison encourages:

· Enthusiastic support of your team

· Good sportsmanship

· Family friendly atmosphere

· Commitment to safety

· Welcoming attitude to all fans and visitors

Unacceptable behaviors:

· All school rules apply towards dress code

· Disruptive or unruly behavior

· Foul or obscene language

· Rudeness to fellow fans or Edison staff.

· No stomping on the bleachers.

The Athletic Coordinator/ Staff Supervisor retains the right to remove you from the event and the persons involved must leave the building or football field if you are in violation of any of these conditions. Failure to comply will result in suspension of your privilege to attend future events.

If you have any questions about athletics, please feel free to contact me

David Christian


Go Cats!

“In purrsuit of Excellence”

Edison Athletics Website

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PASI-Parent Advocates for Spanish Immersion

Great Gatherings is right around the corner!

Everyone has something to offer! Get involved with donating items for the silent auction OR host a gathering! Follow us on PASI Facebook to keep up on the new item being added!

Save the Dates

PASI General MeetingOctober 24, 2022

Library at Sonia Sotomayor Elementary @ 6:30pm

Great Gatherings • Friday, October 28th

Icon Lounge @ 7pm. Click here to purchase your tickets! Our annual adult fundraiser is in person this year.

Huge thank you to those of you that participated in the Chipotle fundraiser! We were able to raise $936 to start our fundraising season!

SFSD Child Nutrition Newsletter

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Box Tops!


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