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:

January 12, 2022

Volume 2, Issue 6

Dates to Remember...

January 13

  • End of 2nd Quarter

January 14

  • No School-Teacher Work Day

January 17

  • No School-Inservice

Tips From the Office...

Attendance Matters

One of the most important things students can do to achieve success is also one of the most basic: attend school every day and on time! Students who attend school regularly achieve at higher levels than students who do not have
regular attendance

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

District Parent Calendar

Click to view the Sioux Falls School District Parent Calendar

Principal's Corner

Happy New Year! We are in our final week of the first semester! Time has gone quickly! First semester will officially end on Thursday, January 13. We will begin second semester on Tuesday, January 18. First semester report cards will be complete and available online January 19. Just a reminder we do not have school on Friday, January 14 and Monday, January 17 due to teacher in-service.

January is the time for restarts and resolutions. As we conclude first semester and move into second semester, set goals for success with your student entering the new semester! We are excited to begin a new semester with your student! 2022 is going to be a great year!


Amber Blume, Principal

Superintendent Column

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

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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News from the Counseling Office

If your student is in need of any winter gear, please send them to the counseling office!

8th Graders Thinking About High School Already?

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

HS registration!!

January 26th – 8th graders will register with their high school counselors during 8th period. High School registration sheets due no later than January 24th to their PRO teacher.

Counselors at Edison follow their students throughout middle school.

Mrs. Murphy – ALL 6th grade (pictured left)

Mr. Biteler – ALL 7th grade (pictured middle)

Mrs. Plaine – ALL 8th grade (pictured right)

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Edison's PTO

PTO Meeting Date/Time Change - January 24 at 6:00pm

Due to scheduling conflicts we are changing the time of January's PTO meeting. We hope you will join us on January 24 at 6:00pm via Zoom. Principal Blume will give us an update on Edison life and we will discuss upcoming events.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 881 4487 0067
Passcode: 907743

Catalog Fundraiser

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the catalog fundraiser this year. We raised $5,572! Your support through these fundraisers has a direct impact on our students, teachers, and school. We know some of you had questions about your orders. If you need more information about your order you may contact the fundraising company directly and they will be quick to resolve any issues. You can reach Clubs Choice Fundraising at 877-369-9766.

Go Cats!

LeAnn Minister and Nikki Schmaltz

2021-22 PTO Co-Presidents

Contact us



Thank you to the following businesses for helping support our December Teacher Appreciation!

Bagel Boy

Bread and Circus

Buff City Soap

Childs Play Toys


Fire House Subs

Grille 26

HD Detailing


Jersey Mikes

Juice Stop

Love Marlow

MaKenzie River

Ode to Food

Prairie Green Gold

Pot Bellys

Red Robin



Slim Chickens

Spa on Phillips

Swamp Daddys

Texas Roadhouse

Vinyl Taco

Wild Water West

Student Council

Student Council would like to thank each and every person who helped us raise funds for Heartland House. Through donations and our STUCO store, we were able to donate not only tie blankets, but also $500 to Heartland House. This month, in honor of the Super Bowl, we are going to be collecting canned, boxed, or non-perishable food items to donate to the food bank and Feeding South Dakota! We will also donate a portion of the funds raised at the STUCO store to Feeding South Dakota. Over the next four weeks, each Wednesday will be dedicated to “Sports Dress Up Days!” Wear a jersey, dress like an athlete, wear something band related, college/university shirts, and get into the spirit of sports! As always, thank you for your continued support! Together, we are making a difference. Together we are better!

Student of the Month

Music Notes

January Music Notes


Mar. 31 EMS Orchestra Concerts in Gym 6:00-6th gr., 6:45-7th gr., 7:30-8th gr.

Apr. 21 EMS Band Concerts in Gym 6th grade–6:30 p.m. & 7th/8th grade–7:30 p.m.

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


Mar. 12 Band Solo/Ensemble Contest at BRMS (Ben Reifel MS) 8:00 am–1:00 p.m.

Mar. 24 Brio Concert with 5th Grade Orchestra Festival Concert 7:00 p.m.

Apr. 8 Brio/Inventions/Jazz Band Tour Day All Day

Apr. 11 5th Grade Area Band Festival with Jazz Band 7:00 p.m.

April 23 Orchestra Contest at Susan B Anthony Elementary All Day

April 29 Inventions Final Concert in auditorium 7:00 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 December are:

Band: Kylie Gosch (8) Evelyn Akkerman (7) Carter Peterson (6)

Chorus: Karl Hartmann (8) Elise Jordan (7) Grace Hohn (6)

Orchestra: Alyvia Hutchinson (8) David Cook (7) Ella Christiansen (6)

8th Graders Heading to High School~

High school counselors will be coming in to talk to the 8th graders about registering for high school soon. The Edison music department encourages all of our 8th graders to STAY INVOLVED IN MUSIC in 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 after Winter Break. Students are encouraged to get help on their music in private lessons or from Mr. Jensen/Miss Deinken.

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

Ensemble Schedule~

Jazz Band meets on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:45 – 8:45 a.m.

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

Inventions meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:45 - 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!

“Music is not what we do, it’s who we are.” – Unknown

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Library News

A Reminder about Library Fines

  • We do not charge late fees at the EMS Library. The only time your child will be charged for a book is if it is lost or it is damaged to the point that it must be replaced.
  • Each student at Edison has the opportunity to work off one fine per school year. Students are credited $2.00 for every half hour they work in the library.
  • If your student has overdue books or fines, they are unable to check out books until the fine is satisfied or the books are returned.
  • If your child has an overdue book or a fine from another school, the fine can be paid or the book returned to Edison. We will get the payment or book to the appropriate school.


Looking for a great gift? How about a book? Here are some suggestions.

6th grade and up

Scar Island by Gemeinhardt

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot by Kinney

Unplugged by Korman

New Kid by Craft

Refugee by Gratz

Blended by Draper

7th grade and up

Not if I Save You First by Carter

Girl in the White Van by Henry

Warcross by Lu

Darkest Minds by Bracken

Compound by Bodeen

The Brave by Bird

8th grade and up

Wild Bird by Van Draanen

Dry by Shusterman

One of Us Is Lying by McManus

Cruel Prince by Black

Enigma Game by Wein

Hollow Inside by Davis

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Athletic Information

Edison Families,

Our winter sports seasons are underway with Girls’ basketball at Edison, while gymnastics and wrestling are taking place at the high schools. Boys’ basketball sign-up will begin on December 13th and the first practice is slated for January 18th, 2022. The girls’ basketball teams have played a couple of games thus far and are showing improvement each game. This demonstrates that hard work and dedication will pay off. Just a reminder for those attending the games. Please be mindful when entering or leaving the gym during a game. Please wait for a stoppage of play before walking by the basketball court. The student athletes as well as your safety is most important. I look forward to seeing you at our games cheering on our student athletes at Edison. A big thank you goes out to our girls’ basketball coaches.

Coaches are as follows:

8th grade: Mr. Beacom and Mr. Randall

7th grade: Mr. Frank and Mr. James

Edison Athletic Events

Code of Conduct

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
  • No hats, bandanas, etc.
  • Disruptive or unruly behavior
  • Foul or obscene language
  • Rudeness to fellow fans or Edison staff.

The Athletic Coordinator retains the right to remove you from the event and 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.

Future Lincoln Patriots!

Sioux Falls Lincoln 2022-2023 All Activities Night

Lincoln High School will be hosting a “LHS All Activities Information Night” for ALL incoming 9th-12th grade students at LHS for the 2022-2023 school year. This will take place on March 22, 2022:

6pm-6:30pm All Activities (main gym)

Coaches and Advisors will be available after to focus on fall activities and provide information for other activities along with information on supporting the Red White and Blue Booster Club.

Any questions, please contact the LHS Activities Office at 605-367-7990 or e-mail: kristin.brown@k12.sd.us

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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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