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:

April 1st, 2022

Volume 2, Issue 9

Dates to Remember...

April 1

  • Early Dismissal, 2pm

April 8

  • School Dance, 4:00-5:30pm

April 15-18

  • No School, Spring Break

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

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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

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Principal's Corner

Hello Edison Families,

March came in like a lamb and is going out like a lion. We certainly are ready for warmer, more consistent weather at Edison! As Spring approaches, we begin to think about many different activities happening at Edison. Here are some highlights…

Edison MS Dance: On April 8, our Student Council and PTO will sponsor a school dance! We haven’t had a dance at Edison since COVID and we are excited to put an old tradition back in place! Tickets will be sold the week of April 4 in the office for $1. Student Council will be selling snacks during the dance and a photo booth will be available for students. The dance will be from 4:00pm-5:30pm.

SD Assessment: The last week in April (April 25-29) we will take the SD Assessment in Math and English Language Arts. This test is one of our most important measures of student learning! As a parent/guardian, you can assist us by making sure your child gets good sleep the night before the test, eats breakfast on tests days, and comes prepared and ready to work their hardest! We appreciate your support. We are excited to see the progress of our students!

Incoming 6th Grade Families- Surviving Middle School & Running Start Signup: On April 26 & May 2 we will welcome our incoming 6th grade families to attend our Surviving Middle School night. This presentation is designed to give parents a glimpse into what to expect as your middle school student begins their journey! More information is included in the newsletter below.

Also included in this newsletter is information regarding our Running Start signup. Running Start is for incoming 6th graders and is designed to be an orientation program to support student success as they enter middle school. We HIGHLY encourage you to sign your incoming 6th grader up for this program. Scholarships are available, if needed!

No School/Early Dismissal Reminders:

April 1- Early Dismissal- 2pm- students must be off school property by 2:15pm

April 15 & 18- No School

We will continue to enjoy our Spring concerts from our musicians and attending our track and field events for our athletes. We thank you for your support and look forward to our final quarter of the 2021-22 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

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Edison's PTO

PTO Board Update and Thank You

At the March meeting we voted on PTO board members for the 2022-2023 school year. Help us welcome Peg Preston as co-president! Shannon Huber (Secretary), Kristina Sipma (Treasurer), and LeAnn Minister (co-president) will continue on in their current roles. The PTO wants to thank Nikki Schmaltz for her work as co-president these past two years. In the midst of COVID-19, she was committed to supporting our teachers, staff, and students. As she finishes 2021-2022 as co-president, she leaves the PTO in a strong position ready for next year. Nikki, thank you for your leadership and your investment in Edison. You have made sure Edison students, teachers, and staff are at the forefront of all PTO matters.

Staff Appreciation Week: May 2-6

Even though we're nearing the end of the school year, the Edison community is still active and can use our support! Staff Appreciation Week is May 2-6 and the PTO hopes to partner with students and parents for this! If you have ideas of how to show our teachers and staff appreciation, or offer them our support, please email the PTO at edisonsiouxfalls@gmail.com.

PTO Meetings & Activities

At our last meeting in March, the PTO voted to contribute money to support Edison's PBIS store and a DJ for the school dance. We will also begin to research fundraisers that better meet the needs of the Edison community. To learn more about PTO's activities, please read the meeting minutes on our website: Home (edisonsf.org)

If you want to join the conversation about these activities please come to our next meeting: April 20th at noon, via Zoom.

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

Go Cats!

LeAnn Minister and Nikki Schmaltz

2021-22 PTO Co-Presidents

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Student of the Month

2022 Pi Day Celebration

High Five to the Top “Pi’s”

In 7th grade regular and accelerated math classes, we celebrated Pi Day by singing pi songs, sharing pi jokes & riddles, having a pi memorization contest, defining our knowledge of circles, and consuming pie!

Congratulations to the following champions in our math classrooms for memorizing digits of pi:

Mrs. Kortan’s winners:

Period 1: ShayLee Claxton (82 digits)

Period 3: Riley Okeson (67 digits)

Period 4: Robyn Jenkins (161 digits)

Period 6: Connor Husser (169 digits) & Elise Chap (150 digits)

Mr. Goede’s winners:

Period 1: Peyton Jacobson (35 digits)

Period 3: Said Muktar (40 digits)

Period 4: Maka Ali (56 digits)

Period 6: Daniel Mekibeb (110 digits)

Mrs. Bickley’s winners:

Period 1: Matthew Luke (70 digits)

Period 4: Susan Orellana (80 digits)

Period 6: Keylen Mazariegos-Corrales (55 digits)

Period 8: Maya Ailts (109 digits)

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Music Notes

April Music Notes


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.


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

May 6 Inventions Friends and Family Performance in auditorium 7:00 p.m.


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.)


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 MARCH are:

Band: Anya Klemme (8) McKinley Glanville (7) William Zell (6)

Chorus: Allyssa Buehring (8) Owen Reed (7) Henry Rasmussen (6)

Orchestra: Alexia Collins (8) Collin Foley (7) Annie Lenz/Eleanor Tinguely (6)


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. No admission is charged at these performances.

**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.


Congratulations to Hudson Schumacher for representing Edison so well at Middle School All State Band earlier this month in Mitchell, SD! 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 by May 1st 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 for more information.


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

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

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


Now is a great time 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


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.)

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!

“Sometimes music is the only thing that takes your mind off of everything else.”

- Unknown

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Library News

The library will once again be doing Food for Fines in honor of National Library Week, April 4th-8th. Students that owe money for lost or damaged books can reduce or erase their fines by bringing nonperishable food items to the library anytime between April 4th and the 8th. One food item equals one dollar off a fine. This is a limited time offer. No food will be accepted after Friday April 8th.

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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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Surviving Middle School

Do you have an incoming 6th grade student? Join us the evening of April 26 OR May 2 beginning at 6:00pm in the Edison auditorium. This session is designed to give families a look into what to expect as their student transitions to Middle School. Students are welcome to attend as well.

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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Athletic Information

Edison families,

I can’t believe we are already into our final season of athletics. Track has been practicing now for the past couple weeks and are looking forward to their first competitions the week of April 4th. Edison has 194 students participating in track and field.

A couple of reminders for our field meets at Edison. Please stay back from the competition area. We ask that you view from a distance for your safety especially in the shot and discuss events.

Attention all current 6th and 7th graders, the 2022-23 school year will be here before we know it. I would like to invite you to attend our Athletics informational night on Tuesday May 17th at 7PM in the gym. The two most important things to remember:

  • All students need a sports physical, which can be done anytime after April 1st of 6th grade year and is good through the students 8th grade year of athletics.

  • As you register your son or daughter for next year online in Infinite Campus please fill out the athletic tab for parent consent and HIPAA, even if you are unsure if your son/daughter will participate.

Hoping to see you out supporting our track and field athletes this spring!

Take care,

David Christian

Edison Athletic Coordinator

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 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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