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:

June 1, 2020

Volume 1, Issue 11

Tips From The Office...

All office hours are by appointment only,

so please call ahead at 367-7643

...Parents - please log into the Parent Portal (Infinite Campus) at http://parentview.sf.k12.sd.us to complete the Annual Information Update (Online Registration) for each of your students. This must be done prior to Edison’s Catapult Day/Open House on August 24th. If you have never logged into the Parent Portal, please call the Office at 367-7643 to create a parent account. If you do not have access to a computer to complete the Annual Information Update, computers will be available by appointment only between the hours of 7:30am to 4pm Monday through Thursday throughout the summer.

School Supply List

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District Parent Calendar's

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Principal's Corner

As we close out the 2019-2020 school year, I would like to take the opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all the amazing students, staff, and parents/guardians that made this year an extraordinary year. We faced many challenges and hurdles this spring, but we supported and helped one another through a very difficult time. We have worked extremely hard to bring pride and unity to Edison Middle School while building on previous accomplishments. The staff, teachers, custodians, café staff, educational assistants, clerical, nurse, counselors, and administration, as well as parents/guardians and students play a key role in making Edison the best school. We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful, caring people who are connected to Edison.

A special thank you to the Edison PTO. I know that I am not alone in saying that Edison has the best PTO not only in the city of Sioux Falls, but the state. The PTO consists of supportive, hard-working, and positive members who continually give their time, energy, and talents to make sure our students have the best educational experience. The Edison PTO has an incredible network of volunteers who are one of the many reasons that our PTO is so successful. To those involved in the PTO, thank you for being so committed and dedicated to not only your student, but all our students and staff.

Our student council, led by Sherri Sherard and Tanya Carlson, work tirelessly throughout the year to raise funds, provide food, clothes, and more for so many groups, organizations, and families in our community. They are teaching our students to be stewards of our community through teaching generosity, compassion, and selflessness, which are admirable qualities that make us proud.

Lastly, our students have worked so hard throughout the year to ensure they are making academic progress in all areas. They continue to make us proud with their ability to raise achievement, demonstrate compassion, and model what productive, quality citizens look like. Thank you to the 8th graders for leading the way and modeling for our 7th and 6th graders. We look forward to the 2020-2021 school year and to build on the successes of this year’s group of students.

Thank you again for all of your support throughout this school year. Edison would not be the amazing place it is without your support and dedication. I wish you a relaxing, enjoyable summer with family and friends. Take care!

Superintendent Message

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News from the Counseling Office

8th Grade

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.

*Connections classes for incoming 9th graders are being rescheduled for later in the summer, if it is determined safe to do so.

All 2020 High School Summer School Classes will be held online including Speech, Team Sports, and Summer School Orientations.

Please check the link for more information and registration. All summer school classes can be found here.


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

Welcome Edison 5th grade parents!!

Registration – you and your child received a registration google form to complete and submit – instructions are included on the form.

Surviving Middle School – Parent Night – we will be hosting a parent night but are unsure about the date. We will provide you with that information as soon as a decision is made.

Thank you for your patience!

Join us this summer and get a Running Start

Registration began May 11th with final determination of event made July 6th. Payment will then be collected immediately after that determination and due by July 13th to reserve your spot. Notifications will be sent to update on decisions and changes as soon as released.

Register for a session by clicking this link: Running Start Registration

Follow the link for more information:



ATTENTION - All Incoming 6th Graders

PLEASE join us… ON AUGUST 14th from 8:30 am – 11:30 at Edison

for 6th grade WEB Celebration and Orientation Day

All incoming 6th graders are strongly encouraged to attend this event! You will meet your WEB leaders and Pro-Time (1st period) classmates!!

Wear casual clothes and be prepared to HAVE FUN! Games will be played, and tours given (and much more!!)

PARENTS please drop your child off at the North door parking lot off 28th street and pick them up at the same location!

* A snack will be provided

* Please no hats, bags, or anything valuable

WEB is a program in which 8th grade WEB leaders help incoming 6th graders make a smooth transition into middle school.

Edison's PTO

The PTO will need volunteers for Catapult Day in mid-August to make it a successful welcome event. Please be on the lookout in early August for a Sign Up Genius for volunteer opportunities.

Don't forget about AmazonSmile when shopping! Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your purchase to the charitable organization of your choice. Just start your shopping at Amazon Smile and choose Edison Middle School of Sioux Falls.

Co-Presidents: Nikki Schmaltz and Allison Pay Crawford
Treasurer: Kristina Sipma
Secretary: Katie Sumey
Book Fair: Karen Walters

Spiritwear: Mary Grandi

Thanks from the PTO for all your support! :)

Go Cats!

Allison Pay Crawford and Nikki Schmaltz

2020-21 PTO Co-Presidents

Contact us

Edison Middle School on Facebook

3rd Wednesday of each month 12 noon, Edison Conference Room

For the latest info, past minutes of meetings and

budget information, visit our website at edisonsf.org.

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Student of the Month

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

Edison Scholar's

Students who achieved at least a cumulative 3.45 GPA and earned at least A’s, B’s, and C’s in all of their classes for the first three quarters are recognized as an Edison Scholar and received a certificate identifying them as an Academic Scholar. Those students who earned all A’s are identified as an Extraordinary Scholar and received a medal along with their certificate identifying them as Extraordinary Scholars.

Follow to link to view list:


Library News


Please continue to encourage your child to read over the summer. While our physical books are still unavailable, our ebooks and online audiobooks are available 24/7. For more information on how to access these books, please go to the Edison Library Website www.catsread.com. In addition to informational videos, this site has book recommendations and more.

Also, remember that we are doing our annual Summer Reading BINGO. A copy of the BINGO sheet can be found on www.catsread.com or on the library home page.

Music Notes

To all of our middle school musicians~

We have missed making music with you! Have a terrific summer and we look forward to seeing you in the fall!

One of our band directors, Mr. Tim Eckart, will be serving as SFEA President during this upcoming school year. We will miss him and we wish him well in his new position! We welcome Holly Gage to our music department!

Here’s a message from Holly:

Hello Edison Students! My name is Mrs. Holly Gage and I am so excited to be your band teacher next year. Music has been a positive outlet for me my entire life, especially right now. I hope to pass my passion of music and learning on to you. I have been using this time at home to practice my trombone, spend time with my family, and move across the country. My family and I just moved back to South Dakota from Washington D.C. The picture included was taken in Shenandoah National Park during a hike we took last month. We also have a huge love of the Washington Nationals and hope that baseball season will come back soon. I look forward to working with you and learning from you this upcoming school year. Stay safe, and be kind!

Welcome 5th graders!!!!

We hope many of you 5th graders are signed up for BAND, CHORUS, and ORCHESTRA! 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. If you sign up for one music group you will have Directed Studies on the opposite day. 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 e-mails are listed below.)

Orchestra All State News~

The middle school all state orchestra audition music for next year (auditions will be in Oct and Nov) is out! It can be found on the SDMEA website, www.sdmea.net.

You may also join the google classroom that has been set up for all state. The class code is: pmhwp4x

Band News~

School-owned instruments - Current 6th and 7th grade students may be able to keep school-owned instruments over the summer IF you will for sure return to Edison next year and are signed up for band. Please check with Mr. Rygg.

Summer Band - Summer Youth Band Camp has been cancelled for the summer due to COVID-19. Hopefully it will be back in full swing in the summer of 2021!

Individual Lessons - Summer is a perfect time to start taking individual lessons on your instrument. Contact Mr. Rygg, or local music stores for lists of instrumental teachers. This is another great way to stay active in the summer, really excel on your instrument, and have more fun playing

All State Band - Tryouts for next year’s All State Band are in November, but summer is the best time to start working on the music. Keep an eye on http://www.sdmea.net/events/middle-school-all-state-ban/ and watch for updated information. Mr. Rygg has help tracks available for the etudes (they are hard!) so contact him if you want access to those help tracks.

Do You Like to Sing?~

If you wish to try chorus next year, it is not too late to sign up! Even if you were not in chorus as a 6th or 7th grader, you can try it for the first time next year! Contact Mrs. Weflen or Mrs. Sundvold if you have questions about chorus.

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.

Ensemble Schedule~

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

Wind Ensemble meets Thursday mornings from 8:00 – 8:40 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

Jason Rygg - Jason.Rygg@k12.sd.us

Chorus directors

Amber Sundvold – Amber.Sundvold@k12.sd.us

Mollie Weflen– Mollie.Weflen@k12.sd.us

Orchestra directors

Stacy Sip – Stacy.Sip@k12.sd.us

Shannon Abels – Shannon.Abels@k12.sd.us

HAPPY SUMMER from the Edison Music Department!

Athletic Information

Greetings Edison Middle School Families:

We understand that several of our Edison Middle School Families are interested in Athletic Information for more than just middle schools. Therefore, the “new and improved” District Athletic Website is available for you. The following website has information for both high school and middle school students and families.




Students and parents will find information by clicking on the tabs at the top of this page.

If you click on “Athletic Calendars” tab, you will see……


By clicking on either of two logos, you will be able to find information for the “High School Metro Conference” or the “Middle School Metro Conference”.

If you click on the “Metro Athletic Middle School Conference” logo…

it will take you to the following website:



Logos for the 11 middle schools will be shown along with informational tabs across the top of the page. The following is an introduction to the Middle School Athletic Program.

Middle School Athletics 2020-2021

7th & 8th Grade Athletics

It is my hope that your summer has started off better than how our past school year ended. We are looking forward to a GREAT 2020-2021 School Year at Edison Middle School. It is with “great excitement” that I share, with you, the following:

The 7 middle schools that have comprised our conference for several years; Edison Middle School, Memorial Middle School, Patrick Henry Middle School, Whittier Middle School, George McGovern Middle School, Brandon Valley Middle School, and O’Gorman Junior High are excited to welcome Harrisburg North, Harrisburg South, & Tea Area Middle Schools.

With the addition of these 3 schools, our Metro Athletic Middle School Conference will become a 10-school conference. THEN, in the Fall 2021, our Conference will expand to 11 schools when Ben Reifel Middle School opens its doors.

The 5 tabs, at the top of the “Middle School Metro Athletic Conference” page, will allow you to

find information for each of the middle schools. Here is A BRIEF SUMMARY of each tab.

Conference Calendar – the complete 2020-2021 Athletic Calendar for all middle schools.

School Activity Calendars –by choosing EDISON, you’ll be able to see all Edison activities.

Athletic Events and Practice Schedules are already available. Information can be found

by using the calendar and choosing a specific date or by going to “VIEW SCHEDULES”

which is located below the calendar. Choosing a sport will allow you to view the season

schedule. To view the practice schedule for a particular sport, choose

“Practice – following by the name of the sport.”

School Athletic Web Sites – by choosing EDISON, you’ll have access to several points of





School Web Sites–by choosing EDISON, students and parents will be able to obtain information about various programs and activities at Edison Middle School.

Standings – by choosing a school, you will see the standings of each athletic team.

IMPORTANT: Required Forms needed to Participate in Sports:

In the School Athletic Web Sites section, there is a tab entitled

“List of Required Forms”. Click on the tab to find information about these forms.

1. Activity Participation Packet (Found Online) – this annual online form is to be completed by the parent/guardian of middle school students who wish to participate in athletics. To do so, sign into your Parent Portal on Infinite Campus and follow the steps. Instructions on how to complete the packet are available in this section.

2. Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Form (2 Page Paper Document) – this form can be printed from the tab available in this section.

The two pages consist of: a) Medical Evaluation Page (completed by the Doctor) and b) Medical History Page (completed by the parent/guardian prior to going to the Doctor). Both pages need to be turned in to your student’s school office.







Looking forward to a GREAT 2020-2021 school year. If you would have any questions, please contact the school office, or email me:

Thank you and have a GREAT, SAFE, & HEALTHY SUMMER.

Darwin Brown

Coordinator of Athletics

Edison Middle School,



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