Inspiring in everyone a passion to excel
Inspiring in everyone a passion to excel

Edison Middle School

1125 South Wheaton Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60189

P: 630.682.2050

F: 630-682-2337

About Us

Edison Middle School is home to approximately 700 students in grades 6-8. Our school colors are black and gold and our school mascot is a Panther. Edison Middle School is part of Community Unit School District 200, a public, K-12 District located approximately 30 miles west of Chicago. The District is located in DuPage County and primarily serves the communities of Wheaton and Warrenville, as well as portions of Carol Stream, Winfield, West Chicago, and adjacent unincorporated areas. Whittier, Madison, and Lincoln Elementary Schools feed into Edison Middle School.
 
Edison Middle School received the Illinois Academic Excellence Award in 2009, 2010, & 2011. Edison has also been awarded the Illinois Blue Ribbon for Health Education for 2006-2009, 2010-2013 and 2013-2018. For more detailed information about our school, click here
 
Mission
Our mission is to cultivate the unique potential of each child in a nurturing and collaborative environment. 
 
Beliefs
  • Our first priorities are the safety and educational interest of each child.
  • Our mutual responsibility as parents, teachers, staff and administrators is to collaborate as partners in the education of each child.
  • We encourage student ownership and accountability for learning and personal growth.
  • Our curriculum and instruction promotes mastery of rigorous standards, problem solving, collaboration and independent thinking. 
  • We provide opportunities for all students to be successful with grade-level curriculum through the use of technology and accessible materials.
  • We acknowledge, value and encourage diversity as a dynamic strength, beneficial to all. 
  • Our continuous improvement is based on constant reflection, openness to change and high expectations for all. 
  • We challenge each child to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and ethically in order to become productive citizens and life-long learners.
Principal 
Mrs. Rachel Bednar
rachel.bednar@cusd200.org
 
Assistant Principal
Miss Lauryn Humphris
lauryn.humphris@cusd200.org 
 
 

Weekly Update

May 21, 2017


Panther Palooza is Thursday, May 25 from 3-4:30 p.m. - Events will conclude in time for students to take the activity buses if needed. All grade levels are welcome to come and hang out with friends while playing some fun sports, games, and activities:

  • basketball on the outdoor courts

  • volleyball and karaoke in the gyms

  • soccer, spike ball, and bags in the fields

  • the annual dunk tank featuring Mr. Pfile and Mr. Miller

  • board games in the cafeteria, and more!!!

There will be a $3 admission upon entry to Panther Palooza which will include all of these fun-filled activities + snacks. (Capri Pizza slices will be available for an additional $1.) All money raised from admission will be donated to the Birthday Project through the Humanitarian Service Project. So please come out, support a great cause, and have some fun on a wonderful May afternoon. Parents, we could really use your help! If you’re available to chaperone this fun event, please e-mail Debbie Buttell at dbuttell@me.com.


A Few More Moving On Reception Bakers and Volunteers Needed - Every year, the PTA hosts a reception following the 8th grade Moving On ceremony. We need just 3 more people to bring in rice krispie treats and 2 more volunteers to set up on May 31 at approximately 12 p.m. If you are able to help by either baking or doing set-up, please contact Tricia Swanstrom at triciaswanstrom@gmail.com. Thank you!


THANK YOU to our outgoing PTA Board Members and WELCOME to our new Board - A HUGE THANK YOU to outgoing president Amy Schmidt, vice-president Susan Nordmark and secretary Elisa Pollina. Welcome to our new board members vice-president Erinn Dillon, treasurer Beth Spiegel and Secretary Natalie Eichenberger. Huge thanks also to Debbie Buttell who is returning as co-president and Jeanne Weseman who served as treasurer for 2016-17 but will be co-president for 2017-18. Edison Middle School is incredibly fortunate to have such an amazing group supporting our students and staff. Thank you all!


School Supply Kits on Sale through June 5 - Order school supplies by June 5 and your child’s kit will be shipped to Edison for free and it can be picked up on locker set-up day. Orders after June 5 will be shipped to your home or office. Last day to order is July 21. Easy online ordering without need for a login. Phone orders also accepted. Parents will be able to modify the student kit (i.e., to remove items they already have) See School Supply Kit Flyer for more information. Questions? Contact Krista Foley at kristafoley@hotmail.com.


Summer book: How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims - Each summer, several members of the Edison staff participate in a summer “book club” of sorts. This year, our summer book is How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims. This title was recommended to us by a Wheaton Warrenville South guidance counselor. This year, we would like to invite parents to participate with us. Just purchase a copy of the book, read it over the summer, and join us for a “book club” discussion in the fall. “Book Club” date TBD.


Fall 2017 PTA Reflections Theme: “Within Reach” - PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2017-18 theme: “Within Reach.” Students may choose one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. Entries are due early in the year, so interested students are encouraged to work on their entry over the summer. For more information, visit the PTA Reflections website.


Wheaton Warrenville South Tiger Gear for Sale - If you’re looking to outfit your soon-to-be freshman in Tiger Gear, there is just one day remaining to purchase WWS Spirit Wear.

  • Thursday, June 1: FINAL SALE of the Year 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon

There are tops, bottoms, sweatshirts, jackets, and tons of accessories! Visit www.tigerpaws.org to preview items. Don't miss out!


8th Grade Parents - Join Tiger PAWS - Beat the back to school rush and join Wheaton Warrenville South Tiger PAWS today for 2017-2018! Similar to the PTA, Tiger PAWS provides many needed resources to all students at WWSHS. 100% of your membership fee will go towards supporting academics, athletics, and activities. Becoming a member will also ensure you are included on all emails from Tiger PAWS throughout the school year. You will also have the opportunity to purchase Sports Passes for the 2017-2018 school year, become a Patron Donor, and volunteer for committees on the registration form. Please click on the link below to register. It only takes a few minutes! Pay with a credit card.

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edyu0zyy8801c9e7&llr=yliuc5cab GO TIGERS AND WELCOME TO TIGER NATION!


Reminder Regarding Medication Pick-Up - The Health Office requests that a parent or designated adult pick up your student’s medications by May 31, 2017. Medications left at school after the end of the school year will be discarded.


With every new school year, we must have a new doctor’s order to continue giving your child medication in school. If your student self-carries an inhaler, it is school policy that we have a doctor’s order in place and your signature permitting a self-carry status. All district medical forms are available online at www.cusd200.org/health.


PLEASE NOTE:

  1. Medication cannot be given at school until all the paperwork is completed and the medication is delivered in the properly labeled container.


  1. Anytime there is a change in medication or dosage, parents must provide the school with written documentation from the physician.  New orders that are signed may be faxed to the school at 630-682-2337.

Please contact the nurse’s office if you have any questions or concerns.


2017-18 Calendar Dates - Mark your calendars for important beginning of the year dates:

  • Aug. 17: Locker Set-Up, Grade 6 - 8-11 a.m.; Grade 7 - 12-1 p.m.; Grade 8 - 1-2 p.m.

  • Aug. 21: Welcome to the Den for new students and 6th graders, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

  • Aug. 23: First Day of School!

  • Aug. 24: IDs and School Pictures during P.E.

  • Aug. 30: Curriculum Night, 7:00 p.m.

  • Sept. 7: BBQ & Ice Cream Social, 5:30 p.m.; Taste of Edison, 7:00 p.m.

  • Sept. 15: Panther FunRun (PTA Fundraiser) during PE classes

  • Oct. 11 and Nov. 8: Parent-Teacher Conferences


Upcoming Mobile Food Pantries - Know someone in need of food assistance? The Wheaton Noon Rotary Club is teaming up with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to host several food pantries for those in need. The upcoming dates are listed below and on this attached flier:

  • June 3, Outreach Community Center, 345 S. President St., Carol Stream, 10:00 am - noon

  • June 24, Villagebrook Apts, 278 E. St. Charles, Carol Stream, 10:00 am - noon

There are also several area food pantries. Their locations and contact information are listed on this attached flier.


Additional resources are available to families in need through the following agencies:


Order from AmazonSmile and raise money for Edison!  Edison Middle School PTA is a part of the AmazonSmile program where Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Edison Middle School PTA. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know and love - same products, same prices, same services - and you can even still use Amazon Prime. Please support the Edison Middle School PTA by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. Then search for Edison Middle PTA Inc (Wheaton, IL) and select it to be your charity. Or, get started by clicking on this link:  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3674222. Once you select Edison Middle PTA Inc as your charity, Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. Just make sure you start by typing smile.amazon in your browser each time you shop.


Summer Engineering Program Available for 9th through 12th Graders - The Michael J. Birck Innovation Engineering Program at Aurora University will offer two summer courses titled Leading Design (June 12-30) and The Invention Process (July 10-28) to incoming 9th - 12th graders. Information about the program, including course descriptions and example assignments, can be found at www.aurora.edu/innovation.  Only 25 slots per course. Register early! Highlights include:

  • Successful completion of any course within our program will be granted two undergraduate college credits by Aurora University.

  • Students can apply for a limited number of need-based scholarships (scholarship process is described online; recipients selected receive full course cost in scholarship).

  • Courses developed by academic (P-20), industrial and non-profit partners (such as CAT, Waste Management, Cabot Microelectronics and more).


Northern Illinois University Summer Camps - Students entering grades 2 through 12 who are looking for engaging, hands-on ways to explore their interests and career options this summer can now register for Northern Illinois University’s 2017 summer camps. For more information, visit http://www.niu.edu/summercamps/. Day and residential camps run throughout June, July and August. The schedule includes both time-tested favorites and exciting new offerings from programs across the NIU community. With options in science and technology, visual arts, music performance, theater, TV broadcasting and sports, every young learner will definitely find something to spark their interest. A full schedule is available online. Several camps offer both merit- and need-based scholarships. Some camps also offer discounts for early-bird registration, children of NIU employees, returning campers or families who enroll multiple children.


DNA Learning Center Summer Science Camp programming at the University of Notre Dame! DNA Learning Center Summer Science Camps offer current 7th and 8th grade students an opportunity for exposure to different types of scientific experiments that will allow students to identify areas of biology that might be exciting to them. Students will participate in a wide variety of hands-on experiments including self-genotyping, identifying plant species using DNA, and testing food for genetically modified crops!  These experiments (and more!) give students a chance to experience molecular biology techniques and to learn about the expanding field of genetics. Lab-time will be spent with a Notre Dame faculty member and assisted by current Notre Dame students who will be serving as camp counselors throughout each camp session.

Visit DNAcenter.nd.edu to learn more about the DNA Learning Center.


St. Francis High School Summer Camps - Wide variety of camps and clinics available for students entering 1-12th grade. Register at https://sfhs.8to18.com

Student Spotlight - In an effort to promote positive leadership at Edison, we would like you to let us know if your child shines his/her BRIGHT LIGHT outside of school. We would like to spotlight students who exemplify the Panther Way! Email Mrs. Madalinski at Deana.Madalinski@cusd200.org using the subject "Student Spotlight: CHILD'S NAME/grade" and leave a brief message about your child's volunteer work, service projects, or special acts of kindness. We will "spotlight" these students on Friday's school announcements.


This Week:

Tues., May 23

Track Conference Meet @ WWS

Orchestra Social, 3:15 p.m.

Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m.

Wed., May 24

7th Grade Zoo Trip

Band Concert, 7 p.m.

Thurs., May 25

Panther Palooza, 3-4:30 p.m.

Fri., May 26

7th Grade Outsiders Day


 

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