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
Our mission is to cultivate the unique potential of each child in a nurturing and collaborative environment. 
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.
Mrs. Rachel Bednar
Assistant Principal
Mrs. Megan Ptak 

Weekly Update

February 1, 2015

Two Edison Students Advance to State in PTA Reflections Contest!

Congratulations to Corrin Bottom and Camilla Terkildsen. Corrin's project entitled "Changing the World One by One" will advance to state in the Visual Arts category. Camilla's project entitled "One Way" will advance to state in the Music Composition category. Both are invited to attend the DuPage West Region Reflections Ceremony. The ceremony is February 24, 6:30pm at Hubble Middle School. Great job Corrin & Camilla!

Monday, February 2 is Dine Out Night at Chick fil-A!  
It'll be a fun night. Come spin the wheel to earn coupons and help the Builder's Club raise money for their supplies. Dine in or carry out, and Chick fil-A (at 301 E. Loop Rd) will generously donate 20% of ALL sales between 4:30-7:30pm to Edison PTA if you mention Edison (no flyer necessary). So take a break from cooking, see some friends, and support Edison, too.  If you have questions, contact Pamela Paulsen at  Hope you can join us!   

Special Needs PTA - Wednesday, February 4, 12 Noon
Please join us for a new exciting opportunity: Special Needs PTA Charter Meeting, Wednesday, February 4, 12:00 noon, District 200 Central Offices, 130 West Park Ave., Wheaton. The District 200 administration, in partnership with Illinois PTA would like to invite all parents to a meeting to charter a Special Needs PTA in the school district. This PTA would be a district-wide PTA and would offer programming, support and resources for all special needs parents and students within District 200.

At this meeting, a presentation sharing the benefits of forming such an organization will be shown as well as an opportunity for a Q & A with District Special Education Administration, IL PTA and WW PTA Council. A vote will be taken to charter a PTA, dues will be collected and a follow up meeting will be scheduled for later on in the month. The follow up meeting will allow for the election of officers, creation of committees and plans of work and any other important business the group deems necessary. The meeting on Feb. 4 will run approximately an hour. Please direct any questions to Jean Donovan at or Chris Crabtree at

Teens for Jeans Collection through February 13
Over one million young people experience homelessness in the US every year. When they arrive at a shelter, one of the items they request most is a pair of jeans--they can be worn multiple times between washes and provide a sense of normalcy to the teens. Over the past several years, Aéropostale and have been proud partners of Teens for Jeans. They have helped collect over 4.3 million pairs of jeans to donate to homeless teens. This year, Edison is joining the effort. From now through February 13, please send in new or used jeans for teens in need. Thank you! 
Edison Family Valentine's Day Potluck - February 13 
We had such a good time at our Halloween Potluck, we decided we should do another one for Valentine's Day! Builder's Club invites all members of the Edison family to join us for a fun, casual Valentine's Day-themed potluck. If you have a favorite family dish that you can prepare with a special Valentine's Day flourish, go for it! Please RSVP HERE.  
New 200 Distinguished Teacher Awards – Nominations Being Accepted
The NEW 200 Foundation sponsors the annual Distinguished Teacher Award for excellence among District 200 educators. Awards are presented to one teacher from each school level (Preschool/Elementary, Middle, and High School) that has put forth extra effort to enrich the educational experiences of District 200 students. The deadline for nominations is Sunday, February 22. Nominations may be made by any student, parent/guardian, alum, staff, or community member. Any teacher is eligible for nomination if he/she is currently employed by District 200. Classroom assistants are not eligible.  A parent or student may nominate more than one teacher; however, a separate nomination form must be used for each. Nominate an outstanding teacher today!   
Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest 
The My Favorite Teacher program provides middle and high school students the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers by writing essays, poems or thank you letters that share how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire their teacher. Students should submit their essays to the Edison main office and the school will submit them to the Naperville Barnes & Noble store for consideration.  Entries will be judged on the compelling nature of the teacher’s qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and the quality of expression and writing. The deadline is Thursday, February 26, 2015. For more information please visit  
Save the Date! Panther Parent Social - Saturday, March 7, 7 PM
Don't let the kids have all the fun! Enjoy an adult night out catching up with friends and meeting new ones! Saturday March 7, 2015, 7 - 10 PM. Mullen's, 3080 Warrenville Rd, Lisle, IL 60532. RSVP ONLINE HERE with your $16 per person payment by February 27.  A convenience fee will be assessed with online payments. Any checks should be made payable to Edison PTA and dropped at the office in the PTA mailbox. (Please note names of each attendee and contact information). Appetizers provided. Cash bar available. Space is limited so don't wait!  You may be the lucky winner of a few prizes as well! Please contact Tracy Osborne at with any questions. 

FREE Step Up to High School Event for Middle School Parents - Saturday, March 7 at COD
The College of DuPage, DuPage Workforce Board & Regional Office of Education invite middle school parents in DuPage County to attend a free Step Up event designed to help you transition your student to high school and the world of work. Topics include the following: Successful Transition to High School, Building Resilience in Students and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). Also includes continental breakfast from 8:00 - 8:30 am., free career planning workbook: Where Am I Going From Here?, and academic, behavioral and health resources. **A raffle drawing for a $100 Target gift card will be held at the close of the event! 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., College of DuPage Student Resource Center (SRC 2000), 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact:, (630) 942-2380.

PARCC Testing March 16-20
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy are designed to give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs. Illinois schools will be testing students in March and May. At Edison, we are planning to test all students during the week of March 16-20, with make-ups being given March 23-27. For more information about PARCC visit 
Earn Easy $ for Edison PTA!
Our school needs your support! And we’ve discovered some amazingly easy ways to raise funds for our school.   Please consider asking grandparents, friends, and relatives to help with Edison also.  Thank you!! 

Target – Target donated $1,363 to Edison last school year!  If you have a Target Red Card (debit or credit), it only takes a minute to register your Target Card and Edison will start earning 1% of ALL your purchases. You can register online or by phone at 800-316-6142, Edison ID#48700.  And if you don't have a Red Card, did you know that you get 5% off your purchases immediately at check out when you use a Target debit or credit card?  

Box Tops - Edison earned over $900 in box tops last year!!  Collect box tops to help the teachers get items they need for their classrooms.  You can submit them any time you like, all school year long, by turning them into the main office.
Office Depot - 5% Back to Schools Program:  Every time you shop, simply ask them to look up our school ID and Edison can earn Free Supplies! 
Important Dates
Feb. 2, Mon. - Spelling Bee, 3:10 PM in LLC
Feb. 4, Wed. - WWS Parent Orientation for 8th Grade Parents, 7 PM, at WWS 
Feb. 6, Fri. - National Wear Red Day  
Feb. 13, Fri. - Valentine's Potluck - All are welcome!!  
Feb. 16, Mon. - No School - Presidents' Day
Feb. 18, Wed. - Variety Show Free Matinee, 3 PM in auditorium
Feb. 19, Thurs. - Variety Show, 7 PM
Feb. 20, Fri. - Variety Show, 7 PM
Feb. 23-26 - Anderson's Book Fair, 7:30 AM -3 PM, LLC 
Feb. 26, Thurs. - Family Literacy Night and Edible Book Festival
Feb. 27, Fri. - No School - Institute Day 
Mar. 16-20 - PARCC Testing


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