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
Mrs. Megan Ptak
megan.ptak@cusd200.org 
 
 

Weekly Update

January 25, 2015

      
Second Quarter Grades Now Posted on ParentVue and StudentVue 
Click here to access the ParentVue or StudentVue portal. 
 
Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, January 27 at 9:30 AM.  All are welcome. Please join us!
 
FREE Seminar - “The Heroin Epidemic, What’s Beneath It, and What You Can Do About It”
The scourge of heroin addiction and related deaths has beset many communities in recent years, with use spanning all ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds. The Office of State Senator Michael Connelly and Linden Oaks at Edward are working together to present a community education forum on heroin and its devastating impact as well as the substance use epidemic beneath this problem. This forum will be presented on Tuesday, January 27, from 7-9 PM at the Linden Oaks Outpatient Education Center at Mill Street, located at 1335 N. Mill Street in Naperville. Featured speakers and panelists will include Dr. Richard Jorgensen, DuPage County Coroner; Robert Berlin, DuPage County State’s Attorney; Dr. David Lott, Medical Director of the Chemical Dependency Program, Linden Oaks at Edward; Corey Worden, MA, LCPC, Community Liaison, Linden Oaks at Edward. 

Parents and teens are particularly encouraged to participate in this town hall-style event to learn what’s driving the heroin epidemic and what you can do about it. Discussion will focus on the production, distribution and demographics of heroin use and abuse in DuPage County, the physiology, short- and long-term effects of heroin addiction, Narcan treatment protocols and how they have saved lives, what lies beneath this growing problem, a substance abuse epidemic, practical things that YOU can do, and practical ideas, strategies, and efforts to curb this epidemic by attacking the issue at its core.

Walk-ins are welcome but interested participants are asked to please contact the Linden Oaks Outpatient Education Center at (630) 527-6363 or visit www.edward.org/classes.  Seating is limited, RSVPs are appreciated. 

Edison Panther Night - Friday, January 30, 6:30-8:30 PM
November's Panther Night was such a success, we’re going to do it again! The night will be filled with fun activities and a welcoming environment for all students, grade 6-8. We’re looking for parents and volunteers to make this night a success. What better way to spend a Friday night than with your child as they hang out with their friends? We need the following volunteers; we’re expecting a lot of kids this month:
 

Basketball "Referees" - No basketball knowledge needed, just a fun-loving parent who wants to hang with the kids playing basketball in the large gym.

Karaoke - oversee Karaoke in the wrestling gym.

Board Games & Concessions - sell snacks and oversee board games in the cafeteria.

Bags - oversee students playing bags in the commons.

 
We are also looking to borrow four bags sets with bean bags for the evening. These can be dropped off at the school office anytime the school is open Jan 27-30, email schmidt.a@me.com and we can pick them up and deliver them back to you. Please label the wood frame and bean bags. 

Thanks for making Edison such a great and FUN place to be!

 
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 PPaulsen170@gmail.com.  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 jdonovan@illinoispta.org or Chris Crabtree at cp64cc88@msn.com.

 
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 DoSomething.org 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! 
 
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 www.bn.com/myfavoriteteacher.  
  
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 osbornetracy3@gmail.com 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: admissions@cod.edu, (630) 942-2380.

   
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

Jan. 27, Tues. - PTA Meeting, 9:30, Room 122. All are welcome!
Jan. 28, Wed. - 6th Grade Asia Day 
Jan. 30, Fri. - Panther Night
Feb. 2, Mon. - Spelling Bee, 3:10 PM
 
 
 
 

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