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

February 7, 2016


Our first Panther Night this year was a huge success! About 250 students from all grade levels joined us for a fun evening of basketball, volleyball, bag games, board games, karaoke, fun food and just hanging out with friends. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered. We couldn't have done it without you. Thanks to: Kevin Wagner, Leigh Ann Gaul, Mike and Lisa Szudarski, Chad Seifert, Traci and Jeremy Colquhoun, Josh and Angie Lindsay, Kathy Hug, Lori Burger, Janet Mathis, Evelyn Amador, Coleen Spain, Laura Newell, Gina Raine, Lisa Frey, Susan Nordmark, John and Stacy Slater, Debbie Hinkley, Jim Barnett, Dawn Draus, Amy and Andy Schmidt, Andrea and Jon Martin, Jenni Brooks, Christy Washkowiak, Sue Zubek, Mary Bendicsen, Krista Marcheschi, Anila Taullahu, Elsie Briley, Michele Triscik, and Gail West-Hooper. A couple special shout outs go to: Moore Toys and Gadgets - for loaning us board games for the night, Maris Henkel - for letting us use her karaoke machine, Mr. Cortesi, PE teacher from Madison, for loaning us the bag games, Capri Pizza, and the custodians at Edison for all their help with set up and cleanup!


The next Panther Night will be held on Fri., Feb. 26 from 6:30- 8:30 pm. Parents, if you are willing to help with this next night, please contact Katie McBride at bobkate88@comcast.net.

-Sybil Scaccia and Katie McBride, Panther Night Co-chairs


Edison PTA Hosting a Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday, February 9 - If you are interested in contributing a salad or dessert or are able to help serve and clean up,  please contact Debbie Franz at dlfranz@ymail.com. Thank you!


Feb. 10 Board of Education Meeting at Edison - The entire community is welcome to attend the regularly scheduled District 200 Board Meeting on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30 PM in the Edison Cafeteria. Mrs. Bednar will give a brief welcome and share some highlights from Edison at the beginning of the meeting, and the Edison PTA is providing light refreshments. The meeting agenda is available here: February 10 Board of Education Agenda


Join Us for Community Engagement Session 4 on Feb. 17 - We hope you will join us for this final Community Engagement Session around facility master planning on Wednesday, February 17 at 7 PM at Monroe Middle School. At this session we will review final options for a master plan and begin discussion potential costs to cover many important, needed updates at our schools. Hope to see you there!


PARCC Testing April 19-21 - Good news! PARCC Testing will take place only one time this year! The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Career (PARCC) tests, which replaced the Illinois Student Achievement Test (ISAT) for grades 3-8, will assess students in the areas of Language Arts and Math. PARCC is the state’s current required test to measure student growth and school progress. Edison will administer these tests from April 19 through 21, with make-ups taking place April 22 and 25. Testing will occur in two sessions, one before lunch and one after, so there will be no change to the lunch schedules. Students in 6th and 7th grades will test in the classroom with their first period teachers; students in 8th grade will test with their third period teachers. Students who receive an accommodation of extra time will take their test in an alternate setting and will be given the extra time as needed. Students will take a total of six tests: three language arts and three math. District 200 students will take these tests on paper, not online. Please make every effort to avoid/reschedule appointments during these three days as the Illinois State Board of Education directs us to test all students. For more information about the tests, please visit http://www.parcconline.org/resources/parent-resources.


Edison Spiritwear Samples for Sale - Are you still in need of Edison spiritwear? The Edison spiritwear samples are for sale. Contact Sue Sheehan if interested. suesheehan@ameritech.net or 630-933-0343.


WWS Orchestra Dinner Fundraisers at Chili’s (Danada West) THURSDAYS in February - The WWS Orchestra is having a combined (with North Orchestra and Choir) fundraising dinner every Thursday during the month of February to help defray some of the costs for their trip to China over spring break. You can do carry out or dine in! Chili's Flyer

Call for Nominations for NEW 200 Distinguished Teacher Awards - Do you have a favorite District 200 teacher who has inspired you and made a difference in your life or your child’s life? Please fill out a nomination form and let the foundation know who they are! Nominations are due February 15, 2016. NEW 200 will present six teachers with our Distinguished Teacher Award. Awards are presented to one teacher at each school level (preschool/elementary, middle, and high school), for each the North & South portions of the District. Awards will be presented at our Distinguished Teacher Awards event on April 26, 2016. Learn more about the nomination process here.


Feb. 15 Presidents Day STEM Open House for 5th through 8th grade students and parents/guardians - Seating is limited and registration closes on February 8 or when the maximum enrollment of 200 students is reached. See flyer for more information: STEM Open House.


Parent Seminar: The Adolescent Brain, Substances & Risk-taking… What a Parent Needs to Know! Feb. 18, 7-8:30 PM, Wheaton Warrenville South High School LLC. For questions, contact Gary Luckey (630 784-7208) at WWSHS or Sue Taddeucci (630 784 -7322) at WNHS.


Panther Parent Social on Sat. Feb. 20, 7-10 PM at Mullen’s - Don't let the kids have all the fun! Enjoy an adult night out catching up with friends and meeting new ones! RSVP online with your $20 per person payment at https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Panther-Parent-Social-/Id4Ar by February 16.  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 and non-alcoholic beverages provided. Cash bar available. Space is limited so don't wait!  Please contact Tracy Osborne at osbornetracy3@gmail.com with any questions.


Box Tops - Keep collecting those box tops to help the teachers get items they need for their classrooms. The next time PTA will be submitting them is in April, but you can submit them any time you like, all school year long, by turning them into the main office.


Engineers Week Expo at IIT in Wheaton on Sat., Feb. 27, 2016 from 10:30 AM- 3:30 PM - This is a fun, FREE, and interactive event geared toward children in kindergarten through 8th grade and will be enjoyed by the adults, too! No registration is necessary. For more information: http://appliedtech.iit.edu/engineersweek.


Upcoming 2016 Spring Parenting Seminars - There are four excellent parent seminars planned for the spring. Registration is free. Call Donna at (630) 393-3558 to indicate your choice of sessions. If you have questions about workshop content call Donna Kozica at (630) 821-7900 or Gary Luckey at (630) 784-7208. Seminar Location: Wheaton Park District Community Center

1777 Blanchard Road, Wheaton. See flier for more information.


The Myth and Seduction of Control

Thursday, February 25, 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Many parents believe they are ‘helping’ their children when in reality they are taking control away from their children. Dr. Michael Maniacci will look at how effective control as a parenting strategy and the potential pitfalls that happen when parents over control.


When Is It ‘Typical Adolescent Development’ and When Is It ‘An Issue’?

Thursday,  March 3, 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Often times when children turn into teenagers there are a number of different changes. Sometimes parents struggle to identify what is just ‘normal adolescent development’ which will simply run it’s course given enough time, and what are real ‘issues’ which need to be addressed. Join clinical social worker, Neil Gorman, as he addresses this issue.

 

The Trap of Perfectionism: Striving for Perfection v.s. Trying to be Perfect

Thursday, March 10, 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Most parents want their children to achieve and succeed as they mature and grow. However, as parents we often use the word achieve as synonymous with perfection, or to be without flaw. Join Dr Maniacci as he discusses these two concepts and the confusion surrounding them.


Do You Know Where Your Children Are Online?

Thursday, March 17, 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Today’s youth have integrated the use of digital devices into their daily lives and utilize social media apps to communicate with the world around them. Technology integration that encourages social interaction and self-expression presents new opportunities for youth, while challenging parents to keep youth safe and healthy.  Join Melissa Hemzacek, from the Attorney General’s Office, as we continue our efforts to protect and educate our children.


6th Annual Special Education Resource Fair on March 10, 6-8:15 PM at Hubble - Community Unit School District 200 invites individuals, parents, family members, and professionals who care for loved ones of any age with special needs in our community to participate in this event. Join us at 6PM for an informational speaker on government benefits, special need trusts and guardianship, then visit tables hosted by local community agencies, services, and resources. Families are welcome to attend with their loved ones at Hubble Middle School (3 S. 600 Herrick Road, Warrenville, 60555) Door #1. See attached flier for more information: Special Education Resource Fair.


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.


Important Dates

Tues., Feb. 9

PTA hosts staff appreciation lunch

Girls Basketball at Leman

Wed., Feb. 10

Board of Education Meeting at Edison, 7:30 PM

Thurs., Feb. 11

Girls Basketball v. Stratford @ home

Mon., Feb. 15

No School - Presidents Day




 

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