Edison offers a variety of interest-based clubs and activities. Some clubs require applications or auditions, while others welcome students to join at any time during the school year. Please see below for more information about our clubs. For more information, please contact the club sponsor.ALLIES--If you believe that everyone has the right to be different, and that Edison students should want support one another, ALLIES is the club for you! This is a nonjudgmental group where everyone is welcome! We are looking for students who are in need of a supportive community, leaders who want to stand by their peers and support them whenever they need it, and those who want to see Edison be a kinder and safer place to learn. This club cares about your identity. It doesn’t matter if you feel you are a conforming or nonconforming student, and no matter where you see yourself socially here at Edison...we include every student! We need all of you! Together we can make a difference!
Sponsor: Mrs. McInerney, Room 107
Meets: The 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month: 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/8, 12/6, 12/20, 1/17, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16Astronomy Club--Astronomy Club is open to all Edison students. We are dedicated to studying, observing, appreciating and wondering about our amazing universe. We learn about the night sky, constellations, mythology, telescopes, and much more. We talk about everything from dark matter and energy to black holes. We keep up-to-date on the findings and pictures from robotic space probes all over the solar system. Our activities depend on several factors, including weather, positions of the planets and special events such as meteor showers, comets, eclipses, etc. Also, interest of our members can help direct what we do. For example, in past years, we designed, built, painted and launched our own real rockets. What will we do this year? Join our meetings to find out!Sponsor: Mr. Micheau, Room 113
Meets: Alternate Mondays from 3:10PM-4:20PM; 9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 12/4, 12/18, 1/15, 1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4.Battle of the Books--Students who love to read and love to compete will enjoy participating in the Battle of the Books. A group of twenty books are chosen for the competitions; students are asked to read at least 10 of the books and attend "lunch" practice times in order to compete in the Battle matches against other middle school students in the area. There are several battles, all of which take place after school at the Wheaton Public Library from October - November.Sponsor: Mrs. WentzloffMeets: Tuesdays and Thursdays during lunch in the LLC September - NovemberBuilder's Club-- Builders Club is the Middle School branch of the High School Key Club and is sponsored by the Kiwanis. Builders Club provides leadership opportunities and promotes student's development through service to the school and community. We conduct monthly service activities, chosen and organized by students with staff assistance as needed.Sponsors: Mrs. McFarland, and Miss Shamsuddin, Room 122Meets: at 3:10PM; 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 12/6, 12/20, 1/10, 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/9.Chamber Orchestra--Chamber Orchestra is an auditioned orchestra. This group is open to advanced 6th, 7th, and 8th grade orchestra students. Students will perform repertoire that is more challenging than repertoire performed in the curricular orchestras. Chamber orchestra students will also experience performing on electric instruments and learning the art of strolling strings. They will perform on the same concerts as the curricular orchestras.
Sponsor: Mrs. Wegscheid, Room 131
Meets: Fridays; 3:00-4:15PM
Chess Club--Chess Club is for anyone interested in chess, from beginner level to advanced players. Let's have fun learning and playing chess, advancing our skills, and competing against other schools!
Sponsor: Ms. Schillinger, Room 105
Parent Chair: Dan Spiegel, Annie Myung, Jon Berry
Meets: After school on Thursdays --> 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/22
Clarinet Choir--Clarinet students are encouraged to be part of an all-clarinet ensemble during the second quarter of school. Clarinet students from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade will work together on music to perform at the December concert.
Sponsor: Mrs. Carr, Room 129
Meets: Monday, 3:10PM-4:00PMCreative Writing Club/From the Panther's Paw Literary Magazine--This year the, Creative Writing Club and Edison's Literary Magazine, From the Panther's Paw will be working together. This group allows new or aspiring writers of any kind to share and discuss excerpts, writing tips, novels in the making or short stories. The club will be reviewing student submissions of poetry short stories and essays for publication in the school's literary magazine. During November, we will participate in National Writing Month through the Young Writers Program (for those who are interested). This is an event that encourages young authors to write a novel with the word count of your choice in one month's time. We will also be a part of many other writing events throughout the year.Sponsor: Ms. Larkin and Mrs. Kathleen Ryan; Room 204Meets: Every other Wednesday, beginning September 13, at 3:10-4:20PMEdison News--This year the members of the newspaper are going to move to an electronic format. The newspaper team will all blog, write, Vlog, interview, and post articles and information. Utilizing the schools green screen and other technology; the idea is to constantly update and transmit school and other information to the students and parents. In an electronic world where information can be accessed quickly, the newspaper team is going to learn to meet that demand.Sponsor: Ms. Fritsch and Mr. PfileMeets: Tentative dates follow: 9/5, 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/7, 12/5, 12/19, 1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3, 4/17, 5/1, 5/15, 5/29.Electric Youth (Show Choir)--Electric Youth is Edison's show choir experience for students in grades 6-8. This is an auditioned ensemble with tryouts in September. Students rehearse 2-3 times weekly to perfect a show of song and dance that will be competitive in the Spring semester in addition to performing locally at additional concerts and assemblies during the school year. Potential members of Electric Youth are highly encouraged to participate in the curricular music ensembles at Edison (chorus, band, or orchestra). Please see the following link for further information. Electric Youth Show Choir Flyer and Audition Schedule. You can find the Electric Youth Calendar of Events and Practice Schedule here.Sponsor: Mr. Grace, Room 237Meets: 7:00-7:50AMEnvironmental Club (E-Club)--E-Club believes in thinking globally and acting locally. We learn about the big global issues like species extinction, habitat destruction, pollution, alternative energy sources, global warming, etc. We act locally by recycling, working on the the prairie and the courtyard, and getting involved in projects that help keep our earth healthy. If you're not afraid to get messy, then E-Club is the place for you.Sponsor: Mrs. Schwartz, Room 106Meets: Most Wednesdays, beginning September 13 at 3:10PM - 4:20PMDates: See sponsor for exact datesFellowship of Christian Students (FCS) (This is a student run club, not directly sponsored by Edison)--Come join our cool group of Edison students! Make new friends as we study the Bible, have fun and grow in Christ. We will learn, laugh, and share together. FCS is a student-led group of 6th-8th graders learning how to follow Christ's radical life example of loving,forgiving and serving others. At our meetings we will have treats, discuss our study, what activities we want to do and get acquainted.Sponsor: Mrs. Kost, Room 114Meets: Fridays at 7:15AMFlute Choir--Flute students are encouraged to be part of an all-flute ensemble during the second quarter of school. Flute students from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade will work together on music to perform at the December concert.Sponsor: Mrs. Carr, Room 129Meets: Monday, 3:10PM-4:00PMFuel Up To Play 60--Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program founded by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with USDA, that empowers students to take charge in making small, everyday changes at school. Students can win cool prizes, like an NFL player visit or Super Bowl tickets, for choosing good-for-you foods and getting active for at least 60 minutes every day. We want kids to make a difference not only in their lives, but also their community. Students can sign up as individuals at http://www.fueluptoplay60.com/ or join the FUTP60 club!
Sponsors: Miss Conway and Mr. Murphy, Room 115
Meets: First Meeting is Wednesday, September 20. Next meeting scheduled for November 1.Jazz Band--Jazz Band is an ensemble open to band students wishing to further their concert band skills and become familiar with different styles of music, such as Swing, Blues, Latin, and Rock. Instrumentation in the Jazz Band includes saxophone, trumpet, trombone/euphonium, drum set, guitar, piano, and bass. Students interested in jazz band are required to audition and agree to attend Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon rehearsals. Information will be available during the first week of school. *CONTINUING 2017-18: French horn and Tuba will be invited to audition to be part of the jazz band during second quarter. They will perform with the Jazz Band at the December concert.
Sponsor: Mrs. Carr, Room 129
Meets: Tuesday, 7:15AM-7:50AM and Thursday, 3:10PM-4:00PMMovie Club--Do you like movies? We do!! Movie Club is about looking at movies through a different lens. Movies are made to be enjoyed, but they also tell stories with themes and have deeper messages for their audience. Movie club will look at the way films are created in order to better understand themes as well as help students make connections between films and real life. We will also look at source material that inspired the film and tie those two pieces together. Come join us as we analyze some of our favorite classic movies and look forward to new ones coming soon!Sponsors: Mr. Wiewiora and Mr. Pfile, Room 212
Meets: the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, starting on September 26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/14, 11/28, 12/12, 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8, 5/29.Maker Monday--Maker Monday is a club that meets each month after school in the LLC. All students are invited to participate in this club that promotes creativity, imagination and hands-on exploration. Design in 3D, create circuits with Play-Doh, design and print in 3D, challenge our robotic tools and MORE!Sponsors: Mrs. Wentzloff and Ms. Iype, LLCMeets: 9/25, 10/30, 11/27, 12/18, 1/29, 2/26, 3/19, 4/30, 5/21Orchestra Tutoring--WWS high school orchestra members offer free tutoring to 6th grade orchestra students on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tutoring takes place after school from 3:15 to 4:00. Students will be able to work on areas that they are having difficulties or they can use tutoring to challenge their playing.Sponsor: Mrs. Wegscheid, Room 131Percussion Ensemble--Percussion Ensemble is open to all students enrolled in percussion at Edison. 1st quarter: 6/7/8 Grade Percussion Ensemble; 3rd quarter: Solo/Ensemble Contest participants; 4th quarter: Marching Percussion.Sponsor: Mrs. Carr, Room 129Meets: Monday, 3:10PM-4:00PMStudent Council--Student Council is a student led group that provides opportunities for developing leadership, responsibility, and school pride along with service to others. Students will help to plan and implement school and community activities throughout the year. Some of the activities and events we organize include: The Fall dance, 8th Grade Dance, Panther palooza, Race to 600 and more! Leadership opportunities include a Student Council President, Grade level Vice Presidents, Grade level Secretaries, and Treasurer.This year, Student Council will be run in smaller committees so students can participate in other clubs throughout the year. Regardless of what committees students sign up to participate in, the following weblink outlines specific dates that Student Council committees will be meeting.Weblink for specific Committee Meeting Dates: https:goo.gl/1QsHLuSponsor: Miss Austin and Mr. Dexl, Room 125Meets: Every Thursday from 3:15PM - 4:25PM.S.T.E.M. Club--S.T.E.M. Club gives students a chance to explore aspects of science, technology engineering and math through investigations conducted with other students and presentations made by specialists.Sponsor: Mrs. Eland, Room 210Meets: The third Wednesday of each month, beginning 9/18, 10/18, 11/15, 12/15, 1/17, 2/21, 3/21, 4/5, and 5/16.Tech Crew--Students who join Tech Club assist in the production of Edison's play and variety show, as well as, helping to assist with audiovisual needs for assemblies and school events as part of Tech Crew. Tech Club will meet and explore technology in the world using 3D Printing, tools, and computers. Tech Crew working with productions will learn lighting, audio, sound board operation, microphones, set building, costumes and makeup, publicity and ushering.Sponsor: Mr. PfileMeets: select Thursdays, 3:15p - 4:15pTheatre Productions--Each show will have multiple after-school rehearsals in the months prior to that show. Edison will present two productions this year: a play in the fall and a variety show in the spring.Sponsor: Mrs. Madalinski, Room 119Whittier Buddies-- This exciting new club's mission is to give Edison students the opportunity to make connections and be leaders to Whittier Elementary students. We will walk after school to Whitter Elementary and meet with students of the BASP program, doing crafts, sports, open gym and so much more!Sponsors: Mrs. Fank, Room 229 and Ms. Larkin, Room 203Meets: 2nd/4th Wednesday of each month, Starting on, September 20.Yearbook--Yearbook Club is responsible for creating the yearbook which is distributed at the end of the school year. The staff writes captions, identifies students, chooses pictures, makes design decisions, edits all parts, and enjoys an early viewing yearbook party at the completion of the yearbook. Yearbook is a year-long commitment and has an application process at the beginning of the year if you are interested in joining.Sponsor: Mrs. Nielsen and Mrs. McInerney, Room 126 / Room 107Meets: 3:05PM, 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month: 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 11/7, 12/5, 12/19, 1/16, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20.Important Dates:Tuesday, September 12 - Application dueFriday, September 15 - Notify students selectedTuesday, September 19 - First Official Meeting!