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

  • November 12, 2017

    School News and Events

    This week at a glance:

    Monday,  November 13

    • Kindness Activity Cards due to counselors!

    Tuesday, November 14

    • Boys Basketball at Monroe, 3:45 PM
    • Wrestling Meet v. Stratford, 4:30 PM

    Wednesday, November 15

    • School Board Member Appreciation Day
    • Educational Support Professionals Day

    Thursday, November 16

    • Boys Basketball v. Jay Stream 3:45 PM
    • Wrestling Meet at Indian Trail, 4:30 PM
    • PTA Dining for Dollars at Jet’s Pizza

    Friday, November 17

    • Fall Recognition Assembly
    • Holiday Card Design Contest entries due to main office

    November 20-24

    • No School - Thanksgiving Break

    November 27-December 1

    Thank you for dinner!! The Edison staff would like to thank all the parents who contributed to our parent-teacher conference night dinner last Wednesday! The drinks, salads, chips, and desserts were greatly appreciated as was the time several volunteers spent for set-up and clean-up! Special thanks to Alis Priebe and Louise Kirkman for organizing it all. We are so fortunate to have such a kind, generous PTA!

    Thank you for Veterans Day food donations! The Veterans Day breakfast and assembly were absolutely wonderful. Thank you to all the parents who donated breakfast items and/or volunteered to help serve breakfast to the veterans who were able to join us for that special day.

    PTA Directories Sent Home - If you are a PTA member and haven’t already seen your PTA directory, please ask your child if s/he received it. Teachers were asked to distribute directories to 6th graders in 6th period and to 7th and 8th grade during 8th period. If your directory did not come home Friday, it will come home Monday.

    Dining for Dollars at Jet's Pizza, Thursday, November 16th, 4-9 PM - Dining for Dollars night is Thursday, November 16 at Jet's Pizza at 936 East Roosevelt Road in Wheaton from 4-9 PM. Jet's Pizza will donate 20% of all proceeds to Edison PTA!  The menu is online at www.jetspizza.com Please bring the flyer to Jet's Pizza or print it off for delivery driver. If you have any questions please contact Michele Triscik at mtriscik@prodigy.net.

    Edison’s 6th Annual Holiday Card Design Contest - Show your Panther Pride and create a greeting card and message that shares the spirit of the Holiday season. The design should fit on an 8 ½ x 5 ½ piece of paper. Include your name and grade on the reverse side. Entries need to be brought into the Main Office no later than Friday, November 17.

    The Scholastic Book Fair is coming! This is the first of two book fairs this year. It will run the full week after Thanksgiving break (Nov. 27 - Dec. 1). This makes for convenient Holiday shopping!  Volunteers are needed Tuesday through Friday of that week AND on Friday, Nov. 17, 1-3 for book fair set up. If you're interested in helping please contact Tricia Swanstrom at triciaswanstrom@gmail.com and let her know your availability during the school day.  Thanks!

    Let’s Dance Program Registration Information - Registration is now open!  Attention parents of all 7th and 8th Graders: Encourage your child to join his/her classmates for 8 weeks of professional dance instruction at Edison after the holiday break. They will learn a variety of dances--Salsa, Swing, Fox-Trot, line dancing and more!--to help them feel more comfortable at upcoming school dances and throughout their lives.

    Professional dance instructor, Andy Fuzak, has been running this dance instruction program at schools and Park Districts for many, many years and is gifted at teaching kids, making them comfortable and making the session a ton of fun! It is also a great way for our kids to learn valuable social skills including good manners! Franklin Middle School has been doing this program for 20 years and now has over 100 kids participating each year. Parents from Franklin highly recommend it. Join us in getting this program started at Edison!

    You can learn more about this wonderful program at letsdanceclass.com, where you can find videos about the program.

    Total cost is $65. We need at least 40 students to run this program. As an incentive to register early, each student who has registered by December 20 will be entered into a raffle to win a $15 gift card to Target. There are two ways to register:

    The program will be held from 6:30-8:00p.m. on the following dates at Edison:

    • Thursday, January 11
    • ThursdayJanuary 18
    • ThursdayFebruary 1
    • ThursdayFebruary 8
    • ThursdayFebruary 15
    • ThursdayFebruary 22
    • TuesdayFebruary 27 (Note day change this week to Tuesday)
    • Thursday, March 8

    Inspiration Nomination - Has your child been been inspired by a District 200 teacher or staff member? Take a minute to tell us about it! You can print out a certificate for your child to fill in, or s/he can fill out this form online here!

    Student Spotlight - Help us promote positive leadership at Edison by letting us know if your child or an Edison student you know shines his/her BRIGHT LIGHT outside of school. We would like to spotlight students who exemplify that Edison CARES! 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.

    District News and Events

    Christmas Sharing Collection Nov. 27-Dec. 1 - Christmas Sharing is an all-volunteer charitable organization run by a coalition of Wheaton and Warrenville churches that provides assistance to families in need during the Christmas season. Families are assisted without regard to their religious affiliation and our goal is to make their holidays a little brighter. The area we serve lies within the geographic boundary of Wheaton Warrenville Community Unit School District 200. Christmas Sharing volunteers collect food, gently used clothing, toys and cash from District 200 schools, local churches, scouting groups, libraries, civic groups, small businesses, corporations and individuals. Items are then sorted and distributed from eight church locations, to families in need as identified by school social workers. Christmas Sharing donations may be dropped off at Edison Middle School from Monday, November 27 through Friday, December 1. For more information on the types of donations needed visit the Christmas Sharing website.

    CUSD 200 PACE Program SAT Testing for Students Currently in 6th and 7th Grade - Testing results will be used to qualify students for 7th grade Fast Paced Language Arts, 7th grade Fast Paced Mathematics, 8th grade Fast Paced Language Arts, and 8th grade Fast Paced Mathematics for the 2017-2018 school year. (Students who are currently enrolled in 6th grade FPLA and /or FPM are also invited to participate – their results on the SAT test will not be used to exit any students from the PACE Program.) Any middle school student who lives in the District 200 attendance area is eligible to participate. Students are invited to test based on parent and/or teacher recommendation. Testing will be held at Monroe Middle School on Saturday morning, February 3, 2018Registration Form and Fee ($60) are due to the PACE office by Friday, December 15, 2017. Questions regarding SAT Testing should be directed to the District 200 PACE Office at (630) 682-2024.

    Still haven't joined the Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA? It's not too late! One of the ways our PTA helps support the special needs community in D200 is by providing grants/scholarships to both teachers and students to help improve their learning experience. Even just becoming a member without volunteering helps us fund this very important program! Please consider joining. To register online, visit: https://www.pt-avenue.com/login.asp School Code: WWSNPTA and click on the online store (grocery cart icon).

    Interested in a position with the school district? District 200 is looking for some additional teaching assistants and lunch supervisors at the elementary schools. This is a wonderful opportunity to support our students. If interested, apply online here.

    Community News and Events

    Glenbard Parent Series Offers FREE Parent Workshops -  Mark your calendar for upcoming GPS workshops! For details, visit the GPS website here. Upcoming workshop:

    The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to let Go So Their Children Can Succeed/Fostering Motivation and Resilience by Jessica Lahey, JD

    Jessica Lahey summarizes the current research on autonomy-supportive parenting and teaching, competence, rewards, praise, and failure. Finally, she explains how parents, educators and community members can give students the support and encouragement they need in order to stay motivated and successful over the long term. This free event is open to the public and will begin at 7pm at Glenbard West, 670 Crescent Blvd. in Glen Ellyn on Nov. 14 and be repeated at noon on Wednesday, Nov 15at the Marquardt Administration Center, 1860 Glen Ellyn Rd. in Glendale Heights.

    LOVE Christian Clearinghouse is accepting applications for their annual holiday program. Parents with children under the age of 12 can shop for age appropriate gifts for their children. For more information on Toy Express call 630-512-8665.

    Sharing Connections’ Toy Program http://www.sharingconnections.org/toys.html

    FREE Thanksgiving Dinner at Parkview Community Church in Glen Ellyn - Every Thanksgiving, Parkview hosts a large free Thanksgiving meal for any and all in the community. They  decorate the large gymnasium for the holiday and are equipped to seat up to 400 individuals at a time. When guests arrive, they are served apple cider in the lobby, then greeted by a host and escorted to a table, much like a restaurant. They have all the fixings one might expect on Thanksgiving, including to-go boxes for families who may want to bring their meal back home!

    Have a great week!

    Rachel Bednar, Principal

     

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