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Back-to-School Dance!
September 7th, 6:00 — 8:00
$5.00 at the door Sponsored by Edison PTA

2018-2019 Parent Handbook available online at the school district website:janesville.k12.wi.us


Edison Spirit Wear Sales Spirit wear sales will begin on 9/5/2016 and end on 9/30/2016. Order forms are available in the front office.

  • Short-sleeved shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Flannel pants

The Edison Connection September 2019

We welcome all returning and new students and their parents/guardians to the new school year!

Edison Middle School is designed to meet the unique needs of young adolescents. We are committed to academic excellence and to providing opportunities for student growth and success. We plan and organize excellent projects and provide exciting learning experiences for our students.

Experience tells us that to receive the most benefit from what we offer, your child must be an active participant in the life of the school. This includes taking part in classroom activities, completing assignments, stretching his/her mind, and becoming involved in some of the extra-curricular offerings. Very importantly your student must attend school on a regular basis. Research shows a clear relationship between regular and punctual attendance with academic achievement and later success in the real world.

We also know that family involvement in education is crucial. Family involvement benefits students’ academic performance, enhances family-school relations and increases the understanding and support for students in the home as well as in the school.

We, in the best interest of your child, request your involvement and support in the educational process. Please feel free to contact us to resolve any questions or issues you may have.

We look forward to a great School year!

Sincerely, Edison Administrators & Staff


BRAND NEW AIR CONDITIONING AND LIGHTS!

It was a busy summer at Edison as construction crews worked tirelessly to install new air conditioning and lighting throughout our school. Students and staff will truly enjoy the cool and pleasant environment that this extensive project as offered.

We greatly appreciate the patience that our Edison community has shown throughout the summer, as the building was closed down! All the hard work has truly paid off for the comfort of our students and staff.


Title 1

Edison Middle School is a school-wide Title 1 school. What does that mean for your child? It means access to highly qualified teachers, including a Title 1 teacher to support students in reading and math. Title 1 services can include, but are not limited to, extra support in the math and reading classrooms, small group instruction, and targeted interventions. Here at Edison, our Title 1 teachers are shared with Franklin Middle School.

They are: Mrs. Steele (lsteele@janesville.k12.wi.us), and Mrs. Skrzypchak (dskrzypchak@janesville.k12.wi.us).

Being a Title 1 school also increases funding for teacher professional development, technology upgrades, family nights, and other resources for students, staff, and parents.


Athletic Department Information

Registration for Season 1 Sports ends September 6th. Parents: Check the Edison website for up-to-date sports information and upcoming sporting events. Our calendar can be found at https://edison.janesville.k12.wi.us/calendar.

Edison Middle School Sports

Season 1 sports offered to Edison Middle School students are as follows:

  • Football (Grades 7-8)
  • Co-Ed Tennis (Grades 6-8)
  • Girl’s Softball (Grade 8)
  • Co-Ed Golf (Grades 6-8)

Welcome from the Student Services Staff!

Student Services Office 743-5926

The Student Services staff welcomes you to Edison Middle School. We encourage you to contact us if you have any information we need to know to help make your child’s year a success.

We ask that you make an appointment, if you need to see us, so that we can reserve time for you. Please feel free to call the Student Services office at (608) 743-5926 for an appointment or any other questions you may have.

Student Services Staff

  • Mrs. Murphy 743-5928
  • Mrs. Tyrrell 743-5929
  • Mrs. Behm, Secretary, 743-5926

First Day COnferences

For the past fourteen years, Edison Middle School has kicked off the new school year with First Day Conferences (previously known as Ready, Set, Goal Conferences). These conferences give parents, students, and teachers an opportunity to discuss work done in a student’s portfolio and expectations for the upcoming school year.

Like previous years, this day is not a typical day of school for students. You and your student will schedule a time to come to Edison on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018. We have time slots from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. You and your student are only expected to be at school during the time you scheduled for this conference. If you have any questions about First Day Conferences, you may call the main office at (608) 743-5900.

Please remember, the only required attendance on the first day of school (Tuesday, September 4th) is during a student’s scheduled conference time.

Sign-up for conference times will be done electronically this year so keep a lookout for an email from your child’s teacher


Lunch Account Information A reminder to parents/guardians: Parents/Guardians may place spending limits on their student’s spending in the school cafeteria.

Possibilities could include:

  • Limiting the spending to full meals only (no a la carte)
  • Limiting the a la carte spending to a specific amount
  • Limiting the entire day’s spending to a specific dollar amount (both full meal and a la carte combined)

If you have any questions, please contact the Secretary to the Manager of Food Services at 743-5132.


Here are a few guidelines indicating how the Janesville School District will handle the lunch accounts for the 2018-2019 school year. If you have additional questions about the lunch program and free or reduced lunches, please contact our staff in the cafeteria at 608-743-5908.

There will be a staff member readily available (in the cafeteria) during First Day Conferences (September 4) to deposit money into student lunch accounts and answer any questions you may have about the lunch program. Also, at this time, parents may place spending limits on a la carte purchases from student lunch accounts.

Breakfast at Edison Middle School

Edison offers a free breakfast program to ALL students. Students may enter the cafeteria at 7:30 a.m. to receive a breakfast. Breakfast items must be eaten in the cafeteria before school starts.


Edison Class Schedule
1st Hour 8:00 - 8:44 am
2nd Hour 8:48 - 9:36 am
3rd Hour 9:40 -10:28 am
4th Hour 10:32 - 11:20 am

GRADING SCALE

The standards are aligned with the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Math, and the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards in all other subject areas. Student achievement is measured based on student ability to meet the standards put in place for specific content areas. Depending on the level at which a student is able to meet a standard, the student achievement will be evaluated on a 4,3,2,1 grading scale. These numbers do not correlate with letter grades. The grading scale is similar to the Janesville Elementary Schools and is detailed in the chart below. It is the objective of the District for students to obtain 3’s, while offering them the chance to demonstrate higher level thinking, resulting in 4’s. Teachers will determine if a standard is met through a variety of assessments. In addition, specific teacher comments regarding life skills such as responsibility and attitude will also be reported by subject area. Parents will be able to view ongoing progress on Family Access, and report cards will be sent home with students at the end of each quarter. The last report card of the year will be mailed to parents.

4.0 In addition to 3.0 performance, demonstrates in-depth understanding and application that goes beyond the learning goals.
3.0 Demonstrates mastery regarding the information and/or processes (simple or complex) of the learning goals.
2.0 Demonstrates mastery regarding the simpler details and processes, and demonstrates partial understanding regarding the more complex ideas and processes of the learning goals.
1.0 With help, a partial understanding of some of the simpler details and processes and some of the more complex ideas and processes of the learning goals.

Are you Moving??? If you will be moving from your current home address, please contact Edison Middle School’s Student Service’s Secretary at 743-5926, as soon as possible, to determine what paperwork you will need to fill out for your child to continue attending his/her current school. Please note: If you are moving to an address outside the School District of Janesville, in most cases, your child is eligible to continue attending the School District of Janesville as long as you complete the appropriate paperwork within the required timeline. If you have any questions about school placement for a particular address, please contact Administrative Services Secretary Tami Carlson at 743-5006. The Administrative Services Office is open year round.


Tornado Warning When the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning, it means that an actual tornado has been signed by a trained spotter or a radar reading shows conditions are right for a tornado to develop in the immediate area. When a tornado warning is issued for the immediate Janesville area, the emergency sirens will be activated. Twice each school year, Edison Middle School practices the response the school would use if an emergency siren is activated for a tornado warning during the school day. Edison Middle School has designated safe areas for all students and staff to go to when a tornado warning is issued. Because all doors to Edison Middle School are secure during the school day, they will remain locked during a tornado warning.

Staff are not encouraged to respond to door buzzers, knocks on doors, or phone calls, but rather to remain in their designated safe zone until the tornado warning is canceled. We also encourage parents and family members of students to seek safe shelter during a tornado warning. Parents or family members should not come to Edison Middle School during a tornado warning to pick up their child.

Once the tornado warning is canceled, Edison Middle School will return to usual operations. At that time, staff will be able to respond to door buzzers and phone calls. Thank you in advance for working with Edison Middle School to keep your child safe during a tornado warning. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, please call the Director of Safety and Student Services at 743-5078.


Release of Pupil Directory Data Information Wisconsin Statutes provide that schools or school districts may legally release a pupil’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of member of athletic teams, dates of attendance, photographs (The School District of Janesville will consider videotapes the same as photographs), degrees and awards received, name of the school most recently previously attended by the pupil.

Such information may be withheld if the district is advised by the parent, legal guardian, or eligible student (18 years of age or older) to do so. If it is your wish to not allow such information to be released, and if you are the parent, legal guardian, or eligible student, you need to sign a “Request to Withhold Directory Data” form at the school office. If we have not received the request form to withhold information within 14 days of the publication of this newsletter , then we are to assume that directory data may be released if requested.


Child Find Notice

“The school district must locate, identify and evaluate all resident children with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities.” The school district has a special education program to locate and screen all children with suspected disabilities who are residents of the district and who have not graduated from high school. Upon request, the school district will screen any resident child who has not graduated high school to determine whether a special education referral is appropriate. A request may be made by contacting Barbara Kelly, Supervisor of Special Education Services for the School District of Janesville at 608-743-5061, or by writing her at 527 S. Franklin St. Janesville, WI 53548.

Annually the district conducts developmental screening of preschool children. Each child’s motor, communication and social skills are observed at various play areas. Each child is weighed and measured, and the child’s hearing and vision is checked. The information is used to provide the parent with a profile of their child’s current development and to provide suggestions for follow up activities. Parents learn about community services available to them and speak with representatives of agencies serving families. The information from screening is also used to determine whether a child should be evaluated for a suspected disability. When school staff reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability, they refer the child for evaluation by a school district Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. Developmental screening will be a part of the kindergarten screening this Spring. Watch for dates at your local school.

A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to report the child to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child’s parents that the referral will be made. The referral must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. Others who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child to the school district in which the child resides. A referral of a child residing in the School District of Janesville may be sent to Barbara Kelley at the school district address above.

It’s the Law in Wisconsin Kids Need Shots for School! To attend school in Wisconsin, students must show they’ve had immunizations. The following table lists the minimum required immunizations for students in grades 6-9.

Immunization Requirements for the 2018-2019 School Year

Age/ Grade DTP/Dtap Tdap Polio Hepatitis B MMR Varicella
Grade 6-10 4 1 4 3 2 2

 


STUDENTS ON SCHOOL GROUNDS

Supervision after school is until 3:30 PM. Students need to leave school grounds by 3:30 PM since there is no supervision after this time. If special arrangements have been made with a teacher for a student to stay later than 3:30 PM or to work with a teacher for extra help, that is an exception. We appreciate your help and support to provide a safe environment for your student and others.

ATTENDANCE OFFICE

When calling your student out of school for an illness or permission to leave school early for an appointment or for tardiness, please speak SLOWLY and SPELL the student’s last name, grade, and reason for the absence. Also when writing notes for student absences or for a student to leave school for an appointment, please include student’s first and last name, their grade, the date, and the reason for leaving school. Please remember, if the last name is different from the parents, please include the student’s last name on the note.

MEDICATIONS

We DO NOT stock any over-the-counter medicines. If you wish to send Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or any other over-the-counter medicine, it must be in its ORIGINAL bottle and the Attendance Office must have a signed parent consent form on file. If we don’t have the form, we will call home and the parent will need to come to school and administer the medicine to the student. All prescription medicines must be accompanied by a signed doctor’s form AND a parent consent form and must be in the ORIGINAL bottle. These forms can be obtained in the main office. We are not permitted to accept any other forms.

If your child is sick please tell them to come to the Attendance Office and call home. We do not want them calling from a classroom or using their cell phones. Thank you!


 

February/March/April Newsletter

Valentine’s / PBIS Dance

February 15, 2019

7:00—9:00

 

The Edison Connection/ February 2019

Our students have been busy engaging in the 4Cs of Edison Middle School. The students are working to strengthen their skills in Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical thinking. Furthermore, our teachers are working to design and plan lessons to give our students impactful learning experiences that they will grow from and will retain.

Our students come daily, experiencing “Empower” as the first learning opportunity. The students are provided interventions in reading and math throughout the week. When learning interventions are not taking place, students work with teaching staff on the social-emotional parts of their lives in our Second Step programming. The teachers and students communicate and work together to find safe and healthy decisions and solutions in everyday student lives. These opportunities provide students with the means to understand why a conflict is taking place and what can be done or said to find a solution.

As we continue to empower our student learning, we are working with Discovery Education to provide engaging and empowering lessons. We are working within the confines of our curriculums and classrooms to produce problem-solving skills and learning in real life and real world issues. You can see and hear about many of these opportunities inside and outside of class at Edison if you visit our Facebook and Twitter pages or listen to our Bald Eagle Podcast on our website.

We look forward to parent-teacher conferences on March 6 and 7. The conferences will once again take place in teacher classrooms and will be student led. We are continuing our efforts to put the students in the driver seat of their educational position and outcome in their classroom learning at Edison.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, compliments, or concerns you may have. I always look forward to collaborating with families to provide a positive and productive learning environment for our students. Please consider stopping by and visiting with me at Parent-Teacher-Student conferences in March.

Jim LeMire

Principal

 

Rec Night Information

Although held at Edison, Rec. Nights are events sponsored and operated by Janesville’s Leisure Services. Leisure Services rents the building from the school district. They are in charge of supervision and policies related to Rec. Nights. They always have several paid Leisure Service staff members at Rec. Night, and parent volunteers are always encouraged to help out. Please contact Leisure Services if you would be able to help out with any future Rec. Nights. The Leisure Service Staff always strives to contract one off-duty Janesville Police Officer to be on duty; however, this is not always possible.

We do know that many of the problems that have occurred over the years related to Rec. Night actually happen when the event has ended, and students are waiting outside for rides. Rec. Night ends at 9:00 p.m., so please pick up your student at that time.

If you send a check to cover the entry fee of $6.00, please make out the check to “Janesville Leisure Services.”

If you have any Rec Night questions or concerns, please feel free to contact: Leisure Services at 608-755-3030.

2018-2019 Rec Night Dates (7:00-9:00):

February 8 ; March 22 ; May 3

Edison Athletics:

Season 4

(February 11 - March 27, 2019)

Girls’ Basketball (8th Grade)

Wrestling (6th-8th Grade)

Season 5

(April 1 - May 17, 2019)

Girls’ Soccer (8th Grade)

Boys’ Soccer (8thGrade)

Co-Ed Track (6th - 8th Grade)

If you have any questions, please contact:

Edison Middle School Athletic Director:

Mr. Schenzel at 728-3779 or

cschenzel@janesville.k12.wi.us

Athletic events can be found on the Edison Middle School

Homepage: edison.janesville.k12.wi.us, under athletics,

athletics calendar.

 

Title 1

Edison Middle School is a school-wide Title 1 school.  What does that mean for your child?  It means access to highly qualified teachers, including a Title 1 teacher to support students in reading and math.  Title 1 services can include, but are not limited to, extra support in the math and reading classrooms, small group instruction, and targeted interventions.  Here at Edison, our Title 1 teachers are shared with Franklin Middle School.  They are Mrs. Steele (lsteele@janesville.k12.wi.us) and Mrs. Skrzypchak (dskrzypchak@janesville.k12.wi.us).

Being a Title 1 school also increases funding for teacher professional development, technology upgrades, family nights, and other resources for students, staff, and parents.

CRYSTAL APPLE AWARDS

NBC15's Crystal Apple Awards are accepting nominations now! The NBC15 Crystal Apple Award is an award that is given to five teachers in South Central Wisconsin in recognition of outstanding contributions to education. Crystal Apple Awards was created for a way the community can express their gratitude towards a teacher that has made a difference in their lives.

Now through March 31, 2019, we are asking families to send in their nomination for a teacher that has touched their life, has touched the lives of others. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of NBC15 judges and narrow nominations to five Crystal Apple recipients and ten Honorable Mentions. Crystal Apple Award Winners will be announced the week of May 6, appropriately paired with Teacher Appreciation Week. 

We highly encourage staff and parents to participate! Last year we received more than 500 nominations; and we look forward to reading each and every one this year. 

All the information of how to nomination on our website, NBC15.com

PTA FUNDRAISER!!

MARCO’S PIZZA NIGHT

March 18 and 19

11:00 AM—11:00 PM

Mention Edison Middle School when ordering.

SCOOPIE NIGHTS at Culver’s on West Court Street

4:00 pm—8:00 pm

February 13th

April 10th

 

Box Tops For Education

Edison Middle School receives $.10 for every box top from General Mills. Our goal is to collect 20,000, which will be $2,000. The money that is raised will help fund student activities. Students may turn these in to their advisory teacher or to the main office at Edison. If you have questions about Box Tops for Education, please contact Mrs. Hawthorne

 

Milk Moola

The Kwik Trip Milk Moola incentive will be coming to a close as of March 1, 2019. If you have any milk caps or UPC symbols that you would like to bring to Edison, please do so by February 28, 2019. We would like to thank everyone that participated in this program.

DISCIPLINE

Students are expected to abide by all established codes of conduct and board policies, as outlined by the student handbook and as stated in rules established by building principals for each school.

All students must help to establish and maintain a safe and educationally conducive environment. When it becomes necessary to investigate student misconduct, students have a duty to cooperate and answer questions truthfully and completely. Students who are dishonest, uncooperative, and/or are evasive will be subject to disciplinary action up to and/or including a recommendation for expulsion.

VISION SCREENING

There will be no formal vision screening of students in the middle schools of the School District of Janesville. However, if you have a concern about your child's vision, please report this to the school office and the school nurse will conduct a vision screening on your child. Here are some signs that might indicate your child has a vision problem:

Squinting when reading

Turning head sideways to see materials

Burning, itchy, watery eyes when reading

Statements of eyes being tired after reading a short time

Leaning forward to see an object better

Closing one eye when reading or looking at something

Holds materials very close to eyes

DENTAL SERVICES AT NO COST TO YOU!

The School District of Janesville will be offering dental services during the school year to any student in the school district. These dental services will be offered at no cost to the family. A registered dental hygienist will be providing a dental exam and dental sealants. The dental sealant is placed on your child's molars and is the single best practice for preventing cavities in these teeth.

If you have or are having trouble getting your child into a dentist or don't have dental insurance, than this service is for your child. Services will be provided right at school and you will not need to leave work to transport your child to a dental office.

If you are interested in having your child receive these dental services, please contact the office at your child's school to obtain a permission form. Complete this form and turn it in at the school office.

If you have any questions or concerns about this service, please call Ian Hedges with Health Net at 608-974-1921.

Wisconsin Forward Exam

Beginning April 1st

During the 2015-16 school year, Wisconsin rolled out a new assessment called the Wisconsin Forward Exam. The Exam is designed to gauge how well students are doing in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards.  These standards outline what students should know and be able to do in order to be college and career ready. The Forward Exam is administered online in the spring of each school year at:

grades 3-8 in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics,

grades 4 and 8 in Science and,

grades 4, 8, and 10 in Social Studies.

Accommodations and supports for students with disabilities and/or English language learners are built into the system so that the progress of students can be accurately measured.

The Forward Exam is a high quality, research-based, and affordable assessment that meets Wisconsin’s expectations. It is a customized assessment with innovative item types that includes test items reviewed and approved by Wisconsin educators.

Test Taking Tips for Parents & Students

Preparing a Student for a Testing Session – For Parents

Make sure your child gets an ample, normal amount of sleep the night before the test.

Mark testing days on your calendar to help remind you and your child when the testing will take place.

The student should eat a nutritious and filling breakfast. Avoid high sugar cereals which can make the student hyper and/or unfocused.

Work with teachers and administrators at your child’s school to find materials to work on at home in preparation for the test.

Make sure the student is on time (if not early) on the day of testing.

Set a backup alarm to avoid the possibility of oversleeping

If you child is sick please contact the school immediately to inform them.

Working with Students who are Anxious about Testing – For Parents

Try not to put too much pressure on the student. Reinforce that as long as they worked hard in preparation and did their absolute best you will be proud of them.

Have the child visualize success. Encourage them to rehearse what it will feel like to get a good score on the test. 

Work with them to focus on breathing. Stress is often caused by insufficient oxygen to the brain. Work with the student to take time before the test begins to take a number of deep, cleansing breaths, exhaling slowly. Focusing on breathing by taking some time when stress levels rise helps to focus the mind during testing. 

Encourage your child to review the night before the test, but avoid cramming. Cramming is rarely if ever effective. A longer, more systematic schedule of short reviews will prepare the student better. 

Try to use positive language when talking about expectations of the test. Do not overinflate the student’s expectations but also try to avoid negative wording (e.g. replace “you are going to fail this test if you don’t study” with “if you don’t study you aren’t going to pass this test.”).

Plan for a fun outing or treat for your child after the test has been completed.

Keep a positive attitude about testing in general around your child and emphasize their ability to demonstrate what they have learned rather than the consequences of not passing.

Test Taking Tips for Students

1.  Be aware of the test time limits. Keep track of how much time you have remaining and try not to spend too much time on   items that you are unsure of, as you can always come back to them once you have completed the items you do know.

2. Answer the easy questions first and then move on to more difficult items.

3. Answer all questions, even if do not know the answer.

4. If you are allowed to mark in the test booklet circle key words in the question to keep you focused.

5. Use all of the time allotted to you. If you have extra time, cover you answers and try reworking the questions.

6. If the test is bubbled into an answer document make sure the bubble is filled in completely. If the test involves writing make sure you write as neatly as possible.

Lunch Account Information

A reminder to parents/guardians:

Parents/Guardians may place spending limits on their student’s spending in the school cafeteria. Possibilities could include:

Limiting the spending to full meals only (no a la carte)

Limiting the a la carte spending to a specific amount

Limiting the entire day’s spending to a specific dollar amount (both full meal and a la carte combined)

If you have any questions, please contact the Secretary to the Manager of Food Services at 743-5132.

Breakfast Reminder

Students can enter the cafeteria at 7:30 a.m. Monday - Friday through the main doors for free breakfast. Students must exit the cafeteria by 7:55 a.m. to get to class on time.  Breakfast items must be eaten in the cafeteria before school starts.

WEATHER - INCLEMENT WEATHER/SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION

Decisions about whether to cancel school are made in coordination with both the Janesville Transit System and the Van Galder Bus Company, as well as the passage of city streets, safety of rural students, and information from the county highway department and city street department. The final decision to delay or close rests with the Superintendent. If school is not cancelled and families do not feel it is safe for their child to come to school, then they should keep their children home. Families should remember to call in the absence to the school.

The Superintendent will continue to have the option of delaying the start of school by an hour. If this occurs, the School District will continue to have special education, early childhood, and kindergarten classes. Elementary School class will begin at 9:20 a.m. and middle and high school classes will begin at 9:00 a.m. Universal Free Breakfast will be served on delayed start days.

Infinite Campus will serve as our primary means of notification. We urge you to supply your student's school with your contact information and updates as changes occur. WCLO and additional radio and TV stations will be contacted regarding school closings or delays. Closing and delay information will be posted no later than 6:00 a.m. In order to keep district lines open for general operations we suggest parents not call the district for closing information.

Our schools do not close early in an attempt to avoid incoming snow or ice storms. This decision is to protect children who may get home before their families and have no access or supervision at home. There also will be no athletic contests and no practices on days school is called off for weather reasons. The gyms will also be closed.

On days when school is in session but weather has progressively gotten worse, cancellations for after school or evening athletics or extracurricular activities will be announced by 2:00 p.m. on WCLO radio that day. Infinite Campus will serve as our primary means of notification.

Are you Moving???

If you will be moving from your current home address, please contact Edison Middle School’s Student Service’s Secretary at 743-5926, as soon as possible, to determine what paperwork you will need to fill out for your child to continue attending his/her current school.

Please note: If you are moving to an address outside the School District of Janesville, in most cases, your child is eligible to continue attending the School District of Janesville as long as you complete the appropriate paperwork within the required timeline.

If you have any questions about school placement for a particular address, please contact Open Enrollment Specialist Deen Hartley at 743-5152. The Administrative Services Office is open year round.

Tornado Warning

When the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning, it means that an actual tornado has been sighted by a trained spotter or a radar reading shows conditions are right for a tornado to develop in the immediate area. When a tornado warning is issued for the immediate Janesville area, the emergency sirens will be activated.

Twice each school year, Edison Middle School practices the response the school would use if an emergency siren is activated for a tornado warning during the school day. Edison Middle School has designated safe areas for all students and staff to go to when a tornado warning is issued.

Because all doors to Edison Middle School are secure during the school day, they will remain locked during a tornado warning. Staff are encouraged to not respond to door buzzers, knocks on doors, or phone calls, but rather to remain in their designated safe zone until the tornado warning is canceled. We also encourage parents and family members of students to seek safe shelter during a tornado warning. Parents or family members should not come to Edison Middle School during a tornado warning to pick up their child.

Once the tornado warning is canceled, Edison Middle School will return to usual operations. At that time, staff will be able to respond to door buzzers and phone calls. Thank you in advance for working with Edison Middle School to keep y your child safe during a tornado warning. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, please call the Director of Safety and Student Services at 743-5078.

Child Find Notice

            “The school district must locate, identify and evaluate all resident children with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities.”  The school district has a special education program to locate and screen all children with suspected disabilities who are residents of the district and who have not graduated from high school.  Upon request, the school district will screen any resident child who has not graduated high school to determine whether a special education referral is appropriate.  A request may be made by contacting Barbara Kelly, Supervisor of Special Education Services for the School District of Janesville at 608-743-5061, or by writing her at 527 S. Franklin St. Janesville, WI 53548.

            Annually the district conducts developmental screening of preschool children.  Each child’s motor, communication and social skills are observed at various play areas.  Each child is weighed and measured, and the child’s hearing and vision is checked.  The information is used to provide the parent with a profile of their child’s current development and to provide suggestions for follow up activities.  Parents learn about community services available to them and speak with representatives of agencies serving families.  The information from screening is also used to determine whether a child should be evaluated for a suspected disability.  When school staff reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability, they refer the child for evaluation by a school district Individualized Education Program (IEP) team.   Developmental screening will be a part of the kindergarten screening this Spring.  Watch for dates at your local school.

            A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to report the child to the school district in which the child resides.  Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child’s parents that the referral will be made.  The referral must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability.  Others who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child to the school district in which the child resides.  A referral of a child residing in the School District of Janesville may be sent to Barbara Kelley at the school district address above.

Aviso Detectar al Niño

“El distrito escolar tiene que localizar, identificar y evaluar a todos los niños residentes con discapacidades, incluyendo a los niños con discapacidades que asisten a escuelas privadas, sin importar la gravedad de sus discapacidades.” El distrito escolar tiene un programa de educación especial para localizar y evaluar a todos los niños con presuntas discapacidades, quienes son residentes del distrito y que no se han graduado de la escuela preparatoria. Cuando se solicite, el distrito escolar evaluará a cualquier niño residente que no se haya graduado de la escuela preparatoria para determinar, si es apropiada una referencia para educación especial. Una solicitud puede hacerse contactando a Kimberli Peerenboom, Director de Servicios al alumno del Distrito Escolar de Janesville al 743-5061, o escribiéndole a: 527 S. Franklin St., Janesville WI 53548.

Anualmente el distrito lleva a cabo evaluaciones del desarrollo de los niños en edad preescolar. Cada una de las habili-dades motoras, comunicativas y sociales del niño son observadas en varias áreas de juego. Se pesa y mide a cada niño y su audición y visión son revisadas. Se utiliza la información para proporcionar al padre un perfil del desarrollo actual de su niño y proveer sugerencias para las actividades de seguimiento. Los padres aprenden acerca de los servicios comunitarios disponi-bles para ellos y hablan con representantes de agencias que dan servicio a las familias. La información de la evaluación tam-bién se utiliza para determinar si un niño debe ser examinado por presunta discapacidad. Cuando el personal de la escuela ra-zonablemente cree que un niño, es un niño con una discapacidad, refieren al niño para una evaluación por el equipo del Pro-grama Educativo Individualizado (IEP) del distrito escolar. Las evaluaciones del desarrollo serán parte de las examinaciones del kínder esta primavera. Espere las fechas en su escuela local.

Un doctor, enfermera, sicólogo, trabajador social o administrador de una agencia social que razonablemente crea que un niño que se le llevó para recibir atención es un niño con una discapacidad, tiene el deber legal de reportar al niño al distrito escolar en el cual el niño reside. Antes de referir al niño, la persona que hace la referencia tiene que informar a los padres del niño que se hará la referencia. La referencia tiene que ser por escrito e incluir la razón por la cual la persona cree que el niño, es un niño con una discapacidad. Otros quienes razonablemente crean que un niño, es un niño con una discapaci-dad, pueden también referir al niño al distrito escolar en el cual el niño reside. Una referencia de un niño que reside en el Dis-trito Escolar de Janesville puede enviarse a Kimberli Peerenboom a la dirección de arriba del distrito escolar.

Public School Open Enrollment Timelines

The State of Wisconsin has announced the application period for open enrollment (also known as public school choice) begins in February for the following school year. Open Enrollment laws permit children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one in which they live.

The open enrollment application period for the 2019-2020 school year is from February 4, 2019 – April 30, 2019. Parents are encouraged to apply on-line at dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment. Although on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction or any school district after February 4, 2019 and must be delivered (hand-delivery is recommended) to the nonresident school district during the application period. Paper applications to attend Janesville must be submitted to the Open Enrollment Specialist in the New Student Enrollment Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 30th (a postmark does not constitute timely submission). Applications turned in prior to February 4th will be returned as not valid and must be resubmitted after February 4th but before April 30th at 4:00 p.m.

Enrollment in a requested school or program is subject to space and other limitations and is not guaranteed. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent. Habitual truancy may result in recommendation for the student to return to their home district.

Under School District of Janesville board policy, students who attended the district under open enrollment the previous year are not required to reapply for the following school year.

An application is required for each sibling in the family. For example, if a family has one child in elementary school that has been approved for open enrollment and a new student entering kindergarten next year, the student entering kindergarten must apply for open enrollment in order to attend the School District of Janesville.

Parents will be informed in June whether their open enrollment applications have been approved or denied. The student’s school or program placement will be provided in June.

If you have questions, please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 608-743-5152.

Fechas de Inscripción Abierta de las Escuelas Públicas

El estado de Wisconsin ha anunciado que el período de solicitud de inscripción abierta (también conocida como opción de escuela pública) comienza en febrero para el siguiente año escolar. Las leyes de inscripción abierta permiten que los niños asistan a una escuela pública en un distrito escolar distinto al que viven.

El período de solicitud de inscripción abierta para el año escolar 2019-2020 es del 4 de febrero de 2019 al 30 de abril de 2019. Se recomienda a los padres que se inscriban en línea en https://www2.dpi.state.wi.us/OpenEnrollApp. Aunque se recomienda la solicitud por internet, las solicitudes impresas pueden obtenerse en el Departamento de Instrucción Pública o en cualquier distrito escolar después del 14 de enero de 2019 y deben entregarse (se recomienda entregarlo en persona) al distrito escolar no residente durante el período de solicitud. Las solicitudes en papel para asistir a Janesville deben enviarse al Departamento de Servicios Administrativos a más tardar a las 4:00 p.m. del 30 de abril (un sello postal no constituye la presentación oportuna). Las solicitudes entregadas antes del 4 de febrero serán devueltas como no válidas y deberán volver a enviarse después del 4 de febrero, pero antes del 30 de abril.

La inscripción a una escuela o programa solicitado está sujeta al espacio y otras limitaciones y no está garantizada. El transporte es responsabilidad de los padres. El ausentismo habitual puede resultar en una recomendación para que el estudiante regrese a su distrito local.

Bajo la política del Consejo del Distrito Escolar de Janesville, los estudiantes que asistieron al distrito bajo la inscripción abierta el año anterior no están obligados a volver a llenar una solicitud para el siguiente año escolar.

Se requiere una solicitud para cada hermano de la familia. Por ejemplo, si una familia tiene un estudiante en la escuela primaria que ha sido aprobado para inscripción abierta y un estudiante nuevo que ingresará al kínder el próximo año, el alumno que ingresa al kindergarten debe solicitar la inscripción abierta para asistir al Distrito Escolar de Janesville.

Release of Pupil Directory Data Information      

Wisconsin Statutes provide that schools or school districts may legally release a pupil’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of member of athletic teams, dates of attendance, photographs (The School District of Janesville will consider videotapes the same as photographs), degrees and awards received, name of the school most recently previously attended by the pupil.

            Such information may be withheld if the district is advised by the parent, legal guardian, or eligible student (18 years of age or older) to do so.  If it is your wish to not allow such information to be released, and if you are the parent, legal guardian, or eligible student, you need to sign a “Request to Withhold Directory Data” form at the school office.  If we have not received the request form to withhold information within 14 days of the publication of this newsletter, then we are to assume that directory data may be released if requested.

STUDENTS ON SCHOOL GROUNDS

Supervision after school is until 3:30 PM. Students need to leave school grounds by 3:30 PM since there is no supervision after this time. If special arrangements have been made with a teacher for a student to stay later than 3:30 PM or to work with a teacher for extra help, that is an exception. We appreciate your help and support to provide a safe environment for your student and others.

ATTENDANCE OFFICE

When calling your student out of school for an illness or permission to leave school early for an appointment or for tardiness, please speak SLOWLY and SPELL the student’s last name, grade, and reason for the absence. Also when writing notes for student absences or for a student to leave school for an appointment, please include student’s first and last name, their grade, the date, and the reason for leaving school. Please remember, if the last name is different from the parents, please include the student’s last name on the note.

MEDICATIONS

We DO NOT stock any over-the-counter medicines. If you wish to send Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, or any other over-the-counter medicine, it must be in its ORIGINAL bottle and the Attendance Office must have a signed parent consent form on file. If we don’t have the form, we will call home and the parent will need to come to school and administer the medicine to the student. All prescription medicines must be accompanied by a signed doctor’s form AND a parent consent form and must be in the ORIGINAL bottle. These forms can be obtained in the main office. We are not permitted to accept any other forms.

If your child is sick please tell them to come to the Attendance Office and call home. We do not want them calling from a classroom or using their cell phones. Thank you!

Calendar Information

PTA Meeting (6-7:00 pm)  Feb. 4

Rec Night (7-9:00 pm)  Feb. 8

Season Four Sports (Girls’ BB, 8th Grade & Co-Ed Wrestling, 6th-8th Grade)  February 11-March 29

Scoopie Night (4-8:00 pm)  Feb. 13

Valentine’s Dance (6-8:00 pm)  Feb. 15

PTA Meeting (6-7:00 pm)  Feb. 25

Scholastic Book Fair  March 4-8

Conferencing (4-7:00 pm) SCHOOL DAY FOR STUDENTS  March 6

Conferencing (8 am—7 pm) NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS  March 7

NO SCHOOL  March 8

Rec Night (7-9:00 pm)  March 22

PTA Meeting (6-7:00 pm)  March 25

End of 3RD Quarter (No School for Students - All Staff PD Day)  March 29

Wisconsin Forward Exam begins  April 1

Sadie Hawkins Dance (7-9:00 pm)  April 5

Scoopie Night (4-8:00 pm)  April 10

SPRING BREAK  April 15-19

PTA Meeting (6-7:00 pm)  April 22