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Events and Headlines at a Glance

February is:

  • Black History Month
  • Career and Technical Education Month
  • Love the Bus Month

February 4:  Edison Academy Open House, 10:00 – 1:00 PM

February 6: Strategic Plan Community Forum, 6:30, PM, EHS Cafeteria

February 6:  Athletic Boosters Monthly Meeting, 6:00 PM, EHS Room G113

February 6-10:  School Counseling Week

February 8:  Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

February 15:  National School Resource Officer Day

February 20:  President’s Birthday – School Holiday

February 21:  In-Person PTSA Meeting, 7:00 PM, Guest Speaker

March 2:  2 Hour Early Release

March 3:  Student Holiday

Superintendent's Strategic Planning Forum

Similar to a roadmap, a strategic plan clearly defines the best route for us to take in the years ahead to reach our goals. Our students are preparing for careers that don’t exist today. In order to keep pace with these needs, we need to rethink our plans for the future—and how we will best serve our students for this new era. 

Visit our Strategic Planning webpage for more information on upcoming Community Forums and other opportunities to be involved in this exciting work. Please register here:  Strategic Forum Registration. 

Dr. Reid will be hosting a community forum here at Edison HS on February 6 at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria. Please enter at door 14 or 17.

Scholastic Art Award Winners

Edison High School has two winners in the Regional Scholastic Art Awards. Robin Bernatz was named a Gold Key winner in the ceramics and glass category, and Elise Hodge was named a Silver Key winner in the drawing and illustration category.

Their works will be displayed at Northern Virginia Community College’s Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale from Friday, February 9, to Thursday, March 23, with an award ceremony on Wednesday, March 1.

Edison Academy invites you to attend their Open House event on Saturday, February 4, 2023, from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  

You will have the opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art facilities in person, meet our instructors and current students, and learn more about our incredible courses!  Please enter at Door #13.

Please contact Cassandra Deedy at (703) 924-8101 or [email protected] if you need any additional information.  We look forward to meeting you on February 4.

Please take a minute and watch the EHS Academy video: Edison Academy

In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Draft Calendar Updates
  • Regional Science Fair
  • Scholastic Art Award Winners

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Summer Program Information PTSA Updates

The next PTSA General Meeting will be on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at 7:00 PM. This meeting will be in person, in the School Cafeteria. There will be a guest speaker, Mr. Shawn Elliot, a Substance Abuse and Prevention Specialist for FCPS.  

Still thinking about becoming a member of the Edison HS PTSA? We would really like you to join us.

The Edison HS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) supports our students, school and community through family involvement. We provide volunteer and financial support to Edison High School teachers and staff for the benefit of all students. We encourage all families to join the PTSA so that our students can strive to reach their potential.

You may access the membership form by clicking on the following link - https://edisonhsptsa.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true *If the link does not work directly, please copy and paste it into a web browser.  The membership dues are $15 for an Individual Membership, and $25 for a Family Membership.

 ***PTSA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED***

We are desperately looking for chairs for the following committees:

  • Fundraising Committee
  • Scholarship Committee
  • Volunteer Committee

In addition, we are looking for other volunteers to serve as members on all PTSA committees, and to help with PTSA sponsored events. So if you are looking for a way to participate in the activities of the PTSA, then we hope you will consider signing up. All our committees provide an opportunity to give back to our Edison Community

For more information, please contact PTSA VP for Membership, Makeda Berhane, [email protected].

Register for All Night Grad Party
  • Register early to get the reduced rate of $60.  
  • Doors open at the Franconia (formerly Lee) Rec Center at 11:00 p.m. on June 6, 2023!
  • Games! Prizes! Food! Obstacle Course! Live entertainment! Swimming and more!

Register here: https://edisonangp.com/register-for-angp (copy and paste link to open)

Note: All students eligible for free and reduced lunch can register online for a reduced fee.

Questions? Email our Registration Chairs, Karen and Rita, at [email protected].

La información sobre All Night Grad Party también está disponible en español en nuestro sitio web.www.edisonangp.com

Please join us Monday, February 6 for our next Booster meeting. We’ll be meeting in room G113 (enter through door 13, first room past the trophy case). Kickoff is at 7:00 PM.

Edison Community BINGO Night

Join us Saturday, February 25 for a fun night of BINGO games and prizes while helping us raise money for our Athletic Booster Scholarship Fund! Doors open at 6:00 PM and games start at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria.

  • BINGO and Raffle Prize Announcment: We have our first prizes to announce! You have the chance to win a Lotto-Fun Gift Card basket, Date Night basket and Buc-ee’s raffle prize. More prizes will be announced soon.
  • BINGO Prize Donations: Donate to your team basket theme with specific items, gift cards, or money. Reach out to your team parent or coach! Each team will donate a different themed basket filled with prized to be won on the 25th!

Raffle Prize Donations: Got tickets to a game, a new item you don’t need around the house cooking classes, photography session — items you’d like to donate? We would gladly accept for our raffle table!

Contact Charice Walton at [email protected] for more information.

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Events and Headlines at a Glance

January is:

  • Black History Month
  • Career and Technical Education Month
  • Love the Bus Month

February 1:  EHS Track and Field Fundraiser at Chipotle, 5:00 - 9:00 PM

February 4:  Edison Academy Open House, 10:00 – 1:00 PM

February 6: Strategic Plan Community Forum, 6:30, PM, EHS Cafeteria

February 6:  Athletic Boosters Monthly Meeting, 6:00 PM, EHS Room G113

February 6-10:  School Counseling Week

February 8:  Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

February 15:  National School Resource Officer Day

February 20:  President’s Birthday – School Holiday

February 21:  In-Person PTSA Meeting, 7:00 PM, Guest Speaker

March 2:  2 Hour Early Release

EHS Choir at School Board Meeting

Last evening, Director Kevin Lackie and our Innoation Choir performed a medley of songs at the start of the School Board Meeting. They did an outstanding job!

Outstanding Teacher Named

Cristina Procaccino, Latin teacher, has been named "Outstanding Teacher" not only at Edison High School, but also for the Edison Pyramid Schools (Twain MS and the six feeder elementary schools). Cristina is an FCPS graduate and is in her tenth year of teaching, and her third year at Edison. Her Latin students consistently wins state-wide competitions and her classes are at capacity. Congratulations!

Her name is now being forwarded to Region 3 for their consideration. The candidate who is chosen will then compete with all secondary school candidates for the Teacher of the Year. 

Student Parking Update

We have reached capacity for student parking passed. We will review if we have a few more spaces on MondayOnly students who have purchased a parking pass may park at Edison in the student lot adjacent to the traffic light (left side). Students may not park in the middle lot where the trailers are located.

Effective Monday, January 30, 2023, cars will be ticketed and/or towed if no parking pass is visible.  All expenses associated with towing will be the responsibility of the student’s family.  If the car is ticketed, the fine is $25.00, and it becomes a student obligation that must be paid.

If you have questions, you may contact Mr. Tim Boyd, [email protected] or call the main office. 

Return Schedule Change

As a reminder, Return period adjustments go into effect next week. Return period only applies to our 4th period (remediation block.) These adjustments allow for students and teachers to see each other with more frequency, builds n a FLEX time, and includes an Advisory return.  A video and calendar has been posted in Schoology.  Students are aware of the adjustments.

Edison Academy invites you to attend their Open House event on Saturday, February 4, 2023, from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  

You will have the opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art facilities in person, meet our instructors and current students, and learn more about our incredible courses!  Please enter at Door #13.

Please to contact Cassandra Deedy at (703) 924-8101 or [email protected] if you need any additional information.  We look forward to meeting you on February 4.

Please take a minute and watch the EHS Academy video: Edison Academy

School Year Calendar Options

Your feedback is important! FCPS is seeking community feedback on the draft calendar options for the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 school years. Please share your thoughts by filling out this form. The form will be open through Tuesday, January 31, at 1:00 PM. 

Strategic Planning Forums

Similar to a roadmap, a strategic plan clearly defines the best route for us to take in the years ahead to reach our goals. Our students are preparing for careers that don’t exist today. In order to keep pace with these needs, we need to rethink our plans for the future—and how we will best serve our students for this new era. 

Visit our Strategic Planning webpage for more information on upcoming Community Forums and other opportunities to be involved in this exciting work. Please register here:  Strategic Forum Registration. 

Dr. Reid will be hosing a community forum here at Edison HS on February 6 at 6:30 PM. 

Virtual community conversations will be held on the following dates. To register for a virtual session, please click here: https://www.fcps.edu/strategicplanning-communityforums 

  • Wednesday, Feb 8, 6-7:30 p.m. (Spanish-language only)
  • Thursday, Feb 9, 12-1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb 11, 9-10:30 a.m.

Questions?

Email us at [email protected]

PTSA Updates

Please take note that the PTSA's February General Meeting will be on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. This meeting will be in person (details to follow).

Still thinking about becoming a member of the Edison HS PTSA? We would really like you to join us.  

The Edison HS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) supports our students, school and community through family involvement. We provide volunteer and financial support to Edison High School teachers and staff for the benefit of all students. We encourage all families to join the PTSA so that our students can strive to reach their potential.

You may access the membership form by clicking on the following link - https://edisonhsptsa.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true *If the link does not work directly, please Copy and Paste it into a Web browser.  The membership dues are $15 for an Individual Membership, and $25 for a Family Membership.

 ***PTSA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED***

We are desperately looking for chairs for the following committees:

  • Fundraising Committee
  • Scholarship Committee
  • Volunteer Committee

In addition, we are looking for other volunteers to serve as members on all PTSA committees, and to help with PTSA sponsored events. So if you are looking for a way to participate in the activities of the PTSA, then we hope you will consider signing up. All our committees provide an opportunity to give back to our Edison Community

For more information, please contact PTSA VP for Membership, Makeda Berhane, [email protected].

 

Register for All Night Grad Party
  • Register early to get the reduced rate of $60.  
  • Doors open at the Franconia (formerly Lee) Rec Center at 11:00 p.m. on June 6, 2023!
  • Games! Prizes! Food! Obstacle Course! Live entertainment! Swimming and more!

Register here: https://edisonangp.com/register-for-angp (copy and paste link to open)

Note: All students eligible for free and reduced lunch can register online for a reduced fee.

Questions? Email our Registration Chairs, Karen and Rita, at [email protected].

La información sobre All Night Grad Party también está disponible en español en nuestro sitio web.www.edisonangp.com

BOOSTER MEETING

Monday, February 6, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, room G113

EDISON COMMUNITY BINGO NIGHT

Saturday, February 25, TBD

An evening of BINGO games, prizes, and family fun -- money raised will go toward the Athletic Booster Scholarship Fund.

EDISON EAGLES SPORTS CALENDAR

Click here https://www.northernregionva.org/public/genie/202/school/5/  to view the date, time and location of Edison Eagles Sports events. The calendar is managed and updated by the EdisonSports.org Athletic Department.

Former student records from more than five years ago can be requested via this site:  Verification of Graduation, Records, Transcripts

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Kiss and Ride Reminders
  • Please use the designated Kiss & Ride areas: Door 5 (in the back of school, accessible on Edison Drive) and Door 13 (Van Dorn Street side of the school).
  • Have your student ready to get out of the car.
  • Pull up as far as you can; do not drop your student off in the road.
  • Give yourself enough time to arrive in case of traffic delays.
  • Please watch your speed on school grounds – the speed limit is 10 mph. Students and staff are walking in the parking lots or using crosswalks to Franconia and Van Dorn.
  • Please be kind to other drivers and students.
  • Consider dropping off your student no later than 7:50 AM. It will be an easy in-and-out with much less congestion.

We appreciate your assistance to keep Edison HS safe.

Parking

No parking in front of the building in the bus lanes from 8:30 AM until 1:30 PM. While the lanes may seem empty, they are in constant use with buses leaving and arriving frequently during that time period.

Student Parking:  We have had many students parking on school grounds without a pass; this has been causing a problem with not enough spaces for staff and visitors to the building.  When other FCPS employees come to Edison for meetings, there has not been any parking.  Also, our Academy students from other schools have had difficulty attending class because there has been no parking spaces; this cannot continue.

Students must purchase a parking pass to park on school grounds/campus—NO EXCEPTIONS.  The price is set by the county and is currently $150.00. 

  • It is first come, first serve and when we reach our limit then no passes can be purchased. 
  • Purchase parking pass through MySchool Bucks.
  • Security will receive notification of payment.
  • Student will then come to the security office, fill out form to register car,  and then student receives parking pass.
  • Parking pass must be visible and always displayed while on school grounds.

Students must park in designated section for students; the designated location is the entire section/side lot adjacent to the traffic light (left side). Students may not park in the middle lot where the trailers are located. 

Effective Monday, January 30, 2023, cars will be ticketed and/or towed if no parking pass is visible.  All expenses associated with towing will be the responsibility of the student’s family.  If the car is ticketed, the fine is $25.00, and it becomes a student obligation that must be paid.

If you have questions, you may contact Mr. Tim Boyd, [email protected] or call the main office. 

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Events and Headlines at a Glance

January is:

            National Mentoring Month

January 22:  Lunar New Year; Gōng xǐ fā cái (Happiness and prosperity!)

January 24:  Edison Pyramid Choral Festival, 7:00 PM

January 25:  End of second quarter; 2-hour early release

January 25:  Parent University on Course Selection, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

January 26-27:  Student Holidays

February 4:  Edison Academy Open House, 10:00 – 1:00 PM

February 6: Strategic Plan Community Forum, 6:30, PM, EHS Cafeteria

February 6:  Athletic Booster Meeting, 7:00 PM, Room G113

February 6-10:  School Counseling Week

February 15:  National School Resource Officer Day

February 20:  President's Day – School Holiday

February 21:  Virtual PTSA Meeting, 7:00 PM

Parking at Edison

Today, school administration learned that a staff member or coach erroneously sent information to families that student cars would be towed starting next Monday. We have also heard that some students received notices on their cars that may look like a citation.

School administration is currently reviewing our parking procedures and needs and will communicate well in advance if cars will be towed or if there are parking lot changes. Any text or email that you have received on this issue did not originate from from school administration.  Thank you for your support.

 

The end of the second quarter is Wednesday, January 25. Students have a two hour early release (12:55 PM) that day. It is a school holiday for students on Thursday, January 26 and Friday, January 27.

 

Edison Pyramid Choral Concert January 24, 2023 at 7:00 PM, Auditorium

For the first time since before the pandemic, our six feeder elementary schools will join Twain Middle School and Edison High School for an incredible night of powerful singing! Come and see over 300 singers perform together for the performance of “Music Changes the World.” Family, friends, and community members are welcome to come and celebrate our students making incredible music.

Return Period Schedule

This school year we implemented the "Return Period” schedule to give students an opportunity for remediation and/or enrichment in their classes. In December staff and students completed a voluntary survey, with 29% of our student population providing feedback. The administrative team and teacher leaders reviewed all the feedback. Since returning from the winter break, we have had numerous discussions as a leadership group and recently shared a proposal with the entire staff.  Staff and students who responded to the survey suggested:

  1. See teachers and students with more frequency. 
  2. Build in FLEX time
  3. Have a return Advisory

We will adjust our return schedule based on the suggestions above and will share the change with students on Tuesday, January 24; the actual implementation or change will not occur until Monday, January 30.  We will post all information and calendars in Schoology for students and families starting on January 24. 

This only applies to our 4th period (remediation block.) School will continue to start at 8:10 AM and end at 2:55 PM each day.  

Parent University

Edison Student Services will be hosting a presentation for parents on Wednesday, January 25 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM in the Lecture Hall. They will be discussing course selection, the process for registering for classes, and applying to academy courses for grades 9-11 families.

This is a great opportunity to support your student as they choose their classes for next year.

 

Edison Academy invites you to attend their Open House event on Saturday, February 4, 2023, from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  

You will have the opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art facilities in person, meet our instructors and current students, and learn more about our incredible courses!  Please enter at Door #13.

Please feel free to contact Cassandra Deedy at (703) 924-8101 or [email protected] if you need any additional information.  Please take a minute and watch the EHS Academy video: Edison Academy

Reminders After School Pickup on Monday and Thursday - Door 5

Monday and Thursday are late bus days, which allow students to stay after school for assistance in a class, make up a test, or participate in other student activities and still take the bus home. Just like in the morning, our buses need access to the front parking lot without car traffic blocking their way. The pickup area for students on late bus days is in the back of the school, at door 5. Students will be released to door 5 after their activities have ended.  

Attendance

Please contact us no later than 9:30 AM for absences, early release requests or late arrival information. In particular, for an early release, you can help us help you by giving us time to get an electronic pass to the teacher before class has begun; once instruction has started, a teacher may not see a pass request within the time frame you need your student to be released.

The easiest way to request an absence, early release or late arrival is to send an email to [email protected] or use our attendance form here:  https://edisonhs.fcps.edu/EHS-Attendance. We still accept phone messages, but putting your request in writing is a more accurate and faster way for us to accommodate your request.

Strategic Plan Parents:  Register Now to Attend a Community Forum 

Strategic Planning is in process and will incorporate feedback from school staff, families, students, and community partners and organizations. 

Check out the schedule of Community Forums and register for the one that is most convenient for you (Edison HS is hosting on February 6).  Community Forums will provide every resident an opportunity to participate in and influence the direction of FCPS’ Strategic Plan, prior to its completion and formal adoption by the School Board. Learn more about our strategic planning process.  Please register here:  Startegic Planning Forum Registration

Make Your Students' Voice Count

Please encourage your students to participate in this unique opportunity to share their voices.

FCPS is currently seeking secondary students in grades 7-12 who are interested in participating in a Strategic Plan focus group. This focus group provides an opportunity to share feedback in a small group with other FCPS students and a trained facilitator. FCPS is hosting four virtual focus groups for secondary students in February and March:

February 9, 3:30-5:00 PM or 5:30-7:00 PM

March 16, 3:30-5:00 PM or 5:30-7:30 PM

Interested students should check their email for a form to sign up for the focus groups. Students will be asked to provide their student ID, so their parents/caregivers can be identified and contacted to ask for consent to participate.

If you have any questions about the student focus groups or you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact [email protected].  

PTSA Updates

Thank you to all who attended our January General Meeting. Stay tuned for information about the February meeting (details to follow).

Still thinking about becoming a member of the Edison HS PTSA? We would really like you to join us.  

The Edison HS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) supports our students, school and community through family involvement. We provide volunteer and financial support to Edison High School teachers and staff for the benefit of all students. We encourage all families to join the PTSA so that our students can strive to reach their potential.

You may access the membership form by clicking on the following link - https://edisonhsptsa.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true *If the link does not work directly, please copy and paste it into a web browser.  The membership dues are $15 for an Individual Membership, and $25 for a Family Membership.

PTSA VOLUNTEERS DESPERATELY NEEDED

Are you looking for a way to participate in the activities of the PTSA? Then please consider volunteering to serve on one of the following committees. Each of these committees provides an opportunity to give back to our Edison Community:

  • Fundraising Committee
  • Scholarship Committee
  • Volunteer Committee

For more information, please contact PTSA VP for Membership, Makeda Berhane, [email protected].

Registration for All-Night Grad Party
  • Register early to get the reduced rate of $60.  
  • Doors open at the Franconia (formerly Lee) Rec Center at 11:00 p.m. on June 6, 2023!
  • Games! Prizes! Food! Obstacle Course! Live entertainment! Swimming and more!

Register here: https://edisonangp.com/register-for-angp (copy and paste link to open)

Note: All students eligible for free and reduced lunch can register online for a reduced fee.

Questions? Email our Registration Chairs, Karen and Rita, at [email protected].

La información sobre All Night Grad Party también está disponible en español en nuestro sitio web.www.edisonangp.com

  Monthly Booster Meeting

Monday, February 6, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, room G113

Coming Up - Edison Community Bingo Night

Saturday evening, February 25; time and location to be announced:

  • An evening of BINGO games, prizes, and family fun!
  • Money raised go toward the Athletic Booster Scholarship Fund.

The Edison Athletic Boosters Sponsors helps support the 30+ teams that compete for Edison High school at the freshman, junior varsity, and varsity level. Please support our sponsors as they support us!

Former student records from more than five years ago can be requested via this site:  Verification of Graduation, Records, Transcripts

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Events and Headlines at a Glance

January is:

            National Mentoring Month

January 15-21:  Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week

January 16:  Martin Luther King Day; no school

January 17:  Virtual PTSA Meeting, 7:00 PM

January 19:  Orthodox Epiphany

January 19:  International Baccalaureate Night, 6:00 PM, Auditorium

January 22:  Lunar New Year

January 24:  Edison HS Pyramid Choral Festival, 7:00 PM

January 25:  End of second quarter; 2-hour early release

January 25:  Parent University, 6:00 PM, Lecture Hall; topic: selecting courses for next school year

January 26-27:  Student Holidays

February 4:  Edison Academy Open House, 10:00 - 1:00 PM

February 6:  Community Forum for Strategic Planning, 6:30-8:00 PM

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.   Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. 

JROTC Lays Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

On Saturday, December 17, Edison HS JROTC Cadets honored fallen service members and their families by laying wreaths on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery. After completing this event, our cadets met at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and watched the changing of the guard. We thank them for their service!

Reflections Contest Winners Announced by Fairfax County Council PTA

Congratulations to the EHS winners in the 2022 Reflections Contest. Students who received an Outstanding Interpretation Award will advance to the Virginia PTA level.

1st Place, Outstanding Interpretation:

  • Film Production - Aiden Riley

2nd Place, Award of Excellence:

  • Literature - Aiden Riley
  • Music Composition - Mason Parker

3rd Place, Award of Merit:

  • Literature – Victoria Bujoreanu 
International Baccalaureate Night

Join Edison’s IB Coordinators, Ms. Sabra Devers and Ms. Corinne Nuttall, at Edison High School’s IB Night on January 19, 2023, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM in the Auditorium. They will give an overview of the IB Programme at Edison as well as answer some of the most frequently asked questions, such as:

 

  • How do you become an IB student?
  • What is the Personal Project?
  • What is the MYP Certificate?
  • What are the benefits of taking IB courses?
  • What is the IB Diploma?
  • What is the difference between the IB Diploma and the IB Diploma Certificate?
Parent University

January 25, 2023, 6:00-7:00 PM, Edison High School, Lecture Hall

Edison Student Services will be hosting a presentation on course selection, the process for registering for classes, and applying to academy courses for students in grades 9, 10 and 11 and their families.

This is a great opportunity to support your student as they choose their classes for next year.

Why Do We Need a Strategic Plan?

The Strategic Planning process is well underway, with the Community Forums beginning in less than three weeks. But why do we need a new strategic plan? 

Similar to a roadmap, a strategic plan clearly defines the best route for us to take in the years ahead to reach our goals. Our students are preparing for careers that don’t exist today. In order to keep pace with these needs, we need to rethink our plans for the future—and how we will best serve our students for this new era.  Click here for a presentation on the process:  Slide Show 

Visit our Strategic Planning webpage for more information on upcoming Community Forums and other opportunities to be involved in this exciting work. Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid is hosting a community forum at Edison High School on Monday, February 6 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Please register at this link:  Community Forum.

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to implementing a plan for COVID-19 compensatory education as part of its obligation to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. Please join us at a virtual informational meeting for parents/guardians and other stakeholders:

Visit our website to see what language interpretation services will be available at each meeting and to learn more about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan.

PTSA Updates

You are invited to the next PTSA General Meeting on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 7 p.m., on Zoom (login information: https://edisonhsptsa.org/ptsa-meeting/).

Are you a member of the Edison HS PTSA? If not, we would really like to invite you to join us. 

The Edison HS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) supports our students, school and community through family involvement. We provide volunteer and financial support to Edison High School teachers and staff for the benefit of all students. We encourage all families to join the PTSA so that our students can strive to reach their potential.

You may access the membership form by clicking on the following link - https://edisonhsptsa.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true *If the link does not work directly, please Copy and Paste it into a Web browser.  The membership dues are $15 for an Individual Membership, and $25 for a Family Membership.

PTSA VOLUNTEERS DESPERATELY NEEDED

Are you looking for a way to participate in the activities of the PTSA? Then please consider volunteering to serve on one of the following committees. Each of these committees provides an opportunity to give back to our Edison Community:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Scholarship Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Volunteer Committee

For more information, please contact PTSA President, Ana Marie Diaz, [email protected].

 

Click Athletic Calendar to view the date, time and location of Edison Eagles Sports events. The calendar is managed and updated by EdisonSports.org Athletic Department.

The Edison Athletic Boosters Sponsorship helps support the 30+ teams that compete for Edison High school at the freshman, junior varsity, and varsity level. Please support our sponsors as they support us!

Helpful Links

Former student records from more than five years ago can be requested via this site:  Verification of Graduation, Records, Transcripts

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Lockdown Drill This Week

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. We have a crisis management and emergency preparedness plan for our school that is reviewed and updated regularly. Our plan includes procedures on how to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Students and staff regularly practice these drills every school year. We also practice lockdown drills.

Virginia Law requires schools to notify parents before a school practices a lockdown drill. However, we are not required to share the exact time and date of the drill. We are required to practice lockdown drills two times a year; the upcoming drill we be our second and final drill this year.

We will conduct a lockdown drill at our school this week. 

Keeping our school safe and secure for all students and staff involves the participation of the entire school community, and we thank you for your help to keep our school safe. 

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Events and Headlines at a Glance

January 6:  Three Kings Day/Epiphany

January 8:  Athletic Booster monthly meeting, 7:00 PM (in person)

January 16:  Deadline for PTSA Parent Survey on Grading

January 16:  Martin Luther King Day; no school

January 17:  Virtual PTSA Meeting, 7:00 PM

January 19:  Orthodox Epiphany

January 19:  International Baccalaureate Night, 6:00 PM, Auditorium

January 22:  Lunar New Year

January 24:  Edison HS Pyramid Choral Festival, 7:00 PM

January 25:  End of second quarter; 2-hour early release

January 26-27:  Student Holidays

On December 6, 2022, the Edison High School Choirs held their winter concert. Please enjoy seeing these talented musicians (featured in all of their concerts) at this link:  https://www.youtube.com/@edisonhighschoolchoirs5801

International Baccalaureate Night

Join Edison’s IB Coordinators, Ms. Sabra Devers and Ms. Corinne Nuttall, at Edison High School’s IB Night on January 19, 2023, at 6:00 – 7:00 PM in Auditorium. They will give an overview of the IB Programme at Edison as well as answer some of the most frequently asked questions, such as:

  • How do you become an IB student?
  • What is the Personal Project?
  • What is the MYP Certificate?
  • What are the benefits of taking IB courses?
  • What is the IB Diploma?
  • What is the difference between the IB Diploma and the IB Diploma Certificate?
Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

SEPTA, the Fairfax County Special Education Parent Teacher Association, was created to empower and connect families, students, and educators to ensure students with disabilities develop their full potential as individuals and community members. Learn more or become a member on the SEPTA website

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is a state mandated Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). Parents/guardians, students, teachers, administrators, staff, and others interested in special education at FCPS are welcome and encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas, and/or public comment related to the unmet needs of students with disabilities.

FCPS’ Office of Special Education Procedural Support provides guidance to staff, families, and students in areas related to the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 

Families of students in special education programs can find more resources in the Special Education Handbook for Parents. (Translations are available from the Parent Resource Center (PRC).) 

The PRC offers free webinars, consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Their YouTube channel includes videos of workshops and webinars for families and educators to support student success. Sign up for their newsletter to receive information on upcoming webinars and other resources. Please contact the PRC with any questions at [email protected] or call 703-204-2941.

Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to parents/caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Staff in the Office of the Ombuds believe that by being transparent and connecting families with available supports and services, children with special needs can equitably access public education.

Contact the ombuds by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected] 

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for families, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Edison High School. We love our staff members; let's tell them how we feel!

PTSA Update

Happy New Year!! Your Edison HS PTSA welcomes you back. We hope that you had a good break.

Please note that the next Edison HS PTSA General Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 7 p.m., on Zoom (login details will be shared soon). 

If you are not already a member of the Edison HS PTSA, we invite you to join us. You may access the membership form by clicking on the following link - https://edisonhsptsa.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true *If the link does not work directly, please Copy and Paste it into a Web browser. 

The membership dues are $15 for an Individual Membership, and $25 for a Family Membership.

School-based Grading Committee

The SBG Committee of the PTSA has met several times and are looking for parent feedback on the grading system. Please take a minute to respond to our survey and let us know your thoughts.

We were notified by many that the links were unable to be opened from the newsletter we sent on December 16.  

As a result, we have added an extra week to the Deadline and it is now January 16, 2023. Any questions about the survey, please contact PTSA President, Ana Marie Diaz, at [email protected]

If the link below does not open, please copy and paste into your browser:

English: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdGpkoyZ9M3ObLgW-M_xghQA2yppqapBTFlZUXbVBnTxf1eZQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Spanish:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvlk-bNCjq-BMpCXTbqk2gPReLF3eNObFiy4JAZ2sNyRYLVA/viewform?usp=sf_link

JANUARY BOOSTER MEETING (01/09/23)

Please join us Monday, January 9 for our next Booster meeting. And it’s not just our first meeting of the New Year, it’s our first in-person meeting in forever. We’ll be meeting in room G113 (enter through door 13, first room past the trophy case). Kickoff is at 7:00 pm.

Helpful Links

Former student records from more than five years ago can be requested via this site:  Verification of Graduation, Records, Transcripts

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Events and Headlines at a Glance

January 3:  First Day of School, 2023

January 5:  Reception for IB Alumni from Classes of 2021 and 2022

January 6:  Three Kings Day/Epiphany

January 6:  Deadline for PTSA Parent Survey on Grading

January 16:  Martin Luther King Day; no school

January 19:  Orthodox Epiphany

January 25:  End of second quarter; 2-hour early release

January 26-27:  Student Holidays

We hope you and all members of the Edison community had a restful winter break. We look forward to seeing students and staff back at Edison on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

Attendance Reminder:  Please contact us no later than 9:30 AM for absences, early release requests or late arrival information. In particular, for an early release, you can help us help you by giving us time to get an electronic pass to the teacher before class has begun; once instruction has started, a teacher may not see a pass request within the time frame you need your student to be released.

The easiest way to request an absence, early release or late arrival  is to send an email to [email protected] or use our attendance form here:  https://edisonhs.fcps.edu/EHS-Attendance. We still accept phone messages, but putting your request in writing is a more accurate and faster way for us to accommodate your request.

Winter Concert

On December 6, 2022, the Edison High School Orchestra held their winter concert. Please enjoy seeing these talented musicians at this link:  Winter Concert.

Reminders: IB Alumni Reception

Calling IB alumni of the classes of 2021 and 2022! Please join us in the cafeteria on Thursday, January 5, 2023, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM to pick up your IB Certificates and/or IB Diploma. We would love to hear about your experiences after high school as we reminisce over some light refreshments.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Sabra Devers ([email protected]).

Standards-based Grading Committee Survey

The SBG Committee of the PTSA has met several times, and are looking for parent feedback on the grading system. Please take a minute to respond to our survey and let us know your thoughts. Deadline is Friday, January 6, 2023. Any questions about the survey, please contact PTSA President, Ana Marie Diaz, at [email protected]

English: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdGpkoyZ9M3ObLgW-M_xghQA2yppqapBTFlZUXbVBnTxf1eZQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Spanish:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvlk-bNCjq-BMpCXTbqk2gPReLF3eNObFiy4JAZ2sNyRYLVA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Helpful Links

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Events and Headlines at a Glance

December 19-January 2:  Winter Break - Happy Holidays!

January 3:  First Day of School, 2023

January 5:  Reception for IB Alumni from Classes of 2021 and 2022

January 6:  Three Kings Day/Epiphany

January 16:  Martin Luther King Day; no school

January 19:  Orthodox Epiphany

January 25:  End of second quarter; 2-hour early release

January 26-27:  Student Holidays

Happy Holidays!

We wish the Edison families a safe, restful, enjoyable two weeks.  Teachers and counselors are also enjoying the break, and the office is closed to new registrations. We will have a small office staff working in the building from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM on most days.

We look forward to students and all staff members returning on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. 

Essay Contest Winner

 

Freshman Edison student, Vivian Weszelovszky, won second place in an essay contest from the Love of Country Foundation and the Fairfax County Public Library. She was presented with a check for $50 and a certificate that recognizes her "civic engagement and the high quality, creativity and communications ability" expressed in her essay, entitled "Why Vote?"

 

New EHS Board-Certified Teacher

English teacher, Corinne Nuttall, passed her National Board Certification last weekend. The certification process requires that teachers demonstrate standards-based evidence of the positive effect they have on student learning in alignment with the Five Core Propositions. Corinne is now one of more than 125,000 teachers across the United States to have achieved Board certification. Congratulations! 

Spanish Honor Society 

On Thursday, December 8, the Spanish Honor Society held their Induction Ceremony in the Lecture Hall. Honor Society students pledge to promote the Spanish language and culture at school and in the community.

EHS Student Presents at the Quantum World Congress

Erol Guleyupoglu, 12th grade IB and former Global STEM Challenges Program student, participated in a week-long quantum program at GMU over the summer.  He was one of six presenters who invited to research and create a poster and have it displayed and published at the Inaugural Quantum World Congress held in DC last week. He was one of six presenters and met  researchers from around the world.The topic of his poster was "Functional Neuroimaging".

Reminder: IB Alumni Reception

Calling IB alumni of the classes of 2021 and 2022! Please join us in the cafeteria on Thursday, January 5, 2023, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM to pick up your IB Certificates and/or IB Diploma. We would love to hear about your experiences after high school as we reminisce over some light refreshments.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Sabra Devers ([email protected]).

Calling IB alumni of the classes of 2021 and 2022! Please join us in the cafeteria on Thursday, January 5, 2023, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM to pick up your IB Certificates and/or IB Diploma. We would love to hear about your experiences after high school as we reminisce over some light refreshments.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Sabra Devers ([email protected]).

High School Academy Open Houses

FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January. 

A high school academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that can prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, and/or internships with local businesses.

Learn more and find the calendar of Academy Open Houses

In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Speed Cameras Target School Zone Safety
  • Congratulations to VHSL State Champions

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

PTSA Updates Standards-based Grading Committee

The SBG Committee of the PTSA has met several times, and we are looking for parent feedback on the grading system. Please take a minute to respond to our survey and let us know your thoughts. Deadline is Friday, January 6, 2023.Any questions about the survey, please contact PTSA President, Ana Marie Diaz, at [email protected]

English: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdGpkoyZ9M3ObLgW-M_xghQA2yppqapBTFlZUXbVBnTxf1eZQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Spanish:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvlk-bNCjq-BMpCXTbqk2gPReLF3eNObFiy4JAZ2sNyRYLVA/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

Please note that there will be no Edison HS PTSA meeting this month (December). We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on January 16, 2023, on Zoom (details will be shared after the break)

If you are not already a member of the Edison HS PTSA, we really would like you to join us. You may access the membership form by clicking on the following link - https://edisonhsptsa.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true *If the link does not work, please Copy and Paste it into a Web browser. 

The membership dues are $15 for an Individual Membership, and $25 for a Family Membership.

As you celebrate the holidays please don't forget about our PTSA "No Fuss' Fall Fundraiser". Remember with this fundraiser there's no fuss!! We're not asking you to sell candy or buy wrapping paper, we're just asking for you to donate. These funds are needed to help provide the programs the PTSA offers the whole school community. So, please consider donating now. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Please follow this link to our fundraiser: https://app.memberhub.gives/edisonhsptsa

Also, we would like to ask that you consider making Edison HS PTSA your charity of choice for your Amazon Smile donations (see below).

We are truly grateful for your support and look forward to more of it in the New Year.

We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season!

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Former student records from more than five years ago can be requested via this site:  Verification of Graduation, Records, Transcripts

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Events and Headlines at a Glance

December 10:  Senior Portrait Make Up Day (by appointment only)

December 12-16:  Winter Wonder Week

December 13:  Orchestra Winter Concert with Twain MS, 7:00 PM

December 16: Senior Portrait Day Make Up Day (by appointment only)

December 16:  Last Day of School for 2022 (full day of classes)

December 19-January 2:  Winter Break - Happy Holidays!

January 5:  Reception for IB Alumni from Classes of 2021 and 2022

Winter Wonder Week

It's Winter Wonder Week next week! Students and staff alike will be dressing up and taking photos in the A Hallway Alcove, which has a winter photo backdrop.

Themes:

Monday:  Winter/Holiday Hat Day

Tuesday: Sweater Weather

Wednesday:  Iced Out (blue and fake bling)

Thursday:  White/Snow out

Friday:  PJs

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing,
finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Fifteen Edison marketing students competed at the FCPS DECA District Leadership Conference last week, attended by 750 other students. They worked hard to prepare for competition by taking a marketing-focused test and competing in individual role-play competitions. Below are those who will receive awards and who have qualified for the VA State Leadership Conference in March.

Qualified for States:

  • Tiffany Thomas: Apparel and Accessories, 1st Place; 1st Place Overall
  • Miles Carr: Quick Service Retail Merchandising – 2nd Place; 3rd Place Overall
  • Logan Anthes: Retail Merchandising, 2nd Place, 3rd Place Overall

Awards:

  • Kadijah Mansaray: Apparel & Accessories – 4th place Overall
  • Will Dight: Entrepreneurship – 4th place Overall
  • Ayael Eslaquit: Sports & Entertainment – 4th place Overall
  • Max Evans: Entrepreneurship – 5th place Overall
  • Davey Dight: Social Media Marketing – 6th place Overall
Book Party and Celebration

Ms. Thompson’s students presented persuasive essays about people and topics they felt deserved better recognition in our curriculum and libraries. Students presented to their classmates, librarians, and administrators.

Our librarians ordered books for each person and topic referenced in the presentations - that’s a little over 134 books. We celebrated with a book party, and displayed books and persuasive letters. It was a wonderful opportunity to shine a spotlight on our students who’ve quite literally made an impact on our school.

IB Alumni Reception

Calling IB alumni of the classes of 2021 and 2022! Please join us in the cafeteria on Thursday, January 5, 2023, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM to pick up your IB Certificates and/or IB Diploma. We would love to hear about your experiences after high school as we reminisce over some light refreshments.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Sabra Devers ([email protected]).

Impact Aid

Beginning October 18, FCPS asked all families to fill out a student-parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. 

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

Advisory teachers will be sending a new copy of the pre-printed form for each student who did not submit a copy so far this fall. For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If Sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned to Advisory teachers or A-128 by Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Watch the video to learn more about this process.

Free, On-Demand, Online Tutoring

FCPS students who’ve used Tutor.com have provided positive feedback:

  • “This tutor was very helpful! She didn't tell me the answers. When needed, she helped me solve them! She was very kind and she really helped me!” –Elementary Math Student
  • “This was an awesome tutor! She explained why I needed to do specific steps, and she gave me practice problems! Best tutor I have had!” –IB Chemistry Student

Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers.

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage

Strategic Planning Update

Beginning in late January 2023, FCPS will host a series of community forums as part of our strategic planning process. View the schedule on our Strategic Planning website. We will add more details as they become available.

In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Outdoor Learning Spaces
  • Job Opportunities for Bus Drivers and Food Services Workers
  • Strategic Planning Community Forums

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

PTSA Update Don't forget - PTSA No Fuss Fundraiser!

We are grateful for how much has been raised in our "No Fuss" Fall Fundraiser. Remember with this fundraiser there's no fuss!! We're not asking you to sell candy or buy wrapping paper; we're just asking for you to donate. After two years of Covid, and the PTSA not doing a lot of fundraising, we really need to replenish our funds. These funds are needed to help provide the programs the PTSA offers the whole school community. Please consider donating now. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. 

Please follow this link to our fundraiser: 

https://app.memberhub.gives/edisonhsptsa

There is no December meeting. We look forward to seeing you virtually at our January PTSA meeting. 

  The Eagle Post school store will be open:
  • December 12 and 16 (7:45 AM – 8:15 AM).
  • Place your orders through our website, www.edisonboosters.org.
  • Orders will be ready for pick up Monday and Friday during school store (located in the front lobby of Edison HS).
  • We accept the following types of payment: cash, check, credit card, debit card, Venmo, PayPal or ApplePay.

Spirit Wear Store 

Helpful Links

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Events and Headlines at a Glance

December 2:  National Special Education Day

December 2-3: Regional Model UN Conference

December 3:  Pick up poinsettia plants from 12:00 – 2:30 PM, Door 1

December 6:  Chorus Winter Concert, 7:00 PM

December 7:  Athletic Boosters Monthly Virtual Meeting, 7:00 PM

December 8:  Bodhi Day

December 10:  Senior Portrait Make Up Day (by appointment only)

December 13:  Orchestra Winter Concert with Twain MS, 7:00 PM

December 16: Senior Portrait Day Make Up Day (by appointment only)

December 16:  Last Day of School for 2022

December 19-January 2:  Winter Break

January 3:  Happy 2023! Welcome Back!

National Special Education Day is recognized each year on December 2. It commemorates President Gerald Ford’s signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1975. We celebrate our teachers and staff who serve and support our students with special needs! 

Learn more about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Bodhi Day, Thursday, December 8, is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as “bodhi” in Sanskrit and Pali. Learn more about Bodhi Day in this video from the Miami Children’s Museum.

Edison Cappie Theatrical Review Published

The “Cappies” celebrates theatre programs in FCPS with students critiquing student plays. For the recent performance of She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition by Mount Vernon High School, a review by EHS junior Anneli Sample is being forwarded to FCPS Community News.

Anneli wrote: The entire production perfectly fused geek culture, relationships, loss, and hilarity. The cast and crew put their all into bending the laws of what is possible in reality, which left a profound impact and gave viewers ideas to consider such as what life is and how to keep the memory of the deceased alive. Congratulations Anneli!

Test Zoom Lesson for Students

On Wednesday, December 7, Advisory teachers will run a test session on Zoom to prepare students for possible virtual learning due to inclement weather. This will ensure that both teacher and student know how to access Zoom sessions in Schoology.  One of the best ways you can help your student is to periodically remind them to restart their computers and bring their laptop and charger home from school every day.

As noted in the parent newsletter from FCPS this week:

"FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay)."

Parent Advocacy Handbook

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) has created a Parent Advocacy Handbook to provide information and support to families as they navigate the FCPS system for their children. It is designed to be particularly useful for families who may be less familiar with such a large school division and/or with schooling in the U.S. 

 it is also available on the FCPS website in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Korean at:  https://www.fcps.edu/parentadvocacyhandbook. 

Please contact our parent liaison, Luisa Espinoza, at [email protected] for more information. 

In Case You Missed It

in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Preparing for Winter Weather
  • Keeping Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities
  • Proposed Process for Special Education Enhancement Plan
  • Provide Feedback on Secondary World Languages Basal Resources

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

PTSA Updates

Did you know that for Edison HS PTSA members, discounts are available from the Virginia and National PTA on services and products. If you are not already a member of the PTSA, we invite you to join. You may access the membership form by clicking on the following link:   https://edisonhsptsa.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true  (If the link does not work, please Copy and Paste it into a Web browser.) 

The membership dues are $15 for an Individual Membership, and $25 for a Family Membership.

Don't forget - PTSA No Fuss Fundraiser

We are grateful for how much has been raised in our "No Fuss" Fall Fundraiser. Remember with this fundraiser there's no fuss!! We're not asking you to sell candy or buy wrapping paper; we're just asking for you to donate. After two years of Covid, and the PTSA not doing a lot of fundraising, we really need to replenish our funds. These funds are needed to help provide the programs the PTSA offers the whole school community. Please consider donating now. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. 

Please follow this link to our fundraiser: 

https://app.memberhub.gives/edisonhsptsa

All Night Grad Party Update

Thank you to all who purchased poinsettias in support of the 2023 All NIght Grad Party!  You can pick up your poinsettia order on Saturday, December 3rd by Door #1 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Questions? Email Lisa at [email protected].

Please support our generous sponsor, Potomac Management Resources. We appreciate them!

Also, we always need your help! 

Email Lisa and check out our website at https://edisonangp.com/ehs-parent-volunteers-needed (COPY and PASTE into your web browser).

Our Monthly Booster meeting is Monday, November 7 via Zoom. Kickoff is at 7:00 pm.

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3858413120

Meeting ID: 385 841 3120

The Eagle Post school store will be open:
  • December 2: 5, 9, 12 and 16 (7:45am – 8:15am).
  • Place your orders through our website, www.edisonboosters.org.
  • Orders will be ready for pick up Monday and Friday during school store (located in the front lobby of Edison HS).
  • We accept the following types of payment: cash, check, credit card, debit card, Venmo, PayPal or ApplePay.

Spirit Wear Store 

Helpful Links

Former student records from more than five years ago can be requested via this site:  Verification of Graduation, Records, Transcripts

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Today is the last day of school this week as we get ready celebrate Thanksgiving. All students, faculty and staff are off for the rest of the week, and we all return to school on Monday, November 28. We wish our Edison community a restful, safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Presentation for Students on Tuesday, November 29

We are excited to announce that Edison has been chosen to host a presentation to students by SaulPaul on Tuesday, November 29, during Advisory.  SaulPaul is a GRAMMY Nominated Musician with a Message. He has also presented three (3)TEDx Talks, performed at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and been featured on America’s Got Talent. His life story of transitioning from tragedy to triumph has been told on screen via the documentary Tower to Tower as well as via his memoir, "Be The Change".

Most recently, SaulPaul founded Change Water, a socially conscious bottled water company that donates to the local community with each case of water sold. Whether via art, entrepreneurship or community service, SaulPaul is committed to #BeTheChange.

If you do not want your student to participate in the presentation, please contact your student’s counselor.

Knowles Teaching Fellows Program

Kudos to second-year math teacher, Alex Jarama, who was recently selected as a Knowles Teaching Fellow.  The Knowles Teaching Fellowship is open to educators who will be first-, second-, or third-year teachers in a high school science or math classroom during the 2023–2024 school year. Over the course of the five-year Fellowship, Mr. Jarama will receive access to a wide range of benefits, including more than $50,000 in financial support, coaching and mentoring from experienced teachers and teacher educators, and membership in a national community of more than 450 math and science educators.

Alex joins Edison STEM Global Challenges science teacher Emily Berman in this prestigious program.

Congratulations, Alex!

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November Calendar Items:

  • Native American Heritage Month
  • American Education Week
  • Family Engagement Month

November 23-25:  Three-day Thanksgiving Holiday

November 30:  Academic Awards

December 2-3: Regional Model UN Conference hosted by Edison HS

December 3:  Pick up poinsettia plants from 12:00 – 2:30 PM, Door 1

December 6:  Chorus Winter Concert, 7:00 PM

December 8:  Bodhi Day

December 10:  Senior Portrait Make Up Day (by appointment only)

December 13:  Orchestra Winter Concert with Twain MS, 7:00 PM

December 16: Senior Portrait Day Make Up Day (by appointment only)

December 16:  Last Day of School for 2022

December 19-January 2:  Winter Break

January 3:  Happy 2023! Welcome Back!

Students will attend school on Monday and Tuesday this week and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  We wish all of the Edison community a safe and restful Thanksgiving.  The faculty and staff will also enjoy the three day holiday; school is closed.

Student News

Junior Yuki Yu was recently accepted into the 16-month West Virginia University Mandarin STARTALK program. This program is funded through the National Security Agency.

The program director noted that “her application materials were impressive, and her strong motivation for learning is admirable.” Yuki will earn college credits through the program from Spring 2023 to Spring 2024, including a 16-day immersive summer residential camp on the WVU campus. Congratulations, Yuki!

Scholastic Reflections Contest Winners:

Our student winners are:

Victoria Bujoreanu – Literature

Mason Parker –  Music Composition

James Aiden Riley – Special Artist – Film Production

James Aiden Riley – Special Artist – Photography 

James Aiden Riley – Special Artist – Literature 

Schoology Access

Please see the graphic below to learn how to access your student’s work and materials in Schoology.

How Can You Help Your Child Have Good Attendance?

Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school.  This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation. 
  • Help your child maintain routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe at school. Make sure he or she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, talk to your children’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work.  But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that goes on in the classroom.

Visit our website for more attendance resources

In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • FCPS Calendar Survey
  • How to be involved in the Strategic Plan
  • Post-Thanksgiving COVID Testing
  • Recommended Changes to Family Life Education Curriculum 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

PTSA Updates Standards-Based Grading (SBG) Parent Committee

The Edison High School Standards-Based Grading (SBG) Parent Committee has been identified.  Members were chosen on a first-come, first-served basis to represent all grades.  The parent committee has met twice with school staff and will work towards facilitating communication and understanding of grading practices.

The committee is creating a form for distribution to all Edison HS parents to garner feedback and questions; this form will be sent the week after Thanksgiving.  The committee will review responses with school staff and provide recommendations.

Grading Handbook:  Parent Grading Handbook

 

Are you a member of the Edison HS PTSA? If not, we invite you to join. You may access the membership form by clicking on the following link - https://edisonhsptsa.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true *If the link does not work, please Copy and Paste it into a Web browser. 

The membership dues are $15 for an Individual Membership, and $25 for a Family Membership.

Don't Forget - PTSA "No Fuss" Fundraiser

Our "No Fuss" Fall Fundraiser is still happening. We're not asking you to sell candy or buy wrapping paper; we're just asking for you to donate. After two years of Covid, and the PTSA not doing a lot of fundraising, we really need to replenish our funds. These funds are needed to help provide the programs the PTSA offers the whole school community. Please consider donating now. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. 

Giving Tuesday is coming up on Tuesday, November 29. This global movement was started in 2012 to inspire generosity around the world. Why not consider supporting this fundraiser as your charitable donation this year?

Please follow this link to our fundraiser: 

https://app.memberhub.gives/edisonhsptsa

 

 

  The PTSA wishes everyone a wonderful holiday! All Night Grad Party Updates

Thank you to all who purchased poinsettias in support of the 2023 All NIght Grad Party!  You can pick up your poinsettia order on Saturday, December 3rd by Door #1 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Questions? Email Lisa at [email protected].

Interested in learning more about the All Night Grad Party Committee? Email Lisa and check out our website at https://edisonangp.com/ehs-parent-volunteers-needed (COPY and PASTE into your web browser).

Please support our generous sponsor, Potomac Management Resources. We appreciate them!

Helpful Links

Former student records from more than five years ago can be requested via this site:  Verification of Graduation, Records, Transcripts

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Events and Headlines at a Glance

November Calendar Items:

  • Native American Heritage Month
  • American Education Week
  • Family Engagement Month

November 11-12: Edison Theatre Company – last two performances of “CLUE”

November 15: Virtual Monthly PTSA Meeting, 7:00 PM

November 23-25:  Three-day Thanksgiving Holiday

Report Cards

Report Cards can now be viewed in Student and ParentVue and a hard copy will be mailed to your home address next week.

Edison Theatre Company Presents CLUE

Come and see the last performances of CLUE:  Friday, November 11 at 7:00 PM, and Saturday, November 12 at 2:00 PM.

The play also ran last weekend, and we had a special guest, Superintendent Michelle Reid. Here is what she shared with all FCPS staff:

"Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending my first theatre performance in FCPS, the Edison HS Theatre Company production of Clue.  Principal Pamela Brumfield and I were treated to a fabulous afternoon, confirming that ‘Clue is not just a board game’ ;>). The cast was amazing, the set and tech so well done, and the entire play production so entertaining.  I also learned more about the Cappies Program as many audience members were representatives from this program – so inspiring. Theatre Director Jeff Walker has a great deal to be proud of!!  Who knew comedy and mystery could be so well paired and performed ;>)!!"

Virginia String Teachers Association

We are delighted to share the following message that we received this week about our Orchestra teacher, JR Jeerakul:

“It is with great pleasure that I can share that JR Jeerakul has been selected as this year's recipient of the Virginia String Teachers Association's Outstanding New Orchestra Teacher Award! We know that an award like this is not only because of

the great work that JR has been doing within the classroom and in the community, but because of administrators who support their teachers and music education. We thank you for these efforts and for making a difference in so many students' lives. 

We are extremely proud of JR and are looking forward to recognizing his work at our Awards Ceremony and Annual meeting at the Virginia Music Educators Association Annual In-Service to be held in Richmond, Virginia next week.”

Congratulations, JR!

Don’t Delay - For Seniors in Need of a Senior Portrait:

We are providing additional days for senior portraits (but these are the last days added to the calendar). You man now begin scheduling your appointment for Saturday, December 10 and Friday, December 16, 2022. All students are asked to log onto the website to "self-schedule" their appointment through PrestigePortraits.com. Choose "Locate My School" and enter the city (Alexandria) and the state (Virginia) of Edison HS.  Once you find the school, choose Thomas Edison High School, and the link will take you to the account to schedule an appointment. You may also register using the unique ID number (located on the appt. card you should have received from the vender over the summer) to select a date/time. You must schedule your appointment at least 48 hours in advance. Lifetouch is NOT able to accommodate walk-in appointments. For additional support, please contact Lifetouch customer service at: 1-800-736 -4753 option #2 based on the recording.

Monthly PTSA Meeting

You are invited to join us in our monthly Zoom Meeting,

Topic: EHS PTSA General Membership Meeting

Time and Date:  Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 7:00 PM   

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89941655252?pwd=T3A3ZlBialorUm5YZUlwcHVFWVdIQT09

Meeting ID: 899 4165 5252 Passcode: 569954 One tap mobile +16469313860,,89941655252#,,,,*569954# US +19292056099,,89941655252#,,,,*569954# US (New York

If you are not already a member, we invite you to join the Edison HS PTSA. You may access the membership form by clicking on the following link - https://edisonhsptsa.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true *If the link does not work, please Copy and Paste it into a Web browser. 

The membership dues are $15 for an Individual Membership, and $25 for a Family Membership.

"No Fuss" Fall Fundraiser

We are excited to announce the launch of our "No Fuss" Fall Fundraiser. That's right, there's no fuss!! We're not asking you to sell candy or buy wrapping paper, we're just asking for you to donate. After two years of Covid, and the PTSA not doing a lot of fundraising, we really need to replenish our funds. These funds are needed to help provide the programs the PTSA offers the whole school community. So, please consider donating now. Any amount would be greatly appreciated.

Please follow this link to our fundraiser: https://app.memberhub.gives/edisonhsptsa

Thank you for all of your support!

All Night Grad Party Updates

Thank you to all who purchased poinsettias in support of the 2023 All NIght Grad Party!  You can pick up your poinsettia order on Saturday, December 3rd by Door #1 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Questions? Email Lisa at [email protected].

Interested in learning more about the All Night Grad Party Committee? Email Lisa and check out our website at https://edisonangp.com/ehs-parent-volunteers-needed (COPY and PASTE into your web browser).

 

 

Please support our generous sponsor, Potomac Management Resources! We appreciate them!

 

Helpful Links

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Events and Headlines at a Glance

November is:

  • Native American Heritage Month

November 3-5:  Edison Theatre Company presents “CLUE”

November 5:  FAFSA Completion Event and Financial Aid Presentation

November 7:  Virtual Edison Athletic Boosters Monthly Meeting, 7:00 PM

November 8:  Election Day; School Holiday

November 11-12: Repeat Performances of “CLUE”

November 11:  Veteran’s Day; Student Holiday

November 15: Virtual Monthly PTSA Meeting, 7:00 PM

November 23-25:  Three-day Thanksgiving Holiday

Schedule Reminders

Don’t forget to set your clock on Saturday night to “fall back” an hour. Enjoy the extra hour in your day!

There are two student holidays this week:

  • Tuesday, November 8 is Election Day and a school holiday. 
  • Friday, November 11 is Veteran’s Day and a student holiday. We thank all of our veteran family members and students for their service.
Educate Fairfax Awards Edison HS and Edison Academy

Kelly Abbott of the Career and Tech Ed (CTE) Department and FBLA received an Educate Fairfax grant in the amount of $1,188 for an Edison HS Graphic Button and Magnet School-Based Enterprise. Business students will create a button-making school enterprise that will develop students’ marketing, design, communication, and collaboration skills through designing, making, and selling buttons and magnets to individuals and school organizations.

Joe Wolfe and Edison Academy also received an Educate Fairfax grant in the amount of $1,200 for an E-bike Design and Build.  Electrical Construction and Engineering students will explore what goes into designing and building an Electric (E-bike) and what is needed to have it used for private and possibly commercial use.

Edison Theatre Company

Edison Theatre Company opened the 2022-2023 season last evening with CLUE! Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Col. Mustard, Mrs. Peacock, and Mr. Green are met by the stuffy butler, French maid, and the edgy cook – plus members of the police force - for a night of deception and mayhem.

Performances:

November 4 and 5, at 7:00 PM, plus a matinee on November 5 at 2:00 PM.

The play continues Friday, November 11 at 7:00 PM and concludes Saturday, November 12 at 2:00 PM.

Click here to sign up for reminders and to purchase tickets! All seats general admission: $10 for adults / $5 for students / $2 Mark Twain MS student discount. Active/former military discount: 50% off up to four tickets with code SALUTE.

Class of 2023: Still Need a Senior Portrait?

Do Not Delay!  Two additional days have been added to the schedule for senior portraits.  You may now begin scheduling your appointment for Saturday, December 10 and Friday, December 16, 2022. All students are asked to log onto the website to "self-schedule" their appointment through PrestigePortraits.com. Choose "Locate My School" and enter the city (Alexandria) and the state (Virginia) of Edison HS.  Once you find the school, choose Thomas Edison High School, and the link will take you to the account to schedule an appointment. You may also register using the unique ID number (located on the appt. card you should have received from the vender over the summer) to select a date/time. You must schedule your appointment at least 48 hours in advance. Lifetouch is NOT able to accommodate walk-in appointments. For additional support, please contact Lifetouch customer service at: 1-800-736 -4753 option #2 based on the recording.

End of the Quarter: SIS Updates

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents through Wednesday, November 9, while first quarter grading and report cards are created. Also, the Grade Book and Report Card modules in SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed until Wednesday, November 9, at 6:00 AM

Tutor.com

Does your child need homework help or feedback on their writing? How about a practice quiz to get ready for a test? Tutor.com is open to FCPS students in all grades, on-demand, 24/7, at no cost to families. Learn more.

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Purple Star Schools Support Military-Connected Families (and we are a Purple Star School!)
    • $2 Million Grant Supports STEAM
    • FCPS Calendar 
    • Why Do We Need a Strategic Plan?
    • Virtual Job Fair

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

PTSA Updates

PTSA 'No Fuss' Fall Fundraiser

We are excited to announce the launch of our "No Fuss" Fall Fundraiser. That's right, there's no fuss!! We're not asking you to sell candy or buy wrapping paper, we're just asking for you to donate. After two years of Covid, and the PTSA not doing a lot of fundraising, we really need to replenish our funds. These funds are needed to help provide the programs the PTSA offers the whole school community. So, please consider donating now. Any amount would be greatly appreciated.

Please follow this link to our fundraiser: https://app.memberhub.gives/edisonhsptsa

Thank you for all of your support!

Our Monthly Booster meeting is Monday, November 7 via Zoom. Kickoff is at 7:00 pm. We hope to see you on your screens. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3858413120.

Last day for ANGP Fundraiser is today

Red or White Poinsettia, $22.00 each

https://edisonangp.com/poinsettia-fundraiser -- (you may need to copy and paste into your browser)

Pick up Saturday, December 3rd (Edison HS Door #1)

Questions? Email Lisa Staresina at [email protected]

Please support our ANGP Sponsors as they support us! It takes a community to have a successful night for our graduates! Helpful Links

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Events and Headlines at a Glance

October 18-November 4: Parent-Student Survey for Impact Aid

October 31:  Student Holiday

November 3-5:  Edison Theatre Company presents “CLUE”

November 5:  FAFSA Completion Event and Financial Aid Presentation

November 8:  Election Day; School Holiday

November 10-11: Repeat Performances of “CLUE”

November 11:  Veteran’s Day; Student Holiday

November 23-25:  Three-day Thanksgiving Holiday

Virginia Purple Star Designation

The Virginia Purple Star Designation is awarded to military-friendly schools that have demonstrated a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military. Schools that earn the award will receive a special Purple Star recognition to display onsite. This week, Thomas A. Edison was notified that we met the criteria for this designation. 

We will be receiving a Certificate of Recognition and an award coin; we will also be able to use the purple star logo on our website and in any communication that we deem appropriate.

Thank you to Counselor David Schlemmer and Head Librarian Sarah Mahan, who lead the team in submitting the package. In particular, the statement below highlights our amazing student ambassadors:

The reviewer wishes to affirm the entirety of the application submitted. The artifacts presented enabled the reviewer to obtain a strong sense of the hard work occurring at the school. The efforts of the peer transition program described was solid. Simply put, the success of transitional support to our military connected students would be nowhere without the efforts of students like these. Wishing them much success!

Homecoming Week

Thank you to everyone who worked to make Homecoming Week such a success! Students decorated the halls, performed in the “Follies”, attended the pep rally on Friday, cheered on the football team, and danced the night away last Saturday evening. The Edison community – SGA Sponsors Don Dight and Colleen Kelly and SGA students, Edison faculty and staff members, and parents all contributed many hours of their time to make the week so much fun. We especially appreciate the parents who helped chaperone the dance to make it a safe, enjoyable activity. Eagle Pride!

Wellness Week

We had a great wellness week. Students posted positive thoughts, we had a phenomenal guest speaker for our seniors, a photo booth, and yoga!

Below is our positive thought board from students!

Pre-Arranged Absence Forms

Pre-arranged absence forms are no longer to be submitted to your student's alpha administrator. Please submit all pre-arranged absence forms for any trips OTHER THAN athletic trips to Ms. Starkey in our Attendance Office, A128. All athletic-related trips go through our Student Activities office, which is across from the main gym. Find the form here:  Pre-Arranged Absence Form

Morning Protocol for Student Drop-off at Door 5

The addition of learning cottages in the parking lot near Entrance 5 reminds us again that our number one concern is student and staff safety. When dropping of your student in the morning, please keep in mind:

  • Students may only be dropped off at the curb outside door 5. 
  • Be sure to pull all the way up to the car in front of you; this will help move traffic along and keep waiting cars from passing stopped cars.
  • An attendant will be on site each morning to assist students with crossing the street and will help direct traffic.
  • We ask for your patience during the morning drop-off. The earlier you arrive, the easier it will be for traffic to move. The doors are opened at 7:30 AM.
An Ounce of Prevention 

Students in our Edison HS learning cottage classrooms were reminded by their teachers last week to: 

  • Look both ways before crossing the road to/from the learning cottages (entrances 3, 4, 5). 
  • To use the crosswalks and walk across the road (entrances 3, 4, 5). 

The FCPS Office of Safety and Security have been invited to Edison HS to provide additional security measures.

Thank you to all parents who have already filled out the Student-Parent FCPS will be asking ALL families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential. 

Strategic Plan Student Survey Coming Soon

Students will soon be shown a short informational video at school and be asked to complete a survey providing feedback on their experience at school. This feedback will be used to help inform FCPS leadership as they work on planning for the future of the school system. Parents are invited to view the survey questions and get more information.

Edison Theatre

“It was ___ in the ___ with the ___!” If you get to CLUE, you will find out WHO-DUN-IT!

Edison Theatre presents the hilarious play adaptation of CLUE (high school edition), based on the popular board game and the 1985 film. Six suspects arrive a mysterious manor house to face blackmail and murder in the comedy-mystery.

Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Col. Mustard, Mrs. Peacock, and Mr. Green are met by the stuffy butler, French maid, and the edgy cook – plus members of the police force - for a night of deception and mayhem.

Performances:

November 3-5, at 7:00 PM, plus a matinee on November 5 at 2:00 PM.

The play continues Friday, November 10 at 7:00 PM and concludes Saturday, November 11 at 2:00 PM.

Tickets go on sale on October 24, 2022: Click here to sign up for reminders and to purchase tickets! All seats general admission: $10 for adults / $5 for students / $2 Mark Twain MS student discount. Active/former military discount: 50% off up to four tickets with code SALUTE.

Senior Pictures: New Dates Added

In conjunction with Lifetouch Studios, Edison HS will be providing additional days for senior portraits.   You can now begin scheduling your appointment for Saturday, December 10 and Friday, December 16, 2022. All students are asked to log onto the website to "self-schedule" their appointment through PrestigePortraits.com. Choose "Locate My School" and enter the city (Alexandria) and the state (Virginia) of Edison HS.  Once you find the school, choose Thomas Edison High School, and the link will take you to the account to schedule an appointment. You may also register using the unique ID number (located on the appt. card you should have received from the vender over the summer) to select a date/time. You must schedule your appointment at least 48 hours in advance. Lifetouch is NOT able to accommodate walk-in appointments. For additional support, please contact Lifetouch customer service at: 1-800-736 -4753 option #2 based on the recording.

Location: Cafeteria

  • December 10  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • December 16 – 3: 00 PM – 9: 00 PM

Door# 14

PTSA Updates

Did you know that students can earn service hours by attending meetings and volunteering for PTSA-sponsored events? If you are not already a member, we invite you to join the Edison HS PTSA. You may access the membership form by clicking on the following link - https://edisonhsptsa.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true *If the link does not work, please Copy and Paste it into a Web browser. 

The membership dues are $15 for an Individual Membership, and $25 for a Family Membership.

PTSA "No Fuss" Fall Fundraiser

We are excited to announce the launch of our "No Fuss" Fall Fundraiser. That's right, there's no fuss!! We're not asking you to sell candy or buy wrapping paper, we're just asking for you to donate. After two years of Covid, and the PTSA not doing a lot of fundraising, we really need to replenish our funds. These funds are needed to help provide the programs the PTSA offers the whole school community. So, please consider donating now. Any amount would be greatly appreciated.

Please follow this link to our fundraiser: https://app.memberhub.gives/edisonhsptsa

Thank you for all of your support!

The 2022-2023 Reflections Theme is SHOW YOUR VOICE!

National PTA has a long-standing commitment to arts education. The Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life.

Edison High School students are invited to participate and submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available art categories (click on the category to view the rules).

Submissions have been extended to Friday, November 4, 2022.

For more information, contact our Reflections Chair at  [email protected]

All Night Grad Party Committee Poinsettia Fundraiser

Great gifts for teachers, colleagues, friends and family!

Red or White poinsettias $22 each!

Order by November 5th

https://edisonangp.com/poinsettia-fundraiser -- (you may need to copy and paste into your browser)

Pick up Saturday, December 3rd (Edison HS Door #1)

Questions? Email Lisa Staresina at [email protected]

Helpful Links

Vaccination Requirements:  Vaccination Information

 

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October is:

  • Disability History and Awareness Month
  • LGBTQIA+ History Month
  • Disability History and Awareness Month
  • Dyslexia Awareness Month

October 18-November 4: Parent-Student Survey for Impact Aid

October 20: PTSA Fundraiser - Dinner at TGI Fridays

October 24:  Diwali – School Holiday

October 28:  End of First Quarter; 2-hour Early Release

October 31:  Student Holiday

November 3-5:  Edison Theatre Company presents “CLUE”

November 5:  FAFSA Completion Event and Financial Aid Presentation

November 8:  Election Day; school holiday

November 10-11: Repeat Performances of “CLUE”

Follies Winners

The Follies is an annual event held during Homecoming week every year. The Homecoming theme (“Music”) was used by our talented students from each class to poke fun at Edison High School:  it’s policies, teachers, students, etc. It was an entertaining evening!

Final Results from last evening’s festivities:

1st Place:        Class of 2023

2nd Place:       Class of 2025

3rd Place:       Class of 2026

4th Place:        Class of 2024

Congratulations to our Senior Class!

New Band Uniforms

Edison High School has new band uniforms!

Note that the red stripes make the letter "T", and the three white flags form the letter "E" for our namesake. 

The striped drape that goes to the knee on the left side of the uniform represents Eagle tail feathers.  

The old uniforms will be donated to a needy school that was affected by the recent hurricane in Florida.

Come out this evening and see our marching band perform!

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

FCPS will be asking ALL families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential. 

Opportunity for Students to Help Inform FCPS' Future

You may have heard FCPS is developing a Strategic Plan that will serve as the school division’s roadmap for the future. We encourage every parent/caregiver, student, employee, and community member to participate in this important work. 

The first engagement opportunity will be an optional survey, which will be open to students in grades 3-12. Knowing what is important to students will be very helpful to Dr. Reid, as she leads the planning of FCPS’ future. All schools, including ours, will schedule a date and time during the school day to administer the survey between November 2-18. If you would prefer that your child not participate, you may opt your child out of taking the survey. Please visit FCPS’ website for more information

Edison Theatre

“It was ___ in the ___ with the ___!” If you get to CLUE, you will find out WHO-DUN-IT!

Edison Theatre presents the hilarious play adaptation of CLUE (high school edition), based on the popular board game and the 1985 film. Six suspects arrive a mysterious manor house to face blackmail and murder in the comedy-mystery.

Miss Scarlet, ProfessorPlum, Mrs. White, Col. Mustard, Mrs. Peacock, and Mr. Green are met by the stuffy butler, French maid, and the edgy cook – plus members of the police force - for a night of deception and mayhem.

Performances:

November 3-5, at 7:00 PM, plus a matinee on November 5 at 2:00 PM.

The play continues Friday, November 10 at 7:00 PM and concludes Saturday, November 11 at 2:00 PM.

Tickets go on sale on October 24, 2022: Click here to sign up for reminders and to purchase tickets! All seats general admission: $10 for adults / $5 for students / $2 Mark Twain MS student discount. Active/former military discount: 50% off up to four tickets with code SALUTE.

FAFSA Completion Event and Financial Aid Presentation

The College and Career Center at Edison High School and College Access Fairfax invite 12th grade parents to a FAFSA Completion Event and Financial Aid Presentations

November 5, 2022, 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon. There are two opportunities:

FAFSA Completion Event- 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon - Lecture Hall- Enter Door 1

Parents and students who bring the required documents  (FAFSA) (VASA) to the workshop receive one-on-one assistance completing and submitting the FAFSA online.  No pre-registration is required. A list of required documents can be found here: https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/resources/ under What to Bring to a FAFSA or VASA appointment.

Presentations- Auditorium - Enter Door 1

FAFSA/VASA Line-by-Line 9:00am -This is not a FAFSA completion event (where counselors can help you individually complete the FAFSA), but rather an explanation of what information is needed for each line of the FAFSA.  FAFSA completion events will be held from October 2022 through February of 2023.While we will have a question-and-answer period, we will not be able to address individual questions at this presentation.  No pre-registration is required.  Seminar will be held in English.

Scholarships 101- 10:30 AM - Scholarships 101 is an hour-long overview of the scholarship application process.  Learn how to search, apply and find scholarships and tips for a successful scholarship application.  No pre-registration is required.  This seminar will be held in English.

Parents of current high school seniors: did you know that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1? Parents are encouraged to work with their students to complete the FAFSA as early as possible—definitely before March 1, 2023—as you prepare for your child to begin college in the fall of 2023. Some schools have even earlier priority deadlines, so check the individual college’s financial aid office website for deadlines and forms. Then, create an FSA ID and fill out the FAFSA.

PTSA Updates

If you are not already a member, please join the Edison HS PTSA! To access the membership form, please click on the following link - https://edisonhsptsa.org/join-edisonptsa/ *If the link does not work, please Copy and Paste it into a Web browser.

The membership dues are $15 for an Individual Membership, and $25 for a Family Membership.

We need parent volunteers:

Homecoming Dance tomorrow evening (Saturday, October 21): Please use the following link - Edison SGA: EHS Homecoming Dance (signupgenius.com)

Textbook Approvals: If you are interested in reviewing textbooks used in the Language and Literature classes that need parental approval, please contact the PTSA President at [email protected]

The 2022-2023 Reflections Theme is SHOW YOUR VOICE!

National PTA has a long-standing commitment to arts education. The  Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life.

Edison High School students are invited to participate and submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available art categories (click on the category to view the rules).

All Submissions are due by Friday, October 28, 2022.

For more information, contact our Reflections Chair at  [email protected]

All Night Grad Party Committee Pointsettia Fundraiser

Great gifts for teachers, colleagues, friends and family!

  • Red or White poinsettias $22 each!
  • Order by November 5th

Questions? Email Lisa Staresina at [email protected]

Helpful Links

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Attendance: 703-924-8080 or [email protected] | Web | Twitter

News You Need to Know - Pep Rally on Friday, October 21

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Pep Rally Tomorrow!

Students will be able to enjoy our Homecoming pep rally in our football stadium tomorrow afternoon. We ask that any early check-outs for students be requested before 9:45 AM to give us time to get passes delivered via e-hallway pass.

Reminder:  you may notify Edison High School of absences, early checkout and late arrivals by Email at [email protected]; call 703-924-8080 and leave a message; or use this link: https://edisonhs.fcps.edu/EHS-Attendance.

All students must be picked up no later than 1:20 PM. We are unable to locate and release any students after that time as they will be in the stadium.

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Events and Headlines at a Glance

October is:

  • Disability History and Awareness Month
  • LGBTQIA+ History Month
  • Disability History and Awareness Month
  • Dyslexia Awareness Month

October 16-22: America’s Safe Schools Week

October 17:  In-Person Theatre Boosters Monthly Meeting, 7:30 PM

October 17-21:  Digital Citizenship Week

October 17-21:  National School Bus Safety Week

October 17-21:  Homecoming Week

October 18:  Virtual PTSA Meeting, 7:00 PM

October 18-November 4: Parent-Student Survey for Impact Aid

October 20: PTSA Fundraiser - Dinner at TGI Fridays

October 24:  Diwali – School Holiday

October 28:  End of First Quarter; 2-hour Early Release

October 31:  Student Holiday

Parent-Student Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential

College Fair and Post-Secondary Week

The annual FCPS College Fair will feature admissions representatives from more than 250 colleges and universities from across the United States and abroad at George Mason University’s Eagle Bank Arena on Sunday, October 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. Postsecondary Week will be held virtually Monday, October 17, to Thursday, October 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. Postsecondary week will feature virtual workshops related to the college admissions process, financial aid, and other postsecondary educational opportunities. Students are highly encouraged to register in advance for these events. 

2023 FAFSA Open—College Access Fairfax Is Here to Help

Parents of current high school seniors—did you know that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1? Parents are encouraged to work with their students to complete the FAFSA as early as possible—definitely before March 1, 2023—as you prepare for your child to 

begin college in the fall of 2023. Some schools have even earlier priority deadlines, so check the individual college’s financial aid office website for deadlines and specific forms to complete. Parents and students should start by creating an FSA ID and then begin the FAFSA.

The Virginia Alternative State Aid (VASA) application is available for students who are unable to complete the FAFSA. To help determine which aid option is right for you, visit the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia website.

Our partners at College Access Fairfax will be offering a number of programs on completing the FAFSA/VASA and finding/applying for scholarships over the next two months. Information on these programs and how to access them can be found at the College Access Fairfax website

In addition, College Access Fairfax staff are available for virtual one-on-one help sessions to complete the FAFSA/VASA. Interested families should email [email protected] to request an appointment. 

PTSA Update

Our monthly meeting for October will be held virtually on Tuesday evening, October 18, at 7:00 PM. 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89941655252?pwd=T3A3ZlBialorUm5YZUlwcHVFWVdIQT09

Meeting ID: 899 4165 5252
Passcode: 569954

If you are not already a member, please join the Edison HS PTSA! To access the membership form, please click on the following link - https://edisonhsptsa.org/join-edisonptsa/ *If the link does not work, please Copy and Paste it into a Web browser.

The membership dues are $15 for an Individual Membership, and $25 for a Family Membership.

We still need your help! Would you be able to play a more active role in the PTSA? There are several opportunities to do so. We are looking for volunteers to Chair the following committees:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
  • Food Pantry and Food Insecurity Initiatives
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Scholarship Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Volunteer Committee

For more information, please contact PTSA President, Ana Marie Diaz, [email protected]

PTSA Fundraiser

On Thursday, October 20th, the delicious and generous TGI Fridays (6751-B Frontier Dr) is donating back 20% of Dine-In orders to support a great cause -- Edison High School PTSA!

On behalf of Edison High School PTSA, you’re invited to join us and eat out, not only in support of the organization, but to show one of your Springfield restaurants some love too!

We ask that you RSVP here: https://grouprai.se/e234041 (even if you’re not completely sure) so TGI Fridays knows roughly how many orders to expect & so you have access to all the event details.

We hope you can make it, and please feel free to forward this invitation to your friends and family. Thanks in advance for your support!

The 2022-2023 Reflections Theme is SHOW YOUR VOICE!

National PTA has a long-standing commitment to arts education. The  Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life.

Edison High School students are invited to participate and submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available art categories (click on the category to view the rules).

All Submissions are due by Friday, October 28, 2022.

For more information, contact our Reflections Chair at  [email protected]

All Night Grad Party Fundraiser

Questions? Email Lisa Staresina at [email protected]

Don't forget - The PTSA’s All-Night Grad Party Committee needs parent volunteers from ALL grade levels. Read here to learn more about how parents of all grade levels can help each year.  https://edisonangp.com/ehs-parent-volunteers-needed  if the link doesn’t open, please copy link into your browser.

We have several volunteer opportunities with differing levels of commitment.  Let’s find the task that’s right for you!

EHS Theatre Boosters Meeting

Please join the Edison Theatre Boosters for our October in-person meeting on Monday, October 17th at 7:30 pm. We will be meeting in the Black Box Theatre. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact [email protected]

Helpful Links

5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310 | Main Office: 703-924-8000
Attendance: 703-924-8080 or [email protected] | Web | Twitter

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