School Culture


We support the use of PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) at Edison to encourage positive behavior and reinforce the importance of pro-social behaviors and discourage disruptive and negative behaviors.

Character Education

The Edison character education character traits are reflected in our motto is “Edison CARES.” CARES is an acronym for the following list of character traits:

Respectful and Responsible

Students discuss and learn about these character traits throughout their education at Edison.

Edison Earnings

Edison Earnings are given to students showing exemplary character traits. Students will be given an Edison Earning if they show the character trait of the month. Students with an Edison Earning will receive a special prize in the classroom and be part of the drawing at the end of each month. It is our hope that teachers, students and staff use Edison Earnings to work together to make Edison a great place to be every day.

Eagle Eyes

Eagle Eyes helps us ensure that all students understand and follow the school expectations and that classes are reinforced for following expectations. The first week of school, during morning meetings, students will discuss and agree to follow the expectations (Edison Expectation Charts) with teachers. When students/classes are caught doing the right thing, teachers give the classroom an Eagle Eye. Classrooms will post the Eagle Eyes outside of their classroom. The classrooms that earn the most Eagle Eyes at the end of the month, will be honored with an Edison CARES award.

Bully Proofing

The teachers, school psychologist and PBIS coordinator use the Olweus Bully Prevention Program and Second Step Bully Proofing curriculum to teach bully proofing at Edison. With the support of these programs, teachers and staff teach students how to handle bullying and conflicts.

Classroom Meetings

Teachers use morning meeting time to develop a caring community within each classroom and throughout the school. During this time, teachers teach and reinforce behavioral expectations, conflict resolution skills and anti-bullying skills. The first three weeks of classroom meetings will be school-wide topics: morning meeting expectations, CARES and bully-proofing. These lessons will be provided to teachers. After the first three weeks, grade levels will specify their needs and morning meetings will address those needs.

Student Mentors/Buddy Classrooms

Primary and intermediate classes will have buddy classrooms. Intermediate students will have the opportunity to mentor a primary aged child around school expectations, bully proofing and Edison Character traits. The buddy classrooms will meet 2 times a month for 30 mins during non-Core instruction time. Students can engage in book buddies for 15 mins and mentor character traits, expectations and/or bully proofing for 15 minutes.

Recess 2.0

Edison’s half-time Positive Behavior Supports coordinator, Cindie Tomcho, coordinates recess at Edison to ensure that the playground is safe and inclusive. At recess, students have the opportunity to play a variety of structured games and to socialize with peers. The PBIS coordinator teaches students fun and inclusive games and proactive problem solving. At recess, students learn the rules – Be safe, Be kind, Be respectful, and Have fun. Students learn to use Rock-Paper-Scissors to solve low-level disagreements. All of Edison’s recess monitors received training from Playworks to support our fun, safe, structured playground.