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 Dojo Dollars & Dojo App points

Edison Dojo Dollars and Dojo App points are given to students showing positive character traits. Students will be given Dojo Dollars/Points if they show prosocial character traits and follow classroom/school rules. Students will receive prizes in class weekly through drawings for their Dojo Dollars/Points. It is our hope that teachers, students and staff use Dojo Dollars/Points to work together to make Edison a great place to be every day.

Monday Morning Announcement Video and Student Character Awards

The PBIS Coordinator will determine a focus character trait every 2 weeks and share this on the Monday Morning Announcements Video. Teachers will share theMonday Morning Announcements Video each Monday and discuss the character trait during Morning Meetings weekly.

Each week, teachers/staff will nominate students who demonstrated the character trait of that week. The PBIS Coordinator will randomly choose 2-3 students from the nominations to receive a prize for the week.

Classroom Morning 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.

Social Emotional Lessons

The PBIS Coordinator and School Psychologist will teach social emotional lessons (bully proofing, problem solving, identity, equity) in every classroom during Morning Meetings every 2-4 weeks using Olweus, Second Step, Riding the Waves and other SEL curriculum resources. On the weeks that the PBIS Coordinator/School Psychologist is not in the classroom, the classroom teacher will lead SEL lessons to support mastery of these skills.

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 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.

Spirit Fridays

The first Friday of each month, we will have a Spirit Friday in which students dress up (PJ day, Hat day, etc.) Additionally, students will post a favorite assignment (art, essay, etc) on their locker on this day.