Friday, November 17, 2017

A Message from the Principal


Jacqueline Simmons





Dear Families, Friends, and Community Members,


We are very proud to announce that Edison School is a Lone Pine Finalist this year. We are one of four schools throughout Fairfield County to achieve this prestigious award. The award acknowledges public elementary schools in Fairfield County that achieve the greatest academic gain in student achievement, create an incentive for other schools to work harder, and to provide a platform to schools to share effective practices. Based on sustained academic gains on our school’s CMT data for the past three years, (Achieving Safe Harbor status for the 2010-2011 school year) analyzed by Cambridge Education consultants, we have been recognized as a finalist school.


Our School Governance Council will decide how to best utilize the $1000.00 award that we will put forth to further support student academic gains and proficiency goals. Full time employees of the school each received a $250.00 check and part time employees received $150.00 check from the Foundation.


Edison School officially instituted a School Governance Council this year. The purpose of this Council is to enable parents, school staff, and community leaders to work together to improve student achievement. The Council also serves in an advisory capacity to assist the school administration. Please click on School Governance Council located on the side bar of our home page web site to review Council meeting agenda’s and meeting minutes.


Thank you for being active participants in our scholars’ education which is a very important role for continued success.






Jacquline Simmons


WILTON -- Till there was Wilton, seventy-six trombones was a dream for the Bridgeport school district. But now, through the Wilton High School band's instrument donation program, Edison Elementary School in Bridgeport can provide its students with their own instruments and pass along extras to other districts. On Wednesday, more than 20 Edison students toured Wilton High School and had pizza with the band students followed by a sneak peak at Wilton's performance of selections from "The Music Man" at the Clune Center. Wilton and Edison band students were first introduced in October, when Wilton students traveled to Bridgeport to give 13 donated instruments to a school where students had to rotate instruments if they wanted to practice. The two schools agreed in the fall that Edison students would return the visit, and they returned to their school Wednesday with two drum sets, five clarinets, three trumpets, two trombones, a French horn and a tenor saxophone, and the knowledge more are on the way. Wilton High School band director Frank "Chip" Gawle said Greenwich Music, Norwalk Music and Goldie and Libro Music Center in New Haven have agreed to help to pay for restorations for old or damaged donated instruments. He said the first step in the program was donations, the second was working with music stores, and in the fall, band parents will begin working with Darien, New Canaan, Greenwich and Ridgefield to increase the reach of the program. "When you have repair shops, you already have a system," said Gawle. "I think once people see how easy it is to do this more people will come on board." Accompanying the Edison students Wednesday was their sixth grade teacher Becky Oakes, who instigated the program along with her college friend Arlene Gottesman, Wilton's superintendent; Joe Inciardi, the Edison School band director; and Tania Kelley, director of performing arts in the Bridgeport school district. "Instruments are expensive, and due to (the) financial climate right now, everybody is struggling, so this donation of instruments is tremendous," said Kelley, who added that since Gawle had "adopted" Bridgeport, there was no way she wasn't going to go with her students to Wilton to thank him. "I hope this experience will inspire them (the students) to continue to play because it takes experience," she said. The privilege of playing and the hard work it takes is something her students, no matter how young, appreciate. "It was good because a lot of people want to be in band," said Joselyn Garcia, 10, of the instrument donation as she sat in the Clune Center. Garcia plays the clarinet, but wants to switch over to the trumpet, an instrument classmate Milton Vela likes because he says it's easy -- "it only has three keys." Vela, 12, said his father makes sure he practices a half hour every day, and his favorite song to perform is "Jingle Bells," which he learned during the holidays. Vela said he owes it all to the Wilton students. "Now, I get to practice with an instrument they gave me, and they said one day they'd come to see us play," he said, never taking his eyes off the stage as strains of "Till There Was You" and "Seventy-Six Trombones" drifted through the room. "They sound really nice. I want to be like them someday." For more information on the program or how to donate instruments, contact Chip Gawle, Wilton High School band director, at