Edison High School-Junior High
Mr. Morrison’s Annual Update
In 2019-2020, Edison High School continued to expand and improve upon the curriculum and services that we offer to our students. New this year was our Career Pathways Coach, Mrs. Leah Eft. A former high school guidance counselor, Mrs. Eft served our students this year as they prepared for life after high school. Mrs. Eft set up internships, presentations, and worked with students individually to ensure that they will be either enrolled, enlisted, or employed after graduating from Edison High School. A big part of Mrs. Eft’s work with our students is to get them to achieve the Ohio Means Jobs certification, which will be a part of their diploma in the future. We continue to strengthen our College Credit Plus program, offering new classes this year in Biology and Anatomy and Physiology. This year five more Edison seniors from the Class of 2020 will graduate with both their high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree from Eastern Gateway Community College.
In addition, we moved to one to one technology at all grades. Thanks to the help of the Tech Department, each of our students was issued their own Chromebook and charger to assist in their classroom learning. This one to one Chromebook initiative helped to ease the transition into remote learning late in the year when schools were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We also strengthened our partnership with the Village Network, which opened up even more opportunities for our students to take care of their mental health with minimal disruption to the educational process. The partnership with the Village Network was even more apparent during the closure when our students were able to schedule appointments at Edison High School to meet with counselors and meet their socio-emotional needs.
Our Vocal and Instrumental music departments were busy throughout the year. The Edison High School Marching Band held its 14th annual Tearin’ Up the Turf marching band show and a variety of entertaining concerts. The Senior High Vocal Music Department put on an outstanding performance of the musical, Tarzan, and the Junior High entertained us with another fantastic musical performance of Fiddler on the Roof, Jr, in addition to numerous concert performances. Students in both the band and the choir competed in Solo and Ensemble competitions with several students earning the coveted 1 rating. Sadly, spring concerts and contests were canceled but the students persevered and continued to display their love of music. Edison High School Senior, Troy Hackathorn, and Vocal Music Instructor, Dani Carroll, were both honored by the OMEA. Troy performed in the OMEA All-State Choir and Dani Carroll was honored the same day by OMEA for her 25 years of service to Music Education.
Our service organizations, the Senior BETA club and the Junior BETA club, held ceremonies to induct new members and continued to help those in need in our communities with a number of charitable drives. Our volleyball and soccer teams participated in Breast Cancer Awareness events and the proceeds from our annual PowderPuff football game were donated to help support the battle against breast cancer.
Our athletic teams competed honorably with our Junior High Football Team bringing home the BMC title. The FFA teams competed in several competitions at the local and state level and attended the National FFA Convention this year.
Unfortunately, our year was cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we were unable to see the accomplishments of our spring athletes, our Drama Club’s first play, and all of the other concerts and events that would have taken place to close the year. Instead, we were forced into remote learning on short notice where our students and teachers worked together like never before to overcome the challenges of their new environment. We will never know how our students would have scored on their End of Course exams or how the year would have finished out, but we are so very proud of all the efforts that our staff and students put into the 2019-2020 school year and cannot wait to see the heights that we will reach together this year!