2013 Winter Newsletter
We’re Ahead of the Curve: A Message from Patrick J. Maguire, Director
He phrase “ahead of the curve” refers to your position on the statistical bell curve, where the top of the curve represents the median, average result. Typical Edison students have average or above average intelligence, with varied performance along a standardized curve. Our goal is to “level the playing field,” helping our students perform at their highest potential, both academically and socially.
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Saving Energy: Edison Teachers Commute by Bicycle
It’s no secret that we Portlanders love our bicycles. Portland was rated America’s most bike-friendly city in 2012 by Bicycling magazine. Our city also has the largest number of bike commuters in any large U.S. city: 6% of all trips to work are by bike, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Based on data from the Census Bureau, this is about 11 times the national average. Here in Portland, about 17,000 workers commute by bicycle.
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Help Where It's Needed: A Message from Patrick J. Maguire, Director
One thing I love about Edison is that our small classes and advisory groups help teachers recognize students’ needs. Along with our commitment to strong communication, this allows us to attend to our students’ needs as quickly and effectively as possible. Two areas of need have come to our attention over the last year: reading skills and executive processing skills. I’m very happy to be able to tell you about how we’re addressing those needs this year.
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Grandparents Day: A New Edison Tradition
“The students at Thomas Edison High School are genuine, funny, friendly, happy, smart, and most of all, open hearted because we all understand each other. We all know what it feels like to be ignored and alone in school. At Edison, for the first time, I wanted to be in school because I was happy.” Senior Sarah Friedman shared her story with an audience of Edison students, grandparents, and other special friends attending our very first Grandparents Day on April 6, 2012.
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Technology & Transitions: A Message from Patrick J. Maguire, Director
There’s news, and there’s good news, and there’s great news. The news: the National Center for Learning Disabilities 2011 report concludes that major improvement is needed in the areas of technology and transitions. This report found that too few students with learning differences have access to the assistive technology they need, and too few LD students are involved in successful transitions planning. Now for the good news: technology and transitions have been areas of improvement at Thomas Edison High School for more than a decade.
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Our School's Father and Mother: A Tribute Long Overdue by Patrick Maguire, Director
Since Thomas Edison High School opened its doors as the “Tree of Learning” in 1973, many amazing people have helped the school survive and thrive. Among these fine folks, two figures loom larger than all of the rest in terms of their impact on the school: Fr. Jim Galluzzo and Mrs. Jocelyn Tuthill, the father and mother of Thomas A. Edison High School. Jim and Jocelyn are the twin pillars upon which our beloved school was built, and it is long past time to tell their stories.
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Preparing for the Future: A Message from Patrick J. Maguire, Director
Here at Edison, our mission statement is posted in every classroom and office: “Thomas Edison High School empowers students with learning differences to experience academic success and personal growth, while preparing them for the future.” We witness our students’ academic success and personal growth on a daily basis. But what are we doing to prepare them for the future?
“Partner with Thomas Edison” Breakfast Inspires Our Community
On November 12, 2009, over 370 guests gathered at the Cascade Crest Banquet Hall in the Oregon Zoo for the Partner with Thomas Edison breakfast. This annual event raises much-needed funds for financial aid, technology, and professional development at Thomas A. Edison High School. The morning raised $194,000 in new pledges and gifts. Thank you to all of our donors for your incredible support. You are helping students obtain the best possible education regardless of their economic circumstances.
Edison High School senior Colton Squire made his decision to play tennis at the college level and signed his National Letter of Intent from Millsaps College. Colton’s father David Squire, Coach Jeff Wood, and teammate Andrew Newell joined the celebration. Edison is located on the Jesuit High School campus, which allows Edison students to participate in Jesuit’s athletic programs. Colton has been playing tennis for Jesuit since his sophomore year.
Eagle Scout AJ Valentine, a rising senior at Portland's Edison High School, supports Mary's Woods during service project. Mary’s Woods Continuing Care Retirement Community in Lake Oswego honored an Eagle Scout with local ties on June 15 for his work on the campus.
Congratulations to all of you for your hard work and good luck as you embark on your new adventures!