Schools of the Week: Edmondson Elementary, Sunset Middle
Published January 11, 2022
The Schools of the Week spotlight is shining on Edmondson Elementary and Sunset Middle. We asked the principals of both schools to share a few things that make their schools special.
- Edmondson Elementary opened its doors in 1995.
- EES was named a State Reward School in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
- The school has a strong focus on giving back and raised more than $31,000 for the American Heart Association during the 2020-21 school year.
How do you study something you can't see? Second-grade students at Edmondson Elementary are finding out.
In EES teacher Chris Honer's class, students studied soundwaves using a bowl, plastic wrap, sprinkles and music. The plastic wrap was stretched tightly across the bowl, and the sprinkles were poured on top.
"When the soundwaves from the speaker passed the sprinkles, it made them move on the plastic wrap," said EES student Emma Flemmons. "It was really neat to watch the sprinkles move differently when the songs changed."
- Sunset Middle first opened for the 2006-07 school year and was designated a Reward School for Oustanding Performance in the 2012-13 school year, 2013-14 school year, 2016-17 school year, 2018-19 school year and 2020-21 school year.
- Sunset Middle is one of three middle schools to pilot the middle school Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center (EIC) program this year.
- Sunset Middle currently serves more than 500 sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students from the Brentwood and Nolensville communities.
Students in Sunset Middle student support teacher Abigail Hardage's class are getting an important lesson on telling time, typing, adult living and more during a special activity.
Three days a week, students in Hardage's class spend their fifth block learning skills that will help them in the future. The students also have a question of the day, a community sign of the day, a noun or verb of the day and calendar time.
"It's called SPARE time, which is an acronym I created that stands for Skills to Prepare for Adult Readiness and Enjoy our time together," Hardage said. "This week, we studied grocery shopping and talked about the new year and the recent weather. The students really enjoy it."