About Grissom Middle School
GRISSOM MIDDLE SCHOOL, 13881 Kern Road, Mishawaka, IN 46544
574/633-4061 Fax: 574/633-2134
Tammy Matz, principal
Russ Shaw, assistant principal
Chris Grossnickle, assistant to the principal
Karen Barcome, treasurer
Grissom Middle School was built in 1968 and serves students from Elm Road, Madison, Moran and Meadow’s Edge Elementary schools. Over the years, Grissom has become a center for community activity utilizing a state-of-the-art facility remodeled in 2000 and 2001.
Grades 6, 7, 8
Enrollment 2012-2013: 619
Teacher aides: 6
Program assistants: 9
School day: 9:05 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Four Computer labs
Instructional Materials Center
Field house with track
Industrial technology lab
Family/Consumer Science lab
Weathernet weather station
Grissom offers a unique instructional program that provides for the interdisciplinary teaming of teachers. Instruction is provided in the fine arts/practical arts areas as well as in physical education and health. Band, choir and orchestra experiences are available for all students. A school-wide enrichment program and an academic competition program provide the opportunity for students to challenge themselves. An inclusion program addresses students with special learning needs. A program of focused instruction assures achievement for all students. A National Junior Honor Society chartered in the fall of 2004 recognizes students who have excelled academically.
ISTEP+ spring 2012 results–Percent of students passing ISTEP+
English/Language Arts Math Science Social Studies
Grade 6 82 93 72
Grade 7 83 87 77
Grade 8 83 91
Grissom has a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) which provides strong support to the school and students. Many volunteer hours are logged by members to assist in activities and special projects. The funds raised by the PTA are distributed to benefit all students at Grissom.
Honors and Achievements
Grissom Middle School students have received numerous awards in academic, music and athletic competitions. Grissom was named an Indiana Blue Ribbon School in 1995. Since 1997, the sixth grade News Bowl team has placed first or second in the state. In 1999, all three grades were News Bowl state champions and the 6th grade was the national champion. In 2003, sixth and eighth grade News Bowl teams were state champions and the sixth grade team was the national champion. In 2005, all three grades were state champions and the sixth grade team repeated with the national title.
Academic competitions program
Accelerated Reading program
After school intramural program
Student mentor program with Meadow's Edge and Elm Road Elementary Schools
Annual coffee house which showcases fine arts
Five Star after-school program
Home base advisory program
Circle the State with Song
Performing Fine Arts (band, orchestra, chorus and pep band)
The Grissom Middle School staff and community are committed to inspiring students to reach their potential by encouraging academic achievement, fostering the development of a positive self-concept, promoting life-long learning, and nurturing the development of productive and responsible citizens who can adapt to an ever-changing world.
Grissom students will attend Penn High School.
Colors: Red and white