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About Grissom Middle School


13881 Kern Road

Mishawaka, IN 46544

Phone: (574) 968-9628     Fax: (574) 633-2134


Jean Milfort, Principal

Jennifer Sinclair, Assistant Principal

Chris Grossnickle, Assistant to the Principal

Cassie Schmucker, Secretary      

Karen Barcome, Treasurer


Click here for a list of Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation contacts.



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 2014-2015: 610

Teachers: 36

Teacher aides:  6

Program assistants:  9

Classrooms:  45

School day:  9:05 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Special Facilities

Four Computer labs

Instructional Materials Center

Television studio

Field house with track

Industrial technology lab

Family/Consumer Science lab

Weathernet weather station


Academic Programs

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.


For the 2016-17 school year, Grissom received a B rating from the Indiana Department of Education. Overall, 62 percent of Indiana schools received an A or B. For more information on and to view the 2016-17 School Accountability Grades, please click here to visit the IDOE website.



With the release of the Spring 2017 ISTEP+ results, Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation now ranks in the state’s top 4% of public school districts! Grissom is ranked 56th out of the state’s 205 public middle schools.


ISTEP+ spring 2017 resultsPercent of students passing ISTEP+

                              English/Language Arts                    Math          

Grade 6                            67.7%                                   62.8%                  

Grade 7                            70.7%                                   56.1%                                                      

Grade 8                            72.1%                                   71.1%


Click here to see school demographic data and past school Performance Reports on the Indiana Department of Education website.


Parent Involvement

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

The Indiana Department of Education named Grissom a Four Star School in the 2014-2015, 2013-2014 and 2011-2012 school years. Grissom was named a Gold Star Counseling School in 2016 and 2017. Students have received numerous awards in academic, music and athletic competitions.  In 2017, the Science Academic Super Bowl Team acheived 4th in the state.  Also in 2017, 7th and 8th grade Orchestra students earned a Gold Plaque at the ISSMA Organization Contest with the 6th grade Orchestra students receiving a Gold Plaque “With Distinction.” 



Academic competitions program

Accelerated Reading program

After school intramural program

Drum Brigade

Jazz Band and Pep Band

Active drama department

Athletic teams

Student mentor program with Meadow's Edge and Elm Road Elementary Schools

Annual coffee house which showcases fine arts

Five Star after-school program

Positive School wide Behavior program

School wide FOCUS instructional program

Circle the State with Song

Performing Fine Arts (band, orchestra, chorus and pep band)

Student Council


Mission Statement

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 (blue accent) 

Mascot:         Guardsmen