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
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
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.
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 results–Percent 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%
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
Jazz Band and Pep Band
Active drama department
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)
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)