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13881 Kern Road, Mishawaka, IN  46544


Phone: (574) 968-9628    

Fax: (574) 633-2134


Jean MilfortJean Milfort, Principal

Jennifer SinclairJennifer Sinclair, Assistant Principal

Mike BabcockMichael Babcock, Assistant Principal

Chris Grossnickle, Assistant to the Principal

Cassie Schmucker, Secretary      

Karen Barcome, Treasurer

Ruth Ebright, Office Aide


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.  



Grades 6, 7, 8

Enrollment 2018-19:  662

School day:  9:05 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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.


”A” rated School District
Grissom is one of Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation’s three middle schools. For the seventh consecutive year, P-H-M has received an “A” rating from the Indiana Department of Education. P-H-M serves more than 11,100 students in its 11 elementary schools, three middle schools and Penn High School. With the release of the Spring 2018 ISTEP+ results, P-H-M ranks in the state’s Top 6% for grades 3-8. 


Overall, 64 percent of Indiana schools received an A or B. For more information on and to view the 2017-18School Accountability Grades, please click here to visit the IDOE website.



ISTEP+ Spring 2018 resultsPercent of students passing ISTEP+

                              English/Language Arts                    Math          

Grade 6                            61%                                        62%                  

Grade 7                            68%                                        55%                                                      

Grade 8                            72%                                        67%


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


Click here to view the 2017-2018 federal report cards on the IDOE Compass 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. For the 2018-19 school year, Grissom had six orchestra/bands compete in ISSMA: one winning  "Gold With Distinction," four winning Gold, and one won Silver.  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.” 


Grissom’s Counseling Department has also been designated a “Gold Star” school by the Indiana Department of Education.



Academic competitions program

Accelerated Reading program

After school intramural program

Jazz Band 

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, and chorus)

Student Council

WGMS Television studio


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