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About Schmucker Middle School

 

Schmucker Middle School, 56045 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545

574-259-5661, Fax: 574 259-0807

 

srgaliher@phm.k12.in.us (Sean R. Galiher), Principal (srgaliher@phm.k12.in.us)

kmikel@phm.k12.in.us (Kent D. Mikel), Assistant Principal (kmikel@phm.k12.in.us)

slmiller@phm.k12.in.us (K)kmcmillen@phm.k12.in.us (evin McMillen), Assistant Principal (kmcmillen@phm.k12.in.us)

Debbie Pletcher, Secretary

Maureen Munger, Treasurer

 

History

Schmucker Middle School was built in 1968 and serves families from Bittersweet, Elsie Rogers, Moran, Prairie Vista, and Walt Disney Elementary Schools.  The school is named after Paul H. Schmucker, a former social studies teacher at Penn High School. The school underwent a major renovation that improved instructional areas and the interior climate.  The project was finished in the fall of 2001.

 

Overview                                          

Grades: 6, 7, 8

Enrollment 2015-2016: 955

Teachers: 49

Media/Office/Teacher aides: 4

Program Assistants:  16

Counselors: 2

Classrooms: 62

School day:  9:05 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Special Facilities

Field house

TV studio

Four computer labs

Portable lap top computer labs

Fitness Room

Fiber optic voice, video, data distribution system network

Internet access

Outdoor recreation areas

Large Group Instruction room

 

Academic Programs

Schmucker Middle School's instructional program provides at each grade level the core content areas of math, language arts, social studies and science. Sixth, seventh and eighth graders have opportunities to participate in a wellness program that consists of instruction in health and physical education, various music options that include band, orchestra, and chorus, and exploration classes that consist of computers, art, Project Lead the Way, and family and consumer science. Seventh grade students participate in a foreign language exploratory program where they are introduced to French, Spanish, German and Japanese. A full inclusion program is designed to meet the needs of all students.

 

ISTEP+ spring 2016 results­­­­–Percent of students passing ISTEP+

                 English/Language Arts     Math     

Grade 6                         78.4              77.8             

Grade 7                         77.0              64.2                               

Grade 8                         72.9              76.7

 

Parent Involvement

Schmucker Middle School has a very strong PTO program.

 

Honors and Achievements

Schmucker Middle School has received recognition for school improvement for eight consecutive years and has been awarded Indiana Four Star School status eight times.   Four Star Schools must perform in the top 25 percent of all schools in the state in each of the four areas measured by the Indiana School Incentive Award Program. The Indiana Department of Education has awarded Schmucker Middle School an A for school Accountability for four consecutive years. In the past, the school also has been recognized as an Indiana Blue Ribbon School.  Schmucker Middle School has won several state championships in various academic competitions.  Math teacher John Rice was P-H-M Teacher of the Year in 2003.

 

Activities

Academic competitions program

After school club program

Athletic teams

Fine arts/life skills exploratory program

Intramural/recreation program

Performing fine arts (band, orchestra, chorus)

 

Mission statement

Schmucker Middle School will:

Strive for academic excellence in a safe environment. Motivate students to be lifelong learners. Succeed in developing socially responsible and productive citizens.

 

Colors: Gold and blue Mascot: Spartans