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About Schmucker Middle School


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

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


Lavon Dean-Null, Principal 

Lucas Fry, Assistant Principal 

Christie Heerschop, Assistant Principal 

Debbie Pletcher, Secretary

Maureen Munger, Treasurer


School Letter Grade – A (based on 2016 ISTEP + results)


2015-16 Four Star School  Click here to see the list of criteria.


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



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.



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.


Parent Involvement

Schmucker Middle School has a very strong PTO program.


Honors and Achievements

The Indiana Department of Education has recognized Schmucker Middle School as a “Four Star School” in 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.  The IDOE has also awarded Schmucker Middle School an “A” for school Accountability for six 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.



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 & Vision

​Schmucker Middle School strives to cultivate a thriving learning community that promotes academic excellence, socially responsible and productive citizenship and lifelong learning.  We are a community of learners committed to showing respect, making a difference and setting the bar high. 


Colors: Gold and blue 


Mascot: Spartans