Governor Mifflin Intermediate School (GMIS) is located in Shillington, Pennsylvania, a diverse community just outside the City of Reading. GMIS was built in 1973 and accepted its first students in September 1974. In 2008-09, GMIS was renovated and converted from an open classroom concept for Grades 4, 5 and 6 to a traditional classroom setting for Grades 5 and 6. The Intermediate School’s student population is 660 students.
Following are some general demographics for GMIS:
75% of students are proficient on the PSSA
21% of students are from ethnically diverse backgrounds
30% of students eligible for free and reduced lunch
16% of students receive special education services
5% of students receive gifted services
The school vision statement identifies a community partnership to “provide a strong foundation, and nurturing environment that enables students to become life-long learners and contributors in a culturally diverse and ever-changing world.” Toward this vision, the Intermediate School creates an environment where students are successful academically, emotionally, and behaviorally. GMIS is a place for students to feel safe.
Academically, GMIS follows high district standards, as well as the standards set forth by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The curriculum is continually examined and adapted to meet the needs of our ever-changing student population. Math and reading continue to be the focal points as we prepare for the PSSAs. Science, social studies, art, music, technology, physical education, aquatics and library classes keep students engaged in a well-rounded education that encourages life-long learning.
Our school utilizes a variety of resources and programs to ensure that students are given every opportunity to be successful. The Title I/Response to Intervention model is utilized to identify students’ specific needs. Using universal screens of 4Sight, DIBELS, and curriculum based assessments, students qualify for explicit academic interventions or enrichments so that all students “get what they need.” We also use Study Island, Accelerated Reader and many other academic support programs to address individual needs.
Behaviorally, we use a School-Wide Expectation Model to develop a positive school climate. Incentives for positive behavior are captured in our “Mini-Mustang” program which recognizes the positive conduct of our students. We also document students’ behavior via a classroom behavior chart and regularly address detrimental behavior with behavior instruction to meet the student’s individual needs. We have a great character education program, called LIONS QUEST: Skills for Adolescence, that all students receive as part of their education.
We encourage and actively seek parent support through our “GMIS Hands On” program, Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), parent conferences and parent volunteers. Education is successful for our students because we believe in the motto, “We’re all in this together!” GMIS works as a community to serve our children, helping them reach their academic and social goals of being great citizens. We are “Mifflin!”