West Side Middle School

West Side Middle School is a place where hearts meet education: “Best Learner, Best Person” is our motto. The strength of our curricular program lies in the ability of our staff to collaborate on projects across the curriculum. As a result of this professional camaraderie, a warm and friendly environment is available to all. In addition to the focus on core subjects (math, language arts, social studies and science), we have placed a high priority on reading and technology. Students have many opportunities for extended learning experiences through extra-curricular athletics, an after-school program, accelerated reading program, and many different club activities. At West Side Middle School, our greatest joy comes from observing the physical, emotional, and academic progress of all our students.


School Hours and Location

School Hours: 7:25am to 2:40pm. Students are dismissed at 2:00pm on Mondays.
Office Hours: 7:00am to 3:30pm
School Address: 101 South Nappanee Street, Elkhart, IN 46514
Phone Number: 574-295-4815


News/Upcoming Events

Please visit our News page to see the latest West Side news and for a list of upcoming events!


Breakfast/Lunch Menus

At Elkhart Community Schools Food Services, we know that good nutrition and learning go hand in hand! The Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students’ health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices. Click here to see the ECS Food Services page, including menus.


Official School Policies

We invite you to review the Elkhart Community Schools’ Notice of Non-Discrimination and Student Handbook as adopted by the Elkhart Community Schools Board of School Trustees. All district-wide school forms can be found on the Elkhart Community Schools Policies and Forms page.


School Delays and Closings

Please visit the Elkhart Community Schools’ School Delay and Closing page for up-to-date, accurate information about school closings and delays, as well as make-up schedules. The district will also post about school closings and delays on the official ECS Facebook page and the official ECS Twitter page.


Staff Directory

Kristie Stutsman, Principal
Sarah Smith, Assistant Principal
Mindy King, Assistant Principal

Tanya Mead, Secretary/Treasurer/Book Rental
Cindy Mansfield, Attendance Secretary

Estrella Diaz, Secretary

Art Department
Heather Hall, Department Chair
Kelly Tooker

Business/Informational Technology

Health Department
Ben Kain

Preparing for College and Career Department
Cami Berkey, Department Chair

Language Arts Department
Clare Palenchar, Co-Department Chair
Lisa Graves, Co-Department Chair
Heather Misiano

Kristina O’Donnell
Deanna Williams

Math Department
Shannon Lovely, Department Chair
Derrick Thomas
Grant Choler

Katie Smith

Music Department
Tim Carnall, Department Chair
Jacob Robaska
Rebecca Yoder
Jim Keranen
Stephanie Rappatta
Carus Shaffer

Physical Education Department
Matt Walker, Department Chair
Christy Grubb

Science Department
Mark Schroeder, Department Chair
Heather Kidder
Holly Pennix
Stephanie Scheimann

Social Studies Department
Natalie Schultz, Department Chair

Brittany Choler
Lisa McKee

Alexandra Lyon

Special Education Department
Lisa Goudarzi
Chad O’Brien
Charlette Hawkins

Guidance Counseling Department
Sylesta Morgan, 7th Grade Guidance Counselor
Amy Murray, 8th Grade Guidance Counselor

Athletic Department
Derrick Thomas, Athletic Director

ESL Department
Brenda Cruz, Department Chair

Additional West Side Staff
Matt Howe, Media Center
Lindsey Walters, Media Center Secretary
Tina Allen, Cafeteria Manager
Ken West, Head Custodian
Caylee Watson, Nurse
Jami Presswood, Social Worker
Eluvia Flores, ESL Paraprofessional
Christine Otto, Special Education Paraprofessional
Tiffany Smart, Special Education Paraprofessional
Lauren Robertson, Special Education Paraprofessional
Leticia Najar, ESL Paraprofessional
Stephanie Williams, PASS/ISS Supervisor

School Improvement Plan

To see our full West Side School Improvement Plan, please click here: West Side School Improvement Plan.