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Middle School at Parkside
2400 Fourth St.
Jackson, MI  49203

Phone:  (517) 841-2300
Fax:  (517) 768-5968

Middle School at Parkside

Mission Statement: The mission of Middle School at Parkside is to provide all students with a quality education.

     Our Vision is to:
   ♦  Educate all students to higher levels of academic performance, the arts and athletics.
   ♦  Foster positive growth and development in social and emotional behavior.
   ♦  Strengthen partnerships with the students, staff, parents and community.


for Instruction:

Mrs. Kelly Pennington is the Principal for Instruction at the Middle School at Parkside.  Mrs. Pennington came to JPS after 16 years in Washtenaw County at Willow Run Community Schools where she taught elementary and middle school, was K-8 principal and a high school principal.

Associate Principal:

Mrs. Monica Pierce earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology along with her teaching certificate from Spring Arbor University in 1999. She earned a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Michigan State University in 2004. Mrs. Pierce accepted the Associate Principal position at Middle School at Parkside in 2011.

Grade Principal Mr. Scott Hutchins earned an Associate's Degree in Arts from Jackson Community College and a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Michigan State University.  He began his teaching career at Northeast Elementary and graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a MA in Educational Administration in 2002. After teaching at the Middle School at Parkside for two years, he served as Assistant Principal there for four years, then at Jackson High School.  His most recent assignment before returning to Parkside, was Principal of Bennett Elementary.


The Middle School at Parkside opened as a high school in the fall of 1963.   In 1982 it became a junior high, serving grades 7, 8 and 9 until 1994 when the transition to middle school was made. Parkside presently serves 1,100 students in grades 6, 7 and 8.


The Middle School at Parkside is located at 2400 Fourth Street within walking distance to beautiful Ella Sharp Park and Museum and the Hurst Planetarium. The single story building, situated on 57 acres includes a domed field house, rather than a traditional gymnasium.   Justin Mehall Memorial soccer field was added in 1992, serving as home field for boys and girls teams at both the middle school and Jackson High School. The Black Box Theater hosts drama presentations throughout the year.

NASA Explorer School Program:

In June, 2006, The Middle School at Parkside became a NASA Explorer School.  The NASA ExplorereSchools Program is a unique three-year relationship with the opportunity for educators and students to become involved in the excitement of NASA research, discoveries, and missions.


The students at the Middle School at Parkside are placed into teams, using the Middle School Concept. Core subjects adhere to the curriculum set forth by Jackson Public Schools in alignment with the State of Michigan Standards and Benchmarks. Parkside offers a vast selection of elective courses, or “Encore” classes, ranging from vocal and instrumental music, computers, art, life skills and three different languages. Click here for a list of Core Subject descriptions.

Of Special Interest:

The NEON after school program serves 300-400 students. Parkside’s jazz band has played at the Detroit Montrose Jazz Festival, and both the Symphonic and Varsity bands consistently receive “1’s” at state festivals. Parkside is affiliated with Johns Hopkins University and uses their literacy program. Parkside has a MIDI lab for synthesized/electronic music. French, German and Spanish are offered in both grade levels.

 Teen Health Center

 Click HERE for Parkside's Handbook

Center for Family Health- at the Middle School at Parkside

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 Meet Mrs. Pennington

Principal for Instruction, Middle School at Parkside

I am excited to join the JPS community.  As an experienced instructional leader serving K-12 school districts for nearly two decades, I recognize the need to transform education into vertically aligned, dynamic college and career ready academic learning environments that prepare all students to compete in an ever-evolving global economy. 

I am dedicated to inclusive, collaborative, and respectful leadership that demonstrates high expectations, accountability and transparency.  I am excited to work at Parkside as well as our commitment to community engagement.

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