• Dear New Families,

     It is our pleasure to welcome you and your family to Gresham Middle School.  The mission of Gresham Middle School is to develop responsible, life long learners by encouraging all students to reach their potential.  We have 823 total students (261 of them are virtual) and 81 staff members at our school this year.  We look forward to getting to know you and your child.  

    There are many ways to get involved in your child’s school including, visiting our school website, watching the GNN News available on YouTube, following GMS Twitter, and participating in the PTSO and The Gresham Middle School Foundation. 

     PTSO stands for Parent Teacher Student Organization and their main goal is to support the staff and students at Gresham.  The PTSO offers volunteer opportunities throughout the year, which is a great way to get to know the teachers, staff and fellow parents/caregivers in our community.  You may not know this, but you are automatically a member of the PTSO because of a generous $5,000 donation from the GMS Foundation that covers PTSO membership fees for all parents.  Because of that $5000 donation, the PTSO does not have to promote fundraisers.  The funds from the GMS Foundation have afforded us the opportunity to financially support our students, families, staff, and school.  

     The GMS Foundation is a charitable organization comprised of a group of dedicated volunteer parents, staff members, and Fountain City community leaders.  One of the primary goals of the Foundation is to promote academic excellence at Gresham Middle School by raising funds that provide opportunities for students and the faculty that otherwise would not be available.  The GMS Foundation is always striving to improve our school and continually looking for more involvement from the Gresham families and community members.  We encourage our families to make monetary donations as well as giving their time to serve our school.  You will find a message from the Foundation on the following page.

     Below you will find a list of websites and contact information that will help you get connected.

    • Gresham Middle School website
      • https://www.knoxschools.org/greshamms
    • The GNN News Morning Announcements YouTube Channel
      • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtMByZ_YgxP5sDPFnCRgJ4Q
    • The Gresham Middle School Foundation
      • http://www.greshammiddleschoolfoundation.org/about-us.html
      • President: Seth Grossman
      • email: Seth.grossman@takeda.com
    • Gresham Middle School PTSO
      • President: Betsy Castleberry
      • email: betsycastleberry@gmail.com

    A message from the Gresham Middle School Foundation

    Hello Gresham Families!

    This school year is unlike any other we have ever experienced and so far, students in school and at home virtually have been able to benefit from the foundation. Twenty classes have been upgraded with new technology which included 65-inch TV’s and Apple TV, which helps teachers quickly connect and display information for students, a benefit to in-school and virtual students.

    Since school started in August the foundation has also funded the PTSO for the entire year, purchased a filtered water filling station, helped makeover the school’s workout area with rubber flooring, and a few other yearly commitments. To keep things going this year and in years to come we need your continued support.

    This year we would like to work on giving our students a great campus outdoors, as well as indoors. Our 2020-21 campaign is “Gresham’s Great Outdoors!” We would like to add among other things: outdoor classrooms with tables and sunshades, new and improved outside lunch areas, outdoor lighting, and outdoor recreation areas for our students to be able to exercise.

    To help us continue to support all our students this year and years to come we need your support! Please donate to the Gresham Middle School Foundation. You can donate any amount by going to our website at www.greshammiddleschoolfoundation.org or you can send a check to PO Box 18495 Knoxville, TN 37928.


    Thank you for your support!

    Seth Grossman




    We have prepared a list of clubs and sports that are typically offered at Gresham Middle School.  As you know, the 2020-21 school year is not a traditional year and there are several new guidelines in place to protect our students and community.   Some of our clubs and sports may not be taking place this year as a result of Covid 19 restrictions.  Here is a list of clubs and sports we have had in the past.  We encourage your child to be an active and social member of our school.

    • Art Club
      • Gilot
      • Email: lucie.gilot@knoxschools.org
    • Beta Club
      • Adamcik
      • Email: bob.adamcik@knoxschools.org 
    • Band
      • Greene
      • Email: nathaniel.greene@knoxschools.com
    • Chorus
      • Reeves
      • Email: michele.reeves@knoxschools.org
    • French Club
      • McMahan
      • Email: jessica.mcmahan@knoxschools.org
    • GNN News
      • Wagner
      • Email: trafton.wagner@knoxschools.org
    • Guitar Club
      • Greene
      • Email: nathaniel.greene@knoxschools.org
    • Latin Club
      • Pam Phillips
      • Email: pam.phillips@knoxschools.org


    • Mustache Fraternity
      • Dave
      • Email: vincent.dave@knoxschools.org


    • Pep Club – N/A for 2020-21


    • Project U
      • Pointer
      • Email: jennifer.pointer@knoxschools.org
    • Robotics Club
      • Wagner
      • Email: trafton.wagner@knoxschools.org
    • Student Council
      • Letsinger
      • Email: kristi.letsinger@knoxschools.org
    • Teens for Christ
      • Sampsel
      • Email: joel.sampsel@knoxschools.org
    • Baseball
      • Justin Bowser
      • Email: justinbowser@comcast.net
    • Basketball Girls
      • Heyward
      • Email: kiley.heyward@knoxschools.org
    • Basketball Boys
      • Sampsel
      • Email: joel.sampsel@knoxschools.org
    • Cheer
      • Lynch
      • Email: jamie.lynch@knoxschools.org
    • Cross Country /Track
      • Coach Barkley
      • Email: christopher.barkley@knoxschools.org
      • Coach Cate
      • Email: tyler.cate@knoxschools.org
    • Climbing
      • Kristin Williams
      • Email: ecogal73@gmail.com
    • Dance
      • Pointer
      • Email: jennifer.pointer@knoxschools.org
    • Soccer
      • Chris Castleberry
      • Email: castleberry4567@gmail.com
      • Search “Gresham Middle School Soccer” on Facebook or facebook@greshamsoccer
    • Softball – N/A


    • Swim
      • Monica Wilson
      • Email: monicacleans@gmail.com


    • Tennis – N/A for 2020-21


    • Volleyball – N/A for 2020-21



    We are so happy to have you and your student as part of our Gresham family.  Although we may not be able to see each other face-to-face and connect as we have in the past, we want you to feel welcome and give you a lifeline so that you and your student are supported and feel at home at our school.  Each grade level has it’s own assistant principal that is always willing and able to help.  We also have two guidance counselors that are fantastic resources for parents and students.  We want your child’s transition to Gresham to be as seamless as possible.  Feel free to reach out to us.   


    School Contact Information


    • Main Office: 865-689-1430

    Kim Holbert and Sandi Palmer 


    • Principal: Donna Parker



    • School Counselor: Tara Butler



    • School Counselor: Jennifer Pointer



    • 6th Grade Principal: Jessica McDonald



    • 7th Grade Principal: Hayley Hunter



    • 8th Grade Principal: Dr. Tobias Kilgore



     KCS Phone Numbers

    • Main Office Downtown 865-594-1800
    • Transportation 865-594-1550

     The following families have volunteered to be points of contact and are happy to answer any questions you might have about Gresham.  They can also help you get connected with the PTSO and GMS Foundation. 


    • 6th grade family: Kevin Cole 865-719-6898 coleka@cdmsmith.com and Lesley Cole lesley.cole@knoxschools.org
    • 7th grade family: Carolyn Pohrivchak 757-737-4226 carolyn.vab@gmail.com
    • 8th grade family: Betsy Castleberry 865-806-8699 betsycastleberry@gmail.com