Bittersweet Elementary School, 55860 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545
Bob Thompson, Principal
Fran Haughee, Secretary/Treasurer
Tresur Pritz, Office Aide
Bittersweet Elementary School opened in August of 1980. In 2005, the building was updated with fresh paint, new carpeting and an improved front entrance that restricts visitor access so that people are directed to the main office where they must sign in and get a visitor badge.
Grades Kindergarten through Fifth
Enrollment 2016-2017: 453
Teacher Aides: 4
Program Assistants: 9
Learning Lab Coordinator: 1
School day: 7:55 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.
P-H-M Planetarium/Digital Video Theater
Bittersweet Nature Center
Growing Together Preschool
Students in grades K-5 learn writing skills through the 6+1 Writing Traits and Simple 6. All students participate in Everyday Math and MacMillan/McGraw-Hill reading programs. Many electronic learning opportunities are available for students including Lexia, Math Facts in a Flash, and Study Island. Foss science kits and and inquiry-based social studies are used to broaden student's interest in these areas. A wonderful show that displays student art takes place each spring. Students with special needs are included in the regular classroom.
Based on the 2017 Spring ISTEP+ results, Bittersweet ranks in the top 16% of all 1,437 Indiana
For the 2016-17 school year, Bittersweet received an A rating from the Indiana Department of Education. Overall, 62 percent of Indiana schools received an A or B. For more information on and to view the 2016-17 School Accountability Grades, please click here to visit the IDOE website.
ISTEP+ Spring 2017 Results–Percent of students passing ISTEP+
English/Language Arts Math
Grade 3 75.0% 65.0%
Grade 4 75.7% 78.4%
Grade 5 75.6% 83.3%
The Bittersweet staff welcomes the active involvement of parents. Volunteer opportunities include PTO, classroom parents and chaperones for special activities and trips. Approximately 50 parents volunteer at school each week.
Honors and Achievements
Bittersweet has been designated an Exemplary School by the Indiana Department of Education. Student performance on Indiana's Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) along with attendance determines the category placement by the state.
Various family evening events throughout the year
5th Grade Basketball
Kids Club childcare
Bittersweet students will attend Schmucker Middle School and Penn High School.
Colors: Bittersweet red with gold and white
Motto: P.A.W.S.: Polite, Accountable, Wise choices, being Safe.