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55860 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545


Phone: (574) 259-6341

Fax: (574) 254-2866


Bob Thompson, Principal

Cassie Mills Scarsella, Assistant to the Principal

Fran Haughee, Secretary/Treasurer

LeAnn Bruntz, Office Aide

Tresur Pritz, Office Aide


Click here for a list of Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation contacts.



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 2018-19:  543

School day:  7:55 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.


Special Facilities

P-H-M Planetarium/Digital Video Theater

Computer Lab

PennPALS Preschool

Kids Club (before and after school care)


Academic Programs

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.


”A” rated School District
Bittersweet is one of Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation’s 11 elementary schools. For the seventh consecutive year, P-H-M has received an “A” rating from the Indiana Department of Education. P-H-M serves more than 11,100 students in its 11 elementary schools, three middle schools and Penn High School. With the release of the Spring 2018 ISTEP+ results, P-H-M ranks in the state’s Top 6% for grades 3-8. 


For the 2017-18 School Year, Bittersweet received an “B” rating from the IDOE. Overall, 64 percent of Indiana schools received an A or B. For more information on and to view the 2017-18School Accountability Grades, please click here to visit the IDOE website.



ISTEP+ Spring 2018 Results­­­­Percent of students passing ISTEP+

                 English/Language Arts   Math

Grade 3           85%                          68%

Grade 4           74%                          72%

Grade 5           68%                          79%


Click here for 2017-18 IREAD-3 Results.


Click here to see school demographic data and past school Performance Reports on the Indiana Department of Education website.


Click here to view the 2017-2018 federal report cards on the IDOE Compass website.


Parent Involvement

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.



Academic competitions

After-school clubs

Various family evening events throughout the year

5th Grade Basketball

Full-day kindergarten

Music programs

Science expo

Bittersweet students will attend Schmucker Middle School and Penn High School.


Colors: Bittersweet red with white and black


Mascot: Bobcats


Motto:  P.A.W.S.: Polite, Accountable, Wise choices, being Safe.