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
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.
P-H-M Planetarium/Digital Video Theater
Kids Club (before and after school care)
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 Results–Percent of students passing ISTEP+
English/Language Arts Math
Grade 3 85% 68%
Grade 4 74% 72%
Grade 5 68% 79%
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
Colors: Bittersweet red with white and black
Motto: P.A.W.S.: Polite, Accountable, Wise choices, being Safe.