Who We Are:
Elm Road Elementary School is a K-5 elementary school part of the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation, where excellence in education is pursued and achieved at all levels. We are a community and our students feel supported and encouraged to reach their full potential.
Our staff of compassionate and engaged teachers receive ongoing professional development in everything from the IDOE state standards to utilizing social emotional learning and restorative practices in the classrooms. Students are connected to each other and the greater school community so that they realize the are part of the Elm Road family.
The Elm Road School community provides a positive learning environment in which students develop their potential as life-long learners and responsible citizens. Our school culture is captured in our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) plan and school motto, which is Putting Dreams Into Flight.
We are a 1:1 Technology district, which means that every student at Bittersweet, as well as every student in the P-H-M school district, has access to their own Chromeoook that they use every day in the classroom (kindergartners use iPads).
Elm Road School was built in 1953. It was completely renovated in 1987 when Boner and Fulmer Elementary Schools were closed and students were consolidated at the present facility. We affectionately refer to ourselves as the “Eagles,” proudly sporting the school colors of green, white and gold.
Grades: Kindergarten – 5th grade
Enrollment 2018-19: 529
School day: 7:55 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Where We’re Located:
59400 Elm Road, Mishawaka, IN 46544
Visiting our School:
As part of our P-H-M Safety and Security protocols, parents and other visitors will be asked to register when the arrive at the front office. Visitors can pre-register to save time. Please click here for more details on our SafeVisitor Registration system.
How to Contact Us:
Phone: (574) 259-3743
Fax: (574) 258-9384
Our Front Office Staff:
Dr. Lisa Soto Kile, Principal
Madelyn Beers, Assistant to the Principal
Judy Marosz, Secretary/Treasurer
Karen Russell, Office Aide
- PennPALS Preschool Program
- Kids Club (before and after school care)
Chromebook carts providing 1:1 Technology for every student
Four extended Learning Areas with mini computer labs
Television broadcast studio
- Speech and hearing room
- Outdoor environmental lab
Elm Road Elementary offers balanced literacy, Title I, speech and hearing, inclusion of special needs children, an interventionist, academic competitions, fine arts, pe, music, social skills development and an Art Smart program. Parent conferences include student data. All students utilize the computer enrichment/remediation lab. A mastery learning model is in place for all students. Essential skills in reading and math are assessed on a regular basis. Students receive additional tutoring or enrichment as needed.
Instruction at Elm Road is delivered by groups of teachers organized into teams. An objective-based curriculum is used in the subject areas of language arts and mathematics. The curriculum is integrated in a developmentally appropriate manner to enhance student learning.
At Elm Road we believe in wrapping services around students and families to ensure a student’s success. Services for the family include counseling and support through referrals to outside agencies.
How We Rate:
”A” rated School District
Elm Road Elementary is one of Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation’s 11 elementary schools. P-H-M has consistently received an “A” rating from the Indiana Department of Education for seven consecutive years. 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 2019 ILEARN results, P-H-M ranks 12th in the state for combined ELA & Math scores in grades 3-8.
For the 2017-18 School Year, Elm Road 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 2017-18 School Accountability Grades, please click here to visit the IDOE website. The IDOE has not yet released the Accountability Grades for the 2018-19 school year.
ILEARN Spring 2019 Results – Percent students passing ILEARN
English/Lang Arts Math
Grade 3 59% 62%
Grade 4 64% 75%
Grade 5 64% 68%
LEA Annual Report Cards:
Beginning with 2017-2018 data, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires each local educational agency (LEA) that receives Title I assistance to prepare and disseminate an annual LEA report card. An LEA report card must be concise and presented in an understandable and uniform format for parents. ESSA requires each LEA to share its report card on its website, or if the LEA does not have a website, in another public manner determined by the LEA.
In order to comply with this requirement, the LEA may develop its own report card in compliance with all reporting requirements, or provide on its website a link to IDOE's accountability data link for the LEA. All required data points for LEAs and schools will be included on IDOE's Compass site. Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, LEAs will be required to provide IDOE the URL location where the LEA has provided its report card for the district and school levels to the public. The submission of this information will be provided through the LEA’s Title I application.
- Student Council
- Art Smart
- After-school enrichment/Tutorial programs
- Academic competitions
- Circle the State
- S.O.A.R. Program
- Sensory Room
- PTO events
- Music programs
- Intramural sports
- Recycling teams
How Families Can Get Involved:
The Elm Road staff welcomes the active involvement of our parents and families. Volunteer opportunities include PTO, classroom parents and chaperones for special activities and trips. We are very fortunate to have a very active PTO.
Interested in getting involved with the PTO? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.