2015-2016 School Calendar

The 2015-2016 school calendar has been approved and is available under District Information --> Calendars.

Academic Sports League Competition

The ASL team competed at Gannon University on January 10, 2015, taking 5th out of 21 teams in the social science and economics competition.  
Northwestern tied for 2nd place in the Super Quiz Relay part of the competition with Collegiate Academy.  This earned the team a silver medal for that part of the competition. (9 medals)  
The team also won another 11 medals at the competition.
Will Driver had a wonderful day.  He won a gold medal in speech with a perfect 1,000, a gold medal in social science, a gold medal in economics, a silver medal in essay and a gold medal overall at the scholastic level.  He had the highest score of everyone in the competition (all divisions).
Other medalist included:

Eric Higgins - bronze in speech at the scholastic level.

Rob Zurn - gold in interview, ten points from a perfect score (990) at the scholastic level.
Becca Lewis - Silver in interview, ten points from a perfect score (990) at the honors level.
Ashely Troutman - Bronze in interview (980) and Silver in social science at the varsity level.
Mckenzie Craig - Silver in economics at the scholastic level.

Northwestern was ranked 5th at the regional level and qualified for the United States Academic Competition to be held at Northwestern on March 6th and 7th.  The Super Quiz Relay part of the competition is open to the public and will be on March 7th from 11:00 - 12:30.  The awards ceremony will be held from 1:45 - 2:45 in the high school auditorium.  

Preschool 2015

The Northwestern High School is pleased to announce that they will be holding a preschool from March 16, 2015, to May 1, 2015.  To be eligible, your child must be between the ages of three and five, socially prepared for organized play and learning activities, and have their own means of transportation. (Note:  three-year olds must have a birthday prior to March 1st)

All children must provide an updated copy of IMMUNIZATION RECORDS from the child's physician to the teacher/school nurse to attend preschool.  The immunization records must be on file before the child may attend preschool.
For the entire session of preschool, there will be a charge of $20.00 per child.  This charge is necessary to offset the cost of toys, equipment, and craft supplies used in preschool.  The $20.00 fee must be paid in full when the registration form is returned for your child to be enrolled in our preschool.  Once during the preschool session, each child's family is expected to supply a snack for the entire class one time.  A snack calendar will be sent home with your child showing you when it is your turn.

Northwestern's Child Development Classes offer two sessions of preschool. 
Session A will be on Monday and Tuesday from 9:15 - 10:40. 
Session B Thursday and Friday from 9:15 - 10:40. 
The enrollment for each session is limited to 15 children.

If you are interested in having your children attend, please click here for a registration form or call 756.9400.  The registration form is also available in the high school office.  The form must be returned to the high school with the $20.00 fee by March 6, 2015.
Thank you for considering the NWSD preschool program for your child.  Feel free to contact Mrs. Yori with any questions.

Northwestern Newsletter
The fall newsletter is available by visiting this link.  We are proud of what is happening here at Northwestern and hope you will enjoy reading about all of the great things that happen across the district.  Previous newsletters are available under the "Form Downloads" section of our site under the "Other Information" tab.

Looking for Wildcat gear?  Please
visit this link to check out spirit wear items available for purchase

Pennsylvania Academic Review

The following message is from the Pennsylvania Department of Education:

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has developed a website to solicit feedback from the public on the eligible content in English language arts and mathematics in grades three through eight, and Algebra I and Literature at the secondary level.

Pennsylvania’s eligible content statements are a straightforward set of what we want students to know and do at each grade level, and serve as the blueprint for the state assessments.

This website was designed to promote public awareness and understanding of the eligible content and obtain feedback from Pennsylvania educators, parents and the general public on the eligible content statements, their purpose, and value.

If after gathering feedback we conclude that significant changes are needed, we will engage in a revision process via statewide public hearings.

The website is currently populated with eligible content for grade three English language arts and mathematics and is available for public review.

By mid-November, the website will be expanded to encompass the eligible content for grades three through eight and Algebra I and Literature.

Please visit http://paacademicreview.org to review the content.  The feedback we receive will be invaluable as we evaluate and refine our career and postsecondary expectations for our students.

Online Application for Free or Reduced Meals

The District is implementing in a new service this year.  PrimeroEdge is a fast and easy way to apply for free or reduced student meals.  All students in a household can be submitted on one application.

To get started, visit https://www.paschoolmeals.com from any computer.  The automated program will walk you through each step.  There is no charge to file an online application. 
Click to view  or download additional information.

Talking Science at Northwestern

The 9th grade AP Science students have been working hard to spotlight science across the district!  Please visit the new "Talking Science" site, linked in the Resources section to the left of this message.  You will learn about many of the fantastic science opportunities available at Northwestern, read interesting and fun science facts, and find information about upcoming or ongoing contests.  There are many other resources on the site, including fun projects you can do at home.

Visit this site, and check back often to see what's new! 

Keystone Exams

The Pennsylvania Department of Education replaced the grade 11 PSSA in mathematics, reading, writing and science with the Keystone Exams.  The Keystone Exams are designed to provide student achievement information and will satisfy the federal requirements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.

For more information about the Keystone Exams, please visit this link.

Web Grades Information

ParentConnect contains daily grades, student schedules, marking period grades, attendance records, discipline records, cafeteria balances, and other important student information.

To access grades, visit the Student Information link for the building where your child attends.  If you are unsure of the login ID and password, please contact the school office.  If you are using Internet Explorer, and you are having trouble accessing grades, please visit this link.
  • Once you are logged in, click the bottom left button - "Daily Grades."
  • Click a course name from the list that appears in the area to the right.
  • Beneath the course that you clicked, you will see a list of gradebooks for that class.  Because some courses are all year, some courses are two quarters or one semester, and some courses are just one quarter, not all gradebooks will look the same in all courses.
    • Many courses will have a gradebook with "Exam" at the end of its name - this is a holding place for the Final Exam and you will not see grades in that gradebook until an exam is graded.
    • There is a gradebook with the name "Fn" at the end of its name - this is a continuously updating gradebook that shows the overall grade in the course.  If this Fn gradebook is missing or incorrect, please contact the teacher.
    • There are other gradebooks that end in Qtr1, Qtr2, Qtr3, & Qtr4, for all full-year courses.  Courses offered for less than a full year will have gradebooks for whichever quarters they are offered. 
    • The gradebook ending in Qtr3 is where you will find the assignments and scores for the 3rd 9-week marking period.  The current grade will be displayed next to the Qtr3 gradebook.
  • Click the gradebook ending in Qtr3 to view detailed assignments and scores
  • Click the "close gradebook page" button to go back to the list to view grades in another course.

There are several reports available in the Reports area toward the top of the page, including a custom report named "Gradebook Quick Look (NWSD)" that is a snapshot of all grades in all classes.

  • Click "Select a Report" near the top of the page.
  • Select "Gradebook Quick Look (NWSD)"
  • Click the printer icon next to "Gradebook Quick Look (NWSD)"
  • For the 2nd quarter, click the number 3 in the "Available Values" box, then click the single arrow button between the boxes.  This will move the 3 to the "Selected Values" box on the right side.
  • Click OK
  • This will generate a Gradebook Summary report for all courses offered in Marking Period 3
  • Click "Close Report" when you are done viewing the report.

Grades are posted to ParentConnect several times per day.  Please use the system frequently in order to stay informed about the progress of your child. 

Free Books for Children Under 5

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will help you read with your child. There are many reasons parents do not read to their child, but we can eliminate one of them. Every child will have books of their very own, at no cost to you, thanks to United Way of Erie County and Dolly Parton. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child’s name directly to your home. He/she can look forward to new and exciting reading adventures from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library until he/she turns five years old as long as you remain a resident of Erie County. Should the child move outside Erie County, he/she automatically exits the program.

For additional information or to enroll in this free program, please click here.

My Choice..... My Public School is Northwestern School District

The Northwestern School District is very proud of its students and staff and we want everyone to know that we can provide a public education to be proud of.   As a result, we have joined a consortium of Erie County public schools to create a media campaign to share the good news with everyone.  


Please click on the link below to see three TV commercials that have been specifically created for our area.  If you look closely you will see some of Northwestern's students and staff highlighted in the pictures.  I hope this helps you to say proudly My Choice….. My Public School is Northwestern School District.

Stayed tuned for more good information!

ECTS Parent Portal

If you are a parent of a student who attends the Erie County Technical School, please visit the new ECTS Parent Portal.  The portal contains many valuable resources, including school information, grades, and attendance.  To access this new resource, please use the link to the "ECTS Parent Portal" located under the "Student Information" tab.

Information for School Volunteers

The Northwestern School District has adopted a policy regarding school volunteers.

The district requires that all volunteers complete and submit three (3) clearances before volunteering in any capacity.

Please visit the "Other Information" - "Form Downloads" section of the website to read the policy and for instructions that will be helpful in obtaining your clearances.

Immunization Requirements



The NEW Pennsylvania immunization requirement for ALL children in grades K - 12, is listed below:

  • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of the disease

The NEW Pennsylvania immunization requirements for ALL children attending 7th grade are listed below:

  • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of the disease
  • 1 dose of tetanus, diptheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap), if 5 years has elapsed since last tetanus immunization
  • 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)

Immunization information is available on our website under "Other Information" - "Form Downloads."

Please visit the PA Dept of Health web site, contact your health care provider, or call 1-877-PA HEALTH for more information.

Olweus Bullying Program 

In order to ensure that all Northwestern students are afforded an opportunity to learn in a safer, more positive environment, Northwestern School District has implemented a comprehensive bullying prevention program utilizing the internationally recognized Olweus Bullying Prevention Program guidelines.

For a definition of what bullying is, how to recognize it, how to assist the Northwestern School District in preventing it, and other important information regarding this program, please click the "Bullying Resources" link to the left of this message.

Cafeteria Balances

Cafeteria balances in ParentConnect are accurate for students as of the date listed in ParentConnect.  This balance is not always updated daily, so please look at the date listed below the balance in ParentConnect.  If you need information about your balance, please contact Mrs. Roberta Roseski at x5264.

Curriculum Review by Parents/Guardians and students

Parents/Guardians and students have the right to review instructional materials and have access to information about the curriculum, including academic standards to be achieved, instructional materials and assessment techniques.  Please refer to Northwestern School Board Policy #105.1 for the procedures to follow in making such a request.    

District Events Calendar

Calendar Information

The above calendar is feeding events from the NWSD public Google Calendar.  Click an event title to see more details.

**click for mobile view**

Building-specific events are coded as follows

H- indicates a high school event
M- indicates a middle school event
N- indicates a Northwestern Elementary event
S- indicates a Springfield Elementary event

Events for multiple buildings will be coded with more than one code.  For example, H&M- would indicate an event for the high school and middle school.

District-wide events are listed without coding.

A larger view of the calendar is available under the District Information menu, under the Calendars link.