• School Director Recognition Month Do you know your NWSD school board directors?  They are your neighbors, friends, local leaders, parents and engaged senior citizens of the Northwestern community.  January is designated as School Director Recognition Month by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.  The district would like to celebrate and recognize the challenging and vital work they do on behalf of our students, families and community.  Their job is necessary to ensure our schools remain on a pathway to a promising future.  When you see one of them out and about in our community, please take a moment and show them your gratitude for making the success of our children their priority.Please take a moment to view the video tribute to them.
    Posted Jan 16, 2018, 6:41 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • STEAM Activities at Springfield Elementary Are your children talking about their Makerspace projects or STEAM activities?  Check out the link below to see why they are so excited.  Several teachers at Springfield Elementary have incorporated these creative projects into their curriculum.  Be sure to check out all four links within the newsletter to view the pictures from various classrooms. The links are listed at the top of the newsletter page.  Our students are gaining valuable hands-on learning through this initiative.SPRINGFIELD NEWSLETTER
    Posted Jan 11, 2018, 5:58 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten registration dates have been set.  If you have a child that will turn FIVE on or before July 1, 2018, please take note of the dates.
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 7:52 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Peace Poster Winners Announced Sixth grade Art students were recently honored by the Albion Area Lion's Club for their winning Peace posters.  Mrs. Friel's first term art students participated in the annual contest sponsored by the Lion's Club International. Winners are pictured left to right, Crystal Nelson - 3rd place, Chloe Yazembiak, 2nd place and Evabelle Dvorak - 1st place.  Congratulations!!
    Posted Jan 9, 2018, 8:38 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Annual Talent Show Application attached below.
    Posted Jan 3, 2018, 7:33 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • 2017 Choral Concert Middle school and high school choral students, under the direction of Mrs. Dana Kuhn, shared a wonderful holiday performance on December 21.  Enjoy the highlights from our talented students!
    Posted Dec 31, 2017, 6:25 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Albion Area Lions Club Donation Mr. Ty Perry, representative from the Albion Area Lions Club, presented a check for $2,400 to the Northwestern fall and winter sports programs.  Each program received a generous $300 donation to assist with improvements.  Students and coaches gathered to receive their checks, representing the following groups:  Cross Country, Marching Band, Boys Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Wrestling, Unified Sports Track & Field, and Girls Basketball.  A huge thank you to the Lions Club for supporting our young athletes!
    Posted Dec 18, 2017, 12:51 PM by Tammie Clinger
  • Middle School-High School Band Concert Highlights Several Northwestern Middle School and High School band students performed holiday favorites for family and friends on Thursday, December 14.  Please take note of a "special" student that joined the sixth grade band this year...none other than principal, Mr. Lehman on the tuba.  As always, the evening was a wonderful display of talent from our Wildcats!  Special thanks to Mr. Gibson and Mr. Wheeler for the many hours of preparation with our students.
    Posted Dec 16, 2017, 7:48 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • World Soil Day High school students celebrated World Soil Day on December 5.  The projects took several days to complete, but the finished products are amazing!  Mercedes Vasilik, Kendall Fawcett, Valerie Brown, Violette Hosack, and Ashley Courson created the painting using different types of clay soil.  We chose mountains as our landscape to represent the connection between soil and watersheds.  The YouTube video shows the students working on the painting.  The painting below, “Tree of Life,” was made using wet white and terracotta clay.  Students, Tiffani Homan, Cheyenne Gurto, Cameron Boyer, Caitling Roseberry and Kayla Lago wanted to paint something sprouting from the ground and a tree was the first idea that came to mind.  The Tree of Life seemed to be the ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2017, 12:29 PM by Tammie Clinger
  • One Vo1ce Project Northwestern High School students Trevor Eggert, Karlie Kemling, Hailey Norden, Emma Shaffer, Tiffani Homan, Rachel Heck and Amelia Doritty participated in a global project under the direction of the group, Teachers for Global Classrooms.  High school English teacher, Ms. Ogden, coordinated the project which allowed our students to be part of a special holiday message. 
    Posted Dec 13, 2017, 10:34 AM by Tammie Clinger
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Visit the 2016-2017 News & Events page for more photos of 2016-2017 district events!

National Blue Ribbon School icon 
Congratulations Northwestern Elementary!
Northwestern Elementary has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School Award Winner for 2016.

To learn more about this prestigious national award, visit the U.S. Department of Education website.

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 the information page.

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 Qtr1 is where you will find the assignments and scores for the 1st 9-week marking period.  The current grade will be displayed next to the Qtr3 gradebook.
  • Click the gradebook ending in Qtr1 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 1st quarter, click the number 1 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 1
  • 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 visit the United Way website.

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 enjoy the 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.

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.

Nondiscrimination Statement

It is the policy of the Northwestern School District not to discriminate on the basis of age, religion, sex, race, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, or non-job related disability (including sexual harassment, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression), in the admission or access to, or in the provision of services, programs, or employment in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 1604 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 and 11375, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.  For information relevant to this policy, contact Mrs. Kristen Rutkowski, 504 Coordinator & ADA Coordinator; or Mr. Greg Lehman, Title IX Coordinator, 100 Harthan Way, Albion, PA  16401; 814.756.9400.

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.

**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.