• 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
  • Highlights of Springfield Elementary Winter Concert Fifth graders from Springfield Elementary were in the spotlight on Tuesday, December 12.  Students performed both band and choral selections under the direction of Mrs. Dana Kuhn as part of their annual winter concert.  Kudos to both the students and Mrs. Kuhn for the heart-warming performance!
    Posted Dec 13, 2017, 9:41 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Albion McDonald's Donates to Unified Sports Northwestern Elementary principal, Terry Trimble, announced that McDonald's was so impressed with the recent McTeacher Night that the owner/operator decided to match the amount raised.  Instead of receiving a check for $374.17, they presented Northwestern Elementary with a check for $748.34!  Adding in the tips of $122.07, the awesome McWildcat crew donated a total of $870.41 to the Unified Sports Team.  Congratulations to all who contributed to the evening's success!
    Posted Dec 12, 2017, 11:49 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • STEAM Projects Mr. Corsini's Biology II students created their own three-dimensional models of human vertebrae recently by partnering with Ms. Chase, the high school art teacher, to have students craft models of the various types of vertebrae out of clay.  Video credit to Mrs. Alyson Thiem.
    Posted Dec 8, 2017, 7:58 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Top Cat Award Winners Congratulations to the November Top Cat Award winners!
    Posted Dec 7, 2017, 7:15 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Winter Concert Northwestern Elementary fifth grade students held their winter concert on Tuesday, December 5.  Our students are fortunate to have the opportunity to share their talents outside of the classroom.  If you were unable to attend, we hope you enjoy this highlight video of the concert portion.
    Posted Dec 8, 2017, 8:01 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Geography Bee All middle school students are invited to participate in the National Geographic Geography Bee.   A geography bee is a contest where students are asked questions about the earth’s countries, cities, landforms, water, and people.  In the bee, students receive seven questions and receive a point for each correct answer.  The top ten finishers form a final round and compete to determine the top three finishers.  First, second, and third place finishers receive a gift card for Valenza’s, Jim and Sue’s, or the Cakery and the school champion receives a medal and a beautiful new globe. The champion also takes a test to qualify to be one of the top 100 students in the state, with a chance ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2017, 5:56 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • McTeacher Night Success! A huge thank is extended to the Albion community for their generous support last Tuesday.  Our wonderful group of Northwestern Elementary teachers raised over $500!  The funds will be used for the district's Unified Sports Track & Field team.
    Posted Nov 28, 2017, 11:20 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Jeans for Teens Drive The National Honor Society has organized a "Jeans for Teens" drive in conjunction with the Toy for Cats Drive.  Donations can be sent with your student or dropped off at any building office through Thursday, December 14.  As a reminder, all donations remain in the Northwestern School District community.  Thank you for your support!
    Posted Nov 22, 2017, 9:35 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.