District News & Events
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  • Weekend with the Arts starts tomorrow The Albion community will come alive with art,  as the Northwestern High School Art Club will hold its 11th annual weekend with the Arts April 29 through May 1 ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2016, 8:10 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
  • Novice girls place at wrestling states Three novice girls from Northwestern School District placed at the 2016 Girls Folkstyle States tournament on March 13 in Harrisburg. Third-grader Joelle Scott placed first at 60 pounds; second ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2016, 7:28 PM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
  • Seven Northwestern junior wrestlers to compete at states April 1-2 Seven Northwestern School District student athletes will compete today and tomorrow, April 1-2, at the 2016 Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Championships – held for the second year at Erie Insurance Arena ...
    Posted Apr 1, 2016, 8:49 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
  • NWSD to hold community-wide clean-up April 9 - we need you! The Northwestern AmeriCorps members are planning the Northwestern School District’s first annual “Spring into Action” event from 8 a.m. to noon on April 9 – and we need your ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2016, 4:44 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
  • Rock show set for tonight at NHS The Northwestern High School Guitar and Strings (NHGnS) Club will perform a rock show featuring a hopped up version of “Danny Boy,” and songs from U2, Creedence Clearwater Revival, as ...
    Posted Mar 18, 2016, 8:27 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
  • Art Club seeking vendors for Weekend with the Arts, set for April 29-May 1 Members of the Northwestern High School Art Club are busy planning for the 11th annual Weekend with the Arts, set for April 29 through May 1. Students and high ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2016, 6:44 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
  • "Northwestern's Got Talent" showcases students from K-12 on March 12 The sixth annual “Northwestern's Got Talent” show will be held at 6 p.m. this Saturday, March 12, at the Northwestern High School auditorium. About 35 acts including singing ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2016, 6:23 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
  • Northwestern & Springfield elementaries hold science fairs Springfield Elementary School and Northwestern Elementary School both held science fairs in February.   On Feb. 22 in Springfield, 42 fourth-graders displayed their projects on everything from mold to baking ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2016, 2:38 PM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
  • NWE 5th graders to compete at regional K'nex Challenge On Friday, March 4, two teams of Northwestern Elementary School fifth-graders will compete at the IU5’s STEM K’nex Design Challenge in Edinboro.   All NWE fifth-graders participated ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2016, 9:20 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
  • NHS life skills class holds 6th annual chili luncheon When Northwestern Middle School Principal Greg Lehman showed up at the high school for lunch on Feb. 17, he said he heard they had the best chili in town. And ...
    Posted Mar 1, 2016, 3:02 PM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
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Talking Science at Northwestern

The "Talking Science" site has been updated for 2014-15.  Talking Science @ NW is linked in the Resources section to the left of this message.  Mrs. Macfarlane's 9th grade AP Science students worked hard to spotlight science across the district!  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.

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.

Please note:  The Pennsylvania Academic Review review/comment period for Pennsylvania’s Eligible Content concluded on January 15, 2015. Summary reports of all feedback on Eligible Content for Mathematics and English Language Arts are now available.

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 Qtr1 is where you will find the assignments and scores for the1st 9-week marking period.  The current grade will be displayed next to the Qtr1 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 4th quarter, click the number 1 in the "Available Values" box, then click the single arrow button between the boxes.  This will move the 1 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 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.

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.

**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.