Northwestern Cheerleader 5K - Rescheduled

The Northwestern Cheerleader 1st Annual 5K/Challenge Run has been rescheduled for August 15, 2015.  The race starts at 9:00 AM.  If you didn't register, there is still time!  Contact Erica LaFuria at 814.450.5143 or ericalafuria34@gmail.com for information or to pre-register.  Registrations will also be accepted at the event starting at 7:30 AM.  Checks can be made payable to NW Cheerleading in the amount of $25 for the 5K, $20 for the Challenge Race, or $35 for both.


Fall Sports Physicals

Fall Sports Physicals will be July 27th.  The cost is $15.  Forms are available in the Forms Downloads section of the NWSD website.
  • JV/Varsity Football - 1:00 PM
  • MS Football - 1:45 PM
  • 7th & 8th Girls' Basketball - 2:15 PM
  • JV/Varsity Girls' Volleyball - 2:45 PM
  • HS Cross Country - 3:15 PM
  • MS Cross Country - 3:30 PM

2015-2016 School Calendar

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





Northwestern Newsletter

The spring 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.


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.



Online Application for Free or Reduced Meals

The District implemented a new service during the 2014-15 school 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.


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

NOTIFICATION OF IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

DON'T WAIT • VACCINATE NOW!

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.