• Kindergarten Update Important information for current and future kindergarten students of NWSD...postcards were mailed out on Tuesday, April 17.
    Posted Apr 20, 2018, 12:39 PM by Tammie Clinger
  • Future Business Leaders of America Northwestern's chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America celebrates a very successful year.  Back in December the group participated in the regional competition.  The results are shared below.  Regional Competition ResultsTaylor Church, First Place in Accounting IAlanna Heck, First Place in Accounting IIBrooke Edwards, First Place in AgribusinessCassie Porter, First Place in Healthcare AdministrationSara Spirito, First Place in Impromptu SpeakingElizabeth Miller, First Place in Introduction to BusinessChristie Sawin, Second Place in Introduction to Financial MathCharlie LaPlaca and Nathan Little (Team Competition), First Place in MarketingTehya Thorpe, First Place in Organizational LeadershipTaylor Morini, Third Place in Personal FinanceBridget Krome, Second Place in Personal FinanceRebekka Ryan, Third Place ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2018, 7:40 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • KidWind Team Takes First! Congratulations to our KidWind Team, High Capacity!  They took first place at the state competition on March 28.
    Posted Apr 11, 2018, 10:48 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • PSSA Testing to Begin April 9 Northwestern students will begin several rounds of PSSA testing on Monday, April 9.  Here are a few simple tips to help your child prepare for the testing.1. Talk about it, listen and let your conversation be led by what your child is feeling.2. Stress that the test is a way to check what they know and to give it their best effort.3. Help your child get good sleep.4. Plan healthy (and hearty!) meals and snacks.5. Keep your evenings low stress and low key.6. Tell your child how proud you are.Elementary parents be sure to visit your child's school link for specific dates and information.Northwestern ElementarySpringfield ElementaryNorthwestern Middle School Schedule ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2018, 6:28 PM by Tammie Clinger
  • Summer Slide Book Drive Northwestern and Springfield Elementary are participating in this year's United Way Summer Slide Book Drive.  The drive runs through April 25.  You can help kids beat the summer slide by donating new or gently used books for children ages 5-14 (grades K-8) at Andover Bank or Marquette Bank in Albion or Edinboro.  Books collected will be distributed to students at both elementary schools prior to summer break.  Monetary donations can be made through this link, United Way Summer Slide or mailed directly to United Way of Erie County, 420 West Sixth Street, Suite 200, Erie, PA 16507.   Your support will make a BIG difference for our Wildcats!
    Posted Apr 4, 2018, 11:40 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Weekend with the Arts Schedule
    Posted Apr 3, 2018, 11:33 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Are You Looking for Summer Activities? Here's an opportunity to keep your Wildcat busy during the summer months.  College for Kids through Penn State Behrend is available to children ages 6-14.  One-week sessions are offered from June 11-July 27 at the Behrend campus.  There are several classes to choose from, ranging from arts and crafts to science and engineering.  Check out this year's selection in the College for Kids Brochure 2018.
    Posted Mar 27, 2018, 6:33 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • NW Students Participate in County Band Concert Congratulations to these NW students who were part of the first band to perform at the 35th Annual County Band Concert held at Shaffer Auditorium on the campus of Allegheny College.  Northwestern was the first group from Erie County to participate in the concert on Saturday along with six other Crawford County schools.  Mr. Jacob Gibson, music teacher, was also recognized as a special guest conductor at the concert.  Be sure to check out the article from the Meadville Tribune highlighting the event.  Proud to be a Wildcat!
    Posted Mar 26, 2018, 6:37 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Alumni Visit High School Science Classes
    Posted Mar 22, 2018, 11:03 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Early Release of Students (Weather Conditions) On certain days, based upon weather and road conditions throughout the district, the Northwestern School District may use an "early release."  During an early release, the middle and high school will dismiss at approximately 2:00, instead of the normal 2:20.  This is done in order to keep the busses on time for elementary dismissal.  We do not use the one call system, because, if the weather is bad, an early release will most likely not affect the elementary drop off times.  In other words, we do an early release to keep the elementary drop offs as close to on-time as possible, and to allow our drivers a little more time in order to keep all of our ...
    Posted Mar 16, 2018, 6:11 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.