• Time to Fill the Bus! The annual Toys for Wildcats Drive is well underway.  The community has an opportunity to donate this Saturday, November 18 at the Albion Dollar General.  All donations stay in the Northwestern community.  Your support is greatly appreciated!
    Posted Nov 15, 2017, 10:50 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Top Cat Award Northwestern High School has implemented a “Top Cat” program.  Throughout each month, our teachers and staff are on the lookout for students who show outstanding examples of teamwork, character, service, and achievement.  When they witness such examples, they submit the student nomination.  At the end of the month, each grade level team of teachers vote on the student nominees in their grade.  The winners’ photos are then displayed in our “Wildcat Pride” showcase.  Whether the student is the nominee or the voted winner, the faculty and staff at Northwestern are very happy to see such shining students in our school.Congratulations to the October winners, Austin Bird, Madilyn Higgins, Mike Henley, and Sam Wilson.
    Posted Nov 9, 2017, 11:23 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Thanksgiving Family Fun Night The PAW Mentors (Peers Assisting Wildcats) will sponsor a Thanksgiving Family Fun Night Saturday, November 18 at Northwestern High School. The event will be from 5-8 PM.  A Thanksgiving style meal will be served at a cost of $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 5-10 and free for children under the age of 5.  Tickets are on sale at all school district offices and flyers will be sent home with all of our students. Families attending will have an opportunity to participate in free games and activities in the gym, as well as enjoy an area for kids activities and crafts.  There will be a bake sale, Chinese Auction and Bingo for small additional costs. What ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2017, 8:58 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Schedule Your Parent-Teacher Conference Today! Parent-teacher conferences are slated for Thursday, November 16.  High school and middle school parents are encouraged to utilize the following links to schedule your conference.High School-please click on the appropriate grade level to choose your timeHigh School Parent-Teacher Conference ScheduleMiddle SchoolMiddle School Parent-Teacher Conference ScheduleNorthwestern Elementary and Springfield Elementary parents can contact the building office for scheduling details.Northwestern Elementary (814) 756-9400 x2264 or x2265Springfield Elementary (814) 756-9400 x3310
    Posted Nov 6, 2017, 9:16 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Powder Puff Winners Several female students had the chance to showcase their football skills on Saturday during the Powder Puff football game.  It's also an opportunity for the senior football players to get a taste of coaching.  Congratulations to the Senior and Sophomore Powder Puff team for the victory. Thank you to all who came out to support our Wildcats! 
    Posted Nov 6, 2017, 9:09 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • New Activity for Secondary Students Do you like to play chess, magic, and other games?  If your answer is yes, consider joining the Northwestern Gamer Guild.  You can play and discuss all kinds of gaming with other students who share your interests.  The chess club and chess tournament are now part of the Gamer Guild.  The Gamer Guild will meet every Tuesday after school until 4pm in the High School Library beginning next Tuesday November 7th. Please contact Mr. Canfield, librarian, with any questions.
    Posted Nov 9, 2017, 5:13 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Toys for Cats The holiday season is quickly approaching and that means Toys for Cats will begin accepting donations of new or gently used items (toys, games, school supplies, winter apparel, etc.) at any building office until December 15.  All donations stay within the Northwestern School District.  Distribution to area families is slated for Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16.  If you know of a family that would benefit, please contact Barbara Miller at bmiller@nwsd.org or (814) 756-9400 x1272.
    Posted Oct 26, 2017, 11:03 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Polar Plunge Team Northwestern High School has a Polar Plunge Team! The Polar Plunge will be at Presque Isle State Park on November 18, 2017. We would love to add "Plungers" to our team! If you are interested in "Freezing for a Reason" please click on the link below to donate or participate in the plunge.  All proceeds will go to Northwestern High School Unified Sports Track Team! Please be sure to select Northwestern High School for proceeds to count for our team. http://www.specialolympicspa.org/erie-about-plungeIf you have any questions you can contact team members John Hansen, Michelle Ruland, Joe Nagle or Kristen Rutkowski. Thank you for your support and hope to see you at the PLUNGE!
    Posted Oct 25, 2017, 9:53 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • LERTA Resolution for Public Comment In an effort to attract residents and businesses to our area, the Northwestern School District Board of Directors is considering the implementation of LERTA.  Please take a moment to review the resolution and direct any questions or concerns to the Business Office at 814-756-9400 x4242 or x4253.
    Posted Oct 24, 2017, 5:25 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Title I Distinguished Award Northwestern Elementary has once again been recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a Reward School for the 2016-17 school year based on achievement!  We are pleased to announce that Springfield Elementary has also received this award!  Both schools were designated as a "High Achievement School" based on their 2016-17 results.  The schools have received the 2017-18 Title I Distinguished School Award for their efforts.  As you may remember, Northwestern Elementary was awarded this same recognition last school year.    There are 4,344 elementary schools in PA.  This award is given to schools in the top 5% of PA schools.  A total of 80 schools are being recognized this year.  The district extends congratulations to each ...
    Posted Oct 24, 2017, 5:17 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.