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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.

District News & Events
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  • Superintendent candidates to be introduced Feb. 23 The Northwestern School District community can meet three final candidates – one of which would become the district’s new superintendent this year -  at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2017, 4:56 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
  • Girls charity game set to help veterans The Northwestern Wildcats girls basketball annual charity game is set for tonight at Corder Gym in Albion.   Team members chose America’s VetDogs® – The Veteran's K-9 Corps, an ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2017, 9:06 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
  • NW wrestling to host weekend tournaments Northwestern School District will host a full weekend of wrestling - a middle school tournament is set for Saturday, Jan. 14, and an elementary-age novice tournament is set for Sunday ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2017, 10:50 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
  • Public input on Superintendent search wanted Big changes are coming at Northwestern School District this year. Your help is needed to help shape the future. Superintendent Dr. Karen Downie, Northwestern High School Principal Dan Shreve and ...
    Posted Jan 5, 2017, 8:35 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
  • Gingerbread house competition winners announced Eighth-graders in Melissa Wilson’s Introduction to Foods class created sweet houses this holiday season. Gingerbread houses, that is. In teams, students baked, built, decorated a holiday scene. They ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2017, 11:34 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
  • Middle school celebrates pre-break Northwestern Middle School students were treated to an afternoon of games on Dec. 23, prior to leaving for the holiday break. Students worked in teams playing games including a life ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2017, 7:46 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
  • Grandparents help NWE fifth-graders with K’nex challenge; Winners announced Fifth-graders Sahana Kumar, Kristina Kerr, Josh’sheem Perry and Kolton Sutter built an amusement park ride powered by green energy together.   “It’s Zero Gravity. It uses solar and ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2017, 12:38 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
  • Toys for Cats helps 105 families Volunteers distributed gift packs on Dec. 16 and 17 for Northwestern School District’s Toys for Wildcats holiday drive. More than 105 families were helped have a brighter holiday thanks ...
    Posted Jan 2, 2017, 11:52 PM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
  • Sixth-graders win VFW essay contest Two Northwestern Middle School sixth-graders won top prizes in the West Springfield VFW Post 4965 Patriots Pen Youth Essay Contest. Indra Wilson took first-place and was awarded $35 ...
    Posted Dec 27, 2016, 9:33 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
  • Senior shares pizzelle-making tradition Northwestern High School senior Jacob Calkins has made a tradition of making pizzelles at Christmas time in Sandy Henley’s life skills classroom. For the last four years, Calkins has ...
    Posted Dec 20, 2016, 7:57 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎
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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 Qtr3 is where you will find the assignments and scores for the 3rd 9-week marking period.  The current grade will be displayed next to the Qtr3 gradebook.
  • Click the gradebook ending in Qtr3 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 3rd quarter, click the number 3 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 3
  • 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.

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.

**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.