Red Ribbon Week
The Red Ribbon Campaign® is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week®, October 23-October 31 each year.
ABOUT THE RED RIBBON CAMPAIGN®
The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign®. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.
In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Week® celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families.
For more information, please visit RedRibbon.org
Pennsylvania Academic Review
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.
Online Application for Free or Reduced Meals
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.
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.
Looking for Wildcat gear? Please visit this link to check out spirit wear items available for purchase.
The 9th grade AP Science students have been working hard to spotlight science across the district! Please visit the new "Talking Science" site, linked in the Resources section to the left of this message. 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.
Visit this site, and check back often to see what's new!
2014 - 2015 Calendar
The 2014-2015 calendar is available. It is located under "District Information," then "Calendars."
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.
Academic Sports League
The NWSD ASL team competed in the United States Academic Decathlon State Competition in Souderton, PA February 28 and March 1, 2014. The team finished 3rd in small schools and 8th overall. They finished fourth in super quiz relay behind North Penn (1st), Collegiate (2nd), and McDowell (3rd). There were 14 teams competing.
SCIENCE: The science topic will be an introduction to energy conversion and will include a discussion of traditional energy generation as well as nuclear energy and renewable sources of energy.
LITERATURE: The literature curriculum will include critical reading, one long work of literature, eight poems, and one short prose work. The long work of literature will be Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard.
ART: The art curriculum will include art fundamentals and will cover innovations in art from the ancient world through the twentieth century.
MUSIC: The music curriculum will include basic elements of music theory and will cover innovations in music from the Middle Ages through the modern era.
SOCIAL SCIENCE: The social science curriculum will cover energy policy, the environment, and the new energy economy.
ECONOMICS: The economics curriculum will cover fundamental economic concepts, microeconomics, and macroeconomics. The economics curriculum will also include a thematic section on the economics of energy.
Mathematics: The mathematics curriculum will cover general mathematics, geometry, and an introduction to differential calculus.
Essay: Varies from competition to competition
Speech: prepared and impromptu
If anyone has a question about ASL, please contact Mr. Haskins (CHaskins@nwsd.org).
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.
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.
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.
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.
NOTIFICATION OF IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS
DON'T WAIT • VACCINATE NOW!
The NEW Pennsylvania immunization requirement for ALL children in grades K - 12, is listed below:
The NEW Pennsylvania immunization requirements for ALL children attending 7th grade are listed below:
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.
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
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
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.