Mission

The Northwestern School District, in partnership with its parents, seeks to instill in its students, high standards for academic scholarship, integrity, leadership, and responsible citizenship.

Vision

Northwestern School District, in partnership with parents and community, will empower students to be successful, responsible citizens whose work ethic and academic skills will prepare them for a continually changing global society. 

Shared Values

We believe

...all students can learn, given the appropriate amount of time and instruction.

...a safe and secure environment must be provided for our students and staff.

...lifelong learning is crucial for success.

...students, parents, community, and staff are partners in the educational process.

...students benefit from diverse learning opportunities.

...the Northwestern School District is a community of learners that values every individual.

...utilizing current technology is fundamental and an integral part of learning.

...a comprehensive curriculum is vital for meeting the needs of all students.

...students learn best when they are actively engaged in learning.

...open communication between all members of the Northwestern community is essential.





Weekend with the Arts - April 25-27

The 2014 Weekend with the Arts will be held at the high school April 25 -27.  Please join students and staff from across the district, along with community members and organizations for a weekend of "Down Home Hospitality."

Weekend with the Arts is organized by the Northwestern High School Art Department with the help of the High School Art Club and features high school, middle school and elementary art displays.  There are also displays from the NW Environmental Club and Agriscience. Technology Education will have projects for display and sale.  Please come enjoy the many displays, musical performances, theater, and other attractions that will be available.  Join us in sharing the talents of our community's young people.

  • April 25   -  HS --  5:00 - 10:00 PM
  • April 26   -  HS -- Noon - 10:00 PM
  • April 26   -  HS --  1:00 - 3:00 PM
  • April 27   -  HS -- Noon -   5:30 PM
  • April 27   -  HS parking lot -- 1:00 - 4:00 PM

For more information, visit the spring newsletter, linked below.



"I Remember" Community Event

Please join the "I Remember" Committee this year!!
 
May 8th 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Albion Assembly of God church on Route 18 in Albion, PA is the community presentation of this year's "I Remember" speaker. It is no cost to the public. This year's speaker is Hamid Ghassemi-Shall who will be sharing his story of his imprisonment in Evin Prison, in Iran for the last five years. Last year, Hamid's wife Antonella, spoke to us about her husband's unjust incarceration as she was still in the process of fighting for his release. Miraculously, this fall Hamid was released and able to return home after a five year sentence. After hearing from Marina Nemat, author of Prisoner of Tehran, (which can be found in our High School library), Hamid's story will only help to bring to life the horrors that this place holds for those who are unjustly imprisoned there. Recently, three American citizens were released from this prison as well, so it is a story that hits home for us as Americans, not only as human beings who deserve equal human rights.
 
As always, the I Remember committee is selling shirts that we will wear to the presentations in order to show our honor and pledge to remember these people's stories. These shirts are for sale during the High School's lunch period and can be ordered through Mrs. Wood as well if you are interested. The front has the word "remember" in English, Arabic and Hebrew and on the back is a message from another of last year's speakers Tanya Khan, "When you talk about human rights it means you uphold ALL human rights- not those human rights that make sense to you, not those human rights that impact only you- it means that you stand up for all of humanity.” -Tanya Khan T-shirts are $10 and long sleeve shirts are $15. Checks can be made payable to the "I Remember" committee, and we would greatly appreciate your support this year as we have fallen short of our intended goal.
 
Also, this year at Weekend With the Arts, take a jaunt up to the 2nd floor and look at the Wall of Remembrance where a collection of the last four year's "I Remember "projects are displayed. It is by this project that the opportunity to have speakers come to our school and share their stories was started as one student, Jessie King, took her project to the next level to make contact with the woman she researched.



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.

Looking for Wildcat gear?  Please
visit this link to check out spirit wear items available for purchase.



Talking Science at Northwestern

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 now available.  It is located under "District Information," then "Calendars."



Northwestern Preschool Information

The Northwestern High School preschool runs from March 18, 2014, to May 2, 2014.

Northwestern's Child Development Classes offer two sessions of preschool. 
Session A -- Monday and Tuesday from 9:15 - 10:40. 
Session B -- Thursday and Friday from 9:15 - 10:40. 
The enrollment for each session is limited to 15 children.







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.




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.
 
The team won 19 medals:
Essay:
Gold honors
Gold varsity
Bronze varsity
Music:
Silver scholastic
Bronze scholastic
Bronze varsity
Art:
Gold varsity
Silver scholastic
Bronze scholastic
Science:
Gold scholastic
Bronze varsity
Language Lit.:
Silver scholastic
Bronze scholastic
Gold varsity
Economics:
Silver scholastic
Speech:
Bronze honors
Social Science:
Gold scholastic
Bronze scholastic
Bronze varsity 
Math:
No medals
Interview:
No medals 

States only has small and large school divisions, but nationals has a medium school division as well.  The top team goes to Nationals and there is the possibility that Pennsylvania will be offered a wild card spot.  The next (or first) team in each category participates in the national competition online. 
 
Final Scores for the top 8 teams: 
 
8th Northwestern               34,587 Bronze small schools
7th Erie Catholic Prep.       34,615 honorable mention large schools (If Collegiate is offered the wild card this school will participate in the online national competition for medium schools)
6th Clarion Limestone          35,240 Silver small schools
5th Souderton                    35,983 honorable mention large schools
4th Moniteau                     36,247 Gold small schools, Online nationals small school
3rd McDowell                    40,132 Bronze large schools, Online nationals large school
2nd Collegiate Academy     40,259 Silver large schools, Online nationals medium school (Possible wild card to Hawaii)
1st North Penn                   42,425 Gold large schools, Going to Hawaii 
 
 
Next year's topics:
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
Interview:
 
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.
  • 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 4th 9-week marking period.  The current grade will be displayed next to the Qtr4 gradebook.
  • Click the gradebook ending in Qtr4 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 4 in the "Available Values" box, then click the single arrow button between the boxes.  This will move the 4 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 4
  • 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.

















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.

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.