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Weekend with the Arts schedule - April 28 - 30

posted Apr 26, 2017, 8:58 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎   [ updated Apr 26, 2017, 12:00 PM ]

12th Annual Weekend with the Arts
A Magical Celebration - a salute to Disney
Northwestern High School, 100 Harthan Way, Albion, PA 16401

Schedule of Events:

5:30 p.m. - Doors Open - exhibits, entertainment, Chinese auction, "Willy the Wildcat" game, bake sale & more
5 - 7 p.m. - NHS Guitar and Strings Club performance
7 to 9 p.m. - Drama Club performance of "Beauty and the Beast"

9 a.m. - Color Run
noon - 9 p.m. - exhibits, entertainment, Chinese auction, "Willy the Wildcat" game, bake sale & more
noon - 1 p.m. - Jazz band
1 - 2 p.m. - Chalk walk contest
1 - 3 p.m. - Albion FFA Rabies Clinic
2 - 4 p.m. - Children's activities
3 - 5 p.m. - Take back the Meds - (Old medication collection)
4 - 7 p.m. NHS Guitar and Strings Club performance
7 - 9 p.m. - Drama Club performance of "Beauty and the Beast"

noon - 5 p.m. - exhibits, entertainment, Chinese auction, "Willy the Wildcat" game, bake sale & more
noon - 1 p.m. - Soup-er Bowl
1 - 4 p.m. - Car Cruise-In
1 - 1:30 p.m. - Springfield Elementary performers (Aladdin)
1:30 - 2 p.m. - Forte singers
3 - 5 p.m. - Drama Club performance of "Beauty and the Beast"

See the full -graphic schedule here:

Baseball boosters get $500 from Springfield VFW

posted Apr 3, 2017, 8:01 PM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎

vfw check

Springfield VFW Post #4965 donated $500 to the Northwestern Wildcats baseball boosters. Booster President Lory Mundkowsky accepted a check from Post 4965 President Dan Seaman and member Dan Ries on March 18.

Mundkowsky said the money from the VFW helped sponsor the baseball team’s annual spaghetti dinner - their biggest fundraiser. It also helped send 24 boys on a week-long spring training trip in March to Knoxville, Tennessee.

New NW football coach inducts 3 into 1,000 lb. Club

posted Mar 17, 2017, 10:13 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎   [ updated Mar 17, 2017, 10:16 AM ]

1000 lb

Brand new Northwestern High School football coach Mark Brooks said he is thrilled to announce the induction of three new members to the 1,000 lb. Club.


The 1,000 lb. Club includes students who have lifted 1,000 pounds or more in combination of three weight-lifting exercises – bench press, squat and deadlift.


Juniors Cooper Wagner and Matt Lauscher and freshman Chris Rooks accomplished that feat this week.


Wagner benched 235 pounds, squatted with 360 pounds and deadlifted 405 pounds, totaling exactly 1,000 pounds.


Lauscher benched 225 pounds, squatted with 340 pounds and deadlifted 435 pounds, totaling exactly 1,000.


And Rooks, the powerhouse freshman, benched 225 pounds, squatted with 370 pounds and deadlifted an impressive 505 pounds, totaling 1,100 pounds.


Brooks, 30, who is the health and phys ed teacher at Northwestern Middle School, said for him, “football is family.”


“I’m excited to get started – I want to bring my own practice style and plan,” Brooks said. “Every kid on the JV and varsity team is going to be coached by the same coaches.”


Brooks, who was appointed head coach during the Feb. 20 school board meeting, wasted no time getting started.


By the end of his first week as coach he had 18 players in the weight room. And he said over the last few weeks he’s had more than 35 kids lifting every day, including three girls.


Brooks is serving his first year in the middle school after coming to Northwestern at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year as the high school gym teacher.



He graduated from Harbor Creek High School in 2005, where he played football versus Northwestern.


“I have many fond memories on this field,” Brooks said, looking at Rogers Field.


Brooks attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, attaining a degree in education in 2011.


He coached various teams throughout college and from 2007 to 2011 was the JV head coach at Harbor Creek.

For the past five years, Brooks has been the varsity defensive line coach at Cathedral Prep. He helped coach the Ramblers to two state championships – one in 2012 and one in 2017 – his first and last years with the team.


This past winter, Brooks was the eighth-grade boys head basketball coach for Northwestern.

Brooks takes over for former head coach and middle school science teacher D.J. Hough, who finished his sixth season as head coach last fall with a 1-9 record.


“The team didn’t have a great season last year, but Northwestern’s football tradition is really proud and really strong, and I want to help build the program,” Brooks said. “I want to contribute to the tradition.”


Brooks said he would make himself available to the Northwestern Little Gridder and middle school programs however possible.


He said has ideas for kids’ football camps during summer, run by the high school team, and team community outreach projects.


Brooks said he also plans to implement a character-building program as part of the team’s routine.


“I want as many kids out as we can get out,” Brooks said. “There is strength in numbers.”

Northwestern selects Hansen as Superintendent; Board to vote Monday

posted Mar 17, 2017, 7:37 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎

The Northwestern School District Board of Directors announced last week that John Hanson, Principal of James W. Parker Middle School in the General McLane School District, has been selected to be Northwestern’s new superintendent.

Hansen has given the board a verbal commitment to accept the position. The board will vote on his hiring at the meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March, 20, at Springfield Elementary School.

Hansen said he hopes to bring a very personal and collaborative approach, build strong relationships and make people feel that their opinion is important.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity to get back working with teachers and administration to benefit the children,” said Hansen, who served as assistant principal at Northwestern High School from 2002 to 2005. “One of Northwestern’s great strengths is its faculty. I have a lot of respect for the work they do putting students first and going the extra mile.”

Hansen acknowledged Northwestern’s good financial position despite the uncertainty of state funding. That good standing is in large part due to the work of Business Manager Paul Sachar. Sachar has been the district’s business manager for more than 35 years and plans to retire in late 2017.

“As a smaller district, we’re limited with our resources,” Hansen said. “One big goal is to make the most out of the resources we have and to explore new ways to get other opportunities.”

Hansen has spent the last 31 years of his life in education. He’s been Principal at Parker Middle school for nine years. He started his career in 1986 at Cathedral Prep as a biology/earth science and space science teacher, and then worked at James S. Wilson school in Millcreek as a science teacher. Hansen served as principal at the Erie County Technical School from 2005 to 2008.

Hansen holds a masters degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He will finish the school year at Parker Middle School.

Because Hansen is coming to Northwestern during a great time of transition, he said he will be taking some weekend and evening time to be involved prior to his official start date on July 1.

In addition to Sachar, high school Principal Dan Shreve is retiring in June.

“All the candidates were good candidates, but John stood out,” board President Mark Swanson said. “This is what we need right now, and we have a lot on our plate.”

GnS set to rock out Saturday night

posted Mar 15, 2017, 3:40 PM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎   [ updated Mar 15, 2017, 3:42 PM ]

band stage

Northwestern High School’s own rock band, otherwise known as the Guitar and Strings (GnS) club, will perform rock songs new and old at concert set for 7 p.m. this Saturday, March 18, in the high school auditorium.

“We’re growing stronger as a band – we’re having fun,” said the group’s only senior, Ethan Mitchell. “We’re all multi-instrumentalists, and we’re getting ourselves out there.”

About 15 students make up GnS – a club unique to Northwestern. Students jam on electric, bass and acoustic guitars, ukulele, drums, bongos, vocals and more.

“They have a wide scope of what music is, and they have an eclectic taste,” said Adviser Jay Baumgardner, a 1994 Northwestern graduate and musician in area band The Inland Vigils.

Students will play two sets Saturday. There will be a bake sale and band merch(andise) including signed posters and homemade guitar picks on sale. Members are raising money in hopes of getting GnS club t-shirts made.

“We’re like every other actual famous rock band…,” guitar player Charlie LaPlaca said.

Band members are asking for a suggested donation of $1 per student and $2 per non-student admittance fee.

gns group

Snowball royalty crowned

posted Mar 15, 2017, 6:07 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎   [ updated Mar 15, 2017, 6:34 AM ]

Northwestern High School’s annual Snowball dance was held Feb. 18. Snowball royalty crowned were, from left, Queen Jocelyn Bonano, King Hunter Ries, who skyped into the crowning, Prince Ethan Case and Princess Erika DePalma. Enjoy a photo gallery of the lovely evening....



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More photos can  be found here:

Students present to school board

posted Mar 15, 2017, 5:31 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎   [ updated Mar 15, 2017, 5:41 AM ]

Each month, several students are selected to present exceptional projects they've completed to the Northwestern School District Board of Directors.

Blue rib sb

At the Nov. 21 meeting, Middle school student council members Trinidy Chamberlain and Tessa Yuhascheck gave an update on student council’s service projects. Northwestern Elementary students Zaya and Lauren, along with Principal Terry Trimble celebrated the school’s National Blue Ribbon status. The students read essays they wrote about why they were proud to be a Wildcat. The board and administration recognized Trimble, and gave him a gift of appreciation for his efforts in getting NWE the elite Blue Ribbon classification. Also, Mrs. Lisa Stefanucci was honored for her years of service at Northwestern. Stefanucci retired in October.

First-graders performed a charming Hawaiian song and dance, and Forte sang a holiday medley at the Dec. 23 meeting.

Hawaii dance


At the Feb. 20 meeting, Eighth-graders presented a project they did in Mrs. Fobes’ math class highlighting using math in the real world.

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Northwestern girls raise more than $1K for vet dogs

posted Feb 28, 2017, 9:57 PM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 10:01 PM ]


The Northwestern Wildcats girls basketball team held its annual charity game on Jan. 23, raising $1,150 for American’s VetDogs – The Veteran’s K-9 Corps. Albion VFW Post #2341 was a co-sponsor of the game. From left are Sean Sherman, of the VFW, seniors Scarlett Seneta, Ashley Ackerman, Katie Troutman, Camry King and Sandy Feldmiller of the VFW.


The Northwestern Wildcats girls basketball annual charity game was held Jan. 23 at Corder Gym in Albion.

Team members chose America’s VetDogs® – The Veteran's K-9 Corps, an organization that serves the needs of disabled veterans and active duty personnel, to be the recipient of funds raised at this year’s game.

The team raised a total of $650, and the game’s sponsor, the Albion VFW #2341, donated $500, making the night’s total donation $1,150.

Any Northwestern students wearing spirit or red/black clothing were admitted for free to the game. The girls’ basketball team offered free admission several times this season to students wearing team colors.

The "Lay-up for Pups" charity game included raffles, a 50-50 drawing, t-shirt sales and half-court shots for $1 at halftime, all to raise money for America's VetDogs.

Each year, the lady Wildcats hold a charity game. The seniors choose the recipient of the funds raised.

“We all wanted to do something for animals, and I wanted to tie in the military aspect,” said senior Scarlett Seneta, who has enlisted in the U.S. Navy.


Price, King win VFW essay honors

posted Feb 28, 2017, 9:06 PM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎


Northwestern High School seniors Cami Price, left, and Camry King, right, won top prizes in the West Springfield VFW Post 4965 Voice of Democracy Essay Contest. Post 4965 President TamiTripp, center, presented the awards and cash prizes to the winners Feb. 3.

Superintendent candidates to be introduced Feb. 23

posted Feb 15, 2017, 4:56 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎

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, in the high school auditorium.

Current Superintendent Dr. Karen Downie plans to retire in June.

The candidates’ identities will be revealed that evening. They will share their background and experience, as well as their vision for the future of the district.

The open meeting will be moderated by a school board member.

Anyone with questions is asked to write them on note cards upon entering the auditorium.

All members of the community are encouraged to attend.

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