• Senior Night Seniors from marching band, cross country, football cheerleading and football will be recognized this Friday, October 20 for their participation in our fall sports programs during ceremonies at Rogers Field beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The varsity football team will face off against the Seneca Bobcats for their final regular season home game.  Come on out and support the Wildcats!
    Posted by Tammie Clinger
  • Winter Sports Physicals If you are interested in playing high school girls or boys basketball, wrestling, middle school boys basketball or wrestling – you must have a sports physical prior to the official start of practice (Fri. Nov 17th).The PIAA Comprehensive Initial Pre-participation Physical Evaluation Form and St. Vincent Sports Medicine Services form can be found under the “Other Resources” link, form downloads, on the district website or can be picked up from the high school or middle school offices. This form must be completed and returned to the athletic trainer or coach. This form has been updated for the 2017-2018 athletic season.  Please make sure you do not use an old version of the physical form.This sports physical ...
    Posted by Tammie Clinger
  • Golden Apple Award Winner Congratulations to Amber Frazier!  Mrs. Frazier, Northwestern Elementary Fourth Grade teacher, was selected as a Golden Apple award recipient by former student Naomi Haskins.  Mrs. Frazier received the award this week from representatives of Edinboro University and Jet-TV.  Be sure to tune in next Wednesday, October 18 to see the full story on Jet-TV during the 6:00 p.m. show.
    Posted Oct 12, 2017, 8:03 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • German Club Sponsors Oktoberfest! The Northwestern High School German Club sponsored "Oktoberfest 2017" on Friday, October 6. The smells of sausages, sauerkraut, pretzels and more filled the halls as student musicians provided live music.  A special thanks to all faculty and staff who stopped by to enjoy German food and culture!  Danke sehr!
    Posted Oct 9, 2017, 11:18 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Pumpkin Walk 2017 Looking for some fall fun this weekend?  Be sure to stop by Northwestern High School on Friday, October 13 or Saturday, October 14 to stroll through the nature trail and enjoy a display of carved pumpkins in a non-scary, family-friendly environment.  The trail will be open from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. each evening.  Cost for admission is a $2.00 donation for children five(5) and older to the Albion FFA Chapter.  Participants will have an opportunity to enjoy apple cider, hot chocolate, face-painting, snacks and much more!  The event will occur rain or shine. 
    Posted Oct 9, 2017, 8:45 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Drama Club and Toys for Wildcats Receive Donations The Albion Area Lions Club presented checks on Monday, October 2nd to the Northwestern High School Drama Club and Toys for Wildcats.  Many thanks to the members for their generous donations to our students!
    Posted Oct 9, 2017, 8:33 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Students Experience Hands-On Science Seventh grade students in Mr. Mihalak's science class enjoyed a day of hands-on activities at the Albion Borough Park at the end of September.  All students participated in various "experiments" as part of their Watershed Education unit.  Be sure to check out the fall edition of the newsletter (due out in late November) for more pictures of the fun day.
    Posted Oct 9, 2017, 5:17 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • U.S. Brig Niagara Visit Northwestern Middle School eighth graders participated in their annual sail on the U.S. Brig Niagara on Friday September 29. Students also enjoyed a hands-on tour of the Erie Maritime Museum.  Take a moment to view the pictures of the days events.
    Posted Oct 4, 2017, 9:18 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Official Welcome to 2017-2018 Wildcat Families, I am honored to have been chosen by the Northwestern School District Board of Directors as your new superintendent.  I have been on the job since July 1st, and I am truly impressed with what I have seen so far.  Working with the administrative team, the school board, the faculty, the support staff, our custodial and cleaning staff, and the students has been an eye-opening, yet very rewarding, experience. I have seen a tremendous amount of family involvement, pride from our teachers and students, and the willingness of our entire staff to go the extra yard simply because it is the right thing to do.  I feel extremely fortunate to be a member of the Wildcat team ...
    Posted Sep 25, 2017, 8:25 AM by Tammie Clinger
  • Homecoming 2017 A special congratulations to the following students for being selected to the Homecoming Court, pictured below (L to R), Killian Cooper, Meagan Kaufer, Kenton Gurnee, Julie Edwards, Aaron Hull, Tyra Campbell, Catherine Luba, Tristan Oliveria, Alesha Merritt, Michael Wolfe, Heather Bowers, and Brogan Stout.Coronation took place on Friday evening prior to the football game with this year's royalty being announced as Kenton Gurnee-Homecoming King, Alesha Merritt-Homecoming Queen, Tristan Oliveria-Homecoming Prince, Meagan Kaufer-Homecoming Princess.  Be sure to check out the highlight video provided by Mrs. Thiem, High School Yearbook Advisor. 
    Posted Sep 25, 2017, 10:35 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.