Northwestern School District • 100 Harthan Way, Albion PA 16401 • 814.756.9400

Home of the Wildcats • Mr. John Hansen, Superintendent

Northwestern High SchoolNorthwestern Middle School • Northwestern ElementarySpringfield Elementary

3.24.19 ~ 5pm ~ Guitar n' Strings Concert ~ High School Auditorium

3.29.19 ~ End of Third Grading Period

Temporary long-term substitute position for Middle School Girl’s Health and Physical Education

Anticipated opening late March or early April 2019

Contact Greg Lehman or complete substitute application process by Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

Highlight Video of Winter Activities at Northwestern High School

Winter Sports Assembly 2019 FINAL.mp4

The results are in from this weekend's Academic Decathlon Competition at Edinboro University. The Wildcats had every member medal in at least one event, and returned with 21 medals!

  • NW won third place in the small school division, bringing home another plaque to hang in the high school office hallway.
  • NW is currently ranked 12th in the state, with two teams less than one test score above us.
  • NW finished 6th in Super Quiz Relay, only 7 points behind the first place team
  • NW qualified for the State competition in Carlisle, PA in March!

AP Seminar classes from Northwestern, Collegiate Academy and McDowell (about 45 students in all) gathered at Gannon University on Monday to collaboratively analyze and discuss a series of articles from the College Board. The conversation helped our students generate research topics for their upcoming written argument and speech. They also met with Gannon's outreach librarian Emmett Lombard to hear about the mindset and skills that will be most essential for conducting research in college.


Introduction to Technology students recently studied a unit that explored boat travel. The students were tasked to design, build and test a sailboat that will compete in three separate competitions including speed empty, speed with a load, and weight capacity. The competition takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in the classroom where the sailboats must capture the wind from a box fan and travel down the trough eight feet. The speed competitions will allow for three attempts per racer, with the fastest time counting. The weight

competition will have the students place their boat in a bucket and add washers until it sinks. The greatest amount of washers held will win.

In order to be successful with their boats, Mr. Corder and Mr. Miller called on Northwestern’s sailboat expert Joe Nagle. Mr. Nagle is Northwestern Middle School’s guidance counselor and the district’s athletic director. Mr. Nagle sailed his way up to the high school to share his knowledge with the students. By the end of the

period, the students were speaking the boating language. Do you know what stern, bow, rudder, or buoyancy has to do with sailboat racing? Thanks to Mr. Nagle, our students do.

This unit is a great example of how the Northwestern staff pulls together to help our students. The students of Intro to Technology benefited greatly from Mr. Nagle’s experience, and he was happy to share it. Mr. Nagle reminded the students that “We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails for maximum happiness and a positive attitude.” Thank you Mr. Nagle for putting the wind in our students’ sails!

Sharing again as a point of reference - school cancellations and delays

NW School District Guidelines for School Cancellations and Delays.pdf
plastic bags.pdf

Springfield Elementary Announces New Recycling Program

Fifth graders are undertaking a new initiative to recycle plastic bags. Check out the video created by the students. Way to go GREEN, Wildcats!

Certified Day-to-Day Teacher and Emergency Certified Substitutes

If you are interested in working as a substitute teacher for Northwestern School District, please contact Kelly Educational Staffing, at (814) 350-2192. For more information on Kelly Educational Staffing, please see the link below to their website.

The Northwestern School District utilizes substitute teachers in all certification areas from candidates with a Pennsylvania teaching certificate. If you do not have a teaching certificate but have a minimum of a bachelor's degree, you may be eligible to be an emergency certified substitute teacher. You will need proof of a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university.

Northwestern Middle School students participated in a STEM activity right before the holiday break. Social Studies students in Mrs. Denham’s class were challenged to create their version of the Great Wall of China using foam blocks. They were also instructed to design a zip line apparatus that would travel between two guard towers. Enjoy the highlights in this video. Super job Wildcats!


Check out the highlights from Northwestern Elementary's STEAM day. Students enjoyed a full day of activities and experiments right before the Thanksgiving break. Video credit to Mrs. Amber Frazier, 4th Grade teacher.

ALiCE Parent Letter.pdf

Please take a moment to read about the updated safety initiative at Northwestern School District.

Career Street Outreach letter to parents.pdf

What is Career Street? Hopefully your middle school or high school student has talked about this career exploration opportunity. This is your chance to...

Be a part of education

Be a part of workforce development

Be a part of Career Street

The attached letter explains how you or your employer can become involved.

Springfield Elementary is once again a finalist in the Erie News Now How Cool is Your School Contest. Check out this year's entry and VOTE! Voting ends Wednesday, November 21.

Volunteers play a vital role in our district. As a reminder, our district requires certain clearances from our community members in order to remain in compliance with current laws and regulations. As a general rule, clearances are valid for five (5) years from the date of issuance. Please visit the links listed under Parent Info, Information for School Volunteers, to update your clearances. Feel free to contact the building office or the administration office with any questions or to check on the status of your clearances.

NEW ONLINE SUBMISSION LINK - Transportation Change Form

Recruitment position details.pdf

Keystone Smiles CLC-AMERICORPS is currently accepting applications! Positions are available for the 2018-2019 school year at Northwestern Elementary and Springfield Elementary. Click on the brochure (PDF) on the left for details about the program.

Visit the link above to apply.

Superintendent Evaluation

The Northwestern School District Board of Directors completed the 2017-2018 performance assessment on July 9, 2018. Mr. John B. Hansen met the agreed upon objective performance standards as outlined in the document below.

Northwestern School District Superintendent Evaluation


Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year ALL students in both elementary schools, regardless of income level, can receive a FREE breakfast and lunch, provided through our cafeteria and food service company, Nutrition, Inc. More information can be found in the attached flyer and letter.

Community Eligibility Program Flyer

Letter from Dan Christensen

Annual Notifications of Policies.pdf

Annual Notifications

All Northwestern School District Board policies are available at Board Docs.


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.


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