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

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For more information on COVID, please click on the COVID Information tab above.

10/22/2021---Tonight's football game vs. Iroquois has been moved.

Upcoming NWSD Board Meetings

The Northwestern School District Board of Directors will hold the following meetings in November. All meetings will be held in the District Office conference room.

-November 1, 2021 @ 10am-Policy/Personnel/Finance Committee Meeting

-November 1, 2021 @ 6pm-Building/Grounds Committee Meeting

-November 8, 2021 @ 7pm-Board Study Session Meeting

-November 15, 2021 @ 7pm-Board Voting Meeting

Middle School Watershed


Middle school science students experienced a long-standing tradition last week. These Wildcats took part in the annual Watershed field trip with Mr. Mihalak. Enjoy the short video highlighting the day's fun!

Springfield Elementary SWIKE

Click HERE to see photos from their day at Folly's End. What a wonderful experience!

Northwestern Elementary


Our third graders at Northwestern Elementary have been working and playing hard during the month of October. These Wildcats enjoyed some very creative lessons using a fall favorite...pumpkins. As shown in this video, "Play is the highest form of research"-Albert Einstein. Keep playing and learning Wildcats!!

Congratulations to Mr. Howells and Springfield Elementary students on their latest award! They were announced as the Video Contest winner of the 2021 School Recycling Study sponsored by Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania. You can view their video creation by clicking below.

Springfield Recycling Video!.mp4

Springfield Elementary is once again participating in the "How Cool is Your School" contest sponsored by Erie News Now. This year's theme is Community Matters, such an appropriate theme for our little hidden gem where community is always a focus. Check it out here, We will let you know when voting begins!

How is the national food shortage impacting NW? Click on this LINK to learn more.

8/25/2021-Fall Athletic Events

The Northwestern School District wants to inform all of our athletes, opponents, fans, and spectators at both the high school and middle school levels, that the Northwestern School District has adopted an ARP/ESSERS Health & Safety Plan, based upon recommendations and mandates from the CDC, PADOH, and ECDH. This Health and Safety Plan requires that all people in attendance at INDOOR events must wear masks. Athletes not actively involved in play should also be masked. This policy is effective immediately.

Additionally, whenever possible, we ask that spectators make every effort to maintain a 3-foot distance from individuals outside of their family unit. Please pass this information along to your coaches, teams, and families prior to any contests that have you traveling to the Northwestern School District.

The 2021 Fall Sports Calendar is available. Please see below or click on the Athletics tab and then Calendar.

Fall sports 2021 Final.docx

Health and Safety Plan

The NWSD Board of Directors approved the attached revised ARP/ESSER Health and Safety Plan on August 16, 2021.

ARP ESSER Health Safety Plan Revised 8.16.2021.pdf

Important Return to School Information

On Monday, August 16th the NWSD Board of Directors voted to approve an update to the Health and Safety Plan for the 2021-2022 school year. Please refer to the info-graphic below to help families prepare for the return to school this fall. Please reach out to your specific school office or the administrative office with any questions.

BACK TO SCHOOL 2021-2022 UPDATED 8.10.2021.pdf

Superintendent Evaluation

The Northwestern School District Board of Directors completed the 2020-2021 performance assessment on June 21, 2021.

Mr. John B. Hansen met the agreed upon objective performance standards at a proficient level.

Northwestern School District Superintendent Evaluation Form

Wildcat Virtual Learning Institute (WVLI) is an extension of Northwestern School District. WVLI is open to all Northwestern students and offers accommodations and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for special education students. Virtual Learning follows an instructional model that is similar to homeschooling. Students are required to log attendance every day, submit assignments, attend online lessons, and complete the state mandatory testings. The curriculum is developed to suit individual student learning styles and varying academic levels while meeting PA State Standards. Upon acceptance into WVLI, students will be provided with all of the materials needed to succeed including a laptop, books, workbooks, and other necessary resources. In addition, students will have access to tutoring, access to district teachers, and NW clubs/activities.

All of our classes are designed to help prepare students for the next chapter of their lives, whether it be higher education, trade school, military service, or joining the workforce. If you are thinking of choosing a cyber option, Northwestern would like to partner with your family this year to provide the very best education possible.

If you are interested in more information, please contact Mr. Christopher Haskins, Northwestern School District Cyber School Liaison at CHASKINS@NWSD.ORG.

Check out the latest Facebook post from NWSD

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.


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.