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

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Last updated: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 11:00am

The Northwestern School District Board of Directors will hold their voting meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 in the District Office conference room. Public can listen/view the meeting, beginning at 7:00pm via this YouTube link,

These fine Wildcats are representing Northwestern High School by participating in PMEA District Chorus 2021. Though the event has been reduced to a virtual audition process this year, the students are to be commended for their hard work and dedication to our choral program. Results will be calculated soon, and we are hopeful that our talented students will advance to the regional event.

Raeleigh Black, Trevor Eggert, Lucas Johnson, Nathan Johnson, Aeden Pollick, Elliot Swanson and Anthony Valletta, we are proud of you!

We are pleased to share information regarding the Rising K Program operated by Mercyhurst University at both Northwestern and Springfield Elementary. The full day program with limited enrollment will begin February 17 for students entering kindergarten in the Fall of 2021.

Interested families can complete the registration via the link below and will then receive an email with necessary documentation to drop off at the school office.

The sixth grade teachers would like to recognize Hannah Adams and Alexander Lincoln as being the first recipients this year for Outstanding Student of the Month. We recognize that this year has brought unique challenges but Hannah and Alexander have continued to display an incredible work ethic through their excellent attendance, class participation, and positive attitudes.

Each recipient was awarded with a certificate and small gift. Congratulations Hannah & Alexander!

Northwestern Middle School students participated in a hands-on physical education lesson this week. They enjoyed the opportunity to utilize new golf equipment by practicing their putting skills. We strive to give them opportunities to experience activities that may foster a lifelong interest.

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Per PDE's requirements, you can review the district's Health and Safety Plan regarding the return to school for the 2020-21 school year HERE. The plan was board approved on July 20, 2020 and then revised and approved on October 19, 2020.

NWSD Resocialization of Sports Plan (approved June 22, 2020)


In an effort to keep the students and staff as safe and healthy as possible, please remember that it is crucial to report any COVID-related illness in your household to either of the pandemic coordinators.

Mr. John Hansen at or call 814-756-9400x4220

Mrs. Christina Costello at or call 814-756-9400x4351

January 2021 Menus for Remote Students

Spectators at Winter Events 2021.pdf


January is designated as School Director Recognition Month. NWSD is fortunate to have nine amazing volunteers to serve in this often times, thankless role. If you see any of these smiling faces out and about in our community, please take a moment to offer your thanks for the hours they devote to our district. The group as a whole has volunteered their time for a total of 51 years as a Northwestern School District School Director. Kudos to all of you for your dedication to NW!

Mark Swanson-Board President

Kevin Saxton-Board Vice President

Kristy Bolte

Peggy Kemling

Stephanie Patrick

Shelly Rice

Sam Ring

Leslie Soltis

Jennifer Webb

The Northwestern School District Board of Directors approved a revised calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.

2020-2021 Calendar-REVISED.pdf

Guidelines for Determining Instruction Model/Building Closures during Moderate & Substantial Levels of Community Transmission

Level of Community Transmission All Schools.pdf

2020-2021 Flexible Instruction Days

Flexible Instruction Days.pdf

Mr. Wheeler, Northwestern Elementary music teacher, is shown below with one of his trombone players today (Claralee Johnson) during her 5th grade band lesson. All band students have been getting weekly band lesson videos which is the same content they would have received if they were face to face. They've been sending progress videos to Mr. Wheeler via Flipgrid, and he responds with feedback giving them suggestions on how they might improve. Mr. Wheeler decided to also offer individual band lessons to his 5th graders via Google Meet (like Zoom) and had 100% of them sign up and they are making great progress! Music is alive and well at NWE!


Regardless of how hard we have worked to keep our students in some face-to-face education, we have reached a level of community, and school transmission which no longer allows us to remain in our hybrid model. We currently have 11 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 among our students and staff. Additionally, we are awaiting test results on approximately 30 other students and staff who are symptomatic, and currently being quarantined. In the last week alone, the district has 102 students and staff currently being quarantined.

Based on the PA Department of Education's new guidelines, beginning tomorrow, 12/9/2020, and continuing through 12/22/2020, we will be moving our educational model to fully remote. As of today, we plan to return to our hybrid model on Monday, January 4, 2021.

During the next few weeks, we will continue to monitor all of our cases, and will continue to inform all of our stakeholders of any changes. Please continue to reach out to myself at (814) 756-9400, ext. 4220, or Christina Costello at (814) 756-9400, ext. 4351, with any information regarding possible COVID-positive cases within your family. Please continue to wear masks, socially distance, and avoid any large gatherings. Our hope is to reduce the spread of COVD-19 over the next few weeks, so that we can safely return in January, and continue with our hybrid model.

Thank you,

John Hansen and Christina Costello

NWSD Pandemic Coordinators

COVID-19 Screening Tool for Families (updated 11/6/2020)

COVID Screening Tool Updated Nov2020.pdf

We are pleased to share some wonderful news. Mrs. McKenna, Northwestern Middle School Sixth Grade teacher, received the Golden Apple Award today. She was nominated by one of her former students, Lauren Thorpe. Way to go Mrs. McKenna!

Do you have a student who is struggling with virtual learning?

Check out these helpful tips!

Routine Tips (2).pdf

Information about Free School Meals

School Meals Graphic.pdf

Information regarding the recent update on the mandatory mask order as it pertains to schools. Please click on the following link for answers to some frequently asked questions, FAQ: Universal Face Coverings Order

Elementary Parents--Get Connected to Class Dojo

ClassDojo Instructions.pdf

The NWSD is pleased to share the following information from Camp Fitch regarding camp program options for school-age children for the 2020-2021 school year. Interested families should complete this SURVEY as the first step.

Return to School Update as of 8.6.2020

After a thorough review of parent and staff feedback, along with careful consideration of the best possible choice regarding safety AND education, the NWSD Board of Directors and administration are pleased to share the following information regarding the hybrid schedules for the start of the 2020-2021SY (First student day will be Tuesday, August 25th).

Please remember that the district may be forced to adjust these plans before or during the school year as conditions change surrounding COVID-19. Families and staff will continue to be updated in a timely manner.

What is Synchronous Learning?

Synchronous learning is the kind of learning that happens in real time. This means that the student, the classmates, and the instructor interact in a specific virtual place, through a specific online medium, at a specific time. In other words, it’s not exactly anywhere, anyhow, anytime. Methods of synchronous online learning include video conferencing, teleconferencing, live chatting, and live-streaming lectures.

What is Asynchronous Learning?

Asynchronous learning happens on the students schedule. While the course of study (instructor) will provide materials for reading, lectures for viewing, assignments for completing, and exams for evaluation, the student has the ability to access and satisfy these requirements within a flexible time frame. Methods of asynchronous online learning include self-guided lesson modules, streaming video content, virtual libraries, posted lecture notes, and exchanges across discussion boards or social media platforms.

To obtain enrollment information for NWSD Remote Learning, please contact Chris Haskins at

To obtain enrollment information for Full-Time Cyber (WVLI), please click on this link .

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

outdoor facilities reopen Updated.pdf

Check out the latest Facebook post from NWSD

The 2020-2021 preliminary budget for Northwestern School District was approved by the Board of Directors on May 11, 2020. The document is below for public review.

Proposed 20-21 Budget.pdf

NWSD Continuity of Education Plan

CoE Plan 4-15-20.pdf
PSP Bulletin Mobile Apps.pdf

Parents, please read...

The attached bulletin is full of important information regarding mobile apps that are available to your children. Please read and take the opportunity to discuss them with your children.

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

NW School District Guidelines for School Cancellations and Delays.pdf

The Northwestern School District's proposed Comprehensive Plan is currently available for public review at NWSD Comprehensive Plan 9.5.2019.

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.

Superintendent Evaluation

The Northwestern School District Board of Directors completed the 2019-2020 performance assessment on June 15, 2020.

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

Northwestern School District Superintendent Evaluation Form

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.

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.

Annual Notifications of Policies 4.5.2019.pdf

Annual Notifications

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

FERPA-Notification of Rights.pdf


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.