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

Board Agendas & Public Participation

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Essential Elements of Safe K-12 School In-Person Instruction

Last updated: Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 3:00pm

NWSD Board Meeting Schedule

The Northwestern School District Board of Directors will hold the following meetings in April/May. Meetings are early this month due to the budget process.

-April 26, 2021 @ 10am-Policy/Personnel/Finance Committee Meeting at District Office

-April 26, 2021 @ 6pm-Building/Grounds Committee Meeting at District Office

-May 3, 2021 @ 7pm-Board Study Session Meeting at District Office

-May 10, 2021 @ 7pm-Board Voting Meeting at District Office

If you are a member of the public wishing to address the Board in person as a scheduled visitor at the Board Voting Meeting, please contact the Superintendent's office at 814-756-9400x4254 by 1:30pm on the day of the meeting for further instruction or visit the link in the header portion of the website (Board Agendas and Public Participation highlighted in bright green).

Class of 2021 End of Year Information

2021 Senior End of Year Information.pdf

Our elementary students recently had the opportunity to meet author Melinda Long. Check out the highlight video created by Mrs. Loveranes that showcases the fun virtual event!

Melinda Long Video.mp4

Do you currently have a Kindergarten, 1st Grade or 2nd Grade student? Would they benefit from a summer program? Check out the opportunity provided by MELIA (Mercyhurst Early Learning Innovation Academy. They are accepting participants via this registration link, https://melia.elab.space/

SPRING TESTING 2021.pdf

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 recently revised and approved on March 15, 2021.

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

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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 jhansen@nwsd.org or call 814-756-9400x4220

Mrs. Christina Costello at ccostello@nwsd.org or call 814-756-9400x4351

Northwestern School District is honored and grateful to have received a beautiful donation that vividly enhances our newly remodeled Performing Arts Center. Our community is looking forward to hearing our students, accompanists and guest performers play on a 1916 Model 3A Steinway & Sons piano. This beautiful and very rare musical piece of art was graciously donated by Dr. David Bashline, and the Nulph and Podoll families. On behalf of our community, we extend our sincere appreciation to everyone involved in allowing this Steinway to be a part of the Northwestern Performing Arts Department for many years to come.

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MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL WEEKEND MEAL OPT-IN FORM

Beginning Thursday, April 8, any middle/high school student who attends school in-person has the option to take weekend meals home every Thursday. A one-time opt-in form MUST be submitted for EACH STUDENT. Please be sure your child is aware that you are requesting these meals. The meals will be available every Thursday as they exit the building at dismissal time. Click on the link below to opt-in for the meals.

Middle/High School Weekend Meal Opt-In Form

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Reminder to check your devices and add the 814 area code to all stored local numbers immediately. The new 582 area code will be used starting May 1, 2021.

2020-2021 SPRING SPORTS CALENDAR

2021 Spring Sports Schedule

Attention Wildcat Sports Fans: Spring Sports Spectator Guidelines have been released. Please see BOTH infographics below. We ask that all fans PLEASE DO THEIR PART and adhere to these guidelines. Your cooperation in doing so will give our student-athletes the opportunity to have a successful season and help decrease the chances of being shut down. Thank you for your continued support of Northwestern Athletics.

GO CATS!

Looking for quality, affordable STEM summer camps for your kids?


This summer, Steel City Codes is offering a cost-free summer camp for students in 4th - 8th grade in the Erie area in which high school volunteers will be teaching computer science to students.


Steel City Codes is offering two sessions. The first is from June 21 - 25 and the second is from July 5 - 9. The camp will be held at one of Gannon University’s computer labs everyday from 9 am - 3 pm, and sessions are completely cost-free.


Students will learn throughout the week using our specially-designed curriculum and will complete a fun final project at the end of the week!


If you’re interested in registering your child, please fill out this registration form:


Link: https://forms.gle/kewLU4pstUtuw1M68


For more information, feel free to check out our website at https://www.steelcitycodes.org/camps. If you have any questions, please feel free to email sebbyzhao@gmail.com.

Do you have a child in grades 6-12 currently participating in the hybrid plan (BABAC)? Perhaps they would benefit from this service offered at the Center on their remote instruction days. Please click HERE for more information.

Center Flyer.pdf

2021-2022 SCHOOL CALENDAR

2021-2022 Calendar.pdf

Northwestern's Academic Decathlon team continues to be successful even in a "not so normal" school year.

Academic Decathlon 2021.pdf

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

2020-21 Calendar REV-APPROVED 7.20.2020.pdf

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

Level of Community Transmission All Schools.pdf

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

COVID Screening Tool Updated Nov2020.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

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 chaskins@nwsd.org.

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 CHaskins@nwsd.org.


outdoor facilities reopen Updated.pdf

Check out the latest Facebook post from NWSD

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

Annual Notifications of Policies 4.5.2019.pdf

Annual Notifications

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


CHILD FIND-FERPA Annual.pdf
FERPA-Notification of Rights.pdf

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

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