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

Transportation Information for ELEMENTARY Families

In an effort to produce accurate bus routes, we are asking elementary families to complete the survey below for EACH child that will be returning to the classroom to participate in the hybrid instruction plan (AM/PM) beginning on August 25th.

Responses are needed by Monday, August 17th at 9AM. Thank you for your cooperation!

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.

The district is currently exploring transportation options for our families. More details to come.

Camp Fitch Campus Connection.pdf

Information for Secondary (Middle and High School) Parents...

Please take a moment to complete the attached survey/form regarding your intent for your child's education at NW this fall. You must complete one survey/form for EACH child in Grades 6-12. Please submit your responses by WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12 AT 6PM.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Hansen at 814-756-9400x4220 or via email at Thank you for your time!

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 .

Information for Elementary Parents...

Please take a moment to complete the survey/form below regarding your intent for your child's education at NW. You must complete one survey/form for EACH child in Grades K-5. The survey will continue to accept responses through the week of August 3rd.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Hansen at 814-756-9400x4220 or via email at

Please note that the hybrid schedule shared within the survey is TENTATIVE due to the ever changing circumstances. The district's goal is to notify parents by mid-August regarding the specific hybrid schedule that will be followed, what "group" your child will be placed in, what their weekly schedule will be, and what transportation will look like for the 1st grading period. Your continued patience and cooperation is certainly appreciated.

A similar survey will be released for middle/high school students as soon as we can allow them to return to a hybrid schedule.

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.

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

2020-2021 Calendar-REVISED.pdf

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

NWSD Athletic Department

Resocialization of Extra-Curricular Activity Recommendations

The Northwestern School District Board of Directors held a special voting meeting on Monday, June 22, 2020. The following resocialization plan in regards to athletics was approved.

The plan has been updated to reflect Governor Wolf's Universal Face Covering Order (eff. July 1, 2020).

NWSD Resocialization of Sport FINAL-Mask Update.pdf

MELIA Remote Learning Program

Please click on the link for application information,

Please take a moment to listen to a brief message from Mr. Hansen and Mrs. Costello regarding the progress of Northwestern's Reopening Plan for the 2020-2021 school year.

Reopening Update 6.26.2020.MOV
outdoor facilities reopen Updated.pdf

Northwestern and Springfield Elementary Road Clean Up 2020–these wonderful volunteers collected 25 bags of trash! Thanks for caring so much about our community🐾

Northwestern School District is proud to present the Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2020. Congratulations to all of our graduates.

Emails will be sent to all students on Friday, June 5th by 12pm that will contain their downloadable picture folder for all personalized commencement ceremonies from May 26 - 28th. It will be sent to their school email, so please have your child share that folder with you.

Congratulations Northwestern community! We did it!

Click on the link to view this year's program.

Check out the latest Facebook post from NWSD

Northwestern Middle School Student Council hosted a Virtual Talent Show for students. Check out our amazingly, talented Wildcats!

Northwestern students continue to shine during the pandemic! Congratulations to our FBLA members who represented our district in the State Competition, fantastic job Wildcats!!

FBLA STATES 2020.mp4

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

Typically, the Zonta Club of Erie holds a banquet to announce the annual winners of the Amelia Earhart Award, but due to the current pandemic the banquet will not happen this year. Nonetheless, we would like to congratulate two of our Juniors for being selected as recipients...Adeline Giannamore and Abigail Hancox. Nice job ladies!

It is a true honor to introduce to all of you the hard work of many teachers and students. This year our Weekend with the Arts has taken a Virtual turn. Mrs. Chase is very excited to share all the hard work of the high school, middle and elementary students, teachers and community members. Sit back, have a cup of tea, and enjoy scrolling through the 2020 Virtual Weekend with the Arts.

Junior, Owen Niedzielski, sharing his musical talent. Click on each link to hear his rendition.

Solitary: A Chamber Ensemble Piece that features multiple trumpets. As a trumpet player himself, Owen has a strong understanding of the trumpet and how to facilitate part writing with ease.

Run: A slow-building piece that is a cover from youtube sensation "Jojo." Created for a brass band/jazz band combo. Intricate time signatures and notation provide for a high level music theory understanding.

Horror: Owen's first venture into atonal music. This piece was inspire to represent the music of that found in a horror movie. Using 20th century serialist compositional techniques, this piece should scare you.

Full Heart Fancy: An exciting project for Owen as he competes against thousands in the nation to earn the top arrangement of this Lucky Chops' standard tune. This is an entry that if chosen, will be featured by Lucky Chops themselves on an online recording. It is a fun way for the group to interact with their loyal fans, such as Owen. This arrangement is for a jazz ensemble/brass band instrumentation.

Northwestern Middle School

Teacher Appreciation Video Message

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, several middle school students have a special message for their teachers. Many thanks to Mr. Alexander for creating the video!

Teacher Appreciation (FB) - HD


The district campuses may be closed, but please know that the administrators, teachers, and support staff are still working diligently behind the scenes to ensure that all students receive the best possible remote learning experience for the remainder of the school year.

Enjoy these highlight videos that are just a small sample of how much the Wildcat family cares about each student. Stay strong, healthy and safe!

Springfield Reverse Parade.mp4


Parents who have children that are enrolled in either program, please visit this link,Mercyhurst Early Learning Innovation Academy. Activities will be updated daily.

A huge shout out to the fearless "NW Meal Prep Crew"...these amazing staff members gather without hesitation every Monday and Wednesday to do their part to assist our students and families during this difficult time. They have prepped and distributed over 26,000 meals since March 23! Each of you continue to be an extremely vital member of the district family...THANK YOU for your dedication and commitment to our Wildcats!


Message from Mr. Hansen, Superintendent

What's in store for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year? Please listen to his message.

Hansen Message


NWSD Continuity of Education Plan

CoE Plan 4-15-20.pdf

The Northwestern faculty and staff are pleased to present a special video message to the families and students. As everyone prepares to enter the next phase of remote instruction/learning next Tuesday, please know that WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

eBook Instructions--High School/Middle School

Mr. Canfield has shared a quick video on how to check out eBooks to your phone or tablet, check it out!

eBook Instructions.mp4

The United Way of Erie County has several resources available to community members during the COVID-19 crisis. Please visit their link, United Way COVID-19 Updates, for assistance with issues such as discounted prescriptions, tax preparation and their 211 Helpline.

The Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit has shared a guide to internet service providers to assist families during the school closure.

Message from Mr. John Hansen, Superintendent


Elementary Parents--Get Connected to Class Dojo

ClassDojo Instructions.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

Rising K Preschool Application Packet

Should you have any questions, please contact Director Amy Bauschard at the Mercyhurst University Rising K Preschool office at 814-824-2370.

MELIA Rising K Preschool Packet.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.