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


It's time to get ready for the 1st day of school! Important dates are highlighted in the video.


High School Student Performs with Drum & Bugle Corp

Jennifer Mundkowsky, Northwestern Marching Band Color Guard member, attended Bluecoats Band of Excellence July 31-Aug 1 in Canton, Ohio. Jennifer was one of 93 students from across the country to participate and she proudly represented Northwestern. The Band of Excellence performed with the Bluecoat Drum and Bugle Corp as part of the pre-game ceremonies for the Hall of Fame Game. The event was a first ever for one of our talented Wildcats.

2019 Fall Sports Schedule has been released!

2019 Fall Sports Schedule.pdf


IMPACT Melanoma Announces 2019 Your Skin Is In Teacher Stipend Recipients

Concord, MA. (June 20, 2019) – IMPACT Melanoma, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of melanoma, is pleased to announce the recipients of their 2019 Your Skin Is In Teacher Stipend program. This annual program awards educators a $250 stipend for utilizing the Your Skin Is In program in their respective classroom. By taking a pledge and spending time teaching to actively spread awareness of skin cancer, teachers make a strong and lasting IMPACT on their students, schools, and communities by promoting education and risk prevention around this important public health issue.

This year’s winners include: Shellbe Flynn (South Portland High School, ME), Gretchen Reynoso (Costa Mesa High School, CA), Sharon Bean (Concord Regional Technical Center, NH), Melissa Abbott (North Western Elementary School, PA), Heather Metallides, Natasha Manganiello, and Patty Connors Beck (Waltham High School, MA), Kelly Hill (Essex High School, VT), Leslie Larson (University of Southern Maine, ME), Eleanor Keeler (South Portland High School, ME), and Chris Choudoir (Little Chute High School, WI).

"It was important and valuable to bring the Your Skin is In Program to our students because our job is more than just academics,” said North Western Elementary School’s Melissa Abbott. “We are to educate and prepare students for all aspects in their life, including selfcare. This is another great way to bring awareness to care for themselves, especially for their skin. The program was great, engaging, and full of great information to begin preparing these young students for decisions they we will begin to make for the rest of their years. Our team loved it and felt it was very beneficial to our students and will be something we plan to do every year!"

In order to be considered for one of the program’s stipends, each educator needed to complete IMPACT Melanoma’s Your Skin Is In eLearning course, present the lesson in their classroom, encourage students and community members to protect the skin they’re in, and submit a written application outlining their experience.

“Melanoma prevention and ongoing awareness really starts with educating our youth and positioning them as the examples of this underlying movement,” said IMPACT Melanoma Executive Director, Deb Girard. “Our Your Skin Is In Teacher Stipend program is an amazing resource to showcase educators that are making a difference on their campuses and in their classrooms and communities by helping to reduce the growing incidences of skin cancer around the country.”

About IMPACT Melanoma:

IMPACT Melanoma provides education, prevention, and support for the most serious form of skin cancer. They are a national non-profit organization dedicated to working to reduce the incidence of melanoma. Committed to skin cancer prevention and early detection, IMPACT Melanoma provides a variety of award-winning programs which aim to raise awareness and educate the public about skin cancer, as well as support services for those struggling with the disease.

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Superintendent Evaluation

The Northwestern School District Board of Directors completed the 2018-2019 performance assessment on June 10, 2019.

Mr. John B. Hansen met the agreed upon objective performance standards as outlined in the document below.

Northwestern School District Superintendent Evaluation

Middle School Students Participate in a Community Pride Clean Up Day

Northwestern Middle School students and teachers held a community clean up day on Friday as part of their Pride Team activities. Teams tackled such tasks as painting around the school campus, painting at the Albion Borough Park, cleaning various buildings used for the fair, picking up trash along Pearl Street and around campus, cleaning around the Albion Public Library and Harry's Garage and other miscellaneous assignments. As you can see in the video, the students embraced the event and completed each project showing great pride in their work and community! Check out the video showing the students hard at work. Super job Wildcats!


The 2019-2020 preliminary budget is available for public inspection. Please click on the link to review, 2019-2020 Preliminary Budget.

STEM Day for Fifth Graders

On Thursday, May 16 fifth grade students from Northwestern Elementary and Springfield Elementary attended a STEM and Careers Day at the high school. Mr. Regan, Mr. Corder, Mr. Honeycutt and Mrs. Herath welcomed about 140 elementary students and teachers to the high school lobby and agriculture department to explore and extend their learning. Both schools had been learning about windmills and groups of students worked together to build model windmills at the elementary schools before arrival. Their main experiment of the day was to test the windmill in the wind tunnel that Mr. Regan set up! There were several models that were successful!

In addition to the windmill experiment, students worked at three other stations in the high school, all of which were operated by high school students. One group worked on team building activities with rubber bands and paper cups. The students needed to work together to stack the cups into various pyramids. At another station, students worked in groups to build a domino run that was based off of a game that one of the high school students coded online. The fifth graders then used the info from the code to play the game with real dominoes!

In the third station, students designed paper airplanes and measured the distance the planes traveled as well as measured the time the planes were aloft! Mr. Corder and his students had plaques made for each pair of students who finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each event! The fifth-grade victors from each building were very thrilled to have trophies to take home for their work!

Lastly, the students visited the Ag department where Mr. Honeycutt and his students had grown several varieties of plants from seed. The fifth graders learned a little about the process and planted their own plants to take home! They also learned about the lifecycle of the chicken, got to hold the baby chicks and toured the Sugar Shack.

To wrap up our day, Mr. Lehman, Mr, Nagle and the student council members offered tours and information to the incoming 6th graders! We were led through the building by very knowledgeable student council members who explained a little about the middle school to the students and stopped to explain each classroom in the building. It was really nice for the students to be able to get their feet wet with many of the teachers who stepped out of their middle school classes to say hello and welcome the 6th graders!

The following high school students did a fantastic job with the fifth graders:

Allison Chipley, senior, ran the station with the rubber bands and talked to the students about communication as a two-way street. Allison will be one of our students representing NW at Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science next week.

Dylan Braden and Isaak Parmerter, both seniors, helped with the domino game. Following directions and working as a team were the objectives of this game.

Jonah Hawley, Rob Everhart, Cash Platz, and Josh Schmidt, all seniors, designed and ran the airplane activity.

Seniors Cara Robison and Hunter Moore worked in the greenhouse managing the students with the transplanting and talking to them about the program and the greenhouse.

The 2019-2020 school calendar was Board approved on March 18, 2019.

2019-2020 Calendar-FINAL.pdf

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.

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

NW School District Guidelines for School Cancellations and Delays.pdf

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.

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.


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 4.5.2019.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.