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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2022-2023 School Calendar Approved

The Northwestern School District Board of Directors approved the 2022-2023 calendar at the January board meeting.

2022-2023 Calendar.pdf

Upcoming NWSD Board Meetings

The Northwestern School District Board of Directors will hold the following meetings in February. All meetings will be held in the District Office conference room. Please remember for anyone wishing to attend in-person, the district continues to follow their current Health & Safety plan which requires universal masking while in any school building.

-Monday, February 7, 2022 @ 10am-Policy/Personnel/Finance Committee Meeting

-Monday, February 7, 2022 @ 6pm- Building/Grounds Committee Meeting

-Monday, February 14, 2022 @ 6pm-Education Committee Meeting

-Monday, February 14, 2022 @ 7pm-Board Study Session Meeting

-Tuesday, February 22, 2022 @ 7pm-Board Voting Meeting

If you wish to address the Board as a scheduled visitor during the voting meeting, please contact the Superintendent's office by 1:30pm on the day of the meeting at 814-756-9400. Unscheduled visitors may sign in upon arrival at the meeting and will be called on by the Board President at the appropriate time. Anyone wishing to address the Board is asked to attend in-person.

Vaccinations (boosters, too) will be available for anyone age 5 and up.

Northwestern School District will continue with universal masking while on campus and any district transportation, and will follow the latest quarantine and isolation guidance from the Erie County Department of Health.

Quarantine Isolation Guidance as of 2022 01 07.pdf

MELIA Rising K Registration is open!

Here is the registration link for Rising K. This is supervised through Mercyhurst University's Graduate students and will open February 23, 2022 and will run through mid-August. It is open to students who will enroll in kindergarten for the fall of 2022, and that are not currently enrolled in another pre-school program.

Please take a moment to review the message below from Mr. Hansen, our superintendent, regarding the latest news on masking.

To summarize, there is NO change in procedure at Northwestern, please continue to send your children to school with their masks. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated as we do our part to keep the students and staff as safe as possible while offering in-person instruction on a daily basis.

Children's Grief Awareness Day at Northwestern Middle School

Northwestern Middle School students celebrated Children's Grief Awareness Day with a school-wide presentation by Jonathan Williams from the Highmark Caring Place. Students learned about grief and ways to support their peers after the loss of a loved one. Following the presentation, students created messages of support written on butterflies that are displayed around the school.

Springfield Elementary SWIKE

Here's a look at some of the activities that Springfield Elementary students have enjoyed so far this year as part of the MELIA after-school program.

2021-22 MELIA at Springfield Elementary.mp4

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!!

The finalists for the 2021 Middle School Geography Bee were Joe Warren in 3rd place, Madelynn Mcclellan in 2nd place, and the champion--winning a beautiful brand new globe: Trenton Runser. Mr. Canfield, our middle/high school librarian, would like to thank all the contestants for participating this year. A special thank you is extended to Valenza Restaurant, Jim and Sue's, The Cakery, and McDonalds for donating additional prizes.

Middle school students in Mr. Mihalak's and Mrs. Shilling's class had the opportunity to watch a presentation on the Albion Wastewater Treatment Plant presented by Mr. Fuller. He discussed where our local water comes from, water usage, and how our wastewater is then processed and returned back to our local watershed. Numerous updates have occurred at the treatment plant in the last few years. Thank you to Mr. Fuller for taking the time out of his day to share his knowledge about our local watershed.


French students recently studied the Palace of Versailles and one student presented about the Hall of Mirrors that is within that palace.

In order to comprehend the dimensions of this Hall of Mirrors, students went outside last Friday to the band practice field and marked the dimensions of the Hall.

To say the least, they were extremely surprised!!!

Last week, high school German students prepared a carryout meal to celebrate Oktoberfest. Chemistry 2 students also pitched in by baking gingerbread cookies for dessert.#oktoberfest


11/8/2021-The NWSD is seeking feedback from our very important stakeholders (YOU) to assist in developing the district's plan for the use of ARP (American Rescue Plan) ESSER III (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) COVID-19 relief funding. Please click on the survey to the left to share your thoughts.

Check out the latest Facebook post from NWSD


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.