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

12.12.2019 ~ 6pm ~ JV Girls Basketball vs. Mercyhurst Prep

12.12.2019 ~ 7:30pm ~ Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Mercyhurst Prep

12.13.2019 ~ 4pm ~ 7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Seneca

12.13.2019 ~ 6pm ~ JV Boys Basketball at Conneaut, OH

12.13.2019 ~ 7:30pm ~ Varsity Boys Basketball at Conneaut, OH

12.14.2019 ~ 1pm ~ JV Boys Basketball at Union City

12.14.2019 ~ 2:30pm ~ Varsity Boys Basketball at Union City

10th Annual AP District Honor Roll

Northwestern School District has been named to the College Board's 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes 250 school districts in the U.S. and Canada that have increased access to AP coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning a score of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

CATS' CLOSET

Mr. Perry presented a check from the Lions Club for $500 to the Cats' Closet. Accepting the check is Mr. Lehman, Northwestern Middle School principal, Mr. Mihalak and Mrs. McKenna. The goal of the Cats' Closet is to assist students who are in need. Students receive incentives for "Following the Pride" that allow them access to items in the closet. Students also have access to supplemental school supplies ranging from academic to hygiene necessities. The Cats' Closet has assisted and rewarded 85 students so far this year. Currently the Cats' Closet has NW "Follow the Pride" sweatshirts and students must earn 3 tickets to receive a sweatshirt.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

DO YOU HAVE OR KNOW A CHILD WHO WILL TURN FIVE (5) YEARS OLD ON OR BEFORE JULY 1, 2020 AND LIVE IN THE NORTHWESTERN SCHOOL DISTRICT? MAKE PLANS NOW TO ATTEND KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION. YOU CAN CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE BUILDING OFFICE FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

SPRINGFIELD ELEMENTARY (814)756-9400X3310

NORTHWESTERN ELEMENTARY (814)756-9400X2264 OR X2265

Children's Grief Awareness Day

November 21st marked Children's Grief Awareness Day, a national event started back in the mid 1980's. Part of the NW Middle School PRIDE team program this year was to recognize this day and support our children who have experienced a loss of a loved one.

Mr. Jonathan Williams, School Services Coordinator and Grief Specialist from the Caring Place was our guest speaker at our "blue out" assembly (blue is the color that symbolizes the CGFD). The 6th graders won the contest for wearing the most blue.

Following the assembly, students returned to their PRIDE teams for a butterfly coloring activity. The butterfly symbolizes HOPE. Students wrote a message of support to a loved one lost, or to a friend who has experienced loss. These butterflies are now displayed in the hallways to symbolize what this day means as well as NWMS joining the cause to support those who have lost loved ones.

CONGRATULATIONS TO MR. JOHNSTON!

Northwestern Elementary Intervention Specialist, Mr. Brad Johnston received the Jet-TV/Edinboro University Golden Apple Award! He is shown here with some of his students as he graciously accepted the award on Wednesday, December 4. Nice job Mr. J!

Donations can be dropped off at any school office.


Northwestern Elementary Teacher Receives First Energy Grant

Cherie Kopac, Northwestern Elementary Fifth Grade teacher, was recently awarded a $1,000 grant from First Energy. They were offering grants for STEM classrooms in increments up to $1,000. Mrs. Kopac was selected to receive the full amount because of the content submitted in her essay. The purpose of the grant is to encourage creativity in PreK-12 student learning and teacher professional development in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The funds will be used to purchase robotics and coding materials for her classroom.

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PA STATE CROSS COUNTRY RACE HIGHLIGHTS

Enjoy the highlights from the PA State Cross Country Race courtesy of Mr. Andy Canfield. We are extremely proud of Reagan Pettis' performance at this level of competition!

THANKS FOR HELPING US "STUFF THE BUS"

Northwestern Education Support Professionals union organized a "Stuff the Bus" event at the Albion Dollar General on Saturday. We would like to thank our volunteers: Michelle Smith, Char Iskula, Esther Pavolko, Shawna Mundkowsky, Debbie Cox, Cynthia Nearhoof, Jane McBride, Kathy Smith, Linda Braden and Patty Norton.

A special shout out to our Krise Transportation volunteers: Glen Black, Renee Walburn and Jerry McGinty! Even Santa showed up to lend a hand.

Thank you to all the generous people who gave from the heart to make a child's Christmas special!

**Winter Sports Schedule**


2019 Election Results

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SPRINGFIELD STUDENTS EXPLORE NATURE

Third and fourth grade students enjoyed a field trip to Folly's End on Thursday, September 19. They had a wonderful time exploring the terrain and hunting for fossils.

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

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MIDDLE SCHOOL PRIDE KICKOFF

Northwestern Middle School students and faculty kicked off the 2019-2020 Pride season with a "Git Up" assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 10th. Mr. Swick reviewed the four pillars of pride with the student body and discussed our slogan for the year, "We are all pieces of the same puzzle." A special thank you to Mrs. Denham and Mrs. Wieth for making each student a puzzle piece that is placed above their lockers. To kick off the theme of "United," the staff performed the "Git Up" dance by Blanco Brown flash mob style to the amazement of our students who also joined us in the dance! We were definitely United! Thanks to Mrs. Timm for leading the staff in the dance and to Mr. Nagle for all of his hard work in organizing our Pride program for the school year.

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


2019-2020 Calendar-FINAL.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.

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.

2018-2019 Performance Goals

Northwestern School District Superintendent Evaluation Form

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

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

NW School District Guidelines for School Cancellations and Delays.pdf
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.


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.