Northwestern School District • 100 Harthan Way, Albion PA 16401 • 814.756.9400

Home of the Wildcats • Mr. Greg Lehman, Superintendent

Northwestern High SchoolNorthwestern Middle SchoolNorthwestern ElementarySpringfield Elementary


Congratulations to the January CLASS Act Emerging Leaders nominees! We are pleased to share the reasons why Northwestern's Nathan Ransom received the nomination. Congrats to this Wildcat!

CLASS Act Emerging Leaders Nominees
Northwestern's CLASS Act Emerging Leader Nominee-Nathan Ransom
Ransom Nomination
2023 Snowball Court

Snowball Royalty Announced

This year's royalty was crowned at the annual dance on Saturday, January 21st. Congratulations again to everyone on the court! Students are pictured from left to right as follows:

Cameron Swantek

Snowball Princess, Laura Ordakowski

Daniel Vanicek

Snowball Queez, Kayden Bird

Alexandria Kuhn

Snowball King, Matthew Bendure

Anastasia Vassen

Snowball Prince, Braidy Fish

Important Dates to remember...

Calendar Reminders for January & February

NWSD Board Meetings

The Northwestern School District Board of Directors will hold the following meetings in February.

-Monday, February 6, 2023 at 10:00am Policy/Personnel/Finance Committee Meeting at District Office

-Monday, February 6, 2023 at 6:00pm Building/Grounds Committee Meeting at District Office

-Monday, February 13, 2023 at 6:00pm Education Committee Meeting at District Office

-Monday, February 13, 2023 at 7:00pm Board Study Session Meeting at District Office

-Monday, February 20, 2023 at 7:00pm Board Voting Meeting at District Office

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.

The agendas are available the Friday afternoon (by 4pm) before each meeting and can be viewed by clicking on the BoardDocs link in the Quick Access Links above (red section).

MELIA Rising-K Preschool registration is now open, Please see information below.

STEM Project at Northwestern Elementary

Right before the holiday break, Northwestern Elementary 3rd Graders completed a unique STEM project. The students created over 50 birdhouses during this cross-curricular venture. We may have some future carpenters at NW! Nice job Wildcats!

Christmas Birdhouses.mp4

Springfield Elementary Makerspace Activities

Students have been creating and designing in the Makerspace Lab with Legos, creative flakes and snap circuits.

Geography Bee Winners

Annual Geography Bee

Congratulations to the top finishers in the middle school's annual geography bee! Ethyn Miller finished third, Ella Risjan finished second, and Izzy Fitzgerald was the 2022 champion correctly answering this question: Barrier islands help shelter a nature reserve on Apalachicola Bay, an arm of what large gulf?

A special thank you to Valenza's, Jim and Sue's, and the Main Street Cakery in Fairview for providing treats to our top finishers!

Mrs. Pavolko reading book

Retired Educator Publishes Book!

One of our retired educators, Mrs. Patti Pavolko recently published a children's book, "While Their Parents Were Sleeping." She recently visited Northwestern and Springfield Elementary to read the book to several classes. Each library received an autographed copy. Mrs. Pavolko is shown with her granddaughter Kinley along with Mrs. Porter's first grade class. Congratulations Mrs. Pavolko and thank you so much for sharing your special book with our young Wildcats!

Mrs. Pavolko with book While Their Parents Were Sleeping

Northwestern High School is proud to announce Alexandria Kuhn as it's CLASS Act Emerging Leader nominee for December. Alex is on a clear path to where she wants to go in life. She has taken many dual enrollments classes while she has had her sights set on heading to Akron upon graduation. Her involvement in Color Guard, National Honor Society, our advanced academic curriculum, as well as keeping a job, has clearly set Alexandria apart from her peers. Congratulations to Alex and the other area nominees!

Group Photo of Northwest PA CLASS Act Emerging Leader Nominees
Northwestern's CLASS Act Emerging Leader Nominee-Alexandria Kuhn
Excerpts from Alexandria's Nomination
Ben Campbell and Zane Snyder-Scott with fire station toy
Fire Station Toy

The 2022 Wildcat elves have been busy creating and making the toy for the Toys-for-Wildcats handout this weekend. Ben Campbell and Zane Snyder-Scott are pictured, because they led the production of the Wildcat Police/Fire Station. Twenty of the toys were manufactured with over hundreds of parts being produced and laser engraved. It even has a working elevator. Because of all his hard work, Ben had his football jersey number lasered as the engine company number.

Fire Station Toy

The Affordable Connectivity Program provides eligible households with a discount on broadband service and connected devices. This program provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward the internet for eligible households and up to $75 per month for homes on qualifying Tribal lands. Find out if you're eligible for the program and how to apply here: #BroadbandForAll #FCCGov

Who is eligible for Affordable Connectivity Program
Affordable Connectivity Program How to Enroll

National Honor Society Inductions

Our Northwestern chapter of the National Honor Society has been inducting members since 1959--the same year Albion High School became Northwestern. On Monday, November 21st, we welcomed twelve new members into this organization that strives to highlight academic excellence and foster community-driven service. These students will join the existing members of the 2022-2023 Northwestern chapter to continue building on the four pillars of the National Honor Society: scholarship, service, character, and leadership both in our school and in our community.

Newly Inducted National Honor Society Members

Newly Inducted Members

Pictured from left to right: Brennan Saxton, Carson Hajec, Lauren Salisbury, Jacob Regelmann, Chloe Yazembiak, Deanna Ransom, Brooklyn White, Braidy Fish, Allison Lemerise, Megan Nitschke, Jordyn Barzano, and Annika Gibbs

Existing Members of National Honor Society

Existing Senior Members

Pictured from left to right: Alyssa Lecorchick (Historian), Emma Burkett, Alyssa Ball (President), Isabelle Giannamore, Elliot Swanson, Dan Vanicek, Justina Melendez, Nathan Ransom, Caroline Macfarlane (Vice President), Cameron Swantek, Alexandria Kuhn (Secretary), Laura Ordakowski (Treasurer), and Nathan Johnson (not pictured).

2022-2023 Northwestern Chapter of the National Honor Society

2022-2023 Northwestern Chapter of the National Honor Society

Winter Sports Schedule Released

Winter 22-23 Sports Schedule

2022-2023 School Calendar

2022-2023 Calendar-APPROVED 1.18.2022-Errors Corrected 8.15.2022.pdf

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.