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

***SPECIAL NOTES FOR WEEK OF APRIL 6***

  • Order form will accept responses beginning Saturday, April 4 at 9am through Sunday, April 5 at 9pm.
  • There will be only ONE distribution on Monday, April 6th.
  • Families will receive THREE days' worth of meals.
  • NO distribution on Wednesday, April 8th.

Click on the link above to submit your order. Thank you!

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After the holiday break, we will resume the twice a week distribution where you must preorder for EACH distribution by 9pm every SUNDAY and TUESDAY.

Additional information can be found under Cafeteria Info above.

~ALL SCHOOLS CLOSED INDEFINITELY~THIS INCLUDES ALL PLAYGROUNDS, BASEBALL, FOOTBALL, SOFTBALL AND PRACTICE FIELDS

Please check back for updates

Northwestern School District Continuity of Education Plan

Continuity of Education Plan 3-30-2020.pdf

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

Please visit the High School and Middle School link above for information regarding Chromebook/Packet Pick-Up.

INFORMATION FOR ERIE COUNTY TECHNICAL SCHOOL STUDENTS:

  • Erie County Technical School will be publishing assignment work on their website www.ects.org. Select Students, and then select your Program on the Student Page. You will be redirected to the ECTS eClass pages where assignment work will be posted daily in the Documents Library of your program.

Message from Mr. John Hansen, Superintendent

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Elementary Parents--Get Connected to Class Dojo

ClassDojo Instructions.pdf

Students with Login Issues:

If you are having trouble logging in to sites (such as Khan Academy), you should click the Clever Portal link above, then Login with Google using your @nwsd.org Google account. From there, click the site link.

Statewide Assessments Cancelled

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has announced that all statewide assessments have been cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year. Please visit this link for more details, PA Department of Education

Parents--Check out the link below, it's a compilation of various educational resources for your child.

Looking for ideas to keep your child(ren) occupied during the district closure?

Here is a link to 31 FREE educational resources, Pop Sugar Educational Resources.

Also, Scholastic has shared a free link for multiple grade levels as well, simply click on the appropriate grade level, Scholastic Learn at Home.

There are Facebook pages that you can visit as well.

  • Northwestern High School: Wildcat Enrichment from a Distance
  • Springfield Elementary Enrichment Activities
  • NWE Wildcats Learn Together from Home

And, don't forget about ClassDojo!

Update from Mr. Hansen-Coronavirus

Message sent 3.15.2020

Dear Wildcat Families,

As I am sure you are aware, a lot has changed since my last message. On Friday afternoon, Governor Tom Wolf closed all public K-12 schools, including brick and mortar, cyber charter schools, career and technical centers, and intermediate units throughout the Commonwealth beginning Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th. This includes any childcare centers operating within any of the aforementioned schools. It also includes Universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Although many of the details still must be worked out, the following are the most up-to-date facts that I have:

* Schools will not have to make up days missed between 3/16/20 and 3/27/20.

* Student learning for this period should be limited to enrichment activities, such as reading a book, study skills, or test-preparation activities.

* All students and non-essential staff should stay home for this two week period.

* We are working through the state process which will permit us to continue to feed any students, between the ages of 1 and 18, currently living in our district. Details will be shared with all families once they have been worked out.

* All school based activities including, but not limited to, athletics, plays, musicals, etc. are cancelled during this period.

Our NWSD administrative team is meeting tomorrow morning at 8:00 am, in order to solidify a district plan for the next two weeks. I anticipate another communication to all families to be released some time tomorrow.

I will continue to update our Wildcat families through our Remind, Facebook page, and web site, as accurate information becomes available. I encourage you to follow all social distancing recommendations so that we can minimize the impact of the Coronavirus. A quote I read yesterday really hits home with regards to my thoughts on these troubling times.

"In the end, it will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much to stop the spread of Covid-19, but it will be quite apparent if we under-reacted or did too little."

We will get through this best, if we continue to work together!

Sincerely,


John Hansen

Superintendent Northwestern School District

jhansen@nwsd.org

Check out the latest Facebook post from NWSD

How can you protect yourself and your family during flu season?

Our administrators have been working on the following:

**Establishing an internal process for determining whether students are contracting the virus and a system for reporting updates to health officials.

**Examining how we may be able to continue classroom instruction SHOULD we be forced to close schools for an extended period of time. (Google classroom, pre-arranged written assignments, project work, etc.)

**Working with our maintenance and custodial department to implement a robust cleaning protocol for common areas and classrooms.

Below please find informational flyers on basic preventive actions you can take. Several links are also included with details regarding the most recent strain of flu in the news, the Coronavirus.

flu-guide-for-parents-2018 (1)[1].pdf
CDC Everyday Preventive Actions.pdf
hand-sanitizer-factsheet[1].pdf

2020 Spring Sports Schedule!

POSTPONED-RESCHEDULE DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED

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

German and French Students Celebrate Karneval Season

2020-2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR

APPROVED: 1/21/2020

2020-21 Calendar-FINAL.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 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

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.