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

Board Agendas & Public Participation

For more information on COVID, please click on the COVID Information tab above.

NWSD Board Meeting Schedule

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

-June 14 @ 7pm-Board Study Session Meeting at the District Office

-June 21 @ 7pm-Board Voting Meeting at the District Office

If you are a member of the public wishing to address the Board in person as a scheduled visitor at the Board Voting Meeting, please contact the Superintendent's office at 814-756-9400x4254 by 1:30pm on the day of the meeting for further instruction or visit the link in the header portion of the website (Board Agendas and Public Participation highlighted in bright green).

Proposed Budget 21-22 - PDE 2028.pdf

2021-2022 Proposed Budget

The Northwestern School District Board of Directors accepted the 2021-2022 Proposed Budget at their regularly scheduled Board meeting on May 10, 2021. The budget document is available for public inspection by clicking on the link to the left. It will be presented for official adoption as a Final Budget at the school board meeting to be held on Monday, June 21, 2021 at 7:00pm in the District Office conference room.

We are pleased to present a short video highlighting the various scholarships received by the Class of 2021 graduates. Please note the video may not contain all scholarships and awards, we are sharing the information that was provided to our guidance office prior to the end of the school year. Join us in honoring these fine graduates of 2021!


Congratulations to Mrs. McKenna! She was recently notified that she is among the Top 5 finalists for the Golden Apple Teacher of the Year Award.

Summer Hours 2021.pdf

Middle School Chorus

MS Chorus 2020-2021.MOV

Middle School chorus students faced the challenges of a pandemic with perseverance and enthusiasm this year. Even with mask wearing and social distancing, the power of music was felt by everyone. We hope you enjoy this small sample of our accomplishments this year!

Northwestern Elementary Ag Day


High School teachers and FFA Advisors, Anthony Honeycutt and Julie Schmidt, organized an Ag Day for the elementary students. It was a nice way for them to have a break from the classroom and enjoy some hands-on learning!

High School Choral Dept Highlights

HS Choral Department 2020-2021.MOV

Congratulations to students in the high school vocal department on a successful year of music-making! We are proud of our student musicians!

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Springfield Elementary second and third grade students recently took part in a virtual field trip to the Erie Zoo!

Click on this link to find out more about the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), will help families cover the cost of breakfasts and lunches their children would have been eligible to receive for free or at reduced price through the National School Lunch Program. the P-EBT program was re-authorized last year to cover the entire 2020-21 school year. A new P-EBT has been approved for Pennsylvania by the USDA FNS.

2021 Weekend with the Arts

On behalf of Ms. Chase, NHS Art teacher, it is our pleasure to present the link to the 2021 Virtual Weekend with the Arts. Please take a moment to view this year's projects and witness the creative and artistic abilities of our talented Wildcats. ENJOY!

2021 Weekend with the Arts

Do you currently have a Kindergarten, 1st Grade or 2nd Grade student? Would they benefit from a summer program? Check out the opportunity provided by MELIA (Mercyhurst Early Learning Innovation Academy. They are accepting participants via this registration link,

Per PDE's requirements, you can review the district's Health and Safety Plan regarding the return to school for the 2020-21 school year HERE. The plan was board approved on July 20, 2020 and recently revised and approved on March 15, 2021.

NWSD Resocialization of Sports Plan (approved June 22, 2020)


In an effort to keep the students and staff as safe and healthy as possible, please remember that it is crucial to report any COVID-related illness in your household to either of the pandemic coordinators.

Mr. John Hansen at or call 814-756-9400x4220

Mrs. Christina Costello at or call 814-756-9400x4351

Guidelines for Determining Instruction Model/Building Closures during Moderate & Substantial Levels of Community Transmission

Level of Community Transmission All Schools.pdf

Information regarding the recent update on the mandatory mask order as it pertains to schools. Please click on the following link for answers to some frequently asked questions, FAQ: Universal Face Coverings Order

Elementary Parents--Get Connected to Class Dojo

ClassDojo Instructions.pdf

Return to School Update as of 8.6.2020

After a thorough review of parent and staff feedback, along with careful consideration of the best possible choice regarding safety AND education, the NWSD Board of Directors and administration are pleased to share the following information regarding the hybrid schedules for the start of the 2020-2021SY (First student day will be Tuesday, August 25th).

Please remember that the district may be forced to adjust these plans before or during the school year as conditions change surrounding COVID-19. Families and staff will continue to be updated in a timely manner.

What is Synchronous Learning?

Synchronous learning is the kind of learning that happens in real time. This means that the student, the classmates, and the instructor interact in a specific virtual place, through a specific online medium, at a specific time. In other words, it’s not exactly anywhere, anyhow, anytime. Methods of synchronous online learning include video conferencing, teleconferencing, live chatting, and live-streaming lectures.

What is Asynchronous Learning?

Asynchronous learning happens on the students schedule. While the course of study (instructor) will provide materials for reading, lectures for viewing, assignments for completing, and exams for evaluation, the student has the ability to access and satisfy these requirements within a flexible time frame. Methods of asynchronous online learning include self-guided lesson modules, streaming video content, virtual libraries, posted lecture notes, and exchanges across discussion boards or social media platforms.

To obtain enrollment information for NWSD Remote Learning, please contact Chris Haskins at

To obtain enrollment information for Full-Time Cyber (WVLI), please click on this link .

Wildcat Virtual Learning Institute (WVLI) is an extension of Northwestern School District. WVLI is open to all Northwestern students and offers accommodations and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for special education students. Virtual Learning follows an instructional model that is similar to homeschooling. Students are required to log attendance every day, submit assignments, attend online lessons, and complete the state mandatory testings. The curriculum is developed to suit individual student learning styles and varying academic levels while meeting PA State Standards. Upon acceptance into WVLI, students will be provided with all of the materials needed to succeed including a laptop, books, workbooks, and other necessary resources. In addition, students will have access to tutoring, access to district teachers, and NW clubs/activities.

All of our classes are designed to help prepare students for the next chapter of their lives, whether it be higher education, trade school, military service, or joining the workforce. If you are thinking of choosing a cyber option, Northwestern would like to partner with your family this year to provide the very best education possible.

If you are interested in more information, please contact Mr. Christopher Haskins, Northwestern School District Cyber School Liaison at

Check out the latest Facebook post from NWSD

NWSD Continuity of Education Plan

CoE Plan 4-15-20.pdf

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

NW School District Guidelines for School Cancellations and Delays.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 2019-2020 performance assessment on June 15, 2020.

Mr. John B. Hansen met the agreed upon objective performance standards at a proficient level.

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

Annual Notifications of Policies 4.5.2019.pdf

Annual Notifications

All Northwestern School District Board policies are available at Board Docs.

FERPA-Notification of Rights.pdf


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.