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

2.25.2020 ~ 6-8pm ~ Springfield Elementary Science Fair

2.26.2020 ~ 5pm ~ Girls Basketball Playoff Game vs. Greenville at Meadville HS

2.27.2020 ~ 6:30-8pm ~ Northwestern Elementary Science Fair

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Academic Decathlon Team Qualifies for States!

The Academic Decathlon team participated in the Western Pennsylvania Regional Competition at Edinboro University on Friday and Saturday. The team qualified for the state competition at Souderton High School (Philadelphia area) March 13th and 14th.

The team consisted of Honors - Abby Swantek, Abby Hancox, and Elizabeth Miller; Scholastic - Brennan Donch, Breanna Howells, and Kylie Krieder; Varsity - Matthew Bendure and Kenna Ridenour (We were one member short).

The team earned 15 medals at the regional competition:

  • Abby Swantek - (5 medals) Gold in Essay, Silver in Mathematics (tied Elizabeth Miller), Silver in Economics, Silver in Speech, and Silver in Interview
  • Abby Hancox - (2 medals) Gold in Speech and Gold in Interview with a perfect score of 1,000
  • Elizabeth Miller - (1 medal) Silver in Math (tied Abby Swantek)
  • Brennan Donch - (5 medals) Gold in Social Science, Bronze in Art, Bronze in Literature, Bronze in Economics, and Bronze in Speech
  • Kenna Ridenour - (2 medals) Bronze in Math and Gold in Interview

Academic Decathlon Seniors this year are Abby Swantek, Elizabeth Miller, Brennan Donch, and Sarah Zurn.

Flu Season is upon us, please read these important reminders on how to protect yourself and your family.

Here is an informational link issued by the PA Department of Health on the most recent strain of flu in the news, Coronavirus.

flu-guide-for-parents-2018 (1)[1].pdf

MELIA Program

Celebrates the Chinese New Year!


Northwestern Elementary Third Graders Enjoy a Special Visit

Trooper Johnathan Casey from the Pennsylvania State Police came to Northwestern Elementary School last Friday. He spoke to the students about becoming a K-9 officer. He also brought his dog Senna (3 year old German Shepard) and demonstrated for the children how the dog does searches. This presentation went along with an informational text the students recently read entitled "Aero and Officer Mike" during our shared reading classes.


Familiar Face in a "New" Place and a New Face in Northwestern Middle School


APPROVED: 1/21/2020

2020-21 Calendar-FINAL.pdf

Peace Poster Contest Winners

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.

Geography Bee

Congratulations to our top finishers in the Middle School Geography Bee: Ariel Start in 4th, Tim Spicer in 3rd, Austin Bateman in 2nd, and our 2019 Champion: Luke Confer.

A special thank you to the following prize sponsors: Valenza, Jim and Sue's and the Cakery .

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

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.

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.


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!

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

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

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.

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.