Message sent 4.9.2020
To Our Wildcat Community,
I am sure by now that most of you have received word that the Secretary of Education and the Governor of Pennsylvania have decided that all Pennsylvania students will not be returning to school for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. I am also sure that all of you have many excellent questions regarding what that closure will mean. Over the next several days, I hope to be able to provide answers to your questions during this time of uncertainty. I will share what I know for now, and will continue to reach out to our community as this situation progresses.
FOR NOW, PLEASE PLAN ON OUR EDUCATIONAL PICK-UPS AND FOOD PICK-UPS TO CONTINUE AS PLANNED FOR NEXT WEEK. WE WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW OUR CONTINUITY OF EDUCATION PLAN THAT WE STARTED ON MARCH 30TH.
During these unprecedented times, I want all of our students, families, teachers, support staff, and community members to know that we are all in this together, and we will persevere! We will do everything we can to make this year memorable for our graduating seniors. We will strive to continue our current Continuity of Education plan so that each Wildcat student will be given the best educational opportunities possible.
We will continue to make community safety our number one priority, while doing everything possible to continue to communicate openly with every student.
I mentioned in my video that the current state of education would, in no way, be able to replace what occurred every day in each Northwestern classroom. However, our students, staff, and community members are resilient, and I am extremely proud of the effort that our students and staff have made so far.
Thank you to all of our Wildcat community for your patience, your flexibility, and your adaptability during these crazy times. Please know that our entire staff will continue to care for each of you, and will do everything in our power to make the remainder of this year the best that it can be.
Stay safe, and make sure to focus on what is really important during these trying times!
John Hansen, Superintendent
~ALL SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR~
THE CLOSURE INCLUDES ALL PLAYGROUNDS, BASEBALL, FOOTBALL, SOFTBALL AND PRACTICE FIELDS
~ Students and staff are continuing to follow the 2019-20 school calendar.
- April 8 is a scheduled NO SCHOOL day-NO Instruction at Home Day (Snow makeup day)
- April 9 is a scheduled NO SCHOOL day-NO Instruction at Home Day (Snow makeup day)
- April 10 and April 13 are scheduled NO SCHOOL days-NO Instruction at Home (Holidays)
Please check back for updates
eBook Instructions--High School/Middle School
Mr. Canfield has shared a quick video on how to check out eBooks to your phone or tablet, check it out!
Northwestern School District Continuity of Education Plan
The United Way of Erie County has several resources available to community members during the COVID-19 crisis. Please visit their link, United Way COVID-19 Updates, for assistance with issues such as discounted prescriptions, tax preparation and their 211 Helpline.
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
Elementary Parents--Get Connected to Class Dojo
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
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!
Superintendent Northwestern School District
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
...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.