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

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

Upcoming NWSD Board Meetings

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

-October 4, 2021 @ 10am-Policy/Personnel/Finance Committee Meeting in the District Office conference room.

-October 4, 2021 @ 6pm-Building/Grounds Committee Meeting in the District Office conference room.

-October 11, 2021 @ 7pm-Board Study Session Meeting in the District Office conference room.

-October 18, 2021 @ 7pm-Board Voting Meeting in the District Office conference room.

Agendas are available by clicking on the BoardDocs link above (in the Quick Access Links section) or hard copies are available 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, so your name can be added to the agenda.

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We would like to officially welcome Deputy Chesko to Northwestern. She recently transferred from Wattsburg School District, and we are so happy to have her as part of the Wildcat family. If you see her out and about in the community, please be sure to welcome her to our district!

8/25/2021-Fall Athletic Events

The Northwestern School District wants to inform all of our athletes, opponents, fans, and spectators at both the high school and middle school levels, that the Northwestern School District has adopted an ARP/ESSERS Health & Safety Plan, based upon recommendations and mandates from the CDC, PADOH, and ECDH. This Health and Safety Plan requires that all people in attendance at INDOOR events must wear masks. Athletes not actively involved in play should also be masked. This policy is effective immediately.

Additionally, whenever possible, we ask that spectators make every effort to maintain a 3-foot distance from individuals outside of their family unit. Please pass this information along to your coaches, teams, and families prior to any contests that have you traveling to the Northwestern School District.

Health and Safety Plan

The NWSD Board of Directors approved the attached revised ARP/ESSER Health and Safety Plan on August 16, 2021.

ARP ESSER Health Safety Plan Revised 8.16.2021.pdf

Important Return to School Information

On Monday, August 16th the NWSD Board of Directors voted to approve an update to the Health and Safety Plan for the 2021-2022 school year. Please refer to the info-graphic below to help families prepare for the return to school this fall. Please reach out to your specific school office or the administrative office with any questions.

BACK TO SCHOOL 2021-2022 UPDATED 8.10.2021.pdf

The 2021 Fall Sports Calendar is available. Please see below or click on the Athletics tab and then Calendar.

Fall sports 2021 Final.docx

Board Meeting Attendance/Participation

The Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Requiring Universal Face Coverings was lifted on June 28, 2021. In response to this latest action, the Northwestern School District Board of Directors will resume face-to-face, in person meetings effective July 19, 2021. The live YouTube feed will not be available going forward.

The Board invites any member of the public to attend these meetings. We ask that any attendees who are not fully vaccinated please wear a mask during the meetings. Thank you.

Superintendent Evaluation

The Northwestern School District Board of Directors completed the 2020-2021 performance assessment on June 21, 2021.

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

Northwestern School District Superintendent Evaluation Form

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!

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.

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 CHASKINS@NWSD.ORG.

Check out the latest Facebook post from NWSD

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.


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.