Northwestern School District  • 100 Harthan Way, Albion PA  16401 • 814.756.9400 

Home of the Wildcats • Mr. Greg Lehman, Superintendent

Northwestern High SchoolNorthwestern Middle SchoolNorthwestern ElementarySpringfield Elementary 


3.26.2023---Due to the damage caused by the storm on Saturday, NWSD will NOT have school on Monday, March 27th. Our middle and high school buildings are without power, and our elementary schools are without phones and internet. The current estimate for restoring power is late Monday afternoon. Thank you for your understanding.

2023-2024 Registration Dates!

Springfield Elementary-Monday, April 17, 2023

Northwestern Elementary-Thursday, April 20, 2023

If you have a child who will turn five (5) on or before July 1, 2023, please complete a registration survey for the appropriate school.

Springfield Elementary Registration Survey 

Northwestern Elementary Registration Survey 

Questions or concerns can be directed to the building secretary:

2023-2024 Calendar has been Board approved!

2023-2024 Calendar Board Approved 3.20.2023.pdf

NWSD Board Meetings

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

-Monday, April 3, 2023 at 10:00am Policy/Personnel/Finance Committee Meeting @ District Office

-Monday, April 3, 2023 at 6:00pm Building/Grounds Committee Meeting @ District Office

-Monday, April 3, 2023 at 6:30pm Education Committee Meeting @ District Office

-Monday, April 10, 2023 at 7:00pm Board Study Session Meeting

-Monday, April 17, 2023 at 7:00pm Board Voting Meeting

If you wish to address the Board as a scheduled visitor during the voting meeting, please contact the Superintendent's office by 1:30pm on the day of the meeting at 814-756-9400. Unscheduled visitors may sign in upon arrival at the meeting and will be called on by the Board President at the appropriate time.  Anyone wishing to address the Board is asked to attend in-person.

The agendas are available the Friday afternoon (by 4pm) before each meeting and can be viewed by clicking on the BoardDocs link in the Quick Access Links above (red section).  

Upcoming Spring Testing Dates 

2023 NWSD Testing Schedule (2).pdf

Congratulations to the March CLASS Act Emerging Leaders nominee!  We are pleased to share that Dan Vanicek is this month's nomination.

Congrats to this Wildcat! 

CLASS Act Emerging Leader Dan Vanicek
Dan Vanicek Nomination
Career Day at Northwestern Middle School

Career Day at NMS

Career Day was a huge success on February 16th!  Twenty career speakers presented to our middle school students. Students were able to choose 4 different 30-minute sessions to attend in order to learn more about careers of interest. We want to thank the speakers for making this day such a success! 

Spring Sports Schedule Released

2023 Spring Sports Schedule



Weekend with the Arts April 28, 29, 30
Classic Car Show April 30
Coffee and Cookies Sip n' Paint April 29 at 1pm
Muddin Truck Show April 29 from 2pm-5pm
Story Time with Patti Pavolko
Arts and Crafts Sale at Weekend with the Arts

Mock Trial 2023

We are pleased to announce the results of the recent Mock Trial competition held at the Erie County Courthouse.  Northwestern's Plaintiff council defeated Grove City and Northwestern's Defense team defeated Colligate Academy.  Gage Simon and Elliot Swanson won best presenter for day 1; and, Derrick Kirsch won best witness, and Ali Ball won best presenter on day 2.

Students will now prepare for the district finals against Cranberry High School later this month, February 28th, at the Erie County Court House. 

The winner will go to Harrisburg in March to compete in the Mock Trial State Tournament.  Congratulations to these Wildcats and best wishes in the District Finals!

Northwestern Elementary Science Fair

Several students participated in this year's event.  Check out some of their projects.  Nice job!

Springfield Elementary Makerspace Activities

Students have been creating and designing in the Makerspace Lab with Legos, creative flakes and snap circuits.

Mrs. Pavolko reading book

Retired Educator Publishes Book!

One of our retired educators, Mrs. Patti Pavolko recently published a children's book, "While Their Parents Were Sleeping."  She recently visited Northwestern and Springfield Elementary to read the book to several classes.  Each library received an autographed copy.  Mrs. Pavolko is shown with her granddaughter Kinley along with Mrs. Porter's first grade class. Congratulations Mrs. Pavolko and thank you so much for sharing your special book with our young Wildcats! 

Mrs. Pavolko with book While Their Parents Were Sleeping

The Affordable Connectivity Program provides eligible households with a discount on broadband service and connected devices. This program provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward the internet for eligible households and up to $75 per month for homes on qualifying Tribal lands. Find out if you're eligible for the program and how to apply here: #BroadbandForAll #FCCGov 

Who is eligible for Affordable Connectivity Program
Affordable Connectivity Program How to Enroll

2022-2023 School Calendar

2022-2023 Calendar-APPROVED 1.18.2022-Errors Corrected 8.15.2022.pdf

Check out the latest Facebook post from NWSD


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.