9.28.2020~The NW volleyball match vs. Mercyhurst Prep scheduled for tomorrow (9/29) has been postponed to a later date (TBD). Senior night will be rescheduled.
Keystone Exams Information
Drama Club Information
9.17.2020~HYBRID SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS
COVID-19 Screening Tool for Families
9.15.2020 ~ REVISED FALL SPORTS SCHEDULE
Spectators at Fall Events
Please take a moment to view this brief video regarding Northwestern's plan for spectators at fall sporting and performing arts events. Tickets must be signed for and are available for pick up at the District Office each weekday from 8am-4pm. Tickets will be available for each home event beginning the Monday before the scheduled event.
9.1.2020~Update from Mr. Hansen
NWSD welcomes the following teachers to the Wildcat family. Top photo features the following new teachers:
*Samantha Lane (Northwestern Elementary, Life Skills Support)
*Lindsey Finlan (Springfield Elementary, Kindergarten)
*Danna Heh (Northwestern Middle School, Emotional/Learning Support)
The bottom photo features the following long-term substitutes:
*Angelica Bettelli (Northwestern Elementary, Third Grade)
*Scott Kesler (Northwestern & Springfield Elementary, Health/Physical Education)
*Amber Bowen (Northwestern Elementary, Second Grade)
8.21.2020~The Northwestern School District will proceed with a plan to conduct a fall sports season according to the latest PIAA decision on August 21, 2020. Specific details will be released next week regarding revisions to practice and game schedules.
Northwestern High School Virtual Orientation
The NHS staff is proud to share with you a brief introduction to assist you and your child with the 2020-2021 school year. Please click on the link below to view.
Northwestern Middle School Virtual Orientation
The NMS staff is proud to share with you a brief introduction to assist you and your child with the 2020-2021 school year. Please click on the one of the links below to view your child's orientation for the upcoming year.
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
The NWSD is pleased to share the following information from Camp Fitch regarding camp program options for school-age children for the 2020-2021 school year. Interested families should complete this SURVEY as the first step.
The district is currently exploring transportation options for our families. More details to come.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To obtain enrollment information for Full-Time Cyber (WVLI), please click on this link .
The Northwestern School District Board of Directors approved a revised calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.
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.
NWSD Athletic Department
Resocialization of Extra-Curricular Activity Recommendations
The Northwestern School District Board of Directors held a special voting meeting on Monday, June 22, 2020. The following resocialization plan in regards to athletics was approved.
The plan has been updated to reflect Governor Wolf's Universal Face Covering Order (eff. July 1, 2020).
Please take a moment to listen to a brief message from Mr. Hansen and Mrs. Costello regarding the progress of Northwestern's Reopening Plan for the 2020-2021 school year.
Northwestern School District is proud to present the Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2020. Congratulations to all of our graduates.
Emails will be sent to all students on Friday, June 5th by 12pm that will contain their downloadable picture folder for all personalized commencement ceremonies from May 26 - 28th. It will be sent to their school email, so please have your child share that folder with you.
Congratulations Northwestern community! We did it!
Check out the latest Facebook post from NWSD
The 2020-2021 preliminary budget for Northwestern School District was approved by the Board of Directors on May 11, 2020. The document is below for public review.
Northwestern Middle School
Teacher Appreciation Video Message
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, several middle school students have a special message for their teachers. Many thanks to Mr. Alexander for creating the video!
WE MISS YOU & WE ARE ALL HERE FOR YOU!
The district campuses may be closed, but please know that the administrators, teachers, and support staff are still working diligently behind the scenes to ensure that all students receive the best possible remote learning experience for the remainder of the school year.
Enjoy these highlight videos that are just a small sample of how much the Wildcat family cares about each student. Stay strong, healthy and safe!
NWSD Continuity of Education Plan
The Northwestern faculty and staff are pleased to present a special video message to the families and students. As everyone prepares to enter the next phase of remote instruction/learning next Tuesday, please know that WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.
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!
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.
Message from Mr. John Hansen, Superintendent
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 2019-2020 performance assessment on June 15, 2020.
Mr. John B. Hansen met the agreed upon objective performance standards at a proficient level.
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.