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

The NWSD Board of Directors will hold ALL June board meetings via ZOOM.

  • June 1, Policy/Personnel/Finance Committee Meeting at 10am
  • June 1, Building/Grounds Committee Meeting at 6pm
  • June 8, Board Study Session Meeting at 7pm
  • June 15, Board Voting Meeting at 7pm

Click on the link to view this year's program.

The meal pre-order form for Monday, June 1 is open. Please place your order by 9pm on Sunday. Thank you!

If you are unable to submit online, please call 814-756-9400x5264 with your order information.

ANY resident of the NWSD community can receive a box, no sign-up is necessary. Please help us spread the word!

--Northwestern Elementary families--

The final collection will be held in Reverse Parade style.

All student work, with name printed clearly, needs to be turned in at that time. Any and all textbooks, library materials also need to be turned in. If you are not keeping a Chromebook for school related summer work, please return the Chromebook and charger at that time as well.

5th Grade students: please plan on attending for a proper "Send off" and special gift.

See you all there!

NHS Students & Families (Grades 9-11)

The high school office will be open June 1st-4th for return of your child's textbooks, calculators, obligations owed and any other materials that may be due to the school. The schedule is noted below.

We are following CDC guidelines at the school, so masks must be worn, as well as adhering to the social distancing rule. You will see signs when you come to the school, please follow them and staff will be available to help as needed.

Northwestern Middle School Student Council hosted a Virtual Talent Show for students. Check out our amazingly, talented Wildcats!

Check out the latest Facebook post from NWSD

In an effort to help district administration implement the best possible plan for the 2020-2021 school year, please take a moment to complete a quick survey by Tuesday, June 2nd. Only one response per family is needed at this time.

Thank you for your participation!

Northwestern students continue to shine during the pandemic! Congratulations to our FBLA members who represented our district in the State Competition, fantastic job Wildcats!!

FBLA STATES 2020.mp4

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.

Proposed 20-21 Budget.pdf



Typically, the Zonta Club of Erie holds a banquet to announce the annual winners of the Amelia Earhart Award, but due to the current pandemic the banquet will not happen this year. Nonetheless, we would like to congratulate two of our Juniors for being selected as recipients...Adeline Giannamore and Abigail Hancox. Nice job ladies!

It is a true honor to introduce to all of you the hard work of many teachers and students. This year our Weekend with the Arts has taken a Virtual turn. Mrs. Chase is very excited to share all the hard work of the high school, middle and elementary students, teachers and community members. Sit back, have a cup of tea, and enjoy scrolling through the 2020 Virtual Weekend with the Arts.

Junior, Owen Niedzielski, sharing his musical talent. Click on each link to hear his rendition.

Solitary: A Chamber Ensemble Piece that features multiple trumpets. As a trumpet player himself, Owen has a strong understanding of the trumpet and how to facilitate part writing with ease.

Run: A slow-building piece that is a cover from youtube sensation "Jojo." Created for a brass band/jazz band combo. Intricate time signatures and notation provide for a high level music theory understanding.

Horror: Owen's first venture into atonal music. This piece was inspire to represent the music of that found in a horror movie. Using 20th century serialist compositional techniques, this piece should scare you.

Full Heart Fancy: An exciting project for Owen as he competes against thousands in the nation to earn the top arrangement of this Lucky Chops' standard tune. This is an entry that if chosen, will be featured by Lucky Chops themselves on an online recording. It is a fun way for the group to interact with their loyal fans, such as Owen. This arrangement is for a jazz ensemble/brass band instrumentation.

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!

Teacher Appreciation (FB) - HD


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!

Springfield Reverse Parade.mp4


Parents who have children that are enrolled in either program, please visit this link,Mercyhurst Early Learning Innovation Academy. Activities will be updated daily.

A huge shout out to the fearless "NW Meal Prep Crew"...these amazing staff members gather without hesitation every Monday and Wednesday to do their part to assist our students and families during this difficult time. They have prepped and distributed over 26,000 meals since March 23! Each of you continue to be an extremely vital member of the district family...THANK YOU for your dedication and commitment to our Wildcats!


Message from Mr. Hansen, Superintendent

What's in store for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year? Please listen to his message.

Hansen Message


As sad as we are that our Prom will not happen May 2nd, we are proud to announce this student-driven alternative that we are hopeful to enjoy. IF the Governor lifts the stay at home order we will be able to have the Northwestern Prom later this Summer.

Please know that graduation is very important to us and we are working on the best and safest way to celebrate our Seniors. Commencement plans have not been announced as of yet. Please stay tuned.

For now, let's take a breath and be proud we have a planned second attempt at the prom for our kids! Well done Northwestern student leaders!

NWSD Continuity of Education Plan

CoE Plan 4-15-20.pdf

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!

eBook Instructions.mp4

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.

The Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit has shared a guide to internet service providers to assist families during the school closure.


  • Erie County Technical School will be publishing assignment work on their website 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

ClassDojo Instructions.pdf

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 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

Parents--Check out the link below, it's a compilation of various educational resources for your child.

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!

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.

flu-guide-for-parents-2018 (1)[1].pdf
CDC Everyday Preventive Actions.pdf

2020 Spring Sports Schedule!


APPROVED: 1/21/2020

2020-21 Calendar-FINAL.pdf
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.

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

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

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.