5610 Troy Road
Springfield, OH 45502  

Phone: (937) 964-3240 
Fax: (937) 964-3244

8:40 AM - 3:30 PM

Elementary School's News
NW 6th Graders Competing in Invention Convention

We have four sixth graders competing in the Invention Convention on April 11th. They are:

Leah Bainbridge-"Quadraboard"-combination chalkboard/whiteboard/magnet and cork board

Jerrin Drews-"The No Fail Umbrella"-comes with built in shovel for a beach umbrella

Paige Phillips-"The Glo-Belt"-Add on to a backseat seatbelt to be able to see how to insert

Cain Vorhees-"4-Wheeler Heater"-Allows 4 wheelers to start in frigid weather

Please congratulate them if you see them!

In addition, they are competing for the Ohio Choice Award that is based on voting. I have attached the information if you would like to vote for our students. (It does cost $1 per vote)

Click on the "click here" for more information.

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Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops

This year's Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops event set a record by collecting a total of $11,000.00! WOW! It's amazing how much can be accomplished when we all work together. Go Warriors!!!

Devin Rogers Takes Second Place in State Wrestling Championship!

Devin Rogers, a senior at Northwestern High School, placed second this past weekend at the OHSAA Wrestling Championships in Columbus.   By finishing second at the state meet, his record for this year was 44-4.    Great Job, Devin!  GO  WARRIORS!

Superior Rating for Northwestern Symphonic Band

The Northwestern Symphonic Band just earned a "Superior" rating at this weekend's competition and now moves on to State! Congratulations Warriors!!

Seven Leadership Habits for Happy Kids

The elementary students and staff are learning about and practicing the Seven Leadership Habits for Happy Kids.  These are listed below.  The pictures show Mrs. Barrett, elementary school counselor, working with the fifth grade students of Mr. Coons.

Leadership Habits for Happy Kids

Habit 1: Be Proactive (You are in Charge)

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind (Have a plan)

Habit 3: Put First Things First (Work first, then play)

Habit 4: Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win)

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood (Listen Before you Talk)

Habit 6: Synergize (Together is Better)

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best)

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In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Northwestern Elementary is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six.  It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems, turn ordinary into extraordinary and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules.

Register on or before March 20, 2015 to receive $25 OFF the base price of [Base Price]. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www.campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today!

For more information click on the "Click Here".

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College Credit Plus

To:       All Jr./Sr. High School Students and Families

Starting next year, any student in grades 7-12 will have the opportunity to take college level coursework and receive college credit through state or private universities. Through the College Credit Plus Program, a student who has the appropriate placement score on the ACT/SAT or college entrance exam (i.e. the Compass test for Clark State) can take college courses online or at a college or university. Additionally, Northwestern will offer some classes which provide students the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit simultaneously. Students will still be required to meet high school and state requirements for graduation.

Northwestern will be holding a second College Credit Plus (CCP) meeting on Wednesday, March 25th at 6:30 PM in cafeteria of the Jr./Sr. High School. If you attended the first meeting, you will not need to attend this meeting. There will be no new information. To help with our planning, please RSVP to Rutanb@nwls.education if you are planning to attend. If you have questions about CCP, please contact Mrs. Rutan at (937) 964-1324. The last day to sign-up for CCP is Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

For more information on CCP: www.ohiohighered.org/ccp

March 11, 2015 WILL BE on a Two-Hour Delay because of the Fog

Because of dense fog, we will be on a two-hour delay today, Wednesday, March 11, 2015.  

Northwestern Local Schools on a two-hour delay, Friday, February 27, 2015

Due to the wind chill advisory, Northwestern Local Schools will be on a two-hour delay, Friday, February 27, 2015.

Market Day Pick Up

Market Day Pick Up will be February 26, 2015 from 4:30 - 6:00.

Testing at the Elementary

Due to weather closings and delays, the elementary has found a need to be "flexible" when scheduling required student testing.  We are striving to keep daily schedules as close to normal as possible by testing during regular class periods. We appreciate our parents making sure that their children get a good night's sleep and healthy breakfast each morning.  This is a good practice for learning and will help your child feel better prepared for the day.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the elementary office.

Elementary Interim Reports

Due to the school closings and delays, elementary interim reports will be sent home with students on Tuesday, February 24th.

Elementary P.T.O. meeting is March 3rd.

Just a reminder, the Elementary P.T.O. will be meeting March 3rd at 6:00 p.m.  We will meet in the elementary library.  Come join us.  We look forward to your ideas as we prepare for spring activities.

Northwestern Local Schools on a two-hour delay, Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Because of the wind chill advisory, Northwestern Local Schools will be on a two-hour delay, Tuesday, February 24, 2015. We apologize that we could not delay last night, but the wind chill advisory was not in effect soon enough.

All Evening Activities Cancelled Tonight, Saturday, February 21, 2015

Because of the winter storm, all evening activities are cancelled tonight, Saturday, February 21, 2015.

Northwestern Local Schools is closed, Thursday, February 19, 2015

Due to icy road conditions and dangerously cold temperatures, Northwestern Local Schools will be closed Thursday, February 19, 2015.  We will make this day of school up at the end of the school year.

"Opt Out" of State Testing

February 17, 2015

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are aware that there is a growing movement where some parents/guardians are considering the decision to allow their children to “opt out” of state testing.  However, as a district, Northwestern encourages all parents/guardians to allow their children to participate in state testing for several reasons.  

Please know that we value your involvement in the educational process and want to ensure that you have the following information about testing.

State and federal laws require all Ohio school districts to administer tests in specific grades and courses to all students. While there is no law or official state procedure that allows parents or students to opt out of testing, we understand your concerns and respect your rights as a parent.

However, we do want to make sure you are fully-informed about the possible consequences of opting out of testing. First and foremost, data is a valuable tool our educators use to make decisions for your child’s education. The data collected from state-approved assessments such as PARCC, in addition to classroom assessments and assignments, is used by our teachers and administrators to help your child be successful in school. The information provided to our teachers from PARCC can be used to decide placement in advanced courses, interventions, differentiated instruction, and instructional practices to ensure that we are providing all students with a high-quality education. Although we will have data from other sources that we can use, we believe that the PARCC data is a crucial piece of this information.

The Ohio Department of Education also provides the following potential consequences of opting out of testing for students, districts, schools, and teachers:

Please click on the click here to continue reading the full article.

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Northwestern Local Schools on a two-hour delay, Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Northwestern Local Schools is on a 2 hour delay due to icy road conditions.

2015-2016 District Calendar Survey

Dear community members, students, parents, and  teachers,

Thank you for taking the time to complete the following survey regarding the 2015-16 calendar.  We value your input.  As a reminder, due to changes in state testing, we tried to create Draft B as a way to allow our students to receive as much instructional time as possible prior to taking the various state tests.   Also, because 50% of teachers’ evaluations are based upon student performance, we  felt Draft B was an option we should all consider in addition to the traditional version labeled Draft A.  The challenge we have is the state has still not released its dates for testing for the 2015-16 school year! The following survey will be available until next Friday, February 20, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. 

Please click on the "click here" for additional survey information.

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Columbus Zoo Visits Northwestern PreK-6

The Columbus Zoo was here on Friday, February 6th and will return on Friday, February 20th, to share more animals and their habitats.

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Northwestern Local Schools on a two-hour delay, Thursday, February 5, 2015

Due to icy road conditions, Northwestern Local Schools will be on a two-hour delay today, Thursday, February 5, 2015.

Northwestern Local Schools will be closed, Thursday, January 29, 2015

Due to icy road conditions, Northwestern will be closed, Thursday, January 29, 2015.

Potential Make-Up Day on President's Day

Currently, we have missed five calamity days. If we miss a sixth day prior to the end of January, we would attend school on February 16, 2015 (President's Day) as a day of "make-up."

Northwestern Local Schools is CLOSED, Monday, January 26, 2015

Due to hazardous road conditions, Northwestern Local Schools will be CLOSED, Monday, January 26, 2015.

The Taylor Swift "This is How I Shake it Off!" Writing Contest

In the last couple weeks, several students in Mrs. Tipton's class entered an optional Scholastic writing contest.  The Taylor Swift “This is How I Shake it Off!” Writing Contest encouraged students to write a one-page creative essay or poem about how they deal with bullies or others that have the power to hurt them.


2nd Grade Measures Beanstalks

Lori Ballentine's 2nd grade class read Jim and the Beanstalk.  They also illustrated and measured beanstalks. 

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Elementary COSI event for Tuesday, January 13, cancelled.

Due to the "iffy" weather, the COSI event scheduled for January 13th has been cancelled.  This event involved our students in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.  It will be rescheduled for later in the year.

Northwestern Local Schools is closed, Monday, January 12, 2015

Due to icy road conditions, Northwestern Local Schools is closed today, Monday, January 12, 2015.

Northwestern Local Schools on a two-hour delay, Friday, January 9, 2015

Due to hazardous driving conditions, Northwestern Local Schools will be on a two-hour delay Friday, January 9, 2015.  

Northwestern Local Schools CLOSED, Thursday, January 8, 2015

Due to a wind chill advisory, Northwestern Local Schools will be closed, Thursday, January 8, 2015.

Winter Wonderland in 4th Grade!

Friday, December 19th was a day of learning and fun for Northwestern's fourth graders!   They participated in the Winter Wonderland events in each classroom.  Students did marshmallow math with Mrs. Frost and followed a recipe to make reindeer chow with Mrs. Garrison.  They made candy cane mice with Mrs. Beaty and raced sleighs in Mrs. Scaggs' class.   With Mrs. Tipton and Mrs. Mitchell, they followed directions to build giant snowflakes.  We would like to thank all of the volunteers who came out to help.  Students enjoyed the decorations and the activities!

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4th Grade Investigates Circular Patterns

4th grade investigates circular patterns.

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A Place in the Christmas Choir

The first graders just finished their performance of “A Place in the Christmas Choir” about an off-pitch singing hound dog that struggled to fit in. Santa, along with his elves and some cats thought that Happy the Hound was ruining the Christmas Program. But with the kind heart of Mrs. Claus and some other hound dogs, they were able to find just the right spot for Happy the Hound in Santa’s Choir! His howling solo was such a delight!!! Great job by all of the 1stgraders!?

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Hat Day - Northwestern Elementary

Friday, December 5th students and staff who brought in a $1.00 donation got to wear their favorite hat all day.  We raised $548.00 which will be used to purchase new books for the library.  The students are going to have an opportunity to suggest books they would like to see purchased.

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Johanna Dunham's Class Experimenting with Pumpkins

Students from Johannah Dunham's class experimenting with pumpkins.

Our little pumpkin adventure today. They had so much fun.

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Third Grade Historical Field Trip

Third grade historical field trip to the Heritage Center.

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Mrs. Berner's 1st Grade Class Share Their Stories

Students in Mrs. Berner's 1st grade classes shared their class stories with others.  Students planned their stories out on a story mountain, wrote, and then illustrated their stories about a scarecrow.  They then went around the building and shared their stories with others.  

Veterans Day with Mrs. Powell's Third Grade Classes

On Veterans Day Mrs. Powell's third grade classes were honored to be visited by Specialist Denver Meek and Sgt. Jake Shaw, both Northwestern graduates. After listening to the servicemen discuss their duties and deployment overseas students were able to ask questions and try on some of their gear.  We're grateful for all those who've served or are serving our country and especially proud of those who've been Northwestern Warriors.

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Subtraction Game - Non-Standard Units

DeSean Sayles and Ryan Shaw are playing a subtraction game while Ried Smith and Tristen Lanum are measuring with non-standard units in our math class.

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4th Grade Math News

For their "Friday" exploration, Mrs. Ballentine’s math students learned about the Fibonacci Sequence. Then they made pumpkin art that shows the sequence.

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Mrs. Ballentine's Math Class - Rubik's Cube Lesson

Fourth graders in Mrs. Ballentine's math class have been using the Rubik's Cube to learn about sticking with a difficult problem, developing "grit".  Two have now solved the cube, motivating the others to follow suite.

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News from Mrs. Barlow's 6th Grade Science Classroom!

Students from Mrs. Barlow’s Science class have been learning about mass, volume and density. On Friday, October 10, 2014 students were given a Butterfinger, Snickers and 3 Musketeers and they were asked to find out which fun-sized candy bar had the greatest density. Students put their measurement skills to the test by using triple-beam balances to find their mass, in grams, and finding the volume using rulers and water displacement. Students calculated that between the three candy bars, Butterfinger was the densest and 3 Musketeers was the least dense.   They had a great time doing this experiment and of course eating the candy!

Fourth Grade Science Classes Make Bouncy Slime

The fourth grade science classes took a break from what they are learning in class to make bouncy slime. The lab was a reward to the students for having all their class work turned in.  While making their slime they learned about polymers and how polymers are unique because they have the qualities of both a solid and a liquid.  Abby Berner, Macie Steele and Anna Prack gave up their recess so they could learn how to conduct the lab and they led their homeroom classes though the experiment.

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5th and 6th Grade Student Council - By Paige Phillips

The fifth and sixth grade Northwestern Student Council has been meeting weekly on Thursdays. We have been working on goals. We have also decided on our new student council officers for this school year. Our officers are: President Kyndall Jones, Vice President Ryan Harrington, Secretary Damian Fletcher, Treasurer Taylor Sarven, Parlimentarian Ava Hess, Reporter Paige Phillips. Our new council committees are the improvement group, fundraiser/reward group, and celebration/social group. These are some of the things we wish for to make a difference in this school. If you have any questions or suggestions, please tell your student council representatives.

Lids for the Library

The 5th and 6th grade Student Council would like to invite Northwestern Elementary students to wear their favorite hats on Friday, December 5th.  In order to wear a hat for the day, each child will give one dollar that morning to his/her home room teacher.  All donations will be used to purchase new books for our library.  Students will have an opportunity to give input on books that they would enjoy having in the library. We look forward to seeing all the fun hats while increasing our selection of good books.  Thank you!

Elementary Library Giving Tree Program

The Elementary library is holding its fourth annual Giving Tree Program.  Information flyers came home in Friday folders on November 21st.  Brand new books may be donated to the library from Thanksgiving to the holiday break in December.  The donor's name will be placed on the inside cover of the book.  The donor's name and the book title will also be displayed on the library Christmas tree.  Thank you for your help in building up our library!

Northwestern CLOSED Monday, November 17, 2014

Due to unsafe driving conditions, Northwestern is CLOSED today, Monday, November 17, 2014.  

Grades 3 - 6 Girls Basketball player/parent meeting

There will be a player/parent meeting October 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the Jr./Sr. high school gymnasium for any girls in grades 3 - 6 interested in playing in a Youth Basketball League this winter.  The girls program will be managed by the Warrior basketball.  We will introduce to youjust a basic layout of the league, schedule and tams involved as well as expenses invovled and used .  we will be looking for 4 - 6 individuals interested in volunteering their time to coach.  Thank you for your time and we hope to have a great turnout.  Let's build the Warriors girls basketball program together!  Any questions e-mail Coach Stewart at:
aaron@perkinsfreight.com or stewlogistics@yahoo.com  or call 937-207-5341.

Solar S'mores!

Mrs. Hatfield and Mrs. Husted’s first graders are learning about our sun.  Using lab explorations, read alouds, science journals, and characteristics of good scientists, we have gathered some great observations and information.  We did an exploration of our shadows and why they move - because the Earth, not the sun, is moving.  We also explored one thing we get from the sun (heat) by making Solar S’mores.  The students listed all the things we needed to make s’mores in their science journals, then wrote a hypothesis about how to melt the chocolate.  Next, they placed their special ovens (pizza boxes lined with aluminum foil) out in the sun.  We checked our s’mores about 40 minutes later, and discovered that most of our chocolate bars had melted through the heat of the sun!  We discussed why the results weren’t the same for all groups (some did not get as much direct sun as others). They documented the whole experience in their journals.  We are looking forward to our next exploration – The sun gives us Light!

NW Women's Soccer Team Defeats Alter
On Monday, August 25, 2014, the Northwestern High School women's soccer team defeated state powerhouse Kettering Alter 2-1 at the Warriors Taylor Field.  Northwestern took a 2-0 lead into halftime on goals by Jessica Fisher, with an assist from Rachel Wells, and Megan Caldwell.  Rebecca Wells had 7 saves in the goal for the Warriors.  The Lady Warriors are currently 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Mad River Division of the Central Buckeye Conference...they travel to Sidney this Saturday with the varsity starting at 5:30 followed by the JV game.
On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, the Lady Warriors volleyball team defeated the Urbana Hillclimbers 3-1 for the first time in 7 years.  Northwestern was led by Katelyn Partlow with 36 digs and 19 kills, Hanna Martin with 17 digs, Rachel Martin with 23 assists, and Sarah Hart had 13 kills, 6 blocks, and 14 digs.  The Lady Warriors are currently 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the Mad River Division of the Central Buckeye Conference...they host Benjamin Logan on Thursday with the JV game starting at 5:30. 


The Northwestern phone system is temporarily down.  We are currently working on the problem. If you need to get a hold of someone, please feel free to email us one of the secretaries for assistance. Thank you for your patience.

mason@northwestern.k12.oh.us - Board Office

geis@northwestern.k12.oh.us - Elementary

piteo@northwestern.k12.oh.us - Jr/Sr High School



Northwestern Football Scrimmage

Football Scrimmage against Miami East has been postponed until tomorrow, Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Middle School @ 10:00 am

High School @ 10:00 am

Elementary will be open these times on Monday and Tuesday

Due to building and district staff meetings, the elementary building will be open at the following times on Monday and Tuesday, August 18 and August 19:

Monday, August 19 - Doors will be open from 9:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 20 - Doors will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Community Wide Survey

This anonymous survey is being conducted by the

Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA).

To complete the community wide survey please click on the link below. 

The survey will be available from August 11 - 22, 2014.


Open House Dates

Welcome Back! The following dates and times are for our Open Houses.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

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New Teacher - Ashley DuGan

Northwestern would like to welcome Ashley DuGan to the Elementary School as an Intervention Specialist.  Ashley comes to us from the Springfield Clark Education Service Center.  Welcome to Northwestern Ashley!

New Teacher - Leslie Mitchell

Northwestern would like to welcome Leslie Mitchell to the Elementary School as an Intermediate Literacy Coach.  Leslie comes to us from Dayton Public Schools.  Welcome to Northwestern Leslie!

New Teacher - Gretchen Hanahan

Northwestern would like to welcome Gretchen Hanahan to the Elementary School as a 3rd Grade Teacher.  Gretchen comes to us from Imagine Schools.  Welcome to Northwestern Gretchen!

1996 International School Bus for Sale

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TIME: 5:00 PM TILL 8:00 PM




Road Widening Delayed

As community members drive by the new Northwestern schools, they see many changes:  the old schools are gone, a new boulevard runs back to the new buildings, new tennis courts are being used daily, but one thing they do not see is the widening of Troy Road.

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2014 - 2015




















Last Day of School -June 10 - Early Dismissal

Tuesday, June 10, the last day of school for this year, will be an early dismissal day.

The Jr/Sr high school students will be dismissed at 12:15.
The elementary school students will be dismissed at 1:20.
*Morning Preschool students will be dismissed at 11:00 a.m.*

Latchkey will be available. Please arrange for your child to be picked up as soon as possible after dismissal.

Please note breakfast will not be available for students on this day.

Retire Rehire Resolution Notification

BE IT RESOLVED by the Northwestern Local School District Board of Education that the Treasurer immediately issue the following notice, on behalf of the Board of Education, to the public in the same manner in which special meetings of the Board of Education are publicized:

The Northwestern Local School District Board of Education, pursuant to R.C. 3307.353, gives public notice that teacher Vicki Packard-Cooper will be retiring from Northwestern Local Schools and is seeking re-employment with Northwestern Local in the same position following her retirement. The Board of Education will hold a public meeting on the issue of re-employing Ms. Packard-Cooper at its board meeting on July 31, 2014, at 6 p.m. at Northwestern Elementary Cafetorium.




Early Dismissal - June 10, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, the last day of school for this year, will be an early dismissal day. 

The Jr/Sr high school students will be dismissed at 12:15.

The elementary school students will be dismissed at 1:20.

*Morning Preschool students will be dismissed at 11:00 a.m.*

Please note breakfast will not be available for students on this day.


Northwestern on a 2 Hour Delay Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Due to a ruptured water main break coming from North Hampton, Northwestern Local Schools will be on a two hour delay.  We will  make a decision by 7:40 if school can be in session today.  Thank you.

Special Board Meeting Scheduled


 May 26, 2014 


The Northwestern Local Board of Education will meet in special session on May 27, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. 

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Letter about Commencement Ceremony

Each senior will be issued up to 8 tickets for the commencement ceremony.  This includes handicap seating.

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The Lady Warriors Softball Team
The Lady Warriors softball team defeated Tippecanoe on Thursday by the score of 13-7.  Leading the Warrior charge was Kris Pencil (2-3 with 2 RBI's), Bre Oakes (3-4 with a double and 2 RBI's), Brittany Hart (4-4 with a homerun and 4 RBI's), Maddie Current ( 3-4 with 2 RBI's), Abby Zerkle (2-4 with 2 RBI's), and Taj Knicely (1-3 with a double and an RBI).  The Warriors were again led defensively with Brittany Hart and Graysan Braun in the circle.  With the win, the Lady Warriors now sport an overall record of 25-3.
They will continue their tourney journey on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, playing Greenville at Tecumseh HS.

Phone Lines Down Starting at Noon Today

Northwestern phone lines will be down starting at noon today for an undertermined amount of time.  We do anticipate the problem being resolved by the end of the day.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Northwestern Lady Warriors Softball Team
The Northwestern Lady Warriors softball team defeated Urbana in the first round of the sectional tournament on Tuesday by the score of 14-4.  The Warriors were led offensively by Maddie Crew (4-4 with a double and triple), Kris Pencil (4-5 with 3 doubles), Jensen Kleis (2-5 with a homerun and 5 RBI's), Brittany Hart (4-4), and Maddie Current (3-4).  Defensively the Warriors were led by pitchers Brittany Hart and Graysan Braun whol held the Climbers to 4 runs on 4 hits.
The Lady Warriors continue their tournament journey on Thursday, May 15, 2014, against Tippecanoe HS starting at 5:00 at The NAAA fields on Shrine Road...just a reminder, as this is the OHSAA tournament, there is a $5.00 admission charge.

May Board Meeting - Date Change to May 29th

May Board Meeting has been changed to May 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the Elementary Library

Clark County MS Track and Field Championship

The Clark County MS Track and Field Championships will be held on Thursday, May 8, 2014, with the field events starting at 4:30 and the running events at 5:30...this will be held at Shawnee HS.


May 24, 2014 @ 9:00 am

Donnels Creek Farm

Subdivision, North Hampton Ohio

(located across from Sturgeon Park)

NW Students that register by May 20th $20.00 (mail in or give to Mrs. Hillard)

All other pre-registration by May 20th $30.00 (Pre-register at http://www.speedy-feet.com/races.php)

After May 20th All $35.00

For More information including mail in instructions and forms go to:  www.nwffaboosters.com


Varisty Softball Team

The varsity softball team will be going to Lebanon HS on Saturday, May 2, 2014 for one game at 1:30 pm.

NWHS presents - Spring Fever 2014

NWHS presents Spring Fever 2014 Annual Variety Show

Wednesday, April 30th

NWJr/Sr High School Cafetorium @ 7:00 pm

Adults $6.00

Students $3.00

Reserved Seating - Tickets available during lunch


Upcoming events at Northwestern Elementary

Please check our events listed for dates and times!


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May 18, 2014 1:00 - 7:00 pm

Northwestern Jr/Sr High School

All proceeds benefit Carly Tomlinson & her family

Clark County Dress RE-SALEpalooza!

Volleyball Tournament 2:00 - 7:00 pm

Family Fun! Food & Beverages, Face Painting, Cornhole, Photobooth, Raffle

Sale and Tournament Open to the Public!

$5.00 admission (kids 12 & under FREE!)

CareforCarlyBenefit@gmail.com to register a team or to donate a dress.

Elementary Buses Running Late Tonight

Due to a downed power line on State Route 41, elementary buses will be running approximately 10 minutes late tonight, Thursday, April 10, 2014.  We did not use the One Call Now sytem to inform you becasue the message would not have arrived in time.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Length of Student Instructional Day for 2014-15 Decreased

The topic of the 30 minute increase of the student instructional day that began this year has been a topic that we have continued to monitor.  Previously, our day was one of the shortest in the county.



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NW Athletic Boosters Annual Mulch & Pine Straw Fundraiser




Delivery & Pick Up Dates:  April 12, 13, and 19  

(Pick up times at Northwestern 9 am—3 pm)

Three Colors to choose from: 

Eco-Smart (3 cu. ft) / Red (2 cu. ft) 

Ultra Black Color Enhanced (2 cu. ft)

$4.50 per bag / 5 for $21

Here are the advantages to supporting the NW Athletic Boosters Mulch Fundraiser:

- Supporting the Student Athletes at Northwestern  

- The fundraiser products are Tax Free

- Competitive Prices  

- Free Delivery for 15 or more bags

($5 fee outside Clark County)

For more information, please contact

Todd Houseman at 937-631-0429

School Supply Lists for K-6

It's time to raid the "Back to School" sales!  Please review the following supply lists to get started.

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Elementary Student Picture Day!

The elementary student picture day is Thursday, September 25th.  Information packets will be coming home in Friday folders on Friday, September 19th.

Second grade rocket day to be rescheduled!

The rocket day scheduled for Friday, October 10th, at the elementary has been cancelled due to inclement weather.  It will be re-scheduled in April or May of 2015.

Northwestern is on a 2 Hour Delay, Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Due to drifting snow and icy roads, we will be on a 2 hour delay today, Tuesday, November 18, 2014.  We believe the daylight will allow all drivers, including our student drivers, to drive more safely.

T-shirt and hoodie pick up November 4th

Northwestern Elementary T-Shirt & Hoodie Pickup will be Tuesday, November 4th in the Main Elementary Hallway from 3:30-7:00pm. (This pickup is for previously placed orders. There will be no extra sales available at this time. Thank you.)

Fourth Grade Lock-In

In the February 6th Friday folders, fourth grade students will have information and registration sheets regarding the March 20th Fourth Grade Lock-In. Please be sure to review this information.

February Movie Night

Movie Night

Friday, February 13th will be Movie Night from 7:00-9:00 for Northwestern students in grades PreK-3rd. We will be showing "Toy Story 3". The cost is $3 per child. Parents must sign their child in and sign them out.  We will use the north entrance to the elementary (by the gym).  Doors will re-open at 8:50 p.m. for student pick up.

Senior Citizen Dinner
December 4, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. - Northwestern Jr/Sr High School
Click on the "Click Here" below to see more information for the Senior Citizen Dinner.

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Dads! Donuts for Dads registrations are due this Friday!

Donuts for Dads registration slips are due to the elementary by Friday, October 10th.  We want to be sure that we have enough donuts so we appreciate your attention to this matter.  If you need another registration paper, let your child's teacher know and they will send one home.  Thank you!

Winter Coats and Jackets



            Over the past several months, two of our area churches have collected and cleaned gently used winter coats and jackets.  If you are in need of a coat or jacket for your child, these will be available in the elementary gym during parent/teacher conferences on Tuesday, September 16th and Thursday, September 25th until they are gone.  We look forward to a warm and cozy winter for all of our students!

Ms. Pierson, Elementary Principal

Safety drill conducted at the elementary


Today, Wednesday, September 10th, the elementary staff had a practice intruder safety drill during the two-hour delay staff meeting.  Scenarios were practiced by the staff and discussion was held in regards to the actions that may be taken if an intruder, meaning to do harm, should enter the elementary.  The staff worked with Officer Perry from the German Township Police Department.  The elementary will be conducting monthly safety drills just like it conducts monthly fire drills.  At this time, the plan will be to inform parents the day before the safety drill so that you and your child are aware this drill will take place.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the elementary office at 964-3240. 

Box Top and Soup Label Collection

The elementary Box Top and Soup label collection is Friday, November 14th.  Please send in your trimmed labels and box tops.  We appreciate your support of this program!!

Date change! Elementary make-up picture day.

Elementary make-up picture day has been moved from October 22nd to October 28th.

The Clark County Agricultural Society Visits 3rd Grade

The Clark County Agricultural Society came to visit 3rdgrade on February 3.  The students learned about the importance of farming in the community and soil conservation.  They also learned about the various crops that grow in the area and byproducts that come from the crops.  One of their favorite parts was the visitor that joined us… A baby piglet!

Mr. Rethman's 5th Grade Roller Coaster Marble Track

Roller Coaster Marble Track Pictures

The students in Mr. Rethman’s 5th grade Science class this week made roller coaster marble tracks as a part of their Force and Motion Unit. The students had to use engineering principles to make a track that would fully be supported, have at least a straight away, 2 half circles, and one unique thing about their track compared to the other groups in the class. The students used their marble tracks to discuss the relation of the concepts of motion, speed, velocity, acceleration, and momentum and the forces acting upon the marble. The student’s goal was to have the fastest marble track. Upon completion, the students calculated the speed of their marble running down the track.

Elementary Celebrates Autumn!

    On Friday, October 31st, the elementary will celebrate the autumn season.  A number of
activities have been planned. 
**Our students in grades K – 3 will enjoy a puppet show in the morning presented by Steven's Puppets.
**Our students in grades 4 – 6 are invited to come to school in a costume of their choice to wear throughout the day. (Costumes are to be non-violent in nature. Students should not wear masks due to safety concerns as they move around the building.)
**Our students in grades K – 3 will put on their costumes (these should be simple, put on over their school clothes, involve no make-up and need to be non-violent) and parade around the playground area beginning at 2:15 p.m. Parents and our grades 4 – 6 students are invited to watch the parade.
**Due to time limitations, there will be no "in class" parties.Classroom teachers will be
contacting parents about having "goody" bags made in advance of the 31st for the students in their classroom to take home and enjoy.
**Parents will be permitted to sign out students after the parade. Classroom teachers will have sign out sheets. (There will be no attendance penalty for leaving before 3:30 on this day.) We will need the bus parking area cleared by 3:10 p.m.
      We look forward to a day of learning and fun.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child's teacher.

Coming to the cafeteria soon: "CARS"

The elementary students are doing a great job in the cafeteria during lunch.  They are
meeting behavior expectations, eating good food, and enjoying time with friends.  They are in the process of  earning a Friday movie.  "Cars" will be coming to the cafeteria soon!

Save the date - Grandparents Week is coming!

Please save the week of September 8 - 12 for Grandparents week at the elementary.  Registration forms will be coming home with students very soon!

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Aluminum Can Tab Collection - November 17 - 21

During the week of November 17 - 21, NW FFA is sponsoring a Pop-Tab collection contest in the elementary school.  Pop-Tabs can be turned in at each classroom and will be weighed and divided by the number of students to determine the winner.  The classroom that collects the most will win a treat.  Pop-Tabs will go the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Miami Valley Region.

9/11 Pledge of Allegiance - Mrs. MCGeean's Homeroom

Student's in Mrs. McGeean's Homeroom class started out 9/11 with the Pledge of Allegiance.  They also explored informational books about 9/11.  Ryan brought in his iPad to share lots of photos from the day 13 years ago.  They ended their lesson with writing why they are proud to be an American.

Justin Slusher of Ohio Guitar Pro Assembly

On Friday, January 9, 2015, third through sixth  grade students in Mrs. Estep’s and and Mrs. McLeod’s music classes were invited to an assembly to hear from professional guitar player, Justin Slusher of Ohio Guitar Pro.

The students learned about the parts of the guitar, the history of the Acoustic Guitar and how it works.  He also discussed why musicians sometimes use the electric guitar and how it operates.  (This was one of the students favorite parts of the assembly.)  Mr. Slusher also shared techniques for different styles of music such as pop music, rock music and country music. The students were able to ask questions about the guitar, being a musician, and requested music from some of their favorite artists.

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Presidents' Day Will Be A Make-Up Day Of School

Due to Old Man Winter, we have currently missed six days of school, which means we need to make one day of school up.  Our make-up day will be February 16, 2015, which is Presidents' Day.  All students are required to attend.  

First Graders to Computer Labs

First Graders are coming to the Computer Lab for the first time this year!  So far they have learned the parts of the computer and how to turn on and shut down the computers.  They have also been learning basic mouse skills through the story "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Joffe Numeroff.  We will continue working on our mouse skills and start learning the location of the keys on the keyboard.                                                                

Denise Hermetz

Elementary Technology Teacher


Northwestern Elementary “McTeacher” Night!

Northwestern Elementary “McTeacher” Night!

Thank you to our families and community members for supporting our McTeacher night on October 20th!  We had a wonderful turnout and it was a fun time for all.  The funds raised from this event will be used for additional technology needs.  Thanks again and “Go Warriors”!

Saving soda can tabs!

The elementary is going to be helping the H.S. F.F.A. by saving soda can tabs.  Please begin saving tabs.  We will be letting you know when you can start sending them in to the elementary school.  Thanks for your support.

Save these dates!

October 20 - Northwestern Elementary will have "McTeacher Night" at the Upper Valley Pike McDonald's location from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.  More information will be sent home in an upcoming Friday folder.

October 21 - 23 (7:00 - 7:45 a.m.) - Northwestern Elementary will host "Donuts with Dads". Preschool, kindergarten, first grades will be October 21st.  Second and third grades will be October 22nd.  Fourth, fifth, and sixth grades will be October 23rd.  Registration forms will come home in an upcoming Friday folder. 

Elementary Movie Night Date has been changed!

The first elementary movie night for this school year for students in grades PreK - grade 3 will be on Friday, September 19 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  This is a change in date!  The movie will be "Rio 2".  Again, movie night is now Friday, September 19 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Grandparents Week

We had over 800 guests at the elementary last week for Grandparents Week!  The children were so excited to share their school, their teachers, their learning with them.  Many of the teachers invited the grandparents to the classroom before lunch where they had some special activities planned.  Below is a song that kindergarten students learned to honor their grandparents.

Grandparents (Tune of are you sleeping?)

Grandma, Grandpa. Grandma, Grandpa

Today’s for you. Today’s for you!

We want you to feel special.

To know how much we love you

Yes, we do. Yes, we do.

OSBA Northwestern Survey Results

Recently, we invited our community and staff to participate in an organizational survey, and we wanted to share the results.  

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State Minimum Hours Are Not In the Best Interest of Our Students

This is the time of the year when we all grow weary of cold weather, unsafe road conditions, and school delays/closings.  Closing school is a difficult decision to make because we all want our children to be in school; however, we also can agree that keeping them and everyone else safe comes first.  To date we have missed 6 days of school.  And yes, our first "make-up" day will be Monday, February 16, which is Presidents' Day.  

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Upper Valley Mall contest - Help the Elementary win!

Clark County elementary schools can have a share of more than $8000!  Between September 1 and December 31st, shoppers can present receipts from any Upper Valley Mall store or restaurant to receive "points" for their elementary school.  Schools can compete to win a first prize of $5,000, a second prize of $2,000 and a third prize of $1,500.  If Northwestern Elementary can win one of these prizes, the money will be used to support activities for our students.  Thank you in advance for your participation in this program!

Diane Love and Lori Yowler's Second Grade Students

Second grade students (Diane Love and Lori Yowler) caroling at a nursing home before Christmas.

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News from Mrs. Hanahan, Third Grade Reading Teacher

News from Mrs. Hanahan, third grade reading teacher:

Wow!!!!  What an amazing first week of school!  My students are enjoying daily interactive read-alouds and discussions.  They were so excited to be introduced to the classroom library and their writer's notebook.  Students are already keeping reading logs of their independent reading at home and school.  We are still learning how to choose books at the right reading level, along with effective classroom rules and procedures.  With the hard work and dedication my kiddos have shown, I'm confident this will be a successful school year!

News from Mrs. Barlow's 6th Grade Science Classroom

News from Mrs. Barlow’s 6th Grade Science Classroom!

Students from Mrs. Barlow’s Science class have been learning about mass, volume and density. On Friday, October 10, 2014 students were given a Butterfinger, Snickers and 3 Musketeers and they were asked to find out which fun-sized candy bar had the greatest density. Students put their measurement skills to the test by using triple-beam balances to find their mass, in grams, and finding the volume using rulers and water displacement. Students calculated that between the three candy bars, Butterfinger was the densest and 3 Musketeers was the least dense.   They had a great time doing this experiment and of course eating the candy!

News from Second Grade – Mrs. Wells

Students did a two day Bubbling Slime Lab in my science classes with Mrs. Prack.  They put the substances in a bag to set overnight.  Students came up with hypothesis on what they thought would happen the next day.  After working the slime in to baking soda to watch the chemical reaction, students recorded their results and wrote their conclusions. 

Mrs. Ballentine's Math Class

Fourth graders in Mrs. Ballentine's math class have been using the Rubik's Cube to learn about sticking with a difficult problem, developing "grit".  Two have now solved the cube, motivating the others to follow suite.

Please click here for a few pictures of Mrs. Ballentine's Math Class.

Kindergarten News!

The students have been doing an amazing job with learning our routines.  They are getting to know one another and each other’s names.  We do getting to know you activities during our daily morning meeting.  We do a variety of activities that include singing songs, telling our favorite things, and reading our morning message.  This is building and establishing a community environment in our classroom.  Establishing a community and deep understanding of our rules and importance will make future learning more meaningful. 


Elementary P.T.O. February meeting cancelled.

The February meeting for the Elementary P.T.O. has been cancelled.  We look forward to seeing you at our March 3rd meeting which will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the elementary library.

Donkey Basketball Returns to Northwestern!

Donkey Basketball Returns to Northwestern!


Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the
Jr. / Sr. High School Gymnasium
Doors open at 4:30 pm. 6:30 pm is GAMETIME!

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Mr. Rethman’s Class, 5th grade Science, Week # 1
This week, we started to learn the foundations of all science inquiry with the scientific method. The students were able to apply their knowledge of the scientific method principles in perfo...rming a toilet paper strength lab to see which toilet paper brand was the best. The students tested this, recorded their data, and wrote their first science lab report using the middle school science lab report template. The students also began working on learning about the interactions of animals in the environment by creating their own class food web. They applied their knowledge of food chains to create several in the process of this activity. As a class, we talked about the stress that can be put on an environment and what would happen if an organism died in a food chain and food web.

With a little creativity, you can make math lots of fun!

With a little creativity, you can make math lots of fun! Here are some easy things that you can do at home to help your child with math.

Click on the "click here" to see a list of helpful tips.

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Carly's Gift of Love

Northwestern Local Schools proudly supports Carly's Gift of Love.  The following excerpt from Dayton Children's Hospital indicates how we can help former student, Carly Tomlinson, achieve her dream of helping children with cancer.

Please consider supporting this worthwhile cause by clicking on the link below.


Please click on the "click here" for the official Dayton Children's Letter.

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Colder Weather is here! Reminders about recess!

When weather allows,  all students are expected to go outside for recess unless they have a doctor's statement.  As a rule, if the weather permits and the temperature is 25 degrees or above Fahrenheit (including wind chill), recess will be outside.  Please be sure to dress your children appropriately for outside recess.

News from Mrs. Mitchell's 4th Grade Social Studies Class

Mrs. Mitchell's 4th Grade Social Studies class has been learning about how the Ohio Constitution and the U.S. Constitution separate the major responsibilities of government among three branches.  On Thursday, September 25th, students acted out a reader's theater entitled "Who's Got the Power?"  Students were divided up into the executive branch, the legislative branch, the judicial branch, and the citizens to learn the major responsibilities of each group.    They were also learning the structural elements of drama, which includes characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, and stage directions.  Students then went on to demonstrate their knowledge about the branches of government by creating tri-fold projects which are displayed in the fourth grade hallway.  The students did an excellent job and had fun acting out the branches of the U.S. Government!

6th Grade Enrichment Class

The 6th grade enrichment class under the guidance of Ms. Amy Fischer, is currently studying debate. They have debated whether cell phones should be used in school and are now preparing for a debate on school uniforms.

Gretchen Hanahan's 3rd Grade Class

The amount of student engagement with the Word Journeys spelling program is phenomenal!  My third graders love the mix, fix, and spell game that they play every Wednesday.  This is a wonderful way to get my students motivated about learning their words.  As the year progresses, so will my students:)  Allowing for learning to be fun is what keeps them going!


Preserving our Warrior history has been an ongoing goal as we transitioned from the former buildings to our new facilities.  

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Northwestern Band Association Holiday Craft Show

Northwestern Craft Show

Jr/Sr High School

November 8, 2014

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wide Variety of Crafts Available!

Food & Snacks Available in Our Concessions Area!

Live Entertainment!




Tuesday, October 28

4:00 - 6:00 PM

Flu vaccine types available:

Shots (ages 6 months and older)

Nasal vaccine (ages 2-49) years only, non-pregnant)

High Dose (ages 65 years and older)

NO intradermal formulation.

CCCHD is partnering with VaxCare and Ohio Departmetn of Health for flu vaccine supply.  We encourage you to review your insurance coverage prior to clinic.  ***Please bring all insurance cards for payment evaluation and processing.

Cash price is: Flu Shot - $25.00

FluMist nasal vaccine - $25.00

High dose shot - $35.00

No one denied state supplied flu vaccine based on inability to pay.

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5610 Troy Road
Springfield, OH 45502  

Phone: (937) 964-3240 
Fax: (937) 964-3244
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