5610 Troy Road
Springfield, OH 45502  

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

8:40 AM - 3:30 PM

Northwestern Elementary PreK-6 School News

Great Chance to get student athlete physicals completed for the upcoming season

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Father Daughter Dance 2016

We turned back time during the father/daughter dance this year as dads and daughters broke out there best eighties attire for a night that was totally radical! They rocked it old school with leg warmers, teased hair, muscle shirts, and a sea of neon colors. The record amount of dudes and dudettes snacked on Pac-man cookies, danced the Whip It Nae Nae, made fortune tellers, and posed for an awesome 80s photo. They left with 80s candy, bubbles, balloon punch balls, slap bracelets, 80s buttons, and memories to last a lifetime.

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District Food Drive is a success!

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FARM DAY was a great time for K-2 students!
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"Hats Off" to the 3rd Graders for an outstanding Spring Musical Held May 6
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CAMP INVENTION NEWS: The Spring into Summer Discount of $15 ends on May 10!

 Use the code SPRING for Discounted Admission by May 10

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Family Math Night is a SUCCESS!
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PTO Father/Daughter Dance 6:30-8:30pm on Friday, May 13, 2016
6th Grade Band/ Choir Concert @ 2pm on Friday, May 13, 2016
3rd Grade Music Program @ 2pm on Friday, May 6, 2016
Elementary P.T.O. Meeting @ 6pm on May 3, 2016

Our next Town Hall Meeting will be held May 18th at 7pm in the Elementary Library.  WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK!  We will be closing out our building project and finalizing what unmet needs we still have to make our facilities the best in class.  Please join us and share your ideas to help us wrap up this project.  We value your opinions!  Unable to attend?  We still want to hear your suggestions.  Please feel free to email the board office directly at kitchenj@nwls.education.

Kindergarten Registration

Northwestern Elementary

Kindergarten Registration/Assessment

Northwestern Elementary will hold registration and readiness assessment for students entering kindergarten in the 2016-2017 school  year on May 3rd and May 4th.

Parents of children elibigle for kindergarten should call the school at 964-3240 beginning April 4th to arrange an appointment.  State Law requires that all students must attend kindergarten before entering first grade.  Parents need to present the following items at registration:

Child's Birth Certificate (Health Dept. Copy)
Child's Immunization Records
Child's custody/adoption/guardianship papers (if applicable)
Proof of residency (Parents)
Please be reminded that kindergarten students must be 5 years of age before September 30th.

Should you have any questions, please ask when you call, or at the assessment.  Thank you. 



A K-2 Family Math Night Event

Northwestern Elementary


A K-2 Family Math Night Event

  • Explore hands-on math stations!
  • Connect as a learning community!
  • Experience NEW classroom technology!
  • Play fun math games you can recreate at home!
  • Go at your own pace!

        Where: Elementary Cafeteria

         Date: Thursday, April 21st

         Time: 5:30-7 p.m.


        RSVP by: April 19th

K-2 Family Math Night

Kindergarten, First graders, Second graders and families join us for a math filled evening on April 21 at 5:30.  For additional information regarding family math night please contact Ms. Heather Swensen at swensenh@nwls.education.


Students Participate in Earth Day Events

Students in math classes donated some of their free time to make paper bags to promote recycling. Meijer’s will be using these bags to celebrate Earth Day. In addition, a group of 6th graders are staying after school on April 26th to clean up the Northwestern campus and bike path.

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March Students of the Month
Book Fair

Northwestern Elementary Book Fair begins Monday, March 14 and ends Friday, March 18.   The book fair will be open daily during school hours and will be open Thursday evening for the Family Reading Night.   

Right to Read Week 2016

Right to Read week begins on Monday, March 14.  The theme this year is Peace, Love, Books.   Listed are this week's events...

Monday- Hippie/Tye Dye Day

Tuesday- Character Dress Up Day

Wednesday- Lids for Library

Thursday- Red and Blue Spirit Day

Friday- Pajama Day/"Bookie with a Cookie"

Family Reading Night for grades K-2 is Thursday, March 17 from 6:00-8:00!

McTeacher Night

Join Northwestern Elementary teachers at McDonald's on Upper Valley Pike March 10 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  We will have fun family games and prizes.



Northwestern Local Schools - 2 Hour Delay, Today, February 25, 2016

Northwestern Local Schools will be on a 2 Hour Delay, Today, February 25, 2016.

Fourth Grade Lock-In

Will be held from March 18 - 7:30 p.m. through March 19 - 7:00 a.m.

Elementary P.T.O. Movie Night

Elementary P.T.O. Movie Night 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on March 11, 2016.

Northwestern Local Schools - CLOSED - February 10, 2016

Northwestern Local Schools will be CLOSED, today, February 10, 2016.


Northwestern Levy Renewal Information

If you would like more information on the Northwestern levy renewal, please go to www.supportnorthwestern.org or search "support northwestern schools" on Facebook. You will find all of the information you need to be an informed voter. Please send any friends or family with questions about the levy to those locations. The biggest fact that you need to know is that these renewal will NOT increase your taxes.

5th & 6th Winter Jam

Student Council sponsored a Winter Jam for all 5th and 6th grade students.  The students enjoyed dancing, dodge ball, basketball and pizza!  This was all led by student council members.  See photo gallery for additional pictures.

100th Day Celebrations
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January Students of the Month
Committee for Northwestern Levy Meeting

Committee for Northwestern Levy will be meeting on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Jr/Sr High School Cafeteria at 6:00 pm.

Northwestern Local Schools - 2 Hour Delay - January 19, 2016

Northwestern Local Schools will be on a 2 Hour Delay, Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Northwestern - CLOSED - January 12, 2016

Northwestern Local Schools will be closed today Tuesday, January 12.

PTO Movie Night

Grades PK-3 Movie Night is Friday, January 8!  The movie is Aristocats.  The doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7:00 p.m.   Please pick up your student by 9:00 p.m.   The cost is $3.00.  A snack and drink will be provided. Additional snacks may be purchased.

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Northwestern Local Schools on two hour delay - January 4, 2016

Northwestern Local Schools will operate on a two hour delay, today January 4, 2016.

Lunch Menu Changes for November 23 and November 24

Lunch Menu Changes for November 23 and November 24, 2015. 

Monday, November 23 - Chicken and Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Pumpkin Pie.

Tuesday, November 24 - Pizza or Fish Sandwich, Veggies with Dip, Mixed Greens Salad with Ranch, Fresh Fruit and Juice.

Mrs Smith's 2nd graders

Mrs. Smith's 2nd grade class has been doing an author study on Suzy Kline. We just finished reading Horrible Harry Bugs the Three Bears. Horrible Harry loves insects. One day he discovers an earwig. When he tries to tell his friends about the bug no body seems interested. Miss Mackle assigns the kids to act out different fairy tales, Harry sees an opportunity to teach the class about his favorite bug. He rewrites the classic "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and his version captures the attention of every one in room 3B. Mrs. Smith's students came up with the idea to write their own plays. Over a 2 1/2 week period the kids learned how to write a play during writing workshop, practiced, created props, and finally performed this past week. They were hilarious to watch and the kids had a fantastic time performing. Love these impromptu lessons...especially those that come from the students.


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Rocket Day

Three generations came together to celebrate Northwestern Elementary 11th annual Rocket Day!  Over 50 parents and grandparents assisted with building the rockets, over 100 high school students assisted with building rockets and launching them and the entire 2nd grade student body participated in making their personal rocket!  We are proud to have such a wonderful elementary community

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"Night of Reading Fun"

On October 13th, our reading teachers, Diana Buffenbarger and Trish Schultz, held a “Night of Reading Fun”.  Miss Maggie from the New Carlisle Library joined them and explained what all the library has to offer especially during the school year.  Do you know that you can check out books without going to the actual library?

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Mobile Dentists Visit Northwestern Elementary

On Tuesday and Wednesday, October 6th & 7th, Mobile Dentists were here at
Northwestern Elementary and treated 52 of our students.  

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Grandparent's Week Celebrated at Northwestern Elementary

Grandparent’s Week Celebrated at Northwestern Elementary

The week of September 14th was Grandparent’s Week at Northwestern Elementary. Over 1000 grandparents were able to visit and have lunch with their grandchild and/or grandchildren. Along with lunch, many classroom teachers had activities for the grandparents to complete with their grandchildren. For example, Mrs. Gannon’s first graders wrote about “What They Love About Their Grandparents” and Mrs. Ochs’s second graders designed a quilt made of pieces that contained the child’s hero and the grandparent’s hero. From a school perspective it was great to see the community support and all the grandparents who traveled in from various areas of the state to attend. Next year, we are looking forward to expanding Grandparent’s week so that each grade level will have their own day. Lastly, a special thanks to our Board of Education who had additional parking places built to accommodate events similar to this.

Heather Swensen & Kristina Mouser Demonstrate the Collaborative Planning and Teaching of Mathematics

Math Coach Heather Swensen & 3rd Grade Teacher Kristina Mouser demonstrate the collaborative planning and teaching of mathematics at Northwestern Elementary. The Ohio State University filmed these Northwestern teachers and use the video for training purposes.  Just another example of our outstanding elementary teachers!

Click on the link below to watch:



Subject: Help me build a better classroom

Hi Friends,

I want to make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed, so I just created a request for my classroom at DonorsChoose.org:

Math in Action!

Give to my classroom by September 20, 2015 and your donation will be doubled thanks to DonorsChoose.org. Just enter the code SPARK on the payment page and you'll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100).

If you chip in to help my students, you'll get awesome photos and our heartfelt thanks.

Thanks so much,

Lauri McCutcheon

P.S. If you know anyone who may want to help my classroom, please pass this along!

The DonorsChoose.org Team

NW Teacher Chosen to Attend "Think It Up" Live Broadcast

SPRINGFIELD, OH—Northwestern Local Schools teacher, Jenny Roderick, has been selected to attend the nationally-televised event Think It Up. On Friday, September 11, 2015, at 8 pm ET & PT / 7 pm CT ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC will simultaneously broadcast the live Think It Up one-hour special from the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport.

Roderick teaches 6th grade Language Arts at Northwestern. While shopping for Back-to-School supplies at Staples for her college-age son, Roderick was given an entry form to win a trip to the Think It Up event. She submitted the entry form and was chosen as one of fifty winners nationwide who will fly to Los Angeles with a friend to attend the live broadcast. She will receive a VIP package which includes walking the red carpet, front row view of celebrities as they arrive, VIP tickets to the event, and VIP after-party passes. Staples is a national sponsor of Think It Up and has pledged $10 million in funding as part of their Staples for Students initiative.

Click here for the full press release.

Positive Behaviors Being Rewarded with Cincinnati Reds Tickets!!

Northwestern Elementary is making efforts to focus on and encourage positive behaviors throughout each school day. Students who are demonstrating positive behaviors will be given Reds coupons that enter them into our Free Cincinnati Reds tickets drawing. The first drawing will be this Thursday. At this time, one student will receive four tickets for this Sunday's (9.6.15) game versus the Milwaukee Brewers and a second student will receive four tickets to next Wednesday's (9.9.15) game versus the Pittsburgh Pirates. The last drawing will take place in late September. Thank you for reinforcing the importance of practicing positive behaviors with your children. Go Warriors and Go Reds!!

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PTO Wee Warrior Depot

The Northwestern Elementary PTO has started the Wee Warrior Depot. The Depot will give students the opportunity to show their Warrior pride by purchasing everything from pencils to hoodies to draw string backpacks! The Depot will be open during different parts of the school day with the assistance of Student Council members. 

NW Board of Education Appoints New Member

Northwestern Board of Education Appoints New Member
Elizabeth "Libbee" Hasting selected to serve remainder of unexpired term

Springfield, Ohio—The Northwestern Local Schools Board of Education met today in special session to select a candidate to fill the unexpired term of now former Board Member Gene Pencil. Due to a change in residence, Mr. Pencil resigned from the Board of Education in July. Mr. Pencil's term in office will end on December 31, 2015. Under Ohio Revised Code, the remaining Board of Education members had 30 days to fill the vacancy. The Board unanimously voted to select Mrs. Hasting to serve in that capacity.

Mrs. Hasting is a graduate of Northwestern High School and a life-long community member. She worked as a retail manager for Meadow View Growers in New Carlisle prior to her employment at Northwestern Local Schools, where she worked for over seven years as the High School Office Administrative Assistant. Mrs. Hasting left Northwestern in 2010 to work as the Executive Administrative Assistance to the Board Office of the Clark County Career Technical Center. Mrs. Hasting and her husband have two children, who are also alumni of Northwestern High School.

"We are thrilled to welcome Libbee to the team," said Board President Rick Birt. "We believe that Libbee's experience in school operations, community engagement, and commitment to Northwestern make her the perfect addition to our Board." Mrs. Hasting said, "I'm excited to give back to Northwestern, a school and a community that has given my family and I so much." During today's Board Meeting, Mrs. Hasting was given her oath of office. Her first Board Meeting will be August 20th at 6:00 PM when the Board meets in regular session.

August 2015 Newsletter

Please click the link below to view the August 2015 Newsletter. 

Newsletters will also be mailed by the end of next week.



PreK-6 Open Houses

                   PREK - 6 OPEN HOUSES

                   Monday, August 17, 2015

                   Kindergarten 9:30 & 1:30

1st 5:30 - 6:30

2nd 3:00 - 4:00

3rd 5:00 - 6:00

4th 5:00 - 6:00

5th 3:00 - 5:00

6th 3:00 - 5:00

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Preschool 10:30 & 12:30

2:30 for returning preschoolers

Transportation Letter to Parents

Dear Parents,

           Welcome back to school! We hope everyone had a great summer and are looking forward to enjoying a great school year. We would like to thank you for giving us the privilege of transporting your children.

           We would like to remind you to get any changes in your child’s transportation schedule to us no later than 2 working days before the first day of school. Any changes received later than that will require 48 hrs to be put in the system and to allow us time to get the information to the drivers.

           We will make every effort to pick up your children at the times listed; however, please keep in mind these are approximate times. We would recommend having your child in their place of safety 15 minutes earlier during the first two weeks of school. After everyone has adjusted to the new school year we ask that you have your child in their place of safety 5 minutes prior to the bus arriving per (O.A.C. 3301-83-13) set by the State. Also please remember to expect your child home about 10 to 15 minutes later than usual the first two weeks of school.

           Please feel free to call me with any questions or concerns you may have. We can be reached at 937-964-1672.



Transportation Director

Neal Shambaugh

Elk's Essay Awards

Elk's Essay Awards presentations on Thursday, June 25.  Northwestern sixth graders (soon to be seventh graders) Logan Burns and Kyliegh Stieger were award recipients.

Event: Annual Elk's Patriotism Essay Contest - 2015 Topic: What the Pledge of Allegiance Means To Me.

Elk's Patriotism Chair Person: Sam Ridder

Logan Burns: 1st Place at the Springfield Elk's Lodge - Awarded $200

Kyliegh Stieger: 3rd Place at the Springfield Elk's Lodge and 1st Place in the Elk's Southwest District - Awarded $200.


NW Athletic Boosters Annual Mulch & Pine Straw Fundraiser




Delivery & Pick Up Dates:  April 9, 10, and 16 

(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

No School - Spring Break

This is just a reminder that school will NOT be in session the week of March 28, 2016 - April 1, 2016.

Have a great Spring Break!



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.


Click on the "Read More" to view supply lists by grade.

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High School Musical - Featuring "Guys and Dolls"

Guys and Dolls

March 10, 11 and 12, 2016

Northwestern Jr/Sr High School Cafetorium

Reserved seats $10

Adult General Admission $8

Student General Admission $6

Tickets available at Jr/Sr High School Office and at the door

Senior Citizens Dinner Theatre - Featuring "Guys and Dolls"

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Jr/Sr High School Cafetorium

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20th Annual Northwestern Athletic Boosters' Dinner Auction and Hall of Fame Induction

Saturday, March 19th
6:00 PM at the Jr/Sr High School
Tickets are $25/couple or $15/single
Call 937-605-6343 or www.nwathleticboosters.us for tickets and information

Northwestern Dinner Auction Flyer

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Senior Citizen's Holiday Dinner
December 3, 2015 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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Lunch with the Superintendent - January 27, 2016

Have lunch with the Superintendent, Jesse Steiner at Crown Market on January 27, 2016 from 11:00 - 1:00. Hope to see you there!

Back to School Information

See the most up to date information for the 2016-2017 school year.

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Camp Convention 2016

Camp Convention 2016 recap

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North Hampton Lion's Art Contest - Ava Hess Won Top Prize

Ava Hess recently was awarded the top prize in an art contest sponsored by the North Hampton Lion’s Club. Ava was given a $50 prize and was entered in the national Lion’s Club peace poster contest.

NWES News Crew Broadcasts

Please click on the link below for the all latest and greatest news broadcasts from the NWES News Crew.  Be sure too look for biweekly updates.  Go Warriors!!

NWES News Crew Station Link

Limo Lunch

Congratulations to the students who sold 25 items or more during the NWES annual fundraiser!  On Friday, Jan. 22 these students along with Mrs. Romine, Mr. Everhart and Mrs. Barrett will enjoy a limousine ride to Golden Corral for lunch!  



What you need to know about registering your child at Northwestern

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AVAILABLE: Free lunches for kids and teens this summer

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Wee Warrior Depot Christmas Gifts

On behalf of the elementary PTO and 5th/6th grade student council, the Wee Warrior Depot is taking Christmas orders!!   If you would like to purchase an item from the Depot and do not want your student aware of the purchase please contact Mrs. Romine at romined@nwls.education.   The items will be placed in the office for pick up.  Payment is due at the time of pick up.  Please see the Wee Warrior Depot navigation bar on the left hand side of the elementary website for prices.

Please include the following information with your email:

  • name of item (detailed)
  • size including youth or adult
  • date of pick up

Whoville in 2nd grade

Welcome to Whoville in the 2nd grade hallway!  Click here to see full photo gallery.

November Student of the Month

The November Students of the Month have been selected.  For a list of names please use the Student of the Month navigation bar.

Monsters take over the Media Center
The elementary and high school students work together to create a monstrous exhibit

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Truck Day May 19, 2016

Local Veterans visit Northwestern

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Veteran's Day Luncheon- Friday, November 13, 2015

Veteran's Day Luncheon is Friday, November 13, 2015

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Mother & Son Neon Party



Fall Festival Parade and Celebrations

This Friday, October 30th will be our Fall Festival Parade and Celebrations. To assist with the organization of the events, we wanted to supply you with a schedule and map. We plan to start the parade promptly at 2:00 P.M. The students will exit their respective hallways on the west end of the school and make two circular laps around the playground field. The path of the parade will be clearly laid out with parking lot cones and paint. If you plan to park in the playground parking lot, please know that the gates will be closed at 1:45 p.m. as part of the parade goes this lot and we will need everyone out of this lot for bus dismissal by 3:10 P.M. We have parent gathering areas on the outside of the playground area fence, in the playground field and in the grass area near the exits of the west side of the building. Classroom celebrations will begin at 2:30 P.M. If you plan to sign your child out at the end of their classroom celebration, your child’s teacher will have a sign out sheet. A map of the parade is on the back of this letter. The map shows which grade levels will be leaving what exits and what path they will follow for the parade.

We are very excited for this Friday and want to make it a great day for the kids! See you Friday!

Fall Festival and Parade

The elementary students enjoyed their fall festival parade and thank all the parents and community that came out to cheer us on!  Also, thank you to the high school band for joining us!   

  For parade and classroom party pictures please see the photo gallery


A special award goes to...

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Bounce House Reward

Students at the elementary enjoyed bounce houses for their first quarter positive behavior reward! Check out our photo gallery for more pictures.

Kindergarten Registration/Assessment

Northwestern Elementary will hold registration and readiness assessment for students entering kindergarten in the 2016-2017 school year on May 3rd and May 4th.

Parents of children eligible for kindergarten should call the school at 937-964-3240 to arrange an appointment.  State Law requires that all students must attend kindergarten before entering first grade.  Parents need to present the child's Birth Certificate (Health Dept. Copy), Immunization Records, Custody/Adoption/Guardianship Papers (if applicable), and Proof of Residency at time of registration.

Please be reminded that kindergarten students must be 5 years of age before September 30th.  Should you have any questions, please ask when you call or at the assessment.  Thank you.


Positive Behavior Quarter Reward

On Wednesday, Oct. 28 students in grades K-6 will enjoy 3 gigantic bounce houses in the gym as a reward for positive behavior during the first quarter.  


April 13, 2016 - District 2 Hour Delay
Breakfast will NOT be served on district 2 hour delay school days at the elementary building only.

Jr/Sr High School Holiday Book Fair

November 30 - December 4 and December 7 - December 11, 2015

Jr/Sr High School Library

The times are 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Come check out all the great books and gift items the book fair has to offer.  All proceeds will be used to purchase new books for our library.  Parents and community members are also welcome to visit the book fair.

Hope to see you there!


If you are unable to visit the book fair you can shop online at:


All books order online will be shipped to the school at no extra charge by December 18, 2015.

Winter Break

December 21, 2015 - January 1, 2015
Return to School January 4, 2016

NO SCHOOL - President's Day

Monday, February 15, 2016

Regular Board Meeting - May 19, 2016


The Northwestern Local Board of Education will meet in regular session on May 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Elementary Library.

Interims Go Home

Interims Go Home - April 22, 2016

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held

February 25, 2016  from  3:45 - 7:45 p.m.


March 3, 2016 from 4:00 - 7:45 p.m.

Northwestern Band Association Holiday Craft Show

Northwestern Craft Show

Jr/Sr High School

November 14, 2015

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wide Variety of Crafts Available!

Food & Beverages available in our concessions area!

Bring a Friend!  Admission is only $1.00


7 Habits of Happy Kids

Habits Of Happy Kids at Northwestern Elementary

Once a month I (Mrs. Barrett) have the opportunity to work with all students in their classrooms (K-6) in order to develop a healthy sense of self and positive interactions with others. This year we will continue to explore the Habits of Happy Kids developed by Stephen and Sean Covey through the Leader in Me framework. The purpose of the framework is to develop both private and public habits that encourage a respect for self and others, self-confidence, responsibility, empathy, independence, and teamwork. 

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Northwestern Elementary PreK-6 School
5610 Troy Road
Springfield, OH 45502  

Phone: (937) 964-3240 
Fax: (937) 964-3244
Northwestern Local Schools