5610 Troy Road
Springfield, OH 45502  

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

8:40 AM - 3:30 PM

Elementary School's News
Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held
October 8, 2015 from 4:00 - 6:15 p.m.

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!

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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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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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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.


Grades 4-6 Family Science Night

Please click on the link below to view grades 4-6 family science night.


Fourth Grade Bake Break for Springfield Soup Kitchen

On Monday, May 18th, Mrs. Garrison and Mrs. Scaggs’ fourth grade classes baked bread for the Springfield Soup Kitchen.  It was part of the “Learn Bake Share Program” that is sponsored by the King Arthur Flour Company.  The students learned how to bake bread from scratch by following directions and measuring out their ingredients.  When they were finished they received a book and a scraper to take home.  They also made butter out of cream and were able to try the bread they made.  The students donated 26 loaves of bread to the Springfield Soup Kitchen.

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Final Year End Dates
Because we missed a day of school last Friday because of the vandalism and disruption of services, we have decided the following:

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Copper Theft at Northwestern

Driving past Northwestern, drivers may notice our L.E.D. sign is not brightly lit as it normally is.  The reason is because thieves have stolen the copper wiring.

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Lori Ballentine's 4th Grade Gifted Class Built Tetrahedrons

Lori Ballentine's 4th grade gifted class built tetrahedrons. This was a challenge that they had to figure out for themselves and stick to it to solve. Lots of fun to watch them struggle through. They were all very involved - great for a Friday afternoon in May!

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Northwestern Local Schools Closed Friday, May 8, 2015

Because of a transportation-related issue that we are investigating, Northwestern Local Schools will be closed today, Friday, May 8, 2015.

Reading Fun Nights

Mrs. Buffenbarger and Mrs. Schultz held four Reading Fun Nights this school year.  Students were given a set of magnetic letters and parents learned how to help their children build their letter and word knowledge using them.  Families also learned different ways to solve new words and the importance of learning high frequency words.  They finished the year with a special visit by Miss Maggie from the New Carlisle Library.  She shared about the library’s reading program and how important is to read all summer long!

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P.T.O. Spring Fling

Thank you to our P.T.O., the parents, and the elementary staff for hosting our annual Spring Fling!  The kids had a wonderful time.  We appreciate our families sharing their evening with us.  It takes many hands to create an event like this and all are appreciated!  Also, we want to thank everyone who donated raffle prizes.  There were hundreds of smiles and fun shared by all.  Each year the Spring Fling gets better and better.  Thank you for sharing them with me.
Ms. Pierson

Mr. Rethman's Science Class - Outreach program

On Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, Mr. Rethman’s class had a guest speaker, Robert Gemin, from the Wright Patterson Air Force Base Educational Outreach program to present about Thermal (Heat) Energy and how humans see it as light and sound energy. The students performed multiple experiments such as using a rubber band near their lips to show heat energy or not, using steel spheres to burn through paper and its effect on aluminum, an ice cube experiment with insulation and piece of aluminum to notice the heat flow, welding two pieces of plastic together, and using a large steel spring to show the types of waves of energy created. The students at the end of the presentation received a Thermal Energy pencil that changes colors based upon heat.

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Superintendent Search Profile

The Northwestern Board of Education has contracted with K-12 Business Consulting (K-12) to conduct the search for the district’s next superintendent.  Stakeholders of the district (students, staff, and community members) were invited to help build the profile of the next Superintendent.  On April 13, over 100 people attended meetings with representatives from K-12  to give their input.  In addition to the meetings, profile input forms that were available at the district website were completed and sent to K-12.  The results were compiled and will give the Board of Education a profile on what the district stakeholders feel is important to look for in our next superintendent. 

Please click here to see the results of the stakeholders’ input.


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Ms. Dunham's Class - Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Ms. Dunham's class was provided funds through The Springfield Rotary Club's Grants to Teachers program to participate in therapeutic horseback riding at The Riding Centre in Yellow Springs. Each student was able to ride and practice following directions and giving verbal commands. They also made a stop at Young's Dairy for lunch on the way back to Northwestern. Students were able to apply social skills learning, as well as math and social studies concepts, while ordering their ice cream. We are so thankful for the generosity of The Springfield Rotary Club making this field trip an? opportunity for our students. 

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Friday, May 29, 2015: Last Day of School!

We wanted to share that the Board has agreed to support a change to the end of our school year.  Specifically, the last day for students will be Friday, May 29, 2015.  This will be a great way for the students and faculty to end the year.  In the meantime all of us have much to do as we prepare for the final state tests.  Please encourage your children to finish the year strong by doing their homework, being respectful, and making sure they are test ready! 

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!


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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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.

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.  

Regular Board Meeting - October 15, 2015


The Northwestern Local Board of Education will meet in regular session on October 15, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Elementary Library.

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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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.


Superintendent Search

Your chance to become involved. 

A community meeting will be held on April 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

Elementary Library

If you cannot attend the meeting, we would still like you to complete the form to give your input.  The forms are confidential and should only be returned directly to K-12. The deadline to return the forms is April 18, 2015.

Please click on the "Click Here" for more information.

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Ms. Pierson's Retirement Celebration

Northwestern Elementary PTO cordially invites

you to attend a retirement celebration.

Please join the elementary PTO as we celebrate Ms. Pierson’s Retirement and honor her for her dedication to our school.

May 5, 2015 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Northwestern Elementary Library

Cake and Punch

"It's Simply Chemistry" - Ms. Mouser's 3rd grade class

"It's Simply Chemistry" - Ms. Mouser's 3rd grade class

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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.

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!

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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Date change! Elementary make-up picture day.

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

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!!

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!

Family Science Night

On Tuesday, March 17th, Northwestern Elementary held their second annual Family Science Night for students in 4th through 6th grade.  The students and their families were able to participate in chemistry and electricity experiments, see a Lego robot, learn about bees and see an observational bee hive, and learn all about tortoises.  They were also able to try to build a free standing tower using spaghetti noodles and were also able to use IPads to learn about science.  Their evening ended with a chance to look at Jupiter through a telescope.  It was a fun and educational evening.

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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)

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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!!


We wanted to share that the Board has agreed to support a change to the end of our school year. Specifically, the last day for students will be Friday, May 29, 2015. This will be a great way for the students and faculty to end the year. In the meantime all of us have much to do as we prepare for the final state tests. Please encourage your children to finish the year strong by doing their homework, being respectful, and making sure they are test ready!

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.

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.

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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Road Widening Construction To Begin at Main Entrance

The road widening construction project is set to begin on Monday, April 20, 2015.  Traffic will still have access to the main entrance off of 41. The project is slated to last approximately 8 weeks.



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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FFA Booster Spud Mud Run 5K - May 23rd - CANCELLED

The 2nd Annual Northwestern FFA Booster Spud Mud Run 5K has been CANCELLED for May 23rd!!

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.  

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.

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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Northwestern Local Schools added two additional stop signs where the Elementary and Jr/Sr High School roadways meet.  Drivers please slow down and be aware of the 20 mph speed limit.  As always, safety is our number one priority.  Please help keep our community safe!

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. 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!

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!

Kindergarten Registration/Assessment

Northwestern Elementary will hold registration and readiness assessment for sutdents entering kindergarten in the 2015-2016 school year on April 22nd and April 23rd.

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.


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.

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. 

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.

Clark County Teachers 27th Annual Excellence in Teaching Awards

On March 16,  Pam LeMay and Donna Hetrick were honored as two of four Clark County Teachers at the 27th Annual Excellence in Teaching Awards luncheon.  

Congratulations Pam and Donna!! 

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

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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"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:

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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!

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.

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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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!

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