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Superintendent's Message

Welcome to the Northwest Local School District. We are a proud district full of tradition, with great collaboration among families, students, staff, community, and local government that support student achievement.   Northwest Local School District is proud of its accomplishments academically, athletically, in our performing arts programs, and our community participation. Our district produces students who attain full academic scholarships to prestigious universities, athletic scholarships, and graduates with specific technical training from our Career Technical Education Center, Butler Tech.   Northwest Local School District also provides many opportunities for students outside of their academic day. We have a variety of clubs, athletics, performing arts, and student leadership programs from which to participate.

The Northwest Local School District draws students from Colerain, Green and Springfield Townships covering 56 square miles. Our students attend our two high schools, three middle schools, seven elementary schools and one pre-school. Currently, the Northwest Local School District is building three new elementary buildings that will replace five existing elementary schools (Pleasant Run, Weigel, Struble, Welch, Taylor). These new schools will open in August, 2018. At that time we will begin all day kindergarten. We are currently in the design phase of the Master Facility Plan for our new schools, and I can report that we are meeting all timelines and are well within our budget. The district passed a Bond Levy in 2015 to cover the cost of the new buildings, as well as renovations to our other schools. One element of the renovation project will be the installation of air-conditioning units at Colerain Elementary by September 2016, and Colerain Middle School shortly after that.

We have made many adjustments to our academic programs to ensure that we have a comprehensive educational delivery system. We will implement Flooding/Teaming at all grade levels this school year. This initiative will allow us to make sure that all students receive enrichment and intervention as needed. Each classroom teacher will look at individual student data, and prepare lessons to meet each individual student’s need. Students will have the opportunity every day to participate in enrichment activities to help motivate and expand their knowledge base. We have a caring and knowledgeable cadre of teachers who are supportive of our students and families.   Also new this school year is the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device - cellphones, laptops, IPad, etc.) policy in place for grades 6-12. We will pilot this program at two of our K-5 elementary buildings as well. We want to make sure our students have access to all information that will help promote their education.  

At Northwest Local Schools we offer a variety of extracurricular activities. Our two high schools are members of the Greater Miami Conference (GMC) and the Southwest Ohio Athletic Conference (SWOC). We offer a variety of sports for students to participate in grades 7-12. Our community athletic organizations like the Little CARDS and the Northwest Mighty Knights offer additional opportunities for our younger students. There are several youth sports organizations and YMCA programs within our school district that offer a variety of sports/activities for kids beginning at age three. Our Fine Arts programs are outstanding and some of the best in the state. Our music program begins at the elementary level and feeds into our middle schools and high schools. Some examples include Jazz Band, Performance Band, Show Choir and Marching Band. School plays, both drama and musicals, are produced at both high schools. We offer several art programs that include AP Art at the high school level.

Our school district partners with Butler Tech. Butler Tech offers Career Technical Education programs on both of our campuses and also at the Butler Tech campuses. Examples of BT programs include Computer Applications, Construction Technology, Criminal Justice, Dental, Digital Media, Engineering Tech, Financial Services, Sports Medicine, and Cosmetology. Our students also have the opportunity to attend several off-campus BT locations: D. Russel Lee, the New Bioscience Building, the Equine School and the School of Arts are all available to our students. All of these programs help prepare our students for college or provide the skills necessary to go right into the work force after high school. BT offers great opportunities for those students who cannot decide if they want to attend a four-year college or do a combination of work and college prep while participating in all of their program offerings.

Please visit us on our website www.nwlsd.org or contact us directly for additional information. We welcome you to the Northwest Local School District.