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Superintendent Message

Superintendent Braman

I will be emailing families on weekly basis to provide updates on district events and information.   The weekly email updates will be posted below on Friday afternoons. 

Superintendent Shawn Braman, Ed.D

(330) 854-2291 (office)  /  (330) 573-9024 (cell)


Hello to everyone in the Northwest Community!

I was so happy to see our students dressed for Halloween last week and having fun! It appeared to me that every child was having a blast Friday and for that, we are all blessed! Most of our teachers (and principals too) were dressed up for Halloween and I think they had fun too! Everyone worked very hard to make the day a special day. Our Middle School had their time the week before and from what I understand, the day was good. The Halloween Dance after school was even better!

We saw many great things last week. A guidance counselor was dressed as a 7-foot dinosaur walking the halls of Stinson at 7:30 am. Parents were cheering and excited to see our Halloween parade just outside of the Primary and Stinson. We all got to see Mr. Hirschman dressed up as Cruella Deville and that was pretty unbelievable! Mrs. Mariani was a pretty sharp looking crayon too. Mr. Tausch and Mr. Cocklin dressed up as “serious” looking police officers- almost realistic. Some of our students got to hear our middle school band play some excellent spooky songs that still had me humming in my head at the end of the day. We also saw our high school kids going “Trick or Treat” visiting every teacher throughout the morning.

All of these things happening throughout the day make Northwest Schools a special place! Our kids are happy and excited to be at school. And because of their excitement, school work and learning become as natural as breathing. We really do have a great place!

Congrats to all of our fall teams for all of their success! A special good luck to the football team as they prepare to beat Buchtel at our place this Friday! As a former gym rat, I am more than ready for winter sports to begin. That being said, I am excited to see how far our football team can go!

Finally – this is a special shout out to the middle school students who will be traveling to Washington D.C. I hope all of the 8th graders have a great time (I am sure that they will)! I am really happy for them!

 Have a great week!

Shawn Braman, EdD

Hello to All in the Northwest Community!

This week's message is a simple one:

As hard as this is to believe, the last day of the first quarter of school is today! Grades/Report Cards for all of our students will be posted through the Home Access Center on Friday, October 21st after 5:00 p.m.

And one final message: Unfortunately, the weather is clearly changing (for the cooler). It seems to be colder and colder every day! This is a remind to all of our students to remember to start dressing warm! I hate to say this but snow will be on its way soon.

Thank you all! If you ever have any questions or concerns on anything - call me at 330.573.9024!

Have a great weekend!

Shawn Braman, Ed.D

Hello to All in the Northwest Community:

At our last School Board meeting, we discussed making improvement in the Sports Annex as there has been a need for a very long time. To follow up with our meeting, I am sending a message to all of our parents to let you know our plans for the future.

To correct this situation, I have been meeting with Stacy Frase, Jason Hathaway, Larry Tausch and Andy Cocklin to arrange for short term plans to "fix" our sports annex.  By short-term, we mean quick fixes to make improvements for our students until we arrive at plans for major improvements.

We have also been discussing our long-term goals for our annex as well. Once we have those plans mapped out, we will share those with all of you. The long-term goals will include input from many through the community.

For now, our short-term goals for the annex are as follows:

  • Remove the excess clutter and "stuff" that has accumulated in the facility
  • Remove the weights no longer used due to wear and tear or are no longer impactful to strength training. In addition, we discussed removing machines that have become to old from constant use. We discussed proper removal through donation if/when appropriate
  • Remove broken mirrors or cracked mirrors for safety and aesthetic reasons
  • Paint locker rooms, weight rooms, and wrestling room
  • New light fixtures - or at least, brighter bulbs to liven up the room
  • Regularly scheduled cleanliness routines developed by Head Weight Trainer and Head of Physical Fitness
  • And most important: A Boy/Girl facility schedule, created, maintained and enforced by all coaches. This has been a major concern as more and more of our female athletes are interested in lifting weights. The key to this is for all of our coaches and student-athletes to closely adhere to a schedule for safety purposes
  • Completed data for short-term improvements: January 5, 2023

We may be adding more to our list of short-term fixes. Right now, these goals are our first steps towards long term corrections that will benefit all of our children.

Have a great week!

Shawn Braman, Ed.D

Hello to Everyone in the Northwest Community!

We received our state testing results from last spring. We will be putting out our final results to the community very soon.

That being said, we were very pleased to see improvements made from the previous school year. We are moving in the right direction. Of the 22 school districts in the Stark County ESC, here is how Northwest ranked in some of our testing from the previous spring:

  • ELA 3:            Ranked 3rd
  • ELA 4:            Ranked 4th
  • ELA 7:            Ranked 2nd
  • Math 3:           Ranked 3rd
  • Math 4:           Ranked 2nd
  • Math 8:           Ranked 2nd
  • Science 8:      Ranked 3rd
  • Algebra I:       Ranked 1st
  • Geometry:      Ranked 3rd
  • Am History:    Ranked 1st

Not only have we ranked high in testing throughout the school district, we showed improvement in almost every category tested. We understand that the success of Northwest is much more than a stack of standardized tests. We also know that these scores only provide a glimpse of what is happening throughout the district. Knowing that, we are still very proud of the direction of Northwest Local Schools. Simply put, we are one of the best school districts academically in all of Stark County!

As a reminder, we will not be having school next Friday, September 2 for our students as this will be a teacher in-service day. We will also have no school on Monday, September 5 due to Labor Day.

Have a great weekend!

Shawn Braman, Ed.D.


I hope everyone is doing well! I can't believe it but school is right around the corner! We are all very excited to get back to business. Remember, our first day back with students is Tuesday, August 16th.

As a reminder, I am posting the lunch and breakfast prices for all of you. For the last two years, as you know, we have not charged for lunches and breakfast due to the pandemic. This school year, we will resume with students paying for their own meals.

Lunch and Breakfast Prices for the 2022-2023 school year:


  • Adults     $3.50
  • HS/MS    $3.00
  • ST/PR     $2.70
  • Reduced $0.40
  • Milk         $0.50

Breakfast - All Buildings

  • HS/MS/ST/PR  $1.50
  • Reduced          $0.30

If you have any additional questions on this please call me at 330.573.9024

I am looking forward to seeing everyone back in school on Tuesday!


Shawn Braman