Welcome to 

Northwest Elementary School! 

Home of the 2016 Principal of the Year 
for New Hampshire!  

Last Day of School TODAY! Students have a full day of school and will be dismissed at the regular time. 

On behalf of the Northwest Staff, we would like to wish you a safe and happy summer! See you September 6th!

Did you miss Kindergarten Orientation? Please feel free to watch their video:

Northwest Kindergarten Orientation Video.mp4

Manchester City Library

Manchester City Library's Annual Summer Reading Program

  This year’s theme is On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!  It is a sports and wellness theme which we will also be adding an Olympic element to it as well.  I’m also very excited to announce that the West Manchester Branch Library is open!!  

Please check out our Flyer for our Summer Programs! 

Programs for 12-18 yr olds: Flyer for 12-18 yr olds

Kindergarten Registration

Do you have a child who will be ready for Kindergarten in September at Northwest Elementary School? 
Children must be 5 years of age by September 30, 2015 to be eligible for Kindergarten. 

Please stop by for a Registration Packet in the NW office. 

Please be sure to bring with you:
  • 2 proofs of residency
  • current physical
  • current immunizations 
  • birth certificate (or I-94 or Green Card)
  • completed registration forms which can be found at Registration Forms  or on our Download page or stop by Northwest for a packet. 
Once the packet is dropped off, you will be contacted by one of our Registrration team members for more information. We can't wait to meet you! 

Volunteer Opportunites

Monthly Principal Coffee Hour

he first Tuesday of every other  month, the school will be having a Monthly Principal Coffee 
Hour.  All parents and guardians along with any younger siblings are welcome! This is an opportunity for parents as well as teachers to collaborate and make this school the best place it can be for the children! 

When: 1st Tuesday of 
November 10th, January 5th, March 1st, and May 3rd
Where: Northwest School Library

Don't forget to check out the Volunteer Page for more information on how you could help out at Northwest! 

Hour of Code

This past week some classrooms participated in The Hour of Code. 

"Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science should be part of core curriculum, alongside other courses such as biology, chemistry or algebra."

Students can continue their learning and exploration at: 

Northwest Events Calendar

UNH Manchester Summer Programs

There are scholarships available for the programs. 

The UNH Manchester STEM Discovery Lab  will be offering several science, technology, engineering and math learning programs during the summer.

The programs provide an opportunity for children to learn STEM core concepts and practices in a fun and hands-on environment with engaging activities that help students experiment, collaborate and be creative.

Elementary Program Introducing Computing (EPIC)

This is a one-week summer program for students in grades 4 – 5. The cost for this session is $225.

Students learn how to think logically and creatively through fun games, challenging puzzles, and visual programming. They build and program robots to tackle mini real-world challenges. Students discover why computer science is exciting and how it helps in our everyday life through technological innovations. 

Offered  June 27 – July 1 and July 25 – 29, 2016  from 8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


Memorial Day Celebration

Today, Northwest honored those men and women who served our country and died fighting for our freedom. Over 60 active and retired military from all branches joined us in honoring the fallen soldiers. 

Mrs. Park directed a beautiful ceremony of speeches
 and song. Over 700 students participated.

Our Military guests were moved by the students as they sang patriotic songs about the importance of our freedom and the sacrifices that were made. 

Students handed our NW  military family flowers in honor of their service

Students raised our flags as we saluted those who served. 


Student Cohen Williams played Taps on the trumpet as the crowd bowed their heads to remember those who had fallen.

Northwest Military Families

Get Moving Manchester Winner

We are proud to announce the Grand Prize Winner for Get Moving Manchester:

Esteban Arango Lopez 

($150 gift certificate to Indian Head Athletics)

The program ran from  Monday, March 28 and ends on Friday, April 22 for grades 3-6 in the Manchester School District. This program demonstrated how parents, guardians and teachers play a major role in influencing the overall health and wellness of our children/students. By making smart choices together, parents and teachers can set an example for a healthy lifestyle. Research shows that children’s behaviors are learned through the observation of others. 

Here’s how the program worked:

Schools distributed a log to track each student’s progress. Each week students tracked a different healthy goal each week. Students received weekly incentives when they completed their weekly logs. 

What are the 5-2-1-0 goals for a healthy lifestyle?
  • Eat 5 or more servings of fruits and veggies everyday.
  • Spend 2 hours or less watching television, movies, playing computer games, or texting.
  • Get at least 1 hour of physical activity throughout the day every day.
  • Have 0 soda or sweetened drinks each day. Drink lowfat/nonfat milk or water.

Principal of the Year!


Mrs. Larochelle! 

Shelly Larochelle,
principal of Northwest Elementary School, received the Elementary School Principal of the Year Award from the New Hampshire Association of School Principals. The annual award is one of three that recognizes one outstanding school principal in the state at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

The nomination for Larochelle included high praise from her colleagues, including one who wrote to the selection committee, “Shelly is a principal that truly inspires the passion of being an educator in all of us. . .She promotes a culture that spreads optimism and cultivates a positive learning environment through the school. Teachers want to work with her and beside her.”

Larochelle has spent her entire career in Manchester and at Northwest, the city’s largest elementary school with an enrollment of about 700 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. She began as a classroom teacher in 1995, became the school’s assistant principal in 2001, and since 2008, Larochelle has served as principal. She enjoys her role as an administrator.

“It is fulfilling to see that I have a direct part in making a positive impact on students, teachers, and the school as a whole,” said Larochelle. “I enjoy investing time with students and seeing them mature and grow throughout the school year and beyond. Our hard-working, dedicated faculty and staff make me proud to come to work every day.”

Those who know Larochelle say her collaborative ability to motivate and empower teachers to develop lifelong learners in their students has helped her school reach new heights.     

“My constituents often tell me they chose their homes specifically so that their children could attend Northwest,” said Ward 12 Board of School Committee member Connie Van Houten, who supported Larochelle’s Principal of the Year nomination. “Northwest is one of Manchester’s hidden gems, in large part because of Mrs. Larochelle, who excels well beyond her job description in leadership, integrity, compassion and devotion to her school.”

As a state Principal of the Year recipient, Larochelle will represent New Hampshire in Washington, D.C., when the National Association of Elementary Principals names its 2016 national Principal of the Year in the fall.  

“We congratulate Shelley on this outstanding achievement.  This honor is truly indicative of the high caliber of principals in our school district,” said Superintendent of Schools Debra Livingston.

Larochelle is Manchester’s second Principal of the Year in as many years. In 2015, Memorial High School principal Arthur Adamakos was named New Hampshire Secondary School Principal of the Year. 

This year's finalists for NH Secondary School Principal of the Year included Karen Machado of Manchester School of Technology, and Memorial High School assistant principal Peter Perich was a finalist for NH Assistant Principal of the Year. 

Congratulations to all of them!

Northwest Celebrated Mrs. Larochelle Friday, January 15th! 
Click here to read about the "Shellabration" and visit our picture gallery. 

Parents' Right to Know

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Manchester School District Announcements

School Food and Nutrition

Visit our School Food and Nutrition pages to view monthly breakfast & lunch menus.You can also read health and nutrition tips and learn about wellness initiatives in our schools. Visit www.myschoolbucks.com to manage your student's account balance.

SAU 37 Federal Projects

Visit our Federal Projects pages for information on District and School Improvement Plans. You will also find information on School Choice and Supplemental Education Services.