Welcome to Northwest Elementary School!

Progress Reports: Progress Reports went home the week of January 25th. Please make sure you have review the report with your child and send them signed back to your child's teacher. 

New 21st Century Session: Starts Monday, February 2nd. 

There will be NO SCHOOL on February 9th for students.  Professional Learning Day for Teachers. 

February Vacation: 22nd - 26th of February.


Author Visit

On Wednesday, January 27th several classrooms were visited by author Gene Brown who lives in Manchester. Gene Brown wrote the wonderful book called Tyler's Pumpkin Patch  which is about a boy who had his dream come true and teaches student's to dream big! 

Mr. Brown read his book to the classrooms and then opened up to questions at the end. Students were intrigued to know if it really happened and Mr. Brown stated it was loosely based on his brother growing pumpkins right here in the city of Manchester. 

Thank you, Mr. Gene Brown, for sharing and inspiring our elementary students to follow their dreams! 

NWEA MAP testing

NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association)  Winter Session Administration

During the weeks of January 19th through February 8th, your child will be administered MAP tests in Mathematics, Reading and Writing. Students will take one of the tests weekly for three weeks.  The last week will be used for any students who need to make-up the test(s).

For Schedule Please Click HERE 

MAP( Measurement of Academic Progress) tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.  And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth.

Please feel free to look at the Parent Toolkit offered by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)

Jan Brett Contest

The school or library that has the most parents, teachers, friends, or supporters who enter the contest will win a free school or library visit from Jan in the 2016-2017 school year.  Contest ends April 4, 2016.  2nd to 10th prizes of 10 Jan Brett books. 11th to 100th prize of a signed Jan Brett Poster.

School Information:
Northwest Elementary School
300 Youville Street, Manchester NH 03102

Volunteer Opportunites

Monthly Principal Coffee Hour

The 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! 

Northwest Elementary School

Second Grade Line Dancing

Second Grade Line Dance Night! 

All second grade students have been learning to line dance during music class. We would love to teach you our new dances. Please come as your child's partner and enjoy an evening of family fun! 

When: Tuesday, February 16th
Where: Northwest Gymnasium
Time: 6:00 pm tp 7:00 pm
What to Wear: Jeans and comfortable shirt with sneakers

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. 

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: 

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.