Mallory class picture with Dr. Scott Mills
Street Fair Soccer girls
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LES 5th grade board presentation
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West end 8-28-18
WEst end 8-29-19
OES K learning how to do lunch
Morning greeting in Mrs. Valenti's class
STEAM practice in Mrs. Valenti's class

Fall Break!!   

School Offices & Schools Closed

October 21st-25th 

Bids for Norwell High School & Ossian Elementary HVAC Renovations

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Board of School Trustees of the Northern Wells Community Schools (the “Owner”) will receive sealed bids for the following projects:

Norwell High School HVAC Renovation. A pre-bid meeting for this project is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (local time) on October 23, 2019. Meet at Norwell High School.

Ossian Elementary School HVAC Renovation. A pre-bid meeting for this project is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (local time) on October 23, 2019. Meet at Norwell High School and then the pre-bid meeting will move to Ossian Elementary School.

Bids for the above listed projects will be accepted at the Northern Wells Community Schools Administration Office, 312 North Jefferson Street, Ossian, Indiana, until 2:00 p.m. (local time), on November 6, 2019. Bids will be opened and tabulated at that time in the Board Room 

 Click the link below for the full bid notice.

Notice to bidders for Northern Wells Community Schools 

NWCS Notifications

NWCS Notifications: Unfortunately, we had glitches with parents receiving text messages because of this morning's fog issues. Here is what we have learned.

Recently the FCC has given wireless phone carriers the ability to block text messages with little oversight. Consequently, carriers have been blocking long code texts (texts which originate from 10-digit phone numbers).

In response, eSchoolView (Instant Connect) has partnered with BrightArrow so they can offer short code texting from the originating number 87569. A short code number is much less likely to be blocked because eSchoolView has signed a contract with the major carriers promising that the texts will not be SPAM and that all recipients have opted in to receive texts. 

As you began to receive text messages from NWCS this year, you may have been asked already to reply YES to Opt in. If you did, you are all set. 

If you did not reply, have a correct contact phone number in PowerSchool, and you want to continue to receive text messages, text the word Yes to the number 87569. That will ensure you continue to receive messages from NWCS.

If you need further assistance, you can call 622-4125 and ask for Jeff Miller, Tech Director.

Thank you!

Transportation - State Road 1 Closure

Indiana Department of Transportation will be working on State Road 1 from 850 North through downtown Ossian to Dyar Drive the week of August 26th, weather permitting. You can expect some delays, lane restrictions, and traffic directed by flaggers. You will be able to enter and exit Ossian Elementary in the usual fashion.

Indiana Department of Transportation has also released information regarding the closure of State Road 1 from Dyar Drive on the north side of Ossian north to I-469. The road will be CLOSED to through traffic starting on or after Tuesday, September 3rd. The project is expected to be completed by mid-November, weather permitting. 

NWCS has been given permission to continue running school buses in this area to pick-up and drop-off students living along this closure. Please be assured if you live in this closure, we will still provide transportation, but we can expect some delays while they are working on the road. 

Parents driving students to school and student drivers will need to use alternate routes to IN 1. 

Parents dropping off students at Ossian Elementary will still be able to do so using the entrance off of State Road 1. During the closure, you can use 1000 North (Davis Road) or 900 North to get back to State Road 1. 

Expectations of a NHS Graduate

Click the link above to view the characteristics we strive to help our students possess when they graduate from Norwell High School.

The AIM of NWCS...

The AIM of the Northern Wells Community Schools is to equip students to maximize their present and future success.

Thank You from David Parker, NHS Principal

Open letter from David Parker, NHS Principal, regarding the bus accident on 10-9-19

Message from NHS principal, David Parker.

Yesterday morning, I received a call every school official fears – one informing us that students from our building had been involved in a serious accident. A Northern Wells Community Schools bus transporting NHS students from Bellmont HS had been struck by a car while passing through the intersection of Highways 224 and 27. While there were lessons learned from yesterday’s incident, there were so many positives takeaways that I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude to the many people involved. 

First, thank you to those who assisted in the immediate moments after the accident. From the good Samaritans who stopped to help to the first responders who secured the scene and ensured the safety of all involved, your assistance was greatly appreciated. NWCS bus driver, Judy Sonnigsen, and NWCS transportation director, Stephanie Rohr – thank you for your leadership in keeping our students safe and calm and for communicating well with school officials. Thank you to Bellmont HS principal, Kim Hiatt, for leaving your own students and reporting to the scene and then to the hospital to offer assistance.  

Dr. Scott Mills, thank you for your active involvement yesterday. Your willingness to immediately travel to the scene and your guidance and leadership in overseeing the coordination of logistics, communication efforts, and our reunification plan were extraordinarily helpful. Thank you also for working with our students on the scene and at the hospital and for traveling back to NHS with students on our back-up bus. Your hands-on involvement was critical in ensuring student safety and fostering effective communication to parents and community members. Thank you also for your leadership in demanding that NWCS employees are well-trained in safety related measures. Thank you to the NWCS safety team, especially Ginger Butcher, Kelby Weybright, Alex Nafziger, Chad Bradley, and Holly Morgan for the work you have done in preparing us to handle situations like the one we faced yesterday. The plans and protocols our safety team have installed were critical elements of yesterday’s success reunification. NHS office staff, thank you for efforts and assistance in dealing with yesterday’s incident. Thank you NHS teachers for your preparation and willingness to mobilize when called upon.  

A HUGE thank you to the staff at Adams Memorial Hospital. Your preparedness, hospitality, efficiency, and level of care were outstanding! Thank you for caring for our people – from greeting students, school officials, and parents at the door to the medical services provided to serving lunch and drinks, your service was excellent. The way you served was even more impressive. Special thanks to Dr. Scott Smith, Brent Kiplinger, and Lydia Voirol for your leadership, direction, and collaboration. Thank you also to the staff at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. In many ways, yesterday’s incident was a replication of the mock bus accident and reunification drill we practiced last spring. The lessons our team learned by collaborating with the BRMC staff last year undoubtedly prepared us for yesterday’s events. 

Parents and guardians of NHS students, THANK YOU for your cooperation yesterday – especially those of you who had children involved. Your patience, understanding, and cooperation in partnering with hospital and school officials was greatly appreciated. Thank you for allowing us to balance legal protocols and school polices with the concerns we all had for your children’s safety and well-being. 

Students… those of you involved in yesterday’s incident were simply amazing! We talk a lot about “culture” and yesterday was a phenomenal example of both your character, as individuals, and the culture of our school. Thank you for your maturity, your respectful and cooperative behavior. Your efforts in communicating with your parents/guardians and school/hospital officials was amazing – you were awesome and you handled the situation beautifully! I cannot tell you how many adults commented on the way you presented yourselves yesterday. I am proud of you all. Above all, we are grateful that each of you walked away from the accident with nothing more than a few minor injuries. 

Lastly, to the friends and family members of the driver who was injured in the accident, please know that the thoughts and prayers of the entire Norwell community are with you in this time.


David Parker

Principal, Norwell High School  


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