All Learners Achieving Individual Potential Through A Culture of Caring and Thinking

Welcome to Central Woodlands!

Our staff works hard to provide an education that engages the inquiring minds of our students.  At Central Woodlands, we take pride in providing learning opportunities that allow the thinking of our students to be visible and in order to reach their individual potential.  Our school is filled with adults who will do anything to make sure your child has a wonderful experience every day at school.  We pride ourselves on creating a “Stand Up” culture where students “Stand Up, Speak Out and Stand With!”  Our mission is to provide all learners with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to build meaningful and productive lives. Our school would not be what it is without the partnership and support of our community.  We encourage you to be an active participant in our school community and to volunteer as much as you can!

We invite you to visit our main office or contact our main office number at 616-493-8790 where we will be happy to help you!

Thank you for your support of Central Woodlands!





David Simpson


Latest Central Woodlands News

October 9, 201415 days ago

An Evening with Jeff Yalden

Jeff Yalden, highly acclaimed life coach and #1 youth motivational speaker, will be presenting a special, inspiring evening for the Grand Rapids community, Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center.  This is one event you definitely won’t want to miss! 

Click here to see more information!

Posted in: News
October 10, 201414 days ago

Digital Fitness Portfolios

All students at Central Woodlands began creating their own Digital Fitness Portfolios in PE this week!  Students used their Google Drive accounts to create these digital portfolios that will follow them through the educational journey at Forest Hills. Students were excited to integrate technology into PE to create a personalized opportunity to track their fitness.  Please ask your child to show you their fitness portfolio!


Click here to see a photo of our students hard at work!

Posted in: News
September 29, 201425 days ago

2014 CW Annual Peace Walk

Today our students took a silent journey in a unifying act to support our core belief of “Stand Up!” At our 2nd Annual Peace Walk, students followed the lead of their teachers who carried a Team Peace Pole out to the field to stand in the shape of a peace sign.  This simple, but powerful experience helped to show one another that we will “Stand Up, Speak Out, and Stand With” every student and staff member at CW.  Students will have the opportunity to all sign their team’s Peace Pole to commit to our Culture of Caring.  Seeing over 600 students and staff march in silence was a memorable event!  Click here to see a photo of the event!

Posted in: News
September 25, 201429 days ago

Quiz Bowl is Coming to CW

It is that time of year at Central Woodlands for students try their skills at all types of information!  Thanks to our PTO, we are able the opportunity to have students participate in this fun academic challenge.  Teams of four to five answer questions on the computer as they compete with students throughout the state!

This year’s competition will take place after school on Wednesday, November 12th!  See the permission form below for more information!  Forms need to be back to the main office by Friday, October 24th.

Quiz Bowl Permission Form

Posted in: News
September 22, 20141 month ago

Curriculum Night Recap

Thank you to all of our families for coming to our Curriculum Night!  It was great to see so many of our families in the building.  If you were not able to attend, please feel free to contact your child’s home block teacher.  Staff emails can be found in our staff directory which is found under the “About” tab  on our website.  In addition, please click here to view the Principal Welcome Video!

Posted in: News
September 16, 20141 month ago

CW School Fundraiser!

We have kicked off our annual school magazine fundraiser!  This is an annual tradition at CW and is our only “school-sponsored” fundraiser of the year.  Money we raise goes directly to our school.  Examples of how we use the money are: funding field trips, purchasing items to use in the classroom, providing financial assistance to students, creating opportunities for teacher professional development, and to pay for assemblies/guest speakers!

Based on feedback from our families, we have created some new options for this year.  In addition to our postcard booklets, families also have the opportunity to purchase “personalized photo products” through our school partners.

Options to help CW!

1. Turn in on Wednesday or Thursday, a Reach Out book with 7 names/addresses.  This is a great way to reach out-of-town relatives!  Students who turn this in will be eligible for rewards on Friday.

2. Place orders through the online store.  It is easy to share the link with family and friends.  Go to  and use our school code: 2635027

3. “To Remember This” personalized photo products.  This is similar to Snapfish!  Ordering is easy and can be done online through this direct link:

You can support Central Woodlands and make memories by creating and purchasing personalized photo books, calendars, holiday cards, and much more!

4. New this year: We are offering a physical order form in addition to our online magazine sales.  This is a convenient way for you to participate! Orders are “Bill Me Later” – NO MONEY IS COLLECTED 

Thank you for your continued support of Central Woodlands!