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

Follow Central Woodlands on Twitter: @cwthinkers
Click here for Mr. Simpson’s blog, EverythingCW. A great way to gain insight into the lives our students!


Latest Central Woodlands News

Posted in: News
September 22, 201423 hours 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, 20146 days 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!


Posted in: News
September 15, 20147 days ago

K-6 Elementary Report Card Revisions

We continue to seek out ways to provide the best feedback to our students and families.  Research has shown that providing feedback supports increased student achievement.  Part of our instructional focus throughout every classroom is helping students know and understand the “Learning Targets” for each lesson. Some of you may have even begun to hear your child talk about the learning targets in their classes. Learning targets are the daily objective we want students to master each day within a given content area (math, science, PE, etc.)

One of the reasons to provide these learning targets in classes is that they become a road map for students to know what success looks and feels like each day in class. As students assess their individual progress on their learning targets, it helps to create an “I can” belief in all students!  Students are provided a numerical scale to help them track their progress on daily targets and unit learning goals.

To better align our K-6 report cards with our Instructional Framework, FHPS revised their reporting key on the K-6 Report Cards.  Starting this year, our teachers will use an updated key for the report cards.  Please see below for more information about our updated K-6 report cards and for the updated key.

Elementary Report Card Family Companion

Report Card Key Revisions

Posted in: News
September 12, 201410 days ago

CW Stand Up Pledge

Today was a very important day for CW Family!  After spending the week learning more about what it meant to “Stand Up” to “Speak Out” and to “Stand With,” our staff and students pledged to create a Culture of Caring at CW!  Click here to watch highlights of our assembly!

Posted in: News
September 2, 201421 days ago

Welcome CW Students

Today was an exciting day at Central Woodlands as we welcomed 570 students into our building!  Our day started off all together in our gym at our Kick-Off Assembly.  During the assembly, we welcomed our new 5th graders while  challenging our 6th grade students to be leaders of our building!  Two 6th grade students spoke to our entire school about our “Stand Up” culture and what it means at CW.  All of our staff had the opportunity to introduce themselves to our students.  We all left knowing this year will be AMAZING!