We Stand Up. We Think Visibly. We are CW!

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

Posted in: News
January 30, 20151 day ago

Principal Intern!

An exciting piece of news in our district is the creation of a Principal Intern program.  Knowing that growing our own leadership is important, the district has created opportunities for district staff to become a Principal Intern for a semester.  We spent a lot of time reviewing applicants and interviewing to find the right fit for CW.  I am thrilled to welcome Kendra St. Antoine to our CW Family. Kendra was a 6th grade teacher at Knapp Forest.  Kendra will be a building leader right along side of me in supporting students, families, and staff.  Please click here to read Kendra’s introduction letter.  If you get the chance, please stop by and introduce yourself.  I know our kids will love her!

Posted in: News
January 15, 201516 days ago

Important CW Family Survey

I am proud to be the principal of your child’s school.  CW is a second family to me and I care deeply about how we are doing in supporting your child and our families.  The following is a district message about an important survey that focuses on providing us feedback.  Please take time to provide feedback to us!  My goal is to have 100% of our families complete the survey.  I appreciate your time in doing this!

Families have an important voice in Forest Hills Public Schools. Last year, we surveyed FHPS families and community members about issues affecting the district as a whole. The current survey focuses on individual schools. The 2015 Instructional School Survey of Families asks for your feedback on the many aspects of instruction that make your child’s school a great place to learn, grow and thrive. 

The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and will be open until February 5. Your responses are confidential and will not be linked to you as an individual. 

Click here to take the survey: http://www.k12insight.com/FHPSFamilySurvey

Thank you for your participation.


David Simpson, Principal
Central Woodlands

Posted in: News
January 8, 201524 days ago

Spelling Bee

On Tuesday of this week, 34 CW Students participate in our annual Spelling Bee.  It was amazing to see the level of knowledge our students possess.  This year, the Spelling Bee went 15 rounds!  All students who participated were winners in making it so far!  Please see our twitter feed on our webpage for a picture of the Spelling Bee in action!

Posted in: News
December 11, 20141 month ago


Central Woodlands was honored to have Mrs. Bouley and Mr. Simpson present at the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association annual conference in Traverse City.  The presentation shared CW’s “Stand Up” story about the work we do to create a culture of “Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Standing With.”  Principals from across the state were amazed at the culture at Central Woodlands.  They saw example after example of how our students Stand Up on a daily basis.  Please read Mr. Simpson’s latest blog post about the presentation.  It can be found at http://goo.gl/sN9cAX

Posted in: News
December 11, 20141 month ago

Kid's Food Basket!

All we can say is Wow!  Over the past few weeks, students from our school have been collecting items for the Kid’s Food Basket.  Different halls were assigned various food items to bring in for this cause.  This project was only possible because of the leadership of our H.I.T. Team and Ms. Shavalier!  A huge thank you to all the families that supported this worthwhile cause.  This is just another example of how our students are STANDING UP, SPEAKING OUT, AND STANDING WITH our community!