Welcome to Goodwillie Environmental 5/6 School!

Welcome to Goodwillie Environmental 5/6 School located within the Forest Hills School District, one of our Nation’s great public school systems!  The staff at Goodwillie is committed to knowing every student’s interests and gifts, and to providing the educational opportunities that will maximize each one’s preparation for the future.

In addition, our mission is to support, engage, and have all students achieve their individual potential. We will accomplish this by providing all learners with 21st century skills that will ensure a meaningful and successful experience while at Goodwillie e as well as in the community.

We invite you to visit our main officeemail us, or contact our main office number at 616-493-8633 where we will be happy to help you.

Thank you for your interest in and your support of Goodwillie Environmental 5/6 School.


David Washburn

Orientation Events & Letters

5th Grade Orientation – August 27,  6:00-7:00 p.m.



6th Grade Orientation – August 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m.



Please label EVERYTHING before school begins!

Hooded sweatshirt
Waterproof winter boots
Long underwear
Warm outdoor clothing
Rainwear (durable & lightweight for camping)
Gloves and hat (labeled with names)
Comfortable walking shoes
Old clothing (for outdoor activities)
Warm socks
Zip-off pants

3 ring view binder 1 inch – with subject dividers and pencil holder (School will
have these available for $7.00 and we strongly recommend purchasing them.)
Water bottle – GES Hydro Flask will be available
Colored magic markers
Colored pencils
Pencil top erasers
Erasable Pens
Lined paper
Scientific Calculator – TI30 (School will have available for $16.00)
Extra Fine Tipped Sharpies – black markers
Pocket dictionary
Sketch book (8 X 10) with blank pages (Hard cover preferred)

*Please label all clothing and supplies with student’s name.
NOT WANTED: Any electronic equipment or games

Latest Goodwillie News

New Member Purchase Program Announced for Computers and Select Electronic Devices Offering Discounts to FHPS Families

June 30, 2015 @ 4:00 pmPosted in: District News

Forest Hills Public Schools is pleased to offer all families access to a technology purchasing program which provides discounts on the purchase of Dell products, including laptops, desktop computers, select electronics and accessories.  Through the Dell Member Purchase Program for Forest Hills Public Schools, families can take advantage of savings and special financing options.  To access the program, go to the Dell Member Purchase Program website:  http://dell.com/mpp/foresthills  and use member ID:  US241580.  On this site you can compare devices and electronics, see monthly specials, and use an online chat feature for additional sales and service information.  To see a recent flier about the program, click here.

Instructional School Survey of Families - Follow-up

May 13, 2015 @ 1:03 pmPosted in: Goodwillie Environmental School News, News

In January, the district launched our Instructional School Survey of Families to explore our families’ perspectives of their children’s learning environment.  Click here to read a summary of feedback and our plans to continue striving for excellence. Thank you for your participation and your commitment to Goodwillie Environmental School.

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March 10, 2015 @ 9:07 amPosted in: Goodwillie Environmental School News, News

Dear Goodwillie Families:

In an effort to continue to improve our communication, Goodwillie Environmental School has been piloting a new program within the Forest Hills School District that will replace our current Listserv email service with something new and exciting. Beginning in March, the webpage (http://www.fhps.net/goodwillie/) will be the primary source for information and important news. This is in addition to the weekly email from the teachers.

Please note that as of March 20, 2015 GES Listserv messages will no longer be in service.  You do not need to unsubscribe from Listserv.  We would also like you to be aware that all FHPS schools will be changing to this new method of messages highlighting announcements and news posts when they are added to the school web sites.  


M-STEP Testing

March 10, 2015 @ 8:57 amPosted in: News, Testing News

Dear Goodwillie Environmental School Families:

This spring, the State of Michigan is replacing the 44-year-old Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) with a summative assessment called the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP). In prior school years, students in grades 3-8 were administered the MEAP test over a two week period in October. This school year, students will complete the new M-STEP online assessments within a three-week period during the April through early June window, established by the State of Michigan.  Students in grades 3-8 will take the English language arts and the mathematics assessments, which will include both open-ended response and multiple choice questions. Open-ended questions challenge students to explain their answers by providing written responses. The science test will be administered to 4th and 7th graders and the social studies test will be given to 5th and 8th graders. These two assessments will only include multiple choice questions. READ MORE

M-STEP Testing Windows

3rd Grade:  May 18 – June 5
4th  Grade:  April 27 – May 15
5th Grade:  April 13 – May 1
6th Grade:  May 18 – June 5
7th Grade:  April 27 – May 15
8th Grade:  April 13 – May 1


New Parent Info 2015 Video Available

February 25, 2015 @ 11:58 amPosted in: News

Check out the new video slideshow for more information about everything Goodwillie has to offer!

Click here to view the PDF version in Google Drive

Check out other videos on the official FHPS YouTube channel

7,000 Leaves of Love - FHPS Entry for ArtPrize 2013

October 2, 2013 @ 12:56 pmPosted in: News


The Forest Hills Community has created an entry for the 2013 ArtPrize, 7,000 Leaves of Love.  We have had over 7,000 FHPS students participate, as each artist has created a ceramic leaf that symbolizes a specific act of love directed toward a person in their lives.

Click Here for MLive report on 7000 Leaves of Love.   Read more

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