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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

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

6th Grade Orientation – August 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m. ORIENTATION NEWSLETTER OPEN HERE

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

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 2, 20131 year ago

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


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.  

A consortium of art educators collaborated together, along with people of all ages from the Forest Hills community, to create a piece of art that has many facets, but stands together as one. The many layers of the artwork depict the various people who make up the community.  The leaves were created as symbols celebrating the idea of caring.  This powerful value, resonating throughout the Forest Hills community, is demonstrated in the growing leaves.  Each leaf represents a tangible act of love. Some of the birds have flown in through the hands of strangers who found them hidden throughout Kent County. This participation enhances our artwork. 7,000 Leaves of Love embodies the love found in a community.  This artwork was graciously funded by the Forest Hills Foundation.

We also are involving the greater Kent County community by placing part of our installation in gift boxes which will be scattered throughout the county. Those who find these gifts will be asked to bring them to our venue and help us to complete our installation.  7,000 Leaves of Love will be located in the Thompson Chapel of First (Park) Congregational Church which is next to Veterans Park.

Posted in: News
September 16, 20113 years ago

Forest Hills enters ArtPrize

For the first time in ArtPrize history, an entire school district has come together to create an entry for the 2011 ArtPrize competition. The entry, titled “7000 Loves,”  hopes to embody the great love that a community can have for its members. The entry has a website that describes the symbolism and spirit behind the creation.

Please visit the link below to see how many of our students, teachers, and community members contributed to the culminating art piece.

FHPS ArtPrize Entry: 7000 Loves

The piece may be viewed at First Park Congregational, United Church of Christ, 10 East Park Place, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Church Hours:
Opening Day 6Pm -10PM
Monday -Thursday Noon-8PM
Saturday 12PM-10PM
Sunday 12PM-6PM

To vote for our FHPS ArtPrize entry, please go to the Art Prize website  and give a “Thumbs Up” to entry 52111.

Posted in: News
August 22, 20113 years ago

Once Upon a Time

“Once Upon a Time…” Once Again

Do you remember Tiny Tim? How about seeing a sixth grader don a bushy beard and march on stage as the Ghost of Christmas Present? Who could forget working on stage crew or helping build the set? Remember rehearsing the music with Mr. McCargar and the thrill of performing for your family?


All of your favorite characters, beautiful songs, and inspiring narrations returned to the stage and entertained again as GES performed A Christmas Carol, adapted by Eloise Johnson, now in its eighth year as a GES tradition.


It was performed on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium at Central High School. It was wonderful and the students did a great job.


In mid-January, students will be making maps with Kevin Finney and Tom Woodruff. Later in the month, they will be doing bird drawings with Tom as well.


From the Archive: Goodwillie Environmental School Featured in National Magazine

Our school was showcased a couple of years ago in Time for Kids, a weekly publication distributed to school children around the United States. The magazine features several of our students on the cover and in the main article as part of the publication’s coverage for Earth Day 2006 (April 22nd). Phenology, green schools, artist-in-residence projects, and other topics are discussed in the article. We invite you to download it and see our students and school in action