Dear Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s),
I hope this communication finds you, your family, and children safe and healthy. As you know the first day of school is Monday, August 21st and it’s approaching extremely fast. I wanted to take a moment and welcome everyone back as we begin to prepare for our Fall return at Godwin Heights Middle School. For the past 10 years, I’ve had the privilege to serve as a middle school teacher in the Godwin Heights School District. During this time, I have had the wonderful opportunity to build strong relationships with our students, staff, and community. This year, I will take on the new role of Principal of Godwin Heights Middle School. With this new role, I will continue to work collaboratively with our secondary team to ensure a positive learning environment for all students, that embraces collaboration, and sets our students up for success in all endeavors.
Godwin Heights is my home and I couldn’t be more excited to start this new school year. As the Principal of the Middle School, my main focus will be to ensure Godwin Heights Middle is a place where learning is a priority, where our staff/students look forward to attending on a daily basis, and where parents feel supported knowing the needs of their children are placed first.
To accomplish this goal, our team will continue work to align our secondary programming "beginning with the end in mind” to provide our students with a seamless transition between Middle and High School buildings. We will continue to focus on College and Career Readiness and develop systems that meet the needs of each and every child to ensure they reach their full potential. As we move forward, it is important we work together to keep the best interest of our students at the forefront to prepare them for each grade level, graduation, and beyond. If any questions about the bridging of our 6-12 buildings arise, please feel free to reach out to me or any of our team members with the contact information below.
Middle School Office Hours and Contact Information
- Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
- Office Phone Number: 616-252-2070
- Mrs. Urbanski (Principal) - [email protected]
- Mrs. Nelson (Assistant Principal) - [email protected]
- Mr. Durga (Dean of Students) - [email protected]
- Ms. Yoder (Principal’s Secretary) - [email protected]
- Mrs. Perez (Attendance Secretary) - [email protected]
- Mrs. Golden (Middle School Counselor) - [email protected]
All MS students and parents will be able to pick up a hard copy of their MS schedule at orientation on the 8th.
Middle School Student Orientation
Middle School Orientation will take place on August 8th, please see your student’s specific orientation time below. Teachers will not be required to report during this time, but students will have the opportunity to visit the school and become familiar with the building.
- 6th Grade - 9:00 -10:00
- 7th Grade - 10:15 - 11:15
- 8th Grade - 11:30 - 12:30
Middle School Student Pictures
Middle School student pictures will be taken on Orientation Day at the Middle School. Your physical order form is attached to this letter. During this time, students will receive a Student ID that can be used to receive their free breakfast/lunch and for entry to athletic events.
Student and community supports:
We are blessed to have many community partners working closely with our school to ensure we are educating the whole child. Many of our community partners will also be present to share with you all resources they offer and give you opportunities to sign up or enroll in many of their programs.
Student Start and Dismissal Times
In an effort to align the secondary programming, the District will maintain student start and end times at the Middle and High School buildings. Both buildings will continue to start each day at 7:30 AM and end at 2:35 PM. Please click on this link to see both the Middle and High School Daily Schedule.
School starts at 7:30 AM. Please do your best to drop your student off as close to 7:00 AM. Students will be able to enter the building starting at 7:00 AM to enjoy a hot breakfast provided by our cafeteria staff!
The school day will end at 2:35 PM and students will be expected to leave the building immediately after 2:35 PM. This will allow our custodial staff to begin the process of cleaning and sanitizing the building to get ready for the next school day. Students who need support from teachers will have the opportunity to stay after school for assistance. Teachers and parents should work together to coordinate dates and times when students will receive help after the final bell.
Godwin Heights will be providing Chromebooks for every student to start the school year. Chromebooks will be distributed during the scheduled orientation days for your students. If your child still has not returned a previous school year technology, please bring those devices to orientation with you.
Breakfast and Lunch
At Godwin Heights Public Schools, it is our goal to meet the needs of our students both academically and physically. Currently, Godwin Heights is able to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students at the Middle School. Lunch and Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria daily, please have your student arrive at school no later than 7:00 AM. Our food service staff will be working to provide hot breakfast on a daily basis to support our students nutritional needs.
As always, the education and safety of your child is the number one priority of Godwin Heights Public Schools. We look forward to an incredibly successful 2023-2024 school year.
Godwin Heights Middle School Principal