Sam Highsmith

   Welcome to Myrtle Grove Middle School.  “The Grove” is our system’s highest achieving middle school, and I am proud to be its leader.   Myrtle Grove is so great because of our amazing teachers and hardworking students.  Last year, we not only achieved 90% proficiency on the End of Grade tests, but we also met EVERY state goal and exceeded High Growth expectations!  As a result, we are the only middle school in New Hanover County to have been named an Honor School of Excellence with High Growth.

As we move forward, we will continue to implement state standards with engaging activities that help students grasp content at a much deeper level.  Students will master learning targets to better understand the WHY, rather than just the WHAT and HOW of their learning.   This will be accomplished through real-life applications of student learning in our classrooms this year. 
Parents, we believe that our partnerships with you are crucial to the overall success of both our students and our school.  Be sure to contact us when you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress.  Feel free to contact me at 350-2100 or email me--samuel.highsmith@nhcs.net


Assistant Principal

Sam K

                                                                            Sam Kantrowitz

HELLO FROM THE GROVE, I hope everyone had a great summer.  My name is Sam Kantrowitz, a.k.a. “Mr. K.” and it’s exciting to be a part of the Myrtle Grove Family as Assistant Principal for my fourth year.  I have been in education for 15 years. I began teaching in Florida, and then moved to Wilmington where I taught at Williston Middle School for 3 years and was the Assistant Principal at Murrayville Elementary for 4 years.  I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pa. and “yes” I am a very big Steelers fan and Pirates fan.  I have 3 boys…9 yrs. old, 7 yrs. old, and a new baby having the honor of being the first baby born in Wilmington, January 1, 2014. 
   The “Grove” is very proud of all of their students and teachers and enjoys a rich tradition of excellent test scores and amazing achievements.  We will continue to grow and have tremendous academic successes.  I am so fortunate to be a part of such an incredible group of teachers, students, and families that make up this wonderful school.  My office is always open and I look forward to getting to know all of the families that make up the Amazing Myrtle Grove Community. 
   It is going to be an exciting year with lots of incredible things to learn, creative projects, and new friends to be made.  We are so thrilled to see everyone back and can not wait to see the students showing off all their talents.  As always we encourage you to become an active member of our school community.  Join the PTA, volunteer in the classroom, and most importantly take an active role in your child’s learning. 
   If you have questions about anything, please do not hesitate to contact me at anytime… stop by my office, my door is always open.  Get to know the school and your child’s teachers.  We are looking forward to an awesome year, and we know we are going to soar to new heights.  HAVE A SUPER YEAR AT THE GROVE!!!!!

Sam Kantrowitz
Assistant Principal
350-2100 ext. 414


Assistant Principal

Martha Godwin

                                                                                    Martha Godwin

 Martha Godwin has served as assistant principal at Myrtle Grove for two years.  She served as the program director at Wilmington Early College High School. Ms. Godwin has also been an English teacher at Isaac Bear Early College High School, an English teacher at Pender High School, and English Department Chair at Heide Trask High School in Pender County. Also, Ms. Godwin taught English and French at West Columbus High School with Columbus County Schools.  She can be contacted at martha.godwin@nhcs.net.


Myrtle Grove Middle School . 901 Piner Road . Wilmington, NC 28409 . 910-350-2100

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