Daily Announcements



Wednesday, March 21st "A" Day     

School hours 7:50am to 2:25pm  / Office Hours 7:00am to 3:30pm







Since dodgeball has been cancelled, YES we will have RAH ClUB tomorrow, Thursday, March 22nd.



  • 6th-8th grade Recreational Golf  starts April 11 and 12th.  
  • 6th - 8th grade Track and Field starts April 2nd
  • Forms are available in the office or you can sign up online at www.cecool.com.


Bring in your box tops this Friday, March 23rd.  Mrs. Dummer will be at the Wheaties Box in the morning collecting them.  Anyone who turns in at least 10 box tops will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize.

SPRING PICTURES- Friday, April 6th 


Your child will not be able to check out a book if he/she has an overdue book as of January 31st. Email reminders will be sent out soon. Thanks! Mrs. McCrady


Middle school students in grades 7 & 8 who are interested in playing golf in high school are now able to play on the Park High School JVB Golf Team!  Registration for spring sports is currently OPEN. Register in the Park High School Activities Office at any time during school hours or online. Check out the Park High Boys Golf website for details. If you have any questions you can stop into Coach Retier’s room and he will be able to help you.

Park High School Boys Tennis 

We are looking for 7th and 8th grade boys that are interested in joining the Park HS tennis team for this spring.  We start practice on March 26th, at the tennis courts.  Please register online through the Park HS activities page.  You can email Coach Townsend at ttownse2@sowashco.org or call me at 612-554-1912 with any questions on registration or the tennis team. We will be having a parents/players meeting on March 20th, at 6:30 in the Park HS Lecture Hall.  This meeting is designed to go over all season information and to answer any questions you may have.


All 6th grade students staying for Cougar Connect should go to Ms. Ruelle’s room- C105

All 7th and 8th grade Cougar Connect students should go to Mr. Feia’s room- A111.


You can order online until April 13th for $35.00. Use the following link and Code:

LifeTouch Yearbook

School ID code: 12913918 


March 26th - March 30th - No School - Spring Holiday

Tuesday, April 3rd - Culver's Night 5-7:00pm

Friday, April 6th - Spring Pictures

For a complete Calendar of Events, go to:http://cgms.sowashco.org/calendar

Information on Temporary Bus Passes for Students

Middle School:

Bus passes for middle school students to ride a bus other than their own, will not typically be issued due to most Middle School bus routes being at capacity. In the event a parent has an emergency situation, please contact Transportation at 651-425-5303.


-Bus Passes are not intended to be used for social reasons (i.e. play dates, birthday parties, etc.). They should be used for emergency situations only.

-All Bus Passes are temporary one day passes.

-All Bus Pass requests must be made 24 hours in advance (special consideration may be made for emergency situations).

-Students must also be issued a Bus Pass if they need to get on/off at an alternate stop on their already assigned route. Again, this should be for emergency situations only.

-Correspondence from parents/guardians (i.e. hand written notes, text message shown to Drivers, etc.) will NOT be accepted by Drivers as a valid Bus Pass.

Winter Weather

Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the winter weather.

We make every effort for routes to be on time throughout the year. With winter weather here, the possibility for delay increases greatly. Buses running more than 10 minutes late will be posted on the District Website on the main Transportation page, right side. If you have questions about your child’s route, please call 651-425-5303.

Special Education Bus Attendance

Please call 651-425-5303 if your student will be absent from Special Education transportation. Please press 1 on the main menu for Special Education Routing. 

Middle School Washington DC Trips for 2018-2019 School Year

Each middle school offers an enrichment trip for students to attend Washington DC each school year. Each school’s trip is organized at the building level. As the middle school boundaries adjusted we want all families to be informed in regard to this student opportunity for the 2018-2019 school year.

If interested, please check each school’s website for the Washington DC Trip Information and any informational sessions OR contact the building contact below.

Cottage Grove Middle School: Darren Reiter dreiter2@sowashco.org 651--425--6769

Oltman Middle School: Teresa Willkom twillkom@sowashco.org 651-425-6940

Woodbury Middle School: Liz Kopacek ekopacek@sowashco.org 651--425--5538

Lake Middle School: Prudence Lamar plamar@sowashco.org 651--425--6552


Infinite Campus

If students are prompted to add their email and password, please have them do so using their google apps account…username@apps.district833.org


If you are interested in finding out more about the Suicide Prevention and Awareness “Let’s Talk About It” event being presented by the Suicide Prevention Collaborative, please click here: http://cgms.sowashco.org/sites/cgms.sowashco.org/files/files/Screen%20Shot%202017-10-16%20at%2012.00.01%20PM.png


Cougar Pride: Character Education

Cottage Grove Middle School has a strong focus on character education alongside a strong academic program, in order to help families develop well rounded citizens with strong, positive character. You can view our character education initiative, based on the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, here: http://cgms-character.weebly.com/

We are always looking for partnerships in our character ed work. If you’re interested in joining one of our working committees, which meet once per month, please let us know! You can email assistant principal Josh Eidem at jeidem@sowashco.org or call 651-425-6805. 

Our five “School of Character” working committees are: Advisory Committee, AVID Site team, Equity Team, Research and Data Team, and Service Learning Committee.


Starting in the fall of 2017, District 833 Nutrition Services will be switching from PayPAMS to SchoolCafé due to a technology upgrade.  Parents will no longer be able to utilize PayPAMS to view balances or deposit funds into their child’s lunch account.  Account balances shown in PayPAMS will automatically transfer to SchoolCafé once an account is created and students are added. 

To create an account:

  • Go to SchoolCafe.com and select register
  • Enter in “South Washington County Schools” for the district
  • Enter basic contact information
  • Choose a username and password
  • Accept the terms and conditions

Add your student(s) to your account using your student’s school ID number, which can be found on Parent Portal.

SchoolCafé allows for more options for parents, and is very user-friendly.With a SchoolCafé account you will be able to set email low balance reminders, schedule automatic payments, review student purchases online and apply for free and reduced meal benefits. 

SchoolCafé also has a free mobile app available for use on any smart device. However, free and reduced meal benefit applications must be completed through a web browser.  

Students can still pay for their school meals with cash or check.

If you have any questions about setting up a new account or the system you can reach Nutrition Services at 651-425-6280.


Ala Carte

Nutrition Services offers Ala Carte options at a variety of school buildings, in addition to the regular school breakfast or lunch. For a complete list of snacks and pricing available to elementary, middle and high school students, please go to the district website @www.sowashco.org and then click on “Lunch Menus” and then “Menus and Pricing”.  It is the priority of the Nutrition Services Department to have students select and enjoy the complete breakfast or lunch meal.   

**If for any reason you wish to set limits on your student’s account, please contact your school cashier.  


Lunch with students - if a parent/guardian wants to have lunch with their student, we will find a space for them in the building. Parent/guardians will no longer be allowed to eat in our lunchroom with their students. 

After school visitors - Need to report to the main office if they wish to see a teacher after school from 2:30pm-3:15pm. We want our staff to continue to be available for parents before and after school, but under normal circumstances it should be by appointment.


The Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook is on our district website: http://www.sowashco.org/files/policies/RR.pdf and also on the CGMS website under both the parent and student tabs.


Important Numbers and Helpful Links

651-425-6868 – ATTENDANCE – Please be sure to call if your student will be absent, late, or leaving early from school

SECURITY DESK – Please drop off any items here to be given to your student.

651-425-6812 – HEALTH OFFICE - Please call our Health Office to update your child’s emergency card or for any other health concerns for your student.

651-425-5310 – TRANSPORTATION Hot Line.

651-425-6800 - MAIN OFFICE

District 833 Webpage - http://www.sowashco.org/