Daily Announcements



Friday, September 22nd   "B" Day     

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

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

All 8th grade students going on the Washington, DC trip:  Our parent/student meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct 10th at 7 pm in the cafetorium.  All participants are expected to attend as we will go over flight plans, double check roommates, expectations for trip, etc….  Please see Mr. Reiter if you have questions or concerns!  Students will choose their roommates the first week in October.  Stay tuned for details


All students interested in joining math league and competing against other schools in the area should see Mr Campbell in C110.  There are five meets throughout the year and the first one is coming up soon, so don’t delay!


Final chance to join the 17-18 dance team for Park High School. Tryouts are October 2nd and 4th in the Park lecture hall from 3:30-5:30pm. Must be at Park next year or live in the Park boundaries. Email Haleigh Thompson at parkettes.dance@gmail.com for questions


You can order your LifeTouch yearbook online for $25.00 until November 3rd. It will then be $30.00 until January 6th. After January 6th you can order online until April 13th for $35.00. Use the following link and Code:

LifeTouch Yearbook

School ID code: 12913918 


Tuesday, October 3rd: LifeTouch Picture Retake Day

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

Friday, October 13th : All Pro Dad's Breakfast 7-7:45 am

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


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.


Park Boy's Swim and Dive Team Informational Night will be held this Thursday, September 21 at Park High School, in the lecture hall from 6:30-8:00. 


We have a new look! The renovations are almost complete. I look forward to seeing our students enjoy time in our new space. We have expanded our area along with new comfy seating, large group areas, and collaborative spaces. We also have a MakerSpace that your child can visit on certain days if they have completed their work in classes. As students are checking out books they will be reminded about overdue books. In order for them to check out library books your child will need to return or pay for the books that they borrowed during the 2016-17 school year. This will not affect their textbooks, although these fines will follow them into High School. Stop by any time! Mrs. McCrady


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 2015-16 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/