Daily Announcements



Friday, November 17th "B" Day     

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

Parents/Guardians of CGMS 6th graders:

Interested in getting a jump start on raising funds for the 2019 Washington, DC trip?  We just started our fundraising opportunities for our current 7th graders and would love to provide you the same opportunity.   We are currently running two fundraisers, one through Greater Midwest Fundraising (Chicken, steak, cookie dough)  and another through Kittleson Marketing (ButterBraids).  Have your student stop by Mr. Reiter’s room (C116) to pick up the fundraising packets or print them off of our Washington, DC home page at https://sites.google.com/apps.district833.org/cgms-washington-dc-trip/home. Forms and money are due on Wednesday, November 29th and delivery will be on Tuesday, Dec 19th.  Please contact Mr. Reiter if you have any questions! 


WEB Leaders – We will be meeting for training on Monday, November 20th from 12:45 until 2:25. Please check with your teachers ahead of time and get any assignments you will miss. We will meet in the Band Room. See Ms. Brandvold, Ms. Berg-Williams, Mr. Larsen or Ms. Salwasser if you have any questions.


Boys basketball flyers are now available in the office.  You can also register for boys basketball online at www.cecool.com.


If you would like to help with this worthy cause, you can drop off toys at the middle school anytime between 7 and 3:30 now until Dec. 15.  Anyone who brings in toys before Thanksgiving break will earn a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of 2 prize baskets.  After Thanksgiving they will be collected in advisory and the winning advisory will receive donuts and juice.  All toys mush to new and unwrapped.  We encourage students to bring in toys prior to Dec. 2nd, as CGMS students will appear on KARE 11 at 8:00 AM to donate the toys they have received by that point.  Thank you for your help with this wonderful cause!  

TURKEY SALES:  Monday, November 13th through Tuesday, November 21st.  All turkeys are .50 eacg all procedds go tio Friend ins aneed food shelf.


You can order your LifeTouch yearbook online for $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 


  • There is an exciting musical opportunity that we will be offering at CGMS this year. Mr. Larsen and Ms. Gilbertson will be directing two extra-curricular choirs before school. We are hoping for a high level of musicianship, so we invite students who are excited about singing different types of music to attend.
  • Our first meeting will be Tuesday, November 21st at 7:20am. We will be meeting in A114, Mr. Larsen’s choir room.
  • Please let your music teacher know if you have any questions! Thank you for all that you do to support music at CGMS!


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. Kehrer’s room- A105.


Thurs.-Fri., Nov. 23-24 - No School - Thanksgiving holiday

Friday, Dec. 1st - No School - Teacher's Workshop

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

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/