Daily Announcements



Tuesday, March 26th "B" Day     

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



Track and Field is starting Monday, April 1 for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Sign up is on the Community Education website under athletics for middle school. You can sign up at: https://sowashco.ce.eleyo.com/course/16779/spring-2019/middle-school-track

It is a great way to make new friends and exercise! Come join our team for fun, outdoor, competitive activities!

NatGeo Challenge

NatGeoChallenge Regional Finalists! Those students of Ms. South and Ms. White who were chosen for Regional Nat Geo competition next Friday are strongly encouraged to meet after school in Ms. South or Ms. White’s room to prepare, Tuesday, March 26th from 2:30 – 3:15 or later if needed. Even if you are not able to stay, stop by for a permission slip.


Cooking Club, Engineering Club and Study Skills have begun. If you were in Cooking Club in the past, you will need to register again and pay $20. Forms are on the website. Registrations for all clubs close Friday of this week.


Please return your overdue library books to the Media Center. If you have overdue books since January 31st you will be limited or not allowed to check out a book. Lost books can be paid for by cash, check or a purchased replacement.


Flyers are now in the office if you are interested in being involved in the ERHS Debate team!  Auditions are on Wednesday, April 17th from 6-7:30pm.


Yearbook Orders

Click here to order a CGMS yearbook  School ID: 12913919

Morning Hallways

Students are not to enter the hallways until the 7:30 bell rings, unless they have a pre-arranged meeting with a teacher.



Wednesday, March 27th - Students of Excellence Breakfast
Tuesday, April 2nd - Culver's Night-Black Hills
Thursday, April 4th 7:00pm - Beauty and The Beast Musical
Friday, April 5th 7:00pm - Beauty and The Beast Musical
Saturday, April 6th 2:30pm & 7:00pm  Beauty and The Beast Musical
Sunday, April 7th 4:00pm - District Orchestra Festival, 8th Grade 
Thursday, April 18th - Spring LifeTouch Pictures
Friday, April 19th - No School, Spring Holiday

For a complete Calendar of Events, click here.

Park Dance Team

Park Dance team will host tryouts for the 2019-2020 season on April 3rd and 4th 3:30-5:30 and April 6th 8:00-11:30 in Park’s main gym. Entering grades 7-12 and living in the Park boundaries or attending Park for the 2019-2020 school year. Email Haleigh Thompson at parkettes.dance@gmail.com with questions or to set up an alternative tryout.


March 25-26 Tryouts 3:30 to 5:30pm ERHS

April 1st Fall and Winter Official team meeting 6:30pm ERHS Media Center


SNAP is intended to supplement food and nutrition needs for people of all ages. Eligibility is based upon your household size and income. With SNAP you can stretch your monthly food dollars and choose your own food. You may be eligible for benefits! We assist with eligibility screenings, applications, and finding resources in your community. If you have an active card, we can assist with the recertification process. For more information and for help applying for SNAP benefits, call Emily at 651-307-9033 or email ebowman@2harvest.org.

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.

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. 


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

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.


District 833 Nutrition Services uses School Cafe fpr lunch accounts.

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 651-425-6817 – 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/