Daily Announcements



Friday, January 19th "B" Day     

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



Writing club will meet each week on Wednesdays from 7:20-7:50. If you enjoy writing, please join us!


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.


  • This Thursday January 25th is the date of the 6-8th grade CGMS orchestra concerts!
  • 6th and 7th graders should report by 6 pm and perform at 6:30.
  • 8th graders report by 7:30 and perform at 8 pm.
  • Cello and bass students should bring their instruments from home unless Miss Burwick talked with you. 
  • Candy grams will be for sale at both performances. It will be a great evening of music!


If you are going to ERHS and are considering playing lacrosse for either the B-squad, JV or Varsity team, please come to our parent/athelete meeting. Details of the meeting are as follows:

  • Date: Monday, January 22 2018
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST
  • Location: Choir room - Room # 1055 (Enter Activities Doors Walk through the cafeteria Look for sign that says "Performing Arts" Turn Left and go through the doors.)



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

LifeTouch Yearbook

School ID code: 12913918 


Thursday, Jan. 25th - 6-8th Orchestra Concerts

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

PHS Girls Golf

Any 7th or 8th grade girls interested in golfing for Park High School this spring feel free to contact Jay Jensen if you have any questions,  jjensen4@sowashco.org or 425-6974, there will be a meeting at the beginning of February so listen for announcements.  

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/