Daily Announcements


Tuesday, December 11; "A" Day
School hours 7:49am to 2:25pm / Office Hours 7:00am to 3:30pm

Yearbooks are on sale now! The price is $25 between now and the end of the month. In January, the price goes up to $30 and up again to $35 in March. You can order your yearbook online at ybpay.lifetouch.com using the ID code 12913920, or by bringing money to Mr. Otte in the library. 

The Cougar Math Crew has started!

Any student struggling with math concepts and wanting additional help can go to the media center immediately after school and receive support and instruction from some of our advanced math students from 2:30-3:15 each day.

Did you know that 1 in 5 students in our community experiences hunger? Here is an easy way that you can help: Bring individually packaged healthy snacks (granola bars, crackers, pretzels, dried fruits, raisins, fruit cups, etc.) to the main office and drop them in the designated S.N.A.C.K. Cub Foods tote box. The snacks will be distributed through the counselors to students in need. Thanks for supporting your fellow students!

CGMS Toy Drive: We will be collecting new and unwrapped toys during advisory or during lunch from Dec. 2 through Dec. 13. Each toy donation earns a ticket in a prize drawing. Make sure to bring in a toy and help make a difference in our community!

Attention 7th grade students interested in the Washington DC trip next year: Remember that our early registration period ends on Saturday, Dec. 14. Make sure that you register by Saturday if you're planning ot go next year. You can register in three ways:

  • Call Worldstride customer service at 1-800-468-5899
  • Online at wordlstride.com/signup
  • Mail in the form included in your registration packet

The CGMS trip number is 183810. Please see Mr. Reiter if you have any questions.

Important upcoming dates:

  • Dec. 3: Culver's Night 5-7 p.m.

  • Dec. 18: Students of Excellence Breakfast

  • Dec. 18: Students of Excellence Breakfast
  • Dec. 20: All Pro Family Breakfast 7:15-7:45 a.m.

    Dec. 20: All Pro Family Breakfast 7:15-7:45 a.m.
  • Dec. 23-Jan. 1: Winter break NO SCHOOL

    Dec. 23-Jan. 1: Winter break NO SCHOOL
  • Jan. 2: School resumes

    Jan. 2: School resumes
  • Jan. 10: Winter dance 3-5 p.m.

    Jan. 10: Winter dance 3-5 p.m.
  • Jan. 14: 7th grade choir concert 6:30 p.m./8th grade choir concert 8 p.m.

    Jan. 14: 7th grade choir concert 6:30 p.m./8th grade choir concert 8 p.m.
  • Jan. 16: 6th grade choir concert 7 p.m.

    Jan. 16: 6th grade choir concert 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 17: All Pro Family Breakfast 7:15-7:45 a.m.

    Jan. 17: All Pro Family Breakfast 7:15-7:45 a.m.
  • Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day NO SCHOOL

    Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day NO SCHOOL
  • Jan. 23: Orchestra concert 7 p.m.

    Jan. 23: Orchestra concert 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 29: Students of Excellence Breakfast

    Jan. 29: Students of Excellence Breakfast
  • For more of our school calendar, click here.


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

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!

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.


  • ATTENDANCE 651-425-6868 – 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.
  • HEALTH OFFICE 651-425-6812 – Please call our Health Office to update your child’s emergency card or for any other health concerns for your student.
  • TRANSPORTATION 651-425-5310
  • MAIN OFFICE 651-425-6800
  • District 833 Webpage - http://www.sowashco.org/



Step 2 - Money and forms are due on Wednesday, October 23rd.  Please double check all of your forms for accuracy and make sure that the name of your student is on each form and the money totals for each form are  correct.  If you are paying by check, you should have ONE check to turn in made out to "DC TRIP".  

Step 3 - Students/parents will pick up their goods on Monday, November 4th from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm in the cafetorium at CGMS.  Your student will receive their goods as well as a check for the money they earned for the