South Washington County Schools

Cottage Grove Middle School Recognized for Excellence in Character Education

Cottage Grove Middle School was recently named a 2018 Emerging Minnesota School of Character by Synergy & Leadership Exchange.

Each year, Synergy works in collaboration with Character.org to select schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development that has a positive effect on academic achievement, student behavior and school climate. The Schools of Character application process is also an opportunity for schools and districts to receive professional feedback for growth.

“We know students achieve more when they feel great about where they go to school, and we know staff perform at their best when they love where they work,” said Josh Eidem, Assistant Principal at Cottage Grove Middle School. “We’ve always had a great foundation here because of the positive character of our community and our families. As we embed our character education work deeper into what we do, we expect our students and staff to make an even greater positive contribution to the community.”

On the evaluation, Cottage Grove Middle was praised for its strong commitment to integrating character education, reinforcing basic core values through weekly calls and emails to parents, character development initiatives and fostering student leadership.

“I have been impressed with the positive changes I have seen over the past few years by the students and staff of Cottage Grove Middle School! I have seen students being more willing to work together and treating each other with respect, being inclusive and inviting new students into the school,” said Cottage Grove mayor Myron Bailey.

Synergy will honor Cottage Grove Middle School Thursday, May 10 in St. Paul at the Character Recognition Awards.

Synergy & Leadership Exchange is a non-profit organization fostering collaboration to advance the development of ethical citizens, providing educational resources, and celebrating achievement and best practices in Minnesota schools, businesses and communities. Visit www.synergyexchange.org to learn more.

Character.org is a national advocate and leader for the character education movement. Visit www.character.org to learn more about the Schools of Character program.