Principal's Message
Welcome to another great year here at Cottonwood Middle School –
Home of the Lobos,

With changes abound this year, some things never change, namely the high expectations we maintain for all members of this learning community. Despite the noticeable facelift around campus, which has invigorated both staff and students, we have embraced the philosophy of family and community as a path to success for all students. Our mascot has become far more than a simple icon, it represents the pack mentality of shared commitment and sacrifice so that all members can thrive. We acknowledge that all students face hardships, especially in this interconnected age, but we also know that with guidance and compassion we have the power to negate these circumstances and provide a path to lifelong success. Upon that foundation students find the strength thrive.

So what does it mean to be a Lobo?

L - Loyalty
Lobos prosper on a pack mentality of extreme loyalty and devotion to the community that binds the individuals together despite harsh times.
O - Opportunists
Lobos take advantage of all opportunities presented, knowing that those moments can be fleeting.
B - Boundless
Lobos are not limited by their soundings. They explore and discover to expand their perspectives and grow as a team.
O – Organization
Lobos are successful in difficult environments because they maintain order in their hierarchy. Rules exist for a reason.
S - Safety in Numbers
Lobos acknowledge they can’t do it alone. They rely on each other while because we are only as strong as our weakest member while the “lone wolf” may perish

With this philosophy before us, we will progress as a pack, knowing that unity brings strength and with strength we can accomplish more than we ever dreamed.

Matt Schumacher
Proud Principal of Cottonwood Middle School


Daily Announcements

8 hours ago

Good morning CMS!  Here are the announcements for Wednesday, August 31, 2016:

Happy Birthday to Diana G!

Rock band meets today after school in room #301.

NJHS applications and teacher recommendations are due today at 2:25 p.m. to the office or room #809.

Attention 7th & 8th Graders!  Do you need a little extra help with math?  If so, then this is for you!  We will meet every Monday & Thursday from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. in room #701.  If you normally ride the bus, you will need to arrange for other transportation home.  If you have any questions, come see Mrs. Combs in room #701.

Friday is CMS Excellence - Pride Day.  Wear your school t-shirt or school colors and the homeroom at each grade level with the most participation will receive an ice cream party

Talkies, Doritos, Cheetos and other junk food will no longer be permitted on campus outside of the cafeteria during lunch hours. Not only do they make your worksheets look bad, they're bad for you!  Healthy snacks are still permitted with your teacher's permission.

There will be a Student Council meeting today at 2:30 p.m. in room #606.  All Student Council members please attend.

Congratulations to the CMS ‘A’ & ‘B’ Volleyball Team for their victory last night against Bradshaw Middle School.  Tough defense and exceptional serving from all players in both matches helped the Lobos win it in two.  Great job ladies; keep up the good work.

Please dismiss the CMS Golf Team at 12:15 p.m. today – golf meet at Poco Diablo Golf Course.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

And now Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence.





6 months ago

Fall Sports

Football Schedule


Volleyball Schedule

Cross Country

Winter Sports

Wrestling Schedule

Boys Basketball

Girls Basketball

Spring Sports

Baseball Schedule

Softball Schedule

Soccer Schedule


Local Weather collected at one of our school locations
Emergency Closing & Adverse Weather Conditions
In the event of a closing prior to school hours or an adverse weather day, radio station KVRD-105.7 FM or KYBC-1600 AM will make any announcement concerning an emergency closing. Such announcements will be made between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

If adverse weather or an Emergency closing occurs during school hours, every effort will be made to contact all parents by phone using the automated School Messenger System It is important that the school be given emergency phone numbers as well as the home phone number.
Student Accident Insurance Opportunity
Cottonwood, Arizona

Information from Food Service for the New Year

about 1 month ago

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Welcome to another wonderful year of learning at Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District! My name is Bethany Campista, and this will be my second year as your National School Lunch Program Coordinator. It’s my responsibility to make sure that the Applications for Free and Reduced Price School Meals are proccessed correctly for our District. When you fill out the mandatory steps on the application, it speeds up the proccessing of your application. Below, I have provided you with a checkbox of these mandatory steps to make sure your application is filled out correctly and proccessed in a timely manner.


Names of EVERY child (under the age of 18) in the home

Every Adults income Total household members (this

If child is a foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway student check corresponding box

Every Childs income totaled together (if any) number MUST match amount of names on the application.

Case number of SNAP, TANF, or FDPIR if applicable (AHCCCS numbers do not qualify)


I want to make sure all our families know that applications HELP our schools!!! Whether or not you believe your family qualifies for this service, we ask that

you take a moment to complete the application correctly. You’re information

will be added to a percentage for your school. That percentage is used to apply

for valuable state and federal funding opportunities for ALL of our students.


• A quick reminder: You must fill out a new Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals every school year. Last school year’s application expires on September 15th, 2016. Please fill out, and return the completed application before this date, or your student’s status will return to Paid price.


• If your child is new to our District please highlight, circle, or star their name. This will help me to know that they do not have an application from last year, so I can process the application promptly.


• We all know that financial situations change. If you do not qualify for Free or Reduced Price meals at the beginning of the school year, please feel free to fill out a new application at ANY time during the school year.


• If your child(ren) owe(s) money prior to being approved for a free or reduced status, this balance is still due and will be your responsibility.


If you have any questions, or need help with filling out your application, please give me a call! I am available Monday through Friday, 6:30am to 3:00pm at (928) 639-4703.


Thank you,


Bethany Campista

National School Lunch Program Coordinator

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