Resources and information for current families of The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science.

Upcoming Events

December 19 (Mon) – January 3 (Tues)
Winter Break

January 3 (Tues)
Teacher-In-Service Day (no school for students)

January 4 (Wed)
Students’ First Day Back After Break

January 10th  (Tues)
1st Trimester Grades Posted

January 12th (Thurs)
School Board Meeting, all welcome 4:30pm

January 16 (Mon)
Martin Luther King Holiday – no school for students

February 20 (Mon)
President’s Day Holiday – no school for students
OR possible make-up snow day

March 16 – 17
Conferences – no school for students

March 27 – 31
Spring Break – no school for students



For all of the latest information, please check your weekly newsletters and other emails.


View the calendar for the 2022-3 school year


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We could really use some more recent reviews! THANKS!


Stay up-to-date by visiting the following links:

Friends of Cottonwood (PTO)

Friends of Cottonwood is the parent-teacher organization, with a mission of supporting volunteer and fundraising efforts on behalf of the school.



Weekly Newsletter

For updates and other general school information, we send out a newsletter weekly. If you gave your email address during enrollment, we have already added you to the list, but if you need to add an email, sign up below.


Facebook Updates

If you like to connect with the school and other parents via Facebook, here is your chance.



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Class Info Pages

Each classroom has individual pages dedicated to sharing information regarding that class about field work, class updates, student pictures, volunteer opportunities and more.



Fieldwork Updates

Want to see what your kids are up to in the field? Check out the fieldwork updates with images by CSCS Fieldwork Coordinator and Place-Based Education Specialist, Sarah K. Anderson.




View the 2022-23 school calendar to see holidays, in-service days, board meetings, and other special events including fundraisers and community activities.





Each family is expected to volunteer 24 hours (per student) throughout the school year and there are plenty of opportunities for anyone willing to give the time. Examples include (but are not limited to):


Benefits of Volunteering 🙂


  • You are setting a good example for your child
  • When parents get involved, children do better
  • You are helping your community
  • Meet other parents

CSCS In the News

CSCS gets covered in the news often, so if you would like to keep up the latest, you will find the articles listed on the ‘In the News’ page.

Learn More About Place-Based Education


The overarching philosophy of The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science is to create a community of learners that are deeply involved in developing a sense of place.


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Family Handbook


Newsletter Archives

Make a Donation to Help Further Place-Based Education!