Principal’s Message


  Welcome to Cottage Grove Upper Grade Center

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Dr. Sharon P. Rivers – Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As we prepare for this school year, I want to take this opportunity to share how delighted I am to be the Principal at Cottage Grove Upper Grade Center. This is an exciting time to be in education and I look forward to continuing the work of moving our school forward. My vision is to 1) Enhance student learning by creating academic opportunities that touch every child providing them with every chance to be successful every day, 2) Provide ample opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to grow through the experience of having learned something innovative and thought-provoking, and 3) Encouraging ideas that will make a difference in our community by nurturing the talents of our students, faculty, staff, and parents…together we make a difference.

Each day we embark on an educational journey whereby we offer through instruction the possibility of achieving the American Dream which embodies the values of hard work, focus, and goal setting. We couple learning with the American Dream as defined by James Truslow Adams, that “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” By doing so, we continue building a school community that is committed to a rich and challenging tradition of excellence with the best interest of our students at the forefront of each decision. This journey will cultivate and inspire cooperative relationships which will move us in a unified direction with the ultimate goal being student achievement. I am invigorated when I think of the success which lies ahead. I believe the task ahead of us is not as great as the power behind us as we continue to work as a strong, enthusiastic, motivated, and devoted team of faculty, staff, students, parents and community. Booker T. Washington said it best, “Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way” and this year we are ANCHORED IN EXCELLENCE!

I am committed to the cause of education and the community of stakeholders. My objective has and will always remain service driven for TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK.