The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

Volume 2, Number 28: January 10, 2021


REMINDER: e-Learning Day This Wednesday, January 13, 2021!!!


Jefferson County Students Return to Traditional School Setting

On Monday, January 11, 2021, students whose families designated them as traditional learners for the second nine weeks will return to the CMS to wind up the term with their teachers. Buses will run at their normal times, and on-campus students will return to their traditional schedules.

Students whose families designated them as remote learners for the second nine weeks will resume classes using the remote schedules you were sent by the school. This includes any student who is home for a 14-day quarantine or a 10-day isolation.

CMS families, please remember to . . .

  • Have your student charge his/her Chromebook tonight
  • Bring his/her Chromebook to school in the morning.
  • Bring his/her mask to school to wear as we return to campus
  • Bring water to drink throughout the day if desired (no soft drinks, sports drinks, or energy drinks)

We want to work to ensure a safe return to school, resume our academic work with students in our classrooms, and continue providing in-class and after-school activities that will continue to grow our students and prepare them for the next school year!

Finish the Second Quarter Strong by Completing Any Required Make-Up Work for Class

We have TEN DAYS left in the first term at Corner Middle School. All students who have work to be made up must have completed that work by Wednesday, January 20, 2021, unless there was approval given by a teacher and/or an administrator. First semester averages will need to be calculated prior to report cards being printed and sent home.

Recently, there were questions from CMS parents about a statement made by Dr. Gonsoulin regarding the use of the final week for credit recovery. In reviewing the statement and checking with the district for clarification, Dr. Gonsoulin stated we would forgo semester exams and nine weeks tests to allow for time for credit recovery and for continued instruction.

We have been providing opportunities for make-up work EVERY DAY we have been in school. Make-up work is the responsibility of the student based on an absence. The vast majority (92%) of our students are traditional learners who are on campus. While we recognize some students have had to quarantine or isolate, those students still have had the opportunity to log on to WebEx classes and complete work in Schoology.

Families who have concerns regarding make-up work for the second nine weeks should do the following:

  • Log into the Chalkable home portal using the information each family was given at registration or upon enrollment and look at your student's CURRENT progress report.
  • Review with your student at home what he or she seems to be missing.
  • Log into Schoology with your student and encourage them to 1.) Look for the assignment, 2.) Work on and complete the assignment, and 3.) Submit the assignment.
  • If there is an issue with your student accessing the work or understanding the task, have the student 1.) E-mail the teacher with questions, 2.) Ask the teacher questions when he/she is in class, 3.) Request to go work with the teacher and receive assistance during advisory or intervention time, and 4.) Contact the school's main office with technology issues.
  • Families should then monitor the home portal in Chalkable. Families, please remember . . . your student is turning this work in AFTER the original deadline and the teacher is moving/has moved on to new instruction where she or he is grading new materials and assessment. Please be patient as they work to review, assess, and grade a large amount of late work . . . not just YOUR student's work.
  • If there are still questions, please contact the teacher by e-mail or call the office to leave a message for the teacher who can assist in answering your question.

Window Open to Change Student Learning Environment for the Third Quarter at CMS

CMS families who are interested in changing the learning environment for their student who is in either a remote learning setting or a traditional learning setting have the opportunity to do so this week. Families should complete change form at the following link to indicate they wish to make the change:

If you are unable to access the link, you may contact the school office at 205-379-3230, and we will assist you in completing the form / making the change.


Please remember, once the setting has been established, it cannot be changed unless the change is warranted due to a documented health situations, in response to a student's academic progress, or after administrative approval for an emergency situation. Thank you for your assistance!

CMS Golf to Conduct Tryouts for the 2021 Season

Any male or female student interested in trying out for the CMS Golf Team should review the information below from golf coach, Jennifer Harris. Families, please review the information carefully with your student. Please contact Coach Harris at the school if you have any questions at 205-379-3230.

Cheerleading Tryout Information for CMS Students

CMS Cheerleading Coaches, Lindsey Hoggle and Lauren Wakefield, have announced they will conduct a mandatory parent meeting for families of girls currently in the sixth and seventh grade who are interested in trying out for the 2021-2022 squad. The meeting will take place in the cafeteria at CMS on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 5:30 PM. All persons attending the meeting must wear a mask and socially distance in the cafeteria.

Tryouts for next year's squad will be February 19th through February 25th on campus in the competition gym. All persons trying out must have a CURRENT physical as of the tryout week.

Eighth grade students interested in trying out for cheerleading at Corner High School for next year must have a parent or guardian attend their mandatory parent meeting on February 11th in the library at CHS. Tryouts for the varsity squad are currently scheduled for March 15th through March 18th.

Please contact the coaches at each respective school if you have any questions.

FCCLA Conducting Fundraiser for Service Project

The Corner Middle School FCCLA is currently selling Rada Cutlery to raise money to assist families served by the North Jefferson Women’s Center. When you shop using this link , your purchase helps support the school chapter's community service project.

Rada Cutlery is well known for its quality 100% USA Made kitchen products and great value. If you are a home cook and want some great products that rival the cost of other national brands, click on the link above and look through their catalog. When you go in, a bubble will pop up asking if you want to support CMS's FCCLA. Please make sure to click "yes."

Sponsored by Mrs. Makena Edge, the teacher and students would greatly appreciate your support and would like to remind everyone that Valentines Day is coming up, and this would make a great gift!

CMS Cafeteria Perfect in JCDPH Inspection

Congratulations to the Child Nutrition staff at Corner Middle School for scoring a PERFECT 100 on the most recent health inspection by the Jefferson County Department of Health! Thank you for all that you do for our students (both remote and traditional), as well as our faculty and staff! The CNP team is:

  • Camille Wiley, CNP Manager
  • Jamie GIll
  • Jessie Cook
  • Elizabeth Thomas

Great job, ladies!!!!

Calendar for the Week of January 11, 2021 - January 16, 2021

Monday, January 11, 2021
  • Current Traditional Students Return to School
  • CMS Robotics Practice (Group A) 3:00-4:30
  • CHS Tennis Parent Meeting 6:00 in Mrs. Fuller's Classroom
  • Corner Community Park Basketball Practice in Competition Gym

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

  • 5th and 6th Grade PST during Planning Time
  • Hartselle and Springville at CHS Wrestling
  • CMS Robotics Practice (Group B) 3:00-4:30
  • CHS Basketball at Center Point
  • Corner Community Park Basketball Practice in Competition Gym

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

  • District e-Learning Day
  • CILT/Budget Committee Meeting in Library 8:05

Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • CMS Class and Organization Pictures
  • 5th and 6th Grade Math Team Practice 3:00-4:30
  • 7th and 8th Grade Math Team Practice 3:00-4:30
  • CHS Basketball at Hanceville
  • Corner Community Park Basketball Practice in Competition Gym

Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Deadline to Change Instructional Setting for the Third Nine Weeks
  • Dora at CHS Basketball
  • Corner Community Park Basketball Practice in Competition Gym

Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • Corner Community Park Basketball Games in Competition Gym
  • CHS Wrestling at Jasper JV Tournament
  • CHS Basketball at Hayden

Looking Ahead at the Calendar for January 2021 (Updated)

Obviously, under our current pandemic rules, all schedules are subject to change, however, here are some calendar dates for the month of January as you work to plan for your family.

  • Monday, January 18, 2021 - MLK Day (No School)
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - Mandatory Parent Meeting for 2021-22 Cheer Tryouts
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - End of the Second Nine Weeks / First Semester
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - Last Day to Make Up Work for 2nd Nine Weeks (without Teacher and/or Administrative Approval)
  • Thursday, January 21, 2021 - First Day of the Third Nine Weeks
  • Thursday, January 21, 2021 - Mid-Year Scantron Performance Series Testing Begins
  • Friday, January 22, 2021 - Mid-Year Scantron Performance Series Testing
  • Monday, January 25, 2021 - ACCESS for ELLs Training (Grades 6-12)
  • Monday, January 25, 2021 - Mid-Year Scantron Performance Series Testing
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021- Report Cards Go Home
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - Mid-Year Scantron Performance Series Testing
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - District e-Learning Day
  • Thursday, January 28, 2021 - Mid-Year Scantron Performance Series Testing
  • Friday, January 29, 2021 - Mid-Year Scantron Performance Series Testing
  • Friday, January 29, 2021 - CMS Golf Tryouts (Boys and Girls)

We hope this assists you in your planning!

Corner Middle School

Corner Middle School is committed to building a foundation for college, career, and community success in a nurturing environment.

The mission of Corner Middle School is to serve our community of learners by:

· Utilizing highly-effective instruction and a challenging curriculum.

· Meeting the needs of diverse learners in order to prepare them for college and entry into the work force.

· Partnering with the community.

· Cultivating student leaders.

· Integrating technology into all areas of learning.