The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

VOLUME 4, NUMBER 33: January 29, 2023

2023 State Assessments for CMS Students Begin This Week

On Monday, January 30th, we will begin the series of state assessments that measure student progress/student achievement through the course of the 2022-2023 school year. Select students will take the ACCESS for ELLs assessment that measures language progress among English Language learners. Over the course of the next several weeks, CMS students will take the Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program (ACAP) - Alternate or the ACAP - Summative.

Each of these assessments are used by our faculty to measure student achievement, plan individual student instructional or intervention plans, and design our instructional schedule for the next school year. In the days ahead, CMS will be sharing with students and their families information on how we are working to continue our daily standards-based instruction in our core classes, as well as preparing your students for success on the spring test administrations.

Currently, students are continuing to work through their iReady MyPath lessons in math or English Language Arts. Please encourage them to work through these through the remainder of the semester. Last week, we sent home your student's Middle-of-Year (MOY) iReady Diagnostic results. If you have any questions regarding your student's progress, please contact a teacher, counselor, or administrator, and we will be glad to review the reports with you.

Please take a moment to review this information as it is shared as our school and your family partners to MOVE THE NEEDLE as we increase student achievement at Corner Middle School!

Message for 8th Grade Opportunities with BSCC Educational Talent Search

Good afternoon parents, teachers, counselors, educators and potential students. My name is Toby Camp and I am Bevill State Community College's Educational Talent Search Academic Advisor for Corner 8th-12th grades. I appreciate you letting me into this group. I was told about it by Ms. Chloe Whitaker Hackney. I wanted to introduce myself and to give a face to the person your students may speak about in reference to ETS.

So what is ETS? It is a pre-college, federally, grant-funded program through the Department of Education, therefore it is 100% free to students who qualify. And once your student meets the eligibility requirements and has come to our once-a-month meetings (20-30 min meetings in school), they are eligible for all of the benefits and can even be in ETS from the 8th grade all the way to their senior year! I have listed a flier below that has a scannable QR code that will lead you to an application if you are interested. Or, physical copies can be filled out and returned to the school. Here are a few things that ETS does for Corner and your students:

*Financial Literacy help

*Free College Tours (We went to Mississippi State last summer)

*Free Career/Cultural Trips (We went to the Space and Rocket Center)

*Career and Post-secondary Advisement

*Scholarship help, among so much more listed below.

If you have any questions feel free to call me or email me. Email is usually best because I may be out of the office and at other schools, but if I miss your call I will always make it a point to get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you all so much and take care,

Toby Camp

205-648-3271 extension 5438

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FBLA Carnation Sale Ends This Week

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CHS Theatre Academy Auditions Set for Mini-Season

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Valentine's Day Dance Set for February 14th

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Elementary Science Olympiad Information

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Sixth Grade Field Trip Information

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CMS Athlete Named to District Girls Basketball All-Season Team

CMS 8th grader, Adalyn Owens, a guard on the Lady Yellow Jackets Basketball Team, has been named to the Jefferson County All-Season Team at the conclusion of the ladies' county tournament last week.

Representatives from teams who finished in the top-five of the league's regular season were recognized by Jefferson County Athletic Director, Darrell Long. Congratulations to Adalyn on an outstanding season!

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Message for Members of the CMS Concert Band and Their Families

Hello Concert Band!

With the Spring Semester in full swing, it is time to start thinking about MPA prep. Every year, Jefferson County Schools requires each band program to take at least one group to Music Performance Assessment - a band "contest" where judges will give you comments and/or a grade for your performance.

Since this concert will be performed in front of a judging panel made up of some of the biggest names in the Alabama band circles, we have a few extra rehearsals after school to make sure that our performance is the absolute best we can make it. While these rehearsals have been scheduled since the beginning of the year, your student only has to come to 2 extra rehearsals - the one for their instrument/section and the full band rehearsal (see below for more details).

Should you or your families have any questions, please contact me at or at 205-379-3230.

Mrs. Debra Saunders

CMS Band Director

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CMS Calendar for the Week of January 30, 2023 - January 29, 2023

Monday, January 30, 2023

  • ACCESS for ELLs Administration

  • 7th and 8th Grade Robotics Team Practice

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

  • ACCESS for ELLs Administration
  • 7th and 8th Grade PST Meetings during Planning Period

  • CMS Debate Practice 3:00

  • 5th and 6th Grade Robotics Practice 3:00

  • 7th and 8th Grade Robotics Competition at North Jefferson

  • Hanceville at CHS Basketball 4:30 / 5:45 / 7:00

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

  • First Priority in CMS Library 7:30

  • Scan and Submit Management Logs to COB

  • Severe Weather Drill 10:00

  • Club Schedule - A Week Clubs

Thursday, February 2, 2023

  • 5th and 6th Grade PST Meetings during Planning Period

  • 5th & 6th Grade Robotics Team at North Jefferson Competition 3:30

  • CHS Basketball at St. Clair County High School 4:30 / 5:45 / 7:00

  • CHS Tennis at Ramsey 4:00

Friday, February 3, 2023

  • CMS Math Team Practice 3:00

  • CMS Pageant Practice at CHS 3:30

  • Curry at CHS Basketball 3:30 / 4:30 / 5:45 / 7:00

Saturday, February 4, 2023

  • CMS Robotics (Grades 5-8) at Jefferson County Robotics Tournament at North Jefferson

  • Miss CMS Pageant 3:00

  • Enjoy Your Day Doing Something for Yourself, with Family and Friends, at Home . . . or Do Nothing at All!

  • Corner Community Park Activities

Sunday, February 5, 2023

  • Enjoy Your Day Worshiping, Relaxing, and/or Having Fun with Family and Friends!

February 2023 Breakfast and Lunch Menus

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Looking Ahead to Important School Dates

In order to assist you with your planning, please make note of the following dates. Remember, however, dates for all events/activities are subject to change due to inclement weathers, health restrictions, or other events which may force cancellation or re-scheduling.

February 6-10, 2023 Counselor Appreciation Week

Monday, February 6, 2023 iReady/Ready Classroom Math Training

Monday, February 6, 2023 CMS Cheerleading Tryout Clinic

Monday, February 6, 2023 CHS Dance Team Tryout Clinic

Monday, February 6, 2023 Focus on the Future Night for 8th Grade at CHS 6:00

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 CMS Cheerleading Tryout Clinic

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 CHS Dance Team Tryout Clinic

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 Jefcoed Stakeholders Survey Window Opens

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 Jefcoed Math Coaches Meeting at CMS

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 CMS Cheerleading Tryout Clinic

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 CHS Dance Team Tryout Clinic

Thursday, February 9, 2023 CMS Cheerleading Tryout Clinic

Thursday, February 9, 2023 CHS Dance Team Tryout Clinic

Friday, February 10, 2023 Mid-Quarter Progress Reports Go Home

Friday, February 10, 2023 CMS Cheerleading Tryouts

Friday, February 10, 2023 CHS Dance Team Tryouts

Saturday, February 11, 2023 Bagley Elementary School Pageant at CHS

Monday, February 13, 2023 Administrators' Association Meeting at COB

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 Elevate Coaches Meeting / Partnership at CMS

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 Jefoced Board Committee Meeting 10:00

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 SRO Appreciation Day

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 Principals Meeting with Dr. Gonsoulin

Thursday, February 16, 2023 8th Grade Course Selection with CHS 8:15-11:30

Thursday, February 16, 2023 CHS Baseball at Hayden

Thursday, February 16, 2023 CMS Softball at Hayden 5:00

Friday, February 17, 2023 eLearning Day Across Jefferson County - Students at Home

Friday, February 17, 2023 CMS Softball at Leeds Tournament

Friday, February 17, 2023 Oak Grove at CHS Baseball

Friday, February 17, 2023 CHS Softball Hosts CHS Round Robin Tournament

Saturday, February 18, 2023 CMS Softball at Leeds Tournament

Saturday, February 18, 2023 CHS Softball Hosts CHS Round Robin Tournament

Monday, February 20, 2023 Presidents' Day - School Closed for Students

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 Course Selection - Rising 8th Grade

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 7th and 8th Grade Data Meeting during Planning Period

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 CMS Band Rehearsal for MPA 3:00

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 CHS Baseball at Sumiton Christian

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 Oakman at CHS Softball 5:00

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 Erwin at CMS Softball 6:30

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 Course Selection - Rising 7th Grade

Thursday, February 23, 2023 Spring Pictures

Thursday, February 23, 2023 ALSCA Conference in Montevallo

Thursday, February 23, 2023 Jefcoed Board Meeting 10:00

Thursday, February 23, 2023 Middle / High School District CILT Meeting

Thursday, February 23, 2023 5th and 8th Grade Data Meeting during Planning Periods

Thursday, February 23, 2023 CMS Band Rehearsal for MPA 3:00

Thursday, February 23, 2023 Hueytown at CMS Softball

Thursday, February 23, 2023 CHS Softball at McAdory

Thursday, February 23, 2023 Clay-Chalkville at CHS Baseball

Thursday, February 23, 2023 CMS Cheerleading Parent Meeting 6:00

Friday, February 24, 2023 Course Selection - Rising 6th Grade

Friday, February 24, 2023 ALSCA Conference in Montevallo

Friday, February 24, 2023 CMS Softball at Bragg Tournament at Fultondale

Friday, February 24, 2023 CHS Softball at Leeds Tournament

Friday, February 24, 2023 Hayden at CHS Baseball

Saturday, February 25, 2023 CMS Softball at Bragg Tournament at Fultondale

Saturday, February 25, 2023 CHS Softball at Leeds Tournament

Saturday, February 25, 2023 CHS Baseball at Mortimer Jordan

Monday, February 27, 2023 Course Selection - West Jefferson Elementary School

Monday, February 27, 2023 North Jefferson at CMS Baseball

Monday, February 27, 2023 CMS Softball at North Jefferson

Monday, February 27, 2023 CHS Baseball at Clay-Chalkville

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 CMS Debate at Samford University Debate Competition

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 CMS Band Rehearsal for MPA 3:00

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 Mortimer Jordan at CHS Baseball

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 CHS Softball at Mortimer Jordan

Corner Middle School

Our Mission

Corner Middle School is committed to empowering our students as they build a foundation for college, career, and community success in a nurturing environment.

Our Vision

Our vision at Corner Middle School is to ensure our students are academically, emotionally, and socially prepared for challenges they may encounter in the next phases of their lives.

Our Beliefs

Corner Middle School believes we will accomplish our Mission and Vision in serving our community of learners by:

- Loving, encouraging, and inspiring our students and each other in our daily interactions.

- Utilizing highly-effective instruction and a challenging curriculum.

- Meeting the needs of diverse learners in order to prepare them for college and entry into a career pathway.

- Partnering with the community.

- Cultivating student leaders.

- Integrating technology into all areas of learning.