The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

Volume 1, Number 10: November 3, 2019

Annual Veterans Day Celebration to be held at CMS of Friday

This Friday, November 8th, Corner Middle School will be hosting its annual Veterans Day Celebration in the competition gymnasium. Organized by Mrs. Jennifer Harris and the CMS National Honor Society, the annual celebration -- themed "Letters from Home: -- will kick off with a breakfast for veterans and their guests at 7:00 AM and the program will begin at 8:30 AM.

This year's guest speaker is Colonel Scott Grant, the Commander of the 117th Air Refueling Wing, Alabama Air National Guard, Birmingham, Alabama. The Wing trains and equips combat ready aircrews and support personnel to provide worldwide aerial refueling and airlift missions.

This is a special event for our school and our entire community. Come and enjoy the food, the music, the time of remembrance, and the special message of the day. Everyone -- especially our veterans and active military personnel and their families -- is welcome to attend!

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Attendance Matters

This week's attendance report continues to show an increase in the number of students who are in danger of being chronically absent as well as a SERIOUS increase in tardies and check-outs from school. We will begin having Saturday School from 7:30-11:30 for those students who are excessively tardy to school.

Letters have gone out describing the referral process to the Jefferson County Family Court's Early Warning process for those who fall into the at-risk column. Families, please have your students at school at school and on-time each day!

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Thoughts from the Principal . . .

Last week, our community experienced heavy rains that left our community's roads covered in water and the grounds beside them saturated. In the early morning as our bus drivers pre-tripped their buses and headed out to pick up students, we started receiving the calls of trees down on Bagley Road, then Mayfield Road. Shortly thereafter, the communications came that two of our buses had been hit by falling trees while en route with students on board.

Families, I am not really sure that we spend a great deal of time thinking about what our bus drivers do each day to get your children to and from school safely. On this day . . . Halloween of all days . . . drivers within our feeder pattern kept our students safe in the face of dangerous conditions, other drivers rallied to pick up students from the spots of the accidents and took them to school, and drivers worked to assure the students got home safely on the same roads from the morning incidents.

It isn't easy to be a school bus driver these days. But parents and guardians, our fleet of drivers in the Corner feeder pattern are some of the very best. I hope you take a moment this week to thank your child's drivers.

Drivers are getting harder to come by these days. From the Jefferson County Board of Education this week regarding bus transportation . . . .

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Our district is currently experiencing a shortage of bus drivers. Oftentimes, our Transportation Department utilizes other Jefferson County employees as well as substitute employees to assist when there is a need for bus route coverage.

Any Jefferson County employee or substitute employee who picks up bus routes has completed their background check, fulfilled all requirements in order to drive a school bus, and has obtained a Commercial Driver License (CDL).

Transporting your children safely to and from school is extremely important to us and we look forward to continuing to provide transportation services for our families. To learn more about our district’s Transportation Department and how to become a bus driver, please visit

Let's show our appreciation to our drivers for all that they do for our students and our school!

Quote of the Week . . .

"We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause."

--Ronald Reagan--

Video of the Week . . .

While we are still focused on MINDSET this year at Corner Middle School, this week's video takes a look at the mindset of a special group of people . . . the men and women of our nation's military. Thank you for your service and your mindset that perseveres in the face of adversity, values and protects our freedom, and loves our nation! As we celebrate through the week and into next Monday, Happy Veterans Day!
"I'd do it all over again" — A Veterans Day salute

Calendar for the Week

Bragg at CMS Basketball

Monday, Nov. 4th, 4:30pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

CMS Organization Practices

Monday, Nov. 4th, 3pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

Math Team Practice in Mrs. Rouse's Room 3:00

Drama Club Practice with Mrs. Burgos 3:00-5:00

Future Problem Solvers with Mrs. Harris 3:00

CMS Organizations Practice

Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 3pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

Robotics with Mrs. Harris and Mrs. Wiley 3:00

Cheer Practice at 3:00

Sixth Grade Newcomb at McAdory Middle School

Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 4pm

5450 Yellow Jacket Boulevard

McCalla, AL

CMS Basketball at Curry

Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 4:30pm

115 Yellow Jacket Drive

Jasper, AL

First Priority in the Library

Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 7:30am

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

Student Council Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 3pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

CMS Cheerleading Practice

Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 3pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

CMS Basketball at North Jefferson

Thursday, Nov. 7th, 4pm

8350 Warrior-Kimberly Road

Kimberly, AL

CMS Cheer at Cowboys in Gardendale

Thursday, Nov. 7th, 5pm

1309 Decatur Highway

Gardendale, AL

CMS Veterans Day Program

Friday, Nov. 8th, 7am

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

Breakfast for veterans and their families at 7:00. Program begins at 8:30. All activities will be in the competition gymnasium.

CHS Fishing Team at BASS Nation Tournament at Lake Guntersville

Saturday, Nov. 9th, 5am

24 State Campground Road

Guntersville, AL

Meeting on Friday, November 8th at 6:00 PM sharp!


Monday, Nov. 11th, 7am

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

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.