The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

Volume 3, Number 38: April 24, 2022

CMS Faculty Selects 2022 Second Mile Teacher

Seventh grade math teacher, Rebekah Darnell, has been selected by her colleagues as the Corner Middle School Second Mile Teacher for 2022. Mrs. Darnell is the head volleyball coach at CMS and participates in the district's Network Improvement Community (NIC) work with the school. She will be recognized at the Second Mile Teacher Awards Banquet sponsored by the Jefferson County Schools Foundation on May 10, 2022, at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Congratulations to Mrs. Darnell, and thank you for your service to our students and your colleagues!
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CMS Students Compete at State FBLA Conference

Representatives from the Corner Middle School chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed at the state FBLA Conference in Mobile last week. The team, sponsored by Mrs. Anita Wiley, performed exceptionally well in competition. Eighth Grade student, Jaxon Oden, finished 3rd in the state in Critical Thinking and seventh grade partners, Parker Allums and Bryant Swan, finished in 1st Place in Multimedia and Website Design.

Allums and Swan's finish makes them eligible to move on to the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois on June 29-July 2. Congratulations to each of these young men and Mrs. Wiley on your hard work and great finishes!

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End-of-School Year Instructional Information

CMS Families,

There are just over four weeks left in the 2021-2022 school year. Teachers have been and continue to contact families regarding students who are in danger of failure for the school year in one or more subject areas. Students who do not pass one or more content area class for the year (60 average or higher) may be retained or have to attend the SOAR summer school program.

We are regularly told, "We didn't know he/she was doing poorly." Please be reminded that all families have 24/7 access to their student's grades using the Power School Parent Portal. The instructions for accessing this portal was sent home at the beginning of the school year and has been on each report card sent home with your child and via email following each quarter. In addition, teachers have to maintain documentation of parent contacts when a student is in danger of failure (phone call, email, parent conference, etc.).

This week, families of students who are in danger of failing one or more subjects will receive important information about what will be required moving forward. With 20-plus days remaining in the school year, families of these students are strongly encouraged to:

  • Have students at school each day.
  • Encourage students to work as hard as they possibly can to improve current class averages by studying and completing all required assignments.
  • Read and listen to all communications from the school regarding IEP meetings, grade level requirements, and SOAR.

Should you have any questions, please contact your student's teacher(s) regarding classroom performance or requirements.

CHS Green House Offers a Variety of Plants to Community

The green house at Corner High School is now open weekly to our community to provide vegetables and flowering plants for spring planting. The green house can be located on the backside of the campus and is open from 8:30 to 2:00 each day. The list of available items offered can be found below.
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Applications Open for Peer Helper Program for 2022-2023

Applications for the 2022-2023 Corner Middle School Peer Helper program are now open. The Peer Helpers will serve as the school's ambassadors for the new school year, participate in a wide number of organizational events, and provide assistance to classmates, teachers, staff, the school, and the community in the year ahead. Only students who are currently in the SIXTH or SEVENTH grades may apply.

Students selected will be asked to participate in the Peer Helper Summer Camp on July 28-29, 2022, on the campus at CMS and will assist at Summer Registration on August 1st as well as on the first day of school on August 9th. Criteria for selection will be based upon the completion of the application, return of the parent permission form, a review of attendance, grades, and discipline, as well as teacher recommendation.

Applications will be due on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, by 3:00 PM. Parent permission forms are available in the main office and must be submitted to complete the application process. While we were unable to really kick off the Peer Helper program this year due to COVID-related circumstances, we are excited about what the new year will bring! We look forward to the work with this group! The application link is below.

ACAP Summative Testing Continues at CMS This Week

The Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program (ACAP) Summative Testing period continues at Corner Middle School this week. We have tested small groups and large group 5th through 8th grades. Now we will begin the process of making up assessments missed by those who may have been absent for one or more portions of the test. The testing schedule each spring is impacted by several district and state level events. The schedule is as follows:

  • April 25 - April 28: Make-Up Testing

CMS Families, it is very important that your student is at school on his or her testing date. Please help us complete the state testing by having your student at school during the testing period and on time for school each day. Testing is all online. Your student will need to charge his/her Chromebook each night before the scheduled tests AND bring it and the charger to school the day of testing.

Your student will be provided all supplemental resources (headphones, reference sheets, calculators - where applicable - and reference sheets). Your student may bring a book to read once he or she has completed the assessment each session. Your student may not have any digital device in the testing room (cell phone, Apple Watch, internet accessible devices, etc.) other than the Chromebook. If you have any questions about state testing, please contact the school. Thank you so much for your assistance!

Re-Considering the Free and Reduced Lunch Application

As some of you may have read or heard in the news last week, the federal waivers that have allowed ALL students to eat free during the pandemic period will expire on June 30, 2022. At this time, the federal government has elected not to renew those waivers for the 2022-2023 school year. That means that students who did not apply for free and reduced lunches this year will return to PAID status for the new year. In addition, with fuel, shipping, food, and distribution costs rising due to inflation, it has been discussed with Jefcoed principals, that we should anticipate an increase in lunch prices in August.

The Washington Post discusses the changes ahead in a recent article that can be found at this link:

We are placing the link for free and reduced lunches for the 2021-2022 school year below. Why? Many families may have chosen not to complete the form because they were aware the breakfast and lunch programs would be free to their students this year. As we approach the new year, if your student has been eligible before , but you did not complete the form this year, it has been recommended that you do it now. Your student will be in a must pay status until the new application is completed, reviewed, and approved in the fall. If you are approved during this school year, you will have a 30-day "grace period" once the school year opens that would cover your child/children.

In addition, families who believe they may not have qualified pre-pandemic are also encouraged to apply. So many things have changed in the past two years. It is important to assure that your child has access to healthy and nutritious food daily during each school day. The application process is secure and confidential. If you have already completed the link for this year, you do not have to re-apply. You will only need to re-apply when the registration portal opens for the next school year. Also, if you are directly certified, you will not have to apply. The link is below, thank you for your consideration!

Transfer Applications to Jefcoed Schools for 2022-2023 School Year Now Available

The Student Services division of the Jefferson County Board of Education as opened the application portal for student transfers for the 2022-2023 school year. Applications may be submitted from March 15th to June 1st, 2022. The transfer portal will close on June 1, 2022, at 4:00 PM.

Complete this form to apply to attend a school outside your district or attendance zone. To be approved, applications must meet criteria established by federal court order. Information on transfer guidelines is available in the Student and Parent Handbook. No late applications will be considered. For questions about the transfer process or the application, please contact Student Services at 205-379-2165.

The link to which a family may submit their application is below.

CMS Robotics Working to Raise Funds to Send Teams to Worlds in Dallas

In order to raise the necessary funds for registration, travel, lodging, and meals for the VEX Robotics World Championship competition in Dallas, Texas, the CMS Robotics Team, their coaches, and their families are conducting a series of fund raisers over the next several weeks.

The coaches are sponsoring a Kona Ice fund raiser for the teams at the school over the next month. From Mrs. Harris and Mrs. Wiley:

We will have a Kona Ice Day the following days for 5/6 grade

April 27th

Fifth grade will come out from 2:00-2:30

Sixth grade will come out from 2:30-end of day


Klassic $3.00 King $4.00 Kolor Changing $5.00 Kowabunga $6.00

Cash Only

CMS Calendar for the Week of April 25, 2022 - May 1, 2022

Monday, April 25, 2022

  • ACAP Summative - Make-Up Testing
  • Underclassmen Awards Day at CHS (8:30/9:30/10:30)
  • Power School Enrollment WebEx Training for Registrars and Principals 1:30
  • CHS Golf at Sectional Tournament in Cullman 3:00
  • CMS Cheerleading Practice 3:00
  • CMS Robotics Team Practice 3:00
  • CMS Cheerleading Practice 3:00
  • CMS Spring Training Football 3:00

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

  • ACAP Summative - Make-Up Testing
  • 7th and 8th Grade Data Meeting
  • Middle School Principals ACPS WebEx Meeting 1:00
  • 2022-2023 Peer Helper Candidate Meeting in Cafeteria at 2:05
  • CMS Cheerleading Practice 3:00
  • CMS Band at Solo and Ensemble at Thompson Middle School 3:00
  • CMS Robotics Team Practice 3:00
  • CMS Spring Training Football 3:00
  • CMS Volleyball Clinic 3:00
  • CHS Softball at Mortimer Jordan 5:00

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

  • ACAP Summative - Make-Up Testing
  • Administrative Assistants Day
  • First Priority in Library 7:30
  • Kona Ice for Robotics at 2:30
  • CMS Cheerleading Practice 3:00
  • CMS Robotics Team Practice 3:00
  • CMS Spring Training Football 3:00
  • CMS Volleyball Clinic 3:00

Thursday, April 28, 2022

  • ACAP Summative - Make-Up Testing
  • 5th and 6th Grade Data Meetings
  • Jefcoed All-County Music Festival at Gardendale High School
  • Senior Awards Day at CHS 9:30
  • Jefcoed Board Meeting 10:00
  • CMS Spring Training Football 3:00
  • CMS Volleyball Tryouts 3:00

Friday, April 29, 2022

  • ACAP Summative - Make-Up Testing
  • Jefcoed All-County Music Festival at Gardendale High School
  • Bagley Elementary and West Jefferson Elementary Student Visit to CMS 8:45
  • CMS Spring Training Football 3:00
  • CMS Volleyball Tryouts 3:00
  • Madison Academy at CHS Baseball 5:00/7:00
  • CHS Softball at Area Tournament TBD
  • CHS Track at Sectional Meet TBD
  • CHS Spring Show in Auditorium 7:00

Saturday, April 30, 2022

  • CHS Softball at Area Tournament TBD
  • CHS Track at Sectional Meet TBD
  • Madison Academy at CHS Baseball 1:00 (If Necessary)
  • CHS Spring Show in Auditorium 7:00

Sunday, May 1, 2022

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

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 weather, COVID-19 restrictions, or other events which may force cancellation or re-scheduling.

Monday, May 2, 2022 CMS Softball Tryouts Begin

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 CMS Band Spring Band Concert at CHS

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 CMS Girls Basketball Tryouts Begin

Thursday, May 5, 2022 Jefcoed Board Meeting

Thursday, May 5, 2022 CHS Band Spring Band Concert at CHS

Saturday, May 7, 2022 CHS Alumni Banquet at CHS

Sunday, May 8, 2022 Mother's Day

Sunday, May 8-13, 2022 CMS Robotics at VEX Robotics World Championships in Dallas

Monday, May 9, 2022 ETS 8th Grade Math Assessment

Monday, May 9, 2022 CMS Boys Basketball Tryouts Begin

Wednesday, May 10, 2022 8th Grade Takes Pre-ACT at CMS

Wednesday, May 10, 2022 Second Mile Teacher Banquet at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Thursday, May 12, 2022 End-of-Year Jefcoed CILT Meeting at CMS

Monday May 16, 2022 CHS Boys Basketball Tryouts

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 8th Grade Pre-ACT Review

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 CMS PBIS Field Trip Day

Thursday, May 19, 2022 CMS Beach Bash

Friday, May 20, 2022 8th Grade Awards Day 1:00

Sunday, May 22, 2022 CHS Bowling Tryouts

Monday, May 23, 2022 5th Grade Awards Day 8:30

Monday, May 23, 2022 6th Grade Awards Day 9:45

Monday, May 23, 2022 7th Grade Awards Day 11:00

Monday, May 23, 2022 CHS Graduation 7:00

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 Primary Election in Competition Gym

Thursday, May 26, 2022 Last Day for Students

Friday, May 27, 2022 Teacher Work Day

Monday, May 30, 2022 Memorial Day - School Offices Closed

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.