The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

Volume 2, Number 13: September 27, 2020

CMS Lady Jackets Go Undefeated In County Tournament to Capture First Volleyball Title in School History

The CMS Lady Yellow Jacket Volleyball team went undefeated in the Jefferson County Middle School Volleyball Championship Tournament on Friday and Saturday to take the title. The Lady Jackets defeated Oak Grove, Irondale, and North Jefferson Middle School teams over the two-day tournament to secure first place. Congratulations to Coach Rebekah Myers, Coach Chloe Whitaker, and all of the amazing members of the team on their historic win!!! Theirs will be the first volleyball championship banner to hang in the competition gymnasium (See below).

The administration, coaches, and team would like to thank all of the families, teachers, staff, and community sponsors for helping put on a great tournament and supporting the team all year long on their way to the championship!

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Jefcoed Continues the Re-Opening of School Process This Week

Pending some change, this week marks the last week of fully "remote" learning for Corner Middle School students as we prepare to transition back into the classroom for the 2020-2021 school year! Students in grades K-4 will report to Bagley this week as part of the district's Re-Opening of Schools Plan, before the students in grades 5-8 and 9-12 return to CMS and CHS on Monday, October 5th. We are so looking forward to that date!

Dr. Walter Gonsoulin, Superintendent of Jefferson County Schools, addressed the updated re-opening of schools and other related topics on Friday in the video below.

Dr. G's September 25th Update
For students in grades 5-8 who will return on October 5th, we want to remind you that you will stay on the Odd/Even Day schedule that you have been following for the past three weeks.

This week we will update CMS families each day of the week so that we do not overwhelm anyone with "information overload" on one day. Please look for information in a Weekly Buzz Update each day this week on the following topics to assist our families:

Monday, September 28th: Health Services Information (Preparing for a Safe Return to School)

Tuesday, September 29th: Transportation Information (Coming to and Going Home from School)

Wednesday, September 30th: Instructional Information (Navigating the Two-Week Hybrid Period)

Thursday, October 1st: Instructional Information (Successful Traditional and Remote School Days)

Friday, October 2nd: Instructional Information (Academic Progress and My Student in the First Quarter)

Saturday, October 3rd: Policy and Procedure Information (Dress Code, Cell Phones, and the Code of Conduct)

Please look for those updates this week and for more information about the Re-Opening of Schools in The Weekly Buzz next Sunday. In the meantime, please continue to work hard in the remote setting. We are using the regular REMOTE LEARNING SCHEDULE for this week. Please contact the school at 205-379-3230 or 205-379-3231 with any technical questions. Our Help Desk is open from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

Future Problem Solvers Kicking off Competition Season

Coaches Lindsey Hoggle (5th and 6th Grade) and Jennifer Harris (7th and 8th Grade) are seeking students interested in participating on the CMS Future Problem Solvers Teams for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • FPS is a highly-competitive academic program that challenges students to think creatively, critically, and futuristically. Students work in think-tank teams of four and analyze issues facing society today and in the future using a six-step creative problem-solving process. Students target, solve, and create action plans for problems in writing, and also showcase their work in competition presentations both virtually and face-to-face.

    Any student in grades 5 through 8 interested in participating this year should complete the interest form that can be found at the link below:

    We are looking forward to a great season of competition with the CMS FPS!!!

CMS Math Team Prepare to Open the 2020-2021 Season

Any students in grades seven or eight who is interested in participating on the CMS Math Teams should email one of the two coaches for more information. They can be contacted at:

CMS Football Welcomes Families and Former Students to Homecoming 2020

The CMS Football team looks to remain undefeated in their 2020 season this Tuesday night against the Oneonta Redskins at 5:30 PM. This game serves as our school's Homecoming for the season. The following 8th Grade ladies have been nominated by their peers as representatives on the Homecoming Court for the evening:

  • Avery Boyd
  • Callie Cox
  • Julia Daniel
  • Macee Falgout
  • Addison Long
  • Te'a Stevens
  • Heidi Tucker
  • Kinley Willis

The Homecoming Queen -- selected by the 8th grade class -- will be announced at halftime of the game. We look forward to our students, families, and community joining us on this special evening!

Corner Middle School Schedule for September 21, 2020 - September 26, 2020

The schedule for the week includes:

Monday, September 28, 2020

  • Remote Learning Schedule - ALL Classes WebEx
  • CMS Robotics Practice 3:00 - 4:30

Tuesday, September 28, 2020

  • Remote Learning Schedule - ODD Classes WebEx
  • CMS Robotics Practice 3:00 - 4:30
  • CMS Cross Country Meet at CMS 3:30
  • Oneonta at CMS Football (Homecoming) 5:30

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

  • Remote Learning Schedule - EVEN Classes WebEx

Thursday, October 1, 2020

  • Remote Learning Schedule - ODD Classes WebEx
  • CMS Cross Country Practice 3:30

Friday, October 2, 2020

  • Remote Learning Schedule - EVEN Classes WebEx
  • Lincoln at CHS Football 7:00

Saturday, October 3, 2020

  • UTSA at UAB 11:30
  • Texas A&M at Alabama 2:30
  • Auburn at Georgia 6:30

Mid-Nine Week Progress Reports Go Out This Week

Mid-Nine Week Progress Reports for the first quarter of the school year will go out this week via email to the email address that families put on file during the registration process. CMS families, please review this with your student then go to the parent Schoology portal and look for overdue/incomplete work assigned during the remote learning period. I have seen dozens of emails to kids and families, social media posts, and Schoology posts reminding students and their families of incomplete work and failure to participate in online classes (non-technology issue related).

This first progress report is a good barometer that will hopefully prompt some action in picking oneself up by the bootstraps and getting serious about school for the year. If you have any questions, please contact the teacher or an administrator. Thank you!

How Can We Help You?

Ms. Chloe Whitaker, counselor at Corner Middle School, has created a Needs Assessment that families can complete if you need any assistance in the days ahead. Please click on the link to find that form.

Quote of the Week . . .

"I think the truth of the matter is, people who end up as 'first' don't actually set out to be first. They set out to do something they love, and it just so happens they are the first to do it."

--Condoleezza Rice (Alabama Native and United States Secretary of State)--

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.