The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

Volume 3, Number 8: August 29, 2021

Preparing for Inclement Weather at the Beginning of the Week

CMS Families,

As you are aware, Hurricane Ida made landfall today and will work its way into our state in the morning based on forecast models shared by local meteorologists. AS OF TODAY, THERE HAS BEEN NO ANNOUNCEMENT MADE REGARDING ANY CANCELLATION OF JEFFERSON COUNTY SCHOOLS. Please help us on Monday and Tuesday in the following ways:

  • Buses may run more slowly on Monday to compensate for water on roads or students who have taken shelter from potential rain. Please be patient as route times may be altered.
  • If you are in a car or truck, please pull up all the way to the fence at the end of the awning in morning and afternoon carline so that we can better serve our students should it be raining.
  • Tell your students if they are car riders or bus riders early on both days and stick to those plans unless an emergency occurs.
  • Encourage your student to look for his/her ride in the carline and go the the vehicle at the appropriate time as he/she is released by a member of the faculty. No one wants to stand in the rain waiting because a student is socializing and not paying attention or listening.
  • Have your students dress appropriately for rain and wear appropriate footwear.
  • Please avoid calling the school multiple times throughout the day to ask if the game(s) are still on. Should a decision be made to cancel any event, we will notify you immediately through our Blackboard Communicate system and social media. If an announcement is not made before the end of the school day, the events will occur as scheduled.

Thank you for your assistance as we work to avoid any issues related to inclement weather which may occur!


Please Mark Your Calendars . . . Schools Will Be Closed Monday, September 6, 2021, in Observance of Labor Day!!!


In Case You Missed It . . . Updates to Jefcoed COVID Response Plan (Re-Post)

Last week, our district updated its COVID Response Plan for all schools. An email was sent out to families of all students on August 25th from Jefferson County Superintendent, Dr. Walter Gonsoulin, outlining procedural changes for masks and quarantines/exclusions.

We wanted to notify you that when we are notified of a positive case involving a student or a staff member here at our school, we will notify you as soon as possible so that you can make important decisions with your family.

A phone call will come home to you indicating that a student in your child's class or on your child's bus has tested positive. Since many families have multiple children in multiple grades, we will identify the grade level to help you distinguish between children. Please review the information in the letter when you receive this call. Each time a student is identified, you will be notified by phone of this occurrence. Some may occur as early as this evening.

The message will indicate you should review the information in the district letter (that can be found below as a JPEG and a PDF. This information will be place in each Weekly Buzz moving forward so that it can be easily located by families.

The administration, faculty, and staff at Corner Middle School always want your students at school whenever possible. We would, however, encourage you to keep any student who is symptomatic at home. Continue to notify us of students who have tested positive. It is our hope and prayer that you and your family can steer clear of this virus impacting so many at this time! Thank you for your assistance and your continued support of Corner Middle School as we work to navigate choppy waters brought on by this pandemic!

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Dr. Gonsoulin Update 8-27-21
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Calendar for the Week of August 30, 2021 - September 5, 2021

Monday, August 30, 2021

  • 7th Grade Class Guidance
  • 5-8 Grade Intervention Classes Meet with Mr. Manning 7th Period in Burtram Gym
  • Football, Cheerleading, Cross Country, and Volleyball Practices
  • North Jefferson and Minor at CMS Volleyball 4:30
  • CHS JV and Varsity Volleyball at Cordova 4:30
  • CHS 9th Grade Volleyball at Curry 4:30
  • CHS JV Football Game at Mortimer Jordan 6:00

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

  • All CMS Medical Training Information Submitted to Nurse Comer
  • 8th Grade Class Guidance
  • 7th/8th Grade PST Meetings
  • CHS JV and Varsity Volleyball at Dora 4:30
  • Oneonta at CMS Football 5:30

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

  • Scan and E-mail Management Logs
  • Prep Staff Meetings 1st-7th Periods in 7th Grade Conference Room
  • Jacket Period at CMS (Advisory)
  • PLA in Library 3:20 (Mandatory ELL Training for Faculty)
  • Football Practice
  • CMS Volleyball at Hueytown 4:30
  • UAB at Jacksonville State 6:30

Thursday, September 2, 2021

  • 5th/6th Grade PST Meetings
  • CMS New Teacher Meeting in Library 3:15
  • Football, Cheerleading, Cross Country, and Volleyball Practices
  • CMS Band Instrument Tryouts 4:00-7:00
  • Dora and Gardendale at CHS JV and Varsity Volleyball 4:30
  • West Point at CHS 9th Grade Volleyball
  • Tennessee Tech at Samford 6:00
  • St. Clair County at CHS Football 7:00

Friday, September 3, 2021

  • CMS August/September Birthday Celebration
  • Football and Volleyball Practices

Saturday, September 4, 2021

  • CMS Volleyball at Hayden Volleyball Tournament
  • CHS Varsity Volleyball Tournament at Corner High School
  • Corner Community Park Football Games
  • Relax, Be Productive at Home, and Enjoy College Football
  • Alabama vs. Miami (in Atlanta) 2:30
  • Akron at Auburn 6:00
  • LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern 6:00

Sunday, September 5, 2021

  • 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.

September 6, 2021 Labor Day - Schools Closed

September 7, 2021 Jasper at CMS Football 5:30

September 7, 2021 CMS Volleyball at Hayden with Cullman 4:00

September 8, 2021 CMS Volleyball at Irondale 5:00

September 8, 2021 Progress Reports Go Home

September 8, 2021 CMS XC at North Jefferson Middle School 3:45

September 9, 2021 Vision Screening/Hearing Monitoring at Corner Middle School 8:00

September 11, 2021 A+ College Ready Math Training

September 13, 2021 CMS Football at Cordova 5:30

September 13, 2021 Oak Grove/Fultondale at CMS Volleyball 4:30

September 14, 2021 PEEHIP Flu Vaccine Clinic at Corner Middle School 8:30

September 14, 2021 CMS Volleyball at Jasper 4:30

September 14, 2021 CMS XC Meet at Corner 3:45

September 15, 2021 CMS Volleyball at Rudd 4:30

September 20, 2021 Jasper at CMS Volleyball 4:30

September 21, 2021 CMS XC at North Jefferson Middle School 3:45

September 22, 2021 Pleasant Grove at CMS Volleyball 4:30

September 23, 2021 Hayden/Sumiton Christian at CMS Volleyball 4:30

September 25, 2021 Jefferson County MS Volleyball Tournament at Irondale Middle - TBD

September 25, 2021 A+ College Ready Math Training

September 28, 2021 CMS XC Meet at Corner 3:45

September 29, 2021 Jefcoed Secondary CILT Meeting

October 4, 2021 Jefferson County XC Championships at North Jefferson Middle School 3:45

October 7, 2021 iReady Training at CMS for Math, ELA, and Ex. Ed. Faculty

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.