The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

Volume 4, Number 2: July 10, 2022

Message from the Principal . . .

Corner Middle School Families,


I hope you all have had a great week! We are four weeks out from our return from school, and daily preparations are ongoing as we anticipate your students walking through our doors for day one. Last week, I sent out the first Weekly Buzz for the new year. I could see on the Blackboard Communicate system that families -- both new and returning -- were not getting the newsletter as emails and texts went out. Some of the reasons -- which you can see in the chart from the system below -- included:


  • NO EMAIL ADDRESS. This means that when you registered your student, you did not include a suitable email address for the CONTACT parent or guardian.
  • EMAIL BLOCKED or DEFERRED. Your email service would not accept our email or put off the delivery until a later time.
  • SMS NUMBER BLOCKED or DEACTIVATED. This tends to be one of our biggest issues with school-home communication. Families do not want to receive calls from the school at home or work so they block the school's Communicate number. This will keep you from receiving ANY COMMUNICATION on your phone's voice or text system. The deactivated accounts mean you have changed numbers and not updated your student's Power School records with the school.


All of the above issues prevent us from communicating effectively with you. As I stated last week, this is the fastest and most thorough way to send communications. When you block the school and/or don't update your records, we cannot share with you important information about your student's education each week.


A final note about this is really a problem worse than those listed above. We are able to see the total number/percentage of individual families who actually listen to messages and voicemails, open texts and emails, and engage with Blackboard Communicate.


Families, we work hard not to send every single communication to every single family. We have groups set up in Blackboard Communicate for grade levels, organizations, athletic teams, bus rosters, and more that assist us in communicating specific messages to specific groups. We ask that you listen to, check, and/or read messages, emails, and texts each week. Included in these communications are calendars, changes, needs, progress reports, emails, and more.


Thank you for your assistance in the coming year providing us with correct communication numbers and addresses, and for keeping up with the goings on that impact your students!


Michael Manning

Principal

Corner Middle School

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CMS Taking Applications for Custodial Positions through Wednesday

Last week, we sent out through our school's Blackboard Communicate system a notification that our school has two openings for school custodian. We have a 7-hour position and an 8-hour position available. This would be a great opportunity for those who have retired from another organization, but is looking for salary, insurance, and enrollment into Teacher Retirement System or those with school age children looking to enter the school system's employ to apply.


Please go to the link below to apply. You will need to set up an account with Teach in Alabama, and complete the required process (including THREE REFERENCES) in order to apply. Once you have completed the application, you should apply on the general posting for either the 7-hour custodian position or the 8-hour custodian position. This is NOT a Corner Middle School-specific job posting. All applications must be submitted by Wednesday at noon. YOU MUST HAVE THREE RETURNED REFERENCES IN THE TEACH IN ALABAMA PORTAL IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED.


The link is . . .


https://ats1.atenterprise.powerschool.com/ats/app_login?COMPANY_ID=00008500


If you have questions, please email Assistant Principal, Julie McAlister, at jmcalister@jefcoed.com. Thank you for your interest in our positions!

Fee Sheet for the 2022-2023 School Year

Attached below is the fee/donation sheet for the new school year. Registration is on August 1, 2022 at the school in the building near the main office. This year, our school will provide families the option to log in and pay their fees online. This is the first year we have had this option, so we will be learning with you. It isn't a kiosk-like option. You will log onto a computer we will have available for online payments in order to pay. We hope this helps in your planning as we approach the school year!
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NHS Members Asked to Complete Summer Tasks in Preparation for Opening of School

As we prepare to open the new year, the administration and sponsors are following up on an earlier communication shared with newly installed members of the Corner Middle School chapter of the National Honor Society.


At the end of the school year and into early summer, we received several phone calls and emails regarding the completion of the task below . . .


Please complete the form at the attached link to update your membership information for the 2022-2023 school year. Please complete this task before July 31, 2022. The membership fee of $25.00 must be paid by August 1, 2022. This can be done at registration if you'd like, or you may come by the school during regular summer office hours to make the payment.


Member Information Form Link:
https://forms.gle/kukxSRMuj3mYBiMt9


Please note the following things to assist your student in completing the form:


  1. Parents and guardians cannot open the form. The student has to complete the form logging in to their jefcoed email address to fill out everything. We are working to develop a sense of responsibility in your student.
  2. If a parent tried to open it up on a device using a non-jefcoed email account, any future attempt on that device by your student may be blocked due to your cookies having been set. Clear the cookies on your device, and your student should have better luck.
  3. If your student could use a desktop or laptop or tablet, it would be much better than a phone.


Thank you for your assistance as we get ready to open the school year!

Peer Helper Summer Camp Set for End of July

The Corner Middle School Peer Helpers will participate in a two-day summer camp training on Thursday, July 28th and Friday, July 29th in preparation for the opening of school. Administrators and sponsors have met to plan the two-day event. Day one of the camp will begin at 8:00 AM and end at 3:00 PM. Day two of the camp will begin at 8:00 and end at 1:00. Students will be fed both days. CMS Peer Helpers should check their emails on Friday for more information on the camp. We look forward to working with this group this year!

CMS Supply List for 2022-2023

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Online Registration Reminder for All CMS Students and Families (UPDATE)

CMS Families,


This is a reminder that families of ALL students in grades 5-8 MUST COMPLETE the online registration process in Power School prior to the start of the 2022-2023 school year. As of today, just over 100 families registration has been started and pushed over for update in our system.


Please remember that SNAP codes will no longer be necessary or required to register. All registration will be done online through the Power School Parent Portal.


The set up information for your student's online registration information can be found at the bottom of his/her end-of-year report card. At Corner Middle School, we sent those to you by email and through the mail by the U.S. Postal Service. If for some reason you are unable to locate that information, please call the school at 205-379-3230 so that we may assist you.


Some simple instructions are below:


Creating a parent portal account

If you are 100% positive you do not have a parent portal account, now is the time to create one! If you already have an account, please do not create a new one as this could cause delays in the registration process.

1.Click Here To Navigate to JEFCOED’s Power School Page

2.Click “Create Account” and follow the instructions.


What if I have a new student?

If your student is new to JEFCOED, please complete the new student registration process currently found on JEFCOED.com.


Click Here To Register a New Student


UPDATE: Families, if you have completed the online registration process for the new school year but have not uploaded the documents required by the district, you should email them to our school registrar, Lindy Hallmark, at lhallmark@jefcoed.com or drop them by the school for us to copy, approve, and put on file. Thank you for your assistance in the submission of this required documentation.

Support CHS By Taking an Ad or Sponsorship in Fall Program

The Corner High School Quarterback Club and the CHS Varsity Cheerleaders invite families of Bagley, WJES, CMS, and CHS students to support the athletic program by taking an ad out in the fall athletic program. See the graphic below for more information. Deadline for purchase and submission is August 18, 2022. Thank you for your support of the students and schools in our community!
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School Year Calendar for 2022-2023

CMS Families,


Attached is a picture and a PDF copy of the 2022-2023 Jefcoed School Year Calendar for your reference and for your use in planning. More information regarding the calendar will be coming home to you this summer.

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Summer 2022 Office Hours at Corner Middle School

Corner Middle School will have employees on site for summer needs for June and July to assist families as needed. Please review the schedule below for office and staff availability. Thank you!!
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CMS Calendar for the Week of July 11, 2022 - July 17, 2022

Monday, July 11, 2022


  • School Offices Open 7:30-4:45
  • CHS Boys Workouts 7:00-11:00


Tuesday, July 12, 2022


  • School Offices Open 7:30-4:45
  • CMS Boys Workouts 6:30-9:00

  • CMS Girls Workouts 6:30-10:00

  • CHS Boys Workouts 7:00-11:00

  • CHS Band Leadership Training at GHS 8:00-4:00

  • Jefcoed Board Committee Meeting 10:00


Wednesday, July 13, 2022


  • School Offices Open 7:30-4:45
  • CMS Boys Workouts 6:30-9:00

  • CHS Boys Workouts 7:00-11:00

  • Math NIC Work at CMS 8:00-3:00

  • CMS Volleyball Play Date

  • CHS Volleyball Play Date

  • CHS Band Leadership Training at GHS 8:00-4:00

  • CHS Football Lineman’s Camp

  • Principal Pipeline Mentoring Meeting (Virtual) 4:00


Thursday, July 14, 2022


  • School Offices Open 7:30-4:45
  • CMS Girls Workouts 6:30-9:00

  • CHS Boys Workouts 7:00-11:00

  • CMS Boys Workouts 6:30-9:00

  • Math NIC Work at CMS 8:00-3:00

  • CMS Volleyball Play Date

  • CHS Volleyball Play Date

  • CHS Band Tune-Up Day/Rookie Camp 9:00-3:00

  • CHS Football at Cullman 7-on-7 1:00

  • CHS Football Lineman’s Camp


Friday, July 15, 2022


  • School Offices Closed
  • CHS Band Percussion Mini-Camp 8:00-3:00
  • CMS Gym Floor Refinishing


Saturday, July 16, 2022


  • Enjoy Your Weekend!


Sunday, July 17, 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, July 18, 2022 Locker Pro at CMS

Monday, July 18, 2022 Jefcoed Leadership Summit at Center Point High School

Monday, July 18, 2022 AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Week

Monday, July 18, 2022 CMS Dance Team Camp

Monday, July 18, 2022 CMS Band Camp Begins 8:00-4:00

Monday, July 18, 2022 CHS Boys Workouts 7:00-9:00

Monday, July 18, 2022 CHS Youth Football Camp

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 CMS Girls Workouts 6:30-10:00

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Week

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 Jefcoed Leadership Summit at Center Point High School

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 PBIS Training for Lead Mentors at Center Point High

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 CMS Dance Team Camp

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 CMS Band Camp 8:00-4:00

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 CHS Boys Workouts 7:00-9:00

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 CHS Youth Football Camp

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 Jefcoed Leadership Summit (Virtual Sessions)

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 ELA NIC Work at CMS 8:00-3:00

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 ALACTE Summer Conference

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Week

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 CMS Dance Team Camp

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 CHS Boys Workouts 7:00-9:00

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 CHS Band Camp 8:00-4:00

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 CHS Youth Football Camp

Thursday, July 21, 2022 ALACTE Summer Conference

Thursday, July 21, 2022 AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Week

Thursday, July 21, 2022 CMS Girls Workouts 6:30-9:00

Thursday, July 21, 2022 ELA NIC Work at CMS 8:00-3:00

Thursday, July 21, 2022 CMS Dance Team Camp

Thursday, July 21, 2022 CHS Band Camp 8:00-4:00

Thursday, July 21, 2022 CHS Athletic Picture Day 9:00

Friday, July 22, 2022 ALACTE Summer Conference

Friday, July 22, 2022 AHSAA Principal / AD Meeting in Montgomery 8:00

Friday, July 22, 2022 CHS Band Camp 8:00-4:00

Monday, July 25, 2022 CHS Boys Workouts 7:00-11:00

Monday, July 25, 2022 CHS Band Camp 8:00-4:00

Monday, July 25, 2022 Local CTE Inservice

Monday, July 25, 2022 HELP Training at COB

Monday, July 25, 2022 CHS Football Practice 3:00-5:30

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 CHS Boys Workouts 7:00-11:00

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 Local CTE Inservice

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 HELP Training at COB

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 CMS Summer CILT Meeting 8:00-3:00

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 CHS Band Camp 8:00-4:00

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 CMS Volleyball Play Date

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 CHS Volleyball Play Date

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 CHS Boys Workouts 7:00-11:00

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 Local CTE Inservice

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 CMS Summer CILT Meeting 8:00-3:00

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 Secondary COMP (Day #1) at COB 8:30-3:00

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 CHS Band Camp 8:00-4:00

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 CHS Volleyball Play Date

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 CHS Football Practice 3:00-5:30

Thursday, July 28, 2022 CHS Boys Workouts 7:00-11:00

Thursday, July 28, 2022 Local CTE Inservice

Thursday, July 28, 2022 CMS Peer Helper Camp 8:00-3:00

Thursday, July 28, 2023 Secondary COMP (Day #2) at COB 8:30-3:00

Thursday, July 28, 2023 CHS Registration [8:00 (Sr.)/9:30 (Jr.)/12:00 (So.)/1:30 (Fr.)

Thursday, July 28, 2022 Ex. Ed. Lead Teacher Academy 8:00-12:00

Thursday, July 28, 2022 CHS Band Camp 8:00-4:00

Thursday, July 28, 2022 Jefcoed Board Meeting 10:00

Friday, July 29, 2022 CHS Boys Workouts 7:00-11:00

Friday, July 29, 2022 CMS Peer Helper Camp 8:00-12:00

Friday, July 29, 2022 CHS Band Camp 8:00-4:00

Friday, July 29, 2022 CHS Football Practice 3:00-5:30

Friday, July 29, 2022 CHS Band Preview Show 6:30

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.