The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

Volume 2, Number 40: March 14, 2021


Please Remember: March 17th - March 19th Are ACAP Summative Remote Student Testing Days. Traditional Students Stay at Home. More Information Coming Out Tomorrow.


JEFCOED recognizes three CMS Band Instrumentalists

The Corner Middle School Band had three students compete recently against musicians from all across Jefferson County for a spot in the Jefferson County School District's All-County Band. All three students who competed earned a spot with the performance group. Congratulations to Addisyn Henderson for being named second chair tuba, James Cannon for being named first chair alto saxophone, and Jase Perkins for being named first chair percussion!

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 cancellations and re-scheduling, another Honor Band in our area had to change their dates. It ended up being scheduled at the exact same time as our JEFCOED All-County Concert. That means that we may not be able to have an actual honor band festival to attend this school year. The school district is working on an alternative activity, but no arrangements have been finalized at this time. Regardless, we are so proud of these students for this outstanding accomplishment!

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FBLA at CMS Working to Develop Business and Leadership Skills for Life

The Corner Middle School Future Business Leaders of America chapter has spent the 2020-2021 conducting regular virtual and face-to-face meetings studying and discussing topics such as characteristics of a good employee, good money counting practices, and how banks work. In addition, the members of the chapter have raised $300 for the March of Dimes by selling carnations at the school for Valentine's Day.

The group has three students (Parker Allums, Kierstyn Wiley, and Jacob Bagala) competing this month in the FBLA State Conference in the areas of Computer Science and Coding and Digital Citizenship. This event is being held virtually on April 16, 2021.

The members of the organization are:

Nadaleigh Wilson - President

Parker Allums - Co-Vice President

Emily Pearl - Co-Vice President

Kadyn Cope - Secretary

Brandi Wilson - Treasurer

Amory Swan

Bryant Swan

Jacob Bagala

Denver Horton

Noah Brown

Kierstyn Wiley

Caden Little

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FCCLA Organizes Community Service Project for Infants in the North Jefferson Area

In Family and Consumer classes (formerly known as Home Economics), it is never too early for the students at Corner Middle to develop home and life skills for the future and work as a community service organization. The Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter at CMS has been working to do just that in the past months since the pandemic hit.

Members of the chapter have recently conducted a RADA kitchenware fundraiser whose proceeds go to providing much-needed supplies to the North Jefferson Women's Center. That organization received $400 from the FCCLA that will go to the purchase of supplies for women and children in north Jefferson County. In addition, the group will also host a baby shower for that group at Corner Middle School in April to get supplies for newborns and infants in need. Anyone who is interested in providing diapers, wipes, or other baby items for the FCCLA shower, please contact sponsor, Makena Edge, at

The members of the CMS chapter are:

Brandi Wilson
Kaylynn Greathouse
Peyton Allums

Emily Pearl

Wendy Cruz

Brantlee James

Ella Holt

Keilea Johnson - Vice President

Madison Sergio

Justin Calvert

Adyson Brown

Alyna Ahrens

Stacy Powell - Secretary

Katelyn Turner - Media Director

Jaci Nichols

Brooklyn Posten

Serinity Lee

Jarrett Hayes

Bella Bryant

Addison Wilson - Treasurer

Natalie Madison

Kierstyn Wiley - President

Debate Team Competes in Virtual League for the 2020-2021 Season

Despite being restricted to virtual competition this season, the CMS Debate Team is in preparation for its final event of the season. According to CMS Debate Coach, Melinda Boyd, Corner Middle participates in the Birmingham Area Debate League, which includes schools from Jefferson County and surrounding school systems.

Our team has participated in two virtual debates this year - November 17th and February 23rd. In the November debate, Makenzie Sanford and Denver Horton defeated Pizitz MS 6 in both rounds. Fisher Sickafoose and Jordan Comer ended their second round in a tie against Pizitz MS 1. Te team is currently still awaiting results from the February debate. The final virtual debate this year is on April 6th. Congratulations to the CMS Debate Team on a great year so far!

The members of this year's team are:

Isabella Fleming - 8th

Denver Horton - 8th

McKenzie Sanford - 8th

Zachary Doty - 7th

Fisher Sickafoose - 7th

Taylor Seifert - 7th

Jordan Comer - 7th

CMS Students Taking on Societal Issues as Future Problem Solvers

Future Problem Solvers sponsors, Lindsey Hoggle and Jennifer Harris, say their CMS squads have worked extremely hard this school year to address topics surrounding serious issues that impact our nation and world. The teams' goals are to develop the critical and creative thinking skills necessary to adapt to a changing world; increase awareness of the future; enhance communication & collaboration; and utilize an effective creative problem solving model encouraging youth to actively shape their future.

COVID-19 greatly impacted the groups' ability to compete this year. The teams' work have been submitted to the state FPS organization for competition due to all local events being cancelled as a result of the pandemic. The members of these teams are:

5th/6th Grade

Brodie Cousins

Ruby Leslie

Emilee McKinnon

7th/8th Grade

Anna Amason

Katie Blizard

Isabella Fleming

Practice for Virtual Competition Adds Up to Math Team Success

The Corner Middle School Math Teams are just beginning their virtual competition season with a practice tournament test this week just before they competee in the Pizitz Middle School Online Math Tournament on April 15th and the Jefferson County Online Math Tournament the week of April 25th. The team has been participating in the MathCounts Problem of the Week and its extended studies have focused on patterns, logic, and combinatorics.

According to 7th and 8th Grade Math Team Coach, Jennifer Rouse, "I am super proud of our mathletes. Every single one of them participates in something else outside of academic teams and clubs. They're juggling band, robotics, multiple sports, and CTA and still finding time to make practices a priority, sometimes splitting their time between two practices in one day. That level of commitment is what makes them excellent."

The 7th/8th grade team is comprised of:

7th Grade

Jacob Bell

Sarah Berry

Zachary Doty

Addison Ehlers

Moses Norman

Andrew Rouse

8th Grade

Addisyn Henderson

Denver Horton

Addison Wilson

The 5th/6th grade team -- coached by Clarissa McCarty -- is made up of:

Will Wakefield

Caden Little

Parker Allums

Kaylynn Greathouse

CMS Robotics Preps for State Competition in April

The Corner Middle School Robotics Teams have been busy this competition season participating virtually multiple times in the Jefferson County Robotics League in preparation for the virtual State Competition on April 11th. Last year, CMS had multiple teams qualify for State and World competition, however due to COVID-19 restrictions and cancellations, the Worlds competition was cancelled.

This year we have two teams who have qualified for State participating in daily competition submitted via video. The 8th grade team consisting of Isabella Fleming, Maya Cosby, Cole Baldwin, and Cole England AND the 5th/6th grade team made up of Keeton Coffee, Cade Schollian, Reece Armstrong, Brooks Parker, and Reed Hollis. Congratulations to these CMS engineers who will work for state honors in April!

The members of the 2020-2021 CMS Robotics Team are:

5th and 6th Grade

Matthew Washington

Tyler Creel

Riley Freeman

Will Wakefield

Caden Little

Cade Schollian

Reece Armstrong

Keeton Coffee

Amory Swan

Mary Beth Wehby

Deacon Dyer

Bodie Reid

Colt Purvis

Brooks Parker

Reed Hollis

Matthew Sanford

Tucker Lee

Bryant Swan

Blake Frazier

Brayden Lowry

7th and 8th Grade

Britton Davis

Jacob Bell

Moses Norman

Maya Cosby

Isabella Fleming

Briley Thomas

Zach Doty

Stephanie Tindle

Jaxon Oden

Anna Amason

Cole Baldwin

Bryant Nelson

Jace Perkins

Cole England

Andrew Rouse

Gunnar Wright

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CMS Science Olympiad Participates in Virtual Competitions

According to CMS 7th/8th Grade Science Olympiad sponsor, Rae Adcock, the school's team has qualified for the state Science Olympiad competition to be held virtually later this month or at the beginning of April.

Team members Katie Blizard and Isabella Fleming took to competition in the Jefferson County District Science Olympiad Competition last month, finishing third in the county. The ladies performed well in multiple category competitions and are now moving on to the next level against other middle schoolers across the state of Alabama. Congratulations, ladies, on this great accomplishment!

CMS Student Council Raises Money for Fultondale Tornado Relief and Other Causes

The Corner Middle School Student Council hosted a coin drive in February that raised more than $800 for the Fultondale Community that was devastate by the tornadoes earlier in the month. The members of the school organization are also proud supporters of "Make a Wish" and are planning some things in April to raise money for this foundation. The group is also currently working on sprucing up the flower beds outside the 6th grade building and hopefully some other areas outside the building depending on any donations received.

If you are interested in donating money or supplies to our Student Council who are working hard to serve the school and the community, please contact sponsor Melinda Boyd at We are so proud of this group of student leaders for their efforts! The Student Council is listed below:


Sidney Kate Jennings

Charlie Hill

Amory Swan

Jackson Gant

Anna Nail

Jolee Beth Weathers


Mary Wehby

Brandi Wilson

Bella Wingo

Lilly Perkins

Cade Scholian

Deacon Dyer


Zachary Doty

Rhett Cofer - Treasurer

Peyton Allums

Hunter Price

Sarah Berry

Jaxon Oden


Sam Hill - President

Denver Horton

Kierstyn Wiley - Historian

Heidi Tucker - Vice President

Brey Wingo - Secretary

Kierstyn Snider

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CMS 8th Graders Select Who's Who as School Year Winds Down

Yearbook sponsor, Tiffany Little, has announce the 8th grade class at Corner Middle School have selected their Who's Who for 2020-2021. The students will have pictures made on Tuesday at 2:30 during advisory for the yearbook. The students selected by their peers are:
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Calendar for the Week of March 15, 2021 - March 21, 2021

Monday, March 15, 2021
  • 8th Grade ETS Meeting in Guidance Suite during Advisory
  • CMS 5th/6th Grade Math Team Practice 3:00
  • CMS Theatre Rehearsal 3:00
  • CMS Yearbook Design Team Meeting 3:00
  • Bragg at CMS Baseball at CHS 4:30/6:30
  • CHS Cheer Tryout Clinic at CHS Gym
  • CHS JV Baseball at Hueytown 4:00/6:00
  • CMS Softball at Hayden 5:00

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

  • CMS Yearbook Design Team Meeting
  • CMS Debate Team Practice
  • CHS Cheer Tryout Clinic at CHS Gym
  • Mortimer Jordan at CHS Tennis 3:30
  • CMS Track at Corner High School 3:30
  • Hueytown at CMS Softball 5:00
  • CHS Softball at Hayden 4:00/6:00
  • Mortimer Jordan at CHS Baseball 4:30/6:30

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

  • ACAP Summative Testing for Remote Students (On Campus at CMS - Traditional Students Are at Home for eLearning Day)
  • CMS Yearbook Design Team Meeting
  • Center Point at CHS Softball 4:00/6:00
  • Oak Grove at CMS Baseball 4:30/6:30
  • CHS Cheer Tryout Clinic at CHS Gym (Mock Tryouts)

Thursday, March 18, 2021

  • ACAP Summative Testing for Remote Students (On Campus at CMS - Traditional Students Are at Home for eLearning Day)
  • CHS Track at Center Point High School 3:30
  • Montevallo at CHS Tennis 3:30

Friday, March 19, 2021

  • End of the 3rd Quarter
  • ACAP Summative Testing for Remote Students (On Campus at CMS - Traditional Students Are at Home for eLearning Day)
  • Oak Grove at CHS Baseball 4:00/6:00
  • CMS Softball at Curry Softball Tournament (TBD)
  • CHS Softball at Pinson Valley Tournament

Saturday, March 20, 2021

  • Bagley Elementary School Beauty Pageant
  • East Limestone at CMS Baseball 12:00/2:00
  • CHS Baseball at Leeds
  • CHS Baseball at Shades Valley
  • CMS Softball at Curry Softball Tournament (TBD)
  • CHS Softball at Pinson Valley Tournament

Sunday, March 21, 2021

  • Enjoy Your Day Worshipping, Relaxing, and/or Having Fun with Family and Friends!

Looking Ahead to Important Spring 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.

March 22-26, 2021 Spring Break

Monday, March 29, 2021 Beginning of 4th Quarter

Monday, March 29, 2021 e-Learning Day / Jefcoed Employee Vaccination Recovery Day

March 30-April 2, 2021 ACAP Summative Testing for 6th Grade

April 5-9, 2021 ACAP Summative Testing for 8th Grade

April 5-9, 2021 CHS Color Guard Clinic and Tryout Week

Monday, April 5, 2021 All-County Band Percussion Rehearsal at McAdory High School

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 All-County Band Wind Rehearsal (TBD)

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 6th Grade Track and Field Day at CHS

Thursday, April 8, 2021 5th Grade Track and Field Day at CHS

Thursday, April 8, 2021 All-County Bands Wind Rehearsal (TBD)

April 12-16, 2021 ACAP Summative Testing for 5th Grade

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 CMS Concert Band Dress Rehearsal

April 19-23, 2021 ACAP Summative Testing for 7th Grade

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 CMS Beginning Band Dress Rehearsal

Thursday, April 22, 2021 All-County Rehearsal and Concert at Pinson Valley High School

April 26-30, 2021 Make-up ACAP Summative Testing

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Solo and Ensemble (CMS Band - TBD)

Thursday, April 29, 2021 CMS Band Spring Concert in Competition Gym 7:00

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 Jefcoed e-Learning Day

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 Jefcoed e-Learning Day

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 CMS Wellness Screening Day

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 CHS Graduation

Friday, May 28, 2021 Last Day for Students

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 Teacher Work Day

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.