The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

Volume 1, Number 20: February 23, 2020

CMS Science Olympiad Teams Compete at Jacksonville State and UAB

The CMS 5th and 6th Grade Science Olympiad Team competed on Saturday in the Regional Tournament at Jacksonville State University. The team -- sponsored by Mrs. April Wills -- competed in multiple events at the tournament.

Pete Powell and Levi Leslie finished in first place in the Aerodynamics competition.

Levi Leslie and Clayton Blackstock finished in fourth place in the Crash Landing competition.

Reed Hollis and Samuel Chafin finished in third place in the Deep Blue Sea competition.

Mrs. Rae Adcock, sponsor of the CMS 7th and 8th Grade Science Olympiad Team, led her team to their Regional Tournament yesterday at UAB. Sydni Jean and Clara Parker finished in 2nd place in the Meteorology competition.

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the tournaments! We are proud of you!!!

5th and 6th Grade Science Olympiad

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Get Spruced Up for Spring Picture Day

On Tuesday, February 25th, Bill Miller Studios will be at Corner Middle School for Spring Picture Day. Students will go to the library for pictures with their classes. Package information will be sent home with the students as soon as we receive them from the photographer.

There will also be team pictures made on Monday, February 24th beginning at 2:30. We will take the golf team and the track team pictures here at the school. Weather permitting, we will take the baseball team pictures on the field at CMS after school prior to the game.

Students Wrap Up Online Course Selection at Corner Middle

Over the last several school days, students at CMS have met with faculty and staff to complete the online course selection process for the 2020-2021 school year. While we still have a few to complete due to absence, we now move on to the task of building the master schedule for the upcoming year.

To reiterate a few points that we shared with parents at CMS Connects a couple of weeks back:

1. Your Chalkable Home Portal passwords have changed. We were required to do this so that your student could complete the process. The passwords were reset to cms__________ (insert the student's lunch number into the blank). If you have problems accessing the database, please contact the school's office.

2. Preliminary recommendations for advanced English or accelerated math have been made by the teachers using the rubric we shared, however, we will use end-of-year Scantron Performance Series data to make final recommendations.

As noted last week, please check the next several issues of The Weekly Buzz for updated information including fee sheet, summer registration dates, and dates for residence verification.

Spring Immunization Clinic to Be Held at CMS on February 25th

The Jefferson County Board of Education is working to assist families of fifth grade students or sixth grade students who need their Tdap (or other) immunizations as required before entering sixth grade in the fall. If you would like your child to participate in the Healthy Heroes spring immunization clinics here at Corner Middle School, please complete the form attached below and return it to the nurse by the end of the day on Monday, February 24th. Some students have already turned in their forms to the nurse. The clinic will be held mid-day here at the school on February 25th by the Jefferson County Health Department. Please contact Nurse Alisha Comer if you have any questions.

Second Semester Dates of Importance

In an effort to assist families in their planning of appointments or other activities, the chart below lists some of the second semester dates of importance at Corner Middle School. We ask that you try to help us by making every effort to have your student at school during the spring ACAP. The ACAP is the Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program -- our new state test -- where your students are tested in English Language Arts, Math, and Science. Hopefully, having these dates ahead of time can help us avoid absences. Please remember that these dates are subject to change.
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Attendance Matters Update Through February

We continue our look at schoolwide attendance at CMS. We can NEVER UNDERSTATE the importance of school attendance.

The state of Alabama defines a student as "chronically absent" when he or she has 18 or more absences. Moving into the second semester, we adjust the threshold for being AT-RISK to anyone with nine or more absences. You may notice the large number of tardies to school and check-outs from school which are as concerning.

Letters have gone out describing the referral process to the Jefferson County Family Court's Early Warning process for those who fall into the at-risk column. Families, please have your students at school at school and on-time each day!

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Corner Middle School Baseball & Softball Open Seasons on Road

In spite of the torrential downpours that have plagued the opening of spring sports, the Corner Middle School Baseball and Softball Teams have managed to get in some of their initial games, and the season is off to a good start. Results for the squads are:


Corner Middle School defeated Hueytown Middle School on the road 19-7 on Monday. CMS traveled to East Limestone where they defeated the Indians in game one of a double header yesterday 9-6. In the second game, the Yellow Jackets shut down their opponent, defeating ELMS 12-0.


CMS opened the season with a victory over Berry Middle School 6-5 in game one of the Bragg Tournament on Saturday. In game two, the Lady Jackets failed to rally, losing to McAdory 7-5. The team rebounded against Homewood Middle School in game 3 shutting out the Patriots 6-0. Next up for CMS in their final game of the day was Hewitt-Trussville Middle School. The Huskies defeated the Lady Jackets 4-0.

See the CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK below for opportunities to catch the teams in action this week! Come out and support your Yellow Jackets!!!

Football Parent Meeting for 8th Graders Planning to Play at CHS in the Fall

Any current 8th Grade student considering playing football for CHS in the 2020 season must have a parent or a guardian at the mandatory parent meeting on Sunday, March 15th at 3:00 in the high school auditorium. The following topics will be discussed:
  • What is required for the student-athlete to participate
  • Spring, summer, and fall schedules
  • Player fees and fundraisers
  • Parent/guardian Participation

The coaching staff and the booster club looks forward to seeing you there!

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Quote of the Week . . .

"Whatever business you are in, if you don't feel exhilarated by achieving you objectives and excelling in what you are doing, then you will never do very much very well."

--Malcolm Forbes--

Video of the Week . . .

We continue our school focus on MINDSET. The video this week asks the question, "If your life was amazing, what would amazing look like?" This week's video discusses the importance of the commitment that is required to ACHIEVE and the MINDSET required for that commitment.
ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL - Motivational video

Calendar for the Week

CMS Cheer Tryout Clinic

Monday, Feb. 24th, 3pm to Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 5pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

Color Guard Clinic at CHS

Monday, Feb. 24th, 3pm to Thursday, Feb. 27th, 5pm

4301 Warrior Jasper Road

Dora, AL

For 8th grade students who are trying out. Ride Mr. Muncher's bus (21-18) to CHS.

CMS Organization Practices

Monday, Feb. 24th, 3pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

Math Team (7/8) Practice in Mrs. Rouse's Room

Future Problem Solvers Practice with Mrs. J. Harris

CMS Drama Club Practice with Mrs. Burgos

CMS Golf Practice

Monday, Feb. 24th, 3:30pm

1745 Highway 78

Dora, AL

North Jefferson at CMS Baseball

Monday, Feb. 24th, 4:30pm

4301 Warrior Jasper Road

Dora, AL

Double Header 4:30/6:30

CMS Softball at McAdory

Monday, Feb. 24th, 5pm

5450 Yellow Jacket Boulevard

McCalla, AL

Spring Picture Day

Tuesday, Feb. 25th, 8:15am

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

CMS Organization Practice

Tuesday, Feb. 25th, 7:30am

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

5th/6th Grade Science Olympiad Practice with Mrs. Wills 7:30 AM

CMS Band MPA Dress Rehearsal with Mrs. Saunders 3:00

CMS Debate at Samford University

Tuesday, Feb. 25th, 3pm

800 Lakeshore Drive

Homewood, AL

CMS Golf Practice

Tuesday, Feb. 25th, 3:30pm

1745 Highway 78

Dora, AL

CHS Tennis at Altamont

Tuesday, Feb. 25th, 3:30pm

4801 Altamont Road South

Birmingham, AL

CMS Baseball at Rudd Middle School

Tuesday, Feb. 25th, 4:30pm

6895 Alabama 75

Pinson, AL

First Priority in the Library

Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 7:30-9:30am

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

CMS Softball at Bragg

Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 5pm

800 Main Street

Gardendale, AL

CMS Organization Practices

Thursday, Feb. 27th, 7:30am

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

5th/6th Grade Science Olympiad with Mrs. Wills 7:30

CMS Robotics (5/6) with Mrs. Wiley 3:00

CMS Debate with Mrs. Boyd 3:00

CMS Drama Club with Mrs. Burgos 3:00

CMS Band MPA Dress Rehearsal with Mrs. Saunders 3:00

CMS Cheer Tryouts

Thursday, Feb. 27th, 3pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

CMS Softball at Lupton Jr. High School

Thursday, Feb. 27th, 5pm

1110 Prospect Road

Nauvoo, AL

CMS Robotics at State Robotics Tournament

Thursday, Feb. 27th, 12pm to Saturday, Feb. 29th, 7:45pm

Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA

Auburn, AL

FCCLA presents the Corner Coffee House

Friday, Feb. 28th, 2:30pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

The FCCLA will be sponsoring a Coffee House fundraiser during advisory. They will be serving fresh baked cookies (2 for $1.00) and coffee or hot cocoa for $2.00. Come out and support the FCCLA in Mrs. Edge's classroom.

CMS Baseball at Clay-Chalkville Middle School

Friday, Feb. 28th, 5pm

6700 Trussville Clay Road

Trussville, AL

Double Header. Games at 5:00 and 7:00

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.