The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

Volume 1, Number 9: October 27, 2019

CMS fifth graders to be honored by superintendent this week

Dr. Walter Gonsoulin, the interim superintendent of the Jefferson County Board of Education, recently announced the candidates for the Superintendent's Fifth Grade Scholars for 2019 in our district. Twenty-five students from Corner Middle School have been named to that group.

Students were selected by meeting the following criteria:

● Achieving a score of Above Average-Level IV in reading or math on the spring Scantron Performance

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● Achieving a score of at least Average High-Level III in the other subject

● Being in good standing and recommended by the school’s administration

Students selected will be honored at the Superintendent’s Fifth Grade Scholars Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 7:00 P.M. at Pleasant Grove High School. We are very proud of the students selected for their hard work! Those students are:

Parker Allums

Reece Armstrong

Makayla Averbeck

Lauren Baldwin

Madison Barrett

Jessie Blackstock

Jordyn Byars

Tyler Creel

Addison Cummings

Deacon Dyer

Blake Frazier

Jackson Gravlee

Alexas Hicks

Reed Hollis

Sophia Ingle

Brantlee James

Alexander Key

Sydney Lackey

Cedric McMurray

Karina Moore

Adalyn Owens

Andrew Schollian

Sydney Wagnon

Weston Whitehead

Brandi Wilson

CMS Students participate in week-long Red Ribbon Week Activities

This week, the students and faculty at Corner Middle School will participate in a full week of activities In recognition of Red Ribbon Week. Each year, our school -- as well as those across the state and nation -- participates in the week-long drug-prevention awareness program. But as we participate, it is good to have a reminder about WHY schools take part in the initiative.

The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.

In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.

Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. "I'm only one person", he told her, "but I want to make a difference."

On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent's side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena's body was found. He had been tortured to death.

In honor of Camarena's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camarena's memory, the red ribbon.

In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families.

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Attendance Matters

This week's attendance report continues to show an increase in the number of students who are in danger of being chronically absent as well as an increase in tardies and check-outs from school. We will begin having Saturday School from 7:30-11:30 for those students who are excessively tardy to school.

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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CMS Band Students Selected to 2019 UAB Honor Band

Corner Middle School band director, Debra Saunders, has announced that the following CMS students have been selected to perform in the 2019 UAB Middle School Honor Band:

James Cannon

Natalie Madison

Layton Pruitt

Grace Smith

Zach Turner

The 2019 UAB Middle School Honor Band will consist of four bands: Festival Honor Band, Green Band, Gold Band, and White Band. Auditions for band and chair placement will begin Thursday, December 5th, at 1 pm. All four bands will rehearse Thursday through Saturday (December 5-7). The concert will be held Saturday, December 7th at 2:00 pm in the Jemison Concert Hall of the UAB Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Congratulations to these instrumentalists on their outstanding achievement!

Thoughts from the Principal . . .

Last Thursday marked the end to the first quarter of the school year. Even with the late start, as we prepare to turn the page on the October calendar, the early months of the school year have once again flown by.

The fall athletic season for middle schools has come to a close and the winter sports have begun practice and competition. All academic organizations are preparing for their competition seasons. The Fall Festival held on our campus -- so wonderfully organized by the PTO and faculty at Bagley Elementary School -- has come and gone. And report cards for the first quarter go home on Tuesday along with letters from Dr. Gonsoulin and myself about our state report card (which can be found attached at the bottom of the newsletter).

Maybe it's just because I am as old as dirt, but the days seem to fly past. Our faculty and staff have worked so hard since the summer in preparation for this school year. That hard work is evident when we see what is going on in classrooms, in athletic competition, in the performing arts, in after-school activities, and in professional learning activities.

I cannot express how proud of the faculty and staff I am, and how blessed I am to be able to work with people in the best community in our district! Here's to a great second quarter at Corner Middle School!

Quote of the Week . . .

"Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another, and of strength to be derived by unity."

-- Vince Lombardi --

Video of the Week . . .

Continuing our video series on MINDSET. This week's video is on overcoming failure and heartbreak . . . developing resiliency . . . and learning to FOLLOW THROUGH. Some of the best 10 minutes you will spend this week. We promise!

Oh . . . parents, grandparents, teachers, staff, administrators . . . Pick. Them. Up.

I WASN'T RAISED A QUITTER - A Tribute to Dad | Former NBA Athlete Walter Bond Motivational Speech

Calendar for the Week

Red Ribbon Week at CMS Begins

Monday, Oct. 28th, 7:30am

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

Monday - "Put a Cap on Drugs" Wear Your Favorite Hat

Tuesday - "Red Day" Wear Red to Support Red Ribbon Week

Wednesday - "Don't Sleep on Being Drug Free" Wear Your Favorite Pajamas

Thursday - "Put a Sock on Drugs" Wear Your Craziest Socks

Friday - "Team Drug Free" Wear Your Favorite Sports Team Outfit

CMS Organization Practices

Monday, Oct. 28th, 3pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

Math Team Practice in Mrs. Rouse's Room 3:00

Drama Club Practice with Mrs. Burgos 3:00-6:00

Future Problem Solvers with Mrs. Harris 3:00

Fifth Grade Newcomb at Pleasant Grove High School

Monday, Oct. 28th, 4pm

100 Spartan Drive

Pleasant Grove, AL

Bankhead at CMS Basketball

Monday, Oct. 28th, 4:30pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

Report Cards go home

Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 3pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

CMS Debate at Samford University Match

Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 3:30pm

800 Lakeshore Drive

Homewood, AL

Sixth Grade Newcomb at Pleasant Grove Elementary School

Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 4pm

601 Park Road

Pleasant Grove, AL

CMS Organizations Practice

Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 3pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

Robotics with Mrs. Harris and Mrs. Wiley 3:00

CMS Basketball at Cold Springs

Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 4:30pm

9010 County Road 109

Bremen, AL

Superintendent's Fifth Grade Scholars Recognition Ceremony

Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 7pm

100 Spartan Drive

Pleasant Grove, AL

First Priority in the Library

Wednesday, Oct. 30th, 7:30am

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL


Thursday, Oct. 31st, 7:15am

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

No Costumes at School. Crazy Sock Day for Red Ribbon Week.

CMS Robotics at Bragg Middle School Competition

Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 8am

840 Ash Avenue

Gardendale, AL

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.