The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

VOLUME 4, NUMBER 19: September 19, 2022

September is Attendance Awareness Month

Attendance Matters at Corner Middle School

Last Friday, students at Corner Middle School were able to attend the first attendance celebration of the school year. Any student with no more than 3 absences (coded excused or unexcused) were able to attend. The target number to reduce CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM at our school is 90% attendance. Our next celebration will be at the end of the first quarter.


During our advisory period, students were able to get an icy treat, take a break and talk with friends, and were eligible for gift cards in our attendance prize drawing. Attendance gift card winners included Annie Kirkpatrick, Alex Teer, and Ryan Allen. Below are two graphics from the Alabama State Department of Education that outline the academic indicators that make up a school's report card.


CMS Families, you can help us continuously improve what we do and how we help your students by making sure they are at school. While we understand that there are times when your students have to miss school, we also are very aware of the large number of times students who are chronically absent could be at school, but are not.


If your student is ill, he or she should stay at home. But as is evident from listening to your students, social media posts, and a lack of documented excuses, we realize many students are just staying out of school. Please help us help your student by having him or her at school when school is in session. Your student's attendance impacts our staffing for the next school year, funding for the school, and programs we are able to offer at CMS.


Also, In the PDF document below, you will find the absence totals for all students who started the school year at CMS. The chart has been re-sorted by absences (largest to smallest). The names of students are not in alphabetical or grade level order so that no student can be identified. The chart shows the attendance data for each of our current students for the last school year (all students from CMS, Bagley, and West Jefferson). This data should be as startling to you as it is for our CMS faculty and staff.

Red highlights are for students at or above the 18 absence threshold. Yellow highlights are for students who are between 10 and 17 absences. There is no highlighted cells for students with under 10 absences for the 2021-2022 school year.

The 6 Chronic Absence categories include:

AA - Administrator Approval
DE - Doctor’s Excuse
LG - Legal
OSS - Out of School Suspension
PE - Parent Excuse
UA - Unexcused Absence (Truancy)


Using this data, 114 (26.4%) of our students were chronically absent last year; 172 (39.8%) of our students were considered to be at-risk of chronic absenteeism last year; and 145 (33.6%) of CMS students were regular attendees at school last year.

We share this with our CMS families to help them see how attendance is directly impacting the academic achievement of our students. We are beginning the process of sending out attendance letters for unexcused absences that refer families to Early Warning with the Jefferson Family Court. If you have questions about your student's attendance at school, please feel free to call us at 205-379-3230. Thank you for your continued support of your students and Corner Middle School!

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Students of the Month Recognized in Celebration on Friday

The Corner Middle School Students of the Month for the month of August were recognized at the attendance celebration last Friday. The Students of the Month received a certificate of recognition and a Dairy Queen gift card. In addition, they will receive a yard sign for their home indicating "A CMS Student of the Month" lives here.


Students of the Month are nominated and selected by the faculty based on display of good character (Going for the G.O.L.D.), work toward continuously improving academically, and regular attendance.


The Students of the Month for August at Corner Middle School are:

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Fifth Grade: Sidney Bossie and Masyn Burgess

Sixth Grade: Cadence Sanders and Gavin Falgout

Seventh Grade: Brinlynn Bingham and Jonah Hove

Eighth Grade: Sydney Lackey and Deacon Dyer


Congratulations to these students!!!

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All-County Band Auditions Announced for October

Auditions will be after school on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at Minor High School. Audition materials have been handed out and CMS band students are working on it in class. More information will be coming home with band students from Mrs. Saunders in the next few weeks. We look forward to seeing our students perform in the annual All-County Performance!
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CMS Child Nutrition Program Gets Perfect Health Department Score

Congratulations to Mrs. Camille Wiley, CNP Manager at Corner Middle School and her staff -- Elizabeth Barnes, Jessie Cook, and Jamie Gill -- on receiving a PERFECT rating of 100 in the most recent Jefferson County Health Department inspections. These ladies do an OUTSTANDING job of preparing quality and healthy meals for our students and staff each day! We are thankful for your hard work and dedication!
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CMS Peer Helpers Spread Positive Affirmations during Suicide Awareness Month

Nationwide, September has been designated as Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month in schools. The Corner Middle School Peer Helpers spent Friday working to make sure students at the school know they are cared for.


Members of the student organization spent the afternoon filling the sidewalks at the front of the school with words and illustrations of affirmation to their peers as part of the September campaign. In their first year of work, the Peer Helpers will be releasing a video about their organization to their classmates this week. Please look for it in the next week's Weekly Buzz!


We are proud of these young people for their commitment to helping others!

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CMS Calendar for the Week of September 12, 2022 - September 19, 2022

Monday, September 19, 2022


  • CMS Robotics Practice (7th/8th Grade) 3:00
  • Erwin and Sumiton Christian at CMS Volleyball 4:30
  • CMS Football at Sumiton (at DHS) 5:00
  • JV Football at Dora 6:30


Tuesday, September 20, 2022


  • 7/8 Grade PBIS Meeting during Planning Time
  • CMS Cheerleading Practice 3:00
  • CMS Robotics Practice (5th/6th Grade) 3:00
  • CMS Cross Country Meet at North Jefferson Middle School 3:30
  • CHS Cross Country at Gardendale
  • CHS Volleyball at Oak Grove


Wednesday, September 21, 2022


  • First Priority in Library 7:25
  • Principals Meeting with Dr. Gonsoulin 8:30
  • CMS Volleyball v. Fultondale (at Fultondale Elementary) 5:00


Thursday, September 22, 2022


  • 5/6 Grade PBIS Meeting during Planning Time
  • Jefcoed Board Meeting 10:00
  • CMS Cross Country and Cheer Practice 3:00
  • Lead Mentor Webinar 3:30
  • CMS Volleyball at Oneonta 5:00
  • Mortimer Jordan at CHS Volleyball 4:00
  • CHS Football vs. Fultondale (at Tarrant High) 7:00


Friday, September 23, 2022


  • CMS ELA / Math NIC Meetings 2:00


Saturday, September 24, 2022


  • Jefcoed Middle School Volleyball Championship Tournament at CMS
  • JV Volleyball Tournament at CHS
  • CHS Marching Band at Pinson Valley Marching Competition
  • Corner Community Park Activities (Homecoming)
  • Missouri at Auburn
  • Vanderbilt at Alabama
  • Western Carolina at Samford
  • Point University at Birmingham-Southern
  • Prairie View A&M at Alabama State
  • Miles at Central State
  • Jacksonville State at Nicholls
  • Alabama A&M at Florida A&M
  • Tarleton State at UNA
  • Marshall at Troy
  • Enjoy Your Day Doing Something for Yourself, with Family and Friends, at Home . . . or Do Nothing at All!


Sunday, September 25, 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, September 26, 2022 CMS Football at Oneonta 5:00

Monday, September 26, 2022 CHS Volleyball at Cullman

Monday, September 26, 2022 JV Football at Oneonta 7:00

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 7th and 8th Grade Data Meeting

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 CMS Cross Country at CMS

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 CHS Cross Country at CHS

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 CHS Volleyball at Hueytown

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 CHS Marching Band at Sparks in the Park

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 Nominate September Students of the Month

Wednesday September 28, 2022 See You at the Pole 7:30

Wednesday September 28, 2022 CILT Meeting

Thursday, September 29, 2022 5th and 6th Grade Data Meeting

Thursday, September 29, 2022 CHS Volleyball at Fultondale

Thursday, September 29, 2022 CMS Connects – Session #2

Friday, September 30, 2022 PBIS Drawing #2

Friday, September 30, 2022 CMS Middle School Band Night at CHS 3:00

Friday, September 30, 2022 Northside at CHS Football 7:00

Saturday, October 1, 2022 LSU at Auburn

Saturday, October 1, 2022 Alabama at Arkansas

Saturday, October 1, 2022 UAB at Rice

Saturday, October 1, 2022 Samford at Furman

Saturday, October 1, 2022 Birmingham-Southern at Berry College

Saturday, October 1. 2022 Kennesaw State at Jacksonville State

Saturday, October 1, 2022 Troy at Western Kentucky

Monday, October 3, 2022 Celebrate National Custodian’s Day (10/2)

Monday, October 3, 2022 CMS Football at Hayden 5:00

Monday, October 3, 2022 JV Football at Hayden 7:00

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 Opportunity Day at CHS

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 SDQs Completed and Students Ranked

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 5th - 8th Grade PBIS Meeting (during Prep Periods)

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 Recognize September Students of the Month

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 PBIS Leadership Team Meeting

Thursday, October 6, 2022 Central Office Administrators’ Meeting 8:30

Friday, October 7, 2022 End of First Quarter

Friday, October 7, 2022 Monthly Birthday Celebration

Friday, October 7, 2022 PBIS Scavenger Hunt 8th Grade (10 Buzz Bucks Required) 2:00

Friday, October 7, 2022 Oak Grove at CHS Football 7:00 (Homecoming)

Saturday, October 8, 2022 Auburn at Georgia

Saturday, October 8, 2022 Texas A&M at Alabama

Saturday, October 8, 2022 Middle Tennessee at UAB

Saturday, October 8, 2022 Wofford at Samford

Saturday, October 8, 2022 Southern Miss at Troy

Saturday, October 8, 2022 UNA at Kennesaw State

Monday, October 10, 2022 eLearning Day at CMS

Monday, October 10, 2022 Secondary COMP (Day #3) at COB 8:30-3:00

Monday, October 10, 2022 Input PLP Evidence into Teaching Effectiveness

Monday, October 10, 2022 PBIS Virtual Meeting 8:00-11:30

Monday, October 10, 2022 Teachers Work in Classrooms 1:00-3:00

Monday, October 10, 2022 Athletic Department Meeting

Monday, October 10, 2022 CMS Football at Oak Grove 5:00

Monday, October 10, 2022 Corner Theatre Academy Booster Meeting 6:00

Monday, October 10, 2022 JV Football at Oak Grove 7:00

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 7th and 8th Grade PST

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 PLA (Faculty CIP Review)

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 National Stop Bullying Day

Thursday, October 13, 2022 Check PLPs for Evidence

Tuesday, October 13, 2022 5th and 6th Grade PST

Thursday, October 13, 2022 Jefcoed Board Committee Meeting 10:00

Thursday, October 13, 2022 CMS Connects Session #3

Friday, October 14, 2022 Career Day at CMS

Friday, October 14, 2022 CHS Football at Curry 7:00

Saturday, October 15, 2022 CHS Marching Band at Pinson Valley Marching Festival

Saturday, October 15, 2022 Auburn at Ole Miss

Saturday, October 15, 2022 Alabama at Tennessee

Saturday, October 15, 2022 Charlotte at UAB

Saturday, October 15, 2022 Millsaps College at Birmingham-Southern

Saturday, October 15, 2022 Jacksonville State vs. UNA in Madison

Saturday, October 15, 2022 Texas State at Troy (HC)

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.