The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

VOLUME 4, NUMBER 25: November 13, 2022

School Will Be Closed on Monday, November 21, 2022 through Friday, November 25 for Fall Break and the Thanksgiving Holidays

Gaga Ball Pit Constructed for CMS Students by Local Scout

Students at Corner Middle School have a new opportunity for fun during physical education classes as a local scout from Homewood and his peers built a Gaga Ball Pit across from the sixth grade building this past weekend.


Ethan Standard, the son of Corner High School art teacher, Gina Clay, made the decision to bring his Eagle Scout project to CMS in an effort to provide our students the Gaga Pit court for play. According to game rules, "Gaga is a fast-paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. Dubbed a kinder gentler version of dodge ball, the game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees. Players need to keep moving to avoid getting hit by the ball."


Ethan was assisted by his father, Kevin, and members of the Boys Scouts of America Troop 97 from Trinity United Methodist Church -- Luke Hamner, Nathan Jones, Hugh Nickson, Adam Reed, Thomas Reed, and Eddie Abel. Thank you so much, Ethan, for your outstanding donation and service to our school and community, as well as your had work and commitment to achieving the rank of Eagle Scout!


The official game rules of The Gaga Center:

  • All players start with one hand touching a wall of the pit.
  • The game begins with a referee throwing the ball into the center of the pit.
  • When the ball enters the pit, the players scream 'GA' for the first two bounces, and 'GO' on the third bounce, after which the ball is in action.
  • Once the ball is in play, any player can hit the ball with an open or closed hand.
  • If a ball touches a player below the knee (even if the player hits himself or herself) he or she is out and leaves the pit. If a player is hit above the knees, the play continues.
  • If a ball is caught on a fly, the player who hit the ball is out.
  • Players cannot hold the ball.
  • If needed, a second ball can be thrown in the pit to expedite the end of the game. The last player standing is the winner of that round.

2022-2023 Corner High School Basketball Schedule

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CMS Calendar for the Week of November 21, 2022 - November 27, 2022

Monday, November 14, 2022


  • CMS Robotics Practice (7th/8th Grade) 3:00
  • CMS Debate Practice 3:00
  • Irondale at CMS Basketball 4:30 / 5:45 / 7:00


Tuesday, November 15, 2022


  • 7th and 8th Grade PBIS Meeting during Planning Time
  • Math NIC Meeting 8:00 - 3:00 in J. Rouse's Room
  • Superintendent's Student Advisory Council Meeting at Minor High School
  • CMS Debate at Samford University Competition 2:00
  • CMS Robotics Practice (5th/6th Grade) 3:00
  • 7th and 8th Grade Robotics at North Jefferson Competition 3:30
  • CHS Bowling vs. O. Grove and P. Grove at Pinson Lanes 3:30
  • Jasper at 9th Grade Basketball 4:00
  • Carbon Hill at CHS Basketball 4:00 / 5:15 / 7:00


Wednesday, November 16, 2022


  • Alabama Counseling Association Conference - Mobile, AL
  • First Priority in Library 7:30
  • 7th Grade Field Trip to the McWane Center
  • Principals Meeting with Dr. Gonsoulin at COB 8:00
  • Gardendale at CHS Bowling at Pinson Lanes 4:00


Thursday, November 17, 2022


  • Alabama Counseling Association Conference - Mobile, AL
  • 5th and 6th Grade PBIS Meeting during Planning Times
  • Jefcoed Board Meeting 10:00
  • ELA NIC Meeting 8:00 - 3:00
  • STEM Field Trip to Southern Museum of Flight
  • First Priority Leadership Team Meeting 2:30
  • Lead Mentor PD 3:00
  • CHS Wrestling at Mortimer Jordan Duals 4:00
  • Mortimer Jordan at CHS Basketball 4:00 / 5:15 / 7:00
  • CMS Basketball at Rudd 4:30 / 5:45 / 7:00


Friday, November 18, 2022


  • Alabama Counseling Association Conference - Mobile, AL
  • Buzz Bucks Drawing after Lunch
  • PBIS Movie Reward during 7th Period and Advisory


Saturday, November 19, 2022


  • Enjoy Your Day Doing Something for Yourself, with Family and Friends, at Home . . . or Do Nothing at All!
  • CHS Basketball at Minor (TBD)
  • CHS Wrestling at Hayden High Sean Stills Tournament (TBD)


Sunday, November 20, 2022


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


Monday, November 21, 2022


  • Fall Break - School Closed
  • 12-Month Employee Work Day
  • CHS Girls Basketball at Curry Thanksgiving Tournament
  • CHS Boys Basketball at Hanceville Thanksgiving Tournament


Tuesday, November 22, 2022


  • Fall Break - School Closed
  • 12-Month Employee Work Day
  • CHS Girls Basketball at Curry Thanksgiving Tournament
  • CHS Basketball at Hanceville Thanksgiving Tournament


Wednesday, November 23, 2022


  • Fall Break
  • CHS Girls Basketball at Curry Thanksgiving Tournament
  • CHS Basketball at Hanceville Thanksgiving Tournament


Thursday, November 24, 2022


  • Fall Break
  • Thanksgiving Daye


Friday, November 25, 2022


  • Fall Break


Saturday, November 26, 2022


  • Enjoy Your Day Doing Something for Yourself, with Family and Friends, at Home . . . or Do Nothing at All!


Sunday, November 27, 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 weathers, health restrictions, or other events which may force cancellation or re-scheduling.


Monday, November 28, 2022 iReady MOY Diagnostic Window Opens

Monday, November 28, 2022 McAdory at CMS Basketball 4:30/5:45/7:00

Monday, November 28, 2022 Cyber Monday

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 7th and 8th Grade Data Meeting

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 Nominate November Students of the Month

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 PBIS Drawing #4

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 CILT Meeting / Athletic Department Meeting

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.