The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

VOLUME 4, NUMBER 4: July 24, 2022

Message from the Principal . . .

Corner Middle School Families,

We are just over one-week away from on-site registration, and we look forward to seeing you and your students returning to campus! We still have a large number of activities happening on campus prior to our opening on Tuesday, August 9th. Your faculty and staff are putting in the work to make sure that we are off and running on day one.

Over the next two weeks, we will put out single-article Weekly Buzz Updates with information on the opening of school in order to prevent the information from getting lost in the shuffle. In the afternoon or early evening, you will receive the following updates:

  • Monday, July 25th Jefferson County Student Parent Handbook
  • Tuesday, July 26th Dress Code Updates
  • Wednesday, July 27th Cell Phone and Digital Media Policy
  • Thursday, July 28th Chromebook Information
  • Friday, July 29th Schedules
  • Saturday, July 30th FAQs and Grab Bag Topics
  • Sunday, July 31st Regular Weekly Buzz
  • Monday, August 1st Morning Drop Off / Afternoon Pick-Up
  • Tuesday, August 2nd Registration Follow-Up / Updates
  • Wednesday, August 3rd Health and Medical Updates
  • Thursday, August 4th Bus Information
  • Friday, August 5th Attendance Information
  • Saturday, August 6th Child Nutrition / Cafeteria Information
  • Sunday, August 7th Regular Weekly Buzz
  • Monday, August 8th Last Minute Reminders

Due to our receipt of regularly changing information and district updates, this information release schedule is subject to change. Thank you for your continued support of your student, our faculty and staff, and the administration of Corner Middle School! Enjoy your week!

Michael Manning


Corner Middle School

Updated Information From the Jefferson County Schools Child Nutrition Department

This year, school districts nationwide are returning to the free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch program.

For the past two years, all students have been able to eat free school breakfasts and lunches because of federal funding. However, in the fall, as the federal waiver expires, only students who apply for the program and are approved will be able to eat meals at a free or reduced price.

Like in years past, approval for the program is based on your family’s income. We encourage you to still apply if you’re unsure of your eligibility. Remember, there is absolutely no harm in filling out an application to see if you qualify! The link at which you may apply is below.

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Immunization Clinic Information

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Interested in Substitute Teaching In Jefferson County? Read This!

Kelly Educational Staffing (KES®) is dedicated to helping school districts save money and operate at peak capacity by fulfilling all staffing needs. As a complete education staffing solution, we manage substitute teachers and Exceptional Ed paraprofessionals for Jefferson County Schools. Launched in 1997, KES partners with 7,000+ public and private schools across 35 states and have 100% success in improving substitute placement rates in all our partner districts. More than 2.2 million classrooms are filled by a KES substitute teacher each year.

The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved new pay rates for several categories of substitutes. The changes were voted on during Thursday’s meeting and will take effect immediately.

Substitute teachers with a high school diploma will move from $80.00 to $100.00 a day, and substitute teachers with a teaching certificate will move from $90.00 to $110.00 a day.

In addition, long-term substitute teachers with a high school diploma will see their daily rate jump from $95.00 to $105.00. A substitute exceptional education teacher will be paid a daily rate of $110.00, increasing from $90.00.

“We realize the need for subs now more than ever. This is a tremendous opportunity to recruit individuals who want a chance to work a flexible schedule but also make a difference in a student’s life,” said Dr. Walter Gonsoulin, Superintendent.

Like many districts, Jefferson County Schools currently contracts with Kelly Services to provide substitutes in various departments.

Current Rates of Substitute Teaching Positions

  • Substitute Teacher-High School Diploma $100.00/daily
  • Substitute Teacher-Teaching Certificate $110.00/daily
  • Long Term Substitute Teacher-High School Diploma noncertified (Day 11) $105.00/daily
  • Long Term Substitute Teacher-Teaching Certificate (Day 11) $220.00/daily
  • Exceptional Education Paraprofessional $15.00/hourly
  • Substitute Exceptional Ed Teacher $110.00/daily
  • Substitute Exceptional Ed Teacher-High School Diploma noncertified (Day 11) $115.00/daily
  • Health Room Aide $13.56/hourly
  • Substitute School Assistant $12.40/hourly
  • Substitute Food Service Worker $10.00/hourly
  • Substitute Bus Aide $10.00/hourly

For more information, please visit To apply for substitute teaching positions in Jefferson County Schools, please contact the local Kelly Educational Staffing branch office at 205-870-7154 or email at

Back-to-School Registration Reminder

This is a reminder that ONSITE summer registration for all currently enrolled students will be held on Monday, August 1, 2022, from 8:30-4:30 (see the schedule below). Make-up registration will be held the following week each day from 8:00 until 11:00.

Registration will be in the main building at CMS. When families arrive at registration, you may be required to clear up fees for lost or missing devices, library book, and/or class fees for 2021-2022. If you are unsure if you have any of these charges to clear up prior to registering, please contact the school office. If you plan to pay with a check, you will need one check for this station and a separate check for the fee station. This year we will have stations for online payment with a debit or credit card.

The stations that follow include stations where class donations and fees are collected, books and lockers are distributed, and items such as planners and memberships can be acquired. The schedule (which we rotate annually to be fair when issuing lockers) is as follows:

  • Persons whose last names begin with N-O-P 8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.
  • Persons whose last names begin with Q-R-S 9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
  • Persons whose last names begin with T-U-V 10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
  • Persons whose last names begin with W-X-Y-Z 12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.
  • Persons whose last names begin with A-B-C-D 1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
  • Persons whose last names begin with E-F-G-H-I 2:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
  • Persons whose last names begin with J-K-L-M 3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.

There will be a lunch break from 11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. for our staff and volunteers. No one may register at this time. Please remember that Jefferson County Schools are closed on Fridays during the summer. The office hours at Corner Middle School are from 8:00 – 4:30 on Monday through Thursday.

The letter that was sent out on June 1, 2022 is attached below. Please remember you MUST complete the online registration before you can proceed through the onsite registrations. Thank you for your assistance in this. We look forward to seeing you on August 1st.

Online Registration Reminder for All CMS Students and Families (UPDATE)

CMS Families,

This is a reminder that families of ALL students in grades 5-8 MUST COMPLETE the online registration process in Power School prior to the start of the 2022-2023 school year. As of today, about HALF of our students registration has been started and pushed over for update in our system this week. The portal looks like this:

  • 6 new students completed online enrollment
  • 266 returning students submitted
  • 120 returning students pending approval
  • 24 returning students started
  • 143 returning students not started and unsubmitted

Please remember that SNAP codes will no longer be necessary or required to register. All registration will be done online through the Power School Parent Portal.

The set up information for your student's online registration information can be found at the bottom of his/her end-of-year report card. At Corner Middle School, we sent those to you by email and through the mail by the U.S. Postal Service. If for some reason you are unable to locate that information, please call the school at 205-379-3230 so that we may assist you.

Some simple instructions are below:

Creating a parent portal account

If you are 100% positive you do not have a parent portal account, now is the time to create one! If you already have an account, please do not create a new one as this could cause delays in the registration process.

1.Click Here To Navigate to JEFCOED’s Power School Page

2.Click “Create Account” and follow the instructions.

What if I have a new student?

If your student is new to JEFCOED, please complete the new student registration process currently found on

Click Here To Register a New Student

UPDATE: Families, if you have completed the online registration process for the new school year but have not uploaded the documents required by the district, you should email them to our school registrar, Lindy Hallmark, at or drop them by the school for us to copy, approve, and put on file. Thank you for your assistance in the submission of this required documentation.


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CMS Supply List for 2022-2023

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School Year Calendar for 2022-2023

CMS Families,

Attached is a picture and a PDF copy of the 2022-2023 Jefcoed School Year Calendar for your reference and for your use in planning. More information regarding the calendar will be coming home to you this summer.

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Summer 2022 Office Hours at Corner Middle School

Corner Middle School will have employees on site for summer needs for June and July to assist families as needed. Please review the schedule below for office and staff availability. Thank you!!
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CMS Calendar for the Week of July 25, 2022 - July 31, 2022

Monday, July 25, 2022

  • CHS Boys Workouts 7:00-11:00

  • CHS Band Camp 8:00-4:00·

  • Local CTE Inservice·

  • HELP Training at COB

  • CHS Football Practice 3:00-5:30

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

  • Library Media Specialists and Custodians Return

  • CHS Boys Workouts 7:00-11:00

  • Local CTE Inservice

  • HELP Training at COB

  • CMS Summer CILT Meeting 8:00-3:00

  • CHS Band Camp 8:00-4:00

  • CHS Volleyball Play Date

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

  • CHS Boys Workouts 7:00-11:00

  • Local CTE Inservice

  • CMS Summer CILT Meeting 8:00-3:00

  • Secondary COMP (Day #1) at COB 8:30-3:00

  • CHS Band Camp 8:00-4:00

  • CHS Volleyball Play Date

  • CHS Football Practice 3:00-5:30

Thursday, July 28, 2022

  • CHS Boys Workouts 7:00-11:00

  • Local CTE Inservice

  • CMS Peer Helper Camp 8:00-3:00

  • Secondary COMP (Day #2) at COB 8:30-3:00

  • CHS Registration [8:00 (Sr.)/9:30 (Jr.)/12:00 (So.)/1:30 (Fr.)

  • Ex. Ed. Lead Teacher Academy 8:00-12:00

  • CHS Band Camp 8:00-4:00

  • Jefcoed Board Meeting 10:00

Friday, July 29, 2022

  • CHS Boys Workouts 7:00-11:00

  • CMS Peer Helper Camp 8:00-1:00

  • CHS Band Camp 8:00-4:00

  • CHS Football Practice 3:00-5:30

  • CHS Band Preview Show 6:30

Saturday, July 30, 2022

  • Enjoy Your Weekend!

Sunday, July 31, 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, August 1, 2022 Bus Drivers and Aides Return

Monday, August 1, 2022 CHS Boys Workouts 7:00-11:00

Monday, August 1, 2022 CMS Summer Registration 8:00-4:00

Monday, August 1, 2022 CHS Make-Up Registration

Monday, August 1, 2022 Mentoring Workshop at CMS

Monday, August 1, 2022 eTeam Leaders Summit at COB 8:30-3:30

Monday, August 1, 2022 Jefcoed Principal Pipeline Meeting at COB 3:00

Monday, August 1, 2022 CHS Football Practice 3:00-5:30

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 Jefcoed New Teacher Orientation at Gardendale High 7:30-12:00

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 Lead Mentor Training at Gardendale High School 7:30-12:00

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 CNP Managers Return

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 eTeam Leaders Summit at COB 8:30-3:30

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 Teacher Work Day

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 School Safety Committee Meeting 1:00

Thursday, August 4, 2022 CNP Workers and School Nurses Return

Thursday, August 4, 2022 Central Office Administrators’ Meeting 8:30

Thursday, August 4, 2022 Professional Development Day (Local)

Thursday, August 4, 2022 Opening of School Feeder Pattern Breakfast at CHS 8:00

Thursday, August 4, 2022 Department Level NIC Meetings (AM)

Thursday, August 4, 2022 PBIS Leadership Team Meeting (PM)

Thursday, August 4, 2022 CHS Band Rehearsal 3:00-5:00

Friday, August 5, 2022 Professional Development Day (District) at Various Sites

Friday, August 5, 2022 Bethel Baptist Church Serve Day

Saturday, August 6, 2022 Bethel Baptist Church Serve Day

Sunday, August 7, 2022 Locker Decoration Day 1:00-5:00

Sunday, August 7, 2022 Community Prayer Walk

Monday, August 8, 2022 Teacher Work Day

Monday, August 8, 2022 Athletic Department Meeting

Monday, August 8, 2023 Bagley Meet the Teacher 12:30 (2/4); 1:30 (1/3); 2:30 (K)

Monday, August 8, 2022 Corner Theatre Academy Booster Meeting 6:00

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 First Day for Students

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 Jefcoed Board Committee Meeting 10:00

Thursday, August 11, 2022 CMS Back-to-School Dance 6:00-8:00

Friday, August 12, 2022 Meet the Jackets (TBD)

Monday, August 15, 2022 iReady BOY Diagnostic Window Opens

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 7th and 8th Grade PST

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 Fall Picture Day

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 CHS Band Parent Meeting 6:30

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 PLA (Mandatory Trainings)

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 Principal Pipeline Mentor Meeting 7:30

Thursday, August 18, 2022 5th and 6th Grade PST

Thursday, August 18, 2022 CHS Football Jamboree 7:00

Tuesday, August 23, 2022 5th – 8th Grade PST (during Prep Period)

Tuesday, August 23, 2022 West Blocton at CMS Football 6:00 (MAY BE MOVED)

Thursday, August 25, 2022 5th and 6th Grade Data Meeting

Thursday, August 25, 2022 Jefcoed Board Meeting 10:00

Thursday, August 25, 2022 CMS Volleyball @ Bragg with Pleasant Grove

Thursday, August 25, 2022 CMS Connects – Session #1

Friday, August 26, 2022 CHS Football at St. Clair County 7:00

Saturday, August 27, 2022 CMS Volleyball at Leeds Tournament

Saturday, August 27, 2022 Stephen F. Austin vs. Jacksonville State in Montgomery

Monday, August 29, 2022 CMS Volleyball at Oak Grove

Monday, August 29, 2022 Odenville at CMS Football 5:00

Monday, August 29, 2022 Odenville at JV Football 7:00

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 Attendance Recognition

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 7th and 8th Grade Data Meeting

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 Nominate August Students of the Month

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 CMS Band Instrument Testing 4:00-7:00

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 PBIS Drawing #1

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 CILT Meeting

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 McAdory/P.Grove at CMS Volleyball

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.