The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

Volume 1, Number 18: February 9, 2020

Course Selection Updates

Last week, the counselor and administrators met with CMS students in grades 5-7 and the 6th graders who will transition from West Jefferson to Corner Middle in the fall regarding course selection. In addition, the faculty at CHS met with our 8th grade at Focus on the Future Night. We will continue the fall course selection process this week with the 8th grade only, but will be sending some additional information home with families of students in grades 5-7.


In the attachment below, families of 8th grade students can find the times assigned for their scheduling appointments for Monday through Wednesday. The scheduling sessions will be held in the CMS Library. Students who have recently transferred to CMS will have appointments added to the end of the day on Wednesday. Families who are attending should please come into the office, sign in as a visitor, and you will be escorted to the library for your meeting. Your student will be called to join you.


Chloe Whitaker, the counselor at CMS, will be sending home an update to the course selection sheet for those students who may be interested in amending their elective options. On Wednesday, administration was informed that CMS would be receiving an art unit for the 2020-2021 school year. We are excited to add this option to the fine arts rotation of electives! Families should look for that sheet coming home on Monday.

8th Grade Wrestler Qualifies for State Wrestling Tournament

CMS 8th grader, Calvin Taylor, competed with the Corner High School Wrestling Team this weekend in the 113 pound weight class in the state sectionals held at the Birmingham Cross Plex.


Taylor and his teammates finished third in the sectionals -- the highest finish in school history. He advances to the state tournament in Huntsville next weekend with five other CHS wrestlers who also qualified. The team is coached by Jason Doss. We are proud of Calvin and all of the CHS Wrestling Team!



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Spring Sports Schedules

Attached are the schedules for Baseball, Softball, and Track for the spring of 2020. Please remember that these schedules are subject to change based upon inclement weather or other factors. We have also included the schedules for CHS Baseball and Softball. Thank you for coming out and supporting the Corner Middle School Yellow Jackets!!!

Attendance Matters

As we enter February, we continue our look at schoolwide attendance at CMS. We can NEVER UNDERSTATE the importance of school attendance. We mentioned in the CMS Connects meeting that attendance is a factor in selection for advanced coursework.


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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Quote of the Week . . .

"Many people dream of success. To me, success can only be achieved through repeated failure and introspection. In fact, success represents the 1 percent of your work which results only from the 99 percent that is called failure."


--Soichiro Honda (Founder of Honda Motor Co.)--

Video of the Week . . .

We continue our school focus on MINDSET. In the words of basketball hall of famer, Michael Jordan, "I fail over and over and over again. And that is why I succeed." Enjoy this short video from Eduardo Zanatta who gives us three key thoughts as to why failure is such an integral part to our ultimate success.
Failure Is Part of Success: Eduardo Zanatta at TEDxBYU

Calendar for the Week

CMS Fundraiser Calendar

Monday, Feb. 10th, 12am to Friday, Feb. 21st, 12am

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

CMS Football Strawberries on Sale until February 14th

CMS Spring Break Shirts on Sale until February 21st

ACCESS for ELL Testing

Monday, Feb. 10th, 8am to Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 3pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

8th Grade Scheduling with CHS Counselors and Administration

Monday, Feb. 10th, 8am to Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 11:30am

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

CMS Organization Practices

Monday, Feb. 10th, 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 Athletic Practices

Monday, Feb. 10th, 3pm to Thursday, Feb. 13th, 5:30pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

CMS Baseball 2/10/20-2/13/20

CMS Softball 2/10/-2/13/20

CMS Golf 2/10 and 2/12

CHS Tennis 2/10/20-2/12/20

CMS Dance Team Clinic

Monday, Feb. 10th, 3pm to Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 3pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

Clinic will be held in the Competition Gym

CHS Volleyball Tryouts at CHS

Monday, Feb. 10th, 3:15pm to Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 5pm

4301 Warrior Jasper Road

Dora, AL

For 8th Grade Girls Who Are Trying Out for the Team

CMS Organization Practice

Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 7:30am

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

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

Peer Helpers with Ms. Hoggle 7:30 AM

First Priority in the Library

Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 7:30am

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

Mid-Quarter Progress Reports Go Home (3rd Quarter)

Thursday, Feb. 13th, 3pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

CMS Organization Practices

Thursday, Feb. 13th, 7:30am

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

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

CMS Debate with Mrs. Boyd 3:00

CMS Drama Club with Mrs. Burgos 3:00

CHS Tennis vs. Jasper at Moncrief Park

Thursday, Feb. 13th, 3:30pm

2109 Moncrief Road

Gardendale, AL

1st Match of Year for Middle School Tennis Players. They will leave the school at 2:30.

CMS Dance Team Tryouts in Competition Gym

Thursday, Feb. 13th, 3-5pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

CMS Wrestling at AHSAA State Tournament

Thursday, Feb. 13th, 3pm to Saturday, Feb. 15th, 5pm

700 Monroe Street Southwest

Huntsville, AL

FBLA Carnations Delivered

Friday, Feb. 14th, 8am

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

Valentine's Dance

Friday, Feb. 14th, 5-7pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

Students should promptly be picked up by families at the end of the dance.

CMS Robotics (5th/6th Grade) at Gardendale Competition

Saturday, Feb. 15th, 8am

800 Main Street

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.