The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

Volume 1, Number 22: March 8, 2020

CMS Band at MPA This Week

The Corner Middle School Band -- under the direction of Mrs. Debra Saunders -- will be traveling to Vestavia Hills High School on Tuesday, March 10th to perform at week one of the Music Performance Assessment (MPA). The band, which will perform three songs in their set and be adjudicated by four judges, will perform with 100-plus bands from our region over an 8 day period.


Attached below are videos of the band's pre-MPA practice concert and a program for the MPA event. Good luck, CMS Band, as you compete this week!

CMS Band Pre-MPA 1
CMS Band Pre- MPA 2
CMS Pre-MPA 3

CMS Cheer Hosting Art Camp

On Wednesday, March 18th, the Corner Middle School Cheerleaders will host an art camp here on campus from 3:00 - 5:00 to raise money for camp and the coming year. All students, faculty members, parents, or community members are welcome to attend! The cost is $25.00 and participants will have the choice of painting a sunflower or watermelon slice door hanger in preparation for spring.


The event will be led by Queen of Her Castle designer/artist, Tiffany Hill. Money is due to the school by March 13th. Checks should be made payable to Corner Middle School. If you have questions about the event, please contact Lindsey Hoggle (lhoggle@jefcoed.com) or Lauren Wakefield (lwakefield@jefcoed.com) for more information.

Second Semester Dates of Importance (Updated)

In an effort to assist families in their planning of appointments or other activities, the chart below lists some of the second semester dates of importance at Corner Middle School. We ask that you try to help us by making every effort to have your student at school during the spring ACAP. The ACAP is the Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program -- our new state test -- where your students are tested in English Language Arts, Math, and Science. Hopefully, having these dates ahead of time can help us avoid absences. Please remember that these dates are subject to change. PLEASE REVIEW FOR UPDATES IN TESTING DATES.
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Attendance Matters Update Through February

As we move into March, we begin our state assessments at CMS. This month we will administer the ACAP-Alternate to select students in grades 5-8. In addition, we complete the third quarter prior to spring break.


Please remember, the state of Alabama defines a student as "chronically absent" when he or she has 18 or more absences.


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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Football Parent Meeting for 8th Graders Planning to Play at CHS in the Fall

Any current 8th Grade student considering playing football for CHS in the 2020 season must have a parent or a guardian at the mandatory parent meeting on Sunday, March 15th at 3:00 in the high school auditorium. The following topics will be discussed:
  • What is required for the student-athlete to participate
  • Spring, summer, and fall schedules
  • Player fees and fundraisers
  • Parent/guardian Participation

The coaching staff and the booster club looks forward to seeing you there!

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Quote of the Week . . .

"If you take risks, you may still fail. But if you not take risks, you will surely fail. The greatest risk of all is to do nothing."


--Roberto Goizueta (CEO and Chairman of Coca Cola)--

Video of the Week . . .

We continue our school focus on GROWTH MINDSET and RISK TAKING. In this week's video, several of the individuals who have achieved great financial success (Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Jack Ma) discuss taking risks, the fear of failure, and taking action in order to achieve your dreams.
Billionaire Entrepreneurs on Fear, Taking Risk & Mistakes: Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk & Jack Ma

Calendar for the Week

School Pictures Orders Due

Monday, March 9th, 7:30am-3pm

Corner Middle School

Return to Main Office

Cheerleading T-Shirt Fundraiser

Monday, March 9th, 7:30am to Friday, March 20th, 3pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

See any cheerleader or Ms. Hoggle or Mrs. Wakefield.

ACAP Alternate Testing at CMS

Monday, March 9th, 8:30am to Friday, March 20th, 3pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

Families of students testing have received information on individual testing dates.

Math Team Practice

Monday, March 9th, 3-5pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

CMS Drama Club Rehearsal

Monday, March 9th, 3pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

In Mrs. Burgos's room.

CMS Track and Field at Meet #2

Monday, March 9th, 3:30pm

1000 Eagle Drive

Center Point, AL

Softball Team Pictures at Corner High School Softball Field

Monday, March 9th, 4pm

4301 Warrior Jasper Road

Dora, AL

Curry at CMS Softball

Monday, March 9th, 5pm

4301 Warrior Jasper Road

Dora, AL

CMS Cheerleading Practice

Tuesday, March 10th, 3pm to Thursday, March 12th, 4:30pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

Practice in the Competition Gymnasium.

Bragg vs. CMS Golf at Horse Creek Golf Course

Tuesday, March 10th, 3:30pm

1745 Highway 78

Dora, AL

Mortimer Jordan at CHS Tennis

Tuesday, March 10th, 3:30pm

2109 Moncrief Road

Gardendale, AL

Bragg at CMS Softball

Tuesday, March 10th, 5pm

4301 Warrior Jasper Road

Dora, AL

First Priority in the Library

Wednesday, March 11th, 7:30-9:30am

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

CMS Golf Practice at Horse Creek Golf Course

Wednesday, March 11th, 3:30pm

1745 Highway 78

Dora, AL

Altamont at CHS Tennis

Wednesday, March 11th, 3:30pm

4301 Warrior Jasper Road

Dora, AL

Corner Softball at North Jefferson

Wednesday, March 11th, 4:30pm

8601 Old Highway 31

Kimberly, AL

CMS Drama Club Rehearsal

Thursday, March 12th, 3pm

10005 Corner School Road

Warrior, AL

In Mrs. Burgos's Room.

Center Point at CHS Tennis

Thursday, March 12th, 3:30pm

4301 Warrior Jasper Road

Dora, AL

Rudd at CMS Baseball

Thursday, March 12th, 4:30pm

4301 Warrior Jasper Road

Dora, AL

Jasper at CMS Softball

Thursday, March 12th, 5pm

4301 Warrior Jasper Road

Dora, AL

Bragg at CMS Baseball

Friday, March 13th, 4:30pm

4301 Warrior Jasper Road

Dora, AL

Double Header at 4:30 / 6:30

CMS Softball at Oak Grove

Friday, March 13th, 6pm

9494 Oak Grove Parkway

Bessemer, AL

Homewood at CMS Baseball

Saturday, March 14th, 11am

4301 Warrior Jasper Road

Dora, 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.