The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

Volume 3, Number 33: March 20, 2022

Spring Break for Jefcoed Students Scheduled for Next Week

At 3:06 PM on Friday, March 25, 2022, Corner Middle School students, faculty, and staff will head out the doors of the school and begin Spring Break 2022! School offices will be closed Monday through Friday. School will re-open for students on Monday, April 4, 2022. We hope that everyone has a safe, fun, and restful Spring Break!
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Re-Considering the Free and Reduced Lunch Application

As some of you may have read or heard in the news last week, the federal waivers that have allowed ALL students to eat free during the pandemic period will expire on June 30, 2022. At this time, the federal government has elected not to renew those waivers for the 2022-2023 school year. That means that students who did not apply for free and reduced lunches this year will return to PAID status for the new year. In addition, with fuel, shipping, food, and distribution costs rising due to inflation, it has been discussed with Jefcoed principals, that we should anticipate an increase in lunch prices in August.

The Washington Post discusses the changes ahead in a recent article that can be found at this link:

We are placing the link for free and reduced lunches for the 2021-2022 school year below. Why? Many families may have chosen not to complete the form because they were aware the breakfast and lunch programs would be free to their students this year. As we approach the new year, if your student has been eligible before , but you did not complete the form this year, it has been recommended that you do it now. Your student will be in a must pay status until the new application is completed, reviewed, and approved in the fall. If you are approved during this school year, you will have a 30-day "grace period" once the school year opens that would cover your child/children.

In addition, families who believe they may not have qualified pre-pandemic are also encouraged to apply. So many things have changed in the past two years. It is important to assure that your child has access to healthy and nutritious food daily during each school day. The application process is secure and confidential. If you have already completed the link for this year, you do not have to re-apply. You will only need to re-apply when the registration portal opens for the next school year. Also, if you are directly certified, you will not have to apply. The link is below, thank you for your consideration!

Transfer Applications to Jefcoed Schools for 2022-2023 School Year Now Available

The Student Services division of the Jefferson County Board of Education as opened the application portal for student transfers for the 2022-2023 school year. Applications may be submitted from March 15th to June 1st, 2022. The transfer portal will close on June 1, 2022, at 4:00 PM.

Complete this form to apply to attend a school outside your district or attendance zone. To be approved, applications must meet criteria established by federal court order. Information on transfer guidelines is available in the Student and Parent Handbook. No late applications will be considered. For questions about the transfer process or the application, please contact Student Services at 205-379-2165.

The link to which a family may submit their application is below.

Jefcoed Releases Western Zone Signature Academies Brochure for Families

The attachment below has updated information from the Jefferson County Board of Education regarding the Signature Academies for the Western Zone including Corner High School. Students in grades 8-11 can apply for a Signature Academy between now and 4:00 PM on April 8, 2022 by clicking on the link below.

CMS Robotics Working to Raise Funds to Send Teams to Worlds in Dallas

In order to raise the necessary funds for registration, travel, lodging, and meals for the VEX Robotics World Championship competition in Dallas, Texas, the CMS Robotics Team, their coaches, and their families are conducting a series of fund raisers over the next several weeks.

The coaches are sponsoring a Kona Ice fund raiser for the teams at the school over the next month. From Mrs. Harris and Mrs. Wiley:

We will have a Kona Ice Day the following days for 5/6 grade

March 23rd - April 13th - April 27th

Fifth grade will come out from 2:00-2:30

Sixth grade will come out from 2:30-end of day

We will have a Kona Ice Day the following days for 7/8 grade

April 6 - April 20th

Seventh grade will come out from 2:00-2:30

Eighth grade will come out from 2:30-end of day


Klassic $3.00 King $4.00 Kolor Changing $5.00 Kowabunga $6.00

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In addition, the families of the teams of CMS Robotics who qualified for the VEX Robotics World Competition in Dallas, Texas, are doing a drive-through Spaghetti Dinner on March 21st at New Temple Baptist Church to help raise funds for the team's trip.

We are so proud of these students and are working to raise funds to compete at this event that has teams that have qualified from all over the United States and across the globe. We also want them to be able to experience all of the wonderful and exciting things Dallas has to offer!

If you are interested in helping the team make the trip and would like to place an order you can email or text your order to (334) 220-9143.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out! Thank you so much for your support!

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Please take a moment to watch Dr. Gonsoulin's Weekly Video Update from last Friday.
Weekly Update 3-18-22

Yearbook Photos Needed

Corner Middle School yearbook sponsor, Tiffany Little, is requesting submissions from CMS families or fans who may have taken or are taking pictures (action shots, crowd shots, etc.) from any events or activities of the following teams or groups:

  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Newcomb
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Wrestling
  • Tennis
  • Fishing
  • Dance Team
  • First Priority
  • Organizations (Debate, Science Olympiad, Math Team, Future Problem Solvers, Student Council, etc.)
  • Field Trips

To share your pictures for use in this year's yearbook, go to Put in the school code: CMS492. This will allow you to upload the photos. Thank you, so much for sharing your pictures that will help us embed those memories for a lifetime!

CMS Calendar for the Week of March 21, 2022 - March 27, 2022 and Spring Break

Monday, March 21, 2022

  • 6th Grade Field Trip to Space and Rocket Center 8:15
  • CMS Golf and Track Pictures in Competition Gym 2:00
  • CMS Robotics Practice 3:00
  • CHS Cheer Clinic Begins 3:30
  • Yearbook Design Staff Meeting 3:15
  • Bragg at CMS Baseball 4:30/6:30
  • CHS Baseball at Oak Grove 4:30/6:30

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

  • 3rd Quarter Report Cards Go Home
  • No 7th and 8th Grade Data Meeting This Week
  • Alabama Career Planning System Webex 11:00
  • 7th and 8th Grade Math Team Practice 3:00
  • CMS Baseball at Leeds 3:00
  • Yearbook Design Staff Meeting 3:15
  • CHS Cheer Clinic 3:30
  • CHS Tennis at Birmingham-Southern 3:30
  • CMS Track at Corner High School Meet 3:30
  • Center Point CHS Baseball 4:30/6:00
  • McAdory at CHS Softball 5:00
  • CMS Dance Parent Meeting in Library 6:00

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

  • 7th Grade Field Trip To Birmingham Zoo Lab
  • Spring Picture Orders Due Today
  • First Priority in Library 7:30
  • Alabama Career Planning System Webex 12:30
  • PBIS Reward Day 2:00
  • Kona Ice for Robotics at 2:30
  • CMS Cheerleading Practice 3:00
  • Yearbook Design Staff Meeting 3:15
  • ACAP Summative Testing Training 3:20/PBIS Leadership Team Check-in to Follow
  • CHS Cheer Clinic 3:30

Thursday, March 24, 2022

  • ACAP Summative Make-up Training in 7th Grade Conference Room TBD
  • No 5th and 6th Grade Data Meetings Today
  • CMS Future Problem Solvers at District/State Tournament at CHS 8:15
  • Jefcoed Board Meeting 10:00
  • CMS Cheerleading Practice 3:00
  • Yearbook Design Staff Meeting 3:15
  • CHS Cheer Tryouts 3:30
  • CMS Golf at Cumberland Golf Course 3:30
  • Curry at CHS Golf at Horse Creek 3:30
  • American Christian at CHS Tennis 3:30
  • CHS Track at Center Point Meet 3:30
  • CHS Baseball at Center Point 4:30/6:30
  • CMS Softball at Cold Springs 5:00
  • Gardendale at CHS Softball 5:00

Friday, March 25, 2022

  • PST Report Cards Go Home
  • Gardendale at CHS Baseball 4:30/6:30

Saturday, March 26, 2022

  • Pleasant Grove and Clay-Chalkville at CHS Baseball 11:00/3:00

Sunday, March 27, 2022

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

Monday, March 28, 2022 - Saturday, April 2, 2022

  • Spring Break for Jefferson County Schools
  • CHS Baseball at Gulf Coast Classic Baseball Tournament

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, April 4, 2022 Students Return to CMS from Spring Break

Monday, April 4, 2022 ACAP Summative Testing Begins at CMS

Monday, April 4, 2022 North Jefferson at CMS Baseball 4:30/6:30

Monday, April 4, 2022 Hueytown at CMS Softball 5:00

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 CMS Golf at Frank House Golf Course 3:30

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 CMS Baseball at North Jefferson 4:30/6:00

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 CMS Softball at Rudd 5:00

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 AHSAA Principal and Athletic Directors Conference

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 AHSAA Principal and Athletic Directors Conference

Thursday, April 7, 2022 CMS Golf at Roebuck Course 3:30

Thursday, April 7, 2022 CMS Track at Center Point Meet 3:30

Thursday, April 7, 2022 Maddox at CMS Baseball 4:30/6:30

Friday, April 8, 2022 CMS Softball at Brookwood Tournament TBD

Saturday, April 9, 2022 CMS Softball at Brookwood Tournament TBD

Saturday, April 9, 2022 CHS Mats and Bats Golf Tournament at Horse Creek 8:00

Monday, April 11, 2022 CMS at Jefcoed 6th Grade Track Meet 9:00

Monday, April 11, 2022 Cold Springs at CMS Softball 5:00

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 CMS at Jefcoed 5th Grade Track Meet 9:00

Thursday, April 14, 2022 CMS Track at Center Point Meet 3:30

Friday, April 15, 2022 CMS Softball Hosts Jefcoed Middle School Softball Championship

Saturday, April 16, 2022 CMS Softball Hosts Jefcoed Middle School Softball Championship

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.