The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

Volume 1, Number 35: June 3, 2020

Thoughts From the Principal . . .

In the 1950s, there was a game show on television called "The $64,000 Question." The show had a format similar to "Who Want's to Be a Millionaire." A catchphrase emerged in the days following the hit TV show anytime someone would ask a question that posed a challenge or had no definite answer. "Well, isn't that the $64,000 question?" one would ask.

I get "the $64,000 question(s)" almost daily now. When are tryouts? What's the plan for the fall? Will we open school on time? What do you think it will look like when we re-open? Will be online in August? The list goes on. To be honest, I have as many questions as you do -- perhaps even more.

In a couple of weeks, Dr. Eric Mackey, the state superintendent, will update us again about the ALSDE''s plan to move forward. Our superintendent, Dr. Walter Gonsoulin, provides regular updates through social media, the district's communication system, and our district's website. We will continue to update families throughout the summer as we have in days past.

Please be patient in this ever-changing situation in which we find ourselves. I would encourage you to take this opportunity to focus of the health and well-being of your family, enjoying the chances you have to watch your young one(s) grow (it goes by SO FAST), and finding ways to help your student(s) continue to learn at home.

We will be sending out information on summer registration in the days ahead. Below, you will find information on summer activities and summer learning opportunities. Please take the time to read through materials that come home from the school. Our teachers and staff are working very hard right now to plan for the year ahead . . . in whatever format that may take.

We hope that you have a great summer and are here to assist you in any way that we can!

Report Card Information for CMS Families

Corner Middle School mailed report cards on Friday, May 29th. If you have not received your child's report card, this might indicate one of the following things:

  • The address that we have on file for you is incorrect, and the report card was returned to the school.
  • The U.S. Postal Service returned the report card because they reported "no mail receptacle."
  • You had an outstanding lunch balance that needs to be cleared up as soon as possible.
  • Your student checked out a library book that has not been returned and should either be brought to the school or paid for as lost.

Please contact the school office at 205-379-3230 so that we may help you in getting your student's end-of-year report card.

Second Round of Locker Pick-Up Next Week

For the students and their families who were unable to attend one of four days to pick up the contents of lockers that were not accessible due to the COVID-19 shutdown of schools, we will hold two additional sessions to pick up those materials.

On Monday, June 8th, and Tuesday, June 9th, students and their families may come to the school and pick up the materials that were in lockers when schools closed. At the end of each of the first four days, teachers and staff bagged up the contents of the lockers for easier collection.

The items are lined up in "The Barn" which is adjacent to the main office. Pick-up times each day will be from 9:00 AM to Noon and from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. This should assist families who may have returned to work. Only the student will be allowed to enter the buildings to collect the materials. All Jefcoed and ADPH guidelines still apply.

After Tuesday, materials may be discarded or donated to local charities. Please make every effort to pick up the items on one of these two days at one of these four sessions. This will be the last opportunity to do this. Thank you for your assistance!

Summer Athletic / Extracurricular Information Released

The Alabama State Department of Education and the Alabama High School Athletic Association allowed athletics, clubs, and other extracurricular activities to resume beginning June 1, 2020, utilizing a set of detailed guidelines. All of the documents pertaining to the safe opening of summer activities can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.

Families are highly encouraged to open each document and read the ALSDE, the AHSAA, the CDC, the Jefcoed, and the CMS guidelines for summer activities. In order to participate, students and their families must comply with the guidelines in order to help us best create a safe environment for participation.

Football workouts will begin the week of Monday, June 15th. The schedule is below. Because none of the boys' or girls' sports that require tryouts have occurred (volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis), coaches may hold camps at the school to be determined/announced at a later date.

For boys interested in playing football . . . there will be parent meeting at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, June 9th in the stadium on the bleachers (weather permitting). One parent/guardian from each family needs to attend this mandatory meeting if your student-athlete is interested in playing football.

Information on camps/conditioning for Lady Yellow Jackets' activities will be sent out in the days ahead. The AHSAA prohibits team tryouts from occurring during the summer. If you have not already completed the CMS Girls Athletics Survey, please do so at the link below if you have a young lady interested in participating in a sport (not including cheerleading which has already had tryouts).

All student-athletes MUST HAVE a current physical completed on the appropriate form in order to participate, and all forms signed and completed in Dragonfly -- the AHSAA's online eligibility system. If you have questions, please email CMS Athletic Director, Christy Griffin, at or one of the coaches for the team about which you may have questions.

Jefcoed Announces Summer Hours for Local Schools

All Jefferson County Schools will maintain the following summer hours:

June 8 - June 26

Monday through Thursday: 7:30 AM - 4:45 PM

Friday: Offices are closed.

June 29 - July 3

Monday through Thursday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Friday: Offices are closed

July 6 - August 7

Monday through Thursday: 7:30 AM - 4:45 PM

Friday: Offices are closed.

We will resume normal office hours on August 10th unless otherwise notified. Please feel free to call us with any questions you might have.

Jefcoed Department of Curriculum and Instruction Provides Summer Learning Resources

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction have provided families of Jefferson County Students a tool that will help them access learning resources in the weeks and months ahead until school re-opens. Please click on the link below to access the list of tools. A picture of the list is below.

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Quote of the Week . . .

"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less."

--Marie Curie--

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.