The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

Volume 3, Number 37: April 17, 2022

CMS Receives Grant from Jefferson County Service Fund

Thank you goes out to Representative Tim Wadsworth for helping our school secure a grant from the Jefferson County Service Fund that will help further our instructional and athletic program. We greatly appreciate Rep. Tim Wadsworth and all that he does for the Corner Middle School, Corner High School, and Bagley Elementary School!
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CMS Teacher Wins Jefcoed Foundation Grant

Congratulations to Mrs. Christy Griffin, 8th grade social studies teacher at Corner Middle School, on writing and winning a Jefferson County Schools Foundation Grant! The $500.00 grant was awarded to assist Mrs. Griffin in securing instructional tools for her history classroom.
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CMS Softball FIghts Opponents and Elements in Jefcoed Softball Tournament

The Corner Middle School Lady Yellow Jacket Softball Team took to the field this weekend in competition for the title of Jefferson County Champions. The Jefferson County Middle School Softball Championship Tournament was held at CHS on Friday and Saturday. The Lady Jackets finished in second place -- falling just short to North Jefferson Middle School in the late hours and fog on Saturday evening close to midnight.

The team opened with a victory over Minor on Friday, then defeated Hueytown and Oak Grove on Saturday morning after games were delayed two hours following evening thunderstorms and flooding. Sitting atop the winners bracket, the team lost a first game heartbreaker to North Jefferson 7-6 which forced the winner-take-all game late in the evening.

We are proud of the team and coaches Alisha Blackwelder, Kassidy Tavel, and Tori Russell for their hard work this season! On behalf of the coaches and the team, we'd like to give a special thanks to all of the parents who worked so hard to get the field ready for play in the morning and before each game, the families who brought food and cooked for the players, for the press box crew, and for those who helped clean up in the early hours of Easter morning.

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CHS Green House Offers a Variety of Plants to Community

The green house at Corner High School is now open weekly to our community to provide vegetables and flowering plants for spring planting. The green house can be located on the backside of the campus and is open from 8:30 to 2:00 each day. The list of available items offered can be found below.
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Applications Open for Peer Helper Program for 2022-2023

Applications for the 2022-2023 Corner Middle School Peer Helper program are now open. The Peer Helpers will serve as the school's ambassadors for the new school year, participate in a wide number of organizational events, and provide assistance to classmates, teachers, staff, the school, and the community in the year ahead. Only students who are currently in the SIXTH or SEVENTH grades may apply.

Students selected will be asked to participate in the Peer Helper Summer Camp on July 28-29, 2022, on the campus at CMS and will assist at Summer Registration on August 1st as well as on the first day of school on August 9th. Criteria for selection will be based upon the completion of the application, return of the parent permission form, a review of attendance, grades, and discipline, as well as teacher recommendation.

Applications will be due on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, by 3:00 PM. Parent permission forms are available in the main office and must be submitted to complete the application process. While we were unable to really kick off the Peer Helper program this year due to COVID-related circumstances, we are excited about what the new year will bring! We look forward to the work with this group! The application link is below.

CHS Shares Student Council Information for 8th Grade Class

Jennifer Anders, the Library Media Specialist at Corner High School, has shared information for incoming freshmen who are at Corner Middle School who might be interested in running for Student Council at CHS for the 2022-2023 school year. Students should click on the following link to review time-sensitive information about participating. The link is . . .

Students who are interested should watch the presentation then complete application form linked here. Applications are due by April 15, 2022. Campaigning will not be allowed until application is approved. Campaign rules will then be emailed to you. You should Include a two-minute campaign video with the application highlighting why you think you would be a good candidate. Voting will be done by Google Form and will take place April 22, 2022. The new CHS Student Council will be announced on Monday, April 25, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Anders at Corner High School by calling 205-379-3200 or emailing her at

ACAP Summative Testing Continues at CMS This Week

The Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program (ACAP) Summative Testing period continues at Corner Middle School this week. We had a great week last week with small-group testing. The testing schedule each spring is impacted by several district and state level events. The schedule is as follows:

  • April 20 - April 21: 7th Grade Testing
  • April 19 - April 20: 8th Grade Testing
  • April 25 - April 28: Make-Up Testing

CMS Families, it is very important that your student is at school on his or her testing date. Please help us complete the state testing by having your student at school during the testing period and on time for school each day. Testing is all online. Your student will need to charge his/her Chromebook each night before the scheduled tests AND bring it and the charger to school the day of testing.

Your student will be provided all supplemental resources (headphones, reference sheets, calculators - where applicable - and reference sheets). Your student may bring a book to read once he or she has completed the assessment each session. Your student may not have any digital device in the testing room (cell phone, Apple Watch, internet accessible devices, etc.) other than the Chromebook. If you have any questions about state testing, please contact the school. Thank you so much for your assistance!

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.

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

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 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

Cash Only

CMS Calendar for the Week of April 18, 2022 - April 24, 2022

Monday, April 18, 2022

· ACAP Summative - Make-Up Testing

· Jefcoed Administrator WebEx Training on SIR Report 9:00

· Power School Registration WebEx Training for Registrars and Principals 1:30

· CMS Robotics Practice 3:00

· CMS Cheerleading Practice 3:00

· Oak Grove and Clay-Chalkville at CHS Golf at Horse Creek 3:30

· CHS Baseball at McAdory 4:30

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

· ACAP Summative - 8th Grade Large Group Testing (Science)

· Middle School Principals WebEx Meeting 1:00

· CMS Track at Jefferson County Track Championship Meet at Center Point 1:00

· 7th and 8th Grade Math Team Tournament 3:00

· Mortimer Jordan at CHS Baseball 4:30/6:00

· Hueytown at CHS Softball 5:00

Wednesday, April 20, 2022


· ACAP Summative - 7th and 8th Grade Large Group Testing (Math)

· FBLA State Conference in Mobile, Alabama

· First Priority in Library 7:30

· CMS 6th Grade Track at Jefcoed Track Day at CHS 9:00

· Kona Ice for Robotics at 2:30

· CMS Cheerleading Practice 3:00

· CMS Softball at Rudd 4:30

· CHS Tennis at Sectional Tournament 3:30

Thursday, April 21, 2022

· ACAP Summative - 7th and 8th Grade Large Group Testing (ELA)

· FBLA State Conference in Mobile, Alabama


· CMS Student Council Meeting in Mrs. Boyd's Room 7:30

· Hayden at CHS Golf at Horse Creek 3:00

· CMS Cheerleading Practice 3:00

· Lead Mentor Webinar 3:15

· CHS Track at Jefcoed Varsity Track Championship Meet at CHS 3:30

· CHS Softball at Curry 4:30

Friday, April 22, 2022

· ACAP Summative - Make-Up Testing

· 8th Grade Athletes with CHS for Physical Day at Gardendale High School 8:30

· CHS Baseball at Sardis 5:00/7:00

Saturday, April 23, 2022

· CHS Baseball at Sardis 1:00 (If Necessary)

Sunday, April 24, 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, April 25, 2022 CMS Spring Football Begins for Grades 6 and 7.

Monday, April 25, 2022 CMS Volleyball Tryouts Begin

Thursday, April 28, 2022 Jefcoed Board Meeting

Thursday, April 28, 2022 Jefferson County Honor Band at Gardendale High School

Friday, April 29, 2022 Jefferson County Honor Band at Gardendale High School

Friday, April 29, 2022 Bagley Elementary School 4th Grade Visit to CMS

Friday, April 29, 2022 West Jefferson Elementary School 7th Grade Visit to CMS

Monday, May 2, 2022 CMS Softball Tryouts Begin

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 CMS Band Spring Band Concert at CHS

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 CMS Girls Basketball Tryouts Begin

Thursday, May 5, 2022 Jefcoed Board Meeting

Thursday, May 5, 2022 CHS Band Spring Band Concert at CHS

Saturday, May 7, 2022 CHS Alumni Banquet at CHS

Sunday, May 8, 2022 Mother's Day

Sunday, May 8-13, 2022 CMS Robotics at VEX Robotics World Championships in Dallas

Monday, May 9, 2022 ETS 8th Grade Math Assessment

Monday, May 9, 2022 CMS Boys Basketball Tryouts Begin

Wednesday, May 10, 2022 8th Grade Takes Pre-ACT at CMS

Thursday, May 11, 2022 End-of-Year Jefcoed CILT Meeting at CMS

Monday May 16, 2022 CHS Boys Basketball Tryouts

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 8th Grade Pre-ACT Review

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 CMS PBIS Field Trip Day

Thursday, May 19, 2022 CMS Beach Bash

Friday, May 20, 2022 8th Grade Awards Day 1:00

Sunday, May 22, 2022 CHS Bowling Tryouts

Monday, May 23, 2022 5th Grade Awards Day 8:30

Monday, May 23, 2022 6th Grade Awards Day 9:45

Monday, May 23, 2022 7th Grade Awards Day 11:00

Monday, May 23, 2022 CHS Graduation 7:00

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 Primary Election in Competition Gym

Thursday, May 26, 2022 Last Day for Students

Friday, May 27, 2022 Teacher Work Day

Monday, May 30, 2022 Memorial Day - School Offices Closed

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.