The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

VOLUME 4, NUMBER 22: October 23, 2022

All Jefferson County Schools Will Be Closed on Friday, October 28, 2022. Enjoy Your Long Weekend!

CMS Debate Team Takes to the Competition Lectern This Week

The Corner Middle School Debate Team will travel to Samford University on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, to begin its 2022-2023 competition season. Debate coach, Melinda Boyd, would like to remind debate team families that team members will leave at 1:30 on competition days for travel and preparation for the meets. The members of the team are:

Olivia Hamilton

Wendy Cruz

Lexi Hicks

Emily McDaniel

Christian Cato

Skyler Brown

Colt Purvis

Elena Gossett

Juliana Dodd

Anna Grace Cato

We look forward to seeing this team compete this year!

CMS Band Students to Participate in All-County Band Festival in November

The Corner Middle School Band will be well-represented at the Jefferson County All-County Band Festival this November. The group under the direction of Debra Saunders had seven students tryout for All-County Band last week at Minor High School. Three of the students were selected to represent our school!

Congratulations to Madi Barret (Percussion), Christian Cato (Trombone), and Matthew Washington (Trumpet) for making the JEFCOED All County Band Festival this year! These students prepared this audition music mostly on their own, auditioned for a panel of judges, and beat out 188 other JEFCOED Middle School band students to win their place in the group. Congratulations to all of you! We look forward to see you perform!

CMS Red Ribbon Week Activities To Be Held This Week

Corner Middle School counselor, Chloe Whitaker-Hackney, has announced the activities for the 2022 National Red Ribbon Week and the theme --Celebrate Life. Live Drug Free. The theme for this annual event is a reminder that everyday Americans across the country make significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live Drug-Free!

The activities for the week are listed in the picture below. We look forward to celebrating Red Ribbon Week beginning tomorrow!

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From the Superintendent . . . Jefcoed Updates District Chromebook Policy

JEFCOED Parents,

We need your help! In the summer of 2020, JEFCOED became a one-to-one district. This means every child has access to a chromebook, paid for by JEFCOED. However, since that time, we have continued to see numerous devices damaged or lost.

Please help us in maintaining our current supply. Talk to your students about handling their devices with care. If your child brings a device home, please make sure it is stored in a safe location when it is not in use. Don’t let your student take a chromebook into situations where it might become damaged or lost. Students should not let anyone else borrow or use their device. More tips on ways students may take care of their device are linked here.

Students who damage a device beyond repair, destroy a device, or lose a device will not be provided with another one for personal checkout for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year. However, students will be allowed to use a chromebook in their classrooms. This will be done on a case-by-case basis when devices are needed for instructional purposes.

If a student's family wishes for the student to receive another device for personal checkout, they may choose to make a donation for the amount of a replacement device. The student would then be provided with another personal checkout device for the school year. The current replacement cost is $346.32. That price is subject to change. Donations must be made to the local school by cash, check, or online payment. Please contact your school for more information on this process.

The district will continue to replace chromebooks as they age out (typically 3-5 years). However, it is not financially feasible for us to continue to replace them at such a rapid pace when they become lost or damaged. We want all our students to continue to have access to devices in and outside of school! Please remind students of their responsibility for the appropriate use and care of devices. Thank you for partnering with us to ensure these resources continue to be available to our students.

All the best,

Dr. Walter Gonsoulin

Save the Date

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CMS Athletics Updates

CHS Wrestling Takes to the Mats for the 2022 - 2023 Season

Students in the 7th and 8th grades at Corner Middle School have begun practice with the CHS Wrestling Team for the 2022-2023 season. Coach Rusty Rouse, met with interested students two weeks ago, and practice began last week at Corner High School. This is a reminder to parents of students who wish to participate in wrestling. Students at CMS must have written permission on file from a parent or guardian in order to ride the shuttle bus to practices or matches for each season. Please have your wrestler turn those in to the office. We look forward to watching the wrestlers compete this season!
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Tennis Tryouts to Be Held at CHS This Week

Corner High School Tennis Coach, Will Gray, has announced that both male and female students interested in trying out for the CHS Tennis Team should be aware of the following information.

A pre-tryout clinic will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022, and Tuesday, October 25, 2022, on the courts at the high school from 3:15 to 4:30. Students from Corner Middle School who are interested in participating must submit a written note giving them permission to ride the shuttle to CHS after school

Tryouts will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, from 3:15 to 4:30. Students participating in the clinic or tryouts should bring their own racquets. Tennis balls will be supplied. Parents and guardians should pick their students up on top of the hill at CHS in the parking lot near the courts. Only students in grades 7 and 8 may try out for the tennis team.

CMS Calendar for the Week of October 24, 2022 - October 30, 2022

Monday, October 24, 2022

  • Red Ribbon Week - Day 1
  • CMS Robotics Practice (7th/8th Grade) 3:00
  • CMS Cheerleading Practice before Game 3:00
  • CMS Debate Practice 3:00
  • CHS Tennis Pre-Tryout Clinic at CHS 3:15
  • Erwin at CMS Basketball 4:30 / 5:45 /7:00
  • CMS CTE Advisory Committee Meeting 6:00

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

  • Red Ribbon Week - Day 2
  • 7th and 8th Grade Data Meeting During Planning Time
  • Nominate October Students of the Month
  • CMS Debate at Samford University Competition 2:00
  • CMS Robotics Practice (5th/6th Grade) 3:00
  • CMS Cheerleading Practice before Game 3:00
  • CHS Tennis Pre-Tryout Clinic at CHS 3:15
  • Minor at CMS Basketball 4:40 / 5:45 / 7:00
  • Night of Trumbauer with CHS Theatre 7:00

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

  • Red Ribbon Week - Day 3
  • First Priority in Library 7:30
  • Principals Meeting via Webex 10:00
  • CILT Meeting in Library 3:00
  • CHS Tennis Tryouts at CHS 3:15

Thursday, October 27, 2022

  • Red Ribbon Week - Day 4
  • 5th and 6th Grade Data Meeting during Planning Time
  • Jefcoed Lead Mentor Fall Institute
  • Jefcoed Board Meeting 10:00
  • Administrator/Counselor ACPS WebEx Training 10:00
  • First Priority Leadership Team Meeting 2:30
  • CMS Robotics Open Lab Day 3:00
  • CHS Cross Country Team at State Sectionals
  • Hayden at CHS Football (Senior Night) 7:00

Friday, October 28, 2022

  • Jefferson County Schools Closed
  • 12-Month Employee Work Day

Saturday, October 29, 2022

  • CMS Cheerleaders at Auburn University
  • Enjoy Your Day Doing Something for Yourself, with Family and Friends, at Home . . . or Do Nothing at All!

Sunday, October 30, 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, October 31, 2022 PBIS Drawing #3

Monday, October 31, 2022 Halloween

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 7th and 8th Grade PST

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 Fultondale at CMS Basketball 4:30/5:45/7:00

Thursday, November 3, 2022 Central Office Administrators’ Meeting 8:30

Thursday, November 3, 2022 5th and 6th Grade PST

Thursday, November 3, 2022 CMS Basketball at North Jefferson 4:30/5:45/7:00

Friday, November 4, 2022 Recognize October Students of the Month

Friday, November 4, 2022 Monthly Birthday Celebration

Saturday, November 5, 2022 CMS Cheer at County Competition at Clay-Chalkville HS

Saturday, November 5, 2022 District Trumbauer Festival

Saturday, November 5, 2022 Auburn at Mississippi State

Saturday, November 5, 2022 Alabama at LSU

Saturday, November 5, 2022 UTSA at UAB

Saturday, November 5, 2022 VMI at Samford

Saturday, November 5, 2022 Centre College at Birmingham-Southern

Saturday, November 5, 2022 Troy at Louisiana

Saturday, November 5, 2022 Austin Peay at UNA

Sunday, November 6, 2022 Daylight Saving Time Ends (Fall Back)

Monday, November 7, 2022 Hueytown at CMS Basketball 4:30/5:45/7:00

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 Election Day in CMS Competition Gym

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 Jefcoed Board Committee Meeting 10:00

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 CMS Cheer and Football Banquet 6:30

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 PBIS Leadership Team Meeting

Thursday, November 10, 2022 Veterans Day Celebration at CMS 8:30

Thursday, November 10, 2022 CMS Basketball at Pleasant Grove 4:30/5:45/7:00

Thursday, November 10, 2022 Bagley Elementary Fall Festival

Friday, November 11, 2022 School Offices Closed – Veterans Day

Saturday, November 12, 2022 Texas A&M at Auburn

Saturday, November 12, 2022 Alabama at Ole Miss

Saturday, November 12, 2022 North Texas at UAB

Saturday, November 12, 2022 Samford at Chattanooga

Saturday, November 12, 2022 Birmingham-Southern at Rhodes College

Saturday, November 12, 2022 Eastern Kentucky at Jacksonville State

Saturday, November 12, 2022 Army at Troy

Saturday, November 12, 2022 Tennessee Tech at UNA

Monday, November 14, 2022 Principals’ Association Officers Meeting at COB 7:30

Monday, November 14, 2022 Irondale at CMS Basketball 4:30/5:45/7:00

Monday, November 14, 2022 Corner Theatre Academy Booster Meeting 6:00

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 ACIP School Walk-Through #1

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 7th and 8th Grade PBIS Meeting

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 CMS Connects

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 Alabama Counseling Association Conference – Mobile, AL

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 Principals’ Meeting with Dr. Gonsoulin at COB 8:30

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 PLA (Walk-Through #1 Debriefing)

Thursday, November 17, 2022 Alabama Counseling Association Conference – Mobile, AL

Thursday, November 17, 2022 ELA NIC Meeting

Thursday, November 17, 2022 Jefcoed Board Meeting – 10:00

Thursday, November 17, 2022 CMS Basketball at Rudd 4:30/5:45/7:00

Friday, November 18, 2022 Alabama Counseling Association Conference – Mobile, AL

Friday, November 18, 2022 Math NIC Meeting

Friday, November 18, 2022 PBIS Movie Reward during 7th Period and Advisory

Saturday, November 19, 2022 Western Kentucky at Auburn

Saturday, November 19, 2022 Austin Peay at Alabama

Saturday, November 19, 2022 UAB at LSU

Saturday, November 19, 2022 Mercer at Samford

Saturday, November 19, 2022 Jacksonville State at Central Arkansas

Saturday, November 19, 2022 Louisiana-Monroe at Troy

Saturday, November 19, 2022 UNA at Memphis

Monday, November 21, 2022 Fall Break – 12-Month Employee Work Day

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 Fall Break – 12-Month Employee Work Day

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 Fall Break

Thursday, November 24, 2022 Fall Break – Thanksgiving Day

Friday, November 25, 2022 Fall Break

Friday, November 25, 2022 Black Friday

Saturday, November 26, 2022 Auburn at Alabama

Saturday, November 26, 2022 UAB at Louisiana Tech

Saturday, November 26, 2022 Troy at Arkansas State

Monday, November 28, 2022 iReady MOY Diagnostic Window Opens

Monday, November 28, 2022 McAdory at CMS Basketball 4:30/5:45/7:00

Monday, November 28, 2022 Cyber Monday

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 7th and 8th Grade Data Meeting

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 Nominate November Students of the Month

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 PBIS Drawing #4

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 CILT Meeting / Athletic Department Meeting

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.