The Weekly Buzz

A Weekly Newsletter from Corner Middle School

Volume 2, Number 19: October 18, 2020

It's Time to Open School (For the Fourth Time)!!!

Tomorrow, 428 of our 476 students at Corner Middle School will return to campus for traditional five-day-a-week learning with our instructional staff. I have mentioned to our faculty and to several folks outside of the school that this is our FOURTH opening day of school, and we couldn't be more (nervously) excited!!!


When the teachers returned in August, we planned to open school for August 27th. Then, there was the delay. We opened school in early September with everyone in a remote setting as we transitioned into our new normal with ClassLink, Schoology, and more. More recently, we moved to the two-week hybrid A/B schedule with students reporting two days a week and working remotely the other three. And now . . . well, our kids are back!


We open school tomorrow just like we have the last three weeks with almost a full complement of students. As students arrive, car riders still pull around back to Burtram Gym. Buses will unload in the front. Students will walk into morning supervision and space out in the designated areas for their first period classes.


As students report to their first period classes, health and safety protocols are still in place. Families, DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL IF THEY ARE EXPERIENCING ANY SYMPTOMS OF THE VIRUS. You are our first line of defense. When students arrive, masks must be worn. Everyone should stay to the right in the hallways. Students will move directly to classes and should not congregate in the hallways. There will be no lockers. Students should avoid sharing supplies or other items with classmates and should hand sanitize or wash hands frequently.


Our custodians work throughout the day to sanitize classrooms, bathrooms, and transitional areas. The cafeteria (which is working at half capacity) is sanitized between lunch transitions.


In regards to instruction, students should bring their devices with them fully charged each day. Work will be submitted in Schoology, but let me assure you that our teachers will teach in the classrooms. A small number of remote learners remain at the time and have been grouped into set schedules which have been emailed to families over the weekend. If you are a parent/guardian of a remote learner, you should check your email today if you have not already. For that matter, all parents should check their emails regularly for communications from the school.


Report cards go out in two weeks. If your child is behind, please encourage them to get with their teachers tomorrow and begin the process of completing work not completed or submitted in the remote learning or hybrid periods. Our teachers want to help your student, but they have to commit to beginning the work. They may think that it is too late and that they are too far behind. If they are committed to the work, our faculty and staff will help them catch up.


Students will ride the same buses they have been riding or that they rode last year. Students should comply with all bus rules including the wearing of masks and sitting where assigned. As ALL K-12 students may return tomorrow, buses may run a bit slower tomorrow to assure everyone has been picked up.


I will discuss Child Nutrition below, but I'd like to encourage you to allow your child to bring a bottle of water to school (or 2) as water fountains may not be used.


Parents, I know there is still concern regarding COVID-19 and schools. Our goal is to do everything possible to limit any spread of the virus, however, there are things we cannot control. The vast majority of cases involving our students and staff are related to exposure, not actual illness (i.e. Johnny was at his grandmother's house two days ago and his cousin's girlfriend tested positive. What do we do?). We will address any situations as they arise, deal with them head on, and work to communicate with you quickly (without violating anyone's privacy).


We hope that you are as excited about this "Opening of School" as we are. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you might have, and we will work to get you answers as soon as possible.


LET THE LEARNING CONTINUE!!!

USDA Extends Free Lunches for the Entire School Year

According to an al.com report yesterday, the USDA has extended its plan to provide free breakfasts and lunches to students through the end of the school year. While there may be some restrictions on this moving forward, all meals are currently free for students at Corner Middle School.


CMS families, please take advantage of this opportunity. The cost of a meal should never be a hindrance that prevents you from sending your child to school. If you would like to look at our school menus, please click on the link below:


https://jefcoed.nutrislice.com/menu/corner-middle


If you would like to read the al.com article that is referenced above, click on the link below:


https://www.al.com/news/2020/10/school-meals-are-free-for-every-student-through-the-end-of-school-year.html

School-Issued Devices Are In

CMS Families, if your child does not have a school-issued device, please contact the school this week so that we can work with you to help you get one checked out. We would encourage all students to have a school-issued device as connectivity on campus has been an issue with personal devices.


A parent or guardian MUST COME TO THE SCHOOL to sign for the new device that we will issue to your student.

Calendar for the Week of October 19th - October 23rd

The calendar of the week is as follows:


Monday, October 19, 2020


  • Students Return to Traditional Learning Setting / Five Days a Week!!!!
  • Robotics Practice (Group A) 3:00


Tuesday, October 20, 2020


  • Robotics Practice (Group B) 3:00


Wednesday, October 21, 2020


  • Principals Meeting with Dr. Gonsoulin at COB 8:30
  • Debate Practice 3:00 - 4:30


Thursday, October 22, 2020


  • Board Meeting at COB 10:00
  • CMS Basketball at Cold Springs 5:00
  • CHS Football at Center Point 7:00


Friday, October 23, 2020


  • NO SCHOOL!! Teacher Work Day in Jefferson County

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.