Our school is proud of the traditions, high expectations, and inviting atmosphere that make it a good place to learn and grow.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Smile...Spring Pictures Are Here!

Our students will have an opportunity to participate in Spring and Friend Pictures TOMORROW, March 14. The friends pictures are pre-paid so please complete the information on the front of the envelope and return if you wish. Spring pictures will have a proof that will come home soon. The date to return it will be on the envelope.


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

R. L. Young Goes to the Movies!

Raymond L. Young kicked off spring break with a special treat...a trip to the Martin Triple Theatre. Ms. Sewell welcomed everyone and encouraged all to visit again.

The teachers, staff, students, and parents laughed and were touched by the sweet movie, "Horton Hears a Who." Horton's message was clear...stick with your mission and don't give up!
Several parents remarked about the well behaved students. They represent Young well!

Our Favorite Book Characters

Monday, March 17, 2008

Spring Has Sprung at YOUNG!

Spring has come to Raymond L. Young with a little help from some very important people. Pictured above is Pierce, a kindergarten student and Mrs. Diane, custodian of annex #1.

Bulb and flower donations were received by many people, including Pierce and his grandmother (Mrs. Maxine Cole), PTO President, Alicia Holbrook, and Mrs. Hope B. Allen. To protect and continue the "sprucing up" efforts, Young received a private donation of pinestraw which really put the finishing touch on the front lawn of this majestic, historical elementary school.

If you are interested in helping to continue our improvement efforts, please contact the principal, especially if you have knowledge about growing grass under oak trees!

Things We Love About R. L. Young!

The next time you visit R. L. Young, be sure and take a moment to enjoy the "Things We Love About R. L. Young" display located in the main building.
This is not student work, but thoughts from faculty, administration, and staff members. Whether the writer has been at Young for a long time or is a newcomer, the words are quite touching.
Young is a good place to learn and grow for EVERYONE!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Earn Money for Young Just by Searching the Internet

Need to search for information and want to help Raymond L. Young at the SAME time? Just go to . It works just like or other search engines. You will be required to put in the charity of your choice.

Type in Raymond L Young Elementary School. Each search will send a penny to our school. Since August 2007, $9.22 has been raised. Spread the word among family and friends and let's get searching!

R.L. Young Student Wins Big at the 15th Annual Black Youth Achievement Banquet

Sunday, February 24, 2008 Ja'Korbein Porter, a 5th grader at Raymond L. Young made both her family and school proud with her winning biography entitled, "Biography of Ja'Korbien Porter Keith." The prizes, including one hundred and twenty-five dollars, a trophy, and a certificate, were well earned.

When asked about her plans for the money, she replied, "Of course, it is going in my college fund!" What a smart girl!

Congratulations, Ja'Korbein on this huge honor!

The Real Scoop of the Regional Science Fair

Dean Ponder, Student Reporter

Do you want to know what the real scoop of the Regional Science Fair is? Like from a kid who actually went? Well, read this and you’ll find out.

Astonishingly 20 people went to the Alabama Regional Science Fair from R. L. Young Elementary School. Their names are Tra Nike Braxton, Philip Royster, Dean Ponder, Josh Hall, Carter Hadley, Marc Haynes, Hillari Hallmark, Kelvin Cunningham, Anna Whitworth, Brittany Jones, Hayden Hurst, Jack Bailey, Myranda Thacker, Zack Spratlin, Mason Mckibbon, Kelsi Hardy, Corey Smith, Ethan Jackson, Matthew Chandler, and Lacy Mckay.

Josh Hall, Hillari Hallmark, Carter Hadley, Jack Bailey, Philip Royster, Marc Haynes, and Myranda Thacker won 1st or 2nd in their category . Carter Hadley won 1st over all and 1st in his category. Also Carter won the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association Award, 1st Naval Research, and the Certificate of Excellence. Josh Hall won 2nd in his category, 4th in the Naval Research, American Meteorological Society Award. Hillari Hallmark won 1st in her category. Myranda Thacker won 1st in her category. Marc Haynes won 1st in his category. Philip Royster won 2nd in his category and the U.S. Army Award. Jack won 1st in his category. Three people won special awards but didn’t place. Those people were Kelsi Hardy, Dean Ponder, and Kelvin Cunningham. Dean Ponder won 2nd in the Naval Research Award. Kelvin Cunningham won the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium Award. Kelsi Hardy won the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

I interviewed several six graders and they said that it was so much fun going, being out of school for two days, and getting to meet other people. They told me that going to eat at Wendys and Burger King was awesome. Also, they told me about some of the new projects they got to see. They said that one boy made a similar version to the Mars Rover. They said that it could lift up to 10 pounds on a robotical arm. They said that they had so much fun and that some are going to participate in 7th grade at Ellis.

Thanks, Dean Ponder for this inside view of your Science Fair experience!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Top Sellers at RLY: Do You Like Doughnuts?

Our P.T.O recently sponsored a Krispy Kreme

doughnut sale. These three students, Keyshawn,

Sydney and Savannah were our top three sellers.

First place was Sydney, Mrs. Brooks' student, selling

43 boxes; second place was Keyshawn, Mrs. Hobbs'

student, selling 40 boxes and third place was Savannah,

Mrs. Haynes' student, selling 38 boxes. Thank you,

students and all who participated. Your support will help us

help our students. Thanks to the community for your

continued and valued support of our school and all

you do!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

February Inservice-450 Years of Teaching Experience and Still Growing Professionally

Raymond L. Young teachers spent a recent professional development day learning from EACH OTHER. Young's reading coach, Mrs. Nunn assigned a chapter to each grade level from the book, "Locating and Correcting Reading Difficulties."

Throughout the morning all grade levels participated, even Coach Stephens, as different reading difficulties were presented and discussed by various teachers. The presentations consisted of hands-on activities, powerpoint presentations, laughter, and appreciation for the many years of teaching experience held by the faculty. Young teachers have their own unique style for sharing knowledge, but one thing is clear, they are dedicated to helping students learn to read!

Sharing a good breakfast set the tone for the day!

For more information about the book used in the Raymond L. Young's bookstudy, you can click here:
Locating and Correcting Reading Difficulties (8th Edition) by James L. Shanker and Eldon E. Ekwall (Paperback - Dec 28, 2002)

Honor Roll Assembly -March 6

Don't miss Raymond L. Young's Honor Roll Assembly on March 6th beginning at 1:00 for K-2 and 1:45 pm for 3-6.

You will be happy you came!