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

Saturday, June 21, 2008

A BIG "Thank You" from Young's PTO

Faculty and staff at R. L. Young were given the royal treatment during teacher appreciation week this year.
Our wonderful PTO officers headed up the luncheon which was complete with tablecloths, placemats, and even fresh flowers which were later planted in front of the school.
Everyone was able to enjoy this hour of fellowship because of many volunteers who agreed to watch the students during this time.
Before leaving, each employee received a personalized canvas bag filled with goodies. Thank you PTO for remembering the hard work teachers and staff do every day. This was a very nice way to show your appreciation and we THANK YOU!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Community-Minded Students at R. L. Young

Students at R. L. Young have big hearts AND are willing to think of others. This was evidenced in their participation in the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Math-A-Thon. Under the leadership of teacher Cathy Thornton, 40 children in K - 6th grade raised over 1,600 dollars over a 2 week period. Students were supported by
family/ friends and completed a booklet of math problems.
We are proud of our smart and thoughtful students!

LOGO CONTEST Winner Announced!

Each spring, R. L. Young holds a LOGO Contest open to every student. The entries must meet certain criteria to be selected as a winner. This year's winning entry was designed by 6th grader, Kacie Grissett. This fall she will receive a free t-shirt sporting her logo design on the front.

Ms. Amy Grogan headed up the contest and her efforts are appreciated. Thanks to all of the participants AND congratulations, Kacie!

Monday, June 9, 2008

GOOD CITIZENS for the Year

Teachers have many tasks to complete in May and one very important one is choosing a Good Citizen of the Year. Good Citizens are selected monthly and in May an overall winner is selected from each classroom. This year's Good Citizens received a meal, compliments of ARBY's. We appreciate the support from the community to make this happen!

The Good Citizen Program has been in place for many years and has helped the school recognize students who are a joy to teach and have in the classroom. Even when a student struggles academically, he/she can strive for the title of GOOD CITIZEN.
Ms. Joann Deese, our school counselor supervises this program and we applaud her efforts!

I wonder who next year's Good Citizens will be?

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Job Description

Ever wonder what the job description would look like for a parent? Consider this…

Parent Job Description

POSITION: Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa
JOB DESCRIPTION: Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an, often chaotic environment.
Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities!

Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5.

Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.

Must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.

Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers.

Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects.

Must have the ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.

Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next.

Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices.

Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.

Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.

Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.
POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION: None. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.
WAGES AND COMPENSATION: Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.
BENEFITS : While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.

My son Luke and me at his high school graduation!
Although there is much humor in this post, I personally feel the job of parent has been the most demanding, but rewarding position ever! Thanks, Elizabeth Messer for sharing this!