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

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Thoughtful Thing to Do

One lesson we all want to teach our children is that it is nice to think of others. Our fourth graders, under the leadership of parent Dr. Erminel Trescott and fourth grade teacher Mrs. Harris, held a wonderful baby shower for Mrs. Wilson.

Many 4th grade mothers were on hand to assist with the surprise. Decorations, cake and other refreshments were served to make it a perfect celebration.
Mrs. Wilson was "showered" with many beautiful things. What a nice gesture and sweet memory of her 2008-2009 fourth grade group!

A 5th Grade Study of Native American Tribes

In 5th grade we have been studying different Native American tribes in Social Studies. We learned that long ago people had to make everything because there were no stores. The things they made would depend upon what they found around them.
The people of the Northwest built their homes out of cedar or spruce trees. They made their clothing out of shredded cedar bark. Their main food resource was salmon. They made traps to catch the salmon, and sometimes they speared the salmon.

The People of The Plains lived in teepees. They made their teepees out of animal hide. The women made the teepees while the men hunted buffalo. They used the buffalo for everything. They skinned them and made clothes, baskets, and made houses to of buffalo hide. They also used the muscles of the buffalo to make strings for their bows and as thread.

People who lived in the desert made homes from rock and mud called “adobe.” There main crop was corn, and they ate corn at every meal.

Mrs. Hadley came in and showed us how to use clay like the Native Americans did. We made bowls, skillets, vases, and baskets out of clay and water. After they dried for a couple of weeks,
we painted them.

We made Native American crafts. We were able to choose a craft to create. Some students chose totem poles, dolls, masks, and dream catchers. I had a lot of fun making my craft, and they all looked fantastic.
We also made Native American houses. They all were neat and different. All of the houses looked great. We displayed them at the front of the building so everyone could see and enjoy them. Some were bigger than others, but they were all unique.


***Principal's note:
This student's report reflects the wealth of knowledge our fifth graders acquired during their study of Native American Tribes. R. L. Young students are most fortunate to have such wonderful parent support made obvious in the photos of the various projects. These types of activities are the things students remember about school. I am proud that Young teachers like Mrs. Selena Nelson make learning fun and that parents support their efforts.

50 Days Smarter!

On Monday, October 20th, R.L.Young Kindergarten students and teachers celebrated the 50th Day of school by having a 50's dress-up day. We also played games from the 50's such as hula hoops and hopscotch. We danced to 50's music! We had a "Rocking Good Time."

Thanks Mrs. Lamberth for sharing this information!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fall Fest '08: A Great Part of 80 Years of Excellence

After tonight one thing is for certain.  You don't have to travel to California or Orlando to experience a magical kingdom.  You just need to be at R. L. Young Elementary School to experience that!  Our Fall Festival is an event that is planned on a year-round basis, worked on by students, parents, teachers and, yes, grandparents!  Every event is thought out and planned with one thing in mind:  old fashioned fun to be enjoyed by all.  Everywhere I looked tonight I saw parents talking, old friends re-uniting, grandparents showing off their grandchildren and enjoying the fun of the fall season.  Thanks to all who lended their expertise, creativity, treats, money, help, time and work to this annual tradition.  I had so much fun I wish we could do it again next week!  Honestly!  If you missed it, there will be another one next year!  If you were there, I know you feel good to have been a part of it.  Happy Birthday, Raymond L. Young Elementary.  If the next 80 years are as good as the last, there's no where else to go but to the stars!  

Monday, October 27, 2008

Fall Festival October 27th 5 - 8 pm.

What is it? Fall Festival
Who is invited? Everyone!
When will it occur? October 28th 5 - 8 pm.
Where is the event? Raymond L. Young
Why: To raise money and have FUN!

See you there!


Red Ribbon Week is October 27-31. Many activities have been planned for the students as we all remember to live a drug-free life.

Monday: SOCK IT TO DRUGS...wear crazy socks

Tuesday: Say BOO to Drugs...create a poster to display in the school

Wednesday: Wear RED Day.

Thursday: Black Out Drugs Day. Wear solid black clothes.

Friday: Team Up Against Drugs...wear a shirt and/or hat sporting your favorite sports team. These can be local, collegiate or professional teams.

Thank you for your support and participation!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Parent Extravaganza 2008

The Parent Extravaganza on October 21st was a fun event held for parents of Talladega City School students. Parents were entertained by the THS Band and Dega Darlins before and during the opening session. A "Year in Review" slideshow was shared featuring highlights and accomplishments from Dr. Horton's first year as superintendent.

11 informational sessions were offered to parents and afterward everyone was invited to cruise the school and community tables in the THS cafeteria. Many participants were door prize winners thanks to the generosity of First National Bank, Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt, Talladega Superspeedway, and Pearson Company.

Alabama High School Graduation Exam: Get the Facts!

Ellis Junior High...Becoming the Best Middle School in America.

Super Session:Superintendent Dr. Joanne Horton and Assistant Superintendent Mr. Douglas Campbell hosts an open forum.

Helping New Readers...a parent's role./DIBELS...What does this state test tell me about my child?

Time Management for Parents
College-Bound Students-What Parents Can Do Now!
You Can't Beat Free...Discover your public library

Other sessions included an informative meeting by Cheaha Mental Health employee Gary Garner on understanding the changes of adolescent children. Ellis teachers Ms. Webb and Ms. Foy presented on AMSTI and John Locklin TCS technology coordinator hosted a session on internet safety.
The Extravaganza was made complete with the help of Ms. Mitchell, Family and Consumer Science teacher and her students by providing childcare filled with fun activities, music, and treats.

The Talladega High School Band Booster Parents helped to furnish refreshments.

Each school was invited to show their school pride in the cafeteria of THS.

The theme for R. L. Young's table was easy...a birthday party! The school will turn 80 years old in 2009. The table was complete with a birthday banner "Celebrating 80 Years of Excellence", birthday cake, slideshow, and presents (high test scores, active PTO and parent involvement, inviting campus, highly qualified faculty and staff, great students, and community support). We also had balloons and our very own clown (THANKS, HOPE T. ALLEN).

Many community agencies were represented at the Extravaganza:

Regional Dental Center
TCS Wellness Program
Talladega Public Library
Dolly Parton Imagination Library
First Family Services
HIPPY Program
Smoke Free Talladega
Mirror Image Program
TCS Nurses
City Schools Foundation
Community Action Agency of TCRCC
Thanks to all who participated and helped with the Extravaganza.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Happy Homecoming and Go Tigers!

Raymond L. Young got a visit from some very "fired up" THS students. In preparation to take on Shelby County for Homecoming, THS cheerleaders and selected football players made the rounds to the elementary schools leading the student body in cheers and encouraging them to stay in school, do their best, and stay away from drugs and alcohol.

We are proud of our R. L. Young alumni who were among the THS students. Taylor Gurley, a former R. L. Young student and son of Rebecca Beard our computer lab assistant, was the
spokesperson for the group.

Thanks THS for PUMPING US UP AND good luck tonight!

A Good Parent Website to Know

A site that all families need to know is This website will allow you to put in your address and get a list of any child predators in your area. I put in the school's address and it provided a map and lengthy list of the offenders in close proximity to the school. You can click on the individual names and it will provide a picture and detailed information.

Just working with you to keep our students safe!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Parent Involvement at R. L. Young

Just recently I was invited to present to the Rotary Club. The topic was the importance of parent involvement. I could not think of a better example of a successful parental involvement program to showcase than what we have at R. L. Young. Enjoy!

You can view this powerpoint by clicking here:

Monday, October 13, 2008

PTO Meeting OCT. 14th

Don't forget R. L. Young will have a PTO meeting tomorrow, Oct. 14 beginning at 6:00 pm. Fourth graders will entertain and take us back to the 1950's!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Congratulations to September Good Citizens!

September GOOD CITIZENS were the first group to dine at the HARDWORK Cafe! Good Citizen selections are made very carefully and it is a huge honor to be selected. We are proud of all of our students!








National School Lunch Week---come dine with us!

It is time again to celebrate National School Lunch Week. During the week of October 13th – 17th students and parents all over the country will be joining child nutrition employees in celebrating this exciting event. The theme this year is "Vote for School Lunch." The menus we will offer this week will be those we offer in school each day. Please come and see our newly remodeled lunchroom and the Hardwork CafĂ©. We look forward to you coming to have lunch with your child.

The schedule this week will be as follows:

Monday….3rd grade (11:15 Thornton, 11:20 Haynes, 11:25 Davidson)

Tuesday… .6th grade (12:10 French, 12:15 Shirley)

Wednesday….1st and 4th grade (11:00 Bittle, 11:05 Brooks) (11:40 Harris, 11:45 Wilson)

Thursday……Kindergarten and 2nd grade (10:35 Liner, 10:40 Lamberth, 10:45 Nabors)

Friday……….5th grade (11:55 Nelson, 12:00 Thomas)

Friday, October 3, 2008

Mark Your Calendars

October events are quickly filling the calendar of R. L. Young and we want to make sure parents are aware of the following events:

October 8th Candy Sale Ends

October 10th Make up Pictures will be taken

October 13th School Board Meeting -Talladega High School 5:30 pm.

October 14th PTO Meeting Young/4th Grade Program Auditorium 6:00 pm.

October 21st Talladega City Schools Parent Extravaganza
Talladega High School Registration 5:45 p.m.
Opening Session 6:00 p.m.

October 28th R. L. Young Fall Festival 5 - 8 p.m.
If you can help with this event contact the school (315-5888).