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

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Happy New Year!

We've all heard the Auld Lang Syne
And made resolutions while we cheer.
But have we actually thought
About the chance we're given...
On New Year's Day each year?

It's a brand new year for a brand new start
Another chance to be forgiven and forgive.
A brand new chance
To try something new
Another year to grow as we live.

It's a brand new year for brand new ideas
Another chance to be our best self yet!
A brand new reason
To enjoy every season
A chance to give back more than we get.

It's a brand new year for brand new joys
Another chance to share joy every day.
A brand new dawning
Of a brand new you...
You're the only thing that stands in your way!

It's a brand new year for brand new goals
Another chance to set your sights high!
A brand new outlook
For each new day
As the new year flies quickly by.

For soon the brand new year will be the past
And we can look back and say,
"I'm thankful for deciding
To make each day a present."
As I began anew on New Year's Day!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Best Mothers in the World!

R. L. Young has the best moms in the world! Check out these first grade mothers volunteering to get gingerbread houses ready for the children. Students added the trimwork and candies to complete beautiful gingerbread houses for a memory that will last for a lifetime. Thank you Moms! We appreciate your support and hard work.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


"Anna always uses cooperation and leadership. Anna is a model student and always strives to do her best in all that she does. Great job, Anna!"

Coach Stephens

Sunday, December 20, 2009


This week's STAR STUDENT is Isaac B. from first grade. Coach had the following to say:

" Isaac is always willing to give it his best. He shows his classmates how to use teamwork and patience in every activity we do. Great job, Isaac for being a leader to your classmates."

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Student Success off Campus

Moriah L., a second grader in Mrs. Armstrong's class earned her YELLOW belt recently in karate. We are proud of this accomplishment.
Congratulations to you!

Friday, December 18, 2009


Today the school gathered into our beloved auditorium for a good ole' fashioned sing-a-long...a tradition at R. L. Young. Mrs. Nunn and Mrs. Wilson led the singing while a special guest pianist, Lou Ann Allen accompanied us on the piano. Dr. Buck was on hand to charm us with his beautiful flute playing.
There were funny songs, quiet, soft songs, a student solo (thanks, Mi'Asia B.) and even a song sung by faculty and staff members as a special gift to the children (I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas). You can listen by clicking here.
The most important thing to me was that before the rush of the busy holidays, we were able to spend an hour together enjoying friendships. This is what Christmas is all about!
Merry Christmas R. L. Young. Thank you for my beautiful card with all of your names signed. It is a joy to be with you every day. Great things are in store for our school in 2010!


Kindergarten through 3rd grade good citizens.....
4th - 6th grade Good Citizens..........WE ARE PROUD of YOU!

Thanks for making our school a
"Good place to learn and grow!"

We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

As a gift to our students, the Faculty of R. L. Young wished our student body and the silent Faculty members a White Christmas. We hope you enjoy our rendition of an American Christmas classic. Thanks to Dr. Buck and Mrs. Allen for their help and accompaniment. Enjoy and Merry Christmas from all of us here at R. L. Young to you!

Thursday, December 17, 2009


"Kaley always shows good sportsmanship in every game she plays. Kaley always uses kindness as well as friendship towards everyone." Great job, Kaley!
Coach Stephens

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Giving Heart at R. L. Young

R. L. Young students participated in our annual Toys for Tots program in the month of December. As the month progressed, the toys around the main building tree grew. Children would slowly pass the gifts, but they all remained under the tree awaiting their new owners. Each teacher sent a student representative to help load all of the gifts.
On December 15, Mrs. Hurst from First Family Services made two trips to their office carrying all of the wonderful toys. These toys will be sorted and assigned to various needy families in Talladega County.
First Family Services expressed their gratitude for the giving hearts at R. L. Young. We are delighted with your generous support in our service project efforts. You are helping the children develop a concern for others.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Feliz Navidad!

Mrs. Armstrong's 2nd graders have been studying "Christmas Around the World... It's Traditional!" They visited Mexico today through books, internet and art. We were treated this afternoon to a game of Mexican Bingo, taught and instructed by Idette Ivy Yates, cousin to Samantha in Mrs. Armstrong's class. She called out the word in Spanish, then called out the word in English. The second time around, the students echoed her Spanish and the third time, it was Spanish only. We had a ball and the students actually did pretty well with their Spanish-speaking visitor. Thanks, Mrs. Lamberth, for sharing your family with us!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Giving by the Gallons...a Success!

All during the month of November students, faculty, and staff brought in giant cans of food (they all know what a gallon looks like!) to help do our part in the community. The Ambassadors gave Mr. Ray Miller a helping hand loading the goods in his truck to deliver to the Red Door Kitchen. 

Thanks for supporting this worthwhile effort to help our students have opportunities to think about others and make a difference in the community. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Royalty at R. L. Young

Pictured above: Lauren H., Hunter S., Tripp A. , Kristen F., Pierce C., and Kaitlyn S.

It is my pleasure to introduce the Harvest Kings and Queens for 2009. In an effort to raise funds for the First National Bank School of the Month Program, our students worked diligently to collect their votes. They will represent our school in the Talladega Christmas Parade on December 19. Thanks to all who participated. 

Our teachers are excited about having an Elmo machine in their classrooms. Everything we do to raise money at Young goes back to the students in some way. They are the reason we do what we do!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Always Love Our R L Young Students

Even when Young students graduate from six grade and leave our campus, there is still a part of them that our hearts. Whether we see them in town, at a football game, or even go visit at their new school...they will always belong to R. L. Young. 

Ms. Deese and I traveled to Ellis Junior High to reward our former students on the success of their ARMT and SAT scores from the spring. These students raised their % in math or reading by 5 points, scored a 4 in both math and reading, or scored in the 80th percentile. We wanted them to know we were proud and appreciated their efforts.

We will continue to follow you and your progress through all of your school years. 

Friday, November 27, 2009

Grandparents' Tea 2009

We love our grandparents!


It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Little elves were busy scurrying around R. L. Young today getting ready for the holidays. They are very excited and can't wait for you to see!

Passing the AR Trophy

Mrs. Armstrong's second graders have led the school for the last 10 weeks with the highest comprehension % in the Accelerated Reader Program. Last week we had a new leader....Mrs. Bittle's First Graders! Congratulations to all students working to become better readers by participating in the AR Program. 

"The MORE you read, the BETTER you read!"

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving From R L Young

Happy Thanksgiving Holidays from our school family!  School will resume on Monday, November 30th at 8 am. 

Please note:
Those students who want to participate in the HINI spray for flu need to return his/her form on Monday. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

2009 Fall Festival Pumpkin Queen

This year's Pumpkin Queen "honors" was bestowed upon me.  Mrs. Thomas asked for this picture but because of technical difficulties, we couldn't get the pic to her.  Thanks to all for the votes; I'm honored to have this beautiful hat displayed in my rear window until the next Fall Festival.  What a Fall it has been, too!  Because of wonderful parents and supporters, you have just proven, again, that R. L. Young truly is "A good place to learn and grow!"  

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Big "R. L. Young Thank You" from Mrs. Armstrong's Class To:
1. Our parents for letting us sell candy and all our friends, family and neighbors for buying the candy from us!
2. The P. T. O. for sponsoring the candy sale and paying for the Pizza Party we won!

3. Custom Pizza sent us homemade brownies as a treat! They were yummy, too!
This class is to be commended for their hard work, community spirit and winning the AR Comprehension Trophy for 10 weeks in a row! Woo - Hoo!!!! Each week, Mrs. Thomas checks the comprehension percentage for each class. The class with the highest comprehension average wins their name on a trophy, displayed in the hallway of the main building. Mrs. Armstrong's class embraced the spirit of AR from the beginning and started out making mostly 80's and 100's on all their tests. It is difficult to bring your percentage up once it has fallen below 85%. They are all in agreement that re-reading the book before taking a test is a sure way to be successful. They also read each test question and each answer choice prior to marking their answer. It is evident that what they are doing is working and their teacher is ever so proud of her students. While we may not win the trophy every week, we are so proud to have had the "bragging rights" for 10 straight weeks! R. L. Young is truly a "good place to learn and grow!"

Once a Teacher, Always a Teacher

Use your inside voice, we always stress
As we stand there in our Sunday dress.

Keep your hands to yourselves, we chime and chime
As we search for daily rhythm and rhyme.

Keep your eyes on your own paper we demand as we test
While urging all students to do his or her best!

As the curriculum, daily, is stretched beyond measure
We teach, daily, our world's greatest treasure...

However meek, and, last desired...wild -
All teachers are loved in the heart of each child!

So, day after day and year after year
We sign in and sign out of our classrooms here.

We hope to make it to year twenty-five
So, on we continue to teach as we strive...

Some with a tear and some with a smile
Retire from teaching after many a mile.

But...the teaching stays with us in spite of all we do
It's a calling, not a job, that helps us teach you.

In honor of all those who have taught and retired....
We want you to know you are truly thanked and admired!

Dedicated to all the former teachers, principals, librarians, counselors, assistants, secretaries, bus drivers, CNP workers, board members/employees, coaches and substitute teachers.  None of us would be where we are today without you all!  Thanks for building a firm foundation for us to continue building the future!

Written by:  Rebecca Armstrong, November 18, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

It Takes Everyone Working Together

Monday, November 16th, begins American Education Week. Schools across the Nation are celebrating and recognizing everyone who plays a part in educating our children.


"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much!"
Helen Keller

Friday, November 13, 2009

Raymond L. Young...Through the Eyes of a Child

Often the best judge of a person or place is through the eyes of a child. First grader Abigail, proudly displays artwork of R. L. Young. Her artwork and other students' drawings will be displayed in Young's auditorium for all to enjoy during the week long festivities.

As we celebrate American Education and public schools, our school will take time to recognize and reflect on those who are involved in touching the lives of our students. The theme for this year is "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility". Please feel free to join us as we celebrate the joy of receiving an education at R. L.'s a good place to learn and grow.

Monday: 1:00 pm. Kickoff Assembly with Special Guests (Mayor York, Chamber Director Mack Ferguson, Board of Education Member James Braswell, and a representative of First National Bank of Talladega) Our fourth graders will perform.

Tuesday: 1:00 pm. Grandparents' Tea in Auditorium with Bobbye Trammell and
State Representative Steve Hurst
A professional photographer will be on hand for group picture of
grandparents and their grandchildren

Wednesday: 12:00 pm. Retired Employees of R. L. Young Luncheon
Students will write notes of thanks to people who work at the school

Thursday: Substitute Day
Students, Faculty, and Staff will honor our guest teachers

Friday: Iron Bowl Reading and CHAIN competition between Alabama and Auburn


Congratulations to Amber K. who was selected as R.L. Young's Star Student of the Week.

Coach Stephens had the following to say about this week's winner:

Amber demonstrates great qualities of a true leader as well as a true friend. No matter how bad a situation is, Amber always makes the best out of it by using a smile.
Great job, Amber!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

TOP DOGS...2nd Six Weeks

Congratulations to the 76 students who earned the title of TOP DOG this past six weeks. No tardies, no check outs, and no absences..........REALLY IMPRESSIVE!

Bad Behavior

All students, at one time or another have bad behavior. They are learning about how the world works, behavior and consequences, and developing social skills as they grown. 

Enjoy what NAESP shares with parents concerning bad behavior by clicking here.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Who: All R.L. Young Grandparents

When: November 17th at 1:00 pm

Where: R. L. Young Auditorium

Why: Because we want to honor YOU!

What’s happening that day?
A photographer will be on hand ($10 a package)

Have punch and cookies with your Grandchild(ren)

View Artwork

Visit with State Representative Steve Hurst and new author Bobbye Trammell

Take a tour of the school

We can't wait to see you!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Red Ribbon Week 09

Every year across our Nation, schools have several activities to celebrate RED RIBBON WEEK. The red ribbon symbolizes that we want our children to be drug free. So children wear their clothes inside out, wear all red clothing, sign a pledge, and declare they will remain drug free.

One of the most important activities we do is have Patrick Thornton as a speaker. His passion for helping our city be rid of drugs is impressive. Better yet, his determination to help children understand that drugs destroy lives, families, neighbors, and bodies is obvious.

Pictured above is Mr. Thornton and his son Tanner. We feel safer knowing that this great dad is not only thinking about his son, but your sons and daughters, too. We appreciate this speaker taking his time to talk with all the schools about the danger of doing drugs.

Let's protect our children by reminding them, not just during Red Ribbon Week that drugs are not for them.

**Special thanks to Ms. Deese, school counselor for arranging Mr. Thornton's visit.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Gather those dimes and dollars students to enter in the Harvest King and Queen contest at R.L. Young beginning Monday, Nov. 9 through Nov. 12th. Each dime is one vote. 

There will be 6 winners....K and Q from grades K-2, K and Q from grades 3-4, and K and Q from grades 5-6. 
Each King and Queen will be invited to represent our school in the Christmas Parade. 

**All proceeds go to our First National Bank School of the Month Fund to purchase ELMOs (document cameras) for the classrooms. Thank you in advance for all of the support to help equip our teachers and students with up-to-date technology.

Good Luck!  Good Luck!  Good Luck!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Education World ® Professional Development Channel: Leah Davies: 52 Character Building Thoughts for Children

Education World ® Professional Development Channel: Leah Davies: 52 Character Building Thoughts for Children

80 Years of Excellence Video...Priceless!

Last spring, R. L. Young celebrated its rich and successful history of excellent teaching, strong parent and community support, and quality students. Grab a coke or cup of coffee and a snack, then sit back to enjoy the video created especially for this event.

R. L. Young...a good place to learn and grow.


Absolutely amazing....109 students with NO tardies, NO check outs, and NO absences for the 1st Six Weeks. (Click on the picture to enlarge)

This tells me several things:
Attendance is important to our students
Attendance is important to their parents
These students are learning more because they have not missed instruction.


Friday, November 6, 2009

Suggestions for FIDO

Our school is always looking for new and exciting ways to increase attendance, student achievement, and overall excellence. New this week you will find "FIDO" in the main hallway, who is hungry for suggestions by teachers, students, parents, and staff.

Put on your thinking caps, and toss FIDO your thoughts!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Donate to YOUNG online!

Check out First National Bank's Website here and scroll down to find the link which allows you to make a donation to YOUNG online. Share this with grandparents or those family members that might like to help our school with this project.

A parent shared a nifty idea that I'd like to pass along....
During AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK, Nov. 16-20th, you might like to make a donation in honor of one of our wonderful teachers or staff members. All donations will go to the purchasing of ELMOS (document cameras) for the classrooms.

Great idea!



Senator Jim Preuitt paid R. L.Young a visit recently. His mission was to present a generous donation of $5000 earmarked to help replace the leaking windows in our full size auditorium. This room is a vital part of our school and is used daily. Stay tuned to other fund raisers that will be targeted for this important project.

You can make a donation to help us make this happen...just let us know you want to contribute to the auditorium restoration. It will be placed in this account. The total project should cost around 13,000 dollars.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

R. L. Young Gives by the GALLONS!

Our school is working hard to earn money through the First National Bank School of the Month Program, but we are also thinking about others during this season of thanksgiving. Pictured above are Matthew F. and Matt L. who were the first students to bring in their gallon cans for the RED DOOR KITCHEN.

Anyone can contribute to this activity which runs until November 20th, just in time to help with Thanksgiving meals. All cans are being collected in the main building hallway.

Happy Giving!

Parent Extravaganza...Can't Help Falling in Love with RLY!

Thanks to all who participated in the Parent Extravaganza. It was fun to create a display portraying our school. ENJOY!

A special thanks To Coach Stephens (BIG ELVIS) and Will (LITTLE ELVIS) for making our table extra cool! Can't help falling in love with R. L. YOUNG!