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Thursday, January 28, 2010


Students at R. L. Young received progress reports today. On the report you will find the attendance so far this year. Children whose reports are not satisfactory have 3 weeks to improve. Let's work hard to make Honor Roll, A in conduct, and TOP DOG!!

The 4th six weeks ends on February 19th.

January 22 Star Student- Timothy J.

"Timothy J. is always willing to help anyone in need. Timothy is a model student who always treats others the way he wishes to be treated. Great job, Timothy!"

Coach Stephens

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Golden Flake Factory= Happy Kids

Fifth graders took a field trip to Golden Flake Factory in Birmingham this week. Since their principal did not go on the trip, I asked reporters Meagan W., Natalie M., and Allison W. to share their experience. They had this to say about the trip:

Meagan- We arrived at the factory, divided into 3 groups, and watched a unique movie. Everyone had to then don a hairnet, including the teachers and parents.

Allison-Each group went with a sweet and knowledgable tour guide. They took us to different sections of the factory. Some of the sections were "potato chips", "cheese puffs", "cheese curls", "pork skins", and "nacho chips". We got bags and bags of yummy chip samples. It was the best! Natalie got 6 bags!

Natalie- On the tour we got to see how they made chips. We got to sample fresh, salty, hot chips. The spices that were in the factory were strong-smelling!

All 3 Girls:
After leaving the factory we went to the Pizza Hut in Leeds for lunch. The salad bar was the BEST! The pizza was delicious. The most important thing about this trip was that we had fun together as a family.

Watch for additional pictures and information from this trip soon!

Wild About Reading

"I like to read because it makes you smart. You can make one to. Do you now how to read? Her is a seckret. Just look at the pishts (pictures) thats shows you how to read!" Shawn H. First grade is unique because although the learning to read process begins in kindergarten, (and our K teachers are awesome!) it is truly at this level that the reading skills take root and begin to flourish. Mrs. Bittle, a first grade teacher at Young, asked her students to write about reading.

I like to read because it makes you smart. And its fun. I like books. Thay helps you learn. Some have tables, and bears, and ducks and bugs. A lot of books. I love books. Malorie B.

I like to read because...I can learn new things. And it can be very fun. There are learn books and silly dilly doo books and even how to tie your shoe books. You can have so much fun while reading. Do you like to read? Hunter S.

I like to read because I can. It's hard at first but you can get beter at it. Maddie M.
I love to read because it mean the more you read the better you read. It is because I love it too! It is fun to read a whole lote. The End. Emily Ann W.

I love to read. It make my brain tingle. Lake P.
I like to read because books are cool awsome and every day I read a lot. I read lots of them. Ethan N.

I like to read because I learn about things that are true. And I love reading because reading is fun. Abigail P.

I like to read because you cen git beder grades. Nealie W.

I like to read because I can. Is hard at first but you can get beter at it. I thing it is verey fun. You get beter. Kylie B.

The writing was shared as "kid writing" because first graders need to be given special permission to write how words sound. As they progress on to the second grade, they learn the true spelling of words. This age child must be given time to grow without penalty, unless they are taking a spelling test! One of the biggest tasks of first grade teachers is to develop in each child a love of reading. If they become lovers of books, they will become good readers.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

R. L. Young Teacher Chosen at District Level

Congratulations to Selena Nelson, fifth grade teacher at R. L. Young! Mrs. Nelson was selected as Jacksonville State University Teacher Hall of Fame candidate for Talladega City Schools. Good luck as you move on to the next level of the competition!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Snowmen and Women at YOUNG

Often our main building has upper grade students that complete projects, but our kindergarten students do projects, too. With the help of parents, these youngsters researched their favorite state and made their snow woman/man represent it.
When talking with Madison, Landry, Tanner, Laquez, and Carlee from Mrs. Nabor's class, they shared the ideas for their projects with pride. Here are some quotes from the kids:
Laquez- "We are studying winter, so each person made a snowman or snowwoman at home."
Tanner -"We could pick anything we wanted. Did not have to be a vacation."

Landry-"It was nice to work with our parents."

Carlee- "We wrote words on it, used stuff to put on it and hot glue."
It is wonderful when school and home connect because these types of activities become the memories children have forever. This teamwork, especially early in an child's education, builds a strong support for the student. In fact, this is the most important thing we have in common....our children.
"Great Job, kindergarten students AND parents!"

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Teachers are WILD about READING

Mrs. Armstrong and Mrs. Davidson (plus all teachers and staff at YOUNG) are WILD about reading, as displayed by their animal print outfits. We want YOU to be excited about READING, too.
Join the Six Flags Reading Club by reading and logging only 6 hours of reading time. Forms were sent home on Jan. 15th. If you need more room to log your books, use the back of the form provided.
Deadline to accumulate the hours is FEBRUARY 26th.

The MORE you read, the BETTER you read!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Happy Birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 18th, Talladega City Schools will be closed to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Dr. King's most famous speech delivered on August 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C. carried a strong message that still rings true today. Everyone deserves respect. You can read his speech by clicking here.

As principal of R. L. Young, I am proud of the close friendships of our students that begin in kindergarten and grow stronger each year. We love our students and are proud of their accomplishments. Enjoy your day off from school, remember this famous American, and report for duty Tuesday, January 19th 8:00 a.m.

I Read...I Jump

Mrs. Lane, our librarian has been spotted posting these signs all over campus. They served as the 1st clue to the mystery location of the Accelerated Reader field trip. Do you know where we are going?

Qualifications are as follows:
85% level in comprehension of tests taken
100 points for grades 3-6
75 points for 2nd grade
40 points for 1st grade

Date of the field trip is Friday, May 7th.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


R.L. Young kicks off our Six Flags Reading Club today at Honor Roll Assembly. Our Reading Coach(pictured above) has prepared a powerpoint to motivate everyone. Thanks, Mrs. Nunn!

Students have until Feb. 26 to read for 6 total hours. The hours must be logged on a sheet, which will come home on Friday, January 15th. Every child who reads and logs the time will receive a FREE six flags ticket. No forms will be accepted after Feb. 26 to allow for mailing to SIX FLAGS.

We would like all students to participate, even if they don't plan to go to the park. If they select AR books and take tests, they can increase points at the same time.

The MORE kids read, the BETTER they read.

STAR Student for January 8th

"Angelo shows self-discipline while playing games. Angelo follows directions exactly how they're explained. Because of Angelo's determination to do the right things, he shows great leadership qualities to his classmates. Great job, Angelo! "

Coach Stephens

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tips for Reading Improvement

Reading is not always easy for children or parents. I found this website and wanted to pass it along...Click here to get tips about reading to and with children in kindergarten through third grade.

Sometimes students proceed though grades k,1, 2 or 3 and still do not have a solid background in reading. Click here for tips for students in grades 4,5, or 6.

Children can improve their reading and it is best that it occurs during the elementary years.
The more they read, the better they read!

Friday, January 8, 2010

New Trophy Leader at R. L. Young

There's a new trophy winner at R. L. Young for the week of Dec. 14-18th. Each week, classrooms compete for the highest comprehension %. The last week's winner (before Christmas) is

It is also a pleasure to announce that the school's comprehension level as a whole is 84%. The goal for the school and for individual students is 85%. As of January 6, our students have taken 11,866 quizzes and passed 10,943! We are extremely impressed that the comprehension level for students and the school continues to rise. 84% is higher that last year's percentage. This continuous improvement is due to the efforts of our librarian, Mrs. Lane, teachers, students, and parents that promote this wonderful program.

There is NO penalty for students who participate in the Accelerated Reader program and the benefits are bountiful. The more children read the BETTER they read. But comprehension is not just reading a book, but understanding and remembering what has been read. The Accelerated Reader Program allows students to really discover how well they read each book AND is making a HUGE difference in readers at R. L. Young!

Check out our "TOP 20" Board the next time you visit the school. The competition is fierce and the names continue to change each week. The location of our end of the year AR field trip has been kept TOP SECRET and will be revealed soon. Students who earn the points required will be invited to attend the trip at NO cost thanks to the generosity of our wonderful PTO!

Record TOP DOGS for 3rd Six Weeks

Not everyone can be a TOP DOG...but many students achieved this status (a record 107) for the 3rd six weeks. This is quite impressive since the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays fall within this 6 weeks time frame.

I am extremely proud of all our students (and their parents) who take attendance seriously. Our faculty and staff appreciates your efforts. The more you come to school...the smarter you become.
"3 Cheers for all of our TOP DOGS!"

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Star Student of the Week

"Tripp shows determination to be the best in everything he does. Tripp is fair, honest, and is eager to lend a helping hand to those in need. He always finds a way to brighten everybody's day by making you laugh with his humor. GREAT JOB, TRIPP!"

Coach Stephens

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Talladega City Schools will be releasing students from school on Jan. 7th beginning at 11:30 a.m. Please make arrangements for this change in the schedule due to impending weather conditions. A school cast call will go out at 7:30 p.m. to all Talladega City School students. If you do not receive this call, please alert the secretary (315-5888) so your child's records can be updated.

Listen to the radio or TV news for further information.