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

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Relay for Life...Service to Others

School is winding down and we wanted to take this last opportunity to give back to others with a service project through RELAY FOR LIFE. We will be participating in COINS FOR A CURE in support of the American Cancer Society’s goal to find a cure for cancer.

Our school efforts will consist of a collection of coins during the week of April 27-30. The money you help raise supports American Cancer Society’s research, education, advocacy, and patient services programs. The homeroom class that raises the most money during the one week period of April 27th-30th will receive a pizza party. We hope you will support our efforts to teach children to think of others and help make a difference.

You are also invited to participate in North Talladega County’s Relay for Life scheduled for Friday, May 14, 2010. It offers all people the opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Where else can you show your enthusiasm for such an important cause by creating outrageous team themes, decorating campsites and playing games?

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.


Thursday, April 22, 2010

It's a Beautiful EARTH DAY at R. L. YOUNG



Parent Workshop

April 27

1 to 2 p.m.

Topics to Discuss:
(keep your child learning through the summer!)
Community Opportunities

Free Websites

Things to do at Home

Ways to Stay Connected to the School

Important Sites to Know:

**Special thanks to Raven Thacker, Tayler Struzik,
and the Talladega Public Library. We appreciate your help!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mrs. Hodnett, Simply the Best!

The school office is a busy place from before the doors open to long after students are dismissed. It is vital that a bright, cheerful, people-oriented person sit behind the secretary's desk. R. L. Young is blessed to have such a wonderful lady to help keep us all on track.

 Our thoughts about Mrs. Hodnett:

Happy Secretary's Day. You are one of a kind. We appreciate everything you do.
The Lunch Bunch

You are so patient with me. You are amazing.
Mrs. Deese

Thank you for taking such good care of us. 
R. French

Thanks for being so organized and ready to answer all of our questions. 
C. Thornton

Organized, together, humorous under fire. The flames are always lapping daily, it just depends upon the level of heat. Thanks for your continued wonderful support! 
Danni O. Winn

Mrs. Hodnett is an inspiration to all. She is kind, caring, and devoted to everyone. Not only is she a wonderful secretary, but a wonderful friend. Young is blessed to have her.
Mrs. Beard

Happy Secretary's Day! Thank you for everything you do for us. You are the best! Love ya,
Mrs. Diane

Mrs. Hodnett is so efficient and organized. She does a great job with everything she does. Thanks so much, Mrs. Hodnett!
L. Haynes

Thanks for all you do for our school.

Thanks so much for all you do! I appreciate you more than you could ever know. I am so thankful you know what to do-when I don't! (And that is quite often!) Thank you...
J. Bittle

You are a wonderful secretary! Thanks for all your hard work. 
R. Nunn

Thank you for all of your help and your pleasant attitude. 
T. Vincent

Thank you Mrs. Hodnett, for everything. I love you! 
R. Armstrong

Thanks for being organized and efficient. You are always dressed up and look professional. Always willing to stop, take a child's temperature for us, or put on a bandaid. 
Kindergarten teachers

Thank you for all you do. You are "Priceless"! 
Love, K. Davidson

You are the glue that holds us together! Thanks for sticking with us! 
C. Wilson

Thank you for all the things you do. You are wonderful. 
V. Harris

You're a great secretary! Thanks for keeping up with everything. 
B. L. Shirley

You are an awesome secretary. We appreciate everything that you do for our school faculty.  
Thanks!! S. Nelson

You are doing a great job! Thanks for all the "extra" things you do. 
G. Thomas

You are often the first voice or face representing R. L. Young. You are a pretty lady inside and out. No matter what the task, you do a great job. Your kindness with the children is especially touching. Thanks for bringing laughter into the schoolhouse which makes even the most difficult day bearable. I appreciate your professionalism every day. What a pleasure to have a jewel like you in the secretary's office. Thanks for making my job easier. 
P. Thomas, Principal

Sunday, April 18, 2010


This week is NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK. R. L. YOUNG wants to take the opportunity to thank the many people that enter through our doors everyday. Whether it is to run off papers, work at field day, help at the Fall Festival, or just read to a class...

Hope T. Allen...Maxine & Chris Cole...Janice & Jennifer Trammell...Barbara Perkins...Christa Wesley...Paige Wooten...Amber Westrick...Joey Peters...Lucy Moore...Tina Wilson...Kathy Nunn...Meg Gray...Charlitha Woodgett...Nicole Smith...Maria Parton...Christie Presley...Brooke Horn...Jenneth Lindsey...Rebecca Williams...Krystal Wallace...Ashley Williams...Renee Humphrey...Suzanne Skelton...Angie Dial...Alyssa Lopez...Carrie Nabors...Lillian Lawrence...Michele Wilson...Gerald Bittle...Mrs. Beard...Mrs. Lane...Mrs. Deese...Rhonda Nunn...Angela Bishop...Tiffany Carr...Lauren Challendar...Brenda Griffies...Jane Griffies...Christy Gurley...Crystal Latta...Annette Reynolds...Wanda Scales...Brenda Hunter...Joyce Mayfield...Susan Downey...Lakecia Jones...Shelta Haywood...Hayley McDonald...Sarah Harrelson...Brooke Presley...Kristyn Strickland...Adam Carter...David Stanford...Elizabeth Carpenter...Ron & Wendy Struzik...Mary Robinson...Judy Barber...Michele Wilson...Renay Fannin...Hope B. Allen...Jill Peters...Tammy Tipton...Christy Peters...Tina Wheeler...Judy Adams...Regina Fields...Marie Spratlin...Nancy Stratton...Stacey Royster...Christal Fisher...Nikki Wilson...Michele Bates...Darlene Payne...Alicia Holbrook...Kathy Waites...Chris Stephens...Guy Knight...Todd Haney...Autumn Wilson's mom...Mrs. Seaman!!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Parent Workshop APRIL 27th

Looking for ideas to keep your child learning this summer?
Attend a 1-hour workshop just for parents!

Topics to Discuss:
Community Opportunities
Free Websites
Things to do at home
Ways to stay connected to the school
Presenters: Principal and Reading Coach


Honor Roll Assembly will take place on April 19th. Grades K-2 begins at 12:45 p.m.
 and 3-6 will occur at 1:30 p.m. We look forward to sharing this event with you!

Thursday, April 15, 2010



Get ready for FUN IN THE SUN! This SUNDAY, APRIL 18TH from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m.

What to expect....
*Bring a blanket for the picnic lunch at 12:30 p.m.
*Kickball game between moms and sons-2 groups (1 with older boys and 1for younger boys)
*3 Legged race with mom and son
* Volleyball
*Tug of war rope
*GIANT Bubbles
*Special PHOTO of mom and son together

 Come to have fun together and make lasting memories!

**A special thanks to Project Leader, Michele Wilson and volunteers helping with the event. 

Don't Be Afraid to be Different!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

2nd Grade Performance 2010

R. L. Young Talent Show on May 24th

Just like this little girl, we have talented students at R. L. Young. Talent Show applications will be available on
May 3. We will gather on May 24 to celebrate and enjoy the diversity of our student body. A specific time will be announced after applications are returned. An admission will be charged to help with summer improvement projects to buildings and campus. 
We always like to surprise the students with changes to their learning environment!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


R. L. Young will be celebrating Earth Day on April 22. Each grade level has been assigned a section of the campus to spruce up because children learn to take pride when they are involved, no matter what their size or age.
Marvins has donated 4 flowering bushes (THANK YOU). We are currently seeking the following items:

  • bulbs to plant around campus
  • annual plants (that come back each year)
  •  flowering tree to plant
  • monkey grass for the bus loading area (mud rises on sidewalk at bus stop)
  • brooms to borrow for our clean up day
  • volunteers to assist teachers and students with various outside projects
  • bird bath 
 If outside work is something you enjoy, please contact your child's teacher to see how you can help. If you have connections with a store that sells plants and flowers, consider asking for a donation. Things planted today will remain for years to come. We want to continue to improve our school inside and out!

Monday, April 12, 2010

PTO Meeting and 2nd Grade Program April 13th 6:00 p.m.

PTO Meeting and 2nd Grade Program

  • 6:00 p.m.
  • Talladega Public Librarians will be in attendance to issue library cards and share about summer reading program opportunities
  • 2nd graders will perform
  • Make plans to come and bring someone!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Reminds ME of R. L. Young

Have you even viewed a picture and immediately connected it to something else in your life? When I received this photo in an email, I saved it to share on the blog. It symbolizes what we provide for students at R. L. Young. 

Children most often start in kindergarten and progress through each grade at the school. Although the child moves to the next grade, the connection to that family and student remains intact. Teachers tell me that they receive email, phone calls, and notes from students that have moved on. This speaks volumes to me. Yes, we do still care about your child and by sharing this knowledge across the school the child is surrounded by love, concern, and 400 years of expertise in teaching. 

We know our students by name and we know their families. It is through these relationships and working closely together that our students are so successful. All of the teachers at Young have their own unique style of teaching, but there is one common thread that runs throughout...THEY ALL CARE. 
When they call, write a note, walk to the car to talk, or whatever means they use to connect, the purpose is clear...To help your child reach his or her full potential. 

What a privilege to work at this wonderful place!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

FUN in the SUN with MOM

Deadline for turning in money for the FUN IN THE SUN WITH MOM Day is Monday, April 12. The cost is $6 per person attending. This Sunday afternoon event from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. will be a memory making opportunity. Time is the best gift you can give a child. 

For more information, please contact the school at 315-5888 or Michele Wilson (project leader) at 315-1692. All proceeds will be used to help redecorate the main building student restrooms. 

AR 75 POINT PIZZA Party #3

Last Friday 18 students gathered in the conference room at R. L. Young to celebrate reaching a milestone (75 points) with Accelerated Reader. AR (as we call it) is a unique program that supplies comprehension tests for thousands of books. Our district supplies the Enterprise Version which is web based. Students choose books on their individual reading level and after reading, test their understanding of the book by taking a test on the computer. The test gives instant feedback and motivates children to do well on the next book. The teacher's role is to monitor the selection of books, encourage, and offer assistance if they are not progressing. 

As principal, I want to encourage and motivate readers, too. When at least 12 students have signed the PARTY BOARD, I decorate, order pizza, and supply the drinks/ sweets. Sometimes a teacher will offer to bake something for the party (Thank you, Mrs. Armstrong). I take pictures, we sign a thank you card for our donations to the party, and I ask them for their best reading tips. Even though the parties are a lot of work, I look forward to an opportunity to connect to the students. 

I hope you will encourage your child to participate in the Accelerated Reader Program. We have seen tremendous gains in the area of reading this year.

Talladega City Schools TECHNOLOGY FAIR 2010

Parents, community leaders, Talladega City Board Members, and friends of the School System are invited to attend a showcasing of student and teacher talent in the area of technology across the district. R. L.Young is happy to serve as the host and welcomes everyone to this important event!

Friday, April 9, 2010


Calling new kindergarteners! Talladega City School System is hosting Kindergarten Registration on April 20 from 8:00-2:00. Students must be zoned for R. L. Young to attend our school.

Please bring the following with you:
1. Original Birth Certificate
2. Child's Social Security Card
3. Proof of residency (gas, water, or power bill)
4. Immunization Record (Blue Slip)

Parents may also sign up to return to the school  with their child on April 21 for a school tour, academic screening to help with class placement, and a treat for the new kindergartener. 

Registration is very important and helps with planning for the next school year. We look forward to meeting you and your child.


R. L. Young is thrilled to announce the opening of the PICNIC PLACE. These third graders tested it out last week on a
 sack lunch day. 

Mrs. Diane put her special touches on the grounds with flowers everywhere. We are so lucky to have such a talented staff member. 

"Picnicing" is so much fun!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Spring Has Sprung at R. L. Young!

The dogwood tree on our front lawn
Is almost in full bloom.
The titles of stories
Of Spring and its glories
Are budding in each classroom.

The flowers that were planted by Mrs. Diane
Are colorful and add so much
To our school's unique beauty
Where caring is our duty
It is clear Mrs. Diane has the right touch!

With spring in the air there's a spring in each step
As the students enter the hall
Though the students have all grown
Their purpose here is known
They all keep their eyes on the ball.

Our testing is complete but there's work still to do
Our school year is almost done.
But in the heart of every child,
And teacher, meek and mild,
Is love for R. L. Young.

Who has the Cutest Lunchroom Staff?

Raymond L. Young is blessed to have a talented, dedicated lunchroom staff. These kind ladies never miss an opportunity to fills our tummies and put a smile on our faces. Thanks, ladies!  You are AWESOME!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Mrs. Lamberth's Little Lambs
are getting ready to participate
in Talladega City's first Technology fair,
which will be held in the auditorium on
April 30th from 8:30-10:30. We look
forward to showing off all that we have

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

R. L. Young Teachers and Staff Attend Mini Spa Day

                                                                                                                      Beth Austin and first grade teacher Joy Bittle
Testing is stressful not only for students, but for the faculty and staff, too. Schedules are rearranged, children must be very quiet, and everyone works hard to follow all of the testing guidelines. To celebrate getting through the week, Beth Austin, Mary Kay Representative visited on Friday and did hand massages for employees. Thanks, Beth! We loved the pampering....

Saturday, April 3, 2010


Dear Parents,
There is a direct link between achievement and attendance. Thanks for sending your child to school each day. You are helping to make them smarter. 
                              Top Dog

3rd - 6th  
Thanks for coming to school! 

Friday, April 2, 2010

6th Grade Life Skills Poster Contest Winners

Three of R. L. Young's sixth graders got a surprise last week when they learned their posters had been selected as the winners of the "Kick Butts" poster contest sponsored by First Family Services. First Family offers Life Skills classes for 6th graders which lasts all year long.  Poster winners: First place Brittany T., second  place Jordan A., and third place Amber K. Also, pictured is Ms. Connie Gaines, one of the instructors of the Life Skills Program. The other teacher is Ms. Sharon Burton. We are proud of all students who participated in this fun activity that encourages students not to smoke. 

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Congratulations to Coach Stephen's STAR STUDENTS for March.

Fourth Grader Coy C and Coach Stephens
       First Grader Micah S and Coach Stephens        
        Fourth Grader Jared C and Coach Stephens