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

Thursday, September 30, 2010


With October just around the corner, the traditional Fall Festival will be here soon. Grab a calendar and mark the date OCTOBER 28th from 5 to 8 p.m. 

If you have a business or work at one that is willing to donate items for BINGO or the Silent Auction, please contact the school or any PTO officer. If you would like to work at the Fall Festival, be on the lookout for a teacher note coming home soon. They will be looking for folks who can work for thirty minutes to one hour at their assigned booth or activity. 

Although this event is only a couple of hours long, the memories that are made will last a lifetime. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tracking AR Field Trip Winners

As R. L. Young students are busy reading their way to the AR Field Trip! Keep an eye on this list as it gets longer and longer. Coach Stephens has high hopes that 100 students will be loading the bus so he can be the BUS DRIVER! Keep reading...

Monday, September 27, 2010

P.E. Star Student of the Week 9-24-10

Aidan G. has done a great job of being very helpful. Aidan has shown his classmates how to treat others with kindness by offering to help in times of need. Aidan is a very dependable friend to everyone around because he is honest and kind.
Great Job Aidan!

Highest Comprehension=A Trophy +a Visit from a Monster

Beginning in October, the classroom with the highest comprehension % for the week will win the TROPHY AND a visit from Frankie the Monster. This cool dude lights up, sings, and dances. Wonder who he visits first?

A special thanks to Mrs. Kelli Hallmark for donating Frankie to R. L. Young. He will also be housed in the DISCO Room during the Fall Festival on October 28th. 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Trophy Winner-Mrs. Brooks and her First Graders!

Mrs. Brooks and 1st graders, CONGRATULATIONS! You had the highest comprehension % for the week. Keep reading!

R. L. Young Ambassadors Prepare Welcome Bags

Being a new student can be very stressful, but the Ambassadors are taking an active role to help. In addition to giving each child and their family a school tour, they will receive a welcome bag from this dynamic group.  What a great way to welcome each new face to R. L. Young!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Feeling Good at R. L. Young

If you were fortunate enough to be on R. L. Young's campus last Thursday night, you got to enjoy a production worthy of Broadway. Our third graders entertained the audience with a show about feeling good and making healthy choices. Great job, students!
Thanks to Mrs. Barrow and many 3rd grade parents/grandparents who stepped up to help with costumes, stage setup, and program practice. We appreciate our parents allowing their child to participate in the production. And of course, Kudos to our 3rd grade teachers, Mrs. Haynes and Mrs. Thornton for doing such a wonderful job with the show. 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Bloggers, Change That Date!

Attention all 2nd Graders and their parents: Our field trip to Noccalula Falls in Gadsden, Alabama, has been RE-SCHEDULED for Friday, October 15, 2010. Please make sure to make a note of this! Remember: All field trip money/forms is due Thursday, September 30, 2010!

Thanks for Everything, Mrs. Barrow!

R. L. Young has been blessed to have Mrs. Barrow share her musical talents with the faculty and students for this first six weeks. She will be moving to the next elementary school soon. On behalf of everyone, I would like to extend thanks for a job well done. It has been a pleasure...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Clear Wing Humming Bird Moth

Thanks to Mrs. Diane and all of her beautiful flower planting, Coach Stephens, Mrs. Harris, and I spotted a Clear Wing Humming Bird Moth(like featured in this video)  in the flowers between the Main Building and Annex 1. Very Cool......

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Computers for Education Scooter Winner

Thanks to all families who participated in the Comp uters for Education event. The lucky winner of the scooter was Josh D., a second grader in Mrs. Lamberth's class. R. L. Young is blessed to have wonderful support from parents. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Largest TOP DOG Club Count EVER!

120 students (45% of our student body) maintained PERFECT Attendance for the first six weeks. Fabulous......
Their identities (Woof, woof) will be revealed September 30th at our first HONOR ROLL ASSEMBLY!

Monday, September 20, 2010

A TIE for the AR Trophy for Sept. 17

Mrs. Brook's First Graders
Mrs. Lamberth's 2nd Graders
IT'S a TIE! Congratulations to Mrs. Lamberth's and Mrs. Brook's students for having the HIGHEST COMPREHENSION % THIS PAST WEEK.

AR Trophy Winner for September 10

Congratulations to Mrs. Lamberth's 2nd graders for having the highest comprehension % for the week!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

9-17-10 P.E. Star Student of the Week

Noah M. is a great student with a great attitude. Noah is always doing his best in everything he does. Noah is a model student and a true friend.
Great Job Noah!

Monday, September 13, 2010

9-10-10 P.E. Star Student of the Week

Joshua K. is the type of student every teacher wants to have. Joshua has a kind heart and can always put a smile on your face. Great job Joshua for being a great student.
Good Job!

September 14 FALL and GROUP Pictures

Say Cheese and Smile for the camera!

Sunday, September 12, 2010


This week's attendance has been awesome. Thank you for your support in our efforts to reach our AYP attendance goal. The tracking of attendance began on September 7 and will run through Oct. 4

I believe steady attendance in school beginning with the 8 a.m. bell sends a strong message to children that school is very important. When students check out for things that can wait, they begin to assume that it is ok to miss school. But for each minute they are out of class, they miss instruction, thus creating gaps in learning. Any absence from class considered unexcused does not come with the privilege of making up assignments. In our Upper Grade Academy (5th and 6th grade), it is particularly difficult for students to leave during the school day because they may not get to attend a teacher's class scheduled in the afternoon. Although an excused absence allows a child to make up the work, NOTHING can replace the teaching our students receive each day. 

When my own children were in grade school, we had a rule: If you are throwing up, bleeding, or cannot stay out of the bathroom, you can check out. IF you are too sick to be in school, you must go to bed and rest. No TV, period. Harsh maybe, but their attendance was good, their grades were excellent, and the message was clear that being in school in vital to school success. 

Yes, attendance is the first thing we look at if students don't do well in class. It is also a quick thing to fix...just make sure your child is on time and stays at school each day. Last year there were 16 students with perfect attendance for the year...all of them are excellent students. My theory has been proven over and over.
I can't wait to announce our first TOP DOGS of the tardies, no checkouts, no absences for a whole six weeks. I think the number is going to be huge!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

T-Shirt Sale ends Sept. 17th.

Show you team spirit and help R.L. Young!
We are selling the above t-shirts for $10.00 each.
The shirts are short sleeve and available in
Youth Small-Adult XL. We also have 2X and 3X sizes for $12.00 per shirt.
The deadline to order these shirts is Friday, September 17th.  Sorry, we can not accept any late orders.
The shirts should arrive 10 days after the order has been placed.  If you would like to order a shirt, please make checks payable to R.L. Young. Thank you in advance for your support.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Grandparents...We Didn't Forget!

It has always been a tradition at R. L. Young to remember our grandparents...the only difference is that we include this event during our American Education Week in November.
We will have something very special JUST FOR YOU!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Helping Young Students Read
            1.Key Concepts:
A.     Children need to read each day.
B.     Make setting aside time to read with your child a priority.
C.     Help the student feel good about himself/herself as a reader.
D.     Encourage the student to read often and for many reasons.
E.     Read to the student. Read with the student. Let the student read to you.                                                
         2. How to encourage:
F.     Pause—Give the reader time to correct errors.
G.     Prompt—Give hints without telling the correct word.
H.     Praise—Use encouraging words when the student reads.
        3. What to do when a reader gets stuck:
I.     Wait to see if he/she can work it out.
J.     Say, “Try that again.”
K.    Say, “Look at the picture.”
L.     Say, “Think about what would make sense.”
M.    Say, “Read the sentence again and start with the tricky word.”
N.     Tell the word as a last resort.

              4. What to do when the reader makes a mistake:
O.    If the mistake makes sense, don’t worry about it.
P.     If the mistake doesn’t make sense, wait to see if the reader will fix it.
Q.    Say, “Try that again.”
R.    Say, “Did that make sense?”
S.    Say, “Did what you read look right and sound right?”
T.    Tell the correct response as a last resort.

                  5. Have fun and smile!
U.     Be positive and sincere.
V.     Greet your reader warmly each morning.
W.    Pay your reader a compliment.
X.    When asking a question, give your reader lots of time to answer.
Y.    Sit near your reader so that both of you can see the print.
Z.     Look the reader in the eye.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Congratulations to Mrs. Bittle and her students. They took the trophy again by having the highest comprehension for the week.

The TOP Comprehension classes for the week were:
1st   Bittle
2nd  Brooks
3rd  Thornton
4th   Lamberth
5th   Haynes

Our school % in comprehension is 87.1 % FABULOUS!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Highest Comprehension % Trophy Goes to...........

Mrs. Brooks First Graders
Mrs. Bittle's First Graders
Congratulations to our first grade teachers and students. We had a tie between our two first grade classes. They were the first group to win the AR HIGHEST % in COMPREHENSION for the Week at R. L. YOUNG. Although the children are new to the Accelerated Reader Program, they are all gradually being introduced to it. These students are working hard to read books carefully and answer questions on the computer to check their understanding of what they read.

The program is geared toward the individual reader's level and books are selected that are in his/her comfort zone. That is why you see colored dots on the library books.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Getting the WORD Out!

You can make a difference in your child's success this year in school. Reading aloud to your child is one of the best ways to help your child succeed. Here is this month's tip:

  • Read on a regular basis-Try to read every day at least 15 to 20 minutes. Read aloud while supper is in the oven or end the day with a peaceful bedtime story.
Some parents are afraid they will make a mistake while reading aloud. Everybody makes mistakes and if your child sees you make one, they will know that it is okay for them to do so, too. 
Shared by Rhonda Nunn, R. L. Young Reading Coach

Sunday, September 5, 2010

2010 NAC Group

Pictured above: Ny'kiya G., Sierra A., Aja A., Diamond O., Katina S., Manager Sheryl Gaither, Isaiah M., and Quintasia K. 

After careful selection, Mrs. Gaither, manager of R. L. Young's lunchroom program, has announced the NAC 
(Nutrition Advisory Committee) for this school year. These students help with various tasks in the lunchroom, serve as helpers during special events, and give advise and feedback to enrich our CNP program. Thank you for serving!

September 6-NO SCHOOL

September 6
Labor Day Holiday
Get some rest and have fun!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Show Your College Team Spirit Day

Pictured above: Tide fans Kristin F. Carson G., 4th grade teacher Mrs. Harris, Coach Stephens
Auburn Fans include the Wilson family of Isaac, Mary, and 4th grade teacher Mrs. Wilson.
Governor Bob Riley declared today "Show your college team spirit" day in the state of Alabama. Various team colors, shirts, and hats were visible throughout the school. It was a fun and quick way to promote higher education.
Of course, we feel the very best school is R. L.YOUNG.

9-3-10 P.E. Star Student of the Week!

Kaleigh F. is an honest student with a positive attitude. She is always trying to make the best out of every situation. Kaleigh has many great qualities; she is brave, confident, compassionate, and considerate.
Great Job Kaleigh!