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

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Great Families at R. L. Young

Happy New Year to all of our wonderful families of R. L. Young! Looking forward to a great second semester in 2012.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Opportunities to Give-Successful at Young

I read the paper almost every day and often see schools featured that have collected for the needy. I am proud to work at a school that emphasizes to think of others throughout the year. Sometimes it may be to donate something, make something, or just say kind words to others. We are creating an environment where people matter.

One of the students wrote in a birthday card to me, "You are always gathering us together". I loved this statement because it is true. We are a strong school academically, socially, and emotionally. I love to look out into the sea of faces. 

Young is so blessed to have a beautiful auditorium in which the entire school can fit to celebrate with a sing-a-long, recognize achievement such as honor roll, or have fun with a movie. These gatherings do make us closer. 

I often remind the students that when one of us does something makes us all  great. I believe this and I think they do, too. I am proud of the giving hearts of our children and their parents. I love the influence my kind, caring teachers have on the students and each other. It truly is....


Sunday, December 25, 2011

2011 Sing-a-long Favorite Pics

An annual event at Young is the sing-a-long with students, faculty, staff, and special guests enjoying Christmas music. Dr. Buck and Mrs. Lou Ann Allen shared their musical talents of flute and piano before and during the singing. Mrs. Cari Wilson led the group along with many student helpers. 

Ms. Winn suggested an addition of student song leaders and music makers. This was well received by students. Our student duet this year was Mary Wilson and Emaleigh Bates, both sixth graders. They did a wonderful job and touched our hearts with their angelic voices.

A special thanks to Michele Wilson for sharing these pics, Renee Humphrey for making the music batons,and Mrs. Diane for prepping the auditorium for this special event. 
p.s. It is indeed one of my favorite activities at R. L. Young. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas from the Fourth Grade

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R. L. Young is dismissing early on December 21st for the Christmas Holidays at 1:00 pm for CAR RIDERS and 12:30 p.m. for BUS STUDENTS. 
Please make arrangements for your child(ren).
Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 16, 2011

12-9-11 PE Star Student of the Week

This week’s star student has worked hard every day this week. She is a pleasure to be around. She has a big heart and she can brighten everyone’s day with her smile. She is a great role model for all of her classmates. Great job Cayleigh S. for working hard and being this week’s brightest star!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Snapshots from Talladega's Christmas Parade 2011

 Weatherman Mickey Fergurson visited our float before we rolled out.
Of course, he was the Grand Marshal of the Parade!
 Pretty Harvest Queens!
                            Harvest Kings!
               Ambassadors had a blast throwing candy!
    Matthew T. and Alayna P.
got their candy ready for the crowd.
Kylee B. celebrated her birthday
by riding on the float.

***A special thanks to FIRST NATIONAL BANK for allowing our students to ride on their beautiful float. 
It was fun!

Saturday, December 10, 2011


THE TOY DRIVE has been EXTENDED until DEC. 14!
R. L.Young Elementary School is teaming up with First Family Services to provide Christmas gifts for children in need throughout Talladega County. This organization service children from birth to 12 years of age.

We are hope that everyone will participate in this terrific cause. Through our efforts we hoping to brighten someone’s Christmas AND provide an opportunity to focus on giving, love, gratitude, and helping others.

Anyone may bring new, unwrapped toys to school by December 9th.
With your help, we can make a dramatic difference.

Acceptable Items
baby dolls
balls (footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, etc.)
Barbie dolls
princess items
remote control cars
hand held games


This project is being directed by Mrs. Nelson!

Friday, December 9, 2011

New Ethics Law -Gifts for School Employees

You may have read in the paper or heard on the news that there are new Ethic Guidelines for school employees receiving gifts. Although this is true, the suggested types of gifts are not really any different than what they have received in the past.

The following list, while not all inclusive, sets out some types of gifts that are acceptable for school teachers to receive:
1) Fruit baskets, homemade cookies, candy, etc.

2) Christmas ornaments of little intrinsic value

3) Coffee mugs filled with candy of a holiday nature

4) Any item that the teacher may use to assist him/her in performing his or her functions as a teacher, such as notebooks, school supplies, etc.

5) CDs or books of a nominal value, scarves, consumables like lotion or a candle, etc.

The bottom line is that teachers cannot acccept items that have real resale value. Gift cards and cash are not permissible.
Here is the link to the latest Ethics Commission opinion on the new law .
Thank you for always being so thoughtful to our teachers and staff. We raise our children to think of others, especially on holidays. This does not have to stop, we just need to be aware of the guidelines. 
Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Young Teacher's Artwork Featured

One of our 3rd grade teachers, Ms. Cathy Thornton, was one of the featured artists recently at a local art gallery showing at LMo & Co. on the square in Talladega. Her artwork was quite impressive and we are proud of this recent artistic accomplishment.

Congratulations, Ms. Thornton!

12-2-11 PE Star Student of the Week!

This week’s star student is always working hard. He is determined to be the best student and best friend he can be. He has a way of working through situations that is fair to everyone. He is always putting others thoughts and feelings before his. It is wonderful to have students at this school who are true stars. Great job Lucas P. and keep up the hard work!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Superintendent's Art Show at YOUNG

Raymond L. Young had some wonderful artwork entered into the State Superintendent's Art Show. Our winners will compete at the district level. If they win, their work will be displayed at the show in Montgomery in February.
Superintendent’s Art Show
Photography Category

1st Place------- Briana K.

2nd Place--------- Meghan K.

3rd Place -------- Caitlyn L.

Drawing Category

1st Place-------- Malorie B.

2nd Place----- Chloe D.

3rd Place -------Victoria F.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Harvest King and Queen 2011

Kings and Queens 2011
 K-First Grade
Queen-No Contestant
King- Jaxon C.
No Alternates

2nd -3rd Grade
Queen-Daisy B.
1st Place-Madison M.
2nd Place Payton M.

King-Brody T.
1st Place-Joshua D.
2nd Place-Gabe H.

4th-6th Grade
Queen-Madison G.
1st Place-Brianna K.
2nd Place-Halle S.

King-Pierce C.
1st Place-Jeremia T.
                                              2nd Place-Malachi D.

Thanks to all who participated in this contest. The students raised $790.46. Queens and Kings are invited to ride in the Christmas parade to represent the school on December 12th.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

American Education Week 2011 Kickoff Assembly at R. L. Young

Monday, Nov. 14th was a busy and exciting day for R. L. Young. The school participated in an assembly to kickoff our celebration of American Education Week.


Many special guests joined the school. Talladega City Schools Maintenance Supervisor Wayne Mitchell shared a powerpoint comparing a school in Afghanistan to R. L. Young. He helped children see how blessed we are as a country and a school. 
Talladega High School junior and Alumni of R. L. Young, Morgan Davidson touched our hearts with her beautiful voice. 
 Taylor Gurley, Youth Minister at Bemiston Baptist, college student, and former R. L. Young Alumni reminded students how blessed they are to have the caliber of teachers that they have each year. (He is so right!)
David Strickland lended a hand during Taylor's performance!

Chris Clevenger reminded the children how awesome READING can be. He is so right!
 The program was enjoyed by all. There is something special when we gather together as a school for events such as this because we are making memories that will last a life time.
We are touching lives and empowering at its finest!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Accelerated Reader Trophy Winners

 Even though our students were eager to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal, this super group earned the AR Trophy with an impressive 99% in comprehension for the week of Nov. 21-22. The were the first group to have the "Dancing Santa" visit their classroom.
Can you spot Santa? He is right in the middle. He enjoyed hanging out with our 5th graders.

This week the Dancing Santa and Trophy remains in the Upper Grade Academy, but will be traveling across the hall to Mrs. French's classroom. Congratulations, Sixth Graders for having the highest % in comprehension for the week.....96.5!

American Education Week, Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Faculty and Staff took a moment to recognize and give a treat to four deserving ladies. Our current PTO officers, Mrs. Hope B. Allen, Mrs. Tammy Tipton, Michele Wilson, and Mrs. Amy Grogan. 
Thanks for making our school EVEN better and caring about all of us!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

11-22-11 PE Star Student of the Week

This week’s star student is a wonderful example of how to be a trust worthy person. She has shown honesty by turning in money she found to the office. She is always doing the right things and making the right choices. She is truly a bright star for everyone to see. Great job Emily T. and keep up the great work!


If your child's report is not satisfactory, consider the following items:
*Is your child frequently tardy?
*Does your child complete homework?
*Do you and your child prepare for tests?
*Does your child know school is important to you, too?
*Does your child bring the necessary supplies to class?
*Do you visit the school for an occasional lunch date or to speak to the teacher?
*Is your child frequently absent from school, but could have probably attended? 

The problem may not be his/her ability to learn, but obstacles that can be easily removed. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November 2011 GOOD CITIZENS

Representing grades K- Second:
Lauren F., LeighAnna McC., Payton McD., 
Mason T., Grayson F., and Landry L.
          Representing grades third - Sixth:
                  Tripp A., Shawn H., Riley L., Haylee W.,
           Morgan L., Zarria C., and Amber T.