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

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

3-25-11 P.E. Star Student of the Week

Miles E. has been a great student with a great attitude. Miles is always following directions the first time. Miles is always giving his best at everything he does. Great job Miles for being a leader to your classmates.

Keep up the good work!


The photographers will be at R. L. Young on April 1 to snap pictures of our beautiful students. Friend pictures are also available if the groups have already been prearranged. We want no "hurt feelings" for not being selected during classtime, on the bus, or on the playground. Materials will be sent home prior to picture day. Arrange with your child's friends to be included in the photo. Each child pays AND receives a photo. These will be quality photos and keepsakes for years to come.

Batters Up for ARMT and SAT Testing......

 R. L. Young students in grades 3-6....don't forget the requirements for joining Coach Stephens on the trip!

Monday, March 28, 2011

"Surfin' Good Times"

"Surfin' Good Times"

Big Upset......Go Second Graders!

R. L. Young students look forward to seeing who will win the HIGHEST COMPREHENSION FOR THE WEEK Trophy. On Friday, March 25, a new leader arose.....Mrs. Davidson's second graders. 
Look at the proud faces! Way to go...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Baseball, Anyone?

Next week, on March 28th – 31st, R. L. Young students in grades 3-6 have an opportunity to EARN a trip to see the Birmingham Barons play ball. Coach Stephens is the sponsor of this event and he has only 4 requirements…

1. No TARDIES During testing!

2. NO absences during testing!

3. Take your time on each part!


I hope EVERYONE gets to go!

Friday, March 25, 2011

R. L. Young Elementary Ambassadors' Top 10 Testing Tips

2009-10 Ambassadors came up with these great testing tips. Good advise!!
1. Take a deep breath...and relax. 

2. Get plenty of sleep.

3. Eat breakfast every day. 

4. Bring supplies for the test.

5. Read each item carefully. Eliminate wrong choices. 

6. If you don't understand a question, read it again.

7. ANY answer is better than NO answer. NO BLANKS!

8. Pay attention to all of the directions. 

9. Remember the tips and tricks shared by teachers. 


Monday, March 21, 2011


If your child's report is not satisfactory, consider the following items:
*Is your child frequently tardy?
*Does your child complete homework?
*Does your child and you study 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. 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Expecting BRIGHT, SHINING Faces Monday, March 21st!

R. L. Young will be back in session on Monday, March 21st. Don't be late! 
We look forward to seeing all of your bright, shining faces!
Chipper, the principal's dog demonstrating a BRIGHT, SHINING FACE!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Parents, Please Read

Student safety is always a priority of R. L. Young. I often run across things that may benefit the parents of our children. Here is an example that caught my eye (thanks, Dr. Buck for sharing): a guidebook to FACEBOOK for parents. 
Below you will find the guide's table of contents.

Table of Contents 

What is Facebook? 2 
What do people do on Facebook? 2 
Why do young people use Facebook? 3 
Is Facebook safe? 3 
What are the risks involved in social networking? 4 
How do we parent Facebook users? 5 
Ways to monitor your child’s Facebook activities 6 
Safety, privacy and reputation protection in the digital age 6 
Digital footprints & good reputations 7 

Your children's profiles are a reflection on them 8 
Why children should be honest about their age 9 
Choose friends wisely 10 
Messages, Wall Posts & News Feed 11 
To limit what’s on your child’s profile 12 
See what your profile looks like to others 14 
Configuring who can see what you post 14 
Extra protections for minors 15 
Basic privacy controls 15 
Customizing privacy settings 16 
Limiting who can see your info or search for you 18 
Controlling who can see individual posts 20 
Lists: A powerful privacy feature 21 
Using the Groups feature 22 
Photos and tagging 24 
Controlling Facebook applications 26 
Limiting individual applications 27 
Facebook's location-sharing Places 28 
Reporting problems 31 
Preventing suicide and other self-harm 33 


Sunday, March 13, 2011

A New Winner! 3-11-11

There's an upset at R. L. Young...Mrs. Lamberth's 2nd graders have snatched the trophy 
for the week of March 3-7 through March 11 for the 
Highest Comprehension in the Accelerated Reader Program.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

3-11-11 P.E. Star Student of the Week!

Jaden T. has demonstrated the ability to take his time and do things the right way. Jaden has worked hard on becoming the best at everything he does. Jaden has shown others that with hard work and never giving up you can complete any task.

Great job Jaden!

3-4-11 P.E. Star Student of the Week!

Laderrius L. has been a caring student this week. Laderrius has demonstrated how to lead by example. He has given other students a chance to show their abilities by letting students move a head of him in line. Laderrius has been an all around student in the classroom as well as in P.E.
Great Job Laderrius!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


This year's theme for READ ACROSS AMERICA was Be a Champion....Read! R. L. Young promotes reading daily, but with the help of Roxanne Lamberth and Cathy Thornton, we had something special every day. 
Mrs. Lane, R. L. Young's librarian set up a book display and encouraged tons of reading with her door display!
Judge Bo Hollingsworth was a featured guest sharing the book Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss. Not only did he do a great job reading, he shared about his experience as a judge. Students took time to reflect on his presentation in their journals. Read some excerpts below:
I learned that Judge Hollingsworth started working in 1979. He was been a judge for 7 years. When he first started he made $112,000. I also learned that he knows how to read and he has sentenced over 100 people to jail in 2 months. Jay Patterson

I learned that you can choose what you do. I also learned what he does for a living. I found interesting where he has been and what he likes to do. He is also a good reader. He taught us what is the wrong way and the right way. He is a nice guy and deals with situations fairly.  Cason Hadley

What did I learn from Judge Hollingsworth? Well, Judge Hollingsworth is only a judge for Talladega County. He will put more than 240 people in prison in 2011. He is in the judical branch. He doesn't work for the police and firefighters. Mr. Hollingsworth is a VERY serious man. He is a judge. He works in the big, tall building beside the U.S. Post Office. Alayna Pody

I learned that if you dream big you can do well. Only dreaming isn't gonna help you a whole lot. You actually have to work at it. Reach toward your goal and succeed. KeShawn Lawler

What I learned from Judge Hollingsworth is to follow your dreams no matter what. There was lots of important things that he said. He talked about his job. He makes all kinds of money and so I want to see his house.  Mary Wilson

Judge Hollingsworth said that the past is behind me and the future is ahead of me. He said clear your mind and you can have a clean start.  Kelton Seals

Tom Wofford, Talladega Ritz Theater Director, joined the K - 2 students to share one of his favorites....Horton Hatches an Egg. The message in this book is "Say what you mean and mean what you say"! With his animated, fun-loving spirit he was a natural in front of the students. 

Principal Pattie Thomas and Reading Coach Rhonda Nunn partnered up to share GREEN EGGS AND HAM during the Honor Roll Assembly. Students should see good reading modeled and know that a great book is even better when shared with a friend! 
Mrs. Armstrong's Door

Sixth Grade Ambassadors joined in to help celebrate READ ACROSS AMERICA by presenting Dr. Seuss facts during honor roll Assembly. Enjoy this video of what they discovered.

Thanks to all of the teachers and staff who participated to make this week one of celebration about reading and the fun that books can bring. Our school also appreciates the parents who support us in these extra activities. We are making memories that will last a lifetime!

AR Trophy Winner for 3/4/2011

Armstrong's 2nd Graders had the highest comprehension for the week!! Congrats.....
Even more exciting is that the top 3 places in AR comprehension belong to the 3 second grade classrooms......How grand is that? 

KEEP READING R. L. YOUNG STUDENTS....The more you read, the better you read.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Just for the Kids....

Sometimes we just want to share something for fun......enjoy this clever little video. Thanks to Mr. Lee Messer for sharing it with me. May not be able to view on school campus.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

2011 February Good Citizens

It is always a pleasure dining with R. L. Young Good Citizens. February G. C.'s include: Maddie M., Kylie B., Trenton W., Ty G., Sara T., Aubri H., and Qu'Ron K. from grades K-2nd.

Representing the upper grades 3-6 are Good Citizens' Sloan P., Wesley B., Luke W., Brady L., Moriah L., and Aja A.. Not pictured is Dylan C. and Jeremia T. 
**A special thanks to Ms. Deese who prepares certificates and decorates for the event. 

Friday, March 4, 2011

Thing 1, Thing 2, and Thing 3,

is more than just what you see!

When it comes to AR,

we shoot for the stars

because the best is what we'll be!

The trophy is the tie that binds

in all of our second graders' minds.

Though their secret is not known,

through all the reading they have grown,

into ships that will not sail from behind.

written by: Rebecca Armstrong

The Box Arrives in Alaska!

The Daily Home recently covered a story of R. L. Young students who gathered items that represented Talladega. You can read that post here. This week Mrs. Winn received a letter from a teacher in Alaska saying the box had arrived. Enjoy the letter below written to the children:

From: GG Goss, Teacher
            Denali Montessori Elementary School,
            Anchorage, Alaska

 Feb. 22, 2011


The students at Denali were so excited today opening the box from you.  We found all kinds of things we didn’t expect.  We loved every item. 
Let me tell you a little about our students and about Alaska.......The students are enrolled at Denali Montessori Elementary which is an 'optional school' they are selected by a lottery system to enroll.  They do not ride a school bus but their parents have to take them to and from school.  The class of your pen pals is an after school computer / reading class. They attend this class two afternoons a week for 45 minutes each time.

We not only read, but have had special visitors come to our class such as a  local author visit and telling us how to become authors of letters or books.   We will also have someone come in and talk about the Iditarod.....  What is the Iditarod?

The Iditarod is a 1049 mile race from Anchorage to starts the first weekend in March.  Have your teacher research about the why we celebrate each year by having this great dog sled race.  Read how brave men rode the trail in order to save people from a major sickness many years ago by delivering needed medicine.  Their bravery saved most the people of Nome.  There are still no roads to between Anchorage and Nome even today.  The only way to get to there is by sled, plane, or boat. 

We have lots of different types of animals here in Alaska.  We have beautiful eagles, bears, and moose.  If you drive away from Anchorage you can usually see these animals without having to look very hard.  Two of the major fish we eat are salmon and halibut.  You might want to find out how these creatures manage to find their way back to the same spot year after year to have their babies.   Now we don’t have to worry about snakes and alligators up here!

Yes, it is very cold here in the winter.  The temperature is 17 degrees in the day time and about zero at night.  There is lots of snow and ice on the ground right now.  We only had five hours of sunlight in the middle of December – After that we start gaining about 5 minutes per day after the winter solstice (Dec. 21st).  Right now we have about 10 hours of sunlight a day.  How many hours of sunlight do you have in Talladega?  Remember the further north one travels, the more darkness in the winter and more daylight in the summer..........

Here in Alaska we have to be careful not to get frostbite.  We dress in layers and layers of clothing. On the outside we wear snowpants,  snowjackets, boots, hats, and gloves to stay warm outside.  When it's below zero during the daytime, we don't even get to have outdoor recess.!.

 In the winter, our car tires have to be changed out to become studded.  These tires have little hard spikes on them to help with traction or driving on the road.  By May, when the snow has melted, we have to have to take the tires off.  These heavy winter tires will ruin the roads without snow and ice on them.  So in my garage, I have to have two sets of four tires.  One set for the winter and one set for the summer.

I used to live in the south on Pensacola Beach in Florida. Do you know you know where that is?  I moved to Alaska to be near by Grandchildren.  We get to go play in the snow.  We go bobsledding, snow skiing, and building lots of snowmen.

Since we only have 16 students, some of the students have written more than one letter back to all of you.  Tomorrow, they will try to finish answering ALL the letters so I can get YOUR box mailed to you.  We are going to get more children to be pen pals, but we wanted to answer all your letters quickly.  

Thanks again for all the goodies...........Tell Ms. Odom-Winn thanks for sending the fun box from all of you.  Keep up your good writing skills and we hope you enjoy the box that will be in the mail in a few days from us.......
Enjoy school -  Ms. GG Goss

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

2010-11 R.L. Young Archery Team

This year our archery team competed in the Pell City regional competition where we finished in second place. Our teamed scored a total of 2,458 points. This is our 3rd year in our archery program. This will be our third year in a row to qualify, and compete at the state competition in Birmingham. I am so proud of the students for demonstrating leadership qualities during these events. We have an awesome group of kids here at R.L. Young that work hard to do their best. Great job team for making it to state!

Keep it up!
Coach Stephens

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Thanks for all of the fun and laughter you have brought into the lives of children and adults. You helped make reading fun! We celebrate your contributions to education this week with READ ACROSS AMERICA. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

2-25-11 PE Star Student of the Week!

Timothy J. is an excellent student with an excellent attitude. He is always willing to go the extra mile to do his best. Timothy always has a positive attitude towards life. Timothy models to others by living his life through example. Great job for being a marvelous student.

2-18-11 PE Star Student of the Week!

Logan B. is a great student who is always following directions. Logan demonstrates honesty and kindness to others. Logan is always on task and doing his best at everything he does. Great job Logan for being a great student and a true leader.

Armstrong Takes the Trophy!

A big upset at R. L. Young when Mrs. Armstrong's students took the trophy by earning the HIGHEST COMPREHENSION % FOR THE WEEK! 

Last week's winner was Mrs. Lamberth's second graders. Our second graders appear to be on FIRE for reading. This makes their principal VERY HAPPY! 

Everybody keep READING because the MORE you read, the BETTER you read!


Honor Roll Assembly is a special time to honor and recognize hard work, super attendance, great behavior, and academic achievement. Everyone is welcome to attend. 
K-2 program begins at 12:45 p.m.
3rd-6th program begins at 1:30 p.m. 

Please allow your child(ren) to finish out the day at school. Checking out is discouraged.
Thank you for your support and attendance!