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

Monday, May 30, 2011

First Graders Just Wanna Have Fun......

Sometimes the most fun can be found right in your own backyard...which was the idea for our first graders this spring. Instead of loading up on a bus and traveling to a long distance location, teachers designed a day of fun involving crafts, bubbles, games, and other cool activities.

The children just enjoyed the company of their friends and made some lasting memories.

Parents and grandparents were on hand to help with all of the fun.

Thanks for all of the hard work and planning, first grade teachers!

Friday, May 27, 2011

5-20-11 P.E. Star Student of the Week

Kayla W. has been a leader to her classmates all week and all year. Kayla has been a true friend to everyone. Kayla is always fair and honest to everyone. Kayla always treats others with a kind heart. Kayla is always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Great job Kayla for being a great student and a wonderful person.

Keep up the great work!

5-13-11 P.E. Star Student of the Week

Chloe D. is a great student who works hard to be the best. Chloe is always trying her best to make sure that everybody has a fair chance. Great job Chloe for being our bright shinning star.

Keep up the great work!

5-6-11 P.E. Star Student of the Week

Alton H. has worked extremely hard on becoming the best student that he could be. He has demonstrated to his teachers and classmates that he has what it takes to be a star student. Alton has done a great job this week of following directions, being kind to others, and helping in times of need. Great job Alton for being this weeks brightest star.

Keep up the great work!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Last Six Weeks.....40 TOP DOGS!

Attendance is important at R. L. Young! Even with the craziness of the last 6th weeks of school, we still had 40 students with no TARDIES, no CHECKOUTS, and no ABSENCES. This makes the principal very happy because:




Monday, May 23, 2011

R. L. Young Career Day 2011

Students at Young gave us a sneak peek at their career choice when they grow up.
 Check out these distinguished students:

**A special thanks to Mrs. Deese, counselor of R. L. Young for organizing the event.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Cari Wilson...A Star in Education!

 Mrs. Cari Wilson has had an amazing journey this school year. She was selected as R. L. Young's Teacher of the Year in the fall. She was then selected as the elementary winner for the Talladega City School District. Her application was submitted to the State where she selected as District III winner and a semifinalist for
 Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Wilson was formally recognized last Wednesday in Montgomery at the Stars in Education Dinner. Her family joined her, along with Superintendent Douglas Campbell and principal. She made R. L. Young and her district proud. Congratulations!

Thursday, May 19, 2011



May 21  Mrs. Kelly Davidson- 2nd Grade Teacher

Hope your day is full of FUN!

Marvelous, Motivating Meagan TOP AR Winner 2011

Meagan Wilson, 6th grader at R. L. Young, celebrated a year of reading accomplishments in a special way. She was the top point scorer for the school and was rewarded with a meal at a restaurant of her choice. Accompanying Meagan was her teacher, Mrs. French, her parents, and the principal. 

An Olive Garden employee overhead conversation about Meagan's accomplishment and surprised her with a special dessert. Thanks, Meagan for motivating the school and promoting that reading can be fun. You are leaving a legacy!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Friendships Are Forever....R. L. Young Hurray, Hurray! 2011

When Tigers get together, and red is all we see,
We're on our way to reaching, an awesome victory.
The path is laid before us, each step is carefully made,
Our friendships are forever, R. L. Young Hurray, Hurray! 

Traditions are important, especially for children. Each Field Day we gather as a school to kickoff a day of fun. This is indeed, my favorite part of the event. Seeing the many faces, smiles, and laughter.
 Our friendships ARE forever....Hurray!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

5th Grade Vs 6th Grade.....and the winner is.....

Annual Tradition...5th graders challenge 6th graders to a kickball game. 
Kindergarten through fourth grade students cheer for their favorite friends.

Look at our pretty score keepers!

Plenty of cheerleaders!

Congrats to 6th graders....they did it again! Good game 5th grade. 
Thanks for being good sports. 

Writing at R. L. Young

I am amazed at the progress a child can make in 9 months with the help of a  great teacher and support from home. This progress is not seen right away, but moment by moment, day after day, week after week, the skills take root and children flourish. I applaud the teachers and staff at our school. They all play an important part in the transformation.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

R. L. Young Reaches Out to Storm Victims May 2011

R. L. Young wanted to join the efforts to reach out to the storm victims. A note was sent home and in one week the school collected:
5 containers of water
83 cans of food
9 packages of diapers
89 jars of baby food
1 box of paper cereal
9 boxes of baby wipes
1 large box of trash bags
1 gallon of water
$11.50 cash donation
Bemiston Baptist Church was gracious enough to transport the items to an area of need. Thanks for the support.
And thanks to our students and parents for giving to those who have suffered such tragedy.

Friday, May 13, 2011


On Saturday, May 14, R. L. Young sons and mothers (or grandmother/friend)
 will be gathering at Talladega Family Bowling Alley
at 10 a.m. to have FUN! It's only $5 per person at the door. A professional 
photographer will be available, if you choose.
 There is not a fund
 raiser for the school. Just a chance to grab your young man 
and spend a couple of hours together! 
See you there...                      


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

NEW 2011-12 PTO Officers Sworn In

Mrs. Cari Wilson is pictured above at the April meeting swearing in the new PTO officers for 2011-12 school year: President Hope Brasher Allen, Secretary Tammy Tipton, Treasurer Michele Wilson, and Vice President Amy Grogan. 

We appreciate all of the ladies agreeing to serve in these leadership roles. The R. L. Young faculty, staff, and principal look forward to working with these officers to move the school forward. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Display Rails Going Up

R. L. Young believes that it is important to publicly showcase the talents of our students. One way we are making it easier for teachers to do this is with the addition of new display rails. Mr. Jemison has been busy drilling and mounting the rails this past week in all three buildings. We appreciate his handiness with a drill!
When students returned in January of this year, we surprised them with a brand new journal. Teachers have been encouraging them to put their thoughts on paper and now we are getting ready to share their talents with you.
On May 12, each student will have their favorite journal entry displayed outside his/her classroom! Please stop in to see the fine writing samples throughout the school. 
R. L. Young is a good place to learn and grow AND write! 

Celebrating Mothers!

This post is dedicated to all of the women associated with R. L. Young....mothers, teachers, and support staff. 

One Flaw In Women 

Women have strengths that amaze men.... 

They bear hardships and they carry burdens, 

but they hold happiness, love and joy. 

They smile when they want to scream. 

They sing when they want to cry. 

They cry when they are happy 

and laugh when they are nervous. 

They fight for what they believe in.. 

They stand up to injustice. 

They don't take "no" for an answer 

when they believe there is a better solution. 

They go without so their family can have. 

They go to the doctor with a frightened friend. 

They love unconditionally. 

They cry when their children excel 

and cheer when their friends get awards. 

They are happy when they hear about 

a birth or a wedding. 

Their hearts break when a friend dies. 

They grieve at the loss of a family member, 

yet they are strong when they 

think there is no strength left. 

They know that a hug and a kiss 

can heal a broken heart. 

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors. 

They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you 

to show how much they care about you. 

The heart of a woman is what 

makes the world keep turning. 

They bring joy, hope and love. 

They have compassion and ideas. 

They give moral support to their 

family and friends. 

Women have vital things to say 

and everything to give.. 


Monday, May 9, 2011

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day
Before I was a Mom -
I made and ate hot meals.
I had unstained clothing.
I had quiet conversations on the phone.

Before I was a Mom -
I slept as late as I wanted and never worried
about how late I got into bed.
I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.

Before I was a Mom -
I cleaned my house each day.
I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom -
I never held down a screaming child
So that Doctors could do tests
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom -
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put it down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom -
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important.

Before I was a Mom -
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make
sure all was okay.

I had never known the warmth
The joy
The love
The heartache
The wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom.

I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much
before I was a Mom.

I just loved this and wanted to share it with all R. L. Young Elementary's wonderful moms!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

AR Ice Cream Party #4

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Mother's Day Made Special by R. L. Young's Fifth Graders

Mrs. Nelson has had the 5th grade students extremely busy lately.  They have been busy writing Mother's Day essays and painting beautiful artwork to make their moms feel special on her day.  When asked what makes your mom special, she received many different responses.  Read on...

My mother is super, marvelous, amazing, terrific, and wonderful! 

My mom is always there for me no matter what. She goes the extra mile.  She always turns mom upside down
and makes it say WOW!

My mom is my role model.  She gives me great advice.  She is the best person ever.

My mom is awesome.  She is always by my side.  If I'm sad, she makes me happy.

My mother is my night and shining armor.

My mom is a gift from God.  She puts courage in me by telling me to hold my head up,  to be strong, and never give up.

My mom comforts me when I am down.  I learn everything I need to know from the best  mom.

My mother is my rock.  Whenever I'm down my mom picks me up and comforts me.   She is my best friend.

My mom is a wonderful person.  She keeps my body running.  When she's down, I'm down.

My mom sacrifices a lot.  She is a great mom! She is the best mom ever!

My mom is my friend.  She is awesome because she plays sports with me.  She always watches out for me.

My mom is very smart.  She's my own personal computer.  My mom is pretty awesome.  She is so cool and always up to date on 5th grade DRAMA.  I know I'm lucky.

My momma is a secret keeper.  She is one of the only people I can trust in the world. When I'm mixed up and don't know what to do, she gives me great advice.

My grandmother is very intelligent.  She is always in a good mood. 

To me, it's like moms make the world go round.  My mom is the MVP in my life.  Moms have a way of knowing if your down or sad.  If I get in trouble, she is by my side.   
My nana is nice and she loves me.  She is special.

She is the most understanding person I know.

She's always putting her children before herself.  My mom brings me up when I feel down. 

My mom is the rocker of my life because she is helpful.  She's also very beautiful.

My mom is like the ocean wind.  My mom goes with the flow.  She's as graceful as a rising sun.

My momma is always with me no matter what I do.  She does everything she can to  direct me in the right direction.  I love and appreciate her. My momma makes me feel happy and warm inside.

My aunt keeps me out of harm's way.  She is really out of this world because she always cares for me.

My mother sacrifices stuff so I can get what I want.  I'm glad she is my mom.

The way my mom loves me is the coolest thing to me.  She's a diamond to my heart.  I love my mom and she loves me back.

When something is messed up, she finds a creative way to fix it.  She is the perfect  mom.

My mom is the best mom in the word.  She goes and watches my games.  She cheers for  me even when I strike out or miss the ball. 

My mom is the God of all moms.  She is the best you could ever have.

My mom is very helpful.  She also provides for me, bust most importantly, she cares  about me.

My mom is loving, caring, my provider, my shield, hard working, funny, fun to be around, and special in her own odd way. My mom is my #1 fan on or off the field.

My mom tries her best at everything.  She is the world's best back scratcher.  She also has good, caring character.  She puts others first. She hugs and kisses me.

My mother helps me without me asking. She's the only one I need, trust, and depend on.

My mom is good to me.  She always takes care of me.  She means a lot to me.

Check out this beautiful artwork! 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Lamberth's Second Graders Snag the Trophy on week of May 6!

Congratulations! What awesome readers in this classroom. Keep reading....

Thoughts From a Student

One way I assess the school's effectiveness is by listening to our students. It could be in conversation, a written note placed in the basket by my office, or a comment posted to the blog.
We encourage the students at Young to read the school's blog because it is about them! This comment below was left by a child, 4th grader Diamond O., after an early dismissal post ran on Wednesday, April 27. It demonstrates the type of atmosphere we have at Young.  Her words speak volumes to me. Thanks, Diamond. I feel the SAME way! 
aliciabigred39 wrote...


Friday, May 6, 2011

AR Field Trip is Finally Here! 2011

Beginning of the year AR Trip Chart

The students visited the library, read the books, tested from August through May until the big day arrived...
the R.L. YOUNG AR FIELD TRIP. What a crew they took:
Mrs. Lane (librarian)
Coach Stephens
Mrs. Nelson
Mrs. Wilson
Mrs. Armstrong
Mrs. Lamberth
Mrs. Liner
Ms. Porter.
Many parents were also on hand for the fun and excitement. Thanks for the support.

Of course, the most important folks are listed below on the AR Bus Chart. 68 students were invited to attend, which is 30% of our student body from grades 1st - 6th. We are proud of so much READING! 
Everyone loved TREETOP Park so much, they want to go back NEXT YEAR. Plan now to be a part of the fun

Chart TODAY!

p.s. As I was running the AR reports today, I turned to the last page of the report and there it was....
Total Comprehension % for the School 89.0

Stay tuned for pictures of the trip.