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

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Last AR Trophy Win for 2012

And the winner is....(drum roll, please) 
Keep reading and succeeding! 
p.s. This group won last week, so actually they are maintaining their lead. 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

December Good Citizens 2012

GOOD Citizens for December 2012

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade

Jayden F., Isaac W., Grayson F.,Carlee M., Bryleigh L., Sara T., Kaynan C., Ashlyn S. (not pictured)

4th through 6th Grade
Tripp A., Dawson D., Samantha L., Latasia E.,  Blaire McD.

Friday, December 21, 2012

State Superintendent Art Show-School Level Winners 2012

Category I Painting or Drawing

1st Place..... Daisy B.
2nd Place.... Hannah J.
3rd Place..... Kaylee R.

 Category II Photography or Computer Drawing
1st Place  .....Brianna K.
2nd Place ....Samantha L.
3rd Place .....Landry L.
Daisy and Brianna's work will go on to compete at the District level. If they win, their work will be displayed in Montgomery at the State Superintendent's Art Show. Congratulations to all participants and for these girls!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Support Comes in Strange Packages

Across from our sweet school is Bemiston Baptist Church. The pastor is Kory Burel and the youth minister is Taylor Gurley. You may not recognize them here!

This dynamic duo brings laughter, cheer, and inspiration to children and the adults. We appreciate the Friday afternoon treats, helping to make popcorn bags, warm cookies for staff, helping in the Penguin Patch Holiday Shop, and so many things they do to make us feel loved.

We appreciate them both and the support of our neighboring church. Thanks for everything!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

R. L. Young's Book Club

Children have wonderful ideas to make learning fun. Starting a book club was the idea of two 5th graders, Haylee and Anna Belle.
We decided on one of my favorite read-aloud books, Stone Fox.

The story is a touching one and meant to be shared with others. The students took turns being the leader of the discussion. Ms. Lane, the school librarian made it fun by joining the group. The children got to see what a love for books she has. She created a cozy place for us to meet and the classroom teacher, Mrs. Harris allowed students to use computer time to gather.

What comes next? Well, this small group will branch out to create other book clubs through the next couple of months. we will always remember the book we shared, the happy and sad events of the characters, and how we felt as we read the pages. Lots of memories were made and I thoroughly enjoyed the weeks of sharing a great read!

Thanks, girls for bringing such a good idea to me and allowing me to be a part.

AR Highest Comprehension TROPHY Winners

The week of December 3-7.....Nelson's Awesome 5th Graders

This past week (Dec. 10-14)...Mrs. Lamberth's Super Duper 4th Graders
EVERY ONE is a winner when they READ!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

No PTO Meeting on Dec. 20

The December PTO meeting has been canceled. The Upper Grade Academy teamed up to combine 5th and 6th in the November program.

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for February 26 at 6 p.m. with first grade performing.

First Family Services Toy Drive 2012

 A toy drive could not be possible without the support of good parents that know how giving affects children. When you allow a child an opportunity to think of someone else, it builds his/her character.
I love this project, but I especially love the way children are excited to put what
 they brought under the tree.

I am always amazed, but never surprised at how many toys are piled under the main building hallway. It is a collective effort of students and staff that makes it a success.
A particularly touching moment for me as principal was when a little child asked if he could put this toy (above) under the tree for someone. It was clearly his own, but yet he wanted to give it to someone who had no toys. The kindness displayed by the little boy and children throughout the school will help make Christmas merry for many families. THANKS for the part you played in this project!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Choosing Whether to Talk to Your Child about NewTown

I ran across a good article that might help as you try to absorb this elementary school tragedy. Here is the link:

How to Talk to Kids About Newtown

How to help children and teens face their fears about school shootings—without freaking them out even more.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Tragedy in Connecticut

As I heard the horrible news today, my thoughts automatically turned to our sweet little school, R. L. Young. I thought about how I had just made copies of the LOCKDOWN procedures for teachers this week. It brought chills down my spine. Although we practice this drill, the thought of anything happening to our precious children is unimaginable, yet it occurred in this sleepy town in our country today. 

My heart hurts for the parents who did not know if their child was ok or not. It is a parent's worse nightmare. So many innocent lives were tarnished or lost by a senseless act. And I cannot imagine what will be the next steps for this school and the people who work and attend there. 

I pondered over procedures we use every day to ensure safety at our school. Sometimes we get a few grumbles when folks have to sign in to enter the school. But I love that we have a computer system that lets us know who is in our building. I like that teachers and custodians check to see that everyone that walks through the halls has a sign in sticker on their clothing. 

I know the parents of our students are holding their little ones a bit tighter tonight and saying a prayer that they are safely tucked in their beds. We love them, too. May the Connecticut families find comfort and peace in the grueling days ahead, especially with the coming of the Christmas Season. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

12-7-12 PE Star Student of the Week

This week’s star student is a true leader.  He is great at helping others when they are in need.  He does an awesome job at following directions.  He works great with others and always treats everyone with kindness.  This week’s star student is truly an awesome student!  Great job Ethan N. and keep up the great work!

11-30-12 PE Star Student of the Week

This week’s star student is a very caring student.  She is always striving to do her best at everything she does.  She has a wonderful sense of humor and she is a pleasure to be around.  She always has a big smile on her face and she is always making other around her smile.  She is a true friend and she treats everyone with respect.  Great job Marlee S. for being this week’s brightest star!  Keep up the great work!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Priester's Orders are Here!

Wonderful Priester's Pecans have been delivered thanks to the competent hands of  PTO officers Fran Knight and Chris Cole. Forget to order?? Have no fear, there are just a few extras available. The office or any PTO officer can help. Checks can be made out to R. L. Young. All profits go to the PTO fund, which is used to improve the school and purchase rewards/incentives for the students.
Thanks to everyone who helped with the fundraiser.

R. L.Young Blog Possible Winner...Need Your Vote!

Last day to vote for the Edublog Awards is today. Raymond L. Young's blog is listed in this list of possible winners. I am very proud that our school has an internet site that parents and the community can take a peek inside our doors. When you click on the link, choose ADMINISTRATOR BLOG. Look down the list and you will see Raymond L Young. Thanks for voting in advance!
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Saturday, December 8, 2012

75 POINT Donut Party with the Principal...Yum, Yum!

Take a look at that yummy chocolate-covered donut Ethan is enjoying. He is one of 11 who has earned the treat by reading and taking comprehension tests.
 Here is the rest of the gang who read and earned 75 points. Of course, they also had to have a comprehension % of 85.
Congratulations to Carson G., Tommy W., Ethan N., Makhail S., Patrick R.,
 Alex C., Charisma McK., Samantha L., Carolyn H., Jake C., and Logan C.!

They are having fun and cutting loose now, but watch out. This group of leaders is making plans to earn more prizes and rewards. Plus, the practice makes them stronger readers, our ultimate goal in using the Accelerated Reader Program.

Don't Forget the Production TODAY!

Friday, December 7, 2012

R. L. Young Students in Missoula Theatre Production

Talladega Folks, listen up! Hansel and Gretel is being presented by The Missoula Children's Theatre! The production will take place at the Historic Ritz Theatre this Saturday, December 8, 2012. Show times are 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.! LOOK at all of these R. L. Young kids helping with the production. The play's leading roles were filled with two of our finest...Tripp A. and Carolyn H.
(Not pictured, Victoria Farris.)
We are proud to have so many students participating. Missoula Theatre also visited our school to have a little "acting" fun with the 3rd graders.

Thanks to the Ritz Theater and the city of Talladega for bringing this opportunity to our students. Enjoy the show!

"Comfort From the Cold" Project

December 3, 2012
Dear Parents,
Our students have an opportunity to participate in the COMFORT FROM THE COLD CAMPAIGN this upcoming week. You may find these items right in your closet! We will be collecting new and slightly used blankets, quilts, comforters, and throws to help warm the needy this winter. If you would like to donate, you can have your child place the donation in the box designated in the hallway in the main building.

This is just another way our school is reaching out to the community to think of others. The donated items will be picked up before the Christmas Holidays. Thanks for supporting and allowing us to mold and build good will and thoughtfulness among our students.


Pattie Thomas
Proud Principal of R. L. Young

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Good Citizen Luncheon November 2012

Take a look at these fine representatives of grades K - 3:
Landry L.(3rd gr.), Alexandria B.(2nd gr.), Kaitlyn S. (3rd gr.), Kaitlyn S. (first gr.)
Emi N. (1st gr.), Kenady A. (K), Alivia F. (2nd gr.), Camauria V. (K)

Dining at the Good Citizen Luncheon for grades 4 - 6:
Nigel S.(4),  Emily T.(4), Victoria F.(6th), Anna Belle A. (5th), and Tori P.(5th)

Great group of youngsters! We appreciate that they make R. L.YOUNG an even better place to learn and grow!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

PEACE, LOVE, And the 70's with R. L. Young's Upper Grade Academy

Students in grades 5 and 6 sang some cool songs, but more importantly, they learned (and shared with the students) about an era very different than the world they live in today.

Everyone designed their own special peace sign shirt for the program. 
Kelton is sporting a cool look, love those glasses! A special thanks to Jill Peters and Hope B. Allen 
for their assistance with the shirts and decorating for the program. 

Special parts were assigned and all students were involved in making this a super presentation.

UGA teachers Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Harris, and Mrs. French showed off their talents!

Awesome Job, UGA!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Nothing Like Coming Home to R. L. Young!

American Education Week was a perfect time to invite retired employees of R. L. Young back to campus.

Guests: Mrs. Shirley, Mrs. Patterson, Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Ray

Mrs. Hobbs and Mrs. Calhoun

Mrs. Gaither and Mrs. Braswell

Mrs. Limbaugh

Lots of laughter and reminiscing was had from this sweet group of ladies. Thanks to everyone who was able to accept our invitation to lunch. Of course, you are always welcome to our campus. 
Thanks for leaving your own mark on R. L. Young!
**A special thanks to Mrs. Harris for preparing the room for our guests, our Lunchbunch for the delicious eats, and the AEW committee for a fun, busy week!