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

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


I am always curious about stuff and decided to google "what is a good citizen?" and this is what I discovered:

A good citizen is some who respects others and their property.
He/she is helpful and considerate, willing to put others first.
He/she listens to the views of others and thinks about what they have to say.
He/she helps people who are not in a position to help themselves.
He/she respects the environment and does not damage it in anyway.
He/she works hard.
He/she is well mannered and pleasant.
He/she is always willing to learn.

I certainly agreed with what someone wrote. Take a look at what a good citizen looks like at R. L. Young!
January Good Citizens K-3
Tanner T., Abigail P., Emily T., Izzy W., Logan E.,
Maddox W., and Quindarius P.
January Good Citizens 4-6
Kevin W., Jaylin P., Tori P., Samantha L., Ja'karle P. K.

They were all delightful lunch partners. I loved hearing about their lives and families. I look forward to the February Good Citizen Luncheon.

**Special thanks to Counselor Joann Deese for preparing the certificates for the event.

1-27-12 PE Star Student of the Week!

This week’s star student has done a great job of helping others. She has a wonderful attitude and always has a smile on her face. She is a very hard worker and a great leader. She is always willing to do whatever it takes to be her best at everything she does. Great job Ansley T. for being this week’s brightest star!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

3 in a Row for the AR Trophy!

Congratulations to Mrs. Armstrong's second graders for earning the Highest Comprehension AR trophy. Three weeks in a row is impressive! Keep reading, EVERYONE!

Friday, January 27, 2012

1-20-12 PE Star Student

This week’s star student has shown other students how to do things the right way. He has worked with younger students to guide them in the right direction. He has shown a big improvement in his school work and his attitude. I look for this week’s star student to keep getting better and better as a leader and a student. He has a big heart and a great smile. Keep up the great work Adrian S.!


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, January 25, 2012

100th Day of School...Kindergarten Style!

Check out this video created by our clever kindergarten teachers showcasing all of the fun planned for their students on Jan. 23rd, the 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL!

SHARP SCHOOLS helping BOOST Attendance at YOUNG

Our students are in the collection business...the card collecting business, that is! For 18 weeks, students with no tardies, checkouts, or absences received an animal card from India and Africa. This nine weeks they are earning cards from Australia. 
What's even more fun is drawing out names for the cool stuffed animals. Kyleigh B. was the lucky winner for last week. But when students come to school, they are all winners!
Thanks to all parents who know the value of good attendance. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Jackson and Casey show off their new t-shirts earned by reaching the 200 point mark.
150 points ---designer cap of your choice
100 points---medal and recognition at Honor Roll Assembly
75 points---"Decorate Your Own Cupcake" Party with the Principal
50 points---kid credit card
25 points---snack bag and drink
10 points---Treasure Box

Reading is so COOL...GIVE IT A TRY!

Monday, January 23, 2012


Talladega City Schools is on a DELAYED start for Jan. 23. Young students should report by 10 a.m. Faculty and Staff by 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Click, Print, and SAVE with Boxtop Product Coupons

Did you know you could click and print online coupons to save on groceries? After purchasing the products, send in the boxtops to help your child's school. It's a Win-Win situation. AWESOME!!!

Here's the link:

Friday, January 20, 2012

AR Trophy for the Week Jan. 20, 2012

This week the highest AR comprehension average belongs to Mrs. Armstrong's second graders. Congrats, but look out! Mrs. French's sixth graders were .1 away from tying with you!

Armstrong % 95.1
French % 95

Kinder Can far

Nabors 77......Liner 83

Keep those cans rolling in!
Drive ends January 23rd,
 the 100th Day of School!

Shopping online = Boxtop Points for School

I learned something new that I wish I had known during the Christmas shopping madness. The school can earn boxtop points when you shop online in certain stores! Check out this site with the information. Happy surfing and shopping....

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Honor Roll Assembly January 19, 2012

Honoring Honor Roll students on January 19th at 12:45 p.m. for K-2 and 1:30 p.m. for grades 3-6th. Hope you can join us...We are so proud of our amazing students!

Managing Money at an Early Age

I discovered a cool site for parents who want to help their child(ren) learn more about managing money at an early age. Check out kidworth here.

From the site:

Kidworth is about using a kid’s income (from gifts, allowance and earnings) in productive ways.
Parents register a free account and set goals with kids (or for kids, depending upon their age) and share those goals with the people in their kid’s life. (Kidworth has tools to help with sharing).
When events occur where the kid would receive gifts, earn allowance or earnings from chores or jobs, that “income” can be applied toward the kid’s goals.

Setting & Sharing Goals

Goals can be smart products, long term saving & investing or charitable giving. Kidworth has prebuilt goals identified by our Parents Council, or you can create your own.
Goals can be shared through party Invites or eCards built directly on Kidworth. Kidworth Invites and eCards include a link to your kid’s page, identifying the goals you’ve set. Therefore, recipients can support your kid’s goals by simple gift card purchase online. You can also share goals through social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) or by email.

Parent Control

You’ll receive email notice of any gift card purchases, and the gift will be recorded on Kidworth. You can withdraw the funds at any time. You can also track your kid’s own contributions to his/her goals.
Kidworth is totally free to parents and kids. Anyone can support your kid’s goals directly, for free. For those that purchase gift cards, there is a small service fee to cover credit card processing.

1-13-12 PE Star Student of the Week

This week’s star student has done an excellent job of dealing with tough times. He is working hard to do the right things and be a true leader and friend to his classmates. He always brightens everyone’s day with his positive attitude and great smile. No matter how bad or tough of a day he is having he always has a smile on his face. Great job Emmanuel J. for being this week’s brightest star!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

BoxTops for Education

Please don't forget to clip and send in your boxtops for education. Here is our progress so far for 2011-12 school year.

thanks for supporting:

Raymond L Young Elementary School
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2011-2012 goal: $1,000

2011-2012 earnings so far: $251

2010-2011 earnings: $0

total earnings since 2002: $1,717

progress chart

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Here's how much everyone at your school needs to earn each month.

earnings breakdown:

earnings breakdown
  1. 2011-2012
  3. 2010-2011
  • 100 % clip | 2500 Box Tops
  • 0 % marketplace | 0 Shoppers
  • 0 % reading room | 0 Readers
  • 0 % bonus box tops


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new school supporters

1147 of 2138

AL state rank


Monday, January 16, 2012

2012 Kindergarten CAN DRIVE

Hey, Everybody! You are cordially invited to participate in Kindergarten's CAN DRIVE beginning January 17 and ending on January 23.
Kindergarten classes are trying to bring in at least 100 cans to help celebrate the 100th day of school AND help needy people in the community.

You can bring a can(s) to place in your favorite kindergarten teacher's box in the main building OR you can bring more than one and help both classes. All cans will be given to the RED DOOR KITCHEN in Talladega. We will keep you updated on which class has the most cans. This should be fun and exciting.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Jan. 13 AR Trophy Goes to....

Mrs. Armstrong's Second Graders
Congratulations for your hard work and much READING! 96.4% class average....awesome.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Young in the News!

Reporter Kenny Farmer did an excellent job capturing the giving spirit found in the hearts of R. L. Young students, parents, and employees. 
Read his wonderful article published in the Daily Home today.

2012 Spelling Bee Winners Announced!

 Top 14 from grades 4 - 6
 Alternate 5th grader Julie G. and
Winner 4th grader Lucas P.
Congratulations to Lucas, you will
represent R. L. Young well!
*Special thanks to Mrs. French and Mrs. Nelson for spearheading the event.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Spelling Bee....Top 14!

R. L. Young Elementary
Spelling Bee TOP 14

4th Grade
Meghan Knodel

Lucas Pennington

Jeremia Tipton

Tyler Wilson

5th Grade
Alex Carpenter

Shayla Chastain

Carson Gaither

Julie Anne Grissett

Gracie Hudgins

6th Grade
Jackson Boyd

Coy Carpenter

Riley Keith

Keshawn Lawler

Makenzie Louallen

Congratulations to all who participated. Spelling Bee Finals will be this week!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

French Snags the AR Trophy

The first week back to school and Mrs. French's sixth graders snag the Ar trophy for highest comprehension for the week with a 100% average.
Excellent job...
Keep reading!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

1-6-12 PE Star Student of the Week!

This week’s star student is a positive influence to his classmates. He works hard to be the best at everything he does. He is a true leader to those around him. He is trustworthy, and always tries to do the right thing. Great job Jay P. for being this week’s brightest star!

Wonderful Post and Gentle Reminder

I ran across this and felt compelled to share it with the readers of this post. Your comments do matter and are very much appreciated. Please read another author's view on comments:

One of my friends and I recently went on a vacation to France. We wanted to be able to share our travel experience with friends, relatives, and colleagues, so we maintained a blog while we were there. Several times a day we would post photos and narratives that showcased our adventures.

The trip was great and there were many highlights, but one of the most exciting parts of the day was returning back to our hotel, getting online, and reading comments on our blog from folks at home. I can’t tell you how disappointing it was to see the words, “No New Comments.”

How many of you read blogs? And how many of you take the time to add comments? Can’t think of anything constructive or creative to say? Don’t worry - even a note of “I enjoyed your post” or “Thanks for sharing” can be enough to encourage the author.

Too scared to add a comment? Don’t know how? Here’s your chance to practice. Just click the “Add a Comment” button below to get started. 

And the next time you’re reading a blog post, think about how much it will mean to the author if you leave a comment. It doesn’t matter whether the blogger is 8 or 80, feedback is still fulfilling...

Original post can be found at:

Monday, January 9, 2012

SNOWMEN at R. L. Young

Although you have seen NO snow on the ground in Talladega, our school has plenty of SNOWMEN inside! Check out this cute picture and post about a special family project completed by our wonderful kindergarteners! Lots of talent can be found in this bunch of students AND their parents. Thanks to all who participated.

Awesome post, Mrs. Nabors! Always learning and having fun in kindergarten...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Just Have to Brag!

Everyone knows I am one of the biggest fans of R. L. Young. So with that in mind, I just have to brag on our students and their teachers. All year long, and for that matter, for 4 years I have been tracking reading progress with the use of Accelerated Reader. 

In 2008, our school's overall AR comprehension was 79.9%. Since this time, we raised the expectation from an 80% comprehension average to qualify for prizes/trip to a whopping 85%. Our students rose to the challenge and today our school's comprehension average is an impressive 91.1%. This speaks volumes to me and the effort being put forth by students and teachers. 
I have a plaque on my office wall that says, "Children learn to read by reading!" The bottom line is the MORE you read the BETTER you read. It all makes sense, but what most folks overlook is the fact that for a child to improve in reading, they MUST practice within their comfort zone. At Young we find this zone (through STAR TESTING), support the progress, and encourage our students to look for books that fit in this range. 

Each Friday I run reports to check for the highest comprehension by classroom, top 20 point getters in the school, and a class report for the teachers to check each student's progress. If your child is not reading and testing, they are missing out on a great opportunity to improve comprehension. You could help us rectify this problem.

At the last report running, I was amazed at the number of books our students have tested on this year. One class had over 900 passed tests! Just think what a difference it would make if kids were reading not only at school but at home. Of course, students may only take tests at school, but they can read anywhere! Many first graders will now begin using the AR program and success at this level is the key to future long term strong readers! 

So, if you are a parent reading this post, consider these suggestions. Let your child read their AR book to you. Enjoy this special time to snuggle and learn together. Encourage them to take the test to check their comprehension and understanding of what was read. Follow up on the AR website (link is provided on the side of the blog). You can request to join the site and have full assess to see the result of every test your child has taken AND how they scored. In fact, this free program will send you an email letting you know your child tested!
We are so blessed to have a wonderful library, librarian, teachers, assistants, and parents all helping kids discover the great advantages of being a strong reader. 

I am proud of all of our students.  And I know YOU are, too!
Brag Time is over for this PROUD PRINCIPAL...for NOW!