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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

R. L. Young Quote of the Week

In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, here is our quote of the week:

February 2012 GOOD CITIZENS

   The month of February is coming to a close, but not before we have celebrated our Good Citizens of the Month at the HARD WORK CAFE!
As the principal, I am always happy to dine with students. They tell me what is happening in their lives, give great ideas, and lift my spirits.
Representing k-3rd grade: Kamryn C., Emily G., Lauryn J., Noah M.,
 Kaleigh R., and Alix G. Not pictured: Gabe Hodge.
          4th - 6th Good Citizens included: Logan L. Shayla C., Haley S.,
          Lucas P., and Tyler R. W.

 Delightful group of young folks making YOUNG a better place to learn and grow. Thanks to our parents for the part you play in their development.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


FRIDAY, MARCH 2. K-2 begins at 12:45 p.m. and 3-6 will start at 1:30 p.m.
GUESTS are welcome!

Normally this event occurs on Thursdays, but in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, we decided to combine the two activities together. We are sure that he would be thrilled that we are honoring our best and brightest students on his special day!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Armstrong's Second Graders Ace Comprehension

Last week the competition for the AR Highest Comprehension Trophy was fierce at R. L. Young. Snagging the trophy was Mrs. Armstrong's group with an impressive 98.5%.

The rest of the stats looks like this:
2nd place   97% FRENCH
3rd place   95.6  NELSON
4th place   94.3  DAVIDSON
5th place   90.1  THORNTON

We are proud of all of our classes. The lowest comprehensive % was 80. Everyone is moving toward becoming a better reader.

Wedding at R. L.Young

Yes, you read it right... Our school hosted the wedding of Q and U! Each year, our kindergarten students celebrate Valentine's Day by attending the blessed union of two special letters of the alphabet. It is wonderful when teachers use a holiday to teach a skill and supply lots of fun! Enjoy the video created by our wonderful kindergarten teachers!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Missing a Coat?

   Is your child missing a coat or jacket?
There are many nice items of clothing in the lost and found located in the main building upstairs on the right side landing. Please ask your child to check or feel free to visit the school and browse yourself.

**Please note, after the school year ends, all lost items will be donated to charity. I would much rather our students claim their clothing! HELP...

Friday, February 24, 2012

R. L. Young Student's Photography Displayed in Montgomery

Sometimes being absent from school can be a whole new way of learning. Briana and her wonderful parents took a trip to Montgomery on Wednesday to view her winning photography as it was displayed for the State Superintendent's Art Show. Briana won category II for the District and was first place at the school level. We are proud of her and I am happy to share this wonderful write up about her trip.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Alert, news flash! Your child has a report card coming home TODAY. Find something positive to say AND help your child find something that needs improvement. PRAISE makes a big difference. The new six weeks has already begun! 

p.s. 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. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Everybody's READING at R L Young

And the AR trophy winner for the highest comprehension % for last week was...
MRS. NELSON'S Sixth Graders! Their percentage was 98.8!!!!!!!!!
We are very proud of everyone! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

2-17-12 PE Star Student of the Week!

This week's star student has done a great job of leading by example. He is a great student who is always trying to do his best. He is willing to go the extra mile to make sure everyone is treated fairly. He has a kind heart and always has a smile on his face. Great job Noah M. for being this week’s brightest star! Keep up the great work!

Friday, February 17, 2012

So Proud of Mrs. Lamberth!

Pictured above: Samantha, Logan, Mr. and Mrs. Lamberth
R. L. Young has yet another big reason to smile! Fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Roxanne Lamberth was recognized this week for being selected as Talladega City School District Elementary Teacher of the Year. She will go on to compete in the next level of the Alabama Teacher of the Year program. 

Our school is thrilled with Mrs. Lamberth's professional accomplishment. Congratulations and good luck in the next round.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

AR Trophy Snagged by Mrs. Davidson's 2nd Graders

With an impressive 98% comprehension average for last week, Mrs. Davidson's eager readers successfully snagged the trophy for the week. Check out these happy faces...
And although they are clowning around in the picture below, they will be reading
 like crazy this week to hang on to their win!

Congratulations, we are proud of all of our readers. 
"The MORE you read, the BETTER you read!"

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

We LOVE our Maintenance Crew!

Today is Valentine's Day all over the world. Our children have brought cards, goodies, and treats for their friends and the teachers. I was even remembered in some remarkable ways.
But today is also an opportunity to recognize a very hard working group of individuals with many, many talents. They use these talents to keep our schools running smoothly. Any time something breaks, stops working, needs repairing, or replacing...these smart folks are just a call away.

So today our school decided to let the Maintenance Crew know just how much they mean to us. I can't share them all, but I did want to reveal a few of their writings!

lways around
N ice
T houghtful
E ntertaining
N ever giving up
Absolutely caring
Easy going

by Jay Patterson

Dear Maintenance Crew,
You do so much for us! When lightbulbs blow you fix them. Love, Izzy Wright

Dear Maintenance Crew,
Thank you for everything you do. If we didn't have light we couldn't work and if we didn't work, we wouldn't go to college. Thank you for the heat. If we did not have heat we would be cold. Thank you for everything you guys do. Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Dear Maintenance Crew,
Thanks for everything you do at my school R. L. Young. We are very appreciative for every thing. Love ya'll. Ja'karle Keith

Dear Maintenance Group,
I want to thank all of ya'll for fixing our heat and air. Thank you for fixing our lunchroom. Thank you for everything. have a happy Valentine's Day.

Thank you for ALL that you do for our school. You are part of us.
Happy Valentine's Day.   Alayna Pody 6th grade

Malachi, Alex, and Luke just wanted to thank you for doing such a good job. Thank you for your hard work, dedication, and keeping our school running and fit. Thank you!!! 

Dear maintenance Crew:
Thank you for fixing are stuf at R. L. Young. We are the best. You keep us learning. Thank you so mush for all you do at R. L. Young. You are the best. Thank you from the bodum of my hart!  Lauryn Allen

Dear Maintenance Crew:
Thank you for "lighting" our days and keeping us warm. We appreciate your kindness and willingness to always "be quick to fix" what's wrong.
Happy V-Day, Mrs. Armstrong & Mrs. Belcher

Thank you for the jobs you do!

Thank you for loving our school!

Thank you for all ya'll do. Ya'll make R. L. Young look GREAT! Thank you so much.  From: Tori Peters

One in a Million Maintenance Crew! Thank you for all you do for us!! 1st Grade

Thank you our maintenance! Thank you so much for what you have done. We need help and if we do we know who to turn to.  We love you Maintenance! Candace Bowman

Who Does a Great Job? Yooooooooooooooooooooooo Do!!! Thank you for all you do for us. We appreciate you- all! Thank you from Mrs. Bittle's class

Dear Maintenance Crew,
Thank you for all the stuff you helped this school. And I just pray ya'll won't get hurt.  Elton Farris 3rd Grade

Thank you for all that you do for our school. We appreciate everything you do like fixing leaks, cutting grass, lunchroom repair work, bathrooms, harwork Cafe, fixing lights, fixing air conditioners, fixing doors that are stuck, and fixing heating and cooling. Love Blair 3rd Grade

Thanks for fixing our door. we really appreciate the hard work. We like our door because it will open now.  Love Ty

Dear Maintenance Mans,
Thank you a lot for helping R. L. Young School. You made a difference in this school. You fixed the air and heat. You worked on the roofs. I just wanted to say thank you for your help.  Love Kylie Bentley

Roses are red,
Violets are blue
You r a big part
So I drew you a heart! Great job, I love you forever.
Don't you agree that our kids said it best? We do appreciate every act of kindness shown toward this beautiful old school. We keep things going because of the tremendous talent and support of this marvelous crew!
Pattie Thomas, Principal

Monday, February 13, 2012

2-10-12 PE Star Student of the Week!

This week's star student is a very hard worker. She is very caring and is always putting others before herself. She is willing to do whatever it takes to see that everyone is treated fairly. This week’s star student has shown her classmates the true meaning of treating others the way you want to be treated. Great job Emi N., for being a great friend, and a terrific leader to everyone. Keep up the great work!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

R. L. Young on Daily Home's Front Page

A big thanks to Laura Nation of the Daily Home for joining us Thursday night for our father/daughter dance at R. L. Young. Check out this article and more pictures in today's newspaper. 

The Daily Home
11 Feb 2012

Don't forget to Order your Valentine Surprise!

Valentine gorillas, kitties, and snakes are available for purchase at just $2.50 a piece. They will be delivered to your favorite student(s) with a special note attached on February 14th. Place your order today. If you did not receive an order form, contact the office 256-315-5888.  

Friday, February 10, 2012

RACECAR at R. L. Young

Birthdays are pretty special at R. L. Young, but yesterday a parent really supercharged her child's special day with a RACECAR visit! Check out this post on Kindergarten's blog.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Order A "Valentine Happy" for Someone Special

R. L. Young can help you make this Valentine's Day special. Forms went home on Feb. 1, but if you need another form, please contact the office
On Valentine's Day, your gift will be delivered by our Ambassadors to the classrooms. What a great surprise on this special day! Supplies are limited, so get your order in early. 
Below are the cuddly choices that will be available:
Valentine Snake
Valentine Ape
Valentine Fuzzy Cats

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

2-3-12 PE Star Student of the Week!

This week's star student works hard at everything she does. She is a true friend. She always treats everyone equally. She demonstrates great leadership qualities to her classmates. She always has a big smile on her face and she also has a kind heart. Great job Hannah J. for being this week's brightest shining star!

Hands On Learning Vs the Textbook

The teaching of children has evolved from the methods of the past. Students today want to take an active part when inquiring new information. Teachers at R. L. Young are accommodating this type of learning by planning activities that allow students to do more than "sit and get". 
Check out these pictures taken from a science lesson in Mrs. French's 5th grade class. They are learning about phases of the moon. Sure they are using a textbook, but not as the primary learning tool. The text is being used as a resource to literately recreate the moon's phases using COOKIES. 
They giggled, licked their fingers, and totally enjoyed learning the difference between waxing and waning, quarter moon and new moon, and how the sun determines what fraction of the moon is visible to those on Earth. 
There was conversations about the moon, labeling phases on plates, and experiencing deeper learning. Of course, this lesson would not have been complete without what goes best with cookies....MILK! 
Will these students remember more about the phases of the moon? Probably so because they have a stronger point of reference from this lesson. 
Check out Jessie's smile and finished product. Awesome!
Thanks, Mrs. French for inviting me into your classroom AND going the extra mile to make learning fun!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

LAST YEAR's Father/Daughter Dance 2011

There is no way to capture the magic of this special night for our girls. Enjoy the video. Special thanks to project leader Tammy Tipton, decorations by Hope Brasher Allen, DJ Jason Wideman, and all parents who helped make this happen!

Don't miss this year's magic...
Feb. 9th, 2012 R. L. Young Auditorium...Father/Daughter Dance.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

2012 First AR Cupcake Party

They have waited a long time to reap the fruits of their labor, but the first AR Cupcake Party Time finally arrived for students earning at least 75 points in AR. Enjoy this video shot during the party AND plan to attend the next one. Everybody READ!

**Special thanks to Mrs. Humphrey for assisting in setting up and cleaning up from this FUN EVENT!

Deadline for Father/Daughter Dance Extended

If you have not turned in your father/daughter dance form, it is NOT too late. PTO will be accepting forms/$ on Monday. Don't delay. The dance is just days away.

Friday, February 3, 2012

AR Trophy.....Held Hostage by 2nd Graders

Mrs. Armstrong has READING MANIACS in her classroom. They took the AR trophy for the 4th week in a row. Here is the line up of the TOP 5 classes with the overall highest comprehension for the week:
         1st     97%    ARMSTRONG
  2nd   95.8%   FRENCH
          3rd   93.4%       DAVIDSON
     4th    92.4%     BROOKS
         5th    92.1%     LAMBERTH

School Comprehension Average for the week....91.3%! WOW!
Congratulations to all of our students who chose to participate this week. Two classrooms (Mrs. Davidson and Mrs. Brooks) had great success with every child taking at least one test this week.
Your principal is smiling BIG!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

We LOVE Animals!

R. L. Young students and adults have a soft spot when it comes to the furry and fuzzy animals, especially those who are homeless or lost. Talladega Control in Talladega works hard to help these unwanted animals and our school wants to pitch in!

Your child received a letter this week encouraging families to donate the following items:
  • Cleaning supplies (dishwashing liquid, Pinesol, bleach)
  • Blankets or pet beds
  • Animal toys or treats
  • cat litter
  • cat food
  • dog food                                                                                                     
    Payton M. takes a look at the child-decorated box located in the main
     building ready to receive donations.
      Talladega Animal Control Department will be visiting our campus on Feb. 27th to collect the items and share some tips on how to care for a pet. Thank you, parents, in advance for considering this a worthwhile project to support.

                       The fuzzies and furries at the shelter appreciate it, too!