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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Teachers Keep Learning!

Although school is out, our teachers are already planning for the new school year. This week at R. L. Young over 30 teachers representing Talladega City Schools gathered. Their goal, to learn more about the amazing Promethean Board that can be found in every K-8th grade classroom across the district. 

Kudos to the teachers that who were able to attend the 2 day Promethean Board Boot Camp. And special "Shout out" to Janet Taylor from Technology in Motion Trainer through the University of Montevallo Inservice Center. Our students will benefit from this event!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

BIG Thanks to R. L. Young PTO!

The month of May is a crazy time at school, but not crazy enough to forget the wonderful teachers that give their time, talents, and love to the students that enter our doors every day. One way that the PTO honors the teachers and staff each year is with a luncheon during Teacher Appreciation Week. 

The luncheon was a burst of fun with the theme YOUNG TEACHERS PUT THE COOL IN SCHOOL!  
Faculty and Staff shown here with our shades used as decoration and a reminder of our COOLNESS!
We want to properly thank PTO and those ladies (Hope B. Allen and Michele Wilson) who helped arrange the luncheon for everyone. It was a break from the norm of eating with the students and we all got to be together!

A card was passed around for everyone to relay their thoughts on the event. I'd like to share with everyone what was written:
Thank you so much! Our PTO is so cool! C. Nabors

Sooo yummy and cute! Thank you, Kelly Davidson

WON.DER.FUL! P. Thomas

You are wonderful! Thank you for the great lunch! Rhonda Nunn

Thank you very much for a wonderful lunch. Willie Jemison

Thanks so much. Cathy Thornton

No words can express. Thanks so much. Bec Beard

Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness. You make us feel loved and appreciated. Roxanne Lamberth

Thank you for always making us feel special! You are the BEST! Selena Nelson

Simply the BEST! Love, Reva French

Thanks for all you do!  

Thanks for making my day! Valerie Harris

Thanks to you for all you do. You are the best PTO ever. Thanks for being so "COOL". Joy Bittle

Thanks! Tammy Liner

Thanks you so much for all of the many things you do for us! You're the best! Love, Linda Haynes

Thank you so much for all that ya'll do! You're awesome. Coach Stephens

Thank you for being so "cool" to us! Love, Rebecca Armstrong

Thanks so much! Christine Lane

What a blessing! The lunch was delicious! Thank you! Mrs. Deese

Thanks a million for the lunch and for making us feel special. Cari Wilson

Everything was perfect. Linda Hodnett

Thank you so much for everything you do for us! Diane Gay

Your hard work is so appreciated. Danni Winn

So wonderful! Thank you. Bridget Belcher

Thanks a bunch! The lunchbunch (Joyce Gurley, Judy Morrow, Sheryl Gaither, Teresa Whitten, Angela Harvell)

Thank you for all you do for us! Teresa Brooks

I think everyone LOVED the luncheon. Great way to let us know we are appreciated for the job done each day. Helen Keller said it best..."Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much"!

Monday, June 18, 2012

What Your Principal is Reading This Summer!

Ok, ok! I know I preach all year long for students to! But they must know it is also my passion to lose myself in a great book or even better yet, a series of books during the summer. Here is what I am reading this summer:

If you have a reluctant reader, remember if you can get them "hooked" into a series with familiar characters, settings, plots, it will help you tremendously. Berenstain Bears, Boxcar Series, and Little Critters books were some of my own children's favorites. 

Take a trip to the public library, let them browse the shelves, and snuggle up. It will be time well spent. If they want you to read, that is fine. If they will help you with some of the pages, that is great, too. Reading should be enjoyable. Half the battle is finding the right book! Happy reading...

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day to All the YOUNG Dads!

Happy Father's Day to all of the wonderful dads associated with R. L. Young Elementary. Playing a big part in your child's life increases his/her possibilities for success in EVERYTHING! So thanks from all of the faculty and staff at the BEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EVER!

Friday, June 15, 2012

What Happens When the Students Leave?

Ever wonder what happens at R. L. Young when the students leave for the summer? Well, I can tell you it is a lonely place. Luckily there is plenty to do to prepare for the new school year. 

Just a few things happening:
Ceiling tiles are being replaced in the lunchroom
All carpets are being cleaned
Halls and classrooms with tile are being stripped, waxed, and polished
Shrubbery trimmed and flowers watered (have to protect Ms. Diane's masterpieces!)
Repairs being made inside classrooms
Doors on the sides of the auditorium are being rebuilt

Surprises Coming to R. L. Young
AR Kickout Planning in the Works...Theme: ALL AMERICAN READER
Teachers will be receiving something for their rooms
New GOOD CITIZEN luncheon items ordered
Continuous Improvement Plan Ideas Discussed and Ready
Tailgate Party being planned in conjunction with Meet and Greet Aug. 16

Stay tuned for updates. Busy summer and big plans for the upcoming 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Connect to Young's library!

Want to get ahead before the new year starts? You can access our library files by visiting from home or school. Just use your last name and for the password choose first initial and last name.
This should open up a page and allow you to choose R. L. Young.

You can discover what books we have in our library. You can do quests and research things you are interested in learning. Happy Reading!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Final AR Trophy Winner for the Year

The final AR Trophy Winner for the year was Mrs. Armstrong's class. Her students have won the trophy 13 times this year. Mrs. Armstrong serves as the AR Committee Chairman. She has not only worked hard to promote AR in  her classroom, but throughout the school. 

All of our teachers know that children become better readers when they have plenty of time to practice reading with material that is on their CURRENT LEVEL. Often times the textbooks and reading material may be difficult for the weaker readers. But when they participate in AR and reading practice with books on their level, they improve and become stronger readers. 

The higher the grade the deeper the curriculum and it is more difficult for teachers to provide this "free" reading time. This is where our parents come in. Encouraging children to read before bedtime or in the car provides extra time. Also, making sure they have something to read if they come to the lunchroom before school helps.

This trophy-winning class has lots of advice for other classes on how to win the trophy. I enjoyed interviewing 2nd graders LaQuez W., Kaitlyn S., Chloe D., Monterio R., Ally T., and Emily G. 
Check out these very wise tips:
Read the book several times and if you aren't sure, read it again.
Take the book home, read with a partner, the teacher, or even the principal. 
Take your time.
Read the test questions a few times.
Get a book in your range.
Even if you get a chapter book, read at home.
Make sure you are ready to test on the book.
Choose your answer carefully and don't just pick one. 
Make sure you know all of the words. Sound them out or ask someone.
It is OK to make 80% sometimes. Just keep trying.
Try to take at least one test a week.
Make sure you know the book.
Don't fake it. Make sure you have really read they book and aren't guessing at the answers.
Keep testing. Ask yourself..."Are you sure you are ready?"
Never give up!

Wonderful advice from some young readers. Congrats to the class and teacher!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

May Good Citizens 2012 + More

R. L. Young has just wrapped up a super year. Before closing the doors
 for the final day, I had the pleasure of dining with the May Good Citizens.
K-3: , Johnathan F., Lola A., Kanijiece P., Astrid W., Daisy B., Alton H., Taylor P., and Isaac W.

Grade 4-6 was represented by Alex A., Annette S., 
Emaleigh B., Keshawn L., and Tommy W.. 

Special note: The teachers and I felt that the recognition of Good Citizens at Awards Day should be extra special. We believe good behavior can be achieved by every student. In the past at Awards Day, Good Citizen received pins, but this year they were given medals. Good behavior helps tremendously in a classroom and school. The teacher's focus can be more on teaching and instruction, rather than documenting poor behavior. THANKS to all of our good citizens this year. Thanks also to the parents/caregivers that support us in our efforts to maximize learning for all students. 

 YOU have made a difference at R. L. Young. 
You can see the other Good Citizens for the year with the following links:

Friday, June 1, 2012

Happy June Birthday!

The normal time for celebrating birthdays at R. L. Young is during morning announcements. With school being out in the summer, it is our pleasure to wish the happiest birthday ever to the following students:

Josh Dial

Kevin Williamson

Kaylee Rice

Addie Staude

Ethan Nabors

Katelin Thomas

Sedrick Lawson

Pryor Blankenship

Tressleh Blankenship

Krislynn Gurley

Kiersten Williams

Emaleigh Bates

Alaina Knight

Kyleigh Bittle

Meghan Knodel

Laine Moore

Alex Carpenter

Ava Parker

Cohen Davidson

Isabella Brown