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

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Jan. 30 ALL TCS Closed Today

All Talladega City Schools are CLOSED today due to weather. Please pass this information on...  Sweet dreams......

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

IPAD Boot Camp for Parents

An excerpt from the website created by a school for its parents. 

Although many technologies have claimed to have the power to revolutionize teaching and learning, the portable, powerful, flexible iPad, along with its thousands of apps, may actually fit that description.  It allows students and teachers to explore and communicate about topics in ways no other technology, no matter how well designed, can. The iPad allows teachers and students to read, write, paint, draw, take pictures and videos, record sounds, communicate, collaborate, manipulate data, and access a world of resources.  And, no less importantly, when not needed, it can be easily put aside, sliding into a desk like a pencil.

The following pages are designed to give a solid introduction to the iPad, both how it functions and its potential as a learning tool.  Unlike many devices, however, no extensive manual is needed to use the iPad.  Its basic functions are simple and straightforward, which is one reason it has inspired so many apps.  

Beyond how this amazing learning tool functions, information on the appropriate role of an “iPad Parent” is provided, to help guide you through the issues involved in students using and caring for a powerful piece of technology.

We welcome your questions and comments now, and as your son or daughter works with the iPad in coming years. 

- Stu

Stuart Work
Head of School, St. Matthew's Parish School


**Thanks to Dr. Buck for sharing this resource.

Father Daughter Dance 2012 Revised!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Scenes from Last Year's Father/Daughter Dance

The concept for this dance, now in year 4, was to host the girls' first dance and invite a significant male to serve as an escort. It was also to honor and celebrate our beautiful girls at R. L. Young and give an opportunity to feel special. 

Here are just a few pictures from last year's dance. It is such a special occasion and we appreciate all who step up to help make it a beautiful memory for our girls!
This year's dance is February 7 at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The letters have already gone home. The deadline for sending in the form is February 1! 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Congratulations to COACH STEPHENS

Every year schools select a Teacher of the Year from their faculties. You can imagine the  difficulty we have at Young deciding this important title because of the high quality of teachers we have at the school. I am glad I don't have a vote!

This year Coach Stephens was selected to represent our school. I felt this was a wonderful choice. He was also selected for JSU Teacher Hall of Fame representative. 
His unique position allows him to connect with every student every day. Which means a lot of lives are positively touched on a daily basis.
Coach's application then traveled to the Central Office to compete with T.O.Y. winners from the other 3 Talladega City Elementary Schools. Coach won for the District! His application will now travel to the State Department to compete at the next level. Congratulations to Coach Stephens. He is clearly a winner in our book!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Very Touching Story for Families and Especially Kids

The wisdom of the older brother and love for his brother is very touching. Share this with someone. This is how the world changes, when someone believes they can make a difference and they take action. 

Kids are powerful creatures, but it takes parents or adults that will support their dreams and goals. I loved that Mr. Burel shared this story and I was able to pass it on!

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Hurrah for kindergarteners for the huge effort to help others in need with a can collection through the RED DOOR KITCHEN, a local charity in Talladega.

Each class worked for weeks trying to reach the magic number of 100. This project was wrapped up on the 100th day of school (TODAY!) Other grade levels were invited to participate.

A little friendly competition never hurt anyone and the final score was...


TOTAL: 798!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's a lot of cans AND cooperation. A special thanks to parents and grandparents who lent a hand in the donation and collection process.

I am proud of my teachers for using math curriculum to celebrate a milestone in the kindergarten year and help children learn how wonderful it feels to help others.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

1-11-13 PE Star Student of the Week

This week’s star student is a great example to her classmates.  She is always doing the right thing even when nobody is watching. She is a hard worker and tries her best at everything she does. She is an honest person with a positive attitude towards everyone and everything.  Great job Haley H. and keep up the great work!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Happy 100th Day of School!

On Wednesday, January 23, we will celebrate our students being 100 Days smarter! In recognition of the milestone, our kindergarten classrooms are collecting 100 cans for the Red Door Kitchen. They have invited all students to participate in this can drive. The deadline is January 23! Thanks in advance for your help.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

First Grade KEEPS AR Trophy for 2nd Week

Take a look at these awesome readers. They are doing a great job catching onto the Accelerated Reader Program. For the second week in a row they had the highest comprehension average in the school. WOW!

For more information on Accelerated Reader, login to the AR website and request to be added as a parent. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Want to Know What We Are Working On?

To access the school improvement plan, click the link provided on the CIP PAGE located on the left side of the blog.

A direct link to our plan can be found here!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Honor Roll Assembly and Cap and Gown Pics

Honor Roll Assembly has been rescheduled for Jan. 28, 2013. The K-2 group will begin at 12:45 p.m. and 3-6 group will start at 1:30 p.m.

Cap and Gown pictures for kindergarten and 6th grade will be February 1.

Delayed Start of School on Jan. 18, 2013

Talladega City Schools will have a two hour delay for tomorrow, January 18th. Teachers and staff should report 30 minutes before students arrive. 

Please feel free to share this with all Talladega City School Folks!

Congratulations, Talladega City Schools!

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  • By CHRIS NORWOOD Home staff writer Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome. com.

Talladega City Schools Recommended for accreditation

From page 1A The Talladega City Board of Education saw a presentation regarding its outside evaluation for accreditation during a called meeting Tuesday afternoon. Although the final report will not be available for 30 days, the evaluators unanimously recommend the system be accredited.
The presentation was given by David Gullatt of Louisiana Tech. The evaluation process and criteria are different this year than they have been in years past, he said.
The first section of the evaluation scored five indicators on a sliding scale of one (worst/nonexistent) to four (outstanding/state of the art).
Under Purpose and Direction, the system scored a 2.72, which Gullatt said was “a very, very good score.” Governance and Leadership earned a 2.60, Teaching and Assessing for Learning a 2.67, Resources and Support got a 2.63 and Using Results for Continuous Improvement got a 2.60.
All of these are very good scores, he said. “A 2 is usually an emerging program or something that is just up to the state standard,” he said. “All of your scores are higher than that.”
The next set of 4 point ratings covered various aspects of the learning environment, with more impressive figures.
Equitable learning environment was rated at 2.9, high expectations environment at 2.8, active learning environment at 3.1, progress monitoring and feedback at 2.9, well managed learning environment at 3.1, and digital learning environment at 2.4, “which is actually better than most of the other districts in this area in the use of technology.”
After observing the schools, Gullatt reported that “the teachers were professional and the children were well behaved. They knew why they were in school.”
As far as recommendations, Gullatt said the system should “develop and implement a quality assurance process for monitoring curriculum and instruction, and asses them to ensure student success; reconstruct and revise the system of school web sites, including software upgrades if necessary, to create a professional online information source that user friendly and easy to use and develop and implement a systemwide process to determine physical, social and emotional needs of the student population being served.”
In sum, Gullatt said, the system represented a “wholesome, safe and comfortable place. We appreciate your hospitality, support and professionalism, we respect and acknowledge your efforts to improvement and we congratulate you on your progress.”
The formal accreditation hearing will take place in June.
Superintendent Doug Campbell, board chairwoman Elizabeth Smith, and curriculum coordinator Dolia Patterson all thanked the assessors, the faculty and the staff for all the work they had done during the assessment process.
Board member Juanita Curry McClellan pointed out that “We have so many good things going for us right now, and we need to recognize them and step forward to be the best system in the region.
Also Tuesday, the board:
• Approved the Zora Ellis Junior High School and Talladega High School Winter Guards for a trip to a competition in Tennessee.
• Hired Betty Street to teach kindergarten at C.L. Salter Elementary School and Holly Clark to teach first- grade at Graham Elementary School.
• Accepted the resignation of THS custodian Wayne Howell.
• Transferred CNP manager Darenda Stephens from Houston Elementary School to Talladega High School.
• Hired LPN Dana Fisher for Graham Elementary School.
• Heard Smith thank THS principal Darrin Anglin and board member James Braswell for appearing on the Larry Barton Show. “I don’t usually watch it, but I appreciate you showing our high school in a positive way,” she said.
• Heard Anglin announce that this was “Board Appreciation Month,” and he and other principals presented each board member with a fruit basket.

Early Release TODAY Jan. 17

School will dismiss at 11:30 pm today! Please make arrangements to meet the bus or pick up in car!

Cap and Gown Pics Jan. 18th

Cap and Gown pictures will be taken for sixth graders and kindergarten students on January 18, 2013. Please make note and encourage a pretty smile!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

First Grade Snags Highest Comprehension for the Week Trophy

Mrs. Bittle's group surprised everyone by winning the trophy for HIGHEST COMPREHENSION FOR THE WEEK (Jan. 7-11) with an impressive 98%!

3rd Six Weeks TOP DOGS...Woof...Woof!

                TOP DOGS 2013 3rd Six Weeks
Cole East
Emily Hall
Davontae Thornton
Victoria Ward
Ethan Wideman
Landon Wideman
Jaycie Bates
Daisy Belk
Kyleigh Bittle
Ansley Trammell
Izzy Wright
Laderrius Ligon
Nealie Williams
Pryor Blankenship
Quade Cobb
Grayson Fannin
Joshua Fegans
Zoey Hazel
Emmanuel Jinks
Carly Layfield
Kaitlyn Smith
Jordan Barclay
Alexzandria Byrd
Ty Harry
Christopher Isbell
Olivia Armstrong
Candance Bates
Xzavier Roberson
Sara Tipton
Ty Galloway
Jesaiah Lumpkin
Gracyn Shaddix
Isaac Wilson
Alex Carpenter
Shayla Chastain
Jessica Tyson
Luke Wheeler
Tommy Wilcox
Malorie Bates
Abigail Parton
Ally Struzik
Brendan Trammell
Jake Champion
Jeremia Tipton
Lola Armstrong
Tressleh Blankenship
Danica Cooper
Hayden Davis
Taylor Goodson
Emi Nabors
Maddox Williams
Makayla Christenson
Logan Lamberth
Braylan Mitchell
Lucas Pennington
Carrie Nabors
Linda Haynes
Cathy Thornton
Roxanne Lamberth
Cari Wilson
Joanne Deese
Judy Morrow


Monday, January 14, 2013


They have been busy learning to read. But, just as promised, first graders are learning about our Accelerated Reader Program in the month of January. Mrs. Bittle's group surprised everyone by winning the trophy for HIGHEST COMPREHENSION FOR THE WEEK with an impressive 98%! Stay tuned to this blog for an awesome picture of these super readers!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Talladega City Schools Welcome SACS Team Members

SACS stands for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This powerful group  helps school districts ensure that they are reaching the highest standards for students. 
They will arrive on Sunday, January 13 and give a final presentation on January 16. 

The team, consisting of 5 members, will be visiting schools, talking with teachers, parents, students, community members, administrators, and other representatives involved in the daily operations of the city schools. 

We are proud of our School System and each school:

Talladega High School and Career Tech Center
Zora Ellis Junior High School
Graham Elementary
C. L. Salter Elementary
Houston Elementary
Raymond L. Young Elementary

Make yourselves at home as you visit Talladega City Schools...
Moving forward to meet the demands of a changing world!

1-4-13 PE Star Student of the Week!

This week’s star student has demonstrated great leadership skills.  He has been a leader by showing others how to act, how to do their best, and by being a great example for his classmates.  This week’s star student is truly a bright shining star.  Great job Maddox W. and keep up the great work! 

12-21-12 PE Star Student of the Week!

This week’s star student has demonstrated great leadership qualities to everyone around her.   She is a hard worker with a great attitude.  She is always treating everyone with respect.  You can depend on her to do the right thing even when nobody is watching her.  Great job Gracyn S. for being this week’s brightest star!  Keep up the great work!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Third Time Trophy Winners!

Congratulations to Mrs. Lamberth's 4th graders for snagging the AR Highest Comprehension Trophy (3rd time in a row) for the week ending on Jan. 4. Great readers!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013