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Friday, August 30, 2013

Finding Integrity at R. L. Young

Our character focus this year is centered around integrity. Students were taught the meaning of this important trait during the first week of school. When someone does the right thing, even when no one is looking, they have integrity.

 Today we celebrated and honored 14 Good Citizens at             
R. L. Young. Thank all of you for demonstrating your INTEGRITY!
K & 1st: Takalyn R., Michelle R., Cole E. and Erica L. (not pictured)
 2nd and 3rd: Ty G., LeighAnna McC., Lola A., and Zoey H.
4th, 5th, and 6th: Samantha L., Moriah L., and Izzy W.
 Bryer B. and Maddison M.
Chloe D. (not pictured)
We will keep looking for GOOD CITIZENS at R. L. Young.
There are plenty to be found on our campus throughout the year!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Student Workshop at R. L. Young

Organization and time management is not just for adults, as Frank Buck shared with R. L. Young fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. He centered his student workshop around the value of using a student planner. Talladega City Schools provides each student at Young in grades 4-6 a student planner for the year. The school was delighted with Dr. Buck's visit and appreciated him sharing tips and tricks for staying organized during the school year.

**Picture was featured in the Daily Home today!

When Everyone Works Together, Students Succeed!

Raymond. L. Young
Raymond L. Young Elementary, and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (participating children), agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.
This school-parent compact is in effect during school year 2013-2014.
School Responsibilities
The faculty and staff at Raymond L. Young Elementary School will:
1.                Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards as follows:
·        Recruit and retain highly-qualified principals and teachers.
·        Provide high-quality professional development for all employees based on the latest research into best practice.
·        Maintain a safe and positive school climate.
2.                Hold parent-teacher conferences (at least annually) to discuss the individual child’s achievement. Specifically, these conferences will be held:
·        At times mutually convenient for teacher and parent during  planning time, before school, or after school.
·        Meeting will be used to discuss grades, build positive relationships, set goals for the future or any topic where the teacher and parent can work together for the benefit of the student.
3.                Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress. Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows:
·        A weekly folder containing work sample.
·        A report card at the end of each grading period and a progress report at the midpoint of each six weeks.
·        Notes from teacher to parent as needed.
·        Phone calls from teacher to parent as needed.
4.                Provide parents reasonable access to staff. Specifically, staff will available for consultation with parents as follows:
·        By appointment during the teacher’s planning time.
·        By appointment after school.
·        By appointment before school.
·        On a daily basis by phone. (Teachers return calls on a daily basis).
5.                Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities, as follows:
·        Listening to children read.
·        Helping with classroom decorations, art projects, etc.
·        Presenting a program on your culture, your occupation, a different country, etc.
·        Assist with holiday programs or parties, educational trips, etc.
Parent Responsibilities
We, as parents, will support our children’s learning in the following ways:
  • Monitoring attendance and seeing that child is on time each day (beginning at 7:45 a.m.).
  • If at all possible, schedule appointments after the end of the school day at 2:35 p.m.
  • Making sure homework is completed and all forms or notes are signed and returned to the school.
  • Ensure that electronic devices and cell phones remain at home.
  • Volunteering in my child’s classroom.
  • Helping students to get plenty of rest each night.
  • Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to my children’s education.
  • Promoting positive use of my child’s extracurricular time.
  • Staying informed about my child’s education and communicating with the school by promptly reading all notices from the district received by my child or by mail and responding, as appropriate.
  • Serving, to the extent possible, on policy advisory groups, such as being the Title I, Part A parent representative on the school’s School Improvement Team, Title I Policy Advisory Committee, District Wide Policy Advisory Council, State’s Committee of Practitioners, School Support Team or other school advisory or policy groups.
                                                    Student Responsibilities
We, as students, will share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and achieve the State’s high standards.  Specifically, we will:
  • Come to school prepared with homework and supplies.
  • Ask for help, if needed.
  • Show respect for myself, others, and the school.
  • Alert adults of bullying situations.
  • Read 20-30 minutes every day outside of school time.
  • Give to my parents or the adult who is responsible for my welfare all of the notices and information received from my school every day.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Come to school on time and limit checkouts.
  • Believe I can and will learn.
  • Complete homework and turn it in on time.
  • Obey classroom, school, and bus rules.
  • Leave all electronics and cell phones at home.
  • Always do my best work.
 Thanks to everyone for working together!

8-23-13 PE Star Student of the Week!

This week’s star student has demonstrated to her classmates the true meaning of a bright star at our school.  She is great at following directions even when she thinks no one is watching.  She is a hard worker and tries her best at everything she does.  Great job Erica L. for being this week’s brightest star!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Got a Picky Eater? Checking the blog can help!

There is a new page on R. L. Young's blog...Lunch Menus 2013-14. To access the monthly menu calendar, follow these simple steps.
Look on the LEFT side of the blog under PAGES. 
  1. Click on the Lunch Menus 2013-14. This will open up a page featuring the monthly menu. 
  2. To enlarge, just click the picture again or print out and put on fridge. 
*This was a parent suggestion. Thanks for the idea!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Thanks, Bemiston Baptist!

A perfect 1st week of school was topped off with the generosity of Bemiston Baptist Church. They  surprized everyone with cool, yummy snowcones. Thank you so much for sweetening our Friday and supporting our students, parents, and faculty!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Get Plenty of Rest...School Starts Tomorrow!

Students may enter the building at 7:15 a.m. See you in the morning!!!

Message to All R. L. Young Students from the Principal

As we kick off another school year, as principal I wanted to share my thoughts with each R. L. Young student. My summer was full of scheduling, cleaning, dreaming, ordering materials, and planning a wonderful 2013-14 year. 

Mr. Jemison was also busy getting ready for you. Painting, sanding floors, cleaning out, organizing a new 30+ computer lab for Mrs. Beard, moving classrooms, waxing floors were just a few things on his long TO DO list. If you see him in the hall, be sure to let him know that things are looking good at RLY!

Mrs. Hodnett worked this summer to ensure the opening of school was a smooth one. She enrolled many new faces which we are delighted to have! Give her a big ole' smile when you visit the office.

Mrs. Diane jumped back on board these past two weeks (even though we know she came back all summer to give the flowers a cool drink of H2O!). The grounds have never looked better! 

Test scores are back and I can't wait to visit each room and allow you to reflect on your successes and identify your challenges. We are all very good at some things and need to put extra effort toward other things. Learning and knowing these areas is key to being successful. We will take a look together and make a plan for the new school year.

The teachers have visited the school all summer preparing for your return. We met several times this week and celebrated all of the things that were accomplished this past school year. They are proud of the test results and the HUGE effort you displayed during the week of ARMT and DIBELS testing. They are all ready for YOU!

The wait is almost over and I look forward to having you back on campus for another great school year.

To those students moving on to 7th grade, we wish you a very successful year. Remember you will always represent your elementary school. We will miss you!

R. L. Young...a good place to learn and grow!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

R. L. Young Open House August 15, 2013

Two weeks (plus many summer projects) of preparation in August and our school was ready to see the most important people return...THE CHILDREN! Open House was a great success. 

The grounds were ready...

Halls and classrooms are clean, decorated, and prepared.

Paperwork and forms are aplenty!

The grade level meetings are well attended!

PTO officers (Katrina Bates, Nikki East, Laura Wideman, and Renee Humphrey) are ready to serve and assist the school and parents.

 The lunchroom staff is on board ready to take good care of all of us!

Parents are becoming informed of important information.
(3rd grade teachers, Mrs. Burel and Mrs. Payne)
Newest staff members are prepared! 

Mrs. G. Thomas and Mrs. Wilson, 4th grade teachers
 Faculty members are excited to be back!

The principal is READY!

And most importantly, the children are ready to come back to SCHOOL!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

R. L. Young Wants YOU in the PTO!

It is back to school time and we are excited about our students returning on Aug. 19. We are also excited about the new faces that will be joining us this year. One of the best ways to be "IN THE KNOW" about what is happening at R. L. Young is to attend the monthly PTO meetings. 

PTO meetings are almost every month. Meetings start at 6 p.m. following a grade level performance. Families can join at OPEN HOUSE for only $5 for the year. Be sure to connect with the 4 PTO officers who will be in the lunchroom ready to SIGN YOU UP!

Do you want to know how federal dollars help our school? Join the principal for a TITLE I PARENT MEETING in the auditorium at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow. Door prizes will be given. 

Stay tuned for the PTO meeting dates.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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***The SafePlace button is an automatic reporting device that allows students and parents to alert staff if there is a bullying situation occuring at school. We want all children to feel safe! When anything is reported, an email is sent to the principal. 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Supply List 2013-14 for All Grade Levels Available

Misplaced the supply list for the upcoming 2013-14 school year? No worry, just click on this link and print or view a copy.

**There is also a link under Important Links for Parents that will take you to the information long after this post rolls on the blog...........

Breakfast, Anyone?

Breakfast, anyone?
Breakfast will start on Monday, August 26 for school year 2013/14.  Student lunch and breakfast prices will remain the same …… $2.00 (lunch) and $1.00 (breakfast). 
Adult meals will increase from $2.50 to $2.75 for 13/14 school year.  (Adult meals must be calculated according to the state/federal guidelines – formula:  paying student price + commodity assistance + paid reimbursement)  When calculating the adult price using last year figures (13/14 calculation will be higher) the total was above $2.50.  In order to comply with this guideline it will be necessary for us to increase adult lunch meal prices.  
Thank you for your cooperation!

  Joni Baker
 CNP Director