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

Monday, September 30, 2013

2013 September Good Citizens at R. L. Young

 Kindergarten: Cate T., and Ethan P.
First Grade: MaKayla C. and Kaynan C.
 Second Grade: Emi N. and Lauryn J.
Third Grade: Ty H. and Addie S.
Fourth Grade: Aulbri H. and Emily G.
Fifth Grade: Kylie B. and Micah S. (see in pic. below)
Sixth Grade: Wiley H. and Dawson D.
CONGRATULATIONS to all Good Citizens and their parents. You help make YOUNG an even better place to learn and grow.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Start Christmas Shopping Early and Help Your School, too!

R. L. Young's Mixed Bag Sale begins Friday, October 4! Samples were available for viewing at the PTO meeting this week. You may also come by the school to take a peek at these cute bags. This video (above) shows some of the products. All of the bags are made from recycled materials.
 Profits from the sale will be used to better the school and your child's learning experience!

**Please note, the sales form has a place for TAX. We are not collecting SALES TAX. Please use the amount for each item found in the catalog. Happy Selling!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Emphasizing the Importance of Reading

A child's first teacher is the parent. Often children learn to read on the laps of their mothers and fathers. We appreciate the support you give us at home. The more children read, the BETTER they read.

Monday, September 23, 2013

LAST Day to Order Pictures is September 24!

The last day to order school pictures is TOMORROW!  School pictures are a great way to capture the memory of classmates and the teacher for each school year. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

This Week's Quote

Attendance Program...Huge Success!

Who wouldn't want a fuzzy stuffed animal from CALIFORNIA? Each Friday, students with no tardies, absences, or check outs are eligible to win a beautiful, true to life stuffed animal. For nine week intervals, we have focused on the state of California. These animals go along with the cards given to every child with perfect attendance for the week .

Children sometimes get sick, family emergencies occur, and things happen. But having a goal to be in school as much as possible gives teachers more TEACHING time and students more LEARNING time. The child also understands that school is important and they are expected to go.

If your family is planning a trip that interfers with the school days, you must have the abscences approved by the principal BEFORE the trip occurs. Failure to get approval will result in UNEXCUSED ABSENCES and possible truancy problems. Students must miss no more than 20 days to be eligible for promotion to the next grade. Parents may send up to 10 parent notes to excuse absences.  After the 10 note limit is reached, a doctor's note must be turned in.

The excused absences are as follows:
*illness of student
*death in the immediate family of the student
*inclement weather which would be dangerous to the life and health of the student as determined by the principal
*legal quarantine

When a child is absent, the parent has 3 days to send a note explaining the absence. Make up work will be accepted for excused absences ONLY.

Excessive tardies may be considered truancy. Students with 15 or more tardies per semester may be referred to Juvenile Court.

Please send your child to school EVERY single day possible!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Raymond L. Young in the News Today!

***Special thanks to Joni Baker for attending the event, taking this awesome picture, and sharing information with the Daily Home. 

9-13-13 PE Star Student of the Week

This week’s star student is fair and honest.  He is always treating everyone with respect.  He is liked by all of his peers because of his positive attitude and the way he solves problems that come up. He is a hard worker and makes the best out of every situation.  Great job Wiley H. for being this week’s brightest star!  Keep up the great work! 

Want to Know? Ask the Children!

The AR committee wanted to come up with a new AR field trip site for the spring and turned to the children for ideas. They came through in a big way to present 30 different possibilities! We will be announcing field trip location soon. Thanks for the input and super ideas...

*a special thanks to Ms. Porter for tallying up all of the entries!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

R. L. Young Introduces the N.A.C. Committee

Leadership roles for students can be found all over R. L. Young. These young ladies represent the Nutritional Advisory Council (Payton McD., Kylie B., Hayley H., Hannah S., Candace B., and Chloe D.). This council assists Mrs. Gurley with the daily tasks that help make the lunchroom run smoothly. We appreciate our students leading the way and helping make our school even better!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Helping Kids Get Organized

Raymond L. Young students in grades K-3 have a T.I.G.E.R. (Today I've Got Everything Ready) Notebook. Upper grade students (4th -6th) use binders with planners which helps keep them organized. Parents can help by checking these tools for staying organized. Often there are papers to sign, homework to complete and return, or just things we want parents to know. Staying connected to the school and reviewing what the school is sending will keep you in the KNOW and make your child(ren) more successful!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

2013 RL Young Jump Rope for Heart

It is time again to start Jump Rope for Heart.  At R.L. Young, we are always trying to teach our students about ways they can help others.  Jump Rope for Heart is a great way for students to be able to help others for a great cause.  Students should have someone in their thoughts that they can jump for, and raise money for.  The money raised goes directly to the American Heart Association.  Parents, please help your child by showing them the importance of giving back to others.  Students will jump rope during PE to increase their heart rate to show the importance of living a healthy and fit life.  All money raised should be turned in at the end of the event which is September 27, 2013. The class that raises the most money will receive 30 minutes of extra PE. Thank you so much for all that you do for our school and for others.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Positive Start to Every Day at R. L. Young

Each week during the morning announcements, I share a quote with the school, such as the one above. Sometimes it is selected for one particular student or situation, but often it is chosen to inspire the group as a whole. Either way, the regular routine of sharing quotes, recognizing birthdays, giving "shout outs" alerting students/teachers of upcoming events, saying the Pledge of Allegience, the Respect Pledge, and our Moment of Silent Reflection starts each day in a positive manner. I'd like to think it binds all of our hearts together.
If you happen to be at R. L. Young as the 7:45 bell rings, you will be amazed at the quiet, calm, positive approach we take to systematically influencing each school day!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Praising Your Children

Looking for ways to praise?
Check INOW Parent Portal for current grades. Link is provided on the side of this blog. Login and password was provided to all parents when new year started.

Check the school blog, along with blogs created for grades K, 4, and the UGA. Good news and student accomplishments are always being shared.

Sign up to receive an email each time your child takes an AR test. You can be ready to congratulate them when you see them after school. A letter was sent from the school for grades 2-6 sharing the login and password for AR Home Connect. This site is free to parents and allows them to see the AR progress all year long.

Talk to the teacher. They love to brag on their students. 

Review graded work and conduct for the week each Monday or Friday depending on the grade level. 

Come have lunch with your child so that you can see them interacting with their classmates. You will have "faces" to put with the names of the classmates as your child shares his/her day.

Attend Honor Roll Assemblies that occur after the report cards are sent. Also, check the BOTTOM of this blog for the school calendar. School events are posted there!

Friday, September 13, 2013

2013 Medal Ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 18

September 14, 2013

Dear Parents of R. L. Young 4th, 5th, 6th, and this year's Zora Ellis 7th Graders,

 You are cordially invited to attend a Medal Ceremony to recognize our students' testing accomplishments in the auditorium on September 18th beginning at 1:00 p.m. The children being honored scored two 4's, a 3 and 4, or two 3's on the Alabama Reading and Math Test. We will also be honoring fifth grade students who scored a 3 or 4 on the Science Assessment.
As principal, I have enjoyed going over the test results with every class. You should have already received your child's home report.
The students were encouraged to share the results with you.
 Now it is time to formally show our appreciation of their efforts.

Please note that there will be limited seating and you may have to stand. But come anyway because we are SO proud of our students. If your child is new to R. L. Young, but took the ARMT at another school, they, too will receive a medal. They earned it!

There is a TEAM Effort at Young and your child is an important part of the team. You can feel it when you walk in our doors.

See you there!

p.s.If your child tested at our school but is no longer with us, please contact the school if you wish for them to be a part of this recognition ceremony.

You may wonder why 3rd grade parents are not invited. Their child will take the state test for the first time THIS year.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

9-6-13 PE Star Student of the Week

This week's star student is a hard worker who tries her best at everything she does.  She has a positive attitude and always has a smile on her face.  You can count on her to do the right thing all the time, even when no one is watching.  Great job Kennedy C. for being a leader to everyone around you and for being this week's brightest star!  Keep up the great work!

2013 A.R. Kick Off Presentation by Ethan N.

Monday, September 9, 2013

This Week's Quote of the Week


R.L. Young had a very exciting week as we kicked off another year of Accelerated Reader. This year's theme is READING IN PARADISE! Fourteen students helped their classmates gear up for a year filled with prizes, fun, and reading achievement. 

The prizes are based on points earned AND maintaining an average of 85% or higher in comprehension.
The parade was led by last year's students who appeared on the TOP 20 Board (display board in the main building used to showcase the top point earners each week).
10 POINTS...a trip to Mrs. Beard's treasure box.
25 POINTS...A snack bag filled with drink, chips, and candy bar.
50 POINTS... receive a debit card with redeemable items such as a Hardwork Cafe pass, 10 bonus points...
100 POINTS earners will receive a medal and recognition at an Honor Roll Assembly. This will also qualify 5th and 6th grade for the AR Field Trip at the end of the year. Each grade level has point levels to reach to earn the trip...1st grade (40), 2nd grade (65), 3rd grade (75), 4th grade (85), and 5th/6th (100).
150 POINTS... enjoy a cool, refreshing drink in a keepsake cup with special straw during LUNCH.
200 POINTS... students will receive a READING IN PARADISE t-shirt. 
The shirt design has not yet been revealed!
300 POINTS...a Wal-Mart $20 gift card is awarded!
400 POINTS...earn a pass for 2 movie tickets, plus cash for snacks!
500 POINTS... eat at a restaurant of student's choice with principal and teacher!

As a special feature of the 2013 AR Kickoff, 3 students were asked to encourage students to be 
successful with the AR program.
SIR MIX A.R. LOT (alias Ethan N.) shared a powerful rap about using integrity (school's character focus this year) during testing. His tips helped remind students that the AR Code of Conduct must be followed.
Inspector AR (alias Carolyn H.) shared secrets of her AR success about finding the right book, preparing for tests, and watching that AR comprehension percentage.
TOP AR student, Jake C. encouraged the student body to rise to the challenge to beat his impressive point level from last year and join him on the TOP 20 Board this year!

R. L. YOUNG  has discovered that A.R. is a super supplement to our reading program and allows students to practice comprehension on their own individual reading levels. Parents are encouraged to take an active part in their child's reading journey by listening to them read, inquiring about the tests that were taken, and providing reading materials at home. It is scientifically proven, the more kids read, the BETTER they read. 

Thanks to all students who helped with the kickoff, the AR committee, and Mr. Jemison for preparing for the assembly!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Grandparents' Day At R. L. Young

We are so pleased and excited to be hosting Grandparents' Day at R. L. Young on September 9 beginning at the first lunch period. If you have more than one grandchild, we are encouraging you to eat with all (grandchildren) at the youngest child's lunch time.

The event will include eating with your child(ren), having a professional portrait ($10) taken in auditorium, touring the school, and peeking into your child(ren's) journal in the classroom. 

We look forward to your visit!
R. L. Young...a good place to learn and grow!

UGA Stresses the Importance of Doing HOMEWORK!

Check out the post on the UGA blog:

Friday, September 6, 2013

8-30-13 PE Star Student of the Week

This week’s star student has done an awesome job of being the best student that he can be.  He is always willing to help in any situation.  He is a hard worker who follows directions and leads by example.  I am very proud of this week’s star student and I want to encourage him to keep doing  his best at everything his does.  Great job Matthew W. for being this week’s brightest star! 

Listen Up, R. L. Youngers!

Female Brown Bear, 8 years old, lying down against white background says "I can't bear it when you are tardy."

We are excited to be in our 3rd year with ZooZingo Attendance Program. This year we will be featuring animal cards from 4 states in the U.S.
California is the first state of the year.

*no tardies
*no checkouts
*no absences for a week!

We are currently in our 20 Day Count. It is VERY important that we have all students present, if possible. This period of time determines the number of teaching units we will have for the next year.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

R. L. Young T-shirt Sale Extended to Sept. 9th

This year's design by Malorie Bates
 All shirts are $10. These shirts are worn on special occasions, for field trips, and throughout the year. This is the only time we will be ordering this design. Orders will be placed on the afternoon of  
Sept. 9, so don't delay!
Last year's design by Julie Ann Grissett
Click on link to download order form :

Sunday, September 1, 2013



September 17    Mrs. Judy Morrow - Lunchroom staff

September 23    Mrs. Roxanne Lamberth-
4th Grade Teacher

September 26    Ms. Danni Odom Winn- Speech Teacher

Hope your day is full of FUN!