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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Year Resolution

Happy New Year from R.L. Young
As I am sitting here counting down the time we have left in 2015, I am starting to think of what my resolutions will be for the new year. Have you started making that list yet? If not I am going to encourage you to add to the top of your list to be more involved in your child or grandchild's school. We have great support from parents and grandparents at our school but imagine how much more we could accomplish if we worked together even more. 

How can you be involved at our school:

1. Are you a member of PTO? PTO meets once a month and can always use more volunteers. PTO does a lot for R.L. Young! The Spring will be busy so make sure to come to our next meeting to see how you can help out. 

2. Volunteer in the classroom. Set up a time with the teacher that you can come in once a week or once a month. Teachers always need an extra hand. You could help a group with reading, be a guest reader, help with arts and crafts, bring in snacks, help with computers and technology, talk to the class about your job or a talent you have, etc. Not only can you help in the classroom, volunteer in the school library media center. There is always things that need to be done there or kids that need help picking out a good book! 

3. Field Trips. Field trips and educational trips have become important means of giving children diverse experiences in the community. Without parent chaperons, these trips may not be possible. If you are able to volunteer, you will probably be responsible for a particular group of children. 

4. Build something. We are always looking for ways to beautify our school grounds. We would love to have some things built around the school or rooms painted. (If anyone wants to paint the library, I am all for it!)  

There are many more ways you can be involved! Something as simple as leaving snacks for the teachers to tell them you appreciate their hard work goes a long way! We would love to see mom, dad, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, anybody involved with our school. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

December Good Citizens

Nyhira, Cadence, Ansley, and Danica

Ean, Bayley, Grayson

Addie, Adelaide, Xavier, Joshua, Shavaria, and Jayden 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Top Checked out books @ Young for 2015

Hard Luck #8

The wait is over! The top library book at R.L. Young is.......................... Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck #8. Students checked this book out 83 times from January to December.

Right behind was Big Nate On a Roll by Lincoln Peirce. For 2015, students checked out 12,891 books total! Wow, that is a ton of reading. I am so proud of them for taking the time to read, which only makes them smarter.

Top Books at Raymond L. Young 
TitleAuthorCall #Circulations
1.Diary of a wimpy kid : hard luck # 8 Kinney, Jeff.F KIN83
2.Big Nate on a roll Peirce, Lincoln.F PEI74
3.Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot vs. the mecha-monkeys from Mars Pilkey, Dav, 1966-F PIL64
4.Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot Pilkey, Dav, 1966-F PIL60
5.Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot vs. the voodoo vultures from Venus Pilkey, Dav, 1966-F PIL58
Diary of a wimpy kid : the ugly truth # 5 Kinney, Jeff.F KIN55
Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot vs. the mutant mosquitoes from Mercury Pilkey, Dav, 1966-F PIL52
Diary of a wimpy kid : cabin fever #6 Kinney, Jeff.F KIN51
Big Nate out loud Peirce, Lincoln.F PEI46
Fancy Nancy : fanciest doll in the universe O'Connor, Jane.E O'CO46
Blue : seeing blue all around us Schuette, Sarah L.535.6 Sch45
Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot vs. the Jurassic jackrabbits from Jupiter Pilkey, Dav, 1966-F PIL45
Big Nate : from the top Peirce, Lincoln.F PEI44
Big Nate strikes again Peirce, Lincoln.F PEI41
Dork diaries : tales from a not-so-fabulous life Russell, Rachel Renee.F RUS39
Dork diaries : tales from a not-so-smart Miss Know-It-All Russell, Rachel Renee.F RUS39
Happy Easter, Little Critter. Mayer ,MercerE MAY37
Tales from a not-so-talented pop star Russell, Rachel Renee.F RUS36
Abandoned Insane Asylums Williams, Dinah.362.2 wIL35
Ocean life beneath the crystal seas. Cox, Ted.REF 551.46 COX35
Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot vs. the stupid stinkbugs from Saturn Pilkey, Dav, 1966-F PIL35
Spooky cemeteries Williams, Dinah.133.1 WILL35
What do teachers do (after YOU leave school)? Bowen, Anne, 1952-E Bow35
Dork Diaries : Tales from a NOT-SO-Happy Heartbreaker Russell, Rachel ReneeF RUS34
Ride, Fly Guy, ride! Arnold, Tedd.E ARN33
The unfairest of them all Hale, Shannon.F HAL33
Captain Underpants and the invasion of the incredibly naughty cafeteria ladies from outer space... : the third epic novel Pilkey, Dav.F PIL32
Haunted houses Williams, Dinah.133.1 WIL32
Junie B., First grader toothless wonder. park, BarbaraF PAR32
Just a Snowman. Mayer, MercerE MAY31
Just me in the tub Mayer, Gina.E May31
Red : seeing red all around us Schuette, Sarah L.535.6 Sch31
Captain Underpants and the tyrannical retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 Pilkey, Dav, 1966-F PIL30
Junie B. Jones is (almost) a flower girl. Park, BabaraF PAR30
Just a Piggy Bank. Mayer, Mercer & GinaE MAY30
Just Fishing with Grandma. Mayer, MercerE MAY30
Just Say Please. Mayer, Mercer & GinaE MAY30
Merry Christmas Mom and Dad. Mayer, MercerE MAY30
The Storybook of Legends Hale, Shannon.F HAL30
Captain Underpants and the perilous plot of Professor Poopypants : the fourth epic novel Pilkey, Dav.F PIL29
Eva's treetop festival Elliott, Rebecca.F ELL29
Just a Thunderstorm. Mayer, Mercer & GinaE MAY29
Kid President's guide to being awesome Montague, Brad.158.3 MON29
Captain Underpants and the terrifying return of Tippy Tinkletrousers Pilkey, Dav.F PIL28
Haunted hotels Parvis, Sarah E.133.1 PAR28
If You Take A Mouse to School. Numeroff, LauraE Num28
Junie B. Jones and the mushy gushy valentime Park, Barbara.F PAR28
Junie B. Jones is not a crook. Park, BarbaraF PAR28
Junie B. Jones smells something fishy Park, Barbara.F PAR28
Miss Holly is too jolly! Gutman, Dan.F Gut28
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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Community Meeting

The Talladega City Schools invites you to attend the second community meeting on the five year strategic plan. The meeting will give the opportunity for the Talladega City School's stakeholders (parents, students, business and community members) to give input for the development of the plan. The next meeting will be held at Talladega High School on December 10th, 2015 from 6:30-8:00.

1st grade Read Alouds

First grade students in Mrs. Lamberth's class like Saniyah are working to create videos of them reading a book they picked from the library. The student videos can be found on Mrs. Taylor, the librarians, school YouTube channel at

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Welcome Mrs. Freeman

Mrs. Freeman

We would like to introduce you to our new 4th grade teacher Mrs. Sylvia Freeman. Mrs. Freeman was born on June 25th in Pennsylvania, where she was raised. She says that's why you will hear her say "youins" instead of "y'all!" Some of her favorite activities include teaching, playing with her grand kids, and bible study.

Mrs. Freeman collects bibles and would love to visit Israel someday. Which is on her bucket list, very cool! She likes the color blue, sunflowers, and shopping at Kohl's and Target. Her favorite coffee drink is Starbucks' Cinnamon Dolce Latte. Mrs. Freeman has four children, six grandchildren, a wonderful husband, and two dogs. Her past teaching experience includes working in Florida and Virginia, as a teacher's aide at ASB, Head Start Teacher II, and guest relations at Shocco Springs.

Please let Mrs. Freeman know that we are glad to have her at Raymond L. Young.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Community invite to Strategic Planning

The Talladega City Schools invites you to attend the first of two community meetings on the new 5 year strategic plan. The meetings will give the opportunity for the Talladega City School's stakeholders (parents, students, business and community members) to give input for the development of the plan. The first meeting will be held in the cafeteria of Talladega High School on Monday, November 30, 2015 from 6:30-8:00. Your attendance and ideas are critical to the Talladega City Board of Education and it efforts to improve student achievement.Your voice for the future is valued and appreciated. Information on the second community meeting will be announced soon.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

What does kindergarten writing look like? - Milestones from GreatSchools

Welcome Ms. Norman

Ms. Norman, Second Grade

We are excited to introduce you to the newest teacher at R.L. Young, Ms. Norman.

Ms. Patricia "Tricia" Norman has jumped right in feet first as the new second grade teacher. Her birthday is April 13th. She says that her favorite activity is visiting with her grandchildren Bryce (5), Chloe Ann (4), and Aiden (1). She has two children, a son BT and daughter Brenna.

Ms. Norman's favorite color is purple and favorite flower is wisteria. She likes Hazel-Mocha coffee and loves to shop at Kohl's, Target and Starbucks. Her past jobs include being a library assistant and preschool teacher.  Ms. Norman completed her elementary education degree at the age of 57. What an accomplishment!

An interesting fact she shared with us is that her son was born on the Island of Guam. She was born a Texan but has traveled all over the world, especially in the Orient. Ms. Norman says the most important person in her life is Jesus first and then her children second.

When you see Ms. Norman around Young or town please say hello and let her know how happy we are to have her at R.L. Young.

Friday, November 13, 2015

QR Codes at RL Young

You may have noticed black boxes attached to the front of library books coming home or saw our new display board outside of the library media center. So what are these mysterious boxes? They are QR codes. Some contain links for you to download a digital copy of the book free of charge and yours to keep. Others may contain links to web pages that continue the learning process when students finish reading their book.

We invite you to bring your phones or tablets in to download the eBooks on the wall outside the media center the next time you are at R.L. Young.

If you are unsure how to do this, please follow these steps:

1. Go to apple iTunes store or Google play store and search for QR Reader. Download the QR reader to your device.

2. Once you have downloaded the app to your device you open the scanner and point it to the bar code on the front of the book like you are taking a picture.

3. The scanner will automatically detect the bar code and open the digital copy of the book. When it opens the book you can choose to download it to iBooks on your apple device and it will be stored there. The book will always be in the history of your QR reader as a link that you can open if you do not want to save it to the device.

In the near future a new set of codes will be added to the QR wall. This is a great way to offer even more books for our students. Please contact Mrs. Taylor the library media specialist if you have any questions. I will be glad to help you download the app or add the book to your devices.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Medal Ceremony

We will have our annual Medal Ceremony on November 3, 2015 at 12:30 in the R. L. Young auditorium.  At this time we will be recognizing students who scored "Close" or "Ready" on the ACT Aspire test last year while they were in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade at R. L. Young in the area of math, reading, and science.  We will also recognize students who showed progress in text complexity.  We look forward to honoring our students at this special event.

Monday, October 26, 2015


Wednesday is crazy sock day for Drug Free Week. We are currently collecting new socks for adults and children for those in need. This is a class competition so please send your socks through Wednesday. 

Kindergarten Field Trip CANCELLED

Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch field trip has been cancelled for TODAY. Will be rescheduled. Please send children in regular clothing. Sorry for any inconvenience! Pass this information on...

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Kindergarten Field Trip

Parents please be advised that the pumpkin patch trip for kindergarten tomorrow will happen rain or shine. Please dress child prepared for rain. We cannot reschedule the trip. Thanks. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

PAWS-itively Drug Free at RL Young

Red Ribbon Week 2015

Talladega City Schools is recognizing Red Ribbon Week October 26-30. The theme for this year is Talladega is Paws-Itively Drug Free.

On Monday, the dress up day is "Shade Out Drugs." Everyone should wear sunglasses. Students will be signing Drug Free Pledges.

Tuesday is Super-Heroes Don't Do Drugs. Students dress as super-heroes. Mrs. Rigdon and our school nurse will be presenting to our students.

Wednesday is "Sock It To Drugs." Break out your favorite silly socks and wear shoes. We also ask that students bring in new pairs of kids and adult socks for those in need. A prize will be awarded to the class with the most socks!

On Thursday, kids can "Follow their Dreams" and wear their pajamas to school. The pajamas need to be in school dress code.

Friday is Paws-Itively Red Against Drugs and we ask that everyone wear red. There will be a balloon release at the board office.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Kindergarten Alphabet Book

The kindergarten alphabet book orders are due Tuesday, October 6th. Each students is featured in the full color 8x8 Shutterfly book. This is a great keepsake and review tool to use with your student! If you have any questions please email Mrs. Taylor at Books are $15 and checks should be made to RL Young. 



October 6      Coach Chris Stephens - Physical Ed. Teacher

October 13    Mrs. Valerie Harris- 4th Grade Teacher

October 14  Ms. Jean Burton-nurse

Hope your day is full of FUN!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Guest Readers

We are looking for parents, grandparents,  siblings, business owners, local officials, or anyone who would be willing to stop by and be a guest reader! If you are interested in being a guest reader or know someone that would be a great guest for our students at RL Young please email Mrs. Taylor at or call me at 256-315-5789. I would love to add you to our calendar. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

R. L. Young Welcomes Grandparents!

This event occurs from 1 to 2:20 p.m. today! Be sure to check in with your child's teacher. A professional photographer will be on hand to take pictures for $10 per printed photo. Envelopes are available upon request.  

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Taking Time to Say Thanks....

On Friday, September 4, a beautiful arrangement of flowers was delivered to the school. Of course, everyone was curious as who the lucky receiver would be. The envelope said Mrs. Diane. It was not her birthday or anniversary. She was confused as to why such a beautiful gift would be sent.

A parent at our school just wanted to say THANKS for the kindness she showed when their child had a nosebleed in the bathroom that morning. Mrs Diane took care of everything as she always does. Her love for the school and professionalism does not go unnoticed. When you care about what you do, it is obvious to everyone!

Dear Parent....thank you for your thoughtfulness in recognizing one of the hardest working ladies I know! We are blessed at Young to have Mrs. Diane!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

PERFECT ATTENDANCE for the 20 Day Count!

What students will have PERFECT ATTENDANCE for the 20 Day Count that is reported to the Alabama State Department of Education? It begins on September 8th and ends on October 5th.
 Be cool, come to school!

LAST YEAR these 93 students achieved this goal:
  1. Kye Burel
  2. Isabella Hutton
  3. O'Nijah Jackson
  4. Hayden Lovett
  5. McKenzie Rose
  6. Jamel Twymon
  7. Ahmiya Wilson
  8. Ashtyn Bishop
  9. Adelaide Carpenter 
  10. Raleigh Nelson
  11. Travis Parker
  12. Alauna Richardson
  13. Kata Wilson
  14. Kamindi Donovan
  15. Gavin Martin
  16. Caleb Perkins
  17. Takalyn Ragland
  18. Caleb Barber
  19. Jaliyah Chatman
  20. Hunter Davis
  21. Brady Haynes
  22. Ethan Payne
  23. Cate Thornton
  24. Larry Bowman
  25. Emma Bradford
  26. Mikayla Christenson
  27. Ean Gray
  28. Stephon Lumpkin
  29. Winston Parker
  30. Bayley Rogers
  31. Hunter Stivers
  32. VanDaji Storey
  33. Paxton Walker
  34. Anna Kate Wallace
  35. Brayden Duncan
  36. Emily Hall
  37. Matthew Haynes
  38. Ta'laya Lawler
  39. Ethan Wideman
  40. Landon Wideman
  41. Jackson Burel
  42. Logan Ellis
  43. Joshua Fegans
  44. Tony Landers
  45. Braden Large
  46. Carly Layfield
  47. Kaitlyn Smith
  48. Quade Cobb
  49. Johnathan Falkner
  50. Taniyah Garrett
  51. Jaia Jones
  52. Emi Nabors
  53. Maddox Williams
  54. JJ Hudson
  55. Jesaiah Lumpkin
  56. Noah Mowery
  57. Payton Parker
  58. Addy Staude
  59. Isaac Wilson
  60. Cadence Anaya
  61. Jordan Barclay
  62. Jayden Falkner
  63. Alivia French
  64. Lauren French
  65. Landon Bridges
  66. Nekerrius Cole
  67. Kortavius Cooper
  68. Christopher Evans
  69. Landry Liner
  70. Carlee Moxley 
  71. Ally Taft
  72. Tanner Thornton
  73. Astrid Wesley
  74. Nolan Atchison
  75. Jaycie Bates
  76. Landry Bradford
  77. Emily Gray
  78. Landen Hudson
  79. Jaquavion Lynch
  80. Monterio Redwine
  81. Brody Taft
  82. Ansley Trammell
  83. LaQuez Weed
  84. Joshua Knox
  85. Angelo Turner
  86. Nealie Williams
  87. Kaden Butler
  88. Latasia Estell
  89. Blaire McDonald
  90. Ethan Nabors
  91. Abigail Parton
  92. Bailee Robson
  93. Emily Ann Wallace
You may not know, but attendance and enrollment for this year DETERMINES the number of teachers schools qualify for NEXT year! Not only does your child learn when they come to school, it keeps our class sizes comfortable. PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO HAVE YOUR CHILD IN SCHOOL EVERY DAY. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Summer Reading Results Coming Soon!

By: Andrea Taylor, Library Media Specialist

It is 6 AM on Saturday morning and I just had to get up and tally summer reading logs while enjoying my morning coffee. I have had many anxious readers ask when I would be announcing the results of Summer Reading. Today I will give away some of the suspense!!!!!!!!!!! Students from R.L. Young recorded 335 hours and 28 minutes of reading over summer break. WOW! I am blown away. This added up to 26 students that participated. I can already envision that number will double and even maybe triple next summer.  Further break down of the data and I have concluded that 6 first graders, 3 second graders, 9 third graders, 5 fourth graders, 1 fifth grader, and 1 sixth grader accepted the reading challenge. The top three students will be named at the AR Kick Off on September 3rd. I will also give certificates to the 26 students that participated. Our goal was for each student to read 10 hours over the summer, which breaks down to only one hour a week over the break. The top three participants will have McDonald's lunch in the library with Mrs. Taylor and the other 23 participants will be enjoying a popsicle party very soon. I am very proud of the "Leader" Readers at RLY!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

eBooks now available

Our eBook display outside the Library Media Center. 
QR App in google play or apple store. 

ebook with QR code
 Have you been by the Library Media Center lately? We are excited to announce our new edition of eBooks added to our circulation. Parents and students bring in a device to scan the QR code on the front of each title. You can go to the google play store or apple store on your phone or tablet and download the QR Reader app.  When you stop by just open the app and hold the camera over the QR code on the book cover. It will automatically open the book on your device. It will stay there until you decide to delete it. This is an extra way for students to have access to books they like at home and on the go!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Promoting R. L. Young in a Cool Way

Want to promote our school wherever you go? R. L.Young has vehicle decals for only $5.  You can purchase a decal for your vehicle which says, "Proud R. L. Young Parent OR Grandparent". These stick right onto your window! They will be available at the MEET AND GREET and every PTO meeting. If you are by the school and want to pick one up, just check with Mrs. Hodnett, the secretary. The next PTO meeting is September 29 with 3rd grade performing. Make plans now to attend.

If you would like to help advertise our school and show your pride, but can't make come by to purchase, just send the money by your child and the decal will be sent home. Just be sure to indicate which decal you are purchasing.

** If only we had one which said "Proud R. L. Young Principal!"

Sunday, August 9, 2015

BOXTOPS Welcome at R. L. Young!

Each boxtop equals 10 cents and it adds up quick. Since you have already purchased the product, those purchases can help the school. Just locate and cut the small boxtop off of products. (Not the actual top of the box) Thanks to all who helped us earn the amount below last year. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Summer Reading Program Ends August 10, 2015

Who participated in the summer reading program?

 The Parent Instructions from Mrs. Taylor, R. L. Young Librarian:
Students need to log their reading (books, newspaper, magazines, cereal boxes, signs, etc.). Each student who logs 10 hours or more of reading will be rewarded with a Popsicle party in August. I will also recognize my top three readers with a goody bag and provide a McDonald's lunch in the library. If you need a log stop by the school office this summer. 
 One of my favorite principal quotes is : Children learn to read by reading.  Kudos to all parents who helped their child become a stronger reader over the summer. 
Turn this log into your classroom teacher.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

No Tax...Big Savings!

Don't forget that the tax free weekend starts August 7-9th
School supply lists were mailed with report cards and can also be found on the blog by following the link .   Several grade levels (K, 1, 2, 3) accept a supply donation and they do all of the shopping for YOU! Supplies or $ may be brought to the Meet and Greet on 
Aug. 6! If you wait to purchase, bring supplies on Monday, August 10. 

***All parents are invited to a Title I Meeting in the auditorium from 2:30 to 3 p.m. before the grade level meetings begin. Several door prizes and good information that parents need to know! I will also be sharing secrets to how your child can have a wonderful school year! 


2:30 to 3 p.m.   Title 1 Parent Meeting!  
Come learn what Title I monies do for our school and meet the principal.  Door prizes will be available during the meeting!  She will be sharing secrets to a successful year for your child(ren).

3:00 to 3:30-------1st grade (meet in classrooms)

3:00 – 3:30 ------ 3rd grade (meet in classrooms)

3:30 to 4:00-------2nd grade (meet in classrooms)

4:00 – 4:30------ UGA (Upper Grade Academy 5th and 6th grade in auditorium)

4:30 – 5:00------ 4th grade (Main Building in auditorium)

5:00 – 6:00------ Kindergarten in library

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Reflecting on Last Year's Meet and Greet 2014

Make plans now to attend this year's Meet and Greet on August 6. Schedule can be viewed with this link

Thanks to all who came. Showing support at the beginning of school helps your child have a smooth start!
 **A BIG thanks to my awesome staff for their efforts to make everything perfect for their new class. 

Great Video for Kids and Teachers

Saturday, August 1, 2015

How Do County Students Get into R. L. Young? Quick Process...

If you know someone who lives in Talladega County who wants a SUPER elementary school for their is the quick process:
*Fill out an out of city form to be approved by the Superintendent. This form can be obtained at the school.
*Once she approves, complete paperwork for R. L. Young.
        #Must have proof of residency in the county (power bill,     
          water bill, gas bill).
        #If you are a renter, your lease agreement will be accepted. 
        #If you live with someone, a form obtained from the school     
          may be presented after it has been notarized.

We would be HAPPY to have your child!