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Monday, September 29, 2008

Some Thoughts on Web 2.0

How research using technology has evolved...and the implications for research and communication today and tomorrow.


Friday, September 26, 2008

Talladega's Newest Blog

C. L. Salter Elementary has a new blog with new ideas! Check out this brand new blog, see pictures from the Science Night and read the "Principal's Principles." Click on the link here, or you may click on the link on the right-hand side of the screen.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Practicing Good Study Habits

Although your children spend hours in school every week, the time they spend at home doing school-related work is just as important. This report from the National Association of Elementary School Principals gives tips on practicing good study habits.

Electing a U.S. President

Teaching students about how the U.S. President is elected can be confusing. This short video explains the concept clearly.

Thanks to Lee and Sachi LeFever for producing this video and making it available through the Common Craft Show .

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Monday, September 22, 2008

C. L. Salter Science Extravaganza

A few more sights and sounds from the C. L. Salter Science Extravaganza:

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Science Extravaganza at C. L. Salter

C. L. Salter hosted a "Science Extravaganza" Tuesday at Salter was a huge success. Students, parents, and teachers participated in many activities designed to enhance our understanding of science in our world. The students were able to make a choice of two activities that most interested them. Those who chose "Birds of Prey saw beautiful raptors such as the owl, falcon, and hawk.

The "Snake Lady" shared her slithering friends with a large crowd. She brought both poisonous and non-poisonous snakes with her. The McWane Center brought "Stardome," which allowed the students to observe constellations in the cafeteria. They also brought "Razzle Dazzle Chemistry," a demonstration of chemical changes. "Gak" was a large hit with students and adults alike. Those who chose this activity were able to make their Gak from scratch. We all look forward to next year's Science Extravaganza!


Thanks to Karen Clark for all her hard work and planning.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Raymond L. Young's Hardwork Cafe is OPEN!

Where is the best place to eat? R. L. Young's HARDWORK CAFE. Our reading coach, Mrs. Nunn brought the idea to me last spring and since then many people have jumped on board to create this special eating place.

The Cafe will serve as a dining place for Good Citizen luncheons, most improved student recipients, and TOP DOG students. (No tardies, no checkouts, no absences). Teachers in the classrooms are also dreaming up ways to reward students using the Hardwork Cafe.

PTO and the school's general fund purchased the tables. PTO officer Hope T. Allen arranged for her brother to construct the awning, helped to cover it, recovered the chairs, and even purchased twinkling lights to hang. The beautiful Monet painting is on loan from Mrs. Allen, too. A chalkboard is being painted and will be placed in the Cafe soon. Townsends donated shutters to give it a "Cafe" feel. Mr. Jemison, our custodian assembled all the tables and chairs and helped hang the awning.

We appreciate the teamwork approach that continues to make things happen at Young.It is important to motivate and reward the hard work of our students, faculty, and staff. I hope the Cafe is used every day by some deserving student or adult.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Rewards of Reading

You know how important it is to read to your children. Children whose families read to them do better in school, yet we often do not find the time to include this key ingredient for school success into our day. This Report to Parents from the National Association of Elementary School Principals provides help.

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Saturday, September 06, 2008

3rd Annual Parent Extravaganza

ImageChef.com - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more The 3rd Annual Parent Extravaganza is planned for October 21st. As with the past two years, we would like to offer a series of short workshops for parents on topics of interest.

What topics would be of interest to you? Click the "Comments" link and let us know. Thanks!


Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Riding the Bus

While statistics show that riding the bus is the safest way to get to school, dangerous situations could occur if children don't follow school bus safety rules and procedures. This Report to Parents from the National Association of Elementary School Principals provides suggestions that will help make the bus ride safer and more enjoyable.

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