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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Accelerated Reader Trip from R. L. Young

All the reading that students did at R. L. Young this year paid off when it came time to travel to Trussville PlayStation for a fun-filled day of activities such as skating, batting cages, go carts, and lazertag. Even the principal joined the group. It was fantastic!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Children Learn What They Live

Raising children can be challenging and often times difficult. This poem relays a very important message for all of us to remember. Children Learn What They Live

By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.

If children live with criticism,

they learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility,

they learn to fight.

If children live with fear,

they learn to be apprehensive.

If children live with ridicule,

they learn to be shy.

If children live with shame,

they learn to feel guilty.

If children live with tolerance,

they learn to be patient.

If they live with encouragement,

they learn confidence.

If children live with praise,

they learn to appreciate.

If children live with approval

they learn to like themselves.

If children live with acceptance,

they learn to find love in the world.

What are your children living?

Copyright © 1972 by Dorothy Law Nolte


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Food For Thought...

Friday, June 19, 2009

Student Life Gives a Hand to R L Young

Summer at R. L. Young can be quite lonely since our students are busy having fun and resting their minds. But it is definitely the time to get some things done on campus. Although Mr. Jemison is mighty handy and works extremely hard in the summertime heat, everyone deserves a hand. Well, what about 44 extra hands?

St. James Methodist Church from Montgomery participated in the Student Life Camp at Shocco Springs. When most folks think of camp, they probably don't envision paint brushes, lugging junk to the dumpster, scraping tape off of boards, cleaning an attic, etc. These 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th graders came ready, willing, and able to make a huge difference at R. L. Young. Along with them, were 4 adult supervisors who worked as hard, or even harder than the students.

I was most impressed with their cheerful can-do attitudes and their willingness to complete difficult tasks. Of course, they walked away with a BOB Award (Bend Over Backwards), a CD of our Birthday Celebration, and big thanks from the principal.
Thank you St. James! You were wonderful..

For more information on Student Life click here. To visit St. James Methodist Church website click here.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Talladega City Schools INTEL Training Group

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Did You Know?

"Did You Know?" is perhaps the most thought-provoking video I have seen in terms of how our country fits into the global picture, what the future is likely to hold, and how technology fits into that picture. It's implications for education are huge.

Three years ago, Karl Fisch was asked by his principal to speak at one of the beginning-of-year faculty meetings. He put together a PowerPoint, and the rest is history. If you have seen a version of "Did You Know?" then perhaps you may wish to visit the author's blog where he explains the story behind this powerful message. That original post is found here.

Over the last three years, various versions have been produced and updates have been made. Here is latest version. What does it mean for our schools? What does it mean for you and me? What are we going to do about it?


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Safe and Responsible Internet Use

The Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use provides research and outreach services to address issues of the safe and responsible use of the Internet. We provide guidance to parents, educators, librarians, policy-makers, and others regarding effective strategies to assist young people in gaining the knowledge, skills, motivation, and self-control to use the Internet and other information technologies in a safe and responsible manner.

Nancy Willard, executive director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, is a recognized authority on issues related to the safe and responsible use of the Internet.

The center provides two free documents aimed at helping parents guide young people in their use if the Internet.

Click here to download Cyber Safe Kids: A Guide for Parents

Click here to download Cyber Safe Teens: A Guide for Parents


Friday, June 05, 2009

Summer Reading

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The National Endowment for the Humanities has produced an outstanding recommended list.