Brilliant Brains Bulletin- 2nd

Mrs. Rhodes- February and March

Current Studies and Explorations

Students are currently studying biodiversity in their science classrooms. We will be building upon this content and expanding further in our gifted class this month. Students will apply scientific practices to design experiments with worms and pillbugs. Students will collect authentic data from their own experiments and communicate their findings to a broader audience. We will also do some comparative anatomy with dissection of owl pellets. Students will read non-fiction and will learn to participate in and conduct Socratic seminars to discuss ideas from the text.

Parents, Please look for communication coming home (email and hard copy flyer) soon regarding the opportunity to visit our class to view students' stop motion animation projects. Also, if you haven't checked out your child's electronic portfolio lately, I encourage you to do so. I know you and your child can have great conversations about what he or she has been up to in our gifted class recently.


Mrs. R

Students watched live on 2/11/16 as the announcement was made about the discovery of gravitational waves!

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LIGO: The First Observation of Gravitational Waves

Class Visit from Cinematography Expert

Mr. Blade visited our class. He has a degree in cinematography and works on movie sets as part of the cinematography team. He taught us about how lighting is so important to making movies, and he gave us lots of great tips for our own stop motion films that we were creating!
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ZCSD Black History Night February 18

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Flashlight Night at the Swamp

Friday, Feb. 19th, 9pm

10503 North Oak Hills Parkway

Baton Rouge, LA

Flashlight Night at the Swamp

Friday, Feb 19, 2016 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

Experience Bluebonnet Swamp after the sun goes down and the night life comes out to play. Park gates remain open on these special nights until 9 pm to allow visitors to explore the trails, enjoy live animal encounters and view a nature film. No registration is necessary.

Feb 19

General admission applies; free for pass holders


General Admission

11th Annual Black History Month Program

Saturday, Feb. 27th, 12am

2161 Nicholson Drive

Baton Rouge, LA

Magnolia Mound Plantation

The Friends of Magnolia Mound Plantation and BREC’s Magnolia Mound Plantation present a special program of dramatic readings and music to commemorate Black History Month. The program is free to the public and made possible by a grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Time TBA

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Important Dates to Remember

February 8-10: Mardi Gras Holiday- NO SCHOOL

March 25-April 1: Spring Break- NO SCHOOL

Resources to Check Out

the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is a great professional organization with resources for teachers and parents of gifted kids

want to explore more about Earth's amazing biodiversity with your child? Check out this collection of resources including games, home activities, skits, and more from the American Museum of Natural History