Brilliant Brains Bulletin - Seventh

November/December

Mrs. Redmon

Current Studies and Explorations

In Mrs. Redmons' class, our seventh grade gifted student is still on the journey of discovering the many scientific aspects of ornithology.


We are about to finish the tutorial course we have been studying through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Be a Better Birder. We have been using note booking to document our curiosities, research findings, and any pertinent sketches.


In December, we will take an artistic journey within the Birds of America book by Audubon. We will dive into his bio & look at his birding skills, sketch journal techniques, & discover his life endeavors. Through that journey, we will discover his art techniques as used in his book of North American birds. Then using the medium of pastels, we will create our own bird masterpiece & draw inspiration from Audubon's pieces of art.

a message from Mrs. Redmon

I'm excited about the journey we have taken through ornithology so far this year. Birding is a very popular pastime for many people. Below are some resources that you may find interesting or want to explore further. I have also included a few local & national ornithology organizations you may want to join as an avid birder if you haven't done so already.


Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Cornell's All About Birds Site


Nat Geo's Backyard Birding Site


Baton Rouge Audubon Society


National Audubon Society


American Birding Association



I have loved receiving pictures of all of the outdoor birding expeditions. Please continue to email or share those photos with me throughout the year.


If you ever have any questions or thoughts, please always feel free to email me at lisa.redmon@zacharyschools.org.

Upcoming Events

BREC Bluebonnet Swamp:

- Nov. 7th & Dec. 3rd: Walk with the Birds (general admission/all ages/ 7-9 am)

- Nov. 13th: Kids Night Out at the Swamp ($20/ages 7-12/ from 6-10pm)

- Nov. 14th: Cyanotypes: Where Art Meets Science (Contact BR Gallery for more info/ages 7-14/ from 1-3pm)


Highland Road Park Observatory:

-Every Friday & Saturday Nights: Evening Sky Viewings (Free/all ages/Fri.: 8:30-10pm/Sat. 7:30-10pm)

- Dec. 13th: Geminid Meteor Shower (9 pm to l am/date subject to change)

- Dec. 29-30th: Winter Rocket Camp ($55 for EBR Parish residents/ages 9-13/8 am-5pm/registration begins on Nov. 14th)


Baton Rouge Zoo:

- Nov. 28 - Dec. 30: Zoo Lights ($5 for adults or teens, $3 ages 2-12, & 1 & under free/5:30 -8:00 pm)


Magnolia Mound:

- Dec. 13th: Creole Christmas (Free to public/3-6 pm)


Rural Life Museum:

- Dec. 6th: A Rural Life Christmas (Free ages 10 & under/regular museum fee for adults/12:30 pm - 6:30 pm)

Hour of Code

Thanks to Mrs. Rhodes (another gifted teacher), I have discovered a cool STEM driven opportunity for our students. Many schools are participating in the Hour of Code initiative (even some in our own district). Be a part of this GLOBAL movement!!


To learn more, watch the video below and check out their website at https://hourofcode.com/us

The Hour of Code is here
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Dates to Remember

November 23-27 Thanksgiving Holiday (no school)


December 21st - January 4th Christmas/Winter Break (no school)

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