Students in Mrs. Wilson's first grade class, along with other first and second grade classes, participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count on Friday, Feb. 15. This outdoor field trip was part of the upcoming celebration of a school-wide unit on BIRDS for Youth Art Month. Her class enjoyed using their foam decorated binoculars to go "birding." One of the first birds spotted was a crow. Classes took fifteen minutes to go bird watching and then go on-line to record the number and kind of birds they saw while outdoors. The reports were received on the GBBC. Mrs. Leija's second grade students watched their counts go in "live" as a yellow target lit-up on the screen in Albertville, Alabama. These counts will help ornithologists know more about birds! Mrs. Stanley's first grade class was busy during part of the morning filming a segment on how to make bird feeders. You can go online to find out about the Great Backyard Bird Count which is led by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada and sponsorship from Wild Birds Unlimited to learn how to participate in the bird count.
Ramona is an art teacher in her thirty-fourth year with the Albertville City School System. Presently, she teaches first and second grade students. She is a native of Linden, Alabama and a 1985 graduate of the University of Alabama. Mrs. Hall was named Alabama Elementary Art Educator of the Year 2011 and the Alabama House and Senate honored her with a House Joint Resolution for earning Albertville Chamber of Commerce's 2011 Educator of the Year.