BB 2019 – 04 – 18

BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XI, ISSUE 28

APRIL 18th, 2019

 

FROM THE OFFICE

We hope you will enjoy the long weekend with your family, celebrating the death and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Remember: NO SCHOOL tomorrow (Fri, 4/19) or Monday (4/22).

 

YEARBOOK:  Have you ordered your yearbook yet?  Only one more day!!

 

SUPPLIES:  If you did not send in your tissues, Clorox wipes, or paper towels at the appointed times this year, please go ahead and send them in!  We are running low on each of these items and with lingering colds and allergies, we still need these supplies. Thank you!

 

FEED THE HUNGER Pack-a-thon:  3rd – 10th grades to participate – Friday, 5/10/19 all morning.  ***We will need lots of parent volunteers to drive and participate!  (See info in e-mail)

UPCOMING

NEXT WEEK:

  • Monday, 4/22, NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, 4/23 –  Spring XC Training
  • Thursday, 4/25
    • LAST Running Club
    • Spring XC training
  • Friday, 4/26
    • Tennis club:  6th – 7th grades
    • Dogwood 5k and Mad Dash race, 6:30
  • Saturday, 4/27 – Dogwood Festival – Come and visit Bradford’s booth!

 

IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

  • Wednesday, 5/1:  11th grade: Harris Nuclear Power Plant
  • Thursday, 5/2:  Day of Prayer Service at Mebane Presbyterian – 5th – 6th grades
  • Friday, 5/3:  Upper School Presidential Election
  • Tuesday, 5/7:  Upper School Student Council Elections
  • Thursday, 5/9:  Bradford Games – Upper School – fun event – need parent volunteers!
  • Friday, 5/10:  Feed the Hunger Pack-a-thon:  3rd – 10th grades
  • Thursday, 5/16:  11th grade: Shakespeare play, Staunton, Virginia

 

FROM THE TEACHER’s DESK

 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Luther)

Bible
  • TK students learned about the death of Jesus on the cross.  We focused on the hope that His death offers and how He, being fully God, ascended to conquer death and our hopelessness.  
  • Next week we will focus on how Jesus is arisen and all the wonderful promises and hope we are given because of Jesus Christ.
Theme Adventure
  • TK learned about the death and resurrection of Christ through making a special dessert treat in the kitchen.  TK created resurrection rolls. This was a fun and insightful way to learn about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.
  • Caterpillars have arrived!  The students noted how much they have grown since last week.  A few have already attached themselves to the top of the habitat and are forming a chrysallis!
Literacy
  • TK students focused on counting syllables this week.  Through songs and games they were able to recall how many syllables there are in words, up to five syllables long!
  • TK students were challenged to develop their vocabulary about the life cycle of a plant.  As we prepare for transplanting small plants outside next week it is good to understand the age and needs of the TK garden.  
  • TK students were further challenged in story comprehension.  Students recalled how stories would change if there was a change in actions that took place in a story.  
Math
  • This week TK measured various items using nonstandard units.  
  • TK continued to work with covering designs using Tangram sets.  
  • TK was further challenged to identify the relationship between larger and smaller numbers.  
  • TK also learned to count forwards and backwards on a number line.
Arts and Sciences
  • TK enjoyed a density study this week with 5 different materials.  The materials were dyed five different colors so when they were poured into a large jar, a rainbow was formed!

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

Language Arts
  • We sang the Consonant Digraph Song while pointing to the corresponding letters on the flashcards. Students had fun clapping out syllables as they read the SH words out loud. We brainstormed words that end in SH and practiced reading them to their teammates. Our new target sound was CH. We mastered the proper stroke direction and order.
Math
  • Adding three single-digit numbers; counting dimes, nickels, and pennies; addition facts: the last four facts; rounding a number to the nearest multiple of 10 by estimating; written assessment 22; fact assessment 17.
History
  • We discussed the four main reasons that the colonists rebelled against England. The British drove France out of North America in the French and Indian War. Americans no longer had to fear being conquered by the French. England needed money to defray the cost of the French and Indian War. The British wanted to make sure the colonists were obeying laws that were meant to help British finances. The colonists were also getting taxed without their consent. The colonies had simply outgrown colonial rule and no longer felt the need to accept British rule.
Science
  • No science due to the holiday.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and had our video lesson about playing musical instruments together. Then, we used most of class-time to practice singing the music for the Patriotic Program. The students were able to take their coloring sheets home to work on them.
Art
  • We used our art time to reflect on the true meaning of Easter. Our cross craft reminds us of the depths of our sins. God is deeply offended by our sins and it separates us from Him. Sin is falling short of God’s righteousness. There’s a penalty to sin. The wages of sin is death. The cross shows us our sin,  but it also shows us God’s great love for us. The Scripture tells us that” If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away ; behold all things have become new.” The cross is followed by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We pray you and your family have a very blessed Easter.
P.E.
  • Our Archers continue to perfect their basketball skills. We practiced dribbling in a triangular shape and worked on their chest passes. They practiced dribbling in place while alternating between their left and right hand.  We finished our class with a fun game of Spot. This game helps develop their skill to place their body in the path of an offensive opponent.
Memory Work:
  • Matthew 6:9-13 and review

 

1st Grade (Mrs. Campbell)

Language Arts
  • Phonics target sound: GE/DGE/NGE (page, nudge, range)
  • Alphabetical order
  • 5 rules of a complete sentence
Math
  • This week we practiced identifying the place value of a digit in a three-digit number, representing three-digit numbers pictorially, ordering three-digit numbers, identifying the median of a set of numbers, identifying gallon, half-gallon, quart, and liter containers, and estimating and finding the capacity of containers.
History
  • We continued learning about LIncoln’s life and particularly enjoyed some of the tales recounting his humor and wit.  We added to our history notebooks and continued memorizing “George’s Song.”
Science
  • Our class enjoyed discovering new facts about the Brown Pelican, our final “bird of the month” for this school year. They tried imitating the color markings and learned to recognize the call of this coastal bird.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and several of the students were able to recite last week’s weekly praise verse to receive a prize at the end of the day. We enjoyed coloring and drawing as we listened to the exciting, patriotic music written by John Phillip Sousa. Our history of hymns was about, “His Name Is Wonderful,” and our music theory lesson was based on accidentals and the natural sign. Then, we warmed up our voices and practiced singing our music for the Patriotic Program.
Art
  • After observing some of Norman Rockwell’s illustrations, first graders made particular note of his Four Freedoms and how these depictions relate to our Constitution and the liberty we enjoy today.
P.E.
  • This week we practiced hitting a wiffle ball off the tee, and worked on the basics of throwing a ball.
Memory Work:  
  • Psalm 67:1-4

 

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

Language Arts
  • Reading: We finished reading My Father’s Dragon this week. The students were excited to read about how the poor baby dragon was finally rescued. They were even more excited to get to have their own pink lollipop just like the alligators in the book.
  • Cursive: Uppercase W, Y, V
  • Grammar:
    • Prepositional phrases
    • Homonyms
Math
  • Subtracting two and three digit numbers
  • Comparing and ordering fractions
  • Adding and subtracting fractions
  • Multiplication (x0, 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10)
History
  • Reign of Tutankhamon- We learned about the most famous pharaoh of all time, Tutankhamon. He is also the one shrouded in the most mysteries. The students read a short book together, Tut’s Mummy Lost…and Found, to discover what made the boy king so famous.  How did he die? Why was he buried in a tomb meant for someone else? Ask your child these questions.
Latin
  • We did not have Latin due to the short week.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and we read the weekly praise verse together. We enjoyed coloring and drawing as we listened to the exciting, patriotic music written by John Phillip Sousa. Our history of hymns was about, “His Name Is Wonderful,” and our music theory lesson was based on accidentals and the natural sign. Then, we warmed up our voices and practiced singing our music for the Patriotic Program.

 

Art
  • We continued to work on our Agate drawings.

 

P.E.

  • This week we practiced hitting a wiffle ball off the tee, and worked on the basics of throwing a ball.
Memory Work:
  • Hebrews 11:30-31

 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Mitchell)

Language Arts
  • Reading:  What Was Pompeii?  This book not only gives much detail about the event of 79 A.D., but also teaches a lot about ancient Roman daily life.
  • Writing:  Students are working on adding in all the “dress ups” for a thorough first draft of the story about the Dutch boy putting his finger in the dike.
  • Grammar: Distinguishing predicate nouns from predicate adjectives; identifying action verbs and linking verbs.
Math
  • Roman numerals to the thousands place; adding positive and negative numbers; Assessment 100-2.
History
  • Pompeii Burns – Students created a volcano using salt dough with an internal structure of a bottle and plastic bags/paper; others created a Lego version of Pompeii.  The volcano was painted and trees and foliage were added. We also used this activity to review chemical reactions from 3rd quarter as we used baking soda and vinegar to cause an eruption.  Students viewed footage of the eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state in order to understand the powerful force and the destruction by ash of an actual volcano.
Science
  • Simple Machines:  We began a song about simple machines: wedge, lever, pully, screw, wheel/axle, inclined plane.  Students cut out pictures and sorted them according to these categories. We also examined a playset of simple machines, using the Archimedian screw to raise Skittles to the surface of the bowl.  The test on sorting these into proper categories should be next week.
Latin
  • Compound words using prepositions and verbs – Students learned 7 adjectives and a number of compound words.  We also translated sentences about Pompeii and the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and several of the students were able to recite last week’s weekly praise verse to receive a prize at the end of the day. We enjoyed coloring and drawing as we listened to the exciting, patriotic music written by John Phillip Sousa. Our history of hymns was about, “His Name Is Wonderful,” and our music theory lesson was based on accidentals and the natural sign. Then, we warmed up our voices and practiced singing our music for the Patriotic Program.
Art
  • Warm and cool colors – students filled in a color wheel using primary, secondary and tertiary colors.  Then we colored a simple picture using a set of warm colors and a set of cool colors. We also completed drawing and coloring a lion that we began last week.
P.E.
  • This week we played wiffle ball outside.
Memory Work:
  • Matthew 7:14

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton)

Language Arts
  • Reading: We began reading the first book of  King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
  • Writing: Students were very excited to start working on their fantastic stories. We discussed the important elements of a story and the rubric that will be used in grading the stories. This is the last creative story they will write in fourth grade!
  • Grammar: Pattern 3 sentences; we also began a comprehensive review of mechanics.
Math
  • Students learned about volume, as well as how to measure angles, round mixed numbers, and subtract decimal numbers using zeros.
History
  • We learned about Ulrich Zwingli, the Reformation in Switzerland, and the Anabaptists.
Science
  • Force, Motion, Friction, and Energy activities in teams, using Hess Dump Trucks and Loaders.
Latin
  • After adding more words to our ever-growing vocabulary and learning several 3rd conjugation verbs, students focused on improving their fluency in parsing Pattern A, B, C, and D sentences.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and several of the students were able to recite last week’s weekly praise verse to receive a prize at the end of the day. Then, we practiced playing,”My Country ‘Tis Of Thee,” on our recorders, and singing our other music for the Patriotic Program. Our music theory lesson was based on accidentals and the natural sign.Finally, we enjoyed coloring and drawing as we listened to the exciting, patriotic music written by John Phillip Sousa.

 

Art

  • We continued practicing mixing colors with watercolors, reviewing the color wheel and primary and secondary colors.
P.E.
  • This week we played wiffle ball outside.
Memory Work:
  • Lamentations 3: 22-25
  • Magna Carta recitations

 

5th Grade (Ms. Windes)

Language Arts
  • Reading: We have begun our new book, Johnny Tremain, learning about Johnny who is a silversmith’s apprentice in eighteenth century Boston where distrust of the British is growing.
  • Writing: Students are finishing their research this week, and will begin writing soon.
  • Grammar:  Classifying sentences and a review of all Shurley Chants
Math
  • We reviewed switching between fractions, decimals, and percents, learned about algebraic integration of integers, took a test, and then learned about compound experiments.
History
  • Our focus in history this week has been George Washington and the early days of the young nation when he was president. We learned about the precedents he set and the cabinet he established as our first president.
Science:
  • Students were very excited to learn about sound waves; for our “lab” time, we observed and experimented with the strings of the grand piano.  Students also learned about human ear and how it processes sound. After a comprehensive review of transverse and longitudinal waves, students are ready for the next unit–Lenses.
Latin
  • We practiced using demonstrative pronouns and adjectives this week.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer. We enjoyed coloring and drawing as we listened to the exciting, patriotic music written by John Phillip Sousa. Our history of hymns was about, “His Name Is Wonderful,” and our music theory lesson was based on accidentals and the natural sign. Then, we warmed up our voices and practiced singing our music for the Patriotic Program.
Art
  • We continued practicing mixing colors with watercolors, reviewing the color wheel and primary and secondary colors.
P.E.
  • This week we played wiffle ball outside.

 

Memory Work:

  • 1 Samuel 2:7-8

 

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett)

New Testament Survey
  • The students continue to follow Paul through his writings to Titus and  Philemon. In addition, the class examined the heroes of the faith in Hebrews.
  • The concept of light and dark were discussed as seen in I John.
Literature
  • The class continued to look at Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of Man, and the use of metaphor and similes in this famous piece.
Math
  • Ratio problems involving totals, geometric solids and algaebraic additions filled the week! The students practiced speed drills as well surrounding adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions.
History
  • The Wright Brothers, Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison were in the spotlight this week.
Science
  • The students continued to examine the Electromagnetic Spectrum and various forms of radiation. The class tried to bring about refraction of white light by holding up a sprinkler to the sunshine. The visible light spectrum was a bit elusive, but the activity was still quite entertaining. The class ended the week with an exam covering various forms of energy and the Electromagnetic Spectrum.
Writing/Grammar
  • The class are continuing to research historic figures in preparation for the Bradford Wax Museum.
  • The students began memorizing vocabulary related to Jesus’ resurrection as Easter Day approaches.
Latin
  • In Latin, we practiced translating passages and learned a new set of vocabulary.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer. We enjoyed coloring and drawing as we listened to the exciting, patriotic music written by John Phillip Sousa. Our history of hymns was about, “His Name Is Wonderful,” and our music theory lesson was based on accidentals and the natural sign. Then, we warmed up our voices and practiced singing our music for the Patriotic Program.

 

Art
  • The class enjoyed using acrylics for plein air painting after a hiatus due to rain.
Logic
  • The exigency fallacy is commonly used when nothing more than a time limit is given for persuasion. The students discussed this fallacy along with repetition, where one repeats an argument over and over again in place of better supporting evidence.
P.E.
  • This week we played wiffle ball outside.
Memory Work:
  • When Peace Like a River, I John 1-2:27, In Flander’s Fields

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

 

Mrs. Byrd

Physics
  • The class has moved from a look at static electricity into a study of moving charges (current electricity).  We are encountering some new concepts like voltage, current, and resistance. We are also doing a mini study of nuclear energy in preparation for our visit to the Harris Nuclear Visitor Center on May 1.
Precalculus
  • Congratulations to Miriam Campbell our top scoring student NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge.  She enjoyed a special lunch as well as the satisfaction of knowing that she is the “best” at choosing winning teams 🙂  Through various probability calculations the class saw how difficult it is to have a perfect bracket. This week we concluded our study of analytic trig with a test.  After break we will begin to look at matrices and how they can save us time in problem solving.

 

Geometry
  • We are concluding our study of similarity by looking at the Golden Ratio and seeing how it relates to the Golden Rectangle and the Golden Spiral.  After our long weekend, we will see where these phenomena occur in nature, art, and architecture. We will finish next week with a test on this chapter.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • Students completed their memory work for Matthew 5:3-12. We have been blessed to study Romans and learn about justification by faith. We have also finished I Corinthians and seen how Paul addresses the many challenges in the church.

Mrs. Dovan

8th Omnibus
  • This week students wrote ballads about Robin Hood, and they turned in their final essays.
  • In history, students are continuing to research important people and events of the High Middle Ages.  Earliest presentations will begin on April 24.

 

11th Elective – Intro to Drama
  • We have memorized our class scene.  Students are working through dialogue selections with their partners.

 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science:
  • We completed our study of Earth and its protective atmosphere with a unit exam. We will move on to our study of Earth’s lithosphere after the long weekend.
8th Grade Science:
  • We have begun to unpack Newton’s laws of motion. Our focus this week was on the ‘outside force’ of friction that Aristotle failed to take into account when he wrongly concluded that objects “seek rest”, as that is their “preferred state.” We predicted the relative coefficients of friction for various objects sliding on different surfaces in order to observe how friction acts as an outside force, preventing objects in motion from staying in motion. We also learned how to calculate Net Force as a precursor to understanding Newton’s Second Law, which we will unpack after the long weekend.

 

Mr. Hamilton

7th Grammar/Comp
  • Students continue to work hard on quarter four research papers.
9th History
  • This week was spent on Europe between the world wars and the life of Adolf Hitler.
9th Literature
  • We wrapped up The Great Gatsby this week with an essay on theme.
9th Theology
  • We had a great theology class this week, examining the upbringing and life of Adolf Hitler from a Christian point of view and discussing related ideas such as nature vs. nurture.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • In our apologetics class this week we examined historical evidence for Jesus.

 

Dr. James

9th/10th Biology
  • This week the students turned in their reports from the fruit fly experiment.  We also continued our introduction to evolution, looking at some key terms and the proposed mechanism. We also analyzed and discussed a recent article on the topic.  
  • Next week we will continue our discussion of evolution, looking at more experiments and discussing conclusions made from those experiments.

 

Mr. Johnston

8th Latin
  • We had a quiz today in Latin on Ch 22 and 23 vocabulary.  We will spend the next couple of lessons working on translating sentences partitive expressions.
7th Logic
  • We did a cumulative review of all of the fallacies we have learned this year.  Study for test next Thursday.

Mr. Miller

7th Latin
  • This week we put into practice some of the things we learned in chapter 21 by translating sentences and talking through them.
8th Logic
  • We continued studying enthymemes this week and practicing how to write syllogisms that contain them.
10th Literature
  • We finished our discussion of certain early Christian writings this week by talking about the Didache, a very early manual for Christian living and worship.
10th History
  • We finished Tacitus’ Annals of Imperial Rome and discussed the character of Nero and his reign has presented in the final few chapters of the work.
10th Rhetoric
  • The guys are working on crafting a rhetorical speech meant to argue a particular position on “allegory” and the “two ways” tradition in the early Christian writings.
11th Literature
  • We finished reading book 1 of Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene and also read some of a retelling of the tale meant for children in order to compare the two.
11th History
  • We finished our discussion of Martin Luther’s treatises from 1520, ending with his seminal Freedom of a Christian in which he discusses the priority of faith and its relation to works.
NT Greek
  • This week the students took quizzes on material we’ve been studying and/or reviewing this week, including noun case endings and recent vocab.

 

Mrs. Palmer

7th Art
  • This week we continued working on our black and white realistic pencil eye drawings.  We are almost finished with these and they are looking great!
8th Art
  • This week we continued working on our colored pencil realistic eye drawings.  We are almost finished with these and they are looking great!
9th Spanish
  • This week we started the preterite (past) tense in Spanish.  We’ve worked with regular verbs and their conjugations. Students have and will continue to practice with this concept for awhile.  This concept will help to broaden their language base greatly. We continue to add new vocabulary each class as well.

 

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we worked on adding like-terms and solving 2-step equations. We also reviewed for a test and took a test.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we worked on graphs of non-linear functions and recognizing their shapes. We also learned the difference of two squares theorem. We then reviewed for a test and took a test.
7th/8th P.E.
  • This week the 8th graders  played wiffle ball against the 9th graders. The 9th graders won.
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we used truth trees to see if a proposition was self-contradicting.

 

Mr. Davis

7th and 8th Grade Choir
  • This week the students worked on “Is He Worthy,” “10,000 Reasons,” and “How Great Is Our God.” Next week the students will not have class due to Easter Break.
11th Grade Introduction to Church Worship
  • This week the students organized and rehearsed worship music for the May 9th, Bradford Academy Games.     

 

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