BB 2019 – 11 – 22

 BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XII, ISSUE 11

November 22nd, 2019

 

FROM THE OFFICE

We are thankful for another wonderful Bradford Night, and for the tremendous amount of effort invested by our students and teachers.   It is really the culmination of the work they have been doing so far this year, so I hope you are encouraged by all that your children have learned!  

UPCOMING

NEXT WEEK:

  • Monday, 11/25:
    • 3rd graders will visit 10th grade Omnibus class to discuss The Illiad, and similar stories.
  • Tuesday, 11/26:  
    • Thanksgiving feast
  • Wednesday, 11/27 – Friday, 11/29:  THANKSGIVING BREAK
  • Saturday, 11/30:  Austerfield and Scrooby – Christmas caroling downtown, 11:00

IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

  • Wednesday, 12/11: 1st-3rd and 6th: field trip to see Christmas Carol, $3 per ticket
  • Friday, 12/13:  4th – 5th field trip to see Nutcracker at Greensboro Ballet
  • Friday, 12/20:  Christmas celebration; noon dismissal
  • 12/23 – 1/3:  Christmas break
  • Friday, 1/10:  SPELLING BEE (4th – 8th grades)

 

FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK

 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)

Bible
  •   This week TK learned about how God used David to defeat the giant named Goliath.  David trusted the Lord and understood the battle really belonged to God. As we know God used David for mighty things. The students enjoyed creating sling shots of their own using balloons and plastic cups.  They defeated a paper Goliath in the classroom using their handmade sling shots and fuzzy cotton balls! 
Theme Adventure
  •  TK students enjoyed learning about the first Thanksgiving in 1621.  TK focuses on the friendly relationship between the Wampanoag Tribe and the pilgrims led by William Bradford.  Next week we celebrate Thanksgiving in costume, play primitive games the Wampanoags and Pilgrim children may have played, and will feast and share our thanks to God for his many blessings. 
Literacy
  •  There was much clapping and fun in our classes this week.  This is because TK is learning to count syllables! We are having fun learning how many syllables are in our names.  
  • Students are also learning to identify differences between a letter, word, and sentence by looking at letters written on paper.  

 

Math

  •  TK students are learning to tell time to the hour.  Teachers have set alarms on their phones to ring at every hour.  It is fun to practice this at home or any time you see an analog clock.  In the coming weeks we will match analog clock times to digital times. 
  • Students continued to practice ordinal position to fourth. 

  

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

This Week
  • This week our young scholars learned many invaluable skills for life. They put into practice their Bible verse: Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might. These skills include speaking with one voice when reciting with a group, encouraging their classmates to do their best, waiting patiently while others perform, speaking loudly and clearly to be heard, and giving God the glory for a job well done. We continued to memorize our new special exhibit words  (his, that, they, was, with, of, not, and for) and learn how to understand what we read. Please continue to help your child use the two finger method when they read their books.    
Music 
  • In our lesson this week we learned about, and completed an exercise in, establishing proper posture for singing in both a standing and sitting position. We also practiced our music for Bradford Night that was this, Thursday, November 21, at 7:00p.m.
 
Memory Work:
  • 1 Corinthians 10:13

 

1st Grade (Mrs. Campbell & Mrs. Morgan)

This Week
  • This week our first graders read Up in the Sky, a phonics primer recounting the story of Orville and Wilbur’s first flight on the Outer Banks.  We took note of three things which helped the brothers succeed: a dream, diligence in education, and hard work.  We certainly experienced some of that here at Bradford this week as our students presented incredibly creative state projects, sat still and patient during practices, and performed their songs to the best of their ability.  We give God thanks for a fun-filled week of hard work!
Music 
  • This week our first grade students used their regular music class time to practice for Bradford Night in the sanctuary with all the other grades. 
P.E.
  •  This week the 1st graders did not have P.E. due to Bradford Night. 
Memory Work:  
  • Psalm 1:1,2

 

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

This Week
  • This week second grade broke up into small reading groups to give each student more time to read aloud. We are trying to build their fluency and the more they read, especially out loud, the better. Ask your child which mystery they read about and solved this week. In history we studied about the great test Abraham was given. We discussed the significance of this event in Abraham’s life and how it foreshadowed an even greater event in the Bible. The students each presented their map of Egypt project that was then displayed for the whole school to see. They especially loved the edible map!
Music 
  • In our lesson this week we learned about, and completed an exercise in, establishing proper posture for singing in both a standing and sitting position. We also learned about proper diction while singing. We practiced our music for Bradford Night that was Thursday, November 21, at 7:00p.m.

 

P.E.
  • This week the 2nd graders did not have P.E. due to Bradford Night. 
Memory Work: 
  • Proverbs 25: 11-13
Upcoming:
  • Proverbs 25: 14-16

 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)

This Week
  • What a jam packed week! Beautiful and creative Greek gods projects were turned in on Monday. We first presented our projects to our class and then we presented to several other classes throughout the week. This week we finished reading Black Ships Before Troy and had so much fun reenacting the chapter “Death of Achilles” in our Greek armor. 
Music 
  • This week our third grade students used their regular music class time to practice for Bradford Night in the sanctuary with all the other grades. 
P.E.
  • This week the third graders focused on cardiovascular health by playing various tag games. 
Memory Work:
  • John 10:9-10
Upcoming:
  • None, due to the Thanksgiving holiday break. 
  • Tests for week of 12/2-12/6
    • 12/4- Latin Ch. 13 Test
    • 12/6- Persian War Test AND Math Written Assessment

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton) 

This Week
  • After individual consultations, students are making great strides toward improving their stories from our unit, Writing from Pictures, making them more dramatic and vivid to the reader. Although it is always difficult to see a first draft of a precious writing project being “vandalized” by a red pen, fourth graders are learning that good writing takes time, effort, and humility! Students also diligently worked on their free-verse and Diamante poems, as well as their descriptive paragraphs. In Math, students learned to add and subtract fractions with common denominators and to do short division;  students also reviewed the Metric and the U.S. Customary systems and completed several measuring projects. In History, students learned about William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings–the story of how William, Duke of Normandy, claimed the English throne by winning one of the most decisive battles in history. 

 

Science

  • Using LEGO pieces, students were able to visualize and understand the structure of elements, molecules, compounds, and mixtures. We also were able to complete our “elephant toothpaste” demonstration, separating molecules using hydrogen peroxide and soap.
Music
  •  This week our 4th grade recorders had a test in which each student had to play, “Take My Life and Let It Be,” on their own, memorized, for the teacher. We also practiced our other music for Bradford Night together.
P.E.
  • This week the fourth graders focused on cardiovascular health by playing various tag games. 

 

5th Grade (Ms. Windes) 

This Week
  •  The students did a great job rehearsing for, preparing projects for, and performing in Bradford Night on Thursday! I hope you got to enjoy their Jamestown paragraphs and fort, artwork, and body systems projects. I have loved hearing the students’ singing bloom as they practiced singing in harmony, and they also did a fantastic job articulately singing the periodic table. We did still manage to fit in some academic time as well, studying the First Great Awakening in history, learning a new set of Latin vocabulary, continuing to brainstorm for our creative writing stories, and learning more about working with decimals in math.
Music 
  • In our lesson this week we learned about, and completed an exercise in, establishing proper posture for singing in both a standing and sitting position. We also learned about proper diction while singing. We practiced our music for Bradford Night that was Thursday, November 21, at 7:00p.m.
P.E.
  • This week the 5th graders completed the “SQUAT CHALLENGE”! 

 

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett) 

This Week
  • The class learned the delicate balance of harmony as they practiced John Rutter’s “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” for the senior class. Their free-hand drawings of the United States in various forms such as climate maps, historical maps, artistic maps and topographical maps brought the beauty of our country to light. The class also focused on the metric system this week, converting grams, liters and meters into larger and smaller measurements. Finally, the class painted fall leaves using watercolors to reflect the creativity and daily blessing of our Maker.
Music 
  • In our lesson this week we learned about, and completed an exercise in, establishing proper posture for singing in both a standing and sitting position. We also learned about proper diction while singing. We practiced our music for Bradford Night that was Thursday, November 21, at 7:00p.m.
P.E.
  • This week the 5th graders completed the “SQUAT CHALLENGE”! 

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

 

Mrs. Byrd

Calculus
  • We are wrapping up our study of related rates by doing our own related rate lab involving rates of walking and inflating balloons.  Next we will look at how to use derivatives to locate maxima and minima. A cumulative semester test will be given about two weeks after Thanksgiving.
Precalculus
  • After completing a brief investment project we are now beginning a study of trig functions.  Our first topic is to learn a new system of angle measurement, radians. We will be learning how to use a “unit circle” to help determine the trig ratios of some common angles.
Geometry 
  • The class is taking a brief look at some logic rules and types of reasoning in preparation for writing our own proofs.  After Thanksgiving break we will also begin reviewing for our cumulative semester test that should happen in mid December.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • The students and I are continuing to study in I Kings; we will soon be looking at the life of the prophet Elijah. In addition, we have been learning about several key principles related to the sufficiency of Scripture. 
  • Students continue to read for the book analysis project which is due at the end of this quarter. The new memory verse will be set after returning from Thanksgiving Break.

Mrs. Dovan

10th Rhetoric I
  • This week students read Attorney General Barr’s address to Notre Dame Law School on religious liberty.  We discussed rhetorical tactics and content and also watched his delivery. 

 

12th Rhetoric II
  • Students have two major writing projects due before Thanksgiving break.  We spent the week writing and providing feedback to each other’s work. 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science:
  • We have completed our study of the sun. Students will take a unit exam on the structure of the sun, the details of thermonuclear fusion, and the components of the electromagnetic spectrum on Tuesday, November 26th.
  • The students also received their due dates for the “Students as Teachers” project that will count as a large part of their 3rd Quarter Grade.
8th Grade Science:
  • We concluded our unit on solids, liquids and gases by reviewing gas law calculations and making corrections to errors made on the unit exam. 
  • We will begin our study of the periodic table next week.

 

Mr. Hamilton

9th History
  • We’ve had a great time thus far this week discussing the American and French revolutions and the rise of Napoleon. 
9th Literature
  •  We have come to the end of Frankenstein and are now discussing the many themes of the novel, such as power, scientific progress, alienation, nature vs. nurture, innocence and guilt, and much else.
9th Theology
  • We continue to have a great time in theology, going as deeply as we can into the many doctrines covered in the Westminster Confession. This week’s special focus was on justification, an incredibly important topic today in light of the New Perspective on Paul.
10th History
  • We greatly enjoyed our study of the history of the Hebrew people and can’t wait to get started on the ancient Greeks!
10th Literature
  • We loved the Iliad and had many outstanding discussions on such themes as kleos and tragedy and on the development (or lack thereof) of the epic’s many characters.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • This week we examined the rise of logic and the birth of analytic philosophy.
12th History
  • We continue our march through history, this week covering the many figures of the Enlightenment, including the philosophes and several important women intellectuals.
12th Literature
  • Emma continues to delight us, though the title character irritates us more frequently than not; and we have noted with interest how Frank’s charms have beguiled every student who has not previously read the novel.

 

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week we finished our lessons on chemical bonding and had the second test of Q2. 
  • Next week we will discuss oxidation numbers and how compounds are named. 

 

Miss Oldham

8th Grade Omnibus
  • We are finishing Dante’s Inferno with an art project and an essay. The students have been working hard on this and are excited to share what they have been doing. The final exam has been posted on the Google calendar. 
11th Grade Literature
  • We are reading Machiavelli’s The Prince and learning how not to rule a country. The final exam has been posted on the Google calendar. 
11th Grade History
  • In conjunction with Literature class, the students are exploring one historical leader who emulates Machiavelli’s leadership style. This is a large essay that will take them some time to work on, so I would encourage your students to get a head start! The final exam has been posted on the Google calendar. 
7th Latin
  • We worked on Roman numerals, cardinal numbers, and ordinal numbers. They are able to count in Latin! The final exam has been posted on the Google calendar. 
8th Latin
  • We got our new books this week! The students are excited to work in them and learn what more Latin has to offer. The final exam has been posted on the Google calendar. 

 

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • This week we began our final charcoal pieces.  We are working on famous architecture. These are going to be great!
8th Art
  • This week we finished up our small scale studies of charcoal landscapes.
9th Spanish 
  •  This week we took a quiz on family words from Chapter 3.  We also conjugated our first two irregular verbs “tener” and “venir.”  We worked on some sentence translation as well as reviewed past concepts.  

 

10th/11th Spanish

  • This week we finished up Chapter 8 and began the next chapter with new vocabulary.  We worked on pronunciation of these words as well. We also conjugated five new irregular verbs in the preterite.

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we worked with roots and exponents. We have a test next Monday.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we worked with polynomials. We have a test next Monday.
10th Algebra II
  • This week we reviewed and took a test. We also worked with Rate Unit Conversions and more Fractional Exponents.
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we reviewed how to use shorter truth tables to determine the consistency and equivalency of propositions. We also took a test.
12th Systematic Theology
  • This week we spent time learning about the Trinity and began preparing for our position papers.

 

Mr. Davis

7th and 8th Grade Choir
  • This week the students worked on Christmas Carols for the Downtown Christmas caroling event. 
7th Grade Logic
  • This week the students worked on reviewing, memorizing and applying the 14 logical fallacies we have studied so far. 
8th Grade Logic
  • This week the students continued their study in syllogisms. 

 

Advanced P.E.

  • This week the students worked on upper and lower body muscle development. 

 

Ms. Hutchison

 

7th Grade Forum
  • 7th grade students began learning 2 Timothy 2:23-25 this week.  We learned about the history of the carol, Joy to the World, and continued practicing carols for our Bradford Caroling events.  Students are working furiously at adding to their List of Blessings.  At last count, I heard of one student in our class who is up to 545!!  
7th Grade Omnibus
  • History:  Our class is looking closely at the history of Israel after the time of the Judges.  We learned about Samuel and the first king of Israel, Saul, and discussed the reasons for his fall.  Our students have been challenged with the idea that God is pleased with obedience more than sacrifice, and that He always looks within a person, at his/her heart, and not at the outward appearance.
  • Literature:  7th graders concluded their reading of The Theban Trilogy this week and submitted excellent essays on the question of why bad things happen to good people.  Our study of Sophocles’ plays will finish up with a test on Monday.  
9th Grade Biology
  • 9th grade General Biology students submitted their first Formal Lab Reports this week on the subject of osmosis and diffusion.  This report finalized a week long study of osmosis and lead to some important discoveries. Our unit of study on the “Chemistry of Life” wraps up on Monday with a Module Test covering chemistry topics that are foundational to our understanding of Biology.
Honors Biology
  • Honors Biology students concluded an introductory unit on Cell Metabolism, which will lay the foundation for an in-depth look at photosynthesis and cellular respiration after the Thanksgiving Break.  They will be taking a unit test on Cellular Energetics and Metabolism on Monday.
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