BB 01-13-2023




Jan 13, 2023



A few reminders and tips:

  • Immunization requirements: Students entering K, 7th, and 12th grades are required by the state of NC to provide updated records before the first day of the 23/24 school year.  If you go ahead and schedule their appointments, then submit the updated records to TADS (or school office) right away, it will alleviate some stress during the summer.
  • Spelling Bee:  4th – 8th graders:  Be sure to study for the spelling bee!  The top 4 spellers from each class will proceed to the school spelling bee which is scheduled for Friday, 1/27 at 12:30pm.
  • Uniforms:  We are seeing some students out of uniform.  Remember, all clothing pieces should come from the Bradford Academy catalog on French Toast (or for upper school, the specific items from Schoolbelles).  There are many items that French Toast offers that are not permitted at school as they are not part of our dress code.
    • Boys oxford shirts should be button-down.
    • No navy.  
    • Friday shoes should be dress shoes only.  Not sneakers or boots.
    • Girls’ socks should be black.
    • All students should have their sweaters on Fridays in the 2nd and 3rd quarters.  (11th and 12th graders should have their blazers; sweater is optional)
    • The only layers allowed in the classroom are the black quarter zip sweatshirts or the black fleece full zip jackets – both are from French Toast.



  • Mon, 1/16 – NO SCHOOL – MLK day
  • Tues, 1/17 – JV and V boys basketball games – AWAY 
  • Fri, 1/20 – V girls and boys basketball games – AWAY



  • Mon, 1/23 –  MS Boys Basketball (3:30pm) – HOME 
  • Tues,  1/24 – Basketball Games: V Girls (2:15pm) and V Boys (3:30pm) – HOME
  • Thurs, 1/26 – HOT LUNCH
  • Fri, 1/27 – 
    • K and 1st grade – 100th day Rodeo Roundup (if no weather-related closures before then)
    • 12:30 – Spelling bee – 4th – 8th grades at lower school campus
  • Fri,  2/3 – Basketball Games – HOME (times TBA)
  • Thurs, 2/9 –  V Boys Basketball (3:30pm) – HOME – SENIOR NIGHT ceremony immediately following the game
  • Fri, 2/10 – HOT LUNCH
  • Fri, 2/17 – Teacher workday – NO SCHOOL
  • Mon, 2/20 – Presidents day – NO SCHOOL 
  • Fri, 2/24 – HOT LUNCH
  • Tues, 3/14 – Pi day 
  • Fri, 3/17 – End of 3rd Q – Report cards
  • 3/20 – 3/24 – SPRING BREAK





Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Rich and Mrs. Grubb)

We had a wonderful week in TK learning new math concepts and studying letters J and S. It is always so fun to see what the students bring in for show and tell that begin with our letters of the week. In math, we practiced paying for items using pennies in our pretend classroom store. We also made patterns using linking cubes and compared the weight of various containers. We read the story of John the Baptist this week and learned that although he was an unusual man, God used him in a very important way to prepare the way for Jesus. TK also played in some pretend snow this week! We used the snow to write in and practiced writing letters we have learned so far. Next week our letters of the week will be D and P and we will read about how Jesus chooses his disciples. 

Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)

K – 5th
  • Students worked on several hand/eye coordination exercises this week in PE. We played the game “Four Corners” and  started our “Kickball” unit by completing a few drills. 

Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)

  • Kindergarten, First and Second grade students continued working on our first hymn of the quarter, “Be Thou My Vision”. Students worked on hearing and matching pitches for the first verse of the hymn. Students then continued with the Listening Activity that we started last week. Students did a great job finishing their pictures of what the hymn, “Be Thou My Vision” made them think of. 
  • Third grade continued with the lesson we started last week on how to begin  reading music. Students practiced counting several different rhythm lines.  Students then learned how to sit correctly to play their recorder, how to breathe, how to articulate, where to put their hands and fingers, and how to play their very first note (B). 
  • Students completed a written test this week in music on labeling pitches, labeling terminology, and counting rhythm lines. Students have been asked to practice at least three times, for ten minutes,  before our next Music Class on Thursday 1/19. Students should review the exercises on pages 8-11 during their practice. Students are making great progress and practice will increase the rate at which we can improve.  


Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)

  • This week we began working on a mixed media Monet inspired project.  We will be making lily pads on Monet’s famous pond.  Excited to see how these turn out!
  • This week we began working on a mixed media Monet inspired project.  We will be making lily pads on Monet’s famous pond.  Excited to see how these turn out!
  • This week we began working on a Monet inspired project.  We will be using watercolor to complete this project.  Excited to see how this project turns out!

Kindergarten (Miss Burdeshaw and Mrs. Rivera)

This Week: In math, our kindergarteners learned how to draw a line segment using a ruler, subtracting two from a number, sorting common objects, counting by fives, and tally marks. They also practiced writing the date and day of the week on  their papers. In spelling, we started a new ten word list and began a new book “The Rig Ran On.” In science, we discussed the phases of the moon and learned the planet song. We are excited that our Rodeo Roundup will be  taking place on January 27th, to celebrate 100 days in school! 

Memory Work: John 3:16 and review


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

This Week
  •  In 1st Grade, the students have been enjoying a number of activities and discoveries. Our math curriculum has taken us into the world of subtraction, which has been very exciting for the children. In reading/phonics, the students have been learning about the  sounds “igh”, “ie”, “dge”, and “wr“. Grammar has been a major area of study this week. The students are learning about what makes a sentence correct and complete along with the use of correct punctuation. In history, we have completed our book on Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims. In Science we are excited to be studying the American Robin and reciting the scientific method. We even learned a little song to help us remember. Finally, in art, the boys and girls worked with water colors to replicate a painting by Monet.  We can’t wait to send them home so you can all see what a great job they have done!
Memory Work: 
  • Jeremiah 9:23-24 (this week)
  • All verse review  (next week)
  • Rodeo Roundup Friday, January 27


2nd Grade (Mrs. Hedgecock & Mrs. Eng)

This Week

Who knew prepositions could be so fun? Second graders are having a great time writing prepositions and finding them as they read. We are still enjoying Sarah, Plain and Tall and strongly hoping, like Anna and Caleb, that Sarah will stay! Like Sarah, we began writing letters to introduce ourselves to new people, American soldiers. Our focus in science this week was on landforms of earth, and we enjoyed viewing many examples around the world. We learned that Jacob had a very full family tree and now better understand the 12 Tribes of Israel a bit better now. In math class, we rounded numbers to the nearest hundred and compared fractions, and in art, we enjoyed creating our own replicas of Monet’s water lily pond.

Memory Work: 
  • Hebrews 11: 4-5 (this week)
  • Hebrews 11: 6-7 (next week)


3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)

This Week
  • This week students learned about three influential Greek philosophers, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. These men were known for their love of learning.  Although Aristotle was one of the greatest philosophers that ever lived, he  did not always come to the right conclusions. For over 2,000 years, people followed his theory of a fifth element, which he believed made up the heavenly bodies, could turn metal into gold, cure diseases, and give immortality. The pursuit of this element was known as alchemy. Then in 1627, Robert Boyle proposed a definition of an element that changed the way we see the world around us. Ask your students what that definition is and while you are at it, ask them how the Socratic method works! In math, we named shapes, angles, and lines, and used symbols to express when lines are parallel or perpendicular. In Latin, we introduced the imperfect tense endings and  began parsing Latin verbs. Students continue to practice writing stories using the Story Sequence Chart, and we are utilizing key story elements such as plot, character, setting, conflict, and resolution. These tools will help your students when they submit their own stories to the Burlington Writers Club contest later this month. . Despite the difficult challenges we faced as we pursued truth and knowledge, we were able to rejoice knowing that “the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” 
Memory Work: 
  • Psalm 19: 5-6
  • All verse review  (next week)
  • Burlington Writers Contest submissions need to be typed by 1/23

4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Mrs. Lawson) 

This Week
  •  We had a wonderful week!  We started our Ocean Study in Earth Science rich with vocabulary words related to swimmers and non swimmers that call the ocean their home.  Two digit division and three digit multiplication were introduced in math class and we will continue to work on these two concepts next week.  We are continuing to learn Latin numbers with a study of Roman Numerals and discovered a new sentence pattern adding an indirect object in English.  We finished our week studying King Richard the Lionhearted and King John of England signing the Magna Carta.  

5th Grade (Mrs. Owens) 

This Week

This week the students are studying different areas where Parliament has acted unjustly towards the colonies.  We dove into the Stamp Act, the Quartering Act, and the Tea Tax.  In keeping with the time period we are studying, we have continued to learn more about George Washington and his trek through the wilderness to deliver a message to the French Commander in our book Duel in the Wilderness.  This week in math we have worked with mixed numbers, improper fractions, and prime factorization.  Lastly, we kicked off our new Science topic for the quarter, Astrology.  We studied a few key individuals who developed two different models of the universe.  Ask your student if they can tell you the difference between the Geocentric model and the Heliocentric model.

Memory Work:

  • Proverbs 15:1-2; 4 (this week)
  • Philippians 2:1-2 (next week)
  • Creative Writing Story Final Draft Due: Monday, January 23rd
  • Class Spelling Bee: Wednesday, January 25th
  • School Spelling Bee: Friday, January 27th 




Mrs. Bennington

6th-8th Band
  • Students received their second practice record for the quarter to start documenting weekly practice and assignments.  We discussed the importance of at-home practice and the expectations for effective practice. Practice records need to be turned in every Tuesday for a grade. We spent a lot of time this week reviewing all of the concepts and material that we have learned so far. We broke into groups to better assist each section with trouble spots.  Students completed a test this past Tuesday on material that each small group was responsible for. Students did very well on their tests!

Mrs. Sarah Johnston

6th-8th Choir
  • It was a joy to meet the students formally this week and begin to discover their talents. We revisited and solidified our understanding of using Solfeggio in music (Do, Re, Mi, etc). We also spent time learning about breathing and listening together to better sing together. Next week we will be further practicing these concepts as we learn some new songs!

Miss Stevenson

6th-8th Girls’ PE
  • The middle school girls went bowling on Monday and started learning how to play handball on Wednesday this week.
6th Reading and Literature
  • This week we continued working our way through a biography about Eric Liddell.
6th Grammar and Writing
  • We are beginning to work on how to write a compare/contrast essay. Since we just finished reading through the four Gospels in Bible class, I am asking students to either analyze the similarities and differences between two or more Gospels or to focus on one account from across the four books (ie. compare/contrast the books’ accounts of Peter’s denial of Christ). The final draft will be due on Thursday, February 16. 
6th Bible
  • This week we finished reading through the Gospel of John and are now starting on the book of Acts. 
6th History
  • This week we looked at the Emergence of Black Leadership in the South after the Civil War. We are specifically focusing on the work of Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver.
6th Science
  • This week we discussed hierarchical organization in living things.
6th Logic
  • We took a Logic test this week and started studying statistical fallacies. 

Mrs. Frueh

6th Grade Math
  • The students are learning to use exponent rules to simplify exponential expressions. This week, they learned the meaning of a zero exponent and a negative exponent. They also learned to apply negative exponents in order to write extremely small numbers in scientific notation.

Mrs. Palmer 

6th Art
  • We started working this week on a Monet inspired oil pastel.  This has been a challenge for some due to the fact that so often in projects we focus on honing in details.  Inspired by the Impressionist masters, we are instead creating short brushstrokes and strong colors in a “looser” style.  They are getting it!

Ms. Windes 

6th Latin
  • We practiced more translations, reviewed a new set of vocabulary, learned about adjectives in Latin, and continued to practice using indirect objects.

Mrs. Crotts

7th Grammar and Writing

Participants in the upcoming Burlington Writers Club Contest continued work on their writings.  Also, the class practiced for the upcoming spelling bee–teacher and student learned new words and their meanings!!  We plan to complete the week with identifying the opening/body/conclusion of Paul’s epistle, Romans.

7th Grade Omnibus
  • The class completed an activity packet introducing Ancient Roman significant people and facts.  
  • We discussed and viewed where Ancient Rome stood in history’s timeline.  Also, we viewed a brief video highlighting Virgil’s epic poem, Aeneid.  
  • Finally, students completed reading the New Testament book of the Bible–Romans.
7th Logic

We dusted off and cracked open logic workbooks to read and complete activity pages in Chapter 3 and 4.

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science
  • This week we learned about the different materials ejected during a volcanic eruption. We learned some of the history behind the eruptions of Mt. Vesuvius and Mt. St. Helen’s. We also discussed the recent eruption of Mauna Loa. We discussed how much of the geologic data collected during and after volcanic eruptions supports the theory of catastrophism.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
  • We put our knowledge of ratios and proportions to work solving problems involving changes in rate, similar triangles and unit prices. All of these are practical applications of math that we experience in our everyday lives.

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • We started working this week on a Monet inspired oil pastel.  This has been a challenge for some due to the fact that so often in projects we focus on honing in details.  Inspired by the Impressionist masters, we are instead creating short brushstrokes and strong colors in a “looser” style.  They are getting it!

Ms. Windes 

7th Latin
  • 7th graders learned about a new set of adjectives – third declension adjectives which come in three types. We reviewed our third declension endings and practiced declining our new set of adjectives. 


Miss Windes

8th Grade Omnibus
  • History: In history, we learned about the peasants and serfs that made up the village life on a manor, learned about what was going on in the Byzantine and Muslim empires during the early middle ages, and the new agricultural methods that ended up bringing much population growth during the high middle ages. Students each chose a different topic for a history research project that will culminate in a presentation for their class. 
  • Literature: In literature, we continue reading through The Two Towers, discussing the deceptions of Saruman, the leadership of Theoden, and the steadfast jollity of the hobbits. 
  • Composition: The students continue working on their creative writing short stories, which is a nice break from their essays. They are doing an excellent job using the parts of a story arc to create an engaging and meaningful story. 
8th Grade Latin
  • Eighth graders learned about appositives both in English and in Latin, practicing more uses of the accusative and nominative case. We took our vocabulary quiz and are beginning to review for the National Latin Exam, which the students will take in March. 

Mrs. Frueh

8th Grade Science
  • The students are all hard at work on their self-propelled vehicles. Their vehicles should be complete and ready for testing by January 31st. This week we also learned how to read Distance vs. Time graphs and Speed vs. Time graphs. 
8th Grade Algebra I
  • Last semester, we learned to solve systems of equations using substitution. This week we learned to solve these same types of problems using the method of elimination. The students are learning to discern when each method is best applied. We also practiced simplifying radical expressions.

Mrs. Palmer 

8th Art
  • We started working this week on a Monet inspired oil pastel.  This has been a challenge for some due to the fact that so often in projects we focus on honing in details.  Inspired by the Impressionist masters we are instead creating short brushstrokes and strong colors in a “looser” style.  They are getting it!





  • Juniors have their PSAT scores back now! They should sign up for the SAT and/or ACT (preferably both, but could pick one) this spring and block out some significant time studying for whichever test they plan to take
    • We will have Fun Fridays to study for the SAT/ACT every Friday afternoon from 3pm-4pm during January and February – these are optional but highly recommended! We start today! 
    • Sign up for the SAT in March (March 11), the ACT in April (April 15), or both! 
  • I am continuing to work on setting up an NC State visit – this will most likely be in mid February, on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Parents are welcome to join their students, and I will let you know the date as soon as possible! 
  • This continues to be prime time for building their college list, visiting colleges, and exploring options; consider planning to visit a college or two over spring break. As always, if students want to discuss options with me, they are welcome to stop by! 


Mrs. Fairchild

9th Advanced Art 
  • We began studying our latest Artist of the Quarter, Claude Monet.  Be sure to ask your student about Monet’s early life as a student and how he pursued his education.  Next week we will finish learning about his life and study his techniques more deeply as we analyze his work.

Mrs. Palmer 

9th Spanish 
  • We worked thoroughly this week on review in both grammar and vocabulary.  Please encourage your student to look over their vocabulary and study their prepositions in preparation for next week’s quiz!

Mr. Crotts

9th Logic
  • We had our first class meeting for the new year and reviewed concepts from lessons 1-15

Dr. James

9th Geometry
  • This week we looked at different ways to prove congruency of triangles.
  • Next week we will look at ways to prove inequality of triangles and angles.

Mrs. Hicks

9th Biology
  • This week we started on our unit about Molecular Biology. We will continue next week!

Dr. Smith

9th Theology
  • We have begun to take a look at the medieval time period, which historians generally date between 400-1000 a. d. This is the time that the Roman Empire began to collapse, even while the empire was united to the church through the emperor Constantine’s edict to make Christianity the official religion. During the next few days we will be looking at how the church’s relationship to the civil government affected people’s understanding of the relationship between the supernatural and natural, faith and reason and theology and philosophy. While for centuries people regarded these pairs as nearly indistinguishable, or dissolved into each other, our students will learn how they began to be regarded and treated by some as disconnected.     

Mrs. Crotts

9th Grade Literature

After completing IST (Intensive Short Term), students were tasked with writing a brief opinion paper on “Rubik’s Cubes! Love or Hate?”

Also, we discussed history in the 1800’s in America to learn about how what was occurring was affected by or affected literature; books & authors overviewed–Uncle Tom’s Cabin (slavery/Civil War), Tom Sawyer, Little Women (transcendentalism), etc.

Coach Johnston

9th History
  • We are learning about Europe’s Industrial Revolution. Students turned in a short research paper this week on an invention/advancement from the 19th century. We are also looking at major events in America’s Antebellum Era. The Missouri Compromise was an important internal decision regarding the expansion of slavery, while the Monroe Doctrine was an important foreign policy decision regarding European interference in the American continents.

Mrs. Byrd

10th Algebra II
  • We’re learning how to use our calculators to do operations in scientific notation, irregular exponents, and irregular radicals.  We also learned to derive the quadratic formula and use it to solve quadratic equations.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • This week we have begun examining the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament. These are the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, and Job. Presently, we are in the book of Proverbs learning about the wisdom God has given us. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” Proverbs 9:10
  • Students will be assigned a book analysis project for this quarter.
  • New memory verse: Proverbs 2:6-7

Mrs. Crotts

10th Grade Literature
  • After completing IST (Intensive Short Term), students were tasked with writing a brief opinion paper on “Rubik’s Cubes! Love or Hate?”
  • Also, students began listing Greek gods and their Roman names–they could simply make a list or make a “tree” to prep for a quiz.  We watched a brief video on the Greek and Roman gods.
  • We will look at Mythologies, by E. Hamilton next.

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week the students worked problems converting between grams, moles, and atoms.  
  • Next week the students will apply this knowledge to real life situations chemists encounter, including percent composition problems.

Coach Johnston

10th History

Students have continued to read selections from Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War. We briefly reviewed note material on the Greek city-state of Sparta and have now begun to study its rival city, Athens.

10th PE

Students returned to their regular PE warm-up and workout rhythms this week and we have begun a new sports unit on Handball.

Miss Oldham

10th Rhetoric I
  • This week we began writing the first speech of the semester. Students will give a speech every Thursday for the rest of the year. 

Mrs. Palmer 

10th Spanish
  • This week students reviewed preterite endings as well as past vocabulary.  Students wrote sentences in preterite about what they did over break. We also added new vocabulary and a new grammar concept. 

Mrs. Byrd

11th Physics
  •  In our study of conservation of energy, we’re learning how to account for “wasted” energy in the form of friction.  We’re also learning to calculate power as a use of energy over time
11th Precalculus
  • We’ve begun our study of trig functions by learning about the cyclical nature of trig functions and being introduced to radian measure of angles.

Dr. James

11th Geography
  • This week the students were shown the difference between different types of maps, and they were introduced to geography software and Operation World materials we will use in the class.  
  • Next week the students will learn many geographical terms and formations.  They will also learn about major bodies of water and mountain ranges across the world 

Miss Oldham

11th Grade Literature
  • We began Lewis’s The Great Divorce, which is one of my favorite texts to walk through with the students. It has some tough ideas, so be sure to talk with your kids about this one! 

Dr. Smith

11th NT Greek
  • Students have done a review of the previous five chapters and are beginning chapter 15, that has them starting on learning Greek verbs. Much of this semester will be consumed with learning the various New Testament Greek verbs–their meanings, tenses and uses. 

Mr. Webster

11th Grade History
  • This week we have gone over the history of England beginning in the 11th century. Next week we will continue with kingship in England and the increase of power within the church. 

Mrs. Byrd

12th Calculus
  • Students began the second half of basic calculus, integrals, by learning to calculate a Riemann sum, translate it into summation notation, and then into integral notation.

Mrs. Hicks

12th Anatomy
  • This week we started our unit about blood. We even completed a blood typing activity. We will continue this unit next week!

Coach Johnston

12th History
  • Students are reading about Europe’s Industrial Revolution and we are discussing its impact on and expansion in America. We are also looking at major events in America’s Antebellum Era. The Missouri Compromise was an important internal decision regarding Western population movement, new inventions and the expansion of slavery. The Monroe Doctrine was an important foreign policy decision regarding European interference in the American continents.

Miss Oldham

12th Grade Literature
  • Students received an independent book project for this quarter and we will be doing some short stories to lead us into our next book. 
12th Grade Shakespeare Elective
  • We began Taming of the Shrew
12th Rhetoric II
  • Students wrapped up IST with a completed speech! The speeches are being peer edited and ought to be in the hands of mentors as well. Things are starting to pick up the pace for the seniors. Please keep them in your prayers that they finish this year out strong, having done everything for the glory of God.