VOLUME XIV, ISSUE 21
JANUARY 14, 2022
FROM THE OFFICE
- Used Uniform Sale: Reserve your slot if you haven’t already (see link in email).
- Donations for used uniform sale? You may send them in now! (Please bring them to the main campus.)
- Water bottles: Just a reminder that students should bring their own water bottles. We are limiting the use of water fountains to just refilling water bottles. If your student forgets to bring it, you can expect a text from the teacher to drop one off. Teachers encourage even our youngest students to take responsibility for this themselves!
- Financial Aid applications: Please fill them out by 2/1 to be considered in first round of awards
- Monday, 1/17 – No school – MLK day
- Friday, 1/21 – Spelling bee (4th – 8th grades), 12:30, Main Campus auditorium
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- Tues, 1/24 – Used Uniform Sale
- Fri, 1/28 –
- Hot Lunch
- Classic Film Club (upper school)
- Tues, 2/1 – Deadline for Financial Aid applications (to be considered in first round of awards)
- Tues, 2/15 – Deadline for:
- changing payment plan for 22/23 school year, if desired
- letting the office know in writing if your child will not return for 22/23 school year
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)
- This week TK learned about John the Baptist.
- TK students also began memorizing Proverbs 3:5-6.
- Students enjoyed making a snowstorm in a jar! By mixing a few common ingredients they were able to create a beautiful storm they could control.
- We will continue to study weather over the next few weeks.
- This week TK students focused on identifying and writing letters S and J.
- Students continued practice with onset-Rime, word families, and compound words.
- Students enjoyed playing in classroom snow again and making letters with the snow.
- Students continued playing store by reading price tags and paying for items using pennies up to 10 cents.
- Students copied and identified patterns using linking cubes.
- Students enjoyed comparing objects by mass this week. There were mysterious items hidden inside identical containers. They learned to monitor the scales to predict which container would be the heaviest or the lightest.
Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)
K – 5th
- This week the students worked on basketball drills that included dribbling, passing and shooting.
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- This week in music, students continued to work on the vocal warm-up, “Many Mumbling Mice”. Students learned the meaning of the musical term “Tempo” and practiced the songs, “Rise and Shine” and “Head and Shoulders” with fast and slow speeds. Students also worked on “Lo In The Grave He Lay”. Fourth and fifth grade students tried adding beginning harmony to the hymn. Third grade worked on pages 8-9 for recorder and have a test this coming Tuesday 1/18/22 on one of the exercises on page 8-9. Fourth and fifth grade students did a great job with their recorder test on “Juba”.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)
- This week our students had their very own store! We priced grocery store items and practiced adding two digits numbers. Each student was able to be a customer and a cashier. Everyone had a great time! In science, we are continuing our study of the solar system. We sculpted animals, bowls and plates in art. We also had our second spelling test. The big news of the week is that we had gold, silver and bronze medalists in our first ever Handwriting Olympics! We have been really emphasizing neat handwriting in whatever they do. They are starting the third quarter off in great shape!
- Romans 11:33
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- Our first grade students are chugging right along! In math, we are now doing subtraction worksheets. We are also learning about telling time with a.m. and p.m. In phonics, we are putting more vowel sounds together and forging ahead with reading longer and longer words. In history, we are still studying the Colonial period and are on a true adventure with a young Dutch boy living on the frontier in New York. In grammar, we are doing more work with complete sentences. In art we worked on a watercolor piece inspired by the featured artist Winslow Homer. We used the shapes of a trapezoid and triangles to create the boat. Finally, in science, we are studying the three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. Please check the Google Classroom for the song we use to remember how solids, liquids and gasses relate to each other.
- Jeremiah 9:23-24
- Rodeo Round-Up! January 26th
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- We have continued our reading of Owls in the Family this week, and students have loved reading the story of Billy and his pet owls Wol and Weeps. In history we are taking a break from the Bible to study what was going on in Egypt in the time period between Genesis and Exodus. This week the students learned about the Second Intermediate Period, which is one of the weaker times in Egyptian history. Battles for power and ineffective leadership meant very little progress was made for several hundred years. In preparation for our upcoming Mummification project we conducted a science experiment to learn about how the ancient Egyptians preserved bodies. We covered apple slices with various minerals to see which one will best keep the apple from rotting. Next week we will dig the apples out to discover the results. In Latin, we have learned four new animals, and students have worked to make flash cards for some of the words we have learned recently.
- Hebrews 11:4-5
- 1/17 – NO SCHOOL – MLK Jr. Day
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- This week in Latin, we learned two types of sentence patterns: sentence pattern A and B. Learning another language helps broaden our understanding of our own language and give us a bigger picture of the world around us. Students spent time making equivalent fractions and naming perpendicular and parallel lines. We discovered properties of molecules by conducting experiments and using our senses to make observations. We continued our use of shading and highlights to create images that look three dimensional. Students continue to practice writing stories using the Story Sequence Chart, and will begin work on their original stories next week.
- Psalm 19: 5-6
- Science test over the Study Guide next Friday.
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- We have completed a busy learning week. We parsed and translated many new sentence patterns in Latin this week. The students enjoyed working with new vocabulary to complete Latin stories. We enjoyed reading chapters 1-4 in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. We are completing a wonderful unit book with our study and the students learned new vocabulary, completed comprehension exercises and created many fun project choices with watercolors, drawings, and journal entries. We even enjoyed LLW drama this week! Math focused on area “squaria” and adding and subtracting with decimals. Our science focus was glaciers and icebergs. We enjoyed a fun activity squishing our snow in a cup to create icebergs! We ended our week with our class spelling bee. I am proud of how well the entire class studied. Great job 4th grade!
- Matthew 5: 10-12
- Spelling Bee
5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt)
- This week students enjoyed learning about the 13 Colonies and the goods they traded with England. We learned to multiply and divide mixed numbers and continued our work with prime numbers through factoring. In science we learned about the periodic table and how the elements are arranged. Students are becoming proficient Latin sentence translators as well.
- We will be putting our finishing touches on our writing pieces for the Burlington Writers Club. We will also have a spelling bee next week!
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
- We are wrapping up our consideration of Work and Energy. Our next topic will be Momentum.
- The class is acclimating to using radian measure instead of degrees as we begin our introductory look at trigonometric functions. This will help us make use of the cyclical nature of trig functions instead of restricting them only to triangles.
- We’re midway through our study of accumulation functions. We are learning to connect integrals to what we already know about derivatives. Next we will be learning some basic integration techniques.
6th -10th PE
- This week the students played basketball in the Old Mebane Rec Gym that is across the street from First Baptist.
6th Grade Science:
- Our focus this week was the history of Cell Theory, which serves as the foundation for all of biology. It was eye-opening to see how many hundreds of years of study it took to establish the basics of the Cell Theory and how this one theory has affected our understanding of life on earth.
- Upcoming: The students have received the instructions for their 3rd Quarter project – a 3D cell model, which will be due on February 25th.
6th Grade Math:
- This week the students practiced making calculations using ratios and proportions.
7th Grade Science:
- Our focus this week has been the history of the geocentric and heliocentric models of the universe. This study has been instructive in the dangers of dogmatism in science and the role of observation and experimentation in developing scientific models.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra:
- We took a break from our regular lessons this week to practice data analysis with stem-and-leaf plots, box-and-whiskers plots, and histograms.
8th Grade Science:
- We had fun this week investigating the properties of solids, liquids, and gases with some entertaining experiments, including piling up water droplets on pennies and making non-Newtonian fluids with cornstarch and water.
8th Grade Algebra I:
- This week, we learned how to evaluate polynomial expressions, including adding like terms and multiplying polynomials using the FOIL method.
9th Grade Biology:
- We have started our study of cell biology with an introduction to the 11 basic functions accomplished by cellular organelles, as well as a review of all basic cellular structures.
- This week we are learning how the Western church took some distinctive theological positions through the work of Augustine.
- We are beginning our semester with a unit on the Romantic poets.
- Our focus so far has been on the Enlightenment and its subsequent influence on Western culture.
- Our first work of the new quarter is Aristotle’s Poetics, the first full-length work of literary criticism in the Western world.
- We are re-examining Greek history this quarter, starting with the Mycenaean and Minoan civilizations.
- We have begun our semester of apologetics. We are greatly looking forward to learning how to become more able defenders of the faith.
- At last, we began the orchestra unit, where students are learning to recognize instruments by sight and sound, and learn where (and why) they are seated in a certain place in the orchestra.
- In performance, we began preparing our ensemble pieces in earnest for a performance at the end of this quarter.
- Seventh graders completed their study of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, and were stunned at the thematic transformation of the idée fixe in the fifth movement.
- In performance, students were excited to continue working on ensemble pieces. A few pieces were added and a few removed, but all students are now excited and eager to recommence their practice. We are planning for a performance at the end of this quarter.
- Eighth graders did an amazing job completing the circle of fifths, including relative minor keys. Now, they are able to name the key (and play the tonic chord on the piano!) of any given key signature–a monumental step in any theory class! Great job, students!
- In performance, students were excited to pick their ensemble pieces! This quarter, we will focus on mixed ensembles of piano, woodwinds, and voice. We are hopeful for a performance at the end of this quarter.
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
- We began this semester with a study of the incredible piano oeuvre of Franz Liszt, after which we began our next chapter, Romantic opera in the 19th century, with operas by Rossini, Donizzeti, and Bellini.
6th Language Arts
- We’re about half-way through The Call of the Wild. While we’ve put some time into vocabulary and themes, we are getting to ready to introduce one of the big questions we have to ask whenever we read Jack London: “London’s books always include some allusion to the issues of civilization vs. barbarism, a return to nature, the natural/instinctual vs. the artificial/trained. London clearly believes that the way to be happy and at peace with oneself is to return to our primitive roots and live as close to the land, in as “natural” a state as possible. Is he right?”
- They are also working on an essay comparing Buck and Spitz (from TCOTW). Right now the plan is for it to be due a week from next Thursday (1/27).
- This week we studied The Age of Industry. They got the basics of machines replacing a lot of human labor, and the migration of laborers from the countryside to cities. An interesting topic to discuss at home might be that of interchangeable parts– we didn’t spend time on that, but I’m sure you could point to a host of things around your home that reflect this ingenious development– the humble lightbulb, for example.
7th Grade Omnibus
- Most of this week has been spent in Herodotus, Old Testament History, and essay writing. We are studying the conflicts between the Greeks and the Persians, the Greeks and other Greeks, and learning to build context around our topics in our essays. It has been fun to connect the events described by Herodotus with those recorded by the Old Testament historians. In forum/Bible, we will soon begin a unit on the untamable tongue.
- We’ve been working on Fallacies of Composition, and there’s a quiz next Wednesday. (These types of fallacies refer to the relation of a part to the whole, or of a whole to the part. If the down pillow is heavy, is it reasonable to assume that the individual feathers inside it are also heavy? I love Bath and Body’s Fuschia scented body spray, therefore I will love all scents created by Bath and Body. False.)
- This week in Logic was fairly frustrating, I think. The author of the textbook told us it was supposed to be, so I suppose we succeeded- lol. We spent a great deal of time using counterexamples to identify valid and invalid syllogism forms– but we found it time-consuming and inexact. The good news is that we should all have a good grasp on syllogism terminology now, and the next lesson promises to introduce a much more efficient and reliable method for testing syllogism forms.
- This week we began a section on common calculations in chemistry, starting with the mole and conversions between number of atoms and moles and grams.
- Next week we will talk about percent composition and elemental analysis.
12th Systematic Theology
- This week, we embarked on another wondrous theological journey by delving into the doctrine of the Person of Christ.
12th Grade Literature
- We have begun The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and looking at what is often considered the Great American novel.
12th Grade History
- We are picking up with America’s entry into World War 1 and a new history research project.
11th Grade Literature
- We have begun The Great Divorce and looking at the theological issues Lewis brings to our attention.
11th Grade History
- We are picking up with colonization of the New World and a new history research project.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students were assigned their first speech of the semester. The timeline for writing these has become much shorter and I hope to have students get comfortable speaking in front of large audiences.
12th Rhetoric II
- Students are working on edits and rewrites this quarter. They peer edited each other’s papers during IST week and are now meeting with me for paper conferences as well. Mentors have been notified about this quarter’s schedule, too. Please continue to be in prayer for these students because this year is flying by and sooner than we would like, oral defenses will be upon them! Go ahead and block off the week of May 23rd for final oral defenses.
- This week we took our artist of the quarter quiz. We also worked on our Homer-inspired pencil drawings by working through various pencil techniques.
- This week we took our artist of the quarter quiz and began our Homer-inspired watercolor paintings.
- This week we took our artist of the quarter quiz and began our small study oil pastel drawings.
- This week we reviewed past verbs and vocabulary. We added new vocabulary as well as worked on conjugating irregular, stem-changing verbs.
- This week we reviewed past verbs and vocabulary. We added new vocabulary and began working with the imperfect tense.
- This week we began our journey into proofs.
- This week we reviewed material from last semester as we begin moving forward into the new semester.
10th Algebra II
- This week we reviewed unit conversions and then figured out the atomic weight percentages of elements found within compounds.
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week we reviewed last semester’s key concepts and vocab in preparation of moving into the new material for the semester.
This week we began with world trivia and learning how to read a map.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: We finished learning about the beginning and growth of the Islamic empire, and then began our next chapter about the European civilization that emerged between 750 and 1000.
- Literature: Students have been doing an excellent job with their reading and understanding of The Two Towers. We have read about the Battle of Helm’s Deep, the destruction of Isengard, and the deception of Saruman. The students have been more deeply exploring several topics from the book and continue to work on their journals and commonplace books.
- Composition: After reading some inspiring examples of short stories, the students began brainstorming, outlining, and writing their own short stories.
6th Grade Latin
- Sixth graders reviewed adjectives and linking verbs in preparation for the test they took on Friday!
7th Grade Latin
- In seventh grade Latin, students continued learning irregular verbs and began to use some of these verbs as part of complementary infinitives.
8th Grade Latin
- Eighth graders learned about several new ablative and accusative constructions concerning time.
6th Grade Logic
- Sixth graders learned about the either/or fallacy otherwise called the false dilemma – being forced to choose between two options when a third option also exists. Ask your students to give you an example!