BB 01-20-2023




Jan 20, 2023


  • K – 1st grade Rodeo Roundup:  Items are due by Monday, 1/23!  You can sign up here – there are a few items still needed.
  • HOT LUNCH:  Thurs, 1/26 – Place your order here!  Orders due by Tuesday at noon!  
  • Financial Aid Applications are open.  You may sign in to your TADS account to access the form.  It is a little different this year in that you will need to create an account.  Just follow their links and instructions.  We would advise you to complete the application by February 1st.  




  • Mon, 1/23 – HOME JH Boys basketball game (4pm)
  • Tues, 1/24 – HOME Varsity Girls and Boys basketball games (starts at 2:30pm)
  • Thurs, 1/26 – HOT LUNCH – Orders due by Monday at noon.
  • 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
    • 3:00 – 11th grade prep for SAT, etc.



  • Fri,  2/3 – Basketball Games – HOME- V girls (4:00), MS Boys (5:15), V Boys (6:30)
  • 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)

TK had a great week full of learning new things! We spent our week in math learning to distinguish patterns, making a matrix and playing the missing shape game, and introduced geoboards and geobands. Our letters this week were D and P. We practiced learning to write these the correct way and talk about the sounds these letters make all week. We enjoyed a fun center where we guessed whether items would float or sink. Then we put them in water to see if our predictions were correct. We have also enjoyed having Mrs. Bennington teach music on Thursdays. She has been teaching the TK students “Jesus Loves Me” with sign language motions. In Bible this week we read about Jesus being tempted by Satan and calling his 12 disciples. Next week we will talk about prayer and the Sermon on the Mount. 


Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)

K – 5th

  • Students worked on several hand/eye coordination exercises this week in PE. We also completed several relay races where students had to make sure they were following directions.  We continued with our “Kickball” unit by completing a few drills and starting a kickball game. 


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 and then added in the second verse. We also worked on some songs that might be heard at a campfire. The students really enjoyed these songs.


  • 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). We also learned how to play Exercise #1 on page 8 in our books.  


  • We went over the written test that students completed last week in music on labeling pitches, labeling terminology, and counting rhythm lines. We will be going back to review where our first five notes are on the staff and how to play songs with just “G, A, and B”. Students have been asked to practice at least three times, for ten minutes,  before our next Music Class on Thursday 1/26. Students should review the exercises on pages 8-9 during their practice. Learning to read music can be challenging at times. Hard work, focus, positive attitudes, and practice in class and at home will increase the rate at which we can continue to improve. 

Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)


  • We worked on our Monet inspired water lily pond this week!  Students worked on cutting and preparing their water lily that will be added to the pond we have created.  We talked about how Impressionists used short brushstrokes and bright colors in their works of art.


  • We worked on our Monet inspired water lily pond this week!  Students worked on cutting and preparing their water lily that will be added to the pond we have created.  We talked about how Impressionists used short brushstrokes and bright colors in their works of art.


  • Students worked on their Monet inspired watercolor paintings.  We talked about the proper water to paint ratio as well as color mixing this week. 

Kindergarten (Miss Burdeshaw and Mrs. Rivera)

This Week:

In math, our kindergartners learned how to add two-digit numbers by using dimes and pennies. They shopped at the Bradford Kindermart and used their coins to purchase grocery items. In spelling and phonics, we started another ten-word list and continued to work on the book “The Rig Ran On.” In art, we learned about the artist of the quarter, Monet, and the students had fun recreating his artwork with colored pencils. We read a beautiful picture book that introduced the students to some of Monet’s best-known paintings.  In science, we continued our unit on planets and discussed the characteristics of each planet.

Memory Work: Romans 11:33-36 and review

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

This Week
  • We were welcomed back from the MLK holiday with beautiful weather. Outside recess time is the best! In math students continue to progress and work with adding double-digit numbers and regrouping. Students were taught the Latin terms ante meridiem and post meridiem and are learning to apply these terms to distinguish between a.m. and p.m. when telling time. In grammar students are establishing proficiency in distinguishing between nouns, action verbs and pronouns in sentences. Next week in History,  we will say farewell to our in-depth study of the Pilgrims and Indians of the 1600’s.  Next week we will move forward into the 1700’s and the story of a young pioneer girl and her father. 
 Memory Work:  
  • Philippians 4:19-20
  • Rodeo Roundup- Friday, January 27

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

This Week: 

In math we are continuing to work with fractions, line graphs, estimating sums, and finding differences. We were sad to say goodbye to Sarah, Anna, Caleb, and Papa in reading, but we enjoyed our farewell party that included a movie and popcorn! Students have been challenging themselves to trace/draw and label the continents and oceans in science, and we are continuing to study the varied and beautiful landforms found on earth’s crust. Our water lily ponds created in imitation of Monet’s style of impressionism are coming along nicely. In history, we traveled back to Egypt for the Second Intermediate Period, but we are still working to memorize all 12 of Jacob’s sons through song. Speaking of memory, the children are off to a good start on memorizing the 11th chapter of Hebrews. We will review the first seven verses next week, so students should be prepared to recite all the verses next Friday.

Memory Work: 
  • Hebrews 11:6-7 (this week); Hebrews 11:1-7 review (next week)
  • Cumulative Latin Quiz 1/24 (chapters 1-14)


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

This Week
  • Through the story of Nehemiah and  his return to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls, we learned how you can accomplish anything when you align yourself with the will and plan of God. Only God can do the impossible. God allowed Nehemiah to not only win the favor of King Artaxerxes, but he financed his entire journey.  In Latin, we continued working with the imperfect tense, and they are gradually getting more proficient at parsing those verbs and nouns in order to translate. In grammar, we studied the various types of sentences such as simple sentences with compound subjects or verbs and compound sentences  to make our own writing more interesting for the reader. In math, students struggled through fractions, naming shapes, identifying parallel and perpendicular lines, and solving division problems, all challenging concepts.  Although we often face difficult challenges, we can learn from Nehemiah the importance of focusing on God who is our hope and strength. It is only then that we can rest as we take refuge in His unchanging love. 
Memory Work:
  • Philippians 2:1-2 (this week)
  • Philippians 2:3-4 (next week)
  • Final draft of creative writing story due Monday, January 23rd
  • Class Spelling Bee: Wednesday, January 25th
  • School Spelling Bee: Friday, January 27th 


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

This Week
  •  We had a wonderful week!  In our short week we worked on punctuation by adding quotation marks and more in depth study of indirect and direct objects.  We learned new vocabulary in Latin and focused on parsing and translating sentences.  In History we learned about Thomas Aquinas and how he used logic with God’s revelation in writing the Summa Theologica. Our main focus in IEW this week looked at adding rich vocabulary and adjectives to our writing.  Math was alive with a lot of new vocabulary as we practiced many probability problems.
  • Memory Verse: Matthew 5: 10-14


5th Grade (Mrs. Owens) 

This Week:  

This week our students have been working on punctuating quotes that are found at the beginning, end, and split up in sentences.  In history we studied the First Continental Congress and each student introduced us to one of the delegates that was present.  In Duel in the Wilderness, our character, George Washington, has made his way to the French fort and has begun to learn about their plans to take over the Ohio River Valley.  We are continuing to hone our skills in math with reviewing prime factorization, dividing mixed numbers and by looking at the difference of complementary and supplementary angles.  

Memory Work:
  • Philippians 2:1-2 (this week)
  • Philippians 2:3-4 (next week)
  • Final draft of creative writing story due Monday, January 23rd
  • Class Spelling Bee: Wednesday, January 25th
  • School Spelling Bee: Friday, January 27th 




Mrs. Bennington

6th-8th Band
  • Students received their third 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 on dynamics and how to play soft and loud. Students completed a test on 2.13 where they had to demonstrate their ability to play four dynamic levels.  Students did very well on their test!

Mrs. Sarah Johnston

6th-8th Choir
  • We had some fun applying Solfeggio to learning new music. Tuesday and today, the students sang beautiful three-part harmony in the hymn May the Mind of Christ. We are starting to learn Woodie Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land and next week will learn how to figure out a basic harmony when it is not provided.

Mr. Davis

6th -8th Boys’ PE
  • This week the students went bowling.

Miss Stevenson

6th-8th Girls’ PE
  • This week we worked on learning how to play handball.
6th Reading and Literature
  • We are continuing to work our way through a biography about Eric Liddell. 
6th Grammar and Writing
  • This week topic proposals were due for the Compare/Contrast essay that we will be working on until the middle of February. We are also continuing to work on the different comma rules used in the English language.
6th Bible
  • This week we started reading the book of Acts.
6th History
  • This week we briefly looked at the Age of Industry that occurred in the US from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the 1900s.
6th Science
  • This week was very note-heavy in Science. We discussed different important theories that are connected to how we understand the nature of cells. We also started discussing the different parts of plant and animal cells.
6th Logic
  • We spent a few days this week generalization fallacies. 

Mrs. Frueh

6th Grade Math
  • This week, we practiced classifying quadrilaterals according to their definitions. The students learned how important it is to pay attention to the details of a geometric definition. While this concept is foundational to geometry, we also discussed how important it is to define our terms in any subject. Words have meaning and the definition of a word should mean something. Otherwise truth becomes relative. Do you want to challenge your child? Ask him or her to explain this statement: “Every square is a rectangle, but not every rectangle is a square.”
  • Our next test is next Friday (1/27).

Mrs. Palmer 

6th Art
  • Students worked on finishing and matting their Monet inspired oil pastel drawings.  We also began preparation for their watercolor finals.  We have talked a lot about how Monet and other Impressionist artists used short brushstrokes and bright colors. 

Miss Windes

6th Latin
  • Sixth graders continued to practice using adjectives in Latin and continued to practice using the dative case for indirect objects. 

Mrs. Crotts

7th Grammar and Writing
  • 7th graders are gearing up for the Spelling Bee.  We have practiced and the final four students will progress to the school bee next week.  
  • Also, this week we learned about informal and formal letters.  Students had to write an informal letter and had to type and address a formal letter.
7th Grade Omnibus
  • 7th graders read aloud  selections of Virgil’s  Aeneid.
  • Also, they took a quiz on the book of Romans–Paul’s clear presentation of the gospel–the Good News that those in Christ are no longer slaves to sin but to righteousness.
7th Logic
  • Students discussed the “straw man” fallacy and wrote examples on their after studying examples of this type of  advertisement.

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science
  • We wrapped up our study of earthquakes and volcanoes by viewing a documentary on the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. 
  • There will be a unit exam on Earthquakes and Volcanoes next Wednesday (1/25).
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
  • This week we practiced adding signed numbers using algebraic addition. We also learned how to evaluate powers and roots of fractional numbers.
  • Our next test is on Tuesday (1/24).

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • This week students finished and matted their Monet inspired oil pastel drawings.  We often focus on detail in our projects so this project was a bit of a challenge in that we had to loosen up and create more of an Impression.  Proud of their determination on this project!

Miss Windes

7th Latin
  • Students continued to practice using third declension adjectives on their own and in sentences. We also are beginning to review culture and mythology in preparation for the National Latin Exam in March! 


Miss Windes

8th Grade Omnibus
  • History: In history this week we began to prepare for our medieval history research project. The students chose their topics and dates, and we reviewed how to find trustworthy sources for a project like this. We also had a short introduction to the period of the High Middle Ages, from 1000-1300. 
  • Literature: We continue reading The Two Towers; we had an excellent discussion about various characters and how they respond to their temptations and what lies beneath those temptations. We will continue the discussion next week, talking about the consequences of how they react to their desires. 
  • Composition: The students finished their creative writing short stories this week! They will make final revisions next week and then we will submit them to the Burlington Writer’s Contest. They did a great job with all of their stories! 
8th Grade Latin
  • Eighth graders continue to whiz through a review of past things we have learned as we proceed through book two; this week we reviewed the dative case and all of its uses as well as third declension adjectives. We also continue to prepare for the National Latin Exam in March! 

Mrs. Frueh

8th Grade Science
  • The students are working hard on their self-propelled vehicles. This project is due on January 31st. 
  • The students also have a take-home test due next Thursday (1/26).
8th Grade Algebra I
  • Everyone had a lot of fun this week factoring trinomials. While these can seem tricky at first, with practice they become much easier and more enjoyable. We also reviewed probability calculations and how to label our variables with subscripts.

Mrs. Palmer 

8th Art
  • This week students finished and matted their Monet inspired oil pastel drawings.  We often focus on detail in our projects so this project was a bit of a challenge in that we had to loosen up and create more of an Impression.  Proud of their determination on this project!

Mr. Davis

8th Logic
  • This week the students learned the difference between a truthful argument and a valid argument. 





  • 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 also have CLT study books in my office if the juniors would like to brush up for the CLT – many colleges now offer scholarships for CLT scores! They can borrow the books anytime. 
  • 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! 


  • As always, my door is open as students finalize applications, scholarships, and plans for next year! 

Mrs. Fairchild

9th Advanced Art
  • We completed our study of Claude Monet and his work. On Thursday, we headed downtown for reading and small group discussion.  Our students are enjoying wrestling with challenging topics like the Personhood Theory which is “ a radically dualistic view of the human being that reduces the body to an exploitable commodity. And when that worldview is absorbed, it has life-and-death consequences not only for the fetus but ultimately for everyone. Its dehumanizing effect puts all of us at risk.”  Please pray for our class as we start applying these worldviews to understanding the art that we are studying. 

Mrs. Palmer 

9th Spanish 
  • Students took a quiz on prepositions this week.  These small words are tricky in Spanish but very important and frequently used.  We also continued to work on our vocabulary for this chapter.  Additionally, we learned more irregular verbs and practiced conjugating.

Dr. James

9th Geometry
  • This week the students learned about determining  measurements of external angles and inequalities of triangles.
  • Next week the students will apply their knowledge of triangles to large polygons.

Mr. Crotts

9th Logic
  • We have been learning rules of inference and rules of replacement to determine the validity of arguments.

Mrs. Hicks

9th Biology
  • This week we talked about DNA and RNA sequencing, as well as reproduction. Students will have a test next Thursday!

Dr. Smith

9th Theology
  • This week we covered some of the historical and theological developments during the medieval time period (400-1000 a. d.). In particular, we learned about how the union of the church and the state during this period helped breed corruption in the church, and led to the monastic movement. We also learn of how it brought the relationships between faith and reason, theology and science, and the supernatural and natural to the forefront of people’s thinking. 

Mrs. Crotts

9th Grade Literature
  • 9th grade discussed transcendentalism and its Hindu roots–philosophy embraced by prominent authors in the 1800’s including Louisa May Alcott (Little Women), Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, etc. and compared it with a Biblical worldview.

Coach Johnston

9th History
  • This week we reviewed the Missouri Compromise and Monroe Doctrine, completed an overview of the major advancements and inventions in transportation and communication of the early 1800s, and the consequential season in American history when Andrew Jackson was running for and serving as President of the United States.

Mrs. Byrd

10th Algebra II
  • We learned to derive the quadratic formula and use it to solve quadratic equations.  The class played a round of Quadratic Equation Chutes & Ladders which combined all the methods of solving quadratic equations that we have learned to this point.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • We have been challenged in our study of Proverbs as we learn how to pursue God’s wisdom. We are continuing our study of the Wisdom Literature in the Old Testament. 
  • Memory Verse for this week was Proverbs 2:6-7.

Mrs. Crotts

10th Grade Literature
  • 10th graders enjoyed the spring-like fresh air while reading further in Edith Hamilton’s Mythology… summaries of the Greek, Roman & Norse gods.  Students shared what gods they recalled learning about in various works such as references in C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, or other references reverting back to mythology such as “panic” (Pan–a god who made unsettling noises in the night), larvae (Larvae–a god who swallowed the souls of evil people).

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week we have been doing calculations converting molecules to moles to grams.  The students also learned how to derive empirical formulas from percent compositions.
  • Next week the students will learn about stoichiometry and take their first test of Q3. 

Coach Johnston

10th History
  • This week students have continued the overview of Athenian history and the reforms that led to a working democracy. We finished the last significant section in our reading of Thucydides’ and will move on to a collection of important quotes to sum up the conclusion of his history. Students participated in discussion, summary writing exercises and short answer reading responses as part of their in class work to confirm their understanding and application of their reading and note material.
10th PE
  • This week the 10th grade students progressed to the full experience of playing handball. Their understanding of spacing, physical movement, ball movement, and their coordination of simultaneously jumping and shooting have all improved through our warm-ups and games.

Miss Oldham

10th Rhetoric I
  • Students delivered their first speeches of the semester and they started off strong! They will be giving speeches once a week for the rest of the semester. We are moving quickly! 

Mrs. Palmer 

10th Spanish
  • Students took a quiz on prepositions this week. These small words are tricky in Spanish but very important and frequently used.  We also worked on knowing when to use the words “por” and “para.”  We reviewed vocabulary and practiced with preterite tense conjugations. 

Mrs. Byrd

11th Physics
  •  We’re wrapping up our study of conservation of energy this week and begun our next topic – momentum.  Besides mass and velocity which affect momentum, the time interval over which the change in momentum occurs is the major determinant of impact force.  This has applications in safety devices and sports.
11th Precalculus
  • The class is learning to analyze angles beyond the acute angles we studied in Geometry class.  We’re beginning to grasp the cyclical nature of angles which we will soon tie into the visual picture of trig function waves.  Learning how to set up and use a unit circle has been a major topic for the week.

Dr. James

11th Geography
  • This week we talked about the location of deserts and rainforests and relation to latitude and ocean currents.  The students also learned major lakes, bays, and seas across the world.
  • Next week the students will learn about mountain ranges and volcanoes, and we will begin our study of North America.

Miss Oldham

11th Grade Literature
  • Students are continuing to discuss the tough ideas presented in The Great Divorce. I recommend you read this along with your student to foster a deeper appreciation of the topics your students wrestle with at Bradford. 

Dr. Smith

11th NT Greek
  • This week we reviewed chapter 10-14, and by Friday will have had two vocabulary quizzes, and worked through translating about 20 verses from the Greek New Testament that are helping them learn to identify and translate relative pronouns and various verbs.  

Mr. Webster

11th Grade History
  • This week we covered the growth of the French kingdom in the High Middle Ages. Next week we will talk about the new kingdoms that arise in the High Middle Ages in Eastern Europe. 

Mrs. Byrd

12th Calculus
  • Students are learning about the idea of an accumulation function – how an integral sums up infinitely small bits of area over time (or some other variable).  Next we will learn some basic integration techniques so that we can calculate an integral more quickly.

Mrs. Hicks

12th Anatomy
  • This week we continued studying blood. Students presented on various components of blood to teach their classmates. We also made blood slime to show all the different components of blood.

Coach Johnston

12th History
  • This week we reviewed the Missouri Compromise and Monroe Doctrine, read about and discussed the start of England’s Industrial Revolution, completed an overview of the major advancements and inventions in transportation and communication of the early 1800s, and the consequential season in American history when Andrew Jackson was running for and serving as President of the United States.

Miss Oldham

12th Grade Literature
  • Students are continuing with short stories. We’ve read “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” and “The Monkey’s Paw.” Next week we will dive into Yoknapatawpha County with William Faulkner. 
12th Grade Shakespeare Elective
  • Students continued to read and watch The Taming of the Shrew
12th Rhetoric II
  • Students are working on peer editing each others’ papers. They should also have gotten their papers into their mentors’ hands too.