VOLUME XV, ISSUE 21
Jan 27, 2023
FROM THE OFFICE
- David Goodwin (President of ACCS and co-author of Battle for the American Mind) will be speaking at Haw River Christian Academy in Pittsboro at 7pm on Monday, 2/6. See email from Mr. Johnston for details. Parents are welcome (and encouraged) to attend!
- Please see email for a checklist to review as we anticipate rolling over enrollment in February.
- Mon, 1/30: Away basketball games
- Tues, 1/31: Away basketball games
- Fri, 2/3 – Basketball Games – HOME- V girls (4:00), MS Boys (5:15), V Boys (6:30)
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- Mon, 2/6: David Goodwin will be speaking at Haw River Christian Academy in Pittsboro at 7pm.
- Thurs, 2/9:
- 7:50-8am – Archers’ Prayer Group – lower school
- 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
- Week of 2/20: Start of Spring Season Sports (Girls Soccer, Co-ed Tennis) and Run Club, more information regarding spring season sports to come
- 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
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Rich and Mrs. Grubb)
We had a great week in TK preparing for our 100th day of school. The 5 day students are nearing 100 and we can’t wait to celebrate all together 100 days in school! We worked hard this week in math pretending to have a classroom store and paying for items with pennies, graphing our shoes and learning what a cube is. See if your student can identify a cube at home! Our letter of the week was B and we identified many words that begin with B. TK students were also introduced to tongue twisters, sorted books by real and make believe, and practiced forming letters and numbers. We read about prayer and the Sermon on the Mount in our Jesus Storybook Bible. We learned the importance of prayer and that Jesus taught not to worry, and to trust in Him. This goes right along with our memory verse this month, Proverbs 3:5-6.
Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)
K – 5th
- This week we had “inside PE” due to the rain. . Students learned about good sportsmanship and perseverance. We also played several directional games and even did little line dancing.
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 and third verses. Students learned the first verse for “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” as well. 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 and 2 on page 8 in our books. We ended by singing “Be Thou My Vision” and “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”.
- Students did a great job today going back and reviewing pages 8-9! Many improvements were made due to hard work, focus, and practice. Please continue to practice three times a week before our next music class. Students also did a great job singing “Be Thou My Vision” and “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”.
Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)
3rd: This week we finished up our Monet inspired water lily ponds. These were created with short brushstrokes and bright colors much like Impressionist artists.
4th: This week we finished up our Monet inspired water lily ponds. These were created with short brushstrokes and bright colors much like Impressionist artists.
5th: This week we did not have art class due to the spelling bee.
Kindergarten (Miss Burdeshaw and Mrs. Rivera)
The highlight of this week was the celebration of 100 days of school with our Rodeo Roundup! Our students played various cowboy themed games, enjoyed a special snack, and sang campfire songs. They also enjoyed meeting Jellybean, a miniature horse. In math, they learned about a new concept, doubles plus 1, and reviewed their doubles facts. Ask your student to sing the doubles plus 1 song to the tune of Frere Jacques. In art, they continued to learn about Claude Monet and they recreated one of his famous paintings, The Waterlily Pond.
Romans 11:33-36 and review
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mrs. Smith)
- We had a root’in toot’in good time during our Rodeo Roundup/100 Days in School festivities. Thank you to all who volunteered or brought in items for this event. This week in math we practiced writing the date using digits, creating and reading a bar graph, creating and reading a Venn diagram, and ordering numbers. Next week we moved forward in history to the early pioneers of the Westward Expansion. Our students will get a glimpse of what this time was like through the true story The Courage of Sarah Noble. Each day we will enjoy the journey with Sarah as she learned how to be brave in the face of fear and uncertainty. First graders will discover the meaning of courage through her story and write in their journals: “To be afraid and be brave is the best courage of all.” We completed an experiment using various types of cookies and milk to demonstrate the use of the scientific method and used the song to remind us of the steps.
Memory Work: Philippians 4:19,20 (this week and next week)
Upcoming: Fact Assessment (Subtracting 2, 1, 0), (100 addition facts)
2nd Grade (Mrs. Hedgecock & Mrs. Eng)
It was wonderful to have a full five-day week to learn and practice our ever-growing skills. In math, we tackled ordinal numbers and worked with money as we identified the coins needed to make a given amount AND learned how to write checks (may be time to hide your checkbooks 🙂)! Subtraction facts are a critical memory goal right now; please be sure your child is practicing every night. Our writing skills continue to grow through dictation and composition of sentences, and we are beginning to build and write paragraphs as well. Winnie-the-Pooh has given us some very enjoyable opportunities to practice fluency in reading dialogue, and to focus on comprehension, too. We finished up landforms this week by creating a landform flip book, and next week we will begin our study of rocks and minerals. In history, we learned about the Code of Hammurabi and realized that the law is good, but only the law of God is perfect and restores the soul.
- Hebrews 11:1-7 (this week)
- Hebrews 11:8-10 (next week)
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- This week Mr. Johnston reminded us that Proverbs 1:7 says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might!” We found lots of opportunities and examples of that as we moved through this week. Daniel prophesied that the Israelites would one day be ruled by foreign leaders due to their disobedience and idolatry. One such man fulfilled this prophecy when he conquered many nations and most importantly, the Persian Empire. This week, we learned about the military genius of Alexander the Great. Under the instruction of Aristotle, Alexander became one of the greatest military and political leaders ever known. Students enjoyed making their own coins modeled after Alexander the Great! Math presented new challenges as we began multiplying two double digit numbers, identifying congruent and similar shapes, and continued working with the two systems of measurement to identify mass. In Latin, we reviewed vocabulary and grammar from chapters 14-17, and in English we continued our identification of simple, compound, and run-on sentences. Students turned in their submissions to the Burlington Writers Club Contest. We strived to do our work with all our might to the glory of God!
- Psalm 19: 9-10
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Mrs. Lawson)
- We learned about Marco Polo and his travels this week as well as Venice (the city on water) and the Silk Road. We reviewed Latin Vocabulary, Roman Numerals and continued study with parsing and translating sentences in Latin. We loved using our IEW skills to create paragraphs for our History lesson and use our editor’s checklist to evaluate our work. We worked on present, past, and future verb tenses with regular and irregular verbs. Our Spelling Bee in class was enjoyed by all the students. We ended the week with a visit from Mr. Johnson with a lesson in chess. Chess club will be available on Wednesday after lunch!
- Memory: Matthew 5: 13-16
5th Grade (Mrs. Owens)
We kicked off our week by studying the Battle of Lexington and Concord. The students have been able to see the connections between our last few history cards and have seen the progression of the colonists wanting their independence. We finished Duel in the Wilderness and next week we will start our new book, Johnny Tremain. This week in math we learned about how to find the perimeter and area of parallelograms. We are also continuing to sharpen our fraction skills. This week in science we started to learn about galaxies and in particular, spiral, elliptical, and irregular galaxies. We had a very busy week in grammar. This week we studied regular and irregular verbs, how to determine the tense of a verb, and we finished by learning how to make sure an entire paragraph is written in the same past or present tense.
- Philippians 2:3-4 (this week)
- Philippians 2:5-6 (next week)
- Students received their fourth 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. We also worked on pick-up notes and accents. Students will have a chance to demonstrate their ability to correctly play accents this Tuesday 1/31 on their test on 2.20. Students are doing very well and I am pleased with their progress!
Mrs. Sarah Johnston
- We continued to reinforce our sight-singing solfeggio skills with Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land and Charles Wesley’s O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing. We also worked on clapping and counting different rhythms, and the application of different time signatures. By Thursday, the whole group was sounding more solid in these skills, and finished on a great note! Continue to practice the music you already have, as next week we will begin discussing interpretation and expression in the pieces we have been learning.
6th -8th Boys’ PE
- We enjoyed basketball this week when the weather permitted it.
6th-8th Girls’ PE
- On Monday the middle school girls went bowling.
6th Reading and Literature
- We finished up our biography about Eric Liddell and watched Chariots of Fire this week. Next week we will begin reading A Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom.
6th Grammar and Writing
- Students did a great job on their Venn diagrams this week! Final drafts of their Compare/Contrast essay will be due on Thursday, February 16.
- We are working our way through the book of Acts this week.
- This week we studied the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
- This week was a rather dry week in Science class as we spent both class periods taking notes on cell organelles.Information about the big Cell Model Project will be given in a couple of weeks.
- This week we discussed hasty generalizations and reviewed the difference between strong and weak generalizations.
6th Grade Math
- This week was all about geometry. We practiced calculating the area of parallelograms, naming and classifying triangles, and calculating the circumference of circles. We discussed the number Pi and discussed how it was originally calculated. We ended the week with a cumulative test.
- Students worked on their Monet inspired watercolor paintings. We have talked about water to paint ratio, color mixing and trying to control our medium.
6th Grade Latin
- Sixth graders continue to practice using Latin adjectives and indirect objects, and also learned the imperfect and future tenses of the ‘to be’ verb.
7th Grammar and Writing
Students wrote ANI charts and outlines for an essay about the Aeneid. Students could choose from 1 of 2 topics: the Christian view of marriage and commitment vs. Aeneus’ & Dido’s relationship OR Aeneus rebirth after visiting the underworld (Book 6).
7th Grade Omnibus
Students read selections from the Aeneid and also listened to a summary reading of Virgil’s work for increased comprehension. They also were assigned Bible reading due next Friday (2/3): the Minor Prophets, which are the last 12 books of the Old Testament.
We revisited chapter 3 & 4 in the Logic books and defined logic terms–red herring, straw man fallacy…they will be quizzed on Wednesday of the upcoming week. We discussed the importance of having a logical mind bringing value from personal matters to public political matters.
7th Grade Science
- We wrapped up our geology unit with a unit exam on earthquakes and volcanoes.
- Next up is astronomy.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
- It was an exciting but daunting week in pre-algebra as we learned to calculate the volume and surface area of right circular cylinders. This involved synthesizing formulas and knowledge from multiple areas. The students have learned five separate formulas needed to solve these problems and are now practicing how to discern when to use which formula.
- Students worked on their oil pastel landscape finals. We have talked about blending, mixing colors, sgraffito and other oil pastel techniques.
7th Grade Latin
- Seventh graders continue to practice using third declension adjectives and reviewed for the test they took on Thursday.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: The students did a fantastic job finding and checking out books from the library for their research projects! We added maps to our history notebooks and marked the key places that we have recently been studying. We also learned about the agricultural innovations of the high middle ages that led to a massive population growth throughout Europe.
- Literature: We came to the end of The Two Towers this week, watching as Sam is forced to make a decision he never believed he would need to make. We discussed perseverance and hope, and what keeps someone going when all seems hopeless and unsure.
- Composition: The students finished the final drafts of their creative writing stories today, going through several rounds of edits and revisions.
8th Grade Latin
- Between our library field trip and the Spelling Bee on Friday, we only had one Latin class this week – we reviewed old vocabulary, uses of the dative case, and the 4th declension noun endings.
8th Grade Science
- The time is nearly here to test our self-propelled vehicles. Over that last several weeks, the students have learned the value of building a workable prototype to test out different design elements. Our first car trials will take place on Tuesday, January 31st.
8th Grade Algebra I
- The students are beginning to master the skill of mastering trinomials. This week, they learned how to factor out a greatest common factor before factoring the trinomial. They also learned to factor the difference of two squares.
- Students worked this week on their oil pastel Lord of the Rings finals. Students have been reading Lord of the Rings so it has been fun for them to create a drawing from the shire, Rohan, Mordor or Isengard.
- We had a test this week on Lessons 19-23.
From COLLEGE COUNSELING Office:
New St. Andrews College is a classical Christian college in Moscow, Idaho with an educational outlook and goals very much in line with our goals at Bradford Academy; founded in 1994, they are a new but growing school.
- Because of their close alignment with classical Christian schools, they offer many scholarships to students who graduate from a classical Christian high school
- They are offering a virtual preview day on Monday, February 20th – Presidents Day. If you have any interest in the school, you can sign up to virtually sit in on classes between 1-4:30pm Pacific time. Click here and scroll down to ‘Visit from a Distance’ to sign up.
- We are registered for an NC State Campus visit on Thursday, February 23rd from 1:00-3:00pm! Parents, you are welcome to join us. We are currently registered for 12 people, but I can add more as needed – email me if you would like to join us for the afternoon tour!
- We continue to meet on Fridays of January and February from 3:00-4:00 to prepare for standardized tests! This specific way of preparing is optional, but encourage your students to be studying at some point! If they find they are not making time for it on their own, our ‘Fun Fridays’ are a great opportunity to make it happen. 🙂
- This week we have been working on this chapter’s vocabulary. We have spent much time together conjugating irregular “yo” verbs and stem changing verbs. Students have a test coming up next Friday, February 3rd.
- This week we concluded talking about properties of triangles and prepared for the first test of Q3.
- Next week the students will take their first test of Q3, and we will begin applying things learned thus far to calculations of area for objects of various shapes.
- Students have been working through practicing very difficult proofs using nineteen rules of inference and replacement.
- These rules are similar to rules in calculus and help students work through puzzling problems.
- We wrapped up the Molecular Biology unit this week! Students should have test grades in by early next week. We will start our genetics unit next!
- We have been studying the medieval time period and learning how developments in the relationship between the popes and the kings were object lessons regarding how people came to think about the relationships between faith and reason, the supernatural and natural, theology and knowledge. Along the way, we have been reviewing the seven basic doctrines of the Christian faith and the five basic subjects that are in everyone’s “worldview.” Your son or daughter should be able to tell you these seven basic doctrines and five subjects.
- 9th graders face writing an essay over the next two weeks–they are challenged to write a 10 paragraph essay on an author who held to transcendental philosophy in the 1800’s. They have specific requirements: 2 sources documented in MLA style, include two literary devices, discuss experiences &/or influences on the author, highlight famous writings by the author, and conclude if transcendentalism is still widely followed today.
- Students began a short summary of the 1840s-50s with both America’s rapid westward expansion and the arguments and issues that would lead to the Civil War.
10th Algebra II
- Topics for the week include adding fractions that contain polynomials, solving equations with two radical expressions, and solving systems of equations using both elimination and substitution.
10th Bible Survey
- This week we have studied the major prophets of which two are Isaiah and Jeremiah. Some have called Isaiah the fifth gospel because of its mention of the Messiah and the kingdom of God. One specific point we saw was how Philip brought the gospel to the Ethiopian official explaining Isaiah 53. In Jeremiah we saw the impending judgment that God would bring and actually brought to the people of Judah as the Babylonian army would attack and defeat the people. Thousands would go into exile; one of which is Daniel. Lamentations provides the lament of Jeremiah about the people.
- Bible Memory: Jer. 33:3
- Assignment: Book Analysis Project – due at the end of the quarter
- Students are reading Edith Hamilton’s Mythology and also began group projects that will teach & review the Greek and Roman gods–the project may be presented in powerpoint or include costumes. Soon they will write an essay on Ms. Hamilton’s perspective–the human-like Greek & Roman gods made Greek religion more relatable to Christianity than Egyptian & other religions.
- This week we finished our lessons on stoichiometry and calculations using the mole.
- Next week we will begin our study of gases.
- This week our class concluded our overview of how Athenian democracy developed and the study of the Peloponnesian War.
- Our class completed their unit on handball and completed the first of three futsal soccer sessions. These sports teach students a lot about movement (on and off the ball), spacing, support and goal-scoring.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students delivered deliberative speeches this week. There will be a vocab quiz on Tuesday.
- This week we have been working on this chapter’s vocabulary. We have spent much time together reviewing “por y para” as well as commands. Students have a test coming up next Friday, February 3rd.
- After concluding our study of matter and energy, we’re considering the topic of momentum and impulse force. We looked at the development of the airbag – engineers had to overcome many challenges to develop a reliable way to reduce impulse force in crashes.
- We’ve learned to find trig functions of any angle both with and without a unit circle. Our next topic will be graphically representing trig functions as well as solving trig equations.
- This week we wrapped up our general discussions of geographic features with the impact of volcanoes on geography, began our overview of the states and major cities of the US, and the students worked on their presentations.
- Next week we will broaden our study to other countries of North America, and we will host a guest speaker to learn more about Costa Rica.
11th Grade Literature
- Students wrapped up The Great Divorce, one of my favorites, and are starting on their final essays.
11th NT Greek
- Students continue to build their vocabulary and have begun the rather substantive study of Greek verbs. They have learned the verb endings for the present active indicative and the present middle and passive indicative. They are also continuing to translate many excerpts from the Greek New Testament. They are doing very fine work.
- We’re nearing the end of our unit on accumulation functions. This week we’ve focused on learning some major techniques of integration.
- This week we wrapped up our unit on blood. Student test grades should be in early next week. Our next unit is on the heart and we are planning to dissect something interesting in the coming weeks!
- Students completed written summaries on the Missouri Compromise, Monroe Doctrine and the impact of Andrew Jackson’s presidency. We began a short summary of the 1840s-50s with both America’s rapid westward expansion and the arguments and issues that would lead to the Civil War. Students will read selections from Nat Turner’s Confession, an observers report on John Brown’s execution, excerpts from the Lincoln-Douglas debates next week.
12th Grade Literature
- Students began William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and are currently questioning everything.
12th Grade Shakespeare Elective
- Students continued The Taming of the Shrew.
12th Rhetoric II
- This week students returned their peer edits to each other, and received my edits as well. The next step is to have mentors edit papers. This semester seems to speed up for senior thesis, so please be in prayer for these seniors.