VOLUME XV, ISSUE 23
Feb 10, 2023
FROM THE OFFICE
A few quick reminders:
- Sickness: When sickness arises with your child, the school office will normally text both parents. Please be mindful of keeping an eye on your phone so that you can reply right away. If no reply is received in approximately 10 minutes (or sooner depending on the nature of the sickness), we will reach out to emergency contacts you provided within TADS.
- Driver’s Eligibility Certificate: Students who will be getting their permit need a DEC form filled out and signed by school administration. Please request the form 2 weeks before their appointment. (Note: the form expires 30 days from issuance date.)
- Immunizations: All rising Kindergarten, 7th, and 12th grade students are required by the state of NC to receive specific vaccinations. Please make an appointment for your child to receive the updates, and then submit the report to the school office right away (before you have a chance to misplace it). We need to have them on file by the first day of school. (A letter of religious or medical exemption would also be accepted if that suits your situation.)
- Tues, 2/14: Girls soccer pre-season training
- Thurs, 2/16: Girls soccer pre-season training
- Fri, 2/17: Teacher workday – NO SCHOOL
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- 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
- Thurs, 2/23: 11th grade – NC State visit
- Fri, 2/24: HOT LUNCH
- Mon, 3/6 – Wed, 3/15: Senior trip to England
- Tues, 3/7, 10am-12pm, 11th grade to Christian College Fair at Trinity of Durham
- Tues, 3/14: Pi day
- Fri, 3/17: End of 3rd Q – Report cards
- 3/20 – 3/24: SPRING BREAK
- Fri, 3/31: Visit with and lectures by Dr. Andy McIntosh – upper school
- Tues, 4/4: Practice PSAT for 10th graders
- 4/7-4/10: Easter break, no school
- Tues, 4/18: CLT10 testing for 9th and 10th graders
- Wed, 4/26: CLT testing for 11th and 12th graders
- Fri, 4/28: 6th grade field trip to Appomattox
- Week of May 1st: Standardized testing for 1st – 7th graders
- Tues, 5/9: CLT8 testing for 8th graders, Sports Banquet (pm)
- Thurs, 5/11: Bradford games (upper school)
- Fri, 5/12: Teacher workday, no school
- Week of 5/15 and 5/22: Senior Thesis presentations
- Thurs, 5/18: 9th grade field trip to NC Museum of Art
- Tues, 5/23: Spring Concert and Art display(upper school)
- Thurs, 5/25: Last day of TK; Patriotic Program (3rd – 5th grades)
- Mon, 5/29: Memorial Day, no school
- Wed, 5/31: Verse Bee (lower school), Jr/Sr Gala (evening)
- Fri, 6/2: Last day of school, Graduation (pm)
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Rich and Mrs. Grubb)
This week TK students began learning a new Bible verse as well as a new nursery rhyme for this month. Proverbs 17:17 tells us that “a friend loves at all times.” We discuss various ways in which we can love our friends and others around us. See if your child can recite Proverbs 17:17 and Jack & Jill! Our letter of the week this week was A. We talked about the different sounds that A can make. The students did an excellent job finding items that begin with A. In math this week, we learned some new concepts: counting by 10’s and an introduction to dimes. We also made ABB patterns using our voices and bodies. We continue to build on our reading readiness skills by introducing lowercase letters and working on rhyming this week. Our vocabulary words this week were all about recycling. We read several books on recycling and played a recycling game. Lastly, we read the story this week of Jesus feeding 5000 with just 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread. The students were even able to enjoy a special snack of 2 swedish fish and 5 crackers.
Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)
K – 5th
- Students worked on following instructions and completed several relay races. First through fifth grade students worked on learning how to play kickball.
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- Kindergarten, First and Second grade students continued working on “Be Thou My Vision”. We went over the pictures they drew about the hymn. Students also worked on the first verse of “Jesus Paid It All”.
- Third grade continued with the lesson we started last week on how to begin reading music. Students practiced counting several different rhythm lines. Students reviewed 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 two notes (B, A). We also worked on Exercise #1-4 on page 8 in our books. Students will have their first playing test next Thursday 2/16 on Exercise #4 on page 8. 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 11-12. 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 should focus on page 12 during their practice. This Thursday 2/16, fourth grade will have a test on “Springtime” on page 12 and fifth grade will have a test on any song of their choice on page 12. Students also did a great job singing “Be Thou My Vision” and the first verse of “Jesus Paid It All”.
Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)
- Students finished their grayscale sphere drawings. We talked about value and aiming to get a variety of shades (white, light gray, medium gray, black) in our drawings. Students also created Monet inspired drawings.
- Students began a grayscale project focusing on various shades of gray. We talked about shading, blending, and grayscale gradients.
- Students continued working on their Monet inspired watercolor paintings. We are wrapping these up and they have turned out really well!
Kindergarten (Miss Burdeshaw and Mrs. Rivera)
We began our week with a new concept in math, which was identifying congruent shapes. We also used beans to practice counting and grouping by tens. In spelling and phonics, we started a new word list and read the book “Ben and His Pen.” In history class, we were taken back in time to the medieval period, where we learned about castles, stained glass windows, monks, and knights! In art, we continued to work on our mosaics of Justinian. We then finished off the week by learning about the characteristics of mammals.
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mrs. Smith)
- Our students have been having an exciting week! They have been tackling adding three, two digit numbers together for the first time in addition. They have also been doing more and more complex fractions, as well as more challenging subtraction problems. In phonics, we have been putting together more vowel sounds and rules to sharpen spelling and reading skills. In history, we are discussing self-governing and courage and what that looks like in our day to day lives. In science we are discovering the unique bird, the Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker and we will be moving on to study the states of matter. Students have started learning the states of matter song in class. Ask them to sing it for you. The song can also be found on Google Classroom and a link has been sent to your inbox. Finally, the highlight of this week was the beautiful weather which we took full advantage of. We took our reading time outside and read surrounded by God’s beauty. While outside we took the opportunity to identify birds that were flying around. We are so thankful for the Lord’s mercy in enabling us to have such a great year!
- James 1:19-20
- Review all verses
- Teacher Workday February 17 No School
- President’s Day February 20 No School
- Reading Day March 17
2nd Grade (Mrs. Hedgecock & Mrs. Eng)
Second grade students continue to work hard across the subjects. In math, we are still striving to master addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts, and we also tackled larger-small-difference problems, arrays, and estimating the area of rectangles this week. Our Latin vocabulary continues to grow as we have added parts of the body over the past two weeks and have really enjoyed singing various songs to practice. Tectonic plates and volcanoes were interesting additions to our science journals, and the students love singing the songs for the types of rocks. Ask them to sing their favorite for you. In history, we learned about some of the rulers of the Early New Kingdom in Egypt, including one of the first female rulers, Hatshepsut, who may have been the princess who God ordained to find baby Moses in the Nile. Over in the Hundred Acre Woods, we joined Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet as they tried to catch a heffalump, and then we got to celebrate Eeyore’s birthday. Our Poet of the Quarter, Christina Rossetti, was the focus of art this week, and we even wrote our own imitation poems of “What Is Pink?” Students also began writing the poem “The Garden Year” by Sara Coleridge as a dictation exercise and are off to a great start.
- Hebrews 11: 11-12 (this week – the students are doing a great job!)
- Hebrews 11: 13-14 (next week)
- Keep reviewing all of Hebrews 11 up to current verse
- February 14 Optional small card/treat exchange for Valentine’s Day (at end of day)
- February 17 No School (Teacher Workday )
- February 20 No School (President’s Day)
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- Students learned that Rome became recognized as the capital of the known world due to the superiority of their army, leadership, and technology. During the Punic Wars, Rome put an end to the Carthaginian empire and allowed Rome’s control to spread over Europe, Asia Minor, and Northern Africa. Students were surprised to learn that Hannibal marched dozens of African elephants over the Alps, and defeated the Roman army during one battle on their own land! All three Punic Wars were subsequently won by Rome allowing them to expand their empire in what we know it as today. In math, we studied polygons with up to 20 sides! We also continued converting mixed numbers into improper fractions. In Latin, students were able to make connections between the accusative case in Latin, which is typically used for the direct object, and what we are learning in grammar. We classified sentences both in grammar and in Latin identifying the direct objects and a type of action verb, called a transitive verb. We finished the week by writing our tall tales based on Pecos Bill. Your students learned how to use similes, metaphors, and hyperboles in their writing. Ask them to give you an example of each one!
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Mrs. Lawson)
- The students enjoyed learning about present, past, and future tenses in English as well as learning many contractions and how to correctly use them in sentences. The students completed a first draft about Hans Christian Anderson. They included many fabulous dress ups in their writing. The Great Papal Schism was discussed in history and the students created their own comic strips, game shows, and interviews to narrate their new learning. Latin was challenging this week with an indepth look at irregular 3rd declension nouns. We researched whales in our Ocean Study, and shared our findings in learning groups and whole group discussions. We ended our week creating beautiful artwork.
- Memory Verse for Next Week: Psalm 94: 16-19
5th Grade (Mrs. Owens)
In History this week we have reached 1776 where America declared independence. We have studied the first part of the declaration and learned about the influence of Thomas Payne’s pamphlet “Common Sense.” We are continually being introduced to new characters in Johnny Tremain that had a great influence in history, such as John Hancock and Paul Revere. The students finished their Astronomy lapbooks and got to see how God created the Earth that has a perfect tilt, perfect rotation, and perfect atmosphere. This week in math we have learned about capacity, finding unstated information in fraction problems, and how to find the area of a triangle. In Grammar, the students are continuing to practice how to correct double negatives and how to distinguish between the simple, comparative, and superlative forms of adjectives.
- Philippians 2:7-8 (this week)
- Philippians 2:9-11 (next week)
SAR Poster Contest – details will be sent home soon
- Students received their sixth 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. Students did a great job on their first scale test this past Tuesday. Students will have a small group test on 2.31 this coming Tuesday 2/14. Students are doing very well and I am pleased with their ability to apply all of the musical elements that we have learned so far to their exercises. If you haven’t already, please mark your calendars for May 23rd at 7PM for our Spring Concert! More info about the concert will be sent home soon.
Mrs. Sarah Johnston
- We focused this week on clear pronunciation of words, particularly with our school song Non Nobis as we learned parts for this song. Concert music was handed out Thursday and we began to sight-read a little of it. Students should focus their practice this weekend on enunciation of words in songs we have already learned, and studying the new parts that they have been given. If you haven’t already, please mark your calendars for May 23rd at 7PM for our Spring Concert!
6th -8th Boys’ PE
- This week the students played basketball both at the indoor gym and outdoor basketball courts.
6th-8th Girls’ PE
- This week we played kickball and hockey.
6th Reading and Literature
- We are continuing to work our way through The Hiding Place.
6th Grammar and Writing
- Our Compare/Contrast Essay is due Thursday, February 16. By the end of this week the students should have a complete draft of their essay. Next week they should be focusing on editing their drafts and ensuring that they have correctly done their work cited page and in-text citation.
- This week we continued reading through the book of Acts.
- This week we learned about the Spanish-American War in 1898.
- I introduced the Cell Model Project this week. This will be due Tuesday, March 14.
- We started discussing the differences between generalizations and analogies in Logic this week.
6th Grade Latin
- 6th grade Latin scholars took a week to review and practice adjectives, linking verbs, and predicate nouns and adjectives in preparation for their test on Thursday.
6th Grade Math
- The students were introduced to the concept of balanced algebraic equations this week. They learned to treat equations like a balance scale, meaning that whatever you do to the left side of the equation, you must do to the right side as well in order to keep the equation balanced. They were able to isolate the variable in order to solve for the unknown value. These lessons are building an excellent foundation for future algebra classes.
- This week students worked on their Monet watercolor paintings. We also began a new grayscale still life project in which students are going to work on blending, grayscale and contrast.
7th Grammar and Writing
After listening to a gripping reading of Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia, students were reminded when writing instructions 1) determine your audience & know your audience, 2) be clear when giving instructions and 3) avoid “slang” and colloquial language. Also, students spent some time polishing final drafts of their recent essay assignment. (Please note that if a student makes a grade below an 80 on an essay or if a student needs assistance there are numerous opportunities during the lunch period to receive help in the Writing/Tutoring Lab.)
7th Grade Omnibus
The class heard an overview of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, noting that Shakespeare’s play is not focused solely on Julius Caesar, but on the political swirlings that occurred after his murder. This play is giving ample opportunity to discuss the history timeline and peer into the political scene in Rome during that era.
During logic class students dove further into Chapter 5; each student had to draw a sample billboard of representative fallacy from the chapter.
7th Grade Science
- We focused this week on the discoveries of Nicolas Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, and Johannes Kepler. We saw that, individually, none of these men had all the knowledge needed to draw definitive conclusions about the universe, but by building on the work of each of these individuals, Galileo Galilei was able to provide definitive confirmation of the heliocentric model. This reiterates the fact that science is a collective endeavor conducted globally over centuries of time.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
- This week, we practiced multiplying and dividing with signed numbers. We also practiced making calculations involving increases in percentages. The students discovered that, while there is only one correct answer to percent problems, there are usually multiple paths to arrive at that correct answer. They are learning to choose their method based on the building blocks of the problem.
- Students are working on a grayscale still life project in which students are going to work on blending, grayscale and contrast. I’m excited to see how these turn out!
7th Grade Latin
- This week we practiced more with imperative verbs, the vocative case of direct address, and third conjugation -io verbs.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: In history this week, we learned about the growth of trade during the high middle ages and the accompanying growth and development of towns and cities. Several of the students also gave their medieval research presentations; we learned about knight’s armor, a knight’s training, tournaments, jousts, and melees.
- Literature: We had an exciting week in Return of the King – Eowyn and Merry banded together to kill the King of the Nazgul, Aragorn made his way through the Paths of the Dead to bring the Oathbreakers to the Battle of Pelennor fields, and Denethor threw himself into the fire, overcome by despair at the bits of information that Sauron showed him through the Palantir! Students will begin presenting their projects next week – maps, presentations, 3D creations, and more.
- Composition: We began learning about our research essays this week, and brainstorming ideas! Soon the students will need to go to the library to check out books on their own, and in the meanwhile we are practicing comma rules.
8th Grade Latin
- 8th graders finished the first five review chapters in the book, and will take a test over those chapters next Thursday. We also learned about and practiced the vocative case and the imperative mood.
8th Grade Science
- The students worked on analyzing the final results of their mousetrap cars. They were able to construct both speed and acceleration graphs using their data, as well as apply Newton’s laws of motion to the analysis of their design process.
8th Grade Algebra I
- This week involved a few light lessons on solving problems with subscripted variables, as well as simplifying complex problems using scientific notation.
- Students are finishing up their Lord of the Rings oil pastel drawings. These have turned out wonderfully!
- This week the students learned how to determine valid arguments through Distributive Terms.
From COLLEGE COUNSELING Office:
- There are several upcoming events for the juniors in the next couple months:
- Thursday, February 23, Junior NC State visit: We will visit from 1-3pm, parents are welcome to join – just let me know as soon as possible!
- Tuesday, March 7, 10am-12pm, Christian College Fair: Our juniors have been invited to a Christian college fair at Trinity of Durham and Chapel Hill. Around 30 Christian colleges will be represented and available to talk with our students!
- These are the tasks that should be on our juniors’ radar throughout the spring:
- Study for and sign up for SAT/ACT (see my email or reach out for registration and date details)
- Continue to research and build a college list
- Visit colleges – this is one of the best ways to get insight into a college and to better understand what you are looking for
- Begin to think about how you will spend your summer
- I finished meeting with the seniors this week; they are on a good track and many have been accepted to colleges and even made their final decisions! Congratulations to all for making it to this point and continue to pray for the seniors as they continue to apply, make decisions, and look towards their future.
9th Advanced Art
The students have learned a little bit about the chemistry that is involved in working with oil paints and the variety of mediums that can be used. The concept of using fat over lean and identifying which chemicals are fat and which are lean have felt a little overwhelming to them. They are, however, off to a great start on their first impressionist oil painting and their confidence is increasing in each class.
- This week students learned new vocabulary and have focused on the verb “estar” with conditions and emotions. We have also reviewed past verb conjugations and past vocabulary.
- We have been studying reductio ad adsurdum.
- This week we learned area equations that are applicable to regular polygons of any size.
- Next week we will move from two dimensions to study the surface area of various polyhedra.
- This week we worked through our genetics unit and practiced punnett squares and pedigrees. Next Thursday we will have a test on this unit! Please remind your students to study! Grades are up to date in Educate if you would like to review them.
- Students have been learning about the theological and historical developments of the medieval time period (generally identified by historians as extending from about 400-1400 a. d.). They have been learning about how its primary defining feature intellectually was the pursuit of reconciling faith with reason. It was a time period in which the popes and kings often competed with each other, and became object lessons for the conflicts in the intellectual realm between faith, theology and subjectivity that was identified with the church and reason, philosophy and objectivity that was identified with the state. They took a test yesterday, and we now proceed toward our study of the Protestant Reformation.
9th Grade Literature
9th graders polished essays on transcendentalism–very good work turned in so far! The class watched a new version of Little Women and listened for Louisa May Alcott’s subtle beliefs weaved into the story. The Great Gatsby is next on the list–a tale of self-centered spirals and fatalism.
- Ninth grade students have been working through short biographical sketches of the important political and military leaders of the Civil War. We have also begun to consider the broader strategies and specific major battles of the war.
10th Algebra II
- We’ve worked on solving and graphing one dimensional inequalities, finding slope from two points, and distance between two points. Next we will look at disjunctions and conjunctions, systems of linear inequalities, and distance/rate/time problems involving current.
10th Bible Survey
- This week we have been studying the book of Daniel. We have seen the faith of the three Hebrew children as they would not bow to Nebechadnezzar’s image. They saw the reward of their faith by having the presence of the Preincarnate Lord there with them in the fiery furnace. We have also seen the faith of Daniel as he continued to give himself to prayer though King Darius had made an injunction against prayer unwittingly. We saw that Daniel was studying the writings of Jeremiah and was in anticipation of the 70 years now completed. Daniel was thrown in the lions’ den; but the Lord sent his angel to shut the lion’s mouths. We learned that the best place to be is obedience to God and His word.
- Verse: Daniel 2:20-21
- Test: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Jeremiah and Lamentations, and Isaiah next Thursday.
- Read for book analysis project.
10th Grade Literature
Students read the second half of Mythology (E. Hamilton) and completed a rough draft of an essay. (And this class likes coffee!)
- This week we studied various gas laws.
- Next week we will finish our discussion of gases, and the students will take their second test of Q2.
- This week we considered the Greek/Macedonian empire under the control of Philip II and Alexander the Great. We have particularly considered the ways that Alexander created a world empire and the challenges that led to his early death and the splitting apart of his empire.
- Tenth grade students completed their second week of playing hockey. I am thankful for their motivation and enjoyment of playing a new, indoor sport this winter. Students demonstrated a growing understanding of positioning, passing and a willingness to compete and take risks while playing the game of hockey over the past two weeks.
10th Rhetoric I
- This week we talked about the second type of rhetoric: the epideictic speech. They are writing a tribute to someone and will be giving those on Tuesday.
- Students learned new vocabulary and we worked through relative pronouns. Students also reviewed past vocabulary and conjugations in preterite. We also read a Spanish cultural article this week.
- We’ve been studying energy exchange in mass spring and pendulum systems. The simple harmonic motion exhibited by these systems can be modeled by sine waves. Next we’re going to transition from these basic types of periodic motion to study other types of waves – sound and electromagnetic waves.
- Students have learned to graph all six trig functions as well as properties and uses of inverse trig functions. We closed the week with some basic applications of trig functions – finding missing sides, and angles, as well as predicting behavior at a certain time using trig functions.
- This week we continued our discussions of North America and the Caribbean Islands. We were blessed with guest speakers from Canada and the Dominican Republic, who talked to the class about their homelands.
- Next week, we will wrap up our discussions of North America and the Caribbean Islands, and we will begin our study of South America. We will have a former missionary to Brazil share with the class about that nation.
11th Grade Literature
- We began our unit on Arthurian Legends! Ms. Windes, Mr. Webster, and myself are planning a Medieval feast in March, so if you would like to participate please let one of us know.
11th NT Greek
- Students are diving into the deep waters of Greek verbs and learning how to identify an increasing number of different verb forms that often change the spelling of the verbs stem. They are doing a lot of translation work and are continuing to build-up their vocabulary. They have a vocabulary quiz on chapter twenty tomorrow. Because they are doing all their translation work from the New Testament, they are seeing how the grammar and syntax drives particular theological conclusions. They are asking great questions not only regarding the details of the grammar and syntax but also regarding the meaning of it all.
11th Grade History
- This week we finished by going over the crusades and will take a unit test. Next week we will begin chapter 11 and will continue to work on the class plays.
- Learning to construct and interpret slope fields has been our task for the week. Slope fields provide an interesting numerical approach to finding a solution when a model is difficult to construct. We saw how Katherine Johnson (Hidden Figures movie) applied this concept to plot the Apollo’s trajectory to the moon and back.
- This week we continued our unit on The Cardiac System. We learned about the cardiac cycle and played a Bingo game to review the various structures of the heart. We are awaiting the arrival of the cow heart’s for us to explore all the structures and things we have discussed in class. We will have a test on The Cardiac System next week!
- This week we discussed two crucially important speeches from the start of the Civil War (Lincoln’s Inaugural and Stephen’s Cornerstone). We completed short character sketches of many of the most important political and military leaders of the civil war. Next week we will consider the larger strategies of the war, briefly consider the major battles and then consider how the war ended.
12th Grade Literature
- We are continuing our journey through Yoknapatawpha County with the Bundren family. There will be an essay on the 22nd.
12th Grade Shakespeare Elective
- We wrapped up Taming of the Shrew and are deciding our next play.
12th Rhetoric II
- Please keep praying for our seniors! This quarter is one that gives a false sense of security and can lull the seniors into bad habits. Please pray that they keep running the race God has set them on and that we can come alongside them to help guide our seniors to the finish line!