VOLUME XV, ISSUE 24
Feb 16, 2023
FROM THE OFFICE
- Have you updated your contact info, permissions, etc in TADS? Now is a great time to do it!
- GrandPartners can sign up here to visit and volunteer on February 24th. There are lots of opportunities available. We love to have GrandPartners on campus!
- NEXT Hot lunch: Friday, 2/24
- Fri, 2/17: Teacher workday – NO SCHOOL
- Mon, 2/20: Presidents day – NO SCHOOL
- Week of 2/20: Start of Spring Season Sports
- Varsity Girls Soccer (Tu [2/21] & Th [2/23], run from upper campus to MACC soccer fields, end practice at 5pm, pickup at MACC soccer fields)
- Varsity Co-ed Tennis (Tu [2/21] & F [2/24]), change at upper campus, practice across the street @ tennis courts, end practice at 4:15pm, pickup at upper campus)
- Off-season Cross Country training (4th-12th grade divided into two age groups) will begin M/W/F workouts on February 27th.
- 2nd & 3rd Grade Run Club will begin Tu/Th workouts on February 21. Training will begin at 2:45 and end at 3:45pm at the Main Campus.
- Thurs, 2/23: 11th NC State visit
- Fri, 2/24:
- GrandPartners Day!
- HOT LUNCH
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- Mon, 3/6 – Wed, 3/15: Senior trip to England
- 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
- Thurs, 5/18: 9th grade field trip to NC Museum of Art
- Week of 5/15 and 5/22: Senior Thesis presentations
- 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)
TK enjoyed a fun week working on showing love to others and spending time in the kitchen. We cut out heart cookies, decorated them, and then ate them this week! We also spent time discussing how we can show love to those around us and journaled our ideas. The 5 day TK students created a special art project this week. Students worked on memorizing letters M and N this week and their sounds. It is always so fun to see what they bring for show & tell. TK continued learning about dimes and practiced paying for items using dimes. Students worked on reading comprehension skills while they compared two books and practiced building letters using wood pieces. This week in our Jesus Storybook Bible we read how Jesus is the friend of little children and practiced singing Jesus Loves Me and Jesus Loves the Little Children.
Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)
K – 5th
- Students worked on following instructions and completed several relay races. Kindergarten learned how to catch and pass a kickball as well as run bases. First through fifth grade students worked on kickball skills and played a few rounds of kickball. .
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- Kindergarten, First and Second grade students continued working on “Jesus Paid It All”. We even added motions to the first verse. Students also worked on “Jesus Loves Me” and learned the sign language that goes with the song. We ended with talking about what a round is and applied that concept to the songs “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and “God Our Father”.
- 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 three notes (B, A, G). We also worked on pages 8 and 9 in our books. Students did a great job on their first playing test on Exercise #4 on page 8. We also worked on the first and second verses of “Jesus Paid It All”.
- Students did a great job today going back and reviewing pages 11-12. Students really excelled at their playing tests! 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 “the first and second verse of “Jesus Paid It All”.
Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)
- This week we wrapped up our Monet inspired colorings and will begin a new project next week. Ask your student what they have learned about Claude Monet!
- This week we wrapped up our Monet inspired colorings and will begin a new project next week. Ask your student what they have learned about Claude Monet!
- Students finished their Monet inspired watercolor paintings and they are proudly displayed in their classroom – stop by and see them if you get a chance! We began sphere drawings focusing on grayscale this week.
Kindergarten (Miss Burdeshaw and Mrs. Rivera)
Our kindergarten scholars had a very excitable and enjoyable past few days in class. Valentine’s Day was the most anticipated one, and the students loved giving and receiving gifts from their classmates. We also read them a book on Saint Valentinus, the martyr this day was named after. Emperor Claudius ll decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families so he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentinus, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages in secret. We spent time learning a few new concepts in math, which were telling the time to the half hour, dividing a shape into fourths, and adding ten to single and double-digit numbers. In spelling and phonics, we started a new word list and continued reading “Ben and His Pen.” In history class, we discussed Joan of Arc and her heroism in fighting for the sake of Christ. In art, we finished our Justinian the Great mosaics.
Memory Work: Review week
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mrs. Smith)
The beautiful weather has been a blessing, giving us the opportunity to be outside while reading our book “A Tale of Sir Galahad”. This book gave us an opportunity to have a small discussion on hydras, the knights at the round table and the Holy Grail. What a fun book to read! On Tuesday, Valentine’s day we read the story of St. Valentine who was a leader in the church and lived in the Roman Empire during the third century. We also discussed the perfect example of love, the love of our God and Father. In math we are expanding our knowledge of fractions and had fun learning to draw hearts, stars and flowers to use with our lesson on fractions. In grammar we are writing “A Story about Me”. I look forward to reading these imaginative stories.
This Week: James 1:19-20
Next Week: Review
No School Friday, February 17
No School Monday, February 20
Reading Day Friday, March 17
2nd Grade (Mrs. Hedgecock & Mrs. Eng)
We had a wonderful week in second grade. In math, we learned about probability, solving a problem by working backwards, arrays, and area. We also began memorizing division facts for 2, 5, and 7. On Valentine’s Day, we learned about Saint Valentinus’ love for God that led him to defy Emperor Claudius’ ungodly decree and to share the gospel with his jailers after he was caught. Our study of the Birth of Moses reminded us yet again of God’s sovereign care and love for His people, revealed in the preservation of Moses’ life. We also read of the Hebrew midwives’ right fear of God that led them to defy Pharaoh’s ungodly decree. Over in the Hundred Acre Wood, we have enjoyed meeting Kanga and Roo, as well as going on an expedition to find the North Pole with Pooh and his friends. Our new Latin words are all about food; ask your children to teach you the Latin for dinner, food, I drink, I eat, and water.
- Hebrews 11: 13-14 (this week)
- Hebrews 11: 15-16 (next week)
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- Loved by the common man, Julius Caesar led the charge in launching a series of political and social reforms changing the course of the Greco-Roman world forever. Even though Julius Caesar established fair laws, such as, banning the sale of people into slavery due to debts and making the taxes fair between the nobility and common man, he was resented among the wealthy senators for cleaning up the corruption. In an effort to restore the old way of governing, a plot to assassinate Julius was devised, in which his own friend, Brutus, thrust a blow that would help end his life. Despite their attempts to remove his influence, to this day, Caesar’s name is still used as a title signifying a ruler who is uniquely supreme. In math, students continue to solve division problems, convert improper fractions into mixed numbers, and identify and name quadrilaterals. Students finished working on their retelling of the tall tales about Pecos Bill, adding the who/which clause to their “bag of dressups.” We memorized and discussed the imperfect tense of sum (I am), and continued to practice translating Latin sentences into English. We are over halfway through the third quarter! Encourage your student to finish strong; spring is just around the corner!
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Mrs. Lawson)
- We had a wonderful week learning about whales and how they use blubber to keep warm in icy water. We completed a demonstration and painted our ocean scene for our artwork next week. We learned about John Huss and John Wycliffe and how they spread the seeds of the Reformation. In Latin we talked about 3rd Declension I Stem Nouns and completed our IEW two paragraph essay. The students learned new spelling rules in English and contractions.
5th Grade (Mrs. Owens)
We have continued to dive into the Revolutionary War and this week we learned about Washington commanding the Continental Army. We looked at a few important battles that finally ended with Cornwallis surrendering in October 1781. This week in Math the students learned how to find the volume of a rectangular prism, use units of measure to complete arithmetic problems, and use proportions to find an unknown number. We also had a busy week in Grammar. The students began to compare personal pronouns and their antecedents as well as look at subject-verb agreement. We have a few big projects coming up where our history, literature, and grammar will all come in handy. Stay tuned for more details about the poster contest and a research paper.
Philippians 2:9-11 (this week and next week)
No School Friday, February 17
No School Monday, February 20
Reading Day Friday, March 17
- Students received their seventh 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 small group test on 2.31 this past Tuesday 2/14. Students will have a test on 3.8 on Tuesday 2/21. 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.
Mrs. Sarah Johnston
- We continued to work through the new concert music and have had some fun learning to sing accidentals in solfeggio. The group as a whole is starting to work well listening to one another, which will be vital as we learn our acapella pieces. Next week we will hopefully finish most sight reading and begin to delve deeper into interpretation. Practice time should be focused on what we have already learned in class to build confidence in your own parts.
6th-8th Girls’ PE
- This week we played kickball and floor hockey.
6th Reading and Literature
- This week we continued to read The Hiding Place.
6th Grammar and Writing
- Students turned in their Compare/Contrast Essays today. I am looking forward to reading them!
- We are continuing to work our way through the book of Acts.
- This week we learned about Teddy Roosevelt. Thank you to Coach Johnston for being a guest speaker on the subject!
- This week we are reviewed for an upcoming quiz and spent time looking into ideas for the Cell Project (Due Tuesday, March 14).
- We spent more time discussing analogies this week.
6th Grade Latin
- Sixth graders reviewed and learned several new grammar concepts in preparation for the National Latin Exam in early March!
6th Grade Math
All of the tools in our math toolbox that we’ve been filling all year are starting to work together! This week we learned that, with versatility in our math tools, we can use multiple strategies to solve complex problems. This week we practiced using diagrams, ratio boxes, proportions, and algebraic expressions to solve Fraction of a Group problems. We also started multiplying and dividing with negative numbers.
- Students worked on their grayscale still life drawings. We spent lots of time blending and finding various values of gray this week.
7th Grammar and Writing
- We began a new project to sharpen our editing/writing/communication skills–a newspaper! What an eager and creative bunch!
7th Grade Omnibus
- Students are cruising through William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar by reading parts aloud in class. Once we read the play, students will choose a scene to either rewrite–in a modern day setting–or memorize and recite one of the speeches from the play. (Students are eager to see their recent essays graded. I am plodding through, but much life is happening at the moment and patience is required 🙂 !)
- Combining efforts towards the newspaper assignment, students were challenged to write advertisements inclusive of logical fallacies.
7th Grade Science
We wrapped up our study of the Geocentric and Heliocentric models of the solar system and then looked at what modern astronomy has revealed about the structure of our solar system.
- The students are also hard at work on their month-long Moon Log. The moon is slowly disappearing this week as it wanes back toward a New Moon.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
This week we reviewed solving problems as rates and solving problems as proportions. We also reviewed using the properties of equality to solve for unknowns in algebraic equations.
- Students worked on grayscale still life drawings as well as graphite animal drawings. With both of these projects we are focusing on finding detail and locating all values on the grayscale.
7th Grade Latin
- Seventh graders reviewed the vocative case, the imperative mood, and practiced writing sentences and using these.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: The students have started giving their presentations and have been doing a fantastic job! We also learned more about life in the medieval towns.
- Literature: The students have begun giving their literature presentations this week as well; they are bringing in maps, teaching us about runes, and are bringing in 3D structures of various places in Middle Earth! We also had an excellent discussion comparing Denethor and Theoden and what motivated Theoden to give his life for his people while Denethor threw his life away.
- Composition: We are beginning our research papers! The students chose their topics this week and then narrowed them down into a specific research question.
8th Grade Latin
- 8th graders reviewed for and took their chapter 2-5 review test covering all the review section from book two. Soon, we will continue covering new material!
8th Grade Science
We dove deep into the anatomy of the atom this week, studying the difference between protons, neutrons, and electrons, as well as the quarks that make up the nuclear particles. We talked about how these particles determine the identity of an element and where it is located on the periodic table.
8th Grade Algebra I
Our study of linear equations is starting to bear fruit! Students are now becoming proficient at graphing linear equations using the y=mx + b formula, which allows them to quickly solve systems of equations by graphing. They also learned to identify the domain and range of functions and to use systems of equations to solve coin problems.
- Students have finished their Lord of the Rings oil pastels. We also started a recreation of a famous painting in a medium of their choice this week.
From COLLEGE COUNSELING Office:
- The first standardized test for the sophomores will be the PSAT that they take junior year which will not only be a practice for the SAT but also will count as a National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. To practice for the October PSAT they will take junior year, sophomores are going to take a practice PSAT on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 4th.
Sophomores and Juniors:
- Soon it will be time to make decisions about electives! Parents, I will send an email soon with choices about electives for next year. It is a good idea to start talking and thinking about what students would like to take! Be on the lookout for more information soon.
- As a very general overview, they will be able to choose between taking classes that Bradford teachers offer, classes at ACC, and online classes through other colleges.
- 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
- We continue to work on our new vocabulary. We have spent much of the week focusing on using the verb “estar” with emotions and conditions. Present progressive tense was also a big focus for us this week.
- This week we finished our study of calculating areas of various polygons, and we began calculating surface areas of polyhedra.
- Next week we will finish calculating surface areas of polyhedra, and the students will take their second test of Q3.
- This week we took some time on valentines day to learn about hearts in various animals. We also wrapped up our unit on genetics. Grades will be in Educate by early next week! We will start our final unit of the third quarter next week on Evolution and Ecology.
- Students wrote out their memory verses, Galatians 2:15-16 on Wednesday, as we began our study of the Protestant Reformation.
9th Grade Literature
Reading continued of the Great Gatsby–through page 60 by midweek and to the end by Wednesday, February 22. In the meantime, we drew names to divide into groups and write a newspaper that represents a day in the Gatsby era. (Students are eager to see their recent essays graded. I am plodding through, but much life is happening at the moment and patience is required 🙂 !)
Students completed our brief overview of the Civil War. This week we particularly focused on the numerous ways that the Civil War began/foreshadowed modern warfare (trains, telegraphs, ironclads, submarines, repeating rifles, etc), as well as a summary of early Confederate victories and the major battles that the Union won in order to win the war. Next week we will review our Civil War unit material prior to taking a test on Friday (2/24).
9th Grade Logic
Our students have been wading through the tough concepts of rules of inference, rules of replacement, and differing ways to solve tough problems in symbolic logic.Though our minds are stretched, we are soldiering through!
For fun and practical use of our logic skills, we applied the reductio ad absurdum and straw man arguments to various statements from politicians in recent news cycles.
10th Algebra II
Students have worked on graphing conjunctions and disjuctions of inequalities, working “current” type distance, rate, time problems, and solving systems of linear inequalities.
10th Grade Literature
One day we were able to enjoy the gift God gave us of wonderful weather–we had class on the tennis courts! The rousing discussion of Edith Hamilton’s Mythology gave insight to how well the students were able to read and comprehend the reading. Next, we began the rollout of a new assignment–a newspaper to enhance communication and editing skills. (Students are eager to see their recent essays graded. I am plodding through, but much life is happening at the moment and patience is required 🙂!)
- This week we finished our study of properties of gases, and the students took their second test of Q3.
- Next week we will begin a study of properties of solids, liquids, and solutions.
We completed our study of the Peloponnesian War and the Macedonian Empire under Philip II and Alexander the Great. This week we focused on reviewing this material and upcoming essay prompts in preparation for a big test on Wednesday (2/22).
Students were challenged to play futsal (a fast paced version of soccer, played on a gym floor). It was good for students to take a break from upper body game-play and be forced to focus on their foot coordination again. The 10th grade class continues to work and play hard together. They have been a delight to teach in PE this year!
10th Rhetoric I
- This week the students gave tribute speeches praising a person of their choice, some of whom were parents. They were so sweet! You should ask to read them.
- This week we added new vocabulary and reviewed plenty of verbs in the preterite tense. Students worked on writing a conversation using this new vocabulary. We also began learning about formal commands and how to form them.
- Our study of periodic motion concluded this week. We’re beginning to look a particular type of periodic motion – sound and light waves. Learning about EM spectrum especially will help us appreciate the many amazing technological applications of waves as well as give us a peek into the realm of quantum physics.
- We’re diving into analytical trig – verifying trig identities, solving trig equations, and transforming/simplifying trig expressions using various identities
- This week we concluded our study of Central America, and we moved to South America. The students heard from a former missionary in Brazil.
- Next week we will continue our study of South America, and a guest speaker will teach the class about Paraguay.
11th Grade Literature
- Students continued their discussions of Arthurian Legends and are looking forward to our Medieval Feast Day on 3/16.
11th NT Greek
- Students completed their test review packet that covers chapters 15-20 in the textbook. They will have a test next Wednesday, the 22nd.
11th Grade History
- This week the students are preparing for their class play next week. Next week they will finally perform their plays, and we will also begin our new unit on chapter 11.
- Our unit of differential equations concluded and our study of applications of integration commenced this week. Our first application was learning the significance of and how to find the average value of a function.
- This week we wrapped up our study of The Cardiac System. We took some time on valentines day to talk about the science of love, as well as look at some various animals heart in comparison to humans. Next week, we will begin our final unit of the quarter on The Nervous and Endocrine Systems. This unit will be move quickly as we need to be done prior to them leaving for their senior trip! We are still waiting on our hearts for dissection to arrive.
Students focused on reviewing the important leaders from the Civil War while focusing their consideration on the varying strategies and capabilities of the opposing sides. We briefly surveyed major changes to warfare and considered how the Civil War foreshadowed some of the more powerful and industrial weapons of WW1. We concluded the week by beginning an overview of the major battles at the beginning of the war. Next week we will conclude our study of the Civil War and then focus our attention on Reconstruction.
12th Grade Literature
- This week we completed Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. The students discussed the reading in class and debated the interpretation of the stream-of-consciousness narrative.
12th Grade Shakespeare Elective
- Students began reading Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare’s most bloody play. To quote a student, “Huzzah! Murder!”
12th Rhetoric II
- Please keep our seniors in your prayers. The prepanels are drawing closer and the seniors are starting to feel the pressure.