VOLUME XIV, ISSUE 26
FEBRUARY 17, 2022
FROM THE OFFICE
Enjoy the long weekend!
- Mon, 2/21: President’s Day, no school
- Tues, 2/22: Basketball camp for girls
- Wed, 2/23: Basketball camp for girls
- Thurs, 2/24: Basketball camp for girls
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- Mon, 2/28: Spring XC Training begins!
- Fri, 3/11:
- Reading Day (more info to come!)
- Last day of Q3
- Report cards released on EDUCATE
- Mon 3/14 – Fri 3/18: SPRING BREAK
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)
- This week TK learned how Jesus is a friend of little children. In Matthew 19, Jesus used the faith of a child as an example of how we should all approach Jesus. Children are precious to our Lord.
- This week TK was in the kitchen! They cut cookie dough into the shape of hearts, baked the cookies, then decorated them with icing and sprinkles. Their beautiful creations were certainly delicious!
- TK students spent time practicing fine motor skills and built hand strength by participating in a cutting challenge using kid friendly scissors.
- Students reviewed how to identify letters by using alphabet pasta! Students also continued to practice handwriting using fun magnetic boards.
- TK practiced identifying and creating word families.
- The letter of the week was A.
- TK practiced creating ABB patterns using movement and colors.
- TK continued practicing counting by 10s by using dimes.
Arts and Sciences
- Students used their vocabulary words: Separate, recycle, metal, glass, container, and bottle to do a science activity to sort items into bins for trash, recycle, or compost.
- Students created pictorial journal entries that demonstrated how they can love others.
Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)
K – 5th
- This week the students worked on stretching, strength training, and played games that build coordination skills.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)
- We were so happy to be able to get outside this week! After weeks of having indoor recess and lunch, it was so nice to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. This week, our students started a new reader, Dan of the Den, with more compound and two syllable words. Our spelling list this week gave our students the opportunity to learn how to spell the prepositions we introduced two weeks ago. In math, we created a human number line to let our students practice ordering numbers from least to greatest. We also learned to exchange 10 pennies for 1 dime and learned how to count by 100s to a thousand.
- In art, we learned how to draw a self portrait. Next week they will complete their final draft of their self portrait. Please send in a close up photo of your child’s face so they can reference it as they draw.
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- Our students have been doing even more work with three-digit numbers in math. We are now writing numbers in “expanded form” and visualizing what three-digit numbers would look like in different ways. In reading, we have thoroughly enjoyed the tale of Sir Galahad, one of Arthur’s knights. In grammar, we have been adding to our list of rules for complete sentences. Telling sentences always need a period and asking sentences always need a question mark. In history, we continue to study the early life of American painter Benjamin West. Finally, in science, we are studying the different layers of the earth and the wonders that are beneath our feet.
- James 1:19
- James 1:20
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- Students had a wonderful short week this week! They are grateful for a four day weekend to rest and store up energy for the remainder of the semester. In math, this week students got to pretend to be the teacher and help make corrections on their guided practice worksheet. They also began learning their x5 math facts. In reading, we are continuing to read The Curse of King Tut’s Mummy in our reading groups, and students are learning all about Howard Carter and his job in Egypt. See if your child can tell you why his crew had to only use shovels and pickaxes for digging. In grammar, we began preparing for their chapter 9 test by continuing to study prepositions, object of the prepositions, and prepositional phrases. In history, we have been studying the life of Moses and how God raised him up to free the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. See if your child can tell you all of the plagues and what order they came in!
- Hebrews 11:11-12 (this week and next week)
- 2/21 – No School
- 2/24 – Grammar Chapter 9 Test
- 2/24 – Hebrews 11:11-12 Recitation
- 2/25 – Mummification Day!
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- We finished another great week in third grade! From democracy and the idea of citizenship to the layout of our cities and roadways, students continue to discover the effect the Greeks and Romans had on our modern day lives. In order to travel across their vast empire, the Romans built paved roads much like our system of highways. Government and commerce were carried out in Roman Forums similar to our town squares. They built aqueducts to bring fresh water into the cities, and underground sewers to carry away the waste. We can see the influence of Roman architecture here in our own cities through the use of columns and domes crafted into buildings and structures like the White House and Jefferson Memorial. In math, students continue to solve division problems, convert improper fractions into mixed numbers, and identify and name quadrilaterals. We’ve introduced the future tense verb endings in Latin, and practiced conjugating verbs in the future tense. This tied in nicely with Grammar as we studied the three simple verb tenses, past, present, and future, and stressed the importance of being consistent in our use of tense when we write. Students are working on their persuasive essays and finishing up the book Detectives in Togas. As we head into the final three weeks, please encourage your student to finish strong!
- Psalm 19:13
- 2/21 – No School
- 2/25 – Chemistry Test
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- We were very busy in class this week. We talked about descriptive writing and learned about similes and metaphors and created our own poetry. We continued to study verb tense and its importance in the writing process. It was a fraction week in math as we practiced adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions and reducing answers in the lowest terms. The students loved learning 3rd declension nouns in Latin and parsing many sentences. We ended the week learning about Joan of Arc, The Black Death of Europe, and the Hundred Years War. We read and narrated Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley.
- Psalm 94: 16-19
- 2/21- No School
- Volcanoes and Crystals
5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt)
- We had a great week in 5th grade! We had an intensive week in grammar. We learned about adjectives in the simple form, comparative form, and the superlative form. We also learned about double negatives and how to correct them in sentences. In Latin we learned about complementary infinitives and continued translating sentences from Latin to English. A class favorite, we studied “The Battle of Bunker Hill” in history and learned about mighty colonists who were willing to fight for their freedom despite lacking training and long range weapons. In math we learned about the order of operations: PEMDAS- Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally- Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication/ Division, Addition/ Subtraction. We also continued reading Johnny Tremain.
- Philippians 2:7-8* 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
- 2/21 no school
- Card 21 America declares its independence!
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
- Our topic for the week has been the conservation of energy in a mass/spring system. This has tied in well with our study of sine and cosine waves in precalculus class. Next we will apply the same concepts to a pendulum system.
- This week we concluded our study of trig functions with some triangle and simple harmonic motion applications. We’ve learned to account for the periodic nature of the functions both graphically and algebraically.
- Solving differential equations using separation of variables technique has been our focus for the week. We’ve begun looking at various applications for differential equations. Next week we will take up growth and decay models as our final topic in this unit.
10th Bible Survey
- This week we have studied the books of Daniel and also the book of Zephaniah. We saw the character of God in Zephaniah 3:17. God shows His people the following: His presence, His salvation, His gladness, His love, His singing.
6th -10th PE
- This week the students played basketball in the Old Mebane Gym across the street from First Baptist.
9th Grade Advanced Art
- Our students have started another oil painting project. They are copying works by Monet, Sorolla and Renoir. This project will stretch their understanding of brush strokes and their use of color.
6th Grade Science:
- This week we reviewed all the things that we have learned about the cell and the hierarchical organization of living things. Our unit test on cells will take place next Wednesday, February 23rd. Cell Projects are due on February 25th.
6th Grade Math:
- The students have jumped into the challenge of the algebraic addition of signed numbers. The students quickly realized the usefulness of algebraic addition when they saw that it would allow subtraction problems to be commutative if they turned them into the addition of negative numbers.
7th Grade Science:
- We are wrapping up our study of the inner terrestrial planets with a closer look at Mars, home to both the tallest mountain and the largest canyon yet discovered in our solar system.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra:
- We continued practicing the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of signed numbers, sometimes with multiple signs given to one number.
8th Grade Science:
- We have put our algebra skills to the test this week by making proportion calculations in hydraulic systems, as well as solving for unknown volume or pressure measurements using Boyle’s Law.
8th Grade Algebra I:
- Radicals! Radicals! The students are learning to evaluate the roots of numbers that are not perfect squares.
9th Grade Biology:
- We have moved on to the central dogma of molecular biology: DNA transcription and translation. The students are learning the beautiful elegance of the DNA code and how a sequence of nucleotides can code for a specific protein.
- This week we looked at developments in Catholic theology in the high middle ages, including scholasticism, new ideas on papal authority, and the emergence of the crusades.
- Our reading of the Communist Manifesto has been instructive, as we have held this work up to critique from a biblical point of view.
- In history we have just concluded our study of the French revolution and its aftermath, including the rise and reign of Napoleon.
- This week we had some excellent presentations on various films using Aristotle’s Poetics, the first full-length work of literary theory in the Western canon.
- In 10th history, we have just concluded the golden age of Greece, and are moving on to the Hellenistic period.
- In our apologetics class, we have been studying the nature of truth, the Christian’s theory of truth, and objections to natural theology.
- We began a music vocabulary review and completed our brief overview of the life and works of Joseph Haydn.
- Students are almost ready to perform their ensemble pieces! They are doing a great job!
- We continued our intensive piano ensemble practice time. Several students also began working on their solo pieces.
- We completed a brief overview of the performance career of Niccolò Paganini–the virtuoso violinist who inspired our next composer, Franz Liszt.
- Students worked on a massive music vocabulary review in preparation for our end-of-quarter test.
- Choir practice was the main focus of our week; it is wonderful to hear the students’ progress! We also continued our intensive piano ensemble practice time, and even began a brief overview of the performance career of Niccolò Paganini–the virtuoso violinist who inspired our next composer, Franz Liszt.
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
- Our focus this week was on the history, literature, art and music of Russia. Students listened to poems by Pushkin, read through translations of Dostoevsky, “walked” the streets of St. Petersburg and Moscow (via Google Earth), and listened to the ringing of the Russian church bells. We also began our study of Russian music with “The Mighty Five” and Tchaikovsky.
6th Language Arts
- This week Phileas Fogg finally made it through India and is on his way to Hong Kong. Detective Fix is still in hot pursuit! We’ve also been working on our Call of the Wild essays in class, and those should be ready to be typed up.
- This week’s card covered Immigration to America through Ellis Island. Students had an opportunity to compile a family tree and discover any connections they might have to the immigrant population of the 18th century.
7th Grade Omnibus
- We’re almost done with our practice essays on O’Henry’s The Gift of the Magi, and we’re wrapping up our study of early Greek civilization. Alexander the Great begins to loom large. We’re enjoying C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces– there’s been a few chapters of setup, but we’re about to get into the core of the narrative.
- Fallacies of Fake Precision dominated this week, with special attention to claims relying on statistics and polls. Students also began preparing for their persuasive speeches.
- We spent this week focusing on the vocabulary of logic. As we venture deeper into the world of logic, our ability to use the proper logical terminology becomes increasingly important. We’re also gearing up for a series of debates to put what we’re learning into practice.
- This week we concluded our discussion of gases, and the students received a take-home test. Instructions were sent by email to students and parents. We do not have class Friday or Monday, so students should return the completed tests Wednesday.
- Next week we will begin our study of solids, liquids, and solutions.
12th Systematic Theology
- This week we learn about the necessity of Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension.
12th Grade Literature
- We are working through Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.
12th Grade History
- We are studying World War 2 and the Holocaust.
11th Grade Literature
- We are wrapping up Machiavelli’s The Prince and comparing his leadership styles with biblical leadership principles.
11th Grade History
- Students have their research rough drafts due this week, so they have been working on those.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students are writing a tribute speech. You should ask to read those as some of them are about parents and siblings.
12th Rhetoric II
- Students are working on editing their theses. Please continue to be in prayer for them as this is the time of year where senioritis wants to set in and these students still need to run the race set before them.
- This week we finished up our Winslow Homer inspired pen and ink boat drawings. These have turned out nicely!
- This week we started working on our Winslow Homer inspired watercolor seascapes and sunsets.
- This week we continued working on our Lord of the Rings oil pastel drawings. This is a cross curriculum art assignment that ties in with literature.
- This week we worked on direct object nouns and pronouns. We talked about how to use these effectively. We also reviewed our vocabulary and took a quiz on these words.
- This week students performed their Spanish skits. They were tasked with using preterite and imperfect tenses and plenty of vocabulary in these skits.
- This week we continued learning about triangles and different theorems and proofs that relate to them.
- This week we learned how to use the conditional proof.
10th Algebra II
- This week we reviewed for a test and then took the test.
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week we began learning the future tense of Greek.
- This week we continued learning about South America.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: In history, the students have been presenting their research on their various topics of the early middle ages, teaching their classmates about topics ranging from the art and architecture of the period to daily life in the Carolingian empire to the rise of the Vikings in the ninth and tenth centuries.
- Literature: We have come nearly to the end of Return of the King! The students have offered many excellent and thoughtful observations in our final discussions, and we are preparing for a test over the entire trilogy next week.
- Composition: The students finished their poems imitating Billy Collins, and began thinking about and gathering research sources for their upcoming research paper.
6th Grade Latin
- Sixth graders continued learning about the ablative case and practicing translations.
7th Grade Latin
- Seventh grade students prepared for and took their test over the personal pronouns.
8th Grade Latin
- Eighth graders practiced more with translations, especially those using reflexive pronouns and possessive adjectives.
6th Grade Logic
- Sixth grade students learned about the weak analogy and gave persuasive speeches including a fallacy that they had to find.