VOLUME XIII, ISSUE 23
FEBRUARY 26, 2021
FROM THE OFFICE
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- March 8th – 12th: IST week for 9th – 12th graders
- March 12:
- READING DAY
- End of quarter
- Report cards released
- March 15th – 19th: SPRING BREAK
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)
- This week the TK students learned about Zacheus the tax collector and his conversion from an evil man who would lie and steal to a follower of Jesus. When his conversion took place he was filled with generosity and love for others. It is a witness to the transformation power of Jesus Christ.
- Students continue to enjoy many Dr. Seuss books in preparation for Dr. Seuss’s birthday next week!
- We spent a lot of class and play time outside. It was a joy to be in the warm sunshine again!
- TK students are incorporating lower case letters in their studies.
- This week we began to blend initial sounds with word families.
- In comprehension we read several books to the children and asked them to make connections. They were to identify what was similar between the books we read.
- Students compared sets of objects and numbers through the number 6 using dot cubes.
- Students practiced matching a number card to a set of objects.
- Students continued practicing paying for items using dimes up to 50¢.
Arts and Sciences
- This week students enjoyed an art project using a wax and watercolor resist. They created beautiful pieces of art using their name and personalized designs.
Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)
K – 5th
- This week the students worked on stretching, running, and played games that helped them build hand and eye coordination..
Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)
- Another full week in kindergarten! We began the week with a look at Joan of Arc and the feudal system. Students learned about the wars between France and England. With no military training, Joan convinced the crown prince Charles of Valois to allow her to lead a French army to the besieged city of Orleans. Our young scholars are learning to add ten to a number and order numbers from the least to the greatest. What do Rembrandt, Raphael, Michelangelo, and our kindergarten students have in common? They have all mastered the art of creating a self-portrait. In science we learned about the five characteristics of mammals. Mammals have hair or fur, are warm-blooded, most are born alive, nurse their young, and they have a backbone.
- Proverbs 14:34
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- We are so thrilled and thankful to have all the first grade students back in school and picking up with the learning as if they never left! In math, the students have been tackling using comparative symbols (like “greater than” and “less than”). Ask the students and they will tell you that the alligator always loves to eat the bigger number! In phonics and spelling, the students have been introduced to the “ough” phonogram, which has a total of six distinct sounds! In grammar, the students continue to make headway in learning all the various pronouns that we use every day. In history, we have learned so much about George Washington, some students have come up with over ten facts for their upcoming reports! Finally, in science, we are beginning to learn about the water cycle. Once again, we are grateful to have everyone back from remote learning and pray the Lord would continue his mercy to us for the rest of the school year.
- Review all older memory verses.
- George Washington reports and presentations due next week.
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- What an exciting week for second grade! We had Mummification Day on Thursday where the students pretended to enter an ancient tomb, then mummified a baby doll. They have been learning about the different aspects of mummification for weeks while creating the pieces of art they would need for this day. The students studied the various organs that were removed from the bodies as well as how best to preserve them. They studied, in detail, the lengthy embalming process and then had so much fun acting it out. When they weren’t in the mummifying room, they were next door pretending to be ancient Egyptian scribes where they got to write hieroglyphics on actual papyrus paper. Afterwards, the students were treated to a sampling of some of the foods that might have been offered to Anubis, the Egyptian god of mummification. Ask your child which food item was their favorite.
- Hebrews 11:1-16
- Reading Day MOVED to March 12th!
3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)
- This week in math we learned how to calculate averages and we really enjoyed learning how to check our work using calculators.
- In Latin, we continued to study and strengthen how to parse, label, and translate sentences. We thoroughly enjoyed translating our Libellus chapter this week on the birth of Christ. The author gave us a humorous sentence about the donkey’s smell. Our science lesson was also entertaining this week because we were able to make models of molecules, mixtures, and compounds with toothpicks and marshmallows. We rewarded ourselves, for our diligent work, with a sweet treat!
- Psalm 19: 11-12 (next week verses 13-14)
- Reading Day MOVED to March 12th!
- 3/2- Math Test (written and fact)
- 3/5- Latin Ch. 22, John the Baptist, Grammar Ch. 13
- 3/10- Chemistry (Spelling of 1st 18 elements counts as spelling test grade)
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- We have had a busy week with remote learning. Each morning the students have enjoyed forum time and we have practiced our memory verse as well as read enriching short stories that share when we pray, God listens, and says yes. We have had fabulous afternoon googlemeet sessions everyday to discuss The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. I love how much the students have enjoyed sharing their understanding of the story with great book discussions, writing activities and creative art enrichments. Math, Latin, Spelling and History have continued this week and the students are doing very well keeping up with their work, asking questions, and using the learning videos. I am very proud of them and give abundant thanks to all of the parents who have poured out their grace to me, their children, and Bradford as we navigate these waters. I am thrilled and thankful how God has used technology to keep us learning and on track in our studies.
- Decorate our volcanoes!
- Color Theory
5th Grade (Ms. Vogus)
- We have had an excellent full week of school! In writing, we completed the character analysis and now we are finishing up our essay on the 13 original colonies. We started studying for the National Latin Exam and reviewed previous week’s vocabulary. In math we are learning how to use exponents, fractions, and decimals in multiple step problems. Lastly, in history we learned about Washington’s command of the Continental Army.
- Philippians 2:1-16, Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, and history timeline
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
- We continued reading Call of the Wild. Students are looking at how the book portrays leadership. In addition, we were able to finish our outline and introduction for their essay on the industrialists.
- We wrapped up our card on Immigration to America, reviewed, and took a cumulative quiz!
- We continued our discussion of global warming through talking about fossil fuels and recycling. We have been discussing how Christians should respond regardless of our stance on what causes global warming.
- We wrapped up our discussion on Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc and began reviewing for our quiz next week. In particular, we talked about the use of statistics, and how even numbers can be misleading.
- We discussed the False Cause fallacy and discussed how it is enormously challenging to label cause and effect in historical events. Students discussed this fallacy through the lens of Gilgamesh in its relation to the Bible.
- We finished discussing hidden assumptions and reviewed for a quiz on our last three lessons. In addition, students continued to prepare for their next debate.
- We will begin to memorize 1 John 4, begin learning about WW1, and finish our essay on the industrialists.
- This week we’ve been investigating properties of sound waves, related phenomena like the Doppler effect, and applications of ultrasonic and infrasonic waves. Next week we will turn our attention toward electromagnetic waves. We have a project planned in which we will estimate the speed of light using a microwave.
- We’re concluding our study of sequences and series. Our next topic will be a brief look at probability and an application project where we will calculate the odds of creating a “perfect bracket” based on past March Madness data.
- Our review of simple two dimensional area formulas was expanded this week by adding in some more complicated shapes like various polygons and right triangles. Next week we will include the third dimension to our concept of area and learn to calculate various surface areas.
10th Bible Survey
- We have learned some important lessons in leadership and trusting in God through the lives of Ezra and Nehemiah. We have also been challenged by the disobedience of Jonah and encouraged by the patience of the Lord toward him.
- Book Report project is due March 2.
6th-10th Grade PE
- This week the students did various exercises to build strength and speed. After the workout the students played dodgeball and volleyball.
9th Grade Advanced Art
- Our artists are hard at work on their original oil paintings. We have quite a variety of paintings in the works. Everything from landscapes and animals to still life paintings.
7th Grade Science:
- The students have been fascinated this week as we have explored the variety of objects found in our solar system: planets, moons, asteroids, comets, dwarf planets, and unclassified “trans-Neptunian objects” in the Kuiper Belt. We have deepened our understanding of what the word “theoretical” means in the field of science as we learned about the proposed existence of the Oort Cloud. We also discussed why the vast majority of solar system models are necessarily inaccurate due to the vast distances between planets.
8th Grade Science:
- With our study of nonmetals, we have finally completed our detailed tour of the Periodic Table! The students now have a much deeper understanding of how an element’s location on the periodic table can be used to predict both the physical and chemical properties of the element and the structure of the atom’s electrons.
- Periodic Table Unit Test: Thursday, March 4th
- This week we continued working with logical proofs.
9th Historic Theology
- Our focus this week was on the rise of scholasticism, the growth of papal authority, and the development of a military ethos within Christendom.
- Students are nearing the end of their monumental Thucydides projects, and we can’t wait to see the results!
- Our study of the Iliad has come to a close; up next are the Romans and Roman literature!
- This week we examined our author’s defense of natural theology as well as various cosmological arguments.
- Our next period of study is the rise of imperialism and its devastating results.
- We are greatly looking forward to Daisy Miller, the controversial novella by America’s most revered novelist, Henry James.
Logic School Music: 6th and 7th grade
- Focusing on theory this week, students learned to recognize, play, and write Major, minor, and Perfect intervals.
- In performance, students are preparing for an informal exam of their piano solo pieces at the end of the quarter.
Logic School Music: 8th grade
- Students did an amazing job recognizing instruments by sight and by sound alone. After studying for and completing an orchestra and instrument assessment, students enjoyed continuing to work on their piano pieces.
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
- We completed our study of the late Romantic operatic repertoire with Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, George Bizet’s Carmen, and Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca.
7th Grade Omnibus
- History It’s been an exciting week! The beautiful sunshine drove us outside for half of our day on Wednesday, and it sure did feel nice. Seventh grade students have enjoyed reading the second book of Histories by Herodotus. We’re learning about “flying snakes” and ways to catch a crocodile, according to the world’s “first historian”. It has been interesting to learn details of Cyrus the Great from Herdotus’ perspective and to integrate this information with Biblical references to Cyrus in the books of Isaiah and Daniel. We have begun to investigate the differences in Greek and Persian battle strategies, weapons and armor as we prepare to dive into the particulars of the Greek and Persian Wars next week.
- Literature: Our literature studies continue to focus on preparing for our spring production of The Odyssey, by Homer. We had a successful work day this week, painting and preparing scenery and props for the play.
- Bible: In alignment with our study of ancient Greek and Persian armor, we have been studying Ephesians 6 and learning about the full armor of God. Students have practiced wielding their offensive spiritual weapon, the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Ask your student about our “Sword Drill” this week and perhaps a family Sword drill at home would be fun 🙂
9th Grade Biology:
- Biology students began Module 7 this week, looking at DNA, protein synthesis and cellular reproduction. These topics can be difficult to grasp, but they are working diligently and doing a wonderful job.
- This week we discussed properties of solids and liquids.
- Next week we will discuss properties of solutions, and the students will take their third (last) test of Q3.
9th Grade Literature
- We continued our discussion of A Tale of Two Cities.
9th Grade History
- We are discussing the impact of the French Revolution on Europe.
11th Grade Literature
- We continued our discussion of The Faerie Queene and looked at the religious allegory.
11th Grade History
- We continued to look at the cycles of history within the Medieval age.
10th Rhetoric I
- The students are writing one last speech before spring break.
12th Rhetoric II
- The students are hammering out their ideas and working on writing their theses.
- This week we worked on honing in details on our colored pencil landscape finals.
- This week we worked on honing in details on our watercolor landscape finals.
- This week we worked on our Lord of the Rings oil pastel finals.
- This week we reviewed new vocabulary. We learned what the present progressive was and how/when to use it. We worked on listening comprehension and did some review of past concepts.
- This week we reviewed for our Chapter 3 test. Students took the test and we then reviewed past vocabulary as a refresher.
- This week we reviewed for a test and took a test.
- This week we took a test and then worked with finding volume, lateral surface area, and total surface area of a right cylinder.
8th Algebra I
- This week we took a test and then worked on finding the volume of a pyramid and cone. We also worked with the difference of squares.
10th Algebra II
- This week we reviewed for a test and took a test.
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week we reviewed the future tense and began preparing for a large end of quarter quiz scheduled for next week.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: In history we have finished our chapter with the literature and architecture of the High Middle Ages; we will review and take a test over the material next Wednesday, 3/2.
- Literature: We began A Midsummer Night’s Dream this week, a magical and funny play to introduce the students to Shakespeare! We have been enjoying dramatic readings of the play together and watching and comparing different versions of the different scenes.
- Composition: The students have been doing a great job gathering their sources and beginning their research. Over the next few weeks, they will be finishing their research, making their outline, and writing the rough draft which is due 3/12.
6th Grade LATIN
- Sixth graders took their chapter 10 Latin test and then we began chapter 11 and reviewed numbers and geography for the upcoming National Latin Exam!
7th Grade LATIN
- In seventh grade, we learned a new set of vocabulary and learned about other uses of the dative case.
8th Grade LATIN
- In eighth grade Latin, we practiced the many uses of the dative and genitive cases.