VOLUME XIII, ISSUE 24
MARCH 5th, 2021
FROM THE OFFICE
Please continue to use your car tags at afternoon dismissal to help the teachers identify cars and keep things moving along.
- Monday, 3/8 – IST begins for 9th – 12th graders. (Tech, Civics, and Thesis!)
- Tuesday, 3/9 – Mr. Davis’ birthday….as PE teacher, he teaches almost all of the kids in the school. Be sure to wish him a happy birthday!
- Friday, 3/12 – READING DAY, and last day of 3rd quarter. Report cards posted to EDUCATE.
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- SPRING BREAK- March 15th – 19th
- Spring XC Training begins – March 23rd – for kids in 5th grade on up. (See email from office for details and sign up instructions.)
- Easter weekend – No school – April 2nd – 5th
- April 13th – 11th grade – CLT (test)
- April 28th – 9th – 10th grade – CLT (test)
- May 7th – Teacher appreciation day
- May 14th – Teacher work day
- May 25th – 27th – STANDARDIZED TESTING (1st – 8th grades) – ***Please do not make travel plans for this week!!***
- May 27th – TK last day
- June 4th – Last day of school; Graduation ceremony
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)
- This week TK learned about the story of the prodigal son. We learned that God’s faithfulness is always perfect and true. We were also reminded of the love of parents and to always trust and obey what they say.
- We began memorizing Acts 20:35 “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
- TK students enjoyed Dr. Seuss day this week. They enjoyed many games, books, fun foods, and oobleck!
- TK students learned to use descriptive words through playing a game of touch or look. One child was allowed to touch or look at a mystery item and could only use 4 words to describe it. The rest of the students were then challenged to try to identify the item by the words their friend chose.
- TK students illustrated and wrote what they wanted to be when they grew up. This journal entry will be preserved for binding at the end of the year.
- Students continued to practice rhyming, alliteration, identifying syllables, initial sounds, and blending sounds together.
- TK students began writing addition equations as they played game with dice!
- Students learned how to count-on from numbers 1-6.
- Students used a balance scale to compare weights of common objects and to see how many counting bears we needed to use to balance the scale with the different classroom items.
Arts and Sciences
- TK students planted seeds for the spring TK garden! Right now the seeds are in soil in grow boxes in the classrooms. We will transplant them outside after spring break!
Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)
K – 5th
- This week the students worked on throwing, catching, sprinting and hand/eye coordination skills through the use of various games.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)
- This week in kindergarten, we studied castles and discussed how the feudal system worked. Castles were built to protect against enemies, provide centers of commerce, and places of government. From kings to serfs, each person had a part to play; however, unlike our current system of society, people were not allowed to move up or down in station. In math, students learned how to skip count 100’s, draw congruent shapes and designs, and finding the missing number in the math facts with sums of 10. We spent time focusing on our artists of the quarter. They listened to Beethoven while recreating the painting of Colonel Guy Johnson and Karonghyontye by Benjamin West. We learned about Benjamin’s early life and his rise to fame in the book The Boy Who Loved to Draw. Students finished up their book on mammals, and then ventured outdoors for our annual mammal scavenger hunt! It’s been a busy week! We are looking forward to ending the quarter with our Dr. Suess celebration on March 12!
- Review of third quarter verses
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- What an exciting week we have had in first grade! In Science, we are learning about the Eastern Bluebird and we listened to the different songs they have. Also in Science, we began our study on the water cycle. In Art, we were able to continue our study of the bird of the month and we drew our very own Bluebird. In Grammar, we are studying 4 types of sentences. Our Grammar lesson helped us write our very first report on George Washington. We researched, wrote and presented our very first report this week in class. We have enjoyed reading and acting out “The Tale of Sir Galahad”.
- We will continue to review all memory verses.
- Reading Day- Friday, March 12
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- Second grade continued reading about the adventures of living with a Canadian menagerie of animals in Owls in the Family. At the end of the week each student got to create a paper “parade float” and put a picture of their pet in the float to form a Pet Parade on our wall. Those students who don’t have pets were allowed to choose an animal that they would like to own. We ended up with some very interesting animals in our parade! In history, we dove deep into Exodus to read and learn about the exciting story of the Ten Plagues in Egypt. We read about God’s plan for saving his people and the vital role an evil man played in that plan. We did an activity where we matched each of the plagues to one of the false gods the plague was intended to insult. Ask your child why God chose to display his power in this way.
- Hebrews 11:1-16
- 3-10 Latin Test
- 3-12 Book Character Dress-Up Day
3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)
- We finished our beloved book, Detectives In Togas, this week. Our class has enjoyed the mystery and excitement of this story, while being able to make connections with our history curriculum. In math, we have learned how to identify prime numbers, use our knowledge of prime numbers to simplify fractions, and we started working on dividing by nine. Our Latin chapter introduced us to sentences with prepositions and objects of the preposition. Thankfully, we are very familiar with identifying English prepositional phrases and this made our new Latin skill easier to learn. Our history card this week was about the last Old Testament prophet, John the Baptist. Our class had wonderful dialogue about how God uses people, who may not look like Prince Charming or Cinderella, to complete His work. We also had wonderful conversations during our morning forums about loving people who are difficult or different. Our discussion also consisted of thinking of ways to show love to our classmates and to love sacrificially. “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven…” Matthew 5:44-45 NKJV
- Psalm 19: 1-14
- 3/10- Chemistry Test
- 3/11- Math Test (Written and Fact)
- 3/12- Reading Day
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- We have had a wonderful week finishing up our Science experiments from the last couple of weeks. We will soon begin our Physical Science Unit and the students are very excited to learn about simple machines and how they work. We completed a new Latin chapter this week and learned a new pronoun chant. The students had a lovely time working on poetry this week and sharing their finished work aloud in class. I enjoyed the creativity and care all the students displayed creating and sharing their work. Math was such fun this week. We learned how to reduce fractions and this was the highlight of the week. The students loved learning this skill and completing problems together.
- Volcanoes and Crystals
- Reading Day
5th Grade (Ms. Vogus)
- We have had a wonderful full week of school in 5th grade. In art we reviewed color theory. In math we are continuing to learn about converting decimals to fractions and how to gather unspoken information from a word problem. In Latin we have been learning about pronouns and how they are used in the Latin language. We have also been preparing for the National Latin Exam by taking practice tests from previous years. Lastly, we have only two more chapters to read in Johnny Tremain and then we will be moving on to Duel in the Wilderness and Treasure Island.
- 1 Samuel 2:1-2
- National Latin Exam (03/11)
- Reading Day (03/12)
- 1 Samuel 2: 1-4
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
- We finished Call of the Wild! Students wrote an essay on why London might have named the book Call of the Wild, and talked about how Buck changed throughout the story. Additionally, students should be wrapping up their essay on the industrialists.
- We finished learning about Edison and the Wright brothers before turning our attention to WW1. Students have started learning about the beginning of the war, and are grasping a basic understanding of what trench warfare may have looked like.
- We wrapped up our unit on global warming with an essay which speaks to the various positions on global warming and the repercussions of each.
- We reviewed for, and took a quiz on each fallacy discussed thus far.
- We reviewed for, and took a quiz on each fallacy discussed thus far.
- Students began their debates which they have worked so hard to research. We spent the week debating, and discussing what each side did well in their arguments in addition to what needed improvement.
- We will continue memorizing 1 John 4, and close out the quarter with review.
- We’ve concluded our study of sound waves and are now learning about light “waves” and how they also exist as particles. Using a microwave to melt wave patterns into a chocolate bar, we were able to roughly calculate the speed of light. Ask your student how close our measurements were to the actual value.
- After a brief study of probability, we are calculating some March Madness probabilities based on historical data. Once we each create our own original brackets, we will see how likely each of us is to have a “perfect” bracket. While no one will end up with a perfect bracket, the winner of our class bracket pool will be treated to lunch.
- We are beginning to study the surface area of three dimensional objects. This has various applications in packaging, heating and cooling, and chemical reactions.
10th Bible Survey
- This week we focused our attention on the books of Obadiah, Hosea, Zephaniah, and Habakkuk. God has taught us about his character, his justice, and his love through these books. (We have already covered Haggai and Zechariah).
- When we return from break, we will begin the New Testament. We will look back to Malachi while studying the gospels and to the book of Joel when we cover the book of Acts.
- Students turned in their book analysis project this week. When the students come back from break, I will assign a time for them to do a presentation on their projects.
6th – 10 Grade PE
- This week the students worked on strength training and endurance. They also began learning the basics of volleyball.
9th Grade Advanced Art
- Our students finished their first original oil paintings. This stretched the abilities of our students as they worked to take what they have learned from the great masters and apply it to their own ideas. For some, this was what they have been waiting for all year and they were eager to develop their own ideas. For others, it was a little intimidating to be set free to succeed or fail at creating art. Creating art that will hang on the wall for others to enjoy… and critique is difficult. It puts these young artists in a vulnerable position. This is good practice for them. They need to be to stand behind their work and back up the message they hope their art relays.
7th Grade Science:
- We spent time this week studying the terrestrial planets in detail. The students now have a greater understanding of what a unique blessing we have in Earth’s atmosphere as we saw the temperature extremes that result on Mercury and Mars due to their lack of atmosphere and the crushing heat and pressure of Venus’ oppressively thick atmosphere. Earth is truly in the “Goldilocks Zone” when it comes to our atmosphere! We also had a chance to watch the exciting moment when Perseverance landed on Mars!
- Test on Tuesday, March 9th: Geocentric and Heliocentric Models, Structures in our Solar System, Terrestrial Planets
8th Grade Science:
- As we wrapped up our survey of the periodic table, the students had the fun opportunity this week to solve a complicated logic puzzle by sorting the elements into their own periodic table given only their properties, but not their names. We also took our Periodic Table exam.
- We’ve continued to work hard on formal proofs this week, and students are getting more and more fluent with this skill.
9th Historic Theology
- Our study this week included such topics as the development of scholasticism in the High Middle Ages, the influence (and interesting personal life!) of Peter Abelard, the rise of the crusades, and the growing authority of the office of the pope.
- Our final Thucydides dramas occurred this week! Students have done a fantastic job on this project.
- We took our Iliad test this week; next up is Roman literature and history!
- We took our quarter one final test this week, which covered the concept of truth, prudential approaches to apologetics, natural theology, and cosmological arguments.
- This week we worked on our senior thesis project in history class.
- Daisy Miller, Henry James’s classic novella, has proven an interesting read so far!
Logic School Music
- Theory: Students did a great job continuing to work with major, minor, and perfect intervals.
- Music History: Introduction to Mozart.
- Performance: Students are preparing for an informal exam-recital, where each of them will perform their solo piano pieces for their class. They are really doing an amazing job!
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
- We concluded this quarter with the last of the late Romantic operas–Giacomo Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West and Tosca. Students are also working on essays on topics ranging from Wagner’s concept of Gesamtkunstwerk and that of Brahms as antithesis to Wagner to Tchaikovsky’s approach to symphonic style and his elevation of the ballet genre.
7th Grade Omnibus
- History: Our history adventures with Herodotus have led us to Egypt this week, where we’ve read of “flying serpents” and learned the best way to catch a crocodile! Seventh graders are continuing to add important events and people to their ancient history timelines and enjoyed playing a game in teams to place events in ancient history in order. We have also been blessed by the tenth grade class, who performed an original play about the Peloponnesian War, based on the writings of Thucydides.
- Literature: We took a little diversion this week in literature to learn about the ancient Greek fabulist, Aesop, and to hear some of his most famous fables
- Bible: As we study “great” leaders in history, such as Cyrus the Great of Persia or Pericles or Xerxes, we have also considered the fact that greatness in human eyes is often not what God considers great. The pride which so often drives men and women to greatness is also so often that which causes their downfall. This week, our students in seventh grade memorized and recited Proverbs 16:18….”Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
9th Grade Biology
- Biology students have finished up their study of DNA and the process of protein synthesis this week. We ended our week with a unit test, which will be the last test of this quarter. Next week, during our Technology Intensive Short Term, ninth grade students will continue to learn more about how to use spreadsheets in science.
- This week we did demonstrations of crystallization, the effects of stirring on solvation, and the Tyndall Effect. We concluded our discussion of solids, liquids, and solutions. The students took their last test of Q3 this week. Three will be no final exam this quarter due to classes missed during bad weather.
- Next week is IST.
9th Grade Literature
- We wrote short stories inspired by Dickens.
9th Grade History
- We connected the French Revolution with modern ideas and discussed the cycles that history produces.
11th Grade Literature
- We wrote our own knight tales inspired by Spenser’s The Faerie Queene.
11th Grade History
- We continued to look at how Medieval times are similar to modern times.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students wrote and delivered speeches about juvenile records and whether or not they should follow you into adulthood.
12th Rhetoric II
- Students continued to work on their theses. IST is next week to finalize and write a first draft of their final thesis.
- This week we finished and began matting our colored pencil landscape finals.
- This week we finished and began matting our watercolor landscape finals.
- This week we finished up our Lord of the Ring oil pastel finals and worked on additional oil pastel projects.
- This week we talked about when to use verbs SER and ESTAR. We reviewed vocabulary and continued to conjugate verbs.
- This week we began the subjunctive. We talked and how and when to use it. We added some new vocabulary and reviewed past words as well.
- This week we worked with fractional and decimal parts of a number. We will have a test next week.
- This week we worked with multiplying and dividing with signed numbers. We will have a test next week.
8th Algebra I
- This week we worked with variables that contain subscripts and we also learned how to graph a line based on its equation. Next week we will have a test.
10th Algebra II
- This week we learned how to use the discriminant with quadratic equations and how to work with systems of linear inequalities.
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week we had a quiz that covered all material for chapters 15-20.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: We reviewed and the students took their history test and map quiz over life during the High Middle Ages.
- Literature: We have been fully enjoying the foibles and themes of A Midsummer Night’s Dream! The students have been doing a fantastic job with the class dramatic readings. We are looking forward to continuing Shakespeare with Henry V and Macbeth next quarter!!
- Writing: The students continue to work on their big research project, working towards turning in their rough draft on March 12th. This week they completed their outlines and thesis statements, and then began working on writing.
6th Grade LATIN
- We have been reviewing and preparing to take the National Latin Exam next Thursday, March 11th!
7th Grade LATIN
- We have been reviewing and preparing to take the National Latin Exam next Thursday, March 11th!
8th Grade LATIN
- Eighth graders are preparing for their test over chapter three – vocabulary, declension endings, and the uses of the dative and genitive cases.