BB 03-06-2020

 BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XII, ISSUE 22

March 6TH, 2020

FROM THE OFFICE

COVID-19:  Did you read Mr. Johnston’s email earlier this week regarding the COVID-19?  We will continue to monitor the situation and refer to the CDC and NCDHHS for guidance and restrictions.

SICKNESS:  Along those lines, please remember that your child must remain at home for 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting and diarrhea, or 24 hours after the fever breaks (without the aid of medication).  Expect a call from your teacher to pick up your child if they return too quickly in an effort to protect the other students, their families, and our staff.  

BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION:  Please keep sending in those Boxtops!  They are phasing out the clippable Boxtops and moving towards digital.  You can scan your receipts using the BTFE app on your phone. Learn more at BTFE.com

UPCOMING

NEXT WEEK:

  • Monday, 3/9:  Spring XC Training begins (for 5th – 11th graders, boy and girls)
  • Tuesday, 3/10:  MS girls soccer practice begins 
  • Friday, 3/13: 
    • TK Grandparents’ Day
    • End of 3rd quarter
    • Report cards go home

A few highlights for the rest of the year:

  • March 16th – 20th:  SPRING BREAK
  • Monday, 3/23:  Scrooby – bring in 2 tissue boxes, 4-pack black thin Expo markers
  • Tuesday, 3/24:  
    • MS athletic awards, 8:00 am
    • HS athletic awards, 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, 3/28:  Leiden Service Project 
  • Friday, 4/3:  Teacher Appreciation Day
  • Friday, 4/10 and Monday, 4/13:  Easter break, no school
  • Friday, 4/17:  Hot Lunch
  • Tuesday, 4/21 – Saturday, 4/25:  Senior trip to Boston
  • Tuesday, 5/5:  Graduation Tickets available to Bradford families
  • Thursday, 5/7:  5th – 6th grade to Monticello
  • Friday, 5/8:  Teacher workday, no school
  • Tuesday, 5/19 – Friday, 5/22:  1st – 10th: Standardized testing
  • Saturday, 5/23:  Jr/Sr Gala
  • Thursday, 5/28:  K – 6th: Patriotic Program  (11:00 matinee, 7pm program)
  • Friday, 6/5:  Last day of school;  Graduation ceremony, 7pm

FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK

 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)

Bible
  •  This week we reviewed what it means (for TK age) to serve with love.  Jesus is the greatest example of loving and serving others. We will use His example to spur us on to, love God, love others and do good deeds. 
Theme Adventure
  •  This week TK students worked hard to prepare to be good hosts for their grandparents. Next week is the annual TK Grandparents’ Day.  We look forward to the time spent with our honored guests! 
Literacy
  •  This week TK practiced learning verbs by playing charades.  
  • TK also illustrated the setting of their favorite animal stories and completed their 3D rendering.  TK students dictated their stories to their teacher and will be on display for grandparents’ Day!
  • TK students continued to work on the identification of lowercase letters.  When we return from spring break we will begin focused writing of each lowercase letter through the end of the year.  
Math
  •  TK students were introduced to ordering items by length and measuring the length of objects using nonstandard units.  
  • TK students were introduced to ABC pattern.  
  • TK students worked with geobands and geoboards to copy a design.  
Arts and Sciences
  • TK students have been working on various art pieces to display in the Art Gallery for Grandparents’ Day. 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

This Week
  • This week we ordered numbers from least to greatest, introduced the sums of ten fact set, and used non standard units of measurement to measure objects. Students have enjoyed using the basic elements of drawing to create their own self portrait. Some of those portraits have unique and interesting qualities! In science, we are finishing up our unit on mammals. With only one week left, we are busy wrapping up the third quarter. Encourage your student to finish strong! 
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about the names of the notes on the lines of the bass clef staff. After reviewing our past lessons, we continued with this week’s lesson. We also enjoyed praising the Lord with our hymns of love!
Memory Work:
  • Review of all third quarter verses. 

 

1st Grade (Mrs. Campbell & Mrs. Morgan)

This Week
  • This week students came into class to find the classroom transformed into a school store. Students were able to pretend to purchase three items at a time. This allowed us the opportunity to add three two-digit numbers together. We continued our celebration with Dr. Seuss by making a graph of the various fish found in the book One Fish, Two Fish. Students were taught the Latin terms ante meridiem and post meridiem and were able to apply these terms to distinguish between a.m. and p.m. when telling time.  In Phonics, we began reading the book A Tale of Sir Galahad which provided ample practice of the oi/oy sound in words. In Science, students played a sorting game with vertebrates and invertebrates. We are now able to identify action verbs and nouns in sentences. 
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about the names of the notes on the lines of the bass clef staff. After reviewing our past lessons, we continued with this week’s lesson. We also enjoyed praising the Lord with our hymns of love!
P.E.
  •  This week the students worked on running skills by playing relay, tag and games outside. 
Memory Work:  

2 Corinthians 9:6,7

Upcoming
  • Science test – Wednesday, March 11th

 

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

This Week
  • This week we began reading a fun book called, Baby Island. The story is about two children being stranded on a deserted island with few supplies and a surplus of babies. According to the author, it is every girl’s dream come true! This is the most challenging book the students have read thus far, so we are taking it slowly. Please send in a baby picture of your child for us to post on our Baby Island board. In history, we moved on with the story of Moses to the great exodus. We discussed the complaining attitude of the Hebrews and the lessons we can learn from them. The students learned about quail and manna and why God was giving them exactly what they needed, but no more than that. 
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about the music of the Contemporary Period. After going through a historical worksheet about the time period, we listened to “O Fortuna,” from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff,  and, “Fugue,” from A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten. Finally, we enjoyed praising the Lord by singing our hymns of love!
P.E.
  • This week the students worked on running skills by playing relay, tag and games outside.
Memory Work: 
  • Hebrews 11:1-22

 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)

This Week
  • There were several highlights this week in our class. First, we finished reading our “Detectives in Togas” novel. Overall, the students thoroughly enjoyed the suspenseful plot, the humor of the young detectives, and the acts of steadfast loyalty and bravery for the wrongly accused classmate. Throughout this novel, we worked on several reading practices: reading to understand (so that we can answer questions afterwards), reading aloud with confidence and with some emotion in our voice (especially during character dialogue), and we also conducted some character analysis and comparison. Our second highlight was that we arrived at the birth of Christ in our history journey. We all marvelled at God’s plan for redeeming His people in every detail of His son’s birth. Did you know that the shepherds, who were the first to be told of the birth of the Messiah, weren’t just ANY old shepherds? They were actually appointed from the local temple and they were watching over the special sacrificial sheep. These are the same type of sheep that Jesus’ death would replace, saving the sheep and all of mankind.  
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about the music of the Contemporary Period. After going through a historical worksheet about the time period, we listened to “O Fortuna,” from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff,  and, “Fugue,” from A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten. Finally, we enjoyed praising the Lord by singing our hymns of love!
P.E.
  • This week the students worked on running skills by playing relay, tag and games outside.
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 19 (Test on entire recitation on 3/11)
Upcoming:
  • Tests (No Latin test this week)
    • 3/10- Written Math and Fact Assessment, Grammar Chapter 14 Test
    • 3/11- Spelling List 24 Test and Psalm 19 Test
    • 3/13- “Ministry of John the Baptist” Test

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton) 

This Week
  • In math, we learned about reducing fractions, finding the greatest common factor, and the properties of geometric solids. In history, students greatly enjoyed learning about one of the most important inventions of the Middle Ages–Gutenberg’s printing press, which helped usher in a new era. Students continue to enjoy Claudia and Jamie’s adventures in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in our new read, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. In Latin, we began memorizing and working with the demonstrative pronoun “this” (hic, haec, hoc).
Science
  • Fossils: students learned about fossils, including what they are, how they form, and what they can tell us about the Earth’s past. Each student had the chance to chisel out fossils from a pile excavated several years ago by Dr. Wright. 
Music
  •  Our lesson this week was about the music of the Contemporary Period. After going through a historical worksheet about the time period, we listened to “O Fortuna,” from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff,  and, “Fugue,” from A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten. Finally, we worked on our recorders. We learned the fingerings for F sharp and E flat. Our homework was a choice between, “Technique Time,” on page 22 and 23, or, the song, “Greensleeves.”
P.E.
  • This week the students worked on running skills by playing relay, tag and games outside.
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 94:16-19
  • I Cor. 13: 8-10

 

5th Grade (Ms. Windes) 

This Week
  • The students have been making strong progress on their research reports this week, outlining and writing the three body paragraphs with the research they have been working on the past many weeks! Over the next weeks, we will add the introduction and conclusion to complete the paper. We have also been spending significant time brushing up on Latin grammar, Roman history, mythology, geography and English derivatives and sayings for the National Latin Exam which they will take next Wednesday morning! In history, we learned about the final significant battle of the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Yorktown, and the Treaty of Paris which followed two years later. 
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about the music of the Contemporary Period. After going through a historical worksheet about the time period, we listened to “O Fortuna,” from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff,  and, “Fugue,” from A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten. Finally, we enjoyed praising the Lord by singing our hymns of love!
P.E.
  • This week the students worked on running skills by playing relay, tag and games outside.
Memory Work:
  • Philippians 2:1-16 – this week the students recited the entire passage! 
Upcoming:   (No history test next week)
  • Wednesday, 3/11: National Latin Exam, spelling test 
  • Thursday, 3/12: Ch. 24 Latin test 

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett) 

This Week
  • The class explored the childhood and political career of Theodore Roosevelt. In addition, the students practiced using gerunds and participles. In science, the students gazed into the magnificent immune system that our Lord has given his creatures. The students discovered the many barriers such as our skin, along with the complex immune system put in place to fight off invaders. Finally, the class discussed Buck’s character and his transformation in The Call of the Wild.  
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about the music of the Contemporary Period. After going through a historical worksheet about the time period, we listened to “O Fortuna,” from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff,  and, “Fugue,” from A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten. Finally, we enjoyed praising the Lord by singing our hymns of love!
P.E.
  • This week the students worked on running skills by playing relay, tag and games outside.
Memory Work:
  • I John 1-3:4
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

 

Mrs. Byrd

Calculus
  • Our attention is now on “anti-derivatives” of integrals.  We are learning to work derivatives backwards and are learning what this represents in physical situations.  As an interesting application, we took a 15 minute drive on Friday, taking data about our velocity over time.  Next week we will use the data to compute various “area under the curve” approximations. This will approximate our net displacement over the drive.
Precalculus
  • We are learning to find probabilities of independent events and overlapping events.  Next week we will use our knowledge to compute the probability of getting a perfect March Madness bracket.  We will use actual data compiled over the last 25 years or so.
Geometry 
  • We will have a test on finding area of plane figures on Monday.  Then we will move on to finding Surface Area. Paint Projects were collected on Friday.  I look forward to seeing everyone’s work.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey 
  • This week we were able to finish the following Minor Prophets: Hosea, Joel, Obadiah, and Jonah. We are on pace to finish the entire Old and New Testaments. Especially in the book of Jonah, we asked ourselves the question – are we running from the will of God?
  • Memory work for this week was Hosea 6:3.

Mrs. Dovan

10th Rhetoric I
  • Students completed their encomium essays this week and student-revised. We will wait until the 4th quarter to present these speeches, as they must be completely memorized.
12th Rhetoric II
  • The seniors turned in the third installment of their thesis this week.  Because our next writing deadline isn’t until March 24, we are using next week to do a number of exercises to make measured progress in a number of sections of the assignment. Final drafts are due mid April! 

 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science
  • We wrapped up our unit on Earth’s atmosphere with a discussion on the role of Christians as good stewards of the air we breathe everyday. We tackled the hot topic of climate change and learned that its causes, effects, and possible solutions are more complex than we may be led to believe. 
  • The students took their final unit exam of the quarter.
8th Grade Science
  • It was an exciting week in Chemistry class with multiple lab experiments. We used red cabbage indicator to test the pH of various solutions. Then we performed a variety of tests to investigate exothermic and endothermic reactions. 
  • The students will take their unit exam on compound chemistry on Tuesday, March 10th.

 

Mr. Hamilton

9th History
  • Our final unit for the quarter covers the time period leading up to the first world war. 
9th Literature
  •  We have greatly enjoyed reading Pride and Prejudice! Our assessment for this piece of literature    

 will be an essay on one of the many themes of the novel.

9th Theology
  • As we wrap up the third quarter, we are taking a look at eschatology. Next up are primary texts by Machen and Schaeffer.
10th History
  • We are preparing to say goodbye to Greece! At present, we are learning how the greed of Athens eventually led to their downfall in the Peloponnesian War, which eventually led to the downfall of all of Greece.
10th Literature
  • Our study of Aristotle’s Poetics has been one of the most productive of the year. For an assessment, students are critiquing modern works of literature using the elements mimesis, katharsis, hamartia, recognition, and more.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • This week we are prepping for our final exam, which covers the first twelve chapters of our text.
12th History
  • This week we focused on the perpetually relevant question of the role of women in the modern world.
12th Literature
  • We are presently reading and greatly enjoying Henry James’s Daisy Miller.

 

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week we concluded our discussion of solids, liquids, and gases. 
  • Next week the students will take their third test of Q3 and their Final Exam. 

 

Miss Oldham

8th Grade Omnibus
  • We began The Canterbury Tales and the students have a fun project to go along with that!
11th Grade Literature
  • We finished Don Quixote and discussed the idea of parodies. The students will begin The Canterbury Tales
11th Grade History
  • Students finished A Distant Mirror and will begin to give speeches starting next quarter. 
7th Latin
  • Students have fairy tale translations that they are working on as their final test this quarter. 
8th Latin
  • Students have fairy tale translations that they are working on as their final test this quarter. 

 

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • This week we worked on our Winslow Homer inspired watercolor finals.  We have certainly improved in our usage of watercolor and these are coming along nicely!
8th Art
  • This week we worked on our Lord of the Ring oil pastel finals.  Students are still working with layering, blending, and color mixing to make these pieces represent The Shire, Mordor or Rohan!
9th Spanish 
  •  This week we did test prep review.  We worked with our vocabulary, grammar concepts, and putting all of our information from this chapter together.  Students have their Chapter 5 test on Tuesday, 3/10.
10th/11th Spanish
  • This week we added new vocabulary.  We also talked about forming commands in Spanish.  We read over por/para and will venture into this grammar concept more next week.  Keep encouraging your students to study their vocabulary and notes!

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we worked with proportions and word problems. We also looked at the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division rules of equality in solving equations. There will be a test next week.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we began working with functions and domain and range. There will be a test next week.
10th Algebra II
  • This week we began learning systems of nonlinear equations. There will be a test next week.
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we finished up learning how to use the rule of  “reductio ad absurdum.”
12th Systematic Theology
  • This week we studied the Holy Spirit by looking at His names and roles throughout scripture.

 

Mr. Davis

7th and 8th Grade Choir
  • This week the students worked on the song “I Need Thee Every Hour.” 
7th Grade Logic
  • This week the students learned about equivocation, accent and distinction without difference. 
8th Grade Logic
  • This week the students learned about Enthymemes. 
Advanced P.E.
  • This week the students worked on speed and conditioning training. 

 

Ms. Hutchison

 

7th Grade Forum
  • Our hymn this week has been a good, old Southern-Gospel hymn, Victory in Jesus.  We have also been working on singing rounds and have learned an old Sunday School favorite,  I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy Down in My Heart.  Students have written personal reflections in their Copy Books, responding to the statement: “What you feel is not always what is REAL.”  We have discussed the objective truth of God’s Word, which should guide all of our decisions and help us interpret our feelings.
7th Grade Omnibus
  • History :  Those ancient Greeks sure are fun to learn about!  Herodotus continues to amuse us with his detailed retelling of historical events in the ancient world, particularly the events of the Persian/ Greek Wars.  7th graders have tried their hand at writing a history of an event in their own lives in the style of Herodotus, including an occasional rabbit trail. We have enjoyed learning about the major battles of the Persian/ Greek War. 
  • As the third quarter comes to a close, our class is tying up many loose ends and making connections between the various stories, cultures and histories happening during the five centuries before the birth of Christ.  It’s fun to understand how the ancient Greeks influenced the way we see things now; it’s super cool to realize that Queen Esther in the Bible lived at the time of the Persian/ Greek Wars, or learn that the Hebrews were permitted to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple by Cyrus the Great of Persia, and that this was prophesied by Isaiah over a hundred years before it happened!   We will begin the fourth quarter with a look at the Romans.
  • Literature:  7th grade students have begun reading C. S. Lewis’s book Till We Have Faces, and continue to rehearse and learn their lines for our spring production of The Odyssey.

 

9th Grade Biology:  General Biology students finished up their unit of study on cell reproduction and have begun a unit of study on Mendelian genetics.  They are enjoying learning how to design and interpret Punnet Squares and genetic family pedigrees. This week, Biology students are working to create their own family pedigree of the physical trait of loose or attached earlobes 🙂

 

Honors Biology:  Honors Biology students have been working diligently this week to fully grasp the processes involved in cellular communication and the ways in which cells receive, transduce and respond to hormonal signaling molecules in the body.  They have also been working on an independent study on The Theory of Evolution.

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