BB 03-08-24



Mar 08, 2024




  • Have a wonderful spring break!
  • FROM MRS. MITCHELL:   We find in the Bible, especially in the Psalms, exhortations to give thanks to the Lord for He is good and His mercy & love endure forever.  The end of quarter is a perfect time to reflect on this as course content increased in difficulty and despite the challenges of illness, students and teachers persevered.  Students mastered math concepts, Latin vocabulary, parts of speech, punctuation, and  tenses.  History cards and literature books afforded opportunities for rich discussions.  Artwork and projects were created and presented, creative writing stories submitted to the Burlington Writers Club, and copious material for Bradford Night was memorized and polished.  Take some time with your students to thank God for all these blessings!


  • Friday (3/8): Varsity Girls Soccer HOME game at Mebane Community Park (550 W Center St. Mebane) at 3:30pm



  • Week of 3/11:  SPRING BREAK
  • Wed, 3/13 – Wed, 3/20:  SENIOR TRIP to Grand Canyon
  • Fri, 3/29: Good Friday (no school)
  • Mon, 4/1: Easter Monday (no school)
  • Fri, 4/5: Quo Vadis? – 4th grade will make a visit to the upper school to see “where they are going” next year
  • Tues, 4/16:  
    • Senior Thesis defenses begin!
    • CLT10 – 10th graders
  • Thurs, 4/18:  
    • 9th grade field trip
    • tentative Uniform sale
  • Wed, 4/24:  CLT – 12th graders
  • Thurs, 04/25:  4th field trip to Old Salem in Winston-Salem
  • Wed, 5/1:  Teacher Appreciation Day
  • Thurs, 5/2:  
    • National Day of Prayer Service – 4th grade – Mebane Presbyterian Church
    • Bradford Games (upper school competition)
  • Fri, 5/3:  Teacher workday (no school)
  • Mon, 5/6 – Tues, 5/7:  Standardized testing for 3rd – 5th grades
  • Wed, 5/8:  Standardized testing for 6th – 8th grades
  • Fri, 5/17:  Career Day – upper school
  • Tues, 5/21:
    • 5:45 pm – Info Meeting for Band (rising 5th grade and new students) – at lower school campus
    • 7:00 pm – Sports Award Ceremony (at lower school campus)
  • Thurs, 5/23:  
    • TK Last day of school and celebration
    • Band Concert and Patriotic Program
  • Mon, 5/27:  Memorial Day (no school)
  • Wed, 5/29:
    • Verse Bee (lower school)
    • Junior/Senior Gala 
  • Thurs, 5/30:  Baccalaureate
  • Fri, 5/31:  
    • Last Day of school – Noon dismissal
    • 7pm – Graduation






Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Grubb and Mrs. Weber)

This Week
  • TK finished the quarter with an exciting few days! We all celebrated Dr. Seuss Day and the 5 day students celebrated Reading Day on Friday. It was so fun to see the students dressed up enjoying so much Dr. Seuss fun. Reading Day was a great day as well. We read so many books that the students brought. It was fun to hear why they chose the books they each brought in. We finished our green books this week ending with letter Z. The students were so excited to bring these home to show you the work they have done for the last several months. Next quarter we will begin lowercase letters and review all capital letters as well. Our math lessons were very exciting this week. We learned to follow a recipe and made green water. Ask your child if they know what 2 colors mix together to make blue water! We also learned about the words full, empty, and half full. In the Bible, we read about the woman who anointed Jesus with her tears and precious perfume. We also started learning Acts 20:35 and had a discussion about it being better to give than to receive. 


Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)

K – 4th
  • Students did a great job this week in “Inside” P.E. Kindergarten and first grade had a lot of fun playing musical chairs. Second, third, and fifth grade had a lot of fun playing the brain game “Empire”. 

Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)

  • Students did a great job reviewing songs learned during the third quarter. 
  • Students had an extra P.E. this week during music since we had to use some P.E. time to prepare for Bradford Night. Students did a great job listening and following instructions during “Capture the Flag”. 

Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)

  • This week we worked on a color theory project using oil pastels.  Students are applying complementary colors while using our medium correctly (blending being our main focus).
  • We did not have art this week due to a half day on Friday. 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera and Miss Burdeshaw)

This Week:

Our kindergarten students were full of energy and excited to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day this week. In addition to their Friday dress uniform, they had the option of wearing crazy socks in honor of the special event. In math, they learned how to measure and draw line segments to the nearest inch, how to count by nickels, and how to count nickels and pennies together. In phonics, we reviewed the reader “Ben and His Pen,” and our cursive writing. In history, we continued to discuss the Renaissance and specifically highlighted the Italian artist, Michelangelo. The students had a special treat on Thursday, as we spent most of the day reading and listening to stories being read from people who work in the community and parents. 

Memory Work: 
  • Proverbs 14:34 and review all

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

This Week: 
  • We had a fun last week of third quarter! We reviewed many concepts in math, grammar, and spelling. We learned about blending and grading shades in water color painting for art. We began reading The Matchlock Gun in history. It is a true story about a 10 year old boy, his 6 year old sister, young mother, and father, settling in New York in 1756. The French and Indians were a constant threat. Edward has to help protect his mom and sister while their dad is away with the militia. We read “The Corner” in Frog and Toad this week about how spring is just around the corner. On Thursday, we had Reading Day. An officer from the Mebane police department came and read to the kids. A student’s grandfather also read to the class. We had several fun art, math, and grammar worksheets relating to Horton Hears a Who and Red Fish Blue Fish. Students made Dr. Seuss hats for Friday. We had a scavenger hunt looking for spring…following along with the Frog and Toad storyline. After lunch there was the Frog and Toad Tea House in which the kids were served teas and fancy sweets by their teachers in aprons. They finished the day by reading with Kindergarten reading buddies. On Friday we had Dr. Seuss Day. Mr Johnston read Cat in The Hat (complete with hat, bow tie, and big hands) to the kids after forum. Mrs. Rivera read Green Eggs and Ham. Then, the kids were able to try green eggs and ham and vote whether they liked green eggs and ham, or did not like it. There was a fun snack in which each ingredient corresponded to a Dr. Seuss book. After recess, we had rotations between the 2 kindergarten rooms and 2 first grade classrooms for various Dr. Seuss related activities. Then, it was early release for Spring Break! Many thanks to all the parent (and grandparent) volunteers who make these fun days possible! 
Memory Work:  
  • Review all verses learned thus far.
  • Spring Break March 11th – 15th. 
  • No School March 29th due Good Friday and Monday April 1st is also no school.


2nd Grade (Mrs. Hedgecock & Mrs. Eng)

This Week: 
  • This last week of the 3rd quarter has been full of exciting learning projects.  As we finished both Winnie the Pooh and Mr. Popper’s Penguins, we enjoyed a day of adventures in the 100 Acre Woods and being part of the Popper’s Performing Penguins act.  The students enjoyed seeing each other’s Animal Habitat projects and learning about a variety of animals.  As teachers we are delighted to see how much they have progressed in their presentation skills since earlier in the year.  Thank you to all parents for helping your child be well prepared!  Reading Day was a highlight as the students found such joy in reading a variety of literary genres.  We hope this joy in reading continues at home over spring break and into summer.  
Memory Work: 
  • Hebrews 11:1-29


3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)

This Week
  • We learned that John the Baptist was the last Old Testament prophet. Students read the gospel account of John in Matthew 3, Mark 1, Luke 3, and John 1-4. He lived in a barren land west of the Dead Sea, wore camel’s hair, and ate locust and wild honey. He was sent by God to preach repentance, to baptize them for their remission of sins, and to introduce Jesus Christ. We discussed what happened to him after he had fulfilled his God ordained purpose. Students had the opportunity to try out “locusts” (dried grasshoppers) and honey. In math, we continued to review decimals and fractions, worked with liquid measurement, and discussed the importance of being consistent. Students enjoyed playing games with Latin vocabulary and continued translating the Libellus de Historia. We wrapped up the third quarter with a day of reading. Students enjoyed time at the Third grade Cafe, wrote stories from cliff hangers, and just enjoyed the time to read. Your students finished strong! Enjoy your spring break!


4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Miss Abrahamsen) 

This Week
  • Fourth graders finished out the third quarter strong. This week was filled with group projects as completed studies in both literature and science. Our literature projects and presentations gave the kids the opportunity to review the story, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler, find examples of the character traits of responsibility and contentment, and explain in their own words how these traits are portrayed. Our science projects brought our studies of physics to a close as the kids had the opportunity to build models of Medieval machines and see science in action; they enjoyed the follow-up competitions to see whose machine could shoot the farthest. The group projects provided a really good opportunity for the kids to learn how to work together, and we have been encouraged by the leadership skills displayed by many of them.
  • Upcoming: Spring Break- March 11-15 




Mrs. Bennington

5th-6th Band
  • Students did a great job reviewing all of the concepts that we have learned so far this year. 
7th-9th Band 
  • Students did a great job reviewing all of the concepts that we have learned so far this year. 

Mrs. Campbell

5th-8th Chorus
  • Chorus students finished the quarter strong with great progress in learning new music!

Mr. Webster

5th-8th Boys’ PE
  • This week the boys ran a mile and played soccer. 

Miss Stevenson

5th-8th Girls’ PE
  • We finished up our section in dodgeball this week. We will be moving on to volleyball after break.


5th Grade (Mrs. Owens) 

This Week
  • The students have wrapped up another great quarter.  This week we dove into our new literature book, Johnny Tremain.  Ask your student what they think of Johnny so far.  We wrapped up science with a look at the Earth and how a perfect designer it.  In math we studied proportions and the order of operations.  The students have also chosen their event for the poster contest and were able to begin sketching out their idea.  We will continue to work on this in the fourth quarter.  The students have worked hard and I am proud of how much they have accomplished this semester.  I pray they have a restful break.   

Mrs. Palmer

5th Art
  • We used our time this week to finish up realistic charcoal drawings.  We also began to sketch out ideas for an upcoming poster contest. 
Mrs. Kromhout
5th Latin
  • We finished the quarter with a review quiz and a fun Latin review day with mad libs and games! 


6th Grade (Miss Stevenson)

6th Reading and Literature
  • We are continuing to work our way through The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. 
6th Grammar and Writing
  •  Students completed their third persuasive essay from the Lost Tools of Writing book. We will finish up the fourth and final essay from that book during the first two weeks after break. 
6th Bible
  • We are about halfway through the gospel of John.
6th History
  • This week we discussed immigration to America during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
6th Science
  • Students completed their end-of-quarter test this week. As a reminder, cell projects are due Monday, March 25.
6th Logic
  • Students completed their exam over statistical fallacies. After break we will start on fallacies related to propaganda. 

Mr. Hunter

6th Latin
  • This week the students took the Introductory National Latin Exam, revised a previous quiz, and reviewed grammatical concepts from this quarter. 

Mrs. Frueh

6th Math
  • We ended the quarter with plenty of food and fun by celebrating Pi Day. Since Pi Day (3.14) falls during spring break, we took some time this week to celebrate a bit early. By measuring the circumference and diameter of pies, cookies, cakes, fruits and vegetables, we were able to use Archimede’s method to approximate the value of Pi (𝜋). Many students were able to get quite close even with practical measurement, arriving at values such as 3.14088, very close to the approximate value of 3.14159.

Mrs. Palmer 

6th Art
  • Students wrapped up their oil pastel complementary color drawings.  These turned out wonderfully!  We have learned how to color mix, blend and use the medium correctly during this project. 

Mrs. Crotts

7th Grammar and Writing
  • 7th Graders participated in a “round robin” writing activity.  The setting of the story was Ancient Rome and two main characters were Atticus and Drusilla (10 year olds).  The class was divided into 2 groups; group one collaborated to write the introduction and first half and group two completed the second half and conclusion of the story.  It was humorous and creative to say the least.
7th Omnibus
  • Literature: We began a review  of a book students read last summer–The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis.  Students listened to the audio version of the work and began creating a plot map (pictorial timeline with renderings of characters, setting and happenings in the story.)
  • History/Bible: Students began reading the book of Revelation.

Mr. Johnston

7th Logic
  • As this election season begins to ramp up, be sure to save those flyers and print materials for our young logic students.  We will be using them to discuss the obvious and subtle ways fallacies are committed.  Thanks!


Mrs. Frueh

7th Science
  • We ended the quarter with a unit exam on the geocentric and heliocentric models of the solar system. This unit led to much discussion about the sometimes sticky relationship between faith and science. We spent a lot of time discussing how both God’s general revelation through creation AND his special revelation through scripture are both infallible. However, both scientists and theologians are fallible. It is only through a humble approach to both nature and Scripture that we can start to see the truly beautiful relationship between faith and science.
7th Pre-Algebra
  • We ended the quarter with plenty of food and fun by celebrating Pi Day. Since Pi Day (3.14) falls during spring break, we took some time this week to celebrate a bit early. By measuring the circumference and diameter of pies, cookies, cakes, fruits and vegetables, we were able to use Archimede’s method to approximate the value of Pi (𝜋). Many students were able to get quite close even with practical measurement, arriving at values such as 3.14088, very close to the approximate value of 3.14159.

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • This past week we continued to work on our Van Gogh inspired oil pastel landscapes.  We focused on color mixing, blending and building up our medium to create texture.  

Mr. Hunter

7th Latin
  • This week the students took the Beginning National Latin Exam, revised a previous quiz, and reviewed grammatical concepts from this quarter.


Mrs. Kromhout

8th Omnibus
  • History: As we continue into the High Middle Ages, we learned about the new agricultural technology that contributed to population growth.
  • Literature: We continue reading Return of the King, discussing Denethor and his leadership failure in contrast to Aragorn and his sacrificial leadership. 
  • Composition: Students finished and polished their literary theme essays, the final writing assignment of the quarter! I am proud of the good work they are doing and the progress so many of them have made in writing throughout this year! 

Mr. Hunter

8th Latin
  • The students recently finished the initial drafts of their Latin translation projects. This week they took the Intermediate National Latin Exam and reviewed grammatical concepts from this quarter. 

Mrs. Frueh

8th Science
  • We used our science time this week to color-code periodic tables that will be used during our fourth quarter chemistry units.
8th Algebra I
  • We ended the quarter with plenty of food and fun by celebrating Pi Day. Since Pi Day (3.14) falls during spring break, we took some time this week to celebrate a bit early. By measuring the circumference and diameter of pies, cookies, cakes, fruits and vegetables, we were able to use Archimede’s method to approximate the value of Pi (𝜋). Many students were able to get quite close even with practical measurement, arriving at values such as 3.14088, very close to the approximate value of 3.14159.

Mrs. Palmer 

8th Art
  • This past week we wrapped up our study of the human eye in pen.  These turned out really well and I am thankful for the hard work these students put into these works of art. 

Mr. Crotts

8th Logic
  • We have learned much about the form of syllogisms and how to prove their validity or invalidity.





  • This year’s Career Afternoon, an opportunity for students to get a sneak preview into a variety of jobs and careers, will be held on Friday, May 17th, from 12:30-2:15 at the upper campus
    • I am looking for a variety of presenters to give all our 8th-12th graders a brief 1-2 minute introduction to their job and then be available at tables to talk to students who stop by for the rest of the time
    • Are you interested in speaking or do you know of someone (connected to Bradford or not!) who would enjoy speaking to high school students about their careers on a Friday afternoon? 
    • If so, please email me ( and include your/their name, contact info, specific job and general career field, and any questions you may have! Thank you!


Mrs. Palmer 

9th Spanish 
  • We worked hard this week to take good notes on the preterite tense.  We looked at how to conjugate verbs in this tense as well as learned some irregulars in the preterite.  Additionally, we spent some time reviewing past vocabulary. 

Coach Johnston

9th History
  • Students completed their overview of the Civil War and Reconstruction before taking a unit test on that material. Students did an excellent job of learning about important people, inventions/developments, the causes of the war, the conclusion of the war and the major themes of Reconstruction immediately following the war. Enjoy your Spring break!!

Mrs. Frueh

9th Geometry
  • We ended the quarter with mini unit on transformations. We learned how to graph translations, reflections, and rotations of polygons on the coordinate plane. This skill has many practical applications in the fields of graphic design, video-game programming, and architecture. We will review all that we learned in this unit when we return from spring break.

Mr. Crotts

9th Logic
  • We are nearing the completion of learning a third way to evaluate arguments in formal logic. We have learned truth tables, formal proofs, and are finishing with truth trees. Next up: digital logic!

Mrs. Fairchild

9th Advanced Art
  • Our students finished their oil portrait paintings and wrapped up the week by returning to their research on Hans Holbein. The complexity of this painting is challenging them and they were amazed at the surprising twists and turns of the people’s lives that are portrayed in the painting.  Additionally, we are looking forward to our field trip on April 18th. 

Mrs. Hicks

9th Biology
  • Students did a fantastic job on their Ecosystem projects! We wrapped up Evolution and Ecology this week and students completed their final test of the quarter. 

Mrs. Crotts

9th Literature
  • 9th Graders participated in a “round robin” story.  The setting for story one was 1820 England, and two characters were named Edwin & Isabella (age 10); the setting for story two was 1940 California and two characters were named Zeb & Corinna (age 35).   Each student had 3 minutes to write a paragraph, and could only read the last line of the previous paragraph.  Needless to say, it was a very entertaining collaboration.  Also, to conclude the final class pre-Spring Break, the group played a matching game of  Jane Austen’s characters. 

Dr. Byrd

9th-10th Bible Survey
  • This week we finished the book of Esther. We saw how she was raised up “for such a time as this”. We also learned valuable leadership lessons in the life of Mordecai. We have also finished the book of Ezra and began the book of Nehemiah. He was a man of humility and courage. We will learn more how he leads the people to build the wall; how the people return to the Lord; and how chapter 9 records a glorious prayer. 
  • Book Analysis projects are due 3/22. 


Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week the students reviewed material and then took their final exam for Q3. 
  • Next week is spring break.

Mrs. Palmer 

10th Spanish
  • This week students learned affirmative and negative formal commands.  We focused on how to form these commands.  Students also reviewed past vocabulary. 

Mrs. Byrd

10th Algebra II
  • We reviewed the factoring patterns that we have learned this year.  The rest of the week was occupied with our Quadratic Functions and Sports Project where we mapped some  baseball pitches and basketball shots and made predictions based on the equations we constructed.

Mrs. Crotts

10th Literature
  • 10th Graders had the privilege of watching a movie entitled The Man Who Invented Christmas.  This movie shared a view of how author Charles Dickens was influenced and inspired by events and people of his day to write his work, A Christmas Carol.  Our class’ focus landed on how he listened to ghost tales, folk tales and adventures that were passed down audibly reflective of how mythology and authors who preceded Tolkein and Lewis influenced them.

Miss Oldham

10th Rhetoric I
  • Students took a vocab quiz, picked their next speech topics, and had a debate over the short story “The Lady or the Tiger.”

Coach Johnston

10th History
  • Students completed a very quick overview of the Greek/Macedonian empire, built by Philip II and Alexander the Great and torn apart by the several hundred year Wars of the Daodochi. We will pick up on that note as we shift our attention to Judea and Rome when we begin reading Josephus’ Jewish War next quarter. Enjoy your Spring Break!
10th PE
  • Students enjoyed a day of Dodgeball and then went bowling at the end of the week.

Mrs. Byrd

11th Precalculus
  • We are learning how to verify trig identities using various algebra techniques.  Students also completed a Trig Function Roller Coaster Project where they used their knowledge of trig functions and transformations to construct a roller coaster track.  With names like the Tangent Terror, Function Freak Out, and the SOH-CAH-TOA Toaster Coaster these rides are sure to be the next theme park sensations.
11th Physics
  • We’ve begun our study of Optics by considering how light reflects in a plane mirror.  After break, we will study how light reflects off of curved surfaces and learn how to make a ray tracing diagram to find the location and nature of the image.  We wrapped up the week with a Speed of Light and Microwave Project where we estimated the speed of light by measuring the distance between nodes melted into bars of chocolate.  We managed to make  use of the chocolate and the microwave  after the experiment to make smores.

Miss Oldham

11th Literature
  • Students gave final speeches. Ask your student about their topic, they all did an excellent job. 

Mr. Webster

11th History
  • This week the students performed their class play in front of the senior class. It was fun to see the end result of their hard work as well as how much fun they had performing it! The students also wrote an essay on the short-term and long-term consequences of the Black Death. 

Mr. Hunter

11th NT Greek
  • This week the students continued reading through 1 John and reviewed the verb tenses we have covered so far (present, imperfect, future, and aorist). 

Mrs. Palmer

11th-12th Elective: Design/Color Theory
  • .This week students learned some additional design terms that we had not yet focused on.  We also wrapped up a small assignment in which students designed a logo.  Students also took a good look at some well designed advertisements and some poorly designed advertisements. 

Dr. Smith

11th-12th Apologetics & Philosophy
  • This week we finished reading chapter eight in James Sire’s book The Universe Next Door, which was “The New Age: Spirituality without Religion.” Students took a test on Wednesday covering the first 202 pages of the book. We have 84 pages to go before finishing it, and then we will be on to reading and discussing Carl Trueman’s book Strange New World: How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution.

Coach Johnston

12th History
  • Students concluded a brief overview of the themes of Reconstruction, its opportunities, opposition and conclusion; including early civil rights struggles, presidential impeachment and a controversial presidential election. Enjoy your Spring break and senior class trip!!

Miss Oldham

12th Literature
  • Students gave background information on our next text, To Kill a Mockingbird, which we will begin when they return from their senior trip!
12th Rhetoric II
  • We did not meet this week since the students attended the Junior’s play on Monday and earned the day off on Wednesday. 

Mrs. Byrd

12th Calculus
  • We began learning to use integrals to calculate area between curves.  We also wrapped up our first practice AP exam.

Mrs. Hicks

12th Anatomy
  • This week we finished studying the neurological and endocrine systems and senses. Students completed their final test of the quarter! I hope they have a wonderful senior trip!