BB 03-10-2023




Mar 10, 2023



  • We are excited to welcome Dr. Andy McIntosh to our school on Friday, March 31st.  He has several speaking engagements that weekend including Elon University and UNC Chapel Hill, so it is a privilege to be included in his itinerary.  His bio will pique your interest, for sure!
    • BIO:  Professor Andy McIntosh DSc, FIMA, CMath, FEI, CEng, FInstP, MIGEM, FRAeS is a Research Professor at the University of Leeds. Now retired from full time work, his time is spent concentrating on speaking and writing on the importance of origins. He stands firmly on a conviction that not only a true understanding of the Bible, but also the scientific evidence strongly indicates the truth of special Creation. Andy does part time research in Combustion, Sprays and Biomimetics – particularly with regard to the work on the Bombardier Beetle spray system which has led to a patented technology. He is author of the book ‘Genesis for Today’ and a number of chapters and articles showing that the science supports the Creation position. He has lectured widely on the subject of Creation against Evolution, and has written extensively on this subject in the secular as well as Christian journals. (His full BIO can be found here.)
    • SCHEDULE:  Friday March 31st – Bradford Academy (Parents are welcome!) – Upper School Campus
      • 10:30 AM Middle School Presentation – “The Wonder of Fossils” –   Mr. McIntosh will present his rocks and fossils talk for young people where he shows them fascinating fossils and teaches them how the Flood is immediately evident in the fossils and rocks and draws the comparison between the Flood and the Ark, and the coming judgement.
      • 1:00 PM High School Presentation – “The Extraordinary Design of the Bombardier Beetle”  –   Our esteemed guest will teach about the Bombardier Beetle research that he has been doing and will also discuss the principle of irreducible complexity and other important issues.


  • Mon, 3/13:  USED UNIFORM SALE – see SignUp Genius link to schedule your appointment.  
  • Tues, 3/14:
    • Pi day 
    • 6th and 8th:  National Latin Exam
  • Thurs, 3/16 HOME varsity girls soccer vs. Crossroads Christian at the MACC at 3:30pm
  • Fri, 3/17:
    • HOME varsity tennis vs. Burlington Christian at the tennis courts on Jackson St. at 3:30pm
    • Reading Day (lower school)
    • End of 3rd Q 
    • Report cards released on EDUCATE



  • 3/20 – 3/24: SPRING BREAK
  • Fri, 3/31:  Visit with and lectures by Dr. Andy McIntosh – upper school
  • Tues, 4/4: Practice PSAT for 10th graders 
  • 4/7-4/10:  Easter break, no school
  • Tues, 4/18:  CLT10 testing for 9th and 10th graders
  • Wed, 4/26:  CLT testing for 11th and 12th graders
  • Fri, 4/28:  6th grade field trip to Appomattox
  • Week of May 1st:  Standardized testing for 1st – 7th graders
  • Tues, 5/9:  CLT8 testing for 8th graders, Sports Banquet (pm)
  • Thurs, 5/11:  Bradford games (upper school)
  • Fri, 5/12:   Teacher workday, no school
  • Thurs, 5/18:  
    • 9th grade field trip to NC Museum of Art
    • 12th grade field trip to ASU
  • Week of 5/15 and 5/22:  Senior Thesis presentations
  • Tues, 5/23:  Spring Concert and Art display(upper school)
  • Thurs, 5/25:  Last day of TK; Patriotic Program (3rd – 5th grades)
  • Mon, 5/29:  Memorial Day, no school
  • Wed, 5/31:  Verse Bee (lower school), Jr/Sr Gala (evening)
  • Fri, 6/2:  Last day of school, Graduation (pm)






Transitional Kindergarten

TK spent the week learning a few more new concepts before the end of our quarter next week. In math, we started the week playing bingo with numbers 0-20 and we learned how to follow a recipe by mixing water together to make a new color. Ask your student what happens when we mix blue and yellow! It makes green! TK students also finished our green writing books this week. We began working on these books back in the first quarter. They are proud of their hard work and were excited to bring their books home! We completed a special art project this week. Students were tasked to draw an animal, then a setting for their animal separately. Finally, they had to tell a story about this animal. These will come home soon for you to see. We also read this week about the woman who anointed Jesus with her treasured perfume and her tears. We talked about how this was an act of worship to Jesus and that others didn’t like this and didn’t believe he was the Son of God. This story will lead us to talk about Jesus being the servant king next week. Next week, we will begin writing lowercase letters and reviewing capitals. We also will be reviewing concepts learned throughout the quarter and begin talking about pizza in preparation for making pizza when we return from spring break. 

Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)

K – 5th
  • This week, students played  Kickball and completed some run/walk intervals in preparation to run the mile. Students also got to play a few versions of tag. Some classes played the tag game “Mr. Wolf” and some played “Crossover”.


Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)

  • Kindergarten, First and Second grade students worked on all four verses of “Jesus Paid It All”. We even added in motions. We also continued our discussion  on  what a round is and applied that concept to the songs “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”,  “God Our Father”, and “I Love The Mountains”. 
  • Third grade  worked on page 9 in their recorder book. Students did a great job counting and playing the exercises on these pages.  We also worked on all four  verses of “Jesus Paid It All”. We even added in motions. Students also started working on the round, “All Praise to Thee”.  
  • Students did a great job learning the first phrase of, “My Country Tis of Thee” on their recorders. They worked hard on learning how to count and play eighth note and dotted rhythms. Please continue to practice three times a week before our next music class. Students also started working on the round, “All Praise to Thee” and started singing the first verse of “My Country Tis of Thee”. 

Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)

  • Students worked on finishing their mixed media Monet-inspired bridge drawings.  These turned out wonderfully! We also worked this week on practicing drawing textures (which sounds easier than it is!).
  • Students worked on finishing their mixed media Monet-inspired bridge drawings.  These turned out wonderfully! We also worked this week on practicing drawing textures (which sounds easier than it is!).
  • Students worked on their grayscale sphere drawings.  We continued to talk about value, blending and highlights/shadows.

Kindergarten (Miss Burdeshaw and Mrs. Rivera)

This Week 

The highlight of our week was the handwriting Olympics and the students will receive the results when they are awarded their medals next Monday during forum. A panel of judges reviewed each handwriting sample for neatness and proper strokes. In Math, we introduced nickels, addition facts with sums of ten, and subtracting a number from ten. In Science, we continued our study of mammals; we are learning the five characteristics all mammals share, as well as creating a book with different facts about mammals. Our young scholars have already started filling up our flowering cross by completing acts of kindness for their families and neighbors. It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of the third quarter. Next Friday, we will celebrate Dr. Seuss Day with special foods, games, and lots of reading. Students may wear crazy socks with their dress uniforms.

Memory Work: Review

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

This Week:

There was lots of learning packed in this week in math! The students learned how to write number sentences to show equal groups, multiply by 10, count quarters, round to the nearest 10, subtract 7 facts, and estimate & count large collections. In grammar we worked on memorizing the poem “Mr. Nobody”. Ask your kids to recite it and what it really means. In history we finished the book The Matchlock Gun and started our new book about Benjamin Franklin. In science we had a yummy project involving strawberry and cherry jello to better understand the 3 states of matter – solid, liquid, gas. In reading we read Serving in The Shadow of Death. The students learned about a mother and daughter who helped the sick through the love of Christ.  We ended the week by watching Charlotte’s Web on Friday afternoon.

Memory Work: 

Review week for memory verses.

  • Friday, March 17 – Dr. Seuss / Reading Day / St. Patrick’s Day – students can wear crazy socks
  • Monday, March 20 – Friday, March 24 – Spring Break 

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

This Week

As we March on toward the end of the quarter and Spring Break, second grade scholars are working hard toward excellence every day. In math, we began working on the X4 facts, and we spent a good deal of time on lines – measuring them to the nearest quarter inch, identifying parallel lines, and determining the properties of quadrilaterals. We finished up our earth science unit and are preparing for the test next week. The Stuart Little readings and projects are going well, and we will finish Mr. Popper’s Penguins this week. In history, we read of the Exodus and the Passover and were able to see how they point us to the truths that God frees His people from the slavery of sin and He does so by the perfect Sacrificial Lamb, Christ, whose blood covers us and saves us from the judgment of death. The students were able to make so many connections between Passover and Easter, and we are thankful that God is applying His Word to them. 

Memory Work: 
  • Hebrews 11: 17-22 (this week)
  • Hebrews 11: 23-24 (next week)
  • Reading Day (3/17) – students should bring a blanket, pillow, and favorite book (or two)
  • Spring Break (3/20 – 3/24)

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

This Week
  • This week, we learned about the ministry of John the Baptist. Students compared the four accounts found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and discussed why God sent John the Baptist prior to the start of Christ’s ministry on earth. John was reluctant to baptize Jesus because he felt unworthy. Jesus, who did not need baptism for sin, accepted baptism in obedient service to the Father. God demonstrated his approval when “the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon him” (Matthew 3:16). We enjoyed several experiments this week. In one experiment, we learned about chemical polarity and discussed why oil and water do not mix.  Ask your student about polar and nonpolar molecules!  
  • Pi Day (3/14)
  • Reading Day (3/17) 
  • Spring Break (3/20 – 3/24)


4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Mrs. Lawson) 

This Week
  •  The students had a wonderful week.  We enjoyed our Ocean Project presentations and learned many new facts about the ocean.  We highlighted the Renaissance movement and how it changed culture through art and new ideas.  We talked about how to write thank you notes and invitations and finished our fairy tale writing.  We ended the week demonstrating our Gutenberg stamps with creative  print.
  • All Quarter 3 Verses


5th Grade (Mrs. Owens) 

This Week

This week our students have learned different triangles based on the measurements of their sides and their angles.  We continue to practice changing decimals and fractions to percentages.  In Grammar, we practiced writing four different kinds of business letters and we learned how to address a business envelope.  Our history has brought us to the battle at Yorktown where Cornwallis surrendered and the Americans gained their independence.  We are finishing up Johnny Tremain next week in Literature.  The students have been able to take a closer look and what colonial life could have looked like during the time right before the Revolutionary war.  We are finishing up our Science study of Astronomy by looking at the phases of the moon and studying how the moon’s gravity causes low tides and high tides.   

Review Previous Verses (this week and next)

  • Tuesday, March 14th – Pi Day
  • Friday, March 17th – Reading Day
  • Poster Contest – March 31st



Mrs. Bennington

6th-8th Band
  • Students spent a lot of time this week learning new notes, learning how to count and play dotted rhythms, how to count and play eighth note rhythms, and how to apply key signatures to music. Students did a great job demonstrating their ability to correctly play eighth note rhythms and follow a key signature on their 3.20 playing test this week. 

Mrs. Sarah Johnston

6th-8th Choir
  • This week’s work was focused on reading Baba Yetu, working through some trouble sections in Shenandoah, and learning to not speed our way through Galop. I am so thankful the students are having fun with their pieces, as this has made rehearsals very enjoyable for all of us! Continue to spend time with your parts, and make sure to return Tuesday with questions that we can work through together in rehearsal. Next week I plan to focus on dynamic contrasts and the skill of listening to one another’s parts.

Miss Stevenson

6th-8th Girls’ PE
  • This week we continued working on volleyball skills. We reviewed passing and started working on setting/overhand passing.
6th Reading and Literature
  • We are continuing to work our way through The Hiding Place.
6th Grammar and Writing
  • This week I introduced the elements of fiction. Students will spend the next couple of months writing a fictional story. More details and due dates for this assignment to come. 
6th Bible
  • This week we continued reading through Paul’s letter to the Romans.
6th History
  • For the next two weeks we will be learning about WW1. We are working our way through an American Experience documentary, and Coach Johnston was a guest speaker this week on the subject.
6th Science
  • Students took the big end-of-quarter science test this week. Next week, Tuesday, March 14, the cell project is due.
6th Logic
  • We finished up the Statistical Fallacies section of our Logic books this week. The test for this section will be Thursday, March 16. Next quarter we will start looking at fallacies used in propaganda. 

Miss Windes

6th Grade Latin
  • Sixth graders finished their final review for the National Latin Exam! They will take the test next Tuesday, March 14th. 

Mrs. Frueh

6th Grade Math
  • We had fun investigating the concept of probability this week. The students learned the difference between theoretical probability and experimental probability. We had a lot of fun doing a probability experiment with dice to explain why the rules of Settlers of Catan are written to activate the “Robber” when a 7 is rolled. 

Mrs. Palmer 

6th Art
  • Students started working on a grayscale still life drawing to round out this quarter. We have been talking about using the various values in the grayscale, smooth blending for nice transitions and aiming for realistic detail. 


Mrs. Crotts

7th Grammar and Writing
  • We discussed the importance of crediting a source and citing it correctly as well as presenting a  quote properly.
7th Grade Omnibus
  • Students were immersed in Ancient Roman history circling Julius Caesar…the ides of March (15th) is coming!  One student is Julius Caesar, unbeknownst to the rest of the class; using their Julius Caesar knowledge the students have to watch & listen for hints to determine who is playing the part.  In theology, the class took a quiz reviewing New Testament Epistles–who wrote the letter, to whom the letter was written, & why the letter was written.  
7th Logic
  • Quiz time!  Students had to define 4 newly introduced definitions and give examples of each in 

chapter 6.

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science
  • We had so much fun this week learning more about the differences between Mercury, Venus, and Mars. We spent a lot of time exploring the features of Mars and investigating the different missions that have studied Mars over the last several decades. Each planet that we study has given us a deeper appreciation for the care that God took in creating Earth as our home.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
  • The topics covered this week are building a strong foundation for the Algebra I class these students will take next year. This week we practiced applying PEMDAS to increasingly complex problems, including fractions. We also practiced adding like terms in an algebraic expression and estimating square roots for numbers that are not perfect squares.

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • Students worked on their final drawing of the quarter, a black and white contrast drawing of an animal. We are completing this assignment in charcoal, graphite or pen and ink – students have had the option to choose their medium for this final project. 

Miss Windes

7th Grade Latin
  • Seventh graders continued to work on their final review for the National Latin Exam! They will take the test next Thursday, March 16th. 


Miss Windes

8th Grade Omnibus
  • History: We finished reviewing for our history exam this week, researching and presenting about various medieval trades and occupations.
  • Literature: We started the Canterbury Tales, getting to know Chaucer’s colorful set of characters on their way to Canterbury Cathedral; Chaucer paints his characters often with biting accuracy, using his descriptions to poke holes in their character. 
  • Composition: The students continue working on their research essays, learning this week how to create footnotes and bibliography. 
8th Grade Latin
  • Eighth graders are also finishing their final review for the National Latin Exam, taking a quiz over mythology and geography on Thursday, reviewing the passive mood, and participles.

Mrs. Frueh

8th Grade Science
  • We wrapped up our study of the structure of atoms this week. The students ended the week with a test that assessed their understanding of atomic structure, classifications of matter, and how to use the periodic table to compare the atomic structure of various atoms.
8th Grade Algebra I

Mrs. Palmer 

8th Art
  • Students worked on their final drawing of the quarter, a black and white contrast drawing of an animal. We are completing this assignment in charcoal, graphite or pen and ink – students have had the option to choose their medium for this final project. 




Sophomores and Juniors:

  • We will meet next Wednesday at lunch to discuss elective options and to answer any questions they may have! Be on the lookout for an email with more information about elective options for the coming year and the process for choosing electives. 


Mrs. Fairchild 

9th Advanced Art
  • 9th graders continued their research on Holbein’s painting the Ambassadors.  Some students have been able to discover some incredible pieces of information and are beginning to see the connections.  Their biggest challenge will be taking all of their evidence and identifying their strongest line of argument.  Mr. Johnston will meet with each team and will be checking to make sure their argument is logical.  This will be good practice for them before the final trial.  This year’s panel judges will include Dr. Smith, Mrs. Palmer and Coach Johnston.

Mrs. Palmer 

9th Spanish 
  • This week we reviewed for our chapter test that we took on Friday. We worked with weather terms, present progressive and direct object nouns/pronouns in preparation for our test. 

Dr. James

9th Geometry
  • This week we are finishing our section on circles, arcs, tangent lines, and secants.
  • Next week we will review material, and the students will take their final test of Q3.

Mrs. Hicks

9th Biology
  • This week we wrapped up our unit on Ecology and Evolution! Students played a review game on the basketball court, took a test, and completed an Ecology escape room. Next week the Ecology project is due Tuesday!

Dr. Smith

9th Theology
  • We have been covering the Protestant Reformation and learning the differences between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, and then also the differences between those who were Reformed in their theology and Arminian. Needless to say, these are very significant issues in the history of the church and may nurture good discussions with your son or daughter.

Mrs. Crotts

9th Grade Literature
  • We watched the Great Gatsby (Robert Redford) after completing reading the book.  They faced a quiz about symbolism–the blue jay, the green light, the glasses, cars/automobiles, and whether or not Gatsby actually is great.  Also, they had to compare relationships in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to the futility in Fitzgerald’s relationships.

Coach Johnston

9th History
  • This week students completed a short survey of world politics and foreign policy during the 1880s-the early 1900s. We considered how America’s Monroe Doctrine would need a Roosevelt Corollary (update) and the Open Door policy, and the successes and unintended consequences of both. In the midst of looking at world-wide events at the turn of the century, we particularly focused on a brief biographical sketch of Teddy Roosevelt.

Mr. Crotts

9th Logic
  •     Truth Trees for self-contradictions and tautologies have stretched our minds and pushed us to learn our rules, use our steps carefully, pay attention to details,  and determine whether or not long branches of values are consistent or inconsistent.


Mrs. Byrd

10th Algebra II
  • A few of our topics for the week include: combining functions, dividing polynomial expressions using long division, calculating discounts/markups, and putting quadratic equations into graphing form.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • We have been studying the books of Ezra, Esther, and Nehemiah along with Haggai and Zechariah. In particular, we are learning how God uses individual lives to accomplish his great purpose. We never know “if we are being raised up for such a time as this.” 
  • Potential test – Mar 16, 2023

Mrs. Crotts

10th Grade Literature
  • Students dove into reading George MacDonald’s Phantastes.  In the midst of reading we discussed the significance of the character Anodos’ shadow–how did he obtain it, can he rid himself of it, and if so, how.

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week we finished our lessons on solids, liquids, and solutions, and the students took their third test of Q3. 
  • Next week we will review material from the quarter, and the students will take their Q3 final exam.

Coach Johnston

10th History
  • The students have been reading and discussing Livy’s The War with Hannibal. Students are again considering “where do wars come from,” the tactical brilliance of Hannibal, the unique resilience of the Roman Republic and both the remarkable capabilities and weaknesses of humanity.
10th PE
  • This week students enjoyed the opportunity to go bowling! They did an excellent job of celebrating spares and strikes and commiserating on gutter-ball mistakes. On Thursday, we enjoyed the great weather to play a couple of rounds of kickball together.

Miss Oldham

10th Rhetoric I
  • Students gave speeches and prepared for their next speech (to be delivered on Thursday). 

Mrs. Palmer 

10th Spanish
  • This week we reviewed for our chapter test that we took on Friday.  Formal commands and vocabulary review were our main focus this week.  We will begin the subjunctive after spring break.

Mrs. Byrd

11th Physics
  •  We concluded our study of waves – focusing especially on light and sound waves.  Now we are taking a closer look at how light waves reflect and diffract in our new topic – optics.
11th Precalculus
  • This week we’ve learned to solve various trig equations and to use trig identities to expand/simplify expressions or to change their form.

Dr. James

11th Geography
  • This week we were privileged to learn about Indonesia from a family who had lived there for over a decade. 
  • Next week we will conclude our studies of Australia and Oceania.

Miss Oldham

11th Grade Literature
  • We wrapped up our discussions on Le Morte d’Arthur and the original Arthurian legends. Students also prepared for Medieval Day on March 16th! 

Dr. Smith

11th NT Greek
  • Students have been learning the first and second aorist verb form. The second aorist is very similar to the imperfect, so students are feeling a bit frustrated, and this is normal for new NT Greek students. NT Greek is a mongrel language in which there is little by way of rational explanation as to why particular verb forms are spelled the way they are. Learning at this point begins to be a matter of constant exposure to the actual NT Greek text. So, lots of patience and perseverance is required.

Mrs. Byrd

12th Calculus
  • Students are enjoying their travels in London while I get their AP Practice Exam packets ready.

Mrs. Hicks

12th Anatomy
  • Students are enjoying London! I’m praying they have safe travels and stay well!

Coach Johnston

12th History
  • I’m praying for the seniors as some of the things they have studied for years come alive this week as they visit London in person; that this would both be a source of joy and growth for them academically but also the experience of traveling abroad would be another thing that contributes to shaping excellent young men and women who will soon be graduating.

Miss Oldham

12th Grade Literature
  • Students were off across the pond this week basking in the culture of Britain!
12th Grade Shakespeare Elective
  • Students were off across the pond this week basking in the culture of Britain!
12th Rhetoric II
  • Students were off across the pond this week basking in the culture of Britain!