BB 03-11-2022



MARCH 11, 2022



We have made it!  Third quarter is in the books and I think we are all ready for spring break.  We pray that the week ahead, whatever the weather, whatever the location, will be a refreshing week for your family and that the students will return ready to finish the race strong.




  • Fri, 3/25:  HOT LUNCH
  • Thurs, 3/31:  Running Club for 2nd – 3rd grade commences
  • Fri, 4/1:  Quo Vadis?  A special event for 5th graders to see “Where are we going?”  They will get a sneak peak of life at Upper School.  More details to come.
  • Tues, 4/12:  Fine Arts Evening
  • Fri, 4/15:  Good Friday (no school)
  • Mon, 4/18:  Easter Monday (no school)
  • Tues, 4/19 – Sat, 4/23:  Senior trip to Grand Canyon
  • Wed, 4/20:  11th grade CLT testing
  • Tues, 4/26 – 27:  9th – 10th grade, CLT10 testing
  • Tues, 5/3 – Thurs, 5/5:  8th grade, CLT8 testing
  • Thurs, 5/5:  Career Night (upper school)
  • Thurs, 5/12:  Bradford Games (upper school)
  • Fri, 5/13:  Teacher workday, no school
  • Week of May 23rd:  Standardized testing (1st – 7th grades), as well as Senior Theses
  • Thurs, 5/26:  Last day of TK; Patriotic Program (3rd – 5th)
  • Mon, 5/30:  Memorial Day, no school
  • Wed, 6/1:  Junior / Senior Gala
  • Fri, 6/3:  Last day of school;  Graduation






Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)

  • This week TK learned about the devotion and service of Mary when she washed Jesus’ feet with her hair.  
  • Memory verse:  Acts 20:35
Theme Adventure
  •  This week marked a pivotal moment for TK.  We finished pre-K handwriting books and are ready to move on to Kindergarten level D’nealian books.  
  • After spring break TK students will be planting the garden and will get to make pizzas in the kitchen! 
  •  We finished letters of the week with X, Y, and Z.  We will begin with themed weeks after spring break. 
  • TK students were challenged to use descriptive language when explaining an item commonly found in the classroom or house.  Their classmates had to guess what the item was based on the student’s description. 
  • Vocabulary words for the week:  Shovel, haul, rocky, sandy, backhoe, and machine
  • Students continued to practice rhyming, matching capital letters to lowercase letters, and retelling stories. 
  • This week students ordered the numbers 0-20. 
  •  Students practicing identifying numbers before, after, and in between on a number line.  
  • TK enjoyed playing math bingo with tasty marshmallow treats.  
Arts and Sciences
  • TK students continued to enjoy Dr. Seuss games this week.
  • On Friday students enjoyed wearing silly socks to school for reading day. 

Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)

K – 5th
  • This week the students worked on stretching, running laps, and they played a new tag game called, “Fire and Ice.” 

Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)

  • This week in music, Kindergarten through second grade students demonstrated their understanding  of the musical term tempo during a small group assessment.  Third grade students reviewed their first three notes on recorder and completed their assessment on “Merrily We Roll Along”. Fourth and Fifth grade students finished their assessment on “Go Tell Aunt Rhody” and started working on the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” on recorder.  


Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)

This Week
  •  We have been counting down the days until Dr. Seuss Day on Friday! We are making our way through some of his most loved books in preparation. This week in math, the students learned to subtract from 10, to add 9, and to recognize $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 dollar bills. While we didn’t have a spelling test, we did review old spelling lists and pointed out spelling words in the Dr. Seuss books we read. In art, we continued our painting and coloring of some  vignettes of Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, which we are also learning about in history.  And we had lots of fun conversations about the adventures our students will have during spring break!
Memory Work:
  • Review 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarter verses in preparation for the Bible Bee in 4th quarter


1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)

This Week
  •  Our first grade students have been doing some work with quarters in math and adding up change over a dollar. We have also continued to do more work with multiplication. In spelling, we are studying all the number words from one to twenty. In grammar, the students continue to write their own complete sentences and identify the various parts of speech. In history, we are completing our George Washington reports and will be taking a closer look at the hardships of Valley Forge. In science, we are beginning to learn about the water cycle.
Memory Work:  
  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-7


2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)

This Week
  • Students have been counting down the days until spring break next week, but we have worked hard to keep them focused and finishing out the quarter strong! We are all excited for Reading Day on Friday, and students are loving getting to plan to dress like a character from a book they choose. We have been studying the life of Moses over the past few weeks in History, and have finished out talking about the Ten Commandments. Students loved this week’s card because we got to learn a new song to help them remember all of the commandments in order! We also finished out the quarter with lots of reading to get ready for Reading Day and build up reading stamina. In math this week, we have been practicing our division facts, and were introduced to our times three facts. Ask your child if they can sing the three’s song! Students have also begun learning the basics of probability as well as adding and subtracting to the hundreds place with regrouping. 
Memory Work: 
  • Review all verses learned
  • SPRING BREAK (3/14 – 3/18)


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

This Week
  • We finished the quarter strong! Students completed the final drafts of their persuasive essays and added the last of the literary devices to their tall tales. They worked hard to understand the importance of paying attention to the details in their writing. We spent an afternoon exploring the properties of substances to demonstrate some of their characteristics. Students made slime, watched water stick, and saw liquids disappear. We finished detailing the drawings of our Roman soldiers and worked on demonstrating perspective by adding shadows to the drawings of the Parthenon. We discovered that being a fair leader does not always agree with everyone. Because Julius Ceaser established fair laws, such as banning the sale of people into slavery due to debts and making the taxes fair between the nobility and common man. he was resented amoung the wealthy sentators for cleaning up the corruption. In a plot to assassinate him, his own friend, Brutus, thrust a blow that would help end his life. On the last day of the quarter, we settled into the nooks and crannies of our classroom and spent the afternoon in faraway lands. Students shared their favorite books in an attempt to persuade their classmates to read it for themselves! 
Memory Work:
  • Review all verses.


4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram) 

This Week
  •  We had a wonderful week this week with  a book celebration of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe with the British version of the movie.  We also read Robin Hood this week.  The students loved seeing people and events woven through the story.  We finished our science unit with a crystals experiment.  We learned about business letters and how to be editors using an editing checklist.  We learned about pronouns we use in Latin for items close to us in the singular and plural form.  We ended the week in Math reviewing the reciprocal and how that applies to dividing fractions.
  •  We will begin our Physical Science Unit and build machines from the Middle Ages.
Memory Work:
  • 3rd Quarter Verses
  • Patriotic Program


5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt) 

This Week
  • We had a wonderful week learning about Valley Forge and the tough conditions the American soldiers endured.  In Latin we took the week to review past vocabulary and played some fun review games. In grammar we learned about predicate adjectives and making words plural.  We have continued to progress in spelling and learned about the French and Spanish influences in our language: rh, qu sounds specifically.  Students are close to memorizing the entire Gettysburg Address for our Patriotic Program in May.  They can also recite Philippians 2 vs 1-11! 
Memory Work:
  • Philippians 2:12-13 “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but  now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
  • SPRING BREAK – Have a wonderful and restful break!
  • Posters Due March 25th 




Mrs. Byrd

  • We’ve considered various properties of sound waves this week and also begun looking at electromagnetic waves.  The week capped off with a lab in which we used a microwave to estimate the speed of light.
  • This week we completed a survey of sequences and series.  After returning from break we will take up a brief study of probability and counting principles.
  • Students are using integrals to switch between acceleration, velocity, and position, to find net change, and to calculate area between curves.  Next, we will consider some more complicated area applications as well as volume calculations.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • We have continued in our studies of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. Ezra and Nehemiah were actually one scroll. Esther shows us the providence of God. In Nehemiah, we have seen the Lord calling and using someone for His service. 
  • Students have turned in their book analysis project. 


Mr. Davis

6th -10th PE
  • This week the students played basketball in the old Mebane Rec Gym. 


Mrs. Fairchild

9th Grade Advanced Art
  • Coming up next quarter….we will be heading outside for plein air painting.  Please pray God would give us good weather to make this possible. 


Mrs. Frueh

6th Grade Science:
  • We wrapped up the quarter by watching and discussing an excellent PBS documentary: The Mystery of Matter, in which the students were introduced to several of the scientists they will study as part of their fourth quarter research project.
6th Grade Math:
  • We finished out the quarter with more practice in evaluating implied ratios and the fractional part of a number.
7th Grade Science:
  • Our focus for the last week of the quarter has been our own planetary home: Earth. We learned that Earth is divided into roughly 24 time zones based off of Greenwich Mean Time in London, England.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra:
  • We celebrated the end of the quarter by putting our algebra skills to work on solving some fun math riddles.
8th Grade Science: 
  • We wrapped up the quarter with an exam on fluid dynamics where the students demonstrated their knowledge of the principles of Bernoulli, Pascal, Boyle, Charles, and Amonton.
8th Grade Algebra I: 
  • We finished the quarter with an exam. The students are becoming adept at applying their knowledge of exponent rules and algebraic evaluation to simplify expressions.
9th Grade Biology:
  • The students were able to study and draw onion root tip cells, as well as Ascaris egg cells, undergoing mitosis. Once again, we are in awe of the perfection of our Creator as we study these complex details of cell division.


Mr. Hamilton

9th Theology
  • We wrapped up our quarter with the Reformation, covering both the basic facts about it and the tenets of the new Protestant theology.
9th Literature
  • We finished our literature class with a study of Lincoln‘s attitudes toward racism and slavery, and then went on to take a look at the achievements of black Americans over the past 150 years.
9th History
  • Our history unit this week covered nationalism in Europe in the 19th century. We also took a look at white nationalism today as well as the causes of the current Ukrainian War.
10th Literature
  • We finally wrapped up Phantastes by George McDonald with a seminar discussing the major themes and symbolism of the work.
10th History
  • We took our final test on Greek history this week, which covered the Classical and Hellenistic periods.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • This week we wrapped up our apologetics papers, which took students deeper into a major worldview or world religion.


Mrs. Hamilton

6th Music
  • Students continue to do a good job working on their solo piano pieces; they also took their quarter assessment and watched excerpts from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.
  • Due to scheduling conflicts, our piano ensemble recital was pushed back a bit to the beginning of May. A confirmed date will follow soon! 
7th Music 
  • After learning more about Liszt’s dazzling piano music, including his Transcendental Études and Mephisto Waltz, students enjoyed watching excerpts from Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelungs cycle.
  • Due to scheduling conflicts, our piano ensemble recital was pushed back a bit to the beginning of May. A confirmed date will follow soon! 
8th Music 
  • We continue making slow but sure progress in our choral pieces. 
  • Students continue enjoying working on their piano ensemble pieces.
  • Due to scheduling conflicts, our piano ensemble recital was pushed back a bit to the beginning of May. A confirmed date will follow soon! 
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
  • After completing the final, we began our “Late Romantic Opera” chapter with Puccini’s Tosca. 


Miss Howell

6th Language Arts
  • Phileas Fogg is halfway across America and has recently survived a perilous train ride across a decrepit suspension bridge. Winning the bet is now within reach! Research for our scientist papers is under way– if you still need to take your 6th grader to the library for research materials, spring break would be a great time to go! 
6th History
  • Our introduction to The Great War explored the impact of new technology on warfare, the rapidly changing borders and alliances, and the demands made of Germany after the Central Powers surrendered.
7th Grade Omnibus
  • As we migrate from a study of Greek civilization to Roman, Plutarch’s Lives allows us to have a foot in each. Last week we read the legends of Theseus, one of the founders of Athens. This week we’ve been reading about Romulus, the founder of Rome. After Spring break we will compare and contrast both their value systems and the reputations of the cities they founded with God’s standards. 
7th Logic
  • The students finished and delivered their persuasive presentations this week. Topics ranged from the absolute superiority of Chick-fil-A to McDonalds to the inferiority of snowboarding to skiing. 
8th Logic
  • This week culminates in the execution of a Lincoln-Douglas style debate. The debated position is: “Homework Does More Harm Than Help.” Winner to be announced after Spring Break. 

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week the students observed the Tyndall effect, reviewed recent material, and took their last test of Q3. 
  • Enjoy spring break!


Mr. Lopes

12th Systematic Theology
  • We finished our deep dive through the Doctrine of Justification by faith alone. 


Miss Oldham

12th Grade Literature
  • We finished our trek through Yoknapatawpha County with our guide William Faulkner. 
12th Grade History
  • Students presented their research projects. They did an excellent job! 
11th Grade Literature
  • We continued to examine Arthurian folklore in literature. 
11th Grade History
  • Students presented their research project. They did an excellent job! 
10th Rhetoric I
  • Students finished their speeches. We discussed judicial rhetoric and watched an example in the classic film Twelve Angry Men
12th Rhetoric II
  • Theses were turned in! They are done writing them and now they have to memorize their theses and working on stage presence. The seniors have been working so hard, even with senioritis settling in. 


Mrs. Palmer 

6th Art
  • Students worked on creating 100 original colors – harder than many thought it would be! They also worked on a drawing prompt based on nature. 
7th Art
  • Students finished up Homer inspired watercolor landscapes and sunsets. 
8th Art
  • Students finished their Lord of the Ring oil pastel drawings.
9th Spanish 
  • Students learned about indirect object pronouns and how they work with and compare to direct object pronouns. We worked on new vocabulary and conjugated two new verbs as well.
10th Spanish
  • Students learned to form commands this week. We talked about both positive and negative commands. We also added new vocabulary.

Mr. Palmer

9th Geometry
  • This week we worked with calculating the area for polygons.
9th Logic
  • This week we continued to work with the rules of inference and replacement.
10th Algebra II
  • This week we took a final.
11th / 12th NT Greek
  • This week we took a large Greek Quiz.
11th/12th Geography
  • This week we finished up our studies in Europe and took a quiz.


Miss Windes

8th Grade Omnibus
  • History: This week in history we reviewed for our test, our timeline quiz, and our map quiz before taking the oral history test on Wednesday.
  • Literature: We played! (Ask your students for more details).
  • Composition: The students finished and turned in their research outlines before discussing and practicing a good paragraph. 
6th Grade Latin
  • Sixth graders did a final review and took their National Latin Exam! 
7th Grade Latin
  • Seventh graders did a final review and took their National Latin Exam! 
8th Grade Latin
  • Eighth graders did a final review and took their National Latin Exam! 
6th Grade Logic
  • In logic, the students finished giving their persuasive speeches and took a quiz over the last fallacies we learned.