BB 03-12-2021

 BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XIII, ISSUE 25

MARCH 12, 2021

FROM THE OFFICE

 

UPCOMING

NEXT WEEK:  SPRING BREAK!  No school from March 15th – March 19th

 

IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

  • After spring break:
    • Dress uniform sweaters are no longer required.
    • If you have not brought in your donation of tissues and clorox wipes for the year, please go ahead and do so.  As of right now, we do NOT need any more paper towels.

 

FROM THE DEAN’S OFFICE

We’re so thankful for another quarter of in-person learning.  Two classes were able to pivot to remote learning with little disruption to the pacing.  We hope that families will be prudent over the break and evaluate your kids carefully before sending them back so that we will not experience the need to quarantine again.  Also, allergies are kicking up.  If your student struggles with this they should be on a good regime so they don’t have to miss school because of symptoms that mimic Covid symptoms.  With temperatures warming we will plan to reinstate our outside learning opportunities whenever possible. Enjoy the break and please pray for our teachers as they rest and plan for the upcoming quarter.

FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK

 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)

Bible
  •   TK students continued to memorize Acts 20:35. 
  • Students learned the account of Mary washing Jesus’ feet with her hair.  Jesus recognized her heart demonstrating her need for Jesus as her savior.  
Theme Adventure
  •  This week students began to learn about making pizza, entrepreneurship, and a family restaurant.  When we return from spring break TK students will create their own pizza restaurant utilizing the skills we have been learning in language arts, mathematics, literacy, art and handwriting. 
Literacy
  •  This week TK students developed their own character, wrote a story and illustrated a scene based on their favorite animal.  Students became authors and illustrators as they used their imagination to create a story all on their own.  
Math
  •  TK students continued to practice counting on, creating addition equations, identifying numbers that are between, after, and before other numbers on a number line.   

 

Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)

K – 5th
  • This week the students worked on throwing and catching skills as well as stretching and running. 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

This Week
  • “I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.” We have many reasons to sing the praises of our God. Our scholars have completed three quarter of in person learning. We are thankful that we could complete our quarter by celebrating Dr. Seuss Day. Our students wore their craziest socks while dining on green eggs and ham. We learned about the life cycle of a butterfly and created a craft they could use to retell the stages of the butterfly life cycle. After reading A Very Hungry Caterpillar, the students made their very own caterpillars to take home. A special thank you to our guest Cat in The Hat reader, Rick Hester . Our special snack included Lorax tangerines, Horton’s circus peanuts, one fish,two fish, truffula seeds, Hop on Pop popcorn and Barb-a-loot bears. Oh, the places our kindergarten scholars will go now that they are learning to read. Please include some spring break reading material if you venture out for Whosville.   
Memory Work:
  • Review week

 

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

This Week
  • SPRING BREAK here we come!  We have been working hard to accomplish the goals we set for this quarter.  Students have established proficiency in distinguishing between nouns and actions verbs in sentences.  We have progressed to working on the 4 different types of sentences and developing our own sentences from our Spelling list. Students are showing mastery in subtracting two, two-digit numbers and borrowing one from the tens place. In History, students loved our study of George Washington  and they are working on our George Washington History Song. Students are also working on the BC Bible Song. In Science we are working diligently on the Water Cycle. We have a song to help us with this and we have put together models of the Water Cycle. Ask your student to sing these songs for you. This beautiful weather has granted us several opportunities to go outside and work on our chants, songs and memory verses.   We hope you all have a safe and blessed break!
Memory Work:  
  • Continue to review all past Bible verses. 

 

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

This Week
  • Second grade took advantage of the glorious weather as much as possible this week. We read outside nearly every afternoon, which is the perfect setting for finishing up “Owls in the Family.” While the book ended on a somewhat sad note I am confident that the students have developed a new fascination with the wild animals that live in our backyards. In math, we began division this week. This is a huge milestone for them and one they were excited to dive into. We will continue to master the rest of the multiplication facts during the last quarter while still learning several new concepts. History was especially interesting this week as we read and studied the famous Exodus out of Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea. We finished out the week by dressing up as various book characters and presenting that book to the class. The students could barely contain their excitement as each report was given. The rest of the day was spent relaxing and  comfortably reading their books of choice.
Memory Work: 
  • Hebrews 11:1-22
Upcoming:
  • Have a wonderful Spring Break!

 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)

This Week
  • This week has been filled with wonderful review activities in our class. Some of the games we played together were Latin pictionary, Latin “around-the-world,” and jeopardy with review of all our subjects. We also worked on new concepts in math, such as calculating probability and learning how to identify and write roman numerals. In science this week, we enjoyed conducting several science experiments to learn more about the properties of water. As we traveled to each station, our class had to fill out their scientific method sheets to document their observations and discoveries.  Finally, we ended the wonderful week with Reading Day! We look forward to a restful and regenerative spring break. 
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 19
Upcoming:
  • Spring Break!

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram) 

This Week
  •  We finished a wonderful week writing and publishing poems for a  contest with the National Poetry Federation.  I loved the enthusiasm the students displayed in all parts of the writing process.  We finished reading The Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe and created a wonderful keepsake book of our comprehension, art work and reflections.  Art was on stage this week.  We enjoyed creating houses, coffee mugs and pyramids in three dimensional form.  I love how our learning works across the subjects as we study three dimensional shapes in Math along with many other skills.   
Science
  •  We enjoyed looking at our crystals with magnifying glasses and bringing closure to our earth science study.  
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 94: 16-19
Upcoming:
  • Reading Day!
  • LLW movie
  • Building project for science

 

5th Grade (Ms. Vogus) 

This Week
  • We had a wonderful week! We finished Johnny Tremain, which the students enjoyed immensely. The students also created a newspaper article about an event that took place in the novel. We finished math off this week by learning about capacity and solving ratio problems. Instead of a regular Latin class and  test this week the students  prepared for and took the NLE.  Lastly, in history we learned  about Yorktown and The Treaty of Paris. 
Memory Work:
  • 1 Samuel 2: 1-4
Upcoming:
  • Reading Day!
  • Spring Break!

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

Mr. Batten

Language Arts
  • Students finished and turned in their essays on the industrialists and The Call of the Wild.  In addition, we had another poetry competition to review the eight types of poetry we have worked on this year. 
History
  • We continued our unit on WW1. Students worked to identify causes of the war through tracing who were allies prior to 1914. Students should have an understanding of all major causes leading up to the war’s beginning. 
Science
  • We spent the week reviewing everything we have learned in science thus far!
6th Logic
  • We practiced debating! We discussed the Lincoln-Douglas style debate, and debated various topics on the fly. 
7th Logic
  • We practiced debating! We discussed the Lincoln-Douglas style debate, and prepared for 4 vs. 4 debates. Students worked to think about both sides of the argument so they could be ready for whatever their opponent may say. 
8th Logic
  • We wrapped up last week’s debates, and began working on cross examining specifically. Students learned to think of various lines their opponents may take and then come up with questions that may back their opponents into a corner. 
Upcoming:
  • We will continue to memorize 1 John 4, work towards WW2, and begin reading The Hiding Place.

 

Mrs. Byrd

Physics
  • We enjoyed estimating the speed of light by measuring the “node pattern” produced by microwaves on a bar of chocolate.  Our estimate was about 15% over the actual value.  After break we will learn more about the properties of light.
Precalculus
  • Our March Madness bracket competition will begin over break.  We’ve begun looking at some probabilities based on historical data.  Next we will make some predictions based on the teams each student has chosen to win.
Geometry 
  • We are beginning to study surface area.  In applying various formulas, we are learning to visualize 3D surfaces “flattened” into 2D.

 

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • When we return from the break, the 10th Bible Survey class will begin the New Testament. 

Mr. Davis

6th – 10th PE 
  • This week the students worked on strength, speed and agility training.

 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science:
  • We wrapped up our study of the terrestrial planets with a unit exam. The students were also excited to learn about their 4th quarter project: Docendo, discimus (“By teaching, we learn”). Each student will choose an astronomy topic to research this quarter. At the end of May, they will have an opportunity to teach the class all that they have learned about their topic.
8th Grade Science:
  • It was a fun week of experimenting in chemistry class. The students had an opportunity to explore both endothermic and exothermic reactions. They have also been introduced to the idea of balancing chemical equations. We will spend more time on this after spring break.

 

Mr. Hamilton

9th Logic
  • I am very proud of the hard work 9th grade put in this quarter. Formal proofs in propositional logic are always difficult, but they showed the determination and diligence necessary to progress nicely in this challenging skill. 
9th Historic Theology
  • After our latest assessment, students are ready to move on to our final unit of the year, the development of confessions in the modern period.
10th History
  • I can’t say enough about the work our 10th graders put in with their Thucydides projects! The drama they put on, which was enjoyed by 7th grade as well as several parents, was a delight to behold. I’m very proud of their work this quarter.
10th Literature
  • Our study of the Iliad proved to be rich and memorable. Next up: Roman literature!
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • We finished our quarter with a test on chapters 6-10. Next up: more key arguments for the Christian worldview.
12th History
  • We are looking forward to the 20th century in quarter four!
12th Literature
  • Our final quarter readings include a survey of the best poetry and fiction from the 20th century!

 

Mrs. Hamilton

Logic School Music
  • Performance: Students did an amazing job on the piano exam, performing for their class the solo pieces they have been working on this quarter. 
  • Music History: Introduction to opera with Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro).
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
  • Students greatly enjoyed attending a full Metropolitan Opera on-demand performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, starring Patricia Racette in the title role, Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi, and George Gagnidze as the evil Scarpia. 

 

Ms. Hutchison

7th Grade Omnibus
  • History:  Our history studies have brought us to the midpoint of our reading of Histories by Herodotus. We will finish up our study of the Ancient Greeks after Spring Break and begin taking a close look at the rise of the Roman Republic.  Students worked together in teams this week to review events and people in ancient history in preparation for their History Timeline Test in the 4th quarter.
  • Literature:  This week, seventh graders enjoyed being “ancient Greek book publishers” as they created beautiful and imaginative jacket covers for their own editions of Histories, by the “up and coming historian on the scene”, Mr. Herodotus himself.  Their “original” book reviews were clever and entertaining 🙂  We ended this quarter with the “best day of the year”, according to several students: Reading Day!  We enjoyed a virtual “cracking fire”, and cozied up in corners to read all day.

 

9th Grade Biology
  • Biology students took a little detour this week to enjoy  our Technology IST.  We learned  how to use Google Sheets to manage scientific data.  We learned that spreadsheets are not only places to drop information, but can be used as sophisticated calculators that can perform a myriad of calculations.  We also learned about the Global Positioning System and played around with Google Maps.

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • Chemistry class did not meet this week due to the IST.  Have a good Spring Break.   See you in Q4. 

 

Miss Oldham

9th Grade Literature
  • Students did not meet this week due to IST. 
9th Grade History
  • Students did not meet this week due to IST. 
11th Grade Literature
  • Students did not meet this week due to IST. 
11th Grade History
  • Students did not meet this week due to IST. 
10th Rhetoric I
  • Students did not meet this week due to IST. 
12th Rhetoric II
  • Students had IST this week and wrote a rough draft of their theses. We will begin practicing delivery after Spring Break. 

 

Mrs. Palmer 

6th Art
  • This week we finished matting our final landscapes and we worked on a spring inspired art prompt! 
7th Art
  • This week we finished matting our final landscapes and we worked on a spring inspired art prompt! 
8th Art
  • This week we worked on both a geometric and spring inspired art prompt.
9th Spanish 
  • This week we had IST week and dug into some Spanish tools that can help better our language learning. 
10th Spanish
  • This week we did not meet together due to IST week. 

 

Mr. Palmer

6th Math
  • This week we reviewed for our final third quarter test and took the test.
7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we reviewed for our final third quarter test and took the test.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we reviewed for our final third quarter test and took the test.
10th Algebra II
  • Due to IST, we did not meet this week.
11th / 12th NT Greek
  • Due to IST, we did not meet this week.

 

Miss Windes

8th Grade Omnibus
  • History: This week we just did a little review over the past quarter’s history. 
  • Literature: After taking our Midsummer Night’s Dream test on Monday, we turned to The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer’s entertaining account of a group of pilgrims in the 1300s on their way to Canterbury and the tales they told each other to pass the time. 
  • Composition: Students finished writing their research papers and turned them in on Friday! I have been so pleased with the work they have put into gathering sources, researching their various topics, organizing their information, and now finally writing their papers. 
6th Grade LATIN
  • Sixth graders did their final review for and took the National Latin Exam! The tests are sent off and we will look forward to getting our results in April. 
7th Grade LATIN
  • Seventh grade also did their final review for and took the National Latin Exam! The tests are sent off and we will look forward to getting our results in April. 
8th Grade LATIN
  • Eighth graders reviewed for and took the chapter three test, and then practiced some translation passages from past National Latin Exams. 

 

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