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 BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XII , ISSUE 23

MARCH 13TH, 2020

FROM THE OFFICE

Austerfield Coin Drive total: $1403.68    Thank you so much for your very generous donations to a Bradford family and to Casa Providence’s special needs orphanage. We were thrilled to deliver these funds to them this week!

UPCOMING

NEXT WEEK:  HAPPY SPRING BREAK!  ENJOY!

 

IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

  • 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)

This Week
  • TK students worked all week preparing for Grandparents’ Day.  We value and honor the people in our lives that God is using to share love, serve, and give wisdom.  The legacy of relationships with an older generation will shape and mold young hearts. Gray hair is a crown of honor, splendor, and glory.   
  • We had a wonderful end to the 3rd quarter.  We are proud of all the students’ hard work and growth they have shown.  These are exciting days in TK. We hope everyone has a terrific spring break.  

“My Grandparents kept a garden.

A Garden of the heart;

They planted all the good things, 

That gave our lives their start.”

~ Unknown 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

This Week
  • Our kindergarten scholars are one quarter away from graduation. This week we introduced the letter Q into our phonics museum. We learned how to make the proper strokes to form the letter and enjoyed searching for upper and lower case letter Q’s in a quilt picture. Students were given a reproduction of Anne of Cleves to color. In history, we continued to work on designing a Coat of Arms for their family. Bears, owls, horses, and dragons were just a few of the animals that were used to decorate their shields. In math, we learned the sums of 10, drawing congruent shapes, and counting nickels. We pray you all have a blessed spring break. Remember to toss some books in your suitcase so your child can keep reading through break. It has been a blessing to work with these amazing children. Thank you for sharing them with us. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
Music 
  • This week we began class saying and singing our monthly praise verse, and then had one more chance to praise the Lord with our hymns of love. In our lesson, we enjoyed taking the time to listen to, “The Nutcracker,” a beautiful masterpiece written by our quarterly composer, Tchaikovsky. We also were allowed to color or draw as we listened to the music.
 Memory Work:
  • This was a review week for our first, second, and third quarter verses. Please keep reviewing our verses with your child so they will be ready for the Bible Bee.

 

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

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 noun and actions verbs in sentences.  Students are showing mastery in their one-digit and two-digit addition. In History, students loved our study of Benjamin West and his faithful companion, his cat Grimalkin.  In Art, we studyied the color wheel and primary, secondary and tertiary colors. We have practiced mixing the primary colors to make various shades and hues of other colors. Students loved acting out the characters in our book A Tale of Sir Galahad.  We hope you all have a safe and blessed break!
Music 
  • This week we began class saying and singing our monthly praise verse, and then had one more chance to praise the Lord with our hymns of love. In our lesson, we enjoyed taking the time to listen to, “The Nutcracker,” a beautiful masterpiece written by our quarterly composer, Tchaikovsky. We also were allowed to color or draw as we listened to the music.
P.E.
  •  This week the students played relay games outside.
Memory Work:  
  • Bible verse quarter review

 

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

This Week
  • As second grade continued reading Baby Island this week they were so relieved when the life boat finally reached land. The girls quickly got to work building a shelter for the babies and searching for food. Ask your child what they got to eat this week in honor of Baby Island. In history we have nearly finished up our study of Moses. He received the ten commandments, but also ends up paying a high price for his hot temper. Ask your child if they remember how many times we read about Moses’ losing his temper throughout Exodus. We combined art and science this week by creating gorgeous geodes on watercolor paper. We didn’t use paint, though. Ask your child about the technique we used to simulate water color painting.
Music 
  • This week we began class saying and singing our monthly praise verse, and then had one more chance to praise the Lord with our hymns of love. In our lesson, we enjoyed taking the time to listen to, “The Nutcracker,” a beautiful masterpiece written by our quarterly composer, Tchaikovsky. We also were allowed to color or draw as we listened to the music.
P.E.
  • This week the students played relay and tag games outside. 
Memory Work: 
  • Hebrews 11:1-22

 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)

This Week
  • In learning about “The Ministry of John the Baptist”, we had another great time of discussion. Some of the questions students raised were “What does ‘ministry’ mean?”, “What is ‘baptism’ and what does it mean?”, and “What do you have to do to be baptized?” Our students were very inquisitive and it was wonderful to see them critically thinking about the Christian faith. Another highlight from our week was starting our next novel, “Misty of Chincoteague”. After reading the first nail biting chapter, in which the ponies survive a terrible shipwreck, we were all left anxious to find out the fate of the stranded ponies! 
Music 
  • This week we began class saying and singing our monthly praise verse, and then had one more chance to praise the Lord with our hymns of love. In our lesson, we enjoyed taking the time to listen to, “The Nutcracker,” a beautiful masterpiece written by our quarterly composer, Tchaikovsky. We also were allowed to color or draw as we listened to the music.
P.E.
  • This week the students played relay and tag games outside. 
Memory Work:
  • Review

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton) 

This Week
  • We completed the wonderful and fun novel From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg, after which we played several art puzzles based on the art housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the protagonists of the novel were hiding. In writing, students completed the introductions of their research papers. The purpose of this project is to give students a glimpse at what a true research paper is (one based on argument, and not just a report), at its structure, and at the way to conduct research. Renaissance: students are amazed at the advancements in art, architecture, and literature during this age, and how Gutenberg’s press and the Reformation are closely linked with this era. Students’ Renaissance projects are due after the break, on Thursday, March 26th and Friday, March 27th. 
Science
  • We completed our study of fossils. Students look forward to studying about rocks and the rock cycle after the break. Unit test will be on Thursday, April 2nd. 
Music
  •  This week we began class saying and singing our monthly praise verse, and then had one more chance to praise the Lord with our hymns of love. In our lesson, we enjoyed taking the time to listen to, “The Nutcracker,” a beautiful masterpiece written by our quarterly composer, Tchaikovsky. We also were allowed to color or draw as we listened to the music. The students were given the option of practicing, “Shall We Gather at the River,” on the recorder during spring break, but it is not required of them.
P.E.
  • This week the students played relay and tag games outside. 
Memory Work:
  • I Cor. 13, 8a-13
  • Psalm 94: 16-19

 

5th Grade (Ms. Windes) 

This Week
  • We finished and turned in the three body paragraphs of our research reports this week! Students are doing well learning how to make an argument for a specific thesis statement and back it up with evidence from the research they have done.  Also this week we have enjoyed beginning to read Johnny Tremain, learning about Johnny’s life as a silversmith’s apprentice during the Revolutionary War. As we come to the end of our study of the Revolutionary War, students are finishing their guides. We also took the National Latin Exam on Wednesday, and look forward to getting the results in April! Enjoy the week of spring break! 
Music 
  • This week we began class saying and singing our monthly praise verse, and then had one more chance to praise the Lord with our hymns of love. In our lesson, we enjoyed taking the time to listen to, “The Nutcracker,” a beautiful masterpiece written by our quarterly composer, Tchaikovsky. We also were allowed to color or draw as we listened to the music.
P.E.
  • This week the students played relay and tag games outside. 
Memory Work:
  • Review of past verses

 

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett) 

This Week
  • The students have enjoyed continuing their study of the immune system. In addition, they have finished up their study of the artist, Thomas Cole with an assessment, as well as a math assessment covering ratios, area of parallelograms and unit multipliers involving metric units. The class finished the week by discussing the whole to part fallacy, where one person says that what is true of something as a whole, must be true of each of the parts of that whole. This is not always the case! It was wonderful to see the students explore this fallacy. Finally, the Spanish American War and all of its complications, as well as the Americans involved in the military blockade, as well as the charge up San Juan Hill. The class saw clearly the struggle of the Cubans, the impact of yellow journalism, and the importance of negotiations.
Music 
  • This week we began class saying and singing our monthly praise verse, and then had one more chance to praise the Lord with our hymns of love. In our lesson, we enjoyed taking the time to listen to, “The Nutcracker,” a beautiful masterpiece written by our quarterly composer, Tchaikovsky. We also were allowed to color or draw as we listened to the music.
P.E.
  • This week the students played relay and tag games outside. 
Memory Work:
  • I John 1-3:6, States and Capitals Song, 1815 History Song

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

 

Mrs. Byrd

Calculus
  • We have been learning to use Riemann sums to estimate area under a curve.  Using data from our “drive” project we calculated various Riemann sums to estimate distance driven and discovered that our estimates were within 4% of the actual distance.
Precalculus
  • Our study of probability is now complete.  We will use our knowledge to investigate probabilities of March Madness brackets.  We will also have a friendly class competition to see whose bracket is the most successful.
Geometry 
  • We are nearly finished with our study of surface area.  The last couple of classes we have been learning to find the surface area of prisms, pyramids, and cones.  The last shape we will investigate is the sphere. We will attempt to understand why the surface area of a sphere is equivalent to the plane area of four circles.

 

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • We have finished the third quarter and have finished the book of Zephaniah today. We also were challenged by the deep truths from the book of Habakkuk. Many have not really thought about what it teaches; but it is important especially in the times we live in now. God teaches us about his character, about trusting his will, and that we can rejoice in him. 
  • Look up Habakkuk 3:17-19 – it begins, though the fig tree should not blossom…yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation…

Mrs. Dovan

10th Rhetoric I
  • This week 10th grade considered the Rhetoric of current events by analyzing the 3 current presidential candidates’ campaign websites. We studied the rhetoric of images, the implications of what isn’t said, and the use of ethos, logos, and pathos. Students gave their respective candidates a title (such as, “the Patriot” or “the Commoner”) and are finishing a group essay that revolves around a related thesis statement. 
12th Rhetoric II
  • This week, students peer-edited the third installment of the senior thesis, and we have done timed revision exercises.  We also discussed the importance of planting a naysayer in your paper to present the fuller conversation of an issue. Students will begin turning in their counterarguments the week following spring break. 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science:
  • With the end of the third quarter, we completed our study of Earth’s atmosphere. The fourth quarter will be dedicated to the study of Earth’s lithosphere, including rocks, minerals, and plate tectonics.
8th Grade Science:
  • With the end of the third quarter comes the conclusion of our study of chemistry. Students wrapped up the quarter with an exam and analysis of our recent lab results. They are all excited to begin researching for their fourth quarter physics project: self-propelled vehicles!

Mr. Hamilton

9th History
  • We’ve had a great quarter three, but we really look forward to next quarter, where we’ll be discussing the major wars of the 20th century.
9th Literature
  •  We have finally wrapped up Pride and Prejudice, and I can honestly say that students have done a great job enjoying and connecting with the novel. Next up is The Communist Manifesto.
9th Theology
  • We are greatly looking forward to our primary readings for next quarter, works by Machen and Schaeffer, both of whom strained hard against the prevailing winds of modernism and postmodernism.
10th History
  • Our documentary films on the Peloponnesian War were a great hit this quarter. Next up is our study of the Roman empire.
10th Literature
  • We’ve had a great time studying Aristotle’s Poetics and implementing his elements of literary theory into our own critical studies.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • Our final exam took place this week. Next up is a look at Christianity and science.
12th History
  • Our study this week of the rise of feminism culminated in essays on a range of related topics.
12th Literature
  • We have greatly enjoyed Daisy Miller by Henry James and look forward to many other great reads in quarter four. 

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week the students took their third test of Q3 and their Q3 Final Exam. 
  • Enjoy Spring Break.

Miss Oldham

8th Grade Omnibus
  • We finished The Canterbury Tales and are planning our plays of those stories in April.
11th Grade Literature
  • We finished The Canterbury Tales and wrapped up Don Quixote with a soliloquy presentation.
11th Grade History
  •  After break, we will be working on more impromptu and prepared speeches. We will also be looking at Summa Theologica to help foster some deeper thinking. 
7th Latin
  • We have finished our first translation work, which we will be doing more of in fourth quarter, as well as finishing Latin Alive Book 1. 
8th Latin
  • We have finished our first translation work, which we will be doing more of in fourth quarter, as well as working through Latin Alive Book 2. 

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • This week we finished our watercolor finals.  Students worked hard on these and I really saw improvements.  Excited to hang these for our Patriotic program!
8th Art
  • This week we finished our oil pastel finals.  These were inspired by Lord of the Rings and they turned out really well!
9th Spanish 
  •  This week we took our Chapter 5 test.  We also started new vocabulary this week.  I continue to encourage students to look over their notes and vocabulary as often as possible.  As we often say in class “repetition is the key to language mastery.” Please encourage your students to do so as well.  Gracias!
10th/11th Spanish
  • This week we worked on the grammar concept “por y para.”  In Spanish these are the two different words for “for.” We practiced with this concept and also learned some new vocabulary.  We continue to conjugate verbs and review past verbs/conjugations. 

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we learned how to write algebraic phrases and we also  learned the properties of algebra. There will be a test the Wednesday after break.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we worked a lot with the division of polynomials. We also learned how to identify a function. There will be a test the Wednesday after break.
10th Algebra II
  • This week we reviewed for a test and then took a test.
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we worked with truth tables and logical operators and how to switch back and forth between them correctly.
12th Systematic Theology
  • This week we learned about common grace. We also took a quiz on the Holy Spirit.

 

Mr. Davis

7th and 8th Grade Choir
  • This week the students finished “I Need Thee Every Hour.”
7th Grade Logic
  • This week the students began their study on the Fallacies of Clarity. 
8th Grade Logic
  • This week the students finished their study on Enthymemes and had study hall. 
Advanced P.E.
  • This week the students worked on speed and agility skills. 

 

Ms. Hutchison

 

7th Grade Forum
  • Forum wrapped up for the quarter with a Bible verse recitation this week, and we ended with an upbeat Southern Gospel favorite, Victory in Jesus.  In All-School Forum this week, Mr. Johnston reminded our students to study and take to heart the book of Proverbs, which is full of practical advice and wisdom.

 

7th Grade Omnibus
  • History

We will all be sad to say “good-bye” to the ancient Greeks.  This 3rd quarter has moved us along in our timeline journey from the early days of the kingdom of Israel to the days of the Biblical prophets and into a close-up encounter with a few famous (as well as infamous) historical characters in the ancient world.  Herodotus gave us a lot of detailed information about the Greeks and the Persians, as well as a few laughs. Our young Logic students discussed the characteristics that make a good leader; the effect of pride on leaders; various battle strategies and worldviews of the Greeks as well as the Persians, and have built a strong foundation for their deeper study of Greek culture later in their Rhetoric years.  Students are beginning to make connections between the early ideas which the Greeks had and how these ideas have shaped our own worldview.

Herodotus: Histories projects are due on Friday, April 9!

We are looking forward to studying the Romans in the 4th quarter!

 

  • Literature

Our spring production of The Odyssey is in the making, and our young actors are able to go “off-script” for many of their lines now!  Our costumes are almost completely assembled, thanks to our talented and able costume team, and we are anxious to share our play with you in May.  Over our spring break, I will send out an email to all parents with more detailed information about the play.

We are also enjoying Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis.  

Students should have chosen a biography of a person whom they consider to be “great”, and will be reading this book over our spring break.  The book should be finished by Friday, March 27.

9th Grade Biology
  • General Biology students seem to be enjoying their study of Mendelian Genetics.  We have had fun with Punnet squares and are learning to predict physical characteristics of offspring.  This week we looked at more complex genetic problems by learning about dihybrid crosses, sex-linked traits, incomplete dominance, polygenetic inheritance and epistasis.  Ask your student if they can recall what those terms are all about 🙂  
Honors Biology
  • Honors Biology students have worked diligently this quarter, and have tackled the details of photosynthesis (which is much more complicated than one would think :), the cell cycle and regulation, mitosis and meiosis and cellular communication and signaling.  They have also completed an independent study on the theory of evolution, have analyzed an academic journal article and have written a formal lab report on a photosynthesis lab which they completed over the course of several days.  

Our big push now will take us through an in-depth study of genetics, followed by a week or two of intensive review for the AP Biology Exam on May 11.

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