BB 03-25-2022



MARCH 25, 2022



The final quarter of the year is well underway!  These next few weeks will be busy, brimming with lots of wonderful opportunities and experiences for our students.  Keep a close eye on our upcoming events list, and better yet, subscribe to our online calendar.  




  • Mon, 3/28:
    • XC spring training
    • Girls’ soccer practice 
  • Wed, 3/30:
    • Girls’ volleyball spring training
  • Thurs, 3/31:  
    • Grandpartners Event:  10:30 – noon at Main Campus
    • Running Club for 2nd – 3rd grade commences
    • Girls’ soccer practice
    • XC spring training
  • Fri, Fri, 4/1:  
    • Quo Vadis?  A special event for 5th graders to see “Where are we going?”  (See email for details)
    • Girls’ soccer game @ Trinity



  • 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
  • Fri, 4/22:  Dogwood Festival 5K
  • Tues, 4/26 – 27:  9th – 10th grade, CLT10 testing
  • Tues, 5/3 – Thurs, 5/5:  8th grade, CLT8 testing
  • Thurs, 5/5:  
    • National Day of Prayer service @ Mebane Presbyterian Church
    • Career Night (upper school)
  • Thurs, 5/12:  Bradford Games (upper school), Mentor Bonfire
  • 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:  
    • Verse Bee (lower school)
    • Junior / Senior Gala
  • Thurs, 6/2:  Baccalaureate (upper school), 9am
  • Fri, 6/3:  Last day of school!  
    • Field day (lower school)
    • 7 pm  Graduation






Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)

  • This week TK learned about the servant King.  Jesus did not come to be served but he came to serve others.  He gave this example when he washed the feet of the disciples. 
  • Memory verse for March –  “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45  
Theme Adventure
  •  This week TK planted seeds in cups. Over the next few weeks they will keep a garden light going, water the seeds, and watch sprouts grow.  We will transplant the garden outside just before Easter.  
  •  We have begun a kindergarten level handwriting curriculum.  The students will be challenged in 4th quarter to write upper and lower case letters in D’Nealian font. The size of the letters written is smaller than our previous book.  Now they have built proper hand and finger strength they are able to master this skill. 
  • As we go through the new handwriting book we will practice daily blending sounds together.  This week TK practiced reading the words a, dad, add, and, odd. 
  • TK students continue to practice lowercase letter recognition by matching lowercase letters to their capital partners. 
  • This week students were challenged to match ending sounds of words.  
  • This week students continued to practice putting number cards in order from 0-20 
  • Students identified a 1-cup measuring cup and a quart container.  Students also identified if containers were full, half-full, and empty.  
Arts and Sciences
  • In math students practiced following a recipe by creating a raisin cereal.  They each used 3 cups of bran cereal and 1 cup of raisins.  We hope TK families enjoyed their specially made breakfast! 
  • Students discussed what it means to serve others this week.  They identified areas in their life where they serve.  Using the example of Jesus, students colored paper feet, wrote their acts of service on the feet, and then laced paper sandals with yarn.  The student’s acts of service are posted on the school wall above each student’s hook.  

Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)

K – 5th
  • This week the students started PE with stretches, followed by running 5 laps around the parking lot. The students ended their class by playing a game of tag called “Fire and Ice.” 


Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)

  • This week in music, kindergarten, first, and second grade students review all of the musical concepts that they have learned so far. Students demonstrated their understanding of rhythm, beat, high/low pitches, tempo, and matching pitches with four new songs: “The B-I-B-L-E” , “This Little Light of Mine”, “Oh, Be Careful”, and the new hymn for the quarter: “All Glory, Laud, and Honor to Thee”. Third, fourth, and fifth grade students worked on vocal warm-ups and began songs that will be used at the Patriotic Program in May. Fourth and fifth grade students will have a test on m-1-7 in the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” this Tuesday 3/29. 


Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)

This Week
  •  Our students had a great week returning from spring break! They seemed refreshed and excited to learn. We are beginning to talk about what first graders do and how they behave, as we prepare to make the most of this last quarter of kindergarten. In math this week, we continued to look at our plus 9 facts, we learned how to measure objects and distances in feet, and we learned to estimate how many cups it takes to fill  quart, liter and gallon size containers. Our spelling list this week had two syllable words for the first time, as well as some 6 letter words! We are wrapping up our study of mammals in science this week so that we can begin our study of the human body next week.
Memory Work:
  • Matthew 6:9-13; Review 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter verse for the Bible Bee


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

This Week
  •  We have had an exciting week getting back into math, reading, history, science and more! In math, we have been working more with multiplication and have also been working on rounding numbers and estimating larger numbers by rounding. In reading, we are taking a look at the story of the English defeat of the Spanish Armada in a book called “Queen of the Sea”. In history, we finished up our book about the harsh winter at Valley Forge and are reading another book about our nation’s founding called “The 4th of July Story”. In science, we have continued our studies on the water cycle. We were able to do a fun experiment using a glass bowl and cling wrap to demonstrate evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.
Memory Work:  
  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-7


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

This Week
  • What a busy first week back from spring break! Students spent the week learning about a new history card each day to connect some of the time between Moses and later events happening in Egypt. We learned about events such as Moses’ death, Joshua taking control of the Israelites, the Battle of Jericho, and finally the Israelites entering into the promised land! See if your child can tell you why the story of Rahab is so important to the rest of scripture! (Her descendants led to the line of Jesus!) We also began reading Baby Island this week in class. This is an interesting and thrilling story of young children surviving a ship sinking, and making their way to a deserted island in hopes of survival. We are also spending time this week focusing on some of our recent featured artists and will be focusing on Winslow Homer for the next couple of weeks by doing some really fun art projects to try and replicate his famous works. 
Memory Work: 
  • Hebrews 11:17-19 (this week)
  • Hebrews 11:19-22 (next week)
  • 3/29 – Fact Assessment 19-1
  • 3/30 – Fact Assessment 19-2
  • 3/30 – Written Assessment 19
  • 4/1 – Hebrews 11:17-22
  • 4/1 – Spelling Test L-4
  • 4/1 – Grammar Chapter 12 Assessment


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

This Week
  • We enjoyed our first week of the fourth quarter! Students learned how to reduce fractions, add a series of positive and negative numbers, find the pattern in Roman numerals, and multiply a number by 10, 100, and 1,000. We translated several types of sentence patterns from Latin into English, reinforcing the fact that Latin is a language of endings! Our study of the laws of physics with its simple machines has just begun. Students enjoyed exploring the many types of levers used in large machinery. We continued our study of Roman emperors as we learned about the life of Ceasar Augustus and the Pax Romana. This quarter we are focusing on writing summaries from factual texts, a skill they will use often throughout their academic career. And we finished off the week with a study of human facial features as we practiced techniques for drawing the human eye. Our final quarter is off to a great start, and we look forward to building upon all they have learned thus far! 
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 20:7-9


4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram) 

This Week
  •  We learned about Gutenberg and the printing press this week.  It is amazing how God used his talents to create the first printing of the Bible.  We read additional literature about Gutenberg and his struggles financially and his prayer and determination to make the press a reality.  We studied more Latin pronouns and new vocabulary in Latin this week, wrote thank you notes and invitations in English, and learned about decimals and place value in Math.
  •  We started our new unit in Physics with a focus on machines in motion.  We will be building simple machines and creating wonderful building projects with Keva blocks.
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 33: 12-22
  • “O Captain My Captain”
  • Patriotic Program


5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt) 

This Week
  • This week we learned about the moon phases in science as well as the spring and neap tides. We enjoyed studying the British surrender at Yorktown and reading the Paris Peace Treaty.  In Math we learned a lot of vocabulary to describe different angles as well as how to solve for missing angles.  We practiced writing friendly letters in grammar- expect to receive one at your home Saturday! 
Memory Work:
  • The Gettysburg Address- Full
  • Philippians 2:14-16  Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
  • Recorder test 3/29
  • Quo Vadis ( students visit upper campus) 4/1




Mrs. Byrd

  • We concluded our study of sound and light this week.  Next we will begin a unit on optics – learning how lenses and mirrors work – refracting and reflecting light.
  • This week we’ve been working on basic counting principles – factorials, permutations, and combinations.  We’ve also learned some basic probability rules.  Everyone has completed a March Madness bracket.  Next week, we will calculate the probability of a perfect bracket based on the past years of tournament data.  
  • We’ve been calculating volume using known cross sections and disks.  We are also beginning to review for the AP which will be in early May.


Mr. Davis

6th -10th PE
  • This week the students began class with stretches. After their stretches, they ran laps around Walker field, followed by playing a game of kickball. There were a few days this week where it rained. For the classes that were affected by the rain, we spent time inside discussing the importance of a proper diet and exercise. 


Mrs. Frueh

6th Grade Science:
  • Students are hard at work on their Famous Scientist projects. This is a joint project for Science and Writing through which the students are learning how to do research by taking notes from informational text.
6th Grade Math:
  • We expanded our geometry skills this week by learning how to find the area of complex figures, as well as how to find the area of trapezoids. The students also prepared for and took a cumulative test.
7th Grade Science:
  • We continued our study of planet Earth with a look at seasons, time zones, and moon phases.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra:
  • The students practiced estimating roots this week and found that memorizing the perfect squares (and perfect cubes) comes in very handy when trying to estimate the value of roots that fall between the perfect squares.
8th Grade Science: 
  • Everyone was excited to jump into the study of atoms this week. We learned all about the mind-blowing features of this building block of matter, including that atoms are mostly empty space and that their nuclei are incredibly dense. Everyone agreed by the end of class that it is no accident that every bit of matter in our universe is made out of these phenomenal structures that defy human understanding. The only conclusion is that they were designed by an omnipotent, omniscient Creator.
8th Grade Algebra I: 
  • Now that the students are familiar with calculating the volume and surface area of cylinders, prisms, and other right solids, they were ready this week to learn how to make these calculations for pyramids and cones. We also continue to practice factoring trinomials.
9th Grade Biology:
  • After a thorough review of mitosis, the students were introduced to the process of meiosis this week. They now have a better understanding of how it’s possible for multiple children from the same family to look similar, but not exactly the same. We can praise our Creator for the amazing process of meiosis that allows for such diversity and genetic recombination, even within the same family.


Mr. Hamilton

9th Theology
  • Our present unit of study concerns early confessions in the Protestant Reformation, especially those by Luther and Zwingli.
9th Literature
  • At present, we are reading bits and pieces of Hitler’s autobiography.
9th History
  • In ninth history we are studying the transformation of the American west, which saw the enlargement of America at the expense of the native populations.
10th Literature
  • At present we are greatly enjoying Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the famous retelling of ancient Greek myths.
10th History
  • This week in 10th history we continued our overview of Roman history, focusing on the devolution of the republic into the empire.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • This week was spent discussing the new cosmological argument, which hinges on our acceptance of the current big bang cosmology model.


Mrs. Hamilton

6th Music
  • After a brief review of Mozart’s biography we began last quarter, we learned about his operas and symphonic works. 
  • Students are doing a good job working through their solo piano pieces. 
  • Piano Ensembles Recital is scheduled for May 10. 
7th Music 
  • We resumed our intensive practice, preparing for our upcoming performances! 
  • Performance Dates: Fine Arts Night (April 12) and Piano Ensembles Recital (May 10). 
  • Students enjoyed learning more about Liszt’s piano works. 
8th Music 
  • We resumed our intensive choral and performance practice, preparing for the upcoming performances!
  • Performance Dates: Fine Arts Night (April 12) and Piano Ensembles Recital (May 10). 
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
  • We greatly enjoyed our study of the late Romantic operas this week–Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Bizet’s Carmen, and several of Puccini’s great operas (La Fanciulla del West, La Bohéme, Turandot, Madama Butterfly). We finished the week with a wonderful performance of Puccini’s Tosca


Miss Howell

6th Language Arts
  • We are editing our writing from the Call of the Wild essays and working on our research for the scientist papers.
6th History
  • The Roaring Twenties is featured this week, with several questions from students regarding the meaning of “moral decay” after World War 1. 
7th Grade Omnibus
  • In history the Roman republic rises and Plutarch declares Romulus more virtuous than the Greek Theseus; in literature the lead character of Lewis’ Till We Have Faces continues relating the story of her life, laying out her case against the gods. In Bible, we are studying I Cor. 13, focusing on the meaning, purpose, and use of love. 
7th Logic
  • This week we study Fallacies of Clarity. We will soon be taking the chapter test and cumulative exam, leaving us free to move on to public speaking and debate. 
8th Logic
  • This week we learned how to translate ordinary, inclusive, and exclusive statements into standard categorical form. A quiz and unit test are upcoming, and then a study of enthymemes, hypothetical syllogisms, and fallacies. 


Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • We began a discussion this week about thermodynamics. Specifically, students learned both qualitatively and quantitatively about thermal energy and phase changes. 
  • Next week we will shift to the thermodynamics of chemical reactions.


Mr. Lopes

12th Systematic Theology
  • We are studying the Doctrine of Sanctification this week. 


Miss Oldham

12th Grade Literature
  • We are doing short stories this week. 
12th Grade History
  • We discussed the Korean War and students got their last presentation assignment of the year. 
11th Grade Literature
  • We began our unit on Arthurian Legends. 
11th Grade History
  • We discussed the French Revolution and students got their last presentation assignment of the year. 
10th Rhetoric I
  • Students are writing and presenting speeches in one week. I am so proud of how far these students have come this year. 
12th Rhetoric II
  • Theses are turned in, calendar invites were sent out, and the final push to graduation has begun! If you did not receive a calendar invite to your student’s final defense (week of May 23rd), please let me know. Feel free to invite others to the defense as well (especially The Nana, Jennifer), I greatly encourage large cheering sections in the sanctuary. 


Mrs. Palmer 

6th Art
  • Students learned about the artist of the quarter, Renoir. Their quiz will be next Thursday. 
7th Art
  • Students learned about the artist of the quarter, Renoir. Their quiz will be next Tuesday.
8th Art
  • Students learned about the artist of the quarter, Renoir. Their quiz will be next Thursday.
9th Spanish 
  • Students learned about the preterite tense and its endings. We practiced with this grammar point and will continue to. We also reviewed past vocabulary and new vocabulary. 
10th Spanish
  • Students learned about irregular negative commands and reviewed how to form affirmative commands. We focused on new vocabulary and continue to form sentences in the target language. 

Mr. Palmer

9th Geometry
  • This week we continued learning about finding the area for different polygons.
9th Logic
  • This week we reviewed the material from the end of third quarter, took a quiz, and prepared for a test.
10th Algebra II
  • This week we  learned about the Trichotomy and Transitive Axioms, Irrational Roots, and the distance formula.
11th / 12th NT Greek
  • This week we began learning the imperfect tense in Greek.
11th/12th Geography
  • This week we began learning about Africa.


Miss Windes

8th Grade Omnibus
  • History: We began a new unit this week, studying the time period from 1000-1300 when Europe saw population growth, a movement towards towns and cities, the development of trade and a currency system, the centralization of government under kings, and a revitalization of arts and architecture. 
  • Literature: We are coming to the end of Midsummer Night’s Dream, watching as the tangled web of lovers is untangled by Puck and Oberon attempting to right their wrongs. 
  • Composition: Students began working on the body paragraphs of their research paper, which is due next week. We also reviewed the Chicago style of citations, using both footnotes and creating a bibliography for their papers. The full paper is due next Friday, April 1. 
6th Grade Latin
  • Sixth graders reviewed the three main uses of the ablative case and took their test over chapter nine on Friday. 
7th Grade Latin
  • Seventh grade students learned more about and practiced using demonstrative pronouns. 
8th Grade Latin
  • Eighth graders learned about how to use relative pronouns in Latin, memorizing the charts and practicing using the pronouns in sentences. 
6th Grade Logic
  • In sixth grade logic we learned about the proof by lack of evidence fallacy. Ask your students to give you an example!