BB 04-05-2024



APR 5, 2024




  • NC Opportunity Scholarship:  Please refer to the email sent this morning (Fri, 4/5/24) for important tasks related to this program.
  • Uniform Sale:  Be sure to SIGN UP HERE to reserve your shopping time on Thurs, 4/18/24.


  • TODAY, 3:30 pm:   Varsity Girls Soccer hosts a home game (MACC grass field #1) 


  • Tues, 4/9: 
    • Running Club
    • AWAY – Varsity Girls Soccer vs Cape Fear Christian
  • Wed, 4/10:  Soccer Club
  • Thur, 4/11: 
    • Running club
    • 3:30pm: HOME – Varsity Girls Soccer game
  • Fri, 4/12: Varsity Boys Tennis hosts a home game (Mebane Tennis Courts, Walker Field) against New Garden Friends (Greensboro) at 3:30pm



  • Tues, 4/16:  
    • Senior Thesis defenses begin!
    • CLT10 – 10th graders
  • Wed, 4/17:  1st grade – Cane Creek Reservoir field trip
  • Thurs, 4/18:  
    • 9th grade:  NC Museum of Art field trip
    • confirmed Uniform sale
  • Wed, 4/24:  CLT – 12th graders
  • Thurs, 04/25:  4th field trip to Old Salem in Winston-Salem
  • Wed, 5/1:  Teacher Appreciation Day
  • Thurs, 5/2:  
    • National Day of Prayer Service – 4th grade – Mebane Presbyterian Church
    • Bradford Games (upper school competition)
  • Fri, 5/3:  Teacher workday (no school)
  • Mon, 5/6 – Tues, 5/7:  Standardized testing for 3rd – 5th grades
  • Wed, 5/8:  Standardized testing for 6th – 8th grades
  • Tues, 5/14: – 9th grade – Advanced Art Mock Trial
  • Fri, 5/17:  Career Day – upper school
  • Tues, 5/21:
    • 5:45 pm – Info Meeting for Band (rising 5th grade and new students) – at lower school campus
    • 7:00 pm – Sports Award Ceremony (at lower school campus)
  • Thurs, 5/23:  
    • TK Last day of school and celebration
    • Band Concert and Patriotic Program
  • Mon, 5/27:  Memorial Day (no school)
  • Wed, 5/29:
    • Verse Bee (lower school) – Parents welcome.  (Details regarding times to be announced.)
    • Junior/Senior Gala 
  • Thurs, 5/30:  10:00 – Baccalaureate 
  • Fri, 5/31:  
    • Last Day of school – Noon dismissal
    • 7pm – Graduation






Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Grubb and Mrs. Weber)

This Week
  • TK students enjoyed a week of spring and gardening themed activities. We planted flower seeds this week in individual pots. Students will take care of their plants over the next several weeks and we hope to send them home in May for you to enjoy. A few of our spring themed activities included: a spring connect the dots, spring themed books to practice reading comprehension, and making mosaic flowers to decorate the classroom. Students also practiced writing using colorful cereal and practiced measuring flowers using linking cubes. In math we focused on ordering items shortest to longest, copied designs onto geoboards, and made a shape matrix to play the missing number game. We learned lowercase letters s, f, and b and practiced the capital partner. After reading last week about Jesus’s death and resurrection we focused this week on Jesus’s ascension into heaven. 

Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)

K – 4th
  • Students did a great job completing several team building activities  in P.E. this week. 

Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)

  • Students did a great job in music learning several new songs.
  • Fourth grade students did a great job learning how to play multiple rhythm lines. Students  were able to keep a steady beat while playing each rhythm line. Students also worked on correctly reading notes on the staff and applying that knowledge to new songs. 

Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)

  • We spent time this week working on our Van Gogh inspired colored pencil drawings.  Students are working with bright colors and bold brush strokes to imitate the master we recently studied. 
  • We spent time this week working on our Van Gogh inspired pen and ink drawings.  Students are focusing on hatching, cross hatching and stippling in this project. 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera and Miss Burdeshaw)

This Week: 
  • Our kindergartners were full of energy and excitement after coming back to school from their Easter break. In math, we reviewed the adding nine to a number facts, how to identify one half, one third, and one sixth, how to use comparison symbols (<, >, and =), and how to identify cup, quart, gallon, and liter containers and their measurements. In art, we discussed our artist of the quarter, Vincent van Gogh, and took a look at some of his most famous paintings. In science, we finished up our mammal lap books and started our new section on the human body and its systems. 
Memory Work: 
  • Matthew 6:9-13 and review 

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

This Week: 
  • Based on the stories all the students came back with, we trust that everyone had a nice Easter weekend. We have covered a lot of material even though it was a short week. In math, the students are learning how to round to the nearest 10, subtract 7 Facts, estimate & count large collections, and find ½ of a set with an even number of objects. In our reading, Frog missed his friend Toad so much that he sneakily tricked him into thinking it was spring. I think we are all ready for warmer days! In history, we continued our study of Benjamin Franklin. He accomplished forming many helpful institutions, as well as being known for his myriad of inventions, while also becoming a respected diplomat! He was a wise, hard working man. In grammar we are continuing to hone our sentence writing abilities. We’ve been learning about the water cycle in science and singing a fun song to help us remember the order and big words. During forum and line times we have been practicing  the 1st grade Bible verses and catechisms to make sure the students have all these wonderful verses hidden in their hearts before the end of the year.
Memory Work:  
  • Psalm 67:1-7
  • Wednesday April 17 – Field Trip to Cane Creek Reservoir


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

This Week: 
  • Second grade has been very busy during this short week.  A trip to the Museum of Life and Science in Durham was a great way to solidify the knowledge we learned in science during the second and third quarters, when we studied both the Plant Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom.  There was much at the museum that encouraged the students that what they are learning is important and relevant.  They did a great job finding the answers to the scavenger hunt questions and enjoyed a fun school day at the museum.  We even had a few minutes to play on the amazing treehouse playground.  Thank you to the parents who came along and helped transport students.  Our history study of King Tut goes along perfectly with our reading of The Curse of King Tut’s Mummy.  In math we continue to challenge the students’ memorization of math facts with a test of 100 multiplication facts in 5 minutes.  We will keep working on that as well as the division facts.  Hopefully the students are applying our Bible verse that says, “do all things without complaining”.  What a joy to watch as the students grow not only in knowledge but also in wisdom.
Memory Work: 
  • Philippians 2:14-15


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

This Week
  • We discussed a terrible time in early church history during the first widespread persecution of Christians in Rome by Nero Claudius Caesar. Nero, who began his rule at the age of sixteen, murdered his way to the imperial throne. His reign was marked by extravagance, debauchery, and terror. In 64 A.D., a fire broke out lasting over a week, killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless. Rumors quickly spread that Nero himself had ordered the fires. To put a stop to these rumors, Nero seized the opportunity to blame the followers of Jesus for this crime. Nero devised and unleashed extreme methods of torture and death upon the Christians, and all of Rome felt pity for the Christians due to Nero’s extreme methods of torture upon those who were seemingly blameless. Thus, public opinion soon turned against Nero and many were converted. Persecution could not contain the church, but rather helped it grow! In math, we divided four-digit numbers by single digits, added and subtracted fractions, and identified the probability of an event. In science, we labeled the parts of an atom and learned the first eight elements of the Periodic Table.
Upcoming Memory Work:
  • Matthew 7:14
  • Review Quarter 2 Verses 


4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Miss Abrahamsen) 

This Week
  • Fourth grade had a packed short week. In math, we have continued to focus on fractions and division. Grammar found us identifying predicate nominatives and predicate adjectives as well as distinguishing action verbs from linking verbs. We read the next several chapters in The Shakespeare Stealer; springboarding off of this reading, we composed a KWO and a short biography of William Shakespeare for IEW. In science, the students made paper mache globes that they will continue to work over the next couple of weeks. Fourth grade ended the week with a trip to the Downtown Campus for Quo Vadis.
  • Old Salem Field Trip- 4/25



Mrs. Bennington

5th-6th Band
  • Students did a great job in band this week learning how to play rhythms with eighth notes and how to read a new key signature. Students did a great job demonstrating their ability to play rhythms with eighth notes  on their test on 3.25 this past Thursday. Students also started their first piece for the spring concert. 
7th-9th Band 
  • Students did a great  job in band this week working on slurs, breathing, phrasing, dynamics,  dotted rhythms, and key signatures. Students also did a great job applying all of their musical knowledge to their first piece of concert music. 
5th-8th Chorus
  • Chorus students began working on a new piece of music this week. We are continuing to develop the skill of singing in harmony!

Miss Stevenson

5th-8th Girls’ PE
  • Middle school girls played volleyball this week.


5th Grade (Mrs. Owens) 

This Week
  • This week our students continued to build on a few math concepts they learned earlier in the year.  They learned new ways to convert fractions and decimals to percentages.  We also learned about the Constitution and how it was formed as well as the beginning stages of our government.  The students also continued to work on their Revolutionary War posters for the Sons of the American Revolution Poster Contest.  In grammar, the students learned about the parts of a friendly letter and the envelope.   Each student wrote a friendly letter to another student and addressed the envelope.  We were able to exchange the letters on Friday!  
Memory Work:
  • 1 Samuel 2:3-4 (this week)
  • 1 Samuel 2:5-6 (next week)

Mrs. Palmer

5th Art
  • Students continued this week working on their historical posters.  These are coming along nicely and students are paying close attention to detail. 
Mrs. Kromhout
5th Latin
  • We learned how to make Latin imperative sentences, and reviewed making Latin sentences into yes or no questions and using infinitives. The students will take their test over these concepts and their vocabulary set on Tuesday! 


6th Grade (Miss Stevenson)

6th Reading and Literature
  • We finished reading The Hiding Place this week, and I introduced our next book, Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne.
6th Grammar and Writing
  • This week I assigned 6th grade’s final major essay. Students will choose to compare and contrast either two gospels or an event in the life of Jesus across multiple gospels. Topic proposals were due on Friday, and the final draft will be due on Thursday, May 2. 
6th Bible
  • We had the opportunity to jump into the book of Acts this week.
6th History
  • We spent our History time this week by watching portions of a PBS documentary on WW1. 
6th Science
  • I introduced Mendelian genetics to 6th grade this week. We will be looking at updated genetics terminology next week.
6th Logic
  • This week we looked at our book’s first propaganda fallacy, the appeal to fear.

Mr. Hunter

6th Latin
  • This week we continued our discussion of Roman imperial history and reviewed for next week’s quiz. 

Mrs. Frueh

6th Math
  • This week we completed an investigation that explored graphing functions. The students learned the difference between a directly proportional function and an inversely proportional function. They were also able to identify function relationships all around us in our everyday lives including hourly rate of pay and distance traveled at a particular rate.

Mrs. Palmer 

6th Art
  • Students have been working on drawing what they observe from real life (creating a still life).  They are spending time finding correct proportions and looking for detail.  

Mrs. Crotts

7th Grammar and Writing
  • This week we continued to layer the teachings of The Lost Tools of Writing and specifically in view of the upcoming essay:  contrast Shift and Puzzle.  (C.S. Lewis’ The Last Battle)
7th Omnibus
  • Literature:  At this point in their preparation and writing of the rough draft we discussed whether or not the thesis statement is clear, are there sufficient proofs and support from sources such as the actual book, the Bible, and commentaries.  Alternately, students read an article on the inerrancy of the Bible and wrote an in-class “reaction” to the article.
  • History/Bible:  Students reviewed information about and then took a quiz on the New Testament book of Revelation.

Mrs. Frueh

7th Science
  • In preparation for Monday’s solar eclipse, we spent time this week learning the difference between solar and lunar eclipses. Ask your student why total solar eclipses are so much more rare than total lunar eclipses. We also learned how to build a safe solar viewer from a cereal box in case your student would like to view the eclipse. Mebane will experience about 80% totality and the peak viewing time will be around 3:15pm on Monday.
7th Pre-Algebra
  • The students were introduced to the distributive property and learned how to use it to simplify algebraic expressions. We also reviewed triangle geometry and evaluating exponential expressions.

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • This week we began a new project in which students are focusing on pen and ink animal drawings.  Students are using hatching, cross hatching and stippling to create these drawings. 

Mr. Hunter

7th Latin
  • This week we continued our discussion of Roman imperial history and reviewed for next week’s quiz. 

Mr. Johnston

7th Logic
  • Hasty Generalizations and Sweeping Generalizations  were the topics we focused on this week.  
  • Our young scholars were also introduced to the False Analogy and the Cause Fallacy.

Mrs. Kromhout

8th Omnibus 
  • History: We finished learning about the medieval aristocracy this week, focusing on aristocratic women and marriages. Then, we turned our attention to the massive growth of cities and trading during the high middle ages. 
  • Literature: Students presented their Lord of the Rings projects this week, and we had final discussions about these books. Next week we begin the Canterbury Tales! 
  • Composition: We continue to work on the final draft of our essays and general research for our upcoming history research paper. 

Mr. Hunter

8th Latin
  • This week we continued our discussion of Roman imperial history and reviewed for next week’s quiz. 

Mrs. Frueh

8th Science
  • We are working our way through all the metal groups on the periodic table. This week, we studied the transition metals (found in the center of the periodic table), the lanthanides and actinides (found below the periodic table), and the post-transition metals (found below the “stair step” on the right side of the table.
8th Algebra I
  • This week the students were finally able to see how all of their hard work in science class is paying off in math class. After studying the Pythagorean Theorem and slope in physics class last semester, applying those same concepts in math class this week was a breeze! 

Mrs. Palmer 

8th Art
  • We set up and took pictures of a fairly complex still life.  Students have been using printed images of this still life to recreate and draw what they see as realistically as possible.  We will be completing these drawings in colored pencil. 

Mr. Crotts

8th Logic
  • We are learning immediate inferences, statements that can be inferred from other statements. An example: Some incredible things are possible. Some incredible things are not possible.
  • In the Scriptures, especially in the Ten Commandments, the following rule is noted in the Westminster Larger Catechism: “That as, where a duty is commanded, the contrary sin is forbidden; and, where a sin is forbidden, the contrary duty is commanded: so, where a promise is annexed, the contrary threatening is included; and, where a threatening is annexed, the contrary promise is included.”




  • I met with the 9th graders this week, and we spent some time researching and brainstorming future careers! They took the Myers-Briggs, and then began working through a worksheet that guided them through research about the education they would need, what the career is like, and what colleges could be a good fit for them. Obviously they don’t need to make a decision any time soon, but it is great to start brainstorming now! Ask your student what they discovered and what they are thinking about. 
Sophomores and Juniors
  • It is time to begin thinking about electives for next year! I am meeting with the sophomores and juniors on Tuesday morning to discuss their options; each of the teachers will present their elective, and we will also review good options of classes they could take at ACC or online through a university. As a reminder, students have three options for their elective slots:
    • Take the special elective classes that Bradford offers
    • Take classes at or online through Alamance Community College (free to our students!) for dual enrollment credit
    • Take classes online through a university for dual enrollment credit
  • Parents, be on the lookout for a follow up email after Tuesday with more details! 
  • Elective forms need to be completed and signed by a parent by Monday, May 13th, 2024
    • If you have any questions or would like to meet to discuss options, feel free to reach out to me!


Mrs. Palmer 

9th Spanish 
  • We spent much of this week in review for our upcoming chapter test.  Vocabulary, preterite tense and demonstrative adjectives have been the focus of our review this week.  Students will have their test next Wednesday, April 10th. 

Coach Johnston

9th History
  • Students finished their overview of how the 19th century ended and the 20th century began. We briefly considered major inventions that would change the way we live, America’s booming businesses and America’s growing foreign policy. We have begun a quick overview of World War 1 that we will conclude next week.

Mrs. Frueh

9th Geometry
  • After calculating the area of polygons last week, we spent this week working with circles. We calculated the area and circumference of circles, the measure of arcs, the area of sectors and segments. The first test of the quarter will take place next Wednesday, April 10th.

Mr. Crotts

9th Logic
  • We are taking our whole year’s worth of tools learned in symbolic logic and looking at how to form or analyze statements or arguments.

Mrs. Crotts

9th Biology
  • Students finished the In-Class Vertebrates of the Animal Kingdom Assignment and then presented their depictions and findings to the class.  Additionally, the class began learning about the inner workings of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. 

Mrs. Crotts

9th Literature
  • Students read a theological article about the Bible’s take on communism and socialism.  After reading and taking notes, they began writing a reactionary in-class essay.  The class completed the essay in the next class time and dove into discussions after sharing their reviews of the article.  (This concluded our study of G. Orwell’s Animal Farm.)

Mrs. Fairchild

9th Advanced Art
  • Our students  finalized their selections for presenting evidence in the Ambassadors Mock Trial.  Next up, we will be polishing and refining each students’ evidence to put it into a cohesive team argument that will, hopefully, persuade the panel to make a decision in their favor.

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week we reviewed thermodynamics, and the students took their first test of Q4.
  • Next week we will begin our lessons on kinetics.

Mrs. Palmer 

10th Spanish
  • We spent much of this week in review for our upcoming chapter test.  Vocabulary, forming commands and the use of “por/para” have been the focus of our review this week.  Students will have their test next Wednesday, April 10th.

Mrs. Byrd

10th Algebra II
  • Topics for this week included quadratic inequalities, fractional exponents, and log to exponent transformations.  We are coming to close completing our textbook for the year.  Next, we will begin some supplemental topics to prepare for next year.

Mrs. Crotts

10th Literature
  • 10th Graders read the article “What Is Deism?” and wrote a reactionary 2-3 paragraph in-class essay including how it affects his/her understanding of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.  Students completed reading the work and are to continue/begin the essay: What Is a Biblical Response to Captain Nemo’s Grief?

Dr. Byrd 

9th and 10th Bible Survey
  • This week we began the New Testament. We have covered Matthew and Mark. 
  • Verve Memory: Mark 10:45

Miss Oldham

10th Rhetoric I
  •  This week students narrowed down their teeny tiny thesis topics. Their proposals are due next week. 

Coach Johnston

10th History
  • Students are working along two lines of assignments this quarter. We are reading and discussing Josephus’ Jewish Rebellion and we are currently reading the section where Josephus concludes the Roman reconquest of Galilee (Jotapata) before Vespasian becomes a new emperor of Rome and then his son Titus leads the final attack on Jerusalem.
10th PE
  • Students completed their tennis unit with each player showing some or even significant growth in building new skills in a new game. We will spend the next couple of weeks competing in kickball and wiffle ball.

Mrs. Byrd

11th Precalculus
  • This week we’ve used various trig identities to find exact values of trig expressions, evaluate expressions, and condense or expand expressions.  We will wrap up this topic next week and move on to matrices.
11th Physics
  • We learned how light behaves in convex and concave lenses and also considered how the human eye works and how corrective lenses work to focus images on the retina.  We are grateful to be living in a time when we can enjoy these benefits!

Miss Oldham

11th Literature
  • Students read the allegorical poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” 

Mr. Hunter

11th NT Greek
  • This week the students prepared for and took a quiz on the aorist and future passives and the perfect system. They also began reviewing their vocabulary for a test in two weeks. 

Mrs. Palmer

11th-12th Elective: Color Theory/Design
  • Students finished their thumbnail product designs and presented them this week.  We also began a new project in which students received a “client” and are designing a poster for said “client.”  I look forward to seeing how these turn out!


Dr. Smith

11th-12th Apologetics & Philosophy
  • We are getting close to completing our reading of The Universe Next Door. We are currently discussing the fundamental doctrines of Islam and noting their irrational and existentially inadequate character (unbiblical doctrine of sin, lack of atonement for sin and no basis for confidence in its truthfulness–to name a few). Students have now had two quizzes on memory passages and will take a test on pp. 203-285 in TUND on Wed. April 10. Our final book to read will be Carl Trueman’s Strange New World.

Coach Johnston

12th History
  • Students completed a very quick summary overview of World War 1 and are ready to jump into a discussion next week on the moral and ethical pitfalls alongside the economic booms and busts of the Roaring ‘20s.

Miss Oldham

12th Literature
  •  Students continued to discuss To Kill a Mockingbird and got their quarter 4 research essay assignments. 
12th Rhetoric II
  • Please be in prayer for our seniors! Thesis defenses begin on April 16th! 

Mrs. Byrd

12th Calculus
  • We concluded our material for the year with a look at finding volume with the disk and washer method.  After a test on the topic next week, we will begin our final review before the AP exam in May.