VOLUME XV, ISSUE 29
APR 6, 2023
FROM THE OFFICE
Scrooby: It’s your turn to bring in supplies! You may send them to the campus your student attends. Each student is required to bring in the following supplies:
- 3 tissue boxes (no lotion)
- 3 (or more!) packs of disinfecting wipes – Clorox or Lysol
- 3 pump bottles of Softsoap (not a large refill bottle)
- 3 rolls of paper towels (select-a-size)
Summer camps: Mark your calendar – more details coming soon!
- Art Camp with Mrs. Fairchild – details coming soon
- Week of 6/26:
- Soccer Camp: Rising K-8th grade students, 8:30am -12:45pm
- Soccer Camp: Rising 7th-12th grade students, 6:00 – 8:00pm
- Week of 7/10:
- Volleyball Camp: Rising 3rd-8th grade students, morning (times TBD)
- Volleyball Camp: Rising 9th-12th grade students, EITHER mid-afternoon OR evening (TBD)
- Week of 7/17: Basketball Camp: Rising 3rd-8th grade students, morning (times TBD)
- Fri, 4/7 – Mon, 4/10: No school – Easter break
- Tues, 4/11: Varsity Tennis – HOME @ Jackson St tennis courts (3:30pm start)
- Fri, 4/14: Hot lunch
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- Tues, 4/18: CLT10 testing for 9th and 10th graders
- Thurs, 4/20:
- 1st grade to Gold Park
- 8th and 11th grades, 12th grade elective to Shakespeare Play
- Fri, 4/21: Quo Vadis? (Event for rising 5th and 6th graders and their parents.)
- 4/24 – 5/5: Student Council Campaign
- Wed, 4/26: CLT testing for 11th and 12th graders
- Fri, 4/28: 6th grade field trip to Appomattox
- Week of May 1st: Standardized testing for 1st – 7th graders
- Thurs, 5/4: National Day of Prayer service – upper school choir and chorale to sing
- Fri, 5/5:
- Presidential elections for upper school students
- Teacher Appreciation Day
- Career Day, 12:30 – 2:30, upper school
- Tues, 5/9:
- Election of Student Council Offices
- CLT8 testing for 8th graders
- Sports Banquet (pm)
- Thurs, 5/11: Bradford games (upper school)
- Fri, 5/12: Teacher workday, no school
- Thurs, 5/18:
- 9th grade field trip to NC Museum of Art
- 12th grade field trip to ASU
- Week of 5/15 and 5/22: Senior Thesis presentations
- Tues, 5/23: Spring Concert and Art display (upper school)
- Thurs, 5/25: Last day of TK; Patriotic Program (3rd – 5th grades)
- Mon, 5/29: Memorial Day, no school
- Wed, 5/31: Verse Bee (lower school), Jr/Sr Gala (evening)
- Thurs, 6/1: Baccalaureate, upper school, 9a.m.
- Fri, 6/2: Last day of school – noon dismissal for all students, Graduation (7:00 pm)
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Hicks and Mrs. Grubb)
We had a wonderful week in TK preparing for Easter! We read this week about the death and resurrection of Jesus and made resurrection rolls to help us better understand the story and why we celebrate Easter. Students were thrilled to hear that although Jesus had to die, he rose again 3 days later. He is Risen! Students also practiced new math concepts this week. We worked on ordering objects by length and copying line segments using our geoboards. We are continuing to work on writing numbers 11-20. We continued our work on lowercase letters with letters s, f, and b. We were able to spend time outside this week enjoying the beautiful weather, walking on the trail and playing parachute games.
Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)
K – 5th
- This week students completed another series of relay races and played another round of, “Capture the Flag”. Students are doing a much better job following instructions and games are becoming even more fun as a result. Students are also starting to really value good sportsmanship and teamwork. We will continue to target these concepts next week.
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- Kindergarten, First and Second grade students worked on all four verses of “Jesus Paid It All”. We also worked on the 1st and 4th verse of “My Country Tis of Thee”. The students especially enjoyed singing, “Little Peter Rabbit”.
- Third grade worked on page 9 in their recorder book and the piece, “Merrily We Roll Along”. Students did a great job counting and playing the exercises on these pages. Students also worked on singing the piece, “My Country Tis Of Thee”. Students did a great job on their test on the first verse of “My Country Tis Of Thee” for memory.
- Students did a great job learning and playing for a test the first phrase of, “My Country Tis of Thee” on their recorders. Students also worked on singing the first verse of “My Country Tis of Thee” and the first verse of “Amazing Grace”.
Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)
- This week we reviewed what we learned about our artist of the quarter, Norman Rockwell. We also began talking about proportions and placement with self-portraits. Students will be creating their own self portraits in the weeks ahead and I look forward to what they create!
- We did not have art this week due to no school on Friday.
- We did not have art this week due to no school on Friday.
Kindergarten (Miss Burdeshaw and Mrs. Rivera)
All week, our kindergarten students have been eager and excited for a four day weekend. We spent some time working on Easter activities, which celebrates Jesus’s resurrection from the dead. In math, we are learning new addition facts, identifying geometric solids, using bills to pay for items up to $20, and identifying cup, quart, gallon, and liter containers. In art, we finished up our plant books and reviewed our song about the stages a seed goes through to become a plant. Friends, neighbors, UPS workers, postmen, and family members were blessed by the selfless acts of kindness our young scholars displayed over the last month. Our crosses were filled with flowers, each one representing an act of kindness. We pray they will continue to think of others and show kindness to the people in their lives. It is our prayer that you and your family will celebrate Jesus’ victory over death on Easter Sunday.
Memory Work :Matthew 6:9-13
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mrs. Smith)
We have been discussing the last week of Jesus and events leading to His death, burial, and resurrection. We finished up reading The Velveteen Rabbit and also read VOM’s book about (doubting )Thomas. We made Resurrection Rolls that illustrate the empty tomb. In art we learned about Norman Rockwell and tried our hand at self portraits. In science we learned about the order of the planets. In history we completed our book about Benjamin Franklin. What a life! Ask your kids about his sayings, inventions, and what they know about him. In math we found the area of shapes using pattern blocks, and identified, described, and compared geometric solids (cone, cube, sphere, cylinder, rectangular prism, pyramid), measured and drew line segments using centimeters, and multiplied by 1 & 100. In SWR we are reading a short story about hunting in the 11th century in our first book that is told from the point of view of the main character. In grammar we continue to practice nouns, pronouns, proper nouns, adjectives, and writing sentences.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Easter Break Friday 4/7/2023 – Monday 4/10/2023
2nd Grade (Mrs. Hedgecock & Mrs. Eng)
We observed Holy Week during Forum this week and enjoyed rich discussions about the work of Christ in saving sinners, and we continued our memorization in Hebrews, culminating in individual recitations on Thursday. In reading, we are continuing in both The Curse of King Tut’s Mummy (which ties in perfectly with our history card) and Owls in the Family. Students are working hard to show how well they can read and answer questions on their own. Ask your child how he/she is doing in the packet. It is a review week in Latin, so there will be no quiz until 4/18. The concepts in grammar are becoming more difficult and detail-oriented, so we are working especially hard to master the newer material.
- Hebrews 11: 30-31 (due 4/14)
- Hebrews 11: 32-35 (due 4/21)
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
This week we continued our discussion on Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. We read aloud from the account in Luke and discussed the events of Passion Week or Holy Week. The Last Supper has been a theme revisited throughout art history. Students discussed the differences between Leonardo da Vinci’s and Jacopo Bassano’s rendition of Christ’s last supper. In math, we worked to find the fractional part of a set, identify the greatest common denominator, and write the function rule for a series of numbers. We reviewed prepositions in Latin, and translated another chapter in our Libellus de Historia. Students continue to write summaries from factual texts which is leading up to our final paper using several texts to write a research summary. Continue to review all the verses we’ve memorized thus far in anticipation for the Bible Bee! This weekend, we hope you will reflect on our Savior’s death, burial, and resurrection.
Review first, second and third quarter verses
- John 14:6
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Mrs. Lawson)
- We had an action packed week! We are practicing our recitation for our Patriotic Program and read an article and speech with much discussion of Martin Luther and his desire to follow God’s Word over pleasing the Catholic Church. We enjoyed learning new pronouns and a chant in Latin with many new vocabulary words. We also had vocabulary week in Math discussing range, mean, median, and mode as well as many new liquid measurements and conversions. We learned about Zwingli and the Anabaptists and how Zwingli and Luther disagreed on their understanding of the Sacraments. We ended the week making a new cover page for Physics in Science and learning about forms of energy.
- Review first, second, and third quarter verses in anticipation of the Bible Bee
- Psalm 139: 1-3
5th Grade (Mrs. Owens)
We have packed quite a bit into this short week. We took a field trip to the Mebane Public Library on Monday and began to search for books to use for our research paper. The students began to learn about taking notes and how to use those notes to form the body of their paper. Math has been filled with multiple step problems this week. The students have learned how to find the area of complex shapes as well as use algebraic addition to solve problems. The students have also gotten to take a closer look at George Washington this week in history. We have seen how even though he was a man of few words he was highly respected by many of his peers and was unanimously voted in as the first president. In Treasure Island, our main character Jim is just about to set sail on an exciting adventure to find treasure. The students are excited to see who and what Jim may come across on his hunt for the lost treasure.
- 1 Samuel 2:1-2 (this week)
- 1 Samuel 2:3-4 (next week)
- Students spent a lot of time this week learning new notes, learning how to count and play dotted rhythms, how to count and play eighth note rhythms, how to apply key signatures to music, and how to correctly play dynamic contracts in regards to crescendos and decrescendos. Students did a great job demonstrating their ability to correctly play eighth note rhythms, follow a key signature, follow breath marks and demonstrate dynamic contracts on their 3.36 playing test this week.
Mrs. Sarah Johnston
We spent time this week focusing on enunciations, articulations, and dynamic contrasts. We also had our second joint rehearsal with the Bradford Chorale for Baba Yetu, and it was really inspiring to hear parts come together. Practice should be centered on the character of the pieces now that we have gotten through learning notes and rhythms.
6th -8th Boys’ PE
- This week the students played kickball and learned the rules to baseball.
6th-8th Girls’ PE
- We finished up our time playing volleyball this week. Next week we will start working on basketball.
6th Reading and Literature
- We continued reading through Around the World in 80 Days this week.
6th Grammar and Writing
- Students had a progress check on their fictional story assignment. Hopefully they have completed two pages by now. The full four-page paper is due Thursday, April 27.
- We finished up the book of Romans this week. For time’s sake, we will be skipping over 1+2 Corinthians and moving straight on to some of the shorter NT books. If we have time at the end of the year, we will return to Corinthians.
- This week and next week we are talking about the Great Depression/Dust Bowl.
- We took a break from Science this week as we used the time to watch a documentary on the Dust Bowl.
- This week we started looking into the fallacies to watch out for in propaganda pieces.
6th Grade 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.
- We took our artist of the quarter quiz on Norman Rockwell. We also talked about en plein air art and went outside to experience it ourselves. Students drew from sight what they observed in nature.
6th Grade Latin
- Sixth graders are learning the second conjugation verbs as well as the perfect tense. We continue to practice translations and review vocabulary as well!
7th Grammar and Writing
- Students completed an activity sprucing up comprehensive reading skills by reading an essay on a historical character and answering questions.
7th Grade Omnibus
- We finished reading Screwtape Letters and students shared their skits reflecting “opposite” thinking presented in Lewis’ book. They took Revelation quiz part 1. Part 2 will be next week. Highlights to note about Revelation–it shouldn’t be scary, but give hope–the Victory is won in Christ! Also, we began our work on maps! We will spend time this quarter solidifying geographical knowledge of the areas included in Ancient Egypt, Greece & Rome as well as compare to Biblical happenings of these ancient times.
- The class read a comical sketch on a young man trying to instill logical thinking in a classmate…she learns thoroughly, switching from a simpleton to an unrelenting thinker.
7th Grade Science
- We continued our study of planet Earth by looking at the importance of Earth’s magnetosphere. The students learned that Earth has the strongest magnetic field by far of all the terrestrial planets in our solar system. They learned that this magnetic field is what protects us from solar radiation, but also produces the beautiful phenomenon of the aurora borealis or the Northern Lights. We looked at coverage of the recent solar storm that occurred in March and looked at pictures taken in Canada and Lapland of last month’s auroras. We also started studying Earth’s rotation and practiced differentiating between global time zones.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
- We have continued building our algebra skills this week by working through some advanced ratio problems, as well as multiplying exponential expressions with variable bases. The students were introduced to their first exponent rule: The Product Rule of Exponents. They will add this rule to their toolbox for simplifying algebraic expressions.
- Students took their Norman Rockwell artist of the quarter quiz. We talked about and reviewed using the medium of charcoal. We then began our small scale drawings of eyes in charcoal.
7th Grade Latin
- Seventh graders reviewed for and took their chapter 16 test covering direct address, imperative sentences, and third conjugation -io verbs.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: This week, we finished covering the rise of kingdoms in the high middle ages, beginning from William of Normandy’s conquest of England to the unification of France to the reconquista of Spain.
- Literature: In preparation for our field trip in a few weeks, we began Macbeth this week, a tale of ambition, of the consequences of sin, of the harm a guilty conscience can do to a person. So far, we have heard the prophecies of the three weird sisters and met most of the main characters. Macbeth’s mind is beginning to turn towards the prophecy that has been given to him though he is not sure he should believe it: “Thou shalt be king hereafter.” The students are doing a great job parsing Shakespeare’s language!
- Composition: Students are working on the second drafts of their research essays; they are adding research as needed, clarifying their main points, and brushing up their style.
8th Grade Latin
- 8th graders practiced using comparative and superlative adjectives, and took a quiz on their next set of vocabulary.
8th Grade Science
- We have started breaking down the periodic table into its various family groups. This week’s focus was on the alkali and alkaline earth metals. The students will have their first periodic table quiz next Tuesday. They should be prepared to name all of the Group 1 & 2 metals given their atomic symbols.
8th Grade Algebra I
- All of our practice factoring trinomials is coming to fruition this week as we learned how to use factoring to add or subtract rational expressions with factorable denominators. We also reviewed place value and rounding and took our first unit exam of the fourth quarter.
- Students took their Norman Rockwell artist of the quarter quiz. We spent much of this week wrapping up our unit on Color Theory. Analogous, complementary, split complementary, monochromatic, neutrals, etc. were all terms we discussed this week.
This week the students learned how to translate ordinary, inclusive and exclusive statements from Lessons 28 and 29.
From COLLEGE COUNSELING Office:
- Sophomores took a practice SAT on Thursday afternoon at Bradford in preparation for taking the PSAT in October
- This was an online version of the test through Khan Academy, which was automatically scored and will give them feedback on which content areas they need the most practice
- They should review as needed over the summer/early fall for taking the PSAT in October!
- You can read more about general PSAT info, practicing for the PSAT test, and PSAT scholarship opportunities
- Continue thinking about electives and let me know if any questions arise!
- Continue thinking about electives and let me know if any questions arise!
- If juniors are planning to take the ACT on April 15, here are some links for studying:
- Six official full length and free practice ACT tests: https://blog.olive-book.com/6-official-act-practice-tests-full-length-and-free/
- Answer explanations for the above practice tests: https://www.piqosity.com/free-act-official-practice-test-pdfs-and-answer-explanations/
9th Advanced Art
- Our students are finalizing their argument and strategy in preparation for meeting with Mr. Johnston next week. Additionally, they have selected their lead council and co-council positions for their team. Our panelists this year will be Dr. Smith, Mrs. Palmer and Coach Johnston. These panelists will be well-equipped for questioning the team in areas of theology, history and art. Lastly, our class will be heading downtown for painting class. We will be taking advantage of the amazing weather as much as possible in the next quarter.
- We began this week learning about one of the two past tenses in Spanish: preterite. Students learned preterite endings and how to form them. We also reviewed past grammar concepts as well as new vocabulary. Students have a vocabulary quiz NEXT WEDNESDAY.
- Our coursework over twenty-seven lessons has given students the tools to take arguments and put them into symbolic logic in order to evaluate their validity (or invalidity).
- Lesson 28 takes all of those tools and allows students to evaluate real-life arguments, such as those found in the Bible, literature, philosophy, and law.
- Our lesson has landed right at Easter and we have been evaluating the Apostle Paul’s arguments for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead from 1 Corinthians 15.
- Praise God for a glorious conclusion to an eternal argument: “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead!” (I Cor. 15:20a)
- This week we calculated volumes of cylinders, cones, pyramids, and spheres. The students received a practice test to complete by our next class period on Wednesday.
- Next week we will review volume calculations on Wednesday, and the students will take their first test of Q4 on Friday.
- This week we discussed more about invertebrates in Kingdom Animalia. Students also picked a vertebrate animal to focus on and complete a small project in class.
- Students have been working on a project on the doctrine of salvation that culminates in them turning in a 3-5 page essay in which they explain what they believe about that doctrine. This is due Wednesday, April 12. They are reading a little over twenty passages from both the Old and New Testaments that address this doctrine in a very clear and direct way. They are taking notes on these passages, before working on their summary statement regarding their belief.
9th Grade Literature
- The class presented character sketches from Animal Farm including discussions of who the character represented in history and discussed the cleverness of Orwell’s points through satire. The class discussed the wise way to present grievances and make appeals to authority and also the dangers of rebellion and revolution.
- We spent the week completing a research assignment that required students to summarize a major WW1 Battle or hero from that war. We will conclude the unit on Wednesday as we consider how the war ended before taking a text on Friday (4/14).
10th Algebra II
- We spent the week reviewing and taking a test on the last ten or so topics. Next we will take up a review of all of the major types of factoring and begin to learn about logs and exponents.
10th Bible Survey
- This week we have been studying the synoptic gospels. We have examined Mark and Luke. Mark presents to us Jesus as the “Suffering Servant”, while Luke presents Jesus as the “Son of Man”. We also learned about the background of Mark the author, also called John Mark. We saw that he had worked closely with Barnabas, Paul, and Peter. Although he went back home from the ministry team in Acts 13, God changed him and made him useful later in life for the Apostle Paul. God can use our mistakes to make us more like himself and useful in gospel service.
- Book report are due the last Friday of May.
10th Grade Literature
- Students presented slide shows to discuss George MacDonald’s use of the word “shadow” to demonstrate sin. We discussed how German Romanticism crept into his presentation of sin and how to be free of the burden–sin happened to the character because of his choice to give into a temptation vs. original sin? works righteousness? all may come to a heavenly end no matter what? a person can make the ultimate sacrifice and save? We concluded with what the Bible says about sin and salvation–we are born with original sin and are saved only through faith in Christ and rest on his work through a perfect life, his sacrificial death, and his resurrection!
- This week we completed the notes on the introduction to chemical thermodynamics. The students were given practice problems to complete by Wednesday.
- Next week we will review on Wednesday, and the students will take their first test of Q4 on Friday.
- Students have nearly finished their reading of Livy’s War with Hannibal. We will complete that book next week and take a test the following week (4/19). At that time we will begin Josephus’ Jewish War which will recount the history of Israel immediately surrounding the life of Jesus Christ and the following decades which culminated in a Jewish rebellion and the Roman siege of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple.
- Students continued to work on more technical volleyball skills and played various volleyball games in class.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students have been working on writing a proposal for their Teeny, Tiny Theses. I am very excited to see how these students are going to navigate this assignment!
- In class this week we have been working with the subjunctive mood. We learned how to form the subjunctive and have begun to learn when to use it. We also reviewed past vocabulary as well as current vocabulary. Students have a vocabulary quiz NEXT WEDNESDAY.
- We’re looking into properties of electrical charges, the nature of electrostatic force and an electric field. Students did a few simple experiments to see how charges behave and to demonstrate charging by conduction vs charging by induction.
- Learning matrix row operations has been our main topic for the week. We’ve drawn comparisons between matrix row operations and the elimination method we learned in Algebra II and learned some new notation. Next week we’ll perfect our technique of achieving REF and RREF both by hand and with a calculator and then move on to doing operations with more than one matrix.
- This week we had two guest speakers share their experiences from living in Slovakia and Spain. The students took tests on geographical features and landmarks of Europe.
- Next week the students will be tested on the countries of cold war Europe and modern Europe. They will also give their first presentations of Q4, describing the European countries of their choice.
11th Grade Literature
- Students began The Faerie Queene, Edmund Spenser’s allegorical epic. We are reading it in class due to the fact that Spenser decided conventional spelling was unnecessary.
11th NT Greek
- Students have been working on identifying Future and Aorist verbs in both the active and passive voice. They have also been translating many phrases and sentences from the New Testament that use these verb forms. They also continue to work on building their vocabulary. They are continuing to discover how some of the most faithful English translations of the New Testament can, at times, obscure important points communicated by the Greek text.
11th Grade History
- This week we covered the culture of the Renaissance, and also began researching for their medieval history paper. Next week we will continue looking at the culture of the Italian Renaissance.
- We finally received the cow hearts for dissection and spent the entire class on Tuesday looking at all the things we had learned about in the cardiac system unit. It was a great day! We have two more dissections planned before the end of the year, a fetal pig and a shark.
- On Thursday, students were assigned a sense (taste, hearing, smell, etc.) to complete a presentation in class. Students will present their assigned sense next week!
- Students concluded their overview of WW1 material. When we return to class we will have an assessment and then move into the Interwar Period (1920s-30s).
12th Grade Literature
- Students continued with To Kill a Mockingbird and are enthusiastic about the novel so far.
12th Grade Shakespeare Elective
- Students finished As You Like It, and watched the Globe Theatre’s production of it.
12th Rhetoric II
- Students have turned in their final drafts! We can see home plate and they are running full speed towards the end. I am so proud of the work they’ve put forth and I cannot wait to see them present their theses in May. Please let me know if you have not received an invitation to your student’s defense!