VOLUME XIV, ISSUE 32
APRIL 08, 2022
FROM THE OFFICE
Fine Arts Evening: All are invited to enjoy an evening of upper school music, poetry, and art.
- Tues, 4/12
- 7:00 pm
- At the Main Campus
- Artwork will be on display beginning at 6:30 and then throughout the evening in the foyers.
- Music and poetry will begin at 7:00 pm in the auditorium.
- **Out of courtesy for the students, please do not enter the auditorium while a piece is performed.
- Mon, 4/11:
- Spring XC training
- Girls’ soccer practice
- Tues, 4/12:
- Running club
- Fine Arts Evening, 7pm at the Main Campus
- Wed, 4/13: Girls’ volleyball camp
- Thurs, 4/14:
- 3rd grade: Field trip to Mebane Library
- Running club
- Spring XC training
- Fri, 4/15: Good Friday, no school
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- 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 – Dogwood Festival Fun Run sign up
- 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 (4th and 5th grades)
- Career Night (upper school)
- Thurs, 5/12: Bradford Games (upper school), Mentor Bonfire (TBD)
- 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 – parents invited!
- Fri, 6/3: Last day of school!
- Field day (lower school)
- NOON DISMISSAL
- 7 pm Graduation
- Week of June 6th (date TBD) – Used Uniform sale
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)
- This week TK students learned of the events surrounding the death of Jesus. Next week we will focus on and celebrate the resurrection!
- Memory Verse: Mark 10:45 and 2nd Corinthians 5:17
- This week the theme was spring! We searched the campus for signs of spring while also learning about rainbows, birds, and weather.
- Students practiced developing stories using pretend play and the life cycle of robins. They had to tell and act out what would happen if various things took place while robins were building nests or feeding their young.
- Students continue to blend sounds using word families.
- Students practiced describing shapes by color, shape, and size.
- TK practiced measuring items using nonstandard units and ordering them by length.
- Students practiced copying designs and shapes on geoboards.
- Next week we will learn to count by fives!
Arts and Sciences
- TK students created flowers using tissue paper to create a mosaic.
- TK also created a rainbow in a jar in science.
Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)
K – 5th
- This week the students worked on endurance running as well as continuing to learn how to play kickball.
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- This week in music, kindergarten, first, and second grade students reviewed the sign language that goes with “Jesus Loves Me”. Students also worked on “He’s Got The Whole World”. Third, fourth, and fifth grade students worked on vocal warm-ups and continued to work on songs that will be used at the Patriotic Program in May. Fourth and fifth grade students will have a recorder test on m1-16 of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic ” this Tuesday 4/12/22.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)
- Our kindergarten students enjoyed an exciting week in math! We learned about $1, $5, $10 and $20 dollar bills and pretended to buy various items in the classroom. We also discussed how to identify two geometric solids, a sphere and a cone, as well as adding three numbers together! We have started our study of the Reformation in history, and are continuing our study of the human body. We took advantage of a beautiful day this week and brought our watercolors outside to recreate a Renoir painting, which the students thoroughly enjoyed.
- Thank you for your participation in our kindness project! It is a joy for us to hear of ways our students are serving others!
- Review all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarter verses
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- The students of first grade have been doing work with finding the perimeter of shapes in math. In reading, we have been reading a book about Anne Bradstreet, one of the Pilgrims. It is called “Bright Night” and talks about her faith in God, even during difficult times. In grammar, we are taking a look at the different kinds of sentences (statements, questions, commands, etc.) and how they function. In history, we have started a book on the life of Abraham Lincoln. The students are amazed to learn how truly poor he was in his early life! Finally, in science, we have been learning about April’s Bird of the Month, the brown pelican.
- Psalm 67:1-2
- All of Psalm 67
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- What another wonderful full week in second grade! We have spent lots of time this week introducing new math concepts, and students were challenged at the end of the week to complete 100 multiplication facts! We have been working with numbers up to the hundred thousands place this week, both adding up to this place and writing out in words larger numbers. In History, we focused on Amenhotep IV and how he changed the religion of Egypt to worship only one god. See if your child can tell you what the term is that means worshiping only one god! In Grammar, we have been pushing students to learn all about pronouns and possessive pronouns. They have done very well picking these out of sentences! We have also spent some time learning the different rules for capitalization and punctuation. See if your student can tell you any of the six capitalization rules or any of the five punctuation rules! We ended the week finishing up our Winslow Homer seascapes, and we are so excited to get those hung up around the classroom!
- Hebrews 11:23-26 (this week)
- Hebrews 11:27-29 (next week)
- 4/14 – Hebrews 11:27-29 Recitation
- 4/14 – Spelling Test M-1 (only 10 words)
- 4/14 – Reign of Tutankhamun Test
- 4/15 – NO SCHOOL
- 4/18 – NO SCHOOL
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- This week, we continued learning about Archimedes and how he solved the mystery of King Hiero’s golden crown through his principle of displacement. Ask your student what Archimedes was doing and what Greek word he shouted when he finally solved the puzzle (Eureka!). In history, we dove deeper into the ministry and life of Christ. His ministry on earth was marked by the many signs and miracles he performed, which were unlike anything they had ever seen. The people were awestruck by Jesus’ teaching and insight made evident by His authority. Jesus also spoke with clear authority when he confronted the religious leaders of the day, who had strayed away from the teachings of Scripture. Encourage your student to take time this week to reflect on the life, ministry, and sacrifice of Christ leading up to Easter as well as our next week’s study of Christ’s crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension.
- Matthew 7:14
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- We had a wonderful week practicing sentence patterns in Latin, learning about the Spanish Inquisition in history, and discovering many new concepts in math. The students loved reading our new literature book The King’s Shadow. They created their notebook pages and engaged in insightful literature discussions.
- We learned new terms to get us ready for the Keva challenge starting next week!
- We learned all about whales in our enrichment study of the ocean.
- Psalm 33
- PreK garden project Tuesday, March 12th
5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt)
- This week we had a great time learning about our founding fathers in history. Students enjoyed learning about the accomplishments of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Ben Franklin while also learning that they are indeed humans and not infallible. We practiced the long lost art of writing “thank you”notes and invitations in grammar and are being challenged daily to put into practice all that we’ve learned this year in our sentence classification. We also put our letter writing into practice by writing letters to deploying Marines. In Latin, we practiced pronouns in singular and plural form. Students enjoyed practicing two step algebraic equations in math and honing their skills in adding positive and negative numbers. We are still working through Johnny Tremain, but we hope to wrap up our reading soon!
- 1 Samuel 2:3-4 Talk no more so very proudly; Let no arrogance come from your mouth, For the LORD is the God of knowledge; and by Him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty men are broken, and those who stumbled are girded with strength.
- Recorder test 4- 12
- Romans 12: 9-21 recitation for National Day of Prayer
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
- This week we’ve been learning how light behaves with respect to convex and concave mirrors and lenses. We’ve done several ray tracing diagrams, a reflection and refraction lab, and problems involving Snell’s Law. We’ve also appreciated how understanding optics has helped to develop impressive telescopes, microscopes, and corrective vision lenses.
- Congratulations to Ashley Baarens, the class winner of our March Madness Bracket competition. Our class concluded our March Madness probability project this week and began a study of analytic trig.
- Students completed the last assessment of regular content this week. We’re spending the next few weeks reviewing and preparing for our AP exams.
6th -10th PE
- This week the students worked on endurance running as well as played kickball.
9th Grade Advanced Art
- We were delighted to head to downtown Mebane and begin working on an original watercolor painting. Our students, at first, felt a little pressure when they realized that people on the sidewalks might stop and talk to them. It ended up, however, being one of the highlights of the day for them. They were amazed at how creating art opened up conversations with people that they would not normally interact with. It was great to see them put into practice what they have learned and engage people in conversations about art.
6th Grade Science:
- Students continued working on their famous scientist project. They are establishing skills in taking notes from primary sources and synthesizing this information into a report.
6th Grade Math:
- The students reviewed for and took a test this week. They also learned about the difference between theoretical and experimental probability.
7th Grade Science:
- We wrapped up our study of tides this week with a look at the role the moon phase plays in the cyclical pattern of tides. The students read an article describing how a full moon played an important role in raising the tide enough to free the Ever Given cargo ship stuck in the Suez Canal last spring.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra:
- The students reviewed for and took a test this week. They were also introduced to the important role of parentheses when evaluating signed numbers with exponents.
8th Grade Science:
- We wrapped up our study of atoms and molecules this week by repeating an electrolysis demonstration that we did in the first quarter. The students realized how much more they understand now in analyzing chemical reactions than they did at the beginning of the year.
8th Grade Algebra I:
- This week we practiced writing equations to solve for consecutive integers. We also reviewed writing equations of lines in the slope-intercept form.
9th Grade Biology:
- After taking an exam on cellular reproduction, we started our exciting study of Mendelian genetics. The students started learning how to use Punnett squares to analyze the inheritance of genetic traits.
- This week we had our test on early Protestant confessions. Next up are the famous Westminster and London Baptist confessions of the next generation.
- We have just begun the great American novel The Great Gatsby.
- We have just completed our study of the American West. Next up are the two world wars that changed humanity forever.
- We finished off our reading of Ovid with some incredible dramatic presentations of some of the key stories.
- In 10th history, we have just completed our overview of the empire of Rome, and are prepared to take our test.
- Our focus in apologetics this week has been the intelligent design movement.
- More Mozart, exciting music theory review, and lots of piano practice in music this week!
- Performance is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10, at DTC Sanctuary at 1:45-2:45pm.
- Students did a great job working with our new rhythm unit. We also completed our circle of fifths learning all of the flat keys; relative minors are next on our list in music theory.
- Lots of piano practice this week! Students are doing very well progressing in their pieces, and a few students have moved on to working on new solo pieces.
- Performance is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10, at DTC Sanctuary at 1:45-2:45pm.
- Working in small groups, and using musical language, students explained the difference between the exciting and programmatic pianistic style of Liszt (Transcendental Études, Mephisto Waltz No. 1, Dante Sonata, etc.) to that of the introspective (and a bit regretful) contentment in the instrumental music of Brahms (Sonatas, Intermezzi, etc.)
- We continued our intensive choral and piano practice, in preparation for the two upcoming performances–Fine Arts Night on April 12 and Logic School Piano Performance on Tuesday, May 10, at DTC Sanctuary at 1:45-2:45pm.
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
- Late Romantic composers from France, Bohemia, Norway, England, and the United States, with their nationalist and radical ideas are paving the way for the (at times) shocking musical innovations of the 20th century.
6th Language Arts
- We’ve begun the Hiding Place, which nicely parallels our study of World War II this week and next.
- We will spend this and next week studying World War II in Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Theater.
7th Grade Omnibus
- Which is better: a benevolent king, or a system of checks and balances?The life of Lycurgus provides an opportunity to evaluate this question, as well as what we might call the “proto-socialist” measures he enacted way back in 820 B.C.
- This week we study for and take the cumulative exam on our informal fallacies.
- This week we study enthymemes- arguments with an implied premise or conclusion. We are also selecting our team debate topics.
- This week the students took their first test of Q4, and we started our discussion of kinetics.
- Next week we will continue our discussion of chemical kinetics and introduce multi-step reactions.
12th Systematic Theology
- Students learned about the nature and glory of God’s church, local and universal.
12th Grade Literature
- We began All Quiet on the Western Front and played with poetry this week.
12th Grade History
- Students have their last history presentation next week, so they have been working on those.
11th Grade Literature
- We have been working with Arthurian Legends this week.
11th Grade History
- Students memorized the Bill of Rights and they worked on their research projects.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students started a new speech and analyzed Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
12th Rhetoric II
- Students’ pre-panels begin after their senior trip in three weeks. They are working on memorizing their theses, thinking through how to answer questions that might be asked, as well as how to present their information. Please continue to pray for them in these final weeks that they can finish this race to the glory of God.
- Students worked on small study oil pastel nature drawings. We also went outside to draw “en plein air” like our artist of the quarter, Renoir.
- Students worked on their charcoal flower drawings. We also went outside to draw “en plein air” like our artist of the quarter, Renoir.
- Students worked on their detailed colored pencil eye studies. These are already coming along nicely.
- Students reviewed all grammar points for their upcoming Chapter 6 test. We practiced with vocabulary and worked through several review activities. They also received their cultural project country assignments.
- Students reviewed all grammar points for their upcoming Chapter 2 test. We practiced with vocabulary and worked through several review activities.
- This week we prepared for a test and then took a test.
- This week we continued working with truth trees and testing for consistency.
10th Algebra II
- This week we prepared for a test and then took a test.
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week we continued working with the aorist tense.
- This week we began learning about Asia.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: In history this week we learned about the medieval aristocracy, knights and men of war, and explored the building of castles.
- Literature: We continued reading Athanasius’s On the Incarnation this week, exploring the questions of why God created the world, how he made man in his image, where evil comes from, why Christ had to come to earth as both man and God, and why God had to die on the cross.
- Composition: We worked this week on the paragraph as a unit of writing, understanding more deeply its function in a paper and how to craft an excellent one.
6th Grade Latin
- Sixth graders learned and practiced using the third declension endings.
7th Grade Latin
- Seventh graders took their test over demonstrative adjectives and pronouns and began the next chapter which focuses on a few irregular verbs.
8th Grade Latin
- Eighth graders took an open book translation test covering their understanding of relative and interrogative pronouns and began their new chapter on adverbs.
6th Grade Logic
- Sixth grade learned about the Appeal to Pity fallacy and reviewed all their past fallacies.