VOLUME XIV, ISSUE 33
APRIL 14, 2022
FROM THE OFFICE
Bradford Games: A really fun day for 6th – 12th grades on Thursday, May 12th at the Main Campus. We will need lots of parent volunteers to help set up on Wed. (5/11) and to run stations on Thurs (5/12). We will send out sign up links later, but for now, mark your calendars!
Used Uniform Sale: We plan to have a uniform sale the week immediately after the last day of school with the hopes of allowing parents as much time as possible to order uniforms. …and then enjoy the rest of the summer! We will accept donations any time. TK uniforms will especially be in high demand!
- 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
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- 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)
- Jesus is arisen! Hope remains! This week TK celebrated Jesus conquering death and rising so that we may have eternal life.
- This week the adventure was all about Easter. TK finished the week making resurrection rolls in the kitchen as the recipe tells the story of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.
- TK students continue to blend sounds in reading readiness, develop listening and reading comprehension, and practice reading with word families.
- This week was exciting as we learned to identify a nickel and count by fives! Have your TK student recite the counting by fives song to you at home.
Arts and Sciences
- Surprise! In TK we have the Jar of Joy. This jar is filled with pom pom balls as we catch TK students loving one another in extraordinary ways. Putting others first is a mark of our faith. God calls us to love one another. We are proud of the students as the jar is already full! The TK teachers treated the students to popsicles and play time outside.
Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)
K – 5th
- This week the students worked on building endurance with a distance run. They also began to learn how to play wiffle ball.
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” and “Little Peter Rabbit”. 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 did very well on the recorder test that they had on m1-16 of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)
- This week in kindergarten, we spent time learning about Christ’s death and resurrection; we read Benjamin’s Box and opened resurrection eggs, talking about each object as it pertains to the story. We studied geometric solids in math, as well as fractional parts of a whole, and measuring in centimeters. With the nice weather, we took our watercolors outside again to finish our Renoir paintings. As we prepare for first grade, we have started adding some comprehension questions to their readers! They have really enjoyed the challenge of reading and then remembering what they have read.
- Next week: Ephesians 6:1-3
- Review all verses
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- Our students have been very excited to learn more multiplication facts in math. After learning how to multiply by 10 and 100, we are now learning how to multiply by 5s. The students have had so much experience with “skip counting”, multiplication comes easily. We have also learned about parallel lines and what makes them special. In grammar, the students have been doing more work with different kinds of sentences like statements, questions, commands, and exclamations. In history, we are coming to the end of our studies on Abraham Lincoln’s life. Lastly, in science, we are starting a unit on the different kinds of clouds. If you see the students looking up at the sky, they are probably trying to figure out if they are seeing cumulus, cirrus, stratus, or nimbus.
- Psalm 67:1-4
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- This week we are so thankful for the warmer weather and the clear skies so we were able to go outside and enjoy God’s creation! We are continuing our reading of Baby Island and are getting close to finishing! Students are really liking how Mr. Peterkin interacts with the girls and the babies, and his very funny way of speaking. This book is truly challenging students to slow down their reading and pay attention to the letters and sounds on a page. In math, we have been working with adding and subtracting numbers up to the hundred thousands place this week, and will continue to work on this next week. Students are getting much better at writing out amounts of money in words which will serve them well in the future! In history, we learned all about King Tut this week and his reign of Egypt. See if your child can tell you how old he was when he became king, and how long it is believed that he reigned for! In grammar, we are continuing to hone in our coding skills and working on perfecting finding and using possessive pronouns and prepositional phrases in a sentence. You will be amazed that your child can sing a song about all of the prepositions!
- Hebrews 11:23-29 (this week)
- Hebrews 11:30-31 (next week)
- 4/20 – Fact Assessment 21-1
- 4/20 – Fact Assessment 21-2
- 4/20 – Written Assessment 21
- 4/21 – Grammar Chapter 14 Assessment
- 4/22 – Hebrews 11:30-31 Recitation
- 4/22 – Later New Kingdom Test
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- This week’s history card, which focused on the Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension of Christ, prompted thoughtful questions and discussion. The foundational truths found in our scripture reading are anchors for the souls of these students and we’re grateful for the opportunity to discuss these in their historical context and to apply them to our lives today. We read aloud from the account in Luke and discussed the implications of Christ’s propitiation for the sins of His people. 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 charted coordinates, measured angles using protractors, and simplified fractions using the greatest common denominator. In Latin, we continued memorizing commonly used prepositions, and in Grammar, we studied the parts of a book. We finished off the week with a trip to our local library, where students discovered how to use the card catalog to locate books, understand how books were organized, and meet their local librarians. It was a week full of reflecting on the goodness and mercies of our Lord.
- John 14:6
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- This has been a wonderful hands-on, action packed week! We enjoyed helping the preschool prepare their vegetable garden. They facilitated the planting of the garden and learned about composting. We started our Keva challenges in science class and are building projects based on parameters. We had a fabulous puppy visit this week and the students got to hold puppies and investigate puppy behavior! We ended the week learning about Martin Luther and the Reformation.
- “O Captain, My Captain”
- Psalm 33
- Patriotic Program
5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt)
- This week we learned about congruent shapes in math. Students enjoyed learning about George Washington, our first president, and his many accomplishments. In grammar we became experts on the parts of a book and put our sentence classification skills into practice with a variety of sentences. We soaked in the sunshine this week and enjoyed reading Johnny Tremain outside together. We also finished reading a book we have very much enjoyed in our class forum: Hinds Feet on High Places. Be sure to ask your student about the allegorical journey of Much Afraid.
- 1 Samuel 2:5-6 Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, and the hungry have ceased to hunger. Even the barren has borne seven, and she who has many children has become feeble. “The LORD kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up.
- The Louisiana Purchase
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
- We finished our study of optics this week. Next, we will start our study of electricity and magnetism with the simplest form of electricity – static charges.
- Students have been verifying trig identities this week and also learning to use them to solve trig equations.
- We’re plowing through a review of the year’s materials in preparation for the AP exam in just a few weeks.
10th Bible Survey
- We have begun to study the life of the Lord Jesus Christ in the New Testament. We have finished the Synoptic Gospels – Matthew, Mark, and Luke (one more lesson). We have learned about Jesus the Messiah, the Suffering Servant, and the Son of Man. “For the Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10
- For this quarter, select students share a Bible verse with the class, which we briefly discuss and pray over. We are also focusing on a country for prayer in each class using Operation World and its online site.
- There will be a test next Tuesday.
- This week the students worked on strength training and jogging. They also began to learn the rules of baseball by playing wiffle ball.
9th Grade Advanced Art
- Our students continued their research on Hans Holbein the Younger and are working to strengthen their arguments for the Art Trial coming up on May 3rd.
6th Grade Science:
- The students are continuing to work hard on their “famous scientist” research papers. We’ve also done a bit of exploring in the fields of physics and genetics to answer some questions that arose in their research.
6th Grade Math:
- The students are doing a great job tackling new and challenging concepts, such as multiplying with scientific notation and calculating the area of circles.
7th Grade Science:
- We wrapped up our unit on the Earth, moon and sun this week with a unit exam. The students also narrowed down topic choices for our final project of the year: the Docendo discimus project. They are all excited to start their research!
7th Grade Pre-Algebra:
- The students are starting to work with some more advanced algebra concepts, including exponent rules. These lessons are laying a solid foundation for the algebra they will learn next year.
8th Grade Science:
- We completed our unit on the structure and organization of matter this week with a unit exam. This has been a fun, but challenging unit as we have explored the basics of quantum theory, quarks, and atomic models. In the students’ words, they have enjoyed having their “minds blown” by the intricacies of God’s creation.
8th Grade Algebra I:
- The students worked on solving equations for consecutive integers this week. They also learned how to write systems of equations using subscripts the way physicists do.
9th Grade Biology:
- It has been a fun and exciting week in biology as we’ve started our unit on Mendelian Genetics. The students will soon be working on creating pedigree charts for their families based on research completed this week regarding tongue-rolling, ear lobes, and the ability to taste PTC.
- We just finished our test on early Protestant confessions, focusing on the work of Luther, Zwingli, and the Anabaptists.
- We are greatly enjoying The Great Gatsby, and as we read, we are appreciating and analyzing this work for realism, character, theme, symbolism, and language.
- In history, we are presently studying World War I; in particular, how the United States slowly decided to enter the war despite Wilson’s desires to the contrary.
- After finishing Ovid, we are turning our attention to the stoicism of Marcus Aurelius.
- We just finished our test on an overview of Roman history. Next up are our primary history sources, beginning with “The War with Hannibal” from Livy’s history of Rome.
- This week we are studying the various versions of the moral argument for the existence of God.
- In music history we focused on Mozart’s Requiem and his later Piano Concertos.
- Students are doing a great job progressing in their solo piano pieces.
- Students who represented their class did a wonderful job at our Fine Arts Night! All students will perform on Tuesday, May 10 at 1:45pm at the DTC campus sanctuary.
- We continue to progress in our theory book with a key signatures quiz and relative minor keys. We also commenced a new chapter of our rhythm unit.
- Students who represented their class did a wonderful job at our Fine Arts Night! All students will perform on Tuesday, May 10 at 1:45pm at the DTC campus sanctuary.
- We continued our intensive piano practice this week.
- 8th grade piano students, Baroque ensemble, and choir did a wonderful job at our Fine Arts Night! All students will perform on Tuesday, May 10 at 1:45pm at the DTC campus sanctuary.
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
- We are at last in the 20th century. This week’s focus was on jazz and its influence on all future American music, and on the impressionist movement with the music of Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy.
6th Language Arts
- This week in The Hiding Place: The Ten Boom’s home has become a hub in Holland’s underground, funneling Jews out into the countryside and into either areas with greater freedoms, or better cover. We have been exploring the literary device: Foreshadowing
- Our study of WWII comes to an end this week. Students were particularly interested in the size of the armies involved and the motives of Germany’s leaders.
7th Grade Omnibus
- This week has emphasized the differences in leadership style and character between Lycurgas and Numa Pompilius in the early years of Rome. Our study of Lewis’ Till We Have Faces is culminating next week, as we are about to finish the text. Students are writing an essay evaluating the love the main character had for her sister using biblical definitions of love.
- Having finished the textbook on fallacies last week, it’s time to practice making strong, fallacy-free arguments in writing and debate. Our first assignment is an oral argument between individuals, and each pair has a randomly selected topic.
- We are working on our next debate- this time, individual debates between two students who have selected a topic that piques their interests.
- This week we continued our discussion of chemical kinetics. There is no class on Friday in recognition of Good Friday.
- Next week a substitute will oversee the class on Wednesday and Friday. I will leave assignments for the students pertaining to kinetics and equilibria.
12th Systematic Theology
- We examined the power and the purity of Christ’s church
12th Grade Literature
- We wrapped up our discussion of All Quiet on the Western Front.
12th Grade History
- Students had projects they presented this week.
11th Grade Literature
- We continued our discussion of Arthurian Legends.
11th Grade History
- We continued to look at the French Revolution and the waves created from that.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students gave speeches on various topics. They’re doing so well with these!
12th Rhetoric II
- Students are preparing for their Senior Trip and will come back to PrePanels. This is the first time they will get to go through their theses with an audience, so please be in prayer for them in these upcoming few weeks. I know they are nervous, even if they do not want to act nervous in class. I am confident that these seniors will do amazingly in this final push to graduation.
- Students continued working on their oil pastel nature drawings this week.
- Students continued working on their charcoal floral drawings this week.
- Students continued working on their colored pencil eye drawings this week.
- Students took their Chapter 6 test. We began new vocabulary and reviewed past vocabulary as well as past verb conjugations.
- Students took their Chapter 2 test. We began new vocabulary and reviewed past vocabulary as well as past verb conjugations.
- This wEek we began finding the volume of different shApes.
- This week we continued working with truth treeS.
10th Algebra II
- This week we began learning about parabolas.
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week we learned about the aorist passive and futurE passive verb tenses.
- This week we continued leaRning about different countries in Asia.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: In history this week, we continued learning about the high middle ages, studying knights and tournaments, the growth of cities and trade, and the cities that became hubs of commerce.
- Literature: We came to the end of On the Incarnation this week, having rich discussions that I pray will make the celebration of Easter even more meaningful to these students this year. They have done a fantastic job diving into the complexities of Athanasius’ writings this week.
- Composition: We had shorter writing this week due to Easter, but did work on revisions of previously written poems.
6th Grade Latin
- This week we took a vocabulary quiz, reviewed for our test, and took the test.
7th Grade Latin
- Seventh graders worked on vocabulary, the nine unusual adjectives, and learned the irregular verbs volo and nolo.
8th Grade Latin
- Eighth graders reviewed how to turn adjectives into adverbs and practiced translating them.
6th Grade Logic
- We learned about the bandwagon fallacy and practiced identifying fallacies from commercials.