BB 05-05-23



MAY 5, 2023



  • YEARBOOK ORDERS:  Please submit your orders no later than Monday (5/8)! (Find the link in your email.)
  • SUMMER CAMPS:  Bradford Academy will be offering several camps this summer.  Please go to this link to register today!
  • VBS:  Grace Reformed Baptist Church (where the lower school is located) is offering a Vacation Bible School this summer, the week of July 17th.  Several Bradford kids have participated in the past, so I wanted to go ahead and share this link for registration.  (View the flier in the email for specific details.)  There is no cost involved.  



  • Tues, 5/9:  
    • Election of Student Council Offices
    • CLT8 testing for 8th graders
    • Varsity Sports Ceremony (6:30pm)
  • Thurs, 5/11:  Bradford games (upper school)
  • Fri, 5/12:   Teacher workday, no school



  • Tues, 5/16:  Rain Date for Bradford Games
  • 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:  7:00 pm, Spring Concert and Art display (upper school)
  • Thurs, 5/25: 
    • 10:30 – TK ceremony – auditorium
    • 7:00 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)





Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Hicks and Mrs. Grubb)

TK enjoyed a great week learning about jobs in our community. Students were visited by a doctor, pilot, and a highway patrolman to learn all about these jobs and what they entail. We also discussed various other jobs in the community and what students would like to be when they grow up. It was so fun seeing the students dressed up for show & tell. In writing this week, we practiced lowercase letters r, n, and m and reviewed the corresponding capitals. In math, we continued learning how to play war and added in face cards. We also practiced identifying left & right by doing the hokey pokey and continued working on measuring. It was an exciting day on Tuesday as we released our first set of butterflies. We will have a second set to release next week when they emerge. We finished the Jesus Storybook Bible this week reading about John’s Dream of Heaven from the book of Revelation. We talked about the hope we can have in Jesus and how He will return one day!

Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)

K – 5th
  • Students did not have P.E. this week. 

Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)

  • Kindergarten, First and Second grade students worked on the first three verses of  “It Is Well With My Soul”. Students also enjoyed learning the “Chicken Dance” and  using their ears to know when to move and freeze during song. 
  • Third grade  worked  on singing the  first and fourth verses of, “My Country Tis Of Thee”, the first verse of the “Amazing Grace”, and the first verse of the “Star Spangled Banner ”. All of these pieces will need to be memorized for the Patriotic Program on May 25th. 
  • Students did a great job working the entire “My Country Tis of Thee” on their recorders. Students also worked on singing the first and fourth verse of “My Country Tis of Thee”, the first verse of “Amazing Grace”, and the first verse of the “Star Spangled Banner”.  All of these pieces will need to be memorized for the Patriotic Program on May 25th. 

Kindergarten (Miss Burdeshaw and Mrs. Rivera)

This has been an exciting week of review of past spelling words and completing comprehension workbooks for our readers. Some of our students actually made the recipe for doggie biscuits found in our book. In Math, we learned about rectangular prisms, identifying and counting quarters, and subtracting two digit numbers without regrouping. We are thankful for the many parents who came in to speak to our kinders about various jobs they perform in the community. Please continue to review your student’s Bible verses with them so they will be ready to shine during the Bible Bee. As we always tell our students,memorizing the verses are the easy part, but living them out is the challenge. Our prayer is for each of them to know, love, and serve Jesus.

Memory Work:
  • Ephesians 6:1-3 and review


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

This Week:  

This week in first grade we have successfully completed our first standardized testing experience. In math we are mastering our subtraction facts, putting to memory multiples of 5 and 2 and we are able to find right angles using the corner of a piece of paper. We enjoyed a game of BINGO using multiples of 2 and used the edge of a sheet of paper to help find right angles throughout the classroom. The Frog and Toad books have been a hit with the class. We enjoy reading the adventures of Frog and Toad and acting out the scenes in class. In history we are continuing our reading of Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin. In grammar we are reviewing nouns, verbs, and adjectives. 

 Memory Work:  
  • Proverbs 27:2
  • Class Verse Bee    May 30
  • School wide Verse Bee May 31

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

This Week

Our second graders worked very hard each morning on their standardized tests this week, and each afternoon, we traveled back in time to Ancient Egypt where we toured the Nile River, visited and “built” pyramids, wrote our names in hieroglyphics, created beautiful Egyptian art, mummified an animal, and made masks. We also had the opportunity to learn from one another as students presented their Ancient Egypt projects. We hope you heard about some of our activities and that your children enjoyed the break from our normal routine. Next week, we will be back at that normal routine as we week to finish the year with all our might!

Memory Work: 
  • Hebrews 11: 39-40


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

This Week
  • This week, students worked hard on standardized testing. While we spent each morning completing standardized tests, in the afternoons,  we enjoyed reading Misty of Chincoteague outside, doing science experiments, creating art projects, and playing some fun review games! The week  was both challenging and fun!


4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Mrs. Lawson) 

This Week
  •  The students worked very hard and persevered through three days of testing.  We prepared last week and on Monday practiced the format for the exam.  We worked on our individual parts for the Patriotic Program, completed Keva challenges and read Thunderstorm in the Church.  We ended the week creating art projects and practiced for the Bible Bee.

5th Grade (Mrs. Owens) 

This Week

The students have completed testing!  They persevered through them all and then got to enjoy a few fun activities.  We have continued to read through Treasure Island and answer comprehension questions in small groups.  This week we also began to memorize all states and their capitals.  We have a song to help us with memorization and we are filling out a map to help us know where they are located.  We have added in a couple of fun craft projects to get ready for a special day coming up.  

Memory Work:

Proverbs 27:17 and Proverbs 17:17 (next week)

  • Teacher Workday – Friday, May 12th 
  • Patriotic Program – Thursday, May 25th



Mrs. Bennington

6th-8th Band
  • 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, and how to start balancing their sound. Students applied all of these concepts to their Spring Concert Music. In preparation for the Spring Concert on May 23rd, students will be having an after school rehearsal this Tuesday 5/9 from 3:15-4:30 pm in the band room. Students should have brought home a note about this rehearsal and the one on Thursday 5/18 from 3:15-4:30 pm in the band room. Please make every effort to attend these rehearsals. I am so proud of the progress that these students have made!

Mrs. Sarah Johnston

6th-8th Choir

This week’s highlight was the performance at the National Day of Prayer Service at Mebane Presbyterian Church. The students did a lovely job, and were an encouragement to those in attendance. Thank you for your ministry of music in this way! Next week the focus returns to concert preparations and graduation music. Upcoming dates: May 23 Fine Arts Night (AKA Spring Concert); June 2 Graduation.

Mr. Davis

6th -8th Boys’ PE
  • This week the students played pumpkin patch at Walker Field. 

Miss Stevenson

6th-8th Girls’ PE
  • This week girls and boys PE combined to play pumpkin patch and kickball. 
6th Reading and Literature
  • We are continuing to read through Around the World in 80 Days. Our heroes are currently passing through Salt Lake City on their way to New York to catch the final ship to Liverpool. 
6th Grammar and Writing
  • This week we reviewed the first two rules of proper apostrophe usage: with possessive nouns and in contractions.
6th Bible
  • We were able to read all of Galatians and Ephesians this week. We are taking a look at the different issues that faced each of the early churches that Paul wrote. 
6th History
  • We are in the middle of learning about the Cold War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. 
6th Science
  • This week we continued learning about genetics and inheritance with the help of the Amoeba Sisters.
6th Logic
  • With student council elections coming up, it is timely that we were able to discuss the bandwagon fallacy as well as the fallacy of exigency. Ask your 6th grader what those terms mean!

Mrs. Frueh

6th Grade Math
  • Standardized testing prevented us from meeting for most of this week. When we met at the end of the week, we learned how to translate word problems into algebraic equations. The students are starting to see how many parallels there are between mathematics and Latin, as both involve translation skills.


Miss Windes

6th Grade Latin
  • With standardized testing we had a short week of Latin, but students still translated sentences, practiced vocabulary, and reviewed for their next test next week!

Mrs. Crotts

7th Grammar and Writing

After tackling end-of-grade assessments for the first half of the week, the class edited in-class   persuasive essays that they had written last week. 

7th Grade Omnibus
  • 7th graders tackled end-of-grade assessments for the greater part of the week. The class studied a map of Ancient Greece and then were quizzed. Continuing the focus on Revelation, we listened to a talk by Dr. R.C. Sproul, “The Last Days According to Jesus.”
7th Logic
  • We missed 1 of our 2 classes due to the end-of-grades, but had a fun time analyzing logical fallacies that appeared in the end-of-grade test and also in the speeches from Student Council candidates.

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science
  • Standardized testing prevented us from meeting this week. Our last test of the quarter will take place next Wednesday, followed by an end-of-year astronomy project.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
  • Aside from standardized testing, our focus this week was on probability and geometry. We reviewed the difference between independent and dependent events in probability. We also reviewed congruent polygons and geometric transformations.

Miss Windes

7th Grade Latin
  • Seventh graders reviewed for and took their test covering the three new dative constructions.

Miss Windes

8th Grade Omnibus
  • History: In history this week, we learned about the key figures and battles of the Hundred Years War between France and England. 
  • Literature: We started reading Athanasius’ book, On the Incarnation, a small but effective book exploring the questions of why Christ had to become man, why he had to die for us, and how these events reveal God’s character to us. 
  • Composition: Students continued working on their literary essays about Macbeth; they finished their thesis statements and outlines this week, and will begin writing next week. 
8th Grade Latin
  • Eighth graders reviewed for and took their test covering positive, comparative, and superlative adjectives and adverbs. 

Mrs. Frueh

8th Grade Science
  • We put our periodic table knowledge to the test by creating an “alien periodic table”. This logic exercise allowed students to use their knowledge of the periodic table groups to solve clues that would help them create a table with “alien” elements.
  • Our final test of the quarter will take place next week.
8th Grade Algebra I
  • We had fun this week shifting and reflecting the graphs of functions. We also practiced our skills in simplifying radical expressions and graphing conjunctions and disjunctions. We ended the week with a cumulative test.

Mr. Davis

8th Logic
  • This week the students learned about Hypothetical Syllogisms. 




Be on the lookout for an email regarding junior family meeting opportunities. I would love to sit down with students and parents I haven’t talked to about preparing for senior year and how I can be of help to you all! 


Congratulations to all the seniors who have been accepted and made decisions about colleges! We have students attending NC State, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Covenant University, Liberty University, Alamance Community College, and Cedarville University.

Dr. James

9th Geometry
  • This week the students learned about the golden ratio and prepared for the second test of Q4. 
  • Next week we will begin our last section – and introduction to trigonometry.

Mrs. Hicks

9th Biology
  • Students took a test on Kingdom Animalia and are working on an endangered species project that is due on May 16th. We also watched a documentary called “Racing Extinction” in class this week.

Dr. Smith

9th Theology
  • Students have been learning this week about the origins of Modern Biblical Criticism, or what has also been called the “historical-critical” method of biblical interpretation. It is the reading of the Bible that controls Protestant Liberal theology. It was one of the unintended consequences of the Protestant Reformation as Protestants and Catholics engaged in physical war over the interpretation of the Bible and the control of the church in the late 16th and early 17th century. With no resolution in sight, some of the European intelligentsia decided that human reason had to be the basis for how Europe would organize and establish its life. The rest of the month, students will be learning about the fall-out of all of this.  

Mrs. Crotts

9th Grade Literature

The class began reading Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.  The students have to read the book on their own and we will be reading a script borrowed from Ms. Oldham in class.  Who is/are the Mockingbirds? Also, students attended Career Day.

Coach Johnston

9th History
  • We have continued our study of WW2 and are preparing for a quiz on Monday (5/8) that covers the alliances, leaders, causes of war and the events of Pearl Harbor. We have begun the second part of the unit which focuses on the European theatre of operations.


Mrs. Byrd

10th Algebra II
  • We finished up our general curriculum this week.  We’ll spend the remainder of the year considering a few special topics – some basic statistics, other numbering systems, and an introduction to functions

Mrs. Crotts

10th Grade Literature
  • What is a Biblical response to Captain Nemo’s sorrow as opposed to his initial bitter and vengeful one?  10th graders edited their in-class essays answering this question.  Also, students attended Career Day.

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week we finished our discussion of kinetics and equilibria, and the students took their second test of Q4. 
  • Next week we will begin our last chemistry topic – acids and bases. 

Coach Johnston

10th History
  • Students have continued to study the events that contributed to the fall of the Roman Republic. This week in particular we have considered the First Triumvirates combinations and the civil war that resulted from it. Students continued to read Josephus’ Jewish War.
10th PE
  • Students were able to enjoy a couple of review game days this week where they played games that we worked on earlier this year. The students especially enjoyed playing hockey on Thursday.

Miss Oldham

10th Rhetoric I
  • Students have had time to work on their Teeny, Tiny Theses and I’ve been reading over some of them. I have really enjoyed seeing how their mind processes deep ideas. 

Mrs. Byrd

11th Physics
  •  After closing our unit on current electricity, we began reviewing for our cumulative semester test.
11th Precalculus
  • Our study of matrix algebra concluded this week and we’ve begun our next topic – sequences and arithmetic series.

Dr. James

11th Geography
  • This week we continued our focus on Asia.  Dr. James talked about India, and the students presented on their selected countries. 
  • Next week we have another guest speaker, and we will complete our focus on Asia.

Miss Oldham

11th Grade Literature
  • Students have been plugging away at The Faerie Queene as well as working on their research essay due this Friday. 

Dr. Smith

11th NT Greek
  • Students continue translating 1John. They are continuing to increase their practical skills in translating, which includes their learning more about the various uses of key terms and some of the ways syntax or the way sentences are structured effect an accurate translation of the original text. 

Mr. Webster

11th Grade History
  • This week we looked at the influences of the Renaissance in northern Europe. Next week we will finish up the unit and take a test on Wednesday. 

Mrs. Byrd

12th Calculus
  • AP Exam is Monday – after that we will start another round of review in preparation for the CLEP exam.

Mrs. Hicks

12th Anatomy
  • This week students took a test on Senses, The Integumentary System, and The Endocrine System. We also started our next unit on The Immune and Lymphatic Systems. Permission slips were sent home for our upcoming field trip on May 18th.

Coach Johnston

12th History
  • Students completed our reading and discussion overview of the European Theatre during WW2. Ask them about espionage, airborne assaults, HF/DF, amphibious assaults, proud generals or war crimes and they will have something to say about it.

Miss Oldham

12th Grade Literature
  • Students have been loving 1984 and discussing how relevant Orwell’s ideas are to today’s world. 
12th Grade Shakespeare Elective
  • We finished up Julius Caesar and are watching the film adaptation. Students are also preparing a small scene for Fine Arts Night on May 23rd. 
12th Rhetoric II
  • Thesis defenses are looming ever closer. The pressure is on and the kids are feeling it. Please continue to be in prayer for them as they finish this race well and to the glory of God!