VOLUME XIII, ISSUE 32
MAY 7, 2021
FROM THE OFFICE
We are entering our last 4 weeks of school and while we are getting close, it’s not time to coast yet! We still have lots to accomplish.
- Monday, 5/10: Girls Soccer practice
- Tuesday, 5/11:
- Final XC Practice
- Girls Volleyball practice
- Wednesday, 5/12: Set up for Bradford Games
- Thursday, 5/13:
- Bradford Games – at Main Campus – 6th – 12th graders
- Upper School Bonfire! – 5:30 – 8:30 – all 6th – 12th graders
- No Volleyball practice
- Friday, 5/14: Teacher Workday – NO SCHOOL
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- 5/20: Career Night 6:30-8:30pm (8th-12th grades), Rain date: 5/25
- 5/25 – 5/26: Standardized Testing (1st – 8th grades)
- 5/31: Memorial Day – no school
- Verse Bee – K – 5th grades
- Jr / Sr Gala – 6pm – 9pm
- 6/3: Baccalaureate – upper school
- Field day / Ultimate Frisbee – all students on Main Campus
- GRADUATION – 7pm
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)
- This week was spent in Bible story and verse review.
- This week was the butterfly release! We were happy to see them fly away.
- Students continue to form lowercase letters.
- This week TK students continue to develop number comparison skills.
- They are being challenged with recognizing and copying more comprehensive patterns.
Arts and Sciences
- TK students completed their butterfly life cycle journals.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)
- We enjoyed a beautiful week in kindergarten. Students have begun memorizing the names of the thirteen colonies, and discovered a little of what life was like during that time. We added up quarters, drew polygons, and used our linking cubes to figure out the difference of two facts. We introduced and completed another spelling list, and added several new sounds to our list of phonograms. After exploring the outdoors and using our five senses to observe all the gorgeous flowers blooming, we used that knowledge to create something special for moms! Lastly, we finished off the week by planting our very own tiny gardens. It will be exciting to watch it grow over the next few weeks!
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- The 1st grade students have been rolling along with another great week! The students have been reading a book called “Quothe the Prophet” which is the Exodus story told from Pharaoh’s point of view. Along with this, we have been listening to the song “Go Down Moses” and having some fun with that. In math, we have been continuing to study mixed numbers and different exercises with fractions. We have also been introducing the students to right angles and how to identify them in various shapes. In history, we are wrapping up our unit on Abraham Lincoln and beginning to focus more on North Carolina history. Finally, in science, we have been doing some experiments with magnetism and finding out what in our school will react with magnets.
- Review all memory verses!
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- We have moved from King David to King Solomon this week in History, and students have been seeing how Solomon used his wisdom and riches to complete his father’s dream of building a temple to worship God. See if your child can tell you what the “Holy of holies” was and what the Israelites placed inside of it! In Reading, we have continued reading Baby Island, and this week the children have encountered another man living on the island. Ask your child if they remember the man’s name and what kind of pet he had living in his shanty. Students have been spending lots of time this week practicing their memory verses from the beginning of the year to prepare for the upcoming school Bible Bee. Please make sure that your child is practicing their verses every night and spending time reviewing verses from the beginning of the year.
- Hebrews 11:36-38
3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)
- What a lovely time our class has had exploring Newton’s laws of motion! We enjoyed working together to complete various tasks to demonstrate and observe each law in action. Another exciting moment in our class was when we finished our last novel of the year, Misty. I think we all loved the sweet sibling relationship between Paul and Maureen and, of course, the horses. We have almost finished our math curriculum as well. This week we continued practice with measuring angles and reviewed our subtraction facts. Our new concepts were converting unlike denominators of fractions into equivalent fractions, finding the volume of a cube or prism, and learning how to find cube roots. Finally, our other highlight of the week was in history, where we studied Constantine and his conversion to the Christian faith. We all loved reading about Constantine and his great leadership in the book, Peril and Peace: Chronicles of the Ancient Church.
- Review Second Quarter Verses
- 5/12- Math (Written and Fact), Newton’s Laws of Motion
- 5/13- Math Fact, Spelling List O-6, Latin Ch. 29, History Review (only)
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- Fourth grade had a wonderful week! We are enjoying our literature unit for The King’s Shadow. The students are creating many journal entries for the chapters and engaging in fascinating book discussions analyzing character personalities, motives, and choices. History of The Battle of Hastings is present in the text and the students love recalling what we have learned in History and how the time period applies to our novel. In History, we learned about the Council of Trent and what the Catholic Church stated as their belief system during the Reformation. We compared the document with the beliefs of the Reformers (The Five Solas). We enjoyed finishing a wonderful art project. I am so impressed with the care and time each student took to complete their creative piece of artwork.
- The students drew numbers for their projects and we began working in teams to build our Trebuchet, Ballista, and Catapult. We will continue our group projects through next week.
- Psalm 139: 11-12
- Quarter 1,2,3 Verse Review
5th Grade (Ms. Vogus)
- We have had another wonderful week in 5th grade. We started a research project in writing class. We also finished up a watercolor project in art. In math we are learning about functions and how to graph functions on a coordinate plane. We finished up our last grammar chapter in Latin and the rest of the year will be a review of previously learned grammar concepts and vocabulary. Lastly, in literature we are continuing to read Treasure Island.
- Review of previous quarters
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
- We continued our discussion of Fahrenheit 451 by watching Montag think through whether or not he thinks reading is valuable.
- We continued our discussion of the Cold War. Students should be familiar with major events surrounding the Korean War and Vietnam. In addition, we briefly covered the JFK assassination, the Watergate scandal, and the Berlin Wall.
- We took a test on calculating density, acceleration, and velocity.
- Students discussed the fallacy of Snob Appeal. We talked about how and why advertisers use the fallacy regularly to persuade consumers to purchase their products.
- We reviewed the fallacies of clarity, and took a quiz on them.
- Students took a quiz on fallacies in formal logic, and began reviewing syllogisms for their final examination. In addition, we prepared for next week’s debates.
- We will continue working towards memorizing 1 John, and learn about the book of Revelation!
9th Grade Advanced Art
- We had a wonderful time at the NCMA last Friday. I was pleased to see the students
7th Grade Science:
- The students wrapped up work on their Docendo discimus projects. We’re all excited to learn together about various astronomy topics as the students take over the task of teaching for the next few weeks!
8th Grade Science:
- We’ve enjoyed testing the applications of Newton’s Laws of Motions in the world around us. The students are applying their classroom learning about Newton’s Laws to their own personal self-propelled vehicle projects. We’re all looking forward to racing our vehicles at the end of the month.
- Students did a great job creating their own real language arguments and then proving other people’s arguments valid or invalid.
9th Historic Theology
- Our focus this week was on Catholic responses to the Protestant Reformation, in particular the Council of Trent.
- Students are working hard to develop their projects on Roman history this week.
- This week we have greatly enjoyed reading the Stoic work Meditations and comparing it to the Christian worldview.
- We turned our attention to the argument for Christianity from human consciousness, which has long proved a puzzle to materialists.
- This week we took a look at European imperialism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
- Our reading of the short stories “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “The Garden Party” provided some excellent and thought-provoking discussion.
Logic School Music
- Students did a great job in their intensive individual practice this week. They continue to improve in their piano playing skills!
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
- Although the music of Prokofiev and Shostakovich occupied most of our week, we also briefly looked at France’s response to the Mighty Five–Les Six and Orff’s lasting influence on movie music with his Carmina Burana. We also began our overview of film music, which will last into next week. Students have also picked their research paper topics and are looking forward to working on this final project for the class, which will also count as their final exam.
7th Grade Omnibus
- History: We are continuing to enjoy Livy’s Early History of Rome and are learning about the details of the Roman Republic. Students are also diligently working to complete a packet of information on the long history of Rome, from monarchy to republic to empire.
- Literature: To celebrate the last month of seventh grade, I have decided to read aloud to the students. They are enjoying the historical fiction Detectives in Togas. We anxiously await the boys’ findings, as they search for clues as to who may have scribbled “Caius is a dumb bell” on the temple wall! We are putting the final touches on our upcoming play, The Odyssey. All parents and grandparents are invited to attend the performance, which will be Wednesday, May 19 in the sanctuary at First Baptist Mebane.
9th Grade Biology
- Biology students are researching for their upcoming report on an assigned phylum or class in the animal kingdom and have been enjoying their frog dissection this week.
- This week we began our discussion of acids, bases, and salts.
- Next week we will continue our discussion of acids and bases, including the pH scale and quantitative calculations.
9th Grade Literature
- We are discussing the American Dream, especially through the eyes of The Great Gatsby.
9th Grade History
- We are discussing the aftermath of World War 1 and the build up to World War 2.
11th Grade Literature
- We have wrapped up the Arthurian Legends with some art project presentations. We have begun to look at how George Herbert glorified God through his poetry.
11th Grade History
- Students have history projects they are working on due at the end of the month.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students have speeches due on the 17th and have had time to work on them in class.
12th Rhetoric II
- Students are practicing for their defenses.
- We continued our colored pencil botanical finals and started our watercolor botanical final as well.
- We worked on our oil pastel Mary Cassat finals this week.
- We continued working on our colored pencil finals/drawings this week.
- We worked on preterite tense as well as continued to review this chapter’s vocabulary. Students also had some research time for their cultural project finals.
- This week we finished up subjunctive (though we will continue to practice with it). Students also worked on reading and speaking this week.
- This week we prepared for a test and took a test.
- This week we continued identifying like terms and also learned the product rule of exponents.
8th Algebra I
- This week we continued to work with distant problems and graphing absolute value inequalities.
10th Algebra II
- This week we worked with logarithms.
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week we translated I John chapter 1 and began chapter 2.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: The students took their history test on Tuesday over the kings, queens, and popes of the High Middle Ages and now we are moving to the tumultuous 14th century full of plague, famines, and a general economic downturn.
- Literature: We continue through Dante’s Inferno, observing the fitting punishments in each circle and discussing what Dante is speaking to the allegorical Christians through his story.
- Composition: The students are revising their research essays and are beginning to work on their own short story. They will create their own circle of hell that they enter escorted by a guide of their choice.
6th Grade LATIN
- Sixth graders learned about the strange set of future tense endings for third conjugation verbs and continued to practice our new set of vocabulary.
7th Grade LATIN
- Seventh graders are learning several sets of irregular verbs – to go, to carry/bring, and to be able. We also continue to practice the new vocabulary and translating verbs. Their next test will be Tuesday, May 25th.
8th Grade LATIN
- We worked this week on a couple translations as well as our new set of vocabulary and fifth declension endings.