VOLUME XIV, ISSUE 38
MAY 20, 2022
FROM THE OFFICE
Please look in your email for:
- Field Day (K – 5) SignUp link
- Used Uniform Sale Reservation to Shop SignUp link
THESIS SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK.
**Seniors will be defending their theses next week at the downtown campus in the auditorium. All are welcome!
- Mon, 5/23
- 12:30 Luke Williams: Church Membership
- 1:30 Andrew Mitchell: Renewable Energy
- Tues, 5/24
- 12:30 Josh Gowl: Human Gene Editing
- 1:30 Lucy Hawkins: Man’s Responsibility Concerning Language
- Wed, 5/25
- 12:30 John Garrett: Biblical Friendship in a Technological Age
- 1:30 Jack Johnston: Christians Should Imitate Beauty
- Thurs, 5/25
- 12:30 Joshua James: The Value of Handmade Things
- 1:30 Owen Williams: Importance of Fiction for Christians
- Fri, 5/26
- 12:30 Daniel Jimenez: Should Christians Pray in Sporting Events
- 1:30 Cecilia Newsome: The Pursuit of Happiness: An Analysis of Biblical Happiness
- Mon, 5/23:
- 1st – 2nd Sample testing
- 3rd – 7th Testing
- Tues, 5/24:
- 1st – 7th Testing
- Wed, 5/25:
- 1st – 7th Testing
- Kindergarten field trip to City Hall
- Thurs, 5/26
- 1st – 2nd Testing
- TK LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – Promotion Ceremony
- 6pm: GRANDPARTNERS Event
- 7pm: 3rd – 5th Patriotic Program
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- Mon, 5/30: Memorial Day, no school
- Wed, 6/1:
- Verse Bee:
- 9:00 – K – 2nd grades
- 11:00 – 3rd – 5th grades
- Junior / Senior Gala
- Verse Bee:
- 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 – Mark Walker, keynote speaker
- Tues, 6/7 – Used Uniform sale – See SignUp Genius link for appointments
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)
- This week we concluded our study of the Bible with a survey of God’s Word and review lesson titled, The Garden, The Curtain, and The Cross.
- TK students watched a kid level video that teaches about dinosaur history and the Bible.
- It was dinosaur week in TK! The students learned about dinosaurs, habitats, carnivores, and herbivores.
- Students also got to create their own prehistoric habitats with gummy dinosaurs in dirt cups.
- Students practiced identifying beginning sounds and clapped syllables to dinosaur names and dinosaur related words.
- Students reviewed capital letters and learned lowercase letter of X and Z.
- TK students were introduced to spheres and symmetry.
- TK students also were taught to identify equivalent sets and doubles using dominoes. Students were introduced to the game of Dominoes. This would be a fun game to play at home with your family!
- Other math lessons this week reviewed concepts previously learned, creating dinosaur shapes using pattern blocks.
Arts and Sciences
- Students created a collective prehistoric scene on large paper by tracing shadows of dinosaur figurines.
- Students dissected a tomato this week as they learned about herbivores! They were introduced to the parts of a tomato, reviewed the lifecycle, and got to eat bites of their tasty science project!
Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)
K – 5th
- This week the students worked on stretching, jogging, played kickball and capture the flag.
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- This week in music, kindergarten, first, and second grade students reviewed “Jesus Loves Me”, “Three Blind Mice”, “Father Abraham”, and all of the verses of “God of Our Fathers”. They also worked on “Three Blind Mice” as a round and did a great job. Third, fourth, and fifth grade students continued to work on songs that will be used at the Patriotic Program next week. Students are doing a great job in music!
Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)
- This week our kindergarteners learned to count and write hundreds, tens and ones. We also learned to write addition and subtraction fact families. Our math curriculum is winding down and we only have a few lessons left! In history, we reviewed our timeline, starting from creation, up through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, to the Revolutionary War. Next week we will finish up our timeline learning about current events and will end our overview of history with a visit to City Hall in Mebane. In science and art we have been busy coloring our body systems and gluing organs onto our life-sized paper models. These will be displayed in the hallway for a few days before sending them home. Please pray for these last two weeks, that the students would finish well and that they would be protected from all the sickness going around!
- REVIEW ALL VERSES, BIBLE BEE ON JUNE 1ST !
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- Our students have been racing ahead on some very challenging math concepts including multiplication using an array and their “times 3” facts. It’s hard to believe that we started off the year with “1+2=3” and now we are doing “3×8=24”! In phonics and reading, we have been enjoying a book about Scottish hero Rob Roy. We are even making our own swords to go along with the book. In history, we have finished up our study on the legendary Buffalo Bill Cody. The children have loved learning about all his adventures, from the Pony Express to the Wild West show. Finally, in science, we have started a lesson on magnetism.
- Review all memory verses!
- 5/23-5/26 End of Year Testing
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- What a busy last week of full curriculum it has been! We are winding down all of our lessons, and have worked diligently to finish up history, grammar, spelling, and math this week! In math, we started introducing students to concepts that they will continue to practice and grow in throughout their time in third grade such as long division and negative numbers. Students have really impressed me this week with their focus and drive to finish the year strong! In history, we learned about how the Roman Empire conquered Egypt in 30 BC, as well as some of the events that led up to this card. In grammar, we have ended the year reviewing and practicing so many concepts learned throughout the year, and students have really become proficient in coding sentences! As we get to the last few weeks of the school year, students are being challenged to show self control and restraint in all that they do. We are quizzing each other more to review, and are very excited about the end of year challenges coming up such as the Bible Bee!
- Review all Memory Verses learned this year
- 5/23-5/26 – End of Year Testing
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- In 325 A.D., Constantine summoned nearly 300 Christian leaders to discuss the disputed doctrine of Arianism. Out of these discussions, what we now know today as the Nicene Creed, was constructed. The Nicene Creed is the most universally accepted foundational document among Christians across denominations and states, “We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father; God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God; begotten not made, one in being with the Father.” Students discussed the importance of this doctrine to their faith as well as the importance of knowing God’s word so that we do not fall prey to false teachings. In math, students learned to add and subtract fractions with uncommon denominators, identify perfect cubes and cube roots, as well as calculate the volume of a cube. Yesterday, we finished our watercolor study and students are excited to share these with you!
- Review all memory verses from this year
- May23-26 – End of Year Testing
- May 26- Patriotic Program
- May 30- Holiday No School
- June 1- Bible Bee
- June 3- Field Day, Half Day, Last Day of School
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- We completed our History and Science Curriculum this week. The students learned all about John Knox and the Reformation in Scotland. We finished our study of the Ocean learning all about sea turtles and combined our love of the sea by incorporating turtle and whale tale drawings with color pencil blending. We ended the week practicing for our Patriotic Program and playing our recorders.
- Psalm 139:11-12
- May 26- Patriotic Program
- May 30- Holiday No School
- June 1- Bible Bee
- June 3- Field Day, Half Day, Last Day of School
5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt)
- We had a wonderful week in 5th grade. This week we finished our final history card: The Missouri Compromise. Students continued to do amazing work in Latin by translating sentences from English to Latin and Latin to English. We began reading Treasure Island this week. Students are working in cooperative groups to read the text. It has been enjoyable to watch the group work. In math we have been reviewing what we learned this year. Wow, we learned a lot!
- Review memory verses from this year
- Patriotic Program 5/26 @ 7:00p,m
- Testing week- 5/23-5/25
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
- Types of circuits, circuit breakers, and effective resistance have been our focus this week. We also took a brief look at the pros and cons of nuclear energy. Next, we will study magnetism and how magnetic fields are used to generate electricity.
- Students have been learning how to row reduce a matrix by hand and with a calculator as another method of solving systems of equations. We’re also learning how to do matrix operations and calculate a determinant.
- Students are enjoying a break after taking the AP exam.
10th Bible Survey
- This week we are studying the Prison Epistles. Paul wrote them from Rome in house arrest.
- Memory verse: TBD
6th -10th PE
- This week the students worked on stretching, jogging, and playing volleyball.
9th Grade Advanced Art
- We are watching the weather for one last opportunity to take the class downtown to finish their watercolor painting. Please pray that all of our students will return to school healthy and we can finish this final project.
6th Grade Science:
- The students are in the final stages of preparing to present their research on a famous scientist. They have been surprised how much practice goes into giving a strong presentation! All of this preparation is excellent practice for the larger presentations they will tackle in high school when they reach their rhetoric classes.
6th Grade Math:
- We learned how to solve 2-step equations this week, an important stepping stone toward the higher-level algebra these students will encounter in their next several math levels.
7th Grade Science:
- Students began presenting their research this week for their Docendo discimus astronomy projects.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra:
- We had lots of geometry fun this week when we learned four different ways to find the area of a trapezoid! The most valuable part of this lesson was to see that, in mathematics, there are often multiple correct pathways to your final answer. The students were also excited to learn how to use the Pythagorean theorem and to admire the elegance and beauty of the simple equation: a2 + b2 = c2.
8th Grade Science:
- We have made it to the far right-hand side of the periodic table: the nonmetals. The students learned this week how the properties of nonmetals differ from the properties of metals.
8th Grade Algebra I:
- “If a train leaves Chicago at 2pm traveling 100 km/hr and a second train leaves Denver at 5pm…” Ah, uniform motion problems! A favorite of algebra students everywhere and the focus of our attention this week. The students had a lot of fun learning how to name the variables, write statements of equality, and solve for the distance, rate and time of the various moving vehicles.
9th Grade Biology:
- The students continued to work hard on their individual research projects this week. I’m excited to hear all that they have learned when they present them to their classmates.
- This week we are continuing to work on our theology projects, which center on the Westminster and London Baptist confessions.
- In literature we are focusing on our end-of-year academic papers.
- At present, we are in World War II and its aftermath.
- In 10th literature we are presently working on our academic papers.
- In history class, we have just wrapped up reading Livy. Next up is Josephus.
- In philosophy class this week we are studying the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus.
- In Music History, students greatly enjoyed the introduction to Ludwig van Beethoven. In theory, we are busy reviewing and getting more fluent in reading music, while in performance, students are progressing in their solo piano pieces.
- We began our last music unit in music history–20th century music.
- Students did a wonderful job on their key signatures quiz!
- In performance, students began learning solo piano pieces.
- After a brief overview of Wagner, we moved on to the late Romantic opera with Puccini’s Tosca and La Fanciulla del West.
- Theory: Relative minors and all key signatures review.
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
- We continued our overview of 20th century music with the music of Prokofiev and Stravinsky.
- Students are making great progress in their research papers.
6th Language Arts
- With so much sickness and so many absences, we have used much of this week for review and work on the science presentations.
- Students finished the supplemental reading on modern American history- we will discuss it after their standardized tests next week.
7th Grade Omnibus
- With so much sickness and so many absences, we used much of this week for review and catch up. Students have read about the end of the Greeks and the Last Days of Socrates, while turning their attention toward Livy’s Early History of Rome.
- We repurposed the Logic block to get caught up on other work for math and science, and for their final novel: The Eagle of the Ninth.
- Students took their last quiz this week and began reviewing for the final!
- This week we are finishing our study of acid-base chemistry, which is our last topic for this class.
- Next week, the students will take their acid-base test and review for their final exam, which will cover material we have studied this quarter.
12th Systematic Theology
- They completed their final exam and thus have completed the class!
12th Grade Literature
- We wrapped up “The Importance of Being Earnest” and they wrote their final Literature final of their high school career.
12th Grade History
- They wrote their final History final of their high school career.
11th Grade Literature
- Students worked on their chreias this week. They will present them next week.
11th Grade History
- Students worked on their final presentations this week and they will present them next week.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students turned in outlines for their final speeches. These will be given on Wednesday of next week.
12th Rhetoric II
- Students mentally prepared for next week. Keep praying for them, Jennifer. They are currently making me nervous.
- This week we worked on our oil pastel eye final drawings.
- This week we did a practice exercise since there were very few in class. Next week we should work on finishing our charcoal final drawings.
- This week we worked on our colored pencil portrait final drawings.
- We reviewed vocabulary and grammar this week. We are pushing our presentations back to next week.
- We reviewed vocabulary and grammar this week. We also focused on reading, writing and speaking in the target language.
- This week we reviewed for a test and took a test.
- This week we reviewed Chapter 27 and took a quiz on it.
10th Algebra II
- This week we continued our journey with logarithms.
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week we continued translating I John chapter 2.
- This week we began learning about Antarctica.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: Students have been giving their research presentations this week; we have learned about knights, castles, the royalty of late medieval England, and more!
- Literature: After a final discussion comparing and contrasting the views of women and marriage in the Wife of Bath’s Tale and the Clerk’s Tale, we have moved to reading our last Shakespeare play of the year – Macbeth! This play is a brilliant exploration of greed, ambition, guilt, the conscience, courage, and loyalty. I look forward to reading it with the students as we finish the year!
- Composition: The students are working hard on their literary theme essays as well as their research essay revisions.
6th Grade Latin
- Sixth graders reviewed past vocabulary, practiced translations, and generally did some end of year review.
7th Grade Latin
- Seventh graders are finishing up our last chapter of the year, learning about cardinal and ordinal numbers in Latin, Roman numerals, and translating sentences with numbers in them.
8th Grade Latin
- With much sickness, we did not do much new Latin this week.
6th Grade Logic
- We learned our last two fallacies this week, the hi-tech fallacy and the appeal to tradition fallacy. Students also began presenting their creative review of the fallacies!