BB 05-21-2021

 BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XIII, ISSUE 34

MAY 21, 2021

 

FROM THE OFFICE

These last two weeks of school are very busy with lots of wonderful events.  Please read carefully through the list below so you do not miss anything!

Summer is fast-approaching!  Do you have your plans nailed down?  We have several summer camps being offered by staff, parents, and friends of Bradford to tell you about!  Please see the parent email for more information and flyers.  

UPCOMING

NEXT WEEK:
  • Monday, 5/24 – Standardized test (Upper school)
  • Tuesday, 5/25 – 
    • Standardized test (Upper and lower school)
    • Senior Thesis
  • Wednesday, 5/26 – Standardized test (Upper and lower school)
  • Thursday, 5/27 – 
    • Standardized test (Lower school)
    • Last day of TK  
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
  • Monday, 5/31 – MEMORIAL DAY – No school
  • Wednesday, 6/2 – 
    • Verse Bee – lower school – PARENTS INVITED!
      • 9:00 – 10:30 – K – 2nd grades
      • 11:00 – noon – 3rd – 5th grades
    • Jr / Sr Gala – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, 6/3 – 
    • Baccalaureate – Upper school – 9:00
    • Last day of Bradford Plus (afterschool care)
  • Friday, 6/4 – 
    • Report cards released
    • Field Day – K – 5th grades – starts at 8:00 – PARENTS INVITED!
    • Ultimate Frisbee tournament – 6th – 12th grades – AT MAIN CAMPUS – starts at 8:00 – PARENTS INVITED!
    • Kindergarten certificates awarded – between 11:30 and noon – PARENTS INVITED!
    • NOON DISMISSAL for all students
  • Monday, 6/28 – Used Uniform Sale and Yearbook distribution

FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK

 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)

Bible
  •  This week was the final week of academics for TK.  Students reviewed Bible stories and memory verses from the year.  
Theme Adventure
  •  This week was dinosaur week!  TK students enjoyed various activities and games with a dinosaur theme! 
  • TK students enjoyed some time with kindergarten students this week.  They had a time as reading buddies and played at recess together. 
Literacy
  •  TK students completed their lowercase handwriting books and their year long journals.  
Math
  • This week TK compared numbers 11-30.  
  • Students learned to identify a sphere and sort shapes and objects by size.   
Arts and Sciences
  • Students harvested vegetables from the TK garden this week. 
  • TK students completed a dinosaur art project by tracing shadows of dinosaur shaped toys.  The scene will be posted outside the TK classrooms. 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

This Week
  •  The highlight of our week was hosting the TK students up at the shelter for Reading Buddy Day. This is always an exciting time for the TK students as well as our young scholars. They read books to their TK students, answered questions about what is like to be in kindergarten and then they enjoyed recess time together. In math, we added our last set of subtraction fact cards and practiced fact addition and subtraction number families. Our students learned how to represent numbers larger than 100 using pictures of coins. We were able to take our art class outside and explore stamping a repeating pattern using apples and potatoes. In history, we finished our discussion of America’s fight for independence and created motion puppets of George Washington and a Revolutionary Soldier. The Lord blessed us with another beautiful day and we were able to sit outside and sketch flowers and review the different parts of the flower for science. Our young scholars have learned so much since the beginning of their educational journey back in August. Let us give thanks to God for His goodness to us.
Memory Work:
  • Please review all of our Bible verses to prepare for the Bible Bee on June 2.

 

1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)

This Week
  •  Our outstanding 1st Grade students have been taking some time to review math facts and various concepts that have been so important to our studies this year. This includes counting money, telling time, and fractions. In phonics, we have been reading a story about some of the early church fathers called “Father’s Faith”. In grammar, we continue to refine sentence-writing skills and make sure we can all identify the various parts of a sentence. In history, we are enjoying learning more about the history of our great state. In science, our study of physics has brought us to understanding sound and how it works by vibration. Finally, we are about to finish reading our “Mouse and the Motorcycle” book and looking forward to a special movie party next week.
Memory Work:  
  • Review all memory verses.
Upcoming:
  • Movie Party on May 28th

 

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)

This Week
  • What a wonderful academic week in Second Grade! Students have spent the week finishing up our last few math lessons and assessments, learning our last history card, and finishing our last class novel. It’s always bitter-sweet to finish out the last little bits of curriculum, but students have continued to be diligent and persevere to the end of the year. We are all excited for testing week, and all the review activities that we will get to do together in the last few weeks of school! In math this week, students have been challenged to learn new concepts and review difficult ideas such as quarter to and quarter past time, using the fewest coins to make up certain amounts of money, and adding and subtracting to the hundred thousands place. In history, we have learned all about how Egypt fell to the Roman Empire, and how the changes that were happening around Egypt and Israel were leading to the coming Messiah. In reading, we have been working to finish up reading Baby Island as a class. Students have been challenged with longer paragraphs and chapters, and very difficult vocabulary. They have worked very hard to push through this challenging book, and have done very well on writing their chapter questions in complete cursive sentences! 
Memory Work: 
  • Hebrews 11:39-40
Upcoming:
  • Bible Bee – June 2nd-3rd (review all verses from this year)

 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)

This Week
  • Third grade has loved investigating simple machines through various exploratory activities. We used model dump truck and excavator to help identify simple machines, legos to create our own examples, and went on a scavenger hunt around the school. In connection with our science and history studies, we started reading Archimedes and the Door to Science. We have loved learning about this Greek scientist and mathematician. Our final math lessons included how to find supplementary angles and recognize parabolic curves. In grammar, we worked with dictionaries to sharpen our alphabetizing skills. We finished reading our class read aloud about the apostle Paul. All of us have enjoyed learning about his ministry and his journey through the countries that we have studied this year. 
Memory Work:
  • Review 2nd and 4th Quarter Memory Verses
Upcoming:
  • Bible Bee – June 2nd-3rd (review all verses from this year)

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram) 

This Week
  • What a wonderful week in 4th grade!  We have completed many  math lessons this week and learned many new concepts related to dividing decimals and how to add and subtract fractions with different denominators.  We have used the rule of four and the least common multiple to solve.  We have also talked about formulas and applied our knowledge to perimeter, area, and volume.  The students have continued working in their science groups to discover the best way to get them to launch the furthest.  Writing has been creative this week completing many cliff-hanger stories that have incorporated elements of short stories from James Herriot.  We are reading Dangerous Journey (an adapted version of Pilgrim’s Progress) in our Forum time.  The students are enjoying this story fully and have engaged in much discussion.  We are continuing our adventures with The King’s Shadow.  The students love seeing the parallels to our History discussions.
Science
  •  The big launch is coming up this week!  The students are excited to share their projects with third and fifth grade.
Memory Work:
  • Memory Verses for Quarter 1, 2, and 3
Upcoming:
  • Bible Bee- June 2nd

 

5th Grade (Ms. Vogus) 

This Week
  • We have had a wonderful week at school.  We finished up history by learning about the Missouri Compromise. We worked on reviewing Latin vocabulary. In math we have been learning more about geometry and measuring angles. In literature we are continuing to read Treasure Island. Lastly, in writing the students are finishing up their historical biographies. 
Memory Work:
  • Review 
Upcoming:
  • Review 
  • Standardized Testing

 

PE (Mr. Davis)

This Week
  • This week the students completed their warmup stretches, ran laps, and prepared for their field day. 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

Mr. Batten

Language Arts
  • This week we wrapped up Fahrenheit 451, discussed how Christian principles can be seen through the novel, and continued our essays on why the chapters are named as such. 
History
  • We discussed the Space Race and the Civil Rights movement. 
Science
  • We reviewed all concepts learned thus far for our final exam next week. 
6th Logic
  • We reviewed all fallacies discussed thus far for our final exam next week. 
7th Logic
  • We reviewed all fallacies discussed thus far for our final exam next week. 
8th Logic
  • We wrapped up our debates, and reviewed syllogisms and fallacies for next week’s final. 
Upcoming:
  • We have a lot of final exams coming up, standardized testing, and two essays due next week. 

 

Mrs. Byrd

Physics
  • We’ve begun studying current electricity.  This involves a few simple electronics labs where we will investigate how current is affected by series and parallel circuits and how multiple resistors behave in different circuit types.  
Precalculus
  • This week we’ve been learning how to reduce matrices and how to perform various matrix operations.  Next we will learn how to find and use inverse matrices and how to calculate and use determinants.  We will cap off the year with a CSI crime solving project that will use various matrix operations to crack a code.
Geometry 
  • We’re seeking to understand the connection between trig ratios and similar triangles.  This week we’ve learned some special triangle ratios and begun using trig ratios to solve for missing parts of triangles.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • We are getting close to the end of the New Testament. This week we finished Hebrew, James and I and II Peter. We will have a test next Tuesday. 

 

Mr. Davis

6th – 10 PE
  • This week the students completed a workout and then played volleyball.

 

Mrs. Fairchild

9th Grade Advanced Art
  • The students have ended the year strong with their final debate on Hans Holbein’s painting.  Both teams displayed thorough knowledge of art and history.  It was a great finish to the end of the year.

 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science:
  • We wrapped up our last few student presentations this week for our Docendo discimus  project. The students enjoyed learning from their classmates about many fascinating topics, including comets, galaxies, star classifications, and black holes.
8th Grade Science:
  • We finished discussing Newton’s Laws of Motion and talked about the many ways Newton’s findings can be applied to the students’ self-propelled vehicle projects. We also addressed some of the common misconceptions around Newton’s laws.

 

Mr. Hamilton

9th Logic
  • We have begun preparing for our comprehensive final exam.
9th Historic Theology
  • Our focus this week was on Protestant confessions of the later Reformation period. 
10th History
  • This week we read Livy’s account of Hannibal’s crossing of the Alps and selections from Josephus’ Jewish War.
10th Literature
  • We used literature class for readings from primary history sources and for work on our academic papers.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • This week we covered the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus, the challenge of Islam, and the problem of evil.
12th History
  • More focus on 20th-century cultural changes.
12th Literature
  • This week we began Camus’s classic postmodern novel The Stranger.

 

Mrs. Hamilton

Logic School Music
  • We completed our study of the Baroque and Classical music periods with Ludwig van Beethoven. Students will resume their study of music history in the fall with the Romantic period, beginning with the music of Franz Schubert. 
  • Students are continuing to improve in their ensemble pieces and are excited to perform for each other on June 3 at noon in the sanctuary. Although few of the pieces will be completed and polished, each ensemble has done a wonderful job practicing and improving. 
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
  • Students dove into researching their paper topics, focusing on finding reasons and evidence for their theses. Their topics touch on subjects such as the art of the performance, Bach’s 100 years of obscurity, Liszt’s (mis)treatment of the piano, and the influence of jazz on both classical and popular music.  This paper counts as the final exam for this class. 

 

Ms. Hutchison

7th Grade Omnibus
  • History

This week, we have begun investigating the life of Julius Caesar and his short and  influential “reign” in ancient Rome.  Caesar, who declared himself Rome’s Dictator for Life in 44 BC, effectively brought about the death of the Roman Republic and began the Roman Empire.  Caesar’s Rome sets the stage for us as we consider the life of Christ and His entrance into our earthly existence as God with us. 

  • Literature

7th graders performed their Odyssey play this week and had the greatest fun doing so!  I believe their production was a smashing success.  Thank you to all parents, family members and friends who attended.

  • Bible

We have read the Gospel according to Luke this week, and are comparing Luke’s account with other Gospel accounts of the life of Jesus.

9th Grade Biology
  • Biology students are working to complete their research for their phylum/ class reports, which are due next Wednesday, May 26th.  We also enjoyed spending time outside in God’s beautiful world this week, as we spent a few days considering the micro-field of ecology.

 

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week we concluded our section on acids and bases, and we reviewed for the third test of Q4. 
  • Next week the students will take test 3, have a review day, and take their final exam. The final exam is cumulative regarding material covered in Q4. Students should study their old tests in preparation for the final exam.

 

Miss Oldham

9th Grade Literature
  • We are continuing to examine The Great Gatsby through the lens of nostalgia. 
9th Grade History
  • We are beginning our trek through World War 2. 
11th Grade Literature
  • We are wrapping up our discussion of poetry as glorifying to God, especially through the lens of George Herbert. 
11th Grade History
  • Students have presentations next week that are their finals for the year. 
10th Rhetoric I
  • Students finished their final speeches, which were well done and thoughtfully delivered. 
12th Rhetoric II
  • Students prepared for their defense on Tuesday. 

 

Mrs. Palmer 

6th Art
  • This week we finished our botanical watercolor finals.
7th Art
  • This week we finished our Mary Cassat oil pastel finals.
8th Art
  • This week we worked on several various art prompts.
9th Spanish 
  •  This week students presented their cultural projects.  These were great!
10th Spanish
  • This week we reviewed and read in Spanish.  Students also took their Spanish 2 final.

Mr. Palmer

6th Math
  • This week we learned about the pythagorean theorem. Next week we will have a final.
7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we prepared for a test and took the test.  Next week we will have a final.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we prepared for a test and took the test.  Next week we will have a final.
10th Algebra II
  • This week we worked with exponential functions and permutations. Next week we will have a final.
11th / 12th NT Greek
  • This week we took a quiz and worked on I John translations. Next week we will have a final.

 

Miss Windes

8th Grade Omnibus
  • History: We learned this week about the Hundred Years War, the impact of the longbow, the heroic Joan of Arc, and changes within the church. 
  • Literature: We are finishing the Inferno this week, discussing the lessons it offers for the Christian life as we pick apart the rich symbolism throughout. 
  • Composition: Students have been polishing their Dante stories and putting final edits on their research essays this week. 
6th Grade LATIN
  • Sixth graders are learning about the 3rd declension i-stem endings and which nouns fit into those patterns. 
7th Grade LATIN
  • In seventh grade Latin we continue to learn and practice using irregular verbs and complementary infinitives. 
8th Grade LATIN
  • In eighth grade Latin we practiced the locative case and reviewed to prepare for our last test of the year!

 

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