VOLUME XIV, ISSUE 8
SEPTEMBER 17, 2021
FROM THE OFFICE
- Monday, 9/20 – XC meet away
- Tuesday, 9/21 –
- Volleyball at QEA
- Soccer at QEA
- Thursday, 9/23 – Sophomore / Junior College Planning Night, 7pm
- Friday, 9/24 –
- 1st – 5th: Soccer tournament, 12:00 – 2:45
- Volleyball @ Carolina Mustangs
- Soccer – HOME, 5pm
- Saturday, 9/25 – XC Meet in Greensboro
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- FALL BREAK – October 4 – 8th
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)
- This week we learned about the fall of man and the sad division sin caused between man and God. We left the week on a happy note as God promised Hope was to come through Jesus Christ.
- Next week we will learn the story of Noah.
- This week was apple pie week in TK! We had a great time in the kitchen making apple pie filling from scratch, rolling out dough and making beautiful crust pie toppers, and eating the delicious pie they made! Each student also made a small pie to take home to share with their family.
- Vocabulary words this week: Wait, start, short, long, turn, time.
- We worked on creating straight lines with starting and stopping points.
- TK continued to work on rhyming.
- Students were introduced to syllables. We clap out each sound part of the words we study.
- No formal math lessons this week. We spent the week reviewing previously learned concepts.
Arts and Sciences
- The students did a great job creating pies this week. Next week we will create animal masks as we study the story of Noah!
Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)
K – 5th
- This week the students worked on playing soccer.
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- K-3rd: This week students reviewed the singing game, “Up the Ladder, Down the Ladder”. Students learned the meaning of the musical term, “beat”, and learned how all of the songs that we have worked on this year help reinforce the concept of a steady beat. Students also worked on the school song, “Non Nobis” in preparation for our first small group singing test this Tuesday, September 21, 2021.
- 4th-5th: This week students reviewed basic music terminology and worked on counting simple rhythm lines while keeping a steady beat. Students, after reviewing proper playing procedures, played simple rhythm lines on page 7 with their recorders on the note, “B”. Students focused on the first line of exercise 11, which will be part of their first test in music this Tuesday. Students also worked on the school song, “Non Nobis” in preparation for our first small group singing/playing test this Tuesday, September 21, 2021.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. Lopes)
- This week our students had safety week, where they learned what to do in case of any emergency on our campus. In math, we are learning about ordinal positions, creating addition sentences and starting our first set of math facts (doubles). We completed our first phonics assessment and have learned all the proper strokes to make the clock face letters. We read the story of the flood in history and Mr. Johnston traveled to Turkey on our map as we bridge history and geography. In science, we are continuing our study of the five senses; we learned about the sense of touch. We blindfolded the students and let them determine with their sense of touch what object they were touching.
- Proverbs 10:19
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- Our students have been jumping into some basic fractions in math, along with their “plus 9” addition facts. In phonics, we have been expanding our base of phonograms and the sounds they make. We have also been doing some work with reading comprehension and the order of events in the stories we read. In grammar, we are learning the difference between common and proper nouns and writing out addresses to help us understand proper nouns for names and places. In history, we have been learning about Christopher Columbus and having some great discussions about some of his positive character traits. Finally, in science, we have been memorizing our Classification song and learning about how helpful it is to sort all living things in different groups.
- John 1:12-13
- Soccer field trip next week!
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- Second grade began reading a beloved classic, The Boxcar Children. The students all love following the adventures of these four orphans while decoding difficult words and building their reading fluency. They even started creating their own miniature boxcar and have begun filling it with treasures from the dump. Ask your child what our classroom dump actually is and what items they managed to find. In science the students have started their study of the Classification of All Living Things. It’s all about sorting things into the appropriate category, which is something they learn do in every subject at school. They learned about the 5 Kingdoms, then went on a hunt through the woods to find examples of each. Ask your child what was the most interesting thing they found outside and which kingdom it belongs to.
- Proverbs 26:17
- Soccer field trip next Friday 9/24!
- Our first Spelling Test is next Friday 9/24.
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- In math, we learned about line plots, line segments, and circles. Students were able to draw circles using a compass, calculate the radius and diameter, as well as divide them into fourths, eighths, and twelfths. In history, we discussed the division of Israel into two kingdoms: Judah and Israel. Solomon turned away from God and built altars to honor pagan gods for his wives. God promised Solomon that he would not tear the kingdom away from him during his lifetime for the sake of his father, David, rather from the hands of his son, Rehoboam. In science, students completed their biome projects and presented them to their classmates. Each group was excited to share what they learned about their biome’s habitat, location, food chain, and climate.
- Proverbs 23:24-26
- Soccer field trip next Friday 9/24!
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- We finished a lovely week engaging in water color painting sketches of roses, and celebrating Monk Day. The students have learned about life in the monastery this week. We spent some time in the afternoon listening to Gregorian Chant, working in our Scriptorium copying Psalms 23, and decorating illuminated manuscripts by mock candle light. The students completed a wonderful review in Latin chapters 1-4 vocabulary and grammar and we used our reasoning skills in math to learn about word problems and figuring out how to write a formula for the problem, find the part that is missing and decide what math process to use to answer the question.
- Science was a hit this week as we learned about carnivorous plants and discussed details about their need for nitrogen because they are unable to get it from their swampy soil. Speaking of soil, we are very excited to be cleaning the garden beds for the Pre-K class next week. We will be looking at the nitrogen cycle and erosion as we work on this Creation Care project for the PreK next week.
- 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a
- Garden Care- Please bring garden gloves and a small hand held garden tool (no sharp items please)
5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt )
- We had a full week of learning! Students enjoyed getting back into their Latin studies. We learned about Cabot, Champlain, and Cartier in history class and had some fun, AHA moments about how different explorers impacted languages in the northeast. We began studying muscles in science and even learned a new song!
- Romans 12 vs 11-13. Students should know all verses 1-13.
- Next week we will learn about the lost Colony of Roanoke. We will also get to the end of The Hobbit and work on characterization. We will prepare to organize our skits. Students will continue to learn valuable writing skills and useful writing formats to follow.
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
6th Language Arts
- We are well into our Eric Liddell book now! Students have read about his Olympic career, and watched as he moves back to China. In this, we are discussing what it means to work for the Lord rather than our own glory.
- Students took their first cumulative quiz and we continued our discussion on the creation of the Cotton Gin.
7th Grade Omnibus
- We wrapped up our quick look at Gilgamesh by discussing the flood narrative in tablet 11 as compared to the flood of the Bible. Students discussed whether or not we should be bothered by the fact that Gilgamesh was written prior to scripture. Additionally, we talked about what it means to be a hero/ savior in pagan and Christian culture.
- Students learned the Ad Hominem Circumstantial fallacy and discussed how it was similar to and different from the Genetic Fallacy.
- We wrapped up our discussion on statements, and watched part of a debate to discuss the importance of proper preparation and confidence on stage.
- We concluded our study of one dimensional motion. Next, we will be learning about vectors and vector operations in preparation to analyze two dimensional motion.
- The class is continuing on in learning about types and properties of functions. This week we’ve considered different ways to combine functions and learned about inverse functions.
- After getting a thorough grasp of limits (the foundational concept of calculus), we are now using a limit to define a derivative – one of the limit’s two major applications. Derivative rules and applications will occupy us for the next couple of months.
10th Bible Survey
- This week we will finish the Pentateuch. We will hear Moses’ final sermon to the people on the plains of Moab across the Jordan from Jericho.
- Memory Verses: Numbers 6:24-26
6th -10th PE
- This week the students completed a workout, followed by soccer scrimmaging.
9th Grade Advanced Art
- We are gearing up for our first watercolor project. The students each received their brushes, paints, palette knives, paint palettes, jars, tape, pipettes, and much more. They were pretty excited to be entrusted with an entire box stuffed with tools and resources that they will learn to use in class. Much of what our students use during the school year was made possible by donations made to our school during the Bradford Academy auction years ago. It continues to be a blessing to our students.
6th Grade Science:
- This week, students shared their personal scientific method projects. This project helped students to identify independent and dependent variables, write hypotheses in the proper “If…then…” format, and design controlled experiments.
6th Grade Math:
- We learned about exponents and square roots this week, in addition to taking our third cumulative test.
7th Grade Science:
- We wrapped up our pedology unit with a discussion of aquifers, the water table, and the difference between permeable and impermeable layers of soil. Our first unit exam will take place next Tuesday.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra:
- The students took their third cumulative exam this week. We also started learning about averages.
8th Grade Science:
- We wrapped up our unit on the role of mathematics in physical science. At this point, the students are well-versed in how to report calculations using proper significant figures, how to convert between metric and U.S. customary units, as well as how to calculate the volume and density of various geometric solids. Our first unit exam will take place next Tuesday.
8th Grade Algebra I:
- The students continue to practice using signs of inclusion, including parentheses, brackets, and braces, to turn tricky subtraction problems into algebraic addition problems. We also took a cumulative unit test.
9th Grade Biology:
- We completed our introductory microscope lab this week! All of the students enjoyed observing a variety of specimens under the microscope, from nervous tissue to pollen to hair. We will continue to make many observations of the microscopic world throughout the year.
- This week in theology: the story of Constantine and the Edict of Milan.
- In Of Plymouth Plantation, the pilgrims have safely made it to the New World, though not without a harrowing voyage over.
- This week in history we covered the Anabaptists and the influence of Zwingli. We also covered the work of Calvin, who produced the first organized Protestant theological system, which proved enormously influential across Europe.
- In Plato’s Republic, we are learning of Socrates’ ideal society, which includes a guardian class whose job is to protect society.
- This week we began special projects designed to bring to life the culture of ancient Sumeria.
- In philosophy this week we covered the work of Aristotle.
- In theory, students completed a series of music reading challenges on teoria.com; they are now ready for their first music reading quiz next week. Students truly are doing a fantastic job learning this new skill! In performance, students began working on their first solo piano pieces, while in music history we dove into the music of the early Baroque.
- This week’s focus in theory was on recognizing by ear and writing down all major and perfect intervals starting on any note. Using this newly acquired skill, students ventured into the world of music dictation. It was wonderful to observe students’ initial fear and puzzlement turn to excitement and confidence with every written measure. In performance, students are doing a great job working on their solo pieces! I am very proud of students challenging themselves to play pieces of higher difficulty.
- This week’s focus in theory was on recognizing by ear and writing down all major and perfect intervals starting on any note. Using this newly acquired skill, students ventured into the world of music dictation. It was wonderful to observe students’ initial fear and puzzlement turn to excitement and confidence with every written measure. We were thankful for the beautiful and cool day outside for our second hour, when we continued working on our choral repertoire.
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
- After a closer look at several sections of Bach’s Matthäus-Passion and the Mass in B minor, students learned about the life, works, and influence of George Frideric Handel.
- This week the students completed the second test of the quarter. We also began our discussion of atomic structure with an introduced to the dual particle/wave nature of matter.
- Next week we will continue our discussion of atomic structure, with a focus on electrons and atomic orbitals.
12th Systematic Theology
- This week we covered the doctrine of Scriptural Inerrancy. The inerrancy of Scripture means that the Bible, in its original manuscripts, does not affirm anything contrary to fact.
12th Grade Literature
- We are looking at the genre of short stories beginning with Herman Melville.
12th Grade History
- We have begun to discuss the French and Indian War.
11th Grade Literature
- We are journeying with Dante and Virgil through Purgatory.
11th Grade History
- Rome has fallen and the barbarians are picking up the pieces.
10th Rhetoric I
- We discussed the use of pathos in speeches.
12th Rhetoric II
- The seniors are researching their topics, talking with their mentors, and gearing up for All School Forum speeches. Please continue to pray for these students as they research and wrestle with their topics.
- This week students worked on hatching, cross hatching and stippling. They also continued to work on value and gray scale.
- This week students continued on their original cartoon clips.
- This week students worked more on their pen and ink drawings of facial features.
- This week students worked on finishing up this first chapter. They worked on vocabulary, telling time, and conjugating the verb SER.
- This week students worked on reflexive verbs some more by writing a paragraph. They reviewed vocabulary and some past concepts,
- This week the students worked on chapter 2 of geometry.
- This week students worked on the bi-conditional.
10th Algebra II
- This week students worked on Algebra II concepts.
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week the students worked on Greek.
- This week the students worked on personal finance.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: The students began giving their presentations either detailing the life of an imaginary Roman citizen set in a particular time and place or one of the legacies Rome left behind them. They are doing a great job so far! More presentations will be on Monday.
- Literature: We continue through the Confessions and have had some excellent discussions about the role of friendship in a Christian’s life, how the hope of Christianity changes the fear of death, the nature of sin, and Augustine’s famous pear thievery.
- Composition: The students worked on identifying and fixing run on sentences as well as beginning a persuasive essay on a topic of their choice from either Augustine or Eusebius.
6th Grade Latin
- We are learning the future and imperfect tense of verbs and practicing translating from English to Latin and vice versa.
7th Grade Latin
- After reviewing the parts of speech, we practiced more with adjectives and reviewed our new vocabulary for the ch. 16 vocabulary quiz next week.
8th Grade Latin
- Eighth graders continue to work on using first, second and third person personal pronouns.
6th Grade Logic
- We reviewed our newest fallacies – special pleading and Ad Hominem. Ask your students to give you examples of each of them!