VOLUME XVI, ISSUE 11
Sept 22, 2023
FROM THE OFFICE
NOTES FOR ALL:
- Mon, 9/25 and Thurs, 9/28: We are hosting cross country meets at the lower school campus.
- 3:00pm: Opponents are scheduled to arrive after 3p. However, we want you to be aware in case some arrive early.
- Races: 4:00 – 5:30 ***Parents picking up children from afterschool must enter and exit the parking lot with extreme care and caution as part of the course may involve the driveways and parking lot.***
NOTES FOR UPPER SCHOOL:
- School begins at 7:50 a.m. so students arriving in their classroom at 7:51 are marked tardy. Please take care to get students to school between 7:30 – 7:50.
LOWER SCHOOL NOTE:
- Soccer Tournament on Friday, 9/29:
- Students may come to school in their attire for the house soccer tournament.
- French Toast black PE shorts. (No spandex unless under the shorts.)
- T-shirts in house colors:
- Austerfield: black t-shirt
- Leiden: red t-shirt
- Plymouth: white t-shirt
- Scrooby: gray t-shirt
- Mon, 09/25:
- College Fair @ ACC, 12:15-1:00 (11th-12th grades)
- HOME XC meet (lower school campus)
- HOME MS (2:30) and V (3:30) volleyball games
- Tues, 09/26: AWAY soccer game (4pm)
- Wed, 09/27: Half day – Teacher workday – **Special afterschool care opportunity**
- Thurs, 9/28:
- 7:50 Archers Prayer Group – lower school
- HOME XC meet (lower school campus)
- Fri, 9/29:
- 7:50 Archers Prayer Group – upper school
- Lower school: Soccer tournament @ MACC, 12:00
- AWAY games at Cresset Christian (MS / V volleyball, V soccer)
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- Thurs 10/5:
- HOT LUNCH: Chick-fil-a
- 1st Grade Field Trip
- HOME Volleyball and Soccer Games (*Senior Night Ceremony after)
- Fri, 10/6: End of quarter 1
- 3rd grade: Field trip to Science Museum
- Report cards released on EDUCATE
- Week of October 9th: FALL BREAK
- Week of October 9th: MS and Varsity Conference Tournaments
- 2nd and 3rd QUARTERS: Sweaters required with dress uniform
- 2nd Quarter: Plymouth to bring in extra supplies (required)
- Thurs, 10/19:
- PSAT for 11th grade
- HOT LUNCH: pizza
- Thurs, 10/26: USED UNIFORM SALE
- Fri, 10/27:
- K – 4th: Greek Olympics
- Plymouth HOUSE SOCIAL
- Sat, 10/28:
- Leiden HOUSE SOCIAL
- Thurs, 11/2 and Fri, 11/3: Parents’ Day at Upper School Campus
- Thurs, 11/2: Lower school Pictures
- Fri, 11/3:
- Upper school Pictures
- Austerfield HOUSE SOCIAL
- Sat, 11/4:
- Scrooby HOUSE SOCIAL
- Thurs, 11/9: 5th grade Hobbit Play (at lower school campus)
- Fri, 11/10: NO SCHOOL – Veterans Day observed
- Thurs, 11/16: Bradford Night (K – 2nd)
- Tues, 11/21: Thanksgiving Feast and activities (TK – 4th), Declamation and Pumpkin Rugby
- Wed, 11/22 – Fri, 11/24: Thanksgiving break
- Fri, 12/1 – Applications open for NEW students
- Thurs, 12/14 – Christmas Concert (Upper school)
- Wed, 12/20 – TK Nativity Play
- Thurs, 12/21 –
- End of 2nd quarter
- NOON DISMISSAL – Christmas break commences!
From Mrs. Mitchell: For the last 2 weeks I’ve had the opportunity to observe student learning in all classrooms, TK – 4th grade. Good things are happening! Students are very responsive to teacher cues that prepare them for learning. This skill can be taught with engaging voice inflections. Some call & response cues include: (Class? “I’m listening.”) (Eyes on me. “Yes ma’am.”) (Are you with me? “We’re with you!”) Having these habits established at home works to the advantage of both home and school environments. Do you have a habit of call & response with your children? This crucial step towards training for first time obedience takes diligent practice and reaps long term rewards.
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Grubb and Mrs. Weber)
K students spent this week enjoying the fall weather! We had many of our lessons and centers outside. In math, students worked on sorting and graphing bears. They also practiced identifying circles and rectangles by using crackers. We sure enjoyed eating our lesson materials after we were finished! Students worked on writing number 2 this week on their math worksheets. We continued working in our green writing books this week with the focus being colors. Some of our centers included: body part bingo, reviewing math lessons, reading comprehension, a listening game that involved a treasure hunt, letter hunt and writing practice using magnet boards. In our Bible time this week, we studied the story of Noah. We focused on Noah’s obedience to God and God’s faithfulness to Noah and his family. We also discussed God’s promise and that we can trust that God always keeps His promises. We also created animal masks this week and student’s were able to bring in an animal for show & tell.
Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)
K – 4th
- Students completed several soccer skill drills in P.E. this week. First through fourth grade classes completed several soccer matches in preparation for our Soccer Tournament on Friday 9/29. Kindergarten enjoyed playing a version of Tag called, “Gingerbread Man”. We spent a lot of time talking about perseverance, effort, communication, kindness, and teamwork and how these character traits add to our enjoyment of each activity.
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- Students did a great job in music this week. We worked on the first verse of “Trust and Obey” and “ I Need Thee Every Hour”. Students have also been learning about the composer of the quarter, Antonio Vivaldi. We have been listening to and discussing the four different movements from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”. Students are starting to be able to identify each season when they hear it. We spent a lot of time talking about self control and effort and how these character traits aid in our enjoyment of a group activity.
- Students did a great job in music this week. We worked on the first verse of “I Need Thee Every Hour”. We spent the majority of our class reviewing procedures and proper playing technique for recorders. We also worked on playing our first three notes (B, A, G), playing whole notes/whole rests, and quarter notes/whole notes. We played most of the exercises on page 8 and 9.
Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)
- Students began working on a new project this week. We discussed grayscale, value, contrast, highlights and shadows. Students will use these concepts to begin creating a sphere drawing using graphite. I am excited to see how these shape up (pun intended!).
- Students began working on a new project this week. We discussed watercolor and how to use this medium. We talked about water to paint ratio, several various techniques and how to apply controlled color. We will apply these principles to a new fall project soon!
Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera and Miss Burdeshaw)
- Our kindergarten scholars learned how to write number sentences for some and some more stories in math. We also learned how to identify a rectangle and how many sides and angles it has, we created and repeated patterns using pattern blocks, and we did addition facts with sums to 18. In phonics, we added four new phonogram sounds, p, r, s, and t. In history, we talked about the tower of Babel and about how God spread the languages. In art, we learned about the color wheel, and discussed primary and secondary colors. In science, we continued the five senses and learned about the sense of smell.
- Review all verses
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mrs. Smith)
- We are grateful to the Lord for progress from our hard-working students! Our first graders have been forging ahead on their math, being introduced to some basic fractions, identifying different geometric shapes, and even telling time from an hour before and an hour after. We are progressing onto multi-letter phonograms and are being assessed on them and we were pleased to see the students remembering all the basic sounds they will need to know to become speedy readers. In grammar, we are continuing to review the use of nouns in speech. Turning to history, we will begin our study of Columbus. In science, we have been familiarizing ourselves with the classifications of different kinds of living things. In the future we will determine which animals are vertebrates and which ones are invertebrates!
- 2 Peter 1:20-21
- Alamance Battleground Field Trip Thursday, October 5
2nd Grade (Mrs. Hedgecock & Mrs. Eng)
- We started our study of ancient Egypt in about 3400 BC with the unification of upper and lower Egypt. For the remainder of the year we will adventure through HIS STORY by studying Ancient Egypt and how Bible characters crossed paths with Egypt. It is an exciting adventure of a civilization that has influenced all of history. We will also study how the Nile River affected Egyptian civilization. The students have all enjoyed hearing their classmates read one of their favorite childhood books and learning why it was a favorite. We have enjoyed the richness of King David’s poems in the book of Psalms and it has inspired us to sing praises to the Lord. We continue to work with the color wheel painting warm and cool colors. Preparing for the soccer tournament next week has added some excitement to the week and we have enjoyed a bit of friendly rivalry between Houses.
- Romans 12:18-19
- Matthew 6:19-21
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- We continued our study of Greek mythology with the introduction to the poet who wrote The Iliad and The Odyssey. Homer is believed to have written some of the earliest pieces of Greek literature. The Greeks used myths or legends to explain the world around them. We discussed how their gods displayed more human characteristics, such as being slaves to their emotions, inconsistent, and often caught up in the affairs of men. Contrary to the one true God, whose character is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and sovereign in all things. We began writing the components of our two-point expository paragraphs including: topic sentences, supporting sentences, and forming conclusions. Students are excited to show their house spirit next week at the house soccer tournament! I hope you are able to join us! We are Archers, huzzah!
- I John 1:5-6
- 10/6 Greensboro Science Center field trip
- Group projects and presentations of biomes (You may send in pictures for students to use on their posters.)
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Miss Abrahamsen)
- Fourth graders spent a lot of math time focused on fractions and decimals; while these things can at times seem tedious, we found the fun in them and discussed how these skills are relevant to everyday life as we grow up. Mushrooms were the topic of our nature study, and by the end, the kids were able to identify three separate species of mushrooms found on the school grounds. Justinian the Great, the Hagia Sophia, and Byzantine architecture dominated our discussions in history; the kids even created models of the Hagia Sophia. As the very familiar I Corinthians 13:4-8a was our specific memory verse for this week, we discussed this importance of memorizing Scripture in its context and what new things we can learn or recognize about verses 4-8 from knowing verses 1-3.
- Upcoming: 1st Corinthians 13:8-10
- Students did a great job this week working on exercises that incorporated their first three notes. Students performed well on their playing test on 1.10 this past Tuesday 9/19.
- Students did a great job playing this week! We worked on the last few lessons in Unit Three. Students are doing a great job with notes, rhythms, key signatures, and dynamics! As a reminder, the fourth practice record for the quarter (9/19-9/25) will be due on Tuesday 9/26. Brass and Woodwind students did a great job on their playing test on 3.29 this past Tuesday 9/19. Percussion did a great job on their rudiments open-closed-open: Flam and Paradiddle.
- Middle school chorus practiced music theory concepts such as solfège, syllables, time signatures, and reading a choral score, applying this knowledge as we work through our new piece. Ask your young choral expert the difference between “allegro con brio” and “maestoso con grazioso”!
5th-8th Boys’ PE
- This week we finished up ultimate frisbee. Next week we will play kickball to close the quarter.
5th-8th Girls’ PE
- We finished up our ultimate frisbee section this week. Next week we will start learning how to play flag football.
5th Grade (Mrs. Owens)
- This week our students began to study Sir Walter Raleigh and The Lost Colony. Students are beginning to see how all of the exploration we have been studying is leading up to the eventual establishment of the 13 colonies. In our reading of The Hobbit, our dwarves and Bilbo have finally set their eyes on the Lonely Mountain and they have found the secret side entrance. We have seen Bilbo transform from a quiet, adventure-free hobbit to a much needed companion of the dwarves. In math we have looked at how different tests for divisibility can help us find the factors of a number, and we have begun to work on equal group problems with fractions. In writing we have shifted from working on key word outlines to working on a three-point expository paragraph.
- Romans 12:14-16 (this week)
- Romans 12: 17-19 (next week)
- Wednesday, September 27th: Body projects are due
- Thursday, November 9th: Hobbit Day!
- Students have been working on an elements of art booklet the past few classes. We have gone over the seven elements of art and described how they are the “ingredients” of good art! Ask your student to name one of these to you and see if they can describe it!
6th Grade (Miss Stevenson)
6th Reading and Literature
- We started reading Call of the Wild this week. It is a step up from Sign of the Beaver in that there is much more symbolism in this new book as well as having a more rich vocabulary.
6th Grammar and Writing
- We dove into our Lost Tools of Writing curriculum this week. We will be working on short essays from this book to supplement our larger writing assignments throughout the rest of the year.
- We are continuing to work our way through the gospel of Matthew. Last week, students recited the entire first chapter of 1 John. This week we started working on chapter 2.
- This week we studied the battle at the Alamo.
- Students took their unit test for this quarter this week. Scientific method projects are due next week.
- This week we discussed faulty appeals to authority.
- This week students learned about Marcus Tullius Cicero and continued to practice translating verbs and first and second declension nouns through texts by Horace and Caesar. We also read a few examples of Latin wit and humor, and the students began learning several pronouns.
- Our topics of study this week have included distinguishing between prime and composite numbers, finding a fraction of a group, and subtracting mixed numbers with regrouping. The students also took a cumulative test this week.
- Students began a new charcoal drawing this week. They are working on drawing a lit candle in the dark which is an excellent project for charcoal. We have been hard at work using contrast (chiaroscuro), blending, grayscale, use of charcoal and detail.
- Literature: Our odyssey through the first quarter is swirling with prop lists and construction, costume selections, and rehearsals. Students are to memorize lines by September 29. They were given new Odyssey reading assignments and a “heads-up” in the coming weeks about an in-class essay– either the ancient Greeks’ view of hospitality or glory vs. the Christian’s view.
- History: Students took an Ancient Greece map quiz.
- Bible/Theology: Final focus on the 10 Commandments involved a word study of “sabbath.” We learned that it means “rest.” We discussed how this day was recognized in the Old Testament as the last day of the week and then in the New Testament the first day of the week. Also, we shared different ways that Christians spend the Sabbath and concluded with these highlights: God did not need or have to have a rest, but did so to show us that we needed it; this is a gift of God; and this is an opportunity to look forward to Heaven–worship and fellowship unhindered by the constraints of this world.
- “Logic!” said the Professor, half to himself. “Why don’t they teach logic at these schools? This is, of course, one of my favorite scenes in one of my favorite books, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Thankfully, we do have the opportunity to teach and discuss logic with increasing depth and understanding. We are discussing Fallacies of Relevance for the next several weeks drilling down on Ad Fontem Arguments, the first of which is called the Ad Hominem Abusive Fallacy. Check with your student to see how well they understood the examples.
- The topic that fascinated the students this week was the pH scale. We learned the difference between an acid and a base and talked about the role of soil pH in the health of plants. They were fascinated to learn that just changing the pH of the soil could affect the color of flower blooms such as hydrangeas.
- This week we have practiced the skills needed for statistical analysis, including finding the mean, median, mode, and range of a data set. We also learned how to convert between mixed numbers, improper fractions, and decimals.
- Students have recently wrapped up their original comic strips and we began our pen and ink eye drawings this week. Students will work with hatching, cross hatching and stippling to accomplish realistic eye drawings.
- This week students learned about Marcus Tullius Cicero and reviewed how to parse and translate verbs and nouns. They practiced on texts from Horace, Caesar, and Seneca. We also began reviewing adjectives.
- His tory: Students began learning this week about the crumbling and fall of the western Roman empire; we discussed the various internal and external factors, read some primary sources about the Huns, and looked at what causes an empire to collapse.
- Literature: We continue to read Augustine’s Confessions, following Augustine through his twenties as he begins to search for deeper meaning in life, wrestles with the unexpected death of a close friend, aims for an ambitious career, and throughout all of this keeps God at arm’s length. We have had some great discussions about some of these topics in class!
- Composition: Students began brainstorming their essay about a topic from the Confessions.
- This week students learned about Marcus Tullius Cicero and reviewed their knowledge of verbs, nouns, and adjectives through texts by Horace, Caesar, and Seneca.
- We wrapped up our study of the role of mathematics in science with a study of scientific notation. We were able to see how scientific notation makes it easier to represent extremely large or small numbers with the correct number of significant figures. We will take our first quarter exam next Thursday, September 28th.
8th Algebra I
- This week was all about solving equations. We used the additive, subtractive, multiplicative, and division properties of equality in order to solve for an unknown. We even learned how to deal with equations written with fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals. Then we learned how to write algebraic expressions in function notation.
- We are continuing on with our Van Gogh inspired magazine landscape projects. This is a project that takes determination and resilience. Please encourage your student to be steadfast and do all that that do with integrity.
- We have reviewed our first unit of study and taken our first test of the school year.
From the COLLEGE COUNSELING Office:
Upcoming College Visits:
From time to time, college reps will visit Bradford to talk about their college, meet students, and answer any questions. We currently have two upcoming visits planned, open to any 9th-12th graders:
- Wed, October 4th: Lunch with Regent University (11:45-12:10)
- Thurs, November 2nd: Thales College (2:15-2:45)
- The college fair at ACC is this coming Monday, 9/25; about 80 colleges from around the country will be there – we spent time on Friday looking at the list and making a plan for colleges to visit!
- The PSAT is coming up on Thursday, October 19th at BCA! This is a qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship program as well as a practice SAT. You can read more about taking the test, practicing for the test, and scholarship opportunities here: https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt
- The PSAT is a fully digital test for the first time this year; you can read more about the differences from past years here – the test is a little shorter, and the structure is a little different
- This is a helpful podcast for juniors and their parents: 5 Things Juniors Should Do Now; Free Test Prep Resources (also on Spotify, etc.)
- Seniors are in the midst of a busy season of college applications, essays, and scholarship applications
- Many early deadlines that offer the best opportunities for scholarships are in the beginning of November!
- Students should prioritize their applications at the moment and make sure they are staying on track to get recommendations, write essays, and complete applications by deadlines.
- I am always happy to meet with and help seniors as needed! We had a productive college application work time on Tuesday morning this week.
- This week we have learned about the verb gustar and all of its idiosyncrasies. We also began learning how to conjugate -AR ending verbs. These verb conjugations will broaden their language skills. Students had their weekly vocabulary quiz on Friday.
- Students finished the second unit by learning how the European Wars of Religion concluded in 1648 with a higher level of religious liberty (temporarily) recognized in Germany and France in particular. We finished the week with a unit test and we will jump across the ocean to consider the American colonies as we begin a new unit.
- We wrapped up our second unit this week with practice writing both algebraic and geometric proofs. The students are starting to see the usefulness of their logic classes as they practice writing biconditionals and using reasoned arguments to support their conclusions. We ended the week with a unit test.
- Our study of conditionals (if….then statements) has stretched our brains and tested our English skills.
9th Advanced Art
- Good things are happening! I am thrilled with the work the students have completed so far. This week they began an original watercolor landscape painting which we hope to complete next week. As a teacher, I thoroughly enjoy the original pieces of art because it gives some insight into what my students enjoy and find beautiful.
- This week students completed their test on Module 2. We also started Module 3, which is our last module of the quarter!
- Students completed final drafts of the Pilgrim’s Progress essay assignments. We also began discussing the benefits of marking a personal copy of a book. Several students expressed excitement about the opportunity. We dove into Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities after a brief historical overview of Europe and the French Revolution.
9th-10th Bible Survey
- We have now finished the book of Joshua and will begin with the books of Judges and Ruth. We saw specifically about Joshua that he followed very carefully after the law of the Lord and he made sure the people did too. Joshua 1:8-9 is key in his life and should be in ours too.
- Bible Test: Sept 29
- Verse Test: Joshua 21:45 on Sept. 29
- This week we talked about the wave and particle nature of matter. We also talked about quantum numbers, the electronic structure of atoms, and how electrons contribute to reactivity.
- Next week we will continue this discussion, and the students will take their third test of Q1.
- Students have learned this week about the preterite of the verbs ser and ir. We also learned about the verbs like gustar and how they are conjugated. Students had their weekly vocabulary quiz on Friday.
10th Algebra II
- Topics of the weeks included simplification of radicals, finding equations of parallel lines, learning how to use calculators to compute in scientific notation, uniform motion problems, and fractional equations. We’re planning to have one more test and a project before the end of the quarter.
- Students completed reading the Book of Job and, after selecting a type of poetry, wrote a poem from Job’s perspective–in line with St. Augustine’s view in his Confessions of “the way down is the way up.” Next up students prepped for a quiz on Greek and Roman gods and were given reading assignments for Homer’s Iliad.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students had their first speeches this week. They did very well for a first invented speech. If your student wants to discuss their grade, I have told the sophomores that the burden is on them to schedule that conference.
- Students took their first major test of the school year covering the people, events and lessons learned from Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt. We have begun a brief unit on the history of Israel.
- Students continue to work on technical skills and game play in soccer. The end of the quarter and a new sport and fitness tests are around the corner.
- We wrapped up our study of inverse functions and then started into quadratic functions. We learned about various modeling applications, how to find the vertex, intercepts, and maximum and minimum values, Our next topic will be polynomial functions.
- In our consideration of two dimensional motion, we are learning to work with vectors – adding them graphically, algebraically, and resolving them into components. Soon we will use this knowledge to analyze two dimensional motion in one dimension at a time.
- This week students continued with Dante in Purgatorio.
- This week we covered the progress and influence of the Eastern Roman Empire under Emperor Justinian. The students also had their debate on the alliance of church and state.
11th NT Greek
- This week students learned about Bacchylides and Pindar. They continued to study prepositions and the verb εἰμί, and we began discussing the attributive, substance, and predicate uses of the adjective.
11th Elective: Portfolio
- So much cardboard! The class is busy precisely measuring and cutting out intricate designs. The students are excited about this project, but it is really challenging. We would all appreciate your prayers as we navigate this.
11th-12th Elective: Military History
- Students continued to work on their research papers and we looked at greater detail into Germany’s failed invasion of Russia and the diplomatic decisions of America that increasingly moved them away from neutrality towards the Allies, ultimately being realized following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
11th-12th Elective: Spanish 3 / ESL
- We are working hard at continuing to converse in Spanish! Students also learned the future tense this week as well as practiced with reflexive verbs in preterite. We continue to add vocabulary week by week.
11th-12th Apologetics & Philosophy
- Students continue to memorize portions of the first three chapters of Genesis, which are the foundational chapters for the entire Bible, which is to say for a right understanding of the gospel. We just completed a reading on the doctrines of regeneration, repentance and renewal, which serve as a summary of how a sinner gets started and continues on in the Christian life. We have just begun looking at how God is the source and cause of the explanation of the gospel, because God alone saves sinners through the gospel and their salvation is dependent on the gospel’s explanation. We will study three examples of Jesus explaining the gospel and then examine explanations of the gospel by Peter and Paul in the book of Acts.
- Over the past couple of weeks, students have researched and briefly presented on the major life events of important people during the Religious Wars of Europe. We continue to work our way through these catastrophic wars, political intrigue and mass immigration, while reading and discussing James Madison’s 15 point argument for the separation of church and state. On Friday we concluded with each student identifying Madison’s top three arguments and then we finished class by considering what “separation of church and state” does and does NOT mean.
- Students wrapped up discussions on The Red Badge of Courage and have their test on Monday.
12th Rhetoric II
- Students are feeling the pressure of senior year: college applications, scholarships, testing, sports, as well as regular school work. Please keep them in your prayers. Thesis is what tends to slide to the back burner and I’ve had that conversation with several students about this. I don’t want to overburden the seniors, so please encourage them to communicate with me if they need anything.
- We’ve worked our way through the formal limit definition of a derivative and are now beginning to learn various “shortcut” formulas. Once we establish how to take a derivative, we will spend a lot of time on various applications.
- This week we completed a musculoskeletal lab and built arms. We also had a review game for the muscular system. Students will test next Tuesday!