BB 09-23-22



Sept 23, 2022



Report cards

Report cards will be released on EDUCATE on Friday, 9/30.  If you would like to be able to view your child’s report cards that day, you will need to make sure in advance that you have set up your login.  (The office will be closed during fall break and will not be able to assist with this until after break.)

  • If you have never logged into EDUCATE, please let the office know so we can re-send your link.  
  • If it’s been a long time since you logged in, give it a try now and let the office know if it isn’t working.  A new link can be sent to you.
Soccer Tournament:
  • For 1st – 5th grades
  • Wednesday, 9/28
  • Noon to end of day
  • Students may wear t-shirts in house colors with PE shorts to school.
    • Austerfield – black
    • Leiden – red
    • Plymouth – white
    • Scrooby – gray
  • Bring: Cleats and shinguards with long socks.  Water bottles.  Apply sunscreen at home if needed.
  • Parents are welcome to meet us at the MACC and cheer on your kids!  


Ultimate Frisbee Tournament:  
  • For 6th – 12th grades
  • Friday, 9/30
  • Noon to end of day
  • Students may wear t-shirts in house colors with PE shorts to school.
    • Austerfield – black
    • Leiden – red
    • Plymouth – white
    • Scrooby – gray



October 13 = Bradford Academy’s varsity girls volleyball and boys soccer teams will host Cresset Christian (3:30 at MACC) in the final games of the season. After the games we will celebrate Senior Night, as we honor six of our seniors who have led our athletic teams this season. In order to make the event more special we are also offering face painting before the game and encouraging students to bring their house scarves to the game in order to show support for Bradford, their house, and the seniors.




  • Mon, 9/26:  
  • Tues, 9/27:  
    • Vball game – AWAY (details TBA)
    • Soccer game – AWAY
  • Wed, 9/28:  
    • House Soccer tournament – date is confirmed, weather permitting
  • Thurs, 9/29:
    • Lower School Archers Prayer Group, 7:50
    • Hot lunch (for orders placed by Monday at noon)
    • Vball game – AWAY vs Triad Math and Science, 4:30
  • Fri, 9/30 – Last day of 1st Quarter.  Report cards released on EDUCATE
    • 3rd Grade Field trip to Greensboro Science Center  
    • 4th Grade Field trip to North Carolina Botanical Garden
    • Upper school Ultimate Frisbee tournament
    • Soccer – HOME – 3:30
    • Vball – AWAY vs Carolina Mustangs, 4:00



  • Mon, 10/3 – Fri 10/7:  FALL BREAK
  • Wed, 10/12:  PSAT (11th grade)
  • Thurs, 10/13:  SENIOR NIGHT for soccer and volleyball***See note above
  • Thurs, 10/20:  School pictures – TK – 5th grades
  • Fri, 10/21:  School pictures – 6th – 12th grades
  • Fri, 10/28:  Leiden House Social
  • Sat, 10/29:  Austerfield House Social
  • Fri, 11/04:  Scrooby House Social
  • Sat, 11/05:  Plymouth House Social
  • 11/09 – 11/11:  DC trip – 10th and 11th grades






Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Hicks and Mrs. Grubb)

TK enjoyed a wonderful week studying the story of Noah in the Bible. We created animal masks and wore them for our show & tell time. Students were asked to bring animals this week for show & tell so we had a full house of animals much like Noah had a full ark of animals. In math, we worked on sorting pattern blocks and teddy bears and were able to graph them to see which colors we had the most and fewest of. We also enjoyed a tasty math lesson of Ritz crackers and Graham crackers to help us identify circles and rectangles. We also continued to work on rhyming words and had a discussion about emotions after reading  Giraffes Can’t Dance. Students were tasked to hunt for letters around the room this week and went on a scavenger hunt using directions from the teacher. We celebrated the first day of fall and enjoyed a walk through the forest looking for signs of fall. We noted some leaves changing, but plan to observe this over the next several weeks. Next week, we look forward to planting our plants in the garden and learning about Johnny Appleseed.


Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)

K – 5th
  • This week, students participated in several soccer scrimmages in an effort to get ready for the House Soccer tournament this Wednesday 9/28. Students did a great job working in teams and putting their skills to the test. 


Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)

  • This week, students continued to practice proper singing posture, breathing, opening our mouths, eye contact, and watching the conductor for entrances and releases. Students worked on “O Be Careful”, “Head and Shoulders”, and the first verse of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”. 
  • This week, fourth and fifth grade students worked on the first verse of, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”.  Students also continued with Recorders.  They reviewed how to hold the recorder, where to put their hands and fingers, how to sit with correct posture, how to tap their foot to keep the beat, how to breathe, how to tongue, how to play their first three notes: B, A, G, and play basic rhythms.  Students did well on their first playing test of the year on Exercise #2 on page 9. Any student that was absent this past week will need to make up their test next week. Students need to remember to bring their recorder, yellow folder, and pencil with them to music next week.


Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)

  • This week we worked on adding color to our color theory tree drawings.  Students are doing a great job at following instructions!
  • This week we worked on adding color to our color theory tree drawings.  Students are doing a great job at following instructions!
  • This week we worked on finishing up our collaborative Mona Lisa squares.  Next class we will put all of our squares together to create a cohesive Mona Lisa!

Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)

This Week
  •  Our young scholars have enjoyed using the Bradford Express to learn how to write addition equations. We learned our first set of math facts, the doubles with sums to 10 and  used pattern blocks to create repeating patterns. We continue to add to our phonogram museum as we prepare to start reading our first book next quarter! In art we started our study of the color wheel with an experiment to show how primary colors mix to create secondary colors. And in science, we studied our fourth sense, taste, using sour, sweet, bitter and salty foods. It is hard to believe there is only one more week until fall break! These students have learned so much in 8 weeks.
Memory Work:
  • Review week (Proverbs 1:7, 1Corinthians 13:4-8a, Ecclesiastes 9:10, and Proverbs 10:19


1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mrs. Smith)

This Week
  •  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, ask the students when Columbus sailed the ocean blue and they will tell you, “1492!” We are almost ready to close the chapter on Christopher Columbus and we will then move right along to the story of Pocahontas. 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! 
Memory Work:  
  • 2 Peter 1:20-21
  • Vertebrate Song, Hearts Like Doors Poem


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

This Week
  • Second Grade has been busy traveling this week! We were there for the creation and founding of Narnia by Aslan, traveled all the way over Hemlock Mountain (wondering with Jonathan if there are bears on it after all), and journeyed back in time to Ancient Egypt to meet our first Pharaoh – Menes.  In spite of the 90-degree weather, we ushered in Fall with autumn leaf art on Thursday, using warm primary, secondary, and tertiary colors.  In math, we have been busy counting money, improving our understanding of place value, drawing and naming polygons, mastering addition facts, and identifying fractional parts of a whole. Sentence writing and classifying has been a major focus of the last month, and we are really seeing tremendous progress in the quality and complexity of our sentences.  We completed our unit of plants this week with a test; ask your child if he/she has a seedling growing in the nursery yet.  Our next unit will be the Animal Kingdom!
Memory Work: 
  • Philippians 2: 14-15 (this week)
  • Matthew 6: 19-21 (next week)
  • Soccer Field Trip – September 28
  • Adding 9 Fact Assessment – September 29 (please be sure your child is practicing)
  • Fall Break – October 3-7


3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)

This Week
  • 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 expository paragraphs using quotations and strong verbs. Students are enthusiastic to show their house spirit during the house soccer tournament next week! We are Archers, huzzah!
Upcoming Memory Work:
  • I John 1:5-6
  • House Soccer Field Trip 9/28
  • Greensboro Science Museum Field Trip 9/30
  • Fall Break – October 3-7


4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Mrs. Lawson) 

This Week
  • We finished a very busy week learning about pronouns in Latin and how to parse and translate one Latin verb into a complete English sentence using a subject pronoun.  We loved learning about possessive pronoun adjectives and subject pronouns in English and how these skills integrate in our Latin study.  The students dug into division in Math this week.  We learned vocabulary, the relationship with multiplication, and remainders.  We made beautiful bird feeders with our nature study using pinecones and birdseed.   We ended our week in History learning about Justinian the Great and the Byzantine Empire. 
Memory Work:
  • 1Corinthians 13: 4-8a
  • Soccer Field Trip Wednesday the 28th
  • Botanical Gardens Field Trip Friday the 30th


5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt) 

This Week
  • Fifth graders, as expected, have been fascinated to learn about The Lost Colony of Roanoke. Many are ready to solve the mystery! I have personally never been, but I did find a theater that performs “ The Lost Colony of Roanoke” throughout the summer months. It might be worth it to add to your 2023 summer plans : The Lost Colony – #1 OBX Attraction.  Students learned about equal groups, parts of a whole, and dividing without remainders this week in math.  We are about halfway through our reading of  The Hobbit in class! We also began our creative writing piece this week following Freytag’s pyramid.  
Memory Work:
  • This week ended up being a review week where we focused on Romans 12:1-13 as a whole.  Next week we will continue Romans 12:14-16

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.  Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

  • House Soccer field trip 
  • Jamestown settlement study. 




Mrs. Bennington

6th-8th Band
  • This week, students continued to practice the routines and expectations for the band classroom. We practiced counting and clapping a wide variety of rhythms before playing them.  Students also reviewed and practiced  how to sit with correct playing posture and how to breathe from their diaphragm. Students reviewed  how to correctly articulate when producing a sound and how to form their mouth to play their instrument. Students reviewed how to hold their instrument correctly so that no bad habits are formed and how to place their fingers over the home keys when not in use for certain notes. Students are doing a great job at muti-tasking! Students worked on their first three notes this week. We worked on exercises 1.1-1.9 in the book.  Students received instruction as a whole group, in sections, and as individuals. Students worked very hard and were very patient with their classmates during this beginning process of learning how to play an instrument. Students had their first individual playing test this past Tuesday 9/20 on their choice of either exercise 1.6 or 1.9. All of the students did a great job on their first playing test! We also spent a fair amount of time on exercises 1.10-1.12. Students will have an individual playing  test on 1.10 this Tuesday 9/27. 


Mrs. Thrasher

6th-8th Choir
  • This week we learned and practiced some new warm-up exercises to reduce tension in the upper body muscles. We have been sight singing solfege syllables with flash cards all along; this week we began to do the same thing with some of our regular sheet music. The students began standing in concert formation while we practiced our performance pieces. We made progress on singing A Mighty Fortress in multiple parts, and continued working on our Bach piece. The students have benefited from practicing their parts at home between classes, but I love the harmonies we hear when the whole group is singing together!


Miss Stevenson

6th-8th Girls’ PE
  • This week we played flag football.
6th Reading and Literature
  • This week we are continuing to work our way through Call of the Wild.
6th Grammar and Writing
  • As we start working through The Lost Tools of Writing, this week we learned how to write an outline from information we put into ANI charts last week. A very rudimentary persuasive essay will be completed by each student next week.
6th Bible
  • We are continuing to read the book of Matthew. This week our memory verses to focus on are 1 John 2:1-4.
6th History
  • Our History card for this week covered the Alamo.
6th Science
  • The end-of-quarter science test was this week. Students’ Scientific Method projects are due Tuesday, September 27. Students will also present their projects to the class either on Tuesday, September 27 or Thursday, September 29. 
6th Logic
  • This week we discussed the Genetic and Tu Quoque fallacies.

Miss Windes

6th Grade Latin
  • Sixth graders finished learning the future and imperfect tense endings and practiced conjugating and translating many verbs in those tenses. They are preparing for their second test next week!

Mrs. Frueh

6th Grade Math
  • The students demonstrated much diligence and perseverance this week while working with compasses and protractors to draw and measure circles. They also learned to inscribe and measure angles and polygons inside of circles.

Mrs. Palmer 

6th Art
  • This week we worked on our charcoal pumpkin drawings.  Students have done a great job looking for contrast and working on smoothly blending.  


Mrs. Crotts

7th Grammar and Writing
  • Alliteration is the word of the week in Grammar & Writing!  Students showed what whizzes they could be by  sharing examples of alliteration–words beginning with the same consonant sound. The Lost Tools of Learning textbook gave poignant reminders from great works demonstrating how alliteration added to the richness of the poem or story–i.e. “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers…” and “With a heavy heart the sad sojourner sailed swiftly away…”
7th Grade Omnibus
  • Preparations for journeying with Odysseus (Ulysses in Latin) are underway!  We discussed the basics of who wrote the Odyssey (Homer) and how the epic poem impacted the culture of the day (1100 B.C.) and still holds an audience today.  Also, the class discussed the difference in monotheism and polytheism; the Odyssey gives insight into the challenges of teaching Christianity (monotheistic) among a polytheistic society.  To round out the preview of Homer’s Odyssey, we discussed Greek meter–dactylic (Greek for finger) feet–the rhythm of the poetic stanzas—DAH da da found in three syllable words with the accent on the first syllable.
7th Logic
  • We concluded discussions of genetic fallacy by dividing into 2 teams and presenting a skit.  The students had to present an example of genetic fallacy: ”This chair is of no value because it was made in _______.”  The opposite team had to present a logical alternative to the skit: “This chair is of no value because of the low quality materials used and poor craftsmanship…”  Then we changed our focus to emotional fallacy.  The students continue to share examples of “fallacies out there” gleaned from advertisements or conversations observed outside of school.  The most popular examples are political advertisements and most are examples of ad fontem abusive (to the man abusive).

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science
  • This week we reviewed for our first unit test, which the students took on Friday. They are also wrapping up final observations and measurements on their soil projects.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
  • Data analysis, metric measurement, and calculating the area of triangles were all on the math menu this week. The students are enjoying the review of concepts introduced (but not quite mastered) last year.

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • This week students either finished their original comic strips or worked on an oil pastel drawing.  We are wrapping up the semester well!

Miss Windes

7th Grade Latin
  • Seventh grade continues to learn their new set of vocabulary words and to practice translating sentences.


Miss Windes

8th Grade Omnibus
  • History: In history, we continued learning about the fall of the Roman empire and began learning about some early church leaders and movements around the time of the fall of Rome.
  • Literature: We are nearing the end of Augustine’s Confessions, reading about the final stages before his conversion. 
  • Composition: We reviewed some common mistakes and pointers from the rough drafts, and students have been typing and polishing the final drafts of their essays! The students are strong in organization, so we have been especially focusing on style; they are learning to add parallelisms, to choose precise words, and to use active verbs. 
8th Grade Latin
  • Eighth graders have been learning about relative and interrogative pronouns, learning their new charts and learning how to use them in translations. 

Mrs. Frueh

8th Grade Science
  • The students took their end-of-quarter science test this week. We also started our new unit on the atomic theory of matter and the kinetic theory of matter.
8th Grade Algebra I
  • The students were introduced to functional notation this week. While it felt initially frustrating to have to learn a new notation for already- familiar equations, they have persevered and are working hard to master this new concept.

Mrs. Palmer 

8th Art
  • This week we finished up either a pen and ink portrait drawing or a pen and ink pumpkin drawing.  Students have worked hard on pen and ink techniques – hatching and cross hatching.




I am hoping to offer a variety of lunch visits from admissions officers from a variety of colleges throughout the school year! Our first one this year, an admissions officer from Grove City College, will be visiting over the Wednesday lunch hour next week (9/28). This should be a fantastic opportunity for 10th-12th graders not only to learn more about GCC but also to practice asking questions and to get a feel for colleges in general. 



It is time to prepare to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)! Some important things to note: 

  • The FAFSA opens October 1st, and some of the money is first come first serve so it is good to fill it out as soon as possible
  • Once you have your documents gathered, it should take an hour or less to fill it out – not too scary!
  • Things you need: SSN, federal income tax return, W-2s, and other financial documents
  • The FAFSA will offer access to federal grants (free money!), federal loans (to be paid back),  state aid, work study options, and is sometimes also used by the institution to give aid
  • You do NOT need to have applied to college to fill out the FAFSA; go ahead and do it now, and you can send it to the institutions later (you will need to list the colleges you are interested in, but you can update this later if it changes)
  • Keep your FSA ID safe! You will use it each year you submit the FAFSA
  • They can complete the form here: 
  • For a more complete walkthrough, check out this guide to conquering the FAFSA: 

Mrs. Palmer 

9th Spanish 
  • This week we added new vocabulary.  We began learning about conjugating -AR verbs and practiced with using them correctly.  Please encourage students to spend 5-10 minutes each night looking over their notes and vocabulary!

Dr. James

9th Geometry
  • This week the students took a test on subsets of lines, planes, and space, and we started a discussion of measurement and distance.
  • Next week we will continue this section, and the students will have a brief quiz on material covered since the last test. 

Mrs. Hicks

9th Biology
  • This week we started Module 3 on Kingdom Protista! We will have a test next Thursday. 

Dr. Smith

9th Theology
  • We continue to learn about the historical circumstances surrounding the Church’s work at understanding and affirming the biblical doctrine of the Trinity. We are learning about the importance of using words to communicate concepts and how the union between the Church and the Roman Empire brought several challenges to the Church expressing faithfully biblical doctrine.

Mrs. Crotts

9th Grade Literature
  • This week, 9th grade was presented with the challenge to write an essay!  They were given a Formal Essay Requirements paper instructing them to write an outline, a thesis statement, introduction, 3 or more proofs and a conclusion.  The outline was likened to a recipe; most of us need a recipe to cook and bake successfully.  And the outline should simplify the writing process. Following writing the outline, students were given the task to pick a topic from either Genesis or Pilgrim’s Progress, determine if the essay would be persuasive or informative and then produce a rough draft.  Next, each needs to focus on editing; each student needs to edit his/her own paper and also read a classmates.  Final, polished essays are due Wednesday, September 28 or before.

Mrs. Fairchild

9th Grade Advanced Art
  • The students began another watercolor painting this week.  This project is a monochromatic painting and is focused on helping the students learn how to properly mix paint and learn the correct water to paint ratio.  Additionally, students are learning to closely observe their own work and adjust their brush size and technique as the project progresses.  It is my hope that they will begin to see for themselves the areas that they need to adjust and switch without having to be told.

Coach Johnston

9th History
  • We surveyed England during a time of significant political change (1600-1688) which laid the groundwork for many of the English rights that American colonists insisted on prior to the American Revolution. We briefly discussed the Great Awakening at the end of the week.


Mrs. Byrd

10th Algebra II
  • Our skills at solving systems of equations is expanding to ratio type problems and distance, rate, time word problems.  We’re also learning to use our calculators to perform operations in scientific notation.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • This week we have studied the book of Deuteronomy. It is made up of three sermons and two songs. We have been encouraged to remember God’s past, present, and future faithfulness. In Deut. is this precious promise from in chapter 33, verses 26-27

“There is none like God, O Jeshurun,

    who rides through the heavens to your help,

    through the skies in his majesty.

The eternal God is your dwelling place,[a]

    and underneath are the everlasting arms.[b]

And he thrust out the enemy before you

    and said, ‘Destroy.’

Memory verse for next Tuesday: 26-27

Mrs. Crotts

10th Grade Literature

     With Essay 1 in the rearview mirror, we were ready to face Homer’s Iliad.  We briefly revisited the Odyssey, which many of the students read and studied in the 7th grade.  (The Iliad actually precedes the Odyssey, but is presented prior for multiple reasons.)  We discussed the basics of the work and highlighted the Greek meter–dactylic (Greek word for finger).  “DAH da da” is the rhythm of a 3 syllable word with the accent on the first syllable such as “strawberry.”  We listened to lines from English poems to listen for the rhythm of Homer’s epic poem. Also, we briefly discussed the pagan worldview and the difference between a created, limited “god” and the One, true God who has always been and is all powerful.

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week we discussed quantum numbers and electron configuration.  
  • Next week we will review, and the students will take their final test of Q1

Coach Johnston

10th History
  • This class surveyed Israel’s earliest history (Patriarchs, Exodus and Joshua Conquest) and were introduced to historical arguments (artifacts and documents) to believe in the authenticity of this account. Next week we will briefly consider Israel’s Age of Kings and Divided Kingdom.
10th PE
  • Students completed several practice PE fitness tests and continued to strengthen their technical soccer skills and their application to game play.

Miss Oldham

10th Rhetoric I
  • Students got their first speech assignments! Lots of meaty topics and ideas were tossed around, so make sure to ask your student about theirs. This speech will not be given until quarter two, so they have time to research and write this speech. 

Mrs. Palmer 

10th Spanish
  • This week we added new vocabulary.  We also worked on irregular stem changing verbs as well as irregular verbs in the preterite.  These new verbs require a lot of studying – encourage your students to stay on top of their studying!


Mrs. Byrd

11th Physics
  • We’ve been learning to resolve a vector into its components as well as add vectors graphically and algebraically.  Soon we will use these skills to analyze motion in two dimensions.
11th Precalculus
  • Second degree functions (parabolas) has been our topic for the week.  We’re going to expand our knowledge into higher order functions (polynomials) over the next couple of weeks.

Dr. James

11th Personal Finance
  • This week we talked about resumes, interviews, and careers.  The students practiced interviewing each other. 
  • Next week they will take the final test of Q1.

Miss Oldham

11th Grade Literature
  • Students took a test on Purgatory and are working on chreias (speeches about books in order to urge one another to read them). This is their final graded assignment of the quarter, so ask your student about their topic! 

Dr. Smith

11th NT Greek
  • We are continuing to progress in learning vocabulary, and in learning various grammatical characteristics of NT Greek that assist in translation work. The “state of being” verb was learned as well as many prepositions. Students continue to work on various translations coming from Scripture. 


Mrs. Byrd

12th Calculus
  • Having established the concept of a  derivative using  limits, students are now ready to use the more compact “derivative rules” that former mathematicians painstakingly derived using limits.  With these rules we will be able to apply the derivative to many more situations than if we had to use the lengthier definition.

Mrs. Hicks

12th Anatomy
  • This week we wrapped up our unit on the muscular system. Next week we will do some fun review activities of the skeletal and muscular system!

Coach Johnston

12th History
  • We surveyed England during a time of significant political change (1600-1688) which laid the groundwork for many of the English rights that American colonists insisted on prior to the American Revolution. We also surveyed early English colonies in North America to see why they were created and how they first developed.

Miss Oldham

12th Grade Literature
  • Students are continuing the descent into madness with the Prince of Denmark. Make sure to ask your student about whether or not he is actually crazy! 
12th Grade Shakespeare Elective
  • We are continuing our trek through madness with King Lear. The weather has come into play…make sure to ask your student about that symbolism! 
12th Rhetoric II
  • Students are plugging away at their theses. Please pray for them as they learn how to work independently. It seems that students are always talking about how much work they have to do and then not taking advantage of their class time and study halls to work on this work. Please pray for teachers (as well as each other) as we help guide these kids to become godly adults.