VOLUME XVI, ISSUE 12
Sept 29, 2023
FROM THE OFFICE
ALL SCHOOL NOTES:
- HOW-TO View Report Cards on EDUCATE: Report cards will be released to EDUCATE on Friday, 10/6. (We will send paper copies home after fall break.) In order to view your child’s report cards right away, please follow the instructions linked here. **This requires you to have a login set up already. If you have never logged in, please reach out to the office PRIOR to fall break so we can send you a new login link.
- HOT LUNCH: To order Chick-fil-a hot lunch for Thurs 10/5, please go to this link. Orders must be placed by Tues at noon.
LOWER SCHOOL NOTES
- From Mrs. Mitchell: This week during all-school Forum, students were reminded that God’s love is perfect; we cannot make Him love us more and we cannot make Him love us less. The first 2 hymns of the quarter flesh out these truths. Enjoy singing these with your children and appreciate the amazing truths in these words. To God Be the Glory I Need Thee Every Hour
UPPER SCHOOL NOTES:
- ARRIVALS: Thank you for your effort to get your students to school by 7:50. Let’s keep aiming for that! Students are marked as tardy at 7:51.
- Mon, 10/2: XC Meet – Away
- Tues, 10/3: HOME games versus Cape Fear Christian
- MS Vball (3:30) at Volleyballer Training Academy
- V Vball (4:30) at Volleyballer Training Academy
- V Soccer (3:30) at turf fields, Mebane Community Park
- Wed, 10/4: 8:30 – 11th grade – PSAT device testing
- Thurs 10/5:
- HOT LUNCH: Chick-fil-a
- 1st Grade Field Trip
- HOME games versus Lee Christian *Senior Night Ceremony at turf fields*
- MS Vball (2:30) at MACC
- V Vball (3:30) at MACC
- V Soccer (3:30) at turf fields, Mebane Community Park
- 6-8:30pm STUDENT COUNCIL BONFIRE 5th – 12th
- Fri, 10/6: End of quarter 1
- 3rd grade: Field trip to Science Museum
- Report cards released on EDUCATE
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- 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 THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Grubb and Mrs. Weber)
TK covered a variety of topics this week including recycling and taking care of our world as well as a study of Johnny Appleseed. Students played a recycling game and even walked through the forest collecting trash as a way to take care of our school. We also learned who Johnny Appleseed was and his contributions to our country many years ago. Students even made hats that look like tin pots which Johnny Appleseed was said to have worn. In math, students worked on ordering numbers 1-5 and learned to play the missing number game. We continued working on sorting and identifying the most and fewest on a graph. A few of our centers included writing practice on chalkboards, using play doh to make shapes, reading comprehension, and counting words in a sentence. We studied Joseph and his colorful coat this week and learned about forgiveness. Students used a mosaic technique with construction paper to make Joseph’s colorful coat. These will be displayed in the classrooms. Next week we look forward to learning about Abraham and enjoying a camp day on Thursday.
Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)
K – 4th
- First through fourth grade classes spent time this week in P.E. preparing for the Soccer Tournament. The students are so excited to see which house will win the Soccer Tournament. Kindergarten enjoyed learning a couple of line dances and participating in a few team building activities this week. We have spent a lot of time this quarter 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 started an assessment this week in which they had to identify each season when it was played. Students were asked to label the season they heard and to draw a picture to represent the correct season. We have spent a lot of time this quarter 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 playing our first three notes (B, A, G), playing whole notes/whole rests, and quarter notes/whole notes. Students completed a written assessment in which they had to label the notes B, A, and G on the staff.
Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)
- We did not have art this week due to Teacher Workday.
- Students began painting a fall leaf in watercolor using the techniques we have been learning. We talked about wet on wet, wet on dry, color mixing, color gradients and using salt to create texture. We also talked about proper care of our materials. I look forward to seeing how these progress!
Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera and Miss Burdeshaw)
- Our kindergarten scholars had fun making up sentences to retell the story of, “Are You My Mother.” They learned about capitalization, end marks, and how to use descriptive words to make their sentences interesting. Students are continuing to master their double math facts with sums to eighteen. We introduced how to use a balance and to predict which item would be heavier. In history, we talked about how Abraham was faithful to God, and went where God wanted him to go. In art, we continued our discussion on primary and secondary colors, as well as warm and cool colors. In science, we colored the different parts of the ear and they listened to sounds to determine the noise that was heard.
- 1 John 1:9
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mrs. Smith)
Our first graders are working hard and learning new things. This week we were introduced to telling time by half-past the hour! In Spelling we are working on completing the vowel consonant page in our learning logs. In grammar, we have been continuing to go over common and proper nouns and categorizing nouns as person, place or thing. In History we are learning about Christopher Columbus who sailed the ocean blue in 1492. In Science we have a new song to help us with determining if a living creature is a vertebrate or invertebrate. The students enjoyed going over to the soccer fields and playing in the soccer tournate on Friday. I hope we all get some much needed rest this weekend where we will be ready for your field trip to Alamance Battlegrounds on Thursday.
- Isaiah 40:8, Catechism 11-14
- Alamance Battleground Field Trip- Thursday, October 5
2nd Grade (Mrs. Hedgecock & Mrs. Eng)
The adventures continue in Second Grade, and it is a joy to see the students enthusiasm. As we have learned how the Egyptian Pharaohs buried their treasures with them, we have contrasted that with God’s Word. Matthew 6: 19-21 tells us to NOT lay up for ourselves treasures on earth, but to instead lay up treasures in heaven. Why? Because where your treasure is there your heart will be also. Such an amazing concept to learn at an early age. We have enjoyed looking for examples of onomatopoeia in Bears on Hemlock Mountain. A few examples include: tick tock, drip drip, crunch crunch. We are concluding our study of our fearfully and wonderfully made body. We have learned about the brain, cells and the five senses. The students’ Science Journals are filled with pictures and information on each of these topics. It is a delight to watch as the students discover more and more about the way God created them. The House Soccer Tournament has given the students time to interact with those in their House and form a healthy camaraderie.
- Matthew 6:19-21
- Next book starts next week: The Boxcar Children.
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- Students wrapped up their research and poster designs for their biome presentations next week. Through this process, they are utilizing the tools of fact finding, organization of information, public speaking, and working with others to achieve a goal. In math, we have tackled single digit multiplication and continue to add to our vocabulary with words like equivalent fractions, numerators, and products. Next quarter we will bring our history card to life with Bradford’s own version of the Greek Olympics. Students will participate in a pentathlon, marathon, and poetry competition. We are nearing the close of first quarter, and are excited to dive into the next! Until then, we hope to see you all at the soccer tournament!
- Review first quarter verses
- 10/6- Greensboro Science Center
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Miss Abrahamsen)
- Fourth graders spent a lot of math time focused on factors and the division algorithm. We enjoyed decreasing our time with our math fact drills focusing on speed and accuracy. Mushrooms continued to be the topic of our nature study this week. We loved looking at all the pictures that were brought in by students. We learned about the parts of a plant cell and how they are different from human cells. The students loved working on their Hagia Sophia projects and will share them next week. We learned about Mahammed and the start of Islam and will continue learning about this time in History next week. Pronoun study took center stage in Latin and English. We continued looking for humility and perseverance in our Literature book answering questions with an emphasis on critical thinking. We finished the week building community with our soccer field trip.
- 1st Corinthians 13: 11-13
- Students did a great job this week working on exercises that incorporated their first three notes. We were even able to add in our fourth note by the end of the week. Students will have their final playing test of the quarter this Tuesday 10/3 on Exercise 1.18.
- Students did a great job playing this week! We worked on the last few lessons in Unit Three and started Unit 4. Students are doing a great job with notes, rhythms, key signatures, and dynamics! As a reminder, the fifth practice record for the quarter (9/26-10/2) will be due on Tuesday 10/3. Brass and Woodwind students will have their final playing test of the quarter this Tuesday 10/3 on Exercise 4.4. Percussion students will have their final playing test of the quarter this Tuesday 10/3 on Exercise 4.2 or 4.4.
- This week’s theory lesson provided students a neat way to determine the key in which a piece of music is written. Ask your student what ‘the last sharp is ti and the last flat is fa’ means! We also discussed harmony, putting it into practice as we worked on the parts of a song.
5th-8th Boys’ PE
- This week the boys ran a mile and did strength training.
5th-8th Girls’ PE
- MS girls started learning how to play flag football this week.
5th Grade (Mrs. Owens)
- This week our students presented their body systems projects. We had fantastic models of bones, organs, muscles, veins, and arteries. In history the students learned about Jamestown and drew a comic of the events that took place from 1606 through 1624. The students are also now using math concepts they learned earlier this year to complete multi step problems. Specifically, they are working on adding, subtracting, and reducing mixed numbers. Our hobbit story is slowly coming to an end. This week we finally saw Smaug the dragon defeated by Bard, a man living in Lake Town. However, the students suspect that our hobbit and the dwarves are not out of the woods yet.
- Romans 12:17-19 (this week)
- Review verses next week
- Hobbit Day Thursday, November 9th
- This week students finished up their Elements of Art booklets. Students learned about the seven elements of art and we talked about how these are “ingredients” for creating good, beautiful and true artwork. Ask your student to share with you about one or more of the elements of art!
- 5th graders learned their last new set of vocabulary and chants before a review chapter! They are doing a great job both with learning their chants and vocabulary as well as with translations.
6th Grade (Miss Stevenson)
6th Reading and Literature
- We are continuing to work our way through Call of the Wild this week.
6th Grammar and Writing
- This week we started working on the first essay in Lost Tools of Writing. It is a simple, in-class essay that walks students through the rudimentary steps of writing a persuasive essay.
- We are still working on the gospel of Matthew.
- This week we discussed the westward expansion during the 1940s. This will lead us nicely into next week’s card on the War with Mexico.
- Students did a wonderful job on their scientific method projects! It has been fun to see what projects they came up with and what they made of the results.
- This week we took a small quiz on the fallacies that we have covered in class so far. Their first Logic test will likely be at the end of our first week back after fall break.
- This week the students reviewed Latin pronouns and took a pronouns quiz. They also created lists of words and phrases they wanted to know in Latin, and we began going over them. We also read from Horace’s Ode 1.8 and a few lines from Ovid’s Medicamina Faciei.
- Our work this week was all about fractions. We practiced adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions, as well as mixed numbers. We reviewed how to use borrowing to subtract mixed numbers. However, we also learned a new strategy called the Same-Difference Theorem to make our subtrahends whole in order to avoid the errors often made in borrowing.
- Students finished up their charcoal candle drawings. We worked on blending, using values from the grayscale and creating detail. These are displayed at the upper campus – if you get a chance, come look at their hard work!
7th Grammar and Writing
- The class reviewed lessons 1-3 in the Lost Tools of Writing.
- Literature: Students memorized lines for the Odyssey play and also are on the home stretch reading the book. They will write an in-class essay and take a quiz next week.
- History: We discussed famous men of ancient Greece and also studied briefly art of the day and art about famous, historical happenings in ancient Greece.
- Bible: We concluded final points about the 10 Commandments found in Exodus–why we obey: we have to because we are commanded to obey God’s commands; we need to because we are limited and mortal and can find safety in His protective guidance; and finally because we want to obey His commands because He is holy and worthy of respect causing His children to worship Him and respond to His love and mercy.
- Our young scholars continued to discuss the Ad Fontem fallacy Ad Hominem Abusive. This fallacy is committed when an argument is attempted based on an abusive attack on a person rather than the person’s argument. As we approach election season and start gearing up for the 2024 election cycle, I expect to see many of these fallacies. Keep an eye out and pass along examples for your student to share with the class.
- Our final topic in our soil unit was on soil chemistry. The students learned about the unique roles played by Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium in the health and growth of plants, as well as about the important role that bacteria plays in cycling these elements through the environment.
- We took a cumulative test this week, as well as a power-up test on the English and metric measurement systems. We also reviewed the Order of Operations (PEMDAS) and used the Order of Operations to simplify complex numerical expressions.
- This week we began working with pen and ink. Students are working on using techniques such as hatching, cross hatching and stippling to create realistic eye drawings.
- This week we discussed Julius Caesar both as a political figure and as a Latin author, and we read from Horace’s Ode 1.8. The students reviewed adjectives and took a quiz on adjectives. They also created lists of words they wanted to know in Latin, and we will go over some of those throughout the next quarter.
- History: We have come to the end of the Roman empire and students read a variety of primary and secondary sources about the theories of the fall of the Roman empire and then presented what they read to the class. We just began to learn about Justinian and the rise of Byzantine civilization.
- Literature: The students are coming to the end of Augustine’s Confessions; it is a challenging book, but well worth the effort. We continue to have great discussions about the themes of friendship, happiness, contentment, temptation, and other themes the book raises.
- Composition: The students are beginning their new essay about a topic from Confessions. We also reviewed passive and active verbs in preparation for a short quiz next week.
- This week the students learned about Julius Caesar and his literary works. We read from Horace’s Ode 1.8 and some from Seneca’s Epistulae Morales 1.2. The students took a quiz on adjectives and created lists of words they wanted to know in Latin, which we will go over throughout the next quarter.
- We wrapped up our unit on mathematics in science with a full unit review and then took our quarterly unit test. The students have learned so much this quarter about measurement systems, significant figures, density, physical & chemical changes, and scientific notation.
8th Algebra I
- The students were introduced to their next two exponent rules: The Negative Exponent Rule and The Zero Rule for Exponents. While these two rules seemed confusing at first, the students soon realized how powerful these two little rules could be in simplifying complex expressions. By using these two rules in conjunction with the Product Rule for Exponents and the Distributive Property, their algebraic toolboxes are becoming quite full and useful!
- We continued working on Van Gogh inspired magazine landscapes. These are coming along nicely and students are finally starting to see their hard work pay off. Soon these will be displayed in the hallway at upper campus.
- Unit One is in the books with our first test behind us.
- We are on our way to Unit Two on statements, which are sentences that are either true or false.
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)
- Juniors attended the college fair at ACC on Monday; this is a great opportunity to have discussions about the colleges they visited, any new ideas that came up, etc.
- 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 worked on finishing up higher number notes. We compared and contrasted the “to be” verbs SER and ESTAR. Students learned how to conjugate the verb ESTAR. Additionally we added more vocabulary. Their vocabulary and grammar knowledge is growing weekly!
- We have completed a brief overview of the major developments in English political history, reaching back to English “Common Law” and the Magna Carta and tracing the growth and challenge of parliament vs the king, erupting in the English Civil War, English Commonwealth but then a necessary invitation to restore a necessary, but limited monarchy that would work with/under England’s parliament.
- We started our third unit this week on parallel and perpendicular lines. We started the unit by defining important vocabulary and identifying the types of angles formed when a transversal crosses two parallel lines. We added several new postulates to our resource books that we will use in the coming weeks to write proofs regarding lines and angles.
- We have learned our five logical operators that will be used for the remainder of the school year.
- Our next adventure will be truth tables for determining validity.
9th Advanced Art
- My students are putting the finishing touches on their original work. I am looking forward to switching back into worldview and art history discussions after this. We will be studying and discussing art during the time of the French Revolution.
- This week we continued studying Kingdom Protista! We completed the study guide and a review game for the test on Module 3 next Tuesday.
- Students raced to finish reading Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. We discussed who influenced Dickens and how he learned a skewed view of the French Revolution. The class discussed his use of sentimentality to convey his points and sway his readers. They took a quiz and also wrote an in-class essay.
- This week we reviewed atomic orbitals and the electron structure of atoms.
- Next week the students will take their last test of Q1.
- Students have been working on reflexive verbs, the preterite of ser and ir and adding in new vocabulary this week. We worked on test review this week as well and will have a chapter test next week.
10th Algebra II
- This week we work on solving equations with fractions as well as monomial and trinomial factoring patterns. Next we will be working on our Q1 project involving constructing a best fit line with historical “age of marriage” data and making predictions.
- Our busy week included a lesson on Greek meter–ask them what a dactyl is and how many syllables are in a dactylic foot… iambic pentameter. Students completed a quiz on Greek & Roman gods. They also completed a poem written from Job’s perspective. They continue to read Homer’s Iliad. They will soon be challenged to develop a character sketch on a main character from the epic poem or memorize a selection.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students received the rubrics for their first speeches. I told them the onus was on them if they wanted a conference to discuss the rubric. They have their second speeches next week and I highly recommend that they take the time to practice!
- Students began to study the ancient history of Israel and how that connected to Egypt and will connect to Phoenicia, Assyria, Babylon and Persia. This week our focus was on reviewing the patriarchs, considering the historicity of the Ten Plagues and Crossing of the Red Sea, examining the historical evidence for the existence of Joshua’s altar at Mt. Ebal for the entrance into the Promised Land (Deut 27, Joshua 8) and the “choose you this day whom you will serve” at the end of conquest (Josh 24). We concluded the week by briefly overviewing the Judges cycle, how it devolved into injustice and chaos. What did God do in the midst of those increasingly bad rebellions? Who did the judges in a very limited but real way presage?
- Students have begun a new outdoor basketball unit. We are working on basic shooting form and rhythms, mixed in with a lot of small group game play and scrimmages. Students have a lot of room to improve before the basketball season begins but they are working and having fun and it should be a good warm-up for the season!
- We’ve begun working with polynomial functions of higher orders – determining end behavior, zeros, and other graphing basics. Our next step will be the more technical work of locating the zeros algebraically. Before fall break we will do a CSI style polynomial function project.
- Students have done well mastering vector addition. Now we will apply it to analyzing two dimensional motion.
- We finished traversing Purgatory mountain with Dante. Next week we have their author presentations and a final test over Purgatorio. Then we’re off with Shakespeare!
- This week we started on the rise of Islam and their influence on Western Civilization. We will end the week by taking a quiz on the first half of this unit, and will look forward to taking our unit test next week.
11th NT Greek
- This week the students reviewed the chapters we have covered so far in the quarter through a combination of practice examples and review games. They also learned about Aeschylus and Sophocles.
11th Elective: Portfolio
- Our Juniors are persevering and working through intricate designs. The complexity of this project is deepening their respect for artists and, more importantly, fueling their prayers for more grace. Please continue to pray for them to work efficiently and to be able to identify problems in their design so they can correct it before it becomes a major problem.
11th-12th Elective: Military History
- These students turned in their first research paper rough draft of the semester prior to a final version next week. We have studied the story of Pearl Harbor and all the horror of that day, but also consider the five clear examples of God’s providential limiting of the damage done that day, some of which would directly benefit America in ways that helped them to win the war. We will next consider the very difficult, very technologically interesting and vital Battle of the Atlantic before moving back to North Africa and Operation Torch.
11th-12th Elective: Spanish 3 / ESL
- I have been very pleased to see these students grow in their Spanish writing skills. We continue to work on the four pillars of language learning: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Tuesday we focused on writing and grammar and Thursday we worked on conversation skills after taking a vocabulary quiz. It is exciting to hear these students speaking more in the target language.
11th-12th Apologetics & Philosophy
- Well, this has been a strange week indeed. We have not met at all this week, so we are still at the same place we were at the end of last week. But, this afternoon we look forward to resuming our discussions surrounding the explanation of the gospel by Jesus, Peter and Paul.
- Students concluded their 130 year study of the Reformation and its effects on the religious, cultural and civil structures of Europe and by extension America. We’ve thought about many people, many problems, many wars and some very courageous people of faith. Students will finish the week by taking a review day before a unit test at the start of next week.
- Students wrapped up The Red Badge of Courage and have begun to question morality with the Danish Prince, Hamlet.
12th Rhetoric II
- Students are working on their research still. They’ve had busy schedules, so I know that passive research falls on the back burners. Please pray for them as once we come back from Fall Break, they have progress checks more often.
- We are nearing the end of our introduction of derivatives. We know the technical definition, the “shortcut” rules for polynomials, and the trig and transcendental function derivatives. After fall break we learn some more complex derivatives involving the composite, implicit, and inverse functions.
- This week we completed a skeletal/muscular lab where we built arms out of poster board and the muscles were balloons. Students also completed the Module 2 Test and did amazing memorizing lots of muscles! We also started Module 3, the Gastrointestinal System!