VOLUME XV, ISSUE 8
Sept 30, 2022
FROM THE OFFICE
Happy fall break! We pray this week will be a time of refreshment for your family.
- Wed, 10/12: PSAT (11th grade)
- Thurs, 10/13: SENIOR NIGHT for soccer and volleyball & House Scarf night
- Thurs, 10/20 – 10/21: school pictures
- Fri 10/28:
- Greek Olympics (lower school)
- Leiden House Social (6-8p)
- Sat. 10/29: Austerfield House Social
- Fri, 11/4: Scrooby House Social
- Sat, 11/5: Plymouth House Social
- Wed, 11/9 – Fri, 11/11: TRIP TO DC (10th / 11th)
- Fri, 11/11 – No school – Veterans day
- Thurs, 11/17 – Bradford Night
- Tues, 11/22 – Thanksgiving feast
- Wed, 11/23 – Fri, 11/25 – Thanksgiving break
- Thurs, 12/8 – Christmas concert – middle school chorus, band, and HS chorus club
- Fri, 12/16 – Dismissal at noon. Christmas celebration
- Mon 12/19 – Mon 1/2 – Christmas break
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- Senior Night will be celebrated on Thursday, October 13th as our varsity girls volleyball and boys soccer teams host Cresset Christian at the MACC courts and fields at 3:30pm in our final games of the Fall sports season. Students and families are invited to come out and show their Archer spirit by wearing or waving their house scarfs at the game and face painting will also be offered. Following the games, we will gather to recognize six seniors and their families in a short but very special Senior Night ceremony!
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Hicks and Mrs. Grubb)
Tk finished out the first quarter this week by planting our garden. The Lord blessed with a beautiful day for gardening and the students all enjoyed weeding, preparing the soil and planting. We also learned about Johnny Appleseed this week. He was a peculiar man who was known to wear a pot for a hat, but he did wonderful things for America by planting apple seeds to ensure the settlers would have apples to harvest. TK students were able to make their own tin pot shaped hat. TK also worked on ordering numbers 1-5 and continued working on identifying colors in our green writing books. We studied the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Students were challenged to tear construction paper into small pieces and create their own colorful mosaic coat using the small pieces of paper.
Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)
K – 5th
- Students had a great time in PE this week preparing for the Soccer Scrimmage at the MACC. Fun was had by all at the Soccer Scrimmage this past Wednesday. The students all did a great job putting their skills to the test and the sportsmanship exhibited was exceptional. Thank you so much students, teachers, and parents for all of your hard work and support in preparing for and participating in this year’s Soccer Scrimmage.
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- Students did a great job reviewing all of the concepts and songs that we have learned this quarter. Students are demonstrating growth in body control, putting songs with motions, using proper singing techniques, matching pitches, and keeping a steady beat while singing. Students also worked on the hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”. Fourth and Fifth grade students completed a review of recorder concepts learned last year and started some new songs that we will continue in the second quarter. Any fourth or fifth grade student that is without a recorder should have one when they return from fall break. Students are progressing well in music and I am excited to hear what all we can accomplish in the second quarter.
Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)
- We did not have art this week due to the soccer tournament. I look forward to beginning next quarter with our new artist of the quarter – Pieter Bruegel the Elder!
- We finished up our color theory trees. We also reviewed various facts we learned about Leonardo Da Vinci this quarter. I’m looking forward to seeing the art these students create next quarter!
- We reviewed various facts we learned about Leonardo Da Vinci. We also worked on our Da Vinci inspired charcoal wing drawings. I’m looking forward to seeing the art these students create next quarter!
Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)
- This week our students learned their doubles facts with sums to 18 and they learned to identify lighter and heavier weight objects using a balance. We reviewed all our past math concepts so that they won’t forget everything they have learned over fall break. We finished up our study of the five senses by learning about our ears. We looked at a model of the ear and listened to different sounds to identify what made the sound. We are still learning about the color wheel, and combined primary colors of play-doh to make secondary colors. We also talked about warm and cool colors. We are praying that you all have a wonderful fall break and we will see you back here in a week!
- I 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! We will continue to work with Spelling list E when we return from break. In grammar, we have been continuing to go over the use of nouns in speech. When we return from break we will be learning the true story of Pocahontas in our History lessons and we will discover which animals are vertebrates and invertebrates in Science. The students enjoyed going over to the soccer fields and playing in the soccer tournate on Wednesday. I hope we all have a relaxing break next week.
- Fact Assessment (doubles + 1) Oct 12
- Math Written Assessment Oct 13
- Isaiah 40:8
2nd Grade (Mrs. Hedgecock & Mrs. Batten)
- Second Grade finished out the quarter with a focus on art, reading, and history, as we not only completed a number of art projects started earlier in the quarter but added a fair amount of beautiful Egyptian art as well. Students are building some excellent art portfolios. In reading, we finished The Bears of Hemlock Mountain as a class and read from The Magic Tree House series, Mummies in the Morning, as an independent reader. Students also completed a reading fluency and comprehension check one-on-one with their teachers. Reluctantly we left Narnia, but we are comforted knowing it is in the powerful paws of Aslan. In math, we are continuing to work with money, fractions, polygons, and measurement, and we have mastered the +0, +1, +2, doubles, and +9 facts. Next up is +3 and +4, so please keep working at home on automatic recall of addition facts.
- Matthew 6: 19-21 (this week)
- Colossians 3: 1-2 (Week of October 10)
- After Fall Break, we will be sending out information about the next round of student presentations: Animal Habitat Projects.
- Students will need a shoebox for an in-class reading project in October, so if you do any shoe shopping over Fall Break, please save the boxes!
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- We spent the week finishing up our Biome projects and presented them to all of third grade. Students enjoyed learning how to research, write, and present a topic with clarity. We reviewed all the things we studied first quarter and then finished the week with a trip to the Greensboro Science Center! Students were enthusiastic in showing their house spirit during the house soccer tournament! We are Archers, hazzah!
- Have a wonderful fall break!
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Mrs. Lawson)
- We had a wonderful week. We learned about fractions, associative property and vocabulary to solve problems in math. We became editors and fixed a paragraph related to our history study of Mohammed and Islam. We learned about the Hagia Sophia and architecture. We finished our week enjoying our school field trip and making house posters.
- 1st Corinthians 13: 1-10
- Fall Break
5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt)
- This week we learned about The Jamestown Colony and the story of John Smith. We learned about the importance of skilled laborers in starting a flourishing colony. We continue to read The Hobbit and have been expanding our vocabulary both in reading the book and through our grammar study. Students were introduced to their science project this week as well. Please encourage them to begin working on it as it is due the 19th. If you lose the instructions, please visit the google classroom and check under science for a digital copy.
- Romans 12:17-19*
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it
is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not
avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I
will repay,”[a] says the Lord.
- Anatomy project due 10/19
- Fall break 10/3-10/7
- Students have done a great job this quarter! Students are demonstrating growth in maintaining proper playing posture and position, using proper playing techniques, playing correct pitches and rhythms, and keeping a steady beat while playing. Students did well on their second playing test on 1.10. Students can now play a few recognizable songs: “Hot Cross Buns” and “Mary Had A Little Lamb”. Students are progressing well in Band and I am excited to hear what all we can accomplish in the second quarter.
- This week in addition to our continuing practice, we had our first quarter quiz assessing individual sight singing and the music theory we have discussed so far. Then we rehearsed one or two songs in the sanctuary, the beautiful space where our concert will be on December 8.
6th -8th Boys’ PE
- This week the boys finished the quarter with one final soccer scrimmage on Monday, and, to celebrate the end of the quarter, we took a trip to Muffins Ice Cream on Wednesday! It was a great quarter.
6th-8th Girls’ PE
- This week we reviewed how to play ultimate frisbee. The girls also did their end-of-the-quarter push-up, sit-up, and timed mile test. It has been fun to see all of them improve!
6th Reading and Literature
- This week we finished up Call of the Wild. Next quarter we will jump into Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt.
6th Grammar and Writing
- This week we finished up our rudimentary persuasive essays. While these are extremely basic compared to the narrative essay from the beginning of the quarter, it is the first building block to the more in-depth persuasive essays from The Lost Tools of Writing.
- This week we finished up reading the book of Matthew.
- This week we began discussing the Westward Expansion during the 1840s.
- The students did a wonderful job on their Scientific Method projects this week! That wraps up the unit on Scientific Inquiry. Next quarter we will move onto the unit about bacteria and viruses.
- This week we talked about faulty appeals to authority and appeals to the people.
6th Grade Latin
- Sixth graders took their final test of the quarter covering all three of the present system tenses – imperfect, future, and present tense! We are now launching into nouns, learning the first and second declension endings.
6th Grade Math
- The 6th graders have wrapped up an excellent quarter of math learning! Each student has improved their power-up speed and accuracy. They have also learned how to maintain an organized notebook independently. We finished the quarter with a thorough review of multiplying and dividing fractions, as well as simplifying difficult fractions with prime factorization.
- We finished up our charcoal pumpkin drawings. Students also worked on a technical pattern sheet in which they had to directly copy a pattern in HB pencil. This focused on detail, precision and proportion. I am proud of the hard work these students put in this quarter.
7th Grammar and Writing
- We chuckled over examples of how commas save lives as students viewed or listened to examples of badly phrased, badly punctuated, or badly spelled advertisements and announcements…”Hunters carefully hunt pedestrians walking in this area use caution” or the famous phrase, “Let’s eat Grandma!” versus “Let’s eat, Grandma!” And finally, “Thank you for your patients.” With these reminders the students were more focused on editing personal writing as well as other’s works. Also, alliteration continued to be the focus for daily journal entries. And lastly, we discussed the importance of truthful testimonies and eye witness accounts further from the previous week.
7th Grade Omnibus
- Whew! What did we do this week? It has flown! 7th graders excitedly nabbed a sample of a play for Homer’s Odyssey and began a rewrite customized to the class. Wednesday, taking advantage of the beautiful weather God gave us, 7th graders rehearsed outside. It was actually a very hilarious and rousing rendition of the work—Cyclopes, sheep, the crew, Odysseus, Penelope, Telemachos, etc.
- We had further discussions of Emotional Fallacies—fear, anger, and manipulation. Students grouped together to invent advertisements exemplifying such.
7th Grade Science
- We started work on our very first formal lab report this week. The students have been tasked with analyzing the results of their bean plant experiment and presenting it in a formal lab write-up that includes a purpose, hypothesis, methods and materials section, data table, comparative line graph, discussion and conclusion. These will be due in November, but Fall Break is a great time to get a jump start on lab reports!
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
- We wrapped up the quarter with a test and a lesson on graphing, which aligned perfectly with starting our lab reports in science. The students will be able to use the graphing skills learned in math to improve their graphs for their lab reports.
- Students worked on and finished up a cross curricular assignment in which they had to create a book cover for either The Odyssey or The Chronicles of Narnia. They used design approaches and color theory to create visually appealing book covers. These turned out quite well!
7th Grade Latin
- Seventh graders continued to work on the third conjugation imperfect and future tense endings as well as continuing to work on translations.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: We reviewed the early church before Eusebius wrote The Church History and began to explore the development of the church hierarchy and growth of the power of the popes in the 4th-6th centuries. We also learned about the evolution of monasteries, in preparation for reading The Rule of St. Benedict.
- Literature: After a final discussion of Augustine’s Confessions, the students took their final test of the quarter and then began learning about the context for the Rule of St. Benedict.
- Composition: Students made their final polishing edits for their essays and turned in the last draft!
8th Grade Latin
- After taking the test over relative pronouns and interrogative pronouns, the students practiced their Latin reading with a passage about Spartacus.
8th Grade Science
- We had a great time this week discussing the atomic theory of matter and the kinetic theory of matter. The students were introduced to the groundbreaking work of the unsung hero of physics, James Clerk Maxwell. We performed a demonstration of diffusion in hot and cold water in order to see the effects of the kinetic theory of matter in real time.
8th Grade Algebra I
- We spent time reviewing this week in preparation for our final test of the quarter. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans. The next algebra test will take place on Tuesday, October 11th, after we return from Fall Break.
- Students finished up several pen and ink projects (a pen and ink pumpkin drawing and/or a pen and ink landscape). They also worked on creating patterns and/or creating a myriad of various colors on a color theory worksheet.
- This week the students worked on Lessons 9-10 concerning the relationships between statements.
From COLLEGE COUNSELING Office:
- Juniors should continue studying for the upcoming PSAT which will be the Wednesday directly after break on October 12th! https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt/preparing
- Besides the link above, Khan Academy has great test prep materials for the SAT (which are completely applicable for the PSAT) as well as a few full length practice tests that you can print and take.
- The PSAT offers many opportunities for the students to be recognized with scholarships as well as to practice for the SAT (which they should take later this year!)
Seniors: Fall break is a great time 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: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
- For a more complete walkthrough, check out this guide to conquering the FAFSA: https://www.collegeessayguy.com/paying-for-college/fafsa/101
- We added question words to our vocabulary this week. Students practiced with their new vocabulary (classroom words and -AR verbs). We also worked on conjugating -AR verbs as well as the tricky verb “gustar.”
- We spent our class time this week reviewing the past seven weeks of lessons, terms, and concepts.
- When we return from Fall Break, we will resume our studies with Lesson 7.
- This week the students took their last test Q1.
- Enjoy Fall Break next week.
- It’s the end of the first quarter! This week we wrapped up Module 3 about Kingdom Protista. On Tuesday, we played a review basketball game much like HORSE, but using the word PROTISTA! We had our third test on Thursday and did a fun escape room about scientific method!
- Students worked on chapter four in their text that covered some of the historical circumstances and theological discussions surrounding the effort by church leaders to express a biblically faithful understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity.
9th Grade Literature
- Students completed Essay 1 for a test grade. They have talent as well as potential in communicating through writing! We completed two rounds (even three) of editing in hopes of a polished final essay.
- Modern History students briefly surveyed the major leaders and some impacts of the Great Awakening before also working on some important vocab terms as we prepare to consider a significant war that is both known as “The French & Indian War” and “The Seven Years War.”
10th Algebra II
- We concluded the quarter with a best fit line project. Based on past data, we used our line to make some predictions about the future.
10th Bible Survey
- This week we have studied the books of Joshua and Judges. We also took time to look at principles of interpreting Scripture.
- Memory verse: Joshua 21:45
10th Grade Literature
- Students read through Book 5 of Homer’s Iliad and discussed themes such as 1) is it truly fear if one is perceived to have fear, 2) do we become like those we admire, 3) what separates the men from the boys, 4) and compared the Ancient Greek view of glory–glory of self, gods with faults feistily fighting for glory, their only sin is being caught versus a Biblical worldview of Christ-likeness such as dying to self, being strong to serve, selflessness, all glory to God and not man!
- This week the students took their last test Q1.
- Enjoy Fall Break next week.
- We concluded the quarter by discussing Israel’s Era of the Kings (Saul, David & Solomon). We have considered the brokenness of sin, but the significant differences between Saul and David. When we return, we will finish our study of the divided kingdoms and push on to briefly consider Assyria, Babylon and the Persian empires as they prepare to make contact with Ancient Europe.
- We completed two fitness tests while beginning to work on some basic basketball skills drills and gameplay.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students have learned how to organize a rhetorical speech, so next quarter they will start writing their own speeches.
- Students worked on conjugating irregular verbs in the preterite. We also talked about how some verbs change meaning in the preterite tense as compared to the present tense. They also had time to work on their upcoming (after fall break) Spanish skits – ask students about these!
- Students completed their unit on vector math. We will use this next quarter to analyze motion in two dimensions. We also used our kinematics knowledge to solve a crime case “The Case of the Errant Arrow”.
- This week we’ve learned how to analyze a polynomial function – connecting some features of the equation to its graphical representation. We’re also learning some of the algebra methods to find solutions of “higher order” polynomial equations.
11th Personal Finance
- This week the students took their last test Q1.
- Enjoy Fall Break next week.
11th Grade Literature
- Students wrote and delivered speeches this week to keep their rhetorical skills wet. We will begin a new text when we return from the break.
11th NT Greek
- Students continued to increase their working vocabulary and their ability to translate verses from the Greek New Testament as well as a few from the Septuagint–the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament. They learned about the use of adjectives, as well.
11th Grade History
- This week the students debated each other on the topic of separation of church and state. We will begin with the beginning of the 9th century when we return from break.
- We’ve spent the week learning several of the shortcut rules for finding derivatives of polynomial, trig, and transcendental functions. We should become familiar with them after a lot of practice. Next unit we will look at derivatives of more complicated situations – implicit differentiation and inverse functions.
- It is the end of first quarter! This week we wrapped up all we learned with review. On Tuesday, we put together lots of different bones to make skeletons! We ended up with two complete skeletons and several with missing bones. On Thursday, we did two escape room activities, one that focused on the skeletal system and one that focused on the muscular system.
- We briefly surveyed America’s Great Awakening, particularly discussing Jonathan Edwards’ 70 Resolutions for lessons to incorporate in ourselves. Students learned a number of important war-related vocab terms as we introduced the causes and strategies of the Seven Years War, also known as the French & Indian War.
12th Grade Literature
- Students have finished Act 3 of Hamlet. They have a rough draft due when we return from fall break.
12th Grade Shakespeare Elective
We are almost done with King Lear and then we will begin a new comedy next quarter.
12th Rhetoric II
- Students have completed the first leg of this journey. They have researched and discussed their topics. Next quarter they will begin writing the academic paper portion. I am very proud of the work this class has put forth and I am looking forward to seeing where God takes their theses.