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BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XII, ISSUE 16

JANUARY 17TH, 2020

 

FROM THE OFFICE

Our Quo Vadis? event is going on right now!  We are excited to show our 5th and 6th graders (and their parents) where they are going as they contemplate moving to the upper school in the near future and beginning the Logic phase of their education.  It is such an exciting transition!

We have 3 students to recognize for wonderful accomplishments.  Congratulations go to:

  • Brooke Garrett (8th grader) for winning 1st place in the Patriot’s Pen essay contest for VFW Post 1920.  
  • Nate Fisher (7th grader) received the 2nd place award for Patriot’s Pen essay.
  • Caroline Garrett (Senior) won the Good Citizen essay in the county and district for the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Her essay will now advance to the state level.  

UPCOMING

NEXT WEEK: 

  • Monday, 1/20/20:  NO SCHOOL, closed for MLK day
  • Tuesday, 1/21/20:  
    • HS Men’s bball game, away
  • Wednesday, 1/22/20:  4th grade field trip
  • Thursday, 1/23/20:  
    • HS bball games, away
  • Friday, 1/24/20:
    • Seniors’ formal pictures (starting at 8:00 am)
    • Hot dog lunch

 

IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

 

  • Monday, 1/27/20:  8th grade – Hobbit feast at Main Campus
  • Friday, 1/31/20:  OPEN HOUSE
  • Friday, 2/14/20:  Teacher workday, no school
  • Monday, 2/17/20:  President’s Day, no school

 

 

FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK

 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)

Bible
  • This week we learned of how Jesus called the disciples.  We talked about the hearts of the men that Jesus called and how obedient they were.  They truly believed and loved Jesus.  
  • We continue to work on memorizing Proverbs 3:5-6.  If you have time ask your student to sing it for you before a meal or in the car.  
Theme Adventure
  •  This week we focused on food groups and how most if not all food groups can be put on pizza!  We are preparing for our big pizza week next week.  
Literacy
  • TK is being introduced to their last names. We are also reviewing recognizing their friends names when written.  We have played several games where TK would have to read their friends name tag and deliver it to the right person in class.  
  • TK is also studying the beginning sounds of words.  We will continue to cultivate this pre-reading skill in the coming weeks.  
  • TK has begun identifying lowercase letters and matching them with their adult partner.  
  • TK is memorizing the Jack and Jill Nursery Rhyme.
Math
  •  This week TK practiced identifying ordinal position and paying for items using pennies.  This will come in handy next week when TK pretends to own a pizza restaurant.  
  • Students also learned to identify a cube by it’s characteristics.  We will begin playing math games using dot cubes, or dice.

 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

This Week
  • We continued our study of the destruction of Jerusalem, adding to the timeline. Students have motions memorized to help them order the events in history. Our main source for reference was from the eyewitness account written by the Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus. In Phonics, we introduced our fifth book, The Rig Ran On. This is the story of a family’s trip west during the westward expansion. Our budding illustrators enjoyed creating their own page from the text in the book.Students colored a reproduction of The Christian Martyr’s Last Prayer. We finished our study of the planets in science and look forward to starting Mr. Gallon Man next week. 
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about the music alphabet. The students learned there are seven letters in the music alphabet. They took a worksheet home to memorize them so they can say them to the teacher next week. We also enjoyed some time praising the Lord with our hymns of love. 
Memory Work:
  • Romans 11:33-36

 

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

This Week
  • What do baking cookies and Lincoln Logs have to do with learning in first grade?  Our students enjoyed time in the kitchen practicing measurements and following a recipe by baking Apple Jack cookies, a recipe using fresh apple!  They also completed our study of The Courage of Sarah Noble by using the classic wooden toys to try their hand at building a log cabin like Sarah’s dad, John Noble.  Next week we will continue our theme of ‘courage’ with the story of a pioneer boy and his father’s matchlock gun.  In addition to all the fun we learned how to read a Venn diagram by graphing the number of children in each family and played an ordering numbers game.  
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about the music alphabet. The students learned there are seven letters in the music alphabet. They took a worksheet home to memorize them so they can say them to the teacher next week. We also enjoyed some time praising the Lord with our hymns of love. 
P.E.
  •  This week the students played relay races outside. 
Memory Work:  
  • Jeremiah 9:23,24

 

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

This Week
  • The students have really enjoyed meeting Wol and Weeps, the two stars of our book Owls in the Family. We just happen to have a pair of stuffed owls in the classroom that are identical to Wol and Weeps. As each child reads aloud, they get to hold the stuffed owls. The kids all got to make a pair of paper owls this week and give them each a special name. Next week the students will get to participate in a pretend Pet Parade similar to the one they will be reading about in chapter six. I will be sending out an email soon with details.
Music 
  • Our lesson was about understanding and responding to changing meters and music accents. The students reviewed the most common time signatures with the teacher, and then watched a video about music accents. We also enjoyed spending time praising the Lord with our hymns of love.
P.E.
  • This week the students played relay races outside. 
Memory Work: 
  • Hebrews 11:1-5
Upcoming:
  • Pet Parade-send in a photo of your child’s pet
  • Sarcophagus project

 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)

This Week
  • This week we finished up presenting our writing contest stories. The students did a great job giving and receiving constructive criticism with their classmates. Math was quite a challenge this week. We covered lots of new concepts such as finding missing dimensions of arrays, dividing by 2 and by 5, missing addends of sums of one thousand, and finding change for $10.00 and counting it back. We had a special guest this week, Mrs. White, who came and read a story to us on Friday. It was truly a pleasure to have her with us and share in her love of reading. 
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about learning the varied styles of songs including rounds, partner songs, and two-part harmony songs. After listening to each style, the students were separated into different sections, and then sang each style together with the teacher.
P.E.
  • This week the students played relay races and a game called “pumpkin patch”. 
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 19:1-4 (Next week: verses 5-6)
Upcoming:
  • Tests
    • 1/22- Math Test and Spelling Test on List 18
    • 1/24- Latin Chapter 17 Test and “Alexander the Great” History Test

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton) 

This Week
  • In Literature, students were holding their breath as Lucy, Peter, and Susan arrived at the Stone Table and met Aslan, Peter fought his first battle, and Edmund was rescued in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. In Writing, students completed  writing fictional stories for the Burlington Writers Contest. It is such a joy and privilege to see them truly enjoying the gift of original storytelling! In Grammar, this week’s focus was on editing punctuation and capitalization errors, while in History, students learned about Thomas Aquinas and his writings. 
Science
  • This week we focused on volcanoes, including the type of tectonic plate movements that cause them; we also learned about the basic structure of the volcanoes and the most recent violent eruptions, including Kilauea in Hawaii and Taal in the Philippines. 
Music
  • Our lesson this week was about learning the varied styles of songs including rounds, partner songs, and two-part harmony songs. After listening to each style, the students were separated into different sections, and then sang each style together with the teacher. Finally, we focused on our recorders. The students played “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” for the teacher and began to learn “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”, which they brought home for homework.
P.E.
  • This week the students played relay races and a game called “pumpkin patch”. 
Memory Work:
  • Ephesians 4:1-6
Upcoming:
  • January 22: Field Trip to the North Carolina Symphony. 

5th Grade (Ms. Windes) 

This Week
  • This week we came to the end of Witch of Blackbird Pond, discussing themes such as courage, home, being a traveler, maturity, compassion, and work. In history, we studied and acted out the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia, where delegates from most of the colonies gathered to discuss the growing problems with England. Students continue to revise and improve their creative writing stories in preparation for the Burlington Writer’s contest. Thanks so much to those of you who helped your students type their stories this week!  
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about learning the varied styles of songs including rounds, partner songs, and two-part harmony songs. After listening to each style, the students were separated into different sections, and then sang each style together with the teacher.
P.E.
  • This week the students completed a circuit workout inside.  
Memory Work:
  • Philippians 2:3-4
Upcoming:
  • Wednesday, 1/22: Math test 
  • Thursday, 1/23: Latin ch. 19 review quiz
  • Friday, 1/24: History test and spelling test 

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett) 

This Week
  • These students finished their Burlington writers contest short stories, entertaining the class with exciting narratives. They also wrote poetry about lofty ideas such as freedom, loneliness, beauty, and Hope. In addition, the students worked through adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing negative numbers. Finally, the students learned more about bacteria and it’s helpful role in the environment and in human health. The students took a marvelous field trip on Friday to the upper school to gain a better understanding of the type of Socratic and rhetoric classroom teaching they will experience next year.
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about learning the varied styles of songs including rounds, partner songs, and two-part harmony songs. After hearing how they sound in a video, the students were separated into different sections, and were required to attempt to sing each style together with the teacher .
P.E.
  • This week the students completed a circuit workout inside.  
Memory Work:
  • 1 John 1-2:26, Bacteria Song
Upcoming:
  • 1/21: Math test, 1/22: Scientific Vocabulary Test, 1/24: Lincoln and the War Between the States Test

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

 

Mrs. Dovan

10th Rhetoric I
  • This week, students read and discussed Aristotle’s discussion of the virtues of style for rhetoric.  According to Aristotle, the style of the words we use is itself a form of persuasion; audiences want to hear someone who is knowledgeable, yet relatable — engaging in form without being contrived.  Students practiced writing in “high” and “low” styles for different audiences, telling about events in their own day and retelling fairy tales in styles ranging from surfer to Shakespeare.

 

12th Rhetoric II
  • The senior class is continuing to make progress on the senior thesis through research.  Students are working to collect enough sources, both for their arguments and counterarguments.  In writing groups, they have pushed each other to reconsider the scope of their thesis statements.

 

Mrs. Fairchild

9th Grade Advanced Art
  • The students are putting the final touches on the first acrylic painting.  Additionally, the students were discussing how to develop discernment when viewing art and learn skills to admire the good and reject the bad.

 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science:
  • We spent this week putting the finishing touches on our astronomy presentations. Starting on Tuesday, January 21st, each student will have an opportunity to teach the class on their chosen research topic.
8th Grade Science:
  • We have started working our way through each group of the periodic table. So far, we’ve taken an in-depth look at the Alkali Metals, Alkaline Earth Metals, Transition Metals, and the Lanthanides & Actinides. It has been fun to see how each group is unique and where we find these elements in use in our everyday lives.
  • Transition Metals Quiz, Tuesday 1/21

 

Mr. Hamilton

9th History
  • It was so exciting to get back to class this week! We have begun Q3 with a look at the American Civil War.
9th Literature
  •  We have begun our next read, A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens. Though we are reading it mostly as a study of the French Revolution, we are also enjoying discussing the many and varied themes in the novel.
9th Theology
  • This week we focused on the difficult question of the place and relevance of Old Testament law in the New Testament age.
10th History
  • We are beginning our new quarter with Thucydides, often considered a more reliable historian than his predecessor, Herodotus, and his account of the Peloponnesian War.
10th Literature
  • We can’t wait to begin what is always an enjoyable read for students, Aristotle’s well-known Nicomachean Ethics.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • In our first unit in apologetics, we take a look at introductory matters, such as the problems of truth, evidence, and finding a proper apologetics framework.
12th History
  • Our focus this quarter is on the 19th century, especially in the United States.
12th Literature
  • We have begun our exciting unit on 19th century British poetry! Students are greatly enjoying their intensified study of individual poets of the Romantic and Victorian eras.

 

Miss Oldham

8th Grade Omnibus
  • We are wrapping up The Fellowship of the Ring and are planning our Shire feast on January 27th. 
11th Grade Literature
  • We have finished Lewis’s The Great Divorce and will begin Spenser’s Faerie Queene next week. 
11th Grade History
  • We are working through A Distant Mirror as a look into how the Middle Ages correlates with the twenty-first century. 
7th Latin
  • We have a vocab quiz this Thursday and are continuing through Latin Alive Book 1. 
8th Latin
  • We are continuing to work through Latin Alive Book 2. 

 

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • This week students worked on their watercolor demonstrations.  They experimented with the medium through various techniques. We also talked about proper use of watercolor and taking care of our materials.
8th Art
  • This week students worked on their oil pastel demonstrations.  They experimented with the medium through various techniques. We also talked about proper use of oil pastels and taking care of our materials.
9th Spanish 
  •  This week we worked on irregular present tense verbs.  We conjugated some e:ie verbs as well as o:ue verbs, talked about BOOT verbs, and discussed how they are used.  Continue to encourage your students to look over their notes nightly! 🙂
10th/11th Spanish
  • This week we reviewed vocabulary and irregular preterite verb conjugations for our upcoming test on TUESDAY, 1/21.  Encourage your students to study for this upcoming test! 🙂

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we solved algebraic equations using 2 steps and learned how to find the arc length and area of a semicircle. They will have a test next Wednesday.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we looked at square roots and roots of higher order. We also learned the product of square roots rule and how domains work. They will have a test next Wednesday.
10th Algebra II
  • This week we solved problems with lead coefficients other than one. We also worked on completing the square and then looked at experimental data, simultaneous equations w/ fractions & decimals.
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we reviewed the  “rules of inference” and took a quiz.
12th Systematic Theology
  • This week we discussed prayer.

 

Mr. Davis

7th and 8th Grade Choir
  • This week the students began working on a new song, “Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor.” 
7th Grade Logic
  • This week the students worked through the logical fallacy of “Hasty Generalization.” 
8th Grade Logic
  • This week the students worked through Immediate Inferences. 
10th Grade Advanced P.E.
  • This week the students did a circuit workout and played running games. 

 

Ms. Hutchison

 

7th Grade Forum
  • This week, 7th grade students continued to listen to stories and poems about the virtue of “self-discipline”.  We enjoyed some of Aesop’s fables and studied the poem Go Forth to Life, by Samuel Longfellow.  We studied the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23.
7th Grade Omnibus
  • History:     Our unit on the books of 1 and 2 Kings will soon be coming to a close.  We examined the difference in the lives of the good and bad kings recorded in the Bible and discovered some recurring themes that are apparent in the lives of those kings who led to Israel and Judah’s destruction.  Students prepared reports on specific kings or prophets and orally presented them to their peers. 7th graders will be given a test on 1 and 2 Kings next Friday, January 24.
  • Literature:  In Literature class, we are continuing to study the epic journey of Odysseus, as recorded by Homer.  Our lovely group maps of his journeys are almost complete, and will be due on Friday, January 24. Our class is beginning preparations for an Odyssey play.  Stay tuned for more information, and let me know if you would like to help in any way in the production.
9th Grade Biology
  • This week in General Biology was focused on the cell membrane: its structure and function.  We have been learning about ways that molecules are transported across the membrane of a cell.  This short unit will conclude next week with a test on Friday.
Honors Biology
  • Our Honors Biology students are moving forward in their study of cellular processes that are fundamental to all living things.  With a firm grasp of how living cells break down food to create energy necessary for life, we are now taking a focused look at photosynthesis: the process that green plants and other living organisms use to create energy and food needed by all living organisms.  We will be starting a Lab Investigation on photosynthesis next week.
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