BB 1-24-2020

BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XII, ISSUE 17

JANUARY 24TH, 2020

 

FROM THE OFFICE

We encourage you to join us for the Parenting Conference on February 21st – 22nd!  Spots are limited (especially for childcare) so don’t wait to sign up.  (See the flyer in your child’s folder today!)

UPCOMING

NEXT WEEK:

  • Monday,  1/27: 8th grade, Hobbit Feast at Main Campus
  • Tuesday, 1/28:  
    • Wrestling Club:  at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Hillsborough.  Meet at school at 5:00 (or meet directly at Ebenezer at 5:45).  Should return to school by 8pm. Parents are welcome to come and watch.
    • HS Women’s and Men’s bball games, away; send in snacks for Rodeo Roundup
  • Wednesday, 1/29:  100th Day, Rodeo Roundup celebration – TK – 1st grade
  • Thursday, 1/30:  HS Men’s bball game, home.
  • Friday, 1/31:  OPEN HOUSE

 

IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

 

  • Monday, 2/3:  Deadline for Financial Aid Applications
  • Tuesday, 2/11:  Last Wrestling club
  • Friday, 2/14:  Teacher Workday – no school
  • Saturday 2/15:  Deadline for Continuous Enrollment Contracts
  • Monday, 2/17:  Presidents Day – no school
  • Friday, 2/21 – Saturday, 2/22:  Parenting Conference
  • Friday, 2/28:  Hot Lunch

 

FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK

 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)

Bible
  • This week TK learned about how Jesus calmed the storm.  We learned how important it is to focus on Jesus, who is in control of all things, and not the “things” of life.  Even when there are times in our lives that can seem scary, the Lord is over them all. We are thankful that we have such a caring and faithful God.  
Theme Adventure, Arts and Sciences
  • This week is a big week for TK students! TK opened up a restaurant called Little Ninos TK Pizzeria!  We have been reading several books that teach how to make pizza and shared stories of pizza restaurants.  TK students created a recipe book this week detailing 6 steps to making a great pizza. Wednesday TK students went into the kitchen and followed their own recipe to make their own homemade pizza!  Students chose from a variety of toppings. Thursday, TK students enjoyed their pizza creations and practiced paying for their pizza using dimes and pennies. We recently learned to count by 10s and are now applying this skill to counting money.  
Literacy
  •  TK students continue to practice matching lowercase letters to their capital partners.  
  • Students are also practicing recognizing and reading familiar labels such as fellow student’s names, days of the week, and signs for push and pull. 
Math
  • This week TK students continued counting pennies.  Students learned to identify a dime and developed the association of 10 pennies being equal to 1 dime.  Students have learned to count by 10s this week. We are sure to celebrate each time we reach 100! 

 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

This Week
  • Our kindergarten scholars had fun shopping at the Bradford Kindermart to help them learn how to add two-digit numbers. They selected their grocery items and counted out the correct number of coins. This would be a great game to play at home to reinforce their math skills. In science, students were introduced to Mr. Gallon Man. We used the scientific method to predict the amount of water needed to fill a pint, a quart, and a gallon. They learned a catchy jingle to help them recreate Mr. Gallon Man. This week’s target sound had our students laughing out loud. We introduced them to the letter H and sounded out three types of laughter: hee, hee, hee, ho, ho, ho, and ha, ha, ha. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture serenaded us as we colored the reproduction of Girl Reading.    
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about the musical staff. We watched a video showing how all music is written on a musical staff.  That shows how important it is to learning and understanding music. We also completed a worksheet with the teacher, and then sang our hymns of love.
Memory Work:
  • Romans 11:33-36

 

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

This Week
  • This week in math, first graders discovered beauty and order in God’s creative design through symmetry!  Each student used a paint mixture to create their own unique symmetrical design. We also enjoyed the riveting true story of a pioneer family during the French and Indian War and the challenges they faced in The Matchlock Gun. Young Edward, like Sarah Noble, endeavored to “keep up his courage” and through it saved the life of his mother during an Indian attack.  We added pictures and sentences about The Matchlock Gun to our history notebooks.  In Biology, students learned how all living things are divided into categories.  Ask your child to sing the classification system for you!
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about the musical staff. We watched a video showing how all music is written on a musical staff. That shows how important it is to learning and understanding music! We also completed a worksheet with the teacher, and then sang our hymns of love.
P.E.
  •  This week the students played various team exercise games inside the building. 
Memory Work:  
  • Philippians 4:19,20
Upcoming:
  • 100 Day Rodeo Roundup – Wednesday, January 29

 

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

This Week
  • This week has been spent reading about the hilarious adventures of Wol and Weeps, the owls in our book. We’ve read about the exciting, but disastrous Pet Parade. Each student then brought in a picture of their own pet and colored a float for it to ride in. Later we read about the tricks that Wol would play on the family dog. Ask your child which of Wol’s pranks was their favorite. In history we have begun discussing the ancient practice of mummification. We will continue to learn about the various steps of the process throughout the next two weeks. On February 7th, the class will get to mummify a baby doll on their own.
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about being able to determine whether music moves in twos or threes. We completed an exercise where the teacher would sing and direct a hymn, and the students would raise their hand to answer  whether the hymn was in the time signature of 2/4 or 3/4. Afterwards, we enjoyed singing our hymns of love.
P.E.
  • This week the students played various team exercise games inside the building. 
Memory Work: 
  • Hebrews 11:1-7
Upcoming:
  • Sarcophagus boxes are due next Friday, January 31st.

 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)

This Week
  •  After reading through chapter ten in our “Detectives in Togas” book, we are left with yet another cliffhanger. After it seems that all hope is lost, the schoolboys continue to bravely search for the truth.  All evidence points to their dear classmate, Rufus, who was arrested by the Roman guards for defacing the temple of Minerva, but the boys refuse to believe he is guilty. It has been entertaining to create a list of possible suspects, discuss several hypotheses of what happened, and make connections to our own study of history. We have also enjoyed integrating art and history this week, by using our increasing knowledge of portraits and facial proportions to make an “Alexander the Great” portrait onto a clay coin. 
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about being able to interpret basic notation symbols for rhythm and melodic contour. After discussion and review,  the students were required to identify these symbols and their meanings on a worksheet. After our lesson, we enjoyed singing our hymns of love!
P.E.
  • This week the students played various team exercise games inside the building. 
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 19: 1-6 (Next week we are adding verses 7 and 8.)
Upcoming:
  • Tests
    • Wednesday, 1/29- Spelling Test on List 19
    • Thursday, 1/30- Chemistry Test and Math Fact/Written Assessment
    • Friday, 1/31- Latin Ch. 18 Test and “Architectural Advances in Rome” Test

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton) 

This Week
  • In History, we enjoyed taking our time and learning much about Marco Polo and his travels. Students read Marco Polo: The Boy Who Traveled the Medieval World, watched a few fragments from the accompanying documentary, and made timelines of important events in his life.  In Math, students learned to write tenths and hundredths as decimal numbers, to name, compare, and order decimal numbers, and to write equivalent decimal numbers. The highlights this week included a fantastic trip to the North Carolina Symphony, and the exciting reading adventure with the Pevensie children in the land of Narnia, where they have just met Aslan.
Science
  • After reviewing volcanoes, students were extremely excited to begin learning about the topography of the earth; during the next three weeks, students will be learning all of the major mountain ranges, plateaus, and canyons by filling in their own blank maps of the earth.
Music
  •  Our lesson this week was about recognizing the relationship of accents to meter. We went through a review of the most frequently used time signatures, and the definition of and accent. Then, we watched a video with the title, “How Accented Beats Work in Different Time Signatures.” After our lesson, we worked on our recorders. We exchanged the red book for the orange book, and learned the notes for, “Ode to Joy.” 
P.E.
  • This week the students played various team exercise games inside the building. 
Memory Work:
  • Matthew 5:1-10 

5th Grade (Ms. Windes) 

This Week
  • In the fifth grade classroom, the Revolutionary War has begun! We learned about the battles of Lexington and Concord and the ‘Shot Heard ‘Round the World.’ For math, we have been learning how to find the area of parallelograms, how to graph points on a coordinate plane, and we continue to learn more about dealing with fractions. Stories and poems were sent in to the Burlington Writer’s contest. The students did a great job being really diligent with revisions and working hard on these pieces! We are doing a short interim writing unit on poetry before we launch into a larger research project. We began our new book, Duel in the Wilderness, the story of how the young George Washington took a message from the governor of Virginia to the French.
Music
  • Our lesson this week was about recognizing the relationship of accents to meter. We went through a review of the most frequently used time signatures, and the definition of an accent. Then, we watched a video with the title, “How Accented Beats Work in Different Time Signatures.” After our lesson we enjoyed singing our hymns of love!
P.E.
  • This week the students didn’t have P.E. because of the Monday holiday.
Memory Work:
  • Philippians 2:5-7
Upcoming:
  • Thursday, 1/30: Ch. 20 Latin test 
  • Friday, 1/31: Spelling and history test 

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett) 

This Week
  • The highlight of this week was creating sculptures with clay and learning to use specialty tools for scoring and shaping. The class also learned to use unit multipliers when converting metric or standard units. They finished up their Charles Dickens novel and enjoyed a great discussion. Finally, the students took an assessment on the Civil War and looked carefully at cotton production in the South, and the abolitionists’ role during this pivotal time.
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about recognizing the relationship of accents to meter. We went through a review of the most frequently used time signatures, and the definition of an accent. Then, we watched a video with the title, “How Accented Beats Work in Different Time Signatures.” After our lesson we enjoyed singing our hymns of love!
P.E.
  • This week the students didn’t have P.E. because of the Monday holiday.
Memory Work:
  • 1 John 1-2:26, 1815 History Song

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

 

Mrs. Byrd

Calculus
  • We’ve been learning how the first derivative can be useful in analyzing the behavior of a function.    This is useful in applications to find maximums and minimums as well as providing helpful information for curve sketching.
Precalculus
  • The periodic nature of trig expressions has lead into a consideration of their graphs and their behavior as functions.  Next we will take a look at inverse trig functions as well as some applications of trig functions.
Geometry 
  • Our class is taking an investigative approach to triangle congruence proofs.  We have learned the basic postulates and theorems and are seeking to write our own proofs.  It’s interesting to realize that there are multiple approaches to “proving” a particular theorem.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • Thank you for praying for me while I was away in India.  I look forward to being back with the class next week.

Mrs. Dovan

10th Rhetoric I
  • Students worked on the skill of amplification this week (the opposite of concision), and they began their next speaking project: The refutation.  To get a sense of the format of the refutation, students discredited the narrative of Cinderella as a class.
12th Rhetoric II
  • This week the students continued to collect sources and refine each other’s projects in writing groups.  They were each challenged to engage with a specific source that contradicted their thesis. 

 

Mrs. Fairchild

9th Grade Advanced Art
  • The students are in the very early stages of preparing for their mock trial.  They will begin with a shorter and simpler project and move on to the final trial in 4th quarter.  The final trial will be counted as their final exam. Parents are welcome to attend and observe the court proceedings.  Watch for further details!

 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science:
  • The students have taken over the class this week as they present their “Students-As-Teachers” astronomy projects. This has been a valuable exercise in public speaking, research, and presentation skills. Additionally, each student is gaining a deeper understanding of their research topic than they would from a traditional lecture format.
8th Grade Science:
  • We are continuing to enjoy our study of the periodic table. This week, we took a closer look at the unique physical and chemical properties of the metalloids and nonmetals. We also discussed the fascinating ways these materials are being used in the world around us, including semi-conductors and carbon nanotubes.

 

Mr. Hamilton

9th History
  • We are greatly enjoying our study of the Civil War! To finish off our unit, we are doing presentations on such detailed topics as the fascinating relationship of Robert E. Lee with his daughters, the daily life of a soldier, spies and spying in the Civil War, innovations in weaponry, and much else.
9th Literature
  • Right now in A Tale of Two Cities, Lucie and Darnay’s relationship is beginning to grow, while the complicated history of Darnay’s family is slowly emerging.
9th Theology
  • This week we discussed perhaps the thorniest of all theological topics, the place of the Old Testament law in the New Testament age.
10th History
  • We have commenced our study of the Peloponnesian War, and students have decided to do individual projects on different sections using film as a medium.
10th Literature
  • We continued to work through Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics this week.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • This week in apologetics we discussed different apologetic methods.
12th History
  • This week we focused on American history, in particular the Civil War and the movement west.
12th Literature
  • We wrapped up our appreciation of 19th-century British poetry this week! Students did a great job selecting and reciting their favorite poems.

 

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week we continued our discussion of calculations, conversion factors, and percent composition.
  • Next week we will review the material and have our first test of Q3. 

 

Miss Oldham

8th Grade Omnibus
  • We are beginning our research projects for history as well as an essay for literature. We will also be reading Macbeth, Shakespeare’s Scottish play. Please be aware that it can be a dark and dreary play. 
  • Our Shire Cooking Day is Monday 1/27, please remember to pick your student up from Lower Campus that day. 
11th Grade Literature
  • We are reading Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. It is a tough text because Spenser made up his own spellings, so make sure your kids are reading! 
11th Grade History
  • We are working through A Distant Mirror and discussing how today’s time mirrors the Middle Ages. 
7th Latin
  • We are working through Latin Alive Book 1. 
8th Latin
  • We are working through Latin Alive Book 2. 

 

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • This week we studied our artist of the quarter, Thomas Cole.  We learned about his influence on American landscape painting.  Next week students will have a quiz on Thomas Cole.
8th Art
  • This week we studied our artist of the quarter, Thomas Cole.  We learned about his influence on American landscape painting.  Next week students will have a quiz on Thomas Cole.
9th Spanish 
  •  This week we learned about stem changing verbs.  We talked about o:ue, e:ie, u:ue, and e:i stem changing verbs.  We did a lot of practice, as well as listening comprehension, with these verbs!  Encourage your students to look over them each night! 🙂
10th/11th Spanish
  • This week we began our first chapter in Descubre 2 (orange/yellow book).  We went over new vocabulary, put it into practice, and did listening comprehension using these new words.  Please encourage your students to study 5-10 minutes each night. Gracias!

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we reviewed for a test, took the test, and worked on test corrections. Parents, I encourage you to check with your child about their test score. Some scores were not that great. The test this week was the same, exact practice test that we went over in class and that I emailed you. Please work with your child if he or she is struggling with any concepts. I have told all of the students, repeatedly, that I am available during lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for math help.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we reviewed for a test, took the test, and worked on test corrections. Parents, I encourage you to check with your child about their test score. Some scores were not that great. The test this week was the same, exact practice test that we went over in class and that I emailed you. Please work with your child if he or she is struggling with any concepts. I have told all of the students, repeatedly, that I am available during lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for math help.
10th Algebra II
  • This week we worked with complex roots of quadratic equations. If your child is struggling with any concepts please encourage them to come see me during lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I have told all of the students, repeatedly, that I am available during lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for math help.
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we took a quiz on the Rules of Inference and prepared for a test this Friday.
12th Systematic Theology
  • This week we began studying the doctrine of man. Why did God create us?

 

Mr. Davis

7th and 8th Grade Choir
  • This week the students worked on the song “Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor.” 
7th Grade Logic
  • This week the students learned about Hasty Generalizations. 
8th Grade Logic
  • This week the students learned about Translating Ordinary Statements. 
Advanced P.E.
  • This week the students did total body workouts. 

 

Ms. Hutchison

 

7th Grade Forum
  • In Forum this week, 7th graders reviewed hymns that we have studied this school year, and talked about ways that we can love each other well.  We studied 1 Corinthians chapter 13 and learned that the early Christian church was distinctive in ancient Roman culture because of the love that Christians had, one for another.

 

7th Grade Omnibus

  • History

This week, we concluded our study of 1 and 2 Kings.  Students played a rousing game of Teams,  Games and Tournaments to study for the test.  Our winning team included Nate Fisher, Elisha McDorman, Aiden Tejada, Nate Fisher and Will Jones.  We learned about the geography and archaeology related to the story of the prophet Elijah and his contest with the prophets of Baal from Dr. 

  • Literature

Our literature studies continue with our reading of The Odyssey.  Group maps of the journey of Odysseus are due on Monday, January 27.  We began designing a jacket cover for a first-edition printing of Homer’s Odyssey, as though we are book publishers in the 8th century BC. trying to market Homer’s epic poem.  Next week, students will begin preparing for our upcoming spring play, The Odyssey.  We are having a Bake Sale next Wednesday, the 29th during our lunchtime at the Upper School, to earn money for our production.  Any students or parents who would like to are welcome to bake goods for this sale. An email with details will be forthcoming.

9th Grade Biology
  • Biology students concluded Module 6: The Cell with a test today on the cell membrane, membrane transport and cellular respiration.  We will begin a new unit on cellular reproduction and DNA on Monday, the 27th.
Honors Biology
  • Honors Biology students are finishing up their study of photosynthesis this week by designing experiments to measure the rate of photosynthesis in green leaves with different variables.  This Formal Lab Report will be due on Wednesday, the 29th, and our unit on photosynthesis will conclude with a test on Friday, the 31st.
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