VOLUME XV, ISSUE 10
Oct 21, 2022
FROM THE OFFICE
GREEK OLYMPICS: Fri, 10/28 – Parents are welcome to come and watch!
- PARKING: it will be tight so we will adjust the parking area after drop off has happened. Parents who are coming to watch (and are not volunteers), please plan to come at 8:50. This will give us time to reconfigure the cones before you park.
- ATTIRE: Students should wear a shirt in house color and black PE shorts or black athletic pants (no spandex). Watch the weather and bring layers as needed.
- AUSTERFIELD: black
- LEIDEN: red
- PLYMOUTH: white
- SCROOBY: gray
PARENT PARTICIPATION DAY: Fri, 10/28 at Upper School – Watch for an email with details!
- Sat. 10/22:
- 10:30 – 12:00 pm: 6-12th boys basketball at 2nd Street outdoor courts
- Thurs 10/27: 1st grade field trip
- Fri 10/28:
- Greek Olympics (lower school)
- Parent’s Participation Day (upper school) – more details to come!
- Leiden House Social
- Sat. 10/29:
- 10:30 – 12:00 pm: 6-12th Boys basketball at 2nd Street outdoor courts
- 5:30-8:00 pm: Austerfield House Social
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- Tues, 11/1:
- ***USED UNIFORM SALE!***
- FIRST Basketball Tryouts/Practices of Winter Season
- 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 (K – 2nd grades), 7pm
- 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
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Rich and Mrs. Grubb)
TK enjoyed a wonderful week learning about pumpkins. We learned a song to help us remember the parts of a pumpkin and read several pumpkin books. Next week we will get to clean out pumpkins and harvest the seeds to roast them. In math, we practiced making AB patterns using linking cubes and teddy bears. We also used our teddy bears to practice ordinal position (1st-4th). TK made binoculars this week to help us better see the setting of the stories we are reading. In addition to making the binoculars we also made leaf rubbings and practiced writing our numbers in shaving cream! TK students were introduced to the life of Moses this week and will continue our study of him next week.
Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)
K – 5th
- Students had a great time in PE this week preparing for the Greek Olympics.. We worked on running for both endurance and speed as well as several field events.
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- Kindergarten, First and Second grade students worked on selections for their Bradford Night performance in November. Kindergarten through third grade learned a new vocal warm-up and worked hard on matching pitches. Third grade also worked on, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”.
- Fourth and Fifth grade students worked on several songs in their recorder books. Fourth grade students had a test on one of the songs on page 10. Fifth grade students had a test on one of the songs on page 11. Students are making good progress.
Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)
- This week we reviewed Bruegel and what we learned about him. We also began drawing and inking our pumpkin drawings which we will watercolor next week.
- This week we reviewed Bruegel and what we learned about him. We also began our pumpkin drawing and working in oil pastel.
- This week we reviewed Bruegel and what we learned about him. We also began our pumpkin drawing by learning about pen and ink techniques.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)
- This week our students started reading our first book! It is so exciting to see their eyes light up as they combine all the phonogram sounds we’ve been learning to make words. They will bring their books home in the next few weeks so you will be able to hear them read about Pan and the Mad Man. In math, we learned to count backwards from 10, to add one to a number and to differentiate between morning, afternoon, evening, and night. In science we are continuing our study of trees, which includes putting together a tree model, complete with root systems, trunk, branches and leaves.
- Psalm 75:1
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mrs. Smith)
- We had an exciting week in 1st grade with dissecting pumpkins for their seeds and having the opportunity to try roasted pumpkin seeds.Thank you for the volunteers who were able to come out and help. Can you believe there were 292 seeds in one pumpkin? We can because we counted them using tally marks. We discovered parallel, horizontal and oblique lines and practiced these lines using our body movements. Ask your student about these different types of lines. In history we have moved on to the true story of Pocahontas and we are gearing up for our state projects. In grammar we are continuing with our study of nouns and we are learning to alphabetize four words at a time to the first letter in a word. In science we are practicing zoologists and learning about vertebrates and invertebrates.
- Proverbs 2:6-7
- Field Trip- Thursday, October 27
- Greek Olympics- Friday, October 28
- Leiden Social- Friday, October 28
- State Projects- Monday, November 14
2nd Grade (Mrs. Hedgecock & Mrs. Batten)
- Students are excited about researching their animals for the upcoming Animal Habitat Project; we are already learning some interesting facts about a nice variety of vertebrates and invertebrates. In history, we are back in the book of Genesis, beginning our study in the life of Abram with God calling him to leave Ur and go to a place of God’s choosing. As we began our journey of faith with Abram to Canaan, we also joined the Boxcar Children as they settled into their new home in the abandoned boxcar. Students began meeting in Lit Circles this week to engage in discussion about the virtues displayed by these alert, courageous, compassionate, decisive children. Ask your child about the start of our new adventure back to a beloved land as we traveled with Lucy through the wardrobe and into Narnia. In math, we are solving many different types of word problems, as well as continuing our work with fractions, counting/writing money, and place value. As math concepts are becoming more complex, please incorporate those concepts into your work at home with your child, especially practice in place value and mental addition.
- Proverbs 25:6-7 (This Week)
- Proverbs 25: 8-9 (Next Week)
- Greek Olympics: October 28
- Bring an empty shoebox for an in-class project: November 3
- Animal Habitat Projects due: November 17
- Bradford Night: November 17
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- As we continue our study of Greek culture, students should be busy gathering materials and ideas for their Greek god projects. This is a time for them to engage their creative side to demonstrate what they are studying. In math, we discovered time travel! Students learned there are six different time zones in the United States. Our day starts three hours before students start in California! We worked on making nouns possessive and translating latin phrases. We are busy crafting their Greek armor for the upcoming Olympic games. Only pure blooded Greeks were permitted to participate in the original games. We ended the week discussing the phases of the moon and why it appears the moon is shrinking and growing. It was a great end to another great week!
- I Thessalonians 4:9-10
- 10/28 Greek Olympics
- 11/16 Greek god projects due
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Mrs. Lawson)
- We completed a wonderful week learning about Alfred the Great in history and discovering matter and buoyancy in science. The students designed boats and weighted them down to see which shape had the best buoyancy. Math vocabulary was explored this week with the subject of Geometry (planes, lines, sides, shapes and more…). We discovered interjections and conjunctions to finish the eight parts of speech. We finished 2nd person pronouns in Latin and explored new vocabulary in Latin. The students continue to be fully engaged in their new book, Rolf and the Viking Bow.
- Greek Olympics October 28th
5th Grade (Mrs. Owens)
- The fifth graders had a wonderful week of continuing to explore the life of the Pilgrims. We learned what a day in the life of a Pilgrim boy and girl was like and wrote a letter to a friend describing what we think our days would look like if we lived during that time. We are about halfway through Voyage to Freedom which has paired nicely with the time period we are studying. This week the students turned in their Anatomy body systems projects. Students had to choose a body system, create a 3D model, and present their model to the class. The student’s models were very creative and each did a fantastic job teaching the class everything they learned while researching.
- Romans 12: 17-19 (this week)
- Romans 12:20-21
- Greek Olympics – Friday, October 28th
- Students received their first practice record to start documenting weekly practice and assignments. We discussed the importance of at-home practice and the expectation for effective practice. Practice records need to be turned in every Tuesday for a grade. We spent a lot of time this week learning our next two notes and when to take a breath to start phrasing correctly. Students will have a playing test this Tuesday 10/25 on 1.29.
- On Tuesday we were excited to practice with our concert accompanist for the first time! The students worked on singing confidently in their head voices and listening ahead to determine their starting notes. On Thursday I announced an opportunity to go caroling downtown after Thanksgiving – parents should have received a calendar invitation with all the details. We practiced concert etiquette while working on all of our concert pieces.
6th-8th Girls’ PE
- We finished up our flag football time this week. We will start our section on soccer next week.
6th Reading and Literature
- As we work our way through Across Five Aprils, this week I introduced a research project in which we will focus on how to incorporate research into a paper. On Tuesday and Wednesday we walked through a basic version of an annotated bibliography. Thursday we visited the library to look up more resources for our papers. Some upcoming dates for this project: presentation due Wednesday, November 2 and paper due Friday, November 4.
6th Grammar and Writing
- Grammar and Writing were incorporated into Reading and Literature this week.
- This week we skimmed the Gospel of Luke and compared it to Matthew and Mark.
- This week we finished up learning about the War with Mexico. On Friday we began discussing the Gold Rush.
- Second quarter we will be studying basics bacteria and viruses. This week we began looking at the ORDER of living things.
- Our first Logic test was on Friday. It covered the first twelve lessons in the book which cover fallacies that avoid the argument.
6th Grade Latin
- Sixth graders are learning about all the uses of the nominative case – subject noun, predicate noun, and predicate adjective. We finally get to use nouns in our sentences, and we are preparing for our chapter four test next week!
6th Grade Math
- This week included some review and a cumulative test. We also completed an investigation that involved plotting points on a coordinate plane. Learning how to graph on a coordinate plane is a foundational skill that will serve these students well through all of their years of math learning, in geometry, algebra, and calculus.
- This week we took a quiz on our artist of the quarter, Pieter Bruegel the Elder. We introduced watercolor and talked about various techniques. Students began working on their fall leaf watercolors.
7th Grammar and Writing
- Students wrote down ideas for daily journal topics and placed them in an envelop. Each Friday we will write about one of their topics. Volunteers then read what they wrote aloud. We also discussed the power of repeated editing–the below average writer writes and turns in a paper; an average writer writes, edits then turns it in; a professional writer writes, edits, edits again, asks a friend to edit, edits, asks a teacher to edit, asks family members to edit, edits then turns it in!
7th Grade Omnibus
- The actors are making headway with the Odyssey play memory work and performance. Costumes and props are almost complete–Friday, October 28 is just around the corner!
- Election season is providing ample material for logic class–the students are sharp to push through their preferences and comprehend whether a candidate’s argument or advertisement is truthfully presented or full of fallacy.
7th Grade Science
- We’ve started our unit on the structure of the Earth. Many of the students who have been at Bradford since grammar school remembered the layers of the earth song. This week we learned the difference between the compositional and mechanical layers of the earth, as well as how geologists have learned so much about these layers even though we’ve only ever studied the crust directly.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
- This week included some review and a cumulative test. The students also practiced adding and subtracting mixed numbers, as well as solving rate problems.
- Students took their artist of the quarter on Pieter Bruegel the Elder. We also worked on our small scale charcoal architecture drawings.
7th Grade Latin
- The students continue to review sentence parsing and translations, and we have returned to the basics to review and practice the steps again this week.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: This week in history we finished learning about the beginnings and growth of the Islamic empire in the 7th and 8th century, and began learning about the Anglo Saxons which will provide the backdrop for our study of Beowulf!
- Literature: We completed our study of the Rule of St. Benedict and have had many excellent discussions about the benefits and the downfalls of such a rule. The students have enjoyed learning about the ways that monks lived (and some still live!) in their communities, and we had a taste of living that way on Friday by experiencing the liturgy of the hours and a few other parts of a monk’s day.
- Composition: We are taking a short break from essays to turn our attention to poetry, also in preparation for our reading of Beowulf. We are studying a few of the poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins (ask your student to read Binsey Poplars or Starlight Night with you!); then, we are imitating his poetry by using a theme and subject he would have used and imitating his brilliant use of literary devices.
8th Grade Latin
- Eighth graders completed their study of adverbs in Latin, continued to practice translating sentences, and then took their chapter 26 test.
8th Grade Science
- After studying the characteristics of solids, liquids and gases, we learned this week about phase changes between each of these states. Do you know what the change from a solid to a gas is called? What about the change from a gas to a solid? Ask your student if they can tell you.
8th Grade Algebra I
- This week we learned how to apply the distributive property to rational expressions, as well as how to turn an addition problem into a multiplication problem by factoring the greatest common factor of all the terms. We ended the week with a cumulative test.
- This week we took our artist of the quarter quiz on Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Students have begun working on their magazine portraits and these are already coming along well!
From COLLEGE COUNSELING Office:
Next Tuesday, October 25th at lunch 10th-12th grades will have the opportunity to meet with a representative from Alamance Community College to discuss the opportunities that ACC offers!
- I am continuing to meet individually with juniors this week to discuss their current ideas and brainstorms for the future; keep in mind their action items for this quarter:
- Research and create list of colleges of interest (and visit or make plans to visit!)
- Talk through finances with parents
- Sign up to take ACT and SAT by end of junior year
- Continue to brainstorm/shadow/research career options
- Keep focusing on academics
- This is a busy and eventful time for seniors!
- They have had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Meredith to work on resumes this past week
- They should continue to work on college applications and scholarship applications and keep an eye on dates and deadlines
- They should feel free to reach out with any questions or help needed!
- This week students spent much of the week reviewing for their test. They took a Chapter 2 test on Friday. Next week we will begin Chapter 3 by beginning with new vocabulary – please encourage your student to study their vocabulary!
- We took our first unit test this week and all did well.
- We are pressing on towards completing our second unity of study before Christmas break.
- This week the students took their first test of Q2, and we talked about solutions that must satisfy two equations versus those that must only satisfy one.
- Next week the students will learn more about angles and measurement.
- This week we completed an Escape Room to review Kingdom Monera, Kingdom Protista, and Kingdom Fungi. Students were eagerly running around campus looking for clues. We also completed a Biology and the Bible discussion, as well as a Kingdom Fungi review game in preparation for our test on Tuesday!
- We have been looking at the differences and similarities between the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed, and what these differences have meant for later theological development in the various branches of the church.
9th Grade Literature
- Students survived the A Tale of Two Cities quiz! They are continuing to read Dicken’s work. Soon they will work in groups to develop a fun review activity to share with the class. Also, two upcoming writing assignments include an essay in the style of Dicken’s Pickwick Papers and the Burlington Writer’s Club Competition–either a poem or essay (due in January).Mrs. Fairchild
9th Grade Advanced Art
- Our class began a new watercolor painting this week. Each student chose an animal that they would like to paint. They selected a variety of animals that included everything from horses and cows to polar bears and rabbits. This project is a bit more challenging and will take focused work over the course of the next few weeks.
- This week, the freshmen concluded our overview of the Seven Years War and began to discuss the reasons that Americans would petition, protest and eventually rebel against England.
10th Algebra II
- We’ve been working on variations of distance, rate time word problems this week. We’ve also learned some basic factoring patterns and applied this knowledge to add fractions that include polynomials.
10th Bible Survey
- We have been studying the lives of Samuel, Saul and David in I Samuel.
- Bible Test is on Thursday; and Scripture memory is Tuesday – I Samuel 12:23-24.
10th Grade Literature
- Students were assigned an essay topic–the Ancient Greeks’ view of glory vs Soli Deo Gloria. Also, assigned is the Burlington Writer’s Club Competition poem &/or essay entry due in January. They worked hard in groups to develop fun review activities of portions of the Iliad to present to the class.
- This week we reviewed periodic trends, and the students learned about properties of groups (or families) of elements.
- Next week the students will take their first test of Q2, and they will begin learning about bonding.
- This week, students took a geography quiz on the Greco-Persian world and briefly surveyed the Phoenicians and Assyrians.
- Students completed several pyramid workouts and played several yard games of capture the flag and freeze tag.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students gave their first speeches and had conferences to discuss how to improve in Rhetoric.
- This week students worked on their group skits. They wrote conversations in Spanish, gathered props and collaborated with group members. They presented these skits on Friday. Next week we will begin the imperfect tense.
- In our continued study of projectile motion, we’re learning to solve motion problems by looking at each dimension separately. We had fun launching a compressed air rocket in Walker Field, taking some data, and analyzing it using our vector knowledge. We compared our data to what “should have” happened under ideal conditions.
- Students wrapped up a study of finding real zeros of polynomial functions – a process that can sometimes require a lot of algebra steps. We applied this knowledge to a CSI crime style project where we located a criminal by solving various types of polynomial equations.
11th Personal Finance
- This week we talked about banks and various accounts offered by them. The students researched banks, credit unions, and online banks to compare and contrast offerings.
- Next week we will discuss different types of insurance.
11th Grade Literature
- Students began Othello and are loving our Shakespeare unit, especially the most evil of Shakespeare’s villains: Iago.
11th NT Greek
- We reviewed our vocabulary from chapters 7, 8 & 9 and began chapter 10, which brought us to deal with third declension nouns and a new set of vocabulary words.
11th Grade History
- This week we continued learning about the Carolingian empire. We will finish off the week with a quiz on what we have covered thus far in the second quarter.
- Next week we will continue with the disintegration of the Carolingian empire.
- We’re midway through studying some more detailed types of derivatives – chain rule, implicit differentiation, and derivatives of inverse functions. Soon we will be finished learning derivative patterns and will begin applying.
- This week we continued learning about The Digestive System. Each student picked an organ from the system and presented it to the class. We completed a lab about the digestive system as well.
- The seniors concluded our overview of the Seven Years War and began to discuss the reasons for the American Revolution. This week, they read a majority of Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense.
12th Grade Literature
- Students finished Hamlet and will be writing an essay over the text next week.
12th Grade Shakespeare Elective
- Students finished King Lear and began The Tempest, Shakespeare’s final play.
12th Rhetoric II
- Seniors are starting to feel the pressure of writing their rough drafts. Please be in prayer for these seniors that they don’t procrastinate, but do everything to the glory of God.