VOLUME XVI, ISSUE 17
Nov 9, 2023
FROM THE OFFICE
- Thank you to all who contributed to Socktober! $200 was collected, as well as a bin full of socks.
- Make up picture day: Fri, 11/17 at lower school campus
- Tues, 11/21: ALL students will be at the lower school campus for the entire day.
FROM MRS. MITCHELL: Parents, mark your calendars for the K – 2nd grade Bradford Night next Thursday night (11/16) at 6:30pm (students arrive at 6:10). This is a time to showcase the curriculum for the Lower School. Our theme this year is: The Joy of Obedience, The Joy of Learning. Come see how delighted students are to share some of the grammar stage songs, poems, and chants that they’ve enjoyed so far this year. Afterwards parents can visit classrooms to see class projects on display. In addition, we are planning to add Bradford Night 2.0 on 02/29/24 in order to give 3rd and 4th graders a chance to exhibit what they learn from our robust, classical curriculum.
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- Fri, 11/10: NO SCHOOL – Veterans Day observed
- Tues, 11/14: Varsity Boys Basketball AWAY game vs. New Garden Friends (6:45pm)
- Thurs, 11/16: 6:30 pm – Bradford Night (K – 2nd)
- Fri, 11/17: Make-up picture day
- Tues, 11/21:
- Thanksgiving Feast and activities (TK – 4th)
- Declamation and Pumpkin Rugby
- Varsity Girls (5:00pm) and Varsity Boys (6:30pm) Basketball AWAY games vs Friendship Christian School
- Wed, 11/22 – Fri, 11/24: Thanksgiving break
- Thurs, 11/30 – HOT LUNCH
- 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 students spent the week learning about Veterans Day and why we honor veterans. Students were able to make books about veterans which they brought home yesterday. In math this week we continued putting our number cards in order up to 10 and added 0. Students also learned to count backwards from 10 to 0. We continued working on identifying 1st thru 4th and practiced writing number 6. Our letters this week were H and T. Students worked on identifying the letters and the sounds of these letters. Next week our letters of the week will be I and U. Our theme focus this week was germs! We learned new vocabulary words and completed 2 science experiments on how easily germs can spread and the importance of washing our hands. During our Bible time, we learned about David being chosen as king not because he looked like a king but because of his heart for God. Next week we will read about David and his defeat of Goliath.
Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)
K – 4th
- Students did a great job in P.E. this week! Students completed activities and games that allowed them to focus on following directions and controlling their body. First through fourth grade students even got to play a couple of rounds of Capture the Flag!.
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- Students did a great job this week working on the following songs: “I Need Thee Every Hour”, Trust and Obey”, and “Tis So Sweet”. Students are making big strides in correctly matching pitches and singing with confidence. Third grade students also worked on singing several Christmas Carols out of the hymnals.
- Students have been working on recorder songs that reinforce their ability to correctly read and play songs with the notes: G, A, and B. We spent a lot of time working on rhythm and note recognition. Students have been encouraged to take their recorders home and practice their music three to four times a week.
Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)
- This week students finished up their oil pastel pumpkin drawings. We worked with color mixing and blending particularly for this project. These will be displayed for Bradford night coming up!
- This week students finished up their oil pastel pumpkin drawings. We worked with color mixing and blending particularly for this project. These will be displayed for Bradford night coming up!
Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera and Miss Burdeshaw)
- Our kindergarteners were excited for a four day week due to no school on Friday to celebrate Veteran’s Day. We also spent some time practicing for our upcoming Bradford Night. In math, we learned how to count by 2’s, how to tell time to the hour, the subtraction of 0 from a number, and the subtraction of a number from itself. In phonics, we continued to go over our second reader, “Bad Meg,” and practiced our cursive writing and phonograms. In history, we learned about the Babylonian Captivity and how the people from Judah were deported to Babylon after Jerusalem’s buildings had been destroyed. The kindergarteners also had the opportunity to watch some older elementary students perform a Hobbit play, which they enjoyed thoroughly.
- John 14:6 and review
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mrs. Smith)
- We packed a lot into a 4 day week! The students learned about measuring to the nearest inch and different tools for measuring. They even had a visit from two Troopers from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and were able to see the cool devices they use to measure distance and speed. The students also began learning adding 10 to a two digit number and facts with a sum of 12. We have had fun reading about Wilbur and Orville working hard to make the first airplane. Hence, NC is “First in Flight.” The kids are doing an impressive job learning how to write sentences with a capital letter and punctuation. We continue to learn about Jamestown, John Smith, and Pocahontas while making Indian headbands and beaded necklaces. In science we are studying the Carolina Chickadee. Any veterans reading this – we are very thankful for your service!
- Romans 12: 1-2
- State projects / dioramas due Monday!!!
2nd Grade (Mrs. Hedgecock & Mrs. Eng)
- Each day is filled with joyful learning in second grade. Our plants are growing and growing! With three weeks of growth the tallest plant is the garden beans at 22 cm tall. In science and also art we are enjoying learning more about God’s creation while studying the plant kingdom. We know how to be polite in Latin now – be sure to have your child say “thank you”, “excuse me” and “please” in Latin for extra practice. We have started a fun fantasy book called My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett. We will read this mostly for enjoyment and will not have a comprehension packet; but rather a map to follow Elmer’s adventures. The students have all enjoyed the challenge of completing 100 addition facts in under 4 minutes – congratulations to all for a job well done! We look forward to showing you some of the students’ work next week at Bradford Night! See you then!
- Continuing in Hebrews 11. Verses 17 to 19 next week
- Middle East Project due on Tuesday
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- Students enjoyed discovering lines of symmetry in the various flags of other nations. We then discussed how unique our nation is in its government and what it means to be a constitutional republic. John Adams best explained a constitutional republic to be “a government of law and not of men.” In history, we took a closer look at the fall of Israel and Judah. Both nations failed to obey the laws and commandments of the Lord. Although both Israel and Judah were ultimately conquered by other nations, Judah continued for over a century longer due to the leadership of just a few righteous kings. In Latin, we observed the relationship between adjectives and the nouns they modify. We continued our study of the Greek gods by reading about Hera. After Argus was killed in a plot, Hera set his eyes on the tail of a bird as a tribute. The new creation, a peacock, became so important to Hera that they were chosen to pull her chariot. Students enjoyed drawing and coloring their own peacocks to help remember the story. We are looking forward to hearing about their projects next week!
- 11/13 Greek god projects due
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Miss Abrahamsen)
- Fourth graders enjoyed their first field trip this week as we went and visited Duke Gardens; God gave us incredible weather, and the students were excited to participate in learning outside the classroom walls. The kids have really enjoyed our literature time as we have begun The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; the character traits we are focusing on with this novel are Obedience and Courage. We have found the students to be very perceptive as they find both positive and negative examples of these traits in our reading. Fractions, mixed numbers, and geometry have continued to be prominent in our math lessons, and we have continued to work on problem solving, showing how these concepts are building blocks with real life applications.
- Upcoming: Feudal system project DUE, Friday, 11/17. (Please ask your children to show the directions sheet.)
- Memory work: Ephesians 4:1-3
- Students did a great job turning in their third practice record. Students were given their fourth practice record to complete and turn in by Tuesday, November 14th. Practice Records will be due every Tuesday. Students worked on book exercises that reinforced their first five notes and rhythms that we have learned so far. Students also continued working on their Christmas Concert Music. Students will have a playing test on m1-33 in “Winter Medley” on Tuesday 11/14.
- Students did a great job turning in their third practice record. Students were given their fourth practice record for the quarter and are expected to practice 90 minutes by Tuesday, November 14th. Practice Records will be due every Tuesday. Students diligently worked on their Christmas Concert Music this week. A lot of time was spent on correctly reading and applying key signature changes in the music.
- This week the chorus began practicing a new Christmas song. We also spent time reflecting on the meaning behind the rich words of O Come, Emmanuel.
5th-8th Boys’ PE
- This week we ran a mile and played soccer.
5th-8th Girls’ PE
- This week we played basketball and retimed our miles.
5th Grade (Mrs. Owens)
- Our students got to enjoy Hobbit day today! Students created their own hobbit hole, drew Thror’s map, and put on a fantastic play for the lower grades. We continued to read Voyage to Freedom and the students are continuing to see God’s providence play out in the protection of the Pilgrims. In math the students continued to work with percentages, fractions, and decimals.
- Isaiah 40:3-4
- Hobbit Day – Thursday, November 9th
- Students began a new project this week. We talked about color theory and now we will be applying that information to a monochromatic atmospheric perspective drawing. Ask your student what the term “monochromatic” means!
- We had a short week of Latin this week since they celebrated Hobbit Day on Thursday! We are learning about and practicing the perfect tense of verbs.
6th Grade (Miss Stevenson)
6th Reading and Literature
- We are continuing to work our way through Across Five Aprils.
6th Grammar and Writing
- This week we discussed how to do in text citations for both direct quotes and paraphrasing. Final drafts of the research paper and presentations are due Wednesday, November 15.
- We are continuing to work our way through the gospel of Mark.
- We spent this week making up History tests from last week and watching a documentary on the Battle of Pittsburg Landing/Shiloh.
- This week we looked at good and bad kinds of bacteria.
- Due to the Declamation Speeches, we took a week off of Logic this week.
- Since it was Declamation week, we briefly discussed the classical background of declamations. We also discussed Catullus and continued practicing with perfect system verbs.
- We had fun this week learning how stem-and-leaf plots and box-and-whiskers plots can be used to analyze large amounts of data. The students used real test score data to create their own box-and-whisker plots. We discussed how these tools can be used in many different research fields to share and compare data.
- Students continued to work on their colored pencil landscapes this week. These are coming along nicely!
7th Grammar and Writing
- We reviewed capitalization of proper nouns and possession. We also emphasized strong verbs, helpful and creative adjectives and literary terms to include in research papers.
- Literature: Our week was filled with preparation for declamation! Some of the students were quite impressive in declaming! We also learned about Cupid and Psyche, the story C.S. Lewis based his mythological work, Til We Have Faces. This is a pre-Christian pagan work that shines light on misunderstanding, sacrifice, bitterness, repentance and transformation.
- History: Students turned in step one of the C.S. Lewis research paper–cards with bibliography info and notes from the works they selected. (The rough draft is due November 17.)
- Bible/Theology: Students were tasked with beginning to read the book of Isaiah.
- The students discussed Argumentum ad Verecundiam. This fallacy is also called an Appeal to Illegitimate Authority or a Faulty Appeal to Authority.
- The students worked hard this week to finish their rough drafts of their soil lab reports. We used class time to do peer editing and make improvements to the reports. We also had fun building models of Earth’s layers with graham crackers and frosting. Ask your student which part of the model represented the asthenosphere and which part represented the lithosphere?
- After learning last week how to calculate the volume of geometric solids, we practiced this week calculating the surface area of these same geometric solids. We discussed why volume is measured in cubic units, but surface area is measured in square units.
- Students have been hard at work on a charcoal drawing of a Greek order Ionic column. They have worked at blending, range of grayscale and at obtaining details.
- Since it was Declamation week, we discussed the classical background of declamations. The students also continued practicing with the perfect system and relative pronouns. They also learned about Catullus and the classical background of “lyrics.”
- History: We finished learning about the rise of the Islamic empire from the time of Mohammad through the Umayyad dynasty; we learned about the Battle of Tours and how Charles Martel stopped the Muslim invasion into Europe in 732. We are also preparing for our test next Wednesday!
- Literature: We continue reading Beowulf, and are fully enjoying watching the story unfold! Beowulf has killed the monster Grendel and his mother, and is heading back to his homeland.
- Composition: We continue to study poetry this week, learning about how poetry communicates in part through creating pictures; we are looking forward to writing our own poetry next week!
- Since it was Declamation week, the students learned about the classical background of declamations, and they continued studying the perfect system and the verbs sum and possum. They also learned about Catullus and the Latin background of “lyrics.”
- We wrapped up our study of Newton’s Three Laws of Motion with a discussion of how each of the three laws could be demonstrated in a microgravity environment. Many students are already hard at work on their self-propelled vehicle projects and are putting to good use their learning about force and friction to maximize the motion of their vehicles.
8th Algebra I
- This week’s algebra lessons had connections to what the students have learned in grammar. We learned how to write and graph algebraic conjunctions. Ask your student how algebraic conjunctions are similar to the conjunctions used in writing?
- Charcoal landscapes have been our focus this past week. Students worked hard to hone detail on their drawings this week.
- We are studying four standard categorical statements and their differences in form – quantity, quality, affirmative, and negative.
From the COLLEGE COUNSELING Office:
Juniors should be receiving their PSAT scores soon! In January and February we will plan to have SAT study sessions once a week in the afternoon to study for the SAT
- Their score is an indication of how they might do on the SAT or ACT; they can look up colleges of interest and see how their scores compare to the average students accepted to that school
- I recommend that all students take at least the SAT or ACT in March, though they could also take both tests
- Taking the tests in March will give them time to evaluate where they are and make appropriate study goals for taking the test again either later in the spring or in August
- The goal is to have a strong score in hand by October before they apply to colleges
- Applying to many college’s scholarships requires applying to the college in October or November to qualify!
- We have been in review mode for our upcoming test on Chapter 3 next week. We have covered AR, ER and IR verbs as well as worked on several stem-changing verbs. We also worked with vocabulary and talked about the many uses of “tener” phrases.
- Students were introduced to the different ways that the American War of Independence could be won: England (defeating armies, capturing or killing military/political leaders, controlling the land, controlling the economy) or America (surviving/extending the war combined with enough victories to outlast English support of an offensive and expensive war in America). We have made it to the midpoint of the war, by covering Bunker Hill, Declaration of Independence, the lost New York campaign, The American Crisis, Washington “crossing the Delaware,” and finally the major battle of Saratoga.
- We concluded our study of triangle congruence this week with the construction of ASA, AAS, CPCTC, and HL proofs. The students are becoming very adept at constructing logical proofs using the theorems we’ve discussed so far. Up next, quadrilaterals.
- We are studying different methods for dealing with dilemmas. A dilemma presents two different conditional (if, then) statements and one needs to decide which alternative is best. This is sometimes difficult, but we are learning to navigate them three different ways.
9th Advanced Art
- We have started work on our first plein air painting. This is an added challenge to their watercolor painting, but I am confident they will do well. The students are painting a picture of a section the old sanctuary of First Baptist Church.
- This week we reviewed Biochemistry! Students will test next Tuesday!
- Students turned in rough drafts of essays from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. They also received copies of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, which need to be read by December 19. They also have a research paper on an author from the time period due in December.
9th-10th Bible Survey
- We have been studying the book of I Kings; especially the life of Elijah. We have seen how God cares for Elijah with food, rest, and direction. He shows His love and care.
- Book Analysis Project – students are to choose a book on Christian biography, theology, etc. Due dates will be assigned soon
- This week the students learned about different types of bonds and how to draw Lewis structures of simple molecules based on their formulas.
- Next week we will discuss different theories of bonding. The second test of Q2 will be before Thanksgiving break.
- We have been in review mode for our upcoming test on Chapter 8 next week. Students worked with double object pronouns, sentence restructuring and reviewed both old and new vocabulary.
10th Algebra II
- Students have learned to factor using the difference of two square pattern, convert squared and cubed units using unit multipliers, simplify nested radical expressions, and solve equations using the difference of two squares theorem.
- Students finalized source selections for a research paper on an author. They turned in annotated bibliographies and research notes. We also discussed spatial poetry–writing a poem in the shape of something mentioned in the poem and further discussed how this allowed for the reader to better understand and added creativity. Lastly we read an overview of the book of Psalms and talked about what a “psalm” is…a song to sing corporately reminding, sharing emotions with or encouraging a people group.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students gave speeches and their declamation speeches. Next week they will be getting their final semester assignment, so be sure to ask them about that on Tuesday.
- Students finished their unit on Ancient Israel and have begun short overviews of major states (Phoenicia) and empires (Persia) prior to taking a unit test next week.
- Students enjoyed the opportunity to play floor hockey on the tennis courts, although the temperature was too high for it to really feel like hockey weather. It was a great introduction to a sport that we will play for several weeks next quarter in the gym.
- We wrapped up our study of Rational Expressions this week. We’ve learned to locate horizontal, vertical, and oblique asymptotes as well as produce a graph of a rational function using a table of values.
- This week we’re considering Newton’s Three Laws of Motion, especially focusing on Newton’s 2nd Law (F=ma). We’ve considered English and metric units of mass and force, seen how various types of gravity (e.g. the moon, another planet) affect weight, and considered how frictional force is influenced by weight. We watched a clip of a lesser known sport, curling, and saw how competitors use brushes to change the coefficient of friction of the ice.
- Students started Much Ado About Nothing, one of my favorite Shakespeare plays!
- This week we discussed the opposite worlds of the east and the west in the 8th and 9th centuries. We also discussed the Photian Schism, which was one of the main doctrinal controversies that separated the eastern church from the western church.
11th NT Greek
- This week the students continued studying contract verbs and the present middle-passive indicative. They also learned about Theocritus and bucolic poetry in Greek literature.
11th Elective: Portfolio
- Printing is going well and our students have learned a new skill that I am hoping they will be able to build on in the future. We are getting ready to move on to embroidery. Their theme will be based on the Genesis account of Creation or Adam and Eve being expelled from the Garden of Eden.
11th-12th Elective: Military History
- Students learned about the events following D-day in the European theater of action. We quickly summarized “The Breakout”, Operation Market Garden, settling the line on the Rhine, the Battle of the Bulge, and then the Allied punch into Germany in the late winter/spring of 1945. Thursday’s class focused on how the war ended in Germany, including firebombs, Hitler Youth, discovering the Holocaust work/death camps, surrender and war trials.
11th-12th Elective: Spanish 3 / ESL
- .We continue to work with reading, writing, listening and speaking to expound upon our Spanish knowledge. We have been working on the subjunctive mood and this week we learned of some irregular verbs in the subjunctive.
11th-12th Apologetics & Philosophy
- Students took a test yesterday on chapters 3-7 of their reading. We are in the midst of considering Christianity as a worldview. You might consider asking them what a worldview is and what are the five subjects that comprise everyone’s worldview.
- Students took a unit test that covered our material on the Seven Years War and the French & Indian War. We then spent a day covering the three major causes of the American Revolution. Students are assigned to read the majority of Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense prior to class on Monday.
- Students wrapped up Hamlet and have explored the idea of justice in Shakespeare’s Denmark.
12th Rhetoric II
- Seniors have their first drafts due next week. Please be in prayer for them as they put forth their best effort!
- We’re nearing the end of our unit on Conceptual Applications of Differentiation. Topics for the week included Related Rates and approximation using local linearization. Next we will consider some analytical applications of derivatives – extrema, concavity, and optimization to name a few.
- This week we reviewed the Respiratory System! Students did not have class on Thursday due to the class competition for Declamation.