BB 12-09-22



Dec 09, 2022



We are heading into the last week of the 2nd quarter!  Students are working hard to complete papers and projects and study for finals.  Please pray for the students, and the teachers, as we endeavor to finish well (with health and solid work).



  • Mon, 12/12:  7:40am – Archers Prayer Group – Upper school 
  • Wed, 12/14:  8:30am – TK Nativity Play 
  • Thurs, 12/15:  7:50am – Archers Prayer Group – Lower school
  • Fri, 12/16: 
    • Christmas celebration – Lower school- please see SignUp Genius link in email
    • NOON DISMISSAL for all students.  No afterschool care provided!
    • Report cards released
    • Away basketball games @ Cresset Christian beginning at 4pm.  (JV girls, JV boys, Varsity girls, Varsity boys, back-to-back in that order.)  



  • Christmas Break!  December 19th – January 2nd 2023.  RETURN TO SCHOOL Tues, 1/3/23
  • Mon, 1/16 – No school (MLK Jr day)
  • Fri, 1/27 – School Spelling bee (4th – 8th grades) at the lower school campus





Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Rich and Mrs. Grubb)

TK spent this week preparing for our nativity play that we will present next week! The students are working so hard on this and we look forward to sharing it with you. We also were able to go in the kitchen this week and make Christmas themed rice krispy treats which we then were able to decorate with icing and sprinkles. TK’s letter of the week this week was O. In math we practiced telling time to the hour, ordinal position (1st-4th), and setting up our own classroom store by making price tags. After break, we will get to practice buying these items with pennies.  We continued learning about the birth of Christ and focused this week on the shepherds being the first to know of Jesus’ birth and the importance of the star. 


Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)

K – 5th
  • Students worked on  characteristics of good listening skills and following directions. We spent time on team building games. We also played bingo. 

Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)

  • Students played “Name That Christmas Tune”. We sang multiple Christmas Carols and songs.  

Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)

  • This week we finished up a special watercolor Christmas surprise. Students did well following instructions and we cannot wait to send them home! 
  • This week we finished up a special watercolor Christmas surprise. Students did well following instructions and we cannot wait to send them home!
  • This week we finished up a special acrylic paint Christmas surprise. Students did well following instructions and we cannot wait to send them home!


Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)

This Week
  •  We can definitely tell Christmas is in the air! The students have been full of excitement and jitters. This week, we have been learning odd and even numbers by making charts to show that adding 2 to an even number will equal an even number, and adding 2 to an odd number will equal an odd number. In phonics and spelling, we added our first spelling words! You should hear your student making the sounds of the letters as they write them out each day. This is an important step for them as they progress as readers. We made a fun Christmas craft in art that the students will bring home next week, along with some of their other projects to give as gifts. And in science we started our study of Mr. Gallon Man! This is a fun activity which helps students understand cups, pints, quarts and gallons. This project will also come home with them next week, as we close out our second quarter of kindergarten!
Memory Work:
  • Isaiah 9:6-7
  • Review 2nd quarter verses


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

This Week
  •  Our first grade  students have been taking on measuring using feet and inches in math, along with making various polygons on the geoboards. We are reading about Martin Luther who was a German priest that was known for his role in the Protestant Reformation and the writing of the 95 theses that he nailed to a church door.  In grammar, we are ending our study of nouns and will be beginning our study of action verbs. In history, we are really enjoying the exciting stories of the Pilgrims journeying to America. Finally, in Science, the students have been learning about the Bird of the Month for December, the Tufted Titmouse. We have all enjoyed watching the birds and naming the birds that come to our bird feeder at the window. Our students are becoming proficient at identifying the birds we have studied thus far. 
Memory Work:  
  • Next week verse review week. 
  • 12/16 – Last day before Christmas Break – HALF DAY


2nd Grade (Mrs. Hedgecock & Mrs. Batten)

This Week
  • We have had a busy but wonderful week in second grade.  Our memory verses and history card tied in beautifully together as we saw the harm Joseph’s brothers and Potiphar’s wife did to Joseph through their deceit. However, we also saw that God was with Joseph and raised him up in and through each difficult situation. In reading, students have enjoyed donning their detective hats as we follow Encyclopedia Brown on the trail to crack his many challenging cases. This book is teaching students how to make inferences, a difficult but important skill in reading. In science, we gloved up to experiment with changing phases in states of matter by turning a liquid solution into a solid: ice cream! We had a “sweet” time using m&ms to identify fractional parts of a set in math this week as well. Please keep working on math facts at home, especially the seven times tables if your child has still not mastered those. We will keep adding new facts each week, so calling out addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts (X0, X1, X7, X10) in the car will help keep your child on track with fact mastery. 
Memory Work: 
  • Proverbs 25:17-18 (this week)
  • Proverbs 25:19-20 (next week)
  • 12/16 – Last day before Christmas Break – HALF DAY


3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)

This Week
  • Students launched into writing using the Story Sequence Outline. We are discovering key story elements such as plot, character, setting, conflict, climax, and resolution. These tools will help your students when they submit their own stories to the Burlington Writers Club contest next month. In math, students learned how to find the area of a rectangle and find  larger, smaller, and difference in story problems. In history, we discovered that battles can be won or lost in the hearts and minds of men long before they are fought on the battlefield. If not for Sparta and Athens boldly standing up to King Darius and the Persian army, the world as we know it would be very different! The students agreed that the Battle of Thermopylae was epic with the mighty men of Sparta pushing back against the vast army of Xerxes. Students began writing their own newspaper articles on behalf of Sparta and Athens.  In science, we finished our discussion on Galileo and his many contributions such as the pendulum clock and the telescope. We also made our own telescopes and viewed 7 different constellations. Ask your student if they can locate the constellation Orion this week! Students continue to discover that God’s creation declares His handiwork and it is magnificent!
Memory Work:
  • Review first and second quarter verses 
  • 12/16 – Last day before Christmas Break – HALF DAY


4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Mrs. Lawson) 

This Week
  • We had a wonderful week making ornaments with finger knitting, reading Rolf and the Viking Bow, writing a new IEW essay and learning about compound sentences, fragments, simple compound subjects and verbs.  We engaged in two step problems using our math skills and a mini lesson in how to change a fraction to a decimal to a percent.  The students loved their field trip and afternoon making Christmas cards. 
Memory Work:
  • Ephesians 4: 1-3
  • Christmas Break


5th Grade (Mrs. Owens) 

This Week
  • This week we dove into The First Great Awakening and studied Jonathan Edward’s sermon, “Sinners In the Hands of An Angry God.”  Our students have continued to hone their skills on adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying fractions.  We are about halfway through our book, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and have looked at how the main character, Kit from Barbados, is setting into her new life in Connecticut.  Lastly, in science our students were quizzed on the first 30 elements of the periodic table and we talked about matter.  The students learned that all matter on Earth exists in the form of a solid, liquid, or gas.  We looked at examples of each and then studied how the particles in each form of matter interact.  
Memory Work:
  • Isaiah 40:5-6 (this week)
  • Isaiah 40: 7-8 (next week)
  • 12/16 – Last day before Christmas Break – HALF DAY




Mrs. Bennington

6th-8th Band
  • Students will turn in their last practice record for the quarter this Tuesday 12/13.  We spent a lot of time this week fine tuning our Winter Concert music.  Students worked hard on making final corrections to their parts and watching the conductor. Students did a great job at their first concert this past Thursday 12/8! I was so proud of all of the band and choir students! 

Mrs. Thrasher

6th-8th Choir
  • This week we focused on final concert preparations with our pianist, Sarah Johnston, and experienced choral director John Wooten who visited and gave extra feedback to the singers on Tuesday. Then on Thursday, we focused on concert logistics and enjoying the music! The concert went so well, and I was delighted with their performance! Many thanks to all who attended and supported their learning. 

Mr. Davis

6th -8th Boys’ PE
  • This week the students played a running game called pumpkin patch on Monday. On Wednesday, due to the rain, the students stayed inside and had a arm wrestling and thumb wrestling competition. They also finished class by seeing how long they could hold a T Pose. 

Miss Stevenson

6th-8th Girls’ PE
  • This week the girls joined the boys for PE on Monday when they played Pumpkin Patch. On Wednesday, due to the rain, we stayed inside and discussed the benefits of proper hydration.
6th Reading and Literature
  • This week we continued reading A Christmas Carol. The kids are doing a great job of dramatizing the book as we read it out loud together in class.
6th Grammar and Writing
  • We spent this week reviewing comma and capitalization rules. We also learned that we need to put a comma after an introductory adverb or adverbial phrase.
6th Bible
  • We are continuing to work our way through the Gospel of John.
6th History
  • This week we spent time focusing on three of the great generals of the US Civil War: Lee, Grant, and Jackson.
6th Science
  • This week we reviewed for and took our end-of-quarter Science test.
6th Logic
  • This week we discussed the Slippery Slope and the Part-to-Whole fallacies.

Miss Windes

6th Grade Latin
  • Sixth graders learned about direct and indirect objects, reviewing their use in English in preparation for learning how to use them in Latin! We are preparing for our last Latin test of the quarter next week! 

Mrs. Frueh

6th Grade Math
  • This week the students were introduced to the usefulness of unit multipliers and even learned how to use multiple unit multipliers to switch between units of area and volume. This is not only useful in everyday life if, for instance, you need to convert between square feet and square yards, but also has many applications in chemistry and physics as well.

Mrs. Palmer 

6th Art
  • Students have been working on colored pencil Italian landscapes. These are coming to an end and students have done an excellent job executing these. 


Mrs. Crotts

7th Grammar and Writing
  • Students worked with partners to correct sentences with grammatical eras–gerunds, capitalization, run-on sentences, . 
7th Grade Omnibus
  • We whizzed through listening to chapters 7-17 of The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe.  They were tasked to write down 3 examples of literary terms that author C.S. Lewis used per chapter–alliteration, juxtaposition, symbolism, hyperbole, foreshadowing to name a few.
7th Logic
  • Students–working in groups–prepared and presented examples of emotional fallacies found in advertisements for Christmas gifts OR examples from his or her childhood using a fallacy to advocate for a gift.

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science
  • We learned this week about the three different types of seismic waves produced by an earthquake. We were able to use a slinky to show the difference between P and S waves. We also used volunteers from the class as models of molecules in the crust and mantle to demonstrate why S waves can only travel through the crust, but P waves can travel through both. Ask your student to explain it to you! 
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
  • We learned two different ways to solve distance problems this week. We learned to solve them as rate problems by canceling units, but we also learned how to use substitution to apply the formula d = rt (distance = rate x time).

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • Students are working on watercolor winter scenes. Watercolor is a hard medium to master yet students are doing a good job being teachable. They have learned new techniques and approaches to this medium. 

Miss Windes

7th Grade Latin
  • Seventh graders took their Latin test on Tuesday; on Thursday we reviewed the test and practiced more translations as well as beginning  a new set of vocabulary. 


Miss Windes

8th Grade Omnibus
  • History: In history this week, we delved into the Viking age, learning about their roles as explorers, tradesmen, raiders, plunderers, and as a society. Last week we had the treat of Emma Thrasher visiting our class in full Viking costume with authentic materials and methods! We also reviewed for and took our last test of the semester. 
  • Literature: We continue reading Fellowship of the Ring, learning about more of the backstory of the ring at the Council of Elrond and getting to know the characters more deeply. 
  • Composition: The students turned in their Beowulf essays! Next week and next quarter we turn to creative writing and short stories! 
8th Grade Latin
  • We have come to the end of our book!! Students took their final test of the book this week over the last two chapters; we are excited to begin book two next quarter! 

Mrs. Frueh

8th Grade Science
  • The students were hard at work this week learning the difference between speed, velocity, and acceleration. All of their learning is building a foundation for working on their self-propelled vehicle project, which will be due at the end of January.
8th Grade Algebra I
  • Now that the students have mastered graphing linear equations and solving systems of equations, they are learning how to rearrange an equation into y = mx + b form before graphing or solving the system.

Mrs. Palmer 

8th Art
  • Students have been continually working on magazine like clipping portraits. I am so proud of these hard work students have put into these! 

Mr. Davis

8th Logic
  • This week the students ya learned about standard categorical forms of logical arguments. 





  • Rising 11th and 12th graders will have the opportunity to take electives next year! We have a lot of fun opportunities for Bradford offered electives on the docket!
  • I met with the 10th graders this week to review the process for choosing electives and the opportunities they have
    • You can review the information with them and begin to talk through what they would like to take next year
    • They have until May to solidify their choices, but it is best to think sooner than later!
    • All 10th graders will apply to ACC in January; they do not have to take any classes there, but this will open the opportunity for them
  • Current 11th and 12th graders need to confirm their electives for the spring
    • I met with them this week and most of them have already confirmed their choices, but if not their form is due next Wednesday, 12/14


Mrs. Palmer 

9th Spanish 
  • This week we have introduced E:IE stem changing verbs as well as O:UE stem changing verbs. We added new vocabulary and we began writing in complete sentences. 

Dr. James

9th Geometry
  • This week the students completed their bridge projects. At the time of this writing, we eagerly anticipate the testing of the bridges for strength and function Friday morning.  The students have also been practicing proofs pertaining to congruent angles and polygons.
  • Next week the students will take their last test of Q2. 

Mrs. Hicks

9th Biology
  • This week we wrapped up our unit on The Cell, including taking the last test for the quarter. Next week we will do some review of concepts we learned so far with fun activities!

Dr. Smith

9th Theology
  • Students have been learning about the debate between Augustine (354-430) and Pelagius (354-418) over the doctrine of salvation, and how our understanding of God and the nature of sin inevitably influences our beliefs regarding salvation.

Mrs. Crotts

9th Grade Literature
  • We have enjoyed viewing the BBC version of Pride & Prejudice.  Also, students conquered a quiz on the book as well as a grammar review.

Mrs. Fairchild

9th Grade Advanced Art
  • Our class has been working on completing a watercolor painting.  The students are painting pictures that contain water, metal and glass so that they can focus on techniques that help them capture reflections and translucent effects.

Coach Johnston

9th History
  • Students have looked at America’s first presidents and some early constitutional questions: Marbury v. Madison and the Sedition Act while researching a few of the biggest battles of the Napoleonic Wars.


Mrs. Byrd

10th Algebra II
  • Students have been learning to solve quadratic equations by completing the square, how to simplify expressions with complex numbers, as well as solve concentration problems.  We also enjoyed a game sorting direct and inverse variation equations.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • This week we have been studying the life of Elisha. We have seen the miracles the Lord allowed him to perform and the applications to our own lives; most especially the building up of our faith.  We have also begun a study of the book of Psalms. 

Mrs. Crotts

10th Grade Literature
  • The Book of Psalms is a multifaceted work–poetry filled with emotion, prayers, praise encouraging us to corporately and personally talk to God in request and praise. Each student wrote a psalm with the task of incorporating parallelism or antithesis.  We listened briefly to highlights of Handel’s Messiah focusing on passages from the Book of Psalms.  Students completed a grammar review as well.

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week we finished our introduction to nomenclature and chemical equations.  The students also took their last section test of Q2.
  • Next week we will review material from the quarter, and the students will take their Q2 final exam.

Coach Johnston

10th History
  • We have continued to read Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War, particularly considering Pericles’ Funeral Oration and Plague speeches.
10th PE
  • Students completed two rounds of their physical fitness tests this week, with one counting as a practice test and the other counting towards their assessment grades.

Miss Oldham

10th Rhetoric I
  • Students delivered their last speeches before break. They have a final exam on Tuesday. 

Mrs. Palmer 

10th Spanish
  • We have worked on both affirmative and negative commands this week. We added new vocabulary and we also reviewed past irregular verb conjugations. 


Mrs. Byrd

11th Physics
  • We are now considering work and energy.  We ‘ve learned that work in the physics sense doesn’t quite line up with our common usage of the word and that energy is difficult to define.  Conservation of energy (First Law of Thermodynamics) is a reality that we experience every day.  We are learning how energy exchanges in various situations, especially between gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy.
11th Precalculus
  • Students have learned to solve various exponential  and logarithmic equations as well as some various applications of them – interest, richter scale, carbon dating, etc.  We hope to conclude the quarter with a basic investment project.

Dr. James

11th Personal Finance
  • This week the students took their test on investing toward retirement, and we discussed concepts of global economics. 
  • Next week the students will take their test on global economics, which is the last test for this course. 

Miss Oldham

11th Grade Literature
  • We continued Romeo and Juliet this week, losing a much beloved character…or two. 

Dr. Smith

11th NT Greek
  • Students have begun learning about relative pronouns and entered into the rather long process of learning about Greek verbs.

Mr. Webster

11th Grade History
  • This week we went over the education and increase of literature in the High Middle Ages. We also discussed the architecture of the High Middle Ages. We will finish the week with a unit test. Next week we will finish the book report on the Two Lives of Charlemagne. 


Mrs. Byrd

12th Calculus
  • We’re in the middle of some applications of differentiation – concavity, extrema, and derivative tests.  There is a large visual component as we work on moving between f(x), f’(x), and f”(x) graphs – trying to gather information and construct one type based on another.

Mrs. Hicks

12th Anatomy
  • This week we wrapped up our unit on the Respiratory System, including taking our last test of the quarter. Next week we will review the concepts we have learned so far with fun activities!

Coach Johnston

12th History
  • This week we looked at America’s first presidents, its foreign policy and some early constitutional questions: Marbury v. Madison and the Sedition Act while researching and presenting a few of the biggest battles of the Napoleonic Wars.

Miss Oldham

12th Grade Literature
  • We read and discussed The Importance of Being Earnest. It has been a fun look into aestheticism! 
12th Grade Shakespeare Elective
  • We finished Antony and Cleopatra and students have projects due on Tuesday. 
12th Rhetoric II
  • Students have their final drafts due on Wednesday! Please pray for our seniors as they finish this final leg of their academic theses.