BB 12-13-2019

 BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XII, ISSUE 13

DECEMBER 13TH, 2019

 

FROM THE OFFICE

Continuous Enrollment contracts are super easy to complete and there are no fees if completed by 2/15!  We would encourage you to go ahead and get it done!

UPCOMING

NEXT WEEK:
    • Monday, 12/16
      • 11:00 Flags for 1st Graders
      • 3:00 – Final basketball club for 4th – 5th graders
    • Tuesday, 12/17
      • HS Men’s and Women’s bball games at Positive Youth Center, Burlington
    • Wednesday, 12/18
      • MS Girls and boys bball games at Eno River
    • Thursday, 12/19
      • HWY 55 Spirit night!

 

  • WRESTLING:  Practice will be with the Billy Newton Wrestling Club at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Hillsborough.  Please meet at the main campus at 5:00. Return time will be 8:00.

 

  • Friday, 12/20
    • NOON DISMISSAL for all students!  (No afterschool care offered.)
    • 4th – 5th – Field trip to see Nutcracker (see e-mail for details)
    • K – 6th grades:  Christmas celebration  – see Sign Up Genius to bring a snack!
    • End of 2nd quarter!
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
  • 12/23 – 1/3:  Christmas break!  
  • Friday, 1/10:
    • Used Uniform Sale
    • Spelling Bee (4th – 8th)
  • Friday, 1/17:
    • 5th – 6th grades:  Quo Vadis? A sneak peek into upper school student life.  
  • 2/1:  Financial Aid applications DUE
  • 2/15:  Continuous Enrollment contracts DUE

 

FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)

Bible
  •   This week TK continued to study the nativity.  We learned about the impact the birth of our Savior had on the shepherds. 
Theme Adventure
  •  TK students were in the kitchen this week creating beautiful Rice Krispy Treats.  They used large cookie cutters to create the Christmas shapes they chose. TK also used melting chocolate and sprinkles to add design. On Thursday TK was able to eat one treat and take the other home with them.  
Literacy
  •  TK students are exploring words learning onset rime.  This skill will help them with reading readiness.  
  • TK continues to clap syllables of various words each day.  
  • TK will learn all about action verbs next week.  We will have much fun learning action verbs by playing charades!
Math
  •  TK was introduced to a balance.  We compared the weights of various objects during math and centers.  The kids were thrilled to give their best guesses as to what materials or objects would weigh more.  
  • TK also continued to work with AB patterns.  They were able to create them using linking cubes and coloring AB pattern designs of their own!
  • TK played store and bought items  using pennies. The most expensive item cost 10 cents. 
Arts and Sciences
  • TK continued working on secret art projects for Christmas. 
  • Next week we will learn to power Christmas lights using 9 volt batteries! 

 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

This Week
  • What an exciting week we’ve had in kindergarten! We baked symmetrical cookies to practice identifying the line of symmetry in our cookie shapes. After folding our green construction paper in half, we cut out Christmas trees and discovered we had a line of symmetry when we opened up the trees. These were later made into beautiful Christmas cards for our families. The Bradford Express locomotive chugged into our classroom to help us learn how to add two to a number. We read “Even Steven and Odd Todd” by Kathryn Cristaldi. The arrival of cousin Odd Todd greatly upsets Even Steven who likes everything to come in even numbers, his pets, his library books, and even his pancakes.Last week, our fourth graders visited our classroom and explained how the earth revolves around the sun. They did an excellent job and even used visuals to help us understand the different phases of the moon. This week, our third graders presented their planet projects and gave our scholars a star in their planet passport before they left to continue their exploration of our solar system.  In preparation for Christmas, we made a nativity ornament to remind us of the celebration of God becoming man. Isaiah’s prophecy tells us, “ For unto us a Child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.”
Music 
  • For our lesson this week we watched a historical video about our quarterly composer, Haydn. We also enjoyed time singing and praising the Lord with our Christmas hymns!
 Memory Work:
  • Isaiah 9:6-7a

 

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

This Week
  • First grade tackled new concepts in math this week such as comparing and writing fractions, trading pennies for dimes, and measuring to the nearest inch.  They will find a ruler in their hand most every school day from now until the end of the year! Students were also introduced to two new long vowel teams in phonics – AI/AY (pain, play) and EE/EA (meet, meat).  We have enjoyed the story of Squanto this week. His journey to the New World is a fascinating one and the kids look forward to hearing more of his story each day. Next week we will say farewell to our in-depth study of the Pilgrims and Indians of the 1600’s.  After Christmas break, we will move forward into the 1700’s and the story of a young pioneer girl and her father.
Music 
  • For our lesson this week we watched a historical video about our quarterly composer, Haydn. We also enjoyed time singing and praising the Lord with our Christmas hymns!
P.E.
  •  This week the students played indoor games for P.E.
Memory Work:  
  • Psalm 1:1-6
Upcoming:
  • 12/19 – Charlotte’s Web movie and popcorn in the afternoon!

 

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

This Week
  • This week we continued our study of Joseph. We talked about how his adult life in Egypt continued to have highs and lows, but the Lord was will him through it all. After reading about the signet ring that Pharaoh gave Joseph, each student got to design their own. They used hieroglyphics on their rings to spell out their name and other things that represent them. The highlight of their week was getting to take a field trip to see the play, A Christmas Carol. We read an abridged version of the book beforehand, so they were familiar with the story. The students were all so eager to see the three different spirits, especially the jolly ghost of Christmas Present. 
Music 
  • For our lesson this week, we watched the first half of a historical BBC documentary video that was about our quarterly composer, Haydn. We also enjoyed time singing and praising the Lord with our Christmas hymns!
P.E.
  • This week the students played indoor games for P.E.
Memory Work: 
  • Proverbs 25: 6-18

 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)

This Week
  • Despite the excitement due to the holiday season building among the students, we have had a great week in our class. Throughout the week, we had three big events for our class. First, we painted our special Christmas gift with watercolors. Second, we presented our planet research to kindergarten. Finally, we went on our field trip to see “The Christmas Carol” play, put on the children’s theater in Burlington. 
Music 
  • For our lesson this week, we watched the first half of a historical BBC documentary video that was about our quarterly composer, Haydn. We also enjoyed time singing and praising the Lord with our Christmas hymns!
P.E.
  • This week the students did a circuit workout inside. 
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 84:10-12
Upcoming:
  • No new scripture/memory work- Review week
  • No new Grammar, Latin, History- Review week 
  • Tests
    • 12/17- Math Test
    • 12/18- Constellations Test and Spelling Test (List 15)

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton) 

This Week
  • In History, students learned about the Crusades and their importance in the shaping of European history, while in Latin, students reviewed both accusative and ablative case Latin prepositions. Students continue to greatly enjoy reading The Adventures of Robin Hood in our Literature class. With more reading being completed at home, students should always be ready for a pop quiz! In Math, students learned to gather and analyze data using frequency tables, line plots, pictographs, as well as bar and line graphs. 
Science
  • Fourth graders focused on the processes of distillation this week. During our lab time,  we began working with unsaturated, saturated, and supersaturated solutions and completed our study guide for the unit test. Next week, students will begin growing their crystals from supersaturated solutions. 
Music
  • For our lesson this week, we watched the first half of a historical BBC documentary video that was about our quarterly composer, Haydn. Also, with our recorders, we played, “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas,” together, and learned, “Jingle Bells,” to practice for homework throughout the week.
P.E.
  • This week the students did a circuit workout inside.
Memory Work:
  • Matthew 5: 1-9 

 

5th Grade (Ms. Windes) 

This Week
  • The students did a great job finishing up their chalk pastel drawings with re-creations of a lake under the stars at night and a huge harvest moon. They blended pastels and created beautiful contrast in their drawings. Their creative writing stories continue to develop, and will be turned in next week. They are making sure to include all the parts of the story arc, create complex characters who change, bring the story to an exciting climax, and then resolve their story in the end. I am looking forward to reading each one! We also have made good progress in reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond, getting to know and understand our characters and their situations. 
Music 
  •  For our lesson this week, we watched the first half of a historical BBC documentary video that was about our quarterly composer, Haydn. We also enjoyed time singing and praising the Lord with our Christmas hymns!
P.E.
  • This week the students played scatter ball outside. 
Memory Work:
  • Isaiah 40:6-8
Upcoming:
  • Tuesday, 12/17: Latin ch. 16 review quiz
  • Wednesday, 12/18: Creative writing story due; French and Indian War history test 

 

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett) 

This Week
  • The students continued to edit and revise their research papers surrounding the life of a famous scientist or inventor. In addition, the class read through much of A Christmas Carol and enjoyed the play on a field trip this week. Finally, the students took their final math assessment this week for the quarter, and focused on the metric measurements in comparison with standard. Rembrandt is the artist of the quarter and a fascinating man to study. His painting of The Prodigal Son was of special interest this week as the class peered into the Dutch Golden Age in history. Rembrandt’s use of shadow and light, as well as his unique style of allowing emotions to broadcast forth from the canvas were just a few of the characteristics that set him apart as one of the greatest artists in history. The class studied Luke’s account of the parable along with the painting.
  • Upcoming: Grammar test -12/15, Science Test- 12/16, Art History Test- 12/16.
  • Memory Work: BC History Song, Genetics Song,

         I John 1-2:19

Music 
  • For our lesson this week, we watched the first half of a historical BBC documentary video that was about our quarterly composer, Haydn. We also enjoyed time singing and praising the Lord with our Christmas hymns!
P.E.
  • This week the students played scatter ball outside.

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

 

Mrs. Byrd

Calculus
  • The class is reviewing the major concepts of the first semester in preparation for a cumulative test.  After this, we will be learning about Rolle’s Theorem and the Mean Value Theorem which are two applications of derivatives.
Precalculus
  • We’ve begun our study of trigonometry with a brief review of right triangle trig ratios, an introduction to radian measure, and a unit circle project.  Next, we will learn how to find a trig ratio for any size angle (not just acute angles) and also begin to consider how the repetitive nature of trig ratios leads to the concept of  trigonometric functions.
Geometry 
  • This week we concluded our brief logic study with a test and also completed a cumulative review and test.  Next week we will begin learning how to write proofs of our own. We will put our logic skills to the test and sort through clues to solve a bank robbery case.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • This week we were challenged through studying the prophecy of Amos. The book teaches about the greatness and justice of God. It ends with a prophecy that the gospel will be believed on by the Gentiles (Amos 9 and Acts 15:15-17).
  • We also learned about Jesus’ use of the Psalms in his ministry and death. Students have been working on writing a song of praise to the Lord. Today they shared their compositions with the class. The songs were devotionally deep and glorified the Lord greatly.  They are available to share to anyone who might want a copy. 
  • Next week,  there will be a test on the books of Psalms, Kings, and Amos. 

Mrs. Dovan

10th Rhetoric I
  • This week students finalized their chreias, and we began reviewing for our Rhetoric final. They will present next week.
12th Rhetoric II
  • Students have finalized the class thesis and will present to Mr. Johnston, Mrs. Mitchell, and Mrs. Fairchild on Tuesday!

 

Mrs. Fairchild

9th Grade Advanced Art
  • Our class has moved on from watercolor art to acrylic. The students are quickly learning that there is quite a difference between the two types of paint, but this gives them more options and allows for more creativity in their work. 

 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science:
  • The students have been diligently studying the complicated relationship between the Earth, Moon, and Sun and how the relative movements of these celestial bodies affects day, night, seasons, phases of the Moon, solar and lunar eclipses, and ocean tides on Earth. Ask your student why solar eclipses are so rare and why we don’t have a lunar eclipse every time we have a full moon. 
  • We will test this material on Thursday, December 19th.
8th Grade Science:
  • We have become very familiar with the periodic table this month. Students should now know where metals, nonmetals, and metalloids are located and how an element’s physical and chemical properties are related to its location on the periodic table. This week we worked on identifying the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons in an atom based on its complete chemical symbol. Students also learned to write their own chemical symbols for various isotopes and ions.
  • We will test this material on Thursday, December 19th.

 

Mr. Hamilton

9th History
  • What an incredible study we’ve had of the Industrial Revolution! In the process we’ve covered everything from Wordsworth to climate change. We wrap it all up next week with our quarter exam.
9th Literature
  • Our study of the Federalist Papers has been illuminating; nothing gets at the heart of “America”  more than following along as our forefathers debate the merits of a strong central government vs. the states and individual liberty.
9th Theology
  • This week in theology: repentance and good works and their accompanying tangles and thorns.
10th History
  • We are almost to the end of our first serious unit on Greek history, and we have already been more than a little surprised at how “modern” the Greeks were. So much to learn for our own day!
10th Literature
  • We have taken up perhaps the most famous of all of Plato’s works, The Republic, and examined its famous allegory of the cave and other key notions.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • Epistemology and philosophy of religion in the 20th century. 
12th History
  • This week we had more on the revolution in France, the Industrial Revolution, and the growing, pernicious influence of colonialism in the East.
12th Literature
  • It seems that Jane Eyre is now becoming 12th’s most beloved novel. In between scenes of glowing romanticism and feminine heroism lurk deep and serious themes, such as Jane’s internal struggle with contrasting visions of Christianity, her outward battle with higher social classes, and much else.

 

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week we discussed types of chemical reactions and reviewed for their third test of Q2. 
  • Next week we will review topics from the second quarter and the students will have their final exam on Wednesday, which will cover material we have discussed in Q2. 

 

Miss Oldham

8th Grade Omnibus
  • We have finished Henry V and are preparing for our cumulative final exam on December 16th. This will cover everything we have studied this semester. The students have been studying hard, so this should be a snap! 
11th Grade Literature
  • Our final exam is on December 13th and then our final project is due December 19th. The exam will cover everything we have studied this semester. The students have been studying hard, so this should be a snap! 
11th Grade History
  • Our final exam is on December 16th and our final paper is due December 13th. The exam will cover everything we have studied this semester. The students have been studying hard, so this should be a snap! 
7th Latin
  • Our final exam is on December 17th that is focused on vocabulary. 
8th Latin
  • Our final exam is on December 18th that is focused on vocabulary. 

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • This week we worked on our charcoal famous architecture drawings.  We are hoping to finish these up next week.
8th Art
  • This week we worked on our charcoal nature landscapes.  These are coming along nicely!
9th Spanish 
  •  This week we took our Chapter 3 test.  We spent a good amount of time reviewing past concepts and vocabulary this week as well.

10th/11th Spanish

  • This week we talked about the uses of “qué” and “cuál” meaning what/which.  We reviewed past vocabulary this week as well. In addition, we have been focusing on reading, writing, speaking, and listening — the four pillars of language learning. 

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we worked on writing the same number as a fraction, decimal, and percent. We worked on solving equations with mixed numbers. We also reviewed for our final test of the semester that will be on Monday.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we worked on the substitution method for solving equations with 2 variables and we also reviewed for our final test of the semester that will be on Monday.
10th Algebra II
  • This week we took a test and worked on test corrections. We really want to understand the new concepts for the semester final on Monday and before Christmas break.
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we had 2 quizzes on the same exact topic, the 9 rules of inference. Then we took those 9 rules and began applying them to actual arguments to prove their validity.
12th Systematic Theology
  • This week we talked a lot about the providence of God. We have also been working hard on our position papers due this Friday night. 

 

Mr. Davis

7th and 8th Grade Choir
  • This week the students worked on Christmas Music. 
7th and 8th Grade P.E.
  • This week the students did a circuit workout inside. 
7th Grade Logic
  • This week the students worked on the Fallacy of Composition and the Fallacy of Division.
8th Grade Logic
  • This week the students worked on Distributed Terms and Testing Syllogisms by Rules. 
Advanced P.E.
  • This week the students played football and had an indoor workout. 

 

Ms. Hutchison

 

7th Grade Forum

  • 7th grade students are exploring the connection between the covenants that God made with His people in the Old Testament and the prophecies made about the coming Messiah to the actual events that unfolded in History when Jesus came to earth.  We are exploring the meaning of the Advent season as we study the hymns,  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel and Handel’s For Unto Us A Child Is Born from The Messiah.
7th Grade Omnibus
  • History

Our classroom history timeline is taking shape, and we have progressed up to the beginning of the Iron Age, around 1,000 BC.  We are exploring the Greek Age of Heroes, which occurred simultaneously with the stories in the books of Joshua, Judges and 1 and 2 Samuel.  Our study of the reigns of King Saul and Kings David concluded with a unit test on 1 and 1 Samuel. We will pick up with our study of the reign of King Solomon and subsequent kings of Israel and Judah, the rise of the Greek city-states and the founding of Rome after the Christmas break.

  • Literature

Our literature studies have been focused this week on the exciting epic poem which tells the story of King Odysseus and his legendary journey home to Ithaca,  following the Trojan War. We are diving into the “larger than life” tales of his adventures and examining some of the important themes in this epic poem: hubris, loyalty, revenge, deception, humility and “spiritual” or personal growth.  

9th Grade Biology
  • General Biology students are continuing their study of the cell.  We finished up our class presentations of cell organelles and are learning details about the movement of substances across the cellular membrane.  Biology students will conclude this semester with a Module 6 Test on Wednesday, December 18.
Honors Biology
  • Honors Biology students are looking forward to well-deserved break from their intense study of the process of cellular respiration  🙂 We have been examining, in detail, the multiple steps involved in the process of cellular respiration, which living cells utilize in order to produce the energy necessary to do all functions necessary for life.  Honors Bio students will conclude this semester with a unit test on enzymatic structure and function and cellular respiration on Wednesday, December 18.
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