BB 2018-10-05

BRADFORD BULLETIN

Volume XI, Issue 8

FROM THE OFFICE

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Mon, 10/8 – XC meet at Noble Academy
  • Tues, 10/9 – MS and HS volleyball games -Away
  • Wed, 10/10 – MS soccer – Home
  • Thurs, 10/11
    • 1st, 5th grades:  field trip to Alamance Battleground
    • 6th grade:  field trip to Duke Gardens
    • JV soccer game – home
    • V volleyball – away
  • Fri, 10/12
    • Last day of 1st quarter
    • Report cards go home
    • JV soccer game – away
  • Sat, 10/13 – MOTM  Mad Dash, 5k and 10k event!
  • Mon, 10/15 – Fri, 10/19:  FALL BREAK
  • Thurs, 10/25 – Greek Olympics
  • Fri, 11/2 – School Pictures

 

FYI

  • SOCKTOBER:  Please read this note from 11th grader, Caleb Rivera. Dear Bradford families, it’s that time of year known as Socktober. Did you know that socks are the least donated item in most shelters? Every night in the United States, an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets.This October, we want to prove that even a small act of love, such as donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of neighbors who are homeless. We will take our donations to the Piedmont Rescue Mission in Burlington. There will be a collection bucket at the upper campus and the lower campus. This is the sixth year we have participated in this important ministry. Our collection will end on Oct. 31st.  Thank you for be willing to help. In Him, Caleb
  • Vote for your favorite metaphor!  (See final page)
  • Parenting Conference:  Hosted by Grace Reformed Baptist Church,  with Paul Tripp, Fri 11/2 – Sat 11/3, For more info and to register:  http://www.grbc.net/2018-parenting-conference

 

FROM THE TEACHER’s DESK

 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Luther)

Bible
  • This week the students studied Noah.  We saw the providence and plan for God begin to unfold.  We saw how well he loves us through how he provided for Noah and the animals.  
Theme Adventure
  • This week we tied our lessons together through Corduroy, the children’s classic tale.  TK created piggy banks and learned the importance of saving money. They also created Corduroy puppets and created animal masks.
  • TK completed formal assessments this week.
Literacy
  • TK has begun writing their name in all capital letters.  Be sure to ask your student where they start their letters and see if they can tell you: “at the top.”
  • TK  continued to practice building letters using chalk and wood pieces. They are beginning to learn how to create each letter.  
  • TK has been working on alphabet recognition with various games and activities.
  • TK has begun learning what is in a sentence.  They are learning to count and identify words in sentences.
Math
  • This week followed a progression of sorting items and putting them in order.  TK sorted all sorts of things and placed them on a graph. They are able to quickly tell what has the most and what has the fewest.
  • TK sorted things into groups of 5 or less.  TK practiced placing a number along side a group of items of the same number
Arts and Sciences
  • TK garden plants continue to grow! They are benefitting from the daily care of the students.
  • TK enjoyed animal classification by sorting animals according to their natural habitats of land, sea, or air.  
  • TK created animal masks and pretended to march 2 by 2 to the ark.
  • TK created piggy banks this week and learned about saving money.
  • TK also created Corduroy puppets.  

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

Language Arts
  • This week our target sounds were G and S. We constructed some “G” goggles that helped us to search all around our classroom for words that begin with the letter G. Our kindergarten scholars read bat, mat, and pat for the first time. They received an official certificate, which they can proudly display in their rooms. We completed an assessment for the letters T, D, P, and N.
  • In handwriting, we learned the proper strokes for the letter G and S. It is very important to develop good handwriting skills in kindergarten. Please continue to encourage your child to use proper strokes for the letters and numbers we have learned. They should know and review the three P’s of handwriting: pencil grip, posture, and paper position. We also want them to master careful erasing on their papers.
Math
  • Addition Facts : Doubles with Sums to 18, written assessment 5, and oral assessment 3
  • Ordering numbers to 20 and adding 1 to a number
History
  • In Genesis, we see the narrative of Abraham and Sarah. God tells Abraham to depart his homeland for a land that he would show him, ensuring to “make of him a great nation, bless him, make his name great, bless those who blessed him, and curse “him” that curses him. Abraham obeyed God. Abraham and Sarah are blessed with a son, Isaac, which means laughter.
  • Next week we will read the story of Joseph.
Science
  • We have begun our study of trees. As fall approaches the beauty of our trees comes into full light. Many of you may even take a trip to the mountains over fall break. Take a minute with your student to reflect on the majestic nature of the trees. Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing Trees by Jim Arnosky artistically engaged students as it revealed interesting facts about trees.
  • Next week, we will continue our study of trees with a nature walk.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and had our video music lesson on the subject of the conductor. We enjoyed our time coloring and listening to the music of Mozart, our quarterly composer. And finally, we stood up, warmed up our voices, and practiced the songs we will perform for Bradford Night.
Art
  • We continued our study of the color wheel and directed students to fill out their own version of the color wheel. Most students should be able to create the rainbow using just the primary colors. Ask them which colors are primary (red, blue, yellow), and how they can use those to create the secondary colors (purple, green, orange). If you feel brave, try mixing colors with your little artist over the weekend!
P.E.
  • We reviewed our calisthenic warm-up routine. They are mastering the art of doing a jumping jack! Our relay leaping race is become a fast favorite of everyone.
Memory Work:
  • We reviewed all of the first quarter verses thus far and learned Exodus 15:2.
  • Next week we will learn Psalm 75:1.

 

1st Grade (Mrs. Campbell)

Language Arts
  • Phonics target sound: Ending blends (st, sk, nd, nk, nt); Review
  • Phonics primer: My Clara
Math
  • This week we practiced dividing a square in half two different ways, identifying geometric shape pieces that differ in one way, doubles plus one facts, and telling the time one hour ago and one hour from now.  We also completed fact and written assessments.
History
  • Our class began a study of Pocahontas this week by reading the book by the d’Aulaire’s.  The students were excited to learn that the Indian princess was not a fictional character!
  • Field trip to “Colonial Days” at Alamance Battleground – Thursday, October 11th
Science
  • We reviewed our study of biology this quarter and students learned how to fill in a study guide for their test next Wednesday, October 10th.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our weekly praise verse together.  Then, we enjoyed some time listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Mozart. Our music theory lesson was about the names of the lines on the treble clef staff. Then, we warmed up our voices and sang the pieces we will be performing for Bradford Night.
Art
  • We did not have art this week due to the soccer tournament
P.E.
  • This week we had our annual Bradford Soccer Tournament. Thank you to everyone who helped make the tournament a success.
Memory Work:  
  • 2 Peter 1:20-21

 

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

Language Arts
  • Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, article adjectives
  • The students were introduced to MadLibs and practiced using the parts of speech that they have learned so far. Ask them about the story that was funniest to them.
  • We also began reading a short book called, Tornado, this week.
Math
  • Reading a thermometer in Fahrenheit
  • Writing money amounts using dollar signs and cent symbols
  • Reading and writing numbers to 1,000 using digits
History
  • We dove further into our study of ancient Egypt by learning about pyramids. We read several books and watched a short video showing the possible ways the Egyptians could have built these landmarks. We discussed the purpose of pyramids and why they Egyptians eventually stopped building them.
Science
  • The students took a mini field trip to the big field behind our school to hunt for insects.  Afterwards, they searched through our books to try and identify the different insects they found.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our weekly praise verse together.  Then, we enjoyed some time listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Mozart. Our music theory lesson was about the names of the lines on the treble clef staff. Then, we warmed up our voices and sang the pieces we will be performing for Bradford Night.
Art
  • We read Leonardo and the Flying Boy while finishing up cutting out our Last Supper figures. The students then created their own invention notebook just like Leonardo. Ask your child what kind of machine they drew in their book.
P.E.
  • This week we had our annual Bradford Soccer Tournament. Thank you to everyone who helped make the tournament a success.
Memory Work:
  • Philippians 2:14-15,
  • Matthew 6:19-21

 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Mitchell)

Language Arts
  • Reading:  Black Ships Before Troy – We found out what happens when a friend borrows your armor!
  • Writing:
  • Grammar:  Test on complete subject/complete predicates and simple subject/simple predicates.
Math
  • Drawing pictures for equal groups stories (students are learning that 3×8 chairs looks different than 8×3 chairs); identifying the number of days in each month and in a year or leap year; finding the date on a perpetual calendar; math assessment.
History
  • Greek Olympics – We learned about the history of the Olympics.  These students don’t have much memory of the modern Olympics to compare it to, but we drew comparisons as well.  Bradford will celebrate our own Greek Olympics early next quarter!
Science
  • Biome test and biome projects.
  • Field trip to the Greensboro Science Center
Latin
  • Chapter 7:  Sum chart and masculine noun endings.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our weekly praise verse together.  Then, we enjoyed some time listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Mozart. Our music theory lesson was about the names of the lines on the treble clef staff. Then, we warmed up our voices and sang the pieces we will be performing for Bradford Night.
Art
  • Students drew their best spheres and cubes, using all the skills that we have learned about shadow, shading, and placement.
P.E.
  • Soccer Field Trip – This is such a great opportunity to learn good sportsmanship.  I always see a new side of students out there on the field and it is so exciting to see them shine in new ways.
  • This week we had our annual Bradford Soccer Tournament. Thank you to everyone who helped make the tournament a success.
Memory Work:
  • 1 Peter 3:8-9

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton)

Language Arts:
  • Reading: Rolf and the Viking Bow–Rolf and Frodi are trying to win their freedom after becoming slaves to Einar’s prideful son, Grani.
  • Writing: Poetry (Cinquain, Diamante, and free-verse poems)
  • Grammar: We began working with prepositional phrases, added eight more words to our vocabulary list, and continued working with practice sentences.
Math:
  • Students learned the division algorithm, how to read scales, how to measure time and elapsed time, and how to multiply by multiples of 10 and 100.
History:
  • Mohammed and Islam–students learned about the beginnings of Islam and how this event changed the flow of history to the present time.
Science:
  • Field trip to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science
  • Botany Test: Thursday, October 11
Latin:
  • We studied third-person singular pronouns and began focusing on the Genitive case.
Music:
  • This week we began class with prayer and the students were given the chance to recite the weekly praise verse for a prize. We had a short time of listening to Mozart, and our music theory lesson was about the names of the lines on the treble clef staff. We practiced singing, “The BC History Fact Song,” for Bradford Night. Then, we spent the rest of class working on our recorders. We reviewed all the fingerings of the last few weeks, and learned two new ones, Low C, and Low D. Our homework is to practice learning and playing the song, “Largo.”
Art
  • This week students finished adding the buildings to their cities and added trees in the park across from their buildings. We learned about drawing the structure and shape of trees to make them look natural and realistic.
P.E.
  • This week we had our annual Bradford Soccer Tournament. Thank you to everyone who helped make the tournament a success.
Memory Work
  • I Cor. 13: 11-13
  • Flower Sound-off
  • Middle Ages and Renaissance History Song

 

5th Grade (Ms. Windes)

Language Arts
  • Reading: Our travelers this week have happened upon a new character, the prickly, kind, and courageous skin changer, Beorn. Through Beorn’s kindness and hospitality, Bilbo and the dwarves are resupplied before saying goodbye to Gandalf and heading into the eerie depths of Mirkwood.
  • Writing: The students are working on two projects at the moment, a research paragraph about a topic of their choice relating to Jamestown and a set of poems practicing using figurative language.
  • Grammar: The parts of a friendly letter have been the topic of discussion this week. The class is preparing to write a special letter to their pen pal in South Africa.
  • Upcoming: Grammar Test 10/9
Math
  • In math this week students practiced writing division answers as mixed numbers, finding multiples, adding and subtracting mixed numbers, finding the measures of a circle, and different types of angles.
  • Upcoming: Wednesday, 10/10: Math Test and multiplication facts test
History
  • We had an exciting week in history finishing our Magellan salt dough maps, beginning our Jamestown diorama, and learning about the first permanent English settlement in Jamestown, Virginia.
  • Upcoming: Friday, 10/12: Mayflower Test
Science:
  • At long last, we began studying the digestive system by watching an introductory video and completing a crossword puzzle with the names of all the organs of the digestive system. Students also began exploring the relationship between nutrition and digestive health.
Latin
  • Students continued translations as we learned a new set of vocabulary and the final set of one termination 3rd declension adjectives.
  • Upcoming: Wednesday, 10/11: Ch. 6 Vocab. Review Test
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and the students were given the chance to recite the weekly praise verse for a prize. We enjoyed some time listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Mozart. Our music theory lesson was based on the names of the notes on the lines of the treble clef. Then, we stood, warmed up our voices, and sang the pieces we will be performing for Bradford Night.
Art
  • The students practiced drawing chess pieces, learning about symmetry, shading, and adding highlights on shiny objects.
P.E.
  • This week we had our annual Bradford Soccer Tournament. Thank you to everyone who helped make the tournament a success.
Memory Work:
  • This week: Romans 12:9-13
  • Next week: Romans 12: 14-16

 

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett)

New Testament Survey
  • The class studied Mark, comparing his gospel with that of Matthew.  Mark’s focus on Jesus being the Servant King is timely this week as we focus as a class on servant leadership, self control  and humility.
  • I John 1:1-7
Literature
  • The week began with an Indian feast to celebrate the completion of The Jungle Book. Thank you to Mr. Gregory for making homemade naan, lentils and many other Indian delights to remind the class of the distinct setting they have been engrossed in thus far!
  • The Call of the Wild was introduced this week with a roaring start. The students enjoyed looking at the interactions between Buck and other dogs as well as the people he wrestled with. An assessment was given on chapter one.
  • The students looked closely at the various types of conflict in literature, focusing on Jack London’s work in particular.
Math
  • After a review and testing this week, the class dove into multiplying and dividing exponents as well as understanding the area of a rectangle and square versus the perimeter. The students are looking forward to area experiments around the school next week.
History
  • Excitement rose all week as the class researched and rehearsed for their industrial revolution skits.
Science
  • Studying the properties of light, reflection, refraction, incident light and mirrors culminated in… (drum roll please)… the making of solar ovens using Fresnel Lenses!
  • Field Trip to Duke Gardens: Oct. 11.
Writing/Grammar
  • A review of punctuation this week.
Latin
  • Along with practicing translations, students learned the 2nd declension noun endings.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and the students were given the chance to recite the weekly praise verse for a prize. We enjoyed some time listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Mozart. Our music theory lesson was based on the names of the notes on the lines of the treble clef. Then, we stood, warmed up our voices, and sang the pieces we will be performing for Bradford Night.
Art
  • Leonardo’s sketchbook does not hold a candle to the magnificent sketchbooks of this 6th grade class. Their tiresome work on creating a realistic hand, shading and using watercolor has proven fruitful!
  • Upcoming: Sketchbook Completion Assessment: Oct. 10.
Logic
  • The class reviewed the various fallacies in preparation for an upcoming test. They also learned about Ad Hominem this week and looked at many examples in everyday life. Students were challenged to find examples in magazines, advertisements or billboards.
  • Upcoming: Logic Test: Ch. 1-7, Oct. 9.
P.E.
  • This week we had our annual Bradford Soccer Tournament. Thank you to everyone who helped make the tournament a success.
Memory Work:
  • B.C. History Song, Modern History Song, The Gettysburg Address
  • I John 1:1-7

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

 

Mrs. Byrd

Physics
  • We have spent the week learning to add vector components.  Monday we will have a test on this unit. Next we will learn how to use our vector knowledge to analyze motion in two dimensions.
Precalculus
  • We have finished a study of polynomial functions – finding zeros and graphing them.  The work can be time consuming – we are thankful for the help of graphing calculators/online graphers.  On Monday we will solve a CSI style crime case that involves polynomial functions.
Geometry
  • The class is finishing  a study of segments and measurement – a test is planned for Monday.  Popsicle stick bridge construction is also underway. Next Friday we hope to see which team built the strongest bridge.

 

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • This week we have been studying the book of I Samuel. We have been challenged to pray as we have seen the faith of Hannah. Then we have examined the early ministry of Samuel – a Levite, a Judge, and a Nazarite. He was a man who obeyed God even when he had a difficult message. He was also a man who prayed to God. The Lord used him to deliver Israel and bring revival. Some have likened him to a Martin Luther.
  • We were challenged by what the Scriptures say of Samuel  “not to let any of the Lord’s words fall to the ground” (I Sam. 3.19).

 

Mrs. Dovan

8th Omnibus
  • Literature / Composition: We spent time researching, free-writing, and selecting arguments for the VFW Essay Contest: “Why I Honor the Flag.”  
  • History:  As we near the end of our study of Eusebius, we’ve been comparing the atmosphere of the early Church to our own experience of Christianity, especially as we read of so many key figures who were martyred.  
  • Theology:  Our study and memorization of the Apostle’s Creed has complemented our reading of Eusebius as it combats the heresies present in the first centuries of Christianity.  We have examined this statement of faith with good questions and fruitful discussion: Do we really believe Jesus descended into Hell? What am I saying when I say “I believe in the holy catholic Church?” Why were the creeds necessary, and how might they serve us differently today?
  • Upcoming: History / Theology test next Wednesday to close out the quarter.  It will cover John, Eusebius, and the Creeds.
11th Elective – Creative Writing
  • We have begun our unit on poetry, but before we write any, it’s important to know why poetry matters.  To supplement our own ideas of poetry, we’ve read excerpts from writers who saw imagination deeply connected to theology (Sidney, Chesterton, Lewis).  Students spent Friday piecing together their individual observations of an afternoon outdoors into a group-written poem.

 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science
  • We are wrapping up our unit on the origins and structure of the universe. Students should be studying their notes to prepare for a unit exam that will be given on Thursday, October 11th.
8th Grade Science:
  • This week we began our unit on the three states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases. We are working hard to distinguish between endothermic and exothermic changes and to understand what is happening at the molecular level when matter changes state.
  • There will be a quiz on phase changes on Thursday, October 11th.

 

Mr. Hamilton

7th Grammar/Comp
  • This week we worked really hard to master usage of subjective and objective pronouns.
7th Omnibus
  • We are halfway through The Odyssey at this point, and we have had wonderfully-fruitful discussions on its characters, theme, and plot. Students are also doing a great job getting a feel for Socratic seminars!
9th History
  • In our history class we are learning about the chaos in Europe following the Reformation and the rise of new nation-states. We are also learning the basics of emerging political philosophies, particularly those of Hobbes and Locke.
9th Literature
  • We wrapped up Of Plymouth Plantation with an honest discussion on just who the Pilgrims were, examining their basic theology and practices summa summarum.
9th Theology
  • After our Westminster Confession assessment, we are turning now to a broad examination of political theory, holding up various tenets of political ideology to the light of Scripture.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • This week we discussed Descartes’ search for epistemological certainty and Locke’s empiricist reply.

 

Dr. James

9th/10th Biology
  • This week the students completed their presentations describing various symbiotic relationships.  
  • Next week the students have a test on reptiles, birds, and mammals on Monday, the Final Exam on Wednesday, and a surprise activity on Friday.

 

Mr. Johnston

8th Latin
  • Wrapping up an extensive review of previous material.  We will have a vocabulary test on Thursday.
7th Logic
  • Students continue looking at the main category of informal fallacies, Fallacies of Relevance.  We have discussed Ad Hominem, Tu Quoque, and Genetic fallacies. Test over Chapter 1 next Thursday.

 

Mr. Miller

7th Latin
  • This week we (finally) moved on to a new chapter (after a lot of review) in which we studied the imperative form of verbs and the vocative case for nouns.
  • The students had a vocab quiz on the new words and will have a grammar quiz based on chapter 16 next Thursday.
8th Logic
  • We continued studying the relationship between statements by looking at different kinds of disagreement: real, apparent, and verbal. We also learned how to rewrite statements using the “to be” verb. The students have a test on chapters 6-11 next Thursday.
10th Literature
  • We finally finished reading the Iliad this week! We spent time reflecting on the ending, especially what it reveals about the characters of Achilles and Hector and how the two are in some way juxtaposed throughout the book. The final paper of the quarter on the Iliad is due next Wednesday.
10th History
  • As we near the end of Plato’s Republic, we have seen more clearly how Plato applies the analogy of order in a city to morality in the individual soul. We have also discussed the meaning of his famous “Cave Allegory” and what is true reality and the source of true pleasure according to Plato.
10th Rhetoric
  • This week we began working on essays for the “Patriot’s Pen” scholarship competition. The students have to craft a response to the prompt “Why My Vote Matters,” and those essays ranked highest will win money for college.
11th Literature
  • The final reading for the quarter, “Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp” will be due next Friday in time for us to watch the Disney movie Aladdin. This Friday the students had their first quarter Omnibus test, and next Wednesday their Omnibus paper is due.
11th History
  • We took a brief look at a few important passages from the Qur’an this week, which was our last book of the quarter. This Friday the students had their first quarter Omnibus test, and next Wednesday their Omnibus paper is due.
NT Greek
  • We studied the third person personal pronoun “autos” this week and discussed its various uses. This is the last new chapter of the quarter, so the final test of the quarter (next Thursday) will cover chapters 1-12.

 

Mrs. Palmer

7th Art
  • We are in the final stages of our cartoon clips.  Students are finishing in ink and color and mounting to cardstock.
8th Art
  • We continued on with our famous historical figure portraits and details are being added. They’re  taking shape!
9th Spanish
  • We worked on -AR ending verbs this week and learned how to conjugate them.  We learned numbers and worked on question words as well. Students are putting information together now and their knowledge seems to be improving vastly!

 

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we spent a few days learning how to convert measurements using unit multipliers.
  • Next week we will have a test that covers the first 24 lessons.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we spent a few days learning the commutative properties of addition and multiplication for algebra.
  • Next week we will have a test that covers the first 24 lessons.
7th/8th P.E.
  • This week we had a volleyball game, girls vs. boys. Congrats ladies on your win!
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we we spent a lot of time working on truth tables and determining the validity of a proposition.

 

Mr. Davis

7th and 8th Grade Choir
  • This week we spent a time working on proper vocal technique. We also work on the song “O Holy Night.”
  • Next week we will continue to work on proper vocal technique as well as singing in tune. We will also finalize “O Holy Night” and begin work on “The First Noel.”
11th Grade Introduction to Church Worship
  • This past week we finalized a worship set with the songs, “Alas and Did My Savior Bleed”, “How Great Is Our God”, and “Blessed Be Your Name”. We also began a theological discussion on worship from the book “Engaging with God” by David Peterson.
  • Next week we will continue our theological discussion through the book, “Engaging with God,” as well as working on vocal tone and vocal blending in a group.

  

Metaphorically Speaking

Original Metaphors by 11th Grade Creative Writing

1

Her soft hug was an umbrella against the biting rain of fear that poured around me.

2

The sun waved a mournful goodbye and slid beneath the covers of the night.

3

Solitude crashed over me like a towering wave in an ocean of calm and companionship.

4

My eyes flit from place to place like a sparrow searching for his morning breakfast.

 

5

After years of neglect and accumulation of dust, my book let out a thunderous sneeze when I disturbed its home on my nightstand.

6  

The semester paper hovered around our consciences like a mosquito waiting to subtly attack its prey.

7

The plot twisted like a Twizzler.

 

VOTE for your favorite: mdovan@bradfordacademy.org

 

*Last week’s winner: “I felt the cold, clammy hands of terror release me as the nightmare faded and reality slowly came back.” by Mallory Jones

 

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