BB 2018-11-09

BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XI, ISSUE 12

FROM THE OFFICE

UPCOMING

  • Monday, 11/12 – Veterans Day observed.  NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, 11/13 – Make-up school pictures (for kids who were absent the first time)
  • Thursday, 11/15 – BRADFORD NIGHT!!  K – 6th grades (See e-mail for more details)
  • Tuesday, 11/20 – Thanksgiving feast
  • Wednesday, 11/21 – 23 – Thanksgiving break
  • Saturday, 11/24 – Local Author Book Fair 10 AM to 5 PM featuring readings by notable authors Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate, Nancy Peacock, 2018 Piedmont Laureate, Lee Smith, and Anna Jean Mayhew, plus signings by Allan Gurganus and many other authors.  The event is free and open to the public at the Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough, 137 W Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, NC 27278

 

FYI

  • REMINDER:  4th – 6th grades are due to bring in 2 boxes of tissue (no lotion), 1 bottle of Softsoap, 2 Clorox wipes containers.  Thank you to those who have brought them in already. If you have not done so yet, please consider getting them in by this Friday.  
  • UNIFORM TIP of the WEEK:  Long black socks should be worn with guys’ dress uniform pants.   Please, no white socks, and no ankle socks. The goal is that no skin should be visible when they sit.  This will keep them looking sharp!
  • Vote for your favorite metaphor!  (See final page)

 

FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Luther)

Bible
  • This week we completed our study of Moses by learning about the Ten Commandments!  
Theme Adventure
  • TK explored the forest trails this week hunting for signs of fall and even winter.  God has given us a beautifully colored campus this season. We are thankful we get to experience it!
Literacy
  • TK has been building knowledge of compound words, how to form them, and how to break them apart.
  • We continue to practice letter formation of capitals and numbers.
  • TK is practicing reading left to right in various types of books.  They are using their fingers as guides as the teachers read aloud.
Math
  • This week TK continued practice with ordering objects to the fourth position.  
  • TK began using and counting pennies as well.  
  • Next week we will begin learning to tell time to the hour.
Arts and Sciences
  • TK harvested spices from the garden.  Spice blends will be created, tasted and shared next week.  

 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

Language Arts
  • This week we distinguished between short a and short e sounds. Students practiced their sight words, and we read our first book as a class, Pan and the Mad Man!
Math
  • Covering a design in different ways
  • Counting by 10’s to 100
  • Subtraction facts: subtracting 1
  • Identifying identical designs
History
  • We studied the judges of Israel and the cycle of sin, repentance, and redemption displayed during this time.
Science
  • We continued our study of the seasons reading The Reasons for the Seasons by Gail Gibbons. Students demonstrated how the tilt of the earth creates the four seasons. They took turns being the earth as it orbited the sun (a flashlight). We incorporated our study of trees to dig deeper into how the seasons affect trees and their food making processes.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and worked hard on singing and practicing our songs for Bradford Night! Our video lesson was about rhythm, beat, and tempo, and we enjoyed some time coloring and listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Handel.
  • Mark your calendars, Bradford Night is next Thursday night, November 15, at 7:00pm!
Art
  • Kindergarteners finished up their weaving projects while we listened to music composed by George Frideric Handel. Exercising those fine motor skills and maintaining a pattern proved to be challenging, but they persevered.
P.E.
  • We continued working on locomotor movements and organized competition. Students are beginning to see the value in working together as a team in order to win!
Memory Work:
  • This week’s verse was  John 14:6; next week we will work on I Corinthians 10:13.

 

1st Grade (Mrs. Campbell)

Language Arts
  • Phonics target: Final silent E; Alphabetical order
Math
  • This week we practiced identifying horizontal, vertical, and oblique lines; dividing a whole into halves, fourths, and eighths; weighing objects using nonstandard units; comparing and ordering objects by weights; sums of 10 addition facts
History
  • Our class continuing learning about the Scrooby Pilgrims as they finally escaped persecution in England and settled in Holland.  We also spent the week working in history notebooks, reviewing border songs, and polishing up our Columbus poem.
Science
  • Bird of the month:  Canada goose
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our weekly praise verse out loud together. Then, we enjoyed some time listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Handel. Our history of hymns was about, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” and our music theory lesson was based on musical signs and their meanings. Lastly, we sang and practiced our music for Bradford Night.
  • Mark your calendars, Bradford Night is next Thursday night, November 15, at 7:00pm!
Art
  • Through guided drawing, each student created a bird scene.
P.E.
  • This week we learned how to play a variant of a game called “Capture the Flag.” This is the second part of the game that they will be playing next week called “Borrowing the Pumpkins.” This is a game composed of both “Tag” and “Capture the Flag.”
Memory Work:  
  • Romans 12:1,2

 

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

Language Arts
  • We continued reading Encyclopedia Brown, trying to solve the cases ourselves before reading the solutions.
  • Common vs. Proper nouns
  • Plural noun endings, irregular words
  • The students have learned cursive lower case letters: l, h, k, t, e and i.
Math
  • Identifying place value to hundreds
  • Writing three-digit numbers in expanded form
  • Naming line segments
  • Identifying a missing digit in an addition problem
History
  • Hagar and Ishmael-We discussed the two big mistakes Sarah made in this story; lack of patience and lack of faith. Ask your child to tell you how Sarah showed these character flaws in the story.
Science
  • The students continued to work on drawing and coloring their symmetrical insects. They also identified and labeled half of the insects in our collection using both the common name and scientific name for each insect. The Insect Collection as well as the students’ drawings will be on display at Bradford Night next Thursday!
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our weekly praise verse out loud together. Then, we enjoyed some time listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Handel. Our history of hymns was about, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” and our music theory lesson was based on musical signs and their meanings. Lastly, we sang and practiced our music for Bradford Night.
  • Mark your calendars, Bradford Night is next Thursday night, November 15, at 7:00pm!
Art
  • We continued to learn about perspective by drawing the background for our Last Supper recreations. Be sure to see their finished work at Bradford Night next Thursday!
P.E.
  • This week we learned how to play a variant of a game called “Capture the Flag.” This is the second part of the game that they will be playing next week called “Borrowing the Pumpkins.” This is a game composed of both “Tag” and “Capture the Flag.”
Memory Work
  • Proverbs 25:6-13

 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Mitchell)

Language Arts
  • Reading:  We have completed reading comprehension questions for each of the Greek gods and goddesses, which should aid students in the finishing touches of their projects.  We continue to read aloud Black Ships Before Troy, learning this week about Odysseus ingenious plan to give the Greeks a leg up on the Trojans.
  • Writing:  Most students completed a prewriting, 1st copy and final copy of 2 point paragraphs.
  • Grammar:  Lesson 6 focuses on subject verb agreement and the fact that “you” is always plural.  We know this intuitively being native English speakers, but it helps to reinforce it to make us better writers.
Math
  • Designing and conducting a survey; students always enjoy coming up with a “what is your favorite…” question and polling adults and students.  We will use these results in a future lesson. Identifying the number of years in a decade, a century, and a millennium; multiplying by 10, 100, 1,000 and 10,000 using mental computation; identifying United States time zones and the time in different parts of the U.S.; multiplying a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number using mental computation; estimating a product; multiplying 3 single digit numbers.
History
  • We discussed the reasons that scripture provides for the judgement of God on Israel in 722 B.C. and on Judah in 586 B.C.  The takeover of the Assyrians and later by the Babylonians sets the stage for future history cards that talk about the Persians and the Persian Wars.
Science
  • After finishing our phases of the moon booklet, we learned a song about the phases that will help students identify them, especially the difference between the waxing and waning stages.  We also began research in seat partners about the different planets. These will be presented to the class.
Latin
  • Adjective endings.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our weekly praise verse out loud together. Then, we enjoyed some time listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Handel. Our history of hymns was about, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” and our music theory lesson was based on musical signs and their meanings. Lastly, we sang and practiced our music for Bradford Night.
  • Mark your calendars.  Bradford Night is next Thursday night, November 15, at 7:00pm!
Art
  • Students finished their watercolor pumpkins.  We will hopefully have time to touch them up and mount them this week.
P.E.
  • This week we took part in Bradford Bootcamp. We focussed on push-ups, crunches, jumping-jacks, and wall sits. We will do these again later in the quarter to see how we improve.
Memory Work
  • I Thessalonians 4:9-10

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton)

Language Arts
  • Reading: Students greatly enjoyed their reenactment of the most exciting chapter from Rolf and the Viking Bow. We also began our next reading adventure, Robin Hood.
  • Writing: Fourth graders are working hard on completing second drafts of their stories based on a picture.
Math
  • After learning to write quotients with mixed numbers, students took their seventh assessment. We also spent a good bit of time on our fourth investigation, where we continued our study of sequences by learning to recognize different patterns, such as the pattern of the Fibonacci sequence.
History
  • Feudal System–students greatly enjoyed playing the Feudal System game, where each student got to be a king/overlord, a vassal, a lesser noble, a knight, a freeman, or a serf. Fourth graders also enjoyed learning about heraldry, and each one created their own coat of arms; their projects will be displayed on Bradford Night.
Science
  • In class, we learned about atoms and subatomic particles, discovered that there are only 92 kinds of atoms, and learned (using LEGOs) the definitions for atom, element, compound, molecule, and mixture.
  • During our lab time, with just a few ingredients, students created “fireworks” in water, as well as lava lamps. Students are greatly enjoying the lab time and are recording all of the experiments in their lab books.
Latin
  • Chapter 9: We learned second person pronouns and continued our focus on the genitive case. Students also wrote short stories (mostly) in Latin using their vocabulary words and derivatives.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our weekly praise verse out loud together. Then, we enjoyed some time listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Handel. Our history of hymns was about, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” and our music theory lesson was based on musical signs and their meanings. Lastly, we practiced playing, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” on our recorders.
  • Mark your calendars, Bradford Night is next Thursday night, November 15, at 7:00pm!
Art
  • Students began drawing colored pencil apples, practicing the layering of colors and using contour lines to create a spherical and realistic looking apple.
P.E.
  • This week we took part in Bradford Bootcamp. We focussed on push-ups, crunches, jumping-jacks, and wall sits. We will do these again later in the quarter to see how we improve.
Memory Work:
  • Bradford Night song
  • Psalm 23
  • I Cor. 13: 1-13
  • Parts of Speech verse

 

5th Grade (Ms. Windes)

Language Arts
  • Reading: Our travelers found themselves in a nearly hopeless situation with all but little Bilbo locked up in the wood elves’ palace; we discussed Bilbo’s changing role in his own eyes and in the dwarves eyes as he twice rescues the dwarves from both the spiders and the elves. We also discussed despair and hope and how those qualities affected the travelers.
  • Grammar: Double negatives and the two methods of correcting them filled the room this week as the students created their own sentences, and then corrected each other.
Math
  • Students learned about adding and subtracting decimal numbers and whole numbers, squares and square roots, multiplying decimal numbers, using circle graphs, and collecting, organizing, and displaying data.
History
  • In history this week we learned about two major events in the Massachusetts Bay Colony: the expulsion of the feisty Roger Williams who went on to found the religiously tolerant Rhode Island colony, and the Salem Witch Trials.
Science
  • After a review of chemistry basics, fifth graders began learning about atomic number and atomic mass and learned how to find out the number of neutrons of any given element; this, naturally, led us to a discussion about isotopes. Also, students enjoyed a brief documentary about Dmitri Mendeleev, the man behind the periodic classification of elements.  During lab time, students enjoyed “exploding” sandwich bags (vinegar and baking soda), boiling volcanoes (yeast and hydrogen peroxide), and other simple but fun demonstrations.
Latin
  • We learned about and practiced using the pluperfect tense this week besides learning this chapter’s vocabulary and continuing to practice translations.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our weekly praise verse out loud together. Then, we enjoyed some time listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Handel. Our history of hymns was about, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” and our music theory lesson was based on musical signs and their meanings. Lastly, we sang and practiced our music for Bradford Night.
  • Mark your calendars, Bradford Night is next Thursday night, November 15, at 7:00pm!
Art
  • Students have been polishing their Bradford Night artwork, adding texture to the wood, reflections to the chess pieces, and shadows to the blocks! Be on the lookout for your student’s piece next Thursday!
P.E.
  • This week we took part in Bradford Bootcamp. We focussed on push-ups, crunches, jumping-jacks, and wall sits. We will do these again later in the quarter to see how we improve.
Memory Work
  • This week: Proverbs 15:16-17
  • Next week: Isaiah 40:1-2

 

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett)

New Testament Survey
  • A focus on God’s faithfulness was the focus this week. The students memorized verses throughout the Bible surrounding this theme.
  • Upcoming: Bradford Night recitation of God’s Faithfulness Scripture
Literature
  • A look at poetry and practicing reading poetry outside brought much joy to the class this week as the students enjoyed the “experience” of hearing poetry aloud. The students then analyzed the meaning of “A Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and presented their thoughts to the rest of the class.
Math
  • After working through   multiples/, least common multiple, equivalent division problems, two-step word problems, finding the average and mean, a rounding whole numbers and mixed numbers and finally estimating answers and finding common denominators to solve fractions; the students prepared for an upcoming test with a math relay game.
  • Upcoming: Monday: Math test 5B; Wednesday: Mathematical Mansion due
History
  • Westward expansion and the slogan, “Manifest Destiny” brought America’s growth from coast to coast into focus this week. The class looked closely at the journey that many farmers took west, the four trails carved out for specific purposes, and examined Mormonism in light of the trail ending in Salt Lake City. The students analyzed some of the differences between Mormonism and the Christian faith.
Writing/Grammar
  • The students began to create an outline for their Industrial Revolution research paper.
Latin
  • We enjoyed sight translating a passage and then learned about the chameleon nature of adjectives in Latin. Students also reviewed the imperfect and future tense forms of the being verbs.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our weekly praise verse out loud together. Then, we enjoyed some time listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Handel. Our history of hymns was about, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” and our music theory lesson was based on musical signs and their meanings. Lastly, we sang and practiced our music for Bradford Night.
  • Mark your calendars, Bradford Night is next Thursday night, November 15, at 7:00pm!
Art
  • The students learned about studying still life, blending colors, and create gorgeous fall leaves with watercolors.
P.E.
  • This week we took part in Bradford Bootcamp. We focussed on push-ups, crunches, jumping-jacks, and wall sits. We will do these again later in the quarter to see how we improve.
Logic
  • The class reviewed the previous fallacies, and looked in particular at the fallacy called, Straw Man this week.
  • Upcoming:Tuesday:  Logic Test: Lessons 1-12
Science
  • DNA, genes, chromosomes, double helixes, and the uniqueness of each individual was spotlighted this week as the class explored heredity and traits. Each student created their own double helix complete with sugars, phosphates, hydrogen bonds, adenine, cytosine, thymine and guanine.
  • Upcoming: Thursday: Cell Project due
Memory Work:
  • Faithfulness verse, The Gettysburg Address, Logic Sound Off

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

 

Mrs. Byrd

Physics
  • We completed a study of projectile motion with a test on Wednesday.  Now we are taking a look at Newton’s Three Laws – Intertia, Force/Acceleration, Action/Reaction.  This brings up some interesting concepts – such as the idea of a wall pushing back against the person leaning against it.
Precalculus
  • We are continuing on in our study of logs and exponents.  We have learned about the graphs and various properties of both functions.  Next we will learn to solve exponential and logs equations and how this transfers applies to some common applications in science and so
Geometry
  • The class completed a study of angles and their measure with a test on Wednesday.  Our next topic will be an introduction to logical reasoning – especially as it applies to mathematical proofs.

 

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • We have finished II Kings and had a test for I & II Samuel and also I Kings.

 

Mrs. Dovan

8th Omnibus
  • Literature / Composition: As we finished Beowulf and had a fruitful graded discussion, students began writing an encomium of Beowulf.  An encomium is a 6-paragraph essay with a predetermined outline that praises someone or something. With structure already in place, students are able to focus on generating good arguments consistent with their thesis.
  • Theology:  We are nearly through On the Incarnation and have discussed important questions like: Why was it important that Christ’s death was public?  How does the world try to atone for “sin”? How does the OT, particularly Isaiah, support that Jesus is the Messiah?
  • Upcoming: The final draft of the encomium (as well as the editing pages) are due Wednesday November 14.
11th Elective – Creative Writing
  • We are finishing up our poetry chapbooks. The seven poems are due Friday November 16.

 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science:
  • We wrapped up our unit on the relationship between the sun and Earth with a study of seasonal changes. Students should now be able to explain the difference between a solstice and an equinox and explain why Earth’s tilt has caused our days to get shorter and shorter as we head toward the winter solstice. We took a unit test on Thursday.
  • As we begin our new unit on the moon, students will be keeping a daily moon log. Remind your student to check out the moon as a new moon cycle began on Wednesday. The waxing crescent moon this week will be rising in the eastern sky in the morning hours and setting in the western sky in the evening hours. The best time to observe it will be late afternoon or early evening. Check it out!
8th Grade Science:
  • We finished our unit this week on solids, liquids, and gases with a summative exam. We’re beginning a new chemistry unit on the nature of atoms and the periodic table. By the end of this unit, the students should be very familiar with the periodic table and how it is organized. Between now and Christmas, students should expect frequent periodic table quizzes as we work to memorize the major elemental groups.

 

Mr. Hamilton

7th Grammar/Comp
  • More work this week using precise, concrete language. Students are working hard to improve their writing.
7th Omnibus
  • We are continuing to march through Herodotus. This week, we read of the famous last stand of the 300 at the battle of Thermopylae, as well as the battles of Plataea and Salamis.
9th History
  • In history this week we are discussing the founding of America and its initial key documents.
9th Literature
  • We are greatly enjoying our reading of Pride and Prejudice. Students are doing a fabulous job delving into the intricacies of the relationships between major characters.
9th Theology
  • Our key question in theology this week was whether the American revolution was justified from a Christian point of view.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • This week we studied the philosophies of Marx, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche.

 

Dr. James

9th/10th Biology
  • This week we discussed plant physiology, including photosynthesis, movement, and pollination.  We also learned how three different carnivorous plants lure and capture prey.
  • We will conclude our study of botany with a test on Wednesday (14th).  Our next next topic will be ecology – the study of how organisms interact with each other and their environment.

 

Mr. Johnston

8th Latin
  • Began Chapter 18 vocabulary and grammar.
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.

 

Mr. Miller

7th Latin
  • This week we discussed the dative of possession construction, which consists of a noun in the dative case plus a form of the “to be” verb.
8th Logic
  • This week we spent time reviewing for the test next Tuesday, which covers translating statements into categorical form as well as the relationship between statements (seen in the square of opposition).
10th Literature
  • This week we spent time writing our own fables after the model of Aesop, which also had to include a moral or aphorism.
10th History
  • We discussed many of Aristotle’s moral virtues this week and the corresponding extreme vices. We also began looking at his complex treatment of the virtue justice.
10th Rhetoric
  • This week we learned about the five canons of classical rhetoric: invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery.
11th Literature
  • This week we started reading and discussing Dante’s Purgatory, which is the second volume in his great work The Divine Comedy.
11th History
  • This week we started reading selections from Thomas Aquinas’ magnum opus Summa Theologiae.
NT Greek
  • We learned about the demonstrative pronoun and the vocative case this week.

 

Mrs. Palmer

7th Art
  • We started learning how to use charcoal this week and began small studies of Greek architecture. We learned about the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian periods of architecture and studied key elements of these periods.
8th Art
  • We started learning how to use charcoal this week and began small studies of landscapes.
9th Spanish
  • We worked more on -AR ending verbs, talked about descriptive adjectives, possessive adjectives, then jumped right into -ER and -IR ending verbs. We also added some new vocabulary this week.

 

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we worked on test corrections and learning how to add and subtract mixed numbers. E also learned how to determine rates and how to use them in solving word problems.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we worked on test corrections and learning how to factor and simplify terms with multiple variables.  
7th/8th P.E.
  • This week we returned to Bradford Bootcamp and took times on our dot drills. This is a drill to increase  speed and agility. We also took times on the 20 yd(ish) dash.
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we continued to learn how shorter truth tables can help determine validity, consistency, and equivalency.

 

Mr. Davis

7th and 8th Grade Choir
  • This week the 7th and 8th grade Choir worked on “O Little Town Of Bethlehem” and Narration for the Christmas Carol Concert.  
  • Next Monday the 7th and 8th grade will not meet because they will be out of school for Veterans Day.
11th Grade Introduction to Church Worship
  • This week the 11th Grade worked on a worship set for Friday’s Forum. They also worked on an original hymn written by Hannah Campbell.
  • Next week the 11th Grade will finalize the music and lyrics for Hannah Campbell’s hymn, as well as studying “Engaging with God” by David Peterson.      

    

Metaphorically Speaking

Original Metaphors by 11th Grade Creative Writing

1

The deadening leaves sparkled with the last drops of sunlight.

2

The mountain reached up and touched the heavens with its snow capped finger.

3

The fabric flowed from the summit of her rigid shoulders like evergreen highland streams.

4

The pitiful girl was as demure as a deer when she gazed about the room crowded with strangers.

 

5

Thoughts of Anselm and Kant wandered homeless through my brain, only to find their home in the dismal shack of a philosophy paper.

6  

As I stepped into the gym, I entered a tomb abandoned in the past.

7

The raindrops hopped from branch to branch throwing tiny specks of light on everything around them.

 

VOTE for your favorite: mdovan@bradfordacademy.org

 

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