BB 2018-11-30

BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XI, ISSUE 14

 

FROM THE OFFICE

 

UPCOMING

  • Mon, 12/3:  JV boys basketball vs ACS
  • Tues, 12/4:  
    • V girls and JV boys basketball @ ORMA
    • Wrestling club
  • Thurs, 12/6:  
    • OPEN HOUSE for prospective parents.  If you know of anyone interested in learning more, please have them contact us!
    • Wrestling Club
  • Fri, 12/7:  
    • 4th – 6th grades field trip:  NC Museum of Art
    • MS boys game vs Union Grove
  • Thurs, 12/12:  7th – 8th grade to sing for 1st Baptist
  • Thurs, 12/13:  
    • 7th – 8th – sing at 1st Presbyterian in Burlington
    • 1st – 3rd grades field trip:  Nutcracker
      • Permission slips will go home next week, but for planning purposes:  departure will be around 8:30. The show begins at 9:30, lasting for approximately 1 hour.  Students should return to Bradford around 11:00. Cost is $5 per ticket.
  • NEW DATE:  Tuesday, 12/18  Middle school Christmas Concert, 7:00 pm, at DTC
  • Fri, 12/21:  Christmas celebration; noon dismissal

FYI

  • 2019/2020 Tuition Rates can be found here.  
  • Vote for your favorite metaphor!  (See final page)
  • Historical Christmas by Candlelight – Experience an 1870s North Carolina Christmas with Duke Homestead…storytelling, cookies and cider, live music, singing, dancing, and a whole lot of history as costumed interpreters lead you on a candlelit tour through our historic area. This is a unique opportunity to see the Duke family home brought to life as it might have been when the Dukes lived here!Doors open at 6:30pm.Tours depart from the Visitor Center every 15 minutes. You will purchase tickets for a specific tour time. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early. See Duke Homestead website.

 

FROM THE TEACHER’s DESK

 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Luther)

Bible
  • This week we learned about David and Goliath.  TK students enjoyed the story of the brave little boy who loved the Lord.
Theme Adventure
  • TK created bird feeder garland this week.  The students learned they can be a help to the local creatures by providing food.  TK used raisins, prunes, cranberries, whole grain bread, popcorn, and Cheerios to create beautiful strands of bird food!
Literacy
  • TK was introduced to finding syllables this week!  We had great fun learning to clap to each part of words.  We will continue to practice this in the weeks ahead.
  • TK continued to study compound words.  
Math
  • This week TK began learning to use pennies to pay for items in the class store.  
Arts and Sciences
  • TK practiced sorting food into groups.  

 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

Language Arts
  • This week our kindergarten scholars  completed their second book, Bad Meg. We added more special exhibit words to our Phonics Museum. These are words that need to be memorized because they do not follow the rules. Mastery of these words will help our students become better readers.  This weeks museum bag was filled with items that begin with the letter “I.” Students presented their treasures and then took questions from their classmates. Their public speaking skills are improving and they are becoming confident speakers.
Math
  • Identifying the even numbers to 20
  • Identifying and locating numbers on a hundred number chart
  • Counting dimes and pennies
  • Estimating the capacity of containers
  • Ordering by capacity
  • Identifying 1 cup liquid measure
History
  • Our timeline has brought us to the story of David. David is flawed, incredibly human, yet called a man after God’s own heart. He is a young shepherd, chosen by God for his pure heart.  The qualities the Lord prized when appointing David to lead His people are not necessarily the characteristics most people think of when they are looking for leaders.
Science
  • We carried our math lesson into science using various containers, water, and food coloring  to explore the relationship between the liquid measurements: gallon, quarts, pints, and cups.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer, warmed up our voices, and sang our quarterly Christmas hymns. Then, we had our video lesson with the title, “Introduction to Melody.” We enjoyed coloring and listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Handel, for the last half of class.
Art
  • Combining math, science and art, students colored, cut out, and pasted to create the gallon man. This visual will help them remember the liquid equivalents.
P.E.
  • Due to the weather, we stayed indoors for P.E.
Memory Work:
  • I Corinthians 10:13
  • Next week Isaiah 9:6

 

1st Grade (Mrs. Campbell)

Language Arts
  • Phonics target: Decoding VCV words; ARE words (car, care); Final BLE words (able); S as Z (use)
  • Phonics primer: Up in the Sky – reading comprehension
Math
  • This week we practiced adding 10 to a multiple of 10, finding missing numbers on a piece of the hundred number chart, identifying pairs, dividing a set of objects into groups of two, identifying tens and ones, and graphing.
History
  • Our class continued the journey with the Pilgrims as they settled in Plymouth Bay, lost half of their loved ones that first winter, and made a treaty with Chief Massasoit which led to nearly 50 years of peace with the Indians.  We added an entry to our history notebooks and had fun singing the Border State songs, pointing to each state as we go.
Science
  • We continued our study of birds by reading What Makes a Bird a Bird?  We then identified and labeled the physical features of a bird.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer, and read our weekly praise verse together. Then, we had a history of hymns about, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” We warmed up our voices and sang our quarterly Christmas hymns. Finally, we spent the last half of class watching a video of Handel’s, “Messiah.”

Art

  • We practiced the technique of overlapping.  Using two or three shapes, students drew different ways to “overlap” or give the illusion that one shape is behind the other.
P.E.
  • In keeping his promise to the students, Mr. Palmer allowed the students to play “borrow the pumpkin” in honor of Thanksgiving.
  • Next week we will begin some basic basketball drills.
Memory Work:  
  • Psalm 1

 

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

Language Arts
  • We began reading Sarah, Plain and Tall.
  • The students have learned to write the lowercase letters l, h, k, t, e, i, u, j, p and a.
  • We continued to work on singular vs. plural nouns. Test over the plural noun chart will be next week.
Math
  • Finding perimeter
  • Using comparison symbols
  • Multiplying by 0, 1, 5, 7, 10
History
  • The birth and sacrifice of Isaac-God’s promise to Abraham begins to be fulfilled with the birth of Isaac. God’s testing of Abraham soon afterwards led to some great discussions on how to truly trust in God.
Science
  • Introduction to the Scientific Method and States of Matter
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer, and read our weekly praise verse together. Then, we had a history of hymns about, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” We warmed up our voices and sang our quarterly Christmas hymns. Finally, we spent the last half of class watching a video of Handel’s, “Messiah.”
Art
  • The students were introduced to Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel. After watching a short video showing the inside of the chapel the students each chose a section of the ceiling to color. Then, they had to try and color their picture while it was taped to the bottom of their desk…Sistine Chapel style!
P.E.
  • In keeping his promise to the students, Mr. Palmer allowed the students to play “borrow the pumpkin” in honor of Thanksgiving.
  • Next week we will begin some basic basketball drills.
Memory Work
  • Proverbs 25:6-16

 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Mitchell)

Language Arts
  • Reading:  D’Aulaires Greek Myths – The 10 Labors of Heracles
  • Writing: Keyword Outline:  The Crow and the Peacocks – Adding strong verbs, adverbs and quality adjectives.
  • Grammar:  Chapter 7 – Subject, object and possessive pronouns; understood subject pronouns (you) at the beginning of an imperative sentence.
Math
  • Drawing and reading a circle (pie) graph; adding money amounts and using a catalog to “buy” items; multiplication facts up to 36; filling out an order form; estimating and measuring distance on a map; making a table to solve a problem; assessment.

History
  • The Founding of Rome – The growth of the influence of Rome will be a theme that we trace through the end of the year, but especially in the next weeks until we reach the birth of Christ history card.
Science
  • Constellations and the night sky:  We made a book of constellations, continued to memorize and identify the phases of the moon and recalled Greek myths that gave rise to the constellations.
Latin
  • Chapters 12 & 13;  We spent a week in thorough review and had the test on Chapter 12 from before the break.  Students are becoming more adept at translating.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer, and read our weekly praise verse together. Then, we had a history of hymns about, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” We warmed up our voices and sang our quarterly Christmas hymns. Finally, we spent the last half of class watching a video of Handel’s, “Messiah.”
Art
  • We are continuing to draw and then paint with watercolors.  The finished products will be wrapped on Friday the 21st so that students may give them as a gift.  Students with extra class time will be working on drawing a Greek soldier in anticipation of our upcoming history card on the Persian Wars.
P.E.
  • In keeping his promise to the students, Mr. Palmer allowed the students to play “borrow the pumpkin” in honor of Thanksgiving.
  • Next week we will begin some basic basketball drills.
Memory Work
  • John 10:9-10

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton)

Language Arts
  • Reading: Students continue to greatly enjoy reading The Adventures of Robin Hood. With more reading being completed at home, students should always be ready for a pop quiz!
  • Writing: After individual consultations, students are making great strides toward improving their stories from our unit, Writing from Pictures, making them more dramatic and vivid to the reader. Although it is always difficult to see a first draft of a precious writing project being “vandalized” by a red pen, fourth graders are learning that good writing takes time, effort, and humility!
Math
  • Students learned to classify quadrilaterals, to simplify mixed measures, and to write word problems about a fraction or a group; students also completed their eighth assessment.
History
  • William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings–the true story of how William, Duke of Normandy, claimed the English throne by winning one of the most decisive battles in history.
Science
  • We learned about the processes of filtration, distillation, and centrifuge.
Latin
  • This week it was all about prepositions. Student teams were challenged to come up with as many Latin prepositional phrases as possible in a limited amount of time.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer, and read our weekly praise verse together. Then, we had a history of hymns about, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” and sang the song with each other. Our music history lesson was watching a  video of Handel’s, “Messiah.” Finally, we got our recorders out and learned the melody for the song, “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.”
Art
  • After finishing the colored pencil apples, students began a project drawing a tower in two point perspective with two vanishing points on either side.
P.E.
  • In keeping his promise to the students, Mr. Palmer allowed the students to play “borrow the pumpkin” in honor of Thanksgiving.
  • Next week we will begin some basic basketball drills.
Memory Work
  • Psalm 23; Matthew 5:1-2

 

5th Grade (Ms. Windes)

Language Arts
  • Reading: A very different Bilbo from the one we met at the beginning of the book offers to venture down into Smaug’s lair to investigate.
  • Writing: As we review the elements of a strong plot and well-rounded characters, students are beginning to brainstorm and write a short story.
  • Grammar: The class worked through writing sentences with possessive pronoun adjectives and possessive noun adjectives. They also  finished up letters to their pen pals in South Africa. Their pen pals attend a school for children who are orphaned or have a very difficult home situation. The school provides breakfast and lunch for them, and brings the love of Jesus into the classroom. The school is only 7 years old, but thriving. The class hopes to receive letters back from their pen pals after Christmas. For a video of the children at the school see https://youtu.be/zZZQ_7Jcz38.
Math
  • We learned about simplifying and comparing decimal numbers, dividing a decimal number by a whole number, writing decimal numbers in expanded notation, mentally multiplying decimal numbers by 10 and 100, and reviewed the relationship between circumference and pi.
History
  • This week we studied the First Great Awakening, a religious revival in the thirteen colonies especially carried by the traveling preachers George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards.
  • Upcoming: Thursday, 12/6: Colonial Trading Test
Science:
  • We are getting deeper into our study of the periodic table; this week we learned about the rows and columns, as well as the division of metals and nonmetals; students also reviewed electron shells and began learning about the different groups of the periodic table.
Latin
  • After polishing our memories of the chapter seven through eleven vocabulary and conjugating verbs in all the tenses, we began to learn about verbs in the fourth conjugation.
  • Upcoming: Wednesday, 12/5: Chapter 12 Latin test
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer, and read our weekly praise verse together. Then, we had a history of hymns about, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” We warmed up our voices and sang our quarterly Christmas hymns. Finally, we spent the last half of class watching a video of Handel’s, “Messiah.”
Art
  • Students began a new night sky charcoal project, learning about the special properties and abilities of charcoal that are different from pencils or other mediums. We are looking forward to and preparing for the art museum next week!
P.E.
  • In keeping his promise to the students, Mr. Palmer allowed the students to play “borrow the pumpkin” in honor of Thanksgiving.
  • Next week we will begin some basic basketball drills.
Memory Work:
  • This week: Isaiah 40:3-5
  • Next week: Isaiah 40:6-8

 

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett)
New Testament Survey
  • The book of Acts came into the view this week as the class continues to March through the New Testament. The students also prayed for and sent notes to victims of the hurricane on the North Carolina coast as a way to share the love they receive from God.
Literature
  • After reading short stories of Geronimo and Chief Joseph, the class turned their attention to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The class is introduced to the Victorian Period and the hardships that many faced in the changing economic times of industrialized England.
Math
  • After reviewing x and y axis, origin and coordinates, the class took an assessment on prime factorization, least common multiples  and adding and subtracting mixed numbers.
History
  • The California Gold Rush and the various Native American tribes the settlers encountered captured the students’ imagination this week. The class learned about the desperate lives of several miners.
  • The students each created a cartoon timeline to test their skills with historical dates and events.
Science
  • Prokaryotic cells and their unique locomotion and various shapes set them apart from the eukaryotic cells the class has been studying for the past month.  The students looked closely at the prokaryotic cells which have been growing for over a month in their individual pond water samples, and were amazed at the growth of some of the bacteria as seen under the microscope.
Writing/Grammar
  • The students continue to work on their research papers surrounding the inventory and historians of the Industrial Revolution.
Latin
  • After a final review of adjectives and the ‘to be’ linking verbs, we began to learn about the perfect tense.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer, and read our weekly praise verse together. Then, we had a history of hymns about, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” We warmed up our voices and sang our quarterly Christmas hymns. Finally, we spent the last half of class watching a video of Handel’s, “Messiah.”
Logic
  • The class dives into understanding assumptions and the stumbling blocks they can cause in a debate.
P.E.
  • In keeping his promise to the students, Mr. Palmer allowed the students to play “borrow the pumpkin” in honor of Thanksgiving.
  • Next week we will begin some basic basketball drills.
Memory Work:
  • The 1815 History Song

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

Mrs. Dovan

8th Omnibus
  • Literature / Composition:  We used our graded encomium essays as our opportunity to troubleshoot common errors in writing this week.   We also began Song of Roland, getting to know the 12 main characters through a classmate-casting activity.
  • History:  Students are continuing in their reading of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People.  We are reading with these two questions in mind: What is time? and What is a people group? Bede is revolutionary in his understanding of both, and he portrays both through the lens of eternity.
  • Theology:   Bede recounts many miracles in the early English church, and we had a very lively discussion this week about miracles.  Do they still happen? If so, why do they seem scarce?
11th Elective – Creative Writing
  • Students are launching into their final project: a short story.   We read Flannery O’Connor’s provocative “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” and practiced revising previous pieces to prepare.

 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science:
  • We have been examining the unique interactions between the Earth, moon, and sun that result in our ability to see moon phases, eclipses, and tides here on Earth. Students should now be able to explain the positioning of the celestial bodies, as well as the moon phase, during both lunar and solar eclipses. Mark your calendars: The next total lunar eclipse will occur on the night of January 20th – 21st. It will be best viewed around midnight.
  • Students should continue to record moon phase observations in their moon logs. For the next week, the moon will not rise until after midnight, so it will be best viewed in the morning.
8th Grade Science:
  • We have begun our detailed study of the periodic table. We started this week with the six different categories of metals, focusing in on the alkali metals and alkaline earth metals.
  • Students will be quizzed on the physical and chemical properties, names, and symbols of the 12 alkali and alkaline earth metals on Tuesday, December 4th.

 

Mr. Hamilton

7th Grammar/Comp
  • This week we discussed avoiding loose sentences and the value of parallel form.
7th Omnibus
  • We have now turned to Greek drama, with a special focus on Sophocles and his tragic masterpiece Oedipus the King. We are also attempting to craft drama masks in the ancient Greek tradition to go along with our dramatic reading of the play.
9th History
  • This week we are studying the historical circumstances surrounding the creation of our nation’s constitution.  
9th Literature
  • We have greatly enjoyed our reading of Pride and Prejudice, which has sparked many intense discussions of historical context, theme, and character.
9th Theology
  • We are presently reading through The Federalist Papers along with our history class, and in the process are discussing many key questions regarding politics and the Bible.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • This week we discussed the movements known as Utilitarianism, Pragmatism, and Existentialism, as well as the rise of Continental philosophy and the emergence of logic and logical positivism.

 

Dr. James

9th/10th Biology
  • This week we concluded our introduction to ecology.
  • Next week we have our third test of the quarter on Monday.  We will conclude this quarter with a study of Kingdom Fungi.  Research projects are coming up soon, so student should begin those preparations.

 

Mr. Miller

7th Latin
  • We began chapter 18 this week and talked about irregular verbs, especially the important verb “eo, ire” (to go).
8th Logic
  • We continued studying categorical syllogisms this week, focusing on the different terms, premises, moods, and figures.
10th Literature
  • This week we began a short series on ancient Greek drama with Euripides classic play The Bacchae.
10th History
  • We’ve reached a very interesting section of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics in which he discusses friendship. Early on he distinguishes true friendship (based on a shared love of virtue) from lesser forms of friendship (based on love of utility or pleasure).
10th Rhetoric
  • The students did more impromtu speeches this week and we discussed ways in which they could improve their delivery while speaking.
11th Literature
  • This week we began the final volume of Dante’s magnum opus: Paradise. Finally, the pilgrim has reached heaven and we are following him as he ascends through the various spheres on his way to God.
11th History
  • We finished our discussion of Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae this week with some great passages on the ultimate good and happiness of human beings, which is found in God and finally attained when we receive the “beatific vision” – the full and final vision of God as he truly is.
NT Greek
  • We spent time in class reviewing the past few lessons, which involved translating portions of 1 John.

 

Mrs. Palmer

7th Art
  • We continued working on small studies of Greek architecture such as the acanthus leaf and egg and dart. Next week we begin our charcoal drawings of famous architectural structures.
8th Art
  • We continued working on small charcoal landscapes. Next week students will begin charcoal landscape finals.

9th Spanish

  • We reviewed Chapter 3 and took our test on this chapter. Students began new vocabulary as well.

 

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we reviewed lessons 32-40 and took a test.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we reviewed lessons 32-40 and took a test.
7th/8th P.E.
  • In keeping his promise to the students, Mr. Palmer allowed the students to play “borrow the pumpkin” in honor of Thanksgiving. FYI- 7th Grade beat the 8th grade.
  • Next week we will begin some basic basketball drills.
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we reviewed the uses of short truth tables and took a test.

 

Metaphorically Speaking

Original Metaphors by 11th Grade Creative Writing

1

I fell to my knees with relief as the arms of forgiveness embraced my broken frame.

2

Her future was a knocked-over can of pencil shavings.

3

The epic music washed over me in a rush of adrenaline and motivation, like the beating wall of warmth radiating from a fire.

4

Her hopes blew away like a dandelion in the wind.

5

Cool shivers ran up the spines of marigold as a frost approached.

6  

Our laughs cackled like a campfire; wearing through the night and only being put out by the cold spell of sleep.

7

Tears slowly faded to become merely stains on the face while soft smiles gradually returned, as the gentle glow of the sunrise which peeks above the horizon after days of rainstorms.

VOTE for your favorite: mdovan@bradfordacademy.org

*Last week’s winner: “The mountain reached up and touched the heavens with its snow capped finger.” by Olivia White

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