BB 2019 – 04 – 05

BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XI, ISSUE 26

APRIL 5th, 2019

 

FROM THE OFFICE

 

UPCOMING

NEXT WEEK:

  • Monday, 4/8 –
    • CHESS Club – 1st – 3rd grades – 4:00 pick up
    • TENNIS Club – 8th – 11th
  • Tuesday, 4/9 –
    • Flags for First Graders  (special event in the morning)
    • XC training  – 5th – 11th
  • Thursday, 4/11
    • PE Field trip:  Baseball – 1st – 6th grades – 12:10 – 2:30
    • RUNNING Club:  2:45 – 4:00
    • XC training – 5th -11th
  • Friday,  4/12
    • TENNIS Club – 6th – 7th graders

 

IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

  • Thursday, 4/18 – HWY 55
  • Friday, 4/19 – Monday, 4/22:  NO SCHOOL (Easter weekend)
  • Friday, 4/26 – Dogwood Mad Dash and 5k Race  
  • Saturday, 4/27 – Dogwood Festival – come and check out Bradford Academy’s booth

 

FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK

 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Luther)

Bible
  • This week TK studied The Last Supper of Jesus.  The students focused on how Jesus is not only our King but also came to serve.  The students took time to reflect this week on how they can serve and love others well.  
Theme Adventure
  • The TK students were thrilled to see a surprise snowfall during class this past week!  
  • In reflection of the Bible story, the students created art pieces that reminded them how to serve others.  
Literacy
  • This week TK students began learning how to count words in sentences.  They learned that a group of words makes a sentence. They were challenged to place a counter below each word in a sentence and report how many words there were.  TK began counting 2 word sentences, all the way up to 6!
  • TK continues to work on identifying lowercase letters.  The students play various games to match a lowercase letter to capital partners and beginning sounds.

 

Math

  • TK students practiced identifying and ordering numbers this week by learning a card game called War!
  • TK students learned a new and more complex ABBC pattern.  They enjoyed building fences with pattern blocks to apply their new knowledge.
Arts and Sciences
  • TK practiced identifying hot and cold foods. They were challenged to put play food into their play kitchen according to where it belonged.  Cold foods belonged in the refrigerator. Hot foods belonged on the stove, grill, or in the oven.
  • TK students enjoyed classifying dinosaurs according to their diet.  Meat eaters were placed in one group while plant eaters were placed in another group.  

 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

Language Arts
  • Plural and possessives. Ask your student about the superpowers the letter “s” possesses.
  • Special Exhibit words: give, eye, love, visit my, I
  • Target sound: X
Math
  • Addition facts: adding 9; identifying one half, one third, and one sixth; using comparison symbols (<,>, and =); dividing a set of objects by sharing.
History
  • The Jamestown colony was established in 1607; however, it was not without struggles. We discovered that the men (comprised mostly of investors and gentlemen) who came over on the first ships, the Susan, the Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery, were not prepared to survive the winter months. Many died of starvation and disease.
  • We will begin memorizing the original 13 colonies: Masschustettes, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia
Science
  • We introduced the body and its systems. Our first system will be the respiratory system: nose, mouth, larynx, pharynx, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, alveoli, and lungs. Students then helped create a set of lungs to demonstrate how are lungs fill and deflate when we breath.
Music
  • We began class with prayer this week, and had our video lesson about the life and music of the composer, Aaron Copland. Then we warmed up our voices and practiced singing, “Be Thou My Vision,” one of our songs for the Patriotic Program. Finally, we enjoyed coloring and listening to the music of our quarterly composer, John Phillip Sousa.
Art
  • We will be integrating art and science for the next few weeks. Our scholars will be constructing a large torso to place the organs as we introduce the different body systems. Students began work on coloring the lungs for the torso.
P.E.
  • Our little Archers continue to perfect their dribbling skills. They are learning to dribble hard, head up at times, use fingertips to control the ball, and alternate hands to build up strength. We finished with a dribbling relay race.
Memory Work:
  • Mathew 6:9-13 and review

 

1st Grade (Mrs. Campbell)

Language Arts
  • Phonics target sound: OU as Short O (ought, brought); Silent consonants
  • Sight words and writing sentences
  • Alphabetizing
  • Using a dictionary
Math
  • This week we practiced using mental computation to subtract 10 from a two-digit number, measuring and drawing line segments to the nearest half-inch, and adding two-digit numbers with a sum greater than 100.
History
  • Students continued editing and finalizing their George Washington reports.  They learned about the Liberty Bell and wrote the memorable words engraved on the bell in their history notebooks: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land, Unto all the inhabitants thereof.”  We also began memorizing a song about George Washington.
Science
  • “Crust, mantle, outer core, inner core…”  Have you heard this song around your house this week?  First grade took a journey into the four main layers of the earth through reading, song, and observing the layers of an egg!
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer, and the students read the weekly praise verse with the teacher. Then, we enjoyed coloring and drawing as we listened to the music of our quarterly composer, John Phillip Sousa. Our music theory lesson was based on semitones, whole tones, and sharps. Lastly, we warmed up our voices and sang our quarterly hymns.
Art
  • First grade became acquainted with Norman Rockwell, our featured artist of the quarter through reading a book and observing some of his most famous pictures and illustrations.
P.E.
  • This week we learned how to run the bases in baseball, and also how to swing a bat. Next Thursday we will have a Wiffle Ball Field Trip to the MACC. Come on out and watch the houses play some Wiffle Ball.
Memory Work:  
  • Psalm 67:1-7

 

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

Language Arts
  • Reading: We finished reading Baby Island where we learned that Mary, Jean and the babies were finally rescued! We also revealed who’s who in all of the students’ baby pictures. What a fun project!
  • Cursive: Uppercase letters: H, K, N, M
  • Grammar: Prepositional phrases, preposition song
Math
  • Making and Drawing Arrays
  • Estimating and Finding the Area of a Rectangle
  • Identifying and solving “Larger-Smaller-Difference” problems
  • Multiplication Facts (x 0, 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10)
  • Perfect squares and square roots
History
  • We read Exodus 19-20 together where we learned about what happens to the Israelites immediately after crossing the Red Sea. The students read and memorized the Ten Commandments given to Moses on Mt. Sinai. Ask your child what happened to the first stones that the laws were written on.
Latin
  • The students learned the Latin words for four new animals: lion, elephant, bird and bear. They will have a test over the eight animals they have learned next Tuesday. Ask your child if they know what “Cave Canem” means.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer, and the students read the weekly praise verse with the teacher. Then, we enjoyed coloring and drawing as we listened to the music of our quarterly composer, John Phillip Sousa. Our music theory lesson was based on semitones, whole tones, and sharps. Lastly, we warmed up our voices and sang our quarterly hymns.
Art
  • We combined art and science this week with our study of rocks and minerals. We watched a video on different types of Agate and looked at several pictures of Agate as it is formed naturally. The students then created their own Agate on watercolor paper using washable markers and damp cotton swabs.
P.E.
  • This week we learned how to run the bases in baseball, and also how to swing a bat. Next Thursday we will have a Wiffle Ball Field Trip to the MACC. Come on out and watch the houses play some Wiffle Ball.
Memory Work:
  • Hebrews 11:1-26

 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Mitchell)

Language Arts
    • Reading:  
      • Acts of the Apostles – Our history cards jump from the Ascension of Christ to Nero, so we take the opportunity to examine the growth of the early church by reading this original source material.

 

  • Archimedes – This week’s chapter on an object’s center of gravity reinforces our science concept.

 

  • Writing:  Presentations of Demonstration Speeches
  • Grammar: Contractions
Math
  • Averaging – finding the mean of a set of data; adding and subtracting decimals; tenths, picturing decimal fractions; identifying liquid capacity of common containers; locating positive and negative numbers on a number line; adding positive and negative numbers using a number line; identifying prime numbers to 100.
History
  • Rome Burns, Nero Persecutes Christians – Students worked in groups to learn about Ireneus, Polycarp and Ignatius, early church fathers who were martyred for their faith
Science
  • Review of inertia; centers of gravity
Latin
  • Review chapter and translation using all tenses of sum
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer, and the students read the weekly praise verse with the teacher. Then, we enjoyed coloring and drawing as we listened to the music of our quarterly composer, John Phillip Sousa. Our music theory lesson was based on semitones, whole tones, and sharps. Lastly, we warmed up our voices and sang our quarterly hymns.

 

Art
  • Using basic shapes to draw animals.  We are revisiting concepts taught in 1st quarter and expanding on those to draw and shade more complex objects.
P.E.
  • Due to the weather, we stayed indoors and played different games like “4-Corners” and “Seven-Up.” Next Thursday we will have a Wiffle Ball Field Trip to the MACC. Come on out and watch the houses play some Wiffle Ball.
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 20:7-9

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton)

Language Arts
  • Reading: We continued reading Thunderstorm in Church, connecting it to our next history card, which is all about the Reformation.
  • Writing: Students focused on writing well-structured, cohesive paragraphs, describing and analyzing the characters from Thunderstorm in Church. Students also wrote poetry in preparation for the national poetry contest at the end of the month.
Math
  • Students learned how to use reciprocals to divide fractions, to add and subtract whole numbers and decimal numbers, and to simplify decimal numbers.
History
  • Inquisition–students learned about King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella’s unification of Castile and Aragon and the resulting inquisition.
Science
  • We began our final unit for this year–physics. Students reviewed and demonstrated in teams Newton’s Three Laws of Motion.
Latin
  • In Latin, students enjoyed creating Pattern A, B, C, and D sentences, using correct grammar. Many students succeeded in creating a grammatically correct, albeit simple, story in Latin.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer, and the students read the weekly praise verse with the teacher. We worked on our recorders, and will be practicing the last three lines of, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” for the week. Our music theory lesson was based on semitones, whole tones, and sharps. Finally, we enjoyed coloring and drawing as we listened to the music of our quarterly composer, John Phillip Sousa.

 

Art

  • Using watercolors, we reviewed color theory  – the color wheel, warm and cool colors, primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, and the basics of mixing colors.
P.E.
  • Due to the weather, we stayed indoors and played different games like “4-Corners” and “Seven-Up.” Next Thursday we will have a Wiffle Ball Field Trip to the MACC. Come on out and watch the houses play some Wiffle Ball.
Memory Work:
  • John 10: 27-30
  • The story of the Magna Carta

5th Grade (Ms. Windes)

Language Arts
  • Reading: We have nearly reached the end of Witch of Blackbird Pond, watching as Kit deals with a slew of false accusations made against her by the townspeople. Her newly built community steps in to defend her and bring justice, leading to a joyful ending.
  • Writing: Students are beginning research for their research papers, beginning to form thesis statements and gather evidence to support that statement.
  • Grammar:  The students played puzzle games using their creative sentences. The class also focused on learning how to construct sentences with indirect objects. They will be tested on some of the verbs used for these types of sentences on Tuesday.
Math
  • Besides reviewing and taking a test, students learned about order of operations with exponents, powers of fractions, classifying triangles, and writing fractions and decimals as percents.
History
  • It has been an important week in history, learning about the Constitutional Convention, the formation of the constitution, the process of ratification, and the basics of the governmental system that the constitution put in place.
Science:
  • This week we focused our attention on Ultraviolet rays (especially B and C), X-rays, and Gamma rays. Students made connections between anatomy, chemistry, astronomy, and physics.
Latin
  • After finishing our study of first and second person pronouns, students began learning about the third person personal pronouns and practicing using them!
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer, and several of the students recited last week’s weekly praise verse by memory to receive a reward at the end of the day.. Then, we enjoyed coloring and drawing as we listened to the music of our quarterly composer, John Phillip Sousa. Our music theory lesson was based on semitones, whole tones, and sharps. Lastly, we warmed up our voices and sang our quarterly hymns.

 

Art
  • Using watercolors, we reviewed color theory  – the color wheel, warm and cool colors, primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, and the basics of mixing colors.
P.E.
  • This week we went down to the field and played “flag football.” Next Thursday we will have a Wiffle Ball Field Trip to the MACC. Come on out and watch the houses play some Wiffle Ball.

 

Memory Work:

  • 1 Samuel 2:3-4

 

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett)

New Testament Survey
  • The class explored 2 Thessalonians and I Timothy. The class looked at the Bible’s  emphasis on the Second Coming of Christ, a doctrine referred to more than any other in the New Testament with  318 references. The class also discussed what it means to be counter-cultural, and why Paul is exhorting the believers in his epistles.
Literature
  • The students continued to research their historical figure for an upcoming presentation. Using the local library, as well as the library’s extensive network.
Math
  • The class is working on areas of parallelograms, classifying triangles, symbols of inclusion and adding positive and negative numbers.
History
  • Immigration in the early 1900’s flooded America, and New York City in particular. The class is looking into their own ancestry by creating family trees.
Science
  • The properties of energy as transferred from the sun to earth to plants and finally to humans was explored this week.
Writing/Grammar
  • The students looked at classifying sentences, and worked through demonstrative pronouns, demonstrative adjectives, interrogative pronouns and adjectives as well.
Latin
  • After finishing our review of past vocabulary, we began ch. 12; we reviewed the new set of vocabulary and learned all the uses of the genitive case.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer, and several of the students recited last week’s weekly praise verse by memory to receive a reward at the end of the day.. Then, we enjoyed coloring and drawing as we listened to the music of our quarterly composer, John Phillip Sousa. Our music theory lesson was based on semitones, whole tones, and sharps. Lastly, we warmed up our voices and sang our quarterly hymns.
Art
  • The class explored the life and art of Norman Rockwell.
P.E.
  • This week we went down to the field and played “flag football.” Next Thursday we will have a Wiffle Ball Field Trip to the MACC. Come on out and watch the houses play some Wiffle Ball.
Memory Work:
  • I John 1-2:23, In Flander’s Fields

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

 

Mrs. Byrd

Physics
  • We are beginning to investigate electrostatics.  Also we are doing a brief study of nuclear energy in preparation for our visit to the Harris Nuclear Facility in early May.
Precalculus
  • The class is learning to solve trig equations and also how to apply various trig identities to help simplify equations or manipulate them into a more usable form.
Geometry
  • We completed a study of volume and are now beginning to look at the concept of similarity.  This topic has applications in triangle and circle relationships as well as in art and nature – through the Golden Spiral and the Golden Rectangle.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • We had the blessing of studying the gospel of Luke.  We saw the themes of prayer, the Lordship of Christ, and the Holy Spirit. We look forward to studying Acts next.

Mrs. Dovan

8th Omnibus
  • Students are continuing to work on their essays.  Some students are writing on the function of the forest in books we’ve read, some on the theme of unity in Ephesians, and others on the all-consuming hunger for power in many of the kings we’ve encountered.  In the writing process, we have been focusing on textual support and clarity of thought.
  • Because writing often exposes our weaknesses in mechanics, students have been rehearsing the rules for commas and apostrophes this week.
  • We finished reading Dante’s Inferno this week.  We have spent the majority of our discussion up to this point evaluating Dante’s poetic justice or contrapasso.  This exercise causes us to consider the heart and layers of deception behind the behaviors of sin.

 

11th Elective – Intro to Drama
  • The Drama class is continuing through Death of a Salesman.  We have discussed how the same motive (like the pursuit of success / satisfaction) often take on opposite extremes of behavior.  We’ve also catalogued our experiences of fear and pity, elements that indicate the genre of tragedy, according to Aristotle.

 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science:
  • Our focus this week has been on the uniqueness of Earth’s atmosphere and the protection it provides, allowing life to flourish on Earth. We took an interesting walk through history as we discussed how our understanding of atmospheric composition has changed through the ages, from the four basic ‘elements’ of the ancient Greeks, to the Phlogiston Theory of the 17th century, to the discovery of ‘dephlogisticated air’ by Joseph Priestley in 1774, later named oxygen by Antoine Lavoisier.
8th Grade Science:
  • We wrapped up our study of mechanics this week with a unit exam that covered the calculation of speed, acceleration, and slope using motion graphs.
  • We will begin our study of Isaac Newton and his Laws of Motion next week.

 

Mr. Hamilton

7th Grammar/Comp
  • We continue to work hard on our academic papers! Students are learning much about proper sources, locating those sources, investigating them for usefulness, taking notes, preparing outlines, and much else.
9th History
  • This week we covered World War I, including its beginnings, major events, and aftermath.
9th Literature
  • Our reading for this week is The Great Gatsby. As we read, discuss, and take notes on this classic American novel, we are learning much about good writing, the Jazz Age, the novel’s central characters, and some emerging themes.
9th Theology
  • Much of our discussion this week has centered on themes related to politics, war, and American excess, in conjunction with other classes.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • This week we covered the moral argument and the argument from religious experience.

 

Dr. James

9th/10th Biology
  • This week we completed our discussion of protists and bacteria, and the students worked on their lab reports from the fruit fly experiment.  Students are to collect a small amount of pond/stream water to bring to class on Monday.
  • Next week we will examine the pond water the students brought to look for microorganisms that we have studied.  On Wednesday, the students will take their first tests of Q4.

 

Mr. Johnston

8th Latin
  • We are reviewing cardinal and ordinal numbers.  There will be over current vocabulary next week.
7th Logic
  • Students continue to work on fallacies of assumption.  This week we discussed fallacies of division, composition, and moderation.  Be sure to ask your students about these things; it should make for good conversation!

Mr. Miller

7th Latin
  • This week we had a quiz on the chapter 21 vocab as well as the endings for the nine special adjectives (which are different for genitive and dative singular).
8th Logic
  • This week we spent a bit more time reviewing chapters 27-29 and the test on this material got pushed back to next Tuesday.
10th Literature
  • .This week we covered the rest of Ignatius’ letters. The boys also wrote an essay in which they looked more closely at some of the major themes that appear throughout the letters.
10th History
  • We discussed the reign of Tiberius this week as it is presented by Tacitus in his history.
10th Rhetoric
  • We discussed the idea of elocution more this week and also put it into practice through an exercise that forced us to think about changing elocution contrary to normal usage.
11th Literature
  • We continue to traverse through fairyland with the knight Redcrosse and the lady Una in Spenser’s story. The students are finding the old English difficult, but they are getting a better sense for it.
11th History
  • We listened to a lecture introducing Martin Luther and the Reformation, and next week we begin reading some of Martin Luther’s pivotal works.
NT Greek
  • This week we continued reviewing material from the chapters we have already learned.

 

Mrs. Palmer

7th Art
  • This past week we talked again about the scale for pencils and began our small study of a detailed eye.  I’m looking forward to seeing the detail the students create in these pieces!
8th Art
  • This past week we began working on small studies of the human eye using colored pencils.  I’m anticipating great detail and hard work on these studies!
9th Spanish
  • We reviewed two verbs we’ve had previously, DAR and DECIR, and talked through their conjugations.  We reviewed direct object pronouns, introduced indirect object pronouns, and did some sentence diagramming.  Students also worked in groups to create short Spanish conversations.

 

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we worked on finding the surface area and lateral surface area of a right object. We also reviewed for a test, took a test, and worked on test corrections.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we worked on finding solutions to quadratic equations. We also reviewed for a test, took a test, and worked on test corrections.
7th/8th P.E.
  • This week we went down to Walker’s Field and played “flag football.” Next Wednesday, we will be playing Wiffle Ball.
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we continued to work on truth trees. We also took a quiz.

 

Mr. Davis

7th and 8th Grade Choir
  • This week the students worked on the song 10,000 Reasons for their end of year worship forum. Next week the students will continue to finalize 10,000 Reasons and work on the song How Great Is Our God.
11th Grade Introduction to Church Worship
  • This week the students worked on worship music for their May 9th Bradford Games Opening Ceremony. Next week the students will continue to work on all the aspects of that Ceremony.     

 

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