BB 2019 – 04 – 12

BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XI, ISSUE 27

April 12th, 2019

 

FROM THE OFFICE

YEARBOOK ORDERS:  You should have received an e-mail today from our yearbook company, Herff-Jones, with the link you need to place your order.  Orders must be placed by Friday, April 19th – just one week from today.  Do not delay in placing your order!  You don’t want to miss out.

UPCOMING

NEXT WEEK:

  • Monday, 4/15/19
    • CHESS Club:  1st – 3rd
    • TENNIS Club:  8th – 11th
  • Tuesday, 4/16/19
    • Spring XC Training:  5th – 11th
  • Wednesday, 4/17/19
    • Field trip to see Ben Hur
  • Thursday,
    • Bradford Spirit Night at HWY 55!
    • RUNNING Club:  K – 5th
  • Friday, 4/19/19 – NO SCHOOL

 

IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

  • Monday, 4/22/19 – NO SCHOOL
  • Friday, 4/26/19 – Dogwood 5k Race
  • Saturday, 4/27/19 – Dogwood Festival (stop by Bradford’s tent and say Hi!)
  • Thursday, 5/2/19 – Day of Prayer at First Presbyterian Church – 5th – 6th grades

 

FROM THE TEACHER’s DESK

 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Luther)

Bible
  • This week TK studied about the dark night in the garden when Jesus was betrayed, leading to his capture.  The students were quickly reminded that our hope can be placed in Jesus. Spoiler alert: He lives!
Theme Adventure
  • TK students enjoyed hearing the tale of Peter Rabbit.  They were challenged to listen to the details of the story and recall what happened.  Many TK students played the chases detailed in the story outside during recess. It was quite enjoyable to listen to their giggles as the story recalled bunnies wearing clothes.  
Literacy
  • This week was a review week in Language and Literacy.  TK students practiced forming compound words, counted syllables, beginning and final sounds of words and continued to identify lowercase letters.  
  • TK continues to learn to create lowercase letters.  They are doing a great job creating the small curves and details lowercase letters require.
Math
  • TK continued to build skills with the game War.  This game teaches them to compare the numbers 1-10.  With the addition of face cards and all four suits in the game, the TK students were challenged to play this game with their families at home.  
  • TK students were introduced to Tangram sets this week.  While reviewing shapes, colors and sizes, they were also challenged to create designs with their geometric pieces.  
Arts and Sciences
  • With the changes in seasons upon us, TK students have noticed the changes in their environment.  Temperatures, weather, trees, and flowers all let us know a new season is here. The students played games that identify seasons and what typically happens during that season.  The students sorted information to the appropriate time of year. Please take time to point out the clouds of pollen, budding leaves, the storms, and changes in temperature you can experience in one day!  The see their beautiful world changing and are excited about what spring brings!
  • TK students enjoyed creating a snow storm in a jar this week.  By using oil, water, paint, glitter and a special bubbling tab, they were able to create quite a beautiful blizzard with a partner.  

 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

Language Arts
  • We have had a full week in phonics! Students learned new vocabulary words to help them with their primer In a Camel’s Eye. We brainstormed words that begin with the /sh/ sound, and discussed when to use the ‘s at the end of a word to show possession.
  • Introduction of vocabulary words: caravan, vex, timid, duck, dim
  • Primer: In a Camel’s Eye
  • Target sound /sh/
Math
  • Identifying cup, quart, gallon, and liter containers; estimating and measuring the capacity of a container in cups; fact assessment 16; written assessment 21; addition facts: four of the last eight facts; identifying geometric solids (cones and spheres); using bills to pay for items to $20.
History
  • The United States was originally made up of 13 original colonies, classified by their regions to include the New England Colonies, the Middle Colonies, and the Southern Colonies. The New England Colonies included Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. The landscape there was very mountainous and rocky , making it very hard to farm. Natural resources in this region included fish and forests. The Middle Colonies included Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. They had good farmland and access to fur and coal. The Southern Colonies included Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.  Their landscape included forests coastal plains, and hilly terrain. Our students have learned a song to help them remember the 13 colonies. It is sung to the tune of Yankee Doodle. Ask them to teach it to you.
Science
  • This week we introduced the circulatory system. Students learned six parts of the circulatory system, and should be able to sing them to you! The heart pumps the blood through the arteries, veins, and capillaries. We discussed the particular function of each part, and how they work together to keep our bodies moving. Students were amazed to learn that our blood is made up of tiny cells floating in plasma. We also checked our pulse and ran an experiment to see what would cause our heart rate to increase.
  • The six parts of the circulatory system: heart, arteries, veins, capillaries, red and white blood cells, platelets
  • We added the heart to our torso
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer, and had a video lesson with the title, “Singing Together.” This lesson helped the students understand how singing together can be both fun and fellowship, as well as a ministry to each other! We also began practicing the music we will be performing for the Patriotic Program in a few weeks. We took our coloring sheets home to work on because we used the rest of class-time to practice.
Art
  • Students added the heart to the torso.
  • We also finished up our self portraits, and reviewed the interesting details Rockwell included in his own self portrait.
P.E.
  • Students are learning to control the ball by alternating hands while dribbling, dribbling  around a cone, and dribbling high and low. This skill should help them with hand eye coordination, gross motor skills, and control.
Memory Work:
  • Matthew 6:9-13 and review

 

1st Grade (Mrs. Campbell)

Language Arts
  • Phonics target sound: Final GE/DGE/NGE (page, fudge, hinge)
  • Phonics primer – Bright Night: The Story of Anne Bradstreet – vocabulary prep, reading comprehension, and poetry reading activities
  • Review of L blends; Alphabetizing
Math
  • This week we practiced representing and ordering numbers using base ten blocks (unit cube, 10-stick, 100-flat, 1,000-cube.)  Students learned to model two and three-digit numbers using the blocks and also put them in order from least to greatest. Practice continues on both addition and subtraction facts as we continue tackle 100-addition and subtracting 2 facts.
History
  • Our class enjoyed learning about the formative years of Abe Lincoln’s life this week while reading Abraham Lincoln by the d’Aulaire’s.  We completed new entries in our history notebooks, and also continued memorizing a fun song about George Washington!
Science
  • In our study of Earth Science we continued to explore the layers of the earth through a fun project.
Music
  • We began class with prayer this week, and spent some time coloring and drawing as we listened to the exciting music of our quarterly composer, John Phillip Sousa. We had a history of hymns based on, “To God Be The Glory,” one of our quarterly hymns. Our music theory lesson was about flats. We used the rest of class-time to practice the music we will be performing for the Patriotic Program in a few weeks.
Art
  • Featured artist study: Norman Rockwell
P.E.
  • This week we had our Wiffle Ball Field Trip. It was a  “big hit!” In fact, maybe even a “home run!”
Memory Work:  
  • Psalm 67:1-3
  • “George’s Song” (George Washington)
  • “Layers of the Earth Song”

 

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

Language Arts
  • Reading: We began reading My Father’s Dragon this week, which is sure to be one of your child’s favorites! This week the students had fun trying to guess why Elmer packed such strange items for his trip to a wild island. On Wednesday the class devoured tangerines just like Elmer. I think they are all secretly hoping to get to try one of his  pink lollipop’s next.
  • Cursive: Uppercase K, N, U and W
  • Grammar:
    • Rules for ending /k/ sounds
    • Rules for silent e
Math
  • Division Facts: Dividing by 2 and 5
  • Subtracting two and three digit numbers
  • Finding the sum of three addends
  • Finding the Perimeter and Area of a rectangle
History
  • While we are still continuing to read through Exodus and follow the journey of Moses during, this week we returned to our studies of Ancient Egypt’s royal family. We learned about the 18th Dynasty and its tumultuous relationship with monotheism. We talked about Pharaoh Amenhotep IV and his connection to the famous Tutankhamun.
Latin
  • Latin Test over animals this week
Music
  • We began class with prayer this week, and spent some time coloring and drawing as we listened to the exciting music of our quarterly composer, John Phillip Sousa. We had a history of hymns based on, “To God Be The Glory,” one of our quarterly hymns. Our music theory lesson was about flats. We used the rest of class-time to practice the music we will be performing for the Patriotic Program in a few weeks.
Art
  • We combined art and science again this week with our study of rocks and minerals. We looked at lots of different rocks under the microscope, including the ones that students have found in their yards. The students then continued working on their Agate drawings, adding lines back to where the water faded them.
P.E.
  • This week we had our Wiffle Ball Field Trip. It was a  “big hit!” In fact, maybe even a “home run!”
Memory Work:
  • Hebrews 11: 23-29

 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Mitchell)

Language Arts
  • Reading:  The Acts of the Apostles, For the Temple – selections, Usborne Romans – selections,  Archimedes
  • Writing:  We added “dress ups” to our keyword outlines this week by brainstorming  quality adjectives and adverbs and reviewed the technique for creating who/which clauses
  • Grammar: Review and test on contractions; Ch. 16 – linking verbs, identifying predicate adjectives and predicate nouns.
Math
  • Review of adding positive and negative numbers on a number line; picturing decimal fractions to the hundredths; adding and subtracting decimal fractions to numbers with “no” decimals; simplifying fractions; multiplying a number by a multiple of 10, 100, 1000; division by 8’s.
History
  • Destruction of Jerusalem, 70 A.D.
Science
  • Students worked with Hess trucks to identify centers of gravity; we experimented with the 2nd Law of Motion, F=ma, using balls, arms, feet, and swings.
Latin
  • Chapter 27 – the irregular verb eo, ire – I go, to go using all tenses.
Music
  • We began class with prayer this week, and spent some time coloring and drawing as we listened to the exciting music of our quarterly composer, John Phillip Sousa. We had a history of hymns based on, “To God Be The Glory,” one of our quarterly hymns. Our music theory lesson was about flats. We used the rest of class-time to practice the music we will be performing for the Patriotic Program in a few weeks.

 

Art
  • Drawing with Mark Kistler, using basic shapes to draw animals:  koalas.
P.E.
  • This week we had our Wiffle Ball Field Trip. It was a  “big hit!” In fact, maybe even a “home run!”
Memory Work:
  • John 14:6

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton)

Language Arts
  • Reading: We completed Thunderstorm in Church and connected it to our history card, which is all about the Reformation.
  • Writing: After more practice with cohesive, clear paragraphs, students began working on their fantastic new stories from the IEW unit, If I Were…
  • Grammar: Indirect objects in pattern 3 sentences.
Math
  • Students learned to use estimation when dividing by two-digit numbers and all about reciprocals; they also completed their next assessment and took a little time to work on corrections and to review challenging concepts. We began the next unit with learning how to measure and draw angles using protractors.
History
  • We learned about Ulrich Zwingli, the Reformation in Switzerland, and the Anabaptists.
Science
  • Students demonstrated their understanding of the simple machines by building an obstacle course for marbles using all of the simple machines.
Latin
  • Students enjoyed this review chapter, working diligently on translating small passages , reviewing the vocabulary, and parsing short sentences.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer, and worked on our recorders. We practiced, “My Country ‘Tis Of Thee,” and the students did a very good job considering we just began this song a few weeks ago! Then, we also practiced  the songs we will be singing for the Patriotic Program. Our music theory lesson was about flats, and at the end of class we enjoyed listening to the exciting music of John Phillip Sousa.

 

P.E.
  • This week we had our Wiffle Ball Field Trip. It was a  “big hit!” In fact, maybe even a “home run!”
Memory Work:
  • Lamentations 3:22-23

 

5th Grade (Ms. Windes)

Language Arts
  • Reading: We came to the end of Witch of Blackbird Pond this week and began our next book, Johnny Tremain, a historical fiction novel about a boy growing up and finding his identity as the Revolutionary War is beginning.
  • Writing: Students created a preliminary thesis and three points for their research project. They have begun researching their points and are doing an excellent job pushing through and experiencing the joys and trials of research!
  • Grammar:  Indirect Objects and their use in a variety of sentences were explored further this week by the class.
Math
  • We learned about reducing rates before multiplying, functions and graphing functions, transversals and their angle properties, and the angle measures of triangles and quadrilaterals.
History
  • We barely dipped our toes into learning about some of the incredible men who founded our nation – James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin.
Science:
  • Students were very excited to learn about sound waves. For our “lab” time, we observed and experimented with the strings of the grand piano. Students also experimented with the speed of the sound waves by observing them travel through a solid, a liquid, and a gas.
Latin
  • After finishing learning about third person pronouns, the students learned about the demonstrative pronouns and adjectives for ‘this.’
Music
  • We began class with prayer this week, and some of the students recited last week’s weekly praise verse to the teacher. We spent some time coloring and drawing as we listened to the exciting music of our quarterly composer, John Phillip Sousa. We had a history of hymns based on, “To God Be The Glory,” one of our quarterly hymns. Our music theory lesson was about flats. We used the rest of class-time to practice the music we will be performing for the Patriotic Program in a few weeks.
Art
  • This week we learned about and looked at the art of our artist of the quarter, Norman Rockwell.
P.E.
  • This week we had our Wiffle Ball Field Trip. It was a  “big hit!” In fact, maybe even a “home run!”

 

Memory Work:

  • 1 Samuel 2:5-6

 

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett)

New Testament Survey
  • A review of 2 Timothy and Titus allowed the class to get a better look at the early churches and Paul’s concerns over leadership.
Literature
  • After studying Robert Louis Stevenson and some of his more famous works, the class looked carefully at other poets and their use of metaphors, similes, and uses of rhyming words and repeating words.  The class also paraphrased William Shakespeare’s The Seven Ages of Man.
Math
  • The class took several assessments this week, working on speed and accuracy. In addition, the students worked through symbols of inclusion, adding positive and negative numbers, looking at circumference and pi, and diameter as well.
History
  • Immigration was examined at a deeper level as the class followed the journey of Pauline, a Lithuanian girl who emigrated away from her country for several reasons. One of the promises she looked forward to were “streets of gold” as described in America.
Science
  • The Electromagnetic spectrum and the differences between the various frequencies provided a fascinating discussion this week as the students began their journey from the sun.
  • Upcoming: Solar houses.
Writing/Grammar
  • The class took an assessment on demonstrative and  interrogative pronouns as well as demonstrative and interrogative adjectives.
  • The students began looking at indefinite pronouns.
  • In addition, the class took an assessment on vocabulary words surrounding immigration and tenement housing.
Latin
  • The class took a test, and learned partitive, possession, origin and material when categorizing nouns.
Music
  • We began class with prayer this week, and some of the students recited last week’s weekly praise verse to the teacher. We spent some time coloring and drawing as we listened to the exciting music of our quarterly composer, John Phillip Sousa. We had a history of hymns based on, “To God Be The Glory,” one of our quarterly hymns. Our music theory lesson was about flats. We used the rest of class-time to practice the music we will be performing for the Patriotic Program in a few weeks.
Art
  • Due to the field trip, the class was unable to work on their art projects this week.
Logic
  • Bandwagon and Exigency fallacies both reminded the students of common advertisements. P.E.
  • This week we had our Wiffle Ball Field Trip. It was a  “big hit!” In fact, maybe even a “home run!”
Memory Work:
  • I John 1-2:15, When Peace Like a River

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

 

Mrs. Byrd

Physics
  • This week we learned about electrostatic force and used Coloumb’s Law to calculate its magnitude.  We also learned about positive and negative electric fields and how the interact. After our test on Monday, we will transition to current electricity.
Precalculus
  • We are coming to the end of our study of Analytical Trigonometry.  We can solve equations, prove identities, and apply various formulas to transform a trig function expression to a preferred type of expression.  We will take up one last topic – solving for missing sides and angles in “non right” triangles using the Law of Sines and Cosines – before moving on to learning more about matrices.
Geometry
  • The class learned about the geometric mean this week and how it differs from the arithmetic mean.  We applied this new idea to help us solve for missing parts of similar triangles. Next we will learn some practical applications of similarity to measure sizes of very large or difficult to reach objects and also learn how similarity can be seen in various natural phenomena.

Dr. Byrd

10th Grade Bible Survey

  • Students have submitted their book analysis projects and taken a test. We have begun the book of Acts, covering chapters 1-12. Our scripture memory is Matthew 5:3-12.

Mrs. Dovan

8th Omnibus
  • This week students continued to write and peer edit their papers.  They are due on Monday. We will also have a graded discussion on Dante’s Inferno on Monday.
  • Students are working on history projects right now that feature an individual or event that precedes the Renaissance.  
  • Before we begin Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, we are making a brief return to Robin Hood for some creative writing.  Students are writing a ballad based on one of his merry adventures, adhering to the rules for ballad meter.

 

11th Elective – Intro to Drama
  • The drama class has finished Death of a Salesman, and now they are focusing their attention on memorizing lines for a series of scenes they will learn.

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science:
  • We investigated our atmosphere in more depth this week as we studied the ozone layer, ionosphere, and magnetosphere. We also reviewed the nature of light and the different forms of radiation on the EM spectrum. Studying the inherent dangers of various forms of EM radiation gives us a greater appreciation for the protective atmospheric layers surrounding our planet.
  • Unit test on Earth and our atmosphere: Thursday, April 18th.
8th Grade Science:
  • We began our Forces Unit with a historical study of the incredible genius, Isaac Newton. It is almost unbelievable that one man could explain motion, gravitation, and optics, in addition to inventing calculus and the reflecting telescope, all watershed developments for the field of science. We studied Newton as a prime example of the complementary relationship between faith and science, a man who recognized that creation pointed to none other than an eternal, omniscient, living, supreme Creator. We all enjoyed performing demonstrations of Newton’s First Law, including coin drops, spinning eggs, and marble pies. Ask your student to share some of their favorite demos with you and explain why they demonstrate Newton’s First Law.

 

Mr. Hamilton

7th Grammar/Comp
  • More work with research papers this week! Students are working hard on locating sources, doing research, composing outlines, etc. Our topics are significant and good work is being done!
9th History
  • We learned about the worldwide economic downturn after World War I this week, as well as growing government involvement in western countries (such as the New Deal), Germany’s struggle, and the worrying trend toward totalitarianism in Europe.
9th Literature
  • We are wrapping up our reading of The Great Gatsby with an essay on one of its powerful themes.
9th Theology
  • This week we discussed economics, government, and themes in The Great Gatsby related to theology.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • This week we examined the argument from religious experience and the argument from the uniqueness of humanity.

 

Dr. James

9th/10th Biology
  • This week we did our “Find a Protist” activity, in which the students brought pond/stream water, and we looked for microorganisms that we had discussed.  Also, the students took their first test for Q4, and we began our study of evolution.
  • Next week, lab reports from the genetics experiment are due Wednesday, April 17.  We will also continue our study of evolution. We are taking a very pragmatic approach to this topic, as I want the students to understand the claims, proposed mechanism, key experiments, and history of it.  The goal is for them to understand and be able to speak knowledgeably on this subject with peers who have been brought up knowing only this worldview.

 

Mr. Johnston

8th Latin
  • We started chapter 23.  Review vocabulary. Test next Thursday, 18th
7th Logic
  • We reviewed various fallacies, completed our study of fallacies of presumption.  Ask your child what is an axiom?

Mr. Miller

7th Latin
  • This week we looked more closely at the irregular verbs “nolo” and “volo” and learned how to form the negative imperative with “nolo.”
8th Logic
  • This week the students took a test on chapters 27-29 and we also began learning about enthymemes (chapter 30).
10th Literature
  • We continue reading through and discussing early Christian texts. This week we covered the Epistle to Diognetus, an apologetic work defending Christian against Judaism and paganism, and the Epistle of Barnabas, an example of the “two ways” tradition.
10th History
  • We’ve been reading about Nero this week in Tacitus’ account, and most recently discussed the episode of the burning of Rome and how the blame was placed on the Christians, who were viewed negatively in the society.
10th Rhetoric
  • This week we combined rhetoric with our readings of early Christian texts by composing and presenting a speech that Polycarp might have given at his martyrdom.
11th Literature
  • We are nearing the end of the Faerie Queene! We followed Redcrosse into capture by a giant after which he was saved by Prince Arthur and reunited with Una.
11th History
  • The students are doing a good job leading discussion of works by Martin Luther as we’ve examined his criticisms of the Catholic Church and learned about some of his theological views.
NT Greek
  • This week we started dividing into two different groups in Greek, one that is focused more on review, the other that will be covering a few new chapters.

 

Mrs. Palmer

7th Art
  • This week we continued working in detail on our small scale black and white eye drawings. They’re coming along nicely!
8th Art
  • This week we continued working in detail on our small scale colored eye drawings. They’re coming along nicely!
9th Spanish
  • This week we studied indirect object pronouns thoroughly and put them into practice. We worked on colors, high numbers, and vocabulary. Students also wrote a paragraph about a character they made up. It was a productive week.

 

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we worked on estimating roots within two consecutive integers, learned how to utilize the fraction bar as a symbol of Inclusion in the order of operations, and we worked on our order of operations with signed numbers and symbols of inclusion
8th Algebra I
  • This week we learned how to setup and solve distance word problems and we learned how to find the products and quotients of rational expressions.
7th/8th P.E.
  • This week we played Wiffle Ball. It was a  “big hit!” In fact, maybe even a “home run!”
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we continued working on truth trees and reviewed for a quiz.

 

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