BB 2019 – 04 – 26

BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XI, ISSUE 29

APRIL 26th, 2019

 

FROM THE OFFICE

Burlington Writers’ Club Winners:  Our students did it again!  We won 13 out of 24 possible awards.

 

  • Elementary Fiction:

 

      • 1st place:  Claire Hurley
      • Honorable Mention:  Ryan Rominger

 

  • Elementary Poetry:

 

      • 1st:  John-Mark Morrell
      • 2nd:  Dafne Jimenez
      • 3rd:  Nicole Serrano
      • Honorable Mention: James Adkins

 

  • Middle School Fiction:

 

      • 3rd:  Brooke Garrett

 

  • Middle School Poetry:

 

      • 1st:  Emma Thrasher
      • 2nd:  Brooke Garrett
      • 3rd:  McKenna Johnston
      • Honorable Mention:  Kadence Porterfield

 

  • High School Fiction:

 

      • 3rd:  Lucy Hawkins

 

  • High School Poetry:

 

    • Honorable Mention:  Cecilia Newsome

 

BRADFORD GAMES:  7th – 11th grades,  Thursday, May 9th – all day!  Please sign up to provide snacks, help out with the games, lend a hand for set up, etc.  Here is the link to sign up.

UPCOMING

NEXT WEEK:

  • Monday, 4/29:
    • LAST Chess Club :1st – 3rd grades
    • Tennis Club:  8th – 11th grades
  • Tuesday, 4/30:  Spring XC training:  5th – 11th grades
  • Wednesday, 5/1:  11th grade to Harris nuclear power plant
  • Thursday, 5/2:
    • National Day of Prayer service:  5th – 6th grades Please send in those permission slips!  
    • Spring XC Training:  5th – 11th
  • Friday, 5/3:
    • BRADFORD’S VERY FIRST Presidential Election:  Upper school
    • Mentor Lunch:  Upper school
    • Tennis club:  6th – 7th grades

 

IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

    • Tuesday, May 7th:  Student Council elections:  Upper School
    • Thursday, May 9th:
      • NC Symphony field trip:  4th grade
      • 1st Annual Bradford Games:  Upper School

 

  • Friday, May 10th:  DRIVERS NEEDED

 

    • Feed the Hunger Packathon:  3rd – 10th grades

 

FROM THE TEACHER’s DESK

 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Luther)

Bible
  • This week TK focused on the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the hope that gives us on earth.  
Theme Adventure
  • TK students headed back outside for a campus forest adventure.  The students were challenged to identify changes they could find since the beginning of the spring.  
Literacy
  • TK is reviewing onset and rime again.  This time we are digging deeper and merging initial sounds with word families.  This is a big step in reading readiness!
  • TK continues to play games that challenge students to identify and write lowercase letters.  

 

Math

  • This week TK worked more closely with the numbers 11-30.  We worked on recognition of these numbers as well as creating them with less guidance.  
  • TK students learned to identify a sphere and order objects by size.
  • TK students ended the week with an introduction to quarters!  
Arts and Sciences
  • TK transplanted their garden outside.  We hope in the next few weeks we will be able to enjoy some fruits and vegetables!
  • TK continues to monitor their class caterpillars.  All have formed chrysalis’s and now we wait with eager anticipation as we watch for our class pets to emerge as butterflies!  

 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

Language Arts
  • We continued our study of the /sh/ sound in words.
  • We introduced /ch/ at the beginning and end of words.
  • Students learned the digraphs nch and tch: latch, hatch, pitch, ditch, quench, bench, etc.
  • On Friday, kindergarten students paired with sixth graders for reading buddy time.
Math
  • Identifying fractional parts of a whole; graphing tags on a bar graph; writing observations about a graph; measuring and drawing line segments to the nearest centimeter; identifying geometric solids; written assessment 23; oral assessment 12; guessing and checking to solve a problem; acting it out to solve a problem; fact assessment 18.
History
  • No history due to the holiday.
Science
  • After enjoying a special snack in math class which helped us understand fractions, we learned where all that food goes once we finish chewing and swallowing. We colored another part of our body systems and learned a song to help remember the parts of the digestive system: mouth, esophagus, stomach, liver, small intestine, large intestine.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and had our video lesson with the subject of music as an expression. Then, we warmed up our voices, and practiced our music for the Patriotic Program. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to color and listen to our quarterly composer, John Phillip Sousa, so the students took their coloring sheet home.
Art
  • We combined art and science again this week..
P.E.
  • We practiced our chest and bounce passes. Spot is quickly becoming one of their favorite games. They are learning valuable basketball skills which will prepare them play on our Bradford teams. Next week, we will begin preparing them for the field days.
Memory Work:
  • Ephesians 6:1-3 and review

 

1st Grade (Mrs. Campbell)

Language Arts
  • Phonics target sound: TION/SION (addition/tension)
  • Phonics primer: Cyrus the Archer – vocabulary development and reading comprehension activities
Math
  • This week we practiced telling and showing time to five-minute intervals and adding three two-digit numbers.  We also completed fact (subtracting 3) and written assessments.
History
  • We enjoyed Meet Abraham Lincoln, a different text on the life of Lincoln which provided more detail on some of the interesting facts we learned last week.  We added to our history notebooks, and also read Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address.”
Science
  • What role do aphids, ladybugs, and earthworms play in growing healthy plants?  Our class learned some of the basics of gardening through Joanna Gaines’ new book We Are the Gardeners.  We began a small gardening project – more details to come!  We also completed our final bird study for this year, the Brown Pelican.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our new weekly praise verse together. We enjoyed some time coloring and drawing as we listened to the patriotic music of John Phillip Sousa. Our history of hymns was about, “America, The Beautiful,” and our music theory lesson was based on major scales. We finished class warming up our voices and singing our music for the Patriotic Program.
Art
  • We got our hands in paint to work on a Science related project.
P.E.
  • This week we went running. We worked on setting a pace and sprinting.
Memory Work:  
  • Psalm 67:1-5

 

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

Language Arts
  • Reading: We began reading about Mr. and Mrs. Popper and their surprise adventures with real penguins in Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
  • Cursive: Upper case T and F
  • Grammar: Prepositions, Prepositional phrases
Math
  • Multiplication Facts (x 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10)
  • Subtracting Money Amounts
  • Subtracting Across Zeros
  • Telling and Showing Time to the Quarter Hour
History
  • We have moved on to the last time period that we are going to study about in Ancient Egypt. The Later New Kingdom sees one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs, Ramses II, increase the empire’s wealth and influence. However, this is really just the beginning of the end for Egypt. We will begin to discuss Egypt’s decline next week.
Latin
  • We began learning the words for different body parts including: hand, foot, head and body.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our new weekly praise verse together. We enjoyed some time coloring and drawing as we listened to the patriotic music of John Phillip Sousa. Our history of hymns was about, “America, The Beautiful,” and our music theory lesson was based on major scales. We finished class warming up our voices and singing our music for the Patriotic Program.
Art
  • We did not have art due to the short week.
P.E.
  • This week we went running. We worked on setting a pace and sprinting.
Memory Work:
  • Hebrews 11: 32-35

 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Mitchell)

Language Arts
  • Reading:  What is Pompeii?  We spent a second week finishing up this fact-packed book by practicing oral and written summaries of the final chapters.
  • Writing:  Lesson 10, Busy Beavers – summarizing.
  • Grammar: Chapter 16 test on linking verbs and PN/PrA.  Began chapter 17 on use of quotation marks.
Math
  • Identifying the probability of an event using a spinner; dividing a 4-digit number by a 1-digit number; adding and subtracting mixed numbers and fractions with like denominators; finding perimeter.
History
  • I trust that each of you enjoyed the celebration of the resurrection of Christ.  By God’s grace, I believe that 3rd graders understood the events and appreciate the sacrifice in new ways because of our studies over the last few months.  It is a privilege to walk through that period of history with them.
  • This week we moved on to the Split of the Roman Empire under Diocletian.  Ask your student to sing the Roman Emperors song for you.
Science
  • We continued our readings about Archimedes, the ancient Greek mastermind, as well as our exploration of simple machines and how they make work easier using a lever, wheel and axle and a pulley.  We made a list of simple machines by category to study for the test, which I postponed to next week. Ask your student about how pulleys make work easier.
  • Review of the 3 laws of motion.
Latin
  • Chapter 29 – Ablative-Case Prepositions
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our new weekly praise verse together. We enjoyed some time coloring and drawing as we listened to the patriotic music of John Phillip Sousa. Our history of hymns was about, “America, The Beautiful,” and our music theory lesson was based on major scales. We finished class warming up our voices and singing our music for the Patriotic Program.
Art
  • We explored the genius of Norman Rockwell, our featured artist, paying special attention to his composition and focus on American life.
P.E.
  • This week we went running. We worked on running short distance and sprinting.
Memory Work:
  • 1 Peter 5:8

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton)

Language Arts
  • Reading: We began reading King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
  • Writing: Students continued working on their fantastic stories, focusing on the elements of a story, including descriptive language and dramatic dialogue.
  • Grammar:  Irregular verbs and a review of mechanics.
Math
  • Students learned to multiply decimal numbers by 10, 100, and 1000, as well as by using zeros as placeholders; students also learned to find the least common multiple of two numbers, and to complete scale drawings.
History
  • The Act of Supremacy by King Henry the VIII.
Science
  • Students worked in their teams to come up with strategies and plans for the medieval machine building competition. We also had a chance to do an all-science question and answer time.
Latin
  • After completing the chapter on 3rd conjugation verbs, students translated in groups a challenging passage from our Libellus.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our new weekly praise verse together.We practiced, “My Country ‘Tis Of Thee,” on our recorders, warmed up our voices, and sang our music for the Patriotic Program. Our music theory lesson was based on major scales. Finally, we enjoyed some time coloring and drawing as we listened to the patriotic music of John Phillip Sousa.
Art
  • The students continued to work on their watercolor landscapes, continuing to practice mixing colors and using good brushstrokes.

 

P.E.
  • This week we went running. We worked on running short distance and sprinting.
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 139:1-3

 

5th Grade (Ms. Windes)

Language Arts
  • Reading: While Johnny Tremain began as a confident and proud silversmith’s apprentice, the students watched as Johnny burned his hand on molten silver and had all his life expectations shattered. We discussed how much this event affected him both physically and emotionally, especially considering where Johnny found his worth.  
  • Writing: Students began writing their body paragraphs for their research paragraphs, and will continue writing and editing over the next couple of weeks!
  • Grammar:  
Math
  • We learned about ratio problems involving totals, the difference between mass and weight, how to find the perimeter of more complex shapes, and practiced more algebraic addition.
History
  • This week we learned about how Jefferson made the Louisiana purchase in 1803, nearly doubling America’s size and developing a new interest in exploring the lands beyond the Mississippi.
Science:
  • Concave and convex lenses.
Latin
  • Students finished learning the ille, illa, illud demonstrative pronouns chart, and then we practiced translations using these pronouns.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and two students recited last week’s weekly praise verse for a reward after school. We enjoyed some time coloring and drawing as we listened to the patriotic music of John Phillip Sousa. Our history of hymns was about, “America, The Beautiful,” and our music theory lesson was based on major scales. We finished class warming up our voices and singing our music for the Patriotic Program and the Day of Prayer Service that we will be performing at soon!

 

Art
  • We began using acrylic paints this week, practicing how to mix and use the paints and beginning to paint a tiny section of Winslow Homer’s ‘Fox Hunt.’
P.E.
  • This week we went running. We worked on running short distance and sprinting.

 

Memory Work:

  • 1 Samuel 2:9-10

 

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett)

New Testament Survey
  • The students marched forward in the New Testament into James and Philemon. They discussed the importance of faith, as well as the significance of living out one’s faith as evidence of belief. The class discussed the difference between worldly hope, and true conviction of things not seen as described by the author of Hebrews.  
Literature
  • The class continued to look at Robert Louis Stevenson’s poetry, My Shadow. They noted in particular his use of personification and rhyming couplets.
Math
  • Geometric solids, algebraic addition, proper form of scientific notation and volume. The class also used their skills in evaluating volume to examine the volume of their desks and classroom.
History
  • World War I has been a fascinating subject for the class as they learn the background behind the alliances, and the domino effect after the assisination of Archduke Ferdinand. The resulting trench warfare, build up of the British Navy and eventual engagement of America resulted in victory for the Allied Powers. The casualties included much disease and infection. The class read a letter from one of the soldiers to better understand the war from an enlisted person’s point of view.
Science
  • The class continued learning about radio waves including the differences between amplitude and magnitude. The students also explored cell phones, television and radio in light of the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • The students reviewed refraction and incident light. They experimented with pencils, water and oil to see the effect of refraction on the straight edge of a pencil as the speed of light slowed down.
Writing/Grammar
  • The class began to gather notes and create a research paper on their historical figure for the Bradford Wax Museum.
  • A vocabulary test this week along with sentences enabled the students to practice a variety of types of writing.
Latin
  • We learned about the differences in endings in the 3rd and 4th future tense endings and practiced parsing and translating verbs.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and two students recited last week’s weekly praise verse for a reward after school. We enjoyed some time coloring and drawing as we listened to the patriotic music of John Phillip Sousa. Our history of hymns was about, “America, The Beautiful,” and our music theory lesson was based on major scales. We finished class warming up our voices and singing our music for the Patriotic Program and the Day of Prayer Service that we will be performing at soon!
Art
  • The students continued to work on sketching and painting plein air landscapes under these glorious Carolina blue skies. Allowing the background to be a bit blurry and indistinct enable the foreground to come into clearer focus.
Logic
  • The students worked through the fallacies of repetition and transfer, noting how common both are in everyday life. Should I repeat myself? Repetition can bring about amazing results! In addition, the example was given regarding transfer of an athlete used in advertising for an insurance company. The viewers’ positive feelings towards the athlete are supposed to bring about positive feelings towards purchasing insurance from said company although they are not remotely related in reality.
P.E.
  • This week we went running. We worked on running short distance and sprinting.
Memory Work:
  • I John 1-2:29, When Peace Like a River

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

 

Mrs. Byrd

Physics
  • We are building our concepts of electric potential and potential energy.  Next we will consider current and resistance. On Wednesday May 1 the class will be visiting the Harris Nuclear Energy Center in New Hill to learn first hand how nuclear power in generated.  Be on the lookout for a permission slip to sign. We will be away from school from approximately 8:45 – 1:45.
Precalculus
  • We have learned to  find missing sides and angles of any type of triangle using the Laws of Sines and Cosines.  We can also find areas of triangles without knowing the base and height (the traditional Geometry approach).  Now we are delving into the world of matrices. One thing we are discovering is that there is a “simpler” alternative to solving systems of equations other than the methods we learned in Algebra I and II 🙂
Geometry
  • Our class concluded a study of similarity with a test Friday.  Our next topic will be learning the basic trig ratios and how to use them to find missing parts of triangles.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • This week we learned several key themes from the book of II Corinthians. One of which is that God’s grace is made perfect in our weakness. We also had a test on Luke, Acts, Romans, and I Corinthians. Lord willing, next week we will cover the gospel of John.

Mrs. Dovan

8th Omnibus
  • This week students gave presentations on various individuals and events from the 12th-14th centuries.  We have learned about the Magna Carta, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Francis of Assisi, Marco Polo, and many other fascinating topics.  We are gearing up for the Renaissance and Reformation!
  • We are working our way through The Canterbury Tales.  As we’ve encountered the many characters described in the Prologue, we’ve discussed the recurring idea of appearance vs. reality.  What estate do these individuals occupy? What do we expect of someone in that estate, and does this person’s character align? In our discussions, we have also noted the distinct poetic purposes of Chaucer and Dante.

 

11th Elective – Intro to Drama
  • Students have memorized their skit and this week began blocking, adding gesture and movement to our lines.

 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science:
  • The remainder of our school year will be spent studying geology, beginning with what we know about the age of the Earth and how Earth’s surface is shaped. Before we dive into the scientific principles underlying our understanding of geology, I find this to be an important time to wrestle with the questions found at the intersection of faith and science. Society and the media would have us to believe that there is a bitter conflict between faith and science, and that ultimately you have to choose: will you put your trust in science at the expense of faith in God? Or will you put your faith in God at the expense of embracing the truth of science? In class, we have had robust discussion about the intertwining history of science and the Church, the difference between general and special revelation, and the influence of politics and society on this mythical conflict. We have shared examples of leaders in scientific fields today that unashamedly embrace faith in Christ, defying the conventional wisdom that equates science with atheism. Einstein, himself a deist, expressed that science without religion is lame, while religion without science is blind. We will wrap up this topic with a Socratic seminar on Tuesday, in which we’ll discuss some of the writings of Augustine of Hippo.
8th Grade Science:
  • This week was spent making both theoretical and practical calculations using Newton’s 2nd Law. We discussed how Newton’s 2nd Law applies everywhere at all times, whether in the frictionless vacuum of space or the gravity-bound, friction-fraught environments of Earth, as long as all forces are accounted for in the Net Force.

 

Mr. Hamilton

7th Grammar/Comp
  • Students are doing a great job tackling the various aspects of their difficult research papers!
9th History
  • This week we focused on three monumentally tragic events of the 20th century: the Holocaust, the reign of Stalin, and the rise of communism in China.
9th Literature
  • We continue to march through Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Of particular interest this week was his deeply troubling attitude toward the Jews, a fact he openly acknowledges.
9th Theology
  • This week was filled with contemplations on 20th century events and our rapidly disintegrating world.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • This week we prepped for and took our midterm exam.

 

Dr. James

9th/10th Biology
  • This week we continued our introduction to evolution, considering different views of it and looking at arguments for and against concepts such as irreducible complexity.  
  • Next week we will conclude our study of this topic.  Our test on this material is scheduled for Monday, May 7.

 

Mr. Johnston

8th Latin
  • We continue to work on Chapter 23 translating sentences with numbers in the accusative and ablative cases.
7th Logic
  • We began Chapter 5, Fallacies of Induction.  

Mr. Miller

7th Latin
  • This week we began studying Latin numbers, first the Roman numerals and then the cardinal numbers.
8th Logic
  • This week we turned our focus away from categorical syllogisms for a bit and began learning about hypothetical syllogisms (which include “if…then” statements).
10th Literature
  • We began reading Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the definitive compilation of ancient Greek and Roman myths.
10th History
  • We started our foray into Greco-Roman philosophies this week with Lucretius’ classic Epicurean work On the Nature of Things.
10th Rhetoric
  • The guys gave speeches this week arguing something related to our early Christian texts we just finished reading.
11th Literature
  • We are beginning a drama unit in which we are currently preparing to act out Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet in class.
11th History
  • Having finished reading works by Martin Luther, we have now turned to the other most well-known and influential Reformer, John Calvin, and will begin reading selections from his magnum opus, Institutes of the Christian Religion.
NT Greek
  • One group of the students is continuing to study the Greek verb system by learning about the second aorist tense, and another group of students spent time reviewing adjectives this week.

 

Mrs. Palmer

7th Art
  • This week we finished up our small studies of black and white eyes. They worked very hard on these! Next week we will begin another detailed black and white study and hopefully venture outside for practice soon.
8th Art
  • This week we finished up our small studies of colored human eyes. They worked very hard on these! Next week students will begin a small scale self portrait final.
9th Spanish
  • We have continued on in the preterite this week. We worked on many preterite verb conjugations and put them into practice through listening comprehension and some writing. Next week will be review before our Chapter 6 test!

 

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we reviewed working with angles, solved 2-step math problems, and learned how to work with exponents of signed numbers.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we learned the Pythagorean theorem and how to use it to find the distance between two points.  We also learned how to solve distance problems with unequal distances.
7th/8th P.E.
  • This week we went running. We worked on running short distance and sprinting.
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we learned how to use truth trees to see if two propositions are equivalent.

 

Mr. Davis

7th and 8th Grade Choir
  • Due to Easter break the students did not have class this week. Next week the students will work on music for the end of the year forum.
11th Grade Introduction to Church Worship
  • This week the students worked on music for the May 9th Bradford Games.     

 

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