BB 2019 – 05 – 10



MAY 10th, 2019



What a wonderfully busy and exciting week!  It is good to give thanks to the Lord for all that He has done.

  • On Tuesday, Bradford’s first Student Council was elected.  In addition to President Mallory Jones, the following students have been chosen to serve:
    • Vice President:  Caroline Garrett
    • Treasurer:  Jack Johnston
    • Secretary of Records:  John Garrett
    • Secretary of Public Relations:  Veronica Newsome
  • On Wednesday and Thursday, you should have received a very exciting letter in the mail from Bradford!  Did you see it?
  • Upper School students enjoyed our 1st Annual Bradford Games yesterday.  God gave them a beautiful day and a wonderful time together. A shout out to Elisabeth Morrell, Jason Palmer, and Lee Davis for planning such a spectacular event!
  • Today, our 3rd – 10th graders packed over 35,000 meals for Feed the Hunger to be sent to Bangladesh.  May the Lord be pleased to spread His Word in that part of the world as Christians meet the daily practical needs of persecuted people there.  



  • Monday, 5/13
    • Tennis Club – 8th – 11th grades
  • Tuesday, 5/14
    • Spring XC Training – 5th – 11th grades
    • SPORTS AWARDS CEREMONY – 7:00 pm – auditorium of Main Campus
  • Thursday, 5/16
      • K – 2nd grades:  to Mebane Fire Department
      • 11th grade:  to American Shakespeare  Center, Staunton, VA
    • Spring XC Training – 5th – 11th grades
    • MS Girls Soccer scrimmage at ACS, 6:00 pm
    • Bradford Spirit Night @ HWY 55
  • Friday, 5/17
    • Tennis Club – 6th – 7th grades



  • May 21st – 24th:  Standardized Testing
  • Friday, May 24th:  Teacher Appreciation Day
  • Monday, May 27th:  Memorial Day – No School
  • Thursday, May 30th:
    • 10:00 am – Grandparents and parents with young children are invited to the students’ final rehearsal for the Patriotic Program.  
    • 7:00 pm – Patriotic Program – Invite friends and family!  
  • FINAL WEEK OF SCHOOL, June 3 – 7th
    • Used Uniform Sale (TBA)
    • Thursday, 6/6:  Bible Bee (lower school) 9:00
    • Friday, 6/7:  Field Day, Kindergarten celebration, countdown to SUMMER!  Dismissal at noon






Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Luther)

  • This week TK learned about the Holy Spirit.  The focus in this lesson was to emphasize that the Holy Spirit was sent to be our helper.   
Theme Adventure
  • TK made a special project for their mothers!  All week the students handmade colorful seed paper to give to their  mothers. Soon they will plant their papers with their mother’s and grow a beautiful flower garden.  
  • Students also cut flower bouquets from their self grown TK flower garden.  



  • TK students continued to work with onset and rime.  
  • TK continues to strengthen their skills matching capitals and lowercase letters.  
  • TK reviewed action verbs by playing charades in groups.  The students enjoyed this game while expanding their oral language and parts of speech.
  • TK students enjoyed playing dominoes.  This game teaches them to identify and match equivalent sets and identify doubles.  
  • TK students continued to work and play, acting out –  some, some more stories.
Arts and Sciences
  • TK investigated and reviewed the life cycle of green beans.  During centers they dissected a mature pod and labeled the different parts of the green bean.  

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

Language Arts
  • Our kindergarten scholars are almost ready to read the final book Runs From Guns. We worked on listening and writing ending digraphs. Students matched the beginning sounds of Wh, Sh, Ch, and Th with the correct objects. We made up sentences for the words: what, when, whip, whim, and whiz. On Tuesday, the TK students were paired up with a kindergarten student who read them all of the books we have covered this year.
  • New special exhibit words: use, fall, wall, their, watch.
  • Subtraction facts: differences of 2; identifying and counting quarters; showing money amounts using coins; subtracting two-digit numbers without regrouping; identifying cold, cool, warm, and hot temperatures; reading a thermometer to the nearest 10 degrees; fact assessment 19; written assessment 24.
  • Who are the people in our community? We listed the people who provide services for us and those who help others. Lord willing, next week we will visit the Mebane Fire Dept as part of our Community Days.


  • The muscles of the body are divided into three main types: skeletal, smooth, and cardiac. The main function of the muscular system is movement. Smooth, cardiac, and skeletal muscles work to facilitate body functions like heartbeats, digestion, and moving bones. The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, sensory organs, and all of the nerves that connect these organs with the rest of the body. Together, these organs are responsible for the control of the body and communication among its parts.
  • We practiced for our Patriotic Program.
  • Shhhhh, we worked on a special surprise for mom. We also finished coloring some body parts and attached them to the torso.
  • We reviewed some dribbling drills and had fun bowling. We will continue to prepare for the field days by practicing different events so they are well prepared.
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 18:28 and review


1st Grade (Mrs. Campbell)

Language Arts
  • Phonics target sound: TION/SION
  • Phonics primer: Mission to the Moon – reading comprehension and art activities
  • This week we practiced reading and drawing a pictograph with a scale of 2, writing a fraction to show a part of a set, writing a number in expanded form, and completed math assessments.
  • We wrapped up our study of Buffalo Bill and the Wild West.
  • Our class enjoyed getting out into the sunshine and cool breeze to do some gardening!  We completed a small project which will go home soon.
  • There was no music this week due to a family funeral for Mrs. Gregory.
  • This week we did not meet with Mr. Palmer due to the Upper School Bradford Games.
Memory Work:  
  • Psalm 67:1-7


2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

Language Arts
  • Reading: The students have loved reading about the wild adventures of Mr. Popper’s penguins. This week the Poppers converted their cellar into an ice rink for Captain Cook and his new friend, Greta. Then, the family was surprised by the arrival of a bunch of new baby penguins. Ask your child what the Poppers’ plan is for putting these penguins to work.
  • Cursive: Upper case R, G, S and I
  • Grammar: Prepositional phrases, consonant digraphs, vowel digraphs,  “ow” diphthong
  • Identifying parallel lines
  • Finding the missing addend for a sum of 100
  • Making change from $1.00
  • In History this week we studied a different Bible story every day leading up to the Davidic Kingdom. We read about Eli, Samuel, Saul, Jesse and finally David. We discussed the problems with the Israelites’ insistence on having their own king and why that upset God.
  • The students have learned how to say eight body parts in Latin. After singing a fun song they all drew themselves and labled the different body parts in Latin.
  • There was no music this week due to a family funeral for Mrs. Gregory.
  • We continued to work on the Agate paintings this week. We also watched a short video about hunting for Agates along the shores of the Great Lakes.
  • This week we did not meet with Mr. Palmer due to the Upper School Bradford Games.
Memory Work:
  • Hebrews 11: 1-40


3rd Grade (Mrs. Mitchell)

Language Arts
  • Reading:  Archimedes – Students learned about Archimedes’ war machines.  Though not his first passion, by any means, he is well remembered for these amazing inventions.
  • Writing:  Students wrote back their paragraphs from keywords taken and improved up last week.
  • Grammar: Punctuation for beginning and ending quotes; review of capitalization rules.
  • Identifying rays and vertices; right and straight angles; degrees in a circle; simplifying fractions using the Greatest Common Factor – a super math shortcut! Graphing ordered pairs on a coordinate plane; identifying coordinates of a point; assessment
  • The Council of Nicea – Students discovered how important these historical councils were to keep the teaching of Christian doctrine in line with scripture.
  • Bridge Building Competition, part 1 – 3rd graders were put into small groups and assigned a particular style of bridge to build using popsicle sticks and glue.  These will be tested for strength. Following that, students will devise their own structure to be tested a second time, applying what they observed from the first competition.
  • Chapter 31:  We are in our final unit review, which includes a 4-chapter vocabulary refresher quiz as well as practice translating and parsing.
  • There was no music this week due to a family funeral for Mrs. Gregory.
  • Mosaics continued – We needed a second week to finish the Christian symbols for the Trinity.
  • This week we took part in a half mile class relay!
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 84:10-12; John 10:9-10


4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton)

Language Arts
  • Reading: We completed the first of four books of This Was John Calvin, and continued reading the adventures of King Arthur’s knights from the third book of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table–The Quest of the Holy Grail.
  • Writing: Students completed the first drafts of their fantastic stories and inspired by poetry readings from our anthology, turned their attention to writing poems.
  • Grammar: Double negatives and mixed patterns.
  • After completing our investigation (Scale Drawings and Reading Maps) and having a little more time to complete homework corrections, students learned to multiply decimal numbers by 10, 100, and 1000, to find the least common multiple of two numbers and to write mixed numbers as improper fractions.
  • Council of Trent: students learned about the Catholic Church’s response to the Protestant reformation.
  • During the second week of machine building, students made tremendous progress and are closer to completing their machines.
  • We completed our study of the third declension and are just about ready to embark on a massive review of Latin Primer B.



  • Students continued to work on their beautiful watercolor landscapes!
  • This week we took part in a half mile class relay!
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 139: 1-10


5th Grade (Ms. Windes)

Language Arts
  • Reading: We continue reading Johnny Tremain; after reaching one of the lowest points of despair about his life,  Johnny begins to act, causing a whole series of unintended events to happen but ultimately showing him which friends are faithful to him and giving him a direction to follow.
  • Writing: Students continue working on their research essays, this week adding the introduction.
  • Grammar:  The students are working through comma errors, and correcting each others sentences quite well!
  • We learned about transformations of shapes, symmetry, and corresponding parts in similar figures.
  • This week we studied the Second Great Awakening, discussing its main leaders, movements, and the effects on America.
  • After learning about static and current electricity, students greatly enjoyed a series of experiments, which involved balloons, tissues “ghosts,” running coke cans, and levitating orbs.
  • Students did a great job this week learning the tricky correlative adverb charts! We also practiced some translations.
  • No music this week.
  • Each of the students began using acrylics to copy a portion of a masterpiece from another artist! Students are quickly laying down a background to cover their canvases, and then are beginning to add other layers.
  • This week we helped Mr. Palmer prepare for the Bradford Games and played “Capture the Flag.”


Memory Work:

  • Psalm 121:1-4


6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett)

New Testament Survey
  • The class continues walking through the New Testament, exploring 1 and 2 Peter this week. Understanding the definition and application of faith as seen in Hebrews and James, and now the working out of one’s faith in I and 2 Peter has been fascinating. The students looked closely at Peter’s encouragement for those undergoing persecution, and rebuke of those teaching a false doctrine in the churches. Peter reminds the believers that God is not slow in keeping His promises. Peter reminds us that God’s Word is the source of all wisdom, and His desire for believers to live out godliness, self control, wisdom and brotherly kindness are to be central to one’s daily thoughts and actions.
  • The class continues to follow the ten Boom family, as Holland loses its freedom in World War 2.  Changes such as the hour of curfew and disappearance of Jewish families, describes the Nazi power strengthening in Holland. It is obvious that Corrie desires to act, living out her faith with those in need. Corrie gets involved in the Underground movement. She also sees God involved in her family’s life, and in others’ lives as well. For instance, Corrie visits her kitchen for a cup of coffee during an air raid which, in the end, saves her life. Corrie believed that God saved her for a specific purpose.
  • Solving the fractional part of a number, finding the area of complex figures and trapezoids, working with complex fractions and percents. The students also practiced for a Power Up assessment given this week.
  • Upcoming: Test 14B on 5/14/19.
  • How did the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression relate to World War 1? Why did the Stock Market crash? What is the Dust Bowl? The class enjoyed answering these questions and more as they peered into the 1920’s and 30’s of American life.
  • Alternative sources of energy, including Solar Power and its many uses was explored by the students this week.
  • A review of capitalization rules, comma rules and the use of analogies.
  • This week we worked on several translation passages, one about the story of Cincinnatus and the other about Manlius, the Gauls, and the Geese. The students continue to impress me with the progress they are making in being able to translate!
  • The students finished up their plein air paintings, focusing on the background and the use of muted colors.
  • “This is right because we have always done it this way!” This common appeal to tradition fallacy was the center of debate this week in Logic. The students looked closely at advertisements and arguments from our culture.
  • This week we helped Mr. Palmer prepare for the Bradford Games and played “Capture the Flag.”
Memory Work:
  • I John 1-3:6, Flander’s Fields, Key words for Hebrews, James, I and 2 Peter




Mrs. Byrd

  • Our class is now studying current electricity.  We are learning how voltage, current, and resistance interrelate and how different types of circuits are beneficial in certain situations.  Students enjoyed trying to set up their own circuits to power a few different lab items.
  • We are continuing in our study of matrices – learning to row reduce, multiply, and find inverses.  Next week we will learn how these operations can be used in various applications.
  • The class learned the SOH-CAH-TOA acronym and are now using trig ratios to solve for missing parts of right triangles.  We are also doing some review for our second semester cumulative test that will happen in just over a week.

Mrs. Dovan

8th Omnibus
  • We finished our reading of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales this week with the Knight’s Tale.  Much like A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Inferno, The Knight’s Tale sets ancient figures within a medieval world.  It’s been fun to experience this reaching back of the Renaissance to the classical world.
  • Students took their history test this week where they identified important figures in the church like Thomas Aquinas and St. Francis of Assisi, distinguished reformers like John Wycliffie and Jan Hus, and learned about some of the most deadly experiences of western Europe: The Black Death and the Hundred Years War.
  • We began (and nearly finished) Shakespeare’s history Henry V this week as well!  We are at a bit of a disadvantage having not read the prequels Henry IV parts I & II, but it has been exciting to see the Battle of Agincourt come to life.  This play has welcomed discussions around the power of rhetoric (St. Crispin’s Day speech), the horrors of war (via WWI poets like Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen), and the weight of responsibility a king.   Shakespeare’s genius welcomes us into a time far-removed from our own experiences with universal ideas that pertain to war, and he gives us the perspective of both king and commoner.


11th Elective – Intro to Drama
  • In drama, we are continuing to rehearse the pieces of our showcase.  Students are working diligently to memorize their parts and to step into characters who are quite different from their own personalities.  Scrounging up some costumes and props has aided our sense of character. Next week, we begin working on monologues.


Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science:
  • We took a closer look at the principle of uniformitarianism this week with a study of the four basic processes that shape Earth’s surface over time: weathering, erosion, deposition, and uplift. The students were especially fascinated with the meandering path taken by most rivers as that water ‘seeks’ the path of least resistance.
8th Grade Science:
  • We concluded our study of Isaac Newton with a mathematical analysis of Newton’s Universal Law of Gravitation. Through the application of math we were able to show that Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion and his Law of Gravitation are mathematically related. Our last unit test on Force and Motion will be given on May 16th. Students should be working independently on their self-propelled vehicles, which will be tested during the last week of school.


Mr. Hamilton

7th Grammar/Comp
  • Student papers are coming along nicely!
7th History
  • We continue to learn about Roman history through our study of the Aeneid.


7th Literature

  • We are continuing through the Aeneid, moving toward the exciting conclusion of this powerful epic. To go along with our reading, students created their own versions of Vulcan’s shield for Aeneas, and many of the shields look great! See photo below.
9th History
  • This week we are in World War II, discussing its key moments, major battles, and momentous outcomes.
9th Literature
  • We just finished Animal Farm, Orwell’s satirical fable about totalitarianism and power.
9th Theology
  • Coming soon: How Shall We Then Live by Francis Schaeffer.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • This week was spent understanding Islam.  


Dr. James

9th/10th Biology
  • This week the students took their second test of Q4.  We also began our study of God as Creator.
  • Next week we plan to continue our study of God as Creator.  Also, students should begin working on their last presentation for this year.  Each of them have been assigned a scientist who made significant contributions in a particular branch of biology.


Mr. Johnston

8th Latin
  • Students finished up Chapter 23 after translating sentences with time and number expressions.
  • We began Chapter 24 vocabulary.

Mr. Miller

7th Latin
  • This week we reviewed how to match and translate adjectives (as numbers) with their corresponding nouns.
8th Logic
  • This week we reviewed how to write sound syllogisms based on a given conclusion in preparation for the test on this material next Thursday.
10th Literature
  • .As we continue reading Ovid’s Metamorphoses, some of the myths have gotten weirder, but many still provide vivid portrayals of real life emotions, characteristics, and situations from which we can learn.
10th History
  • We finished reading and discussing Cicero’s On Obligations, filling out our understanding of how, for Cicero, what is truly useful for a person is also truly honourable insofar as individuals are members of communities whom it is useful to benefit through honourable actions.
10th Rhetoric
  • We’ve finished discussing the various pieces of a classical rhetorical composition, and now the boys are narrowing down proposition (or thesis) statements for their final speech.
11th Literature
  • After Mrs. Dovan helpfully oriented us to drama, Shakespeare, and Romeo and Juliet in particular, we began acting out this famous Shakespearan tragedy, even getting (somewhat) into character with some very interesting costumes!
11th History
  • The students are doing a great job leading us through discussion of important sections from Calvin’s Institutes! This week we covered important topics such as human sin and depravity, the person and work of Christ, and faith.
NT Greek
  • We went over together in class the most recent “quests” (in between a “quiz” and a “test”) this week, which the students did well on overall, and also continued practicing translation.


Mrs. Palmer

7th Art
  • This week we continued on with our detailed automobile studies. We concentrated on contrast, gray scale, and having an eye for detail.
8th Art
  • We did not have class this week due to the Bradford Games!
9th Spanish
  • Students took their Chapter 6 test this week. They are also working diligently on their cultural final projects.


Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we reviewed for a test, and then took a test.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we reviewed for a test, and then took a test.
7th/8th P.E.
  • This week we did a House Relay, played volleyball, and partook in the First Annual Bradford Games.
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we studied for a quiz and then took a quiz.


Mr. Davis

7th and 8th Grade Choir
  • This week the students worked on worship for their end of the year forum.
11th Grade Introduction to Church Worship
  • This week the students practiced and led worship for the first annual Bradford Games.