BB 2019-09-13

BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XII, ISSUE 6

 

September 13th, 2019

FROM THE OFFICE

We had a successful Safety Week with our lower school students, culminating in a visit by a Mebane Police officer this morning.  A few things he emphasized that the kids should know: 1) how to dial 911 from parent’s cell phone, 2) home address, especially house number, 3) parent’s phone #.  

Along the lines of safety, we want to remind parents (and anyone who is dropping off/ picking up children) that if you park and walk your child up, you should only cross at the crosswalk.  I know it might seem easier to cross at the opposite end of the carport, but we really do prefer for everyone to cross only at the crosswalk.  Thank you!

Austerfield parents:  If you have not sent in your supplies  (2 Clorox wipes, 2 tissues, and 3 paper towels per student), please send them in ASAP!  We seem to not have as many tissue boxes as we should have.

UPCOMING

NEXT WEEK:

  • Monday, 9/16 – MS volleyball game, Away
  • Tuesday, 9/17 
    • MS/HS soccer game @ ACS
    • Varsity volleyball game, HOME, 4:30
  • Wednesday, 9/18 – JV soccer game @ Noble Academy
  • Thursday, 9/19 – Varsity volleyball game, AWAY
  • Friday, 9/20 – Leiden ice cream social
  • Saturday, 9/21 – Scrooby social

IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

  • 9/19:  Bradford Spirit Night at HWY 55 – Enjoy dinner with friends and Bradford will receive 30% of sales!  It is a great way to spend time with friends, feed your family, and support your school!
  • 9/25:  Soccer Tournament (PE):  12:00 – 2:45 – more details to come!
  • 10/1:  6th grade to Museum of Life and Science
  • 10/4:  4th grade to Museum of Natural Science
  • 10/9:  1st and 5th grades to Alamance Battleground
  • 10/11:  
    • 3rd grade to Greensboro Science Museum
    • End of first quarter:  Report cards will be posted to EDUCATE.  
  • 10/14 – 10/18:  FALL BREAK

 

FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)

Bible
  •  This week TK students concluded a study of creation.  Students learned specifically about days 4-7.  
Theme Adventure
  • We have begun our study of apples!  Apples can teach us counting, one-to-one correspondence, letters, colors, sequencing and prediction.  The possibilities for learning are endless!  
  • TK students continue to observe and care for the TK garden inside the classrooms.  Most plants have sprouted and look very healthy! 
Literacy
  • TK students have begun learning appropriate pencil or crayon grip.  This will take time and practice. We have a catchy song that we sing to help us remember to use our fingers to do the work!  Ask your student to sing it for you and practice at home! 
Math
  •  TK continues to count items to 10 with one-to-one correspondence.  TK has also begun creating designs using pattern blocks. We have seen some beautiful works of geometric art in math class this week. 
Arts and Sciences
  • This week TK completed their creation books.  
  • Students also learned about the life cycle of an apple and learned to appreciate God’s creative order.  
  • Students dissected an apple and learned all about the parts of the delicious fruit.  This was also an opportunity to learn about kitchen safety in preparation for baking apple pies next week.  

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

This Week
  • Our Kindergarten Scholars were introduced to the letter P this week. They brought in treasures from home that had the beginning P sound. We saw popcorn, pumpkins, peanuts, pencils, penguins, pirates, pans, and paint. This is not your ordinary show and tell. They are learning to inform, persuade, motivate and entertain their classmates. Each student is allowed to ask one question regarding the items presented. We are still working on the difference between a story and a question. George Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte is an excellent example of Pointillism. Our students created a purple pansy picture using that painting style. We also began a study of the color wheel by identifying primary and secondary colors. Students had the opportunity to mix primary colors to create secondary colors. We will continue that study next week. Please help and encourage your student to memorize their weekly verse!
Music 
  • This week our lesson was about locating high and low pitched instruments. The students had an exercise where they heard the sound of the instrument, and said whether it was high or low pitched. We also began practicing the songs for Bradford Night. 
Memory Work:
  • 1Corinthians 13:4-8a, next week we will memorize Ecclesiastes 9:10

1st Grade (Mrs. Campbell & Mrs. Morgan)

This Week
  • First graders are becoming more comfortable with their routines and transitions are beginning to flow more smoothly.  In Math this week we found that even numbers always have a partner; otherwise there is an “odd man out”. We continue to learn about nouns and it’s fun to hear students tell about a word seen outside of school and  exclaim “It was a proper noun!” Science and art collided as we reviewed Biblical creation by drawing a step-by-step overview of God’s order and design in those 6 days. Next week we will learn the classification system and move into a study of the animal kingdom. 
Music 
  • This week our lesson was about locating high and low pitched instruments. The students had an exercise where they heard the sound of the instrument, and said whether it was high or low pitched. We also began practicing the songs for Bradford Night. 
P.E.
  •  This week the students worked on soccer dribbling skills with speed and agility drills. 
Memory Work:  
  • John 1:12-13

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

This Week
  • We finished up our book, Prairie School, this week where we were thrilled to find that Noah finally began to love reading. We discussed the importance of knowing how to read and what a blessing it is to have so many books readily available. The students loved getting to view some of the insects they’ve collected under the microscope. Ask your child what surprised them the most about seeing these tiny creatures up close. One student brought in a live praying mantis in a jar for us to observe this week. Each day the kids brought in a firefly to watch “Timmy Hall” eat his lunch. It was fascinating to see how a praying mantis slowly stalks its prey before launching into a speedy attack. 
Music 
  • This week our lesson was about locating high and low pitched instruments. The students had an exercise where they heard the sound of the instrument, and said whether it was high or low pitched. We also began practicing the songs for Bradford Night. 
P.E.
  • This week the students worked on soccer dribbling skills with speed and agility drills. 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)

This Week
  • This week in 3rd grade we have been hardworking Bradford scholars! In math, we have been drawing, measuring, and labeling line segments. And we spent time identifying fractional parts of one whole up to twelfths! Chapter 4 of Latin has introduced us to our first declension noun endings and options for the case of a noun. We all learned the mnemonic sentence, “Never Give Davus Any Apples!” to help us name those tricky cases. Parents, if you haven’t received your card written in the Phoenician alphabet, please ask your child to show you! 
Music 
  • This week our lesson was about locating high and low pitched instruments. The students had an exercise where they heard the sound of the instrument, and said whether it was high or low pitched. We also began practicing the songs for Bradford Night. 
P.E.
  • This week the students worked on soccer dribbling skills with speed and agility drills.

Upcoming:  

  • October 11 – Last day of the quarter – Field trip to the Greensboro Science Center

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton) 

This Week
  • In Literature, students said good-bye to our first book, The Door In The Wall, and began reading one of the most exciting books this year–Rolf and the Viking Bow. Fourth graders are doing a wonderful job in their character readings! While in grammar we continued working on more complex introductory sentences, in writing, students wrote an excellent paragraph together addressing Robin’s (The Door in the Wall protagonist) change and growth throughout the book. Students at last returned to their stories, but not before reviewing proper dialogue punctuation, as well as being reminded of the descriptive elements that help bring their writing to life.  In Math, students enjoyed making their own multiplication tables before diving into our new unit. 

Through The Council of Chalcedon students learned about the meeting of church leaders in the 5th century. Students also completed a little group research project about the major councils of the early church. 

Science
  • We continued our study of plants by learning to identify monocots and dicots. We also are beginning to learn the parts of a flower. Next week, students will have an opportunity to dissect their own flowers to try to identify all of their parts. 
  • Upcoming: October 4–Field Trip to the NC Museum of Natural Science in downtown Raleigh. 
Latin
  • After completing our review of nouns with a challenging assessment, we began memorizing the present, imperfect, and future tenses of the irregular verb to be (sum, esse, fui, futurum). 
Music
  •  This week our lesson was about categorizing sounds by method of sound reproduction. The students had an exercise where they heard the sound, and placed it in the correct category on their worksheet. We also began practicing our songs for Bradford Night. On our recorders, we learned the fingerings for F# and E, and our homework was to learn, “A Pool Vacation.”
P.E.
  • This week the students worked on soccer dribbling skills with speed and agility drills. 
Memory Work:
  • I Cor. 13:-1-2
  • Plants and Flowers Sound Off
  • History Song

5th Grade (Ms. Windes) 

This Week
  • Students took their second math test this week, and the precise, thorough work they have been putting into their lessons is definitely showing in their tests! Keep up the good work. In history, we learned about four explorers from Spain who each explored a different part of South or North America – Cortes, de Soto, de Leon, and Coronado. Ask your student to tell you the story of each of their expeditions!  In art, we have been having fun using the skills of drawing 3-D shapes we have been working on over the past few years to draw objects around the classroom. Students are drawing kleenex boxes, pencil cups, dictionaries, and plants, focusing on the basic shapes (cylinders, rectangular prisms, etc.) and then using colored pencils to add details. I’ve been enjoying seeing what they are creating! 
  • Upcoming: 
    • Wednesday, Sept. 18, Science Test: BONES 
    • Thursday, Sept. 19, Ch. 5 Latin test 
    • Friday, Sept. 20, History Test: Northeast Explorers; Spelling Test: Final E Words
Music 
  • This week our lesson was about categorizing sounds by method of sound reproduction. The students had an exercise where they heard the sound, and placed it in the correct category on their worksheet. We also began practicing our songs for Bradford Night. 
P.E.
  • This week the students worked on soccer dribbling skills with speed and agility drills. 

Memory Work:

  • Romans 12:9-13
  • Rounding Numbers Song
  • History Song

 

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett) 

This Week
  • What a wonderful week of exploring one of America’s manufacturing geniuses, Eli Whitney. Eli’s Cotton Gin allowed America to surge ahead in the world market of textiles. However, it also created a void of workers, and encouraged slavery in America. The beginnings of the Industrial Revolution in England through the invention of the steam engine brought about a great class discussion about the power and energy of steam, and how this transformed the world through mechanized assembly. The class also performed science experiments, making hypotheses and working diligently to record data.
Music 
  • This week our lesson was about categorizing sounds by method of sound reproduction. The students had an exercise where they heard the sound, and placed it in the correct category on their worksheet. We also began practicing our songs for Bradford Night. 
P.E.
  • This week the students worked on soccer dribbling skills with speed and agility drills. 
Memory Work:
  • I John 1:1-10, Avoiding the Question Sound Off, Literary Devices Song, All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

 

Mrs. Byrd

Calculus
  • We are considering “infinite limits” and preparing for a test next week.  We also took some time to do some SAT Math Prep.
Precalculus
  • This week we have been studying combinations of functions and inverse functions.  Next we will be looking at some more complicated functions – polynomial and rational functions.
Geometry 
  • We concluded our introductory look at the foundations of Geometry including basic terms and postulates.  Now we are looking at various subsets of lines, planes, and space.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • This week the students’ memory verse test was on Hebrews 12:1-2 and the books of Genesis and Exodus.  As we are studying the Pentateuch, we have been challenged by the tabernacle and how it points to Christ and his perfect work on the Cross. (Hebrews 9)

Mrs. Dovan

10th Rhetoric I
  • This week students presented speeches that employed Aristotle’s definitions of anger, indignation, shame, pity, and confidence.  They also shared from their mock college application essays and practiced working with enthymemes. 
12th Rhetoric / Senior Thesis
  • The students have memorized the Sermon on the Mount which we will be sharing with the residents of Hawfields next Tuesday.  This week we also worked on transforming the pieces of the chreia into a unified speech which they will present next week. 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science:
  • We spent this week talking about the theories science has put forth regarding the origins of the universe. We discussed the broad implications of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and what a blow it was to the worldview of naturalism to realize that the universe was finite and, therefore, had a beginning. We also began a detailed study of the four fundamental forces in the universe and how they are fine-tuned for the benefit of humanity. This study will continue next week.
8th Grade Science:
  • We began our study of chemistry with the task of defining and describing matter. We are learning about the difference between the physical and chemical properties of matter, as well as how to tell the difference between physical and chemical changes in matter.

Mr. Hamilton

9th History
  • We continue to enjoy our journey through the Age of Exploration! We are learning a great deal about why countries explored, what they gained, what problems they encountered, and what problems they eventually caused for the rest of the world.
9th Literature
  • Our current work, Of Plymouth Plantation, is proving to be exceptionally thought-provoking. So far, it has opened discussion about the nature of worship, church unity and division, and much else.
9th Theology
  • We are in deep waters in theology class, exploring the many hefty topics that the Westminster Confession has in store. Students are doing a great job learning to think and explore God’s word for themselves.
10th History
  • We are still in ancient Mesopotamia, exploring the many developments that these cultures have bequeathed to us.
10th Literature
  • Our study in the book of Proverbs has been incredibly rewarding and spiritually beneficial to each student in 10th. I am very proud of how students have used this opportunity to ask tough spiritual questions of themselves.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • More on Aristotle’s ideas and an overview of later Greek philosophy.
12th History
  • After our first test, we are now studying the developments of science and philosophy in the early modern period.
12th Literature
  • Our reading of Paradise Lost continues to be fascinating and provocative, as Milton combines invigorating syntactical power and imagery with intriguing and at times controversial flights of fancy.

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week we continued our discussion of measurements, practiced conversions of units, discussed sources of experimental error with a hands-on activity, and introduced significant digits. 
  • Next week we will conclude our section on  measurement. The second test of the quarter is Friday, Sept 20.

Miss Oldham

8th Grade Omnibus
  • The students enjoyed reading Augustine’s Confessions and will have their test over the material covered on Tuesday. Then we will begin Beowulf. 
11th Grade Literature
  • The students enjoyed beginning Romeo and Juliet. We’ve looked at a few of the motifs that will recur throughout the play. They are looking forward to the balcony scene coming up next! 
11th Grade History
  • The students have a history test on 9/13 and have been preparing by discussing the overarching themes we have seen in history so far. 
7th Latin
  • Our Latin scholars are learning about noun and adjective agreement. They have a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday. 
8th Latin
  • Our Latin scholars are learning about pronouns, both reflexive and personal, and how they look in Latin (as well as a reminder of what that means in English). 

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • This week we made good progress on our comic strips.  In this project, students are following instructions to create one-of-a-kind characters.  The character(s) needs to have various positions, emotions and yet still be consistent. They are shaping up nicely!
8th Art
  • This week we continued on with small scale eye, nose, ear drawings.  They did these in pen in preparation for their coming final project. We also determined which student will be doing which historical figure.
9th Spanish 1 
  •  This week we finished up Chapter 1 and will have our first test NEXT THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th. We reviewed numbers, time, conjugations of the verb SER, and all of Chapter 1 vocabulary.  Remind your students to study for their upcoming test! 

10th/11th Spanish 2

  • This week we added some vocabulary, continued on with various ways of learning reflexive verbs, and practiced irregular verbs.  Students also worked on writing and talking in Spanish. I am encouraging students to study vocabulary and look over their notes each night!

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we worked with exponents and how to calculate them when factoring. We also learned how to expand and reduce fractions. On Monday they will be having a test that covers the first 16 lessons.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we reviewed what variables and coefficients are. We also learned how to identify “like terms.” On Monday they will be having a test that covers the first 16 lessons.
10th Algebra II
  • This week we continued reviewing Algebra I concepts. We mainly looked at the equation of a line and how to find it when given 2 points. We also worked with the substitution method to solve equations with 2 variables. 
12th Systematic Theology
  • This week we learned about the Authority of Scripture. We even had a debate over the use of circular reasoning used in support of the Authority of Scripture. 
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we learned how to use truth tables with conditional statements. We also had a quiz and began studying for a test that covers chapters 1-4. The test will be on Monday.

Mr. Davis

7th and 8th Grade Choir
  • This week the students worked on Trisagion and Our Great God
10th Grade Advanced P.E.
  • This week the students had three total body workouts that focused on building strength and stamina.      

Ms. Hutchison

7th Grade Omnibus

  • Ancient History:  7th grade students began a “Genesis Storybook Project”, which they will be working on for several weeks.  Students are writing stories and illustrating them in order to make a beautiful, hardback bound book that they will then present to the students in the Grammar School who are studying ancient cultures.  Students completed work on their personal contributions to our classroom timeline and their group map posters. Students have watched documentaries which explore archeological evidence for historical events studied in the book of Genesis.
  • Ancient Literature:  We have continued our study of The Epic of Gilgamesh. We have discussed the idea of “heroes” and students have made some beautiful visual illustrations of characters/ scenes from the story in their Omnibus Copy Books.  Our study of this book will conclude with a test on Wednesday, September 18.
  • Composition: We have moved fully into our study of the methods used to write excellent, organized persuasive essays.  We have learned 3 problems every writer faces and 3 solutions we will learn to utilize to solve these problems.  Students have created a rudimentary outline of their first essay assignment: “Whether Edmund should have followed the White Witch” in C.S.Lewis’s book The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
  • General Biology:  General Biology students continue their study of Kingdom Monera (bacteria).  They have collected pond water samples and have made macro-observations of the environment from which the water was collected.  Students have set up an experiment, which will continue for several days, in which they experiment to see which type of “food” grows the most (or the most diverse kinds of) bacteria in their pond water samples.  This week, students have learned how bacteria reproduce and how they are classified.
  • Honors Biology:  We continue our study of biological macromolecules and the four classes of organic molecules most important in the study of biology.  This week, we looked closely at the structure and function of lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. Honors Biology students will have a large unit test covering all of the topics in “Unit 1: Chemistry of Life” on Wednesday, September 18.

 

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