BB 2019 – 11- 08

BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XII , ISSUE 9

NOVEMBER 8TH, 2019

FROM THE OFFICE

What a fun week our lower school students had with Greek Olympics, Hobbit Day, and the Smokehouse!  Next week will be a bit “less exciting” with Monday off and no special events…unless you count the Chick-fil-A lunch on Friday.  Thank you for your enthusiasm and support. If you would be interested in us offering other hot lunches (such as pizza or hot dogs) in the future, please let us know.

UPCOMING

NEXT WEEK:
  • Monday, 11/11 – Veteran’s Day, NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, 11/12 – Money for Chick-fil-A orders due
  • Friday, 11/15 – Chick-fil-A lunch for those who pre-ordered and paid
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
  • Thurs, 11/21 – BRADFORD NIGHT, 7pm, K – 6th grades, HWY 55 night
  • Sat, 11/23, 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM:  Plymouth & Leiden, Destination Downtown Caroling 
  • Tues, 11/26 – Thanksgiving feast
  • Wed, 11/27 – Fri 11/29 – Thanksgiving break
  • Sat, 11/30, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM:  Austerfield/Scrooby, Small Shop Saturday Caroling
  • Fri, 12/6 – OPEN HOUSE for prospective parents
  • Wed, 12/11 – to Christmas Carol (field trip) – 1st – 3rd and 6th grades, $3 per ticket. (Waiting for confirmation on seats available.)
  • Fri, 12/13 – to Nutcracker (Greensboro) – 4th – 5th grades, $8 per ticket
  • Fri, 12/20 – Christmas celebration; noon dismissal
  • 12/23 – 1/3  – Christmas break

 

FROM THE TEACHER’s DESK

 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)

Bible
  • This week TK students learned about Joshua and the battle of Jericho.  God took care of His people and brought them to the promised land just as he promised.  Tk students enjoyed reenacting the battle on the 7th day.  
Theme Adventure
  •  TK students learned about veterans this week.  We appreciate veterans and the sacrifices made by them and their families for our safety and liberty.  
Literacy
  •  Students continue to play and learn compound words and word parts.  Training with morphemes will help the children with reading comprehension and word reading in the near future! 
  • TK learned and used the nursery rhyme Little Miss Muffet to develop problem solving.  
  • Students continue to develop alphabet knowledge and practice reading left to right.  
Math
  • Students worked all week with the numbers 0-9.  They practiced ordinal position, put the numbers in order, and identified missing numbers in several games. 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

This Week
  • Our Kindergarten scholars read their first book, Pan and the Mad Man. Pan is a Greek god whose name means “guardian of the flocks.” Worship of Pan is evident from as early as the fifth century B.C. in the Greek regions of Boeotia and Attica. He is typically represented as half-man and  half-goat, We had fun exploring the world of weaving on looms and continued our study of the seasons. We are exploring the rotation of the earth and its orbit of the sun in relation to the seasons. Students are honing their coordination skills as we lean the fundamentals of basketball. 
Music 
  • In our lesson we learned about the different sections of the Orchestra, and the instruments that are played in them. We also focused on practicing our music for our first Bradford Night that is coming soon!
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 92:1

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

This Week
  • First grade completed our study of the Jamestown colony and the role both Pocahontas and John Smith played in its survival.  The students also enjoyed finishing up their own wigwams. We are excited to begin a study of the Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony next week!  In math we practiced dividing pies into halves, fourths, and eighths and writing fractions in addition to completing assessments. Each student continues to sharpen their reading skills by recognizing, reading, and writing long vowel words.  Our enjoyment of the bird world continued this week as we listened to the honking of the Canada Goose and the children realized with excitement that they recognize this sound!
Music 
  • In our lesson we learned about the different sections of the Orchestra, and the instruments that are played in them. We also focused on practicing our music for Bradford Night that is coming soon!
P.E.
  •  This week the students played a game of tag called, “The GingerBread Man.” 
Memory Work:  
  • Romans 12:1
Upcoming:
  • State dioramas due 11/19

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

This Week
  • Second grade continued reading more detective cases in Encyclopedia Brown. They particularly liked the bank robber case, where a man tricked everyone by pretending to be blind. Encyclopedia Brown has sparked a big interest in our class set of encyclopedias! On any given day you might see a student poring over a volume during their free reading time, then excitedly showing another student the interesting subject they found. In art we began our study of Rembrandt, our artist of the quarter. This week we read a book about Rembrandt as a child and the strange home he lived in. Then, just like Rembrandt, the students tried to draw windmills using a ruler to get the proportions correct. Next week the class will get to try their hand at etching using their windmill drawing. 
Music 
  • In our lesson we identified melodic direction. We completed and exercise where the teacher would play short melodies on the piano, and the students would identify whether they went up, down, or were a repeat. We also practiced our music for Bradford Night that will be here soon!  
P.E.
  • This week the students played a game of tag called, “The GingerBread Man.”
Memory Work: 
  • Proverbs 25:6-10
Upcoming:
  • Proverbs 25:11-13

3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)

This Week
  • Our writing time was full of greek gods and laughter! We have started planning our stories for the Burlington Writing Contest. The students have excelled at developing their settings and characters with strong adjectives. While doing this, we conducted an author study of the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales. We enjoyed reading the original versions of “Rapunzel” and “Hansel and Gretel”. 
Music 
  • In our lesson we identified melodic direction. We completed and exercise where the teacher would play short melodies on the piano, and the students would identify whether they went up, down, or were a repeat. We also practiced our music for Bradford Night that will be here soon!  
P.E.
  • This week the students played a game of tag called, “The GingerBread Man.”
Memory Work:
  • I Thess. 4:9-10
Upcoming:
  • I Thess. 4:11-12
  • Tests
    • Wednesday (11/13)- Spelling Test List 12
    • Thursday (11/14)- Earth Science 
    • Friday (11/15)- History “Roman Republic Developed”, Latin Chapter 12, Memory Verse

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton) 

This Week
  • After more reenactments of exciting chapters from Rolf and the Viking Bow, students said a tearful good-bye to this wonderful coming-of-age novel. Students participated in a series of touchstone discussions focusing on the themes of this book: forgiveness, love, endurance, bitterness, revenge, covetousness, and pride. In History, students learned about the first major church division–that of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church in 1054. In Math, after learning to write quotients with mixed numbers, students took their seventh assessment. We also spent a good bit of time on our fourth investigation, where we continued our study of sequences by learning to recognize different patterns, such as the pattern of the Fibonacci sequence.
Science
  • Students learned definitions for elements, compounds, molecules, and mixtures, after which they used LEGOs to demonstrate their newfound knowledge. During our lab time, students made film canister rockets using gas build-up  from the Alka Seltzer tablets. 
Music
  • In our lesson, we reviewed basic notation symbols for rhythm and melodic contour, and then completed worksheets where the students had to identify them on their own. Then, we practiced our music for Bradford Night that will be here soon!
P.E.
  • This week the students played a game of tag called, “The GingerBread Man.”
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 23 and Bradford Night verses
  • History Song
  • 30 Elements of the Periodic Table
  • Songs for Bradford Night

5th Grade (Ms. Windes) 

This Week
  • This week, the students have enjoyed a shift from academic writing to beginning their creative writing stories! We discussed the six parts of a story arc using some of our old favorite stories to identify the elements, and began brainstorming for our own stories. In history, we had interesting discussions about Roger Williams who founded the religiously tolerant colony of Rhode Island and the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Of course, much excitement was mounting throughout the week as we prepared costumes, rehearsed the skit, and waited eagerly for Hobbit Day on Friday – a tremendous thanks for all of your help in making that day so fun and memorable for the students! 
Music 
  •  In our lesson, we reviewed basic notation symbols for rhythm and melodic contour, and then completed worksheets where the students had to identify them on their own. Then, we practiced our music for Bradford Night that will be here soon!
P.E.
  • This week the students had Greek Olympics. 
Memory Work:
  • Proverbs 15:16-17
  • History Song
  • Periodic Table of Elements Song
Upcoming:
  • Science: Body Systems projects due Wednesday, November 13, or Wednesday, November 20. Email Mrs. Hamilton with any questions.
  • Wednesday, 11/13: Math test 
  • Friday, 11/15: 13 Colonies History test

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett) 

This Week
  • After the exciting Greek Olympics on Monday, our class took two assessments in math and history. Afterwards they began to craft their mathematical mansions with precise measurements. The students continued to research their scientists and explore the history surrounding their scientists’ lifetime. A review of the New Testament books as well as discussions surrounding doctrine, righteousness, and systematic theology, allowed the students to better understand the book of Romans. The class even threw darts at a target to see clearly what the word sin means: “missing the mark”.
Music 
  •  In our lesson, we reviewed basic notation symbols for rhythm and melodic contour, and then completed worksheets where the students had to identify them on their own. Then, we practiced our music for Bradford Night that will be here soon!
P.E.
  • This week the students had Greek Olympics.
Memory Work:
  • History Song, Cell Song

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

Mrs. Byrd

Calculus
  • After learning about implicit differentiation and taking a test this week, we are moving on to derivatives of inverse functions and related rates.
Precalculus
  • We are learning how to solve log and exponent equations and will be taking up a short investment project as an application of some of these skills.
Geometry 
  • The winners of this year’s popsicle stick bridge competition were the Emma Thrasher, George Campbell, and Micah McDorman team.  Their truss style bridge held 74.2lb – the current school record (by 2 lbs). Congratulations! We are now in the middle of a unit on angles and their measure.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • The students finished up their tests from last week; they took the essays very seriously. We also completed the book of II Samuel. We saw how God used David as king and made a covenant to give him a Son. But David fell into sin; yet he  repented of his sins (Psalm 51). We can also repent our sins and ask the Lord for forgiveness in Christ Jesus. ( I John 1:9) 
  • Next week, Lord willing, we will begin the book of I Kings. Students are also reading for the book report project. 

Mrs. Dovan

10th Rhetoric I
  • This week students practiced the skill of copiousness.  Taking the poems they memorized and recited last week, they rewrote the poems as works of prose.  They also practiced the Confirmation / Refutation exercise with the story of Toy Story
12th Rhetoric II
  • The students accomplished a lot this week! They practiced Confirmation / Refutation by analyzing the plot-points of Cinderella, some students presented their speeches in praise of Omnibus texts, and the group finalized arguments for their class project. 

Mrs. Fairchild

9th Grade Advanced Art
  • The students began another watercolor project that is testing their skills and techniques.  This is especially challenging since these techniques require them to work at a fast pace.

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science:
  • We took a test this week on the history of the geocentric and heliocentric models of the universe and the structure of our solar system as we understand it today.
  • We are now moving on to the study of our sun’s structure.
8th Grade Science:
  • Our study of solids, liquids, and gases is culminating with a closer look at the gas laws, which describe the relationship between volume, temperature, and pressure. This week the students are learning to use the gas laws to calculate changes in these variables.
  • We will take a unit test on solids, liquids, and gases next Thursday.

Mr. Hamilton

9th History
  • This week we are examining the Enlightenment and its effects all across Europe. We are also beginning our study of the events that led to the American Revolution and to other large-scale movements across Europe.
9th Literature
  • We are greatly enjoying our reading of Frankenstein, but we have noted with sadness the immoral and tragic lives of the author and her circle of friends. 
9th Theology
  • This week we are having our first assessment of the quarter, an agreement/disagreement piece covering five chapters of the confession. Key topics to be discussed include imputation, the covenants, the atonement, and free will.
10th History
  • This week we took our test on the history of the Jewish people, from Abraham through the second temple period.
10th Literature
  • The Iliad is proving to be an exciting and thought-provoking journey. Amidst the battle scenes and moments of Greek glory are telling themes, including the devastating effects of unchecked human pride.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • Our study this week included the philosophies of Kant, Hegel, and Marx.
12th History
  • We took our test this week on the history of the 18th century.
12th Literature
  • We have finally made it to Emma, the much-loved classic. This week we took a look at Emma’s less than stellar character, which includes an acute lack of self-awareness, socio-economic snobbery (at least when her own plans are involved), and blatant attempts to control the lives of others. 

 

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week we began our discussion of chemical bonds.  The students drew Lewis structures and worked with molecular models, getting a feel for bond angles and rotation. 
  • Next week we will continue our discussion of bonding, considering differences between covalent, ionic, and metallic bonds. 

Miss Oldham

8th Grade Omnibus
  • We have begun Dante’s Inferno and the students are greatly enjoying looking at the afterlife through the eyes of a 14th century Italian. 
11th Grade Literature
  • Continuing with Dante, we are reading about Purgatory and how Dante was the first to fictionalize it. The students have gotten their final project assignment. 
11th Grade History
  • The students have gotten textbooks for history and are taking charge of their learning. 
7th Latin
  • The students have a test on Thursday the 14th and have been working hard this quarter. 
8th Latin
  • The students are closing in on the end of their Latin 1 textbooks (yay!). They are excited to move into the next stage of their learning. 

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • This week we began our next small study.  This is a small study of various types of Greek order architecture such as egg and dart, acanthus leaf, and column.  These will help us as we prepare for our final of a famous historical piece of architecture. 
8th Art
  • This week we took our Rembrandt quiz.  Students also observed a small demonstration on charcoal techniques and began their own small scale study of a landscape.  
9th Spanish 
  • This week we took our Chapter 2 test.  We then began our next chapter starting with new vocabulary words.  We continued to review old words and past verb conjugations. Please keep encouraging your student to study vocabulary terms and grammar concepts nightly! 🙂
10th/11th Spanish
  • This week we took our Chapter 8 Test 1.  We worked on comparisons in Spanish this week as well as added our last column of vocabulary terms for this chapter.  We continue to review past concepts as we add new ones. Please keep encouraging your student to study vocabulary terms and grammar concepts nightly! 🙂

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week the students worked on the rules for addition-subtraction and multiplication-division within an algebraic equation. They also had a test.
8th Algebra I
  • This week the students learned the trichotomy axiom. They also had a test.
10th Algebra II
  • This week we learned how to solve abstract fractional equations.
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we learned how to use shorter truth tables to determine consistency and equivalency of propositions. 
12th Systematic Theology
  • This week we continued learning about the attributes of God. We also had a quiz.

Mr. Davis

7th and 8th Grade Choir
  • This week the students began to work on Christmas music. 
7th Grade Logic
  • This week the students continued to work on Fallacies of Presumption.  
8th Grade Logic
  • This week the students continued to work on Syllogisms. 
Advanced P.E.
  • This week the students worked on cardiovascular exercises through various games. 

Ms. Hutchison

7th Grade Forum
  • 7th grade students are memorizing 2 Timothy 2:20-21 this week and continuing their study of the hymn A Mighty Fortress is our God.  We also began a list of things we are thankful for, and will continue to add to it throughout the year.  Students also spent time together with prayer partners to share each other’s concerns.

7th Grade Omnibus

  • History

Our journey through history has lead us to our introduction to the ancient Greeks, beginning with the ancient civilization of the Minoans through the Mycenaen Age.  We’ve worked on our personal timelines, adding events and cultures that existed parallel to one another. Concluding our brief study of the book of Joshua, we moved into the book of Judges, and will examine the parallel stories of the Israelites with other contemporary cultures at the time, among which were the Mycenaen Greeks.    

Students shared their wonderful Tabernacle projects with their classmates on Monday.  These projects were on display all week at the Upper campus for the older grade students to enjoy as well.

Literature

7th graders began their reading of The Theban Trilogy, a collection of three Greek plays written by

Sophocles in the 5th century BC, but set in the Late Bronze Age, which corresponds to the time

Period we are learning about in HIstory.

In addition to writing thoughtful answers to high-level questions questions about their assigned

Literature readings, students in the 7th grade are also learning to write persuasive essays this

year, building upon what they are also learning in Logic.  This week, your students began thinking 

about the topic for their third essay in Composition: whether or not it is appropriate to kneel

during the National Anthem.

9th Grade Biology
  • General Biology students began their week with a Unit Test on the Kingdom Fungi.  We began a new unit on basic Chemistry concepts which are essential to a thorough understanding of Biology.  Specifically, Biology students reviewed what they know about atoms, molecules, matter and the periodic table and looked more closely at the differences between physical and chemical changes.
Honors Biology
  • Honors Biology students are working diligently to wrap up their study of Transport Across Cell Membranes.  They have submitted their first Formal Lab Report on osmosis and diffusion and took a Unit Test. Next week begins a tough unit on cell metabolism and a close look at enzymes.  Please encourage your Honors Bio student to continue to work eagerly to understand and master these new concepts.
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