BB 2019-11-15

 BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XII, ISSUE 10

November 15TH, 2019

 

FROM THE OFFICE

School picture proofs are going home today.  PLEASE return proofs (whether or not your place an order) by Friday, 11/22!

 

Christmas caroling:  All K – 12th grade students are invited to participate in Christmas caroling.  You should have received an e-mail with a google form to fill out according to which Bradford house your students are in.  Please complete that ASAP if you have not done so already.

Missing Bradford books:  We are missing a few copies of summer reading books (especially the required reading for upper school kids).  Please take a look around your house and return any that you find! Our stamp will be on the inside.  

 

UPCOMING

NEXT WEEK:
  • Monday, 11/18 – MS boys and girls bball games AWAY
  • Tuesday, 11/19 – HS boys and girls bball games AWAY
  • Thursday, 11/21 – BRADFORD NIGHT!!  **Please see separate e-mail for instructions.
    • There will be no basketball practice or wrestling club.
    • HWY 55 Bradford Spirit Night….a great way to grab a quick dinner before the program
  • Saturday, 11/23 – Leiden and Plymouth Christmas Caroling downtown
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

 

  • Tuesday, 11/26:  Thanksgiving Feast
  • Wednesday, 11/27 – Friday, 11/29:  THANKSGIVING BREAK, no school
  • Saturday, 11/30:  Austerfield and Scrooby Christmas caroling downtown
  • Wednesday, 12/11:  in process of being confirmed – 1st-3rd and 6th: field trip to see Christmas Carol, $3 per ticket
  • Friday, 12/13:  4th – 5th field trip to see Nutcracker at Greensboro Ballet
  • Friday, 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
  •   TK learned this week about David being chosen as king while he was a child.  Students observed how God saw David’s heart of obedience and love for God and others.  Because David loved God so well, he was given a great responsibility and is used in the lineage of Jesus. 
Theme Adventure
  •  TK students learned and practiced manners in the meal setting as well as how to use manners in moments of frustration.  We will continue to build on these skills, considerations, and love as the year continues. TK is ready for the coming Thanksgiving meal with their families! 
  • TK also began learning about thankfulness.  We will continue to recognize thankfulness in all things as we prepare for Thanksgiving.  It is eye opening and wonderful to see how God is working in the lives of students! 
Literacy
  •  Students enjoyed activities identifying letters.  
  • TK continues to create and identify compound words by listening and using objects.  
  • TK also continues to listen for words that rhyme. 
  • Next week we will introduce syllables! 
  • We have begun writing exercises in the kindergarten level workbook.  TK continues to practice good pencil grip and fine motor control. 
Math
  •  TK was introduced to pennies this week.  We learned to identify a penny by color and size.  We will use pennies to help us count by ones and to match numbers of objects. 
  • TK continued to play games that helps the students identify shapes by three attributes of shape, color, and size.  
  • Students continue to order number cards from 0-10 and identify missing numbers.  

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

This Week
  • Our kindergarten scholars read their second book, Bad Meg. We continue to practice two finger tracking and mastery of sight words (and, is, on, a, the, to, his, that, they, was, with, of, not, and for). We’re learning how to tell time on the hour and recognize even numbers. North Carolina weather has helped us with our study of seasons. We were able to experience three different seasons in one week’s time! Kindergarten has found a new found appreciation for their Bradford uniform as we have explored the world of weaving.  We are also learning the art of patience and perseverance with this activity.  
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about breath management and how correct breathing is important for good singing. We completed an exercise together in which we practiced breathing in and out. We also practiced our music for Bradford Night that will be next Thursday, November 21. 
 Memory Work:
  • John 14:6

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

This Week
  • First graders began an adventure this week with a group from Scrooby, England who daringly escaped persecution under King James and moved their families to Holland to find religious freedom.  Next stop – the New World! The students are looking forward to making their own Pilgrim hat next week. In math, we practiced adding 10 to a multiple of 10 and identifying and dividing objects into pairs.  We also dove into the fun of syllabication and alphabetization.  
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about breath management and how correct breathing is important for good singing. We completed an exercise together in which we practiced breathing in and out. We also practiced our music for Bradford Night that will be next Thursday, November 21. 
P.E.
  •  This week the students had P.E. inside where they played group games. 
Memory Work:  
  • Romans 12:1,2

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

This Week
  • Second grade finished up reading Encyclopedia Brown this week. They have really enjoyed trying to solve the mysteries themselves before turning to the answers at the back of the book. In math the students learned about equilateral triangles then used what they learned to create some of their own triangles during art. Look for their equilateral pyramids on their art projects next week at Bradford Night. Also on display will be their new cursive handwriting. The class has loved trying to form real words using only the cursive letters they have learned so far. 
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about breath management and vocal production. We completed several exercises in which we learned how to breath and sing well for longer periods of time. We also practiced our music for Bradford Night that will be next Thursday, November 21. 
P.E.
  •  This week the students had P.E. inside where they played group games
Memory Work: 
  • Proverbs 25:6-13
Upcoming:
  • Egyptian Maps are due Tuesday, November 19th!

3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)

This Week
  • We have begun our mastery of our multiplication facts! This week we attempted our first timed practice and I think most of us were pleasantly surprised at how well we did. We discussed giving ourselves grace and realizing how we use these results to strive for growth in our learning. In Grammar, we learned three new parts of speech: subject pronouns, understood subject pronouns, and possessive pronouns. It’s been a little tricky keeping all those straight! However, in Latin, our wonderful Shurley Grammar work has aided us in labeling and translating Latin sentences. We all love when that happens during instruction. One can almost see the little lightbulbs popping up over all the heads of the students, as they draw those cross-curricular connections. 
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about breath management and vocal production. We completed several exercises in which we learned how to breath and sing well for longer periods of time. We also practiced our music for Bradford Night that will be next Thursday, November 21.
P.E.
  •  This week the students had P.E. inside where they played group games
Memory Work:
  • 1 Thess. 4:9-12
  • Next week- John 10:9-10
Upcoming:
  • 11/18- Greek Project Due
  • 11/19- Latin Chapter 12 Test and Grammar Chapter 7 Test
  • 11/20- Math and Spelling List 13 Test
  • 11/22- Moon Phase Test (No History or Latin test)

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton) 

This Week
  • In History, we learned about the Feudal System. Students greatly enjoyed playing the Feudal System game, where each student got to be a king/overlord, a vassal, a lesser noble, a knight, a freeman, or a serf. Fourth graders also enjoyed learning about heraldry, and each one created their own coat of arms; their projects will be displayed on Bradford Night. In Poetry, our Diamante and other free-verse poems are taking shape, while in Literature, students are learning how to write character analysis. The stories in Writing are also beginning to show some good potential; in one-on-one meetings, students were presented with ways to improve their stories when writing the next draft. 
Science
  • In class, we learned about atoms and subatomic particles, discovered that there are only 92 kinds of atoms, and learned (using LEGOs) the definitions for atom, element, compound, molecule, and mixture. 
  • During our lab time, with just a few ingredients, students created “fireworks” in water, as well as lava lamps. Students are greatly enjoying the lab time and are recording all of the experiments in their lab books. 
Music
  •  This week we spent our time practicing our recorders and our vocal music for Bradford Night that will be next Thursday, November 21. 
P.E.
  •  This week the students had P.E. inside where they played group games.
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 23 and other verses for Bradford Night
  • First 30 Elements of the Periodic Table

5th Grade (Ms. Windes) 

This Week
  • We have nearly finished our journey with Bilbo and his fellow travelers to the Lonely Mountain; this week we watched as Bilbo – in an incredible act of humility and sacrifice – offered up the most valuable jewel in return for peace. In history, we are learning about the formation of the rest of the thirteen colonies, and each of the students gave a brief presentation telling the story of one of those colonies. They continue to do stunning work in art, creating beautiful renditions of the northern lights with chalk pastels!
Science
  • We continued enjoying the body systems projects. Thank you so much for helping your children to complete them!
  • We began our new unit, Chemistry, with a reminder regarding chemical safety, and a few easy but exciting demonstrations in the lab. 
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about breath management and vocal production. We completed several exercises in which we learned how to breath and sing well for longer periods of time. We also practiced our music for Bradford Night that will be next Thursday, November 21.
P.E.
  • The weeks the students did not have P.E. due to school being out on Monday. 
Memory Work:
  • Proverbs 17:17 and Proverbs 27:17
  • Periodic Table Song
Upcoming:
  • Tuesday, 11/19: Ch. 12 Latin test 
  • Thursday, 11/21: First Great Awakening history test; Math test  

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett) 

This Week
  • The class continued to investigate the organelles of the cell, focusing on the golgi complex in particular. The perfection with which God created over 100 trillion cells in our body is beyond our limited understanding, but it is a delight to peer into the beauty of His creation. The students also worked very hard on understanding complex sentences using subordinate conjunctions. Finally, in math, the class dove into metrics and coordinate planes. Finally, the students contemplated the cartography of various types of maps including political, topographical, land use maps, population maps, energy resource maps, and historical maps to open their vision for their very own cartography project. 
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was about breath management and vocal production. We completed several exercises in which we learned how to breath and sing well for longer periods of time. We also practiced our music for Bradford Night that will be next Thursday, November 21.
P.E.
  • The weeks the students ya did not have P.E. due to school being out on Monday. 
Memory Work:
  • The Cell Song, Subordinate Conjunctions
Upcoming:
  • 11/19: Science Test; 11/21: Cell Presentation and Bradford Night; 11/22: Rough Draft of Scientist research paper.

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

Mrs. Byrd

Calculus
  • We are working through the last of the differentiation types – differentiating inverse functions.  Next we will begin some applications by learning how to solve related rate problems followed by a related rate lab experiment.
Precalculus
  • We are learning how log and exponential functions can be used to model various phenomena such as population growth, carbon dating, investment interest, and earthquake scales.  This will be followed by a brief investment project where we try to determine which scenario will give us a better return for our investment.
Geometry 
  • Students are nearly finished with this study of angles and their measure.  Following the test, we will have an introduction to some logic terms and principles before we tackle writing some proofs of our own.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • Students have eagerly begun reading for their book reports due at the end of the quarter. This week, we also learned about recognizing challenges in studying the Old Testament and how to address them. Next week, we will begin considering I Kings; particularly looking at the lives of Solomon and Elijah. 

Mrs. Dovan

10th Rhetoric I
  • This week students presented their Refutations and Confirmations.  We also spent a lot of time focused on metaphors: reviewing original metaphors by the group, adapting metaphors into literal language, reading a theological defense of metaphor, and adapting statements into metaphors.
12th Rhetoric II
  • This week the 12th graders officially established their issue within a topic area for the senior thesis. They also finished presenting their encomia, and they established facts and counterarguments for their class thesis.  

Mrs. Fairchild

9th Grade Advanced Art
  • Our class continued work on their latest project which combines multiple watercolor skills.  This is definitely stretching them since these skills require that they work quickly before the paper dries out.

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science:
  • We have started our unit on the sun with a study of thermonuclear fusion, the three layers of the sun’s interior, and the three layers of the sun’s atmosphere. One of the major lessons we are learning in this unit is that, while there is much that we have learned about the sun in recent decades, there is much more that we do not know! Every answer leads to a dozen more questions. But God’s perfect planning and creation is evident in the complexity of this awesome stars that sustains life on our planet.
8th Grade Science:
  • We have completed our study of the states of matter and have thoroughly reviewed the gas laws. 
  • The exam for this unit has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 19th.

Mr. Hamilton

9th History
  • We continued in the 18th century this week, learning about the struggles of women to find acceptance during the Enlightenment, the rise of the Rococo and Neoclassicism, the emergence of the modern novel, and much else. 
9th Literature
  • This week in Frankenstein we read of the creature’s development as a sentient being, and we asked tough questions about just where the responsibility in this tragedy lies.
9th Theology
  • We wrapped up our first assessment this week, in which students were asked to write a brief persuasive piece arguing for or against a particular teaching in the confession.
10th History
  • This week we learned about the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the drama, intrigue, and mystery that surrounds their contents.
10th Literature
  • In the Iliad we learned about the fate of Patroclus and how important he is in the history of Western literature, as an exemplar of kleos and a foundational instance of tragedy.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • This week we took our mid-term test, which covered Hume to Kierkegaard.
12th History
  • We embarked on our next unit of study this week, covering the rise of reason and revolution in Europe and the Americas.
12th Literature
  • We continue to greatly enjoy Jane Austen’s Emma as the title character continues on her (largely unconscious) quest for maturity.

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week we continued our discussion of bonding, considering differences between covalent, ionic, and metallic bonds. 
  • Next week we will look at Valence Bond Theory and Molecular Orbital Theory.  The students will also take their second test of the quarter. 

Miss Oldham

8th Grade Omnibus
  • The students are still journeying with Dante. This week they received both of their final projects for this book and they are very excited! 
11th Grade Literature
  • The students are finishing Dante’s journey on their own and are beginning A Distant Mirror
11th Grade History
  • The students are still working through the Middle Ages on their own and have an outline due on Friday (11/15). 
7th Latin
  • The students finished up unit 5 and will begin unit 6 next week. 
8th Latin
  • The students have finally finished Latin Alive Book 1 and are over the moon! We will begin book 2 on Monday. 

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • This week we finished up our small scale studies of Greek order architecture.  These turned out nicely and will be on display at Bradford night!
8th Art
  • This week we worked hard on our studies of charcoal landscapes.  These are coming along nicely and we hope to have them finished in time for Bradford night!
9th Spanish 
  •  This week we added new vocabulary — family terms.  We also continued with verb conjugations, have been writing more sentences and added possessive adjectives to our knowledge this week.
10th/11th Spanish
  • This week we officially finished up Chapter 8 and have been reviewing for our Chapter 8 Test 2 next Tuesday.  This will be on superlatives and comparisons. 

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we worked on reviewing PEMDAS and how to multiply/divide mixed numbers.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we learned how to work with equations with multiple variables and how to find the LCM of terms with variables.
10th Algebra II
  • This week we worked with the “difference of two squares theorem,” and converting radicals to fractional exponents.
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we learned how to recognize a dilemma and how to work through them. 
12th Systematic Theology
  • This week we finished learning about the attributes of God.

Mr. Davis

7th and 8th Grade Choir
  • This week the students worked Christmas song for caroling. 
7th Grade Logic
  • This week the students worked on understanding Ad Hominem attacks.
8th Grade Logic
  • This week the students further understood Syllogisms and took a test.
Advanced P.E.
  • This week the students worked on legs and chest exercises.  

 

Ms. Hutchison

7th Grade Forum
  • We are learning the lyrics to Christmas carols that will be sung during our Bradford Caroling event in downtown Mebane on the two weekends before and after Thanksgiving.
  • Memory work this week: 2 Timothy 2:20-21
7th Grade Omnibus
  • History  Our ancient history studies brought us through the book of Judges and into the stories of the ancient Greek “Age of Heroes”, which preceded the Greek Dark Ages.  7th graders have been learning about the cycle of disobedience, subjugation, crying out for deliverance, God’s provision of a judge and repentance that is seen over and over again in this 300 year chaotic period in Israel’s history.  
  • Literature  We are in the middle of The Theban Trilogy, by Sophocles.  Students are examining questions such as “Why do bad things happen to good people?” and “Fate:  is it real or imagined?”Students are learning  how to add an “exordium”, or hook, to their persuasive essays in order to capture the attention of their reader and draw them into their narrative.  They are also learning how to use “comparison” as a tool for adding ideas to write about during the Invention stage of their writing. 7th grade students, along with their 8th grade peers, are working over the next 6 weeks on writing poetry and/or short stories for submission to the Burlington Young Writers’  Contest.
9th Grade Biology
  • General Biology students are observing diffusion and osmosis this week though various experiments designed to reinforce their understanding of these basic scientific principles.  We have continued our study of “The Chemistry of Life” by learning about the process of photosynthesis and various categories of biological molecules which are present in living things, starting with carbohydrates and lipids.  Next week, we will continue by taking a look at proteins and nucleic acids. General Biology students will have a test on this module on Monday, November 25.
Honors Biology
  • Honors Biology students have concluded an extensive Formal Lab Report on osmosis and continue their study of cell energetics.  We have reviewed some principles from physics related to energy, and have examined how these same principles apply to the science of life as well.  Honors Bio students are closely examining the processes that occur within the cells of living things which provide energy for life. We have studied Gibbs free energy, metabolic pathways and equilibrium, and how ATP powers cellular work by coupling exergonic and endergonic reactions. 
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