VOLUME XIII , ISSUE 5
September 18, 2020
FROM THE OFFICE
EDUCATE: Please complete the log-in instructions I have provided weekly so that you can receive emergency alerts, view your child’s grade and report cards, and have access to the household directory.
UNIFORMS: If your child is still not in the correct uniform, please update the office and let me know what issues you are having. I may be able to help. Any exchanges you need to make should be done by returning items and placing a new order.
- Monday, 9/21: Soccer game @ MACC, 4pm (**Spectators limited due to COVID19)
- Thursday, 9/24: XC meet @ Ivey Redmon
- Friday, 9/25: Soccer game @ MACC, time TBD
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- 10/2 – Last day of quarter. Report cards released on EDUCATE.
- 10/5 – 10/9 – FALL BREAK
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)
- This week we learned about the terrible lie that Adam and Eve believed in the Garden of Eden. We learned about the unfortunate fate of sin as death and separation from God entered the world. This account from the Bible helps the students explore emotion. The account of the fall of man does end with hope. The Lord has sent a rescuer!
- Next week we will learn about the great flood and the faith of Noah.
- This week TK baked apple pies in the kitchen. Fun was had by all. On Thursday we enjoyed the sweet fruit of our labor with a celebration where students could eat their own apple pie! This year we used 5 varieties of apples to create the pies. Grimes Golden was the most preferred variety followed by Honey Crisp, Granny Smith, Winesap, and Virginia B.
- TK students are working on recognizing rhyming words.
- TK students also continue to work on developing hand and eye coordination along with finger grip.
- This week was a review week in math for TK. Since baking apple pies requires more time out of the classroom than usual, we incorporate reviewing math concepts into lessons throughout the day.
Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)
K – 5th This week the students worked on speed drills that included movements to help build reaction speed.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)
- Our young scholars were so excited to begin writing and solving addition problems. We used apple seeds to help us count out our sums. Students were also introduced to Learning Wrap-Ups. They are an excellent tool to help them master their addition facts and they are self- correcting. Our first group of fact cards cover the doubles with sums of ten. We boarded the Bradford Express to help us learn how to identify ordinal positions to the sixth place. In Science, we explored the sense of touch. Our craft helped us to classify the objects texture as soft, hard, smooth, rough, or bumpy. Our Bible story this week was found in Genesis 6-9, Noah and The Flood. We discussed the consequences of sin and God’s faithfulness in spite of our sin.
- 1 John 1:9
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- First grade began the week by continuing our reading of the phonics primer about King Alfred of England. Our students enjoyed making a crown with the same design as the statue which stands in Alfred’s birthplace (Wantage, England). In class each student was “crowned” king or queen! In math we created a class graph and we are able to read graphs and fractions. We are learning about polygons and using them to understand fractions. We completed our creation designs this week and also memorized a favorite poem “Work”. We have completed all the lower case letters in cursive and have graduated to cursive name tags on their desks. We will be writing our full names in cursive soon!
- Review all past memory verses.
- Noun Test
- Science Classification Test
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- This week second grade began reading their first chapter book called Tornado. Tornado takes place on the prairie just like our last book, but in a different time period. The students are working on sounding out each word using the 70 phonogram sounds that they know. They love to hunt for those multi-letter phonograms in their reading passages. Ask your child to point some out for you while you read together. In history we read Genesis chapter 11 to learn about the Tower of Babel. This led to our first discussion about archeology as they learned about ancient buildings that are still around today. While we don’t know exactly what the Tower of Babel looked like, we do know the kinds of structures that were built in the same area and time period. Ask your child if they remember what those big towers are called.
- Romans 12:18-19
- Proverbs 26:17
- Classification Song, Parts of an Insect song
- We need old magazines to cut up for a future project! If you have any to donate, please send them in with your child.
3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)
- Our week has been filled to the brim with Greek mythology and Grammar. As we have finished reading the myths of five greek gods, we have discussed the personalities and characteristics of each god. In Grammar, we have learned about the four different types of sentences: declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory. We all enjoyed a friendly game, between the houses, that had each student writing an example of each type of sentence. At the end of the week, the Lord provided us even more team building experience through indoor recess. Even though it was a bit of a challenge, the students had a fantastic time doing group exercises and brain building activities.
- Proverbs 23: 24-26
- 9/23- Science Classification Test
- 9/24- Math Test
- 9/25- Spelling Test, Latin Ch. 5 Test, “Homer and Greek Mythology” History Test
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- We had a wonderful week learning about the monastery and the life of being a monk in the middle ages. We have learned much of our information in our Church History book and the students worked in groups sharing their findings in regards to a monk’s vows, how they lived, and how the monastery changed over time. We ended our week with Monk Day and listened to Gregorian Chants and practiced our illuminated writing and art work. We reviewed our vocabulary and grammar in Latin this week and reviewed multiplication tables and started division.
- We continued learning about plants this week with a detailed study of photosynthesis and completed a wonderful science experiment discovering how water travels through the stem of plants.
- 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a
- Events: St. Augustine Converts to Christianity – Justinian the Great
- We will be making fresco’s with our third and fifth grade friends as we imitate Michelangelo’s paintings in the Sistine Chapel in the next couple of weeks. Information about the project is located in google classroom.
5th Grade (Ms. Vogus)
- We had a very interesting week! We learned about the Explorers to Canada from France and Italy. In Math we talked about factors and did a fraction review. In Forum, we talked about using our words for good and to glorify God with everything we say. In Literature, we enjoyed reading Riddles from The Hobbit and creating some of our own. Lastly, we also spent some time talking about symbolism in The Hobbit, with an emphasis on Gollum and the ring.
- Romans 12:9-10
- Romans 12:11-12
- Tests: Grammar, Latin, History, and Spelling.
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
- We finished the Jungle Book! In addition, we continued learning about different forms of poetry, and discussed how to find and utilize various literary devices. Finally, we talked about the 5 common essay topics and how to turn them into essays.
- We finished discussing slavery and began the Trail of Tears. Through these historical events, we talked about current events, and how both are being talked about in our society today.
- We wrapped up our introduction to the Nature of Science by reviewing and taking a cumulative quiz on the scientific method, truth, facts, theories, and experiments.
- We finished and reviewed the “Avoiding the Question” fallacies in order to get ready for a quiz next week.
- We finished our discussion on the topic of free will with students better able to understand the importance of definitions, and staying on topic to the original question posed.
- We finished our unit on statements. Through it, we have learned what is and is not a statement, what constitutes a self supporting statement, and a supported statement.
- As we wrap up the quarter we will be reviewing much of what we have already learned and taking quizzes. In literature, we will begin a unit on the Realms of Gold for our next book.
- Following a test on objects in free fall, we are beginning to consider two dimensional motion. This begins with a look at vector math and how to mathematically deal with objects whose path changes over time. Ask your student which reaches the ground first – a dropped bullet or a fired bullet?
- After considering inverse functions, we took a look at quadratic equations – often referred to as parabolas. This will help us in physics class too as trajectories are modeled by quadratic equations. We also began studying the features of a more complex type of function – polynomial functions.
- This week we wrapped up our study of subsets of lines, planes, and space with a chapter test. Bridge building teams began to meet and make plans to construct the strongest 100 popsicle stick bridge. Several interesting designs are under consideration.
10th Bible Survey
- This week, we finished the book of Deuteronomy. Moses charges the next generation to follow after the Lord and not to turn away from Him. We also studied how Jesus quotes from the book in his temptation (Matthew 4).
- Students also took a test on Genesis through Numbers. They completed their memory work on Romans 15:4.
6th -8th PE
- This week the students worked on stretching as well as coordination drills with movements that improve speed and reaction time.
10th Advanced P.E.
- This week the students worked on strength training as well as speed drills.
9th Grade Advanced Art
- The students practiced mixing colors this week and matching it as accurately as possible. These skills they have been working to develop will lead nicely into their first watercolor project. The foundational skills of watercolor techniques, paint mixing and drawing exactly what they see are all important aspects of becoming skilled artists.
7th Grade Science:
- The students were very excited to plant their bean seeds this week for our soil experiment. They put a lot of time into comparing and contrasting the characteristics of gravel, sand, potting soil, vermiculite, and clay as they created their experimental and control groups. Additionally, we began our study of Earth’s structure describing the compositional and mechanical layers within the Earth.
8th Grade Science:
- Our last unit of study this quarter will be on the states of matter. We began this week by defining both the Atomic Theory of Matter and the Kinetic Theory of Matter. Then we took a closer look at the different properties of solids, liquids, and gases. The students were fascinated to learn that all the elements on the periodic table can exist in all three states under the right conditions.
- This week we learned about tautologies and tests for equivalence and contradiction.
9th Historic Theology
- Our focus this week was on the development of the Nicene Creed.
- Our final unit of the quarter examined the rise of little-known people groups in Mesopotamia such as the Sea Peoples and the Hyksos, many of whom wreaked havoc on their much-larger neighbors.
- We finished up our quarter with a look at Plato’s Republic, beginning with his comments on the ideal city in Book III, as well as his provocative thoughts on art and censorship.
- This week we examined the contributions of Augustine and Anselm to the history of philosophy.
- Our focus this week was the Enlightenment, and we examined once again how a Christian might hold in proper balance the accomplishments and dangers of this movement.
- At the end of this quarter, we turned our attention to Hamlet, perhaps Shakespeare’s most well-known play, and sought to answer the question of whether it is indeed as great a piece of drama as some critics think.
Logic School Music
- Students continued their study of music notation by learning about sharps, flats, double sharps, double flats, and enharmonics. In performance, students continued advancing to the next piano piece and chose their ensemble pieces. Students also learned about the history and role of a conductor, and learned to conduct in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time signatures. In music history, students enjoyed learning about the great violin makers of the Baroque period, such as Nicola Amati, Guarneri de Gesu, and Antonio Stradivari, whose instruments paved the way for our first composer of the common practice period, Antonio Vivaldi.
Music Elective (Music History II, Baroque to Modern)
- What an incredible week we had, immersed in the study of Haydn and Mozart–composers who combined the galant style of the Enlightenment with the energy and drama of Sturm und Drang (Storm and Stress). We continued to be surprised at the influence Italy had on composers such as Handel and Mozart, especially in terms of the development of their melodic style (as opposed to motivic). Students also learned about the major forms of the classic period and prepared for the quarter exam next week, after our study of Mozart’s operatic output.
7th Grade Omnibus
- History Seventh graders are busily learning about the people that multiplied and spread out over the earth after God began again after the Great Flood. We have followed the story of Abrahamand his descendants and have discovered that from this small, inconsequential family, God grew a great nation, the Israelites. Students have begun reading the book of Exodus, and are embarking on a journey that follows God’s people out of Egypt and into the desert wilderness.
- Literature We have finished reading The Epic of Gilgamesh this week. Our week has ended with some interesting conversations about the similarities and differences between the Gilgamesh story and the account of Noah and the Flood in Genesis. The fun highlight of the week was watching a theatrical production of the story of Noah, performed by Sight and Sound Theater.
- Bible: Hymn of the week: It Is Well With My Soul, Memory verses: 2 Timothy 1:8-9, Recitation of this verse will be on Friday, September 25.
9th Grade Biology
- 9th grade students are finishing their study of Kingdom Monera. This week, we have learned about the ways in which bacteria transfer DNA from one cell to another and the types of bacterial colonies they form. We’ve learned that “blue-green algae”, more commonly known as pond scum :), is actually not algae at all, but a type of photosynthetic bacteria. Students are also learning about how scientists have classified organisms in this kingdom. Students will review for a unit test on Kingdom Monera Monday. Our unit test is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23.
- This week the students were introduced to the wave and particle natures of matter. We also began our discussion of atomic structure, with a focus on electrons.
- Next week we will conclude our discussion of atomic structure, and the students will take their third test of Q1.
9th Grade Literature
- We finished The Pilgrim’s Progress and took our final test on it. We will begin reading Of Plymouth Plantation next week.
9th Grade History
- We began a project on the Foundational American Documents to present to the class in October.
11th Grade Literature
- We are continuing to compare Dante’s ascent up Purgatory mountain with the earthly journey of the Christian.
11th Grade History
- Students have prepared for an in class essay next week on how the 14th century and the 20th century mirror one another.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students have been learning about time management skills and how those impact both work in class and outside of class.
12th Rhetoric II
- The student gave his first speech in all-school forum this week. We are preparing for the next speeches.
- This week we continued on with our charcoal still life drawings. They are coming along nicely!
- This week we continued to work on our original comic strips. These have been harder than students anticipated, but they are shaping up well!
- This week we continued on with our pen and ink historical figure portraits. I cannot wait to see these finished.
- This week we reviewed telling time, the verb SER, numbers and a lot of vocabulary. Students took their first Spanish test this week as well.
- This week we reviewed lots of preterite tense verbs. We prepared for our upcoming test next week. We also reviewed old vocabulary and added new vocabulary
- This week we worked with polygons and perimeter. We will have a test next week.
- This week we worked with multiplying and dividing with fractions. We also looked into finding the area of shapes.
8th Algebra I
- This week we worked with identifying like terms and also how to work with exponents and roots.
10th Algebra II
- This week we reviewed for a test and took a test.
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week we continued working with the Nominative, Accusative, Genitive, and Dative cases for Greek. We will have a quiz next week on case endings and vocabulary.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: We have begun our next period of history, learning about the barbarian invasions and the fall of the Roman empire.
- Literature: The students have finished St. Augustine’s Confessions and took a test over that book and The Church History. We have had great discussions this week about where we look for satisfaction, sin, guilt, and repentance, and the origin of evil.
- Composition: After turning in their persuasive essay, we began learning about figurative language and poetry.
6th Grade LATIN
- The students finished chapter four and began chapter five, learning about direct objects and the accusative case. We also learned about Roman houses and began reviewing the geography of the Roman empire.
7th Grade LATIN
- Students learned and practiced using 3rd declension nouns as well as prepositions.
8th Grade LATIN
- Students began learning a new set of vocabulary, learned about the fourth conjugation verb family, and reviewed the pluperfect and future perfect tenses.