VOLUME XIV, ISSUE 13
OCTOBER 29, 2021
FROM THE OFFICE
Logic and Rhetoric school did a fantastic job with our first annual Declamation Competition! All students in 6th-11th grades chose, memorized, and delivered a notable historical speech. Wonderful poise and delivery! Two students from each grade will proceed to the final Declamation Competition on Tuesday, November 23rd and will compete for house points. Below are the winners from each grade.
- 6th: Molly Frueh (Austerfield) and Eleni Kohl (Plymouth)
- 7th: Savannah Drews (Plymouth) and Luke Randall (Austerfield)
- 8th: Elizabeth Hamilton (Leiden) and Maci VanDeventer (Leiden)
- 9th: Will Jones (Plymouth) and Grace Gregory (Plymouth)
- 10th: Max Hawkins (Plymouth) and McKenna Johnston (Leiden)
- 11th: Micah McDorman (Scrooby) and Will Burtram (Leiden)
- Friday, 11/5:
- K – 5th – Filming for Virtual Bradford Night
- Scrooby House Social
- Saturday, 11/6:
- Austerfield House Social
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- Monday, 11/8: Meeting for Seniors and their parents, 6pm, DTC
- Tuesday, 11/9: School pictures make-up day
- Thursday, 11/11: Veteran’s Day – no school
- Friday, 11/12: Leiden House Social
- Saturday, 11/13: Plymouth House Social
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)
- This week TK students learned about the 10 Commandments and God’s preservation of His people. Though God gave his people 10 ways to be perfect, He foreknew humanity could not keep the laws. God provided all His people needed to escape slavery and God sustained them on their journey to the promised land. The story of the 10 commandments shows the great need humanity has for savior. Jesus Christ is our great rescuer!
- This week was pumpkin week! Students learned the lifecycle and parts of the pumpkin. Students were able to dissect pumpkins, harvest seeds, roast the seeds in 6 different flavors, and celebrate with a pumpkin feast on Thursday. It was a fun week.
- Students were introduced to compound words. They played games breaking large words into two smaller words. They also combined two smaller words to build a larger word.
- Students continued to practice rhyming and counting syllables.
- The letter of the week is the letter ‘L’. Students played games emphasizing the sound of the ‘L’ in the initial position of words.
- In handwriting children learned to draw a cross, the letter L, and then the square. We begin drawing the shape of a square by first drawing the capital letter ‘L’.
- Students covered designs using pattern blocks and built a matrix using colors and shapes.
- Students had their third assessment in math this week.
Arts and Sciences
- Students used their smelling sense in the kitchen to try to identify flavors of pumpkin seeds. They had much fun cleaning out pumpkins and being involved in the process of harvesting seeds and mixing their own ingredients to flavor seeds. The flavors of seeds this year are chocolate, dill pickle, pizza, ranch, maple, and cinnamon and sugar. Each student gets to take a sampling of each flavor to take home to their families.
Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)
K – 5th
This week the students practiced running the marathon for the Greek Olympics.
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- This week the students worked on recognizing and hearing the difference between high and low pitches. Students also worked on matching pitches. Students continued to work on “Row Row Row Your Boat” as a round and the first two verses of “O Come All Ye Faithful”. Improvements were made by all grade levels. Third through fifth grade students continued to work on recorder technique. Fourth and fifth grade students did a great job on their second recorder test of the year.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)
- This week our students focused on learning several new phonograms and writing the letters i, j, and k in cursive. In math, they added fact cards for plus zero; they also learned to count to 100 by 10s. They completed both a math assessment and a phonics assessment. In art and science, we continued our study of trees by finishing up our tree model. The highlight of the week was definitely the Greek Olympics, where our students participated in the long jump, the javelin toss, and the kindergarten marathon!
- Psalm 92:1
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- In math class we tasted various apples and made a graph with the apples we liked best. We also use the apples to practice fractions by cutting the apple into halves, fourths and eighths. In history we are hearing about William Bradford and practicing our Columbus poem that we will perform for the recorded Bradford Night. In grammar we are continuing our practice with nouns by placing our spelling words in person, place or thing categories and we are alphabetizing our spelling words to the second letter. In art we have been using the basic elements or art to create our own personal works of art. We replicated the painting by Vermeer who is also our artist of the quarter, “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. We are reading “The Black Flag” and students are incorporating their phonics knowledge to progress in their reading proficiency.
- Proverbs 2: 6-7 (this week)
- Romans 12: 1 (next week)
- Spelling List D – Next Friday
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- This week we had a packed and busy week to prepare for tests on Thursday because of Greek Olympics on Friday! Students have learned more about Abraham’s journey to Canaan and how he was obedient and followed God’s command. They got to create a small art project that showed the special ceremony that God and Abraham partook in during Genesis 15-17. See if your child can tell you about this ceremony! In math, we have continued to work on counting quarters, and have added in other coins to challenge students thinking of switching between coins. We have also introduced telling time to the five minute marks on an analogue clock. See if your child can count around the clock for you! We have begun practicing new grammar chants and jingles such as our adverb and adjective chants. Students love getting to act out the parts of these chants! Ask your child what an adverb modifies and see if they can tell you the three things!
- Proverbs 25:6-7 (this week)
- Proverbs 25:8-10 (next week)
- 11/5 – Math Fact and Written Assessment (Lesson 45)
- 11/5 – Spelling Test (List J-4)
- 11/5 – History Test (Hagar and Ishmael)
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- This week was full of applying what we know to help us figure out what we do not know. Students have been studying latin endings and used that knowledge to decline feminine, masculine, and neuter nouns. They learned a song to help them remember the helping verbs, and then wrote sentences to demonstrate their knowledge. Even in math, they have been using their knowledge gained from their math sound off to figure out word problems and find solutions to math sentences. Of course, after spending time studying the Greeks and the Olympics, we fashioned armor out of cardboard and duct tape to wear in the parade at Bradford’s very own Greek Olympics! Our studying and applying reminds us that we catch glimpses of God’s unchanging character, order, and logic in the world all around us!
- I Thessalonians 4:9-10
- November 16, 2021- Greek god projects due
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- We had a busy short school week with the Greek Olympics on Friday! The students enjoyed reviewing Vocabulary in Latin. We reviewed and practiced mechanics and capitalization rules in English. In math, we learned more about fractions and how to compare and contrast them using fraction circles. We even learned how to use a fraction box to illustrate story problems. We enjoyed practicing our run for the Greek Olympics, and dressing up a day early for picture day.
- We enjoyed learning about tapering and the s curve in our art class this week and applied these skills to our nature study. We reviewed our classification song and periodic table.
- Psalm 23: 1-6
- Matthew 5: 1-5
5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt)
- Fifth graders did amazing work on their human body presentations! We had a hand sewn human body, Marionette doll, and even a cake! Students learned some real life math skills this week, so be sure to ask them to calculate the sale price while you are at the store.
- Isaiah 40:1-2* “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” Says your God. 2 “Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, That her warfare is ended, That her iniquity is pardoned; For she has received from the LORD’s hand Double for all her sins.”
- Hobbit Day is November 12th! Students have been assigned parts and should be practicing their roles. Thank you to all the parents who are working to make this day extra special!
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
6th Language Arts
- Students continued reading Across Five Aprils and are beginning to understand the basics of the Civil War through the novel.
- We discussed the Opening of the Oregon territory. Up until this point in our history unit, America has been expanding Westward. Next week we begin the Civil War with Abraham Lincoln.
7th Grade Omnibus
- We wrapped up our study of the book of Kings and have a test coming up on Monday.
- We reviewed each fallacy discussed thus far and will take a quiz next week.
- We practiced giving persuasive speeches, reviewed the square of opposition, and took a quiz.
- We’ve reached the end of our study of two dimensional motion and are beginning to look at the topic of momentum and how it is transferred in collisions.
- This week we’ve put our knowledge of polynomial functions to work in solving a CSI style crime case. Next, we will consider rational functions.
- We are nearing the end of basic differentiation. This week we’ve taken up some applications of derivatives – kinematics and other rate of change applications. Following a test, we will consider a few more applications – related rates, linearization, and L’Hospital’s Rule.
10th Bible Survey
- We have been encouraged and challenged by the lives of Elijah and Elisha. God ministered to Elijah’s needs giving him food and water and rest. After the still small voice, the Lord recommissions him. God sends Elijah to call his new assistant Elisha.
- Elisha has the mantle of God thrown upon him and he responds with obedience and commitment. He leaves his family and family business. He chose to follow the Lord in this way. God will use him mightily in Israel.
- Memory verse: Psalm 28:7
6th -10th PE
- This week the students played flag football and dodgeball.
9th Grade Advanced Art
- Our students completed their original watercolor painting. We also began discussions and analysis on the difference between art during the Renaissance and Baroque time period. We specifically looked at Caravaggio’s work and learned how his work paved the way for future artists. One of the most incredible pieces of
6th Grade Science:
- We had a short week in science due to our Declamation competition, but in our limited time together, we were able to learn about the basic structure of the typical bacterial cell. Be sure to ask your student how the structure of bacterial cells makes them vulnerable to antibiotics and why antibiotics are not effective against viruses.
6th Grade Math:
- We learned about the merits of the metric system of measurement. We saw how the U.S. Customary measurements lend themselves well to the use of fractions, but how the Metric System lends itself much better to the use of decimals.
7th Grade Science:
- We took a unit test on the structure of the Earth and the theory of plate tectonics. Also, our bean plant experiment is rolling along nicely. The students started working on their first formal lab report to share the results of this experiment.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra:
- We practiced solving for unknown variables in equations as well as reviewed the order of operations.
8th Grade Science:
- The students took a unit test on Mechanics this week. We also explored the life of Isaac Newton in preparation for our upcoming study of Newton’s Laws of Motion.
8th Grade Algebra I:
- We had a lot of fun this week solving for unknown variables in complex equations. The students were also introduced to the convenience of functional notation for evaluating algebraic expressions.
9th Grade Biology:
- We are wrapping up our unit on protists. As we studied the members of the Phylum Phaeophyta, we were able to learn about the unique symbiotic relationship between kelp, urchins, and sea otters. It is an amazing testament to the complexities and perfect balance of God’s creation.
- We have just finished discussing the Chalcedonian Definition, a clarification of the Nicene Creed. Next up is the Apostles’ Creed.
- We are greatly enjoying our reading of Frankenstein. This week, the monster has asked for a wife; Victor has reluctantly agreed, but will soon change his mind.
- This week we studied the persecution of Jews, the hunt for witches, and the Thirty Years’ War, all part of the tumult in Europe following the Reformation.
- We continue in the Iliad. This week, Patroclus, Achilles’ childhood friend, has entered the fray on behalf of Achilles; the tragic results will turn the tide of the war.
- Our focus this week has been on the nation of Israel through the centuries.
- We turn at last to Hume, the great 18th-century philosopher whose ideas continue to be relevant for today, despite his critique of religion.
- Students are working hard learning their piano parts for their ensemble pieces. Several ensembles are already playing together beautifully! Practice videos for individual parts are posted on the Google Classroom. From now until the end of the quarter, students must practice at least 10 minutes per week on a piano, keyboard, piano phone/computer app, or paper piano. Students are also welcome to come by the music classroom at lunch or Tue/Thu after school to practice in our keyboard lab.
- After more intensive ensemble practice, several of the pieces are beginning to take shape. This week, students also began learning about the life, works, and influence of Felix and Fanny (Hansel) Mendelssohn, and Robert and Clara Schumann.
- The 3-part pieces for the girls choir are beginning to take shape and sound beautiful! Boys had an intensive practice time working on Schubert’s Symphony No. 8. We also began learning about the life, works, and influence of Felix and Fanny (Hansel) Mendelssohn, and Robert and Clara Schumann. The music of Berlioz, Liszt, and Chopin are next in our broad overview of the Romantic period.
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
- We had a great week focusing on the life, works, and influence of Ludwig van Beethoven.
- This week the students took their first test of Q2. We also started our discussion of bonding.
- Next week we will continue our discussion of bonding, focusing on types of bonds and bond theories.
12th Systematic Theology
- We memorized four essential truths regarding the Trinity and continued to plumb the incomprehensible depths of this treasured doctrine.
12th Grade Literature
- We are reading One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and the students are very engaged with this book. Lots of great conversations!
12th Grade History
- We are discussing the aftermath of the American Revolution. Students also have a rough draft due for their history projects this week.
11th Grade Literature
- We continued our discussion of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and have hit the plot twist! (Cue ominous music!)
11th Grade History
- Students have been working on their history research projects.
10th Rhetoric I
- We worked on our speeches for the First Annual Declamation Competition. The students did amazing!
12th Rhetoric II
- Students are working on their theses. Deadlines are approaching, so keep these students in your prayers! Only three more encomiums left!
- This week we worked on our watercolor leaves.
- This week we worked on our small scale architecture drawings in charcoal.
- This week we worked on our magazine clipping portraits, focusing on color theory.
- This week we worked on new vocabulary and prepared for our Chapter 2 test.
- This week we worked on irregular preterite verbs, added new vocabulary, and talked about double object pronouns.
- This week we worked with inscribed angles and circles. We also took a quiz and prepared for a test.
- This week we took a test and then began working on shorter truth tables.
10th Algebra II
- This week we worked more with uniform motion problems and also negative reciprocals in finding perpendicular lines.
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week we took a quiz and began working on 3rd declension nouns.
- This week we learned about the blessing of taxes.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: We continue to learn about the end of the Roman empire and the transition into the early middle ages.
- Literature: We finished Beowulf this week, explored the symbolism in the book, and had formal round table discussions about the mead hall, monsters, treasure, the role of fate, the style of the poetry, and the place of the additional stories.
- Composition: The students completed their brainstorming and outline for their Beowulf essays.
6th Grade Latin
- Sixth graders learned about the different word order of Latin sentences and how to write and translate direct objects.
7th Grade Latin
- Seventh graders took their test and reviewed imperative sentences, the 3rd conjugation -io verbs, and learned their new set of vocabulary.
8th Grade Latin
- Eighth graders practiced a longer translation with questions and answers in Latin, and began their new set of vocabulary.
6th Grade Logic
- We just had one logic class this week because of our declamation competition, but we reviewed the straw man fallacy and learned about the power of assumptions.