VOLUME XV, ISSUE 31
APR 21, 2023
FROM THE OFFICE
Summer camps: Mark your calendar – more details coming soon!
- Art Camp with Mrs. Fairchild – details coming soon
- Week of 6/26:
- Soccer Camp: Rising K-8th grade students, 8:30am -12:45pm
- Soccer Camp: Rising 7th-12th grade students, 6:00 – 8:00pm
- Week of 7/10:
- Volleyball Camp: Rising 3rd-8th grade students, morning hrs TBD
- Volleyball Camp: Rising 9th-12th grade students, 2:00-4:00pm
- Week of 7/17: Basketball Camp: Rising 3rd-8th grade students, morning hrs TBD
- 4/24 – 5/5: Student Council Campaign
- Tues, 4/25: 3:30 – HOME Varsity girls soccer
- Wed, 4/26: CLT testing for 11th and 12th graders
- Thurs, 4/27: 4:00 – AWAY – Varsity girls soccer
- Fri, 4/28:
- Hot Lunch
- 6th grade field trip to Appomattox
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- Week of May 1st: Standardized testing for 1st – 7th graders
- Thurs, 5/4: National Day of Prayer service – upper school choir and chorale to sing
- Fri, 5/5:
- Presidential elections for upper school students
- Teacher Appreciation Day
- Career Day, 12:30 – 2:30, upper school
- Tues, 5/9:
- Election of Student Council Offices
- CLT8 testing for 8th graders
- Varsity Sports Ceremony (7:00pm)
- Thurs, 5/11: Bradford games (upper school)
- Fri, 5/12: Teacher workday, no school
- Thurs, 5/18:
- 9th grade field trip to NC Museum of Art
- 12th grade field trip to ASU
- Week of 5/15 and 5/22: Senior Thesis presentations
- Tues, 5/23: Spring Concert and Art display (upper school)
- Thurs, 5/25: Last day of TK; Patriotic Program (3rd – 5th grades)
- Mon, 5/29: Memorial Day, no school
- Wed, 5/31: Verse Bee (lower school), Jr/Sr Gala (evening)
- Thurs, 6/1: Baccalaureate, upper school, 9a.m.
- Fri, 6/2: Last day of school – noon dismissal for all students, Graduation (7:00 pm)
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Hicks and Mrs. Grubb)
TK had some special visitors arrive this week….our classroom caterpillars! Students were so excited to meet the caterpillars that we will watch grow, create a chrysalis, and then emerge as butterflies. Once the butterflies have emerged, we will release them here at school. Students learned the poem, The Caterpillar by Christina G. Rosetti this week and had several bug themed activities and crafts. We also practiced lowercase letters k, i, and u as well as their corresponding capital letters for review. We continued working on reading readiness skills by playing games with compound words, capital & lowercase letters, and reading comprehension. In math, students learned the characteristics of a cylinder and continued working on counting by 5’s and paying for items using nickels. We read in our Jesus Storybook Bible this week about God sending his Holy Spirit and how many people believed in Jesus.
Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)
K – 5th
- This week students played “Capture the Flag” and/or“Pirates of the Caribbean”. Students are doing a much better job following instructions and games are becoming more fun as a result. Students are also starting to really value good sportsmanship and teamwork. We will continue to target these concepts for the rest of the year.
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- Kindergarten, First and Second grade students worked on our new hymn for the quarter, “It Is Well With My Soul”. Students enjoyed learning the history behind this hymn as well as singing the first verse.
- Third grade worked on the piece, “Merrily We Roll Along” on their recorders. Students also worked on singing the first and fourth verses of, “My Country Tis Of Thee” and the first verse of the “Star Spangled Banner”. Both of these pieces will need to be memorized for the Patriotic Program in May.
- Students did a great job learning and playing for a test the first phrase of, “My Country Tis of Thee” on their recorders. Students also worked on singing the first verse of “My Country Tis of Thee” and the first verse of “The Star Spangled Banner”. All of the pieces that we are working on will need to be memorized for the Patriotic Program.
Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)
- This week we continued working on our self portraits inspired by Norman Rockwell. Students used pen and ink to go over their drawings and next week we will be painting them. They’re coming along nicely!
- This week we did not have art due to Quo Vadis. Next week we will pick back up with our Norman Rockwell inspired self portraits.
- This week we did not have art due to Quo Vadis. Next week we will pick back up with our Norman Rockwell inspired self portraits.
Kindergarten (Miss Burdeshaw and Mrs. Rivera)
Our kindergarten scholars are happy that the weather is getting warmer! In math, we learned some new concepts: identifying fractional parts of a whole, graphing tags on bar graphs, measuring and drawing line segments to the nearest centimeter, identifying geometric solids, and rounding a number to the nearest multiple of ten. In spelling and phonics, we started a new word list and finished our last reader, “Runs From Guns.” In history, we learned about the discovery of the Americas and the Italian explorer, Christopher Colombus. We are also combining art and science to learn about the human body systems, and this week we talked about the circulatory system.
Matthew 6:9-13 and review
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mrs. Smith)
In math we worked on counting quarters, dimes, nickels, & pennies, showing money amounts, identifying parallel lines & line segments, adding three-digit numbers & money amounts, and estimating sums. We are reading Benjamin West and his cat Grimalkin in history. It is the story of the childhood of Benjamin West and how he got his start in becoming “the father of American painting.” In reading we are reading about a master archer who is in the Persian army and about to go to battle the Greeks. In grammar we are working on using whole sentences to answer questions and reviewing all we have learned this year. In science we continue our study of the layers of the earth. In art we drew Calla Lillies that we will paint next week. Of course, the highlight of the week was our field trip to Gold Park where we met with a volunteer from New Hope Audubon Society and took a morning walk to listen for and spy many of the birds we have studied this year.
2nd Grade (Mrs. Hedgecock & Mrs. Eng)
Second grade has been working hard and playing hard this week, thanks to the warmer weather. In math, we learned to multiply a two-digit number by a single-digit number, find the fractional part of a set, identify acute, right, and obtuse triangles, and measure in millimeters. As the school year nears completion, the math concepts are becoming more complex. Please be sure to keep an eye on your child’s math homework sheet and assist as needed. We finished memorizing the nines’ table and will be moving on to sixes next week. Again, the students are working hard to master these facts, so please be sure they are working diligently at home, too. Our history card covers the Later New Kingdom, the Golden Age in Egypt, including Ramses II, one of the most famous pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. Possessive nouns are the new topic for Grammar, and we are working to use them properly in our writing across the subjects. Students are still reading The Curse of King Tut’s Mummy and Owls in the Family, two very different but interesting stories, and we continued our Marvelous Me study with a look at the ear and hearing.
- Hebrews 11: 32-35 (this week)
- Hebrews 11: 36-38 (next week)
- X9 table (this week) and X6 table (next week)
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- In math, we tackled one difficult concept after another. One day we were working with protractors drawing angles. Another day, we were working with perfect square roots to help us approximate irrational square roots. Our class is now mastering converting numbers into percentages, common fractions, and decimal fractions within a given time frame. We added to our Latin vocabulary bank and learned how to conjugate another irregular verb into present, imperfect, and future tense. Students wrote thankyou notes to demonstrate a grateful heart and discovered how to properly label the envelope. They continue to practice editing and improving their own writing as they work through checklists and summarize from multiple texts. All I can say is that these Bradford scholars are rising to the challenge and they are impressive!
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Mrs. Lawson)
- We had a fabulous full week of school. The students worked in cooperative learning groups this week creating war machines from the Middle Ages. They competed against each other to see which machine could shoot the furthest. A huge thank you goes out to Mr. Leonard and Mr. Papaneri for their help with groups and their skill with a hammer and saw! We reviewed a lot of Latin Vocabulary and learned a new list of Spelling words. We ended the week learning about John Calvin and his writings.
5th Grade (Mrs. Owens)
This week our students have continued to read through books to take notes for their research paper. They will also use this information to prepare a short speech for the Patriotic Program. We have taken some time this week to review a lot of the new math concepts we have learned in the past few weeks. The students have learned a lot of new information and it has been good to pause to make sure they fully understand what they have learned so far. Our history lessons have taken us along the route of Lewis and Clark and their exploration of the West. In Science, we have been studying energy. We have looked at two different kinds of energy: kinetic and potential energy, as well as different forms of energy.
- 1 Samuel 2:5-6 (this week)
- 1 Samuel 2:7-8 (next week)
Poster Contest: Tuesday, April 25th
- Students spent a lot of time this week learning new notes, learning how to count and play dotted rhythms, how to count and play eighth note rhythms, how to apply key signatures to music, and how to correctly play dynamic contracts in regards to crescendos and decrescendos. Students also worked on “Non Nobis” and other concert music.
Mrs. Sarah Johnston
We spent time learning You Are My All in All in preparation for the National Day of Prayer performance. It was good to revisit the solfeggio skills we worked on in January and February, and discuss how those skills carry over into singing other music outside of choir. We will continue to work on this piece along with our concert repertoire, and look to begin one more piece in the next week in preparation for graduation.
Upcoming Performance Dates:
- May 5, 2023 National Day of Prayer
- May 23, 2023 Fine Arts Night (a.k.a. Spring Concert)
- Jun 2, 2023 Graduation
6th -8th Boys’ PE
- This week the students played kickball at Walker field.
6th-8th Girls’ PE
- This week we started learning about how to play basketball.
6th Reading and Literature
- We are continuing to work our way through Around the World in 80 Days.
6th Grammar and Writing
- We are continuing to study rules on the correct use of apostrophes. Also, remember that fictional stories are due next week on Thursday, April 27.
- This week we continue to read through John’s Revelation.
- We spent this week talking about the main events surrounding WW2.
- We experienced a bit of a hiccup last week with our fruit flies, so we repeated step one of our fruit fly experiment this week. So far it seems that our second attempt was successful. It also gave us an impromptu opportunity to use the Scientific Method from first quarter!
- As we continue our way through the different logical fallacies related to propaganda, this week talked about the appeal to fear and the appeal to pity.
6th Grade Math
- This week we practiced using our knowledge of proportions to solve for unknown lengths of similar triangles. We then applied these skills to solving practical problems, like finding the height of a tall tree by comparing its shadow length with the shadow length of an object with a known height. We wrapped up our week with our second cumulative test of the quarter.
- Students have been hard at work using oil pastels to create a complementary color food drawing. We have been working on blending, color matching/mixing and accuracy. These are coming along nicely!
6th Grade Latin
- Sixth graders learned about the uses of the ablative case and practiced identifying those uses. They also continue to practice translations!
7th Grammar and Writing
- Students wrote an in-class essay on how geographical boundaries impacted nations’ wealth, sovereignty, and influence in their regions and the world.
7th Grade Omnibus
- Springing from reading Dr. R.C. Sproul’s Holiness of God, students were tasked with a 2-fold “Holiness Challenge”–How can you learn more about God’s holiness and can you be more holy? Students completed the reading Holiness of God. We began an overview/review of maps of Ancient Egypt.
- For the sake of review, the class took a test from the previous year’s logic class to measure their knowledge thus far. We then shared examples of logical fallacies we have observed of late while at home or out and about.
7th Grade Science
- We continued our study of the moon this week by learning why the phases of the moon occur. We also explored how the phases of the moon are related to solar and lunar eclipses. Ask your student to explain why solar eclipses always occur during New Moon and lunar eclipses always occur during Full Moon. We also learned why solar eclipses are more rare than lunar eclipses.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
- This week we started learning some of the important exponent rules we can use to simplify algebraic expressions. We practiced using the product rule and quotient rule of exponents, as well as the zero rule of exponents. We also learned how to evaluate expressions with negative exponents. We wrapped up our week with a fun review of Roman Numerals.
- In wrapping up our study of charcoal, students have begun working on a Norman Rockwell portrait. They are using charcoal to blend, obtain grayscale and create detail in their drawings.
7th Grade Latin
- Seventh graders reviewed their recent test and continued to learn about special uses of the dative case. They need to regularly review their past vocabulary! Some of them are rusty, but a consistent 5-10 minutes once or twice a week makes a huge difference.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: We learned this week about the crusades and began learning about the black death – its arrival in Europe, what it was like, and its effects on individuals and the society and economy.
- Literature: We continued reading Macbeth, and especially enjoyed getting to see the play in person on Thursday morning!
- Composition: Students are finishing their research paper final edits.
8th Grade Latin
- Eighth graders learned about the formation of comparative and superlative adverbs, continued to practice translations, and began a new set of vocabulary.
8th Grade Science
- We wrapped up our study of the metals on the periodic table and moved on to the metalloids. The students were able to see how the location of the metalloids on the table between the metals and the nonmetals is indicative of their unique properties. We focused especially on the unique property of metalloids as semiconductors and discussed how the Information Age would be impossible without semiconductors like silicon that are used to make the tiny circuits and processors in all digital computing devices.
8th Grade Algebra I
- This week we reviewed the slope-intercept form of a linear equation (y = mx + b) and learned how we can use this formula to find the equation of any line as long as we have the coordinate of two points on the line. We also took our second cumulative unit test of the quarter. These students are working hard to finish strong on their first high school math course!
- Students have finished their colored pencil animal eyes. We focused on color mixing and texture for this project. These turned out wonderfully!
This week the students spent time reviewing lessons 27-29 and took a quiz on those chapters.
From COLLEGE COUNSELING Office:
- On the afternoon of Friday, May 5th, 8th-12th grade students will attend a Career Afternoon at Bradford rather than their normal classes! They will have the opportunity to speak to Bradford parents (and a few other guests) in a variety of careers and learn more about their educational background, what makes them well equipped for this job, what the lifestyle of this job entails, etc. During the weeks leading up to this, I would encourage parents to have conversations with their students about their interests. Students still have time before they need to make decisions, but I want them to be aware and to be preparing thoughtfully for whatever field God calls them to! Here are some helpful questions:
- What are your skills and abilities? What are you good at? What comes easily to you? What can you be good at with practice or education based on your temperament?
- What are your “passions”? What makes you excited? What do you care about?
- What practical things do you want from a career? What are you willing to put into your education? What kind of life do you want to build?
- How can you meet the world’s needs? How can you serve a greater good? (There are many ways to do this! Building a solid bridge, cleaning someone’s teeth well, ministering to people, or any number of jobs!)
- This week we spent focusing on demonstrative adjectives, vocabulary and reviewing the preterite tense. Next week students will have a Chapter 6 test on April 28th. Please continue to encourage your students to study their vocabulary and notes so that we can finish out the year strong!
- This week we reviewed the previous test regarding volume calculations. We also began a study of similar structures, where two polygons have the same shape, but a different scale.
- Next week we will continue this study.
- We are continuing our studies on Kingdom Animalia. Students are doing great with in class projects and activities!
- Students turned in their essays on the doctrines of sin and salvation. We are working through the Reformation and post-Reformation time periods. This week we covered some details regarding the Council of Trent (1545-1563) and looked at the response that the Roman Catholic Church gave to the Protestant doctrines of Scripture, sin and salvation. We also began addressing developments in biblical scholarship and theology in the 17th century.
9th Grade Literature
- Daily Journaling this week was based on the book of Proverbs–Proverbs Challenge–How can you learn about God’s wisdom and how can you grow in wisdom? As always, when writing the focus remains on paragraph/essay structure including a thesis statement, proofs, and conclusion. Students’ listening skills were put to the test listening to an audio version of The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway. They were tasked with the job of character sketches, vocabulary words to listen for and define, and themes to explain while listening. To conclude the book study, they wrote an in-class essay defining nobility and how it is portrayed in the character, Santiago, and how this compares with Christ.
- Our class completed their WW1 unit test, played a stock market themed game and began their next unit on WW2 by considering the various alliances, major leaders of each nation and the different motivations for war. We will look more closely at the major events of the European and Pacific theaters of war next week.
- Our class is learning about binary numbers and binary arithmetic
- We are also exploring digital logic
10th Algebra II
- We’ve been working on calculating simple logarithms, solving basic exponential and logarithmic equations in applications, figuring permutations of various items, and calculating some simple probabilities. The week ended with a “log war” tournament.
10th Grade Literature
- 10th graders’ listening skills were needed for the book study of Jules Vernes, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. After an overview of the back story to why and what Vernes was injecting into the work, they had to listen and then “sketch” characters, and decipher themes and symbolism–such as the origins of Captain Nemo’s name and how it is a “reach-out” to Homer’s Odyssey. Also the class was opted with either drawing a rendering or making a model of the “Nautilus”–the first submarine (fictional).
- This week we reviewed the problems from the test covering chemical thermodynamics. We also began a study of chemical kinetics.
- Next week we will continue with kinetics and how it relates to equilibrium reactions.
- Students began their final book: Josephus’ Jewish War which is a story of King Herod, the Jewish rebellion and Rome’s destruction of Israel, the Temple and Jerusalem. At the same time we have been considering the challenges and changes that wealth and empire brought to the Roman Republic. Next week we will be able to look at the events that caused the transformation of Rome from being a republic to being an empire ruled by caesar.
- Students enjoyed a week of excellent weather by getting outside to play ultimate frisbee and sand volleyball.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students took the CLT on Tuesday of this week (results will be in on 4/25) and had a vocab quiz on Thursday. They have another poetry recitation on Tuesday 4/25, and I expect a much better result than what they did last week.
- We spent this week focusing on vocabulary and the subjunctive mood using verbs of will and influence. We also reviewed past tenses and past vocabulary. Students will have a test next Friday, April 28th.
- After reviewing and testing on static electricity, we began our study of current electricity. Students constructed some simple circuits and learned come symbols for circuit diagrams.
- We’re nearing the end of our study of matrices. This week we learned various ways to find the inverse of a matrix and some uses for the inverse. We also learned how to calculate a determinant some situations in which the determinant is useful.
- This week we continued our study of Africa. Pastor Ndzi was a guest speaker.
- Next week we will likely wrap up our study of Africa. Asia will be our next continent.
11th Grade Literature
- Students continued to follow our intrepid Redcrosse Knight through Spenser’s epic The Faerie Queene! CLT will be on Wednesday 4/26.
11th NT Greek
- Students have officially come to the end of working through the workbook. We covered introductory material on participles this week. We have begun translating 1John.
11th Grade History
- This week we continued with the intellectual aspect of the Renaissance with the influence of Humanism. We also began to discuss the artistic aspect with men like Leonardo di Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Next week we will continue looking at the art in the Renaissance.
- We’re nearly finished with a practice AP exam. Our topic review will continue for another week and a half. Students should practice as much as possible with the materials they have at home. The exam is May 2nd.
- We are working through the Integumentary System. We also did a lab measuring students’ different senses this week!
- Students completed a short overview this past week on the Roaring 20s, the Stock Market collapse, and the changing role/purpose of government through FDR’s New Deal in an attempt to draw America out of the Great Depression. We concluded the week by beginning our next unit on WW2.
12th Grade Literature
- Students wrapped up To Kill a Mockingbird and have a test on Monday 4/24.
12th Grade Shakespeare Elective
- Students began my personal favorite play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar! It’s full of politics, intrigue, the greater good, and soothsayers (always sayin’ sooth).
12th Rhetoric II
- I am working through the final drafts of the seniors’ theses. We are all looking forward to wrapping this year up in less than a month!