June 2015
Parent Newsletter
114th Commencement

Robin Silverman, 2015 Steve White Faculty ChairDear Bancroft Friends:

I trust that you are enjoying these early days of summer and finding the break from the regular school routine to be a welcome change. Here on campus, I find myself enjoying a less hectic schedule, but missing the buzz of students and faculty. Fortunately, our summer camp and Worcester Partnership programs will soon get started, so the quiet won't last long.

It has been an amazing year, culminating in a whirlwind of art shows, recitals, award ceremonies, and graduations. Besides being valuable transition ceremonies, these end-of-year events provide opportunities for students to demonstrate — to themselves and to us — the mastery they have achieved this year. We have talked often about the importance of connecting our students with the world and helping identify authentic audiences for their work. By sharing their newly acquired expertise, they complete the circle from learner to teacher.

I would like, also, to acknowledge this community’s philanthropy, which has put the 2014-15 Bancroft Fund within $27,000 of its goal for the year. With our June 30 deadline looming, we are extremely optimistic about hitting our $400,000 target for the year, and that is a testament to the strength of people’s passion for the School. Annual gifts are a mainstay of every independent school’s operating budget. A whopping 82% of our faculty and staff have made gifts, and more than half of our current parents. If you have not yet made your gift for the year, please consider doing so before the end of the month.

Finally, a personal thank you. Last summer my family and I made the move from Michigan to Massachusetts, excited to begin the Bancroft chapter of our lives. The warm and welcoming spirit of this wonderful community quickly made us feel right at home. As we close out our first school year together, we thank each of you — Bancroft parents, students, alumni, faculty, staff — for the gift of your friendship, and for the privilege of taking this journey with you.

All the best for a summer filled with adventure,

Trey Cassidy
Head of School


In This Issue:

114th Commencement

Middle & Lower School Closings

Robin Silverman & Elisa Heinricher Receive Faculty Honors

US & MS Art Openings

Varsity Rowers in NEIRA Crew Championships

US Musical Wins Award

Student Mural Brightens Shrewsbury Nursing Memory Unit

Lower School Picnic Lunch

Faculty Gallery

This month's gallery is dedicated to the Bancroft faculty—a sampling of whom are pictured here. The good work our students do every day would not be possible without their expertise, support, and inspiration.











Bancroft School 114th Commencement and US Awards 

Commencement 2015It was a sunny day on The Green as families, friends, and faculty watched 58 seniors graduate at Bancroft School’s 114th Commencement on Friday, June 5, 2015. Highlights of the beautiful ceremony included performances by the Bancroft Orchestra, Guy Tunes, and Decibelles; student speeches from Katrina Lewis (Invocation), Vjola Jorgji (Student Address), Rhys Evans and David Turley (Introduction of Speaker Mark Taylor), and Sheel Stueber (Benediction); and the presentation of the Stephen T. White Faculty Chair Award to Robin Silverman. Click on the video button above to enjoy a Commencement video.

Upper School Awards

The 2014-15 Upper School Awards were presented on May 27th. We are pleased to announce that the following students were honored for excellence in academics, the arts, or athletics:

Alessandra V., Bancroft Scholar–Class of 2017
Allison E., Barrington Music Award
Anqi S., Alice S. Carr Mathematics Award
Collin S., US Physical Education Award
David T., Head of School Award
Ethan P., Charles K. Blake Memorial Trophy, Spirit of Bancroft Prize
Gabrielle P., Elinor W. Pike Bowl
Hannah Z., Arts Award
Irvi S., US Visual Arts Award
Ivana L., Curiosity in Learning Prize–Class of 2015, Elinor W. Pike Bowl
Jesse B., History Award
John K., Curiosity in Learning Prize–Class of 2016, US Technology Award
Katherine B., Elizabeth Johnson Tsang Poetry Award, US English Award
Katherine E., Global Citizenship Prize
Kieran S., Bancroft Scholar–Class of 2016, Norman B. Robbins Creative Writing Award
Monica C., Lea Hench Acting Award, US Health Award
Nicole B., US Science Award
Noah K., Edgar Gauthier Foreign Language Award
Philip O., Curiosity in Learning Prize–Class of 2018
Rachel W., Humanities Award, Senior Thesis Award, Gage Medal
Ryan P., Bancroft Scholar–Class of 2018
Sarah N., Curiosity in Learning Prize– Class of 2017
Sheel S., Science
Vjola J., Language & Culture Award
William D., Innovation and Imagination Prize

Click here for a slide show of the US Awards Assembly

MS & LS Closings & MS Awards

MS ClosingLS Closing

Tuesday, June 2nd was a big day for the Middle and Lower Schools, with closing ceremonies to mark the end of this amazing school year. We offer a hearty congratulations to all of the students, especially the 8th and 5th grade graduates, who are moving on up!

Click on the video buttons to watch the MS Closing and LS Closing videos.

Middle School Awards

The 2015 MS Awards were presented at an assembly on June 1st. This year's recipients are listed below:

Abigail M., MS Visual Arts Award
Alex D., MS Technology Award
Amalie D., 6th Grade Giant Leap Award
Androniqi D., 7th Grade Giant Leap Award
Annaleigh B., MS English Award
Aodhagan L., MS Technology Award
Aryan C., Bancroft Scholar
Carlo M., Blake Family Trophy (Athletics)
Emma S., Elizabeth Johnson Tsang Poetry Award
Esther M.-B., Spanish Language Award, Norman B. Robbins Creative Writing Award
Gaia K., MS Science Award
Hallie K., Mandarin Language Award, MS Girls' Principal's Cup
Jack B., Blake Family Trophy, 8th Grade Giant Leap Award
Jacob P., French Language Award
Jason C., Barrington Music Award
Jonathan C., MS Mathematics Award
Julia D., Daniels Family Bowl (Athletics), MS Physical Education Award, Latin Language Award
Julianna B., MS History Award
Kathleen F., Gage Medal for Academic Excellence
Milo C., MS Boys' Principal's Cup
Page C., Community Service Award
Ruhi P., MS Mathematics Award
Sophia J., Suzanne Casey Health Award
Zoe L., Chandler Bullock History Award

Click here to view a slide show of the MS Award Recipents

Robin Silverman and Elisa Heinricher Receive Faculty Honors

Robin Silverman & Elisa HeinricherFaculty recognition is an important part of Bancroft’s end-of-year ceremonies, and this year’s honorees were Elisa Heinricher, the 2015 Carpe Diem Award recipient, and Robin Silverman, the Stephen T. White Chair in Teaching Excellence. Well-deserved honors for two superb Bancroft educators!  

Robin Silverman: US Latin teacher, 9th and 10th Grade Dean of Students, and Director of the International Program, Silverman’s tenure as the Stephen White Chair will span 2015-2018 in recognition of her commitment to the advancement of excellence in lifelong learning, teaching, and global citizenship.

Elisa Heinricher:  US Computer Science Teacher, Director of Academic Technology, and faculty adviser to the award-winning US Robodogs, Heinricher was nominated by her colleagues as someone who truly “seizes the day.” She was selected on the basis of her service to Bancroft and the community, excellence in the classroom, pursuit of professional development, and peer leadership.

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US & MS Art Openings

LS & MS Art Exhibits VideoThe annual Lower and Middle School Art Shows, hosted and presented by LS art teacher Mary Edwards and MS art teacher Connie Moore, opened on April 23rd and May 12th to rave reviews. Students proudly showed off their creations, as parents, faculty, and special guests enjoyed the impressive array of paintings, sketches, sculptures, ceramic pieces, and other objects of beauty that their children had worked on throughout the year. Click on the video button above to watch the LS & MS Art Shows video.

Varsity Rowers in NEIRA Crew Championships

Varsity RowersOn May 23rd, Bancroft's Varsity Boys #2 and #1 four-person crew boats rowed in the 2015 New England Interscholastic Rowing Association (NEIRA) Championships — a top competition among the best private and public school crews in New England. Way to go, Bulldogs!

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US Musical Wins 4 TAMY Awards

TAMY Awards 2015Bancroft earned 16 nominations and brought home 4 TAMY Awards (the high school equivalent of the Tony Awards) for the US musical “The Drowsy Chaperone.” The awards were: Best Featured Actor (Claudio Ferrari), Not-Your-Average Chorus Member (Sarah Nano), Best Props & Set Dressing, and Best Scenic Design. The elegant evening was Central Mass’s red carpet event of season!

Student Mural Brightens Shrewsbury Nursing's Memory Care Unit

Mural at Shrewsbury Nursing Memory ClinicAs part of their Senior Co-op project, Katie S., Lindsay T., Genevieve S. and Hannah Z. completed a large wall mural in the Memory Care Unit of the Shrewsbury Nursing & Rehab Center. The staff and residents were thrilled with the mural, which was first conceived by Irvi S. in art club. It was a wonderful way to brighten the lives of the residents in the Center.

Lower School Picnic Lunch

LS Picnic Lunch VideoIt was a beautiful day to spend outdoors for the LS Picnic Lunch. Parents attended and enjoyed having lunch with their children on the Campus Green. Enjoy this delightful video from this event held on May 29th–a perfect way to kick off the summer! Click on the video button to watch the LS Picnic Lunch video.

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From Yesterday's Traditions to Tomorrow's Innovations. The Bancroft Fund Supports Them All!

We're 93% of the way to our goal! The fiscal year ends on June 30th. Make your gift today at: bancroftschool.org/giving

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Bancroft Summer Gatherings





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