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Dear Bancroft Friends:
The flurry of activities in the weeks leading up to March Break is always an exciting part of the school year. This issue of Shorelines highlights some of the many recent examples of students putting themselves out there on some pretty big stages and earning accolades for performances ranging from the intellectual, academic, and scientific, to the theatrical, artistic, and athletic.
In case after case, we see students who are talented, whose discipline, passion, and prowess result in achievements much bigger than themselves. Our students compete at a very high level. They’re not satisfied with basic performance. They want to take it further, proving themselves and being recognized among other top performers.
Our LS and MS classes, clubs, and teams are incubating the award-winning robotics, math, and sports teams of tomorrow. Our young artists, actors, and musicians can attend US art shows, plays, and concerts, and see where they might be in two, five, or ten years if they practice, learn, and work hard. The older students, in turn, are buoyed by the support of these fans in the Lower and Middle Schools.
It all fits together at Bancroft. There’s a flow that keeps us all connected.
This season our School has both a NEPSAC Basketball Player of the Year (junior Emmanuel Bangandozou) and Coach of the Year (Mark O’Brien). Emmanuel and Mark and are both exceptionally good at their work. They have talent and discipline. But they would be among the first to tell you that none of it happens individually.
All the accomplishments outlined in this issue of Shorelines are collaborative, collective experiences; they happened because a lot of people came together to make them happen. As supporters and audiences, families, teachers, and fellow students all share in these successes. And we all share a deep pride when they are recognized.
As you head out for March Break, enjoy your well-earned respite. Let’s all come back refreshed and renewed for the final stretch of 2015-16.
Head of School
P.S. Thank you again for your flexibility with the half day on March 4th. Our scheduling consultant gave a very useful presentation to our faculty and administrators, who are now evaluating his recommendations. We will update you as more unfolds.
In This Issue:
1st Place Varsity Mathletes
Heading to State Meet
2 US Robodogs Teams
Qualify for Worlds
3rd Grade Puts on Science
Inquiry Project Expo
10 Students, 8 Projects, 5 Awards
at Science & Engineering Fair
Rodgers + Hammerstein's
Cinderella Delights Audiences
6 Students Win 7 Awards
in SISAL Art Show
Speechies Win Bid to State
4 Personal Bests at Varsity
Basketball Team Makes Finals &
Wins Player & Coach of the Year
Varsity Ski Team's Great Day
Upcoming Important Dates
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Angela Cheng-Cimini, PFA President
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1st Place Varsity Mathletes Heading
to State Meet
They’re always Number 1 to us, but our Varsity Math Team calculated their way to 1st Place in their Division at the last Worcester County Math League (WOCOMAL) competition! In fact, five students placed in the Top 100 across ALL divisions: Angie S–25th, Jack Z–30th, Sherry G–81st, Sally Y–88th, and Jack K–96th. Based on the team’s WOCOMAL standing, Bancroft has been invited to send six students to represent us in the Massachusetts State Math Meet on Friday, April 1, at Shrewsbury High! This is the third consecutive year we’ve been invited. Our mathletes will be competing in the Small Schools Division against AMSA, Bromfield, Mass Academy, and Worcester Academy. We’re so happy and proud of the whole team!
2 US Robodogs Teams Qualify for Worlds
After a great season and a strong showing at the Regionals on March 3rd, the US Robodogs recently learned that two of their teams had qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championships! Coach Elisa Heinricher will accompany Team B (Anqi S, Jack K, Ryan P, Philip O, Chris S) and Team C (Cory L, Loan T, Muhammad Y. PJ M, Andrew T, Watts H-W) to the 2016 VEX World Championships in Louisville, KY, April 20–23, where they will compete with top robotics teams from around the world. We are so proud of all the dedicated Robodogs teams, who think nothing of working late into the night, on weekends, and over breaks to perfect their robot designs, programming, and driving. How great is it to have world-class collaborators and scholars representing Bancroft? Learn more about VEX Worlds.
3rd Grade Puts on Science Inquiry
Marble roller coasters, Alka–Seltzer rockets, viscosity of liquids, homemade batteries, behavior of pill bugs and earthworms, bouncing balls, electronic sensors to detect heat absorption! Through collaboration between MaryAnn DeMaria, Science Inquiry Coach, and Barbara Chenot, LS Science Coordinator, the third grade investigated individual science inquiry projects this winter. After choosing specific projects, students formed hypotheses, designed experiments, collected and analyzed data, and organized their information for presentation at their Science Inquiry Project Expo held March 15. Audience members, who included parents and MS & US students, were quite impressed with this classic demonstration of the learning laboratory method! Click on photo above for slideshow.
10 Students, 8 Projects, 5 Awards at Worcester Science & Engineering Fair
More than 150 students from 21 schools competed at last week’s Worcester Regional Science & Engineering Fair (WRSEF) at WPI. It is quite an accomplishment to even undertake a WRSEF-worthy project, and 10 of our US students worked hard on the 8 projects we entered in the fair. In the end, only 42 awards were given out at the fair and Bancroft won 5 of them! Our award-winners are now qualified for the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair at MIT in May, so the work continues! Here is a list of our students’ WRSEF projects and their award, if applicable: Third Awards: Nicole B & Connor S, Effect of Fertilizer Pollutants on the Immune Response of D. tigrina; Noah K, Engineering & Optimizing a Microbial Fuel Cell; Paris J, Habitual Blues: Using the Big Five Model of Personality to Beat Routine in Music Recommendation; George D, Effect of Sulforaphane on Glucocorticoid-Induced Apoptosis in Osteoblasts. Fourth Award: Collin S, Effect of Increasing Caffeine and Ethanol Concentration on Axonal Regeneration in D. tigrina. Fine work was also presented by Sydney L-W & Shyanne T, Effect of Temperature on Mealworm Biodegradation of Styrofoam; Sarah K, Effect of High Fat Diet on the Immune Response in D. melanogaster; and Cory L, Engineering & Optimizing a Vertical Axis Ocean Turbine and Ocean Test Tank.
Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella Delights Audiences
Through a combination of dedication, collaboration, team spirit, constant rehearsals, and magnificent talents, our US student actors, musicians, and technical crew created an enchanting experience for hundreds of members of our community as they performed the US Musical, Rodger's + Hammerstein's Cinderella, March 10-12. Enjoy this very special video of images from the play by Bancroft photographer Karla Cinquanta. Click on photo below.
In connection with the show, close to 200 people attended the PFA Royal Banquet prior to Friday's performance. This spectacular event was organized by the Royal Court of the PFA. Special thanks to them and student volunteers for making it so special!
6 Students Win 7 Awards in SISAL
Congratulations to all our talented MS and US artists, who had more than 30 pieces selected for the Bancroft-hosted 2016 Small Independent Schools Art League (SISAL) juried art exhibition earlier this month. Prizewinners, whose works are shown here, include Chelsea S: 1st Prize in Mixed Media and 2nd Prize in Sculpture; Ariana L: 2nd Prize in Digital Art; Cameron C: 3rd Prize in Digital Art; Irvi S: 3rd Prize in Drawing; Liven T: Honorable Mention in Photography; MacArthur M: Honorable Mention in Digital Art. Click on photo below to view a PDF enlargement.
Speechies Win Bids to State Tournament
Our poised and confident Speech Team brought home a round of honors in recent tournaments! At the Mardi Gras Tournament in Shrewsbury, the Team placed 11th in Sweepstakes out of 50 teams, and the members earned 1st Place in Multiple Reading for Tiana B, Colton C, Abby M, Kieran S, Chelsea S, Lydia C, and Claudio F; 3rd place for Chelsea S in Original Oratory; 5th Place in Duo Interpretation for Tiana B and Cameron C. In addition, Lydia C and Monica C got a bid to States in Duo Interpretation. A small group later went to the Milton Speech Tournament and took 1st Place in Poetry Reading for Colton C; 1st Place in Original Oratory for Chelsea S; Honorable Mention in Declamation and a bid to the State Tournament for Megan D; and a bid to the State Tournament in Poetry Reading for Ailish M. We’re lucky to have such well-spoken Bancroft ambassadors!
4 Personal Bests at Varsity Swim
Four of Bancroft’s varsity swim team members — Christy M., Noah K., Tyler P, and Annabelle H. — competed in the NEPSAC Div. III Championship Swim Meet on March 5th at Canterbury School in New Milford, CT, and all four swimmers achieved personal best times! Christy M. made it to the finals in the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle and finished 11th overall in both races. Tyler P. qualified as an alternate in the 100 breaststroke. We are so proud of all of our athletes. The team sent out a big thank you to Clara G, Aferdita B., and Ken W., who made the two-hour drive at 5:00 a.m. to support their teammates (and to Ken for the wonderful photography). Bravo to the entire team and Coaches Watkins and Wiberg for a wonderful season!
Basketball Team Makes Finals & Wins Player & Coach of the Year
The #1 seeded Bancroft Bulldogs capped off a fantastic season with a 77-72 victory over Chase Collegiate in the NEPSAC Class D Semifinals on Saturday, March 5th. Emmanuel B. poured in 38 points and Mustafa E. added 19 to pace the Bulldogs. The win sent them to the Finals for the 2nd year in a row! Held the next day at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, the Bulldogs led by 11 at the break, but fell to Storm King with a final score of 60-57 in a game that was back and forth to the final buzzer. Emmanuel B. once again led the charge with a game-high 33 points for the Bulldogs. Coaches O’Brien and Spreadbury gave huge kudos to all the boys on a fantastic season of hard work, huge wins, and much growth. But that wasn’t all! Soon thereafter we received word that Emmanuel had been named a NEPSAC Player of the Year, and Coach O’Brien a Coach of the Year!
Varsity Ski Team’s Great Day at NEPSACs
Varsity Ski Coach Emily Bearse reported on the team’s NEPSAC results in February: "Allison won 9th in the Giant Slalom (GS) and 5th in the Slalom. Overall the girls took home 5th with Allison, Alyssa, and Caitlin scoring for the team. Izzy fished two solid GS runs, Carleigh had a good first run of slalom and fell in her second, and Eve fell in the first run of GS and the second run of Slalom. On the boys side Collin skied the best, finishing top 20 in both Slalom and GS, followed by Jacob. Miles fell in his second run of GS but skied both runs of Slalom successfully. Overall a good day for everyone. Thanks for all the support!" So proud of our skiing Bulldogs!
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Upcoming Important Dates:
Early Dismissal for Students —March 18 at 2:45 p.m. (Aftercare until 6 p.m.)
Spring Break–No School — Monday, March 21 to Friday, April 1 (Classes Resume Monday, April 4)
Grade 5 Kieve Trip — April 5–9
Celebration of New Parents — April 7 – 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Grade 7 Science Fair — April 12 — 6:30-8:00 p.m.
College Workshop for Juniors & Parents — April 14 —7:00-8:30 p.m.
Conferences & Professional Day — No Classes — April 15
Junior/Senior Prom — Saturday, April 16
Patriots Day–No School – April 18
PFA Cultural Series: B. Putnam '72: Art, Science, and The Arctic — April 22, 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Visit the Calendar HERE
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