December 2016 Newsletter

Dear Bancroft Friends:

I was thrilled to see so many of you at the grand opening of our new field house last week. I will never forget the feeling as the Middle School band played and our 400 guests flooded in to test the turf and track, marvel at the expansive playing fields, and take in the breathtaking view of Indian Lake. 


This bold new venue will serve our students and staff in so many ways. As Director of Athletics Tracy Jones said at the ribbon cutting, it will enable the entire community "…to be physically active throughout the year in all manner of pursuits, both recreational and competitive, regardless of the weather." It's already happening — indoor recess, PE classes, sports teams — even the ski team got in there to practice when they couldn't get on the mountain.


"In our constantly changing School it is important to build a strong, thriving community…," said Student Council President Jacob Freedman '17. He described the field house as a place that will allow us "to continue to diversify and expand… [to become] a place of learning for more than just our students." It is yet another way Bancroft can connect with its Worcester neighbors.

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Trey Cassidy Interview

I join our Board of Trustees President David Cyganski in offering our deepest thanks to the Fletcher, Loring, and Stoddard families for their early support of our recent campus updates, and to the many trustees, contractors, staff, and faculty whose hard work helped us reach this latest milestone and open the field house doors.


Finally, I would like to thank and congratulate my friend and fellow cycling enthusiast Lydia Barter on her retirement this month — parent to Stan '94 and Andrew '96 and a hard-working staff member for two-plus decades, Lydia has been a valued part of the Bancroft community for 30 years.


Best wishes to you and your family. Enjoy the upcoming break.


Trey Cassidy

Head of School

P.S. Please join us for our next community gathering, the Worcester City Scholars 20th Anniversary celebration, Saturday, January 28, 5:30 – 7:30 pm on campus. Read about it in the Fall Bancroft Bulletin.  Reserve your tickets HERE.  


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"It was an amazing weekend. I wish it was longer so that I had more time to write."
"I loved how passionate the mentors were and genuinely enjoyed expanding my strategies."
"The mentors were all really cool [and] always taught me something new."
"The workshops each had a different twist that made each of them exciting...[they were] very active and alive."

These are just a few of the positive comments from the 70 budding wordsmiths in Grades 8 through 12 who came to campus the weekend before Thanksgiving for the Bancroft Young Writers Conference. The students, some from our own ranks and others from the
local community, came to learn from published writers, novelists, poets, and editors, to practice new writing techniques, and to listen to and watch their mentors perform. The mentors praised the students for their intense engagement, willingness to take risks, and high energy throughout the two-day conference; the participants raved about each mentor's workshop and the practical advice they garnered. Enjoy the video of this year's conference!


Be sure to click the link at the bottom that says "[Message Clipped] View entire message"  to see the rest of the stories and photographs in this issue of Shorelines. You don't want to miss a thing!





KEY: Most Valuable Player (MVP), Most Improved Player (MIP), Coaches' Award (CA)


Volleyball: Ali V, MVP; Paige D, MIP; Divya N, CA

Boys Soccer: Jose G-C, MVP; PJ M, MIP; Ryan P, CA

Boys Cross Country: Philip O, MVP; Andrew D, MIP; Andrew T, CA

Girls Cross Country: Page C, MVP; Megha S, MIP; Megan D, CA

Girls Soccer: Emily B, MVP; Jenna V, MIP; Sarah N, CA

Golf: Jack B, MVP; Alex D, MIP; Joe R, CA

Field Hockey: Riley B, MVP; Alyssa J, MIP; Rose P, CA

Michael Montuori Golf Award: Jack B


NEPSAC Class C Semifinalists (Team): Volleyball

NEPSTA Div 4 Cross Country Championships: Page C, 3rd Overall, New England All-Star; Philip O, 20th Overall, New England All-Star

NEPSWSA Junior Soccer All-Star: Emily B

NEPSSA Senior Soccer All-Star: Jose G-C

New England Volleyball (NEPSGVA) All-Stars: Eve P; Ali V; Shanez'e J


All-EIL 1st Team

Ali V: Volleyball; Eve P: Volleyball; Jose G-C: Soccer (3rd in Voting for Player of the Year); Philip O: Boys Cross Country; Page C: Girls Cross Country; Sophia S: Soccer; Jack B: Golf (Won Flight 1 with PB 79); Riley B: Field Hockey; Andrea M: Field Hockey


All-EIL Honorable Mention

Marly G: Field Hockey; Jacob M: Golf; PJ M: Boys Soccer; Shanez'e J: Volleyball



KEY: Leadership Award (LA), Most Improved Player (MIP), Coaches' Award (CA)


Volleyball:  Ava C, LA; Maia A, MIP; Alicia R, CA;

Boys 'A' Soccer:  Pierce S, LA; Blake B, MIP; Connor R, CA;

Field Hockey:  Mary N, LA; Sophia H, MIP; Geetika S, CA; Sophie C, CA;

Boys 'B' Soccer:  David A, LA; Adrien M, MIP; Stephen Q-S, CA;

Cross Country:  Lucy B, LA; Steven B, LA; Sam B, MIP; Cooper D, CA;

Girls Soccer:  Maya, LA; Katerina G-C, LA; Sarah F, MIP; Emma P, CA; Sophia J, CA;


As always, the final days before our winter break presented a whirlwind of opportunities for students to play and perform before an appreciative audience of friends, family, and faculty. Click the button below to enjoy a slideshow of highlights of the Charlie A. Pep Rally and Basketball Tournament (named after our own Mr. Aleksiewicz, who brought three generations of his family to cheer on the Bulldogs!); our annual Community Pasta Dinner sponsored by the Advancement Team; the poignant Upper School Drama, The Laramie Project; and the LS, MS, and US Winter Concerts! 

US Drama: The Laramie Project
US & MS Winter Concert


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