March 2017 Newsletter

Dear Bancroft Friends:

When I left for Baltimore to attend the NAIS Annual Conference earlier this week, I was feeling very good about the Bancroft community. We had just made the announcement about Lisa Baker, the dynamic and experienced leader who will be our next Upper School division head. At the conference, as I met with administrators from independent schools around the country and the world, and heard about the work they are doing in education, I felt an even greater sense of pride. It confirmed for me that Bancroft is part of the larger architecture of independent education, but we're also unique. We are among the leaders in the educational environment.


On the same trip, I had two delightful opportunities to have dinner with independent school alumni. I spent one evening with alums from my former school, Glenelg Country School in Maryland, and the other with Bancroft alumni from the Baltimore/DC area. The two groups attended different schools, but shared a common enthusiasm about the experiences they had, the deep relationships they built, and the work they did as students at independent schools.


Communities like ours help to build skills and confidence. Being surrounded by people who are committed to helping you grow is a powerful thing. The Bancroft alums talked about how the School allowed them to pursue things that were deeply important to them, while still providing the foundational experiences that they would need in the future.


Their statements emphasize that it's not all just prep for college. The work we do with students every day, in the moment, is important. Kindergarten is kindergarten. Twelfth grade is twelfth grade. Every stage is a distinct and valuable experience. 


Alumni voices help remind us why we do what we do for our students. The communities we build for them matter to them. They can get together years later, with other alumni of all ages, and they have the strong bond of having been a part of this School.


As you read this month's Shorelines, we hope you will enjoy both the stories and the new format. We've shortened the length by trimming the stories and adding links to the full text. As always, we invite your feedback about this communication and other ways we communicate.



Trey Cassidy

Head of School


MS Students at UMass Children's Medical Center

"It's amazing what kids can do when they are given the time and space to dream of something they want to do to make the world a better place, make a plan, and then see it come to fruition," says MS French teacher Shari Belanger. She was referring to a group of 6th grade girls who had just the delivered more than 50 craft kits to UMass Children's Medical Center to be distributed to the children who are hospitalized. The photo... READ MORE


Students in Mrs Heinricher's US Physical Computing class have been working on creating their very own bulldog. "Basically, we're designing, programming, and making a robotic bulldog from scratch," explains Andrew T., a senior in the class. "We will print all the pieces of the 'skeleton' on the 3D printer, then piece it all together." "We'll cover the skeleton with foam and different... READ MORE

Robotics Students Measure a Bulldog


On the heels of the annual French Immersion Day, the month of February held several other opportunities for Francophiles and Francophones of all ages! MS French students Skyped with English-learners at a middle school in Québec; US students partnered with kindergartners to create and perform French fairy tales; and the PFA Cultural Series sponsored a multicultural... READ MORE


As the Winter s​ports season comes to an end this weekend​,​ we take pride in many ​victories​ —
some personal, some collective, some reflected on the scoreboard, others reflected in the confidence and growth of our ​student-athletes. At the time of this writing, our Varsity Boys Basketball team is still in it to win it, with ​co-captain​s Emmanuel B. (​EIL Co-Player of the Year) and Anthony M. (EIL All-League) leading the way​!  The team finished the regular season strong, and qualified for ... READ MORE



US Musical

March 9, 10, 11

Once Upon A Mattress

Regal Feast
March 10

Get Your Tickets Now! Dinner Buffet, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

Coaching Opportunities
Spring 2017

US Varsity Track & Field  • Varsity Girls Lacrosse
MS Boys Lacrosse * MS Tennis. CONTACT:  Tracy Jones, Director of Athletics.

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