December 2017 Newsletter

Dear Bancroft Friends,

Every day, students across all three divisions seize opportunities to be creative learners, performers, and teachers of others. In the past month alone, our Young Writers Conference brought dozens of teens to Bancroft to immerse themselves in writing, reading, and sharing with mentors and peers. On the stage, we saw Bancroft's two a cappella groups rub shoulders with — and in some cases, outperform — talented counterparts from top New England colleges. We marveled at the eighth grade production of Scared Silly, and enjoyed a campus-wide learning adventure led by second graders.

In each case there were teachers organizing, guiding, and directing these experiences, giving their students a platform to launch their own successes. And in each case, there was a wider audience who benefited from the joyful collaboration of all the players. 

Happily, we have many more instances of players and playing in the coming days before Winter Break. The US Drama, The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza, premieres on Thursday, December 7th. The Friday Night Triple Play on December 8th offers something for everyone. The annual Charlie A. Basketball Tournament begins at 5 PM (with a halftime banner-raising celebrating 2000-point scorer Emmanuel Bangandozou '17). The entire community is also invited to the Pasta Dinner served up by the Alumni Council from 5:30 to 7 PM in the Dining Hall.  And another performance of the Olympiaganza takes place at 7:30 in the Theatre! (Both the tournament and the play continue through Saturday.) And of course, our students will sing and play for us at the upcoming Winter Concerts on December 14th (MS/US) and 15th (LS).

I am grateful that we have these reasons to come together and share experiences as a community, and honor our students' rich diversity of talents. I hope to see you at many of these events, and wish you a warm and restful break with friends and loved ones. 



Trey Cassidy
Head of School


Usually quiet on Saturdays and Sundays, the Upper School came alive on November 18-19 as the Bancroft Young Writers Conference brought together more than 60 teenage writers from our School and the surrounding communities. Attendees had the opportunity to work closely with and learn from dynamic, published writers. They gained exposure to various genres of writing; learned about the writing process from idea to publication; developed ideas for future writing projects; and met like-minded peers. Bancroft is proud to provide time, space, and access to these inspiring educators and mentors as we develop the next generation of writers in Central Massachusetts! Click below to enjoy a video of this special weekend.

Bancroft Young Writers Conference 2017


After weeks of team effort and never-ending rehearsals, student-performers delighted their audiences at two major stage productions last month: A Cappella Night (Nov. 17) and the 8th Grade Play, Scared Silly (Nov. 9 & 10). Enjoy the slideshows from each event below.

A CAPPELLA NIGHT — Bringing together some of the brightest minds and voices in New England, the A Cappella event showcased Bancroft's own US performers, Decibelles and Watch Your Tone, along with collegiate groups from Brown, WPI, Berklee, and Connecticut College —the last featuring Bancroft alumna Carleigh O'Connell '16!


8TH GRADE PLAY — In Scared Silly, the 8th grade class displayed their artistry through a series of short comedic skits, complemented by impressive sets, lighting, and live music from the orchestra pit. They now carry with them the confidence and pride of having joined their peers in an all-hands-on-deck class project to create a thoroughly entertaining and inspirational audience experience. 

A Cappella Night
A Cappella Night
8th Grade Play - Scared Silly
8th Grade Play - Scared Silly


What a finish to the Fall Season from the Bulldogs sports teams! On November 20th, our athletes were honored at the MS and US Sport Awards Ceremonies. Page Cassidy '20 became the first Bancroft Bulldog to be New England Div. 4 Cross Country Champion, crossing the finish line at the NEPSTA Championships (South Berwick, ME) with a time of 20:36! Close on her heels, Bridgette Cassidy '23 finished 2nd overall with a time of 21:01. The Varsity Field Hockey team topped off a successful season by qualifying for the EIL Tournament, where they fought hard but fell just short to top-seeded Pingree in the semifinals. In Golf, Jack Boyd '19 capped off his best season yet by being named EIL Player of the Year (the first Bancroft player selected for that honor since 2006), with a season record of 10-1-1 playing in the first spot! Several fall season Bulldog student-athletes were named All-EIL First Team and Honorable Mention, and seven were also selected New England All-Stars in their respective sports: Ryan Polhemus '18 (Soccer), Sophia Simon '19 (Soccer), Page Cassidy '20 (Cross Country), Bridgette Cassidy '23 (Cross Country), Philip Onffroy '18 (Cross Country), Eve Phillips '18 (Volleyball) and Paige Dawson '19 (Volleyball). Enjoy a video of the Awards Ceremony below.


As Bulldog Athletics turns its focus to the Winter Season, our Varsity and Middle School sports teams have begun practices in preparation for the start of their season. Don't forget to come out to the 15th Annual Charlie A. Basketball Tournament on Dec. 8th and 9th — tipoff for the first game is 5:00pm. We will be unveiling a special banner at halftime of the first game to honor Emmanuel Bangandozou '17 and his school-record 2,236 career points. Follow @SportsBancroft on Twitter for the latest news and updates on Bulldog Athletics!

Fall Sports Awards & Honors


While learning about the Worcester community, Ms. Tupper's second graders found a special way to share their knowledge with the rest of the School. All around campus, the children posted "Who Am I?" clues about a certain Worcester historical figure. We learned, for example, that the mystery person was a famous bicycle racer in the late 1800s who became the first African-American world champion in a sport other than boxing, and was known by a military nickname. As promised, the class ended the mystery at Lower School lunch on November 21st. Each student took a turn at the mic to read their clue aloud, then they made the big reveal: The mystery person was none other than Marshall "Major" Taylor (a.k.a. the "Worcester Whirlwind")! These young "teachers" took great pride in educating their audience.

2nd Grade Mystery Person - Major Taylor


Dec. 7 – Opening Night! US Drama: The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza – 7:30 PM (Tickets $5)

Dec. 8 – Friday Night Triple Play: Basketball, Dinner, Drama 

Dec. 8 – Registration Deadline for PreK-8 Winter Break Programs

Dec. 9 – US Drama: The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza – 7:30 PM (Tickets $5)

Dec. 9 – Charlie A. Tournament, Gym, 12 PM

Dec. 14 – MS/US Winter Concert – 6-8:30 PM 

Dec. 15 – LS Winter Concert – 8:15–9:45 AM 
Dec. 15 – Dismissal at 2:45 PM (After Care open until 6 PM)

Dec. 18 – Jan 2 – WINTER BREAK

Jan. 3 – Classes Resume

Jan. 3 – All-School Assembly, Gym – 9:15 - 9:45 AM



Charlie A. Basketball Tournament - 5:00 PM • Gym (Learn More)
Pasta Dinner - 5:30-7:00 PM • Dining Hall
US Drama - 7:30 PM  • Theatre  (Learn More)

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