February 2018 Newsletter

Worcester Food Bank Picking Up Donations

Dear Bancroft Friends,

A truck from the Worcester Food Bank arrived on campus yesterday to collect the hundreds of items donated in our annual canned food drive. It reminded me that Bancroft School is like the hub of a wheel, with many spokes connecting us to the people and organizations of our city. There's a synergy to these connections. People come to us. Our students go to them. And we all are better for it. Whether it's within our small community or the larger world, when we engage with and support one another, when we teach and learn from each other, we all move forward together.  

Our connections bring the world to our doorstep, enriching the learning that happens all day, every day. Even on Saturdays the campus is abuzz with activity. 

Here's a snapshot from Saturday, January 27th:

  • Students from Bancroft and several other local schools were soaking up French language, food, and culture during French Immersion Day; 
  • US student-volunteers were working and playing with Burmese refugee children at the first day of the WRAP winter program;
  • Children from Elm Park School were here having fun and learning from our Worcester Partnership teachers; 
  • Student-athletes in Grades 4–8 were building their skills and knowledge in our free sports clinics; and
  • The Bancroft Indoor Soccer League was holding playoff games. 

A Bancroft student has many opportunities to absorb knowledge, skills, and insights, get feedback, reflect on their performance, and work toward mastery. Bancroft teachers pave the way for students to put their very best on display, find just the right "stage" to demonstrate their knowledge, and perform at a high level for audiences on Shore Drive and beyond. Just ask eighth grader Nathaniel, the 2018 Bancroft School GEO Bee champion who now has a chance to advance to the National Geographic Society's State Geography Bee — or senior Chelsea, the National Speech & Debate Association's New England District Student of the Year who now has a shot at the National title. 


Bancroft is out in front because the wheels never stop turning. We are moving forward together, fostering good people doing good things in the world. That's how we roll.




Trey Cassidy
Head of School


If you've ever wished you could be a fly on the wall in Bancroft's Middle School you're in luck. Thanks to the multimedia talents of sixth-grade student-videographer Nora G., you can experience a Day in the Life of a 6th Grader! We were so impressed with Nora's creativity and skill, we invited her to sit down for a mini-interview. Here's her story...

BANCROFT: How did you learn to be a videographer?

NORA: I was interested in videos, and when I was in 5th grade I downloaded a filmmaking program and then just watched Youtube to learn how to use it.

BANCROFT: How did this "Day in the Life..." project come about?

NORA: Mr. Briggs [technology teacher] told Mr. O that I was good at tech so he asked me to do a video. I brainstormed ideas with my advisor and this seemed like a good idea. I shot the video in about three days. It took about two hours to edit it, but I did it over the course of a week because I was busy with a lot of other things.

BANCROFT: You've been at Bancroft since kindergarten, and now you're in Middle School. What's the best part?

NORA: All the choices we get to make on our own! Like for Clubs, I'm learning lacrosse and it's really fun. The next project Mr. O wants me to do is a video that helps show off all the MS Clubs.

Mr. O — otherwise known as Trevor O'Driscoll, Head of Middle School — has dubbed Nora the MS Communications Intern (read Trevor's blog for more details). While he admits the Intern position was made up, the thinking behind it was rock solid. "It's our job as teachers to find things that our students care about and turn them into real opportunities to engage and learn. I realized I'd be a fool not to capitalize on Nora's talents to help share stories from Middle School." We look forward to Nora's next cinematic offering!


It has been quite busy this winter with all the excitement surrounding Bulldog Athletics and our teams. The Varsity Girls Basketball team has made tremendous strides this season, going 7-4 thus far, as they look to finish the last two weeks of their season strong! Their success is thanks in part to the contributions of Middle Schoolers Anna Madonia '22 and Keeley Baglio '23, two of the team's Top 3 leading scorers. The JV Boys Basketball team has also come a long way, already surpassing their win total from last year with three games still to play. Meanwhile, the Varsity Boys Basketball Team continues to work towards their goal of reaching the NEPSAC Class C Tournament, with a record of 8-9 as they head into their final three games before they play in the EIL Tournament on Feb. 24th. Finish strong, Bulldogs!

As we leave the court and head over to the pool, the Varsity Co-Ed Swim Team has had a very productive season, both as a team and with some incredible individual achievements. The team gears up for the EIL Championships on Feb. 24th at Simmons College, led by strong performances from Ibby Ayyash '19 and Annabelle Huffman '19! And high atop Mount Wachusett, the Varsity Alpine Ski Team gets set for the New England Championships held there on Feb. 14th. Kaya Dorogi '20 has been a top finisher all season for the Girls competing in the Central MA Ski League, and looks to finish her season the same way! – Dominic DiPersia

V Boys Basketball
V Alpine Ski Team

Stay up to date on the latest news from Bulldog Athletics as it comes out by following @SportsBancroft on Twitter! #OnePack



In a wondrous, multilayered example of the circular nature of teaching and learning, a group of Upper Schoolers performed a traditional African song of welcome for alumnus Quanuquanei ("Q") Karmue '01, just days after learning the song from a visiting folklorist and writer, Valerie Tutson. The song's beautiful message translates to: "I see you with my eyes and my heart, and I greet you with respect." (The video below shows Valerie and the students acting out the song.) Her repertoire of spoken and sung stories — drawn largely from African and African American traditions — enthralled Bancroft's 8th to 12th graders. It was especially fitting that some of those students were then able to share the greeting with Q, because he is originally from West Africa. In an added layer of students-becoming-teachers, the main reason for Q's visit was to gather feedback from a group of Upper School students who had volunteered to be "first readers" of his 400-page manuscript, Witness, about his childhood in war-torn Liberia. Our students' insightful comments and critique of the manuscript helped convince Q that his plan to publish the book for a young adult audience would be a success. Q is deeply committed to saving the children in his home country, and Witness will help in that mission. As Q often says, "All roads lead back to Bancroft." Visit our Facebook page and scroll down for more about Q and Valerie's visits!

Q Karmue '01 and his manuscript readers
Storyteller Valerie Tutson - Click for Video



Cold and flu season is in full swing, and Director of Health Services Janice Morello, RN, would like to kindly remind all students, parents, faculty, and staff of the following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to help stop the spread of illness:

  • If you're sick, please stay home.
  • Do not return to school until symptoms such as fever, chills, feeling very warm, flushed appearance, or sweating have been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine. 

For more details, download: "Everyday Preventive Actions That Can Help Prevent Spread of Germs, Like Flu."



Click to see a slideshow of the remarkable things your children have been up to in the past month!!


Registration is now open for Bancroft K–12 Summer Programs!



February 16-19, Mid-Winter Break

March 8-10, US Musical: "Cabaret" [PG-13]

March 9, PFA Community Dinner

March 14, New York City Bancroft Gathering

March 19-30, Spring Break

April 2, Classes Resume

April 12, Playathon

April 13, PD Day – No Classes

April 16, Patriot's Day, School Closed

April 20-21, Reunion Weekend

May 5, Bancroft Community Yard Sale

May 10, 5th Grade Play 

May 18, PFA Spring Social 

May 28, Memorial Day, School Closed

June 5, LS & MS Closing Ceremonies

June 8, Commencement

June 11, Summer Program Activities Begin


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