Student Clubs and Organizations
One of the best ways for Upper School students to develop leadership skills is through participation in a student organization, and Bancroft US students have more than 30 to choose from. Most of these clubs and organizations are open to all (a few require running for election), and each has a faculty advisor to guide and support the students’ efforts.
Click the categories below to see the clubs and organizations in your area of interest:
2017-18 Student Council
Faculty Sponsor: Jane Merritt
Elections for Student Council are held each year in May. The Student Council meets weekly to oversee student government, communicate student concerns and suggestions to the administration, and coordinate fundraisers.
President: Akash Koul
Grade 12: Emily Berthiaume, Karan Mehta
Grade 11: Eleanor Li, Esther Merritt-Boone
Grade 10: Laila El-Samra, Andrew Stahovec
Grade 9: Blake Brote & Colin Cui
2017-18 Activities Board
Faculty Sponsors: James Dickison, Taryn Surabian
Members of the Student Activities Board meet weekly to coordinate social events, competitions, and all club activities. Elections for Activities Board are held each May.
Chair: Grace Lyons
Grade 12: Miles Barker, Ben Niose
Grade 11: Paige Dawson, Annabelle Huffman
Grade 10: Abbey Cranford, Kaya Dorogi
Grade 9: Sophia Jacobson & Malea Troy
2017-18 Disciplinary Committee
Faculty Sponsor: Christian Gal
Five elected students and one faculty member make up the Disciplinary Committee. They meet as needed to address concerns from the administration and student body regarding disciplinary matters. Elections for Discipline Committee are held each May.
Chair: Philip Onffroy
Grade 12: Abigail Roering
Grade 11: Hamilton Huang
Grade 10: Maxwell Onffroy
Grade 9: Maggie Gallagher
The SGA's formal role is clearly described in the Constitution of the Bancroft Upper School Student Government Association.
CARE (Children's Arts and Recreational Experience)
Faculty Sponsor: Jane Merritt
Organized and staffed by upper school students, CARE is a mentoring program for children with moderate special needs. CARE activities take place at Bancroft on Saturdays in the fall and spring.
Faculty Sponsor: Jane Merritt
Organized and staffed by upper school students, Horizons is a theater program for children and teens with moderate special needs. The Horizons group puts on a play in the fall and spring in the Harrington Theatre at Bancroft.
Faculty Sponsor: Mary Bagley, Gail Buckley
Members of Big Buddies are selected each spring and matched with freshmen and students new to the Upper School the following fall. The Big Buddies help their Little Buddies become acquainted with and integrated into the Bancroft community during several Buddy activities in the month of September.
Faculty Sponsor: TBA
Bancroft Hosts are recruited through the Admissions Office. Hosts are student volunteers who pair up with prospective students and guide them through a day of classes.
Faculty Sponsor: TBA
Tour Guides are recruited through the Admission Office and trained to escort parents of prospective students and other visitors around the campus.
Table de Français
Faculty Sponsor: Flavien Collet
Students in Table de Français meet every other week to explore French culture through films, games, and fundraisers for various causes in French-speaking countries. Recently, Table de Français donated to a school in Rwanda and an orphanage in Haiti.
Asian Culture Club
Faculty Sponsor: Fanfei Kong
Students meet every other week to experience Asian Culture, enjoy Asian food and Asian movies and other forms of entertainment.
Faculty Sponsor: Jaime L’Heureux
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Faculty Sponsor: Blaise DeSouza
Math students meet weekly for practice and then participate in several interscholastic competitions throughout the region.
Faculty Sponsor: Elisa Heinricher
The Robotics Team meets multiple days every week to build, program, and drive robots for use in interscholastic competitions such as the Vex Robotics Challenge. WPI mentors work closely with club members to guide instruction. Visit the Robotics web page.
Faculty Sponsors: Pam Sheldon, Chris Sheldon
The Speech Team competes in interscholastic tournaments in Massachusetts and around the country. Students may compete in 16 different speech events that range from acting to public speaking to interpretive reading. Over our 10-year history we have qualified over 65 students to the national tournament, including one national champion and four national finalists. Visit the Speech Team's website.
A Cappella: Decibelles & Watch Your Tone
Faculty Sponsor: Beth Gondek
In Bancroft’s two a cappella groups, Decibelles (all girls) and Watch Your Tone (coed), students sing together without instrumental accompaniment. All are invited to audition.
Faculty Sponsor: William Chambers
Art Club is a time for relaxation and stress relief through art! Art Club is great for students wanting to further their knowledge of the arts and to work with other artists in order to gain inspiration or learn from their pieces.
Drama: Powder & Wig
Faculty Sponsor: Paul Belanger
Powder & Wig’s major endeavor of the year is producing the fall drama and spring musical. Other activities include planning an evening of student directed 10–minute plays and an annual trip to New York City.
Faculty Sponsor: Nadine Telenson
The Gourmet Club promotes the culinary arts in everyday life by learning new recipes, skills, and approaches to cooking. Meeting weekly in the upper school kitchen, they prepare an array of delicious and fun dishes.
Faculty Sponsor: Martha Fortier
Unleashed provides an opportunity for student voice in a regularly occurring publication in order to promote a more unified community, showcase and celebrate student work and achievements, and report to the student body about Upper School happenings.
Yearbook: Layout & Photo Editors
Faculty Sponsors: Kate Sheridan, John Beauregard, David Conner
The editorial board of Blue Moon, the Bancroft yearbook, meets twice a week. The members coordinate design and execution of the book, raise money, obtain sponsors, collect photographs, and generally organize the year's events for recording in the yearbook.
Environmental Outdoors Club
Faculty Sponsor: Brian Kondek, Karen Fuller
EOC meets weekly to discuss plans to educate and promote sustainability issues within the Bancroft community and beyond. Activities sponsored by EOC have included recycling programs and all-school Earth Day events.
Frame of Mind
Faculty Sponsor: Carol Botty
Frame of Mind members are leaders in the effort to recognize mental illness as a mainstream health issue. Students, along with School Counselor Carol Botty and the Youth Outreach Coordinator from the Shine Initiative, are in charge of creating, coordinating, and implementing mental wellness campaigns throughout the School.
Gender & Sexuality Alliance
Faculty Sponsor: David Conner
The GSA serves to provide a safe accepting community where all students are welcome. Students in the GSA advocate for tolerance and acceptance irrespective of sexuality at Bancroft and the world beyond. They regularly take part in discussions and events pertaining to a variety of issues.
Peer Leadership Association
Faculty Sponsor: Martha Hosey
PLA works to create an inclusive, safe, comfortable, and supportive environment for all students throughout the community. PLA will work with each division in the School to raise awareness on the issues of prejudice, racism, and inequality.
Social Concerns Committee
Faculty Sponsor: Amy Pearson
Members of the Social Concerns Committee organize volunteer efforts to assist community social service agencies, particularly the Worcester Partnership.
Faculty Sponsors: Jane Merritt, Nadine Telenson
Prom Committee meets weekly to raise funds, plan the location, theme, food, and decor for the annual Prom, a formal dance for juniors and seniors that occurs in April.