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Fall Season Bulldog Update

10/4/17 — Dominic Dipersia

We’re now one full month into our Fall Sports season. The Varsity Field Hockey team is off to a fast start this season (5-1, 4-0 EIL), thanks in part to great netminding by Malea Troy’ 21 and top goal scorers Andrea Marguerite ’20 and Co-Captain Riley Burns ’18. Varsity Girls Soccer has rattled off three straight wins with great performances from forward Kaya Dorogi ’20, who has 10 goals and two hat-tricks so far this season! Boys Varsity Soccer continues to improve and develop their young core players. Daniel Freedman ’20 has played exceptionally well in net, with highlights including a 14-save shutout of Williams School and a 21-save performance versus Berwick. The Varsity Golf team has picked up wins against LCA and Berwick this season, with consistent play from Jack Boyd ’19 and Captain Jacob McAllister ’18 at the top two spots. Sisters Page Cassidy ‘20 and Bridgette Cassidy ‘23 have finished in the top three in each of their races so far this season for the Girls Cross Country team, while Ibby Ayyash ’19 and Captain Phil Onffroy ’18 consistently finish as the top runners for Boys Cross Country. The Varsity Volleyball team has started to find their form, winning three straight matches with outstanding play from Co-Captain Eve Phillips ’18!           

The Fall Season rolls on with our 9th Annual Play4TheCure event, which we will celebrate during the month of October. Come out and support the Bulldogs and a great cause! And don’t forget to follow Bulldog Athletics on Twitter @SportsBancroft for highlights and scores. GO BULLDOGS!

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photo by Bart Polhemus

Soccer - Bart PolhemusField Hockey photo by Tom BrossiVolleyball picture by Karla Cinquanta

Posted by in Athletics on Friday October 6, 2017 at 05:08PM
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Space Pirates! 5th Grade Play

Every spring, our fifth graders spend their music and drama classes learning lines and lyrics, and discovering their performing skills with costumes, make-up, lights, and a large audience. With true teamwork, fun, and pride in this culminating Lower School performance event, our fifth grade students wowed the community with a marvelous rendition of Space Pirates! on May 4th and 5th.

The fanciful musical reveals the outer space adventures of Gabby, a girl who gets picked on for being different, and her classmates. As director Rachel Wagner wrote, the story “mirrors the journey these talented, curious, and unique actors have traveled in their fifth grade year. They have worked to value and honor differences in themselves, and others, to find opportunities to change their minds about people and things….” After the play, LS Head Beth Beckmann gave heartfelt thanks to Rachel Wagner, musical director Beth Gondek, the fifth grade teachers and parents, and especially the students, “who showed what hard work, focus, teamwork, and risk taking in front of an audience can look like!” 

The class enhanced their learning this week in a Skype video conference with the play's author!

Posted by in Lower School, Arts, Community on Friday May 12, 2017 at 06:16PM
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Cum Laude Society Induction Ceremony 2017

In a formal ceremony on April 25th, seniors Paris J., Roger L., Sarah N., Divya N., Rose P., and Alejandra W.; along with juniors Jonathan C., Nicholas C., Lindsay I., Philip O., Ryan P., and Chelsea S., became the newest members of this prestigious Cum Laude Society. Modeled after Phi Beta Kappa, the Cum Laude Society honors superior scholastic achievement in secondary school. Each year, Bancroft inducts juniors and seniors who exemplify the three Cum Laude cornerstones of Excellence (Areté), Justice (Diké) and Honor (Timé).

Punctuated by the musical talents of new inductees Paris and Alejandra, the ceremony featured guest speaker Shubh Agrawal, a 2011 Bancroft alumna and Cum Laude member. After waxing nostalgic about the Dining Hall (scene of “many chicken patty sandwiches, learning to crochet with Terry, and passing out carnations”), Shubh shared the lessons she’s learned in the seven years since her own induction, and how her interpretation of excellence, justice, and honor has evolved and expanded. Shubh left her fellow inductees with these words: “Try your best, honor yourself, and commit yourself to making the world a better place for all its inhabitants.” 

Congratulations to the twelve new inductees, who join seniors Lydia C., Jacob F., Alessandra V., and Yehan “Sally” Y., who were inducted in 2016 as juniors.

Posted by in Upper School, Academics on Friday May 12, 2017 at 05:53PM
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Spring Break Global Travel

Over spring break, three student groups traveled abroad to Spain, England, and France. Exposure to diversity at home and abroad builds empathy and understanding. Global travel allows students to immerse themselves in different cultures, practice language skills, visit sites of historical importance, and strengthen connections with people other parts of the world.

Be sure to check our Facebook page for lots more photos from our world travelers!  Meanwhile, here are recaps form these global adventures!

Thirteen Upper School Spanish students and their teachers, Sra. Telenson and Sr. Conner, visited the southern region of Spain. In the mornings the students attended intensive language classes and in the afternoons the group explored Seville, as well as took day trips to Granada and Cadiz. Seeing a Flamenco show, touring the famous Alhambra Palace, and joining together for an impromptu ‘foto’ during a Spanish couple's wedding were just a few highlights of the trip. 

From Londinium to Stonehenge to Bath to the edge of the Roman Empire at Hadrian's Wall, the travelers to England had an amazing time exploring the major sites of Roman Britain with Ms. Silverman and Mrs. Fuller. Along the way, they had opportunities to hold artifacts that ranged from 1,000 to 500,000 years old, go on a Roman soldier patrol, walk on Hadrian's Wall, and have an up close and personal interaction with one of Queen Elizabeth's Royal Horses. They have returned with many stories to tell and memories that will last a lifetime.

This March, a small group of Bancroft students traveled to France with French teachers Monsieur Collet and Monsieur Gal, staying in Paris and in Rennes, Brittany, in the west of France. In the Paris area, they saw the city from two great heights – Montmartre in the north and Le Tour de Montparnasse in the south – and spent time at a number of different artistic and architectural sites, including the Musée D'Orsay, Notre Dame, and the Luxembourg Gardens. Also in Paris, they connected with students from our sister school in Meaux: Caroline Ghanassia, a former Bancroft-Meaux exchange student, and Bancroft alumna Cécilia Vuillermoz. In Rennes, they explored France's 10th largest city, with its wonderful examples of medieval and 18th-century architecture; visited St. Malo, a historic fortified city; and toured Mont Saint Michel, medieval island abbey and UNESCO world heritage site. Students' ability to interact in French improved immensely, and they gained an appreciation of French art and culture.

Posted by in Upper School, Global Engagement on Friday April 7, 2017 at 05:20PM
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Bulldog Update – April 2017

The Upper and Middle School Winter Sports Awards Ceremonies capped off a winter season for the record books. Every winter athlete displayed traits of a champion, including teamwork, perseverance, respect, discipline, grit, and resilience. (Read last month's Shorelines Winter Sports Wrap-Up for details). In the end, senior Emmanuel “Manny” B. finished with 2,246 career points, making him the highest scorer in Bancroft basketball history and the 13th highest scorer in Massachusetts history, and earning him the title of NEPSAC Class D Player of the Year. Wow. 

  • The 2016-17 US and MS Winter Sports Award Winners are listed below.

Spring sports have now begun! ‘Tis the season of Lacrosse (LAX), Softball, Baseball, Tennis, Track & Field, and Crew. Practices are already in session and games are imminent. The boys’ LAX and baseball teams went to Florida on a pre-season trip with trainer Wayne Penniman and coaches Jim Powell (LAX) and Mark O’Brien (baseball). Crew has been taking advantage of the rowing tanks at Holy Cross, as well as getting out on Lake Quinsigamond. They’ll be dedicating their new racing shell on April 11, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at the Donahue Rowing Center in Shrewsbury. All are welcome!


2016-17 Winter MS Sports Awards


Leadership Award – Connor R

Most Improved – Alec M

Coach's Award – Aidan B


Leadership Award – Kevin G

Most Improved – Joshua S, Jake S

Coach’s Award – Mark K 


Leadership Award – Jacob B

Most Improved – Joseph A

Coach’s Award – Aidan B 


Leadership Award: Katerina G-C

Most Improved: Meredith S

Coach’s Award: Sophia J


Leadership Award: Vivian G

Most Improved: Bridgette C

Coach’s Award: Victoria O


2016-17 Winter Us Sports Awards


MVP: Emmanuel B

MIP: Anthony M

Coach’s Award: Steven R , Nicholas L


MVP: Kaya D

MIP: Eli Z

Coach’s Award: Jacob F


MVP: Tyler P

MIP: Ibby A

Coach’s Award: Annabelle H


MVP: Michael K

MIP: Prince C

Coach’s Award: Maxim K


MVP: Andrea M

MIP: Shanez’e J

Coach’s Award: Olivia S


NEPSAC 2017 Class D Semifinalists – Boys Basketball
NEPSAC 2017 Class D New England Player of the Year – Emmanuel B


NEPSAC Class D 1st Team All-New England  – Emmanuel B

NEPSAC Class D 3rd Team All-New England – Anthony M


Emmanuel B – Basketball


Emmanuel B – Basketball

Anthony M – Basketball 


William E – Basketball

Carlo M – Basketball


Tyler P – 9th in 100 Breaststroke

Helen Y – 15th in 100 Breaststroke

Kate D – 16th in 200 Freestyle


Tyler P – 4th in 200 Individual Medley

Dima Z – 3rd in 100 Backstroke

Dima Z – 6th in 100 Butterfly

Jonah K – 8th in 100 Backstroke

Posted by on Friday April 7, 2017 at 03:55PM
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Daily Happenings at Bancroft

The very best way to keep your finger on the pulse of the Bancroft experience is to follow us on social media! Every day we post exciting photos, videos, and snippets of the myriad ways our students are learning, playing, creating, collaborating, serving, and leading! From major accomplishments to simple moments that capture our community’s spirit and values, it’s all there! Follow and Like us today!

Facebook: bancroftschool

Alumni Facebook: bancroftschoolalumni

Twitter: @bancroftschool

Sports Twitter: @sportsbancroft

Instagram: bancroftschool1900

Here’s a sampling of what you'll see and learn about in our recent posts & pics:  

  • 1st graders who created LEGO bridges for the LEGO trucks they’d built
  • 7th grader Jake’s first successful print on the 3D printer he made
  • 8th graders Lucy, Clara, Emma, Stevie, and Pierce’s 1st place state win in Destination Imagination
  • Poetry Expo in the dining hall featuring poems from all grades, faculty, and staff
  • 7 US students who spent spring break in UMass Medical School research labs
  • 11th grader Grace’s two Gold Keys in the Scholastic Arts & Writing Contest 
  • Latin II students sharing original stories with 1st graders
  • Regional Science & Engineering Fair results, including Jose & Grace’s 1st Place Award
  • 5th and 6th grade International Breakfast
  • MS teams’ performance at the Region 3 Destination Imagination Tournament
  • 3 Robodogs teams earning spots at the 2017 World Championships 
  • 4th grade HGP students whose video earned them t-shirts from the Super d! Show
  • And so much more!


Good Kids Doing Great Things

"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 shows them delivering their gifts. Pictured L to R are: Sophia H, Amira C, Mrs. Belanger, Tori O, Tasha T, Maia A, Keeley B, Bridgette C, and Medical Center Director Melissa Luman. “This is a particularly neat story that grew out of something new in the Middle School schedule,” Mrs. Belanger explains. “This year we instituted a once-per-cycle Project Period, a 1.25-hour block of time when the entire grade is free at the same time.”

The grade-level teams decide how they will use their Project Period time. The 6th grade decided to run five-session mini-courses. The girls signed up for Mrs. Belanger's mini-course called The Art of Serving Others. After brainstorming and researching, they knew they wanted to do something for kids in the hospital, and discovered that the UMass Children's Medical Center was asking for donations of homemade craft kits. 

They sponsored a bake sale, a hot chocolate sale, and a dress down day to raise funds and netted $160, which they used to shop for supplies. Then, with kind hearts and lots of collaborative energy, they assembled 50+ kits for making cute critters, journals, friendship bracelets, valentines, and greeting cards. From brainstorm to budget to delivery, these students designed and executed the entire project.

Hospital rules prevented them from distributing gifts directly to the patients, so they left them with Ms. Luman, who promised to get them to the children. “The girls spent the entire car ride back to school from UMass making plans to earn more money, buy more supplies, and put together more craft kits,” said Mrs. Belanger. “It's not over for them. They feel like they've just started."

Posted by in Middle School, Goodness on Friday March 3, 2017 at 02:07PM
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Letter from the Head of School

March 3, 2017

Dear Bancroft Friends,

Earlier this week, having just made the announcement about Lisa Baker, our next Upper School division head, I was feeling very good about the Bancroft community as I left for Baltimore to attend the NAIS Annual Conference. 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’re special. And we are 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 in Maryland, and the next with Bancroft alumni from the Baltimore/DC area. They attended different schools, but they all shared a common enthusiasm about the experiences they wouldn’t otherwise have 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. Each Bancroft alum 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. 

The work we do with students every day, in the moment, is important. It’s not all just prep for college. Kindergarten is kindergarten. Twelfth grade is twelfth grade. Every stage is a distinct experience that has value today. Our faculty, our programs, and our schedule all support students in doing, creating, and learning things that matter to them now. 

Alumni voices are so important to help remind us why we do what we do. The communities we build for them matter to them. They can get together years later, with other alumni of all ages, and they all have a common bond of having been a part of this school.

We are fortunate to be part of the larger architecture of independent education. And we are even more fortunate that the independent school we share is Bancroft. 

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

Posted by in Head of School, Alumni on Friday March 3, 2017
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Beaucoup de Français en Février*

On the heels of our 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 jazz concert led by French actress Irène Jacob for US students, faculty, and special quests (including the bien-aimé Monsieur Gary Mathieu)!

MS Teleconference

Mrs. Belanger’s 7th and 8th grade French students teleconferenced through their iPads with students at the École Sainte Marie in St. Jean-de-Dieu, Quebec. Mrs. Belanger has worked with the school’s MS English teacher for over a year to plan a variety of interactive activities for the students to swap off in English and French. They have exchanged photos, videos, and letters, and their Skype session brought it all together in full swing!

US & Kindergarten Fairy Tales

M. Collet’s French III students are learning the vocabulary and expressions for telling stories and fairy tales in French with some help from their "Consultants" in the kindergarten class, helped the US students brainstorm characters, setting, and plot. Both groups then got to work. Using paper and popsicle sticks, the K students made puppets of the characters, while the older students wrote the stories they had invented together in French and English. Finally, the French III students returned to the kindergarten to act out their stories with the puppets and draw scenes from the stories.

PFA Cultural Series Concert

Joining French actress Irène Jacob (star of films such as The Double Life of Véronique, and the Showtime TV drama The Affair) was her co-composer and virtuoso guitarist brother Francis. US French teacher Flavien Collet , who has known the Jacobs for five years, explains: “Their music is rooted in the French gypsy jazz tradition, punctuated by a worldbeat influence delivered by Senegalese bassist Mamadou Ba, and percussionist Alioune Faye.” The quartet recently released an album, En Bas de Chez Moi (Downstairs at My House), and they took time out of their North American tour to visit Bancroft!

C’etait formidable!

*For our non-French speakers, the title means Lots of French in February!

The Measure of a (Robotic) Bulldog

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 materials to make it look more like a bulldog,” explains Muhammad Y., also as senior. Before they can print the skeleton the 3D model, they needed to how big to make it! Fortunately, there's always a willing volunteer in our wonderful Bancroft community. Enter Roz, one of two English bulldogs owned by the Mann family. Roz's mom Donna was kind enough to bring her in so the students could take Roz's measurements. Roz was a very good girl, and the students were able to gather the data they needed to design their robotic version. Once the robotic bulldog is done, the class will be able to control it wirelessly.

Andrew and Muhammad also both happen to be members of the Robodogs, the US robotics teams that will be competing this weekend at the VEX Robotics Regional Championships*, and hoping to earn spots at Worlds. Asked about the overlap between the competitive robotics activities and the Physical Computing class, Muhammad said, “knowing how mechanisms work is definitely helpful, but there’s a big difference between making a bulldog and making a competition robot. We are learning a lot in this class.”

We look forward to being in the audience when the students finish this exciting class project! 

*See the Robodogs in action this weekend March 4 & 5, 2017! Saturday from 9-4 & Sunday 9-2 (final rounds 2-4:30) in the Surprenant Bldg at Quinsigamond Community College! 

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