Student Spotlight: Music Benefits All Bancroft Students

Bancroft Elementary School’s chorus is comprised of students in the fourth and fifth grades who love to sing. There are currently approximately 60 members. Fourth grade students practice Tuesday mornings and fifth grade students practice on Wednesdays. The two groups are combined in the weeks leading up to a concert. Musical literature includes folk repertoire, multicultural music, movie soundtracks, A Capella canons, and classical arrangements. Each genre features two-part harmony, partner singing, and/or unison voices. The chorus’ next performance is on May 23.

The Recorder Ensemble is comprised of students in the fourth and fifth grades who meet once per week before school. Participation in the ensemble provides an additional opportunity beyond music class to improve musicianship, further develop technique skills, and work with peers towards meeting group goals. The students in Orff Ensemble enjoy combining with the  Chorus for concerts. The integration of these groups is a lot of fun. It requires a tremendous amount of focus and practice, but is well worth it in the end when everything comes together!

The Orff Ensemble features 15 dedicated students who arrive to school early one day per cycle to rehearse. For the winter concert they performed three challenging pieces. The students showed off their excellent instrumental technique on xylophones and metallophones on pieces like Shalom Cheverim and the crowd favorite Linus and Lucy. A clear highlight of the concert was when the Orff Ensemble added Latin percussion instruments and rhythms to create an upbeat accompaniment for the chorus’ version of Up on the Housetop. For the Spring concert, the Orff Ensemble hopes to have the same success, performing another exciting music show!

A big thank you to Bancroft Elementary School’s music teachers, Mr. Ben Green and Mrs. Michelle Strickland for all they do for our students!

Please click below to view our recent holiday concert videos.

Holiday Concert Videos

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Holiday Morning Meeting Highlights Students, Pajamas, and Snowmen

Students and staff were treated to class and grade level holiday presentations during Bancroft Elementary School’s holiday morning meeting. Students performed various holiday songs, poems, and even dances. Everyone sang holiday songs along with music teacher, Mrs. Michelle Strickland, and the building leadership team entertained everyone with their rendition of “The Snowman.” It was also announced that the the school-wide pajama drive collected 205 pajamas for children in the Kennett area.

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Student Highlight: Bancroft After School Sports

Bancroft Elementary School’s After School Sports meets on Wednesdays with Mrs. Kamber Real and Mrs. Mallory Smith. The group plays sports and games that work on team building, sportsmanship, and fitness. Some of the games they play are capture the flag, kickball, dodge-ball, ultimate Frisbee, and basketball. It is a great way to participate in physical exercise, while learning how to get along with others and meet new friends.

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American Education Week Grand Finale Door Tour

Bancroft Elementary School students toured the school to observe the wonderfully decorated doors. Each teacher chose their favorite book as the theme for their door decorations. Please watch the gallery slide show above to see each amazing door.

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Fifth Grade Teachers Lead Bancroft All School Morning Meeting

Bancroft Elementary School’s fifth grade teachers led our Morning Meeting as several classes recited poems, sang songs, and even performed a dance for the entire school. The Bancroft Bear made an appearance to remind students how to be respectful, responsible, safe, and to always be the best they can be everyday.

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