Bancroft Students Participate in Chester County Envirothon Competition

Lydia Duckworth, Aydan Heilman, Christina Mathewson, and Zachary Mannices were great representativ13140634_10101565612307498_78211331_nes of Bancroft Elementary School at the 2016 Chester County Envirothon Competition on May 4, 2016. At Hibernia Park, the group competed with groups from across the county after months of studying local flora and fauna, as well as a current issue. At each of the five stations they showed their knowledge in aquatics, wildlife, forestry, invasive species, and outdoor safety. After the stations, all the students watched a presentation on reptiles from a professional who works at a reptile sanctuary in Pennsylvania.

As the first students to ever compete from Bancroft Elementary School the students exceeded their own expectations, scoring excellent performances in the forestry and outdoor safety competitions. In addition, they turned in the Kennett Consolidated School District’s best ever showing in aquatic organisms!


Most importantly, the group learned more about the natural world and the inhabitants with which we share it! We are most certainly Bancroft Proud of this group!

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Bancroft Students Shine at 24 Tournament

The 2016 Math 24 tournament was a fun way to celebrate math! The Math 24 game focuses on mental computational skills, problem solving, and critical thinking. Students in third, fourth, and fifth grades met once a week with Mrs. Smith to practice the game and learn new strategies. Bancroft Elementary School shined at the tournament and had six finalists. Every single one of the participants were respectful, kind, and incredibly hardworking. Way to go, Bancroft!



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KCSD Hosts Second Summer STEM Camp

Attention all fourth and fifth grade students! You are invited to attend the Kennett Consolidated School District’s 2nd annual STEM Camp this summer. We have expanded the program to 60 students. This year’s camp will run for one week for six hours a day. Students will design, build, and test their robots ~ it’s really a great opportunity. Click on the links below for more information!

STEM Flyer–English

STEM Flyer–Spanish

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Bancroft Student Musicians Perform at PMEA String Fest

Congratulations to two of Bancroft Elementary School’s fifth grade students (center and left–front) who were selected to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) String Fest at the Westtown School. Along with other string students from Delaware and Chester Counties, the students practiced for six hours during the day to be ready to perform their pieces that evening for their parents.

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Bancroft Family Plants School Vegetable Garden

Students and staff at Bancoft Elementary School planted a school garden from scratch. Planter boxes were constructed and filled with top soil that was donated by Laurel Valley Soils. Then the vegetable plants, donated by West Chester Food Bank, were added along with water and sunshine. Now we wait for the vegetables to mature. The vegetables will be used in the school’s cafeteria and will be donated to the Kennett Food Cupboard. The garden will be a three-season garden, growing vegetables in the spring, summer, and fall. The garden will also become an outdoor classroom, complete with native plant species and benches.


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Bancroft Celebrates PSSA with Theme Days

The students and staff at Bancroft Elementary School are excited to support the school’s third, fourth, and fifth grade students taking the PSSA in English/language arts and mathematics over the next two weeks by wearing theme day apparel. Each day students should wear specially-picked theme-day clothing to help encourage students taking the PSSA. The schedule for the themes is below. Help support our students taking the PSSA and cheer them on to success!

Bancroft PSSA Theme Days

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Bancroft Participates in Rock Your Socks

Bancroft Elementary School celebrated World Down Syndrome Day on the Friday before Spring Break. Students participated in a “Rock Your Socks” event by wearing fun, colorful socks. Wearing the socks served as a reminder that every person is unique, every person is special and every person needs to be included.

Rock socks Miss Painter's class

Rock socks Mrs. McDonnel's class

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Bancroft Earns All Blue Ribbons at Chester County Reading Olympic Competition

All three of Bancroft Elementary School’s fifth grade Reading Olympic teams won blue ribbons – the hiBE Reading Oylmpics3ghest award – at the Chester County Reading Olympic competition. The Bancroft Brilliant Brains, Dragon Hurricanes, and Lightning Bolts competed with teams from other southern Chester County schools. Bancroft Elementary School’s teams demonstrated that they understood the 45 different books they read since September by answering comprehension questions about the books.

Reading Olympics is a reading incentive program intended to encourage students to read books from a variety of literary genres and answer comprehension questions in a team competition. Each team participates in three rounds of questioning. Teams have 20 seconds to provide the correct answer before the other team can answer and steal the point. By working as a team, students learn how to work cooperatively and depend on each other. Some students actually read all 45 books on the list, while others read a portion of the total 45. But everyone commits to be an expert on at least some of the books.BE Reading Oylmpics2BE Reading Oylmpics

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