BDS Alums Square off on Varsity Lacrosse Field
BDS Class of 2010 Alums Josh Roy and Ace Ensign are certainly not strangers to each other on the lacrosse field. Once teammates on BDS’s own 7th and 8th grade boys lacrosse team, the players squared off against each other this past week in a contest between Beaver Country Day and the Bancroft School. Both freshmen this year, the pair has earned the accolade of being selected for their respective Varsity teams this spring. Josh and Ace stared their lacrosse journeys here at BDS under the tutelage of veteran coach Anderson Santos. Santos, who has coached here for the past eight years, has built the lacrosse program from the ground up. With the hard work and dedication of Coach Santos as well as his assistant coach and former BDS associate teacher, Fred Lehmann, Josh and Ace were prepared for the next step on their athletics journey. True to the mission of the school, Josh and Ace are representative of many BDS alums that are "self-motivated, life-long learners who take responsibility for themselves, each other, and the world around them."
Sixth Graders Weave Ropes Course and Water Cycle Curricula, Demonstrate Skills at Sharing Assembly
Echoing the concept of choice, respect and responsibility as a foundation for the sixth grade year, students recently created a way to weave athletics concepts and academics together in a single presentation. True to sixth grade form, students choose to share an abstract rendition of the water cycle for the Grandparents and Special Friends Day Assembly as they have been studying the topic with Mrs. Moriarty. Using people to represent the process, the students acted out how the water cycle takes place. Eager to include their newly mastered ropes course skills, the students choose to represent the heated water molecules that evaporate into the atmosphere by sending a student to climb the “Chopsticks” Ropes Element in the gym. Veteran climber Rena Reppening, volunteered to play the “water molecule,” scaling the large element to show how water evaporates into the air. Once atop the 60-foot element, Rena was slowly lowered down to the earth as she pulled her limbs in to show herself condensing and eventually becoming liquid again. Fellow sixth graders Lachlan MacKenzie, Ishaan Prasad and Gavin Colbert were drawn from a dozen volunteers to participate in the event. Ishaan and Lachlan were “spotters” for Rena, and responsible for moving the element while she begins climbing and is being lowered down. Gavin served as “back-up belay” as he skillfully anchored Coach K while she belayed Rena. Grounded in the safety protocols of the ropes course that are taught in athletics, the sixth grade volunteers expertly displayed an understanding of the responsibility , respect and choice as they preformed during the assembly. The abstract skit was a wonderful example of the intersection of athletics and academics and a proud moment for the entire sixth grade class.
- Eighth grader Eric Juma scored second in the long jump this week with a jump of 13'3".
- Eighth grader and skilled runner Harper Mills had a photo finish in the 400m during Wednesday’s meet against Carroll and Applewild schools. She placed second by .02 seconds!