Award Year: 2015

Bancroft-Rosalie Elementary School

708 Main Street
Bancroft, NE, 68004-0129

(402) 648-3336

Dr. Jon Cerny, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Bancroft-Rosalie Community Schools

School Website

Bell Award Winner


Striving For Student Growth and Excellence

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 79%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 15%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Elementary students forming GRR- Gotta Be Safe, Responsible, and Respectful

Elementary students forming GRR- Gotta Be Safe, Responsible, and Respectful

Bancroft-Rosalie Elementary School serves the communities of Bancroft and Rosalie in rural northeast Nebraska. Bancroft-Rosalie Elementary is a unique learning environment. Twenty-one percent of the student’s option into the district from nearby school districts. Many of these option students are from families that live on the Omaha Indian Reservation. The school mission is “Striving For Student Growth and Excellence.” The school has two school improvement goals: all students will increase knowledge and skills in math concepts and reasoning, and all students will be provided a multi-tier system of support.

Bancroft-Rosalie Elementary School is a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) school. Expected behaviors are defined, taught, and randomly reinforced. The school utilizes a “Walk to Read” program with small group instruction in the subjects of reading, language, spelling, and math. Students move to the group that is working at their correct level of difficulty. High achieving sixth grade math students take Algebra as seventh graders.

Bancroft-Rosalie Elementary School uses a blended learning model for teaching science utilizing Discovery Education Techbooks. The school is 1:1 with IPads for students in grades 3-6.

The staff is highly collaborative and meets regularly to review student data and plan strategically to accommodate students who may not be mastering objectives. They also work to identify those who might benefit from more advanced instruction. Students with disabilities are fully included. The school adopted a set of scientifically-based interventions that are enabling staff to provide focused remediation for students experiencing difficulties, especially in reading and math.