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From the first day of preschool until graduation, each Dock student is nurtured by a community that serves as an extension of family. Teachers are caring and supportive. Parents are thoughtful and involved. Peers inspire and encourage. At Dock you will find a true community of learners.

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Countdown to the Country Fair & Auction!
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

The countdown is on...just one week until our 58th Annual Country Fair & Auction kicks off! Come join the fun next Friday and Saturday, May 17-18 at Dock's EC- Grade 8 Campus in Souderton! 

  • Have you had an opportunity to review the 100+ items up for bid next Friday, May 17, at 6:00 p.m.? Here's your chance to peruse the LIVE AUCTION CATALOG and plan your bidding strategy!

LIVE Auction Catalog

  • Our ONLINE AUCTION runs through Monday, May 20. Lots of great items for you to bid on here as well!

ONLINE Auction Catalog

  • We still need quite a few volunteers to help at various stations. Volunteering is fun...can you help out?

SIGN UP to volunteer

  • This is your last chance to sign up your squad to compete in our Dodgeball & Donuts Tournament on Saturday, May 18. Great dodgeball action, great donuts, big fun!

REGISTER your Dodgeball team

  • Don't miss our locally famous BBQ Chicken! It is delicious, and a great value! You can have dinner on site at the EC-Grade 8 Campus on Friday, May 17 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM. Chicken, strawberry pies and more can also be purchased at our CHICKEN DRIVE-THRU on Friday only from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. The Drive-Thru is located at Franconia Mennonite Church on Route 113.

MENU for Chicken Drive-Thru

PLUS: Helicopter Candy Drop, Kids Games, Pony Rides, V4 Trampoline, Chicken Corn Soup, Burgers, Sausage and Peppers, Face Painting, Photo Booth, Live Music, Strawberry Pie, Funnel Cake, Waffles and Ice Cream, Moon Bounce, FREE Shuttle Parking and Much, Much MORE!

Visit our Country Fair & Auction web page

for schedules, menus and other details

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Athletes make college commitments
  • Athletic News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock Athletics hosted an event on Wednesday, May 8, to recognize student-athletes who have been recruited by a college coach, and have committed to playing their sport at the college level. Congratulations to these Dock student-athletes:

Macy Balmer – NCAA D3 – Field Hockey – Lancaster Bible College. Parents: Jen and Dwane Balmer

Theresa Beck – NCAA D3 – Softball – Cairn University. Parents: Katie and Doug Beck

Nolan Bolton – NCAA D1 – Baseball – Liberty University. Parents: Lori and Todd Bolton

Brooke Bozarth – NCAA D3 – Basketball and Soccer – Hood College. Parents: Tracy and Bob Bozarth

Mason Fisher – NCAA D3 – Baseball – Moravian College. Parents: Lisa and Keith Fisher

Mason Keller – NCAA D3 – Baseball – Immaculata University. Parents: Andrea and Kurt Keller

Austin Nice – NCAA D2 – Track and Field – East Stroudsburg University. Parents: Linda and Kevin Nice

Kate Strickland – NCAA D2 – Field Hockey – Millersville University. Parents: Bob and Anna Strickland

The event also featured video highlights from each athlete's career, and a reception was held afterward. Dock wishes all of our student-athletes success as they continue their playing careers!

Pictured, standing l to r: Mason Keller, Theresa Beck, Austin Nice. Seated l to r: Macy Balmer, Brooke Bozarth, Kate Strickland, Nolan Bolton, Mason Fisher.

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Alum speaks to class about hate crimes
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Sophomores in Mrs. Grega's English class have been studying Hate Crimes in the United States this year, with a particular focus on how media and law enforcement actions impact individuals and society in general. In April, Mrs. Gwen Eagleton from Dock Woods hosted the students as she shared about her experiences growing up in the Atlanta area in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, and how racial regulations and expectations impacted her life.

On May 2, Officer Donovan Sobetsky, a 2010 Dock grad and a police officer in Norristown with past police experience in Philadelphia, shared with students and several faculty his personal experiences in law enforcement. Both Miss Gwen and Officer Sobetsky's insights enhanced our understanding of the complex issues related to race, police actions and civil rights. The discussions were rich and enabled students to see issues from different perspectives and respect the views of others.

 

Photo: Back row Tabitha Bennefield, Officer Donovan Sobetsky, Steven Martin and Dylan Osborn. Front: Dallas Wilder, Elyssa Bochnowicz, and Jeremiah Kim

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Inter-Generational Art Show opens Tuesday
  • Arts News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Make plans to attend Dock's 20th Intergenerational Art Show and enjoy drawings from 6th graders TJ Seiders, Lela Martin, Damia Park, Danny Emr, Sadie Bernd, Lily Hunsberger, 7th grader Michaella Labrum, and 8th grader Steven Liu. In addition, the traditional Pennsylvania German art forms of fraktur and sgraffito will be on view from 8th graders Lydia Hwang, Ainsley Moyer, Zach Frederick, and Sophia Kim. 

Everyone is invited to the opening reception on Tuesday, May 7 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. at the Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA 19438. We'll be honored to once again have Select Strings (above) provide the music for our opening reception. If you can't make it for the reception, stop by to see the display between May 7 and May 24 during gallery hours (Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

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Senior Recital is May 28
  • Arts News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

A Senior Recital is being hosted by the Site Council (formerly Parent Teacher Fellowship) on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Longacre Center's Clemens Theater. This is an opportunity to celebrate the musical gifts of the Class of 2019. Please come out and enjoy an evening filled with music and art from our seniors. Refreshments will follow. All Dock students and parents are invited to attend this event!

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Dock's Spring Drama is must-see theater
  • Arts News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

The reviews are in for Dock's spring drama:
"So much fun!"
"Worth seeing!"
"I still have a smile on my face..."
"Refreshing, upbeat—a great weekend pick-me-up!"

You have two more opportunities to see these three one-act plays—"Much Ado About Nothing," "A Mad Breakfast" and "The Lost Elevator"—that will leave you in stitches, TONIGHT and Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

Purchase tickets

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CFA is just around the corner!
  • All School News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

The 58th Annual Country Fair and Auction is just around the corner, coming up on Friday May 17 and Saturday May 18 on Dock's EC-Grade 8 Campus in Souderton. This is our largest (and most FUN) fundraiser of the year, and we would love to see every Dock family involved! Here are some of the ways you can help make this event a huge success:

  • Sign up to play Dodgeball Saturday 8:30-11:30 AM (pre-registration required / teams of 5):  Dodgeball Tournament Sign Up
  • Sign up to PREORDER Homemade Donuts for Saturday AM (PREORDER ENDS MAY 1): PREORDER DONUTS: CLICK HERE
  • Like, Share, and Tag people on our Dock 58th Annual Facebook Event Page: Dock 58th Annual Country Fair and Auction Event Page CLICK HERE
  • We need YOU to sign up to volunteer: SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER HERE (High School students, if you need hours for NHS or other service requirement, this is a great opportunity to get them)
  • Support our live and online auctions by bidding on some of the great items. You can see them on our Facebook page, and soon you will be able to link to them from our CFA web page.
  • Live Auction is Friday May 17 at 6 PM in the Elementary Gym (Live Music 5:30-6PM prior to the Auction)
  • Online Auction runs May 3-20. Stay tuned for a link to the Online Auction!
  • Tell friends by word of mouth, hand out brochures or flyers, share web page and FB posts

LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION ITEMS 2019 CLICK HERE

CFA WEB PAGE CLICK HERE

 

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May Guidance Newsletter
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

AP Testing

Beginning the week of May 6th through May 17th the guidance office will be administering AP tests.  There will be 145 tests administered to students who have registered for 20 different AP tests.     

Student Elections

Beginning the week of May 6, student application packets for those wishing to run for Senate or as a class officer will be available in the Guidance Office.  The application needs to be completed and returned to the designated advisor by May 15.  Elections will be held on May 23

Senior Surveys

Mrs. Leaman will be surveying all seniors in May to gather post-graduation plans, which will include scholarships and award information. As information is available to you, please inform the Guidance Office.  The awards convocation is scheduled for May 30. To have your information included, it must be submitted by May 24.

Senior Recital

A senior recital will be held on Tuesday, May 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Longacre Theater. Please come out and enjoy an evening filled with music and art from our seniors. Refreshments will follow. All Dock students and parents are invited to attend this event!

Student Profile Form Updates

Students will be given the opportunity to update their student profile forms this month. The forms are used to track extra-curricular activities, awards, career interests, reference information, and school reflections over the four years students are here. All students are encouraged to self-report information about school, church, community, and family activities.

The Student profile forms are used in several different ways:

  • The National Honor Society selection committee uses these forms to assist in determining NHS selection.
  • The Guidance Office uses them to disperse information about colleges and careers to students who have expressed an interest and in discerning awards and college scholarships.
  • Faculty references this information to assist in writing letters of recommendation.
  • Students refer to this information while filling out college resumes, applying for scholarships and college applications, etc.
  • Teachers and committees use this to determine student awards.

Schedules

2019-2020 schedules will be handed out in mid-May.  It is important that each student and parent look over the academic schedule for next year. Review your schedule using the curriculum guide for the 2019-2020 school year (https://www.dock.org/academics/curriculum/curriculum-guide). The guidance counselors are available to review schedules with students.  This is particularly important for next year's juniors and seniors.  Schedules should be completed before the beginning of the new school year. All schedules need to be finalized for the year by the end of the 1st week of school. Any exceptions will require teacher, parent, and guidance counselor approval.

Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors

It's not too late to apply for the following scholarships! Applications are available in the Guidance Office and must be submitted by May 15.

  • The Daniel J. Reinford Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior at Dock who will be attending a Mennonite college or university. It is based on financial need, grades, and contribution to campus life.
  • The Travis Bechtel Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by Baum, Smith & Clemens, LLP, is awarded to a graduating senior at Dock planning to major in business, excelling in academics, athletics, and business.
  • The Skippack Lions Club Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior residing in Skippack Township who plans to attend an accredited institution. The recipient must excel in academics and be involved in community activities.
  • The Delaware Valley MEDA Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior planning to attend an Anabaptist school to pursue a degree in business/management. The recipient must be an active participant in a local church within the program's constituent denominations.

 Career/Work Study

Any student who would like to be involved in the Career/Work Study Program next year must have their application submitted to Mrs. Leaman by May 24

College Visits

Next years' juniors and seniors should try to take time this summer to visit colleges.  It's best to visit colleges when they are in session, however, the summer time would allow you the opportunity to do some initial investigating. Hopefully, a second visit can happen in the fall if you are attracted to the college.  Rising juniors, it is time to gather and review colleges of interest and upcoming seniors, you should have four to six colleges selected to send applications to in the fall. 

Senior Experience

Juniors, have you started to plan for your Senior Experience? It is not too early to begin the process of making connections for your experience.  If you plan to job shadow or go on a service trip, working ahead will benefit you and your selected host. 

Emergency Information

Parents, it is important that you call the school with any changes that affect your child's emergency information.  Your contact information and current student health-related issues need to be continually updated.  Please call 215-362-2675 and speak to Ms. Gehman or the Guidance Office.

Academic Recognitions

As we have done in the past, we will honor students at graduation with three categories:

    Cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 3.70 – 3.84

    Magna cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 3.85 - 3.99

    Summa cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 4.00 and above

Summer Enrichment

Looking for things to do this summer? Check out the kiosk in Rosenberger Center for ideas! Enrichment activities look impressive on the college resume. See your Guidance Counselor if you have questions.

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Purpose Beyond Academics

On the field, court and stage—these are the places where memories are made. At Dock, the arts, athletics, and other co-curricular opportunities are an essential component of the learning experience.

Athletics

Play here. Excel here. Win here.

Theater

Follow your passion here.

The Arts

We celebrate creativity here!

Robotics

Learn technology here.

Music

Find your beat here.

Dock By The Numbers

88%

of students receive financial aid or discounts

Aid can include direct support from Dock or assistance from churches

95%

Percentage of graduates who attend college

Others take a gap year for service or enter the workforce

75%

Percentage of Faculty with Advanced Degrees

Dock strives to develop a life-long love of learning—and our faculty lead the way.

12:1

Faculty to Student Ratio

Class sizes offer opportunities for quality teacher-student interaction and individual attention

8

countries represented

A global perspective is a strength of the Dock experience

134

churches represented

Dock serves many other denominations; less than half of our students are Mennonite

99%

Percentage of students who participate in a co-curricular activity

From athletics to music to drama to robotics and more, students have rich opportunities beyond the classroom

33%

Percentage of students annually who take and pass at least one AP Exam

Our faculty encourage students to stretch themselves to reach their full potential

66%

Percentage of students participating in one or more sports

Student-athletes find excellent opportunities to participate in spor(s) they love, even as freshmen

102

Number of league championships claimed by Dock teams

The Bicentennial Athletic League provides strong competition from both public and private schools
We love our school! It has a Mennonite heart with solid, serious academics, beautiful families and children, and a superb high school.
Jenny Fujita, with daughters Pi'ikea (6th grade, right) and La'akea (10th grade)
My experience at Dock has been amazing. The opportunities provided here are great for helping you figure out what interests you most! I have participated in a wide range of activities—from ceramics to sports to student government. I am truly grateful for the ways Dock has allowed me to express who I am and discover my unique qualities.
Lindsey Bernd '18
When my daughter graduated from Dock she was totally prepared for college. The level of academics gave her a sense of achieving her goals, and her self-esteem soared. Homework was heavy, but if your child plans to go to college, he/she will be totally prepared. I found the teachers to be attentive to the students, and available to parents, even on short notice. We lived quite a distance from Dock, but with the level of academics and teacher-parent involvement, it was worth the commute and tuition.parent review on greatschools.org
We have two children at Dock's EC-Grade 8 campus. We have been very happy with our experience. The teachers are great! They care about the students, and the students can feel it; I believe this helps them succeed. Every child has a gift, and Dock allows that gift to grow; children are encouraged to find and nurture their gift. We feel blessed that our children can attend Dock Mennonite Academy.The O'Rourke's, EC-Grade 8 parents
I fell in love before I even stepped out of the car. I saw the wide open campus and thought it would be amazing to walk outside from class to class. The style of teaching is so different; hands-on and interactive, so students actually pay attention to what is being taught. I realized I could play soccer and create the art I was always interested in, and be completely devoted to both. I was sold—I made my decision to join the Dock Class of 2017.Mia Bevilacqua '17

"Teachers expressed genuine concern for each of our children through words and actions. They recognized the individual qualities, traits, and strengths of each child and focused on their spiritual, academic, social, and athletic qualities."

Jim and Suzanne Gunden, parents of Michael ('16), Erica ('18), and Gabriel ('22) 

"We give thanks to God for the friends, faculty, and experiences that have shaped each of our children. It is so rewarding to see what God has created in them. From establishing a Christian foundation in grade school, to encouraging and creating service opportunities, to living out their faith in high school, Dock has partnered with us as our children have matured over the past 16 years."

Howard and Bonnie Anderson, parents of Lauren ('14), Haley ('16), Brian ('18) and Jonathan ('20)

"One of the best decisions we’ve ever made was to send our girls to Dock. You provide kids with a holistic and individualized education and you help them to recognize their abilities and their limitless potential. Emma is a different person today than she was walking into that school in September. We are so grateful to all of her teachers.  Each one made an impact on her—that’s not an exaggeration."

Tim and Erica Celenza, parents of Emma ('22, bottom right) singing during the 8th Grade Celebration on June 7, 2018 

"Olivia is thriving at Dock. She knew she was home the first time she toured the campus. We appreciate the fact that it’s OK for our girls to speak about their faith, to ask questions about what they believe in. Our girls are growing spiritually and building a stronger relationship with God, and they see that we all have a role to play in changing our world. The teachers at Dock are sincerely interested in and care about our girls. What you all do is very important—it goes beyond textbooks. Olivia and Emma are happy."

Tim and Erica Celenza, parents of Olivia ('20, far left), performing in Dock's 2017 fall musical, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  

Purpose That Inspires

We believe that school should inspire students—and parents. Our faculty create a challenging but supportive environment that makes students want to learn, but also provide a meaningful faith context for learning. That's what learning for lives of purpose is all about.

Beyond Dock: Lives of Purpose

Investment in a Dock education begins yielding a return almost immediately, as graduates place a high value on their high school experience and discover they are exceptionally well-prepared for college. Yet the dividends continue to grow for a lifetime.

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