- Grades 9 - 12 Campus News
Mennonite College Day
Mennonite College Day was held on Monday, October 7. Four Mennonite Colleges (Bluffton University, Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College, and Hesston College) sent representatives to spend the day at Dock. Students were invited to stop by their tables throughout the day or during lunch to interact with the college representatives. To learn more about their schools, check them out online or plan to visit them soon.
College E-mail addresses Websites Phone numbers
Quarter One ended on Thursday, October 26, and report cards were issued to students on Friday, November 8th at the end of the school day. A students’ report card may be held for a variety of reasons such as overdue books, failure to return a sport uniform, etc. The teacher who holds the report card will issue it when the student has handled their responsibilities to them. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call the Guidance Office.
The SAT should be taken by college-bound students in the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year. The easiest way to register for the SAT is online at www.Collegeboard.com. Students should set up an account with College Board. This will give them access to many tools that are available to support SAT preparation and the college search. There are also helps for parents. This is a recommended site for college-bound students and their parents.
SAT testing dates and registration deadlines are as follows:
Test Date Registration Deadline
March 14, 2020 February 14, 2020
May 2, 2020 April 3, 2020
June 6, 2020 May 8, 2020
Senior Transcripts & Applications
To have your transcript sent to any post-secondary program, seniors will need to fill out a purple transcript release form. The forms are on the front counter in the Guidance Office. Please pay close attention to the application deadlines! You must allow at least 7 days for teachers and staff to write letters of recommendation and process your transcript and application. If you want transcripts sent out before Thanksgiving break, all requests must be made to the Guidance Office by Friday, November 22. Please don’t wait until the last minute!
College and Career Information
Parents navigating the college admissions process got a little boost on October 6 when Dock hosted a College Information Night in Rosenberger Academic Center with the college admission counselors from our Mennonite colleges. Additionally, Mrs. Leaman presented college and career information to juniors when she visited their English classes last month. While all four years in high school are important, the most pivotal year for academic and career decisions is a student's junior year. During their junior year, students take a more comprehensive look at their future beyond high school. All juniors:
- take the PSAT/NMSQT in October and are encouraged to review their test results with their counselor and parents when they receive them in December.
- are welcome to set up a time to meet with Mrs. Leaman about their future career goals, college selection, current academic standing, and selection of their senior year courses.
- should consider taking an SAT preparation course.
- should sign up to take the SAT at least one time during their junior year.
- should develop a list of potential colleges, technical schools, or job opportunities to research.
- who are student athletes, should become familiar with the NCAA Guidelines for Student Athletes, checking to make sure you are meeting the core course requirements and test standards.
- are encouraged to visit the colleges and technical schools that fit their career goals and aspirations.
- should begin to gather financial aid information from any sources available: Dock, the local community, and most importantly, from the educational institutions themselves.
Dock has introduced a new college planning system called SCOIR. SCOIR helps students discover colleges that match their personal as well as academic interests. It is a useful tool for navigating through the college selection process. All juniors were provided a link (https://app.scoir.com/signup?hsid=392149) and invited to create an account with SCOIR. Through your SCOIR account, you also have access to a free career and aptitude assessment. This assessment uses engaging exercises (“brain games”) to identify your natural abilities. As a result, you are matched with careers for which your natural talents will help you excel.
Junior students who become actively involved in the college and career activities listed above will find their senior year to be productive, rewarding, and less stressful.