Learning for lives of purpose

Two Campuses. One Community.

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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Dock welcomes new faculty
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  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock Mennonite Academy is pleased to welcome the following new faculty members for the 2019-20 school year:

  • Ms. Natalie Slick will teach 3rd grade. Ms. Slick is a recent graduate of Grove City with a B.S. double major in Elementary and Special Education. She is a member of Bridge Community Church in Lansdale.  
  • Mrs. Christine Dando will be one of our Kindergarten teachers. Mrs. Dando has an Associate Degree from Hesston College and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Goshen College. Mrs. Dando has teaching experience in schools in Quakertown, Skippack, and most recently in a Catholic school in Philadelphia. She is a member of Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. 
  • Mrs. Mysel Gomez-Landis will rejoin our team as part-time Middle School Spanish Teacher. She is a Dock graduate and has a B.S. from Eastern Mennonite University.  Mysel taught for several years at our school previously. She attends Calvary Church of Souderton.
  • Mrs. Missy Camilleri will serve as our EC-Grade 8 Librarian. She is a Dock graduate and has a B.A. in Elementary Education with a Reading Concentration from Eastern University. Missy is a member of Deep Run East Mennonite Church. 
  • Mrs. Michele Finger will remain in our Learning Support department for the full year with elementary classes. Mrs. Finger served as our Learning Support long-term sub last year. Mrs. Finger brings experience as both an elementary teacher and learning support teacher in several local districts. She has an M.A. in teaching from the College of New Jersey and attends Bridge Community Church. 
  • Mrs. Rachael Grim will join our Early Childhood program as the Pre-K teacher. She was a student teacher at Dock in Grade 3 with Mrs. Amy Rodriquez last year. She has certification in Pre-K to Grade 4. She worked most recently at Collegeville Bright Horizons. Rachael holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Western Governor’s University and attends an Episcopal church in Harleysville.
  • Mrs. Sandra Curry will be teaching kindergarten during two kindergarten maternity leaves. Mrs. Curry is a parent of a Dock 9th grader and a graduate of Temple University. She has taught a variety of grades in the Central Bucks School District and directed the preschool education program at her church, Keystone Fellowship. 
  • Ms. Maddie Clemens will serve as our high school Social Studies teacher. Maddie is a 2012 Dock graduate and has a B.A. in History from EMU with some additional coursework from Gwynedd Mercy University. She is certified for grades 7-12 in Social Studies. She attends Blooming Glen Mennonite Church.  
  • Mrs. Michelle Sensenig joins our team as the High School Choral Director.  Michelle and her family will move into our area from Chestertown, MD. She has a B.S. in Music Education from Messiah College and a Masters of Music in Music Education from Colorado State University. Michelle has several years teaching experience at Belleville Mennonite School (her alma mater) and taught middle school music at Penn View from 2002-2005. Michelle also spent four years with MCC in Indonesia as Music Lecturer at Satya Wacana Christian University. She worked most recently as choir director and pianist at a church in Chestertown.  
  • Ms. Emily Rush joins Dock as part-time High School English teacher. Emily has a B.A. in English from Bluffton University and is certified in 7-12 Adolescent Young Adult Language Arts. She is a member of West Swamp Mennonite Church.
  • Mr. Andrew Zetts will join the Middle School (7th/8th grade) team. Mr. Zetts has been teaching in the Jenkintown School District since 2013. He holds a Master of Arts in History from Villanova University and a Bachelors of Arts from Eastern University.  Mr. Zetts has certification in 7-12 Social Studies. He attends Salford Mennonite Church.

Pictured (l to r, below): Natalie Slick, 3rd grade; Rachael Grim, Early Childhood; Maddie Clemens ('12), Grades 9-12 Social Studies; Missy Camilleri, EC- Grade 8 Librarian; Mysel Gomez-Landis, Middle School Spanish; Michele Finger, Elementary Learning Support; Michelle Sensenig, Grades 9-12 Music; Emily Rush, Grades 9-12 English; Christine Dando, Kindergarten. Not pictured: Andrew Zetts, Middle School

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Chamber of Commerce builds school ties
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  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

The launch meeting of the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce Professional Development Committee (previously the Education Committee) took place recently. The committee is a collaboration between Chamber members and local schools to provide educational opportunities for both members and students. Dock is grateful to the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce for continuing to build community collaboration and helping to provide educational opportunities for students.

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Middle School gets Chromebooks
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

We are excited to announce that for the 2019-20 school year, our middle school will begin a one-to-one Chromebook program! Each student will be assigned one device, labeled with their name, available each day for use at school.   

Chromebooks are essentially internet browsers in a laptop shell that run Google's Chrome operating system and integrate with Google Apps. Our students and teachers have been using Google accounts and many of their collaborative features for several years, via carts of Chromebooks. As the use of these devices has increased, we began to investigate the option of providing one Chromebook per middle school student instead of having roaming carts. 

Benefits of the one-to-one approach:

  • Increased access to technology resources on a daily basis, not restricted by cart availability.

  • Enhanced ability to integrate learning between various content areas in our PBL model

  • No time wasted in finding and relocating carts

  • More flexibility in use throughout the school day

  • Stronger procedures for teaching responsibility, organization, and accountability for technology use.

  • Better security, privacy controls, and maintenance procedures.

Devices will not go home and will be charged at school overnight. The Chromebook model we chose is the ASUS Flip C302CA for its exceptional build quality, multitouch capability, and other features. Click here for more information on the ASUS Chromebook.

 Our teachers and technology staff are working on guidelines and procedures for middle schoolers. Please watch Schoology for more information about our Middle School 1:1 Chromebook program, expectations, and appropriate uses of technology.

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Audition info for Newsies
  • Arts News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

We have audition information for Newsies, Dock's fall musical!

August 21, 3:15-5:30 pm, Theater
Come sing through the show and ask questions about getting involved! Audition sides will be available.

September 3 and 4, 3:15-5:30 pm, Theater
Open Audition followed by Parent informational Meeting fro 5:30-6:00 pm. Students and parents should come one of the two days.

September 5, 3:15-5:30 pm, Theater
Call Back Audition

Please note the new show dates this year on consecutive weekends, which will allow more people to attend the show. Show dates are November 15-16 and 22-23, 2019.

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SPSO announces 2019-20 season
  • Arts News
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Starting with the 2019-2020 Season, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra is moving its home to the performing arts center at Dock Mennonite Academy's Early Childhood to Grade 8 Campus at 420 Godshall Road in Souderton. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra is the regional professional orchestra for Montgomery and Bucks Counties and surrounding regions and features performances throughout the year of the great masterworks of symphonic music with world-renowned guest artists. For the past decade, the Symphony has performed mainly at Lansdale's Trinity Lutheran Church. 

Audiences for the Orchestra's 2019-20 season will be welcomed to a fully accessible performing arts center with no partial view seating, wonderful acoustics, and a great concert experience. 

"We are thrilled to begin this new partnership with Dock Mennonite Academy, and to bring our audience and music-making to this wonderful hall," said SPSO Music Director Allan R. Scott. The 2019-20 Season is specifically designed to welcome audiences from throughout the region on this new journey with the Symphony. The 48th Season opens on Saturday, September 28 with "A Night in Italy," including memorable opera highlights, Italian film music, and fun Italian songs. The season also includes:

  • "Heroic Beethoven & Bruckner's Romantic Symphony" (November 9)
  • "Mozart in Paris" (March 7) 
  • "Fiesta Latina" (May 9)

Guest soloists include internationally-renowned violinist Robyn Bollinger, acclaimed organist Colin Howland, and several opera stars from throughout the country.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchestra was founded in 1972 as the North Penn Symphony Orchestra. It was created to provide performances of the highest caliber to entertain and educate audiences, and to enhance, enrich, and expand the cultural lives of the residents of the North Penn area. In 2008, the Board of Directors rechristened the orchestra the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra to reflect its new regional focus, professionalism and vision. 

For more information about SPSO, please follow them on Facebook or visit www.spso.info

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Dock rocks Genius Camp
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

Dock middle school teachers, along with several 8th grade students, are participating in Genius Camp at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit this week. One of the highlights so far was a teacher vs. student competition in which each team created an amusement park, complete with lots of rides. Other activities included making brochures with 3D printers, green screens and cameras, as well as sewing shirts and stuffed animals.

The Genius Camp experience brings students and teachers together in a MAKER ENVIRONMENT to take charge of their own ideas and growth with challenging, but fun stations like circuitry and storytelling, robotics, wearable technology and coding. Teachers will leave this week excited to begin implementing maker learning into their classrooms while using questions that encourage students to become independent learners. Students develop the ability to be creative and reflective in their thinking when solving complex problems.

Photo, above: Dock middle school teacher Mrs. Claire Wanamaker ponders a problem-solving exercise with students (clockwise) Julia Rosario, Jonah Kuhn, and Dylan Jernigan during the MCIU's Genius Camp.

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Dock Summer Camp FUN!
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  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

It’s hard to believe that six weeks of Summer Camps are already coming to an end, but what a summer of FUN it has been! Among many other things, our summer campers:

  • Showed incredible creativity, thoughtfulness, and collaboration in creating marble roller coasters complete with steep drops, twists and turns, and loop-de-loops in Design & Build This
  • Fashioned their own homemade binoculars to use as they hiked and explored the EC-Grade 8 Campus Nature Trail in Let’s Go Camping!
  • Made some crazy cool sock and finger puppets in Dock's Got Talent
  • Designed, built, and then tested their own DaVinci Flying Machines during the Discovering DaVinci camp
  • Experienced the wild and wonderful imagination of Dr. Seuss on "Wacky Wednesday" during Seuss Camp
  • Made their own mini-trampolines during Inventors Camp, and became roaring lions at Circus Camp.
  • Developed their skills in basketball, baseball, soccer, flag football, and volleyball during a series of Cal Sports Camps

We have barely scratched the surface of all the fun that our summer campers enjoyed these past six weeks! View some photos from Summer Camps at the link below, and look for more photos and stories on our EC-Grade 8 Facebook page. Be sure to check our web page at dock.org/summercamps to stay in the loop about our 2020 Summer Camps!

2019 Summer Camp Photos

Dock 2019 Summer Camp Lineup

Under the Big Top!

Exploration with STEM/STEAM

The Amazing Race Camp

Culinary Creations

CAL Sports Coed Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, and Sports Explorers

Afternoon Adventures

All Things Summer

Inventor's Workshop

Coed Sports Explorers

Summer with Seuss

Discovering Da Vinci

Rockin' Recreation

Around the World

Dock's Got Talent

Once Upon An Adventure

Skipping Through the Seasons

Let's Go Camping!

Design and Build This!

Gaming Our Way Through Math

Fantasy Land

Get in the STREAM: Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art & Mathematics

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Don't forget your summer reading!
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

As you enjoy the mountains, the beach, and wherever else your summer vacations may take you, please remember to take along a book—specifically, your summer reading assignment! You should have received an email (or else you will shortly) from your faculty book group leader regarding the book you are reading together. In the meantime, here are a few tips as you read:

  • It can be a good idea to add some sticky notes, or write in your book to remind yourself later of what seemed important or interesting when you were reading.
  • Mark or highlight passages that strike you as particularly beautiful or illuminating.
  • Consider how the book relates to or reminds you of your own life, or people you know.
  • Depending on the length of your book, you might want to get started reading soon. Some books are longer than others!

If you have forgotten which book you signed up to read, you can find the list here.

Take some time this summer to read and think deeply, and to enjoy the book you've chosen. We look forward to talking about your book with you when you return to campus in August!

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Technology to help good become great
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  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

A group of Dock faculty, staff, and administrators from both campuses attended the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in Philadelphia June 22-26. ISTE is a passionate community of global educators who believe in the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation and solve tough problems in education. ISTE attendees from Dock included (standing, l to r) EC-Grade 8 Principal Mrs. Bronwyn Histand, EC-Grade 8 Librarian Mrs. Missy Camilleri, Director of Technology Mr. Darwin Zehr, 4th Grade Teacher Mrs. Kipp Glass, 1st grade teacher Mrs. Trish Landis, Grades 9-12 math teacher Mr. Marcelo Mast, Assistant Director of Technology Mr. Jason Sprunger; (kneeling l to r) Grades 9-12 Principal Mr. Martin Wiens and middle school teacher Mr. Nathaniel Freed. Not pictured (because she was taking the photo): Mrs. Sharon Fransen, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction.

Teachers reflected on their ISTE experience and said it is clear that many teachers are "ditching" textbooks in favor of using online resources for student learning. "This means not being tied to a textbook chapter by chapter, but using online projects and resources to target the required content," said Marcelo Mast. Another big takeaway from the conference for him is the emergence of artificial intelligence as the new frontier in technology education. "One seminar focused on ways to use Alexa-type devices in the classroom, both as a tool to retrieve content as well as a means for students to present their findings," he said.

Jason Sprunger was also interested in an area of the show floor that featured iPads with sample classroom material using augmented and virtual reality.

 "This was my first time at ISTE, and it was a whirlwind of new technology—unique displays and screens, 3D Printers, robotics of all kinds, as well all sorts of software for students, teachers and administrators," he said. "Everything here was in the service of improving how kids learn, improving engagement, and fostering an environment of creativity and innovation.

Mast said he was impressed by the number of apps and programs available for teachers to generate classroom learning experiences, and for students to use to demonstrate what they have learned. For example, he saw video programs that create professional-looking short videos based on the topic and basic information a teacher enters. He also was impressed with programs that create animated GIFs that can be incorporated into presentations; a program that students can use to easily create a beat and music; programs to create virtual reality or augmented reality worlds; and many more.  Most of these are free, he added. "It is amazing what students (and teachers) can create!" he said.

Sprunger said the trick is to successfully integrate these technologies and programs into the learning experience. "Technology isn't magical on its own—effective integration is key," he said. "If educators can successfully integrate technology into their classrooms, it can be more than just novelty; it can make us more efficient, expressive, and engaging. At the end of the day, ISTE gave me so many exciting ideas for ways in which technology can boost our learning and make what's good into something that's great."

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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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