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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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November Guidance Office Newsletter
  • 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

Bluffton University                      admissions@bluffton.edu       http://www.bluffton.edu/           1-800-488-3257

Eastern Mennonite Univ.             admiss@emu.edu                  http://www.emu.edu/                1-800-432-4000

Goshen College                          admissions@goshen.edu        http://www.goshen.edu/            1-800-348-7422

Hesston College                         admissions@hesston.edu       http://www.hesston.edu/            1-800-995-2757

Bethel College                           admissions@bethelks.edu      http://www.bethelks.edu/            1-800-522-1887

 

Report Cards

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. 

SAT Information

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. 

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Middle School Expo Night
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

A packed house of parents, grandparents, siblings, family and friends were treated to an informative and energized EXPO Night last evening! EXPO Night was a showcase of the projects, presentations and other creative work our students have been engaged in during the first quarter of the school year. Our teachers and students worked hard together this quarter and their passion for learning was on display last night. Congratulations to all of our Middle Schoolers for their great work!

See More Expo Night photos

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Spanish I culinary adventures
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Students in Mrs. Marlene Michel's Spanish I classes went on a culinary adventure today, preparing a variety of foods from Spanish-speaking countries. There were 13 Spanish-speaking countries represented, with dishes ranging from empanadas to churros to fried plantains. Students translated the recipes from English to Spanish, created posters for their dish, and then prepared the food in Dock's Family & Consumer Sciences lab. The dishes turned out exceptionally well, and tasting all of the creations was (almost) better than getting an "A"! 

See more photos from Mrs. Michel's 5th period Spanish 1 class

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Local author visits Dock English classes
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Tiffany Schmidt, a Doylestown-based author with six published novels (and more to come), shared with Dock students recently about the process of writing a book. Schmidt spent a lot of time talking about the process of writing (and rewriting), the inspiration and research required to write a book, the working relationship between writer, editor, and publisher. She answered questions about book contracts and how she gets paid, the importance of the cover (and whether she has any input into cover and other illustrations), and more. You can learn more about Tiffany at her website, TiffanySchmidt.com

 

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Homecoming & Family Weekend 2019
  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock has lined up an amazing schedule of fun activities for its 2019 Homecoming & Family Weekend! There will be something fun or educational for every age:

10:00 AM – Dock Disc Golf Open – meet at Field House

11:00 AM  – Color Fun Run (5K – walk or run) – Varsity Baseball Field Register to run!

12:00 NOON – Lunch (Stadium area – field house)

12:30 – 3:00 PM – Admissions Open House and Tours (Longacre Commons)

12:30 PM – Franklin Institute Chemistry Road Show (Library)

1:00 – 3:00 PM – STEM Fest (Rosenberger Academic Center/RAC lawn) RSVP for this FREE event!

Electrical Circuits, Environmental Science, Bubbleology, Robotics and drone demonstrations, hands-on chemistry, 3D Printer demonstrations, K'NEX/LEGO Stations, and more 

3:00 - 5:00 PM – 3v3 Round Robin Basketball Tournament (Longacre Gym) Register your team

Most of these events are FREE and are open to the public.

Learn more

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October Guidance Office Newsletter
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Guidance Office: October News

Mennonite College Day

Monday, October 7 is Mennonite College Day. Representatives from the Mennonite colleges will be on campus to spend the day with Dock students. Students are encouraged to stop by their tables throughout the day or during lunch to interact with the college representatives. To learn more about their schools, please check them out online or plan to visit them soon.

College                      E-mail addresses            Websites                         Phone numbers

Bluffton University  admissions@bluffton.edu     http://www.bluffton.edu/    1-800-488-3257

Eastern Mennonite Univ.   admiss@emu.edu     http://www.emu.edu/         1-800-368-2665

Goshen College     admissions@goshen.edu     http://www.goshen.edu/    1-800-348-7422

Hesston College    admissions@hesston.edu     http://www.hesston.edu/   1-800-995-2757

Bethel College      admissions@bethelks.edu     http://www.bethelks.edu/   1-800-522-1887

College Information Night

Dock is hosting a College Information Night on Sunday, October 6 from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Rosenberger Academic Center, Room 102. Admission counselors from our Mennonite colleges will give valuable information on topics such as: the admission process, scholarship opportunities, benefits of attending a Christian school, service opportunities, and studying abroad. Following the presentation, there will be a time for you to meet individually with the representatives from Bluffton College, Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College, and Hesston College. Refreshments will be provided. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the Guidance Office at 215-362-2675, ext. 601 or jlswartley@dock.org.

College representatives

Over the next several months, approximately 20-25 college representatives will visit Dock. Daily announcements will inform students which schools are visiting, and a flyer is posted on the kiosk outside the Guidance Office. College representatives will have information available in the cafeteria foyer during the lunch period.

Fall College Fairs

The National Christian College Fair will be held Tuesday, October 22 from 10:30 to 12:30 at Plumstead Christian School. Juniors interested in attending the fair please sign up in the Guidance Office by Tuesday, October 15. If we get enough interest, we will be taking a sprinter to the fair. There is limited seating so those who sign up first will go. See Mrs. Leaman if you have any questions! More information about the fair is available at http://myblueprintstory.com/christian-college-fairs/ or call 888-423-2477. For more college fair options, see the list posted on the kiosk outside the Guidance Office.

College Visitation

Seniors and juniors are permitted three excused college visits per year. It is important to bring in a parental note before the visit. Students are expected to contact their teachers and be responsible for academic work missed while on their trip.

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) is sponsoring a free bus visit to EMU November 14-16 for juniors and seniors. There will be opportunity to stay in the dorms, observe classes, meet professors, tour the campus, and more! Stop by the Guidance Office for more information.

Seniors: College Application Process:

It is the season for you to request your high school transcript for college. Mr. Kabakjian visited your English Class and went over the process, and now he encourages you to come and see him directly for additional support. Last year as a junior, college options were explored. Today, you should be organizing your priority list. The Guidance Office is open and looking forward to helping you in the college application process. It is important that you sign a release form for the transcript to be sent to your college choice. If you are using Common Application, contact your teachers to request letters of recommendation and to make sure you are using their correct email address. Mr. Kabakjian's email address for Common App is kdkabakjian@dock.org.

Juniors: Plan Your Education

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.  Juniors and their parents are welcome to make an appointment to talk with Mrs. Leaman about college and career options. Listed below are several websites to think about career options.

Testing Information

Juniors and Sophomores: The PSAT is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16.  All juniors will report to the cafeteria at 7:45 a.m. to take this exam. This is the first step in entering the scholarship programs conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Guidance will distribute the PSAT booklets when they become available.

The Guidance Office also invites sophomores to take the PSAT. However, there is a $20 fee for sophomores. Sophomores can register in the Guidance Office on or before Friday, September 27. A check needs to be made out to Dock Mennonite Academy when a student registers. Mr. Kabakjian will be visiting sophomore classes to give the students information.  Sophomores do not qualify for scholarships, but it is good practice for their junior year. All students taking this exam will need two #2 pencils and an approved calculator.

Seniors: Mr. Kabakjian will be visiting senior English classes in September to go over the college application process.

SAT Information
 

Test Date                      Registration Deadline

October 5, 2019             September 6, 2019

November 2, 2019         October 3, 2019

December 7, 2019         November 8, 2019

March 14, 2020             February 14, 2020

May 2, 2020                  April 3, 2020

June 6, 2020                 May 8, 2020

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.

AP Test Registration Reminder

All students in an AP class starting before November 15th who want to take an exam will need to register online and make payment of $95 per test to the Guidance Office by October 4th. Contact Mr. Kabakjian if you have any questions.

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Mennonite College Day
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock hosted Mennonite College Day on Monday, October 7. Representatives from four of the Mennonite colleges were on campus to spend the day with Dock students. The college reps led chapel, where they played a game show with students designed to inform them about the academic and co-curricular opportunities at each school. Students were then invited to visit with the reps at tables set up outside the cafeteria and in Rosenberger Commons throughout the day.

Participating college reps included Meg Short from Bluffton University, Maddie McGuigan from Eastern Mennonite University, Steph Swartzendruber from Goshen College, and Kathryn Roth from Hesston College. To learn more about their schools, please check them out online at the links below, or better yet, plan a visit. Remember, Dock's Guidance Office is a great source for college planning information of all kinds.

See the Mennonite College Day action in Rosenberger Commons

College                      E-mail address             Website                             Phone number

Bluffton University  admissions@bluffton.edu     http://www.bluffton.edu/    1-800-488-3257

Eastern Mennonite Univ.   admiss@emu.edu      http://www.emu.edu/         1-800-368-2665

Goshen College     admissions@goshen.edu       http://www.goshen.edu/     1-800-348-7422

Hesston College    admissions@hesston.edu      http://www.hesston.edu/    1-800-995-2757

Bethel College      admissions@bethelks.edu     http://www.bethelks.edu/    1-800-522-1887

Read more about Mennonite College Day
College Information Night
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock is hosting a College Information Night on Sunday, October 6 from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Rosenberger Academic Center, Room 102. Admission counselors from our Mennonite colleges will give valuable information on topics such as: the admission process, scholarship opportunities, benefits of attending a Christian school, service opportunities, and studying abroad. Following the presentation, there will be a time for you to meet individually with the representatives from Bluffton College, Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College, and Hesston College. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to the Guidance Office at 215-362-2675, ext. 601 or jlswartley@dock.org.

Read more about College Information Night

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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