Guidance Office: September News
2019-20 Guidance Counselors
For the 2019-2020 school year, Mrs. Lori Leaman (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be the guidance counselor for grades 9 and 11 and Mr. Ken Kabakjian (email@example.com,) will be the counselor for grades 10 and 12. The counselors invite you to email or call them if you have questions or concerns.
All schedule changes for the year should have been completed by Wednesday, September 4. Changes made after this date will need approval of parents, teachers, and guidance counselor.
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.
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 Changes
Beginning this school year, 2019-2020, Collegeboard has instituted a new online registration and ordering system. All students enrolled in an AP course will now register for their AP test through a Collegeboard account that they set up. Once they create the account they will have access to other AP learning resources as well as being able to register for the test.
All students in an AP class starting before November 15th will need to register online prior to October 4th and make payment to the guidance office. A check payment of $95 for each AP test can be dropped off to Mrs. Swartley in the guidance office. Students taking a spring semester AP class starting after November 15th will have until February 28th to register and pay.
Students who wish to take an AP exam without enrolling in an AP class must see Mr. Kabakjian to register for the exam by October 4th.
Student Support Team (SST)
For the 2019-20 school year, the Student Support Team (SST) will be: Mr. Gehman, Mrs. Bergey, Dr. Silvermoon, Faculty; Caleb Benner, Campus Pastor; Mrs. Leaman,11th and 9th grade Guidance Counselor, Mr. Kabakjian 12th and 10th grade Guidance Counselor; and Mr. Wiens, Principal.
Parents or students, are you aware of a student that is struggling with an issue? Are you concerned about a behavior of a specific group or individual student attending Dock? You may bring your concern to SST. Speak to any of the members listed above or write out your concern and bring it to the Guidance Office. It may be done anonymously, if you prefer.
Academic Support Service Offered
The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, in conjunction with the Guidance Office, offers academic support services at Dock. Students experiencing difficulties may be referred to the MCIU reading specialist for temporary, focused instruction in reading comprehension, organizational skills, and writing. The sessions will help students improve basic academic skills and bridge the gap between their skills and grade-level material.
The service is available to all students on an as-needed basis. For more information, please contact Lori Leaman in the Guidance Office at 215-362-2675, ext. 601.
Save the Date!
Back to School Night will be held on Thursday, September 19. Refreshments will be offered at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. After several Dock updates, parents will be invited to follow your child's daily schedule to meet teachers. Please note: This is an evening for parents only.