Learning for lives of purpose

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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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Students learn about war and conflict from those who were there
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

What effect do war and conflict have on the human condition? Students in Mrs. Becca Nagy's Literature of War and Conflict class are having their understanding enriched with a series of guest speakers this quarter—most of which are able to speak from personal experience. Students submitted summaries of the presentations, and here are some of those excerpts:

Ray Scherfel was a man who worked hard and truly believed in protecting our country. He would go undercover to see how some army installations would respond to threats. He loved his job because he could be superior over generals and other officers, depending on his assignment. He loved working in Philadelphia because he was close to his wife and kids. He now lives at Dock Woods. (by Jonathan Nash)

  • Captain Gordon L. Bell (left) shared about his experience as a former captain in the U.S.Coast Guard. He entered the Coast Guard during the Korean War era and was assigned to Sea Air Rescue and Weather Reconnaissance in the North Atlantic. He received the Coast Guard Commandant's Letter of Commendation with Gold Star, as well as Rifle and Pistol medals, and a Bronze star. (by Antanas Tamulis)
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  • Dr. Robert Hinks (below) came to our class to share about his 24-year career with the Navy. Dr. Hinks' family military history goes all the way back to the Civil War. He even passed around some Civil war memorabilia during his presentation. He told us how, as a young adult, he didn't know what he wanted to do. He found himself pursuing a medical degree, which eventually landed him in the Navy as a surgeon. Dr. Hinks served a total of 24 years in the Navy, which included the Persian Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars. He is a true American hero, and I am thankful for the opportunity to hear his story. (by Lukah Zehr)

 

 

 

 

 

One of our Korean students at Dock, Seohyun Park (below, right), talked about her parents' experiences during the Korean War era. She began her speech with some basic history about Korea. Russia and Japan were fighting for control of the country, and when the Japanese empire was dismantled at the end of World War II, Korea was divided into two spheres of influence along the 38th parallel. Both of Seohyun's parents' families lived in South Korea, and at that time South Korea was poorer than North Korea. During the Korean War, many South Koreans fled to countries nearby, including North Korea or China. She talked about how her great grandmother carried her grandfather for about 75 miles. The rugged path was hard, but not as tough as the hunger they experienced. She also talked about how her great grandfather was beaten so badly that he had to limp through the rest of his life because he took care of refugees. It was great to have someone from Korea telling us the real stories behind the news. (by Wenjing Cai)

On February 14, we went to Dock Manor to meet Gwen Eagleson, a black woman who grew up in the segregated South. It was a really open discussion. She lived in Georgia, then moved to the Philippines, where she met her husband. Together they moved to California, "the weirdest place to live," she said.  

During the open discussion we talked about discrimination in the U.S. and in other parts of the world. A student from our class, Seohyun Park, said that this problem is present also here at Dock, and that American students sometimes prefer to avoid having relations with an international student. At that point, I joined the conversation saying that I didn't agree with that, especially here at Dock. Her answer was, "You know why? Because you are a white woman, a privileged woman." I was confused and a little bit shocked, honestly. This opened me up [to realize that], during the first days of school, the American students preferred to talk with me (I'm from Italy) more than with other international students.

I personally enjoyed meeting Mrs. Eagleson. She is an amazing woman. She is happy and full of life, and she managed to entertain 20 students for almost an hour and a half—and we all know that is not easy! After this presentation,, I believe that a lot of my classmates will try to make a small change in this society. (by Anna Zanetti)

Mr. Cliff Heizmann (photo, top) was a Vietnam War veteran who worked in computer diagnostics for the U.S. Military. He talked to our class about his training and some of the hardships of being moved around the United States to different bases. He did a wonderful job explaining the life of a soldier on a foreign military base. He accompanied his speech with a slide show of pictures from his time there. He talked about the brotherhood that was formed between him and his comrades and that he wouldn't trade that feeling for anything in the world.

Mr. Heizmann did a great job of depicting the life of a soldier in Vietnam and made the war come to life for us. His time with our class was a valuable experience. (by Camron Good)

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Patience pays off for Dock photographer
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  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock senior Carolina Fraser won a 2016 Audubon Photography Award in the youth category for a photo she captured of two Frigate birds in the Galapagos Islands off the coast of South America. For that photo, she was in the right place at the right time.

Now, Fraser is being recognized for another photo she captured—and this time she was in the right place for a long time. The Audubon Society has once again recognized Fraser, this time for a photo she snapped of a loon chick snuggled underneath the wings of its mother (above). The photo was taken in June 2018 during an “Ultimate Loon” photography workshop in British Columbia.

Loon chicks are born with their eyes open and covered in down. They ditch their nest for the water within a couple of days, but depend on their parents for the first few months of their life. Chicks often climb onto their parents’ backs or tuck under their wings for warmth and protection. To Fraser, this sounded like an opportunity for a unique shot, but it was almost impossible to tell when a chick was underneath its mother.

“The first few times I'd seen the loon inside the parent’s wing, I had an idea I wanted to get a unique up-close photo of the chick enclosed,” she says. The shot required a keen eye and great patience—but it looks like Fraser was successful. Congratulations, Carolina, it's an awesome shot!

Read the full story on the Audubon website

See more of Carolina's work

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Touring Choir kicks off 2019 season
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  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Dock Mennonite Academy's Touring Choir kicked off its 2019 season Sunday with a concert at Towamencin Mennonite Church. The choir, an auditioned group of juniors and seniors, will perform at a series of concerts and festivals this spring, including the Mennonite Schools Council Choral Festival in Lancaster, as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The choir's 2019 theme is "How Can I Keep From Singing?" The photograph on the cover of the choir's 2019 program was taken by senior Carolina Fraser. The public is invited to enjoy any of the choir's spring concerts.

Spring 2019 Touring Choir Itinerary

March 24  Fairview Village Church of the Nazarene, 8:25 a.m.

March 29-31  Carnegie Hall, New York City

April 7  Souderton Mennonite Church, 9:30 a.m.

April 12-14  Mennonite Schools Council Choir Festival, Lancaster, PA

April 28  Salford Mennonite Church, 9:00 a.m.

May 19  Franconia Mennonite Church, 10:15 a.m.

May 22  Dock Spring Concert, 7:00 p.m.

June 2  Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, 9:30 a.m.

June 2  Zion Mennonite Church, 7:00 p.m.

June 8  Dock Commencement, 6:00 p.m.

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Serving others....together
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  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out on March 12 to support our All-School Service Night. You helped us bring comfort to the people of Iraq and Ukraine by helping to color and knot quilts, coloring Ukrainian eggs, purchasing authentic comfort food from those countries, playing badminton, packaging pencils and band-aids, and even duct taping two of our staff to the wall!

Thanks also to our local partners, Mennonite Central Committee and the MCC Material Resource Center in Harleysville. We collected over 2,600 pencils, 7,500 band-aids, and 6,500 bags to put them in—and had a lot of fun every step of the way.

And if you weren't there for the highlight of the evening, here's your opportunity to see it on video:

Tale of the Tape

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AHERA plan on file
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In order to remain compliant with federal regulations, this serves as notification that the AHERA management plan for Dock Mennonite Academy is on file in Detweiler House and is available for review upon request. 

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Time to think Summer Camps!
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  • EC - Grade 8 Campus News

It may not feel like it now, but school will be out for the summer before you know it! If you have not yet made summer plans for your children, consider summer camps at Dock Mennonite Academy!

There are lots of options to choose from for ages 4-14, including sports and non-sports camps. A few NEW camps being offered this year include Dock's Amazing Race, Inventor's Workshop, Design and Build This!, and Once Upon An Adventure. There are lots more to choose from!

Act quickly and you could receive a FREE coupon for a quart of Rita's Water Ice. Use our NEW ONLINE REGISTRATION process, which makes signing up even easier.

Click here to link to camp schedules, descriptions and registration

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Phoenix Jazz Band at Dock TONIGHT!
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  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

When the Dock Touring Choir visits Europe every other summer, one of their first stops is in the small Rhine River town of St. Goarshausen, Germany. Frank Reichert is a teacher in the school there, and he also directs a student jazz ensemble known as Phoenix. It is Dock's good fortune that this cultural exchange is reciprocated with regular visits to the U.S. by the Phoenix Jazz Band. You have an opportunity to hear this powerhouse ensemble TONIGHT, Friday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Clemens Theater. The only thing that could make this any better? Admission is FREE. Come join us tonight—you will not be disappointed!

Listen to Phoenix from this morning's chapel preview

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March Guidance Office Newsletter
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

College Planning Information

College preparation begins with your high school schedule. The first step on the road to college begins with the courses students take in high school. The first thing colleges look at is the high school transcript. It is an important document in the admissions and scholarship process. Schools look for four years of solid course work in a basic curriculum. Although standardized tests are important in the application process, the high school transcript measures a student's ability and motivation over four years. Registration for next year's classes has already begun. It's important to review your schedule when you receive it in the spring and contact the Guidance Office if you have any questions.

 

What do admissions officers look for in a transcript?

Generally, admissions counselors are looking to evaluate:

Grades: Are they on an upward trend?

High School: What are its academic qualities?

G.P.A.: Cumulative Grade Point Average and Current Grade Point Average

Test Scores: SAT, ACT, SAT Subject test. How does the student compare to students from other schools?

Senior Year: Is the student taking challenging academic curriculum and being successful?

 

Junior year: College visits and planning

Students should have several colleges selected from information they have researched. Now it is time to prepare for campus visits. Selecting a college takes research. It begins with the college guidebooks, college publications, computer resources, people resources, college fairs and open houses, and the campus visit. It is important to keep files on each for future reference. Below are Internet resources for you to explore:

 

College Board: www.collegeboard.com

Campus tours: www.campustours.com

College-bound athletes: https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/

Federal Student Aid:  https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa

Scholarships: www.fastweb.com/ or  www.cappex.com

 

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

May 4, 2018                  April 5, 2019

June 1, 2018                 May 3, 2019 

 

Students with Learning Disabilities that would like to request SAT or ACT accommodations, please see Mr. Kabakjian or Mrs. Leaman to review the process.

 

Upcoming Local College Fairs
 

Upper Dublin High School                                                   

Tuesday, March 12, 2019                                                   

1580 Fort Washington Avenue                                               

Maple Glen, PA  19002                                                         

Phone: 215-643-8900                                                           

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm                                                            

 

Southeastern Pennsylvania Christian College Fair

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Coventry Christian School

699 North Pleasantview Road

Pottstown, PA  19464

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

 

Spring-Ford High School                                                    

Wednesday, March 20, 2019                                              

350 S. Lewis Road                                                                

Royersford, PA  19468                                                          

610-705-6001                                                                     

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

Council Rock High School North

Thursday, March 28, 2019

62 Swamp Road

Newtown, PA  18940

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

 

Souderton Area High School

Thursday, April 11, 2019                                                 

625 Lower Road                                                                    

Souderton, PA  18964                                                           

Phone: 215-72-2808                                                            

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

 

Quakertown Community High School

Thursday, April 11, 2019

600 Park Avenue

Quakertown, PA  18951

215-529-2000
 

Mennonite College 2019 Spring Open Houses

Bethel College www.bethelks.edu

April 26, 2019 – Junior Jumpstart: Liberal Arts in Action

Bluffton College www.bluffton.edu

March 16, 2019 – Discovery Day

April 12, 2019 – Discovery Day for Juniors

Eastern Mennonite University www.emu.edu

March 23, 2019 - Campus Open House

Goshen College www.goshen.edu

March 8, 2019 – Explore Goshen Day

Hesston College www.hesston.edu

March 28-30, 2019 – Fly Trip to Hesston College

April 6, 2019 – Sophomore and Junior Day     

 

Work Study Program

If your rising senior has interest in career study or work study for the 2019-20 school year, please have him/her see Mrs. Leaman to discuss the process and fill out the application. This course selection comes with school requirements as well as employer expectations. The application needs to be on file before the end of May, and regular time cards and employer evaluations will be expected throughout the semester. If you have questions pertaining to this class, please call the guidance office.

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Dock participates in academic competition
  • Grades 9 - 12 Campus News

Six Dock students participated in the 2019 Montgomery County Academic Competition on March 5 in Norristown. Sponsored by the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, the competition featured 19 teams, with the top team going on to compete at the state level.

The competition consisted of two matches, in which Dock competed against two other teams for points. Each match had two rounds, and a round had two parts: 10 “toss-up” Jeopardy-style questions, and a “Fanfare” round in which each team had the opportunity to answer up to six questions in 60 seconds.

Congratulations to Dock team members (l to r) Ming Xue, Tyler Rotelle, Alexa Kennel, Ashley Mellinger, Jie Ji, and Claudia Zhang.

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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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