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News and featured events from both the EC-Grade 8 and Grades 9-12 campuses

Early Childhood to Grade 8 Campus

End-of-year events

The last days of school leading up to important transitions—graduation from high school, and to high school from middle school—are always busy, with many important end-of-year activities. Dock has created web pages for both of its campuses where you can track these activities. Links to online events and other relevant information will be posted on these pages, which will be updated regularly—so check back frequently!

You can also view photos of seniors and their "Class of 2020" yard signs here!

Grades 9-12 end-of-year events page (includes photos of seniors with their yard signs!)

EC-Grade 8 end-of-year events page

Twas the night before the Auction....

...when all through the school, not a student was stirring, we were all under COVID rule! With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, we update a holiday classic to fit this year's virtual Country Fair & Auction.

Watch "Twas the night before the Auction..."

We all wish we were welcoming you to the EC-Grade 8 Campus in Souderton, but we're going to make this event as much fun as possible in a virtual environment. Please join us tomorrow, Friday, May 15, for all the FUN, including opportunities to:

  • Bid on more than 50 great online auction items, including the 4th Grade Quilt!
  • Score some BBQ chicken, strawberry pies, candy and more with a donation to Dock
  • Watch EC-Grade 8 Principal Mrs. Bronwyn Histand and Grades 9-12 Principal Mr. Martin Wiens take the plunge into chilly Groff Pond when we reach our fundraising goal
  • Get in the spirit of Dock Rocks Giving Day by out-giving other Dock graduating classes, teams, and groups
  • Listen to a concert by the Dock alumni acapella group Forty Foot Road

Join us online tomorrow, Friday, May 15, for a fun-filled day!

Visit the Virtual Country Fair & Auction web page

Visit the Dock Rocks Giving Day web page 

Visit the Dock Rocks Giving Day donation site and giving scoreboard

Register to bid on the online auction items, including the 4th Grade Quilt

Dock raises $1,300 for Healthy Ninos

Dr Herman Sagastume, executive director of Healthy Ninos Honduras, stopped by the EC-Grade 8 Campus this week to pick up the donations our Dock students and their families collected as part of our All School Service project. He is pictured here during a curbside pick-up with EC-Grade 8 principal Mrs. Bronwyn Histand. Despite a cancellation of our All School Service Night due to COVID-19, we were still able to raise over $1,300 for Healthy Ninos Honduras towards the project. Thank you to the caring and generous Dock community!

Country Fair & Auction goes virtual!

The pandemic has caused us to look differently at our public events on campus, but that won't stop us from building community and raising funds for tuition assistance!

Our 59th annual Country Fair & Auction will include:

  • Virtual Online Auction May 11-18

  • A virtual concert by our acapella heroes, Forty Foot Road

  • Dock Rocks Giving Day on May 15

Visit our Country Fair & Auction web page to learn how you can still have your Country Fair favorites like strawberry pie and BBQ chicken.

Come join the fun!

Spanish Department launches 6th annual food drive for Manna on Main

Dock announces the launch of its 6th Annual Spanish Department Food Drive. Between now and May 24, the Dock community will collect funds to purchase food for Manna on Main Street. Manna has created a dedicated link for Dock families to donate directly from the safety and comfort of their homes (see below).

Dock's Spanish Department has conducted annual food drives to help fill Manna's pantry before summer vacation begins. "This year, even more so than before, it is good for us to know that we can provide food for kids and families in need," said Grades 9-12 Spanish teacher Dr. Anabella SilverMoon. "We can ease their struggle during the summer."

Manna is grateful for partnerships like the one it has with Dock's Spanish Department. "I'm sure everyone has their own concerns, but we appreciate your care for those whom we serve," said Vince Caperelli, Jr, a spokesman for Manna on Main Street. "Even during the quarantine, Manna continues to distribute to-go meals and groceries seven days each week as we work to meet the growing needs in our community."

Financial donations are needed more than ever during the quarantine, as Manna is providing more than twice the amount of groceries to more than double the typical number of families it serves each week. Manna is distributing well over 1,000 to-go meals each week, helping feed hundreds of individuals and families who need food," Caperelli said.

The link to make donations for Dock Donates is posted below. Even just a few dollars from each of us will make a huge difference. Please join us if you can! Feel free to share this with family and friends. The link tracks our donations so that we can see how well we did together! Let's contribute and care for the world around us as we help Manna on Main Street serve our community.

Donate to the Spanish Department Food Drive

 

Your teachers miss you!

Students, you have no idea how much your teachers miss seeing your smiling faces every day! It's hard to believe that, at the end of April, we are starting our 7th week of virtual learning! There are only five more weeks to go to the end of the school year. This has certainly not been the end of the school year that any of us envisioned, but we have been there for each other, and we have made the most of a difficult situation.

We just want you ALL to know how much we miss you—and if you want to know just how much, click on the links below!

P.S.  By the way, students—next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Why not take a moment and let your teachers know how much you appreciate and miss them too!

 

Watch the EC-Grade 8 Teacher Video

Watch the Grades 9-12 Teacher Video

Dock Rocks Giving Day rescheduled

For thousands of our alumni, their Dock education has been an unforgettable experience that is making a life-long impact. We want to provide that same opportunity to everyone who wants it. Every penny raised during Dock Rocks Giving Day will be used to provide tuition assistance to families of Dock students.

Our Dock Rocks Giving Day has been rescheduled for Friday, May 15, and we will need YOUR help to reach our fundraising goal! Visit the Dock Rocks giving page to see our launch video and information about a variety of challenges and matches being offered. If you don't see one there for your class or activity, you can start one of your own! (There are already matching gifts for 2009-2019 graduating classes, and more being added almost every day...)

Thank you in advance for your generous support!

Dock Rocks Giving Day page

Dock student wins music essay contest

Dock EC-Grade 8 Band Director Mrs. Shelley Berg is happy to announce that Middle School student Corbin Tenney's entry in the School Band and Orchestra (SBO) 20th Annual Scholarship Essay Contest, "How does your musical instrument match your personality?" has been chosen as one of the 10 winners! Corbin will receive a $1,000 cash scholarship. His essay, entitled "Matching with a Bass Clarinet" was selected from a field of several thousand entries from throughout the United States. His name and essay will be posted on the SBO website, www.sbomagazine.com and in an upcoming issue of School Band and Orchestra magazine. In addition, our school will receive music products from the co-sponsors of the contest. Congratulations Corbin!

Week 3 of online learning

Our physical campuses may be temporarily closed, but online learning is wide open! We are now in our third week of distance learning, and our students and faculty are doing an amazing job! Take a peek at just a few of the ways Dock teachers are engaging students on both campuses, and how families, students and teachers are working together in new and fascinating ways.

COVID-19 Response

Family Service Night is a success

Despite our annual Family Service Night being cancelled last week due to COVID-19, Dock is pleased to announce that we were able to support Healthy Niños Honduras in several substantial ways.

Our Dock Chick-fil-A Leader Academy high school students wrote/received a grant, Dock Middle School students, faculty and staff held a "comfy day" and collected monies, Dock 5th grade students collected dimes, and our Futsal teams generously donated their registration fees to the cause.

In total, we raised over $1,300!!

In addition, Dock families have donated much needed items since the beginning of March.

Items collected include:

  • 329 individual bags of toys for children
  • 43 complete school kits (kits include a notebook, ruler, crayons/colored pencils, an eraser, 2 pencils and a pencil sharpener)
  • Over 1,300 additional crayons 
  • Over 1,000 additional pencils
  • Over 800 additional colored pencils
  • 450 gallon bags

Thanks to all who helped make a difference! Monies raised will go towards Healthy Ninos Honduras' water filtration systems, a new warehouse and office building, and to provide assistance to communities in need.

 

 

Grades 9 to 12 Campus

End-of-year events

The last days of school leading up to important transitions—graduation from high school, and to high school from middle school—are always busy, with many important end-of-year activities. Dock has created web pages for both of its campuses where you can track these activities. Links to online events and other relevant information will be posted on these pages, which will be updated regularly—so check back frequently!

You can also view photos of seniors and their "Class of 2020" yard signs here!

Grades 9-12 end-of-year events page (includes photos of seniors with their yard signs!)

EC-Grade 8 end-of-year events page

Watch our Senior Recital

Dock's annual Senior Recital is an opportunity to celebrate the arts—specifically the musical and artistic abilities of our graduating seniors. This year's recital was held on Tuesday, May 26. The archive recording is available here and on Dock's YouTube channel.

Watch the Senior Recital 

Senior Presentation schedule

The schedule for this year's Senior Presentations has now been posted. These "senior speeches" will be delivered on two channels (see below). Presentations will be recorded and archived, with links to each student's speech available on this same schedule document.

To view your student's presentation, find their name on the attached schedule. At their designated day and time, click on the link of the corresponding channel at the top of the column ("Live Channel 1" or "Live Channel 2.") When the recording of your student's presentation has been archived, the student's name will appear as a link on this schedule document. Most recordings will be archived within 24 hours.

Senior Presentations are 20-minute public presentations in which seniors reflect on the academic, social and spiritual growth they have experienced during their years at Dock. Developed as part of the Communications class curriculum, the presentations offer a window into the classes, co-curricular events, teachers and experiences that have helped shape each student. Senior Presentations are typically given on campus, but have moved online for the 2019-20 school year.

Senior Presentation schedule

May Guidance Newsletter

AP Exams

For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students can take an online 45-minute free-response exam at home. You will be able to take this exam on any available device - computer, tablet, or smartphone. Exams will be administered by College Board from Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 22. Find your exam day and time at https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/educators/taking-the-exams/ap-exam-schedule. Some courses will use portfolio submissions in place of an online exam. Students taking world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks. Mr. Kabakjian is available to discuss your specific situation.

SAT Information

To keep students safe, and in alignment with public health guidance and school closures, the SAT and SAT Subject Tests will not be administered on June 6, 2020. If it's safe from a public health standpoint, College Board will provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September, and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October, 3, November 7, and December 5. Students can register for these tests starting in May. Eligible students can register with a fee waiver. For each exam date, there are plans to significantly expand their capacity for students to take the SAT once schools reopen. Students already registered for June can get early access to register for August, September, and October.

Senior Surveys

Mr. Kabakjian will be surveying all seniors in May to gather post-graduation plans. Look for a Schoology message with a link to a Google Form and respond promptly, as this information is important to us!

Senior Recital

A virtual senior recital is being planned! If you have a musical selection that you would like to share with our Dock community, please create a video, paying special attention to camera angle, lighting, and background noise. Email your video to senior advisor, Mr. Dana Gehman, by Wednesday, May 13, along with your name as it should appear in the program and the title and composer of our selection. You may submit either a vocal or instrumental selection. Your piece should not exceed 7 minutes. The recital will be electronically compiled and made available to the wider Dock community.

Academic Recognitions

As we have done in the past, we will honor students at graduation with three categories:

Cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 3.70 – 3.84

Magna cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 3.85 - 3.99

Summa cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 4.00 and above

Schedules

We anticipate 2020-2021 schedules will be ready to mail to students later this month.  It is important that each student and parent look over the academic schedule for next year. Review your schedule using the Curriculum Guide for the 2020-2021 school year. The guidance counselors are available to review schedules with students.  This is particularly important for next year's juniors and seniors.  Schedules should be completed before the beginning of the new school year. All schedules need to be finalized for the year by the end of the 1st week of school. Any exceptions will require teacher, parent, and guidance counselor approval. 

Career/Work Study

Any student who would like to be involved in the Career/Work Study Program next year must have their application submitted to Mrs. Leaman by June 1

Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors 

It's not too late to apply for the following scholarships! For more information and applications, go to the Scholarship page on the Guidance website.

  • The Daniel J. Reinford Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior at Dock who will be attending a Mennonite college or university. It is based on financial need, grades, and contribution to campus life. Applications must be emailed to jlswartley@dock.org by Wednesday, May 13.
  • The Travis Bechtel Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by Baum, Smith & Clemens, LLP, is awarded to a graduating senior at Dock planning to major in business, excelling in academics, athletics, and business. Applications must be emailed to jlswartley@dock.org by Wednesday, May 13.
  • The Skippack Lions Club Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior residing in Skippack Township who plans to attend an accredited institution. The recipient must excel in academics and be involved in community activities. Apply online by Friday, May 15.
  • The Delaware Valley MEDA Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior planning to attend an Anabaptist school to pursue a degree in business/management. The recipient must be an active participant in a local church within the program's constituent denominations. Applications are due Tuesday, June 30, 2020

College Visits

Summer vacation is a great time for next year's juniors and seniors to begin visiting colleges. It's best to visit colleges when they are in session, however, the summer time would allow you the opportunity to do some initial investigating. Due to Covid-19, on-campus visits may not be possible or practical. Many colleges offer virtual visits on their websites, such as Verto's Open House  on Friday, May 15. You may also be able to find a virtual college fair. Strive Virtual College Exploration is happening from April 20 through May 21, offering virtual presentations for juniors to explore college opportunities. Hopefully, a second visit can happen in the fall if you are attracted to the college.  Rising juniors, it is time to gather and review colleges of interest and upcoming seniors, you should have four to six colleges selected to send applications to in the fall. 

Senior Experience

Juniors, have you started to plan for your Senior Experience? It is not too early to begin the process of making connections for your experience.  If you plan to job shadow or go on a service trip, working ahead will benefit you and your selected host. 

Emergency Information

Parents, it is important that you inform the school of any changes that affect your child's emergency information.  Your contact information and current student health-related issues need to be continually updated.  Please email Mrs. Swartley, Guidance Office Assistant, at jlswartley@dock.org with changes.

Summer Enrichment

Looking for things to do this summer? Check out the Summer Opportunities page on the Guidance website for ideas! Enrichment activities look impressive on the college resume. Contact your Guidance Counselor if you have questions.

Dock announces new boys volleyball coach

The Dock Athletic Department announces the hiring of Mr. Kirby King as the school's head boys volleyball coach. Coach King started the school's boys volleyball program in 1996, and during his initial 11-year coaching tenure our teams won six league titles and two district championships. At that time, Dock competed at the larger school AAA level for both district and state playoffs, which made Dock's success somewhat unusual. Dock won back-to-back district titles in 2003 and 2004, and was in the state AAA rankings in the early years of that decade.

King has been Dock's boys volleyball assistant coach for the past four years, which helps in making the transition more seamless. "Coach King brings a great knowledge of what it takes to win and be successful at the high school level," said Dock Athletic Director Tim Ehst. "His knowledge of and ability to teach fundamentals and game strategies, and his calm but direct communication style, are helpful in developing players and building team success."

Visit the Dock Athletics website

Dock wins sportsmanship award

Dock Mennonite Academy has received the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association's 2019-20 Sportsmanship Award. It is the 10th time in the 22-year history of the award that Dock has received the highest rating among all schools in the Bicentennial Athletic League Presidents Division.

Dock also received the 2019-20 Greg Pinelli Memorial Sportsmanship Award for both its male and female athletic programs. The awards honor not only sportsmanship by student-athletes and coaches on the field or court, but also athletic department hospitality and the sportsmanship of spectators.

"I want to first and foremost thank our coaches for their efforts in this area. They are most instrumental in getting our sportsmanship expectations off the ground, which are standards important to game environment and life beyond athletics," said Dock Athletic Director Mr. Tim Ehst. "Our student-athletes consistently do a great job of bringing positive energy to their games, as well as respect for opponents and officials. It has also been great having enthusiastic fan support from both parents and our energized student section."

Ehst also singled out game supervisors, along with coaches and the Dock campus community for doing their part in welcoming opposing teams and spectators to our campus in a courteous and respectful manner.

"Equally important is the daily work our administration and faculty do to cultivate respect, both on campus and in the classroom," Ehst said. "Our school culture, driven by our Christian faith, has had a positive impact on our sportsmanship in athletics, and has played a part in being honored with these awards."

Learn more about Dock Athletics

Santiago nominated for a Cappie

Dock senior Miguel Santiago has been nominated in the "Best Solo Dancer" category of the Cappies, an international program for celebrating the best of high school theater. Santiago was nominated by the Greater Philadelphia chapter for his role as Jack Kelly, the leader of the "Newsies" in their battle against media tycoons for better pay and working conditions in turn-of-the-century New York. The lead role in Dock's fall musical was a demanding one in terms of acting, singing and dancing, and we are proud of Miguel for this well-deserved nomination!

The Cappies also provides learning experiences for aspiring writers, as teams of critics write reviews for each high school production. Dock's team of theater critics and reviewers for 2019-20 included Lily Teti, Christine Hu, Braden Churches, and Ben Longacre.

Twas the night before the Auction....

...when all through the school, not a student was stirring, we were all under COVID rule! With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, we update a holiday classic to fit this year's virtual Country Fair & Auction.

Watch "Twas the night before the Auction..."

We all wish we were welcoming you to the EC-Grade 8 Campus in Souderton, but we're going to make this event as much fun as possible in a virtual environment. Please join us tomorrow, Friday, May 15, for all the FUN, including opportunities to:

  • Bid on more than 50 great online auction items, including the 4th Grade Quilt!
  • Score some BBQ chicken, strawberry pies, candy and more with a donation to Dock
  • Watch EC-Grade 8 Principal Mrs. Bronwyn Histand and Grades 9-12 Principal Mr. Martin Wiens take the plunge into chilly Groff Pond when we reach our fundraising goal
  • Get in the spirit of Dock Rocks Giving Day by out-giving other Dock graduating classes, teams, and groups
  • Listen to a concert by the Dock alumni acapella group Forty Foot Road

Join us online tomorrow, Friday, May 15, for a fun-filled day!

Visit the Virtual Country Fair & Auction web page

Visit the Dock Rocks Giving Day web page 

Visit the Dock Rocks Giving Day donation site and giving scoreboard

Register to bid on the online auction items, including the 4th Grade Quilt

Country Fair & Auction goes virtual!

The pandemic has caused us to look differently at our public events on campus, but that won't stop us from building community and raising funds for tuition assistance!

Our 59th annual Country Fair & Auction will include:

  • Virtual Online Auction May 11-18

  • A virtual concert by our acapella heroes, Forty Foot Road

  • Dock Rocks Giving Day on May 15

Visit our Country Fair & Auction web page to learn how you can still have your Country Fair favorites like strawberry pie and BBQ chicken.

Come join the fun!

Spanish Department launches 6th annual food drive for Manna on Main

Dock announces the launch of its 6th Annual Spanish Department Food Drive. Between now and May 24, the Dock community will collect funds to purchase food for Manna on Main Street. Manna has created a dedicated link for Dock families to donate directly from the safety and comfort of their homes (see below).

Dock's Spanish Department has conducted annual food drives to help fill Manna's pantry before summer vacation begins. "This year, even more so than before, it is good for us to know that we can provide food for kids and families in need," said Grades 9-12 Spanish teacher Dr. Anabella SilverMoon. "We can ease their struggle during the summer."

Manna is grateful for partnerships like the one it has with Dock's Spanish Department. "I'm sure everyone has their own concerns, but we appreciate your care for those whom we serve," said Vince Caperelli, Jr, a spokesman for Manna on Main Street. "Even during the quarantine, Manna continues to distribute to-go meals and groceries seven days each week as we work to meet the growing needs in our community."

Financial donations are needed more than ever during the quarantine, as Manna is providing more than twice the amount of groceries to more than double the typical number of families it serves each week. Manna is distributing well over 1,000 to-go meals each week, helping feed hundreds of individuals and families who need food," Caperelli said.

The link to make donations for Dock Donates is posted below. Even just a few dollars from each of us will make a huge difference. Please join us if you can! Feel free to share this with family and friends. The link tracks our donations so that we can see how well we did together! Let's contribute and care for the world around us as we help Manna on Main Street serve our community.

Donate to the Spanish Department Food Drive

 

EC to Grade 8 Calendar

EC-Grade 8 Calendar

Grades 9 to 12 Calendar

Grades 9-12 Calendar

All-School News

End-of-year events
End-of-year events

The last days of school leading up to important transitions—graduation from high school, and to high school from middle school—are always busy, with many important end-of-year activities. Dock has created web pages for both of its campuses where you can track these activities. Links to online events and other relevant information will be posted on these pages, which will be updated regularly—so check back frequently!

You can also view photos of seniors and their "Class of 2020" yard signs here!

Grades 9-12 end-of-year events page (includes photos of seniors with their yard signs!)

EC-Grade 8 end-of-year events page

 

 

Senior Presentation schedule
Senior Presentation schedule

The schedule for this year's Senior Presentations has now been posted. These "senior speeches" will be delivered on two channels (see below). Presentations will be recorded and archived, with links to each student's speech available on this same schedule document.

To view your student's presentation, find their name on the attached schedule. At their designated day and time, click on the link of the corresponding channel at the top of the column ("Live Channel 1" or "Live Channel 2.") When the recording of your student's presentation has been archived, the student's name will appear as a link on this schedule document. Most recordings will be archived within 24 hours.

Senior Presentations are 20-minute public presentations in which seniors reflect on the academic, social and spiritual growth they have experienced during their years at Dock. Developed as part of the Communications class curriculum, the presentations offer a window into the classes, co-curricular events, teachers and experiences that have helped shape each student. Senior Presentations are typically given on campus, but have moved online for the 2019-20 school year.

Senior Presentation schedule

Twas the night before the Auction....
Twas the night before the Auction....

...when all through the school, not a student was stirring, we were all under COVID rule! With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, we update a holiday classic to fit this year's virtual Country Fair & Auction.

Watch "Twas the night before the Auction..."

We all wish we were welcoming you to the EC-Grade 8 Campus in Souderton, but since that's out for this year, we're going to make this event as much fun as possible in a virtual environment. Please join us tomorrow, Friday, May 15, for all the FUN, including opportunities to:

  • Bid on more than 50 great online auction items, including the 4th Grade Quilt!
  • Score some BBQ chicken, strawberry pies, candy and more with a donation to Dock
  • Watch EC-Grade 8 Principal Mrs. Bronwyn Histand and Grades 9-12 Principal Mr. Martin Wiens take the plunge into chilly Groff Pond when we reach our fundraising goal
  • Get in the spirit of Dock Rocks Giving Day by out-giving other Dock graduating classes, teams, and groups
  • Listen to a concert by the Dock alumni acapella group Forty Foot Road

Join us online tomorrow, Friday, May 15, for a fun-filled day!

Visit the Virtual Country Fair & Auction web page

Visit the Dock Rocks Giving Day web page 

Visit the Dock Rocks Giving Day donation site and giving scoreboard

Register to bid on the online auction items, including the 4th Grade Quilt

Dock raises $1,300 for Healthy Ninos
Dock raises $1,300 for Healthy Ninos

Dr Herman Sagastume, executive director of Healthy Ninos Honduras, stopped by the EC-Grade 8 Campus this week to pick up the donations our Dock students and their families collected as part of our All School Service project. He is pictured here during a curbside pick-up with EC-Grade 8 principal Mrs. Bronwyn Histand. Despite a cancellation of our All School Service Night due to COVID-19, we were still able to raise over $1,300 for Healthy Ninos Honduras towards the project. Thank you to the caring and generous Dock community!

Country Fair & Auction goes virtual!
Country Fair & Auction goes virtual!

The pandemic has caused us to look differently at our public events on campus, but that won't stop us from building community and raising funds for tuition assistance!

Our 59th annual Country Fair & Auction will include:

  • Virtual Online Auction May 11-18

  • A virtual concert by our acapella heroes, Forty Foot Road

  • Dock Rocks Giving Day on May 15

Visit our Country Fair & Auction web page to learn how you can still have your Country Fair favorites like strawberry pie and BBQ chicken.

Come join the fun!

Arts News

Watch our Senior Recital

Dock's annual Senior Recital is an opportunity to celebrate the arts—specifically the musical and artistic abilities of our graduating seniors. This year's recital was held on Tuesday, May 26. The archive recording is available here and on Dock's YouTube channel.

Watch the Senior Recital 

Santiago nominated for a Cappie

Dock senior Miguel Santiago has been nominated in the "Best Solo Dancer" category of the Cappies, an international program for celebrating the best of high school theater. Santiago was nominated by the Greater Philadelphia chapter for his role as Jack Kelly, the leader of the "Newsies" in their battle against media tycoons for better pay and working conditions in turn-of-the-century New York. The lead role in Dock's fall musical was a demanding one in terms of acting, singing and dancing, and we are proud of Miguel for this well-deserved nomination!

The Cappies also provides learning experiences for aspiring writers, as teams of critics write reviews for each high school production. Dock's team of theater critics and reviewers for 2019-20 included Lily Teti, Christine Hu, Braden Churches, and Ben Longacre.

Touring Choir Zooms with composer

On Friday, April 24, Dock Mennonite Academy students from the Touring Choir and Chamber Choir spent part of their afternoon on a Zoom call with composer and performer Moira Smiley.

Smiley wrote two songs that students were rehearsing before Dock moved to online learning. Smiley led the group in warm-ups, talked about how she writes music, answered questions, and performed some of her music! "It was a real privilege to learn directly from the composer of the songs we sing," said Touring Choir Director Mrs. Michele Sensenig. "Dock choirs look forward to sharing these songs with the community at a future event."

 

Touring Choir becomes a virtual choir

In any normal year, Dock Mennonite Academy's Touring Choir would be more than halfway through their church concert schedule, and looking forward to the end of the school year and the start of their every-other-year trek through the churches and village squares of Europe.

But this is not a normal year, and the choir has adjusted as they must. Recently, this group of auditioned juniors and seniors put aside the disappointment of their canceled concert season and Europe trip to record a virtual choir piece that is also a statement of faith: Mark A. Miller's "I Believe." Combining 45 voices in 4-part harmony is an incredibly complex task, yet Touring Choir senior Miguel Santiago and Director Mrs. Michelle Sensenig did a masterful job of editing, infusing this beautiful choral work with even greater poignance and emotion. We are grateful to them and to the entire choir for creating something so beautiful during a season of such disappointment and uncertainty.

Note: These files are available for churches to use in their livestream or recorded worship services. In addition to "I Believe," we are also providing a recording of the choir's traditional benediction, "Go Ye Now in Peace," set to a slide show of the beautiful Dock campus in springtime. You are welcome to use the YouTube links provided here, but Dock can also provide access to files of the recordings. Please contact Jay Gordon at jbgordon@dock.org if you would like those files.

I Believe

Go Ye Now in Peace

 

Dock student wins music essay contest

Dock EC-Grade 8 Band Director Mrs. Shelley Berg is happy to announce that Middle School student Corbin Tenney's entry in the School Band and Orchestra (SBO) 20th Annual Scholarship Essay Contest, "How does your musical instrument match your personality?" has been chosen as one of the 10 winners! Corbin will receive a $1,000 cash scholarship. His essay, entitled "Matching with a Bass Clarinet" was selected from a field of several thousand entries from throughout the United States. His name and essay will be posted on the SBO website, www.sbomagazine.com and in an upcoming issue of School Band and Orchestra magazine. In addition, our school will receive music products from the co-sponsors of the contest. Congratulations Corbin!

Athletics News

Dock announces new boys volleyball coach

The Dock Athletic Department announces the hiring of Mr. Kirby King as the school's head boys volleyball coach. Coach King started the school's boys volleyball program in 1996, and during his initial 11-year coaching tenure our teams won six league titles and two district championships. At that time, Dock competed at the larger school AAA level for both district and state playoffs, which made Dock's success somewhat unusual. Dock won back-to-back district titles in 2003 and 2004, and was in the state AAA rankings in the early years of that decade.

King has been Dock's boys volleyball assistant coach for the past four years, which helps in making the transition more seamless. "Coach King brings a great knowledge of what it takes to win and be successful at the high school level," said Dock Athletic Director Tim Ehst. "His knowledge of and ability to teach fundamentals and game strategies, and his calm but direct communication style, are helpful in developing players and building team success."

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Dock wins sportsmanship award

Dock Mennonite Academy has received the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association's 2019-20 Sportsmanship Award. It is the 10th time in the 22-year history of the award that Dock has received the highest rating among all schools in the Bicentennial Athletic League Presidents Division.

Dock also received the 2019-20 Greg Pinelli Memorial Sportsmanship Award for both its male and female athletic programs. The awards honor not only sportsmanship by student-athletes and coaches on the field or court, but also athletic department hospitality and the sportsmanship of spectators.

"I want to first and foremost thank our coaches for their efforts in this area. They are most instrumental in getting our sportsmanship expectations off the ground, which are standards important to game environment and life beyond athletics," said Dock Athletic Director Mr. Tim Ehst. "Our student-athletes consistently do a great job of bringing positive energy to their games, as well as respect for opponents and officials. It has also been great having enthusiastic fan support from both parents and our energized student section."

Ehst also singled out game supervisors, along with coaches and the Dock campus community for doing their part in welcoming opposing teams and spectators to our campus in a courteous and respectful manner.

"Equally important is the daily work our administration and faculty do to cultivate respect, both on campus and in the classroom," Ehst said. "Our school culture, driven by our Christian faith, has had a positive impact on our sportsmanship in athletics, and has played a part in being honored with these awards."

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Watch Robert Cercos Gonzalez state championship match

Congratulations to Dock senior Robert Cercos Gonzalez, who finished as the runner-up in the PIAA 2A tennis championships—the first district champion and state singles finalist in Dock Athletics history. Congratulations to Robert on an outstanding season of tennis!

Now you can watch Robert's state championship match on Dock's YouTube channel:

Watch Set 1

Watch Set 2

Pictured above l to r: Robert Cercos Gonzalez, Jonathan Nottingham of Masterman High School, and bronze medalist Lenny Maiocco, Western Wayne High School.

Pictured below: Robert with gold medal winner Jonathan Nottingham of Masterman High School in Philadelphia.

Athletes make college commitments

Dock Athletics hosted an event on Wednesday, May 8, to recognize student-athletes who have been recruited by a college coach, and have committed to playing their sport at the college level. Congratulations to these Dock student-athletes:

Macy Balmer – NCAA D3 – Field Hockey – Lancaster Bible College. Parents: Jen and Dwane Balmer

Theresa Beck – NCAA D3 – Softball – Cairn University. Parents: Katie and Doug Beck

Nolan Bolton – NCAA D1 – Baseball – Liberty University. Parents: Lori and Todd Bolton

Brooke Bozarth – NCAA D3 – Basketball and Soccer – Hood College. Parents: Tracy and Bob Bozarth

Mason Fisher – NCAA D3 – Baseball – Moravian College. Parents: Lisa and Keith Fisher

Mason Keller – NCAA D3 – Baseball – Immaculata University. Parents: Andrea and Kurt Keller

Austin Nice – NCAA D2 – Track and Field – East Stroudsburg University. Parents: Linda and Kevin Nice

Kate Strickland – NCAA D2 – Field Hockey – Millersville University. Parents: Bob and Anna Strickland

The event also featured video highlights from each athlete's career, and a reception was held afterward. Dock wishes all of our student-athletes success as they continue their playing careers!

Pictured, standing l to r: Mason Keller, Theresa Beck, Austin Nice. Seated l to r: Macy Balmer, Brooke Bozarth, Kate Strickland, Nolan Bolton, Mason Fisher.

Dock athletes attend BAL leadership event

A group of Dock student-athletes will represent the school at the Bicentennial Athletic League's Positive Coaching Alliance on Wednesday, May 8. One of the goals for student-athletes attending the workshop is to learn to be "Triple-Impact Competitors," working to improve your own performance, elevate the performance of your teammates, and improve the game as a whole.

For example, improving your own performance may entail mastering your sport—effort, learning, and bouncing back from mistakes. Elevating the performance of your teammates relates to filling emotional tanks with the right mix of truthful, specific praise and constructive criticism. Improving the game as a whole means advancing the values of sportsmanship and "honoring the game."

Another goal of the event is to allow time for Dock student-athletes to get to know underclassman leaders from other schools.

Female student-athletes representing Dock include Kate Landis, Elle Bergey, Serena Tan, Sarah DeGeorge, and Cedar Smith. Dock male student-athletes attending include Micah KratzDallas Wilder-HamiltonJacob Shreiner, and Braden Landis. Dock will also represented by Athletic Director Mr. Tim Ehst and Boys Basketball Coach Mr. Mike Fergus.