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A growth mindset

Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber, Superintendent

During one of our opening chapels for each of our student groups, I shared the verses from Lamentations 3:22-23 as we began another school year, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

We reflected on the great gift we have been given this year to begin again, in a new grade, with many students having a new teacher and classmates. We learn from our past, but embrace a new opportunity to create a new year and a new narrative. I challenged our students to consider one area for growth on which to focus this year. How will I take advantage of this new opportunity to start again? What new story and perception of myself do I want to create this year? By identifying one area for growth, it allows a specific focus that can best promote change in my life.

I share this challenge with you as parents as well. This is a new year. How can you best support your student in discovering areas for growth this year? How can you best collaborate with teachers in this process?

I share this challenge with you as parents as well. This is a new year. How can you best support your student in discovering areas for growth this year? How can you best collaborate with teachers in this process? At Dock we emphasize a continuous growth model for each person here. We can always do something better and want to be in that mindset. This growth mindset is life-giving and exciting! As parents, faculty and staff, we need to model this for our students.

From the verses in Lamentations, we notice that the new beginning happens not only every year, but every day. God gives a new opportunity each day to accept his love and mercies toward us. God allows us to forgive and move past negative experiences. We can create new narratives with God in our journey every day. 

I’m excited about our new year. We are off to a great start and I see much potential ahead for us. Thanks for your partnership in making this a significant new beginning for each of our students!

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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

Early Childhood Christmas program

Under the direction of their dedicated teachers and aides, our Early Childhood students presented parents, grandparents, siblings and friends with a wonderful Christmas gift today—their EC Christmas program! Families were treated to Christmas music with scripture, movement and song. A highlight was students singing "Silent Night" by candlelight. It was a wonderful morning!

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7th graders create biospheres

Mrs. Shana Reinford's 7th grade science students were tasked with using what they learned about how Earth’s ecosystems are formed in order to design a biosphere. As a group, they had to decide how the biosphere's geological structures were made, what natural resources it has, and how its organisms interact.

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Did you see Dock on the ClassH-Room?

Dock's middle school episode of the game show, The ClassH-Room aired on Tuesday, December 4 at noon on Philly Fox 29. If you didn't get to see the show, you can watch it by clicking on the link below. The ClassH-Room episode featuring our high school students will air sometime early in the new year.

The ClassH-Room is a trivia-based game show for teachers and students in grades 7-12. Each episode features students and teachers from the same school, competing against each other to try to win funds for their chosen charities. The show airs weekdays at 12 noon.

As a result of our participation on Philly Fox 29's The ClassH-Room, Dock is excited to share our $1,000 winnings from both episodes with two charities, Keystone Opportunity Center and Mennonite Disaster Service. That's what you call a "win-win" experience!

Watch Dock on the ClassH-Room

Did you read our blog post about the ClassH-Room? 

Dock's ClassH-Room visit to air December 4

Dock Mennonite Academy students, faculty and staff will be featured in an episode of Fox 29's show, "The ClassH-Room," on Tuesday, December 4 at 12 noon.

The ClassH-Room is a trivia-based game show for teachers and students in grades 7-12. Each episode features students and teachers from the same school, competing against each other to try to win funds for their chosen charities. Teams of students from both the Middle School and High School taped the episodes in Fox 29's Philadelphia studio the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Middle School students featured in the December 4 episode include (l to r in photo above) Haley Harper, Marlyse Giesbrecht and Simon Hershberger. The faculty team competing against them included Mrs. Kaci Hunsberger, Mrs. Claire Wanamaker, and Director of Marketing Mrs. Kathy Gordon (a pinch-hitter for for Mr. Michael George, who was under the weather). The High School student team included Louis Cocco, Nicole Ford, and Sydney Leaman, while the High School faculty team included Mr. Ron Hertzler, Mrs. Kathy Kennel, and Mrs. Kellena Smith. The High School segment will air in January. Dock's mascot, Christopher the Pioneer, was also in attendance for the taping.

Dock's visit to the ClassH-Room gave the show a distinctly local flavor, since the game show's host is Richard Curtis, the Souderton Area High School technology teacher who found himself in the national spotlight last year when he won the "Live with Kelly!" co-host competition. Looks like Richard's TV career is really taking off!

Be sure to watch or set your DVR for Fox 29 on Tuesday, December 4 at 12 noon, to see which team wins the Middle School battle, and whose charity (Keystone Opportunity Center for the students, Mennonite Disaster Service for the teachers) will receive a check!

Also, you really must read the full story about the taping of the show, crafted by our phenomenal blogger, Mrs. Brenda Shelly. Read her story in our blog, The Window.

Lamplighter gets an update

The joining of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and Penn View Christian School into Dock Mennonite Academy in 2015 set in motion a series of changes. With a new name for our combined school came a new identity, and new ways to communicate who we are to our stakeholders—students, parents, faculty and staff, alumni and friends.

An important way to communicate these changes was our web site, which was re-created almost from scratch nearly two years ago. A viewbook and other promotional materials were next to adopt Dock's new brand image and colors.

This issue of Lamplighter represents the logical next step in the metamorphosis of Dock's identity, and allows our publications to have a consistent look and "feel." Over the next few issues, we will also be working to redirect the content of the magazine as well, with more news and information about alumni, including profiles of our graduates who are making an impact on their communities and the world.

We welcome your feedback on the new design, as well your suggestions for articles and alumni profiles. Please direct your comments to Jay Gordon, jbgordon@dock.org, 215.362.2675, ext. 108.

Dock announces sports medicine partnership with St. Luke's

St. Luke's University Health Network and Dock Mennonite Academy are excited to announce the creation of a sports medicine partnership effective November 15, 2018. St. Luke's is the region's largest sports medicine provider, covering more than 100,000 athletes and 45 Secondary Schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Dock Mennonite Academy and St. Luke's have selected Meghan Boyer, MS, LAT, ATC, to serve as the Head Athletic Trainer and Athletic Director Assistant for Dock, effective immediately.  Meghan earned her Master's of Science degree in athletic training from Bloomsburg University of PA. She also holds a Bachelor's degree from Bloomsburg in exercise science. Prior to her appointment at Dock, Meghan served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Tamaqua Area High School, also through a Sports Medicine Partnership with St. Luke's University Health Network. In addition to Meghan, the Dock Mennonite Academy Sports Medicine Team will include a second athletic trainer who will assist with both high school and middle school activities. Meghan succeeds Palmer Trolli, who recently resigned after four years to accept a position as athletic trainer at Warner University.   

"We are excited about this new opportunity to partner with St. Luke's Health Network," states Tim Ehst, Dock Athletic Director. "The resources that St. Luke's provides will not only enhance the quality of student-athlete health and performance, but also provide educational opportunities for both our students and staff."

 "We are pleased to establish this relationship with Dock Mennonite Academy and the Pioneer athletics program," states St. Luke's Senior Network Administrator for Sports Medicine, John Hauth. "We look forward to enhancing the services and programs related to sports medicine at Dock. St. Luke's has assembled an outstanding team of sports medicine experts in the region that will continue to set a new standard for sports medicine throughout Bucks and Montgomery counties."

A reminder about Cyber Days

In 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Education approved Flexible Instructional Days that allow academic work to be completed at home when circumstances, such as inclement weather, necessitate closing the school building. These days count as full days of instruction and therefore do not need to be “made up” by extending school calendars later into the summer.  Essentially, this is a school day at home.

We call these days “Cyber Days.” Parents and students will be informed that it is a Cyber Day via the website, Schoology, and the twitter post. We will plan for our first snow day to be a Cyber Day.

Because Cyber Days count as school days, plan an appropriate schedule for your activities.  If you do not have internet access at home, consider other local alternatives (relative, friend, or library). Otherwise, you may make-up the work as arranged by the teacher. 

Dock Mennonite Academy may use up to five “Cyber School Days” per school year, in accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Education policy.

Grades 9-12 Campus

All classes will meet on a Cyber Day. 

Teachers will post assignments on Schoology no later than 9:00 a.m. Each assignment given should require approximately 30 minutes of time. Teachers may give homework as they deem appropriate. 

Due dates and times for assignments will be determined and posted by the teacher on Schoology. Assignments will not be due earlier than 4:00 p.m. on the Cyber Day. 

Teachers will check their school email accounts throughout the day and be available for email conversation until 3:15 p.m. during the Cyber Day. 

• In general, assignments will align with current units of study and build on previous coursework. 

How much screen time is too much?

SCREENAGERS is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen time on kids and to offer parents proven solutions that work. Young people spend an average of 6.5 hours a day on cell phones, computers and other devices. That doesn’t include the time they use screens for school and homework. Screenagers: How Much Screen Time is Healthy? is a documentary that explores the science behind screen time to understand how it affects young people’s minds and development, and to ask the question: How much screen time is too much?

Parents and teens can attend a screening of SCREENAGERS on Monday, November 19 at Dock Mennonite Academy. There is a Screenless Alternatives Fair at 6:30 p.m., followed by the film screening at 7:15 p.m. The event is free, but you are asked to register at the link below.

Register

 

Students consider what it means to lead

On Thursday, October 4, 28 students from grades 2-8 participated in the Pioneers LEAD Student Summit.  They explored ways to LEAD with:

  • Love of learning
  • Engagement with community
  • Appreciation for God's creation, and
  • Dignity for self and others. 

The students had great ideas for making our school the best it can be. Mrs. Histand, Mrs. Messina, Mrs. Longacre, Ms. Price and Mr. Freed led the group in several activities exploring what it means to be a leader. Student input, including responses to the question, "What does it mean to be a leader?" (see below), will be shared with teachers, who will then add their ideas!

What does it mean to lead/be a leader?

  1. A leader is someone who inspires others to the next level. They help other people. Leaders tell people, "You can do it!" and help them believe in themselves.
  2. A good leader is a good person.
  3. A leader doesn't just lead, but also follows.
  4. A good leader is a wise leader.
  5. A good leader takes leadership because they want to, not because they are told to. 
  6. The best leaders set examples for other people on how to change the world in your own way.
  7. Even though "team" doesn't have a "we" it does have "me," and it starts with me doing some work to make teamwork so that there can be a "we." 
  8. Don't think about yourself. Get some help, even if you don't succeed the first time.
  9. Greatness is not perfection. It is truth and caring for yourself and for others.
  10. Leaders aren't perfect. They work harder than we expect.  You can't be a leader until you try
  11. A good leader is someone who leads people in the right direction by convincing people to go that way.
  12. Leaders are nice and kind. They are not bosses, but if you are a leader you can lead without bossing people around. 
  13. A good leader leads by example.
  14. A leader is only a leader when they know how to serve.
  15. To be a good leader, you need to listen to your teammates.
  16. A leader is someone who knows the right thing to do.
  17. Some leaders start as followers.

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Grades 9 to 12 Campus

Dock business students learn from the pros

Textbooks, lectures, and videos are great, but when it comes to learning about business, can there be a better teacher than someone who runs a business? Students in Mr. Mike Lambright's Intro to Business course have some golden opportunities to learn first-hand from local businesspersons who are helping them understand complex topics such as commercial loans, franchising, retail, operating as a non-profit, and the legal issues involved in starting a business (see list below).

"There is so much more that our students can learn about starting and running a successful business from those who have 'been there and done that,'" says Mr. Lambright. "We are blessed to have so many well-run local businesses in our area, and business leaders who are willing to share what they have learned."

Many students have already been exposed to these businesses as customers, volunteers, or through family and church connections, he adds, so they have a frame of reference that makes it more interesting to learn about the "nuts and bolts" of operating them.

"We are grateful to each of these business professionals for sharing their time so freely with our students," Mr. Lambright said. "It's hard to imagine a better foundation for learning about how business really works."

Businessperson

Company

Theme

 Doug Clemens

 Clemens Food Group

 

 Suzi Berry

 Travelhaus

 

 Michael '77 and Robert Bishop

 Bishop's Excavating

 Liquidating a business

 Henry Rosenberger '63

 Rosenberger's Cold Storage

 

 Steve Hunsberger '87

 Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce

 

 John Duerksen

 Univest

 Commercial loans

 Kevin Moyer

 Lansdale School of Business

 

 Sheryl Derstine '78

 Gift & Clothing Shop

 

 Marty Wolfe

 PrintWorks

 Tour of printing plant

 Kyle Zehr

 Franconia Insurance & Financial Services

 

 Bernie Wallerich

 Atlanta Bread Co.

 Franchising

 Scott Landis '82

 Landis Supermarket

 Retail

 Will Bergey '67

 Bergey's Electric

 

 Jon Gangwer

 Wedding Videography

 

 Sarah Bergin '88

 Care & Share Thrift Shoppes

 Non-profit

 Charlotte Hunsberger

 Landis, Hunsberger, Gingrich, & Weik

 Legal aspects of starting a business

 

 

 

 

High School ClassH-Room to air Dec. 20

Dock's high school episode of the game show, The ClassH-Room will air on Thursday, December 20 at 12 noon on Philly Fox 29. The ClassH-Room episode featuring our middle school students aired two weeks ago; you can watch it at the link below.

The ClassH-Room is a trivia-based game show for teachers and students in grades 7-12. Each episode features students and teachers from the same school, competing against each other to try to win funds for their chosen charities. The show airs weekdays at 12 noon.

As a result of our participation on Philly Fox 29's The ClassH-Room, Dock is excited to share our $1,000 winnings from both episodes with two charities, Keystone Opportunity Center and Mennonite Disaster Service. That's what you call a "win-win" experience!

Watch Dock Middle School on the ClassH-Room

Did you read our blog post about the ClassH-Room? 

December Guidance Office Newsletter

Financial Aid Information

Parents navigating the college admissions process got a little boost on November 13 when Dock hosted its annual Financial Aid Night in Rosenberger Academic Center. Two college admissions personnel from Eastern Mennonite University—Michele Hensley, Director of Financial Aid, and Zach Yoder, Director of Retention—drove up from Harrisonburg, VA, to help Dock families better understand the college financial aid process, including information about FAFSA, Loans, grants and scholarships. About 42 Dock parents attended and received a packet of useful information. The Guidance Office has information packets available; if you would like one, please have your student stop by and pick one up.
 

Parents:  It is essential that you fill out the FAFSA form for your student to qualify for need-based loans, grants and scholarships. The state deadline is May 1, 2019 and the Federal deadline is June 30, 2019. We highly recommend that you complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.  The electronic version can be found at www.Fafsa.ed.gov. You may request a paper copy of the FAFSA by calling: 1-800-433-3243.

 

Scholarship Information

Need Cash for College? Now is the time to start thinking about applying for scholarships! A Scholarship List with more information is available in the Guidance Office. Feel free to stop by and pick up a copy. It includes specific college scholarships and public scholarships. This list will be updated and posted on the Kiosk in Rosenberger Center as new scholarships become available. We recommend you begin a personal scholarship search by using the following websites:

Collegeboard.com

Educationplanner.org

Fastweb.com

Collegexpress.com

Another resource for scholarships is the college you plan to attend.  Ask your college admissions counselor what scholarships you qualify for. Research the college site and actively look for information relating to scholarships. The college financial aid office is also a good place to obtain information. 

 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. It is essential that the teacher recommendations are given to the teachers at least two weeks before the deadline. If you want transcripts sent out before Christmas break, all requests must be made to the Guidance Office by Monday, December 17. We will try our best to have all the applications in the mail by December 21 if we have been given ample time. The Guidance Office will be closed over Christmas break.

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 9, 2019              February 8, 2019

May 4, 2018                 April 5, 2019

June 1, 2018                 May 3, 2019 

 

 Attention Juniors!

 While all four years in high school are important, the most pivotal year for academic and career decisions is a students' junior year.  During their junior year, students take a more comprehensive look at their future beyond high school.  All juniors should:

  • take the PSAT/NMSQT in October
  • review PSAT test results with their counselor and parents when they receive them in Dec./Jan.
  • following Mr. Kabakjian's presentation about college and career information, set up a time to meet with him about their future career goals, college selection, current academic standing, and selection of their senior year courses. 
  • sign up to take the SAT I at least one time and possibly twice in March, May, or June.
  • consider taking an SAT I preparation course, if necessary.
  • develop a list of potential colleges, technical schools or job opportunities to research.
  • if a student athlete, become familiar with the NCAA Guidelines for Student Athletes, checking to make sure you are meeting the core course requirements and test standards.
  • request information from the colleges and technical schools that are of interest to you.
  • set up appointments to visit those colleges and technical schools that you believe suit your career goals and aspirations.
  • lastly, gather financial aid information from any sources available; Dock, the local community and, most importantly, from the educational institutions themselves.

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. 

Dock to hold Experiential Learning Day

Dock will hold its first-ever Experiential Learning Day on Friday, January 4, for grades 9, 10, and 11. Students will have options for on- and off-campus learning experiences.  Some of the options are full day-and some are half-day; times are within the normal school day unless stated otherwise. Students have spent that past few days signing up to participate in the option of their choice.

"At Dock we realize that significant learning happens outside the traditional classroom, so we planned a day for experiential learning," said Dr. Sharon Fransen, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. "We know students learn about the world and other peoples through innovative experiences, play, and reflection. We envision a day where teachers will share areas of expertise or passion, and students will learn something not found in our formal programming."

Experiential learning is the process of learning through participation rather than by listening to a lecture or reading about a topic. Learning opportunities for Dock students will range from Spanish language immersion to tours of the National Liberty Museum and Penn Museum in Philadelphia, sustainable farming practices, shooting and editing better photographs, creative writing workshops, and many more. The video (see link below) includes a listing of all the opportunities available to students.

Dock's Experiential Learning Day is being held the same week that seniors will be off campus doing some experiential learning of their own during Senior Experience—a full week of job shadowing and/or service opportunities that help many seniors discern college and vocational interests.

Dr. Fransen said it's possible that Experiential Learning Day could become Experiential Learning Week at some point.

"Some schools have a 'mini-term' with several days of experiential learning in which activities are planned around one topic," she said. "We may try that in the future, but this year we are getting a taste of what that could be like for us as a school community. We are excited to learn together."

Note: The video represents all of the options presented to students; the list of classes offered was determined by student interest.

Video of Experiential Day options

Did you see Dock on the ClassH-Room?

Dock's middle school episode of the game show, The ClassH-Room aired on Tuesday, December 4 at noon on Philly Fox 29. If you didn't get to see the show, you can watch it by clicking on the link below. The ClassH-Room episode featuring our high school students will air sometime early in the new year.

The ClassH-Room is a trivia-based game show for teachers and students in grades 7-12. Each episode features students and teachers from the same school, competing against each other to try to win funds for their chosen charities. The show airs weekdays at 12 noon.

As a result of our participation on Philly Fox 29's The ClassH-Room, Dock is excited to share our $1,000 winnings from both episodes with two charities, Keystone Opportunity Center and Mennonite Disaster Service. That's what you call a "win-win" experience!

Watch Dock on the ClassH-Room

Did you read our blog post about the ClassH-Room? 

Dock participates in Tuba Christmas

On Sunday, December 2, 2018, Dock Mennonite Academy Grades 9-12 band members Cici Ren and Steve Seachrist, along with Band Director Mr. Alan Shughart, participated in the 19th Annual Lansdale Tuba Christmas at St. Johns United Church of Christ. Our Dock performers were part of a larger group of almost 80 tuba and euphonium players from the region. Cici Ren was recognized as the musician who traveled the furthest—all the way from China—to participate in the event. Tuba Christmas was inspired by Harvey Phillips in 1974 to honor his teacher, William Bell, who was born on Christmas Day 1902. Since that first Tuba Christmas in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza, the event has become a tradition in cities and towns around the world.

Dock's ClassH-Room visit to air December 4

Dock Mennonite Academy students, faculty and staff will be featured in an episode of Fox 29's show, "The ClassH-Room," on Tuesday, December 4 at 12 noon.

The ClassH-Room is a trivia-based game show for teachers and students in grades 7-12. Each episode features students and teachers from the same school, competing against each other to try to win funds for their chosen charities. Teams of students from both the Middle School and High School taped the episodes in Fox 29's Philadelphia studio the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Middle School students featured in the December 4 episode include (l to r in photo above) Haley Harper, Marlyse Giesbrecht and Simon Hershberger. The faculty team competing against them included Mrs. Kaci Hunsberger, Mrs. Claire Wanamaker, and Director of Marketing Mrs. Kathy Gordon (a pinch-hitter for for Mr. Michael George, who was under the weather). The High School student team included Louis Cocco, Nicole Ford, and Sydney Leaman, while the High School faculty team included Mr. Ron Hertzler, Mrs. Kathy Kennel, and Mrs. Kellena Smith. The High School segment will air in January. Dock's mascot, Christopher the Pioneer, was also in attendance for the taping.

Dock's visit to the ClassH-Room gave the show a distinctly local flavor, since the game show's host is Richard Curtis, the Souderton Area High School technology teacher who found himself in the national spotlight last year when he won the "Live with Kelly!" co-host competition. Looks like Richard's TV career is really taking off!

Be sure to watch or set your DVR for Fox 29 on Tuesday, December 4 at 12 noon, to see which team wins the Middle School battle, and whose charity (Keystone Opportunity Center for the students, Mennonite Disaster Service for the teachers) will receive a check!

Also, you really must read the full story about the taping of the show, crafted by our phenomenal blogger, Mrs. Brenda Shelly. Read her story in our blog, The Window.

Lamplighter gets an update

The joining of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and Penn View Christian School into Dock Mennonite Academy in 2015 set in motion a series of changes. With a new name for our combined school came a new identity, and new ways to communicate who we are to our stakeholders—students, parents, faculty and staff, alumni and friends.

An important way to communicate these changes was our web site, which was re-created almost from scratch nearly two years ago. A viewbook and other promotional materials were next to adopt Dock's new brand image and colors.

This issue of Lamplighter represents the logical next step in the metamorphosis of Dock's identity, and allows our publications to have a consistent look and "feel." Over the next few issues, we will also be working to redirect the content of the magazine as well, with more news and information about alumni, including profiles of our graduates who are making an impact on their communities and the world.

We welcome your feedback on the new design, as well your suggestions for articles and alumni profiles. Please direct your comments to Jay Gordon, jbgordon@dock.org, 215.362.2675, ext. 108.

Dock announces sports medicine partnership with St. Luke's

St. Luke's University Health Network and Dock Mennonite Academy are excited to announce the creation of a sports medicine partnership effective November 15, 2018. St. Luke's is the region's largest sports medicine provider, covering more than 100,000 athletes and 45 Secondary Schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Dock Mennonite Academy and St. Luke's have selected Meghan Boyer, MS, LAT, ATC, to serve as the Head Athletic Trainer and Athletic Director Assistant for Dock, effective immediately.  Meghan earned her Master's of Science degree in athletic training from Bloomsburg University of PA. She also holds a Bachelor's degree from Bloomsburg in exercise science. Prior to her appointment at Dock, Meghan served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Tamaqua Area High School, also through a Sports Medicine Partnership with St. Luke's University Health Network. In addition to Meghan, the Dock Mennonite Academy Sports Medicine Team will include a second athletic trainer who will assist with both high school and middle school activities. Meghan succeeds Palmer Trolli, who recently resigned after four years to accept a position as athletic trainer at Warner University.   

"We are excited about this new opportunity to partner with St. Luke's Health Network," states Tim Ehst, Dock Athletic Director. "The resources that St. Luke's provides will not only enhance the quality of student-athlete health and performance, but also provide educational opportunities for both our students and staff."

 "We are pleased to establish this relationship with Dock Mennonite Academy and the Pioneer athletics program," states St. Luke's Senior Network Administrator for Sports Medicine, John Hauth. "We look forward to enhancing the services and programs related to sports medicine at Dock. St. Luke's has assembled an outstanding team of sports medicine experts in the region that will continue to set a new standard for sports medicine throughout Bucks and Montgomery counties."

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High School ClassH-Room to air Dec. 20
High School ClassH-Room to air Dec. 20

Dock's high school episode of the game show, The ClassH-Room will air on Thursday, December 20 at 12 noon on Philly Fox 29. The ClassH-Room episode featuring our middle school students aired two weeks ago; you can watch it at the link below.

The ClassH-Room is a trivia-based game show for teachers and students in grades 7-12. Each episode features students and teachers from the same school, competing against each other to try to win funds for their chosen charities. The show airs weekdays at 12 noon.

As a result of our participation on Philly Fox 29's The ClassH-Room, Dock is excited to share our $1,000 winnings from both episodes with two charities, Keystone Opportunity Center and Mennonite Disaster Service. That's what you call a "win-win" experience!

Watch Dock Middle School on the ClassH-Room

Did you read our blog post about the ClassH-Room? 

Did you see Dock on the ClassH-Room?
Did you see Dock on the ClassH-Room?

Dock's middle school episode of the game show, The ClassH-Room aired on Tuesday, December 4 at noon on Philly Fox 29. If you didn't get to see the show, you can watch it by clicking on the link below. The ClassH-Room episode featuring our high school students will air sometime early in the new year.

The ClassH-Room is a trivia-based game show for teachers and students in grades 7-12. Each episode features students and teachers from the same school, competing against each other to try to win funds for their chosen charities. The show airs weekdays at 12 noon.

As a result of our participation on Philly Fox 29's The ClassH-Room, Dock is excited to share our $1,000 winnings from both episodes with two charities, Keystone Opportunity Center and Mennonite Disaster Service. That's what you call a "win-win" experience!

Watch Dock on the ClassH-Room

Did you read our blog post about the ClassH-Room? 

Dock's ClassH-Room visit to air December 4
Dock's ClassH-Room visit to air December 4

Dock Mennonite Academy students, faculty, and staff will be featured in an episode of Fox 29's show, "The ClassH-Room," on Tuesday, December 4 at 12 noon.

The ClassH-Room is a trivia-based game show for teachers and students in grades 7-12. Each episode features students and teachers from the same school, competing against each other to try to win funds for their chosen charities. Teams of students from both the Middle School and High School taped the episodes in Fox 29's Philadelphia studio the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Middle School students featured in the December 4 episode include (l to r in photo above) Haley Harper, Marlyse Giesbrecht and Simon Hershberger. The faculty team competing against them included Mrs. Kaci Hunsberger, Mrs. Claire Wanamaker, and Director of Marketing Mrs. Kathy Gordon (a pinch-hitter for for Mr. Michael George, who was under the weather). The High School student team included Louis Cocco, Nicole Ford, and Sydney Leaman, while the High School faculty team included Mr. Ron Hertzler, Mrs. Kathy Kennel, and Mrs. Kellena Smith. The High School segment will air in January. Dock's mascot, Christopher the Pioneer, was also in attendance for the taping.

Dock's visit to the ClassH-Room gave the show a distinctly local flavor, since the host is Richard Curtis, the Souderton Area High School technology teacher who found himself in the national spotlight last year when he won the "Live with Kelly!" co-host competition. Looks like Richard's TV career is really taking off!

Be sure to watch or set your DVR for Fox 29 on Tuesday, December 4 at 12 noon, to see which team wins the Middle School battle, and whose charity (Keystone Opportunity Center for the students, Mennonite Disaster Service for the teachers) will receive a check!

Also, you really must read the full story about the taping of the show, crafted by our incomparable blogger, Mrs. Brenda Shelly. Read her story in our blog, The Window.

Lamplighter gets an update
Lamplighter gets an update

The joining of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and Penn View Christian School into Dock Mennonite Academy in 2015 set in motion a series of changes. With a new name for our combined school came a new identity, and new ways to communicate who we are to our stakeholders—students, parents, faculty and staff, alumni and friends.

An important way to communicate these changes was our web site, which was re-created almost from scratch nearly two years ago. A viewbook and other promotional materials were next to adopt Dock's new brand image and colors.

This issue of Lamplighter represents the logical next step in the metamorphosis of Dock's identity, and allows our publications to have a consistent look and "feel." Over the next few issues, we will also be working to redirect the content of the magazine as well, with more news and information about alumni, including profiles of our graduates who are making an impact on their communities and the world.

We welcome your feedback on the new design, as well your suggestions for articles and alumni profiles. Please direct your comments to Jay Gordon, jbgordon@dock.org, 215.362.2675, ext. 108.

Note: As you flip through the digital version of Lamplighter, you will notice that on many pages, there are parts of the page that become highlighted as you scroll over them. These highlighted sections indicate additional content—videos, for example—that you can access by clicking the link. There is further additional content when you view Lamplighter on your mobile device. We look forward to your feedback!

Honor Roll announced for both campuses
Honor Roll announced for both campuses

Dock Mennonite Academy has announced its Honor Roll for the first quarter of the 2018-19 school year. Congratulations to all of our Middle School and High School students who worked hard to earn this recognition!

Visit the Honor Roll page on the Dock web site

 

 

Arts News

Dock participates in Tuba Christmas

On Sunday, December 2, 2018, Dock Mennonite Academy Grades 9-12 band members Cici Ren and Steve Seachrist, along with Band Director Mr. Alan Shughart, participated in the 19th Annual Lansdale Tuba Christmas at St. Johns United Church of Christ. Our Dock performers were part of a larger group of almost 80 tuba and euphonium players from the region. Cici Ren was recognized as the musician who traveled the furthest—all the way from China—to participate in the event. Tuba Christmas was inspired by Harvey Phillips in 1974 to honor his teacher, William Bell, who was born on Christmas Day 1902. Since that first Tuba Christmas in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza, the event has become a tradition in cities and towns around the world.

Dock junior makes her Off-Broadway debut

Dock junior Carlie Cocco is less than a month away from her off-Broadway debut. She is one of 33 theatrically talented singers selected by audition to perform in The Little Dancer, a holiday family musical written by Steven Fisher. The Little Dancer will have its world premiere on Saturday December 1 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Theatre 71 at Blessed Sacrament (152 W. 71st Street, 10023, right off Broadway). It will run every Saturday and Sunday in December at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. From December 26 to December 31 it will run every day at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Carlie and the other singers were selected from the ranks of choirs that include the Keystone State Boychoir and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir. The singers have been participating in a weekly workshop with Broadway veterans Richard Vida and Lainie Sakakura in Philadelphia. The cast includes five professional actors. 

The Little Dancer tells the heart-warming story of the most famous dancer in the world—the 14-year-old girl, Marie Van Goethem, who served as the model for Edgar Degas' one and only sculpture (below).

"Marie's real life story—what is known of it—is quite dark," says Fisher. "The life of a ballerina was never easy, but in late 19th century Paris it was downright hard. My musical take is certainly true to the story, but it's tone is deliberately sunny. It is an uplifting story because of Marie's courage."

This 55-minute holiday show has it all – a delightful story, singing, dancing, art, all wrapped into one hour of theatrical magic. Kids, parents and grandparents will leave the theatre humming catchy, toe-tapping tunes and filled with the spirit of season.

More information and tickets

Windows onto a Souderton century

When Univest Bank & Trust Co. renovated their office building at 14 N. Main Street in Souderton recently, they saw a unique opportunity to help create artistic interpretations of the borough's past, present, and future. Univest decided to donate the building's original windows to the Souderton-Telford Historical Society, which in turn gave local artists an opportunity to re-create the windows as works of art that help tell the Souderton story.

Dan Yocum of the Souderton-Telford Historical Society is a Univest colleague of John Duerksen, a former Dock board member and current Dock parent—and that is how Dock came to be involved in this amazing project, which is sponsored by Univest and entitled, Windows of History: Souderton Past, Present and Future. Kimberly Stemler, a local artist and also a Dock parent, with two boys at the EC-Grade 8 campus, was chosen to convert a century-old window into art that would reflect the borough's past, present and future.

"Through these original windows, residents have watched Souderton develop ever since the building was constructed in 1893," says Yocum. "The Souderton-Telford Historical Society is proud to partner with Univest on this project to preserve a part of our town's history in a unique way."

Guidelines for the artists were kept fairly loose so that creativity would not be hindered. "We wanted these old windows to become artistic interpretations of Souderton's past, present, and future," Yocum says.

Kimberly Stemler and her husband Jonathan had recently finished a large glass installation at a local church and felt like glass would be a good medium to use for the window project as well. "Our installations are generally larger in scale, and much time is spent in the location where they will be displayed," she says. "More often than not, they're even assembled on site, which lends itself to an intimacy with the space. This project was on a smaller scale, and it didn't require us to spend days installing our work on site, so we didn't have an opportunity for that same attachment. What we gained instead, through our extensive research, was a newfound connection to both Souderton and to Dock's EC-Grade 8 Campus."         

The window created by Kimberly and Jonathan Stemler, as well as all the other Windows of History, will be on display during Souderton Art Jam, this Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Souderton Community Park. 

See more photos on our web site      

 

About the Stemlers' window

The intent behind this piece of artwork was to create a layered map with a historical narrative of the Souderton -Telford area. Aside from exploring online during our research, we also visited the Mennonite Heritage Center and discovered multiple maps which represented the area both before, and after, any substantial development had begun in the region.

The first layer of the map is a two-dimensional plane based on an atlas from 1848, which was before the railroad was established. The geography of the land was broken up into family plots labeled with landowners' last names. The space is vast, awaiting growth and expansion.

The three-dimensional layers of glass feature growth and development from 1857 to the present. After reading Images of America's Souderton, we recognized that the railroad brought forth by Henry O. Souder is when Souderton truly began to develop and grow.  This important characteristic is defined by the negative space between the glass shapes where the tracks cut through town.

The map is also semi-topographical, which can be seen in the glass tiles and their relative positions to each other in space—especially in the areas near the Main St. hill, that iconic presence which defines Souderton. Finally, there are areas in red: Univest Bank, location of the original windows, and Dock Mennonite Academy's initial Penn View and current EC-Grade 8 campuses. It was Dock that invited us to participate in this project.

—   Kimberly and Jonathan Stemler

Creativity flows as EC-8 celebrates Dot Day

International Dot Day is an event staged to encourage people of all ages to harness their creativity. The inspiration behind the event is the children’s book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. It relates the tale of a teacher who challenges one of his female pupils to take courage in her abilities, and from a simple dot on a page the youngster goes on to make her mark. Dot Day has grown to be a worldwide celebration each year. Teachers encourage students to celebrate the day with writing, drawing, painting, or other creative outlets, and then share students' on the Dot Day website to inspire others. There was quite a bit of creativity flowing on the EC-Grade 8 campus as students of all ages got into the creative flow. Here are just a few examples:

• The Dot – students used Dot candies and toothpicks to create a structure
• Happy Dreamer – students made an origami fortune teller (kind of like the fortunes you find in a fortune cookie – based on being your best)
• Ish – students created a star and included a wish
• Sky Color – students created an elementary school mural, with each student contributing a part
• I’m Here – students decorated paper showing places they'd like to go, and then they turned it into a paper airplane.

See more Dot Day photos

 

Athletics News

Dock announces sports medicine partnership with St. Luke's

St. Luke's University Health Network and Dock Mennonite Academy are excited to announce the creation of a sports medicine partnership effective November 15, 2018. St. Luke's is the region's largest sports medicine provider, covering more than 100,000 athletes and 45 Secondary Schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Dock Mennonite Academy and St. Luke's have selected Meghan Boyer, MS, LAT, ATC, to serve as the Head Athletic Trainer and Athletic Director Assistant for Dock, effective immediately.  Meghan earned her Master's of Science degree in athletic training from Bloomsburg University of PA. She also holds a Bachelor's degree from Bloomsburg in exercise science. Prior to her appointment at Dock, Meghan served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Tamaqua Area High School, also through a Sports Medicine Partnership with St. Luke's University Health Network. In addition to Meghan, the Dock Mennonite Academy Sports Medicine Team will include a second athletic trainer who will assist with both high school and middle school activities. Meghan succeeds Palmer Trolli, who recently resigned after four years to accept a position as athletic trainer at Warner University.   

"We are excited about this new opportunity to partner with St. Luke's Health Network," states Tim Ehst, Dock Athletic Director. "The resources that St. Luke's provides will not only enhance the quality of student-athlete health and performance, but also provide educational opportunities for both our students and staff."

 "We are pleased to establish this relationship with Dock Mennonite Academy and the Pioneer athletics program," states St. Luke's Senior Network Administrator for Sports Medicine, John Hauth. "We look forward to enhancing the services and programs related to sports medicine at Dock. St. Luke's has assembled an outstanding team of sports medicine experts in the region that will continue to set a new standard for sports medicine throughout Bucks and Montgomery counties."

Dock hosts Western Mennonite

The Western Mennonite School boys basketball team's "goodwill tour" made stops at Dock and Lancaster Mennonite High School the week of July 9. The team is on a two-week tour across the country, and stopped for a friendly scrimmage as well as some sight-seeing. The team visited Gettysburg, Valley Forge, and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania leg of the tour also included a scrimmage against Lancaster Mennonite High School. WMS is based in Salem, OR, and is also known as the Pioneers.

The Western Mennonite team, were accompanied by WMS Athletic Director and boys basketball coach Gary Hull, as well as parent chaperones. Hull arranged for the stop at Dock through Athletic Director Tim Ehst.

Senior athletes announce college plans

Photo: Lowell Swartley

The Dock Mennonite Academy Athletic Department held a press conference on Wednesday, May 2, to recognize nine student-athletes who have committed to playing their sport at the college level.

"These athletes have developed their God-given abilities in preparation for successful team experiences as part of the Dock mission," said Dock Athletic Director Tim Ehst. "We believe their experience with Dock athletics has helped shape them in ways that extend well beyond their athletic successes." The press conference also included a video showcasing each student-athlete, highlights of their high school athletic careers, and a reception to celebrate their recognition.

Student-athletes recognized include:

Olivia Boyle – NCAA D2 – Field Hockey – University of New Haven 

Molly Hand – NCAA D2 – Volleyball – Jefferson University

David Keller – NCAA D2 – Baseball – Lock Haven University 

Austin Kratz – NCAA D1 – Track and Field – Arizona State University

Alex Martin – NCAA D2 –Track and Field – Seton Hill University

Misrahim Nyagwegwe – NCAA D3 – Basketball – Eastern Mennonite University 

Hayden Phillips – NCAA D3 – Soccer – Cairn University

Caleb Pfleiger – NCAA D3 – Basketball – St. John Fisher College

McKenzie Swartley – NCAA D3 – Soccer – Messiah College

Photo credits: Top, right—Lowell Swartley; below—Jay Gordon

Kratz dominates in California

The races moved outdoors and across the country, but the results were largely the same: Austin Kratz continues to outrun his competitors. Last weekend at the Arcadia Invitational in Arcadia, CA, Austin brought home double gold. He won the 100M invitational race in 10.34, almost a tenth of a second better than his rival, Eric Allen Jr. of Bullis HS in Maryland. Barely 90 minutes later, Austin turned on the jets to win the 200M in a new personal record 20.74. Allen again finished second, this time two-tenths of a second behind at 20.94.Congratulations to Austin on another amazing performance, and a great start to his outdoor track season!

 
New socks for Down Syndrome Awareness

Dock volleyballers had fun decorating socks for Down Syndrome Awareness Day, which was March 21. Although the team did not get to wear their socks on the court that day because of snow, the purpose of generating awareness for Down Syndrome was served. Nice job, gentlemen!

"These young men are truly remarkable, both on and off the court, reminding us that we can use sports in very positive ways," said Palmer Trolli, Dock's Athletic Director Assistant. "Their biggest fan, Ben (brother to Noah, Rachel, and Jake Shreiner), truly inspires this team."