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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

The Summer 2022 Lamplighter is here!

For your Labor Day weekend reading enjoyment, we present the Summer 2022 issue of Dock's Lamplighter magazine—with lots of photos and coverage of the Class of 2022's Commencement, Senior Presentations, Academic Awards, Spring Drama, Campus Happenings, Alumni News and a fascinating little feature about Dock students' visit to a unique educational "ecosystem" at Fluxspace in Norristown. Don't forget—the digital version of Lamplighter includes lots of bonus content, including links, photos, video, and more. Happy reading!

Dock welcomes new faculty for 2022-23

We are pleased to introduce our new Dock Faculty for the 2022-2023 school year (l to r):

Dr. Matthew Ramage, Instrumental Music Teacher; Miss Rebecca Edenfield ('17) 2nd Grade teacher; Mrs. Samantha Brannon, EC-8 Music teacher; Mrs. Sarah (Hart) Garges ('13), EC-8 guidance counselor; Mrs. Jenna Rhodes ('13), 2nd Grade teacher; Mrs. Stacey Dubost, Early Childhood teacher; Mr. Matthew Speck, Early Childhood teacher; and Mr. Jason Hackman, Middle School Social Studies/Bible Teacher. We are glad to have you on the Dock team!

A lesson in democracy?

Dock 5th grade writers triumph! Even though it is late May, 5th graders and their teacher, Ms. Alice Wolfgang, are still excited about the writing process. Students recently researched chocolate milk, conducted surveys, and also interviewed their parents about strawberry milk and lemonade. They strategized and wrote letters to Chef Bill Lorah in the hopes of bringing back the strawberry milk that they remember from their early school years, and/or possibly even lemonade. Chef Bill graciously read the letters, and the hall was filled with excitement when word got out that lemonade was in the cafeteria for the end of the school year! Students “ran” all the way back from the cafeteria to report this excellent news to Ms. Wolfgang! Congratulations, students, for finding yet another way to make learning fun! #persuasivewritingrocks 

Pastor in training?

Dock 8th grade student Trace Scavetti led a Middle School Chapel recently, encouraging his fellow students to have faith in God and not to "sit on the fence" (Matthew 12:30) with their faith. Trace is obviously not sitting on the fence—he did an amazing job using his God-given gifts to tell others about Jesus and to encourage them to use their unique God-given gifts. Trace hopes to become a pastor someday! #TheFutureLooksBright

 

Middle School musicians receive awards

Dock 8th grade students (l to r) Madison Afanador, Amy Muhlfeld, Gretchen German, and Matthew Mast pose with their musical achievement awards that they received at this week’s Middle School Spring Concert. These students showed exceptional leadership, skill, and musicianship, and have shown tremendous growth throughout their time in the music program at Dock. Congratulations to these young musicians!

Cupcake Creativity!

Mrs. Claire Wanamaker's current Family & Consumer Sciences students wanted to learn how to make wonderful cupcakes like the ones they see on the show "Cupcake Wars." After researching cupcakes and cupcake decorating, the students decided to create designs that would appeal to our younger Pre-K students. These creative middle school students even invited their younger friends up to vote on the cupcake theme they liked the best, and then enjoyed a cupcake together. Our Pre-K students even got a few cupcakes to take home to share with their families!

 

Promising young publishers

How can words push us apart or bring us together? Dock Middle School Discover students explored this question, researched and wrote an assortment of articles, then worked in small groups to design and publish their work as a magazine. During EXPO Night, parents, grandparents and friends listened to group presentations as students displayed their finished products. Congratulations to our promising young publishers! #projectbasedlearning

Serving for lives of purpose

Dock Mennonite Academy's tagline is "Learning for lives of purpose." On Tuesday night at the EC-Grade 8 Campus, students and their families were serving for lives of purpose. Dock's Family Fun Service Night combined kickball, sunflowers, and ice cream into an amazing evening that raised nearly $8,000 to support vulnerable and displaced families in Ukraine as well as here in the United States.

"We can't adequately thank our Dock faculty, students, families, friends and staff for stepping up to make our Dock Family Fun Service night a huge success," said EC-Grade 8 Principal Mrs. Bronwyn Histand. "We had so much fun that many families didn't want the night to end."

The event featured sales of "Max's sunflower bombs"—seed starters created by Middle School student Max Brannon—some delicious ice cream courtesy of Souderton's very own Downtown Scoop, amazing music, and some awesome kickball. More than $7,800 was raised, with donations still coming in. The money will be used to support Mennonite Central Committee's humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine, as well as disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts closer to home, which are coordinated by Mennonite Disaster Service. We are deeply grateful for the Dock community's support of this event. 

This is a bomb you WANT to explode

The only thing brighter than Dock middle school student Max Brannon's hoodie is his sunny disposition and smile. While having a casual conversation with his mom at home this past week, he mentioned that he wanted to do something to help the people of Ukraine. With just a few words of encouragement, Max was off with a bright idea—Sunflower Bombs!  

Why that name? Well, for starters, Max wants his sunflower idea to explode with positivity, just like his passion for this project! Max did his research and is creating these sunflower seed starters so that families and friends can buy them, plant them, and watch them grow! 

Did you know that the sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine? This provides an even more meaningful reason to get people excited about buying sunflower "bombs" and planting them in support of the vulnerable and displaced people of Ukraine!

Here are the details:

Sale Dates: March 14-18, 2022

What: Sunflowers for Ukraine!

Where: Dock EC-8 Campus Main Entrance Lobby

When: 8:00 - 8:20 AM

Price:  $5 each

Dock Summer Camps are OPEN!

Dock's 2022 Summer Camps are now OPEN for registration! We have a fantastic lineup of summer camp options this year, including a number of new camps, including Cereal Box Book Series, Upward Adventure Games & Flag Football, Moving Creations, Crafting Music, and many more.

The summer camp season runs for six weeks, from June 20 to July 29, with camps for students ages 4 to 14. Camps are morning camps (8:30-11:30 AM) with an Afternoon Adventures/After-Camp Care option.

Discover Dock Summer Camps at our Summer Camps web page, which includes all the details—camp descriptions, schedules, prices and more.  

Visit the Summer Camps web page

 

Grades 9 to 12 Campus

Grades 9-12 Back to School Night

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Back to School Night! It was a fun and educational evening, as parents heard school updates from Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber and Grades 9-12 Principal Mr. Doug Hackman, then followed the daily schedule of their students. Parents walked to each class in six minutes (same as students!), met teachers and learned about curriculum and current class projects.

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Back to School Night for Grades 9-12

 

 

 

 

Please join us for the 

Grades 9-12 Back-to-School Night

Walk in the Steps of your Student


Thursday, September 22, 2022
6:30 p.m. Gathering Time in the Auditorium
6:45 p.m. Program
7:00 p.m. Open House

 

You will meet teachers, fellowship with other Dock parents, and learn about your teenager's school day by following their daily schedule. A copy of your child's schedule will be available when you arrive.  This event is for parents only.

 

 

 

Some big fun on Pioneer Day

It's hard to imagine what else we could have fit into our 2022 Pioneer Day. There were class meetings, book clubs, advisor group challenges, and both indoor and outdoor games. We learned about Mini-Term and Senior Experience, and squeezed in chapel and a Dock Talk with our Grades 9-12 Principal, Mr. Doug Hackman (ask your student about the three lessons they learned from "Dr. J"). The afternoon was non-stop fun, with water games, cornhole, spikeball, and more, all topped off with a trip to the pop-up ice cream bar operating out of the concession stand at the Dock Field House. We ended the day with a big energy pep rally in Longacre Gym. What a great day for students to have some fun and get to know each other, and their school, a bit better at the start of the school year!

See more photos on our Facebook page

The Summer 2022 Lamplighter is here!

For your Labor Day weekend reading enjoyment, we present the Summer 2022 issue of Dock's Lamplighter magazine—with lots of photos and coverage of the Class of 2022's Commencement, Senior Presentations, Academic Awards, Spring Drama, Campus Happenings, Alumni News and a fascinating little feature about Dock students' visit to a unique educational "ecosystem" at Fluxspace in Norristown. Don't forget—the digital version of Lamplighter includes lots of bonus content, including links, photos, video, and more. Happy reading!

Dock welcomes new faculty for 2022-23

We are pleased to introduce our new Dock Faculty for the 2022-2023 school year (l to r):

Dr. Matthew Ramage, Instrumental Music Teacher; Miss Rebecca Edenfield ('17) 2nd Grade teacher; Mrs. Samantha Brannon, EC-8 Music teacher; Mrs. Sarah (Hart) Garges ('13), EC-8 guidance counselor; Mrs. Jenna Rhodes ('13), 2nd Grade teacher; Mrs. Stacey Dubost, Early Childhood teacher; Mr. Matthew Speck, Early Childhood teacher; and Mr. Jason Hackman, Middle School Social Studies/Bible Teacher. We are glad to have you on the Dock team!

Dock's 67th Annual Commencement

Dock Mennonite Academy held its 67th Annual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 11. Dr. Joseph Manickam, president of Hesston College, gave the commencement address, inviting students to get into "the right kind of trouble" in their lives—the trouble that inevitably comes as a result of a vital faith in Jesus Christ. A total of 81 graduates received their diplomas, including four in absentia. We invite you to watch the commencement ceremony and view photos, including students receiving their diplomas, on our Commencement 2022 web page.

Commencement 2022 web page

Senior Presentation schedule

As part of the requirements for their Communications class, each graduating Dock senior prepares and delivers a 20-minute public presentation reflecting on the ways they have grown academically, socially and spiritually during their years at Dock. These Senior Presentations will be next week, June 6, 7 and 8, from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. in three locations: Clemens Auditorium (chapel), Clemens Theater, and L-214 (a classroom in Longacre Center). Please see the schedule for details.

2022 Senior Presentation schedule

El Farolero en Espanol

Congratulations to students in Dr. Annabella SilverMoon's Spanish 3 and AP Spanish classes, who recently "published" their Spanish language version of Dock's Lamplighter magazine—El Farolero en Espanol—to the Dielman Hall display case. Be sure to stop by and have a look!

Felicitaciones a los estudiantes de las clases de Español 3 y AP de la Dra. Annabella SilverMoon, quienes recientemente "publicaron" su versión en español de la revista Lamplighter de Dock—El Farolero en Español—en la vitrina de Dielman Hall. ¡Asegúrate de pasar y echar un vistazo!

EC to Grade 8 Calendar

EC-Grade 8 Calendar

Grades 9 to 12 Calendar

Grades 9-12 Calendar

All-School News

The Summer 2022 Lamplighter is here!
The Summer 2022 Lamplighter is here!

For your Labor Day weekend reading enjoyment, we present the Summer 2022 issue of Dock's Lamplighter magazine—with lots of photos and coverage of the Class of 2022's Commencement, Senior Presentations, Academic Awards, Spring Drama, Campus Happenings, Alumni News and a fascinating little feature about Dock students' visit to a unique educational "ecosystem" at Fluxspace in Norristown. Don't forget—the digital version of Lamplighter includes lots of bonus content, including links, photos, video, and more. Happy reading!

Join us for a round of golf
Join us for a round of golf

You are invited to join us for a round of golf as the Dock Fall Golf Tournament heads to the beautiful Indian Valley Country Club on Monday, September 26, with shotgun starts at 7:30 am and 1:30 pm. Prizes, a great meal, and a fun round of golf with friends are all in store! 

Learn more and register

 

 
Dock welcomes new faculty for 2022-23
Dock welcomes new faculty for 2022-23

We are pleased to introduce our new Dock Faculty for the 2022-2023 school year (l to r):

Dr. Matthew Ramage, Instrumental Music Teacher; Miss Rebecca Edenfield ('17) 2nd Grade teacher; Mrs. Samantha Brannon, EC-8 Music teacher; Mrs. Sarah (Hart) Garges ('13), EC-8 guidance counselor; Mrs. Jenna Rhodes ('13), 2nd Grade teacher; Mrs. Stacey Dubost, Early Childhood teacher; Mr. Matthew Speck, Early Childhood teacher; and Mr. Jason Hackman, Middle School Social Studies/Bible Teacher. We are glad to have you on the Dock team!

Pray for our new school year!
Pray for our new school year!

The apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonian church and said, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

For parents who wonder how they can help our school and faculty prepare for a new year, then, we have a suggestion: Pray.

So please pray for our students. Pray for our teachers, staff, and administrators. Pray for our community. Pray without ceasing. We are thankful for parents and friends of our school who come alongside us in prayer—especially at the start of a new school year!

Live music on Homecoming Weekend features Dock alum
Live music on Homecoming Weekend features Dock alum

There are a ton of reasons you should have our 2022 Homecoming Weekend on your calendar, but here's one of the best: Live music on the Detweiler House lawn featuring the Willow Run Band. This group has roots in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia but also has a distinctly local flavor with Jon ('13) and Megan ('14) Bishop. Their music dances between country, folk, and indie rock with a minimalist approach. Come hear them perform on Saturday, October 15 from 4-5 p.m. Check out our Homecoming 2022 page for lots of other reasons to join us on campus that weekend!

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Arts News

What a show!

Congratulations to the tremendously talented cast and crew of our spring drama, You Can't Take It With You! The show gave us lots of laughs and was a fantastic success. Photos have now been posted on the Dock 9-12 Campus and Dock Theater Facebook pages, and some will soon be added to the show's web page.

See the show's web page

 

Dock students sing at PMEA

A select group of Dock 8th grade students joined music director Mrs. Mariana Kurtz at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Junior High Songfest on April 4. Our 8th graders sang with 115 other students from 12 schools in Montgomery and Bucks counties! What a fantastic (and long!) day of music from arrival at 8 a.m. to the concert at 7:00 p.m. Pictured (l to r): Mrs. Kurtz, Amy MuhlfeldTrace Scavetti, Zoe Fisher, Gretchen German, and Maddie Afanador.

Also, seniors David Michel and Isabel Bergin represented the Grades 9-12 Campus in the PMEA District Chorus Festival in February. David (below right) advanced to PMEA’s regional auditions and was selected as a bass for the All-State Chorus. The All-State Festival will be held at the Kalahari Resort in the Poconos this weekend (April 8-9). Congratulations to all of our singers!

Learn more about PMEA All-State Chorus and concert details

 

 

 

 

 

MSC Choral Festival Concert

Following a full day of rehearsal, select choirs from Dock Mennonite Academy, Lancaster Mennonite School, and Shalom Christian Academy performed individually and as part of a combined choir on Friday, April 1, as part of the Mennonite Schools Council Choral Festival. It was a treat to have a live, in-person choir festival again this spring! While the combined choir was a little smaller than other years—with Dock, Lancaster Mennonite and Shalom Christian Academy participating—the concert was a hit. We are grateful to Dr. Russell Adrian of Hesston College for directing our singers this year.

Listen to selections from the concert

 

Tickets on sale for Dock's spring drama

Tickets are now on sale for Dock's Spring drama, You Can't Take It With You! The comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart originally premiered on Broadway in 1936 and won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was adapted for the big screen a year later in a movie directed by Academy Award winner Frank Capra. You Can't Take It With You is the story of the son of a snobbish Wall Street banker who becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family—not realizing that his father is trying to force her family from their home for a real estate development.

Dock Theater will perform the play April 28-30at 7:00 p.m. in Clemens Theater. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students. 

Visit the show's web page for the cast list and more

Purchase tickets now

Athletics News

Students get a taste of farm life

Several members of retired faculty member and Athletic Director Tim Ehst's advisor group visited him recently at Frontier Pastures, the Bally, PA, farm where Ehst now raises cattle. Accompanied by their new faculty advisor, Mr. Zach Bower, students toured the farm and learned about the intricacies involved in raising cattle and sustainable pastures. They also toured the greenhouses where Ehst's nephew grows hydroponic lettuce and tomatoes. As a bonus, Ehst treated the group to ice cream afterwards at nearby Longacres Dairy.

Ehst graduated from Dock in 1971, and has spent the past 45 years as a faculty member, coach and athletic director. He retired in June 2021. He grew up on the family dairy farm that is now home to Frontier Pastures, and has come full circle after developing a passion for raising beef cattle. He practices what Dock preaches, as a life-long learner who is constantly reading and learning to hone his farming craft and to work towards ever-healthier soils, pastures, and cattle.

Joining Ehst in operating the farm are his brother, Ken, who cultivates wheat and soybeans, and nephew Ryan, who manages the hydroponics under the name Butter Valley Harvest. The 80-acre farm has been in the Ehst family for 10 generations and is now permanently preserved for agricultural use. For more information about Frontier Pastures or Butter Valley Harvest, or to inquire about beef purchases, visit their website, email contact@frontierpastures.com or call 484.866.6920.

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Austin Kratz ('18) looks forward to a big outdoor T&F season at ASU

Sprinter Austin Kratz ('18) had a breakout season for Dock Track & Field as a junior, which set the stage for a dominating senior year that yielded state gold medals in the 100M and 200M, and 4x100 relay, and made Kratz a recruiting target for Division 1 track programs across the country.

Now, after two challenging seasons at Arizona State University, Kratz is poised to have a breakout outdoor track season for the Sun Devils—which could put him in the mix for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

A series of injuries, and then the COVID-19 pandemic, combined to slow Kratz down during his freshman and sophomore years at ASU, but he is now healthy and working hard to prepare for the outdoor season. While his current focus is on setting new personal records in the 100M and 200M, a strong showing nationally in those events may help him quality for the Olympic trials. The 2020 Summer Olympics were rescheduled because of the pandemic for this July-August in Tokyo.

Read the full story on the Sun Devil Athletics website

Dock senior finds half-marathon prep to be totally Worthwhile

When she was unable to fit two gym classes into her schedule this year, Dock senior Sara Kennel was granted an independent study with the goal of preparing to run a half-marathon. Faculty member Mrs. Darla Bergey, an accomplished runner and marathon veteran herself,  agreed to work with her on the independent study. Sara, who also ran Cross Country for Dock in the fall, began training last November.

A friend who often runs with Sara expressed interest in running the half with her, and they began training together. Early in December, she learned from a friend about Worthwhile Wear, a local organization that provides long-term housing, vocational training and employment for survivors of human trafficking—a cause that has long been close to Sara’s heart.

“I felt led to find a way to support them,” she says. As a student with limited resources, she had to think creatively. With her half-marathon approaching (scheduled for Saturday, February 27) she decided to turn the race into a fundraiser for Worthwhile Wear. She and her friend started a Go Fund Me page and invited others to support the cause and even join them for the run if they wanted. Congratulations, Sara, and good luck in the race!

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Dock adds girls lacrosse for Spring 2021

Dock Mennonite Academy will add Girls Lacrosse to its athletic program, beginning play in Spring 2021.

"We have been considering the possibility of adding girls lacrosse for five years now," said Dock Athletic Director Tim Ehst. "The sport is growing in popularity nationwide, and in our community. In fact, over the past couple of decades, lacrosse has been the fastest-growing high school sport in the nation." 

Increasing numbers of prospective student-athletes, as well as current students already playing other sports, have asked for an opportunity to play girls lacrosse at Dock, Ehst added. Earlier this year, a group of Dock parents put together a formal request to add the sport. That request included a student survey showing 24 returning Dock student-athletes interested in playing girls lacrosse for the Pioneers next year.

After considering this formal request at the administrative level, the Athletic Department made a proposal to Dock's Board of Trustees, who then approved a Dock girls lacrosse team starting in the 2020-21 school year. The team will play during the spring sport season, participating in the Bicentennial Athletic League.

With this addition, Dock now offers 12 varsity sports, including Golf (co-ed), Field Hockey, Volleyball (boys and girls), Cross Country (boys and girls), Soccer (boys and girls), Tennis (boys and girls), Bowling (boys and girls), Basketball (boys and girls), Baseball, Softball, Track and Field (boys and girls), and Lacrosse. Dock also offers Soccer (co-ed), Basketball (boys and girls), Baseball, Softball, Field Hockey, and Track and Field (co-ed) at the Middle School level.

Photo: Sophomore Mackenzie Derstine ('23) is one of the Dock student-athletes looking forward to playing lacrosse for the Pioneers.

 

For additional information:

Tim Ehst, Athletic Director

215.362.2675, ext. 401

tehst@dock.org

 

Doug Hackman, Director of Admissions

215.362.2675, ext. 106

dhackman@dock.org

 

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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