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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

2019-20 framework calendar available

Dock Mennonite Academy has released its framework calendar for the 2019-20 school year. This calendar shows the timing of holidays, breaks and other important events during the school year, and is useful as a planning tool. 

Printed calendars showing all school events for each campus are typically printed and mailed to families in August.

Download the 2019-20 framework calendar

 

2019/2020 School Calendar

 August 2019

19, 20, Mon., Tues.         Faculty In-Service – No School

22, Thurs.                      First Day of Classes

30, Fri.                         No School for faculty/students

 

September 2019

2, Mon.                         Labor Day – No School

20, Fri                           Faculty In-Service – No School

 

October 2019

4, 5, Fri., Sat.                  Homecoming

25, Fri.                          Faculty In-Service – No School

28, Mon.                       No School for faculty/students

 

November 2019

27, Wed.                       Early Dismissal

28, 29, Thurs., Fri.          Thanksgiving Break – No School

 

December 2019

2, Mon.                         Thanksgiving Break – No School

20, Fri.                          Early Dismissal

23-31, Mon.-Tues.          Christmas Break – No School

 

January 2020

1, Wed.                         Christmas Break – No School

17, Fri.                          End Quarter 2

20, Mon.                       Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School

21, Tues.                       Faculty In-Service – No School

22, Wed.                        Begin Quarter 3

 

February 2020

6, Thurs.                       Mennonite Educators Conference – Early Dismissal

7, 8, Fri., Sat.                 Mennonite Educators Conference – No School

17, Mon.                       Presidents’ Day – No School

 

March 2020

13, Fri.                          No School for faculty/students

27, Fri.                          End Quarter 3

30, Mon.                       Faculty In-Service – No School

31, Tues.                        Begin Quarter 4

 

April 2020

9-13, Thurs.-Mon.          Easter Vacation – No School

 

May 2020

25, Mon.                       Memorial Day – No School

 

June 2020

1-3, Mon.-Wed.              Senior Presentations

4, 5, Thurs.-Fri.               High School Finals

4, Thurs.                        8th Grade Celebration

5, Fri.                            Last Day of Classes

5, Fri.                            High School Baccalaureate

6, Sat.                           High School Commencement, 6 pm

8, Mon.                         Faculty In-Service

 

High School Day 7:45 a.m.to 2:45 p.m.; 181 student days; EC 8 School Day 8:25 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.; 181 student days (includes one snow day); Days in BOLD print = No school or early dismissal for students

 

Chinese Winter Camp celebrates New Year

As part of a partnership with China USA International, Dock is hosting 20 Chinese students on our EC to Grade 8 Campus this week for a Chinese Winter Camp. Dock students and their families joined together with our Chinese students for a special afternoon celebration, enjoying many aspects of Chinese culture. All in attendance had the opportunity to learn to write in Chinese and some even tried their hand at making dumplings. Everyone enjoyed eating dumplings and other delicious Chinese cuisine as part of the celebration of Chinese New Year!

See more Chinese Winter Camp photos

Fifth graders skype with author

Dock 5th grade teacher Mrs. Kaci Hunsberger hosted a Skype session with her students as they celebrated World Read Aloud Day! Students skyped with author Ellen Potter and were excited for the opportunity to interact with her and ask questions about becoming an author, writing a book, and getting published.

Tickets on sale for Music Man Jr.

Tickets are now on sale for Dock's Middle School Theater performance of The Music Man Jr. Based on Meredith Willson's six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man Jr. features some of musical theatre's most iconic songs, including "76 Trombones," "Wells Fargo Wagon," and "Til There Was You."

A show filled with wit and warmth, The Music Man Jr. is family entertainment at its best—a bold, brassy production that will have the whole town atwitter!

Master showman Harold Hill (Simon Hershberger) is in town and he's got "seventy-six trombones" in tow. Can uptight Marian, the town librarian (Ainsley Moyer), resist his powerful allure? 

The story follows this fast-talking traveling salesman as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, (Mrs. Paroo: Haley Harper, Winthrop Paroo: Drew Antrobus, Mayor Shinn: Ivan Dean, Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn: Kathrine Kardos, Zaneeta Shin: Felicia Cappiello, and more) into buying instruments and uniforms for a band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef.

Visit the show's web page and link to tickets

 

Middle School Project Fair

Dock middle school students displayed the results of some of their learning to family and friends at Dock Project Fair 2019. Projects and demonstrations included 6th grade Tiny House and Social Studies projects, 7th grade Health and Computer Projects, and 8th grade Innovation Arcade, Reading/Writing, CO2 cars, & Phys Ed games. All work showcased at the fair reflected sustained student inquiry, creativity and deep learning.

See more photos

Dock students chosen for PMEA Festival

Eden Loux, Kaitlyn Good and Corbin Tenney have been selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 11 Elementary Band Festival. They will be joining over 100 of the top music students from Bucks and Montgomery Counties, and will rehearse and present a concert on Friday, January 25 at Upper Perkiomen High School. Congratulations to these outstanding musicians! 

EC-8 Library looking for gently used books

The EC-Grade 8 library is collecting gently used books for its Spring 2019 Book Fair. We are looking for books for age 3-14; no board books please. Books may dropped off at the EC-Grade 8 campus during regular school office hours.

Students show Christmas spirit on Fox29

Dock Middle School Student Council officers and ClassHroom contestants took a field trip December 12 to shop for health and beauty care items and cleaning products for those in need in our community. After their shopping spree, students proceeded to Keystone Opportunity Center and presented the much-needed items they had purchased, along with another check for $250. The donations were made possible with the $500 prize money students received from their appearance on Fox 29's ClassHroom game show. It was exciting to see our students decide to donate to those in need in our community, and reporter Bruce Gordon FOX 29 did a great job covering the story!

Watch the Fox 29 report

Photos from the field trip

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!

See more photos

Grades 9 to 12 Campus

Arts Day 2019 program posted

Arts Day at Dock Mennonite Academy's Grades 9-12 Campus is a day to celebrate our students’ God-given talents and abilities. We want to recognize and share the gifts God has given to celebrate the arts and give students the opportunity to perform on stage, to demonstrate technical skill and creativity with excellence. The program for Arts Day 2019 has now been posted to the Arts Day page on Dock's website.

The theme for Arts Day 2019 is “harmony.” How can we live our lives in harmony? How can we live our relationships in harmony? How can we live to encourage harmony in the world? Students will perform in stage events and create entries in culinary, creative writing, fabric arts, photography, visual arts, and technology that express their understanding of harmony.

Parents are invited to view Arts Day from the balcony in Clemens Auditorium. Select stage events will have an encore during the Arts Day public performance on Friday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m.

View the Arts Day program

Touring Choir announces spring itinerary

The Dock Mennonite Academy Touring Choir has announced its itinerary for the Spring 2019 season. Please note that the Choir will also perform at Dock Woods Community the week of May 29. When the exact date and time are determined, this concert will be added to the itinerary.

Download the Spring Itinerary

 

Spring 2019 Touring Choir Itinerary

 

March 17  Towamencin Mennonite Church, 9 a.m.

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

March 29-31  Carnegie Hall, New York City

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

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

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

May 15  Souderton Mennonite Church, 9:30 a.m.

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

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

May 20  Perkiomenville Mennonite Church, 10:15 a.m.

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

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

June 8  Dock Commencement, 6:00 p.m.

February Guidance Office Newsletter

Course Registration for 2019-2020

Students received registration materials for the 2019-20 school year on January 28. Please complete the course registration process which includes:

1. Review and sign the Covenant Statement and iPad Contract

2. Update and sign emergency form

3. Complete the course registration (check for graduation requirements)

All materials were due back to the student's advisor by February 8, 2019. Contact your guidance counselor or advisor with registration questions.

It is our desire to create the best possible schedule for each student. When you receive your schedule please look it over closely, making sure it is good for the entire year. if changes are needed, see your guidance counselor no later than the second week of school. Please be advised that if a student needs to withdraw from a given course after they have started that class, the withdrawal will be noted on their permanent transcript record with a WP or a WF. A "WP" notes that satisfactory work was being completed in the course at the time of withdrawal. A "WF" notes failing work at the time of withdrawal. Depending when the student withdraws from a class, they will not be eligible for Honor Roll and/or Open Study Hall that quarter or the preceding quarter.

Resources Available in the Guidance Office

Scholarship List: The Guidance Office has a list of scholarships. Here is just a sampling of a few that are listed:

  • Everence College Scholarship
  • North Penn Area Scholarship Fund
  • Souderton-Telford Rotary Club Arts & Humanities and Science, Technology, & Math Scholarships

Summer Opportunities: We also have folders with summer educational, travel, service, and work opportunities for students, such as:

  • Academic Programs at local colleges
  • Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week
  • Summer Camp opportunities

Students are welcome to stop by and check out these resources anytime!

College Planning Information

Mr. Kabakjian will be meeting with Juniors to have conversation about post-secondary school.  He will be discussing college options, SAT scores, majors, career opportunities, etc. He will also be available to discuss course selection for the senior year. 

North Montco Technical Career Center

There is an Open House at North Montco Technical Career Center scheduled for February 14th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Applications to attend the school for the 2019-20 school year are due March 14th. If you need more information, visit http://www.nmtcc.org/  and contact your student's guidance counselor.

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 

Any sophomore or junior in learning support who has not been to the guidance office to request the paperwork for SAT accommodations should do so as soon as possible. The process with the College Board can take as long as 8 to 12 weeks. Current educational testing is a requirement for the accommodation request to be approved. It is recommended that educational testing be no more than 3 years old for college services.

AP Testing

Students in AP classes have received the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents. Please read over this bulletin, as it has information regarding the policies and procedures of all AP tests. It contains helpful information about exam day procedures, misconduct, things to bring to the exam, sending out your scores, and much more. If you have been approved for accommodations or have any questions about AP exams, please see Mr. Kabakjian in the Guidance Office ASAP. In addition, any student not currently enrolled in an AP class who wishes to take an AP exam, should see Mr. Kabakjian for more information and to register.

2019-20 framework calendar available

Dock Mennonite Academy has released its framework calendar for the 2019-20 school year. This calendar shows the timing of holidays, breaks and other important events during the school year, and is useful as a planning tool. 

Printed calendars showing all school events for each campus are typically printed and mailed to families in August.

Download the 2019-20 framework calendar

 

2019/2020 School Calendar

 August 2019

19, 20, Mon., Tues.         Faculty In-Service – No School

22, Thurs.                      First Day of Classes

30, Fri.                         No School for faculty/students

 

September 2019

2, Mon.                         Labor Day – No School

20, Fri                           Faculty In-Service – No School

 

October 2019

4, 5, Fri., Sat.                  Homecoming

25, Fri.                          Faculty In-Service – No School

28, Mon.                       No School for faculty/students

 

November 2019

27, Wed.                       Early Dismissal

28, 29, Thurs., Fri.          Thanksgiving Break – No School

 

December 2019

2, Mon.                         Thanksgiving Break – No School

20, Fri.                          Early Dismissal

23-31, Mon.-Tues.          Christmas Break – No School

 

January 2020

1, Wed.                         Christmas Break – No School

17, Fri.                          End Quarter 2

20, Mon.                       Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School

21, Tues.                       Faculty In-Service – No School

22, Wed.                        Begin Quarter 3

 

February 2020

6, Thurs.                       Mennonite Educators Conference – Early Dismissal

7, 8, Fri., Sat.                 Mennonite Educators Conference – No School

17, Mon.                       Presidents’ Day – No School

 

March 2020

13, Fri.                          No School for faculty/students

27, Fri.                          End Quarter 3

30, Mon.                       Faculty In-Service – No School

31, Tues.                        Begin Quarter 4

 

April 2020

9-13, Thurs.-Mon.          Easter Vacation – No School

 

May 2020

25, Mon.                       Memorial Day – No School

 

June 2020

1-3, Mon.-Wed.              Senior Presentations

4, 5, Thurs.-Fri.               High School Finals

4, Thurs.                        8th Grade Celebration

5, Fri.                            Last Day of Classes

5, Fri.                            High School Baccalaureate

6, Sat.                           High School Commencement, 6 pm

8, Mon.                         Faculty In-Service

 

High School Day 7:45 a.m.to 2:45 p.m.; 181 student days; EC 8 School Day 8:25 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.; 181 student days (includes one snow day); Days in BOLD print = No school or early dismissal for students

 

Dock musicians perform with Philly Youth Orchestra

Congratulations to Dock juniors Madelyn Bergin (left) and Greta Schrag, who are performing this season with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. Schrag plays oboe in the ensemble, while Bergin is section leader for the flutes.

The PYO is an auditioned group for musicians 14 to 21 years of age that uses extraordinary music education through the pursuit of music excellence to inspire a strong sense of character, discipline, commitment, and community for a diverse student population. Bergin and Schrag attend practices every Saturday in Philadelphia.

Learn more about PYO

Hands-on learning about solar energy

Dock students now have a hands-on learning opportunity about alternative energy right in their Environmental Science classroom, thanks to a generous donation from Bergey's Electric. Over the Christmas break, Bergey's installed a solar panel in Ms. Valerie Metzler's classroom that will provide real-time data so that students can learn more about solar energy as an alternative to fossil fuels and other energy sources.

While Bergey's donated the panel itself and the labor to install it, other equipment for the installation was purchased with the David Souder Endowment Fund. Souder was a member of the Class of 1963, which funded the endowment and continues to oversee its use. In previous years, the endowment has funded science projects ranging from a rain garden that protects the tennis court side of Groff Pond, to lab kits that allow students to study a wide variety of environmental events, including heat and climate change, groundwater, physical and chemical properties of soil, and others.

"We are grateful for Dale Bergey’s commitment to this project and the generosity of Bergey’s Electric," said Dock Director of Advancement Robert Rutt.

See more photos 

January Guidance Office Newsletter

Financial Aid and College Planning Information

FAFSA

Parents of seniors, it is time to start the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) process. It is essential that you fill out this 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.

Funding Higher Education

Beyond High School:  www.studentaid.ed.gov/guide. This website gives comprehensive details about federal student aid programs.

Students with a Disability
According to Clark in U.S. News 2010, there are 8 steps for a child with disabilities to use to prepare for college.  Along with diligence, creativity, and resilience, the student should:

  1.  Prepare early by taking college prep classes
    1. Study strategies
    2. Test-taking
    3. Time management
  2. Have knowledge of technology
    1. As simple as spell check to diction pens
    2. Screen readers
    3. Diction software
  3. Be creative (If a student struggles with taking a foreign language, perhaps sign language could work.)
  4. Take charge
    1. Advocate for self
    2. Be prepared to know what to ask for
  5. Research college options
  6. Formal documentation should be 3 years old or less – Plan ahead!
  7. Focus on the positive
  8. Consider extra help- this may be included in the college tuition or it may be an added cost.

 

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Post-Secondary Education: Know your Risks and Responsibilities: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html

Need Cash for College? Now is the time to start thinking about applying for scholarships! Check out our Scholarship List  on the Guidance Office page of our school's website. It includes college scholarships and scholarships available to the public.

A good 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.

 

PSAT Results

PSAT results are available online at www.collegeboard.com. Mr. Kabakjian and Mrs. Leaman spent time reviewing test results with students the week prior to Christmas break. Please see your counselor if you have not received a copy of your results or if you have questions about them.

Quick Start from College Board

My College QuickStart is an easy-to-use, online, personalized college and career planning kit available free of charge to all students who take the PSAT/NMSQT. The information and answers your child provided when they took the test are incorporated into this useful tool. It presents their data back to them in four main parts:

My Online Score Report – an enhanced score report that allows the student to review each test question, the student's answer, and the correct answer with answer explanations.

My SAT Study Plan – a customized SAT study plan based on student PSAT/NMSQT test performance, highlighting skills for review and practice.

My College Matches – a starter list of colleges based on the student's state and indicated choice of major.

My Major and Career Matches – major and career matches that are compatible with the student's general interests and personality type.

Access is available using the access code printed on the student's PSAT paper score report; This tool can be utilized throughout high school. Using My College Quick-Start together with your child is a great way to introduce and guide your child through important aspects of the college selection process. To access, visit www.collegeboard.com/quickstart.

 

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 

Any sophomore or junior in learning support who has not been to the guidance office to request the paperwork for SAT accommodations should do so as soon as possible. The process with the College Board can take as long as 8 to 12 weeks. Current educational testing is a requirement for the accommodation request to be approved. It is recommended that educational testing be no more than 3 years old for college services.

 

AP Testing

Any student who is not currently enrolled in an AP class and wishes to take an AP exam, should see Mr. Kabakjian in the Guidance Office for more information and to register.

Dock's first-ever Experiential Learning Day

Dock held its first-ever Experiential Learning Day on Friday, January 4, for grades 9, 10, and 11. Students had both half-day and full-day options for on- and off-campus learning experiences, and were able to sign up for the activity 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 envisioned a day where teachers would share areas of expertise or passion, and students would 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 ranged 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 others.

Dock's first Experiential Learning Day was held the same week that seniors were 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 be expanded in the future.

"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 got a taste of what that could be like for us as a school community. It was exciting to learn together."

View an Experiential Day slide show

Students vs Teachers on the ClassH-Room

Dock's high school episode of the game show, The ClassH-Room aired on Thursday, December 20 on Philly Fox 29. If you missed our edition of the popular game show, you can now watch it at the link below—as well as the episode featuring our middle school students, which aired two weeks ago.

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 shared 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"!

Watch Dock Middle School on the ClassH-Room

Watch Dock High School on the ClassH-Room

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

Learning to sew...and serve

Every year, in Mrs. Lambright's Fabrics and Fashions I and II classes, students do a service project. Sewing school kits in Fabrics and Fashions I works well because students can learn to use their sewing machine while they help others. In Fabrics and Fashions II Mrs. Lambright encourages students to try something a little more complicated. This year the class made layettes that were given to the Mennonite Resource Center for relief distribution. Sharon Swartzendruber, executive director at MRC, has been helpful in partnering with Mrs. Lambright's classes.

EC to Grade 8 Calendar

EC-Grade 8 Calendar

Grades 9 to 12 Calendar

Grades 9-12 Calendar

All-School News

2019-20 framework calendar available
2019-20 framework calendar available

Dock Mennonite Academy has released its framework calendar for the 2019-20 school year. This calendar shows the timing of holidays, breaks and other important events during the school year, and is useful as a planning tool. 

Printed calendars showing all school events for each campus are typically printed and mailed to families in August.

Download the 2019-20 framework calendar

 

2019-20 School Calendar

 August 2019

19, 20, Mon., Tues.     Faculty In-Service – No School

22, Thurs.                     First Day of Classes

30, Fri.                         No School for faculty/students

 

September 2019

2, Mon.                         Labor Day – No School

20, Fri                          Faculty In-Service – No School

 

October 2019

4, 5, Fri., Sat.                Homecoming

25, Fri.                          Faculty In-Service – No School

28, Mon.                        No School for faculty/students

 

November 2019

27, Wed.                       Early Dismissal

28, 29, Thurs., Fri.          Thanksgiving Break – No School

 

December 2019

2, Mon.                         Thanksgiving Break – No School

20, Fri.                          Early Dismissal

23-31, Mon.-Tues.        Christmas Break – No School

 

January 2020

1, Wed.                         Christmas Break – No School

17, Fri.                          End Quarter 2

20, Mon.                       Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School

21, Tues.                      Faculty In-Service – No School

22, Wed.                        Begin Quarter 3

 

February 2020

6, Thurs.                       Mennonite Educators Conference – Early Dismissal

7, 8, Fri., Sat.               Mennonite Educators Conference – No School

17, Mon.                       Presidents' Day – No School

 

March 2020

13, Fri.                          No School for faculty/students

27, Fri.                          End Quarter 3

30, Mon.                        Faculty In-Service – No School

31, Tues.                        Begin Quarter 4

 

April 2020

9-13, Thurs.-Mon.          Easter Vacation – No School

 

May 2020

25, Mon.                        Memorial Day – No School

 

June 2020

1-3, Mon.-Wed.              Senior Presentations

4, 5, Thurs.-Fri.               High School Finals

4, Thurs.                        8th Grade Celebration

5, Fri.                            Last Day of Classes

5, Fri.                            High School Baccalaureate

6, Sat.                           High School Commencement, 6 pm

8, Mon.                         Faculty In-Service

 

High School Day 7:45 a.m.to 2:45 p.m.; 181 student days; EC 8 School Day 8:25 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.; 181 student days (includes one snow day); Days in BOLD print = No school or early dismissal for students

Students vs Teachers on the ClassH-Room
Students vs Teachers on the ClassH-Room

Dock's high school episode of the game show, The ClassH-Room aired on Thursday, December 20 on Philly Fox 29. If you missed our edition of the popular game show, you can now watch it at the link below—as well as the episode featuring our middle school students, which aired two weeks ago.

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 shared 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"!

Watch Dock Middle School on the ClassH-Room

Watch Dock High School on the ClassH-Room

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

 

EC-8 Library looking for gently used books
EC-8 Library looking for gently used books

The EC-Grade 8 library is collecting gently used books for its Spring 2019 Book Fair. We are looking for books for age 3-14; no board books please. Books may dropped off at the EC-Grade 8 campus during regular school office hours.

Students show Christmas spirit on Fox29
Students show Christmas spirit on Fox29

Dock Middle School Student Council officers and ClassHroom contestants took a field trip December 12 to shop for health and beauty care items and cleaning products for those in need in our community. After their shopping spree, students proceeded to Keystone Opportunity Center and presented the much-needed items they had purchased, along with another check for $250. The donations were made possible with the $500 prize money students received from their appearance on Fox 29's ClassHroom game show. It was exciting to see our students decide to donate to those in need in our community, and reporter Bruce Gordon FOX 29 did a great job covering the story!

Watch the Fox 29 report

Photos from the field trip

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? 

Arts News

Arts Day 2019 program posted

Arts Day at Dock Mennonite Academy's Grades 9-12 Campus is a day to celebrate our students’ God-given talents and abilities. We want to recognize and share the gifts God has given to celebrate the arts and give students the opportunity to perform on stage, to demonstrate technical skill and creativity with excellence. The program for Arts Day 2019 has now been posted to the Arts Day page on Dock's website.

The theme for Arts Day 2019 is “harmony.” How can we live our lives in harmony? How can we live our relationships in harmony? How can we live to encourage harmony in the world? Students will perform in stage events and create entries in culinary, creative writing, fabric arts, photography, visual arts, and technology that express their understanding of harmony.

Parents are invited to view Arts Day from the balcony in Clemens Auditorium. Select stage events will have an encore during the Arts Day public performance on Friday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m.

View the Arts Day program

Touring Choir announces spring itinerary

The Dock Mennonite Academy Touring Choir has announced its itinerary for the Spring 2019 season. Please note that the Choir will also perform at Dock Woods Community the week of May 29. When the exact date and time are determined, this concert will be added to the itinerary.

Download the Spring Itinerary

 

Spring 2019 Touring Choir Itinerary

 

March 17  Towamencin Mennonite Church, 9 a.m.

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

March 29-31  Carnegie Hall, New York City

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

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

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

May 15  Souderton Mennonite Church, 9:30 a.m.

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

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

May 20  Perkiomenville Mennonite Church, 10:15 a.m.

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

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

June 8  Dock Commencement, 6:00 p.m.

Tickets on sale for Music Man Jr.

Tickets are now on sale for Dock's Middle School Theater performance of The Music Man Jr. Based on Meredith Willson's six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man Jr. features some of musical theatre's most iconic songs, including "76 Trombones," "Wells Fargo Wagon," and "Til There Was You."

A show filled with wit and warmth, The Music Man Jr. is family entertainment at its best—a bold, brassy production that will have the whole town atwitter!

Master showman Harold Hill (Simon Hershberger) is in town and he's got "seventy-six trombones" in tow. Can uptight Marian, the town librarian (Ainsley Moyer), resist his powerful allure? 

The story follows this fast-talking traveling salesman as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, (Mrs. Paroo: Haley Harper, Winthrop Paroo: Drew Antrobus, Mayor Shinn: Ivan Dean, Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn: Kathrine Kardos, Zaneeta Shin: Felicia Cappiello, and more) into buying instruments and uniforms for a band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef.

Visit the show's web page and link to tickets

 

Dock musicians perform with Philly Youth Orchestra

Congratulations to Dock juniors Madelyn Bergin (left) and Greta Schrag, who are performing this season with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. Schrag plays oboe in the ensemble, while Bergin is section leader for the flutes.

The PYO is an auditioned group for musicians 14 to 21 years of age that uses extraordinary music education through the pursuit of music excellence to inspire a strong sense of character, discipline, commitment, and community for a diverse student population. Bergin and Schrag attend practices every Saturday in Philadelphia.

Learn more about PYO

Dock students chosen for PMEA Festival

Eden Loux, Kaitlyn Good and Corbin Tenney have been selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 11 Elementary Band Festival. They will be joining over 100 of the top music students from Bucks and Montgomery Counties, and will rehearse and present a concert on Friday, January 25 at Upper Perkiomen High School. Congratulations to these outstanding musicians! 

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."