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Early Childhood to Grade 8 Campus

Excitement builds over 4th grade quilt

This year's 4th grade quilt, "Growing in Christ," is a wall hanging inspired by the school theme verses for this year from Ephesians 4:15-16. The 50"x70" design features a tree with 20 leaves—one leaf for each student, and one for their teacher, Mrs. Kipp Glass. Each student selected two colorful batik fabrics that would form their individual leaf. Each student selected two colorful batik fabrics that would form their individual leaf. These selections are also represented on the border of the piece where each student's name is incorporated. No two leaves are alike, highlighting the uniqueness of each student that makes our school—and our world—so diverse. The leaves signify new life where healthy growth has been nurtured and instilled in our students. 

This year's beautiful quilt was a family affair; the quilt was designed and pieced by Dock grandparent Beth Wierwille, mother of EC-8 music teacher Laura Landes and grandmother of 4th grade student Liza Landes, and quilted by a dedicated team of family and friends. The value of the quilt, of course, is priceless, but you can bid on it during the 58th Annual Country Fair & Auction. The LIVE AUCTION will be held on Friday, May 17 at approximately 6:45 p.m. As always, there will be a scrapbook of photos and other items commemorating the making of the quilt that will also be auctioned off. Don't miss the excitement of the live auction!

EC Spring Program video posted

Children in Dock Mennonite Academy's Early Childhood program—3- and 4-year-olds and Developmental Kindergarten—performed their spring program on Wednesday, April 10. Photos and video of the program have been posted to Dock's web site. Students in Mrs. Mast's, Mrs. Kehs', and Mrs. Nelson's classes participated.

Go to the EC Spring Program page

Spring 2019 Lamplighter available online

The Spring 2019 issue of Lamplighter will be on its way to you in a few days, but the content is now available online, including:

  • A story about Dock's new Project-Based Learning initiative, which will impact curriculum at both campuses.
  • Coverage of Arts Day 2019, with the theme, "Harmony"
  • A look at some of the key happenings from both the EC-Grade 8 and Grades 9-12 campuses
  • Links to spring golf tournament registration, 2019 Country Fair & Auction page, and more!

There is additional online content available on many pages, which you can link to by scrolling over the page.

Spring 2019 Lamplighter

Dock art on display at the IV Library

The Dock community will have two important opportunities to see school-related artwork on public display during the months of April and May at the Indian Valley Public Library.

  • Back in October 2018, Dock parents Kimberly and Jonathan Stemler made a unique contribution to a community-wide art project that celebrated a century of growth and progress in the borough of Souderton. Using a 100-year-old window taken from the original offices of Univest—and provided by Univest executive and Dock parent John Duerksen—the Stemlers created a layered, topographical map of the Indian Valley area (photo, above).

A number of other artists also created windows for the project, entitled Windows of History: Souderton Past, Present and Future, and all the windows will be on display during the month of April at the Indian Valley Public Library. This is a great opportunity to see these unique works of art! 

See the original Newsroom story about Dock's Window of History

  • Speaking of unique works of art, Dock's Elementary Art Show will be held at the IVPL during the month of May, featuring works by our EC to Grade 8 students (below). There will be an Art Show reception at the library on Monday, May 13, at 6:30 pm. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend the reception and support our young artists!

 

After-school STEM adventure

Eighty Dock students in Kindergarten through middle school experienced an after-school STEM adventure, diving into the world of computer science and coding! Younger students visited hands-on stations creating and launching "Peeps" parachutes and making hovercraft out of paper plates, feathers and other materials to test for flight in an awesome wind tunnel. A special thanks to teachers Mrs. Trish Landis and Mrs. Kathleen Taylor for bringing STEM to life, and to Microsoft for an awesome adventure in coding!

See more photos

2nd graders perform "Joseph" this Friday

Dock 2nd grade students have been working hard practicing for their upcoming 2nd Grade musical, "Joseph." Make plans to come see this wonderful musical, written and directed by their elementary music teacher, Mrs. Katie Litzenberger, this Friday, March 22 at 7 pm in the EC to Grade 8 auditorium.

Serving others....together

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

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

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

Tale of the Tape

 

Time to think Summer Camps!

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

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

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

Click here to link to camp schedules, descriptions and registration

 

The Music Man Jr. Image Gallery

Dock's Middle School Theater gave three performances of The Music Man Jr. March 1-2, with packed houses enjoying the familiar tunes of this beloved musical. Cast photos and other images from the show have now been posted to The Music Man Jr.'s page on the Dock website

Dock's performance of The Music Man Jr. was based on Meredith Willson's six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man Jr., which features iconic songs such as "76 Trombones," "Wells Fargo Wagon," and "Til There Was You."

A show filled with wit and warmth, The Music Man Jr. was family entertainment at its best, and our young actors and singers performed admirably.

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

Grades 9 to 12 Campus

Yates wins Rotary STEM scholarship

Congratulations to Dock senior Olivia Yates, who was selected the 2019 winner of the Souderton-Telford Rotary Club's STEM Scholarship. Olivia (center) received the $1,750 award from Rotary President Suzi Berry and Charles Amuso, chairperson of the Rotary Club's Scholarship Committee. Congratulations Olivia!

Spring 2019 Lamplighter available online

The Spring 2019 issue of Lamplighter will be on its way to you in a few days, but the content is now available online, including:

  • A story about Dock's new Project-Based Learning initiative, which will impact curriculum at both campuses.
  • Coverage of Arts Day 2019, with the theme, "Harmony"
  • A look at some of the key happenings from both the EC-Grade 8 and Grades 9-12 campuses
  • Links to spring golf tournament registration, 2019 Country Fair & Auction page, and more!

There is additional online content available on many pages, which you can link to by scrolling over the page.

Spring 2019 Lamplighter

April Guidance Office Newsletter

SAT and ACT College Exams

Juniors are encouraged take at least one SAT or ACT exam in the Spring. When registering, remember to use Dock's CEEB code, 392149. Register by mail or online at collegeboard.com or actstudent.org for a test at the public high school nearest to you.

                    SAT Exam                                                                                                                             

Testing Date               Registration Deadline                        

May 4, 2019                 April 5, 2019                                       

June 1, 2019                 May 3, 2019                                        

                    ACT Exam    

Testing Date               Registration Deadline

June 8, 2019                 May 3, 2019    

July 13, 2019                June 14, 2019

            

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

Students with the proper current documentation (within 3 years) for a learning disability, may qualify for accommodations for the SAT or ACT test. An SSD Student Eligibility Form must be submitted for each student requesting accommodations. The College Board recommends that Dock submit SSD Student Eligibility Forms at the conclusion of the student's 9th grade year. If you feel your child would qualify for SAT or ACT accommodations, please contact Mrs. Leaman for a request form or additional information.  SAT accommodations and ACT accommodations are two separate applications. After the student has been approved for accommodations, it follows him/her through high school.

 

Scholarships are out there . . . You just have to search for them!

There is still time to apply for scholarships! More information, including a list of specific scholarships and their application deadlines, is available in the Guidance Office. This Scholarship List is also available on the website.  Remember to check your local newspaper and library for scholarship opportunities. Talking to the financial director at the student's college of choice may also uncover other options. It takes work, but there is money to help support higher education.

 

Below are some helpful online resources to assist you in scholarship searches.

College Board - www.collegeboard.com 

FastWeb - www.fastweb.com 

Scholarship Page - www.scholarship-page.com/ 

Sallie Mae - www.salliemae.com/college-planning/college-scholarships/

Going Merry - www.goingmerry.com

Student Award Search Aid - www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm

Student Scholarships - www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship.php

 

Parents, remember to check Collegeboard.com or ACT.org for information to support your student. Along with college information, there is also a timeline, registration and practice tests, and other helpful tips. Guidance encourages you to take time and search this site for helpful information.

 

AP Testing

Beginning the week of May 6th through May 17th the Guidance Office will be administering AP tests. There will be approximately 154 tests administered to students who have registered for 21 various AP tests.     

 

Upcoming Local College Fairs
 

Souderton Area High School                                                
Thursday, April 11, 2019                                                      

625 Lower Road                                                                     

Souderton, PA  18964                                                             

Phone: 215-72-2808                                                              

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

 

Quakertown Community High School

Thursday, April 11, 2019

600 Park Avenue

Quakertown, PA  18951

215-529-2000

 

Mennonite College 2019 Spring Open Houses

Bethel College  www.bethelks.edu

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

 

Bluffton College www.bluffton.edu

April 12, 2019 – Discovery Day for Juniors

Hesston College www.hesston.edu

April 6, 2019 – Sophomore and Junior Day     

 

Summer Enrichment

Looking for things to do this summer? Check out the kiosk in Rosenberger Center for ideas! Enrichment activities look impressive on the college resume. See your Guidance Counselor if you have questions.

 

Academic Recognitions

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

Cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 3.70 – 3.84

Magna cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 3.85 - 3.99

Summa cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 4.00 and above

 

Save the Date: Senior Recital

A Senior Recital will be held in the Longacre Theater on Tuesday, May 28, beginning at 7 p.m. Seniors will showcase their gifts in music, art, and design. 

Students excel in 4-Way Speech Contest

Four Dock students competed recently in the Harleysville Rotary Club's 4-Way Speech Contest. For the contest, which is open to students in grades 9 to 12, contestants choose a topic for their speech and try to persuade others by applying the principles of the 4-Way Speech:

  • Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Congratulations to Dock students (above, l to r) Ashley Mellinger, Madalyn Bergin, Aya Berry, and Mirabel Fizzano for their success in the Harleysville contest. They will now move on to compete at the district level.

Students learn about war and conflict from those who were there

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

"I hope that students have been able to think about the decisions they would make if we were to have a draft again in the United States and what they believe is the best decision for them personally," said Mrs. Nagy. "By hearing from different perspectives from 10 different speakers, students were able to question their own beliefs and ask many important questions."

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Mr. Edgar Stoesz share about his time as a conscientious objector during the Korean conflict. Hearing about his reasons for becoming a conscientious objector and how his faith as a Mennonite impacted his decision was important for us to hear. He gave us background information, statistics, quotes, and described alternative assignments available at that time. Students were engaged during his presentation and asked many thoughtful questions. Edgar left us with a quote: "God is directing your steps in a future you cannot predict."

Mr. Sam Lapp (right) grew up in this area and graduated from Dock in 1957. His father was a pastor. Growing up, Mr. Lapp was taught that he must be a Conscientious Objector instead of enlisting because he was a pacifist. He told us many stories about his experiences as a CO. He explained what Conscientious Objector is and what it means. To become a CO you had to sign up for the draft and take a placement test. He placed the fourth highest out of everyone in his class. Once he was approved to become a CO, it was his responsibility to find a job through the Selective Service.

Mr. Lapp chose to serve in Honduras. He was stationed in Tocoa, a small town where he lived for one year. Then he traveled around Honduras doing service—helping out in health clinics, teaching in classrooms, and helping lost kids find their families safely. Mr. Lapp said that becoming a CO was one of the best decisions he had made in his life; the opportunity led him to travel the world and learn about other cultures. (by Josh Detweiler)

Mrs. Kathleen Roberts told the story of her grandparents, who came to America and became citizens. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the U.S. declared war on  Japan and took all the Japanese-American citizens and sent them to internment camps. Her grandparents, and many other Japanese-Americans, were kept there until the war the over. I really appreciated her sharing her grandparents' story. I’ve had relatives who experienced internment camps and it’s interesting to hear stories from both sides of the world, and how the experiences stick with people. Since our generation hasn’t experienced war yet, it is important for us to know about the past so the same mistakes don’t happen in the future. (by Emanuel Lekaj)

 

Patience pays off for Dock photographer

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

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

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

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

Read the full story on the Audubon website

See more of Carolina's work

Touring Choir kicks off 2019 season

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

Spring 2019 Touring Choir Itinerary

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

March 29-31  Carnegie Hall, New York City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 8  Dock Commencement, 6:00 p.m.

Serving others....together

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

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

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

Tale of the Tape

 

Phoenix Jazz Band at Dock TONIGHT!

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

Listen to Phoenix from this morning's chapel preview

EC to Grade 8 Calendar

EC-Grade 8 Calendar

Grades 9 to 12 Calendar

Grades 9-12 Calendar

All-School News

Spring 2019 Lamplighter available online
Spring 2019 Lamplighter available online

The Spring 2019 issue of Lamplighter will be on its way to you in a few days, but the content is now available online, including:

  • A story about Dock's new Project-Based Learning initiative, which will impact curriculum at both campuses.
  • Coverage of Arts Day 2019, with the theme, "Harmony"
  • A look at some of the key happenings from both the EC-Grade 8 and Grades 9-12 campuses
  • Links to spring golf tournament registration, 2019 Country Fair & Auction page, and more!

There is additional online content available on many pages, which you can link to by scrolling over the page.

Spring 2019 Lamplighter

Patience pays off for Dock photographer
Patience pays off for Dock photographer

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

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

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

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

Read the full story on the Audubon website

See more of Carolina's work

Touring Choir kicks off 2019 season
Touring Choir kicks off 2019 season

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

Spring 2019 Touring Choir Itinerary

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

March 29-31  Carnegie Hall, New York City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 8  Dock Commencement, 6:00 p.m.

Serving others....together
Serving others....together

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

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

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

Tale of the Tape

AHERA plan on file
AHERA plan on file

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

Arts News

Dock art on display at the IV Library

The Dock community will have two important opportunities to see school-related artwork on public display during the months of April and May at the Indian Valley Public Library.

  • Back in October 2018, Dock parents Kimberly and Jonathan Stemler made a unique contribution to a community-wide art project that celebrated a century of growth and progress in the borough of Souderton. Using a 100-year-old window taken from the original offices of Univest—and provided by Univest executive and Dock parent John Duerksen—the Stemlers created a layered, topographical map of the Indian Valley area (photo, above).

A number of other artists also created windows for the project, entitled Windows of History: Souderton Past, Present and Future, and all the windows will be on display during the month of April at the Indian Valley Public Library. This is a great opportunity to see these unique works of art! 

See the original Newsroom story about Dock's Window of History

  • Speaking of unique works of art, Dock's Elementary Art Show will be held at the IVPL during the month of May, featuring works by our EC to Grade 8 students (below). There will be an Art Show reception at the library on Monday, May 13, at 6:30 pm. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend the reception and support our young artists!

 

Patience pays off for Dock photographer

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

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

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

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

Read the full story on the Audubon website

See more of Carolina's work

2nd graders perform "Joseph" this Friday

Dock 2nd grade students have been working hard practicing for their upcoming 2nd Grade musical, "Joseph." Make plans to come see this wonderful musical, written and directed by their elementary music teacher, Mrs. Katie Litzenberger, this Friday, March 22 at 7 pm in the EC to Grade 8 auditorium.

Touring Choir kicks off 2019 season

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

Spring 2019 Touring Choir Itinerary

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

March 29-31  Carnegie Hall, New York City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 8  Dock Commencement, 6:00 p.m.

Phoenix Jazz Band at Dock TONIGHT!

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

Listen to Phoenix from this morning's chapel preview

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."