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Dock welcomes new faculty

Dock Mennonite Academy is pleased to welcome the following new faculty members for the 2019-20 school year:

  • Ms. Natalie Slick will teach 3rd grade. Ms. Slick is a recent graduate of Grove City with a B.S. double major in Elementary and Special Education. She is a member of Bridge Community Church in Lansdale.  
  • Mrs. Christine Dando will be one of our Kindergarten teachers. Mrs. Dando has an Associate Degree from Hesston College and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Goshen College. Mrs. Dando has teaching experience in schools in Quakertown, Skippack, and most recently in a Catholic school in Philadelphia. She is a member of Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. 
  • Mrs. Mysel Gomez-Landis will rejoin our team as part-time Middle School Spanish Teacher. She is a Dock graduate and has a B.S. from Eastern Mennonite University.  Mysel taught for several years at our school previously. She attends Calvary Church of Souderton.
  • Mrs. Missy Camilleri will serve as our EC-Grade 8 Librarian. She is a Dock graduate and has a B.A. in Elementary Education with a Reading Concentration from Eastern University. Missy is a member of Deep Run East Mennonite Church. 
  • Mrs. Michele Finger will remain in our Learning Support department for the full year with elementary classes. Mrs. Finger served as our Learning Support long-term sub last year. Mrs. Finger brings experience as both an elementary teacher and learning support teacher in several local districts. She has an M.A. in teaching from the College of New Jersey and attends Bridge Community Church. 
  • Mrs. Rachael Grim will join our Early Childhood program as the Pre-K teacher. She was a student teacher at Dock in Grade 3 with Mrs. Amy Rodriquez last year. She has certification in Pre-K to Grade 4. She worked most recently at Collegeville Bright Horizons. Rachael holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Western Governor’s University and attends an Episcopal church in Harleysville.
  • Mrs. Sandra Curry will be teaching kindergarten during two kindergarten maternity leaves. Mrs. Curry is a parent of a Dock 9th grader and a graduate of Temple University. She has taught a variety of grades in the Central Bucks School District and directed the preschool education program at her church, Keystone Fellowship. 
  • Ms. Maddie Clemens will serve as our high school Social Studies teacher. Maddie is a 2012 Dock graduate and has a B.A. in History from EMU with some additional coursework from Gwynedd Mercy University. She is certified for grades 7-12 in Social Studies. She attends Blooming Glen Mennonite Church.  
  • Mrs. Michelle Sensenig joins our team as the High School Choral Director.  Michelle and her family will move into our area from Chestertown, MD. She has a B.S. in Music Education from Messiah College and a Masters of Music in Music Education from Colorado State University. Michelle has several years teaching experience at Belleville Mennonite School (her alma mater) and taught middle school music at Penn View from 2002-2005. Michelle also spent four years with MCC in Indonesia as Music Lecturer at Satya Wacana Christian University. She worked most recently as choir director and pianist at a church in Chestertown.  
  • Ms. Emily Rush joins Dock as part-time High School English teacher. Emily has a B.A. in English from Bluffton University and is certified in 7-12 Adolescent Young Adult Language Arts. She is a member of West Swamp Mennonite Church.
  • Mr. Andrew Zetts will join the Middle School (7th/8th grade) team. Mr. Zetts has been teaching in the Jenkintown School District since 2013. He holds a Master of Arts in History from Villanova University and a Bachelors of Arts from Eastern University.  Mr. Zetts has certification in 7-12 Social Studies. He attends Salford Mennonite Church.

Pictured (l to r, below): Natalie Slick, 3rd grade; Rachael Grim, Early Childhood; Maddie Clemens ('12), Grades 9-12 Social Studies; Missy Camilleri, EC- Grade 8 Librarian; Mysel Gomez-Landis, Middle School Spanish; Michele Finger, Elementary Learning Support; Michelle Sensenig, Grades 9-12 Music; Emily Rush, Grades 9-12 English; Christine Dando, Kindergarten. Not pictured: Andrew Zetts, Middle School

Chamber of Commerce builds school ties

The launch meeting of the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce Professional Development Committee (previously the Education Committee) took place recently. The committee is a collaboration between Chamber members and local schools to provide educational opportunities for both members and students. Dock is grateful to the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce for continuing to build community collaboration and helping to provide educational opportunities for students.

Middle School gets Chromebooks

We are excited to announce that for the 2019-20 school year, our middle school will begin a one-to-one Chromebook program! Each student will be assigned one device, labeled with their name, available each day for use at school.   

Chromebooks are essentially internet browsers in a laptop shell that run Google's Chrome operating system and integrate with Google Apps. Our students and teachers have been using Google accounts and many of their collaborative features for several years, via carts of Chromebooks. As the use of these devices has increased, we began to investigate the option of providing one Chromebook per middle school student instead of having roaming carts. 

Benefits of the one-to-one approach:

  • Increased access to technology resources on a daily basis, not restricted by cart availability.

  • Enhanced ability to integrate learning between various content areas in our PBL model

  • No time wasted in finding and relocating carts

  • More flexibility in use throughout the school day

  • Stronger procedures for teaching responsibility, organization, and accountability for technology use.

  • Better security, privacy controls, and maintenance procedures.

Devices will not go home and will be charged at school overnight. The Chromebook model we chose is the ASUS Flip C302CA for its exceptional build quality, multitouch capability, and other features. Click here for more information on the ASUS Chromebook.

 Our teachers and technology staff are working on guidelines and procedures for middle schoolers. Please watch Schoology for more information about our Middle School 1:1 Chromebook program, expectations, and appropriate uses of technology.

SPSO announces 2019-20 season

Starting with the 2019-2020 Season, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra is moving its home to the performing arts center at Dock Mennonite Academy's Early Childhood to Grade 8 Campus at 420 Godshall Road in Souderton. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra is the regional professional orchestra for Montgomery and Bucks Counties and surrounding regions and features performances throughout the year of the great masterworks of symphonic music with world-renowned guest artists. For the past decade, the Symphony has performed mainly at Lansdale's Trinity Lutheran Church. 

Audiences for the Orchestra's 2019-20 season will be welcomed to a fully accessible performing arts center with no partial view seating, wonderful acoustics, and a great concert experience. 

"We are thrilled to begin this new partnership with Dock Mennonite Academy, and to bring our audience and music-making to this wonderful hall," said SPSO Music Director Allan R. Scott. The 2019-20 Season is specifically designed to welcome audiences from throughout the region on this new journey with the Symphony. The 48th Season opens on Saturday, September 28 with "A Night in Italy," including memorable opera highlights, Italian film music, and fun Italian songs. The season also includes:

  • "Heroic Beethoven & Bruckner's Romantic Symphony" (November 9, 2019)
  • "Mozart in Paris" (March 7, 2020) 
  • "Fiesta Latina" (May 9, 2020)

Guest soloists include internationally-renowned violinist Robyn Bollinger, acclaimed organist Colin Howland, and several opera stars from throughout the country. Read more about the SPSO's 2019-20 season and purchase tickets here.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchestra was founded in 1972 as the North Penn Symphony Orchestra. It was created to provide performances of the highest caliber to entertain and educate audiences, and to enhance, enrich, and expand the cultural lives of the residents of the North Penn area. In 2008, the Board of Directors rechristened the orchestra the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra to reflect its new regional focus, professionalism and vision. 

For more information about SPSO, please follow them on Facebook or visit www.spso.info

Dock rocks Genius Camp

Dock middle school teachers, along with several 8th grade students, are participating in Genius Camp at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit this week. One of the highlights so far was a teacher vs. student competition in which each team created an amusement park, complete with lots of rides. Other activities included making brochures with 3D printers, green screens and cameras, as well as sewing shirts and stuffed animals.

The Genius Camp experience brings students and teachers together in a MAKER ENVIRONMENT to take charge of their own ideas and growth with challenging, but fun stations like circuitry and storytelling, robotics, wearable technology and coding. Teachers will leave this week excited to begin implementing maker learning into their classrooms while using questions that encourage students to become independent learners. Students develop the ability to be creative and reflective in their thinking when solving complex problems.

Photo, above: Dock middle school teacher Mrs. Claire Wanamaker ponders a problem-solving exercise with students (clockwise) Julia Rosario, Jonah Kuhn, and Dylan Jernigan during the MCIU's Genius Camp.

Dock Summer Camp FUN!

It’s hard to believe that six weeks of Summer Camps are already coming to an end, but what a summer of FUN it has been! Among many other things, our summer campers:

  • Showed incredible creativity, thoughtfulness, and collaboration in creating marble roller coasters complete with steep drops, twists and turns, and loop-de-loops in Design & Build This
  • Fashioned their own homemade binoculars to use as they hiked and explored the EC-Grade 8 Campus Nature Trail in Let’s Go Camping!
  • Made some crazy cool sock and finger puppets in Dock's Got Talent
  • Designed, built, and then tested their own DaVinci Flying Machines during the Discovering DaVinci camp
  • Experienced the wild and wonderful imagination of Dr. Seuss on "Wacky Wednesday" during Seuss Camp
  • Made their own mini-trampolines during Inventors Camp, and became roaring lions at Circus Camp.
  • Developed their skills in basketball, baseball, soccer, flag football, and volleyball during a series of Cal Sports Camps

We have barely scratched the surface of all the fun that our summer campers enjoyed these past six weeks! View some photos from Summer Camps at the link below, and look for more photos and stories on our EC-Grade 8 Facebook page. Be sure to check our web page at dock.org/summercamps to stay in the loop about our 2020 Summer Camps!

2019 Summer Camp Photos

Dock 2019 Summer Camp Lineup

Under the Big Top!

Exploration with STEM/STEAM

The Amazing Race Camp

Culinary Creations

CAL Sports Coed Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, and Sports Explorers

Afternoon Adventures

All Things Summer

Inventor's Workshop

Coed Sports Explorers

Summer with Seuss

Discovering Da Vinci

Rockin' Recreation

Around the World

Dock's Got Talent

Once Upon An Adventure

Skipping Through the Seasons

Let's Go Camping!

Design and Build This!

Gaming Our Way Through Math

Fantasy Land

Get in the STREAM: Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art & Mathematics

 

Technology to help good become great

A group of Dock faculty, staff, and administrators from both campuses attended the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in Philadelphia June 22-26. ISTE is a passionate community of global educators who believe in the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation and solve tough problems in education. ISTE attendees from Dock included (standing, l to r) EC-Grade 8 Principal Mrs. Bronwyn Histand, EC-Grade 8 Librarian Mrs. Missy Camilleri, Director of Technology Mr. Darwin Zehr, 4th Grade Teacher Mrs. Kipp Glass, 1st grade teacher Mrs. Trish Landis, Grades 9-12 math teacher Mr. Marcelo Mast, Assistant Director of Technology Mr. Jason Sprunger; (kneeling l to r) Grades 9-12 Principal Mr. Martin Wiens and middle school teacher Mr. Nathaniel Freed. Not pictured (because she was taking the photo): Mrs. Sharon Fransen, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction.

Teachers reflected on their ISTE experience and said it is clear that many teachers are "ditching" textbooks in favor of using online resources for student learning. "This means not being tied to a textbook chapter by chapter, but using online projects and resources to target the required content," said Marcelo Mast. Another big takeaway from the conference for him is the emergence of artificial intelligence as the new frontier in technology education. "One seminar focused on ways to use Alexa-type devices in the classroom, both as a tool to retrieve content as well as a means for students to present their findings," he said.

Jason Sprunger was also interested in an area of the show floor that featured iPads with sample classroom material using augmented and virtual reality.

 "This was my first time at ISTE, and it was a whirlwind of new technology—unique displays and screens, 3D Printers, robotics of all kinds, as well all sorts of software for students, teachers and administrators," he said. "Everything here was in the service of improving how kids learn, improving engagement, and fostering an environment of creativity and innovation.

Mast said he was impressed by the number of apps and programs available for teachers to generate classroom learning experiences, and for students to use to demonstrate what they have learned. For example, he saw video programs that create professional-looking short videos based on the topic and basic information a teacher enters. He also was impressed with programs that create animated GIFs that can be incorporated into presentations; a program that students can use to easily create a beat and music; programs to create virtual reality or augmented reality worlds; and many more. Most of these are free, he added. "It is amazing what students (and teachers) can create!" he said.

Sprunger said the trick is to successfully integrate these technologies and programs into the learning experience. "Technology isn't magical on its own—effective integration is key," he said. "If educators can successfully integrate technology into their classrooms, it can be more than just novelty; it can make us more efficient, expressive, and engaging. At the end of the day, ISTE gave me so many exciting ideas for ways in which technology can boost our learning and make what's good into something that's great."

4Q Honor Roll posted for both campuses

Dock Mennonite Academy's 4th Quarter Honor Roll has now been posted for both the EC-Grade 8 and Grades 9-12 campuses. To see the qualifications for Honor Roll as well as the list of middle school and high school students earning this academic honor, visit the Honor Roll page of the Dock website.

See 4th Quarter Honor Roll

Time to register for Summer Camps!

School is almost out, and 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

 

1st graders do the Super Mario Challenge!

First grade teacher Mrs. Trish Landis just completed an amazing week with her students centered around Design Thinking, Math, Character Analysis, Vocabulary, and Vowel Teams. They visited different Mario “worlds.” Outdoors, for example, students were given a sight word and had to find the gold coin with the same word and squirt it with water. "Underground," students worked on addition, missing addends, and place value. In the Classroom, students broke open question boxes to find vocabulary words written within sentences to figure out the meaning of the word. The class even "played" Mario Kart: students designed their own cart that could hold their gold coins without using their hands. The class went to the gym and used their carts to solve math equations using mental math skills. Giving students unforgettable experiences and memories, intertwined with rigorous academics, makes them more inclined to have a growth mindset and challenge themselves!

More Mario photos

Grades 9 to 12 Campus

Dock welcomes new faculty

Dock Mennonite Academy is pleased to welcome the following new faculty members for the 2019-20 school year:

  • Ms. Natalie Slick will teach 3rd grade. Ms. Slick is a recent graduate of Grove City with a B.S. double major in Elementary and Special Education. She is a member of Bridge Community Church in Lansdale.  
  • Mrs. Christine Dando will be one of our Kindergarten teachers. Mrs. Dando has an Associate Degree from Hesston College and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Goshen College. Mrs. Dando has teaching experience in schools in Quakertown, Skippack, and most recently in a Catholic school in Philadelphia. She is a member of Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. 
  • Mrs. Mysel Gomez-Landis will rejoin our team as part-time Middle School Spanish Teacher. She is a Dock graduate and has a B.S. from Eastern Mennonite University.  Mysel taught for several years at our school previously. She attends Calvary Church of Souderton.
  • Mrs. Missy Camilleri will serve as our EC-Grade 8 Librarian. She is a Dock graduate and has a B.A. in Elementary Education with a Reading Concentration from Eastern University. Missy is a member of Deep Run East Mennonite Church. 
  • Mrs. Michele Finger will remain in our Learning Support department for the full year with elementary classes. Mrs. Finger served as our Learning Support long-term sub last year. Mrs. Finger brings experience as both an elementary teacher and learning support teacher in several local districts. She has an M.A. in teaching from the College of New Jersey and attends Bridge Community Church. 
  • Mrs. Rachael Grim will join our Early Childhood program as the Pre-K teacher. She was a student teacher at Dock in Grade 3 with Mrs. Amy Rodriquez last year. She has certification in Pre-K to Grade 4. She worked most recently at Collegeville Bright Horizons. Rachael holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Western Governor’s University and attends an Episcopal church in Harleysville.
  • Mrs. Sandra Curry will be teaching kindergarten during two kindergarten maternity leaves. Mrs. Curry is a parent of a Dock 9th grader and a graduate of Temple University. She has taught a variety of grades in the Central Bucks School District and directed the preschool education program at her church, Keystone Fellowship. 
  • Ms. Maddie Clemens will serve as our high school Social Studies teacher. Maddie is a 2012 Dock graduate and has a B.A. in History from EMU with some additional coursework from Gwynedd Mercy University. She is certified for grades 7-12 in Social Studies. She attends Blooming Glen Mennonite Church.  
  • Mrs. Michelle Sensenig joins our team as the High School Choral Director.  Michelle and her family will move into our area from Chestertown, MD. She has a B.S. in Music Education from Messiah College and a Masters of Music in Music Education from Colorado State University. Michelle has several years teaching experience at Belleville Mennonite School (her alma mater) and taught middle school music at Penn View from 2002-2005. Michelle also spent four years with MCC in Indonesia as Music Lecturer at Satya Wacana Christian University. She worked most recently as choir director and pianist at a church in Chestertown.  
  • Ms. Emily Rush joins Dock as part-time High School English teacher. Emily has a B.A. in English from Bluffton University and is certified in 7-12 Adolescent Young Adult Language Arts. She is a member of West Swamp Mennonite Church.
  • Mr. Andrew Zetts will join the Middle School (7th/8th grade) team. Mr. Zetts has been teaching in the Jenkintown School District since 2013. He holds a Master of Arts in History from Villanova University and a Bachelors of Arts from Eastern University.  Mr. Zetts has certification in 7-12 Social Studies. He attends Salford Mennonite Church.

Pictured (l to r, below): Natalie Slick, 3rd grade; Rachael Grim, Early Childhood; Maddie Clemens ('12), Grades 9-12 Social Studies; Missy Camilleri, EC- Grade 8 Librarian; Mysel Gomez-Landis, Middle School Spanish; Michele Finger, Elementary Learning Support; Michelle Sensenig, Grades 9-12 Music; Emily Rush, Grades 9-12 English; Christine Dando, Kindergarten. Not pictured: Andrew Zetts, Middle School

Chamber of Commerce builds school ties

The launch meeting of the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce Professional Development Committee (previously the Education Committee) took place recently. The committee is a collaboration between Chamber members and local schools to provide educational opportunities for both members and students. Dock is grateful to the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce for continuing to build community collaboration and helping to provide educational opportunities for students.

Audition info for Newsies

We have audition information for Newsies, Dock's fall musical!

August 21, 3:15-5:30 pm, Theater
Come sing through the show and ask questions about getting involved! Audition sides will be available.

September 3 and 4, 3:15-5:30 pm, Theater
Open Audition followed by Parent informational Meeting fro 5:30-6:00 pm. Students and parents should come one of the two days.

September 5, 3:15-5:30 pm, Theater
Call Back Audition

Please note the new show dates this year on consecutive weekends, which will allow more people to attend the show. Show dates are November 15-16 and 22-23, 2019.

 

SPSO announces 2019-20 season

Starting with the 2019-2020 Season, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra is moving its home to the performing arts center at Dock Mennonite Academy's Early Childhood to Grade 8 Campus at 420 Godshall Road in Souderton. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra is the regional professional orchestra for Montgomery and Bucks Counties and surrounding regions and features performances throughout the year of the great masterworks of symphonic music with world-renowned guest artists. For the past decade, the Symphony has performed mainly at Lansdale's Trinity Lutheran Church. 

Audiences for the Orchestra's 2019-20 season will be welcomed to a fully accessible performing arts center with no partial view seating, wonderful acoustics, and a great concert experience. 

"We are thrilled to begin this new partnership with Dock Mennonite Academy, and to bring our audience and music-making to this wonderful hall," said SPSO Music Director Allan R. Scott. The 2019-20 Season is specifically designed to welcome audiences from throughout the region on this new journey with the Symphony. The 48th Season opens on Saturday, September 28 with "A Night in Italy," including memorable opera highlights, Italian film music, and fun Italian songs. The season also includes:

  • "Heroic Beethoven & Bruckner's Romantic Symphony" (November 9, 2019)
  • "Mozart in Paris" (March 7, 2020) 
  • "Fiesta Latina" (May 9, 2020)

Guest soloists include internationally-renowned violinist Robyn Bollinger, acclaimed organist Colin Howland, and several opera stars from throughout the country. Read more about the SPSO's 2019-20 season and purchase tickets here.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchestra was founded in 1972 as the North Penn Symphony Orchestra. It was created to provide performances of the highest caliber to entertain and educate audiences, and to enhance, enrich, and expand the cultural lives of the residents of the North Penn area. In 2008, the Board of Directors rechristened the orchestra the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra to reflect its new regional focus, professionalism and vision. 

For more information about SPSO, please follow them on Facebook or visit www.spso.info

Don't forget your summer reading!

As you enjoy the mountains, the beach, and wherever else your summer vacations may take you, please remember to take along a book—specifically, your summer reading assignment! You should have received an email (or else you will shortly) from your faculty book group leader regarding the book you are reading together. In the meantime, here are a few tips as you read:

  • It can be a good idea to add some sticky notes, or write in your book to remind yourself later of what seemed important or interesting when you were reading.
  • Mark or highlight passages that strike you as particularly beautiful or illuminating.
  • Consider how the book relates to or reminds you of your own life, or people you know.
  • Depending on the length of your book, you might want to get started reading soon. Some books are longer than others!

If you have forgotten which book you signed up to read, you can find the list here.

Take some time this summer to read and think deeply, and to enjoy the book you've chosen. We look forward to talking about your book with you when you return to campus in August!

Technology to help good become great

A group of Dock faculty, staff, and administrators from both campuses attended the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in Philadelphia June 22-26. ISTE is a passionate community of global educators who believe in the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation and solve tough problems in education. ISTE attendees from Dock included (standing, l to r) EC-Grade 8 Principal Mrs. Bronwyn Histand, EC-Grade 8 Librarian Mrs. Missy Camilleri, Director of Technology Mr. Darwin Zehr, 4th Grade Teacher Mrs. Kipp Glass, 1st grade teacher Mrs. Trish Landis, Grades 9-12 math teacher Mr. Marcelo Mast, Assistant Director of Technology Mr. Jason Sprunger; (kneeling l to r) Grades 9-12 Principal Mr. Martin Wiens and middle school teacher Mr. Nathaniel Freed. Not pictured (because she was taking the photo): Mrs. Sharon Fransen, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction.

Teachers reflected on their ISTE experience and said it is clear that many teachers are "ditching" textbooks in favor of using online resources for student learning. "This means not being tied to a textbook chapter by chapter, but using online projects and resources to target the required content," said Marcelo Mast. Another big takeaway from the conference for him is the emergence of artificial intelligence as the new frontier in technology education. "One seminar focused on ways to use Alexa-type devices in the classroom, both as a tool to retrieve content as well as a means for students to present their findings," he said.

Jason Sprunger was also interested in an area of the show floor that featured iPads with sample classroom material using augmented and virtual reality.

 "This was my first time at ISTE, and it was a whirlwind of new technology—unique displays and screens, 3D Printers, robotics of all kinds, as well all sorts of software for students, teachers and administrators," he said. "Everything here was in the service of improving how kids learn, improving engagement, and fostering an environment of creativity and innovation.

Mast said he was impressed by the number of apps and programs available for teachers to generate classroom learning experiences, and for students to use to demonstrate what they have learned. For example, he saw video programs that create professional-looking short videos based on the topic and basic information a teacher enters. He also was impressed with programs that create animated GIFs that can be incorporated into presentations; a program that students can use to easily create a beat and music; programs to create virtual reality or augmented reality worlds; and many more. Most of these are free, he added. "It is amazing what students (and teachers) can create!" he said.

Sprunger said the trick is to successfully integrate these technologies and programs into the learning experience. "Technology isn't magical on its own—effective integration is key," he said. "If educators can successfully integrate technology into their classrooms, it can be more than just novelty; it can make us more efficient, expressive, and engaging. At the end of the day, ISTE gave me so many exciting ideas for ways in which technology can boost our learning and make what's good into something that's great."

4Q Honor Roll posted for both campuses

Dock Mennonite Academy's 4th Quarter Honor Roll has now been posted for both the EC-Grade 8 and Grades 9-12 campuses. To see the qualifications for Honor Roll as well as the list of middle school and high school students earning this academic honor, visit the Honor Roll page of the Dock website.

See 4th Quarter Honor Roll

Students attend Rotary leadership camp

Rising Dock seniors Madelyn Bergin and Dalton Moore attended Camp Neidig, a Rotary Youth Leadership Camp for rising seniors. They were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Harleysville. The Camp experience was held June 14-17 at Camp Manatawny in Douglassville, PA, and featured workshops, guest speakers, and a series of problem-solving exercises that challenge campers both mentally and physically to work as a team. ​​Each problem-solving activity is designed to test and refine specific leadership skills. Congratulations to Madelyn and Dalton, and thank you to the Harleysville Rotary Club for their investment in our student leaders!

View the Camp Neidig highlight video

Dock's 2019 Fall Musical: Newsies!

Hot off the presses! Dock's 2019 Fall Musical will be "Newsies," the Disney musical based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899. Dock Theater Director Ms. Karen Johnston says Newsies is a high energy show with lots of dancing. "It's a show that many students can get involved with, and share gifts you may not have explored before," she says. Stay tuned for details about auditions!

Synopsis: Jack Kelly is a rebel newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. With help from the female reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of “the little man.”

Extra extra! The show was based on a 1992 movie starring (a very young) Christian Bale, Bill Pullman and Robert Duvall.

Senior Presentation schedule

The schedule for Dock Mennonite Academy's Class of 2019 Senior Presentations has been posted. Senior speeches will be held June 3-5 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. in three campus locations: Clemens Auditorium, Clemens Theater in Longacre Center, and Room L-212 in Longacre Center.

Senior Presentations are 18- 20-minute public presentations given by each graduating senior in which they reflect on their growth and maturity academically, socially, and spiritually over their years at Dock, as well as the key relationships and experiences that shaped them. Friends and family are invited to attend the presentations.

Food will be available at the Longacre Commons concession stand on each of the three nights of presentations; a specific menu will be posted as soon as it is available. Dock also asks families of graduates to greet their senior outside each of the three senior speech venues so that the next speaker can prepare. Please plan to support the Class of 2019 with your attendance!

See the Senior Presentation schedule

EC to Grade 8 Calendar

EC-Grade 8 Calendar

Grades 9 to 12 Calendar

Grades 9-12 Calendar

All-School News

Dock welcomes new faculty
Dock welcomes new faculty

Dock Mennonite Academy is pleased to welcome the following new faculty members for the 2019-20 school year:

  • Ms. Natalie Slick will teach 3rd grade. Ms. Slick is a recent graduate of Grove City with a B.S. double major in Elementary and Special Education. She is a member of Bridge Community Church in Lansdale.  
  • Mrs. Christine Dando will be one of our Kindergarten teachers. Mrs. Dando has an Associate Degree from Hesston College and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Goshen College. Mrs. Dando has teaching experience in schools in Quakertown, Skippack, and most recently in a Catholic school in Philadelphia. She is a member of Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. 
  • Mrs. Mysel Gomez-Landis will rejoin our team as part-time Middle School Spanish Teacher. She is a Dock graduate and has a B.S. from Eastern Mennonite University.  Mysel taught for several years at our school previously. She attends Calvary Church of Souderton.
  • Mrs. Missy Camilleri will serve as our EC-Grade 8 Librarian. She is a Dock graduate and has a B.A. in Elementary Education with a Reading Concentration from Eastern University. Missy is a member of Deep Run East Mennonite Church. 
  • Mrs. Michele Finger will remain in our Learning Support department for the full year with elementary classes. Mrs. Finger served as our Learning Support long-term sub last year. Mrs. Finger brings experience as both an elementary teacher and learning support teacher in several local districts. She has an M.A. in teaching from the College of New Jersey and attends Bridge Community Church. 
  • Mrs. Rachael Grim will join our Early Childhood program as the Pre-K teacher. She was a student teacher at Dock in Grade 3 with Mrs. Amy Rodriquez last year. She has certification in Pre-K to Grade 4. She worked most recently at Collegeville Bright Horizons. Rachael holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Western Governor’s University and attends an Episcopal church in Harleysville.
  • Mrs. Sandra Curry will be teaching kindergarten during two kindergarten maternity leaves. Mrs. Curry is a parent of a Dock 9th grader and a graduate of Temple University. She has taught a variety of grades in the Central Bucks School District and directed the preschool education program at her church, Keystone Fellowship. 
  • Ms. Maddie Clemens will serve as our high school Social Studies teacher. Maddie is a 2012 Dock graduate and has a B.A. in History from EMU with some additional coursework from Gwynedd Mercy University. She is certified for grades 7-12 in Social Studies. She attends Blooming Glen Mennonite Church.  
  • Mrs. Michelle Sensenig joins our team as the High School Choral Director.  Michelle and her family will move into our area from Chestertown, MD. She has a B.S. in Music Education from Messiah College and a Masters of Music in Music Education from Colorado State University. Michelle has several years teaching experience at Belleville Mennonite School (her alma mater) and taught middle school music at Penn View from 2002-2005. Michelle also spent four years with MCC in Indonesia as Music Lecturer at Satya Wacana Christian University. She worked most recently as choir director and pianist at a church in Chestertown.  
  • Ms. Emily Rush joins Dock as part-time High School English teacher. Emily has a B.A. in English from Bluffton University and is certified in 7-12 Adolescent Young Adult Language Arts. She is a member of West Swamp Mennonite Church.
  • Mr. Andrew Zetts will join the Middle School (7th/8th grade) team. Mr. Zetts has been teaching in the Jenkintown School District since 2013. He holds a Master of Arts in History from Villanova University and a Bachelors of Arts from Eastern University.  Mr. Zetts has certification in 7-12 Social Studies. He attends Salford Mennonite Church.

Pictured (l to r, below): Natalie Slick, 3rd grade; Rachael Grim, Early Childhood; Maddie Clemens ('12), Grades 9-12 Social Studies; Missy Camilleri, EC- Grade 8 Librarian; Mysel Gomez-Landis, Middle School Spanish; Michele Finger, Elementary Learning Support; Michelle Sensenig, Grades 9-12 Music; Emily Rush, Grades 9-12 English; Christine Dando, Kindergarten. Not pictured: Andrew Zetts, Middle School

Chamber of Commerce builds school ties
Chamber of Commerce builds school ties

The launch meeting of the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce Professional Development Committee (previously the Education Committee) took place recently. The committee is a collaboration between Chamber members and local schools to provide educational opportunities for both members and students. Dock is grateful to the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce for continuing to build community collaboration and helping to provide educational opportunities for students.

Dock Summer Camp FUN!
Dock Summer Camp FUN!

It’s hard to believe that six weeks of Summer Camps are already coming to an end, but what a summer of FUN it has been! Among many other things, our summer campers:

  • Showed incredible creativity, thoughtfulness, and collaboration in creating marble roller coasters complete with steep drops, twists and turns, and loop-de-loops in Design & Build This
  • Fashioned their own homemade binoculars to use as they hiked and explored the EC-Grade 8 Campus Nature Trail in Let’s Go Camping!
  • Made some crazy cool sock and finger puppets in Dock's Got Talent
  • Designed, built, and then tested their own DaVinci Flying Machines during the Discovering DaVinci camp
  • Experienced the wild and wonderful imagination of Dr. Seuss on "Wacky Wednesday" during Seuss Camp
  • Made their own mini-trampolines during Inventors Camp, and became roaring lions at Circus Camp.
  • Developed their skills in basketball, baseball, soccer, flag football, and volleyball during a series of Cal Sports Camps

We have barely scratched the surface of all the fun that our summer campers enjoyed these past six weeks! View some photos from Summer Camps at the link below, and look for more photos and stories on our EC-Grade 8 Facebook page. Be sure to check our web page at dock.org/summercamps to stay in the loop about our 2020 Summer Camps!

2019 Summer Camp Photos

Dock 2019 Summer Camp Lineup

Under the Big Top!

Exploration with STEM/STEAM

The Amazing Race Camp

Culinary Creations

CAL Sports Coed Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, and Sports Explorers

Afternoon Adventures

All Things Summer

Inventor's Workshop

Coed Sports Explorers

Summer with Seuss

Discovering Da Vinci

Rockin' Recreation

Around the World

Dock's Got Talent

Once Upon An Adventure

Skipping Through the Seasons

Let's Go Camping!

Design and Build This!

Gaming Our Way Through Math

Fantasy Land

Get in the STREAM: Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art & Mathematics

Technology to help good become great
Technology to help good become great

A group of Dock faculty, staff, and administrators from both campuses attended the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in Philadelphia June 22-26. ISTE is a passionate community of global educators who believe in the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation and solve tough problems in education. ISTE attendees from Dock included (standing, l to r) EC-Grade 8 Principal Mrs. Bronwyn Histand, EC-Grade 8 Librarian Mrs. Missy Camilleri, Director of Technology Mr. Darwin Zehr, 4th Grade Teacher Mrs. Kipp Glass, 1st grade teacher Mrs. Trish Landis, Grades 9-12 math teacher Mr. Marcelo Mast, Assistant Director of Technology Mr. Jason Sprunger; (kneeling l to r) Grades 9-12 Principal Mr. Martin Wiens and middle school teacher Mr. Nathaniel Freed. Not pictured (because she was taking the photo): Mrs. Sharon Fransen, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction.

Teachers reflected on their ISTE experience and said it is clear that many teachers are "ditching" textbooks in favor of using online resources for student learning. "This means not being tied to a textbook chapter by chapter, but using online projects and resources to target the required content," said Marcelo Mast. Another big takeaway from the conference for him is the emergence of artificial intelligence as the new frontier in technology education. "One seminar focused on ways to use Alexa-type devices in the classroom, both as a tool to retrieve content as well as a means for students to present their findings," he said.

Jason Sprunger was also interested in an area of the show floor that featured iPads with sample classroom material using augmented and virtual reality.

 "This was my first time at ISTE, and it was a whirlwind of new technology—unique displays and screens, 3D Printers, robotics of all kinds, as well all sorts of software for students, teachers and administrators," he said. "Everything here was in the service of improving how kids learn, improving engagement, and fostering an environment of creativity and innovation.

Mast said he was impressed by the number of apps and programs available for teachers to generate classroom learning experiences, and for students to use to demonstrate what they have learned. For example, he saw video programs that create professional-looking short videos based on the topic and basic information a teacher enters. He also was impressed with programs that create animated GIFs that can be incorporated into presentations; a program that students can use to easily create a beat and music; programs to create virtual reality or augmented reality worlds; and many more.  Most of these are free, he added. "It is amazing what students (and teachers) can create!" he said.

Sprunger said the trick is to successfully integrate these technologies and programs into the learning experience. "Technology isn't magical on its own—effective integration is key," he said. "If educators can successfully integrate technology into their classrooms, it can be more than just novelty; it can make us more efficient, expressive, and engaging. At the end of the day, ISTE gave me so many exciting ideas for ways in which technology can boost our learning and make what's good into something that's great."

Time to register for Summer Camps!
Time to register for Summer Camps!

School is almost out, and 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

Arts News

Audition info for Newsies

We have audition information for Newsies, Dock's fall musical!

August 21, 3:15-5:30 pm, Theater
Come sing through the show and ask questions about getting involved! Audition sides will be available.

September 3 and 4, 3:15-5:30 pm, Theater
Open Audition followed by Parent informational Meeting fro 5:30-6:00 pm. Students and parents should come one of the two days.

September 5, 3:15-5:30 pm, Theater
Call Back Audition

Please note the new show dates this year on consecutive weekends, which will allow more people to attend the show. Show dates are November 15-16 and 22-23, 2019.

 

SPSO announces 2019-20 season

Starting with the 2019-2020 Season, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra is moving its home to the performing arts center at Dock Mennonite Academy's Early Childhood to Grade 8 Campus at 420 Godshall Road in Souderton. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra is the regional professional orchestra for Montgomery and Bucks Counties and surrounding regions and features performances throughout the year of the great masterworks of symphonic music with world-renowned guest artists. For the past decade, the Symphony has performed mainly at Lansdale's Trinity Lutheran Church. 

Audiences for the Orchestra's 2019-20 season will be welcomed to a fully accessible performing arts center with no partial view seating, wonderful acoustics, and a great concert experience. 

"We are thrilled to begin this new partnership with Dock Mennonite Academy, and to bring our audience and music-making to this wonderful hall," said SPSO Music Director Allan R. Scott. The 2019-20 Season is specifically designed to welcome audiences from throughout the region on this new journey with the Symphony. The 48th Season opens on Saturday, September 28 with "A Night in Italy," including memorable opera highlights, Italian film music, and fun Italian songs. The season also includes:

  • "Heroic Beethoven & Bruckner's Romantic Symphony" (November 9, 2019)
  • "Mozart in Paris" (March 7, 2020) 
  • "Fiesta Latina" (May 9, 2020)

Guest soloists include internationally-renowned violinist Robyn Bollinger, acclaimed organist Colin Howland, and several opera stars from throughout the country. Read more about the SPSO's 2019-20 season and purchase tickets here.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchestra was founded in 1972 as the North Penn Symphony Orchestra. It was created to provide performances of the highest caliber to entertain and educate audiences, and to enhance, enrich, and expand the cultural lives of the residents of the North Penn area. In 2008, the Board of Directors rechristened the orchestra the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra to reflect its new regional focus, professionalism and vision. 

For more information about SPSO, please follow them on Facebook or visit www.spso.info

Dock's 2019 Fall Musical: Newsies!

Hot off the presses! Dock's 2019 Fall Musical will be "Newsies," the Disney musical based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899. Dock Theater Director Ms. Karen Johnston says Newsies is a high energy show with lots of dancing. "It's a show that many students can get involved with, and share gifts you may not have explored before," she says. Stay tuned for details about auditions!

Synopsis: Jack Kelly is a rebel newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. With help from the female reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of “the little man.”

Extra extra! The show was based on a 1992 movie starring (a very young) Christian Bale, Bill Pullman and Robert Duvall.

Inter-Generational Art Show opens Tuesday

Make plans to attend Dock's 20th Intergenerational Art Show and enjoy drawings from 6th graders TJ Seiders, Lela Martin, Damia Park, Danny Emr, Sadie Bernd, Lily Hunsberger, 7th grader Michaella Labrum, and 8th grader Steven Liu. In addition, the traditional Pennsylvania German art forms of fraktur and sgraffito will be on view from 8th graders Lydia Hwang, Ainsley Moyer, Zach Frederick, and Sophia Kim. 

Everyone is invited to the opening reception on Tuesday, May 7 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. at the Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA 19438. We'll be honored to once again have Select Strings (above) provide the music for our opening reception. If you can't make it for the reception, stop by to see the display between May 7 and May 24 during gallery hours (Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

Athletics News

Watch Robert Cercos Gonzalez state championship match

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

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

Watch Set 1

Watch Set 2

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

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

Athletes make college commitments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dock athletes attend BAL leadership event

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

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

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

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

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.