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Demonstrated value

Dock demonstrates value at every grade level with a broad range of experiences that prepare students to learn for lives of purpose.

As parents, we carefully evaluate and consider the value of each of our child’s experiences. The school experience is one that deeply impacts our child’s life, due to the nature of the experience as well as the percentage of time spent at school.

As I have recently heard stories of seniors returning from Senior Experience week, middle school students participating in Science Fair, and a fifth-grade class making a proposal for a “Buddy Bench” for the playground (see the EC-Grade 8 Newsroom feed, below), I am encouraged by the value of Dock Mennonite Academy. The experiences from Early Childhood to our current seniors concluding their final year at Dock, deeply impact our students and prepare them for a significant role in our community and world.

One challenge we face this time each year is to set the value for this experience. You will soon be receiving an update on the tuition rates for next year. I am pleased that we were able to keep that increase to a minimal amount. The board must also balance the tuition decision with an appropriate compensation for our teachers and staff as we strive to compensate them well for their role in this process of impacting our children. Our school is doing well with minimal debt and a supportive community and are pleased with the decisions we were able to make this year.

One goal of our school is to make a Dock education accessible to all families. We are exploring innovative ways of making Dock more accessible for all families in our community. You can help us by inviting a neighbor or friend to visit and have a conversation about how Dock might be a possibility for their family.

Last week I had the privilege of attending a leadership conference sponsored by ADVIS (Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools) and PAISBOA (Philadelphia Area Independent School Business Officer Association) with the theme, New Economic Models for a Hard Look at Financial Sustainability. I was encouraged that our board chair, Jim Gunden, and board treasurer, Scott Heckler, joined our Director of Finance and Operations, Patti Baker, and me at that conference. The conference was thought-provoking, with times for reality checks as well as strategies for great opportunities moving forward. It was a timely day of information and discussion as we have been making financial decisions that will keep Dock sustainable and affordable for all our families in this community.

The future is bright as we are privileged to partner with parents and churches to encourage students to learn for lives of purpose. The students’ experiences at Dock speak to the value of their time here.

Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber

Superintendent

Arts Day 2018

The arts are celebrated every day at Dock—in classrooms, practice rooms, art studios, on stage, in chapel—but never with a broader brush than on Arts Day on the Grades 9-12 Campus.


Our valentine to the arts!

Friday, February 16

Grades 9 to 12 Campus

Public Performance at 7:00 p.m.

Stay on top of what's happening at Dock Mennonite Academy

News and featured events from both the EC-Grade 8 and Grades 9-12 campuses

Early Childhood to Grade 8 Campus

Dock unveils "new" athletic identity

Dock Mennonite Academy has unveiled a new athletic identity, and it will be at once completely familiar and yet brand new for students and alumni.

Over the last year, the athletics, marketing, and admissions teams at Dock have worked to discern what the school's athletic identity should be going forward, with a goal to strengthen our marketing efforts in the athletic arena. This morning, in chapels at both the Middle School and Grades 9-12 campuses, Director of Admissions Doug Hackman revealed to the Dock community the results of this journey.

The process began with a survey that was sent to parents, alumni, coaches, faculty, and students regarding whether we should move forward with our existing athletic identity, the Pioneers, or select a new athletic identity. A strong majority of survey respondents indicated that Dock should continue to be the Pioneers.

Based on this feedback, we began working with designers on new athletic logos. A variety of logo submissions were tested with different groups. Again, we worked with parents, alumni, coaches, faculty, and students in this process.

The logo that we selected rated well with all constituent groups. It rated particularly well with athletes that recently graduated, and current athletes at the high school and middle school level, which made us feel confident to move ahead with our decision.

"I have appreciated the leadership of [Athletic Director] Tim Ehst in this process," said Hackman. "He has helped ensure that our athletic department represents who we are and what we value as a school, in particular emphasizing the importance of sportsmanship and how lessons learned on the field translate to who we are when we leave this place."

"Dock has been known as the Pioneers from the moment we began competing in athletics in the mid-1960s," said Ehst. "The new logo preserves the positive associations so many of our former student-athletes have, but infuses the brand with new energy that captures our passion to compete at the highest levels."

The Dock community will begin seeing the new identity being used in a variety of ways, including our athletics website, t-shirts, gym floors, and as a springboard to creating a mascot that will build enthusiasm and energy at "big games" and other events.

Watch the identity reveal announcement in chapel (up to 2:50)

Olympic excitement at EC-Grade 8 Campus

Now that the Super Bowl is over, the world has turned its attention to the Winter Olympics, and Olympic fever is high at the EC-Grade 8 Campus! On Monday, students kicked off the week with a "Parade of Nations" through the hallways of the school, cheered on by our Middle School students. At the end of the parade, a short ceremony was held to observe the lighting of the Olympic "torch." Physical Education classes taught by Mrs. Cheryl Ryder and Mrs. Jayne Landis Longacre this week have "morphed" into various winter Olympic events. You can just feel and hear the excitement of our students!

See photos from the Parade of Nations

See photos from Olympic events in gym class

Watch a video of the Parade of Nations

A must-read Valentine's Day saga

Remember what Valentines' Day was like when you were a kid? Dock school nurse Mrs. Brenda Shelly does, and while the celebration of the holiday is certainly different today, there is still a lot to love about how Miss Slemmer's third grade students and Mrs. Quirk's kindergarteners marked the occasion in their classrooms. Read Mrs. Shelly's post in The Window to learn more!

Look in The Window

The busiest 100-year-olds around!

Kindergarten and first grade teachers, students and aides dressed up as 100-year-olds and celebrated the 100th day of school together. Students took part in fun activities including book reading, cup stacking to 100, counting games to 100, and others. Students also got 'hands-on' with a STEM activity that included building snowballs with marshmallows and toothpicks. These are the busiest 100-year-olds around!

5th graders plan a buddy bench

During the second quarter, Mrs. Kelly Kratz's fifth grade students considered the question, "How can we help to improve our school?" The recess playground seemed to be the best area to focus on. Students researched how to help solve recess problems by looking up key phrases like "loneliness at recess." The buzz in our classroom grew as students started reading about this idea called a buddy bench. It was clear to all of them, this was definitely the direction they wanted to head.

Work began immediately on gathering information about the buddy bench and thinking how we could actually get a buddy bench on our playground. Because the students would need to convince the school administration, we were also looking for strong evidence to show we could really benefit. The fifth graders decided to survey the elementary students to find out just how many students had ever felt lonely while playing at recess. The next step was to write a letter to school leaders convincing them that the fifth graders could make this work. Students wrote in teams, edited individually, and worked as a class to put the finishing touches on the letter. We also worked to tie this research and planning into our Bible curriculum, which focuses on being a welcoming community.

Students developed a presentation for chapel in which they taught students to look and notice people that feel sad. The fifth graders shared a modern rendition of the Good Samaritan story at chapel as an introduction to the buddy bench (see photo, below). The fifth graders are now working on creating an uplifting bulletin board to keep the community spirit alive at our school, and planning the next steps for getting the buddy bench to our very own Dock Mennonite Academy playground!


Seussical tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the Dock Middle School Drama Department's production of Seussical the Musical! Performances are Friday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online.

Seussical is a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on the stories of Dr. Seuss. The musical debuted on Broadway in 2000. The play's story is an amalgamation of many of Seuss's most famous books. After a Broadway run, the production spawned several tours in the U.S. and abroad, and has become a beloved classic for school, community, and regional theater companies.

Purchase Seussical tickets


Mom's Market new to CFA for 2018

Dock is hosting a Mom's Market as a new feature of the 2018 Country Fair & Auction on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon. This is a great opportunity to pick up gently used children's clothing, toys and more at steep discounts. Reserve your table TODAY for the all NEW Mom's Market—table space is limited and spots will fill up fast. Whether you're buying or selling, you don't want to miss the Mom's Market at this year's CFA!

More information

Showing our sister school support

Dock Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber (far right) and middle school STUCO (Student Council) faculty advisors Mrs. Claire Wanamaker and Mrs. Hillary Kotecki (2nd and 3rd from left) pose with leaders from Academia Mennonita Betania during the Mennonite Educators Conference in Virginia. Leaders were given samples of the bracelets that STUCO students have been selling that read: "Dock Supports Betania!" This small fundraiser is just one of many initiatives Dock students are working on to raise money to support our sister school in Puerto Rico!

1st graders build compound words

In Language Arts, Mrs. Trish Landis's first grade students identified, created, and determined the meaning of compound words using "Compound Construction," a rigorous, play-based program that kept the crew of first graders active and asking for more. The kids learned through an exciting, hands-on experience.

See more photos

Grades 9 to 12 Campus

Arts Day public performance program

The public performance program for Arts Day 2018 has been posted to the Dock web site. The program will begin tonight (Friday, February 16) at 7:00 p.m.

Arts Day 2018 - "Home"

Evening Program - 7:00 p.m.

Welcome - Principal Martin Wiens


Emcees - Ms. Barbara Brown and Mrs. Charlene Rauch


11 Small Vocal - "I'll Think of You" by Kurt Hugo Schneider

Laura Bergey, Ben Graham, Ryan Kratz, Mikayla Martin


10 Dance - "Forest Dream" - A traditional Chinese dance

Jessica Zhao


12 Small Vocal - "Sweet Creature" by Harry Styles

Mikayla Frederick, Molly Hand, Carsyn McCloskey, Lauren Ness, Abby Nice


9 Vocal/Instrumental - "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri and David Hodges

Laura Frederick, Sara Kennel, Marciella Shallomita

11 Large Vocal - "I'll Stand By You" by The Pretenders

Nicole Ford, Sam Gingerich, Alexa Kennel, Ryan Kratz, Mikayla Martin, Abby Morgan, Jeremy Moyer, Addison Schweizerhof, Olivia Yates


12 Small Vocal - "Home" by Dierks Bentley

Evan Alderfer, Jeremy Yoder


10 Small Vocal - "Bailhualing" by PuShu

Calvin Gao, Sebastian Hou


12 Small Vocal - "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables

Mikayla Frederick, Alex Martin, Lauren Ness

9 Vocal - "Movie Medley" - by Straight No Chaser

Laura Frederick, Cassidy Williams

11 Dance - "Carry Me Home" by The Sweeplings

Macy Balmer, Laura Bergey, Bryce Kauffman, Ryan Kratz, Abby Morgan, Addison Schweizerhof


10 Large Vocal - "Home" by Phillip Phillips

Jonathan Anderson, Madelyn Bergin, Olivia Celenza, Carlie Cocco, Carissa Derstine, Bryanna Dix, Jenna Dragone, Braden Landis, Hannah Landis, Kate Landis, Sydney Leaman, Olivia Messina, Ruth Michel, Makenna Rodriguez, Christian Rush, Ralph Saint-Fleur, Miguel Santiago


12 Vocal - "The Road Home" by Stephen Paulus

Evan Alderfer, Ian Anderson, Livia Anderson, Jackson Bell, Emily Bennett, Lindsey Bernd, Marques Brockington, Eliza Dennis, Matt Derstine, Mikayla Frederick, Molly Hand, Charret Ho, Chris Keach, Austin Kurian, Rachel Li, Isaac Longacre, Levi Longacre, Alex Martin, Carsyn McCloskey, Lauren Ness, Abby Nice, Laura Olsen, Sam Thompson, Kyle Wells, Jeremy Yoder, Mason Zehr



Arts Day 2018 program posted

The program for Arts Day 2018 has been posted to the Dock web site. Seating for parents during the day on Friday is in the balcony. There will also be a public performance of selected Arts Day acts Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

The theme for Arts Day 2018 is HOME. The concept of home is not the same for every student. Students will perform in stage events and create entries in culinary, creative writing, fabric arts, photography, visual arts, and technology that express their understanding of home. Where is it? What does it look like? Who is there? What makes home feel like home? What songs, stories, events, holidays, celebrations, and emotions are part of your understanding about home?

The emcees for Arts Day 2018 are Ms. Barbara Brown and Mrs. Charlene Rauch.

View the Arts Day program

Download the Arts Day program

Dock unveils "new" athletic identity

Dock Mennonite Academy has unveiled a new athletic identity, and it will be at once completely familiar and yet brand new for students and alumni.

Over the last year, the athletics, marketing, and admissions teams at Dock have worked to discern what the school's athletic identity should be going forward, with a goal to strengthen our marketing efforts in the athletic arena. This morning, in chapels at both the Middle School and Grades 9-12 campuses, Director of Admissions Doug Hackman revealed to the Dock community the results of this journey.

The process began with a survey that was sent to parents, alumni, coaches, faculty, and students regarding whether we should move forward with our existing athletic identity, the Pioneers, or select a new athletic identity. A strong majority of survey respondents indicated that Dock should continue to be the Pioneers.

Based on this feedback, we began working with designers on new athletic logos. A variety of logo submissions were tested with different groups. Again, we worked with parents, alumni, coaches, faculty, and students in this process.

The logo that we selected rated well with all constituent groups. It rated particularly well with athletes that recently graduated, and current athletes at the high school and middle school level, which made us feel confident to move ahead with our decision.

"I have appreciated the leadership of [Athletic Director] Tim Ehst in this process," said Hackman. "He has helped ensure that our athletic department represents who we are and what we value as a school, in particular emphasizing the importance of sportsmanship and how lessons learned on the field translate to who we are when we leave this place."

"Dock has been known as the Pioneers from the moment we began competing in athletics in the mid-1960s," said Ehst. "The new logo preserves the positive associations so many of our former student-athletes have, but infuses the brand with new energy that captures our passion to compete at the highest levels."

The Dock community will begin seeing the new identity being used in a variety of ways, including our athletics website, t-shirts, gym floors, and as a springboard to creating a mascot that will build enthusiasm and energy at "big games" and other events.

Watch the identity reveal announcement in chapel (up to 2:50)

Austin Kratz sets PA record in the 200M

By now you have probably heard that Dock Mennonite Academy is home to one of the fastest runners in the state—and perhaps the entire country. Senior Austin Kratz recently set the indoor record for Pennsylvania in the 200 meters last weekend, running 21.04 seconds in the SPIRE Invitational in Ohio. Austin is now nationally ranked in the 50M, 200M and 300M, and has been setting PRs (Personal Records) almost every time out during his fantastic winter track season, but has taken it all in stride and continues to be grounded in faith, family and academics. Congratulations to Austin and his coaches—keep up the great work!

Watch a recent interview with Austin broadcast nationwide on MileSplit here

Guidance Office Report: February

Course Registration for 2018-2019

Students received registration materials for the 2018-19 school year on January 31. Please complete the course registration process which includes:

  • 1. Review and sign the Covenant Statement and iPad Contract
  • 2. Update and sign emergency form

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

All materials are due back to the student's advisor by February 7, 2018. Contact your guidance counselor or advisor with registration questions.


Scholarship list and Summer Opportunities

The Guidance Office has a list of scholarships that has been sent to all seniors. Here is just a sampling of a few that are listed:

Everence College Scholarship

Officer William J. Chapman Memorial Scholarship

Souderton-Telford Rotary Club Science & Technology Scholarship

We also have a folder compiled with many summer educational opportunities for students. Students are welcome to stop by and check out these resources. Here is a sampling:

Summer Camp Opportunities

Academic Programs at local colleges

Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week


PSAT Results

PSAT results are in. Students who took the PSATs can access their scores by signing in to their College Board account. Watch for hard copies of PSAT results to come home with your student in February.


Meeting with Juniors

Mrs. Leaman is meeting with Juniors to continue the conversation on post-secondary school. She is discussing PSATs/SATS, college options, majors, career opportunities, etc. A college and career information packet has been given to each Junior and has been emailed home as well. She will also be available to discuss course selection for the senior year.

Mrs. Grega has spoken with English Skills III to help the students search for colleges as well as learn the key steps to advocate for oneself when seeking accommodations in college.

Juniors should have 8-10 colleges of interest, and be researching them in depth. Following the research, the student should plan a visit on the college campus. Juniors are permitted 3 college visits during the school year with a note coming in the office before the trip takes place.


North Montco Technical Career Center

There is an Open House at North Montco Technical Career Center scheduled for February 15 from 6 – 8 p.m. Applications to attend the school for the 2018-19 school year are due at the end of February. If you need more information, visit http://www.nmtcc.org/ and contact your student's guidance counselor.

Exciting start to Robotics season

Robotics faculty advisor Mrs. Gail Anderson reports some exciting developments as Dock's winter Robotics season gets underway, including a strong tournament performance with a substitute bot, and the selection of Dock as a beta test site for a new Vex Robotics system.

New Foundations Charter School Tournament

Dock Robotics Team 777A (juniors, l to r, Leo He, Matt Lacek, and Liam Gingrich) piloted a substitute bot to a strong finish at the New Foundations Charter School Tournament on Saturday, January 20 in Northeast Philadelphia. The tournament featured 20 teams. Our team did not have their planned robot completed. On Friday night, we decided to take a basic "clawbot" which another team had completed instead of the non-functioning machine and go "for the learning experience." Team 777A started the day by winning their first match, which gave them an early lead, a position they held position for most of the morning. Apparently it's not all about the quality of the robot—there's a bit of strategy, and some luck, too! The team ended up ranked 4th overall, which made them an alliance leader and gave them entry to the quarterfinals. Congratulations Team 777A!

Test driving the Vex V5

Dock Robotics competes on the Vex Robotics platform, and Mrs. Anderson applied recently to beta test Vex's new system—and they chose us! Dock will receive a free V5 Beta Program to play with and provide feedback on. "We're excited to test out their overhauled microprocessing system for the robots and open up the world of beta testing to our robotics teams," said Mrs. Anderson.

See photos from the NFCS Tournament

Students re-create Fahrenheit 451 on film

After reading the Ray Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451, Mrs. Nagy's freshman English class watched a few clips from the 1966 movie version. "Not only was it dated, but it proved to be inaccurate to the novel," says Mrs. Nagy. An idea for a class project emerged, and the class broke the novel into three sections, and students into three groups. The students were responsible for creating videos that captured the important aspects of their section of the book. Mrs. Nagy adds that while students did a great job of filming their assigned sections, the plot of the videos will not be overly obvious without having read the book.

Dock sends four to District Choir

Congratulations to (l to r, above) Miguel Santiago, Isaac Longacre, Alexa Kennel, and Ryan Kratz (with Dock Choir Director Ms. Emily Grimes), who will represent Dock in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 11 Choir this year. These students went through an intense audition in the fall, and scored high enough to rank in the top 160 singers from 40 schools in our area. They will participate in the District 11 Choral Festival, preparing 12 different choral pieces under the direction of Lawrence Doebler, Director of Choral Activities at the Ithaca College School of Music (NY). The District 11 Choral Festival Concert will take place Friday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Spring-Ford High School (doors open at 7 p.m.). Tickets are $10.

Update: During the District Choir Festival, students re-auditioned for the opportunity to move onto the next level: Regional Choir. We are happy to announce that Isaac Longacre ranked among the best choral singers in our region and will participate in the Regional Choral Festival in March. At that time Isaac will also have the opportunity to re-audition for All-State Choir. Congratulations Isaac!

Dock aligns to a 10-point grading scale

The Dock Mennonite Academy Board of Trustees has approved a 10-point grading scale for grades 3 to 12, starting in the 2018-19 school year. This move will align us with surrounding local districts, making transfers into our school easier, and be better understood by colleges and universities. As a school, we are clear that academic rigor is not defined by a scale. Therefore, this shift does not indicate a lessening of standards or expectations. We will continue to provide academically excellent and challenging education across our system.

Read the full report

EC to Grade 8 Calendar

EC-Grade 8 Calendar

Grades 9 to 12 Calendar

Grades 9-12 Calendar

All-School News

Dock unveils "new" athletic identity
Dock unveils "new" athletic identity

Dock Mennonite Academy has unveiled a new athletic identity, and it will be at once completely familiar and yet brand new for students and alumni.

Over the last year, the athletics, marketing, and admissions teams at Dock have worked to discern what the school's athletic identity should be going forward, with a goal to strengthen our marketing efforts in the athletic arena. This morning, in chapels at both the Middle School and Grades 9-12 campuses, Director of Admissions Doug Hackman revealed to the Dock community the results of this journey.

The process began with a survey that was sent to parents, alumni, coaches, faculty, and students regarding whether we should move forward with our existing athletic identity, the Pioneers, or select a new athletic identity. A strong majority of survey respondents indicated that Dock should continue to be the Pioneers.

Based on this feedback, we began working with designers on new athletic logos. A variety of logo submissions were tested with different groups. Again, we worked with parents, alumni, coaches, faculty, and students in this process.

The logo that we selected rated well with all constituent groups. It rated particularly well with athletes that recently graduated, and current athletes at the high school and middle school level, which made us feel confident to move ahead with our decision.

"I have appreciated the leadership of [Athletic Director] Tim Ehst in this process," said Hackman. "He has helped ensure that our athletic department represents who we are and what we value as a school, in particular emphasizing the importance of sportsmanship and how lessons learned on the field translate to who we are when we leave this place."

"Dock has been known as the Pioneers from the moment we began competing in athletics in the mid-1960s," said Ehst. "The new logo preserves the positive associations so many of our former student-athletes have, but infuses the brand with new energy that captures our passion to compete at the highest levels."

The Dock community will begin seeing the new identity being used in a variety of ways, including our athletics website, t-shirts, gym floors, and as a springboard to creating a mascot that will build enthusiasm and energy at "big games" and other events.

Watch the identity reveal announcement in chapel this morning (up to 2:50)


Get the jump on Summer Camps!
Get the jump on Summer Camps!

Dock Mennonite Academy has announced its Summer Camp lineup for 2018, and there is something to capture the imagination of every child, from sports, art and STEM camps to culinary, camping, and rockin' recreation. Many camps fill up early, so plan your summer schedule, tell a friend, and register NOW!

Go to the Summer Camps web page

View and download the 2018 Summer Camp brochure

Mark the date for Hoagie Day!
Mark the date for Hoagie Day!

Hoagie Day is coming up Wednesday March 7, 2018. Order forms will be distributed next week so keep an eye out for them. Our signature hoagies have been a tradition for many years. You can get involved in this fundraiser by selling hoagies, making hoagies, and delivering hoagies! Mark your calendars now: Wednesday, March 7, 2018. More info to follow next week. For more info contact Ryan Detweiler at 215.723.1196, ext 1337.

Dock aligns to a 10-point grading scale
Dock aligns to a 10-point grading scale

The Dock Mennonite Academy Board of Trustees has approved a 10-point grading scale for grades 3 to 12, starting in the 2018-19 school year. This move will align us with surrounding local districts, making transfers into our school easier, and be better understood by colleges and universities. As a school, we are clear that academic rigor is not defined by a scale. Therefore, this shift does not indicate a lessening of standards or expectations. We will continue to provide academically excellent and challenging education across our system.

Read the full report

Arts News

Arts Day public performance program

The public performance program for Arts Day 2018 has been posted to the Dock web site. The program will begin tonight (Friday, February 16) at 7:00 p.m.

Arts Day 2018 - "Home"

Evening Program - 7:00 p.m.

Welcome - Principal Martin Wiens


Emcees - Ms. Barbara Brown and Mrs. Charlene Rauch


11 Small Vocal - "I'll Think of You" by Kurt Hugo Schneider

Laura Bergey, Ben Graham, Ryan Kratz, Mikayla Martin


10 Dance - "Forest Dream" - A traditional Chinese dance

Jessica Zhao


12 Small Vocal - "Sweet Creature" by Harry Styles

Mikayla Frederick, Molly Hand, Carsyn McCloskey, Lauren Ness, Abby Nice


9 Vocal/Instrumental - "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri and David Hodges

Laura Frederick, Sara Kennel, Marciella Shallomita

11 Large Vocal - "I'll Stand By You" by The Pretenders

Nicole Ford, Sam Gingerich, Alexa Kennel, Ryan Kratz, Mikayla Martin, Abby Morgan, Jeremy Moyer, Addison Schweizerhof, Olivia Yates


12 Small Vocal - "Home" by Dierks Bentley

Evan Alderfer, Jeremy Yoder


10 Small Vocal - "Bailhualing" by PuShu

Calvin Gao, Sebastian Hou


12 Small Vocal - "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables

Mikayla Frederick, Alex Martin, Lauren Ness

9 Vocal - "Movie Medley" - by Straight No Chaser

Laura Frederick, Cassidy Williams

11 Dance - "Carry Me Home" by The Sweeplings

Macy Balmer, Laura Bergey, Bryce Kauffman, Ryan Kratz, Abby Morgan, Addison Schweizerhof


10 Large Vocal - "Home" by Phillip Phillips

Jonathan Anderson, Madelyn Bergin, Olivia Celenza, Carlie Cocco, Carissa Derstine, Bryanna Dix, Jenna Dragone, Braden Landis, Hannah Landis, Kate Landis, Sydney Leaman, Olivia Messina, Ruth Michel, Makenna Rodriguez, Christian Rush, Ralph Saint-Fleur, Miguel Santiago


12 Vocal - "The Road Home" by Stephen Paulus

Evan Alderfer, Ian Anderson, Livia Anderson, Jackson Bell, Emily Bennett, Lindsey Bernd, Marques Brockington, Eliza Dennis, Matt Derstine, Mikayla Frederick, Molly Hand, Charret Ho, Chris Keach, Austin Kurian, Rachel Li, Isaac Longacre, Levi Longacre, Alex Martin, Carsyn McCloskey, Lauren Ness, Abby Nice, Laura Olsen, Sam Thompson, Kyle Wells, Jeremy Yoder, Mason Zehr



Arts Day 2018 program posted

The program for Arts Day 2018 has been posted to the Dock web site. Seating for parents during the day on Friday is in the balcony. There will also be a public performance of selected Arts Day acts Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

The theme for Arts Day 2018 is HOME. The concept of home is not the same for every student. Students will perform in stage events and create entries in culinary, creative writing, fabric arts, photography, visual arts, and technology that express their understanding of home. Where is it? What does it look like? Who is there? What makes home feel like home? What songs, stories, events, holidays, celebrations, and emotions are part of your understanding about home?

The emcees for Arts Day 2018 are Ms. Barbara Brown and Mrs. Charlene Rauch.

View the Arts Day program

Download the Arts Day program

Seussical tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the Dock Middle School Drama Department's production of Seussical the Musical! Performances are Friday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online.

Seussical is a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on the stories of Dr. Seuss. The musical debuted on Broadway in 2000. The play's story is an amalgamation of many of Seuss's most famous books. After a Broadway run, the production spawned several tours in the U.S. and abroad, and has become a beloved classic for school, community, and regional theater companies.

Purchase Seussical tickets


Dock sends four to District Choir

Congratulations to (l to r, above) Miguel Santiago, Isaac Longacre, Alexa Kennel, and Ryan Kratz (with Dock Choir Director Ms. Emily Grimes), who will represent Dock in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 11 Choir this year. These students went through an intense audition in the fall, and scored high enough to rank in the top 160 singers from 40 schools in our area. They will participate in the District 11 Choral Festival, preparing 12 different choral pieces under the direction of Lawrence Doebler, Director of Choral Activities at the Ithaca College School of Music (NY). The District 11 Choral Festival Concert will take place Friday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Spring-Ford High School (doors open at 7 p.m.). Tickets are $10.

Update: During the District Choir Festival, students re-auditioned for the opportunity to move onto the next level: Regional Choir. We are happy to announce that Isaac Longacre ranked among the best choral singers in our region and will participate in the Regional Choral Festival in March. At that time Isaac will also have the opportunity to re-audition for All-State Choir. Congratulations Isaac!

What instrument would YOU like to play?

Early Childhood and Kindergarten students were treated to to a mini-Christmas concert recently, with Band Director Mrs. Shelley Berg and select Middle School students. Students enjoyed singing along to Christmas favorites and got a glimpse of what goes into playing a musical instrument. It was a great opportunity to consider what instrument they might like to play themselves in future years!

Athletics News

Dock unveils "new" athletic identity

Dock Mennonite Academy has unveiled a new athletic identity, and it will be at once completely familiar and yet brand new for students and alumni.

Over the last year, the athletics, marketing, and admissions teams at Dock have worked to discern what the school's athletic identity should be going forward, with a goal to strengthen our marketing efforts in the athletic arena. This morning, in chapels at both the Middle School and Grades 9-12 campuses, Director of Admissions Doug Hackman revealed to the Dock community the results of this journey.

The process began with a survey that was sent to parents, alumni, coaches, faculty, and students regarding whether we should move forward with our existing athletic identity, the Pioneers, or select a new athletic identity. A strong majority of survey respondents indicated that Dock should continue to be the Pioneers.

Based on this feedback, we began working with designers on new athletic logos. A variety of logo submissions were tested with different groups. Again, we worked with parents, alumni, coaches, faculty, and students in this process.

The logo that we selected rated well with all constituent groups. It rated particularly well with athletes that recently graduated, and current athletes at the high school and middle school level, which made us feel confident to move ahead with our decision.

"I have appreciated the leadership of [Athletic Director] Tim Ehst in this process," said Hackman. "He has helped ensure that our athletic department represents who we are and what we value as a school, in particular emphasizing the importance of sportsmanship and how lessons learned on the field translate to who we are when we leave this place."

"Dock has been known as the Pioneers from the moment we began competing in athletics in the mid-1960s," said Ehst. "The new logo preserves the positive associations so many of our former student-athletes have, but infuses the brand with new energy that captures our passion to compete at the highest levels."

The Dock community will begin seeing the new identity being used in a variety of ways, including our athletics website, t-shirts, gym floors, and as a springboard to creating a mascot that will build enthusiasm and energy at "big games" and other events.

Watch the identity reveal announcement in chapel (up to 2:50)

Austin Kratz sets PA record in the 200M

By now you have probably heard that Dock Mennonite Academy is home to one of the fastest runners in the state—and perhaps the entire country. Senior Austin Kratz recently set the indoor record for Pennsylvania in the 200 meters last weekend, running 21.04 seconds in the SPIRE Invitational in Ohio. Austin is now nationally ranked in the 50M, 200M and 300M, and has been setting PRs (Personal Records) almost every time out during his fantastic winter track season, but has taken it all in stride and continues to be grounded in faith, family and academics. Congratulations to Austin and his coaches—keep up the great work!

Watch a recent interview with Austin broadcast nationwide on MileSplit here

MS teams play on the turf

The Middle School field hockey and soccer teams traveled to the Grades 9-12 campus recently to play games on the turf at Dock Stadium.

The field hockey team faced a strong Indian Crest team. The pace of the game was fast from the start and Dock found themselves down 3-0 at the half. The girls came out strong in the second half playing better defense and generating some offense. Ainsley Moyer put Dock on the board with a goal late in the 2nd half. Olivia Zaskoda had the assist. Abby Reichley and Haley Harper combined for 13 saves in the goal. Lydia Longacre and Rachel Michel each had a goal save as well. Strong effort girls!

The MS soccer team took on a tough Pennridge Central team at Dock Stadium on Friday 22, but were unable to come away with the win.

See all the photos

Dock gets inside the Mind of the Athlete

The Dock Athletic Department is happy to make Mind of the Athlete resources available to all Dock student-

athletes, coaches and parents. We believe these videos, audio files, and worksheets will provide valuable information and skills helpful for managing the stress of day-to-day living in both sports and life. Many have found that athletic performance improves with effective stress management.

Testimonials Supporting Mind of The Athlete Resources
** "It's increasingly important for athletes and coaches to recognize that training the mind is as critical to athletic success as training the body."
Lindsay Gottlieb, Head Women's Basketball Coach, Cal Berkley, CA

** "The single greatest factor that interferes with performance is a lousy state of mind. This book teaches athletes how to clear away negative thoughts and let their true potential shine through."
John O'Sullivan, Author of Changing the Game Project, Former Pro Soccer Player, Bend, OR

**"There is not enough time placed on understanding the mental side of competition. Mind of the Athlete gives athletes a foundational resource to not only understand how their minds work in all areas of competition, it provides skills to create a clearer mind for better performance. These principles are something that my daughter and I continue to reference on a regular basis, as she progresses through her collegiate soccer career."
Hardie Jackson, VP of Sports Marketing and Partnerships, EvoShield,LLC, Bogart, Ga

**Mind of The Athlete: Clearer Mind, Better Performance, By Dr. Jarrod Spencer, 2016

Registration for Mind of the Athlete Program
The information linked in the Mind of The Athlete Program is copyright protected material. The material can only be accessed through your personal Google account, and those affiliated with Dock Mennonite Academy. To be granted access, click any of the links below. You will then be asked to request permission through our athletic office. Once granted, you will have unlimited access to all materials listed on THIS PAGE.

Financially Sponsored by Dock Booster Club
A big thank you to our Booster Club and their sponsorship of these valuable resources that promote personal growth, and improved athletic performance of the student-athlete!

Finally, we are hoping that student-athletes, coaches and parents will take the opportunity to learn about how the mind impacts performance, as well as the skills helpful in overcoming the stress of sports and life. In addition, our coaches will also be using these materials to promote a clearer mind and better performance for their student-athletes and team.

Thanks for taking time to learn and use tools that will strengthen your mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being, and improve athletic performance!

Tim Ehst, Athletic Director


View Mind of the Athlete resources here


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