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Archive - April 2018

Building community together

Great fun was had by all, and lots of money was raised, but the best part of our spring all-school service project was building community—both on our campuses and with our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico.

Dodgeball, duct tape, and dancing were all highlights of our Partnering with Puerto Rico Family Fun Night, held on April 4 at our EC8 campus. Students from age 3 to 18 came together to raise money for our sister school, Academia Menonita Betania, which suffered heavy damage when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. The school was greatly impacted, losing roofs, electricity, telephone service, and much of their equipment. In addition many faculty, staff, and student families lost homes and jobs.

Our total raised for this project stands at just over our goal of $10,000! We are so excited to be able to share these funds with Academia Menonita Betania, as it will allow Mennonite Disaster Service to coordinate repairs to their buildings, as well as provide other supports for their school community. Their leadership has asked for help funding repairs, as well as for scholarships for families who are suffering from home and job loss in the months since the hurricane.

My personal viewpoint of the evening, from my perch duct-taped to the wall, was that it was a marvelous community event, with families coming together for conversation, 26 dodgeball teams fired up for competition, delicious rice and beans, informal salsa dancing, and fun with games and making cards. I enjoyed being part of the middle school STUCO duct tape wall; Mr. Kabakjian and I were really stuck!

I heard stories of a kindergartener who was moved by our chapel about Puerto Rico and carefully decided how much of her own money she could share. I watched as elementary children carried water from our water supply station to the home station; two girls determined to deliver the most water made over 120 trips between them. High school students from the Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy organized and ran the tournaments, staffed our welcome table and helped the whole evening go smoothly. And of course, the Dodgeball and Knockout tournaments brought together teams of all ages—students, faculty, staff, alumni, and board members—for fun in both gyms!

Beyond the fun we had and the money we raised, this was a night of serving others as we built community together. Our community was enriched by this opportunity to celebrate Puerto Rican culture and support the Betania community.

Beyond the fun we had and the money we raised, this was a night of serving others as we built community together. We are called to serve another, just as Jesus modeled servanthood for us. And our whole community was enriched by this opportunity to celebrate Puerto Rican culture and support the Betania school community. The energy and passion was high for all participants from early childhood to high school to parents to staff. We are grateful for the donations of money, time, planning, food, decorations and so much more and I was reminded again how events like this are key opportunities to demonstrate Christ’s love to others.

Additional donations for Academia Menonita Betania can be sent to the school office.

Bronwyn Histand

Principal, EC to Grade 8 Campus

Partnering with Puerto Rico

Thank you to everyone who supported our spring all-school service project, and gave generously to help us reach our fundraising goal!

See more photos on the Partnering with Puerto Rico web page

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

A lesson in democracy?

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

Pastor in training?

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

 

Middle School musicians receive awards

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

Cupcake Creativity!

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

 

Promising young publishers

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

Serving for lives of purpose

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

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

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

This is a bomb you WANT to explode

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

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

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

Here are the details:

Sale Dates: March 14-18, 2022

What: Sunflowers for Ukraine!

Where: Dock EC-8 Campus Main Entrance Lobby

When: 8:00 - 8:20 AM

Price:  $5 each

Dock Summer Camps are OPEN!

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

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

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

Visit the Summer Camps web page

 

Dock announces principals for 2022-23

Dock Mennonite Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of a High School Principal and an Early Childhood to Grade 8 Principal for the 2022-23 school year.

Mrs. Claire Wanamaker has been named Principal of Dock's Early Childhood to Grade 8 Campus in Souderton. Mrs. Wanamaker is a member of Dock's Middle School faculty with 30 years of teaching experience at every grade level. She holds a Master's in Education from Chestnut Hill College, with certifications in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Math Education. She is expecting to complete a School Administrators program at Delaware Valley University later this year. Mrs. Wanamaker has been a leader in the development of Dock's Middle School curriculum and played a key role in the transition to PBL (project-based learning). She is a Certified Anabaptist Educator through the Mennonite Education Agency and is a member of Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. Mrs. Wanamaker and her husband Doug have a daughter, who is an alum of Dock, and live in Schwenksville.

"Mrs. Wanamaker has a noticeable passion for Dock and its students," said Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber. "She values relationships and will continue to foster the positive culture and climate on the EC-Grade 8 Campus."

Mr. Douglas Hackman has been named Principal of Dock's High School Campus in Lansdale. He currently serves as Interim Principal of the high school. Mr. Hackman is a Dock alum (Class of 2003) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master's in Education from Eastern University. He has over 10 years of experience in admissions work at the college and K-12 school levels. He grew up in the Mennonite Church at Deep Run East (Dublin, PA), and currently attends Calvary Church of Souderton. Mr. Hackman and his wife, Molly, live in Lansdale, and their three children attend Dock.

"In his roles at Dock, Mr. Hackman has demonstrated an ability to connect with students and parents," said Dr. Swartzentruber. "He has an engaging personality, strong relational skills, and natural instincts for decision-making in a school setting."

Dock Mennonite Academy inspires and equips each student to learn for a life of purpose, and to serve others with a global perspective by integrating faith, academic excellence and life-enriching opportunities in a Christ-centered community. Learn more at dock.org

Help us break the record!

You have until the end of the week to join our Pizza, Subs and Snacks fundraiser and help us set a new record for pizza kit sales! Our Collegeville Italian Bakery Pizza Kits were a huge hit last year, so we thought we'd try to break our own sales record this year. In addition to these fantastic make-at-home pizza kits, we also offer Wawa and Landis hoagie coupons, Chef Bill’s delicious homemade chicken noodle soup, chocolate chip cookies, Moyer Specialty Foods snack mixes, and cards for quarts of Rita’s Water Ice—everything your family needs to make it through a long winter!

Visit our Pizza, Subs and Snacks web page for order forms and more information.

Grades 9 to 12 Campus

El Farolero en Espanol

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

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

Alumni come back to teach guitar

Two Dock alumni—Isaac Martin ('05, above) and retired faculty member Jerry Yoder (below)—dropped by Mrs. Michelle Sensenig's Guitar class on different days recently to share their love of music and give students some tips for improving their guitar playing. More photos on our Facebook page!

Wisdom from a Pen Pal

A single conversation with a wise man is better than 10 years of study.” – Chinese Proverb

Seniors in Mr. Zach Bower’s  Family Living class had the special privilege of hosting Frieda Bailey and Ann Sheasley, both residents at Dock Woods who also participated in the Family Living Pen Pal Project.  Frieda and Ann acted as wise elders as they graciously shared about their life experiences and offered a treasure trove of advice and wisdom for these students who are preparing to graduate in less than a month.  

See videos of Frieda and Ann sharing

Attention parents of seniors

Your student's senior year at Dock Mennonite Academy is quickly coming to a close! For your planning purposes, please see the senior activities listed below.  

Senior Recital – If your son or daughter, or their friends, are involved in the Arts at Dock, plan on supporting them Tuesday, May 31, beginning at 7 PM.

Senior Presentations – Graduation week begins with your son's or daughter's senior presentation.  These 15-20 minute speeches will be held June 6-8, from 3 PM – 9 PM, and are open to the public. Click here to view the schedule. 

Baccalaureate Refreshments (Please note the change in time) – Beginning at 6:30 PM on Friday, June 10, we will have light refreshments served on the Detweiler lawn. All family members and seniors are welcome between 6:30 - 7:15 PM. 

Baccalaureate – Beginning at 7:30 PM on Friday, June 10, this one-hour, faith-centered service is planned by the Senior class officers and is a highlight for many and part of the Dock difference. The Baccalaureate service will be held on the turf field, but moved inside the Clemens Center in the event of inclement weather. Baccalaureate is open to the public, 

Commencement – Come celebrate your child's graduation from Dock on Saturday, June 11, at 6:00 PM sharp! Commencement will be held outside on the turf field. This event will be moved inside the Clemens Center in the event of inclement weather. Each graduate will be given 6 tickets (in addition to the graduate) to sit directly on the turf field. The bleachers will be open for additional seating. Please note: "Spikey" heels are not permitted on the turf field, but wedges are safe to wear  Please help us spread the word to your family members.  

(Don't) break an egg! Students learn physics with egg drop experiment

Students learn by doing, and Mrs. Jane Mast's Physics students learned about several principles of physics by doing an Egg Drop experiment in class recently. The Egg Drop is a classic Physics experiment in which students are given an egg to drop from a high point onto a hard surface. They must design a carrier or landing device for the egg to protect it from breaking upon impact. The students form hypotheses about which of the egg carriers/devices will effectively protect the egg and then test those hypotheses—in the process, learning about physics concepts such as inertia, force, velocity, motion and momentum.

Inertia

Newton's Laws of Motion are the basic principles illustrated in the egg drop experiment. Sir Isaac Newton published his Laws of Motion in 1687 and fundamentally altered scientists' understanding of the world by describing the relationship between force and motion. The first of these laws is referred to as The Law of Inertia, which states that an object that is in motion will stay in motion unless an external force acts upon it, and an object at rest will stay at rest unless an external force acts upon it.

Velocity

In Newton's Second Law, he discusses the direct relationship between the external forces acting upon an object and the object's change in momentum. The force increases as the time required for the change decreases. If a train is moving along at a steady pace and needs to decelerate, the force experienced by the passengers will be greater as the time for deceleration is shorter.

The Egg

The objective of the egg drop experiment is to keep the egg from breaking as it decelerates. It becomes clear from Newton's Laws that in order to minimize the force experienced by the egg at impact, students designing the egg carriers must increase the time over which the egg is brought to rest or decrease the egg's velocity at the time of the crash.

The Carrier/Landing Device

In order to decrease the egg's velocity upon impact, students must design their egg carriers to have increased air resistance. An increased surface area on the carrier, such as a flying disc shape or a parachute, will cause the egg to hit the ground at a lower speed. To increase the time over which the egg comes to rest, students must provide their egg with something to absorb some of the force of impact. A sponge or other cushion in their carrier will keep the egg from stopping instantly when it hits the ground; the egg will continue its motion for a few nanoseconds, decreasing the force. From this experiment, students also learn to form and test hypotheses and write up their observations in an organized way.

Watch the Egg Drop results

A return visit to the ClassHroom

Tune in TONIGHT to watch our very own Dock high school science teacher, Mrs. Kellena Smith and family as they compete in the ClassHroom! Their episode will air on Fox29 TODAY, Wednesday, May 4th at 6:30 p.m. It will re-air on Thursday, May 5, at 1p.m., and again Sunday, May 8, at 7 a.m. We can't thank the Smith family enough for jumping in and representing our Dock community. We are so excited to see how they did!

The Smith family—(l to r) Kellena, Eric and sophomore Anna—on the set of Fox29's ClassHroom and (above) with the show's host, Richard Curtis.

May Guidance Office Newsletter

AP Exams

AP exams are being administered in the Guidance Office beginning May 2nd through May 13th.  Students taking exams should report to the Guidance office 20 minutes before their exam time. Click here for the exam schedule and more information or use the following link to the CollegeBoard website:  https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/exam-administration-ordering-scores/exam-dates

Senior Surveys

Mr. Kabakjian will be surveying all seniors in May to gather post-graduation plans, which will include scholarships and award information. As information is available to you, please inform the Guidance Office.  The awards convocation is scheduled for Thursday, June 2. To have your information included, it must be submitted by May 27.

Senior Recital

The Senior Recital is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31st at 7:00 pm in Longacre Center. This event features the Performing Arts (stage events in music and dance), the Fabric Arts (fabrics, textiles, etc.), and the Visual Arts (painting, photography, sculpture, etc.). Stage performances will take place in the theater and visual arts will be on display in the theater lobby. Students who have interest in participating in this event, should contact Mrs. Sensenig, Mr. Swartz, or Mrs. Lambright. Please connect with one of these teachers as soon as possible! 

Scholarship Opportunities for Dock Seniors

It’s not too late to apply for the following scholarships! Applications are available in the Guidance Office.

  • The Daniel J. Reinford Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior at Dock who will be attending a Mennonite college or university. It is based on financial need, grades, and contribution to campus life. Application deadline is May 18.
  • The Travis Bechtel Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by Baum, Smith & Clemens, LLP, is a $1000 scholarship awarded to a graduating senior at Dock planning to major in business, excelling in academics, athletics, and business. Application deadline is May 18.
  • The Harleysville Rotary Club & Janke Family Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior at Dock, based on their essay of how the Four-Way Test of Rotary has impacted their life. The recipient receives $750 and their name on a plaque in the Guidance Office! Application deadline is May 20.

Senior Experience

Juniors, have you started to plan for your Senior Experience? It is not too early to begin the process of making connections for your experience.  If you plan to job shadow or go on a service trip, working ahead will benefit you and your selected host. 

Schedules

2022-2023 schedules will be handed out this month. It is important that each student and parent look over the academic schedule for next year. Review your schedule using the Curriculum Guide for the 2022-2023 school year. The guidance counselors are available to review schedules with students. This is particularly important for next year’s juniors and seniors.  Schedules should be completed before the beginning of the new school year. All schedules need to be finalized for the year by the end of the 1st week of school. Any exceptions will require teacher, parent, and guidance counselor approval.

2022-23 Registration Packet

Parents, you will be receiving an email with a 2022-23 Covenant Statement and emergency form, along with additional information pertaining to next year. Please review both forms and update your emergency information. You may do this electronically and email the forms to jcrissman@dock.org or print and send the forms in with your student. Please call 215-362-2675 and speak to Ms. Gehman or the Guidance Office if you have any questions or concerns.

Career/Work Study

Any student who would like to be involved in the Career/Work Study Program next year, please see Mrs. Leaman for more information.

College Visits

Now is the time for Juniors to begin visiting colleges. It’s best to visit colleges when they are in session, however, the summer months are a great opportunity to do some initial investigating. It is important to contact the colleges you are interested in to find out what type of visits are offered. Many colleges offer virtual visits on their websites. You may also be able to find a virtual college fair. Hopefully, a second visit can happen in the fall if you are attracted to the college.  Rising juniors, it is time to gather and review colleges of interest, and upcoming seniors, you should have four to six colleges selected to send applications to in the fall.

Student Profile Form Updates

Students were given the opportunity to update their student profile forms last month. The forms are used to track extra-curricular activities, awards, career interests, reference information, and school reflections over the four years students are here. All students are encouraged to self-report information about school, church, community, and family activities.

The Student Profile forms are used in several different ways:

  • The National Honor Society selection committee uses these forms to assist in determining NHS selection.
  • The Guidance Office uses them to disperse information about colleges and careers to students who have expressed an interest and in discerning awards and college scholarships.
  • Faculty references this information to assist in writing letters of recommendation.
  • Students refer to this information while filling out college resumes, applying for scholarships and college applications, etc.
  • Teachers and committees use this to determine student awards.

 Academic Recognitions

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

Cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 3.70 – 3.84

Magna cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 3.85 - 3.99

Summa cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 4.00 and above

Summer Enrichment

Looking for things to do this summer? Check out the Summer Opportunities page on the Guidance website for ideas! Enrichment activities look impressive on the college resume. Contact your Guidance Counselor if you have questions.

What a show!

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

See the show's web page

 

Pen Pals enjoy pastries on the patio

Seniors in Mr. Zach Bower's Family Living classes began corresponding by email with residents that live next door at Dock Woods back in February for a class Pen Pal project. What began with simple introduction emails sent by students to their assigned Pen Pal eventually turned into meaningful relationships between seniors from different generations. The best part of participating in a Pen Pal project with people that live or go to school right next to each other is that it makes it easier to be able to meet up in person! Hosted by Dena Winner, Fund Development Associate for Dock Woods parent, Living Branches, the Pen Pals had a great time this morning meeting for the first time at “Pastries and Pen Pals on the Patio.”    

April Guidance Office Newsletter

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

There is still time to apply for scholarships! More information, including a list of specific scholarships and their application deadlines, is available on the website.  Remember to talk with the financial director at your college of choice to uncover other options. It takes work, but there is money to help support higher education.

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

College Board - www.collegeboard.com 

FastWeb - www.fastweb.com 

Scholarship Page - www.scholarship-page.com/ 

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

Going Merry - www.goingmerry.com

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

The following scholarships are offered to Dock students only. Contact the Guidance Office for more information and an application.

  • The Vanessa L. Myers Women in STEM Alumnus Scholarship provides a $1000 scholarship to a female graduating Dock senior who is entering a field related to Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM). Applications are due April 29.
  • The Travis Bechtel Memorial Scholarship provides a $1000 scholarship to a Dock senior planning to major in business who excels in academics, athletics, and business. Applications are due May 18.
  • The Daniel J. Reinford Scholarship is awarded to graduating Dock seniors who will be attending a Mennonite college or university. It is based on financial need, grades, and contribution to campus life. Applications are due May 18.
  • The Harleysville Rotary Club & Janke Family Scholarship awards $750 to a Dock senior, for the winning essay of how the Four-Way Test of Rotary has impacted their life. Essays are due May 20 at 3:00 pm.

AP Testing

AP exams will be held on campus for Dock students from May 2nd through May 13th. The Guidance Office will be administering approximately 100 tests to students who have registered for 14 various AP exams.     

SAT Information

The SAT should be taken by college-bound students in the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year. The easiest way to register for the SAT is online at www.collegeboard.com. Students should set up an account with College Board. This will give them access to many tools that are available to support SAT preparation and the college search. There are also helps for parents. This is a recommended site for college-bound students and their parents.

SAT testing dates and registration deadlines are as follows:
Test Date                                 Registration Deadline

May 7, 2022                              April 8, 2022

June 4, 2022                             May 5, 2022

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

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

Spring 2022 College Fairs and Open Houses
 

NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) College Fairs     https://www.nacacattend.org/fairs

Connect with hundreds of colleges and universities in one place! Virtual and In-Person Fairs offered at a variety of times and locations.

PACAC (Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling) College Fairs    https://www.pacac.org/college-fairs

PACAC is excited to return to some in-person college fairs, while continuing to partner with StriveScan to create a unique opportunity for students to experience a wide range of colleges in a virtual environment.

Bethel College  www.bethelks.edu                                       

April 29, 2022 – Junior Visit Day                                            

Bluffton College www.bluffton.edu

April 23, 2022 – Discover Bluffton Day


Summer Enrichment

Looking for things to do this summer? Check out this link for ideas! CollegeAdvisor.com is another resource for finding your perfect summer opportunity. Enrichment activities look impressive on the college resume. Talk to your Guidance Counselor if you have questions.

 

Academic Recognitions

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

Cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 3.70 – 3.84

Magna cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 3.85 - 3.99

Summa cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 4.00 and above

 

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.       Romans 15:13

EC to Grade 8 Calendar

EC-Grade 8 Calendar

Grades 9 to 12 Calendar

Grades 9-12 Calendar

All-School News

Thanks for helping us make memories!
Thanks for helping us make memories!

Dock Mennonite Academy's 61st Annual Country Fair and Auction was held on Friday, May 13. The rain held off, and this much-anticipated community event delivered lots of good food, fun, and entertainment for the entire family. Thanks for helping us make some memories!

Visit the Country Fair & Auction web page for more photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The countdown is on!
The countdown is on!

We are thrilled to be back LIVE and in person for our 2022 Country Fair & Auction! This one-of-a-kind event will be better than ever, with new additions like fantastic food trucks, a cornhole tournament, and climbing wall combining with old favorites like a kids candy scramble, LIVE outdoor auction with Sandy Alderfer, BBQ chicken, strawberry pies and more. Reserve the date and plan to join the fun!

Keep an eye on our Country Fair & Auction web page for updates!

New Dock gear available for a limited time
New Dock gear available for a limited time

We are thrilled to be back in person this year for our 61st annual Country Fair & Auction on Friday, May 13. With spring and warmer weather on the horizon, we want to offer our Dock families and friends the opportunity to get their hands on some new Dock apparel as well. In addition to Dock t-shirts and  hoodies for both youth and adults, we also have bucket hats for sale again this year, and in celebration of our awesome "Bumble Bee" themed 4th grade quilt dreamed up by Dock parents Mrs. Trish Wozny and Mrs. Rachel Brubaker this year, we will also be offering yellow and black Dock t-shirts as well!


All proceeds from the online Dock apparel sale will go towards the Country Fair & Auction—our BIGGEST fundraising event of the year supporting students on both campuses. All merchandise can be picked up at the welcome table in the main lobby on Friday, May 13 from 5-9 pm! Dock's online store will be open until April 22. Happy shopping! 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Linda Souder at the main office. 

Shop the Dock apparel online store

Dock students sing at PMEA
Dock students sing at PMEA

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

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

Learn more about PMEA All-State Chorus and concert details             


 

MSC Choral Festival Concert
MSC Choral Festival Concert

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

Listen to selections from the concert

 

Arts News

What a show!

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

See the show's web page

 

Dock students sing at PMEA

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

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

Learn more about PMEA All-State Chorus and concert details

 

 

 

 

 

MSC Choral Festival Concert

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

Listen to selections from the concert

 

Tickets on sale for Dock's spring drama

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

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

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

Purchase tickets now

Dock hosts MSC Choral Festival on Friday

Dock Mennonite Academy is pleased to host the Mennonite Schools Council Choir Festival this Friday, April 1.

This festival is a one-day event and will feature the choirs from Dock Mennonite Academy, Lancaster Mennonite School, and Shalom Christian Academy. The public is invited to join the closing concert this Friday, April 1, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. Each school will perform an individual selection before combining to form a mass choir. Dr. Russell Adrian, professor of music at Hesston College, will be the guest director. Please join us for the evening concert to worship through the choral arts! 

Friday, April 1, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

Dock Mennonite Academy EC-8 Campus

420 Godshall Road, Souderton, PA 18964

 

The Touring Choir has also announced its spring 2022 itinerary:

April 1 - MSC Choral Festival, EC-Grade 8 Auditorium, Friday April 1, 7:00 pm

 

April 3 - Franconia Mennonite Church, 10:15 am service

 

April 24 - Souderton Mennonite Church, 9:30 am service

 

May 1 - Swamp Mennonite Church, 10:15am service

 

May 15 - Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, 9:30 am service

 

May 22 - Salford Mennonite Church, 9:30 am service

 

May 25 - Dock Mennonite Academy, Spring Concert, 7:00 pm

 

June 5 - Zion Mennonite Church, Evening Concert, 7:00 pm

 

June 11 - Dock Commencement, 6:00 pm

Athletics News

Students get a taste of farm life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the full story on the Sun Devil Athletics website

Dock senior finds half-marathon prep to be totally Worthwhile

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

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

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

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Dock adds girls lacrosse for Spring 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

For additional information:

Tim Ehst, Athletic Director

215.362.2675, ext. 401

tehst@dock.org

 

Doug Hackman, Director of Admissions

215.362.2675, ext. 106

dhackman@dock.org

 

Dock announces new boys volleyball coach

The Dock Athletic Department announces the hiring of Mr. Kirby King as the school's head boys volleyball coach. Coach King started the school's boys volleyball program in 1996, and during his initial 11-year coaching tenure our teams won six league titles and two district championships. At that time, Dock competed at the larger school AAA level for both district and state playoffs, which made Dock's success somewhat unusual. Dock won back-to-back district titles in 2003 and 2004, and was in the state AAA rankings in the early years of that decade.

King has been Dock's boys volleyball assistant coach for the past four years, which helps in making the transition more seamless. "Coach King brings a great knowledge of what it takes to win and be successful at the high school level," said Dock Athletic Director Tim Ehst. "His knowledge of and ability to teach fundamentals and game strategies, and his calm but direct communication style, are helpful in developing players and building team success."

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