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Archive - February 2018 Newsroom

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.


Arts Day is our valentine to the arts!

See the photos

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

5th grade author encourages young writers

Dock librarian Mrs. Missy Camilleri invited Dock 5th grade student Avelynn Myers as guest reader and author this week to read to Mrs. Bonita Ness's Kindergarten students. She read her book, "Isadora! Take That Thumb Right Out" to the class and talked with students about how she became an author when she was just six years old! She explained how she wanted to write the book to help others that might struggle with stopping a bad habit. Several of our Kindergarten students were excited to go home and become authors themselves. Others wanted to try the techniques used by the main character in the story to help stop a thumb sucking habit. Avelynn's book is available in the library for check out.

Grades 9-12 Back to School Night

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Back to School Night! It was a fun and educational evening, as parents heard school updates from Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber and Grades 9-12 Principal Mr. Doug Hackman, then followed the daily schedule of their students. Parents walked to each class in six minutes (same as students!), met teachers and learned about curriculum and current class projects.

More photos

Back to School Night for Grades 9-12

 

 

 

 

Please join us for the 

Grades 9-12 Back-to-School Night

Walk in the Steps of your Student


Thursday, September 22, 2022
6:30 p.m. Gathering Time in the Auditorium
6:45 p.m. Program
7:00 p.m. Open House

 

You will meet teachers, fellowship with other Dock parents, and learn about your teenager's school day by following their daily schedule. A copy of your child's schedule will be available when you arrive.  This event is for parents only.

 

 

 

Some big fun on Pioneer Day

It's hard to imagine what else we could have fit into our 2022 Pioneer Day. There were class meetings, book clubs, advisor group challenges, and both indoor and outdoor games. We learned about Mini-Term and Senior Experience, and squeezed in chapel and a Dock Talk with our Grades 9-12 Principal, Mr. Doug Hackman (ask your student about the three lessons they learned from "Dr. J"). The afternoon was non-stop fun, with water games, cornhole, spikeball, and more, all topped off with a trip to the pop-up ice cream bar operating out of the concession stand at the Dock Field House. We ended the day with a big energy pep rally in Longacre Gym. What a great day for students to have some fun and get to know each other, and their school, a bit better at the start of the school year!

See more photos on our Facebook page

The Summer 2022 Lamplighter is here!

For your Labor Day weekend reading enjoyment, we present the Summer 2022 issue of Dock's Lamplighter magazine—with lots of photos and coverage of the Class of 2022's Commencement, Senior Presentations, Academic Awards, Spring Drama, Campus Happenings, Alumni News and a fascinating little feature about Dock students' visit to a unique educational "ecosystem" at Fluxspace in Norristown. Don't forget—the digital version of Lamplighter includes lots of bonus content, including links, photos, video, and more. Happy reading!

Grades 9 to 12 Campus

5th grade author encourages young writers

Dock librarian Mrs. Missy Camilleri invited Dock 5th grade student Avelynn Myers as guest reader and author this week to read to Mrs. Bonita Ness's Kindergarten students. She read her book, "Isadora! Take That Thumb Right Out" to the class and talked with students about how she became an author when she was just six years old! She explained how she wanted to write the book to help others that might struggle with stopping a bad habit. Several of our Kindergarten students were excited to go home and become authors themselves. Others wanted to try the techniques used by the main character in the story to help stop a thumb sucking habit. Avelynn's book is available in the library for check out.

Grades 9-12 Back to School Night

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Back to School Night! It was a fun and educational evening, as parents heard school updates from Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber and Grades 9-12 Principal Mr. Doug Hackman, then followed the daily schedule of their students. Parents walked to each class in six minutes (same as students!), met teachers and learned about curriculum and current class projects.

More photos

Back to School Night for Grades 9-12

 

 

 

 

Please join us for the 

Grades 9-12 Back-to-School Night

Walk in the Steps of your Student


Thursday, September 22, 2022
6:30 p.m. Gathering Time in the Auditorium
6:45 p.m. Program
7:00 p.m. Open House

 

You will meet teachers, fellowship with other Dock parents, and learn about your teenager's school day by following their daily schedule. A copy of your child's schedule will be available when you arrive.  This event is for parents only.

 

 

 

Some big fun on Pioneer Day

It's hard to imagine what else we could have fit into our 2022 Pioneer Day. There were class meetings, book clubs, advisor group challenges, and both indoor and outdoor games. We learned about Mini-Term and Senior Experience, and squeezed in chapel and a Dock Talk with our Grades 9-12 Principal, Mr. Doug Hackman (ask your student about the three lessons they learned from "Dr. J"). The afternoon was non-stop fun, with water games, cornhole, spikeball, and more, all topped off with a trip to the pop-up ice cream bar operating out of the concession stand at the Dock Field House. We ended the day with a big energy pep rally in Longacre Gym. What a great day for students to have some fun and get to know each other, and their school, a bit better at the start of the school year!

See more photos on our Facebook page

The Summer 2022 Lamplighter is here!

For your Labor Day weekend reading enjoyment, we present the Summer 2022 issue of Dock's Lamplighter magazine—with lots of photos and coverage of the Class of 2022's Commencement, Senior Presentations, Academic Awards, Spring Drama, Campus Happenings, Alumni News and a fascinating little feature about Dock students' visit to a unique educational "ecosystem" at Fluxspace in Norristown. Don't forget—the digital version of Lamplighter includes lots of bonus content, including links, photos, video, and more. Happy reading!

EC to Grade 8 Calendar

EC-Grade 8 Calendar

Grades 9 to 12 Calendar

Grades 9-12 Calendar

All-School News

5th grade author encourages young writers

Dock librarian Mrs. Missy Camilleri invited Dock 5th grade student Avelynn Myers as guest reader and author this week to read to Mrs. Bonita Ness's Kindergarten students. She read her book, "Isadora! Take That Thumb Right Out" to the class and talked with students about how she became an author when she was just six years old! She explained how she wanted to write the book to help others that might struggle with stopping a bad habit. Several of our Kindergarten students were excited to go home and become authors themselves. Others wanted to try the techniques used by the main character in the story to help stop a thumb sucking habit. Avelynn's book is available in the library for check out.

Grades 9-12 Back to School Night

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Back to School Night! It was a fun and educational evening, as parents heard school updates from Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber and Grades 9-12 Principal Mr. Doug Hackman, then followed the daily schedule of their students. Parents walked to each class in six minutes (same as students!), met teachers and learned about curriculum and current class projects.

More photos

Arts News

5th grade author encourages young writers

Dock librarian Mrs. Missy Camilleri invited Dock 5th grade student Avelynn Myers as guest reader and author this week to read to Mrs. Bonita Ness's Kindergarten students. She read her book, "Isadora! Take That Thumb Right Out" to the class and talked with students about how she became an author when she was just six years old! She explained how she wanted to write the book to help others that might struggle with stopping a bad habit. Several of our Kindergarten students were excited to go home and become authors themselves. Others wanted to try the techniques used by the main character in the story to help stop a thumb sucking habit. Avelynn's book is available in the library for check out.

Grades 9-12 Back to School Night

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Back to School Night! It was a fun and educational evening, as parents heard school updates from Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber and Grades 9-12 Principal Mr. Doug Hackman, then followed the daily schedule of their students. Parents walked to each class in six minutes (same as students!), met teachers and learned about curriculum and current class projects.

More photos

Athletics News

5th grade author encourages young writers

Dock librarian Mrs. Missy Camilleri invited Dock 5th grade student Avelynn Myers as guest reader and author this week to read to Mrs. Bonita Ness's Kindergarten students. She read her book, "Isadora! Take That Thumb Right Out" to the class and talked with students about how she became an author when she was just six years old! She explained how she wanted to write the book to help others that might struggle with stopping a bad habit. Several of our Kindergarten students were excited to go home and become authors themselves. Others wanted to try the techniques used by the main character in the story to help stop a thumb sucking habit. Avelynn's book is available in the library for check out.

Grades 9-12 Back to School Night

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Back to School Night! It was a fun and educational evening, as parents heard school updates from Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber and Grades 9-12 Principal Mr. Doug Hackman, then followed the daily schedule of their students. Parents walked to each class in six minutes (same as students!), met teachers and learned about curriculum and current class projects.

More photos