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Lamplighter gets an update

A new design gives Lamplighter a look and feel that is consistent with other Dock publications

The joining of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and Penn View Christian School into Dock Mennonite Academy in 2015 set in motion a series of changes. With a new name for our combined school came a new identity, and new ways to communicate who we are to our stakeholders—students, parents, faculty and staff, alumni and friends.

An important way to communicate these changes was our web site, which was re-created almost from scratch nearly two years ago. A viewbook and other promotional materials were next to adopt Dock's new brand image and colors.

The Winter 2019 issue of Lamplighter represents the logical next step in the metamorphosis of Dock's identity, and allows our publications to have a consistent look and "feel." Over the next few issues, we will be working to redirect the content of the magazine as well, with more news and information about alumni, including profiles of our graduates who are making an impact on their communities and the world.

We welcome your feedback on the new design, as well your suggestions for articles and alumni profiles. Please direct your comments to Jay Gordon,, 215.362.2675, ext. 108.

Note: As you flip through the digital version of Lamplighter (below), you will notice that on many pages, there are parts of the page that become highlighted as you scroll over them. These highlighted sections indicate additional content—videos, for example—that you can access by clicking the link. There is further additional content when you view Lamplighter on your mobile device. We look forward to your feedback!



Lamplighter is a print publication sent to some 6,500 alumni, current parents and friends.

Newsroom provides online access to Dock Mennonite Academy news and events 24/7/365.

New Panel


  • Project-Based Learning Initiative
  • Senior Experience
  • Arts Day 2019: Harmony

Spring 2019

Winter 2019

Homecoming & Family Weekend 2018

  • Service Day 2018
  • Alumni of the Year
  • Fall Musical: The Sound of Music
  • What a run for Erik Kratz ('98)

Lamplighter Winter 2019

Additional content from the Winter 2019 Lamplighter:

Color Run photo gallery (page 7)

Disc Golf Open (page 8)

Water Balloon Launch Challenge (page 8)

Dock Talks (page 9)

Avelynn Myers' book (page 17)

"Dream Small" (song by Josh Wilson, page 19)

Annual Fund donation page (page 24)

Class reunion reports (page 25)

Summer 2018


  • 63rd Annual Commencement
  • Senior Presentations
  • Academic Awards and Scholarships
  • Business is (literally) taking off for this '09 alumni

Spring 2018


  • Senior Experience
  • Arts Day 2018
  • Planting Seeds: Reflections from Mr. Derstine, Dr, Bishop, and Señor Miller
  • 2016-17 Annual Report



Winter 2018

Good News of Great Joy

  • Christmas Benefit Concert
  • Fall Musical: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Homecoming & Family Weekend 2017
  • 2017 Alumni of the Year

Summer 2017

Sparks sown in us like seeds

  • 62nd Annual Commencement
  • Senior Presentations
  • A transforming experience (Senior Experience trip to Uganda)
  • Thinking outside the box (Social Issues class)
  • Country Fair & Auction
  • Environmentally conscious (David Souder Endowment)

Spring 2017

Lights! Camera! Action!

  • Arts Day 2017
  • Senior Experience
  • The Mysterious Disappearance of Jim Herschberger '66

Winter 2017

Celebrating God's gift of music

  • Homecoming 2016
  • Service Day 2016
  • Fall Musical: Curtains

Summer 2016

Summer 2016 Lamplighter

The Upside Down Kingdom Life

  • Commencement 2016
  • Dock's new identity
  • Senior Presentations

The Window

The Window offers an inside look at the news and events of both the EC-8 and Grades 9-12 campuses.

Technology to help good become great

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Time to register for Summer Camps!

School is almost out, and if you have not yet made summer plans for your children, consider summer camps at Dock Mennonite Academy!

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

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

Click here to link to camp schedules, descriptions and registration


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Countdown to the Country Fair & Auction!

The countdown is on...just one week until our 58th Annual Country Fair & Auction kicks off! Come join the fun next Friday and Saturday, May 17-18 at Dock's EC- Grade 8 Campus in Souderton! 

  • Have you had an opportunity to review the 100+ items up for bid next Friday, May 17, at 6:00 p.m.? Here's your chance to peruse the LIVE AUCTION CATALOG and plan your bidding strategy!

LIVE Auction Catalog

  • Our ONLINE AUCTION runs through Monday, May 20. Lots of great items for you to bid on here as well!

ONLINE Auction Catalog

  • We still need quite a few volunteers to help at various stations. Volunteering is fun...can you help out?

SIGN UP to volunteer

  • This is your last chance to sign up your squad to compete in our Dodgeball & Donuts Tournament on Saturday, May 18. Great dodgeball action, great donuts, big fun!

REGISTER your Dodgeball team

  • Don't miss our locally famous BBQ Chicken! It is delicious, and a great value! You can have dinner on site at the EC-Grade 8 Campus on Friday, May 17 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM. Chicken, strawberry pies and more can also be purchased at our CHICKEN DRIVE-THRU on Friday only from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. The Drive-Thru is located at Franconia Mennonite Church on Route 113.

MENU for Chicken Drive-Thru


Visit our Country Fair & Auction web page

for schedules, menus and other details

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CFA is just around the corner!

The 58th Annual Country Fair and Auction is just around the corner, coming up on Friday May 17 and Saturday May 18 on Dock's EC-Grade 8 Campus in Souderton. This is our largest (and most FUN) fundraiser of the year, and we would love to see every Dock family involved! Here are some of the ways you can help make this event a huge success:

  • Sign up to play Dodgeball Saturday 8:30-11:30 AM (pre-registration required / teams of 5):  Dodgeball Tournament Sign Up
  • Sign up to PREORDER Homemade Donuts for Saturday AM (PREORDER ENDS MAY 1): PREORDER DONUTS: CLICK HERE
  • Like, Share, and Tag people on our Dock 58th Annual Facebook Event Page: Dock 58th Annual Country Fair and Auction Event Page CLICK HERE
  • Sign up to volunteer: SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER HERE (High School students, if you need hours for NHS or other service requirement, this is a great opportunity to get them)
  • Support our live and online auctions by bidding on some of the great items. You can see them on our Facebook page, and soon you will be able to link to them from our CFA web page.
  • Live Auction is Friday May 17 at 6 PM in the Elementary Gym (Live Music 5:30-6PM prior to the Auction)
  • Online Auction runs May 3-20. Stay tuned for a link to the Online Auction!
  • Tell friends by word of mouth, hand out brochures or flyers, share web page and FB posts



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