Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, another in a series of communications the school has shared over the course of the past two years. In his November 22,2021 letter, Dr. Swartzentruber focuses on Dock's policy and planning initiatives to provide an environment that is safe for students both physically and emotionally.
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Our first Admissions Open House of the 2021-22 school year will be held on the Grades 9-12 Campus on Saturday, October 9, from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Prospective high school students (grades 8 to 12) and their families can tour Dock's beautiful campus, meet our faculty and coaches, and learn about academics, athletics, art, music, and other opportunities that help create an extraordinary Dock experience.
Next Friday, October 8, Dock's Fall Concert will be presented along with our Alumni of the Year Awards. There are two exciting elements of this concert that make it a "can't miss" event for your calendar.
First, one of our instrumental selections is a piece composed by James Barnes and arranged by our Band Director, Mr. Alan Shughart, to accommodate both our band and string ensembles.
Second, Dock Concert Choir Director Mrs. Michelle Sensenig is also excited to share that we have two guest musicians joining the choir pieces: Gi Downing and Marcus Barnett. Gi Downing is the aunt of Dock senior Tomir Johnson and the mother of R&B/Soul singer Pink Sweat$.
Tomir’s extended family share a rich history of gospel singing and have been singing together in churches for many years. In this sweet 3-minute Pink Family Video, we see the family (including Gi and Tomir!) coming together to make music.
Gi has graciously agreed to lead two gospel choir workshops with the Dock choirs and will be leading/performing in portions of our concert. Her piano accompanist Marcus Barnett will be joining us on stage.
This web page will take you to photos and videos from our first gospel workshop. Jay Gordon was there to capture some great footage, and he wrote a blog post about his experience. Our second session is scheduled for this Wednesday, October 6. The choir members LOVED working and singing with Gi!
We invite you all to experience what promises to be an unforgettable concert on Friday, October 8, 7:00 pm in Clemens Auditorium.
There are nine of them on the calendar at various times throughout the school year—faculty in-service days. But what are they? What are they for? What happens on those days?
We tagged along last Friday, September 24, for the third Faculty In-Service Day of the year, to give you a behind the scenes look. In-service days are for all faculty, but the location varies; this one was held on the Grades 9-12 Campus.
The first thing you should know is that, while there are fun, community-building activities built into almost every in-service day, these are not vacation days for teachers. Last Friday’s agenda was fairly typical. The day began with breakfast together followed by devotions led by Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber (did you know he is an ordained pastor too?). Then there were workshops and training sessions that all faculty (EC - Grade 12) participate in together, followed by breakout sessions by grade level (Kindergarten, Discover, for example) and by department (English, Social Studies, Math, etc.).
The day ended with a Goosechase where faculty teams competed in a campus-wide scavenger hunt and a worship service with communion, led by Pastor Mark Wenger and Helen Eastburn of Franconia Mennonite Church.
The best way to summarize in-service days? They are professional days where teachers and administrators come together to think and learn about how to be better educators, build relationships with each other, plan for the future, and worship God as a community.
Have you ever wondered how you can get involved at Dock? Watch for some tips and advice about how you and your family can make the most of your Dock experience!