Guidance Office Report: October 2017
All students are required to sell hoagie coupons or pay class dues of $50. This money helps defray costs for class socials, junior-senior banquets, class trips, and other activities. We are selling coupons for 11” Landis hoagies for $5.00 each, and Wawa Shorti (6” hoagie) coupons for $4.00 each. Each coupon sold will produce a profit of $1.00. These coupons have no expiration date and are redeemable at any Landis Supermarket or Wawa location.
Students can purchase coupons in Dielman Hall Commons on any of the dates listed below. Payment will only be received with a check made payable to Dock Mennonite Academy. If you choose not to sell hoagies, class dues should be handled with a check to Dock for $75, mailed in or given to Mr. Kabakjian in the Guidance Office.
Hoagie Sale Dates:
November 2, 9, 16
December 7, 14, 21
January 12, 18, 25
2017-18 Student Support Team
The Student Support Team gathers weekly to discuss students who may be at risk. Teachers, parents and students may bring names to a team member if there is a concern about a student or group of students. All information is confidential. Each referral is taken seriously, with action plans outlined for follow-up. Team members are: Mrs. Bergey, Dr. Clemmer, Mr. Gehman, Faculty; John Stoltzfus, Campus Pastor; Mrs. Leaman, 9th and 11th grade Guidance Counselor; Mr. Kabakjian,10th and 12th grade Guidance Counselor; and Mr. Wiens, Principal.
Schoology (http://www.schoology.com) gives parents and families access to their student(s) grades, activities, and class information online. Log-in information was sent home with students at the beginning of the school year. If you need additional information, please contact Darwin Zehr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the next several months, approximately 20-25 college representatives will visit Dock. Daily announcements will inform students which schools are visiting, and a flyer is posted on the kiosk outside the Guidance Office. College representatives have information available outside of the cafeteria during the lunch period.
Seniors and juniors are permitted three excused college visits per year. It is important for the student to bring in a parental note before the visit. Each student is expected to contact his or her teachers and be responsible for academic work missed while on their trip.
Seniors: College Application Process
It is the season for you to request your high school transcript for college. Mr. Kabakjian visited your English Class and went over the process, and now he encourages you to come and see him directly for additional support. Last year as a junior, college options were explored. Today, you should be organizing your priority list. The Guidance Office is open and looking forward to helping you in the college application process. It is important that you sign a release form for the transcript to be sent to your college choice. If you are using Common Application, contact your teachers to make sure you are using their correct email address! Mr. Kabakjian’s email address for Common App is email@example.com.
Juniors: Plan Your Education
While all four years in high school are important, the most pivotal year for academic and career decisions is a student's junior year. During their junior year, students take a more comprehensive look at their future beyond high school. Juniors and their parents are welcome to make an appointment to talk with Mrs. Leaman about college and career options.
Listed below are several websites to think about career options.
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.
Additional information can be picked up in the Guidance Office. SAT testing dates and registration deadlines are as follows:
Test Date Registration Deadline
October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017
November 4, 2017 October 6, 2017
December 2, 2017 November 3, 2017
March 10, 2019 February 9, 2018
May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018
June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018
On October 11, all juniors will take the PSAT, which measures critical reading, math, and writing skills. Sophomores are also invited to take the PSAT, however, there is a $20 fee and space is limited for sophomores. Sophomores can register in the Guidance Office. A check needs to be made out to Dock Mennonite Academy when the students register. Sophomores do not qualify for scholarships, but it is good practice for their junior year.
Mrs. Leaman handed out information and practice tests in Junior English classes. Visit www.collegeboard.com/psat for additional sample questions. Juniors should report to the cafeteria by 7:45 a.m. on October 11 with two #2 pencils and a calculator. Students should have new batteries in their calculator since they will not be available in the testing room. Food and drink, as well as all electronics (including cell phones) are not permitted in the testing area. Please check the test regulations on page 4 of the booklet.
Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) is sponsoring a free bus visit to EMU November 9-11 for juniors and seniors. There will be opportunity to stay in the dorms, observe classes, meet professors, tour the campus, etc. The trip is first come, first serve with preference to seniors. For more information, stop by the Guidance Office or visit emu.edu/bustrip.
Mennonite College Day
Mennonite College Day will be held on Monday, October 9. Representatives from the Mennonite colleges will be on campus to spend the day with Dock students. Students are encouraged to stop by their tables throughout the day or during lunch to interact with the college representatives. To learn more about their schools, please check them out online or plan to visit them soon.
College E-mail addresses Websites Phone numbers
Upcoming College Fairs
The 2017 National Christian College Fair will be held at Delaware County Christian School, 462 Malin Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073, on Tuesday, October 10, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
and also at Plumstead Christian School, 5765 Old Easton Road, Plumsteadville, PA 18949, on Tuesday, October 17, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Juniors and seniors who have interest in attending the college fair at Plumstead Christian on Tuesday morning, should stop by the guidance office.
Over 30 Christian colleges and universities will be available to meet with students and share their distinctive characteristics and qualities. For more information about the fair and to find a list of colleges attending each location, visit http://myblueprintstory.com/christian-college-fairs/ or call 888-423-2477.
Attention Parents! Are you concerned with how social media and digital technology seem to be taking over your teen’s life? A special screening of Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age will be held at Calvary Church of Souderton on November 2 at 7:00pm. This film looks at how technology impacts kids’ development and the challenges of parenting in the digital world. It offers solutions on how adults can empower students to best navigate the digital world and find balance. This is a free event, but to attend, registration is required at pennsuburban.org. Here is a link if you would like more details on the film: https://www.screenagersmovie.com.