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We have navigated a challenging and unusual year. This has required much flexibility, grace, and patience from each of you. As we hear of so many students who missed being together for much of this year, we are filled with gratitude that Dock was able to provide the option of students gathering in person throughout this year. Learning and exploration continued. Relationships were formed and strengthened.
Last week we gathered for the 8th grade Celebration and Expo Night. We were delighted for these opportunities to gather again in person. We celebrated the incredible work of our students with their projects and congratulated the 8th graders as they prepare to move to a different Dock campus.
This weekend we will gather on our high school campus for Baccalaureate and the culminating Commencement program for our seniors. These celebrations are well-deserved by students who have persevered and accomplished so much, even through years of challenge and adjustment. Senior Presentations this week gave evidence of the incredible journeys of our students. God has been faithful this year!
As we conclude another school year, we are busy preparing for next year. Our rising underclassmen are preparing to step into leadership roles as they will inspire our student body in new ways. We look forward and expect to be back on campus together in August without masks or spacing restrictions that occupied much of our time and attention this year. We are preparing for a more normal year. Yet we hope you will notice signs of growth and learning as our teachers continue to grow professionally and we improve our curriculum, teaching, and assessment strategies.
Our spirits have continually been lifted this year as we consider the resilience of the entire Dock community. As we approach the end of a memorable school year, we invite you to listen to some of our students reflect on the growth and positive experiences they shared this year. A link to a short video is included below.
We hope you have a meaningful summer that includes rest and growth. Our offices will continue to prepare for next year and communicate with you throughout the summer. Thank you for helping shape this year at Dock!
Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber
"I just want to take a moment to say thank you. It is obvious that Dock has spent time and prepared a plan that takes into account the many different thoughts, opinions, concerns, and frustrations of all families during this pandemic. While it is impossible to please everyone, it is clear the two options you have outlined have the biggest probability of satisfying the majority of your families. Providing two options is so refreshing and I realize this will be much extra work for your staff and teachers…thank you! This will be our oldest child's first year at the school, and we could not be more pleased with our choice of Dock!"
Dock Elementary Family
"I am confident in the decisions made by the administration, board and pandemic team. There are two options, on-campus learning or remote learning, for Early Childhood through 12th grade. Thank you, Dock administrators, for spending your summer planning for the fall. I know many families from other schools are concerned about the options available to them. Dock has a large facility with a smaller number of students, so safety, academics, and social interactions will not be compromised!"