November 2021

Mennonite College Day

Mennonite College Day (MCD) was held on campus on Wednesday, October 20. Our Mennonite Colleges sent representatives to spend the day at Dock. Students were invited to stop by their tables throughout the day or during lunch to interact with the representatives. To learn more about their schools, check them out online or plan to visit them soon. On Tuesday evening, parents and students were invited to a College Information Night. This was an opportunity to learn more about the admission process, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities from the EMU and Goshen representatives.

College                                  E-mail addresses                     Websites                              Phone numbers

Bluffton University                  admissions@bluffton.edu      http://www.bluffton.edu/      1-800-488-3257

Eastern Mennonite Univ.        admiss@emu.edu                    http://www.emu.edu/            1-800-432-4000

Goshen College                      admissions@goshen.edu       http://www.goshen.edu/       1-800-348-7422

Hesston College                      admissions@hesston.edu      http://www.hesston.edu/      1-800-995-2757

Bethel College                         admissions@bethelks.edu      http://www.bethelks.edu/     1-800-522-1887

Report Cards

Quarter One ended on October 22, and report cards will be issued to students on Monday, November 8 at the end of the day. A student’s report card may be held for a variety of reasons, such as overdue books, failure to return a sport uniform, etc. The teacher who holds the report card will issue it when the student has handled their responsibilities to them. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call the Guidance Office.

SAT Information

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.

SAT testing dates and registration deadlines are as follows:

Test Date                           Registration Deadline

March 12, 2022                  February 11, 2022

May 7, 2022                        April 8, 2022

June 4, 2022                       May 5, 2022

College Applications

Seniors applying to college, remember to add all colleges you are applying to on your SCOIR account. The Guidance office uses SCOIR to send all supporting documentation to these colleges, including your transcript. You should be requesting letters of recommendation through SCOIR as well. Please give your teachers at least 1-2 weeks’ notice to write letters on your behalf. If you have any questions, see Mr. Kabakjian.

National Honor Society News

The annual induction ceremony was held on Tuesday, October 12 in Dock’s auditorium. New inductees were honored during a candle-lighting ceremony. The evening ended with a dessert celebration. Stop by the library entrance to see the display showcasing our new members!

College and Career Information

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.  All juniors:

  • take the PSAT/NMSQT in October and are encouraged to review their test results with their counselor and parents when they receive them.
  • are welcome to set up a time to meet with Mrs. Leaman about their future career goals, college selection, current academic standing, and selection of their senior year courses. 
  • should consider taking an SAT preparation course.
  • should sign up to take the SAT at least one time during their junior year.
  • should develop a list of potential colleges, technical schools, or job opportunities to research.
  • who are student athletes, should become familiar with the NCAA Guidelines for Student Athletes, checking to make sure you are meeting the core course requirements and test standards.
  • are encouraged to visit the colleges and technical schools that fit their career goals and aspirations.
  • should begin to gather financial aid information from any sources available: Dock, the local community, and most importantly, from the educational institutions themselves.

Dock uses a college planning system called SCOIR. SCOIR helps students discover colleges that match their personal as well as academic interests. It is a useful tool for navigating through the college selection process. Through SCOIR, you will have access to a free career and aptitude assessment. This assessment uses engaging exercises (“brain games”) to identify your natural abilities. As a result, you are matched with careers for which your natural talents will help you excel.

Junior students who become actively involved in the college and career activities listed above will find their senior year to be productive, rewarding, and less stressful.