From the Guidance Office
Save the Date: PTF Senior Recital May 30
A Senior Recital will be held in the Longacre Theater on Tuesday, May 30, beginning at 7 p.m. Seniors will showcase their gifts in music, art, and design. Refreshments will follow.
Student Support Team (SST)
Dock Mennonite Academy's Grade 9-12 campus has a program that helps to identify students who are having school-related problems and provide help for teenage students who are believed to be at risk emotionally or behaviorally. This is an intervention, not a disciplinary team or treatment program. It is the Student Support Teams desire to foster wholeness and healing by having school, family and church work together to support, encourage and provide guidance to students.
If you are concerned about your child or aware of other students who are struggling with these issues, please contact one of the members of the Student Support Team (see below). The information you share with team members will be held in strictest confidence. Serving on the Student Support Team for the 2016-17 school year are: Martin Wiens, John Stoltzfus, Darla Bergey, Anabella Clemmer, Dana Gehman, Cathi Hunsberger, and Ken Kabakjian.
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
If your student has the proper current documentation (within 3 years) for a learning disability, they may qualify for accommodations for the SAT or ACT test. An SSD Student Eligibility Form must be submitted for each student requesting accommodations. The College Board recommends that Dock submit SSD Student Eligibility Forms at the conclusion of the student’s 9th grade year. If you feel your child would qualify for SAT or ACT accommodations, please contact Mrs. Hunsberger for a request form or additional information. After the student has been approved for accommodations, it follows him/her through high school. Beware: SAT accommodations and ACT accommodations are two separate applications.
SAT and ACT College Examination Exams
Juniors are encouraged take at least one SAT or ACT exam in the spring. Remember to use Dock’s CEEB code 392149 when you register for the test. If you fail to do so, Dock will not be able to send your scores to colleges. Students register by mail or online at collegeboard.com or actstudent.org and take the test in the public high school nearest them.
SAT Exam ACT Exam
Testing Date Registration Deadline Testing Date Registration Deadline
May 6, 2017 April 7, 2017 June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017
June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017
Student schedules for next year will be handed out in May. Parents and students should review the schedule to ensure they have selected the most appropriate courses. The Guidance Office is requesting that each student stop by and see his or her guidance counselor to complete plans for the fall. Juniors, it is essential that you stop by to see Mr. Kabakjian to confirm that you have all required classes for graduation. Please do not wait until the beginning of school.
Scholarships are out there . . . You just have to search for them!
There is still time to apply for scholarships! There is a file with scholarship information and a printed sheet identifying specific scholarships in the Guidance Office. Scholarships are also posted on Schoology for seniors. These are just a few places to look. Also, remember to check your local newspaper and library. Talking to the financial director at the student’s college of choice may also uncover other options. It takes work, but there is money to help support higher education.
Below are some helpful online resources to assist you in scholarship searches.
College Board - www.collegeboard.com
FastWeb - http://www.fastweb.com
National Application Center - https://www.nationalappcenter.com
Scholarship Page - http://www.scholarship-page.com/
Sallie Mae - https://www.salliemae.com/college-planning/college-scholarships/
SALT Money - https://www.saltmoney.org/index.html
Parents, remember to check Collegeboard.com or ACT.org for information to support your student. Along with college information, there is also a timeline, registration and practice tests, and other helpful tips. Guidance encourages you to take time and search this site for helpful information.
Delaware Valley MEDA - Clayton Kratz Scholarship
The Delaware Valley MEDA Clayton Kratz Scholarship is awarded annually to one male and one female from the senior class who will be attending a Mennonite college or university with a Business Administration or Economics major. This award is made payable to the student’s college choice for their freshman year. It is based on financial need, student grade record, and contribution to campus life at Dock. Applications are available in the Guidance Office and are due back by May 16.
Daniel J. Reinford Scholarship
The Daniel J. Reinford Scholarship is also based on financial need, grades, and contribution to campus life, and is awarded to graduating seniors who will be attending a Mennonite college or university. Scholarship applications are due back to the Guidance Office by May 16. Recipients will be notified at the Awards Assembly.
Travis Bechtel Memorial Scholarship
Baum, Smith & Clemens, LLP sponsors a scholarship in the name of Travis Bechtel, a 1991 Dock grad who passed away in June of 2002 from cancer. Travis worked at Baum, Smith & Clemens for six years. The courage and character Travis showed in dealing with his illness while continuing to progress professionally and maintaining friendships was an unforgettable inspiration to all of the company’s staff. Applications are due back in Guidance by May 16. The criteria for this scholarship revolves around the three areas in which Travis had interest: academics, athletics and business. Recipients should be planning to major in business.
Four-Way Speech Contest
The Harleysville Rotary Club sponsored their 4-way speech competition which was open to all Dock students. The students presented their speech addressing the following four questions. Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? The winner of the competition will move on to the regional competition. The three place winners this year were: Danica Moyer - 1st place ($150), Liz Wanamaker - 2nd place ($100), and Aya Berry - 3rd place ($50). Congratulations to all the speech participants for doing a marvelous job!
Penn College of Technology Representative on campus
A representative from Penn College of Technology will be at Dock on April 25. As an applied technology college, the school has more than 100 fields for students to check out. Any student, 9th - 12th grade, interested in receiving more information and meeting with the admission counselor should stop by the guidance office and sign up. The meeting will take place during Activity Period on the 25th.
Financial Aid Night
A Financial Aid Night will be held at Dock on Wednesday, April 26, at 7p.m. The evening will be facilitated by Michele Hensley. Michele became EMU’s director of financial assistance in November, 2001. She previously served as assistant director of financial aid at Georgetown University Law School in Washington, DC. She has worked extensively in financial aid since 1993 and is an excellent resource for us as she addresses loans, FAFSA forms, and additional financing options available to students regardless of their college choice. We will be meeting in the computer lab in Rosenberger. RSVP to Karen Burkholder in the Guidance Office at email@example.com.
The Guidance Office will administer AP tests from May 1 to May 12. There will be 107 tests administered to students who have registered for 12 different AP tests.
Check out the kiosk outside of the Guidance Office for a display of summer opportunities that you can get involved in. Selecting an enrichment activity looks impressive on the college resume. See your Guidance Counselor if you have questions.
As we have done the last several years, we will continue to honor students at graduation with three categories:
Cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 3.70 – 3.84
Magna cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 3.85 - 3.99
Summa cum laude—Cumulative GPA of 4.00 and above