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April 2017


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Touring Choir kicks off 2017 concert season

The Dock Touring Choir launched its spring concert tour with performances at Deep Run East and Souderton Mennonite churches. The choir is currently in Ontario, Canada at the Mennonite Schools Council Choral Festival. The next concert date on the itinerary is Sunday, April 23, 10:10 a.m. at Swamp Mennonite Church. Thanks to Wes Cosand of Deep Run East for this great shot of the choir!

See the choir's full schedule here

 Dock students excel at 4-Way Speech competition

Five Dock students—Livia Anderson, Madelyn Bergin, Aya Berry, Danica Moyer, and Liz Wanamaker—competed recently in the Rotary Club of Harleysville's 4-Way Speech Contest. The students gave speeches on ethical issues using the principals of Rotary’s 4-Way Test, which asks the following questions of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?

  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?


  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The winners this year were: Danica Moyer - 1st place ($150) and an opportunity to move on to the next level of competition; Liz Wanamaker - 2nd place ($100), and Aya Berry - 3rd place ($50). Congratulations to all the speech participants for doing a marvelous job!


        4-Way Speech Participants included (l to r) Liz Wanamaker, Aya Berry, Danica Moyer, Livia Anderson, and Madelyn Bergin.

Hydrogen: The fuel of the future? 









Miss Metzler's Environmental Science class received a visit on Wednesday from Kareem Afzal, CEO of PDC Machines, Inc. in Warminster, who shared with students about the advantages of hydrogen fuel cells and how his company is helping to bring the first generation of hydrogen vehicles to market; he drove one of them to school for students to see! 

See Mr. Afzal's presentation on the "Academics 2016-17" playlist on our YouTube channel.

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Mrs. Bergey's Health class gets an up close look at emergency medical services

Students in Mrs. Bergey's Health class got an up close and personal look this week at what it's like to be an EMT, thanks to Dock parent Eric Scialanca. Eric's company provides EMT and medical transport services to a number of facilities in our area, and he shared about both the medical side of the business as well as the entrepreneurial aspects. The class ended with a tour and a quick ambulance ride, with senior Rachel Barth getting the full stretcher experience as well!

Watch a video of classmates loading Rachel into the back of the "bus."

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A busy start to a sabbatical for faculty member Gail Anderson

Faculty member Gail Anderson has had a busy start to her sabbatical, during which she will continue to work at a crowd-sourced education platform for refugee children. Mrs. Anderson recently spent time at a refugee center in Lille, France and visited refugee camps near Sofia, Bulgaria. Prior to leaving for Europe she was at a meeting at the UN—a joint event between the UN and MIT’s Solve initiative (photo, below), for which she first developed the concept for her project. This past week she visited refugee camps in Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece, and now is spending time at the Casa Sanctuary orphanage in Ocna Mures, Romania—which the Dock community has supported through fundraising events in the past.

Keep up with Mrs. Anderson's sabbatical travels on her blog

     Mrs. Anderson shares about educational opportunities for refugee children at the United Nations.


English students travel the the pages of new and timeless classics

Mrs. Rauch’s World Lit travelers are leaving Nigeria for the sunny island of the Dominican Republic. Moving from Chinua Achebe’s Africa to the Trujillo-era in the DR is quite the time travel experience, but we can compare main characters, motives, style, and plots of the two novels.

Students in Creative Writing have finished up their poetry quarter, having produced some excellent work. Their last assignment is an individual project centering on a poet chosen by each student.

Freshmen in Mrs. Rauch’s English class are navigating the Mississippi with Huckleberry Finn and Jim. Quite an adventure after the romantic tragedy of Romeo and Juliet—and my students don’t know this yet, but Romeo and Juliet turn up in this novel, too!

A Sunny Pi Day competition

Pi Day 2017 was a bright, Sunny day at Dock, as senior Sunny Sui took top honors in Mr. Gehman's annual Pi Day competition. Sunny memorized Pi out to 120 decimal places to finish in first place, followed by Dalton Moore and Zizhuo Liang, who tied for second place with 100 decimal places, and Erica Gunden, who took third with 87 places. Sunny received the traditional prize, a chocolate chip cookie "pie" (right). Congratulations Sunny!


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