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March 2017

 

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Dock students excel at PJAS Science Fair  

Three Dock students competed in the regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition at Souderton High School on Saturday, February 18. Both junior Sophia Breslin and sophomore Sydney Breslin received 1st place awards (below, left), with Sophia earning a perfect score. Junior Sunny Sui (below, right) was awarded 2nd place.

In addition, junior Laura Olsen will be competing in the Montgomery County Science Research Competition at Ursinus College on Wednesday, March 8.

Both Sophia and Sydney will go on to compete in the state-wide Science Fair competition at Penn State in May. Congratulations to all three girls and good luck to Sophia, Sydney and Laura! Click here to learn more about their projects.

  


Students participate in Moody's Mega Math Challenge 

Two teams of Dock student mathematicians competed recently in the Moody's Mega Math Challenge. Students analyzed five coastal national parks to determine the effects of climate change on each. For the first part of the project, the team had to determine which park would be in the most danger of sea levels rising. To determine this, they used a mathematical model that measured the components leading to increases in sea level. A second exercise evaluated the likelihood and severity of different climate change events on each national park, resulting in a “vulnerability” score based on the susceptibility of each park to climate change. Finally, the team had to advise the National Park Service about where to make investments in the parks based on the effects of climate change and visitor statistics. The model had to incorporate both elements of the process and result in the name of the national park requiring the greatest financial investment.

Congratulations to these math students for their participation in this prestigious competition:

Team 1: Jason Landis, Megan Swintosky, Tommy Mu, Sunny SuiMatt Schmidt

Team 2: Sammy DiLoreto, Brian Anderson, Rebecca Xiao, Yilan Guo, Livia Anderson


Mrs. Grega's English students attend The Crucible

Students recently attended the play, The Crucible, at DeSales University (above), revisiting the Arthur Miller work that we read in the fall. The play's director and actors also held a "talk-back" session at the conclusion of the performance (right), allowing students to ask questions about the play itself as well as the craft of acting and preparing for a performance.

In addition to The Crucible, sophomore English students also recently completed Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, exploring the themes of the American dream, loneliness and friendship.

Grade 9 English Skills students have finished The Odyssey and are immersed in
 independent novels by Neil Shusterman, a young adult author who uses Christian morals and high interest teen topics to capture his readers. Our research papers are next on the horizon.

Afghanistan and California were the central settings of the novel, The Kite Runner, for junior readers. This piece of literature captured student minds and portrayed characters who made them think about life in war-torn countries, friendships that can become fractured, and family and cultural traditions. All Quiet on the Western Front is the next book in this World Literature class.

 

Economics students study (what else?) taxes

Students in Mr. Hackman's Economics classes have been studying everyone’s favorite subject: taxes! Students are exploring the purposes of taxation, the different ways tax systems can be structured, and the ethical dilemmas surrounding taxes—both the tax burden itself, and what the money is used for. We explore these issues from the perspective of both individual responsibility and a broader social context. After learning some basics, students get to write up new tax and spending suggestions. Being a good Christian steward of public resources is a challenge students will take with them long after graduation; communicating our values and concerns to public servants at the state and federal levels is encouraged.

As students in US History II  travel through the events of the 20th century, we try to get into the shoes of persons as they experienced important happenings. We wrestle with military service along with conscientious objectors in World War I and II eras. Recently we learned about the Tulsa, Oklahoma race riot of 1921, as an illustration of important events that didn’t make it into textbooks (and together we ask, "Why?").  We use the 1920s and 1930s as a case study of economic cycles. The increasing impact the U.S. has had on the world is emphasized. In addition, students are doing a biography project on a person who made a difference in the early 20th century, producing either a research paper or Powerpoint presentation.

 

English students conduct their own version of March Madness—with poetry

Students in Mrs. Rauch's Creative Writing class are choosing a poet or topic on which to focus for their quarter’s final. Still to cover in this 10-week class are villanelles, sonnets, and March Madness—which we do with poems instead of basketball teams.

World Lit juniors are currently wandering in 1940s Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Austria, following the trail of the Romanian singer Zoli, in a based-on-real life novel of the same name. Fascinating and lyrical, Colum McCann’s tale is a window through which we can see a whole different way of life!

Freshmen in Mrs. Rauch’s English class are watching Romeo and Juliet fall in love and……well, you know the rest. It’s springtime and the flowers are beginning to bloom outside Dielman—what sweeter play could we read now that love is in the air?

 

Students attend IV Chamber's economic presentation

Director of Advancement Bob Rutt accompanied seniors Matt Schmidt and Ariana Freed as they attended an Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce luncheon recently at the Bay Pony Inn (right). A national and regional economic update was provided by Ryotaro Tashiro (pictured), Economic Outreach Associate with the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank. He provided an in-depth look at regional and national economic trends including GDP, employment, housing, income, and migration in and out of the state.