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Learning for lives of purpose


June 2017


Window on the Classroom

Grades 9-12


 The Civil Rights Movement comes alive in U.S. History class


At the end of a unit on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, 10th graders in US History II class were blessed to hear from several people who lived through that period in U.S. history. Joe Fields (above right), Kenny Wright (above left), and Yvonne Platts are all members of Nueva Vida (New Life) Norristown, a church that is part of Franconia Conference. Joe shared his journey of growing up in segregated Georgia, which included some prison time as a child. Joe said that making friends of people of other races is the best way to overcome prejudice. Kenny’s experience of growing up in Baltimore was less harsh, but also had many challenges. Kenny’s life-long mission has been to “preach Jesus—and use words if necessary,” and his advice to students was to judge people by the content of their character rather than their color. Yvonne Platts, an anti-racism educator, challenged the students’ knowledge of events in the Civil Rights struggle, a struggle which continues. She encouraged students to find ways to “come alongside people in need” as a way to promote justice.

Many thanks to Dock parent Jonathan Haggard (father of Aliyyah), who also attends Nueva Vida and helped make arrangements for our guest speakers to visit.

Students step into the shoes of refugees via virtual reality

Students in 9th grade Social Studies classes have the opportunity to "walk a mile in the shoes" of refugees on Refugee Day. This year, students viewed two virtual reality short films to help them better understand the challenges refugees face. 

 Dock teacher continues campaign to Solve refugee education

Dock math teacher Gail Anderson's sabbatical included another round of presentations at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Solve conference recently, as she seeks innovative solutions to help educate refugee children. During the conference, members of the Solve community made pledges to advance solutions like Mrs. Anderson’s, while engaging in further conversations about the future of technology and innovation in education. Together, the Solve community:

  • Made over 300 pledges for partnership between member organizations and Solvers

  • Launched four global challenges—with combined prizes of up to $2 million dollars from the Atlassian Foundation and others

  • Convened a global community of more than 330 people for five plenary sessions, seven dinners, and 16 working group sessions.

2nd Annual Badminton Social

Our second annual International Badminton Social was held May 3 from 6:30-8:30 PM in Longacre gym and was attended by over two dozen international students. Delicious dinner options from a local Asian restaurant and desserts provided by Dock’s Campus Senate added to the event. Three sophomore students, Jenny Chen, Peter Liang and Zizhuo Liang, provided stellar leadership and helped plan the event with Mr. Matt Moyer. Sophomore Sydney Cardy and junior Josh Farmer were gracious volunteers who helped with greeting students and making sure things went smoothly.

Dock Athletics is grillin'!

On May 9, the new Dock grill was put to use for the first time during the second annual Tailgate Event for the baseball and softball teams. Each team member received a complimentary burger and many fans shared in the delicious food, grilled by Mr. Kirby King. The Booster Club helped provide refreshments for purchase and Dock’s Campus Senate planned and orchestrated this event. Jimmy Kustra, class of 2016 and former Dock varsity baseball player, provided music for the festivities. Special thanks to Derstine’s Foods, which donated 150 burgers and buns for the event for the second year in a row, and to Meredith King and other student leaders in the Campus Senate and Spirit Committee, which gave leadership to the event.


Student-Athletes to continue playing in college

Student-athletes who will continue their playing careers at the college include (seated, l to r): Camryn McCloskey, Daphne Hunsinger, Sabrina Demetrius, Jill Bolton, Mia Bevilacqua. Standing (l to r): Liz Wanamaker, Andrew Walters, Nick Schnable, Connor Schnable.

Dock recently held an open house and press conference to honor Dock student-athletes who have been recruited by a college coach, and have committed to playing their sport at the college level. They include:

Mia Bevilacqua – NCAA D3 – Soccer – Virginia Wesleyan College

Jill Bolton – NCAA D1 – Field Hockey – Liberty University

Daphne Hunsinger – NCAA D3 – Volleyball – Geneva College

Camryn McCloskey – NCAA D3 – Cross Country & Track and Field – York College of PA

Connor Schnable – NCAA D3 – Baseball – McDaniel College

Nick Schnable – NAIA – Basketball – Penn State Mont Alto

Elizabeth Wanamaker – NCAA D3 – Field Hockey – Elizabethtown College

Andrew Walters – NCAA D3 – Baseball – Eastern University

Sabrina Demetrius – NCAA D2 – Track and Field – Chestnut Hill College

Parents: Booster Club needs you!

Dock Mennonite Academy is seeking participation from parents of student athletes to serve on the Booster Club Committee for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years. There are positions that need to be filled over the next few years and several members have already exceeded their term limits, agreeing to serve until new members have been identified.

Some recent Booster highlights include the Wall of Honor, Varsity News Network (VNN), the new trophy case, the electronic menu board in Longacre concession, and the purchase of a new golf cart for the athletic trainer. The Boosters invite parents to become involved Dock athletics by being a Team Parent, volunteering in the concession stand, and joining the Booster Club.

For more information about joining Boosters, please contact AD Assistant Palmer Trolli at or President Chad Yoder at Thank you for your consideration.

 Danica Moyer walks the red carpet at the Cappies

Congratulations again to senior Danica Moyer, who attended the recent Cappies gala to be recognized as Dock's first-ever nominee to the award program, which is the Academy Awards for high school musical theater. Moyer was nominated for her role as Carmen Bernstein in Dock's fall musical, Curtains.

See the complete list of Cappie nominees

Watch Danica's read carpet interview (starts around 7:43)

What are they reading?

Mrs. Grega’s grade 9 English students completed Romeo and Juliet and are moving into the 1930’s with Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Creative writing assignments related to unusual or interesting family members or neighbors and childhood memories were written to parallel the experiences of Scout, Jem and Dill in the novel.

Sophomores devoured The Great Gatsby and are presenting projects related to current events, historical events and famous people of the 1920’s. 

Afghanistan was the setting of A Thousand Splendid Suns, a novel recently completed by juniors. Morals and values, politics, war, male and female roles in society, family life and cultural similarities and differences between the cultures of the United States and Afghanistan were explored. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is the final literary exploration for the year.

Sophomores in Mrs. Moyer's Honors American Literature class are reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and discussing issues of power, control, abuse, and respect. How are characters in the book, particularly the protagonist Janie, affected and changed by these issues? How do we see issues of power, control, abuse, and respect affect people, particularly young people, today?

Freshmen in Mrs. Moyer's English classes are ending the year with Shakespeare’s classic play Romeo and Juliet, with a discussion and writing focus on the whys, the what ifs, and the potential danger in acting impulsively.

Dock students deliver on Spanish label food drive

Dock Spanish classes ran another successful Spanish on the Label Food Drive to benefit the food pantry at Manna on Main Street this year. The food collected was delivered to Manna on Main on May 26 after school, and this year two vehicles were needed to transport it all. Thank you to those who participated in the drive!


 Class of 2017 class gift

The class of 2017 will have enough funds to fully fund the restoration, hanging, and creation of a plaque for the vintage “Christopher Dock High School” sign that had hung near the Detwiler Road entrance to the school since 1955. The goal is to have the restored sign hung in Longacre Center before Senior Presentations begin, and we met the goal. This could be a new record – the class gift complete before graduation! A heartfelt thank you to the Class of 2017 from all Dock alumni for this precious and thoughtful gift.



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