Christopher Dock HS and Keystone Opportunity on Indian Valley Live 10-25-10

http://www.indianvalleylive.com/images/stories/200px-Christopher_Dock_Mennonite_High_SchoolJay Gordon, Advancement Associate   Ron Hertzler, Bible and Social Studies  Whitney Longacre, Senior, President of Campus Senate and  Sam Wilkins, Class President, Junior and is also a Cast member in Godspell

Dock Theater will perform Godspell, the musical based on a series of parables from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, November 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. in Clemens Center Auditorium. The musical first opened off Broadway in 1971, and features many memorable songs, including Day by Day, which reached #13 on the Billboard pop chart in 1972.


Building Community at Christopher Dock Mennonite High
Christopher Dock’s curriculum contains a focus on developing “the God-given abilities of students in preparation for responsible stewardship of life as God’s people in a global society.”  (Mission Statement) The Building Community curriculum provides opportunities each year that build healthy relationships within the school community and expose students to service opportunities in the broader community and the world.

Grade Nine
Ninth grade students gather for a retreat shortly after the school year begins. The retreat provides a setting away from the usual school schedule to build community. Students and staff share meals, play team games, complete service projects, enjoy free time, and worship together. Coordinated by faculty, staff, and upperclassmen, it is a rich beginning for the Building Community curriculum. The following week, the freshmen class meets together again to follow up from the retreat, hold class elections, and enjoy social time together.  Christopher Dock also operates a mentor program, pairing new students with upper class students (usually juniors) to give freshman a familiar face and help ease the transition to high school.

Grade Ten
A significant independent service project is incorporated into the sophomore Bible class, “The People of God: The Story Continued.” Throughout the year, guidance counselors coordinate activities in a variety of settings, share information about upcoming PSAT and SAT tests, and implement a career survey. In 2010-11, a new component of the Grade 10 “Building Community” curriculum is a class trip to Philadelphia.

Grade Eleven
The junior year includes a required social studies class called “Social Issues.”  This class examines current social problems, and challenges the students to develop a personal sense of responsibility that translates into social action. Included in the course is a three-day, off-campus experience in Washington, D.C. A significant part of the off-campus experience includes one morning working in community service. Throughout the year, guidance counselors coordinate activities in a variety of settings, helping students as they develop values, a sense of the larger community, and how their own gifts and interests might be best developed after high school. Specific information about the PSAT and SAT tests is included.

Grade Twelve
In the senior year, students develop a proposal for a weeklong independent service/job-shadowing project at the end of semester one. The project is a significant component of the senior level Bible class called “Kingdom Living.”  Students are required to keep a journal during their experience. Following the service experience/job shadowing, seniors spend two days in a retreat setting to reconnect, fellowship, and reflect on their service/job shadowing experiences.  A culminating senior public presentation, part of the required “Communications” class, is made during the final week of the year in which seniors demonstrate their academic, spiritual, and lifestyle development. In addition, seniors reflect on their high school experience and project future plans. Throughout the year, guidance counselors coordinate activities in a variety of settings, helping seniors as they plan for their senior experience week and make specific college and career decisions.

Keystone Opportunity's Brenda Oshlaeger, Sue Zomberg also stopped by to tell us about
SLEEP OUT FOR HOMELESSNESS NOVEMBER 13-14, 2010
5-7p.m. Rally at Broad and Main Streets in Souderton
And then 7p.m. till 7a.m.
Evening and late night activities including cardboard shelter building contest, scavenger hunt, and movie at Zion Mennonite Church, Cherry Lane, Souderton
Can we meet the Keystone Challenge and raise one year's rent for a homeless family of four? Help us help others and gather pledges for the Sleep Out Night.
Raising awareness about the homeless in Bucks and Montgomery counties and raising funds for homelessness prevention programs. Call 215-723-5430 for more information about sponsorship or to register your family, Sunday School class, office, youth group for a night of fun, meaningful, learning experiences.
https://keystoneopportunity.org/events/sleep-out

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