Looking for some fun, cheap, exciting entertainment during the month of March? It is still too cold for outside activities so come on over and support two great gym events!!
Once a month, female students in grades 5-8 are invited to Mrs. Tyson's house for SHINE meeting. SHINE stands for "Share Him In Everything." For the first 45 minutes a special guest is invited to present advice or a skill to the younger students. This is followed by a Bible study on a woman of the Bible. This past month, two academy students, Simone Edmond and Stephie Kayumba shared the top things they have learned in high school. Topics included putting Christ first, study habits, and friendship advice. During this time, the younger girls were encouraged to ask questions and share experiences. In this safe environment, students are building relationships with each other (and hopefully stopping any girl drama before it starts). In addition, they are given the opportunity to lean on academy students who have valuable advice for them. The Bible study portion was given by Ms. Payne about the life of Hannah.
"While this may seem like an activity geared toward the students, I gain just as much of a blessing from hearing them pour out their concerns and frustrations and then leave those at the feet of Jesus," states Mrs. Tyson. "We will continue to encourage students to address their issues in a positive, proactive way."
Pine Tree Academy’s chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) has chosen a service project for the 2016-17 school year. NHS members are creating learning center projects centered around literacy to send to our seven Adventist elementary schools in Micronesia.
Our students are coloring, laminating and trimming attractive manipulatives, or hand-held learning games, for each of the five short vowel sounds as well as the long vowel sounds. Through these colorful sets, students in our Micronesian Adventist schools will have a fun way to apply what they are learning about phonics. In these pictures you will see NHS members Lauren Krueger, Katie Steeves and Olivia Oliveira and friends hard at work.
In total seventy different sets will be sent out. This may seem like a modest goal, however these devices can help emerging readers achieve great gains in fluency. It must be said that the majority of students in the far Pacific do not speak English at home, and so are considered English-language learners (ELL) by their schools. ELL students arrive at reading fluency more slowly than those from homes where English is spoken.
Sophomores through seniors are welcome to apply to the Pine Tree Academy chapter of the NHS. Requirements to be considered for the NHS reflect the four pillars upon which the NHS was created: scholarship, character, service, and leadership. Service is at the heart of the NHS. Start logging your service hours now, students, for it is the area that most often needs shoring up among NHS applicants. For more information, contact Mrs. Anne Goorhuis, PTA’s NHS advisor.
On January 26-28, elementary and academy students from all over Northern New England Conference converged at Pine Tree Academy for the annual Art Clinic. There were many classes provided for students to grow and develop their art skills including: watercolor painting, set design, life model illustration, culinary arts, scrapbooking, pastels, floral design, leather working, wood working, photography, needle arts, videography, visual presentation (drama), and costume design. Pictured are several photographs of the drama group and stage hands that acted out the life of William Wilberforce.
On January 17, 2017, the Girls and Boys Varsity teams played a home game against Forest Hills Consolidated school. These games gave the teams an opportunity to play in the Civic Center...hopefully before they make it to the playoffs!
On Fridays, before dismissal, students in grades 5 & 6 participate in a Sabbath celebration in preparation for Sabbath. Students can bring in snacks and many times Ms. Moore makes challah bread for the class to share. This is an exciting tradition to help students look forward to the Sabbath hours.
Victoria Edmond, Pine Tree Academy Class of 2016, came to visit over the Christmas holiday. We took this opportuity to interview her about her college experience and how PTA influenced her.
What were the most valuable things you learned at Pine Tree Academy?
"I learned so many things during my time at PTA. Sometimes, while you're in high school, you think, 'I can't wait to be done with Pine Tree Academy.' But then you graduate and realize how great you had it and what a blessing it was. Pine Tree Academy helped to teach me how to build quality relationships with others. I had to learn how to make new friends during Music, Art and Union Clinics. These opportunities have helped me to make new friends in college. Further, PTA showed me the importance of quality relationships. I have come back to visit and spend time with the people who are still enrolled here because I have missed them. These friendships are so valuable to me. Finally, when I was in science class with Ms. Payne, I complained about how difficult her classes were. I can honestly say that she prepared me thoroughly for my nursing classes. I feel academically prepared overall, but especially in science.
What is the hardest adjustment you have had to make?
"I decided to go all the way across the country for college. This has been difficult for me because I didn't know ANYONE at Pacific Union College. I made a leap of faith knowing that there wouldn't be the support from home and friends that I was used to. This has been difficult for me; however, it is important for me to stand on my own two feet. I have made new friends and experienced things I would not have on the East Coast."
What is something fun you have done in college?
"I have had the chance to visit local areas in California and have traveled to surrounding towns. I love seeing new things and trying various activities."
What is some advice you have for future Pine Tree Academy graduates?
"Ha! This is a funny one coming from me! But here they are:
1. BE ON TIME. I know it's hard. But, start practicing now so you will be ready when you're on your own.
2. Enjoy high school while you can. It will be some of the best times of your life. You will make great memories and friends.
3. While it is important to enjoy high school, don't mess around too much! Take it seriously because it will come back to bite you if you don't."
Those of us who are lucky enough to live in Maine, know that there can be a snow day on one day, and then brilliant sunshine on the following day. This was the case for Pine Tree Academy. Monday's snow day gave way to a fresh layer of glorious white. Students in the elementary enjoyed sledding and playing in the crisp, frosty air.