Basketball season is a very exciting time of the year. Pine Tree Academy has both a Boys' Varsity team and a Girls' varsity team. In addition, there is a Juniors Basketball team for students in grades 6-8 as well as a Littles Basketball team for those in grades 3-5. This year, the varsity teams will be traveling to a tournament in California at the Pacific Union College campus. Overall, whether the teams win or lose, it is looking like another great season for Pine Tree Academy.
Bruno Rondinelli (Sophomore)
Pine Tree Academy's annual Door Decorating Contest was, as usual, a great success. Mrs. Gepford came back to help Mrs. Asenjo and the students in Kindergarten count food items by groups of 10. They spent the most time at Mrs. Tyson's classroom door as her class came in FIRST with a total of 221 food items. The rest of the rankings are as follows:
7th & 8th Grade: 221 items
5th & 6th Grade: 66 items
1st & 2nd Grade: 65 items
3rd & 4th Grade: 62 items
Pre K & K: 43 items
The Office: 42 items
Senior Class: 12 items
Thank you for voting! Until next year...when Mrs. Tyson can again beat Mrs. Glover!
National Honor Society (NHS) is a national organization created to acknowledge exceptional high school students. It seeks to recognize students that stand out academically, display or have some sort of leadership position, helps others/the community through service and volunteer work, and have a positive and kind character. PTA is very proud of the students that have been selected this year for National Honor Society!
Give thanks for each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything thy goodness sends.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
On Friday November 15, the elementary students hosted their grandparents (or honorary grandparents) in fun fellowship and food. Each class had a part in a program at the beginning, and then grades 5 - 8 served a Thanksgiving meal. This event is a fall favorite and will continue for many years to come. Happy Thanksgiving!
On November 11, 2019, Pine Tree Academy celebrated Veterans Day. Johann Edwards spoke to us about his experience serving our country, how it helped him spiritually, and how it impacted his life. A few videos were played specifically about D-Day and it’s history. We were also blessed with Taps played on the trumpet by Mrs. Glover, and songs sung by the younger students of Pine Tree. The program was very moving overall and I was happy to be a part of it.
I. Lindsay (Sophomore)
On Sabbath October 6, Emily Rojas, PTA Student Body President and Campus Ministries member preached at Freeport SDA Church. She spoke on “Stewardship of Time.” One of the main points was how when she made time to spend with God, she was more productive in other aspects of life. Getting youth involved and speaking in the church can create a whole new perspective of events and views of the Bible and everyday life. Kudos to Emily for doing such a great job!
In addition to speaking for church, there was an SA Vespers held on November 1, 2019. Trevor Schlisner, superintendent of the NNEC, was the speaker.
C. DePalma (Sophomore)
The PTA boys varsity soccer faced off against both Isleboro and North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) this past week in the Quarter and Semi-Final games. A large fan section came out for both games to cheer the boys on. Our PTA boys beat Isleboro 5-2 on Wednesday, a great win, however sadly on Friday in the quarter-final game against NYA, their season came to a close. Though this was a tough loss, I know we are all still so proud of how far the team came this year, the hard work they put in and the respectful, positive attitude they all played with while on the field. Great season boys!
L. Stong (Sophomore)
I walked into the barn and Emily Rojas, the Student Association President, greeted me at the entrance and just explained everything that I needed to do if I wanted to get a surprise at the end of the Barn Party. She gave each student a paper checklist. I snatched mine and I was off. The first station I went to was a donut eating contest and I have a definite weakness for donuts. So, I ran over there quickly and tried to beat Liam, Benny, and Shimmy. I only lost because I took my sweet time eating that regular glazed donut. Next, I went to the pie eating contest. I’m not a fan of pie but, I just ate it for the culture. Next, I did the sack race against Benny and won, obviously. After that, I got some like chili soup stuff. It was good! I sat down on the couch eating my chili soup and just chilled there for the rest of the night enjoying the company of my friends.
J. Stewart (Senior)