"A Children's Winter Clothing Drive" is now underway and Pine Tree Academy is an official drop-off site!
The Free Community Clothes Bank located in Lewiston/Auburn is in need of winter clothing for children. If your child has outgrown some clothes and you would like to donate them to other children, please feel free to drop them off into the collection bin at Pine Tree Academy. We have 3 bins - 2 located in the front entryway and 1 located outside at the end of the main entrance walkway for "after-hours" drop off. They are round "barrels" decorated in a winter theme: evergreens, snowflakes, etc.
I go to Mrs. A’s room every Friday from the end of lunch to the end of their school day for my elective. I chose to do this because I love little kids and I needed the community service hours. I really enjoy hanging out with all the kids in the class. The kids are absolutely amazing and they are so much fun to be with every Friday. Right now we are playing soccer with the sports elective and I love seeing them have so much fun.
-Jazmine Garnier, Sophomore
Pine Tree Academy (PTA) is developing an agriculture program. Grades 5 and 6 have been a part of the program over the last 3 years. Mr. Krueger shared with the students all about hard-necked garlic, a crop that is planted in the fall up north. The students helped divide the bulbs into separate cloves. Then, they planted the garlic in the raised beds behind the school. Approximately 2,000 cloves were planted (6 varieties). Thanks to Ms. Moore and her students for continuing to make agriculture a part of the school program.
Pine Tree Academy puts on a soccer program every year giving students a great opportunity to learn how to play a new sport and make new friends. This year, due to covid we were not able to play any official games like a usual soccer season. Still, this did not stop kids from showing up, working hard, and of course learning to love the game and having fun. The one unofficial game we were allowed to play was against Greater Christian Portland where PTAs coed soccer team played a mostly all-boys team. In the end, PTA went away with the win scoring 4 goals. One was scored by Anna Marden, two were scored by Ricky Morales, and the last one was scored by Sergey Stearman. Our coach, Dean Waterman, has been nice enough to take on both the boys and girls soccer teams for the fact that Pine Tree Academy is a girl dominated school(we're also dominating on the soccer field). Though we all miss the regular game schedule and the traveling it requires, this break year helped all of us grow our skills and grow closer together, which is what soccer is all about. If I could take anything out of this year's soccer season, it would be to enjoy physical activity, move the dial a little bit each day, have fun, and DO NOT cut coaches' cones!
Madison Waterman, Sophomore
The Legacy Room at Pine Tree Academy houses a collection of artifacts from various points in Pine Tree Academy's history and displays many articles from local Adventist institutions. Some of the items pictured here include:
Well, guys, I’ll give you credit for the theme. Because even without the barn, I’d say I did a great job of being our resident party animal! (And with that, I’m obliged to give everybody else credit for making all of this possible.) I’ll be honest, I almost wasn’t sure when I arrived here. No barn, boring games, not a ton of people for the first half hour. Yeah. Then we just have a full-blown CHEWBACCA coming in with a posse of costume campers, and all the fun breaks loose! (Chewbacca will remain anonymous.) With everybody here, we settled in for everybody’s favorite Compliment Game! Boys versus girls, peeps! Though the battle between myself and one formidable opponent was fought to a draw, in the end, the girls won 5-3. Do I care? I say good game to some good players! I mean, come on, we all witnessed that face-off between the Johnsons! What could be better? This was followed by a game of Mafia (I won as Mafia), and of course dinner. Or dessert. You call it what you will. I, on the other hand, call it one and a half waffles with LITERALLY EVERYTHING on them! I don’t know what you had for dinner, but I had a sugar high! Oh, and don’t forget the hot chocolate! (Turns out it takes TWO drinks to get half a cup of powder into my system.) And to top it off, we finished the night with a lovely glowstick manhunt game! And even though your friendly neighborhood reporter had to leave early (no, I was not escorted by a SWAT team), the fans did get to witness an epic 1v1 glowstick battle between myself and yet another formidable (but anonymous) opponent! I must say, Pine Tree, for my first year at this school, you sure know how to make an impact!
Jonathan Stansbury, Proud Upperclassman (Junior)
This year at Pine Tree Academy Dorm life has been quite vibrant. The girls’ dorm has gone shopping at the mall which turned out to be a great bonding experience. They also have helped out with multiple community service projects, one of which sent care packages to college students that are away from home. They also have taken fun trips to places like Winslow Park. The boys’ dorm has been going on outdoor trips most weekends. One of these was to Tumbledown mountain where they braved the adventures, and treacherous hike. Thankfully the mountain didn’t live up to its name and bring students tumbling down. They also had a new baking experience with some delicious apple crisp that was produced at the humble home of the Sabnani’s, where there was also worship. Together both dorms also had an epic game of Man Hunt that went, let's just say, a little over usual bedtimes. Dorm Life initiates brother and sisterhoods that create lasting relationships and are as important as ever in the foundation of Pine Tree Academy ideals.
Paige Tyson, Sophomore
Some people go on field trips. Other times, the trips come to them! In this season, it’s no surprise that half the school got to witness a full-blown fire engine screaming down the lane! Not to mention an ambulance! That’s right, folks, our lovely elementary schoolers, Pre-K to 4, were able to enjoy a riveting lesson about fire safety, without even having to leave the campus! Oh, sounds boring, you say? Common knowledge, you say? Tell that to the kids! When the FFD (Freeport Fire Department) came down, with the mysterious “Deputy Donnelly” leading the pack, those kids were way out of it! Honestly, with the number of questions they asked, you’d think they were planning to become mysterious deputies themselves! They got to participate in a number of activities, including events in which they learned about fire safety, the different tools on an engine (there are a lot of them!), and how the ambulance and stretchers work. They also watched one fireman put on about 65 pounds of gear (by his reckoning), and even got to put on some gear themselves! (Well, plastic fireman hats, but I suppose that’s adequate at their level.) And while it did rain on the 2-4 graders’ parade, they still got to enjoy the learning experience! It’s always good to know that even in plague season, fire safety remains a constant!
Jonathan Stansbury, Junior