Students in grades 5 and 6 got to use some new tools to learn about math and building. In a math lab with Dr. Moore, students used a Mira to explore symmetry. They loved it! With Mr. Schlisner, students learned about the blessing of work. They identified the parts of a hammer and a drill and practiced using the tools correctly. Who knew a hammer had so many different parts. It was a great learning experience!
-M. Moore 5th & 6th Grade Teacher
As most of us know, the first day of autumn wasn’t too long ago on September 23rd. As the air gets brisker and the pumpkins start appearing on peoples’ doorsteps, it is undoubtedly starting to feel more and more like fall. Because I personally love autumn for multiple reasons, I asked some of my fellow classmates what their favorite thing about fall was, and I got a variety of answers. Many students said they love the changing colors of the leaves, and others said they love being able to wear sweaters and flannels. Some students said their favorite thing about fall was food like cinnamon sugar donuts, apple cider, and pumpkin spice lattes, while others said their favorite thing was soccer and football season. One student’s answer that spoke to my heart was that autumn means the bugs are dying, and frankly, I couldn’t agree more.
M. Owen - Sophomore
Please click HERE to read how Pine Tree Academy was featured in a LibraryThing article. Thank you to Mrs. Dimond and Mrs. Owen for the countless hours they put into volunteering in our library!
If you asked the Pine Tree Academy soccer teams what their favorite part of soccer was they would probably say the under the lights games. The boy’s and girl’s of PTA’s soccer teams frequently have games at Thomas College under the lights. “It’s a different kind of thrill.” As said by a few of the girls. The first Saturday night game the girl’s team played Temple. The second Saturday night both girls and guys teams played Upper Kennebec Valley High.
Isabelle Lindsay - Sophomore
The first boys varsity soccer game was a great win for PTA against Seacoast. The game ended with the score being 3-1. The game was home for the Pine Tree Academy boys. The PTA boys who scored were Jahiesh and Josiah. I think that the boys won because, in my opinion, they outran and out hustled the other team.
Last summer I wanted to get dairy goats and show them at fairs. This spring, I got two doelings (baby girl goats) and I showed them at fairs throughout the summer. I showed them in their age classes and in showmanship. The age classes consist of goats of similar ages being shown against each other to decide which one is the best dairy animal. Showmanship is when humans are judged on how well they show their goats and how well they have prepared their goats for the show (hair clipped, hooves cleaned and trimmed, ears clean, coat brushed etc.).
On Sunday, I showed my goats In an open show but my main focus was on the 4-H show scheduled for Monday. An open show Is a show were anyone with goats registered in ADGA (American Dairy Goat Association) can show their goats. At a 4-H show, you have to be under 18 to present your goats. Both shows can be sanctioned if the goats can get a "leg." A leg is when a goat gets to be a champion. If the goat receives three legs, it is considered a permanent champion. For the leg to count, there needs to be at least ten goats in each breed showing. At the 4-H show, I won my showmanship class. It was a really great day!
Elsa Knowles, 7th Grade
This year, grades five through eight ventured to Camp Lawroweld on Lake Webb for an adventure-filled week of Outdoor School. Students in grades five and six explored the forests and ponds collecting specimens to bring back for the nature center. They swam, canoed and rocketed down the giant slip n slide. Most of the seventh and eighth-grade class did canoeing with Mrs. Tyson. They paddled three miles down to the camping site where they stayed for two nights. During a couple of days that they were there, they did many fun activities. They played on the playground, went swimming, and played many group games. Their adventures came to an end on Friday when they traveled back to the school.
-A. Monsell, Sophomore
Beach Day is an event put together by the student association (SA) that the academy participates in every year. In years past, Beach Day has taken place at Popham Beach State Park; however, this year the SA decided to change things up and take everyone to Winslow Park Beach and Campground in Freeport. Though there was some speculation about the change in location and the weather, it turned out to be a great day! We started the day with worship, ended it with ice cream and had volleyball tournaments, watermelon, capture the flag and mud baths in between. This was a great way to kick off the school year!
By Lainey Stong