As a senior, I dreaded the thought of senior survival. The trip was exactly as I expected it to be. Long days of paddling, painful portages, and wet rainy nights. This trip was more difficult because our class had to complete it in three days rather than four. Despite the pain of carrying the canoes and paddling for hours, I never expected to have such a great time on this trip. I think this is a trip everyone should experience at least once in their life. Being surrounded by the breath-taking nature makes you realize how great God really is. As exhausted as I was by the end, it was satisfying to think of what my class and I accomplished. This was an excellent experience for our class, and I think we learned the importance of working together and being able to rely on each other.
-Emily Schlisner, Class of 2019
The Junior Heritage Trip began with a visit to The Woodman Institute Museum, Dover, NH. This museum consists of three Federal era buildings and one 17th century structure. This museum, set up in 1915, is dedicated to history, science, and the arts. The students enjoyed an eclectic mix of artifacts, from the last saddle Abraham Lincoln used, to a 10 foot polar bear, and antique musical instruments to a chair that President Taft broke when he sat in it. The rotating exhibit compared numerous common place items that have been replaced by phone apps. It's not everyday that students can explore a fully intact 1675 garrison house and step outside to admire a Ferrari. After the museum, we traveled west to Vermont where we spent the night. A special thanks from PTA to the Adventist church members in Barre, who prepared a first class hot meal for us, and also provided us a place to sleep.
Day 2 of PTA's Junior Heritage Trip began at the Shelburne Museum, a fantastic museum of art, design, and Americana located in Shelburne, Vermont, near Lake Champlain. The students enjoyed exploring among the over 150,000 works in 39 exhibition buildings. Following this, our group traveled to the Rokeby Museum, an 18th-century farmstead with exhibits related to its history as an Underground Railroad shelter. Included in this museum was an exhibit called "The Fabric of Emancipation." The day's adventure was capped off by a trip to the Ben and Jerry's Factory in Waterbury.
On day 3, we visited the Wright Museum of WWII in Wolfeboro, NH. This museum houses 14,000 items pertaining to the Second World War, especially focusing on the Home Front.
Elementary students who completed their summer work were treated to ice cream with Mr. Krueger. Thank you parents and students for keeping your minds fresh over the summer!
Pine Tree Academy's annual academy beach day, a chance to bond with new students and reconnect with returning students, was a success. The weather was beautiful, the water was warm, and games were played by many.
Students in grades Pre K-2 were given the opportunity to hear some harp music during elementary music class. Brianna Graves (6th Grade) and Isabelle Graves (9th Grade) shared their talents with the class. Special thanks to Dr. and Mrs. Losey for lugging in the harp for this presentation.
This year, the annual Pine Tree Academy Icebreaker was held on a scorching evening. Students celebrated this start to the school year with a slushy eating contest, ice pounding, balloon stomping, water balloon tossing, food dropping, and the traditional junk scavenger hunt.
Every year, before school starts, students in grades 3 & 4 are invited to Ms. Wiggin's house for fun, games and ice-cream. This is a way for these students to make new friends with their classmates before the school year starts. Special thanks to Ms. Wiggin for making this such a great tradition!