The students in local New England Adventist schools were in for real treat on November 8, 2018. Ben Roy, a retired science teacher, provides science experiences for schools across the nation. All of his experiments are based on spiritual concepts. He came and visited Pine Tree Academy and shared various scientific hypothesis and proofs with first students in grades Pre K-6 and then students in grades 7-12.
About a year and a half ago, Pine Tree Academy, received a painting, from an unknown source. It can now be considered a random act of kindness. This painting is currently located in a prominent location, in the hallway as soon as you walk into the school. The art is titled “ The Blessed Hope,” and was painted by Nathan Greene. Mr.Krueger, our beloved principal, believes that this painting brightens up the hall, and “represents what the Seventh-day Adventist community stands for.”
-Crisstian Green, Class of 2021
Alumni Weekend started with a hotdog roast and bean supper on Friday evening, October 12, 2018. On Saturday morning, Mr. Krueger presented a moving, "State of our School" where he talked candidly about the struggles that have plagued Pine Tree Academy this year. During this emotional presentation, the teachers surrounded him in support. Two students have included their thoughts about the weekend.
The hot dog roast was amazing. It was a great opportunity to spend time with friends and eat lots of food
(mainly hot dogs). Jeff Davis was the speaker for the hot dog roast. He talked about friendship and how powerful it is to have a really good friend by your side. Even though it was cold the giant bonfire kept us warm. Honestly, I thought my face was going to melt but it was nice to see students and teachers outside of school.
Regence Sandy, Sophomore - Class of 2021
Alumni church service was great. The choir sang "Amazing Grace" along with previous school members. What I found particularly moving was when the principal, Mr. Krueger, was addressing the issue about the school that happened in September. All the staff gathered around him laying their hands on him. Over all, alumni weekend was really fun and the food was amazing. I wish more former students would have been able to come out for the event.
Aurore Shima, Sophomore - Class of 2021
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!