Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pine Tree Education Foundation Announces Beacon Award Winners and Grant Recipients

The Pine Tree Education Foundation has announced its 2014-2015 Beacon Award Winners and 2015-2016 Grant Recipients.


2014-2015 Beacon Award Winners 

Katie Yoder - Primary
Monica Tenbrook - Elementary
Gaye Lehenbauer - Intermediate
Jatinda Jhass - Middle
Carol Chrietzberg - Junior High
Mark Thomas - High School
Barrow Mitchell - High School
Andre Lo - High School
Becky Alexander - PACE

The annual Beacon Awards event is held each year to recognize outstanding district employees who have made a changing impression on a student during their time in Pine Tree schools.

This year's event will be May 7, 2015 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Summit Club.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 295-5021 or emailing

The vision of the Education Foundation is to build a foundation for every child by furthering the tradition of excellence.  The mission of the Foundation is to promote and fund innovative learning strategies.

The foundation provides monies for teacher grants that support innovative educational programs
that leads to increased student achievement.

2015-2016 Grant Recipients 

Stephanie Pearce - Primary
Melissa Corrales - Elementary
Keila Williams - Elementary
Laurie Taylor - Intermediate
Debra Benner - Junior High
Amy Touchstone - Junior High
Mary Tarnawa - High School
Terri Davis - High School
Alicia Worsham - High School
Dr. Tony Tipton - High School
Monika Marjason - ExCEL
Lisa Mullins & Nicolle Davis - Central Office 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


The Pine Tree PTA will host a Mom/Son Game Night on Saturday, May 9 at the Pine Tree Junior High.  The event starts at 6:00 p.m.  The event is for students PK-8th grade.

This first time event will feature an evening of bingo, limbo, basketball, tug-of-war, twister and many other games.  Boys who will attend will also have an opportunity to make a Mother's Day gift for Mom.

Light snacks will be available.  A fun photo station will also be available to capture memories of this year's event!

Tickets are limited!  Click here to purchase your tickets today.

For additional information contact PT PTA at

PT Kindergarteners Study Texas April 20-24

During the week of April 20-24, PTISD kindergarteners will study about Texas.  In addition to learning about the state bird, state song, and the state flower, students learn about the rich history and varied cultures of our lone star state.  The week long unit culminates in a  Texas-sized celebration on Friday, April 24 from 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. During Texas Day  students will rotate through active learning centers and presentations.

Students will learn about the following activities during this celebration:

Chuck Wagon, Tattoos, Milk the Cow, Seed Spitting, Hen House. Panning for Gold, Branding, Jeans Race, Stick Horse race, Bean Bag Toss, Square Dance, Haystack Hunt, Wagon Race and Cotton Gin.

Texas Day presenters and exhibitors include David Campbell, Hen House; Greg Mabus, Cotton Gin and Julie Gillentine, Branding.

The Down Home Cloggers of Longview will perform in the afternoon.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pine Tree Hosts Teacher Career Day

Pine Tree ISD kicks off 1st Teacher Career Fair at 9:00 a.m. at Pine Tree High School cafeteria.

Friday, April 17, 2015


The Pine Tree Junior High Bands - both varsity (8th grade) and non-varsity (7th grade) bands earned UIL Sweepstakes awards this week.  Both bands performed three concert selections and sight read for this honor.

Congratulations to our JH Bands on winning Sweepstakes!


The Pine Tree High School Choirs under the direction of Danielle Warren received excellent and superior ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest on April 15.

Chorale, non-varsity women, received excellent ratings with the following results:
Stage:  2, 1, 2 and Sight Reading:  2, 1, 2.

The PT Express - varsity mixed, received superior ratings and Sweepstakes!

Congratulations to the PTHS Choir students!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Thirty students from Pine Tree qualified to compete in the TMSCA State Championship Meet in San Antonio.  There were sixty-one other 5A schoolscompeting.  Trophies were awarded to the top 10 spots and medals to the 11-20th places.

Pine Tree students brought home the following awards:

20th place medal - 8th grade Math - Jorge Juarez
20th place medal - 6th grade Calculator - Giselle Valencia
18th place medal - 8th grade Number Sense - Magdalena Shen
16th place medal - 7th grade Science - Connor Naseiro
10th place trophy - 6th grade Number Sense - Marilyn Shen
9th place trophy - 6th grade Number Sense - Shaun Ray

Pine Tree's own, Jann Cabudoy was awarded Grand Champion in 5A 6th grade Science for the state of Texas.

Honorable mentions were awarded to Jorge Juarez  for his 21st place in Calculator  and to Luis Vazquez for his 21st place in Number Sense.

Congratulations to ALL of the Math Science Team members!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Pine Tree ISD volunteers were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the district during the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by the Longview Nonprofit Coalition.

Congratulations to the following volunteers:

Primary - Sharon King  nominated by Amanda Roberts
Elementary - Carol Jones  nominated by Connie Harper
Intermediate - Dessie Meadows  nominated by Dr. Carla McAvoy
Middle - David Blazek  nominated by Susan Swinney
JH  - Rachelle Tesser nominated by Michelle Randall
HS - Laurie Schaetz nominated by Mark Melton
PACE - Patrick Johnson  nominated by Shalonda Adams
ExCEL - Debbie Jackson nominated by Lori Meagley
Central Admin - Myrna Graham  nominated by Shirley Davis
PT Board of Trustee Kerri Daugbjerg - PT Board of Trustees
PTEF - Leah Finley nominated by Hannah Creacy
PTA - Jill Laffitte nominated by Donna Pruitt

PTISD is proud to celebrate our volunteers as they Light Tomorrow With Today!

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Constance Massey, a Pine Tree Middle School teacher, has been selected to attend the 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy for math and science teachers.  This year's Academy will be July 27-31 at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. Massey will receive an all expense trip to this year's Academy.

The Send My Teacher website received an overwhelming response with more than 1,500 teachers from across the country applying. The selection panel based their decision on teacher qualifications, dedication to inspiring students and overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.

During the week-long Academy, participants will work with a curriculum developed by the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions. After the program, teachers will return to their classrooms reinvigorated with the passion to teach students how to be science literate, using hands-on experiments that show how math and science surround us daily.

Since 2005, more than 4,500 teachers have been trained at the Academy, impacting the lives of more than 300,000 students nationwide.

Congratulations, Ms. Massey!  PTISD is proud of you!