Thursday, July 17, 2014

PTISD ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2014-2015 COMMUNITY U

Pine Tree ISD is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Community U.

Community U, established in 2012, is an eight month educational learning opportunity that provides a personalized, firsthand look at how the district operates and all the great opportunities provided for PTISD students.

Community U class meets eight times with each session focusing on a single topic.  Participants will visit district campuses and departments and will learn all aspects of public education including:

Teaching and Learning
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
School Finance
Personnel Selection and Recruitment
Tours of Facilities and Campuses
District Special Programs and Special Services
Community Partnerships/Education Foundation

Enrollment is open to any parent, business leader, and/or community member in the Pine Tree ISD.
Enrollees are asked to commit to the full program and must be able to attend each monthly session scheduled from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Individuals can apply online at www.ptisd.org/CommunityU
Application deadline is August 29, 2014.  The 2014-2015 Community U year will begin October 17.

For additional information regarding Community U, contact Mary Whitton, Director of Communications and Public Information at 903.295.5136 or mwhitton@ptisd.org.

Monday, July 14, 2014

PTHS Students Excel at Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest


Band Students from Pine Tree High School earned a total of 34 State UIL medals at UIL competition last week.

Students earning silver medals:

Rebecca Ayres – Trumpet Solo
Cristian Najara – Trumpet Solo
Gena Weese – Twirling Solo
Stephanie Williamson – Twirling Solo
Alyssa Brazell – Twirling Solo
Vickey Stewart – Twirling Solo
Caroline Jones – Twirling Solo
Colin Ramsey – Euphonium Solo
Izrell Adams – Tuba Solo
Christopher Schaetz – Tuba Solo
Peyton Varner – Keyboard Percussion Solo
Brandon Watson – Keyboard Percussion Solo
Andrea Jenkins – Keyboard Percussion Solo
James Delling – Keyboard Percussion Solo
Grant Carrington – Piano Solo

Students earning Gold Medals:

Jerry Zhang – Clarinet Solo
Tyler Helms – Trumpet Solo
Andrew Allison – Trumpet Solo
Tyler Russell – Snare Drum Solo
Erin Whittenberg – Twirling Solo
Flute Choir – Hannah Boggio, Melissa Hammonds, Allison Garrett, Madison Randall, Angela Bradshaw, Amber Luna, Riley Kennedy and Victoria Reese
Clarinet Trio – James McNaney, Dezmund Thomas and Jerry Zhang
Trumpet Trio – Hannah Counts, Cristian Najara, and Tyler Helms
Zachary Schaetz - Keyboard Percussion Solo

Congratulations to all these outstanding students.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

PTISD Trustee Recognized at Leadership TASB


Terre Dunn, a member of the PTISD Board of Trustees, recently was recognized for her completion of the year long Leadership TASB program.  Dunn, a former President and Vice-President of the PTISD Board of Trustees and a board member for seven years, was a member of the class of 2014.

Terre Dunn
Leadership TASB, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards, is a board development program designed to take experienced board members to a new level of service and leadership by exposing them to a variety of issues, people, activities, and locations during the year-long program.  Class members are selected for demonstrated leadership in their local districts and communities, and for their representation of the diversity of Texas school districts.

The LTASB class of 2014 represents Texas school districts of all sizes, with student populations of 240 to over 201,000, and reflects the range of property wealth.

Each session had a specific theme that builds on the previous session and features state and nationally recognized experts in the fields of leadership development and education. Teams also work on extended learning assignments between meetings throughout the year. Created in 1993, Leadership TASB has almost 700 graduates to date.

Mrs. Dunn is the first trustee from PTISD to complete the program.  With the completion of this program, Mrs. Dunn is now a master trustee.

“Our district is very proud of Terre Dunn and her completion of Leadership TASB.  It is a great honor to represent Pine Tree ISD through this leadership program,” said Pat Noon, PTISD President.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for me to participate in Leadership TASB.  It provided me the opportunity to connect with other school board trustees and be exposed to important issues, people, activities and locations throughout the state” said Mrs. Dunn.






Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Pine Tree's Arthur Dixon selected Boys State Governor


Pine Tree High School student Arthur Dixon was recently selected as the first Longview
student to be elected governor at this year's Boys State in Austin.

Dixon along with five other East Texas boys and two American Legion members participated in the week long conference which included mock political elections and listening to guest speakers.

As part of the educational program, which is sponsored by the American Legion, male high school students who have just finished their junior year and rank in the top 10 percent of their class, were nominated by teachers and administrators.

Dixon, 17, became the first Longview student to be elected to the governor position, which allows him a return trip to preside over the general assembly.

"It was a humbling experience to meet these guys who are at the top of their class and then have them support me for governor," Dixon said.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pine Tree ISD Accepting Transfers for 2014-2015



Pine Tree ISD is now accepting transfers for the 2014-2015 school year.  Applications and guidelines are available online at www.ptisd.org.

Application packets should be mailed to Pine Tree ISD, Attention:  Transfers, P O Box 5878, Longview, TX  75608 or personal delivery to PTISD Administration Building, 1701 Pine Tree Road, 75604.

Notification of accepted students will be July 30 and tuition must be received no later than August 18.

For additional information, contact James Skeeler, Assistant Superintendent at 903.295.5000 or jskeeler@ptisd.org

Monday, June 9, 2014

The History of Pine Tree Schools and Points Beyond: 1847-Modern Day available online

The History of Pine Tree Schools and Points Beyond: 1847-Modern Day written by Dr.
Charles Taylor is now available online at a price of $44.95.

The History of Pine Tree Schools and Points Beyond: 1847-Modern Day takes the reader through the precious days of the school and through the Civil War.  The text then provides a lively description of life at the turn of the century, the depression, and the oil boom.

Online copies can be ordered at www.historyofptschools.com.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

PTISD Announces Kindergarten Roundup

Pine Tree Independent School District will have Kindergarten Roundup Monday, June 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. in the Pine Tree Primary Cafeteria.

Kindergarten Roundup is for all new, incoming kindergarten students who are five years of age on or before September 1.

Parents should bring the following documents to register:  Proof of Residency – utility bill, certified copy of birth certificate (not hospital copy), shot records and social security card.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Pine Tree Band Students Excel at UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest




Band Students from Pine Tree High School earned a total of 34 State UIL medals at UIL competition last week.

Students earning silver medals:

Rebecca Ayres – Trumpet Solo
Cristian Najara – Trumpet Solo
Gena Weese – Twirling Solo
Stephanie Williamson – Twirling Solo
Alyssa Brazell – Twirling Solo
Vickey Stewart – Twirling Solo
Caroline Jones – Twirling Solo
Colin Ramsey – Euphonium Solo
Izrell Adams – Tuba Solo
Christopher Schaetz – Tuba Solo
Peyton Varner – Keyboard Percussion Solo
Brandon Watson – Keyboard Percussion Solo
Andrea Jenkins – Keyboard Percussion Solo
James Delling – Keyboard Percussion Solo
Grant Carrington – Piano Solo

Students earning Gold Medals:

Jerry Zhang – Clarinet Solo
Tyler Helms – Trumpet Solo
Andrew Allison – Trumpet Solo
Tyler Russell – Snare Drum Solo
Erin Whittenberg – Twirling Solo
Flute Choir – Hannah Boggio, Melissa Hammonds, Allison Garrett, Madison Randall, Angela Bradshaw, Amber Luna, Riley Kennedy and Victoria Reese
Clarinet Trio – James McNaney, Dezmund Thomas and Jerry Zhang
Trumpet Trio – Hannah Counts, Cristian Najara, and Tyler Helms

Congratulations to all these outstanding students.




Pine Tree Students Collaborate on Multi-Media Art Project

Pine Tree students have collaborated on a multi—media art project involving students from Ms. Christy Adair’ 3rd grade class, Ms. Mary Squier’s High School Digital Media and Animation Class and Ms. Amy Brown ‘s High School Art class.

The 3rd grade students designed monsters and wrote stories about them with Mrs. Adair.  The high school students then took those monsters and created mini-sculptures of them.

The Digital Media students designed packaging for the monsters and the high school art students under the direction of Ms. Brown completed the packaging, creating something that looks like it came from the toy store. The Digital Media students made short videos using the stories the kids wrote.

The multi-media art project will be presented  June 2 at 2:oo p.m. at the PT Intermediate School.

The History of Pine Tree Schools Book Signing June 7

The History of Pine Tree Schools and Points Beyond:  1847-Modern Day will be unveiled at a book signing June 7 at 2:oo p.m. at the Pine Tree Road Auditorium.

Dr. Charles Taylor, a professor at Kilgore College and a 1973 Pine Tree graduate, is the author of The History of Pine Tree Schools and Points Beyond:  1847-Modern Day.  The riveting account contains over 87 photographs, 83,000 names and mentions over 2,600 names of students, parents, teachers, counselors, coaches and administrators.

Copies can be purchased at the June 7 book signing at a cost of $48.50.

For additional information regarding this event, contact the Pine Tree ISD Public Information Office at 903.295.5136.