Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Kappa Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Selects Lauren Brown as scholarship recipient

Lauren Brown, a senior at Pine Tree High School, has been selected as the 2016 Lola Faye Wilson scholarship recipient presented by Kappa Mu chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

Lauren will receive $500 towards her college education.  Lauren is a member of the National Honor Society, All Region Choir and earned a "1" in Solo and Ensemble.  She is an active volunteer with Oakland Heights Baptist Church.

She plans to major in Art Education.  "A degree in teaching art will allow to lead the youth of America in a positive way, express my personal creativity and be means of financial support for myself," states Brown.

Lauren is the daughter of Terry and Cheryl Brown.  Congratulations, Lauren!

Scholarship Recipient Lauren Brown
and Scholarship Chairman Lois Nowell


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

You are Invited! Retirement Reception for PTISD Employee Karen Phillips

Pine Tree High School Students Pass AAFCS Certification

Six Pine Tree High School students who are currently enrolled in Instructional Practices in Education and Training recently passed the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) Pre-Professional Certification in Educational Fundamentals.  Each of these students hope to pursue a career in education.

Congratulations to the following students on this outstanding accomplishment!

Justice Brown
Destany Clayton
Eric Hawkins
Tyler Key
Ana Ontiveros
Emily Shackelford

Pine Tree High School Students Win Gold at State Art Event

Pine Tree High School has four state art winners from the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) held in San Antonio April 23rd.  Vashayla Charvis, Mario Hernandez, Sidney Andrade and Andrea Oviedo all won a gold medal for their artwork. These four students entered artworks judged to be more proficient than  25,000+ other student artworks on a regional level.

VASE is the largest and most respected art competition not only in Texas, but in the nation. The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) has sponsored the Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) since 1994. VASE is the only art event of its kind in the nation. Students are provided the opportunity to bring artworks created in their art classes to their regional event where they are interviewed by a certified juror who evaluates their work based on a standard based rubric and their understanding of the art processes involved in the development of their artwork. Top artworks advance to the state level.

Congratulations to Vashayla, Mario, Sidney and Andrea for representing Pine Tree High so well!

PTHS VASE  State Champions 


Twelve students representing Pine Tree ISD competed at the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) State Competition hosted by Texas A&M University San Antonio. 

TAME is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering opportunities and exposure to the field of engineering to students in Texas. They are supported by engineering firms and universities throughout the state making this event completely free to all students that attend. The competition centers around math and science skills and an engineering design challenge.  

This year, TAME partnered with Boeing to create the engineering design challenge.  Students had 1 hour to create a prototype for a carbon composite fiber wrapping machine to build airplane fuselages.  In addition to testing and engineering design challenges, students worked with other scholars across the state, heard from a Boeing Engineer designing the craft that will one day take astronauts to Mars, and toured the university campus. 

This was the first time for East Texas students to ever participate in this competition and they represented Pine Tree very well with 4 of the 12 students competing placing at the state level!

Congratulations to the following PT Students:  

Marilyn Shen - 5th place 7th grade Math
Paige Reese
Diana Valadez
Bryce Willadson - 5th place 6th grade Science
Isaac Tesser
Joseph Cordova
Gabe Montoya
Connor Naseiro
Sterling Beakley - 3rd place Engineering Design Challenge
Jonathan Kent
Jonathan Garcia
Daniel Lopez - 5th place Comprehensive Science

A special thank you to our campus sponsors and organizers Michelle Randall, Dennis Powers, and Clay Nyvall.  These teachers were pivotal in communicating with students about the competition, assisting in travel and chaperoning, and most importantly encouraging our students to really shine at this competition.  Thank you so much for all you did to make this possible for our students!

Friday, April 29, 2016

PT 8th Grade Girls Track Takes 2nd in District

The Pine Tree 8th Grade Girls Track took home 2nd place honors at district competition.

Hayner Boorman earned 1st place for the 400 meter dash.  This is Boorman's second year as district champ.  Sam Sommerfeld gained 1st in the long jump with Antranae Thomas earning a 1st in discus.

Congratulations to our PT athletes!

High Jump
Jacayla Ingram - 2nd
Long Jump 
Sam Sommerfeld - 1st
Triple Jump
Kamryn Polk - 5th
Shot Put
Jaiya Carter - 4th
Antranae Thomas - 6th
Antranae Thomas - 1st
400 Meter Relay - 2nd
Jacayla Ingram
Tatium Barry
Donazia Harris
Destiny McCray
100m Hurdles
Donazia Harris - 3rd
100 Dash
Destiny McCray - 3rd
800m Relay - 2nd
Jacayla Ingram
Taitum Barry
Donazia Harris
Destiny McCray
400 Meter Dash
Sam Sommerfeld - 2nd
Hayner Boorman - 1st
300 Meter Hurdles
Jaedin Tambunga - 2nd
Isabella Nix - 3rd
200 Meter Dash
Haley Burton - 5th
1600 Meter Relay - 3rd
Jacayla Ingram
Sam Sommerfeld
Hayner Boorman
Jaedin Tambunga

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Pine Tree Education Foundation Awards $30,000 in Grant Funding

The Pine Tree Education Foundation has awarded $30,000 in grant money to Pine Tree ISD teachers and staff.  Congratulations to our PTISD teachers and staff!

These year's recipients and their projects:

Central Office
Carmen Dowdy & Sherrill Ballard
Project:  SumBlox

Katie Yoder & Jennifer Schroeder
Project:  Sensory Kits in the Classroom

Katie Hammer
Project:  Reach for the STARR:  Helping Young Scientists Succeed!

Laurie Taylor
Learning Music through Movement - Educational Rug

Constance Massey, Danielle Thompson & Hayley Andress
Alternative Seating

Junior High
Jennifer Mitchell
Stand Up, Engage, Learn

High School
Amy Johnson & Jennifer Schroeder
Sensory Room for High School Special Education

High School
Dual Credit - (Fall 2016 & Spring 2017)

Since 2004, The Pine Tree ISD Education Foundation has given back $267,000 to PTISD schools in the form of Educator Grants made possible by the common passion for excellence in education that is shared by our community. The Foundation serves as an investment vehicle for those who support the vision of excellence in education for which Pine Tree ISD is known. The Foundation provides an innovative source of funding to support the school districts educational plan of excellence. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Callie Ball Named Winner at Poetry Competition

Callie Ball, Pine Tree High School junior and daughter of Joe and Jane Ball, received a 2nd place poetry award for her entry, "Everyone Has Their Yellow Paint" in the 11th grade division at the 2016 Northeast Texas Poetry in Schools contest held at Region VII ESC in Kilgore on April 26.

Judges selected 38 winning poems from 682 entries.  The contest endeavors to provide a voice to young writers and encourages students to utilize language through the art form of poetry.  Callie's poem is published in County Line Magazine May/June issue both online and in print.

Contest sponsors include Rusk County Poetry Society, Young  Audiences Arts for Learning, Anne McCrady, County Line Magazine and Region VII ESC.

Congratulations, Callie!

Callie Ball 

Pine Tree High School Student Council Earns Statewide Recognition

For outstanding achievement in leadership, service and activities that serve to improve the school and community, Pine Tree High School Student Council has been recognized by the Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) in the areas of Outstanding Student Council, DASH (Drugs, Alcohol, Safety & Health), Most Outstanding Community Service and Most Outstanding Pride & Patriotism.

The TASC outstanding school recognition program is designed to set a standard of excellence for Texas student councils as outlined in criteria published in state report form.  Fewer than 20% of TASC member schools are recognized in one or more areas.  Student Council members develop proven skills in team building, problem solving, project planning and decision making.  Through their co-curricular activities, student council members serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills.

TASC is a nonprofit serving high school and middle level student councils in Texas.  Sponsored by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, its purposes are to develop leadership abilities in students promote democracy as a way of life and uphold high standards for local councils.

Caitlyn Rutledge and Mike Darby are Student Council sponsors.  "We are thrilled with our Leadership and Student Council groups receiving Most Outstanding Student Council, Most Outstanding DASH committee, Most Outstanding Community Service and Most Outstanding Pride and Patriotism Committee.  We thank those who help support our efforts and look forward to next year," said Mrs. Rutledge.