Thursday, February 4, 2016

Pine Tree Art Students Recognized at Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition

Three Pine Tree high school students received awards from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards 2016 Competition. Justice (Pamela) Brown, Veronica Montoya and Christopher Garza all received honorable mention for their photographs created in Pine Tree High School's Digital Photography class. 

Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation's longest-running, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts. This organization recognizes the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provides opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Since its founding, the Awards have established an amazing track record for identifying the early promise of our nation’s most accomplished and prolific creative leaders. Alumni include artists Andy Warhol,  Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Alan Arkin, Zac Posen, Ken Burns, and Richard Linklater to name just a few.

link to awards list:

Christopher Garza

Justice (Pamela) Brown

Veronica Montoya

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

3rd Annual Play It Safe FREE Heart Screening Event set for February 27

The 3rd Annual Play It Safe Free Heart Screening event is set for Saturday, February 27 at Longview Regional Medical Center.  This unique screening includes both a 12-lead Electrocardiogram (ECG)
and a limited 2-D Echocardiogram (ECHO).  Cardiologists will volunteer to interpret the heart scan tests and provide immediate results of parents/students that same morning.

Research shows that 1 in 250 youth are at risk for sudden cardiac death related issues.  Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and most cardiac abnormalities cannot be detected with a routine sports physical.  In both 2014 and 2015, more than 200 students were screened at Play It Safe and 32 of those teens required additional follow up with a pediatric cardiologist.  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Pine Tree ISD will participate in the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) program at the regional meet set for Friday, February 12 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Central Administration Building.

Pine Tree ISD is the only district in East Texas to participate.  TAME offers opportunities to students that many other programs do not.  This program centers around exposing students to the problem solving skills needed to be a successful engineer and to build the math and science skills necessary engineering course work. The program reinforces math and science skills, has students practice the skills in a testing environment and complete an engineering design challenge with other students reinforcing 21st century skills needed for the workplace.

At this year's competition, students will be tested in the math and science course in which they are currently enrolled.  This will be followed by an Engineering Design Challenge in which students will work as teams to complete an engineering design challenge.

This year's Engineering Partners are Joy Global, STEMCO and AAON.

1st -3rd place awards will be given to students in the math and science tests.  1st - 3rd place awards will be given in the Engineering Design Challenge along with the Judge's Choice Award.

Those students placing 1st in their math and science contest areas will advance to State Competition in San Antonio, Texas on April 30.

CBS19 Meteorologist Doc Deason Coming to Pine Tree Middle School

Doc Deason, meteorologist with CBS19, will be guest speaker at Pine Tree Middle School on February 10.  Deason will be speaking to PT Middle students at 3:00 p.m.

Doc was born and raised in Tyler. He's a graduate of Lindale High School and a proud TJC Apache, as well as an alumni of the world famous Apache Punch Drumline. In addition to his degree from Stephen F. Austin State University he also received his Meteorology Certificate from Mississippi State University in 2001.Doc's broadcasting career began in 1990 at what was then KDOK (1330 AM). Since then his resume has grown to include such radio stations as: KSAU - Nacogdoches, KISX - Tyler, KKTX - Longview, and KNUE - Tyler. You can hear Doc's forecast weekdays on KMOO (99.9) - Mineola.

Doc made the move into TV in late '99 as the weekend weathercaster at KTEN (Channel 10) in Denison. From there he came back to East Texas and joined the weather staff at KETK (Channel 56) in Tyler. In 2002 Doc left for West Texas and KRBC (Channel 9) in Abilene. While in the heart of Tornado Alley he covered everything from tornadoes and grapefruit size hail to dust storms and thunder snow. In both 2003 & 2004 he was voted "Favorite Local Weathercaster" by the readers of the Abilene Reporter News. Then in 2004 Doc decided to come back home and start the Weather department here at CBS-19, where he served as Chief Meteorologist until August of 2007.

The latter part of 2007 brought many changes. Doc departed from CBS-19 in order to pursue his Real Estate license and a full-time career as a Real Estate professional. He began working with E.R.A. Five Star Real Estate Services in Tyler. Later, In December of 2007, Doc and Alissa Kirkley were married in Tyler.  In the Fall of 2011 Doc began his affiliation with RealEdge Real Estate in Tyler. On any given day Doc can be found sharing his forecast with his friends here at CBS, assisting East Texans with selling and buying homes, giving a radio forecast, or you may even spot him spinning records at a wedding or party on the weekends.
Doc Deason

Monday, February 1, 2016

Pine Tree Choir Shows Well at Solo and Ensemble Competition

Pine Tree Choir members took home 1st division ratings in solo, ensemble and solo and ensemble held recently at Pine Tree Junior High.

Congratulations to the following students:

Maria Galvan - ensemble
Eryne Blair - ensemble and solo 
Brooke Leath -  ensemble and solo
Heather Presley - ensemble 
Ali Romero - ensemble 
Lydia Bailey -  ensemble and solo
Rebekah Donnell -  ensemble and solo
Samantha Hosmer - ensemble
Christina Phillips - ensemble
Kloie Shultz -  ensemble and solo
Alexandria Stubbert - ensemble
Ena Cutrer - ensemble 
Anita Aycock -  ensemble and solo
Madison Dixon - ensemble 
Andrea Ledezma - solo 
Brandy Gonzalez - ensemble 
Leeanne Gannon -  ensemble and solo
Janee Polk - solo
Teresa Pham - ensemble
Shania Mena - ensemble 
Caylon Coby - ensemble 
Hunter Fleet - ensemble 
Tristan Gibbs -  ensemble and solo
Keelan Wolf -  ensemble and solo
Elijah Hall - solo 
Laura Ford - ensemble

Pine Tree Choir Students Receive 1st Division at Solo and Ensemble Contest

Members of the Pine Tree Choir brought home 1st Division medals at the 2016 Solo and Ensemble competition on January 28 at Pine Tree Junior High.

Congratulations to the following students:

Allie Hendrix
Stephanie Davis
Kimberly Delacruz
Grayson Carey
Trystan Puckett
Jesusalem Birseno
Alivia Leary
Lexi Heatherly
Cambrie Salsar

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Pine Tree High School ExCEL graduation set for January 29

The fall graduation for the senior class of Pine Tree High School ExCEL will be Friday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Pine Tree High School Theatre.

The following students will be recognized at this year's graduation:

Karla Maria Diaz
Victoria Lynn Dorse
Isaiah Martin Shane Hooten
Seqouyah NeKye Lister
Dylan Aaron Manley
Montana Cole Mize

The Pledge of Allegiance will be lead by Caci Brinkley and the National Anthem will be sung by Cheryl Crafton.  Graduation speaker will be Tyrance "Duke" Barnett, Principal of ExCEL High School.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Father Daughter Dance

Saturday, February 20,2016
6:30 -8:30 a.m.
The ROC at First Baptist Church
212 E. South Street

Ticket Price:  $15 for Father & One Child
$5 each additional child, up to $25
Tickets must be purchased online at
Click on the PTA link on the left side of the menu

Child must be accompanied by an adult for the entire event
No drop offs will be allowed.  

For event information contact the Pine Tree PTA at 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Coffee with Superintendent Dr. TJ Farler January 28 at Pine Tree High School

Pine Tree ISD will host Coffee with the Superintendent - Thursday, January 28 at 7:30 a.m. on the Pine Tree High School campus in The Bistro.

Join us for a cup of coffee with Superintendent TJ Farler - Discuss district initiatives and accomplishments, ask questions and share your vision for Pine Tree Schools.

For additional information contact the PTISD Communications Department at 903-295-5136.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Pine Tree Junior High's OAP Production of Seagirl was selected as Alternate Show at the District OAP Contest on January 16.  Pine Tree completed against seven other schools to earn this honor.

Individual awards at the competition are as follows:

All Star Technical Award - Sarah Payne (Stage Manager/Lights)
Honorable Mention All Star Cast - Ashly James as Seagirl
Honorable Mention All Star Cast - Meghan Bernard, Lyric Nolan and Graham Parmelee as The Parrots
All Star Cast - Rose LaBay

Congratulations, Pine Tree Pirates!  Job Well Done!

PTJH Cast of Seagirl