Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pine Tree ISD Career Fair Tonight!

PT Student Angelina Pruitt Selected to Texas Choral Directors Association Honor Choir

Angelina Pruitt, a student at Pine Tree ISD, has been selected to perform in the Texas Choral Directors Association Honor Choir.  To qualify students all over the state submit an audio recording of their audition and the top voices are chosen to the honor choir.  The honor choir will perform at the Texas Choral Directors Association conference in San Antonio in July.  Pruitt has received all region honors as well as solo and ensemble medals this year.

Congratulations, Angelina, on your tremendous accomplishment!  We are Pirate Proud of you!

PT Choir Director Johanna Eppley and Angelina Pruitt 

Pine Tree Math Science Qualify for State

Pine Tree qualified 12 7th grade students and 12 eighth grade students for state competition and qualified seventh as a team.  Pine Tree competed against 68 other 5-A schools.

State qualifiers:
Jann Cabudoy, Shaun Ray and Zoe Davis qualified in three out of our four events
Marilyn Shen, Emmanuel Viramontes, and Bryce Willadson qualified for state in all four events. 

Trophies are awarded to the top 10 students in each event and medals are given to 11th to 20th places. In addition the top 6 teams are awarded a team trophy and medals.

Number Sense:
Pine Tree had the #7 Number Sense Team (out of 50) in the state! This team was made up of Marilyn Shen, Shaun Ray, Grant Beakley (a 6th grader) and Giselle Valencia.

     10th place Marilyn Shen (8th grade)
     18th place Zoe Davis (7th grade)
     20th place Shaun Ray (8th grade)
     20th place Bryce Willadson (7th grade)

Honorable Mention:
     22nd place Kaleb Hogue (7th grade)
     24th place Isaac Tesser (7th place)
     28th place Giselle Valencia (8th place)

There were 109 state competitors in 7th grade Number Sense and 89 in 8th grade.

     18th place Jonah Harwood
     6th Place Calculator Team

 Honorable Mention:
     21st place Carlo Echave (7th grade)
     30th place Emily Jimenez (7th grade)
     32nd place Payton Wright (7th grade)
     27th place Angie Rojas (8th grade)
     30th place Giselle Valencia (8th grade)
     31st place Emmanuel Viramontes (8th grade)

There were 87 seventh grade competitors and 93 eighth grade competitors in Calculator.

Pine Tree was awarded the 6th place Calculator team in the state out of 41 teams. The team trophy and medals went to Rojas, Valencia, Viramontes, and Harwood.
Math:  Pine Tree had the #15 team out of 54 teams.

Honorable Mention:
     28th place Marilyn Shen (8th)
     32nd place Shaun Ray (8th)
     48th place Bryce Willadson (7th)
     55th place Zoe Davis (7th)

There were 99 competitors in 7th grade and 83 competitors in 8th grade in Math division.

Science:  Pine Tree had the #15 team out of 53 teams.

    4th place - Jann Cabudoy (8th)

Honorable Mention:
    31st place Emmanuel Viramontes (8th)
    41st place Isaac Crawford (8th)
    29th place Lenore Martin (a 6th grader)

There were 117 competitors in 7th grade and 130 competitors in 8th grade in the Science division. 

Congratulations, PT Pirates!  On to state!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

PT Senior Hunter Krc Selected Honorable Mention Academic All State Track

Hunter Krc, a senior at Pine Tree High School, has been selected honorable mention Academic All State Track.

The Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) Academic All-State Teams recognize high school athletes who excel in the following categories: GPA, class rank and ACT/SAT score. These students are recognized as a team member based on their scores in these categories. We applaud them for their commitment and dedication to perform with the highest of excellence academically and on the field or court.

Congratulations, Hunter! We are Pirate Proud of you!

PT Senior Hunter Krc

Pine Tree ISD Celebrates 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year

Pine Tree Independent School District has selected its 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year as well as its District Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year.

"I congratulate all for the work they are doing to enrich the lives and the future of their students,” said Dr. TJ Farler, PTISD Superintendent.

"These teachers were recognized by their peers as outstanding educators and they make a difference in the lives of students each and every day. They demonstrate the skill and dedication that exemplify the very best of the most demanding, yet rewarding profession in our community,” she said.

Congratulations to this year's honorees:

Primary - Amanda Kraus
Birch Elementary - Kelly Fisher
Parkway Elementary - Hope Pearce
Middle - JoLynn McKnight
Junior High - Jennifer Mitchell
High School - Melissa Knight
ExCEL - Caci Brinkley
PACE - David Quinn

Hope Pearce was selected the District Elementary Teacher of the Year and Jennifer Mitchell was selected the District Secondary Teacher of the Year. Pearce and Mitchell will represent PTISD at the Region 7 Teacher of the Year competition.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Pine Tree Education Foundation Hosts PT Honors May 4 - Reserve your ticket today!

Pine Tree Bus Drivers Sweep Awards at ET Association for Pupil Transportation School Bus Road-E-O

Three Pine Tree ISD bus drivers swept the East Texas competition by bringing home 1st, 2nd and third place in the East Texas Association for Pupil Transportation School Bus Road-E-O on April 22 in Wills Point.

Hunter Hopkins, 1st place Kourtney Hopkins, 2nd place Sharon Gordon, 3rd place

The competition required a written exam and obstacle course demonstration behind the wheel of a Type D school bus.  The written exam included questions from the Texas Transportation Code, DPS Texas Traffic Law, National Standards and the Code of Federal Regulations as they pertain to School Bus Operations. Congratulations Hunter, Kourtney and Sharon!  Pirate Proud!

The Texas Association for Pupil Transportation(TAPT) promotes safe and efficient pupil transportation for Texas public school districts. The organization encourages the exchange of ideas and cooperation between transportation departments across the Lone Star State. Its members work to improve pupil transportation policies, standards and equipment on the local, state and national level.

Pine Tree Education Foundation Awards $26,000 for Teacher Grants

The Pine Tree Education Foundation has awarded $26,986 in grants for innovative classroom projects and programs that will enhance the quality of education for students at Pine Tree ISD for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Congratulations to the following grant recipients:

Pine Tree High School
Lindsay Brazell & English Teachers - Building a Classroom Library for a Love of Literacy and Learning
Elizabeth White, Suzanne Puryear, Amy Johnson, Tonya Wong - Art Room for Special Needs
Jennifer Solomon, Monika Marjason, Suzanne Puryear, Lisa Presley, Trenady Offerman - Ramping Up Special Education
Cindy Gabehart and Pine Tree High School - Dual Credit

Junior High
Susan Curtis, Loree' Tatum, Sarah Godfrey, Amy Frakes - Flexible Classroom:  Effective, Safe, Inviting 

Middle School
Tabitha Robertson, Rebekah Starnes, Misty Meza, Jorge Hernandez - Science Alternative Desk and Seating
Laura Cranford - PTMS Makerspace

Parkway Elementary
Steven Collins, Sunshine Harrison, Mary Nicholson - Fidgeting Means Focus
Dr. Carla McAvoy and Jolene Ray - The Parkway Library Renovation Project
Kimberly Fernandez and Marie Shelton - Speed Stack

Laura Johns - Music Rhapsody
Sarah Barnett - Behavior and Play Therapy

Since 2004, the Education Foundation has funded 128 grants totaling $294,751. These grants have enhanced Pine Tree ISD’s academic programs as well as fine arts, technology, professional development and dual credit. 

For more information about the grant program visit the Pine Tree Education Foundation’s website at

Friday, April 21, 2017

Pine Tree Fishing Teams Qualify for Championship

Four Pine Tree Fishing Club Teams qualified for the championship at the Martin Creek Lake Tournament on April 15.

Congratulations to the following teams:

Alex Aguilar

Merrick Taylor and Connor Mayeux

Kevin Jackson

Treston Brailey

Congratulations to the following anglers for great performances!

Bryce Payne                                    18th 
Connor Mayeux and Merrick Taylor   31st
Christian Arevalo                            32nd 
Alex Aguilar                                    38th
Kevin Jackson                                 39th
Jacob Carter and Lance Williams     53rd

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Darby Ball, 2014 PT Graduate, Recognized at LETU Awards Event

Darby Ball, a 2014 Pine Tree graduate, was recognized at the LeTourneau University Awards Chapel ceremony last week. Ball received the National Sciences Academic Excellence Award and was also
presented a 3D period table as a chemistry graduate.

Congratulations, Darby!  

Darby  Ball receives the Academic Excellence Award
from Bill Hathaway 

Bruce Hathaway presents LETU Chemistry grads, Carolyn Hoyt
and Darby Ball, with a 3D Periodic Table