Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pine Tree Junior High Hosts Girls Night Out for Students

Pine Tree Junior High will host Girls Night Out for PTJH 7th and 8th grade students Friday, October 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Pine Tree Junior High campus.

Each year the PTJH counselors organize this fun filled evening which will include nail painting, Zumba class, healthy snack class and fun photo booth.  The evening will also include a video on “Gossip” and the negative impact it can have on peers.  A Q &A time will follow.

In the spring the counseling office will host a Boys Night Out for 7th and 8th grade boys.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pine Tree ISD takes precautionary steps to stop spread of viruses

With the recent outbreaks of Ebola and Enterovirus as well as the upcoming flu season, Pine Tree ISD is taking precautionary measures to help decrease the spread of viruses.

The district’s nurses are in regular communication with the Department of Health and will follow any additional precautions that might be advised.  PTISD district nurses and teachers educate and encourage students and staff to use proper hygiene and proper cough etiquette to maintain healthy practices.

The best defense is a good offense when it comes to cold and flu season.  The district’s custodial staff checks and fills restroom dispensers daily to ensure that proper hygiene can be maintained by the district’s students and staff.  Restrooms are sanitized daily and checked frequently throughout the day to ensure a high level of cleanliness is maintained to minimize the spread of germs.

The symptoms of EV-D68 include the following:
Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and body
  and muscle aches.
Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing.

Anyone with respiratory illness should contact their doctor if they are having difficulty breathing or if their symptoms are getting worse.  Children are at risk for severe symptoms from EV-D86 and other respiratory illnesses.  They should follow CDC's guidance to maintain control of their illness during this time.

You can protect yourself and your child from getting and spreading EV-D68 and other respiratory illnesses by following these steps:
Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with
  people who are sick.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs,
  especially if ​someone is sick.
Stay home when you are sick.

PTISD follows the state directive regarding the treatment of illness and fever in children.  If a child has fever at school, the child is sent home and cannot return to school until they have been fever-free for 24 hours.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


The Pine Tree Pirates will host the Texas High Tigers this Friday at Pirate Stadium for the 2014 Pink Out game.  Fans are encouraged to wear pink as the Pine Tree Pirates tackle cancer.

Pirate fans will have the opportunity to enjoy great food on the Pirate Plaza again this week. Citizens National Bank will be serving hamburger plates and Coffee Mill will be serving hot chocolate.

Longview Regional Medical Center is the Scoreboard Sponsor and Billboard Sponsors are LeTourneau University, Chick-fil-A, Citizens National Bank and Texas Bank & Trust.

Come out this Friday and support YOUR PINE TREE PIRATES!

Rex Ray Memorial Golf Tournament Set for October 25

The first Rex Ray Memorial Golf Tournament is set for Oct. 25 at Oak Forest Country Club in Longview.

Registration is set for 11 a.m.with a shotgun start scheduled for noon.

Prizes will be awarded for the longest drive on No. 9 (men and women) as well as closest to the hole on No. 6 and No. 13 (men and women). A free round of golf at Oak Forest will be given to each entrant.

Proceeds from the tournament will go toward scholarships for Pine Tree students in Coach Ray’s name.  For information: (903) 220-8831 or

PTISD Announces Community U Class

Pine Tree ISD is proud to announce the new members of the Pine Tree Community U Leadership Academy Class of 2014-2015.

Members of this year's class are Stephen Ball, Karen Beakley, Tracy Blalack, Celia Bush, Adam Graves, Shelly Joseph, Kelly Neff, Teresa Rau, Dr. Ann Rhodes, Dr. Melanie Roudkovski, Missy Saunders, Latricia Smith, Janet Davis and Dan Belzung.

PT Community U began in 2012.  The vision of PT Community U is to serve as the catalyst for progressive and effective leadership in the Longview community.  The first session for the 2014-2015 year will be October 17.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pine Tree ISD Foundation to Hold Fundraiser Tuesday

The Pine Tree ISD Education Foundation will hold a fundraiser Tuesday, October 7 from 4:00 p.m. to closing at Chick fil A.  The restaurant, at the Loop and  Gilmer Road, will donate 10 percent of the evening’s receipts to the foundation to support its grants program.

Football players, cheerleaders, drill team and other student groups will be on hand to greet supporters.

Wear your blue and gold and support the Pine Tree Education Foundation!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Pine Tree Independent School District is proud to announce the following students have been selected to the All Region Choir. The all region choir concert will take place in Mt. Pleasant on November 1.

Soprano 1
1st chair: Katie White
10th chair: Savannah Harrold
14th chair: Shelby Smith
15th chair: Cyndi Ponton

Soprano 2
6th chair: Arianna Fuentez

Alto 1
15th chair: Lauren Brown

Alto 2
9th chair: Jacqueline Howard
10th chair: Bryanna Hosmer
13th chair: Elisabeth Pinkston

Tenor 1
3rd chair: Tyran Jones
8th chair: Kemaro Collins

Bass 1
5th chair: Kietraille Sutton
7th chair: Robbie Childers
10th chair: Daniel Hernandez
14th chair: Cameron Oswald

Bass 2
7th chair: Jerome Hawkins
8th chair: Clayton Jaimes
13th chair: Jeremy Minor
14th chair: Chipper Drinkard

These students will advance to the pre area audition on November 13.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pine Tree High School Teacher Elected to State-level Office

Pine Tree High School Family Consumer Science / Education Training teacher, Elisabeth McGuire, has been elected to serve as Alternate Director for Region 3, District 7 of the Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers Association of Texas (FCSTAT) at the summer conference to be held in 2015.

Formed in 1963, this professional organization is dedicated solely to representing family and consumer sciences teachers in Texas. FCSTAT represents over 3,000 professional family and consumer sciences educators, secondary, post secondary educators and administrators; cooperative extension educators, retired educators and university students enrolled in family and consumer sciences education programs.

Congratulations Elisabeth for making PT proud!!!!!

Please visit to lear more about the CTE program at PTISD.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


     Twenty-eight students at Pine Tree High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in 
recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.
      The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 22 percent of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. 
      The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.
     At Pine Tree High School:
Darby Ball qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.  
Seven students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.  These students are:  Darby Ball, Alexandra Black, John Cravey, Mallory Green, Rebecca Kirchhoff, Brett Lucy, and Sarah Wood. 
      Three students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.  These students are Chandler Chappell, Ezekiel Hernandez, and Irvin Shen. 
        Eighteen students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher.  The AP Scholars are Kaya Click, Michelle Davis, Kaylie Hartman, Bethany Irvine, Christopher Jones, Kundanika Lakkadi, Israel Martinez, Joseph Moore, Christina Nelson, Savannah Patterson, Nicholas Schaetz, Zachary Schaetz, Allison Steele, Peyton Varner, Alexandra Walker, Brandon Watson, Walter Wheeler, and Erin Whittenberg.  
Of this year’s award recipients at Pine Tree High School, are juniors Ezekiel Hernandez, Christopher Jones, Joseph Moore, Savannah Patterson, Irvin Shen, Alexandra Walker, and Brandon Watson.  These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award.  
Pine Tree High School offers 17 AP courses in which students are provided the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process.  In four of these 17 courses, Pine Tree students performed above the state average, and in Biology, Calculus, and Studio Art, they performed above the national and global averages.
Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3600 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP. 
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

Darby Ball
National AP Award Recipient 

Monday, September 22, 2014



Bluebeard Radio, produced and directed by students at Pine Tree High School, kicked off a student-produced musical radio program Sunday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.  The show is heard on several area radio stations across East Texas, chief among them KZQX FM 100.3 based in Lake Cherokee and owned by Chuck Conrad.

The decade specific radio show can be heard on Sunday evenings, and Pine Tree Audio Visual instructor Allen Morris is working with Conrad and others to make it where the show can streamed on demand as well.

The show is themed and features music and information from the decades of the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s in chronological order; decade by decade.
“I am super excited about all of the different possibilities that we have with the radio show,” Morris, the producer of the show, said.  “Not only are we producing a final product that the public can appreciate, but we are learning a multitude of skills.”

He added the members of the team are learning to evaluate their work and look for ways to improve it.  “They are learning how to ‘ReadSearch’ meaningful content,” he added.  “That is, the students select topics of interest to them, read about it and then write about it from a listener’s point of view.”

He also said the short historical essays are then either read by the student or a voice actor. Following that production students do all of the engineering work with the music and vocals. “The current format of the show is to present the best music from different decades and sweeten it with historical essays,” Morris said.

And, even the students are enjoying the experience, even if it means producing a show that includes music from an era before their parents were born.

"I enjoy being part of an audio production class, for being heard creates a sense of being important in others lives,” Senior Jake Norrell said. “It is also beneficial to ‘broaden my horizons’ in all areas, which include audio production."  Others had a similar but slightly different point of view.

“I love it! Being able to explore music deeper and show people the pure joy of sound at its finest is exhilarating,” Daniel Henson, sophomore, said. “Plus sharing that feeling with thousands of other people is amazing. Music isn't just a sounds its emotion, talent, ideas, and creativity all wrapped up in one big candy bar that you just got to enjoy eating rather than stuff it in your face and move onto the next one.”

Students are also excited to be the pioneers of a radio show, and they feel it is something that will go on for a long time.

"I'm quite excited to be working on this monumental project, seeing as it is the first attempt Pine Tree has made at a radio broadcast show,” Joel Ramirez, sophomore, said. “I'm certain that over time Bluebeard Radio will be a success, because this crew will shoot for nothing but the best.”

Students are finding the radio show is something they can produce and then go home and listen to with other members of their family, whether it is parents, grandparents or other older members of their family.

“The best part about being on the radio show is that I get to have fun and still be able to record this show that I can listen to with my parents,” Zachary Blaine, sophomore, said. “It's great because then my friends hear me and give their own little criticisms so I can improve my quality of recording."

Students have realized that producing a radio show that is of good quality and worth people’s time to take an hour out of their busy week is not easy work and is challenging each and every day.

"Good work is not cheap, Cheap work is not good is what I have realized in this class,” Senior  Jesus Sifuente said. “If you want good work you have to put in the time and effort. If you do cheap work or slack off then the final product will not be good.”

Other students are just excited for the opportunity to produce something that is different and can reach a huge audience.

“I feel like this puts me way ahead of many others,” Quay Ward, senior, said.  “I am learning about things that others don’t. It’s a fun opportunity that most people won’t get to experience. I hope that Bluebeard Radio show is one day recognized by a lot of people everywhere and just knowing that I helped start that is a reward all in itself.”

Conrad is glad to allow the students to have this experience and said their work will be heard by radio listeners in Longview, Kilgore, Henderson, Tyler, Jacksonville, Carthage and Nacogdoches.

“I am pleased with the work thus far, and I feel they will continue to learn and make this show much better for the listening audience,” he said. “ I am excited to see just how far this radio show can go.”

Pine Tree administrators are also excited for the students to have an opportunity to work on projects that can be enjoyed, not only by patrons of Pine Tree ISD but by listeners all over East Texas.

Photos by Victoria Reese and Alex Walker of the PTHS Photojournalism Class