Monday, July 28, 2014

Pine Tree Students Head Back to School August 25


Ahoy mates!  The Pine Tree Pirates will “Get on board” soon for the 2014-2015 school year.  Monday, August 25 is the first day of school for students.

ALL STUDENT Registration:  August 5 & 6 - 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Pine Tree High School Cafeteria, 900 Northwest Drive

Families who were unable to attend those dates, must register on campus prior to the first day of school.

RETURNING STUDENTS

Pine Tree students who finished the 2013-2014 school year at a Pine Tree campus:

A parent or legal guardian must register the student.
A picture identification of the parent/legal guardian must be shown.
One Proof of Residency must be presented at the time of registration.  Students will not be allowed to register without this documentation.

NOTE:  Any of the following Proof of Residency Documents are accepted:

* A current lease agreement with all residents of the address listed.
* A current utility bill (electric, gas, water only) …. No cell phone or telephone bills
        will be accepted.  The bill cannot be dated more than (30)days prior to the registration
date.
* A current year PTISD Property Tax Statement.

NEW STUDENTS

All students who did NOT finish the 2013-2014 school year at a Pine Tree campus must bring the following:

* Parent/Guardian, Picture Identification and Residency (Same as above)
* Birth certificate
* Immunization records
* Most recent report card or transcripts

Pre-Kindergarten students have additional requirements.  Pre-K families must also complete the Application for Free/Reduced Price Meals.  Call 903-295-5000 for more information.

EMPLOYEES

New Employees to the District attended Orientation on July 21 and July 28.

The campus principals for 2014-2015 are:

Brandy Holland Primary     PK-K:
Melanie Bridges         Elementary 1st-2nd
Dr Carla McAvoy            Intermediate 3rd-4th
Lara Cavin                       Middle School 5th-6th
Vanessa Robinson           Junior High 7th-8th
Cindy Gabehart               PT High School 9th-12th
Kim Chatman                 ExCEL High School of Choice
Shalonda Adams            P.A.C.E.


Registration and Meet Your Teacher

PINE TREE High School (Grades 9-12)
Meet the Teacher is set for August 21, 10-12 and 1-3.

Freshman Orientation for 9th graders is August 21 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Pirate Center on Fairmont Street.  Schedule pickup for 9th-12th grade students is August 21 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

New high school students registering in grades 9-12 are strongly encouraged to bring an unofficial transcript when they register.

ExCEL High School of  Choice (Grades 9-12)
Meet Your Teacher/Parent/Student Orientation event is set for August 18 & 19 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Junior High (Grades 7-8)
Meet Your Teacher/Pick Up Schedules is set for August 22.  7th grade - 8:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
8th grade - 10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Middle School (Grades 5-6)
Meet Your Teacher is set for August 21 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Sixth grade schedule pick up & Meet Your Teacher is from 6:00-7:00 p.m
Fifth grade schedule pick up & Meet Your Teacher is from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Intermediate School (Grades 3-4)
Meet Your Teacher event is set for August 21 from 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Elementary School (Grades 1-2)
Meet Your Teacher event is set for August 21 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Primary School (Grades K & PK)
Meet Your Teacher event is set for August 21 from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Age Requirements

To attend Kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old on or before September 1.  Pre-kindergarten children must be 4 years old on or before September 1 and must qualify for free or reduced lunch or be from a non-English speaking home.  Pre-K applicants must present proof or income for all working members of the household.  More information and forms are available online at www.ptisd.org.

Transfer Students

As a public school system, PTISD welcomes all students who live in the area and who meet the state age and health requirements.  Pine Tree ISD began accepting transfer applications for the 2014-2015 school year on April 22 and closed the process on July 24.
Transfer requests may be submitted and approved each year and will be subject to space available.  For more information about transfers, contact James Skeeler at PTISD.
Starting and Ending Times for PT campuses:

PINE TREE Primary (K):  8:25 am - 3:40 pm
PINE TREE Elementary (1-2): 8:25 am -3:40 pm
PINE TREE Intermediate (3-4): 8:25 am - 3:40 pm
PINE TREE Middle (5-6): 7:45 am - 3:05 pm
PINE TREE Junior High (7-8): 7:45 am - 3:00 pm
PINE TREE High School (9-12): 7:45 am - 3:00 pm
PINE TREE ExCEL High School (9-12): 8:00 am-12:00 pm and 12:00-4:00 pm

School Supply Lists:

School supply lists are available for Pre-K through 6th grade online at www.ptisd.org.
Parents should preview the supply lists by grade level in order to be prepared for the first day of school.  Lists, which are available on the district website, also have been distributed to area businesses.  High School and Junior High students will receive their information after the start of school.

Academic Calendar:

The Pine Tree ISD 2014-2015 school year calendar is available to print through www.ptisd.org.

MORE INFORMATION:

Important information regarding the start of school is posted in a Back to School Guide on the District’s Internet home page - www.ptisd.org.  Included in the guide are supply lists, an academic calendar, a district map, registration information and more.

For access to a computer, Pine Tree High School library hours are:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After August 25 students are welcome to visit the high school library before, during and after school to read, study or research.  Parents are also welcome to access computers before and after school hours.

Find PTISD on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.

For more information, contact Mary Whitton, Director of Communications and Public Information, at info@ptisd.org or 903-295-5136.




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.