Thursday, May 21, 2015

2015 Football Spring Scrimmage and Jamboree Friday

Pine Tree Pirate fans will get a first look at the 2015-2016 Junior Varsity and Varsity football teams at the 2015 Football Spring Scrimmage and Jamboree Friday, May 22 at Pine Tree Stadium.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with Junior Varsity kicking off at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Varsity team at 8:15 p.m.

Admission is only $3.00 with preschool and younger children admitted FREE.

Other activities that evening a Taste of Pine Tree featuring local PT business cuisine from McAlister's Deli and Pietro's Neighborhood Pizzeria, Punt, Pass and Kick Competition K-6, Fun Zones, and Silent Auction.

A raffle will also be held that evening which includes great gift cards from local businesses.  Tickets can be purchased from any PT football parent.

Pine Tree ISD Director Appointed to TEA State Technology Committee

Pine Tree ISD Director of College/Career Readiness & Digital Learning, Dr. Tony Tipton, has been appointed by the Texas Education Agency to serve on a statewide technology committee. This committee will be responsible for designing and rolling out a new technology proficiency instrument for Texas teachers and planning for the next phase of technology implementation for all Texas public schools. The group will begin its work this June in Austin and continue meetings until the new instrument is ready for its debut. The former instrument, STaR Chart, is phasing out since it's introduction in 1999 and latest update in 2006. The idea for the original STaR Chart was conceived in 1997, so much has happened in the world of technology since then. Additionally, as we approach the year 2020, Texas will publish its next version of its Long Range Plan for Technology (LRPT) and this committee will likely be heavily involved in that work as well.

Tipton completed his doctoral research utilizing the STaR Chart so he has a unique insight into the instrument and how to improve it for future generations of Texas teachers. Dr. Tipton's research interests include leadership development, organizational climate, change theory, and digital learning. Tipton has been a presenter at several technology conferences and published various articles. He is currently working with a teacher from the district to publish an article about a new "teacher-friendly" classroom technology implementation framework.  Congratulations, Dr. Tipton!

Dr. Tony Tipton
 Director of College Career
Readiness & Digital Learning 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pine Tree Junior High Named No Place for Hate Campus

Pine Tree Junior High has been named a No Place for Hate campus by the No Place for Hate program.  The campus was presented with a No Place for Hate banner at the Junior High honors program on May 19.

Pine Tree Junior High participated in three activities during the 2014-2015 school year to receive this award.  PTJH presented The Tiny Girl , Big Dreams speaker presentation, created a MIx-It-Up lunch for students and established an anti-bullying poster campaign where students were asked to design a poster encouraging others to intervene when confronted with instances of bullying behavior or stereotypes.

No Place for Hate was developed to organize schools to work together and develop projects that enhance the appreciation of diversity and foster harmony amongst diverse groups.  The campaign empowers schools to promote respect for individual and group differences while challenging prejudice and bigotry.  

PTJH Principal Vanessa Robinson displays the
No Place For Hate banner presented to Pine Tree Junior High 



PINE TREE 7TH GRADE STUDENTS QUALIFY AS DUKE SCHOLARS

Five Pine Tree Junior High Students participated in the 2015 Duke Talent Identification Program. 

Ainsley Daugbjerg, Conner Naseiro, Issabella Nix, Noah Tesser and Jaedin Tambunga participated in the program with Naseiro, NIx and Tesser qualifying as Duke Scholars.  

Duke (TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically talented youth.  As a global leader in gifted education, Duke TIP works with students, families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage and support gifted youth in reaching their highest potential.  More than 2.5 million students have benefited from TIP programs and resoruces since 1980.  Duke TIP's talent identification, academic, and research programs now serve as worldwide models for the education of gifted students.  

Congratulations to each of our PT students!  We are Pirate proud of you!


Monday, May 18, 2015

Disney Music Selections Featured at PT Pop Show

The Pine Tree Junior High and Middle School choirs will present "Disney Fever" on May 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Pine Tree Road Auditorium.  Songs from the following movies will be featured:  Lion King, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, and Pocahontas and much more!

Admission is FREE!  Make plans to attend Disney Fever!


Pine Tree ISD will host Gifted and Talented Parent Meeting June 2

PTISD will host a Gifted and Talented (GT) Parent meeting for parents unable to attend the previously held meetings on May 12 and May 14, 2015.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the PTISD Community Center located at 1701 Pine Tree Road.


MEET YOUR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER TONIGHT AT 6:30 P.M. AT MAUDE COBB

Longview Police Department will host a Meet Your School Resource Officer tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Maude Cobb Convention Center.

School Resource Officers from the Longview, Pine Tree and Spring Hill school districts will be on hand to talk about the duties, roles and responsibilities of a School Resource Officer.

Parents from participating school districts are invited to attend. The meeting will be an open forum and questions will be taken from the audience.  There is no charge to attend.



PINE TREE PIRATE FANS GET FIRST LOOK AT SPRING SCRIMMAGE AND JAMBOREE

Pine Tree Pirate fans will get a first look at the 2015-2016 Junior Varsity and Varsity football teams at the 2015 Football Spring Scrimmage and Jamboree Friday, May 22 at Pine Tree Stadium.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with Junior Varsity kicking off at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Varsity team at 8:15 p.m.

Admission is only $3.00 with preschool and younger children admitted FREE.

Other activities that evening a Taste of Pine Tree featuring local PT business cuisine from McAlister's Deli and Pietro's Neighborhood Pizzeria, Punt, Pass and Kick Competition K-6, Fun Zones, and Silent Auction.

A raffle will also be held that evening which includes great gift cards from local businesses.  Tickets can be purchased from any PT football parent.



Friday, May 15, 2015

PTJH 8TH GRADE BAND NAMED GRAND CHAMPION AT SEASONS IN THE PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Pine Tree Junior High 8th grade band brought home a 1st division and Best in Class trophies at the 2015 Seasons in the Park Music Festival on May 1 in Dallas.  This outstanding band also was named "Grand Champion"  in the non-high school instrumental ensemble category.

The Junior High Band is under the direction of Mark Perry.

Congratulations to our band students and Mr. Perry!  We are Pirate Proud of YOU!

PTJH 8th Grade Band under the direction of Mark Perry 




Thursday, May 14, 2015

KEEP LONGVIEW BEAUTIFUL RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS AT ANNUAL LUNCHEON

Keep Longview Beautiful hosted the organization's Annual Appreciation Luncheon recognizing sponsors, directors, and volunteers on May 14.  

Donna Pruitt, Community Relations Coordinator with Pine Tree ISD  and Rhea Anne Teague, Business Recruitment & Marketing Assistant, with Longview Economic Development Corporation were named Volunteers of the Year for their outstanding contributions to Keep Longview Beautiful and the Longview community. 

Congratulations. Donna!  We are Pirate Proud of YOU!

Dionne Lott, KLB President, Donna Pruitt, Volunteer of the Year,
and Kim Droege, KLB Executive Director