Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Pine Tree High School will host Getting Ready for 9th Grade for PTISD 8th grade students and parents Tuesday, December 1 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the PTHS cafeteria.

This event will showcase and explore high school academic options for incoming freshmen. Participants will learn about programs of study, endorsements, CTE classes, certifications, internships, course catalog and much more.

For additional information contact Dr. Tony Tipton, Director of College Career Readiness/Digital Learning at or 903-295-5031 ext 226.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pine Tree High School Students Earn Chairs in All Region Orchestra

Congratulations to the Pine Tree High School band students who earned chairs in the All Region Orchestra.

Jerry Zhang - Clarinet
Cristian Najera - Trumpet (1st chair)
Gage Ellis - Trumpet
Kris Balint - Trumpet
Nigel Colbert - Trombone
Joel Ramirez - Bass Trombone (1st chair)

Cristian Najera, Rebecca Ayres and Izzy Adams also earned 6A All Area honors at this competition.

Jerry Zhang, Gage Ellis, Kris Balint, Nigel Colbert and Joel Ramirez have chosen the 5A all state route and will compete for Area in December.


Pine Tree High School brought home six awards at the 2015 Art of Character Art Competition while taking all three places in the Graphic Art division.  Sponsored by the City of Longview Adopt a School Partnership of Longview, this year's contest had 64 entries from Pine Tree, Longview and Spring Hill schools.

2015 Art of Character Art Competition Winners

Fine Art
1st Place - Kevron Madden, Spring Hill High School
2nd Place - Jenny Kim, Spring Hill High School
3rd - Max Kelt, Longview High School

Graphic Art
1st Place - Tylexxus Johnson, Pine Tree High School
2nd Place - Jasmine Martinez, Pine Tree High School
3rd Place - Marilynn Velvin, Pine Tree High School

Honorable Mention
Vashayla Charvis, Pine Tree High School
Ebee Ward, Longview High School
Annika Hatt, Pine Tree High School
Keshawn Gray, Pine Tree High School
Israel Barrios, Longview High School

Christmas Card
Shayla Langley, Spring Hill High School

Contest Sponsors are First Baptist Church Longview, Southside Bank, Spring Hill State Bank and Texas Bank and Trust.  Art Judges are Jim Tilley, Forbes & Butler; Paula Davis, Longview Museum of Fine Art; Janet Rowan, Spring Hill State Bank and Blessed Webb, Texas Bank and Trust.

School District Art Instructors are Ellen Herbert, Longview High School, Mary Squire and Elizabeth White, Pine Tree High School and Budd Dunn, Spring Hill High School.

All entries will be displayed at the Longview Public Library through December 4 with the winning entries displayed at the sponsor bank locations.  The Christmas Card entry will be at First Baptist Church, Longview.

PTHS Student Nathaniel Jackson Wins Top Prize at KC Veterans Days Art Contest

Pine Tree High School student Nathaniel Jackson brought home the top prize in the Kilgore College Veterans Day Art contest.  Nathaniel received a $75 prize for his patriotic colored pencil entry.  He won in the 9-12 grade category.  Dr. Bill Holda, Kilgore College president, presented the award at the event on Veterans Day.

PTHS Student Nathaniel Jackson and Kilgore
College President Bill Holda at the
2015 KC Veterans Day Art Contest ceremony

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pine Tree JH Math Team Achieves 2nd Overall at Hallsville Meet

Congratulations to the Pine Tree Junior High Math Science Team on their meet last Saturday in Hallsville where the team placed 2nd overall!  Medals went to the top 5 places.

The PT team members who scored in the top 10 are listed below:

Number Sense
Sterling Beakley - 5th place, 8th grade
William Davis  - 6th place, 8th grade
Isabella Nix  - 7th place, 8th grade
Marilyn Shen - 1st place, 7th grade
Shaun Ray  - 3rd  place, 7th grade
Emmanuel Viramontes - 6th place, 7th grade
Luis Vazquez  - 7th place, 7th grade
Isaac Tesser - 9th place, 6th grade
Grant Beakley -10th place, 6th grade

* Grant Beakley scored high enough as a 5th grader to make it on the Top 10 6th grade list

William Davis - 6th place, 8th grade
Gabe Montoya - 5th place, 7th grade
Giselle Valencia -7th place, 7th grade
Angie Rojas - 8th place, 7th grade
Osiris Barrios - 10th place, 6th grade

Isabella Nix - 6th place, 8th grade
Sterling Beakley - 7th place, 8th grade
Marilyn Shen -1st  place, 7th grade
Shaun Ray - 6th  place, 7th grade
Gabe Montoya - 8th place, 7th grade
Emmanuel Viramontes - 9th place, 7th grade
Luis Vazquez - 10th place, 7th grade

Connor Naseiro - 1st place, 8th grade
Sterling Beakley - 6th place, 8th grade
Jann Cabudoy - 1st  place, 7th grade
Paige Reese - 5th place, 7th grade
Shaun Ray - 8th place, 7th grade
Isaac Crawford - 9th place, 7th grade
Emmanuel Viramontes - 10th place, 7th grade


Monday, November 16, 2015

Pine Tree Junior High Robotics Teams Sweep Engineers Choice Awards

The Pine Tree Junior High Robotics Teams earned Engineers Choice Awards at the Region 7 Robotics Competition on November 3rd.

The students were judged on the design and function of their robots.   Two groups were also awarded for their journals.

1st Place Engineers Choice Award and Journal Award - Team Under H20: Ainsley Daugbjerg, Libby Mitchell, and Adalie Hodgin

2nd Place Engineers Choice Award - Team SeaGals : Ashley James and Reagan Armstrong

3rd Place Engineers Choice Award and Journal Award - Team Robotic Orcas: Tyler Tipton and Andres Beserra

4th Place Engineers Choice Award- Team Underwater Sharks: Adrian Gomez and Kameron Benifield

5th Place Engineers Choice Award - Team Purple Ocean : Camden Salser, Ty Tanner and Josiah Enloe


Thirty-eight PTJunior High Band Students Selected to perform at Region IV Band Concert

Congratulations to the following 7th and 8th grade band students for their performance at the Region IV Band auditions on Saturday, November 14.

Eighty-one students competed and thirty-eight were selected to perform at the Region IV Band Concert on December 12th in Marshall, TX.

Below are the thirty-eight students selected with those having *** by their name as being the best player in the region on their instrument.

Laisha Aranda, Flute
Natavia Elder, Flute
Karina Ruiz, Clarinet
Brie Cope, Clarinet
Cassidy Fuller, Clarinet
Al'Karaegon Pollard, Clarinet
Giselle Valencia, Clarinet
Ira Roberts, Clarinet
*** Gabby Pumphrey, Bass Clarinet
Pedro Montano, Bass Clarinet
*** Gabe Montoya, Alto Sax
Alexis Allen, Alto Sax
Adrienne Pena, Alto Sax
*** Daniel Lambie, Baritone Sax
Keelan Davis, Trumpet
Noah Montoya, Trumpet
Andy Pearce, Trumpet
Oscar Ruiz, Trumpet
Luis Vazquez, Trumpet
Ethan Hunter, Trumpet
Eddie Hewitt, Trumpet
Dawson Shelton, Trumpet
*** Leah Counts, French Horn
Josiah Enloe, French Horn
*** Connor Naseiro, Trombone
Makayla Allison, Trombone
Adrian Gomez, Trombone
Sterling Beakley, Trombone
Jasmin Hernandez, Trombone
Berenice Juarez, Baritone
Ethan Sanders, Tuba
Eric Ramirez, Tuba
Wesley Beede, Tuba
*** Dalton Russell, Percussion
Shaun Ray, Percussion
Marilyn Shen, Percussion
Aaron Fears, Percussion
Edwin Diaz, Percussion

The Pine Tree Junior High Band also tied Stone MS in Paris, Texas as having the most students selected...a first for Pine Tree Junior High.

Way To Go Pirates!

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Come support the Pine Tree Education Foundation at Spirit Night at Pietro's Tuesday, November 17 located at 2418 Gilmer Road.

All day on the 17th 10% of all sales will be donated to PTEF which funds teacher grants and dual-credit scholarships for PTISD.  Since 2003 the Pine Tree Education Foundation has returned over $237,000 to the district's classrooms and campuses to enhance educational opportunities for students.

Come on out to Pietro's on November 17 and support the Pine Tree Education Foundation!

PTISD Announces Gifted and Talented Parent Nomination Meeting and Deadline


Nomination Window: November 30 - December 18
Nomination Forms may be picked up in each campus office

Friday, December 18, 2015

November 17 or 19 -  6:00pm-6:30pm
Pine Tree Community Center

18 De Diciembre, 2015
Nominación Reunión:
17 de noviembre ó el 19, 6:00pm-6:30pm
Pine Tree Centro Comunitario

PTISD Presents 2nd College Preparation Lecture November 16

In honor of College Application Week 2015, PTISD is proud to present the 2nd College Preparation Lecture event for parents and students from the class of 2016. Our series continues Monday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the PTHS Library. 

The focus for this event is the college application and financial aid. Guest speaker Dr. Terry Cruse from LeTourneau University will be on hand to give the university perspective of the financial aid process and answer questions. 

Dr. Tony Tipton from PTISD will offer a mini-session titled "Study Skills & College Success" where he will outline some key aspects of starting the freshman year off on the right foot. 

Mr. Bill Irvine, Lead PTISD Counselor, will offer financial aid information that students and parents need to know so they don't miss deadlines and opportunities.

For more information about this series of events, please contact Dr. Tony Tipton at 903-295-5031 ext 226.