Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pastors for Texas Children Director to Speak in Longview August 17

Pastor Charles Foster Johnson, Executive Director of Pastors for Texas Children, will speak Thursday, August 17 at the Pine Tree Road Auditorium located at 1701 Pine Tree Road. The time is 7:00 p.m.

Charles Foster Johnson is a pastor and public education advocate. He is founder and co-pastor of Bread, a faith community in Fort Worth, Texas. Throughout his thirty-six year pastoral ministry he has served churches in Mississippi, Kentucky and Texas, including Second Baptist Church of Lubbock where he led in a complete church relocation, and Trinity Baptist Church of San Antonio where he helped build a multi-cultural and multi-racial community of faith among the 6000 member congregation.

He served interim pastorates with Immanuel Baptist Church of Nashville and Broadway Baptist Church of Fort Worth, and served a two-year term on the faculty of McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, as Visiting Professor of Preaching.

In 2013, he founded Pastors for Texas Children, a statewide ecumenical organization mobilizing the faith community for public education ministry and advocacy. His child advocacy also includes service on the Board of Trustees of the Child Friendly Faith Project.

The public is encouraged and invited to attend.

Charles Foster Johnson

Pine Tree ISD Welcomes Back Teachers at Annual Convocation August 23

Pine Tree Independent School will welcome back teachers at the district's annual convocation set for August 23 at 9:00 a.m. in the Pine Tree Road auditorium.  District employees will be treated to a breakfast prior to convocation prepared by the PT Child Nutrition department.
Ken Williams
This year's keynote speaker is Ken Williams, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Unfold The Soul, a group which trains entrepreneurs, educators, and motivated individuals how to accelerate the achievement of their personal and professional goals.  He is the author of  Starting a Movement: Building Culture from the Inside Out in Professional Learning Communities and Essentials for Principals: Creating Physical and Emotional Security in Schools. 

Williams' background includes a BA from Morehouse College and he also holds a Masters degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport and a Leadership Certificate from the Bowie State University.  For nearly 20 years, he has been a teacher, assistant principal, sales manager, educational consultant, trainer, speaker and a leading authority in the areas of collaboration, breakthrough achievement, leadership, and peak performance.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Local Media Honored

Christina Lane of the Longview News-Journal was named to the 2016-2017 Media Honor Roll, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), by Pine Tree Independent School District.  The Media Honor Roll recognizes media representatives statewide for fair and balanced reporting of news about public schools. Media from newspapers, radio and television stations, and online publications across the state were honored by their local school districts.

Criteria for the district selection included the media representative's efforts to get to know the superintendent, board president, and the district's mission and goals; report school news in a fair, accurate and balanced manner; give a high profile to positive news about schools; visit the schools; and maintain a policy of  no surprises by sharing information with school officials.

Pine Tree ISD is proud to recognize and honor Christina Lane with this outstanding recognition.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pastors for Texas Children Director to Speak in Longview August 17

Pastor Charles Foster Johnson, Executive Director of Pastors for Texas Children, will speak Thursday, August 17 at the Pine Tree Road Auditorium located at 1701 Pine Tree Road. The time is 7:00 p.m.

Charles Foster Johnson is a pastor and public education advocate. He is founder and co-pastor of Bread, a faith community in Fort Worth, Texas. Throughout his thirty-six year pastoral ministry he has served churches in Mississippi, Kentucky and Texas, including Second Baptist Church of Lubbock where he led in a complete church relocation, and Trinity Baptist Church of San Antonio where he helped build a multi-cultural and multi-racial community of faith among the 6000 member congregation.

He served interim pastorates with Immanuel Baptist Church of Nashville and Broadway Baptist Church of Fort Worth, and served a two-year term on the faculty of McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, as Visiting Professor of Preaching.

In 2013, he founded Pastors for Texas Children, a statewide ecumenical organization mobilizing the faith community for public education ministry and advocacy. His child advocacy also includes service on the Board of Trustees of the Child Friendly Faith Project.

The public is encouraged and invited to attend.

Charles Foster Johnson


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Seven Pine Tree High School Seniors Selected for Texas Bank and Trust 40th Anniversary Student Board of Directors


[LONGVIEW, Tex.] —Texas Bank and Trust is pleased to announce the selection of seven seniors from Pine Tree High School to serve on its 2017-2018 40thANNIVERSARY Student Board of Directors.
      The TB&T Student Board is a prestigious program recognizing outstanding high school seniors in the community.
       Seniors Angelina Devona, Anahi Hernandez, Callie Lightfoot, Sarah Moore, Megan Oswald, Elijah Pumphrey, and Nallely Vazquez will join with 51 other seniors from Trinity School of Texas, Longview, Spring Hill, and St. Mary’s High Schools to make up the 40th senior class to participate in the TB&T program in Longview.
       The 2017-2018 Student Board members will be introduced to the TB&T bank staff in an Orientation Reception, to be held at 7 pmMonday, August 21, in the Main Bank lobby in downtown Longview. Parents and school administrators are invited to attend.
       The Student Board program will be designed to introduce students to banking and money management at a critical point in their lives, and provide them with the essential economic building blocks to earning, spending, saving, and investing money. The students will be challenged this year to test their money management and time management skills with a program, entitled The Real L.I.F.E. Experience.  This innovative Living Institute for Financial Education TBT program will take the students through a real world simulation of their first year of college. Students will also serve as advisors to the bank on bank products and services throughout the year.
     Established in 1978, Student Board remains the bank’s first and most enduring financial literacy program. 
     Students were selected based on their grade point average, extra-curricular activities, and afterschool work activities. Students must submit an essay with their application as well as two letters of recommendation from either a faculty member or administrator to be considered for the program. Students accepted into the 2017 Student Board program were notified in late May. 
       Since its inception, the Student Board has introduced more than 2,100 high school seniors to banking and money management.
       For information on how to participate in the 2018-2019 Student Board program, students in their junior year of high school may contact Tammy Gage, Texas Bank and Trust Business Community Relations Officer, at (903) 237-1827.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Pine Tree High School Presents SNAP Preview August 4 at Pirate Stadium

The Pine Tree High School Band has just returned from summer camp and will present their annual SNAP Competition on Friday, August 4 August 4, 6:30 PM at Pirate Stadium  The public is invited for a cookout and preview of next year's programs.  

The band students have divided into teams and will "compete" against each other using marching fundamentals.  In addition the band will play several pieces and the auxiliary will perform.

The Band Boosters, along with Gregg County Commissioner Darryl Primo, will be serving hot dogs and drinks.  Thank you to Commissioner Primo for his long-time support of the Pine Tree Band.


Pine Tree ISD Employee Andrea Anders Earns State Certification

Andrea Anders, an employee of the Pine Tree Independent School District, has earned the certification as a registered Tax Assessor-Collector from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.  

Anders has worked as an accounting assistant since 2012 and was promoted to the position of PTISD Tax Assessor-Collector July 1. 


Andrea Anders 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Pine Tree ISD Meet the Teacher


MEET THE TEACHER

August 22 - Middle School - 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
August 23 - Primary - 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
August 23 - Parkway - 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
August 24 - Birch Elementary - 3:30 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
August 24 - Pine Tree High School - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
PTHS Freshmen Orientation - 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
August 24 - Pine Tree Junior High - 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
PTJH Schedule Pick up - 7th grade - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
8th grade - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pine Tree ISD Announces Procedures for Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Pine Tree Independent School District announced its procedures today for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the attached current income eligibility guidelines. Each school/site or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request.

Starting July 27, 2017, Pine Tree Independent School District will begin distributing letters to the households of the children in the district {or service area} about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits.

Applications will be available during the 2017-2018 On-line Registration process that opens on July 26, 2017 at 10 a.m., or at www.ptisd.org, (select Departments, Child Nutrition, Free & Reduced Meal Application).   They will also be available during Student Registration at the Pine Tree High School on the following dates:


PK- Kindergarten – August 8, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Grades 1st – 12th – August 9, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Grades PK – 12th – August 10, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits
The following criteria will be used to determine a child’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meal benefits:
Income
1.      Household income that is at or below the income eligibility levels
Categorical or Automatic Eligibility
2.      Household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
Program Participant
3.      Child’s status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster
4.     Child’s enrollment in Head Start or Even Start

Income Eligibility
For those households that qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income, an adult in the household must fill out free and reduced-price meal application and return it to Michelle Mitchell, School Nutrition Director, 1701 Pine Tree Road, Longview, TX  75604, (903-295- 5087, mmitchell@ptisd.org. 

Those individuals filling out the application will need to provide the following information:
1.     Names of all household members
2.      Amount, frequency, and source of current income for each household member
3.      Last 4 digits of the Social Security number of the adult household member who signs the application or, if the adult does not have a social security number, check the box for
“No Social Security number”
4.      Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct

Categorical or Program Eligibility
Pine Tree Independent School District is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. Pine Tree I. S. D. will notify the households of these children that they do not need to complete an application. Any household that does not receive a letter and feels it should have should contact Michelle Mitchell, School Nutrition Director, 903-295-5087, mmitchell@ptisd.org.

Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Michelle Mitchell, School Nutrition Director, 903-295-5087, mmitchell@ptisd.org.

Applications may be submitted anytime during the school year. The information households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility. Applications may also be verified by the school officials at any time during the school year.

Determining Eligibility
Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, Michelle Mitchell, School Nutrition Director, will review applications and determine eligibility. Households or guardians dissatisfied with the Reviewing Official’s eligibility determination may wish to discuss the decision with the Reviewing Official on an informal basis. Households wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either orally or in writing to Dr. Valerie Baxter, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and Human Services, P. O. Box 5878, Longview,TX 75608 903-295-5000

Unexpected Circumstances
If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below the attached current income eligibility guidelines.



In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Monday, July 24, 2017

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR PINE TREE PIRATE KICK-OFF CREW 2017 - FIRST HOME GAME SEPTEMBER 8

WHO CAN JOIN? Pine Tree Pirate fans entering grades K–6

WHAT IS IT? The Pine Tree Kick-Off crew will run through the helmet to cheer the Pirates on to victory prior to each home game! AND they are invited to a FAN PARTY with the football team and cheerleaders! (Date/Time TBD)

On game nights, kids and parents meet inside the Home concourse at a designated time on the evening of each game listed below. Kids will walk onto the field together to run through the helmet. They must exit the field to meet their parent(s) at the gate.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? $20 per child (Includes one t-shirt and free entrance to all five (5) varsity home games with a paying adult at the gate)

HOW DO I SIGN UP MY CHILD? Mail the attached form and $20 payment to the Pine Tree Athletic Office (PO Box 5878, Longview, TX 75608) by Monday, August 14, 2017. Checks are to be made payable to the PTHS Football Booster Club. Shirts may be picked up at the first home game.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We will use the Remind App for reminders throughout the season.

2017 PINE TREE VARSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (Home games):  September 8: PT vs. Pittsburg  September 22: PT vs. Henderson  October 6: PT vs. Mt. Pleasant  October 20: PT vs. Hallsville  November 10: PT vs. Texas High

For more information, please call Jennifer Harris (903) 452-8907.

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2017 PINE TREE PIRATE KICK-OFF CREW REGISTRATION FORM – Deadline:  August 14


Student Name __________________________
Grade __________
Parent/Guardian Name & Cell Phone ____________________________________________
 *all communication will be made via Remind App

Emergency Contact & Cell Phone ____________________________________

SELECT T-SHIRT SIZE: _____YSM _____YMED _____YLG _____Adult SM _____ Adult MED _____Adult LG

I _________________ parent/guardian of _______________ release Pine Tree ISD/PTHS Football Booster Club of any liability during “2017 Pine Tree Pirate Kick-Off Crew” activities.

Parent Signature _______________________Date__________________