Monday, December 15, 2014

Pine Tree Junior High Student Council Grants Wishes in Ornaments of Hope Project

The Pine Tree Junior High Student Council granted Christmas wishes when they adopted five children through the Ornaments of Hope project of the Highway 80 Rescue Mission.

Members of the Student Council raised $400, purchased gifts for each of the children and wrapped them with love.  We are proud of our students and their spirit of giving to our community.


Pine Tree High School Leadership/Student Council students and the community participated in the 2014 Macy's annual Believe campaign and delivered over 4,591 letters to Santa at Macy's who will donate $9,902 to the Make a Wish Foundation.

The magic of the holiday season with Macy's  Believe campaign invites customers to share in the spirit of goodwill and generosity. Since the program began seven years ago, it has raised more than $8.7 million to benefit Make-A-Wish as believers from coast-to-coast have participated in the program’s signature letter writing campaign, which will return this year.

From Nov. 7 to Dec. 24, customers can visit their local Macy’s store to drop their stamped letters, addressed to “Santa at the North Pole,” into special Santa Mail letterboxes. New this year, the Believe letter campaign is going digital – in addition to mailing letters in-store, customers can visit to create and send their letter to Santa. For each letter collected in-store and online, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish, helping to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.


Pine Tree High School band students competed Friday, December 12, 2014 in the TMEA Region 4 Band Auditions at North Lamar.  Congratulations to the following students who earned seats in the TMEA Region 4 High School All-Region Band:

Izrell Adams
Andrew Allison
Kristopher Balint
Erica Bernard
Patrick Bigham
Lisette Cerda
Thomas Childers
Nigel Colbert
Bobby Counts
Gage Ellis
Jonathan Garcia
Amanda Green
Rebecca Griffith
Melissa Hammonds
Ezekiel Hernandez
Andrea Jenkins
Josue Jovel
Davis Morton
Cristian Najera
Alex Palacios
Joel Ramirez
Tyler Russell
Christopher Schaetz
Dezmund Thomas
Brandon Watson
Danielle Williams
Jerry Zhang

​In addition, the following students advanced to the AREA competition​, which will be held January 10, 2015 at UT Tyler:

Izrell Adams
Nigel Colbert
Boby Counts
Jonathan Garcia
Rebecca Griffith
Cristian Najera
Tyler Russell
Dezmund Thomas
Jerry Zhang

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Pine Tree High School sophomore Colby Holloman  took home 1st Place and TOP Speaker awards with junior Tucker Smith placing 4th in Lincoln Douglas Debate Saturday, December 6 at the Spring Hill High School UIL Debate Tournament.  We are PIRATE PROUD!

Colby Holloman 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

PTHS Band Students Earn Seats in TMEA Region 4 Honor Band

Congratulations to the following students who earned seats in the TMEA Region 4 9th Grade Honor Band.
Kalie Rhodes
Mya Candie
Luis Cardenas
Angel Perez
Gage Ellis
Kahli Grant
Christian Robinson
Ally Knight
Maddi White
Maja Palmer
Vashayla Charvis
Harrison Berryhill
Josue Jovel

Auditions were held Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 in Texarkana.

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Longview Transit, Super 1 Foods, Mix 93.1, Longview ISD, Pine Tree ISD and Spring Hill ISD will join forces this year for the annual Stuff-A-Bus Food Drive Thursday, December 18 to help make the holiday a little brighter for Longview neighbors.

Donations for this year's event include nonperishable food items, new blankets, baby items. and personal hygiene items.

Drop Off Locations are:  Pine Tree Bus/Longview Transit - Super One Foods, 1217 W. Marshall Avenue, Spring Hill ISD Bus - Super One Foods, 2301 W Loop 281 and Longview ISD Bus - Super One Foods, 1800 S High Street.

The Stuff-A-Bus Food Drive benefits the following agencies:  Highway 80 Rescue Mission, Caring & Sharing Center, Longview Dream Center and the Salvation Army.

Monday, December 1, 2014


The Pine Tree High School Theater Department will present Dashing Through the Snow Saturday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pine Tree Junior High Cafetorium.

This Christmas comedy by Jones Hope Wooten is more fun than a joyride in a one-horse open sleigh!

Tickets for the dinner and show are $22.00.  The dinner will be catered by the PTHS Culinary Arts Department. Tickets can be purchased by calling 903-240-6332 or purchasing online at

Deadline to purchase tickets is Thursday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

PTMS Student Haley Neathery wins 1st Place in Veterans Day Contest

Haley Neathery, 6th grade student at Pine Tree Middle School, won 1st place for her painting, "Soldiers Raising the Flag" at the Kilgore College Veterans Day Appreciation Celebration Art Contest last week.

PTMS students competed with other 4th-6th grade students in this contest.  All student work will be on display in front of the Middle School library through today.

Haley Neathery 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

PTHS Art Students Big Winners in Adopt a School Art of Character Contest

Pine Tree High School brought home four awards in the Adopt A School Partnership of Longview Art of Character Contest.  This year's event received over 30 entries with 13 being named finalists.

The following Pine Tree students were recognized in the following categories:

Graphic Art - 1st place, Ravyn Teel
Graphic Art - 2nd place, Michael Newman
Graphic Art - 3rd place, Tyler Bailey

Grace Garcia was recognized for her entry, A New Beginning and was awarded 1st place.  Her entry will be used as the Adopt A School Christmas Card and will be distributed to all Adopt a School adopters.

The winners are students of PTHS teachers Mary Squier and Elizabeth White.

Grace Garcia, Tyler Bailey, Michael Newman, Ravyn Teel 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Pine Tree High School Choir Presents Noel, Noel

The Pine Tree High School Choir will present Noel, Noel - A Winter Concert Tuesday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 906 Padon Street.  Admission is free.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

PTHS Culinary Arts Students Earn A Rating from City Health Department

The Pine Tree High School Culinary Arts students earned a A rating from the City of Longview Health Department during the annual inspection on November 12.

In other news the Culinary Arts students will have a Chef instructor from the Escoffier Culinary School in Austin visit their classroom on Monday, November 17.

To celebrate the Thanksgiving holidays, the Culinary Arts students will serve a Thanksgiving Harvest meal to PTISD campus and district administrators as well as PTISD board members on Thursday, November 20 in The Bistro at the high school.

PTHS Culinary Arts Students Receives A Rating
from City of Longview Health Department 

Pine Tree High School Students Named to All Region Orchestra

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

Cristian Najara - 2nd Chair Trumpet
Kris Balint - 3rd Chair Trumpet
Izrell Adams - 1 st Chair Tuba
Brandon Watson - 3rd Chair Percussion

Ezekiel Hernandez and Brandon Watson qualified for area competition.

PTHS Majorettes Take Home First Division Ratings at UIL Twirling Contest

The Pine Tree High School majorettes earned first division ratings at UIL Twirling Contest at Spring Hill on November 8.

Pine Tree High School majorettes are Anna Callender, Amiya Epps, Caroline Jones, Vickey Stewart, Stephanie Williamson and Gena Weese.  The majorette line will now advance to state competition.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Longview Chamber Announces Partnership with Pine Tree ISD

The Longview Chamber of Commerce is excited to partner with Pine Tree ISD as they bring the Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!) into the classroom of high school students.  With the collaboration of the two entities, 21 students will have the opportunity to participate in the YEA! program.  As students in the Academy, each will have an opportunity to fine tune their business ideas, hear from successful local entrepreneurs, visit local businesses on exciting field trips, develop a business plan, and pitch to a panel of “investors” for real funding.

At the Investor Panel Event in March, a panel of judges will select the business with the most potential to compete at the 7th Annual Saunders Scholars Semi-Finals Competition in May!  This is an exciting year for each student as they will graduate the class as business owners.  YEA! provides the students with an increased awareness of their skills, their abilities, their potential, and with an entrepreneurial mindset!

Joyce Steel Erection, Inc. is the presenting sponsor of the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneur Academy program. More information about the YEA! can be found at

A media conference will take place at 10:30 on Monday, November 17 in the boardroom in the Central Administration Building located at 1701 Pine Tree Road.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

PTJH Robotics Team Big Winner at Region 7 Competition

The Fall Lego Robotics Competition was held at Region 7 in Kilgore on November 3rd.

Congratulations to the following students:  

Cam Salser and Aron Lopez - 1st Place Engineering Trophy
Ashly James and Leorah Haesecke - 3rd Place Engineering Trophy

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Pine Tree Independent School District will honor and commemorate Veterans Day with the following programs and events:

SHARE OUR SCHOOLS CELEBRATION- Tuesday, November 11 - 9:00 a.m. - PT Junior High , 2100 NW Loop 281
Veterans from the community as well as PTISD employees will be honored for their service with a special lunch and program. Pine Tree Junior High Student Council and  Boy Scout Troop 618  will meet and greet and serve Thanksgiving dinner to all attendees with the meal being provided by PTISD Food Services.  The Pine Tree High School Jazz Band will perform as well as PTISD employee Corey Fatheree.

PT High School
Special recognition of district Veterans as well as special stories in the PTHS student newspaper.

PT Middle School
Classes will learn about what it means to be a Veteran and to serve our country. Students will create special banners and cards for those Veterans who will be recognized throughout PTISD on November 11, 2014.

PT Intermediate
Special recognition program on Thursday, Nov. 6th @ 6:30 P.M. at Pine Tree Road Auditorium.  A daytime performance will be at 9:00 a.m. in the PT Intermediate Cafeteria. This student led program will include music and special tributes to Veterans.

PT Elementary
Veterans' Day program to recognize and honor Veterans' who are family members. Students will lead this program which includes a music performance and special recognitions.

PT Primary 
Students will be learning about the meaning of Veterans' Day and creating pictures to honor those who have served in the Armed Forces.

Friday, October 31, 2014


Join Dr. TJ Farler for  "Coffee with the Superintendent" - a community dialogue

Grab a cup of coffee and have a visit with Dr. Farler at the
following locations:

• Pine Tree Junior High Library - November 7 @ 7:30 a.m.
• Pine Tree Intermediate Library - November 20 @ 7:30 a.m.
• Pine Tree Elementary Faculty Work Room - November 21 @ 7:30 a.m.

* Discuss District Initiatives and Accomplishments
* Ask questions
* Share your vision for Pine Tree Schools

For more information, call 903.295.5136

Dr TJ Farler

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pine Tree Theatre Department to Present Cinderella

The Pine Tree Theatre Department will present Cinderella November 6, 8, 13, 14 & 15th.
All performances start at 7:00 p.m. and is general seating.

General admission tickets are $8.  Student and faculty tickets are $3.

Tickets can also be purchased online at

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Pride Receives 1st Division Ratings at UIL Contest

The Pine Tree High School Band competed at the UIL Region IV Marching Contest on Oct. 23, 2014 in Mt. Pleasant, and received straight first division (Superior) ratings from all 3 judges.  Despite being asked to step in and march early due to a power outage, the band rose to the occasion and performed a very difficult, crowd-pleasing drill.  Judge Charles Trayler, from West Texas, commented, “Indeed, it was my pleasure [to watch].  Would you please consider doing it again?”

The Pine Tree band is gaining some attention this year due to a unique style.  The music selections were of a more classical nature, featuring the work of Gustav Holst. The use of colorguard, majorettes, and a feature twirler added visual interest to the fine work of the band.  Mark Melton, Director of Fine Arts at Pine Tree ISD, says the marching style is, “a blending of traditional military style with some of the best elements of corps style.”  Judge Ross Grant commented that the show was, ”a really interesting and challenging blend of 6 to 5 marching with a very hard, non-traditional march.”  Dr. Grant also wrote a large BRAVO! on the comment sheet. Melton, who is in his 32nd year of teaching, believes that the band should remain true to its tradition of excellence, yet continue to be innovative in order to be competitive at the State level.  “Above all,” Melton continues, “our primary responsibility as a band will continue to be to entertain our Friday night fans.”

Friday, October 24, 2014

PTMS Teacher Presents at State Conference

Taylor Thibodeaux, PTMS teacher, recently presented her research project over classroom management at the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teachers Education Conference in Austin.  The CSOTTE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to continual support and refinement of preparation and development programs for certified school personnel in Texas.  Taylor was chosen to present her research project by Dr. Kathy Stephens from a grant that LeTourneau University Teacher Education Program received.

Taylor Thibodeaux

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pine Tree Junior High Presents Tiny Girl, Big Dream

Pine Tree Junior High will present Tiny Girl, Big Dream October 24 with Acacia, founder of Tiny Girl, Big Dream, Inc.

The Mission of Tiny Girl, Big Dream, Inc. is to provide resources to children of all ages and walks of life, so they can learn to work together to solve the tremendous challenges facing them today, and prepare for a brilliant and vibrant tomorrow.

The Mission of Tiny Girl, Big Dream comes from the life of a tiny girl, a girl who was born of magic. A girl without complete arms who, despite her differences, or perhaps because of them, intuitively knows what it feels like to be left out, not to be part of the “normal” group. Every child, indeed, every person, understands that feeling, having felt it many, many times in their lives. But few have the big dream Acacia Riddle has.

One tiny girl has the courage of many and a big dream of making a difference for children by speaking out and providing others with a means of expressing themselves without words- The Friendship Bench.

Acacia’s dream is to place friendship kits into every school across the United States and spread friendship around the country and around the world. She believes that if we can begin to put the spotlight on all of the goodness, random acts of kindness, and yes, friendship, then we will begin to see a brighter more vibrant world. A world where kindness, compassion, and humanity are recognized, appreciated and rewarded. A world where acts of violence are replaced by acts of kindness.

Pine Tree 7th Grade students will hear the presentation at 1:00 p.m. followed by the 8th grade students at 2:00 p.m. at Pine Tree Junior High.

A Friendship bench donated on Manly’s Furniture  will be presented that day and will have a permanent location on the campus.


PT JV Boys Golf Team Takes 1st in Scramble

The Pine Tree JV Boys Golf Team placed 1st in a scramble held at Meadowbrook Country Club in Kilgore on October 22.

Team Members are Coach Jody Berryhill, Connor Terry, Jacob Benham, Nichol Rowan and Zane Randall.  Congratulations Pirates!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Choirs to Present "Let Freedom Ring" Concert

The PTMS 6th grade choir along with PTJH Choirs will present "Let Freedom Ring" a fall patriotic concert on Tuesday Oct 28th at 6:30 at the high school theater.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


The Pine Tree Debate Team competed Saturday in Hallsville and won 2nd Place in Sweepstakes!

The following PT students placed at this event:

Tucker Smith, Junior  - 2nd place – Lincoln Douglas Debate
Allison Slack, Freshman – 3rd place –Lincoln Douglas Debate
Ezekiel Hernandez, Senior – 3rd place- CX Debate
Arthur Dixon, Senior – 3rd Place-CX Debate
Holly Holloman, Sophomore - 6th place – CX Debate
Zack Tesser, Freshman -  6th place  - CX  Debate

Twenty-three schools participated .  The next tournament will be November 8 in Whitehouse.

Congratulations  Pirates!

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


The Pine Tree Pirates will host the Longview Lobos this Friday at Pirate Stadium.
Pirate fans will have the opportunity to enjoy great food on the Pirate Plaza from the
following food vendors:  ShackDaddy's BBQ and Quenchies Shaved Ice & Beverages.

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! 

Friday, September 19, 2014


SAVE THE DATE!  Curriculum Nights will be held at Pine Tree School campuses as follows:

September 23 - 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. - JUNIOR HIGH
September 23 - 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - ELEMENTARY
September 25 - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - INTERMEDIATE
September 30 - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - PRIMARY
October 2 - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - MIDDLE
October 21 - 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. - HIGH SCHOOL

Join your child in an evening of learning together.

At Pine Tree ISD, we believe in life-long learning. We are a learning organization where students are engaged and leaders grow and our parents are partners in the process.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2014-2015 Teachers of the Year Recognized at Board Meeting

Teachers of the Year for the 2014-2015 school year were recognized by the PTISD Board of Trustees at their regular meeting, Monday, September 8, 2014.

"I congratulate all for the work they are doing to enrich the lives and the future of their students,” said Dr. TJ Farler, PTISD Superintendent.

"These teachers were recognized by their peers as outstanding educators and they make a difference in the lives of students each and every day. They demonstrate the skill and dedication that exemplify the very best of the most demanding, yet rewarding professions in our community,” she said.

The seven PTISD Teachers of the Year for 2014-15 are:

Primary Campus – Robin Best
Elementary Campus  & District Elementary Teacher of the Year – Cheryl Schulik
Intermediate Campus – Dana Sims
Middle School Campus – Mary Lightfoot
Jr. High Campus  & District Secondary Teacher of the Year – Debra Benner
High School Campus – Vanessa Sommerfeld
PACE Campus – Shalonda Adams

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Pine Tree High School has donated $502.80 to the Texas High School Coaches Education Foundation Benevolence Fund as part of the Our Day to Shine event held in August in a football scrimmage against Gladewater High School.  

The THSCEF Benevolence Fund was established by the Texas High School Coaches Association Board of Directors to assist athletes and coaches with special needs or hardships.  To date over 800 schools have participated in OUR DAY TO SHINE and have raised over $245,000.00.

The THSCA has paid over $175,000 to athletes and coaches with special needs.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pine Tree High School Culinary Program Receives Grant

Pine Tree High School, along with eight other area schools, each received a $1,000 grant Tuesday to help fund activities in their culinary arts programs.

The East Texas Restaurant Association awards grants to Prostart East Texas High Schools.  Prostart is a type of culinary art curriculum approved by the Texas Restaurant Association.  Through the curriculum plan, students may obtain culinary arts certifications and workforce training.

"This is the association's third year to give grants to our East Texas Prostart Schools," Cathy Cace, former state chairwoman of the association's Education Foundation said Wednesday.  The grant was named after Cathy Cace's late husband, Gerard Cace, who along with his wife owned and operated the 62-year-old Johnny Cace's Seafood & Steak House in Longview.  Cace, 59, died in July 2012.  

Monday, August 25, 2014


Chilis Longview will host the 1st Annual Battle of the Bands September 1st through 7th. Come eat at Chilis, day or night, and support your favorite Longview marching band!

Just show this flyer and tell Chilis which band you support!  Each band will receive 10% of the sales brought in by supporters!

The band that brings in the most guests will receive an extra cash reward!  

Thursday, August 21, 2014


The Pine Tree Pirates will participate in a scrimmage August 22 will all proceeds being donated to the Texas High School Coaches Education Foundation Benevolence Fund.  This day has become known AS OUR DAY TO SHINE.

The THSCEF Benevolence Fund was established by the Texas High School Coaches Association Board of Directors to assist athletes and coaches with special needs or hardships.  To date over 800 schools have participated in OUR DAY TO SHINE and have raised over $245,000.00.

The THSCA has paid over $175,000 to athletes and coaches with special needs.

The 9th grade scrimmage will kick off at 5:00 p.m., Junior Varsity at 6:00 p.m. and the Varsity team at 7:00 p.m.

Admission will be donations only.  The public is invited to attend.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Results from the 2013-2014 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) scores were released from the Texas Education Agency. This is the third year students in Pine Tree ISD grades three through eight were required to take the STAAR, and high school freshman, sophomores and juniors took STAAR’s end-of-course exams in multiple subject areas.

“We are very proud of our students and staff, and the overall performance reported in the STAAR and EOC exams, stated Pine Tree ISD Superintendent, Dr. TJ Farler.

The new system includes the following indexes:  #1 - All Student Achievement, #2 - Student Progress, #3 - Closing the Performance Gap among student groups, and #4 Post Secondary Readiness.  Post Secondary Readiness applies to all tested campuses.

Recently released data shows Pine Tree ISD's student scores stood above the state and regional trends in the third year of the more-rigorous STAAR test in several areas.

Overview of 2014 Results

The Pine Tree School District, Pine Tree High School, ExCEL, Pine Tree Junior High and Pine Tree Middle School campuses received a rating of “Met Standard”.
The Intermediate, Elementary and Primary campuses recevied an “Improvement Required”.

Highlights for Pine Tree ISD

The district's results were similar to the statewide index results for Indexes {1, 2, 3, and/or 4, as applicable}.
Of the schools rated as having Met Standard, the following schools earned academic distinctions::  Pine Tree High School and Pine Tree Junior High.

“The work and commitment demonstrated by our students, teachers, and administrators in Pine Tree ISD is outstanding,” said Superintendent Farler.   “We will continue to strive for high levels of academic achievement in the context of nurturing life-long learning.”

“Our goal is to reach high achievement in terms of the accountability system, but also to realize success in whatever path a student chooses beyond high school graduation.  High quality academic instruction is a priority at Pine Tree ISD, along with the development of fine arts, career and technology, and  extracurricular experiences so that all students are prepared for the world beyond high school. In addition, we believe it is vital to instill in our students a sense of community, responsibility and citizenship as the key to success in their future,” she said.  

Passing the STAAR test is still required to graduate from Texas high schools.  In grades 5-8, according to state law, if the student doesn’t pass that attempt they will be retained in their current grade unless a parent appeals and a placement committee unanimously agrees to promote them.  To view the STAAR Statewide Summary Reports of 2013-2014, log on to

Monday, August 11, 2014

PTISD Hosts Parents Night 2014 featuring Angela Maiers

Pine Tree Independent School District will host Parents Night 2014 August 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Pine Tree Road Auditorium.  This year's event will feature Speaker, Writer and Educator Angela Maiers.

Maiers is an education expert and author of Classroom Habitudes:  Teaching Learning Habits & Attitudes in 21st Century Learning and The Passion-Driven Classroom:  A Framework for Teaching & Learning.

Maiers presentation will be "Building Stronger Students - One Student at a Time"
For additional information contact the PTISD Communications Department at 903.295.5136.

Pine Tree Masonic Lodge 1396 to Present Historic Cornerstone Ceremony

Pine Tree Masonic Lodge 1396 will present an ancient and historic cornerstone ceremony at Pirate Stadium August 19 at 1:00 p.m.  The public is invited to attend.

The is is the same ceremony that was performed by George Washington when he laid the cornerstone on the nation's capital.

Lunch will be served at the Masonic Lodge located at 2709 Pine Tree Road at 12 noon.  Reservations for lunch can be made by email to Allen Morris by August 12.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Pine Tree Teachers and Instructional Leaders Participate in Learning Keys Staff Development

Pine Tree teachers and instructional leaders will participate in a Learning Keys Staff Development August 14 and 15.  This year's focus will be "Designing Engaging Lessons".

Participants will:
 * deconstruct state standards to understand what students need to know and be able to
    master the standard at each grade level
*  design student-friendly learning objectives based on the standards
*  determine academic vocabulary to be taught and used
*  design lessons and assessments aligned to content and rigor of the state standards
*  use the framework to design lessons that will engage learners in grade-appropriate learning
    activities aligned to the state standards

The district will have seven training sites.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Pine Tree High School Selected for Region 7 Design Thinking Pilot Project

Pine Tree High School has been selected to participate in Region 7’s Design Thinking Pilot Project for 2014-2015.  Region 7 ESC and educational consulting group, NO TOSH, will be partnering for the Design Thinking Pilot Project.

NO TOSH specializes in Design Thinking Schools.  The company works with schools to build content, engagement, assessment and creative thinking into one cohesive unit where student achievement is maximized. It is a combination of Project-based and Problem-based learning with a unique twist on thinking strategies.

Pine Tree High School will create their design team which will consist of a group of five pilot team teachers, high school and district administrators. There will be follow up training throughout the year and opportunities for networking and student product demonstrations in the spring.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pine Tree Football Booster Club hosts Huddles & Heels

The Pine Tree Football Booster Club will host Huddles & Heels - Pine Tree Ladies Night Out Thursday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Michael & All Angels' Episcopal Church located at 909 Reel Road.

This year's event will include female-friendly football 101 presented by the Pine Tree ISD football coaching staff.  The cost is $20 and will include a pasta buffet dinner.

Reservations can be made by email to  For additional information contact the Pine Tree Athletic Office at 903.295.5142.

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.


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
* A current year PTISD Property Tax Statement.


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.


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

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
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


Important information regarding the start of school is posted in a Back to School Guide on the District’s Internet home page -  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 or 903-295-5136.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


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
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

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

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

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

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.

The History of Pine Tree Schools Book Signing June 7

The History of Pine Tree Schools and Points Beyond:  1847-Modern Day will be unveiled at a book signing June 7 at 2:oo p.m. at the Pine Tree Road Auditorium.

Dr. Charles Taylor, a professor at Kilgore College and a 1973 Pine Tree graduate, is the author of The History of Pine Tree Schools and Points Beyond:  1847-Modern Day.  The riveting account contains over 87 photographs, 83,000 names and mentions over 2,600 names of students, parents, teachers, counselors, coaches and administrators.

Copies can be purchased at the June 7 book signing at a cost of $48.50.

For additional information regarding this event, contact the Pine Tree ISD Public Information Office at 903.295.5136.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Pine Tree Middle School Awarded Beautification Grant

Keep Longview Beautiful has awarded a $2,000 grant to Pine Tree Middle School for a beautification project entitled Save Our Soil (SOS).

The Save Our Soil project is an original student learning service project by 5th grade gifted and talented students.  The overall project will include purchasing materials and supplies to landscape two areas located on the middle school campus.

Keep Longview Beautiful will present the grant funds to the district May 29 at 2:00 p.m. on the Middle School campus.

For additional information regarding this event, contact the PTISD Public Information Office at 903.295.5136.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Mongolian Tuvan Throat Singers - Free Concert

Mongolian Tuvan Throat Singers - Free Concert

  • Date: Monday, April 28, 2014
  • Location: Pine Tree HS Theater, 1005 W. Fairmont Street, Longview, TX
  • Time: 7pm
  • Cost: FREE
More information: Allen Morris, PTHS,

Watch this short video for a sample:

About the Tuvan Singers:

The art of Mongolian throat singing is a style in which one or more pitches sound simultaneously over a fundamental pitch, producing a unique sound.

The people of Tuva have a wide range of throat singing vocalizations, and were the pioneers of six pitch harmonics.

The history of Mongolian throat singing reaches very far back. Many of the male herders can throat sing, but women are beginning to practice the technique as well. The popularity of throat singing among Mongolian seems to have arisen as a result of geographic location and culture. The open landscape of Mongolia allows for the sounds to carry a great distance. Often, singers will travel far into the countryside looking for the right river, or will go up to the steppes of the mountainside to create the proper environment for throat-singing.

Pine Tree CTE Advisory Meeting

The April (Spring) CTE Advisory meeting at PTHS was held in the Pine Tree HS Bistro recently. Community business partners had lunch and visited the automotive classes, graphic arts classes, culinary classes, audio visual technology classes, and health care science classes.





Texas Day at PT Primary

It was Texas Day on Friday April 25 at the Primary campus.