Thursday, February 27, 2014

Parent Engagement Survey Available

Pine Tree ISD believes it is important that parents, teachers and administrators work together as a community to support and ensure the success of every student who walks the halls of the Pine Tree campuses. To gain these insights, PTISD leadership team is asking parents and guardians to participate in a survey to help gather the data.

“As part of this collaborative effort, it is critical we hear from the parents and guardians of our students,” said Dr. TJ Farler, Superintendent. “We have designed a Survey for Parent Engagement, to collect information that will help us to meet our goals for continuous improvement.”

The survey is open until Friday, March 24th, and available in English and Spanish, online or in paper version.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New Athletic Director for PT Begins Today

New Pine Tree Athletic Director and head football coach David Collins, right,
visits with sophomores Tucker Smith, left, and
Dax Lopez during a meet-and-greet following Monday's
Pine Tree ISD school board meeting.  Photo: LES HASSELL, LNJ
Adapted from an article by Sarah Thomas
Read complete article in the Longview News Journal online.

The Pine Tree ISD board room was abuzz with excitement Monday night, Feb. 24th as trustees unanimously named a new athletic director and head football coach. The board approved David Collins to lead the Pine Tree Pirates.

“I enthusiastically make a motion to hire Mr. Collins,” said school board member Pat Noon.

Collins’ first day with the district is today. A reception followed Monday’s board decision, giving staff, parents and students a chance to meet Collins, who comes from Lake Travis High School near Austin.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Pine Tree Junior High Announces UIL 2014 Awards

Pine Tree 7th and 8th grade students took part in the annual UIL meet Saturday, February 22, 2014.   Junior High instructor, Loree Tatum reported the team took 2nd place overall.

Students received individual and team awards in all of the following areas:

Art - Calculator - Chess - Dictionary Skills - Editorial Writing - Impromptu Speaking - Listening Skills - Maps, Charts & Graphs - Mathematics - Modern Oratory - Number Sense - Poetry - Prose  - Ready Writing - Science - Social Studies and Spelling.

Individual awards include:

Sunday, February 23, 2014

PTHS Choir UIL Region 4 Solo and Ensemble Contest Awards

Director Melody McMullen announced the results of the PTHS Choir UIL Region 4 Solo and Ensemble contest, which took place on February 22, 2014.  

“I am proud to announce that we brought home a total of 38 1st division solos,” said McMullen.  “6 Soloist will be advancing to the State Auditions in May, and 15 Ensemble member will be advancing to the State Audition in May.”

Click the link below to view names:

Friday, February 21, 2014

First Annual Campus Science Fair at PT Middle School

The first annual Pine Tree Middle School Campus Science Fair was hosted on January 31, 2014 under the direction of Mrs. Galyean, 5th Grade Science Teacher.

“All 5th grade students were invited to participate,” said Galyean. “And 46 students stepped up this first year. I am truly proud that so many of our 5th Grade students got involved. They worked diligently on their projects and were ready and anxious to make their presentations for the judges.”

To enter, students were required to have parent permission and to enter a project that fit into one of the assigned categories, which included: Physical/Chemical, Biological, Behavioral, and Inventions. Students created their projects on their own with some help from home.

The Science Fair was set up in our Science Lab. Students prepared their projects for judging that morning, and the judging began at noon. The winners were announced at the end of the day after a parent viewing from 2:30-3:30pm on campus.  View names below.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Showcase of Animated Short Films: Featuring Tim McLaughlin, Department of Visualization at TAMU

This month, “I’m SMART” will be hosting a program with Tim McLaughlin, Department Head and Associate Professor from Texas A&M University, on the Pine Tree High School campus. McLaughlin will feature animated short films, which were designed and created by TAMU students.

The public is invited to attend: A Showcase of Animated Shorts
Date/Time: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 7:00 pm
Location: Pine Tree High School Theater
No Cost: Free to the public

I’m SMART, (which is shorthand for all things, including Imagination, Science, Mathematics, Art, Research and Technology,) was developed by Allen Morris, PTHS faculty member who helps create a curiosity and interest in learning, and a group of PTHS students who are a loose-knit group of curious minds with the intent to look for and do interesting things.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Texas Voting Alert: Early Voting Runs Feb. 18th - Feb. 28th

Early voting in Texas begins today, February 18th for the Primary Elections.

Early voting is an easy and convenient way to vote in the primary elections prior to March 4 (election day). Early voting dates are Tuesday, February 18 – Friday, February 28.

You may vote early in person or by mail. To check early voting locations in your area, contact your local county clerk’s office, either online or by phone.

The Gregg County Elections Office phone number is 903-236-8458.   Locations and times for early voting are listed below, and are also available in a Word document on the Gregg County website.  Or click here for a .pdf version.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Honor Roll for First Semester Published - Congratulations Students!

Congratulations to the Junior High and High School students who earned Honor Roll status during the first semester of school for the 2013-2014 school year. This was published in the Longview News Journal, Sunday, Feb. 16th. You can pick up a copy at the LNJ office if you missed it.

David Collins from Lake Travis HS will be Proposed as New AD for PTISD

David Collins with his wife Crystal Collins
Pine Tree ISD Board of Trustees will vote on a lone finalist for the position of Athletic Director/Head Football Coach next week. Coach David A. Collins, currently serving Lake Travis High School, will be proposed as the new leader of the Pine Tree Pirates in a special called board meeting scheduled for Monday, February 24, 2014, at 6:00 p.m, at the Central Administration Building. A reception to meet Coach Collins is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. also in the board room.

Collins says his objective is to use his past experiences to build an athletic program in Pine Tree ISD that is second to none.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Innovation Showcase Scheduled for PTISD Community

Celebrate Texas Public School Month

Mark your calendars for the First Annual
Pine Tree ISD Innovation Showcase

March 18, 2014

6:00PM to 8:00PM

Pine Tree High School Campus

This is your opportunity to see the innovative, creative, and different ways 
our students have been learning throughout the year at PTISD.

Watch the trailer of the upcoming experience:

The purpose of the Innovation Showcase is to share student learning experiences that increase engagement, improve achievement, encourage collaboration, and ignite a renewed passion for learning throughout the district.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine Smiles Shared through Service Learning Project at PTISD

Pine Tree Primary School campus Kindergarten students shared some of their excitement about Valentines Day with the residents of Pine Lodge Nursing Home on February 14, 2014.

View the experience on YouTube at this link.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

SAIL Project at PTHS Leads to Community Service in Neighborhood

Pine Tree High School Leadership and Interact Club, in partnership with the City of Longview and Go West Longview will come together to clean up Birdie Park and the neighborhood surrounding the park on Saturday, Feb. 15.

When:  Saturday, Feb. 18, 2014, 8:00am

Where: Birdie Park, 701 Niblick Street, Longview, TX

Who:  Anyone can help out this Saturday. Volunteers will need to wear comfortable working clothing.

What:  Clean up projects.  Vests, gloves and trash bags will be provided by the City of Longview to the participants that morning.  A Block Party starts at 12 noon.  Entertainment and lunch will be provided.

The community cleanup is scheduled from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., and after the service projects in the neighborhood, all are invited to a free community meal and entertainment from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. at Birdie Park.

Calendar Approved for 2014-2015

The 2014-2015 Academic Calendar was approved at the regular School Board meeting in February.

The calendar is available to view or download on the PTISD District web page.

Highlights for next year 2014-2015​ include the following:
  • The school year​ for students​
     will begin on Monday, August 25, 2014. 
  • The first holiday is Labor Day, Monday, September 1st. 
  • Fall B​reak will run a full week for students from November 24-28, 
  • The first academic semester ends December 19th. 
  • Winter Break for students will extend from December 22nd – January 5th.
  • Spring ​B​reak is set for March 9th -1​3​th, in conjunction with area school districts; and 
  • ​T​he last day of school will be June 3rd. 

PT High School Students Use 21st Century Tools to Understand 19th Century Life

Article by Reese Gordon
photo by Kevin Green LNJ
View more photos
View Longview News Journal Article

Pine Tree High School students enrolled in Kilgore College’s dual credit U.S. history class now understand the poor conditions low-income families lived in during 1879.

Twenty-four students were broken down into two classes and six teams on Wednesday and re-created floor plans of low-income housing based on an 1879 contest done by the New York Housing Authority.

“It showed me that life was really hard for people,” junior Kayla Knight said. “There weren’t huge skyscrapers, and people were crowded together in bad conditions.”

Kilgore adjunct professor and Pine Tree instructor Candee Collins said her students used iPads to create the blueprints as part of the school’s “One-to-one iPad Initiative.”

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

First Place for Voices of Democracy Essay Awarded at PTHS

Kimberley Davis, PTHS 11th grade student was recently presented an award from her English teacher Ms. Garner.  

Kimberley has been awarded first place in the Voices of Democracy essay contest for the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post # 1183 in Longview.  

Kimberley's essay was forwarded to the district level competition and the results are pending. She will be honored at an upcoming banquet where she will receive a cash prize for her efforts. Congratulations Kimberley!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Weather Causes 2-Hour Delay for Start of School on Wed. Feb. 12th

Due to inclement weather, safety precautions, and road conditions, all campuses and the district offices will delay start time by two hours on Wednesday, Feb. 12th.  School start times are officially 2 hours later than usual, due to predictions of icy conditions. The Pre-K half day morning classes will not meet.

If bad weather persists, and school is canceled, officials will post information on its website,  The community is encouraged to check the District's Website, and local news channels in case of additional changes.

Please be cautious on wet roadways and dress warmly as school start time is delayed by two hours! For additional information, visit the school website.  To listen to the message again, please press star.  

When there is a Two-hour Delay:
If the district announces a 2 hour delayed start, the following schedule will be in effect:
    • The Pre-K half day morning classes will be cancelled.

    • Full Day classes will begin with a 2-hour delay and end at the regular time.
      • Morning transportation services will be provided with a 2-hour delay.
      • Dismissal transportation services will be provided on the normal schedule.

Monday, February 10, 2014

ET Swimming: Pine Tree’s Jones Qualifies for State

Pine Tree’s Jacob Jones took first place in the 200 and 500 freestyle on Saturday at the regional swim meet in Frisco to advance to the state meet Feb. 21 and 22 in Austin.

The winner of each event qualifies for state, and the UIL will select other top times from across the state.

Jones won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:45.54 and the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:46.07. Both of those times were personal bests for him and school records.  As a team, Pine Tree placed fourth on the boys’ side and fifth in the girls.

UPDATE: Pine Tree junior Jacob Jones recorded a fifth-place finish in the Class 4A boys 500-yard freestyle Saturday at the state swimming and diving championships at the University of Texas’ Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.  Jones’ time was 4:40.56, which was a personal best and a new school record.

Jones also competed in the 200-yard freestyle where he placed 10th in the preliminaries. On Saturday, he finished with a time of 1:43.71, also a personal best and new school record.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Caleb Chumley Signs with University of North Texas

Caleb Chumley learned a lot during his senior season at Pine Tree.  Sidelined by an injury, the 6-5, 240-pound athlete knew he just had to keep fighting.  The hard work came to fruition on Wednesday when Chumley signed his national letter-of-intent to the University of North Texas, surrounded by family, teammates and coaches at the Pirate Center.  Not only is it official that Chumley will head to Denton to join the Mean Green, he did so on his 18th birthday.

“Today just means a lot to me,” Chumley said. “It’s my 18th birthday and I’m finally signing — the process is over — and I’m ready to get to North Texas.”

A breakout end to his junior campaign, throwing for 832 yards and seven touchdowns while adding 305 yards and five scores on the ground in three games, Chumley garnered offers from Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico State, Louisiana Tech, Houston, Oregon State and Texas State before pledging to North Texas this past week. A foot injury before the season sidelined him for most of 2013.

Awards and Scholarships Announced for PTHS Visual Arts Students

Instructor, Mary Graham was proud to announce the accomplishments of students at the February 7th Kilgore College Art Symposium. Nine senior art students participated in the annual competition, which involves a senior portfolio review and scholarship competition.

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded scholarships: 
Bethany Irvine, $1200; 
Michelle Davis, $1000; and
Emily Birdsong, $800.

Students from Pine Tree Art also competed in the Visual Arts Scholastic Event contest February 9, 2014 at Whitehouse High School. Graphic Art teachers Mary Graham, Amy Brown, Mary Squier, and Caitlin Rutledge took 39 students to compete.

Congratulations to Jordan Mosley and Grace Garcia, who won the Area competition and will be heading to the State competition to be held on April 5th.

Congratulations to the following students who earned Region medals and top scores:

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Primary Campus Celebrates the 100th Day of School

The Kindergarten students celebrated the 100th day of school on Friday, February 4, 2014. Principal Becky Balboa said many activities were planned.

Mrs. Johns, the campus music teacher, kicked off the celebration by leading the students in 100 Day songs.
Mrs. Walton and Ms. Manning, the campus teachers for PE lead students with 100 exercises.
Small bottles of bubbles were provided for the students to try and blow 100 bubbles.  Art projects were displayed around the campus.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pine Tree High Students Earn CX Debate Awards

Congratulations to Arthur Dixon and Luke Mitchell for placing 2nd at the UIL district meet for CX Debate competition in Hallsville on February 4, 2014. They defeated 2 out of the 3 Hallsville debate teams to secure a place at the state meet in Austin on March 12, 2014.