Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Circus of Wonders: Spring Show Announced by PT Precision Drill

Pine Tree Precision Drill Team will present “Circus of Wonders” Spring Show during three evening performances at7 p.m. Thursday throughSaturday, April 10, 11 and 12, at the Pine Tree Road Auditorium.

Precision’s Spring Show spotlights the dancing talent of the team as a whole, and includes small group numbers and officer solos. Spring Show is a popular event for Pine Tree schools and the community, and is presented on three dates to accommodate the large audiences expected.

Thursday, April 10 (General Admission)
Friday, April 11
Saturday, April 12

Pine Tree Road Auditorium, 1709 Pine Tree Rd, Longview, TX.

General Admission (Thursday, April 10) - $5.00
Reserved Seating (Friday, April 11 & Saturday April 12) - $10.00

---Click here to purchase your tickets online now---

Tickets may also be purchased in person on Monday, April 7th, Tuesday, April 8th and Wednesday, April 9th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Pine Tree Road Auditorium, 1709 Pine Tree Rd, Longview, TX.

Questions, please call Kathy Lancaster at (903) 738-0049.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Reconstruction of Former Pirate Stadium on Pine Tree Road Begins

Safety fencing was installed yesterday and demolition began today, Wednesday, March 19th on a portion of the former Pirate Stadium on Pine Tree Road. KK Mobbs Construction has the contract to demolish the existing bleachers and press box, and has agreed to complete the project in 30 days from the start.

Tony Hollins, Director of Facility Services, met with KK Mobbs Construction personnel on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, to discuss the demolition.

"We talked about whether or not we would need to limit access to our students as well as the public during demolition," said Hollins.

"They stated that at this time they saw no need to limit access to the field or the track, but they did ask that we inform our students and staff, as well as the public, should not go beyond the safety fence and must be cognizant of the safety signs posted around the demolition area," he said.

At a recent meeting, the PTISD Board of Trustees approved a plan to install new bleachers that will be accommodating for ADA compliant access and seating.

"We are hoping to have the demolition of the existing bleachers and press box and the installation of the new bleachers completed by the end of May, 2014," said Hollins.


Article by Reese Gordon
View Article - LNJ website

Pine Tree ISD on Wednesday began a process of making improvements to its old football stadium — a promise made to voters who approved a bond in 2011 to build a new athletic complex.

K-K Mobbs Construction Inc., a Longview company, began dismantling the bleachers at the old football stadium, located on Pine Tree Road near the district’s administration building.

Superintendent T.J. Farler said the school board has discussed the future of the old stadium for the last four months, and recently approved removing the bleachers and press box.

“This is a way to improve the facility,” Farler said. “We are refreshing and improving the visual aspects of the facility. There was a clear message from our community prior to the bond that we should really take care of the facilities, new or old.”

Voters in 2011 approved a $29.9 million bond election that paid to build a new Pirate Stadium on Loop 281 near the district’s intermediate and middle schools.The bond also included money to improve the old stadium so it could continue to be used by the district.

The new press box, Farler said, will be “smaller and not as high up.”The old stadium will still be used by Pine Tree ISD’s soccer and track teams, and will provide all school athletic clubs with a place to train for their sports, Farler said.

“We still plan to have a lot of events there,” Farler said. “Little league football plays there in the fall and it’s a walking track for the community year round. There is a lot of community use as well as partnerships at the stadium.”

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Innovation Showcase is Sensational Success for PTISD

Article by Reese Gordon
View entire article at Longview News Journal website

Pine Tree High School students Kennedy Sampson, Cole Collins and Daylee Hood were busy frosting cupcakes blue and yellow Tuesday night. Enrolled in a culinary arts class at Pine Tree High School, the three were among many student groups to show off their skills for the district’s first Innovation Showcase night. “We are in the kitchen almost every day,” Sampson said. “We do a lot of baking, and we learn kitchen safety and how to manage the kitchen.”

Sampson said the Innovation Showcase shows the district cares about the students. Hood said it gives younger students in the district a preview of their future as high school students.

Daya Hill, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Pine Tree ISD, said the entire district bought into the concept.

“It was an idea when I was hired in July,” she said. “This takes the place of our curriculum night in the spring semester. The first week back from Christmas, we paneled people, and everybody said they would do it. Everyone just started talking about the fabulous things that could be done, and this is what it turned into.”

Thomas Edison and Linda Gray Visit PT During Filming Project

Article by Reese Gordon

View entire article - Longview News Journal

Pine Tree High School theater students prepared Tuesday to shoot a short historical comedy about legendary inventor Thomas Edison, with a special audience member in attendance.

Actress Linda Gray, best known for her role as Sue Ellen Ewing on the television drama series “Dallas,” took in the technical rehearsal Tuesday and had glowing things to say about the theater department merging of stage and film acting.  “I think it is phenomenal,” Gray said. “For me it always starts with the words. It makes people think. How are they going to project it? It’s innovative. I love schools that give students a chance like this. The human spirit is being conveyed.”  Gray said she had never been to Longview before Tuesday.  “Seeing all of the grass and the trees excites me,” she said. “It is so much different than being in Dallas.”

As an actress who has had success in film and on stage, Gray said she thinks aspiring actors and actresses should be involved in both forms.  “An actor should aspire to do both stage and film so you are not locked into one medium,” she said. “The stage gives immediate feedback, and I think it is more lifelike. With film, you have edits and take after take, and sometimes you don’t know what the finished product will be. But we are all projecting to give audience entertainment.”

Tailoring her actions and words for both stage and film acting for the first time, Pine Tree senior Bethany Irvine played the role of a newspaper reporter tasked with interviewing Edison, played by Robert Valentine.

Monday, March 17, 2014

PTHS Advanced Theatre Performs One Act Production for Public

Pine Tree High School will perform the drama, Fuddy Meers, by David Lindsay-Abaire, for the UIL One Act Play competition. 

The public is invited to see the Pine Tree HS Theatre's production of Fuddy Meers before UIL One Act Play District Competition on Thursday, March 20, 7pm.  Tickets are $2 for students and $5 for adults.

The cast includes:
Allison Garrett as Claire; Brett Lee as Richard; Logan Jennings as Kenny; Bryan Vallery as Limping Man; Victoria Reese as Gertie; Adrian Hernandez as Millet and Makayla Means as Heidi. Alternates are Alyssa Brazell, Bethany Irvine, Steven Mick, Griffin O'Neal and Taylor Freeman.

Crew members include: Amy Johns as Stage Manager; Emily Ambern; Liza Latham; Jordan "Gloves" McCarty; and Hunter Bethard. Crew Alternates: Andrea Jenkins; Aly Bethard and Madeline Boche.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Trustee, Terre Dunn, Attends Program on Community Engagement

Terre Dunn –from Pine Tree ISD - was among a group of school board members gathering in Corpus Christi February 27-March 1 to learn the latest on 21st century challenges to leadership and the implications of those trends for educators. Session theme for this, the third of five training sessions of Leadership TASB (LTASB), was “Where Leadership Happens through Community Engagement.”

Trustees began activities Thursday with keynote speaker Randolph Carter, director of the Eastern Educational Resource Collaborative in Washington, D.C. Carter’s remarks, “Raising Resilient Children in a Changing World,” challenged the trustees with national research and encouraged them to see today’s public school classroom as a kaleidoscope of differences. The LTASB class also toured the Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend. The unique cooperative among local school districts offers a variety of on-campus and on-the- job training opportunities (apprenticeships) through which students can earn their National Center for Construction Education and Research certifications. The LTASB class ended the first day of the session with remarks from internationally known scholar and author Yong Zhao. His work focuses on the implications of globalization and technology on education. From there he has helped in the development of schools that foster global competence and maximize innovation as models in K-12 education.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spring Break: March 10-14, 2014

Pine Tree ISD schools, business and tax offices will be closed March 7 - March 14, 2014 for Spring Break. Classes resume Monday, March 17. Have a safe & restful holiday!

Friday, March 7, 2014

PT Students Soar to New Heights during LeTourneau University's "Women in Aviation" Event

Incredibly LETU: Incredible Women In Aviation:

For Victoria and Ainsley, it was no ordinary Thursday. Instead of school that afternoon, they ventured into the sky in a Cessna C-172R.  The sixth-grade girls had never considered aviation as a career option, so in honor of Women of Aviation Week, LETU flight instructor Lee Foster introduced them to the thrill of being a pilot.   Read more.

LeTourneau University kicks off week of women-centered aviationBy Reese Gordon

Two Pine Tree Middle School girls took flight Thursday at LeTourneau University’s Abbott Aviation Center.

Sixth grade students Ainsley Daugbjerg and Victoria Flanagan soared through the air in a Cessna 172
Principal Lara Cavin 
piloted by LeTourneau flight instructor Lee Foster.

Ainsley and Victoria were selected as part of a partnership between LeTourneau University and Pine Tree ISD to encourage young women to consider aviation as a career path. Next week is national “Women In Aviation” week.

According to Pine Tree Middle School Principal Lara Cavin, the girls were selected because they have excelled in math and science in a robotics class taught by Tege Millikin.  READ MORE.

Board Summary from the Regular March 5, 2014 Meeting

The Pine Tree Independent School District Board of Trustees met in Regular session at 5:45 p.m. on March 5, 2014 in the Pine Tree ISD Administration Building Boardroom located at 1701 Pine Tree Road, Longview, Texas.
President Charley Peck called the meeting to order. Members present included Charley Peck, president; Cynthia Hellen, vice-president; Pat Noon, secretary; Kerri Daugbjerg, Will Adamson, Terre Dunn, Dr. Craig Meek, and Dr. TJ Farler, Superintendent.
Other administrators present were James Skeeler, Tony Hollins, Judy Downing, Dr. Daya Hill, Cindy Gabehart, Vanessa Robinson, Lara Cavin, Dr. Carla McAvoy, Jon Pollard, Vickie Echols, Debbie Terry, David Collins, Michelle Mitchell, Cathy Schmidt, Terri Werth, Kristin Byrd, Dr. Quentin Woods, Viki Sparks, Nicolle Davis, and Suzanne Shackelford. Charley Peck gave the invocation.
Students from the middle school led the pledges to the United States Flag and the Texas State Flag. Four middle school students presented their projects, which qualified for the Regional Science Fair. High School Varsity Girls Basketball and High School Regional Swimmers were recognized.
Laura Hill, City of Longview, presented a Certificate of Recognition to Pine Tree ISD for Texas Public School Week. Dr. Farler asked board members if they would like to report on their visit to the campuses for Board Appreciation Month. Dr. Farler reported that Pine Tree ISD has submitted a letter of collaboration to LeTourneau University in support of their project, No Obstacles: Leading Innovative Mathematics into Limitless Service (NO LIMITS), to be funded by the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

PT Innovation Showcase Features Mr. Edison - One of Many Amazing Events!

Celebrate Texas Public School Month

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

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Pine Tree High School Campus


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Noted Edison historian, Professor Robert A. Valentine, will take the stage at Pine Tree High giving you the feeling that you are watching Mr. Edison as he works in his Menlo Park Laboratory.  Following the presentation, you are encouraged to ask "Mr. Edison" questions.  Your questions for Mr. Edison must be submitted in writing by the end of the presentation.  

Show Time:  Tuesday March 18th at 7 PM
Pine Tree High School Theater, 1005 W. Fairmont Street
The public performance, which will be video taped for broadcast.
Admission is free.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Pine Tree High School Band Taking Record Numbers to State UIL Competition

Mark Melton, Director of Fine Arts, is pleased to announce that a record number of band students to competition this year; 81 band students have qualified for Texas UIL State Solo & Ensemble contest, to be held May 24th in Austin, TX.

Most of those students will be competing in more than one event, which is comprised of solos, ensembles, and twirling competitions. “Many of these students take private lessons and put in extra time before and after school in order to succeed in solo & ensemble competition,” said Melton.  "We are very proud of the extra effort and discipline they demonstrate to accomplish their personal best."

In order to qualify for state competition, a student must have made a 1st division on a Class I solo that was performed from memory, an ensemble, or twirling event at the Region level.

Congratulations are in order for the following students who qualified with solos: 

Pine Tree High School Hosts UIL Regional Competition

Pine Tree High School was honored to host the UIL Region IV Band Solo & Ensemble contest on February 7, 2014. Twenty-five schools were in attendance, with an estimated 800-900 students, directors, judges, and volunteers that assimilated on the High School Campus.

“This was a district-wide effort,” says Mark Melton, Director of Fine Arts, “We coordinated efforts with the UIL music department, the Band staff and boosters, the High School staff, band students, the Transportation department, and the Facilities Services department in order to pull this off," he said.  "It was a real team effort!" 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

PT 5th Grade Student Headed to State with Science Project

PT Middle School student, Stephen Geist earned high marks at the 2014 East Texas Regional Science Fair (ETRSF), which was held Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, in the Devall Student Center Ballroom on the campus of Kilgore College. Stephen Geist was honored for his project, which was one of four presented from the Pine Tree Middle School students who participated.

"We are so excited that one of our PT students will compete at State in San Antonio," said PT Middle School instructor, Elizabeth Galyean.

The top 10 projects of the region were chosen from the 5th- 8th grade category and the top 10 from grades 9-12 were chosen to compete in the state competition. 

Young American Creative Patriotic Art First Place Award Earned at PTHS

PTHS senior student, Curtis Ragatz has earned 1st place in the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Award contest sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary Post 1183 VFW of Longview. Curtis' art will go on to district competition and may qualify for other awards including state or national recognition.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Educational Diagnosticians Honored During Week of March 3-7

The week of March 3-7, 2014 is designated as Educational Diagnosticians week, according to a signed proclamation by Gov. Rick Perry.

Educational diagnosticians in Pine Tree ISD and throughout the state will be recognized for their hard work and dedication to education. The proclamation states that through specialized training, educational diagnosticians use academic and psychological tests to isolate factors that will enhance a student’s performance in the classroom.

“Our diagnosticians are dedicated educators who are committed to serving students in PTISD with unique learning needs,” said Dr. TJ Farler, Superintendent.  "We pause to thank them this week for their insights and support as part of the Pine Team team."

Sunday, March 2, 2014

DELAY SCHOOL - 2 Hours on Monday March 3, 2014

Due to inclement weather, safety precautions, and road conditions, all campuses and the district offices will delay start time by two hours on Monday, March 3rd. 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.