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.