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.