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.