Monday, November 30, 2015


Pine Tree ISD will host an information meeting on Monday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pine Tree Road Auditorium located at 1803 Pine Tree Road.  This informational meeting will present detailed information regarding the consideration of restructuring grades 1-4 for the 2016-2017 school year.

For additional information regarding this meeting, please contact the Pine Tree Communications Department at 903-295-5136.

PTISD Selected for 2015-2016 Bragging Rights Issue

AUSTIN, TEXAS (Dec. 1, 2015) — Twelve school districts are basking in the glow of positive press with the release of Texas School Business magazine’s Ninth Annual Bragging Rights 2015-2016 special issue. Bragging Rights, which calls for nominations and is published every December, recognizes school districts that have implemented programs that are bettering the lives of students, schools and communities.

The 12 honored districts and their brag-worthy programs include:
Alamo Heights ISD, Rocketry course
Alief ISD, Senior (Citizens) Prom
Calhoun County ISD, Writing Buddies program
Chapel Hill ISD, Phenomenal Phriday
College Station ISD, Project SEARCH
Denton ISD, G.O.A.L.
El Campo ISD, Family Literacy Academy
Hereford ISD, Student Leadership Committee
Huffman ISD, Calling All Fathers
Jayton-Girard ISD, The Big Event
Pine Tree ISD, Community U
Uvalde CISD, Shades of Blue jazz band

“We had close to 200 nominations this year, and all of them deserve bragging rights,” Texas School Business Editorial Director Katie Ford says. “We hope the 12 stories we singled out and chose to share will inspire other districts into action. Our mission at Texas School Business is to report on the good things happening in our public schools, and I can tell you with certainty that I’m never short on stories.”

For 62 years, Texas School Business has served as the news magazine for public education in Texas. Since 2014, it has been produced by the Texas Association of School Administrators ( To learn more about Bragging Rights and Texas School Business, visit

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Pine Tree High School will host Getting Ready for 9th Grade for PTISD 8th grade students and parents Tuesday, December 1 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the PTHS cafeteria.

This event will showcase and explore high school academic options for incoming freshmen. Participants will learn about programs of study, endorsements, CTE classes, certifications, internships, course catalog and much more.

For additional information contact Dr. Tony Tipton, Director of College Career Readiness/Digital Learning at or 903-295-5031 ext 226.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pine Tree High School Students Earn Chairs in All Region Orchestra

Congratulations to the Pine Tree High School band students who earned chairs in the All Region Orchestra.

Jerry Zhang - Clarinet
Cristian Najera - Trumpet (1st chair)
Gage Ellis - Trumpet
Kris Balint - Trumpet
Nigel Colbert - Trombone
Joel Ramirez - Bass Trombone (1st chair)

Cristian Najera, Rebecca Ayres and Izzy Adams also earned 6A All Area honors at this competition.

Jerry Zhang, Gage Ellis, Kris Balint, Nigel Colbert and Joel Ramirez have chosen the 5A all state route and will compete for Area in December.


Pine Tree High School brought home six awards at the 2015 Art of Character Art Competition while taking all three places in the Graphic Art division.  Sponsored by the City of Longview Adopt a School Partnership of Longview, this year's contest had 64 entries from Pine Tree, Longview and Spring Hill schools.

2015 Art of Character Art Competition Winners

Fine Art
1st Place - Kevron Madden, Spring Hill High School
2nd Place - Jenny Kim, Spring Hill High School
3rd - Max Kelt, Longview High School

Graphic Art
1st Place - Tylexxus Johnson, Pine Tree High School
2nd Place - Jasmine Martinez, Pine Tree High School
3rd Place - Marilynn Velvin, Pine Tree High School

Honorable Mention
Vashayla Charvis, Pine Tree High School
Ebee Ward, Longview High School
Annika Hatt, Pine Tree High School
Keshawn Gray, Pine Tree High School
Israel Barrios, Longview High School

Christmas Card
Shayla Langley, Spring Hill High School

Contest Sponsors are First Baptist Church Longview, Southside Bank, Spring Hill State Bank and Texas Bank and Trust.  Art Judges are Jim Tilley, Forbes & Butler; Paula Davis, Longview Museum of Fine Art; Janet Rowan, Spring Hill State Bank and Blessed Webb, Texas Bank and Trust.

School District Art Instructors are Ellen Herbert, Longview High School, Mary Squire and Elizabeth White, Pine Tree High School and Budd Dunn, Spring Hill High School.

All entries will be displayed at the Longview Public Library through December 4 with the winning entries displayed at the sponsor bank locations.  The Christmas Card entry will be at First Baptist Church, Longview.

PTHS Student Nathaniel Jackson Wins Top Prize at KC Veterans Days Art Contest

Pine Tree High School student Nathaniel Jackson brought home the top prize in the Kilgore College Veterans Day Art contest.  Nathaniel received a $75 prize for his patriotic colored pencil entry.  He won in the 9-12 grade category.  Dr. Bill Holda, Kilgore College president, presented the award at the event on Veterans Day.

PTHS Student Nathaniel Jackson and Kilgore
College President Bill Holda at the
2015 KC Veterans Day Art Contest ceremony

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pine Tree JH Math Team Achieves 2nd Overall at Hallsville Meet

Congratulations to the Pine Tree Junior High Math Science Team on their meet last Saturday in Hallsville where the team placed 2nd overall!  Medals went to the top 5 places.

The PT team members who scored in the top 10 are listed below:

Number Sense
Sterling Beakley - 5th place, 8th grade
William Davis  - 6th place, 8th grade
Isabella Nix  - 7th place, 8th grade
Marilyn Shen - 1st place, 7th grade
Shaun Ray  - 3rd  place, 7th grade
Emmanuel Viramontes - 6th place, 7th grade
Luis Vazquez  - 7th place, 7th grade
Isaac Tesser - 9th place, 6th grade
Grant Beakley -10th place, 6th grade

* Grant Beakley scored high enough as a 5th grader to make it on the Top 10 6th grade list

William Davis - 6th place, 8th grade
Gabe Montoya - 5th place, 7th grade
Giselle Valencia -7th place, 7th grade
Angie Rojas - 8th place, 7th grade
Osiris Barrios - 10th place, 6th grade

Isabella Nix - 6th place, 8th grade
Sterling Beakley - 7th place, 8th grade
Marilyn Shen -1st  place, 7th grade
Shaun Ray - 6th  place, 7th grade
Gabe Montoya - 8th place, 7th grade
Emmanuel Viramontes - 9th place, 7th grade
Luis Vazquez - 10th place, 7th grade

Connor Naseiro - 1st place, 8th grade
Sterling Beakley - 6th place, 8th grade
Jann Cabudoy - 1st  place, 7th grade
Paige Reese - 5th place, 7th grade
Shaun Ray - 8th place, 7th grade
Isaac Crawford - 9th place, 7th grade
Emmanuel Viramontes - 10th place, 7th grade


Monday, November 16, 2015

Pine Tree Junior High Robotics Teams Sweep Engineers Choice Awards

The Pine Tree Junior High Robotics Teams earned Engineers Choice Awards at the Region 7 Robotics Competition on November 3rd.

The students were judged on the design and function of their robots.   Two groups were also awarded for their journals.

1st Place Engineers Choice Award and Journal Award - Team Under H20: Ainsley Daugbjerg, Libby Mitchell, and Adalie Hodgin

2nd Place Engineers Choice Award - Team SeaGals : Ashley James and Reagan Armstrong

3rd Place Engineers Choice Award and Journal Award - Team Robotic Orcas: Tyler Tipton and Andres Beserra

4th Place Engineers Choice Award- Team Underwater Sharks: Adrian Gomez and Kameron Benifield

5th Place Engineers Choice Award - Team Purple Ocean : Camden Salser, Ty Tanner and Josiah Enloe


Thirty-eight PTJunior High Band Students Selected to perform at Region IV Band Concert

Congratulations to the following 7th and 8th grade band students for their performance at the Region IV Band auditions on Saturday, November 14.

Eighty-one students competed and thirty-eight were selected to perform at the Region IV Band Concert on December 12th in Marshall, TX.

Below are the thirty-eight students selected with those having *** by their name as being the best player in the region on their instrument.

Laisha Aranda, Flute
Natavia Elder, Flute
Karina Ruiz, Clarinet
Brie Cope, Clarinet
Cassidy Fuller, Clarinet
Al'Karaegon Pollard, Clarinet
Giselle Valencia, Clarinet
Ira Roberts, Clarinet
*** Gabby Pumphrey, Bass Clarinet
Pedro Montano, Bass Clarinet
*** Gabe Montoya, Alto Sax
Alexis Allen, Alto Sax
Adrienne Pena, Alto Sax
*** Daniel Lambie, Baritone Sax
Keelan Davis, Trumpet
Noah Montoya, Trumpet
Andy Pearce, Trumpet
Oscar Ruiz, Trumpet
Luis Vazquez, Trumpet
Ethan Hunter, Trumpet
Eddie Hewitt, Trumpet
Dawson Shelton, Trumpet
*** Leah Counts, French Horn
Josiah Enloe, French Horn
*** Connor Naseiro, Trombone
Makayla Allison, Trombone
Adrian Gomez, Trombone
Sterling Beakley, Trombone
Jasmin Hernandez, Trombone
Berenice Juarez, Baritone
Ethan Sanders, Tuba
Eric Ramirez, Tuba
Wesley Beede, Tuba
*** Dalton Russell, Percussion
Shaun Ray, Percussion
Marilyn Shen, Percussion
Aaron Fears, Percussion
Edwin Diaz, Percussion

The Pine Tree Junior High Band also tied Stone MS in Paris, Texas as having the most students selected...a first for Pine Tree Junior High.

Way To Go Pirates!

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Come support the Pine Tree Education Foundation at Spirit Night at Pietro's Tuesday, November 17 located at 2418 Gilmer Road.

All day on the 17th 10% of all sales will be donated to PTEF which funds teacher grants and dual-credit scholarships for PTISD.  Since 2003 the Pine Tree Education Foundation has returned over $237,000 to the district's classrooms and campuses to enhance educational opportunities for students.

Come on out to Pietro's on November 17 and support the Pine Tree Education Foundation!

PTISD Announces Gifted and Talented Parent Nomination Meeting and Deadline


Nomination Window: November 30 - December 18
Nomination Forms may be picked up in each campus office

Friday, December 18, 2015

November 17 or 19 -  6:00pm-6:30pm
Pine Tree Community Center

18 De Diciembre, 2015
Nominación Reunión:
17 de noviembre ó el 19, 6:00pm-6:30pm
Pine Tree Centro Comunitario

PTISD Presents 2nd College Preparation Lecture November 16

In honor of College Application Week 2015, PTISD is proud to present the 2nd College Preparation Lecture event for parents and students from the class of 2016. Our series continues Monday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the PTHS Library. 

The focus for this event is the college application and financial aid. Guest speaker Dr. Terry Cruse from LeTourneau University will be on hand to give the university perspective of the financial aid process and answer questions. 

Dr. Tony Tipton from PTISD will offer a mini-session titled "Study Skills & College Success" where he will outline some key aspects of starting the freshman year off on the right foot. 

Mr. Bill Irvine, Lead PTISD Counselor, will offer financial aid information that students and parents need to know so they don't miss deadlines and opportunities.

For more information about this series of events, please contact Dr. Tony Tipton at 903-295-5031 ext 226.

PTISD Final Fall Coffee with the Superintendent set for November 19

The final fall Coffee with the Superintendent will be Thursday, November 19 at 7:45 a.m. at the Pine Tree Primary campus.  Grab a cup of coffee and visit with PTISD Superintendent Dr. TJ Farler.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss district initiatives and accomplishments, ask questions and share your vision for Pine Tree schools.

For more information, call 903-295-5136.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


The Pine Tree High School Choirs will present John Rutter's Gloria Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church.  This year's performance will feature brass ensemble under the direction of Danielle Warren.  In addition to Gloria, the choirs will perform Rutter's O Holy Night and Joy to the World.

A reception will follow after the performance.  Admission is free.

Hallsville HS Shirt Sales to benefit Pine Tree Family

The Hallsville High School Choir is having a Shirt Sale to benefit Zane Magan, a four year old little boy who has recently been diagnosed with leukemia.  Zane's family resides in Pine Tree and his sister attends Pine Tree Elementary.

The HHS choir is selling tshirts to assist his family with the costs involved in treatment.

All proceeds from the tshirt sales will go directly to the Magan family.  Cost of shirts is $15.  Deliveries will be the week after Thanksgiving.

For additional information about the shirt sale, contact Dawn Dillard, HHS Choir Director or 903-668-5990 ext 4070.

The Hallsville High School Christmas Concert will be Monday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hallsville Junior High Auditorium.  Admission is free.

Monday, November 9, 2015

PTJH Advanced Drama Students show well at Van Drama Festival

Ten Pine Tree Junior High Advanced Drama students competed at the Van Drama Festival on Saturday, November 7 at Van High School.  Congratulations to the following students!

   Superior - Ashly James
   Excellent - Meagan Bernard, Leorah Haesecke & Rose LaBay
   Good - Laura Ford & Sarah Payne

Dramatic Interpretation
   Good - Noah Tesser

   Excellent - Jasmin Hernandez & Monica Roque

Cold Auditions
    Excellent - Westley Phillips

   Good - Jasmin Hernandez & Westley Phillips

Lip Sync
   Superior - Rose LaBay & Leorah Haesecke and Sarah Payne & Ashly James

   Excellent - Westley Phillips & Noah Tesser

Spark Improv
   Superior - Leorah Haesecke & Sarah Paye, Meagan Bernard & Monica Roque and 
   Ashly James & Rose LaBay

   Superior - Rose LaBay & Sarah Payne

Prop & Costume Improv
   Superior - Monica Roque & Meagan Bernard
   Good - Jasmin Hernandez & Laura Ford, Noah Tesser & Westley Phillips and Sarah Payne & Ashly James

Poster Design 
   Good - Sam Sommerfeld

After the competition, the group attended Van High School's performance of Godspell.

PTHS Students Colby Holloman and Levi Morrill place 1st in LD Debate; Holloman Named Top Speaker

The Pine Tree Debate Team competed at John Tyler High School on Saturday, November 7 in the Lincoln- Douglas debate.  Colby Holloman placed 1st in debate and was named Top Speaker out of a field of 56 students competing.

Levi Morrill placed 1st in Congress Debate and was elected Presiding Officer out of 62 competitors.

Congratulations Colby and Levi!

Colby Holloman (left) was named Top Speaker at
Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Levi Morrill was elected Presiding Officer at
Lincoln  Douglas Debate 


Members of the Pine Tree Math Science Team excelled this past weekend at the Math Science competition in Atlanta.  The Math Science Team placed 2nd overall and medals went to the top 5 places.

Congratulations to each our students!

Number Sense
William Davis  - 4th Place, 8th grade
Shaun Ray       - 1st Place, 7th grade
Marilyn Shen  - 2nd Place, 7th grade
Ira Roberts      - 4th Place, 7th grade
Giselle Valencia – 8th Place, 7th grade
Luis Vazquez    - 9th Place, 7th grade
Emmanuel Vazquez – 10th Place, 7th grade
Grant Beakley – 1st place, 5th grade

William Davis   - 4th Place, 8th grade
Shaun Ray         - 1st Place, 7th grade
Marilyn Shen    -  2nd Place, 7th grade
Jann Cabudoy   -  10th Place, 7th grade
Bryce Willadson -   10th place, 6th grade
* Isabella Nix - 10th place, 8th grade

Isabella Nix        - 8th Place, 8th grade
Gabe Montoya – 2nd  Place, 7th grade
Giselle Valencia -5th Place, 7th grade
Osiris Barrios      – 9th  Place, 6th grade
Mallory Estrada – 10th Place, 6th grade

Connor Naseiro – 5th Place, 8th grade
Miguel Santamaria – 7th Place, 8th grade
Sterling Beakley – 8th Place, 8th grade
Jann Cabudoy – 1st  Place, 7th grade
Maddox Duke – 3rd Place, 7th grade
Emmanuel Viramontes – 5th Place, 7th grade
Shaun Ray – 6th Place, 7th grade
Luis Vazquez – 8th Place, 7th grade
Isaac Crawford – 10th Place, 7th grade
Shelby Green   -   2nd Place, 6th grade
Ethan Tovar       -  7th Place, 6th grade

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Final three performances scheduled for PTHS Theatre Production Seussical the Musical

Tickets are still available for the final three performances of Seussical the Musical presented by the PTHS Theatre.  The final three performances will be November 5 at 7:00 p.m. and November 7 at 2 and 7 p.m.

Tickets are available online at

PTHS Senior College Lecture Series continues November 16

Pine Tree High School's Senior College Lecture Series continues Monday, November 16, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.

This presentation will include financial aid and scholarships information, study habits and skills and FAFSA requirements.

The Senior College Lecture Series is presented by the PTHS College/Career Readiness and Counseling departments.  

For additional information contact Dr. Tony Tipton at or 295-5031.

Pine Tree High School Announces 9th-11th Grade Academic Preview Night

Pine Tree High School will present a 2015-2016 School Year - Course Preview on Monday, November 16 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on the PTHS Cafeteria.

PTHS administrators and counselors will present new classes, programs, endorsements and graduation options.  An exciting announcement will be made about the new, one-of-a-kind, dual credit program coming to PTHS.  The PTHS Course Catalog will be unveiled.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Pine Tree ISD Accepting Applications for 2016 Community U

Pine Tree ISD is now accepting applications for the 2016 Community U program.  

Community U, established in 2012, is a four month educational learning opportunity that provides a personalized, firsthand look at how the district operates and all the great opportunities provided for PTISD students. 

 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 Pine Tree ISD.
Enrollees are asked to commit to the full program and must be able to attend each monthly session scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Session dates are January 15, February 19, March 18 and April 15.  

 Individuals can apply online at

Application deadline is Friday, December 4.  The 2016 Community U year will begin January 15.  For additional information about Community U, contact Mary Whitton, PTISD Director of Communications at 903-295-5136.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Pine Tree ISD Announces Food Drive to benefit Hiway 80 Rescue Mission

Pine Tree ISD will participate in a district wide Food Drive November 9-13 benefiting the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission.  All district school campuses will be collecting non-perishable can goods and cash donations during this week.  All donations can be dropped off at any of the PTISD school campuses.

Contribute to the 2015 PTISD Food Drive!

For additional information regarding the district wide Food Drive contact the PTISD Communications Office at 903-295-5136.