Friday, December 18, 2015


Pine Tree High School senior Arianna Fuentez has been selected for the National Hispanic Recognition Program.  Qualification for recognition is based on the student's combined verbal, math, and writing skill scores on the PSAT/NMSQT taken in the student's junior year of high school.

Arianna scored in the top 2% in this region.  Arianna plans to attend college and major in theatre.

Congratulations, Arianna!

PTHS Senior Arianna Fuentez

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Pine Tree ISD Earns State's Highest Fiscal Accountability Rating

Pine Tree ISD officials announced that the district received a rating of "P" for "Passed" under Texas' School FIRST financial accountability rating system.  The "Passed" rating is the state's highest, demonstrating the quality of Pine Tree ISD's financial management and reporting system.

"We are very pleased with Pine Tree ISD's School FIRST rating, said Pine Tree ISD Superintendent Dr. TJ Farler.  This rating shows that our district is making the most of our taxpayers' dollars.  This rating shows that Pine Tree schools are accountable not only for student learning, but also for achieving these results cost-effectively and efficiently."

This is the 13th year of School FIRST (Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas), a financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency in response to Senate Bill 875 of the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999.

The Texas Education Agency converted Schools FIRST to a two-tier rating system of either "P" for "Pass or "F" for "Substandard Achievement" for the 2014-2015 rating year.  Prior to the 2014-2015 rating year, the Schools FIRST accountability rating system assigned one of four financial accountability ratings to Texas school districts, with the highest being "Superior Achievement," followed by "Above-Standard Achievement, "Standard Achievement" and Substandard Achievement."

Applications Now Being Accepted for 2016 PTISD 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 or contact the PTISD Communications Department at 903-295-5136 to request an application.  

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.  

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Twenty-three students from Pine Tree Intermediate participated in a robotics competition December 14 at Region 7 with Team PTI Aces taking home 1st place.  Members of the first place team are Anthony Velazquez and Jose Aranda.  Intermediate Robotics Coach is Claudia Ruiz Mendoza.

Congratulations to all our Pine Tree Pirates!

Pine Tree Intermediate Robotics Team

PTJH Robotics Teams Excel at Competition November 19

Two Pine Tree Junior High Robotics Teams excelled at a robotics competition November 19.

Engineers Choice Award - 5th Place
     Angel Fish - Victoria Flanagan, Taylor Toliver, Emma Teter

Journal Award - 5th Place
     The Currents - Kaleb Bechtold, Cullen Nguyen, Pedro Montano

Congratulations to all our students!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Pine Tree High School Band Students Earn Chairs in All Region Band

Congratulations to the following Pine Tree High band students who earned chairs in the All Region band!

Jerry Zhang – Area
Audrey Soltau
Lisette Cerda

Bass Clarinet
Bobby Counts – Area (1st Chair)

Contra Bass Clarinet
Korbin Davis – Area (1st Chair)

Alto Saxophone
Amanda Green

Tenor Saxophone
Patrick Bigham – Area (1st Chair)

Baritone Saxophone
Jonathan Garcia – Area (1st Chair)
Jordan Lampin – Area (2nd Chair)

Gage Ellis – Area (1st Chair)
Cristian Najera – Area (2nd Chair)
Kris Balint – Area
Axel Mondragon
Rebecca Ayres – Area

French Horn
Thomas Childers – Area
Makala Pinkston – Area
Allison Knight
Maddison Hardin

Nigel Colbert – Area
Davis Morton

Bass Trombone
Joel Ramirez – Area (1st Chair)
Maja Palmer – Area

Alex Palacious
Harrison Berryhill

Izrell Adams – Area (1st Chair)
Chris Schaetz – Area

Tyler Russell – Area (1st Chair)
Logan Jennings – Area (2nd Chair)
Andrea Jenkins

Area auditions are January 9.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Thirteen Pine Tree freshman band students have been selected for the Region IV 9th Grade Honor Band. Auditions took place December 7 in Sulphur Springs. These students competed against other 9th graders from the entire Region IV district.

Gizel Veliz
Jordan Lampin
Gage Ellis
Axel Mondragon
Amara Sweaks
Jared Richmond
Robert Ray
Makala Pinkston
Rafael Najera
Jayden Randall
Evelyne Ramirez
Zoe Colbert
Kayla Monk

In addition, Jordan Lampin, Gage Ellis, Rafael Nahera, and Jayden Randall earned the 1st chair spot on their respective instruments.

Congratulations to all of the these students for their hard work and achievements!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pine Tree Students Photographs on Display at Longview Museum of Fine Arts

Two Pine Tree High school students will have their photographs featured at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts Perspectives Photo Show opening January 16th. Grace Garcia and Christopher Garza, PTHS seniors, will have their photographs displayed as part of the juried show.

Congratulations Grace and Christopher!

More information about the Perspectives Photo Show can be found at!.html

Photo by Christopher Garza
Photo by Christopher Garza 
Photo by Grace Garcia 

Pine Tree Student Wins 2nd Place at 2016 Congressional Art Competition

Ethan Sellers, sophomore at Pine Tree High School, won 2nd place at the Congressional Art Competition in Nacogdoches on December 6.

Ethan created a linoleum print titled “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” that will be displayed for a year in U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert’s office in the capitol building in Washington D.C.

At the awards ceremony at SFA, one of the judges, Christopher Talbot, associate professor at SFA, had this to say about Ethan’s artwork:

“You can see references to art history and things that have gone before us in art. It’s very difficult as artists to make something truly unique. We’re always building upon traditions from the past. We can definitely see in this work some references to some very well known art, but from a very unique viewpoint. This is a linoleum cut, and that’s not an easy thing to do at this level of craft and skill.”

The annual art competition is for all US Representatives. First place artwork from students around the country is displayed in the Capitol Building as part of a student art show for the year. The second place artwork is displayed in the US Representative’s office.

Ethan competed against students from other high schools in the First Congressional District of Texas, grades 9-12.

PTHS Sophomore Ethan Sellers 

Ethan Seller's Rime of the Ancient Mariner 

2015 Congressional Art Winners 

Monday, December 7, 2015


The week of December 7-11 is Computer Science Education Week and PTISD students will participate in several program initiatives during the week.

In addition to celebrating Computer Education Week, PTISD will participate in the Hour of Code December 7-11.  This is a program designed to promote advanced thinking with computer technology in schools.  PTISD students along with millions of other students worldwide will highlight on hour of code or computer technology in the classroom.

In addition to Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code, December 9 has been proclaimed EdTech Appreciation Day.  This day specifically honors hardware and software technicians, network administrators, webmasters, database and lab managers, instructional technologists, technology administrators and other technology staff.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Pine Tree Students Take Top Honors in Texas PTA Reflections Art Competition

Pine Tree Students took top honors in the 2015 Texas PTA Reflections Art Contest.  Congratulations to our PT students!

Primary Division (PK - 2nd Grade) Visual Arts Category:
1st Place - Kila Collins - 2nd Grade, Title of Artwork - Kila's Sunset 
2nd Place - Ryland Roedel - Kindergarten, Title of Artwork - Rainbow Reflection
3rd Place - Adrian Pena - 1st Grade, Title of Artwork - Happy Rainbow

Musical Composition Category:
1st Place - Ryland Roedel - Kindergarten, Title of Artwork - My Lion

Literature Category:
1st Place - Ryland Roedel - Kindergarten, Title of Artwork - My Swings and the Sky

Intermediate Division (3rd - 5th Grade) Visual Arts Category:
1st Place - Dandrae Howsman - 3rd Grade, Title of Artwork - Boat is Fair

Started in 1969 by the Colorado PTA President Mary Lou Anderson, Reflections has encouraged millions of students to express themselves by giving positive recognition for their artistic efforts. Students in preschool through grade 12 may create and submit works of art in six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts. 

Ryland Roedel

Kila Collins

Dandrae Howsman 

Adrian Pena