Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pine Tree High School Wins 1st Place in Texas Teen Safe Driving Coalition Poster Contest

Daylon Williams, junior at Pine Tree High School, won first place in the Texas Teen Safe Driving Coalition contest for creating a driving safety poster.

Daylon used both his art and computer skills to create his winning entry. Daylon's poster will be used for marketing purposes to help reduce the amount of teen deaths due to texting and driving in Texas.

First prize is a $500 grant to Pine Tree High art class. Daylon's art teacher is Elizabeth White.

The Texas Teen Sage Driving Coalition's goal is to reduce teen driving deaths. Nothing kills more teens (16-20 years of age) in Texas than car crashes and no other group on the road has a higher crash risk. The Texas Teen Safe Driving Coalition, in partnership with The Allstate Foundation and the National Safety Council, is working to help teens build skill and minimize risk through the proven principles of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL).

The Texas Coalition is one of 10 state coalitions, including California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, focused on reducing teen driving deaths.

More information is available at https://sites.google.com/site/texasteensafedrivingcoalition/home



Coffee with the Superintendent this morning at Primary School at 7:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pine Tree Elementary Celebration Assembly

Pine Tree High School Students Win Gold Medals at State Art Event

Two Pine Tree High School students were named state art winners from the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) held at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Dallas Convention Center on April 25.

Grace Garcia, junior and Kayley McMullen, freshman, both won a gold medal for their artwork.

The other Pine Tree High students in attendance at the state event were Kortni Horne, sophomore  and Jordan Mosley, junior.

These four students entered artworks judged to be more proficient than  25,000+ other student artworks on a regional level.

VASE is the largest and most respected art competition not only in Texas, but in the nation. The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) has sponsored the Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) since 1994. VASE is the only art event of its kind in the nation. Students are provided the opportunity to bring artworks created in their art classes to their regional event where they are interviewed by a certified juror who evaluates their work based on a standard based rubric and their understanding of the art processes involved in the development of their artwork. Top artworks advance to the state level.

At the state event, students had the opportunity to take art classes, view winning student artwork on exhibit, visit with college recruiters and tour local area museums.

The Pine Tree teachers in attendance were Mary Graham, Mary Squire and Elizabeth White.

Jordan Mosley

Grace Garcia
Kailey McMullen
Kortni Horne



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

PT STUDENT GRANTED WISH THROUGH FOUNDATION

Ashlyn Garvin, a 1st grader at Pine Tree Elementary, was granted a wish from the Make a Wish Foundation at Pine Tree Elementary today.  Teachers, principals, and family were on hand for the big surprise.  Ashlyn's wish is to go to Disney World and she will be leaving in 41 days for the adventure destination.

The Make a Wish Foundation grants wishes to individuals who have a life threatening illness. Wishes are granted to children ages 2 and a half to 18 years of age.

We are proud of you Ashlyn!







Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pine Tree Education Foundation Announces Beacon Award Winners and Grant Recipients





The Pine Tree Education Foundation has announced its 2014-2015 Beacon Award Winners and 2015-2016 Grant Recipients.

 

2014-2015 Beacon Award Winners 

Katie Yoder - Primary
Monica Tenbrook - Elementary
Gaye Lehenbauer - Intermediate
Jatinda Jhass - Middle
Carol Chrietzberg - Junior High
Mark Thomas - High School
Barrow Mitchell - High School
Andre Lo - High School
Becky Alexander - PACE

The annual Beacon Awards event is held each year to recognize outstanding district employees who have made a changing impression on a student during their time in Pine Tree schools.

This year's event will be May 7, 2015 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Summit Club.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 295-5021 or emailing vbailey@ptisd.org.

The vision of the Education Foundation is to build a foundation for every child by furthering the tradition of excellence.  The mission of the Foundation is to promote and fund innovative learning strategies.

The foundation provides monies for teacher grants that support innovative educational programs
that leads to increased student achievement.

2015-2016 Grant Recipients 

Stephanie Pearce - Primary
Melissa Corrales - Elementary
Keila Williams - Elementary
Laurie Taylor - Intermediate
Debra Benner - Junior High
Amy Touchstone - Junior High
Mary Tarnawa - High School
Terri Davis - High School
Alicia Worsham - High School
Dr. Tony Tipton - High School
Monika Marjason - ExCEL
Lisa Mullins & Nicolle Davis - Central Office 














Tuesday, April 21, 2015

PINE TREE PTA TO HOST MOM/SON GAME NIGHT MAY 9

The Pine Tree PTA will host a Mom/Son Game Night on Saturday, May 9 at the Pine Tree Junior High.  The event starts at 6:00 p.m.  The event is for students PK-8th grade.

This first time event will feature an evening of bingo, limbo, basketball, tug-of-war, twister and many other games.  Boys who will attend will also have an opportunity to make a Mother's Day gift for Mom.

Light snacks will be available.  A fun photo station will also be available to capture memories of this year's event!

Tickets are limited!  Click here to purchase your tickets today.

For additional information contact PT PTA at pinetreepta@yahoo.com.


PT Kindergarteners Study Texas April 20-24

During the week of April 20-24, PTISD kindergarteners will study about Texas.  In addition to learning about the state bird, state song, and the state flower, students learn about the rich history and varied cultures of our lone star state.  The week long unit culminates in a  Texas-sized celebration on Friday, April 24 from 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. During Texas Day  students will rotate through active learning centers and presentations.

Students will learn about the following activities during this celebration:

Chuck Wagon, Tattoos, Milk the Cow, Seed Spitting, Hen House. Panning for Gold, Branding, Jeans Race, Stick Horse race, Bean Bag Toss, Square Dance, Haystack Hunt, Wagon Race and Cotton Gin.

Texas Day presenters and exhibitors include David Campbell, Hen House; Greg Mabus, Cotton Gin and Julie Gillentine, Branding.

The Down Home Cloggers of Longview will perform in the afternoon.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pine Tree Hosts Teacher Career Day

Pine Tree ISD kicks off 1st Teacher Career Fair at 9:00 a.m. at Pine Tree High School cafeteria.

Friday, April 17, 2015

PTJH BANDS EARN UIL SWEEPSTAKES

The Pine Tree Junior High Bands - both varsity (8th grade) and non-varsity (7th grade) bands earned UIL Sweepstakes awards this week.  Both bands performed three concert selections and sight read for this honor.

Congratulations to our JH Bands on winning Sweepstakes!

PTHS CHOIRS RECEIVE EXCELLENT AND SUPERIOR RATINGS AT UIL CONCERT AND SIGHT READING CONTEST

The Pine Tree High School Choirs under the direction of Danielle Warren received excellent and superior ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest on April 15.

Chorale, non-varsity women, received excellent ratings with the following results:
Stage:  2, 1, 2 and Sight Reading:  2, 1, 2.

The PT Express - varsity mixed, received superior ratings and Sweepstakes!

Congratulations to the PTHS Choir students!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

PT STUDENTS QUALIFY FOR TMSCA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MEET

Thirty students from Pine Tree qualified to compete in the TMSCA State Championship Meet in San Antonio.  There were sixty-one other 5A schoolscompeting.  Trophies were awarded to the top 10 spots and medals to the 11-20th places.

Pine Tree students brought home the following awards:

20th place medal - 8th grade Math - Jorge Juarez
20th place medal - 6th grade Calculator - Giselle Valencia
18th place medal - 8th grade Number Sense - Magdalena Shen
16th place medal - 7th grade Science - Connor Naseiro
10th place trophy - 6th grade Number Sense - Marilyn Shen
9th place trophy - 6th grade Number Sense - Shaun Ray

Pine Tree's own, Jann Cabudoy was awarded Grand Champion in 5A 6th grade Science for the state of Texas.

Honorable mentions were awarded to Jorge Juarez  for his 21st place in Calculator  and to Luis Vazquez for his 21st place in Number Sense.

Congratulations to ALL of the Math Science Team members!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

PTISD CELEBRATES VOLUNTEERS AT ANNUAL EVENT

Pine Tree ISD volunteers were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the district during the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by the Longview Nonprofit Coalition.

Congratulations to the following volunteers:

Primary - Sharon King  nominated by Amanda Roberts
Elementary - Carol Jones  nominated by Connie Harper
Intermediate - Dessie Meadows  nominated by Dr. Carla McAvoy
Middle - David Blazek  nominated by Susan Swinney
JH  - Rachelle Tesser nominated by Michelle Randall
HS - Laurie Schaetz nominated by Mark Melton
PACE - Patrick Johnson  nominated by Shalonda Adams
ExCEL - Debbie Jackson nominated by Lori Meagley
Central Admin - Myrna Graham  nominated by Shirley Davis
PT Board of Trustee Kerri Daugbjerg - PT Board of Trustees
PTEF - Leah Finley nominated by Hannah Creacy
PTA - Jill Laffitte nominated by Donna Pruitt

PTISD is proud to celebrate our volunteers as they Light Tomorrow With Today!



PTISD CTE: Pine Tree High School Students Create Own 3D Print...

PTISD CTE: Pine Tree High School Students Create Own 3D Print...: Two Pine Tree High School students began a journey one year ago to create their own 3D printer from parts they designed and created from scr...

PTMS TEACHER SELECTED TO MICKELSON EXXONMOBIL TEACHERS ACADEMY

Constance Massey, a Pine Tree Middle School teacher, has been selected to attend the 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy for math and science teachers.  This year's Academy will be July 27-31 at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. Massey will receive an all expense trip to this year's Academy.

The Send My Teacher website received an overwhelming response with more than 1,500 teachers from across the country applying. The selection panel based their decision on teacher qualifications, dedication to inspiring students and overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.

During the week-long Academy, participants will work with a curriculum developed by the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions. After the program, teachers will return to their classrooms reinvigorated with the passion to teach students how to be science literate, using hands-on experiments that show how math and science surround us daily.

Since 2005, more than 4,500 teachers have been trained at the Academy, impacting the lives of more than 300,000 students nationwide.

Congratulations, Ms. Massey!  PTISD is proud of you!



Monday, April 13, 2015

PTISD TO PARTICIPATE IN TEXAS READS ONE BOOK! READING EXPERIENCE

Pine Tree Primary, Elementary and 5th grade Middle School students will participate in the Texas Reads One Book! community reading experience.

Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett will kick off a statewide celebration of literacy on April 27 involving school districts and families across Texas reading the first chapter of The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney.  Each child will receive a copy including Spanish copies for PTISD bilingual students.  PTISD classroom teachers will also receive a copy.

Texas Reads One Book! is a statewide community reading experience sponsored by Read to Them, a national family literacy group that has partnered with more than 800 school communities in 47 states. During the three week program, families will take up where Coach Garrett leaves off, reading a chapter from the book each night.

By encouraging students, students families, and staff to read the same book at the same time, PTISD will use the Texas Read One Book! program to actively engage families in the reading process and create a culture of reading at both the school and district levels.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

PINE TREE HIGH SCHOOL ART STUDENTS PLACE WELL AT LMFA COMPETITION

Pine Tree High School art students placed well at the 55th Annual Longview Museum of Fine Arts competition.

Graphic Design Division:
1st place - "Serenity" - Josh Bealle
2nd place - "Out of My Mind" - Kullen Brown
3rd place - "Change of Perception" - Esparanza Rubio
Honorable Mention - "Asylum Illusion" - Cesar Aranda



Fine Arts Division Medal Winners:
"Red Shoes" - Isaac Hernandez
"Bug Eyes" - Natalie Poss
"Doggy Paddle" - Jordan Mosley
"Pink Petals" - Arika Bright
"Roaring 20's" - David Villa
"Stony Resolve" - Carmen Gentsch
"By the Grace of the Queen" - Caleb Gill
"Mouse Rider" - Kaylah Knight
"Over Worked" - Haley Russell



​Congratulations to our PTHS Art Students!​

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

PTMS STUDENTS TAKE TOP HONORS AT REGION VII INNOVATIVE INVENTIONS

Pine Tree Middle School students participated in Innovative Inventions at Region VII on April 6th. Twenty-five students participated in this event competing against schools across the entire region.

PTMS took top honors as Overall Winners again this year.

The following students placed in individual categories:

Ethan Sanders and Gabby Pumphrey received Overall Division 2 Award for their invention called "Safe Rider."  Ethan and Gabby received first place also for "Potential Benefit to Society,"  "Peer Choice Award," "Judge's Choice Award," and third place for "Notebook and Evidence of Research."

Zoe Green and Paige Reese took first place in "Innovative Design" and second place in "Peer Choice Award" for their invention of "Here-You-Go Mailbox."

Holly James, Rory Curtis, and Jayla McCarty  received first place in "Prototype Performance" for their project "Ice Wrap."

Torrell Collins and Vincent Rodriguez were awarded third place for "Effective Display" of their invention "Busic Box."

Ali Vineyard, Yasmin Perez, and Aby Herrada received first place honors for their invention "Clean Eraser" in the category of "Notebook and Evidence of Research."

Wade Fell and Maddox Duke received third place at Innovative Inventions in the following two categories: Prototype Performance and Peer Choice.

All of these inventions placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd in a field of over 75 inventions from across the region, with Ethan Sanders and Gabby Pumphrey's invention taking the overall top award out of all participants.

Congratulations to all students that entered an invention in this year's event.



PTJH GIRLS CHOIRS EXCEL AT UIL COMPETITION

The Pine Tree Junior High 7th Grade Girls Choir received a 2 (excellent) rating in stage competition and a 2 (excellent) rating in sight reading at the 2015 UIL competition.  The PTJH 8th Grade Girls Choir received Sweepstakes honors during UIL competition and  was one of only three choirs of the 23 choirs competing to receive all 1's.

Congratulations to all our students!

PTJH 7th Grade Girls Choir

PTJH 8th Grade Girls Choir

PTHS THEATRE TO SHOWCASE COMEDIANS DURING IMPROV NIGHT APRIL 30

Pine Tree High School Theatre will showcase four teams of comedians during its 2015 Improv Night on Thursday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Pine Tree High School Theatre on the PTHS campus.
This hilarious comedy event is based on the show "Whose Line is it Anyway"?

Tickets are free for current season ticket holders.  Student/Faculty ticket prices are $2 and $2 for general admission.

Come enjoy a night of comedy at Improv Night 2015!




PTHS Theatre To Perform UIL One Act Play Tartuffe on April 16

Pine Tree High School Theatre is proud to announce the second public performance of their UIL One Act Play Tartuffe.

Moliere wrote Tartuffe, originally entitled Tartuffe the Imposter in 1664.  In the play, Orgon, a wealthy Parisian patriarch falls under the influence of a self-righteous hypocrite named Tartuffe. Orgon becomes obsessed with Tartuffe and the religious ideals the trickster supposedly stands for.
A comedy in five acts, the PTHS department has condensed this play to the 40 minutes required of UIL One Act Play competition.

The play will be performed Thursday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Pine Tree High School Theatre on the PTHS campus.  Tickets are free for current season ticket holders.  Ticket price is $3 for students/faculty and $5 general admission.


PTISD ANNOUNCES KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP APRIL 16 & 17




Pine Tree ISD's  Kindergarten Round-Up will be April 16 from 9:00-2:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. and April 17 from 9:00 am.-2:00 p.m.

Parents should bring the following to Round-Up:
Your Child for testing
Valid ID
Birth Certificate
Social Security
Shot Records
Proof of Residency (Current month utility bill- water, gas, or electric) - NO CABLE OR CELL PHONE BILLS

If you do not have a Birth Certificate, contact Gregg County Courthouse, 101 E. Methvin. The cost is $22.00.  Birth certificates can also purchased online at a cost of $22 at www.texas.gov.  The birth certificate is a REQUIRED document.

For questions regarding PTISD's Kindergarten Round-up contact Regina Butcher at 903.295-5095.



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

PTISD TO HOST COFFEE WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT






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 Middle School - April 16 @ 7:00 a.m.
• Pine Tree High School Location:  The Bistro - April 17 @ 7:00 a.m.
• Pine Tree Primary Volunteer Workroom - April 30 @ 7:30 a.m.

* Discuss District Initiatives and Accomplishments
* Ask questions
* Share your vision for Pine Tree Schools

For more information, contact the PTISD Communications office at  903.295.5136


HALLSVILLE AND PT PARTNERSHIP FOR FORENSIC SHOWCASE 2015

Hallsville High School and Pine Tree High School Forensic teams will partner as they present Forensic Showcase 2015.  This special event will include dinner and will showcase live performances of both championship teams!

The date is Monday, April 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hallsville High School Cafeteria.
Tickets are $15 per person or $60 for a family of four or more.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit PTISD student and fellow competitor, Arthur Dixon, as he purses a internship in the office of Representative Louie Gohmert in the summer of 2015.

Tickets can be purchased at the door and also by calling Kathy Phillips at 903-806-1502.




PINE TREE MASONIC LODGE HOSTS ANNUAL LAMAR SCHOLARSHIP DINNER

The Pine Tree Masonic Lodge honored students, teachers, mentors and administrators at their annual Lamar scholarship dinner.

Students from White Oak,  Spring Hill and Pine Tree were recognized.  PTHS  Senior Arthur Dixon was recognized at this year's event.  Congratulations, Arthur!


PTHS Senior Arthur Dixon and Aunt  Esther Donald 




Monday, April 6, 2015

PTISD To Recognize 3rd Community U Class

Pine Tree ISD will recognize members of its third Community U class at the district's monthly board meeting on Monday, April 13.

Community U, a district lead monthly program which introduces participants to the inner workings of the school district, is a nine month program for community leaders and volunteers.

This year's class selected the Pirate Boutique as this year's service project.

Members of the class of 2014-2015 are: Steven Ball, Karen Beakley, Dan Belzung, Tracy Blalack, Celia Bush, Janet Davis, Adam Graves, Kelly Neff, Teresa Rau, Dr. Ann Rhodes, Dr. Melanie Roudkovski, Missy Saunders, Laticia Smith and Dr. June Strohsahl.

Congratulations to each of our graduates!


PINE TREE BANDS EXCEL AT UIL CONTEST

The Pine Tree High School Bands participated at the UIL Region IV Concert/Sightreading Contest on Thursday, April 2, in Mt. Pleasant, TX.  Both the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble received 1st Division (Superior) ratings for their performances on stage and in Sightreading.

The Pine Tree Bands were also awarded Sweepstakes trophies for the 2014-2015 year where they received 1st Division ratings at Marching Contest, Concert Contest and Sightreading.  This is a great accomplishment.  Congratulations to the students and directors of Pine Tree!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

PTISD YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR ACADEMY TO PRESENT TO INVESTOR PANEL APRIL 8


Pine Tree High School students who are enrolled in the Young Entrepreneurs Program in partnership with the Longview Chamber of Commerce will present to the 2015 YEA! (Young Entrepreneurs Academy) Investor Panel on April 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the Pine Tree ISD Boardroom.

PTISD students will present their business plans and products to local business investors.  The students will take the stage at 6:00 p.m. Students can be awarded funding based on their presentation.
A student will also be named as a Saunders Scholars Semi-Finalist.

The presenting sponsor for the Investor Panel Presentation is Joyce Steel Erection Inc.  Investor Panel Judges are Gill Electric LLC, Guaranty Bank & Trust, Johnson & Pace Incorporated, Landon Ogilvie, Longview Scrap & Metal Company, R Manley Enterprises, Russell & Sons Construction Co., Inc,  and Satterwhite Log Home.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

PINE TREE PRECISION DRILL TEAM PRESENTS SPRING SHOW ONCE UPON A TIME

The Pine Tree Precision Drill Team will present its annual Spring Show, Once Upon a Time on April 9, 10 and 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Pine Tree Road Auditorium.

Ticket prices are Thursday - General Admission - $5.00 and Friday/Saturday - Reserved - $10.00.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://tinyurl.com/pinetreedrill