Friday, May 29, 2015

LONGVIEW AND PINE TREE TEAM UP TO ASSIST VAN RELIEF EFFORT


The school districts of Longview and Pine Tree are teaming to help the displaced teachers of Van ISD.

Earlier this month a tornado ravaged much of the town of Van and caused substantial damage to J.E. Rhodes Elementary School.  While insurance coverage will replace some of the losses, the teachers will have to start over in recreating the classrooms that they worked years to conceive.  Teachers typically spend hundreds of their own dollars, or more, each school year to create a comfortable learning atmosphere.  They also regularly buy school supplies to keep on hand for students whose families can’t afford them.

We want to help Van’s teachers and we need your help to do that.


Donations may be dropped off at the following locations on Monday, June 1 only:
Longview Police Department, 302 W Cotton Street
AAA Discount Storage, 5446 Gilmer Road

or Pine Tree ISD staff/parents may bring donations to school campuses,  Campus donations will be collected through June 2.

Please click on the Help Van ISD link for a list of Stuff a Bus for Van Relief Needs.



Pine Tree ISD Announces 2015-2016 Leadership Academy Class

Pine Tree ISD is proud to announce the members of the 2015-2016 Leadership Academy class.  Leadership3 (Classroom, Campus, Community) is a year long leadership development program for PTISD employees. 

Members of the 2015-2016 Leadership Academy Class are:

Lori Ashby, Primary
Debra Benner, Junior High
Robin Best, Primary
Yolanda Bright, Middle
Steven Collins, Intermediate
Hannah Creacy, Central Administration
Susan Curtis, Junior High
Sunshine Harrison, Intermediate
Mitzie Hedges, Primary
Jessica Mangrum, Intermediate
Crystal Massey, Elementary
Valerie Muckleroy, Intermediate
Daniel Rich, High School
Christen Stowers, Elementary
Loree' Tatum, Junior High
Laurie Taylor, Intermediate
Tina Tipton, Elementary
Amy Touchstone, Junior High
Jennifer Wilbur, ExCEL
Leonardo Zavala, Middle

The leadership year will kick off August 18 with an evening with noted author and educator Angela Maiers who will speak on Passion Driven Leadership.  

The program curriculum consists of exploring the leadership journey, moral and intellectual leadership, the core business of leadership and learning, recruiting and district funding, community leadership and an opportunity to job shadow a district leader for the day.



Thursday, May 21, 2015

2015 Football Spring Scrimmage and Jamboree Friday

Pine Tree Pirate fans will get a first look at the 2015-2016 Junior Varsity and Varsity football teams at the 2015 Football Spring Scrimmage and Jamboree Friday, May 22 at Pine Tree Stadium.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with Junior Varsity kicking off at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Varsity team at 8:15 p.m.

Admission is only $3.00 with preschool and younger children admitted FREE.

Other activities that evening a Taste of Pine Tree featuring local PT business cuisine from McAlister's Deli and Pietro's Neighborhood Pizzeria, Punt, Pass and Kick Competition K-6, Fun Zones, and Silent Auction.

A raffle will also be held that evening which includes great gift cards from local businesses.  Tickets can be purchased from any PT football parent.

Pine Tree ISD Director Appointed to TEA State Technology Committee

Pine Tree ISD Director of College/Career Readiness & Digital Learning, Dr. Tony Tipton, has been appointed by the Texas Education Agency to serve on a statewide technology committee. This committee will be responsible for designing and rolling out a new technology proficiency instrument for Texas teachers and planning for the next phase of technology implementation for all Texas public schools. The group will begin its work this June in Austin and continue meetings until the new instrument is ready for its debut. The former instrument, STaR Chart, is phasing out since it's introduction in 1999 and latest update in 2006. The idea for the original STaR Chart was conceived in 1997, so much has happened in the world of technology since then. Additionally, as we approach the year 2020, Texas will publish its next version of its Long Range Plan for Technology (LRPT) and this committee will likely be heavily involved in that work as well.

Tipton completed his doctoral research utilizing the STaR Chart so he has a unique insight into the instrument and how to improve it for future generations of Texas teachers. Dr. Tipton's research interests include leadership development, organizational climate, change theory, and digital learning. Tipton has been a presenter at several technology conferences and published various articles. He is currently working with a teacher from the district to publish an article about a new "teacher-friendly" classroom technology implementation framework.  Congratulations, Dr. Tipton!

Dr. Tony Tipton
 Director of College Career
Readiness & Digital Learning 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pine Tree Junior High Named No Place for Hate Campus

Pine Tree Junior High has been named a No Place for Hate campus by the No Place for Hate program.  The campus was presented with a No Place for Hate banner at the Junior High honors program on May 19.

Pine Tree Junior High participated in three activities during the 2014-2015 school year to receive this award.  PTJH presented The Tiny Girl , Big Dreams speaker presentation, created a MIx-It-Up lunch for students and established an anti-bullying poster campaign where students were asked to design a poster encouraging others to intervene when confronted with instances of bullying behavior or stereotypes.

No Place for Hate was developed to organize schools to work together and develop projects that enhance the appreciation of diversity and foster harmony amongst diverse groups.  The campaign empowers schools to promote respect for individual and group differences while challenging prejudice and bigotry.  

PTJH Principal Vanessa Robinson displays the
No Place For Hate banner presented to Pine Tree Junior High 



PINE TREE 7TH GRADE STUDENTS QUALIFY AS DUKE SCHOLARS

Five Pine Tree Junior High Students participated in the 2015 Duke Talent Identification Program.

Ainsley Daugbjerg, Conner Naseiro, Issabella Nix, Noah Tesser and Jaedin Tambunga participated in the program with Naseiro, NIx and Tesser qualifying as Duke Scholars.  Duke (TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically talented youth.  As a global leader in gifted education, Duke TIP works with students, families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage and support gifted youth in reaching their highest potential.  More than 2.5 million students have benefited from TIP programs and resoruces since 1980.  Duke TIP's talent identification, academic, and research programs now serve as worldwide models for the education of gifted students.  

Congratulations to each of our PT students!  We are Pirate proud of you!


Monday, May 18, 2015

Disney Music Selections Featured at PT Pop Show

The Pine Tree Junior High and Middle School choirs will present "Disney Fever" on May 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Pine Tree Road Auditorium.  Songs from the following movies will be featured:  Lion King, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, and Pocahontas and much more!

Admission is FREE!  Make plans to attend Disney Fever!


Pine Tree ISD will host Gifted and Talented Parent Meeting June 2

PTISD will host a Gifted and Talented (GT) Parent meeting for parents unable to attend the previously held meetings on May 12 and May 14, 2015.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the PTISD Community Center located at 1701 Pine Tree Road.


MEET YOUR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER TONIGHT AT 6:30 P.M. AT MAUDE COBB

Longview Police Department will host a Meet Your School Resource Officer tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Maude Cobb Convention Center.

School Resource Officers from the Longview, Pine Tree and Spring Hill school districts will be on hand to talk about the duties, roles and responsibilities of a School Resource Officer.

Parents from participating school districts are invited to attend. The meeting will be an open forum and questions will be taken from the audience.  There is no charge to attend.



PINE TREE PIRATE FANS GET FIRST LOOK AT SPRING SCRIMMAGE AND JAMBOREE

Pine Tree Pirate fans will get a first look at the 2015-2016 Junior Varsity and Varsity football teams at the 2015 Football Spring Scrimmage and Jamboree Friday, May 22 at Pine Tree Stadium.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with Junior Varsity kicking off at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Varsity team at 8:15 p.m.

Admission is only $3.00 with preschool and younger children admitted FREE.

Other activities that evening a Taste of Pine Tree featuring local PT business cuisine from McAlister's Deli and Pietro's Neighborhood Pizzeria, Punt, Pass and Kick Competition K-6, Fun Zones, and Silent Auction.

A raffle will also be held that evening which includes great gift cards from local businesses.  Tickets can be purchased from any PT football parent.



Friday, May 15, 2015

PTJH 8TH GRADE BAND NAMED GRAND CHAMPION AT SEASONS IN THE PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Pine Tree Junior High 8th grade band brought home a 1st division and Best in Class trophies at the 2015 Seasons in the Park Music Festival on May 1 in Dallas.  This outstanding band also was named "Grand Champion"  in the non-high school instrumental ensemble category.

The Junior High Band is under the direction of Mark Perry.

Congratulations to our band students and Mr. Perry!  We are Pirate Proud of YOU!

PTJH 8th Grade Band under the direction of Mark Perry 




Thursday, May 14, 2015

KEEP LONGVIEW BEAUTIFUL RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS AT ANNUAL LUNCHEON

Keep Longview Beautiful hosted the organization's Annual Appreciation Luncheon recognizing sponsors, directors, and volunteers on May 14.  

Donna Pruitt, Community Relations Coordinator with Pine Tree ISD  and Rhea Anne Teague, Business Recruitment & Marketing Assistant, with Longview Economic Development Corporation were named Volunteers of the Year for their outstanding contributions to Keep Longview Beautiful and the Longview community. 

Congratulations. Donna!  We are Pirate Proud of YOU!

Dionne Lott, KLB President, Donna Pruitt, Volunteer of the Year,
and Kim Droege, KLB Executive Director
 



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CITY OF LONGVIEW POLICE DEPARTMENT TO HOST MEET YOUR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER MAY 18

Longview Police Department will host a Meet Your School Resource Officer event May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Maude Cobb Convention Center.

School Resource Officers from the Longview, Pine Tree and Spring Hill school districts will be on hand to talk about the duties, roles and responsibilities of a School Resource Officer.

Parents from participating school districts are invited to attend. The meeting will be an open forum and questions will be taken from the audience.  There is no charge to attend.


I'M SMART EVENT SHOWCASED ON MAY 22

PTISD Third grade students will have the opportunity to learn about Science, Math, Art, Research and Technology during Pine Tree High School's I'M SMART event set for May 22 at Pine Tree High School from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

I'M SMART (Imagine, Science, Math, Research and Technology) event will provide a hands on experience with exhibits, experiments and demonstrations in the areas of math, art, science and technology.  

Curiously doing interesting things - I'M SMART!

2014 I'M SMART EVENT





Monday, May 11, 2015

PINE TREE EDUCATION FOUNDATION SPIRIT NIGHT MAY 14 - SUPPORT YOUR PINE TREE PIRATES!

The Pine Tree ISD Education Foundation will hold a Spirit Night fundraiser Thursday, May 14 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Sonic Drive-In located on West Marshall in the Pine Tree area. Sonic Drive-In will donate 10 percent of the evening’s receipts to the foundation to support its teacher grants program.

Come out and support your Pine Tree Pirates!





Friday, May 8, 2015

PTHS Pop Show features Broadway Hits

The Pine Tree High School Pop Show will feature Broadway selections at this year's event.
Set for Friday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Pine Tree Little Theatre, the show will highlight selections from the Sound of Music, Annie, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, CATS and many more.

Tickets are $5  and can be purchased at the door.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pine Tree Intermediate Creates School Book Club

This month Pine Tree Intermediate will be embarking on a special project, an all school book club called One School, One Book. Every family will receive a copy of the same book – George Selden’s The Cricket in Times Square - and will be asked to read it at home over the month of May.  The Pine Tree Education Foundation sponsored this wonderful event and provided books for all 720 students.

Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader, but it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. Through the One School, One Book program, we aim to build a community of readers at our school. Everyone - students, parents, teachers, even support staff - will be participating, and we can all reap the many benefits.

All 3rd and 4th graders received their copy of The Cricket in Times Square on Monday, May 4th with a tailored reading schedule so they can keep up at home. Each family will be asked to read a chapter a night – about 15 minutes per night – from May 4th- 21st.

In school, the students will be invited to answer daily trivia questions in both their reading and math classes to encourage and reward attentive listening. In art class, there will be various projects which discuss or explore the book.  Our students have decorated the hallways to look like the NYC subway and Times Square.  Throughout the month, everyone will be talking about The Cricket in Times Square!


New York City setting at
Pine Tree Intermediate for
School Book Club, One School, One Club 


PTHS ENTREPRENEUR STUDENTS TO BE RECOGNIZED AT SMALL BUSINESS LUNCHEON

Students of the Young Entrepreneurs class at Pine Tree High School will be honored and recognized at the Longview Chamber of Commerce Small Business Luncheon today at Maude Cobb Convention Center.

The Young Entrepreneurs, class in partnership with the Longview Chamber of Commerce, is a year long program taught by teachers Jillian Bender and Allen Morris and coordinated by Chamber of Commerce program director Courtney Gill.

The YEA! class assists students to develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors and actually launch and run their real, legal, fully formed companies and social movements.

The following PTHS students will be recognized:

Avery Randall
Brandon Richardson
Caleb Jimenez
Levi Morrill
Chet Morgan
Logan Morton
Hugo Escobar
Blake Wallin
Stephen Feazell
Andrew York
Keely Drinkard
Arthur Dixon
Kenny Jackson
Naveed Batliwala
Joshua Warren

Congratulations to each of our students - our future community business leaders! 




Monday, May 4, 2015

PTISD ANNOUNCES PUBLIC/COMMUNITY VIEWING OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND GT PARENT MEETINGS

Pine Tree ISD will host a public/community viewing of selected instructional materials for Proclamation 2015 including K-12 Social Studies, K-12 Fine Arts and High School Math Courses May 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the boardroom at Central Administration.

Advanced Academic/Gifted and Talented (GT) Parent Meeting for Grades K-4 will be May 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Pine Tree Intermediate campus.

Advanced Academic/Gifted and Talented (GT) Parent Meeting for Grades 5-12 will
be May 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom at the Central Administration building.


Pine Tree Middle School's Save our Soil Team Takes First Place At State Bowl

Pine Tree Middle School's S.O.S., Save Our Soil, team took 1st place in the Junior Division in the Environment Category at this year's 2015 Texas Future Problem Solving Program State Bowl in Austin.   

The Texas FPSP is an affiliate member of the international FPSPI.  Its mission is to teach students critical thinking and creative problem solving processes through competitive and  non-competitive instructional programs so they learn to work with others in designing positive futures.  It is an academic interdisciplinary completed as an extra-curricular activity.  The challenging materials and competitive components are designed to motivate student to think creatively and critically.  We like to say, "Texas FPSP teaches students how to think, not what to think." 

Team members include:   Daniel Lambie, Luis Vasquez, Shaun Ray, Cameron Cowden, Madi Harrell, Siaz'Jay Lewis, Kennedy Lewis, Holly  James, Paige Reese, Ethan Sanders, Emmanuel Viramontes, Andy Pearce, and Marilyn Shen.  

Congratulations to team S.O.S.  We are proud of  your efforts and hard work.    




PT PTA Sponsors Mom and Son Game Night - Purchase your tickets today!

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.