Thursday, December 15, 2016

Birch Elementary Students Bring Christmas Spirit to Pine Tree Lodge Nursing Center

The Birch Elementary Music Club, Art Club, and Student Council delivered socks and chapstick collected by students to the residents of Pine Tree Lodge Nursing Center.  The Art Club created Christmas placemats and cards for the residents.  

The students caroled and visited with the residents and enjoyed spending time with them.  

It was a nice holiday treat for the students and residents.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Parkway Elementary Student Council Collects Goodies for Pine Tree Lodge Residents

The Pine Tree Parkway Elementary Student Council collected socks, lotions and chapsticks for residents of the Pine Tree Lodge Nursing Home.  The students delivered the Christmas goodies to the residents this week.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Pine Tree Education Foundation Spirit Night 2nd Tuesday of each Month

Papa John's Pizza wants to make a date with PT Pirates the second Tuesday of each month.

When customers order lunch or dinner from Papa John's the second Tuesday of each month, 20% of total sales that day benefits the foundation. Simply mention Pine Tree ISD when ordering your favorite pizza!

It's a fun and delicious day to raise money for the PT Education Foundation.

Mark your calendars! Papa John's Pizza at both locations - 1409-C Loop 281W and 905 E. Marshall, Suite 101.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Pine Tree Students Explore Hour of Code

Students at Pine Tree Birch Elementary, Parkway Elementary and Pine Tree Middle School participated in Hour of Code during the official week of December 5-11.

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries.

The event is put on by which is a nonprofit group dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities.

4th Grade students at Parkway Elementary learned how to code this week. Coding is used to help students eventually learn how to make their own apps and games.

PT Middle School students learned what it takes to create different APPS that they use everyday from games to social media. Another module included Minecraft where learners of all ages get an introductory experience with coding and computer science in a safe, supportive environment.

Birch Elementary students explored Hour of Code during Coding Club. Students were very excited about this new learning opportunity as evidenced by the following quotes:

"I love to do coding. It is so fun! I did not know I liked coding at all until I did it today"

"I liked it when I built a house and sheared the sheep and chopped the trees down and finally explore the creepers."

"I love coding because it puts fun into learning. If you never have tried coding, try it someday - you will like it!

"Coding was so cool! We got to code chickens, Steve, and even play Flappy Bird. At the end of each stage, you get to sue anything you have learned and make something random. On the Minecraft, you get to build mines and tell chickens to do random things. On the Flappy Bird, you get to tall Flappy Bird to make a noise when he does something like hit a pole. There are different backgrounds and birds."

Pine Tree High School AV Announces 24/7 Christmas Music

For the month of December the Pine Tree High School AV Department has created a 24/7 live stream of Christmas music on their school radio station Bluebeard radio.

Music can be heard by clicking on this link:

Merry Christmas!

Pine Tree Band Concerts to Stream Live

The Pine Tree Middle, Junior High and High School Band Concerts will be streamed live at the following links:

Pine Tree Middle School, Monday, December 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Pine Tree Road Auditorium

Pine Tree Junior High School, Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Pine Tree Road Auditorium

Pine Tree High School, Thursday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Pine Tree High School Theatre

Pine Tree High School Leadership/Student Council Collects Santa Letters to benefit Make a Wish Foundation

The Pine Tree High School Leadership/Student Council participated in the collection of Santa Letters to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation.  The students collected 5,879 letters which equals $11,758 to be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation.

The letters to Santa Project is a project of Macy's.  For every letter received, Macy's will donate $1 up to one million dollars.

PTHS Leadership/Student Council 

Pine Tree High School Band Students Earn All-Region Band Honors

Congratulations to these students who earned All-Region Band honors at North Lamar HS on December 9. 

Thirty-six students were selected to the All-Region Band in addition to 3 first alternates. 

Sixteen students will compete at area at Richardson Berkner on January 7 for an opportunity to be selected to the Texas All-State Band!   

Morgan Spann 
Stephanie Ramirez 
Taylor McDaniel 

Jack Cheng – Alternate

Kalie Rhodes – (Area Qualifier)
Karina Ruiz 
Aaron Pierce 
Lisette Cerda 
Audrey Soltau 

Bass Clarinet:
Bobby Counts – 1st Chair (Area Qualifier)
Elisabeth Pinkston 

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

Alto Saxophone:
Christian Osborn 

Tenor Saxophone:
Shawn Naseiro 

Baritone Saxophone:
Jordan Lampin – 1st Chair (Area Qualifier)
Jonathan Garcia – 2nd Chair (Area Qualifier - 6A)

Gage Ellis – 1st Chair (Area Qualifier – 6A)
Cristian Najera – 2nd Chair (Area Qualifier)
Axel Mondragon – 4th Chair (Area Qualifier)
Keelan Davis 
Luis Vazquez (8th Grade)
Kahli Grant 
Amarah Sweaks 

French Horns:
Leah Counts – 2nd Chair (Area Qualifier)
Makala Pinkston – 3rd Chair (Area Qualifier)
Allison Knight – 4th Chair (Area Qualifier)
Riley Blalack 
Maddison Hardin - Alternate

Tenor Trombone:
Davis Morton – 2nd Chair (Area Qualifier)
Rafael Najera 
Connor Naseiro 

Bass Trombone:
Joel Ramirez – 1st Chair (Area Qualifier)

Harrison Berryhill – Alternate

Chris Schaetz – 3rd Chair (Area Qualifier)
Josue Jovel 
Ethan Sanders 
Izrell Adams (Area Qualifier – 6A)

Tyler Russell – 1st Chair (Area Qualifier)

Pine Tree Accepting GT Nominations Through December 16

Pine Tree ISD is accepting Gifted and Talented Nominations for the 2016-2017 school year through December 16. Parents must complete the Nomination Form and return it to their child's campus office no later than Friday, December 16, 2016.

Nomination forms can be found on the district's webpage at

For any questions, please contact your child's campus office or Debbie Terry at (903) 295-5000.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pirates Show Well at First Invitational Tournament

The Pine Tree High School UIL Academic Team competed in its first invitational tournament this weekend at Sulphur Springs High School.   The sponsors and I are so proud of our Pirates.  
Congratulations to our students!

Listed below are the results of the First Invitational Tournament:

Overall - 2nd Place Team
Callisto Davis - 3rd place
Chris Schaetz - 4th place
Andrew Short - 5th place

9th Grade
Callista Harrold - 2nd place
Will Davis - 3rd place
Connor Naserio - 6th place
Sterling Beaklers - 7th place

10th Grade
Akshay Peddireddy - 1st place
Jorge Juarez - 3rd place
Caleb Terry - 6th place
Riley Stanley - 10th place

11th Grade
Callisto Davis - 1st place
Sam Gonzales - 2nd place
Dalton Roberts - 4th place
Jack Cheng - 5th place
Joel Gonzalez - 6th place
Kalie Rhodes - 7th place

12th Grade
Chris Schaetz - 3rd place
Andrew Short - 4th place
Clara Richardson - 8th place
Sebastian Miller - 9th place

Number Sense
Overall - 2nd Place Team
Chris Schaetz - 2nd place
Sebastian Miller - 3rd place
Riley Stanley- 5th place

9th Grade
Will Davis - 5th place
Connor Naseiro - 6th place

10th Grade
Riley Stanley - 2nd place
Akshay Peddireddy - 3rd place
Jorge Juarez - 4th place
Caleb Terry - 8th place

11th Grade
Calisto Davis - 2nd place
Dalton Roberts - 3rd place
Sam Gonzalez - 4th place
Kalie Rhodes - 6th place
Jack Cheng - 8th place
Joel Gonzalez - 9th place

12th Grade
Chris Schaetz - 2nd place
Sebastian Miller - 3rd place
Andrew Short - 5th place
Clara Richardson - 6th place

Chris Schaetz - 5th place

9th Grade
Will Davis - 4th place
Connor Naseiro - 7th place

10th Grade
Akshay Peddireddy - 3rd place
Jorge Juarez - 4th place
Riley Stanley - 5th place
Caleb Terry - 9th place

11th Grade
Callisto Davis - 2nd place
Jack Cheng - 4th place
Kalie Rhodes - 5th place
Dalton Roberts - 6th place
Sam Gonzalez - 7th place

12th Grade
Chris Schaetz - 3rd place
Sebastian Miller - 4th place
Andrew Short - 5th place
Clara Richardson - 6th place

Overall - 2nd Place Team
Clara Richardson - 2nd place
Chris Schaetz - 6th place

Current Events
Colby Holloman - 2nd place

Social Studies
2nd Place Team
Shawn Naseiro - 2nd place

Ready Writing
Diamond McKinney - 3rd place

Literary Criticism
2nd Place Team
Korbin Davis - 6th place

Persuasive Speaking
Abby Walker - 3rd place

Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Roshni Edalur - 6th place

Pine Tree Students Earn Chairs in Region IV Freshman Honor Band

Freshman students from the Pine Tree HS Band auditioned for the UIL Region IV Freshman Honor Band Monday, December 5th in Sulphur Springs.  

Congratulations to the following students for earning chairs in this group:

Karina Ruiz - *1st chair clarinet
Brie Cope - Clarinet
Adrienne Pena - *1st chair Tenor Sax
Oscar Ruiz - *1st chair trumpet
Keelan Davis - Trumpet
Dawson Shelton - Trumpet
Leah Counts - French Horn
Connor Naseiro - *1st chair Trombone
Makayla Allison - Trombone​
​The Freshman Honor Band will present a concert in conjunction with the Junior High All-Region Band at 5:00 PM on Saturday, December 10th at the Paris Junior High Auditorium.

Go Pirates!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Pine Tree Middle School Competes in 1st Annual Aerodynamics Makerspace Competition

Students from Pine Tree Middle School participated in the 1st Annual Aerodynamics Makerspace Competition December 2 at PTMS.

Students in Mrs.Laura Cranford's Makerspace program made a car for the competition. Students competed against each other to see whose car would go the fartherest. Approximately nine students participated this year.   Dr. TJ Farler, Superintendent of PTISD, served as the official judge of the competition.

Congratulations to the following students:

1st Place - Jacob Geist

2nd Place - Chloe Tesser

3rd Place - Braden Scolfield

Other participants were Eugenio Cerda, Zion Smith, Dez Cherry, Fletcher Hester, Joaquin Soria, and David Fleet.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

16-5A All District Selections Named - Pine Tree Athletes Recognized

The 16-5A All District Selections have been announced.  Congratulations to the following PT athletes! 

16-5A Superlatives:
Keshon Williams – District Offensive Newcomer of the Year

16-5A All District Selections:
Shaffer Russell – 1st Team All District Fullback & 2nd Team All District Linebacker
Kenny Jackson – 1st Team All District Wide Receiver
Mose Jeffery – 1st Team All District Offensive Line
Gary Wiley – 1st Team All District Defensive Line
Maliq Owens – 2nd Team All District Running Back
Trey Williams – 2nd Team All District Running Back
Wade Seidel – 2nd Team All District Linebacker
Paul Bonamy – 2nd Team All District Safety
Dee Green – 2nd Team All District Safety
Davon Coleman – 2nd Team Corner Back, Honorable Mention Wide Receiver
Trey Pruitt – Honorable Mention Wide Receiver
Nick Noll – Honorable Mention Wide Receiver
Keith Burkes – Honorable Mention Defensive Line
Kavonte McCall – Honorable Mention Corner Back
Jose Garcia – Honorable Mention Defensive Line
Jatavian Easley – Honorable Mention Corner Back

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pine Tree High School Choir Students Advance to All-State Competition

Four Pine Tree High School choir students earned recognition at pre-area competition on November 29 and will advance to all-state choir auditions on January 7th.

Congratulations to the following students and wish each of them the best of luck at state.

Savannah Harrold - 2nd chair Soprano 1
Emilee Fowler - 2nd alternate Soprano 1
Kietraille Sutton  - 2nd chair Tenor 2
Robby Childers - 2nd chair Bass 2

Pine Tree Fishing Club Makes Great Showing at Lake Fork Tournament

Pine Tree made a GREAT showing at the Lake Fork Tournament on November 19.
There were 119 teams participating in the tournament.

Pine Tree student Treston Braley took home first place.  

Congratulations to Treston and the entire Fishing Club!

Below are the Lake Fork Tournament Results:

Treston Braley - 1st
Connor Mayuex and Merrick Taylor - 43rd
Alex Aguilar - 55th
Hudson Finley and Jack Gense - 29th
Bret James and Bryce Payne - 72nd
Lance Williams and Jacob Carter - 73rd
Christian Arevalo and Auturo Perez - 74th
Total Cumulative Places For the Season with 4 tournaments left

Treston Braley - 13th
Connor Mayuex and Merrick Taylor - 30th
Alex Aguilar - 45th
Hudson Finley and Jack Gense - 50th
Bret James and Bryce Payne - 56th
Lance Williams and Jacob Carter - 58th
Christian Arevalo and Auturo Perez - 73rd

First Place Treston Braley

Alex Aguilar
Hudson Finley and Jack Gense
Merrick Taylor and Connor Mayuex 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Pine Tree Art Students Named to Longview Museum of Fine Arts Student Board

Roshni Edalur and Shreya Patel, AP 3rd year design students at Pine Tree High School, have been chosen to serve on the Longview Museum of Fine Arts student board.

Edalur and Patel will assist the museum in hanging shows, fundraisers and community activities.

Congratulations, Roshni and Shreya!

Shreya Patel

Roshni Edalur

LMFA Student Board 

PTHS Cheerleaders Host Polar Express Parents Night Out

The Pine Tree High School Cheerleaders will host The Polar Express Parents Night Out Saturday, December 3 from 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. at the Pine Tree High School Gym.  The cost to attend is $20 per child.

All attendees must complete a registration form and bring it with you the night of the event.  Children may wear pajamas and will receive a silver ball.  The event will include crafts and hot cocoa.

Bring your kids and enjoy a night out!

You are Invited! Pine Tree Child Nutrition Department Hosts Annual Christmas Party

The Pine Tree ISD Child Nutrition Department will host its annual Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 6 from 2-4 p.m. in the Community Center located next to the Central Administration Building.

Community members are invited to attend and enjoy great desserts and fellowship.  For additional information regarding this holiday event, contact the PTISD Child Nutrition Department at 903-295-5087.

Monday, November 28, 2016

It's All Green at GREEN Machines Parade at PTISD

Pine Tree ISD along with Keep Longview Beautiful and the City of Longview will host a GREEN Machines Parade on Friday, December 2 at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot located behind the old Pirate Stadium.

Students from Birch Elementary and Parkway Elementary will have the opportunity to learn all about the trucks that will be included in the Green Machines Parade:

Dump Truck
Street Sweeper
Trash/Recycle Truck
Gap Vac Truck
Pot Hole Patch Truck
Bulky Item Truck

Students will learn the importance of recycling,how to be respectful of green spaces and to understand how to to be a good steward to our environment.

PTHS Choir Boosters Breakfast with Santa set for December 17

The Pine Tree High School Choir Boosters Breakfast with Santa is set for Saturday, December 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Pine Tree Junior High Cafeteria.  The event will include breakfast, a visit from Santa, carols and arts and crafts.   Cost is $5.00 and may be paid at the door.

For additional information regarding Breakfast with Santa contact Vickie Childers at 903.240.6038 or

Pine Tree High School Choir Presents A Sweet Silver Carol for the Season December 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church

Friday, November 18, 2016

Pine Tree Culinary Arts Program Showcased at Campus Visit

The East Texas Chapter ProStart Culinary Program visited the Pine Tree High School Culinary Arts Program with a campus visit on November 18.

The Texas ProStart Program is a program of the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation.  
The Texas ProStart Program includes outstanding curriculum, teacher excellence, industry support, state-of-the-art facilities and student achievement.

Pine Tree ISD is one of seventeen school districts in the state who is recognized as a ProStart Program. Representatives from the East Texas Restaurant Association as well as PTISD district personnel enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by the PTHS Culinary Arts students.

PTHS Culinary Arts Program 

Pine Tree Middle School Participates in Turkey Trot 2016

Pine Tree Middle School students participated in the 2016 Turkey Trot on November 18.  

This year's winners include:

Malachi  Gray. 1st Place
Shane Moore.  2nd place
Caleb Johnson: 3rd place 

Ciara Bray.   1st place
Fendi  Henry.  2nd place
Shanti  Fagan.  3rd place 

Ribbons were awarded to all participants.  The next race will be the Reindeer Races in December.  

Congratulations to all winners and participants!

PIne Tree Twirlers Qualify for State

Pine Tree High School hosted the Region 4 UIL Twirling Solo and Ensemble competition on November 12.  Every performance entry from Pine Tree scored a superior rating.  The six participants from Pine Tree earned a total of 10 medals.

The following  Pine Tree High School majorettes were members of the superior rated ensemble routine:

Anna Callendar, Senior
Audrey Soltau, Senior
Amiya Epps, Junior
Alexa Brutchin, Junior
Lexi Oliver, Sophomore
Carly Garcia, Sophomore

In addition, the following students earned a superior rating in solo competition:

Anna Callender
Amiya Epps
Lexi Oliver
Carly Garcia

The students will compete at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble contest in May.

Congratulations PT Majorettes!

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

Pine Tree Band students auditioned for the Region IV/XXI All-Region Orchestra November 16 at Longview High Schoool.  This audition was for both Region IV and Region XXI and included all 5A and 6A schools in these regions which includes Texarkana, Tyler, Lindale, Lufkin, Nacogdoches and Longview areas.

The following students earned seats in the All-Region Orchestra:

Gage Ellis - 1st chair trumpet
Cristian Najera - 2nd chair trumpet
Axel Mondragon - 3rd chair trumpet
Joel Ramirez - 1st chair bass trombone
Tyler Russell - 1st chair percussion

Pine Tree swept the trumpet section, taking all three of the available seats.  The All-Region
Orchestra will present a concert December 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the Longview High School Mickey Melton Auditorium.

Congratulations to our Pine Tree students!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Pine Tree Junior High Robotics Teams Sweep Engineers Choice Awards

The Pine Tree Junior High Robotics Teams earned Engineers Choice  and Arena Competition Awards at the Region 7 Robotics Competition on November 15.

The following students earned Engineers Choice Awards for Design and Arena Competition:

Arena Competition
Wade Fell & Stephen Geist - 3rd Place
Charles Walker - 4th Place

Engineers Choice Award for Design
Marshall Daugbjerg
Sal Bonamy
Nikolas Roudkovski

Engineers Choice Award for Design
Wesley Bedee
James Phu
Connor Carrell

Engineers Choice Award for Design
Pedro Montano
Cullen Nguyen
Jann Cabudoy
Wesley Bechtold

Congratulations, PT Pirates!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Pine Tree ISD Transportation Department Hosts Chili Cookoff

The Pine Tree ISD Transportation Department hosted a chili cookoff on November 15. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed some delicious chili!

Below are the participants and winners of this year's competition:

Anita Howard 1st Place
Diane Woddell 2nd Place
Jack Irvin 3rd Place
Vicky Roberts
Sariah Rowe
Julia Wasson

Congratulations!  We are Pirate Proud of you!

Jack Irvin, 3rd place, Anita Howard, 1st place
Diane Woddell, 2nd place