Thursday, January 28, 2016

Pine Tree High School ExCEL graduation set for January 29

The fall graduation for the senior class of Pine Tree High School ExCEL will be Friday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Pine Tree High School Theatre.

The following students will be recognized at this year's graduation:

Karla Maria Diaz
Victoria Lynn Dorse
Isaiah Martin Shane Hooten
Seqouyah NeKye Lister
Dylan Aaron Manley
Montana Cole Mize

The Pledge of Allegiance will be lead by Caci Brinkley and the National Anthem will be sung by Cheryl Crafton.  Graduation speaker will be Tyrance "Duke" Barnett, Principal of ExCEL High School.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Father Daughter Dance

Saturday, February 20,2016
6:30 -8:30 p.m.
The ROC at First Baptist Church
212 E. South Street

Ticket Price:  $15 for Father & One Child
$5 each additional child, up to $25
Tickets must be purchased online at
Click on the PTA link on the left side of the menu

Child must be accompanied by an adult for the entire event
No drop offs will be allowed.  

For event information contact the Pine Tree PTA at 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Coffee with Superintendent Dr. TJ Farler January 28 at Pine Tree High School

Pine Tree ISD will host Coffee with the Superintendent - Thursday, January 28 at 7:30 a.m. on the Pine Tree High School campus in The Bistro.

Join us for a cup of coffee with Superintendent TJ Farler - Discuss district initiatives and accomplishments, ask questions and share your vision for Pine Tree Schools.

For additional information contact the PTISD Communications Department at 903-295-5136.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Pine Tree Junior High's OAP Production of Seagirl was selected as Alternate Show at the District OAP Contest on January 16.  Pine Tree completed against seven other schools to earn this honor.

Individual awards at the competition are as follows:

All Star Technical Award - Sarah Payne (Stage Manager/Lights)
Honorable Mention All Star Cast - Ashly James as Seagirl
Honorable Mention All Star Cast - Meghan Bernard, Lyric Nolan and Graham Parmelee as The Parrots
All Star Cast - Rose LaBay

Congratulations, Pine Tree Pirates!  Job Well Done!

PTJH Cast of Seagirl 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Four PTHS Students Selected to TMEA All-State Band

Pine Tree High School placed 4 students in the TMEA All-State Band.  

Korbin Davis, Gage Ellis, Cristian Najera, and Jerry Zhang were all selected as first chairs at the area competition in Richardson January 9.

This is the most students in Pine Tree school history that have been selected to the All-State Band.  Pine Tree placed more in the All-State Band in any other district competitors.

"We are extremely proud of our students", said Director of Fine Arts Mark Melton. 

Jerry Zhang, a second year All State member, is a senior at PTHS.  "For Jerry to make All State two years in a row, speaks of his talent, dedication and work ethic," stated Melton.

Cristian Najera and Gage Ellis, both placed first chair in 5A and 6A trumpets. 

Korbin Davis, changed to contra bass clarinet in November, and his perseverance paid off with the selection.

Bobby Counts and Jonathan Garcia were selected as 1st alternates.

Don Lawler, a long time music educator in East Texas band programs, said," It is a high accomplishment to both the PTISD Directors and students to place four students in the All-State Band."  

Lawler is former band director at Pine Tree and Spring Hill.  He retired in 1995 and is currently the UIL Region Music Executive Secretary.  TMEA and UL provide music competitions for all band, choir, and orchestra students in Texas.

Pine Tree ISD is proud of all of these students.  These students will be recognized at the PTISD monthly board meeting on February 8. 

Front row (left to right):  Cristian Najera, Gage Ellis and Jonathan Garcia
Back row (left to right): Jerry Zhang, Bobby Counts and Korbin Davis 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Pine Tree ISD Recognizes School Board During School Board Recognition Month

January 2016 is School Board Recognition Month and Pine Tree ISD joins other districts across the state as districts honor the countless contributions of these locally elected advocates for public education.

"Serving on a local school board is no easy task, particularly in today's climate of rapid change and financial uncertainties. These men and women are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for our public schools. They tackle a difficult job and shoulder enormous responsibilities", said Dr. TJ Farler, Pine Tree Superintendent.

"The staff and students of our district applaud our board members for their vision and voice to help shape a better tomorrow for our students", said Farler.

Pine Tree ISD Board members are President Terre Dunn, Vice-President Amy Brown, Secretary Will Adamson, Adam Graves, Pat Noon and Dr. Kerri Daugbjerg.

Each of the district campuses will honor trustees at the monthly board meeting on Monday, January 11 as well as hosting trustees on their campuses throughout the month of January.


Pine Tree ISD will host an information meeting on Thursday, January 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.