Wednesday, March 30, 2016

PT Jazz Band featured at Peek at the Park Saturday

The Pine Tree High School Jazz Band will be a featured performance at the Peek at the Park event on Saturday, April 2 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Peek at the Park is an exciting event showcasing the progress of the new Longview Arboretum and Nature Center.  Event activities that day include yoga classes, live music, pleine air art exhibit with local artists sculpting and creating art with oil and watercolor.  There will be a children's craft activity and lots of great food.

Plan now to attend Peek at the Park- the newest park in  Longview.

Pine Tree ISD Hosts 2016 Career Fair April 21

Pine Tree ISD will host its annual Career Fair April 21 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Pine Tree High School Cafeteria.  This year's attendees will have an opportunity to learn about all positions available through PTISD.

To pre-register for an interview email  Registration deadline is April 12 at 5:00 p.m.  Applicants should bring resume, transcripts and certifications.

For additional information contact, Suzanne Shackelford, HR Coordinator, at 295.5000 Ext. 117.

Pine Tree ISD Announces 2016 Primary Kindergarten Round-Up

Pine Tree ISD has announced the 2016 PT Primary Kindergarten Round-Up for April 14 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. and April 15 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Kindergarten Round-Up is ONLY for those students new to the Pine Tree district and who did  not attend Pre-K at Pine Tree.

Please bring the following with you:
* Your child for testing to assist with placement
Valid ID
Birth certificate
Social Security
Shot Records (up-to-date)
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 please visit:
Gregg County Courthouse
101 E. Methvin
The cost is $22

If you prefer to purchase a birth certificate online the cost is $22 at
The birth certificate is a REQUIRED document to register.

For questions and/or additional information contact Regina Butcher at 903-295-5095.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

PTISD Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) To Present to Investor Panel March 30

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 2016 YEA! (Young Entrepreneurs Academy) Investor Panel on March 30 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.

Pine Tree ISD Celebrates 2016-2017 Teachers of the Year

Pine Tree Independent School District has selected its 2016-2017 Teachers of the Year as well as its District Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year.

Congratulations to this year's honorees:

Elizabeth Davis
 PT Primary Teacher of the Year 

Christen Stowers
PT Elementary and District
Elementary Teacher of the Year 

Viri Castillo
PT Intermediate Teacher of the Year

Tege Millikin 
PT Middle Teacher of the Year

Susan Curtis
PT Junior High and District
Secondary Teacher of the Year

Jon McBride
PT High School Teacher of the Year
Cheryl Crafton
PT ExCEL High School
Teacher of the Year

Lisa Martin
Teacher of the Year 

Christen Stowers was selected the District Elementary Teacher of the Year and Susan Curtis was selected the District Secondary Teacher of the Year.  Stowers and Curtis will represent PTISD at the Region 7 Teacher of the Year competition.

Dr. Valerie Baxter Joins Pine Tree ISD Team

Pine Tree ISD is pleased to announce the employment of Dr. Valerie Baxter for the position of Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and Human Resources.

A native of East Texas, Dr. Baxter received a Bachelor of Science from Texas A & M Commerce, a Master of Education from University of Texas at Tyler , and a Doctor of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University.  Dr. Baxter begins her twenty-first year in education at Pine Tree ISD.  She brings experience as a bilingual teacher, principal and central office administrator for school districts large and small.

Dr. Baxter comes to Pine Tree ISD  from LaVega ISD where she served as Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and  Administration.

Welcome to Pine Tree ISD, Dr. Baxter!

Dr. Valerie Baxter, PTISD Assistant Superintendent
for Student Services and Human Resources 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Mayor Mack's Scholarship Deadline April 1

Mayor Andy Mack's Scholarship deadline is fast approaching.  Completed applications and one-page essay must be returned by 5:00 p.m. April 1. Late applications will not be accepted.

Return applications by mail to City of Longview c/o Mayor Mack's Scholarship, P. O. Box 1952, Longview, TX  75606.   Alternatively, return in person to City Hall at 300 W. Cotton St., Longview, TX.

Eligibility Requirements:

*  Must reside within the city limits of Longview, TX
*  Must be a graduating high school senior during the 2015-2016 academic year
    from either Longview High Schoohl, Pine Tree High School, Spring Hill High School
    or Hallsville High School
* Must be intend on attending an accredited two-year or four-year institution
   of higher learning in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Scholarship application 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Pine Tree Intermediate Announces 2nd annual All School Book Club One School, One Book

 This month Pine Tree Intermediate will be embarking on its 2nd annual, all school book club called One School, One Book. Every family will receive a copy of the same book – Beverly Cleary's The Mouse and the Motorcycle - and will be asked to read it at home over the month of March and April.  The Pine Tree Curriculum Department sponsored this wonderful event and provided books for all 750 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 will receive their copy of The Mouse and the Motorcycle on Monday, March 21st 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 March 21st- April 5th.

In school, the students will be invited to answer daily trivia questions in their reading class to encourage and reward attentive listening. In art class, there will be various projects which discuss or explore the book.  Our students will decorate the hallways and go on a daily scavenger hunt for Ralph located around the school.  Throughout the month, everyone will be talking about The Mouse and the Motorcycle!

If you see a 3rd or 4th grade student sometime this month, please ask them about Ralph, Keith, and the adventures that ensue in the Mountain View Inn. With your help, we can continue to grow the community of readers at our school.

Friday, March 18, 2016


Pine Tree Art students under the instruction of Mary Graham, Mary Squier and Elizabeth White brought home 52 gold medals at the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) competition held on February 13 at Whitehouse High School.  State competition will be  April 23 at James Madison High School - Northeast ISD in San Antonio.  Congratulations to all!

Logan Morton - 2 medals
Robby Childers - medal
Ravyn Teel - medal

Art IV:
Annika Hatt
Alexander Lichty
Keilan Banks

Art III:
Bianca Peccina - 2 medals
Grace Garcia

Art 11:
Megan Fickle - 2 medals
Azura Mayhall
Taylor Anaya - 2 medals
Nicholas Woodruff
Sobeida Garcia-Cardona
Beatrice Aycock
Sarah Mata
Jonathan Garcia
Cruz Montanez

Art 1
Haley Bledsoe
Ashley Harkey - 2 medals
Vashayla Charvis
Katie Garcia
Caroline Adamson - 2 medals
Jasmine Martinez - 2 medals
Rolando Uceda
Justice Brown - 2 medals
Mario Hernandez
Alana Cox

Traditional and Digital Media - Pre AP Art 2-4 and AP Portfolio
Keilan Banks
Chris Garza
Olivia Mitchell
Rose Foley
Roshni Edular
Amber Smith
Kiasi Young
Natalie Poss
Nordan Mosley
Annika Hatt
Andrea Oviedo
Ravyn Teel
Kaitlyn Harris
Sidney Andrade

Area winners advancing to State
Andrea Oviedo
Sidney Andrade
Vashayla Charvis
Mario Hernandez


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

PTHS Senior Katherine Neal Awarded Global Initiative Scholarship from Wesleyan University

Katherine Neal, a senior at Pine Tree High School, has been awarded a global initiative scholarship from Wesleyan University in Macon, Georgia.  The scholarship, will cover all four years tuition and one year of foreign study.  Transferring from Midlothian this year, Katherine has been active in UIL persuasive speaking, Interact Club, and theatre at PTHS.

She is active in her church youth group and has served as a counselor at Camp Summit.  She has experienced Columbia as a foreign exchange student and is bi-lingual.

Katherine will major in International Relations at Wesleyan.

Congratulations, Katherine!

Monday, March 14, 2016


Come support PTJH Cheer on March 22 at Raising Cane's from 5-8 p.m.
Raising Cane's will donate 15% of every ticket to PTJH Cheer.  


Pine Tree High School Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheer Squads have been announced for the 2016-2017 school year.  Tryouts were held on March 4th.  

Twenty-even girls and one mascot were selected for the squads.

Congratulations to the PTHS Varsity Cheer Squad for 2016-2017

Captain - Devin Jimerson
Co Captain - Te'ya Jordan
Chelsea Chadwick
Alana Cox
Devan Donley
Katie Gracia
Jermeshia Fluellen
Stormie Lummus
Trace Wilkins
Kam'ree Williams
Courtney Estes
Madison Taylor
Keyana Kim
Jade Peoples
Meme Williams

Congratulations to the PTHS Junior Varsity for 2016-2017

Captain:  Riley Stanley
Co Captain:  Emily Sariana
Cheyenne Thurmond
Hannah Barry
Jordan Blinks
Hayner Boorman
Raven Castleberry
Donazia Harris
Makenna Ross
Sam Sommerfeld
Kelslee Warwick
Sha'Kimbreya Williams

PTHS Mascot
David Ritch 


(Austin) Patrick Noon of Pine Tree ISD was among a group of school board members gathering in Corpus Christi February 25—27 to learn the latest on 21st century challenges to leadership and the implications of those trends for educators. Session theme for this, the third of five training sessions of Leadership TASB (LTASB), was “Where Leadership Happens through Embracing Change.” Trustees began activities Thursday with a tour of Driscoll ISD, a K-8 district that is completing its first building project in more than 30 years. Driscoll ISD is a Texas Education Agency (TEA) Recognized district that remains committed to small class size and the use of technology in every phase of the instructional day.

Featured speaker for Thursday was Kelly McDonald, CEO of McDonald Marketing. McDonald’s remarks were about discovering discernable trends in the federal census and what implications can be drawn by school leaders. Friday’s activities included tours of Santa Gertrudis and Premont ISDs. At Santa Gertrudis ISD, LTASB members toured the elementary and secondary campuses. Academy High School was originally established as the secondary school for children living on the King Ranch. Now it is a year-round school located on the campus of Texas A&M University— Kingsville and offers a vast array of university parallel courses for its students. Premont ISD, since receiving a letter from TEA informing the district of pending closure, has implemented broad measures and experienced a dramatic turnaround in its academic program as well as district finances. While the ultimate fate of Premont is unknown, the LTASB Class was impressed with the efforts made.

Selected by TASB, the group of 35 trustees is participating in a year-long education leadership study program. The LTASB class of 2016 represents Texas school districts of all sizes and reflects an equally diverse range of school district property wealth. Participants who complete all required elements of the study will graduate in June with a unique designation recognized by TASB. Each session has a specific theme that builds on the previous session and features state and nationally recognized experts in the fields of leadership development and education. Teams also work on extended learning assignments between meetings throughout the year. Created in 1993,

Leadership TASB has almost 700 graduates to date. TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.3 million students.

PTISD Trustee Pat Noon 


Pine Tree High School Art I and Digital Photo students took home eight awards including three "Best of Category" awards which also included a $100 cash prize at the 2016 Longview Museum of Fine Arts Student Invitational.

Pine Tree also won 12 awards total and earned more awards than any of the 14 schools who participated.

Congratulations to the following students:

1st Place Block Print: Jesus deLa Cruz ($100)
3rd Place Block Print: Ethan Sellers
Hon mention Block Print: Nicholas Woodruff
2nd Place Drawing: Cruz Montanez
1st Place Computer Graphics- Marilynn Velvin ($100)
3rd Place Computer Graphics- Grace Garcia
1st Place Photography- Devin Jimmerson ($100)
2nd Place Photo- Cameron Bishop
2nd Place Computer Graphics - Michael Buffington
Honorable Mention Computer Graphics - Isaiah Perry



Friday, March 4, 2016


The Pine Tree Boys Golf Team finished third at the Robson Ranch Northstar Bank Championships on February 27.  Cody Taylor finished 2nd in the two day event.

Other team members are Aaron Joseph,  Will Pope, Tyler Pence and Nicholas Rowan.

Congratulations PT Pirates!

Cody Taylor, 2nd Place 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Third Annual Pine Tree ISD Innovation Showcase set for March 17

Celebrate Texas Public School Week

March 14-18

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual

Pine Tree ISD Innovation Showcase

March 17, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Pine Tree High School Campus

The purpose of the Innovation Showcase to share student learning experiences that increase engagement, improve achievement, encourage collaboration, and ignite a renewed passion for learning throughout the district.

"Having students share their learning in this type of event is incredibly meaningful," said Dr. TJ Farler, Superintendent, Pine Tree ISD.  "The Innovation Showcase is another way we continue to communicate to our parents, to our students, and to each other about where we are heading, why we are heading there, and the methods for doing so.  It is designed as a reflection of the dedication and enthusiasm we share as a district in our pursuit of continual improvement."  


Congratulations to the following Pine Tree students who will advance to the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) state competition to be held at Texas A & University in San Antonio on April 30.

Marilyn Shen - 7th grade
Paige Reese - 7th grade
Diane Gonzalez - 11th grade
Bryce Willadson - 6th grade
Isaac Tesser - 6th grade
Joseph Cordova - 6th grade
Gabe Montoya - 7th grade
Conner Naseiro - 8th grade
Sterling Beakley - 6th grade
Jonathon Kent - 9th grade
Jonathan Garcia - 11th grade
Daniel Lopez - 12th grade

Emmanuel Viramontes - 7th grade
Shelby Green - 6th grade

These students participated in the TAME program at the regional level on February 12 to advance to the state competition.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016


The Pine Tree Precision Drill Team will present "Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue" at their spring show set for March 24-26 at the Pine Tree Road Auditorium.

Public ticket sales will begin March 2 and can be purchased online at or from any PT Precision Drill Team member.


The District UIL competition was held at Pine Tree Intermediate on February 27 and Pine Tree students excelled at this year's event.  Congratulations to the following students!


4th grade                                                            
1st place – Stefany Paz                                 
3rd place – Alexandra Sanchez                   
4th place – Hailee Goodwin                     
5th place – Shautilla Richardson
1st place team – Paz, Sanchez, Goodwin,                                                                                           Richardson & Scaggs

5th Grade
5th place - Cheadea Gipson
3rd place team - Gipson, Henry & Sanchez

Chess Puzzle Solving

2nd grade                                          
3rd place – Nolan Sharp
4th place - Collin Haygood
4th place - Viktoria Roudkovski              
2nd place team - Sharp, Haygood & Roudkovsk

3rd grade

2nd place - Angel Armador
4th place - Benjamin Bigham
2nd place team - Armador, Bingham & Rodriguez

4th grade

3rd place - Phoenix  Davis
5th place - Brayden Haeseche
2nd place team - Davis, Haeseche

5th grade

2nd place - Noah Sims
3rd place - Grant Beakley
6th place - Cade Edwards
1st place team - Sims, Beakley & Edwards

Creative Writing

2nd grade

2nd place – Jenna Harwood
3rd place – Kila Collins
5th place – Kaylie Reyes

5th grade

4th place - Kayla Ferrer
6th place - Paulina Rodriguez
3rd place team - Ferrer, Rodriguez & Rodriguez                                                                                                                                                                            

Maps, Charts & Graphs

5th grade

3rd place team - Wilson, Tovar & Garcia

Music Memory

2nd grade

3rd place - Teagan Guirre
6th place - Zori Clark
2nd place team - Guirre, Klein & Elliot

3rd grade
3rd place team - Smith, Richardson, Shelton, Taylor & Hollin

4th grade
5th place - Alondra Perez
6th place - Bruanna Gonzalez

Number Sense 

4th grade

2nd place - Brayden Haeseche
3rd place - Dealyn Evans
2nd place team - Naseiro, Evans & Haeseche

5th grade
1st place - Grant Beakley
2nd place - Asyian Bray
4th place - Noah Sims
1st place team -  Beakley, Bray & Sims

Oral Reading

4th grade
1st place - Paola Colon
2nd place - Ewoma Ugbini
3rd place - Ella Wendt

5th grade
5th place - Emily Smith
6th place - Kelsie Charmical

Reading Writing

3rd grade
5th place - Da'Shalaka Shaw
6th place - Abigail Black

4th grade
1st place - Harper Jones
2nd place - Kara Craddock
4th place - Ada Stafford

5th grade
6th place - Noah Sims      

Social Studies                                              

5th grade
5th place - Averi Johnson
6th place -  Caleb Duncan
2nd place team - Duncan, Johnson & Rust


3rd grade
1st place - Ryleigh Burr
5th place - Anna Whetzel
6th place - Trinity Deprez
1st place team - Burr, Whetzel & Deprez

4th grade
1st place - Colt Smith
3rd place - Adam Reyes
4th place - Katherine Castillo
1st place team - Smith, Reyes & Castillo

5th grade
1st place - Christian Breham
2nd place team - Breham, Lightfoot & Sanders


2nd grade
3rd place - Zanz Ferrell
5th place - Anthony Anderson
6th place - Taylor Varner

3rd grade 

1st place - Seth McFarland

3rd place - Allyssa Allison