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