Monday, June 12, 2017

Pine Tree ISD Promotes Summer Learning Through Book Bag Distribution

In order to promote students reading at home during the summer, Pine Tree ISD gave students attending summer learning in Pre-K through 4th grade bookbags filled with grade level appropriate books.

This reading initiative ensures students are provided opportunities to read during the summer in order to eliminate summer reading loss.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Pine Tree ISD Offers Summer Meal Program

When the School year ends, Summer Meals begin!  Children between the ages of 1yr – 18 yrs can continue to eat healthy throughout the summer at no cost, just by showing up at a participating meal site.  Pine Tree ISD will provide no cost meals to ALL children during the summer months.    

Pine Tree Primary:  June 5, 2017 – June 29, 2017, Monday thru Thursday
Breakfast:  7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.   Lunch:  11:15 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

Birch Elementary:  June 5, 2017 – June 22, 1017, Monday thru Thursday
Breakfast:  7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.  Lunch:  11:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

Parkway Elementary:  June 5, 2017 – June 22, 1017, Monday thru Thursday
Breakfast:  7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.   Lunch:  11:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

Middle School:   June 5, 2017 – June 22, 1017, Monday thru Thursday
                                  July 10, 2017 – July 14, 2017, Monday thru Friday
Breakfast:  7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.    Lunch:  11:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

Junior High School:  June 5, 2017 – August 11, 2017, Monday thru Friday
                                           (Closed July 3, 2017 – July 7, 2017)
Breakfast:  8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.    Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

High School:  May 31, 2017 – June 29, 2017, Monday thru Thursday
                             July 10, 2017 – July 27, 2017, Monday thru Thursday
Breakfast:  7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.    Lunch:  11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Saint Matthews Catholic Church:  June 13, 2017 – June 17, 2017, Monday thru Friday
Breakfast:  8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.    Lunch:  11:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church: June 26, 2017 thru June 30, 2017, Mon - Fri
Breakfast:  8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.    Lunch:  11:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Paint the Parking Lot Project Sponsored by PTHS Precision Drill Team

The Pine Tree Precision Drill Team is sponsoring Paint the PTHS Parking Lot!  Pine Tree High School students can purchase a reserved parking spot to paint for the 2017-2018 school year.  The cost is $50 which includes one parking spot and one 2017-2018 parking permit.

Starting June 1, individuals can reserve a parking space and make payment in the PTHS Business Office Monday thru Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  One spot per student based on availability.

Individuals should bring cash or check (made payable to PT Precision Booster Club), driver's license, car description and license plate number.

Reserve your spot today!  For additional information call 903-237-5031.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Pine Tree High Photography Students Sweep Telco Plus Credit Union Photography Contest- Children's Division

Pine Tree High School Photography students swept 8 out of the 10 awards in the children's division from the Telco Plus Credit Union 2017 Photography Contest.

Telco Plus Credit Union will print and frame these photos for permanent installation in the Credit Union located at 423 Gilmer Rd in Longview, TX.

"These photos show the great talent and creative diversity the students at Pine Tree High have. I am very proud of their hard work," said
Elizabeth White, Commercial Photo teacher at Pine Tree High School.

Congratulations to our Pine Tree students!

Nature Photograph Category

Fouziya Mbeh – 1st
Lindsey Cole – 2nd

Industrial Photograph Category

Mateo Corrales – 1st
Terra Jones – 2nd
Daniel Sanchez – 3rd

Human Interest Category

Sydney Harris – 1st
Natalia Rodriguez – 2nd
Eduardo Garcia – 3rd

Telco Plus Credit Union's Facebook Page and website for all photos and results:

Pops in the Park Concert Tonight!

The East Texas Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. James Snowden will hold its final concert of the year:

“Pops in the Park” Concert, May 22, 2017
Teague Park Amphitheatre, Longview

7:00PM Admission is FREE-

​This concert will feature Pine Tree's Director of Fine Arts, Mark Melton, conducting a very special trumpet concerto featuring Senior, Cristian Najera.​  His work on this piece is truly exceptional and entertaining.  

Friday, May 19, 2017

Pine Tree ISD Coordinator Earns State Certification

Tammy Torres, Pine Tree ISD Purchasing/Procurement Coordinator, has earned her certification from TASBO (Texas Association of School Business Officials) and is now a Certified Texas School Business Official.   Congratulations, Tammy!

The TASBO certification program is a voluntary program designed to educate those seeking excellence in their profession and also to recognize standards of professional competence.

A TASBO certification offers you the opportunity to expand your professional knowledge base, continue your education despite ever-changing rules and regulations based on state and federal laws and to establish an additional level of recognition and respect.

The certification program is designed to offer professional education to those who wish to further develop their skills and seek excellence in their profession.

Tammy Torres

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pine Tree ISD Celebrates National Day of STEM

Pine Tree ISD participated in the National Day of STEM on May 16.

Campus activities included STEAM labs and stations at PT Primary, Little Bits Kits at Parkway Elementary, STEM rotation stations at Birch Elementary, Pine Tree High School graphic design students designed an app to match their business brand and P.A.C.E. students engaged in activities involving wind power.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is a nation-wide day of online engagement around the power of STEM in schools and in the community.  #PowerofSTEMDay

Parkway Elementary Bowl Fundraiser Project Tonight!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hope Cahill, Pine Tree High School Senior, Don't Mess with Texas Art Contest Winner

Congratulations to Hope Cahill, Pine Tree High School senior, on winning the Don’t Mess with Texas Art Contest! This is an extremely competitive art competition, with over 4,300 students participating from 136 communities across Texas. One winner was selected from each grade, K-12.

Hope was the only student selected from East Texas. Cahill’s winning entry will be featured in the 2018 Don’t Mess with Texas calendar and she will be receiving a Samsung Galaxy A tablet.

 "I've had the pleasure of teaching Hope for two years in a row now, and she has grown into such a focused, mature young lady who sets a wonderful example for others," said her teacher, Elizabeth White. 

 The other winners of this years contest are:

2017 Don't Mess with Texas K-12 Art Contest Winners

Estrella Delgadillo, Kindergarten | Rockdale Elementary, Rockdale
Emma Donohue, 1st grade | Anita Scott Elementary, Royse City
Katherine Sunwoo, 2nd grade | Dallas Art Studio, Irving
Abhishek Venkat Doddi, 3rd grade | McCoy Elementary, Carrollton
Karis Lee, 4th grade | Cornerstone Elementary, Sugar Land
June Kim, 5th grade | Great Oaks Elementary, Round Rock
Juan Elias Cepeda, 6th grade | Lucio Middle School, Brownsville
Stacy Chen, 7th grade | Beckendorff Junior High, Katy
Frederick Herrin, 8th grade | Goldthwaite Middle School, Goldthwaite
Ariana Kimball, 9th grade | Duncanville High School, Duncanville
Caitlyn Marie Cruz, 10th grade | Robert G. Cole High School, San Antonio
Aishani Sil, 11th grade | Liberty High School, Frisco

Hope Cahill, PTHS Senior 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Blankets Donated to Rahab's Ranch and Retreat - sponsored by Partners in Prevention ETATT

Thank you to all of the Longview STRONG Youth Violence Prevention Seminar participants who donated to #bethechange in support of the Rahab’s Ranch and Retreat Blanket Drive sponsored by Partners in Prevention ETATT. This was the United in Action Service Project for #NYVPW!

A total of $88.00 was donated. Thirty blankets were purchased with the money and four more blankets were donated. 

Pine Tree PACE is thankful for the intentional partnerships in our city of Longview, Texas.

Will Harris, PTHS Senior, awarded TASSP Outstanding Senior Award

Will Harris, Pine Tree High School Senior, was recently awarded the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals Outstanding Senior Award.  Will was nominated by his principal, Cindy Gabehart, for the TASSP Outstanding Senior Award because of his outstanding achievement in athletics, academics and his involvement in extra-curricular activities. Congratulations to Will Harris!

Will Harris 

Pine Tree High School Students Win 4 Gold Medals at State Art Event

Pine Tree High School students won four gold medal at the State Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) held at James Madison High School in San Antonio this past Saturday, April 29th:
  • Isaiah Perry, junior
  • Abigail Roberts, sophomore
  • Harleigh Wright, sophomore
  • Petra Enloe, junior
Artwork from 3 other Pine Tree Students was also in attendance: Sidney Andrade, Michalon Daniels, and Gaelynn Prosser.

VASE is the largest and most respected art competition not only in Texas, but in the nation. The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) has sponsored the Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) since 1994. VASE is the only art event of its kind in the nation. Students are provided the opportunity to bring artworks created in their art classes to their regional event where they are interviewed by a certified juror who evaluates their work based on a standard based rubric and their understanding of the art processes involved in the development of their artwork. Top artworks advance to the state level.

At the state event, students had the opportunity to take art classes, view winning student artwork on exhibit, visit with college recruiters and tour local area museums. The three Pine Tree teachers in attendance were Mary Graham, Wayne Gaddis and Elizabeth White.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Arbor Day Ceremony Honors Grace McKinney

Pine Tree Primary students participated in an Earth Day activity on April 28 by planting a tree in memory and dedication to Grace McKinney, a PTISD employee for thirty-five years and a distinguished alumni from the class of 1947.  Four trees were donated to the campus - one by Gregg County Commissioner Darryl Primo and three by the McKinney family.  Students from the Primary School assisted with the planting as well as members of the McKinney family.

Thank you to the McKinney family for their continuous support and dedication to Pine Tree ISD.

Gregg County Commissioner Darryl Primo
and the McKinney Family

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pine Tree ISD Career Fair Tonight!

PT Student Angelina Pruitt Selected to Texas Choral Directors Association Honor Choir

Angelina Pruitt, a student at Pine Tree ISD, has been selected to perform in the Texas Choral Directors Association Honor Choir.  To qualify students all over the state submit an audio recording of their audition and the top voices are chosen to the honor choir.  The honor choir will perform at the Texas Choral Directors Association conference in San Antonio in July.  Pruitt has received all region honors as well as solo and ensemble medals this year.

Congratulations, Angelina, on your tremendous accomplishment!  We are Pirate Proud of you!

PT Choir Director Johanna Eppley and Angelina Pruitt 

Pine Tree Math Science Qualify for State

Pine Tree qualified 12 7th grade students and 12 eighth grade students for state competition and qualified seventh as a team.  Pine Tree competed against 68 other 5-A schools.

State qualifiers:
Jann Cabudoy, Shaun Ray and Zoe Davis qualified in three out of our four events
Marilyn Shen, Emmanuel Viramontes, and Bryce Willadson qualified for state in all four events. 

Trophies are awarded to the top 10 students in each event and medals are given to 11th to 20th places. In addition the top 6 teams are awarded a team trophy and medals.

Number Sense:
Pine Tree had the #7 Number Sense Team (out of 50) in the state! This team was made up of Marilyn Shen, Shaun Ray, Grant Beakley (a 6th grader) and Giselle Valencia.

     10th place Marilyn Shen (8th grade)
     18th place Zoe Davis (7th grade)
     20th place Shaun Ray (8th grade)
     20th place Bryce Willadson (7th grade)

Honorable Mention:
     22nd place Kaleb Hogue (7th grade)
     24th place Isaac Tesser (7th place)
     28th place Giselle Valencia (8th place)

There were 109 state competitors in 7th grade Number Sense and 89 in 8th grade.

     18th place Jonah Harwood
     6th Place Calculator Team

 Honorable Mention:
     21st place Carlo Echave (7th grade)
     30th place Emily Jimenez (7th grade)
     32nd place Payton Wright (7th grade)
     27th place Angie Rojas (8th grade)
     30th place Giselle Valencia (8th grade)
     31st place Emmanuel Viramontes (8th grade)

There were 87 seventh grade competitors and 93 eighth grade competitors in Calculator.

Pine Tree was awarded the 6th place Calculator team in the state out of 41 teams. The team trophy and medals went to Rojas, Valencia, Viramontes, and Harwood.
Math:  Pine Tree had the #15 team out of 54 teams.

Honorable Mention:
     28th place Marilyn Shen (8th)
     32nd place Shaun Ray (8th)
     48th place Bryce Willadson (7th)
     55th place Zoe Davis (7th)

There were 99 competitors in 7th grade and 83 competitors in 8th grade in Math division.

Science:  Pine Tree had the #15 team out of 53 teams.

    4th place - Jann Cabudoy (8th)

Honorable Mention:
    31st place Emmanuel Viramontes (8th)
    41st place Isaac Crawford (8th)
    29th place Lenore Martin (a 6th grader)

There were 117 competitors in 7th grade and 130 competitors in 8th grade in the Science division. 

Congratulations, PT Pirates!  On to state!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

PT Senior Hunter Krc Selected Honorable Mention Academic All State Track

Hunter Krc, a senior at Pine Tree High School, has been selected honorable mention Academic All State Track.

The Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) Academic All-State Teams recognize high school athletes who excel in the following categories: GPA, class rank and ACT/SAT score. These students are recognized as a team member based on their scores in these categories. We applaud them for their commitment and dedication to perform with the highest of excellence academically and on the field or court.

Congratulations, Hunter! We are Pirate Proud of you!

PT Senior Hunter Krc

Pine Tree ISD Celebrates 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year

Pine Tree Independent School District has selected its 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year as well as its District Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year.

"I congratulate all for the work they are doing to enrich the lives and the future of their students,” said Dr. TJ Farler, PTISD Superintendent.

"These teachers were recognized by their peers as outstanding educators and they make a difference in the lives of students each and every day. They demonstrate the skill and dedication that exemplify the very best of the most demanding, yet rewarding profession in our community,” she said.

Congratulations to this year's honorees:

Primary - Amanda Kraus
Birch Elementary - Kelly Fisher
Parkway Elementary - Hope Pearce
Middle - JoLynn McKnight
Junior High - Jennifer Mitchell
High School - Melissa Knight
ExCEL - Caci Brinkley
PACE - David Quinn

Hope Pearce was selected the District Elementary Teacher of the Year and Jennifer Mitchell was selected the District Secondary Teacher of the Year. Pearce and Mitchell will represent PTISD at the Region 7 Teacher of the Year competition.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Pine Tree Education Foundation Hosts PT Honors May 4 - Reserve your ticket today!

Pine Tree Bus Drivers Sweep Awards at ET Association for Pupil Transportation School Bus Road-E-O

Three Pine Tree ISD bus drivers swept the East Texas competition by bringing home 1st, 2nd and third place in the East Texas Association for Pupil Transportation School Bus Road-E-O on April 22 in Wills Point.

Hunter Hopkins, 1st place Kourtney Hopkins, 2nd place Sharon Gordon, 3rd place

The competition required a written exam and obstacle course demonstration behind the wheel of a Type D school bus.  The written exam included questions from the Texas Transportation Code, DPS Texas Traffic Law, National Standards and the Code of Federal Regulations as they pertain to School Bus Operations. Congratulations Hunter, Kourtney and Sharon!  Pirate Proud!

The Texas Association for Pupil Transportation(TAPT) promotes safe and efficient pupil transportation for Texas public school districts. The organization encourages the exchange of ideas and cooperation between transportation departments across the Lone Star State. Its members work to improve pupil transportation policies, standards and equipment on the local, state and national level.

Pine Tree Education Foundation Awards $26,000 for Teacher Grants

The Pine Tree Education Foundation has awarded $26,986 in grants for innovative classroom projects and programs that will enhance the quality of education for students at Pine Tree ISD for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Congratulations to the following grant recipients:

Pine Tree High School
Lindsay Brazell & English Teachers - Building a Classroom Library for a Love of Literacy and Learning
Elizabeth White, Suzanne Puryear, Amy Johnson, Tonya Wong - Art Room for Special Needs
Jennifer Solomon, Monika Marjason, Suzanne Puryear, Lisa Presley, Trenady Offerman - Ramping Up Special Education
Cindy Gabehart and Pine Tree High School - Dual Credit

Junior High
Susan Curtis, Loree' Tatum, Sarah Godfrey, Amy Frakes - Flexible Classroom:  Effective, Safe, Inviting 

Middle School
Tabitha Robertson, Rebekah Starnes, Misty Meza, Jorge Hernandez - Science Alternative Desk and Seating
Laura Cranford - PTMS Makerspace

Parkway Elementary
Steven Collins, Sunshine Harrison, Mary Nicholson - Fidgeting Means Focus
Dr. Carla McAvoy and Jolene Ray - The Parkway Library Renovation Project
Kimberly Fernandez and Marie Shelton - Speed Stack

Laura Johns - Music Rhapsody
Sarah Barnett - Behavior and Play Therapy

Since 2004, the Education Foundation has funded 128 grants totaling $294,751. These grants have enhanced Pine Tree ISD’s academic programs as well as fine arts, technology, professional development and dual credit. 

For more information about the grant program visit the Pine Tree Education Foundation’s website at

Friday, April 21, 2017

Pine Tree Fishing Teams Qualify for Championship

Four Pine Tree Fishing Club Teams qualified for the championship at the Martin Creek Lake Tournament on April 15.

Congratulations to the following teams:

Alex Aguilar

Merrick Taylor and Connor Mayeux

Kevin Jackson

Treston Brailey

Congratulations to the following anglers for great performances!

Bryce Payne                                    18th 
Connor Mayeux and Merrick Taylor   31st
Christian Arevalo                            32nd 
Alex Aguilar                                    38th
Kevin Jackson                                 39th
Jacob Carter and Lance Williams     53rd

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Darby Ball, 2014 PT Graduate, Recognized at LETU Awards Event

Darby Ball, a 2014 Pine Tree graduate, was recognized at the LeTourneau University Awards Chapel ceremony last week. Ball received the National Sciences Academic Excellence Award and was also
presented a 3D period table as a chemistry graduate.

Congratulations, Darby!  

Darby  Ball receives the Academic Excellence Award
from Bill Hathaway 

Bruce Hathaway presents LETU Chemistry grads, Carolyn Hoyt
and Darby Ball, with a 3D Periodic Table

Pine Tree ISD Fine Arts Department Presents An Evening of Jazz

The Pine Tree ISD Fine Arts Department presents an evening of jazz Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Pine Tree HS Theater.  The evening will feature the East Texas Jazz Orchestra along with the Pine Tree Jazz Band.  Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or in advance by contacting the Fine Arts office at 903-295-5011 or

Thursday, April 13, 2017


The Pine Tree 6th Grade Mixed Choir received straight ones and received a superior rating in stage while receiving twos in sight reading and an excellent rating at stage and sight reading competition.

The judges comments:

"Highly developed tone quality and advanced for this age!"

"Choir conveys artistic understanding and an energetic performance"

"Confident singing with great rhythmic awareness"

Congratulations, Pine Tree Pirates!

Pine Tree 6th Grade Mixed Choir 

PT Choirs Earn Superior and Excellent Ratings at Contest

The Pine Tree Junior High tenor bass choir and the Pine Tree Middle School sixth grade choir, both under the direction of Johanna Eppley, competed in concert and sight reading on April 13 in Marshall.  Both choirs earned straight ones (superior) on stage and twos (excellent) in sight reading.

Congratulations, PT choir students!

Pine Tree Middle School 6th Grade Choir

PTJH Tenor Bass Choir

Pine Tree Presents Donation to Mt Pleasant ISD

Students at Pine Tree ISD collected donations for Mt Pleasant to assist families affected by the bus accident on March 28.  PT athletes sold "prayers for Mt Pleasant" wristbands and donated the proceeds to the families.  Pine Tree made the presentation at the District 16 5-A track meet on April 12.

Pictured left to right PT Athletic Director Jody Berryhill, Mt Pleasant
Athletic/Head Coach Corey Homer, Mt Pleasant Head Track Coach Karen
Bogan and PT Assistant Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Kerry Lane 

Pine Tree Education Foundation Announces Beacon Award Winners

The Pine Tree Education Foundation is proud to announce the 2017 Beacon Award winners.

This year's recipients are:

Laura Johns, Primary Music Teacher, honored by student Kerstyn Proctor

Kelly Fisher, Birch Elementary 2nd Grade Teacher, honored by student Alexis Blackshire

Amanda Fleming, Parkway Elementary Front Office Assistant, honored by student Aaron Martinez

Misti Scaggs, Parkway Elementary 1st-4th Grade Art Teacher, honored by student Sirena Loven

Lori Dunaway, Middle School Social Studies and Art Teacher, honored by student Ashleighn Molina

Coach Paul Ellsworth, Junior High Texas History Teacher, honored by student Angie Rojas

Elizabeth White, High School Art and Photography Teacher, honored by student Mia Nelson

Maria Fierros, High School Nutrition Worker, honored by student Ingrid Herrera

Lindsay Brazell, High School English Teacher, honored by student Dalton Roberts

Aaron Turner, Assistant Director of Bands, honored by student Tom Childers

The Beacon Award winners and Teachers of the Year will be honored at the annual PT Honors Banquet on Thursday, May 4th from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at the Summit Club. 

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by contacting the Pine Tree Education Foundation office at 903-295-5021, msaunders@ptisd or visiting the website at

Captain Sponsors
Anchor Sponsor
Pearl Sponsors
Texas Bank and Trust
Judy and Mike Stiles, Adam and Alex
Longview Regional 
Medical Center
Christus Good Shepherd Health System
Class of 1964
Citizens National Bank
Sylvan Learning

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

National SAVE Recognizes Izrell Adams

Pine Tree PACE SAVE Chapter 2189 is proud to announce on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the National SAVE Youth Summit in Raleigh, NC, Pine Tree High School Senior Izrell D. Adams, was recognized as a SAVE Student of the Year. Izrell was one of two students to receive this national recognition.The following announcement was made acknowledging Izrell:

“Our second SAVE Student of the Year is Izrell D. Adams of Pine Tree High School in Texas. He was not able to join us today, but Izrell is known for promoting unity, friendships, and achievement of common goals with his SAVE Chapter. He is committed to developing a family culture which has minimized conflict and promoted service learning. He has participated in anti-violence/anti-bullying events with pro-wrestlers leading rallies in elementary schools. Because of his concern for youth violence in his city, Izrell initiated a relationship with Precinct Judge Tim Bryan expressing his desire to be involved in local city and community government to promote change. He meets with government  officials, state representatives, and local business owners in discussion of current events and needed changes and plans for action in the community. Izrell has also been vital in establishing a mentor program for younger students. Congratulations, Izrell!

What a wonderful tribute to Izrell, honoring the hard work and passion he has in dedicating himself to promoting a violence free community and continuing to model excellence of self in interacting with others. Izrell plans to attend the University of Texas at Tyler in Tyler, Texas in the fall. His declared major is Political Science.

Izrell Adams and Judge Tim Bryan 

Pine Tree Volunteers To Be Recognized at Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Pine Tree ISD volunteers will be recognized at the annual Longview NonProfit Coalition Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Tuesday, April 18 at Maude Cobb Convention Center. 

"Spring into Service" is this year's theme for the celebration event which recognizes volunteers for their contributions as they help strengthen our community. 

Pine Tree is proud to recognize the following individuals and to say thank you for your dedication and service to the students of Pine Tree ISD.

Mary Meeks                                                                     
Birch Elementary
Mickey & Dessie Meadows
Parkway Elementary
Terre Dunn
Pine Tree Middle School
Dave Blazek
Pine Tree Junior High
Brian Harwood
Pine Tree High School
Vickie Childers
Pine Tree ExCEL High School
Brenda Day-Bevis
Pine Tree P.A.C.E.
Judge Tim Bryan
Pine Tree Board of Trustees
Dr. Kerri Daugbjerg
Pine Tree Education Foundation
Amy Reese
Pine Tree PTA
Teresa Rau

PTHS Chorale and Express Bring Home Excellent and Sweepstakes in UIL Competition

The PTHS choirs under the direction of Danielle Warren competed at UIL concert and sight reading contest Tuesday, April 11 in Pittsburg.

Chorale, the JV women's choir, received excellent ratings of 2 on stage and 2 in sight reading.  PT Express, varsity mixed choir, received superior ratings of 1 on stage and 1 in sight reading.  This is the third consecutive year for Express to win sweepstakes.

Congratulations, Pine Tree Choir students!

Texas Students Win Big at STEM Competition - PT 8th Grader Jan Cabudoy Recognized

Pine Tree 8th Grade student Jan Cabudoy was a member of the winning Engineering Design Challenge Team 33, "Three Musketeers" that won the Special Award for Creativity at the 2017 State STEM Competition in San Antonio, Texas.  The six team members represented six different TAME Chapters:  Amarillo, Dallas, East Texas, Gulf Coast (Houston), Lubbock and Wichita Falls.  Other team members are Andrea Ruedas, Markelen Watson, Joseph Nagera, Ashley Evans, and Gabriela Garcia.  

Pine Tree is the only East Texas school district to have a TAME chapter.

Congratulations, Jan!

TAME's annual State STEM Competition is the focus of a year of intense preparation for Texas students in TAME clubs around the state. TAME students from grades 6-12 qualified to attend the event at one of 14 Divisional STEM Competitions.

At the State Competition, the top six students in each test and the top six teams in the engineering design challenge were recognized with awards and medals. In addition, three teams received special awards for creativity, teamwork, and innovation. Siddhant Puranik, a student from Obra D. Tompkins High School in Katy, designed the winning artwork for the event shirts and programs. TAME's Outstanding Senior Award, sponsored by Shell Oil Company, was presented to Elisabeth Medina, a high school senior from Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio. Medina plans to attend the University of Chicago and earn a degree in astrophysics.

The STEM Competitions, part of TAME’s multi-pronged STEM engagement strategy, celebrate diversity and achievement in STEM and encourage the development of a peer and mentor network. Thanks to the support of a number of sponsors, gratefully acknowledged below, the events are offered free of charge to all participants.

Collins to Host Vietnam War Forum for Students, Public Thursday

The controversial time in American History which was the Vietnam War Era will be the subject of a student forum in the morning and a public forum in the evening at Pine Tree High School, Candee Collins, social studies instructor, announced.

The event is open to the public in the Pine Tree High School Theatre Thursday, April 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature three people who had varied roles in the Vietnam War era in America. The public is invited to attend.

KLTV’s anchor, Anissa Centers, will moderate the evening session, while KLTV anchor Taylor Hemness will moderate a morning session - from 9:20 to 10:50 a.m. - where PTHS juniors will hear the presentations of the three principle speakers.

Dr. David Stroud, a retired Kilgore College professor, along with Mary Beth Tinker and Richard Pena, will discuss various aspects of the Vietnam War era in America and how it affected them and their surroundings. The forum features a veteran of the war who had to come home to mixed emotions of ridicule and shame and adulation for service to his country, a woman who was suspended from school at the age of 13 for protesting the Vietnam War and an author whose book reliving experiences in Saigon during the last days of the war consists of real-time journal entries that he kept while working in the operating room of Vietnam's largest military hospital during the final year of the war. Last Plane Out of Saigon has shown to be both historically significant and extremely relevant today.

According to Collins, each panelist will have 20 minutes to discuss their portion of the presentation and present photographs and other media they will bring with them. The floor will then be open to audience questions and dialogue between the panelists and moderator on the subjects at hand.

“The purpose of this forum is to provide an introspective look, from the view of the three speakers, to explain what was happening at the beginning of the Vietnam War as well as what was happening domestically in the United States,” Collins said. “They will also deliberate on what was happening here in the United States as well as in Vietnam at the end of the war.”

She said March 29 marked the 44th anniversary of the United States withdrawing from Vietnam, and the subject is something that resonates with controversy nearly 50 years later.

“If our students have an opportunity to hear from the actual voices of our past, I truly believe it becomes of greater value than reading in a textbook or watching a Hollywood movie that may embellish and not have all of the true facts,” Collins said.

Dr. Stroud was born in Tyler in 1944, graduated from Henderson High School in 1963, enlisted in the United States Marines in January of 1964, served in Vietnam from January to September in 1965 and then was a drill sergeant in South Carolina until 1968. He then was a Social Studies teacher in high school and at Kilgore College until 2016. He has written five history books and is currently writing one about his service in Vietnam.

Tinker was part of an ACLU challenge to the Supreme Court of the United States for her suspension from Algebra class at the age of 13 for protesting the Vietnam War, and the case “Tinker vs. Des Moines,” has been cited in more than 6,000 cases involving students’ rights since it went before the high court in 1969. She lives in Washington D.C. but travels the country on a “Tinker Tour” to promote civics education, student journalism, youth rights and youth voices. She is a Registered Nurse with master’s degrees in nursing and public health.

Pena is a Vietnam veteran and a practicing attorney in Austin. He is the former president of the American Bar Foundation and is a leader within his field. He is nationally recognized among legal professionals. He has also served as the President of the State Bar of Texas and other prestigious organizations. Pena left on the last day of American military involvement in Vietnam in March 1973 on one of the last two planes out of Saigon. His book Last Plane Out of Saigon consists of real-time journal entries that he kept while working in the operating room of Vietnam's largest military hospital during the final year of the war. Last Plane Out of Saigon has shown to be both historically significant and extremely relevant today. Co-author, John Hagan, is an award- winning scholar and researcher who has authored 10 books s and more than 150 articles. He is currently a Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University and a leading researcher at the American Bar Foundation.

Collins said she and fellow Pine Tree Social Studies teacher Collin Robertson were presenting at a session at Region VII Education Center in Kilgore last summer and Pena was the keynote speaker.

“The Law Related Education program affiliated with the Texas State Bar, had the opportunity to prepare lessons using Pena’s book, Last Plane Out of Saigon,” she said. “So, I attended their session, became acquainted with Pena and the idea for this forum began to take shape.”

She added she then went to Pine Tree High School Principal Cindy Gabehart, and her administrator suggested applying for the District Community Fund.

“That process began in October and, now the process has come full circle and we will have the forum next week to hopefully educate not only students but the public on an era of American History that is still, in some people’s eyes, controversial today,” she said. “I appreciate Mrs. Gabehart and Dr. TJ Farler, PTISD Superintendent, for supporting this idea and helping to make sure this forum occurs. Now, the public has an excellent opportunity to hear a great discussion and dialogue.”

Pine Tree High School
Journalism Instructor

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PTHS Art Students Earn Gold at VASE Competition - Advance to State

Pine Tree High School art students Abby Roberts, Harleigh Wright, Isaiah Perry, Gaelynn Prosser, Sidney Andrade, Michalon Daniels and Petra Enloe earned gold medals at the Texas Art Education Association Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) competition and will advance to state in April.

Congratulations, Pine Tree Students!