Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pine Tree High School Band Advances in Marching Competition

The Pine Tree High School Band competed in the UIL Region IV Marching Contest Tuesday, October 17, 2017 in Mt. Pleasant.  

The band received straight 1’s, or Superior ratings from all three judges.  The Pride will now advance to the UIL Area C Marching Competition to be held October 28 in Mesquite.  Approximately twenty percent of bands at the Area competition will advance to the state marching competition in November.  

Aaron Turner is in his first year as Head Director of the Pine Tree Band and in his fourth year at the district. Turner is assisted by Kirk Wells, Brooks Tarkington, Mark Perry, Kristina Sims, Mindi Turner, and Lindsey Brazell.

Congratulations, PT Band!


Monday, October 16, 2017

Classcraft Names Pine Tree ISD Teacher East Texas Ambassador

Laura Cranford, 6th grade STEAM teacher at Pine Tree ISD, has been named a Classcraft ambassador for the East Texas region.

Classcraft is a gamification approach to classroom management via an app or computer.  Classcraft transforms school by taking the video game mechanics that provide rich and interesting play experiences and applying them to the classroom setting.

The behaviors are all customized by the teacher, so once the student has mastered a skill then the teacher can change it to another module (example: academic vocabulary). 

The approach teaches and reteaches behaviors that teachers want to see in their students.  Behavior effects achievement and with this new approach to classroom management, learning gaps are growing.


Pine Tree Places Eleven in TMEA Region 4 MS Choir

On October 14th, the Pine Tree JH Choirs, under the direction of Johanna Eppley, competed in the TMEA Region 4 MS Choir competition.  The competition

Out of 356 entries the following PTJH students were selected to the Region 4 MS Choir:

Soprano 1 
Amelia Wingfield-1st

Soprano 2
Angelina Pruitt-1st
Stephanie Davis-4th

Alto
Taryn Horton-10th

Tenor 
Grayson Cary-5th
Devin Washington-11th

Bass
Keegan Klepper-3rd
Dekorrian Rockwell-10th
Tylur Neal-14th
Charles Baker-21st
Daylon Manning Bass-24th

The All-Region choir will perform November 11th in Mt Pleasant.  The SSA choir is comprised of sixty students and the TB choir is comprised of forty-four students.

Congratulations to our Pine Tree students!

Pine Tree PACE SAVE Promise Club Participates in Say Something Week

During the week of October 16-20, the Pine Tree PACE SAVE Promise Club with thousands of schools and youth organizations from across the United States will participate in Say Something Week.

Say Something Week raises awareness and educates students and the community through training, advertising, public proclamations, media events, contests and school awards.

Say Something Week reinforces the power young people have to prevent tragedies and save lives when they Say Something to a trusted adult.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pine Tree ISD Announces AP Scholars

Twenty-four students at Pine Tree High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in  recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school and earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. Pine Tree High School offers 16 AP courses in which students are provided the opportunity to earn this credit and stand out in the college admission process.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.

Three students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are: Jeffery Counts, Tyler Russell, and Christopher Schaetz.

Two students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Joel Ramirez and Audrey Soltau.

Nineteen students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Helen Ball, Madeline Boche, Jack Cheng, Dominique Cope, Aleigh Crowder, Korbin Davis, Meredith Green, William Harris, Micaiah Higginbotham, Colby Holloman, Katherine Le, Luis Ledezma, Diamond McKinney, Madison Randall, Kalie Rhodes, Clara Richardson, Andrew Seidel, Andrew Short, and Shelby Smith.

Out of the 16 courses Pine Tree High School offers, students performed above the state, national, and global averages in Studio Art 2-D Design, English Literature and Composition, and Calculus.

Through 37 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers who ensure AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3600 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools.



Monday, October 9, 2017

Pine Tree High School FAFSA Nights October 16 and October 30

Pine Tree High School will be hosting two evenings for parents and students to complete their FAFSA application online.  Local financial aid officers will be on hand to assist with questions.

What to Bring:
*  A copy of your 2016 federal income tax return
*  FSA ID & Password for your student
*  FSAA ID & Password for one parent
When:  Monday, October 16, 2017 or Monday, October 2017 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where:  Pine Tree High School, Room 903 - Computer Lab

Contact:  Bill Irvine, birvine@ptisd.org or 903-295-5031 ext. 205




PINE TREE HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS SHOW WELL AT ALL REGION AUDITIONS

The Pine Tree High School Choirs competed at the All Region Choir auditions on  October 7 at North Lamar High School. The following students advanced and will compete again to advance to pre area.

Soprano 1
Emilee Fowler, 2
Anita Aycock, 7
Cyndi Ponton, 9
Brook Ramsey, 11

Alto 1
Brooke Leath, 4
Natalie Wright, 6
Lydia Bailey, 7
Kloie Schultz, 11

Alto 2
Liliana Martinez, 3
Zofia Allen, 6
Cheyne Washington, 8
Elisabeth Pinkston, 9
Laura Ford, 10
Eryne Henderson, 11

Tenor 1
Tyrese Smith, 4

Tenor 2
Ty Robinson, 2
Michael Donnell, 6
Kemaro Collins, 7
Carlos Bradley, 8


The All-Region choir will perform on November 11th in Mt Pleasant.  The choir is comprised of 70 students with Pine Tree having the most students from the representing schools.

In the last 4 years, under the direction of Danielle Warren, the amount of Pine Tree choir students advancing to the next round of competition has continuously grown!  Congratulations!!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Pine Tree High School Slates SAT & ACT PREP CLASS

Pine Tree High School will be offering a series of SAT & ACT Prep classes throughout the year.  The first series will be held in preparation for the October 28th ACT and the SAT scheduled for November 4th.

Classes will be Thursday, October 19 and Thursday, October 26.  Students should plan to attend both sessions.  The sessions will be held from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Classes are free of charge and are open to juniors and seniors.

To register, contact Mary Cravey in the PTHS Counseling Center at 903-295-5031.  Registration deadline is Friday, October 13.  Seating is limited. 

Pine Tree Education Foundation Spirit Night October 10

Pine Tree Education Foundation Spirit Night is Tuesday, October 10 at Chick-fil-A on Gilmer Road. The event will be from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Ten percent of all sales will be donated to the Pine Tree Education Foundation to support district grants. Come out to Spirit Night and support the Pine Tree Education Foundation.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pine Tree High School CTE Teacher Named District 4 Outstanding Student Council Sponsor

Caitlyn Rutledge, Lead Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher at Pine Tree High School, has been named the Outstanding Student Council Sponsor for District 4.

A Pine Tree ISD employee since 2011, Rutledge is the sponsor for four high school organizations - Leadership, PALs, Student Council, and Class Officers.

Rutledge will be District 4's nominee for the state most outstanding sponsor.

The Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) is a non-profit organization serving high school and middle level student councils in Texas. Sponsored by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, TASC is the Texas Affiliate of the National Association of Student Councils. Its purposes are to develop leadership abilities in students, promote democracy as a way of life and establish and uphold high standards for local councils. Organized in 1937, TASC has grown to serve more than 1300 member schools in Texas. Any junior or senior high school, public, parochial or private, may become a member of this organization by paying the annual membership.

Congratulations, Caitlyn!


Pine Tree High School  Teacher
Caitlyn Rutledge

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pine Tree Fishing Club Shows Well at Lake O' the Pines Tournament

The Pine Tree Fishing Club entered nine teams at the Lake O' the Pines Tournament. Congratulations to Merrick Taylor and Connor Mayeux for earning 3rd place in the first tournament of the season. Below are the team results for the tournament. Congratulations to all PT Pirates! Team Connor Mayeux/Merrick Taylor - 3rd place Alex Aguilar/Jacob Carter - 30th place Eathan Hearn/Dolton Roberts - 39th place Garcia/Ruiz - 42nd place Kevin Jackson/Will Simmons - 51th place Marshall Daugbjerg/Jack James - 57th place Hudson Finley/Jack Gense - 66th place Bret James/Bryce Payne - 91th place Jaxin Loveless/Noah Wood - 111th place

Monday, September 25, 2017

Pine Tree Education Foundation Spirit Night October 10

Pine Tree Education Foundation Spirit Night is Tuesday, October 10 at Chick-fil-A on Gilmer Road. The event will be from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Ten percent of all sales will be donated to the Pine Tree Education Foundation to support district grants. Come out to Spirit Night and support the Pine Tree Education Foundation.

Monday, September 18, 2017

PIRATES TAKE ON THE LIONS IN BLUE OUT GAME FRIDAY

The Pine Tree Pirates take on the Henderson Lions in the annual BLUE OUT game on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Pirate Stadium.

Pine Tree Pirate fans can purchase a BLUE OUT shirt for $15 at the Community Center located next to Central Administration on Pine Tree Road or game night in the Spirit Store.

Come out and support the PT Pirates!  Go Pirates! #ALL IN





Pirate University for Seniors and Parents September 25

PIRATE
UNIVERSITY

SESSION #1
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
PTHS LIBRARY
6:30 PM

AUDIENCE: SENIORS & PARENTS

TOPICS TO INCLUDE:
vApplying For College
§  What should I be doing now?
§  Deadlines
§  Requirements
vSAT /ACT
§  When?  Where?  How to register?
vScholarships
§  Where to look?
§  Expectations

SPECIAL GUESTS WILL BE DISCUSSING HOW TO APPLY FOR THE FAFSA.  IT OPENS ON OCTOBER 1, 2017.

-       FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT –
BILL IRVINE
903-295-5031 EXT 205

JOIN OUR REMIND GROUP BY TEXTING

“@pthscouns” to 81010

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pine Tree ISD Launches Raptor Volunteer Managment Program


Pine Tree ISD has launched a new volunteer management program. The Raptor Volunteer Management Program will track, report and provide a more efficient system for the district's volunteer program.

Under the director of Community Relations Coordinator Donna Pruitt, all PTISD current and new volunteers will utilize the system in the fall of 2017.

The Pine Tree Independent School District encourages parents, guardians, and patrons of our district to become an active part of the schools in our community.

A volunteer's tasks are limitless, including opportunities such as tutoring, chaperoning school dances and field trips, becoming a literacy partner or helping in a campus office. The list is endless and each volunteer contributes to making PTISD a great place to learn. 

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at PTISD, contact Donna Pruitt at 903-295-5136 or dpruitt@ptisd.org.


 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pine Tree ISD Earns Superior Rating in FIRST Ratings

Pine Tree ISD was awarded a superior rating in the School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) ratings released by TEA.  Pine Tree received the superior rating earning 94 out of 100 points.

The FIRST program was established in 2001 to promote the betterment of financial management schools could "provide the maximum allocation possible for direct instructional purposes."  The ratings are considered alongside academic performance in academic performance in accreditation and are intended to provide additional financial transparency for and oversight by the public.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Pine Tree ISD Accepting Applications for Community U


Community U, established in 2012, is an eight month educational learning opportunity that provides a personalized, firsthand look at how the district operates and all the great opportunities provided for PTISD students. Pine Tree ISD is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Community U.

Community U class meets eight times with each session focusing on a single topic. Participants will visit district campuses and departments and will learn all aspects of public education including:

• Teaching and Learning
• Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
• School Finance
• Personnel Selection and Recruitment
• Tours of Facilities and Campuses
• District Special Programs and Special Services
• Community Partnerships/Education Foundation

Community U Session dates are October 13, November 10, December 8, January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13 and May 14 (Graduation).  Each class session is from 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Enrollment is open to any parent, business leader, and/or community member in Pine Tree ISD.

Individuals can apply online at www.ptisd.org/CommunityU or contact the PTISD Communications Department at 903-295-5136 for an application and program information. Application deadline is October 6, 2017.

The 2017-2018 Community U year will begin October 13.



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Pirates to Honor Law Enforcement at 1st Annual Back the Blue Game-September 8


The Pine Tree Pirates will host the 1st annual Back the Blue Game on September 8 at Pirate Stadium. The Pirates will honor our local law enforcement and school resource officers. The recognition will take place prior to kick off on Friday.

Back the Blue shirts will be available for purchase for $20.00 and pre-order shirts will be available for pick up as well. Proceeds will be donated to the Pine Tree ISD Crime Stoppers program which benefits our School Resource Officers program.

The Pine Tree Pirates take on the Pittsburg Pirates in the Pirates first home game. Kick off is 7:30 p.m. at Pirate Stadium. 






Thursday, August 31, 2017

Pine Tree PTA Launch Event September 5


Pine Tree PTA Launch Event 

When:  September 5
Time:  5:30 p.m.
Where:  Pine Tree ISD Community Center
1701 Pine Tree Road

 Stop by, meet your Pine Tree PTA board, and discover what PTA is all about.  Learn how you can improve and be involved in your child's education.  Discover what events and activities are planned at your campus and for the district.  Free pizza and drinks provided.  



Thursday, August 24, 2017

Pine Tree Students Participate in Poverty Conference

Pine Tree ISD would like to recognize the following students who​ participated in the Junior League of Longview's Poverty Conference. The students had the opportunity to listen to the life story of Liz Murray of From Homeless to Harvard. 

During a World Cafe discussion facilitated by Partners in Prevention, Ms. Murray encouraged the youth to advocate for themselves. The effect of poverty in the life of youth was the focus of the awareness discussion. 

PTISD appreciates these student leaders for being ALL IN and representing Pine Tree ISD.

Mose Jeffrey
Keshon Williams
Quentin Freeman
Dee Green
Rhine Ellis
Gabrell Adams 
Vanessa Gonzales 
Madison Pike
Caroline Curfman
Sydney Harris 
Kamryn Miller
Kelee Norris
Jacklyn Gillette
J
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 Sparkman 
Infinity Cain 


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pastors for Texas Children Director to Speak in Longview August 17

Pastor Charles Foster Johnson, Executive Director of Pastors for Texas Children, will speak Thursday, August 17 at the Pine Tree Road Auditorium located at 1701 Pine Tree Road. The time is 7:00 p.m.

Charles Foster Johnson is a pastor and public education advocate. He is founder and co-pastor of Bread, a faith community in Fort Worth, Texas. Throughout his thirty-six year pastoral ministry he has served churches in Mississippi, Kentucky and Texas, including Second Baptist Church of Lubbock where he led in a complete church relocation, and Trinity Baptist Church of San Antonio where he helped build a multi-cultural and multi-racial community of faith among the 6000 member congregation.

He served interim pastorates with Immanuel Baptist Church of Nashville and Broadway Baptist Church of Fort Worth, and served a two-year term on the faculty of McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, as Visiting Professor of Preaching.

In 2013, he founded Pastors for Texas Children, a statewide ecumenical organization mobilizing the faith community for public education ministry and advocacy. His child advocacy also includes service on the Board of Trustees of the Child Friendly Faith Project.

The public is encouraged and invited to attend.

Charles Foster Johnson

Pine Tree ISD Welcomes Back Teachers at Annual Convocation August 23

Pine Tree Independent School will welcome back teachers at the district's annual convocation set for August 23 at 9:00 a.m. in the Pine Tree Road auditorium.  District employees will be treated to a breakfast prior to convocation prepared by the PT Child Nutrition department.
Ken Williams
This year's keynote speaker is Ken Williams, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Unfold The Soul, a group which trains entrepreneurs, educators, and motivated individuals how to accelerate the achievement of their personal and professional goals.  He is the author of  Starting a Movement: Building Culture from the Inside Out in Professional Learning Communities and Essentials for Principals: Creating Physical and Emotional Security in Schools. 

Williams' background includes a BA from Morehouse College and he also holds a Masters degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport and a Leadership Certificate from the Bowie State University.  For nearly 20 years, he has been a teacher, assistant principal, sales manager, educational consultant, trainer, speaker and a leading authority in the areas of collaboration, breakthrough achievement, leadership, and peak performance.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Local Media Honored

Christina Lane of the Longview News-Journal was named to the 2016-2017 Media Honor Roll, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), by Pine Tree Independent School District.  The Media Honor Roll recognizes media representatives statewide for fair and balanced reporting of news about public schools. Media from newspapers, radio and television stations, and online publications across the state were honored by their local school districts.

Criteria for the district selection included the media representative's efforts to get to know the superintendent, board president, and the district's mission and goals; report school news in a fair, accurate and balanced manner; give a high profile to positive news about schools; visit the schools; and maintain a policy of  no surprises by sharing information with school officials.

Pine Tree ISD is proud to recognize and honor Christina Lane with this outstanding recognition.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pastors for Texas Children Director to Speak in Longview August 17

Pastor Charles Foster Johnson, Executive Director of Pastors for Texas Children, will speak Thursday, August 17 at the Pine Tree Road Auditorium located at 1701 Pine Tree Road. The time is 7:00 p.m.

Charles Foster Johnson is a pastor and public education advocate. He is founder and co-pastor of Bread, a faith community in Fort Worth, Texas. Throughout his thirty-six year pastoral ministry he has served churches in Mississippi, Kentucky and Texas, including Second Baptist Church of Lubbock where he led in a complete church relocation, and Trinity Baptist Church of San Antonio where he helped build a multi-cultural and multi-racial community of faith among the 6000 member congregation.

He served interim pastorates with Immanuel Baptist Church of Nashville and Broadway Baptist Church of Fort Worth, and served a two-year term on the faculty of McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, as Visiting Professor of Preaching.

In 2013, he founded Pastors for Texas Children, a statewide ecumenical organization mobilizing the faith community for public education ministry and advocacy. His child advocacy also includes service on the Board of Trustees of the Child Friendly Faith Project.

The public is encouraged and invited to attend.

Charles Foster Johnson


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Seven Pine Tree High School Seniors Selected for Texas Bank and Trust 40th Anniversary Student Board of Directors


[LONGVIEW, Tex.] —Texas Bank and Trust is pleased to announce the selection of seven seniors from Pine Tree High School to serve on its 2017-2018 40thANNIVERSARY Student Board of Directors.
      The TB&T Student Board is a prestigious program recognizing outstanding high school seniors in the community.
       Seniors Angelina Devona, Anahi Hernandez, Callie Lightfoot, Sarah Moore, Megan Oswald, Elijah Pumphrey, and Nallely Vazquez will join with 51 other seniors from Trinity School of Texas, Longview, Spring Hill, and St. Mary’s High Schools to make up the 40th senior class to participate in the TB&T program in Longview.
       The 2017-2018 Student Board members will be introduced to the TB&T bank staff in an Orientation Reception, to be held at 7 pmMonday, August 21, in the Main Bank lobby in downtown Longview. Parents and school administrators are invited to attend.
       The Student Board program will be designed to introduce students to banking and money management at a critical point in their lives, and provide them with the essential economic building blocks to earning, spending, saving, and investing money. The students will be challenged this year to test their money management and time management skills with a program, entitled The Real L.I.F.E. Experience.  This innovative Living Institute for Financial Education TBT program will take the students through a real world simulation of their first year of college. Students will also serve as advisors to the bank on bank products and services throughout the year.
     Established in 1978, Student Board remains the bank’s first and most enduring financial literacy program. 
     Students were selected based on their grade point average, extra-curricular activities, and afterschool work activities. Students must submit an essay with their application as well as two letters of recommendation from either a faculty member or administrator to be considered for the program. Students accepted into the 2017 Student Board program were notified in late May. 
       Since its inception, the Student Board has introduced more than 2,100 high school seniors to banking and money management.
       For information on how to participate in the 2018-2019 Student Board program, students in their junior year of high school may contact Tammy Gage, Texas Bank and Trust Business Community Relations Officer, at (903) 237-1827.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Pine Tree High School Presents SNAP Preview August 4 at Pirate Stadium

The Pine Tree High School Band has just returned from summer camp and will present their annual SNAP Competition on Friday, August 4 August 4, 6:30 PM at Pirate Stadium  The public is invited for a cookout and preview of next year's programs.  

The band students have divided into teams and will "compete" against each other using marching fundamentals.  In addition the band will play several pieces and the auxiliary will perform.

The Band Boosters, along with Gregg County Commissioner Darryl Primo, will be serving hot dogs and drinks.  Thank you to Commissioner Primo for his long-time support of the Pine Tree Band.


Pine Tree ISD Employee Andrea Anders Earns State Certification

Andrea Anders, an employee of the Pine Tree Independent School District, has earned the certification as a registered Tax Assessor-Collector from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.  

Anders has worked as an accounting assistant since 2012 and was promoted to the position of PTISD Tax Assessor-Collector July 1. 


Andrea Anders 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Pine Tree ISD Meet the Teacher


MEET THE TEACHER

August 22 - Middle School - 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
August 23 - Primary - 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
August 23 - Parkway - 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
August 24 - Birch Elementary - 3:30 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
August 24 - Pine Tree High School - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
PTHS Freshmen Orientation - 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
August 24 - Pine Tree Junior High - 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
PTJH Schedule Pick up - 7th grade - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
8th grade - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pine Tree ISD Announces Procedures for Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Pine Tree Independent School District announced its procedures today for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the attached current income eligibility guidelines. Each school/site or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request.

Starting July 27, 2017, Pine Tree Independent School District will begin distributing letters to the households of the children in the district {or service area} about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits.

Applications will be available during the 2017-2018 On-line Registration process that opens on July 26, 2017 at 10 a.m., or at www.ptisd.org, (select Departments, Child Nutrition, Free & Reduced Meal Application).   They will also be available during Student Registration at the Pine Tree High School on the following dates:


PK- Kindergarten – August 8, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Grades 1st – 12th – August 9, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Grades PK – 12th – August 10, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits
The following criteria will be used to determine a child’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meal benefits:
Income
1.      Household income that is at or below the income eligibility levels
Categorical or Automatic Eligibility
2.      Household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
Program Participant
3.      Child’s status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster
4.     Child’s enrollment in Head Start or Even Start

Income Eligibility
For those households that qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income, an adult in the household must fill out free and reduced-price meal application and return it to Michelle Mitchell, School Nutrition Director, 1701 Pine Tree Road, Longview, TX  75604, (903-295- 5087, mmitchell@ptisd.org. 

Those individuals filling out the application will need to provide the following information:
1.     Names of all household members
2.      Amount, frequency, and source of current income for each household member
3.      Last 4 digits of the Social Security number of the adult household member who signs the application or, if the adult does not have a social security number, check the box for
“No Social Security number”
4.      Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct

Categorical or Program Eligibility
Pine Tree Independent School District is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. Pine Tree I. S. D. will notify the households of these children that they do not need to complete an application. Any household that does not receive a letter and feels it should have should contact Michelle Mitchell, School Nutrition Director, 903-295-5087, mmitchell@ptisd.org.

Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Michelle Mitchell, School Nutrition Director, 903-295-5087, mmitchell@ptisd.org.

Applications may be submitted anytime during the school year. The information households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility. Applications may also be verified by the school officials at any time during the school year.

Determining Eligibility
Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, Michelle Mitchell, School Nutrition Director, will review applications and determine eligibility. Households or guardians dissatisfied with the Reviewing Official’s eligibility determination may wish to discuss the decision with the Reviewing Official on an informal basis. Households wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either orally or in writing to Dr. Valerie Baxter, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and Human Services, P. O. Box 5878, Longview,TX 75608 903-295-5000

Unexpected Circumstances
If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below the attached current income eligibility guidelines.



In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Monday, July 24, 2017

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR PINE TREE PIRATE KICK-OFF CREW 2017 - FIRST HOME GAME SEPTEMBER 8

WHO CAN JOIN? Pine Tree Pirate fans entering grades K–6

WHAT IS IT? The Pine Tree Kick-Off crew will run through the helmet to cheer the Pirates on to victory prior to each home game! AND they are invited to a FAN PARTY with the football team and cheerleaders! (Date/Time TBD)

On game nights, kids and parents meet inside the Home concourse at a designated time on the evening of each game listed below. Kids will walk onto the field together to run through the helmet. They must exit the field to meet their parent(s) at the gate.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? $20 per child (Includes one t-shirt and free entrance to all five (5) varsity home games with a paying adult at the gate)

HOW DO I SIGN UP MY CHILD? Mail the attached form and $20 payment to the Pine Tree Athletic Office (PO Box 5878, Longview, TX 75608) by Monday, August 14, 2017. Checks are to be made payable to the PTHS Football Booster Club. Shirts may be picked up at the first home game.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We will use the Remind App for reminders throughout the season.

2017 PINE TREE VARSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (Home games):  September 8: PT vs. Pittsburg  September 22: PT vs. Henderson  October 6: PT vs. Mt. Pleasant  October 20: PT vs. Hallsville  November 10: PT vs. Texas High

For more information, please call Jennifer Harris (903) 452-8907.

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2017 PINE TREE PIRATE KICK-OFF CREW REGISTRATION FORM – Deadline:  August 14


Student Name __________________________
Grade __________
Parent/Guardian Name & Cell Phone ____________________________________________
 *all communication will be made via Remind App

Emergency Contact & Cell Phone ____________________________________

SELECT T-SHIRT SIZE: _____YSM _____YMED _____YLG _____Adult SM _____ Adult MED _____Adult LG

I _________________ parent/guardian of _______________ release Pine Tree ISD/PTHS Football Booster Club of any liability during “2017 Pine Tree Pirate Kick-Off Crew” activities.

Parent Signature _______________________Date__________________

Thursday, July 20, 2017

PT Cheerleaders Bring Home 1st Place in Game Day Championship-Six Named All American

Pine Tree High School Cheerleaders attended  the UCA Cheer Camp at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  

PTHS Cheerleaders received 1st place in Game Day Championship and 1st place in Xtreme Routine Championship  for COED team. 

The cheer team also brought home the Spirit Stick Award and received all Gold Superior ribbons in every category.  

Six of the cheerleaders were chose as All Americans - Courtney Estes- Captain, Jade Peoples, Riley Stanley,
Kelslee Warwick, Colton Vandiver and Erick Rosas

Way to represent PTHS and TEXAS - GO PIRATES!







PTHS Cheerleaders Host Golf Tournament Fundraiser July 21

The Pine Tree High School Cheerleaders will host a golf tournament fundraiser tomorrow July 21st at Oak Forest Country Club.  Registration begins at 12:00 and tee off is at 1:00 p.m.  

It's not too late to sign up!  Come by and check out the silent auction throughout the day.  There will be many great items to bid on and and the silent auction is open to the public.  

Golf tournament fundraiser TOMORROW JULY 21st at Oak Forrest Country Club.   It's not too late to sign up.  Registration begins at 12:00 and tee off at 1pm.

Come by and check out our silent auction through out the day.  Lots of great items to bid on and the silent auction is extended to the public.

For information contact Chris Barry at (903) 452-4995.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

PTJH Cheerleaders Participate in 2nd annual Back the Blue Community Service Project

The Pine Tree Junior High Cheerleaders participated in their 2nd annual Back the Blue Community Service Project. 

Cheerleaders donated bottled water, gatorade, and various snacks to the Longview Police Department officers to help with the increasing summer heat. 

Pine Tree Junior High Cheerleaders appreciates Longview Police Department as well as our School Resource Officers for all they do for our community and district! #ALLIN






Pine Tree ISD to host Community Cookouts

You are invited to join Pine Tree ISD as the district sponsors four community cookouts next month as part of its efforts to be more active in the community and build positive relationships with residents.

The cookouts will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at Saddle Brook Apartments, 1400 H.G. Mosley Parkway, and Longview Square Apartments, 1600 Pine Tree Road.

On August 10, the cookouts will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Pine Knoll Apartments, 2019 Toler Road, and Birdie Park, 701 W. Niblick St. #ALLIN


Thursday, July 13, 2017

PINE TREE ISD ANNOUNCES NEW THEATRE DIRECTOR AND FINE ARTS PROMOTION


Pine Tree ISD is proud to announce the district’s new theatre teacher Lisa Wright.  Mrs. Wright comes to Pine Tree ISD with 16 years of teaching experience in theatre, English, speech and finance. She has 35 years of performance and director experience in high school, college, community and musical theatre.  Mrs. Wright is married and has two children, Chloe and Timmy.

Lisa Wright 

Four years ago, my husband and I attended the premier Texas Shakespeare Festival Bard and Breakfast Theatre Educator Workshop in Kilgore under the direction of Meghan and Matthew Simpson and discovered for the first time that Texas had trees!!  The superior quality and family spirit at TSF is reminiscent of my summers at Ashland Shakespeare Festival in Oregon, and we decided right there we'd try to move to the area.

My daughter graduated high school this year and will be attending East Texas Baptist University to study music.  My family and I jumped at the chance to become a Pine Tree Pirate when a theatre position came open this year.  I'm so excited to become a part of the fine arts family at PTISD!  My son will be a part of the Pine Tree High School Marching Band.”


Aaron Turner 

Aaron Turner has been named Director of Bands for the district.  Mr. Turner has been the Assistant Director of Bands since 2014 and has worked closely with Mr. Mark Melton, who continues as Pine Tree’s Director of Fine Arts, Jazz Band Director, and beginning trumpet teacher, as well as serving as the UIL Region IV Music Secretary.

Mr. Turner’s bands have consistently earned superior/sweepstakes ratings in UIL contest performances.  As Director of Bands, he will lead the 200 plus member PT Pride Marching Band and be the conductor of both the Wind Ensemble and the Concert Bands at Pine Tree High School.  Additionally, Mr. Turner is a brass specialist and teaches AP Music Theory, Applied Music, and beginning brass at Pine Tree Middle School.

Aaron Turner 

He is also an active pianist and accompanist in the Longview area. Previously, he taught on the band staff at Kingwood High School in Humble ISD and worked for over 20 years in church music with both choral and orchestral programs.  He is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in music/specialization in euphonium and piano.  Principal mentors were Mr. John L. Whitwell, Dr. Charles Gavin, and Dr. Andrew Parr.  Mr. Turner also has a masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and is a licensed professional counselor.  
He and his wife, Mindi, have three children who are all graduates of Pine Tree High School:  Caitlin (2010), Kelsey (2012), and Chris (2014).


The Pine Tree Fine Arts Department will host a reception for Lisa Wright Tuesday, July 25, from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Pine Tree High School Cafeteria.  The public is invited to attend.