Monday, July 31, 2017

Pine Tree ISD 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, (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:
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, 

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,

Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Michelle Mitchell, School Nutrition Director, 903-295-5087,

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:, 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:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Monday, July 24, 2017


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.



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 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.

Pine Tree ISD Online Registration Opens July 26 at 10:00 a.m.

Pine Tree ISD Online Registration will open July 26 at 10:00 a.m.  PTISD Online Registration is REQUIRED for all returning PTISD Students
Please log in and complete the registration process for each student.  Online Registration must be completed before schedules/homeroom teachers will be given on Meet the Teacher Night.

For New Students or Returning Students whose address has changed, you must attend the 2017-2018 Student Registration at Pine Tree High School:

PK-Kindergarten - August 8, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Grades 1-12 - August 9, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Grades PK-12 - August 10, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Forms for Proof of Residence include:  Current utility bills (water, gas, or electricity only), current lease agreement, current purchase agreement/contract, 2017 Gregg County Tax Statement or approved transfer paperwork.

For complete PTISD registration information, log on to 


Monday, July 10, 2017

PTHS Precision Drill Team Mini Camp August 8-10

The Pine Tree Precision Drill Team Mini Camp will be held August 8-10 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Pine Tree Junior High gym.

The cost of the camp is $50 and pre-registration is required. For additional information regarding the camp call 903-238-5972.

Become a Part of the PT Kickoff Crew - Register Today!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Instead of serving our students for one big day in the middle of the summer.... Pine Tree PACE is serving them for the whole middle month of the summer! Pine Tree PACE Campus in partnership with Partners in Prevention’s Hope for Youth supports a community focused program for area students.  Students  grades 5th and up are invited to attend the program on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am to 1pm. The program will end on July 28, 2017 with a grand finale day to be scheduled!

Program  activities are based on student interests (game design, culinary arts, gardening, fine arts). Other program aspects include: partner community agencies presentations, career/interest talks, personal fitness, nutrition). Aspects of the SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Program are incorporated in the focused restorative practices conversations. This is an ideal program for older  students to volunteer in the community!

To register a student or for more information, please contact Shalonda Adams @ 903-932-1936