Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Pine Tree Middle School Supports Our Troops through Operation Gratitude Event

Students from Pine Tree Middle School will participate in Operation Gratitude November 3, 2017.  Operation Gratitude is a special project sponsored by BJ's Brewhouse which encourages students to write postcards to soldiers overseas as a way to say "thank you" and express their appreciation to all who serve our nation.  One hundred fifty students will participate in this first year event.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Pine Tree ISD Stuff-A-Bus Canned Food Drive November 1-14

Pine Tree ISD will host a Stuff-A-Bus Canned Food Drive November 1-14.

Suggestions for donated items include the following:

Canned vegetables, corn, green beans, carrots, potatoes
Canned soup
Ramen noodles
Peanut butter
Canned fruit
Macaroni & cheese
Pop-top canned items
Canned tuna and chicken

Donations can be dropped off at any of the district's eight campuses.  All donations will be donated to The Longview Dream Center.

For additional information contact Donna Pruitt, Coordinator of Community Relations, at 903-295-5163.

Friday, October 27, 2017

You are Invited! Coffee with the Superintendent November 2 at Parkway Elementary

Pine Tree ISD will host Coffee with the Superintendent Thursday, November 2 at 7:45 a.m. at Parkway Elementary in the library.

Parents are invited to enjoy a cup of coffee with Superintendent TJ Farler to discuss district initiatives and accomplishments, ask questions and share your vision for Pine Tree Schools.

For additional information contact the PTISD Communications Department at 903-295-5136.

Thursday, October 26, 2017


Wayne Gaddis and Misti Scaggs​, Pine Tree ​ISD Art teachers, have​ been accepted as workshop presenters for the Texas Art Education Association Conference ​November 2-4 2017 in Galveston.

​Mr. Gaddis will present a workshop that ties geometry and the art of bookbinding together to create multidimensional sketchbooks that have infinite possibilities for art students and educators.

Ms. Scaggs will present her concept of creating art clubs in elementary schools, a program she has implemented at Pine Tree's Parkway Elementary for two years. ​

Gaddis and Scaggs submitted their conference proposals in the spring and were notified in May of their acceptance to be part of an elite group ​​of art educators that will be presenting at the TAEA Conference.

Monday, October 23, 2017



DOORS OPEN AT 5:00 P.M. - BELL TIME - 6:00 P.M.

Advanced tickets available at Gorman McCracken VW Mazda, Pine Tree High School Office, PACE Alternative Campus Office or at the Main Event Pro Wrestling Website www.maineventprowrestling.com or call 318-617-0921

A portion of the proceeds supports Partners in Prevention and Students 
Against Violence Everywhere 

Pine Tree ISD Celebrates Red Ribbon Week 2017

Pine Tree ISD will celebrate 2017 Red Ribbon Week with campus activities and events.

PT Primary will celebrate with the theme, "Love Yourself - Be Drug Free"  Birch and Parkway Elementary's theme is "Your Future is the Key, so Stay Drug Free". 

Primary, Birch and Parkway campuses will participate this week with the following activities in addition to presentation drug prevention presentations in the classrooms.

Monday - I'm too bright for drugs! - Wear neon
Tuesday - I'm too super for drugs - Wear super hero shirt or cape
Wednesday - Red Out Day! - Wear lots of red to show that you are drug free!
Thursday - From head to toe, I am drug free - Wear a hat and silly socks!
Friday - Spirit Day! Wear your favorite Pirate shirt to show that PT is teaming up against drugs!

Pine Tree Middle School's theme is "It's My Choice to be Drug Free"

Monday - "Vote for your future to be Drug Free" - Wear, Red, White and Blue
Tuesday - "Team up and turn your back on Drugs" - Wear your own sports team jersey
Wednesday - "Drugs are old School" - Dress up in 50's clothing
Thursday - "From Head to Toe I"m Drug Free" - Wear your favorite hat and wack/crazy socks
Friday - "Think Jeanius, Too Bright for Drugs" - Wear neon shades and jeans with your pirate pride shirt

In addition PTMS will host a Red Ribbon Classroom Door Decorating Contest.  There will be one classroom winner from 5th grade and 6th grade.  Winners will be announced October 27.

Pine Tree Junior High will celebrate with a Door Decorating Contest and will present drug facts during their campus daily announcements.

Pine Tree High School's theme is "We're ALL IN to Being Drug Free".  PTHS will celebrate with theme days and a campus wide door decorating contest.

'Merica Monday - "Pledge to be Drug Free" - Wear Red, White and Blue
Tuesday - "Power Up Against Drugs - Wear Superhero Gear
Wednesday - "Texans Give Drugs the Boot" - Wear Western Gear
Thursday - "Throw Out Drugs" - Throwback Thursday to your favorite decade
Friday - "Drugs Won't Get You There" - Wear College/Career Gear

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

Taryn Horton-10th

Grayson Cary-5th
Devin Washington-11th

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


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