Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Pine Tree Math Science Begins Year with Great Start at Pine Tree Meet

Congratulations to the Math Science Team on their meet last Saturday at Pine Tree.

Pine Tree had the top Number Sense and Science Teams (with an 8th grade sweep!) and they placed 3rd overall.
Medals went to top 5 places. PT took 20 of those top 5 spots in 4 events!

Number Sense: • Shaun Ray – 1st place, 8th grade • Marilyn Shen – 3rd place, 8th grade • Luis Vazquez – 5th place, 8th grade • Bryce Willadson – 3rd place, 7th grade • Grant Beakley – 1st place, 6th grade • Asyiah Bray – 2nd place, 6th grade • Fatima Vazquez – 6th place, 6th grade • Jai Ryan – 7th place, 6th grade • Noah Sims – 10th place, 6th grade

Calculator: • Emmanuel Viramontes – 6th place, 8th grade • Payton Wright - 10th place, 7th grade • Marco Echave – 2nd place, 6th grade • Shane Moore – 4th place, 6th grade • Jai’Lyn Ryan – 5th place, 6th grade • Shane Moore – 7th place, 6th grade • Fatima Vazquez – 6th place, 6th grade • Grant Beakley – 7th place, 6th grade

Math • Shaun Ray – 6th place, 8th grade • Marilyn Shen - 9th place, 8th grade • Emmanuel Viramontes -10th place, 8th grade • Bryce Willadson – 7h place, 7th grade • Iman Dar – 9th place, 7th grade • Noah Sims – 1st place, 6th grade • Asyiah Bray – 2nd place, 6th grade • Grant Beakley – 4th place, 6th grade

Science • Jann Cabudoy - 1st place, 8th grade • Emmanuel Viramontes -2nd place, 8th grade • Shaun Ray – 4th place, 8th grade • Isaac Crawford – 2nd place, 8th grade • Luiz Vazquez – 5th place, 8th grade • Marilyn Shen – 8th place, 8th grade • Iman Dar – 1st place, 7th grade • Asyiah Bray – 4th place, 6th grade



6th grade - Fatima Vazquez, Asyiah Bray, Grant Beakley,
 Noah Sims,  Marco Echave, Shane Moore, Jai Ryan

5th gradeTop 5:  Preston Armstrong, Jose Aranda,
Brayden Haesecke, Megan Wolfe, Dealyn Evans

Junior High: Isaac Crawford, Marilyn Shen, Shaun Ray,
Luis Vazquez, Bryce Willadson, Emmanuel Viramontes, Jann Cabudoy


Shaun Naseiro Selected as HOBY Pine Tree High School Representative

Pine Tree High School sophomore Shaun Naseiro has been selected to represent Pine Tree High School at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership in Denton the second week in June.

HOBY empowers high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their homes, schools and communities. Naseiro will attend a three or four-day seminar to participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in the sate, and explore their personal leadership skills.

Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.

HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. HOBY programs provide students selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences.

HOBY also provides adults with opportunities to make a significant impact on the lives of youth by volunteering. Over 4,000 committed HOBY volunteers plan and execute the programs each year, serving both at the local HOBY affiliate level and on HOBY’s Board of Trustees. Due to the selfless efforts of volunteers and the contributions of generous donors, nearly 10,000 students participate in HOBY programs annually.

PTISD Presents STEM Family Nights

Pine Tree ISD families are invited to three nights of learning together as PTISD offers engineering challenges to all students in grades 6-8.  The dates of the event are February 10, March 3 and April 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Pine Tree Junior High Cafetorium.

To RSVP, please contact Cyndi Nyvall at cynvall1@gmail.com.








Monday, January 30, 2017

PTISD and Community Partners Host Parent/Community Meeting February 9

The Pine Tree ISD Student Services in partnership with the PT PTA and Partners in Prevention will host a parent/community meeting on Thursday, February 9, 2017.
The meeting will be in the Community Center and will begin at 6:00 pm after the PTA Meeting scheduled for 5:30pm.

The meeting focus is on Human Trafficking, Drugs, and Gangs. Sekettia Brantley of PIP East Texas Anti Trafficking Team (ETATT) will lead the presentation.   I hope you will be able to join us.  Thank you from the Pine Tree Independent School District.


PT COMPETES IN TAME DIVISIONAL COMPETITION

On Friday, January 27, the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering East Texas Chapter held their Divisional Competition at the Abbott Aviation Center of LeTourneau University.

Twenty-three PTISD students worked with local engineers and LETU students and professors in an experience that connected grade school to local college and career opportunities.  The students took a tour of Abbott Aviation Center, saw simulation rooms, lab rooms, and real planes used for learning how to become pilots. They were given the opportunity to learn about the state of the art drone program at LETU and ask questions of professors and students becoming aeronautical, mechanical and electrical engineers. 

Local engineers from community partners Eastman and Joy Global spoke to the students about local career opportunities and served as judges for the students' engineering design challenge.  The competition phase of the event included students testing on math and science knowledge and joining with other students to complete an engineering design challenge.  Below are the winners of the competition.  

Of these winners, students will be selected to attend TAME State Competition later in the spring. 


Math and Science Winners

6th grade: 1st place -  Grant Beakley

7th grade: 5th place: Imar Dar
               4th place: Ethan Morgan
               3rd place: Kaleb Hogue
               2nd place: Bryce Willadson
               1st Place: Issac Tesser

8th grade: 6th place: DeAundre Heath
               5th place: Bernice Juarez
               4th place: Pedro Montano
               3rd place: Zachary Russell
               2nd place: Ira Roberts
               1st Place: Jann Cabudoy

9th grade: 6th place: Saldalvia Wallace
               5th place: Westley Phillps
               4th place: Itzel Lara
               3rd place: Mercedes Estrada
               2nd place: Jessica Hosmer
               1st Place: Sterling Beakley

11th grade: 3rd place: Jennifer Ibarra
                 2nd place: Andres Serrano
                 1st Place: Randy Phan


Engineering Design Challenge Winners

Judge's Choice - 
Samantha Hosmer
Ira Roberts
Kaleb Hogue
Pedro Montano

3rd Place -
Jessica Hosmer
Ethan Morgan
Grant Beakley
Iman Dar

2nd Place - 
Samantha Hosmer
Ira Roberts
Kaleb Hogue
Pedro Montano

1st Place -
Sterling Beakley
Westley Phillips
Zachary Russell

Congratulations to all our winners!

A special thank you to David Tesser of LETU for helping to coordinate the event at LETU. We appreciate this first rate experience for our students and look forward to growing the partnership between PTISD and LETU and a special thank you to Eastman and Joy Global for helping coordinate volunteers to work with our students at the event. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Full STEAM Ahead - Pine Tree Innovation Showcase Coming March 23


Pine Tree Education Foundation Sponsors SAT Practice Test Workshop


TAME Competition Tonight at LeTourneau University's Abbott Aviation Center - PTISD Only East Texas District to Participate

Pine Tree ISD will participate in the 2017 East Texas Divisional STEM Competition Friday, January 27 at LeTourneau University's Abbott Aviation Center located at the Gregg County Airport. This is the TAME (Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering) regional competition.

Pine Tree ISD is the only district in East Texas to participate.  The Engineering Challenge will begin at 5:10 p.m. 





TAME offers opportunities to students that many other programs do not.  This program centers around exposing students to the problem solving skills needed to be a successful engineer and to build the math and science skills necessary engineering course work. The program reinforces math and science skills, has students practice the skills in a testing environment and complete an engineering design challenge with other students reinforcing 21st century skills needed for the workplace.

At this year's competition, students will be tested in the math and science course in which they are currently enrolled.  This will be followed by an Engineering Design Challenge in which students will work as teams to complete an engineering design challenge.

This year's Engineering Partners are Joy Global and Eastman Chemical Company.   

1st -3rd place awards will be given to students in the math and science tests in each grade level 6-12.

1st - 3rd place awards will be given in the Engineering Design Challenge along with the Judge's Choice Award.



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Pine Tree ExCEL Graduation January 27

The faculty and staff at The ExCEL High School of Choice would like to congratulate our Fall 
2016-2017 graduating class! Our students have worked very hard to achieve this great milestone. 

We would like to thank the Pine Tree ISD community for your contributions to their success and for supporting teaching and learning at The ExCEL High School of Choice! 

Please join us as we recognize our graduates on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Pine Tree High School Theatre.


Lauren Ruth Bailey
Tania Diaz
Ashlyn Paige Ellis
Terrance Jackson Fry
Jahson Harveyier Elija Gardner
Madison Paige Green
Shane Michael Irby
Michael Ray Jennings
Kaleb Samuel Laza
Briam Lopez
Isaiah Josue Martinez
Wendy Leticia Uceda
Alexie Hope Vandiver 


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pine Tree Junior High Theatre Presents John Lennon & Me January 20

Pine Tree Junior High School and the Theatre Department will present the Junior High One Act Play “John Lennon & Me” Friday, January 20 at the high school auditorium.  

Show will start at 7:00 PM and there is no charge for the tickets.  Come out and support the theatre students and see a great show.

Pine Tree DECA Finishes Strong at District Meet

Pine Tree DECA competed at the district level in Pittsburg at the Region 8 ESC. Both team and individual event participants finished strong. 

Participants included Destiny Jackson, Samara Flores, Meagan Bernard, Maizie Hart, Levi Morrill, Sarah Moore, Megan Oswald, Callie Lightfoot, Priyank Patel, Olivia Mitchell, Saida Pitre, Joe Saenz, Natalie Collins and Madison Pike.The DECA sponsor is Barrow Mitchell. Those advancing to the DECA state competition in San Antonio include Destiny Jackson, Maizie Hart, Levi Morrill, Megan Oswald, Callie Lightfoot, Priyank Patel, Olivia Mitchell and Joe Saenz. T

The competitive events consist of business administration, marketing, entrepreneurship and travel and tourism.

Congratulations, PT Pirates!

Pine Tree High DECA 



 

Pine Tree Junior High Participates in The Great Kindness Challenge

Pine Tree Junior High students will participate in The Great Kindness Challenge the week of January 23-27. This week is designated to teach students about how spreading kindness is easier than spreading hate. 

 The PTJH No Place for Hate committee is challenging PTJH students to participate in as many acts of kindness that they can.

www.greatkindnesschallenge.org









Pine Tree High School Announces G-TEK Club to Promote Engineering and Computer Science Careers

G-TEK (Girls, Guys and Geeks) is a new group at Pine Tree High that helps promote engineering and computer science careers. After school, students meet to learn more about the latest technology and hands-on design challenges. The hope is that by showing students first hand the incredible projects engineers work on, more students will pursue careers in these high demand fields. Although all students can join, this group is targeted at increasing minorities and women in engineering. 

Recently, Pine Tree students visited LeTourneau University for a half day trip, where Dr. Ayers, Engineering Chair, gave the students an introduction to many different types of engineering including mechanical, civil, biomedical, and aerospace. G-TEK students learned how engineers can save lives designing everything from cancer-detecting-cell-phones to strengthening bridges. 

Students also visited Texas State Technical College for the day to learn about Biomedical and Industrial Control majors. Eastman Chemical also hosted the students explaining some of the science behind chemical engineering and the jobs available.

Students look forward to participating in a TAME engineering challenge the end of February, and designing roller coasters for an "Amusement Park Physics" project at the Perot Center in Dallas.

"We have world class universities, employers and museums if not in Longview, within a few hours drive. We want our students to see what the very best of the best looks like, so they can aim high. Also, we hope the students stay in this club for all 4 years of high school, allowing them the opportunity to start visiting colleges as a freshman."  said Elizabeth White, sponsor.  

Club Sponsors are Allen Morris and Elizabeth White. 




Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Pine Tree Junior High Students Earn Medals at UIL One Act Play Competition

Pine Tree Junior High participated in the UIL One Act Play Competition on Saturday, January 14th at Sulphur Springs High School.  

Congratulations to the following PTJH students for receiving individual medals at this weekend’s competition:

     Graham Parmelee - All Star Cast
     Neftali Barrios -  All Star Tech Crew
     Brandy Gonzalez  - Honorable Mention Cast
     Zoe Green - Honorable Mention Cast

Save the Date! Innovation Showcase Coming March 23


TAME Regional Competition January 27 at LeTourneau University's Abbott Aviation Center - PTISD Only East Texas District to Participate

Pine Tree ISD will participate in the 2017 East Texas Divisional STEM Competition Friday, January 27 at LeTourneau University's Abbott Aviation Center located at the Gregg County Airport. This is the TAME (Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering) regional competition.  

Pine Tree ISD is the only district in East Texas to participate.  





TAME offers opportunities to students that many other programs do not.  This program centers around exposing students to the problem solving skills needed to be a successful engineer and to build the math and science skills necessary engineering course work. The program reinforces math and science skills, has students practice the skills in a testing environment and complete an engineering design challenge with other students reinforcing 21st century skills needed for the workplace.

At this year's competition, students will be tested in the math and science course in which they are currently enrolled.  This will be followed by an Engineering Design Challenge in which students will work as teams to complete an engineering design challenge.

This year's Engineering Partners are Joy Global and Eastman Chemical Company.   

1st -3rd place awards will be given to students in the math and science tests in each grade level 6-12.

1st - 3rd place awards will be given in the Engineering Design Challenge along with the Judge's Choice Award.










Friday, January 13, 2017

Pine Tree Math Science Teams Compete Strong in TMSCA Pine Tree UIL Meet

Math Science Teams from Pine Tree High School competed strong in the Pine Tree UIL Meet on January 7.  Congratulations to our PT Pirates!


Number Sense
12th Grade 
Sebastian Miller – 2nd
Andrew Short – 3rd
Audrey Soltau – 5th
Clara Richardson – 8th   
11th                         
Kia Miller – 2nd
Callisto Davis – 4th
Dalton Roberts – 6th
Jack Cheng – 7th
10th                        
Jorge Juarez – 1st
Akshay Peddireddy – 5th
Caleb Terry – 7th
9th
Callista Harrold – 4th
William Davis – 5th
 Isabella Nix – 6th
 Conner Naseiro – 7th
 Sterling Beasley – 8th
 Jessica Hosmer – 9th
Calculator
12th
Sebastian Miller – 5th
Audrey Soltau – 6th
Clara Richardson – 7th
Andrew Short – 10th
11th
Samuel Gonzalez – 1st
Callisto Davis – 2nd
Dariann Munguia – 3rd
Jack Cheng – 6th
Kia Miller – 7th
Dalton Roberts – 8th
10th
Jorge Juarez – 3rd
Akshay Peddireddy – 5th
Caleb Terry  - 6th
9th
Will Davis – 1st
Isabella Nix – 2nd
Callista Harrold – 4th
Jessica Hosmer – 6t
Conner Naseiro – 7th
Itzel Lara – 8th
Sterling Beakley – 10th
Math
12th
Audrey Soltau – 3rd
Sebastian Miller – 6th
Clara Richardson – 7th
Andrew Short – 10th
11th
Callisto Davis – 2nd
Dariann Munguia – 4th
Kia Miller – 5th
Dalton Roberts – 6th
Samuel Gonzalez – 7th
Jack Cheng – 8th
10th
Akshay Peddireddy – 3rd
Caleb Terry – 5th
Jorge Juarez – 7th
9th
Will Davis – 2nd
Conner Naseiro – 4th 
Sterling Beakley – 9th
Science
12th 
Audrey Soltau – 3rd
Clara Richardson – 4th
Andrew Short – 7th
Sebastian Miller – 8th
11th
Samuel Gonzalez – 8th
Callisto Davis – 9th
Jack Cheng – 10th
10th
Akshay Peddireddy – 9th
9th
Connor Naseiro – 2nd
Sterling Beakley – 4th
William Davis – 7th



Pine Tree High School Jazz Band to Perform at City-wide MLK Celebration Tonight!

The Pine Tree HS Jazz band will perform tonight at the City of Longview MLK Jazz Concert featuring George Faber & Friends.  The event will be held at the East Texas Builders Association & Event Center, 2023 Alpine Road.  Tickets are $10.  Pine Tree will take the stage at 6;30 p.m.

Come out and enjoy an evening of fabulous jazz music in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Congratulations to Pine Tree Jazz, under the direction of Mr. Mark Melton, for being invited back for the 2nd year for this great event!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pine Tree Shows Well at UIL Host Invitational

Pine Tree students showed well at the UIL Invitational Tournament at Pine Tree High School on January 6.

Congratulations to our PT Pirates!

Pine Tree UIL Invitational Results
January 6, 2017

Number Sense
2nd Place Team
2nd place              Sebastian Miller
3rd place               Andrew Short
4th place               Jorge Juarez

Math
6th place               Audrey Soltau

Calculator
5th place               Sebastian Miller

Copy Editing
1st place                Madeline Boche
2nd place               Rose Labay
4th place               Hannah Hunt

Literary Criticism
4th place               Maddie Mejias

Current Events
1st Place Team
1st place                Colby Holloman
4th place               Madeline Boche

Social Studies

4th place                Colby Holloman

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Parent Meeting for Boys and Girls Club at PTISD set for January 12

Pine Tree ISD will host a Parent Information meeting for the Boys and Girls Club on Thursday, January 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pine Tree ISD Community Center. 

Make plans to attend and learn about the Boys and Girls Club.

Event Details: 
Thursday, January 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Pine Tree Independent School District Community Center
1701 Pine Tree Road
Phone:  903-295-5130

www.BeGreatLongview.com

 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Pine Tree High School Places Two in All State Band - Senior Cristian Najera and Sophomore Gage Ellis

Sixteen Pine Tree High School Band students competed at the TMEA Area C Competition Saturday, January 7th at Richardson Berkner High School.

Congratulations to Cristian Najera, Senior, who was selected for the TMEA 6A All-State Band and to Gage Ellis, Sophomore, who was selected for the 5A All-State Band. Both students are returning for the 2nd year in a row, which is an amazing accomplishment!


Four additional students were selected as 1st alternates, which means the students could be called up if an absence occurs:

Bobby Counts, Senior Bass Clarinet
Korbin Davis, Junior Contra-Bass Clarinet
Tyler Russell, Senior Percussion
Jordan Lampin, Sophomore Baritone Saxophone

"Due to recent TMEA re-alignments, Region IV students now compete against all of the top-performing Dallas-area schools. The fact that six of our students placed so high is a testament to their hard work and dedication. These students practice before school, during band class, during lunch, after school, and in the evenings with private lessons in order to be competitive at this level. Thank you to Pine Tree ISD for continuing its efforts in supporting students that desire to reach very high goals." - Mark Melton, Director of Fine Arts
 
Congratulations Pine Tree Pirates!

PTHS Cheer Squads to perform at UIL State Spirit Competition

The Pine Tree High School cheer squads will participate in the UIL State Spirit Competition Tuesday and Wednesday.  Good luck to our PTHS cheer squads! 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Coffee with the Superintendent Set for January 12 at Parkway Elementary

Pine Tree ISD will host Coffee with the Superintendent Thursday, January 12 at 7:45 a.m. at Parkway Elementary in the library.

Parents are invited to enjoy a cup of coffee with Superintendent TJ Farler and 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, January 5, 2017

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB TO BE OFFERED AT PTISD

The Boys & Girls Club of Gregg County will merge with the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Pines and will be partnering with three Longview school districts that will open 12 campus after-school sites beginning January 9.

The Pine Tree sites will include Birch Elementary, Pine Tree Middle School and Pine Tree Junior High.

Applications are now being taken for Pine Tree ISD students.

Simply complete the application below:

English
Spanish


Click here for Boys and Girls Club website:







PT ATHLETES RECOGNIZED AT STATE LEVEL

Pine Tree athletes Michaela Patterson and Mary McQuaid  have been selected to the academic all state teams through two organizations - the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) and Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA)

Chelsea Chadwick was named Academic All State through THSCA and was named to the 1st team for the East Texas Preps Volleyball Team.  Alexis Wiley was also named to the 1st team.

Chadwick and Wiley were also named to the East Texas Sports Networks Volleyball Super Team.  Chadwick made the 2nd Team and Wiley was selected to the Honorable Mention Team.

Congratulations PT Pirates!

Longview Regional Medical Center FREE Heart Screening for Teens February 18

FREE Heart Screening for East Texas Young Athletes

Longview Regional Medical Center will host a FREE heart screening for teens ages 14-18 on February 18, 2017. Full descriptions of the screening process can be found on the Championship Hearts website. Click here for more information.
DETAILS

Free Student Heart Screening
Saturday, February 18, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Longview Regional Medical Center
2901 North 4th Street
Longview, TX  75605
The free heart screening includes both a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and a limited echocardiogram (ECHO) to detect potential heart conditions. These are non-invasive and painless tests, completed in just minutes. Local volunteer cardiologists will provide immediate results to parents/teens.
Get Your Heart Screened
PRE-REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Get your teen athlete signed up for a heart screening and select an arrival time....just click below.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Pine Tree ISD Recognizes Board during Board Appreciation Month

January is School Board Recognition Month and Pine Tree ISD will join other districts across the state to thank these local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and public schools.  As elected officials, they are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of Texas schoolchildren.

"Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment.  They generously give of themselves to ensure that decisions directly affecting our local schools are made by representatives of this community, people who are close to our schools and know our teachers, parents, and students," said Dr. TJ Farler, PTISD Superintendent.

"Board members shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices.  Their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district," Farler said.  "It's more important than ever before that the public support our schools so that today's students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow.  Our board members provide vision and leadership in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand up for public education and guard against anything that takes away from our children,"she said.

PTISD Board Members:

Dr. Kerri Daugbjerg, President
Amy Brown, Vice President
Jim Cerrato, Secretary
Adam Graves
Pat Noon
Anthony Tanner
Frank Richards

PTISD board members will be recognized Monday evening, January 9 with a board appreciation dinner provided by the PTISD Child Nutrition department.  Campus and district departments will recognize board members during the regular scheduled board meeting at 6:00 p.m.

Pine Tree ISD Board of Trustees


Pine Tree Education Spirit Night 2nd Tuesday of each Month


Papa John's Pizza wants to make a date with PT Pirates the second Tuesday of each month.

When customers order lunch or dinner from Papa John's the second Tuesday of each month, 20% of total sales that day benefits the foundation. Simply mention Pine Tree ISD when ordering your favorite pizza!

It's a fun and delicious day to raise money for the PT Education Foundation.


Mark your calendars! Papa John's Pizza at both locations - 1409-C Loop 281W and 905 E. Marshall, Suite 101.

Pine Tree ISD Coordinator Carmen Dowdy to Represent Region 7 on TEKS State Committee

Carmen Dowdy, Pine Tree ISD Math and Science Coordinator for Grades 5-8, has been chosen to represent Region 7 on the TEKS Resource System District Advisory Committee

Dowdy, in addition to state and leadership team members from ESC's across the state, will have the opportunity to network with other administrators from TEKS RS districts and hear updates on TEKS Resource System development at the state level.  Dowdy was chosen for her extensive knowledge of curriculum and deep understanding of the importance of a guaranteed and viable curriculum to a district's success.

Carmen Dowdy