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.

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

6th place               Audrey Soltau

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


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


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:


Click here for Boys and Girls Club website:


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.

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

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