Thursday, March 23, 2017

NPR's "From the Top" Visits Pine Tree High School

National Public Radio  "From the Top" is coming to Pine Tree High School Friday, March 24 for an interactive student experience with PT musicians.  

Approximately 30-40 Pine Tree band and choir students will hear from NPR guest performers and will participate in an interactive round table discussion hosted by NPR’s Mike Dahlberg about the lifestyle of these performers, what school is like, how much they practice, digging into music, etc.  

NPR will do a live recording at LeTourneau University's Belcher Center on Saturday, March 25.

PT Precision to Host 2017 Spring Show Clinic April 1

Pine Tree Precision will host the 2017 Spring Show clinic on Saturday, April 1 for young girls ages 4 and older!  Campers will learn a dance to perform in the upcoming Spring Show and take home snacks and a t-shirt! Sign up your daughter and friends today – it’s going to be so FUN!

Returning camper from 2016 Summer Mini-Camp? Click here: Spring Show Mini Campers-Summer Enrollee Returning

New camper? Click here New Mini Camper - Spring Show 2017

Questions? Please call 903-238-5972.

SAVE THE DATE: Pine Tree Precision presents “Road Trip Across American on April 6, 7 & 8! Buy your tickets today by clicking here: 2017 Spring Show Tickets

Support the Pine Tree Student Organizations at Chipotle March 30th

Support the Pine Tree Education Foundation at Spirit Night 2017!

Pine Tree Innovation Showcase Tonight!

Pine Tree ISD will provide shuttle service for tonight's event.  Participants are asked to park at Pine Tree Junior High and use the shuttle service to the high school.  We look forward to having you with us for Innovation Showcase 2017!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pine Tree Students Awarded Gifted and Talented Scholarships

Pine Tree students Brooks Brown, Seth McFarland and Brandon Hayes have been awarded GT Scholarships from Region 7.

Brown will attend Adventures in Marine Biology at Texas A & M Galveston's Sea Camp, and McFarland and Hayes will attend the Lego Robotics Battlebots Camp at LeTourneau University this summer.

Congratulations to our Pine Tree students!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pine Tree Announces 2017-2018 Cheer Squads

Pine Tree High School Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheer Squads have been announced for the 2017-2018 school year. Tryouts were held March 10. Twenty-seven girls were selected for the two squads.

Congratulations to the following PT students!

Varsity 2017-2018

Captain-Courtney Estes

Co-Captain-Keyana Kim

Co-Captain-Madison Taylor

Hannah Barry

Hayner Boorman

Mimi Johnson

Jade Peoples

Erick Rosas

Emily Sarinana

Sam Sommerfeld

Riley Stanley

Cheyenne Thurmond

Colton Vandiver

Kelsee Warwick

Bre Williams

Junior Varsity 2017-2018

Jaiden Chism

Renee Garrett

Ryauna Garrett

Donazia Harris

Holly James

Jade Jones

Jia Lewis

Jayla McCarty

Allison Mitchell

Tiah Monroe

Addyson Newell

Emma Teter

Monday, March 20, 2017

Pine Tree ISD Celebrates Texas Public Schools Week March 20-24 2017

Pine Tree ISD will celebrate Texas Public Schools Week March 20-24 district wide.

Special activities throughout the district include the following:

Primary - Lunch and rescess with parents, Dress Like a Super Hero Day and Donuts at Drop Off
Birch Elementary - Monday - Celebrate Texas Schools - Wear your Favorite Texas College Shirt; Tuesday - Muffins for Mom/Doughnuts for Dad; Wednesday - Grandparents/Parents Lunch Day; Thursday - Innovation Showcase; Friday - Go Texan Day - Show your Texas pride by wearing western gear
Middle - Student Council with partner with the campus Boxhead News to create news and announcements highlighting the great things about public schools
Junior High - Career Day highlighting community speakers and Lunch with Parents
High School - The Art, Math and Graphic Design classes as well as Leadership with be involved with various projects throughout the week to prepare for Innovation Showcase on March 23.

The week of activities will culminate with the district wide Innovation Showcase on Thursday, March 23 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Pine Tree High School.

The Pine Tree ISD board of trustees proclaimed March 20-24 as Texas Public Schools Week during the regular board meeting on March 6.


You are invited to Innovation Showcase 2017 - Full S.T.E.A. M. Ahead.  This all district event will showcase the innovative, creative, and different ways PTISD students have been learning throughout the year.

The purpose of the Innovation Showcase is so share student learning experiences that increase engagement, improve achievement, encourage collaboration, and ignite a renewed passion for learning throughout the district.

Make plans to attend - Thursday, March 23 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Pine Tree High School.  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pine Tree Education Foundation 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.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pine Tree Art Students Bring Home Seven Awards in LMFA Invitational - More Awards Than Any ET High School

Pine Tree High School art students brourght home seven awards at the 57th Annual Student Art Invitational. Pine Tree won more awards than any other high school in East Texas which included the Student Choice Award.

This year's judge was East Texas artist, Sharon Grimes, whose work is also on exhibit. 

The show will be displayed at the LMFA until March 25. The Longview Museum of  Fine Arts is located at: 215 East Tyler Ave in downtown Longview. 

Congratulations to the following Pine Tree students: 
  • Ramon Rubio, Photography/Computer Graphics, Student Board Choice Award, $50
  • Jonathan Garcia, 1st Place Printmaking, $100
  • Cruz Montanez, 2nd Place Printmaking, $50
  • Azura Mayhall, Honorable Mention Printmaking
  • Ka'Deshia Wells, 1st Place Photography/Computer Graphics, $100
  • Vashayla Charvis, 3rd Place Photography/Computer Graphics, $25
  • Leah Martinez, Honorable Mention Photography/Computer Graphics

KaDeshia Wells

Azura Mayhall

Cruz Montanez 

Jonathan Garcia

Leah Martinez 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Chipotle to Support PT Student Organizations March 30

Make dinner a selfless act by supporting the PT Student Organizations and coming in to Chipotle on March 30 between 5-9 p.m.  Just bring the flyer below, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you are supporting the cause - 50% of all proceeds will be donated to PT Student Organizations.

Save the Date:  March 30
Hours:  5-9 p.m.
Location:  Chipotle, 415 NE Loop 281

Pine Tree ISD Presents Innovation Showcase 2017 - March 23

You are invited to Innovation Showcase 2017 - Full S.T.E.A. M. Ahead.  This all district event will showcase the innovative, creative, and different ways PTISD students have been learning throughout the year.

The purpose of the Innovation Showcase is so share student learning experiences that increase engagement, improve achievement, encourage collaboration, and ignite a renewed passion for learning throughout the district.

Make plans to attend - Thursday, March 23 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Pine Tree High School.  

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Melton Selected for UIL Sponsor Excellence Award

Pine Tree High School

LONGVIEW - Mark Melton, sixth year band director at Pine Tree High School, has been awarded the UIL Sponsor Excellence Award, according to Cindy Gabehart, principal at the local high school.

Melton is not only the band director but also the Fine Arts Administrator at the high school, officials said, and is one of only 15 people in the state to garner this honor for 2016.  “I am humbled, overwhelmed and very grateful for this honor,” Melton said.

The purpose of this award is for the University Interscholastic League to highlight the contributions of sponsors of UIL scholastic competition. This award is created to identify and recognize outstanding sponsors who assist students in developing and refining their extracurricular talents to the highest degree possible within the educational system while helping them to keep their personal worth separate from their success or failure in competition.

For winning the award, Melton received a $1,000 cash award and an appropriate symbolic memento. He also received a personalized certificate from the University Interscholastic League.

Melton has been a band director for 35 years, mostly in East Texas and mostly at Union Grove and Pine Tree. 

He has been nominated for this award four times, and this is the first time he has been selected for the honor.
Each fall, the superintendent and principal receive a link to nominate one person from the district for the award. 

This year, both Dr. TJ Farler and Gabehart nominated Melton. Nominations are made in one of three categories: academic contest coaches (including One-Act Play), athletic coaches and music directors.

When I nominated Mr. Melton for this award, I looked for someone who challenges our students to the highest levels of excellence. Mr. Melton leads by example and works with beginning band students as well as our most accomplished band students. Our students and our faculty have a high respect for Mr. Melton and enjoy working with him. He always goes the extra  mile to help all  programs - choir, art, dance, athletics, cheerleading - as well as our academic programs. It is an honor to work with leader such as Mr. Melton,” Dr. Farler, superintendent of Pine Tree ISD, said.

It is my extreme privilege to work with a man like Mark Melton,” Gabehart said.  “Mr. Melton leads by example and exemplifies the true team spirit of the UIL program.  Mr. Melton reaches students by instilling a passion for music.  Mr Melton spends countless hours training students to perfect their skills as well as building students of character.”  She went on to comment “I often walk into the band hall or onto the field just to hear the amazing music that is generated from our students. Mr. Melton has created a legacy at Pine Tree High School and we are so proud that he has been awarded the UIL Sponsor Excellence Award.”

Melton was notified earlier this year that he would be a recipient.

“I was required to fill out some paperwork and give them some detailed information,” he said. “It still has not sunk in that I have won this award, but I guess it will over the long haul.”

The criteria for the award includes accomplishments of UIL participants as a result of sponsor leadership (must have been a sponsor for at least five years), indication that the sponsor made maximum use of existing resources and student aptitude, a statement regarding the relative importance of competitive activities in the sponsor’s personal educational philosophy, principal recommendation of the sponsor as an effective teacher in non-UIL classroom activities and the desire to recognize sponsors from each of the three categories.

The Pine Tree Independent School District Board of Trustees honored Melton at the February 13 board meeting with an Above and Beyond recognition for him receiving this award. A formal presentation will occur later in the year during a band event.

Those who work with Melton in the PTISD Band Department said it is an honor that is well deserved. Co-workers say Melton, originally from Kilgore and a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, is all about the students, making them better musicians and better people. They also said he, and the entire band staff, work well together to promote band, discipline, drive and the ability to function in high-level competition as well as to accept responsibility for the role they have been given to play. Co-workers also said he is a role model for students because of the way he lives his life, conducts himself at school and in the community and, finally, for the way he treats his staff, his teaching colleagues and his students
“There are plenty of people more deserving than me,” he said. “It is my students and staff that really deserve this, but I am grateful to be recognized by UIL and to have my bosses think enough of the job I am doing to nominate me for this honor.”

Melton said, it is true, that he comes to work every day with the betterment of his students on his mind. He said that when he first came to Pine Tree that he would demonstrate how to play music, but had to remind them that his UIL eligibility was used up many years ago.

“I tell the students that it is up to them to win awards and in doing so you make the whole program stronger,” he said with a smile. “It is great to see students succeed, to go on to college band careers and to maybe even end up in the band industry later on in life. That makes you feel like you have accomplished a goal.”

The award has been presented yearly since 2004. Others in 2016 to garner the honor besides Melton include Shawn Bruns of Flatonia High School, Todd Craft of D’Hanis High School, David DeVoto of Allen High School, Jamie Dornak of Moulton High School, Adrian Gallardo of Rankin High School, Beverly Hererra of Laredo High School, Tim Johnston of Huntsville High School, Kimberly Kass of Argyle High School, Lee Neel of Knippa High School, Cheryl Ryne of Friendswood High School, Hugh Sandifer of Abilene Wylie High School, Andy Sealy of Lewisville Hebron High School, Brenda Slatton of San Antonio Lee High School and Laura Smith of Canyon High School.

Mark Melton, Director of Fine Arts