Monday, April 23, 2018

East Texas Advanced Manufacturing Academy – Great Opportunities For Students and Community Members - Classes Start August 2018

The East Texas Advanced Manufacturing Academy (The Academy) will provide high school students an opportunity to obtain training in Instrumentation and Electrical Technology and Precision Machining Technology. This facility will be open to junior and senior students from Pine Tree, Longview, Hallsville and Spring Hill high schools.

Other area high schools will have the opportunity to enroll students as well. Students are encouraged to be a part of this program for both their junior and senior years, however, they may join during their senior year if they desire.

The objective of this partnership is to grow manufacturing skills to supply capabilities for the existing East Texas industry base, attract new industry and provide students with pathways to industrial jobs that will earn competitive wages.

The Academy is a partnership between local school districts, Kilgore College, Texas State Technical College (TSTC) and numerous local industries. The Academy will not only provide high school students to begin taking dual credit college courses that will lead to certifications or degrees, but will also be utilized by current industries to train, retain and/or screen employees.

Beginning in August 2018, the East Texas Manufacturing Academy will offer two dual credit pathways from which students may choose. Each pathway is outlined below.

PATHWAY ONE: Precision Machining Technology – offered by TSTC
Students interested in becoming machinists should be mechanically inclined, have good problem-solving abilities, be able to work independently and be able to do highly accurate work that requires concentration and physical effort. Students will learn about the various materials used in today’s manufacturing industry, and use the following machines: horizontal and vertical mills, engine lathes, drill presses, shapers, surface and pedestal grinders.

Students will participate in the following courses:

Junior Year DFTG 1325 (Fall) Blueprint Reading & Sketching (3 credit hours)
MCHN 1300 (Spring) Beginning Machine Shop (3 credit hours)
Senior Year MCHN 1300 (Fall) Precision Tools & Management (3 credit hours)
MCHN 2303 (Spring) Fundamentals of CNC & Machine Controls (3 credit hours)

Course descriptions can be found on The Academy website –

PATHWAY TWO: Instrumentation & Electrical –  offered by Kilgore College
Many industrial firms now use automation practices that require highly programmed electronic equipment to do work that used to be performed by people. Due to their complicated nature, automated devices frequently run into problems which electrical instrumentation technicians must solve. Electrical instrumentation technicians troubleshoot, repair and maintain the various parts needed to keep automated machinery running smoothly and effectively. Instrumentation and Electrical students will install, maintain and calibrate devices used in the automation of industrial processes. These devices measure and control the pressure, temperature, level and flow of processes used in automated manufacturing and production. Students will utilize piping process, chemical pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical, electronic, computer and networking technologies.

Students will participate in the following courses:

Junior Year INTC 1305 (Fall) Introduction to Instrumentation (3 credit hours)
ELPT 1321 (Spring) Introduction to Electrical Safety & Tools (3 credit hours)
Senior Year ELPT 1311 (Fall) Basic Electrical Theory (3 credit hours)
INTC 1307 (Spring) Instrumentation Test Equipment (3 credit hours)

Course descriptions can be found on The Academy website –

The Academy will hold classes twice weekly and have two sessions to help in accommodating students’ high school schedules. There will be a 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. session, followed by a
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. session.

Industry representatives will visit the campus frequently as they look for students to participate in apprenticeships/internships. Komatsu, Nucor, Southwest Steel, Eastman, AAON Coil, NAPPS, Lebus and STEMCO have joined as industry partner as each one looks towards local students to fill future positions due to the aging workforce.

Parents and students that are interested in knowing more about this opportunity are encouraged to visit the website at or contact Bill Irvine at or via phone at
903-295-5031 ext. 205.

Pine Tree Math Science Team Competes at TMSCA Competition - Places 11th Overall in State

The Pine Tree Math Science Team competed at the Texas Math Science Coaches State competition in San Antonio on April 21.  Forty-one Pine Tree students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades qualified for the competition.  

The team brought home 8 medals and 2 trophies.  There were 55 teams in the 5A division this year.  The top 20 in each event and the top 6 teams were awarded trophies and medals.  

Pine Tree results:
7th grader Grant Beakley - 3rd place in Number Sense (score 243)
8th grader Bryce Willadson - 15th place in Number Sense (score 183)
6th grader Damil Arogo - 13th place in Calculator (score 238.05)
6th grader Jose Aranda - 18th place in Calcultor (score 220.03)
6th place TEAM in Texas in Number Sense - Grant Beakley, Bryce Willadson, Isaac Tesser, Zoe Davis

Honorable mentions to:
Isaac Tesser (8th grade) - 22 place in Number Sense
Brayden Haesecke (6th grade) - 22 place in Number Sense
Quinton Clark (6th grade) - 23 place in Number Sense
Carlo Echave (8th grade) - 29th place in Calculator
Fatima Vazquez (7th grade) - 27th place in Calculator
Stephanie Viramontes (6th grade) - 26th in Calculator

Team scores:
6th place Number Sense team in the state!
9th place Calculator team in the state!
14th place Math team in the state!
17th place Science team in the state!

The Pine Tree team placed 11th overall in the state.  Congratulations to our PT students!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

PTHS High School Bands Sweep Awards at UIL Competition

The Pine Tree HS Bands competed at the UIL Region IV Concert and Sightreading competition April 17-18, 2018 in Mt. Pleasant.

The Varsity Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Aaron Turner, received straight 1's on stage and straight 1's (SUPERIOR) in sight reading, earning the PTHS Bands a Class A Sweepstakes trophy that is only awarded to those groups that achieve this level in addition to receiving 1's at marching contest in the fall. This is Turner's first year as head Band Director, after having served as the Assistant Director for the past 3 years.

The Non-Varsity Symphonic Band, under the direction of Kirk Wells, also received straight 1's on stage and straight 1's in sightreading, earning them a Sweepstakes trophy as well. This is Wells' first year to direct the HS Symphonic Band, and he has done an outstanding job.

​The Sub-Non-Varsity Concert band received Excellent ratings ​on stage and in sight reading. This is a great accomplishment for this young group. "They have worked very hard to reach this level of performance, and I am proud of them," says Director, Aaron Turner.

Pine Tree High School was the ONLY school to send 3 bands to the competition, which is a testament to the number of students in the program and the commitment of the band directors, staff, and Director of Fine Arts, Mark Melton, to allow every student to achieve high levels of success.

Congratulations to our Pine Tree Band students!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

PTHS Leadership Attends TASC - District 4 President School in 2018-2019

Pine Tree High School Leadership students attended the Texas Association of Student Councils State Conference where PTHS students presented to conference attendees about projects from PTHS.
Caity Rutledge, PTHS Leadership advisor, was also a featured presenter.

Pine Tree High School will lead PTISD as District 4 President school for 2018-19. 

Pine Tree High School Leadership

Friday, April 13, 2018

PTHS Leadership and Student Council Donates Dog Toys to Longview Animal and Adoption Center.

Leadership and Student Council members donated handmade dog toys to the Longview Animal and Adoption Center. The toys were made by cutting old shirts into strips and braiding. Close to 100 toys were donated. During the visit students learned about proper animal care, the adoption process, and animal healthcare.

PTHS Leadership and Student Council 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Pine Tree Education Foundation Announces BLUE OUT Shirt Design Contest

PTJH Art Students Win 16 medals at VASE Competition - Sanchez Earns Platinum

The Pine Tree Junior High Art students won sixteen medals which included one platinum at the 2018 VASE Competition in Tyler. Ariel Sanchez won the platinum medial with her entry of Ariel.

Congratulations to our PT students!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Pine Tree ISD Announces 2nd Annual Women In Engineering Night

Pine Tree High School will host the 2nd Annual Women in Engineering Night for PTISD student on April 20 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p. at Pine Tree Junior High.  Pine Tree students grades 5-12 are invited to participate.  LeTourneau University's Society of Women Engineers will participate in this year's program as attendees explore the different fields of engineering. 

Stations for the event include:

Civil Engineering - "Seismic Shake-Up" - Students will create structures and test them using a seismic testing table to see who will stand the longest!

Mechanical Engineering - "Spacecraft Landing" - Design a spacecraft to provide a safe landing for the astronauts!

Biomedical Engineering - "A Leg to Stand On" - Come and create a prosthetic leg!

Electrical Engineering - "Electric Puzzle" - Use simple switches and electricity to solve a logic puzzle

Computer Science/Computer Engineering - "My Robot Friend" - Together with your team, program a robot to build a structure

Thursday, April 5, 2018

PTJH Boys Choir Earns Straight 1's and Sweepstakes Trophy

Pine Tree Junior High Boys Choir, under the direction of Johanna Eppley, competed in Concert and Sight Reading Contest on Thursday, April 5th in Marshall.  The students represented extremely well, receiving straight ones from all judges and taking home a Sweepstakes trophy. 

Judges comments included:

“Good consistent and balanced tone”
“Lovely sound. Great diction and dynamics.” 
“WOW! Great job gentlemen! I enjoyed your performance so much. Hard work is evident.” 

Congratulations to our Junior High Boys Choir!

Pine Tree PTA President Nominated for State Office

Andy Burnfield, President of the Pine Tree PTA, has been nominated for the office of Director-at-large for the Texas PTA Board of Directors. Elections for the Texas PTA Board of Directors will be held during LAUNCH, July 20-22, 2018 in Dallas.

Andy Burnfield

Pine Tree Education Foundation Whataburger Spirit Night - April 12

Pine Tree Special Olympics Team Big Winners in Track and Field Event

The Pine Tree Special Olympics athletes competed in the local Special Olympics Track & Field event on March 29 hosted by the Upshur County Co-op at Gilmer High School.  Thirty-eight PT athletes competed this year.  Congratulations to our PT athletes!

50 M Dash

Micah Hardin
Andrew Wolf
Alondra Palacios

Kiki Deckard
Jovanty Fierros 
Karen Rainer 
Angel Simmons 
William West 

Kevin Barnes
Christopher Juarez
Eric Perales
Madyson Smith

100 M Dash

Gabriel Sherman
Justice Williams

Angelina Bynum
William Graves
Lailah Houston
Shiona Lewis
Bri'Ana McClendon
Holden Smith
Jordan Rogers
Javier San Miguel
Teegan Watson
Shalay Williams

Alex Chatham
Riley Stout
Tina Waters

100 M Wheelchair
Job Howie

50 M Assisted Wheelchair
Kennedy Anderson

50 M Assisted

Justin Cabudoy
Brianna Lopez
Alex Sherman

Softball Throw

Kennedy Anderson
Lailah Houston
William Graves
Brianna Lopez
Karen Rainer
Alex Sherman
Gabriel Sherman
William West

Justin Cabudoy
Kiki Deckard
Jovanty Fierros
Arianna Hewett
Shiona Lewis
Bri'Ana McClendon
Alondra Palacios
Jordan Rogers
Holden Smith 
Riley Stout
Teegan Watson

Kevin Barnes
Micah Hardin
Job Howie
Christopher Juarez
Eric Perales
Javier San Miguel
Angel Simmons
Madyson Smith
Shalay Williams

Turbo Javelin

Alex Chatham

Angelina Bynum
Justice Williams

Tina Waters

4x100 M Relay

Angelina Bynum
Alex Chatham
William Graves
Lailah Houston
Jordan Rogers
Gabriel Sherman
Holden Smith
Justice Williams

Javier San Miguel
Riley Stout
Teegan Watson
Shalay Williams

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Pine Tree Education Foundation Recognizes 2018 Beacon Award Winners

The Pine Tree Education Foundation is proud to announce the 2018 Beacon Award winners.

This year's recipients are:

Claudia Ruiz, Primary Bilingual Teacher, honored by student Isabella Monreal

Andrea Mabe, Birch Elementary Behavior Redirect, honored by student J'anthony Adams

Kathielene Bolton, Birch Elementary P.E. Teacher, honored by student Julie Allison

Kiki Fobell, Parkway ELAR Teacher, honored by student Daniel Solis

Johanna Eppley, Middle School and Junior High Choir Director, honored by student Sahara Welty

Coach Lisa Wilson, Junior High P.E. and Athletics, honored by student Gianna Spearman

Jerri Hamilton, Parkway and Junior High Dyslexia Teacher, honored by student Jade Munoz

Summer Blackman, Transportation, honored by student Jadavion Osborn

Carolee Musick, Girls Head Volleyball Coach, honored by student Sarah Moore

Tiffany Caldemeyer, High School English Teacher, honored by student Blake Couch

Linda Thompson, High School Lead Custodian, honored by student Keelan Davis

Cindy Anderson, ExCEL High School English Teacher, honored by student Tyler D'Elio

The Beacon Award winners and Teachers of the Year will be honored at the annual PT Honors Banquet on Thursday, May 3,2018 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Summit Club. 

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by contacting the Pine Tree Education Foundation office at 903-295-5021, mgonzalez@ptisd or visiting the website at

Pine Tree Junior High 7th Grade Boys Track Brings Home 2nd Place at District

The Pine Tree Junior High 7th Grade Boys Track brought home 2nd place at district hosted by Mount Pleasant High School on April 2.  Congratulations to our PT athletes!

7th Grade Boys Team - 2nd place

100 M Dash
Durante Hodge - 6th
Kevin Elder - 7th
200 M Dash
Nathan Ayres - 5th
Tyson Wilson - 11th
400 M Dash
Jonathon Fuller - 3rd
Nathan Ayres - 4th
110 M Hurdles
Jonathon Fuller - 1st
300M Hurdles
Angel Ramos - 2nd
Shane Moore - 11th
Colten Harris - 17th
4x100 M Relay
Durante Hodge, Kollin Lewis, Amarian Hamilton, Kevin Elder - 2nd
4x200 M Relay
Durante Hodge, Amarian Hamilton, Kollin Kewis, Kevin Elder - 2nd
4x400 M Relay
Ja'lyn Ryan, Shane Moore, Nathan Ayres, Jonathon Fuller - 2nd
Long Jump 
Amarian Hamilton - 3rd
Shot Put
Branson Niles - 5th
Branson Niles - 3rd
Deeklan Stanford - 8th
Triple Jump
Amarian Hamilton - 1st
Tyson Wilson - 3rd
Kollin Lewis - 6th
High Jump
Jonathon Fuller - 2nd
Branson Niles - 7th
Pole Vault
Nathan Ayres - 7th

Pine Tree JH 7th Grade Girls Track Places 2nd in District Meet

The Pine Tree Junior High 7th Grade Girls Track placed 2nd in the district meet hosted by Mount Pleasant High School on April 2.  Congratulations to our PT athletes!

Pine Tree Junior High Girls Track - 2nd place

100 M Dash
Ja'naysha Gipson - 1st
Makayla Rhodes - 2nd
Adriana Epps - 10th
200 M Dash
Cierra Bray - 3rd
Carmen Chatman - 4th
400 M Dash
Adriana Epps - 6th
Cierra Bray - 10th
Tiana Morgan - 14th
100 M Hurdles
Rylie Waciawczyk - 6th
Fyndy Henry - 11th
Jalen Scroggins - 14th
300 M Hurdles
Fyndy Henry - 5th
Jalen Scroggins - 7th
Rylie Waciawczyk - 16th
4x100 M Relay
Carmen Chatman, Sayge Lohman, Jessica Martindale, Ja'naysha Gipson - 1st
4x200 M Relay
Carmen Chatman, Sayge Lohman, Jessica Martindale, Fatima Vazqauez - 1st
4x400 M Relay
Fatima Vazqauez, Sayge Lohman, Jessica Martindale, Ja'naysha Gipson - 1st
Long Jump
Ja'naysha Gipson - 2nd
Triple Jump
Ja'naysha Gipson - 2nd
Makayla Rhodes - 3rd
Pole Vault
Fyndy Henry - 2nd

Pine Tree JR 8th Grade Girls Track Brings Home 5th at District Meet

The Pine Tree Junior High 8th Grade Girls Track Team brought home 5th place at the district meet.

Congratulations to our PT athletes!

Pine Tree 8th Grade Girls - 5th Place

100 M Dash
Taryn Horton - 7th
Keristen Robert - 9th
Emari Fluellen - 11th

200 M Dash
Gianna Spearman - 10th
Meredith Fisher - 11th
Keristen Robert - 13th

400 M Dash
Gianna Spearman - 8th
Mackenzie Burcham - 12th
Kimberly De La Cruz - 14th

1600 M Run 
Emily Venegas - 4th
Ali Martin - 5th

2400 M Run
Emily Venegas - 3rd

100 M Hurdles
Tatum Cates - 7th
Angelina Pruitt - 19th

300 M Hurdles
Tatum Cates - 9th
Jordan Chastain - 14th
Makayla Furlong - 18th

4x100 M Relay
Ashlee Mangrum, Catherine Maximo, Meredith Fisher, Jamaya Davis - 6th

4x200 M Relay
Ashlee Mangrum, Catherine Maximo, Keristen Robert, Jamaya Davis - 4th

4x400 M Relay
Ashlee Mangrum, Gianna Spearman, Catherine Maximo, Jamaya Davis - 2nd

Long Jump
Jamaya Davis - 7th
Keristen Robert - 10th
Catherine Maximo - 13th

Shot Put
Aniyah Gipson - 6th

Triple Jump
Jamaya Davis - 4th

High Jump
Gianna Spearman - 3rd

Pole Vault
Sha'Tera Oliver - 4th

Jordan Chastain - 5th

Pine Tree Junior High 8th Grade Boys Track Takes 1st in District

The Pine Tree Junior High 8th Grade Boys Track team took 1st place in district at Mount Pleasant High School on April 2. 

Congratulations to our PT athletes!

Below are the district results by event and place:

8th Grade Boys - 1st place

100 M Dash
Demarques Criss - 1st
Kris Kelley - 2nd
Ladaylon Jackson - 4th
200 M Dash
Ethan Morgan - 1st
Jeremiah Bailey - 2nd
Kris Kelley - 3rd
400 M Dash
Hurcules Tarver - 1st
Tylur Neal - 4th
Devon Lews - 7th
800 M Run
Luis Baird - 1st
Jeremiah Blinks - 2nd
1600 M Run 
Luis Baird - 1st
2400 M Run
Luis Baird - 1st
110 M Hurdles
Nate Adkins - 1st
Charles Baker - 13th
300 M Hurdles
Jeremiah Blinks - 2nd
4 x 100
Ladaylon Jackson, Jeremiah Bailey, Demarques Criss, Ethan Morgan - 1st
4x200 M Relay
Jeremiah Bailey, Demarques Criss, Ethan Morgan, Ladaylon Jackson - 1st
4x400 M Relay
Hurcules Tarver, Jeremiah Blinks, Tylur Neal, Devon Lewis - 2nd
Long Jump Finals
Ethan Morgan - 1st
Jeremiah Bailey - 3rd
Ladaylon Jackson - 4th
Shot Put
Conner Carroll - 2nd
Amhd Washington - 3rd
Discus Finals
Dallas Dixon - 6th
Amhd Washington - 9th
Triple Jump
Ethan Morgan - 1st
Keith Smith - 2nd
Deacon Jones - 6th
High Jump
Nate Adkins - 2nd
Deacon Jones - 7th
Pole Vault
Marshall Daughberg - 6th

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Pine Tree High School Choir Receives Excellent Rating at UIL Competition

Pine Tree High School Choir, under the direction of Danielle Warren, competed in UIL Concert and Sight Reading on Wednesday, March 28th at Mt. Pleasant High School. PTHS Choir members represented well for the 5th consecutive year!

PT Chorale, Non Varsity Treble, received a rating of ‘Excellent’ on stage.

PT Express, Varsity Mixed, received a rating of ‘Excellent’ on stage and in sight reading.

Judges comments included:

“Challenging program and you performed it beautifully-wow!”

“You are true musicians.”

“Preparation is obvious and appreciated!”

Congratulations on continuing a streak of excellence!  #PTProud 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Pine Tree Junior High Girls Choirs Excel at UIL Competition

The Pine Tree Junior High 7th and 8th grade girls choirs excelled at UIL competition.

The 7th grade choir received straight excellent ratings while receiving a 2 rating on stage and in sight-reading competition.  The 8th grade choir received a first division with excellent ratings on state and superior straight ones in sight-ready.

Congratulations to our PT students! #PTProud

7th grade NV Girls 
Breahnna Ahart
Madelyne Barkley
Kalli Beck
La’Tayia Buchanan
Natalie Buckner
Kelsie Carmical
Aalayhia Collins
Adriania Epps
Isabela Garcia
Chadea’ Gipson
Ezmeriah Gonzales
Averi Johnson
Jada Johnson
Tabitha Juarez
Jamaya King
Mackenzie McConnell
Grace Monasco
Tiana Morgan
Laniyah Nelson
Dezirea’ Palomino
Brealee Ray
Makayla Rhodes
Maygan Rockett
Gracie Rust
Shana Sprayberry
Aaliyah Stevens
Albernaya Survia
Julia Villegas
Cali Webb
Nyla Williams
Aniyah Williams

8th Grade Varsity Girls 
LaMonica Anthony
  Ta’Niyah Bray
Jerusalem Briseno
Stephanie Davis
Kiayla Deckard
Macey Diaz
Juliana Diaz Najarro
Kaliyah Drayden
Abigail Grimaldo
Alexis Hargitt
Alexia Heatherly
Jimena Hernandez
Ashlyn Hodges
Taryn Horton
Alivia Leary
Jacqueline Marquez
Zoe Nugent
Judith Perales
Ayu Perez
Kimberly Perez
Angelina Pruitt
Trystan Puckett
Renee Redfern
Liliana Rodriguez
Kaylea Timmons
Mariana Vargas
Amelia Wingfield


Monday, March 26, 2018

PT Math Science Competes Strong at Hallsville Meet - Number Sense Team, Shaun Ray Advances to Regionals

The Pine Tree High School Math Science Team finished strong at the Hallsville meet on March 24. 

The Number Sense team consisting of Shaun Ray, Marilyn Shen, Kia Miller and Caleb Terry placed 2nd and will advance to the regional meeting as the wild card team (Top 2nd place team in the region).  Individuals placing were:  Shaun Ray - 3rd (advancing to regional), Marilyn Shen - 4th and Kia Miller - 6th.

The Calculator team placed 3rd with team members Callisto Davis, Samuel Gonzalez, Akshay Pedireddy, and Jorge Juarez.  Individuals place were Callisto Davis - 4th and Samuel Gonzalez - 6th.

The Math team placed 3rd with team members Kalie Rhodes, Callisto Davis, Riley Stanley and Samuel Gonzalez.  Individuals placing were Kalie Rhodes - 6th.

The Science team placed 2nd with team members Korbin Davis, Kalie Rhodes, Jack Cheng, Shawn Naseiro, Callisto Davis and Connor Nasiro.  Individuals placing were Korbin Davis - 5th, Shawn Naseiro - 2nd (Top Biology) and Kalie Rhodes - 2nd (Top Physics).

Congratulations to all of these students for their accomplishments.  #PTProud

Pine Tree PACE SAVE Promise Club Hosts Hope Notes Project

The Pine Tree PACE SAVE Promise Club's Unite in Action Service Project is hosting Hope Notes Unite in Action project. The project goal is 4,000 notes.

Hope Notes are notes of encouragement, hope, and love written to the staff and students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This is a community wide service project with partnerships in Spring Hill ISD, Longview ISD and various local community agencies and businesses.  Our targeted deadline is Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Please join us in completing this project. Contact us at or 903-295-5130 for more information.

Ashly James Selected for Region 7 GT Scholarship

PTISD Advanced Academics is pleased to announce that Ashly James has received a Region 7 GT Scholarship to attend Law Camp this summer through Youth Adventure Programs. Ms. James was selected from a pool of applicants at PTISD and at Region 7 to receive this reward.

Pine Tree ISD is very proud of Ashly and her accomplishment!

Ashly James 


The Pine Tree Fishing Club finished well at the Toledo Bend Tournament on March 17 and qualified for the Championship Meet.  
With only one tournament regular qualifying tournament remaining for the season, the overall standings are below.
Team                                                                               Place
Merrick Taylor and Connor Mayeux                            7th
Bret James and Bryce Payne                                        42nd
Jack Gense and Hudson Finley                                    50th   
Alex Aguilar and Jacob Carter                                      60th
Kevin Jackson                                                                  65th
Andy Ruiz and Alan Garcia                                           67th
Ethan Hearn and Dalton Roberts                                79th
Jaxin Loveless and Noeah Wood                                 85th
Marshall Daugjberg and Jack James                           89th

Congratulations! PT Anglers!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Coffee with the Superintendent March 29 at PT Middle School

You are invited to Coffee with Pine Tree Superintendent Dr. TJ Farler on March 29 at Pine Tree Middle School. The event will start at 7:45 a.m.  Pine Tree parents are invited to attend.

Coffee with the Superintendent is a casual discussion with Pine Tree Superintendent Farler to discuss district initiatives and accomplishments and provides an opportunity for PT parents, staff and community to have a an open dialogue with the leader of the district.

Grab a cup of coffee and visit with PT Superintendent TJ Farler.

For additional information about the Coffee with the Superintendent, call 903-295-5136.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Pine Tree Students Participate in Expanding Your Horizons Conference

About 100 Pine Tree students in grades 6-8 participated in the Expanding Your Horizons conference March 3 in Nacogdoches.  The conference is organized and sponsored by the Nacogdoches American Association of University Women (AAUW).  Originally designed to introduce and promote awareness for careers in math and science, the conference has evolved to include many additional fields.

This year's conference provided attendees the opportunity to explore 26 different career pathways in which each student selected three classes that was of interest to them.  This year Pine Tree received the award for the most girls registered at the event.

Expanding Your Horizons Participants

6th Grade

7th/8th Grades

Pine Tree ISD Celebrates Texas Public Schools Week March 19-23

Pine Tree ISD will celebrate Texas Public Schools Week March 19-23 district wide.

Special activities throughout the district include the following:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - Lunch/Recess with Kindergartens Parents and Lunch with Pre-K
Monday - Donuts at Drop Off
Thursday - Innovation Shocase
Friday - YAP Carnival in Cafeteria 

Birch Elementary
Monday- Celebrate Texas Schools- Wear your Favorite Texas College Shirt
Tuesday- Doughnuts at Drop-Off- 7:05-7:35 am Birch Front Drive
Wednesday- Grandparents/Parents Lunch Day- 10:45 am- 12:45 pm Birch Cafeteria
Thursday- Innovation Showcase- 5:30-7:30 pm Pine Tree HS
Friday- Go Texan Day! Show your Texas pride by wearing your western gear

Parkway Elementary 
Monday---Celebrate Students Returning from Spring Break! All grade levels may have lunch visitors.
Tuesday--It's Cool To Be In Public Schools! Students- Wear sunglasses to school
Wednesday---Public Schools Prepare Us For Our Future! Students- Wear a college t-shirt
Thursday--Community Leaders support our Public Schools. Junior Achievement Day for 2nd & 3rd grade.
Students will present at PTISD's Annual Innovation Showcase at Pine Tree High School.
Friday---Even Grandparents Support Public Schools! Grandparents join us for Lunch! All grade level guests are welcome!

Lunch with Parents - Parents are invited to have lunch with their students this week.
Additionally, next week Pine Tree Middle School will send home the Support Texas Public Schools logo on Red, White and Blue paper.  Students and parents will sign and return to the school.  The school will create a giant flag from the public education support forms.

Junior High
Lunch with Parents - Parents are invited to have lunch with their students this week. 

High School
Lunch with Parents - Parents are invited to have lunch with their students this week.  Pine Tree art students will display art in the hallways.  Innovation Showcase will be Thursday, March 22 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 p.m. 

P.A.C.E. - The P.A.C.E. campus will celebrate National Youth Violence Prevention Week - March 19-23. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents, and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth Violence. Classroom activities and community guest speakers will be part of this national awareness week.

ExCEL - The ExCEL campus will host a Curriculum Night on Thursday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m.

The week of activities will culminate with the district wide Innovation Showcase on Thursday, March 22 from 6:00 - 7:30 at Pine Tree High School.  The community is invited to attend.  


The Texas Math and Science Coaches Association High School State meet was held in San Antonio on March 17th. 

The Pine Tree Math-Science Team did a great job placing 3rd overall in the 5A Division of 25 teams. 

The Number Sense Team placed 3rd, consisting of Shaun Ray, Marilyn Shen, Caleb Terry, and Jorge Juarez. The Calculator Team placed 3rd, consisting of Callisto Davis, Samuel Gonzalez, Dalton Roberts, and Akshay Peddireddy.  

The Math Team placed 4th, consisting of Kalie Rhodes, Callisto Davis, Caleb Terry, and Marilyn Shen. 

The Science Team placed 8th consisting of Kalie Rhodes, Korbin Davis, Emmanuel Viramontes, and Shawn Naseiro.

Individuals placing in the top 10:

Number Sense
Seniors - Kia Miller -4th, Dalton Roberts - 6th, Callisto Davis - 7th, Samuel Gonzalez - 8th, Kalie Rhodes - 9th
Juniors - Caleb Terry - 4th, Jorge Juarez - 5th, Riley Stanley - 7th
Freshmen - Shaun Ray - 4th, Marilyn Shen - 6th

PTHS Math Science Team
Seniors - Callisto Davis - 2nd, Samuel Gonzalez - 5th, Dalton Roberts - 6th

Seniors - Kalie Rhodes - 5th, Callisto Davis 6th
Freshmen - Marilyn Shen - 9th

Freshmen - Emmanuel Gonzalez - 7th

PTHS Math Science Team

Top Gun Honors went to PT students Callisto Davis and Caleb Terry.  Top Gun Honors is an overall point accumulation in all events.

Caleb Terry placed 6th for the juniors and Callisto Davis placed 1st for the seniors. Callisto was awarded the highest scholarship for her efforts . 

Congratulations to PT High School Math Science Team!

Callisto Davis and Caleb Terry

Pine Tree PACE Campus Participates in National Youth Violence Prevention Week - March 19-23

Pine Tree PACE campus will participate in National Youth Violence Prevention Week March 19-23.

The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents, and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth Violence.

This week long national education initiative will involve activities that demonstrate the positive role young people can have in making their school and community safer.

Monday, March 12, 2018


Pine Tree ISD Innovation Showcase will be held March 22, 2018 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Pine Tree High School. This year's theme is All In.

Parents and the community are invited to attend as students from all campuses will be showing off their talents, innovative projects and demonstrating skills they've learned this year.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Pine Tree Varsity Tennis Brings Home 9 Trophies - Miller & Montoya Place 1st in Mixed Doubles

The Pine Tree Varsity Teams brought home nine trophies with Kia Miller and Noah Montoya earning 1st place in Mixed Doubles. 

Congratulations to our PT players!

Nallely Vasquez and Jayden Bell  -  2nd place in Mixed Doubles
Caroline Adamson -  2nd Place Girls Singles
Isabel Nix & Ainsley Daugbjerg - 3rd Place Girls Doubles
Nathan Sharp & Andy Pearce - 1st Place Consolation


Pine Tree High Art Students Sweep Longview Museum of Fine Art Student Invitational

Pine Tree High School art students received 9 awards at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts 58th Annual Student Invitational. Out of 15 schools that participated, Pine Tree high won 9 of the awards- which is more awards than any other high school. 

This exhibition gives students an opportunity to display their artwork within the gallery and compete for top honors and prize money.  Two hundred and fifty works from fifteen high schools entered pieces in a variety of categories. 

Caleb Bell, Tyler Museum of Art Curator, was this year's judge for the invitational. 

The Annual Invitational artwork will be on display at the Longview Museum of Art until March 24th.

Director’s Choice: 
Ramon Rubio $100  
Kaley McMullen, $100

Drawing Color: 
Honorable Mention- Kelee Norris $25

Mixed Media: 
3rd- Bethany Ballenger $50

nd-Erika Vaughn $75
3rd- Jonathan Diaz $50

Honorable Mention- I’yonia Mumphrey $25

Computer Graphics:
3rd- Dejah Colburn $50

1st- Isiah Bryant $100

Friday, March 2, 2018

PT Anglers Finish Strong in Lake Fork Tournament

Despite cold and wet weather at the Lake Fork Fishing Tournament on February 17, the Pine Tree Fishing Team finished strong.

Bryce Payne placed 24th, Merrick Taylor and Connor Mayuex placed 34th with Dalton Roberts finishing at 35th.

The results year-to-date are Connor Mayeux and Merrick Taylor are in 11th place overall for the year competing against 250 teams and 35 schools.

Congratulations to our PT anglers! #PTProud

Pine Tree Girls Power Lifting Team named Region 3 Division 1 Regional Champions - 1st Time in School History

The Pine Tree Girls Power lifting Team captured the Region 3 Division 1 regional championship this week. This is the first power lifting regional championship in the school's history.

Pine Tree State qualifiers are Jade Peoples, Norma Ortega, Jia Lewis and Jacqueline Ramirez.

Congratulations to our outstanding athletes!

Pine Tree Powerlifting Qualifies Twenty-One for Regionals

Pine Tree High School Powerlifting has qualified twenty-one athletes for regional competition.

Congratulations to our regional qualifiers!


Wt Rank Name School

114 10 GRAY, JACOB 
181 8 EPPS, AMIYA 
198 3 LEWIS, JIA 
259 10 MAYA, MYRA 

Pine Tree ISD To Host ET School Bus Safety Competition

On March 24, 2018, the Pine Tree Independent School District in collaboration with the East Texas Association for Pupil Transportation (ETAPT), will host the East Texas School Bus Driver Safety Competition also known as the School Bus ROAD-E-O. This event will take place at Pirate Stadium and is scheduled to begin at 7:00 AM

This is one of the most exciting events in our industry, with the best of the best school bus drivers from around East Texas, coming together to compete for top honors and recognition in the Region. This event allows professional school bus drivers the opportunity to show pride while exhibiting their skills and dedication to pupil transportation. 

The event begins with a General Knowledge and Vehicle Inspection written test designed to challenge the contestant’s comprehension of School Bus Driver State Certification Requirements and State Law applicable to a Commercial Driver. Contestants perform behind the wheel to demonstrate their personal ability to maneuver a full size school bus in and around various driving obstacle courses where mere inches make a huge difference in the contestants score. Each event is either timed and/or measured to determine their score. To receive the maximum amount of points per event, drivers spend many non-compensated hours to reach a superior level of competency and excellence in their personal ability to safely operate a school bus.

The community is invited to attend.  

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

District-Wide Innovation Showcase Set for March 22

Celebrate Texas Public Schools Month 


March 22, 2018

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Pine Tree High School Campus

This is your opportunity to see the innovative, creative, and different ways our students have been learning throughout the year at PTISD.

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.