Thursday, August 16, 2018

Pine Tree ISD Partners with Whataburger for Backpack Food Fundraiser

Whataburger is partnering with our Pine Tree ISD school community to help support and raise funds for our Backpack Food Program.  The Backpack Food Program helps provide food for students who are at risk of going hungry on weekends and holidays during the school year. The food backpacks come with nutritious, easy-to-open food sent home each week and typically include protein, milk and fruit juice.  

Please visit any three participating Whataburger locations at 2401 Gilmer Road, 1479 E. Harrison Road (by Lear Park), or McCann Road/Spur 63 between August 20th – August 31st. There will be an opportunity to donate $1 or more when paying for your order. 

Proceeds will benefit the Pine Tree ISD Backpack Food Program and this is a great way to support Whataburger and the Backpack Food Program that helps so many students in our schools.  We are grateful to Whataburger and invite everyone to join in support of this important cause. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Come be Part of Something Great at Pine Tree ISD

What does a Pine Tree volunteer look like?  Y-O-U!  Volunteering is an excellent way to interact, join our educational team, and experience partnerships between our schools and community.  The time and talents volunteers bring to the schools serve as a link between our school and community while generating enthusiasm, interest and support. 

Please plan to join Pine Tree ISD on Tuesday, August 21 for an opportunity to learn more about volunteering and safety.  This orientation will be held in the PT Community Center located at 1701 Pine Tree Road.  Participants will select to attend either at 10:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. 

Pine Tree ISD looks forward to seeing you as we begin the new school year and invest in in the future of our students.

For volunteer information, contact Donna Pruitt, Volunteer Coordinator, at 903-295-5163. 

#bringingpinetreeback   #pirateproud 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Ten Pine Tree High School Seniors Selected for Texas Bank and Trust Student Board of Directors

 [LONGVIEW, Tex.] —Texas Bank and Trust is pleased to announce the selection of 10 seniors from Pine Tree High School to serve on its 2018-2019 Student Board of Directors.
      The TB&T Student Board is a prestigious program recognizing outstanding high school seniors in the community.
       Seniors Caroline Adamson, Dana Chatman, Sydney Harris, Matt McQuaid, Kamryn Miller, Akshay Peddireddy, Kailey Quiett, Hayden Shelton, Timothy Short, and Caleb Terry will join with 55 other seniors from Christian Heritage Classical, Trinity School of Texas, Longview, Spring Hill, and St. Mary’s High Schools to make up the 41st senior class to participate in the TB&T program in Longview.
       The 2018-2019 Student Board members will be introduced to the TB&T bank staff in an Orientation Reception, to be held at 7 pm, Monday, August 27, in the Main Bank lobby in downtown Longview. Parents and school administrators are invited to attend.
       The Student Board program will be designed to introduce students to banking and money management at a critical point in their lives, and provide them with the essential economic building blocks to earning, spending, saving, and investing money. The students will be challenged this year to test their money management and time management skills with a program, entitled The Real L.I.F.E. Experience.  This innovative Living Institute for Financial Education TBT program will take the students through a real world simulation of their first year of college. Students will also serve as advisors to the bank on bank products and services throughout the year.
     Established in 1978, Student Board remains the bank’s first and most enduring financial literacy program. 
     Students were selected based on their grade point average, extra-curricular activities, and afterschool work activities. Students must submit an essay with their application as well as two letters of recommendation from either a faculty member or administrator to be considered for the program. Students accepted into the 2018 Student Board program were notified in late May. 
       Since its inception, the Student Board has introduced more than 2,200 high school seniors to banking and money management.
       For information on how to participate in the 2019-2020 Student Board program, students in their junior year of high school may contact Tammy Gage, Texas Bank and Trust Business Community Relations Officer, at (903) 237-1827.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Jennifer Harris Selected as 2018 Heroes for Children Award Recipient

Jennifer Harris, Senior Vice President at Texas Bank and Trust and a community volunteer, has been selected as a recipient of the 2018 Heroes for Children Award for District 9 from the State Board of Education.  

Harris is one of only 15 awardees statewide who will be given such honor by the State Board of Education (SBOE).  Awardees will receive a plaque and a resolution at the State Board of Education board meeting on September 14, 2018. 

Jennifer Harris has been a long standing advocate for Pine Tree ISD. She is a past president of the Pine Tree Education Foundation and has served on the board since 2010. In addition to her volunteer commitment with Pine Tree ISD, Jennifer is also active in the Longview community. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Longview, a member of the President’s Advisory Council of LeTourneau University, and volunteering with organizations such as Buckner Children & Family Services, the Crisman School, and Longview 2020. Jennifer was named a 2014 Star Over Longview by Longview Regional Hospital for her compassion and lobe for all she does for the Longview Community.

Jennifer has volunteered for Play it Safe East Texas, an event offering free heart scans to area teens. This screening can help detect the heart conditions that bring down healthy teens during or just after an athletic event.

Jennifer Harris 

Friday, August 3, 2018

Pine Tree ISD Students Head Back to Class August 20 - Online Registration Open

Pine Tree ISD online registration is open.  PTISD families can register through their PTISD Skyward Family Access account at Families may verify and update contact and emergency information for each child as well as complete required forms and review policies.  Pine Tree ISD Online Registration is required for all returning PTISD Students. 
Online Registration and residency verification must be completed before schedules/homeroom teachers will be given on Meet the Teacher Night.
PTISD Online Registration is REQUIRED for all Returning PTISD Students


PK-Kindergarten - August 7, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Grades 1-12 - August 8, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Grades PK-12 - August 9, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All Student who did NOT finish the 2017-2018 school year at a Pine Tree campus must bring the following:
*             Parent/Guardian, Picture Identification and Residency
*             Birth certificate
*             Immunization Records
*             Most recent report card or transcripts

Pine Tree students who finished the 2017-2018 school year at a Pine Tree campus:
*             A parent or legal guardian must register the student
*             A picture identification of the parent/legal guardian must be shown

One Proof of Residency must be presented at time of registration.  Students will not be allowed to register without this documentation. 
NOTE:  Any of the following Proof of Residency documents are accepted:
*             Current lease agreement with all residents of the address listed
*             Current utility bill (electric, gas, water only) - no cell phone or telephone bills will be
*             Current year PTISD Property Tax Statement
*             Current Purchase Agreement/Contract
*            Approved Student Transfer Paperwork

*             Transportation information (if needed)
*             Food Service Information
*             Nursing staff will be available
*             Computer Lab for those without access

To attend Kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old on or before September 1.  Pre-kindergarten children must be 4 years old on or before September 1 and must qualify for free or reduced lunch or be from a non-English speaking home.  Pre-K applicants must present proof or income for all working members of the household.  More information and forms are available online at

As a public school system, PTISD welcomes all students who live in the area and who meet the state age and health requirements.  Transfer students may be submitted and approved each year and will be subject to space availability. 

The 2018-2019 Back to School Convocation will be Wednesday, August 15 at 9:00 a.m. in the Pine Tree Road Auditorium.  Keynote speaker will be Ken Williams, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Unfold The Soul.


Principal: Cristi Parsons
Assistant Principal: Ruthie Walker
Physical Address: 1808 Silver Falls Road, Longview, TX  75604
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 5878, Longview, TX  75608
Campus Telephone Number: (903) 295-5095
Fax number: (903) 295-5098

Principal:  Derrick Conley
Assistant Principal:  Sharon Smith
Physical Address: 815 Birch Drive, Longview, TX  75604
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5878, Longview, Texas 75608
Campus Telephone Number: (903) 295-5120
Fax Number: (903) 295-5126

Principal:  Melanie Keoun
Assistant Principal:  Lori Ashby
Physical Address: 601 PT Parkway, Longview,TX. 75604
Mailing Address: P.O. Box. 5878, Longview, TX. 75608
Campus Telephone Number: (903) 295-5151
Fax number: (903) 295-5155 

Principal: Mickey White
Assistant Principal: Tricia Kelley
Assistant Principal: Kenneth Morris
Physical Address: 600 P.T. Parkway, Longview, TX  75604
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5878, Longview, Texas 75604
Campus Telephone Number: (903) 295-5160
Fax Number: (903) 295-5162

Principal:  Vanessa Robinson
Assistant Principal:  Donald Patrick
Assistant Principal:  Lisa Sawyer
Physical Address: 2100 W Loop 281, Longview, TX  75604
Mailing Address: P O Box 5878, Longview, TX  75608
Campus Telephone Number: (903) 295-5081
Fax Number: (903) 295-5082

Principal:  Cindy Gabehart
Assistant Principal:  Carrie Chandler
Assistant Principal:  Melanie Bridges
Assistant Principal:  Harold Jackson
Assistant Principal:  Caci Brinkley 
Physical Address: 900 Northwest Drive, Longview, TX  75604
Mailing Address: P O Box 5878, Longview, TX  75608
Campus Telephone Number: (903) 295-5031
Fax Number: (903) 295-5029

Principal:  Cleo Wadley
Physical Address: 900 Northwest Dr., Longview, TX  75604
Mailing Address:  P O Box 5878, Longview, TX  75608
Campus Number: (903) 295-6753
Fax Number: (903) 295-6754

Principal: Shalonda W. Adams
Physical Address: 1701 Pine Tree Road, Longview, TX  75604
Mailing Address:  P O Box 5878, Longview, TX  75608
Campus Number: (903) 295-5130
Fax Number: (903) 295-5145

Elementary - 7:35 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Secondary - 8:20 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.

School Supply lists are available for Pre-K through 6th grade online at
Parents should preview the supply lists by grade level in order to be prepared for the first day of school.  Lists have also been distributed to area businesses.  High School and Junior High students will receive their information after the start of school.

The Pine Tree ISD 2018-2019 school calendar is available to print on the district website

Back to School information can be found online at
For more information, contact Mary Whitton, Director of Communications and Public Information, at or 903-295-5136. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Meet the Pirates! A Community Wide Event August 18

Pine Tree ISD will kick off the new year with a community wide event - Meet the Pirates!  Join PTISD on August 18 at 5:00 p.m. in the Pine Tree Pirate Center as the district will introduce PT athletic teams, PT cheerleaders, PT Precision, PTHS Band, PT auxiliaries, PT BUCS, PT Kick-off Crew and Basketball Crew.

Free admission!  Join us for a night of celebration and Meet the Pirates!



* Primary Campus, grades PK-K: August 16 - 4:30-6:00 p.m.
* Birch Elementary Campus, grades 1-4: August 17 - 4:00-5:30 p.m.
* Parkway Elementary Campus, grades 1-4: August 16 - 5:00-6:30 p.m.
* Middle School Campus, grades 5-6: August 14 - 4:00-6:00 p.m.

* Junior High Campus, grades 7-8: August 17 - 4:30-6:00 p.m.
* High School Campus, grades 9-12: August 14 - 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Pine Tree HS Students Attend Math Science Camp at Texas Tech - Cabudoy Brings Home 1st Place

Ten students from Pine Tree High School attended a Math Science Camp at Texas Tech last week in Lubbock. Congratulations to our Pine Tree Pirates!

Emmanuel Viramontes - 2nd place in Calculator and 8th place in Science (10th grade)
Jann Cabudoy - 1st place in Science, Best in Biology (10th grade)
Joseph Cordova- 9th place Number Sense and 10th place in Calculator (9th grade)
Emily Jimenez - 4th place in Calculator and 10th place in Number Sense (9th grade)
Mallory Estrada - 7th place in Calculator (9th grade)
Zoe Davis - 3rd place Calculator, 6th place Number Sense, 7th place in Math (9th grade)
Bryce Willadson - 3rd place Number Sense (tie), 6th place in Calculator, and 6th place in Math (9th grade)
Isaac Tesser - 3rd place in Number Sense (tie) and 9th place in Math (9th grade)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Pine Tree ISD Hires New Administrators for 2018-2019 School Year

In a special called board meeting July 2, the Pine Tree ISD Board of Trustees hired a new Director of Student Services, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and a new principal at Birch Elementary. 

Stephen English, Bremond ISD High School Principal, will serve as the new Director of Student Services. 

Dr. Eric Cederstrom, Superintendent at Palo Pinto ISD, will serve as the new Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.

Derrick Conley, Callisburg Elementary Principal, will serve as principal at Birch Elementary.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Longview Police Department and PT School Resource Officers Announce Safety Heroes Academy

Pine Tree ISD School Resource Officers in partnership with the Longview Police Department will host two academies for students in July.

The Pine Tree Safety Heroes Academy is scheduled for July 9-13 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Pine Tree Birch Elementary.  This academy is for students in grades 2-4.  Participants will learn about SWAT teams, take field trips to the fire and police departments as well as the animal control department.  The academy will cover the following topics:  bullying, internet, 911 and gun safety as well as exploring the role of a police officer.  There is no charge to attend but space is limited.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost.

The Pine Tree Middle Academy is scheduled for July 16-20 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at PT Birch Elementary.  This academy is for grades 5th and 6th.  The PT Middle Academy will be a week filled with fun and excitement.  Participants will be shown an array of police work, including handcuffing, fingerprinting, mock traffic stops, team building and much more.  There is no charge to attend but space is limited.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost. 

To register for either course, contact School Resource Officer Josh Marrs at 903-331-2858 or School Resource Officer Bryan Bankston at 903-576-0922. 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Pine Tree Employees Celebrate End of Year Convocation - 70's Style

Pine Tree ISD employees celebrated the end of the school year with their annual End of School Convocation on June 1.

With the theme All in the Family, district campus and department employees dressed like their favorite 70's TV shows.

2018-2019 Leadership3 Participants 
Miranda Chism-All Campus
Jessica Johnson-Parkway
Kiki Fobell-Parkway
Ursula Coleman-Primary
Claudia Ruiz Mendoza-Primary
Lisa Fenton-Middle
Jennifer Mitchell-Junior High
Clay Nyvall-Junior High
Heather Wingo-Junior High
Stefani Baxter-High School
Nicole Davis-High School

5 Year Service Awards
Doris Black
Paul Cain
Timothy Collins
Steven Collins
Wayland Creecy
Karen Cunningham
Kristin Fobell
Peyton Gibbons
Zenorina Gonzalez
Rebecca Greer
Connie Harper
Sunshine Harrison
Dr. Daya Hill
Amy Johnson
Lacreshia Jones
Eric McCowan
Jennifer Mitchell
Carolee Musick
Sarah Porterfield
Jolene Ray
Jonathan Robertson
Renellda Robinson
Sheila Rowlett
Elton Sanchez
Mary Sexton
Florine Steverson
Cathey Taylor
Katrina Teter
Francisca Tovar Martinez
Mindi Turner
Danielle Warren

10 Year Service Award
Latosha Anaya
Ursula Coleman
Shirley Davis
Larry Denkins
Candace Edwards
Timecia Emerson
Barbara Gullett
Audrey Howard
Harold Jackson
Stacy James
Todd Kelley
Jessica Mangrum
Jacqueline Martin
Sommer McBee
Norma Nix
Sheila Plunk
Karen Robey
Vanessa Robinson
Melissa Saenz
Jennifer Schroeder
Troy Thompson
Jonathan Vaughn
Melynda Walker
Dana Walters
Richard Westbrook

15 Year Service Award
Larry Adams
William Bennett
Robin Best
Avelina Calixto
Terri Davis
Sheila Granzin
Monika Marjason
Lisa Martin
Wanda Nieto
Sandra Nolen
Gwendolyn Pruitt
Lisa Rhodes
Paula Schroeder
Patrick Tomberlain
Allyson Wright
Katie Yoder

20 Year Service Award
Angelia Burns
Carol Chrietzberg
Rebecca Davis
Janet Francisco
Linda Nelson
Stephanie Pierce
Janis Riley
Joyce Sibley
Bonnie Smith
Wesley Whitton

25 Year Service Award
Donna Clark
Michelle Randall
Deborah Terry
Don Thomas
Joycelyne Ward
Trennis Willis

30 Year Service Award
Randy Fisher

35 Year Service Award
Meredith Clay
Linda Thompson

Fall 2017 Pirate Pride Recipients
Cindy Anderson - ExCEL
Candee Collins - High School
Lisa Rhodes - Junior High
Gwen Ware-Pruitt - Middle School
Lori Ashby - Parkway
Javier Saucedo - Birch
Julie Phelps - Primary
Andrea Anders - Central Office
Nancy Coleman - Maintenance

Spring 2018 Pirate Pride Recipients
Jennifer Soloman - High School
Taylor Kittner - Junior High
Shelli Harrel - Middle School
Sandie Anderson - Primary
Holly Backer - Central Office
Josh White - PACE

2017-2018 Teachers of the Year
Amanda Kraus - Primary
Kelly Fisher - Birch
Hope Pearce - Parkway
Jo Lynn McKnight - Middle
Jennifer Mitchell - Junior High
Melissa Wright - High School
Randy Castleberry - PACE
Caci Brinkley - ExCEL

2017-2018 District Elementary Teacher of the Year - Hope Pearce
2017-2018 District Secondary Teacher of the Yer - Jennifer Mitchell

2018-2019 Teachers of the Year
David Quinn - PACE
Cindy Anderson - ExCEL
Deborah Wait - High School
Michelle Randall - Junior High
Deborah Boydstun - Middle
Nicole Espinoza - Birch
Shannon Fisk - Parkway
Katie Yoder - Primary

2018-2019 District Elementary Teacher of the Year - Katie Yoder
2018-2019 District Secondary Teacher of the Year - Michelle Randall

Employee of the Year
Francetta McGowan

Pirate Proud Recipient
Cindy Gabehart

Oscar Award for Best Dressed Campus/Department
Pine Tree Junior High

2017-2018 PTISD Retirees
Sheri Barrett
Aveline Calixto
Carol Chrietzberg
Candee Collins
Dr. TJ Farler
Randy Fisher
Craig Gibson
Bruce Jackson
Susan Johnston
Anna Joseph
Andre Lo
Jon McBride
Deborah McNeil
Mark Melton
Lynne Morgan
Sue Nolen
Michele Schrader
Annethia Small
Melissa Stuart
Linda Thompson
Harvey Warlick
Patricia Webber
Terri Werth
Evangeline Works

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Pine Tree Theatre Students Earn Elite Designations

Congratulations to David Ritch and Eric Mendoza, who achieved the elite rank of National Honor Thespian with the International Thespian Society as a result of their hard work and dedication to the Pine Tree Theatre program.  Ritch and Mendoza  earned more than 160 Thespian points, accumulating 1,600 hours of performance excellence as  actors, crew members, and officers of troupe 2309.

Jasmine Martinez, Noah Tesser, Elizabeth Pierce and Timothy Wright achieved Honor Thespian Status with ITS.  These students have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in theatre arts and have proven themselves valuable assets to Pine Tree High School’s theatre program by earning a minimum of 60 ITS performance points or 600 Theatre hours.

Congratulations to the twenty-six Pine Tree students who were inducted into the International Thespian Society and began their journey Friday, May 25, 2018.  To qualify for the theatre honor society, actors and crew members must have earned 100 hours of excellent work in public performances.

Congratulations to our PT students!  #ptproud

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Pine Tree ISD Announces Books "Arrgh" Us Mobile Book Bus

Pine Tree ISD will offer a mobile book bus program this summer starting June 5 and running every Tuesday in June. 

Scheduled Stops:

Stop 1:  Flamingo Mobile Home Park, 2405 Pine Tree Road - 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Stop 2:  St. Matthew Catholic Church, 2800 Pine Tree Road - 8:50 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.
Stop 3:  Birdie Park, 701 Niblick, 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Stop 4:  Lakeside Mobile Home Park, 2011 South Lake Harris Road - 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Stop 5:  Hughes Chapel Christian Church, 127 E. Berkley, 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Pine Tree High School Choir Members Earn Superior Ratings at UIL State Solo and Ensemble Competition

Members of the Pine Tree High School Choir, under the direction of Danielle Warren, traveled to UIL State Solo and Ensemble Competition on May 27 at The University of Texas in Austin. 

The following members received a first division superior rating on their class one solos.  

Liliana Martinez, Le Violette 
Jasmine Martinez, Se Florinda e Fedele 
Brooke Leath, Danza Danza
Tianna Bond, Silent Noon

Congratulations!!! #PTProud

Friday, May 25, 2018

Pine Tree High School Art Students Named Winners in Keep Longview Beautiful Recycling Contest

Four Pine Tree High School art students were named winners in the high school division in the Keep Longview Beautiful Recycling Contest.

Jasmine Martindale, Nicolas Williams, Lexi Green and Gracie Betts were surprised and recognized at the unveiling of their art work at Pine Tree High School on May 25.  The students artwork will be displayed on City of Longview trash collection trucks.

Each year Keep Longview Beautiful in partnership with the City of Longview hosts the annual recycling contest.  With the selection of eight winners this year, Pine Tree High School had four students selected for their recycling artwork.

Congratulations to our PT Pirates!

Jasmine Martindale 

Nicolas Williams 
Lexie Green
Gracie Betts 

Pine Tree Anglers Finish the Year Strong in Final Competition

Pine Tree qualified five teams for the championship tournament held May 19 at Lake O the Pines.  All teams received new $100 Lews reels.  The team of Jack Gense and Hudson Finley placed fifth in the championship. 

Merrick Taylor and Connor Mayeux placed 12th overall for the year and each received a $500 scholarship to the college of their choice.

An orientation meeting will be held on June 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Junior High Lecture Room for those who are interested in the Fishing Club for the 2018-2019 school year.  Students participating must be enrolled as a junior high or high school student (grades 7-12). 

Congratulations to our PT anglers for an outstanding year!

Taylor and Mayeux

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Pine Tree Athletes Lightfoot, Quiett, Seidel and Rucker Recognized at BEST PREPS 2018

Four Pine Tree students were recognized at the BEST PREPS 4th annual event sponsored by Peters Chevrolet.  Congratulations to our Pine Tree Pirates!

Callie Lightfoot - Scholar Athlete - Girls Powerlifting
Kailey Quiett - Scholar Athlete - Girls Golf - Dick Williams Award for Girls Golf
Wade Seidel - Gateway Tire and Service Center Community Excellence Award
Titus Rucker - Scholar Athlete - Natalie Bach-Prather Award for Boys Cross Country


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pine Tree Teacher Appointed to State Board

Michelle Randall, Math Science Teacher with Pine Tree Independent School District, has been appointed to the Texas Math Science Coaches Association (TMSCA) board. 

The Texas Math and Science Coaches Association or TMSCA is an organization for coaches of academic University Interscholastic League teams in Texas middle schools and high schools, specifically those that compete in mathematics and science-related tests.

Congratulations Mrs. Randall!  #PTProud

Michelle Randall 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Pine Tree ISD Recognizes Community U Graduates May 14

Members of the Pine Tree ISD Community U program were recognized during the monthly board meeting on May 14.  This year's graduates are:  Holly Backer, Lynn Bearden, Miranda Chism, Aimee Klein, Donna Mangram and Tessa Stinnett.

Created in 2012, Community U offers a unique opportunity to learn about the Pine Tree Independent School District.  Through monthly meetings, participants learn about the District's infrastructure, programs, services and understand the challenges and opportunities.

Sessions will provide interaction with students and teachers, tours of district facilities, dialogue with administrators, district personnel, and opportunities to see firsthand how the district works. Members of the Pine Tree ISD Community U class learn about all aspects of public education.

Each month Community U participants meet from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  The program begins in October and ends in May 2018. Attendance for all eight sessions is not required but highly encouraged.

Applications for the 2018-2019 class will be available online June 1 at  For additional information regarding the CU program, contact Melissa Gonzales, Pine Tree Education Foundation/Community Relations
Coordinator, at 903-295-5129.

Community U - Class of 2017-2018

Monday, May 14, 2018

Former PT Coach Bill Manning Selected to Texas Association of Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame

Former PT Soccer Coach Bill Manning has been selected to the Texas Association Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame (TASCO).  Manning will be officially inducted in November along with six other inductees.

Coach Manning began the soccer program at Pine Tree in 1983 and and coached for fourteen years with 202 wins.  He finished his career at Bryan Adams and Duncanville High School with 200 wins.  His career wins total 402, losses 135 and 32 ties.  In his twenty-seven years, Manning won 17 district championships.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Pine Tree High School TEAMS Places 1st in State Competition - Advances to Nationals

The Pine Tree TEAMS Competition team, varsity and junior varsity, competed in March in the 2018 TEAMS Competition with both teams placing 1st in their division statewide, which qualifies them for nationals in Atlanta, Georgia. 

TEAMS is an annual STEM competition challenging students to work collaboratively and apply their math and science knowledge in practical, creative ways to solve everyday engineering challenges. There are three components to the competition: an in depth essay submitted prior to the competition date, a multiple choice test where 80 questions must be answered in 90 minutes, and last a design and build challenge to be completed in 75 minutes.

Pine Tree's junior varsity team consisted of freshmen Sean Ray, Marilyn Shen, Jann Cabudoy, Emmanuel Viramontes, Tristan McBride and sophomores Isabella Nix, Conner Naseiro, Will Davis, Sterling Beakley.

PT's varsity team consisted of juniors Riley Stanley, Shawn Naseiro, Akshay Peddireddy, Caleb Terry, Gage Ellis and seniors Samuel Gonzalez, Dalton Roberts, Wade Seidel, and Jack Cheng.

Congratulations to our Pine Tree students!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Pine Tree Art Student Lexie Green Wins Longview Public Library Summer Reading Art Contest

Pine Tree High School Art II student, Lexie Green, won the 2018 Longview Public Library Summer Reading Art Contest. Lexie's original artwork will be printed on the bookmarks given to everyone in the reading program this year. More information about the summer reading program can be found at:

Congratulations, Lexie!

Longview Public Library Summer Reading Program 

This year's national Summer Reading Club theme is "Libraries Rock!" The Summer Reading Club encourages kids to keep reading throughout the summer and is a way for them to have tons of fun! It is a FREE program for children 0-18 years old which begins the second week in June and ends the last week in July! 

It all begins with a Kick-Off Party on the Library Plaza, where the LPL will have fun foam, a bouncy house, DJ, popcorn and ice cream, sidewalk chalk, and lots more. All summer long, there are fun activities for families to do. Complete your weekly reading goal and visit the Library with your reading log to claim your prizes! At the end of July, there will be a big End Party at the Broughton Splash Pad to celebrate all you have accomplished with bouncy houses, a DJ, nachos and even drawings for free bikes (must be present to win). 

Lexie Green
 Summer Reading Club Winner

Pine Tree Elementaries/Fine Arts and Longview Symphony Partner for May 8 Concert

Third grade music students from Pine Tree Birch and Parkway elementaries will partner with the Longview Symphony for a concert on May 8.  This live performance is a first time event for both organizations with Pine Tree being the only school invited to participate.

Coordinated by Parkway Elementary music teacher Laurie Taylor and the Longview Symphony, the Longview Symphony Orchestra has partnered with Carnegie Hall to bring its LINK UP children's program to our community.  The "LINK UP" program is a nationwide initiate to allow students to have this fabulous experience.

The performance will be at 12:45 p.m. on May 8 at the Pine Tree Road auditorium.  The performance will feature Pine Tree students singing and playing recorders with the Longview Symphony Orchestra.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Pine Tree Celebrates 2018-2019 Teachers of the Year

Pine Tree Independent School District has selected its 2018-2019 Teachers of the Year as well as its District Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year.

"I congratulate all for the work they are doing to enrich the lives and the future of their students,” said Dr. TJ Farler, PTISD Superintendent.  "These teachers were recognized by their peers as outstanding educators and they make a difference in the lives of students each and every day. They demonstrate the skill and dedication that exemplify the very best of the most demanding, yet rewarding profession in our community,” she said.

Congratulations to this year's honorees:

Primary - Katie Yoder
Birch Elementary - Nicole Espinoza
Parkway Elementary - Shannon Fisk
Middle - Deborah Boydstun
Junior High - Michelle Randall
High School - Deborah Wait
ExCEL - Cindy Anderson
PACE - David Quinn

Katie Yoder was selected the District Elementary Teacher of the Year and Michelle Randall was selected the District Secondary Teacher of the Year. Yoder and Randall will represent PTISD at the Region 7 Teacher of the Year competition.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Elementary Robotics Students Showcase Engineering and Design Skills at Region 7

Twenty-seven Pine Tree 2nd and 3rd graders participated in the Primarily Positively Poszootronic event at Region 7 on May 2.

Nine engineering groups earned awards from both peers and judges.

Five districts were represented, and students from each district voted for their favorite design based on creativity, realism, and more.

The following students were awarded the "Peer Choice Award."

Clara Tesser
Raiden Gaw
Zane Green
Keagan McCord
Landon Pye
Brynna Harwood
Maria Siri
Emily Guzman
Bryleigh Mayhan
Faith Sanchez

Judges awards were based on their engineering designs, board designs, programming, and answers to judges' questions.

Innovative Design Winners
Clara Tesser
Raiden Gaw
Zane Green

Inspired Design Winner
Sadie Miller

Creative Design Winners
Carina Sanchez
Addyson Saunders
Brynna Harwood
Maria Siri
Emily Guzman
Bryleigh Mayhan
Faith Sanchez

Original Design Winners
Keagan McCord
Landon Pye

Unique Design Winners
Silas Laprade
Lilly Carroll
Trey Redcliff
Mae Shen

Ingenious Design Winners
Alex Chen
Clark Medin
Isaiah Sims

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Pine Tree Mathing Bee Team Brings Home Championship Title - Beakley Named State Champion

The first annual State Mathing Bee was held at Lubbock High School on Saturday, April 28.  In order to be invited, students had to be qualify as the top student in their grade level at a mathing bee.

Pine Tree hosted the first Mathing Bee in the East Texas area and four of our PT students were invited to the state level competition.

Qualifying students included:

Eryka Furlong - 5th grade
Alexandra Sanchez - 6th grade
Grant Beakley - 7th grade
Isaac Tesser - 8th grade

Before the state Mathing Bee, PT students participated in a Number Sense contest and placed as follows:

Eryka Furlong - 2nd place - 5th grade
Isaac Tesser - 2nd place - 8th grade
Grant Beakley - 1st place in 7th grade and Top Score Overall

Pine Tree won the 1st Mathing Bee Championship with Grant Beakley being named Mathing Bee State Champion.  Congratulations to our PT students!

Pine Tree High School Earns Seven Awards at State Visual Arts Scholastic Event

Pine Tree High School art students brought home seven awards in the State VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) held in San Marcos April 28. Pine Tree earned more medals than any other school in Region 7.

Congratulations to our state VASE ( Visual Arts Scholastic Event) finalists and gold medal winners!

State finalists are an elite group of art students earning perfect scores for outstanding artwork at our regional events throughout the state.   We are so proud of the artistic accomplishments of these students.

Reysiane Salazar- Gold Medal - Charcoal

Titus Rucker - Gold Medal - Charcoal

Tara Story- Double Gold Medal- Painting

I'yonnia Mumphrey- Gold Medal-Photography

Kloie Shultz- Gold Medal-Photography

Erica Vaughn- Gold Medal - Photography

Ramon Rubio

Carly Garcia

Aliyah Arrendondo

Destinee Houston

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

East Texas Students Show Laser Focus at 2018 State STEM Competition

What could you do with a bakery box, a laser beam, six lenses and an hour? Students from across Texas were presented with this challenge on Saturday, April 28th, as part of the 33rd annual TAME State STEM Competition, sponsored by Raytheon and held at the YMCA Collin County Adventure Camp in Anna, Texas.

Students used the supplies to focus and diffuse a laser beam during the Engineering Design Challenge segment of the competition.

Sixteen students from the East Texas Chapter competed in the event.

The following students placed in the competition:

Pine Tree High School

Jann Shane Cabudoy - 2nd Place in 9th Grade Science
Jvin Howard - 3rd Place in the Engineering Design Challenge
William Davis - 5th Place in 10th Grade Math
Zachary Russell - 1st Place in the Engineering Design Challenge

Pine Tree Junior High
Bryce Willadson - 1st Place in 8th Grade Math

Pine Tree Middle School
Elijah Edwards - 6th Place in the Engineering Design Challenge

The State STEM Competition is an annual event organized by the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME), a statewide non-profit organization committed to preparing Texas students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Pine Tree High School Robotics Places 5th in Region 7 High School Robotics Competition

The Pine Tree High School Robotics Team took home fifth place out of sixty high school teams at the 2018 Region 7 High School Robotics Competition April 30 in Kilgore.  The winning team consisted of the sophomore team of William Davis, Brendan Simmons and team captain Aron Lopez.

Congratulations to the PTHS Robotics Team!

Pine Tree High School Inducts Seventy-Two in National Honor Society

Pine Tree High School inducted seventy-two sophomores and juniors in their spring National Honor Society induction on April 30 at the Pine Tree High School Theater.  The students were inducted based on their GPA of 3.5 or higher (scholarship) as well as service, leadership and character.

Current National Honor Society officers Wade Seidel, Dalton Roberts, Kalie Rhodes, Dariann Munguia, Jack Cheng and Samual Gonzalez led the ceremony.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Kerri Daugbjerg, PTISD board member, and ceremony presenters Katy Rue and Samantha Szdloski, National Honor Society advisers and Melinda Tidwell, PTHS Academic Dean.

Congratulations to new NHS inductees!

Joshua Hecker
Jackson Lair
Matthew McQuaid
Kailey Quiett
Colton Vandiver

Amanda Aguilera
Alexis Allen
Laisha Aranda
Reagan Armstrong
Taitum Barry
Bianca Bautista
Sterling Beakley
Ashleigh Boston
Brekken Braswell
Ely Camargo
Shanydria Clayton
Gabrielle Cope
Blake Couch
Leah Counts
Ainsley Daugbjerg
Daniel De los Santos
Rebekah Donnell
Na'Tavia Elder
Mercedes Estrada
Sophia Fisher
Victoria Flanagan
Cassidy Fuller
Itzel Gonzales
Juanita Guzman
Lupita Guzman
Leorah Haesecke
Callista Harrold
Jasmin Hernandez
Adalie Hodgin
Kaden Hogue
Jessica Hosmer
Samantha Hosmer
Ashly James
Terra Jones
Rose LaBay
Itzel Lara
Brooke Leath
Marisol Lopez
Libby Mitchell
Ariana Mojica
Brilee Moore
Connor Naseiro
Mackenzie Newman
Isabella Nix
Aaron Oviedo
Luke Oxsheer
Brianna Palacios
Carson Parmelee
Brandy Paz
Natalia Rodriguez
Karina Ruiz
Camden Salser
Priscilla San Miguel
Kloie Schultz
Destiny J. Smith
Isabel Solis
Samantha Sommerfeld
Sophia Szczepanek
Corey Thomas
Taylor Toliver
Erika Vaughn
Eriberto Velazquez
Abigail Walker
Olivia Walton
Kelslee Warwick
Brooke Wilbur

Monday, April 30, 2018

Pine Tree Special Olympic Athletes ExCel at Area 7 Spring Games

Twenty Pine Tree ISD Special Olympics Athletes (grades 3-12) traveled to Lufkin, TX on Saturday, April 28 to participate in the Area 7 Spring Games.  We are extremely proud of our PT Pirates for their hard work and dedication! 

The following students placed in following events:

50 M Dash:
Alondra Palacios, Bronze
Madyson Smith, Gold
Tina Waters, Gold
Kevin Barnes, Silver
Kiki Deckard, 4th Place
Jovanty Fierros, Bronze

50 M Assisted Walk:
Gabriel Gamboa, Gold

100 M Wheelchair Race:
Job Howie, Gold

100 M Dash:
Javier SanMiguel, Silver
Gabriel Sherman, Gold
Holden Smith, Bronze
Riley Stout, Bronze
Teegan Watson, 4th Place
Justice Williams, Gold
William Graves, Gold
Lailah Houston, Silver
Angelina Bynum, Gold
Alex Chatham, Silver
Shalay Williams, Silver

4x100 M Relay Teams:
Team 1: Kevin Barnes, Angelina Bynum, Alex Chatham, Justice Williams - Gold
Team 2:  William Graves, Lailah Houston, Gabriel Sherman, Holden Smith - Silver
Team 3:  Javier SanMiguel, Teegan Watson, Shalay Williams, Riley Stout - Gold

Softball Throw:
Alondra Palacios, Silver
Javier SanMiguel, Gold
Gabriel Sherman, Bronze
Madyson Smith, Gold
Holden Smith, Gold
Riley Stout, Gold
Teegan Watson, Bronze
William Graves, Bronze
Lailah Houston, 4th place
Job Howie, Gold
Kevin Barnes, Bronze
Kiki Deckard, 4th place
Jovanty Fierros, Silver
Shalay Williams, Gold

Mini-Turb Jav Throw:
Tina Waters, Silver
Justice Waters, Silver
Angelina Bynum, Gold
Alex Chatham, Silver

Friday, April 27, 2018

PT Fishing Club Places 20 out of 24 Teams Lake Patman Tournament

The last regular tournament of the year is completed with the Pine Tree Fishing Club finishing 20 out of 24 schools at the Lake Wright Patman competition on April 21.

Congratulations to our PT anglers!

Kevin Jackson 9th Place

Jack Gense and Hudson Finley 13th Place

Merrick Taylor/Connor Mayeux - 14th overall

Pine Tree qualified five teams for the Lake O the Pines Classic.

PT Qualifying Teams

Merrick Taylor/Connor Mayeux

Jack Gense/Hudson Finley

Alex Aguilar/Jacob Carter

Bryce Payne/Bret James

Kevin Jackson

The Championship Tournament will be May 19 at Lake O the Pines (Sandy Beach Ramp also known as Lakeside Park.  The day will include a boat parade and floating national anthem starting at 6:30 a.m.  Awards and state weight-in starts at 2:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Wade Seidel Selected as 1st Team Academic All State Track

Wade Seidel, a senior at Pine Tree High School, has been recognized by the Texas High School Coaches Association and the Texas Army National Guard as 1st Team Academic All State Track for 2017-2018.   Congratulations, Wade!

Wade Seidel

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pine Tree ISD Board of Trustees Names Finalist for Superintendent

The Pine Tree Independent School District (ISD) Board of Trustees, at its April 24, 2018 meeting, named Steve Clugston, Callisburg ISD, as finalist for superintendent.

By law, the Board must now wait 21 days before voting to hire Clugston to be the new superintendent for Pine Tree ISD.  Clugston is slated to replace outgoing Superintendent Dr. TJ Farler.

The Board has followed a lengthy process in determining the finalist.  In December the Board hired Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Search Services to direct the search.  TASB consultants met with staff and community groups to discuss leadership qualities of the new superintendent.  The profile developed from these meetings was the yardstick used by the Board and consultants in evaluating the applicants for the position.

The Board selected six applicants for initial interview and then two applicants were invited back for a second interview.  With the second round of interviews completed, a committee of the board visited Callisburg ISD and reported back to the Board.  The board is scheduled to vote to offer a contract to Clugston on May 17. 

Clugston has served as superintendent in Callisburg ISD since 2012 and has 27 years of experience in education.  Mr. Clugston and his wife Amy have four daughters and the youngest two will be attending Pine Tree in the fall.  Amy, their oldest daughter Callie and her husband Taylor are all school teachers. 


Pine Tree Elementaries/Fine Arts and Longview Symphony Partner for May 8 Concert

Third grade music students from Pine Tree Birch and Parkway elementaries will partner with the Longview Symphony for a concert on May 8.  This live performance is a first time event for both organizations with Pine Tree being the only school invited to participate.

Coordinated by Parkway Elementary music teacher Laurie Taylor and the Longview Symphony, the Longview Symphony Orchestra has partnered with Carnegie Hall to bring its LINK UP children's program to our community.  The "LINK UP" program is a nationwide initiate to allow students to have this fabulous experience.

The performance will be at 12:45 p.m. on May 8 at the Pine Tree Road auditorium.  The performance will feature Pine Tree students singing and playing recorders with the Longview Symphony Orchestra.

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.