Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Pine Tree Leadership and Student Council collects over 5,900 letters for the Make A Wish Foundation

Pine Tree High School Leadership and Student Council along with staff members and community members collected 5,913 Letters to Santa through Macy's Make a Wish Foundation.  Macy's will donate $5,913 to the foundation.  Thank you to everyone who participated!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Pine Tree High School Band Students Excel at Auditions

Pine Tree High School Band students competed at the TMEA Region IV Auditions on Saturday, December 7 in Paris, Texas.  Twenty-four Pine Tree students were selected for the All-Region band, and twelve of those students advanced to the Area-level competition for seats in the All-State band.  The Area competition will be January 12, 2019, at Richardson Berkner High School. 

Congratulations to the following students:

Emma Teter
Ariel Sanchez
Graham Parmelee *AREA
Giselle Valencia
Bass Clarinet:
Gabby Pumphrey, 1st chair, *AREA
Jesse Barron
Alto Saxophone:
Christian Osborn, 1st Chair, *AREA
Baritone Saxophone
Jordan Lampin, 1st Chair, *AREA
Leah Counts *AREA
Xavier Martinez
Makala Pinkston
Gage Ellis, 1st Chair, *AREA
Axel Mondragon *AREA
Oscar Ruiz *AREA
Amarah Sweaks
Gael Perez
Raphael Najera, 1st Chair, *AREA
Timothy Wright *AREA
Adrian Gomez
Evelyne Ramirez *AREA
Eriberto Velazquez
Ethan Sanders, 1st Chair, *AREA
Travis Meijas
Tony Mendez

In addition, eight students were named to the TMEA All-Region Freshman Band and participated in the Clinic/Concert Saturday, December 8 at Paris High School:

Ariel Sanchez
Jerusalem Briseno
Osiris Barrios
Carlo Echave
Daniel Brown
Xavier Martinez
Nathan Carbajal
Octavio Jacquez

Way to go Pirates! #pirateproud 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Pine Tree Football 2018 - 9-5A D-11 Superlatives Named

9-5 D-11 Superlative

DJ Freeman - Offensive Newcomer of the Year

9-5A D-11 1st Team All District Selections:
Gabe Nelson - 1st Team Runningback
Keshon Williams - 1st Team Fullback
JJ Sparkman - 1st Team Wide Receiver
Javae Writt - 1st Team Offensive Line
Hayden Shelton - 1st Team Offensive Line

9-5A D-11 2nd Team All District Selections:
Gabe Adams - 2nd Team Wide Receiver
Davon Coleman - 2nd Team Wide Receiver
Tim Short - 2nd Team Tight End
Alex Thornburg - 2nd Team Offensive Line
Bailey Hughes - 2nd Team Offensive Line
Jose Vasquez - 2nd Team Kicker
Colton Munoz - 2nd Team Linebacker
Jayden Smith - 2nd Team Linebacker
Tim Short - 2nd Team Outside Linebacker
Davon Coleman - 2nd Team Cornerback

9-5A D-11 Honorable Mention
Jadarlon Key - Offensive Line
Keith Burkes - Defensive Line
Dakota Fourman - Defensive Line
Nick Williams - Outside Linebacker
Keith Wright - Safety
Davarian Malone - Safety
Gabe Adams - Safety 

Congratulations!  #pirateproud 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Pine Tree Brings Home 1st Place in TMSCA Competition

Pine Tree competed with Hallsville, Foster and Texas middle schools on Saturday, December 1st at a Texas Math Science Coaches Association meet hosted by Hallsville ISD.  Medals went to the top 5 in each grade level.  Pine Tree brought home 30 individual medals and the first-place trophy. Congratulations, PT students!  We are #pirateproud of you!

Number Sense 6th grade division
1st place, Ryan Alonso
2nd place, Reagan Toliver
5th place, Sophia Nix
6th place, Viktoria Roudkovski (a 5th grader!)
7th place, Seth McFarland
9th place, Jenna Harwood (a 5th grader!)

Number Sense 7th grade division
2nd place, Damil Arogo
3rd place, Jose Aranda
5th place, Brayden Haesecke
7th place, Megan Wolfe
8th place, Dealyn Evans
9th place, Uriel Reyes

Number Sense 8th grade division
1st place, Grant Beakley
2nd place, Asyiah Bray
4th place, Noah Sims
9th place, Fatima Vasquez

Calculator 6th grade division
1st place, Sophia Nix
2nd place, Ryan Alonso
4th place, Eryka Furlong
8th place, Reagan Toliver

Calculator 7th grade division
3rd place, Damil Arogo
4th place, Jose Aranda
6th place, Dealyn Evans
10th place, Alexandra Sanchez

Calculator 8th grade division
1st place, Grant Beakley
3rd place, Marco Echave
5th place, Fatima Vazquez
8th place, Lenore Martin

Math 6th grade division
2nd place, Seth McFarland
4th place, Eryka Furlong
5th place, Ryan Alonso
9th place, David Rodriguez
10th place, Cread Ray

Math 7th grade division
3rd place, Jose Aranda
4th place, Damil Arogo
6th place, Brayden Haesecke
7th place, Sarah Wilson
9th place, Quinton Clark

Math 8th grade division
1st place, Noah Sims,
2nd place, Asyiah Bray
3rd place, Grant Beakley

Science 6th grade division
3rd place, Reagan Toliver
4th place, Sophia Nix
7th place, Ryan Alonso
8th place, Seth McFarland
9th place, Indy Salazar
10th place, Dax McCain

Science 7th grade division
6th place, Cooper Wooden
9th place, Damil Arogo
10th place, Alexandra Sanchez

Science 8th grade division
1st place, Lenore Martin
2nd place, Asyiah Bray
5th place, Noah Sims
9th place, Ian Boche'

Pine Tree High School Student to be Honored at Nation's Capitol for Artwork

Brandy Gonzalez, a sophomore at Pine Tree High School, received 1st place for her digital photo titled "Krystal Refractions" in the 2019 Congressional Art Competition.  Brandy's photo will represent the 1st District of Texas with Congressman Louie Gohmert at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. for a year long art exhibition. 

The exhibit opening is in June.  Brandy won three plane tickets compliments of the Congressional Art Competition/Southwest Airlines/Louie Gohmert to attend the art opening with her parents. Judges were faculty members at East Texas Baptist University. High school students from all over East Texas competed. 

Pine Tree is proud of Brandy's hard work, creativity, originality, and that Pine Tree High will be represented at our nation's capitol. 

To create this image, Brandy designed a stencil, cut it out with an x-acto knife, projected the shadow's onto her model's face, took a photo, then manipulated that photo with various software. Her model's name is Krystal, and the colors are vivid like a crystal refraction- hence the title. 

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.  

Link to Congressional Art Competition: https://www.house.gov/educators-and-students/congressional-art-competition.

Brandy Gonzalez with Congressman Louie Gohmert 

Krystal Refractions by Brandy Gonzalez 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Pine Tree High School Art Student Jasmine Buffington Qualifies for LMFA Exhibit

Jasmine Buffington, a Pine Tree High School art student, has passed the initial round for the Longview Museum of Fine Arts "Focus on Photography" exhibit.  This professional show will run January 12-February 16 at the museum.

Buffington's double exposure photo titled, "Moon Child" will be included among the professional photographs.  January 12 will be the art opening and the top three winners will be announced by judge Rufus Lovett.

Congratulations, Jasmine!

Moon Child by Jasmine Buffington 

PTHS Choir Members Advance to All-State Choir Auditions

The following members of the PTHS choir, under the direction of Danielle Warren,  competed in Pre Area choir auditions Tuesday, November 27 in Gilmer and will advance to compete for a place in the prestigious Texas All State Choir on January 12th at Texas A&M Commerce. 

Congratulations! #pirateproud

Bass 2
Tim Wright, 2nd chair
Keegan Klepper, 3rd chair

Tenor 1 
Carlos Bradley, 4th chair 

Alto 2
Laura Ford, 4th chair 

Alto 1
Brooke Leath, 3rd chair
Stephanie Davis, 5th chair

Soprano 2
Angelina Pruitt, 4th chair 

Monday, November 26, 2018


Auditions were held for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 4 and 21 Music All-Region Orchestra Wednesday, November 14 at Tyler Junior College. A very limited number of seats for wind players is available in this elite group.  

Congratulations to Junior, Leah Counts on Horn, Senior, Raphael Najera on Trombone, and Senior, Gage Ellis on Trumpet.  Gage also earned the top spot, 1st chair, and is now qualified to go to the next level of competition in the 6A All-State process.  

Approximately fifty Pine Tree Band students will compete for places in the All-Region Band on Friday, December 6th at North Lamar.

Way to go Pirates!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Pine Tree ISD Receives Walmart Grant

Walmart believes in operating globally and giving back locally – creating impact in the neighborhoods where we live and work.  Giving people access to a better life, one community at a time.  Walmart's mission is to create opportunities so people can live better to make a positive impact in the communities they serve. Whether it’s through the grants provided to the thousands of organizations that share their mission or through the inspiring volunteer efforts of Walmart associates, they are passionate about helping people live better. One community at a time. The Walmart Foundation meets the needs of the community by directing charitable giving toward the core areas of focus: OpportunitySustainability and CommunityWhether it's a small grant to a local school or a large grant to a hunger relief organization working across several states, they engage in opportunities that align with the Walmart Foundation's key areas of focus as mentioned. 
Globally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave $1.4 billion in cash and in-kind contributions during fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2017. And, they did it one grant and one community at a time.  A Community Grant was awarded to the Pine Tree Independent School District for $1500 to help support the Backpack Food Program.  This program helps supplement food for children at risk of going hungry on weekends and holidays.
Thank you, Walmart Store #399  2440 Gilmer Road, for your generous support of our Pine Tree Backpack Food Program!
Galen Knight, Store Manager, Donna Pruitt, PTISD Volunteer Coordinator,
Melissa Gonzalez, PTISD Education Foundation Director/Community
Relations Coordinator and Shelley Rogers, Personnel Coordinator 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Tony Hollins, Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Planning, graduated from the Longview Police Department's Business Police Academy on November 14.

The Longview Police Department Business Police Academy offers local businesses the opportunity to learn more about their police department and actively participate in building even stronger partnerships between the community and the police department.

The curriculum consists of discussions regarding Department organizations, use of force, narcotics, search and seizure, traffic enforcement, internet crimes, child crimes, and more.

Congratulations, Mr. Hollins!  #pirateproud 

Tony Hollins with Police Chief Mike Bishop

Parker Wins 1st Place at Kilgore College Veterans Day Art Contest

Pine Tree High School sophomore, Jaydn Parker, won 1st place for the high school division for the Kilgore College Veterans Day Art Contest with her photograph of the veteran's monument at the Longview Courthouse. She received a $75 prize.  An article about Kilgore College's awards ceremony- which honored the veterans of our country- can be found at:


Ashly James, a junior at Pine Tree High School, has qualified for the UIL State Debate meet.  James placed 3rd at the Region VII UIL Congress Region Tournament on November 13.  The state meet will be held January 7-9 in Austin.  Congratulations, Ashly!  Pine Tree is pirate proud of you!

Ashly James 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Robin Best Awarded Excel ER Teacher Spotlight Recognition

Robin Best, a teacher at Pine Tree Parkway Elementary, was awarded the Excel ER Teacher Spotlight by Excel ER.  Congratulations, Mrs. Best on this honor! #ptproud 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Adams Named 903 Music Fest Defensive Player of the Week and Play of the Night Nod

Gabe Adams has been selected the 903 Music Fest Defensive Player of the Week by the Longview News-Journal.  Adams also won the Baylor Scott and White Spine and Joint Play of the Night for his 103 yard interception returned for a touchdown.

Congratulations, Gabe, on your outstanding performances.  #pirateproud #bringingptback

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Parkway Elementary Students Take Aim at Guinness World Record in Sport Stacking

WHO:            Students at Parkway Elementary
WHAT:          World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) STACK UP!
WHEN: Thursday, November 8th  (Guinness World Records Day)

Did you know stacking and un-stacking plastic cups is an energizing, brain-activating and world-record-setting activity?  On Thursday, November 8th, thousands of participants will take part in what Guinness World Records® terms the “World’s Largest Sport Stacking Event.”  During the course of Guinness World Records Day, sport stackers from all reaches of the world will be up stacking and down stacking various pyramids in prescribed patterns at lightning speed for at least 30 minutes, all combined with a variety of fitness activities. Sights are set on 625,000 stackers participating as sport stacking with Speed Stacks® continues to gain popularity around the world.

In 2016, 622,809 stackers participated to break the previous year’s STACK UP! record of 618,394. Once again, tens of thousands of stackers are expected to contribute their sport stacking skills from across the United States and around the world in countries such as Hungary, Germany, Israel, South Korea, New Zealand, Colombia, and Taiwan.

According to Bob Fox, WSSA Founder, the Guinness event is a wonderful way to bring together sport stackers across the globe.  “Sport stacking is an activity enjoyed by all ages and cultures. It promotes hand-eye coordination, brain activation, fitness, teamwork, speed and lots of fun. This event allows us to team up with Guinness World Records, and we’re excited to have another shot at breaking a world record.”

Sport stacking with Speed Stacks is in more than 40,000 schools and youth organizations worldwide.  It’s appealing to teachers and students because it’s easy to learn but very challenging to master.  Benefits include improved reaction time, hand-eye coordination, concentration and focus.

To take part in the record-setting STACK UP!, schools and organizations around the world are required to register 25 or more stackers with the WSSA.  Once a group completes the 30 minutes of stacking for each participant (anytime during November 8th) the organizer and a witness are required to send in an online verification of numbers to the WSSA, who will pass on the total count to Guinness for official recognition.

Sport stacking has been termed a “track meet for your hands at warp speed.”  It’s an exciting sport where students up stack and down stack 12 specially designed cups called Speed Stacks in predetermined sequences as fast as they can.  Stackers race against the clock, compete in relays and often combine sport stacking with fitness challenges as part of physical education classes (check out thewssa.com or speedstacks.com)

Monday, October 29, 2018

PTISD Hosts Bringing Rx Drugs Back in Partnership with Longview Police Department and Coalition for Drug-Free Youth

Pine Tree ISD in cooperation with the Longview Police Department and the Coalition for Drug-Free Youth will host Bringing Rx Drugs Back on November 9, 2018.

The community may bring unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs to the Pine Tree High School football game against Marshall from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. at designated drop off locations at the stadium.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Pine Tree Fishing Club Shows Well at Lake Bob Sandlin Tournament

The Pine Tree Fishing Club has participated in two tournaments and showed well at the Lake Bob Sandlin Tournament. 

Current standings are:

Kevin Jackson - 25th
Merrick Taylor/Connor Mayeux - 48th
Collin Estes - 58th
Hudson Finley - 59th

Congratulations to our PT anglers!

Monday, October 22, 2018


Pine Tree ISD will celebrate Red Ribbon Week October 22-26.  Each of the district campuses will have a specific dress up day each day of this week.  This year's theme is "Life is Journey, Travel Drug Free".

At Pine Tree Junior High, a wrecked vehicle will be on display with signs with statistics while driving under the influence.  PTISD  Resource Office Bryan Bankston will be presenting to the ELAR classes concerning the hazards of drugs and alcohol.

Several campuses will be having door decorating contests throughout the week.

Pine Tree Band Earns 1st Division Superior Rating at UIL Contest

The Pine Tree marching band, under the direction of Aaron Turner, earned a 1st Division Superior rating at the UIL Marching Contest Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in Sulphur Springs. 

The weather brought all kinds of challenges to this year's contest, forcing a last-minute move from the usual contest site in Mt. Pleasant to the Sulphur Springs indoor practice facility.  The contest day was very rainy, forcing the students to get wet getting off the buses, traveling to warm-up, traveling to the performance arena, and then again when loading the buses.  Despite the challenges, the Pine Tree kids rose to the occasion and gave a superior performance.  This shows our students' tenacity, drive, and flexibility when faced with adverse conditions.  Way to go Pirates!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Pine Tree Junior High Choir Members Compete for All Region Band

PTJH Choir members, under the direction of Johanna Eppley, competed for a place in the All Region Choir on Saturday October 13th. Continuing a tradition of excellence, Pine Tree choir had seven students advancing into the choir.

Advancing members are: 

Shelby Garrett
Ezmeriah Gonzalez
Brealee Ray

Devin Washington
Damien Kelly
Izaiya Glenn

Jonathon Fuller


PT Boys and Girls Cross Country Qualify for Regional Meet

Pine Tree's Boys and Girls Cross Country teams qualified for regional meet at the district meet held in Lufkin.  The junior varsity girls finished third with the junior varsity boys winning the district championship.  Congratulations, PT Pirates! #pirateproud

PTISD Cross Country Teams

Friday, October 12, 2018

Pine Tree Students Levi and Clara Walker Big Winners at State Fair of Texas

Levi and Clara Walker, students at Pine Tree ISD, were big winners at this year’s State Fair of Texas.  Levi received a 3rd place award in the Children’s Lego Assembly, a first place award in the K’NEX Assembly category and an Honorable Mention in the Photography competition.  Clara earned a 2nd place award in the K’NEX Assembly category and an Honorable Mention in the Lego Assembly competition.   

Congratulations, Levi and Clara!  #pirateproud

Levi and Clara Walker 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Pine Tree ISD Receives over $100k from SWEPCO for Energy-saving Upgrades

Longview, Texas, October 10, 2018 – Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) on Monday awarded Pine Tree ISD School Board with $110,392.25 in incentives for its energy-saving upgrades made across the district. Pine Tree ISD qualified for the incentives after improvements to an HVAC system and lighting upgrades to 17 buildings across the district were made. The two projects were made possible through SWEPCO’s Schools Conserving Resources Market Transformation Program (SCORE MTP) program.

“The upgrades that were performed for the Pine Tree Independent School District are extensive,” said Mike Nix, senior energy efficiency and consumer program coordinator. “The school district will see 450 kilowatts in demand savings and 2,429,333 kilowatt hours in energy savings annually.” The SCORE MTP provides energy efficiency and demand reduction solutions for public and private educational entities grades K-12, as well as college and universities. The program is designed to help educate and assist these customers in lowering their energy usage by integrating energy efficiency into their short- and long-term planning, budgeting and operational practices.

Year-to-date, four independent school districts have participated in SWEPCO’s SCORE MTP, totaling $112,914.00 in incentives awarded and producing savings of 460 kilowatts in demand savings and 2,486,218 kilowatt hours in energy savings. Measures installed YTD include lighting retrofits and heating and cooling equipment upgrades.

In 2017, SWEPCO had 13 participants in the SCORE program, totaling $90,749.50 in incentives awarded. This amounted to 400 kilowatts in demand savings and 2,031,512 kilowatt hours in energy savings for the participants. Measures included LED lighting retrofits and heating and cooling equipment upgrades.

About Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO)
SWEPCO, an American Electric Power (AEP: NYSE) company, serves 535,000 customers in western Arkansas, northwest and central Louisiana, northeast Texas and the Texas Panhandle. SWEPCO’s headquarters are in Shreveport, La. News releases and other information about SWEPCO can be found at SWEPCO.com.

About American Electric Power (AEP)
American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s more than 17,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,300 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

School Board Candidate Forum Slated for October 18

Pine Tree PTA will host a School Board Candidate Forum on October 18, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the PTISD Boardroom located at 1701 Pine Tree Road.  The moderator for the forum will be PT PTA President Andy Burnfield.

Monday, October 8, 2018

PTHS Choir Members Excel at Competition

PTHS Choir members, under the direction of Danielle Warren, competed for a place in the All Region Choir on Saturday October 6th at North Lamar HS. Continuing a tradition of excellence, Pine Tree choir members will make up a large majority of the Region 4 singers in the All Region Concert.

Advancing members:

Soprano 1
Amelia Wingfield- 4th chair
Jasmine Martinez- 8th chair

Soprano 2
Angelina Pruitt- 2nd chair

Alto 1
Brooke Leath- 2nd chair
Stephanie Davis- 7th chair
Natalie Wright- 8th chair

Alto 2
Laura Ford, 2nd chair
Cheyne Washington, 6th chair
Eryne Henderson, 9th chair
Jerusalem Briseno, 10th chair
Alexis Hayner, 11th chair
Jai Coby, 12th chair

Tenor 1
Ty Robinson, 2nd chair
Michael Donnell, 5th chair
Carlos Bradley, 6th chair

Tenor 2
Grayson Cary, 5th chair

Bass 1
Braylon Isaac, 4th chair

Bass 2
Tim Wright, 1st chair
Keegan Klepper, 3rd chair
Elijah Hall, 7th chair
Caylon Coby 9th chair

Congratulations PTHS Choir!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Pine Tree ISD Receives $3,300.00 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Youth Literacy

Longview, TX – September 11, 2018 – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Pine Tree ISD a $3,300.00 grant to support youth literacy. This grant is part of more than $3.4 million the organization awarded to 915 recipients on August 28, 2018. Awarded annually at the beginning of the academic school year inception, youth literacy grants help support teachers, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

PTISD will use the grant award to purchase Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Kits, which provide original text and lesson plans utilizing the components of Guided Reading in the classroom. Guided Reading is small group instruction focused on meeting students where they are and leading them forward with intention and precision.  Last year, PTISD increased its number of kindergarten through second grade students reading at or above grade level by 20% using the Guided Reading model.

“The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to be an ardent supporter of schools, libraries and nonprofit literacy organizations,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “Dollar General’s mission is Serving Others, and this commitment comes to life through Dollar General Literacy Foundation grants that will impact thousands of students across the country. Since its inception 25 years ago, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has partnered with thousands of organizations focused on advancing the goals of literacy and education.”

To date, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $159 million in grants to schools, libraries and literacy organizations as part of its commitment to increase literacy skills for individuals of all ages.

Dollar General’s co-founder, J.L. Turner, was functionally illiterate and never completed a formal education. In 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in his honor and has since helped more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test.  Customers may receive a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services by clicking here or by picking up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card available at the cash register of every Dollar General store, which can be mailed in for information.

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $159 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018


Seniors Ashley Harkey and Jasmine Martinez received callbacks at Texas Educational Theatre Association College Auditions in Dallas September 26-29, the largest theatre college recruitment audition in Texas. 

Ashley Harkey, Pine Tree Thespian Tech Representative, one of 50 Texas Technical Theatre seniors selected to present at the TETA Convention, has operated lights and sound for Pine Tree Theatre for 3 years and plans to major in Technical Theatre.  She presented a two-minute professional technical portfolio of her work and interviewed with over 50 colleges and universities Friday.  Ashley received eleven callbacks from college recruiters competing for her Sound Design experience and offering scholarships and paid work positions in their theatre programs.  Ashley also attended sessions with technical industry professionals in lighting and sound, including the “Painting with Sound” course.

Jasmine Martinez, Pine Tree Thespian President and Mary Poppins in our fall production of Mary Poppins, was one of 120 Texas High School seniors selected to audition for college, university and professional acting conservatories.  She received audition coaching from Broadway professionals on her monologue and musical theatre number and attended sessions on acting and building her theatre career. Jasmine, who has participated in every Pine Tree show since her freshman year, received 8 callback interviews from college and university theatre recruiters vying for her to sign with their theatre programs and offering scholarship opportunities.  Jasmine plans to major in Musical Theatre.

Pine Tree High School invites you to attend Mary Poppins at the Pine Tree High School theatre November 1-5, 2018.  For more information, please visit pinetreetheatre.com.

Ashley Harkey and Jasmine Martinez

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Pine Tree ISD Hosts Community U - Apply Today!

Want to know more about Pine Tree ISD and how it operates?

Wondering about programs or safety and security? Curious about school finance and how it affects you, our students, and employees? Answers to these questions and many more are available by participating in Pine Tree ISD’s Community U program. Whether you are a community member, parent, new to the district or just want to know more about Pine Tree ISD, this eight session program will give you the inside look into the district. Community U is a hands-on opportunity to become an informed member of the Pine Tree ISD community.

The program meets once a month from October through May from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Participants will meet with administrators and school board members covering a variety of topics from curriculum, nutrition, budgets, personnel and much more. Most importantly you will have the opportunity to interact with the leaders and decision makers of Pine Tree ISD. Sessions will also provide interaction with students and teachers, tours of district facilities, and opportunities to see firsthand how the district works. Members of the Pine Tree ISD Community U class will learn about all aspects of public education.  Contact Melissa Gonzalez at mgonzalez@ptisd.org to apply. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Pine Tree High School Band Vs Hallsville ISD Band in Battle of the Bands

Show this flyer when you dine at Chili’s between September 24th - 28th and help Pine Tree High School Band win this competition.  GO PIRATES!

Pine Tree ISD Supports Longview Teen Court BBQ Bash and Festival

Pine Tree ISD will be represented at the Longview Teen Court BBQ Bash & Festival this weekend! The Pine Tree P.A.C.E. Campus and PTHS Culinary Arts will once again compete in the Cupcake Wars! The reigning champion is Anita Howard of Pine Tree Transportation. A new contestant this year from PT Transportation will be Diane Donnell with her Cupcake Fantasy entry. Larry Adams, also of PT Transportation, will be competing as a BBQ Cook Team.
All the BBQ, drinks, and sweets you can eat for 1 price! This is a fun community event with live music by Leap of Faith, various vendors, community agencies, cupcake wars,bbq cook teams, jump house, fishing rodeo, and great fellowship!
The 5k FunRun begins at 8am! The fishing rodeo begins at 8am! The food/eating begins at 11:30am!
All of this is to ensure that the youth of Longview and surrounding communities have access to alternative consequences as a result of minor law violations. In addition, this work will help to support competition activities for the teen attorneys. Let’s support Longview Teen Court!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Pine Tree High School Hosts Pirate University

Pine Tree Birch Elementary Announces Genius Hour Program

Birch Elementary in Pine Tree ISD is hosting a NEW program designed to help students find hobbies and activities that interest them.  This program will be called Genius Hour and it will be held at Birch Elementary on the following dates and times: October 19th, January 18th, March 29th, and May 24th/2 sessions per day between 12:30-3:00.  One of the campus goals for the 2018-2019 school year is to teach Birch students the importance of relationships, and we would love for you to take part in helping our students reach their highest potential.

If you have a hobby, talent, or career-related activity that you can provide a hands-on learning experience for a small group of students, please consider participating in Genius Hour.  These hands-on learning experiences can include knitting, sewing, cooking, athletic activities, art, board games, and anything else that you would like to share with our students.  The district asks that you bring the materials needed to conduct your activity with the small group.  It is also vital that you commit to attending all four days as these students will look forward to seeing you each time.  

Please contact Vanessa Reneau at vreneau@ptisd.org if you would like to contribute to Genius Hour.  All volunteers must complete the online volunteer form and background check located at: http://www.ptisd.org/page/Community.Volunteer.  

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Pine Tree High School Automotive Mechanics Program Offers Real World Experience

Students learning aspects of life that will help them after they leave school was in full view this week at Pine Tree High School in Richard Westbrook’s Automotive Mechanics class.

Pine Tree High School’s automotive program received, installed and trained on how to operate a four wheel alignment system. According to Mr. Westbrook, the advanced technology will help students in the program learn a skill that will stay with them the rest of their lives.

The system, which will be added to the already fully stocked class vehicle lift, will be able to check tires and show what adjustments need to be made, he said.

Students will also be able to make the adjustments according to the machine readout and see what needs to be fixed in real time instead of having to go back and forth making adjustments, the longtime instructor said.

“This really is a great experience for the kids,” Westbrook said. “It’s a very advanced and technical system. No other high school in the area and very few colleges have something like this.”

The system, which is valued around $60,000, was paid for by the Perkins Act. Perkins funds allowed school districts all over the state of Texas to acquire funding for technology and specialty items like this system that will aid students in their learning experiences.

ASA Automotive Systems, which helped install the four wheel alignments system, also knocked down the price considerably, Westbrook commented.

“It’s so important that the kids have this,” he commented. “It will prepare them so much for when they graduate high school.”

For students in the automotive program, this new system is just one more important addition to a program that is continually growing and flourishing. Westbrook has taken Pine Tree Auto Mechanics from a minor program to, just two years ago, a vehicle lift being installed, and now the four wheel alignment system being added.

“My student’s have shown a lot of initiative,” Westbrook said. “The kids that are in my Automotive 2 class have been with me for four years. I trust the, and we have watched this program grow.”

Pine Tree’s slogan this year has been “Bringing Pine Tree Back,” and with new additions and innovations like the current system it is clear that Westbrook is set on making the Pine Tree program one that adequately prepares young people for a full time career in the automotive industry. Either that, or they can have a hobby working on automobiles the rest of their lives.

“I’m really excited for what it will teach the kids,” Westbrook said. “As long as they can get from point A to point B they will be able to navigate this system. It really is awesome.” 

Westbrook concluded by thanking the Pine Tree Administration and Technology personnel for helping his class acquire this system.

“We have had excellent backing and excellent support since Day One of the automotive program,” he said. “Our administration and technology personnel care about every student, and they are eager to make sure every student has what they need in every class to be successful. It is nice to work in a school district where the upper level people work hard for the students to have a better life.”

By Rose LaBay, PTHS Journalism Student

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Pine Tree Educator Nominated for LifeChanger of the Year Award

Pine Tree educator Natkeshia Raibon has been nominated for LifeChanger of the year.

LifeChanger is a national program that recognizes educators for their positive difference they make in the lives of their students, for being a leader in the school community, for exemplifying excellence aa an educator and for creating a nurturing atmosphere in our schools.

Congratulations, Coach Raibon!

Natkeisha Raibon

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Pine Tree PTA Local Launch Set for August 30

Join Pine Tree PTA for a new school year local launch August 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Pine Tree Community Center.  All Pine Tree parents are invited to attend. 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

PTHS Students Recognized as AP Scholars

Twenty-one students at Pine Tree High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.

Pine Tree High School:

One student qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. This student is Shawn Naseiro.

One student qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. This student is Akshay Peddireddy.

Nineteen students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Jack Cheng, Natalie Collins, Korbin Davis, Jack Eaton, Samuel Gonzalez, Ashly James, Josue Jovel, Jackson Lair, Dariann Munguia, Madison Pike, Evelyne Ramirez, Kalie Rhodes, David Ritch, Wade Seidel, Shelby Smith, Riley Stanley, Caleb Terry, Logan Valenza, and Madison White. These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award.

Pine Tree High School offers 19 AP courses in which students are provided the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. In three of these 19 courses, Pine Tree students performed above the state average, national, and global averages in Calculus, Studio Art Drawing and Studio Art 2D Design.

Through 38 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3600 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

Welcome Back Pirates!

Pine Tree ISD First Day of School 2018 2019

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

PTHS Junior Ashly James Recognized at Law School Camp

Ashly James, a junior at Pine Tree High School, has been recognized with the Outstanding Direct Examination award presented by Texas A & M and sponsored by Region 7.

James attended the Youth Adventure Program Law School Camp in July receiving the examination award and the prestigious Directors Award.  The Directors Award is given to two students, one boy and one girl, annually for the YAP July session and recognizes individuals who exemplify everything that the program values as well as the Texas Aggie' core values of respect, excellence, leadership, loyalty, integrity and selfless service (RELLIS).  Congratulations, Ashly!

Ashly James, PTHS Junior