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: 

Soprano
Shelby Garrett
Ezmeriah Gonzalez
Brealee Ray

Tenor
Devin Washington
Damien Kelly
Izaiya Glenn

Bass
Jonathon Fuller

#pirateproud

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

PTHS SENIORS HARKEY AND MARTINEZ RECEIVE NINETEEN COLLEGE OFFERS AT TETA

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

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 familyaccess.ptisd.org. 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

NEW STUDENTS AND RETURNING STUDENTS WILL NEED TO PROVE RESIDENCE AND MUST ATTEND THE 2018-2019 STUDENT REGISTRATION AT PINE TREE HIGH SCHOOL.

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.

NEW STUDENTS
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

RETURNING STUDENTS GUIDELINES
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
               accepted
*             Current year PTISD Property Tax Statement
*             Current Purchase Agreement/Contract
*            Approved Student Transfer Paperwork

STUDENT REGISTRATION WILL ALSO INCLUDE:
*             Transportation information (if needed)
*             Food Service Information
*             Nursing staff will be available
*             Computer Lab for those without access

AGE REQUIREMENTS
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 www.ptisd.org.

TRANSFER STUDENTS
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. 

BACK TO SCHOOL CONVOCATION
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.

2018-2019 CAMPUS CONTACT INFORMATION

PRIMARY
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

BIRCH ELEMENTARY
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

PARKWAY ELEMENTARY
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 

MIDDLE
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

JUNIOR HIGH
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

HIGH SCHOOL
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

EXCEL
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

PACE
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

2018-2019 STARTING AND ENDING TIMES FOR PT CAMPUSES
Elementary - 7:35 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Secondary - 8:20 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.

SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS
School Supply lists are available for Pre-K through 6th grade online at www.ptisd.org
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.

ACADEMIC CALENDAR
The Pine Tree ISD 2018-2019 school calendar is available to print on the district website www.ptisd.org.

MORE INFORMATION
Back to School information can be found online at www.ptisd.org.
For more information, contact Mary Whitton, Director of Communications and Public Information, at mwhitton@ptisd.org 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!



PINE TREE ANNOUNCES 2018-2019 MEET THE TEACHER




2018-2019 PINE TREE ISD MEET THE TEACHER 

* 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

#PTPROUD

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 http://www.ptisd.org/page/Community.U.  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!