Thursday, May 31, 2018

Pine Tree Theatre Students Earn Elite Designations

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

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

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

Congratulations to our PT students!  #ptproud

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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

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

Scheduled Stops:

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations!!! #PTProud

Friday, May 25, 2018

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to our PT Pirates!

Jasmine Martindale 

Nicolas Williams 
Lexie Green
Gracie Betts 

Pine Tree Anglers Finish the Year Strong in Final Competition

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

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

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

Congratulations to our PT anglers for an outstanding year!

Taylor and Mayeux

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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

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

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


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pine Tree Teacher Appointed to State Board

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

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

Congratulations Mrs. Randall!  #PTProud

Michelle Randall 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Pine Tree ISD Recognizes Community U Graduates May 14

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

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

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

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

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

Community U - Class of 2017-2018

Monday, May 14, 2018

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

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

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

Friday, May 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to our Pine Tree students!

Monday, May 7, 2018

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

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

Congratulations, Lexie!

Longview Public Library Summer Reading Program 

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

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

Lexie Green
 Summer Reading Club Winner

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

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

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

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

Friday, May 4, 2018

Pine Tree Celebrates 2018-2019 Teachers of the Year

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

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

Congratulations to this year's honorees:

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

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

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Elementary Robotics Students Showcase Engineering and Design Skills at Region 7

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

Nine engineering groups earned awards from both peers and judges.

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

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

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

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

Innovative Design Winners
Clara Tesser
Raiden Gaw
Zane Green

Inspired Design Winner
Sadie Miller

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

Original Design Winners
Keagan McCord
Landon Pye

Unique Design Winners
Silas Laprade
Lilly Carroll
Trey Redcliff
Mae Shen

Ingenious Design Winners
Alex Chen
Clark Medin
Isaiah Sims

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

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

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

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

Qualifying students included:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reysiane Salazar- Gold Medal - Charcoal

Titus Rucker - Gold Medal - Charcoal

Tara Story- Double Gold Medal- Painting

I'yonnia Mumphrey- Gold Medal-Photography

Kloie Shultz- Gold Medal-Photography

Erica Vaughn- Gold Medal - Photography

Ramon Rubio

Carly Garcia

Aliyah Arrendondo

Destinee Houston

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

East Texas Students Show Laser Focus at 2018 State STEM Competition

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

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

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

The following students placed in the competition:

Pine Tree High School

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to the PTHS Robotics Team!

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

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

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

Congratulations to new NHS inductees!

Joshua Hecker
Jackson Lair
Matthew McQuaid
Kailey Quiett
Colton Vandiver

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