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. 

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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.