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 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 if you would like to contribute to Genius Hour.  All volunteers must complete the online volunteer form and background check located at:  

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