Monday, October 29, 2018

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

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

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

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Pine Tree Fishing Club Shows Well at Lake Bob Sandlin Tournament

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

Current standings are:

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

Congratulations to our PT anglers!

Monday, October 22, 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 15, 2018

Pine Tree Junior High Choir Members Compete for All Region Band

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

Advancing members are: 

Shelby Garrett
Ezmeriah Gonzalez
Brealee Ray

Devin Washington
Damien Kelly
Izaiya Glenn

Jonathon Fuller


PT Boys and Girls Cross Country Qualify for Regional Meet

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

PTISD Cross Country Teams

Friday, October 12, 2018

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

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

Congratulations, Levi and Clara!  #pirateproud

Levi and Clara Walker 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 2, 2018


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

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

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

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

Ashley Harkey and Jasmine Martinez