Thursday, November 15, 2018

Pine Tree ISD Receives Walmart Grant

Walmart believes in operating globally and giving back locally – creating impact in the neighborhoods where we live and work.  Giving people access to a better life, one community at a time.  Walmart's mission is to create opportunities so people can live better to make a positive impact in the communities they serve. Whether it’s through the grants provided to the thousands of organizations that share their mission or through the inspiring volunteer efforts of Walmart associates, they are passionate about helping people live better. One community at a time. The Walmart Foundation meets the needs of the community by directing charitable giving toward the core areas of focus: OpportunitySustainability and CommunityWhether it's a small grant to a local school or a large grant to a hunger relief organization working across several states, they engage in opportunities that align with the Walmart Foundation's key areas of focus as mentioned. 
Globally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave $1.4 billion in cash and in-kind contributions during fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2017. And, they did it one grant and one community at a time.  A Community Grant was awarded to the Pine Tree Independent School District for $1500 to help support the Backpack Food Program.  This program helps supplement food for children at risk of going hungry on weekends and holidays.
Thank you, Walmart Store #399  2440 Gilmer Road, for your generous support of our Pine Tree Backpack Food Program!
Galen Knight, Store Manager, Donna Pruitt, PTISD Volunteer Coordinator,
Melissa Gonzalez, PTISD Education Foundation Director/Community
Relations Coordinator and Shelley Rogers, Personnel Coordinator 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Tony Hollins, Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Planning, graduated from the Longview Police Department's Business Police Academy on November 14.

The Longview Police Department Business Police Academy offers local businesses the opportunity to learn more about their police department and actively participate in building even stronger partnerships between the community and the police department.

The curriculum consists of discussions regarding Department organizations, use of force, narcotics, search and seizure, traffic enforcement, internet crimes, child crimes, and more.

Congratulations, Mr. Hollins!  #pirateproud 

Tony Hollins with Police Chief Mike Bishop

Parker Wins 1st Place at Kilgore College Veterans Day Art Contest

Pine Tree High School sophomore, Jaydn Parker, won 1st place for the high school division for the Kilgore College Veterans Day Art Contest with her photograph of the veteran's monument at the Longview Courthouse. She received a $75 prize.  An article about Kilgore College's awards ceremony- which honored the veterans of our country- can be found at:


Ashly James, a junior at Pine Tree High School, has qualified for the UIL State Debate meet.  James placed 3rd at the Region VII UIL Congress Region Tournament on November 13.  The state meet will be held January 7-9 in Austin.  Congratulations, Ashly!  Pine Tree is pirate proud of you!

Ashly James 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Robin Best Awarded Excel ER Teacher Spotlight Recognition

Robin Best, a teacher at Pine Tree Parkway Elementary, was awarded the Excel ER Teacher Spotlight by Excel ER.  Congratulations, Mrs. Best on this honor! #ptproud 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Adams Named 903 Music Fest Defensive Player of the Week and Play of the Night Nod

Gabe Adams has been selected the 903 Music Fest Defensive Player of the Week by the Longview News-Journal.  Adams also won the Baylor Scott and White Spine and Joint Play of the Night for his 103 yard interception returned for a touchdown.

Congratulations, Gabe, on your outstanding performances.  #pirateproud #bringingptback

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Parkway Elementary Students Take Aim at Guinness World Record in Sport Stacking

WHO:            Students at Parkway Elementary
WHAT:          World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) STACK UP!
WHEN: Thursday, November 8th  (Guinness World Records Day)

Did you know stacking and un-stacking plastic cups is an energizing, brain-activating and world-record-setting activity?  On Thursday, November 8th, thousands of participants will take part in what Guinness World Records® terms the “World’s Largest Sport Stacking Event.”  During the course of Guinness World Records Day, sport stackers from all reaches of the world will be up stacking and down stacking various pyramids in prescribed patterns at lightning speed for at least 30 minutes, all combined with a variety of fitness activities. Sights are set on 625,000 stackers participating as sport stacking with Speed Stacks® continues to gain popularity around the world.

In 2016, 622,809 stackers participated to break the previous year’s STACK UP! record of 618,394. Once again, tens of thousands of stackers are expected to contribute their sport stacking skills from across the United States and around the world in countries such as Hungary, Germany, Israel, South Korea, New Zealand, Colombia, and Taiwan.

According to Bob Fox, WSSA Founder, the Guinness event is a wonderful way to bring together sport stackers across the globe.  “Sport stacking is an activity enjoyed by all ages and cultures. It promotes hand-eye coordination, brain activation, fitness, teamwork, speed and lots of fun. This event allows us to team up with Guinness World Records, and we’re excited to have another shot at breaking a world record.”

Sport stacking with Speed Stacks is in more than 40,000 schools and youth organizations worldwide.  It’s appealing to teachers and students because it’s easy to learn but very challenging to master.  Benefits include improved reaction time, hand-eye coordination, concentration and focus.

To take part in the record-setting STACK UP!, schools and organizations around the world are required to register 25 or more stackers with the WSSA.  Once a group completes the 30 minutes of stacking for each participant (anytime during November 8th) the organizer and a witness are required to send in an online verification of numbers to the WSSA, who will pass on the total count to Guinness for official recognition.

Sport stacking has been termed a “track meet for your hands at warp speed.”  It’s an exciting sport where students up stack and down stack 12 specially designed cups called Speed Stacks in predetermined sequences as fast as they can.  Stackers race against the clock, compete in relays and often combine sport stacking with fitness challenges as part of physical education classes (check out or