The Pirate Treasure
celebrating the excellence of Pine Tree ISD

   Pine Tree Primary - Our Littlest Pirates 

Pine Tree Primary students had the wonderful opportunity to hear "The Story Lady" author  Sara Ward.  Students were involved in the story telling as Ms. Ward brought favorite stories to life.  On her visit to PTP, she re-enacted Skippy Jon Jones, Pete the Cat, Rockin in my School Shoes and Pete the Cat and his Magic Sunglasses. 

Upcoming Events:

Penguin Patch: December 7 - 9 - This is a fun way for students to shop for family members and experience the spirit of giving while learning to earn, budget and save.


Letters to Santa: Macy's Department store will donate $2 (on Believe Day) to the Make A Wish Foundation for each letter to Santa we collect. What a great way for our district to contribute to a wonderful organization.

Grinch theme "STEAM" Day: Monday, December 5. Students will 

participate in theme activities in Math and Reading/Writing.



Special Thanks to Pine Tree Primary

Central A dministration is feeling the Christmas spirit!  Thank you to the students of Pine Tree Primary for the beautiful Christmas decorations you provided for our tree.



Birch Elementary

The students at Birch Elementary recently honored our Veterans at our Veterans Day program on November 11, 2016.   It was a wonderful program.  The entire student body performed a variety  of patriotic songs in tribute and thanks to our Veterans.


Birch Elementary recently hosted our Fall Field Day. This was a great opportunity for students to showcase their talents in running relays and tug of war.  There was also a great turn out of parents and community to cheer the students to the finish line.  A great time was had by everyone. 

A big thank you to our PE coaches Mrs. Bolton and Ms. Davis!                        
Parkway Elementary 

Pine Cone Turkey

The week of November 14-18 3rd Grade students at Parkway Elementary participated in a writing project. 

Each student was required to decorate a pine cone and make it look like a turkey.  

On Monday, November 14, the students had to journal their day from the turkey's perspective.  The journal entries were about the life of the turkey and what the turkey did and saw.  The journals were graded on punctuation, capitalization, sentence structure and many other important writing elements.  

One of the main areas on the grading rubric was making sure the writings were from the turkey's perspective.   Great job to our 3rd grade teachers and students!

Christmas has arrived at Parkway Elementary

Over the Thanksgiving break, Santa's Elves came and decked the halls,  bringing Christmas joy for all of the boys and girls!

A special thank you to Ms. Scaggs and her team of merry elves and their creativity!

Pine Tree Middle School 

Exciting things are happening at Middle School! In Ms. Willis' class, students learned what it means to be an entrepreneur. Working in groups to create a product, each group had jobs they were responsible for-just like a real company. Students had to market and advertise the products. The ads were placed around the room and the students went on gallery walks.      

Pine Tree Junior High 

Junior High Students are Serving the Community
The Junior High had 37 FCA and STUCO students that took time on Thanksgiving to serve food at the House of Hope. The students represented Pine Tree well as they volunteered their time to help others.
Junior High athletics are starting a canned food drive competition between 7th and 8th grade athletic classes. All food collected will go to the Hiway 80 Rescue mission.

Junior High Band Sets Records at All-Region Tryouts
Pine Tree Junior High Band did exceptionally well breaking several records at the Region IV TMEA Middle School Region Band Auditions November 12th. Out of 520 band students competing from all across East Texas, PTJH received the most 1st chairs (best in each section) in the entire region and 24 students qualified for the Symphonic band (top band), the most out of the entire region. A total of 43 students qualified for All Region band (a school record).
Emma Teter - Flute 4th - Symphonic
Jerusalem Briseno - Flute - 6th Symphonic (Highest placing 7th grader in Region)
Leeanne Gannon - Flute - 5th Concert
Jayla McCarty - Flute - 10th Concert
Ariel Sanchez - Flute - 11th Concert
Graham Parmalee - Oboe  - 1st Symphonic  (Best in Region)
Abby Short - Clarinet - 4th Symphonic (Highest placing 7th grader in Region)
Niya Williams - Clarinet - 16th Symphonic
Shelby Green - Clarinet - 8th Concert
Osiris Barrios - Clarinet - 12th Concert
Lily Bradley - Clarinet - 14th Concert
Nyeli Mendez - Clarinet - 15th Concert
Giselle Valencia - Clarinet - 18th Concert
Ira Roberts - Clarinet - 22nd Concert
Pedra Montano - Bass Clarinet - 1st Symphonic (Best in Region)
Gabby Pumphrey - Bass Clarinet - 2nd Symphonic
Maddox Duke - Bass Clarinet - 3rd Symphonic
Gabe Montoya - Alto Saxophone - 2nd Symphonic
Danielle Rodriguez - Alto Saxophone - 5th Concert
Daniel Lambie - Baritone Saxophone - 1st Chair (Best in Region)
Andy Pearce - Trumpet - 1st Symphonic (Best in Region)
Luis Vazquez - Trumpet - 4th Symphonic
Isabel Meza - Trumpet - 8th Symphonic
Gael Perez - Trumpet - 3rd Concert
Carlo Echave - Trumpet - 7th Concert
Zoe Green - French Horn - 3rd Symphonic
Xavier Martinez - French Horn - 5th Symphonic
Madisyn Harrell - French Horn - 5th Concert
Adrian Gomez - Trombone - 5th Symphonic
Amelia Wingfield - Trombone - 7th Symphonic
Nike Collins - Trombone - 8th Symphonic
Albert Ruiz - Trombone - 6th Concert
Berenice Juarez - Euphonium - 1st Symphonic (Best in Region)
Jordan Ford - Euphonium - 6th Concert
Ethan Sanders - Tuba - 1st Symphonic (Best in Region)
Eric Ramirez - Tuba - 2nd Symphonic
Nathan Carbajal - Tuba - 3rd Concert
Charlie Miranda - Tuba - 4th Concert
Zack Russell - Percussion - 1st Symphonic (Best in Region)
Edwin Diaz - Percussion - 2nd Symphonic
Shaun Ray - Percussion - 5th Symphonic
Dalton Russell - Percussion - 6th Symphonic
Octavio Jacquez - Percussion - 2nd Concert
Cole Sullins - Tenor Sax 1st Alt.
Bianca Juarez - French Horn 1st Alt.
Austin Johnson - Trombone 2nd Alt.
Oliver Sanchez - Euphonium 1st Alt.
Carson Rhodes - Euphonium 2nd Alt.
Bryce Willadson - Euphonium 4th Alt.
Wesley Beede - Tuba 2nd Alt.
Marilyn Shen - Percussion 2nd Alt.
Congratulations to all the students who made Pine Tree Proud!

Pine Tree High School News
Christmas is coming and things are speeding right along at Pine Tree High School.
Seniors are taking SAT's, ACT's and making final plans for the colleges or trade schools they will attend next year, while others are finalizing plans to enter the military or shaping up plans to enter the workforce full time.

The second semester will be busy for seniors, and it will be a fast slide into graduation in May. Some seniors are just now beginning to realize they only have a few months left in high school, while others are anxiously anticipating new chapters in their lives because of the foundation they have already laid.

Voting on Senior Superlatives and Hall Of Fame will occur immediately after Christmas break, so students are prepared to hold those elections and vote for the 40 different categories. Teachers and administrators will nominate, vote and elect the Hall Of Fame recipients.

Things have not slowed for the holiday season. The choir is hosting its annual concert at Trinity Episcopal Church on December 6 at 7 p.m., and groups are getting ready to march in the Longview Christmas Parade on December 1 in the early evening.

The PTHS cheerleaders are busy working toward a national competition in Dallas. That competition occurs in January and will give our team the chance to earn national recognition. The girls began practice on the routine over a month ago, but they are stepping up workouts now to be ready for the event.

Semester exams are on everyone's minds. Students have about 10 class periods left before semester exams are put in front of them. Then the two week Christmas vacation will occur.
Band students, choir students and others are involved in competitions leading into Christmas, while other groups such as Blue Beard Radio are getting ready to launch a 24 hour streaming opportunity. Students have been working on Christmas shows to help with the launch and then will produce other copy to fill in after the holidays.

Students in January will have the opportunity to donate $1 to a fund that will pay for a marker to be placed on Josh Warren's grave, and the remainder of the money will go to a scholarship fund in his name. The majority of the marker has been produced by students, and the money will go to finish the design and have it placed. Again, all remaining money that will be put into a scholarship fund. Those donations will be accepted in January after the holidays. Students are only being asked for $1 each, so everyone can have a part in the project.

Pine Tree's yearbook is halfway to its completion point, according to yearbook advisor Greg Collins. Students are purchasing books so they can have the memories of the year. Only 200 books are being printed this year, so purchasing sooner rather than later is at a premium right now.

Pine Tree has kicked off the UIL Academic season with a meet in Sulphur Springs, and just a few days after returning to school from Christmas break will host the Pine Tree Practice Meet. UIL coordinator Cathy Williams said Pine Tree has an outstanding team this year, and she and the other sponsors are looking forward to a great year.

Swimming is wrapping up its year, while basketball and power lifting are just getting into their seasons. Soccer is currently holding tryouts,and spring sports such as tennis and golf have finished fall seasons and are now looking forward to spring schedules. Baseball and softball are also getting ready for early February starts to their seasons.

Testing will occur next week in English and Biology, and Innovation Showcase reminders have gone out to begin work on that event which is scheduled March 23.

CTE Week is coming in January, and One Act Play is choosing its cast and crew and readying for competition in February.

Christmas may be here and bringing lots of cheer, but Pine Tree administration, faculty and staff are busy with a host of programs and projects for at least another couple of weeks. Everyone is looking forward to a relaxing time and enjoying holiday time with family and friends.
PT  P.A.C.E. Campus News

Pine Tree P.A.C.E. congratulates Coach Randy Castleberry on receiving the Pirate Pride Award on November 17, 2016.
Coach Castleberry joined Team P.A.C.E. at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year after teaching at Pine Tree High School. He is a valuable asset to our campus. 

Congratulations, Coach, you are appreciated!

Fine Arts News

There is no shortage of activities for the whole family to attend.  The Pine Tree kids are busy getting ready to usher in the holiday season with you!
December 1     6:30 PM - Longview Christmas Parade.  Pine Tree will have a long group of people, probably enough to fill a city block!  Come out and see the HS Cheerleaders, HS Band, Twirlers, Flags, Drill Team, and the JH Cheerleaders.  Entry #66.
December 3      4:30 PM - Region 4 & 21 All-Region Orchestra Concert at Longview High School.  Pine Tree has 5 wind players who auditioned and made the group: Gage Ellis, Cristian Najera, Axel Mondragon, Joel Ramirez, and Tyler Russell.
December 3      6:00 - 9:00 PM - The High School Cheerleaders will be hosting a "Polar Express" Parents' Night Out at the PTHS Old Main Gym.  Cost is $20 per child, and that includes snacks, crafts, and of course, watching "The Polar Express." Drop your kids off and go enjoy the evening. 
December 5       Freshman All-Region Band Tryouts in Sulphur Springs.  GOOD LUCK to the 21 students auditioning.
December 6       7:00 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church - The High School Choir presents its Winter Concert "A Sweet Silver Carol for the Season."  Come and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of the church while hearing the choir as they sing you into the season.  Admission is free with a reception to follow.
December 8     6:30 PM - Middle School and Junior High Choir Concert at Pine Tree Road Auditorium.
December 9  HS All-Region Band tryouts at North Lamar HS.  Best of luck to the 67 students who have been working for months preparing this music to audition!  This is the first step in the All-State Band audition process.
December 10   5:00 PM TMEA Region 4 Junior High and Freshman Honor Band Concert, Paris Junior High School.
December 12    6:30 PM -  Middle School Band and HS Jazz Band Christmas Concert, Pine Tree Road Auditorium
December 13    6:30 PM - Junior High Band Christmas Concert, Pine Tree Road Auditorium
December 15  6:30 PM - High School Band Christmas Concert, PTHS Theater.
December 17   9:00 AM - High School Choir hosts "Breakfast with Santa" Bring the whole 
family - $5 admission includes pancakes/sausage, crafts, and of course, SANTA!

 2016 Canned Food Drive Benefiting Hiway 80 Rescue Mission

Pine Tree ISD campuses and departments donated over 2700 lbs of canned goods to the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission.  The PTISD  bus was filled once again thanks to the generous support from our Pirate employees, PT students and families.

SAT Practice Test Workshop

Sylvan SAT Practice Test 
hosted by the Pine Tree Education Foundation

Open to all students grades 9-12

Saturday, February 25, 2017 

To register contact Sylvan at