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The Pirate Treasure
celebrating the excellence of Pine Tree ISD

   Pine Tree Primary - Our Littlest Pirates 


Primary Students returned after Christmas break excited to continue their learning. Kindergarten students will begin their day with mini handwriting lessons.

Whole group instruction will include lessons on the white boards then to paper and pencil. These students really concentrate in making their letters properly.  They will practice writing first and last name correctly and are to know how to spell and write their last names for the second semester.

PT Primary Announces Student/Pirate of the Month 


 Upcoming Events:

  • January 17 - K Classes:  Mosley, Hewitt, Kraus  and Yoder visit Ecoland 
  • January 19 - Kindergarten Classes visit Ecoland
  • January 23 - Jump Rope for Heart kick off
  • January 26 - Pre K Classes visit Ecoland 
  • Yearbooks are on Sale: $20.00 
  • January BoxTop incentive is "COOKIES for your CLASS"! The class who brings the most BoxTops will earn a class cookie party.
Birch Elementary

Birch Elementary celebrated the 3rd six weeks period with an awards assembly.  Students from each grade level had the opportunity to earn awards for the following honors:
  • A Honor Roll
  • A/B Honor Roll
  • Citizenship - E for Conduct
  • Perfect Attendance
  • Most Improved - two students that have made great improvement with either academics or behavior


Parkway Elementary 
"Growing Greatness.....Whatever it takes!"

Ho Ho Ho!

We had a very Merry Christmas here at Parkway Elementary.  Our 3rd grade students and teachers collected and dropped items at the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission. 
The 3rd Grade Teachers organized a service project for the entire grade level.  The teachers contacted Hiway 80 Mission to see what items the mission needed.  Hiway 80 Mission gave Parkway a list of items.  For the next three weeks the students and teachers brought in toothpaste, deodorant, socks, liquid soaps, toothbrushes, and nail clippers.  They gathered the items,  sorted them and went to the mission after early dismissal on Dec. 16 to deliver them.  Hiway 80 Mission was so thankful for the gifts and our 3rd grade teachers and students were blessed to get to serve in this way as a grade level!   Way to go, Parkway Elementary!
Snowman STEAM Challenge

The 1st and 2nd Grade classes worked and collaborated on a STEAM Challenge.  The challenge was to make a snowman at least 5 inches tall.  The students used Unifix cubes to measure the snowman to ensure the correct measurable height.  The students planned with their teams and built their snowman from Play-Doh and craft sticks.  The biggest challenge was to make sure snowman could stand for 10 seconds without falling.  All teams completed the challenge,  students totally enjoyed the activity.

Parkway Student Recognition


Middle School

Student Council Makes Cards for Fifth Graders

As a way to welcome fifth graders to the Pine Tree Middle School campus, Student Council has been actively making cards for each student enrolled in fifth grade since the beginning of the school year. The cards were created as a way to say, "You are important, and you matter at PTMS." 

Each card was personalized with students' names, colored, and decorated. Fifth grade Student Council member Catherine Brock thinks "[making the cards] was a great way to welcome the fifth graders to Pine Tree Middle School. I think students were surprised and happy because they probably weren't expecting anything." 

The members of Student Council were excited to serve their campus in this way and thought it would be a nice gesture to greet all of the incoming fifth graders. Student Council member, Rylee Warwick said, "Making the cards was fun, and it was inspiring because it encouraged me to think about my future as a teacher one day." The cards were given the week of December 1, 2016, due to the nature of creating over 300 individual cards for the students. 

Fifth grader Kamreon Lloyd explained his feelings about receiving his card by saying, "I liked it. It gives you the lift you need because it shows how this school cares about you." 

Pine Tree Middle School Student Council will continue to serve the students of PTMS in various ways throughout the 2016-2017 school year.

Pine Tree  Junior High 

Junior High Student Donations
Students gathered donated can goods for Hiway 80 Rescue Mission through the Stuff-A-Bus food drive. Mrs. Riggs 4th period class donated the most items and received a pizza party.
The Junior High male athletes competed in an additional food drive. The 7th grade team won by collecting 325 cans. Overall, they collected over 500 cans to donate to the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission.

Student Council members purchased Christmas gifts for the children at Hwy 80 Rescue Mission. The students went to Walmart with a list and a budget. In all, students were able to spend $500 on gifts and kitchen items for the women and children at the shelter.  They even received a donation from a woman at Walmart who saw what the students were doing and wanted to help.  "This is one of our favorite projects" Student Council sponsor,Mrs. Riggs, said, "The students look forward to helping their community and they feel good about having a direct, positive effect in the Pine Tree area."

Junior High Student Recognition 



The Junior High campus acknowledges the importance of recognizing and rewarding students that do the right things and those making improvements.  Starting in January and ending in May, PTJH will recognize one student for Student of the Month and one student for Pirate of the Month.  The students are nominated by the faculty and staff.

Students are nominated on the following criteria:

Student of the Month
* A/B Honor Roll Student (1-12 grades)
* Promotes a positive classroom environment
* Strong work ethic and a willingness to help others
* Involved in extracurricular activities (7-12 grades)
* No tardies
* Two or fewer absences for the six weeks
* No referrals for the six weeks

Pirate of the Month
* Shows growth in grades, behavior, and/or attendance
* Demonstrates good citizenship
* Demonstrates hard work and perseverance  

Pine Tree High School News
Second semester arrives with a busy schedule for PTHS
Christmas break is over, and second semester has arrived with a busy schedule for the students at Pine Tree High School.

Pine Tree UIL Academic teams finished fourth in the Pine Tree meet on Tuesday and are now getting ready for upcoming events at Mount Pleasant, Hallsville, Longview, College Station and then the district meet back in Mount Pleasant.
Current events won first as did Copy Editing and a few other events. Overall, Cathy Williams, UIL coordinator, was happy with the first meet of the year and said the team should be a district contender.

The cheerleading squad attended a state cheer competition in Fort Worth on Tuesday and Wednesday, competing with a host of other 5A schools for state recognition. The girls competed in three different sections and then, if they were in the finals, put all three of those together into one performance piece.

Current juniors, sophomores and freshmen had meetings with counselors about what courses they would like to take next year, and seniors were given their graduation materials this week so they can prepare for their big day in May.

School will be slightly different for Pine Tree High School in the coming days as approved by the school board.
The class day will start six minutes earlier, at 8:24 a.m., so that those with test exemptions do not have to come to school during testing days.
This year, for the first year, Pine Tree High School is in class by the minute and not by the school day. In order to meet the minutes requirement and still have the proper amount of class time, school will begin earlier.   "I don't think anyone will really notice," Principal Cindy Gabehart said. "It is a small addition to the school day that will help us when it comes to exams."

One-Act Play is gearing up for March 8 competition, and Skills USA and Welding are also getting ready for their state competition.  

High School instructors are busy getting second semester started, and with that comes a host of assignments, tests and quizzes.  "We have had a good year thus far, and I see no reason why that cannot continue," Dr. Cliff Lightfoot, Associate Principal/CTE Director at PTHS, said.

Assistant Principal Harold Jackson is working with senior Keitralle Sutton and Eric Hawkins, senior class president, on an essay competition during Black History Month in February. 

Sports teams are rolling along and preparing for their seasons with MLK Holiday on the horizon as well as President's Day it is really just a short ride into March and Spring Break.

"You just look up and it is over," Senior Deysy Perez said. "There is a lot to do and then, if you do not stop and take a break to enjoy your senior year, it is over and you are headed out into the big world."

Seniors are turning in baby pictures and quotes for the senior slide show, as well as their portraits, and many of them are waking up to the realization that their days at Pine Tree are very numbered.
"I have waited for this time for so long, and now it is swiftly moving along," Perez said.




PT  P.A.C.E. Campus News

Lyndell McAllister, Shalonda Adams and Holly Fuller 

Lyndell McAllister, Shalonda Adams, and Holly Fuller are proud and humbled by the work they have accomplished and the recognition received.
On Friday January 6, P.A.C.E. welcomed members of the community and press to join us in congratulating and recognizing our community partner, Partners in Prevention, as Longview 
News-Journal's Citizen of the Year
Representing Partners in Prevention was our very esteemed P.A.C.E. Principal, PIP Steering Committee Member and Hope for Youth Co-facilitator Shalonda Adams; PIP Mentoring and Bridges Out of Poverty Director and Hope for Youth Co-facilitator Lyndell McAllister; and Partners in Prevention Manager Holly Fuller.
We are so excited about the recognition that Partners in Prevention has received and the opportunity to partner directly with them in making an impact in the lives of not only our own P.A.C.E. students, but the youth of Pine Tree ISD and the greater Longview community.     ________________________________________________________________________________
PACE also recognized two students that have demonstrated excellence and growth in character.  Our Pirate of the Month is Kaleb George and the Student of the Month is Alexia Thomas-Ervin.



Chazney Spears was the first P.A.C.E. presenter of 2017.  Mrs. Spears is a former Marine and current personal trainer and fitness instructor. She is owner and manager of Butterfly Fitness of Longview. She has a passion for teaching others and Zumba.
Mrs. Spears spoke with the students about how it is important to make good choices; the choices you make follow you. Healthy choices make a healthy future.
Mrs. Spears and P.A.C.E. Students
Fine Arts

Front Row: Gage Ellis, Cristian Najera
Back Row: Bobby Counts,Tyler Russell, Korbin Davis, Jordan Lampin 

Sixteen Pine Tree Band students competed at the TMEA Area C Competition Saturday, January 7th at Richardson Berkner High School.  

Congratulations to Cristian Najera, Senior, who was selected for the TMEA 6A All-State Band and to Gage Ellis, Sophomore, who was selected for the 5A All-State Band.  Both students are returning for their second consecutive year. 

Four additional students were selected as 1st Alternates:
Bobby Counts, Senior Bass Clarinet
Korbin Davis, Junior Contra-Bass Clarinet
Tyler Russell, Senior Percussion
Jordan Lampin, Sophomore Baritone Saxophone

"Due to recent TMEA re-alignments, Region IV students now compete against all of the top-performing Dallas-area schools.  The fact that six of our students placed so high is a testament to their hard work and dedication.  These students practice before school, during band class, during lunch, after school, and in the evenings with private lessons in order to be competitive at this level.  Thank you to Pine Tree ISD for continuing  its efforts in supporting students that desire to reach very high goals."  - Mark Melton, Director of Fine Arts


GIRLS - Our Pine Tree Lady Pirates will start the second round of district play next Tuesday at Marshall.  They are currently 3-2 in district play and will finish the first round this Tuesday night with Hallsville.
BOYS - Our boys team will play at Hallsville this Tuesday and continue with Marshall at home next Tuesday night.  Both teams have byes on Friday, January 13th.  We're looking forward to a strong second round from both teams, so come out and cheer for the Pirates! 
GIRLS - The girls will participate in a tournament in Hallsville January 12-14th.  They competed against tough competition in the Kingwood tournament. They went 1-2, and narrowly lost the consolation game to Nederland by a score of 0-1.
BOYS -  The boys continue play this week at home Tuesday night and then at Mesquite on Friday. They competed in the Forney tournament last weekend where they went 2-1, defeating Newman Smith and College Station.   Both teams will start district play on Friday, January 27th against Sulphur Springs; girls at Sulphur Springs and boys at home.


Coach Kerry Lane, Head Football Coach and Assistant Athletic Director,  has been selected to the coaching staff for the FCA All Star game this spring.   Congratulations, Coach Lane!