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The Pirate Treasure
celebrating the excellence of Pine Tree ISD

   Pine Tree Primary - Our Littlest Pirates 

Students are 100 Days smarter at Pine Tree Kindergarten which included a full day of "100" themed activities on February 2.  Our students can count orally by 1's, 5's, and 10"s to 100! Students participated in "100" exercises building towers with 100 cups, and decorating shirts with 100 items. Primary hallways proudly displayed a new look with 100 items of art work.

     The winners of the BoxTop "COOKIES for Your CLASS"! are Mrs. Yoder - Kindergarten and            Ms. Melton A.M. PreK

     Box Top Contest will be held in February with the winning class(es) receiving a Popcorn Party.


Birch Elementary


100 Days of School

Birch Elementary Celebrates 100 Days of School with 1st grade students in the classes of Cameron, Ingram, Wardlaw, Garcia and Paz

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

President Donald Trump created out of wooden blocks 

100th Day of School STEAM Challenge

Our amazing 1st grade students took the STEAM Challenge head on....The teachers created eight different STEAM stations.  In each station the students had to plan their individual projects, build the project within the allotted time and reflect on the finish product.  It was a great time of creative learning with student lead activities!
Coming Soon..............
Parkway Elementary 2nd grade classes w ill proudly present the musical Squirm on Thursday, February 16 at the Pine Tree District Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. 

Please join us for an exciting evening of fun and entertainment.
Middle School

Mrs.Collin's 5th graders are coming up with great ideas for the upcoming Innovation Night. For their innovation project, the students are defining a problem, researching it, and then creating a detailed solution for the problem.  Many of the students have chosen the topic homelessness.  PTMS will invite a representative from the Highway 80 Rescue Mission to participate and answer interview questions about this topic.  
This project would bring in community awareness, current events, communication skills, and primary resources, and goes hand in hand with our district and campus improvement plans. What a wonderful way to teach our students to be an important part of the community and prepare them to tackle future problems!

Pine Tree  Junior High 
The Junior High Math Science Team excelled at their last meet last at Pine Tree. PTJH had the top Number Sense and Science Teams (with an 8th grade sweep!) and placed 3rd overall.
Medals went to the top 5 places. PT took 20 of those top 5 spots in 4 events.
Number Sense
* Shaun Ray - 1st place, 8th grade
* Marilyn Shen - 3rd place, 8th grade
* Luis Vazquez - 5th place, 8th grade
* Bryce Willadson - 3rd place, 7th grade
* Emmanuel Viramontes - 6th place, 8th grade
* Payton Wright - 10th place, 7th grade
* Shaun Ray - 6th place, 8th grade
* Marilyn Shen - 9th place, 8th grade
* Emmanuel Viramontes -10th place, 8th grade
* Bryce Willadson - 7h place, 7th grade
* Iman Dar - 9th place, 7th grade
* Jann Cabudoy - 1st place, 8th grade
* Emmanuel Viramontes - 2nd place, 8th grade
* Shaun Ray - 4th place, 8th grade
* Isaac Crawford - 2nd place, 8th grade
* Luiz Vazquez - 5th place, 8th grade
* Marilyn Shen - 8th place, 8th grade
* Iman Dar - 1st place, 7th grade

 February Pirate/Student of the Month
Graham Parmelee
Student of the Month
Matt Lummus
Pirate of the Month 


Congratulations to the following choir students that competed in solo and ensemble on January 31st and received a rating of one from competition judges.

                     Jerusalem Briseno                       
Alexia Heatherly
Taryn Horton
Alivia Leary
Kimberly Perez
Angelina Pruitt
Trystan Puckett
Cambrie Salsar
Phoenix Smith
Kylee Thedford
Grayson Cary
Keegan Klepper
Michael Donnell
Elijah Hall
Zachary Keys
Dalan Ramthun

Pine Tree High School News  
Pine Tree High School running at high speed these days  and Spring Break just around the corner, the days are non-stop activities and events for Pine Tree High School students.
One-Act Play is busy working towards competition on March 8, practicing hours after school each day to perfect their performances. Travis House said the production is moving along well and he is pleased with the students and their work.
UIL Academics has a meet at Hallsville on Saturday, another meet in College Station at the end of the month and one additional practice meet in March before heading to Mount Pleasant for District on March 24 and 25. UIL Coordinator Cathy Williams said this has been a good year thus far for UIL and Math Science, and she is expecting big things from the district competitors this year.
"We have some very good students competing, and I would like to think some of them have the potential to go all the way to the state meet in Austin," she said.   Math Science will travel to state competition in March.
Coach Kerry Lane

Banquet season is culminating this week with the Cheer/Bucs formal on Saturday at Oak Forest Country Club. The Drill team held an event in December, while both choir and band have enjoyed their formals in January and February. After Cheer/Buc, the next important formal is Prom, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 22.
Football and other sports have completed seasons and banquets, while winter and spring sports are heading into their schedules. Swimming wrapped up this past weekend as well.
Current juniors, sophomores and freshmen have met with counselors and received directions on completing schedules for classes for next year. This important step helps students stay on the graduation path they have selected and keeps them in communication with counselors assigned to help them positively progress toward graduation.

With Spring approaching, groups such as PALS, BUCS and others are searching for new members for next year. Senior Superlatives have been voted also Hall of Fame. Those honors will be released in the next week or two.
Cheerleaders are also preparing for tryouts for next year as is the Precision drill team. Art entered competition at Kilgore College, Choir participated in solo and ensemble competition. Culinary Arts Skills USA and welding have attended state events as well.

Work is now under way on the Senior slide show for graduation, and yearbook continues to work to meet spring deadlines. Yearbooks will be completed by Spring Break and delivered the first week of May. 
With so many students in and out of class for events and competitions, teachers are doubling efforts to keep the population of Pine Tree High School current on their classwork.

"It is very important for us to compete in different areas," Principal Cindy Gabehart said. "It is also very important for students to remain current and engaged on their classwork, and our excellent teachers go above and beyond to make sure that happens."

"It is an exciting time for all," Mrs. Gabehart said.


The Excel School of Choice has some exciting news to share! ExCEL celebrated our "Student of the Month" Destiny Hunt & "Pirate of the Month" Haley Ingram! Congratulations ladies on exemplifying what it means to truly be Above the Line !
Students at Excel will begin our vision board project in February! We are looking forward to continually bringing awareness to students' goals & encouraging them to attain them one step at a time! 
Stay tuned for more positive news from The Excel School of Choice! 
PT  P.A.C.E. Campus News

PACE Students observed National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week January 23 - 27. National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is a national health observance for teens to promote local events that use National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) science to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs.
On January 25, students and staff participated in a presentation  led by Mrs. Ingram of Coalition for Drug Free Youth on the facts and dangers of drugs and alcohol. Everyone participated in table discussions and played drug and alcohol facts bingo. The presentation addressed the 
myth-shattering facts about drugs and alcohol.

An interactive online chat was led by Mr. Castleberry on Thursday, January 26. Students and staff engaged in a national online chat with NIDA to further expand their learning


Pirate of the Month
N. Freeman

Student of the Month
A. Hernandez 

PACE campus is proud to recognize N. Freeman as Pirate of the Month and A. Hernandez as Student of the Month for February.  PACE is proud of the hard work and growth of these young men. It is our hope that they continue to grow stronger. PACE STRONG!

Link to all Athletic Schedules 
Congratulations to Pine Tree's only district champion senior Dominique Cope - 2017 District 16-5A champion in 100 Freestyle (59.44) and 100 Backstroke (1:05.94).  

Cope was also named to the 2016 Best Preps swim team - 2nd team.
Our swim team recently competed in the district meet in Texarkana and had several qualifiers for regionals.  Both boys and girls teams finished second.

Pine Tree's Chelsea Chadwick Headed to Panola College 

Our Lady Pirates are headed to the post season!  Their first playoff game is scheduled for February 13th or 14th.  - Time/place/opponent (to be determined).  

Senior Night will be Tuesday, February 14.  The Pirates play their games at the PTHS Pirate Center, freshman game at 5:00, JV at 6:15 and Varsity at 7:30.  The seniors will be recognized before the start of the varsity game. 
Boys and girls teams started district play January 27.  Both teams have had competitive
pre-season matches and look ready to build on this experience.  Games are played on Tuesdays and Fridays at Pirate Stadium.  Come out and support your PT Pirates!
Our girls and boys started the season strong at the Ore City meet.  Here is a list of our medalists from that meet and how they finished in their weight divisions
BOYS:     Javon Dawson - 1st;   Keith Burkes - 3rd;   Mose Jeffery - 1st

GIRLS:    Ana Juarez - 3rd;   Callie Lightfoot - 1st;   Jacqueline Ramirez - 3rd;   Cyndi Ponton - 3rd

Fine Arts
Congratulations, Choir! The PTHS Choir performed at the UIL Region IV Solo & Ensemble contest Friday, Feb. 3 at ETBU. The following students received First Division Superior ratings (**indicates students that are advancing to State Solo & Ensemble in May).

Chloe Crouch **
Srey Dupree **
Emilee Fowler **
Savannah Harrold **
Bryanna Hosmer **
Hannah Hunt **
Lili Martinez **
Taylor McDaniel **
Megan Oswald **
Elisabeth Pinkston **
Cyndi Ponton **
Sarai Saldana **
Shelby Smith **
Gabi Tanner **
Lydia Bailey
Laura Ford
Eryne Henderson
Heather Presley
Priscilla San Miguel
Rebekah Donnell
Thomas Bradshaw **
Robby Childers **
Daniel Hernandez **
Micaiah Higginbotham **
Braylong Isaac
Edward Mermea
Jeremy Minor

Andrea Ledezma
Rebekah Donnell
Anita Aycock
Srey Dupree
Cheyne Washington
Savannah Harrold**
Taylor McDaniel**
Bryanna Hosmer**
Chloe Crouch**
Kietraille Sutton**
Thomas Bradshaw**
Robby Childers**
Daniel Hernandez**
Shelby Smith**
Emilee Fowler**
Gabi Tanner**
Lili Martinez**
Micaiah Higginbotham**
Kemaro Collins**
Braylon Isaac**


ART Competitions Begin - PTHS Art students will compete at the Regional Visual Arts Scholastic event on February 11 at Whitehouse High School.   Students will have the opportunity to advance to State. Good Luck!


Senior Cristian Najera and Sophomore Gage Ellis

All-State Students depart for San Antonio! Senior Cristian Najera and Sophomore Gage Ellis are headed to San Antonio, TX to participate in the Texas Music Educators All-State Band convention and performances. 

The final performances will be held on Saturday, February 12 at the Lila Cockrell Theater inside the convention center. Congratulations to these students who are both returning for the 2nd year in a row!