The Pirate Treasure
celebrating the excellence of Pine Tree ISD

Our Preschoolers in Ms. Storms' class are working on shapes, letters, and sorting colors.

Primary students are working hard in Writer's Workshop and celebrating some of their published pieces.

Please click below for more information on upcoming events.


 Birch Elementary

First Grade Students Discover Soil 

Students explored the soil texture, the way soil looks through magnifying glasses and experimented with different types of soil from potting soil to sand.

First grade students used STEAM activities to have fun with science and a soil investigation.  


Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Birch students completed an array of educational activities to learn about his contributions to our country.  Students learned about Dr. King in social studies classes and created displays to show their learning throughout the school.

Parkway Elementary 
"Growing Greatness.....Whatever It Takes!"





Parkway's 1st Grade Students - Compound Word Day

First grade had an unusual lesson on Friday, January 12. It was Compound Word Day! Teachers, Instructional Aides, and even the Principals joined in on the fun. Each wore a representation of a word that could be put together with another adult's word to make a compound word. The children had to watch for "missing parts" and determine what words were being represented. This helped wrap up a two-week focus on compound words in Language Arts.

At the beginning of the day students thought teachers were wearing odd things around their necks, or pictures pinned to shirt fronts, or even on their heads. Before long, compound words were being shouted out around the halls of Parkway!  Some of the older kids realized what was happening and joined in.

Go Pirates!
Pine Tree Middle

Congratulations to the Math Science Team on their January 20th TMSCA Meet, placing 2nd overall. Medals were awared to the top 5 places. PTMS competitors earned 13 of those top 5 places in 4 events! 

5th Grade Number Sense - Top 5
Ben Bigham - 1st place 
Seth McFarland - 2nd place 
Eryka Furlong - 3rd place 
Sophia Nix - 4th place 
Cread Ray - 5th place 

6th Grade Number Sense: 
Dealyn Evans - 1st place
Jose Aranda - 2nd place
Damil Arogo - 3rd place
Colt Smith - 4th place
Quinton Clark - 5th place
Brayden Haesecke - 7th place
Sarah Wilson - 8th place
Chloe Tesser - 9th place
Preston Armstrong - 10th place

6th Grade Calculator: 
Dealyn Evans - 1st place
Alexandra Sanchez - 2nd place
Jose Aranda - 5th place
Stephanie Viramontes, 6th place
Damil Arogo - 10th place

6th Grade Math:
Brayden Haesecke - 1st place
Jose Aranda - 2nd place
Megan Wolfe - 3rd place
Preston Armstrong - 5th place
Damil Arogo - 6th place
Chloe Tesser - 7th place
Alexandra Sanchez - 9th place
Dominic Balint - 10th place

6th Grade Science:
Alexandra Sanchez - 4th place
Sarah Wilson - 6th place
Charlie Wedding - 8th place
Stephanie Viramontes - 10th place


Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 1: Incoming 5th Grade Parent Meeting. This meeting is for current 4th grade students and their parents who will be 5th grade students next year. The meeting starts at 6:30 PM.

Thursday, February 8: Incoming 6th Grade Parent Meeting. This meeting is for current 5th grade students and their parents who will be 6th grade students next year. The meeting starts at 5:30 PM.

Pine Tree Junior High

Pine Tree Junior High Students participated in The Great Kindness Challenge this week at PTJH.

The Great Kindness Challenge is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement. The Great Kindness Challenge is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible on campus.Using the provided checklist of 50 kind acts, students accept the challenge and show the world that KINDNESS MATTERS!

Student Council members from PTJH lead the School Board members in the Pledge of Alligence.  Student Council members are from left to right DeAceon Jones, Marshall Daugbjerg, Laniyah Nelson, Juliana Diaz and Chloe Chandler.


PTJH UIL Teams Ready for Competition

On Friday, January 19th the PTJH UIL teams stayed late to practice & party! Approximately sixty students and coaches practiced their various  events for a couple of hours. They also enjoyed many games and lots of food. 

The famous Ms. UIL Pageant, where the students had the opportunity to dress up their various coaches, was held. 

The night ended with students that have gone above and beyond in their events getting to silly string or "pie" their coaches. This evening is held as preparation for the district UIL competition that will be held on Saturday, February 3rd.


PT Math Science Team Take 2nd Overall in TMSCA Meet 
        Congratulations to the Math Science Team on their January 20th TMSCA Meet, where they placed 2nd overall. Medals went to top 5 places. PT took 12 of those top 5 spots in 4 events! 

Grant Beakley 1st place, 7th grade
Asyiah Bray 2nd place, 7th grade
Noah Sims 4th place, 7th grade 
Lenore Martin 7th lace, 7th grade 
Fatima Vazque 10th place, 7th grade 
Bryce Willadson 5th place, 8th grade 
Kaleb Hogue 8th place, 8th grade
Isaac Tesser 9th place, 8th grade

Grant Beakley 4th place, 7th grade
Marco Echave 9th place, 7th grade
Jonah Harwood 7th place, 8th grade 

Grant Beakley 1st place, 7th grade
Asyiah Bray 3rd place, 7th grade
Noah Sims 4th place, 7th grade
Zoe Davis 5th place, 8th grade
Bryce Willadson 6th place, 8th grade

Asyiah Bray 2nd place, 7th grade
Lenore Martin 7th place, 7th grade
Nicholas Graugnard 9th place, 7th grade
Bryce Willadson 3rd place, 8th grade
Rebecca Leeson 4th place, 8th grade
Samuel Beall 6th place, 8th grade
Isaac Tesser 7th place, 8th grade
Jonah Harwood 10th place, 8th grade
Pine Tree High School 

Second semester has gotten off to a slow start at Pine Tree due to MLK holiday followed by two snow days, but the pace has picked back up again as the weather warmed and school activities begin piling up in advance of Spring Break, Easter and graduation.

Just before MLK break, the Pine Tree UIL team hosted a competition at the school which involved 22 schools from East Texas. The Pirate faithful were represented in 20 different UIL events, and Math Science lived up to their expected top billing by coming through with high marks. Current Events, debate, journalism and other teams competed well, but Math Science, under the direction of Deborah Wait and Jennifer Cartwright, paved the way for Pine Tree in the meet.

The Drill Team held its formal, the first of the season, and it was well attended by students from the school. Choir will hold a formal on February 3, followed by Cheer BUC on February 10 and the Band Banquet on February 24. 

Juniors are all buzzing right now since their senior rings will be delivered Monday from Balfour and they can officially begin the countdown to their senior year. Current seniors, on the other hand, are expecting caps and gowns and graduation announcements to come in any day, signaling the start of their countdown to walking across the stage on June 1 to get their diplomas.

Class meetings concerning offerings for the coming year were held in the theatre recently, and students are now preparing their plans for next school year so they can successfully complete 2017-2018 and then begin preparations for 2018-2019. Counselors are heavily involved in these meetings and discussions, so students can make the best choices possible.

Seniors are busy completing Pirate University where they learn about enrolling in college, completing requirements for college and getting financial aid. Counselors have had several meetings with them and are assisting seniors every day to make plans for life after they graduate.
Athletes from Pine Tree are also being courted by college, and national signing day is just a few weeks away and will see several PT athletes inking a letter to continue their athletic endeavors at colleges and universities around the country.

Anti-bullying is still a major source of news at Pine Tree, where instances of bullying have decreased dramatically over the past three years thanks to a program led by Assistant Principal Harold Jackson.
Teachers use 15 minutes in their fifth period classes several times per year to discuss bullying and how to best prevent it on Pine Tree campuses. Thus far, it has been warmly received by students and teachers and, again, instances of bullying have decreased dramatically over the past three years.

Athletically, basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball, softball and golf are all in season or getting ready to begin seasons in the next week or two. Track will host a meet on February 24 to begin their year, and all of that means Pine Tree is chugging positively toward the end of another school year.

The yearbook staff has completed a cookbook full of 100 recipes sent to them by teachers, administrators, students and their parents, and these books are on sale for $20. There are only 100 copies, so those who are interested need to contact Mr. Collins at the high school as soon as possible.


T his week, January 22-28, 2018, PACE observes National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. NDAFW is a national health observance linking teens to science based facts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs! 

Coalition for Drug Free Youth presenter, Whitney Pierce, will hold an interactive session on Friday, January 26, engaging the students to ask tough questions about the "Facts" they know about drugs.

With Spring coming soon, the PACE Garden is ready to be planted with early crops; the collards and cabbage currently planted are growing well. As warmer temperatures arrive, we look forward to filling the campus garden with more vegetables and ornamentals such as onions, garlic, peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and okra.

Pine Tree ExCEL High School of Choice Graduates Eight in January Ceremony

The Pine Tree ExCEL High School of Choice will graduate eight in the Fall Commencement Ceremony January 25 at the Pine Tree High School Theatre at 6:00 p.m. 

  This year's graduates are: Sabra Ann Welch, Nehaliz Lynn Ingram, Anthony Rene Moreno, Donald Hunter Walker, Jennifer Montoya, McKenzie Alexa Mendenall, Artaviya O'Shea Haskin and Dani Nicole McDaniel.

Our graduates have worked diligently to meet all the requirements for graduation including accumulating the appropriate number of credits and passing all parts of the STAAR EOC's. What makes this event even more special for these students is that every one of them has dealt with some personal challenge on their journey but have persevered despite these barriers. Congratulations to our graduates!

PTISD GT Program Launches into Summer

Pine Tree ISD Gifted and Talented program is excited to partner with community organizations from across the region to bring you information about how to continue your GT student's learning throughout the summer. Exciting learning experiences and camps will be highlighted at this festive carnival-like event at Pine Tree High School cafeteria on February 6, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  

Everything from engineering, to fine arts, to scientific exploration, and university camps will be represented. Information regarding scholarship opportunities for gifted and talented students to fund these activities will also be provided for your convenience. Additionally, we will explore ways to support your students academic growth by encouraging summer reading in preparation for the 2018-2019 school year. Pine Tree ISD is committed to the literacy growth of all students! Please join us as we blast off into summer learning and celebrate the diversity of our community and partnerships within it.

Pine Tree ISD Summer Launch
February 6, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Pine Tree High School Cafeteria

Fine Arts

Congratulations to PTHS Junior Gage Ellis, who earned first chair in the TMEA Area Band auditions Janunary 12th at Richardson Berkner High School. Gage has now earned a seat, for the third year in a row, in the TMEA All-State Band. 

Pine Tree HS Artists will compete in the Kilgore College Art Symposium Friday, February 2, and in the regional VASE Competition Saturday, February 10th at Whitehouse High School. Pine Tree will send entries in various art mediums, sculpture, digital photography, and digital media. Good Luck!

 Parkway Elementary
2nd Grade Music Program
Tuesday, February 13th
6:30 PM
Pine Tree Road Auditorium


Pine Tree athletes are in the middle of a busy winter, and heading into even busier spring seasons. Both boys and girls basketball are in the middle of district play with boys and girls soccer beginning their district games on Friday, February 2nd. Other sports that will start district play in the next few weeks are softball on Tuesday, March 6th and then baseball on Tuesday, March 13th.

Our district also hosts several events during the Spring. Along with their regular pre-season games, meets and tournaments, the following groups will hold these special events:

* PT boys soccer team will host a JV tournament on January 25th and 27th.
* Baseball will host a varsity tournament at Pine Tree's Field of Dreams February 22nd -24th.
* Track will host the annual Graham-Knowles track meet on Saturday, February 24th at Pirate Stadium.
* Boys golf will hold their annual Twisted 54 Tournament March 2nd and 3rd.


Pine Tree High School senior Gary Wiley has had a lot of interest from college football recruiters this year. He has received several scholarship offers including three Division I offers. His hard work and determination is not going unnoticed. Gary recently talked with our Athletic Director Jody Berryhill about how quickly his high school years have flown by. He said one thing he'd like to tell all future Pirates is to "attack" their dreams/goals! Don't just sit and wait for something to happen, you must work hard for it. Pine Tree Athletics is proud of Gary and can't wait to see what his future holds.


BASKETBALL: Our Pirates, both boys and girls, have started the second round of district play. The Lady Pirates will finish up regular season against Hallsville at home on February 2nd, and the boys will finish regular season at Texas High on February 13th. One of these teams play at home each Tuesday and Friday starting at 5:00 pm.

SOCCER: Both boys and girls soccer teams be starting district play on February 2nd. Girls will host Sulphur Springs at Pirate Stadium on the 2nd with the JV game starting at 5:30 pm and varsity scheduled at 7:00 pm. The boys team play at Sulphur Springs on the same day with the same start times.