Pine Tree ISD 
K-4 Gifted and Talented Newsletter

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year

Welcome Back!
2017-2018 PTISD GT Program Goals

We are so pleased to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year.  We have great things in store for our families and their students as this year progresses. Below are our program goals for the 2017-2108 school year.  We are committed to the continual growth of our program to support the high level of achievement and growth of our GT students.  We look forward to working with you to make these goals a reality. 

1. All GT and Advanced students will achieve at the Master's Level on the STAAR test.  
2. Pine Tree ISD will continue to establish itself as the go-to school for GT programs in the East Texas Area through innovative programs meeting our students needs.
3. The work of the Advanced Academics program will support and grow the work of all teachers in the Pine Tree ISD system.
4. We will continue to grow the relationships between school and family through family outreach events and the establishment of a GT PTO.
5. We will explore options to build our middle years program to support students growth to excellence K-12.

Fall G/T Family Kickoff

Save the Date
Fall GT Family Kickoff
October 17
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Pine Tree ISD High School Cafeteria

Mark your calendars for a night you won't want to miss! Pine Tree ISD is pleased to offer an Escape Room experience for our families as they explore out of the box thinking with their student and other families.  A light dinner will be served and then families will be sent to an Escape Room to solve a series of 12 puzzles.  Our hope in this adventure is for families to learn together and expand their thinking skills as we continue to build our PTISD GT family.  

For more details, please follow the link below. 

To sign up, please follow the link below.  Only the first 200 people to sign up will be able to experience an Escape Room.  An alternate, similar activity will be provided for all numbers over 200. 

Summer Reading
3rd and 4th Grade

This six weeks, 3rd and 4th graders will focus on deeper thinking through their summer reading.  They will be creating projects around their reading using technology, G/T Icons, and their imaginations . We will address our STEAM initiative by giving students the option to create their projects using various programs on their iPads as well as encourage artistic creativity and critical thinking skills.

3rd graders will use this as an introduction into storytelling for the Region VII Imagination Fair in October.

Pursuit of Passion

1st and 2nd graders will begin the year by identifying and researching their passions, evaluating and citing sources, and synthesizing information.  After evaluating and organizing information, students will choose how to present information learned through the Texas Performance Standards Project, "Pursuit of Passion". 

In accordance with our District's STEAM initiative, we are incorporating technology to demonstrate and communicate what we have learned.  Students are employing critical thinking and problem-solving skills as they tackle Prezis, PowerPoints, iMovie book trailers, and more.  Stay tuned for the big reveal! 

Calling All Volunteers!
We need YOU!

We are growing our Gifted and Talented program and we need YOU!

Pine Tree ISD is exploring opportunities to include our parents and our community. Some of these opportunities may include volunteering at GT Family Nights, accompanying a group on a field trip, assisting with a learning project, or sharing your specialized skills and talents.

If you would like to volunteer for educational opportunities and events for our students and our families, please contact your GT Specialist or  enter your contact information here.

PT Ponderments 
from the 2016-2017 School Year

"I like it when our teacher talks to us like adults.  Kids can think and do big things.  There is more to us than just being adorable."      
~ Parkway 3rd Grader

"Wow!  You have some really good ideas!" 
 ~  Birch 4th Grader to Birch 1st Grader

"Save the tape!  It's like saving natural resources!  
You gotta conserve tape in order to be successful in STEAM challenges!"
~ Birch 3rd Grader

"G/T time is almost over?  Didn't we just get here?  
I'm not done thinking yet."  
~ Parkway 2nd Grader