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The Pirate Treasure
celebrating the excellence of Pine Tree ISD

   Pine Tree Primary - Our Littlest Pirates 
During Pine Tree Innovation Showcase, a few of our bilingual friends in Mrs. Ruiz' class demonstrated how they are learning to build using robotics. These students were able to follow instructions and solve problems while building their models.  They also used their ipads to modify and run their programs using Bluetooth technology. Students built a helicopter, a race car, and a robot that can drive and turn in different directions, plus a model of a bee flying around a flower full of pollen.
Primary Campus is putting in a few incentives to encourage attendance. 
every day - all day.  Each week in April, the office will draw 4 student who have been present every day the week before (no absences, tardies, or early check-outs). Students will get to pick out a kite and will be invited to a kite party on May 5th!


Upcoming Events: 

April 10-13 - Book Fair   

April 13 - EGG-citing learning based Egg Hunt - NO CANDY

     April 21 - Texas Day 

      May 12 - Field Day

      May 22 -  Attendance for students with 2 or less absences

    May 24 - Champs Reward Party for Students with behavior grade above 90!

      May 25 - Kindergarten Graduation 

      May 26 - End of Year Parties 

  Birch Elementary 

Do you hear that beat?  It's the sound of people entering the theater on the most famous street in the world!  Welcome to Broadway!  Come enjoy musical highlights from over a century of song and dance featuring Birch Elementary 3rd graders.  The show starts at 6:30 pm on April 11th at the Pine Tree Road Auditorium. 
Parkway Elementary 
"Growing Greatness.....Whatever it takes!"

Parkway Elementary.... Subtraction Clinic

2nd graders at Parkway Elementary have been sick with Subtraction-itus.  The doctor ordered the students to visit the Subtraction Clinic on March 10 to be treated.  The children received a shot of "pound it out and count it up", a prescription for "regrouping", and a big dose of "math action words".  The objective was for all students to leave the clinic with a "clean bill of health", feeling happy, and having a great grasp of subtraction.
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A Fun Music Note for 4th Graders

On Wednesday, March 22nd, the Piney Woods Bagpipe and Drums came to Parkway.  This group is comprised of some of our very own Longview Firefighters and Firefighters from the surrounding East Texas area.  Their presentation consisted of the history of the bagpipes, fire prevention and a mini concert. 

    Camp Read a Lot - Kick OFF!

First and Second grade students enjoyed a Camp Read adventure as they dove into many many incredible books on their week of camping and reading.   KEEP READING - Parkway!




Mrs. Higginbotham recently had a "Book Tasting" in her room. It was created to help students "taste" different genres within their reading levels and interests. She created a restaurant in her classroom with table settings, music, and a menu. 

Students were given the opportunity to choose from books from the genres of fiction, literary non-fiction, expository, persuasive and poetry. After making their selection students were given five minutes to complete their menu. The menu consisted of questions about genre and opened questions that are part of the Lead4ward Academy. 

This creative activity gave students a classroom filled with great ambiance paired with high-interest books and students were fully engaged and on task while discovering new authors and text.

Mrs. Higginbotham also featured her "Book Tasting" at this year's Innovation Showcase.

Pine Tree  Junior High 

Fishing coach, Clay Nyvall, reports that the Pine Tree Fishing Tournaments are improving with each tournament!   With only one more tournament left before the Championship, they have four teams that could possibly qualify: however, the next tournament could change the standings.

Lake O' the Pines Tournament Results:

22nd -  Alex Aguliar
28th - Merrick Taylor and Connor Mayeux
29th - Christian Arevalo
42nd - Kevin Jackson
50th - Hudson Finely
62nd - Lance Williams and Jacob Carter

PTJH Receives New Keyboards for iPads

The JH ELA department received new keyboards for the students to use with their iPads during class. Physical keyboards enable students to type faster and offers more features. While using a physical keyboard, students are able to view the entire screen instead of using half of the screen for the onscreen keyboard.

Robin Wright's ELA students work on a Nine Square
 activity  using the new keyboards

Pine Tree High School News 

High School Motoring toward Graduation Day
One round of STAAR testing has been completed and Pine Tree High School is motoring toward Graduation Day on May 26.

Students were busy last week with Biology, English I and English II STAAR, keeping teachers and administrators bustling with room changes, students in and out and other activities that always accompany testing days.

The testing cycle went very well, according to high school counselors, and now they are preparing for another round in just a few weeks. After that, graduation activities take center stage as well as planning underclassmen schedules for next year.

The Junior League was hosted for lunch on Wednesday, bringing a large number of important guests to the campus. They were greeted by BUCS and then serenaded by band and choir members along with seeing various other student groups display things from their classes. Each guest was also given a special coin minted and poured in the Robotics and Engineering room.

Seniors are ready for graduation with only six weeks remaining, and over 250 of them are ready to don their caps and gowns on May 26 and cross that stage into their future. Counselors are busy working on Top 10, Top 10 Percent and other items that will appear in the graduation program. The valedictorian and salutatorian will also be announced in the next few weeks.. Students are busy finishing their classwork so that there is nothing in front of them but exciting Senior activities.

Sports is coming to a close for the year, with softball, baseball and track still having regular season events. Track will have district next week, and softball and baseball will finish toward the end of the month. Golf finished district Tuesday and will send individuals to regionals in a couple of weeks.

Coach Robin Herber has been named the Longview News Journal Coach of the Year, according to Athletic Director Coach Jody Berryhill.  He said this was a great honor for Coach Herber and he is proud of the effort her team gave this year.

The yearbook has been sent for final printing and will be ready for distribution on May 13.  Almost all of the 200 books have been sold, so students who still have not purchased one will need to do so soon.

Band is still competing on different levels, and choir performed this week at the Belcher Center in a special concert. Art is also still having students complete work for various contests and competitions.

Students will soon cast ballots for class officers for the coming year, and Senior Superlatives and Mr. and Miss PTHS and Most Likely to Succeed winners will be announced.

Pine Tree High School is motoring toward the end of the year and graduation. It should be a wonderful ride into summer.


This week at Pine Tree Excel High School of Choice we jump started our week participating in #NYVPW (National Youth Violence Prevention Week). Principal Barnett engaged our students in an interactive conversation and activity on tolerance.

Our topic Monday was Immigration Myths. Other actions for NYVPW include discussions such as Manage Your Anger, Don't let it Manage You, Resolve Conflicts Peacefully, Support Safety. 

P.A.C.E. is proud to announce first year teacher Coach Brandon Boyce as our Spring 2017 Pirate Pride recipient.


Coach Randy Castleberry has been a valuable addition to our P.A.C.E. Campus  this year. He is
the P.A.C.E. Teacher of the  Year because of his 
intentional work  and innovative leadership.

Southside Bank employees engaged students in a Financial Literacy Session on March 30, 2017. The students learned how to fill out deposit slips, balance an account ledger, and the proper way to monitor personal bank accounts.
The students interacted in a Q&A session and were very reflective about their new knowledge of checking and savings accounts.
We are so thankful for our community partners who support our students and staff.



Marissa Gary was named to the All-East Texas First Team and had the honor of playing in the 14th Annual Azalea Orthopedic All-Star game last Saturday, April 1st at Tyler Junior College.

Coach Robin Herber was been named All-East Texas Coach of the Year! -  All-East Texas Basketball: Girls Superlatives
Spring football will begin on April 24th, with the Spring game scheduled for May 19th.
Pine Tree Football Boosters are hosting a golf tournament on Friday, April 28th. You can find more information here.  PT Football Booster Golf Tournament
Our Pirates have games this week at Texas High and Sulphur Springs. Sulphur Springs begins the second round of district. Home games are held at the Pine Tree Field of Dreams located at Pine Tree High School, JV games starting at 4:00 p. m.and varsity games at 7:00 p.m.

Fine Arts 

Kick Hat!
The Precision Drill Tream is busy preparing for their Spring Show, "Road Trip Across America." Performances will be Thursday, 4/6 through Saturday, 4/8. All performances are at 7:00 PM at Pine Tree Road Auditorium. Tickets available through the following link:

Good Luck at UIL Contest!  Pine Tree ISD has more groups participating in UIL Music Contests than any other district in East Texas, according to Don Lawler, Region IV Music Secretary.   

Parents and educators are welcome to attend any of these events:
Monday, April 10 - Pittsburg First Baptist Church
JH Choir UIL Competition
7th Grade JV - 1:55 PM
8th Grade Varsity - 3:35 PM
Tuesday, April 11 - Pittsburg First Baptist Church
High School Choir UIL Competition
Chorale - 10:55 AM
Express - 2:55 PM
Wednesday, April 12 - Mt. Pleasant High School Auditorium
HS Band UIL Competition
Concert Band Sub Non-Varsity - 2:45
Symphonic Band Non-Varsity - 4:45
Thursday, April 13 - Mt. Pleasant High School Auditorium
HS Band UIL Competition
Wind Ensemble Varsity - 2:55
Thursday, April 13 - Central Baptist Church, Marshall
MS Choir and JH Boys Choir Competition (non UIL)
Performances around 11:00



Pine Tree Middle School Band will have an Instrument Selection Night on April 18 th  for all 5th graders (incoming 6th graders) that are interested in joining Beginner Band next school year.  

Parents and students are invited to come to the Middle School Cafeteria between 4:30 and 8:00pm to try out different band instruments and to meet the Beginner Band Instructors.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions about our Pine Tree Band Program.  Please contact Mrs. Sims at  with questions about this event.  Hope to see you there!