The Pirate Treasure
celebrating the excellence of Pine Tree ISD
  Pine Tree Primary - Our Littlest Pirates 

Pine Tree Primary's fundraiser Big Kahuna kicked off September 26th. The kids are very excited to get started and are hoping to win some very cool prizes!

Picture day is October 3. Brochures have been sent home with students.  Parents can pre-order their pictures online at Lifetouch. 

Our pre-schoolers are adjusting very well to full days!

 Birch Elementary
Pirates Helping Pirates

The Birch Elementary School Pirates held a gently used book drive to collect reading materials for Oak Forest Elementary School in Vidor ISD. Oak Forest Elementary suffered serious flooding due to Hurricane Harvey, and the Birch Pirates wanted to make sure the Vidor Pirates had reading materials to enjoy.  

Birch Elementary Third and Fourth Graders 
Parkway Elementary 
"Growing Greatness.....Whatever It Takes!"
New Kore Chairs - A fun learning experience

Our amazing Parkway Elementary Special Education team received a grant for the Kore chairs from the Pine Tree Education Foundation.  The Kore chairs allow our students to fidget and focus while being successful in the classroom.  Thank you Pine Tree Education Foundation!


 September 19th - Talk Like a Pirate Day

Parkway Elementary students showed off their "Pirate Pride" for the week of Sept. 18-22 by celebrating this fun day in lots of pirate singing, talking and movement in music class!                    
Go Pine Tree Pirates!

Middle School
The end of the first six weeks is rapidly approaching. PTMS will be rolling-out our first reward dates. Students must have received fewer than 7 sign-ins to go to the CHAMPS party at the park. Students who met their AR goal will be going outside for 20 minutes of recess and students will be treated to ice cream. 

STEAM is challenging our 5th and 6th grade students to stretch their thinking process and solve problems. Robotics is getting ready to start and our students are very excited to meet the challenges from other schools. The students are excited about all of the challenges and fun activities!

Pine Tree High School News 
  First six weeks is in the bag at Pine Tree High School

The first six weeks is coming to an end for Pine Tree High School, and the sailing has been smooth for the Pirates as the campus has maneuvered through the first sixth of the 2017-2018 school year.

Changes this year include new assistant principals in two grades, more strict enforcement of tardies and missed classes and more communication between the administration and students.
Cindy Gabehart, principal, said the year has gotten off to a nice start, and she is expecting PTHS to have a great school year.

With Dr. Cliff Lightfoot and Cathy Williams moving to other districts, Pine Tree now has Caci Brinkley and Melanie Bridges as assistant principals with Harold Jackson and Carrie Chandler. Chandler now administrates the seniors, while Bridges oversees the juniors. Jackson now has oversight of the sophomores, and newcomer Brinkley is in charge of the freshmen, the largest class, population wise, on the campus this year.   Bridges has served with Pine Tree in an administrative capacity for a few years, while Brinkley  comes to the high school campus after being on the Excel campus.

Mrs. Gabehart said she is glad for the new additions and feels the administrative team is an excellent one to take Pine Tree through the year and moving forward.   This administrative team has put an emphasis on reducing tardies and missed class time.

Thus far, the emphasis has been very positive and students are not only liking the change but adapting very well and encouraging each other.   Administrators hope the emphasis will impact students academically in a positive way, and allow teachers and staff to have full use of the class time they are allotted.

Administrators have also made it an emphasis to communicate better with students, and that has resulted in a positive vibe throughout the campus. Students are getting to know administrators, and vise versa, and the communication is allowing for everyone to be more positive as they go through the school day.

With such a good start to the school year, Pine Tree is quickly seeing success in different areas. The band has wowed crowds at home and away with their strong performances this year, as has the drill team and auxiliary and twirlers. The volleyball team is at the top of its district, and the cross country teams have three to four runners excelling in every meet.

And, with the end of the first six weeks here, that can mean only one thing - homecoming.

Senior Nominees for Homecoming King and Queen 

Homecoming will be observed on the Pine Tree Stadium turf on Friday, Oct. 6 before the Pirates take on Mount Pleasant. Last year's queen and king, Kam'Ree Williams and Josh Nafrady, will be on hand to crown the new royalty.

Student voting allowed the following to be named as queen finalists and king finalists. Those students are Trenton Altis, Mose Jeffery, David Ritch, Alexis Valencia, Keyanna Kim, Jade Peoples, Shelby Smith and Madison Taylor, and the entire student body will vote on the winners to be announced Friday night before the game.

Junior royalty includes River Ottens and Cheyenne Thurmond.  Representing the sophomore class are Corey Thomas and Kelslee Warwick. The freshmen class elected DeAundre Heath and Amerie Stephens.

All of these individuals will be on the field before the game, and Williams and Nafrady will highlight the evening by crowning the new queen and king.

Before that occurs, however, the annual Homecoming Carnival will be staged in the parking lot outside the cafeteria on Tuesday, October 3 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. The carnival will feature tacos and snow cones, as well as games, face painting and other fun activities for students. Spirit groups will also perform to end the evening and get everyone ready for the game on Friday.

There will be different dress up days for homecoming, and the Student Council and Leadership students will be announcing those soon.

After homecoming, it is a fairly short ride to Halloween, the end of the second six weeks, Thanksgiving and Christmas and the end of the first semester with finals.

So, buckle up. It is going to be a busy, fun and fast and furious ride into winter.

It's Great to be a Pine Tree Pirate

Here at PACE, we are All In and PACE S.T.R.O.N.G.!

The PACE Garden is off to a wonderful beginning with students taking charge of watering and caring for the plants. We are excited about this new component of our program and cannot wait to try the fruits  of our labor during the Summer STRONG Program.

This past weekend PACE SAVE Promise Club participated in the first annual Cupcake Wars at the annual Annual Teen Court BBQ Bash Cook-Off and Festival supporting Longview Teen Court which provides services to the youth in our community. Although our Lemon Drop Cupcakes did not bring home the trophy, we received rave reviews.

It was a wonderful day full of delicious food and engaging conversations about our SAVE Promise Club.  The community response towards a student led anti-violence/anti-bullying organization that is actively making a difference and providing leadership in our school and 
community was exciting and very supportive.  



FOOTBALL: The Pirates begin district play this Friday at Sulphur Springs. Game time is 7:30.

VOLLEYBALL: Our Lady Pirates had a big district win last week over Hallsville at Hallsville!  PT is now 4-1 in district play and in second place. They will conclude the first round of district play at Sulphur Springs this Friday.

High School Parents - Join Remind today!

Keep informed with the latest news for your high school students 

Follow on social media @pthscounselors - hashtags #pths12 #pths11 #pths10 #pths9

Senior Blog:   https:pthsseniors.blogspot.com 

Distinguished Alumni to be honored at Pine Tree's 
Homecoming  October 6, 2017

Two Pine Tree ISD Graduates have been selected as the 2017 recipients of the highest honor awarded to a former student of Pine Tree ISD, the Distinguished Alumni Award. The Distinguished Alumni will be honored during Pine Tree's Homecoming on Friday, October 6 at Pirate Stadium. The Pine Tree Education Foundation is proud to honor:   

Dr. Donald Crino, Class of 1982

Dr. Donald Crino is an anesthesiologist for Centrua Health in Gunnison, Colorado. Dr. Crino served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps where he graduated from Flight Surgeon School with honors. Dr. Crino served as President of the anesthesiologist group while at South Denver Anesthesia. Dr. Crino has taught at his alma mater, University of Colorado Medical School and served as Chief of Medical Staff at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colorado. 

Dr. Gina Mapes Jetter, Class of 1998

Dr. Gina Mapes Jetter is the Medical Director of the Epilepsy and Neurodiagnostic Laboratory at East Texas Medic al Ce nter, Medical Director of the Epilepsy Program at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother  Frances and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science C enter Northeast. Dr. Jetter is triple boarded in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, and Epilepsy .