The Pirate Treasure
celebrating the excellence of Pine Tree ISD

Our students are back from the holidays ready to learn and have added some new activities  to our Art room!

Thank you to Anna Rodriguez from Farmers Insurance for donating extra school supplies for our campus! 

She is also the grandmother of one of Ms. Melton's students.

Primary Upcoming Events:

Field Trip to Ecoland:  Sinclair, Ramirez and Silvey classes

January 15 - MKL Student Holiday 

 Birch Elementary

Three Little Pigs

Second grade students worked hard before the break on a Three Little Pigs STEAM challenge. Students had to use provided materials to construct a house that would withstand an attack by the big bad hairdryer. Students showed their engineering and creative talents through this activity.

Horace Mann CHAMPS Celebration

To celebrate good behavior for the third six weeks of school Horace Mann brought a dance party to Birch Elementary. 

Students with a 98 or above in conduct participated in the limbo and other fun activities. Birch is so thankful to Horace Mann for making this celebration happen!

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

Parkway's 1st Grade Students - Have A Dream!!

Our 1st grade classes are in the process of celebrating Martin Luther King. The classes are learning about this amazing man by studying his biography. They will also be reading poetry and performing other activities to complete their learning experience.

Parkway's 2nd Grade Students Present........... "Sing"

Come join us on Tuesday, February 13th at Pine Tree District Auditorium for an evening of foot tapping fun and excitement. The singing spectacular will begin at 6:30PM.

Go Pirates!

Pine Tree Middle

The 5th grade Science students have been learning about alternative energy sources. They did a project which showed their creativity and knowledge of the standards they are covering. They had an opportunity to choose the renewable energy source they thought was most useful for our world as we move forward in life. 

They chose between wind power, solar and hydroelectric power. The students did an outstanding job and Mrs. Quada's classes had an opportunity to set up their project in class and do a gallery work to learn about other student ideas in the classroom. They researched advantages and disadvantages of the energy source.


Upcoming Events at PTMS

Coffee with the Superintendent: January 18 -   7:45 am
Come and have coffee and question and answer time with the Superintendent.

Cyber Security Night: January 18 - 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Come and learn how to help keep your student safer on the internet and how to keep an eye on the digital footprint as they grow.

Incoming 5th Grade Parent Meeting: February 1 - 6:30 pm
This meeting is for current 4th grade students and their parents who will be 5th grade students next year.

Incoming 6th Grade Parent Meeting: February 8 - 5:30 pm
This meeting is for current 5th grade students and their parents who will be 6th grade students next year.

Pine Tree Junior High  

Cyber Safety Presentation and 8th Grade Course Selection Meeting

On January 16, 2018 at 5:45 Pine Tree Junior High will host a Cyber Safety Presentation for all parents.  Immediately following at 6:30 p.m. will be the High School Course Selection Meeting for all 8th grade parents.  Both of these meetings will be held in the cafeteria.

On December 7, Pine Tree Junior High hosted the UIL campus competition.  This competition determined which students will represent PTJH at the district competition in events ranging from Music Memory to Science.  The District UIL Academic Meet will be held Saturday, February 3 at Hallsville Junior High.  Pine Tree will be a co-host for this event.   

Pine Tree High School 

UIL Academics Kicks into High Gear

Christmas has come and gone for another year, so that means it is time for Pine Tree's UIL Academics team to kick into high gear and make another great run into spring and the end of the school year.
Pine Tree has a rich history in UIL Academics, and this year should add to that history as the team begins its work Saturday with a meet at home. Pine Tree annually begins the spring schedule with a meet that is well attended, and this year will be no different. 

UIL Coordinator Collin Robertson said nearly 30 teams will be attending the PT meet this year, and others wanted to come but rooms were already full with competitors.
"We feel we have a good group of competitors and will do well this spring," Robertson said. "From math science to ready writing to journalism to debate to current events and social studies, we have students who have been working all year to get ready for these meets," he said. "Pine Tree should bode well in these competitions."

Robertson is in his first year of coordinating UIL but he is not new to competition. Last year, he had several students excel in Social Studies and current events, and combined with Deborah Wait and Jennifer Cartwright in Math Sciences the Blue and Gold is looking for people to reach state for the third year in a row.
The team will go to Mount Pleasant, Hallsville and a couple of other locations for meets this spring before heading into district in April. Regionals and state follow that with the season ending in May.

Other than UIL, choir and band still have competitors looking for state recognition in events this spring. Danielle Warren with choir and Aaron Turner with band will both have a multitude of competitors in regional and state events in the next month or so, and both of those programs are also looking for good results from the young people.

"The program keeps getting better and better because the young people put the work into it to get better," Warren said. "That also inspires others to reach that level as well."

Turner and the Pine Tree Band are already known around East Texas as one of the top programs, 
but he would like that notoriety to stretch across the state with PT band members earning  statewide recognition.

"I am so appreciative of our young people and how hard they work," Turner said. "And, now it is time for that work to pay off as they go to competitions."

Lisa Wright and the One Act Play group also feel that drive for success.   Wright and her cast and crew are 100 percent into working on the production which will enter competition in February, and they are excited about the opportunity they have to move into regionals and state.   Wright is in her first year of teaching at Pine Tree, but she is no stranger to One Act Play success. 

And, she is bringing that experience to a group of students who have missed regionals by one place the last two years and who are ready to take that next step.

Along with competitions, seniors are beginning those last steps toward graduation with the ordering of caps and gowns and graduation announcements. They are also finishing college plans and finding out from their counselors about things they need to finish before May to graduate.

The underclassmen are now having meetings with counselors on their plans for next year, and Pine Tree is presenting an exciting array of courses for students to take along with the core classes they need to graduate. 
Pine Tree is known for its excellent diversity in courses so that students get a taste of a host of professions while earning high school class credit. Pine Tree also offers a wide variety of dual credit classes to allow students to begin, as high school juniors and seniors, to earn college credits.

It may only be 40 school days until Spring Break, but don't tell high school administrators, teachers and students that. They are all very busy moving forward in their academic pursuits, all of which will end up allowing Pine Tree to have another excellent and memorable school year.


Principal Shalonda Adams was recently recognized on behalf of the Pine Tree PACE Campus and the Pine Tree SAVE Promise Club for participation in the Sandy Hook Promise Organization SAY SOMETHING WEEK October 16-20.

PACE SAVE Promise Club was one of 700 schools and youth organizations across the country that brought the life-saving message of Say Something to our students. Students were trained and empowered to look out for one another. They became upstanders, ready to Say Something to prevent an act of violence or self-harm before it happens. 

PACE Students made posters for our halls, and went to the Primary Campus and spoke with students on how to stand up for one another and to stand up to bullying.

Pine Tree High School ExCEL campus is proud to recognize two special young scholars who represent the very best of ExCEL High School of Choice. Christian Serrano is the Pirate of the Month. He has earned this distinction by having nearly perfect attendance this school year and modeling good citizenship at all times. Most impressively, he has completed 10 courses towards graduation since August 2017. 

Our Student of the Month is DeAsia Williams. Not only has DeAsia's positive energy and good will towards others make her popular on campus, she is academically and behaviorally a model student. Her claim to fame is going from a sophomore status when she arrived to ExCEL in August 2017 to senior status by December 2017.

Gifted and Talented Testing - January 17 - January 31

Each campus counselor is working to create and execute a testing schedule that meets the needs of their students and their campus. These tests include both achievement and abilities tests. Further, students product data will be gathered by the GT specialists to give data on student thinking through 3 problem solving scenarios rooted in math, ELAR, and STEM contexts. All of this data combined with the input from parents and teachers will be used to identify new GT students to the program in the beginning of February. Families will be notified by mid-February and a meeting will be held to inform new parents of GT program services on March 7, from 5:30 - 6:30 at Pine Tree ISD Community Center.

Pine Tree Gets Ready for Summer Launch

Pine Tree GT program is excited to announce their Summer Launch GT family night on February 6 at Pine Tree High School from 5:30 - 7:00. Summer learning for GT students will be discussed through the announcement of summer reading books and assignments for grades 3-10. Additionally, many community partners will be joining us with information about summer learning experiences they have available for our children locally! Community partners include Artsview Children's Museum, Longview WOW Museum, Painting with a Twist, Caldwell Zoo, Longview Public Library, local colleges and universities, and many more! 
Bring the family to enjoy this come and go convention style night to gather information on how you can support your child's growth through those crucial summer months. Light refreshments will be served. Mark your calendars now! This is an event that you will want to make sure to attend!

Fine Arts


Good luck to the High School Cheerleaders  who will compete in the UIL Spirit Competition January 12 in Fort Worth.
Good luck to the following High School Choir students  who will compete in the final stage of the Texas Music Educators Association  All-State auditions January 13 in Greenville. 

  Brooke Leath and   Tyrese Smith

Good luck to the following High School Band students ,who will compete in the final stage of the TMEA 
All-State auditions January 13 in Richardson.

 Jack Cheng, Leah Counts, Korbin Davis, Gage Ellis, Allison Knight, Jordan Lampin, Axel Mondragon, Rafael Najera, Maja Palmer, Evelyn Ramirez, Oscar Ruiz, and Ethan Sanders.

 It is Formal Season

Drill Team formal - January 13 
HS Drama formal - January 20
HS Choir formal - February 3
Cheer/Buc formal - February 10
HS Band Banquet - February 24