The Pirate Treasure 4/18/2019

Celebrating A Tradition of Excellence at Pine Tree ISD


Texas Day

Kindergarten students participated in Texas Day activities including branding, gold panning, chicken petting, relay races, etc. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this a great day for our students.

Kona Ice

Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Students enjoyed shaved ice from Kona Ice. Kona Ice gives back to the school for every cup purchased to help our students in the classroom.

Upcoming Kona Ice Dates:

May 3rd-Kindergarten Field Day

May 28th-Primary Circus Outside Centers Day

WOW Museum Visit

Prekindergarten students visited Longview World of Wonders. They created a volcano, played dress up and experienced all the activities WOW has to offer.

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Birch Elementary

D.E.A.R. Day: Friday, April 12th was National Drop Everything and Read Day in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday. Birch Elementary celebrated by holding an extended morning reading time.

This special holiday was created to encourage families and schools to make reading a priority in their everyday lives.

First Grade Visits Caldwell Zoo

Birch Elementary first graders visited the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler on April 9th. Earlier in the semester, the students completed an animal research project which prepared them to identify and connect with the animals on their field trip. The students enjoyed spending time with their classmates, teachers, and parents during this fun-filled and educational day.

National Library Week and “Reading Happens Everywhere” Winners

Birch Elementary celebrated the Birch Elementary library during the week of April 8th-12th. Adrian Pena and Kaylee Vizueth won the “Reading Happens Everywhere” backpack and book drawing. Several students submitted photos of reading in unusual spots.

During the 2018-2019 school year, over 33,478 Accelerated Reader points have been earned at Birch Elementary School, and over 58,116 books have been circulated through the Birch Elementary library! Our students know that Readers are Leaders!

Birch Honors Assistant Principal Sharon Smith

Birch Elementary celebrated our wonderful Assistant Principal during the week of April 8th-12th. Sharon Smith does an amazing job in leading our students and faculty. Her positive attitude brightens our campus each and every day.

Parkway Elementary

Parkway Elementary Adventure Awaits:

(The adventure continues……...)

Spring has Sprung in Second Grade Science

Students in second grade at Parkway Elementary have been studious scientists this spring. The students have been learning about insects and their life cycles. The second graders have had a wonderful opportunity to observe and compare various insect life cycles such as praying mantis, butterflies, and ants. The students use their knowledge of habitats and the food chain to engineer their Critter Containers during a STEAM project.

Also this Spring, they are investigating plants and what their functions are in our environment. They have used scientific tools to observe and identify, then collected their data on a data table and compared it with other second grade scientists through plant rubbings. Students have also used various tools such as ipads to research more information of their scientific inquiries. Students gathered the ingredients they needed to observe the plant life cycle in their classroom as well. Spring has sprung and our scientists are springing into action!

Parkway’s Volunteers are Amazing…

On Friday, April 5th, Mrs. Rojas came to practice high frequency words in English with Mrs. Muñiz’s homeroom class.

In addition, two of our amazing volunteers from Wellness Pointe, Mrs. Ruballos and Mrs. Campbell, also showed their love and dedication to our students and practiced the high frequency words with our little Pirates. They are also helped our students pick out the perfect book this week at the book fair.

Parkway’s 1st Grade Students Present"Yee-Haw"

Showtime - Tuesday, April 30th

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

Come on, dudes and dudettes! Join us for a rollicking western adventure - ride the open range, have a rough ‘n’ tumble hootenanny, share a tale, sing a song or two, and sleep under the stars. This will be night full of western excitement!

5th Annual Parkway Elementary Art Show/Silent Auction is coming…

On Thursday, May 23rd Parkway will be opening the doors at 5:00PM for parents, students and the community. This year’s art show will highlight over 3,000 pieces of student created work. The silent auction will be benefiting Pine Tree’s Backpack Food Program that provides supplemental food for our Pine Tree Pirates over the weekends. Make plans now to attend!

Jolly Roger Jam Band - 2019 Spring Tour - continues…

Parkway In-School Performance -TBA

Performance at Parkway Elementary

Shivers Natural Snow - Friday, May 17, 2019 - 7:00PM

5651 US-259, Longview, TX 75605

2019 Parkway Elementary Art Show

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 5:10PM

Performance at Parkway Elementary

2019 Parkway Elementary 3rd and 4th Grade Award Ceremony

Friday, May 30th 12:15PM

Pine Tree ISD District Auditorium

Do you need a book? - Stomp, Chomp and Read!!

During the week of April 15-April 22nd, Parkway Elementary will be hosting one of the best book fairs in the city. See the attached schedule of events.

Upcoming Special Events:

Parkway’s Field Day - 1st and 2nd Grade

Date: April 25

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 and 12:00 - 2:00

Location: Pine Tree Stadium

Parkway’s Field Day - 3rd and 4th Grade

Date: April 26

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 and 12:00 - 2:00

Location: Pine Tree Stadium

1st Grade Music Program - YEE HAW!!!!

Date: April 30th

Location: Pine Tree District Auditorium

Time: 6:30PM

Parkway’s Art Show

Date: May 23rd

Time: 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Location: Parkway Elementary


Pine Tree Middle School Bingo Reward for 3rd Nine Weeks Perfect Attendance was held on Tuesday, April 2nd. Approximately 310 students qualified to participate. Bingo winners picked prizes ranging from candy bars, stuffed animals, to crazy pencils. The excitement on the faces of the students who were anticipating a "bingo" was priceless. The 4th Nine weeks reward will be held on May 31st.

The winners were, from left to right: Trevor Moore, Anthony Arroyo, Dustin Cole, Lasedrick Polk, Natalie Lopez, Jaida Thomas, Austin Berry, and Davante Williams.

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Junior High

Two Pine Tree students placed 1st and 2nd in the 2019 Region 7 ESC Robotics Competition held on March 29. Tyler Blondrage captured 1st Place Robot Engineering and Programming while Jonathan Hernandez placed 2nd Place Robot Arena Competition.

Congratulations to our PT Pirates!

PTJH Art Students Earn Accolades at VASE Competition

Pine Tree Junior High art students earned accolades at the annual Junior VASE (Visual Art Scholastic Event) held at Moore Middle Magnet School in Tyler on April 6. Twenty-two students participated in this year's competition.

Students were interviewed with their art and received ratings of 1-4 on research and application to work, executive and technique, use of elements and principles of art aesthetics and critical judgment and personal expression.

Students are placed in divisions based on the number of years in art at the middle/junior high school. Division 1 = 1 year, Division 2 = 2 years, Division 3 = 3 years and Division 4 = Advanced level Art 1 in which the student receives high school credit.

Pine Tree Junior High entered thirty pieces of art and three PT students received the highest rating of 4 and a platinum medal which is the top 10% of the regional event.

Platinum Winners

Evelin Montano - (Middle School) - Division 1

Madalyn Scaggs - Division 2

Dulcie Troquille - Division 4

Other students receiving a rating of 4 and earning a regional medal are:

Ariana Duff - 2 artworks - Division 4

Natalie Hunt - 2 artworks - Division 4

Alyssia Leary - Division 1

Katelyn Marsh - 2 artworks - Division 2

Mackenzie McConnell - Division 4

Genseis Olvera - Division 2

Paulina Rodriquez - Division 1

Sandra Rodriguez - 2 artworks - Division 4

Kayla Rogas - Division 4

Samantha Slack - Division 4

Dulcie Troquille - Division 4

Cristian Vasquez - 2 artworks - Division 4

Herminio Mercado - (Middle School) - Division 1

Juliana Sims - (Middle School) - Division 1

Pine Tree students receiving a rating of 3 include:

Jacob Brace - Division 1

Aaniyah Clark - Division 1

Sage (Nick) Dillingham - Division 1

Kayla Rogas - Division 4

Keaton Duncan - Division 1

Samantha Slack - Division 4

Sarah Wilson - Division 1

Genesis Olvera - Division 2

The contest art will be on display at the end of year art show on May 7 at 6:00 p.m. at Pine Tree Junior High.

High School

Winter is over, spring has arrived, prom has been held and the final six weeks at Pine Tree High School is now under way. Saturday night, several hundred seniors gathered at Pinecrest Country Club for the Pine Tree prom, battling inclement weather during the day to get ready to have the time of their lives.

The rains quit mid afternoon, allowing seniors to have pre-prom photos and dinner before gathering at the local country club for dancing, snacks and fellowship. G-Force was the location for after prom activities.

Following that night of fun, the Leadership Class, under the direction of Caity Rutledge, headed to state convention and three days of activities. Also, UIL returned from regional competition in Prosper where eight to ten Pine Tree students competed for places in state.

Students took STAAR tests and held district track, tennis and other events. The area track meet was held on campus Wednesday at the stadium, giving athletes the chance to advance to regionals.

Students are now preparing for graduation, and the underclassmen are getting their classes ready for next year. According to administrators, it has been a smooth year and they are expecting an easy path into the end of the year and graduation.

Seniors are busy turning in information and photos for the senior slide show at graduation, getting classes completed and making preparations for that day in May when they can cross the graduation stage.

Other students have STAAR tests to take and pass before the end of school, so they can prepare for summer and get ready for the next year. In addition, there are still competitions with choir, band and others to prepare for as well.

ExCEL High School of Choice

ExCEL is proud to recognize two special young scholars who represent the very best of ExCEL High School of Choice. First, we celebrate Terrell Swindle as our Student of the Month. His charm and friendly demeanor combined with his intellectual capabilities make him popular among the student body.

We also celebrate James Bearden as one of our young scholars. For much of the year, James struggled academically and with his work ethic. However, the last two months he's been on fire. He is now one of our top performers who is a model for other students when it comes to resilience and perseverance.


On Friday, April 12, Pine Tree PACE Campus SAVE Promise Club along with approximately 90 student representatives from Pine Tree ISD and Longview ISD, members of the local community, and local agencies gathered in recognition of National Youth Violence Prevention Week (4/8/19-4/12/19). The Unite in Action Day Forum focused on the theme: Be a SuperHero: What’s Your SuperPower?

Student representatives from Pine Tree ISD and Longview ISD worked together to connect the “Unity Chain” to signify the official opening of the forum. Longview City Councilman Ed Moore presented Principal Shalonda Adams with a mayoral proclamation stating that Friday, April 12, 2019 be recognized as National Youth Violence Prevention Day in the City of Longview, Texas.

The Speaker Series included: Lt. McCarter- Longview Police Dept, Sheila Blankenship- Parent Survivor of Youth Violence, Coach Jim Manning - PT FCA Leader, Daniel Stuard - PT Behavior Coordinator, NaTusha Howard - Longview Teen Court Director, and Emmett Shankle - Spoken Word. Special thanks to Pine Tree ISD staff members who served in key capacities: LaDarian McGee, Dr. Eric Cederstrom, Dr. Valerie Baxter and Stephen English. Whitney Pierce of Partners in Prevention Coalition for Drug Free Youth engaged the adults and youth in a small group focus session on recognizing the influences of violence in the community and how drugs may contribute to violence. Judge Tim Bryan, Community Leader, closed the forum by leading all in a pledge to youth violence prevention. The forum was co-sponsored by Hope for Youth of Partners in Prevention.

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Hero Hope Notes Service Project

The Unite in Action Service Project for this year is Hero Hope Notes in honor of every individual that works in one of the city’s three school districts.

The goal is to ensure that each employee receives a hope note of encouragement through this effort. We are inviting everyone to participate in this endeavor, especially students and parents.

Project deadline is May 3, 2019. For more information, contact PACE at 903-295-5130.

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2018-2019 PTISD Board of Trustees

Frank Richards, President

Anthony Tanner, Vice President

Jim Cerrato, Secretary

Dr. Melanie Roudkovski

Adam Graves

Dr. Kerri Daugbjerg

Mike Smith

PTISD Superintendent

Steve Clugston - 903-295-5022

Campus Administration

Cristi Parsons, Primary Principal - 903-295-5095

Derrick Conley, Birch Elementary Principal - 903-295-5120

Melanie Keoun, Parkway Elementary Principal - 903-295-5151

Mickey White, Middle School Principal - 903-295-5160

Vanessa Robinson, Junior High Principal - 903-295-5081

Cindy Gabehart, High School Principal - 903-295-5031

Cleo Wadley, ExCEL High School of Choice - 903-295-6753

Shalonda Adams, PACE Principal - 903-295-5130