May 21, 2013 | | Leave a Comment
The Pine Tree ISD School Board named Vanessa Robinson as principal of Pine Tree Junior High School in a special board meeting, May 20, 2013. Robinson, is a native of Longview and completed her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and Master of Education in Leadership from University of Texas at Tyler.
“I am honored to have been selected as the new principal for the Pine Tree Junior High School,” said Robinson. “Pine Tree not new to me. I have two daughters, Casey and Amber, who began Kindergarten in Pine Tree ISD and continued their education here through graduation. I believe that all students can be successful when family members, teachers and administrators work together as a team.”
She brings with her 16 years of experience in education: three years as an education counselor with the federal TRIO program, eight years teaching Math and Science at the Middle school level, and two years as an assistant principal at the Pine Tree Junior High School. The last three years, she has served as an assistant principal at Pine Tree High School.
“We are very happy to announce that Vanessa Robinson will serve as principal at Pine Tree Junior High campus,” said Dr. TJ Farler, Superintendent of Schools. “She is an outstanding leader who will continue to build on the strengths of the campus and the district, by advancing a strong vision for the students and staff.”
Robinson succeeds Clay Gillentine as principal, who resigned earlier this month.
Pine Tree ISD campuses, tax office and central administration will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.
Classes and offices will resume business on Tuesday, May 28th. Save the date for ExCEL High School graduation, May 30th and Pine Tree High School Graduation, Friday, May 31st, which is also the last day of school for all students.
May 12, 2013 | | Leave a Comment
School Board Election:
Following the closing of the polls, unofficial election results show voters reelected incumbents, Terre Dunn, Place 4 and Charley Peck, Place 5. Voters also voted in Will Adamson for Place 3, which was vacated by Linda Davis, who resigned after serving the PT Board of Trustees for 6 years.
Elections results will become official upon canvassing at the May 20, 2013, School Board Meeting.
Will Adamson – 657
Barton Lee Owens Sr. – 194
Terre Dunn – 686
Charley Peck – 663
Pine Tree Junior High campus was the recipient of a generous donation of five trees, which were planted by the Junior High School students in Communities In Schools for Arbor Day. The students plan to take turns watering the trees twice a day for the rest of the year.
“We wanted to give back to the school,” said Taylor Goggans, Community in Schools Site Coordinator. ”We appreciate the partnership with Lowes to make this happen.”
April 27, 2013 | | Leave a Comment
Pine Tree’s Bryce Alley finished second and Hallsville’s Devin Jackson tied for third at the Class 4A Region II Golf Tournament — both players earning trips to the UIL State Golf Tournament with their performances. Alley finished two shots back of Highland Park’s Scottie Scheffler to earn his second straight trip to the state tournament. Scheffler had rounds of 70 and 68 for a 138, and Alley followed Tuesday’s 72 with a 68 on Wednesday for a 140.
Jackson had rounds of 71 and 75 for a 146 to tie Charlie Click of Highland Park. The event took place at Waterchase Golf Club. Highland Park Blue won the team title with a 581. Highland Park Gold and Prosper finished with 613s. Texas High was sixth (632), Sulphur Springs seventh (641), Whitehouse eighth (646) and Lindale 10th (666). The UIL State Golf Tournament is set for April 29-30 at the Onion Creek Club Golf Course in Austin. Fans can keep up with Bryce as he competes in the state golf tournament today and tomorrow. He starts April 29th at 10:12am, and scores are updated every 3 holes. Go to this link and then to Boys – 4A: http://www.txga.org/UIL-StateTournament.html.
April 25, 2013 | | Leave a Comment
The PT Education Foundation will host a dinner in honor of a select group of Pine Tree teachers tonight, April 25, 2013 at 6:30pm at the PTHS Pirate Center. This event is the culminating activity of a yearlong celebration of the Pine Tree ISD Teachers of the Year, and recently awarded Beacon Teachers. New this year will be a recognition of teachers retiring from Pine Tree ISD. VIEW PHOTOS.
2012-2013 Teacher Honorees include:
Teacher of the Year
Primary Campus- Lori Ashby*
Elementary- Rachel Benton
Intermediate Campus- Rhonda Chinn
Middle School Campus- Susan Curtis
Junior High Campus – Karen Darby
High School Campus- Bonnie Edmund**
*District Elementary Teacher of the Year- Lori Ashby
**District Secondary Teacher of the Year- Bonnie Edmund
2012-2013 Beacon Award Winners
Primary Campus: Student- Zahira Ramirez; Teacher- Esther Zaragoza
Elementary Campus: Student- Jamie Green; Teacher- Charlotte Haygood
Intermediate Campus: Student- Afoma Muojekwu; Teacher- Suzanne Fry
Middle School Campus: Student- Sarah Grissett; Teacher- Susan Curtis
Junior High Campus: Student- Joel Ramirez; Teacher- Mark Perry
ExCEL/PACE Campuses: Student- Maria Lopez; Teacher- Debbie Jackson
High School Campus: Student- Evan Estes; Teacher- Dana Walters, and
Student- Makenzie Smith; Teacher- Dr. Joe Kirchoff
April 24, 2013 | | Leave a Comment
The PT Academic team competed at Regional UIL in Arlington on Saturday.
“Our students represented Pine Tree High School very well,” said sponsor Bonnie Edmund.
Individuals placing 1st-3rd or as a member of a 1st place team advance to UIL State in May.
April 23, 2013 | | Leave a Comment
Christina Nelson, track star from Pine Tree High School appeared recently on KETK as the Trinity Mother Frances Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Athlete of the Week. Nelson is one of the best cross country runners in East Texas. She is the district 5K champion, running it in just under 19 minutes.
She set a school record in the two-mile run at this year’s Lobo Relays and got a top three finish for her age group in the Dallas Half Marathon. Nelson told KETK, she hopes to run in college and was very really excited when she found out she was our athlete of the week. Watch the broadcast at this link.
April 23, 2013 | | Leave a Comment
Eastman Chemical Company and Texas A&M Forest Service partnered to plant trees at local elementary schools in celebration of Earth Day on April 22. Classes at Pine Tree Intermediate were selected to take part in the Earth Day ceremonies that included Eastman representatives Carroll Greenwaldt, Michelle Holyfield and Rick Stolle and Texas A&M Forest Service district forester Matt Wright.Eastman representatives talked with the students about Eastman’s efforts to save energy and emphasized the company’s role in being a good environmental neighbor to the surrounding community.
April 20, 2013 | | Leave a Comment
National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 15-19, is a special time when Pine Tree employees take time to recognize and thank our volunteers. One representative from each campus is also selected and invited to the annual city-wide Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. This year’s event was held on April 16th. The following volunteers were recognized:
Primary: Larry & Jan Nutt
Elementary: Dessie Meadows
Intermediate: Linda Martin
Middle: Terri White
Jr High: Mary Suits
PTHS: Cathy Vestal
PACE: Rex Fennell
ExCEL: Cady Martin
Central Admin: Myrna Graham
PTEFoundation: Janette Boorman
PT Board of Trustees: Terre Dunn
PTA: Angie Krenek