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Sandra Soltau
Sandy Soltau 
Contact Information
Office: PTHS Counseling Center
Phone: 903-295-5031 ext 232
[email protected]

 

My name is Sandy Soltau and I've been working for Pine Tree High School for 12 years. This is my third year in the counselor's office and I am enjoying my work here very much! 

I earned my B.A. degree from Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, MI.  I also have a M.A. degree from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and a M.Ed. from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI.

I have been married to my husband for 24 years and we have 3 grown daughters, all attending UT at Austin in both undergraduate and graduate programs there.  We bleed burnt orange (Hook 'em Horns!) and love spending time with our kids, ET football and traveling. Please contact me if there is anything that I can help you with this year! 

  • Every fall sophomores take the PSAT test. This is a 4-hour, timed test given to sophomores and juniors. This test is a good college-readiness indicator, and also gives you a "sneak-peak" at what the SAT test is like. The SAT test is taken by juniors and seniors around the United States. It is one of the tests that colleges look at when you apply. The PSAT serves as a valuable tool in getting ready for college.

    FAQs about the PSAT:

    • When does PT administer the PSAT? The PSAT is administered in the month of October, the date TBD by College Board.
    • Where is the test given? It is administered on the high school campus. You will receive a note the day before telling you what room to report to that morning.
    • What should I bring? You should bring #2 pencils, an eraser, a calculator (the school does not provide them, so bring your own!!), and a sweatshirt in case your room is cold.
    • Does the PSAT cost anything? Sophomores take the PSAT at no cost to them...it's free.
    • Do sophomores have to take the PSAT? Yes, PTHS requires all sophomores to take this test.
    • Do I have to study for the PSAT? Studying for this test is not required, however, you will receive a booklet about the PSAT and it would be a good idea to look it over so that you know what to expect the day of the test.
  • Sophomores, Are you looking for an opportunity to develop leadership skills, meet new people from around the state of Texas, represent Pine Tree High School and get out of town for a few days next summer?!?!?!

    Each year PTHS selects one sophomore to attend a state leadership seminar in Denton, Texas the second week of June. HOBY empowers high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their homes, schools and communities. The selected student attends a three or four-day seminar to participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in the sate, and explore their personal leadership skills.

    Look for information to come out at the end of October for this great opportunity.  If you have additional questions or would like more information, please contact me in the counseling center!

  • It's not too early to start planning for college.  Visit https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/ .  Whether or not you know what you want to do, or where you want to go, this site is DEFINITELY for you.  Go check it out.

    Or, you may want to check out http://www.ownyourownfuture.com/ .  This is another great website to get you started on your future, now!

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The Pine Tree family champions the relentless pursuit of excellence through a compassionate and safe learning environment empowering all students to develop their unique passions and to make a positive impact in a global society.

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