Pine Tree High School Principal
903-295-5042 - fax
P.O. Box 5878
Longview, Texas 75608
900 Northwest Drive
Longview, Texas 75604
1005 W. Fairmont Street
Longview, Texas 75604
Welcome to Pine Tree High School
Pine Tree High School abounds with opportunities for students and we encourage our students to be leaders in every way. PTHS has many rich traditions and a commitment to prepare our students to be college and career ready. Exciting things are happening here and we welcome you to come see us at Pine Tree High School.
2021 Prom will be held at Pine Crest Country Club at 8:00 pm on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Promenade, after-prom, and senior activities are still pending.
The Pine Tree High School Winter Guard placed 5th in the Regional A Skill Class in a national competition held Saturday in Allen, Texas. This is the first year this accomplished group has competed.
Pine Tree One Act Play
Pine Tree's One Act Play, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, the retelling of the WWII D-Day Rehearsal Operation Tiger, earned Bi-District Alternates at the Sulphur Springs District Contest Thursday. Ashley Jochum earned All Star Cast for her portrayal of Lily Tregenza, DeAceon Jones, Honorable Mention All Star Cast for his portrayal of Adolphus T. Madison, and JaKerra Horne, Honor Crew Technician for her outstanding Lighting Design and Operation. Congratulations, Pirates! #pirateproud #ptisd #dreambigptisd
During the week of "Snowpocalypse", two Pine Tree students competed in an oratory contest. Instead of hosting the event in person this year, Texas Eastman, sponsor of the 2nd annual Black History Essay and Oratorical Contest, held the event online, and students delivered their speeches through Microsoft Teams to a panel of judges. A few days later, Eastman shared the speeches on Facebook during their celebration of Black History Month and their African-American employees, and student winners of the contest were announced.
Junior Erin Brogan placed 2nd, winning a $1500 scholarship. Brogan honored Virginian native Bessie Blount Griffin, the inventor of the first feeding tube. Brogan was inspired to research Griffin because has a family member who uses a feeding tube, and Brogan admired Griffin's indomitable spirit. As a child, Griffin was told by her teacher that she was using the wrong hand to write. In defiance, griffin refused to write with her hands and instead learned to write with her toes. She later served as a wartime nurse, teaching soldiers to write without their hands. She also became a handwriting expert who worked with the Virginia Police Department.
Brogan has also won awards in UIL Ready Writing, Spelling, and math events.
After placing 2nd last year in the inaugural contest, senior Kameron Benefield won the contest this year and a $2000 scholarship. He delivered a moving speech about the Father of the Blood Bank, Charles Drew, a black man who attended college on an athletic scholarship and became the first person to learn how to separate blood in order to provide blood transfusions. His discovery was widely used during the war, and the United Kingdom asked him to lead the development of blood transfusions for soldiers. Drew later decided to begin training young blacks to become leading surgeons after his blood was not allowed to be used for white soldiers.
Benefield won 2nd place in the Eastman contest last year, is a U.I.L. academic competitor, and earned academic all-state for football. He plans to attend Prairie View A&M in fall 2021 as an engineering major.
Congratulations to the following students who qualified for competition in DECA's statewide Career Development Conference, February 10-16. It will be held virtually this year.
Jessica Garcia - Startup Business Plan
Chadea Gipson - Financial Consulting
Kimberly Perez - Principles of Business Administration
For Immediate Release: January 25, 2021
Pine Tree High School Earns College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award
Recognized for Closing the Gender Gap in AP Computer Science Principles
Longview – Pine Tree High School has earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses.
Out of the 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, 1,119 achieved either 50% or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses or a percentage of the female computer science examinees meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population during the 2019-2020 school year. That’s nearly 37% more than the 818 schools recognized last year. In 2020, Pine Tree High School was one of 831 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science Principles, and one of 42 Texas schools recognized.
“During an unprecedented year, Pine Tree High School female students have demonstrated perseverance and dedication in their study of AP Computer Science,” said the Texas Education Agency. “We could not be more proud of Pine Tree High School female students for staking their claim as the next generation of STEM and computer science professionals. We can’t wait to see their passion for next generation technology lead to lifelong success.”
“Pine Tree High School’s students need the power to shape technology, not just cope with it,” says Stefanie Sanford, College Board chief of global policy and external relations. “Young women deserve an equal opportunity to become the next generation of entrepreneurs, engineers and tech leaders. Closing the gap in computer science education empowers young women to build the future they want.”
The first year of AP Computer Science Principles in 2016-17 attracted more students than any other AP course debut, and participation is on the rise. In 2020, more than 116,000 students took the AP CSP Exam—more than double the number of exam takers in the course’s first year, and a 21% increase over the previous year. In 2020, 39,570 women took the AP CSP exam, nearly three times the number who tested in 2017.
Providing female students with access to computer science courses is critical to ensuring gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and to drive innovation, creativity, and representation. The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $88,240 in May 2019. However, a code.org analysis of 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics data finds women represent just 24% of the 5 million people in computing occupations.
That’s why new College Board research about AP CSP is so encouraging. According to the data, female students who take AP CSP in high school are more than 5 times as likely to major in computer science in college, compared to similar female students who did not take CSP. The study also finds AP CSP students are nearly twice as likely to enroll in AP CSA, and that for most students, AP CSP serves as a stepping-stone to other advanced AP STEM coursework.
These findings make it all the more imperative that schools nationwide achieve gender parity in AP Computer Science classrooms. The 1,119 schools that receive this year’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award should serve as inspirations and models for all American high schools, where overall, female students remain under-represented in computer science classes, comprising just 34% of AP Computer Science Principles participants. So there is a long way to go to achieve equal gender representation in the field of computer science. Currently, less than half of the nation’s high schools teach foundational computer science, a clear opportunity to be addressed by strong partnerships between policymakers, the tech industry, and educators
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1701 Pine Tree Road | PO Box 5878 | Longview, Texas 75608
Phone: 903-295-5000 | Fax: 903-295-5004
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