Pine Tree High School Clubs & Organizations

A variety of activities are available for high school students to get involved, learn new skills and meet new friends.  The following clubs and organization range from after school activities to application and try out process to gain entrance into class programs.  

  • Sponsor: Collin Robertson

    The Academic Decathlon is a national contest between high schools composed of a team of nine students. The team must have members which represent 3 categories of students designated by grade point averages. Team members must enroll in the AcaDec class, and be able to attend practice sessions and meets after school and on weekends. 

  • Sponsor: Larry Denkins

    Student athletic trainers are special group of young men and women that are more like "the team behind the athletic program." When injuries or setbacks arise, they’re the group assisting and steering an athlete on the road to recovery.  There will be an applications process every spring to join for the upcoming year. All questions can be directed to Coach Denkins.  On a daily they are covering athletic practices and games by helping with field setup, injury evaluation, and rehabilitation protocols. They are step by step in every phase from injury prevention to injury recovery.  

  • Sponsor: Mindi Turner and Lindsay Brazell

    Prerequisite: Enrollment in Band class and competitive try outs 
    PTHS Band Auxiliary includes both majorettes and flags. Members of the majorettes and flags develop skillful technique, leadership, cooperation, self-discipline and sportsmanship. The team performs at sporting events, community functions and competitions. Members are chosen through a tryout process in the spring and are enrolled in Band during the school year. In addition to regular band rehearsals, team members attend regular after school practices throughout football season attend summer field camp, band camp and conduct a week long summer mini-camp.  

  • Band Directors: Aaron Turner, Brooks Tarkington, Mark Melton

    Courses in band studies at the high school level include a variety of levels.  Each student must complete an audition which demonstrates his/her mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and is then placed in the level-appropriate band.  
    All bands combine to form the marching band which performs at athletic events as well as state-wide competitions.  The performance opportunities for the various bands include concerts, community performances, football games, pep rallies and contests. 
    Students are also encouraged to participate in individual activities such as UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest, Community Band Tryouts, and the All-Region, Area, and State Tryouts.

  • Sponsor: Greg Collins

    BUCS is an organization of well rounded young men who display quality character and enthusiasm. The students promote school spirit, especially at sporting events. Meetings are held once a week for the first two six weeks and then held on an as needed basis for the rest of the year. Students must complete an application, and interviews are conducted. Input from PTHS teachers is taken into consideration for selection into this club for young men.

  • Coaches: Ashley Martell & Amber Harrington, 

    Cheerleaders and spirit groups exist to promote good sportsmanship, good citizenship, and wholesome school spirit and are first and foremost representatives of their school. Members of these groups have a fundamental responsibility to play a leadership role in building teamwork and helping the school achieve its goals and objectives. Because of these responsibilities, members of the cheerleading squad will be expected to maintain a higher standard of behavior both on and off campus and academic achievement than that of their peers.  

  • Teachers: Danielle Warren & Johanna Eppley

    Prerequisite: Audition and enrollment in the PT Express class 
    PT Express is a varsity choir of both men and women that is determined by audition with the representation of the group resulting in a balanced choral ensemble. PT Express performs throughout the community and in at least four concerts throughout the year. Participation includes contests and clinics with UIL and the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). A student must remain academically eligible every six weeks in order to remain in PT Express. Students will be asked to attend rehearsals and events after school and on weekends. 

  • Sponsor: Officer Mars

    The Crime Stoppers Board meets to raise funds that are used as a reward for “tips” that lead to stopping crime, and to manage the Crime stoppers budget. Members vote on amounts to pay tipsters and for items that could be used to prevent crime on campus. Membership is by application and members must: keep grades above 70, not violate school rule or policy, and not violate City, State or Federal law. 

  • Sponsor: Ann Broyles

    The purpose of the culinary arts club is to provide an organization for students who are interested in being creative, learning cooking skills, and having fun.  Culinary Arts Club members prepare food and enjoy eating the results. We do two service projects a year.  One is preparing Thanksgiving dinners for a local family and the second is to work at the East Texas Food Bank in Tyler, TX.  You need to either take a culinary arts class or have taken a class to be a member.  
  • Sponsor: Ryan Stokes

    Prerequisite: Enrollment in Debate class. 
    The PTHS Debate Team is an educational and competitive organization. Students must enroll in the debate class to participate. Debate teaches critical thinking, research, writing skills, persuasive communication, and the ability to see both sides of important issues. It also fosters leadership, citizenship, and self-confidence. Team members practice during class and after school; competitions may include weekend trips. Students may enroll beginning in ninth grade. 

  • Sponsor: Barrow Mitchell

    DECA is a national business organization which provides members with opportunities to develop and compete in the realm of several categories of business. The (4) clusters include Business Management, Finance, Marketing and Hospitality & Tourism.  Leadership conferences are held throughout the year both locally and nationally. Students compete within their district and advance to state and national competitions once they qualify.  Networking is a big part of DECA and the organization has seen recent growth and expansion of opportunities at the college and university levels. While in high school, students gain valuable and relevant skills they can apply.  

  • Drill Team Director: Sommer McBee

    Prerequisite: Competitive Try Outs and enrollment in Dance/Drill team class.  
    Members of the Precision Dance Team develop precision dance technique, leadership, cooperation, self-discipline and sportsmanship. The team performs at sporting events, community functions and produces a complete stage production in the spring. Members are chosen through a tryout process in the spring and are enrolled in the Precision Dance class during the school year. Team members practice during class, and must be able to attend some practices after school and on selected weekends during the year. 

  • Sponsor: Elisabeth McGuire

    FCCLA is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education in public and private school, grades 7- 12. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education. Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, teen violence and career exploration. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life -- planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making and interpersonal communication -- necessary in the home and workplace. 

  • Sponsor: Elizabeth White

    G-TEK (Girl, Guys & Geeks) is a club for students who are interested in finding out more about careers in engineering and computer science. There is a special emphasis in engaging women and minorities. Students participate in a variety of hands-on, design projects and field trips to industry leaders. This club meets Tuesdays at 4 to 5pm, Room 602. The focus will be on introduction to computer coding and software design (Scratch, Sphero) and electronic circuits (Makey Makey). Projects will be showcased in the Spring at PTISD Innovation Showcase and I’m Smart Day. Field Trips include Texas A&M, Joy Global, Eastman Chemical, Perot Science Museum, Letourneau University Engineering, & Waxahacie Chautaqua.

  • Sponsor:

    Pine Tree Interact, the student arm of the Greggton Rotary Club,  is a club for students in grades 9-12, who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care about the most. Our motto is SERVICE ABOVE SELF.  Through Interact, we carry out hands-on service projects, make international connections, develop leadership skills and have fun! 

  • Sponsor: Lisa Wright

    The Thespian society is open to all PTHS students interested in theatre. Membership into the society is earned through active participation in Theatre productions in the school and in the community. The Thespian Society is an international organization and is a life-long membership that has benefits that extend far beyond the high school years. Like other clubs, officers are elected that serve annual terms and meet on a regular basis. 

  • Teachers: Caity Rutledge & Mike Darby

    Prerequisite: Application for Enrollment
    Leadership is for Juniors and Seniors, and requires an application process in order to be eligible to enroll in the Leadership class. Leadership students chair a variety of projects that focus on Pride & Patriotism, Energy & Environment, Community Service, and DASH (Drugs, Alcohol, Safety & Health).  The project committees, which include student council members, benefit the campus and community in a number of ways.

  • Sponsor: Mary Graham

    National Art Honor Society program sets to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community. 

  • Teacher: Greg Collins

    The newspaper staff produces the Cutlass, a student-run publication, which is published quarterly. The emphasis is news gathering, writing and page design using InDesign and Photoshop. The newspaper encourages diversity among its staff members. A strong staff has a balance of males and females, sports-minded and academic types, and people from different ethnic backgrounds; all students are encouraged to enroll. Working on the Cutlass teaches students about the democratic process and press rights and how to cover stories. As members of the working press, students have access to people and places on campus that others don’t. The newspaper, supported through advertising from the community, develops students’ marketing and business skills as the staff earns money to pay for the cost of printing. In addition to class work, students will interview, take photos and work after-school some to complete each edition. Students who wish to be on the newspaper staff may pick up an application from the publications room or from a counselor. 

  • Sponsor: Lisa Wright
  • Teachers: Caity Rutledge & Mike Darby

    Peer Assistance and Leadership Students, called PALS, is an organization intended to provide a field experience for young people who are interested in mentoring younger PTISD students. Participants will be trained in a variety of skills that will enable them to assist others in having a more positive and productive school experience. Students work one on one with students at the elementary level.  Group projects include: Relay for Life, Custodian Luncheon, Homecoming Carnival, Field Day, and Special Olympics. An application for joining the PALS is available in the main office and due during the month of March each year. 

  • Sponsor: Caity Rutledge

    Student Council partners with Leadership students to promote school and community spirit through various projects and service and the following committees: Pride & Patriotism, Energy & Environment, Community Service, and DASH (Drugs, Alcohol, Safety, & Health)

  • Sponsor: Mark Thomas & Richard Westbrook

    Prerequisite: Enrollment in a Metal Trades of Welding class 
    SkillsUSA is a club for students who are enrolled in the Metal Trades, Automotive Trades, or Welding class and are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. SkillsUSA members develop into well-rounded people with technical, academic and employ-ability skills that will help them get a job and have a successful career. Through club meetings, contests, leadership conferences and activities, students will be building these skills. Students who join are asked to pay a membership fee, will receive a membership card, and will be able to enter two competitions held each year. The club elects officers and meets once every two months. 

  • Sponsor: Elisabeth McGuire

    TAFE:  Texas Association of Future Educators is a great organization for students who may want to become a teacher or coach.  TAFE encourages students to learn about careers in education and assists them in exploring the teaching profession while promoting character, service and leadership skills necessary for becoming effective educators.

  • Sponsor: Lisa Wright
  • Teacher: Greg Collins

    Prerequisite: Enrollment in Yearbook Production class Visit the Yearbook Webpage The yearbook staff produces the Buccaneer, a student-run publication, which is delivered each year in May. As a part of creating the Buccaneer, students improve their skills in digital photography and photo manipulation, page design, advertising, marketing, editing and team work. Students can earn desktop publishing credit the first year on staff.  

  • Sponsor: Elisabeth McGuire

    Z-Club is a young women’s service organization sponsored by the Zonta Club of Longview. The club is open to any Pine Tree Female student enrolled in the 10th – 12th grades. The requirements for membership include yearly dues and participation in student officer approved service projects that better the lives of women and children in our school, community and world. Monthly meetings are held after school. Opportunity to join Z-Club occurs once a year.  

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