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Jan. 24, 2018 at 11 a.m.

Girls in Technology presentation

Members of the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment team at Pine Tree Independent School District have been invited to present at the STEMCON conference in Chicago on April 20. Presenters are Robin White (lead presenter), Dr. Daya Hill, Michele Walker, Dr. Lisa Mullins, Kalli Vanmeter and Kelli Hendrix.

STEMCON is a national conference for administrators and educators from around the nation that come together and share best practices in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The district was selected because of its passion for inspiring girls to become more involved in STEM-related careers.

The conference presentation will be the district's Girls in Technology event.

The goal for the presentation will be to create passion in other schools around the nation to begin a GIT event of their own.

"It is so exciting to know that PTISD will have to opportunity to indirectly change the number of girls that participate in STEM around the nation," White said.

During the presentation, the team will share with participants the steps and information necessary to host their own event. Each participant will leave with a packet that includes technology stations, lesson plans, parent notifications, invitations and a timeline for planning.

Hudson Pep applications

Applications are being accepted at Hudson PEP Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year.

Deadline is Feb. 16 for students entering first grade next year, and April 27 for students entering second through fifth grades.

Hudson PEP is a districtwide school in Longview ISD for students who perform in the average to above-average range in grades 1-5. Applicants for first grade must be at least 6 years old by Sept. 1.

Children currently enrolled at a Longview ISD campus must submit applications to that campus. All others, return applications to Hudson PEP Elementary at 1311 Lilly St., Longview, TX 75602 (private and out of district).

Each student who applies to attend Hudson PEP will be given an achievement test and an aptitude test. Out of district applicants must pay a $65 testing fee. No test fee will be refunded if your child is not accepted or if parents decline placement.

LISD Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox said the district will host a series of public events to help inform the public about the programs and facilities of Hudson PEP.

"Parents of kindergarten students are invited to attend informational meetings at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, while parents of first- through fifth-graders are welcome to visit at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17," he said. "Longview ISD will also provide campus tours, childcare, and interpretation services to attendees."

To sign up for free transportation to and from any of the events, contact Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jody Clements at or at (903) 381-2235.

Deadline is Jan. 27 to sign up for free transportation at the February meeting. Deadline for free transportation is April 4 for the first through fifth grade meeting. Parents who sign up for free transportation will be picked up and dropped off at their student's home campus.

"Please also note that the district will provide students at each respective campus with tours of Hudson PEP Elementary School during regular school hours this semester," Wilcox added. "Longview ISD will notify parents in writing of the date on which their child is scheduled to tour Hudson PEP."

The goal of Hudson PEP is to develop the whole child — academically, socially, creatively, physically and morally. A planned enrichment program (PEP) is part of the curriculum and an integrated character education program, highly involved parental support, nurturing staff and motivated students help form the foundation for strong self-confidence.

Students have the opportunity to participate in music, art, physical education and computer with certified teachers in all grades. The program also includes a hands-on STEM program. In fifth grade, students may participate in band or choir. A strings program is offered for students in grades 3-5.

Applications can be downloaded from the district's website. For information, call (903) 803-5123.

Hudson PEP Enrollment Timeline

  • Jan. 8: Hudson PEP application letters mailed to all LISD students entering first grade.

  • Feb. 6: An informational meeting is planned for 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. for all parents of children entering first grade at Hudson PEP.

  • Feb. 16: Applications for students entering first grade are due.

  • March 6-9: Testing for students entering first grade.

  • March 20: Hudson PEP application letters will be mailed to all students entering second through fifth grade

  • April 17: An informational meeting planned for 6 p.m. for all parents of children entering second through fifth grades at Hudson PEP.

  • April 27: Applications will be due for students entering second through fifth grades

  • May 15-19: Testing for students entering second through fifth grades.



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