Bobcat Connection

Learning. Growing. Collaborating & Achieving @KrumHighSchool

November 7, 2016

Hello Bobcat families!

It’s hard to believe that November has already arrived! Football games, fundraisers, Open House, volleyball games, tennis meets, cross country meets, band contests, pep rallies, concerts, stock shows and Red Ribbon Week have filled our fall with grand adventures. Our students have completed two grading periods and are gearing up to finish the fall semester. Playoffs are in full force and our students are excelling all around.

Before the semester is finished there is still so much to learn. Please remind your student of the importance of completing assignments and staying on top of their academics. If you have not already set up your Parent Portal account, please contact the office and we will assist you. Parent Portal is a valuable tool, providing parents with access to their student’s grades and attendance records. In addition, as you are making holiday plans, keep in mind that students will be administered final exams December 12-16, 2016.

As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to extend my sincere gratitude to all of you for your support. One of the benefits of living and working in a small town is that we have the ability to look out for the well-being of our children. As our community experiences extensive growth, may we never lose touch of the reasons we decided to raise our families in Krum, Texas. We have many reasons for which we can be thankful.

Our community has a reputation of possessing high expectations in academic performance and extracurricular achievements while maintaining a disciplined environment. In a day where the new generation is sometimes mislabeled as apathetic or self-absorbed, our students continue to practice philanthropy and service to others. They are currently conducting a canned food drive to benefit Krum's very own, Special Touch Ministry. Their goal is to collect 21,500 cans..

On November 10th, Krum ISD will have our Annual Veteran’s Day Program to honor all of our Armed Forces. We invite all of you to attend this event. We realize the freedoms we enjoy today were purchased with a steep price. We ask that you join us at Bobcat Stadium at 9:30 a.m. as we honor the men and women who have laid it all on the line for our country.

Again, please contact our office if we can help you in any way. I am proud of Krum High School and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve each of you.

Bobcat Fight Never Dies!

Michelle Pieniazek

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      Senior baby photos are due Friday, the 14th of November.

      These will go on a spread in the yearbook, it only cost $10! All baby photos that are turned in will be returned. You can email Mariette Martin ( and/or Mrs. Lucas' ( if you choose to email the baby photo instead of bringing it in.

      Senior Ad forms are due December 14th

      This is just to reserve your spot in the yearbook, but no material has to be turned in when it is purchased, all the photos and the writing for it are due on February 14th. Attached is the Senior Ad form.

      At the football game Friday (November 4th), yearbook staff will have a table set up in the 1st quarter through half-time, selling yearbooks. Since it is senior night, any senior/senior parent that purchases a yearbook will receive their name on it for FREE!

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      Alternate Bell Schedule for Thursday, November 10th

      On Thursday, November 10th, Krum ISD will host the annual Veteran's Day celebration. KHS will operate on a different bell schedule on Thursday. The program will begin at 9:30 sharp. Lunch times have been adjusted. In addition, we will have a pep rally to honor our Bobcats and Lady Cats as they are competing in the playoffs. This will begin at 2:40. If you are a senior with late arrival, please note these bell adjustments.
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      Congrats to Christian Cofer & Alyssa Taylor on All-District

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      Check Out our Student Produced Newsletter "Krum Connection"

      Students in Coach Clay's Photojournalism class have started an online newspaper featuring staff and students. Each month, students are given feature story writing assignments. This student produced publication has replaced our monthly KHS Bobcat Bulletin.

      Check it out here:

      The Parent Institute Brings Research-Based Tips

      Krum High School has partnered with The Parent Institute in order to bring you the latest research-based tips for parents of teenagers. To access the information you can follow the link below or go to the Krum High School webpage and look under the tab "Parent Resources."

      In case you missed it...

      Our fabulous senior parents and grandparents performed a dance number at the end of the pep rally on Friday. We appreciate their school spirit!
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      Engaged Learning

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      Bobcat Spirit

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      Krum International

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      Wednesday, November 9th - UNT Paint Night

      Every year the University of North Texas provides free programs for seniors to help them have an easy transition from high school to college. It is free to any senior regardless of their G.P.A. or where they plan to attend college. Students may bring their family with them. The next event will be Wednesday, November 9 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The theme of this event will be "Paint Night (Creating Your College Experience)"

      Students will be able to paint their own masterpiece + campus connections. The event will be in Union 314B. All seniors and parents are welcome.

      College Entrance Exams: If you have not taken an ACT/SAT, please register online.

      ACT National Test Dates: Deadline to register: Register at

      $42.50 (with writing $58.50)

      • December 10, 2016 November 4
      • February 11, 2017 January 13
      • April 8, 2017 March 3
      • June 10, 2017 May 5

      SAT National Test Dates: Deadline to register: Register at

      $45.00 ($57 with essay)

      • November 5, 2016 October 7
      • December 3, 2016 November 3
      • January 21, 2017 December 21
      • March 11, 2017 February 10
      • May 6, 2017 April 7
      • June 3, 2017 May 9

      4 Year College/University right out of High School: Ask your counselor for an information sheet or go on-line for entry requirements and application deadline. If you have a score on a college entrance exam that qualifies you for entry, apply. Do not re-test for entry. You must be accepted to be eligible to speak with the Financial Aid Officer. If the Financial Aid Officer tells you to re-test (to improve your scores for more scholarship money), retest at that time.

      Community College: Open admission, meaning that you may enter if you test. You may

      submit a college entrance exam (ACT/SAT), or TSI (locally administered entrance exam). Every community college is different. Contact admissions or look on-line for

      required test scores.

      Transfer Student: A student who completes 30 college credit hours (not including Dual Credit) at an institution of higher education, may transfer to another institution of higher education on their grade-point-average alone. They are not required to present high school transcripts, GPA, or test scores.

      Register with NCAA: Students planning to participate in sports or cheerleading at the college level must register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association and meet eligibility requirements. For complete information, go to

      Request a Transcript be sent to a College/University or Scholarship Program: Go to and click on Krum High School - Departments - Counselor Corner - Request a Transcript. Complete the form and submit it to our Registrar, Mrs. Morrow.

      Apply Texas. Students may go to and apply to any Texas college/university. Be sure to keep your user name/password in a safe place. Counselors do not have access.

      Housing for College. Some colleges/universities require all freshman to live in the dorms (except those that live in the community and commute). Some do not have a policy. You need to check out the housing on campus as soon as you apply. All deposits are refundable if you do not attend.

      The University of North Texas will automatically accept all Krum High School graduates who are in the top 20% of the class. A representative of UNT will be on our campus soon to talk to all Krum seniors that would be interested in attending UNT, top 20% or not.

      FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid

      This is a form that students complete to apply for federal financial aid. Our government will determine your eligibility by your family income and what school you plan to attend. You may qualify for up to $5,815 in college grants. Complete this form now. The rules have changed and you no longer must wait until January of your senior year.

      College For All Texans. This is a comprehensive website for financial aid for Texas students. Google: College For All Texans. Every parent/student should review this site. This website will serve as your personal secretary and match the information that you provide on a profile form to all national scholarships. They will then e-mail the scholarship information to you. This service is free. Be sure to change your profile every summer because there are scholarships for entering freshman students as well as graduate students. This is a web site that you will want to keep throughout your college career. There are several websites that will provide this service for you. Many are listed on the Counselor’s Scholarship Page.

      Krum High School Scholarship Newsletter: Go to, click on Krum High School -Departments - Counselor’s Corner - Scholarships. Watch this space weekly - we will publish all scholarships that are mailed to our school as well as additional national scholarships. The “local” scholarships will not be announced until spring.

      Create a College Folder: Keep all of your user names/passwords in your folder. Also document thenames of college personnel that you spoke with and the date of the conversation. Other things to keep in your College Folder: Test dates, Saturday Preview dates (for incoming freshman students), orientation dates, deadline for application, financial aid, housing, registration, etc.

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      Baylor University

      Baylor University in Waco, Texas, is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution.

      Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 89 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.

      Where We Are

      • In Waco, Texas
      • Metro area population greater than 234,000
      • Approximately 1,000-acre campus located on the Brazos River

      Who We Are

      Fall 2015 Enrollment

      • 3,394 new freshmen in the fall of 2015
      • 75.3 percent of entering freshmen were in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class.
      • Mean SAT score of 1230 and mean ACT score of 27.7.
      • 34 percent of the freshman class are minority students.
      • 90 percent of Baylor students receive some form of financial assistance.
      • 16,787 total enrollment (14,189 undergraduate and 2,598 graduate/professional students)


      • 142 undergraduate degree programs
      • 75 master's programs
      • 41 doctoral programs
      • Education Specialist programs
      • Baylor students interact with outstanding full-time faculty from their first days on campus.
      • The student to faculty ratio is 15 to 1. The average undergraduate class size is 26.
      • List of Academic Units

      Campus Life Experience

      • 330 clubs and organizations, including 40 national and local sororities and fraternities
      • Baylor is among the 10 percent of U.S. universities with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.
      • Baylor students, faculty and staff annually volunteer more than 150,000 hours of community service locally.
      • Home of the first campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity
      • 39 percent of students live on campus in 12 residence halls.


      • NCAA Division I, Big 12 Conference
      • 19 varsity sports
      • Women's basketball 2005 and 2012 NCAA national champions
      • Men's tennis 2004 NCAA national champions
      • Four Olympic gold medalists with 10 gold medals won
      • Baylor has finished either first or second among Big 12 institutions in Graduation Success Rate score six times in the last eight years.
      • Baylor has won a combined 65 Big 12 Conference championships (41 regular season, 24 tournament) in the league's 17-year history.

      This site is updated semiannually (usually in December and July) using data compiled from several sources, including but not limited to Institutional Research and Testing, Annual Reports, Student Life and Athletics. Read more Quick Facts at Institutional Research and Testing

      Taken from:
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      The Latest Announcements...

      No Shave November and Pajama Pants

      For a minimum fee of $10, starting tomorrow through the entire month of November you can be shave-free and/or pajama pants. When you make your donation you will receive a green bracelet that must be worn throughout the month. Long pajama pants are permitted. One piece and short pajama shorts are not permitted. Donations will benefit Special Touch Ministries’ Food Pantry.

      Football Playoff Shirts

      We have extended the due date for the First Ever In School History District Champs Football t-shirt. If you would like to support the Krum Varsity Football team please place your order by Tuesday November 8th, 2016, you can drop your form off to me at the field house or to the office of any school.

      PTO Scholarship

      Seniors who want volunteer hours with Krum PTO (so that you are eligible for their scholarship): See your counselor for a link to register and help distribute cookie dough on Tuesday, November 8.

      FREE UNT Events

      UNT is offering free events for seniors. It does not matter whether you plan to attend UNT in the fall or not - you are invited. These events are informative and help seniors transition from high school to college. The next free event is Wednesday, November 9 in Union 314B, from 6 - 8 p.m.

      Seniors from all over the area will paint a masterpiece to be used in your college dorm room. It's free, it's fun and you will get valuable information about college. Make plans now to attend.

      Attend Texas Tech University

      Seniors attending Texas Tech: Housing opens November 7. Deadline to apply for Tech Scholarships is December 1.

      Community Service Opportunity

      “Backing the Blue – Denton.” We raise funds to provide support to families of fallen officers. We are hosting a family friendly event on November 19th and are looking for volunteers. If any students or organizations are looking for community service hours, we will be happy to have them. We are a not for profit organization and will be happy to sign off for hours worked.

      Contact Janie Torres for details: 940-390-2143 or or

      Saturday School - November 5th

      State law generally requires students to be “in attendance” for at least 90 percent of the days or minutes a class is taught during a semester or year. All absences from class, excused or unexcused, are counted in determining whether a student has met attendance requirements for credit or a final grade.

      Saturday School will be offered Saturday from 8:00 – 12:00. There is a fee of $25.00 per student per Saturday.

      2016 Food Drive

      Campus Goal = 21,500 cans

      What YOU can win...

      Monday, 11/7: Math - Bring 10 cans to your math teacher and receive FREE homework pass.

      Wednesday, 11/9: Social Studies - Bring 10 cans to your social studies teacher and receive 10 bonus points on a test in the 3rd six weeks.

      Monday, 11/14: English - Bring 10 cans to your English teacher and receive FREE homework pass.

      Wednesday, 11/16: Science - Bring 10 cans to your science teacher and receive 10 bonus points on a test in the 3rd six weeks.

      NOTE: All cans brought will be put towards your class total.

      What your CLASS can win…

      Week 1 (11/7-11/10): The class with the highest total will be allowed to wear a hat on Tuesday, 11/15

      Week 2 (11/14-11/18): The class with the highest total will be allowed to wear a hat on Tuesday, 11/29

      Overall Class Winner: Pizza Party in December!

      Class Can Locations…

      Seniors - Riney (rm 306)

      Juniors - R. Baker (rm 300)

      Sophomores - Jackson (rm 105)

      Freshman - Penry (rm 301)

      Class Goal...

      Seniors = 7,017

      Juniors = 6,018

      Sophomores = 5,019

      Freshman = 4,020

      Most Needed Items:

      Food: spaghetti noodles & sauce, canned tuna or chicken, SPAM or Vienna Sausages, dried beans & rice, canned veggies & fruits, peanut butter & jelly, cereal, chili & soup, Ramen, spices

      Toiletries: 4-6 roll packs of toilet paper, toothpaste & toothbrush, shampoo & conditioner, bar soap, razors, deodorant

      Krum Connection

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      Wisdom from The Harbor

      Krum High School

      The mission of Krum ISD is to offer a quality educational system that provides for the needs of all students, parents, staff, and community members.

      Michelle Pieniazek, Principal

      Bernard Lightfoot, Assistant Principal (A-K)

      Lindsey Oh, Assistant Principal (L-Z)

      Judy Smiley, Counselor (A-K)

      Angela Borchardt, Counselor (L-Z)