Bobcat Connection

Learning. Growing. Collaborating & Achieving @KrumHighSchool

December 12, 2016

Good evening, KHS Family.

Thank you for your support during state testing this week. In addition, thank you for attending the various extracurricular events throughout the week. FFA had a great night at their district banquet, Band had a fabulous holiday concert, Theatre began their production, and our basketball teams have been competing in tournaments this week. Next week will bring even more activities with Choir, Basketball, and FCCLA. We also have final exams to wrap up the fall semester.

We look forward to seeing you at one of these activities. Please note - we normally have a half day on the Friday before the Christmas holidays. With our 2016-17 calendar, Friday, December 16th is a full day.

This week's newsletter highlights Student Council as they collected over 10,000 cans for the Krum food bank. Thank you for your support. National Honor Society and Spanish Club are currently conducting two service projects. Students, we have one week before you get a two-week vacation. Ace your finals and let's make it a great week!

Go Bobcats!

Michelle Pieniazek

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    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.

    Final Exams

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    Final Exam Schedule - December 12th - 16th

    Krum High School will administer final exams December 12th - 16th. Students will take their test during the regularly scheduled class period.

    • Monday - Science and Fine Arts
    • Tuesday - Math and CTE
    • Wednesday - English and Electives
    • Thursday - Social Studies and Foreign Language
    • Friday - Makeup Day for anyone absent earlier in the week

    Exemption Policy:

    FINAL EXAM EXEMPTIONS Exemptions Grades 9-12 (Fall/Spring)

    Students in grades 9-12 will be eligible for semester examination exemptions based on attendance and grades. The following grade/absence criteria must be met:

    ● Semester grade of 80 to 84 and no more than one absence

    ● Semester grade of 85 to 89 and no more than two absences

    ● Semester grade of 90 to 94 and no more than three absences

    ● Semester grade of 95 to 100 and no more than four absences For ALL exemptions, (both semester grades 9-12), the following criteria must be met:

    ● Classes are independent of one another for attendance, tardies and grades

    ● Student owes no fines or fees at the time of finals

    ● Textbooks for the course exemptions requested must be turned in/paid for at the time of the request.

    ● For exemption purposes, three tardies to a class will equal one absence for that class.

    ● With prior approval from High School administration, students may take four college days (two during Junior year, two during Senior year) as an exemption to this policy.

    ● School related absences are not to be included in the total number of absences

    ● Absences for a death in the immediate family, absences coded as Medical Absence or Medical Present, and/or documented religious holidays will be removed from the student’s total absences for purposes of exam exemptions. All campus decisions are final.

    ● Exempt students may opt to take an exam for the purpose of improving their final semester grade. After taking the exam, if the exempt student chooses to drop the exam grade, the teacher should be notified before semester grades are finalized. Once grades are posted it is official.

    ● Students must be present on the exam day(s) for the duration of the exam period(s) for which the exemption is received. If a student failed to attend, the exemption will be voided and they will be required to take the exam on a date arranged through the KHS Administration.

    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:

    Student Council Food Drive A Huge Success!

    The Krum Student Council recently held a food drive to benefit Special Touch Ministries. During the month of November and the first week of December, classes were challenged to donate food and basic toiletry items for the local pantry. Special Touch Ministries services our local community and KHS students collected over 10,000 items! In addition to the donated items, KHS raised an additional $440 from the "No Shave November" campaign. The Class of 2017 won the class competition by collecting 7,484 items. On Monday, December 7th, they received a reward day and a pizza party. The totals by class are listed below.

    • Senior Class - 7,484
    • Junior Class - 1, 626
    • Sophomore Class - 489
    • Freshman Class - 405

    Thank you to everyone who supported this cause through time, treasure, and talents. Thank you to our students making service to others a priority.

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    Community Service is a Priority for Several KHS Clubs

    In addition to the Student Council Food Drive, other organizations are also conducting community service projects. The National Honor Society has been selling candy grams to benefit those affected by the Haiti Hurricane. This is a great opportunity to send a special greeting to a friend while also benefitting a greater cause. December 14th is the last day to order a candy gram.

    The KHS Spanish Club is conducting a toy drive to benefit Cumberland Children's Home. Please bring new or gently used/like-new toys to Mrs. Perez. This is another opportunity to brighten the life of another. Donations need to be received by December 16th so they may be delivered.

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    Krum High School Band Members Make Region Band and Qualify for Area

    Members of the Krum High School Band auditioned for and made the All-Region Band. In addition, several KHS Band members were named 1st chair and qualified for Area. All of these members were recognized at the Band Concert on Tuesday night. Congratulations to our Band members and directors on this success! We are proud of you!

    1st overall Advanced to Area Auditions

    • 12th Grade Sarah Troublefield, Oboe – Symphonic Band
    • 11th Grade Lexi Lerma, Bass Clarinet – Symphonic Band
    • 11th Grade Abby Wimmer, Bassoon – Symphonic Band
    • 12th Grade Hunter Martin, Trumpet Symphonic Band
    • 12th Grade Haylee Emery, Alto Saxophone – Symphonic Band
    • 12th Grade Anthony Hanel, French Horn – Symphonic Band

    All-Region Band
    • 10th Grade Samantha Vincent , Flute – Concert Band
    • 12th Grade Maddie Strange, Clarinet – Concert Band
    • 10th Grade Heather Cuenca, Clarinet – Concert Band
    • 11th Grade Brandon Corey, Alto Saxophone – Concert Band
    • 10th Grade Jane Stoermer, Trumpet – Concert Band
    • 12th Grade Katie Janczak, Trumpet – Concert Band
    • 10th Grade Matthew Gelsthorpe, Trumpet – Concert Band
    • 9th Grade Ethan McDaniel, Trumpet – Concert Band
    • 12th Grade Charles Turner, Euphonium – Concert Band
    • 12th Grade Baldemar Torres, Tuba – Concert Band
    • 11th Grade Allison Lackey, Percussion – Symphonic Band
    • 11th Grade Jacob Dixon, Percussion – Symphonic Band
    • 11th Grade Cameron Corey, Percussion – Concert Band
    • 9th Grade Kelli Chang, Percussion – Concert Band
    • 12th Grade Alex Mayo, Percussion – Concert Band
    • 9th Grade Gabriel Vieira, Percussion – Concert Band

    KHS Band - a sample of their concert from Tuesday...

    Sleigh Ride by KHS Band - a sample

    Krum FFA Recognized at District VII FFA Banquet

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    Krum High School hosted the 2016 District VII FFA Banquet on Monday, December 7th. District VII FFA Association President, Sterling Pieniazek, presided as master of ceremonies. The Area V 1st Vice President, Taylor Schertz, brought gave an inspirational speech. FFA members throughout District VII were recognized for excellence in premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. The top three teams in the recent Leadership Development Events were recognized. In addition, students were honored for achievements in the Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs. Krum FFA received numerous awards including District Champion Runners-up for Sweepstakes.

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    Public Relations

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    District Winners in Proficiency Awards:

    • Beef Production - Taylor Schertz
    • Agriscience Research Plant Systems: Sterling Pieniazek

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    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)

    • 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)

    • 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 the names 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, deadlines for application, financial aid, housing, registration, etc.

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    Volunteer Background Check Information

    Volunteer application available online

    Apply to volunteer at your child’s campus by submitting an online application. The process is easy and takes just a few minutes. Simply go to to fill out the form. You can also access the application at, select “Parents” and click on the “Volunteer” link. Remember, volunteers must submit an application every year to continue volunteering. Applicants who have questions may call (940) 482-2501 or contact their child’s campus.

    The Latest Announcements...

    Saturday School - December 10th

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

    Christmas Candy Grams - For Sale

    NHS is selling Christmas candy grams at lunch through December 14th to raise funds for hurricane relief for Haiti, so celebrate the holiday and get yours today.

    Spanish Club - 3rd Annual Toy Drive

    When: November 28th - December 16th

    Where: Send all toys to that KHS Spanish Room 122

    What: Consider the needs of the children and what you think they may need and enjoy the most. All toys must be clean. Gently used and new toys are welcome.

    Fall Theatre Show - Cinderalla Waltz

    When: December 8, 9 and 10

    Time: 7:00PM

    Where: Krum High School Performing Arts Center

    No Shave/Pajama Pants in December

    If you would like to not have to shave or wear pajama pants throughout the month of December, you can pay $15 to the front office starting today to support Senior Project Graduation. Students will need to wear 2 green arm bands for this. NOTE: You have to purchase arm bands for December, November does not count.

    Academic UIL

    Interested in competing in Academic UIL. See Mr. Hammonds (room 124) for details.

    PTO Scholarship

    If you are a senior applying for the PTO Scholarship, there is another opportunity to get your volunteer hours in. Go to and go to Santa's Workshop.

    Bobcat Basketball Shirt Sale - Due 12/16 - EXTENDED DEADLINE!

    Order form for the Bobcat Basketball Shirts is attached.

    Bobcat Basketball Shirts

    Yearbook News

    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.

    Krum Connection

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    Blanche Dodd Intermediate Student Mentoring Opportunity

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    FCCLA Gingerbread Camp

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    Texas Southern University

    Texas Southern University possesses an impressive array of more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs and concentrations, a diverse faculty, 80-plus student organizations, and an extensive alumni network comprised of educators, entrepreneurs, public servants, lawyers, pilots, artists, and more, many of whom are change agents on the local, national and international stage. Nestled upon a sprawling 150-acre campus, Texas Southern University is one of the nation’s largest historically black universities.

    Our academic curriculum is organized into eleven colleges and schools that continue to serve as cornerstones for developing the greatest potential in leaders from various socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Some of TSU’s well-known graduates include the late U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and U.S. Congressman George “Mickey” Leland.

    Texas Southern University is heralded as a pioneer and has distinguished itself by producing a significant number of African American students who have obtained post-secondary and advanced degrees. The university’s enrollment has grown from 2,303 students to more than 9,200 undergraduate and graduate students from across the world. Although initially established to educate African Americans, Texas Southern University has become one of the most diverse institutions in Texas.


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    • Enrollment: 9,200
    • Undergraduate Tuition and Fees for Texas Residents: $7,500 annually
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    • Registered Student Organizations: 80+
    • Colleges & Schools: 10
    • Mascot: Tigers
    • Colors: Maroon and Gray


    Texas Southern University is a student-centered comprehensive doctoral university committed to ensuring equality, offering innovative programs that are responsive to its urban setting, and transforming diverse students into lifelong learners, engaged citizens, and creative leaders in their local, national, and global communities.


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    Core Values

    • Urban Serving Institution
    • Student-Centered Institution
    • Excellence
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    • Collegiality and Collaboration
    • Innovation
    • Inclusiveness
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    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)