Bobcat Connection

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May 11, 2020

Dear Bobcat Families:


Good evening. We hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend. This is the final week before graduation, and it is getting real! This morning we picked up the graduation passes that will be needed to enter Texas Motor Speedway. This afternoon, we received the FAQ from Texas Motor Speedway. The information from Texas Motor Speedway has been included below.


Please be aware that we have been given enough tickets for each student to be given one "graduate" ticket and three "parent" tickets. Each ticket will allow a car entry into the event. When students pick up their cords, we will have them sign for receiving these tickets. Also, please be aware, there is a height limit on vehicles of 8 foot due to a bar at the exit tunnel that vehicles need to fit under. In addition, guests will need to stay in their vehicles. Mr. Carroll was told that guests can sit in the bed of their pickup truck during the ceremony; but trucks will be parked towards the back. Due to social distancing, chairs cannot be put on the ground next to cars, guests have to stay in vehicles. All sounds of the graduation ceremony will be heard by tuning in to radio station 97.7. Also, if you have guests that cannot attend, Texas Motor Speedway has a YouTube station where the ceremony will be broadcast.


On Thursday evening from 3:00 - 4:00, we will have cord pick-up for seniors. In addition, we will also have cord pick-up on Friday morning from 10:00 - 11:30. Also on Friday morning, we will have the belongings from lockers available for you to pick-up. More information will be forthcoming in an email to students. Please look for a Google form to complete. Seniors, if you want to purchase your chromebook, KISD is allowing you to purchase your chromebook for $1.00. Mr. Anderson will be sending information regarding completion of forms and the process that needs to be completed.


We do have a slight change to the Awards ceremony and Senior Night. We will be announcing awards on May 14th in a video format. However, due to some other video that is needed to be captured before graduation, the Senior Night video will not be ready until after graduation. We realize this has been a difficult Senior Year for our Senior students and parents, and we are trying to create a treasured keepsake for this special group. Thus, today we made the decision, to split the two events.


Please remember, if you have any make-up work that has not been completed, Monday, May 18th is the last day to submit make-up work without penalty. Please take care of this as soon as possible.


Finally, on Monday, May 18th, the Krum United Methodist Church is providing breakfast tacos for our seniors. Students with last names beginning with A-K will be served beginning at 8:30. Students with last names beginning with L-Z will be served beginning at 9:00. This will happen at Blanche Dodd Intermediate School.


On behalf of the Krum High School Faculty and Staff, thank you for your support. We realize this has not been easy and we are so very thankful for the support of our students and families.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Sincerely,


Michelle Pieniazek

Information From Texas Motor Speedway

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11 de mayo de 2020

Estimadas familias de Bobcat:


Buena noches. Esperamos que haya tenido un maravilloso fin de semana del Día de la Madre. Esta es la última semana antes de la graduación. Esta mañana, recogimos los pases de graduación que serán necesarios para ingresar al Texas Motor Speedway. Esta tarde, recibimos las preguntas frecuentes de Texas Motor Speedway. La información de Texas Motor Speedway se ha incluido a continuación. Cada estudiante recibirá un boleto de "graduado" y tres boletos de "padre". Cada boleto permitirá la entrada de un automóvil al evento. Cuando los estudiantes recojan sus cuerdas, haremos que firmen para recibir estas entradas.


El jueves por la noche de 3:00 a 4:00, tendremos que recoger el cable para las personas mayores. Además, también tendremos que recoger el cable el viernes por la mañana de 10:00 a 11:30. También el viernes por la mañana, tendremos las pertenencias de los casilleros disponibles para que recojas. Se enviará más información en un correo electrónico a los estudiantes. Busque un formulario de Google para completar. Personas mayores, si desea comprar su Chromebook, KISD le permite comprar su Chromebook por $ 1.00. El Sr. Anderson enviará información sobre la finalización de los formularios y el proceso que debe completarse.


Sí tenemos un ligero cambio en la ceremonia de entrega de premios y la Noche de mayores. Anunciaremos los premios el 14 de mayo en formato de video. Sin embargo, debido a que se necesita capturar algún otro video antes de la graduación, el video de la Noche de Senior no estará listo hasta después de la graduación. Nos damos cuenta de que este ha sido un año de último año difícil para nuestros estudiantes y padres de la tercera edad, y estamos tratando de crear un recuerdo preciado para este grupo especial. Por lo tanto, hoy tomamos la decisión de dividir los dos eventos.


Recuerde, si tiene algún trabajo de recuperación que no se haya completado, el lunes 18 de mayo es el último día para enviar el trabajo de recuperación sin penalización. Por favor, cuide esto lo antes posible.


En nombre de la facultad y el personal de Krum High School, gracias por su apoyo. Nos damos cuenta de que esto no ha sido fácil y estamos muy agradecidos por el apoyo de nuestros estudiantes y familias. Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en contactarnos.


Sinceramente,


Michelle Pieniazek

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The Krum ISD school board adopted the following revisions to the grading policy that are to be used during the time that Krum ISD is conducting remote learning as a result of the COVID-19 disaster.


Teachers will continue to instruct students through two platforms: Seesaw and Google Classroom.


Teachers will focus on providing feedback to students on their progress towards mastery of the concepts taught. Krum ISD will continue to provide equal access to the curriculum and academic support.


Timeline

  • March 6, 2020: End of 3rd Nine weeks grading period
  • March 9-13, 2020: Spring Break
  • March 24, 2020: Remote learning begins
  • April 8, 2020: Board approved temporary addendum to Policy EIC (LOCAL).
  • April 22, 2020: Board revises addendum to Policy EIC (LOCAL) on grading.
  • April 27, 2020: Progress reports mailed to the home address of students exhibiting non-mastery
  • May 21, 2020: End of 4th nine weeks grading period
  • May 22, 2020: Grades are due from teachers
  • May 29, 2020: Report cards are mailed


Students to Earn Credit Based on Demonstration of Mastery or Non Mastery of Content

  • Students must participate in and demonstrate mastery during remote learning to earn credit for the course.
  • Earning credit will be based solely on the demonstration of mastery in the material taught.
    • Mastery: Students have shown adequate mastery of the TEKS to be successful next year. Mastery may be demonstrated by earning a 70 or better on an assignment. Other factors may be considered by the teacher when determining mastery.
      • Assignments are completed and of an acceptable quality.
      • The numerical grade that will be recorded for the 4th nine weeks grading period will be the highest grade the student achieved from the previous three 9-week grading periods of the 2019-2020 school year. (see examples at end of this document)
    • Non-mastery: Students do not have adequate mastery of TEKS and may not be successful next year.
      • Students demonstrate minimal or no participation in course discussion and activities.
      • Numerical grade for the 4th nine weeks will be a failing grade of 69.(See grading examples at the end of this document)
  • Retention and promotion decisions will be made based on the collection of student work and demonstration of mastery over the course of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • There is no penalty for late assignments.
  • Students may redo assignments to show mastery.
  • Teachers will contact students who are not participating or logging into the student learning platforms to provide support. Students who do not engage, participate, or submit work are at risk of losing course credit or not being promoted.

What Will Show Up on My Child’s Report Card?

  • The first three nine weeks grades will remain as completed through March 6, 2020.
  • The grade for the fourth nine weeks will be equal to the student’s highest numerical grade from the first three nine week grading periods, if the student has demonstrated mastery in the fourth nine weeks.
    • If the student has not demonstrated mastery, the numerical grade for the fourth nine weeks will be a 69.
  • The first semester grade average will be calculated by adding the first and second nine weeks grade and then dividing that total by two. (G1+G2)/2=S1*
  • The second semester average will be calculated by adding the third and fourth nine weeks grade and then dividing that total by two. (G3+G4)/2=S2*
  • The first and second semester grades will be averaged to obtain the year end average.(S1+S2)/2=EG*
  • The transcript will show the first and second semester final grades, and year end average based on these calculations, as well as credits earned and GPA for secondary students.

Parents Can Monitor Work Completed

  • Teachers will provide feedback on work completed within the online learning platform.
  • Teachers will enter grades into ParentPortal.
  • All grades will be weighted as daily grades.
  • ParentPortal will be accessible to parents to monitor student completion and mastery of work assigned.
    • ParentPortal accessibility will resume beginning April 27, 2020 after 9:00 a.m.
    • During its closure, ParentPortal underwent an update. It is now called Ascender Parent Portal and will contain the same information as the previous portal with a slightly different format.
    • A separate communication to parents and guardians will be distributed to explain these changes.
  • Progress Reports will be mailed to the parents/guardians of students who are not showing mastery on April 27, 2020.
  • The final grade for the 4th nine weeks may not match what is in ParentPortal because grades are being provided for feedback purposes only to determine mastery. The grade for the fourth nine weeks will be equal to the student’s highest numerical grade from the first three nine week grading periods, if the student has demonstrated mastery in the fourth nine weeks.
    • If the student has not demonstrated mastery, their numerical grade for the fourth nine weeks will be a 69.


Testing Updates

  • The Texas Education Agency canceled the 2019-2020 STAAR and End-of-Course STAAR exams.
  • The EOC test graduation requirement has been waived for students currently enrolled in each of the tested classes during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Students taking EOC courses (Algebra 1, Biology, English I, English II, and US History) will earn credit for the year by demonstrating mastery and earning passing grades for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Students failing to earn credit for the EOC course, will be required to retake the course and the STAAR/EOC exam that corresponds the following year. However, if the student passes the course, they will not be required to take the EOC for graduation requirement purposes.
  • All 9 weeks exams are canceled.

Senior Class Ranks & GPA are Already Finalized

  • Following Policy EIC(LOCAL), Krum ISD uses the Grade Point Average (GPA) that a senior has earned through the conclusion of the third nine weeks grading period to determine the final class rank and GPA.

Underclassmen GPA

  • Underclassmen (8th graders - those taking high school credit courses, freshmen, sophomores, juniors) GPAs will be calculated using the grades for the first and second semesters according to the guidelines in this document.

Dual Credit Course Grades

  • Dual credit courses will follow the guidelines of the higher education institution and the grade will be entered at the end of the semester.
  • Dual credit courses only issue semester grades.
  • Dual credit grades will be included in the GPA averages at the end of the semester.
  • For seniors, dual credit grades earned during the spring semester of their senior year are not counted towards GPA calculations.

Grading Examples


  • Students that exhibit mastery will receive the highest grade from their previous three nine weeks grade as their fourth nine weeks grade.
  • Students who do not participate or show mastery during the 4th nine weeks will receive a 69.
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*Abbreviations within this document:

G1= First nine weeks grading period

G2=Second nine weeks grading period

G3=Third nine weeks grading period

G4=Fourth nine weeks grading period

S1= Semester one grade

S2=Semester two grade

EG= End of Year Grade



*This information was distributed on April 23, 2020, via the district's School Messenger Communication Platform, in addition to being posted on the district website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Krum High School

Krum ISD’s mission is to create a collaborative atmosphere with parents, students and members of the community in order to ensure students will reach their full potential by providing every child with an exceptional education. We will strive to prepare our students academically and socially to embrace their future challenges, as well as ignite the desire to be lifelong learners, by providing a safe, respectful and positive learning environment.


Michelle Pieniazek, Principal

Kenneth Anderson, Assistant Principal (A-K)

Shanna Orsi, Assistant Principal (L-Z)

Kristi Chambliss, Counselor (A-K)

Angela Borchardt, Counselor (L-Z)