Bobcat Connection

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We are Krum

October 3, 2016

Hello, Bobcat Families.

Ah, autumn has arrived! The cooler temperatures are certainly welcome. Our extracurricular activities are in full swing, and we have finished our first grading period. On behalf of the faculty and staff, thank you for your support during the first grading period of the school year.

Students have two upcoming holidays, Friday, October 7th and Monday, October 10th. On Friday, our staff will meet in order to analyze data collected from student performance on Curriculum Based Assessments. This time will allow teachers to assess student progress and target instruction accordingly. Monday, October 10th is a school holiday.

As you are aware, our faculty and staff are challenging students to think critically and prepare for their post-secondary futures. Our district’s curriculum is specifically designed to boost student cognitive aptitudes. Please expect homework every night as we build

vocabulary, as well as college and career readiness skills.

In addition to parent portal and the Krum ISD website, Krum High School has social media accounts in order to connect with all stakeholders. If you have not already done so, you can like the Krum High School Facebook page; and you can follow Krum High School on Twitter. We invite you to personally connect with us by attending our 2016 Open House on Monday, October 24th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

During the month of October, we will focus on safe, healthy, and positive choices. October is National Bullying Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness month. During Red Ribbon week, we will bring awareness to bullying prevention; in addition to mind-altering substances such as drugs and alcohol. Although college and career readiness is imperative, we must not forget the importance of socialization and making positive choices. We encourage participation in these activities.

Again, thank you for your support during the first grading period. We view ourselves as partners in your student’s education. Please help us to continue to keep the lines of communication open. If you have any questions, concerns, compliments, or suggestions, we encourage you to let us hear from you.

Go Bobcats!

Michelle Pieniazek

KHS Blue Brigade Makes Marching Contest History with 1st Overall Placing

On Saturday, October 1st, the KHS Blue Brigade made history by capturing the program's first 1st Overall Win in the Aubrey marching contest. Not only was this the first time in the history of the program that they placed first; but it was also the first time the Krum Band has ever made the finals in any marching contest. In addition to the overall win, the Blue Brigade was recognized for Outstanding Music, General Effect, Colorguard, and Drum Majors. Congratulations to all of these students, directors, and families!
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Krum Bobcat Players of the Week

On Friday, September 30th, Krum Bobcats defeated Pleasant Grove 56 to 28. The coaches have announced this week's players of the week. Congratulations!

  • MVP- Brandon Reeves
  • Offense- Haeden Knight & Offensive Line
  • Defense- Justin Adams
  • Special Teams- Colton Oster
  • Big Block- Everett Gunnoe
  • Big Hit- Raymond Barrington, Ryan Gipson
  • BFND- Preston Shifflett, Justus Martinez, Trent Mcmillin, Ben Perches
  • Scout Team- Brooks Garrett
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Upcoming Student Holidays

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Order your Pinkout Shirt - all proceeds donated to breast cancer research

The FCCLA is selling Pinkout shirts with 100% of proceeds being donated to breast cancer research. Order your shirt by Tuesday and wear it to the pep rally and games on October 14th to show your Bobcat Pride. All student organizations are represented in the ribbon to show our Bobcat Pride and unity to fight for the cure. For more information, please
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Save the Date! Open House - Oct 24th

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Wear Orange on October 19th to show Unity against Bullying

Ways to support Unity Day on Oct. 19

Together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Make it ORANGE and make it end!

Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 19, is the day everyone can come together — in schools, communities, and online — and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Learn what you can do.


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Krum ISD's ES3 Awards

Krum ISD's ES3 Awards are back! Each month KHS honors outstanding students, educators, and support staff for their commitment to scholarship, leadership, and service. Please use the following link to make a nomination today.
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NHS Virtual College Fair

How do you prepare your college wish list? Now, you can use your computer, tablet, or smartphone to become acquainted with-or narrow down-colleges and universities to make up that list. No travel required!

Participate in the next NHS Virtual College Fair. During this live event, you will be able to chat with representatives from a variety of public and private colleges and universities across the nation staffing "virtual booths."

Save the date!
Thursday, October 20, 2016

  • 2:00-10:00 p.m. (ET)
  • 11:00-7:00 p.m. (PT)
  • Visit any time within this time frame
  • Free!


Post-Secondary Spotlight

North Central Texas College

Changing the World... One Student At A Time

Established in 1924 under the leadership of Texas community college pioneer Randolph Lee Clark, North Central Texas College is the oldest continuously operating public two-year college in the state. From its roots as a small, rural "junior" college — an extension of the local public schools actually — NCTC has grown and matured into a comprehensive, full-service community college of truly regional scope, serving students from six major campuses located across its service area.


North Central Texas College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools to award Associate Degrees and Certificates of Completion. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions and/or concerns about the accreditation of North Central Texas College.

History of NCTC

The North Central Texas College Community College District is one of 50 public community college districts statewide. Although the actual college district boundaries are coterminous with those of Cooke County, NCTC reaches far beyond its home campus inGainesville to bring higher education programs and services to residents of a large service area which also includes Denton and Montague counties and Graham ISD.

Statement of Mission & Purpose

North Central Texas College is dedicated to student success and institutional excellence. The College District encourages student achievement by providing affordable, quality learning environments, comprehensive student support, and public services.

The College District fulfills its mission by offering programs leading to associate degrees and certificates and by providing:

  • University Transfer Education
  • General Education
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Developmental Education
  • Student Development
  • Continuing Education
  • Community Education.


North Central Texas College will be a recognized leader in higher education and a catalyst for economic, cultural, and community development.


North Central Texas College is accountable to its students, colleagues, and the community and holds the following values to be fundamental:

  • Affordable, Quality Education - NCTC is passionate about providing access to higher education. Its highly qualified faculty and staff and student-centered programs and services reflect NCTC’s commitment to excellence.

  • Stimulating Learning Environments - NCTC fosters diverse, challenging, and engaging learning environments to empower its students to impact a global society as creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, and dynamic leaders.

  • Integrity- NCTC faculty, staff, and students act in an ethical, honest and responsible manner.

  • Innovation - NCTC embraces creative ideas and challenging initiatives.

  • Cohesive Relationships - NCTC cultivates productive partnerships through teamwork, personalized attention, and open communication.

  • Encouragement - NCTC supports students, faculty and staff by welcoming diversity and promoting mutual respect.

Information copied from:

Why NCTC 45

Information from our Counselors...


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.

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.

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)