Bobcat Connection

Learning. Growing. Collaborating & Achieving @KrumHighSchool

October 10, 2016

Hello, Bobcat Families.

We hope you are enjoying an extended weekend. It has certainly been an action packed, fast-paced, first grading period. Thank you for supporting our students and staff during this period.

It has been a great start to the year for our Bobcats and Lady Cats! Band experienced a historical win last Saturday by winning the Aubrey Marching Contest. Volleyball produced big district wins this week, including snapping a 68 game winning streak over Decatur on Tuesday. Tennis is experiencing success and is currently 2nd in District. Please join us on October 15th as they play Burkburnett at Home. FFA had big wins at the State Fair of Texas including KHS Junior, Julianne Lang, exhibiting a class champion! On Friday night, the Bobcats clearly defined "Bobcat Fight Never Dies" with a 56-54 triple overtime win in Iowa Park.

Although we all enjoy the wins; what's even more important is the young people we are developing. During Thursday's pep rally, Coach Larson shared a tweet posted by one of our students. It stated, "Proud to go to a school that loves, respects, and supports everyone in it. Y'all seriously are the best." It is an awesome experience to witness our students overcoming obstacles and rallying together in support of all programs. Krum is a special place because of our students, families, faculty, and community.

This next week is Pink Out Week. Our FCCLA organization has organized activities to show unity against and awareness of breast cancer. We hope you will join us as we show solidarity in the fight against breast cancer.

Bobcat Fight Never Dies!

Michelle Pieniazek

October ES3 Award Winners

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Krum Bobcat Players of the Week

On Friday, October 7th, Krum Bobcats defeated Iowa Park 56 to 54. The coaches have announced this week's players of the week. Congratulations!

  • MVP- Brandon Reeves, Ryan Gipson
  • Offense- Preston Shifflett, Haden Knight
  • Defense- Colton Oster, Ben Perches, Boston Castillo
  • Special Teams- Jayton Harwell, Christian Ehrhart
  • Big Block- Marc Barrera, Antonio Barraza
  • Big Tackle- Caleb Schertz, Justin Adams, Jackson Smith
  • BFND- Team
  • Scout Team- Anthony Salazar

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Congratulations to Raymond Barrington for his Nomination to the 2016 All-American Bowl


Site: Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium

Date: December 22, 2016

Time: 12:00 p.m. (CT)

Teams: East vs. West

AP English IV Students - "Where I'm From"

Student in Mrs. Orsi's AP English IV Class just finished a poetry assignment. Students each wrote a poem with the title, "Where I am From." In the video that follows, hear students voice highlights of their respective poems.
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KRUM Blue Brigade Makes School History with Win at Aubrey Marching Contest

As mentioned last week, the Krum Blue Brigade made school history with a Grand Champion WIN at the Aubrey Marching Contest. Mrs. Stacy McDaniel shared pictures with us from this event. In addition, Mr. Huff has uploaded their winning performance on you tube. Please follow this link
Krum Band 2016 Aubrey Marching Classic Finals

FFA Members Shine at State Fair of Texas

Congratulations to students that represented Krum FFA at the State Fair of Texas!

Lamb Show:

  • Julianne Lang - Class Champion Medium Wool
  • Austin North - 5th Place Medium Wool
  • Ross Sylvester - 7th place Medium Wool
  • Evan Sylvester - Participant

Swine Show:

  • Hailey Peterson - Reserve Champion Chester White
  • Morgan Johnson - 7th Place Yorkshire
  • Olivia Ognibene - 7th Place Hampshire

Prospect Steers:

  • Randie Kay Newton - Class Champion Hereford
  • Brooks Burton - 3rd place Angus
  • Morgan Johnson - 4th Place Polled Hereford
  • Payton Schertz - 2nd Place Red AOB
  • Skylor Schertz - 3rd Place Black AOB
  • Taylor Schertz - 2nd Place Charolais and 5th Place AOB
  • Brady Labrum - 2nd Place Angus and 2nd Place Limousin
  • Jacie Thompson - 8th Place Red AOB
  • Addison Labrum - 8th Place Red AOB

Market Steers:

  • Taylor Schertz - 5th Place Exotic
  • Sterling Pieniazek - 9th Place Exotic
  • Stratton Schertz - 3rd Place British

FCCLA Pink-Out Campaign Raises Money/Awareness of Breast Cancer

This week FCCLA has organized PINK OUT in order to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer. Thank you to everyone who purchased a t-shirt in order to support this cause. They are donating all funds for Cancer Research. You can also show your support by dressing up this week!
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Jostens will be back to assist students with finalizing their class ring orders during lunches on Tuesday 10/11. A $50.00 down payment can start the ordering process.
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Register To Vote

To vote in Texas, you must be registered. Simply pick up a voter registration application, fill it out, and mail it at least 30 days before the election date. Get your application here.

You are eligible to register to vote if:

  • You are a United States citizen;
  • You are a resident of the county where you submit the application;
  • You are at least 18 years old on Election Day;
  • You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole); and
  • You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

Are you already registered?

To confirm your voter registration status, you may select one of three methods to perform a search:

  • Your Texas driver’s license number, if you provided it when you applied for voter registration;
  • Your Voter Unique Identifier (VUID), which appears on your voter registration certificate;
  • Your first and last name.

Find out if you are already registered.


FCCLA Sponsors Parking Lot Sale to Benefit KMS STEP Class

FCCLA is helping sponsor the KMS STEP Class Parking Lot Sale. They are accepting donations for this event. If you are cleaning out your closets or storage space this weekend, please contact Mrs. Myers for details. Her email address is
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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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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!


Save the Date! Open House - Oct 24th

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Post-Secondary Spotlight

Texas Tech University

President: John Opperman, Ph.D.

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Founded: 1923

10 Colleges:

Graduate and Professional Schools:

Degrees: 150 undergraduate, 100 master's and 50 doctoral

Student Population: 35,893 (Fall 2015)

Athletic Conference: Big 12

Team Name: Red Raiders

Fight Song: The Texas Tech Fight Song

Alma Mater: The Matador Song

School Colors: Scarlet and Black

Cost of Attendance

Find out more with the Texas Tech University Fact Book.

Texas Tech University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Texas Tech University.

Please note: All other inquiries regarding Texas Tech's educational programs, admissions requirements, financial aid, etc. should be directed to the respective Texas Tech office and not to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Information copied from:

2016 #IAmARedRaider Commercial

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.

Parents Still Make the Difference

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."

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.
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We are Krum

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)