Bobcat Connection

Learning. Growing. Collaborating & Achieving @KrumHighSchool

September 26, 2016

Hello, Bobcat Families.

We are about to enter the last week of the grading period. This is the final push before our first grades are posted. Please impress upon your students the importance of staying on top of deadlines and creating study habits. As we prepare students for their post-secondary futures, it is important that we continue to help them develop their autonomy and ability to advocate for themselves.

As my own high school student is beginning to take dual credit, dual enrollment, and AP courses, she is learning that studying the night before a test is no longer enough. She is also learning that teachers have tutorial times available and it's advantageous to use them. As a mother, it's difficult to witness her personal struggles; however, as an educator, I know that in the midst of struggles, great lessons are learned.

Whether your student's post-secondary plans are focused on college, trade school, or a chosen career, it's important that we build the ability to self-advocate within him/her. To help in this cause, during advisory this week, we are going to make sure all students have the ability to log into parent portal. This will allow them to check their grades and be proactive with their academic record.

Again, thank you for working together in the best interest of our students. We appreciate your support. Let's make it a great week!

Go Bobcats!

Michelle Pieniazek

This week at a glance...


    SEP 27 TUE

      SEP 28 WED

      SEP 29 THU

      SEP 30 FRI

      OCT 1 SAT

      Times are listed on the KHS Google Calendar

      Great Things are Happening at KHS!

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      Cheerleaders, Students, Parents & Community Supporters

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      Bobcat Spirit Bus

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      Save the Date! Open House - Oct 24th

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      Managing Your Digital Footprint

      OLD_Lesson in Action: College Bound

      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.

      College Spotlight

      Texas A&M University

      Opened in 1876 - Texas A&M is the state's first public institution for higher education.

      Primary Location:
      College Station, Texas

      • Branch Campuses: Galveston, Texas and Doha, Qatar
      • College Station Campus: 5,200 acres
      • Colors: Maroon & White
      • Nickname: Aggies
      • Athletics: NCAA Division I in Southeastern Conference (SEC)

      • Total Enrollment (Fall 2015): 64,600
      • College Station Campus: 59,129
      • Undergraduates: 49,592
      • Graduate & Professional: 14,935
      • First-generation Students: 26%
      • Living Former Students: 396,000+
      • Student Organizations: 1,000+
      • Corps of Cadets*: 2,400+

      *Commissions more officers than any institution other than the nation's service academies

      128 Undergraduate Degree Programs

      268 Graduate Degree Programs

      • Member of the Association of American Universities (AAU)
      • Colleges and Schools: 19
      • Master's degree programs: 170
      • Doctoral degree programs: 93
      • First professional degree programs: 5
      • Study Abroad: 4,385 students to 103 countries each year
      • Total Faculty: 3,521
      • National Academies Faculty: 22
      • Nobel Prize: 3
      • Wolf Prize: 3
      • Research expenditures*: $866 million+

      * #17 nationally, National Science Foundation, 2014

      Information copied from:

      Fearless - Extended Version

      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)