Bobcat Connection

Learning. Growing. Collaborating & Achieving @KrumHighSchool

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January 9, 2017

Good afternoon, KHS Families. Thank you for a wonderful first week in 2017! It is my hope that this note finds you staying warm and defrosting from that winter blast we had this week! The fun part about winters in Texas is we can have a 50 degree temperature change in a matter of days. It looks like milder temperatures are in store for next week!

Last night our Lady Cats opened their season in Decatur. Although Decatur posted the most points, our girls demonstrated strength of character, heart, and determination during adversity. We wish them luck as they host a tough Argyle team at home on Tuesday.

The Melissa Cardinals were unable to travel to Krum last night, but on Friday our Boys will play Gainesville in their District Opener. We hope you can join us as our Girls and Boys will play at home. We will also have a pep rally on Friday at 1:45 pm.

On Thursday, January 5th, our Football Team, Trainers, and Cheerleaders celebrated a successful 2016 season. It was a meaningful experience to hear the testimonies of coaches about players and to witness the love among programs. Krum is a special place because of our students, our families, staff, and stakeholders. This event was a reminder of just how fortunate we are to have our Bobcat Family.

This week we will have a similar opportunity as we honor our Lady Cats on Thursday, January 12th, at the Volleyball Banquet. Tickets will be sold at the door for $15.00 each for all non-athletes. We hope you can join us!

Today our band members are competing at the ATSSB Area Auditions. We wish them the best of luck. Next week, they have a regional clinic and concert at Argyle High School. We are proud of our students and their success!

Go Bobcats!

Michelle Pieniazek

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School Report Card

The school report card (SRC) combines accountability ratings, data from the Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR), and financial information to give a broad view of campus performance. Available for each campus in Texas, the SRC is intended specifically to inform parents and guardians about a school’s individual characteristics and its academic performance.

The 2015–16 school report cards are now available.

The school report card definitions, updated each year, explain several of the terms used in the SRC. The school report card definitions are also available in Spanish.

The U.S. Department of Education also requires an annual report card with specific district- and campus-level data. The 2015–16 federal report cards will be released in January 2017.


In order to access the 2015-16 KHS School Report Card, please use the link below. This link will take you to the pdf document located on the KHS website.

Volleyball Banquet set for January 12th

The Krum Athletic Booster Club will honor Lady Cat Volleyball on Thursday, January 12th. The Volleyball Banquet will begin at 6:00 pm in the KHS Cafeteria. Tickets will be sold at the door for $15.00 for all non-athletes.
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Yearbook Order Deadline is February 1st

The deadline to order a Yearbook is February 1st. Yearbooks may be ordered online at or by turning in an order form to the front office. One change for this year is a spring delivery! The 2017 Yearbooks will be delivered in May, before school ends - so Seniors can get their books before graduation and everyone can get signatures from current classmates. In the past, yearbooks have not been delivered until August and our deadline was mid-April, so it is imperative that you meet the February 1st deadline to secure the memories of 2016-17. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Lucas at
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Lady Cats Softball is Coming Soon!

The Krum Lady Cats Softball team is gearing up for a new season under new head coach, Bryan Chaney, and assistant coaches Brian Penry and Tiffany Brown. They are having a parent meeting on Monday, January 16th at 6:00 pm in the KHS Lecture Hall. Also, show your Lady Cat Spirit with Softball Spirit Wear! If you would like to purchase Lady Cats Softball gear, see a player or email Coach Chaney at
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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:

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Varsity Girls at Decatur

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JV Girls at Decatur

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9th Grade Girls at Decatur

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Football Banquet

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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.

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 username/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.

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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...

Yearbook Orders DUE

Deadline to order a Yearbook is February 1st. Yearbooks may be ordered online at or by turning in an order form to the front office. Yearbooks will be delivered in May, before school ends.

**An order form is attached in this email.

Dress Code Reminders

A Few Dress Code Reminders
  • No facial hair.

  • No blankets allowed.

  • No hats may be worn at school.

  • Jeans/pants with holes revealing skin above fingertip length. Leggings must be worn under jeans/pants that reveal skin above fingertip length.

  • No pajamas, slippers, or sleeping garments allowed

  • Leggings and yoga pants must be worn with a shirt, blouse, or tunic that promotes modesty and is of appropriate length (fingertip).

  • Male students may not wear earrings.
  • No nose piercings
  • No gauges are allowed

Transcript Request

Seniors: When you request a transcript online, be sure to give the address of the school.

There are multiple schools with the same names but located in different cities. Be specific when requesting a transcript.

UNT Competition

Do you have a knack for languages, logic or "computational thinking"? The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad is an educational competition in Linguistics - the science of language.

The Human Intelligence and Language Technologies Lab at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas is sponsoring a competition on Thurs., January 26. Please go to the scholarship newsletter site for more information.

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Bryan's Pantry

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Blanche Dodd Intermediate Student Mentoring Opportunity

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Adult Education Classes

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Hardin Simmons University


The mission of Hardin-Simmons University is to be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.


A large community with a small-town feel, Abilene is a leading educational, business, and medical hub in West Texas with a metropolitan population of approximately 120,000. There are numerous entertainment options available for college students, including a variety of restaurants, shops, and commercial businesses.


The main HSU campus sits on 96 beautifully landscaped acres, with the total property encompassing 220 acres. Comprised of 33 major buildings, including eight classroom buildings, six residence halls, and two apartment complexes, the HSU campus is a place where students feel at home.


HSU was established in 1891 as a private, coeducational, liberal arts university. Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, students of all faiths, ethnicities, races, and walks of life are welcome.

The HSU Commitment

Your tuition rate will not be increased while you are enrolled full time as an undergraduate or graduate student during consecutive fall/spring semesters and are making continuous, satisfactory progress toward a degree. (Does not apply to enrollment in doctoral programs or courses in the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing or Logsdon Seminary.)

Student Body Fall 2015

2,212 Total Student Population

  • 1,638 Undergraduate
  • 474 Graduate
    • 97 Master of Divinity
    • 33 Doctor of Ministry
    • 85 Doctor of Physical Therapy
    • 29 Doctor of Education in Leadership
    • 230 Other Graduate Studies


In excess of $150 million.


Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures that each student at HSU receives individualized attention and allows students to develop meaningful relationships with professors. Ninety percent of our faculty hold the highest available degree in their fields.

Academic Divisions

College of Fine Arts

Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts
Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics
Irvin School of Education
Kelley College of Business
Logsdon School of Theology
Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing

Financial Aid

In 2012-13, $47 million was awarded in federal, state, and institutional programs, including scholarships, loans, grants, and work-study. Ninety-four percent of the HSU students received financial aid.


The HSU libraries have 443,979 listed items in the online catalog. The Abilene Library Consortium currently makes available 2,105,926 items.


Wireless technology is accessible to 95% of the main campus with 235 computers available for student use in 14 labs and three communal areas.

Campus Life

More than 50 student clubs and organizations exist on campus, including: service, religious, honor, academic discipline, civic, and political organizations. Many HSU students participate in local fraternities and sororities, which are campus-based social or service clubs.


HSU is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division III, and American Southwest Conference. HSU offers 18 varsity sports, including teams in basketball, golf, tennis, cross country, track, and soccer for men and women, as well as programs in football and baseball for men and volleyball and softball for women.

HSU Accolades & Recognitions

Ranked in the Top Tier of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Universities in the Western Region


Find Your Passion at HSU

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)