It’s a great time to celebrate! There are so many positive things happening throughout KCS, and this past week’s recognition of American Education Week provided a fantastic opportunity to highlight the great teachers and staff that give so much to our community. If you see a KCS employee wearing one of the new maroon KCS logo t-shirts, you’ll likely be reminded that we are truly #OneTribe!
Our students continue to shine. Three KCS elementary students were named winners in “The Hero In You Foundation” essay contest, honoring every day heroes and inspiring children to want to live heroically themselves. Congrats to Mather Konkol from Lincoln Elementary, Macy Peters from Johnson Elementary, and Madison Cox from Adams Elementary. Well done!
It was a big weekend at the Tennessee School Boards Association annual conference. Highlights from the Nashville gathering included bring-the-house-down performances by the D-B Orchestra String Quartet, our phenomenal a capella group Armonia, and the presentation of colors by the D-B Air Force JROTC unit. And added to that, KCS bagged two major honors from TSBA. Board of Education President Mrs. Carrie Upshaw was named to the All Tennessee School Board and the Insight KCS community awareness program was named the Excellence in Education award winner for 2015 (And yes, I realized that I just squeezed five items into #3, but the “Saturday Ten” doesn’t sound as catchy).
The D-B Band did us proud again! At last weekend’s Bands of American Grand Nationals in Indianapolis, the band finished as the #3 band in Class AAA and the 15th best marching band in America. This strong national showing again highlights the exceptional work and talents of the D-B Band staff, students, and supporters. A job very well done!
Did you happen to notice that D-B grad and San Francisco 49er Daniel Kilgore returned to practice this week? After suffering a broken leg last year, Daniel has worked hard to rehab and looks to return to game action in the coming weeks. If you happen to find the San Francisco 49ers Media Guide, you’ll see that Daniel’s profile prominently includes a review of his support of the D-B Tribe Games, an innovative series of athletic competitions for local students with special needs. The Tribe Games bowling event takes place next week. Thanks, Daniel, for all you continue to do for our community!
It’s time to give thanks! There were multiple Thanksgiving celebrations and family engagement events all across KCS this past week, with several more happening next week. Don’t forget, KCS schools and offices will be closed Wednesday through Friday of next week for the Thanksgiving holiday. Have a wonderful holiday, and we thank you for your support of Kingsport City Schools!