As we take a break for the holiday season, the Saturday Six looks back on some of the major accomplishments that have taken place throughout KCS this past year. Do you think that we missed something that needs to be include in the Top 6 of 2015? Add it to the comments below!
- KCS students set records for academic performance in 2015! In searching the record books, we could find no higher academic performance in the history of D-B in terms of Composite ACT scores and Advanced Placement coursework. D-B students scored an average of 22.5 on the ACT Composite in 2015, with 442 students taking a total of 755 AP exams, earning D-B a spot on the AP District Honor Roll for a second consecutive year. What a combined effort by students and all KCS staff, from pre-K through high school, to prepare for academic success!
- The first class of the Kingsport City Schools Hall of Fame was enshrined in 2015. This initiative to honor the storied legacy of KCS educators culminated in July, as Mrs. Virgealia Ellis, Mr. Charles Herron, and Mrs. Wanda McJunkin were enshrined as the Hall’s inaugural class. Don’t forget that nominations for the 2016 class will open on January 1. Who will you nominate? Click here for more information on the KCS Hall of Fame and instructions on how you can submit an application.
- The transformation of teaching and learning continued throughout the district in 2015. In many ways large and small, teachers and students continued to explore innovative and engaging ways to learn. This process was accelerated in 2015 through the KCS Technology Vision that now provides a laptop device to all 6th-12th grade students. Work continues to ensure that it’s all about how students can access learning and information, not about just having a cool piece of technology.
- KCS students traveled near and far to demonstrate excellence in a variety of ways in 2015. The list of 2015 accomplishments is incredibly long! The list includes: The Sevier Sequoyah Scribe received honors from the TN High School Press and the National Scholastic Press Associations; the D-B Band performed at Carnegie Hall, won numerous regional and national competitions, and was a semi-finalist in the BOA Grand National championships; state championships were won by the D-B Boys’ 4X100 Relay and the Sevier Girls’ Cross Country teams. The danger here is trying to list so many great things, knowing that MANY accomplishments will get left out. What did we miss? Add it to the comments below!
- Adults throughout KCS also excelled this past year! KCS Superintendent Dr. Ailshie was a member of the AASA (National School Superintendents Association) Executive Committee and chaired the Governor’s Academic Standards review committee. Board of Education President Mrs. Carrie Upshaw was appointed to the Tennessee School Boards Association All-Tennessee School Board. Board Vice President Mrs. Susan Lodal served as TSBA President for 2015 and led all but one of the official sessions at the annual TSBA convention, inviting the D-B AFJROTC, Chorus, and String Quartet to perform. Mrs. Lodal will also serve as TSBA Past President in 2016. Robinson principal Brian Partin served as Vice President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, while Sevier Principal Dr. Holly Flora was President of the Tennessee Principals Association. And Vivian Altizer, Executive Assistant for the Superintendent and BOE, was selected as President-Elect of TSBA Board Secretaries. Who did we leave out? Again, please add that in the comments below.
- KCS was once again recognized as one of the elite school systems in America. Organizations and publications such as U.S. News and World Report, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, and The College Board all listed Kingsport City Schools as one of the best of the best in 2015. We are truly blessed to be a part of a district that has embraced a vision of being world class, and our students, families, community and staff continually strive to reach that exceptional goal.
Coming in next week’s Saturday Six… A look ahead at what’s coming in 2016!
Rebekah Haren from Dobyns Bennet was named Regional Teacher of the Year and is serving on the Commisioner’s Teacher Advisory Council.