The Saturday Six – January 16, 2016

  1.  Parting is such sweet sorrow!  After lengthy careers with Kingsport City Schools, this week we highlight two individuals who have recently announced upcoming retirements.  Assistant Superintendent Dory Creech will be retiring in mid-February after almost three decades with KCS.  Dory has served as a teacher, school administrator, Director of Accountability, and led all curriculum and instruction for the district.  After a tenure of similar length, Director of Technology John Payne is retiring at the end of January.  John has also served as a teacher and led KCS through a period of incredible technology growth and transition.  While we certainly wish Dory and John well as they begin this new season in their lives, they will absolutely be missed!
  2. School spirit is alive and well at Dobyns-Bennett.  In case you missed it, last night was Homecoming night at D-B, capping off a week of festivities.  Each time Homecoming occurs, it’s an incredible sight to see such engaged students, staff, and alumni rally together and show that we truly are #OneTribe.  Let’s not take for granted the special atmosphere here in Kingsport in which we are fortunate to be a part!
  3. Jefferson students are thinking globally!  The students and staff at Jefferson Elementary kicked off an impressive global project this week, with a student leadership committee heading up the “Thirst Comes First” project.  By joining together and educating themselves on the need for clean drinking water across the globe, the Jefferson community will be working to raise $3,000 to provide two wells in South Sudan.  Their kick-off assembly occurred on Friday and they hope to have necessary funds raised by March of this year.  What am impressive display of global citizenship!
  4. Agreed… She is fantastic!  Congratulations go out this week to John Sevier Middle School 6th grade science teacher Abbie Kilgore.  Abbie was recognized as Premier Pharmacy’s “Teacher of the Week” this week.  This is a well deserved honor, as Abbie’s students and co-workers will attest!
  5. In case you missed it…  KCS psychologist Paula Nickles was featured in this week’s National Association of School Psychologists for her report on the KCS Response to Intervention (RTI) program.  The brief is available online by clicking here.
  6. You are invited!  Please accept our invitation to join us in honoring our Board of Education prior to next week’s BOE Work Session at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19.  While the “official” School Board Appreciation Week may still be a week away, we’ll take time out before the upcoming session to say “thank you” for the dedication and commitment our board shows to the students, employees, and families of Kingsport.  Join us at 5:30 in the KCS Tennessee Room (3rd floor of the KCS Administrative Support Center, 400 Clinchfield St.)!

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