The Saturday Six – January 23, 2016

  1.  Wow… The weather outside was frightful!  This has certainly been an unusual weather week in Kingsport, resulting in three days missed due to inclement weather.  While I’m sure most students were celebrating this unexpected winter vacation, we recognize that changes to the KCS schedule cause disruptions to parents, families, and school related activities.  A big “thank you” goes out to the entire Kingsport community for understanding our need to alter course when conditions make it unsafe for students and staff.
  2. Another “thank you,” this time to our Kingsport Public Works staff.  KCS would also be remiss if we didn’t stop and thank the men and women who have worked so diligently to keep the streets of Kingsport clear of snow this week.  These folks work incredibly long hours to help keep conditions safe for students and staff to get to school.  On behalf of everyone with KCS and our entire community, thanks to Ryan McReynolds, Ronnie Hammonds, and the entire Kingsport Public Works staff.  Well done!
  3. One last group to recognize this week… The KCS custodial and maintenance staff!  While most will spend tomorrow relaxing and getting ready for what we hope will be a full week of classes, a large group of KCS employees will be hard at work clearing snow from our parking lots, sidewalks, and school grounds.  These unsung heroes will also work long hours to prep and make sure conditions are appropriate for school to resume.  To the men and women of the KCS custodial and maintenance staff, thank you for the ways you support us!
  4. If you are not following KCS on social media, this is a great time to start.  It has been fun this week to see all the activity around Kingsport while students have been out in the snow.  Check out http://www.facebook.com/kptschools or http://www.twitter.com/KCS_District to get caught up!
  5. Congrats to the D-B Bowling team!  While the competition doesn’t conclude until later today, the bowlers from D-B have been representing themselves quite well this week at the TSSAA Bowling Championships in Smyrna, TN.  Yet another group of Kingsport students that have worked so hard and reached great levels of success.  Great job!!
  6. Did you see some of KCS’ finest on TV and in the newspaper this week?  If not, we highly recommend these two pieces highlighting a current student and a KCS grad.  D-B senior Harrison Ihrig was profiled in the Kingsport Times-News, as he has earned a full-ride to Johns Hopkins University, where he plans on studying neuroscience.  And D-B grad and Paralympian Blake Leeper was interviewed on WJHL, which took a look at his quest to become a world champion.  Both are fantastic examples highlighting the results of hard work and determination.

Stay warm and enjoy this snowy weekend!

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