Month: August 2017

The KCS Saturday Six “Hall of Fame” Edition – August 26, 2017

8-24 1On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, Kingsport City Schools inducted its third class into the KCS Hall of Fame.  This keystone award recognizes former employees that have most impacted the Kingsport educational community during their careers with KCS.  This year, five KCS retirees with over 140 years of combined educational experience were honored with this prestigious designation.

The hall serves to honor and recognize those individuals that have made significant contributions to Kingsport City Schools and its students.  It celebrates the excellence of KCS and its employees, while preserving the history and promoting its positive values, its employees, and its students.

Let’s shine a spotlight on this years five inductees, as they take their place among the most exceptional of KCS employees!

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  1. Mrs. Celia Bachelter – Modern Era Category (Retired Post-1990)
    • Celia Bachelder retired in 1995 after 20 years with Kingsport City Schools. During her tenure, she founded the orchestra at Dobyns-Bennett High School and served as orchestra director at both Robinson Middle School and Dobyns-Bennett. An excellent string educator who received numerous accolades in Tennessee and across the nation, Bachelder was the first female and the first orchestra director named to the East Tennessee Band & Orchestra Association (ETSBOA) Hall of Fame. She introduced Suzuki string training to the Kingsport community and is an active member of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. Bachelder is widely recognized as an influential teacher who took a personal interest in all of her students.8-24 3
  2. Ms. Mabel Doggett – Legacy Era Category (Retired Pre-1960)
    • Mabel Doggett retired from KCS in 1957 after 40 years of service. She taught at the “new Kingsport school,” Central School, and Lovedale/Woodlawn School, all of which were operational near the time of the founding of the city of Kingsport. Doggett was named principal at Jackson Elementary for the 1920-1921 school year and served in that capacity until her retirement. She was known as an educator who instilled in students “the desire to succeed.” Her unique and successful leadership style made her a beloved and respected principal who showed students on a daily basis that she cared about and believed in them. She frequently wrote to former students, particularly those serving in the armed forces, to encourage them or to celebrate occasions such as birthdays or weddings. After retirement, she continued to teach children, having a variety of books, games, and toys at her home for those who visited.8-24 4
  3. Mr. Rick Everroad – Modern Era Category (Retired Post-1990)
    • Serving as a Health and PE teacher, Richard “Rick” Everroad coached tennis, baseball, track, basketball, soccer, and football during his 40 years with KCS. In addition, he was the FCA sponsor at Sevier Middle School and had a leadership style that promoted harmony among faculty and staff. Everroad served as principal at both Washington Elementary and Robinson Middle School, retiring in 2007. In retirement, he continues to work with young men and women who “need the attention of adults who will listen and give solid advice.” Through serving on the Board of Directors for the Bible Study Two Ministry and continuing to encourage those who taught under his leadership and still work with students, Everroad conducts his life in such a way to influence everyone to “do what is right for the kids.”8-24 5
  4. Mr. Waldo Smith – Tradition Era Category (Retired 1960-1990)
    • After two years of service in Floyd County, KY schools, Waldo Smith came to Dobyns-Bennett High School as the typing and business teacher in 1947. He remained in that role until his retirement in 1984. While at D-B, Smith also served as sponsor of the Maroon and Grey yearbook. He taught typing in the adult education program and frequently worked the gates at home football and basketball games. He served in the U.S. Navy, completing 14 missions in the South Pacific and receiving the Bronze Star, the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. Smith took an active role in the community and in a variety of professional organizations during his career and in retirement. He set high standards for himself and his students, and was known for encouraging all in his sphere of influence to strive for perfection and treat others with kindness and respect.8-24 6
  5. Mr. Howard Young Senior – Tradition Era Category (Retired 1960-1990)
    • Howard Young, Sr. retired from KCS in 1976 after 23 years of service. Prior to his tenure with KCS, he taught in Mountain City, TN and Bluefield, WV. Young taught English at the former Douglass High School, Dobyns-Bennett and East Tennessee State University. He also served as band director at Douglass, teaching himself to skillfully play every instrument, with the exception of stringed instruments; and imparting that knowledge to hundreds of students. Following his retirement, Young was a professor of English at ETSU for another seven years. He believed that education was the key to success in life and spent his entire career helping students unlock their unique potential. He is remembered as a master of the English language who could hold students spellbound with his unique reading and storytelling abilities.
  6. Who will be inducted into next year’s class?  You can be a part of the process!  Nominations for the 2018 Class of the KCS Hall of Fame will be accepted January 1 – May 1, 2018.  Now is the time to start thinking about who you may want to nominate for induction.  Candidates must have been employed for a minimum of five years and been retired from regular employment for five years.  Click here to find out more about how you can nominate a deserving candidate!

Next week in the Saturday Six:  School attendance is critical to student success.  We’ll take a look at six key facts regarding why being present in school every day is so important!


The KCS Saturday Six “Centennial Celebration” Edition – August 19, 2017

2017 has certainly been a monumental year in the history of Kingsport, Tennessee.  Marking the community’s Centennial, Kingsport City Schools has been excited to be an important part of our city’s 100th birthday celebration.  Throughout the course of the year, KCS has held or participated in multiple events to recognize a century of education in the Model City.

In this week’s Saturday Six, let’s take a look at a few of the events from 2017 where KCS has celebrated the Kingsport Centennial!

  1. On January 19th, the 100th day of the 2016-17 school year was recognized as “Show Your 100 Day” across the district.  Students and teachers celebrated the many ways that the number 100 can be utilized, in both historical and mathematical ways.  The day was on display all across social media, using the #Kingsport100 hashtag.  It was a fantastic way to introduce the centennial to students, both young and old!
  2. A student-led event took place at Robinson Middle School on March 22nd, as a balloon launch served to recognize this history of KCS.  100 historical facts about our community were released, providing an opportunity for a great history lesson regarding Kingsport.
  3. May 18th was the 100th anniversary of the first Kingsport Board of Education meeting, and featured the largest-ever gathering of current and former KCS Board members and Superintendents.  A special reception and gathering was held in the KCS Administrative Support Center to bring together many giants in Kingsport’s educational history!
  4. The following day, May 19th, KCS schools opened to community members for the Kingsport City Schools “Centennial Stroll.”  Guided tours were offered to community members and alumni of KCS schools, providing a chance to catch up and revisit those important buildings and facilities that have meant so much in the past.  It was a great opportunity for former students to re-live old memories and see where they spent so much of their childhood!
  5. KCS was also a part of FunFest 2017!  The KCS Centennial Selfie Scavenger Hunt took place during the week of FunFest, as participants traveled to KCS schools and took selfies at important school locations.  The hunt concluded on July 20th at BucFest at Allendale, a celebration of Kingsport Education by ETSU Allendale and KCS.  Individuals snapping selfies at at least 10 KCS schools were entered into a drawing for Dobyns-Bennett football and basketball season tickets.  Quite a prize for spending part of the summer visiting KCS schools!
  6. You are invited to the next big Centennial event in Kingsport, which takes place next Saturday, August 26th and will involve MANY hours of work and dedication by talented KCS students and teachers.  The new Kingsport Centennial Park (245 East Main Street) will feature a display of tilework crafted by KCS students, recognizing the history of transportation in our community.  This gift of artwork by KCS students will be recognized during the park’s opening ceremony, which will take place at 11 a.m.  Please come out and share in this community celebration, as we dedicate this new Kingsport treasure!

And as a special bonus treat, the Saturday Six is pleased to release, for the first time, the Kingsport Centennial Coloring Book!  This special publication is a collaboration of Kingsport City Schools, Sullivan County Schools, and St. Dominic School.  Featuring the artwork of many talented students, this free gift to our community celebrates many of the significant landmarks from across Kingsport.

Please download, share, and enjoy this free publication by clicking here!  It is a gift to you from all of the students and schools of Kingsport!

Next week in the Saturday Six:  New members have been inducted in the KCS Hall of Fame.  We’ll meet them next week!

The KCS Saturday Six “Back in School” Edition – August 12, 2017

Wow!  What a fantastic first week of school this has been.  It’s been a time of excitement, learning, and new discoveries as thousands of students have kicked off the new KCS year.

If you don’t already follow us on social media, that is a great way to keep up with all the sights, sounds, and happenings across the district.  We’re on Twitter at @KCS_District and at KptSchools on Facebook.  And in addition to the Saturday Six, KCS also publishes a Friday Update each week, full of news and photos.  To subscribe, just go to our website at  There is no shortage of ways to connect with KCS!

Here we are in Week 2 of the 2017-18 Saturday Six and we’re already taking liberties with the term “six.”  Let’s take a look at the top six images (with a few “honorable mentions”) from the first week of school!

Next Week in the Saturday Six:  A review of the many ways KCS has been a part of the City of Kingsport Centennial celebration!

The KCS Saturday Six “Back to School” Edition – August 5, 2017

We’re back!  Today launches the first edition of the 2017-2018 Saturday Six blog.  Look for us each weekend to learn something new about the people and programs of Kingsport City Schools.  Each Saturday, we’ll spotlight six small bits of info about KCS.

Hopefully, you’ve had a relaxing summer break!  Because of the way the calendar fell, this summer was actually a week longer than our usual break.  Hopefully, you put it to good use!

To kick off this school year, let’s look at six things you’ll want to know about the start of school.

  1. KCS classes begin Monday morning, August 7th, with middle and high school (block classes) starting at 7:45 a.m. and elementary schools beginning at 8:15 a.m.  High School Singleton classes begin at 7:30 a.m.  Monday is a full-day for students, with middle and high school ending at 2:45 p.m. (3:00 p.m. for Singletons) and 3:15 p.m. for elementary.
  2. Still need to pick up those last-minute school supplies?  Several years ago, KCS made a specific effort to shorten the traditional School Supply List, squeezing it down to just a few items.  Click here to view the 2017-18 KCS School Supply List.
  3. How will your child get to and from school?  For thousands of students, it’s on a KCS school bus.  Our transportation department travels tens of thousands of miles each year to safely get kids to school in the morning and back home in the afternoon.  Unsure what bus your child would ride?  Click here to see the list of bus routes that will get underway on Monday morning.
  4. For many students, breakfast and lunch are among the highlights of the school day!  Thousands of meals are served to our students each day, and it’s always helpful to know where to find the menus of what will be served.  Click here to view the August menus, as well as to access information about School Nutrition Services, including how you can load funds online into your child’s account.
  5. The start of the year also kicks off a wide variety of academic, artistic, athletic, and community engagement events all across KCS.  The best way to keep up with everything going on is to bookmark the KCS Activity Calendar and keep it handy!  Click here to see everything happening across KCS.
  6. Finally, it’s important to have access to all the information, forms, and details related to attending Kingsport City Schools.  A wealth of information has been compiled on the KCS website, including the KCS Student Handbook, parent forms and resources, and the approved school calendar.  Click here to view all of this important information.

We hope you have a great first week of school!

Next week in the Saturday Six:  A review of the images and events that took place during KCS Week 1