The Saturday Six “D-B Homecoming” Edition – January 21, 2017


An exciting and spirit-filled week at Dobyns-Bennett concluded on Friday with Basketball Homecoming in the Buck Van Huss Dome. Let’s take a look at some of the top sights and sounds from this special night in this week’s Saturday Six. Roll Tribe!
1. Coach Bill Francis keeps a close eye on the action in the girls game, as the Lady Indians topped the David Crockett Lady Pioneers 60-36. 

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​​The D-B Pep Band is on their A-game getting the Homecoming crowd into the spirit!

3. The award-winning D-B Air Force JROTC squad, looking sharp as always as they present the colors. 

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​The action on the floor was fast and furious as the Tribe took on the Pioneers of David Crockett High School. Regulation time wasn’t enough to settle the outcome, as the two squads battled into double overtime!

5. Congratulations to the 2017 Basketball Homecoming King and Queen! This year’s honor goes to Chandler Woods and Kensley Henry. 

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​ At the final horn in double overtime, the Tribe caps off a clean sweep of the Pioneers (wins for both the JV and Varsity squads for both girls and boys) with an 80-70 victory. Roll Tribe!

Here are some bonus photos from tonight’s Homecoming action!

The Saturday Six “Hall of Fame” Edition – January 14, 2017

The start of a new year also brings the opening of nominations for the Kingsport City Schools Hall of Fame.  The Hall serves as the keystone award for former KCS employees that have significantly impacted the children and educational community of Kingsport.  Now in it’s third year, KCS is seeking outstanding nominees to be recognized.

Were you positively impacted by an outstanding educator while you were a KCS student?  Was your child’s life touched by a wonderful bus driver, cafeteria worker, assistant, or custodian?  Did you see how an effective administrator made a difference in a child’s future?  The KCS Hall of Fame serves to honor ALL employee types, and you can help nominate these worthy employees!

Click here to learn all about the Hall and to nominate a deserving employee for this year’s class.  Please consider who you might want to bring forward for this great honor.  Nominations for this year’s class will be taken online or by mail through May 1, 2017.

Who has already been inducted into the KCS Hall of Fame?  This week, the Saturday Six (plus 1!) looks at the wonderful inductees from the first two HOF classes.

  1. Mrs. Virgealia (Jill) Ellis (2015) – Modern Era Category (Retired post-1990)
    • Mrs. Ellis retired from KCS in 1992 after 38 years of service at Douglass High School, Dobyns-Bennett High School, and Kingsport Adult Education.  During her tenure, she served as a teacher, guidance counselor, and as a district Career Ladder program evaluator.  A pillar in the community, Mrs. Ellis was recognized for her positivity, humility, and service as a role model.
  2. Mr. Charles (Charlie) Herron (2105) – Modern Era Category (Retired post-1990)
    • Serving as the Ross N. Robinson Middle School Band Director for 34 years, Charlie Herron retired from Kingsport City Schools in 2008.  Mr. Herron is widely recognized as being a key figure in the development and excellence of the KCS band program.  Known for his skill as a music educator, Herron emphasized commitment to musicianship and a willingness to work together to achieve excellence.
  3. Mrs. Wanda McJunkin – Tradition Era Category (Retired 1960-1990)
    • Affectionately known by her students as “Mrs. Mac,” Mrs. McJunkin joined KCS in 1949, retiring after 33 years of service at Jackson Elementary and John Sevier Middle School.  McJunkin worked as a long-time physical education and health instructor, as well as the sponsor of the cheerleading squad.  Known for the positive connections she made with students, Mrs. McJunkin was widely regarded as an outstanding classroom teacher, encourager, and motivator.
  4. Mrs. Margaret Bays -Modern Era Category (Retired post-1990)
    • Mrs. Bays retired from KCS in 2010 after more than 58 years in education, 30+ of those years with Kingsport City Schools. During her tenure, Mrs. Bays taught music to thousands of students at Johnson Elementary School. In retirement, she has continued to be involved with music activities at many schools, including volunteering her time and attending district meetings or workshops. Widely known in the field of music education, Mrs. Bays is recognized for her dedication in teaching music, appreciation for its art and skill, and application of musical knowledge to life outside the classroom.
  5. Ms. Elizabeth “Lib” Dudney -Tradition Era Category (Retired 1960-1990)
    • Ms. Dudney retired from KCS in 1985 after serving as a science teacher at both Sevier Junior High and Dobyns-Bennett High School. She also served as sponsor for many clubs and coached girls’ athletic teams. Identified by her students as a creative teacher who made science “a wonderland of curiosity and adventure,” Ms. Dudney was zealous about offering students the best opportunities available to expand their horizons. In her retirement, she was elected to the Kingsport Board of Education, serving in leadership roles as both vice president and president. She also led fundraising efforts to build the D-B Alumni Fieldhouse, a $3 million venture.
  6. Mr. William “Bill” Hull -Modern Era Category (Retired post-1990)
    1. Serving as a teacher of English, Bible literature, and journalism, Mr. Hull also coached football and Scholars Bowl teams, retiring in 2009. Thirty-nine years of his 42 years as an educator were spent at Dobyns-Bennett High School. In 2004, Hull received the Excellence Award from the National Council of Teachers of English for his service at KCS. Hull was widely recognized as an educator who truly cared for his students, who believed in their ability to achieve, and who inspired all students to “keep working and moving forward.”
  7. Mr. Cecil Puckett – Tradition Era Category (Retired 1960-1990)
    • Mr. Cecil “Coach” Puckett joined KCS in 1957 after coaching in other districts and serving in the Armed Forces. Coach Puckett taught and coached at Sevier and Robinson Junior Highs, as well as Dobyns-Bennett High School. In addition, he served as KCS Activities Director for a number of years and coached little league baseball and softball through Eastman’s summer program. A gifted athlete and decorated D-B graduate, Coach Puckett instilled in each student the values of integrity, perseverance, and giving ones’ personal best in all endeavors. He is known as a man who set high moral standards for students and peers to follow, and one who quietly taught and led by example.

The Saturday Six “Snowy Morning” Edition – January 7, 2017

Welcome to a snowy start to 2017!  This week, the Saturday Six thought it would be interesting to share six things that happen behind the scenes on wintry mornings when weather conditions make a KCS schedule change a possibility.  A lot goes into that final decision, always made with student and staff safety in mind!

  1. The KCS inclement weather procedures actually start days before a potential schedule change.  During the winter months, KCS staff continually monitors long-term weather forecasts to be on the lookout for potential weather issues.  In most occasions, staff will be anticipating potential issues up to 5-7 days in advance.
  2. The day before any potential schedule change due to weather, KCS staff, including the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent – Administration, Chief Student Services Officer, and Transportation Director will communicate about the current forecast.  If conditions warrant, a decision regarding a schedule change for the next day may be made the evening before.  If not, communication will continue throughout the evening, including consultation with local meteorologists, sources such as the National Weather Service in Morristown, and the City of Kingsport Public Works department.
  3. The day starts very early when a schedule change is being considered.  A review of current road and weather conditions starts before 4 a.m. Once again, multiple weather sources are consulted to determine the most accurate forecasts, and city road crews are keeping an eye on roads throughout Kingsport.  In addition, the KCS team is also on the roads by 4 a.m., checking out conditions as well.  Getting that first-hand look in our neighborhoods and community is a vital step in making sure the best and safest decision is made.
  4. Around 5 a.m., KCS staff will again communicate to review road conditions and monitor current radar and weather forecasts.  At this time, administration works to make a final decision, based on a combination of the best available information at that time.
  5. If at all possible, staff works to make a final decision regarding any potential schedule change between 5 and 5:30 a.m.  This is necessary for a variety of reasons… KCS transportation, school nutrition, and custodial staff are beginning the process of reporting to work in this timeframe.  Bus transportation begins around 6 a.m., and by that time, school nutrition staff is already beginning the process of preparing breakfasts and custodial staff is working hard to prep schools across KCS.  If a change is to be made to the schedule, it is important that these folks are aware.
  6. Additionally, families and students certainly need to know of any schedule change as soon as possible.  If a change is to be made, the KCS communications staff begins to do its work immediately, posting the information to KCS social media, contacting local TV and radio stations, broadcasting the change on WCSK, 90.3 FM, posting the information on the district website at http://www.k12k.com, and sending out a phone call, email, and text message.  The goal is for all communication processes to be complete by 6 a.m., so that the entire Kingsport community is aware of any changes in a timely manner.

Any schedule change affects the entire Kingsport community, and it’s certainly not taken lightly.  However, it is sometime necessary due to important safety concerns.  Decisions are made given the very best information possible at the time, unfortunately without the benefit of hindsight… experience tells us that forecasts and conditions often change quickly during the winter here in northeast Tennessee.  However, we are fortunate to have highly qualified weather experts, a fantastic City Public Works staff, and a world-class KCS custodial staff that support the safety of Kingsport City Schools students and staff.

Have a question about the KCS inclement weather processes?  Leave a question in the comment section, and we’ll do our best to answer it here!

The Saturday Six “Holiday Break Reading” Edition – December 17, 2016

With the publishing of this weekend’s Saturday Six, Kingsport City Schools is now officially on Winter Vacation!  Students won’t return to class until Wednesday, January 4, 2017, which will hopefully give our families time to enjoy a wonderful break.  The Saturday Six will also be taking a couple of weeks off, returning after school begins again in 2017.

How will you spend the next two weeks?  For many folks, this is a perfect time to cozy up by the fire with some hot chocolate and a great book.  Looking for some good book ideas?  This week, with the help of KCS Coordinator of Literacy Programs Emily Helphinstine, the Saturday Six offers six book suggestions to help you complete your winter reading list.  Enjoy these possibilities!

  1. 12-16-1   The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown – “…An irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times,”  tells the Depression-era tale of nine working-class boys from the University of Washington who fielded a crew team and shocked the world by defeating Hitler’s German team in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
  2. 12-16-2  Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys – A “masterful work of historical fiction”  that proves that humanity and love can prevail, even in the darkest times.  Ten thousand people, who discover that neither country nor culture nor status truly matters,  find themselves struggling for survival in this tale inspired by the real-life sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, considered to be the greatest maritime disaster in history.
  3. 12-16-3  Echo, by Pam Munoz Ryan – Echo tells the tale of Otto who finds himself lost and alone in a forbidden forest.  When he meets three mysterious sisters, Otto finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.
  4. 12-16-4  The Quiltmaker’s Gift, by Jeff Brumbeau – When a generous quiltmaker agrees to make a quilt for a greedy king, but only under certain circumstances, she causes the king to undergo a change of heart.  Each page of The Quiltmaker’s Gift highlights a different quilt block pattern whose name relates to the unfolding story.
  5. 12-16-5  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fryby Rachel Joyce – Named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry tells about retired Englishman Harold Fry’s six hundred mile journey on foot to deliver a  message to a woman he hadn’t heard from in twenty years until her good-bye letter arrived at his home.  Full of charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we bury deep in our hearts, this novel introduces Joyce as a “wise – and utterly irresistible – storyteller.”
  6. 12-16-6  The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson – In The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, we find the tale of a reluctant centenarian, Allan Karlsson, who decides it’s never too late to start over. To avoid life in a nursing home, Karlsson climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and unexpected journey that involves a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot dog stand operator, and an elephant.

 

 

The Saturday Six “Holiday Concert” Edition – December 10, 2016

It’s beginning to look a lot like… KCS Holiday Concert season time!!

Last week, the Saturday Six provided a listing of upcoming holiday concert offerings across the district, along with an open invitation for you to attend.  Many of you took us up on this offer!  We hope you have enjoyed watching and listening to the awesome talents of our students and staff.  With a week of school left before break, there are still opportunities for you to join us (more on that later).

If you were not able to attend our holiday concerts last week, we have you covered!  Kingsport City Schools radio station WCSK (90.3 FM) is replaying concerts all season long.  Let WCSK be your soundtrack for the season with a wide ranging mix of holiday music… much of it student performed!  Broadcasting 24/7, WCSK is a fantastic listen.

Want to hear KCS holiday concerts right now?  WCSK is also online and on-demand!  Click here to access the WCSK homepage, where you can listen live.  Concert events are also available on the station “podcasts” page.  Want another shortcut?  Here are links to the audio of several recent KCS holiday concerts.

  1. On November 29th, the Robinson Middle School Band helped kick off the season with their annual holiday concert.  Click here to listen.
  2. On December 1st, the students of Roosevelt Elementary held their Lighting of the Tree ceremony and holiday concert.  Click here to listen.
  3. On December 6th, the Sevier Middle School 6th grade orchestra, chorus, and band held their holiday concert.  Click here to listen.
  4. On December 8th , the Dobyns-Bennett Varsity Choirs performed their annual Christmas Concert.  Click here to listen.
  5. As the season continues, visit the WCSK podcast page by clicking here to listen to additional concerts as they continue to be posted for on-demand listening whenever you would like!
  6. There is still time to catch a concert in-person!  Here is a listing of the KCS holiday concerts still to come:
    • Monday, December 12
      • 6 p.m.  John Adams Elementary Choir Concert (Adams Elementary)
    • Tuesday, December 13
      • 6 p.m.  Johnson Elementary 4th Grade Winter Concert (Johnson Elementary)
      • 6:30 p.m.  Johnson Elementary “Christmas Caroling in the Community” (various locations)
      • 7 p.m.  D-B Fine Arts Holiday Concert (Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center)
    • Thursday, December 15
      • 6:30 p.m.  Lincoln Elementary Carolers Christmas Performance (Mafair United Methodist Church)
      • 7 p.m.  Sevier Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Holiday Concert (Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center)

The Saturday Six “Holiday Event Calendar” Edition -December 3, 2016

12-3-1It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  With the holiday season upon us, KCS students are busy spreading cheer for all of Kingsport to see and hear.  A multitude of concerts and activities are planned in the coming weeks and you are invited!  We hope you will consider spending part of your holiday with us… Our students and staff are eager to share their incredible talents with you!

Here is a look at six days of KCS holiday events!  Okay… There are really seven days, but we hope you won’t mind the bonus item this week.  🙂

  1. Saturday, December 3
    • 6 p.m.  D-B’s A Cappella group ARMONIA performs at the Kingsport Christmas Tree Lighting (Church Circle)
    • 7 p.m.  D-B Orchestra Small Ensemble Concert (D-B Music Building)
  2. Tuesday, December 6
    • 7 p.m.  Robinson Middle School Orchestra Holiday Concert (RNR Auditorium)
    • 7:30 p.m.  Sevier Middle School 6th Grade Holiday Concert (JSMS Auditorium)
  3. Thursday, December 8
    • 6 p.m.  Robinson Middle School Chorus Concert (RNR Auditorium)
    • 7:30 p.m.  D-B Varsity Choirs Christmas Concert (First Baptist Church, Church Circle)
  4. Monday, December 12
    • 6 p.m.  John Adams Elementary Choir Concert (Adams Elementary)
  5. Tuesday, December 13
    • 6 p.m.  Johnson Elementary 4th Grade Winter Concert (Johnson Elementary)
    • 6:30 p.m.  Johnson Elementary “Christmas Caroling in the Community” (various locations)
    • 7 p.m.  D-B Fine Arts Holiday Concert (Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center)
  6. Thursday, December 15
    • 6:30 p.m.  Lincoln Elementary Carolers Christmas Performance (Mafair United Methodist Church)
    • 7 p.m.  Sevier Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Holiday Concert (Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center)

Bonus Item!  On Tuesday, December 20, D-B will be holding an A Cappella Christmas performance at the Renaissance Center Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Please come and share the holiday season with us!

The Saturday Six “Thanksgiving” Edition – November 26, 2016

11-22-1This week, the Saturday Six pauses to reflect on the many things with which we have to be thankful.  We are blessed live, work, and learn in a community that cares deeply about our children and providing them the best possible educational and life experiences.  There is much to be thankful for!

  1. We are thankful for the over 7,700 children from Pre-K through 12th grade that fill our schools each day.  These bright and valuable treasures are the future of our community, and it is an honor to work every day to provide them a world-class education that will positively shape their futures.
  2. We are thankful for the talented faculty and staff members of KCS that give their all for students of KCS.  Whether its providing that extra individual attention a student may need or developing creative and innovative ideas that are student focused, the women and men of KCS are truly world class!
  3. We are thankful for the families that support the students and schools of KCS.  By having truly engaged parents, guardians, and families, authentic partnerships are forged that maximize the potential for all students.
  4. We are thankful for a community that supports our students, staff, and schools.  For almost 100 years, the citizens of Kingsport have placed a high level of value and trust in KCS.  The support of education and activities sets KCS apart and helps provide a truly exceptional school experience.
  5. We are thankful the leadership of our schools, district, local government, and community that guide and support the vision of KCS.  Kingsport is blessed to have leadership throughout Kingsport that recognizes the importance of having world-class school system and ensures KCS remains on the path to greatness.
  6. What are you thankful for this holiday season?  Leave a comment so that your suggestion can be a part of this week’s Saturday Six!

The Saturday Six “Health and Wellness” Edition – November 19, 2106

Kingsport City Schools certainly strives to provide a world-class educational experience for all students.  But did you know that extensive work also takes place to support an environment that develops good health and wellness throughout the district?  Misty Keller, the KCS Coordinator of Coordinated School Health, guides that work with the goal of establishing healthy life habits for students and staff.  Research is clear that healthy bodies help maximize academic achievement… It’s a win-win!

But in what ways does KCS support good health?  This week, the Saturday Six looks at six programs that encourage healthy lifestyles for students and staff.  Want to learn more?  Check out this video that highlights the health and wellness initiatives taking place all across KCS!

  1. Active Classrooms – By utilizing the concept of active classrooms, teachers across KCS are putting into practice the research showing that active students are able to focus and achieve at high levels.  In select classrooms, children have the opportunity to use special equipment that allows them to pedal, glide, balance, and move while doing their academic work.  While on the surface this may seem like a distraction, the opposite is actually true!  The stimulation energizes the students and primes them for increased focus and learning.
  2. Telemedicine – In today’s world, having the opportunity to visit a physician during the school day can be a difficult task.  However, the KCS telemedicine program uses technology to help provide convenient access to medical care.  Using the internet and  specialized instruments in school clinics, students can be remotely examined by qualified medical personnel that are physically in another location.  It is an innovative option for parents that wish to ensure that their children have convenient access to cutting-edge healthcare.
  3. Water Bottle Refill Stations – Thanks to the support of the KCS Coordinated School Health program and also through water bottles provided to each KCS student by Healthy Kingsport, KCS schools now have unique water bottle refill stations to establish healthy drinking habits.  These stations provide a quick refill of cold water, providing a convenient alternative to sugary drinks.  Electronic counters on each station show that since being installed, these stations have provided tens-of-thousands of bottles to KCS students, staff, and visitors!
  4. Healthy Lunch Options – The KCS School Nutrition Services department works daily to provide nutritious, tasty food to thousands of students and staff.  In addition to the typical school lunches, a trip to a KCS cafeteria will reveal a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, salads, and other nutritious meal options.  It is not unusual to see both students and staff lined up at a KCS salad bar at lunch time, making healthy choices about how to fuel their bodies!
  5. Go Noodle – What happens when technology meets physical fitness?  Go Noodle!  The online video library utilized in classrooms all across KCS provides a wide-reaching resource to get kids up and moving. Whether on a short movement interlude during the academic day or on days when the weather won’t allow students to go outside, Go Noodle leads children in physical activities that are fun and highly engaging.
  6. In addition, there are a wide variety of activities and opportunities to get up and moving throughout the school day.  Before school running and walking clubs like the Morning Mile encourage students in many schools to start their day with physical activity.  Grants and resources from organizations like Project Fit America have provided highly engaging active playground equipment.  And intramural programs across the district give students an opportunity to participate in a variety of different sports and activities.

The opportunities to develop a healthy, active learning community are always evolving.  In fact, the combination of activity, creativity, and physical play have all come together at Jackson Elementary using a new resource, Imagination Playground.  This innovative program allows students to use materials to design and utilize their own play spaces.  It’s just one more way that KCS is always looking to support and develop healthy life habits!

The KCS Saturday Six “D-B Band” Edition – November 12, 2016

This weekend, the Dobyns-Bennett Band concludes their competitive season at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, IN.   This event features the best-of-the-best high school marching bands from across the country, and in the world of music, is the true national championship.  D-B has advanced to the semi-final round in all of their championship appearances, including this year.  Later today, they will compete for the opportunity to be a part of tonight’s elite finals competition.

This week, the Saturday Six looks at six things to know about the Dobyns-Bennett Band program!

  1. With a membership that often approaches 400 members, the D-B Band is consistently the largest marching band in Tennessee… Even larger than the Pride of the Southland Marching Band at the University of Tennessee!
  2. While you will often see the D-B Band at events across Kingsport, it’s national reputation for quality has provided opportunities to perform around the country.  In recent years, the band has performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, at Carnegie Hall, and in the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Parade.
  3. As one of the most successful music programs in Tennessee and America, the walls of the D-B music building are lined with national awards, recognitions, and trophies.  Most recently, they were named winner of the Bands of America Regional competition in Winston-Salem, NC, the fourth straight year to capture that award.  They also finished third overall at this year’s BOA Atlanta Super Regional, winning the top prize for Outstanding Music Performance among all bands!
  4. Under the direction of Band Director Lafe Cook and outstanding staff, the D-B Band is the only band in Tennessee to have received both the prestigious Sudler Flag of Honor and the Sudler Shield from the John Philip Sousa Foundation.  The Flag of Honor recognizes high school band programs internationally for sustained excellence in concert performance, while the Shield does the same for marching band excellence.
  5. Members of the band don’t stop performing once they graduate from D-B.  You’ll find former D-B musicians performing at colleges and universities such as Harvard, Yale, Vanderbilt, Julliard, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, East Tennessee State University, and many other major college programs, such as the University of Tennessee!
  6. While the backbone of the band program is certainly the talented young musicians and staff that work so hard to perfect their craft, there is an army of supporters that also gives their all for the success of the program.  The D-B Band Boosters is a large organization comprised of parents and community supporters that labor year-round to provide the physical, logistical, and financial support needed to have a world-class program.  To find out more about the band or the boosters, check them out at www.dbband.org.

We would also be remiss if we didn’t point out that the D-B Band program builds on incredibly solid middle school programs at Robinson and Sevier Middle Schools.  Headed by Hunter Mullins (Sevier) and Kim Hutchinson (Robinson), students in grades 6-8 are not only taught solid music fundamentals, but are also grounded in the KCS musical culture of commitment and excellence.  #OneTribe

Will the D-B Band qualify for the finals tonight at the Bands of America Grand National Championship?  To find out, follow along on the D-B Band Facebook page, the D-B Band Twitter account, and the live BOA blog at musicforall.org.

The Saturday Six “KCS Backs the Blue Part 2” Edition – November 5, 2016

What a great day Tuesday, November 1 turned out to be!  KCS celebrated our first “Back the Blue” day across the district, honoring and thanking the women and men of the Kingsport Police Department for all they do to keep our schools and community safe.  This week, the Saturday Six wanted to share a variety of images from that great day, while highlighting six things that occurred.

THANK YOU, KINGSPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT!  You are truly world class.

  1. Back the Blue Day began with a breakfast provided for KPD officers and staff, held at the Kingsport Justice Center.  In fact, there was even a second breakfast held on Thursday morning to say thank you to the officers in platoons that were off on Tuesday.  We are privileged to have such a great group of individuals protecting our community.
  2. Throughout the day, patrol officers visited all KCS elementary schools to perform school walkthroughs and were greeted with a wide variety of “thank yous” and shows of appreciation.  The relationships and positive interactions between officers, students and staff were incredible to see!
  3. It was a blue day all across Kingsport City Schools!  Students and staff wore blue in a sign of unity and support for KPD.  It was an impressive display of solidarity for our officers.
  4. At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, John Sevier Middle School Principal Dr. Holly Flora and JSMS Student Council President Marcus Briggs presented a report on the KCS School Resource Officer program.  SROs are present each day at Dobyns-Bennett, Sevier, and Robinson Middle Schools, providing on-site support.  Our SROs are fantastic and greatly appreciated!
  5. In fact, the four KPD SROs received a steady dose of support throughout the day at D-B, Sevier, and Robinson.  Officers Sean Cornett and Justin Humphries (D-B), Brad Conkin (Sevier) and Rick Marshall (Robinson) were all placed in the spotlight by their schools, showing just how much their daily protection is appreciated!
  6. The day concluded with the Board of Education presenting a formal resolution to the Kingsport Police Department designating November 1 as “KCS Backs the Blue Day” across KCS.  KPD Chief David Quillin, Public Information Officer Tom Patton, and SROs Sean Cornett, Brad Conkin, and Rick Marshall accepted the honor on behalf of the KPD.  It was a fitting conclusion to an incredible day supporting our police!

Use the hashtag #BacktheBlue on KCS social media to find all the images from this great day!