The Saturday Six “D-B EXCEL Makerspace” Edition – December 9, 2017

The transformation of learning environments is always ongoing throughout Kingsport City Schools, as new and innovative educational experiences provide incredible opportunities for KCS students.

D-B EXCEL offers an inspiring curriculum, empowering culture, and cultivating real-world learning applications. Students are not only challenged by the rigor of D-B EXCEL’s coursework, they are also exposed to 21st century skills which are are critical for advancement in both their education and careers. In order to help D-B EXCEL achieve this mission of providing an innovative approach to personalized learning, the D-B EXCEL Makerspace was created.

The Makerspace was constructed to give students the opportunity to design, create, and innovate through project and problem-based learning.  In the Makerspace, students have access to numerous design and presentation possibilities.  These experiences will guide students toward demonstrating mastery and proficiency of 21st century skills and standards in all content areas.  Through the Makerspace, students expand their learning opportunities, experience the real-world, and explore innovative ways of thinking.

What’s in the DBE Makerspace?  Let’s check it out!

  1. Digital Arts Classes – Serving as DBE’s primary elective focus, students utilize current technology tools to produce digital arts products that reflect and demonstrate curricular learning.  While Digital Arts standards form the core of the work in this lab, the location acts as the platform for teaching effective use of all technology equipment for other academic classes, as well.
  2. 3D Printing – The Makerspace allows for extensive use of the lab’s 3D printers, where students can design and print objects reflecting their learning.  The lab utilizes cutting edge products such as Autodesk Fusion 360, Ultimaker, and Makerbot Replicator and 3D Scanner.
  3. Digital Photography & Videography – Extensive student work is produced through the development of high-tech photography and videography productions.  Using a green-screen and technology tools, learning is presented in engaging and eye-popping fashion.  In this area, you’ll see tools such as high-tech Nikon cameras, a GoPro camera, a Canon photo printer, and even a DJI Phantom Drone including a camera.
  4. Graphic Design – Design skills are developed through the production of online and printed materials.  Students utilize the latest technology tools in their productions, such as Adobe Creative Suite, Wacom drawing tablets, a digital scanner, and even a full-size color HP Poster Printer.
  5. Mac Computer Lab – To be truly innovative and cutting-edge, students need to have the best technology available for design work.  To accomplish this, the Makerspace contains 10 iMac desktop computers and 15 MacBook Pros!
  6. Project-Based Learning – At its core, the Makerspace exists to provide an environment that is engaging and centered on content learning.  Cross-curricular experiences cover all academic content areas, where students demonstrate learning mastery through the production of items such as history posters, children’s books, and video products.  It is true 21st Century project-based learning and a tremendous opportunity for engaging student learning!

Next Week in the Saturday Six – Construction is about to begin on the Regional Science and Technology Center on the campus of Dobyns-Bennett High School.  We’ll look back to the ceremonial groundbreaking, as well as explore what is to come in this incredible new facility.

The Saturday Six “Special Education” Edition – December 2, 2017

As its core mission, Kingsport City Schools strives to provide all students with a world-class educational experience.  This is especially true regarding special education services provided throughout the district.  The KCS Special Education Department oversees all programming for students eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). Special Education services are provided in the least restrictive environment for students (ages 3-22) through a continuum of options. Teachers and administrators work collaboratively to develop individualized educational programs that provide support ensuring students can successfully access the academic, social, and emotional opportunities available at school.

This week in the Saturday Six, let’s learn more about all that is involved with KCS Special Education services!

  1. At its core, the KCS special education teachers and staff concentrate on five key areas of focus:
    • Identifying students with a need for specialized programming and support, creating opportunities to reach each child’s potential by setting high expectations.
    • Providing activities and an atmosphere conducive to the development and improvement of social and emotional well-being.
    • Encouraging, educating, and supporting all stakeholders to be actively involved in the educational process.
    • Promoting collaborative practices across educational settings for all KCS staff, community partners, and families to ensure continuity of programs and services.
    • Providing curricular programs and activities that provide continuity and help students prepare for successful transitions within and from the school environment.
  2. The KCS “Child Find” service is used to locate, identify and evaluate children (ages 3 to 21) who may need specialized programming and support in an education setting.  This is for children who reside within the Kingsport City School district, including those who may be homeless, migrant, homeschooled or attending a private school.  Educational needs are determined through parent interviews, with medical documentation when necessary, and evaluation of the student.  Areas evaluated may include, but are not limited to, vision, hearing, speech and language, motor, cognitive, and adaptive development.  Following evaluation, if a child is determined to be in need of special educational services or a 504 individual accommodation plan, an individual plan of services will be developed.
  3. What services are provided to children?  KCS special education services include:
    • Early Intervention Classrooms
    • General Education Classrooms
    • Speech and Language Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Vision Services
    • Audiological Services
    • Medical Support
    • Behavioral Support
    • Classroom Accommodations/Modifications
    • Specialized Learning Environments
  4. One unique program unique to KCS is “Tribe Games.”  Tribe Games were started several years ago with the mission of providing athletic competitions for individuals with moderate to severe disabilities.  KCS has a long-standing tradition of athletic excellence, and special education teachers within the district wanted students with disabilities to have the same opportunities to compete with one another in a fun, safe, and supportive athletic environment.
    • Tribe Games consist of three annual events (bowling, swimming and track & field).  On average, approximately 140 student athletes from across the district come together to compete with one another.  At each event, BUDS, or peer tutors, also come to assist students in the competition.  All together, there are over 200 individuals that attend each event as either an athlete, BUD, coach or administrator.
    • Kingsport Athletics have always had a tremendous amount of support from the local community and the same is true for Tribe Games.  Texas Roadhouse (Stone Dr. Kingsport) provides free meals at every event for all participants (including coaches, volunteers and BUDS).  Texas Roadhouse employees, including Manager Dave Batts, also attend each event and serve food to participants.  Daniel Kilgore, a former standout athlete in Kingsport now playing in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers,  contributes a significant amount of resources and time to ensure each event is a first class experience for all involved.
    • In addition, there are many others who contribute to the success of Tribe Games: Kingsport City Schools, The Palmer Center Foundation, Kingsport Chamber, Food City, Varsity Trophies, B&E Collision, Simply-Tee-Rific and Allen Greene Photography.  We are truly grateful to live in a community that supports ALL of our students!
  5. The use of new and engaging technology also supports the world-class efforts taking place.  Through an IDEA Discretionary Grant, KCS was able to purchase MILO, a humanoid robot designed to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or in need of social emotional supports.
    • Milo is intended to be interesting and approachable for students.  He can walk, talk and even model human facial expressions.  Milo never gets frustrated or tired.  He consistently delivers lessons in a way that evokes student responses.  This recurring positive experience creates an environment in which learners can learn and thrive.  By working with Milo on a regular basis, students improve their social and behavioral skills and gain the confidence needed to succeed academically and socially.
    • Students working with Milo learn to tune-in on emotions, express empathy, act more appropriately in social situations, self motivate, and generalize in the population.
    • Currently, Milo resides at Washington Elementary School and works with eight students as often as three times a week.
  6. KCS special education teachers perform amazing work with our students!  What motivates them in their work?  Let’s ask!
    • “My main goal as a high school special educator is to prepare my students to be successful in life after high school and to be contributing members of society. Through the work of our Transition School to Work program, students are now career-focused and are being equipped with the skills they need to be successful in a work setting. I am encouraged and reminded of the importance of this work each time I go into a store and see our students working. They are excellent employees and are always proud to show off their work. The culmination of this hard work is evidenced by many of our students being offered a paid position within the company or business they’ve been training with. Words cannot describe the level of joy associated with seeing a student reaching their potential and accomplishing their goals.” – Jimmy Burleson, Teacher
    • “As an OT in the school system, I am motivated by the uniqueness each child possesses, by helping identify what the child can do, and by helping the child be the best he or she can be. Through this process, these children are teaching me, too.”​ – Kayla McCord, Occupational Therapist
    • “What motivates me the most about working with my students is the opportunity to make a difference through helping them communicate. I can help a nonverbal student have a voice though the technology of a communication device. I can help a student with Autism understand social communication, so that he is able to be successful on the job. I can help a student with language deficits to answer questions and find success within the classroom.   It’s the thought of giving these students the ability to achieve and grow by having a voice and the means to communicate that drives me!” – Andrea Bunton, Secondary Speech Language Pathologist
    • “As a teacher of students with different abilities, I am motivated by the notion of realism and idealism driven by innovation. Students motivate my teaching as I motivate their learning. Essentially, we are all learning together through boundless mindsets. I set the expectations high in my classroom and adjust to meet students where they are through innovative strategies. This practice creates an environment of responsiveness to help students with different abilities reach their potential. Serving them in that capacity and watching them exceed expectations to be as successful as possible… that’s what motivates me every single day inside and outside the classroom.” – Morgan Saunders, Teacher 

Next week in the Saturday Six:  Exciting things are happening in KCS through the use of cutting-edge technology.  We’ll look at the Makerspace at D-B EXCEL to learn about some great tools students are putting to use!

The Saturday Six “Holiday Concert” Edition – November 25, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!  We hope you had a restful holiday of thanks and enjoyed sharing a long weekend with family and friends.  As we turn our sights toward the holiday season, the schedule will turn busy with concerts and celebrations featuring our fantastic students and staff.

This week in the Saturday Six, let’s review the schedule of holiday happenings that will take place in the coming weeks across Kingsport City Schools.  It will certainly be a festive December!

  1. We hit the ground running next week with three events, involving students from elementary through high school.
    • Tuesday, Nov.  28 @ 7:30 p.m. – Robinson Band Holiday Concert (at RNR)
    • Thursday, Nov. 30 @ 2:30/5:30 p.m. – Roosevelt 4th & 5th Grades Winter and Holiday Performance (at Roosevelt)
    • Thursday, Nov. 30 @ 7 p.m. – Dobyns-Bennett Orchestra Small Ensemble Dessert Concert (at D-B Instrumental Music Building) *Please note that this is a ticketed event.
  2. The first weekend of December also features a special event by the D-B Orchestra.  Again, please note that this is a ticketed event.
    • Saturday, Dec. 2 @ 7 p.m. – Dobyns-Bennett Orchestra Small Ensemble Dessert Concert (at D-B Instrumental Music Building)
  3. The first full week of December will again highlight students ranging from elementary through high school.  It will be an incredible display of musical talent!
    • Sunday, Dec. 3 @ 6 p.m. – Kennedy Chorus Hanging the Greens (at Lynn Garden Baptist Church)
    • Thursday, Dec. 7 @ 6 p.m. – Jackson Music Program & Art Show (at Jackson)
    • Thursday, Dec. 7 @ 7:30 p.m. – Robinson Chorus Holiday Concert (at RNR)
    • Friday, Dec. 8 @ 7 p.m. – D-B Varsity Choirs Concert (at First Broad Street United Methodist Church)
  4. The week of December 10th-16th will feature five events over four nights of holiday spirit!
    • Monday, Dec. 11 @ 7 p.m. – Sevier Band, Orchestra, and Chorus 6th Grade Holiday Concert (at Sevier)
    • Tuesday, Dec. 12 @ 7 p.m. – D-B Band, Orchestra, and Chorus Holiday Concert (at Eastman Employee Center)
    • Thursday, Dec. 14 @ 9 a.m./7 p.m. – Sevier Band, Orchestra, and Chorus 7th & 8th Grade Holiday Concert (at Eastman Employee Center)
    • Thursday, Dec. 14 @ 6 p.m. – Johnson 4th Grade Winter Concert (at Johnson)
    • Friday, Dec. 15 @ 6:30 p.m. – Lincoln Christmas Gala: Pre-K – 2nd Grade Art & Music Showcase (at Lincoln)
  5. The final week of the school semester wraps up with a whopping seven student events.  It will be a busy and festive final week of the season!
    • Monday, Dec. 18 @ 6 p.m. – Adams Headliner Choir Winter Concert (at Adams)
    • Tuesday, Dec. 19 @ 6 p.m. – Washington 3rd Grade Concert/Learning Center F (at Washington)
    • Tuesday, Dec. 19 @ 6:30 p.m. – Lincoln Carolers (at Mafair United Methodist Church)
    • Tuesday, Dec. 19 @ 7 p.m. – Robinson Orchestra Holiday Concert (at RNR)
    • Thursday, Dec. 21 @ 8:30 a.m. – Adams Choir Family Christmas (at Adams)
    • Thursday, Dec. 21 @ 9 a.m. – Kennedy Choir Festival of Carols (at Kennedy)
    • Thursday, Dec. 21 @9 a.m. – Lincoln School-wide Christmas Carol Sing-a-long, 9 a.m. (at Lincoln)
  6. Stay up to speed on the full slate of winter activities across KCS by accessing our online activities calendar.  Click here to view the full calendar.

Next Week in the Saturday Six:  The mission of Kingsport City Schools is to provide a student-focused and world-class education that ensures college and career students for all students.  We’ll take a look at the wide scope of special education services that are in place to help KCS fulfill its mission.

The Saturday Six “American Education Week” Edition – November 18, 2017

Each year in November, the educational community stops to give special recognition and say “thank you” to educators of all types during American Education Week.  Kingsport is blessed to have over 1,200 educators that give so much of themselves, both professionally and personally, so that all children can succeed.  Thank you to these women and men that are so dedicated to the success of our students!

This week in the Saturday Six, we pause to celebrate these educators.  Let’s look at a few images (admittedly more than six this week) that capture some of these great Kingsport City Schools employees.



Next week in the Saturday Six:  Can you believe it’s almost holiday concert season?  We’ll take a look at the full schedule of KCS holiday programs so that you can plan accordingly!

The Saturday Six “Charity Month” Edition – November 11, 2017

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A key component of the Kingsport City Schools Guiding Tenets is to develop a community that is fully engaged, while supporting students in their academic, physical, and emotional development.  As a part of that effort, students and staff continually seek service opportunities and ways to positively impact our community, both local and beyond.  It’s a focus that helps us all see how our collective talents and gifts can better our world.

November has been designated as “KCS Charity Month.”  It’s a time dedicated to joining together in service to others by recognizing the needs in our community and empowering students to find solutions.  Lives can be changed through this collective effort, as over 7,000 individuals from KCS strive to make a difference.

This week in the Saturday Six, let’s take a look at some of the ways KCS students and staff are impacting our community.  We are #OneTribe!

  1. A focus across the district is on meeting needs related to hunger in our community.  Students seek how they can F.E.E.D. (Feel, Engage, Empower, Do it!) others, not looking at the initiative as an “extra” project, but creating an ongoing attitude that strives to nourish the hunger of others, be it for food, resources, or nourishment of the heart!
  2. The KCS middle schools have taken the F.E.E.D. concept to heart!  Robinson Middle School and Sevier Middle School are both actively pursing ways to gather resources to support those in need.  Robinson is in the middle of a Thanksgiving food drive for students and families, and Sevier is supporting Operation Christmas Child and continuing to provide donations to those effected by flooding in Texas.
  3. The students and staff at Dobyns-Bennett are incredibly active in service both at school and throughout the community.  Student clubs and organizations that meet both during and after school work with local organizations to provide resources and services to make Kingsport a better place.  You’ll find D-B students volunteering in our local hospitals, churches, and community organizations.  Some students even volunteer in our own KCS schools.  The D-B YES! Club provides valuable mentoring and support to elementary students throughout KCS.
  4. Service projects are also in full swing at all KCS elementary schools.  Students and staff are hard at work collecting food for holiday food baskets, supplies for agencies such as the SBK animal shelter, and holiday cards for veterans.  For instance, 100 handmade or store-bought cards will be delivered to veterans at the VA nursing home and VA domiciliary for homeless veterans through the efforts of KCS students, and holiday cards will also be sent to soldiers deployed around the globe.
  5. Food drives are taking place at all elementary schools, supporting agencies such as Second Harvest Food Bank and the KCS Family Resource Center. Students and staff are also helping children have a brighter holiday through the Adopt-a-Student program with Angel Tree, providing warm items such as gloves and mittens to those in need, and helping those effected by fires in California.
  6. And as a school system, the KCS Family Resource Center also continually provides items such as food, clothes, and backpacks to KCS families.  As the colder holiday season approaches, many students in Kingsport will have the opportunity to have a new warm coat and a great holiday meal thanks to the efforts of all involved with the Kingsport City Schools FRC.

November is a great time to focus on how we can support others!  Thanks to initiatives such as Charity Month, the students and staff of KCS can continue to seek ways to improve the lives of all around us.

Next week in the Saturday Six:  November 13-17, 2017 is American Education Week in the U.S.  We’ll take a look at some of the phenomenal educators making a difference in the lives of KCS students, and celebrate the women and men that give so much to make Kingsport City Schools a world-class school system!

The KCS Saturday Six “School Resource Officer” Edition – November 4, 2017

Each and every day, the women and men of the Kingsport Police Department go the extra mile to serve and protect the children and staff of Kingsport City Schools.  Whether on the streets, patrolling the exterior of our school campuses, or walking through our school buildings on a daily basis, these officers are a key supportive resource that help ensure the safest possible school environment.

On Wednesday, November 1st, KCS paused to celebrate these heroes during the 2nd annual “KCS Back the Blue” day.  Special recognitions took place throughout the day as the officers and staff of the KPD took a much deserved turn in the spotlight.  While all are greatly appreciated, four officers in particular hold a special place in the hearts of KCS students and staff.  The KCS School Resource Officers serve full-time in KCS schools, adding a vital layer of safety and security to the learning environment.

In this week’s Saturday Six, let’s take a look at the four KCS School Resource Officers and highlight the great work they do for KCS!

  1. Through a partnership with the Kingsport Police Department, four SROs serve in KCS schools.  Two officers work at Dobyns-Bennett High School, with an additional officer placed at both Sevier and Robinson Middle Schools.  All four of these officers also support other KCS schools as needed.  Let’s meet the great team that serves as the KCS School Resource Officers!
  2. John Sevier Middle School SRO Brad Conkin is a 31 year-old Kingsport native, graduating from Sullivan South High School in 2005 and then attending Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. He graduated from Tennessee Tech in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries.  After college, he worked for the Tennessee State Parks before joining the police force in 2010.  He first worked as a patrolman with the Kingsport Police Department and was chosen to become the School Resource Officer at John Sevier Middle School in 2014.While working as a patrolman, Conkin began to be drawn to the schools through walk-through patrols.  Once experiencing those walk-throughs, he felt strongly that service inside of a school is what he was meant to do. When chosen for the role as SRO at Sevier, he states that, “I truly knew then why I became a police officer… It is the most rewarding job because I go from leaving my house in the mornings as a farther of two to walking in the school and becoming a father of 850​+ for the day.  We can smile, laugh, cry and dance together while still learning.  I know that when parents drop off their kids every morning, they expect a great education and safety.  If I instill a little comfort in parents’ minds for the eight hours a day their kids are here, I feel my job is complete.”
  3. Dobyns-Bennett SRO Sean Cornett was born and raised in Kingsport, graduating from D-B in 1991.  Following graduation, Officer Cornett worked at Eastman as a chemical operator until 2004.  He then started his tenure with KPD, shifting to the role of an SRO in 2008.  After a short transition to other roles with the KPD, he returned to SRO duties in 2015. 

    Officer Cornett also serves as a Field Training Officer and an Advanced Collision Investigator, holding numerous certifications with KPD.  He has twin sons that attended KCS and are now in college.  When not serving the students and staff at D-B, he enjoys working on vehicles, computers, and weight lifting.

  4. Officer Rick Marshall has served as a School Resource Officer for 12 years and is a vital component of the safety team at Ross N. Robinson Middle School. He takes an active role in developing relationships with students and staff, focusing on both safety and doing whatever possible to help each child succeed.  This individualized approach to students has become a hallmark of Officer Marshall’s work and is widely recognized as one of his strengths as a leader and an officer. 

    Officer Marshall has often commented how humbling it is to know that students, staff, parents and community rely on the School Resource Officer to provide a safe and positive learning environment. He is willing to do whatever is needed to make sure every student returns home safely at the end of each day.  He places emphasis on helping children accomplish their goals and watching them progress in life and in their education.  Through his actions, Officer Marshall has helped many students move forward positively in their lives!

  5. Officer Mark Smelser is the newest KCS School Resource Officer, beginning his tenure at Dobyns-Bennett in 2017. Another former KCS graduate, his personality and connection with students have made an instant positive impact on the culture and security of D-B.  While a student at D-B, Officer Smelser was a varsity soccer player and continued to develop those skills while attending Maryville College, where he graduated in 1991. 

    Officer Smelser has served with the Kingsport Police Department for five years and brings a high level of energy and enthusiasm to his work each day.  Knowing he wanted to be a police officer since the age of 5, he is fulfilling his lifelong dream by interacting with students at his alma mater and doing all he can to ensure their well-being.  He has three children, ranging in age from 11 to 20.  An accomplished athlete, Officer Smelser runs an average of 40+ miles per week, having completed eight marathons, participating in the prestigious Boston Marathon three times.

  6. Have you seen the WeAreKCS Video Blog highlighting the KCS SRO program and officers? It’s a great review of the program and provides insight on the purpose and benefits to having such qualified safety officers in our schools each day.

Next week in the Saturday Six:  We’ll take a look at an innovative program designed to support and encourage community service.  It’s “Charity Month” throughout KCS and we’ll learn more about it next week!

The WeAreKCS Video Blog – KCS School Resource Officers

Kingsport City Schools is fortunate to have an exceptional group of School Resource Officers (SROs) working every day to keep our schools safe and secure.  These four Kingsport Police Department officers work full-time in our schools, ensuring that students and teachers have the best possible learning environment.

In honor of this week’s “KCS Back the Blue” day, the WeAreKCS Video Blog highlights these fantastic officers and the KCS School Resource Officer program!

The WeAreKCS Video Blog – Coding @ Jackson Elementary

It’s new!  It’s improved!  The WeAreKCS Video Blog is back!

The “vlog” is one more way to learn all about the great things taking place around Kingsport City Schools.  In this edition, we take a look at how elementary students are using coding to develop high-level technology and problem solving skills.

The Saturday Six “KCS Data” Edition – October 28, 2017

It’s that time of year!  Every fall, a wide variety of data is released to school systems as a result of the previous school year’s student assessments.  Like most systems, Kingsport City Schools takes a deep look at this information to determine where our students are progressing in their academic journey.  But perhaps more importantly, this data is analyzed to determine where we can improve efforts to help all students reach the highest possible levels of achievement and growth.

This week in the Saturday Six, we’ll take a look at several data points that provide information about how KCS is progressing on our desired journey to “world class!”

  1. The ACT continues to serve as the benchmark assessment for high school students in Tennessee, and KCS has again registered one of the highest scores in the state.  Scoring at 22.4, the district had the seventh highest ACT average composite score in Tennessee and the highest of any district in our region!
  2. KCS has placed a priority on supporting students in stretching themselves academically.  One key way this is occurring is through the offering of 24 Advanced Placement courses at Dobyns-Bennett, providing students with rigorous coursework that will well prepare them for future studies.  As AP participation continues to increase, KCS was one of only four districts in Tennessee to have over 70% of AP students score a three or higher on the 2017 AP exam.
  3. The 2017 TNReady test data has revealed some high levels of success in subject areas across the district.  For instance, KCS had the third highest U.S. History proficiency rate in Tennessee on the 2017 TNReady test and the highest rate in the entire eastern region of the state!
  4. U.S. History wasn’t the only subject where KCS finished third in Tennessee and tops in the eastern region… KCS Algebra II students also achieved this mark!
  5. KCS students had the seventh highest Algebra I proficiency rate in the state on the 2017 TNReady Test.  This is especially significant considering these scores do not even include a high percentage of high achieving middle school students who took Algebra I in the spring.  These scores are accounted for in middle school math scores.
  6. Finally, KCS students taking End of Course exams cracked the top-15 in Tennessee in a wide variety of subjects:
    • High School Social Studies – 3rd
    • High School Math – 8th
    • High School English/Language Arts – 10th
    • High School Science 12th
    • English I – 9th
    • English II – 12th
    • Biology – 12th
    • Chemistry – 15th

KCS administrators, teachers, and students will continue to analyze data as it arrives, seeking new insights and opportunities for improvement!

Next week in the Saturday Six:  The Kingsport Police Department partners with KCS to help provide the safest possible environment for students and staff.  To celebrate these efforts by the KPD, Wednesday, November 1 is “KCS Backs the Blue Day” across the district.  We encourage all of Kingsport to wear blue on Wednesday as a part of saying “thank you” and recognizing all these women and men do for us.  Next week, we’ll take a look at the ways KPD helps support Kingsport City Schools!

The Saturday Six “Fall Break” Edition – October 21, 2017

Though students and many staff members took advantage of Fall Break to enjoy some much deserved rest and relaxation, it was still a busy week across Kingsport City Schools.  Many KCS employees were working hard to prepare, serve, and improve our educational community while our facilities were a little less crowded.

What goes on across KCS during a student break?  This week, the Saturday Six goes behind the scenes to take a look at some of the activity and work that has taken place during Fall Break 2017!

  1. As part of the continual effort to improve student learning, the KCS Technology Department was hard at work installing new wireless access points in all elementary schools.  This major project will help ensure that the KCS Technology Vision is fulfilled at all levels and that students have the best possible access to an engaging curriculum!
  2. When over 7,500 students are not in our schools, it’s a great time for the KCS Custodial & Maintenance departments to tackle a wide variety of upkeep items.  Floors were waxed, maintenance took place, and staff worked hard to clean and keep facilities in tip-top shape.  These women and men are a prime reason why KCS has such great learning environments!
  3. Some children continue to call KCS home over break.  Facilities that host Early Childhood Learning Centers and School-Aged Childcare were bustling with activity and learning this week!
  4. A break is also a great time to take care of larger physical projects in schools.  For instance, Adams Elementary received some office and music classroom improvements in the form of new walls and office furniture.  A definite improvement in these important areas!
  5. Learning certainly doesn’t stop over break, even for the adults of KCS.  Professional development activities took place in Kingsport, and several teachers and administrators even gave up part of their vacation to attend important learning opportunities outside of Kingsport.
  6. And while classes may not have taken place this week, business operations across the district kept right on rolling.  From schools to the Administrative Support Center, offices remained active to serve the needs of the community.

We hope you had a great Fall Break 2017.  We’ll see you back at school on Monday morning, October 23rd.  It’s hard to believe there are only 4 1/2 weeks until Thanksgiving and only 41 days until Winter Break!

Next week in the Saturday Six:  This is a time of year when teachers and administrators spend much time reviewing and analyzing a wealth of incoming data.  Next week, we’ll look at six highlights regarding KCS student growth and achievement data.