The KCS Saturday Six – November 7, 2015

  1. There are lots of smart students around here!  At this Thursday’s Board of Education meeting, the BOE recognized a lengthy list of D-B students that have achieved some pretty impressive academic accomplishments.  D-B senior Theresa Cahill was honored for scoring a perfect 36 on the ACT.  Eight D-B students were named as Semi-Finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program (Emily Baker, Samantha Cahill, Theresa Cahill, Alexander Caviness, Jennifer Garland, Sarah Homoky, Kaylie Richard, and Charlotte Schodowski).  And an additional six seniors were recognized as commended students in the National Merit Scholarship Program (Owen Barbour, Taylor Bunch, Hannah Burgess, Katherine Lawrence, Gibson Mills, and Kaylea Brooke Mohr).  The term “world class” springs to mind.
  2. The impressive results at D-B keep on coming!  The Dobyns-Bennett Orchestra is currently preparing for a trip next March to the prestigious Orchestra America National Festival in Indianapolis.  In receiving an invitation to this elite festival, the D-B Orchestra is identified as one of the best high school orchestra’s in America and will have performance and clinic opportunities to reach even higher levels of skill.  A representative from Orchestra America was in Kingsport this week to help students and parents continue their preparations.
  3. And the D-B Band also continues to excel!  Last weekend, the band finished 4th in the Music for All Atlanta Super Regional competition in the Georgia Dome.  This is the highest finish ever for the D-B Band in this competition.  The band will travel to Indianapolis next weekend for the Grand National Championships, where they will look to improve on last year’s impressive finish as the 14th best marching band in America.
  4. Basketball season has begun.  This week marked the beginning of the middle school basketball season, with Sevier and Robinson heating up quickly with an inter-city matchup against each other.  On Thursday evening at Sevier, the two schools split their games, with Sevier winning twice (Varsity Girls & Junior Varsity Boys) and Robinson winning twice (Junior Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys).  If this week is any indication, we are in for a fantastic season! #OneTribe
  5. KCS is blessed to have incredible community partners.  There are so many local community groups and organizations that go the extra mile to make sure our students have every opportunity to succeed, both academically and in many other ways.  The Boy Scouts of America is one such group that supports our children in becoming great students and citizens.  They will be holding a recruitment and registration open house in the KCS Administrative Support Center Tennessee Room (400 Clinchfield Street, 3rd Floor) on Thursday, November 19th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Students in 1st through 4th grade and their parents/guardians are invited to attend.
  6. Do you have an opinion about what is taught in Tennessee’s public schools?  The Tennessee State Board of Education has launched a review website to collect public feedback on Tennessee’s newly revised grade K-12 math and English language arts (ELA) standards. This is the first time the math and ELA standards (recently revised by Tennessee educators after earlier public input) will be available for public review. The new standards will be available for feedback online through mid-November.  Share your thoughts by clicking here.

Dobyns-Bennett Student-Athletes Give Back

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(Photos courtesy Nick Shepherd, Kingsport Times-News)

We Serve…

Mathematics.  Science.  Language Arts.  Social Studies.  Music.  The Arts.  When it comes to what is taught in Kingsport City Schools, these are likely the subjects that come to mind.  While they form the core foundation of who we are and what we do, there are other words that also describe the values we work to instill in our students and throughout our educational community.

Selflessness.  Commitment.  Integrity.  Thankfulness.  Dedication.  Service.

These were the types of life skills demonstrated by the Dobyns-Bennett Girls and Boys basketball teams on Saturday, August 9, 2014 as almost 30 D-B student-athletes turned out to help serve lunch to members of our local National Guard.  Led by D-B coaches Bill Francis and Charlie Morgan and supported by the Kingsport Texas Roadhouse, these young men and women took time out to, in some small way, show their appreciation for the sacrifice provided by the members of the National Guard.  And though the service provided by these students may pale in relation to those that have risked their lives to protect our freedoms, this act of giving back can help to solidify a foundational understanding of the importance of personal sacrifice.

To be successful on the court, these athletes must show a high level of commitment and dedication in the classroom, during practice, and on game night.  But to ultimately be successful in life, they need to learn the importance of developing and using those same skills in the broader picture… How sacrifice, service, and appreciation will increase the impact of both their lives and the lives of those around them.  These are the lessons our faculty and staff work to instill on a daily basis.  By volunteering to serve others, these young men and women demonstrate they are learning this critical skill that, beyond anything that can be taught in a book, will make them ultimately successful in life.

We Serve… We Are KCS!

Click here to view Nick Shepherd’s full review in the August 10, 2014 Kingsport Times-News.