The D-B Band is at it again! As we speak, the Dobyns-Bennett Band is impressively representing our community at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, IN. This is the culminating event of the competitive band season in the United States, and D-B has again reached the semi-finals of this prestigious event. After performing this morning at 10:15 a.m., they hope to reach the competition finals tonight, which would place them in the top 12 marching bands in America. For up to the minute updates, follow along on Twitter @DBHS_Band or look for retweets on @KCS_District or @AndyTrueKCS.
This is also a big weekend for a KCS Board of Education member. Board Vice President Mrs. Susan Lodal will conclude her term as President of the Tennessee School Boards Association at their annual convention. Over the past year, Mrs. Lodal has represented both KCS and Tennessee school boards in many capacities, working to improve public education in our state. We are fortunate to have such a passionate advocate for the children of Kingsport!
It was also a huge week for several D-B athletes. Four D-B athletes signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college next year. Congratulations to Haverly Harrold, who will play golf at Lee University, William Nottingham, who will play golf at Clemson, Marrisa Honeycutt, who will play softball at North Alabama, and Abby Stratton, who will be playing softball at Roane State.
Were you a guest in a KCS school this week? If you were, you were certainly not alone, as hundreds of citizens and veterans took part in Veterans Day celebrations across the district. Words cannot express the gratitude and love we have for those that have served our country, and this week’s celebrations are but a small way that we can show our appreciation for all they have sacrificed.
Speaking of appreciating those that sacrifice for us, a big thank you goes out to the Kingsport Police Department! If you have spent any time in a KCS school, you have likely seen a KPD officer talking with children and staff, patrolling the building, or just providing a safety presence. KCS is blessed to have such a positive relationship with our local law enforcement. Thank you, Kingsport Police Department, for going the extra mile to keep our schools safe!
If you aren’t already listening, this weekend is a great time to re-discover a true gem, WCSK radio. Found at 90.3 on your FM dial, Kingsport City Schools’ eclectic and educational radio station broadcasts a wide variety of music, programming, D-B sports, and even KCS student performances. There is truly something for everyone. Check it out!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.