Saturday Six

The KCS Saturday Six – October 31, 2015

  1. We truly are #OneKingsport.  Student ambassadors at Abraham Lincoln Elementary took part in a special leadership session with Kingsport Mayor John Clark this week, drawing important lessons from his life and leadership experiences.  It was not only a great opportunity for these incredible students to continue their growth as leaders, but also a wonderful example of how our local community actively supports our students.  Thank you Mayor Clark!
  2. Speaking of Mayor Clark and our local leaders, Kingsport City Schools was excited to be a part of this week’s OneKingsport Summit, drawing together a wide representation of Kingsport residents to plot the future of our great community.  Passion, creativity, and out-of-the-box thinking drove a visioning process that points to an incredibly exciting future for Kingsport.
  3. It’s not easy to be perfect, but Dobyns-Bennett junior Cameron Phillips was just that this week, bowling the first 300 game in D-B’s bowling team history.  Talk about world class!  What an outstanding accomplishment for this terrific young man.
  4. It was also a big week for a KCS administrator, as Dr. Lamar Smith, Supervisor of Federal Programs, was honored as a finalist for the Supervisor of the Year award by the Tennessee Department of Education.  The award recognizes the top supervisors from across the state for their work supporting Tennessee’s schools and students.
  5. Oh, and speaking of perfect, KCS school cafeterias continue to receive perfect scores on their health inspections.  With the exception of one school that “only” scored a 99, all other school cafeterias inspected this year have received a score of 100.  Quite an accomplishment that speaks to the quality of the KCS School Nutrition program.
  6. And though last night’s gutty effort vs. Science Hill marked the end of the 2015 regular season for the D-B Football Team, their work continues next Friday night.  The Tribe opens the TSSAA playoffs in Murfreesboro at Blackman High School.  Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.

The KCS Saturday Six – The Inaugural Edition

Today marks the start of a new communications venture for Kingsport City Schools… the “Saturday Six.”  Each weekend, we’ll highlight six items related to KCS.  It may be current news, recent or upcoming events, teacher or student work and achievements, KCS history, or just interesting tidbits about the district.  We hope you’ll make the Saturday Six a regular part of your weekend!

  1.  The Dobyns-Bennett Hall of Fame has six new members.  This week, D-B honored yet another class of outstanding alumni.  Because of their outstanding achievements and dedication to D-B, the Hall welcomes Michael Ainslie (1961), Robin Jarvis Askew (1974), Dr. Locke Carter (1954), Lois Patrick Young-Dobyns (1954), Anne Pope (1979), and Fred Walton (1963).  Once an Indian, always an Indian!
  2. KCS text messaging… Coming to a cell phone near you.  On Monday, KCS parents and staff with a cell phone listed in PowerSchool will receive a text asking if they want to receive future messages from KCS.  By responding with “Y” or “Yes,” they will opt-in to receive future vital communications straight to their cell phone, related to emergencies, schedule changes, or other important information.  It’s one more example of how KCS is always working to improve communications with our community.
  3. KCS is pretty in pink.  On Friday, staff members throughout KCS took part in a fundraising initiative to support breast cancer research and awareness.  Teachers, staff, and administrators raised funds and donned pink to show solidarity and support for this important cause.  If you were in a KCS school on Friday, you saw LOTS of pink!
  4. Johnson Elementary Math Night adds to learning.  Thursday evening, parents and teachers at Johnson came together to take a hands-on took at mathematics instruction and see how students can best be supported in their learning.  It was a great evening of knowledge, community, and fun!
  5. Insight KCS continues to share the story of KCS.  On Friday of this week, the 2015-16 class of Insight KCS took a deep look at the curriculum and instruction occurring throughout the district.  Participants learned about literacy and math instruction, as well as taking a tour of Robinson Middle School and Johnson Elementary.  Insight KCS is a year-long community initiative to share the complete operations of KCS with interested area residents.
  6. We are #OneTribe, #OneKingsport.  Next week, KCS is excited to participate in the One Kingsport summit, working to bring all facets of our community together to shape the vision of our great city.  We are privileged to live and work in such a special place, and the summit looks to be an exciting opportunity to move Kingsport forward.  Our spirit of unity makes us great!