Excellence in a Creative Environment for Learning

We have had a fantastic first week back at D-B EXCEL! We have spent this week getting to know our students and getting them acclimated to the facility and schedule. We have some important information to share with you about the upcoming weeks. Please review this information with your student and email us at shensley@k12k.com or call us at 423-378-2185 if you have any questions. We look forward to another great year!

Teacher Feature: Meet Mrs. Gardner

Mrs. Erica (Fugate) Gardner is an Algebra 1 and Geometry teacher at Dobyns-Bennett EXCEL. Erica attended high school in Gate City, Virginia and went on to further her education at East Tennessee State University with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Secondary Education.

Mrs. Gardner worked as a substitute teacher for Kingsport City Schools and a sales associate for Old Navy before joining the DBE team! She absolutely loves to cook, especially if she is baking. She is fond of kayaking, Project Runway, and embroidering. She is mildly obsessed with her dogs-- Teddy, Jax, and Lily-- and enjoys giving her embroidered goods to those she loves. When Erica is not sewing gifts for loved ones or floating down the river in her kayak, she can be found in the kitchen canning her home-grown garden goods.

Erica is youngest of four; she has one sister and two brothers. Teaching runs in Mrs. Gardner’s family – her mother-in-law was her high school math teacher. She was happily married to her high school sweetheart this past summer.

Though Mrs. Gardner is new to DBE, she is extremely excited to be working in a collaborative environment surround by teachers and students who are excited about learning and who embrace all avenues and environments in which learning takes place!

D-B EXCEL Online Store

Several students have expressed interest in having a DBE store. We have arranged to have a temporary online store through Action Athletics so students, parents, and staff can purchase DBE merchandise (Shirts, hoodies, hats, bags, etc.). The store will be open until midnight on Sunday, August 20th. Most shirts have color options. Merchandise will be ordered after the store closes and will be delivered to students at school when it is ready. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Shaffer at sshaffer@k12k.com.

DBE Online Store: https://db-excel.itemorder.com

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Delayed Dismissal on August 21st

Due to the solar eclipse on August 21st, D-B EXCEL and the main campus will dismiss at 3pm. D-B EXCEL has ordered solar eclipse glasses for all students so they can safely view the eclipse at school. Dismissal will be as follows:

Bus riders will be dismissed at 2:45pm to board the bus back to main campus.

Car riders will be dismissed after the bus leaves.

Student drivers and walkers will be dismissed when all car riders are out of the parking lot.

Picture Day!

9th, 10th, & 11th Graders

Thursday, August 17th

Senior pictures will be scheduled another day.

D-B EXCEL Student Norms

  • Students will report to school on time and prepared for the school day.

  • Students will bring fully charged laptops and a laptop charger every day.

  • Students will follow their schedule and report to the appropriate area.

  • Students will respect the DBE faculty, staff, visitors and other students at all times.

DBE School Schedule

School Day: 7:45am - 2:30pm

  • Advisory Meeting 7:45am - 8:25am

  • A Block 8:30am - 9:45am

  • B Block 9:50am - 11:05am

  • C Block 11:10am - 1:05pm

  • D Block 1:10pm - 2:30pm

*Students will be counted tardy after 7:45am.

Dismissal: Beginning at 2:30pm

  • Bus riders will be dismissed at the 2:30pm bell.

  • Car riders will be dismissed as the bus leaves.

  • Student drivers and walkers will be dismissed last.

DBE Student Drivers

  • We have our own parking lot and the entrance and exit is on Roller St.

  • Students will need to sign up for a parking permit that will need to hang from their rearview mirror at all times (tinyurl.com/DBEparking)

  • Cars that do not have a car tag will be asked to be moved or will be towed.

  • If the DBE parking lot is full, there is an overflow public parking lot across the street from the Food City loading dock (On Roller St.)

  • DBE students/parents can only park in the parking spots marked D-BE/KCS in the DBE parking lot. DBE students/parents cannot park in the Chamber or medical parking lots or they will be towed.

  • Replacement car tags will be $10.

Car Riders & Bus Riders

Car Riders:
  • Students may be dropped of at DBE beginning at 7:15am. Students arriving after 7:45am will be counted tardy.

  • Please follow the traffic pattern.

  • Car riders will be dismissed after the bus leaves (Approximately 2:35pm)
Bus Riders:
  • Bus riders will board their normal bus in the morning and then board the DBE bus at DB.

  • The DBE bus will arrive at DBE about 7:30am.

  • Bus riders will be dismissed at the 2:30pm bell.

  • The bus will take students to the D-B main campus where they will then board their bus to take them home.

D-B EXCEL Parking Map

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Canvas Parent App

Kingsport City Schools has implemented Canvas as our learning management system. Teachers have most, if not all their coursework in Canvas. To view your student's grades in Canvas you will need to download the Canvas Parent App.

Canvas Parent enhances the potential for parents to engage in their children's education. Parents can review upcoming or past assignments, check on grades, and receive course announcements.

Canvas Parent can be used by anyone who creates an account, has been added to Canvas with an observer role, or has signed up as a parent using the web browser.

Parents can access their child's courses in Canvas through the Parent App.

Click here for information on downloading the Parent App for iPhone.

Click here for information on downloading the Parent App for Android.

The Parent App will allow:

  1. ​Access to their child's courses
  2. View past and upcoming assignments.
  3. Check on grades
  4. Receive course announcements and notifications.

Learn more by clicking here!
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D-B EXCEL Virtual Day

Friday, Aug. 18th, 7:45am

400 Clinchfield Street

Kingsport, TN

D-B EXCEL teachers will be participating in training for a new assessment program. Students will need to work virtually this day.

D-B EXCEL Website

Need more information? Check out our website!


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