Excellence in a Creative Environment for Learning

D-B EXCEL Students Awarded at the Appalachian Fair

CONGRATULATIONS! Digital Arts 4 students, journalism students and MATE students from last year had graphic design work entered in the Appalachian Fair CTE competitions. CONGRATULATIONS to the following:

  • The Journalism students for their first place award AND Outstanding Graphic Communications Project Award for the EXCEL Echo
  • The Digital Arts 4 students for their first place award for the Twilight Alive Summer Concert Series poster they designed for Visit Kingsport AND their two 2nd place awards for the Saturday in the Gardens brochure and tickets that they designed for Keep Kingsport Beautiful
  • The MATE team for their first place award for their marketing display poster

If you go to the fair this week, be sure to walk through the CTE building and look at their awesome work at the Dobyns-Bennett booth!

Mid-Term Schedule


  • All Math mid-terms


  • All English and Social Studies mid-terms


  • All Digital Arts and Science mid-terms


  • End of first mid-term

Tri-Cities College Fair

Eligible Juniors & Seniors will be going to the Tri-Cities College Fair on Thursday, August 30th at Freedom Hall Civic Center. Students will depart about 8:30am and return to school about 10:30am. Permission forms can be picked up from Mrs. Kerkhoff and must be signed and returned by Monday, August 27th to participate.

Student Health Cards

KCS Student Health Cards have been sent home with students this week. These forms must be returned in order for your child to receive over-the-counter medication at school. Students need to return their health cards to Mrs. Hood or their Advisory teacher as soon as possible.

Parent Contact Information:

If your child becomes ill or has an emergency, it is important that we be able to reach you. Please make sure that the school has an accurate telephone number(s) listed for you. This will enable the school to contact you in the event that your child needs you during the school day. Please remember to send new work telephone numbers to school if you change jobs and update cell phone numbers that change.


Kingsport City Schools provide a licensed and/or registered medical professional at every school. All medications, prescription or over-the-counter, are to be administered or assistance given with self-administration by school personnel. Students requiring exceptions (i.e. inhalers, insulin, epi-pens, etc.) are documented with the school nurse and follow KCS School Nursing Procedures. The schools provide parents/guardians with the forms and procedures to use when students require medication. Any questions regarding medication procedures should be directed to the school office or clinic.

Student Flu Shots

Students wanting to receive flu shots at school must turn their permission form in by Friday, August 31st.

Senior Picture Day

Senior pictures will be on September 4th.

D-B Homecoming Week

D-B Homecoming Week is September 4th - 7th

Here are your spirit days for the 2018 Football Spirit week:

  • Tuesday: Meme/Vine day
  • Wednesday: Disney/Character day
  • Thursday: Twin/PJ day
  • Friday: Rednecks v Rappers day

We hope to see everyone dressed out in preparation for our homecoming game against Sevier County!!!

Seniors - Work Ethic Diploma

D-B EXCEL is excited to offer the "Work Ethic Diploma" distinction to our senior students. To kick off this opportunity, we will be hosting an ice cream social for all seniors where we will discuss the Work Ethic Diploma so they can earn this credential by the end of the school year. No matter which pathway students are on, they can benefit from going through this process and earning the Work Ethic credential.

Work Ethic Diploma Ice Cream Social

September 11, 2018

3:00pm in the DBE Cafe

The "Work Ethic Diploma" is a workforce readiness credential that can be earned by high school seniors in participating counties. Students who earn the Work Ethic Diploma will be given preference for job interviews at partnering employers if they meet all other qualifications of the job posting.

Participating students will receive a list of Work Ethic Diploma Standards which includes 14 achievement categories. Each achievement category has one, two, or three subcategories that are assigned a point value. Students who sign up for the Work Ethic Diploma must complete enough of the goals set out in the achievement categories to score 20 points in order to receive the diploma.

ACT Senior Retake Day

DBE Seniors who wish to do so, can retake the ACT on Tuesday, October 2nd.

This is a free opportunity provided by the state to take the ACT again. Please see Mrs. Livesay or Mrs. Hensley if you would like to register.

D-B Sports Schedule for the Week

Monday, August 27th:
  • D-B Volleyball vs South (HOME) at 4:00pm

Tuesday, August 28th:

  • D-B Volleyball vs Volunteer (Away) at 4:00pm
  • D-B Girls Soccer vs Science Hill (Away) at 7:00pm

Thursday, August 30th:

  • D-B Golf: Science Hill & Sullivan South (Ridgefields CC) at 3:30pm
  • D-B Volleyball vs Tennessee High (Away) at 4:00pm
  • D-B Girls Soccer vs Elizabethton (Away) at 6:00pm

Friday, August 31st:

  • D-B Football vs. Science Hill (AWAY) at 7:30pm

Credit Recovery Courses

Credit Recovery classes are held Monday - Thursday from 2:45 to 3:45pm. If you have questions, please see Mrs. Livesay.
Big picture



ETSU Roan Scholars Leadership Program

Nomination applications are now available for the Roan Scholars Program at ETSU.

Nomination applications are now available for the Roan Scholars Program at ETSU. The Roan is one of ETSU's most distinguished merit scholarships covering full tuition and fees and providing allowances for both room and board and textbooks.

Return completed nomination applications to Mrs. Kerkhoff or Mrs. Livesay.

Deadline: September 7

For more information, please visit https://roanscholars.org/

Niswonger Foundation Scholarship

Seniors: Applications are currently available for the Niswonger Foundation Scholarship. The Niswonger Scholarship is a "portable" scholarship which may be used at any college or university in the country. The scholarship amount is up to $30,000.00 annually., in exchange for the Foundation's agreement to provide scholarship support, training, and financial support for each academic year the student receives the scholarship, the student must commit to return to the Northeast Tennessee area to work for that amount of time in their chosen profession. Criteria for this scholarship:

  • Demonstrated Leadership
  • Academics
  • Excellent character
  • Financial need, which is considered a need by all planning their education
  • A commitment to return to Northeast Tennessee area for the years the scholarship funded their education.

For more information, please visit http://www.niswongerfoundation.org/proposals/

Big picture

Each Course Syllabus is in the Process of Being Added to our Online Course Catalog

If you are interested in knowing the information that will be covered during your child's time in each course, you can view the syllabus in the Canvas course by creating a Canvas Parent Account or through our DBE Online Course Catalog. Included in each syllabus is:
  • Course Overview
  • Course Objectives
  • Student Expectations
  • Student Support
  • Attendance Policy
  • Plagiarism Policy
  • Grading Policy
  • Standards Alignment

If you have any questions about information found in a syllabus, please email the teacher for that course.

Eastman Black History Oratorical Contest

Eastman’s Black History Month Oratorical Contest provides local high school students with an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of African American contributors to the academic disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). It also provides the students with an opportunity to improve their writing, communication, public speaking and leadership skills.

  • 1st place student will receive a $1,000 cash prize

  • 2nd place $500

  • 3rd place $300

  • 4th and 5th place $250.

Applicants must submit an original written essay, discussing an acknowledged African American STEAM contributor no later than Friday, November 16, 2018.

For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Attendance Reminder

Any student who accrues more than 9 unexcused absences and/or out of school suspension days for any class will not be able to participate in prom or graduation ceremonies.

Pairing Codes for Canvas Parent Accounts

At D-B EXCEL, we strongly recommend parents to create a Canvas parent account so that they can observe their student's courses. Observers can link their Canvas account to their student's account so they can see assignment dues dates, announcements, and other course content. Observers can view the course content but cannot participate in the course.

*If you already have an account from the Canvas Parent App, log in to Canvas using those credentials.

To observe a student, you must obtain a pairing code from your student. Students can generate a pairing code by signing into Canvas then Click Account>Settings>Pair with Observer.

To set up your parent account:

  1. Go to https://kingsport.instructure.com/login/canvas
  2. Enter the following information:
    -Enter your name in the Your Name field.
    -Enter your email in the Your Email field.
    -Enter your password in the Password field.
    -Re-enter your password in the Re-enter Password field.
    -Enter a pairing code to link your account to your student in the Student Pairing Code field.
    -Agree to the terms of use by clicking the You agree to the terms of use checkbox.
    -Click the Start Participating button.

  3. To observe a student, you must have a student pairing code. Students can access the pairing code through their settings

  4. Agree to the terms of use by clicking the You agree to the terms of use checkbox.
  5. Click the Start Participating button.

Some notes on the pairing code:

    • For now, each pairing code will live for 24 hours. That means once the pairing code is generated, it will remain valid for 24 hours, then it expires.

    • Each pairing code can only be used once. Once it’s used in account registration, the pairing code expires and the observer remains successfully paired. If you want to pair two observers to one student, each observer needs a unique pairing code.

    Want to learn more about Canvas?

    Join the Parent Introduction to Canvas course!
    (no need for an account - this course is open to the public!)

    Click here to go to the Canvas login page. Click Browse courses. Choose the "Parent Introduction to Canvas" course.

    Big picture

    DBE School Schedule

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

    • Advisory 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.

    *Advisory is a class and students will have tasks to complete during this period. Attendance will be taken in Advisory and absences can effect their ability to participate in school activities that have attendance requirements.*

    Below you will find D-B's daily schedule. The first day of school they will have an extended homeroom period then starting on Tuesday they will operate on a regular schedule.

    D-B EXCEL Website

    Need more information? Check out our website!


    Contact Us!

    We love to hear from you! Please feel free to contact us on Facebook, Twitter, Email, or Call!