Excellence in a Creative Environment for Learning

Teacher Feature: Meet Mrs. Dunham

Mrs. Amanda Dunham teaches Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Intro to Engineering Design. Mrs. Dunham is a Dobyns-Bennett alumni. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from MTSU, and then she continued her education at the University of Tennessee with a Master’s in Teacher Education concentrating in Science Education.

When Amanda is not in the classroom, you can find her on the lake either wake boarding or wake surfing. She also enjoys hiking, running, and reading various teen series novels. Mrs. Dunham also is very proud of her insect collection which led her to discover her love of invertebrate zoology and biology.

Mrs. Dunham is happily married, and has a three-year-old daughter, Emma and a Great Pyrenees, Samson, a Golden Retriever, Max, and a Chihuahua named Chico.

Amanda has worked in many capacities in education and has taught from elementary to adult for the past eight years. Mrs. Dunham believes strongly in her teaching philosophy: She is your teacher and here to help you in any way she can which includes: tutoring, letters of reference, even help with college or job applications. She loves to help answer questions and would rather answer a hundred questions than to watch students sit silently in pain, which is why Amanda is an excellent addition to our DBE tribe.

D-B EXCEL MATE Underwater Robotics Team

D-B EXCEL is in the process of forming an underwater robotics team that will compete in MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) competitions.

The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center’s mission is to use marine technology to inspire and challenge students to learn and creatively apply science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to solving real-world problems in a way that strengthens critical thinking, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

The MATE Center uses underwater robots (remotely operated vehicles or ROVs) as a way to get middle school, high school and college students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). From ROV designing and building workshops to competitions that focus on real-world ROV missions, these activities expose students to STEM careers and help them envision pathways to these careers.

To express interest in participating in the DBE Underwater Robotics Team go to tinyurl.com/DBErobots and fill out the form.

Trout in the Classroom

D-B EXCEL is excited to announce that we will be participating in Trout in the Classroom this year! Trout in the Classroom is a conservation-oriented environmental education program for elementary, middle, and high school students. Through the school year, students raise trout from eggs to fry and then release them into approved cold water streams and lakes. This act of raising, monitoring, and caring for young trout fosters a conservation ethic within participating students and promotes an understanding of their shared water resources.

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students:

  • raise trout from eggs to fry.
  • monitor tank water quality.
  • engage in stream habitat study.
  • learn to appreciate water resources.
  • begin to foster a conservation ethic.
  • grow to understand ecosystems.

Our trout eggs are scheduled to be delivered on Wednesday, August 30th. Everyone will be able to observe the trout in the fish tank located in the hallway between STEM and the restrooms.

During the year each teacher tailors the program to fit his or her curricular needs. Therefore, each program is unique. TIC has interdisciplinary applications in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts, and physical education. We will end the year by releasing the trout in a state-approved stream near the school or within a nearby watershed. We are excited to expose DBE students to this cross curricular, project-based learning opportunity!

In each state, Trout in the Classroom is funded by a number of generous supporters and made more rich through varied partnerships. We are thankful to the Cherokee Chapter of Trout Unlimited for helping us launch Trout in the Classroom at DBE!


All students who are enrolled in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, or Geometry are required to have a calculator. The following calculators are acceptable:

  • TI-83 Plus

  • TI-84

  • TI-84 Plus

*Students are required to bring their calculator everyday.

Math Tutoring

Are you interested in after school math tutoring with Mrs. Gardner? If so, click HERE to fill out the interest form.

D-B EXCEL Parent Advisory Committee

The purpose of the D-B EXCEL Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is to bring parents and staff together to accomplish goals that will enhance our school for the benefit of the children’s needs and to build on relationships.

Some goals of the PAC are:

  • Increase parent involvement
  • Increase communication
  • Plan family activities for the year
  • Stay up to date on the operations of DBE
  • Share ideas and suggestions
  • Help organize and facilitate Parent Academies throughout the year
  • Have a parent representative for each class

If you are interested in participating in the PAC this school year, please click the button below to fill out the form. If you have any questions regarding the PAC, please contact Ms. Darnell at ldarnell@k12k.com.

College Fair at ETSU

College Fair @ ETSU

DBE 12th graders will attend

*Some 11th graders will be allowed to attend based on student/parent request only.

Thursday, August 31st


All students attending MUST ride the school bus to/from. Students will eat lunch once they return to DBE.

Permission slips will be given out during Advisory. Please ask your Advisory teacher if you have not received one. You will return these permission slips to your Advisory teacher.

Senior College & Financial Aid Night

Information about preparing for college admission, scholarships, and financial aid.

August 29th at 6:00pm

D-B Main Campus in the Little Theatre

Tennessee Promise Scholarship

The Class of 2018 TN Promise application opened for completion on August 1, 2017. Students will have until November 1, 2017 at 11:59pm to complete the scholarship application in order to become eligible. The first mandatory meeting will take place on Thursday, October 5th at 9:00 in the cafeteria at the D-B main campus. Application and information is available at www.tnpromise.gov

Picture Retake Days

If you are a Senior and missed your opportunity to have Senior pictures made this summer, you will have one more opportunity. Also, any 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who missed picture day will have an opportunity to have a retake as well. These pictures will go into the Dobyns-Bennett yearbook.

Retake Dates:

Seniors - September 5th at DBE

9th, 10th, & 11th graders - September 21st at DBE

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Glow Tribe Glow 3K

The Glow Tribe Glow 3K Run or Walk will take place on September 15th at 9pm in J. Fred Johnson Stadium. Registration forms are online.

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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