Excellence in a Creative Environment for Learning

Brushstrokes & More Fundraiser

The D-B EXCEL Parent Advisory Committee will be hosting 2 canvas painting parties at Brushstrokes & More as fundraisers for DBE! Create a memory and help raise funds for D-B EXCEL!

Canvas Painting Party #1

Date: Saturday, December 8

Time: 6 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: $35.00

Details: Click HERE to RSVP or view the featured painting for this event.

Canvas Painting Party #2

Date: Sunday December 9

Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Cost: $35.00

Details: Click HERE to RSVP or view the featured painting for this event.


The D-B EXCEL MATE team will meet on

Wednesday, December 5th from 3pm - 4pm.

First LEGO League City Qualifier (Fundraiser):

For one of our fundraisers, we are volunteering to help STREAMWorks at the First LEGO League City Qualifier on Saturday, December 8th. Mrs. Gardner and Ms. Shaffer will be working the concessions. Student volunteers are needed to help in other areas as well. Students will be guiding guests and teams to the appropriate locations and assisting referees. This is a great opportunity to give back to STREAMWorks who has been the driving force of robotics in our area. Students who are able to volunteer need to sign up using the Google Form below.

Event Information:

  • Location: John Sevier Middle School (1200 Wateree St. Kingsport, Tennessee)
  • Date: Saturday, December 8th
  • Time: 7:30am - 5:00pm (On the sign up sheet please specify how long you can volunteer)
  • Volunteer Sign Up: Click HERE


Fall EOC Testing Dates

Because of our unique facility, we will have some students work virtually from home on some testing dates. If you have any questions regarding testing please contact Mrs. Livesay at vlivesay@k12k.com.

Tuesday December 4th

  • US History
  • English 9
  • English 10
  • Any student not enrolled in these courses this semester will work virtually at home on this day.
  • Sack lunches will be served in the cafe on testing dates.

Abbreviated Days for End of Semester

Dobyns-Bennett's main campus will be operating on an abbreviated schedule during finals on December 19th, 20th, 21st. Since we share transportation, D-B EXCEL will be operating on the abbreviated schedule as well. Main campus will dismiss at 11:40am on these days, therefore D-B EXCEL will dismiss at 11:30am. Bus riders will be dismissed first because the bus has to take them to main campus to catch their neighborhood bus by 11:40am. We will then continue with normal dismissal procedures of car riders and walkers, then drivers.

11:30am Dismissal Days:

  • Wednesday, December 19th
  • Thursday, December 20th
  • Friday, December 21st

Graduation Cap & Gown Information

A Jostens representative will be at D-B EXCEL on Wednesday, December 5th at 9am to collect money and answers any questions you have about cap & gown orders. The current total, if you are only purchasing a cap/gown, is $31.76. Please not that this price increases after December.

Orders can be made on Jostens.com or you can reach a Jostens representative at 423-787-0025 for more information.

Need assistance with FAFSA?

Donna Quillin will be at D-B EXCEL on Thursday, December 13th from 12:30pm to 2:30pm to assist students and parents.

The FAFSA deadline is coming up soon and this opportunity is free and available to you! Feel free to call, text, or email her at 423-408-8163, quillind@etsu.edu with specific questions or to schedule an alternate time.

Please bring the following documents to complete your FAFSA:

  • 2017 Tax Return
  • 2017 W2

If you do not have these items for your initial meeting but would like to come and start the process and ask questions, this is strongly encouraged.

Keep in mind, completing the FAFSA is a requirement to remain eligible for TN Promise, as well as to receive any type of scholarships and/or financial aid.

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Creative Writing Club

November Theme: Screenplay/Scripts

Tuesdays 2:45pm - 3:45pm

in the Sunshine Room

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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.

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    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!


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