Excellence in a Creative Environment for Learning

Teacher Feature: Meet Ms. Wilbanks

Ms. Shannon Wilbanks has been at Dobyns-Bennett EXCEL as an instructional assistant since January 2017, but she has already made several meaningful connections with her students which makes her job more enjoyable. She has also served as an instructional assistant at Tennessee High and Liberty Academy.

During her spare time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her family. She has two children of her own; Mrs. Wilbanks also has seven nephews and 4 nieces with one on the way! She also enjoys reading, being outdoors, and watching her favorite team play during the fall-- GO GATORS!

End of Course Exams

EOC testing will begin at D-B EXCEL on Tuesday, April 18th. Testing will be occurring until May 4th. Please make sure that your child comes to school well rested and on time so that they can do their best on the test. 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, April 18th

US History - Session 1

English 9, 10, 11 - Session 1

Any student not testing will work virtually on this day. Any student finishing "early" must stay until all are complete.

Thursday, April 20th

Make ups

All students attend.

Tuesday, April 25th

US History - Session 2

English 9, 10, 11- Session 2

Any student not testing will work virtually on this day. Any student finishing "early" must stay until all are complete.

Wednesday, April 26th

Make ups

All students attend.

Tuesday, May 2nd

Algebra 1

Algebra 2


Any student not testing will work virtually on this day. Any student finishing "early" must stay until all are complete.

Wednesday, May 3rd


Any student not testing will work virtually on this day. Any student finishing "early" must stay until all are complete.

Thursday, May 4th

Make ups

All students attend.

*Students not testing on a particular day will work virtually that day.

**Everyone attends on the make up days.

Be prepared for the test!

  • Go to bed early and get plenty of sleep.
  • Wake up early.
  • Eat a good, healthy breakfast.
  • Get to school on time

D-B EXCEL Open House Nights!

D-B EXCEL will be hosting two Open House events after school hours for families and parents to visit. This can be families of current students or families of students that are considering attending D-B EXCEL in the future. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Kerkhoff at rkerkhoff@k12k.com or 423-378-2186.

Tuesday, May 9th

3pm - 4pm
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Are you interested in the S.H.O.U.T Leadership Program?

About S.H.O.U.T:

To develop, in an interactive environment, the leadership skills and community awareness of selected high school students. Since 1989, the program has developed young leaders and exposed them to various elements which help form a strong, dynamic community.

Summer S.H.O.U.T Schedule:

1 full week in June and 1 day in July

If you are interested in the S.H.O.U.T Youth Leadership program you may pick up an application from Mrs. Kerkhoff or in the lobby.
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Volunteers Needed at the Exchange Place in Kingsport

Volunteers are needed for the Spring Garden Fair!

April 29th & April 30th

Volunteer work will include parking cars and keeping the grounds clean.

Interested students may contact Mr. Marshall Adesman by email at msadesman@gmail.com or call 423-357-5352.

Open Gym Basketball Night

Thursday, April 20th, 7-9pm

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Kingsport, TN

Thursday, April 20th

7pm - 9pm

Boys & Girls Club next to Rush Street

Everyone is welcome!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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High School STREAM Camp

Rising 9th - 12th Grade

Kingsport City School Students

June 12th - 16th

8:30am - 3pm


The cost for camp is $150 per student. This includes all activities, lunch and a snack every day. *There will be a $25 discount for each additional child registered in a family.

Registration forms will be available for students to pick up at D-B EXCEL. Registration forms and payment is due by May 12, 2017. The only payment method accepted will be checks. Please make checks payable to City of Kingsport. The memo line should include High School STREAM Camp and Val Love (Camp Coordinator).

You can mail the registration form and payment to:

Kingsport City Schools Summer STREAM Camp

Attn: Val Love

400 Clinchfield St. Suite 20

Kingsport, TN 37660

Or you can turn it in at DBE to Ms. Shaffer.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Ms. Shaffer at sshaffer@k12k.com.

D-B EXCEL Website

The D-B EXCEL website has been under construction since moving into our new facility. Be sure to check out all the updates and information we have added!


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Are you interested in being a middle school mentor?

We currently have a Middle School Mentor Program where students go to Sevier and Robinson Middle Schools during the last block of the school day to mentor middle school students. The follow are requirements must be met for a DBE student to be a mentor:

  • have passing grades in all their classes

  • meeting or exceeding progress goals in their classes

  • demonstrate good behavior at DBE

  • have good attendance

DBE student mentors must be able to leave daily at 1:50pm. DBE mentors will dismiss from Sevier or RNR (which means you will ride the bus or get picked up from there). Anyone that does not mentor this semester will be added to the list for possible mentors next school year. Please go to the link below to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Kerkhoff at rkerkhoff@k12k.com or 423-378-2186.

Canvas Parent App

Kingsport City Schools has begun to implement 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.

Access to Canvas Parent is managed by the student's institution.

Parents can use the Canvas Parent app on all iOS and Android devices. View the Canvas Parent Android Guide and the Canvas Parent iOS Guide.

View Student Courses and Grades

The Courses tab displays the list of courses where their students are enrolled. For each course, parents can see course grades, the syllabus, and assignments and events. Grades display according to the course grading scheme.

View Student Assignments and Events

Assignments and events can be viewed by course or week. Parents can set reminders for a specific assignment or event, which are sent to mobile devices as push notifications.

Set Alerts for Student Activity

The app settings allow parents to set alerts for specific assignment and grade activity. Alerts are displayed in the Alerts page in the app.

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