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The EXCEL Echo: Holiday Edition

The EXCEL Echo is a student driven online magazine that highlights monthly happenings at D-B EXCEL. Students work within a small editorial team to create updates, exposes, and reviews, and anything else the team deems relevant and newsworthy. Combined with photographs, monthly puzzles, and whatever the staff finds edible for the readers, the Echo is proving to be a fun new way to host a journalism course in the digital age.

Click HERE to view the EXCEL Echo!

All editions of the Echo are archived on the DBE website. Click HERE to view all editions.

STEM Summer EXCEL Program at ETSU

A host of organizations in our region (Tennessee Valley Authority, Eastman Chemical Company, Nuclear Fuel Services, General Shale Brick, Industrial Electronic Services, First Tennessee Bank, Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union) have joined East Tennessee State University and Insight Training & Educational Center in Johnson City to offer a STEM Summer EXCEL Program for the month of June 2018 for rising 9th & 12th graders.

The Summer Program will be held from Monday, June 4th thru Friday, June 29th at the East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. A two-day field trip to the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama will be held at the conclusion of the program.

Textbooks, lunches, housing and extra-curricular activities will be provided to students. This summer program will be limited to 80 applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. A wide variety of classes in STEM will be offered to meet the need of each student, officials said.

Led by highly trained STEM instructors, job shadowing, mentoring and special projects guided by all supporting organizations, robotics, 3D printing, hands-on/minds-on projects, communication and teamwork, problem solving, and much much more. A combination of robotics competition and industry driven specific projects will be held throughout the program.

Mike Cummings, CEO of Insight-Johnson City, said “It is critical that individuals have necessary job skills for a successful career. The STEM Summer EXCEL Program is being offered to all students in the Tri-Cities Region to strengthen their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.” Funding for this program was made possible by the liberal gift of our region organizations listed above.

Below are linked documents with more information about the STEM Summer EXCEL Program. To register for the STEM Summer EXCEL 2018 Program, complete the Application Form.

Deadline to apply is January 31st, 2018

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DBE STEM Parent Academy

Thursday, Jan. 11th 2018 at 5:30-7pm

400 Clinchfield Street

Kingsport, TN

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Tacky Christmas Sweater Day

DBE Tacky Christmas Sweater Day

Wednesday, December 20th

Everyone is invited to wear their favorite tacky Christmas Sweater to school!

MATE Robotics Team

  • Meets every Monday & Friday

  • Students can stay after any day to work on the robot as long as Miss A is present or has been notified.


The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.

Are you interested in taking the ASVAB?

Sign up with Mrs. Kerkhoff by Jan. 19th

Test date is January 31st at DBE

Career Academy in Machine Tool Operations Spring 2018

Dobyns-Bennett Juniors and Parents:

Dobyns-Bennett has an exciting opportunity for students to enroll in a Career Academy in Machine Tool Operations spring 2018! Students will have the opportunity to earn both a college certificate and 31 college credit hours toward a degree while in high school and possibly enter the workforce upon graduation as a certified Machine Tool Operator. Currently, Machine Tool Operators have the potential of earning $25-$30 an hour in our region ($50,000-$55,000 per year). Classes will be held at the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) downtown Kingsport. Students will attend classes during A block with transportation provided to and from RCAM if needed.

This is a joint venture between Dobyns-Bennett High School/D-B EXCEL and Northeast State Community College as a tuition-based program and those enrolled will have the opportunity to take part in the program tuition free! Students will apply for the Federal Pell Grant and they will also be eligible to receive additional grant monies through the TN Dual Enrollment Grant and the Sullivan County Career Readiness Scholarship.

For additional information and enrollment details, students should contact Robin Kerkhoff immediately at 423-378-2186 or rkerkhoff@k12k.com.

Advisory Class

Please know that Advisory is a class at D-B EXCEL. Advisory is the first class of the day from 7:45am - 8:25am. If you miss more than 9 days in Advisory, you will not be able to participate in graduation or prom.

Per the KCS Student Handbook: Students who have more than nine (9) unexcused absences to any one class will not be permitted to participate in Prom or Graduation. They may also be eliminated from participating in certain field trips or extracurricular events.

Student License & Permit Privileges

Students’ licenses or permits will be revoked/suspended at the semester break if:

  • They are failing classes

  • Chronically absent

Per the TN Dept of Safety: “If a student fifteen years of age or older fails to make satisfactory academic progress, the school is required to notify the Department of Safety. This suspends the student's driving privileges.”
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Virtual Day Expectations

  • Virtual days are NOT a day off.

  • Virtual days are designated for students to work virtually.

  • Students are expected to complete any and all work their teachers assign to them on the virtual days.

    • Coursework assigned on virtual days could include but is not limited to; written/paper assignments and assignments in Canvas to be completed online.

STEM in the Face

The next STEM in the Face will be on

Wednesday, December 20th

Ms. Darnell will be giving makeup application tips, tricks, and techniques.

Sessions will be held every other Wednesday from 2:45-4pm.

If interested sign up by going to: https://tinyurl.com/DBEface

Need Help with FASFA & College Applications?

If you do, be sure to see Jessica Crosby (our Niswonger representative).

Ms. Crosby will be at DBE on Friday, December 15th.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to receive this assistance.

Mark your calendars!

Math Tutoring & Enrichment Opportunities

Before School:


7:15am - 7:45am

with Mr. Pickering in the Cafe

After School:

Tuesdays and Thursdays

2:45pm - 3:45pm

with Mrs. Gradner in the STEM Lab


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.

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.

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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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