Excellence in a Creative Environment for Learning

Teacher Feature: Meet Mrs. Kerkhoff

Mrs. Robin Kerkhoff serves as Dobyns-Bennett EXCEL's College and Career Liaison. Robin is a proud graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School herself, and she continued her education to earn both her Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Tennessee.

Mrs. Kerkhoff has served in an variety of educational settings including: 3rd grade teacher, interim Assistant Principal, Math Coach, and Associate Principal before joining the DBE family.

Although, it is evident by her work that students are her true passion, Robin also enjoys socializing with friends and family, watching her boys play sports, camping, hiking, live music, and traveling with her husband, Dean, and her two boys, Mason and Justus.

With Mrs. Kerkhoff's wide-range of educational experience, she confidently says the thing she enjoys most about DBE is being able to work with the wonderful staff, students, and families. She truly believes they are the best, and we feel the same about her!

Virtual Day on Friday, April 7th

D-B EXCEL will be hosting a regional conference on Friday, April 7th. Therefore, students will not attend on Friday but will be required to work virtually on this day.

Students that are attending DigiGirlz with Miss A will follow the procedures they have in place to attend that event.

D-B EXCEL Makes Getting Smart's Top 100 Schools Worth Visiting List

Smart List: 100 Middle and High Schools Worth Visiting:

"School visits are a great way to learn. After a lot of visits of our own and a lot of recommendations, we’re excited to share this list of 100 secondary schools that can give educators a refreshing outlook on what schools can do. This list includes schools that achieve extraordinary results for underserved communities, create powerful learning experiences, and/or are innovative blended and competency-based models."

~Getting Smart

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TN Promise Class of 2017 Mandatory Meeting

Monday, April 10th, 5pm

1 Tribe Way

Kingsport, TN

The spring TN Promise mandatory meeting will take place on Monday, April 10 at 5:00 in the D-B cafeteria. Please arrive early to allow time to check in. Seniors must attend this meeting to remain eligible for the TN Promise Scholarship.

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!


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.

Wednesday, April 12th

5pm - 6pm

Tuesday, May 9th

3pm - 4pm

D-B Prom - April 8th

Prom tickets will be sold March 20th- 24th, April 3rd-7th at the DB Activities Office from 7:15am-7:45am, 2:50pm-3:15pm.

  • $25 per person

  • Photo ID required to purchase tickets and to attend prom (driver’s license, driver’s permit, student ID)

  • Reminder, if a student has missed more than 9 unexcused days in either semester, they are not eligible to purchase tickets or attend prom.

  • Reminder, if a student has any outstanding financial obligations (library fees, etc), they are not eligible to purchase tickets or attend prom.

D-B Prom 2017 "Hollywood Nights"

Saturday, April 8th, 7pm

1901 Meadowview Parkway

Kingsport, TN

Josey Baker Memorial Scholarship

  • Any graduate of a Northeast TN or Southwest VA high school may apply. Preference for applicants pursuing degrees in agriculture or construction related majors. Minimum GPA of 3.0 required. Selected applicant will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

  • Application at www.cleekfarms.com

  • Deadline: April 15th, 2017

Good Call Scholarship Search Site

  • 70% of students graduate college with debt. Find a better way to pay for college!

  • 6,948 active scholarships

  • Over $15 million of scholarship funds available!

  • Save scholarships, set goals, track your progress and more!
  • https://www.goodcall.com/scholarships/search/

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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.

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.

Dismissal Procedures

- At 2:30pm Bus Riders will dismissed by the bell.

- After students board the bus (At approximately 2:32pm)

Drivers will dismissed by an announcement

- At approximately 2:34pm

Car Riders/Walkers will dismissed by an announcement

Student Drop-off and Pick-up Map

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