D-B EXCEL

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Welcome to Dobyns-Bennett EXCEL! We hope you had an exciting, yet restful summer. Our teachers and staff have been working diligently to ensure your student has a successful transition into the 2019-2020 school year. Below you will find key information to help us start our school year more smoothly. Please review this information with your student and email us at shensley@k12k.com or call us at 423-378-2185 if you have any questions. We look forward to another great year!

What you need to know to prepare for success in all of your classes...

The Math Department:

Our focus for class time is critical thinking and support. We try to give student sufficient time for practicing skills in class however, it is expected that student complete some assignments independently. We want all students to feel supported and prepared. Therefore, in a few weeks, we will begin to offer Math Tutoring after school every Tuesday and Thursday to provide students with every opportunity to receive the individualize support they may need.


We ask students to come with a positive attitude! In addition to a positive mindset, we ask the students have a few basic materials that will be required in all math courses here at DBE:

  • TI-84 calculator (any model)

  • Binder

  • Paper (wide or college)

  • Pencils

We understand if a few of these items may be difficult to acquire, but we highly encourage that student invest in these materials. These will be used for all math courses in their high school career. Above all, we are very excited to have each and every student in class!


The Social Studies Department:

The History Department at DBE consists of a multitude of classes including: United States History, World History, Ancient History, Personal Finance, Economics, Government, and World Geography. These classes are taught by Mr. Jay Conkin and Mr. Brandon Lewis. These classes are run much like college courses, modules or units are releases on Mondays and students can work at their own pace throughout the week on these assignments, Fridays usually consist of assessments, and all module assignments will be due that following Monday. These courses focus on using technology, traditional teaching methods ,and a wide variety of engaging projects so students can not only retain this information but utilize the information learned in class and apply it to the real world.


The Science Department:

DBE science department consists of Ms. Antonia Adnolfi and Mrs. Amanda Dunham. The courses include Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, and Introduction to Engineering (PLTW). Each course will require the same level of commitment from you as a traditional classroom course. As a student, you are expected to complete the following:

  • Read announcements each day
  • Keep up with your science notebook
  • Spend approximately seven hours per week on coursework
  • Apply and extend personal best in each lesson
  • Follow all lab safety rules and procedures
  • Attempt all assigned work including warm-ups, assignments, quizzes, tests, and cumulative projects


Supplies needed:

  • Composition book
  • Pencil
  • Ear buds


The English Department:

Each course will require the same level of commitment from you as a traditional classroom course. As a student, you are expected to complete the following:

  • Read announcements each day

  • Keep an independent book with you at all times

  • Spend approximately seven hours per week on coursework

  • Apply and extend personal best in each lesson

  • Attempt all assigned work including warm-ups, assignments, quizzes, tests, and cumulative projects


The Digital Arts Department:

Digital Arts plays a very important role in your education at D-B EXCEL because you will use these skills in PBL. During this course, you will learn how to effectively use softwares; Autodesk Fusion 360, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Premiere Pro.

  • Students must be present to work on coursework in the Makerspace.
  • Every student is asked to have a sketchbook to complete daily sketchbook assignments.
  • General coursework is published Mondays and is due the following Monday.

Student Supplies

At DBE we have minimal supplies requests for our students. We asked if each student could bring in the following materials the first 2 weeks of school. These items will be used during projects (projects are completed at school, not at home) and be available throughout the facility for student use. These items need to be turned into their Advisory teacher (except the 3 ring notebook). If families have extra supplies that they would like to donate, we would be very appreciative! Thank you for partnering with us to assist in providing the best education for your child!
  • Pencils
  • Paper (College or Wide Ruled)
  • 3 Ring Binder (At least 1 inch)
  • EXPO Dry Erase Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Tissues
  • Glue Sticks or White Glue
  • Hand Sanitizer

First Week of School Staggered Schedule

The first week of school we will be doing a staggered start so students and parents can get acclimated to the new facility and procedures. The schedule is as follows:


Monday & Tuesday: 11th & 12th graders

Wednesday & Thursday: 9th & 10th graders

Friday: ALL Students


*IF YOU HAVE A CLASS AT THE MAIN CAMPUS, YOU WILL NEED TO ATTEND THAT CLASS EVERY DAY THIS WEEK.*

D-B EXCEL Online Store

We have arranged to have a temporary online store through Action Athletics so students, parents, and staff can purchase DBE merchandise (Shirts, hoodies, hats, bags, etc.). The store will be open until 10am on Monday, August 26th. Most shirts have color options. Merchandise will be ordered after the store closes and will be delivered to students at school when it is ready. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Shuler at wshuler@k12k.com.


DBE Online Store: https://dbexcelfall19.itemorder.com/sale

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.

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    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 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.

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    DBE Car 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. When you enter the DBE parking lot, please take an immediate right and circle the lot in that direction.

    • Car riders will be dismissed after the bus leaves (Approximately 2:35pm)
    • Students may be picked up in the DBE parking lot or on Roller Street. Students are not allowed to be picked up in other parking lots.
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    DBE Bus Riders

    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.
    • If you have questions or concerns about bus transportation, please contact the KCS Transportation Office or CLICK HERE to visit their website.
    • Kingsport City Schools Transportation Department

      Ph: (423) 392.4670

      Fax: (423) 245.1346

      info@k12k.com

    Kingsport Area Transit Service

    There is a Kingsport Area Transit Service (KATS) bus stop on Press St. next to the shopping center. Students can ride the KATS bus for free by presenting a student ID. With their parents permission, students may ride the KATS bus if needed. To learn more about KATS please visit their website at https://kingsporttransit.org/

    DBE Parent Advisory Committee

    We encourage parents to be involved at D-B EXCEL! We would love your input for the upcoming school year and events that we want to host for our students.



    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 HERE to fill out the form. If you have any questions regarding the PAC, please contact Mrs. Hensley at shensley@k12k.com or at 423-378-2185.

    ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS FOR SCHOOL MEALS

    The meal pre-payment website for Kingsport City School Nutrition Services Department is now available. Please visit MyPayments Plus! to check low balances, monitor purchases, and deposit funds via bank account or credit card.


    There is a 4.75% fee per transaction. If you have not used this service before, you will be required to set up an account. Call (423) 378.2113 to receive your student’s ID number (required when setting up your account and different from the student pin number used at school), email Andria Ball at aball@k12k.com, or contact the school cafeteria. There is no charge or account deposit required to monitor purchases, check balances, or receive low balance notices via email.

    Parents may still deposit money into their students account by sending cash or a check to school. Checks should be made out to the school cafeteria name. For example, parents of students at Dobyns-Bennett High School will write checks to D-B Cafeteria and include their students pin number on the check's memo line.


    FEDERAL FREE/REDUCED MEAL APPLICATIONS

    To apply for free or reduced school meals, download the forms below. Completed applications can be faxed to (423) 378.2109 or can be turned in to your child’s school cafeteria/office or brought to School Nutrition Services Department at 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 200, Kingsport, TN 37660.


    You can now apply online by clicking here. OneSource Online Instant Processor application entry makes it easy and convenient to apply for meal benefits for your child(ren). Simply enter the requested information as accurately as possible, and all data will be instantly and securely sent to your child(ren)sschool district for processing. Start your family's meal benefits sooner by entering your information now!


    Please contact Andria Ball, SNS Bookkeeper/Office Assistant at (423) 378.2113 or aball@k12k.com with questions regarding meal prices, payments and/or free/reduced meals.

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    D-B EXCEL Website

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    dbexcel.k12k.com

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