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EOC Testing Schedule for Fall 2019

12/4= Writing Portion for US History, English 9 & English 10

12/10= Multiple Choice for US History, English 9 & English 10

***If you do NOT have a US History, English 9, or English 10 EOC, you will be permitted to work virtually on 12/4 & 12/10. Please note that there will be required assignments for students to complete who work virtually on these 2 days. Failure to complete these assignments will result in an unexcused absence.

39th Annual YWCA Turkey Trot

The YWCA has invited DBE students, families, faculty and staff to participate in the 39th annual 5k run/walk Turkey Trot!

This is one of the longest running all female road races in Tennessee! For nearly four decades, women of all ages and demographics, from various areas of our region, have made this unique, annual wellness event, hosted by the YWCA, a tradition. Participants can register using the form below or online at athlinks.com

The YWCA is in search of volunteers to help with the day of event with course monitors. They will be "cheerleaders" who direct, encourage, and support the runners along the course. They will be outside. It's a very rewarding and fun time. Those wishing to volunteer can email YWCA@ywcatnva.org

WHERE: YWCA NETN and SWVA /106 State St. /Bristol, TN

WHEN: Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

TIME: Run/Walk starts at 8 a.m.

The MATE Center is now accepting applications for the 2020 MATE At-Sea Long-term Internship.

The completed application and all supporting documents are due no later than SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2019 to be considered.

A valid U.S. Passport is required!

Interested candidates can complete the online application and submit supporting documents using the following link: MATE At-Sea Long-term Internship Application Form

Helpful reminders/suggestions for applicants:

  • Make sure U.S. passport is valid (internship dates: February 10 thru early August, 2020).

  • When filling out the application, answer all questions as much as possible with specific examples from education and experience to adequately demonstrate skills and attributes.

  • Reach out to three professional references right away to get updated contact information and request two letters of recommendation.

  • Contact the MATE Internship Coordinator, Maria Osiadacz, directly at mosiadacz@mpc.edu with questions about the application process, specific requirements, or technical difficulties.

Key Club

DBE is excited to start Key Club for our students!

About Key Club:

We provide our members with opportunities to serve, build character, and develop leadership.

Key Club members around the world are learning how to lead and stand for what’s right through service and volunteerism. In partnership with their local Kiwanis club, high school students are making a positive impact as they serve others in their schools and communities.

We Learn Through Action:

High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.

Our Core Values:

  • Leadership » Leadership is grounded in humility and service to others. A true leader listens, recognizes, and empowers.
  • Character building » Character is built by everyday acts of kindness, integrity and teamwork to grow stronger relationships and communities.
  • Caring » Compassion for others is a cornerstone of the Key Club experience, inspiring action and service to one’s community.
  • Inclusiveness » We welcome people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to join in serving and making a positive difference in our world.

How do I join Key Club?


If you have questions, please see Ms. Reasor or email her at rreasor@k12k.com

D-B Yearbook Orders

Don’t forget to order your child’s copy of their Yearbook. The D-B yearbook staff is hard at work creating a beautiful keepsake. All yearbook sales must be made through Jostens (via website or phone). Payment plans are available. Call 1-877-767-5217 or order your copy at:


D-B Senior Yearbook Ads

As we near the middle of November and the hectic nature of the holiday season, we wanted to remind you that the deadline for placing a recognition ad in the yearbook for your graduating senior is December 13, 2019. Like the yearbook, your message will be a permanent memory. Please keep in mind that due to deadlines, absolutely no late ad submissions can be accepted. Ads must be created via Jostens “RePlay It” app or through Jostens online platform available at the following website: https://www.jostens.com/apps/shop/yrbk_ra_flash.asp?CID=136997&PFID=20190731044138117107

All ads will be printed in full color and are available in 3 sizes at the following costs: ½ page $160, ¼ page $110, and ⅛ page $60. Credit card installment plans are available.

No full-page ads are available for ONLY one student - there must be a combination of students for a full page ad to be permitted. Each senior may purchase up to ½ page only. If other family members wish to purchase an ad for the same senior, the sizes should not add up to more than ½ page per senior. We have limited space. Anyone interested in purchasing a full page ad for multiple students, please contact the yearbook advisor, Rebekah Haren at the following email: rharen@k12k.com

The staff reserves the right to edit ANY content to fit needs of space, aesthetic, or appropriateness. We retain the right to remove any explicit text, graphic photos, or copyright-protected images or photos.

Please do not send any senior ad materials or money to the school. Our school has selected Jostens to assist with our ad program. Please call Jostens customer service number 1-800-358-0800 if you have questions or need assistance creating your ad. Failure to follow the correct process could result in your senior’s ad not making it into the yearbook.

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Dual Enrollment Opportunities

Students that are interested in dual enrollment for Spring 2020 will have one last opportunity to get registered on Nov. 20th at 11am. Students that have already completed registration do not need to attend this session.

Representatives from Northeast State Community College will be at DBE on 11/20/19 to assist students with the following:

  • complete the Northeast application

  • complete the dual enrollment grant

  • collect all items that are needed to register (see below)

  • register for classes (when all the above items have been completed)

Students must bring:

  • signed consent form (get this from Mrs. Kerkhoff or the front office) - we refer to this as the 'stop sign sheet'

  • driver's license (if you have this you will not need birth certificate)

  • birth certificate (you can take a picture of your birth certificate on your phone and they will have you email this to them) or you can bring a paper copy and they will scan/email

  • copy of your ACT scores (this can also be a picture on your phone of your scores). If a class you choose requires a particular ACT minimum score and you have not yet met that minimum, you will need to take the Accuplacer to see if you qualify for that particular class.

ASVAB Testing

Attention 10th, 11th, 12th graders:

Sign up to take the ASVAB on Nov. 22nd. This is a military entrance exam, as well as a wonderful tool for career assessment, and can also count toward your EPSO status (early post secondary opportunities).

Anyone in grades 10-12 can take it, it’s FREE, no registration required but you must sign up.

Sign-up outside of Mrs. Kerkhoff’s office. Deadline to sign-up is Nov. 8th.

Mandatory Senior Meetings

All seniors are required to attend a mandatory meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at DBE. There will be an AM and PM option, students only need to attend one session. Meeting times are 7:45am or 2:45pm (please note the revised meeting times).

Meeting dates:

  • Nov. 22 - in place of the Nov. senior meeting, all seniors are encouraged to take the ASVAB on 11/22 (sign-up on Mrs. Kerkhoff's door). This will potentially help in your EPSO journey.
  • Dec. 11 - during this meeting we will be wrapping up several items from this semester, as well as receiving next semester meeting dates
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CM Academy dates for DBE students are: Nov 19. Please sign up outside of Mrs. Kerkhoff's door.

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Niswonger Advisor

Adria Shannon (Niswonger Advisor) will be at DBE most Fridays from 8:00am - 2:30pm to assist with TN Promise, FAFSA, college applications, career assessments, and much more. You can email her anytime: ashannon@niswongerfoundation.org

Dates for this semester are:

11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 12/6, 12/13

LEAD DBE Meeting Dates

The following are Mandatory Meetings for Lead DBE students.

  • Wednesday, December 4th

  • Wednesday, January 29th

  • Wednesday, February 26th

  • Wednesday, April 1st

  • Wednesday May 6th

Math Tutoring

Our math department is offering tutoring!

Tuesdays & Thursdays

2:45pm - 3:45pm

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


    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/


    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.


    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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