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DBE Girls Attend the ETSU STEMposium for Girls

On Thursday, March 29th, approximately 20 students from D-B EXCEL attended the ETSU STEMposium for Girls. Hosted during March, Women's History Month, the STEMposium focuses on encouraging girls to consider STEM related career fields. The event gave students ages 12-18 a chance to complete activities in fields including robotics, pharmacy tech, biomedical studies, graphic design, digital media and mathematics, just to name a few. Click HERE to read the full article from the Johnson City Press.


All 11th grade DBE students will take the ACT on Tuesday, April 3rd at D-B EXCEL.

* Students will report to the cafe at 7:45am.

For 11th Grade Families-
ACT Test – Beginning with the graduating class of 2018, all students must take the ACT as a graduation requirement. On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, the ACT will be administered to all DBE juniors, except those who have already taken an ACT on a national Saturday testing date and do not wish to test on April 3. If a student has not taken the ACT prior to March 2018, he/she must test on the April 3 test date. See "Testing" page, by clicking HERE, for additional information.

If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Kerkhoff.


ALL Seniors must complete an online Personal Data Questionnaire by Thursday, April 19, 2018. Be sure to indicate where your final transcript is to be sent. A completed Personal Data Questionnaire must be on file prior to participating in graduation, picking up your diploma, and having transcripts mailed.

More important information about graduation can be found under the “Students” section of the DBE website. CLICK HERE to go directly to the Senior Graduation Information Page.

Graduation Practice

9:30am - 11:15am

Friday, May 25th


Saturday, May 26th

Arrive at 8am and Ceremony starts at 9am

You may pick up your Graduation supplies in the Counseling Office before school, after school, or during Tribe Time.

TN Promise Mandatory Meeting for Seniors

Seniors: Your Class of 2018 TN Promise students’ mandatory meeting will be on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Dobyns-Bennett High School cafeteria. Sign in will begin at 4:45 p.m., so we are encouraging students to arrive no later than 5:00 p.m. to ensure adequate time for sign in. At this meeting, students will learn more about the TN Promise college eligibility requirements, college enrollment processes from local post-secondary institutions and tnAchieves mentors will be in attendance to begin working with your students. The meeting will last one hour in duration. It is mandatory for students to attend this meeting in order to remain eligible for TN Promise.

NESCC Career Day

Freshmen and Sophomore students will attend Career Days at Northeast State Community College

on Friday, April 6, 2018

from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

D-B Junior & Senior Prom

“Diamonds are Forever”
Saturday, April 28th at 8pm
Meadowview Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center

Tickets will go on sale in the Activities Office BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL ONLY starting Monday, April 16th.

Tickets are $25/each payable by cash or check.


Outside Food Policy

Per KCS policy, you are NOT allowed to bring in outside food. From this day forward, if you bring in outside food (i.e. donuts, Pals, McDonalds, etc.) you will be asked to stay in the office until your food has been eaten. If you have any questions about this, please see Mrs. Hensley.

From the KCS Student Handbook:

OUTSIDE FOOD AND BEVERAGES: Please do not bring food or beverages to your child from any outside eating establishment. Parents/guardians are invited during the school year to have lunch in the cafeteria with their children. All lunch visits must be pre-approved by the student’s teacher or administration to ensure there is an accurate lunch count. Only parents/guardians are allowed for lunch visits; current identification must be shown upon arrival. Again, please do not bring outside food or beverages to your child.

KCS Board Policy:

Policy 3.500: Food or drink packaged at commercial food establishments shall not be brought in to the cafeteria to be consumed by students during their regular mealtimes.

ETSU Spring Open House

Students can attend a complete day of programming designed with prospective students' needs in mind. Enjoy a welcome to the university, speak with faculty and staff in the Experience ETSU departmental expo, tour campus and explore residence halls, and participate in information sessions and college-specific open houses.


To register, visit https://www.etsu.edu/admissions/visit/

KCS Quick Tip

Yesterday was designated as "Safe Schools Day" across Kingsport City Schools as a productive and meaningful way to honor the victims of school tragedies while striving to provide the safest possible environment for KCS students and staff.

Because of this, we want to review communication avenues to report concerns.

Communication Avenues for Concerns:

  • Talk with your parent

  • Report to a Teacher

  • Report to an Administrator

  • Quick Tip - available on all KCS website

SchoolMessenger Quick Tip allows you to submit an anonymous tip to school and district officials.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Exchange Place: Parking cars for the Spring Garden Fair

    • April 28th 10am - 5pm & April 29th 12pm - 5pm

    • Contact Mr. Marshall Adesman @ msadesman@gmail.com or 423-357-5352

  • Holston Valley Medical Center Junior Volunteer Program

    • Applications are in the counseling office at main campus

    • Return to HVMC by March 30th

  • The Bridge Home No Kill Animal Shelter

    • Must be 16 years old or older

    • If interested either:

      • Private message them or Heather Martin on Facebook

      • Call the shelter at 423-239-5237

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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. By observing, parents can view course announcements, assignments, and grades. The parent accounts on the website provide more information than what is available on the Canvas parent app.

To review how to set up a parent account, please click HERE to view a previous newsletter with instructions or download the PDF version below. You can also view the video tutorial below.


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

These calculator can be used for all high school math classes.

*Students are required to bring their calculator everyday.

Math Tutoring & Enrichment Opportunities


  • 2:45pm - 3:45pm

with Mr. Mowell in the STEM Lab

Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • 2:45pm - 3:45pm

with Mrs. Gradner in the STEM Lab

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.

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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.

D-B EXCEL Website

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