Performance Highlights

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KCS Accomplishments

KCS strives for the highest level of academic achievement. As stated in both the vision and mission statements, the goal is to be student focused and world class while ensuring student success. This manifests itself in high academic achievement and recognition across the state and country.
Additional KCS academic and performance and demographic data can be found on the Tennessee State Report Card.

2018-2019 Major awards/recognitions

  • Dobyns-Bennett High School named in 2019 U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools list (Silver Status).
  • D-B recognized by the Washington Post as a 2018 Most Challenging High School.
  • D-B ranked by Newsweek on the 2018 Top High Schools list.
  • Kingsport recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants as a 2019 Best Community for Music Education.
  • D-B Competitive Marching Band named Class AAA National Champions at the Bands of America Grand National competition.
  • The D-B Junior Air Force ROTC was named as a Unit of Distinction for the 12th consecutive year.
  • Multiple KCS students named to the STEAMWORKS and Eastman “Twenty Under 20” List (Zoe Young, Gavin Bentley, Makaila Freeman, Jasmine Monroe, Quintin Folkner, Grant Wilkins, Jeamy Williams, and Anne Tumlin).

2018-2019 Major accomplishments

  • Dobyns-Bennett High School Robotics CyberTribe won its first regional competition and was ranked in the top 2% of all teams worldwide.
  • The D-B Boys Basketball and Baseball teams both ranked #1 as the winningest programs in the United States.
  • D-B performing arts students included eight Band All-State participants, seven Orchestra All-State participants, and five Chorus All-State participants.
  • The D-B Varsity Choir headlined the prestigious Windy City Choral Festival in Chicago, IL.
  • 12 D-B student athletes were named as All-State performers.
  • Individual D-B student athlete accomplishments include an All-American in Cross Country, two-time Gatorade Runner of the Year, and 3200 meter Women’s Track State Champion (Sasha Neglia) and a Golf State Champion (Isabella van der Biest).
  • D-B Lady Indian’s Golf and Volleyball teams both finished third in state.
  • Three D-B students named Future Business Leaders of America State Champions.
  • D-B teacher named as a Tennessee Holocaust Educator of the Year (Megan Krupa).
  • Introduction of various new programs at D-B, including RCAM Academies for Manufacturing, Welding, and Chemical Processing.
  • D-B EXCEL featured in the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) annual report.
  • D-B EXCEL R’Matey’s underwater robotics team won the Sharkpedo Award for Innovation at the 2018 MATE competition in Seattle, WA.
  • D-B EXCEL R’Matey’s underwater robotics team qualified to compete in the 2019 MATE International Competition and finished 19th in the world.
  • D-B EXCEL educators graduated from the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network Innovative Leaders Institute (Erica Gardner and Vicky Livesay).
  • Robinson Middle School’s Cross Country team placed 1st in the Middle School Conference Girls Division and Track team placed 1st in the Volunteer Middle Invitational Girls and Boys Division.
  • Robinson’s FIRST LEGO League placed 1st for the Core Values Awards, 1st in the Project Awards, and was a 2019 Global Innovation Award Nominee.
  • Robinson’s Robotics team won the Engineering Award at the MATE ROV Competition.
  • Robinson’s MathCOUNTS and Science Olympiad teams both placed in the East TN Regional Competition. The MathCOUNTS team received a State Certificate of Excellence.
  • Robinson’s Chorus received Superior Ratings in Performance, Sight Singing, and Sight Reading at the ETCA Choral Competition.
  • Robinson’s Band received 41 Superior Ratings out of 41 events at the Upper East Tennessee Solo and Ensemble Festival.
  • Sevier Middle School Softball won conference season and tournament championships, the first in school history (finished 2nd in area tournament).
  • Sevier student competed in regional and state National History Day competition (Balu Puskas).
  • Sevier Science Olympiad team finished 2nd in regional and 6th overall at Tennessee state competition.
  • Sevier student won first place for Best Photography by the Tennessee High School Press Association (Ella Miller) and first place for Opinion Writing by Youth Journalism International (Brianna Galloway). Both students also received honorable mention recognitions by the National Scholastic Press Association.
  • Sevier’s The Sequoyah Scribe student newspaper was named a finalist for the National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker Award.
  • Jackson Elementary School named a RTI B School of Recognition.
  • Jackson and Johnson Elementary Schools participated as “Leader in Me” school program.
  • The Jackson Elementary Destination Imagination team recognized at the state level.
  • Kennedy Elementary School maker space created and utilized by Graduation and Beyond program.
  • Kennedy Dribblers performed at the Arby’s Classic and at a Harlem Globetrotters game.
  • Kennedy school counseling program recognized and highlighted at the state level.
  • Lincoln Elementary School is the only officially recognized Safety Patrol with 20 5th grade students by AAA Safety Patrol Program.
  • Roosevelt Elementary School’s LEGO League robotics team competed at the state competition.
  • Participation of Girls on the Run in local 5K race.
  • Family engagement nights for all elementary schools at the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing.
  • Major school-based construction projects with significant progress or completion, including replacement of the Johnson Elementary School roof, the Dobyns-Bennett High School track facility, turf replacement in J. Fred Johnson Stadium, the Johnson Elementary School playground community build, improvements to the Kennedy Elementary School playground, and the D-B Science and Technology Center.
  • Kingsport City Schools provided increased access to healthcare by implementing the Nurse Practitioner Telemedicine program for the 6th year.
  • KCS school nurses provided healthcare services through over 55,400 total visits, performing over 63,000 procedures, with 96% of students able to return to class following treatment.
  • KCS school nurses partnered with the Sullivan County Health Department to assist in administering over 1,400 influenza vaccines.
  • Expansion of the KCS preventative maintenance program, including kitchen and electrical equipment.
  • All KCS cafeterias received a perfect score of 100 on their health inspection.
  • Implementation of lean management practices throughout the maintenance and custodial departments to focus on waste reduction.
  • Continued management of the energy conservation program, which for the 5th consecutive year, resulted in increased savings over the guaranteed program savings. KCS is on-pace to save over $230,000 over guaranteed savings this year.