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.
2019-20 Major Awards/Recognitions
● Kingsport City Schools Hall of Fame Class of 2019 inductees include Grace Elmore, Jewell Tilson, and Earl Lovelace.
● Heather Wolf, Principal of Washington Elementary School named district Principal of the Year.
● Tommy Starnes, Transportation Supervisor named district Supervisor of the Year.
● Christa Nidiffer, 4th Grade teacher at Washington Elementary School named the district winner for grades Pre-K-4.
● Bethany Paupeck, 5th Grade Math and Science teacher at Kennedy Elementary School named the district winner for grade 5-8.
● Jimmy Burleson, 9-12 Special Education teacher at Dobyns-Bennett High School named the district winner for grades 9-12.
● Carol Baker at Palmer Early Learning Center named Outstanding Mentor Teacher from the Department of Early Childhood Education by Clemmer College at East Tennessee State University.
● Dobyns-Bennett High School AP Biology teacher, Kris Krautkremer selected by the White House for a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
● Six KCS schools name among Tennessee’s best, as 2019 Reward Schools by the Tennessee Department of Education; Dobyns-Bennett High School, Jefferson Elementary, Johnson Elementary, Kennedy Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, and Washington Elementary.
● Kingsport recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants as a 2020 Best Community for Music Education.
● D-B named U.S. News and World Report 2019 Best High Schools list.
● D-B named by Newsweek as one of America’s 2020 Top STEM High Schools list.
● D-B received the 2020 College Success Award by greatschools.org.
● The D-B Boys Basketball and Baseball teams both ranked #1 as the winningest programs in the United States. The D-B Football team is ranked #2 as the winningest program in Tennessee.
● D-B Competitive Marching Band appeared in the 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade for the 5th time in school history.
● The D-B Junior Air Force ROTC named as a Unit of Distinction for the 13th consecutive year.
● D-B held the inaugural Douglass Commemorative Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball games.
● D-B EXCEL Digital Arts students asked to design the only Tennessee ornaments for the National Christmas Tree display at the White House.
● D-B EXCEL now offers two certified Tennessee Pathways (STEM and Digital Arts) by the State of Tennessee and the Tennessee Board of Regents.
● D-B EXCEL Underwater Robotics team, R-Mateys, qualify for Advanced Technology Education International ROV Competition for the 2nd consecutive year.
● Johnson Elementary School named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by Franklin-Covey.
● Lincoln Elementary School named a 2019-20 Gold Level RTI2-B Model of Demonstration School by the Tennessee Behavior Support Project.
2019-20 Major Accomplishments
● Dobyns-Bennett High School opened the doors for faculty, staff, and students at the new D-B Science and Technology Center in August 2019.
● One D-B Senior selected for ETSU Roan Scholars Program.
● D-B Robotics CyberTribe ranked in the top 1% of all teams worldwide.
● Ten D-B students received the Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Diploma earning the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.
● 174 D-B students named AP Scholars.
● 134 D-B students earned State Recognized Industry Certifications and 203 students earned State and Locally Recognized Industry Certifications.
● D-B awarded five All-American students by the National Speech and Debate Association and D-B received the Tennessee Leading Chapter Award.
● Four Service Academy appointments.
● The class of 2020 offered in excess of $16 million + in scholarship money.
● The D-B Girl’s Cross Country team won the TSSAA State Championship, with senior Sasha Neglia winning the individual state title.
● Two individual D-B wrestlers won state championships, Tre Morrisette and Jackson Hurst, with Brennan Watkins claiming state runner-up honors. The wrestling team also finished 5th at the state tournament.
● D-B student athlete Sam Cleek also took top state honors, winning a title in the indoor high jump.
● The D-B Girls’ Basketball team won the 2019 Tabernacle Baptist Thanksgiving Tournament of Champions in Freeport, Bahamas.
● D-B Wrestling and Cross Country coaches named Coaches of the Year.
● D-B performing arts students included six Band All-State participants, four Orchestra All-State participants, and one Chorus All-State participants.
● D-B Chamber Choir one of twelve choirs invited to participate in the Music for All National Choir Festival in Chicago.
● D-B singers performed at the Kettering national Acappella Festival in Dayton, OH.
● One D-B EXCEL Senior selected for ETSU Roan Scholars Program.
● D-B EXCEL wins the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Excellence in Innovation Award for the high school category.
● Youth Journalism International named student journalists from Sevier Middle School’s student newspaper, The Sequoyah Scribe, international awardees.
● The National Scholastic Press Association named Sevier’s student newspaper, The Sequoyah Scribe, a national 2019 Newspaper Pacemaker Award winner.
● Sevier’s Boys Cross Country finished 6th in the 2019 TMSAA state finals. While the Sevier’s Girls Cross Country finished 9th in the 2019 TMSAA state finals.
● Adams Elementary School held the highest attendance rate in the district.
● Adams Elementary Girls on the Run Team won the Golden Shoe Participation award in the Fall and Spring seasons and were awarded with a $1,000 prize each time.
● Adams Elementary students worked to recycle plastic throughout the year and collected over 1,220 lbs to win the Southeastern Elementary Region Trex Recycling Program.
● Adams Elementary students held their first ever Color-Thon to raise money for the installation of a basketball court on their playground. Their fundraising efforts also allowed additional technology and school improvements to happen.
● Adams Elementary students held a canned food drive and collected over 1,500 canned items for that were in need.
● Jackson Elementary School’s Lego team placed 1st and 3rd at the regional level and 1st place at the state level.
● The Jackson Elementary Destination Imagination teams placed 1st and 2nd at the TN Region 5 Competition.
● Jackson and Johnson Elementary Schools participated as “Leader in Me” schools, partnered with the Franklin-Covey organization; designated as one of over 4,000 Leader in Me schools throughout the world.
● The Jefferson Elementary School Kids Heart Challenge raised over $10,000 for the American Heart Association.
● Jefferson Elementary provided 75 backpacks filled with school supplies for the Cookeville/Nashville Tornado Relief Project.
● Johnson Elementary is home to a Destination Imagination team, a Math Olympiad team, and a Lego League team.
● 100 percent of all Johnson Elementary faculty and staff receive professional development associated with the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
● Kennedy Elementary School held a ribbon cutting ceremony in August 2019 for their new community playground.
● Kennedy Dribblers performed with the Harlem Globetrotters.
● Kennedy Elementary Lego team placed 2nd at the regional level.
● Kennedy Elementary Principal Dr. Janice Irvin appointed to the Board of Tennessee Principals Association.
● Multiple Kennedy Elementary employees enrolled in post-secondary programs for their Master’s degrees.
● Roosevelt Elementary School received the Palmer Center Foundation Swimming Bears Grant.
● Roosevelt Elementary created a new sensory room for students.
● Multiple Student Leadership League Service Projects have taken place at Roosevelt Elementary.
● Roosevelt has award winning LEGO League rand LEGO League Jr. Teams.
● Major school-based construction projects with significant progress or completion, included replacement of the Robinson Middle School roof, the Dobyns-Bennett High School Track handicap parking, replacement of the Dobyns-Bennett High School lunch lines, Palmer Center playground improvements, and the D-B Science and Technology Center.
● Washington Elementary School PTA and school fundraising goals were met which provided for the installation of a state of the art security film for all school windows and doors enhancing the safety and security of the school for our students.
● Washington Elementary First LEGO League Robotics team placed in the Table Performance at the regional competition, 3rd place overall at the regional competition; 2nd place award for Core Values at the state competition.
● Washington Elementary has 100% staff trained by STARR Commonwealth for Trauma Informed Resilient Schools.
● Palmer Early Learning Center received $1,000 from Home Depot as an Operation Surprise Award. Home Depot chose to recognize Palmer teacher, Haley Ragle.
● Kingsport City Schools provided increased access to healthcare by implementing the Nurse Practitioner Telemedicine program for the 7th year.
● A wide range of safety work was accomplished, including items such as adding plexiglass barriers in all schools where face-to-face interactions could occur, adding floor markings to help control travel paths, and adding hand sanitizing stations throughout all KCS facilities.
● School clinics were updated to support COVID-19 procedures, all water fountains were shut off and bottle filling stations were added, and signage was installed throughout the district to inform and encourage best-practice safety measures.
● Continued management of the energy conservation program, which for the 7th consecutive year, resulted in increased savings over the guaranteed program savings. KCS is on-pace to save over $350,000 over guaranteed savings this year.
● Throughout the school year, over 1,200 devices were purchased for students, teachers, and classrooms. Internet upgrades and increased WiFi access points took place at schools to increase connectivity.
● KCS launches P3 Campus anonymous reporting tool.