• Kingsport City Schools News Release - D-B EXCEL Awarded Tennessee STEM School Designation 2018

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    May 09, 2018
    Kingsport City Schools News Release

    Tuesday, May 8, 2018
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                

    Marybeth McLain

    Communications Editor
    Kingsport City Schools
    Ph.: (423) 378.2123


    Editor's Note: Photos of D-B EXCEL designation attached.

    D-B EXCEL Awarded Tennessee STEM School Designation 2018

    KINGSPORT, Tenn.D-B EXCEL has received the prestigious Tennessee STEM School Designation.  This honor was developed with the guidance of the Tennessee Department of Education and the STEM Leadership Council to identify and recognize schools in their commitment to teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and integrating strategies that ultimately prepare for success in the 21st century.

    "The designation of D-B EXCEL as a Tennessee STEM School is a tremendous honor that is reflective of the innovative STEM instructional practices taking place in KCS," said Kingsport City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moorhouse. "To be recognized as a leader in this area is an honor and represents our commitment to providing students pathways to college and career readiness."

    The Tennessee STEM School Designation was developed to provide a “roadmap” for schools to successfully implement a STEM education plan at the local level. The Tennessee Department of Education and Tennessee STEM Innovation Network developed tools and resources to define the attributes of a comprehensive STEM learning environment for students. Schools that receives the Tennessee STEM School Designation are recognized by the Tennessee Department of Education for their use of STEM teaching and learning strategies and serve as a model from which other schools may visit and learn. All K–12 schools serving students in Tennessee are eligible.

    "I’m so proud of our students and teachers for their commitment to D-B EXCEL and our vision." said D-B EXCEL Principal Shanna Hensley. "Working through the STEM Designation Rubric has helped us work toward meeting our school’s vision: Providing an innovative approach to personalized learning. We are excited to receive this designation and look forward to what the future holds for DB EXCEL."  

    Each school that was awarded the Tennessee STEM School Designation was evaluated through a rigorous application process. Schools were asked to complete a self-evaluation, participate in interviews, and host site visits with the Tennessee STEM Designation review team. The designation rubric included five focus areas: infrastructure, curriculum and instruction, professional development, achievement, and community and post-secondary partnerships. As a part of the process, schools were required to submit a plan of action for implementing and sustaining STEM education for the next five years. From this process, a total of 15 schools received the Tennessee STEM School Designation.

    STEM is focused on building critical and creative thinking and analysis skills by addressing how students view and experience the world around them. Strong STEM teaching and learning opportunities rest on inquiry-, technology-, and project-based learning activities and lessons that are tied to the real world. STEM education is a diverse, interdisciplinary curriculum in which activities in one class complement those in other classes.

    For more information about the STEM school designation process or implement STEM education, contact
    Deborah.Knoll@tn.gov. For media inquiries, please contact Sara.Gast@tn.edu.

    Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,700 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.

    KCS has been named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and has earned the 2014 Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee Recognition Program by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE).

    For more information on KCS, visit k12k.com, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FM, The Voice of KCS, read our blog, We Are KCS, download our mobile app for Apple / Android devices or call (423) 378.2100. We’re social too; follow us on Facebook (Kingsport City Schools), Twitter (@KCS_District), LinkedIn (Kingsport City Schools) and check out our YouTube Channel (KPTSchools).