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Dec 13: News From Sullivan County Schools

December 13, 2013
In This Issue
Bricks 4 Kidz Visits BCE
BCE Students Participate in 4H Public Speaking Contest
HVMS 8th Grade Science
Sullivan South DECA Activities
NJROTC Flight Orientation
BCMS Technology Student Assocationa
IA 8th Graders Using SketchUp in Multi-Media for "Canstruction"
Important Dates
December 20, 2013
1/2 day for Students
January 8, 2014
Students Return to School
January 13, 2014
Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
January 20, 2014
Schools Closed - Winter Break
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Bricks 4 Kidz Visits First Grade at Bluff City Elementary
First graders at Bluff City Elementary School got to experience making a turkey out of Legos while learning about the history of Thanksgiving.  Bricks 4 Kidz use Legos to deliver hands-on lessons related to cross-disciplinary curriculum objectives.  The Bricks 4 Kidz approach to learning is imaginative, multi-sensory and fun, creating a dynamic learning experiences for students.  For more information about Bricks 4 Kidz and all they have to offer, contact Angie Grubbs at or
Bluff City Elementary Students Participate in the 4H Public Speaking Contest

On December 10th, Bluff City Elementary 4th and 5th grade students participated in the 4H Public Speaking Contest at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education.The participants from Bluff City were: Ashton Pierson, Gracey Byrd, Emma Timbs, Bethany Willis, Ryland Love, Eden Phillips, Cayden Bawgus, Riley Skaggs, and Caleb Hale. The students not only presented exceptional speeches, but they also demonstrated excellent manners, proper etiquette, and amazing stage presence. Students, teachers, parents, and the 4H staff worked together to make this a night of great success and many, special memories.

Special congratulations goes out to Caleb Hale, who placed first in the fifth grade division. Caleb will move on to the next level of competition in February. Congratulations also goes out to Cayden Bawgus who placed third in the fifth grade division.







Holston Valley Middle 8th Grade Science

Students in Mr. Buchanan's 8th grade Science class at Holston Valley Middle School try to determine how many paperclips would fit into a cup already full of water. This was an investigation of water's surface tension and part of learning about matter and properties. Later in the week, students had the opportunity to see water broken down into hydrogen and oxygen gas through electrolysis and then test the gases to confirm their identity as well.







Sullivan South DECA Activities

New York City Trip

The DECA Marketing Club at Sullivan South has just returned from at trip to New York City on December 3-8, 2013.  Thirty-two persons attended Marketing Seminars at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Planet Hollywood, Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum, and SOHO Fashion Tours.  The students also visited the Empire State Building, Trump Tower, the Broadway Play "Wicked", Times Square, Chinatown, and many more attractions.  Approximately 130 persons have taken these trips to the center of the World of Marketing over the past 5 years.










Advertising Program for the Cafeteria

DECA developed an advertising program for the cafeteria at Sullivan South.  The theme revolved around the cafeteria being able to provide larger portion sizes.  Some of the winning posters were:

"Want MORE?  Go through the lunch DOOR!"

"Feast your EYES upon the greater SIZE!"

"The Official Rebel Fuel"  (A LARGE hamburger was pictured)

Food Bank Project

Twelve members of Sullivan South DECA recently participated in a Food Bank.  We spent two hours bagging apples, cereal, and packing food boxes for families less fortunate in our community.

The Stock Market Game

Sullivan South has the First Place Team in the Region in the Stock Market Game!


Cadets from Sullivan North High School have successfully completed the first stage of the Air Force Association CYBERPATRIOT competition.  This is the fourth year North has participated in this competition which aims to train young men and women in cyber security.  This is the premier online cyber security challenge with several hundred teams from across the world participating.      The top teams will be invited to Washington DC in June for a side by side challenge. By participating in the first phase, Cadets were awarded a carrying bag, t-shirt, challenge coin and certificate of participation.     

NJROTC Flight Orientation

Cadets from the Sullivan North High School Naval Junior Reserve Offiers Training Corp (NJROTC) unit recently participated in a flight demonstration and orientation flight at Tri Cities Airport.  Each participating cadet was allowed to fly on an orientation flight for 15 to 20 minutes and experience take off, landing and a brief moment of Zero Gravity.  Also, participating in this event was seven of our seniors - many for their first flight experience.



Bluff City Middle Technology Student Association
The Bluff City Middle School Technology Student Association club competed in the Northeast TN Regional TSA competition held on Dec. 3rd. at ITT Tech in Johnson City.

They earned seven total awards, including first place in the Structural Engineering and Dragster Design MS competitions.


Team Members included:

            Kenneth Fleenor

            Andrew Hatcher

            Dylan Shaffer

            Rebekah Skaggs


IA 8th Graders Using SketchUp in Multi-Media for "Canstruction"


8th grade students at Innovation Academy are currently working on a service-learning project for the Modern Living STEM Curricular Unit. The transdisciplinary unit of Modern Living will educate the students in the relationships between the Industrial Revolution and the modern day comforts afforded to us today.   Students will be able to apply their understanding of the engineering design process to the historic importance of inventions through the different eras and make a connection and comparison with inventions of today. Students have been working on their design in Multi-Media using SketchUp to create a 3 dimensional drawing of their canstruction. Students had to create their drawing using the correct measurements so they could plan out how many cans they would need for their canstruction. Next week, using canned goods, students will construct an invention from their design that originated during the Industrial Revolution.  Size and color of the label of the canned goods will be the defining characteristics of the chosen invention to construct.  The altruistic connection to our community is that the canned goods will be donated to an area food bank after the construction and the presentation to the parents and community.






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H.O.P.E. Lose Big 2014

H.O.P.E. Annual Lose Big healthy Lifestyle for 2014 come out support our H.O.P.E. Youth Leaders and get healthy for 2014.
Jan 4, 2014 9 am  1st official weight-in Performance Medicine 109 Jack White Dr. Kingsport, Tn
For more info contact: 423-276-6541 are pick up entry forms at Performance Medicine, Fleetfeet, Indian Path Health Resource Center Kingsport Town Center.
We also have an event page on facebook.
Classes, Couch to 5k race and much more.
Please pass this on to family and friends.
Help a great cause.

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Battle of Kingsport

HARDTACK and HARD TIMES: Battle of Kingsport Ceremony 2013. Kingsport Times News
Lantern lighted and placed at the base of the monument in remembrance of the soldiers who fought at the Battle of Kingsport. Photo by Ned Jilton II ...
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Wrestling teams converge on Kingsport

Powerhouse wrestling teams converge for USAF Indian Classic Kingsport Times News
KINGSPORT — Seventeen years ago, the Indian Classic began with 16 teams. Since that time, the field has grown to include as many as 32 wrestling squads ...
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Aquatic Center shines at East Tennessee Classic

Host DB makes strong showing at ET Classic Kingsport Times News
KINGSPORT — A bleak, gray cold and rainy morning heralded Saturday's ... Inside the fabulous Kingsport Aquatic Center, things were merry and bright.

Robinson Middle collects more than 14,000 cans for food drive.

Robinson Middle collects more than 14000 cans for food drive Kingsport Times News
KINGSPORT — The city's Robinson Middle School collected more than 14,000 cans in its recent food drive, which works out to almost 20 cans per student.
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Kingsport set to spend $15 million upgrading raw water intake

Kingsport to spend $15 million upgrading raw water intake system Kingsport Times News
KINGSPORT — Raw water intake. It may sound a little technical, maybe confusing or unimportant, but the city of Kingsport is taking the matter seriously.

Food City set to finalize Carousel property purchase

Kingsport, Food City set to finalize property purchase Kingsport Times News
KINGSPORTKingsport and Food City are expected to officially sign off on a property purchase along Clinchfield Street this week, a key step in ...
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Eastman - Best Places to Work Honor

Eastman has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award recognizing the 50 Best Places to Work in 2014.


This is the first year Eastman has made the list­­, and we were pleased to learn that the company ranked 4th overall. 


The rest of the top five are Bain & Company (1), Twitter (2), LinkedIn (3), and Facebook (5). 


Here’s a link to the press release: and the link to the full list:,19.htm



KOSBE holds small business awards gala

KOSBE holds awards gala Kingsport Times News
KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) celebrated 16 winners during the 19th annual KOSBE ...

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