Dixie Magnet Elementary
Ms. Steiner and Her Lunch Bunch Crew
Buddy and Bella: The Be There Bears
Dixie Elementary began an initiative to positively reinforce student attendance. Research through The National Center for Education Statistics quantified the importance of student attendance, indicating that regular attendance improves test scores and absenteeism (beginning in Kindergarten) has shown to lower achievement in reading, math and general knowledge for subsequent years. Our parents at Dixie have done an amazing job at stressing the importance of attendance to their children. Below are pictures from Buddy and Bella's Spring Break. Thank you for all you support!
Kentucky Adventure Night at Dixie
Through generous funding from the Dixie PTA, our third, fourth and fifth graders collaborated with our artists-in-residence, Jennifer Rose Escobar and Alfredo Escobar. The students learned about Kentucky's Appalachian Culture, painted a mural focusing on Kentucky's regions and the fourth graders performed dulcimers and dancing for their families on Kentucky Adventure Night.
The students played our classroom set of dulcimers with our very own music teacher, Crystal Peters. Hot Cross Buns, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Boil the Cabage Down were a few of the tunes that the fourth graders strummed out. The fourth graders also presented about Kentucky for their famliy members in their complex.
Dixie Staff Steps Up for Marfan Awareness Month
The Dixie staff generously donated $1000 to the Marfan Foundation in February 2017. Marfan Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects a person's connective tissues. Because connective tissue is found throughout the body, Marfan syndrome can affect many different parts of the body, including the heart, blood vessels, bones, joints, lungs and eyes. If left untreated, this disorder can be life-threatening. Ms. Lloyd- a Dixie special education teacher and her daughter Kate- a Dixie first grader, were both recently diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome. The Dixie staff generously rallied around the Lloyds for Marfan Awareness month in February, raising money through paying $1 for dress down days.
Next week, Dixie Elementary will be celebrating 20 years of Read Across America. Each day students have the opportunity to dress up, on a theme based upon the corresponding day. Please join us in the celebration.
The Dixie Book Fair begins March 6th through the 10th.
Book Fairs generate more than 190 million dollars in cash and educational resources for schools. More importantly, the event provide students, teachers, and parents with access to thousands of affordable books and educational products.
Please come out and support the Dixie Book Fair. It is a wonderful fundraiser that allows Ms. Prater the freedom to purchase high interest books for our students and the library.
Dixie Dolphins Making a Splash
Congratulations to Dixie’s 4th and 5th grade Honor Roll students. Each student showed perseverance and hard work during the winter semester.
Dixie Dolphins Making Some Noise
The Dixie Orchestra delighted the crowd with their talents, while Dixie students honored our Veterans at the Veteran’s Day Assembly.
Dixie’s Author Visit: Tommy Greenwald
On August 30th, Tommy Greenwald, author of the Crime Biters and Jack Strong Series, visited Dixie Elementarys 3rd - 5th grade. He discussed the importance of writing and described how each student has the ability to grow as a writer.
The Lion King Jr.
The 5th level play is a tradition at Dixie that spans over 30 years. Whether it is actor's, dancers, singers, stage managers, light managers, production teams, sound managers, props team, costumes and make-up, every student is involved in the 5th level musical. In 2016, the students performed The Lion King, Jr. The special area teachers collaborated with the 5th level teachers to prepare for the show. The students performed twice in one day for the students and staff members. Also in the past, our students have performed the following musicals:
The Little Mermaid, Jr.
School House Rocks, Jr.
The Wizard of Oz
Willy Wonka, Jr.
The Music Man
The Dixie PTA and community arts groups supported the production of our musical, and the students critiqued/reflected on the performance. This year the Academy for Creative Excellence, Meadowthorpe Elementary, Tates Creek Middle School and London Elementary School supported our musical through costumes, backdrops, microphones and costumes.
Dixie Enrichment Academy
2016 - 2017
We are so excited to begin our registration for our 2016 - 2017 school year! This has been another wonderful year in The Dixie Enrichment Academy. Whether you are new to our program or an existing Academy member, we want to extend the opportunity to preregister in this exciting program. Registrations will be taking place from now until June 10, 2016.
All registrations will be screened by our Enrollment Committee. Student acceptance will be based on the Dixie Enrichment Academy guidelines, including behavior.
Please come in and complete all forms, including a $30.00 single/ $40.00 family, non-refundable registration fee (cash, check or money order) along with a VOIDED check. We must receive all documents to secure your child’s spot in The Academy.
What makes our school special?
We strive to individually prescribe education for all students. We offer Chinese, Discovery Lab (STEM), music, band, orchestra, visual art, library and physical education in rotation. In addition, the five components of the arts (music, drama, dance, visual art, and media/digital art) are naturally integrated into daily instruction. This approach engages students toward mastery of higher-level content through arts-infused learning opportunities. Dixie students also apply 21st-century skills: collaboration, creativity, communication, critical and creative thinking, character development, and high-quality human relationships.
Our teachers integrate state-of-the-art technology into all instructional programs. All classrooms are equipped with SmartBoard interactive technology, and all classrooms have individual computer stations. In addition, a Dell/PC lab, Mac lab, portable computer labs and iPods/iPads are available.
Dixie provides regular opportunities for students to learn and develop benchmarked proficiencies in Mandarin Chinese and offers multiple opportunities for all students to experience a range of global cultures, issues and connections.
Our music program is branching out through a digitally interactive curriculum called Quaver Music, which students can access individually from home and school. Fourth- and fifth-graders may participate in the orchestra, and fifth-graders can play in the band. Other opportunities include Glee, percussion and primary chorus.
Dixie has a full-time gifted and talented teacher to provide services in math, reading, leadership and creative writing. This year we also plan auditions in visual art, music, drama and dance to differentiate learning needs. Students meeting the gifted criteria in the arts will qualify for extra services during the regular school day.
For more information about Dixie’s Arts Enrichment Program and extra-curricular programming, visit our school website: www.dixie.fcps.net.
Dixie in the News:
Dixie challenges students to shape their own learning through Arts integration and 21st Century learning skills. Read the FCPS article.
At Dixie, the Practical Living and Career Studies Committee now incorporates the former Healthy Lifestyles Committee, covering everything from consumerism, field days and wellness policies to health content and P.E. activities. Read the FCPS article
Congratulations to two Dixie educators in joining the 187 teachers in Fayette County on completion of National Board Certification. Kelly Fischer, Media Specialist, recently earned her certification in November, and Carla Horn, Second Grade Teacher, joins Dixie having already obtained the certification. National Board Certification is a demonstration of their practice as measured against high and rigorous standards. Dixie is proud to have five National Board Certified Educators! Read the FCPS statement
Dixie students participate in the 'Hour of Code', a nationwide initiative by CSEdWeek and code.org to introduce computer programming to over 10 million students and encourage them to learn programming. Read the FCPS article Read the Herald Leader article
Art leads Dixie teachers into a 'Peaceful Place'. Read the FCPS article about Dixie staff's hour-long painting session, where they picked up helpful tips on the principles of art and design while relaxing and unwinding with colleagues.
Kids say the funniest things! Recently the Prichard Committee interviewed eight Dixie students. Watch the videos to hear what makes a teacher successful, what a principal does all day long, and more from the perspective of the students. Group 1 Group 2
We encourage families to get involved in their children's education. One way is through volunteering; before you can volunteer in any school, you must first fill out a volunteer application.
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