Dixie Magnet Elementary

Welcome Back Dolphins!!!

Ms. Steiner's Dolphin Days Family Newsletter- Vol.5

2016 - 17 Supply List

Welcome to Kindergarten Camp!

Kindergarten Camp is right around the corner! We are so excited about meeting our new families and getting to know our new students! Kindergarten Camp is designed to help our newest Dixie Dolphins successfully transition to school by giving students an opportunity to: meet the kindergarten teachers, see the kindergarten complex, explore their new school, lessen any anxieties they might have, and make new friends! 

There are four Kindergarten Camp sessions. You selected a session when you registered your child for school. There will be a 30 minute parent meeting before each session, so please plan to arrive 30 minutes early to your child’s session. We will mail you a reminder postcard the week before Kindergarten Camp.

Session 1—Wednesday, July 27th—9:00am-12:00pm (Parent Meeting at 8:30am)
Session 2—Wednesday, July 27th—1:00pm-4:00pm (Parent Meeting at 12:30pm)
Session 3—Thursday, July 28th—9:00am-12:00pm (Parent Meeting at 8:30am)
Session 4—Thursday, July 28th—1:00pm-4:00pm (Parent Meeting at 12:30pm)

If you have not yet registered your kindergarten student, you will be able to do so when the school reopens on Monday, July 25th!
Dixie Elementary Presents:

The Lion King Jr.

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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.

Kindergarten Enrollment

Si usted tiene un niño que va a empezar Kindergarten a Dixie para el año escolar 2016-2017, por favor, venga a la oficina a las Dixie el lunes, 6 de junio de 9 de la mañana a la 1 pm para inscribirlos. Habrá un intérprete de español allí para ayudarle con el papeleo.

Favor de llevar los documentos que se requieren para la inscripción:

• Acta de nacimiento del niño(a) u otra prueba de identidad confiable.

• Dos pruebas de residencia tales como: título de propiedad, acuerdo de venta o acuerdo de renta actual y a su nombre Y un documento secundario que puede ser: último recibo de servicios  (agua, luz, etc.), o último recibo de pago de impuestos

• Una copia de la cartilla de vacunación de Kentucky*

• Una copia del examen de prevención de salud del niño en Kentucky*

• Una copia del examen dental usando la forma dental de Kentucky

(deberá estar completa a más tardar en enero del 2017)

• Una copia del examen de la vista hecha por un oftalmólogo o un optometrista

(Deberá estar completa a más tardar en enero del 2017)

• Documentos de la corte pertinentes al niño, si es su caso.

* Puede inscribir a su hijo en la escuela sin estos documentos, sin embargo el estudiante no podrá asistir a la escuela hasta que todos los documentos hayan sido entregados.

Si no se siente cómodo hablando inglés, por favor llame a Jessica Sánchez al (859) 381-4318.

If you have a child who will be starting Kindergarten at Dixie for the 2016-2017 school year, please come to the office at Dixie on Monday, June 6th from 9 am to 1 pm to enroll them. There will be a Spanish interpreter there to help you fill out paper work. It is very important that they are enrolled before the first day of school! Thank you!

2016 - 17 Supply List


On Saturday, March 5 Dixie’s Academic Team competed in a game of wits.  Our primary Team A of Joimann Arringa, Sharan Ballanpuram, Grant Evans, Calvin Johnson, Athena Mandzy and Harper Williams reached the semifinals.  Our intermediate Team G of Cooper Deener, Patrick Garner, Kamese Higgins, Degan Ruggles, Christian Warren and Tre Wilson also reached the semifinals.  It was a great day of our students who represented Dixie well!

In addition to the team competitions, students on the intermediate teams completed a written essay and a math/science prompt.  These were judged at IAKSS and Dixie had two winners.  Hailee Russell in 4th grade won for her writing piece and Derek Hollifield in 5th grade won for his math/science prompt.  Both of these students will be honored on March 22nd at IAKSS with college scholarships to a local university.  Congratulations!

Congratulations to 4th grade student Avery Simmons who placed 3rd in Microbiology at the Regional Science Fair March 5.  Way to go!


Fifth Grade Leadership Team

Ms. Cullen and the 5th Grade Leadership and drama students cleaning the raised flower beds on the side of the building. The students cleaned up the beds, planted bulbs for flowers in the spring. It was just a small community service project. We could not have completed it without the assistance of Mrs. and Mrs. Meads.


Dixie's Dia Delos Mertos Monarch Butterflies


Dixie's students in grades K-3 are exhibiting 425 Monarch butterflies for the Day of the Dead Festival or Dia de los Muertos as part of the Living Arts and Science Center's Community Arts project.  Please see the attached invitation.



Academic/GT/Magnet Programs Application for the 2016-17 School Year

The application window is open through Oct. 7 for magnet schools, gifted & talented options, specialized academic programs, and career & technical centers.

Dixie Magnet Elementary School strives to positively impact the future by preparing students to be confident, hardworking, and goal-oriented individuals. Our vision is to strengthen students’ abilities to live healthy, balanced lives in which they fulfill their responsibilities and use compassion and creativity to make a positive difference in the world. Our mission is to foster excellence in intellect, creativity, and character. Please visit the About Dixie page to learn more!


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 Closing Achievement Gaps

Way To Give Back, Dixie!

Mentoring program helps boys at Dixie Magnet Elementary show respect and gain self-confidence

Dixie Students Participate in District Science Fair

Operation Making A Change

Dixie Preparing for the Year!

Dixie Receives Community Support

Check out Ms. Livingood's Award

21st_century_articleDixie 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

Staff Painting

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



Staff Spotlight

Alice Cox

Kara Gray

Lindsay Schweitzer, Hannah Workman, Melinda Spaulding, Jamie Simon, Barbara Middleton, Kelsey McCaffrey, Donna Beheler and Ashleigh Adkins

Customer Service

Customer ServiceDixie strives to provide superior customer service! Is there a Dixie Magnet Elementary staff member who has gone the extra mile? Tell us about it here!


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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