Dixie selects Cynthia Bruno as next principal
A Kentucky native who spent nine years as a teacher and instructional leader in Nashville, Tennessee, before joining the Fayette County Public Schools team in 2015 will be the next principal at Dixie Magnet Elementary School. Cynthia Bruno, who for the past four years has served as the professional growth and effectiveness coach at Maxwell Elementary School, will assume her new role on July 1.
“Ms. Bruno brings a wealth of exceptional experience to this new role and recognizes that Dixie Elementary is a school with ‘wonderful students, supportive families and school community and a creative and dedicated staff of professionals,’” said Acting Superintendent Marlene Helm. “She is deeply and genuinely committed to equity and opportunity for all students, and that, combined with her depth and breadth of teaching and learning, has her poised to lead with exceptionality.”
With 16 years of experience in education, Bruno served as an elementary school teacher, instructional coach, and literacy coach before joining FCPS as the PGES coach at James Lane Allen Elementary. Originally from Georgetown, Bruno lived and worked in Nashville for nine years before moving back home.
“Cynthia’s diverse instructional leadership experiences, passion for students, and ideas for developing student leadership make her a perfect fit for Dixie,” said Elementary School Chief Heather Bell, who oversees the school. “She will continue enhancing the excellent reputation of Dixie and move the vision for personalized learning forward.”
Bruno holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Kentucky, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Tennessee State University, and her National Board Certification in Early/Middle Childhood Literacy.
(Posted April 22, 2021)
Updated student information: If you have moved, please come in and provide a deed/lease so we can update your information. If you no longer reside in the Dixie attendance area and do not have magnet status, you will be asked to sign an out-of-area agreement. This will allow your student to remain at Dixie for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. Upon in person return in January, any student with an Out-of-Area agreement must be transported to and from school by a parent or designee.
Updated Immunization: Please be sure that students are updated on vaccines prior to return to school. Please contact the school if you have questions. Based on our meeting this afternoon with the Health Department, they recommend:
- Getting a flu shot
- Wearing a mask (the best preventative measure)
- Limit large gatherings
COVID-19 Testing Sites
FCPS Hotline for Reporting A Positive Test: 859-381-3277
Health Department Call Center: 859-899-2222
Frequently Asked Questions:
Question 1 – Will students who start in one model (remote learning) but want to switch to the other model (in-person) be able to do so? Unless there is an extreme circumstance regarding student needs, the switching from one model to the other is very limited and discouraged.
Question 2 - Will in-person teachers continue to use Google Classroom to post content and assignments? It is expected that teachers continue utilizing their Google Classroom or Canvas courses to post content and assignments, even for in-person students. If content and assignments are available in those platforms, it will help students who are absent or temporarily transition to remote learning without having to assign a new teacher. It will also help if we should have to go back to NTI2DL for any period of time or for snow days.
Question 3 – If a child is quarantined or in isolation and cannot attend school, how will the child receive educational services? Those who have close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be asked to quarantine for 14 days from the last date of interaction. The quarantine period begins the day of exposure. They can resume normal activities on the 15th day. While in quarantine or isolation, when possible, the student follows their regular daily schedule through a combination of Google Classroom/Canvas learning and live streaming. If needed, the child may be temporarily assigned to remote learning so educational services continue.
Question 4 - If a whole class or group needs to quarantine, how will students in this class/group receive instruction? Those who have close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be asked to quarantine for 14 days from the last date of interaction. The quarantine period begins the day of exposure. They can resume normal activities on the 15th day. If a class needs to quarantine, and the teacher is available to teach, this class will be instructed remotely. Students who belong to a group (e.g. soccer team) may follow their regular daily schedule through a combination of Google Classroom/Canvas learning and live streaming or will be temporarily assigned to remote learning.
Question 5 – Who should notify the families of their child’s placement and name of their teacher for remote learning and for in-person learning? Schools will make the initial contact with families. The district is available to assist with communication.
Question 6 – What happens when there is a snow day? At home learning will continue on inclement weather days and students who were supposed to attend school in-person will stay home and have a remote learning day.
Question 7 - What if the physical space in the school does not allow for spacing students’ desks 6 feet apart? Per the Healthy at School guidance, teachers “should space desks as far away as possible. All desks should be arranged so students’ seats face the same directions.”