Miner Elementary School (Photo via DCPS)New principals will lead Miner Elementary School, Eliot-Hine Middle School and Amidon-Bowen Elementary School next year.

Andrea Mial, TaMikka Sykes and Isamar Vargas will lead Miner, Eliot-Hine and Amidon-Bowen, respectively, according to announcements from those schools.

The new principals will start at the beginning of the next school year, according to D.C. Public School (DCPS) officials.

View the announcements below:

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Jamidon (Image via Jefferson Academy Middle School)

D.C. children can grab some free food, jump on a moon bounce and dance to music at a Southwest school this weekend before classes begin later this month.

Jefferson Academy Middle School and Amidon-Bowen Elementary School are scheduled to have their second annual “Jamidon” Saturday, according to a flyer for the event. The party is slated to run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jefferson (801 7th St. SW).

In addition to Jefferson and Amidon-Bowen students and their families, the festivities are open to families with children at Beers, Brent, Tyler and Van Ness elementary schools.

Jamidon’s organizers are looking for volunteers to help with the event and Jefferson’s “Beautification Day” work, which is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The Beautification Day includes painting, gardening and classroom setup.

Interested volunteers can sign up online.

Image via Jefferson Academy Middle School

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Alecia Haughton-Francis receives her award (Photo via Twitter/DCPublic Schools)

Three teachers at Amidon-Bowen, Ludlow-Taylor and Peabody elementary schools won an honor yesterday (Monday) that was given to just seven teachers citywide.

Music teacher Para C. Perry of Amidon-Bowen, fourth grade teacher Alecia Haughton-Francis of Ludlow-Taylor and kindergarten teacher Rachel Houghton of Peabody each received Excellence in Teaching awards from the District Public Schools, plus a $10,000 prize.

Francis, who has taught at the 659 G Street NE school for 16 years, said her philosophy is to partner with her students during the learning process.

“I really love to see children come into their own and become great thinkers and doers,” she told DCPS. “Though I am the teacher in this relationship, I see myself more as a partner who teaches and learns alongside my students.”

All of Francis’s fourth graders improved by at least two reading levels last school year, DCPS said.

“She tutors during her lunch, her planning period and many days after school for free,” Ludlow Taylor principal Debra Bell told Hill Now. “She has a standard of excellence in whatever she does.”

Perry told DCPS she promotes leadership and positive self-esteem at Amidon-Bowen, at 401 I St. SW. Her students can often be heard chanting “”If you want to be somebody, if you want to go somewhere, you better wake up and pay attention, for the time is now or never to make your dreams come true. You better wake up and pay attention.”

And Houghton told DCPS she wants to create lifelong lovers of literature at Peabody. She’s taught at the 425 C St. NE school for the past 11 years and focuses on positive reading experiences and social development.

Photo via Twitter/DCPublic Schools

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