Dear Parents and Families of Miner Elementary School, As the Chief of Schools for DC Public Schools (DCPS), I am committed to ensuring that our schools, principals, and superintendents are supported as they aim to provide our students with a joyful and rigorous education. Communicating about school leadership updates is critical to maintaining strong partnerships with school communities.
I am writing this letter to share that Principal Dance’s last day with Miner Elementary School is today, November 27, 2023. We are grateful for his service as Miner’s leader since School Year 2022-2023 and his many years as an educator with DCPS. We look forward to him continuing to lead and grow within our district.
After working to identify a strong, qualified school principal to lead Miner Elementary School for the remainder of this school year, I am pleased to announce that DCPS Principal in Residence Dr. Shenora Plenty has been appointed Interim Principal. Dr. Plenty has supported Miner several times since school began in August—her comfort and familiarity will be a strength during this transition.
Before being Principal in Residence, Dr. Plenty was the principal of Wheatley Education Campus for six years. Prior to that, she was a Mary Jane Patterson Fellow at Stoddert Elementary School for School Year 2016-2017. Dr. Plenty has also been both a teacher and an instructional coach within DCPS. Her approach to families and communities is inclusive because she understands that parents are partners in education. As a proud alumna of DCPS, she sees her leadership as an opportunity to give back to a district that helped shape who she is today.
Dr. Plenty received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Boston College. She holds a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from the University of Southern California.
I want to assure you that in the spring, you will have the opportunity to engage in the selection process for Miner's permanent principal for School Year 2024-2025. In preparation, DCPS coordinates the selection and appointment of principals with great care and consideration. An important part of the school's contribution will be to form a Community Panel—a committee comprising parents, teachers, and community members to provide a diverse perspective on the decision-making process. Instructional Superintendent Caruthers will be in touch with more information about the process in the new year.
It is essential that Miner’s environment remains focused on the learning and well-being of our students; and I am confident that Dr. Plenty’s experience and qualifications will help ensure those efforts. Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief of Schools, DC Public Schools
The Miner PTO would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2023-24 Combined Election. We are grateful to all the candidates as well as everyone who took the time to vote. Results from the election for SY23-24 Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) and Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Executive Board are available now. The election was held over the last couple of weeks and the results were made public at the June 6, 2023 PTO General Meeting.
Our Miner LSAT Representatives for SY23-24 are:
Parent Organization Representative
Teacher Representatives (4)
WTU Representative (1)
Staff Representative (1)
Their term begins on July 1, 2023 and runs through June 30, 2024.
For more information about the Miner LSAT, click here.
Our PTO Executive Board for SY23-24 is:
Principal Dance will also serve as a member of the PTO Executive Board.
The SY23-24 PTO Executive Board began their term at the conclusion of the PTO General Meeting on June 6, 2023.
For more information about the Miner PTO, please click here.
Today Miner hosted the School Spelling Bee for our 3rd-5th grade students to determine who would advance to the Cluster Spelling Bee to represent Miner. The participating students won their class-level spelling bees to advance to this point. Thanks so much to the Spelling Bee Committee who made this day possible, Ms. Hayes and the judges for running the event, and of course to all our amazing contestants. Congratulations to our three winners--Priya, Zenay, and Zachary--who will represent Miner in the next round on their way to the City-Wide Spelling Bee! The entire Miner Community is so proud of them and all of our Mighty Miner Bears for their hard work.
On December 2 and 3, the Miner PTO will host our 7th Annual Holiday Greenery & Baked Goods Sale, partnering for the 5th year with Eliot-Hine PTO and the 1st year with Payne PTSA. We are excited to offer Christmas trees in a variety of sizes (and prices), as well as wreaths, white pine roping (garland), poinsettias, and holiday cards. Most items (along with a donation to ensure families who may not otherwise be able to have a tree or greenery receive one) are available for pre-order on our Greenery 2022 page. Holiday Cards (proceeds benefitting Payne PTSA) will be available for purchase at the sale. Other greenery will be available at the sale as long as it doesn't sell out in pre-orders.
We are also in need of volunteers for this event. We need help with set up, sales, and clean up both Friday evening and Saturday. Please click here to sign up for a volunteer shift.
We are excited to announce the return of the bake sale portion of the event for the first time since 2019. If anyone is interested in donated baked goods to the sale, please fill out the volunteer form here.
Finally, we would love your help spreading the word about our event. Below you will find a downloadable flyer that you can print and share with anyone who may be interested!
Thank you for your support!
Please join the PTO as we celebrate the end of the school year with a cookout from 5-7pm on Friday, June 17. All teachers, staff, and Miner families are invited to join us to say thank you to our amazing Miner team and to kick off the summer with food, fun, prizes, and more. We hope to see you there!
Congratulations to our newly elected PTO Executive Board and LSAT Representatives. The SY22-23 PTO Executive Board has begun their term (effective June 7 after the PTO General Meeting). The SY22-23 LSAT term will begin on July 1. For more information on the Miner PTO, click here. For more information on the Miner LSAT, click here.
SY22-23 PTO Executive Board:
SY22-23 LSAT Teacher Representatives:
SY22-23 LSAT Parent Representatives:
Please see the letter below from Instructional Superintendent Shawn Stover welcoming Interim Principal Tiffany White to our school. She started at Miner yesterday, on Interim Principal Lutz's final day with our Community.
Please reach out to IS Stover, AP Coleman, or Interim Principal White with any questions you have.
Thank you and welcome Ms. White!
The Miner Mutual Aid Network will host our next Community Table event on Saturday, April 2 from 11am-12pm in the Miner parking lot. We will provide food, household items, diapers, and children's books/toys.
This event is open to the entire Miner community, and we encourage everyone to come out and support one another.
The Mutual Aid team welcomes donations. For this event we are prioritizing diapers of all sizes. If you would like to donate, please reach out to MinerMutualAid@gmail.com.
We need volunteers to assist with set-up, distribution, and clean-up. To volunteer, click here.
Support Miner Mutual Aid: We Are Stronger Together
The Miner Mutual Aid team is committed to continuing to serve for the foreseeable future. To do this will require additional financial support. If you are interested in making a contribution, please consider making a donation here. We ask that you include a note with your donation indicating you intend it to support Mutual Aid.
Our Miner Bears celebrated Black History Month throughout February. From the door decorating contest to Spirit Week to some pretty incredible performances, the staff and students really did a great job. A video highlighting their hard work is below. Enjoy!