School News & Announcements
*Connect to Kindergarten-Adults Only*
February 5th 6:30 to 7:30 PM
*Kindergarten Open Classrooms-Children and Parents*
February 26th 6:30 to 7:45 PM
*Upcoming Sharing with Shawn dates*
12/19, 1/16, 2/20, 3/20, 4/17 and 5/15
9:00 to 10:00 AM in the MCCA classroom
A Message from the Principal
January 9, 2015
Happy New Year to Markham Families,
It has been a smooth start to our new year. Students and staff returned rejuvenated and ready to go.
Through Lamb’s Garden Home Thriftway Bottle Donation Program Markham received $558.70. There are bins set up at the front of the check-out stands for each local school. Customers can drop their five cent bottle and can returns in the school bin of their choice. Bottle return receipts from their automated bottle machines can also be turned into the service center for their favorite school. Thank you Lamb’s Thriftway and all who contributed their bottle returns to Markham. These funds support our academic program.
Two Markham parents, Ms. Dutt-Ballerstadt and Ms. Maxwell along with Mr. Morley are instrumental in the improvement of our school webpage. More is coming. Join me in thanking our Markham Parents and Mr. Morley for their time and talents.
The time is coming; the time is now to spread the word about Markham’s Connect to Kindergarten and Kindergarten Open Class Room. Connect to Kindergarten is Thursday, February 5th from 6:30 to 7:30 in the auditorium. This is a parent only event. Kindergarten Open Class Room is Thursday, February 26th from 6:30 to 7:45. This is a parent and child event. During this event families participate in classroom activities, talk with teachers, meet other kindergarten families and end the evening enjoying a treat and a refreshing drink sponsored by out PTA. These events are very informative and give prospective families more than a glimpse of Markham’s Kindergarten Program.
Mark your calendars for Math Night on Thursday, January 29th from 6:00 to 7:30. Bring the family to have some fun calculating and problem solving together.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Markham has gone Hollywood with this year’s auction. This fun-filled and important event is next month on Saturday, February 21st at JELD-WEN Field. Plan on attending by getting your tickets now: http://markham.tofinoauctions.com/auction2015. You will have a super rewarding and satisfying fun time because it’s all for the children. Our PTA does a DYNAMITE job of planning and preparing to always make this a memorable and worthwhile event. You do not want to miss out!
Jackson Middle School Open House –
Informational Session for Incoming 6th Grade Students
Parents and incoming students are welcome to join Jackson Middle School on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, for an informational session. Meet in the Auditorium at 5:30 pm where Kevin Crotchett, Principal, and Greg Crabtree, Assistant Principal, will share information about the school. Discover the locations of the Main Office, Library, Cafeteria, and Gymnasium while touring Jackson. Along the way, enjoy the many student created murals designed through our Bernstein Artful Learning program. It is not necessary to RSVP – just arrive at the northern entrance near the Auditorium. The evening will conclude at 6:30 pm.
Successful Schools Survey Information Below:
From Jan. 20 - Feb. 28, 2015, PPS will provide an important opportunity for families, staff and students to share their experiences in our schools.
The Successful Schools Survey will focus on school climate – such as whether a school feels welcoming and safe and in what ways teaching and learning is supported. The survey comes at the request of the Portland School Board and Superintendent Carole Smith.
Surveys are filled out anonymously. Overall survey results will be shared with the community and used to shape individual school improvement plans.
All voices matter
The survey will be available to 5th, 7th and 10th grade students, PPS staff and PPS families of all students at all grade levels. The survey will be available in English, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese.
The parent/family members survey will be administered through our survey partner, Oregon’s Kitchen Table, and the PSU Policy Consensus Center. Survey takers will be asked to create a free account on Oregon's Kitchen Table in order to facilitate taking future PPS surveys about our schools. PPS will administer the student and the staff surveys.
Goal of the survey
The Successful School Survey is intended to provide PPS administrators, principals and teachers with transparent, comprehensive data that measures the differential experience and perceptions of PPS staff, students and families of all races and backgrounds in our schools.
This measurable, specific feedback will shape an action plan for the continuous improvement of schools and services to children and families.
Areas covered in the survey
A climate survey covers four areas, according to the National School Climate Center.
· Safety, Rules & Norms: Including physical safety and social and emotional security.
· Teaching & Learning: Support for social and civic learning.
· Interpersonal Relationships: Respect for diversity; social support for students; social support for adults.
· Institutional Environment: Physical surroundings, school connectedness/engagement.
Again, welcome back everyone and continue to enjoy the winter season as we grow and learn together.