Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Markham School

Learning Today
Building Tomorrow!

10531 SW Capitol Hwy | Portland, OR 97219
Phone: (503) 916-5681 | Fax: (503) 916-2655

School News & Announcements

Kindergarten Tour Dates:  

2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/1 and 3/9. 

Tours begin in the office at 9:00.

They last about an hour. 

Please call in advance to schedule (503) 916-5681.

2016-2017 Kindergarten Information

  • Connect to Kindergarten (Parent Only Event)
    • Thursday, February 4, 2016 6:30-7:30
    • Markham Auditorium
  • Family Welcome Night (Parent-Child Event)
    • Thursday, February 25,2016 6:30-7:45
    • Starting in the Markham Cafeteria

Kindergarten is free and full-day for ALL families. Half-day kindergarten is no longer an option.  Please follow the link below for lots of important information on preparing your child to be ready for kindergarten.

PPS Kindergarten

*Upcoming Sharing with Shawn dates*

10/16, 11/20, 12/18, 1/15, 2/19, 3/18, 4/15, 5/20

9:00 to 10:00 AM in the MCCA classroom

Childcare provided

Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards

New Kindergarten Assessment Tool Information

A Message from the Principal

April 1, 2016

Welcome to April Markham Families,

March went out like a lamb and has ushered in beautiful spring weather.

Our Project Second Wind Food Drive gathered 2,224 pounds of food this year.  The students earned a crazy hair and dress-up day for their collective effort.  Great going Eagles!

Next week standardized testing begins with our 5th graders taking the state science test.  And then for the remainder of April and on through May grades 3rd, 4th and 5th will be taking the Language Arts and Math Smarter Balance Assessments. We intentionally work to make the assessment window time as least stressful as possible.  Please read tips below to assist us in this effort.

Send Your Child to School Ready for testing.

nutritious breakfast fuels up kids and gets them ready for the day. In general, kids who eat breakfast have more energy and do better with testing. Kids who eat breakfast also are less likely to be distracted and complain of stomach aches. You can help boost your child's attention span, concentration, and memory by providing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein, as well as low in added sugar. If your child is running late, send along fresh fruit, nuts, yogurt, or half a peanut butter and banana sandwich.

Kids also need the right amount of sleep to be alert and ready for the day, especially during testing. Most school-age kids need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night. Bedtime difficulties can arise at this age for a variety of reasons. Homework, sports, after-school activities, TVs, computers, and video games, as well as hectic family schedules, can contribute to kids not getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep can cause irritable or hyper types of behavior and might make it difficult for kids to do well at school. It's important to have a consistent bedtime routine, especially on school nights. Be sure to leave enough time before bed to allow your child to unwind before lights out and limit stimulating diversions like TV, video games, and Internet access.

This is Markham’s 3rd year participating in Destination Imagination, also known as DI.  We had 8 teams this year. Our 3rd grade team took 4th place in their Challenge, and our 4th grade team took 2nd place in their Challenge.  Our competitive level teams which are in grades 3-5 were invited to go to the state tournament in Salem.  Our 4th grade team has accepted the invitation and will be competing on Saturday, April 2nd. If you are interested in attending and would like to see what DI is all about while helping to cheer the team on, please contact Michelle Marsden at:  m3marsden@comcast.net.  We are wishing them the best!

I would like to give a shout out to our 5th graders for the wonderful work they are doing in our courtyard garden.  It is looking beautiful.  All week I have had a female Junco Bird pecking at the sills of my office windows.  I can tell she is quite thrilled with the work being done. Ms. Harold, a birdwatcher enthusiast, happen to see the bird one day while in my office and let me know what type of bird it is.  She told me she was pleasantly surprised to see a Northern Flicker in the garden this week as well.  Also, our Mason Bee cocoons have developed and they will soon emerge to greet spring flowers. The 5th graders have more plans for our garden as well. It is exciting to see it all unfold.  Nice work 5th graders!

Ms. Daviso has accepted a position as Children’s Librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, Ms. Daviso will not be finishing the school year with us; her last day at Markham is Friday, April 22nd. Please join me in thanking Ms. Daviso for all of her hard work in our library this year and wishing her the utmost success in her new position.  Our librarian position will be filled with a librarian as a temporary position for the remainder of the school year.  

Ms. Jewett has decided to resign from PPS after this school year.  She has been an asset to us and has done a great job teaching our Enrichment classes, as well as assisting with reading support in grades 3-5.  We are sending our best to her as she makes this transition.  

Ms. Mosharraf recently joined Ms. Chudd’s classroom as a para-educator.  She comes to us from the Neighborhood House Head Start Program at Markham.  She was one of the Head Start teachers.  Unfortunately, due to the numbers in our Special Education Program, Ms. Mosharraf was unassigned from Markham for next year.  She has already made a positive impact in a short time and we are going to miss her greatly.  

Some of you may have already heard about the changes taking place with our SUN School.  For those of you who have not, I would like to briefly explain what has transpired.  Modifications were made to the SUN School delivery model to reflect both the growing diversity in race and ethnicity in Multnomah County and a shift in where Multnomah County students live. This has caused a shift in the number of regions from 6 to 5.  It also called for a reallocation of resources making the biggest funding changes for SUN Community Schools and Multnomah Stability Initiative.  With these changes all partner organizations including nonprofit agencies had to submit a Request for Proposals (RFP) to the county who is required to procure (purchase) contracted services through a competitive process on a periodic basis.  

This means that our current SUN School manager, Neighborhood House, had to submit a proposal.  Unfortunately, Neighborhood House, a long standing partner with Markham, was not awarded the contract for our region, Region 1.  Our new manager is Impact Northwest.  I do not anticipate any major transitions that will negatively impact our students or programming.  I would like thank Neighborhood House along with the Director, Rick Nitti, for an extensive and productive partnership that will continue in other ways.  I deeply regret this loss, but I also welcome and look forward to a great partnership with Impact Northwest.  

I am extremely happy to announce that our funding continues to be stable for the next school year.  Class configurations for next year will remain as they are for this year.  There will be three kindergartens, three 1st, three 2nd, three 3rd, two 4th, and two 5th grades. Specials next year will be full-time PE and Music, half-time Technology and Library.  Enrichment classes will continue next year through Technology.

I would like to thank our Events Committee for planning such a fun, and exciting Family Science Night.  There was so much to do and learn.  We had a great turn out, and the ice cream sandwiches were the cherries topping off the evening.  Thank you all for coming out and participating!

Enjoy the gorgeous weather while it lasts!


Shawn Garnett


Markham Calendar

PPS News

Advisory committee forwards to superintendent recommendations for district-wide structural changes

January 29, 2016

The District-Wide Boundary Review Committee sent to the superintendent on Jan. 28 the first blueprint for structural change district-wide in many years, on the principle that balancing growing enrollment among all schools will support strong schools in every neighborhood, investing in the continued vitality of the city.


PPS grad rate up 21 points in seven years

January 28, 2016
Portland Public Schools graduation rate rose four percentage points last year to 74 percent, a 21 percentage point increase over seven years.  The PPS five-year graduation rate also improved two percentage points to 75 percent, up from 73 percent.

Board approves 2016-2017 calendar

January 26, 2016
The Portland Public Schools board voted 6-1 tonight, January 26, to start school August 29, 2016 and end June 9, 2017.


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