Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Markham School

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

School News & Announcements

Prospective Families for Markham:  Please call the main office to schedule a tour for one of the following dates. 

All tours start at 9:00 from the main office:

Tuesday, February 3rd

Wednesday, February 11th

Tuesday, February 17th

Wednesday, February 25th

Wednesday, March 4th

*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

Childcare provided

Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards

New Kindergarten Assessment Tool Information

A Message from the Principal

March 6, 2015

Dear Markham Families,

Marvelous March to all of you!  March has not roared in like a lion, and I am not complaining.  The weather has been beautiful along with the blossoming plants and trees.  Markham has been busy roaring. We are having a roaring good time learning.

It is time for the Spring Break Math Blast Packet!  The packet will come home with your child on Friday, March 20th.  It is voluntary and is a way to keep your child’s skills sharp during the break. The packet consists of grades K-2 and 3-5 math problems.  Your child can complete as much as they are able to understand. Students who work on the packet need to return it by Wednesday, April 1st.  These students will be acknowledged at the April Awards Assembly and given a small token of appreciation for their efforts.  At each break in the winter and spring we have over 80% of our students return these packets.  Keep up the good work. Thank you, parents, for supporting your children in this effort.  

Our 3rd through 5th graders will be taking the state Smarter Balanced Assessment starting at the end of April. If you would like to sample this test please use the following link to take a Smarter Balanced practice in math, English Language Arts or both: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test. It is important to make sure students arrive at school on time, well rested and having eaten breakfast during the time of testing.  

Lori Lieberman, our school librarian, will be leaving Markham for a fulltime position as the Media Specialist at Rosa Parks Elementary School.  Her last day is today.  Ms. Lieberman has only been with us for a short while but within this time she has done an outstanding job of continuing the legacy of serving our students well and maintaining our lovely library. Please join me is wishing her much success in her new position.  

Holding up the Markham library legacy will be our very own Angela Lamb.  She will be in the library in the morning and School Secretary in the afternoon.  Ms. Lamb is busy being trained on our district library system.  She is excited to take on this new position and is looking forward to getting to know each of our students.  

Nutrition Services has hired a new head cook for our cafeteria.  Please join me in welcoming Sacadiya Mohamed.  Ms. Mohamed comes from Jackson Middle School as their head cook and is very pleased and happy to be at Markham.  Our former head cook, Shawna Drury, shared with me how she is going to miss Markham families and staff.  We will miss her as well and wish her the best in her future endeavors.

Our Kindergarten Open Classrooms event was a success.  We had at least 50 families attend and take part in the activities.  Thank you, Kindergarten Team, for your planning efforts and to the PTA, for help in directing families and sponsoring the social at the end.

PTA, you’ve done it again! You deserve the Oscar! The auction was a red carpet winner for our Markham students.  It was well attended and the atmosphere was filled with glitz and glamour. Much appreciation and gratitude for all of your hard work, PTA.  I want to thank all of our parents and other guests who attended and or contributed to the success of the auction.  Our students truly reap the academic benefits of your generosity.

The staff Valentine’s Day Potato Bar warmed our hearts.  Thank you PTA for your thoughtfulness.  It made our Teacher Planning Day even sweeter.

I would like to give a shout out of appreciation for Ms. Maxwell and Ms. Kandel who oversaw our Pennies for Peace Drive.  Over $350 was collected for building new schools and school supplies in Afghanistan.  

It promises to be a warm and beautiful weekend. I hope you are able to take the time and enjoy the sunshine with family. Spring break is the week of March 23rd to the 27th.  School will resume on Monday, March 30th.  Have a safe and fun spring break.   

Warmest regards,

Shawn Garnett


Markham Calendar

PPS News

Camp exposes students to construction careers

March 26, 2015
Students from seven schools learned about construction careers over Spring Break. Construction careers came alive for 20 PPS students from seven high schools during a two-day Spring Break Build-It Camp led by trades professionals. 


Schools step up so no one goes hungry

March 20, 2015

From Sellwood Middle School to Rieke Elementary, many schools stepped up with food drives this month to support families over spring break and beyond. 


Salt & Straw asks students for flavor ideas

March 20, 2015
Salt & Straw ice cream maker Tyler Malek, who has made ice cream flavors with everything from olive oil to beer, asked Vernon students to help him come up with a new flavor. Popular ice cream makers Salt & Straw, a great local business partner to Portland Public Schools, on Friday launched the third year of a fun fundraiser for Vernon, Chapman and Abernethy schools. 


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