School News & Announcements
Markham Back to School Night!!
Thursday, September 18th, 6:30-8:00pmAll parents meet in the auditorium at 6:30. Following the welcome, parents will have an opportunity to visit their student's teacher(s) and learn about the expectations for the year!
A Message from the Principal
September 5, 2014
Dear Markham Families,
Welcome Back! We are off to a most wonderful start thanks to the ‘all hands on deck’ of staff, parents and community volunteers from the inside to the outside of our school.
Allow me to introduce new team members to our staff this year:
- Tina Lamanna is our new 2nd grade teacher
- Paula Chudd - K-2 self-contained classroom teacher
- Mag Savage – Kindergarten teacher
- Dylan Stafford – 3rd grade teacher
- Tim Carman – Head custodian
- Lori Lieberman – Library
- Laurie Anderson – School secretary
- Alex Guerra-Sundberg – Speech Pathologist
- Beth Coria – Speech Pathologist (1 day a week)
- Katie Clem – 1st and 2nd grade reading support
- Heather Ziebert – Para-educator in 3rd-5th self-contained classroom
Mr. Durkee, our former temporary head custodian is at Hayhurst Elementary this year. We send our best to Mr. Durkee for a wonderful school year.
Ms. Blackwelder, our speech pathologist, is now working closer to home and is at Astor Elementary. We wish her a successful school year.
Erin Taylor, our 1st and 2nd grade reading support teacher, will have a new member joining their family in the months to come and she will be fulltime mom. We wish her the best.
Our Principal Secretary position should be filled shortly. Please join me in thanking Anne Keebaugh, Jackie Leipzig, Shirley Kirkland and Connie Marsden for sharing their knowledge, unbelievable skills and talents, time and energy to assist us during this transition. Laurie Anderson is quickly getting up to speed and has done an outstanding job these last two weeks. Please continue to be patient with us as new staff learns the Markham Way.
Open House is just around the corner. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, September 18th. We will begin in the auditorium at 6:30 PM and then dismiss for classroom visits. This is a parent only event due to limited space in the auditorium and limited time for classroom visits where teachers will share important information specific to their classroom that you will need to know in order to partner with the teacher and support your child in having a successful school year.
If you only have one classroom visit I encourage you to stop by the library during the second classroom visit session to get important information from our PTA that assists us in making our school a positive and enriching place for students to learn.
This year Markham is taking part in a Right Brain Initiative Pilot where they are gathering information on how to make the program sustainable at the school level. We will be working directly with artist, Nicole Penoncello, in grades K-5 this year and spending time as a staff during professional development learning how to further infuse the arts across all content area subjects helping to reach all learning styles and increase content accessibility.
We are fortunate to still be able to have Professional Learning Communities where grade level teachers meet once a week for an hour. Our primary focus for professional development this year will be on the Common Core State Standards and our School Improvement Plan objectives. This year our School Improvement Plan will be rewritten with the help of our Site Council Committee using our most recent school data and on online tool that will assist us in determining instructional priorities. This School Improvement Plan keeps us focused on student learning and is one way to measure our progress.
I am excited about the school year ahead of us and looking forward to the experiences and opportunities we have for our students. Thank you so much for your continued support in the education of your CHILDREN and entrusting them in our CARE.