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

Markham's Community Night World's Fair, Used Book Sale 
and Spring Concert
Thursday, May 19th 5:30 pm

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

June 3, 2016

Dear Markham Families,

It has been anxious times lately with the news of lead in the water and the recent radon testing results.  PPS now has a Healthy Schools webpage devoted to these issues. All Frequently Asked Questions on Lead and Radon, the district’s action plan and presentation from the Superintendent to the school board, and other resources can be found there. PPS will also include test results as they are received over the summer.  The link to these resources is:  http://www.pps.net/Page/4070.  Please do not hesitate to call me with questions as we work through this together.

Additional Resources-

Oregon Health Authority:

Radon: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/index.aspx

Lead: https://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/HealthyNeighborhoods/LeadPoisoning/Pages/index.aspx

Multnomah County Health Department:
leadline@multco.us ; 503-988-4000

Environmental Protection Agency:

Lead: https://www.epa.gov/lead/forms/lead-hotline-national-lead-information-center

Radon: https://www.epa.gov/radon

We are celebrating our 5th graders and honoring them during a Promotion Ceremony on Thursday, June 9th at 1:00 in the auditorium with a reception to follow in the cafeteria.  Join us for the Clap Out at 2:45 as we line the hallways to send our soaring Eagle 5th graders off to middle school in a joyous fashion.  

Please join me in welcoming our new Media Specialist, Kirsten Truman.  Ms. Truman is currently the Media Specialist with PPS at Chief Joseph and Ockley Green.  She is excited to be a part of the Markham Community and has already submitted an application for the James Patterson Grant. Last year 28,000 applications were submitted and 400 were funded.  Ms. Truman said it's a long shot but who knows?  She has asked for $10,000 to support the Markham Library. Ms. Truman will not know until late September if Markham is a recipient.  I want to thank Ms. Jaynes for doing an outstanding job of picking up where Ms. Daviso left off and finishing the school year with us.  We are truly grateful and wish her a beautiful summer.

I hope you have heard the much anticipated news already, but if you haven’t, I am elated to share it with you.  Ms. Huber has been hired on with PPS as our art teacher.  She will be halftime next year continuing to share her talents and infectious love of art with our students.  Hooray!!!

Two of our evening custodians have moved to other schools within PPS.  John Hambrick is now at Jackson and Jaime Ner is at Wilson.  I would like to thank them for their hard work and wish them the best in the future.  Joining the evening crew is Shakoda Hambrick and Siobhon Hicks.  The last names of John and Shakoda are not a coincidence; they are brother and sister.  Welcome to Markham Ms. Hambrick and Ms. Hicks!

Please join me in wishing our school psychologist, Kathy Huffman, and our grades 3-5 reading support staff member, Jan Jewett, happy and healthy retirements as they move on to the next exciting phases of their lives.  We will miss them.  We are celebrating them and all of our fantastic volunteers this afternoon at The Big Thank You on the playground.  It is potluck style from 4-7 PM.  

We had another successful Walk + Bike + Roll month in May.  Our parent, Courtney Duke, reported that we had over 52 tally sheets turned in. Congratulations to Ms. Savage, Ms. Miller (2nd), Ms. Lamanna, Mr. Stafford and Ms. Staples for logging trips for each week in May.  Also, we had 30 bike trips and 50 roll trips logged from just a few last year. Our Walking School Bus days had the most walk trips with the majority of walkers being students that are driven to school each day and students who ride the bus coming in a close second.  We will celebrate our successes with a “Sit Where You Want Lunch” on Wednesday, June 8th.

Thank you PTA for putting together a wonderful Community Event Night.  Everyone was all smiles and full of knowledge from the Trivia Passport as they travelled through the ten countries that were represented.  Many books were sold at the Used Book Sale.  And thank you, Mr. Erickson, for putting together a great concert showcasing the voices and playing of instruments with our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.

Keep your math skills sharp with IXL.  All Markham students’ IXL accounts will be available through the summer.  We will be continuing with IXL for next year thanks to the generosity of our PTA.  

Please do not forget to check the Lost and Found for missing items.  Any items left, once school is out, will be packed and sent to our district clothing closet.

The first day back to school for 1st – 5th graders is Monday, August 29th.  Kindergarteners’ first day back is Thursday, September 1st.  On August 29th, 30th and 31st kindergarten teachers will be conducting their individual student and parent interviews and assessments.  These appointments will be scheduled during Kindergarten Welcome on Wednesday, August 24th.  Information on this event will be sent to parents of kindergarteners in mid-August.  

Markham Community – I simply cannot express my gratitude for how caring and supportive this community is.  Your generosity and willingness to help is immeasurable.  And with our students being the beneficiaries of this community, it is no wonder that they thrive.  

Have a safe, happy and healthy summer vacation everyone!  I look forward to seeing you all in the fall.


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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