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

May 6, 2016

Welcome to the Month of May Markham Families,

We have been productively busy as the school year seems to rapidly wind down.  With lots still to do, the students have plenty of brain power and energy to get it done.

Rain did not stop the fun at the Art Run.  Just like last year, some running had to be done inside due to the weather, but everyone had a great time knowing their efforts support Markham Students. I would like to thank all of our students, volunteers, staff and parent cheerleaders who made this another successful event.  

This week was Teacher Appreciation Week.  This is a time to celebrate all Markham Staff.  I thank the PTA and Starbucks for the goodies that filled the Starbucks bags.  Tuesday’s breakfast treats were delightful along with the Starbucks coffee.  I heard Thursday’s lunch was simply divine. Unfortunately, I was attending a meeting.  I also would like to thank Black Rock Coffee for the free drink cards.     

Mark your calendars for the evening of May 19th.  It is Markham Community Night!  The evening will consist of our Spring Concert, Right Brain Showcase, A World’s Fair with exhibits from 10 countries:  Germany, Somalia, Morocco, United States, Slovakia, Philippines, Italy, Russia, Ethiopia and Indonesia. There will also be a Used Book Sale with books costing only 25 cents each. The Used Book Sale supports our 5th Grade Promotion Reception.  The evening will end with a cultural dance performance. Festivities will start at 5:30 PM in the auditorium with the Spring Concert.  So come on out and enjoy a fabulous fun filled evening.  

Please join me in welcoming Suzanne Jaynes as our Media Specialist.  Ms. Jaynes was a librarian with PPS for 30 years before retiring.  She will be completing the rest of the school year.  She has seamlessly transitioned into this position and we are thankful for her accepting the job.  

Markham will have a full-time Media Specialist again for next year.  I have completed interviewing for this position and hope to introduce our new Media Specialist to you soon.

It’s That Time - Our 5th graders are about to be promoted to middle school.  The promotion will take place on Thursday, June 9th at 1:00 PM in the auditorium with a reception to follow in the cafeteria.  We are so proud of our 5th graders.  It is always with happy but heavy hearts that we celebrate them transitioning to middle school. We will truly miss them as each carries Markham with them in their continued success.

Parent input for Class Placement Forms for the 2016-2017 school year will be available in the office starting Monday, May 9th.  Filling out this form is totally optional.  If there is information you would like our staff to consider for class placements for the next school year, please complete the form and return it to the office on or before May 20th.  Please note:  Markham does not honor specific requests for teachers.  However, if you provide us with this information, it will assist us in the appropriate placement for your child.  All class assignments are tentative and subject to change if enrollment or other circumstances require class balancing.  Class assignments will be mailed to families the week of August 15th.  

Our last Sharing with Shawn for the school year is Friday, May 20th. We meet in the MCCA classroom from 9:00 to 10:00 AM.  This is a very informal and casual time together to get information and ask questions.  Neighborhood House sponsors us with childcare and refreshments.  Please come join us if you are available.

Please remind your child to continue to hold up the Markham High Five all the way to the end of school.  This time of year brings with it excitement and anxiety for the coming summer and poor choices can be made in the midst of it.  I always remind students that excitement and anxiety are natural emotions.  It is what we do with those emotions that matters.  We have to stay in control and make decisions that are safe for ourselves and others.

I would like to wish all of our mothers a Happy Mothers’ Day.  The weather promises to be beautiful this weekend.  I hope you all get a chance to enjoy it.

With Sincere Gratitude for the Markham Community,

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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