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

January 8, 2016

Dear Markham Families,

Happy New Year and welcome back!  The extra two days of vacation came as a surprise.  When we returned on Wednesday there was still quite a bit of snow and ice at school.  I want to thank our head custodian, Tim Carman and the additional maintenance crew that was sent to help make our walkways safe.  As parents, you make the decision as to whether or not your child attends school when weather conditions are still dicey and school is in session.  

Students are energized and ready to be back at school.  I get such pleasure in welcoming them back and seeing the joyful smiles on their faces.  I heard lots of, “I am glad to be back at school. I missed school.”  

The majority of our students participated in the Winter Break Reading and Writing Challenge.  They were acknowledged at today’s Writing Awards Assemblies and given a Markham pencil for their efforts.

I would like to thank Ms. Jewett and the two 5th grade Leadership Teams for jobs well done in planning and executing December’s Honesty Awards Assemblies.  I was unable to attend but heard from everyone what an outstanding job they did.  Way to show forth leadership 5th graders!

It has been a long time coming, but I am finally in the process of hiring our technology teacher.  Hopefully, we will be welcoming another staff member to Markham soon.  


Please start spreading the news about Markham’s Connect to Kindergarten and Kindergarten Open Classrooms.  Connect to Kindergarten is Thursday, February 4th from 6:30 to 7:30 in the auditorium.  This is a parent only event.  Kindergarten Open Classrooms is Thursday, February 25th from 6:30 to 7:45.  This is a parent and child event.  During this event families participate in classroom activities, talk with teachers, meet other kindergarten families and end the evening enjoying a treat and a refreshing drink sponsored by our PTA.  These events are very informative and give prospective families more than a glimpse of Markham’s Kindergarten Program and our school community.  

Mark your calendars for Family Literacy Night Thursday, January 21st from 6:00 to 7:30.  We have planned lots of great interactive and engaging activities for the entire family to enjoy. Don’t miss out!

Ms. Staples’s classroom has been supplied with five Chromebooks through Donorschoose. Thank you donors for your generosity!


Markham’s Comic-Con Auction is coming soon. This fun-filled and important event is next month on Saturday, February 20th at 5:30 PM at the Key Bank Club in Providence Park.  Plan on attending by getting your tickets now:  https://markham.tofinoauctions.com/auction2016/tickets/ticket_sales. You will have a super rewarding and satisfying fun time because it’s all for the children.  Our PTA does a masterful job of planning and preparing to always make this a memorable and worthwhile event.  You do not want to miss out!  

Our halls are being adorned again with great student art work. This time students are showing forth their skills by depicting Star Wars characters using the style of artist Roy Lichtenstein with oil pastels.  Thank you Ms. Huber for your amazing creativity.  

Safety Request

If you are having to make alternate plans of how your child is getting home when school lets out, please call the office by 1:30 at the latest to let us know.  This gives the office time to get the information to your child’s teacher.

Again, welcome back everyone as we continue to grow and learn in 2016.


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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