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10531 SW Capitol HwyPortland, OR 97219Ph 503-916-5681Fx 503-916-2655

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  • 3rd Quarter Report Card Update

    Message about Third Quarter Report Cards/Progress Reports

    We just wanted to remind families that as part of the terms with Portland Association of Teachers (PAT) to turn a planning day into an instructional day to make up for school closures this winter, the district agreed that third quarter report cards/progress reports will only be mandatory for students that meet the following criteria:

    * Seniors

    * Students who otherwise need a grade (i.e. eligibility for athletics or college applications)

    * Students in quarter classes

    * Students in danger of failing or whose behavior or achievement shows a significant decline

    * Special education students

    Please know that at any time you can communicate directly with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s progress and understand how your child is performing in school.

    Also know that end of year report cards/progress reports will be delivered to all families upon completion of the school year in accordance with the regular schedule.

    If you have any questions about the original announcement, please go to:

    Mensaje acerca de los boletines de calificaciones/reportes de progreso del tercer trimestre

    Solamente queríamos recordarles a las familias que como parte de los términos con la Asociación de Maestros de Portland (PAT, por sus siglas en inglés) para convertir un día de planeación en un día instruccional con el propósito de recuperar el tiempo perdido por los cierres escolares durante el invierno, el distrito acordó que los boletines de calificaciones/reportes de progreso solamente serán obligatorios para los estudiantes que cumplan con los siguientes requisitos:

    * Estudiantes de último año

    * Estudiantes que de otra manera necesitan una nota (es decir, con el propósito de ser elegibles para deportes o para presentar una solicitud de ingreso a la universidad)

    * Estudiantes en clases trimestrales

    * Estudiantes en peligro de reprobar o cuyo comportamiento o desempeño se ve disminuido significativamente

    * Estudiantes de educación especial

    Es importante que sepa que en cualquier momento se puede comunicar directamente con el maestro/a de su hijo/a para hablar acerca de su progreso y entender cómo le va a su hijo/a en la escuela.

    Además, debe saber que los boletines de calificaciones/reportes de progreso de final de año se entregarán a todas las familias cuando se termine el año escolar de acuerdo con el horario regular.

    Si tiene alguna pregunta acerca del anuncio original, por favor diríjase a:

  • School Tours

    School Tours are the following dates

    starting February 1st through March 1st from 9:00 to 10:00 AM:

    2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 and 3/1.

    Please call the office to schedule the tour at (503) 916-5681.

  • Connect to Kindergarten

    There are two Connect to Kindergarten events this year
    Thursday February 9th 6:30-7:30 PM
    Thursday May 25th 6:30-7:30 PM 
    **This is for parents only please**
  • Sharing with Shawn

    11/18, 12/16, 1/20, 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, and 5/19 

    We meet 9:00 – 10:00 AM in the MCCA room. Childcare and refreshments are provided by Neighborhood House. 



  • April 7, 2017


    Dear Markham Families,


    Welcome to spring and the return to school!  Students have been sharing with me all the fun and exciting activities and places they went during the break.  I shared with the students how happy I was to have everyone back, rested, rejuvenated and ready to successfully finish the last leg of the school year.

    Reminder: Smarter Balanced Assessment has begun for our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in math and English Language Arts. Test make-ups will go from the end of May to the first week in June.   

    Send Your Child to School Ready for testing.  A nutritious breakfast fuels up kids and gets them ready for the day. In general, kids who eat breakfast have more energy and do better with testing. Kids who eat breakfast also are less likely to be distracted and complain of stomach aches. You can help boost your child's attention span, concentration, and memory by providing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein, as well as low in added sugar. If your child is running late, send along fresh fruit, nuts, yogurt, or half a peanut butter and banana sandwich.

    Kids also need the right amount of sleep to be alert and ready for the day, especially during testing. Most school-age kids need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night. Bedtime difficulties can arise at this age for a variety of reasons. Homework, sports, after-school activities, TVs, computers, and video games, as well as hectic family schedules, can contribute to kids not getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep can cause irritable or hyper types of behavior and might make it difficult for kids to do well at school. It's important to have a consistent bedtime routine, especially on school nights. Be sure to leave enough time before bed to allow your child to unwind before lights out and limit stimulating diversions like TV, video games, and Internet access.

    Next Year’s Staffing:  I am please to announce that our staffing for next year will not change much.  This is due to our increased enrollment.  Reductions have taken place with support staff.  Ms. Altz will be halftime reading support for grades 1st and 2nd.  We will not have this support at grades 3rd-5th.  Ms. Stonecliffe’s position has been reduced to .4 fte.  Class configurations for next year will be the same as this year with the addition of another 5th grade, making three classrooms for each grade K through 5th.  Our core program will not change.  Specials next year will be full-time PE, Library and Music, half-time Technology and Art.  Enrichment classes will continue next year with Ms. Truman and Mr. Kertay.

    Join me in welcoming Mr. Stafford to the 5th grade team. Once again core content subjects will be divided amongst the 5th grade teachers, and all 5th graders will have each of them throughout the day.  

    I would like to thank our Events Committee for planning such a fun, and exciting Family Science Night. The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade science projects get more and more advanced in presentation and in using the inquiry process. Excellent job students!  There was so much to do and learn.  We had another great turnout.  Thank you all for coming out and participating!

    Last month we had an exciting Dr. Seuss Day.  Ms. Truman planned and arranged for Will Hornyak, a very engaging storyteller, to entertain every classroom throughout the day.  Our teachers planned various fun activities in the classroom as well.  

    This is Markham’s 4th year participating in Destination Imagination, also known as DI.  We had six teams this year. Three of our teams, one 3rd and two 5th grade teams are going to the state tournament on April 8th. If you are interested in attending and would like to see what DI is all about while helping to cheer the teams on, please contact Michelle Marsden at:  Nice teamwork and congratulations Eagles! We are wishing them the best!

    Safe Routes to School Open House -brought to you by Fixing Our Streets

    You are invited to Jackson Middle School on April 25th to help decide how $664,000 of dedicated money should be spent on transportation safety improvements in the Wilson Cluster.

    Money from Fixing Our Streets (Measure 26-173, passed by voters in May 2016) will be set aside specifically to improve safety around Portland schools for students and families. Which projects would most benefit your neighborhood? Your input will guide the Bureau of Transportation in making these important decisions.

    When: Tuesday, April 25th; Drop in any time between 6 – 8PM. Snacks and childcare will be provided.

    Where: Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Dr.

    * To learn which primary walking routes are used at each school to prioritize future investments and safety needs

    * To be sure safety improvements made with Fixing Our Streets funds address the safety needs and concerns of families at schools in the area

    Questions? Contact Safe Routes coordinator, Janis McDonald: 503-823-5358 or

    Can’t make it to the open house? Provide input about concerns along your route with the PPS mobile friendly web page: You can also use the site to find low-traffic routes from home to school.

    Reminder-Mark Your Calendars:  The last day of school is now Thursday, June 15th.  This is also the day for our 5th Grade Promotion, Reception and Clap-out.  The promotion will begin at 1:00 PM in the auditorium.  A reception will follow in the cafeteria.  Beginning at 2:45 will we all line the halls to celebrate and send our awesome 5th graders off to middle school with a traditional Markham Clap-out.  

    Literacy Adoption:  Attached you will find information regarding the district literacy adoption.  Markham will be a part of the second phase of this adoption next year.  Ms. McNutt was a member of the district adoption committee and piloted one of the programs chosen for consideration last year.  This year her classroom is a Demonstration Classroom for the adoption.  We also have two other teachers, Ms. Easton and Mr. Rook, who were formerly trained in Lucy Calkins Units of Study in Reading and Writing.  Our staff is excited and energized to be a part of this second phase of the adoption.  We are looking forward to opportunities and experiences it offers students and the support will we have from the district with the implementation.  More parent information on our adoption will be forthcoming.

    Also, attached is information from Nurse Sabrina regarding enjoying mealtime together and great ways to get our bodies moving, especially now that warmer weather is coming.


    Happy April Markham Families,

    Shawn Garnett


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