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Markham School

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

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Markham School

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  • 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. 



  • February 2, 2017

    Welcome to February Markham Families,

    I would like to start by saying just how wonderful of a community we have.  In light of all that has recently been going on in our country and around the world, I want to thank you for your continued support and concern for our students’ well-being. I ask that families have a heightened awareness to what the children could possibly be seeing and hearing in the media and other places which can influence and impact them in negative ways. This will support us in keeping our school a safe and welcoming place for all students.  

    Our school was named after the American poet, Edwin Markham.  Among his poetry is a poem entitled "Outwitted" which continues today to embody the spirit of the Markham Learning Community.


    He drew a circle that shut me out-
    Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
    But love and I had the wit to win;
    We drew a circle that took him in.

    -Edwin Markham

    I would like to thank our parent, Ms. Kiser, for taking the time to straighten up our Lost and Found area. If anyone else has also taken on this chore I want to thank you as well for helping to keep our halls looking good.  

    Last week was our first full five day week since the first week in December.  The weather has been quite unusual and promises to continue to be.  I want to thank our head custodian, Al Carlson, for shoveling lots of snow prior to a crew arriving to assist in order to make sure all was safe when students and staff returned from what has been referred to as ‘Snowmageddon.’  

    Despite the irregular school schedule, Pennies for Peace got off and running.  Today was the last day for this annual fundraiser.  The total is not in, but I have a feeling we have come through once more to support Green Village Schools in building schools for boys and girls in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

    Literacy Night was big success!  We had over 380 participants. Thank you for attending and making it a great evening for Markham families. I also appreciate and thank our Literacy Night Committee for putting together engaging and fun activities.  Everyone get ready for Science Night coming in March.  

    Have you taken a look at our display case in the main hall?  It is being adorned with projects created by our students for the Denim and Diamonds Auction. You do not want to miss this eventful evening filled with lots of fun and laughter. If you haven’t gotten your ticket, do so NOW. It is a non-threatening atmosphere surrounded by people who love to support children. Come on out- Saturday, February 25th. Buy tickets at:

    The venue is Key Bank Club at Providence Park and our theme is Bring the bling & leave a legacy!

    Markham recently received an additional .5 fte through our English Second Language Department due to an increase in our students learning English.  This means that Ms. Von Ahn, who was halftime ESL and halftime reading support for grades 3rd – 5th, is now fulltime ESL.  Ms. Altz who was halftime reading support for grades 1st and 2nd is now fulltime reading support for grades 1st – 5th.  This additional support is always welcomed and purposefully used to increase achievement.  This year we have twelve students who exited out of ESL class.  Our students, staff and families are to be commended!


    Ms. Ramage who supported grades 3rd – 5th in math recently resigned from her position for personal reasons.  She will be missed, but she says she plans to return next school year to volunteer with reading.  Ms. Ramage was funded with a .24 fte.  I am in the process of filling this position until the end of the year. I hope to introduce them to you soon.  I want to thank Ms. Ramage for her time and talents.


    Two of our 3rd grade teachers, Mr. Stafford and Ms. Staples, are taking part in a math grant. Each classroom is piloting a different online supplemental math program.  Mr. Stafford’s pilot is ST Math (Spatial-Temporal Math).  Ms. Staples’s pilot is Dreambox.  Both of these programs are adaptive and have been showing some strong results. If you would like to sample them the links are: and  Unfortunately, only two teachers were able to participate. The grant allowed for Mr. Stafford and Ms. Staples to receive a classroom set of Chromebooks for Markham to keep.  Mr. Stafford and Ms. Staples share these devices to run the pilot programs.  


    Continue to stay warm and enjoy the season as we await the uncertain weather.  And thank you all again for how we OUTWIT the negative and accentuate the positive for our students.



    Shawn Garnett


District News

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  • School Board approves boundary changes for Peninsula and Chief Joseph

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    The Portland Public Schools Board of Directors voted unanimously last night to approve boundary changes to Peninsula and Chief Joseph schools, both feeder schools for Ockley Green Middle School. The 7-0 vote endorses one of two proposals from the District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee (DBRAC), which was formed in 2014 to help with enrollment balancing across Portland Public Schools.
  • Nine of our schools earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR rating

    At a ceremony on February 10 at Wilson High School in SW Portland, nine PPS schools were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for achieving ENERGY STAR certification. To receive this certification, a building must perform in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency, and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. ENERGY STAR schools use an average of 35% less energy, and also release 35% less carbon dioxide.

    Read the full press release here.

  • From the factory to the toy; Mechanisms for triggering new educational behaviors

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    Giancarlo Mozzanti, prominent Colombian architect will speak:

    Friday February 24, 5:30PM
    At the University of Oregon Portland Center
    70 NW Couch Street
    Admission Free

  • Enrollment balancing for Peninsula, Chief Joseph and Ockley Green

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    The District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee (DBRAC) was formed in 2014 to help with enrollment balancing across Portland Public Schools. The committee’s most recent work led them to propose two options to help relieve crowding at Chief Joseph and to create more robust enrollment at Peninsula starting in the 2017-18 school year. On January 30, 2017, Interim Superintendent Bob McKean endorsed one of two DBRAC proposals.

    The proposal, which still requires the approval of the Board of Education, may be reviewed at,

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