November 3, 2016
Welcome to November Markham Families,
Another great year for the Markham Carnival! I appreciate the PTA and other volunteers who make this such a successful event. It is always so nice to see our former students and seeing them lend a helping hand.
Mayor Charlie Hales was our guest Principal for Almost a Day last week. We certainly enjoyed having him take time out of his busy schedule to come and spend time with us. Mayor Hales commented on how impressed he was with our students and their thoughtful questions.
Our Chromebooks and cart have finally arrived and are being put to use. We are still awaiting the delivery of our tablets and cart. They are expected to arrive soon. Again, thank you PTA for your generous support in supplying us with these current digital devices.
SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS PARENT/GUARDIAN SURVEY LAUNCHES NOVEMBER 7
The Successful Schools Parent/Guardian Survey will launch the week of Parent/Teacher Conferences. Paper copies of the survey will also be sent prior to conferences, the week of November 7th and will be in the office.
Goal of the Survey
The Successful School Survey is intended to provide PPS administrators, principals and teachers with transparent, comprehensive data that measures the differential experience and perceptions of PPS staff, students and families of all races and backgrounds in our schools.
This measurable, specific feedback will shape an action plan for the continuous improvement of schools and services to children and families.
Areas Covered in the Survey
A climate survey covers four areas, according to the National School Climate Center.
Safety, Rules & Norms: Including physical safety and social and emotional security.
Teaching & Learning: Support for social and civic learning.
Interpersonal Relationships: Respect for diversity; social support for students; social support for adults.
Institutional Environment: Physical surroundings, school connectedness/engagement.
How Do Families Take the Survey?
For Parents/ Guardians: The survey will be available online at www.pps.net; on paper from their school's front office; and in PDF form on www.pps.net. Surveys will be available in all our supported languages.
For Students and Staff, surveys will be given out during the winter.
The 2017 application period for focus option schools and programs has shifted. The new dates are:
High School: Applications accepted from February 1 – February 22
Elementary/K-8/Middle: Applications accepted from February 8 – March 3
Sorry for any inconvenience this change may have caused. The new dates are now in sync with the Benson Tech Show, which is the center piece of the school's efforts to make sure applicants understand and agree to their unique program and environment.
Our next Sharing with Shawn is Friday, November 18th from 9:00 to 10:00 in the MCCA Classroom. Childcare and refreshments are provided by Neighborhood House. If you are able, please come and join us.
Check out Mr. Kertay’s Technology Lab Homepage. He has used Protopage to create a site similar to Ms. Dugan’s Kindness Portaportal. It is the current way Mr. Kertay manages students accessing a variety of safe academic links that they use in class.
There are several ways to access it:
Google: Markham Protopage
Mr. Kertay works continually to keep the site updated, but occasionally there will be a broken link. Please inform Mr. Kertay of broken links by emailing him at: email@example.com. You can access the typing programs and educational sites we use in class. Also, you can view some of the student art work from this year by clicking “Markham Art Gallery.”
There is no school on Friday, November 4th due to it being a Teacher’s Planning Day.
Conferences are scheduled to run from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday and Thursday of November 9th and 10th. Report cards are not filled out for 1st quarter grading period. You will receive a PPS Parent –Teacher Conference Form. These forms are filled out by your child’s classroom teacher and are discussed and presented at the parent/teacher conferences.
There is no school on Friday, November 11th in honor of Veterans’ Day.
There is also no school on November 23rd, 24th and 25th in celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
The Scholastic Book Fair will run from November 28 through December 2nd. It will be held in the library. Grandparents and Special Friends Day will also take place on the last day of the Book Fair, Friday, December 2nd from 1:30 to 3:00 PM.
I am so thankful for the Markham Community and all that is given in the way of bountiful energy, effort, generosity, love, dedication and commitment all in behalf of our students.
Thank you, thank you, thank you,
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) issues annual report cards for every school and school district. The report cards offer families and the community valuable information about student attendance and achievement and teacher experience, among other things.
Resolution also outlines plan for training staff for ICE activity at schools
Citing its commitment to providing for the physical safety and emotional well-being of all children in Portland Public Schools, the Board of Education on Thursday, November 17 considered and unanimously passed a resolution that clarified the District’s procedures relating to Immigration Control Enforcement (ICE) activity in PPS schools.
3:15 PM Site Council
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Sharing with Shawn
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PTA Meeting