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  • Thursday, December 8: All schools and offices closed due to weather

    All after-school and evening activities, including athletics, are also cancelled. 

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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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  • 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. 



  • 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.


    The Successful Schools Parent/Guardian Survey will launch the week of Parent/Teacher ConferencesPaper 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; on paper from their school's front office; and in PDF form on  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:

    Direct link

    Google: Markham Protopage

    Go to the Markham Elementary homepage and click on “Technology Webpage” under Quick Links.

    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: 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,

    Shawn Garnett





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  • ODE school and district performance reports available

    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.

  • Chapman Elementary to unveil restored mural

    The newly restored 1938 wood marquetry mural at Chapman Elementary School “Send Us Forth to be Buil
    On Thursday, Dec. 1 from 6-8 p.m. the Chapman PTA, Neighbors West-Northwest and Heritage Conservation Group will unveil its newly restored mural in the entrance foyer of Chapman Elementary.
  • PPS Board passes resolution affirming district’s protection of rights of undocumented students

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    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.

  • PPS Pulse, November 2016

     Interim Superintendent Bob McKean and board member Pam Knowles visited a class at Jason Lee School
    Portland Public Schools invites you to read the latest edition of our newsletter Pulse. Included in November’s issue are updates on the 2012 School Building Improvement Bond, boundary review and invitations to participate in the superintendent search and Successful Schools Survey. Also a link to the newly adopted 2017-18 school year calendar.
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