School Tours are the following dates
2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 and 3/1.
Please call the office to schedule the tour at (503) 916-5681.
We meet 9:00 – 10:00 AM in the MCCA room. Childcare and refreshments are provided by Neighborhood House.
May 5, 2017
Happy Month of May Markham Families,
The spring weather is coming around slowly but surely.
It’s That Time! Our 5th graders are promoting to middle school. The promotion will take place on Thursday, June 15th at 1:00 PM in the auditorium with a reception to follow in the cafeteria. We will then have a Clap-out at 2:45 where everyone lines the halls and celebrates our 5th graders as they parade by for the last time as Markham’s oldest students. This group of 5th graders has a special place in my heart. I have seen them move through the grades from kindergarten to 5th. It is always with happy and heavy hearts that we celebrate them transitioning to middle school. We will truly miss them and wish them much success in their middle school years.
Mr. Crabtree, Jackson’s Assistant Principal, recently visited and introduced the 6th grade program to our 5th graders, along with the forecasting materials. Our students asked great questions and impressed me with how ready they seem to make the transition from elementary to middle school.
Parent input for Class Placement Forms for the 2017-2018 school year will be available in the office starting Monday, May 8th. Filling out this form is totally optional. If there is information you would like our staff to consider for class placements for the next school year, please complete the form and return it to the office on or before Friday, May 19th. Please note: Markham does not honor specific requests for teachers. However, if you provide us with this information, it will assist us in the appropriate placement for your child. All class assignments are tentative and subject to change if enrollment or other circumstances require class balancing. Class assignments will be mailed to families the week of August 14th.
Earlier this week Markham received an additional .5 fte for Equity Funds. This allows us to make the Reading Support Teacher position fulltime for next year as it is currently. Words cannot express how deeply grateful I am to be able to restore such needed support for our students.
Here’s my proud opportunity to further explain our reader board. Three of our Destination Imagination teams qualified for the State DI Tournament: Two 5th grade and one 3rd grade. One of our 5th grade teams won first place in their challenge. This is Markham’s first 1st place win for DI. Our other 5th grade team took 2nd place in their challenge. Our 3rd grade team did not place, but they are the first Markham 3rd grade team to go to the State Tournament. Stupendous Job EAGLES!
The Markham Fun Run was a big hit! Unlike last year, not one grade level had to run inside. The weather cooperated, and everyone had a great time supporting Markham Students. All proceeds support school programs. I would like to thank all of our students, volunteers, staff and parent cheerleaders who made this another successful event. Thank you Mr. Kern for the energetic music and timer. The music always gets us revved up and ready to run.
This week we celebrated all Markham Staff for Teacher Appreciation Week. I thank the PTA for Tuesday’s breakfast treats along with the Starbucks coffee. Thursday’s lunch was wonderful, and the Friday Fruit Stand and office supplies rounded out a week of well appreciated staff.
Mark your calendars for the evening of Thursday, May 18th from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. It is the Markham World Tour Night! The evening will consist of our Spring Concert, Right Brain Showcase, Global Village exhibits from 10 countries: United States, Somalia, Morocco, Germany, Slovakia, Norway, Philippines, Italy, Iraq, Ethiopia and Indonesia. There will also be a Used Book Sale with books costing only 25 cents each. The Used Book Sale supports our 5th Grade Promotion Reception. So come on out and enjoy a fabulous fun filled evening.
Our last Sharing with Shawn for the school year is Friday, May 19th. We meet in the MCCA classroom from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. This is a very informal and casual time together to get information and ask questions. Neighborhood House sponsors us with childcare and refreshments. Please come join us if you are available.
Our spring Connect to Kindergarten will be on Thursday, May 25th from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the library. This is a parents only event.
Evening custodian, Shakoda Hambrick, is now at Wilson High School. We wish her well and appreciate her hard work and efforts at Markham. Todd Deutch was a part time evening custodian, and he is no longer with us. We wish him the best, too. Marzouk Ibrahim is joining Stephanie Evans as two fulltime evening custodians. Welcome to Markham Mr. Ibrahim!
PPS Proposed Health, Safety and Modernization Bond – for information please go to
Let’s keep holding up the Markham High Five!
Warm spring wishes,
Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe, Be Your Best, Every Day in Every Way!
At the end of every school year, the
School-family Partnership program sponsors Student Recognition Award ceremonies
for successful students across the district. These award ceremonies are
essential to honor and reward students whose achievements represent the best of
PPS, and to inspire their fellow students in the coming school year. We’re
excited to celebrate these students and are looking forward to sharing their
stories with you.
Please congratulate all who participated. They all were fantastic and made Benson Tech proud!
Hello PPS families and staff,
On April 4 I presented my proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year to our School Board. I want to make sure you know what our spending priorities are, and what they will mean for you and your PPS student or students.
This is a budget of difficult choices. We made extra cuts to central administration to prioritize direct services for students, but we still must make some painful cuts to our schools. Although the cuts will affect each school differently, they will be noticeable. This proposed budget is the first step in a long process, and we will be seeking your input and engagement as we manage this difficult fiscal climate.
CORRECTION: 2nd budget listening session is Tuesday, April 25
We want to hear from you about the 2017-18 budget for PPS! The Portland School Board has scheduled three listening sessions to take your comments on how we should allocate our dollars in the coming year.
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM Kindergarten Open Classroom
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PTA Meeting
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 5th Grade Promotion
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM 5th Grade Clap Out