Markham Elementary K-5 School, established in 1990, is a place of discovery, learning, and high achievement. Markham has a rich heritage of educational service and community spirit. Located on a spacious 10-acre campus, the school, originally built in 1951, enjoys a history as a K-8, middle school and community gathering place. Markham now serves students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Students typically go on to attend Jackson Middle School and then Wilson High School and/or special focus magnet programs located throughout the district.
For the 2019-2020 school year Markham has an enrollment of approximately 430 students. We have 19 classroom teachers which includes two blended classrooms for students with special needs. We have a full time Counselor, a full time PE teacher and an additional two days with a second PE teacher, a full time library/media specialist, a half time technology teacher, a full time music teacher, and one and half time teachers for students who are English Language Learners. Markham also has a half-time art teacher where kindergarten students receive 10 one hour lessons and grades 1st through 5th receive 10 to 12 ninety minute art lessons a year. We also have several para-educators and two educational assistants who help students.
Our office staff will greet you and provide assistance from 8:00-4:00 daily. Leah Harrison, Principal's Secretary, and Kim Erickson, school secretary, are committed to welcoming and assisting students, staff, and our community.
The Markham community is a delightful blend of generational families who represent cultures from around the world. You don't have to look far to find parents and grandparents of Markham students, who attended or taught at Markham through the years. This blend of long-time families in the neighborhood with families who have newly arrived in the area, share a common bond of commitment to educational excellence and service at Markham. Our students' educational experience is greatly enhanced by the blend of families within our culturally rich learning community.
Markham is named after the American poet, Edwin Markham. Born in Oregon in 1852, Markham is best known for his spirited poetry highlighting the plight of the working poor and child laborers in the late 1800s and early 1900s. 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.
Our Mission Statement
Markham Elementary School is a caring community dedicated to excellence in education, empowering students to reach their potential as life-long learners and responsible contributors to society.
- All students can learn
- Children should become independent and self-reliant
- A child’s education will best occur in a safe, secure, and orderly environment
- Higher academic achievement occurs with positive social, emotional, and physical development
- Children will have greater success when there are goals with high expectations
- Cultural and educational diversity enables students' comprehensive education
- Education is a partnership of the student, home, school and community
- Education is a continuous process for all members of the learning community
Learning Today ~ Building Tomorrow