Message from the Principal
Dear Current and Soon-To-Be Markham Families:
The staff at Edwin Markham Elementary School is elated to welcome your children to another exciting school year. We are proud of the progress we continue to make each school year to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of every child. Our pursuit of academic excellence for every child is evident in the steady annual growth of our Academic Performance Index (API) and other academic measures. Our goal of continuous improvement could not be possible without the efforts of our entire school community, staff, families, and the greater Vacaville community.
Our staff in both our Raising the Educational Achievement of Career and College-bound Children (REACCCh) and Spanish-English Peer Immersion and Cultural Education (SPICE) programs are dedicated to providing a rigorous educational program through Great Initial First Teaching (GIFT) of our California Content Standards. Our school also offers the most outstanding dual language program in the region and the only one in the Vacaville Unified School District. Additionally, we are continuing our commitment to the enrichment of students’ education that are at grade level or above as well as intervention for students that are not meeting grade level standards. This commitment ensures that whatever your child’s needs may be, we will support them. Along with the academics we are fortunate to be able to provide programs that assist students with their social and emotional development such as student leadership opportunities, school-wide positive behavior reinforcement, motivational assemblies, and on-site counseling services.
Our positive school climate is not only the result of our world class staff’s efforts but due in great part to our tremendous parent involvement. Literacy is of paramount importance and volunteers open our Accelerated Reader lab every day prior to school starting so that students can reach their reading goals. The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) supports the program through the purchase of incentives such as free books and a bowling/laser tag field trip at the end of the school year for students that reach a specific reading goal. Parents also “run” our Fit Kids program every morning to allow students to earn incentives for reaching walking/jogging/running goals. These are just a few of the numerous ways in which our wonderful parents support the goals and enrich the climate of our school. It is also important to note that our Novel Knowledge Team won the district Novel Knowledge Competition last school year and we are excited about the opportunity to defend that title this year!
Thank you to all of our Markham family members for making our school one of the best. If you are a soon-to-be Markham Timberwolf family we believe you will love being a part of the terrific school that is Edwin Markham Elementary…Go Timberwolves!
Manolo C. Garcia