Hello Panther Family

I would like to extend a warm welcome to you as the new principal at Markham Middle School. Whether you are returning to our school community or joining us for the first time, we are excited to have you as part of our Panther family.

At Markham Middle School, we are committed to providing an enriching educational experience that not only promotes academic growth but also nurtures the social, emotional, and behavioral development of our students. As the new school year begins, I would like to introduce you to some of the key initiatives that define our approach to education:

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs): Our dedicated team of educators collaborates through Professional Learning Communities. These collaborative leadership, grade level, and department groups allow teachers and staff to share ideas, implement best practices, and refine strategies to enhance instruction. 

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS): Through tiered identification and implementation for support of academic and behavioral challenges, we tailor interventions to address individual needs, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to succeed. By working together to analyze student performance data, we continually refine our intervention methods to meet the diverse needs of every student.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS): Creating a safe and respectful learning environment is paramount at Markham Middle School. Our PBIS promotes positive behaviors by setting clear expectations for behavior and recognizing and rewarding students' efforts. 

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID): AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. At Markham we use schoolwide AVID strategies in all of our classes.

As a Panther family, our commitment is to create an inclusive and supportive environment where every student is valued, engaged, and encouraged to achieve their full potential. We promote open communication between parents, guardians, caregivers, teachers, and staff, as we all play a vital role in the success of our students.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me or any member of our team if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or helpful information.

Go Panthers!

Troy Gassaway - Principal, Markham Middle School