Home of The Mockingbirds


Dear Parents,

It is both a pleasure and honor to serve as your school principal of this wonderful school. The Markham family is committed to providing a positive, challenging, and academically sound learning environment for all children.

Thaddeus E. Smith, Jr.
Thaddeus E. Smith, Jr. Principal

I encourage all parents to come to our parent meetings and be an active partner with us in your child’s education. Your involvement in school is the key to your child’s success. I have an “Open Door” policy. Your communication with us is very important.

Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or myself, whenever you have a question or concern. Thank you for choosing Markham Elementary as your child’s school.


Thaddeus E. Smith, Jr. Principal

Map, Hours & Info.

M-Fr 7:15am – 7:55am
School Hours:
*Pre-K: 8:10am–2:10pm
*Kg-5: 8:10am–3:10pm
Early dissmisal cut-off:
*Pre-K: 1:45pm
*K-5: 2:45pm

C. Robert Markham Elementary School
1501 NW 15th Avenue
Pompano Beach, FL 33069

phone-icon-vector-4c9XMjgcEPh. 1-754-322-6950

Fax_machineFax 1-754-322-6990

Gabie “The Awareness Bee” visits Markham

Kindergarten students were excited to have Gabie, The Great American Bus Interactive Education Company‘s “Awareness Honey Bee” and her interactive bus, visit Markham for a great day of fun and educational activities. The Gabie Bus team is Liz, Tasha, Eden and Ron.

Gabie’s Bus houses displays of our state’s primary Agriculture.  Students enter the school bus and walk through an exciting and colorful interactive world of our state’s agriculture.  Students can see shadow boxes of different commodities that they can touch and read its educational importance. Tasha guided our students through the bus activities.

Eden and Liz teach our students about “Wheat” – what it is, and the many products that are derived from it such as Wheat flour.

Ron tells our students about agriculture, farming, water, soil, planting seeds and growing crops. Great Fun!

Gabie “The awareness Bee” makes her appearance to our students delight. Ron and Gabie tell our students about the importance of honey bees for the pollination of our state’s crops, the production of Honey, and the honey bee’s importance to our state’s agricultural system. A big thanks to the Gabie Bus team!

Museum of Discovery and Science On-site Fieldtrip

As part of a series of on-site field-trips, we are excited to have the Museum of Discovery and Science came to Markham once more for another day of fun and learning. The topic for this on-site field-trip was “Electronics”. MODS Educator Peggy Glasser lead the activities for our third grade students. Students learned the basics of building simple circuits with electronic boards through the use of Snap Circuit kits.

Snap circuit kits are a great way for students to learn and have fun. Among some of the electronic components students built were Musical Doorbells, Momentary Alarms, Light Police Sirens, Light Emitting Diodes and more!

Parent Engagement – Hot Food, Hot Topics

The Parent Engagement Office, in the Student Support Initiatives Department, strives to help parents become full partners in their child’s education. During the Parent Engagement event held on 5/20/15 at Markham Elementary our vision was transformed into action through the demonstration of the use of a Crock Pot as the ultimate Fast Food Machine!

During the presentation, Ms. Wanda Robinson shared the value of Family Meal Time.  For example, the cost of feeding a family is significantly reduced when meals are prepared at home rather than eating out.  She further explained that family meal time is good for the spirit, brain and health, and also contributes to lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy and depression among students.  In addition to improving student’s grades and self-esteem, the dinner conversation also boosts vocabulary.

School Board Member, Ms. Nora Rupert, presented information about how to use conversations about food to provide rich language experiences and develop receptive and expressive vocabularies.  She also described activities parents can use to improve literacy skills during meal time.

After tasting Savory Lima Beans, Curried Lentil and Vegetable Soup and White Chicken Chili, three lucky families received a crock pot along with the ingredients to prepare one of the tasty meals on their own. Children had the opportunity to select a book to start building an at home library.

The Markham Family would like to extend our thanks to Ms. Tonya Brown and Ms. Wanda Robinson from the Parent Engagement Office for organizing a great event. Thank you also to School Board Member Ms. Nora Rupert for the engaging presentation and all the support. Also in attendance were Vince Dawes, Principal at Pompano Beach Elementary and Janette Hameister, Principal at Atlantic West Elementary – and to all the other attendees… Your support is greatly appreciated!

Food, Fun & Books – A good time was had by all!

… and most importantly, to all the parents that came out in support of their children – Thank you!

broward-county-library united-way-lock-up-rgb     bcps_logo_500px

Museum of Discovery and Science Onsite Fieldtrip


Stephanie, from The Museum of Discovery and Science, came out to Markham today and treated our students to an onsite field trip. Today’s topic was reptiles. Students had a chance to learn and ask questions about reptiles such as snakes, turtles and lizards. Stephanie introduced our students to her her animal friends:

“Hype” the Box Turtle

“Hype”, is a female 20-year-old Box Turtle. Box Turtles are native to North America and are terrestrial members of the American pond turtle family. They have a domed shell, which is hinged at the bottom, allowing the animal to close its shell tightly to escape predators.


“Teddy” the Ball Python

“Teddy”, is a 24-year-old Ball Python. Ball Pythons are a nonvenomous python species found in Africa. The name “ball python” refers to the animal’s tendency to curl into a ball when stressed or frightened. In the wild, their diet consists mostly of small mammals, such as African soft-furred rats, shrews and striped mice.


“Mika” the Bearded Dragon

“Mika”, is a Bearded Dragon. Bearded Dragons are a genus of reptiles containing eight lizard species. They are adept climbers, spending time on branches and in bushes and near human habitation. They are found throughout much of Australia in a wide range of habitats. Mika was donated to the museum.


The Red-eared slider

The red-eared slider is a semiaquatic turtle. Red-eared sliders get their name from the small red slash around their ears. The “slider” part of their name comes from their ability to slide off rocks and logs and into the water quickly. Red-eared sliders are native to the southern United States and northern Mexico and It is the most popular pet turtle in the United States.


Special thanks to the Museum of Discovery and Science for a fun day of learning!

Mentor Partnership – Travis T-Dogg Gammage

Gospel artist Travis T-Dogg Gammage has partnered with Markham’s mentoring program to serve as a positive role model to our students. Well known for his gospel music ministry, Travis Gammage is also very well known in the secular music industry. He has worked with artists such as Trick Daddy, Rick Ross, Iceberg, Lil Wayne, Trina and Jagged Edge. Mr. Gammage will be working with our 4th and 5th grade students as a mentor and guide. Markham’s mentoring program aims to support our student’s in all areas of academic development.

Mothers Day

Thank you to Quota Club! Our class painted Terra-Cotta flower pots. Next, we planted our own (pen) flowers in (brown bean) soil. This is an extra special project for our Mom’s.

We also shared the extra  with Markham’s hard working staff. We love our Quotarian Mom’s! Thanks for your ongoing dedication and support to our program and school!

Happy Mother’s  Day!IMG_4711

Careers in Science Research Project

My fifth grade students were asked to choose a science career and list the responsibilities associated with the career, the education necessary to enter the career and the contribution of the career to society. The students were also asked to create a visual aid to display during their oral presentations.