McKay Youth & Government Delegation Shines

The State Capitol is busy with the business of the legislative session, but elected officials turned the capitol over the the YMCA Youth and Government Program last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for the 71st Youth Legislative Session. This annual event brought together about 100 students from five high schools to run a mock legislative session, complete with elected youth leaders.

McKay had a small delegation of six, but they made a powerful impact. The group of Adriana Escorcia, Jasmin Ramos, Josie Carstensen, Daniel Dang, Raul Marquez, and Andrew Kalmen performed so well that they were awarded the Outstanding Delegation Award during the closing joint session on February 18 in the Oregon House Chamber.

This honor was only part of the mark left by the McKay Delegation this year. Adriana Escorcia was elected Senate Sergeant-at-Arms and was an effective and respected leader during the senate sessions.

Additionally, the delegation was successful in moving one measure through both chambers and the measure was signed by the Youth Governor. Another measure passed both chambers and was waiting for the Youth Governor’s consideration when the session came to an end on Saturday afternoon.

These outstanding students represented McKay very well and are already making plans to make an even bigger impression next year. For more information and to become part of the 2018 delegation, talk to one of these delegates or to Mr. Garner, Club Adviser.

McKay Students Excel in MESA Competetion

The McKay High School Team finished 2nd in their respective division at Oregon MESA’s inaugural Demo Day invention competition. The event was held at Ziba Design, a renowned design firm in Portland. The teams also won the audience choice awards in their division.

For the Demo Day competition, students were challenged to design, build, and program an invention to address a challenge for a client experiencing vision impairment. The invention also had to incorporate a microcontroller. In the semi-final round eighteen teams from schools across Portland and Salem submitted videos presenting their projects. Four high school teams and three middle school teams were selected by judges to advance to the final round at Demo Day on February 9th. At Demo Day, each team gave a four-minute pitch of their inventions to a panel of expert judges, which included Portland State University faculty, industry engineers, product designers, and business entrepreneurs.

The team from McKay High School placed 2nd in their division with their design of a reading aid glove for a client experiencing macular degeneration. The students on the team were Lorenzo Alvarez, Luis Castro, and Saúl Martinez Chavarin and were advised by McKay math teacher, Katrina Hull.

Students will have the opportunity to compete again this year at the annual MESA Day competition in May at Portland State University. Winners of MESA Day will advance to the 2017 MESA National Engineering Design Competition, held this year in Philadelphia.

For more information about Oregon MESA,
call (503) 725-4665, or visit the Oregon MESA Web site at www.oregonmesa.org.

 

District Revises School Calendar Due to Snow Days

The district has released the revised calendar for the school year. Changes made are due to the four snow days we have experienced this winter. The revised calendar is available below or on the CALENDAR link of the school webpage by clicking here.

Royal Scots Theatre Presents High School Musical

The Royal Scots Theatre is proud to present “High School Musical”.

The show will run January 20, 21, & 27 at 7:00 pm and on January 28 at 2 and 7 pm.

Tickets are $10. Order your tickets on-line at: mckayhs.ticketleap.com

Booster Club Meeting Jan.18: 6:30 – Turf Field & Reclassification

The McKay Booster Club will meet on Wednesday, January 18  in the McKay Library.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM. The agenda will include two important issues:

Turf Field : 6:30 – 7:30
Reclassification: 7:30 – 8:30

We need as much feedback from the community as possible. Your attendance and participation is essential as we move forward with our athletic programs at McKay High School.

Lockdown Drill at McKay coming soon

As required by law, McKay High School will be conducting a lockdown drill sometime in the next couple of weeks. This is an important step for staff and students to be prepared for any kind of a school-wide emergency. Thanks for your support and cooperation.

Semester Final Exams – Jan. 24, 25, 26 – enero – Examenes Finales

Semester one is almost finished! Final exams for the semester will take place over three days. The school day will be shortened and buses will run early. The full schedule is available as a PDF by clicking the attached document.

McKay FFA Students take 2nd Place

McKay students placed 2nd in the Agricultural Sales Career Development Event.

These students developed a sales pitch for their selected products and presented to judges. They also went through practical events such as taking a telephone order, solving customer problems, prospecting for customers, and creating an advertisement layout.

Congrats!  Go Scots!

Winter Spirit Week at McKay – Dec. 5 – 9

Join in the fun and dress for the occasion!

Monday – More Sleep Monday  (PJ Day)

Tuesday – Too Ugly Tuesday (Ugly Sweaters)

Wednesday – Weird Socks Wednesday (Holiday/Crazy Socks)

Thursday – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (Reindeer Day)

Friday – Class Themes

-Freshmen = Santa’s Little Freshmen (elves, green & red attire)
-Sophomores = Bright Nights (neon)
-Juniors = When You Take a Junior to a Holiday Party (formal)
-Seniors = Santa’s Seniors Sleigh the Holidays (Santa hats, red & white attire)

Financial Aid 101

During CCR (College & Career Readiness) on Monday, we explored the basics of financial aid. The PowerPoint used is attached below for families to review. There are lists of resources in the school and on the internet to help students and families find ways to pay for college.

Financial Aid 101