Annual state testing notice – Aviso sobre los exámenes estatales anuales

Annual state testing notice

Each year, students in grades three through eight and grade 11 take state tests in English language arts and math. Students in grades five, eight and in high school also take a state science test. The tests measure students’ knowledge of state standards and give the state information about how schools are performing. Information from the Oregon Department of Education regarding parents’ right to opt students out of some state testing is available online. Click here to see ODE’s flyer: 

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Aviso sobre los exámenes estatales anuales

Cada año, a los estudiantes que cursan los grados desde tercero hasta el octavo, y en el undécimo grado se les aplican los exámenes estatales en las áreas de la lengua inglesa, las artes y las matemáticas. Los estudiantes del quinto grado, octavo y en la escuela preparatoria toman un examen estatal de ciencias. Los exámenes determinan el conocimiento que los estudiantes han adquirido y lo comparan con el estándar estatal; esto proporciona al estado la información sobre el desempeño y funcionamiento de las escuelas. Usted puede encontrar información en línea del Departamento de Educación de Oregón con relación a los derechos de los padres sobre la opción de excluir a su estudiante de los exámenes estatales. Pulse aquí para consultar la información del Departamento de Educación de Oregón:

EOS Student Survey Underway At McKay

Salem-Keizer School District student survey link:

Click here to complete the EOS Student Survey

The student survey captures the dynamics in terms of the AP program at McKay.  The findings will guide what changes need to made to create and/or sustain access and success in AP coursework. Survey responses are also used is various EOS products to give voice to the individual student through the outreach and recruitment processes.

Sample Questions & Survey Themes

  • Current self: What are your favorite subject areas? How challenging are your classes? Did one or more of your parents or guardians graduate from high school/college?
  • Future self: What is your highest educational goal? Do your parents expect you to graduate from college? What are your future work/career interests?
  • Assets:
  • Growth mindset (I have a certain amount of intelligence and I can’t do very much to change it)
  • Grit (I am discouraged by challenges).
  • Academic Identity
  • Academic strategies (Describe yourself next year – using my time wisely, coping well with distractions, working hard to achieve my goals)
  • Community Leadership (Do you take care of siblings, cousins or elderly family members, translating for family, friends or other adults?)
  • AP Track Record: Currently enrolled in AP, previously taken AP, planning to take AP.
  • Information gaps: Do you know what AP classes are? The staff at your school have provided me with enough information about the AP program. Do AP classes boost students’ chances of getting into college?
  • Expectation gaps: How frequently have the following people encouraged you to take an AP class? A school staff member/a parent or guardian. Students like me are welcome in the AP program.
  • Sense of belonging: I feel like a part of a community in class, I am comfortable asking for help from teachers when I need it, compared to my peers, I feel like I have to prove myself to teachers.
  • AP Program Climate: What stereotypes (positive or negative) do you most often hear at your school about being an AP student?
  • Outreach: Please name the adult at your school who you would most trust to give you good advice. Please select the reasons why you would choose not to take AP.

If students or parent have questions about the survey, they can contact David Wood, Assistant Principal, in the office.

School Lockdown Drills at McKay

McKay High School will be conducting our first lockdown drill within the first two weeks of school.  We are not trying to scare students and these drills will not be a simulation of a threat.  We do want students to take the drills seriously so they are familiar with lockdown routines and procedures.  These drills are helpful for any circumstance.  In the event of any potential hazard, it is useful for us to practice lockdown drills just like fire drills and earthquake drills. If you ever have any safety concerns, or notice any gaps in our security, then please tell us.  As parents, you have a valuable perspective that can help us improve our safety procedures.

New Online Payment Portal

This fall, parents of Salem-Keizer students have a new, convenient option for paying student fees.

Through the Online Payment Portal, parents can use a credit card to pay athletic fees, library book fees, purchase ASB cards, make a donation, and take care of other payment transactions. The Online Payment portal processing fee is the same as the fee charged when making a credit card payment in the school office (2.75 percent).

The Online Payment Portal does not replace the food service payment system, EZSchoolPay.

Find a link to the Online Payment Portal on our school website, or visit https://skpay.salkeiz.k12.or.us.