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Parent Summer Letter 2017-18

Hello McKay Students, Parents, and Community,

I want to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year. Our vision here at McKay High School is, “Every student graduates college and career ready.”

Meeting the educational needs of every student is our number one priority.  This is a team effort and, as principal, I look forward to partnering with each of you to ensure your student graduates from McKay ready for college or careers and to be an active and contributing member to our society.  Likewise, we have numerous opportunities for parents to get involved here at McKay High School.  Please do not hesitate to call us at 503.399.3080 to discuss these opportunities in further detail.

This letter is coming to you full of important information and dates so please review it accordingly.

Taking Care of Business Days (Parent/Guardian and student attendance is required)

Dates: August 16 and 17

Family Nights

These nights are focused on career and college readiness—how to prepare for, get into, and succeed in post-secondary education (Career Tech, Two and Four year degrees).  Please check our website for updates and specifics as these events approach.  We look forward to your participation.

These meetings are from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on the following Mondays:

  • October 2, 2017

  • November 6, 2017

  • December 4, 2017

  • January 8, 2018

  • February 5, 2018

  • March 5, 2018

  • April 2, 2018

Scots Scholars (Saturday School)

Scots Scholars is for all McKay students. During Scots Scholars, students are able to access the computers, as well as work with teachers on class assignments. The hours for Scots Scholars are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with free breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. and free lunch served at 12:00 p.m. Ensuring that your student is completing his/her assignments and learning the appropriate skills and content for each class, will help guide him/her to success at McKay and beyond.

Scot Scholar Dates:

  • October 7, 2017

  • November 4, 2017

  • December 9, 2017

  • January 20, 2018

  • March 3, 2018

  • April 21, 2018

  • June 2, 2018

Student Led Conferences (Student with Parent/Guardian attendance is required once during the school year.)

  • November 20, 2017 (evening only)

  • November 21, 2017 (all day and into the evening)

  • March 21, 2018 (evening only)

  • March 22, 2018 (all day and into the evening)

Thank you for partnering with us as we continue to move closer to our McKay vision of ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’

Go Scots!

E.R. Schoepper III

Rob Schoepper
McKay High School

Free Dental Services – Servicios Dentales Gratuitos

McKay will have free Dental Sealants & Varnish for students at McKay High School fromJuly 12-18 during summer school hours 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There are Consent forms are available in the main office that require a parent or legal guardians signature.

Vamos a tener citas gratis para selladores dentales y barniz para los estudiantes de McKay el dia 12 de julio asta el 18 de julio durante el horario escolar de verano 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. Tenermos formularios de consentimiento disponibles en la oficina, se require una firma de los padres.

McKay Turf Project Underway

The McKay Athletic Booster Club is building a turf football field at McKay.  We are very excited about the installation of the new turf field this summer!  Work is underway, and during the summer, there will be no access to the field or the track.  We are sorry for any inconvenience, but remember it is a temporary disruption for a long-term benefit for the entire McKay community.  The field will be ready for use by the time school opens in the fall.  Our ribbon cutting ceremony will be at our Green and Gold Day, August 19th.  The boost club, and McKay High School would like to say thank you to the community and everyone in Salem and Keizer who contributed to this project to make it a reality!

Addressing Overcrowding at McKay

Enrollment growth over the years has created over-crowding at McKay.  Our facility is currently over-capacity and more students are expected in the future.  During the summer, we are adapting the testing lab into three classrooms.  This is not ideal and is not going to fix our building capacity needs, but we are doing what we can to provide a productive learning environment for students.  The school board voted to put a bond on the May 2018 ballot. The details of the bond package are not final yet, but if a bond were to pass, part of the bond money will be used to add space to all high schools in Salem-Keizer, including McKay.  Until there is a more permanent solution to our need for additional space, we will adapt.

Summer Construction at McKay Impacts Summer School

We are excited to announce there is some summer construction at McKay that will temporarily change parking and where visitors enter the school.  Some of the work taking place includes converting the testing lab to three classrooms, and some new equipment in the gym (bleachers, dividers, wrestling light, and some paint).  Because of this, the gym will be closed this summer.  Summer school will be located in the high school and the Annex this year.  The biggest project this summer is the turf field!

Culinary Classes Cook Up Success

McKay Culinary students were given the opportunity to cater a four course meal for 160 people at North Salem High School. The event was the annual JROTC Cadet Ball. Thirteen McKay students put in anywhere from 3 to 12 hrs immersing themselves fully in the hospitality industry to cater the event. They started by setting the room, prepping the food, hand passing appetizers, cooking the food, serving the food, and finally cleaning up. The menu consisted of a variety of one to two bite appetizers, green salad, Ribeye steaks or hand stuffed Chicken Cordon Bleu with Orange Ginger Carrots, Garlic Smashed Potatoes, and cake for dessert.

Go Scots!

MESA Team Makes Final Round!

Our McKay team RECYCL3D made it through to the final round of the Cleantech Challenge 2017!

What does this mean? 

*Our McKay team received $2,500 in funding to purchase supplies and start testing phase of their business concept. They were 1 of only 6 teams selected to make it through to this final round.

*The students have 90 days to bring this idea to life!

*This summer the students will be partnered up with business mentors from both Salem and Portland.

*RECYCL3D will show off their finished product at Oregon BEST FEST.

Their business idea: Take lunchroom plastic, clean the plastic, grind the plastic down, and then extrude the plastic into 3D filament that can be sold for profit to go back into STEM programs. Once they have the best process in place, their idea is to sell toolkits that include a grinder, extruder, and 3D printer to other schools to help STEM funding across the globe. You can view their pitch here.

We need your help, if you are available and interested in donating your time this summer to work with our students on this project please let us know. No technical experience required.

McKay MESA Club Makes Waves

McKay’s MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement) Club is at it again. During second semester students were given the challenge of creating a prosthetic arm for under $80. The electronic elements were created using Arduino. Tuesday, May 16, we took a team of 20 students up to PSU where they competed against other Oregon MESA schools. McKay had one team compete at the national level and two others compete at the state level. During the onsite competitions McKay’s team of I Isaiah Delgado, Gabriel Maza, Stephon Ramirez, and Zach Person took 3rd place in two onsite competitions.

Additionally, the team of Luis Castro, Cristofer Flores, Saul Martines, Lorenzo Alvarez, and Axel Islas will be traveling to PSU’s Business Accelerator next Friday to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges during the semifinal round. This competition is part of the Clean Tech Challenge. Any team moving forward will receive $2,500 to produce an example of their Clean Tech idea.