School News

October 2016

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.

College Visits in October


Colleges are coming to visit McKay! Please see Mr. Brooks to get more information and to sign up for a time to visit with colleges.

Oregon State University Cascade University 10/3 @9:00 AM

Northwest Christian College 10/10 @1:00 PM

Evergreen State College 10/18 @9:00 AM

University of Oregon 10/18 @10:00 AM

Portland State University 10/18 @1:30 PM

Eastern Oregon University 10/20 @1:30 PM

Oregon State University 10/21 @12:05 PM

Corban University 10/25 @10:00 AM

Willamette University 10/28 @10:45 AM

OSU Application Workshop 10/28 @9:00-11:00AM

September 2016

College Visits in September


Colleges are coming to visit McKay! Please see Mr. Brooks to get more information and to sign up for a time to visit with colleges.

George Fox University 9/19 @ 1:00-1:30 PM
Western Oregon University 9/20 @ 12:20-1:00 PM
Pacific University 9/21 @ 10;00-10:40 AM
Southern Oregon University 9/22 @ 10:00-10:30 AM
Pacific Lutheran University 9/22 @ 1:00-1:30 PM
St. Martin’s University 9/23 @ 12:10-12:45 PM
St. Olaf College 9/28 @ 10:00-10:40 AM
Linfield College 9/29 @ 11:00-11:30 AM

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.

August 2016

Back to School Supply List


It’s Back to School time and that means getting ready for success. Principal Sara Leroy recently sent a letter to homes that included a recommended supply list. That list is included here for convenience. You can also click here to download a PDF copy  to print out for your shopping trip.

Enjoy the last few days of summer break. We are excited to see students in just a few days.



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

June 2016