Avid 9th Graders Visit George Fox College

On November 15, 2017, fifty AVID 9th graders from McKay visited George Fox University. They had the opportunity meet with an admissions representative, who went to GFU. They asked insightful questions about financial aid and what the community energy/atmosphere is like at George Fox. Then they met their tour guide and experienced the school for themselves. They learned about everything from dorm life, to study abroad, to engineering classes, and a campus-wide lip sync battle. Finally, our students ended their trip with an opportunity see what a college style cafeteria and common area was like. Some even sampled the food. Our kids walked away excited about what their future holds and positively impacted by their visit. 

2017-12-27T08:02:34-08:00November 16th, 2017|

Principal’s Update November 15, 2017


Hello McKay Community:

I wanted to be sure to follow up regarding the incident this morning whereby McKay High School was identified in a graffiti threat up in Keizer.  Student and staff safety is always our top priority and, as a result, we err on the side of safety if there is any possibility of a dangerous situation.  We have worked closely with both the Salem and Keizer Police and our Security Department to ensure all students and staff were safe during this time.   Thankfully, we have never had a serious incident.

While today has not been a typical day at our school, I want to commend our community for how we came together during this situation.  We do not take threats lightly.  I appreciate everyone involved who took steps to keep our students, staff and community safe.  Again, school safety is a team effort and we appreciated the cooperation of students, staff, parents and police.

The Keizer Police are still investigating the graffiti, and if anyone has any tips, please call 503-390-3713 or email Tips@keizer.org.  Individuals can remain anonymous.  Reference Keizer Police Department Incident #17-4776.

Rob Schoepper
McKay High School


15 de noviembre del 2017

Saludos comunidad de McKay:

Quiero asegurarme de mantener un seguimiento respecto al incidente de esta mañana en donde la Escuela Preparatoria McKay fue identificada en una amenaza hecha en un grafiti en el área de Keizer. Nuestra mayor prioridad es la seguridad de los estudiantes y del personal docente, y como resultado, preferimos ser precavidos en caso de que exista la posibilidad de una situación peligrosa. Hemos trabajado tanto con la policía de Salem como con la de Keizer, y con nuestro propio departamento de seguridad, para garantizar que todos los estudiantes y el personal docente estén a salvo. Afortunadamente, nunca hemos tenido un incidente serio.

A pesar de que hoy no ha sido un día típico en nuestra escuela, quiero elogiar a nuestra comunidad por la forma en la que nos unimos durante esta situación. No tomamos las amenazas a la ligera. Me siento muy agradecido por todos los participantes quienes tomaron la iniciativa para mantener a los estudiantes, personal y a la comunidad a salvo. Nuevamente, la seguridad de la escuela es un trabajo en equipo y agradecemos la cooperación de los estudiantes, personal, padres y de la policía.

La policía de Keizer aún está investigando el grafiti y si alguien tiene alguna información al respecto, por favor, llame al 503-390-3713 o escriba a Tips@keizer.org.  La identidad de los informantes permanecerá anónima. Llame al Departamento de Policía de Keizer y utilice el número de incidente 17-4776.


Rob Schoepper
Escuela Preparatoria McKay

2017-11-16T07:30:36-08:00November 15th, 2017|

Principal Update: November 2017

Hello McKay Community,

Our vision – ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’

It is hard to believe we are into November.  It feels like yesterday when we met with our incoming freshman on the first day of school.  These students are now almost a third of the way into their first year here at McKay.  I have been impressed with our student body.  They are showing up to school, working hard both academically and in extracurricular activities.   Likewise, our staff is continuing to work collaboratively on implementing instructional strategies we identify as WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading).  By providing our students access to these college and career readiness strategies our students are developing skills to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, along with the ability to collaborate as part of a team.  We know these skills are essential to their success in college or careers.

Here are few November reminders for our McKay community:

  1. Please remember that we are hosting the ‘McKay Area Bond Listening and Learning Forum’ on Thursday, November 16th at 6:00 pm.  Parents and student in our McKay High School Feeder and any interested staff and community members are invited to attend this event.  This is an opportunity for our community to learn and share about needs of our schools along with how the proposed bond measure would address these needs.  Please call me directly here at McKay if you have questions at 503.399.3080.
  2. On Monday, November 20th in the evening and all day Tuesday, November 21st will be having our fall Student Led Conferences. These are opportunities for our students to share their course progress and goals, discussing overall strengths and weaknesses and answering questions posed by parents or guardians.  Please note that these Student Led Conferences are a requirement to receive credit in CCR class (College and Career Readiness Advisory Classes).  Both our students and staff have been working hard in preparation for these conferences.  We hope to see you there.

Go Scots!

Rob Schoepper
McKay High School

2017-11-14T10:53:22-08:00November 14th, 2017|

District Bond Listening & Learning Session – Nov. 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm at McKay

The School Board has voted to place a general obligation bond on the May 2018 ballot for our community to consider.

Parents of students in the McKay High School feeder system and interested community members are invited to attend a special Listening and Learning forum on Thursday, November 16th, from 6 to 7:30 pm at McKay High School.

We hope you will attend to learn and share about the needs of our schools, and how the proposed bond measure would address those needs.

For more information about this event, please visit the district website or call 503-399-3038.

2017-11-14T10:10:17-08:00November 13th, 2017|

McKay Art Sunctuary Bursting with Creativity

Ceramics classes are in a groove! We are pumping out beautiful works, such as sculpted rattles, mugs, boxes and Contemporary Canopic Jars and POP Art! Routines and systems are in place and the studio nearly runs itself! Our word of the week is Critique and we are starting to use our new visual vocabulary as we evaluate our own work. Students write everyday and are really strengthening their visual literacy.

Printmaking is also running smoothly and efficiently. Michelle is dominating the Google classroom feature. Students are logging in and easily finding her videos and instructions, taking notes and self starting thereafter. Much of her curriculum is student led also freeing her up to work others more one on one or simply facilitating activities. Mixed Media is working on a very hands one exploratory project that has kids engaged, all over the room, and experimenting with a variety of media and techniques.

Digital Photo students are working on photo shoots focusing on the elements of design and developing strong compositions. I have had several students pass through the area respectfully and responsibly. Im always curious about what their assignment is and when I ask them they are able to articulate the goals and processes. I am impressed by the scaffolding occurring in level 2, as they are really digging deep in to rigorous technical work, as is the nature of this challenging subject matter. It is also very cool to hear many Douglas’ daily prompts and essential questions that get our students thinking about very relatable and relevant social issues. Breakin’ brains!

Drawing/painting – Mr. McQuilling is a great addition to our Sanctuary Team, in his first year at McKay. He has a strong background in mindfulness, eastern philosophy and communication techniques. As an Art team, we have learned many techniques with instruction and in buildinga positive, safe and tranquil place for creativity to flourish. He too, is scaffolding for students in a way that is leading students to some very successful products.

2017-12-27T08:02:34-08:00November 9th, 2017|

Attendance Reminder

Attendance Reminder

Students that are attending non-school related activities during the school day must have parent approval.  Please communicate with the attendance office at 503-399-3043 to excuse student absences.

2017-11-07T07:14:09-08:00November 7th, 2017|

McKay Culinary Students Show Their Skills

9 of our amazing McKay culinary students joined forces with South Salem culinary students to help with the Saxon annual Fall Feast . They helped set up , prep , prepare , plate ,serve, and clean  up . This was a 5 course plated served prix fixe meal. In addition to the kids getting to apply their knowledge in a different environment working for another chef, they did a remarkable job in being great ambassadors for McKay. We are now planning how we can do it again .


2017-12-27T08:02:34-08:00November 6th, 2017|

PSU and WOU On-site Admissions a HUGE Success

On-site admissions with PSU and WOU were a huge success this week here at McKay! 52 of our McKay students were accepted to PSU and 29 to WOU! Congratulations to these McKay seniors who will be continuing their education after graduation this Spring.

2018-10-16T07:06:57-08:00November 2nd, 2017|

McKay Orchestra Students join in “Beatles -vs-Stones” at the Elsinore Theatre November 4

Four McKay students become stars on Nov. 4 at the Elsinore Theatre. These musicians will play back-up for the Beatles -vs-Stones musical event.

Click here to see the full story in the Statesman Journal.


2017-11-02T11:50:56-08:00November 2nd, 2017|
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