Dear McKay Parents and Community,
McKay High School’s vision is “Every student graduates college and career ready.”
I am excited to welcome everyone to the 2018-2019 school year. We have many athletic programs and students that have made tremendous progress this summer, and I look forward to a successful school year.
We believe that students at McKay who are involved in athletics will graduate college and career ready through the development of skills and characteristics that are transferable throughout their lives. Athletics at McKay support students’ development in our core values: leadership, scholarship, and competitiveness.
We believe that as students develop these values, they will become critical thinkers with skills to navigate their lives in a successful manner. Supporting students’ growth in these areas is our priority in McKay Athletics, and the reason for some changes at McKay. We have added an Athletic Leadership and Sports Psychology course that teaches athletes our core values and skills to apply and model those amongst their peers and teammates. We have also worked in collaboration with our head coaches and stakeholders to create our Athletic Success Program where students track attendance, set academic progress goals, and provided access to supports as needed. We believe that as these are monitored, and interventions and supports are provided when necessary, students will become successful and demonstrate continuous growth as critical thinkers and leaders.
We are in need of parent involvement and support to assist in the development of the most positive experiences possible for athletes at McKay. In athletics, we have an opportunity to be involved in our McKay Athletic Booster Club. We are seeking support from parents and community partners that can assist in giving our athletes and programs better opportunities and experiences. The boosters have been highly successful in the past year, as they built a turf facility, are painting the announcing building and track sheds, and are building a new and upgraded entrance to the stadium. All parties interested in joining the booster club or attending meetings should contact the school office or the booster club. Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 in the McKay High School Library.
I am excited to announce our new Athletic School Office Specialist Stephanie Mentado-Hernandez. Stephanie comes to us from McKay’s student services office, as a parent of athletes at McKay, and an advocate for our athletic programs and student athletes. I look forward to her ability to think critically and proactively about athletics and bring a fresh and new perspective to make programs more accessible and systems more supportive for our families and students.
Please do not hesitate to call us at (503)399-3080 to discuss these opportunities in further detail. Thank you for partnering with us, as we continue our journey of success for your student and all of our Royal Scots.
We look forward to seeing you at student events this year. I look forward to a wonderful school year at McKay High School.
McKay High School
“Our McKay Athletic Department would like to welcome Stephanie Mentado-Hernandez as our new Athletic Secretary. She has been currently working in the Student Center as a School Office Specialist. Stephanie has been a part of the McKay community for many years and is a great supporter of our school. She currently has 2 boys attending McKay High School and is very active in every aspect of our environment including but not limited to wrestling, football, booster club, and project grad. Stephanie was born in Salem and graduated from the Teen Parent Program. Despite all odds she continued her education and untimely received a Bachelors in Psychology from Corban University. Her passion is to help mentor and guide students not only to achieve their goals but to believe in themselves no matter what their circumstances are. Stephanie is excited to work with all the amazing students “athletes” and to help them be successful.”
We are excited to welcome Eric Harder as the Head Wrestling Coach at McKay. He is a recent graduate from Western Oregon University. Growing up in Bethesda, MD He attended Walt Whitman High School where He participated in wrestling all 4 years. After graduating from Whitman, Eric moved to the west coast attending Pacific University. At Pacific He earn s earned 98 varsity wins and won the great lakes national qualifier to attend the Division III national championships. After college Eric found his passion for teaching and coaching. He immediately set out to coach and teach. Eric spent 2 years at Neil Armstrong Middle School and 1 year coaching at South Salem. During that time, He earned his masters in teaching which led him to coaching and teaching at McKay High School. He is a new social studies teacher at Mckay teaching AP world history and Economics. Eric says, “I am excited to teach a great group of student-athletes the skills they need to graduate college and career ready.”
Congratulations to our McKay High School Summer Graduates! Your commitment to finishing all graduation requirements this Summer has paid off. The McKay staff and community are proud of each of you.