On October 6th at the Salem Convention Center the Salem-Keizer High School Sports Booster Club will be awarding the first annual Beacon awards for “excellence and leadership through athletics”. The following people will be honored:
David and Dick Withnell
Dick Bellock – McKay
Kim Phillips – McNary
Malcolm Snider – North Salem
Marv Heater – South Salem
Jamie Smith (Ellis) – Sprague
Susan and LaRon Tolley – West Salem
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at salemkeizerbeacons.com. Money will be used to offset participation fees for student-athletes with the goal to insure that no athlete is denied participation due to cost. The evening starts at 5:00 p.m. with a social hour and “meet and greet” with dinner at 6:00 and the presentation of awards at 7:00. Come join us.
Carl Garner2018-09-25T16:03:42-08:00September 25th, 2018|
Missing a day or two of school may not seem like a big deal, but that time matters. If a student misses just two days of school a month, by the end of the year, that adds up to an entire month of lost instruction.
At Salem-Keizer Public Schools, we want all of our students to graduate prepared for successful lives. Students who regularly attend school are more likely to graduate, setting the stage for success in college and higher rates of employability.
El perder un día o dos de clases podría parecer irrelevante, pero ese tiempo es muy importante. Si un estudiante pierde solo dos días de clases al mes, al final del año escolar, esto representa un mes entero de clases perdidas.
En las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer, queremos que todos los estudiantes se gradúen preparados para una vida exitosa. Los estudiantes que asisten regularmente a la escuela, tienen 172 porciento mayor probabilidad de graduarse, estableciendo así las bases para el éxito en la universidad y mayores índices de empleabilidad.
Asistir a la escuela diariamente, todos los días en el Distrito 24J.
Ceramic 1 students are starting the year learning basic ceramic craftsmanship and design techniques through the Symbolic Hands Project. Touching on the career option Art Therapy, students are engaging in a project which explores alternative ways to communicate feelings. Using their own hands as templates, students are designing a bowl with the left hand expressing words, designs, and symbols of things they wish to “Let Go” of in their life. The right hand, symbolically placed on top, expresses words, designs and symbols of things they would like to “Invite In” to their lives in order to feel more satisfied and fulfilled. Inquiry and engagement are in full force and students are discovering one of the many facets of the power of art!
Carl Garner2018-09-21T15:20:23-08:00September 21st, 2018|
We would like to thank the many families who attended our AVID Family Night. Mrs. Larkin Foley, our AVID Site Coordinator, provided our families and students key information on college readiness, events and timelines. This information is critical to our work for students. As a McKay community, we would like to recognize our families for actively supporting our students’ ability to graduate college and career ready!
Carl Garner2018-09-19T14:19:52-08:00September 18th, 2018|
‘Good morning. This week, McKay will be conducting our first lockdown drill of the year, in accordance with Oregon State law. We will be practicing in both Levels 1 and 2 conditions, in which classrooms are asked to lock the door, close the blinds, turn off their lights, and be silent. It is likely your student is already familiar with practicing these conditions, as all SKPS school have conducted these drills annually. We appreciate your support as we continue to improve the safety and security of McKay HS.’
Carl Garner2018-09-17T08:49:26-08:00September 17th, 2018|
Our vision is ‘All students will graduate college and career ready.’ We are so excited to be partnering with each of you in support of our students as we work to ensure our vision is realized for every student here at McKay.
With it being the first week of school, our staff and students are working diligently in classes reviewing procedures and expectations, course requirements and, most importantly, allocating adequate time to develop relationships and a strong sense of community in every classroom. We believe this work is foundational to the start of the year. Developing a safe and welcoming environment is key to effective learning outcomes for all students.
Another area that we believe is foundational to student success is the importance of regular attendance. We expect all students to attend 90% or more of their classes for the year. To put this in perspective, students must attend at minimum 9 out of every 10 school days. If students attend less than this 90% mark, it affects learning and creates gaps key information students must know in order to be successful in classes. Attendance matters and regular attendance will improve academic success.
As we start the 2018-2019 school year, I ask that we as a community continue to support our students’ ability to attend regularly. We have numerous supports for our students and families in the area of regular attendance so please feel free to call our office at 503.399.3080 to get more information and resources on attendance.
We appreciate the continued partnership and support to ensure all students graduate college and career ready here at McKay High School.
Rob Schoepper Principal
Carl Garner2018-09-05T13:43:23-08:00September 5th, 2018|
Buses were rolling this morning carrying almost half of Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ (SKPS) 42,000 students, but with the back-to-school excitement was another message: “Every Day 24J!” Nearly one in three students in SKPS is chronically absent, and this year, schools and community organizations are collaborating to identify barriers to attendance and develop solutions.
The campaign officially launched at Auburn Elementary, where Principal Katie Shumway identified the shift in weather as one of the contributing factors to absenteeism. Auburn is a neighborhood school, and many of its 700 students live within the one-mile radius of the school, meaning they don’t have access school bus transportation. Through the work of the Every Day 24J committee, One Thousand Soles was able to purchase 50 pairs of rain boots at a reduced cost from Wilco. Students who attended the school’s back-to-school picnic received raffle tickets, and winners will be announced at the school on Mondays and Fridays – the days the school has the lowest attendance. Auburn is just one example of the purpose of Every Day 24J! – to identify barriers, create solutions and encourage positive behaviors.
“We believe that all parents want what’s best for their kids and that’s why we continue to look for ways to build relationships with families and strengthen community partnerships,” said Shumway. “We strive meet families where they’re at and provide the tools and resources necessary to get kids here and learning at Auburn every day. When we begin to see dips in student attendance, our community school outreach coordinator works to find out why and then identifies those resources that can create solutions.”
Additional community organizations have come forward to help provide rain gear for more students.
“We know that September is the most critical month for setting a student’s attendance pattern,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “What happens during that first month sets the tone for the entire year, and we know there’s a direct correlation between attendance and graduation. We see chronic absenteeism from students across all spectrums – cultural norms and socioeconomic statuses play roles, but we also see students who are performing really well at school who might not see the connection between attendance and employability after graduation. We must all use our sphere of influence to make those connections for our children – their futures depend on it.”
Students who miss just two days of school a month will miss a month of school each year. If a student continues that pattern through elementary and middle school, he or she will have lost an entire year of instruction by ninth grade. According to the Oregon Department of Education, students who attend school regularly are 172 percent more likely to graduate.
South Salem High Senior Kudzai Kapurura shared her perspective as a student: “In high school, you’re an independent, so it’s no longer really your parents telling you to go to school – it’s more of a personal decision. Some students don’t want to go because they don’t feel like they’re included in the community at their school. I think more than it’s credited, that’s a big part of why attendance drops in high school. When students don’t feel included, their grades start to drop. That combination makes people not want to go.”
The Every Day 24J committee comprised of district staff and community members will continue to meet throughout the year to identify benchmarks for success and develop additional solutions to remove barriers for attendance. Through a grant from Kaiser Permanente, the Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality is simultaneously developing attendance supports for families in the North Salem High feeder system. For more information on how to support the campaign, please contact Community Relations and Communications at (503) 399-3038 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.