College Application Week November 5-9th

What is College Application Week? College Application Week (CAW) is a statewide initiative. High schools across Oregon will conduct College Application Week events throughout the month of November. Oregon CAW has been successfully implemented in Oregon since 2012.  

What is the goal of College Application Week? Our goal is to provide every graduating high school senior with the opportunity to apply to college. Much of the focus of CAW is geared toward first- generation college students, low-income students, and other students who face barriers. We encourage all students to participate in events to help them explore and prepare for postsecondary education, including certificate programs, two-year degrees, and four-year degrees.  Last year we were able to serve about 150 seniors during CAW by giving them the space, resources and extra support. Some used that time to get help finishing FAFSA/ORSSA, some applied to universities, welding/culinary/trade schools, etc.

What happens during College Application Week? Think of CAW as a school spirit week, during which we all work together to build excitement and awareness surrounding the college exploration and application process. The library computer lab is reserved. Counselors and Mr. Brooks will be in there all throughout the day to support seniors who want to come in and take advantage of this opportunity.

2018-10-30T17:50:50-08:00October 30th, 2018|

Welcome Kristiina Gargner, McKay High School Nurse


 My name is Mrs. Kristiina Gagner and I am the School Health Nurse at McKay High School.  This is my 9th year working as a registered nurse and my 1st year working as a School Health Nurse.  Before coming to McKay High School, I enjoyed working at Albany General Hospital for 5.5years and Salem Health for 3.5 years.

 I graduated from Oregon State University (B.S. Psychology) and University of Portland (B.S. Nursing).

 You can reach me at 503-399-3080 during school hours. I do have voicemail, so you can leave me a message anytime. I will return your call as soon as I can.

 My email address is Please feel free to contact me with any health-related questions or concerns. I am looking forward to getting to know the staff and students at McKay High School this year.

 Kristiina BSN, RN

2018-10-26T14:56:18-08:00October 26th, 2018|

McKay High School InvenTeam Receives $10,000 Grant

Congratulations McKay!

We have a team of students that are Inventors on the McKay High School InvenTeam. They received a grant for up to $10,000 through the Lemelson-MIT program. This school year they will be working on their invention (an adaptive cup for individuals with dysphasia) and then will travel to MIT in June to present during Eureka Fest.

Be sure to congratulate these amazing humans!

Yesterday two indiviudals from the Lemelson-MIT Program flew out to host a training with the McKay High School InvenTeam.


2018-10-24T13:51:26-08:00October 24th, 2018|

WOU On-Site Admissions at McKay A Big Success!

Dave Compton was here for our WOU On-Site Admissions event today, and we have some great news to share.  Here are the stats:

 42 McKay seniors applied and had appointments today

  • 38 students were accepted on-the-spot
  • 4 students received a conditional acceptance with instructions to submit SAT/ACT scores and letters of recommendation

We’ll call that a successful day! 

2018-10-22T15:21:41-08:00October 22nd, 2018|

Principal Update: Boundary Adjustment Open Houses and Upcoming Fall Conferences

Hello McKay Families and Community,

A Boundary Task Force has been reviewing boundaries in all Salem-Keizer high school feeder systems.  This group is working to balance enrollments across the district and to make sure we fully utilize the additional capacity built into the 2018 bond program.  This group will be making boundary recommendations that will be presented at the December 11th, 2018 School Board meeting.

McKay parent and community input is critical in this process so I am inviting you all to attend one of two Boundary Open House events with me at CTEC on Portland Road.

Please plan to attend one or both of the Boundary Open House events:

Location: CTEC (Career Technical Education Center)

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Dates: Tuesday, October 30th and Tuesday, November 13th

Again, these are opportunities for input into this process.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Likewise, please mark your calendars for our Fall Student Led Conferences here at McKay.  These are scheduled for the evening of Monday, November 19th and the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, November 20th.  These are student-led and provide valuable insight in your student’s present level of performance, academic and extracurricular goals and opportunities to connect with teachers.  These are also required for all students as part of CCR (College and Career Readiness) classes.  We will be sending out a detailed schedule over the next week or so.

As always, please connect with me directly if you have questions and need support.  We are a team in this work to ensure we move our community closer to our vision of ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’


Rob Schoepper
Principal, McKay High School

2018-10-22T13:44:12-08:00October 22nd, 2018|

McKay Academic All Stars Celebrated

Our McKay High School Athletic Success Program, which is a new, innovative program that utilizes student-athlete academic and attendance data to guide each sports program and drive our coach’s professional development, has shown some remarkable data during our first 6-weeks this semester.  As you can see on the academic graph, 5 out of the 6 fall sports programs have under a 2.0, which indicates they are averaging less than an F grade per student-athlete.  The “total points” data point helps to put all of our athletics teams on an even playing field regardless of size.  Our next celebration point is found on our attendance graph where we can see that our Royal Scot student-athlete’s attend classes at a rate 10-12% higher than the general student average.  We are beginning to see the fruits of everyone’s labor by having each of our girls sports this fall be named to the OSAA Academic All-State teams.    

These are great numbers for us as we work towards our Athletic Success goal of increasing the McKay High School graduation rate by 10% by 2021.  Our coaches, student-athletes, and building staff have done a tremendous job raising the bar for our athletic programs.  Go SCOTS!    

2018-10-22T10:26:06-08:00October 22nd, 2018|

Katrina Hull Honored with Crystal Apple Nomination

Congratulations to Katrina Hull, our 2018 Crystal Apple Award nominee!  Mrs. Hull’s energy and passion are contagious, and we are so grateful for her leadership at McKay High School.  In addition to teaching courses in math and engineering, she is the MESA club advisor, a Link club advisor, the math department teacher leader, and she works tirelessly to connect students to opportunities with college and business partners.  From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for what you do, Mrs. Hull.  McKay appreciates you!

2018-10-19T15:03:04-08:00October 19th, 2018|

McKay Cross Country Runners Break Records

October 17, 2018 the McKay Cross Country team ran a 3K (1.87 mile) race at Keizer Rapids. Junior Ramiro Gonzalez took first place on the boys side with a time of 9:39 breaking the McKay school record previously held by Devin White from 2008. Sophomore Jazmine Liebl took first place on the girls side with a time of 11:20 breaking the McKay school record previously held by Anika Rasubala from 2015.  19 other athletes broke their own personal best records during the meet. Congrats Scots!

2018-10-19T06:16:15-08:00October 19th, 2018|
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