Before presenting diplomas to eight McKay graduates at the September 10, 2019, school board meeting, Principal Schoepper took a moment to recognize the teachers, mentors and administrators who helped these students reach their goal. The McKay graduation team were all presented Spotlight on Success certificates by School Board Chairperson Marty Heyen.
Those recognized were:
• Terra Shiffer
• Jenna Kurka
• Dan Larsen
• Patty Rodriguez
• Ken Ramirez
• Deleah Salstrom
• Dwight Roberson
• Rosma Wase
Eight diplomas were awarded to new graduates from McKay High School last night at the Salem-Keizer School Board meeting. The students are our final eight graduates in the Class of 2019.
Each student was called one-by-one to the front of the board room. Principal Rob Schoepper handed new graduates their diplomas, and they shook hands with Superintendent Christy Perry, school board directors and McKay staff. After that, the beaming graduates showed off their diplomas and celebrated with their proud families and friends.
Video courtesy of: Capital Community Television Salem
The new graduates didn’t have enough credits to graduate with their peers on June 5 or in the summer on August 1. To help them across the finish line, McKay launched an Extended Credit Recover Program last month for the eight students. They needed from .5 to 3 credits to graduate. All eight attended class at McKay in August to reach their goal of graduating.
Before the diplomas were awarded, Schoepper praised students and thanked the McKay graduation team.
“I have to say the students earning diplomas tonight worked very hard over the summer,” Schoepper said. “They never gave up and put in the effort needed to achieve this important accomplishment, supported by a terrific McKay team. As principal, I want to thank all of you for your work and sacrifices this August. It means a lot.”
Last night’s graduates are:
Asher Padilla Esparza
Angel Hance Route
With the addition of the eight graduates recognized last night, a total of 2,786 students, which includes 120 students who earned GEDs, graduated from Salem-Keizer high schools in the Class of 2019.
Our vision is ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’ As we get the new school year off to a successful start, it is important to address this issue of chronic absenteeism. Last year one in three students at McKay were considered chronically absent. This means these students attended less than 90% of the time. This impacts student learning and achievement at a foundational level and results in fewer students walking across the graduation stage.
Here are some key findings:
Students who attend school regularly are 172% more likely to graduate.
Missing just two days of school each month results in an entire month of lost instruction.
Arriving tardy to school matters. Being consistently 15 minutes late to school results in missing two weeks of instruction each year.
When too many students miss class, this impacts all students as instruction is slowed.
It is important to note that research has shown a correlation between student attendance in school and work attendance later in life. Habits built throughout a student’s K-12 career is carried into adulthood. This also connects to employability. Missing class results in missing important skill development for success after high school.
As principal, I want to challenge us as a community to do better. We have strong attendance systems in place this year to address this issue. We are also celebrating our students who meet or exceed our target of 90% attendance. We realize that it requires a school-home partnership to ensure our students are fully supported. I am asking us to work together to improve attendance at McKay. Please work with us by communicating with your student the importance of regular attendance and getting to school on-time.
If you want to discuss the importance of regular attendance or resources we have available to support students and families please call me directly at 503.399.3080.
McKay High School
Carl Garner2019-09-05T16:30:42-08:00September 5th, 2019|